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Chic Romance at The Ivory Oak Captured by Caroline Lima Photography

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Stylish, luxe and all things lovely! This oh-so-gorgeous, chic romance styled bridal shoot captured by Caroline Lima Photography at The Ivory Oak has us swooning. Two, absolutely stunning gowns take the scene in this editorial. One gown featured a delicate lace bodice and the other, a sleek, feminine off-the-shoulder neckline with arm slit sleeves – these looks can’t be beat! Make sure you take a look at her stunning nude heels with gold studs that truly bring these looks together. Cheers and happy wedding planning!

Photos // Caroline Lima Photography

From the photographer: “The idea was to photograph an elegant, confident and fashion forward bride. The kind of bride that is not afraid to wear a classic wedding dress with a twist.”

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7 Austin Area Venues That Will Make You Feel Right at Home

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It’s important to pick a venue on your wedding day that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. With all the emotions and excitement on the big day, you’re going to want an atmosphere that brings peace not only for you and your spouse, but also your guests. We have seven Austin area venues that will make you feel right at home while you say “I do.” From open fields, to luxurious mansions and intimate barns – these wedding venues will have you feeling like you never left home. What are you waiting for? Keep scrolling!

7 Austin Area Venues That Will Make You Feel Right at Home

Woodbine Mansion

Since 1900, the Woodbine Mansion has been the most well-known home in Round Rock. Its commanding presence houses picture-perfect settings and a multitude of options for welcoming guests in style. You will feel the hospitality radiating from this historic Austin mansion while also having the luxury of relaxing in their many suites while your prepare for your wedding day. Stay tuned as they have renovated many parts of the venue, and we must say – it’s STUNNING!

Photo // Alex Good Photography

The Milestone | Georgetown

Sitting on 40 acres just above the San Gabriel River, The Milestone | Georgetown invokes a modern farmhouse feel! You’re sure to have a bit of peace and quiet before walking down the aisle with their private suites that can accommodate your entire wedding party.

Mustang Waters Ranch

Mustang Waters Ranch is a 1,000 acre ranch nestled in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. Exotic animals roam the acreage with water streams and ponds throughout the property. From the hilltop view of breathtaking sunsets to the 4,000 square foot Lodge with 1/3 acre of decking there are numerous locations for the dream wedding venue. Talk about being right at home and feeling relaxed with breathtaking views!

Lone Oak Barn

Many couples want the vast, outdoor barn experience but don’t desire to drive for long distances. Long drives on the day of the wedding can be exhausting – but with Lone Oak Barn, the venue is conveniently located 20 minutes from Austin. Guests are able to enjoy a charming barn atmosphere without the long drive into the countryside, while feeling right at home here in the heart of Austin.

The Milestone | Boerne

It’ll be home sweet home when you have your wedding at The Milestone | Boerne. The spacious reception hall dance floor and stage feature hardwood oak floors and open beam trusses, giving the venue a classic country look. The covered portico and walk around porch also add a homey feel to the space.

Photo // Pine and Blossom

The Barn at Swallows Eve

Nature is right out your back door at The Barn at Swallows Eve! With 35 acres of rolling fields and paths, there’s plenty of room to get some fresh air. Not to mention its sliding doors can easily accommodate to indoor or outdoor crowds. You will be left feeling free and relaxed with tons of room to move about on your wedding day!

Photo // Elle Reaux Photography

The Milestone | New Braunfels

Hold your ceremony under The Milestone | New Braunfels’ terrace with a gorgeous tree lined backdrop. Nothing says right-at-home like a spacious outdoor ceremony. The venue is currently updating its Legacy Hall with open beam trusses, and towering modern windows which will add beautiful touches to your big day.

Photo // Shannon Cain Photography

Looking for something a little different? See our complete list of Austin wedding venues here!

Welcome Your Wedding Guests in Style at These Austin Accommodations

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Deciding where to host your guests is always one of the many tasks to cross off your wedding planning to-do list, but with these Austin accommodations, you can welcome your guests in style and rest assured they’ll be treated to a memorable stay in ATX! Whether you’ve got just a few friends and family visiting for your celebration or a need a larger room block for a crowd; no matter if you prefer something quaint, quiet and charming or somewhere eclectic and central to all the nightlife downtown Austin has to offer, we’ll show you an array of options sure to fit your precise needs. Additionally, many of these Austin accommodations can also have gorgeous on-site wedding facilities as part of their venue! Say “I do” and “goodnight” at the same location and make it easy on everyone! For more accommodations ideas, click the links below or browse our Local Accommodations page!

