DJ Jason Esquire
DJ Jason has had a long career playing music; he’s been DJ'ing for more than 15 years, including playing on several radio shows and a long-time residency at Whisky Bar in Dallas. Couples say he’s particularly adept at reading the room—while he thoroughly questions the bride and groom on their tastes and vision before the event, he’ll never use a pre-made track. P.S. When drunk guests request the Wobble, he’s always in your corner.
Preston Smith Photography
Photography is much more than a weekend hobby for Preston Smith; when he’s not shooting weddings and engagement photos, he’s shooting editorial work for clients like Reebok and RVCA. For weddings, he works with his wife, Heather, to capture every special moment—he has an uncanny knack for hidden candids, like facial expressions at key moments, or intimate hugs between guests when they least suspect to be photographed. Importantly, his turnaround is astonishingly fast; you’re likely to have photos back before the honeymoon’s over.
Adria Lea Photography
Adria Lea and her husband Colt handle weddings as a team, so your photographer can (literally) be in two places at once—for example, the bridesmaids and groomsmen can both be photographed getting ready without any rushing back and forth. More than that, Adria’s a genius with natural light, so you won't catch her carting around too much equipment. Clients also love that that there’s very minimal photo-shopping involved in the entire process.
Amy Karp Photography
Amy Karp’s photography business is a family operation—Amy takes the photos, and her husband, Jon, handles the business side behind the scenes (though he does take some gorgeous photos of his own, too). What the clients get is the feel of a small one-man show with the professionalism and speed of a larger outfit. Side note: Amy’s side passion is underwater photography, should the occasion ever call for it.
If there’s such a thing as photographer’s bedside manner, Veronica Ellerman has a great one—she’s known for getting even the most rambunctious (flowergirls) and cantankerous (grandfathers) guests to cooperate and pose appropriately. She’s also got a way with natural light that makes for gorgeous results with a low-maintenance process. Book well in advance—her schedule fills up quickly.
A Sea of Love
A Sea of Love, a small team of photographers helmed by Morgan Chidsey, comes highly recommended for stunning photos that feel natural and easy. Morgan skips expected posing in favor of capturing intimate moments—the only time she’ll art-direct is when it comes to picking a romantic, gorgeously-lit setting.
Sweet Magnolia Floral
12009 W. Hwy. 290
Ashlyn Gibbens Hobbs is a Texas girl through and through, and her passion for florals comes from her grandparents, who taught her to garden in their backyard. While the bulk of Ashlyn's business comes from weddings and other events, she offers a limited number of bouquets, which are available for delivery through BloomNation—she also offers workshops for specialty items like wreaths and flower crowns.
Pollen Floral Art
Canopy Arts Complex, Govalle
Austin-based Brooke Howsley is the daughter of two artists. Her arrangements are more like works of art with the freshest, most beautiful blooms. While most of her business is weddings and events, she does do bouquets on request—call a few days ahead to order.
Cebolla Fine Flowers
4415 Lovers Ln., University Park
Cebolla Fine Flowers is owned by couple and business partners Luit and Jamie Huizenga, who have been running the business since shortly after Luit emigrated from Holland in the '80s. Their state-of-the-art warehouse (where they also live with their daughter) is equipped with geothermal heating, which keeps the countless orchid plants healthy year-round. In the summer months, they actually offer monarch butterfly chrysalises, which eventually hatch and fly away. If you can't make it to their shop on Lover's Lane, they deliver to almost every neighborhood in the city.
Margot Blair Floral
2408 Lake Austin Blvd., Clarksville
Margot Blair specializes in big-wedding floral design but she also delivers a highly curated selection of arrangements throughout Austin. Her floral creations are so playful and so fun, it's hard not to order one for a friend and yourself. They come in three different sizes, from skinny mini to voluptuous mini, housed in a custom glass jar, a vintage apothecary bottle, or footed glass compote. In other words, you won't regret ordering two.