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Taste Test: Which Type of Catering Suits Your Celebration?

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Are you an hors d’oeuvres girl? Do you love sharing plates, or a family style feast? When it comes to offering food at your wedding, there are so many routes you could go. The options can be overwhelming! Our favorite local wedding caterers wanted to break it down and make it easier for you, so today we’re sharing examples, captured by April Mae Creative at The Addison Grove, and tips from these top Austin catering companies to help guide your decision. Take our quiz (found in the latest mag – pg 69) or scroll through the options below to see which type of catering best suits your celebration!

Photos // April Mae Creative

Serve Heavy Hors D’oeuvres

Mix and mingle all while enjoying the tastiest bite sized creations! Heavy hors d’oeuvres keep the party going, while allowing guests to enjoy a variety of delicious creations on the go.

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Shrimp-Stuffed Avocado: Avocado half filled with marinated shrimp, mango pico de gallo and corn, and drizzled with roasted red pepper sauce

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Salt Lick BBQ

Sashimi Salmon: Sashimi salmon with shaved fennel, mandarin oranges, and fresh chives with parsley oil in a radicchio leaf

Snack at Stations

Use eating as a form of entertainment at your reception with creative stations strategically placed around the event space. These interactive stops even allow guests to customize their dishes!

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Catering with a Twist

Twisted Beet Poke: Twisted beet poke with pickled beets, avocado, cucumber and goat cheese, topped with spiced pistachios (vegetarian and gluten-free)

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Kurant Catering

Insalata Reinforza: Grilled cauliflower and root vegetables, pickled onion, char red pepper vinaigrette with olive oil

Prepare a Plated Dinner

There is nothing more elegant than a traditional seated dinner, and this classic option will withstand the test of time. For the conservative bride, this option cuts down on food waste and often proves to be more time efficient than having guests waiting in a buffet line. Select a few mouthwatering entrees and treat your guests to a memorable selection of delicious courses!

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Pink Avocado Catering

Grass-fed Tomahawk Ribeye: Grass-fed tomahawk ribeye with tomato and seasonal herb charmoula, carrot and mustard and onion juice

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Whim Hospitality

Smoked Ancho Pork Tenderloin: Smoked ancho pork tenderloin paired with agave roasted butter nut, pepita brittle and salsa verde

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Rosemary’s Catering

Dungeness Crab & Pork Wonton Soup: Crab meat dumplings with pork broth ser ved with kumquat zest, carrot and pea shoot salad and grilled shishito peppers

Family-Style Feast

Perfect for a cozy southern soiree, family style catering dishes up platters full of farm fresh food to each table so your guests can enjoy a delicious and relaxing meal without ever leaving their seats. Guests will love chatting as if they are sitting down to a family meal at home.

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Royal Fig Catering

Whole Snapper: Whole snapper with gulf shrimp and gumbo sauce

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Austin Catering

Frenched Lamb Chop: Frenched lamb chops with pistachio-mint salsa verdi and wild mushroom reduction over creamy parmesan polenta, garnished with pomegranate seeds

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Crave Catering

Braised Duck Family Style: Braised duck family style with corn maque choux

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Kristin La Voie Photography

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You dream about the day you’ll find your person — then once you’re engaged, you start dreaming about your wedding vendors. With that in mind, we’re playing matchmaker in this edition of Ask the Expert. Meet Kristin La Voie, owner of Kristin La Voie Photography. She’s a fine art, lifestyle and wedding photographer that is as excited about your special day as you are. Keep reading to learn more about her process and how she can help capture the most precious, genuine moments of your wedding day!

Ask the Expert - Q&A with Kristen La Voie Photography

Photo // Kristin La Voie Photography

Describe your photography style.

Natural and romantic with lots of genuine emotion, real smiles and belly laughs! Shot with both digital and film formats. 

Tell us what you love most about being a photographer.

It’s a privilege to be chosen as someone’s photographer. You are given behind the scenes, up close and personal access into their lives and most private moments. To be the one to capture it all, so these most important memories can live on forever, is not a role to be taken lightly. I get to imprint myself into the biggest days of their lives in the most unique way! 

What has been a favorite moment you have captured?

I love all moments, big and small, but I recently had the opportunity to document a couple’s favorite band surprise them at their reception. Their reactions and raw emotion were priceless. 

Are you pro first looks?

Yes, if they make sense for the couple! Firstly, I would never want to push something onto them they are not comfortable with. But if their day consists of everything taking place at the same venue with the reception immediately following the ceremony, it makes the most sense to have one. If there is enough time between the ceremony and reception for all their photos and to not feel rushed, then it is not necessary. It’s all about comfort level, keeping a nice flow to the day and having everyone happy!

Where are your favorite places to shoot?

