A Downtown Austin Wedding

A Downtown Austin Wedding

Jude alluded to he and I tying the knot in a recent blog post, but, being the private fellow he is, he didn’t really go into details.  Well, I thought that many of the ladies (and maybe some dudes) reading Downtown Austin Blog MAY be interested in some of what went into our fabulous wedding!  So, if you like to dish about “I do’s” – keep reading!

So much of Jude and I’s identity is inextricably tied to downtown Austin, so, we thought we would try to make our wedding as “downtown Austin” as possible.



The biggest part of making our wedding “downtown Austin,” was, of course, the venue.  We do a ton of event location scouting for companies during SXSW, so I thought that finding a place to have our wedding and reception in downtown Austin would be a relative breeze.

Well, it wasn’t.

Part of what made it a little complicated had to do with the fact that I did not want to pay a lot of money for the space rental AND the fact that I wanted to bring in my own bar.  I also needed a space that was neither too big nor too small for the 75 people we had attend the wedding.  I scoured lesser known locations, and, due to some very lucky timing on our part, Jude and I were able to score the empty (at the time), but finished-out retail space located at 912 Congress. Art Alliance Austin, headquartered in downtown Austin, was JUST wrapping up their temporary pop-up art project in the space, and we were able to collaborate with them to keep the art installations in the venue for our wedding.  VERY COOL!

Some other locations that I checked out, and did not work for one reason or another, but would recommend checking with if you are planning a wedding in downtown Austin:

Palazzo Lavaca
Scottish Rite Theatre
Austin Symphony Square + Doyle House at 11th and Red River


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Obviously, downtown Austin has an incredible selection of restaurants and catering companies that we could have chosen to cater our wedding.  However, from day one, we knew we wanted to have Royal Blue Grocery do the catering for this very special event.  They don’t normally do weddings (as a matter of fact, I think them doing our wedding may very well be the last time they cater one!), but we could not have been happier with the quality of the food and the general service leading up to and at the event.  Sarah Lindsey, their catering director, worked tirelessly for us to create a custom, stream-lined, but high-quality menu for our guests.  The food received so much positive attention that it was almost more of a star than the bride and groom!

Here was our final menu:

Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Mini Quiches (asparagus & goat cheese, tomato & pesto)
Crostinis (beet & goat cheese, ricotta & lavender honey, tapenade & potato)
Shrimp Cocktail
Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms

Table Cheese and Fruit Platters
Whole Brie Wheel
Crudite Platter with Curried Aioli
Spinach Serrano Dip
Selection of Breads and Crackers

Entree Table
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken Drummettes
Crispy Spring Vegetable Lasagna “Cupcakes”
BBQ Short Rib Sliders

For our wedding cake, we opted to do cupcakes.  Lavazza Espression right next door at 914 Congress custom made them for us.  The price was exceedingly reasonable, and the cupcakes were very tasty!



This was also an easy choice for us, as we’ve been friends and neighbors with the principal of ColoredLion.com for some time. They are headquartered downtown, and Daran (the photographer) lives downtown in a nearby building.  The photos were amazing and popped with color and really captured the energy, just like I wanted. 🙂


Jude purchased an exquisite vintage ring for me at Kruger’s at 8th and Congress. I purchased his at Eliza Page in the 2nd Street District.


Whole Foods Lamar floral department, baby!



This was the one thing that was not downtown specific, but was so awesome, I have to share.  We hired a magician.  A really, really good magician.  This was one of Jude’s must haves.  His name is Cody Fisher, and if you are having a private party and want to do something a little different – he’s the guy to hire.  We were really, really pleased.

It was a wonderful day, a memorable life moment, and just a really fun party in downtown Austin.  We are so happy to live here and to love here!





About amber gugino

Amber Gugino loves living downtown and has been an active board member of the The Shore Condo Owners Association, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association and member of the Junior League of Austin. She adores her dog, Blog, and she learns something new about downtown Austin every day.


  1. Gina Whittington says

    Great wedding, great couple!!!! Weddings should be a true representation of the couple – and you NAILED it!!! xoxoox

  2. Michael Tashnick says

    This is so awesome. I am so happy to see that my favorite Real Estate Company ( REATX ) is run by real people and not robots. Congrats

  3. Tim Basham says

    One of my favorite downtown couples. Congrats to both of you!

  4. Amanda Novak says

    Thanks for sharing the details, Amber. Looks like it was a fun and gorgeous celebration!

  5. Fred Schmidt says

    Great story, Amber. Thanks for sharing! (…even though I am not one of DAB’s “lady readers.” hehe) Shelley and I were walking by 912 Congress a week or so ago and it caused us to ask each other about your/Jude’s wedding and how that went? Now we know! Sorry we were out of town for this event and thus unable to attend. Looks like a great time – the food descriptions have made me very hungry. And sorry I was not able to “officiate”. A continued happy life to you both!

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