Like many others, this week my college graduation was officially canceled and I can now empathize with those who are dealing with the sadness of losing the joys that come with an official celebration for a ceremonious occasion.
While nothing can truly replace a scheduled event like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a birthday party, etc, right now we have to make do with what we have and Awe Events ATX has created, Curated: Micro Parties and Socially Safe Celebrations. Our new service will be bringing the parties directly to you so that we can continue to celebrate in these uncertain times.
We are partnering with Austin’s top vendors to bring socially safe celebrations to life at your door! Some of the services that Curated will offer are caravans, elopements, intimate family gatherings and celebrations. A few services that will come with these micro parties are professional photography, live music, treats from luxury vendors and decor.
When was the last time you were able to look forward to an upcoming event, get dressed up, and celebrate with family and friends? The goal of Curated is to allow our clients to glam up again and indulge while reconnecting and elevating experiences that have otherwise been canceled or postponed. Our lives have been shifted dramatically and the way we regularly do things are now compromised, but we won’t let the accomplishments and celebratory occasions of our friends and loved ones be diminished. Curated micro parties are allowing clients to seal these celebrations as happy and memorable occasions.
Whether it’s a milestone birthday, wedding/elopement, anniversary, bachelorette party, shower, engagement party, holiday, gender reveal, graduation, or retirement, we are able to customize these parties so that they are curated to fit your needs. Below you will find our first package; The Juliette!
Safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we are working hard to ensure that these parties will meet all guidelines for social distancing. To learn more about Curated, visit our website! Our expert planners are available for virtual consultations and able to prepare custom proposals.
During these unfathomable times, the way we do life has changed. Now we are required to think innovatively in order to conduct ourselves with some normalcy while staying safe and following the rules.
That is exactly what Pearl Snap Farmhouse/Pearl Snap Cuisine has done in creating Drive-In Events! Jackson and Alicia Bolton, the owners of Pearl Snap Cuisine, are resourcefully and creatively converting two separate 5-acre pastures at their ranch in Austin, Texas, into a drive-in event space. Located just 21 miles south east of Downtown Austin, the event space will be complete with a stage and video screen with audio for weddings, graduations, recitals, fundraisers, and more.
This is allowing guests to "celebrate together, safely apart". Not only do guests have a safe environment to host their event, Peal Snap Cuisine also has catering covered with prepared meal boxes! We asked Pearl Cuisine to elaborate on their efforts with a Q&A:
What kind of events are possible at this space?
-We have been getting requests for so many types of events such as graduations, where a graduate can still walk across a stage for their family to see. Family members or guests could take to the stage one at a time to give a small speech or give a little future advice to their student.
-We are also doing fundraisers that would normally have to have been postponed or even cancelled due to not being able to get guests in one place.
-Weddings would be wonderful here too, cars lining our very long driveway where the ceremony could actually take place right in between on a lovely gravel drive with gorgeous Texas country views all around. A first dance followed by a cake cutting by the couple all right there in the middle for their guests to see and cheer them on. What a spectacular image!
-Another client is looking at hosting their dance recital. What a great and safe way to have an audience for the dancers to perform to since they have been working so hard remotely.
We would love to talk with anyone wanting to host a safe and memorable event. The sky is really the limit to what we could do if we dream and create together.
What is the price for Drive-In Events and what is included?
The venue space is $500.00 for your event and then just $20/guest. That will include a personal boxed meal and bottle of water brought to each car practicing the safest health standards to ensure a great and safe event! We will offer other options as well to make the event more custom and personal, just like any planned event only with a different view point!
Are Drive-In Events in compliance with sat at home orders?
We have found this to be the safest possible option for adhering to the safety measures for all guests and truly this would be even more of a safety measure as there could be an entire function with no guest to guest interaction. As guests will be remaining in their own cars and parked at an outdoor only space they would be able to partake in the festivities from afar watching on a big screen. Very much being part of the action, seeing all the tiny moments and such but still being safe and distant. We will have 20 beautiful wooden benches scattered around the 10 acre area for a park like feel that the guests can utilize nicely distant from one another for a breath of country air.
This way everyone can participate without being worried that they are exposing themselves or their loved ones too quickly.
How far in advance do clients need to book?
We are accepting bookings now through the end of the year, even into next year if a client desires, as dates are available. We would like to begin small events in mid May/ June provided all regulations continue to flatten out and remain open.
What are the options for meal boxes?
We will have a menu that the client can select from when planning their event, much like they normally would. We will have a vegetarian/vegan option available and continue to use our fresh onsite grilling that we are known for. We want to make it simple for our guests and super tasty.
Although things are looking really different these days, we applaud Pearl Snap Cuisine for creating a special way for people to still celebrate the big moments, while staying safe. Cheers!
