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love to imagine this month’s stylish cover models and real life couple Justin Kitchen and Connie Mobley together on their first “date” back in 2000. They were 13 and on the same church youth group outing. They rock climbed, watched the bats at sunset under the Congress Bridge and started a close friendship that lasted throughout childhood. There is nothing like young, innocent love in its early stages. You can often find this striking pair rolling around town on Justin’s 2001 Honda VLK 600, clad in some rugged but chic ensemble that looks effortless for them to put together. When I first met them and then continued to follow their fun life in the fast lane on Instagram
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It seems that many people I know, or people they know, have taken a hit to the heart. Maybe it’s our age? People are pulling out of the land of small children, and women are wondering who the hell they are anymore, and men are hitting middle age and wondering how they can feel younger. Frustration and resentment build, and if left unchecked, a bomb goes off that sends shrapnel and pieces of family flying in all directions. Every time I hear about it, I ache. I wish I had been married long enough to know what to say. There has to be some female disease (I’m going to ask my OB, because he knows everything. Marco?) caused by doing and doing and doing for everyone else and then no longer being able to recognize what you want to do. If you had free time to do it, or wonder about it, I mean. The disease affects most women, particularly mothers, and although wine and an occasional girl’s weekend relieve some of the symptoms, sadly, they are not a cure. Doing for everyone else without replenishing yields a brittle shell. And brittle shells are not sexy, comfy, cuddly, confident, interesting or funny. Brittle shells are sharp. And fragile. I think brittle shells scare men, because men like fixing things, feeling respected and making ladies happy. So men look for younger, softer, easier to please versions, and this makes brittle shells crack into a million pieces. And in a few years, those younger, softer, easier to please versions turn into brittle shells. (If you give a mouse a cookie…) Or, instead of brittle shell, we get a bad case of restless mama. Restless mama has no idea how to fill her time when her children demand less of it, so she goes from one thing to the next, flitting from errands to meetings to driving around. She tries on different ideas, thinking she needs an identity fix, but it’s like a pre-date closet heap of nothing that fits or feels right. Her soul longs for something,
but she can’t quite pinpoint what that is, so she pins her unhappiness on her mate since he doesn’t understand her anymore anyway. Or so she thinks, but she hasn’t really talked to him about matters of the heart in such a long time that she doesn’t know how to begin. Restless mama fills her time instead of her heart, and this pisses her off, but she stuffs it because she has everything she ever wanted so she is supposed to be happy. She is vulnerable to old flames on Facebook and any fool who compliments her because she forgets she is lovely. I bet men feel the same way, going to work over and over again like Groundhog Day. Taking flack for working too much and always being on the phone, even though someone has to pay for everything that was supposed to make everybody happy. Kids get older and don’t give flying full-body hugs at the door, and wives seem distant, distracted and irritable. He wonders what she talks about when she stays out late with her friends, remembering when she used to tell him everything first and a glance or an inside joke between them was sly and intimate and playful. Where did playful go? Find out. Please. Before it’s too late. Before the bomb goes off. Before the grass you thought was greener turns out to be rye. Do this thing. Play. Make out, even (especially) if it’s awkward at first. Keep each other’s secrets. Make up new ones. Wink. Get a sitter. Get over it. Do something different. Resurrect a bff spirit and call each other first. Remember what you used to love to do together and do that again. Bring it, baby. Say what needs to be said before it has to come out sour. Take a road trip. Be affectionate even if you don’t feel like it at first. Get your groove on. Remember the Piña Colada song. Be vulnerable. Be ready. Be spontaneous. Be open. Old is the new new, people. When you find each other again, you find yourself.
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hough Elizabeth Lewis has hung her hat in Vancouver, Montreal and New York City, it was here in Austin that she found the creative community she was looking for. Architecturally trained and with a meticulous attention to detail, Lewis brought her design sensibilities to The Nouveau Romantics, her comprehensive wedding planning and production company. “It was an easy transition from architecture to event design—both are most concerned about the human experience and the way it unfolds,” she says. Offering event, floral and paper good services, in addition to planning, Lewis works closely with couples to create an enchanting wedding day, from the perfect venue down to elegant place cards. She begins the design process by getting to know her clients and developing inspiration boards before seeking out vendors, negotiating contracts and designing décor. Finally, on the big day, you’ll find Lewis and her team coordinating the day-of details to ensure a memorable celebration. “We are truly the only company in Austin that provides planning, design and floral and paper goods under one roof,” Lewis remarks. “It’s a big job, but nothing is more gratifying than looking around and taking in all our hard work.” While she describes her own aesthetic as “natural and slightly rustic” with a timeless quality, Lewis ultimately strives to capture the unique personalities of the couples she serves. “Our main focus is telling their story,” she says. “We hope those who know the couple walk out saying, ‘that was so them.’ For us, that’s the best job done.” For more information about Elizabeth Lewis’ work, visit thenouveauromantics.com. l. siva
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What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My husband, our dogs, some necessary music—which is pretty indicative of my priorities in life! What is the most beautiful place in the world you’ve visited? NYC. Morocco. A place so steeped in history, in age, that it’s hard to fathom what has gone on in its streets over time. My sense of time and evolution of world history has become more acute these days, and I find myself drawn to places that have strong cultural traditions. Turkey is up next! What was your favorite possession as a child? A hand-crocheted childhood blanket made by my paternal grandmother that I still have. We don’t have a lot of family heirlooms, so our few handmade items are
especially precious. What are you most proud of? I’ve moved around both Canada and the USA and have been able to cultivate a supportive community, eventually thriving in these places, despite the fact that I’ve usually arrived knowing no one. It was difficult at times, but it’s made me realize that my father’s advice of “you can do anything you set your mind to!” is true! Where and when are you the happiest? Possibly in a canoe, in the northern untouched wilderness of Canada, in the summer, swimming in lakes. The Northern Stars. Or else atop a mountain. I’m a proud Canadian! If you were an inventor, what would you invent? Teleporter. Flying is my least favorite activity hands down, but I’m a wanderer, and I can’t help it. I want to see the world but skip the recycled air and unfortunate food, please-and-thank-you!
What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I have dreams of taking up my long-lost competitive rugby career. I hear Austin Women’s rugby team isn’t half bad… If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be? I always wanted to be the architectural curator at the MOMA, because I love connecting people to other interesting people, places, things. And what an opportunity it would be to be involved in the discussion of how design and ideas should be presented to the public! I suppose it gets back to my love of storytelling, which is the heart of what I love to do. What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome? Starting and developing The Nouveau Romantics have forced me to own my entire personal and work history— mistakes, lessons learned, triumphs, all of it—and realize how much that has been integral in how I work and how I interact and work with my clients. But at the same time, this realization is really empowering. P h oto g r a p h y by n i co l e m l a k a r- l i v i n g s to n
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know what it’s like reading these “See the Shiny Happy Couple” columns. We all do. Especially when we are neither shiny, nor happy, nor a couple. I also know now that there is a way for anyone to be radiantly shiny and peacefully happy. It’s just not the way we all initially want to go because it involves some serious letting go—of our most cherished assumptions about love. The biggest one is the conviction that somewhere “out there” is The Love that will make us shiny and happy, and that we have to go find it, “get” it and then hold onto it for dear life. Dead end. It’s so the opposite. The love is in us, and we have to just be it. Be shiny and happy. Be love, not “get” it. Joaquin completely gets this. He is an incandescent fuzzy heartball. He’s magical. Really. Like, shamans and Latin witch brews and the year of the Tiger, oh my! He truly believes in things we can’t see. Like elemental spirits in our front yard. And love. I may be an aspiring word fairy, but he is a wizard with what goes beyond words. He intuits. I analyze. He dances and laughs. I take things seriously. He cooks with reckless abandon. I organize the pantry. A dear friend said early on, “If I had called up God and custom ordered a boyfriend for you, I couldn’t have ordered a better one. You perfectly complement each other. You are exactly what the other one needs.” So we are lucky. That’s a seriously unsung factor in love. But also, we both had let go of so much before we met. Cherished assumptions were surrendered or yanked from our hands. Again, lucky.
