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One down ... Thousands to Go!

I just officiated wedding #1 at my new venue, Pearl Snap Hall, and I couldn't have been more thrilled with how it turned out.  First of all, a big congrats to Alyssa & Corey.  They really made the most of their time at the Snap by bringing in fun decorations and enthusiastic family (including the matching 2 year old boys they each bring to the marriage!).

It was fun to see the hall interpreted through another set of eyes.  We're booking up fast.  Can't wait for more photos!

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Feeling the love!

What a weekend!  We had a fantastic Grand Opening with 200+ attendees, including Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, and I'm just now catching my breath!  We saw lots of old friends and new faces, and we really appreciate the positive reception the community has given us.  In particular, I love this blog post from The Fairytale Effect!  What a compliment! 

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Come see the Snap!

Sorry for the radio silence, but I've been working hard to open my new wedding venue, Pearl Snap Hall!  The day is finally here!  We are having a Grand Opening Party on Sept. 18th from 3-5:30.  Join us!

Pearl Snap Hall is a charming wedding venue and event space is historic Georgetown, Texas.
Contact us for information about hosting your Central Texas/Austin area event with us!

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It's a sign!

The door still needs trim, but the signs are looking great!  Sign Painting courtesy of Red Rider Studios.

The door still needs trim, but the signs are looking great!  Sign Painting courtesy of Red Rider Studios.

Pearl Snap Hall is slowly - but surely - getting there!  We removed all of that icky vinyl siding and found beautiful wood beneath.  We had a great painting job by Molina Painting & Drywall and we realized my dream of having beautiful hand painted signage, thanks to the fab Red Rider Studios out of Tyler, TX.  They painted this adorable "Good Luck" over our entry way (I can just see the wedding photos now!) and our old ugly bell tower has become a cool new sign!  See below.  Highly recommend!

Pearl Snap Hall is a charming wedding venue and event space is historic Georgetown, Texas.  Contact us for information about hosting your Central Texas/Austin area event with us!

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Back to Basics

Our project is coming along!  We have gone back to basics and are continually surprised, and thrilled(!), with our new discoveries.  Essentially, the good stuff is still under the bad stuff that someone put on in the 70s.  We've got beadboard on literally every surface in the hall, wood floors beneath the carpet and tile, beautiful wood exterior siding beneath the tacky vinyl siding...  It's all there, just waiting to breathe!  I'll post some remodeling pics below.  As Virginia Slims says, "we've come a long way, baby".  Still miles to go, but we are excited and motivated!  This is truly "the little church that could".  We're grateful to be its owner and caretaker.  Follow our progress on Facebook.

Pearl Snap Hall is a charming wedding venue and event space is historic Georgetown, Texas.  Contact us for information about hosting your Central Texas/Austin area event with us!

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A Certain Symmetry

The adorable woman pictured above is Rose Bartush, the brave bride who hired me for my first wedding!  After training for several months with Spike Gillespie to become an officiant, I was wondering who would take a gamble on me and let me actually perform their ceremony?!   I was kind of an unknown entity and someone just had to go for it.  Well, divine intervention had Rose's original officiant cancel at the last minute (sad for her / happy for me!).  Rose and I knew each other through friends and were connected by Facebook.  And, having really rather limited options, if I'm honest, Rose gave me a shot.  I just knew I could do it.  And, I did!  It turns out all I needed was one successful wedding under my belt to confidently book more... and more... and more.   A few weeks ago I performed my 250th wedding in just over 2 years!

As we know from my last blog post, my officiating work quickly evolved into a quest for me to have my own venue.  And, here we are.  Once we finally worked out the zoning and bought the church, we had to figure out what to actually do with it.  I left for Europe the day after we closed on the property (I have another business called Women on the Verge Vacations), so Chris was left to start the renovations.  The first step?  Find an architect.  He put a few feelers out and, miraculously, found Rose on his own.  I forgot to mention that she's an architect.  Check out her amazing work here.   Evidently, Chris started explaining the project and Rose was like, "I know.  Your wife married us."  (Or, something like that!  I was in Prague but like to imagine that's how it went down.)

