My Austin Courthouse Wedding + Brunch Reception

Austin wedding || Katherine O'Brien

I got married on February 15, 2014 in a morning courthouse ceremony, followed by a brunch reception in Austin at Lamberts Downtown BBQ. Since I wrote about our planning process on A Practical Wedding and write about weddings for a living, I thought I’d put all the information in one place. 

Austin wedding || Katherine O'Brien

The rehearsal dinner

Our first look

Pre-ceremony photos

Our civil courthouse wedding ceremony


The cake & dancing

Our honeymoon in Galveston

And you can see the whole wedding feature on Refinery29!

Our vendors & venues

Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography

Rehearsal dinner & pre-ceremony photos: San Gabriel House Bed & Breakfast

Rehearsal dinner catering: The Peached Tortilla

Ceremony: Williamson County Courthouse

Reception location: Lamberts Downtown BBQ

Officiant: Spike Gillespie

Hair: Bell Chic

Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon

Flowers: Last Petal

DJ: DJ Chicken George

Two-tier cake: LoveBirds Sweets

Single-tier cakes: made by a friend


Dress: made by my grandmother

Fascinator: BHLDN

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Purse: Rent the Runway

Eric’s suit: Bachrach

Eric’s shirt: Thomas Pink

Eric’s tie: Geoffrey Beene

Eric’s shoes: Florsheim by Duckie Brown via Nordstrom Rack

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Banana Republic

Groomsmen’s ties: Michael Kors

Groomsmen’s shoes: Aldo

Decor, stationery, favors, and details

Invitations: Jen Simpson Design

Rehearsal dinner invitations: Zazzle

Cake boxes: Bayley’s Boxes

Crossword puzzles: Etsy

Broom: Etsy (decorated with homemade paper flower) 

Marriage certificate/guest book: Jennifer Raichman

Buttons: Designed by a friend, printed through Zazzle

Gold vases and paper flowers: DIY

Honeycomb balls: Devra Party

Piñata: Prospect Goods

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