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Desert Romance Styled Shoot from Sweet Laurel Events

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If you’re obsessed with cacti as much as we are, prepare to swoon over this desert romance styled shoot from Sweet Laurel Events. Soft and feminine colors in the delicate tabletop details are juxtaposed with the masculinity of greenhouse venue’s overflowing cacti collection, while gold accents and subtle pops of red are woven into the scene. Romantic floral arrangements from The Bloom Bar carry feelings of romance from the bride and groom portraits to the tablescape, where roses and cacti live in harmony atop gold dinnerware and crisp linens from Whim Hospitality. The bride’s dramatic a-line gown from Beatitude Bridal Boutique pairs perfectly with a bright and bold makeup palette and tousled hair. Gorgeous calligraphed love notes on mirrors bring a touch of whimsy, and two llama guests added to the fun! Cheers to a desert romance that gives us all the heart eyes!

Photos // Shy Laurel Photography

3 Austin Custom Jewelers to Help You Build the Perfect Ring

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Your engagement ring and the accessories you pair with it on your wedding day will end up being some of the most sentimental pieces of jewelry you own. Working with a jeweler you trust to help create a custom piece of jewelry tailored to you and your personality means you’ll be gushing over that ring on your finger for years and years to come! We’ve rounded up three incredible custom jewelers from around Austin who can help you build the ring of your dreams. Their attention to detail and passion for creating wearable works of art is evident in each and every gorgeous piece they make – you’ll love them!

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Eliza Page

Eliza Page’s two Austin locations not only showcase jewelry from other local artisans, their Signature Collection and custom design services allow brides and grooms to create the custom ring they’ve always dreamed of. Preserving and respecting precious natural resources is a top priority for Eliza Page and is the reason every single piece of their custom jewelry is made with recycled or responsibly mined metals as well as only using diamonds and gemstones sourced from accredited, conflict-free dealers. You can feel wonderful about wearing a responsibly sourced and beautiful ring from Eliza Page!

Photo: Captivating Weddings

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Nicole Mera

Graduate gemologist Nikki of Nicole Mera is a luxury, private jeweler who specializes in creating custom hand-fabricated fine jewelry. Nikki loves working with both contemporary styles and more traditional looks, gathering inspiration from her own imagination and meshing those with the clients’ ideas to create a one-of-a-kind, timeless piece of jewelry. Nikki is an expert in all things gems and jewels, so her jewelry-making process is not only customer-centered and high-end, but educational!

Photo: KT Merry

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The Menagerie

The custom jewelers at The Menagerie bring more than 35 years of experience in custom jewelry design to the table, so they’re more than qualified to help you create your ideal ring or to help you select a specific ring for your fiancé. The Menagerie also specializes in curating hand-picked bridal accessories so you can look and feel your best on your special day! Their staff and their unique selection of jewels is sure to impress.

Photo: Julie Wilhite Photography


Found the perfect jewelry but still searching for the perfect dress, venue or photographer? Head to our Local Vendors page to explore some of Austin’s top wedding vendors across a variety of categories!

8 Romantically Rustic Austin Wedding Venues

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These eight romantically rustic Austin wedding venues feature sprawling oak trees, stately wooden beams and dreamy sliding barn doors. Embrace the natural beauty of Central Texas and the surrounding Hill Country as you host your special day at one of these spectacular locales, from Georgetown to New Braunfels to Fredericksburg and everywhere in between! Scroll through and see some of our favorite romantically rustic venues from all over the Austin area. Happy venue hunting!

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The Wild Onion Ranch

A dreamy rustic wedding property four generations in the making, The Wild Onion Ranch is a family-run venue with distinct Texas charm and history. As one of the city’s most gorgeous indoor-outdoor venues, this venue offers delightful spaces, whether you’re dancing on the dance floor or under the stars.

Photo: Caroline Studios

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Hoffman Haus

A graceful, rustic venue in a town known far and wide for its historic German charm, Hoffman Haus is a truly special place to host friends and family for a one-of-a-kind wedding day. With plenty of indoor and outdoor space ready to be transformed for the big day of your dreams, Hoffman Haus is an impressive, photogenic venue you’re sure to love.

