Halley & Carter | Chateau Bellevue Wedding

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The world is so small sometimes: Halley and Carter found me through my past clients Heidi and Adam, but upon joining a book club (that another one of my past clients, Erin, tipped me off about!), I was excited to find that Halley was already a member. So we got to know each other a little better at monthly meet-ups. Books! Bringing the best people together under the best circumstances!

You may remember this sweet couple from their at-home engagement session, photographed in Hyde Park. Rain again threatened to pour on their wedding day, but instead we had some beautiful, dramatic clouds and a sorbet-tinted sky. Halley and Carter were wed at St. Austin’s Catholic Church and celebrated at Chateau Bellevue downtown. Here is a small look at their day.

If you are friends or family of Halley and Carter, you can see their full gallery here.

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More credits: Hampton Inn; St. Austin Church; Chateau Bellevue (reception and catering); Pearl Events (coordination); Pollen Floral ArtRebecca Schoenveld (dress); Olivia Nelson (hair halo); Polkadots (cake); Groove Knight (band); Hint of Shimmer (MUA); Gypsy Chic Beauty (hair); Say Cheese (photo booth)

Sarah & Jack | Le San Michele Wedding

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It smelled like wildflowers and grass, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Sarah and Jack’s wedding had a homegrown, backyard feel: friends and family worked alongside the bride and groom to set up all of their small personal touches and details at Le San Michele in Buda.

The pair walked hand-in-hand down the aisle, handed each other tissues to dab away happy tears, licked peanut butter fudge wedding cake off of their fingers, and dance dance danced with some of their favorite people until the very last second.

If you are a friend or family of Sarah and Jack, you can view their gallery here.

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More credits: Le San Michele; G’raj Mahal (catering); Quack’s Bakery & Ken’s donuts & Whole Foods & Cornucopia; dress by Mori Lee; East Austin Succulents (DIY)

Portland, Seattle, Vancouver.

When I gave it a little bit of thought, I wondered why Tom Hanks’ character in Sleepless in Seattle, a grieving widower, would move from windy Chicago to rainy Seattle. “Wouldn’t he be even more depressed by the overcast weather?” I mused out loud (to my disinterested Walt). But oh. There was a bit of a role reversal when I visited the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago: it stormed and hailed in Austin, and it was nothing but blue skies and 65-degree winds in Portland and Seattle.

It was my first time in Oregon and Washington; I’d heard wonderful things but had never experienced it for myself. This was my second time to visit Vancouver, BC, and I arrived by Amtrak so I spent most of the trip peering out of the train windows figuring out how I could retire on the Sound.

The quality of light, the adorable Portland houses; Powell’s bookstore (a multi-storied palace of a million tomes, topped with a rare book collection that would make a person weep with happiness) and hippie-granola food joints: I fell a little bit in love with Portland.

Spending time with my friend Andrea (whom I’ve known since the 7th grade) in her neighborhood…

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Visiting the Japanese gardens:

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Peeping Mount Hood:

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Sunset at the Skidmore Bluffs:

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