I love personal locations to the couple, like their favorite coffee shop, where they hike with their pup, in the kitchen cooking together and their own backyard. Places where they’ve shared great memories together mean more than just a generic pretty location. But as always, also a spot with great light! 


A special thank you to Kristin of Kristin La Voie Photography. You can reach this talented  fine art lifestyle wedding photographer for your Austin or destination wedding by contacting her directly through her Brides of Austin vendor profile.

Effortless Earth Tones from Andria Leigh Events

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When Andria Leigh Events partnered with The Bloom Bar to design this Effortless Earth Tones wedding editorial for Brides of Austin, we knew the result would be something special. Stylist Andria Volpicelli’s vision for the shoot was to create a neutral-toned wedding scape with contrasting elements of modern and vintage, as well as unkempt and clean. The floral design from The Bloom Bar is the first mirror of her vision, combining classic flowers with dried palms. The combination was perfectly executed, setting an unfussy, yet fashionably intentional tone within every scene. A minimalistic table set by Loot Rentals was organic and fresh with loads of texture throughout – linen napkins, natural-fiber rugs, vintage silverware and mod furniture. Design to Flourish’s simple invitation design was a standout among the earthy affair with bold lettering. The cake by 2Tarts Bakery was almost too pretty to eat with it’s unrefined edges and desert-esque color palette. The tiered gown from Unbridaled was fun and unique, featuring lace details and an irresistible slit in the front. The bride’s natural beauty look from Makeup ATX was flawless, loose curls and all. The Ivory Oak provided a bright, sun-soaked scene for Feather & Twine to work their magic and the end result is just stunning. Look below to see all the goodness!

Photos // Feather + Twine

From the planner, Andria Volpicelli of Andria Leigh Events: “The design was centered around neutral tones and creating the perfect, unruffled aesthetic for a late summer or early fall wedding. We mixed silver and copper accents, modern and pressed glassware and peonies with pampas to create visual contrast throughout the entire design. It’s the perfect design for a laid back couple who loves neutrals and isn’t afraid to go outside the box with texture.”

Bach Bash: Poolside Sips + Treats with Your Bestie Bridesmaids

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When your wedding’s a few weeks away, it’s time to get away and play – what better way to celebrate going from Miss to Mrs. than with a fun, poolside bach bash with all your besties? This flirty bachelorette inspiration is chock full of sweet and colorful ideas to incorporate into your own perfect party. The LINE Hotel ATX hosted our squad for a sunny afternoon of sips and treats, providing the perfect lounge area (those lounge chairs are calling our name!) and a few colorful cocktail concoctions! It’s not a bachelorette party without a little indulgence – in this case, mouthwatering desserts from 2Tarts Bakery fit the bill! An Insta-worthy photo backdrop is a must-have, and Remi + Gold knocked it out of the park with their impressive floral inspiration, pulling in details from the tablescape and aesthetic of the day planned by Westcott Weddings. The stationery helps set the theme for the entire celebration, beautifully executed with playful flamingo details by Fine Day Press. Playful tunes curated by Dart Collective, pampering via hair + makeup from Beautymark Agency and massages from Live Love Relax, and fine jewelry from Eliza Page helped our girls feel on top of their game. The McKellars | Wedding Cinema captured this epic bach bash on video while Caroline Lima grabbed snapshots of all the best memories. Cheers to a poolside party with your besties!

Photos // Caroline Lima Photography

Video // The McKellars | Wedding Cinema

From the planner, Ellen Westcott of Westcott Weddings: “I was inspired by the existing design at The LINE Hotel Austin, which is colorful, eclectic and fun. Tones of soft, beachy blue and green are woven throughout and accented by a mashup of patterns and textures at every turn. The pink bunting overhead is quite literally the icing on the cake (and the perfect addition for a bachelorette party)! The beautiful, modern florals with tropical touches from Remi + Gold added an additional pop of color and tied everything together.”

Kaitlyn Moise Weds Nathan Miller | Romantic French Fete at Ma Maison

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Every detail of Kaitlyn and Nathan’s romantic French fete-inspired wedding at Ma Maison is full of joie de vivre! From the decor by Marquee Event Rentals to the custom-created drinks by Crave Catering, everything is a reflection of the darling couple’s personality. Don’t miss the stunning groom’s cake from Sweet Treets Bakery — it perfectly captures their love for their home state! Keep scrolling to read why this bride felt right at home having her wedding at the beautiful Ma Maison venue and to see their wedding highlight film captured by Photohouse Films.

Photos // Mint Photography

Video // Photohouse Films

From the bride: “Our wedding day was absolutely amazing and we were both so excited to share our special day with our friends and family. It was definitely surreal for me since I was getting married at my parent’s venue which is french for ‘my house’ and it really was our family house, so it was all that more special to me. Ever since my parents had built the venue, I would dream of what my wedding would look like at Ma Maison.”