How adorable is this playful + intimate Austin wedding? Some might consider planning a wedding on a hotel balcony to be a challenge, but Katy and Charlie accepted it with gusto and the result has truly left us speechless! Soft, pastel blooms from Margot Blair created an exquisite balance for the dark, geometric furniture, and those halo-wearing canines made sure that nothing was lacking on this special day. We especially love the pink watercolor curtain that served as an eye-catching ceremony backdrop. Jenna McElroy captured every small detail from the velvet ribbons that decorate the bouquet to the flash tat bar at the larger reception. We can’t wait for you to see it all!
There’s nothing fussy about this raw, nature-inspired shoot from Red Fern Photography. The simplicity of the table paired with the pure, effortless beauty of the bride’s gown offers a refreshing take that has us spinning with delight. Delicate blooms from Pollen run freely across the table in a way that mimics the verdant landscape, and even the loose hand lettering in the stationery suite moves with grace and ease! We’re utterly obsessed with the way all these elements blend together cohesively, as if they were always joined as one.
What more could you ask for from this beautiful wedding? Sloan and Jose had a ultra-trendy venue, The Nichols as photographers, and an afterparty/second reception to celebrate their New Years’ Eve fête all-in-one. Stems brought in vibrant colors to amp up the otherwise cool-weathered Austin wedding day, and with the festiveness of the day, Olive and Belle reined in all of the hip details. We would have loved an invite to this glorious event!
From the bride, Sloan: Right from the get-go we knew we wanted something different than a typical “all in one shot” wedding. We also knew that we wanted our wedding day to evoke two different feelings: Ceremony, intimate. Reception, non-stop party. Having lived together for three years before getting married, we really wanted to get into the heart of a wedding and marital union from a non-traditional, non-religious standpoint. We felt we could achieve this with a very intimate ceremony that felt both personal and communal. It was important to us that our family and guests knew how appreciated their roles in our lives to the point of our marriage meant and how much we look forward to having them in our futures.
Initially, we wanted a private ceremony one night followed by a reception the following night, but had a hard time wrapping our heads around how to not make guests feel excluded from the ceremony. When our ceremony venue, Union on Eighth had New Year’s Eve as one of their only remaining available dates in 2015, the idea of a split event on the same day was born.
We decided to host a morning ceremony followed by brunch at The Union on Eighth and a reception later in the evening at Easy Tiger. This turned out to be the best decision we made for our wedding day. It allowed us to have time with our guests twice that day which made the day feel all the more special. It was also really fun for our guests. We got to hear stories about their adventures between the ceremony and reception, how they hung out with other guests between each event, and how it made their New Year’s Eve so unique.
Flower recipe: Icelandic poppies, king protea, ranunculus, astilbe, kumquat branches, eucalyptus, and lisianthus.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take your time and go with your gut. Jose and I had a long engagement, 2.5 years. Throughout that time we came up with a million ideas, viewed over 20 venues in multiple cities, etc. I’m so glad that we took our time, did our research, and didn’t jump into anything that didn’t feel right. Hire a coordinator, or if you can fit it into your budget, a planner. We ran into Sydney of Olive and Belle at a mutual friend’s wedding the April prior to our wedding. After a few months of thinking I could handle everything on my own I sent a desperate, ragged message to Sydney inquiring if she would be interested in working with us. Thank goodness she said yes! Our day wouldn’t have been as seamless or anywhere near wonderful if it weren’t for her.
Stand your ground, but also learn to pick your battles. One question I would repeat in my head during times of conflict or battling preferences was “If this happens/doesn’t happen at your wedding will you be devastated?” While that sounds a bit extreme, it allowed me to figure out what I absolutely had to have, what I could compromise on, and what I absolutely did not want.
If possible, write your own ceremony. My godfather was a gem and officiated our wedding. He, his husband, Jose, and I collectively had a hand in the writing and planning of our ceremony. We chose to honor our family and friends with community vows and a ring warming passing. We also infused a loose take on a hand tying ceremony. It meant so much to us to be married on our terms, in a ceremony that was uniquely ours, and even more, that it was delivered by someone who means so much to us.
Processional (family and groom): Steady as the Rising Sun by Robert Ellis Processional (bride walked down by parents): Wonderful (The Way I Feel) by My Morning Jacket
Recessional: Rave On by Buddy Holly
Father/Bride: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Mother/Bride and Mother/Groom: Stand By Me by Ben E. King
First Dance: Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place) by Talking Heads
Actually the First Dance: I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
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Pretty bright colors and an outdoor setting are what dominate this lovely wedding inspiration straight from a fun event in Austin. There’s no shortage of vibrancy here, for sure: everything is dressed up in the most eye-catching of colors and all of the hues and details come together so wonderfully in a whimsical, boho fashion.
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Oh this inspiration is a must to take a gander at. When you peruse through the photos, you’ll find an unparalleled shoot of bright colors, muted tones, elegantly-made blooms by Davy Gray, along with a Victorian-esque bride and a mod groom. If you ever wondered what a moody and ethereal wedding would look like with hints of modernity, this styled shoot collaboration by Kayla Snell and Bird Dog Wedding is it.
From the event designers, Bird Dog Wedding: Tucked away in East Austin, between local coffee shops and off-beat food trucks, sits a hidden, idyllic space called 1102 East. The venue features a cozy bungalow and modern industrial details with a bohemian flair throughout. After stumbling upon it one Saturday afternoon, we knew it was the perfect place for our midcentury modern bohemian styled shoot.
Photographer Kayla Snell and I teamed up to create a colorful, fun wedding with the hope of inspiring modern, bohemian brides who are currently planning weddings for this fall. Brightly colored, hand-painted stationery details complemented a bold, black envelope designed by Goldie Design Co. Our bride Dagny Hines was all dolled up with a loose updo from Kristi Drake and a moody makeup look created by Lauren Davis at Hint of Shimmer. Valerie Wolf at Davy Gray created the perfect floral hairpiece that Dagny could easily wear all night long. Dagny wore an ethereal, silk dress from Saint Isabel that featured beaded and lace sleeves and a gorgeous open back. Groom Casey Vanderstoep was dressed to the nines in a navy suit and striped shirt and tie from ByGeorge Austin. His casual, comfortable suit is a must-have for a low key Austin wedding.
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Bright colors, a lovely dress, and delicious eats make up this fantastic shoot concocted by Amber Vickery Photography and Uptown Events and Travel. Cuba was the foundation of this beautiful shoot and we feel transported there already. We’re loving all of the brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and pink shot against the stark white background of One Eleven East. The colors stand out so perfectly. Not to mention, pairing all of the stand-out shades used with the moody indigo blue was spectacular! Petals, Ink. definitely brought it all together with their lovely floral creations using the most colorful flowers from the tulip and orchid families.
From the photographer, Amber Vickery Photography: Together with Uptown Events, One Eleven East and many other amazing Austin based vendors, we planned a very Cuban/Tropical inspiration shoot. We took inspiration from vintage Cuban tile work, tropical plants and florals, and the architecture of Cuba. Finding so much great indigo colored architectural while researching Cuba, we knew we wanted to pull in that deep blue to anchor the shoot and throw in a massive splash of color in contrast. Gretchen with Petals, Ink. blew us away with her use of tropical florals. I absolutely love how it all came together.
