Reception Style: Celestial Destiny

Villa Antonia, Austin

“What’s your sign?”  It’s one of the oldest lines in courtship, but it sure feels magical—and startlingly real—when we meet our soul mate and every step of the relationship appears fated by the stars above. 

Cosmic compatibility inspired the theme that designer Casie Fischer, of Thistle Wynd Productions, chose for this dreamy reception at Austin’s Villa Antonia. She chose the venue because of its harmonious integration with surrounding natural scenery. “It’s so full of life,” says Fischer, “teeming with trees, flowers, butterflies. There’s the breeze from the canyon, the gentle rolling hills—and all under a big Texas sky.”

Fischer’s theme incorporates a few quirky elements but embodies refinement and sensuality. Calligraphy artist Bernadette Fischer (no relation) created invitations, table numbers, and escort cards using masculine base colors and striking golds for sparkle and contrast. Transplants Floral employed unusual vessels for arrangements, adding flair to tables that were set with gilt-rim plates, glass chargers, and gold flatware, which popped against the fruitwood table and black chairs. And a sky-inspired wedding cake displayed the zodiac signs of the couple.

The elegant Villa Antonia recently underwent a major renovation, adding a new bar, grand staircase, and prop room for couples to use on their big day.

Villa Antonia lends itself to classic yet contemporary elegance. Fischer and her team enhanced their ethereal theme with sexy-swanky gold-lettered menus and place cards, otherworldly florals, and a flourless cake with zodiac-inspired bull and lion cake toppers.

Our grooms Brit and Zach are gussied up in complementary Keel and Toogoodoo bow ties and handcrafted lapel pins from Brackish; and colorful socks, and calfskin Oxfords from Spanish footwear maker and retailer Mezlan. The “modern celestial” theme is carried through with an artfully hand-painted gold table number set against a masculine navy agate background. “Agate is really having a moment right now in the wedding industry,” says Fischer.

“Since we had a lot going on with the details, we kept the place settings and glasses very simple and clean,” explains Fischer. “The gold lettering on stones for place cards and table numbers catch the candlelight,” adds Bernadette Fischer of Hey Bernadette. “It brings the sparkle of the stars down to this intimate celebration of love.” If models Brit and Zach look like genuinely star-crossed lovers, it’s because they are in real life. They celebrated their actual wedding just a couple of months after this shoot.   



Briana Purser

Planning & Styling

Thistle Wynd Productions


Transplants Floral  


Walton’s Fancy and Staple 

Printed Goods & Calligraphy

Hey Bernadette 


Monarch Event Rentals 

Shoes & Socks


Bow Ties & Pins