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Jordan & Garrett: A Garden-Inspired Spring Wedding at The Arlo

As a top Austin wedding photography and videography team, we have found that the most emotional and meaningful weddings are the ones that master the art of storytelling. A wedding isn’t just a pretty party or a milestone to check off a list. It’s a beautiful depiction of your love story and a chance to celebrate every part of it. When every detail of the wedding reflects your journey and personalities, it not only creates visual appeal for your guests, but it makes the day truly and uniquely yours.

Jordan and Garrett’s spring wedding at The Arlo perfectly exemplifies this, as they infused significant personal details throughout their big day. From their music choices to their garden-inspired color palette to the way they included their family throughout the day, every element reflected Jordan and Garrett’s personal tastes and shared values. The result was a bright and joyous spring wedding day, where everyone – including us! – couldn’t help but smile from start to finish.

This spring wedding at The Arlo serves as major inspiration for a botanical garden wedding or a hill country wedding! It also illustrates unique and creative ways to put your personal stamp on your wedding to show your guests that you’ve truly thought of everything.

We invite you to relive Jordan and Garrett’s spring wedding with us in the hope that you leave more inspired than before!

Spring Wedding Design Details

What’s a spring wedding without an abundance of florals? Jordan and Garrett wanted to create a lush, garden feel for their wedding at The Arlo, so they worked with their wedding planner, Uptown Events, and wedding florist, Wild Bunches Floral, to plan a multitude of vibrant, organic florals. Their color palette consisted of magenta, blush, peach, ivory, and pops of orange.

Their ceremony took place inside The Arlo’s Storie Hall, where gold, geometric frames stood at the altar, accented by blooming floral sprays. Two twin pillars with colorful floral arrangements framed the top of the aisle and ivory rose petals lined either side of it. As an Austin wedding photographer and videographer, of course we love natural light and Storie Hall allows for plenty of it! The altar features a picture window with similar windows surrounding the entire room. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Jordan and Garrett held their reception in The Arlo’s main ballroom, where both round and rectangular tables draped in ivory linens awaited guests. Every table featured pink and ivory floral arrangements interspersed with floating candles. A gold fluted charger sat at each place setting with a dusty blue taffeta napkin tucked underneath it.

The newlyweds’ sweetheart table stole the show though! Uptown Events and Wild Bunches repurposed the ceremony floral to decorate this focal table, creating a picture-perfect spot for the new Mr. and Mrs.

Getting Ready to Say “I Do”

On the morning of their spring wedding, Jordan and Garrett enjoyed time with their wedding party respectively in The Arlo’s bride and groom suites. Mistique Makeup helped get the ladies all dolled up before slipping into their gowns and when it was time, Jordan donned a white Allure wedding gown with crystal beading cascading down from the bodice. It had beaded spaghetti straps that criss-crossed in the back and a long, flowing train that twirled oh-so-perfectly throughout the day!

Garrett looked just as good in his navy blue suit and white tie, which he accented with his Texas Tech pin and class ring. When they were both ready, they started the day’s festivities with a first touch and vow exchange. We love that they stayed true to who they are by keeping this moment private and sacred. As they stood back-to-back reading their vows to each other, they both shed some tears and shared bright, excited smiles.

After some bridal portraits on The Arlo’s manicured lawn, Jordan did a first look with her dad and then her Grannie. We may have shed some tears of our own during Jordan’s moment with her grandmother! We wish we could bottle the unbridled and authentic joy that radiated from them in this moment. Family is so important to Jordan and Garrett, and holding these first looks was a truly special way to show them how much they care for them. 

A Spring Wedding Ceremony at The Arlo

At last, the time came for Jordan and Garrett to tie the knot! When the first notes of “Here Comes the Sun” floated through the air in Storie Hall, the processional began. Both Jordan and Garrett’s grandparents and parents walked down the aisle followed by the 16 members of their wedding party. The 7 bridesmaids and bridesman each wore a different shade of blue, which beautifully complemented the 7 groomsmens’ and groomslady’s navy blue attire.

When Jordan entered the ceremony on her father’s arm, her smile lit up the entire room and was only matched by Garrett’s equally brilliant smile. You could tangibly feel the love and happiness in the room!