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Copper is a metal that has been making waves lately in the wedding industry and it’s no surprise. Whether you have an understated color palette and you’re looking for some unique glimmer, or you have an array of colors and you’re looking for that special something to round it off, copper is your best bet. In their collaboration, Shelley Elena Photography and Karis Crawford drew inspiration from natural elements and thought that the deep, moody indigo would pair so nicely with copper’s vibrance. Of course, they were right! It seems to be a feat to create floral pieces that stand out when you have two colors vying for the spotlight. Remi + Gold definitely came through with this creation and what I love the most about it are the delightfully golden ranunculus blooms and those scarlet garden roses. Just beautiful!
From the photographer, Shelley Elena Photography: Karis Crawford and I dreamed up a shoot that would combine our love of modern and organic elements with the vibrant colors we love. Austin is filled with incredibly talented artists, making it easy to pull together a team that executed our vision beautifully. We loved the cohesion of indigo and saffron with wood and copper, and felt that it represented a unique combination of colors and textures that would stand out in a wedding world of pastels. We both find inspiration in natural elements, but wanted to bring those indoors to a more modern setting. One Eleven East, just outside of Austin, just opened and is the perfect minimalist backdrop to any artist’s vision. Our couple, Katie & Mike, got married in Yosemite and are majorly in love, even re-sharing their sweet vows with each other while we shot, making the entire team a little misty eyed.
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If I had to pick one word to describe today’s styled shoot, it would be “lush.” A table runner brimming with greenery and sweet red blooms, a smattering of red pears, and a scrumptious brunch menu topped off with a marbled cake are just a few of the top highlights here! Thanks to Jessica Gold Photography, Borrowed & Blue Occasions, and Oh Deery Floral for all your work.
From the event stylist, Britni of Borrowed & Blue Occasions: I wanted to pick a color palette that fit the season we were shooting in, but was also so flexible that it could be used anytime of year! Our colors were Dusty Blue, Cranberry and Gold – this, surprisingly, was harder than I thought it would be. I chose to focus on the florals and let them do the talking. Briley, from Oh Deery Florals did an amazing job of designing florals that were out of this world! From her lush table runner to her GORGEOUS bridal bouquet, she exceeded anything I could have ever dreamed for the shoot.
What’s better than a little burst of tropical wedding inspiration as the weather keeps getting chillier? Warm right up with the latest installment from The Big Fake Wedding, who made it to Austin, Texas with dreams of bright orange, yellow, and plenty of ferns and foliage to go around.
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We always know to expect big things when a wedding planner gets married. Funnily enough, bride Paige of Pure Love Style would have been content with eloping, but with her husband Matt participating in over 20 weddings over the years, he was ready for his own celebration. Commence the party planning! Paige brought along AL Gawlik Photography, Sarah Goss Photography, and The Flower Girl to round out her vision, and the result is one vibrant and fun wedding perfect for the couple with lots of vintage touches.
From the bride, Paige: As a lover of all things old and vintage I knew right away that our inspiration would come from our many trips to the Round Top Antique week and other various flea markets. Not only did I want the flea market feel at our wedding, I also wanted equine accents. My true passion in life is my horses! I’ve been riding and showing horses for over 25 years so it just wouldn’t be my style with out special horse touches. It wasn’t hard for us to achieve this look since my home and my families have pretty much been outfitted by years of “junking”!
We were asked no less than a dozen times what our “colors” were, well we didn’t exactly have a traditional wedding color palette. I’m a big fan of black and white stripes and was determined to incorporate it into our décor. After many local linen appointments we found exactly what we were looking for at La Tavola linens. We decided to not just do black and white stripes but to do a mix of black and white patterns. We went with black and white stripe table runners on farm wood tables, white with black polka dot linens on our cocktail tables, black and white large check linens on our vendor tables and our patterns of black and white linens were all tied together with our one white textured linen that went on the round guest tables.
As a floral designer flowers were a top priority to me. My flowers were so important that I bought an off the rack wedding dress from Nordstrom in the cocktail dress section for $300 so that I could spend more on my floral!! I wanted bright and bold flowers and lots of texture. I ended up deciding on shades of pink, fuchsia, reds, blush, coral & burgundy for my floral colors… I said I wanted bold and bright! To achieve my over the top floral designs I collaborated with my dear friend, Kari Shelton of The Flower Girl. We have worked together numerous times and I knew she would be the perfect design partner for my floral arrangements. The floral plan was very vague; no two arrangements could look the same, no “traditional” vases / containers, and each table would have multiple arrangements along with little “whatnots” to accomplish my vision.
One of our other wedding goals was to have a delicious and tasty wedding. We obviously accomplished this with our food trucks but we added even more deliciousness by have 5 smallish wedding cakes, totaling 3 different flavors, to create a cake display versus just one big cake. Simon Lee Bakery did an amazing job with our wedding cakes. Matt and I both share the love of homemade pecan pie! We persuaded my grandmother to make us 20 pecan pies so that we could share our favorite pie with our friends. We even displayed her recipe and Matt’s Grandmother’s pecan pie recipe as part of our pie display. We served our cake and pie off vintage cake plates and people were even able to take pie slices home with them in our kraft pie slice to go box.
As a wedding planner one of my biggest fears was to have a boring wedding and there’s no question ours was NOT boring. I’m a huge confetti fan and was able to talk my parents into letting us have a confetti cannon go off later in the night over the dance floor. We kept it a secret from all of our friends and it was one of best-kept secrets ever! The look on their faces when the confetti canon went off was priceless… a little confetti will definitely get bodies on the dance floor. We were having so much fun we didn’t want the night to end. My Mom was insistent that we leave and not keep partying! I couldn’t figure out why it was a big deal if we went a little longer since my family owns the venue. Well, it’s a good thing we listened to Mom and did our sparkler exit because she and my family had arranged to surprise us with fireworks! After our sparkler exit we jumped on the tailgate of our friend Amy’s vintage truck (the same one I rode in going to the ceremony) and headed down the drive; as we approached the road out of Pecan Springs we were showered in fireworks that lined the road. We were completely surprised and in awe! It was absolutely the perfect ending to a perfect night!
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The couple in today’s anniversary shoot (shot by the wonderful film photographer Jessica Scott Photography) wanted to capture their love not only for their own memories, but to have something tangible to send back to their families in Taiwan. Spring was the perfect season for this, as the couple was surrounded by a field of blooming bluebonnets, Texas’ own state flower!
From the bride, Angelin: My husband and I met at Austin, but we are from the same home town in Taiwan. When we met in Austin, we felt like old friends already. We would like to remember Austin and share our joy with our families in Taiwan, so we decided to have an anniversary session during bluebonnet season. Since it was our first anniversary, we made cards and paper flowers to celebrate it. When we received the photos in a beautiful box sent by Jessica, we were so excited and thankful. The session was very precious.
