An intimate Texas Wedding at Justine’s Secret House in Austin with a relaxed backyard vibe

Today I am thrilled to share an intimate Texas Wedding at Justine’s Secret House in Austin with a relaxed backyard vibe.

Images were captured by Nikk Nguyen Photo.

Nikk Nguyen Photo is a Portrait & Wedding photographer based out of Austin, TX

He uses a thoughtful and photojournalistic style to capture a couple’s big day with with an artistic, memorable, and contemporary flair.


Bride Chelsea tells us about the couples intimate Texas Wedding…


Tell us about your wedding… 

Marty and I had a very specific vision for our wedding from the moment we first started talking about getting married.

We wanted it to be intimate and soulful and focused on our favourite things in life: good food, good drinks, good music, beautiful spaces, close friends and family, and each other.

We picked our venue, Justine’s Secret House, because we shared dozens of lovely meals at Justine’s, and over time the aesthetic, menu, and general vibe has become a big part of who are and what we love about Austin, especially our East Side neighbourhood.

Marty and I designed our home when we remodeled on the East Side in 2015, and Justine’s Secret House felt like having our wedding in our house/backyard—but better, because we had such talented chefs, servers, bartenders, and event staff at our disposal.

We had a family-only ceremony and relaxed seated dinner before a cocktail party with 70 more close friends, and we loved our (mostly non-traditional) day.

What were some of your favourite parts of your wedding?

Justine’s Secret House has a piano in the main dining room, so I think both of us agree that our favourite part of the wedding was when I sang Marty a song by her favourite musician, which she put on the very first of eight CDs / playlists she’s made me so far: 10 Million Miles by Patty Griffin.

Marty loved hearing it and being surprised, and I loved surprising her.

We also loved walking together down the aisle, our relaxed dinner with our families, and the quiet moments alone between events.

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

The day does indeed go by in the blink of an eye, so make sure you build in enough time to take everything in and have a few quiet moments with each other.


Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Nikk Nguyen Photo

Venue & Catering: Justine’s Secret House

Afterparty: Nickel City

Brides Hotel: Hotel Saint Cecilia

Dress Designer: Anna Campbell at Blue Bridal Boutique

Tuxedo: League of Rebels

Invitation Designer: Bride Chelsea / Printing: Paper Place 

Registry: Zola

Floral Designer: Mercedes Flowers

Bakery: La Patisserie by Luxe Sweets

Hair & Makeup: Chelsea (Bride)

DJ: DJ Mahealani / Lesli Sparkman


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