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UMLAUF Sculpture Garden Open House Styled by Pearl Events Austin

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Earlier this year, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden hosted an open house, planned by the fab team at Pearl Events Austin and featuring a host of talented Austin vendors who came together not only to show off the venue, but to simulate a real wedding! Whim Event Rentals and Birch & Brass provided furnishings for the tablescape and lounge area, going for a French country-meets-modern-glam look to highlight the green, open spaces of the garden. Crave Catering, The Cupcake Bar and Sweet Treets Bakery worked together to bring a dinner and dessert experience to the open house guests reminiscent of what they’d find at a beautiful wedding. Pink Champagne Paper took care of the stationery, while Bouquets of Austin brought florals to accentuate the garden’s natural beauty – we can’t get enough of that boxwood greenery arch adorned with pink flowers! Guests witnessed several entertainment options, including outdoor games everyone could enjoy from Altared Weddings & Events. We’re so impressed with how this event came together, representing some of Austin’s finest wedding vendors and showing off a unique venue we just love! Brides, be sure to get in touch with these wedding pros on our Local Vendors page!

Photos // Michelle Boyd Photography

10 Venues with a View West of Austin

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Where the city meets the Hill Country, these venues with a view west of Austin have everything a bride could want: beautiful buildings, incredible natural scenery and breathtaking views! We’ve rounded up a collection of venues just west of the city with pretty views of hillsides, water or open fields. These places will amaze your guests and can be the perfect place to host your big day while embracing the natural beauty the Austin area has to offer. Don’t miss even more gorgeous venues in and around Austin on our venues page!

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Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room – Just 20 minutes west of Austin, the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room offers a fun, modern place to host your wedding with expansive views of the Texas Hill Country and an unforgettable atmosphere. With limestone walls, large industrial chic windows to let in light and a covered patio where your guests can soak in the view, this venue won’t disappoint!

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Ma Maison – With 10,000 square feet of event space on 23 oak tree-covered acres, Ma Maison in Dripping Springs is the perfect venue for couples looking for southern hospitality, French-inspired elegance and natural beauty. Ma Maison offers five breathtaking ceremony locations and a team of friendly staff devoted to making your wedding day the best day ever.

Photo: Sarah Goss Photography

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Mustang Waters Ranch – Take the 35-minute drive west of Austin to Johnson City and experience Mustang Waters, a true ranch experience with 900 acres of livestock-dotted pastures and views as far as the eye can see. Mustang Waters also offers accommodations for up to 30 guests, so you can relax and enjoy an entire wedding weekend in the beautiful Hill Country.

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Pecan Grove – Under sprawling oak trees on the banks of Onion Creek in Driftwood lies Pecan Grove, a Texas wine country wedding venue incorporated into the famous Salt Lick family of event specialists. Pecan Grove offers incredible scenery, mouthwatering on-site barbeque catering and true southern charm, with views to boot!

Photo: Jen Dillender Photography

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Pecan Springs Ranch– Just a short drive west of downtown Austin, Pecan Springs Ranch offers a beautifully landscaped Hill Country venue with natural springs, infinite pecan trees and lovely shaded areas to have your wedding ceremony and reception. With unique buildings around the property and the famous miniature donkey residents, this stylish venue offers a memorable place to host your big day!

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The Milestone | Boerne – Nestled in a beautiful valley near Upper Cibolo Creek, northwest of San Antonio, the grounds of The Milestone  are inhabited by deer and other wildlife for a true Hill Country experience! The venue features pristine landscaping, a picturesque outdoor ceremony location and the ability to accommodate 320 guests. You’ll love the refined rustic feel of The Milestone in Boerne!

The Retreat at Balcones Springs – A lakeside destination venue in Marble Falls, Texas, The Retreat at Balcones Springs boasts 250 beautiful acres in the heart of Texas Hill Country. With on-site lodging, recreational activities and catering available, the Retreat is an all-inclusive venue with multiple ceremony location options and endless entertainment for your guests.

Photo: Feather & Twine 

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The Terrace Club – As the first-ever venue in the now Wedding Capital of Texas, Dripping Springs, The Terrace Club has set high standards on wedding day hospitality. This venue is set apart by all-inclusive packages, multiple ceremony sites with stunning Hill Country views and a coordinator included with every wedding to ensure your special day runs smoothly!

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Lakeway Resort and Spa – Situated cliffside above Lake Travis, this expansive resort venue includes elegant ballrooms, wraparound terraces and intimate event rooms to host your special day, all with incredible views of the lake! Guests can of course stay at the resort and receive the ultimate in accommodations and hospitality. Lakeway Resort and Spa’s experienced wedding staff can help with all aspects of planning and strives for every couple’s complete satisfaction!

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Camp Lucy – This breathtaking venue in Dripping Springs is home to buildings with old-world charm, a staff providing world-class service and Hill Country ranch views you’ll never forget! Camp Lucy is well worth the 30-minute drive from Austin, as you and your guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind wedding experience, with catering, florals, event and tent rentals available as inclusive options and something to fit every bride’s style, from luxe-rustic to French Colonial flair.

Photo: Mint Photography

Boho Bachelorette Party at Cypress Falls Event Center

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Grab your besties, your pool floaties and your adventurous spirit and be inspired by this boho bachelorette party styled shoot from Cypress Falls Event Center! The Lodge at Cypress Falls offers the perfect place to host a bachelorette party, with a pool, on-site catering and bakery, a tavern where you and your girls can sing and dance the night away and of course, the falls! Adventure and explore with canoeing, swimming and hiking along the falls before you return to relaxation at The Lodge. A bright, bold and eclectic color scheme came to life in this styled shoot, with a cheerful bachelorette cake set against a boho backdrop, a scrumptious dessert bar featuring crepes, a crowd favorite, and a watercolor invitation suite along with an inviting tablescape ready to welcome your closest friends to a fun-filled weekend. Bachelorette parties can be laid-back while still showing off your personal style and pampering your girls. Cheers to the celebration!

