Minimal Chic Matrimony at The Arlo

Minimal Chic Matrimony at The Arlo

portrait of a bride with the veil over her face

These former New Yorkers brought East Coast chic to the Texas Hill Country. Ellen met Jed through her best friend – who had gone on a few dates with him after connecting on Bumble and deemed him too “nerdy.” Turns out Jed was the perfect amount of nerdy for Ellen and after a little over a year of dating, they were engaged.

It also turns out that when you’re a former beauty editor, you have a wealth of style. Ellen’s vision was for a clean, minimalist wedding aesthetic with a timeless Grace Kelly-esque beauty look – all while having, in her words, “fun, fun, fun.” Her Suzanne Neville dress was the epitome of this idea – a clean, modern silhouette, crisp satin construction, and a modest train offset by a fun, unexpected, oversized bow on the back. And with a hair and makeup team trained for red carpet celebrities – Ellen’s beauty dreams were brought to life. Bold red lips can be tricky to pull off – a timeless idea can easily look outdated in execution, but the talented Desirae Cherman made it look absolutely ethereal on Ellen.

Ellen and Jed held their nuptials at the recently opened Arlo in Austin, Texas. A newcomer to the Austin wedding venue scene, The Arlo has made quite the splash for not only a fresh and modern yet inviting aesthetic and highly-functional design, but also top-notch service. The warm wood accents, cozy and spacious bridal suite, and the modern outdoor fireplace ceremony site are among my favorite moments at this beautiful space. Ellen and Jed were the very first couple to hold their ceremony on the outdoor lawn at the Arlo.

After mingling on the lawn with drinks and appetizers, guests made their way into the reception space designed by Jessica Upton of Uptown Events. Tonal creams and whites layered with black accents filled the space, melting into the ambience of the venue as evening set in and the space was filled with candlelight. The architectural floral design by Bricolage Curated Florals added to this – tall centerpieces with modern orchids and romantic garden roses countered a low table runner of meandering anemones. Another NYC-meets-Austin moment was found in the lounge area – a luxurious green velvet couch illuminated by a neon sign replica of the iconic “i love you so much” Austin graffiti, courtesy of Disch Events.

It was a privilege to work closely with Ellen and Jed to bring their vision to life through imagery.