The word that comes to mind when I reflect on Mary and Claire’s wedding day at Springdale Station is ‘heartfelt’. It was a celebration of their dearest friends and family of a relationship that grew in Brooklyn, that they brought back to Austin. A day that spoke to love and connection. A day that was perfection.
Opting to do a first look at their East Austin wedding venue, Claire and Mary got ready with their bridesmaids separately. Claire at her parents’ home, with their parent’s two golden retrievers and their own labrador Scout. Mary at iconic Hotel San Jose. There was much reminiscing of how they all met, some at college, others a sister, talk of how when Mary met Claire and likewise their respective world’s became a bit brighter. There were sweet moments of a mom fixing the beautifully draped back of Claire’s dress, of dear friends fawning over Mary who looked a picture. Then they were off to Springdale Station, as time seemed to race towards the ceremony.
Claire waited with excitement for her bride-to-be in the courtyard, a simple greenery backdrop for such a momentous moment. Mary slowly came up behind her and brushed her arm – a quiet moment between the two before their friends emerged from the reception room, they sweetly waved back. So began their wedding festivities. As bridal party portraits were arranged with the historic train station backdrop, family continuously arrived. Each new guest resulted in a new wave hellos and delight at the beautiful couple. Amongst it all, a flower girl niece decided her bouquet was quite delicious. As more guests arrived Claire and Mary hid away for a handful more portraits prior to their ceremony. Springdale Station’s grounds complimented their colour palette of navy, toffee and soft pink beautifully with the warm-toned trailer, and deep blue shipping container, and lush greenery.
The guests took their seats in the courtyard. The ceremony was draped by string lights. The front of the aisle had a statement piece, of panelled doors framed by dried palm fonds, pampas grass, and subtly-toned florals. The flower girl and ring bearer tottered down the aisle, much to the delight of Claire’s father and Mary’s mother who looked on, waiting to walk their daughters down the aisle. Each bride walked to their parent and to each other at the front of the aisle, Mary lovingly holding her mother’s hand as she continued to Claire.
So began their personalized ceremony. Where we heard their story, of how they met, of how we were all there that day because people had fought for their right to marry. How wonderful they were for each other, for how thankful they were for those that supported them, and the promises they made to each other. With cheers they kissed and walked the aisle, this time side by side, to applause and delight. Mary and Claire chose to steal away for a moment, to take it all in before joining the crowd who embraced them.
It was an evening of celebration. Of Mary’s father joining the celebration by video chat and offering a speech, of their parents standing beside them and giving them their blessing and love. Their guests enjoyed the family-style wedding meal provided by Fresa’s. To kick off the dancefloor Claire and Mary shared their first dance under the string lights surrounded fully by their closest family and friends. They rocked in each other’s arms before breaking off to dance with brothers and father.
So the night faded away. The live band Hot Wax mesmerizing the dancefloor with a continuous stream of hits, of dance circles around the brides.
Congratulations Mary and Claire.
Venue: Springdale Station in Austin | Planner: 3 Cups of Events | Florist: Rosehip Flora | Catering: Fresas | Dessert: Quack’s Bakery | Music: Hot Wax | Furniture Rentals: Loot Rentals | Hair and Makeup: Mission Stylehouse | Claire’s Getting Ready: Her parents’ home | Mary’s Getting Ready: Hotel San Jose | Second Photographer: Brittany Esther | Dress: Madeline Gardner and BHLDN
You may also be interested in Rebecca and Andrew’s Barr Mansion wedding and Anjli and Derek’s Mattie’s at Green Pastures wedding. If you are hosting your wedding at Springdale Station, I would love to be in touch.