Austin Texas Desert Oasis Inspired Wedding With Vibrant Hues & Under The Stars Reception

*A Note From Cory Ryan Photography

“The day began with a sweet ceremony at Long Center for Performing Arts overlooking the gorgeous Austin skyline. Their sweet puppy Lucy walked down the aisle as ring bearer with her custom feather collar and basked in all the attention while Brooke was stunning in her Nicole Miller dress and bouquet made of feathers and succulents. After the deal was sealed, the evening festivities moved to the gorgeous garden grounds of the French Legation Museum for a Great Gatsby inspired evening of fun. The tables were decorated with Indian tapestries gifted from Jeremy’s dad, and some were even laid out into a picnic style area front and center of the stage. Vividly spray painted succulents in different shapes and sizes acted as the perfect accents to each table. The White Ghost Shivers warmed everybody up and got everyone moving, then LCD Soundsystem cover band All My Friends kicked the dance party into high gear. Even when the power circuit blew, the guests continued singing the song a capella until the end. I especially love the wedding poster that was designed by the bride and groom themselves! It was created to look like a show poster, and made for an awesome favor for the guests! At the end of the night, Brooke & Jeremy ran through a tunnel of friends out to their awaiting pedi-cab and headed out to their east side Austin after-party.”


What Storyboard Likes…

Oasis Among The Giants– The first thing that grabbed my attention about Brooke & Jeremy’s wedding was the genius desert oasis feel that they created in downtown Austin.  The ceremony location, perfectly spotted to view the city skyline, was dripping in touches that gave a true desert mirage touch.  While many couples I am sure have brought more modern feel to this location, I really respect & appreciate the nod to the Texas dryness, sampling the more colorful & rainbowed hue offerings that a desert can produce!

Green With Love– If you haven’t already noticed, I was a bit heavy handed in the floral department as far as my image selection goes.  I really couldn’t help myself!  There is so much to love about what Rosehip Flora did, then Cory Ryan Photography goes and takes some pretty fab floral shots on top of it!  I love everything about the choice of florals for Brooke & Jeremy’s wedding, really bringing a vivid desert oasis feel.  While the vibrant hues of the bouquets are quite the attention getter, for me, I am loving everything about the ceremony set up!  From the potted desert plants that line the aisle to the absolutely gorgeous wooden crate set up where our couple made it official.  The layering of the boxes is brilliant, while the styling inside them is superb.  I am a smitten kitten when it comes to this set up!

Feelin Kinda Awesome– There is an overall theme, from the personal style of our couple to their attitude & feel that I absolutely am eating up!  Brooke is ever stunning in her gorgeous perfectly slinky Nicole Miller, jeweled belt, & birdcage veil, while Jeremy is dapper as ever in his sneaks, slacks, vest & killer bow tie.  While its clear our sweet couple wanted an air of refinement to their day, it was ever more important to them that their guest feel comfortable & truly enjoy themselves when the time came, creating an awesome backyard reception feel.  There is an ease & dare I say casualness that goes along with their reception set up, that really expresses a good time should be had by all.  Brooke & Jeremy are definitely laid back cool with some suave fashion sense.

Novella of the Bride…

Jeremy and I met on New Year’s Eve 2008 at a huge party at our house.  That particular party was significant in that it brought several friendships together, launched our friends’ event and promotion business, Knuckle Rumbler, and brought Jeremy and I together. We mostly wanted to throw a party for our friends that was uniquely us.  We decide on “bow ties and boas” as the theme and then went from there.  We tried to use as many friends and local business as possible to really make it uniquely us and uniquely Austin.

For the ceremony, we thought having the Austin skyline would make for a dramatic, quintessential Austin backdrop.  For the reception, we wanted something that was in the heart of Austin.  French Legation was within easy walking distance of our usual haunts. My favorite moment was the dance party to All My Friends at the end.  Friends and family from all phases of our lives singing and dancing at the top of their lungs.


Vendor Love

Ceremony: The Long Center,French Legation Museum | Reception: The Long Center | Dress Boutique: Unbridaled | Florist: Rosehip Flora | Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering | Cake: Austin Cake Ball | Bakery: Mr. Natural | Band: Hayden Bagot,White Ghost Shivers & All My Friends | DJ:Sense and Color Lighting | Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus | Photo Booth: Alison Narro | Event Designer: Sarah K. Wolf | Photographer: Cory Ryan Photography