Pen and Ink- Custom Invitations and Gifts

We are so thankful to have Pen and Ink providing the winners of the Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway with custom invitations! Read more below to find out what they can do for you!


PEN & INK – Your expert in Wedding Invitations!


Congratulations to the special bride and groom who will be the winner

of the Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!  Pen & Ink will be offering wedding invitations, response cards and printed return envelopes to one lucky couple.


Since 1993, Betsy Horton, owner of Pen & Ink, has provided individual attention to brides in Austin,Texas, and surrounding areas.  Betsy provides each customer with a personal consultation that makes selecting wedding invitations, reply cards, save-the-date magnets, napkins, maps, accommodation cards, programs, stationery, and unique gifts a simple, enjoyable and memorable experience.


Some brides are overwhelmed by all the choices.  The added pressure of having to make a snap decision in a store or having only a photo on a website for guidance can be frustrating.  Pen & Ink’s philosophy is that most brides would rather actually see and feel the invitation announcing the most important day in their lives.


Betsy will meet with you at your convenience, personally help you sort through your options, and then let you make your decision in your own time.  And she is always available to answer follow-up questions as you and your advisors weigh your alternatives.


Pen & Ink can be of assistance or if you have any questions about placing your order, do not hesitate to call.  Betsy looks forward to your business.


To see more of Pen & Ink’s Invitations visit her website:


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Dessert Divas- Customizing Sweets and Candies For Every Occasion!

Candy buffets and dessert bars are becoming big sensations at weddings.  They give the guests something fun and interactive to do.  Dessert Divas will be providing this experience for the winners of our Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.  See what they can do for your wedding or event.

              Dessert Divas ~ Specializing in Candy & Dessert Buffets & More for Weddings & Special Events!

We’ll Shop, Bake & Create For Your Special Occasion – We guarantee that you can find all your sweets under one roof….from wedding cakes to birthday cakes and everything in between to cupcakes, cupcake shooters, cake pops and cake balls, decorated gourmet cookies, chocolate-dipped anything, candy centerpieces and SO MUCH MORE!

Dessert Divas is dedicated to thinking outside-the-box and make your SWEET dreams a reality! We pride ourselves in the highest quality and customer service.  Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find everything you are looking for & more!

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

To meet the Dessert Divas please visit our website at or contact  You can also follow us on Facebook

Angelic Strings- Creating Beautiful Music For Any Event!

Meet Angelic Strings!!

Angelic Strings is another one of our Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway vendors.  We are so honored to have them donate their time and talent to help make the winning couple’s wedding perfect.  Find out more about them and how they can make your wedding magical below.

Angelic Strings, with Harpist Michael Morris:
Michael & Belinda Morris are the husband-wife, harp-viola duet Angelic Strings.  They began performing at weddings in Central Texas after their own wedding in April of 2003.  It is very much a part of their nature to lend their expertise and personable service to each event.  They will not only strive to bring beautiful music to the event, they will also make the whole music process fun and your special day flow smoothly. 

They offer such a delightful variety of music that their clients can ‘go crazy’ or ‘go traditional’ or perhaps a little of both.

Special Touches:

As a part of the ‘wedding music package’, Angelic Strings will learn new music if it is doable on harp.  This is why they now have a 7 page (and growing) song list.  Michael loves taking requests and growing the repertoire.  Michael will also offer accompaniment for performing vocalists as a part of the wedding package in addition to also being available as a vocalist as well for some songs.

By request they have learned songs such as:
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)

Final Fantasy (several theme songs)

Free (Zac Brown Band)

Your Hand In Mine (Explosions in the Sky, Austin band)

The Prayer (Celine Dion)
Feather’s Theme (from the Forrest Gump Soundtrack)

Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s)

For recent weddings they just learned:
As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones)

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

One of their best compliments:
There was a Dallas groom who booked the duo over a year in advance for his wedding in Lakeway.  He commented that Angelic Strings has raised the bar for all of his other vendors and that even though he knew we had lots of other weddings on our schedule that the rapport Michael and Belinda had with him made him feel as though he was their only client.