Photo: The Nichols

Lone Oak Barn

Nestled conveniently n the heart of Round Rock, Texas, Lone Oak Barn offers rustic charm and sprawling spaces just minutes from town. Your guests won’t have to drive far to be welcomed into this charming wood-walled space, the perfect blank canvas ready to be personalized into your very own barn wedding vision.

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The Milestone – Georgetown

Sitting on 40 acres above the picturesque San Gabriel River, The Milestone in Georgetown can hold 320 guests in their timeless Texas-style space complete with stately trusses, limestone altar, large oaks and open-air ceremony space. Their attention to detail and hospitality ensure that your special day is stress-free as can be and allow you to focus on spending time with the ones you love!

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Graceland Oaks

Located just minutes from downtown Austin in the Oak Hill neighborhood, Graceland Oaks features an incredible tree-covered courtyard, rustic stucco buildings and plenty of greenery to admire across their 1.5-acre property. The venue works with a local barbeque restaurant to offer a truly Texas-style wedding experience in a beautiful setting.

The Milestone – New Braunfels

Featuring two distinct areas within one venue, Legacy Hall and Stonehaven, The Milestone – New Braunfels can accommodate 320 of your closest friends for an unforgettable and elegantly rustic wedding. Gorgeous pine wood throughout the venue and limestone walls make for a refined rustic backdrop for your best day ever!

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Thurman’s Mansion

As part of the Salt Lick BBQ family, Thurman’s Mansion knows the importance of hospitality. Rolling hills, Saltillo-style tile floors and statement-making columns give Thurman’s Mansion an enchanting, storybook feel and will make your guests feel right at home as they celebrate with you! This venue offers a perfect space for a Hill Country rustic wedding you’ll always remember.

Photo: Jake Holt

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The Ivory Oak

A brand new venue in the darling river town of Wimberley, Texas, the folks at The Ivory Oak thought of everything important to couples and their families on their wedding day. You’ll find a serene ceremony spot under a majestic oak tree, a private bridal suite, a large indoor ceremony space with a romantic, modern vibe with limestone, white walls and light concrete floors for a bright and airy yet rustic feel.

Find more breathtaking Austin wedding venues in our Local Vendors collection! No matter your personal style, you’re bound to find the perfect venue for your happy day. Cheers!

Headwaters Free Bridal Expo + a Wedding Venue Giveaway!

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Brides-to-be, make plans to attend Headwaters’ free bridal expo! The premier residential community in Dripping Springs, Texas, not only boasts an incredible living destination but is soon to be home to an incredible bridal event featuring 30+ local ATX and Hill Country area wedding pros! Mark your calendars for the free event on Saturday, September 15th from 12-4pm to mix and mingle with a group of Austin’s finest wedding vendors including DJs, bartenders, photographers, officiants, caterers, décor rental companies and more – the perfect time to start your wedding planning! And on top of 10+ raffle prizes up for grabs at the event, brides who attend and register for the event will be entered for a chance to win a one-time-only grand prize — the use of one of three on-site venue locations for your wedding celebration as well as officiant services free of charge. Submit your RSVP to the event at liveheadwaters.com. Happy planning!

Sunlit Engagement at The Addison Grove Captured by Mint Photography

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Lovebirds Laura and Matt are so excited for their Spring 2019 wedding at The Addison Grove, so they had Austin wedding photographer Mint Photography snap some gorgeous sunlit engagement photos at their wedding venue! The light was perfection and we’re definitely swooning over Laura’s engagement style. This couple loves the outdoors, so The Addison Grove is an ideal venue with it’s incredible Hill Country views, looming willow trees, native wildflowers – even on-site longhorns! Thanks to Mint Photography for capturing this sweet couple in such a meaningful setting!

Photos // Mint Photography

From the bride: “Matthew and I met through mutual friends after we moved back to Houston after college. While we were on vacation in Mexico, Matt proposed! We were relaxing on a private cabana that overlooked the ocean on a rocky cliff. Matt asked to take a photo of me ‘overlooking the water,’ and when I turned around he was on one knee. I was so overjoyed that it took a few minutes for me to even look at the ring, which was stunning!”