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A Southwest Love Anniversary Shoot Captured by Mack Eveland

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Adobe dwellings with isolated pastures have us falling in love with this southwest love anniversary shoot captured by Mack Eveland. Courtney and Brendan’s love is so contagious… it makes us want to fall in love all over again! Keep scrolling to see this cute couple, and read about their Marfa adventure and the sweet beginnings of their relationship. Happy Tuesday!

Photos // Mack Eveland

From the photographer: “Courtney and Brendan have been married for six years, and they road trip to Marfa, Texas, each year for their anniversary. I was lucky enough that my trip overlapped with theirs. We met up on the downtown strip then headed west on Highway 90 for golden hour. I enjoyed every minute spent with these two. There’s nothing I love more than seeing a couple who’s been together for years and years still so crazy for each other.”

From Courtney, on how they met: “We met 10 years ago in Colorado on a work retreat with Younglife (he swears I was rude to him haha but I don’t remember that part). We both were dating other people at the time. About six months later we ran into each other in Austin and were single. The rest is history!

On how he proposed: “Oh man, he did good. My family and friends were at dinner with us in downtown Austin. Everyone was in town for a football game, so I thought nothing of it. As we were leaving and walking through a parking lot, a huge video started playing on a brick wall with loud music. I soon realized it was a video he and his brother, who is a videographer, had made that was all about our first date (that had lasted about 8 hours). When it was done, I turned around and saw even more friends gathered around the parking lot, and that’s when he got down on one knee.”

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses – Tips from Margaret Collection

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You’ve asked those special girls in your life to be your bridesmaids and now you’ve got to find them bridesmaid dresses that will be beautiful, flatter all different shapes, and match your wedding style. (Oh, is that all?) First, take a deep breath. There’s no need to get overwhelmed because finding the perfect bridesmaid dress is possible with these expert insights from owner and designer Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection. You can avoid the common pitfalls and enjoy this process by finding out what to consider before selecting your bridesmaid dresses. Read on to learn more.

Photos //  Katie Pinson Photography

What are the most common issues brides deal with during the bridesmaid dress selection process?

I think the most common problem is deciding on a dress style that is going to work for all of your bridesmaids. Most of us have bridesmaids with all different body types, and it’s super hard to please everyone. We (Margaret Collection) truly try hard to come up with designs that can be flattering and comfortable on most body types. Dress shapes that are universally flattering tend to be strapless bra friendly, have a nipped in waist, and don’t hug too tightly.

Another issue is when a bride loves many different styles making it hard to narrow it down. A good way to narrow down your bridesmaid choices is to pick one or two that mimic your wedding dress. That way they will definitely fit with your theme and won’t look out of place.

One more thing to watch out for is getting too trendy. Similarly to when you decide on a wedding gown, you want your bridesmaids to have an of-the-moment dress without going too crazy with current trends.

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses - Tips from Margaret Collection

This belted tank dress is a great example of a flattering midi length dress that has a nipped waist, but doesn’t hug too tightly.

What is the most important thing for brides to keep in mind during the dress selection process?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the dress code or overall theme of the wedding, because the bridesmaids dresses can really add to the whole effect.

The bridesmaids will be standing in front during the ceremony and will be in many pictures, so it looks amazing when the dresses flow with the theme or feel of the wedding. This can include any or all of these things: the dress code (whether it is very formal or more casual), your color theme (but you can’t go wrong with neutral colored dresses like champagne), and the season’s temperature (long sleeves in August = sweat).

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Take your wedding color scheme into consideration when selecting your bridesmaid dresses, but you can never go wrong with neutrals like champagne or this tan linen circle skirt dress.

What information should a bride already know when she comes to you to find her bridesmaid dresses?

When it is time to decide on bridesmaid dresses, you should know the general theme of your wedding.

The bridesmaid dresses should contribute to the overall style of the event, so you want to have some details in place already like your venue, what the dress code will be, the time of day the wedding will take place, and what colors you will use.

It is especially helpful to have your wedding dress picked out because the wedding dress tends to lead the theme and will likely provide direction for the bridesmaid dresses.

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Having your wedding dress selected before looking for bridesmaid dresses will help you better determine what style to go with, like this fun ruffle sleeve, off-the-shoulder dress.

How can brides tell if they have selected the right dress?