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Hoffman Haus

The perfect retreat for a Hill Country wedding, your guests will adore their stay at the Hoffman Haus, where they can enjoy a luxury bed-and-breakfast experience and exquisite culinary experiences. Just a short drive west of greater Austin, the oak-lined grounds and starry skies above will give your guests a true taste of the Hill Country!

Photo: The Nichols

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Boasting a rooftop restaurant and lushly landscaped pool area, The LINE occupies an ideal location overlooking Lady Bird Lake but right in the midst of Austin’s exciting downtown culture. Incredible views and a contemporary, eclectic vibe make this hotel unforgettable!

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The Lodge Above Town Creek

Your guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the 16 suites at The Lodge, a quaint but impressive cabin nestled above a meandering Fredericksburg creek. An expansive covered porch, sunny pool area and Texas-meets-French-country decor style make The Lodge feel like home away from home, only elevated!

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W Hotel Austin

For a true downtown Austin experience, look no further than the W Hotel. Skyline views everywhere you turn, an impressive and lively pool area and stylish modern decor take this hotel to the next level, and for any guests who love to experience great food, great rooms and exciting city life, this is the place!

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Wahwahtaysee Resort

Want to slow things down and let your guests escape to enjoy the natural beauty of Austin? Wahwahtaysee Resort offers three luxury safari tents – 650 square feet each – for your guests to stay the night. After a quiet night of relaxation, they can feed their adventurous side with tubing, kayaking and more on the San Marcos River, all within the resort’s 100 pristine acres.

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Firefly Farm Events

Centrally located between Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Blanco, Firefly Farm offers not only a beautiful rustic wedding venue but also on-site cabin-style lodging for 26 guests. Your guests can enjoy sitting around the fire pit before retreating to their own personal oasis just steps from this dreamy venue and right in the heart of all the Texas Hill Country has to offer.

Photo: Ata-Girl Photography, LLC

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AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center

A stately gem adjacent to UT’s campus and boasting an amazing ballroom wedding venue where a highly skilled and experienced team oversees all types of events, the AT&T Hotel is the perfect spot to host a large group of guests. They’ll enjoy impeccable hospitality as well as views of the Capitol building and UT Tower!

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Adeak Vacation Rentals

Sometimes for larger groups, the best option for accommodations is not a hotel or cabin, but renting an entire house. For Austin home vacation rentals, Adeak has you covered! Their gorgeous vacation houses are not only spacious and centrally located to enjoy the hill country wineries and other sights, they’re immaculately kept and decorated beautifully with contemporary furniture. Choose a home with a hot tub, fire pit, swimming pool, gourmet kitchen or perhaps all of the above!

Photo: Marc Bennett

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JW Marriott Austin

Soaring skyline views, modern and spacious guest suites and an amazing Congress Avenue Terrace overlooking the iconic Austin street and Lady Bird Lake all make the JW Marriott Austin a wonderful option to host your out-of-town wedding guests. They’ll love every minute of their stay and can treat themselves to spa treatments, craft cocktails and more!

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Omni Barton Creek Resort

Having undergone extensive renovations with the goal of becoming the most luxurious resort in the Lone Star State, your guests won’t be disappointed with their stay at Omni Barton Creek Resort. They can enjoy the massive terraced pool, top-rated golf courses, a wide array of gourmet dining options and all kinds of wellness activities designed with enjoyment in mind.

Loving these Austin accommodations? See even more on our Local Accommodations page!

Say “Yes” to a Perfectly Curated Wedding Playlist – Tips from Royal Dukes Band

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Your wedding music should represent you and your spouse – both stylistically and musically. It’s important to have a curated wedding playlist that you are truly in love with. While couple’s may start out with a few ideas, the planning process can often lead to more questions, so we’ve enlisted the pros from The Royal Dukes Band to give some insight on how to create a music list to hightlight each special moment in your celebration. From the aisle entrance to your first dance, every song should be uniquely you!

Photos // Brooke Taelor

Say "Yes" to a Perfectly Curated Wedding Playlist - Tips from Royal Dukes Band

What “moments” in the wedding day need music?

A memorable wedding day soundtrack is so important for every moment! Your walk down the aisle, first dance, and parent dances are such special moments. One fun addition is choosing a final song to close out the night. This can be a romantic moment for just the couple or a group celebration where all your friends and family join in.

What moments are often overlooked? How can music make an impact?

There are rarely overlooked moments at a wedding, but there’s always room for adding extra personality with live music. For example, the cake cutting can be highlighted when paired with an on-theme song (think “Sugar,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Cake by the Ocean”).

Once a bride knows what moments she needs music for, how should she go about finding what she wants or what is meaningful?

