Vendor Interview: Stephanie Barro, Bouquets of Austin


One of my favorite parts of my job is working with all of our amazing recommended vendors. In order to highlight these vendors, we have decided to feature interviews on our blog. To start us off, we sent over some questions to Stephanie Barro, owner/designer of Bouquets of Austin, who has provided beautiful flowers to our clients since we opened our doors. Check out her responses below to some of our questions.

  1. How long have you been in the wedding industry? A little over 20 years.
  2. What is your favorite part of your job? Besides the obvious – which is working with gorgeous flowers every day – my favorite part of my job is the people that I get to meet, both clients and industry colleagues.
  3. Do you have a favorite flower? Having to choose a favorite flower isn’t fair because there are so many that I love! But I do have some favorites for every season: Spring – viburnum and lilacs; Summer – colorful hydrangea and garden roses; Fall – Oh fall…there are just SO many awesome berries and textures that I love in this season; Winter – this season is great because there’s the availability of some unusual blooms; I love amaryllis.
  4. How would you describe Bouquets of Austin’s “style”? Traditional with a twist!
  5. What floral trends are you currently seeing in the wedding industry and are there any trends you would like to see? As far as trends…I’ve seen the rustic/vintage trend declining and a ramp up of more “glam” weddings (think Gatsby). I would love to move towards more cocktail-style receptions with a few awesome, key elements.
  6. Where do you suggest brides should look for wedding inspiration? Besides the many traditional wedding resources that are available, I would suggest brides looking to home décor and fashion magazines, runway shows, and even architecture for wedding inspiration.
  7. Do you have any suggestions to help brides stay within their budget? Yes! It’s a part of my job to help my brides stay within their budget. They must be honest about their budget/expectations in order for us to assist them in providing them the very best elements/décor for their money!
  8. What is the one thing that you think every bride should know when choosing      wedding flowers? Flowers are very personal. They should choose flowers based on their own individual style – not just because certain flowers, colors, etc. are being done by everyone else. In this way, they can be sure that their wedding flowers truly reflect who they are.


Interested in talking to Bouquets of Austin about your wedding or event? Contact them at 512.257.2395 or check them out online at

Written by: Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

Cocktail Hour Activities

Are you tired of the traditional cocktail hour and want to mix yours up?  Well here are some fun ideas of activities for your guests during that time.

Photo booths are a great idea.  Guests can have fun dressing up with different masks or hats and take fun pictures with others.


It could also be fun to have a video camera set up so guests can leave a message or words of wisdom for you two to watch later.

Hiring a comedian for cocktail hour could be an entertaining activity for your guests.  I have never seen this idea take place at weddings, however, who doesn’t love a good laugh?  A comedian would be a great way to entertain your guests.

Having an “I Spy” card would be a great activity too (especially for the young ones).  You could list different things that they need to find at your wedding, such as a pearl necklace or a cake topper.

i spy

Games can also be great entertainment.  Games such as Apples to Apples, Checkers or even Backgammon can help guests interact with each other and have a conversation starter.  Having couple trivia cards about the bride and groom would be a fun conversation starter as well.  Guests can mingle with each other while trying to answer each question.

Lastly, lawn games can be a fun activity in the cooler months.  Some ideas are corn hole, washers or blongo/ladder ball.  Both adults and children can have a blast with lawn games.

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Written by:  Mary Gividen, Wedding Sales Assistant

Kelly + Brent

This wedding is filled with unique personality and we just can’t get enough over here at Vintage Villas!

Obviously weddings are all about love, but sometimes they are transformed into pure magic by the people you choose to help showcase that love. Below are the experts, aka wedding warriors of this amazingly, fun love affair.

Wedding Planner: Becky with Pearl Events Austin | Officiant: Pastor Elroy Haverlah | Photographer: Matt Montalvo Photography | Video: 2nd Generation | Wedding Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Groom’s Cake: Cakes, Chocolates and More | Rentals: Premiere Party Central | Floral: Flora Fetish | DJ: 1st Class Entertainment | Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design | Flip Book: On the Flipside | Dessert Bar: Walton’s Fancy & Staple, Whole Foods, Delish, Elizabeth Street Café | Movie: Fun Flicks | Food Truck: mmmpanadas | Limo: Carey of Austin | Fireworks: Steve Wolf with Special FX International

During the cocktail hour guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers while the little ones enjoyed frozen hot chocolate. On the patio after dinner On the FlipSide was set up for everyone to create a custom flipbook, and on the Gazebo lawn all the children enjoyed a great movie set up by Fun Flicks.

To start the dance party off the bride surprised her groom with a flash mob dancing to the Harlem Shake. There were people in Gumby suits and props all dancing around the groom! Oh, and not to mention the amazing black and white checkered dance floor set up by Premiere Party Central.

At the end of the night the bride and groom drove away in style in their antique limo provided by Carey of Austin. How amazing are those fireworks!? Now that is a grand exit!

Matt Montalvo & Vintage Villas-15 Resized

Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Fun, Festive, Family Reunions


Summer is in full swing, for me this time of year sparks memories of family picnics, days at the lake, playing in the backyard with cousins and s’mores around a fire pit while catching fireflies in mason jars to end the sweet humid days.

Those were moments in life that everyone seemed to get along, even zany Aunt Sally was fun and mostly acceptable. It’s times like those that all members of the family had a great time. The kiddos had water balloon fights while the grams taught mom how to play cards and gramps schooled dad on how to grill the perfect steaks.

While we certainly can’t go back in time wouldn’t it be great to re-create those moments and build memories for the younger generations to reflect on for a lifetime? Wouldn’t also be great to have someone else do all of the cooking and cleaning?

Consider hosting a family reunion at a Vintage Villas! Imagine the family gathering for a private breakfast in the morning then heading to our lawn for a game of volleyball or cards on the patio where you can watch the little ones run around. Lunch is served before heading out to the lake for a chartered boat ride on Lake Travis. The evening ends with a great BBQ dinner and a build your own dessert bar in our beautiful Travis Room where you are able to watch the sunset over Lake Travis through the floor to ceiling windows. Following dinner it’s time to head to your private Villa where everyone can gather for storytelling and board games in the lobby.

The possibilities for activities in the area are almost endless. Everything from golfing, fishing, zip-lining, bounce houses, shopping, a trip to the spa and even hill country wine tours!

Our private Villas and event spaces, delicious menus, friendly staff and location make us a great choice for those who are looking to build memories for years to come. So starting planning your next family reunion and be sure to call us to play host, handle all the details, cooking and cleaning!

Written by: Mallory Voorheis, IOM ::  Corporate Sales Manager  ::  Vintage Villas Hotel & Events