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!
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
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!!!!!