A home grown Austin wedding: Liz + Matt

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When it comes to planning, designing, and building a super fabulous wedding – you can’t really get much more perfect than a pair of architects. Insert today’s lovely couple: Liz & Matt, who met in NYC while starting work at the same architecture firm on the same day (it was fate!) Nearly three years later, these two moved to Austin, the perfect place to host their gorgeous wedding, the theme of which is almost as adorable as their story – “a home grown wedding under the stars.”

It’s no surprise that these two talented professionals designed, built, and crafted nearly everything themselves – including all the paper goods, lighting stands, loads of bunting flags, and more. We are officially impressed.

The venue was a beautiful old church structure from the early 1900s. A ceremony held under giant oak trees, a cocktail hour on the neighboring lawn, dinner on the gravel patio, and of course – dancing inside the house. Doesn’t that just sound peeeeerfect?

Can you guess what this delightful seating chart was made out of? An old school bus door! Courtesy of their landlord, who had previously used it as ‘yard art!’  We think this is a much cuter use.

Those pretty table settings look so classy under the strands of lights with the glossy black chairs and white linens. Liz used Ikea tea towels in lieu of paper napkins (cute idea), along with vintage vases, tablecloths and overlays, and count ’em SEVENTY sets of vintage silverware. Yeah, wow.

Liz & Matt were devoted to keeping the ceremony as much about family & friends as possible. This beautiful sign was a gift from Matt’s sister, in memory of her husband Chris (Matt’s brother-in-law), who unexpectedly passed away earlier in the year. The quote on the sign, by Chris, was a loving tribute to Liz & Matt and a sweet and playful recount of the early days of their relationship.

What a happy, charming, and lovely event. All the comforts of home with the beauty of Austin’s scenery and weather. Well done, you two, and congrats!

Photography: The Nichols (Jennifer and CJ are such awesome folks!) / Venue: Mercury Hall / Catering: Word of Mouth / Music: Rock ‘n Roll Rentals & iPod / Desserts: Bride and family / Ice Cream: Amy’s Ice Cream / Flowers – Concept and Design: Elizabeth Lewis / Assembly: Loretta Flower / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Lee via Ebay / Bride’s Shoes: Frye / Bride’s Earrings: Silver Seasons / Bride’s Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. / Hair: Shannon Hacks-Briggs at Path Salon / Make-Up: Nisa Nicole / Groom’s Suit: already owned / Groom’s Shirt and Tie: Banana Republic & Macy’s / Groom’s Boots: Lucchese / Groom’s Wedding Band: Jesse Danger via Etsy

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The Wedding Outlet on Dec 7, 2010

The guest book signing table is great, I love how the photos of the couple are put on display.

Julia @ Brides Up North on Dec 7, 2010

Been reading the site for ages, love the new look, am adding you to my "LINKS I LOVE" on my blog. xxx

Jennifer Nichols on Dec 7, 2010

Liz and Matt are such wonderful people, with fabulous design sensibilities! We had a great time documenting their wedding day!

Rachel - theWeddingVine on Dec 7, 2010

The flower cup cakes are so cute! Great idea!

paperdollmn on Dec 7, 2010

The more I see individual or "not totally matching" bridesmaid dresses, the more I can't believe any of us ever fell for uniformity.

lydia {ever ours} on Dec 7, 2010

love all the DIY details.

Sarah on Dec 7, 2010

Wow this is beautiful! I love all the sparkly lights.

Tasty Fare, Pretty Wear on Dec 7, 2010

What a gorgeous wedding - the little details make it so personal and meaningful.

liz on Dec 8, 2010

thanks ladies! I had far too much fun planning it. and sarah--- small world lady, I hope to see you around. lots. and words to the wise: the nichols are talented as they are awesome. aka: matt really wants to ask CJ out for a beer/man date. you will too, I think.

RobbieLee at Chickiedee on Dec 8, 2010

What a precious wedding! I love the colors and the banners...

Dynamite Weddings on Dec 8, 2010

Love the idea of their own bridesmaid dresses!

Jessica Define on Dec 8, 2010

There's so much to love about this wedding, that bus door, the maids in different dresses, that sweet reminder of the groom's brother. AND DUH I LOVE THE NICHOLS. I may be a little biased, they'll be at our wedding in 2011 and Jennifer couldn't have done more for us than she already has---these two are unparallelled.

Betsy on Dec 13, 2010

Love the invites -- were they DIY or ordered somewhere?

Ann on Dec 14, 2010

LOVE the flower petal cupcake liners. Where did you get them? Please tell!

liz on Dec 15, 2010

Betsy - I made the invites myself via a combination of gocco and blind letterpress. (a labour of love, to say the least). Let me know if you'd like more info on them!

liz on Dec 15, 2010

And Ann - the cupcake liners all came from Bake It Pretty (http://www.bakeitpretty.com) - good luck!

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