During our wedding planning, a minor kerfuffle had arisen, and my stepdaughter Elam was on the phone with me, gamely trying to sort it out and graciously trying to be supportive. Concluding her commiseration, she declared, “After all, this day is supposed to be all about YOU!” I appreciated her good intention, but the thought of this potent romantic fallacy gaining ground in another young heart concerned me. “Thank you, really. But, I think it’s pretty much the opposite. It’s all about everything outside of me. It’s about giving myself to something outside of me, way outside. And bigger. And not just to your dad. It’s about all of us. It’s about calling ourselves out. And committing ourselves to more than ourselves.” Our wedding cake was a simple white rectangle bearing an E. E. Cummings poem. I read the poem aloud to conclude the toasts, and we began cutting up the cake. Our youngest guest, my goddaughter Lulu, pointed out an apparently awkward issue. “Who’s going to get the piece with ‘death’ on it?” Indeed. What do we mean when we say we love someone to death? Smells of that ownership snafu, of what we hope to “get” and “keep” from love. Shouldn’t we love someone to life? Four years ago, I wrote another column for TRIBEZA’s Romance Issue. Joaquin and I had just met on Halloween. We had just said “I love you” on Thanksgiving. My deadline was January 15th. Barely six weeks together, and I was about to proclaim my love for him in print. With Joaquin, I felt a profound calm from Day
One. An un-parsed faith. And gobs of deep breaths and joy. Still, with pen poised over paper, it did cross my mind that, well, you know… you just Don’t Know For Sure. And this could turn out to be, you know… Rather Humiliating. Then, just as quickly it crossed my mind, “That isn’t the point.” Or more to the point, I saw clearly that such fears are born of those pesky assumptions. And like a lucky thunderbolt, I immediately understood that love is pretty much the opposite. That whether Joaquin stopped loving me tomorrow, or in two weeks when the issue hit the stands or in 50 years, it wasn’t the point. It wasn’t all about me being loved and everything about being loving. If I really love him, I simply love him. Irrespective of whether he comes or goes, stays or dies. And, whenever or however he leaves, I can, and should, speak the simple truth. That of course I am sad he is gone, but it doesn’t change the fact that I love him. That loving him is not predicated on him. That love is something we do, not get. Four years ago, I wrote, “I love him illimitably. Here, and now. Love, just beautifully and completely, Is.” With lots of loving effort, we are now. Today, each day, and forever how long are our days. I hugged Lulu, loving the young. We flung cake around, loving our world. We still read Saint E.E. in bed, loving him. We roll around in bed, loving each other. And, I ate the piece with “death” on it, smiling.
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nne Elizabeth is the most colorful spirit I have ever loved…and I like a lot of color. I think love can be described as color or the absence of it. Many people probably think of red or its subtle variations, from fuchsia to pink to warm white, when they think of intimate love. That’s interesting, because red is also the color associated with our root chakra. Many Eastern traditions teach that we have chakras, or clusters of life force energy, at certain points from the base of our spine all the way up through the crown of our head and that each one of them relates to different levels in our spiritual evolution. So, let’s say we begin with a primary need for love. It is fuel, it is a desire, and it is a start. But love is not this one thing we receive, and then we are on fire—we are cooked. It is many things and many colors both inside us and outside us that are constantly changing and changing us. The beauty of love—and its biggest challenge— is recognizing it in the energetic changing itself and not just in things that we like to anchor on like words and feelings and promises and expectations. Love is an Us. What I mean is, love is a You and an I entering into relationship and both You and I acknowledging that we have entered
a sacred grove. Even more, it’s recognizing that there is a part of You and Me that is no longer just you and me but is at the same time somehow this Us, and that this Us is not just a natural consequence of desire or will, but that it is a conscious creation. And a constant re-creation. The reason why love in the present moment feels so refreshing is because it just transformed that moment in a split second, right before our eyes or at the tip of our tongue or fingers or as our ears or noses receive it. So, we enjoy the experience of how love changes us when it pleases us. When love is challenging us, it is a different kind of joy. It is growing us, so try not to be afraid of the growing pains! Our wedding vows included this quote from Rumi: “The way you make love is the way God will be with you.” What better way to summarize how to actualize the divinity in us all? And then, when I Googled Rumi to make sure I had the words just right, I found this quote as well: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” My love is ever-growing with Anne Elizabeth. She has shattered over and over again the structured framework that I felt and assumed love
was. It is nerve-wracking sometimes to wonder how we each see the hues of love when so much transformation is taking place in front of us and in us. But after a few deep breaths, it all becomes clear that love is still there, that it never was absent, but merely shifted into an expression of itself I have never conceived. It is in moments like these that I am engulfed by a wave of realization that I am more in love than ever with Anne Elizabeth and that we can keep being more and more in love. I think men can sometimes cling to old frameworks of what they think love should be out of a misdirected need for control, for a sense of ownership over themselves and their destiny. I know that I have done this before. So, this is my definition of love now. Feeling and loving your every day, every moment experiences without understanding why you don’t completely own them anymore. And without needing to, because this joyful Us does. I am madly in love with my wife and completely aware of our love’s own life. This self-consent makes every moment purposeful, beautiful and inspiringly peaceful. I am blessed to love with and be loved by someone who also loves coloring farther and farther outside of our own lines.
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his month, Art Alliance Austin invites Austinites to embark on a roving exhibition of the city’s most dynamic art spaces. Entering its 10th year, Art Night Austin will showcase one-of-a-kind galleries, paired with chef-prepared bites, drinks and music, all supporting Art Alliance’s public art commissions across the city. “Our mission is to engage people with great art,” says Meredith Powell, Executive Director of Art Alliance Austin. From contemporary art at Women & Their Work to an interactive digital installation at the historic Scottish Rite Theater, Art Night Austin offers a “transformative and inspirational excursion,” featuring the diverse cultures of Austin neighborhoods and the unique art created in each one. While guests roam the city’s galleries, they can savor gourmet fare from local hotspots like Kenichi and La Condesa for an “immersive experience” of Austin’s creative community. Refreshments and music complete the ambiance, and for those who prefer not to drive to each gallery, chauffeured transportation will be provided. Ultimately, Art Night Austin is a celebration of the city we love, and this year’s selection of venues span the largest number of neighborhoods yet. “The experience is very much rooted in place,” Powell notes. “Each space shares insight into the culture of the neighborhood and, as a whole, our city.” M. Blam
The Mending Project by Beili Liu at Women & Their Work (2011). Photography by Rick Kern.
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museums & galleries
Art Spaces Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center
ou never quite know where you’ll end up when you journey through Wendy Wagner’s artwork. With her whimsical paintings, animations and ceramic and fabric sculptures, Wagner whisks viewers away to a dreamlike, otherworldly space, populated by a colorful cast of characters, from catlike Flying Snouts to Fun Face, Tootie’s magical Maltese. “I’ve always had a childlike spirit in my work,” she says, “and that’s the beauty of it—it doesn’t have to make sense to anybody but me.” Inspired by cartoons, family and memories of childhood, Wagner explores the limitless possibilities of youthful wonder and imagination. For her latest exhibition, Look to the Left, the artist drew from her ongoing struggle with brain cancer. Diagnosed last May with a malignant tumor, Wagner underwent multiple surgeries that left her without peripheral vision on the left side of both eyes. As a result, Look to the Left is a reminder to herself to reclaim the entire canvas: “My brain is being retrained that there is a left,” she says. “Through painting, I’m reaching out to that left void and speaking to it.” At the heart of the exhibition is Wagner’s sprawling “Look to the Left” tryptich, which spans 20 feet and bursts with vibrant colors and enchanting shapes only Wagner could dream up. The exhibition, currently on display at Women and Their Work, also includes short animations, animation stills and “Qwerkys,” a collection of soft sculptures featuring the fantastical characters who fly, float and skip through Wagner’s art. “I hope my work makes people smile,” Wagner says. “It’s all about being fun, happy and a little bit silly.” For more information about Wagner’s work, visit wendywagner.com. Look to the Left is available for viewing at Women and Their Work through March 14. L. SIva
700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org Blanton Museum of Art
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center
300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum
2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org
200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org
419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6, F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
O. Henry Museum
1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney
409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org
image courtesy of wendy wagner
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Galleries Art on 5th
1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors
3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 jwinteriors.com Artworks Gallery
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com
Austin Art Garage
2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios
7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com capital fine art
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com champion
800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By Appt. Only championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory
2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab Davis Gallery
837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com
2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon
4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek
2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 11–4 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery
608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W 11-6, Th 4-8, F-Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery
1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com La Peña
1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com
Fredericksburg, TX (800) 999 0820 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 whistlepik.com
Women & Their Work
1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 Pro–Jex Gallery
1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Red Space Gallery
1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com
Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com sofa
1319 Rosewood Ave. By appointment only sofagallerytx.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery
227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org
1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com
Lora Reynolds Gallery
360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com Lotus Gallery
1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery
6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery
1011 West Lynn Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 (512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com Testsite
502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only fluentcollab.org Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com whistle pik galleries
425 E. Main St.
M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s
1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org Yard Dog
1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com
Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression
4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence
330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com Bay6 Gallery & Studios
5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com Big Medium
5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries
4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space
613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org
Also on view
shapeshifting: new Methods of Drawing by Bethany Johnson and Ann Tarantino Laguna Gloria 3809 W 35th Street Austin, TX 78703 amoa-arthouse.org Image Credit: Michael Menchaca, (detail) Dios De La Noche, 2011, Serigraphy, 15 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the artist.
