A Joyous, Festive, Boozy Brunch Wedding Is What You Need Right Now


It might be the most fun part of your day

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Gabriella, pediatric home health nurse & David, senior video producer

Sum-up of the wedding vibe: A mid-morning brunch wedding full of color, laughs, ugly crying, dancing, and booze.

Planned budget: $12,000

Actual budget: $15,000

Number of guests: 110

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Where we allocated the most funds:

Photographer, venue, and catering were evenly matched. We knew that photos were the most important to us both, so you can say we were extra lenient when it came to that bill. Both Leah (of Leah Muse Photography) and Whole Foods were great about working with our budget. While we did spend the most with them, it was still totally doable.

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Where we allocated the least funds:

DJ, decorations, and flowers. Our friend DJed for us (fo’ free!). We provided a loose playlist (mostly of songs deemed dance-worthy by our two-year-old: Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, T. Swift, etc.) and let him have fun with the rest!

Gabriella and her mom made 90 percent of the decorations by hand, which Gabee started quickly after the engagement. Pom-poms took the place of flowers as centerpieces, which added a whimsical flair—all representative of her quirk. Gabee’s mom also made ribbon wands with tiny bells attached to make for a fun, colorful (not to mention mess-free) exit!

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What was totally worth it:

Leah was totally worth it. Photos are forever. When we asked her a week before the wedding if we could add a second photographer, she happily agreed. We can’t speak highly enough of her, her creativity, and her kindness.

Also, trusting our friend, Jennifer Holt (also, fo’ free!), in coordinating the day of the wedding. She made sure everything went off without a hitch. If anything went wrong that day, we didn’t know it.

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What was totally not worth it:

There was lots of rain the few days leading up to the wedding. We were in a predicament where we had to team up with the couple that was having a wedding the night before ours and put a deposit on a tent in case of rain. We would then share the cost of the tent should we both choose to use it. However, if the couple before us chose to cancel the tent, we were going to end up footing the entire bill (which ultimately they ended up canceling, of course). The tent was a safe bet but cost just as much as the venue, so we stressed out big time about the rain and having to pay another $4,000+ for a dang tent. We decided to gamble with Mother Nature and to not go with the big tent and got a smaller tent that was already covered by our initial deposit. Needless to say, we ended up having a sunny (read “humid”) morning and afternoon without rain. Long story short, it was totally NOT worth worrying about the rain.

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A few things that helped us along the way:

Our family and friends really helped us along the way: David’s parents with money for catering, Gab’s with the photographer and paying for and making decorations. We had an assembly line for people to make pom-poms at our house and Gab hosted wine-y, bridesmaid nights to laugh the planning stress away and make boutonnières and pom-pom centerpieces.

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My best practical advice for my planning self:

Be flexible. You’re going to get married whether it rains or not. You’re going to get married if the flowers are a different shade than your well-intended color palette. You’re going to get married even if your food is soggy and cold by the time you sit down. There are things you can plan for and can have all of the checklists and spreadsheets, but in the end you’ll need to compromise and just enjoy the day. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN.

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Favorite thing about the wedding:

Gab: Our ceremony was really beautiful. A close friend was our officiant and his words made us all smile and laugh. I told myself before I walked down the aisle to look at the faces who love and support us around me, and to then face David and be in that moment with him. After our “I do’s” and dancing down the aisle to Pharrell’s “Happy,” I remember telling my new husband, “Oh my gosh, that was so much fun! Can we do that again?!” Also, some very close friends of ours sang a cover of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys for our first dance and that was phenomenal and very sentimental.

David: Our reception was bumping. For a brunch wedding, our DJ had people dancing their asses off all afternoon. Guests were throwing their shoes to the wayside. At one point, they were rushing the DJ booth and grabbing the mic to lip sync their favorite songs to the crowd. (Gab: David absolutely did just that)

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Anything else we should know:

Our wedding invites were printed and hand assembled by us and were designed by David’s super talented cousin. Our wedding favors to our guests included mini burlap bags of coffee beans from David (we’re known coffee junkies) complete with floral, original “Thank you” stickers to tie-in our invite. My gifts to our guests were brightly colored, Mexican, handmade palm leaf fans that came in extra handy from the night’s residual, sticky air. More favorite details came down to the festive, paper straws for the bride’s cocktail and the papel picados under the centerpieces as well as bandera table numbers made by the ever-talented mama Dee (Gab’s mom). The bride’s build-your-own Bloody Mary bar was also a huge hit with all the fixings (including BACON!) and a killer hot sauce spread. Lastly, mimosas. Many mimosas.

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The Info:

Photography: Leah Muse Photography | Wedding Location: Austin, TX | Wedding Venue: The Allan House | Gabriella’s Dress: Alfred Angelo | Gabriella’s Shoes: ModCloth | Gabriella’s Denim Jacket: Etsy | David’s Shirt: Nordstrom | Ties: Etsy (no longer available) | Papel Picado Rounds: Etsy | Invitation Design: Department of Brewology

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  • idkmybffjill

    Ooooh this looks so fun. This is one of those weddings that makes you wish you’d been invited!

  • Kat

    Omg that red denim jacket ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

  • Lisa

    I love all of the colors in this!! Was the Gab’s chest tattoo the inspiration for the decoration, or was it happy coincidence that everything seems to match perfectly with it?

  • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

    There is pure joy radiating from every photo.

  • Emily

    Yes! Yes! Yes! All of this is pure love and joy and pretty much exactly the vibe I want at my own wedding. Congratulations!

  • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

    Can I tell you how much I love the pom-pom everything? They’re even in the bouquets!

  • Jane

    That ceremony backdrop (+ all colorful ribbons on the chairs) is sooo fun. I just feel happy looking at it.

  • Ashlah

    I am so in love with all of this!!

  • I can’t get over this magically colorful wedding. Y’all are beautiful.

  • macrain

    Your son is so adorable that my heart just broke a million times over. (That one of him dancing!)

  • PeaceIsTheWay

    Wow, this looks so fun, and I love the bride’s hair do! Congratulations!

  • Another Meg

    This whole thing is so gorgeous. I love how saturated with color it is! And everyone looks so happy in every shot.

    Congratulations to all 3 of you!

  • Lawyerette510

    I love everything about this! Congratulations and thank you for submitting and to AWI for posting on a Monday morning. It was just the shot-in-the-arm I needed!

  • cml

    This is all so colorful and fun! I’m not sure which part is my favorite, but that cake is gorgeous.

  • Oh dude pompom bouquets! I hadn’t even thought of that and I’ve got a pom pom maker.

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