When WE was invited to partner with Rebekah and Joe on their wedding we knew that it was going to be something special! Rebekah and Joe had such a unique story, and individual perspectives that we had an overload of ideas and themes to incorporate. Was it even possible to have an African safari/rustic/French-country/ranch-chic wedding? ABSOLUTELY!
To help us accomplish this feat we asked Pearly Gates Designs to work with us to design the perfect invitation and wedding logo to carry the event personality through the wedding from the very first item that Rebekah and Joe’s guests received ... to the last party favor passed out the night of the wedding. They didn’t disappoint! We drew inspiration from the Kilimanjaro trail map where the couple met while trekking to the top of the mountain, and paired it with the rustic charm that they were both drawn to in the rich greens, blues and coppers of the rivers, mountains and trails that they love to explore. The wedding was held on a private ranch with a large party space that allowed for dramatic backdrops and design.
For the sunset ceremony under the mesquite trees, we worked with Bouquets of Austin, and Loot Vintage Rentals to create a rustic and chic ceremony site. The seating was a mixture of vintage church pews and dining room chairs for a unique take on traditional wedding seating. The mix of the two provided a casual, but elegant seating area for Rebekah and Joe’s guests. The vintage alter table was covered with candles and gorgeous flowers in rich white and green hues to complement the heritage trees that provided the canopy for the wedding. Hung in the trees above the Bride and Groom were cut glass chandeliers from Loot to lend some old-world glamour to the ceremony space. The aisle entrance was flanked by two stunning white pottery urns in the fleur-de-le design with arrangements in whites and greens. The fleur-de-le was carried into the cocktail area with pottery in vibrant turquoise and cobalt blue colors with trees and plants from Garden-Ville, and opulent table drapes from Marquee Rents in complementing colors. Bouquets of Austin helped to complete the color transition from wedding to cocktail hour with bright and bold flowers in Rebekah’s favorite colors of coral, pink, rich blues and purples. The cocktail signage and schedule of events featured wording in Swahili, the native tongue of the Kilimanjaro region of Africa.
For the reception…what do you do when you need a 60 foot backdrop for the wedding cake? You call Loot Vintage Rentals of course! Loot created a beautiful hand-dyed muslin backdrop to span the width of the pavilion and provide a dramatic backdrop for the festivities. They helped transform our brown cedar-paneled space into a chic and whimsical room for dinner and dancing. Local metal and paint artisans brought the Pearly Gates logo to life creating life size versions of our wedding logo for the ranch gate and the wall of muslin. The space was transformed by Bouquets of Austin with hundreds of candles, and stunning florals in the vibrant colors carried over from cocktail hour. The atmosphere was magical, and made complete with festoons from ILIOS Lighting. The night was topped off with a performance by the Texas Jamm Band featuring members of George Straight’s Ace in the Hole Band.
As the evening wound down, guests were given small muslin bags hand-stamped with the wedding logo in a copper ink and filled with Rebekah’s favorite lavender scent. Guests showered the Bride and Groom as they left for their honeymoon with fresh lavender seeds. Party favors were local Round Rock Honey in vintage inspired honey jars, and succulents in small mason jars for guests to enjoy and take home. As Rebekah and Joe drove off in their custom decorated Tuende, a vehicle common to Africa, a fireworks display by American Fireworks of Austin exploded in the sky above the guests. It was a perfect ending to such a unique and memorable night. Thank you to Rebekah and Joe for letting WE be a part of such a special memory!
A special thanks for all of our wonderful vendors!