This was the most fun Driskill Hotel Wedding!! We instantly fell in love with Joey and Laura, they and their family came from all over to be there for their special day. Their wedding was so Classic, it was truly beautiful! It took our breath away walking in and seeing their head table with the gorgeous sequin tablecloth and the rows and rows of flowers. Special thank you to CLINK who put together their fabulous day, it was amazing.
The best part about their wedding was that it was a full on party! We had so much fun at their reception. Their guests were the all time best!
From the Groom:
It was on a rainy June evening that Joey tagged along with his good friend Erik to a med school party. The party was at an old campus bar where, after arriving late, the two were greeted with the sort of enthusiastic attention Erik had grown accustomed to over the years. Amidst greetings and introductions, Joey could not help but notice a blonde haired, brown-eyed girl from across the room. Meanwhile, Laura (the girl!) could not help but notice the conspicuous arrival of this random guy with a shrunken Lacoste shirt and a greased up flip-cut. Curious as she was though, she knew he’d eventually make his way over (they always do), and directed her attention back to her friends at the table.
Sure enough, as expected, this unknown ever so coolly jumped into the open seat directly across from her, perhaps elbowing out some poor guy in the process. And so in prime position to execute his perfected approach known to skeptics as nice-guy-game, Joey did not waste time. He began with his patented first move, “HI! I’m Joey!” Though stunned and not surprisingly disappointed by this mere enthusiastic recital of a name, Laura wore a polite smile in response. She followed suit and shared her name, and then turned back to her friend.
But Joey was unfazed. This was not unfamiliar territory after all. Regrouping, he circled up with Erik and recounted the initial interaction, play by play. A patient and good friend, Erik suggested that Joey maybe touch on her Texas roots in the next go around. And so he did, and to a minor extent it worked! He used Vince Young’s 2005 Rose Bowl win to break the ice. As concerned for this guy as she was, Laura couldn’t hide her excitement in reminiscing about that absurd and highly unlikely win over the Heisman’d up USC Trojans. Joey meanwhile, used such positive thoughts as inspiration. Much like Vince Young he would use this momentum to his favor. She was after all stunning, smart (a doctor! he imagined his parents’ delight), and from Texas. With nothing coming to mind though, he returned to Erik who made the suggestion, “why don’t you offer to buy her a drink?”
A great idea! Joey thought. And to his credit, he unknowingly bought a round of one of her favorites. While still dubious, she accepted the beer and small talk commenced. This time the trying silences were fewer, and the laughs were longer. After a little while one might say there were early hints of potential chemistry. Somehow, some way, what nice-guy-game skeptics called Joey humor seemed to be working. Laura was thinking to herself, he is strange yes, but he sure is nice, and funny. In short she was intrigued. And not surprisingly, for intrigue was Joey’s specialty.
And with her curiosity piqued, Joey wisely understood that he had accomplished all that a gentleman could ever hope to accomplish upon first meeting a lovely lass named Laura. Upon retrieving her number and initiating a next-day campaign of extremely witty texts (albeit long mulled over texts… deleted, re-thumbed, and contemplated to such an extent he had to cover himself by explaining to his friends that his preoccupation over his phone had to do with a dire family situation, and not a girl named Laura from Texas), Joey negotiated his way to a first date. Meanwhile, Laura brought up his game. Whenever Joey thought his wit had peaked, she raised the stakes. And with such meticulous effort (the true stuff of romance), the two found themselves at a candle lit table at Caseus Fromagerie, where Laura explained that the name of the restaurant translates in medical jargon to rotten human flesh. And the rest is both a wonderful history and a highly promising beginning.
Proposal (written by the groom):
It helped that Joey can’t keep surprises. In the weeks leading up to the proposal, he would regularly drop less than subtle hints about a “certain question” he was going to ask soon. Laura was a great sport about it though, always smiling and reassuring him that whatever it was he shouldn’t worry, and that she was sure she’d be surprised. And so when Joey took her to the Equinox Hotel in Vermont, he was in his happy place; certain that she’d say yes, but not at the expense of the romantic surprise he’d always imagined for this moment. He’d basically nailed it.
And to help matters, Joey had the bright idea of incorporating some sort of cover for the trip to Vermont. As far as Laura knew they’d be picking up a few pieces of furniture from his parents’ place—all business. And sure enough, they spent the better part of twelve grueling hours packing a UHaul to the brim with some great stuff. Joey was thrilled! The day was proving incredibly productive—new furniture, and, if all went to plan, a wife! The hopeful groom-to-be was quite pleased with himself.
