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How to Build a Party Playlist with your DJ with Look No Further Entertainment

Each season our brides have lots of questions about how to create the perfect party playlist. We’re big believers that the music can literally “make” or “break” the party, and we caught up with Ross Phillips at Look No Further Entertainment to get some tips and tricks from a seasoned professional.

How long have you been DJing? How many events have you hosted? And how did you get into weddings?

I got into DJing in the late 90s when I started at the University of Texas. After graduating I spent about 5 years DJing in nightclubs downtown before playing a wedding for a friend in 2008. The event coordinator at that wedding thought that I had a unique approach, and she encouraged me to try my hand in the wedding market. In 2009, LNFE was born, and we have hosted over 900 events to date.

Have you noticed any trends when discussing music with your clients?

Everybody wants a big dance party at their reception, but people’s definitions of “fun” and “cheesy” can vary drastically. Some clients want to cater the music towards their friends while other clients prefer to cater to their families. Having solid communication with your DJ throughout the planning process is the best way to set yourself up for success.

How should clients start their planning?

Start with a consultation. This is a great way to build rapport with your DJ, to discuss your musical goals for the event and to determine if they’re the right fit. It’s also a great opportunity to start working on your must play list, your don’t play list and everything in between. At LNFE we perform a custom live demo at every “in person” meeting to give them a basis for comparison and to get them excited about their event! For clients planning from out of town, we’re also very comfortable getting things done electronically, on the phone or via Skype.

Do most DJs have a list of curated songs? Is there a best way to go about making a request list?

Any professional artist should be able to provide their clients with a variety of lists that cater to different music styles. We provide all of our clients with suggestions that have been aggregated from around the country and are broken down by decade and event. Shared Spotify playlists are another popular way to communicate your musical wishes with your DJ.

How many requests should people make?

Hiring a good DJ is an investment in experience, talent and professionalism. Every client wants to have a different level of input, and a good DJ should follow all directions to the letter. However, in our experience “less is more” when it comes to a successful dance party. Having a short list of “must plays,” “don’t plays,” and a sense of the atmosphere the client is trying to create makes for the most cohesive and fun sets.

Any other planning tips?

Yes – “the fun is on the edges!” It is traditional to open the dancing with more mainstream music that caters to the collective group. As the night progresses the music usually gets a little younger and the tempo and energy follow suit. If there is alcohol being served at the wedding I always recommend that clients have a glass of wine or a few cocktails when planning music so that they can loosen up a little bit and have fun with it. I can tell if a request list was written on Sunday after church or during a fun night at home. Lists that have been made after a few drinks tend to be a little edgier and closer to what the clients state of mind will be on wedding day.

Final thoughts?

Hire who you trust! Every vendor you hire is a relationship, and the better that you know your DJ, the better they will be able to represent you musically on the big day! You should have at least two music meetings with your DJ prior to the event in order to make sure your vision is clearly communicated. Creating the perfect playlist might seem daunting at first, but these tips will set you up for a packed dance floor all night long!

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Meet the Mag Creatives: Austin Hair & Makeup Artists

The bridal beauty looks our Austin hair and makeup artists created for the Fall/Winter 2017 issue did not disappoint! From loose and romantic updos to windswept, flowing locks, and from dewey, barely-there makeup to a smoldering smokey eye, our beauty pros created every look an Austin bride could need for their day-of style inspiration. Keep reading below to get to know these hair and makeup experts and to see their creative work.

To see more from these full editorials, you can see the full online version of the magazine here or you can order your print copy here!

Jessica Roop Beauty & Boudoir

Bringing hair, makeup and boudoir together, Jessica Roop has spent eight years in the beauty industry. Specializing in on-site hair and makeup, Jessica knows how busy a wedding day can be. Since the wedding day is the day every girl dreams about her entire life, Jessica loves empowering women to look and feel their best. When better than to look your best than on your wedding day?

Feather & Twine | Unbridaled |The Menagerie | Camp Lucy

Flair Style Lounge

Passionately doing business in a 1970 Airstream, Flair Style Lounge is Austin’s mobile salon. Ally and Erica have been making brides breathtaking for over seven years and have truly taken their love of weddings to the next level with Flair Style Lounge! Austin brides will love this unique and fun way to celebrate and look beautiful on their big day!

