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Love Prevails: Celebrating Weddings During a Season Unlike Any Other

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The times may be unprecedented, but despite the chaos and uncertainty, we’ve learned that nothing… not even a pandemic can prevent love from prevailing. When it became apparent that our world almost overnight was drastically changing, no one had the answers on if and when we could expect to resume our normal lives. Those with weddings on the immediate horizon were some of the hardest hit with the news and faced with some of the most difficult decisions to make. For an unknown period, ceremonies and celebratory gatherings were postponed. For couples planning, it was heartbreaking, and our hearts broke for them. It didn’t seem fair for uncontrollable forces to alter such significant plans. And for so many, it didn’t! Love prevails and couples carried on with making their marriage official with more than a meaningful Plan B. Here are just some of their heartfelt stories.

love prevails corona edition

Adriane + Wade

Due to COVID-19, most everything we had originally planned was out the window. Unfortunately, the wedding we had intended to have at Camp Lucy had to be cancelled less than a week before our wedding day, which didn’t leave us much time for planning. Thankfully, our vendors were extremely accommodating and agreed to meet us in New Braunfels. Due to COVID-19, I had two bridesmaids and Wade had one groomsman. His niece and nephew, along with my sister, were readers. We will be forever grateful for our Rector, Ripp Hardaway and St. John’s Church for allowing us to have our intimate ceremony in their beautiful church. We had our first dance in our living room and enjoyed a delicious meal catered from McAdoo’s. Next, we toasted for our first time as husband and wife and then cut our cake. We spent the rest of the night with our family; laughing, sharing stories and enjoying our first night as husband and wife! Our favorite wedding day memory was the intimacy of the wedding and being surrounded by our immediate families. Although it was not our original plan and we look forward to celebrating with all of our family and friends, it was a very special day that we will cherish forever

Photo: Mint Photography // Additional Featured Vendors: Brickhouse Bridal, Lotus Events

love prevails corona edition

Bethany + Blake

Our wedding day was seamless and magical. We had originally planned a huge 200 person wedding for September, but had decided to cancel due to COVID-19. Soon after we canceled our big wedding, I saw an Instagram ad for a central Texas intimate wedding giveaway. Blake and I created a parody song about COVID crashing our wedding for our entry video, and we won our entire wedding! Our guest list went from 200 people to 20, but we honestly loved having a very intimate wedding ceremony. We had everything we could have ever wanted at our wedding and more, just on a smaller, more intimate scale. Our best friends gave speeches, we did all the traditional dances, we cut the cake and we were able to talk to everyone there while still having time to enjoy our wedding! It was the most special thing, because not only was it the biggest day of our lives, it was also gifted to us by such an amazing team of people.

Photo: Carhart Photography // Additional Featured Vendors: Altstadt Brewery, Bella by Sara

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Erin + John

John and I were married in our front yard on the one-year anniversary of purchasing our dream home. The people who raised us, supported us and taught us how to love were hundreds, even thousands of miles away and working through their own personal trauma of living in a world that was suddenly so foreign. Ultimately, we came to realize that those people are ALWAYS with us, just as we are with them. Life is messy and chaotic even in the best of circumstances; but together, John and I can weather any storm and this was no different. We resolved to celebrate our love and be recognized as a family in our own right, so we opted to have a virtual wedding as we combined pre-recorded videos with a YouTube live stream ceremony and a Zoom reception. The original plan was out the window and the new plan included my brother’s pre-recorded officiant speech in Chicago, my godson pretending to walk down an aisle as our ring bearer in California, my nephews throwing flower petals, our parents giving us their blessings, family and friends sending us love, John and I’s first dance and even my favorite local celebrity, meteorologist Zack Shields of Good Day Austin, sent a video wishing us sunny days ahead.

Photo: Lacy Llana – SimplyLace Photography // Featured Vendors: Bouquets of Austin, Whim Hospitality

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Jordan + Brendan

At the beginning of April, my fiancé and I were faced with the same very difficult decision that many engaged couples at the time were faced with: should we postpone our wedding? We went back and forth for weeks trying to decide what the best solution was. Ultimately, we did not want to put our loved ones at risk and decided that with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it would be best to go ahead and postpone our wedding. As difficult as this decision was, we knew it was the right thing to do. That same day, we decided that since COVID-19 was forcing us to change our wedding plans, why not go ahead and get married with a small ceremony surrounded by our immediate family and close friends? We went down to the county clerk, obtained our marriage license, and proceeded to plan our small ceremony in two short weeks. The entire experience of having to reschedule our big wedding and planning an intimate ceremony made us realize that a lot of things we were originally worried about, ultimately were not important. What really matters is the love that we share, and that, despite all the chaos, we were able to become husband and wife. While our wedding wasn’t exactly what we had originally envisioned, it was the most special, wonderful day of our lives. We are so dang excited to spend the rest of our lives loving each other!

