A Romantic Italian-Themed Wedding at The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge in Austin, Texas

Shelby Steblay (28 and a sales account manager) and Chad Shafferman (30 and a sales specialist) met in Houston while Shelby was on a “girl’s trip;” tw

Shelby Steblay (28 and a sales account manager) and Chad Shafferman (30 and a sales specialist) met in Houston while Shelby was on a “girl’s trip;” two weeks and one date later, their love story began. The couple spent the first three years of their love story 1,626 miles apart while Shelby lived in New York City and Chad lived in Houston, until Chad made the cross-country move to be with Shelby. While on a family vacation to Maui, the couple planned a side trip to take a journey down the “Road to Hana” to hike, explore and enjoy the scenery where Chad proposed by a pool and secluded waterfall. After three years in the Big Apple, the couple moved to Austin, Texas two weeks before their wedding. “I always knew I wanted to be married outdoors, in the spring and in Texas,” says Shelby. “We knew that a move to Austin was in our future so we thought it would be very special to get married in the city where we would start our lives together.” They selected The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge for its secluded, beautiful grounds, vineyard, wildflowers and oak trees. To set the scene for their romantic Italian-themed wedding, the couple selected a color palette of blush, nude, ivory and white with a plethora of natural green foliage. The ceremony took place under the trees on the property, followed by a reception surrounded by vineyard wine crates, barrels, cafe lights and iron lanterns. Guests Italian wine and Texas beer to accompany classic Italian cuisine, followed by a simple, three tier white cake surrounded by rings of greenery. “The premise of our wedding was natural beauty,” says Shelby. “It was a relaxed, natural, beautiful and happy event.”

The stationery was simplistic and elegant on white card stock with olive font and a ribbon. The laurel wreath illustration on the stationery matched the lace floral appliques on Shelby’s wedding dress.
Shelby wore the “Laren” wedding dress by Pronovias, which featured a sweetheart neckline with straps and a sensual semi-sheer back with floral appliques, a flared skirt and a scalloped hem.
The floral arrangements displayed an abundance of ivy and grape leaves mixed in to incorporate the romantic Italian theme. Shelby’s bouquet included blush garden roses, white ranunculus and hypericum berries for added romance.
Bride in Laren by Pronovias in Austin, Texas Vineyard
The bridesmaid dresses by Joanna August were blush, floor-length and ethereal. The house party selected dresses within the color palette.
The groom and groomsmen wore Vera Wang tuxedos in classic black and white.
Greenery and Blush Rose Aisle Decorations
The couple knew that a move to Austin was in their future, so they thought it would be special to get married in the city where they would start their lives together. “The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge had all the elements I was searching for; it is secluded, has beautiful grounds, a vineyard, wildflowers and huge oak trees.”
First Kiss at The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge
First Dance at The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge
Herb olive oil, baguettes and mixed olives adorned the tables. Dinner included Italian favorites.
Shelby wanted the wedding to have a “romantic Italian” atmosphere, so she selected a color palette of blush, nude, ivory and white and incorporated lots of natural green foliage.
Wine barrels, vineyard wine crates, cafe lights and iron lanterns with green garlands created an atmosphere of natural, romantic Italian beauty in Austin, Texas.
The couple had a simple, three tier cake with a simple ring of greenery around each layer.
Bride and Groom at Cafe Light Reception