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Austin Invitation Designer Spotlight – Bailey Rose Design

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If you love gorgeous invitations and sweet puppies as much as we do, you’re in for a treat today! We’re introducing you to Katie Lathrop of Bailey Rose Design, an Austin invitation designer with a knack for unique custom wedding signage and a slight puppy obsession: she even named her business after her precious Corgi pup!

“My company name is inspired by my Corgi puppy, Bailey, and she is named after the Irish Cream. My middle name is Rose, so combining the two, I created Bailey Rose Design.  I’ve had a lifelong passion for hand lettering. Once I could pick up a pencil, I was interested in the look of different fonts and learning how to mimic them and put my own spin on them. I started with making custom signage of all sorts about three years ago, but found my favorite signs were for weddings. I moved to Austin from California last August and was able to really immerse myself in this wonderful wedding culture here in Austin,” Katie says.

Katie specializes in custom wedding signage and her lettering style is just to-die-for. Elizabeth Denny Photography captured some of Katie’s designs at Trinity Hall downtown. Scroll through the photos below to see a sampling, and stay tuned for more Austin invitation designer interviews soon!

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

Describe the design you created for this shoot: These designs are pieces of acrylic with a custom blend of colors as a background, hand lettered by me! Acrylic is a really great medium and allows for a more customized look to align with the color palette and design of the wedding. These pieces are a welcome sign for the sign in table, signature cocktail decor with his and hers favorite drinks, and a sign showcasing the wedding hashtag. I love the hints of gold and silver in the background colors. In the right light there is a little shimmer that is just so pretty! I also love that these are designs that will look good in your home after the wedding. I have a signature cocktail sign on our bar cart at home!

What elements in your personal design/style set you apart in the wedding industry? I like to explore and experiment with different color palettes and mediums for signage. I also take the time to ensure the design is just what the couple wants, and also reflects who the couple is and what they want their wedding to be. When I’m working with a couple it is important to me to hear their story and understand their vision for their wedding. This allows me to ensure the pieces I create are unique to them and their big day.

What are some trends you’re loving right now? I am loving how couples are putting personal touches to their wedding and showcasing who they are as a couple. Some of my favorite examples are using flowers that connect to a memory (first date, prom, etc.), having table numbers as their favorite restaurants, adding little touches of the college they went to together, etc. Some other trends I love are “present ceremonies” where couples encourage the guests to not have their phones out and to really be present with them, different items for bouquets (fruit, cotton candy, etc.), and bars with signature cocktails or a theme!


Katie loves taking on signage projects of all kinds, working closely with each couple to bring them pieces that make them happy. To get in touch with Bailey Rose Design, check out Katie’s Brides of Austin vendor profile. Cheers!

Form to Feeling | A Luxury Jewelry Experience in Austin

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Looking for that perfect piece of custom jewelry to commemorate your love and to cherish forever? For couples seeking one-of-a-kind jewelry destined to become a family heirloom and designed in a completely custom, luxury environment, Form to Feeling is the place to be. Most jewelry stores define “custom” as choosing a diamond and a mounting. Some even allow you to alter prefabricated pieces slightly. At Form to Feeling, their philosophy is simple – they believe that each client should have the experience and options that are the best for them individually. To Form to Feeling, custom means that the product and experience should be both explicitly tailored to you. With a high level of education and expertise in the industry at your fingertips, you will decide together on the best way to create your perfect piece of jewelry. Even if that means creating something that currently only exists in your imagination. If you’re seeking something one-of-a-kind, Form to Feeling has the resources to bring your ideas to life. Create your piece locally or with artisans in leading jewelry houses nationwide.

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

Owner, designer and graduate gemologist Cub Root says, “We engage the world’s best designers, jewelers and purveyors of gems, bringing fine jewelry together in a way that nobody else has before. The goal is for the custom piece to stay in families for generations, ideally 100 or more years.” We love the sound of that!

“We celebrate the natural beauty of gems and what they represent for the wearer,” Cub says. “Our master craftsmen are committed to creating jewelry that captures the spirit of life’s most significant moments. Our unconstrained inventory and devotion to quality are unparalleled. From everyday wear to rare collectors articles, we are passionate about giving you jewelry the way it should be: unbounded.”