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The Confet ti commit tee Whether they’re handcrafting party hats for New Year’s Eve or hundreds of paper flowers for a wedding, Tara Morris and Amanda Witucki of the Confetti Committee are dedicated to the craft of custom-made experiences. A one-stop shop for unique design elements, the Confetti Committee was born from Moon’s own wedding this fall, when Morris and Witucki worked together to create a bright and colorful celebration, complete with a wall of vintage photographs and a clothesline hung with guest messages on Polaroid snapshots. From centerpieces and installation art to custom-made photo booth backdrops and vignettes, Morris and Witucki’s work is all about leaving guests inspired by the beautiful and playful atmosphere created especially for the occasion. “We want people to be dazzled by our unique design,” Witucki says. “We hope to keep the memories of an event stirring well after the last guest has left.” For more information about The Confetti Committee visit facebook.com/theconfetticommittee.
Elizabeth Volk began her career in jewelry design in the third grade with a craft box full of friendship bracelets she sold during lunch breaks in the playground. Though the business venture didn’t make it past grade school, a penchant for color and jewelry making remained with the designer. Today, at Elizabeth Volk Jewelry Design, she creates exquisite pieces of jewelry, pairing delicate shapes with striking stones like bright lapis lazuli and smoky purple fluorite. “I was always frustrated that I couldn't find exactly the jewelry I wanted,” Volk says, “so I started making my own pieces as a hobby and quickly became obsessed. When sales to friends and family became more than I could balance with a full time job, I took a chance early on and decided to make a business out of my passion.” For more information about Elizabeth Volk Jewelry Design, visit elizabethvolk.com.
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For photographer Ashley Garmon, it’s the details that make the perfect wedding day. “The first thing that I photograph at every wedding is the hanging gown before the bride puts it on,” she says. After 15 years of photographing weddings, however, Garmon had yet to find a hanger worthy of the bride’s dress: “I’ve often been disappointed that despite the beauty of this carefully chosen dress, it is often hanging on a plastic hanger,” she remarks. “Or worse, a wire hanger from the dry cleaner!” Last year, Garmon launched Heirloom Hangers, a collection of elegant wooden hangers engraved with the wedding date or with the names of the bride and groom. Unlike the plastic variety, each Heirloom Hanger is custom-made in Texas, a small work of art and a keepsake to be treasured long after the wedding day. For more information about Heirloom Hangers, visit heirloom-shop. com. D. Jenkins
confetti committee Photo by RobertO choa of RBO Photography; heirloom hangers photo by ashley garmon; elizabeth volk photo by kate leseur.
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Award-winning photographer Dan Winters met his wife of over 20 years when he was assigned by Vanity Fair to photograph actors from a film that was produced by the company Kathryn worked for at the time.
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Dan Winters Photography
While working on the post-production for a film in LA, Kathryn
done 17 jobs he had not billed, and he couldn’t even afford to buy
Winters was asked to coordinate a photo shoot for Vanity Fair of
a car. He is someone who does what he loves but isn’t focused at
the director and cast. Dan Winters was the photographer on the as-
all on money. In between movies, I took some time off to help him
signment. There was a lot of pressure on Kathryn to make the shoot
straighten things out. I billed all the jobs, and the phone was con-
happen on Sunday, but Dan said he wanted to go hiking with his dog
stantly ringing with more assignments. Setting up shoots was so
on Sunday, so it wouldn’t give him time to scout a location. Kathryn
similar to everything I had done that it was a natural transition for
remembers: “I was really frustrated and thinking, ‘who is this guy?’
me. When it was time for me to go back to work, Dan’s business
So I offered to spend Saturday driving around to find a location
had become a full-time job and more, so I had to make a choice. We
(Dan was living in New York City at the time).” On the scouting trip,
decided that it was going pretty well, so we would try it out for a few
Dan started taking photos of Kathryn. Although she hates having
months. That was in 1992, and we are still trying it out.
her photo taken, she liked his energy and enthusiasm. And they both felt an immediate connection and knew this was something special.
What are all the different hats you wear for Dan Winters Photography?
They had a three-hour dinner, and two months later, he moved from
Initially, I did everything myself that was behind the scenes. I an-
his NY apartment to LA. “My friends thought I was crazy,” Kathryn
swered the phone, set up jobs and did all the production, while Dan
says. In 1992, she left her successful career in television and film
created the magic. Then, I would bill the jobs and handle the ac-
production to start helping Dan with his business. Today, he is one
counting. It became overwhelming, and I had to start hiring other
of the most sought-after portrait photographers in the world, with
people to help us. Now, I act as Dan’s “rep.” Magazines, ad agencies,
Kathryn by his side as his photo rep.
record companies and movie studios contact me to offer Dan assignments. He decides what he wants to do, and I accept or refuse
How did you two decide to start working together?
the jobs for him and coordinate the logistics. In addition, he has a
When Dan moved in with me in LA, his business was a bit of a mess.
flourishing fine art career and a gallery in LA that represents him
He was doing incredible assignment work, but at the time, he had
(Fahey/Klein), so I help coordinate gallery and museum exhibitions
Dan and Kathryn Winters on November 6, 1992, the day they eloped to Catalina Island. Dan took photos with his Hassleblad on a tripod using a cable release. Visit danwintersphoto.com to view Dan’s incredible body of work.
as well. He has also done four books and has a fifth one (Road to Seeing) coming out in May. Dan travels all over the world for his work, since the shoots, for the most part, do not take place in Austin. Now, he has learned to say “no” more often, and he is able to spend a lot more time at home and with our son, Dylan. Why does it work so well for you guys to work together? Dan is a truly creative person in every sense. Although he is absolutely a genius, he is what is traditionally seen as a right brain creative. I, on the other hand, am for sure a left brain focused person. We both are happy to completely immerse ourselves in the different
there is not much that is a challenge anymore. I think it is more of
aspects of his career—the perfect combination of art and commerce.
a challenge for our son, Dylan. It can be difficult to grow up in this
We eat, breathe, sleep with Dan’s work on our minds, so if I have a
environment, especially because he has no interest in “the family
question at 3am, I wake him up and ask him and vice versa. Most
business” at all. He is now a freshman at the University of South-
people would not tolerate that, but it works for us! In fact, many art-
ern California, where he received a Presidential Scholarship to
ists—including Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Jackson Pollack—have
study at the Viterbi School of Engineering. He is both left and right
their wives managing their careers. It becomes an all-encompassing
brained—a perfect combination of the two of us!
lifestyle. You are really signing up for something, and you have to be ready for the ride.
What are your favorite places to have a date night in Austin? Our favorite date night is dinner at the 263 Restaurant and a film at
What’s the biggest challenge you guys have in working together?
the Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theatre. We love
We are very close and like a well oiled machine at this point, so
old movies, and we love classic Austin experiences. We are nostalgic tribeza.com
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Bell & Bird When Rhianna Shennum, then the owner of a wholesale vintage jewelry line, found herself with a tricky piece to repair, she gave jewelry maker Cyrus Shennum a call. They soon began traveling the world together, and on their second trip to Paris, the idea for their jewelry store was born. Inspired by the exquisite shops of the Marais, the couple launched Bell & Bird, a collection of custom and antique jewelry discovered along their travels. How did you two decide to start working together? We are both very even-tempered. It takes a lot to ruffle either of us up. Also, it’s as if we both run different businesses within the one, although our entire concept would fall apart without the other. What’s the biggest challenge you have in collaborating? It is a blessing and a curse to spend so much time together. Other than a precious two-and-a-half-year-old running about, there is little separation between work and home life. What future projects do you have in the works? We have a number of out-of-town endeavors lined up. Our Austin clients have been an amazing support system, but as our offerings become increasingly specialized, we have found we need to reach outside of our much-loved city. Our new Heritage Rings have been keeping us quite busy too. Cyrus and Rhianna Shennum own Bell & Bird, a collection of custom and
What are your favorite places to have a date night in Austin?
antique jewelry located at 1206 West 38th Street in the 26 Doors Shopping
Considering the aforementioned baby girl, our date nights are lim-
Center. Visit bellandbird.com to learn more about the charming store.
ited…our close-by favorites are Uchiko, Olive & June and Texas French Bread.
Ten years ago, Lonzo Jackson was living in Houston and came to Austin to visit a friend. He was just about to head home from a Sixth Street bar when Deeyn came up and introduced herself. The day after they met, they had lunch before Lonzo returned to Houston. Lunch turned into dinner, followed by many phone calls and road trips. Deeyn previously worked in luxury fashion wholesale, but her entrepreneurial spirit left her dreaming of starting her own business, so she began working on the concept for Nannie Inez, a home design shop. “Lonzo is my sounding board on most things, and we have been working as a team in our personal lives for a very long time,” she says. “Nannie Inez is a project that engages both our personal and professional interests.”
