Our Texas Hill Country Wedding
For me, really feeling like a truly married person has been a gradual process over a year and a half period. Adam and I got engaged in Paris on Sept. 25, 2011, got legally married in Houston in a hastily planned ceremony on Dec. 25, 2011 (Christmas Day), and co-hosted a second wedding ceremony and celebration in Austin on Oct. 6, 2012. Last week, I officially changed my name to Jodi Bart Holzband on my driver’s license, and today I’m finally sharing some of my favorite moments from our Hill Country Wedding (aka Wedding B) here.
We hired Aron Hoag, a friend who is also a really talented graphic designer, to create a personal logo, which we used on the invitations and personalized bottle cap magnets we sent to the guests.
Instead of sending “save-the-dates” in the mail, Adam designed a gorgeous wedding website; he also constructed our names out of sandwiches to use on the sites landing page. It was all hand-done with no post-production editing at all.
My contributions to the image was the wood cutting board, making the + out of matzoh, and the jaunty gingham napkin. I also helped eat the J O and D. I wrote the website content, and took the lead on creating a list of “Austin Favorites” for the out-of-town guests.
What follows is a selection of images from our wedding ceremony and reception at Jester King Brewery at Ceres Park Ranch on Oct. 6, 2012. Most of the photos were taken by the wonderful Amy and Nathan Russell, our photographers, but I also included favorites taken Emily Goodstein and Steven Weise, two talented wedding guests .
Eastside Mexican restaurant Takoba catered the wedding, setting out watermelon and horchata aguas frescas for guests to sip on before the ceremony. We also had custom bottle caps made with our logo, and coordinated with Dripping Springs-based Richard’s Rainwater to use them to cap an order of their charmingly-named Happy Water.
Exterior shots of the pavilion, fire pit, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza (Takoba used it as their staging area and served drinks from the bar), Jester King Brewery, and the Airstream trailer restrooms.
Lucy prepares for her big moment as Dog of Honor.
Adam’s wedding band was worn by my paternal grandfather, Imre Bart (aka Nagypapa). The diamond in my wedding ring was from a necklace originally owned by Adam’s paternal grandmother, Bessie Holzband (aka Bubbe), and later given to Adam’s mother Paula as a wedding gift.
I had a new name tag made for Lucy with her new last name as a surprise to Adam.
Our papercut Tree of Life ketubah was made in Israel, and shipped to the U.S. We had to put in our order about a month before the wedding, so the artist would have time to create the piece and ship it before the Jewish holidays.
A Jewish wedding ceremony begins with the signing of the Ketubah, witnessed by our dear friends Ashley G., David L., Jennifer S., and Rachel L.
After the Ketubah signing is the ceremony under the Chuppah. Our parents, my brother, and Lucy, were all part of the processional.
There was lots of smiling under the Chuppah, with Rabbi Sam Rose, a newly ordained Rabbi from Congregation Beth Israel presiding. We joked during our pre-ceremony marriage counseling that it was his first wedding and our second. We used a real drinking glass, rather than a light bulb as many do, for the breaking of the glass part of the ceremony, so I was thrilled when Adam broke the glass and didn’t slice his foot.
We took wedding portraits in the field next to Ceres Park pavilion before the ceremony.
And family portraits too.
The Bee Creek Boys played bluegrass for both the ceremony procession and the cocktail hour. Our friends and family enjoyed drinks and appetizers served by the Takoba staff while Adam and I enjoyed our Yichud, or first moments alone.
Takoba served appetizers — Tostaditas de Ceviche, Tostaditas de Carnitas, and Empanadas de Tinga — and specialty cocktails — Watermelon Mint Vodka Agua Fresca and Paula’s Margarita. We also offered three French wines — one red, one white, and one rose — and three Jester King beers — one pilsner, one ale, and one IPA.
The pavilion was set up beautifully, and looked especially magical once the sun went down. Our designer/planner, Erika Stojeba, and her assistant did a lovely job setting up the centerpieces we created, and the throw pillows made of recycled coffee bean bags donated by Cuvee Coffee.
Heartfelt and funny speeches were given by my parents, Adam’s cousin Evan, and my brother Jeff, with captioning provided by Marie Bryant of Houston. While Adam’s parents organized the captioning to help Adam’s mother, who has cochlear implants, feel confident that she wasn’t missing anything, I think it enhanced everyone’s understanding of what was being said, and also made the jokes that much funnier.
