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Classique Chic | An Intimate Elopement Wedding Story in Downtown Austin

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The gowns in our newest fashion editorial, Classique Chic, are so much more than wedding dresses – they’re works of art! Every year we can hardly wait to see what brides are wearing down the aisle, and if you’re in need of some inspiration, just take a look at these modern yet timeless gowns newly released by top designers that are just perfect for the upcoming wedding season. This intimate elopement editorial captured by Annique Marie Photography around the iconic downtown Austin venue The Driskill shows off fine jewelry from local artisan Form to Feeling as well as show-stopping gowns from some of our favorite Austin bridal shops like a&bé bridal shop Austin and Unbridaled. Plus, get the inside scoop from Crown of Glory Beauty on how each 90s inspired style was paired with just the right hair and makeup to match. Flora Fetish created a creamy bridal bouquet that goes with every minimalist style as the perfect finishing touch!

These fashion-forward gowns are hot off the red carpet and just begging to be worn in your dream wedding, so find the bridal look that suits you best down below, and see some of the highlights That’s Amore Films captured behind the scenes of our newest fashion editorial. Cheers!

Photos // Annique Marie Photography

a&bé bridal shop – The Label

We’re beyond obsessed with the cool girl bride vibes, and this silky The Label gown from a&bé bridal shop Austin is just the perfect wedding dress to copy the look. Its knotted, open-middle detail, short sleeves and understated beauty will have you turning heads effortlessly. This bride makes a statement with her funky earrings and a more nontraditional gem from Form to Feeling – a ruby and diamond platinum ring featuring a 1.89ct oval ruby and 1 total carat of diamonds. 

From Crown of Glory Beauty: “For this look, the overall vision was more relaxed city hall elopement vibes, so we went with a very fresh, glowy, peachy tones makeup look. Her eyebrows are amazing, so I really wanted to highlight those. For her hair, we put slight bend and body into her cute bob.”


a&bé bridal shop Austin – Alena Leena

Bring “Bridgerton” regal into a modern-day look with this Alena Leena gown from a&bé bridal shop Austin featuring romantic flutter sleeves and a bustier bodice leading into a full ballgown silhouette. Keep it classic by pairing with Form to Feeling‘s 2-carat diamond stud earrings in platinum martini settings, Triple strand Akoya Pearl Bracelet, as well as a 3-carat diamond classic solitaire engagement ring, set in platinum since it is your wedding, after all! A platinum wedding band for him should make it even, and the pearl statement headband is optional, but we think you’ll want to give it a try.

From Crown of Glory Beauty: “This look was overall glam. So we took her hair and makeup to the next level. We opted for a side part and ear tuck with a little more of a relaxed retro wave. Nothing too complicated because she had the amazing Jennifer Behr pearl headband! For her makeup, we added even more glow to the cheeks and went a little more dramatic on the eyes.”


Unbridaled – Vagabond

Classically chic, this simple V-neck Vagabond gown from Unbridaled has a flattering form-fitting bodice and leads into a buttery smooth skirt and train. Bride and groom are dressed to the nines in a timeless wedding day look and wearing the same rings as before. For a tasteful pop of color, we recommend Form to Feeling‘s sapphire and diamond earrings, set in luxe platinum. These beauties consist of 10 total carats of fine blue sapphire plus 1.23 carats of fine diamonds. Add a face veil for some vintage drama, and you’re ready to be wed!

From Crown of Glory Beauty: “This look was my favorite; I always love a birdcage veil. For this one in the cafe of The Driskill, we really wanted to play up the romantic vintage glam. We gave her a winged liner and some false eyelashes to make sure her eyes stole the show. We slightly pinned her hair back for a half-up style. With that birdcage veil, she looked absolutely stunning.”


Unbridaled – Alexandra Grecco

Button-down gowns officially have our hearts! This Alexandra Grecco gown from Unbridaled (featured on our cover!) boasts a dreamy off-the-shoulder neckline, billowy poet sleeves and front button details that add a touch of stately elegance without looking too formal. A few dainty accessories from Form to Feeling can totally transform the look, like the chic elegance that this triple strand Akoya Pearl Necklace brings, or the groom’s natural black diamond ring, made in 18K white gold with white diamond accents and black rhodium plated. The possibilities are truly endless and their matching Ray Ban sunnies bring it all back to the present for one haute look.

From Crown of Glory Beauty: “This look was still elegant but had a fun 90’s grunge vibe going on. So we did a messy french twist and natural brown smokey eye. Everything was still natural, clean and elegant. This couple was a modern-day Romeo and Juliet – young and in love!”


Video // That’s Amore Films

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Happy Release Day! Check Out the New Brides of Austin Cover!

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We know we say this every time… but this issue may be the best yet! As if the Fall/Winter 2021 issue wasn’t already chock full of style-forward wedding inspiration, the all-new Brides of Austin cover, captured by the uber talented Annique Marie Photography, features the ultimate bridal street style! This impeccable photo moment was captured just outside of The Driskill hotel in downtown Austin during our fashion editorial photo shoot. Inspired by Princess Diana, courthouse engagements and edgy accessories, our Classique Chic editorial features classic bridal wear with a 90s twist. The bride’s Alexandra Grecco Leo gown with off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline, bubble sleeves and menswear-inspired buttons from Unbridaled is just one of the many vogue styles you’ll see throughout the spread, along with hair and makeup for the minimalist bride, like this messy French twist and natural smokey eye prepped by Crown of Glory Beauty. The groom complemented in a black suit and silver chain necklace from Zara, and both ensembles were finished in jewelry from Form to Feeling – she in a triple-strand Akoya pearl necklace with a 3-carat diamond solitaire engagement ring set in platinum, and he in a natural black diamond ring in 18K white gold with diamond accents.