Christine and Zuy met in high school and dated for 8 years before Zuy proposed on the beaches of Mexico during a getaway trip (hello, dreamy proposal!). These high school sweethearts kept the romance going with a sweet and earthy wedding in Austin, Texas, captured by Katherine O’Brien Photography with amazing flowers put together by Whim Florals. This one’s a winner for sure!
From the bride, Christine: I had a vision the entire time I was planning my wedding, and our venue’s location helped me execute that perfectly. I have always loved vintage styled weddings, but I wanted to take it to the next step and make it more earthy and natural. I wanted our guests to feel warm and welcome once they stepped onto the property. My favorite part of the entire day was the ceremony; the setup was exactly what I imagined. From our pastor to the florist, they all understood every aspect of my vision. I couldn’t have seen it any other way; I guess you could say it was “Pinterest” perfect.
Zuy and I met in the hallways of our high school in 2005, it was the year that changed our lives forever. We went through a few important phases in life, high school, college, and soon to come, marriage. As if life couldn’t get much better, eight years later Zuy surprised me with a trip to Mexico where he quickly proposed on the beach at a wonderful dinner setting. The next day sitting on the beach I started doing what I do best — PLAN! I loved the planning process of the wedding, besides the few hurdles we surpassed I enjoyed every minute of it. It was almost like I didn’t want the day to come so soon, I just wanted to keep planning!
If I could, I would go on and on about every vendor of our wedding. Every single one of them was beyond friendly and helpful. I am very detail-oriented and I was able to accomplish this with the help of them and my family. I with the help of my mom, bridesmaid’s and wedding coordinator put all the décor from the candles, the props, to the signage together. It was all stuff I had either collected from vintage shops, my own apartment décor, or borrowed from the venue. This was my favorite part about the cocktail hour and reception, besides the food. (Guests are still talking about those mashed potatoes we had.) The cocktail hour was so fun to plan, two words — comfort and refreshing. I wanted it to feel casual with an elegant twist. We served Mac-n-cheese bites and sorbet, both comforting and refreshing! Our caterer was fantastic; I told them I wanted our dogs to be there, they are such an important part of our lives. So there was no better way than to name our specialty drinks after them! “The Marley” (masculine and bold) and “The Mia” (refreshing and feminine). I told myself I was going to take a step back and enjoy all the hard work and planning we had done. I wanted to actually get to see my wedding in “action” as most brides don’t get to do.
Winter is the perfect season for embracing simplicity and minimalism, as today’s shoot from the fantastic team of Feather & Twine Photography, Jen Rios Weddings, and Oh Deery shows. Using wooden details, greenery, and a clean color palette of whites and greens, this shoot is everything we’ve come to know and love from the year’s chilliest season. The simple greenery arch for the ceremony offset with romantic votive lighting particularly catches my eye!
From the photographers, Feather & Twine Photography: Our concept for this shoot was a lovely organic winter with ethereal and natural elements. With a neutral color palette we focused on layers and texture to convey contrast instead of bold color palettes. The primary player here was all the natural beauty found in winter scenery, flora and fauna. By highlighting a bride and her very best friends as bridesmaids we created an ethereal look in fashion with all white, ivory and champagne garments accented with greenery accessories. The overall vision was a wintry woodland wedding with dreamy and delicate design elements.
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Jessica and Vin’s wedding is a classic study on how to blend a couple’s style while still maintaining cohesiveness and ending up with a captivating wedding to boot. Sunny 16 Photography and Pollen Floral Design brought their A-game to this wedding day, which has fun animal figurines (lots of dinosaurs) and touches of peach and orange against a modern backdrop.
From the bride, Jessica: If you ask your fiance to help come up with wedding theme ideas, just be prepared for some strange recommendations: video games, superheroes… dinosaurs. Vin & I really wanted the evening to be elegant and romantic, yet still reflect our playful personalities. Dinosaurs, which Vin has loved and collected since childhood, ended up being a whimsical and irreverent way of adding our own personal touch to the evening. We gilded plastic toy dinos (and other animals) with gold paint to serve as escort cards. Our guests loved them so much that at the end of the night, we found many of them creatively arranged in our florals, while others eventually found their way into our friends’ homes.
Our amazing florist incorporated concrete glass terrariums with colored geodes into our table arrangements, adding a “prehistoric” flavor. We designed and printed our own seating numbers and chart with small animal silhouettes, but used clean fonts and gold accents throughout to keep things classy. My sister & brother in law–both architects–helped lasercut large signs out of plexiglass for professional-looking signage. As a surprise at the end of the night, our friends even took it upon themselves to decorate the getaway car as a Jurassic Park jeep, complete with claw mark decals down the side!
Toward the end of the evening, we snuck away from the festivities for a brief moment to take everything in (highly recommended!). Personalizing and planning the wedding remotely from NY was a TON of work, but it was worth it to see all the small details come together … and to see our most beloved friends and family having an incredible time celebrating and dancing up a storm.
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Sunny 16 Photography / Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design / Day-Of Coordination: Alicia Collins / Venue: Villa Del Lago / Wedding Dress: Watters / Hair: Tammie Garcia / Makeup: Adore Make-Up Boutique & Salon / Caterer: Rosemary’s Catering / Cookies and Ice Cream: Tiff’s Treats / Pies: Rosemary’s Catering / DJ: Mike Marischen, Live Oak DJ / Videographer: Kenny Wu
Recently, a slew of Austin’s best wedding vendors gathered together for an open house event at The Allen House, designing an incredible scene full of bohemian inspiration, late summer charm, and some seriously stunning tropical floral arrangements. Thank you to Amber Vickery Photography, Gypsy Floral and Events, and Loot Vintage Rentals for putting together such eye-catching ideas!
From florists and event designers Sunni and Emily of Gypsy Floral and Events: The Allan House Open House event was the ultimate in vendor collaboration. We have close relationships with all of these vendors and work with many of them throughout the year, and events like this really allows each vendor to let their creativity shine! The ladies at Loot Vintage Rentals contributed boho inspiration and many of our favorite elements of this event. The triangle backdrop was the best! There’s so much potential here to fill the cubbies with light, flowers, vines and objects of interest. It’s free-standing and versatile and captured the boho glam spirit. The rich, storied feel of the seaglass wine vessels and textured jewel-toned rugs complimented the rawness of the backdrop and created a sacred space for the ceremony.
The tablescape florals included protea, scabiosa flowers, chocolate cosmos, dahlias, garden roses, and queen ann’s lace placed in brass vessels. Hand-died cheesecloth was the perfect shade of apricot to match the color palette. We love the boho vibe that dream catchers bring to any setting event, and wanted to put our own unique spin on it. Loot put together these fabulous triangle-shaped dream catchers with copper, shredded fabric, crystals and floral flourishes and they turned out to be the perfect icon for this summer soiree. The furniture vignettes struck a great balance between romantic, boho, and rustic. Raw wood and lovely textiles paired with candles in Himalayan sea salt made for a magical setting and a memorable evening. Who wouldn’t love to cozy up in a teepee of lace?
