An Austin wedding that exuded casual elegance

When Sophia and Louis were students at Washington University in St. Louis, their friends decided to set them up. Once the two met in March 2015, the rest was history. They dated throughout college and even moved in together after Boston.

In June 2020, the duo set out to start a new chapter: living in Austin, Texas. To break up their cross-country trip, they visited their families in Louisville, Kentucky, and Little Rock, Arkansas. “I think this time allowed us to deeply evaluate our relationship and what we wanted from our lives together,” shares Sophia. For Louis, the visit was a special validation of his future with his girlfriend. On the last leg of the trip, he spontaneously announced his plans. “He casually looked at me in the car and just said, ‘We’re going to see rings in Austin,’” Sophia recalls. After perusing the selection, she chose an exquisite diamond sparkler.

The following month, while the couple was vacationing in Sedona, Arizona, Louis officially popped the question. He knelt down as he gazed at the picturesque red rocks. After saying “yes”, Sophia was finally able to wear the diamond ring she chose a few weeks earlier.

Since the couple got engaged in 2020, they have experienced the challenges and uncertainty of planning a wedding during a global pandemic. “Although we were lucky that we never had to change our wedding date, the stress of coming up with Plan B and Plan C during an already stressful process was exhausting,” reveals Sophia.

Because the bride knew that planning a wedding remotely would be a difficult task during a pandemic, she and Louis decided to tie the knot in their new town. They also wanted to introduce Austin to her friends and family, so choosing the venue seemed like a natural choice. While searching for venues, they stumbled across Mattie’s Austin and knew it would be the perfect place to get married. “You have the feeling of being in a southern state 100 miles away, while you’re literally only a five- to 10-minute drive from downtown,” Sophia says. “The beautiful peacocks that roam the property were also a bonus.”

Sophia and Louis invited 115 guests to experience Austin and celebrate their love story on October 10, 2021. Read on for the details behind their big day, coordinated by Pearl Events Austin of the Month and photographed by Jeff Brummett .

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Initially, Sophia did not have a clear vision of her special day. After changing the aesthetic several times, the bride finally settled on “casual elegance.” “We’re not overly formal in our lifestyle and we wanted our wedding to reflect that,” she explains. To let the natural beauty of her place shine through, they selected a neutral color palette that featured shades of ivory, blush and sage.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Photo by Jeff Brummett


To get the party started, Sophia popped the bubbly while opting for comfort in a white robe with sheer sleeves and an embroidered neckline. Her bridesmaids coordinated in matching pajama sets with white trim as they got ready.

For glamour, the bride selected a natural makeup look. She had her hair swept to the side and styled in loose curls, pinned in place with a shiny bobby pin. “I’ve always preferred to have my hair down, but I knew I wanted something a little more dramatic than my everyday hairstyle,” she says.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Sophia wore a silk crepe trumpet gown with a deep V-neckline, low back and floral embellishments by Alexandra Grecco. When the bride tried on this number for the first time, along with 20-30 other dresses, she made no impression. After returning to the bridal salon and testing the design for the second time, everything clicked. The bride describes the dress as “a casual elegance that reflected the atmosphere of our place, but the illusion back made it more interesting and non-traditional.”

She completed her ensemble with vintage Chanel shoes, lined with flowers. “This went perfectly with the floral embroidery on the back and train of my dress,” she says. For jewelry, she kept it simple with a pair of drop earrings.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Sophia brought an all-white assortment of roses, white beach roses, sweet peas, lisianthus, anthurium, ranunculus, baby’s breath, orchids, and amaranth. A raw silk ribbon tied the entire bouquet of hers.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


For his wedding day attire, Louis opted for a classic black Ralph Lauren tuxedo.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


The duo exchanged vows under the property’s sweeping oaks. A hedge of white delphinium, bluebells, baby’s breath, and greenery bordered the aisle. White urns filled with white lisianthus, silk cherry blossoms, campanula, and baby’s breath topped four pedestals that framed the altar.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Photo by Jeff Brummett


Sophia and her father walked down the aisle, while Terra Vista Strings played Train’s “Marry Me”.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Photo by Jeff Brummett


Sophia’s aunt officiated at the ceremony and incorporated the couple’s vows into the script. They were “very loved and excellently delivered,” according to Sophia.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


After kissing, Sophia and Louis took a break with Chris Brown’s “Forever” while guests showered them with flower petals.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Photo by Jeff Brummett


The newlyweds snuck away for portraits after their exchange of vows. For Sophia, the easiest part of planning the event was selecting her photographer, Jeff Brummett. “Jeff came highly recommended to our place, and I immediately knew why,” shares Sophia. “Her photos of him were elegant but bold. They had a combination of being beautifully photographed, but still managed to evoke the joy and emotions that accompany a wedding day.”

Photo by Jeff Brummett


An elegant ballroom added to the relaxed aesthetic and provided guests with a comfortable place to unwind. A blue-and-white striped parasol towered over a wicker sofa with neutral cushions, white chairs, a brass coffee table, and a fluffy white rug.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Although the couple didn’t serve a signature cocktail, bubbles abounded. They began the reception with a tower of champagne.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Photo by Jeff Brummett


In a transparent tent, guests dined under soft white curtains, hanging greenery, wicker lanterns and string lights, creating a romantic atmosphere. A collection of tapered candles and assorted white roses, bough roses, baby’s breath, anthurium, orchids, butcher’s broom, fern and amaranth dotted across white tablecloths. Each place was decorated with gold cutlery and plain white plates.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Since the couple spent much of their relationship exploring new places, they wanted to incorporate their love of travel into their wedding design. “Instead of traditional table numbers, each table was a special city or country we had visited together, linked with a photo from our favorite memory,” Sophia details. They also integrated the reason for the trip into their seating plan.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Sophia and Louis sat in special seats, reserved just for the two of them. They had their wedding table draped in a champagne tablecloth, decorated with pink candles and marked with the same flowers that lined the aisle of the ceremony. “We reused all the decorations from our ceremony, as the flowers were too beautiful for a short ceremony,” Sophia explains.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Photo by Jeff Brummett


The newlyweds spent the first half of the night eating fried chicken and listening to speeches from their inner circle.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


The duo also decked out their bar with the same flower arrangements that appeared at their ceremony. A neon sign, displaying her last name and the wedding date, lit up the setup.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


For their first dance, the bride and groom swayed to Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning.”

Photo by Jeff Brummett


Before cutting her three-tiered white floral cake, Sophia changed into a feathered mini dress with a plunging neckline and sparkly heels with a bow accent. Louis also settled for a laid-back look by ditching his tuxedo jacket.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


“We knew we wanted a live band, but we were having a hard time finding one we loved in Austin, Texas,” admits Sophia. Once her florist raved about the Drywater Band, the couple knew they had to save them for their big day. “They completely exceeded our expectations,” the bride gushes. “We had so many guests come up to us and say it was one of the best bands they’d ever heard at a wedding.”

Photo by Jeff Brummett


After spending the night on the dance floor, everyone recharged with Whataburger burgers and friends for a late-night snack.

Photo by Jeff Brummett


The newlyweds left the reception hand in hand, as guests once again pelted them with petals. After the wedding, they embarked on an adventure-filled honeymoon: a Kenyan safari. Looking back on her nuptials, Sophia recommends creating a day that authentically captures her love story. “Ignore the ‘rules’ of the wedding process,” she advises. “Ultimately, the day should represent who you are as a couple. A wedding is what you make of it, not the other way around.

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