Congrats to Annique for capturing her first ever Brides of Austin cover! Stay tuned for when we share the behind the scenes video captured by That’s Amore Films in the days to come, plus check back tomorrow to see the full photo gallery – you won’t want to miss the florals arranged by Flora Fetish, either! Cheers!

The shiny new Fall/Winter 2021 issue is available NOW online! Order your copy here to receive your mag directly on your doorstep. Cheers and happy planning!

Luxe Transitional Wedding Inspiration from Westcott Weddings

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This luxe, transitional wedding inspiration planned by the professionals at Wescott Weddings is perfect for those months when sweet, hot summer just begins turning to crisp autumn. The styled shoot was captured in stunning, light-filled scenes showcasing the new addition to historic manor The Grand Lady that offers a fresh space with a shiny, blank canvas feel. A warm merlot palette and lush textures brought luxury to this wedding tablescape lined in rich red velvet and set with décor like trendy cane-back rental chairs from Premiere Events. Place settings and menus emblazoned with wax seals were just a few pieces of the soft pink paperie collection from Design to Flourish accented by whimsical florals around every corner. A romantic blend of gilded details and organic elements makes this styled wedding feel so inviting and cozy. Put this muse to good use for nuptials in practically any season! Read on for a note from the planner about the design and styling of this luxe transitional wedding inspiration and a few of the talented creatives that brought it to life. Cheers!

Photo // Julie Wilhite Photography

From the planners at Westcott Weddings: “As you walk in the front doors of the new build at The Grand Lady, you’re immediately taken aback by the wall of windows directly ahead. It is the perfect modern, blank slate that is yearning for softness and warmth to comfort you and bring you in. The deep merlot velvet linen from Premiere Events added a beautiful warmth and became the base of the design. The flower palette brought to life by Rosehip Flora was meant to transcend seasons ranging from deep coral, mustard yellow, and pure pink to bright white and soft lavender to deep purple, while the variety of flowers added lovely texture and warmth. A modern plate setting with a menu and place card by Design to Flourish was a nod to the modern building, while the soft, wood tones in the chairs and chargers married the entire design together. The cake by Morgan Pearl Cakes had an ombre flower effect starting with buttercream, transitioning to sugar, and ending with real flowers at the top.”

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See the Shiny New Signature Collection of Fine Jewelry from Nicole Mera

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Nicole Mera‘s fine jewelry styles are always stunning, but her new Signature Collection has just dropped, and we can’t contain our excitement about some of these exquisite pieces! The fine jewelry designer shared some behind-the-scenes shots with us, so it was only fitting that we share the love as well as the styled scenes that show off this brilliant luxury collection. The new Nicole Mera Signature Collection elevates the world’s most precious stones with thoughtful symmetry, exceptional craftsmanship, and unique design elements that elevate the style of its wearers. Each piece in the collection reflects the Nicole Mera Woman, whose pursuit is to inspire the world with radiant natural beauty. Their model is certainly an embodiment of this as she radiates beauty from the inside out while posing in dazzling formalwear along with some breathtaking bridal gowns in scenes around a private Terrell Hills residence nestled just outside of San Antonio. She showcases sapphires, emeralds, spinel, diamonds and more in ring, earring and even necklace form! Get swept away by all of the luxurious details down below and start jotting down your wishlist with some of the pieces to be found in their newest launch! Find all the details on the brand new Nicole Mera website here. Cheers!

Photo // Beloved Photography

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Modern Wedding Inspiration with Fun Colors + A Funky Shag Cake

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Bold colors and natural décor combined throughout The Cathedral ATX, an urban refurbished church venue in East Austin with some seriously dreamy art deco details that paved the way for this modern wedding inspiration. Planned by Etc. Coordinators – Austin in vibrant styled scenes, fresh flowers all around from Lavender & Lily Floral create an air of fun and whimsy with installations of fresh yellow, peach and lavender tones. Reception dining of minimalist bud vase centerpieces and monochrome place settings from Premiere Events were accented with arched vellum menus printed by Design to Flourish that were the star of the tablescape, allowing the rich patterned linen below to show through. Understated rentals were key in keeping this wedding scene chic and trendy with a few funky touches, but none quite as far out as this faux-shag wedding cake created by Feathers and Frosting in warm boho tones of the seventies. To capture the nostalgia of it all, a few snapshots in the handcrafted Homestead Photo Booth Co. with a trendy tri-tone backdrop ensures that you have the cutest memorabilia from a night you’ll never forget. Dapper groom and beautiful bride pose for artful and elegant shots all around The Cathedral ATX where their love is so obvious – but her stunning and subtle bridal makeup is not! Her features were enhanced with a flawless, matte doe-eye by Makeup ATX, fresh skin, natural lashes and rosy lips. Runway ready, her bridal look ties right into the mod, trendy tone of the styled shoot. Read on for a note from the planner about the vision behind this modern wedding inspiration. Cheers!

Photos // Mackenzie Smith Photography

From the planner, Etc. Coordinators – Austin: “The Cathedral ATX is a magical urban venue situated in East Austin, holding one-of-a-kind work from local artists. The refurbished church has art deco details and bold colors that we highlighted with neutral decor from the talented vendors. The young and fresh models represent the diverse couples we love on the east side.”

Get lost in more styled wedding inspiration here or browse real, local Austin weddings here. Cheers!