A Personalized, Neon Wedding at Shoal Crossing Event Center in Austin, Texas

Jan Abasolo (34 and a senior account manager) and Gerry Mantaring’s (34 and a procurement supervisor) Valentine’s Day wedding at the Shoal Crossing Ev

Jan Abasolo (34 and a senior account manager) and Gerry Mantaring’s (34 and a procurement supervisor) Valentine’s Day wedding at the Shoal Crossing Event Center was full of bright color and personalized touches. Instead of the expected palette of red, white and pink hues, the couple looked to vibrant neon colors, like orange, pink and yellow with glam hints of gold woven throughout to bring a fun, playful and unexpected feel to the decor. “As a part-time wedding coordinator, it is always important for me to ensure a wedding is a celebration that reflects the love and personalities of couples,” says Jan. “It was only right that my own wedding be just that!” A colorful, custom invitation suite made by Jan’s brother EJ Abasolo with funky fonts and illustrated dogs gave guests a taste of the fun-filled event to come. From there, Jan and Gerry immersed their guests into the pages of their unique story with a ceremony at their alma mater the University of Texas at Austin and a reception filled with details like gilded dinosaur figurines, paper flower centerpieces, salvaged whiskey bottles, colorful ribbons, a dessert table stacked with delicious treats and a late-night make-your-own ice cream sandwich bar. “I also had very carefully selected art scattered throughout to infuse eve more of our personalities into the day,” says Jan. A tip for the taking from Jan: “We made sure planning was a fun process for us. We tried to keep things simple. Our top priorities were making sure every detail reflected our personalities and that in the end everyone had fun. Our advice is to keep it simple and have fun with the planning process!”

Jan’s brother EJ Abasolo designed all of the save-the-dates and invitations for the wedding. To give guests a taste of the fun-filled event to come, he used a palette of bold neon colors and a variety of different fonts to create a playful, ultra modern design.   rn
Instead of classic black, Gerry opted for a suit in a sophisticated shade of beige, which he paired with a plaid tie in a spectrum of neutral hues. To make his own look really stand out, he had his groomsmen don classy taupe suits and gray ties. To keep the group feeling cohesive, Gerry and his groomsmen accessorized with neon socks and tie bars.rn
Jan and Gerry made a point of incorporating things they loved into all of the day’s elements. Dinosaurs were one such element. Neon dinosaurs appeared on their custom designed invitation suite and miniature golden dinosaurs figurines were woven within the vases of handmade paper flowers and brightly lit candles topping the reception tables.rn
Even Jan and Gerry’s wedding cake got in on the vibrant neon theme. The two-tier confection was decorated with brushstrokes of bright neon hues and bands of gold fondant for a subtle glam edge. rn
Instead of using fresh flowers for their centerpieces, Jan and Gerry dressed up their tabletops with white paper flowers in textured milk glass jars that guests took home at the end of the night. rn
Wanting the entire day to feel uniquely them, Jan and Gerry infused the decor with subtle details that spoke to their personalities. As a nod to their love of whiskey, displayed bunches of white paper flowers in a variety of different whiskey bottles. rn
Jan and Gerry carried a fun, whimsical theme throughout all of their wedding day stationery, from the welcome sign dotted with colorful, illustrated confetti to the gold script numbers topping all of the reception tables.rn
Wanting something they could display in their home year round, Jan and Gerry ditched the idea of the traditional guest book and opted instead to have their friends and families sign a photo collage of pictures they’d taken together. rn
To set their seats apart from the rest at the reception, Jan and Gerry accented their chairs with garlands of colorful ribbons and gilded letters.rn
As a nod to their collective sweet tooth, Jan and Gerry treated guests to a few delicious late-night treats: a make-your-own ice cream sandwich truck, fresh donuts and a candy bar for their younger guests.rn
In addition to cake, Jan and Gerry treated their family members and friends to a spread of sweet treats, like cookies, whoopie pies, tarts and truffles. To really make the bar stand out, the couple placed a neon tassel backdrop behind the selection of delectable desserts.rn