Photo: Emily Figurelli Photography // Additional Featured Vendors: Flora + Fauna

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Lauren + Michael

I grew up in Austin, and with most of my family living in Texas, I thought I knew that it would be where I would eventually get married. As news of the pandemic started to gather momentum, suddenly our guest list began to dwindle. Due to age and comorbidities, all of Michael’s extended family had canceled. We got to thinking about the remainder of the guest list and the risks that we would pose to these loved ones as we, living in Charlottesville, Virginia, would inevitably have to pass through a major airport in order to reach Austin. Less than five days prior to our wedding date, we made the tough decision to call off our Austin wedding. I was absolutely devastated. Later that afternoon, Michael and I threw around the idea of finding a local officiant to still marry us on the day we originally planned. My dad is a private pilot, so fortunately he was able to fly himself, my mother, and my original bridal bouquet up to Virginia without passing through any major airports. It was a short ceremony, but it was beautiful and very ‘us.’

Photo: Annette Dusenbury // Featured Vendors: Flora Fetish

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Lihn + Kyle

Kyle and I are college sweethearts and have been together for six years. We had planned our dream wedding to be near the water at Horseshoe Bay Resort with 200 of our closest friends and family, but unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we had to postpone. I lost my dad to cancer not long after my engagement, so planning a wedding and trying to be excited for our big day wasn’t something that I was fully present for until the past couple of months. It truly devastated me knowing that the one day I was looking forward to, the one happy day I was going to have to make the year a little bit better, was going to have to be changed. The date aside, we needed to cut our guest list and our dream day wouldn’t look like what we had imagined it to. And for me, that was okay. At the end of the day, I’m marrying the love of my life and I don’t want to wait for that anymore — especially not another year. My dad always taught us that life’s too short and to always follow our hearts. With that in mind, I’m excited to be a wife and to begin the next chapter of our journey.

Photo: Honey Gem Creative

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Lyle + Josh

We were certainly torn on how to proceed as COVID-19 loomed and Texas was reopening. We decided we would move our larger reception to next year and keep things to family and close friends for this year. After some navigating, we decided to also move this year’s celebration to our family lake house, which is all outdoors. It was important to us for some snacks and champagne to be passed pre-ceremony as guests were arriving, and we were married under a large oak tree with the lake as the background. Our dog, Sonny, being part of the ceremony was always a top priority and his collar was one of our favorite things! My uncle officiated, which was unbelievably special. We laughed a lot, and we cried. It truly was the most special evening, and we were honored to have shared with family and friends.

Photo: Britni Dean Photography // Featured Vendors: Elsie Event Co., Sweet Treets Bakery, Whim Hospitality

 


See our full #coronawedding resource here, and let us know how your love prevailed here!

Celebrating Love with the All-New Fall/Winter 2020 Issue

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Celebrating Love with the All-New Fall/Winter 2020 Issue2020 has been a year of firsts. Our first production season without photo shoots due to COVID-19. Our first issue including eight information-packed editorials. We’ve learned so much over the last several months and the main thing we’ve found to be true above all else is that Love Prevails. We’ve watched the world change and the wedding industry rise to the occasion to help couples during a difficult season and further embrace diversity and inclusion, knowing that ALL LOVE is worthy. As we scoured through so many insanley gorgeous weddings and styled shoots, we couldn’t stop going back to Paige and Alexandra. Their stunning nuptials and evident love for one another won us over. Introducing the Fall/Winter 2020 cover, captured by the incredibly talented Kelsey and Talon Sjostrom of Feather & Twine!

