2016 Vintage Villas Dream Wedding Giveaway

The winner of the “2016 Vintage Villas Dream Wedding Giveaway” has been announced.We wish to thank everyone and give our congratulations to Melissa & Todd along with and the many other great couples who entered.

Melissa & Todd

 

 Here is Melissa’s story

“Yes, I can come help you clean your house because you are sick”.  That was it. I was hooked. I told my girlfriends about what my new boyfriend was willing to do for me and they immediately said, ” You have to marry that man!”  Fast forward three years, lots of love and drama later and he takes me to Mount Bonnell  at sunset and asks me to do something I have never done before, become his wife.

 

My name is Melissa and I am a middle school teacher. Todd is a social worker with the Department of Family and Protective Services. We spend our days (and nights) helping kids. We want kids to  have better lives through education and opportunities. I coach a UIL team and also coordinate a group of kids that promote study skills and being a good student.  Todd works with foster youth that are about to age out of care. He helps kids work to get into college or trade school and learn the skills to be a functioning adult in society.

We live almost check to check. Family is not really able to help us with the cost of the wedding so it is up to us. We are able to save just a little each month to try to afford the wedding we feel we can be proud of. I think that we deserve to win this dream wedding because we love each and dedicate our time to better the world. Winning this wedding package would allow us to celebrate with our friends and family in a way I think we have earned. A wedding should be a reflection of a couple and the community of love around them; a Vintage Villas dream wedding would reflect our community of love.

 

 

VINTAGE VILLAS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Vintage Villas Hotel and Events offers one of the best views in Austin for weddings and portrait sessions.  This is a great location for a “sunset wedding”.  The view not only provides an awesome backdrop for wedding ceremonies, but is great for the after wedding portraits of the bride and groom.  Below are some photo examples that AJH Photography captured at Vintage Villas.  We love shooting out there, and the photos show it!

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Summer Fun on Lake Travis

Temperatures are warming up here at Vintage Villas, which means it’s time for some fun in the sun. Here are some ideas for your next trip to Lake Travis:

Just For Fun Rentals

Just for Fun Rentals offers a variety of watercrafts including Ski Boats, Pontoon Boats,  Waverunners, and even Party Barges.

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Image via www.jff.net

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Zip across scenic Lake Travis inlets and canyons for a high-flying thrill.

LT Zipline

Image via www.ziplaketravis.com

Texas Sailing

Texas Sailing offers unforgettable experiences with captained sails or sailboat rentals.

Sailboat Rentals

Image via www.texassailing.com

Falconhead Golf Club

Falconhead is a public course laid out by the experts from the PGA Tour Design Center.

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Image via www.falconheadaustin.com/

Patio Time

There is no shortage of great places to enjoy the breathtaking Lake Travis views while sipping a cocktail. Here are some of our favorites:

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

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Image via www.steinersteakhouse.com

The Oasis

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Image via www.oasis-austin.com

Iguana Grill

Drink with Lake Background

Image via www.iguanagrillaustin.com

Written by:  Samantha Botello, Catering Sales Manager

Honoring Mom at Your Wedding

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, and of course I’m running around thinking of special ways to honor my amazing mom and grandma. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay your mom back for all her unconditional love and support, but even the smallest of gestures I’m sure will make her go all misty-eyed. What better time to show her some appreciation than at your wedding? Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
If Dad is no longer in your life, don’t think you need to find a male replacement – mom can certainly do the job! Or another idea, have both your parents walk you down the aisle.

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2. Give your photographer a shot list that incorporates a special moment with your mom.
Such as her putting your veil on, a first look in your wedding dress, or recreate a moment from her wedding day.

image via Whitney Lee Photography

3. And, grooms don’t forget that your mom will always cherish her mother-son dance.
Since there are no rules when choosing a song for the dance feel free to think outside the box! As long as the song reflects your relationship with her, the dance will always be a sweet memory.

image via Todd White Photography

Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Intelligent Lighting Design

Vintage Villas is proud to announce the recent partnership with Intelligent Lighting Design, better known as ILD! When we first met with the ILD team, their excitement for lighting was contagious and we have been very satisfied with the production we have seen! To introduce ILD to you we asked them to share who they are and what they are all about, and we are thrilled to see more of our future events all lit up!

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Photo by Patrick Motola

What makes ILD stand out amongst other lighting companies?

In 2006, ILD opened its doors to the event industry and made history by designing & manufacturing their own cutting-edge iDesign LED lighting series for special events.  Through ingenuity and in-house design, ILD created an affordable way to illuminate any event with color-matching capabilities and endless possibilities.

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Photo by Brett Buchhanan

Lighting advice specifically for Vintage Villas’ brides and corporate clients:

Intelligent Lighting Design is ecstatic to have Vintage Villas as a corporate partner because of the versatility of the venue! Vintage Villas has white walls allowing clients to get as creative as they want. Uplighting will be the biggest bang for your buck; creating an experience for all attendees!