Sample Music:
‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ on Concert harp & Viola from a recent Open House Event:

Michael and Belinda both enjoy each and every opportunity to meet with couples and consider it an honor to perform at such a sacred, meaningful, and joyous occasion…the wedding ceremony.

For Music Samples and more:

Contact info:

Michael & Belinda Morris
(512) 589-4075

Bella By Sara- Creating Amazing Floral Designs For Any Event

I am so pleased and excited to have Bella By Sara participating in our giveaway this year! She is a fresh face in the floral industry with a skill level to match those that have been around for much longer. She is always smiling and happy and does what ever she can do to fulfill the brides every wish! We are so excited to see how she takes the theme chosen by our giveaway winner and uses it to create something amazing for the reception!

Bella by Sara wedding and event floral design focuses on making any event a dream come true. We pride ourselves on providing quality flowers that are custom designed to express your personality. Our specialty is creating custom floral designs that reflect a unified theme.


Sara Mulder is a certified floral designer and wedding planner in the Austin area offering engaged couples a complementary consultant to help them create their perfect day and carry out their vision with care. We can work together to create a visually stunning event that will leave a lasting impression and will be forever remembered by your guests.


Bella by Sara’s clients are our best resources for inspiration. Each bride comes to us with their individual style. We help them to enhance their ideas to create a wedding day floral design beyond their expectations. What makes us different from other companies is that it’s Bella by Sara’s goal to thrill our clients and give them a night to remember. Nothing gives us more pleasure than when our client’s and their guest arrive to the event and say “WOW”. We bring together the most creative, skilled and talented resources for any wedding or event. We help couples in all aspects of the wedding from beginning to end.

To see more of Bella By Sara’s work visit her website-

Or her Facebook Page

McMurtrie Farms- The Perfect Place For Your Wedding!

We are so thrilled to once again have McMurtrie Farms donate their venue for our Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.  It’s really two venues in one, so we are super excited to be able to design such a fab wedding!  McMurtrie Farms is a super versatile place to have your wedding.  They have a huge meadows area complete with an iron arbor set in front of the creek and small waterfall on one side, and a big limestone staircase on the other.  It’s the perfect space for larger parties because it can hold up to 300 people. Plus McMurtrie Farms can provide you with tents in case of rain. An extra perk from the venue is that it stays mosquito free thanks to the birds

They also have the Pecan Pavillion and  Gazebo on the other side of the property.  The Pecan Pavillion can be used to hold your reception or even your ceremony. It is an outdoor venue but the sides of the pavilion can be brought down incase it gets a little chilly or rainy.   The Pecan Pavilion is a 3,000sq.ft. Pavilion with stone columns, hill country pine timberframe roof, and eight chandaliers to light your soiree.  The adjacent dance floor, gazebo, and fountain provide a lovely backdrop for pictures and your ceremony.  Rental of the Pecan Pavilion includes The Ramble Creek Lodge (the 2,000 sq.ft. ranch-style home on site) for your Bridal Suite, Groom’s Den, and Accommodations for 10 overnight!  Full ammenities makes a weekend package very comfortable and affordable! There’s so much you can do with just these two spaces alone!


Meet The Vendors Of The Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!

We are so excited to be able to offer another couple the chance to win a dream wedding for the second year! We could not do it without the support of some amazingly talented vendors.  We have a great team so far and still have a few more vendors looking to participate! Check out whos contributing below, and then check back to see their individual stories!

McMurtrie Farms- 

McMurtrie Farms is donating their amazing venue which includes The Meadows, The Pecan Pavillion, and The Lodge

Ed Kelley Photoraphy-

Ed Kelley is donating the wedding day coverage for the bride and groom and a dvd of images for them.

Crystal Occasions-

Crystal Occasions is providing the design and coordination for the wedding.

Erins Custom Cakes-

Erin will be creating an amazing cake for the bride!

Texas Party Rental-

Will provide us with linens and rentals to create a beautiful reception for the couple.

Cedar Park Florist- 512-258-5577

Lauren will be creating the brides bouquet and the grooms boutannier.

Angelic Strings-

Will be playing the cermony music for our winners.

Bella By Sara-

Bella By Sara will be creating georgeous floral designs for the reception.

