Rachel’s Austin Courthouse Brunch Wedding


I asked, and the wedding answered

by Rachel W. Miller, Contributor

Rachel, Editorial Director & Eric, Mechanical Engineer

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: A simple but romantic morning courthouse ceremony followed by a brunch reception with a little Austin flair.

Soundtrack for reading: “Riptide” by Vance Joy

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The wedding answered all my questions, and all the answers were the right ones. Yes, everything ran on time, even though we were on a super tight schedule and spent thirty minutes looking for my car keys. Yes, the serendipitous mint green vintage car showed up. Yes, I was having one of the best hair days of my life. No, my family wasn’t doing their typical pre-important-event thing where they snap at each other nonstop and seem to lose sight of the fact that this is supposed to be fun. Yes, my dress fit, even though it was made long distance and I didn’t try it on for the first time until three days before the wedding. No, I didn’t turn into Kristen Bell getting a sloth when I said my vows (though Eric came pretty damn close). Yes, having a DJ was the right choice and yes, it was a good idea to have five cakes.

The wedding magic meant everything went according to plan, but there were still some surprises. Like the moment when the cake knife broke. Or the moment when we realized that yes, people would dance—and by “people,” I mean Eric and me, which nobody saw coming. Or that point when we realized, Oops, Eric never exactly told his family the entire truth about how we met (online, and then I moved to Texas, uh, three weeks after our first in-real-life date) but my best friend Beth doesn’t know that so she’s clearly about to tell the whole story in her speech and it’s going to be hilarious and amazing and what can they really say now?

Favorite Thing About the Wedding

Having all of our family and friends in one place—a place that happened to be super charming—and experiencing amazing weather!

Rachel W. Miller

For most of her life, Rachel has loved the sound of her own voice. She loves reading, doing yoga (she still refuses to call it “practicing”), hanging out with her dogs, and talking Eric’s ear off. She lives in Houston, TX. You can read more from her on her blog.


The Info:

Photographer: Katherine O’Brien | Location: Austin, TX | Ceremony Venue: Williamson County Courthouse | Reception Venue: Lamberts Downtown BBQ | Rachel’s Dress: Made by her grandmother | Fascinator: BHLDN | Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Purse: Rent the Runway | Eric’s Suit: Bachrach | Eric’s Shirt: Thomas Pink | Eric’s Tie: Geoffrey Beene | Eric’s Shoes: Florsheim by Duckie Brown via Nordstrom Rack | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic | Groomsmen’s Ties: Michael Kors | Groomsmen’s Shoes: Aldo | Officiant: Spike Gillespie | Hair: Bell Chic | Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon | Flowers: Last Petal | DJ: DJ Chicken George | Two-Tier Cake: LoveBirds Sweets | Single-Tier Cakes: Made by a friend | Invitations: Jen Simpson Design | Cake Boxes: Bayley’s Boxes | Crossword Puzzles: Etsy | Broom: Etsy (decorated with homemade paper flower) | Marriage Certificate/Guest Book: Jennifer Raichman | Buttons: Designed by a friend, printed through Zazzle | Gold Vases and Paper Flowers: DIY | Honeycomb Balls: Devra Party | Piñata: Prospect Goods

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  • http://cafeaubride.blogspot.com/ Catherine

    HA, love the part about his family not knowing the full story of how you met. I feel that way with my partner some of the time, since we met before a lot of people assume, under slightly messy circumstances. and these pictures are gorgeous, congrats :) !

  • vegankitchendiaries

    RACHEL!!!!
    Got up and got a cup of coffee for this one and switched into Internet Explorer to so I could listen to your sountrack for reading… These are *so* lovely and every bit worth the wait. (Uh… is it weird I’ve been waiting for this post SO BAD?) I’m biracial too and, as I’m sure you well know, there aren’t a lot of pictures of ‘biracial brides’ on Pinterest, ya know? And I know it’s your job to look at pretty wedding stuff all day long but what really strikes me about your wedding is the beautiful SIMPLICITY of everything. Less really is more. Especially if it’s “less” with some huge handmade paper flowers on the side, I guess! :)
    I’ve loved all your posts – your writing is awesome! I wish you and Eric every happiness together xoxo

  • Amy March

    I still can’t get over how lovely your dress is.

    • vegankitchendiaries

      DAT FASCINATOR THO!

      • http://www.therewm.com/ Rachel W. Miller

        My wedding gave me a taste for fascinators and now I want to wear them for every occasion!!

  • Molly Kopuru

    This is absolute perfection, but who’s surprised?

    • vegankitchendiaries

      Yep.

  • Elizabeth

    The most important thing I got out of this was the discovery of Rent the Runway.

  • Erin

    You all look like supermodels, it’s unbelievable. But the one of you and Eric in the car? Talk about 1960′s Kennedy glamor! Swoon. Your posts have brought such joy and perspective to this reader and I wish you and Eric a long and beautiful life together. Congratulations!!

  • http://readingandthensome.blogspot.com/ Martha Smith

    This is all well and good, but were there waffles????

    p.s. The dress is fab. Almost as fab as that cute new husband.

    • http://www.therewm.com/ Rachel W. Miller

      Haha there were not waffles! But since you asked, I’ll share the menu…

      Prickly pear margaritas as the signature cocktail
      Passed appetizers: deviled eggs and cornmeal-fried Gulf shrimp skewers (which came with the best Ranch dressing)

      And then…there was the brunch buffet:

      Blueberry muffins, cinnamon rolls, and jalapeño cornbread muffins
      Housemade migas
      Biscuits & gravy
      Chopped iceberg wedge
      Lamberts baked mac and three cheeses
      Jicama, carrot, and cilantro slaw
      Brown sugar, coffee, and chili rubbed natural beef brisket
      Achiote and limerubbed free range chicken
      Rosemary crusted smoked niman ranch prime rib

      It was some of the best food of my life.

  • Ally

    5 cakes is ALWAYS a good idea. Also echoing the supermodels comment – total babes!

  • http://instagram.com/mint.car Kamala

    Ah!! I’ve just loved reading all your wedding posts. The car pictures are perfection. Is it because my go to username is mintcar? Possibly, but more likely it’s because they are some seriously kick ass pictures. Cheers and a lifetime of happiness to you both!

  • Caitlin_DD

    I have been looking forward to your posts! Beautiful. Also whoa your flowers look amazing,

  • Emma Klues

    Kristen Bell sloth mode reference for the win! But also beautiful and amazing wedding.

  • enfp

    I’ve really enjoyed all of Rachel’s posts, and looking at these gorgeous pics with her writing in mind was the perfect capstone to her posts. Congrats on an amazing wedding!

  • Amy Elizabeth

    Oh Rachel! I’ve truly loved reading your posts this year. These photos are AMAZING!

  • Rachel Mount Hofstetter

    I love every.single.thing about this. But especially this: The wedding answered all my questions, and all the answers were the right ones.

  • beelitenotfab

    You look so beautiful and so in love!

    I really especially love your bouquet.