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COVID-19 Couldn’t Stop this Darling Engagement Shoot

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This darling engagement shoot from T Walker Photography was bound to stop hearts, even if COVID rearranged a few plans. Caitlin and Jacob were supposed to celebrate their engagement with the oh-so-talented T Walker Photography at The Pearl, but due to the stay-at-home mandate, much flexibility was needed! Taylor got permission to use a family friend’s ranch and turned a cow pasture into an elegant space for a romantic couple. With the sun peeking through the bright green grounds and a little whirling and twirling, we are convinced these pictures couldn’t capture Caitlin and Jacob’s splendor any better! Read on below for more of their story! Cheers to these soon-to-be newlyweds!

How they met: “We actually met at work. He was the only guy in our office, and all of the other ladies kept trying to set me up with him. They always told me how much he liked me, but I definitely played hard to get. I finally gave him a chance, and I couldn’t be happier that I did because now he’s going to soon be my forever!”

How he proposed: “We were on vacation in the Dominican Republic and on our last night there he took me out to the resort’s pier (Hilton La Romana) to ‘watch the sunset,’ but as we walked down the pier, I noticed one of the staff members from the resort fishing. The staff member, Daniel, greeted us and told us that he had hooked a fish and asked if I’d like to help reel it in. I reluctantly said yes because I’m not big into fishing, but I am so glad I did because once I pulled up the line, there were two laminated fishes attached at the end. One fish said “marry” and the other fish said “me?” I turned around in shock and Jacob was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!”

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer 101

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As a bride, there are so many decisions to make – but a favorite (and hopefully easy) is choosing your flower girl and ring bearer! Having a flower girl and ring bearer on your special day is a great way to incorporate children as well as amp up the cuteness factor! Choosing little ones to accompany you on your wedding day also isn’t as straightforward as it used to be. With etiquette thrown wayside more and more often, it can be a challenge to stay up to speed. Consider some of our tips below to help you pick which youngsters will be right for the job!

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Photo // Elizabeth Denny Photography

How to Pick your Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

As a bride, you may have found yourself getting pretty familiar with etiquette expert Anna Post along the way. According to this etiquette guru, traditionally flower girls and ring bearers should be between the ages of three and eight years old. Younger children are more likely to get nervous, so picking a youngster who is a little older should be considered. Now one may ask, who should I pick? We suggest starting with your own children if you have any. If not, ask your siblings’ children or the children of your maid of honor/best man. Really any young ones you feel close to are perfect for the job. Also, don’t be afraid to have more than one or break gender rules. Girls can be ring bearers too!

What Should The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Wear

Get ready for cuteness overload! Deciding what your ring bearer or flower girl is going to wear on your big day is the most fun part. A flower girl should wear a dress that mimics the style of the bride’s gown, such as in lace detailing, a flowy skirt or delicate beading. If you want something a little more fun, try opting for a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses or a textured fabric. For the ring bearer, traditionally they wear a kid-sized tuxedo or suit. Just make sure it coordinates with the groom or groomsmen’s attire. If a tux isn’t for you, have fun dressing him up in suspenders, a classic bowtie, a hat or patterned jacket. In the midst of all the fun, keep in mind that the child’s parents most likely will pay for the outfit, so be sure to give them options at all price points!

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What Parts of the Wedding Process Should the Children Attend

We know incorporating youngsters into your wedding day can be stressful and some brides choose to have adult-only weddings for this reason. If you choose to have a flower girl and ring bearer attend your special day, they need to be included in the process leading up to the day, too. Obviously, they are needed at the ceremony since they are the one’s delivering the rings, but it’s also important to invite them to the rehearsal to practice so they feel comfortable as well. Traditionally, if the little ones are invited to the rehearsal, they should be included in the rehearsal dinner. Also, if they are a part of the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to let them stick around for the reception. When it comes to the flower girl, it is a common courtesy to invite her to the bridal shower as well as the “get ready” party with the rest of the wedding party. The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure they feel special and included in all the wedding festivities.