Mint Photography | Westcott Weddings | Serendipity Bridal | Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

Gloss Beauty Boutique

Home to award winning hair and makeup artist, Mindy Orsak Fuller, and her team of top industry artists and beauty specialists, Gloss Beauty Boutique is dedicated to offering a truly tailored and personalized approach to the bridal beauty experience!

Melissa Glynn Photography | Gypsy Floral and Events | Unbridaled | The Grove | The Menagerie

Lavish Beauty

Not only is the team at Lavish Beauty known for their amazing hair talent in Texas Hill Country, but they are also known for the longevity and photo-readiness of their makeup. They offer on-site, fully-equipped hair and makeup services in the Austin area and are ready to help our Austin brides feel gorgeous!

Gloria Goode Photography | Gypsy Floral and Events | Julian Gold | Brazos Hall



The talented team at Silique Organic Salon is known for their air-brushed beauty treatment for brides, and of course, their use of the finest organic products! Silique is a full service salon, and can accommodate every wedding need, including on-site services to ensure you are stunning and ready for photos at all times!

Melissa Glynn Photography | Botanical No. 9 | Serendipity Bridal | The Grove | The Menagerie

My Style Team

Providing affordable on-site hair and makeup services, this amazing team will come to you wherever you are to make your big day a little easier! My Style Team specializes in large groups, and they will have you and your bridal party looking flawless while enjoying every second.

Sarah Goss Photography | Wild Sky Events | Unbridaled | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Cren de la Cren, Beauty by Katherine Crenshaw

We love the amazing talent from Cren de la Cren and the way Katherine Crenshaw brings bridal looks to life! Katherine loves what makeup can do for women by helping them look and feel their best. Her fascination with beauty, color and style fuels her passion, but her true inspiration comes from the people she meets.

Mint Photography | Westcott Weddings | Flair Style Lounge (hair) | Clementine Botanical Art | Serendipity Bridal | Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

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Meet the Mag Creatives: Austin Wedding Invitations

We can’t get enough when it comes to pretty paper! As you flip through the Fall/Winter issue you’ll find dozens of inspiring designs from Austin’s top invitation designers. These talented artists each bring a unique spin to their wedding invitations. Here is just a sampling of their incredible work we had the honor featuring in the current issue!

To see more from these full editorials, you can see the full online version of the magazine here or you can order your print copy here!

Peach Paper + Design

Specializing in wedding invitation design, Peach Paper & Design was created out of a serious love for graphic design, stationery, watercolor and weddings. This team believes the best results are in the details, and their main goal is providing the best quality materials in their paper designs.

Mint Photography | Westcott Weddings

Archer & Olive

Archer & Olive pride themselves in creating custom invitations that are uniquely you. Luxurious perfection is the name of their game, and they want to provide you with the stationery design of your dreams!

Julie Wilhite Photography | Pearl Events Austin

Averi with an Eye

Averi with an Eye offers calligraphy, hand lettered event signage and graphic design services. Averi is inspired to wow your guests with her eye for lettering and design, while enjoying her passion for it all!

Sarah Goss Photography | Wild Sky Events

Paper Place

If you’re looking for an easy one-stop option for all of your paper needs, look no further than Paper Place! This creative team has years of experience in designing beautiful invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, menus and more.

Anastasia Strate Photography | Modern Whimsy Events

Scripted Ever After

Wow your guests from the very start with beautiful invitations by Scripted Ever After. This full-service wedding stationery design boutique focuses on affordable invitations that let your love shine through. Each paper creation is an expression of love with unexpected touches that will make your vision come to life!

Marisa Vasquez Photography

Fine Day Press

Ashley Austin with Fine Day Press is dedicated to giving brides the perfectly stylish and unique invitations you’ve always dreamed of! Specializing in out-of-the-norm looks and adding the right touch of art, Fine Day Press can handle it all!

Inviting Affairs

This full-service paper boutique delivers unique and stylish printed items all over the country. From invitations to custom printing on cups, plates, napkins and more, the options are limitless! Inviting Affairs has everything you need to make your vision come to life and express yourself on paper.

Melissa Glynn Photography | Altar Ego Weddings

Beautifully Bevilled

From flat printing to letter press, Beautifully Bevilled will work with you to find the perfect invitations that fit your budget and your style. Their work has been featured on several websites and blogs, and the beauty in their artistry speaks for itself!

