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Pomegranate Pink Bridal Inspiration from Anastasia Strate Photography

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We’ve been just itching to share this darling pink pomegranate bridal inspiration from Anastasia Strate Photography, featured on page 121 of the Spring/Summer issue of Brides of Austin! Taking hues from a paradise-inspired palette, these portraits were taken against the beautiful backdrop of Horseshoe Bay Resort, a lakeside oasis in the Texas Hill Country. The bride wore a stunning gown and accessories from Julian Gold, with a chic and classy updo by Silique Salon fit for a princess and bright, tropical-inspired makeup from Cren de la Cren, Beauty by Katherine Crenshaw. The tablescape certainly couldn’t be overlooked and was gorgeously completed by an overflowing freeform bouquet of peonies, roses, berries and ferns galore, courtesy of The Flower Girl, and a matching gold and fuchsia place setting from Premiere Events. Carrying on the pink pomegranate theme was a stunning cake by Simon Lee Bakery, adorned with fruit and seeds and a cascade of cheerful yellow down the tiers, and the stunning pink pomegranate invitation suite from Fine Day Press with watercolor details adding brushed pops of vivid color to an elegant yet fun palette. Every detail of this shoot has us swooning. Austin brides, if you’re looking to get married in paradise, you don’t have to go far – be sure to check out this amazing venue in your own backyard!

Photos //Anastasia Strate Photography

Top Trends from New York Spring/Summer 2019 Bridal Fashion Week

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With another hectic show week behind us, we’re taking a look back at all of the newness that has us inspired for next season with a roundup of our top trends from New York spring/summer 2019 fashion week! Just like the season itself, spring designs breathe new life into collections, spotlighting fresh ideas and wearable pieces for the most daring bride to the more traditional and demure. This season brought us splashy new color trends, unique silhouettes, a return to traditional and even a play on the current pop culture climate! Scroll on for a few of our favorites, and be sure to take a look at our Instagram profile for more live-action photos straight from the shows under the ‘Runway’ highlight tab!

Top Trends from New York Spring/Summer 2019 Bridal Fashion Week

All That Glitters

While recent seasons have introduced the idea of wearing color down the aisle, this season went straight for the gold in designs that glittered all the way around the runway! A subtle nod to the seventies made these standout looks feel slightly retro yet totally modern in silhouettes fit for the most glamorous of brides. We were totally smitten with this plunging neckline version from the new Wtoo by Watters collection, offering up a disco feel for a fun, fresh wedding day look! Be on the lookout for the arrival of the new collection in Julian GoldSerendipity Bridal and other Watters lovelies at Unbridaled.

Regality Returns

With one highly anticipated royal wedding on the horizon, this season brought no shortage of gowns truly fit for the monarchy and certain to rival that of a particular UK Duchess title candidate, Meghan Markle. Full ball skirts abound, the fresh takes on this long-time classic wedding style feature unique necklines and fabrications while still retaining the ideals of a more Victorian-era look. Monique L’huillier’s long-sleeved all-over lace version stole the show, and our hearts, with its resolve to maintain a look true to the grace, elegance and regality noted at every royal cathedral wedding! Find the new collection in stores soon at Julian Gold.

Jump on-Board

Hinting at this new-to-the-altar shape last season, Spring 2019 is two-feet in to the look of pants-as-dress down the aisle. A look for the non-traditionalist, jumpsuits are the easiest (and not to mention most comfortable) way to take ceremony to reception in style and hit the dance floor without a hitch! While some designers took on a more avant garde stance for the style, we adored the way Justin Alexander imagined the trend in a sweetheart neckline, relaxed fit through the leg and the ultimate topper accessory of a sheer jacket with sharp lapel belted bow tie for a look completely unique, elegant and fresh all in one. Be sure to look for style and the rest from Justin Alexander’s Spring 2019 at Blush Bridal Lounge.

Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest to hit our favorite local boutiques in the months to come at Beatitude BridalJulian GoldSerendipity Bridal,Unbridaled and Blush Bridal Lounge!

The Art of Food: Dishes and Sides from Austin’s Best Caterers

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Today, we’re delighted to share The Art of Food, an oh-so-delectable treat from the latest issue of Brides of Austin featuring decadent dishes and savory sides from Austin’s top wedding caterers! Tastefully inspired in more ways than one, these dishes are crafted beautifully, often with locally sourced and organic ingredients, to bring Austin brides and their wedding guests a unique culinary experience. Photographed at Trinity Hall by Shelley Elena Photography, these impeccable dishes leave us eager for more. Scroll through the array of gourmet fare, and see the entire spread starting on page 145 of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Brides of Austin!

Photos // Shelley Elena Photography

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This game spiced quail dish from Royal Fig Catering features spice-rubbed Texas quail, brown butter carrot sauce and spring vegetable succotash. Royal Fig Catering uses the freshest in-season ingredients from organic farms in the central Texas area. Their full-service catering makes event planning simple!

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Pink Avocado Catering loves treating guests to their almond-crusted scallop, complemented by an apricot compote, raviole, basil, almond “popcorn” and roasted garlic mousse. Pink Avocado believes that using the freshest ingredients produces the best results. They are self-admittedly obsessed with creating customized menus and culinary masterpieces for their clients and their main goal is to make their clients’ vision a reality.

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Feast your eyes on this amazing roasted duck breast from Rosemary’s Catering, paired with charred carrots and an orange reduction drizzle. Rosemary’s is keen on catering not only food, but experiences, and is serious about progressive, chef-driven cuisine.