To contact Pearl Snap Cuisine for more information or an inquiry: click here
We recently had the pleasure of executing a beautiful modern fiesta inspired wedding. In todays post, we will be sharing some of our favorite decor moments from Nichole and Jordan’s special day that made this luxury event come together so perfectly.
1. Triangle Arch
A beautiful backdrop can be as simple as this floral and wooden triangle arch combination. The florals in this wedding were a made up of fiesta colors and the 2020 pantone making it the perfect balance of modern and traditional.
2. Southwestern Meets Modern
This unique cocktail hangout spot was complete with a mix of modern and southwestern patterned pillows. Our favorite is this embroidered pillow next to a pattern of Drake. This lounge also featured a customized photo shopped portrait of the couple’s engagement session; an incredible detail!
3. Tile Table Numbers
These tile Talavera numbers were a fabulous addition to this centerpiece decor. They added a modern touch by surrounding the tiles with succulents and variety of bud vases for pops of color.
4.Shots Around Modern Architecture
The South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas was the perfect setting for Nichole and Jordan’s photos. The modern architecture and greenery made these photos feel as if this was a destination wedding! These picture-perfect moments took this event to the next level.
5. Neon Sign
Personalized neon signs have become a popular wedding trend over the last few years, and we’re obsessed with Nichole and Jordan’s! Surrounded by a beautiful garland of greenery, this “It was all a dream” sign, provided the perfect background for photos. As a bonus, the pink hue was a great source of mood lighting for the room.
6. Paper Stars
We saved our favorite decor staple for last! Paper stars are all the trend right now and these metallic gold ones made the perfect overhead for the couple’s dance floor.
As event planners, we are passionate about creating extraordinary experiences for our clients and their guests, and at Awe Events ATX, we specialize in modern event design; so in reference to Nichole and Jordan's, "It was all a dream" neon sign, this wedding was a dream for us to do!
This event would not have been possible without the help of these vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Awe Events ATX
Venue: South Congress Hotel
Florist: 3 of Cups
Photographer: Two Pair Photography
1. STAY CALM
If there is something I have learned during the last 3 weeks, specially as an event planner in Austin, Texas, is that fear and panic make things worse. Yes, it is a given we are experiencing some hard times but this too shall pass. If you need help reach out to a therapist, spiritual leader or planner and share how you feel. Sharing is the first step to healing and you might get a few new coping tools foe your tool box.
2. GET ORGANIZED
Maybe it has been a month since you dived into your wedding planning folder, maybe even more. Take a few hours to settle, gather all your quotes, brochures, business cards and get them organized. I like to use Google Drive and create labeled folders for each vendor. I also have a timeline sheet, layout and vendor sheet. When we get organized out mind clears as well, making it easier to get work done.
3. BASIC INFO PARAGRAPH
One of my essentials when planning is creating a basic info paragraph. I write the couple's full names, the wedding date, the venue, the guest count, ceremony start time, event end time and what I am requesting from that vendor. You can also add emails and phone numbers if you like the vendor to have all of that info ready to go.
An example of "what to request from a vendor" would be: " Two passed appetizers, 5 course buffet with 2 vegan/vegetarian options, sustainable disposable plates, beverage station with water & tea, coffee and hot tea station from 9pm-11pm, cake cutting, cake plates, flatware and napkins and 2 southern mini desserts ( i.e. pecan pie bites and peach cobbler in cups). We need the catering staff to set up tables, chairs and linens, buss trash during the event and stay until 1:00 am to clean up trash and break down tables and chairs."
This makes it 100% easier to reach out to vendors since you are not having to start from zero in each email.
4. MORE TIME TO SCOUT & QUOTE
One of the positives of all that we are experiencing right now is the fact that couples and vendors have more time. I see vendors getting inquiries and I know they are taking more time to perfect that quote and to give you the best customer service experience. I see vendors updating their websites, galleries, creating more educational content and offering virtual meetings. Isn't the internet great?
In conclusion, I encourage all couples to keep planning their day, see the silver lining of potentially having more time. Be more intentional with your decision and with your "wedding whys". Use this opportunity to make this day even more unique and more you that originally thought. After all this passes, people will need an awesome party and your wedding my friend will be just what they need.
Veronica Gonzalez- Laboy
Lead Planner, Awe Events ATX
Awe Events ATX, Austin Wedding Planner, Austin Wedding Staffing, Austin Wedding Lighting company based in Austin Texas.
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Mixing together different religions, customs, and familial formalities can add a layer of complexity when it comes to planning a multicultural wedding. That being said, multicultural weddings are some of the most intimate, fun, and vibrant wedding days we have the opportunity of capturing every year. As a multicultural couple ourselves we’re familiar with the traditions of our backgrounds and a clear perspective of what it takes to capture a multicultural wedding in photos and films.