After a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, Pastor Tim Anderson declared them husband and wife! Jordan kissed her new husband for the first time and then they both threw their hands in the air: They did it!

Cocktail Hour at The Arlo

The Arlo’s back lawn is ideal for a spring wedding cocktail hour! There, highboys dressed in pink linens stood in front of The Arlo’s outdoor fireplace and the welcome table featured gold-framed photos of Jordan and Garrett as well as a very unique guest book alternative. In addition to a sign-in guest book, the newlyweds displayed a custom Houston Astros jersey with their last name on the back! They invited their loved ones to sign their jersey in a creative tribute to this couple’s love of baseball. Little Astros pins even scattered the table!

During this spring wedding cocktail hour, PEJ Events served brisket barbacoa tostadas and tequila lime shrimp shooters while guests sipped on specialty cocktails named after Jordan and Garrett’s two dogs. “The Daisy” consisted of vodka with grapefruit and lime flavor notes while “The Raider” featured whiskey and lime. Jordan and Garrett even had custom cocktail napkins that read “all because two people swiped right” in gold, sparkling letters in an elegant tribute to how the two met.

After capturing family formals and couple portraits post-ceremony, Jordan and Garrett enjoyed a private moment in the bridal suite, where they indulged in their appetizers together and soaked in the fact that they were married. We highly recommend building private moments into the timeline like this! With all the festivities of the wedding day, taking time to slow down and celebrate with each other is never something our couples regret.

A Spring Wedding Reception at The Arlo

Then it was time to start the party! Jordan and Garrett’s DJ from Premier Entertainment invited everyone into the reception and the team at Uptown Events helped guests find their seats with the newlyweds’ iconic black seating chart.

After grand entrances, Garrett’s stepdad led a blessing over the newlyweds before the dinner buffet opened. At this point, Jordan and Garret snuck off with us to take sunset photos. Golden hour at The Arlo is pure magic and every Austin wedding photographer’s dream! The dewy golden light made for some of our favorite photos from the entire day! Not to mention that this was another chance for the bride and groom to spend some time alone together.

After a few twirls, lifts, and many kisses, we took the couple back into their spring wedding reception to continue the celebration with their loved ones. Garrett’s best man and Jordan’s best friend each gave a toast, provoking genuine smiles and laughter. Afterwards, the newlyweds themselves gave a thank you speech before kicking off the grand march!

If you haven’t heard of a grand march, it is one of the most fun ways to open the dance floor! All guests are invited to walk, dance, and march around the room in lines, holding each other’s hands and even forming a soul train line! It was a fun, surefire way to get all 178 guests up and onto the dance floor.

They surrounded Jordan and Garrett as they shared their first dance to “Your Everything” by Keith Urban. The parent dances followed this. Jordan’s father/daughter dance was set to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and Garrett’s mother/son dance was set to “Thought You Should Know” by Morgan Wallen.

Throughout the rest of the night, guests snapped fun pictures at the hedge wall photo booth that Simply Selfies set up. A custom neon sign with the newlyweds’ last name adorned the backdrop. They also indulged in many a sweet treat from the dessert table! Jordan and Garrett aren’t cake people, so they treated their loved ones to mini fruit tarts, cookies, rice krispy treats, and chocolate parfaits.

As their custom sign accurately read, “All you need is love and dessert!”

The Perfect Ending to a Wedding at The Arlo

As this spring wedding drew to a close, 4 Leaf Limo delivered a black, vintage getaway car to The Arlo’s front drive. After sharing a private last dance to “Sure Thing” by Miguel, Jordan and Garrett made their grand exit by walking through their loved ones one last time. Everyone held sparklers to light up the night and the new Mr. and Mrs. shared one final kiss before heading off into their happily ever after.

Congratulations, Jordan and Garrett! We were honored to capture all the joy and fun of your spring wedding at The Arlo and we wish you a lifetime of love together! Cheers to you both!

Let’s Work Together!

The Bird & The Bear is a boutique, award-winning studio that offers both Austin wedding photography and videography! We are a one-stop full-service studio that loves to create beautiful photos and films of our couples – all with our signature, playful style.

We would love to capture all the candid, intimate, and fun moments of your special day, just as we did for Jordan and Garrett. If you’re ready to check off both photo and video from your to-do list, reach out today and let’s make it happen!

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