What’s better than doing what you love for someone you love? My beautiful best friend got married at one of my favorite venues in Austin, Texas and I had the honor of planning and designing her Laguna Gloria wedding! 

A gorgeous al fresco wedding venue in Austin, Texas: Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria, a property of The Contemporary Austin, is an amazing wedding and event venue located just five miles from downtown Austin. Walking through the gates is like stepping into a lush oasis, with stunning gardens, a beautiful water view, and expansive grounds. The Italian style Driscoll Villa was inspired by a honeymoon visit to Lake Como when it was built in 1916. Its original owner—a travel and garden aficionado—spent years designing the terraced gardens on the property. The villa is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and the rich visual history makes it a coveted space for events in Austin.

Designing a Wedding at Laguna Gloria

As a wedding planner and designer, I love working with couples to bring their vision and style to life in their event. For Tori and Charlie’s wedding, I wanted the design to play off of the natural landscape and old world beauty of Laguna Gloria—enhancing the natural beauty already there. We used the venue itself as design inspiration for the wedding. The white and green palette for floral design by Lavender & Lily Floral echoed the natural green landscape of Laguna Gloria. I had so much fun doing site visits with Tori at Premiere Events to choose the perfect wood tables and vintage feeling furniture to play with the old world feeling of the sculptures and architecture of the venue. Tori and Charlie’s design flirted with different textures and everything turned out amazing.

fountain at Laguna Gloria
reception tables and chairs outside
name card and wedding favors
wedding reception table overlooking water
fountain at night at Laguna Gloria
wedding at the villa at Laguna Gloria

Tori & Charlie’s Wedding Day 

When it came time for Tori and Charlie’s wedding day, I was so excited to celebrate them! Watching Tori walk down the aisle in the terraced gardens was a moment I will remember forever. Mockingbird Lane Events took over the day-of coordination so I could stand with Tori on her wedding day and enjoy the personal moments of my best friend’s wedding. As the sun went down over the Italian inspired oasis, guests and loved ones seated at long family-style tables at Laguna Gloria, the ambiance was absolutely perfect. 

Shout out to Rooted Trumpet Photography for the stunning photos of Tori and Charlie’s Laguna Gloria wedding:

bride and bridesmaid
bride and father walking down the aisle
bride and groom holding hands during vows
bride hugging groom
bride and groom kissing
bride and groom entering wedding reception
bride and groom kissing
bride spinning on dance floor
wedding guests dancing at Laguna Gloria

Wedding Vendors: 

Venue: Laguna Gloria by The Contemporary // Planning and Design: Elaine Events Photography: Rooted Trumpet Photography // Floral Design: Lavender and Lily Floral // Rentals: Premiere Events // Coordination: Mockingbird Lane Events // DJ: Pour Vous Entertainment // Catering: Mandola’s Italian Kitchen // Cake: Feathers and Frosting (Currently Closed)

Wedding Planner for Laguna Gloria Weddings

Looking for a wedding planner in Austin? I’m Sara, owner and lead planner and designer at Elaine Events! Whether you’re planning a wedding at Laguna Gloria, another location in Austin, or a destination across the U.S. or world, I’d love to bring your vision to life. Weddings are fun, but they’re also a lot to handle. I love helping couples navigate the wedding planning and design processes, then celebrating alongside them as they begin their next adventure! No request is too bold over here at Elaine Events. If you’re looking for a wedding planner, reach out on my website or send me an email at hello@elaineevents.com.

Designing Tori & Charlie’s Laguna Gloria Wedding in Austin

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