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 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!”