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Amber Vickery Photography / Floral Design: Gypsy Floral and Events / Venue: The Allan House / Caterer: The Peached Tortilla and DNA Events / Bakery: Sweet Treets Bakery & Cafe / DJ: Hill Country DJ / Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals / Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design / Photo Booth: Le Photo Booth Company / Wedding Invitations: Inviting Affairs
I can never say it enough — we love our creative brides and grooms. Monica and Juan’s Texas wedding was full of color and fiesta-themed accents, from the papel picado designed by the groom to the Mexican inspired table runners for the reception. Ivy Weddings and Petals Ink Florist were the perfect team to capture the day and deck it out in stunning floral design!
From the bride, Monica: My husband and I both knew that we wanted something fun and casual to celebrate our big day. We wanted to create a memorable day for not only ourselves, but for our loved ones as well! We chose Zilker Clubhouse as our venue for its laid back Austin vibe, and its stunning Austin view. We provided a photo booth with plenty of props and my father made lawn games for our guests to enjoy. My husband and I pored over idea after idea. We chose our ceremony readings and marriage vows very carefully. We worked a lot of late hours throughout the process and in the end, we feel that our guests had as much fun at our wedding as we had fun planning! Some of the best words to describe the look of our wedding would be bright, bold, and fun. We went with a “fiesta” theme that included colors such as purple, pink, orange, yellow, aqua, and green. We didn’t shy away from color, that’s for sure! But we were also careful not to work against what natural beauty our venue had to offer. I gave a color swatch to my bridesmaids and asked them to pick a dress that closely matched the fabric color and I made sure to coordinate their shoe colors to match the groomsmen’s ties.
My husband worked from a few designs he saw online to create our “papel picado” wedding invitations. He even included our dog in the design! He spent a few hours at a laser cutting studio (MakeATX) creating our invitations. For groomsmen’s gifts he created an individual emblem for each groomsman which he had etched onto the glass of the beer growlers he got each of them. Instead of using real flowers for decorations, we decided to hand-make hundreds of tissue paper pom-poms to hang around the venue, individually and as garland. My husband created our “love birds” cake toppers from clay and we decorated them to look like what we’d be wearing on our wedding day. My mother and her friend sewed every table runner from the fabric she bought in Mexico. We wanted to incorporate this beautiful city where we fell in love so instead of traditional table numbers we chose Austin landmarks and a bunch of our favorite places to designate sitting. For example, some of our guests sat at “The State Capitol” table or the “Barton Springs” table. We used pictures of each venue or location, and printed them onto paper specifically made for table tents. For the guest name cards we used blank business cards to print their names. The business cards can be bought with the perforations already created so they were easy and quick to cut apart.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Practical Advice: It sounds cliché but don’t sweat the small stuff. There are many things that you can’t control and that’s okay! “…every little thing is gonna be alright…” Advice from the Heart: You will receive plenty of solicited and unsolicited advice. Some of it will be helpful but it can get to be overwhelming. There will be a lot of opinions about how you “should” be doing something. And someone is bound to get upset. Please remember that, ultimately, your wedding day is about you (the couple)! Do what feels right for your wedding!
Bridal Party Processional: “I’m Yours,” Vitamin String Quartet (Jason Mraz)
Bride’s Processional: “Longing to Belong,” Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “When We’re Together,” Joshua Radin
First Dance: “I Got You,” Jack Johnson
Aside from the key songs that we chose, we didn’t really play too much with the reception music. Our friend Rob was the DJ and he did a great job of feeling out the crowd and playing songs that everyone enjoyed!
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Ivy Weddings / Event Coordination: Heather Darby and Andrea Gamse / Florist: Petals Ink Florist / Venue: Zilker Park Clubhouse / Wedding Dress: Celina Menchaca (Friend of the Bride) / Wedding Shoes: Nina “Electra” / Hair and Makeup: Milk and Honey Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Al’s Formalwear / Caterer: EnShanta / Wedding Cake: Sugar Mamas Bakeshop and Upper Crust Bakery / Cake Topper: Groom / MC: Rob Surrago / Rentals: American Party Rental / Officiant: Steven Ross / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the groom and MakeATX / Paper Goods: Amols and Alamo Fiesta / Transportation: Limos of Austin
Sometimes there’s just no topping a Texas ranch wedding. Everything about this Pecan Springs ranch wedding has our hearts pitter-pattering, like the color scheme of coral and mint, the flowers by Paige One Events & Production, and that impeccable Jenny Packham gown, of course. Al Gawlik Photography worked wonders here!
From the bride, Alyssa: Benjamin and I envisioned a very intimate and fun wedding day, with the emphasis on everyone being together and the joining of our families. Our color palette was decidedly spring with strong pops of coral and mint with hints of gold as an accent. We have a great love for the outdoors, so we wanted to bring the outdoors inside in an elegant way. We used natural wood elements on all of the tables and for an especially unique cake stand.
Bouquet recipe: Hydrangea, stock, roses, garden roses, ranunculus, astilbe, dahlia, seeded eucalyptus, tulips, baby’s breath, Queen Anne’s lace, scented geranium, snow on the mountain, assorted greenery, snapdragons.
Our color scheme balanced coral and mint with pops of peach and muted pinks. We used gold as an accent to tie together many of the decorative elements. All of the wood table rounds and gorgeous cake stand were all DIY, cut, crafted and varnished by hand.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The best advice I would give to anyone planning their wedding is to take it one step at a time. At times, wedding planning can seem very overwhelming so it is important to pace yourself. More importantly, I would remind Brides to keep everything in perspective and don’t sweat the small stuff. Your wedding day is about love, friendship, and fun so planning should be too!
Bridal Party Processional: “Question,” Old 97s
Bride’s Processional: “Ten Leap Years,” Dawn & Hawkes
Ceremony: “Yours and Mine,” Dawn & Hawkes
Recessional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
First Dance: “Lucky,” Kat Edmonson
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Al Gawlik Photography / Event Coordination and Flowers: Paige One Events & Production / Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via Blush Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Accessories: BHLDN / Bridesmaids Dresses, Groom’s Suit, and Groomsmen’s Ties: J. Crew / Caterer: Verdes Mexican Parrilla / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Sweet Treets Bakery / Band: Dawn & Hawkes / DJ: DJ Jim of GoBo Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates: Wedding Paper Divas / Videographer: PhotoHouse Films / Transportation: ATX Party Bus
All it took was one look at bride Courtney’s wedding dress, and we were in love. Can you blame us? It isn’t every day you come across a bride willing to inject a little color and pattern into her wedding gown, much less do The Worm while wearing it at her reception! One other thing we adore about this wedding — not only was it a special day for the obvious reasons, but it was also the 30th birthday for both the bride AND the groom. Thanks to Paige of Awake Photography for capturing this beauty.
From the bride, Courtney: We had a lot of contributing factors in determining the details, style and theme of our wedding. First and foremost it was both my and my husband’s 30th birthdays. We were born on the very same day, year and everything, and decided that we would celebrate our Birthdays and love together. It was a little difficult to decorate for a birthday/wedding because we wanted the elegance of a wedding but the fun of a 30th Birthday Party. Our friends and families flew in from all over the country to join our little celebration (in the middle of the week) making it a destination wedding and in the end we just wanted to make our guests feel comfortable and enjoy the party.