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Elevating a southern classic with their elegant fried green tomatoes, Austin Catering loves reflecting the style and taste – both literally and figuratively – of their clients. Topped with fresh burrata, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic reduction, basil oil and micro basil, this dish packs a punch in each incredible bite!

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Trudy’s Four Star Catering brings a taste of the sea to the Texas Hill Country with this southwestern seared gulf redfish, paired with sweet corn puree, Morris oil, baby basil, lime cilantro rice and smoked Brussels sprouts. Trudy’s encourages brides and grooms to celebrate with the food they truly love, and to share it with their friends and family!

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Their restaurant might be known for its barbecue, but The Salt Lick’s catering offers so much more. Take this crab cake dish, for example! They’re delicately dressed with cilantro, watercress and arugula, drizzled with lemon oil and sweet cherry red peppers, with roasted lemon wheels and serrano avocado sauce. Fresh, savory and oh-so-delicious, The Salt Lick can offer couples a one-of-a-kind catering experience.

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Offering custom menus for every taste, Whim Hospitality‘s catering provides full-service options from menu customization to bartending. Their dishes will leave your mouth watering, too, like this charred corn masa cake with shaved dark chili flank steak with chimichurri and piquillo relish. Southwest flavors meet Hill Country elegance with Whim!

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With a name like Catering With a Twist, you can definitely expect a unique culinary experience. What’s the “twist,” you ask? The owners are adamant about giving clients the best of both worlds – fresh, seasonal and local cuisine, in addition to artfully designed plates that will leave you and your guests both satisfied and impressed! For dessert, try their donut nachos, pictured above, with Kahlua chocolate, salted caramel, chantilly cream and cherries.

Aren’t you hungry already? Peruse the vendor profiles of Austin’s top caterers and find the one that best suits your individual tastes!

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: Lindsay Meier of Bespoke Events

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Our Planner Profile series is underway, and we’re so excited to introduce you all to Lindsay Meier of Bespoke Events! Through her Austin wedding planning and special events boutique, Lindsay is dedicated to planning and designing meaningful occasions. She pairs her acute attention to personality and style with expert project management skills to make for a stylish and stress-free wedding day.

Nearly 10 years ago, Lindsay began working in the events industry as a corporate event planner working with Fortune 500 companies to execute large-scale events and productions. She ventured into the world of wedding planning in 2013 after planning her own wedding, discovered her passion for helping brides design their dream day and the rest is history!

What’s behind the name ‘Bespoke Events‘? For Lindsay, the best part of her job is being able to innovate and create custom events tailored precisely to each client. ‘Bespoke’ is a nod to the custom nature of each wedding she plans and designs. No two couples are alike, and Lindsay believes no two weddings should be, either! “While there are definite stylistic consistencies in my work, one of the things I love most about design is that no two weddings I design look the same,” Lindsay says. “I love really exploring the bride and groom’s style and personality to create an atmosphere that is truly unique to them. I’ve designed dark and moody and vibrant fiesta all in one season, and that is one of the things that I love most about my work! Variety and creativity is at the heart of what we do, creating truly personal, one-of-a-kind weddings.”

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austin wedding planner bespoke events

austin wedding planner bespoke events

austin wedding planner bespoke events

Photos // Jenna McElroy

For the styled shoot above, it was all about the finest details. “I loved the simplicity of the tablescape, allowing the centerpiece to really shine,” says Lindsay. “I wanted the palette to be vibrant and colorful, while still feeling whimsical and romantic. To bring a contemporary feel to the tablescape, we opted for clean white chairs and simple place settings. I love that florals are moving in such an organic direction, and that clients are thinking beyond the tablescape in regards to botanical elements. I am a big fan of statement pieces, and love the idea of focusing budget on major botanical installations and taking a more simplistic approach on tablescapes. It’s a brilliant way to have that ‘wow’ element, while keeping the budget in check,” Lindsay advises.

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austin wedding planner bespoke events

austin wedding planner bespoke events

austin wedding planner bespoke events

Photos // Krystle Akin

“There were so many elements to fall in love with at Nick and Brianne’s Prospect House wedding, though my favorite detail was the lounge vignette turned photo op. In lieu of a traditional photo booth, we used the existing ceremony structure to frame the shot, adding in vintage textiles, furnishings and floral accents to create a picturesque backdrop for guests to snap photos all night long. It was a huge hit and made for some great photos!”

Don’t miss Bespoke Events‘ full profile on page 56 of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Brides of Austin, and if you’re interested in her wedding planning services, get in touch with Lindsay via Bespoke’s vendor profile!

Check Out the Spring/Summer 2018 Digital Mag!

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Brides of Austin Spring Summer 2018 Digital Magazine

Now that our latest issue has launched, we’re thrilled to share our Spring/Summer 2018 digital magazine with all of our fabulous Austin brides-to-be! Packed front to back with the latest wedding trends and talented Austin wedding vendors, you’ll find features on stunning local weddings in Vows that Wow (pg 22), decadent dishes from Austin’s best caterers (pg 145), an inside look at Austin’s top wedding planners (pg 55), a collection of the sweetest confections from Austin dessert bakers (pg 18) and more! This digital magazine is also chock full of unique style inspiration, including a palette from paradise (pg 121), modern autumn-inspired details (pg 105), our incredible fashion editorial featuring dresses from Austin’s best bridal boutiques (pg 68) and a full collection of the Hill Country’s most gorgeous weddings (pg A-1). Flip through our virtual pages on any platform via our fully accessible digital issue and purchase a hard copy to have handy as well. The digital magazine is also available via Facebook! We’re so excited to share the latest issue with each and every one of you! Cheers and happy planning!