Blevins Best Catering-

Blevins Best Catering will be providing appetizers for the cocktail hour as well as full dinner service!

Anne Marie Carson Photography-

Anne Marie Carson Photography will be providing the engagement session for the lucky winners.

Rebel With A Camera-

These super photographers will be giving our winners a crative and fashionable after wedding session.

Peace Love Nails-

Will be giving our bride a mani and pedi for her big day!

Parklane Jewlery By The Burills-

Will be providing our bride with a selection of jewlery for her to wear on the wedding day.

Chaplain Larry Todd-

Chaplain Larry Todd will be available to officiate the wedding for our winners.

Austin Beauty On The Go-

Beauty On The Go will be making our bride even more georgeous by providing hair and makeup services

Dessert Divas-

Dessert Divas will be creating some sweet treats for our winners.

Also Participating: 

Complete Music-

Complete Music will get everyone out on the dancefloor after dinner!

Knots and Tots Photography-

This creative photographer will be giving our bride a boudoir or bridal session!

It’s so much fun to work with all of these vendors! I can’t wait to see what we create for our winners and brides in the future!

2012 Wedding Giveaway In Full Swing!!

Our Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway 2012 is moving ahead quickly! We are having so much fun reading all of the sweet love stories and proposal stories.  We have even gotten a few proposal videos!  We have an ever-growing list of vendors who just can’t wait to help make someones wedding dreams come true! Check out the amazing people who are donating their time and services below!

McMurtrie Farms– Event venue

Crystal Occasions– design and coordination

Ed Kelley Photography– Wedding day coverage and a dvd of images

Erin’s Custom Cakes– Brides Cake

Texas Party Rentals– Linens and rentals

Cedar Park Florist-  Brides bouquet and grooms boutannier

Bella By Sara– reception centerpiece and floral design and decor

Parklane Jewelry by The Burills- Bridal Jewelry

Complete Music– Reception DJ

Angelic Strings– Ceremony Music

Candy Bouquets by Connie/ Dessert Divas- Candy buffet and or dessert bar

Austin Beauty On The Go– Bridal hair and makeup

Peace.Love.Nails– mani and pedi for the bride

………and we still have a few more to come!!

If you or anyone you know wants to enter, you can find more info on our Giveaway Page! Entry deadline is March 26th!!

Or Like Us on facebook!


Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway 2012!!!!


  We are so happy to announce the return of our Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!!!! We are doing things a little differently this year but we are looking forward to an even bigger and better contest.

This year our brides will have the option to choose between two wedding themes.  A super fun and cute Alice In Wonderland Theme, and an elegant and beautiful Parisian Theme. Check out our inspiration boards below to get a feel for the themes!

So how do you enter?  Very easy! Tell us your love story in 400 words or less.  You can include anything you would like to about how you met, how you were proposed to (or how you proposed) , and anything else relevant as to why you should win the Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.  Only one entry per couple, and the entry must be written by one of the contestants only.  You must also include both contestants names, phone number, mailing address and email addresses in the entry email.   Email your stories to  Stories must be submitted by March 26th 2012.  No entries will be accepted aftter 12a on 3-26-12.  The top 10 finalists will be notified via email by April 1, 2012.  All top 10 stories will be posted on the Wedding Giveaway Page on the Crystal Occasions website to be voted on by the public to determine our top 3 finalists.  The finalists will be notified on May 1st 2012.  Here’s the fun part:  Our top 3 finalists will compete in a Bridal Bowl on May 20th 2012 to determine the winner of the Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.   The winner will be announced at the end of the day on 5-20-12. 

For more info including participating vendors and services provided, visit our wedding give away page  on our website.

Other Rules:

Wedding date: 9-30-12 6pm to 10pm

The winning couple will have to sign a contract and agree to all the terms and conditions laid out before them. If for any reason they choose not to agree to the contract, they will forfeit their win and our second place couple will have the option to claim the wedding.

Guest count is limited to 75 guests. The couple will be billed for each additional guest over 75 and count may not exceed 125.

The winners can only use vendors participating in the giveaway. No additional vendors may be used.