How did you two decide to start working together? First off, we have been developing this shop together for several years, so we trust one another to make business decisions that don’t lose sight of the original concept. Second, we have a mutual respect for each other’s opinions and skills. Finally, we both know how hard the other has worked to get to this point, and no matter how stressful it gets, one of us is always there to remind the other to appreciate that we have an opportunity do this.
What’s the biggest challenge you have in collaborating? Deeyn: When you are tired and stressed, it’s a conscious effort not to take these feelings out on your partner. But I guess that’s true for any couple. Lonzo: Prioritizing creative projects and business tasks.
What future projects do you have in the works? With the design festivals kicking off in January, we have several buying trips planned over the next couple of months, including an expansion into more furnishings, both new and restorations. We’re also planning in-store installations for spring and SXSW, working on ongoing residential interior design collaborations and designing and renovating our own home.
What are your favorite places to have a date night in Austin? Any night out usually starts with a cocktail at Weather Up. We love this place—not too crowded, table service and great cocktails. Olivia, Wink and Lenoir rank top three for date night restaurants. Casual dates would be a movie at Alamo Drafthouse or an afternoon spent outside at Yellow Jacket Social Club.
Deeyn Rhodes and Lonzo Jackson, the owners of Nannie Inez (2210 South First), are on a constant worldwide hunt to bring a whimsical and varied array of design elements to their South Austin and digital storefronts. Visit nannieinez.com to learn more about the shop.
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The stylish pair on Justin’s 2001 Honda VLX 600 motorcycle (pictured left) and snuggled up in Pease Park (right).
NORU Vintage You can often find this super stylish duo rolling around town on
We would rather share our ideas for upcoming projects or ways to
Justin’s motorcycle. They met when they were just 13 on a church
improve the company than crunch numbers.
youth group event watching the bats from the Congress Avenue Bridge. They spent the rest of that first day together and remained close friends
What future projects do you have in the works?
throughout childhood. Together, they run NORU Vintage, where they
We are working on putting a team together to start a styling website
buy and sell menswear locally and style events and photo shoots.
in the near future. We are also planning a trip to New Mexico to shoot a lifestyle video and search high and low for the best in vintage
Why does it work so well for you guys to work together?
We work well together because we started out as really good friends. Since we have that foundation, it’s easier for us to communicate. We
What are your favorite places to have a date night in Austin?
also challenge each other a lot, which is beneficial for both of us.
We often find ourselves having pizza and champagne on the roof of Whole Foods. It is usually pretty quiet and has a nice view. We also
What’s the biggest challenge you have in collaborating?
enjoy riding around on the motorcycle, exploring parts of town we
Discussing the business and financial aspect is often difficult for us.
have never seen before.
From dramatic installations to gorgeous invitations, these eight wedding creatives bring a lovingly handmade feel to the big day.
M e e t e i g h t c r e at i v e s w h o l e n d f a i r y ta l e w e d d i n g s a handcrafted touch. photography by bill sallans
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From stylish affairs to whimsical garden celebrations, every wedding is a reflection of the couple and the story they have to tell. But whether you say “I do” under the stars or beneath a forest canopy, it’s the little things—a thoughtful place card, an elegant cake server—that make the big day unforgettable. These eight vendors bring weddings to life with intimate, handmade details, creating memories to cherish on your wedding day and on the journey after. tribeza.com
K at y B o h l s S w e e t S u n day E v e n t s For a quarter of a century, Sweet Sunday Events has curated a covetable selection of rental linens, furniture and decorative elements to complete the perfect wedding. Today, owner Katy Bohls has expanded the company’s vision of thoughtful and creative events into a comprehensive design studio with a vibrant style that is equal parts bohemian and modern. “We don’t do cookie cutter events,” she says. “We want to give the couple an amazing wedding they’ve never seen before.” After combing local antique shops and scouring the Round Top market, Bohls has developed a colorful array of vintage, traditional and Katy Bohls and her husband, Justin, have
modern rentals, in addition to pieces custom-made by an in-house carpenter.
transformed Sweet Sunday Events into a
This eclectic aesthetic also informs her floral and event design: at each Sweet
one-stop shop for unique and whimsical
Sunday wedding, you’ll often find a striking and unexpected centerpiece, such
celebrations. “The details are super import-
as a whimsical sculpture of chairs suspended among tree branches or a paper
ant,” Bohls says. “Those are the things the
chandelier made of books for a bibliophile couple. “A handmade installation
guests are going to remember.”
makes a huge statement,” Bohls says. “It really stands out and pulls the wedding together—it’s something the couple will never forget.” For more information about Katy Bohls’ work, visit sweetsundayevents.com. tribeza.com
Calligrapher and self-proclaimed wayfarer Alison Rebecca Martin often takes inspiration from her travels. “Wayfarer means to be someone who travels by foot,” Martin says. “We love when we can stop somewhere we haven’t been and see what makes that place different.”
A l i s o n R e b ecc a M a r t i n W ay fa r e r ’ s C r e at i v e After roaming the southern and southwestern states, calligrapher Alison Rebecca Martin returned to Austin with a renewed appreciation for the city’s creative scene. Last summer, she launched Wayfarer’s Creative as a space for artists to collaborate on wedding projects of all sizes, imparting on each one a handcrafted quality. “People still want to capture the personal aspect of the handmade—and calligraphy is the icing on the cake,” she observes. Through Wayfarer’s Creative, Martin celebrates the art of the handwritten note, working with vendors across the city to create place cards, hand-addressed envelopes, menus and more that resonate with the couple and their wedding day. Though she discovers inspiration for her calligraphy in a myriad of places, from vintage typography to small town signage, Martin is especially fascinated by the stark beauty of the desert and looks forward to roadtripping through Marfa this year with members of Wayfarer’s Creative. “That’s what it means to be a wayfarer,” she says. “You are inspired by what’s around you, and you never get too stuck in one place.” For more information about Alison Rebecca Martin’s work, visit wayfarerscreative.com.
With five weddings to attend in the summer of 2011, Aly Nickerson began hand-stamping vintage flatware as a way to create gifts from the heart. “I love that special touch,” she says.” I wanted to give my friends something handmade that I had spent time on rather than bought in a store.”
A ly N i c k e r s o n For Such A Time Designs One summer afternoon in a small town outside Boston, Aly Nickerson
son offers stunning wedding mementos, such as Mr. and Mrs. sets and
stumbled upon an old stamping set, tucked among the storied wares
forks emblazoned with wedding dates and coordinates. Each hand-
of a local antique shop. Though she began hand-stamping vintage flat-
stamped piece of vintage flatware is a keepsake for a lifetime, from the
ware with charming phrases as wedding gifts for her friends, Nicker-
first meal as a married couple to the adventures ahead. “I love the idea
son now ships her beautiful spoons, forks and cake servers around the
of things that have a history,” Nickerson says. “I’m taking something
world. “My business is truly a dream come true,” she says. Alongside a
that’s already been there and done that and giving it a chance to live a
collection of delightful everyday flatware—including spoons that read
new life.” For more information about Aly Nickerson’s work, visit for-
“Coffee Before Talkie” and “Spread the Love” butter knives—Nicker-
Inspired by the search for wedding vendors, Bird Dog founder Emily Leach named her company after the eponymous hunting dog. “I am hunting for the perfect inspiration for a couple with passion and perfectionism,” she says.
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bird dog wedding Emily Leach fell in love with event design while planning her own wedding, a festive, German beer garden-themed afternoon at Mercury Hall, complete with craft beers, a bright color palette and rustic décor. “I loved the entire process of designing a wedding and making it my own,” she says, “and I wanted to share that passion with other people.” At Bird Dog Wedding, Leach offers both planning and design services, crafting whimsical celebrations with an eye for the unexpected. For a recent wedding at Palm Door, she paired vintage and modern elements with neon colors and metallics to create a dynamic, graphic feel for the big day. “I like juxtaposing different styles to make it fresh,” she says. “I’m dedicated to finding the perfect wedding for each couple.” To that effect, Leach seeks out likeminded caterers, florists and photographers to realize her couple’s vision. “I put a lot of craftwork into my own design, and I like vendors who have a handmade touch as well,” she says. “When you create something by hand for someone, that’s art.” For more information about Emily Leach’s work, visit birddogwedding.com.
Lauren Cunningham designs one-ofa-kind invitations for a lifetime. “The ultimate goal is that the couple has something they’re going to be able to hold onto and remember for the rest of their lives,” she says.
