Brides embrace and smile at each other at the altar during ceremony at Justine's Secret House in Austin, Texas. Photograph by Austin, TX wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.
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Intimate Wedding at Justine’s Secret House in Austin, Texas | Chelsea + Marty

An intimate wedding at Justine’s Secret House

The wedding planning process is a beautiful journey and it’s different for every couple. Marty and Chelsea had a very specific vision for their intimate Justine’s Secret House wedding from the moment they first started talking about getting married. They wanted it to be intimate and soulful, focused on their favorite things in life: good food, good drinks, good music, beautiful spaces, close friends and family, and each other. Guys, let me tell you – they nailed it. Their wedding turned out to be exactly as they had pictured.

They chose their wedding venue – Justine’s Secret House – because they had shared dozens of lovely meals there and over time, the aesthetic, menu, and the general vibe had become a big part of who they were as a couple. They chose to have an intimate, family-only ceremony and a relaxed seated dinner before 70 of their close friends joined them for a cocktail party.

Marty serenades Chelsea over a private dinner at Justine’s Secret House

One of my personal favorite parts of the day was when Chelsea surprised Marty during dinner and sat down at the piano, serenading her with her favorite song: 10 Million Miles by Patty Griffin, which Marty had put on the very first of eight CDs and playlists she had made for Chelsea thus far. It was beautiful to watch the love, not only between this stunning couple but also the love between their closest friends and family. You could see it on their faces – pride, joy, delight, and so much love for this couple.

Wedding planning advice from the couple

When asked if she had any wedding planning advice she’d like to share with other couples, Chelsea said, “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.” Sound advice. This couple did just that and I had the privilege of being able to capture so many of those special moments!

Related: In-Home Engagement Session in East Austin, Texas | Chelsea + Marty

Talented Wedding Vendors

Venue: Justine’s Secret House
Brides’ Hotel: Hotel Saint Cecilia
Catering: Justine’s Secret House
Photographer: Nikk Nguyen Photo
DJ: DJ Mahealani/Lesli Sparkman
Dress Designer: Anna Campbell
Dress Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique
Alterations: Solé

Tux: League of Rebels
Hair & Makeup: Chelsea (Bride)
Flowers: Mercedes Flowers
Macaron Favors: La Patisserie
After Party: Nickel City
Invitation Designer: Chelsea (Bride)
Invitation Printing: Paper Place
Registry/Website: Zola

Before you jump into the photos, check out what this couple had to say about working with me:

“Nikk did such an incredible job on our wedding and engagement photos; they are more than we hoped for and captured our day perfectly. But even more than that, I was blown away by Nikk’s responsiveness and professionalism throughout our engagement. He responded to every single email or text almost immediately, and I never had one second of doubt or concern about him knowing exactly where to be or what to do. Don’t think twice about booking him for your big day; you will not be disappointed.”

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