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The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

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This season’s New York Bridal Fashion Week was one for the books! Today, we are looking back on the fabulous trends seen on the Spring 2020 runway that are still inspiring us! From suits, to new textures and fabrics, and show-stopping accessories, we are nothing but amazed at what the upcoming season will bring! There’s something for every bride when it comes to bridal style, and we loving where bridal fashion is headed. Keep scrolling to see our top three favorite trends that are hitting boutiques in 2020, and visit our Instagram profile for more live-action photos straight from the shows under the “RUNWAY” highlight tab!

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

Two-Tone

We’ve seen white dresses, and we’ve seen pink dresses (and a variety of hues beyond those TBH), but this season two-toned looks were repeated in just about every collection we saw. Hand-dyed fabrics (like this from Hayley Paige), colored-skirts with tulle overlays, and dresses with colored lace or beaded designs all showed off color in the best way this spring! Shop this Hayley Paige design and the rest of her Spring 2020 collection locally at Blush Bridal Boutique.

Shorts Suits

While pantsuits are nothing new to the New York runways, bridal short suits are! While we saw many short styles ranging from rompers to cropped top ensembles, we most often saw shorts paired with a blazer-cut jacket. This suit set from Reem Acra is one of the more sleek looks we saw this spring, with another major fashion week trend – minimalism – on display. Shop the all-new Reem Acra collection locally at Julian Gold Bridal.

Swiss Dot

This dainty, spotted print made its way up and down the runway this season, and we can’t get enough. From studded and jeweled polkadot looks, to our favorite and more commonly seen Swiss dot fabric, these feminine gowns made quite a statement. Be sure to look for this fabulous Watters style from the Spring 2020 collection at Unbridaled.


Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest designs to hit our favorite local stores in the months to come at Julian Gold Bridal, Blush Bridal Lounge, Beatitude Bridal Boutique and Unbridaled.

Ask the Experts – Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Silver Thistle Weddings & Events

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As a bride-to-be planning your wedding, we know you have tons of questions that need answers – cue our Ask the Experts blog series! Today we’re chatting with expert planner Kimberley Bentley from Silver Thistle Weddings & Events about her first advice to brides starting the planning process. From venues to trends and personalization, Kimberley is giving us all the tips and tricks to making your wedding day not only spectacular, but a dream come true!

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Silver Thistle Weddings & Events

Photo // Caitlin Rose Photography

What wedding trends do you foresee in 2019?

In 2019 I see couples stepping further away from the traditional wedding with a move toward an individualist approach. Brides will begin to think more creatively with their wedding dresses and even consider color rather than the typical white or ivory dress. Cakes are fading and dessert tables with lots of choices for guests will take the place of a grand cake. Elopements and micro weddings are on the rise.

Why should a couple hire a wedding planner?

Planners take away potential stresses involved in planning a wedding. There are so many details and moving parts to wedding day! Details are in the forefront of a planner’s mind, but they may take back seat to a couple who is overwhelmed by all of the decisions to be made.

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

Always remember at the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love most in the world. This is all that truly matters! Some couples get washed away by the wedding day’s schedule of events and forget about the reason they are there in the first place. Don’t set expectations too high. Expect that things may not go exactly as you have planned and let bumps in the road on wedding day be okay. Your planner will take care of these.

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

Hire vendors who not only have experience and a great reputation, but those who have worked together before. Vendors who work well together and communicate efficiently are priceless. Teamwork is key.

Share your favorite ways to personalize a wedding.

I subtly bring in personality elements like a couple’s love of arts, a favorite vacation spot or hobbies shared. I always encourage couples to include a bit of themselves in the big day. It makes it so much more personal and special not only for them but also for their guests. I recently had a couple who met in college fencing club (yes, with swords). On the wedding day they added their fencing hoods to their wedding attire and dueled in the streets of downtown Austin. Crazy to some maybe, but they have photos of a special moment that is uniquely theirs and like no other.

What should a couple consider when selecting their venue?

Does it reflect the style or mood that you want for your big day? If you envision a casual outdoor ceremony with dinner and dancing under the stars – you wouldn’t select a hotel ballroom. So really think about what your dream wedding day looks like and curate the design elements to that vision – starting with the venue.
Also, take into consideration the venue’s rain plan. No one wants to change their wedding day due to rain but sometimes we have no control over this. Ideally you should love the backup plan as well.


Special thanks to Kimberly Bentley for sharing her advice with us today! You can get in touch with Silver Thistle Weddings & Events over on her Brides of Austin vendor profile.

French Garden Tablescape from Pearl Events Austin

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This French garden tablescape from Pearl Events Austin is sparking major joy in us today! Set on the lush grounds of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, this editorial shoot is full of wild florals in muted tones from the creative designers at Flora Fetish — ideal for a springtime soiree or a bride’s dream garden party wedding! Beyond the florals, this styled shoot is full of oh-so-lovely details. Some of our favorite touches include the gorgeous, minimalist invitation suite and escort cards from Averi with an Eye and the scene-stealing cake from Iced Cakes & Confections.This wedding inspiration also features one of our most favorite trends — knotted napkins. Scroll through to see all the lovely linen-spiration from Premiere Events and more, all captured by Honey Gem Creative! Cheers!