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Photo by Stephanie Hunter

 Upcoming trends!

Upcoming trends include monogram projections on dance floors or walls. The great aspect of a patterned dance floor is that you can create the dance floor size of your choice instantly. Because you do not need to rent a dance floor at Vintage Villas, we can project the shape and dimensions of the allocated dance floor area with breakup patterns. This is amazing because we have over 800+ patterns to choose from – essentially that’s 800+ dance floor optional looks!

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Photo by Stephanie Hunter

For more information on ILD or to get a quote for your event, visit their website http://www.ildlighting.com/ or give them a call at 512.553.4226 and see how they can illuminate your event!

 

Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

WeddingWire 100 Review Club

Vintage Villas is pleased to announce that we are now members of the WeddingWire Rated 100 Review Club for obtaining over 100 wedding reviews. At Vintage Villas we strive to give our clients the best experience possible, and we would like to thank all of the couples who have taken the time to leave quality feedback. This feedback helps us to keep improving the level of service that we provide.

To check out our reviews or leave a review of your own, visit our WeddingWire Profile.

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Written by: Samantha Botello, Catering Sales Manager

Carolina and Brian’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

Carolina and Brian’s New Year’s Eve wedding was the perfect celebration to bring in 2014! This bride and groom live in California, but came in for an initial tour and tasting and the rest was planned with the help of their talented planner, Kevin, from Brass Tacks Events!

 This spectacular NYE wedding screamed fun and festive with sparkling linens from Marquee Rents and a collaboration of flowers and ice centerpieces (unlike any I’d ever seen) created by Stems Floral and Full Spectrum Ice.

 Having lived and traveled all over the states, their palates craved a menu that would wow their guests and our talented Chef did just that. The cocktail hour began with only five passed hors d’oeuvres, the plated menu included Butternut Squash Ravioli and Filet Mignon Entrées, and the night ended with a custom Breakfast Taco Bar to die for! Even with all that food, no wedding is complete without the sweets.  A gorgeous cake and dessert table provided by Sweet Treets Bakery satisfied even the worst sweet tooth.

There was non-stop fun with Shutter Qube’s Photo Booth and Greenbelt DJ kept guests dancing throughout the night. At midnight confetti flew over the dance floor and 12 grapes were to be had by all (a Spanish tradition of good luck and fortune for the new year). This countdown was one this couple (and their guests) will never forget.  And Jerry Hayes and inTandem Photography were there to capture it all.  Enjoy!

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Photographs taken by Jerry Hayes

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Photographs taken by InTandem

 

“Our wedding was amazing thanks to Vintage Villas. From Kristi at the hotel front desk, to Lauren in the main office, everyone was super responsive and willing to work with us on pretty much everything. The Chef was super accommodating with menu tweaks we requested. All the food at the wedding was amazing… we are still getting rave reviews on apps and late night tacos. For our NYE wedding, the proximity from venue to hotel was amazing. No need to worry about over-intoxicated guests driving and the rooms are nice for the price point. Staff, food, and venue were beyond epic from beginning to end.” -Carolina & Brian

 

Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Texas Marriage License Information

At Vintage Villas we help a lot of couples with their special day, and we are often asked about marriage license requirements and procedures. To make the process a little easier, we have gathered the following marriage license information.

General Information:

  • There is a required 3 day waiting period from the time you obtain your marriage license until the time the ceremony can take place. (Unless special requirements are met.)
  • Your marriage license is valid for 90 days.
  • You do not have to get married in the same county where you received your marriage license. Your marriage license will be good in any county within Texas.

Who can perform a wedding ceremony?

  • A person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony.
  • A justice of the supreme court, judge of the court of criminal appeals, justice of the courts of appeals, judge of the district, county, and probate courts, judge of the county courts at law, judge of the courts of domestic relations, judge of the juvenile courts, retired justice or judge of those courts, justice of the peace, retired justice of the peace, or judge or magistrate of a federal court of this state.

How to Obtain your Marriage License:

  1. Both the Bride & Groom must go to the County Clerk’s office, complete the marriage license application, and pay the license fee. You will need to bring the following:
    • Proper Identification (birth certificate, driver’s license or state-issued ID card, passport, visa, military ID, etc.).
    • The Social Security Number of each applicant.
  2. Following the ceremony, the wedding officiant must date, sign, and note the county where the ceremony occurred on the certificate. The marriage license must then be returned to the County Clerk’s Office within 30 days from the ceremony      date. Once the office receives the license, it will be copied and filed and the original will be returned to you.

For more information, you can visit the Travis County Clerk’s website (http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=R.27) or call your local County Clerk.

 

Written by: Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager