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Real Wedding | Emily + Josh

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We met nine years ago on our first day of college at UT Austin. We immediately hit it off and became fast friends. A year and a half into being friends, we started dating, and the rest is history. Josh proposed in April 2022 on a trip to Palo Duro Canyon. To celebrate our engagement, we got steaks at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo and did some stargazing. I saw my very first shooting star in the skies above the canyon that evening!

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

We met in Austin, did a lot of our growing up here, and put down roots here, so we didn’t even consider getting married anywhere else. We’ve always loved the beauty of Texas Hill Country but wanted a venue that was modern and minimal. Prospect House offered the best of both worlds. It was the only venue we toured - we loved its clean architectural lines, contemporary aesthetic, and mix of indoor and outdoor spaces.

How many guests did you have?

Around 65. LeeAnn B Stephan captured our day.

Tell us about your outfits.

I actually ordered my wedding dress online from Farfetch. It’s from a British brand called Solace London, and I loved the off-the-shoulder column silhouette and the statement balloon sleeves. I can’t resist a good sleeve! Because my dress didn’t have a train, I ordered a chapel-length cap veil from Blossom and Bluebird on Etsy for a bit more drama when walking down the aisle, and it was perfect. For shoes, I wore pink satin pointed-toe mules to complement my bridesmaids, who wore various shades of pink. I knew I wanted to wear a red reception dress, keeping with the Chinese tradition of wearing red on your wedding day. I went with a red silk halter neck gown from Amanda Uprichard, which has a similar silhouette to a Chinese qipao. My mom sewed red satin frog closures above the slit in my dress a few days before the wedding, which was a really special touch. Since I can’t ever resist a monochrome moment, I also made myself a matching shoulder-length veil out of red tulle - one of my favorite details of the night. Josh wore a navy linen suit from Suit Supply and Alden Bluchers. His tie was a last-minute change - he initially planned to wear a red one, but it didn’t feel quite right. A week before the wedding, we found a dark blue silk tie from Hermès with a fun "loves me, loves me not" flower petal motif. It easily ended up being his favorite part of the outfit!

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

The most important aspect of our wedding was for our family and friends to have a fantastic time. We made many of our decisions based on the overall guest experience. I also wanted our wedding day to be bold, beautiful, and to reflect my vision. I was super happy with how everything turned out - it was a beautiful day.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

From the outset, I wanted to incorporate bold colors in our wedding. We decided on pink and red, inspired by the bright reds and pinks of Valentine’s Day, as well as the pink dinner napkins with red stamps at MáLà Project, my favorite restaurant in New York. We asked our guests to humor us by wearing different shades of pink, and they did a phenomenal job! It was also important that we incorporate elements of my Chinese heritage. Our wedding cake and cocktail napkins featured the Chinese “double happiness” character, traditionally used for wedding celebrations. Our florist installed red paper lanterns on the dining hall's weather vane. For favors, we placed red envelopes at every guest’s seat with a scratch-off inside. I also spent the months leading up to the wedding making ceramic fortune cookies at my pottery studio, which we used as place cards for each guest.

Any tips for couples getting married?

No matter how stressful things are leading up to the wedding, make a conscious choice to be present and enjoy yourself on your wedding day. Accept that some things will go wrong and are beyond your control. I woke up the morning of my wedding day feeling at ease and resigned to whatever the day might bring, and I ended up having the best time! It was such a relaxed day, and luckily, everything ran very smoothly.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

All of our vendors were absolutely wonderful and contributed to our amazing day!

Photographer: LeeAnn B Stephan Photography @leeannbstephan | Ceremony + Reception Location: Prospect House @prospecthousetx | Celebrant: Audra Fields @oddra_fields | Entertainment : Premiere Entertainment @thepremieraustindjs | Styling: by the Bride | Planner: Erica Catter @kristincatterevents | Flora: Bouquets of Austin @bouquetsofaustintx | HMUA:Jess J Beauty | Catering + Beverages: Soho Catering and Consulting @sohocateringandconsulting | Cake: Gemini Cake Design @geminicakedesign | Wedding Dress: Solace London @solacelondon | Veil: Blossom and Bluebird @blossomandbluebird | Reception Dress: Amanda Uprichard @amandauprichard | Red Veil: Handmade by Bride | Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply @suitsupply | Tie: Hermès @hermes | Engagement Ring: Catbird @catbirdnyc | Wedding Rings: Brilliant Forever (Bride) + Mejuri (Groom) @mejuri | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell for Anthropologie (Bride) @anthropologie + Alden Bluchers (Groom) @aldenshoeco | Pearl Earrings: Mejuri @mejuri | Wedding Party Attire: Pink dresses and suits of their choice


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