When Should the Ring Bearer be Entrusted with the Rings

Oh, the frightening idea of handing off the bride and groom’s rings to a rambunctious child right on the big day. We understand this can be stressful, especially if utilizing a younger child as the ring bearer. Our advice may sound a little silly, but it’s actually more common than you think. Fake rings! You heard us right! Handing the ring bearer faux jewelry is the perfect way to ensure no wedding catastrophes ensue due to a lost or misplaced diamond band. But if you are feeling trusting or you have chosen a ring bearer of teenage years, have the best man hand him the rings right before he walks down the aisle. This creates less time for losing things, and it’s a win win all around!

Ring Pillows and Alternative Options

We know you have probably seen in every romantic movie involving a wedding, there is an adorable ring bearer carrying the rings down the aisle on a satiny poof. This poof is called a ring pillow and this tradition has been in place for years and years. Honestly too many to count! Although this delicate pillow is the traditional choice, we know it isn’t for all brides. If a pillow isn’t for you, you are in luck because there are so many alternative options out there! Glass ring boxes are the perfect choice for a modern bride. Or an engraved wood slice for the bride rocking a rustic vibe. Try some greenery or place them inside a book if you are a literary love. The options are endless!

Pets as Ring Bearers

We know everyone is familiar with the phrase “man’s best friend,” so we wanted to share our thoughts on incorporating your best friend, aka your dog, into your wedding day. If you’re a bride and don’t have any close children to fill the ring bearer role, give your dog a chance! If you decide to entrust your dog to walk the rings down the aisle make sure beforehand your pet is comfortable in large crowds. Bring them to the rehearsal to practice, because pets need practice too! And just like young ring bearers, tie fake rings to your pet’s collar. This helps avoid any jewelry going missing. Also don’t forget to make arrangements for your pet after the ceremony. Pets do not belong at the reception, so have a close friend bring them home so you can enjoy the party as the new Mr. and Mrs. Finally, have fun getting creative and dressing your pet up (think a doggy tux, floral collar or a cute bow tie). Just make sure they too feel comfortable while still looking their best!


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5 Stress-Free Tips for Cutting Down the Guest List

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One of the more arduous tasks of wedding planning is pinning down the guest list. It’s an amazing feeling to have everyone you love and care about in the same room celebrating you and your hubby. Unfortunately, you more than likely will be limited by space and/or money, and a cutoff must be set. The fear of causing tension or stirring up bad blood might be nagging at you, but your wedding is about you and your fiancé’s happiness. If you’re needing to cut down your guest list, consider some of our tips below!

5 Stress-Free Tips for Cutting Down the Guest List

Photo // Fine Day Press, Sophie Epton Photography

Make an A- and B-List

The first step in creating your wedding guest list is writing down who instantly comes to mind. This will be your A-list. These are people you can’t imagine your day without. The next step in constructing a B-list. This list includes people who you’d love to be there, but they may or may not expect or desire an invitation. Put this list in order of priority, and then send invitations out in waves. As people decline their invitation, send another round out to the people at the top of the B-list. Parents typically enjoy inviting some of their close friends as well, especially if they’ve watched you grow up. Discuss this with your parents and in-laws and decide together who makes the A-list and where certain people should go on the B-list.

Ask Yourself, “Would I be offended if I wasn’t invited to their’s?”

When there is a question about whether to invite someone or not, ask yourself if you would be offended if you weren’t invited to their wedding. If the answer is “no,” chances are they probably will feel the same way. If your relationship isn’t at the level of inviting each other to life-altering events, that’s okay! Usually, the feeling is mutual.

3-Year Rule

You and your fiancé are about to start your future together, so invite people you know will be a part of that future! If you haven’t seen or even spoken to someone in three years, it’s obvious they aren’t a part of your present and will most likely play a very small role in your future. However, there are some exceptions, like if they made your A-list or live far away. You’ll know which people to be more lenient with, but it will help you knock a good amount of people off the list.