Because so few guests knew us as a couple we focused on a some details to make our guests feel more included in our journey. My in-laws were very generous and invited all the guests to the rehearsal dinner where we were played a slide show that one of the bridesmaids’ mothers put together for Davy and I. We also tailored our ceremony to compliment us as a couple. Nothing generic, we wanted the words the officiant said to actually carry meaning for us, we wrote our own vows and let doves go as a symbol of our love and new journey. We also littered small meaningful tributes to our family members that our no longer with us, like my mother (22 years ago we let a dove go at my mother’s funeral… the dove on our invitations, place cards and pillows were in fact a nod to my mother, and then my dad surprised us with two doves to release at the last minute) . We wanted it to be classic and elegant yet casual and simple.
Besides having a somewhat rustic yet romantic 30th birthday theme thing going on but I also tried to keep things cohesive with an overall wine theme. With some help, we managed to get a hold of quite a few wine, mini wine and champagne bottles as well as corks. We used the wine bottles as centerpieces and decor around the venue and dessert table. We used corks to hold the escort cards, and gave out custom Travel Corkscrews as favors. All of our decorations were DIY: I cleaned and spray painted all the wine bottles, stained all the wooden bases for the centerpieces, made the table numbers, spray painted black Ikea lanterns gold for centerpieces and to flank the aisle, sewed and screened all of the canvas pillows, made the canvas “Happy Birthday Omlsteds Banner”, made the cork place card holders, designed and made dove escort cards, all the signs, and did the guestbook as well.
Any advice for couples planning their wedding day now? The sense of smell can help evoke powerful and vivid memories, one of the best things my husband and did before our wedding was pick out new cologne and perfume together. We went to Neiman Marcus and worked with a salesman to narrow it down to three options each, ultimately giving the other person the final say. Now when we wear our new scents the smells take us right back to our wedding day and all those feelings come rushing back. To match colors from the stationery to dresses, flowers, tablecloths and decorations can be really difficult, so keep in mind that you may have to be flexible to keep it affordable. This sort of thing may not matter to you but if it does, consider making your primary color something you know doesn’t vary wildly. Last but NOT least… it is only one silly day! When you think about your wedding don’t focus on the details, focus on the celebration and love. Envision yourself enjoying every minute of it and not minding when things go wrong. Almost everything you could think of went wrong at our wedding, BUT at the end of the day I had an amazing husband I get to spend the rest of my life with and that matters a whole lot more than having one perfect day.
Processional: “Don’t Stop Believing,” Vitamin String Quartet (per my husbands request, actually he picked most the songs)
Bride’s Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Vitamin String Quartet
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Newlywed Introduction: “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Father/Daughter Dance: “Father Daughter,” Paul Simon
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison
Sparkler Exit: “On My Way,” Rusted Root
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Awake Photography / Flowers: Whole Foods / Venue: One World Theatre / Wedding Dress: Tadashi / Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane via Rent the Runway / Hair: Blo Blow Dry Bar / Makeup: Face Kandy / Groom’s Suit: Jos A Bank / Caterer and Desserts: Word of Mouth / Wedding Cake: gluten/dairy/soy-free cakes from Delish / DJ: DJ Greenbelt / Officiant: Kim Sessions / Wedding Invitations and Logo: Pen and Palates Design and Lettering / Videographer: Russ Pecoraro
What’s better than a little bridal inspiration with some bohemian flair? We were beyond thrilled to see this lovely styled shoot land in our inbox, especially given its all-star team of vendors — including Lindsey Stump Photography, Southern Social Events, The Quiet Rabbit, and Stems, just to name a few. This is one tablescape we’ll absolutely love for ages!
From the photographer, Lindsey Stump: Our tablescape design was inspired by the first colorful blooms of spring, that feeling of nostalgia for being barefoot amongst the wildflowers. With a touch of bohemian whimsy, we incorporated lots of colorful statement pieces from Anthropologie and kept the floral centerpiece wild and organic.
The maidenhair ferns planted in concrete pots add the perfect touch of neutral amongst the otherwise playful setup. Our chandelier installation mixes a monochromatic range of patterns and solids to tie in that carefree, color-centric vibe. Overall, the design focused less on tradition, playing more on the idea of a well-traveled woman with a love for found objects and color.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Lindsey Stump Photography / Event Stylists: Southern Social Events and The Quiet Rabbit / Floral Design: Stems / Venue: Stems / Hair: Mandy Hernandez / Makeup: Avery Allen / Wedding Cake: Simon Lee Bakery / China: Anthropologie / Furniture Rental: Sweet Sunday Events / Calligraphy: The Stationery Bakery
Words can’t possibly describe how I feel about this wedding photographed by J.Bird Photography. With a calming color palette of muted purples and blues and various other pastel shades, you can’t help but fall in love with every last bit of this wedding day, right down to the elegant cake made by Sweet Treets Bakery. We’ve got bride Kayla with us to share more about her beautiful day, so read on:
From the bride, Kayla: When we envisioned our garden wedding, it was romantic, classic but relaxed, with a touch of whimsy. I enjoy crafting and creating, so having several DIY projects naturally found its way into our vision for the wedding. Ryan and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be at Le San Michele immediately after touring the grounds. With the venue selected, the other inspiration and details flowed naturally. We put our love of vintage and literature on display with the centerpieces: vintage engineering books (a nod to Ryan’s studies) and other literary classics, a large variety of antique tea cups with several types of succulents planted, hand scripted table numbers, and vases with soft spring blooms. I included my love for watercolor into the design of the invitation suite and escort cards. The DIY seed bomb favors were a lovely complement to the garden setting, and they were really fun to put together! Overall, our wedding was true to us individually and as a new family. We had an all-star team that made our day memorable and flow smoothly. I wouldn’t change a thing… not even the wind, because it helped create beautiful photographs.
I would describe our wedding as romantic, classic but relaxed, whimsical, and intimate. Our color palette was soft, with lavender, blush and light pink, gray, and white; however, we love a pop of color – my bouquet, for example. We had several DIY projects going throughout our engagement that consumed both of our apartments. I collaborated with one of our friends for the invitation suite – she designed every piece and Ryan and I splashed on the watercolor assembly line style. I drew the table numbers and Ryan twisted the wire to hold them in the books. We went through a couple Etsy vendors for the seed bomb favor supplies and had another assembly line. I repurposed thrift store frames for the escort card chalkboard sign and display board. Our friends were fantastic and helped watercolor the escort cards and put together the frame that displayed them. We collected tea cups, old books, and bud vases from antique shops, thrift stores, family and friends, and even eBay for months. The tea cups were filled with various types of succulents. We brightened up the vases by spray painting them a glossy white. Ryan compiled our Engagement photos (also by J.Bird Photo) into a beautiful album and we displayed it at the reception with our family wedding photos and guest book.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Engagement and wedding planning made for a very busy season of life. We spent a lot of time preparing for the wedding and marriage. So go on dates, talk about things other than your wedding, and maybe read a book or two about this journey you’re about to take (This Momentary Marriage by John Piper is great!). We are grateful to have a great community of friends that helped us grow in our relationship and not get caught up in the craziness of wedding planning. As for planning, hire a wedding coordinator! Both of our families and majority of our wedding party flew in from out of state, so having someone as a central point of contact that knew the wedding industry, our timeline and vendors, and Austin was invaluable. Ellen was a gem and couldn’t imagine our wedding day without her. We would also encourage brides and grooms to find their most important vendor in the beginning. For us, that was photography. We immediately connected with Jessica and loved her work (swoon worthy gallery!) and she recommended most of our vendors!
