An Elegant, Formal Wedding at The Driskill in Austin, Texas

Emy McClendon, 27 and a nurse practitioner at Baylor University Medical Center, and Cole Smith, 26 and a Financial Analyst at Targetbase, met in New Y

Emy McClendon, 27 and a nurse practitioner at Baylor University Medical Center, and Cole Smith, 26 and a Financial Analyst at Targetbase, met in New York City. After graduating from the University of Texas, Emy moved to New York and became friends with Cole's older brother at church. When Cole moved to NYC, he and Emy became friends and started dating several months later. Cole proposed to Emy in Washington Square Park, framing the centerpiece of the couple's wedding: a cake shaped like the famous Washington Square Arch. Their ceremony in Central Christian Church in was classic, reverent and well-suited the style and size of the wedding. The party then moved to The Driskill: a gorgeous, historic hotel in downtown Austin with a grand ballroom complete with classic columns and chandeliers for ambient lighting. The formal dining tables featured elegant silver trumpet vases with large pale floral arrangements of amaryllis, roses and orchids, crystal candelabras and candles to add to the romance of the evening. At the end of the reception, Emy and Cole's guest showered them with white flower petals and the newlyweds were whisked away by a horse and carriage.

Pale Ivory Garden Rose Bridal Bouquet
White Ranunculus Groom's Boutonniere
Classic White V-Neck Wedding Gown with Long Train
Pale Floral Arrangement of Amaryllis, Roses and Orchids
Emy and Cole wanted their decorations to compliment the beautiful design of Central Christian Church. Emy's mother worked with the florist to create pale rose and hydrangea wreaths for the church doors.
Emy and Cole wanted to have a wedding downtown where their friends and family could come into Austin and experience the beautiful city they love.  "We both wanted our ceremony to be in a church, and Central Christian is a gorgeous, historic church that was the perfect size and style for our wedding," says Emy.
Emy and Cole's recessional song from Central Christian Church was "Ode to Joy." "Our faith is very important to us, so we wanted our wedding ceremony to reflect that in the reverence, music, prayers, scripture and message," says Emy.
Exterior of Central Christian Church
"The Driskill is an Austin icon and my favorite hotel downtown," says Emy. "It is such an elegant, breathtaking venue and when we knew it was available we jumped on it."
Formal Reception Decor at The Driskill
Large silver trumpet vases and candelabras of varying heights composed the elegant and eclectic centerpieces for Emy and Cole's reception at The Driskill. Soft bouquets and candles added to the romantic ambience of the ballroom.
The Driskill in downtown Austin, Texas provided a formal backdrop for Emy and Cole's reception with its classic columns, stunning chandeliers and ambient lighting.
Newlywed Chair Wreaths and Elegant Dining Table Decor
Bride and Groom Reception Chair Wreaths
Emy and Cole shared their first dance to "Heavenly Day" by Patty Griffin. "It is such a romantic song (even though Patty wrote it about her dog!), and her voice is so emotional and raw. It has always been my favorite," says Emy.
Judy at Simon Lee Bakery helped the couple design their wedding cake to look like the arch at Washington Square Park in New York City where Cole proposed to Emy. "It was so unique and personal for us. The details were amazing, and the cake tasted even better!" says Emy. There were several flavors from guests to choose from: chocolate with chocolate icing, vanilla with fresh strawberries and cream and strawberry with strawberry icing.
Washington Square Arch NYC Wedding Cake
Emy and Cole gave their guests bottles of Chalula Hot Sauce—Cole's favorite condiment for any food—as wedding favors, for a whimsical, casual personal touch to the formal wedding.
White Flower Petal Recessional from The Driskill