The winning couple will be responsible for paying for certain items not covered by the giveaway. The couple will be notified of the items they will be responsible for and have until May 25th to forfeit their win.

A $500 security deposit will be collected by McMurtrie Farms. It is refundable after the wedding date.

No changes or substitutions can be made with out the approval of Crystal Occasions.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway 2012!!!!!


     We are so happy to announce our second annual Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway is coming soon!!! We are hard at work putting together all of the details to once again give some one the wedding of their dreams!!  Like our facebook  page to stay up to date on all the details.

    We will be doing things a little differently this year so even couples who entered last year can have a chance to win again.  We can’t wait to announce the details and all the participating vendors!

A Dream Come True- a.k.a Alyssa and Trey’s Wedding

   So hopefully, you have gotten to read the back story behind how Trey and Alyssa won the Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway. If you missed it, you can find it here:…way-came-to-be/

   Alyssa was so much fun to work with.  Her planning process was entirely different than anyone else’s.  Since she had won our Ultimate Wedding Giveaway all of her vendors had already been chosen, so it was just a matter of sitting down with each of them and finalizing details.  I sat down with her first and we ran through some ideas she had but other than possible colors, she was not really sure what she wanted. 

   Our first vendor meeting was with Texas Party Rental.   We met at their show room to play with table designs and linen colors.   Alyssa ended up choosing gold, ivory and coral for her colors.   We chose Ivory table cloths with gold embedded runners and gold chargers.  They were so easy to work with, it took us less than an hour to figure it all out.

Next we met with Crazy Cakes.  Brian talked to Trey about things he enjoyed to get some design ideas.  Trey told him that he enjoyed fishing, painting cars, and Call of Duty, but he wanted Brian to surprise him with the design on the wedding day.  So after he chose strawberry lemonade for his cake flavor, they were left to wonder what Brian had in store for them.  Crazy Cakes did not disappoint!  They don’t call themselves Crazy Cakes for nothing.  Brian brought the most awesome grooms cake ever!

   Then we met with Lauren, owner of  Cedar Park Florist to design her bouquet and the grooms boutannier.  Lauren had the perfect shade of coral roses for Alyssa’s bouquet.  Alyssa was wanting to add a little something extra to her bouquet so Lauren suggested albino peacock feathers. Alyssa loved that idea, so much so it kind of became a theme for the ceremony. Lauren did such an amazing job putting the bouquet and boutannier together. 

After that, we met with Visual Lyrics who donated the centerpieces.  After sitting down with us and showing Alyssa some ideas, they came up with the perfect centerpieces for them.  Alyssa wanted to use a mixture of different designs and items on her tables and Visual Lyrics did a fantastic job of combining everything she wanted onto each table.

Next, we met with Erin’s Custom Cakes to choose her flavor of cake and her design.  Alyssa wanted something a little different so she chose a topsy turvy style cake and accentuated it with gold ribbon, different piping designs and coral roses.  She chose chocolate fudge and raspberry almond for her flavors. She also chose a monogram (M for Matos) to top her cake.

   Then they got to meet Ed Kelley Photography at McMurtrie Farms to do their engagement session.   Ed and Denys are so amazing and got some fantastic shots of the couple! An engagement session is a great way for the couple to really get to know their photographers before the wedding. 

   Alyssa and Trey then met with Chaplain Larry Todd who preformed their ceremony.  He sat down with them and gave them some “homework”.  They were each to email him 5 words that they would use to describe the other.  Alyssa quickly got hers done, Trey…. well he got them in before the wedding.  It took him some time to come up with some really good ones 🙂

   Alyssa and I then went to Hudsons Jewlers where Max graciously lent Alyssa anything in the store she wanted to wear on her wedding day.  In fact, he even ordered a diamond bracelet for her to wear.   He was so helpful in our decision-making process of pearls vs. diamonds,  tough choice! In the end she chose diamonds! She picked a beautiful pendant, earrings and of course, the diamond bracelet.

