Despite the fact that Lauren Ibanez and Scott Feiler lived across the country from one another (she called Austin, Texas home while he hailed from New York City), it was a birthday party and a guy's getaway to Las Vegas in January 2011 that brought them together. The two instantly connected at the Palms Casino, and when both returned to their respective homes, Scott knew he wasn't ready to let the charming girl he met in the City of Sin get away from him. "He surprised me by emailing flight tickets to New York City to celebrate his birthday with him," Lauren remembers. "As soon as I graduated, I moved to the city and the rest is history!"
Three years later, in February 2014, Scott surprised Lauren with a candlelit proposal in their apartment. "Afterwards, he took me to the roof of our apartment building to celebrate with a glass of champagne," she says. "My whole family from Texas and Scott's from Memphis were there waiting!" Once they started planning their March 7, 2015 wedding, the two knew they would return to the bride's hometown for their big day. They worked with Caplan Miller Events to create a magical, candlelight-inspired celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel, Austin and asked SMS Photography to capture the magic!
Lauren and Scott worked with Meldeen to create a stylish stationery suite to invite their 190 guests to the festivities. To set the tone for their Texas celebration, the pair chose a save-the-date with a laser-cut silhouette of the Austin city skyline. Then, they selected a formal black-and-white invitation suite with gold foil accents for the formal invitation.
The bride wasted little time in picking out her wedding dress. "The day after we got engaged I saw a picture of my Reem Acra wedding dress and I just knew it was the one," she says of her strapless tulle and embroidered lace gown. "Sure enough, when I tried it on, it was perfect!" She wore a tulle veil and accessorized with a pearl bracelet that was passed down from her mother and grandmother before her.
Her bouquet was a mix of blush and ivory garden roses and hydrangeas.
Lauren's ten bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo gowns in two different shades of pink. "I wanted a uniform look but couldn't decide between the two pinks," she says. "They blended together beautifully." Each wore a flower crown comprised of pink and white spray roses. "I thought they went with the soft, romantic, and magical look we were going for," Lauren says.
Scott and his groomsmen chose traditional black tuxes with a classic bowtie and white ranunculus boutonniere.
The bride's father, who is an architect, designed the couple's chuppah to be reminiscent of a woven basket to symbolize the joining of two families. Guests were seated around the chuppah in order to make the space feel more intimate and to ensure everyone was able to witness the couple's marriage.
Cocktail hour was filled with personalized food and drinks. "Scott loves Asian food, so we had individual boxes of fried rice and a dumpling bar," Lauren says. They also served two signature cocktails: the bride chose "Mojito in Love," which added raspberry to the traditional minty drink, while the groom favored a classic Mint Julep.
The reception was held in a clear tent that was decked out with hundreds of glowing string lights. "When Caplan Miller asked what I wanted my colors to be, the only word I could think of was 'candlelight.' We wanted to create a romantic and intimate setting for the ceremony and have a party room that was all about fun," Lauren says. "We hoped it would feel like you were dining under the stars." Long tables were dressed in gray-blue linens, reminiscent of the night sky, and topped with arrangements of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery and accented with dramatic gold candelabras.
On each clear charger, guests found a whimsical menu card, which listed the couple's tasty dinner options. Friends and family enjoyed a duo of herb-crusted lamb and oven-roasted grouper before heading to the ballroom for cake and dancing.
The hotel's ballroom was transformed into a party space with the help of a glossy dance floor, mirrored bars, a neon welcome sign, and lounge furniture. For an extra ounce of fun, Caplan Miller lined the walls with white sequin draping. There, guests were treated to dancing, champagne, and desserts, which included the couple's three coconut pecan wedding cakes. The first was a traditional tiered white cake decorated with flowers, the second was a two-tiered gold confection with sugar flowers and pearls, and the third was a trendy naked cake decorated with flowers and swan cake toppers.
Guests danced all night long, and when the couple's final song played, the energy in the room was palpable. "Our last song was 'New York, New York' and every person in the room was singing along. It was amazing!"
Lauren and Scott, who honeymooned in South Africa and Mozambique, suggest that, if you choose a wedding planner, find one whose vision matches yours. "And always have a rain plan! We did, and it ended up being not only need, but even better than the original plan."
Venue, Catering & Cakes: Four Seasons Hotel Austin || Event Design & Production: Caplan Miller Events || Officiant: Rabbi Daniel Septimus || Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra || Veil: Sara Gabriel Veils || Shoes: Giambattista Valli || Hair: Ron King Salon || Makeup: Face Kandy || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Flowers: Wendee Sawran Petals + Décor || Invitations & Paper Products: Meldeen || Ceremony Music: Barton Strings || Reception Music: Matchmaker Band || Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals; Marquee Rents || Marquee Tents; BBJ Linen || Specialty Décor: Townsley Designs || Lighting & AV: FILO Productions || Afterparty DJ: DJ Rich || Videographer: Paul Raila || Photographer: SMS Photography
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