For Alison and Matt, keeping wedding costs manageable, and in turn, the guest list limited, was a top priority for the couple. These self-imposed restrictions, however, didn’t stop the fun-loving couple from having a super stylish wedding day at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin, Texas. After a Beatles and John Lennon filled wedding ceremony outdoors  – and an awesome outfit change for the bride, the newlyweds partied the night away at their reception complete with great music, lots of dancing, and a tambourine exit (so fun!).

Special thanks to Kristi Wright for sharing all the incredible details of Alison and Matt’s awesome wedding day with us today!

wedding portrait

Alison & Matt

Location: Austin, TX

Wedding Date: March 5, 2016

Number of Guests: 75

Wedding Cost: $25,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Wedding Reception Location: Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

bridal bouquet

black and white bride portrait

bkrdewalking down residential street

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom walking down wooded path

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

In addition to trying to keep costs as reasonable as possible, we also wanted to make sure it was small enough to allow us to really enjoy everyone who was there to celebrate with us.

bride having fake eyelashes applied

bride with hair in rollers

wedding dress hanging up

bride's wedding shoes

bride's accessories

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Making the guest list was challenging since we had a fairly large family list to start with and wanted to make sure to also include old and new friends we’ve met here in Austin.

bride getting dressed

bride getting help getting dressed

bride's shoes being buckled

bride's make-up being applied

bride portrait

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

Once we set the number, it wasn’t too much of a challenge. Getting married outside of our hometown also made it a little easier.

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

None. Our families and friends were extremely supportive throughout. We were very lucky to have a team of extra volunteers on hand to help – from table square sewing to tambourine crafting, they just wanted us to have our perfect day.

wedding guest book

outdoor wedding ceremony set-up

groom watching bride walk down the aisle

bride walking down the aisle

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We kept it short and sweet, so probably saying I do! We had a keyboardist play some of our favorite Beatles and John Lennon songs for the ceremony. I walked down the aisle to “Real Love” and we exited to “Two of Us”, so that part was really special as well.

outdoor wedding ceremony


bride looking up at groom during ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

Aside from being able to enjoy the company of our guests, we picked all of our favorite music and were able to dance and relax for the rest of the evening. Sharing our last dance to Benny and the Jets with our friends is a great memory.

wedding reception dinner table

simple wedding centrepieces

wedding place setting

simple centrepiece

wedding cake table

3 tiered white wedding cake with fresh pink flowers

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Having all of our favorite people in the same place at one time; we really got to enjoy every moment of our wedding day.

red record

bride and groom dancing

bride at reception

bride and groom dancing at reception

bride and groom dancing at reception

wedding favours

tambourines for wedding guests

bride and groom wedding exit

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Be able to make decisions between yourselves and keep things in perspective. Taking the time to find people that are reliable and understand your vision is a huge help.

bride and groom kissing


Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Photographer: Kristi Wright Photography

Event Coordination: Your Wedding, Your Way

Catering: Dagar’s Catering

Hair & Make Up: Laura North Artistry

Wedding Paper Goods: Designed by the Groom

Flowers: Dagar’s Catering

Cake: Polka Dots 

DJ: Kit Ketterman