Seating of the Families: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Piano Guys cover
Wedding Party Processional: “Just The Way You Are,” Piano Guys cover
Bridal Processional: “Ten Thousand Years,” Piano Guys cover
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First dance: “Dancing in the Minefields,” Andrew Peterson
Father/Daughter Dance: “Walk With You,” Edwin McCain
Mother/Son Dance: “You’ll Find Your Way,” Andrew Peterson
Bouquet Toss: “Wannabe,” Spice Girls
Garter Toss: “Danger Zone,” Kenny Loggins; “I’m The Man,” Aloe Blacc
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: J.Bird Photography / Second Shooter: Jen Dillender / Wedding Coordinator: Westcott Weddings / Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals / Venue: Le San Michele / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani “Elim” via Blush Bridal Lounge / Seamstress: Olga Novosselova / Veil: Enzoani / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Aubrey” / Wedding Belt: Thomas Knoell / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Hair: Laura Needham / Makeup: Kirsten Nielsen / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love Lane Collection “Ella” / Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN / Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang / Caterer: Whole Foods Market / Wedding Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery / DJ: Byrne Rock Mobile DJ Service / Table Numbers, Escort Card Sign, Frame, Cards: Bride / Succulents: East Austin Succulents / Seed Bomb Favor Supplies: Plantables and Paper and Design Kandy / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Laine Coker, Painted by bride and groom / Videographer: Stringer Productions
One of our favorite things about this styled shoot from the wonderful Photo by Betsy, Bricolage Curated Florals, and Olive & Rye is how it shows you don’t need a ton of color to give off a feeling of spring. Sure, we love loud punches of color, but the crisp white and green color palette in this wedding inspiration makes us feel refreshed, inspired, and helps us focus on the love between the bride and groom.
From the photographer, Photo by Betsy: This Nordic-inspired Spring shoot was brought on simply by the idea of a “simple” wedding. I wanted to photograph something clean, sweet, and clear. For place mats, we gathered white/off-white records. The place “cards” are found river rocks marked just by using a white sharpie paint pen tied with a thin piece of twine around them for a simple frill. 2Tarts Bakery in New Braunfels contributed a smooth two-tiered white cake, creme brûlée macaroons and jam thumbprint cookies (placed on a vintage hand drum).
With a flower-adorned passed-down ladder and old photos of family members in love, we tied in personal touches. For smaller details, the bride wore a brown beaded belt from Anthropologie and the groom wore a precious ivory whale tie clip from J. Crew. We had so much fun celebrating the couple’s love and gawking at every simple touch from the shoot’s designer.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Photo by Betsy / Event Design: Olive & Rye (julieoliveandrye @ gmail.com) / Floral Design: Bricolage Curated Florals / Venue: 718 Studios / Wedding Dress: Serendipity Bridal / Jewelry: Olive / Tie Clip: J. Crew / Wedding Cake: 2Tarts Bakery
If Bird Dog Wedding is going to branch into floral styling, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to throw a killer shoot together to celebrate. Bird Dog Florals is coming into the world with a bang, as you can see from this amazing session shot by Amber Snow Photography! Don’t these images make you want to fill your entire home with fresh flowers?
From the event stylist, Emily of Bird Dog Wedding: At Bird Dog Wedding, we have always loved producing colorful and fun designs for our clients. We wanted to introduce floral services into the mix, as we feel flowers are the most beautiful and captivating part of the design aesthetic. Sarah and I dreamt up this shoot to promote our floral launch and introduce Bird Dog Floral to the world. We wanted to keep the shoot simple with one tablescape, one cake table, and one model to focus on the flowers. In this shoot we showcase the Bird Dog aesthetic, which is rich, playful, colorful, and full of texture and personality. The transition of the design moves from dark to light, with a moodier tablescape to a light and ethereal cake display. In the tradition of creating gorgeous installations, we built a living garland frame for the cake. We kept our bride’s hair simple and undone to show off her gold fern and strawflower crown, with striking makeup and a mod lace dress.
We teamed up with our wonderful vendor friends to put the icing on the cake, so to speak. Loot Vintage Rentals provided the gorgeous furniture for display. Polkadots made a sweet pink cake, which we adorned with a gold fern. Palm Door on Sabine provided the perfect setting, with its white walls and industrial fixtures. And Amber Snow Photography beautifully captured the shoot on film. Trophy Boutique and Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry provided fashion styling and makeup for our model, Katy.
Shoot Location, Austin, TX / Photographer: Amber Snow Photography / Event Styling and Design: Bird Dog Wedding / Flowers: Bird Dog Florals / Venue: Palm Door on Sabine / Fashion Styling: Trophy Boutique / Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Polkadots / Rentals: Loot Vintage / Paper Goods: Beau Tied Designs
Oh goodness, are you ever in for a treat today. I swear, it’s as though someone popped into my dreams and pulled out my favorite ideas and decor elements and put them right into a wedding! Not only that, but our couple (Lindsey and Jim) hired an absolutely All-Star team to put everything together, including Two Pair Photography, Bird Dog Wedding, and Pollen Floral Art. Let’s jump in!
From the bride, Lindsey: We originally wanted to do the party-at-which-you-happen-to-get-married vibe, and we’re both still a bit surprised that we went a more traditional route! But keeping that sentiment in mind while planning, we didn’t over think things — just chose things we love. Like ice cream cookies. And succulents. And stiff drinks. Style-wise, we wanted our wedding to be pretty minimal, modern, architectural. And then we found this amazing converted cement plant in the hill country, complete with corrugated metal, farm tables, and donkeys. So it sort of became a study in contrasts.
We decided to go with mostly neutral tones – greys and golds and cool minty green – offset with small pops of bright red. I loved the idea of a bright color against warm wood backgrounds, and our wedding planner Emily Leach made these cool geometric paper favors that held macarons and doubled as table numbers. I DIYed the programs and menus and signs, and let the floral designer work her magic with succulents and terrariums. Originally we were going to have the wedding outside, and a last-minute rain threat brought us inside the giant screened-in porch. Instead of hanging our paper lanterns individually, Emily bunched them into a bold bouquet. It was great to let the industrial architecture (and the rustic hill country landscape) be the backdrop.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Choose three things that mean a lot to you (for us it was maybe the venue, the music, the photos), and don’t sweat the rest. It’s gonna be great. Also, don’t get too drunk at your party the night before, no matter how much sense it seems to make at the time. Oh! And hire a wedding coordinator, at least for the day-of. There’s so much to think about, and it felt great to leave the decision-making to someone else and just enjoy the day.