But when they arrived in their room (to a bottle of bubbly), Joey got a bit excited and asked Laura to close her eyes. She said, no, “Let’s wait.” “Wait for what?” Joey asked, suddenly innocent, still playing it “cool.” And Laura thoughtfully said, “Well I have no idea.” And so, with a hasty proposal successfully averted, they waited. And when Laura went to freshen up, Joey cleverly placed the ring box on her dinner seat and slid it under the table. Having spent the day moving furniture, rather than eat out, they decided to enjoy their upgraded suite (Thank you Starwood!) and dine in t-shirts and jeans. And so his plan was basically perfect. Room service would arrive and go, Joey would pull out Laura’s chair, and there, lo and behold, would be a ring box!
Room service arrived, the mop-headed guy introduced himself as Mike, and he brought in the tray. Of course, the hotel staff knew what was up (hence Joey’s finagling the upgrade to the master suite, plus it helped that it was April in Vermont… melting snow and mud mostly). And he kept on giving Joey this look that was like, dude have you done it?! Joey glued a smile to his face and more or less instructed Mike to please leave now, man. But before he did, Mike made a move to pull out Laura’s seat for her. “No!” Joey yelled to both of their surprise. And so, a bit stunned, Mike left and at last the moment came.
Let’s just say Joey got to the point. No speech, no fluff, just a simple, sweet, will you be my wife? The excited response convinced him that she had in fact been surprised. She said YES about a dozen times, and Joey replied, “Hey, Great!” And so began their engagement, an eighteen month journey to Austin, Texas.
From The Bride:
I was never one of those girls who were planning their weddings from age 5, so I had no idea what was involved. After Joey and I got engaged, I let a couple of months go by and then casually decided to start the planning process. Whoa. I decided within the first five minutes that we needed professional help and began an extensive interviewing process of Austin coordinators, and Joey and I finally hired CLINK Events. Joey and I were living in Connecticut, trying to plan a wedding in Austin and I was completely tied up with medical school and Joey was super busy at his job. We told CLINK our vision – elegant and formal yet fun, lots of flowers, as much gold/metallic/sequins as possible, great food, big party, and so on. We settled on The Driskill almost immediately and it was a whirlwind of excitement from there. Working with CLINK was the best money we spent throughout the entire process – they were fantastic and led us to incredible vendors for everything from photography (we love Jona and Jerry of Forever Photography!) to our highly talented floral designer, Amy of Merveille Events, to our awesome invitations from The Paper Place. Our wedding turned out even better than we could have imagined and we are so grateful to our parents, to CLINK, and to our fabulous team of vendors for pulling it off!
FOOD was our must have! Joey was surprisingly helpful throughout most of the wedding planning process… patiently looking at invitations, picking out centerpieces and linens, debating peony vs. ranunculus vs. rose (or just giving up and letting me have all of them), but I have never seen the man so excited as when we sat down to pick out menu items for our tasting at The Driskill. He suddenly had so many opinions and most of them revolved around beef! He wanted mini beef wellingtons, horseradish-encrusted filet, peppercorn-encrusted filet, beef ravioli… and the list went on. It was hysterical and I decided that since food was clearly going to be his “thing,” he could do whatever he’d like. After consuming approximately seven pounds of filet on the day of our tasting and developing “the meat sweats,” he finally came to his senses and we actually ended up with nicely balanced entrée choices of filet (of course), sea bass, and veggie risotto!
What was the brides must have:
A PARTY! My number one priority was making sure that our guests had a fantastic time. Joey is from the East Coast, I’m from Texas, and our families and friends are spread out all over the country, so we knew that most of our nearest and dearest were making a big journey to Austin to celebrate with us. In return, we wanted to give them a night they wouldn’t forget. We knew we definitely wanted an excellent DJ to keep the music going and get people dancing – but what we got was unbelievable! I don’t think the dance floor was empty once the entire night and there were some dance moves displayed that I didn’t think were possible. All in all, I definitely got my party.
Driskill Hotel Wedding Vendors
Photo: Forever Photography … Video: Crescent Video Productions… Flowers: Merveille Event Design… Event Designer/Planner: CLINK… MUA: Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry… Hair: Danielle Barr… Transportation: Transportation Consultants… Music: DJ – Kit Kettermann, cocktail hour pianist – Eddy Hobizal, ceremony organist – Scott Davis… Ceremony Site: First United Methodist Church of Austin… Reception Venue: The Driskill Hotel… Caterer: The Driskill Hotel… Invitations: The Paper Place… Cake/Desserts: cake by Simon Lee Bakery, cookies by Kellie’s Kandies… Wedding Gown Designer: Amsale… Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters… Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang… Shoes: Kate Spade