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- www.mcmurtriefarms.com 

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

Ed Kelley Photoraphy- www.edkelleyphotography.com

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

Crystal Occasions- www.crystaloccasionsevents.com

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

Erins Custom Cakes- www.erinscustomcakes.com

Erin will be creating an amazing cake for the bride!

Texas Party Rental- www.partyrentaltx.com

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- www.angelicstrings.com

Will be playing the cermony music for our winners.

Bella By Sara- http://www.bellabysara.com

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

Blevins Best Catering- www.blevinsbestcatering.com

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

Anne Marie Carson Photography- www.annemariecarson.com

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

Rebel With A Camera- http://www.rebelwithacamera.com

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

Peace Love Nails- www.peacelovenailsaustin.com

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

Parklane Jewlery By The Burills- www.myparklane.com/tburill

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

Chaplain Larry Todd- www.austinweddingchaplains.com

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

Austin Beauty On The Go- www.austinbeautyonthego.com

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

Dessert Divas- http://www.dessertdivastx.com

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

Also Participating: 

Complete Music- www.cmaustindj.com

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

Knots and Tots Photography- www.knotsandtots.com

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!

 

Meet Stelly Weddings!!

We lucked into meeting Dustin, owner of Stelly Weddings at The Modern Bridal Expo.  They were super nice and put together an amazing video interview for us.  After watching it, I can see why he is one of the best!  They were super nice and easy to talk to and actually made me forget I was on camera, even though it was right in front of me : ) Check out his bio and if you need a videographer, he is definatly your man! You can find more info for them at www.stellyweddings.com

My name is Dustin Stelly and I own a wedding film boutique called Stelly Weddings. I grew up at an intersection touching Houston, Pasadena, and South Houston, so I can claim all three. I received an Associates Degree in Audio Engineering at San Jacinto College before transferring to Texas State University in San Marcos where I received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication/ Electronic Media. After college, I moved to Austin where I now live with my girlfriend Rachael.

It took me a while to figure out what I was meant to do in life, but near the end of my college career a professor just happened to mention that he had a former student doing wedding videography. He said it without much inspiration, but for some reason a huge light bulb lit up over my head. I quickly reached for contact information and my life was changed forever. I studied all the arts of filmmaking under Cinematographer Jonathan Reeves Holt for nearly three years. In that time I got to work as a camera op and editor on narrative films, music videos, reality TV shows, long-form training videos, commercials, documentaries, web videos and above all else, weddings. I was given the opportunity to work on well over 100 weddings in under three years, shooting over 50 in my last year alone. The high quantity at a larger company allowed me to quickly get more practice and experience than most people in my field get early on. While my boutique, Stelly Weddings, handles a much smaller volume, the experiences I had (like shooting three weddings in three days in two cities) have made me a very effective filmmaker. I try to take every single wedding I’ve ever done in the past with me to every wedding I do in the future.

About My Company:

When I started this wedding film boutique I had to choose a name for it, and while I came up with a few that might have been more clever or cute, I decided that the name should really say what is most important to my business. “Stelly” means that when you hire me, you get ME. I’m never going to send some second team of shooters that may or may not be able to get the same shots I get, and I’m never going to have my videos edited by someone I’m training that can kinda do something similar to what I do. I’ve been filming and editing weddings for years, and the expertise, talent, knowledge, and skill set that I have acquired need to go in to every single aspect of the product…after all, that’s what you’ve paid for right?

 

The “Weddings” in the title means that I am a full time wedding film maker. In the past, before starting my boutique, I worked on all kinds of video projects, as mentioned above. But these days, I’m 100% focused and dedicated to making wedding films. What this means to you, the client, is that I’m constantly developing my specialty and focused on a specific niche. When you need surgery, you generally go to a specialist. You don’t want a doctor that did plastic surgery on Tuesday to do your heart transplant on Wednesday. I think it’s kinda the same way with video work. It’s difficult as a filmmaker to get into the mind set of creating an original love story on Saturday if you spent your Friday making a car commercial.

