Our family begins arriving into town tonight and we are over the moon! We’ll be hosting our first Thanksgiving here in Austin…and we’ll be finally reunited with our labradoodle Leo! (He’s been “vacationing” in California for the past two months as we made our transition to Texas). It’s going to be such a great week filled with food, wine, fall weather (yay!) and our loved ones. I’m planning to keep our table simple this year and already have my eyes on mustard napkins from World Market and the wheat bundles from Trader Joe’s in place of flowers. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and enjoy the time to indulge and relax with family!
This gorgeous Fall wedding kicked off our October in the best way possible. Z+E were the kindest, most genuine souls we’ve had the pleasure of working with and we are beyond thrilled with how their design-forward vision came to life. Our favorite moments had to be the wedding cake and homemade baked goods presented by the bride’s father and the beautifully-executed rain plan right before dinner commenced. The bride and groom loved the rain and fully embraced the change in weather for a sweet, intimate photo session. Shoutout to Kelly Brown for capturing every little detail so eloquently and for the talented, hardworking vendor team below:
Catering Katie Powers Catering | Cake made by bride’s father | Florals Willow & Magnolia | Hair + Makeup Glamour by Kary Li | Linen La Tavola | Lounge Pieces by Violet | Photography Kelly Brown Photography | Planning + Design Andria Leigh Events | Rentals Bright Event Rentals
Some of you may have already heard our news but for majority who haven’t… WE ARE MOVING TO AUSTIN, TX in just 11 days!
Here’s what might be going through your head…
Why the heck are you moving to Texas?!
What does this mean for your business and ALE?
Will you be doing weddings in California still?
And what can we expect to see in 2019?
I’ll get to these questions in a moment, but first wanted to begin with all the feelings that have emerged over the last two months: Excited. Terrified. Uneasy. Nostalgic. Homesick. Anxious. Secure. Ready. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions and took me longer than I had imagined to process selling our very first home in Oakland. My fiancé, Chad, and I will forever cherish all the memories, traditions, and epic parties (yeah!) we threw with our closest friends and family. We loveeee to entertain what more can I say? ;)
Now to answer the questions above….
My fiancé is in real estate (house-flipping) and is moving his company’s headquarters to Austin. Having both been born and raised in the Bay Area, we’re looking forward to a new (and hopefully cheaper) lifestyle change too! We’ve visited Austin several times over the past couple years and are huge fans of the people, hospitality, delicious food, lakes and music scene. But things I’m not so looking forward to are the humidity, Texas insects, and ditching my daily yoga pant attire! Regardless, I am happy to say I’m ready to embrace this new adventure together along with our fur baby Leo.... my mom (who actually grew up in Houston) has not stopped texting us “ya’ll” since we told her the news.
We will be expanding our services within the Austin market and I couldn’t be more excited!! I will continue to run my business from our new place in ATX while also traveling back to California for events. We have Northern and Southern Calif. weddings booked through Fall 2019 and have structured our packages to include all travel and accommodation so there are no hidden fees (ps. we also love destinations!!). 95% of my job is done remotely through phone calls and emailing, and luckily, my amazing clients have taken the news so incredibly well! They are the ones that motivate me the most and are what keep this biz thriving even in the thick of wedding season (a.k.a right now).
I was so fortunate to have grown my team this year by adding four wonderful event production assistants. They have not only helped with flawless execution at our events, but have motivated me as a business owner to dream bigger and reach higher. Moving forward, I plan to continue growing the ALE brand among California’s wedding industry while simultaneously settling our company’s headquarters and roots in Texas. If you are a vendor or wedding professional based in ATX, I would absolutely love to meet in person over coffee or a glass of wine! As cliché as it sounds, there’s nothing I enjoy more than meeting new faces and building long-lasting relationships in this crazy, beautiful industry.
Lastly…what should we expect in the next year? Well, that’s a tough one! Settling in a new market would probably have to be the biggest priority for 2019. I really crave routine and am looking forward to getting back into a work groove in a new place and a new setting. Expect to see more face-to-face interactions on the gram. Expect to see more real weddings and styled shoots showcased on our blog. And expect to see more personal updates like planning our destination wedding and some home design inspo - I’m a sucker for interior design! We’re moving into a high-rise apartment downtown, which if you know me, is not typically my jam. I’ve been madly pinning inspiration for minimal/cozy/chic apartments which has been far too addicting. Stay tuned for Friday where I’ll be sharing my recent pins!
This was very therapeutic for me to write out in words but if any questions or topics were missed, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Have a great Wednesday ya’ll! :)
Hi loves + happy weekend!
I often get asked where my favorite weddings have taken place, and that answer is simple: backyard weddings! There’s something so special about getting married in one’s family or childhood home, and the one you’re about to see is no exception, as it took place in my very own hometown of Los Altos, Ca. The bride and I didn’t know each other growing up (having gone to different high schools), however we crossed paths post-college as we embarked on short-lived (ha!) sales careers in San Francisco. I feel so lucky to have been part of Amira + Mason’s wedding day and really enjoyed getting to know their families along the way too. With almost a two year engagement so they could focus on a new move and graduate school, we had such a relaxed and joyful time planning all the details for their summer wedding. It’s one I’ll hold in my heart for a longgg time :)
Cake Susie Cakes | Calligraphy The Bright Line Studio | Catering The Party Helpers | Dress Lace & Bustle Bridal | Florals Laura’s Floras | Invitation Just Jurf Designs | Linen La Tavola | Planning + Design Andria Leigh Events | Photography Cate Beth | Rentals Danny Thomas Party Rentals | Ring box + Table number stands Esselle SF