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South Congress Summer Engagement Session from David McCandless Photography

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Camila and Luke share a connection that’s been tested over many years and thousands of miles, and an adventurous South Congress summer engagement session was the perfect way to celebrate their upcoming marriage and beginning their future together in Austin! David McCandless Photography captured the couple visiting quintessential Austin landmarks, sharing a kiss beneath the iconic “I love you so much” mural and strolling hand-in-hand with the skyline in the background. You’ve got to scroll down and read Camila’s heartfelt recap of the way they met and what they’ve endured to get to where they are today. Absolutely darling! Congrats to Camila and Luke!

Photos // David McCandless Photography

From the bride on how they met: “We met over four years ago when Luke was traveling to Vienna (where I’m from) for work. We couldn’t quite explain where our deep connection came from, but we immediately felt it. After he went back to Austin, we started talking every day – you get to know someone on a different level when words become your most powerful tool of connecting. Once we learned about each other’s thoughts and hopes and ideas and ideals, I knew I loved him. The time since has been filled with big challenges, life events and heartbreaks, but somehow we came out of it more loving and more assured of us wanting to walk through life together.”

Moody Blues | Boho Industrial Styled Shoot from Events by Leslie

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Moody blues and the sweetest couple are giving us all the feels as we scroll through this boho industrial styled shoot from Events by Leslie! You’ll want to take a peek at these photos, too, and check out the bright white and teal tablescape with wicker peacock chairs, as well as the mid-century modern lounge area from Scavenged Vintage Rentals. The boho and mod setup works perfectly in One Eleven East’s industrial yet naturally lit venue. The bride wore a sweet, feminine gown with a jaw-dropping train designed by Moonlight and Moss custom gowns. We love the way it hugs her body and flows effortlessly onto the floor, making a statement wherever she goes! Fabulous bridal beauty makeup done by MakeupATX is just glowing! That stunning calligraphy was all done by the talented Ivelisse Designs! Not only did she create such beautiful script, but she is also one of the models. For dessert, a stunning watercolor cake from The Powder Sugar Room invites everyone to satisfy their sweet tooth in the prettiest of ways. We’re loving this entire scene!

Photos // Amy Weiss Photography

Have a Destination Wedding at Home with These 9 Amazing Venues

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Want the luxury and feel of a destination wedding without ever leaving Austin? Have your destination wedding at home at any of these beautiful Austin area venues! The Hill Country has so many unique locales that will make you feel like you’ve traveled to an exotic island getaway or an Italian villa. Whether you’re seeking waterfront with a view or historic European charm – or something in-between – we’ve got you covered. Check out all these amazing Austin destination wedding finds!

Hotel Granduca Austin

This 16th century palazzo-inspired venue is straight out of an Italian dream! The stunning Hotel Granduca Austin is inspired by the life and history of Adalberto Malatesta, Granduca of Monfallito. With brilliant Italian architecture and mural-painted walls, this place is sure to bring a little destination to your Old World Italian wedding. Reminiscent of a private Italian villa, designed to reflect the comfort of home and feature luxurious amenities combined with Italian accents, Hotel Granduca Austin includes balconies overlooking the property’s pool and gardens. Make your dream destination wedding in Italy come to life, without ever leaving Austin!

Have a Destination Wedding at Home with These 9 Amazing Venues

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort falls right between Texas Hill Country charm and romantic lakeside luxury. With this beautiful lakeside venue, you’re able to keep the Texas Hill Country wedding you’ve always dreamed of, while still adding the luxury of a destination wedding. Like most destination weddings, they’re part wedding, part vacation – you’re sure to melt away in relaxation with Horseshoe Bay’s Resort’s amenities. From a yoga class, to the spa or a friendly match of tennis you’re sure to feel like you’re in a different country, when in reality you’re only minutes from home!

Photo // Mint Photography

The Contemporary Austin | Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria is a historic landmark site located only five miles from downtown on beautiful Lake Austin, featuring outdoor sculptures by renowned international artists, a gorgeous natural landscape, and historic ties to Texas culture. Wether you’re looking for an Italian-inspired getaway or the lush, atmospheric outdoors – you are sure to be wowed. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria is known for it’s Italian-style Driscoll Villa inspiration. With its stunning architecture all around the grounds and views of Lake Austin, your destination wedding is right around the corner!

Photo // Stephanie Ponce

The Oasis on Lake Travis

Overlooking Lake Travis, The Oasis on Lake Travis is truly all in the name! Killer sunsets in paradise? Yes please! With their many ceremony spots, there’s no shortage of gorgeous views to make your Austin wedding feel as if you’re anywhere else but in the heart of Texas. Don’t worry about that Austin heat either – their decks make for a truly breezy wedding.

