Sarabeth + Stephen
11.2.2019 | Austin, TX
Stephen and Sarabeth met 11 years ago as high school sweethearts. After building a life together for 11 years, they were both ready for their I Do. Both from Austin, Stephen proposed under the iconic Christmas Tree at Zilker Park and plans of a hometown wedding set into action. Sarabeth lives for old Hollywood and the décor of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel were the roots of her vision.
The couple wanted to merge in a pop of “Palm Springs” opting for South Congress Hotel as their dream venue. After a seamless planning process, the wedding day quickly arrived. With sunny skies and perfect weather, hair and makeup were off to a start in one of the hotel’s infamous suites. Beloved hair and makeup artists Donna Bruns and Aili Hudson of Mirror Mirror jumped into action prepping the bridal party to the nines. It finally came time to slip on the bride’s favorite Stuart Weitzman heels along with a stunning Peter Langner gown and veil.
The couple opted for classic black and white wedding party attire and the bride’s high-set statement veil inspired by Priscilla Presley was a must from the start!
Guests gathered for the ceremony in the outdoor courtyard at the hotel and were met with a tent by Whim Hospitality, later turned into a lounge and bar area. Classics played by Terra Vista Strings set the tone for the start of the evening. Little Yellow Flower Design incorporated planters of pampas grass and protea along with the most gorgeous desert-inspired floral arch. The couple’s dog, Bandit served as best-man along with his sister and brother and the bride’s entrance from the top of the Otoko stairs left guests speechless. As a nod to the groom’s heritage, their ceremony featuring traditional Mexican wedding elements was officiated by the groom’s grandmother. Each team of padrinos and padrinas showed their support for the couple offering arras matrimoniales and el lazo and by the end of the ceremony, these long-time lovebirds were so happy to be married.
The reception invited guests into a sneak peek of Sarabeth’s design vision along with a fabulous dinner, delicious cake and a dance party to remember. Design elements inspired by the Beverly Hills hotel were larger than life banana leaves, all shades of pinks and greens, a pop of tropical elements. An installation above the dance floor keep the tropical feel going as guests danced the night away. and retro cover band ‘Love & Happiness’ staged in front of a velvet curtain backdrop for added vintage flare. Late night milk shakes and fries were added to the menu as a nod to the 1950’s/60’s Americana treats. Even Elvis Presley made an appearance as the couple’s sign in turned coffee table book! The wedding suite included the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel stripes with other elements including the couples’ beloved pets hand-drawn and designed by local artist, Claire Ferguson.
A must-have photo booth by Oh Happy Day also kept guests wildly entertained throughout the entire evening. After a classic sparkler send-off into a perfectly classic car from the 1950’s, the couple was off to enjoy a nightcap in the hotel bar with friends and family! A honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas immediately followed the wedding at the Esperanza.
photography by Elizabeth Denny Photography