Processional: “Just Like Heaven,” The Cure
Recessional: “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Fats Waller
Cocktail Hour: 60s honky-tonk mix by groom
Intro to reception: “Kiss,” Prince
First Dance: “Vid Spilum Endalaust,” Sigur Ros
Father/daughter Dance: “In Dreams,” Roy Orbison
Dancing: A mix of retro soul, nostalgic hip-hop, indie electro
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Two Pair Photography / Event Planning, Decor, and Favors: Bird Dog Wedding / Floral Design: Pollen Floral Art / Venue: The Plant at Kyle / Wedding Dress: J. Crew / Hair: Jeni Hoover / Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Caterer and Bartending: Pink Avocado / Ice Cream and Desserts: Cool Haus / Macarons: Hello! Macaron / Alcohol: Twin Liquors / Ceremony Band: Doug Anthony / Reception Band: Learning Secrets / Additional Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events / Officiant: Spike Gillespie / Transportation and Parking: Austin Charter Services / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods Design: Bride / Invitation Letterpress: Shepherd Letterpress
When Robin and Brian began planning their wedding, there were a few things they considered to be most important – one of which was that Sweet Sunday Events had to do the event design. We have to say the couple’s taste is impeccable, as evidenced by how fantastically Sweet Sunday pulled off their big + colorful day. Of course, thanks to Anahi Weddings for capturing all the details!
From the bride, Robin: When we started planning the wedding, we knew we wanted the venue to be Mercury Hall, that we wanted Sweet Sunday Events to be our planners and design team, and that we wanted a fun, party atmosphere for our friends and family. I fell in love Mercury Hall from my first visit — it’s a hidden gem in the heart of Austin, just a few minutes from downtown. The property has the most gorgeous Live Oak Trees, which Austin is known for, and the building is an old chapel transported from Mercury Texas, with colorful stained glass windows and a charm like no other place I had looked at. Once we set the date for November 1st, I knew I wanted to have a Dia de los Muertos theme. It was an especially meaningful theme for us, because family is so important to the both of us and the holiday actually celebrates family and friends who have passed away before us and the belief that they’re souls join the living on that day in celebration. Both Brian’s mom and dad had passed away recently, and so having a theme that we felt could include them in spirit was important to us.
Sweet Sunday Events took our vision and made it into a stunning reality. Two of my favorite design elements were the ofrenda and altar they made for us. They built a traditional “ofrenda” that is used in Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. The ofrenda showcased pictures of Brian’s parents and other close family members who had passed away, along with candles, flowers, sugar skulls, and other offerings. It was really touching to have their pictures up all night as a reminder of their presence with us. Our altar was a colorful display of flowers on one side and unforgettable stacked piñatas on the other with streamers that hung from the altar up into the grand Live Oak trees. Katy from Sweet Sunday came up with the idea for the piñatas which added a festive element to the ceremony, and my mom was able to find someone to custom make them in our colors. The piñatas were also used in other places throughout the wedding which was great, and by the end of the night a few of them even made their way onto the dance floor. Our guests LOVED them!
The first most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Brian standing there waiting for me. The weather was AMAZING – it turned out to be the most beautiful day of the year. It was an evening ceremony, about an hour and half before sunset, and the backdrop was a combination of rays of sunlight shining through the trees down onto the gorgeous altar and our wedding party. My dad walked me down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles, which was meaningful in so many ways. I grew up listening to The Beatles with my Dad, so it seemed only natural that he walk me down the aisle to a Beatles song. Also, Brian’s dad had been battling cancer for the 3 years prior to the wedding, and passed away just 2 weeks before the wedding. We had been by his side throughout his fight and his caregivers in the end. Needless to say, we had been dealing with a lot and going through so many mixed emotions throughout the planning process. ‘Here Comes the Sun’ was symbolic for both the past and what we had been going through, and the bright future we now had ahead of us. It truly reflected and gave meaning to what was taking place, and I believe it was a symbolic song for the family as well.
The second most memorable moment was our first dance. We both didn’t want the traditional slow dance and wanted to show more of our personality and love for Rock n’ Roll. We danced to ‘I’ll Be Your Man’ by The Black Keys and had a blast doing so. We both loved the song, and felt that we would just dance naturally like we do at home or out, so we didn’t practice and just went with it at the moment. We really got into it, and everyone thought we had rehearsed, but it was just us out there doing what we love to do together. I’ll never forget the smiles on everyone’s faces and the loud cheering as we cut the rug. It was awesome.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Even though most planning and decisions seem to be made by the bride, take into account the (probably very few) things that are important to your soon-to-be husband. Brian let me run with the decor, colors, and all the “girly” details, but he wanted to pick the bar selections and song we got introduced to, “Baba O’ Riley” by The Who. The excitement he felt and showed when we were introduced to that song radiated throughout the room and really got the crowd going! It’s easy to get caught up in the nitty-gritty details of planning – because there are SO MANY DETAILS – but keep in mind that the wedding is a celebration of the love you two share, and so the celebration should reflect the both of you. Everyone will have an opinion on what to do or what not to do, but stay true to yourself and it will show on your wedding day. Some of the best decisions we made that resulted in my fondest memories of our wedding were those that would be considered “non-conventional”: our song choices, choosing to celebrate the dead on our wedding day, having piñatas as wedding decor, and last but definitely not least including our beloved Shih Tzu, Maddie, as our Pup of Honor.
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Anahi Weddings / Rentals, Flowers, Coordinating: Sweet Sunday Events / Venue: Mercury Hall / Wedding Gown: Blush Bridal Lounge / Custom Veil: Olga Novosellova / Hair: Jenna Yates of Grapevine Salon / Makeup: Rae Cosmetics / Wedding Caterer and Bar: Pink Avocado / Wedding Cake: Coco Paloma / Ice Cream Truck: Cool Haus / DJ: Altared DJ’s / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer!
Today’s styled shoot is a true experiment in classic romantic details – metallic tones, pinks, lush flowers, and a garden setting make this shoot truly shine. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a team of incredibly talented vendors, including Day 7 Photography, Leave the Details To Me, and Flora Fetish, to execute the vision to utter perfection.
From the photographer, Sean of Day 7 Photography: Here’s a shoot I recently had the privilege of photographing. Some of Austin’s best vendors were involved and we all had a great time. The purpose of this shoot was the highlight the trend of silver and gold working together. We loved the contrast of this garden with metallics. The metallics in our details highlight the “glam” element while juxtaposing with the beautiful gardens and florals. Another element that we feel stood out was the use of a non-traditional bouquet. The horns mixed with florals and beads adds to the theme of garden metallics.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Day 7 Photography / Event Planning and Design: Leave the Details To Me / Flowers: Flora Fetish / Venue: Vista on Seward Hill / Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Laura Heyns of Urban Betty / Wedding Cake: Simon Lee Bakery / Rentals: Marquee Rentals
I have to say, I had my eye on the heart-shaped clay tokens from our ballet wedding inspiration shoot earlier today, so I’m chuffed that Katy of Without Wax, Katy is back with us to share just how she made them. Read on for the full instructions!