Photo // K-Ruiz Photography

 

Wahwahtaysee Resort

Wed in style at Wahwahtaysee Resort with their incredible Texas landscape views and glamping tents! Set on a 100-acre property Wahwahtaysee is a 150 year old pecan grove overlooking the San Marcos River. Make a weekend out of your destination celebration by renting their safari tents as accommodations for your guests. Don’t even get us on the topic of those sunsets – they’re to-die-for!

Photo // Prefontaine Photography

The LINE Hotel | Austin

Looking to keep the Austin flair while still going destination on your big day? Opt for The LINE Hotel in Austin! The hotel and venue is at the crossroads where Town Lake meets downtown. You can still have that high-energy Austin vibe while throwing in bits of destination. One excellent way to do this is with your decor  – those tropical details have us feeling like we’re on an island, far far away!

Lakeway Resort & Spa

Make your at-home-Austin destination wedding at Lakeway Resort and Spa what you want it to be! With views of the Austin Hill Country and an overlook of Lake Travis, this venue is perfect for a European romance or tropical paradise. You can’t forget about their elegant ballrooms or wrap-around outdoor terraces that can help bring your vision to life.

Photo // Stephanie Rogers Photography

Westin Austin at the Domain

Keeping the heart of Austin in mind, Westin Austin at the Domain is a perfect option for your destination wedding theme. Dress your decor to match your destination theme, while downtown Austin and the excitement of 6th street is right out the front door! Your guests can explore the live music scene, great restaurants, sophisticated shopping and much more.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Rolling hills and lush gardens define the scenery at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Just outside of Austin, you can still have the Austin-esque atmosphere while being away from the city in a foreign-looking scene. The venue’s new renovations have made it a top-tier resort with lush and luxurious amenities that you will surely rave about. Just look at those rolling hills – now that’s what we call a destination right at home!

Photo // Jenny DeMarco Photography


Looking for something a little more classic? Check out our complete list of favorite local wedding venues here!

Vintage Texas Wedding Inspo from Nikk Nguyen and Wildly Cultivated

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We’re super excited to share this vintage Texas wedding inspiration today, taking a rustic, western-inspired style to a new level with gorgeous modern touches! Star Hill Ranch served as the perfect quaint, true-to-Texas setting, with a vintage truck signs, a dreamy old white chapel and open streets that transport us back in time. Photographer Nikk Nguyen‘s moody style, with his expert manipulation of light and unique way of capturing bold colors, perfectly captures the couple oh-so-in-love and all the western boho details – we especially love all the browns and blues of the tablescape and casual lounge area featuring Loot Vintage Rentals. The table was dripping in character with the indigo-dyed table runner, a collection of colored drinkware and vintage china at each setting topped with a calligraphy menu by Owl & Envelope. From the al fresco altar in front of the antique white church to the bride’s organic, textured bouquet, Wildly Cultivated blows us away per usual with their magical floral creations. The bride’s dress from Unbridaled, with its bohemian lace pattern and body-hugging silhouette, is perfectly accented by a chic hat, natural hairstyle and bold lip by LUSTREbella. Events by Leslie did a wonderful job coordinating all the aspects of this inspirational shoot, and we’re loving every bit of it! Enjoy!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photography

From the photographer: “This western-boho inspiration shoot takes the rustic Texas wedding to new levels of chic. Using vintage furniture, boldly colored décor, and a neutral floral palette to merge a more classic style with the western aspects of the fabulous Star Hill Ranch. The wooden arch and sweetheart chairs were dressed up with pampas grass and a variety of textured flowers that were absolutely to die for! Blues, browns and oranges were the main colors of focus for this photo shoot and were purposefully tied in to every aspect. The dining table set up was dressed with vintage china, indigo mud cloth, apothecary jars and stained-glass menus. All of which matched the rich blue of the grooms suit and the brides hat.”

Coffeeshop Romance Engagement Session at The Driskill

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Meghan and Braden celebrated their engagement with the sweetest photos by Kristin La Voie Photography – a coffeeshop romance at the historic Driskill Hotel! An iconic Austin landmark since 1886, The Driskill boasts a quaint, stately coffeeshop with gorgeous light beaming through the tall windows: the perfect spot to capture Meghan and Braden’s love and to say “cheers” to forever with the clink of two mugs. With photographer Kristin La Voie, the couple ventured outside into the downtown streets to share a few intimate moments hand in hand. We love the dressed up but comfortable vibes in these photos, with the hotel’s beautiful architecture, whimsical touches throughout the café and the most darling coffeeshop romance we’ve ever seen. Congrats to Meghan and Braden!

Photos // Kristin La Voie Photography

From the bride on how they met and got engaged: “We met in college at The University of Oklahoma – my freshman year and his senior year. I was majoring in dance and he majored in astrophysics. Like they say… opposites attract!”

“He proposed in October 2018, on a fall trip to New England. We were on a private zip lining tour through the White Mountains in New Hampshire. On the last (and longest) zip line of the tour, I went last and he was waiting for me on one knee when I came across! I was SO surprised and so so happy! We celebrated at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel afterword with my godparents.”