We’ve written a brief guide of our approach to multicultural wedding days using some of our Frequently Asked Questions below. Enjoy. :)
Can you capture wedding events that occur before our actual wedding day? i.e. Celebrations, rehearsal dinners, parties, cultural ceremonies.
Yes! In general you can hire us for an hourly rate but you also have the option to invest in individual films. We normally recommend 2 videographers to capture ceremonial events or rehearsal dinners, but the choice is up to you.
We don’t necessarily want a whole video of our ceremony the day before our wedding day. Is it possible to use that footage in our wedding highlight film?
Yes! We highly recommend this. Adding the footage to your wedding highlight film is free and gives us extra amazing footage to work when creating your wedding highlight film. You just pay our hourly rate for coverage.
How many second shooters do you think we should have?
We recommend 2 shooters for most weddings days, but there are scenarios where a 3rd or even a 4th shooter may be necessary. As videographers we can’t be everywhere at once and if we are limited in where we can stand throughout your day or can’t move at all during key events like your ceremony then it’s likely you’ll need more shooters. We can always set up multiple cameras but without enough shooters to operate them we can’t redirect them as necessary when you, your officiant, or other participants in your wedding day move around.
How do you go about capturing our wedding day ceremony?
We love when couples ask this question because we gain perspective on what limitations we may have ahead of time and we can let them know what liberties allow us to make the best film(s) for them. In general we like to have 1 videographer on the move during your ceremony to adapt to anything unexpected that may happen. If your officiant moves into the crowd to speak or you move to an area that our other cameras can’t see at a given time, this videographer has you covered. The other videographer(s) typically operate 1 or more stationery cameras, managing lighting settings, the camera’s focus point, and making sure they are shooting the correct person that is complimentary to the other angles. This might sound complicated but since we’ve shot countless weddings a lot of this happens harmoniously between our team who are seasoned pros.
Do you capture audio of everything?
Absolutely! Every aspect of your films is important to us and good quality audio is a must on your wedding day. It can really make or break the most emotional and compelling moments of your day. We use lavelier mics pinned to the couple, officiant, and speakers to capture their crystal clear audio at important moments of their day. Some of our favorite times to mic you up that you might not have thought of are during your first dances, first touch and first look.
We have family who can’t make our wedding day so having a lot of footage is important for us. What do you offer for them?
A lot, actually! Our Full Ceremony Film and Reception Events Film will capture everything they want to see from those two points in your day. They’re both long form and comprehensive. If you know that your relatives will want to see anything else then from your wedding day we can make films for those too.
Joshua & Parisa
Joshua and Parisa, Austin Wedding Photographer and Austin Wedding Videographer, duo based in Austin Texas.
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We all know planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Our mission is to make things easier & fun, so here is our Valentines Day gift to you.
1. NO STRESS MINDSET
Before you start or wherever you are in the planning process, set in your mind that you will go with the flow and not get stressed. It is really that simple. As a professional I assure this is the #1 advice I can give. When you let go of worry, control & stress and start trusting others, wonderful things will happen. You will love each other more, the families will be more united and your day will go 1,000% better.
2. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Simplicity is truly the ultimate sophistication. Minimalist design is trending and a classic look never goes out of style. Keep your colors, tablescapes, linen choices & layouts uncomplicated. You don't need to plan an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette, welcome cocktail and post wedding brunch . This ensures no overthinking, no countless hours of sourcing & quoting specialty supplies and vendors.
3. GIVE YOURSELF SPACE
Create your planning schedule and allow for a one month break every 3 months to unplug, date and reconnect with friends and family. Make memories, talk about non-wedding related topics, read a great book, attend a Zumba or Yoga class or plan a short getaway. This will help you recharge and avoid burnout.
4. BE THANKFUL
In this busy world its easy to lose perspective. You are planning a party with your favorite people after all. Take a few minutes to thank your partner for walking along your side in this journey. Write a hand written note to your best friend and thank her for being your accomplice. Most importantly thank yourself for being brave, strong and an overall superhero in the game of life and wedding planning.
5. SELF CARE AS A PRIORITY
The most important vendor is not your venue or caterer is YOURSELF! What is the point of this massive endeavor if you are too burned out, tired & emotionally drained to enjoy any of it? Make taking care of yourself your number one goal. Avoid crash diets, do exercise, go to therapy, do facials, journal, hike, drinks lots of water, eat lots of vegetables and lower your alcohol intake. Make laughing & joking a must and let go of anything that takes you off center.
I hope these tips were helpful. I enjoy seeing my clients balanced & happy, so anything I can do to help fully nourishes me. If you liked this blog please comment and share. I would like to know what your self care routine looks like.
Veronica Gonzalez Laboy
Awe Events ATX
Veronica is an Austin Wedding Planner that prioritizes seemless planning, modern design with
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