So, with my core belief that I am my company’s most valuable asset, I’m a little more limited than many of my competitors in volume. The only way for me to provide the quality and originality that I believe in, is to limit myself to 20-25 weddings per year. This is why I like to refer to Stelly Weddings as a boutique more than a business. When I hear the word boutique, I think rare, hand crafted, original, and exclusive. My promise is to strive for Stelly Weddings to meet all of those descriptions.

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 ultimateweddinggiveaway@gmail.com.  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 info@crystaloccasionsevents.com

Rachel and Mike- Rich In Family History

I had the great honor of working with Rachel and Mike on their special day. Rachel was so fun to meet with and talk to about her wedding (among other things). She had everything very organized which made it so easy to do my job!  The theme of Rachel’s wedding was “Family”, and I adored her ideas that incorporated her family theme.
The ceremony lead by Rabbi samuel stahl was beautiful under the Hoopa that Rachel’s mom made for her own wedding. After many years it was still in beautiful condition and one day, Rachel’s daughter will marry under it. 
 
                                                                             
She had a vintage cake topper passed down through her family on top of the beautiful cake made by Sweet Treets Bakery. She made her own German Cheese cake, grooms cake from an old family recipe. On her cake table was pictures of past wedding and cake cuttings from both families.  As part of the centerpieces on each table, she included old family pictures. And her favor was a CD that she made that included pictures that were on the table as well as other family pictures from both families. She created the cover adding an engagement picture of her and Mike. The CD of pictures is one of the most creative favors I have seen.
Their photographer Cari Wible  was very engaged with Rachel and Mike’s desires for their wedding photography. She got all the shots they wanted and also suggested other great shots. She orchestrated a very moving “first look” and captured the moment from all sides!
After all the delicious BBQ meal prepared by Pok-e-joes, DJ Sean from Greenbelt DJ got the party started. The whole family danced the night away as Sean kept the party going. Sean was the perfect addition to the reception playing everything Rachel and Mike wanted.
The wedding adorned with family tradition and fall colors was elegant and ran very smooth thanks to Rachel’s excellent choice of vendors (Crystal Occasions, Sweet Treets Bakery, Park Crest Floral, Texas Ritas, Pok-e-Joes, Greenbelt DJ and Cari Wible).  Crystal Occasions is so happy to have worked with Rachel, Mike and both of their families and wish all of them the very best in the years of fun they have ahead of them. 
                          – Samantha   

Bethany and Ed

Bethany and Ed chose a very lucky day for their wedding. 11-11-11! Their wedding was held at McMurtrie Farms  and it was a beautiful day.  Bethany chose one of McMurtrie Farms All Inclusive Packages so she didn’t have to worry about a thing.  Everyone of her vendors except her officiant were included in her package.  They chose to have their ceremony in the gazebo at the Pecan Pavillion.  Texas Party Rental tied blue sashes on each one of the chairs to add a little color. 

Ed Kelley Photography had no trouble taking pics of this beautiful bride! Bethany looked amazing in her southern belle style gown that was complimented with a blue sash. Her bouquet from Cedar Park florist looked amazing.

After the ceremony, the guests entered the Pecan Pavillion for the reception.  Bethany had blue pin-tuck taffeta runners placed on white tablecloths.  For her favors she chose personalized champagne glasses for each of her guests to take home.

The guests enjoyed grilled pork tenderloin, green bean casserole, corn, salad, and rolls from Kennys Catering.  It was delicious!

Erins Custom Cakes  provided the beautiful brides cake.

After dessert Eric from Greenbelt DJ  provided the music. He did a great job getting the guests up and going even though it was getting colder.

The temperature had begun to drop, which after a scorching summer was kind of nice, however the guests started to get a little cold.  McMurtrie Farms has a plan for that though! The sides were dropped in the pecan pavilion and the portable heaters were turned on.  Soon the guests were nice and toasty inside.

At the end of the night, Bethany and Ed exited through a cloud of bubbles. They didn’t have to leave though because they had gotten the Lodge to stay in overnight as part of their package.  Any bride looking for a versatile venue with everything imaginable included should check our McMurtrie Farms and their All Inclusive Packages.   With the best of the best vendors built-in, you will have no worries.  Which is just how your wedding day should be : )

– Crystal