My best advice is to realistically put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes. Is it a cool and flattering dress that you would be excited to wear? Would you be happy wearing it for long hours? Are you going to be comfortable enough to reach your full potential of fun on the dance floor?

That being said, it is your wedding that you are spending endless amounts of time planning, so you get to choose the aesthetic. Try imagining what your wedding photos will look like with you in your gown and your bridesmaids in their dresses standing next to you, in your venue, and holding the flowers you choose. If you like the way that picture in your head looks, then you probably selected the right dress!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

When selecting a bridesmaid dress put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes and consider if it’s a dress she can dance the night away in, like this wrap dress, but don’t lose sight of what works best for the overall event.

What dresses from your collection are you most excited about for this upcoming season?

Must. Love. Midi length. It is such a flattering length and gives any design a touch of classic style, and also happens to be a lasting trend right now. It is a very comfortable length because you never have to be cautious about a short hem, and you don’t get too hot on the dance floor like with a maxi dress. It somehow works for both casual and formal settings – perfect for a wedding!

We are working on bridesmaid jumpsuits! Think tasteful but cool jumpsuits that you even might want to wear when you’re not a bridesmaid. Can’t say too much yet, but I am very excited for these to debut in the spring!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

A midi length dress, like this slip dress with a tie waist, is a flattering length on women of all shapes and sizes as well as being on trend, not to mention, still comfortable.


Special thanks to Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection for sharing such wonderful advice. To learn more about Margaret Collection’s custom design services and dress collection, visit their vendor profile!

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

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Get ready! We’re putting the spotlight on some of the very best wedding entertainment ATX has to offer! Whether you’re in search of the perfect band or maybe 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. Hats off to these entertainment pros!

SoundCream Airstream

It’s SoundCream Airstream‘s mission to take the nightlife al fresco. They encourage all of their guests to be unplugged and in the moment – dancing the night away! Not only is this airstream cute and trendy, but it also has an interior lounge where you can enjoy a popsicle or ice cream from the dipping cabinet. Do you have other vendors that you’d like to incorporate too? Don’t worry because the airstream is built with collaboration in mind! Most of the furnishings inside can be removed to make room for those other hip vendors you’ve chosen for your big day!

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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

Beginning 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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Hype Rhythm DJ

With a three man team, Hype Rhythm DJ is blowing us out of the water with their musical talent! Having 500+ weddings under their belt, you are sure to have the best of the best performing at your wedding. They also recently added “Hype Rhythm Live,” which pairs a drummer with a live DJ – the perfect compromise of having a DJ and a band! Are DJ’s more your thing? Don’t worry! You can hire Hype Rhythm with or without a drummer!

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Austin-Area Wedding Venues with On-Site Lodging

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On-site lodging is so helpful when you have out-of-town wedding guests or simply want to be able to host your bridal party or family all in one place on your wedding night. We’ve rounded up several of Austin’s top wedding venues with on-site lodging, including quaint Hill Country retreats and bustling downtown hotels. No matter your style, you’ll love the ceremony and reception options these venues have to offer, in addition to their hospitality and accommodations just a step away from all the wedding day fanfare! Happy venue hunting!

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Camp Lucy – This idyllic Dripping Springs venue wants to be your wedding weekend “home base.” Views to die for and their iconic stucco/limestone buildings make this venue a popular one. With breathtaking indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces as well as luxury guest rooms and cottages, you and your guests will absolutely love this Hill Country retreat.

Photo: The Bird and The Bear

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Firefly Farm – With sprawling oak trees and on-site lodging amenities for up to 26 guests (perfect for your family or your bridal party and their dates!), Firefly Farm Event Center in Wimberley offers a rustic and relaxed Hill Country setting. In the Big Red Barn, 500 of your closest friends can join you for a reception you’ll never forget!

Photo: Penelope L’amore Photography

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JW Marriott Austin – Host your wedding on the JW Marriott’s terrace overlooking Congress Avenue and Lady Bird Lake, and then host your guests in the hotel’s modern, Austin-inspired rooms right on site! The JW Marriott’s stunning spaces and skilled wedding teams are sure to make your wedding remarkable.

The Lodge Above Town Creek – If an intimate wedding with 100 guests or less is more your style and spending time with loved ones is your top wedding weekend priority, The Lodge Above Town Creek in historic Fredericksburg may just be your dream venue. Sixteen king-sized suites overlook a beautiful Hill Country creek, and your guests will even be able to enjoy a fireside lounge area, a continental breakfast and of course, the amazing pool!