Life got a little busy and as the wedding day crept closer we still had a few details to finalize but too many scheduling conflicts to meet with the rest of the vendors.  Luckily they hold amazing phone meetings!  Alyssa and I met to choose her ceremony music provided by Angelic Strings.  They have a large majority of their music on their website.  Alyssa wanted a few non traditional songs for her ceremony.  She wanted “Hey There Delilah” along with a few other classical songs played for her guests while they were seated.  Then she chose “Marry You” by Bruno Mars for Trey and his parents to enter to.  After that they played “Better Together” by Jack Johnson for the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s entrance.  She chose to do the traditional wedding march for her entrance.   One of the things I most enjoy about working with Angelic Strings is their ability to play more contemporary selections.  And if you request a song they don’t know (good luck finding one), Michael and Belinda will learn to play it if you request it in enough time before the wedding.

   After that we held another phone conference with Blake from 1st Class Entertainment to help Alyssa choose some songs for the evening.   He helped us with suggestions for dinner ( Norah Jones, Michael Buble, Jack Johnson), their entrance, first dance, and everything up to the last song of the night (“Lucky”).  He did a great job getting everyone up and dancing.

   The day before the wedding the bride was treated to a pedicure by Peace Love Nails.  One of the many great things about this salon is that they do parties.  Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, girls nights, anything you can think of.  You get to get your friends together hang out and get mani’s and pedi’s and drink mimosas and wine. You can even bring a few snacks along if you like.  It’s a great place to get together with your bridal party and hang out before the wedding. So that’s exactly what Alyssa did. All of her bridesmaids got to come along and everyone got their nails done. 

    After their rehearsal we spent the night assembling programs……  and then came the big day!

   Alyssa was treated to a massage from Roy with Austin Beauty On The Go, and then hair and makeup by Lecia.  She looked so beautiful! Ofcourse she’s naturally beautiful so Lecia did a great job of accentuating her natural beauty.

    Vintique Rentals, who works alongside Visual Lyrics brought a lovely sweetheart table for the couple to use during the reception, and an amazing chair and lamp to use for photos.

   Alyssa spent a lot of time working on some very important details.  She chose coral shoes with crystals to add a little color- they were awesome shoes-

  To bring the peacock feathers in, she had a feather on the ringbearer pillow, made a small clip with a peacock feather for her daughter and flower girl to wear, and made herself a super cute clip out of feathers too. It looked amazing!!!!

  Alyssa had lost both of her parents, and wanted to acknowledge them and have a little piece of them close to her.  So she made sure that a rose was placed in each of her parents seats, and also had a garter made from her mothers wedding dress and had a button from her dad’s favorite shirt sewn on. 

Their ceremony was held in the Meadows area at McMurtrie Farms.  They chose the iron arbor that sits in front of the creek and small waterfall.  It is an amazing place for a ceremony.

After the ceremony, it was time to party! Kennys Catering provided the amazing buffet.  They chose a pasta bar, so they had two types of pasta, two types of sauce and meatballs! Along with salad with 2 types of dressing and bread, tea and water.  The food was fantastic and fun too since guests got a chance to customize their meal. 

Once the sun went down, the pink up lighting from IES Lighting really made the venue shine! It added such a nice touch of color and ambiance. They set up lights in the Pecan Pavilion where the reception was held and next to the gazebo where the dance floor was.

  Seeking Sitters came to McMurtrie Farms to watch all of the children during the reception in the Lodge.  The couple had ordered pizza for them to eat, and seeking sitters kept them busy doing crafts and playing games until the dancing began.  Then it was hard to keep the  kids off the dance floor!

   A great source of entertainment during the reception was the photo booth from Fun Fun Foto.  They set up and had a ton of props that everyone had a good time with.

                   All in all it was an amazing night for an amazing couple! I wish them all the best!

Participating Vendors:

McMurtrie Farms

Crystal Occasions

Ed Kelley Photography

Texas Party Rental

Erins Custom Cakes

Crazy Cakes

Cedar Park Florist

Visual Lyrics Floral Artistry

Peace Love Nails

Hudsons Jewlers

1st Class Entertainment

Fun Fun Foto

Kenny’s Catering

IES Lighting

Chaplain Larry Todd

Angelic Strings

Seeking Sitters

Beauty on the go

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!!!!!