Kami and Chris Tie The Knot At Chateau Bellevue

Kami and Chris were married in October at Chateau Bellevue in downtown Austin.  Kami chose a beautiful navy/royal blue and white color combo accented by peacock feathers.  The ceremony took place in the courtyard outside.  Each chair had a white chair cover and a navy blue satin sash.  Two tall arrangements of roses complimented with peacock feathers framed their altar space.  The aisle and front of the altar were blanketed with white rose petals. It looked and smelled amazing!


After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour outdoors on the lawn. Kami and Chris even had a signature blue drink to match their theme.

 After cocktails, the guests were invited in to enjoy the reception. Kami’s centerpieces from Just’in Roses were simple yet elegant. And complimented her linens, colors and the venue beautifully.

Kami also set up a candy buffet for her guests to enjoy through the night.  She incorporated her colors again into the set up.  The candy jars the candy was displayed in looked super cute and organized, almost like an old candy shop.

After the night was over, Chris carried Kami off through a sea of rose petals to start the rest of their lives together.

Photos by Meredith Greagor Photography.

Even Rain Could Not Dampen This Wedding!

I had the great pleasure to work with Courtney and Gabe on their wedding day September 17th at the Salt Lick Pavilion. Courtney lived out of town and came to Austin for a Destination wedding. They did not anticipate the only rain storm of the summer to fall on their wedding day, but it did. However, the rain did not change their spirits. Courtney put on her boots and let her dress drag on the wet stone walkway.

Courtney and Gabe personalized each detail of their wedding. They lined the walkway with pictures of their lives giving their guest the opportunity to relax and enjoy the walk.  For their favors they made chocolate fudge using a recipe from each side of the family. To liven up the party Courtney brought glow stick necklaces for everyone. I was surprised how all the guests were really excited about the glow sticks. The glow sticks added to the pictures of the exit as Courtney and Gabe ran away into the night.

I always enjoy working out at the Salt Lick. Their staff is amazing and goes above and beyond to cater to the Bride and Groom. Annette, the new Salt Lick coordinator, is a team player and puts her guest first in all that she does. The BBQ buffet pleased all the guest and always, taste just like it smells…divine. The Salt Lick catering staff also offers cake cutting service. They are professional cake cutters and I recommend letting them do it! The cake made by Austin Cake Lady was beautifully lined with roses and had crystal drops hanging from thin wire off the top. The cake tasted as good as it looked which kept the guests coming back for seconds.

The Mike Clifford band was scheduled to provide prerecorded music at the ceremony and live music through the reception, but due to the rain they were unable to take electronic equipment outside to the ceremony. So, Mike quickly learned Courtney’s song choice and played it on his guitar as she and her bridal party walked down the aisle.  Through the night the band did a fantastic job. This is the only wedding I have seen where the guest chanted “One more song” at the end of the night; Mike’s band graciously played one more song.

Photography was done by Veronica and Jim at 2now1 Phototgraphy and the videographer was by Elizabeth at Capitol Wedding Video.   Both companies were very professional and easy to work with. They knew exactly where to be and when in order to capture all the important shots. 2now1 also provided an open photo booth with props in which the guest had a lot of fun with.

 This was a wedding filled with fun and lots of love. I have no doubt that Courtney and Gabe will have a very enjoyable life together. We at Crystal Occasions are honored that they trusted us with their special event and we wish them all the best.

                                                                                                  – Samantha

Shelsea’s Beautiful Family Affair


 I had the fantastic privilege to help our friend Shelsea out on her wedding day.  Shelsea is the owner of {Beautiful} You, Bridal Boutique in Marble Falls.  We love to work with her and send our brides her way.  She is so sweet and so helpful and has great ideas on how to customize gowns and make them specific to each bride.  But, this isn’t about what she does for her brides, it’s about her turn as a bride.  What was most important to Shelsea on her wedding day was that she was surrounded by her loved ones, her friends and family, to celebrate their special day.  They were married at Spicewood Baptist Church that is around 100 years old.  

The church was packed with loved ones showing their support.  Shelsea had created a slide show of pictures of her and her fiance for guests to enjoy before the ceremony began and even timed it perfectly so that as the last slide appeared, the ceremony began.  Shelsea wore a beautiful dress with cowboy boots and carried a brooch bouquet she made herself. 

After the ceremony the guests went into the community center to begin the reception.  Shelsea’s guests each brought a dish for dinner so it felt like a large family reunion, it was a really nice alternative to traditional catering.  She covered the tables with quilts and the guests used mason jars for their glasses. 

Candy Bouquets by Connie provided a candy buffet and Amanda from Strictly Sweets provided them with a cake and cupcakes for the guests.


  The guests danced to a band and had a great time celebrating the wedding.  We are so glad Shelsea let us be a part of such a special occasion.  All of these fantastic photos were provided by Digital Reflections Photography.