With an inbox full of submissions, this stylish couple immediately caught our eye during the selection process. Bride Alex wore the incredibly popular Sirena Watters gown from Unbridaled featuring embroidered lace flowers layered over blush tulle with a plunging strapless neckline, while her counterpart, Paige, wowed us all in a dark green tuxedo with a floral-embellished lapel and vest paired with a classic ivory herringbone patterned shirt finished with David Yurman cufflinks, a black satin tie and Giranrd-Perregauz watch. Paige wore an updo with multiple braids along the sides, showing her undercut and natural makeup, and Alex chose a romantic and whimsical, slightly tousled updo paired with neutral makeup and bold lashes. Alex’s feminine bridal style was completed with pear-shaped ruby and diamond earring studs alongside her emerald-cut diamond engagement ring and an overflowing bouquet of blush roses, white garden roses, anemone, amaranthus and eucalyptus designed by Stems Floral Design + Event Styling. The charming white Victorian-style exterior of The Allan House provided the picture perfect backdrop, not only for their wedding, but for the most lovely pre-wedding portraits.

Congrats to Feather & Twine for snagging their third Brides of Austin cover! Stay tuned to see Paige and Alex’s wedding featuring even more amazing Austin wedding vendors (including decor and rentals from Loot Rentals and Premiere Events, entertainment by Plush Party Band, and our  fave wedding pet attendant – The Pet Gal) – we promise you won’t want to miss it!


The Fall/Winter 2020 issue is available NOW! Order your copy online here to receive your copy directly on your doorstep, PLUS in honor of the new release, we’re offering free shipping on orders of two or more mags. Cheers!

We’re Going Crazy for these Two Cute Couples!

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Can you believe we’re SO CLOSE the new cover reveal?! As the countdown to the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Brides of Austin cover continues, we’re sharing two cute couples whose beautiful Austin weddings can be found in the new mag. Check out these sneak peeks from Sarah and Grant’s fall-toned wedding and Kemi and Aaron’s classic celebration. We are so thankful for all the amazing Austin weddings we have the privilege of sharing and can’t wait for you to have all of this inspiration at your fingertips. Don’t go anywhere – we are sharing the most gorgeous cover tomorrow morning! Cheers!

We're Going Crazy for these Two Cute Couples!

Sarah & Grant

Feather & Twine | 36th Street Events | The Greenhouse at Driftwood

couples in FW20 Brides of Austin mag

Kemi & Aaron

Alyssa Jarae Photography | The Milestone Georgetown


Be one of the very firsts to get your hands on the new issue before it hits newsstands! Click here to pre-order! In honor of our cover reveal you’ll get free shipping on orders of two or more, and this special new issue will be delivered right to your doorstep before you can even grab a copy in stores. Cheers!

Three Wedding Sweets Too Good to be True!

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We’re only days away from revealing the gorgeous new Fall/Winter 2020 cover of Brides of Austin! As promised, we’re giving readers an exclusive look into the inspiration that can be found on the glossy pages of the new magazine. Get your tastebuds ready because, today, we’re showing off three wedding sweets that are to-die- for! These creative confections are only the beginning. Stay tuned as we continue to share more content from our oh-so-talented creatives!

Three Wedding Sweets Too Good to be True!

2Tarts Bakery | The Confetti Committee | Palm Door | Bristol Lane Design | Lindsey Mueller Photography

Cakes Couture | Rhodes Ranch | Rustic Romance Rentals | De Vinnie’s Paradise | Love Sparks Photo Co.

Sweet Treets Bakery | Monarch Florals | Mattie’s | Wedding Day Girl | Julie Cope Photography


Can’t wait to get your hands on the new Fall/Winter issue?! Preorder your copy and have it delivered straight to your doorstep before it hits newsstands this month! AND in honor of our countdown to the cover, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of two or more mags.

Four Darling Details to See in the Fall/Winter 2020 Issue!

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As our countdown to the new Brides of Austin Fall/Winter 2020 cover continues, we’re excited to preview four darling details we know you’ll love! We get heart eyes seeing the personal touches couples put into their big day, and these four wedding details stopped us right in our tracks! Enjoy these four darling details, and as you’re flipping through the pages of the new mag be sure to flag your favorites! Stay tuned to the blog as we continue to countdown to the cover over the next few days!

Four Darling Details you Must See!

Design to Flourish | Middleton Events | The Addison Grove | Luxe Photography

Grey Meets Gold  | Sara Olivia

Nicole Mera | May Carlson Photography | The Vintage Bouq

 Premiere Events  | The Grand LadyKristin La Voie Photography | 36th Sreet Events | Jen Krause Paper Co.


Be one of the very firsts to get your hands on the new issue before it hits newsstands! Click here to pre-order and get this special new issue will be delivered right to your doorstep before you can even grab a copy in stores. Cheers!