Lauren Cunningham T h e C r e at i v e Pa r a s o l Opening an invitation designed by Lauren Cunningham is like discovering a small treasure, wrapped in a charming envelope, a box of carnival tickets or a handkerchief map of Austin. With her clean and imaginative aesthetic, the graphic designer is reinventing the invitation suite—along with a host of other wedding-related paper goods, including place cards, menus, programs and stationery. “Most people don’t get very exciting snail mail anymore,” Cunningham laughs, “but when guests get an invitation designed by The Creative Parasol, it’s something they’ve never seen before.” One of her recent creations, for example, arrived on guests’ doorsteps as a satchel of puzzle pieces that, when put together, became a Texas-shaped letterpress invitation. “There are so many styles that recycle themselves in the wedding world,” Cunningham remarks. “Our goal is to take those ideas and turn them into something new and fresh that the couple is going to love.” In addition to her custom pieces, the graphic designer has released a new collection of elegantly designed paper goods, available through her Etsy shop. For more information about Lauren Cunningham’s work, visit thecreativeparasol.com.
For founders Caroline Colom Vásquez and José Vásquez-Corbalan, Paloma’s Nest is truly a labor of love. “There’s no one else in the world we would rather do this with,” says Caroline.
C a r o l i n e C o lo m Vá s q u e z & J o s é Vá s q u e z- C o r b a l a n Pa l o m a’ s N e s t The idea for Paloma’s Nest first took root at a Grupo Fantasma concert, the night Caroline Vásquez and José Vásquez-Corbalan met. “We started talking about what we did as jobs to pay the bills and what our dreams were,” Caroline says, “and we discovered we shared a passion for design.” Five years ago, the husband and wife team launched Paloma’s Nest, drawing on Caroline’s love of ceramics and José’s woodworking expertise to develop a timeless collection of furniture and home accessories that centers on clean design and expert craftsmanship. For their wedding collection, the couple created classic pieces with a twist, reimagining the ring bearer’s pillow, for example, as an elegant ceramic bowl. Above all, Caroline and José design every monogrammed cuff link, wedding ornament and ceramic bouquet charm as a modern heirloom, a piece to be cherished for generations to come. “Our goal is that whatever we make today will look as beautiful a hundred years from now,” Caroline says. For more information about Paloma’s Nest and to order, visit palomasnest.com. tribeza.com
From the shores of Lake Como, Italy to an open field in the Texas Hill Country, Austinites were wed in style.
Married September 22, 2012
hen Nancy Sheridan first met Justin Perry, he was touring the country with a punk rock band. “He didn’t strike me as the ‘Texas type,” Nancy admits, “until I fell in love with him and the true southern gentleman that he is.” After searching for their wedding venue in her hometown of Philadel-
phia—one that would be both intimate and creative—Nancy soon realized that her dream barn or farm was back in Justin’s native Texas, at Star Hill Ranch. “It was the perfect backdrop and inspiration for the party we wanted to throw,” Nancy says. “We were committed to having every detail of the wedding reflect who we are and feel totally authentic to us.” With the help of her mother and mother-in-law, Nancy began a year-long process of developing beautiful, handmade details for the wedding, collecting vintage handkerchiefs for invitations and Texas postcards for save-the-dates, among an assortment of antique silverware, teacups and more. Enveloped in the vintage charm of Nancy’s handmade décor, the wedding day captured the couple’s lighthearted and playful character in the scenic Hill Country. Blooming florals by Rosehip Flora and rustic accents by Loot Vintage Rentals lent the ceremony a warm, southern aesthetic, while colorful garlands, the sounds of DJ Byrne Rock and sweet treats from the Good Times Austin ice cream truck kept the reception festive. At the end of the night, true to their vintage spirit, Nancy and Justin drove away in a powder-blue Cadillac. “Our wedding day was the most beautiful and perfect day of my life,” Nancy says. “I would re-live this day—and year!—over in a heartbeat.”
1. Event planning by Mary Baird-Wilcock of The Simplifiers 2. Nancy and Justin at the Star Hill Ranch chapel. 3. Friends and family gather to watch the ceremony. 4. Vintage key escort cards complete the celebration. 5. A playful cake by Blue Note Bakery. 6. The charming couple enjoys a private moment at the ranch. 7. Nancy and Justin share their first dance. 8. Invitations handmade by Nancy and her mother and motherin-law lend a personal touch.
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ight years ago, Mariah Price and Jordan Brownwood met in sunny Rosarito, Mexico while vacationing with a group of friends. “Jordan has an identical twin, so when I first met him, I would always ask my friend, ‘which twin is the one I like?’”
Mariah laughs. Reunited two years later, the California natives began dating and eventually moved to Austin from San Francisco in search of a laid-back lifestyle, vibrant music scene and warm weather. On one of many cross-country
trips back home for the holidays, Jordan stopped the car and the couple’s two dogs, Penelope and Mr. Bojangles, at a truck stop just outside Tucson, Arizona. There, as the sun began to set, he proposed. “Sounds odd,” Mariah says, “but it was just so us.” This fall, the couple tied the knot in Jordan’s hometown of San Diego. “Our friends were a huge part in shaping the wedding,” Mariah observes. With a dazzling dress designed by Priscilla Barroso of Crowned Bird, catering by taco shop Lucha Libre and a lively rendition of Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” for the couple’s first dance, Mariah and Jordan’s wedding was a memorable celebration of family, friendship and romance.
1. The couple and their friends in Jordan’s hometown of San Diego. ”We wanted everyone involved to shape the look and feel of everything,” Mariah says. 2. Catering by Lucha Libre. 3. Six years after they first met, Mariah and Jordan tie the knot. 4. Mariah’s close friend, Priscilla Barroso, designed both the bridal gown and groom’s suit. 5. A sketch of one of the couple’s bulldogs, Penelope. 6. The couple spent their honeymoon in Thailand and Burma. 7. The couple’s friends perform Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” 8. At the end of the evening, the entire wedding party sang to The Flaming Lips, showered by confetti. p h o t o g ra p h y b y p a i g e n e w t o n
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ommercial photographer Jay B Sauceda met Priscil-
Texas State History Museum. “Once I knew Jay B was The One,” Pris-
la Cantu, Marketing Specialist for Bury + Partners,
cilla says, “I knew our wedding would be as big and grand as Texas.”
while salsa dancing at Copa Bar and Grill in 2007.
Amidst gorgeous florals and décor by Cantu Special Events, Priscilla
“We became good friends almost immediately,” Jay B
wore a mermaid lace gown by Enzoani, while Jay B paired his classic
says, though it wasn’t until three years later that they began dating.
tuxedo with handmade Lucchese cowboy boots. Between the ceremony
Last spring, the couple headed to Lady Bird Lake, where Jay B had
and reception, catered by Rosemary Catering, the couple hosted dance
intended to propose on kayak. Finding the rental stations closed how-
lessons, inviting guests to join the festivities with Tejano, salsa, cumbia
ever, the couple opted instead for a pair of water bikes. “He managed
and country music. “Both our families have a strong Mexican heritage
to still get down on one knee, water bike and all, without falling in or
full of Tejano music and traditions,” Priscilla says. “It was amazing to
dropping the ring in the water—that takes skill!” Priscilla laughs. “It
see that blend together with our Austin friends and culture to create a
was perfect.” Priscilla and Jay B married at the majestic Bob Bullock
1. The couple stops for a portrait in the six-pack area of the UT campus where they both attended school. 2. The groom made the logo for the night. 3. The bride on the way to the church. 4. The happy couple exits down the aisle of Saint Ignatius Church on Oltorf and South Congress. 5. Dapper gents—a cousin and family friend from South Texas watch the couple come down the Museum’s grand staircase. 6. A friend’s cowboy hat (an accessory her husband usually wears) made the perfect prop for dancing. 7. Friends and family danced to everything from tejano and salsa to cumbia and country. 8. The couple’s first dance was to Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
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The bride and groom outside of their home where they were married.
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Married June 2, 2012
arly Morris first met Clayton Christopher, the founder of Sweet Leaf Tea and
the co-founder and CEO of Deep Eddy Vodka, when she was interviewing for a job. The groom recalls: “Half way into the interview, I realized I was very attracted to her, so I could never hire her to work for me!” Two months later,
she heard back from him, not for a second interview, but for a dinner invitation. The couple were engaged within a year. They knew they wanted an intimate wedding with just family and their closest friends, and when it came to venues, their own home was their first and only choice. “A house is something you live in; a home is a special place where you create beautiful memories with the people you love,” Christopher says. “I had just finished building the house and felt like having our wedding there would make it truly feel like our home.” The ceremony was full of personal details like Carly’s dad playing guitar and singing during the ceremony, and one of the couple’s closest friends, Jim McDermott, officiated the wedding. The couple enlisted Primizie to create an interior Mexican food-inspired menu with an avocado bar with assorted ceviches, tacos al pastor, grilled corn on the cob and agua frescas spiked with Deep Eddy Vodka to top it off. At the end of the night, all the guests jumped into the pool with the bride and groom taking the first leap. The bride recalls: “I turned around and saw my two aunts from Oregon, normally pretty tame, doing a conga-line behind me in the pool and thought to myself, ‘Wow. This really is a party!’”