This is really a personal preference, after all it is your big day! You could choose music for each moment that has significance for you and your partner or music that the whole room will be familiar with. For instance, a first dance can be an intimate, emotional moment when paired with a slow song or ballad. Some couples have their first dance choreographed and really like to engage the crowd with an upbeat tune. A good band should have enough experience to help out with this if you’re unsure. We’ve seen song choices that get the tears of joy going as well as songs that get people grooving in their seats. We’ve even put together mashups for clients so they can have the ultimate first dance!

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If the bride wants to blend different music styles, is there a way to make different styles sound cohesive?

Of course! We know couples worry about pleasing the crowd when it comes to a great playlist. Mixing your favorite classics with Top 40 is a sure way to get everyone grooving, from Grandpa to your 6-year old niece. A great band will know how to transition seamlessly between Motown, rock, pop and your favorite country song without missing a beat.

Should the bride pick a theme or sound for the event? Or can she just select her favorite songs? How do you recommend people start that process?

One of the first things we do in our planning process with our couples is find out their must plays, favorite songs, artists, and what they really don’t want to hear on their wedding day. From there, we customize a playlist based on their favorite music. This can also allow room for the band to read the crowd and switch up the music when needed, leaving everyone’s feet where they should be – on the dance floor!

In your experience, what is the one thing brides who enjoy their wedding music do?

Dance the night away! Weddings are such a unique event surrounded by your friends and family – the best setting for busting a move (or ten!). A live band makes those dance floor moments that much more memorable!

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How does live music make an impact?

Live music really sets the tone for your day and elevates your event. A live band gives you a one-of-a-kind, romantic and personal feel for your ceremony. For the reception, it’s like your own private concert and epic dance party with your friends and family!

How do you help brides with this process? What do you love most about it?

A talented and experienced band will know exactly which songs are dance floor favorites. That ability to read the room combined with the couple’s musical preferences is a winning combination. We also have a unique online planning system that allows clients to customize their event timeline and musical preferences. This guarantees that every Royal Dukes event is carried out seamlessly, so couples can focus on life rather than stressing over the details.

Our musicians are passionate about creating memorable events. The Royal Dukes bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors. What better feeling than seeing the look of love and gratitude on a couple’s face when all their best friends and family join them on the dance floor! That feeling is why we love what we do.

A special thanks to The Royal Dukes Band for sharing their expert insights. To learn more about their band or how to book them for your wedding, visit their vendor profile here.

Bold Modern Vintage Wedding Inspiration at The Addison Grove

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With an array of bright red blooms, vintage black details and a statement-making, one-of-a-kind dress, this wedding inspiration at The Addison Grove shows off a bold modern vintage style oh-so-beautifully! Captured by Nikk Nguyen Photo in his signature contrasty and moody style, the dark tones and textures in this styled shoot are everything! From the lounge area featuring velvet, cowhide and faux fur to the incredible bold white-on-tan lace on the boho chic Unbridaled gown, this entire scene has a unique feel that will appear to both the modern contemporary and the vintage-loving bride. The Addison Grove‘s rustic industrial wooden interior and contemporary farmhouse white-on-gray exterior makes it a versatile venue that can support so many different styles, so for the bold modern vintage look this team was going for, the setup was absolutely perfect. An antique farmhouse table adorned with a crepe-y black runner and vintage candlesticks gives off such a moody vibe – so romantic! We’re loving the pop of reds in the freeform, organic blooms and the minimalistic stationery by Owl & Envelope and altar decor, letting the couple shine, along with their sweet baby girl and one on the way. The finishing touch for the model bride’s jaw-dropping look was her flowing locks and smokey eye by LUSTREbella. Here’s to non-traditional wedding inspo at an amazing venue, with a stunning gown and so many dreamy images to love! Cheers!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photo

A note from the photographer: “In the words of Alex Moreau, our amazing coordinator that helped make this shoot possible, ‘This stunning one-of-a-kind bohemian inspiration shoot in Dripping Springs will hit you right in the feels.’ And I couldn’t agree more! This amazing inspiration shoot is filled with statement pieces. From the brass heron figurines to the vintage typewriter and cowhide textiles in the lounge, unique pieces are a hallmark of Alex’s design! The inspiration behind this shoot was pulling in non-traditional wedding décor, like the wooden lanterns, minimally modern ceremony site and fun extras. Our sweetheart table florals draped down over the right side, filled with bright and beautiful flowers at the top. Not only was the décor ‘untraditional,’ so was our couple. The bride was pregnant with their second child for this shoot. Incorporating these aspects into the shoot led for a one-of-a-kind stunning outcome.”