Lauren Smith Ford
October 26, 2013
After one of the bride’s cousins thought Caroline and Brian should be friends because of their shared background in politics, they met for lunch at Galaxy Café. “It was unclear whether it was a date or a friend-date, but when Brian didn’t offer to buy our lunch, it became apparent,” Caroline recalls. Of course, Brian still argues to this day that the restaurant’s pay-as-you-order set-up caught him off guard. They stayed in touch over the next six months before starting to date in November 2011. Six months later, they were engaged and plans for their truly stunning and special nuptials were underway. They chose the Salt Lick Vineyards at the venue because they wanted to share “the best of Austin with their out-of-town guests.” Between Caroline’s impeccable eye for design and music accompaniment by the Texas Boys Choir, the outdoor ceremony was magical. The bride worked with Angelina Mata, a bespoke designer in San Antonio, on her beautiful silk satin gown that featured subtle hip pads in a nod to Alexander McQueen, the fashion house where Caroline interned in the summer of 2011 (she has also worked for House & Garden, Vogue Living, and in the White House social secretary’s office). She also wore a family veil of Brussels lace that has been wore by over 15 family members, including her mother. Following the ceremony, guests strolled down a row of the vineyard toward the reception, where a grand, covered outdoor pavilion, outfitted with sparkling chandeliers, was erected especially for the event. The group of 300 enjoyed a seated dinner of a Texas-inspired vineyard, farm-to-table menu prepared by Chef Tripe at Spanish Oaks and the Salt Lick team. Caroline has always had a particular love of vintage details, especially silver and linens, so she brought in family touches like a sterling silver Victorian nut bowl that belonged to her great-grandmother, filled with hand-sculpted marzipan fruit at the top of the bride’s cake. The couple shared a first dance to “How Sweet It Is,” and soaked in the night, as they greeted guests who had travelled from around the world to be there. After an unforgettable night for everyone in attendance, they jetted off to Nicaragua for a stay at the Mukul Resort.
Photography by: Stephen Karlisch
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