Archive for September, 2013
by Indra Hernandez
Mercury Hall is a beautiful and charming venue, and it was hard not to fall in love with this place in a matter of seconds. It resides in a great location within the city limits, and still has that countryside feel. From the minute you walk up the stone walkway and catch a glimpse of the gravel courtyard, you’re ready to start creating those magical memories that everyone will be talking about for years to come.
Upon entering through the white French doors, I was greeted with an eyeful of sweets provided by Blue Note Bakery and gorgeous floral arrangements by Petals, Ink. Florist, that couldn’t help but make you smile. The delicious aromas of the food provided by Pink Avocado Catering just made my mouth water and I couldn’t resist. After sampling such heavenly food, it was only natural that I wash it down with the great drinks being served by Austin Bartending Company.
There was ample space to walk around and mingle as well as places to sit and chat with old and new company such as my new friends from The Stationery Bakery. With such warm smiles and pleasant conversation, it was hard not to try and Facebook them. And what better way to enjoy this fun gathering than with the music selections by Greenbelt DJ filling the room and setting the mood.
I was having such a great time inside that I couldn’t even imagine what was waiting for me outside of the venue. As I stepped into the courtyard, everything just started coming together and really made this visit even better. As I was walking through, I couldn’t help but overhear other people’s visions and ideas for this scenery and it was like I could already see it without even closing my eyes. There was enough lighting outside (thanks to Intelligent Lighting Design) to embrace the courtyard’s beauty, but soft enough to feel like you were in some sort of dream sequence…or maybe that was the couple of drinks that I had already consumed.
Overall, Mercury Hall Events and Performance Center provides the ideal balance of the indoor charm and outdoor serenity. The venue provides great spots for photographs to capture those special moments for your event. Its location makes it accessible whether you’re coming from the north or south of Austin, and provides ample space to accommodate all those on your guest list.
Stain glass windows sparkle in the night.
A stone path connects the manicured outdoors area to the front entrance.
A white-washed interior and vintage chandaliers accent the big room nicely.
Sweet treats on display from Blue Note Bakery.
Vendors keep guests engaged all evening.
Twinkling lights act as a beacon to the bar. Yeah!
Savory nibbles from Pink Avocado Catering are hit with the crowd.
Beautiful custom invitations bring everyone to The Stationery Bakery table.
Guest finds out all about Mercury Hall.
Say “cheese!” Our new friends are all smiles.
So were you at this event hosted by Mercury Hall? What was your favorite part of the night? Make sure to leave us a comment and share your insights with us.
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Today’s blog is from the Cari Wible Photography. She recently had the opportunity to shoot a styled photo shoot with a super fun theme and reported back to us on how the day unfolded and provide us with the gorgeous photos that came from it.
The vintage French circus or le cirque has always been a grand idea for Denise Stone and Priscilla Flores, owners of Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals. With bigger than life animals, performers clad in wildly beautiful costumes and loud obnoxious fun! The Grande Opening aptly named “come one, come all” was a feast for the senses.
Jugglers from The University of Texas Jugglers Society performed their magic with a variety of props, provoking thrilled shrills of laughter. There was a smell of fresh popped corn coming from the vintage style popcorn machine, and an inviting photo booth with animal masks waiting to adorn the faces of everyone.
Using poppy red, black polka dot and azure blue color pops, the stage was set. An oversize wooden horse is propped and ready to perform atop brightly colored circus drums, vintage suitcases stacked together hold bright red flowers.
Vintage French wine barrels are the perfect bistro tables and ready filled bowls of salted peanuts wait to be shelled and eaten. Three long tables clad with blue table linens and topped with black polka dot shears became home to a golden horse from a merry-go-round surrounded by an assortment of red, yellow and purple flowers. Tiny elephants sat atop a grassy mound inside their cages finishing the circus themed table to perfection. The day ended with live entertainment, beautiful voices and acoustic guitar.
Delicious food paid homage to an upscale circus fare including bacon wrapped meatloaf on a roll topped with a spicy ketchup, a variety of chips and lemon martini shakers served in mason jars ready to be shaken by each guest. Cones of sweet peanuts and chocolate drops finished the course. Fun was had by all.
Are you inspired yet? We think this theme could easily translate to a fun reception for a wedding. Tell us what you think about this stylized shoot. We want to hear your comments. As always, happy wedding planning!
Rentals, Design and Florals : Bee Lavish
Photography: Cari Wible Photography
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Who doesn’t love a good cocktail at a wedding? Well…anywhere for that matter? It just should be a good cocktail. I mean…not only in taste, but also in the selection of a proper glass, color, texture and even the garnish is imparative in crafting a libation worth remembering.
And right now, couples are paying more attention to this detail in their wedding. So we say, this is definitely a trend worth investigating and incorporating in your planning.
Some specific trends in this area recently are:
- dressed up glass rims
- savory flavored cocktails
- build-your-own cocktail bars
- tasting bars
Dressed up rims: No longer are Margaritas the only drinks with rimmed glasses. Creative bartenders have been crushing up everything from chocolate to nuts, and even incorporating what usually was only used as toppings for ice cream, cupcakes and cookies, like sprinkles and colored sugars. It adds that extra detail that guests swoon over.
A gold dusting to make your bubbly sparkle? uh, yes please!
Colored sugars are a great way to bring in color in unsuspecting places and round out a palette in a drink too.
Savory flavored cocktails: Sweet concoctions are taking a small back seat to mixtures that boast savory ingredients like rosemary, chervil, cucumbers and my favorite…BACON! Personally, anything that adds bacon to it, I’m on board with. Just think about it, bacon has the abilty to add a saltiness, crunch, smokey, or even sweetness to a great drink. Mmmmmm.
A bacon Manhatten? Yes, lose the oranges please!
A beefy Slim Jim Bloody Mary? Why not!
Build-your-own bars: Yes, yes we know, these bars aren’t new but they do have a new spin currently. It’s kind of like being your own bartender…but better! All the “accessories” of the drink are displayed out and you get to control the amounts to make your drink specific to your individual tastes.
Too salt or not to salt…one lime or two? Now the choice is yours.
Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s…just the way YOU like them.
Tasting bars: Now these are fun. For your adventurous guests, this is a way to expose them to maybe one type of liquor that is YOUR favorite. It allows you to taste a variety of a specific liquor and then let you decide which is your new favorite. Who would’ve thought…a cultural broadening right at a wedding.
Completely a dude thing…or…a very hip girl, like this one. ; )
Destination wedding? No problem, do a tasting of a local specialty liquor. Done.
And for help with all these new cocktail trends, make sure to contact all our great bartending professionals. They are sure to help you come up with one or multiple great new cocktail trends to make your wedding unforgettable and truly personal.Tags: bars, cocktails, reception ideas, signature cocktails
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