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Hotel Granduca – Nestled in the hills of Westlake, this open air courtyard boutique hotel feels like your very own Italian villa. With luxury rooms and suites on-site to accommodate your out-of-town guests, you won’t have to worry about a thing with Hotel Granduca’s team taking care of you.

Photo: Feather & Twine

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Hotel Van Zandt – With a restaurant, funky and modern hotel rooms and a banquet hall with room with 430 guests, Hotel Van Zandt is a quintessentially “Austin” venue for your wedding and events surrounding it. You don’t have to go far to enjoy Austin music scene-inspired decor, great food and a classy reception space, all at this beautiful hotel!

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The Retreat at Balcones Springs – This waterfront venue just minutes west of Austin in Marble Falls features on-site lodging via 42 cabins available for rent on 250 gorgeous acres of Texas Hill Country. With catering, recreational activities and even a romantic bride and groom cabin, The Retreat really has thought of everything to make your wedding weekend go smoothly!

Photo: Feather & Twine

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Westin Austin Downtown – A rooftop terrace perfect for rehearsal dinners and cocktail hours, multiple ballrooms with audio visual services ready to go and, of course, stunning hotel rooms the Westin family of hotels is famous for, this downtown hotel is an unforgettable place to host your wedding and your guests all in one place!

Photo: Mint Photography

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AT&T Hotel and Conference Center – Between the Grand Ballroom, the garden courtyard and the Tejas Room, you’ve got plenty of perfect ceremony and reception locales to choose from at this centrally located venue. Your guests will appreciate the well appointed rooms right on site, and you’ll appreciate the hospitality and helpfulness of this venue’s talented event team!

Photo: Karlisch Studio

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Cypress Falls Event Center – With vintage creekside accommodations and plenty of activities to entertain your guests, Cypress Falls Event Center in Wimberley is a wonderful all-inclusive option for hosting a wedding weekend your guests won’t soon forget. Get married and then stay and play a while at this beautiful Hill Country wedding venue!

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Westin Austin at the Domain – With multiple ceremony and reception options, custom catering and, of course, gorgeous hotel rooms for your guests all in one place, you can host a North Austin wedding weekend in style at the Westin Austin at the Domain. Don’t forget the world class shopping just steps from your door!

Wahwahtaysee Resort – For a more adventurous wedding experience, look into Wahwahtaysee Resort near San Marcos. This venue offers incredible al fresco ceremony spots as well as luxury tents for you and your guests to stay the night! You can enjoy tubing, kayaking and more, all within the resort’s 100 pristine acres.


Of course, these aren’t the only top Austin venues with on-site lodging. Peruse our Local Venues to find hotels, resorts and more perfect for hosting your big day! Cheers!

Organic Romance Fall Wedding Design at The Milestone | Georgetown

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With summer coming to an end and fall just around the corner, we could not be more excited to share this gorgeous seasonal shoot captured by Elizabeth Denny Photography! The Milestone | Georgetown served as the most dreamy outdoor locale, featuring an abundance of greenery and rustic charm that fit the natural, raw theme of the day with ease. Flor Amor crafted the perfect bouquet and centerpiece using the warm autumn hues we all know and love. Breed and Co and Haley Wynn Designs set the scene with a truly stunning tablescape. Fashioning the hair and makeup stylings of Beautymark Agency, our bride wowed in a breathtaking lace mermaid gown from Blush Bridal Lounge. Dazzling gems from Nicole Mera completed her look. The Powder Sugar Room provided a two-tiered naked cake, dressed in blackberries and drizzled with delicious caramel. We simply can’t get enough of this organic romance fall wedding design and can hardly wait to highlight even more features from our brand new Fall/Winter 2018 issue! Happy planning!

Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

Local Venue Spotlight: Sitting on 40 acres just above the San Gabriel River, The Milestone | Georgetown features a scenic outdoor ceremony site and spacious reception hall accommodating up to 320 guests. Open beam trusses, red oak floors and tall windows create a timeless backdrop for your wedding day. The beautifully designed wedding suites can accommodate the entire wedding party, and walk-around, covered porch offers a beautiful place for guests to mingle before and during the reception.