Donna -N- Drew / Hummingbird House Wedding / Austin Wedding Photographer / by Melanie Grizzel

Donna -N- Drew at the Hummingbird House

From the bride, Donna:

On June 1st, 2014 I felt like the luckiest girl alive when I married the love of my life, Drew. Our wedding day was beyond what we could have even hoped for! Drew and I have boundless gratitude to everyone who took part in making our wedding day as unique and unforgettable as it was; this of course included our family and friends, who came out to celebrate with us and to cheer us on, as well as the fantastic vendors, who made our special night possible.

First off, I absolutely loved our venue, Hummingbird House, as it provided a tasteful tropical setting for us to hold both the ceremony and the reception. The natural and vibrant surroundings at HH saved me time and unnecessary worry, because I didn’t have to focus much energy on how to decorate the venue. Most of the things I wanted or needed were already included, such as seasonal flora located throughout the property, a reception tent, as well as minimalist lighting and lantern accents.

About ¾ of the way into planning the wedding, I hired a coordinator from Pearl Events, named Jennifer Seals. My only regret was that I didn’t start working with her sooner!! Jennifer helped tremendously in so many ways throughout the final months and weeks leading up to our wedding. Additionally, I was extremely impressed with our caterer, Pink Avocado. They offered superior customer service throughout the planning process and at our wedding, which was a nice bonus to their food being a major crowd pleaser! I also LOVED what STEMS floral design put together for our centerpieces – their staff was so knowledgeable and friendly, and I really appreciate the fact that they honored our budget.

I could go on and on about how amazing each and every vendor was, but I’ll wrap it up with a brief mention of just 2 more who I wouldn’t think to leave out J …

DJ Mike (with Live Oak DJ) was such an asset to our team of vendors – he was extremely organized, punctual, detail-oriented and talented. We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ to keep our guests and us smiling and dancing throughout the evening. Last but not least, we hit the jackpot when we found She-N-He Photography! During our engagement shoot with Mel (and even in my initial meeting with her), her positive attitude, outgoing personality, and great sense of humor helped us feel comfortable and confident. So of course adding all of this to Mel’s awesome talent we were super excited to work with her again on our wedding day! On the big day, she and her partner Steve graciously accommodated to our timeline, and prepared a sort of mini first look, since we didn’t have enough time for something more extensive. I’m so happy we were able to squeeze in a brief moment for my dashing groom and I to “take each other in” before the Ketubah signing and ceremony started – this was definitely a highlight, along with not falling on my face during the first dance!

We’re just so grateful to all of the amazing people who showed up on our wedding day – behind and in front of the scenes – with bells and whistles on, and with professionalism and patience in high gear, because Drew and I will always smile when we reflect back on this day!


Venue – Hummingbird House /Coordinator – Jennifer Seals Pearl Events / Photographer – She-N-He Photography and Design  / Floral – STEMS / Catering – Pink Avocado / DJ –Live Oak DJ / Photobooth – Central Texas J-Booth / Cakes and Desserts –Blue Note Bakery/ Officiant - Rabbi Alan Freedman / Hair and Make-up – Beauty Mark Agency / Transportation – Uptown Valet