For this project, you will need:
-Knife and/or Pizza Cutter
-Cookie Cutters and/or Glasses for shaping clay
Using the large, round “take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic” as an example:
1. Slice the clay into thin stripes.
2. With a rolling pin, flatten the clay to roughly 1/8 – 1/4 inch in thickness.
3. Using a cookie cutter or glass, press into the clay and remove excess clay.
4. Place your stamp of choice in the center of the clay, press and remove. Your design or quote is now transferred on to the clay.
If you choose, you can add more designs at this time. Let the clay dry overnight.
What could be more perfect for a Valentine’s Day inspiration shoot than one influenced by ballet, one of the most romantic dances of all time? Michelle Boyd Photography and Katy Bohls of Without Wax, Katy put together this absolutely lovely photo session with an inspiring tablescape, incredible floral design, and some truly elegant design ideas for any Valentine or wedding.
From Katy of Without Wax, Katy: When I hear Valentine’s Day, I think feminine. Soft, graceful and elegant. And to me, the essence of feminine is a ballerina. How they seemingly float on air as light as one could be. Our model, Cassia Wilson, is a trained ballerina and currently an apprentice with the Austin Ballet. She has an amazing ability to glide effortlessly, making each movement meaningful.
Michelle Boyd’s talent is incredible. She was able to freeze frame the fluidity of each delicate motion without fail. Part of the day was spent shooting in classic black and white film. Doesn’t it just make your heart skip a beat? Makenzi Laine created a modern take on a classic bun, and polished Cassia’s natural beauty with soft makeup and the most stunning deep plum lip color. The color palette, while not your typical Valentine’s combination, is the perfect balance of understated sophistication and wildly romantic. Rich tones of berry blues and plums, paired with fuchsia filled the table, as the centerpiece danced and took center stage.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Michelle Boyd Photography / Styling and Floral Design: Without Wax, Katy / Venue: The Union on Eighth / Hair and Makeup: Makenzi Laine / Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: The Stationery Bakery / Ballerina/Model: Cassia Wilson
Almost any wedding at Austin’s Barr Mansion is going to be a winner, especially when it’s photographed by the incomparable Alixann Loosle Photography. But when you add in a reception with mood lighting and a bride wearing a purple patterned Zac Posen gown, I’m going to be floored. Take special note of Kaki and Robbie’s ceremony under the trees – one of our favorites this year.
From the bride, Kaki: We wanted a Soulful and Spiritual gathering of friends and family witnessing and supporting us in the commitment of our vows and celebration. It was a non traditional wedding celebration, marching to the beat of our own drums and our day was a true reflection of just that. Our theme was Victorian Vogue. Oriental rugs, church pews, religious candles etc… Evoked the feeling of a catholic cathedral, set amongst the trees. No color scheme.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Plan and save for last minute spending FRENZIES! Oh, and enjoy it, the day entirely. Take a moment to look around you, surrounded by your friends and family, and cherish that moment. It goes by so very very quickly.
Groom and Family Processional: “Over the Rainbow,” IZ
Bride’s Processional: “Holocene,” Bon Iver
Recessional: “Ho, Hey” The Lumineers
First Dance: “Hold You in My Arms,” Ray Lamontagne
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography / Florist: STEMS / Wedding Venue: Barr Mansion / Coordinator: Elyse Shumsky with Barr Mansion / Venue Staging and Design: Dressings / Wedding Dress: Zac Posen via Neiman Marcus / Groom’s Attire: Zegna via Neiman Marcus / Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals / DJ: Greenbelt DJ Productions / Wedding Invitations: Page Stationery
Today’s styled shoot goes to show how important the right wedding venue can be. The supremely gorgeous garden area of Travaasa Austin is an utter dream, blending garden whimsy with nothing short of elegant sophistication. With a talented team consisting of She-n-He Photography, The Simplifiers, and Rosehip Flora, is it any wonder we’re so in love with this shoot?
From the stylist, Mary of The Simplifiers: This wedding is for the bride who wants something different. With a sophisticated style and a love for the outdoors, this couple is one looking for a venue that very few have discovered so far. Travaasa Austin, named one of the Top 10 Destination Spas in the US by TripAdvisor and just recently began offering their experiential resort for exclusive weddings. With 70 sleeping rooms on-site, plus horseback riding, yoga, full spa and more, this destination is a gorgeous location for a weekend getaway wedding.
When we stepped inside Solidago Gardens for the first time, we knew this space was magical. We were so inspired by the fall colors of the trees and natural lighting that seeps into the space. About the exact opposite of a traditional hotel ballroom. Playing off the autumn colors of the surroundings, we added pops of hot pink and navy blue into the floral design, including unexpected elements like gold shimmery spray painted tillandsia air plants for the place card holders.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photography, Invitations, and Paper Goods: Melanie Grizzel of She-n-He Photography / Event Planning, Event Design, Project Manager: The Simplifiers / Event Design and Flowers: Rosehip Flora / Venue and Caterer: Travaasa Austin / Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Hair and Makeup: Erica Gray / Wedding Cake: Michelle’s Patisserie / Rentals, Linens, and China: WHIM Event Rentals / Lighting: Atomic Picnic / Calligrapher: The Pink Pen / Models: Tolly Moseley, Jason Freshly, Sophie Parrott, and Chelsea Dunivan
As you probably know by now, any time Sweet Sunday Events puts their hands on anything, it’s guaranteed to be a hit. Such is the case with this starry shoot captured by Love, The Nelsons, which brings together cool blues and warm pinks with a pop of gold for a true celebration. What’s more to love is that it’s just as gorgeous as a summer wedding as it is for winter!
From Katy Bohls of Sweet Sunday Events: I called upon a handful of my very favorite vendors make this constellation inspired shoot come together flawlessly. And, let me tell you, it was out of this world amazing. I mean, really. A hanging constellation installation framed the bride and groom at the altar and stars suspended above the reception table. The altar installation was made of paper mache stars and small wooded rods, glued and pieced together to create a half-moon shape. Dressed in a beautiful gold gown from Serendipity Bridal, the bride stood glistening with a fuchsia and pink bouquet which added a nice pop of color. And didn’t Shalynn of Love, The Nelsons capture every table top detail so perfectly through her talented lens?! She didn’t miss a beat. From Yuling Design’s amazing paper goods and the hand dyed runner to all the beautiful concoctions created by PinkAvocado and custom star plates (more on that coming up!), it was all perfectly aligned to make for an amazing shoot!
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons / Stylist, Rentals, and Floral Design: Sweet Sunday Events / Event Venue: Palm Door / Wedding Dress: Serendipity Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Makenzi Laine / Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering / Wedding Cake: Polkadots Cupcake Factory / Paper Goods: Yuling Designs / Models: Zephyr Talent Agency