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Bohemian-chic wedding captures the quintessential Austin experience


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Implementing a "boho-urban" theme, the wedding of Katie Van Dyk and Ben Nelson complemented the everyday lifestyle of the Live Music Capital of the World.

To give guests a truly Austin experience, the soon-to-be spouses started the day downtown at the JW Marriott, eventually venturing to Hotel St. Cecilia for "first look" photos before the ceremony. Held at the St. Austin Catholic Church, Katie and Ben said "I do" in the stunning cathedral.

Using the funky event space of Vuka for the reception, guests enjoyed local trailer food and beer, dancing the night away to Beatles cover band, The Eggmen. Music proved to be a central theme (Ben is a musician) as guests signed a guitar rather than a guest book, which now hangs in the bride and groom's home.

Take a peek inside this free-spirited wedding.

The groomsmen, ready to depart JW Marriott wearing gray suits of their choosing and a green tie gifted to them by the couple.

The bridesmaids donned beautiful floral crowns and self-selected ivory gowns. All flowers were designed by Posey Floral.

Bonnie & Lauren Photography captured a Cinderella-esque shoe fitting between Katie and her bridesmaid. 

The bridesmaids helped keep the groomsmen in check with plenty of prepping before photos. Hair for the ladies was done by Hannah Heard of Dye Salon with makeup by Rae Cosmetics.

Katie and Ben exchanged an intimate moment at Hotel St. Cecilia, which is also where they stayed on their wedding night.

Hotel St. Cecilia's front porch created a fun and Southern setting for the candid wedding party photos.

This detailed dress by Augusta Jones was purchased at Austin's Unbridaled boutique.

It was the perfect Austin day with unbeatable Texas weather.

Katie and Ben had an unexpected bus blunder and had to walk through the University of Texas campus to get to the church. During the trek, they narrowly avoided a protest, but got some great photos from the detour.

The ceremony was held at St. Austin Catholic Church at UT.

Katie's final preparations before she walks down the aisle.

Katie and Ben had a full Catholic mass wedding.

Coordinated by wedding planner Amanda Todd, the reception was held at Vuka and featured bohemian-themed decor.

Vuka's unique space provided plenty of nooks for guests to sit and mingle.

A young guest enjoyed the venue's backyard swing.

"All you need is love." Cover band The Eggmen serenaded guests with all the Beatles classics.

Foodies were in paradise as trucks parked onsite at Vuka, offering a quintessential Austin experience. The local trailers included Lucky Lab Coffee and Peached Tortilla. Additional catering included Grazing Table by DNA Events and brisket sliders from Stiles Switch BBQ.

Katie and Ben cut the cake, which was designed by Coco Paloma Desserts.

The bride and groom closed out the night with friends and family in the comfortable reception space. 

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