Elegant, Napa-Inspired Lakefront Wedding at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas

Samantha Holland (31 and a teacher) and Brennan Hughes (31 and a recruiter) met through mutual friends in Chicago and got engaged on a hike in San Fra

Samantha Holland (31 and a teacher) and Brennan Hughes (31 and a recruiter) met through mutual friends in Chicago and got engaged on a hike in San Francisco three years later. Immediately following the proposal, the couple drove to Napa for a weekend of wine tasting and celebrating: a perfect combination of the couple’s interests in the outdoors, wine and each other. This inspired the theme of their wedding day, with woodsy, rustic details and a neutral color palette to bring the comfort and elegance of Napa to the couple’s destination wedding in Austin, Texas. The ceremony took place in the backyard of Samantha’s parents’ private residence on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Lake Travis. The couple exchanged their marital vows on a platform that stood over the infinity pool with an acrylic arch that held the chuppah and lush arrangements of blush and neutral roses, hydrangea and orchids. The newlyweds made a grand exit from their ceremony as guests showered them with metallic confetti, and made their getaway in a white 1963 Bentley. The reception in The Pavilion Room at the Omni Barton Springs Resort & Spa, draped with ivory fabric and greenery, was perfect for the rustic elegance Samantha and Brennan wanted with its stone columns, wooden beams and a fireplace. The couple brought a little bit of Napa to their guests with a variety of wines and sampling glasses on each table so that guests could choose their favorite to enjoy throughout the evening. The elegant, natural reception transported a taste of Napa to Austin and created an unforgettable romantic atmosphere for Samantha and Brennan’s special day.

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Samantha's classic white and cream bouquet featured a cascade of phalaenopsis orchids and David Austin Patience garden roses accented by green passion vines.
Samantha always dreamed of having her wedding at her parents' home on a high cliff overlooking the picturesque Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. "The home itself is elegant and inviting, not to mention all of the warm and loving memories Brennan and I have there with family and friends." The platform built over the hot tub held a chuppah adorned with roses, hydrangea and orchids.
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Samantha wore sparkly gold Jimmy Choo sandals that matched her belt as well as her taste. "I was comfortable, confident and carefree about the way I looked all day and night. I made decisions I would always make; this comfort allowed me to enjoy the true meaning of the day."
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Samantha's gown is composed of a bustier lace top with a satin ivory skirt with a belt at her natural waist. "I knew I wanted my dress to have a simple, classic and elegant feel. When I tried on my dress, I felt like myself in it."
Each guest had four small wine tasting glasses at their place setting with a rectangular card explaining what would be poured in each glass. "My dad briefly explained these wines in his speech and the significance of wine in our engagement and lives as a family and couple," says Samantha. The guests were then able to taste the wines and decide which one they would like in their large glass with dinner.
Elegant Rustic Ballroom at Omni Barton Springs
Samantha and Brennan chose The Pavilion Room at Omni Barton Creek for their reception because they loved the rustic, elegant look with an outdoor feel. The couple wanted to host their reception at a convenient location that offered lots of fun activities to make the weekend more of a vacation than just a wedding for their many out of town guests.
Rustic Vintage Blush Rose Table Centerpieces
The rustic elegance and comfort of Napa inspired the neutral, green and brown color palette. This theme came to life through the tall sand, blush and nude floral centerpieces in skinny gold vases with trailing vines of greenery and branches.
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DIY Gold Wine Bottle Table Centerpieces
For their wedding cake, the couple chose two flavors which were alternated every other layer: raspberry almond torte and hazelnut mascarpone. The tiers were wrapped asymmetrically with real greenery and flowers to amplify the woodsy theme.
Samantha and Brennan are based in Chicago, so they gave guests bags of Garrett's Popcorn as favors. "We are from Chicago, love popcorn, and wanted a sort of 'late night snack' for the guests as they left," says Samantha.
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Rustic Elegant Reception at Omni Barton Creek Resort