Anyway, Rose was a fantastic match for us on lots of levels.  Her own wedding was awesome and shared a similar aesthetic to what I'm hoping to do with the Pearl Snap Hall.  She got married at the Palm Door on Sabine.   So, kind of a vintage, cool vibe.  (New discoveries in demo at Pearl Snap reveal that there is beadboard throughout the building, so it's going to actually look a lot like Mercury Hall, which is - hands down - one of my favorite venues of all time.  Score!)  Here are her plans for Pearl Snap Hall:

Pearl Snap Hall is a true labor of love.  We have so many friends helping us.  My friend Myra Adkins, General Manager for Word of Mouth Catering, was kind enough to give me a few hours of her time to visit the site and talk about party and wedding flow, furniture rentals, and also what caterers need in a venue.   My friend, photographer, Susan Gaetz, shot weddings for years and spent time with me on Sunday to discuss the venue from a photographer's perspective (what you would see in the background of shots,  where couples would go after the ceremony to do photos, etc.).  Susan is also an avid gardener, so I got some landscaping advice to boot! 

And, Rose.  I love that she was my first bride and that she then helped us create the vision for our next step, our venue.  There's a certain symmetry to that which is lovely.


Pearl Snap Hall is a charming wedding venue and event space is historic Georgetown, Texas.  Contact us for information about hosting your Central Texas/Austin area event with us!

 

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Georgetown Gothic

Sarah & Chris on the day they purchased Pearl Snap Hall!  Don't worry, it's getting a make-over but will still keep its fab character.

Sarah & Chris on the day they purchased Pearl Snap Hall!  Don't worry, it's getting a make-over but will still keep its fab character.

So, how did we get here?
Chris and I met in Houston in 1998 the old fashioned way:  at a keg party.  We had a mutual friend, and a love of truck stop BBQ, so we soon began dating.  We married in 2000, went through many career changes, had a daughter named Lucinda, at one point owned a ranch in the Hill Country (complete with our own mismatched menagerie of rescue animals) and finally found our way to Austin, Chris' hometown. 

You know how you sometimes have a weird inkling that you might be good at something?  (This happens to me a lot.  "I think I'd be really good at bass guitar!"  "I just know that I can write sonnets!"  "I think I'm a pastry chef at heart!")  Well, I had an inkling that I'd be a great wedding officiant.  I know this sounds odd, as most people don't ever think about wedding officiants unless they are getting married.  But, I happen to be a huge romantic at heart, and also a people person, and I just had a feeling.  So, in 2013 I started "Let's Do It" Vows, my officiating business, and things took off immediately.  I performed 110 weddings my first year! 

2 years later, I'm still working all of the time, writing custom ceremonies for couples and enjoying being a part of their big day.  But, along the way, I developed an interest in something outside of my role at weddings:  the venue.  My job allows me to drive all over Central Texas to see the best - and, unfortunately, worst - venues around.  I found I have definite opinions about venues!  This, actually, doesn't come as a surprise.  With my background as an artist and designer (check out www.sarahgreenereed.com), I've had a million different creative jobs, often in the areas of prop styling, interior design, graphic design and color consultation.

Last Spring, I realized that I wanted to start a venue.  Fortunately, Chris, my husband, is on the same exact page as I am regarding renovation projects and business gambles.  There's a reason my officiating services are called "Let's Do It"!  We love a project.  We began checking out properties online, with the occasional site visit, waiting patiently for our dream property to come up.  And, then, one day I found this early 20th Century church in Georgetown online and couldn't believe my luck!   I loved the building AND the location.  At the time, we only knew a little bit about Georgetown, and, now, we know a lot more about it.  We've fallen in love with the community!  Georgetown is just cool.

So, after a summer of backing and forthing to get our zoning squared away, we were delighted to close on our property, the soon-to-be Pearl Snap Hall, in early September.   Many plans are in the works.  We've hired Rose Bartush, a fab architect (this will be another blog post) to get the space *just* right.  We are also working with Norma Jeanne Maloney, of Red Rider Studios, to do some cool custom signage.  And, I've been having a blast collecting old windows, gates, birdcages, and props from various sources around Texas.  I, very fortuitously, hooked up with Sherrie Klein from Revive Vintage Rentals, just as she was selling off some items she had personally selected for her daughter's wedding.  Score!

Please stay tuned for more details.  As it stands, we are planning to open our beloved venue in Spring of 2016!

For more information about Pearl Snap Hall, one of the coolest wedding and event venues in Georgetown, Texas and Central Texas, please contact Sarah at pearlsnaphall@gmail.com.

We are *way* more excited than we look!

We are *way* more excited than we look!

 Pearl Snap Hall is a charming wedding venue and event space is historic Georgetown, Texas.  Contact us for information about hosting your Central Texas/Austin area event with us!

 

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