During the speeches, Adam and I tried to eat as much of the dinner as we could, which had been served buffet-style on the far side of the pavilion. The menu included Enchiladas Verdes con Camarones, Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole, Tacos de Verduras, Tacos de Bistec, Vegetarian Refried Beans, and Mexican Rice.
DJ Josh LaRue from Soul Happening kept guests of all ages dancing to soul, funk, rock and roll, and even hip hop.
It was unseasonably cold that night, after a really hot spell the night before, so many guests weren’t dressed appropriately. Luckily, the Ceres Park folks had a campfire set up, and we were able to get it going for those who wanted to take a break from dancing.
We took a break from dancing to cut our two-tier wedding cake from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. We settled on Mud Pie for the bottom, and Strawberry on top. We also ordered a selection of their pecan bars, lemon bars, chocolate mint bars, and brownies.
There was also three flavors of gelato from Teo: Peanut Butter and Nutella Gelato, Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut, and Raspberry Sorbetto.
Next was a completely impromptu performance by Adam of “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground. We had requested that the DJ play the song, but I was surprised (pleasantly!) when Adam grabbed the mike and started rapping for all of our guests. The next song that came up was “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa (totally coincidentally), which is my favorite song to sing at Karaoke, so I didn’t shy away from taking my turn to perform. It was a really fun, completely unplanned part of the evening.
After that, there was a lot more crazy dancing, including some enthusiastic dancing to “Gangnam Style” by Psy. During the one song that Adam and I rested for a while and drank some water, his cousins Julie and Karen took the opportunity to play bullfighter and bull in a little wedding-day shtick.
The night ended at midnight, and with most of the guests gone, the last ones standing — me, Adam, my immediate family, Tim, Rhonda, Jessica, Ilyse + Tom joined hands and sang along/swayed to “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets.
Wedding Ceremony + Reception | Venue: Ceres Park Ranch | Officiant: Rabbi Sam Rose, Congregation Beth Israel | Ketubah: Woodland Papercuts (Israel) | Creative Direction, Styling, + Planning: Erika Stojeba | Chuppah + Cocktail Hour Music: Bee Creek Boys | Bouquet: Exquisite Petals| DJ + Sound: Josh LaRue, Soul Happening | Captioner: Marie Bryant | Photographer: Nathan Russell Photography | Caterer: Takoba | Cake + Bars: Sugar Mamas Bakeshop | Gelato: Teo | Happy Water: Richard’s Rainwater | Custom Bottle Caps: BottleMark | Sodas: Fiesta Mart | Beer: Jester King Craft Brewery | Wine + Liquor: Spec’s
Personal Style | Groom’s Suit: BOSS Black | Tie: Brioni | Pocket Square: Simonnot-Godardi | Dog of Honor’s Collar + Leash, Brother of Honor’s Boutonniere: the ruffled daisy | Dress: La Sposa from Craigslist | Veil: Mantilla-style from Craigslist | Bride’s Boots: Coco by Heritage Boot | Hair: Nick Estep, James Allan Salon | Makeup: Karen Powanda, Kiss N’ Makeup
Centerpieces | Burlap Table Runners: Burlap Roll from ULINE |Lace Table Runners: Chair Sashes Rented from Marquee | Reclaimed Wood Slices + Sign Stands: Brian Johnson, BDJ Craftworks | Recycled Wine Bottles: Donated by Vino Vino| Recycled Ball Jars: Craigslist | Recycled Baby Jars: A friend | Mini Galvanized Pails: Favor Warehouse | Lace Trim: Joann, Hancock Fabrics | Glass Paint: Michael’s | Succulents: The Great Outdoors, East Austin Succulents, The Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Fall Sale |2″x3″ Ivory Pillar Candles: Quick Candles | Baby’s Breath and Purple Wax Flowers: Austin Flower Co.
Branding | Logos, Invitation, Bottlecaps, Program + Signage Design: Aron With A Missing A | Wedding Website + Sandwich Design: Adam Holzband (The Groom) | Printing + Paper: Sixth Street Printing | Bottlecaps: BottleMark
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