A. Wonderly Photography

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Meet the Mag Creatives: Austin Wedding Cakes

We’re sharing even more editorial content today as we continue our Meet the Mag Creatives blog series with a spotlight on our amazingly talented Austin cake bakers! This talented group of cake artists continue to blow us away with their creativity and craftsmanship creating the most delicious wedding cakes for Austin brides and grooms to enjoy! Take a look at some of their amazing creations from the latest issue, and be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be sharing more from our cake editorial on the bog soon.

To see more from these full editorials, you can see the full online version of the magazine here or you can order your print copy here!

2tarts Bakery

Think outside the cake with 2tarts Bakery. From pies to dessert bars to cupcakes towers, they do it all! This team can create any style, design and flavor your tastebuds desire for your upcoming event.

Mint Photography | Westcott Weddings | Birch & Brass | Clementine Botanical Art | Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

Simply Delicious Custom Cakes

If you’re looking for a home-based business that specializes in all-natural and quality wedding cakes, look no further than Simply Delicious Custom Cakes! This team works hard to ensure that each cake is the perfect marriage between taste and artistic appearance.

Feather & Twine | Wild Sky Events | Hotel Granduca Austin | Premiere Events

Simon Lee Bakery

With more than 30 years of experience, this award winning bakery is a must-see for your dessert needs! Simon Lee Bakery promises a spectacular and breathtaking design while still staying within your budget.

Shelley Elena Photography | Big Time Creatives | Premiere Events | Whim Hospitality | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

Sweet Treets Bakery

Make your wedding day even sweeter with Sweet Treets Bakery. As much as this team loves working with cakes, they love working with you more. Showcase your wedding style through cakes, cookies and other delicious treats made from fresh, quality ingredients.

Grant Daniels | Remi + Gold

Sweetish Hill Bakery

Austin locals have fallen in love with Sweetish Hill Bakery’s delectable creations for over four decades, and this team of skilled bakers and creative decorators continues to stun crowds! The team takes pride in creating a cake design that mimics the beauty and joy of your special occasion.

Honey Gem Creative | Rock Rose Hall

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Untamed: A Wildly Romantic Wedding Fashion Editorial

Monique Lhuillier | Winslet | Julian Gold Bridal

Blush by Hayley Paige | Louie | Blush Bridal Lounge

Rue de Seine | Blake | Unbridaled

Carolina Herrera | Arriane | Julian Gold Bridal 


Elizabeth Dye | Paloma | Blush Bridal Lounge

Essense by Australia | D2281 | Beatitude Bridal Boutique

Chantel Lauren | Rio | Serendipity Bridal

Daalarna Couture | BLT 141 | Serendipity Bridal

Essense by Australia | D2174 | Beatitude Bridal Boutique

Rue De Seine | Avril | Unbridaled

As we sat around our conference room table dreaming of the next fashion editorial to fill the pages of the Fall/Winter issue, we kept coming back to the beauty of Hill Country. Inspired by the rugged hills and untamed landscape, we landed on the idea of a wildly romantic shoot in that very countryside. We began scouting local wedding boutiques for the perfect wedding dresses in a variety of styles to inspire every bride. And we couldn’t think of a more fitting menswear shop than Bykowski Tailor & Garb to outfit our groom in handcrafted designs from head to toe. When the day arrived, it was nothing short of magical. We stayed at a private ranch in Wimberley and were joined by our friends Feather & Twine to capture it all. Jessica Roop Beauty & Boudoir took our beauty inspiration and made our beautiful model Christine even more stunning. Local jeweler The Menagerie provided the most stunning engagement rings, necklaces and bracelets. Botanical No. 9 arrived with buckets of florals to construct what would become some of the most gorgeous bouquets and styled scenes seen to date. From cascading white hydrangeas on a hilltop bench to florals creating an altar that was storybook worthy, these talented florists brought the shoot to another level. As the sun began to set in Wimberley we made our way to nearby Camp Lucy to cap off the most perfect day at this incredible locale. It was there that we met our furry Alpaca friends to capture the final look. After lots of laughs, we called it a day. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video captured by The McKellars above to see more from this romantic fashion editorial!


Photography | Feather & Twine

Videography | The McKellars

Bridal Gowns | Julian Gold Bridal, Blush Bridal Lounge, Unbridaled, Beatitude Bridal Boutique, Serendipity Bridal

Menswear | Bykowski Tailor & Garb

Hair & Makeup | Jessica Roop Beauty & Boudoir

Florals | Botanical No. 9

Jewelry | The Menagerie

Venues | Private Residence & Camp Lucy

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