Keni and Wayne Show Lakeway Resort How It’s Done


  Keni was probably one of the funnest brides I have had the pleasure to work with.  She and her fiance live in Dallas, but since Lakeway Resort and Spa was one of their favorite places to visit, they decided to get married there. Keni is a wedding planner in Dallas so I counted on her to be organized and she did not disappoint.  At our first meeting at the venue, Keni handed me a folder which contained an itinerary and very detailed instructions for set up and decor that included pictures.  Had any other bride handed me this, I would have ran……f ar far away.  This normally would mean I was sitting with a bridezilla and I was in trouble.  Luckily Keni was the complete opposite of a bridezilla!  She had chosen fantastic vendors so I knew her wedding would go off without a hitch. She chose turquoise blue, lime green, and a black and white damask pattern for her color scheme.  She worked extremely hard to make portions of the centerpieces and to make sure that those colors were carried out seamlessly throughout the wedding without making it too much.  She incorporated these colors into her table numbers, linens, and even made monogrammed pillows! 

Her florals were done by Floral designs by Inez.  She combined tall and short arrangements which worked perfectly with the resorts space.

  Erins Custom Cakes provided the bride and grooms cake.  If you have read my other blogs you might be noticing Erin seems to do a lot of cakes for my weddings, and she does. That’s because she really is the best!  

For her guest book, she decided to have her guests sign a guitar.  She was looking forward to hanging them on their walls at home.

Keni also had On The Flip Side Studios provide a photo booth for her guests. They create amazing custom flip books for the guests.  She also had a cigar roller on hand to entertain the guests as well.  The very talented Jessica Monnich captured Keni’s pictures.  The couple danced the night away and had a great time before exiting with sparkler.

 If you get married in Dallas and are looking for a planner look up Weddings and Events by Kenitres Marcell.

Jennifer and Ryan Light Up the UT Alumni Center


   Jennifer and Ryan were such a sweet couple! Jennifer was extremely easy-going and Ryan wanted to make sure every request Jennifer made and every detail was perfect. So of course we made sure that it was!   Jennifer and Ryan chose to do their ceremony outdoors at the Alumni center in June. It was such a natural and beautiful setting. 

After the ceremony the guests entered the alumni center for cocktails.  Jennifer had displayed her amazing bridal portraits as well as some shots of the couple for her guests to view while they signed the guest book and mingled with each other.  Jennifer had beautiful floral centerpieces from Floral Designs by Inez.  Each table also had a large wooden table number. Once Ryan and Jennifer entered, the party got started.  After enjoying the fabulous food provided by Rose’s Catering, the couple had their first dance on the huge dance floor at the Alumni Center. 

After dancing with their guests for a bit, the bride and groom played a that showed just how much they knew about each other.  They each held a groom Ken and a bride Barbie and sat back to back.  The Dj asked questions such as ” Who spends the most money?  Who wears the pants? Who made the first move?” etc.  Each time the couple held up their Barbie or Ken for the answer.  It was really entertaining and funny and the guests loved it. 

Then it was time for the couple to cut into their cakes provided by Erin’s Custom Cakes.  Erin’s cakes are always amazing! They taste as good as they look. 

Once the night was over the exited the Alumni Center as guests lit their walk to the limo with Sparklers. 

Austin Classic Limos provided this amazing limo for the couple to drive off in, and all of these beautiful pictures we done by Steve Armstrong Photography! 


Like the work you saw?  Contact the vendors so they can help make your wedding fabulous!

Crystal Occasions- www.crystaloccasionsevents.com

Steve Armstrong Photography – www.sarmstrongphoto.com

Erins Custom Cakes- www.erinscustomcakes.com

Floral Designs by Inez- 512-431-4491

Austin Classic Limos- 512-517-0055



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: https://crystaloccasions.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/the-beginning-…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 www.mcmurtriefarms.com

Crystal Occasions www.crystaloccasionsevents.com

Ed Kelley Photography www.edkelleyphotography.com

Texas Party Rental www.partyrentaltx.com

Erins Custom Cakes www.erinscustomcakes.com

Crazy Cakes www.crazycakes.com

Cedar Park Florist

Visual Lyrics Floral Artistry www.visuallyrics.com

Peace Love Nails www.peacelovenailsaustin.com

Hudsons Jewlers

1st Class Entertainment www.my1stclassentertainment.com

Fun Fun Foto www.funfunfoto.com

Kenny’s Catering www.kennyscateringco.com

IES Lighting www.interactiveesystems.com

Chaplain Larry Todd www.austinweddingchaplains.com

Angelic Strings www.angelicstrings.com

Seeking Sitters www.seekingsitters.com

Beauty on the go www.austinbeautyonthego.com

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