We're a little late in posting this, but we wanted to share our recommendations for the incredible team of vendors, who made our wedding day beautiful and stress free.
Reception Site: The Hills Country Club
Event Coordinator: Amber Inberghttp://www.clubcorp.com/club/scripts/section/section.asp?ns=pch&mfcode=thicc
When we first arrived at the club to try to meet with the events coordinator, we thought that it was far to beautiful to be in our price range. The main room has floor to ceiling windows with a view of the waterfall on the 18th hole of the golf course. We were very impressed to find out that it was actually the least expensive reception venue on a long list that we had visited! The events coordinator, Amber Inberg, is easy going, friendly, proffesional, and had an incredible knack for anticipating our needs before we even knew we had them! She even set aside time at the beggining of the reception for us to have some alone time, to let the fact that we were married (!) sink in.
Incredibly beautiful, affordable, and a phenomenal staff!!!!
Photographer: The Mill Photo Studio (Tyler Schmitt)http://millphotostudio.com/
We decided that because pictures would be what we had to help us remember our wedding day, we wanted to have the best photographer possible. We interviewed a number of photographers, with whom we were very impressed, but ultimately decided on Tyler because he seemed to have an uncanny ability to capturie the emotions of an event. He was also super laid back in and willing to adapt to our specific needs. At the church, we had a limited amount of time after the ceremony to get formals done, but he was able to them taken, even though we had given him a huge list (we've got pretty huge families.)
Tyler's easy to work with, he's an incredibly nice guy, and most importantly his pictures are out of this world!!
Sampling of our photos:http://millphoto.blogspot.com/2010/05/wedding-courtney-gerry-austin-texas.html
DJ: Full Circle Media (Kevin Smith)http://www.fcmedia.com/
We wanted a DJ who would be a tactful master of ceramonies, play a few select songs of ours but ultimately make smart decisions about music based on our preferences, and who would not steal the show. Kevin exceeded our expectations. He was a joy to work with; both professional and easy going. When we met with him before the wedding day, he had us fill out a questionnaire rating our music preferences, he used this to put together a music selection at the wedding reception that all of our guests danced to and enjoyed (which was very impressive, especially considering the fact that our music preference doesn't include typically "danceable" genres.)
Funny story: We told him that under no circumstances was he to play the chicken dance UNLESS it was requested by the mother of the groom. Guess who requested the chicken dance? It was fun though.
Easy to work with, smart with music choices, and tasteful.
Florist: Texas Blooms (Karen Sebens and Erin Simpson)http://www.texasblooms.net/
The ladies at Texas Blooms were fantastic! I had no idea what I wanted and kept changing my mind. We also had a limited budget to sitick to. Karen and Erin helped me decide on a flower choice based on our colors and budget. They were beautiful! The center peices even lasted unitll the next day where we reused them for a Sunday brunch!
The ladies at Texas Blooms were easy to work with, and helped us to make a beautiful floral selection even with budget constraints.
Baker: Sweetish Hill Bakery (Leila Valenzuela)http://www.sweetishhill.com/
The baker at Sweetish Hill was super laid back and nice, giving us a perfect 5 for 5 in selecting personable vendors. She helped us design a wedding cake and even made a grooms cake with a scene from a comic that the groom created.
Lovely, creative people, and the ultimate reason we selected this vendor: DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS cake.
I can't imagine a better team of vendors! I hope this helps anyone getting married in Austin!!!