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1. The beautiful couple met through Austinite Joe Ross, whom Carly deems the â€œultimate social connector.â€? 2. The flowers were designed by Debra McAdoo of DSweet Pea Custom Floral Designs. 3. The groom and groomsmen kept it laid back in khakis and linen blue blazers with cowboy boots. 4. Festive touches were made throughout the house to create the feeling you had just stepped into an authentic hacienda in Mexico. 5. The outside of the house was adorned with a part of one of their favorite Bible verses. 6. Florals were nestled into terra cotta pots with succulents. 7. A closeup of the candlelit fireplace. 8. The bridesmaids kick up their heels. 9. The groom picked up his bride and jumped into the pool, where the other guests soon followed. 10. Mariachis entertained the crowd. 11. The couple were married in front of their candlelit fire place.
Married November 10, 2012
ne afternoon at Martha’s Vineyard, photographer Annie Ray and Neil Petty, Senior Copyeditor at Razorfish, paid a visit to the Aquinnah Lighthouse, overlooking the sparkling waters of Vineyard Sound. They had met
for the first time at The Mohawk three years earlier, where Annie was flip-
ping through karaoke selections, “and it has been love ever since!” she says. Neil proposed at the lighthouse on the edge of the Aquinnah Cliffs, and the couple began planning a wedding that captured their fun-loving, creative spirit. Once Annie and Neil settled upon a theme—“Nautical Granny,” an intersection of vintage sensibilities and a maritime-inspired aesthetic— the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria offered the perfect, sumptuous setting.
The bride wore a classic Augusta Jones gown, while the groom took cues from the day’s nautical theme with his tan poplin suit and navy sailboat bowtie. After the ceremony, guests dined under the night sky on cuisine by Crave Catering and toasted to the couple with cupcake icing shots in shot glasses from all 50 states. “We really wanted our wedding to reflect us,” Annie says, “and we always wanted our guests to be able to have a memory to share forever.” 1. The groomsmen at Laguna Gloria, overlooking Lake Austin. 2. Annie and Neil share their first dance to Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” 3. Posey Floral and Event Design created lush florals for the big day. 4. Annie chose Laguna Gloria for its vintage feel. She says: “It was really important to pick a location that we could always return to and visit...even when we are 80.” p h oto g ra p h y by j a k e h o lt
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ica Odom, Energy Media Director for Environmental Defense Fund, and Adam Vehik, CFO of Balcones Resources, met in South Austin during the spring of 2010. There, they discovered a shared passion for
sustainability, live music and the outdoors, which made the city a perfect fit. “Austin is definitely home for us now,” Mica says. “We love spending time on the Greenbelt with our dog Zoë, catching shows at Alamo Draft-
house and embracing whatever exciting adventure this town offers up.” For their wedding at Mercury Hall, the couple sought to celebrate the city and the people who brought them together. “Most of all, we wanted everyone to have fun!” Mica says. “We loved every minute of the weekend and felt so blessed to have all of our friends and family in one place.” Adam, wearing Hugo Boss, and Mica, dressed in a delicate Chantilly lace gown by Augusta Jones from Unbridled, were married in the chapel at Mercury Hall, as light streamed in from the beautiful stained glass windows. Wild Poppy provided feminine florals for the day, Ashley Garmon Photographers snapped the photos, and afterward, guests enjoyed a decadent reception with music by DJ Honeycomb, cuisine by Austin Catering and vintage-inspired cake and cake bars by Blue Note Bakery. Though the celebration
continued through Halloween weekend with a “HalloWedding” costume party the next night on the Parkside rooftop with DJ Manny, Mica notes that the ceremony itself was the memory they will treasure most. “Adam and I agreed that it was the most magical moment of our lives, ” she says. 1. When searching for the perfect venue, Mica and Adam fell in love with Mercury Hall. “It is simple and quaint, and we absolutely love the stained glass and beautiful trees,” Mica says. 2. Mica with her bridesmaids. 3. The couple’s first dance was to Cat Power’s cover of “Sea of Love.” Friends cheer the bride on later in the night on the dance floor. p h o t o g ra p h y b y a s h l e y g a r m o n p h o t o g r a p h e r s
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here was an immediate attraction when native Austinite
detail of the night was a pop up art studio for guests to paint a canvas for
Brooklie Benson and Steven Gonzales spotted each other on
the couple. Brooklie’s late mother was an artist. “Painting with my mom is
the dance floor at the wedding of a mutual friend. Steven,
one of my most precious childhood memories, so it was an incredibly spe-
a teacher and coach for Lake Travis ISD, proposed exactly
cial and sweet way to honor her memory and incorporate her personality
one year after their meeting. After a ceremony at the Riverbend Church
into the wedding,” she says. A collage of the canvases now hangs in their
(where their Golden Retriever Risa was the ring bearer), the couple held
home. It’s impossible to pick just one favorite moment from the night, but
a beautiful reception at W Austin where guests chose from a cheese and
the ceremony stands out as something she will always remember: “I was
summer salad station, a comfort food station themed “Marry Me Moon-
grinning ear to ear as soon as I saw my sweet husband to be and don’t
shine” (in honor of downtown Austin spot that was the location of their
think I stopped grinning the entire night. Declaring our eternal love and
first date) with sliders, sweet potato fries and gourmet mac and cheese
commitment in front of all of our family and loved ones is something I will
and a Texas Taqueria station (make your own fancy tacos). The most special
never ever forget.”
1. Cherry Lane Floral created the beautiful arrangements. 2. The flower girls at Riverbend Church. 3. The couple’s exit into a pedicab. 4. The happy couple shares a quiet moment. 5. The groom joins the wedding band Memphis Train Revue on stage for a rendition of “Stand By Me” for his bride. She remembers: “It’s always been one of our favorite songs, and when he played it for me as a surprise, my heart melted.” 6. The bridesmaids in lavender, the color of the night. 7. A wedding guest stops at the art studio.
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t was the Fall of 2008 in New York City when the Austin native and Westlake High School graduate Jenna Crosby met the Italian Ernesto Qualizza. He came right up to her and said he knew her, but she didn’t believe him. She recalls: “He said you work in my
office building. I’ve seen you on the elevator, and you have nice shoes.” They became friends first, bonded over the fact they work in the same industry: Ernesto is the executive producer for a fashion photographer, and Jenna runs her own company, Traction Artist Management, that represents pho-
tographers. Ernesto is from Torino in Northern Italy, so they chose a place
nearby called Bergamo, a medieval town surrounded by a wall, and found a
venue called Il Piaonoe that overlooked the entire city. After the rehearsal dinner, the 75 guests had gelato and a spaghetti Western night to bring some Texas to the wedding. The bride’s best memory from the weekend full
1. The couple were engaged in the British Virgin Islands, where Ernesto got down on one knee with a jewelry box with a handwritten note in the box—“‘ Love of my life, let’s go shopping!’” 2. The bride and friends watch the guys’ soccer game. 3. The guestbook and a Polaroid camera for guests to use. 4-5. The NYC-based couple were married in front of an intimate group of 75 guests. 6. The groom traded in his Dolce & Gabbana suit for a more casual look over a post wedding cocktail.
of memories like jumping into Lake Como and dancing to the “Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five was processing out to the ceremony to the sounds of a single cello played by one of their dear friends, where all the guests were waiting in a circle. “I collected a single flower from my mom and then Ernesto’s mom and my sisters,” she says. “I collected my last flower from Ernesto, and it became my bouquet for the ceremony. To feel so much love and support all around us felt amazing.”
1. Post ceremony at the Wild Onion Ranch. 2. The bridesmaids each chose their own floor length dress in various shades of blush. 3-4. The Nouveau Romantics created special details like the awning under which they were married and a custom board of seat assignments. 5. Elena’s beloved father walked her down the aisle to “PM’s Love Theme” by Craig Armstrong. 6. The couple wanted a romantic meets vintage mixed with contemporary feel for the night. 7. Musician and friend of the couple Reed Turner performed his version of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.”
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hen the traditional champagne toast is replaced with a celebratory tequila shot, you know it’s going to be a wedding to remember. Elena Garcia, an event coordinator at C3 Presents, and Andrew Slaton, a project manager at Charity Dynamics, said their I dos at
the sprawling Wild Onion Ranch for a festive evening full of unique details and special touches that played to the couple’s love of music and having fun. The bride walked down the aisle in her stunning Lazaro gown to “PM’s Love Theme” by Craig Armstrong from the film Love Actually. The ranch was the perfect setting for the “romantic, vintage, but a bit contemporary” wedding Elena imagined. The 300 guests dined on a Southern comfort-inspired feast prepared by 2 Dine 4 Fine Catering of blackened red snapper, braised beef short ribs, cheddar grits and mac and cheese fritters before dancing the night away, where the couple’s friend and musician Reed Turner got things started on the dance floor with a version of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.” Moscow Mules, the cou-
ple’s favorite cocktail, were flowing up until the late night snack for guest arrived— mini chicken fried steak sliders with fries and a dessert bar created by Cake and Spoon. The joyful newlyweds left the wedding in a 1956 Chevrolet Station Wagon nicknamed the Aquanette and headed to honeymoon in Thailand and Vietnam.
