We have anew look...

Tony and I spent the summer working on the venue.  We are so excited to share our accomplishments with you.  We finished the north wall so that those chilly breezes can be blocked off during early spring or late fall events.  We also added clear, roll down vinyl walls to the porch.  Now we can be fully enclosed in the event of inclement weather.  I shared a few pictures below for your approval.  Come by and tell us what you think...


As you can see in the picture above, the windows slide open to capture the fresh breeze as needed.  

Of course the other two sides of the venue are open to the fresh air and panoramic views which are unique to Giardino Bertucci.



Wedding Planning Guide

     Yes!!!  He finally asked for your hand...what do you do now?  Find an officiant? Find a caterer?  Find a wedding venue?  Decide who should be your maid of honor? What about other brides maids?  The questions are endless and you don’t want to forget any detail or hurt anyone's feelings.

     Today we will begin a series on how to plan your wedding.  We will talk about what you should do and in what order.  What are the hard and fast rules for weddings and what are some nice to do, suggestions?

     In the first month after you are engaged there are a few things that need to be nailed down quickly.  First decide on a budget for your wedding and discuss how the bills will be paid.  Will you and your fiancée be paying for everything or will your parents be helping with expenses?  Today most brides and grooms split the costs 50/50.  Most parents don’t foot the wedding expenses, they just contribute some monies.  By discussing these issues with family you will have a better handle on what your total budget will be. 

     Finances in hand think about a date.  What kind of wedding do you want to have?  An outdoor wedding?  A destination wedding?  Weather may come into play for these types of weddings.  Fortunately for those of us who live in central Texas weather is usually pretty predictable and mild even in winter.  When thinking of dates look at your work schedule and that of your fiancée.  Are there times when either of you couldn’t or shouldn’t take off work?  Also is there a holiday around the time you want to get married?  If so then guests may be able to take a little extra time off work.

     In conjunction with thinking of a date you will need to begin drafting your guest list.  I would recommend keeping it on a spread sheet so that you have everyone’s information easily at hand. 

     Now that you have an idea of what you want to spend, about the time of year you want to have your wedding, the type of wedding you want to have and an approximate number of guests you need to find a venue that meets your requirements.  Most venues book a year in advance so you will quickly want to schedule time to visit a few and make a decision on which to use.  Many venues now have ceremony sites and reception sites so you can have everything there.  If you want a church wedding then you will also have to see if your church is available the same day that the venue is available. 

     Set a goal to accomplish these things in the first month and check them off your list.  After that you can move forward to other tasks.


Happy Planning,




Truly a work of art

Bethany's mother and grandmother spent the day creating a fairy tale setting for her wedding.


Bethany had a sweetheart table for she and Tyler with a cozy sitting area behind it.  Pictures of her mother, father, grand parents and other family members remind us of family ties so important in such a special day.

Do you think we could eat all of this without anyone noticing?

There is nothing like a wedding in the fall when the grasses are blooming with the sun in just the right location.  Stunning...



Texas Wedding Mall Bridal Expo

We had so much fun at the Texas Wedding Mall Bridal Expo!  Tony and I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with so many lovely brides who will be getting married in the next year or so.  It is so exciting to see the light in your eyes and know how much fun you are having planning your wedding.  Giardino Bertucci is offering some special pricing right now so visit us on Wedding Wire to check it out.



John and Stormy Kretzschmar

We had so much fun with John and Stormy! The day was perfect with a little overcast skies in the morning while we were setting up.  Then as the day wore on the clouds disappeared and the sun shone down on a ceremony filled with joy and laughter. As the evening wore on guests were treated to delicious food, fabulous music and all was captured by John Mansfield with All Heart Photography.