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

 

Finally, Cub notes, “We have a sincere appreciation for the beauty of the moments that you celebrate with jewelry. Our private setting allows us to focus our attention on you, providing a truly unmatched luxury experience.” Kirk Root Designs exists to give form to feeling, and they do it beautifully. Set an appointment today or check out their Brides of Austin vendor profile for more information!

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: R.A.C. Events and Design

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Today’s feature is one for the books! Reyna Caraveo of R.A.C. Events and Design is giving us a very special look inside her wedding planning process as we take a look at two of her very favorite styled shoots. Being full-service planning pros,  R.A.C. Events takes the reigns from the beginning and is there every step of the way! “Our design approach is very unique in that we tie in other aspects such as graphic design, fashion design and interior design to produce the overall aesthetic of the event.”

Why is event design so important? “Event design is so much more than matching florals and linens. It’s about making every single piece cohesive. Our design style is contemporary with an authentic approach. We stay true to the client’s vision while keeping a modern and fresh look of the overall design or theme. If it looks tacky, we’re going to be honest about it.” Keep scrolling to hear the ins-and-outs of R.A.C. Events and Design!

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: R.A.C Events and Design

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: R.A.C. Events and Design

Photos // Cole Elizabeth Photography

“My favorite shoot, unbelievably, is actually the first one I ever designed and produced. I was in business about three months and had this concept for a bridal shower. We pulled it together in two weeks with an amazing team of vendors, and it’s been published four times since! It truly reflects why I got into the business in the first place. For my love of design, throwing a good party and thinking outside the box.”

Says Reyna, “We don’t just plan logistics, we manage our client’s biggest day from the very beginning, and follow them through all of life’s milestones. From their engagement party to bridal/couple’s shower to bachelorette/bachelor party, and ultimately wedding, we’re with them every step of the way!”

Photos // Jennifer Trahan Co.

“My favorite detail from this shoot had to be all of the greenery that was incorporated. There were no live florals in this shoot, which is not usually common, but the greenery alone added a soft texture that really made everything stand out. Always do your research! Although, you may be a budget conscious bride, choose someone you’re comfortable with because you will be building a relationship with that planner from day one.”

R.A.C. Events and Design planner, Reyna Caraveo, reminds us how important the planner to bride relationship really is! It’s your wedding day and it’s important that you trust and really get to know your planner on a personal level.

“I love anything unconventional. We are seeing couples breaking the barriers of a traditional wedding and becoming more experimental in their design. From cakes to balloon or floral installation, lighting, and entertainment, the options are endless!”

We are just loving this advice from Reyna! For more from the R.A.C. Events team and to connect with her directly, message her via her vendor profile on Brides of Austin!

Adventurous Austin Elopement Inspo from Nikk Nguyen Photography

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Whether you love ATX for its urban cityscape views or its lakeside natural beauty, this adventurous Austin elopement inspo has it all! Nikk Nguyen wanted to showcase both sides of Austin, so this inspirational styled shoot began at the historic Driskill Hotel, from where the couple sauntered through the downtown streets before heading to a dreamy mountaintop ceremony and intimate dinner at Mount Bonnell on Lake Austin. Wildly Cultivated designed an organic bouquet, gorgeous altar install and statement-making centerpiece all with pink blooms and frothy fronds for a soft, approachable vibe, while Loot Vintage provided the simple metal altar for al-fresco vows. A flower crown, simple jewels and loose, beachy waves play perfectly with the Alexandra Grecco dress from Unbridaled. From an iconic hotel to the best hilltop views in the city, this styled shoot gives us all kinds of ideas for an adventurous Austin elopement – we’re here for it all!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photography

From the photographer: “Being an Austin, Texas, wedding photographer means you need to know the best spots in town that will offer inspiration to those preparing for their big day. That’s why I chose the locations you’ll see in this urban and cliffside boho styled shoot. It’s definitely another incredible inspiration shoot in the books and one that didn’t disappoint in the least! It was loads of fun to put together and even more fun to photograph and with all of the roaming around the city, this became the first shoot where I’ve actually needed a dedicated assistant just to carry my bag! We kicked off this epic shoot by hijacking the lobby of the Driskill Hotel to get ready. They were really great about it, which I am super thankful for because the images that we got in there are amazing! From the hotel we started our trek throughout the city snapping photos all along the way. For the last part we headed to Mount Bonnell to capture some breathtaking cliffside ceremony shots.”

