If there ever was a celebration that proved high and low style can meet in perfect, head-turning harmony, Debby and Josh’s edgy New Year’s Eve Hotel Van Zandt wedding is it. We had a super short planning timeframe for this one—just 28 days—and the end-result caught the attention of none other than Vogue (you can check out the complete Vogue feature here).
The minute actress Debby Ryan reached out to us about planning her nuptials to Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, we felt a deep connection to her vision and couldn’t wait to embark on the path to a banger that blended art-deco vibes, goth-inspired flora, and Gatsby-level revelry. If we had to sum up what the festivities felt like (impossible, but here goes), we’d give you these two touchpoints: The evening began with a strings section playing Gangsta’s Paradise as the intimate ceremony kicked off in a dramatic Austin church—and ended with a killer afterparty at Hotel Van Zandt that crept into the morning hours as the couple cut a rug in Nike Cortezes and guests downed milk-and-cookie shooters. Talk about the most fitting bookends for the kind of Austin wedding that was all about kicking conventional to the curb in the name of letting in the lively, daring, and undeniably artful. (Fun fact: we still have dreams about their sweetheart table. Remi + Gold Floral Atelier brought the fire, y’all.)
Moody—but make it clean and cool. Splashes of neon and pops of vibrant pinks breathed life into a deep, dark, art-deco inspired aesthetic.
"I’d met and had conversations for almost a year with a handful of the chicest recommended planners…but no one else put me into action like Alex."
I knew I wanted someone familiar with Austin and the most elevated vendors there, but without that trendy treatment that a lot of planners run their events through. I had a lot of ideas and Alex helped me navigate how to best use those 28 days—how big I could dream, how unconventional to skew—and was a touchstone of how realistic to stay.