A Winter Wedding at a Villa in Austin

Mallory and Diego

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Some couples focus on music, others on flowers, but for Mallory Moore and Diego Fernandez, their wedding day was all about the food. The gourmands met as Vanderbilt students at a frat party in 2009 and quickly fell in love with each other—and Nashville's dining scene. "We knew we wanted to serve dishes that represented our favorite restaurants," says Mallory. That meant fried green tomato sliders, fried chicken, Vermont white cheddar mac and cheese, and, says Mallory, "crispy brussels sprouts in lemon-chili oil that are just to die for."

Postgraduation, the pair eventually moved to her hometown of Houston, where they now live and work, Mallory as a nurse practitioner and Diego for a private equity firm. There, they've developed a new roster of beloved restaurants, including the one where they celebrated the night they got engaged. After surprising Mallory with Champagne and roses, Diego took her out for wood-fired pizza at Tiny's No.5, where family and friends—some of whom had flown in just for the occasion—were waiting.

Despite their devotion to the flavors of home, the pair decided to skip town for their winter wedding, picking Austin's Villa Del Lago, a private lakeside estate. "We love Austin," explains Mallory, "and having it there was like throwing a destination wedding, but it was close enough to still feel like home."

On a mild early winter afternoon (December 13, 2014, to be exact), 190 guests gathered for the nondenominational ceremony, officiated by Mallory's dad after he walked her down the aisle to "Stuff We Did," a song from the movie Up. Postvows, guests enjoyed the carefully crafted menu, along with St-Germain mint margaritas, before dancing for hours, lighting up cigars, and hitting the late-night ice cream bar.

As the newlyweds left the reception, Mallory was feeling wistful that the long-awaited day was over. "Then she found it—the box of leftovers our planner had so thoughtfully put in the car," remembers Diego. "Fried chicken and mac and cheese, with a drizzle of truffle oil. It was true bliss." And a delicious way to kick off happily-ever-after.

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An Elegant Invitation

Yellow and Gray Wedding Invitations
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The flat-printed invitation suite by Papellerie showcased the pair's custom crest. Envelopes were finished with vintage stamps.

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The Style

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The groom chose a midnight-blue Ralph Lauren tux. His bride wore a lacy, long-sleeved Monique Lhuillier gown.

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A White Wedding Party

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The Texas-size wedding party included Mallory's 14 bridesmaids, many of whom wore ivory silk dresses from LulaKate.

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Serious Heel Power

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The bride paired Malone Souliers heels with her Monique Lhuillier gown, and later, her custom Amal Clooney-inspired reception mini dress.

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A Pretty Fireplace

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A boxwood wreath encircling the couple's crest hung above a mantel lined with hydrangeas and dozens of candles.

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The Ceremony Location

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Large clusters of hydrangeas and views of Lake Travis marked the "I do" spot.

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An Internationally Inspired Location

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"We wanted a 'destination wedding,' feel without venturing too far from home," says Mallory. "The moment I laid eyes on the earthy grounds and gorgeous lake vistas at Villa del Lago in Austin, I was enchanted!"

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The Seating Chart

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Guests found their seats for the buffet-style dinner on a sign framed with boxwood greenery.

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A White and Gray Reception

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Long tables were dressed up with gray linens and clusters of lisianthus and roses.

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Musically Minded

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Because the duo met on a dance floor, it's no surprise that acing their first dance was a top priority, which they did to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

"We're so glad we went with a DJ. We truly had the best time ever, and I attribute that, in large part, to ours. He knew how to feel the group and keep the energy up," Mallory says.

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A Royally Inspired Cake

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The all-white cake, by Simon Lee Bakery, was modeled after Prince William and Kate Middleton's.

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Location, Villa Del Lago
Event planning, Emily Moise of Keely Thorne Events
Catering, Pink Avocado Catering
Flowers, Verbena Floral Design
Photography, Mustard Seed Photography
Stationery, Riley Conaway of Papellerie
Calligraphy and illustrations, Loveletterer
Cake, Simon Lee Bakery
Dessert, The Chocolate Bar
DJ, Michael Antonia of The Flashdance DJs
Lighting, Ilios Lighting Design
Tent, rentals, and décor, Marquee Event Group
Bride's ceremony gown, Monique Lhuillier
Bride's reception gown, Jenny Kim Couture
Bride's accessories: Malone Souliers shoes; Zadok Jewelers jewelry; Tia Mazza veil; Monique Lhuillier belt
Hair, Danann Patrick of Mint Salon
Makeup, Donna Bruns
Bridesmaids' dresses, LulaKate
Groom's tuxedo, Ralph Lauren
Groom's accessories: Robert Talbott bow tie; Eton shirt; Gravati shoes
Menswear, The Black Tux
Transportation, Transportation Consultants
Additional restrooms, Lone Star Latrine
Ribbon, Froufrou Chic

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