Ask the Experts – Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Kristin Catter Events

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In today’s Ask the Experts Q&A, we’re chatting with local Austin wedding planner, Kristin Catter from Kristin Catter Events, featuring this gorgeous wedding at The Grove! With all her wedding planning knowledge on the bridal realm and what is currently and soon-to-be trending in the wedding market – Kristin is your gal. Planning a wedding can be hard and super stressful, but no fear because Kristin’s pro advice is sure to help you plan well. Keep scrolling to read her invaluable tips!

Ask the Experts - Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Kristin Catter Events

Photo // Mikayla Dawn Photography

What wedding trends do you foresee in 2019?

Jewel tones. Deep greens, jade, plums and dark golds. We are going to see more color going into 2019; but the minimalist greenery is here to stay. We are going to see greenery stylized in new ways with installations and sculptural pieces versus the heavy garlands we have seen in 2018. Chrome and rust are the new mixed metals. We are going to see these metals replace gold, silver, brass and copper that we have seen dominate in previous years.  

Why should a couple hire a wedding planner?

Hiring a wedding coordinator is important for so many reasons. Down to the most basic reason – someone needs to organize your day. Hiring a coordinator is putting someone in charge of the chaos. More specifically, a wedding coordinator’s job is to know the best in the business and be able to make sure you get that quality of service within your budget. It’s easy to look at a vendor’s work and appreciate it and want to book – their job is to sell the dream. Our job is to sell the dream that won’t turn planning your wedding into a nightmare. It is supposed to be fun. A coordinator is there to be your advocate, keep you focused, organized and on budget.

What is your number one piece of advice for couples preparing for their big day?

The most important thing we tell all couples on their wedding day is to be present. Remember to take the time to enjoy your wedding day together. It really does go by in the blink of an eye, and at the end of the day you want beautiful lasting memories between your family and friends. Most importantly, you’ll want memories between you and your partner that you’ve chosen to enjoy and remember the rest of your life together. Do not sweat the small things; this is why you have hired professionals.

What is the best way to achieve a cohesive look throughout a wedding?

In order to plan and coordinate a cohesive event, you need to have a clear image and plan of what you envision your day to be. We do not want your wedding to look like a Pinterest board that exploded. Being upfront and honest with what you want, and how you want it represented is the key to a well thought out event.

Share your favorite ways to personalize a wedding.

Personalization is one of the best parts of a wedding, in my opinion. Almost every guest at your event has been to a wedding; however, they haven’t been to YOUR wedding. We focus on helping our clients come up with creative ways to bring their personalities through their event, so that we can tell their story. Whether this is in signature drinks, the food, a late night snack, the music, ceremony verbiage, decor or signage. We want to highlight our couple’s tastes in those details that will cause your guests to say, “…that is so ______.”   We want your guests to walk away from your wedding and talk about all those extras that made them smile, laugh and cry.

What should a couple consider when selecting their venue?

There are so many factors that go into selecting a venue. We encourage all of our clients to consider their tone, budget and rain plan. The hardest thing to remind your client about is the logistical side of a venue. So many times they see a space and start reacting to it emotionally without thinking about all the options. We always walk through a rain plan while on site. If a client doesn’t love their rain plan, they shouldn’t book that venue. A venue sets the entire mood and tone of your event. You wouldn’t want to host a traditional, classic-ballroom wedding in a barn, just like you wouldn’t want to two-step in cowboy boots at a ritzy hotel downtown. Take the time to discuss the theme of your day with your partner, so you start your story on the same page and can end it the same way you wrote it – together. Finally, the budget. This is the biggest hurdle and it ties back in to logistics. Every venue offers different options. Some are a blank slate, some include rentals, some offer longer rental times. It is important to us to discuss those options with every client and how they will effect that bottom line. Every venue has positive and negative features, and it is our job as coordinators to educate our clients so that they can make the best choice based on their aesthetic and budget.


Special thanks to Kristin Catter for sharing her advice with us today! To get in touch with Kristin directly, you can message her via her vendor profile here.