Photos // Honey Gem Creative

From the planner, Lexie Perez of Pearl Events Austin: “I was inspired by a French garden, with soft pops of color and lots of texture. I wanted all colors to be somewhat muted, but still make a statement, and I wanted all the flowers to be a little wild to play off of the garden theme. I am a big fan of muted color, just to add a little something to the design. It’s still soft and romantic, but incorporates a wide range of color because of the softness of the palette.”

Brunch with the Brides: Spring/Summer 2019 Mag Release at Springdale Station

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Excitement and anticipation never waver when it’s time to release a new mag, and our Brides of Austin Spring/Summer 2019 issue launch at Springdale Station was no different! We were so thrilled to be in Austin on a gorgeous spring day to mingle with the top wedding vendors in central Texas and celebrate another beautiful magazine hitting newsstands! Springdale Station was the perfect spot to host our bi-annual brunch, and this time, we wanted guests to feel right at home. A lounge area from Scavenged Vintage Rentals, inviting tables from Marquee Event Rentals and homestyle gourmet bites from Rosemary’s Catering welcomed our honored guests, while Party at the Moontower created a station for Live Love Relax to provide massages! Such hospitality shown by these vendors and by all the sponsors involved!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without dessert, and as usual, The Powder Sugar Room went above and beyond. We loved their light-as-air macarons and other bite-sized goodies! Outside, guests enjoyed yard games and music from Altared Weddings, while Vannagram‘s super fun retro van morphed into one of the cutest photobooths we’ve ever seen. Beautiful blooms by Wildly Cultivated livened up the entire space and, as our publishers spoke and guests interacted, Sasha Haagensen captured all the action on camera. Take a peek below at this event and be sure to pick up a brand new Brides of Austin magazine for yourself, on stands now! Cheers!

Photos // Sasha Haagensen Photography

Austin Invitation Designer Spotlight Series – Grey Meets Gold

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Bespoke, refined and sophisticated: these are just a few of the words we’d use to describe the gorgeous work of Christine Hunt of of Grey Meets Gold Print Shop! “Anytime I can use a wax seal, I’m a happy lady,” Christine says. “I LOVE working with handmade paper, letterpress and wax seals for my brides’ wedding stationery! These are by far my most common requests to utilize in their wedding invitations.” Grey Meets Gold offers custom fine art wedding stationery, day-of paper goods and hand calligraphy services to couples in the Austin area and beyond.

We’re loving the bold tones and fine art style of the Grey Meets Gold suites below, captured at Trinity Hall by Elizabeth Denny Photography. Check back into the blog in the upcoming days as we introduce more of Austin’s top invitation designers, and read more about Christine’s heart behind her business below!

 

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invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

How did you get into wedding invitation design? I originally started off writing a blog back when I had just graduated from University. This was more of a means to help me document what I was going through as a newly engaged lady planning a wedding! My readers really enjoyed learning more about what I was going through and my processes and to do-lists for wedding planning. Now, I had always had a bit of an obsession with paper and print methods, especially handmade paper and letterpress. Be still, my beating heart! So of course when I started working on wedding invitations, my readers became even more intrigued with what kind of stationery I would be using. That got me thinking: I had really enjoyed planning my wedding, but I knew I didn’t want to become a wedding planner. One day, my husband and I were sitting down to dinner to discuss our next move, as we are in the military, you see, and he suggested I start my own wedding stationery business. I had created holiday cards, birthday and bridal shower invitations for some of my sorority sisters over the years so he and I both knew I really enjoyed it. And that was that. The next day I started looking into turning my blog, Grey Meets Gold, into an actual business.

What elements in your personal design/style set you apart in the wedding industry? My style is defined by refinement, tasteful restraint and an almost implausible attention to detail in design. My approach is to create refined, timeless, organically lush design while infusing personal touches that are unique to my clients.

What inspires your overall designs? 

  I have always loved how old world European architecture just seems to transport you to another time and place. I am of Scottish ancestry, so I grew up reading folklore and mythology. Fairies, giants, mystical creatures – those sorts of things. I wanted to tie my love for my heritage into my designs! I am in awe of the organic beauty of nature and the simplicity of modern calligraphy. You’ll find soft, subtle hints of all these elements throughout my designs.


For this particular project, Christine was inspired by a light and airy springtime aesthetic and wanted to channel a sophisticated garden party vibe for the suite. She’s not one to follow trends, but she does believe in thinking outside the box for your invitations, whether that’s using unique materials like leather, acrylic or velvet, or simply paying attention to the smallest of details to really leave an impression on your guests when they open their envelopes. To see more of Christine’s work, check out her Brides of Austin vendor profile! Cheers!