Colourful Texas Wedding {Amanda + Will}

We’re absolutely thrilled to share these Texas style wedding photos, which were captured by Cory Ryan Photography.

Amanda and Will were married at Mercury Hall in a wedding full of bright colours, which included orange, turquoise and pink. Amanda explained, “I knew that I wanted the wedding to be very bright and colorful, so I told my bridesmaids to pick a dress in the pinky-orangey spectrum.”

We love that Amanda and Will really took the time to personalise their wedding details, which included funky old-fashioned letterpress printed programs and even Mexican wedding cookies and home brewed beer. “Will and I agreed that we didn’t want our wedding to feel like the standard church/country club weddings we go to all the time (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), so we put a lot of thought into details that would make the weekend seem like ours and no one else’s” says Amanda.

The gorgeous bride was kind enough to share her wedding story, which you’ll find after the jump.

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What made your wedding unique? “Everything! We got our gorgeous wedding invitations from Hatch Show Print in Nashville. Hatch invitations are printed using old-fashioned letterpress machines, and are designed to look like a mini concert poster. We chose bright orange and turquoise for our colors, and they even included a tiny stamp of a dog to represent our dog Beulah, who served as our flower girl! The invitations were perfect for advertising the fun, laid-back mood we wanted for the wedding. Our friend Susanna was kind enough to become a minister just for us, and she did a wonderful job officiating the ceremony, which included readings from Johnny Cash, Shakespeare, e. e. cummings and Pablo Neruda.

Our big splurge for the day was 2 bands – a bluegrass band that played during the ceremony and the first hour of the reception, and then the band Hot Cakes, who played everything from Hank Williams to Paul Simon. We ate barbecue from Central Market, and instead of wedding cake we served amazing shaved ices from Aloha Shaved Ice. Will is an avid home brewer, so he brewed a special batch of wedding beer that we named “Happy Lab Ale.” I was so thrilled with how everything turned out – despite the fact that it rained all week in Austin and we had to move the ceremony inside at the last minute I was in love with the whole day.”

Did you DIY any details? “I designed, printed and assembled the wedding programs (with the help of some obliging family members). Will brewed the beer and we designed and printed special labels for the bottles to match the colors in our wedding (orange, turquoise and pink). I spent several weekends scavenging for the coveted blue mason jars to use as centrepieces. I also made Mexican wedding cookies and Chex Mix for our gift bags, and created labels for the various snacks in our gift bags. My mom, sister and cousin were kind enough to help me assemble the bags, after I plied them with wine…”

Your biggest challenge? “Definitely staying in budget! I paid for the invitations, my dress, the programs and the gift bags myself, and my parents paid for everything else. We spent a lot of time talking with various vendors trying to figure out where to trim costs, and I’m sure we drove several people to the brink of madness with endless questions and changes.”

Your favorite moment? “Definitely our first dance to “Hey, Good Lookin.” I just remember seeing all our guests singing along and smiling. It was a great moment.”

Your advice? “There were several times during the planning when I almost went into meltdown crisis mode over some stupid detail (e.g., we don’t have enough colored hanging poms! It’s too late to order the Mexican wedding paper flags! What do you mean we have to move the ceremony inside!?), but by the time the day of the wedding arrived, it seemed like everything was perfect (or close enough, anyway). Just bear in mind that the details that seem critical to you will likely go unnoticed by the majority of your guests. Don’t get a bad attitude, and be thankful for all the love around you that day. Also, I’m so grateful that we had a great photographer. Make sure that you get someone with whom you feel comfortable, and someone who seems enthusiastic and positive. Plus, we’ve received so many compliments on the photographs since the wedding, and that’s what you look at for the rest of your life, so it’s sort of a big deal. Oh yeah – and even if you don’t have a wedding planner (which we didn’t), hire someone to run the show on the big day. Most event planning services have people who will do this.”

Congratulations Amanda and Will and thank you for sharing your beyond gorgeous wedding photos.

Amanda and Will’s Style Guide

Photographer: Cory Ryan Photography

Venue: Mercury Hall

Snow Cones: Hola Aloha

Food: Central Market Catering

Flowers: Nancy Govro

Band: Hot Cakes

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  2. This is great, love the cowboy boots! This is definitely a refreshing and fun wedding!

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”