15 8. The couple made their exit in a 1956 Chevrolet Station Wagon named the Aquanette. 9. The bride wore a Lazaro ivory organza bridal gown with a sweetheart neckline. 10. Elena laughs with her sister Alyssa and one of her bridesmaids Megan. 11. Cake and Spoon created a dessert bar of delicious treats like salted caramel pudding cups and peanut butter chocolate mousse bites. 12. Sparklers line the path as the bride and groom make their exit. 13. The jump for the garter. 14. The groomâ€™s sister Maggie and her husband Matt take a break from the dance floor with their children, who served as the ring bearer and flower girl. 15. Blush-colored florals centered the peacock colored table cloths, along with gold accent pieces.
1. Peter and his pals in the photo booth. 2. Guests intimately dined all together at one long table. 3. The bride looked stunning in a Monique Lhullier gown, while Peter was dapper in suit by Martin Greenfield. 4. A close friend of the groom’s officiated the wedding. 5. The bride’s parents joined the newlyweds in the photo booth. 6. The bride’s strapless ivory tulle Monique Lhullier gown was a perfect fit for the whimsical feel of the evening. 7. Traditional table numbers were traded in for drawings of Texas animals. 8. Laguna Gloria brought together all the elements the couple wanted in a venue—a sense of nature without going all rustic.
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t seemed that Jenni Chang, a marketing consultant, and Peter Yang, an award-winning editorial and commercial photographer, were living parallel lives—both grew up in Dallas, attended UT and then moved to New York City. They finally met through mutual friends in
2004. There was immediate chemistry, and the couple were engaged after two years of dating. “We were walking along a quiet street in NYC’s West Village, and then he pulled out a note card and began to tremble as he read the most beautiful words,” she says. “My brain was in a state of confusion, but my heart
was completely joyful.” They fell in love with Austin during their UT days and wanted their friends and loved ones to “experience the energy and culture of the city.” They chose Laguna Gloria, a space they made their own with special touches like a Korean folk song for the bride’s processional and a path to the gazebo lined with Chinese lanterns and chimes, a tribute to both of their families. Following the sweet ceremony where the couple wrote their own vows, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before gathering around one extra-long table for a dinner of stepped-up comfort foods by Crave Catering like tender braised beef with root vegetables. Peter’s photo assignments take him all over the world, and as the couple set out on their honeymoon to Japan followed by Mexico, they pondered whom of all the subjects it would take for them to fly back early for. Jenni said it would have to be President Obama, and sure enough, that call came. She says: “As you might guess, we never made it to Mexico.”
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9. The newlyweds share a moment in the photo booth. 10. Guests enjoyed shrimp, oysters and cocktails from mason jars during a cocktail hour before dinner. 11. The couple exited the party and hopped on a tandem cruiser bicycle adorned with a “ just married” sign. 12. The flower girl takes a break from the reception. 13. The couple shared a first dance to Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
Married November 24, 2012
fter a romantic day canoeing on the Rio Grande River last spring, Katie Bowen of Valentine’s Too and Clint Strait of
Strait Music Company made a winding journey along the Contrabando Mesa, leaving behind the beautiful desert
landscape of Big Bend National Park. Clint proposed at the summit, “and the rest is history!” Katie says. Seven months later, the couple were married at St. Austin Catholic Parish. Radiant in an Ines di Santo lace gown, Katie wore her mother’s cathedral-length wedding veil, as she and Clint exchanged vows. After the ceremony, guests ventured west for an elegant reception at the Commodore Perry Estate, where they were greeted by a
lush arch of roses and peonies designed by Keith Burnham at Westbank Flower Market. “Upon our arrival, Clint and I had the opportunity to have a private dinner together before joining the rest of the reception,” Katie says. “It was a memorable moment!” Walnut-paneled walls, candle-lined
1. Katie and Clint share their first dance to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” 2. Katie and her bridesmaids at the Commodore Perry Estate. 3. Decorated with old family photos, the Estate library was the perfect reception venue, Katie says. “It was a favorite room of ours and of our family members who were celebrating with us.” photog ra p hy by Da rcie W e s te rlund S i i te ri o f I nnovati v e P h oto g r a ph y
shelves and old family wedding photos provided an intimate backdrop for the warm gathering, as guests savored hearty fare by 34th Street Café, danced the night away and saw Katie and Clint off on their honeymoon to Costa Rica. From white water rafting to zip-lining through the rainforest, the couple began their marriage with a series of unforgettable adventures. “It was the trip of a lifetime and perfect for the two of us,” Katie says.
1. Lauren and Sean tie the knot on their 10-year anniversary. 2. The bride, groom and guests celebrate at colorful Casa de la Cuesta in San Miguel de Allende. 3. The bride prepares for her big day. 4. A mariachi band kicks off the courtyard reception. 5. A guest samples local tequila. 6. California-based couple Brandon and Kristin Kidd beautifully captured each detail of the wedding. p h o t o g ra p h y b y B r a n d o n & K r i s t i n K i d d
Married September 1, 2012
n a surprise trip to Paris, high school sweethearts Lauren McAuliffe, a CrossFit trainer, and Sean Greenberg of Allens Boots strolled the city streets to the Jardin du Luxembourg, where Sean proposed on a picturesque park bench. The couple soon began planning their wedding, envisioning an intimate gathering with friends and family.
It was during their stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico that the two knew they had found the per-
fect destination: “We couldn’t wait to spend a weekend in such a gorgeous setting with everyone we love,” Lauren says. Held at Casa de la Cuesta, Lauren and Sean’s wedding marked the couple’s 10-year anniversary, bringing together San Miguel’s vibrant traditions and a distinctly Texas feel. Both bride and groom wore custom Lucchese boots, while Lauren was stunning in a lace dress by Jim Hjelm from Serendipity. Flowers by Carmelita, a local florist, festooned the charming bed and breakfast, and as guests entered the reception courtyard, they discovered a mariachi band and a surprising twist: a tequila donkey carrying barrels of liquor on his back. After the reception, the couple climbed into their Volkswagon Beetle and road through San Miguel at night, cans clanging on the cobblestoned streets behind them. “To say we were really, really happy would be a huge understatement,” Lauren says. “It was a feeling that you just can’t put into words.” tribeza.com
7. A tequila donkey brings libations to the guests. 8. The couple rides into the cobblestone streets of San Miguel. 9. The groom relaxes after the wedding. 10. When the couple met at their high school prom, it was â€œlove at first sight!â€? Lauren says. 11. Cake by Casa de la Cuesta. 12. A mariachi band serenades the newlyweds. 13. Friends and family take in the beauty of San Miguel de Allende. 14. Lauren with a stunning bouquet by a local florist.
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or two guys who love music and their city, meeting and falling for each other at Austin City Limits could not have been a more perfect setting. After dating for five years, Michael
Thad Carter, an Austin-based commercial and editorial photographer, proposed to Mike Gomez, who works in the tech industry, during a vacation to Barcelona. The Zilker Clubhouse offered sweeping views of downtown and the couple could envision “the super relaxed, great party filled with the
people they love most” nuptials they imagined. Following an emotional ceremony, the newlyweds started the party with a tequila shot toast before dining on a delicious spread from East Side King of pork belly buns, chicken karaage and fried Brussels sprouts. The Tipsy Texan mixed up margaritas and St. Germain cocktails. After dancing the night away, guests gathered around the fire pit to make s’mores, and the couple exited under a sea of sparklers off to their honeymoon in Napa Valley and San Francisco.
