A Winter Wonderland Wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Austin in Austin, Texas

The winter wonderland wedding of Shelby Jinks (27 and a personal trainer) and John Jinks (28 and a real-estate broker) brought guests back to their ch

The winter wonderland wedding of Shelby Jinks (27 and a personal trainer) and John Jinks (28 and a real-estate broker) brought guests back to their childhood, with Santa Claus on the guest list. “We wanted it to feel like both a wedding and a really big Christmas party,” Shelby says. “The environment was elegant and modern with hints of Christmas thrown into the mix.” Upon arrival to the wedding weekend, out-of-town guests received welcome bags filled with “naughty and nice” treats, gingerbread cookies and mistletoe. Brock & Co. Events worked with Townsley Designs to transform the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin in Austin, Texas, into the North Pole, with charcoal linen draping, sequined tablecloths, clear chairs, white flowers and cool blue lighting. Guests got into the holiday spirit snacking on sweets from a table of “treats for Santa,” which included spiked milkshakes, snowball-themed cake balls, gift-wrapped petits fours and snowflake sugar cookies. In the middle of the dance party led by Dance Street Band, elves popped into the reception with sacks of Christmas-themed apparel for guests to wear in anticipation of the biggest surprise of the night: Santa himself. A separate room hosted “naughty” and “nice” lines, leading to a big white chair where guests could take photos on Santa’s lap. “It was so fun playing off the Christmas theme," Shelby says. "The North Pole, late-night surprises and Santa’s treats were really the icing on the cake for our guests, and represented our playful side. It was the perfect kickoff to the holiday season!”

Garlands and Wreaths Outside Austin Church Venue
Winter White Orchid and Peony Bridal Bouquet
Winter Wedding North Pole Photo Booth
White Peony Bridesmaid Bouquet
White Flower Girl Dress With Black Sash
Central Christian Church Recessional
Wedding coordinators Brock & Co. Events worked with Townsley Designs to create mirrored signs and white lounge seating throughout the reception, which added to the winter wonderland ambience.
Shelby and John held their wedding reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin in downtown Austin, Texas, because it was the place where they got engaged. “It was the perfect destination since both of our families are from the city and we knew a lot of our out-of-town guests would be willing to travel to Austin,” the bride says.
“Since the wedding took place in December, I decided on a modern icy winter wonderland theme,” Shelby says. Clear chairs, white beaded linens and an abundant array of white orchids and peonies with metallic charcoal fabric drapery created a cool modern atmosphere of winter glam.
Modern Clear Reception Chairs With Monogram
Each guest’s name waited at the place setting in three-dimensional glittery calligraphy. A round menu atop a silver charger displayed the dinner courses as well as a hint to the North Pole-themed surprises later in the evening.
Three-Dimensional Calligraphy Name Place Setting
First Dance at Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Beneath a mirrored sign that read, “treats for Santa” were winter-themed sweets such as spiked milkshakes, snowball-themed cake balls and stocking stuffers including gift-wrapped petits fours and snowflake-shaped sugar cookies.
Spiked Milkshake Shooters at Christmas-Themed Wedding
Present Petits Fours and Snowflake Cookies
As Dance Street Band played “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Santa’s helpers popped into the reception with bags of Christmas-themed apparel for guests to wear before a grand entrance by Santa Claus.
Christmas-Themed Wedding Favors and Props
The couple designated a side room as the “North Pole,” with "naughty" and "nice" lines leading to a big white chair where Santa waited to take pictures with guests. “The North Pole was by far the biggest hit of the night,” Shelby says. “Grown men turned into children again and couldn't wait to take a picture on Santa’s lap.”
Santa Claus North Pole Photo Booth
Covered in sugar, the simple, seven-tier wedding cake looked as if it were dusted with snow. Simple white orchids and peonies rested on the side of the cake, which sat atop a mirrored round table with scattered candles. A delicate white floral wreath hung over the display, a focal point of the reception.
As Dance Street Band played “XO” by Beyonce for the last dance, snow fell from the ceiling. “It created a midnight dream effect, and was so magical,” the bride says. “By the time midnight rolled around, no one wanted the night to end.”