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Finally Hitched: Wedding Pictures!!

Guerassio-Cobb Wedding

Not quite 2 months ago, Ian and I finally tied the knot! 😄 We were married at Villa Antonia here in northwest Austin hill country. After having nervously watched the weather for two weeks, September 20th dawned bright and beautiful. We had gorgeous weather that somehow managed to also not be too hot for the non-Texans attending. Our ceremony was outdoors under an arch, overlooking the rolling hills. Our reception was indoors in a lovely space that included a stage and built-in bar. Both were the perfect size for our relatively small wedding of 65 people.

Ian and I were both super nervous right before the ceremony, as we had written our own vows and were going to attempt to say them from memory. We both had notecards in our pockets in case of emergency, and the officiant had a copy, too, but they ended up not being needed. And once the ceremony was over, we were able to relax and just have fun. Our lovely flower girl, Sienna, was quite well behaved the whole time, too! Aside from eating a few rose petals down the aisle.

The reception was the usual stuff: food, drinks, cake cutting, toasts. We had an open bar, and the menu included two wines that Ian and I had home-brewed. Background music was two acoustic guitarists, who did an amazing job. We didn’t have any dancing, since neither of us really like dancing and we knew if we had it we’d have to. So instead we had a newlywed trivia game, where we sat back to back and had to answers questions like “Who has the crazier family?” without being able to see what the other answered. Guests could submit questions beforehand when they RSVP’d and at the guest book table, and it ended up being pretty entertaining. We also did a bouquet toss and garter toss, and both Ian and I had to throw twice as his didn’t make it the group and mine hit the ceiling the first time.

And now, without further ado: the pictures! I know there are a lot, but this is seriously as much as I could narrow down. You should see the Facebook album.

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The Day

Our wedding colors were aubergine purple, light sage green, and silver. I designed all of the paper goods myself, from the invites to the table numbers to the signage. And had a blast doing that, if I’m honest – my inner paper aficionado got to geek out a lot.

The Details

You know I had to sneak dragons in there somehow. Fun fact: the big wooden doors we were announced through for the reception? The handles are also dragons, which I didn’t realize until about 10 seconds before we were announced, when Ian pointed it out. 😀

Overall, it was a beautiful day and went mostly smoothly. Our venue had a day-of coordinator that handled all of the vendors and little details, which made things SO MUCH LESS STRESSFUL. Seriously, she was awesome. Shout out to Ms. Chris! We are both so happy with how the day went, and thinking back on it makes me smile. Which is what you want for your wedding day!

Are you married? What was your wedding like?

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Honeymoon Recap: Art

Warning! Possibly NSFW, lots of artwork with classical nudes coming up. I am a designer, with a pretty good studio arts and art history background, so it’s no wonder I like to visit art museums. The surprise is that Ian, a very math-and-logic engineer type, LOVES art museums. So of course, on his first ever trip to Europe for our honeymoon, we had to fit in some of the art heavy hitters: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. There of course is art everywhere over there, but here are some highlights. Again, lots of pictures, […]

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Honeymoon Recap: Scenery

Ok, the scenery is by far the biggest category in my honeymoon photo recap series (if you missed Food, it’s here.). So I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking. There are captions on each one if you mouse over, and clicking will open up a lightbox viewer. Have you ever been to Europe? What’s your favorite place?  

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Honeymoon Recap: Food

I wanted to share some honeymoon photos with you guys, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. We visited 5 different cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, Nice and Paris), and did day trips to half a dozen more, so breaking it up by place would mean a LOT of blog posts. We also took about 1500 pictures, so trying to do it in one post clearly wasn’t going to work. I finally settled on just sharing some highlights of our three favorite things: the food, the art, and the scenery. Today is the food. Apologies in advance if it makes […]

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32 Before 32

As promised yesterday, here is my new list of goals that I hope to accomplish before my next birthday. On a sidenote, I might be getting old enough that I need to do like a half-age before age kind of list (i.e. 16 before 32). Or else fill it up with really easy things. To be mulled on for next year. Now, in no particular order: Go to a design conference. I’ve been to a blogging conference, and a freelance conference, but not a conference specifically for design. Staycation or vacation with Ian. After the wedding and honeymoon this year, […]

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31 Before 31 Goals Recap

It’s that time of year again. No, not pumpkin spice season. Today is my birthday! I turned 31 in the wee hours of this morning. We are kind of Event’d out, though, so not doing anything big. Ian has something small planned for tonight, and then tomorrow we’re doing dinner out with a group of friends. Low-key, just how I like it! So, my annual check-in. Last year, I made a pretty ambitious list of goals to complete before this birthday. Then, of course, life happened. In some very good ways (got engaged and married!) and bad ways (finding out […]

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Things That Kept Me Sane During Wedding Planning

  I don’t know if you’ve picked up on this here over the past few months, but wedding planning was a lot of work. A lot of exciting but stressful work. Between that and running my own business, I had a lot on my plate. Occasionally (frequently) I needed to just completely shut wedding thoughts (worries) out of my mind and indulge in some brain candy. In the normal course of life, this would mean diving into some books. But even a book can take too much mental effort sometimes. Instead, I sank into a good old-fashioned Netflix binge, with […]

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