No Plus-Ones

While offering your guests a plus-one is a nice gesture, it’s more important to be able to invite everyone you desire. You might still allow your bridal party to bring a date out of courtesy, but don’t feel obligated to extend the option to every guest. Choosing who can and can’t bring a date can get complicated as well. It’s safer to just have a set rule for all attending.

Adults-Only Wedding

Another quick way to shorten the guest list is by inviting adults only, no children. You may ask that guests not bring children under a certain age. Whether it’s a matter of space, money or just for the sake of the atmosphere, most guests will understand and respect your request. You can always consider providing a childcare room where kids would stay during the ceremony and, possibly, the reception. Be sure to make it clear if parents should retrieve their children for the reception or if the children are expected to remain in the childcare room through that time as well.


Now that you have your guest list cut down, it’s time to send invitations! Check out some of Austin’s best invitation and save-the-date designers here!

This Couple’s Donut Date Made for a Trendy Austin Engagement Session

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In their sweet and trendy Austin engagement session, Nina and Connor look so in love with each other in juxtaposed urban and waterside shots! We can’t get over the bubbly chemistry between these two or the joy-filled smiles within their gallery, flawlessly and heartwarmingly captured by Nikk Nguyen PhotoThe pair’s story began when they first met while at a work conference. Connor lived in Austin at the time, while Nina lived in Chicago. Connor was working on transferring up to her office and they kept in touch, starting their relationship long-distance before he finally made the move to Chicago about five months later! Now, Nina and Connor are excited to plan their nuptial celebrations! Utilizing a color scheme of white, cream, ivory and touches of dusty pink, Nina says they are going for a modern romantic vibe that is “intentional, artistic, ethereal and with a soft, timeless color palette.” They say they are most excited about the nods to Austin that will be incorporated into their wedding. The couple will be having a Texas charcuterie board for cocktail hour, beer mules and a bar curated with local beer, wine and spirits. We wish them all the best and can’t wait to see the gorgeous gallery that’s sure to come from their spring 2021 wedding! Read on to hear from the photographer about Nina and Connor’s trendy Austin engagement session – plus, the story of how he proposed! Cheers to Nina and Connor!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photo

From the photographer: “I got the privilege of doing a Lady Bird Lake engagement shoot in Austin, Texas, for Nina and Connor. We also took some photos on Rainey Street, and I loved getting to hear their story – complete with Little Lucy’s donuts. They met at a work conference while they were living in two different cities. Eventually, the time came when Connor was going to propose. The couple flew out to Nina’s hometown in California for a family event in October 2019. They took a day trip to Lake Tahoe with some close friends, one of whom was a photographer. He mentioned that he needed to quickly stop at the lake to take some photos. They all piled out of the car and walked to the dock where, much to Nina’s surprise, Connor asked her to marry him! They celebrated by having lunch with their friends in Tahoe. After lunch, they headed back to Nina’s parent’s house where Connor had planned a surprise party with fifty of their closest friends and family to celebrate their engagement!”


Newly engaged yourself or in the midst of wedding planning madness? Check out our full list of the very best of Austin wedding vendors here, or browse through real, local wedding inspiration here! Happy scrolling!

It’s Like Golden Hour All Throughout this Fall Toned Scene

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Held at The Woodbine Mansion, this fall toned scene features so many stunning vignettes that have a little something in common with golden hour – and we are loving it! Wild-edged and gorgeous autumnal floral installations by Remi + Gold in warm shades of terra cotta and rust made it feel like early fall, and we cannot believe the way the sun set on the altar arrangements on the mansion’s lawn. Acrylic ghost chairs and other incredible rentals from Premiere Events embellished and modernized the outdoor spaces, and we love the way these tables looked, donning velvety-soft linens in mauve to bring a feminine feel to these transitional fall toned wedding scenes. Delicious looking Grazeology Grazing Tables, as well as some effervescent bubbly and bartending by Pink Avocado Catering, leave full bellies and pink cheeks to boot, and the perfect ending to any wedding day (in our opinion) is a quick snap in Vannagram & Co. photo booth to capture your wedding memories forever – all on display in this seasonal soiree! Cheers!

Photos // Sloane Photo


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