Photos // Misty McLendon Photography

Video // Levi Hanusch

Elegant Al-Fresco Engagement from Penelope L’amore Photography

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We’re totally swooning over this elegant al-fresco engagement session from Penelope L’amore Photography, and the sweet proposal story that precedes it! Jennifer and DJ ventured to McKinney Falls State Park for this shoot, with their wardrobe choices playing off the woodsy green and dark blue hues of the waterfalls in winter. Jennifer’s bold blue gown paired with DJ’s sport coat made for an elegant aesthetic against the natural backdrop. The couple looks so in love, and Penelope captured their emotions so beautifully! Read more below to see the precious way DJ proposed to Jennifer and what they’re most looking forward to about their wedding. Cheers to the happy couple!

Photos // Penelope L’amore Photography

How DJ proposed: “He had closed on a home that morning and suggested that we celebrate that evening after I got off of work. So four o’clock came, and I texted him that I was on my way. Mid-drive he texted me that he forgot the champagne and was heading to the store, but had left the door unlocked for me to enter. So I get to the house, I do not see his car, so I proceed by opening the door. A rose petal flies out. I slowly continue opening the door and to my surprise, I see a trail of rose petals, candles and pictures leading towards the kitchen/living area. Right at that moment, I thought to myself, it is happening… right now! As I walked to the kitchen, I see more rose petals, more candles and more pictures. On the kitchen island, he placed The Bible opened to Proverbs 18:22: ‘He who finds a wife, finds what is good and receives favors from the Lord.’ He also had placed an iPad in which he had a video ready for me to watch. After I pressed play, I see him – he recorded a virtual tour of the house where he called it OUR home. He went through each room and gave his vision of us filling the home with love, family, friends but most importantly with the Grace of God. He ended the video with expressing his feeling towards me. At this point, I am covered in tears and other stuff that wouldn’t make any lady look pretty. As my friends describe it, the ‘ugly Kim cry,’ but it was a good cry. As soon as the video was over, he walks out of a room, in his suit, and knelt down. ‘Jennifer, will you marry me?’ A thousand times, yes!”

What they’re looking forward to most about the wedding: “Writing our own vows. Nothing better than authentic words coming from the heart and making eternal promises to one another.
Oh, and the sweets table! I have a huge sweet tooth. My fiancé is from Mexican heritage, so we will incorporate Mexican candy along with ‘pan dulce’ (sweet bread) and ‘chocolate abuelita’ (dark hot chocolate). And to not mention, our cakes are going to be delish! Find me at the sweets table!”

Get the Party Started: Austin’s Best Wedding Entertainment Pros

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We’re so excited to share this editorial from the latest issue of Brides of Austin where we put the spotlight on some of the very best wedding entertainment ATX has to offer! Whether you’re in search of the perfect band or a DJ is more your style, these professional wedding entertainment gurus are sure to keep the party rocking all night long. Your guests won’t want to leave the dance floor! Scroll through to read about what makes each band, DJ or wedding singer unique, and catch more photos from celebrations they’ve been a part of on page 156 of the Brides of Austin Spring/Summer 2018 issue!

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Boss Street Brass Band

Get ready to feel the music with Boss Street Brass Band! From New Orleans Jazz to Top 40 and R&B, Boss Street is a high-energy and interactive band that will get guests on their feet and make them feel like they are part of the show. This creative collective can get the party started and keep it going all night! With the ability to play multiple genres, they are the perfect fit for any bride.

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Royal Dukes Band

The Royal Dukes Band is a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band specializing in high-energy music, at a sensible price. Their expansive song lists cover everything from Top 40 and classics to rock, country, dance and jazz. The Royal Dukes Band has regular showcases where you can see and hear them perform before deciding to book! Plan your entertainment with ease with their online planning system that allows you to customize the schedule and playlist. Update it as many times as you like before your wedding date! You’re in good hands with the Royal Dukes Band!

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DJ Gatsby

With more than a decade of spinning experience at his fingertips, DJ Gatsby knows the importance of creating the soundtrack for a couple’s wedding day. DJ Gatsby loves meeting with clients for their musical guidance and preferences, and then pulling songs from his own library that he believes will be the perfect complement. During the celebration, DJ Gatsby analyzes the crowd and what they gravitate toward musically to keep the party momentum going all night. The end product for each gig is what he likes to call “a knitted live musical quilt” that his clients will always remember.

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Plush Party Band

There is something truly special and intimate about having a live band, and Plush Party Band knows how to make your reception a memorable one with their dynamic stage chemistry, fantastic musicianship, impressive technical production and choreographed light show. Plush Party Band is a true variety band, playing music from today’s hits all the way back to jazz standards from the 1940’s, which allows them to cater to all ages and demographics. They offer customization options, such as learning new songs for special dances, and allow the couple to be directly involved in the overall song selection process!

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Altared Weddings and Events

For a comprehensive selection of entertainment in one place, Altared Weddings and Events offers a collection of talented DJs and acoustic musicians. Their team of pros will help the couple select the DJ or musician best suited for the couple’s personality. Altared Weddings and Events doesn’t stop at music when it comes to entertainment. They even offer lawn games and photo booths for a truly unforgettable experience!

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Dart Collective

Begun as a DJ collective in 2013, Dart Collective now includes a handful of live musicians and performers, all sharing the same goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to wedding music. Dart Collective’s DJs and bands lead fun, inclusive experiences enhanced by great music. Dart’s artists want to connect with your guests, keeping the event exciting while connecting with them on a different level.

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