1. Mike with a group of friends. 2. East Side King prepared a delicious assortment for the evening. 3. Michael’s twin sister wipes tears from his eyes after an emotional ceremony. 4. The couple overlooks Zilker Park, the site of where they first met at Austin City Limits Music Festival. 5. The grooms were dapper—Michael in a black Theory suit and Mike in a charcoal suit by Bonobos. 6. The wedding was officiated by a friend of the couple’s, Flint Sparks. 7. Friends and family from across the country lit the handsome couple’s path into the night. p h o t o g ra p h y b y e r i n l o n g f e l l o w
1. A post ceremony smooch under the Live Oak decorated with flowers by Beth Richards at Exquisite Petals. 2. The couple livened up the dance floor by passing out Halloween props from the Dollar Store. 3. Charming rustic details were found throughout Three Points Ranch. 4. The bride is glowing in a gown from BHLDN. 5. The groom looked dapper in a custom suit from Texas Clothiers. 6. The bridesmaids wore their choice of style in the same color palette. 7. The flower girl in her flower crown. p h oto g ra p h y by m a s c i a n a s t u d i o s
Married September 22, 2012
egan Ewing and Marshall Coover first met when
actually an engagement celebration with catering, a bossanova band
Megan was living in Washington D.C. and Mar-
and 50 of their closest friends. When it came to planning the wedding,
shall was in Austin. They hadn’t seen each other for
Megan wanted “nature-inspired, unique, meaningful, elegant and a
a year when they serendipitously ended up on the
dance party.” She found all of those things and more in the Texas Hill
same party bus leaving a Widespread Panic show at the Backyard. The
Country at Three Points Ranch, where Air Stream trailers have been
bride, who works in marketing at Dell, recalls: “There were butterflies,
transformed into bridal suites or lounges. After exchanging vows they
awkward flirting and lots of giggling—we were ridiculous.” Three years
wrote themselves, they started the dance party with their band for the
later, Marshall, an attorney at the Capitol, surprised Megan with what
night, The Motts, and a version of The Turtles’ “Happy Together.” Fol-
she thought was a casual backyard BBQ for her 30th birthday that was
lowing the festive party, the couple honeymooned in France.
The bride and groom run to each other in the woods of the Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley.
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atie Risinger and Ivan Dorflinger first met in high school in South Texas. She moved to New York City, and he joined the Marine Corps. Ten years later, they both moved back to Austin (Katie is the marketing director
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crossed paths at a mutual friend’s. He called the next day. She remembers: “He took me to Deep Eddy for a swim. He packed us a little picnic and was so thoughtful, and we were pretty inseparable from then on.” For a New Year’s Eve wedding, they were on the hunt for a venue where all their guests could spend the night, and when they visited the Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley for the first time, they knew it was the venue for them. Their ceremony was intimate with family only, followed by a dinner of comfort food by the Wimberley Catering Co., before friends joined to ring in the New Year. The couple took a turn on the dance floor to “Unchained Melody” by Willie Nelson to get things started, and then the festivities continued with partygoers blowing party horns, throwing confetti, clinking champagne glasses and donning New Year’s hats as the clock struck midnight. The couple honeymooned in Bali.
1. Ivan proposed to Katie on a hike in the hill country. When they got to the top of the bluff, big letters spelled out “Marry Me?” 2.Guests ring in the New Year. 3-4. Byrd and Blair created beautiful floral arrangments and garlands throughout the venue. 5. The couple’s monogram in festive gold. 6. Local vendors like Bird Dog Wedding and Wayfarer’s Creative brought special details to the evening. 7. Sparklers lit their path out of the barn at the Red Corral Ranch. 8. A slow dance to Willie Nelson’s “Unchained Melody.” p h o t o g ra p h y b y n at h a n r u ss e l l p h o t o
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Studio SloMo Sarah Wymer and Derrit DeRouen's letterpress studio takes custom and ready-made paper goods in Austin to a new level.
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or former landscape designer Sarah Wymer, a chance encounter with a Vandercook SP15 letterpress in Ohio was all it took for her to change her career path. With a background in printing at the University of Texas, Wymer created Studio SloMo in 2009, joined by Derrit DeRouen of DeRouen & Co., a local award-winning design firm. From custom wedding invitations to personal business cards, Wymer and DeRouen have perfected the labor-intensive art of letterpress and the detail-oriented world of design. Fueled by what Wymer calls "a labor of love," Studio SloMo also launched an Etsy outpost, offering readymade letterpress cards for every occasionâ€”including Valentine's Day! Each card showcases a custom illustration, and some include the studio's signature overlapping printing method. With local and national clients knocking on their door, Studio SloMo looks forward to their upcoming move, which will allow space for another press, as they continue to grow and evolve. Wymer and DeRouenâ€™s distinctive design styles and shared passion for hand-printed paper goods make for an endless number of fresh ideas and even happier clients. A. horsley P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s
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he wait is over: Jezebel is back. After being destroyed by fire in 2010, the venerable Austin restaurant is open once again. Celebrated Chef Parind Vora remains at the helm, providing a fine dining experience unlike any in Austin. This time, he’s moved his culinary show down the road to the sparkling new Cirrus Logic building on West Sixth. Vora has lovingly recreated most of the magic that defined his original Congress Avenue digs. His new 40-seat boite recaptures the seductive, gothic glow with dripping candelabras, soaring chandeliers and erotic paintings—albeit different ones since everything was lost in the fire. Chef Vora’s culinary passion still burns bright. Although he’s remained busy these past years—opening Bar Mirabeau, Braise and the now-defunct Simplicity—his real genius is best displayed on the stage of Jezebel. There, he unleashes his bold, imaginative cuisine at full-tilt. Described
as “Modern American,” it also combines the global influences of India, Spain, Italy and even the Deep South. Vora delights in using them all to create unexpected, daring dishes. Although the flavors are big, the portions are intentionally small: meals are prixfixe and available in four or seven courses. There’s no set menu since items change nightly, depending on what’s fresh and in season. Servers query diners about their preferences, and then Chef Vora creates customized courses. Each dish is a delightful surprise, meant to be savored throughout the three to four-hour experience. We opted for the four-course wine pairing dinner. It began with a single sweet scallop, nestled in a bed of lentils and nuggets of goat cheese and dusted with black truffle shavings. It paired beautifully with an aromatic white Italian Arneis. Next came a slice of silky elk tenderloin, perfectly seared and served with sautéed greens and an intense garlic purée. The glass of lusty red Tempranillo was our
favorite pairing of the night. The surprises kept coming. Succulent pieces of lobster and duck sat in a pool of creamy polenta, crowned with red bell pepper, cardamom and caviar, and paired with a Bordeaux blend from—of all places—Lebanon. The dessert course from pastry chef Michelle Antonishek was a playful platter of sweet and sour. On one side was a tart blood orange sorbet, bread pudding and candied citrus. On the other, a rich chocolate mint gelato garnished with crushed cookies. To gild the lily, a rolling candy cart arrived, offering up complimentary selections of homemade chocolates like a White Chocolate with Campari Orange and Dark Chocolate with cardamom and chile. As expected in a fine dining eatery, the staff at Jezebel is polished, deft and somewhat formal—which parallels the jacketsrequired dress code for male diners. The policy kicked up a bit of controversy in this t-shirt town but seems fitting for a restaurant that puts on such an opulent, elegant show. Bravo! K. spezia P h oto g r a p h y by e va n p r i n c e
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ur little secret is a place that you, like us, have probably driven by many times, unaware of the local legend inside, crafting exquisite, fresh fare at DK Sushi. It is actually somewhat comical to my family that one of my favorite restaurants in Austin is a sushi place. Until my honeymoon four years ago, I hadn’t even tried it—the only fish I had before college came in the form of fish sticks. When I moved to Austin in 2007, I had a culinary awakening, challenging me to reach outside my sphere of comfortable cuisine and widen my immature palate. During that time, I met James, my husband of four years. On our honeymoon, he persuaded me to try sushi, and I was hooked! And I knew that if I could enjoy
Japanese food in Mexico, I would certainly love it back in Texas. Ever since then, I crave sushi at every opportunity. Unfortunately, with this new elevated taste, there is an elevated cost, and our wallets often can’t keep up with our taste-buds. Here is where DK's comes in… James and I stumbled across DK's one afternoon after some thrifting in the area. Famished from our fashion-finding, we walked into DK's and were warmly welcomed by the man himself. DK has lived in Austin for over 36 years and faithfully served this city with fresh, clean sushi for more than two decades. He is enthusiastic, warm and hilarious. He never fails to entertain and is always up for a great conversation. Although at his North Lamar location (our spot), he does not have a full kitchen and therefore cannot fry tempura (normally my go-to), the fish is so clean and fresh and high-quality that I never regret not having those options! We always start with some miso soup and then share two or three rolls. Our favorites are the Jalapeno roll, the Dragon roll and the Rainbow roll. And often, DK and his friendly staff surprise us with a delicious dessert nigiri on the house, which is a great way to finish the meal. DK's has, in our mind, the best-priced and freshest sushi in Austin. While we wait for our orders, we love to wander through the aisles of his store to collect all the things we need to prepare sushi at home. He has everything from sushi-grade fish to top-of-the-line sake. So you say that you don’t know how to roll sushi? Stop by one of DK’s sushi-rolling classes! Also, if you really want to see the man in all his glory, his Thursday night karaoke sessions are legendary, and we plan on making an appearance soon. clare wood Clare Wood is the owner and designer at Carriage House Design Co. (chdesignco.com), an Austin-based boutique letterpress company. Her husband, James, is the director of CRU, a college ministry at UT, and is pursuing an MDiv at Redeemer Seminary in Austin. They live in 400 sq. feet with their faithful King Charles Cavalier Keller Wood."
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