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Modern Mediterranean Styled Shoot from Nikk Nguyen Photography

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Inspired by a one-of-a-kind, non-traditional wedding dress, this modern mediterranean styled shoot from Nikk Nguyen Photography inspires us to embrace the creative and think outside the box when it comes to wedding day beauty! The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria served as the backdrop for this inspirational shoot styled by Pearl Events Austin , which evokes the free-spiritedness and bold blue tones of Greece and infuses those with modern details, from the bride’s modern geometric accessories all the way to the tablescape and copper chairs Loot Vintage. Organic florals from Wildly Cultivated, some in copper vases and some loosely gathered, soften up the space and tie in the natural surroundings of the lakeside Austin venue. And if not for the incredible boho-casual Aegean gown by Rue De Seine from Unbridaled, this styled shoot would’ve never come to be. What a great reminder that inspiration and beauty can come from the smallest details – a flower, a piece of clothing, anything! Cheers!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photography

From the photographer: “Pulling this shoot off was a dream for me as a wedding photographer. Laguna Gloria is one of the most beautiful venues in Austin, and I’ve been looking forward to this boho inspiration shoot for a long time now. To say that I’m happy to see the finished product couldn’t be more of an understatement – I’m ecstatic! This shoot had all the feels: soft, romantic and edgy all in one, and to be able to capture it during sunset was a dream come true! Inspiration for this shoot was a piece of cake thanks to the Aegean gown from Rue De Seine Bridal. With everything from the fringe to the details in the lace, we knew it had to be captured somewhere as natural and bold as itself and what better place than Laguna Gloria? Our stylist and coordinator, Lynsie from Pearl Events Austin, was an absolute master at pulling everything together. Everything from the florals to the tablescape to the venue itself was an integral part that made this shoot work!”

Ask The Experts – Q&A With Austin Wedding Planner Eclipse Event Co.

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Today, we are having chat with wedding planner Kristi DePew from Eclipse Event Co. about all the must-knows when it comes to planning for your big day. From the biggest 2019 trends to the best of the best in venues, Kristi is giving us the best advice on everything you could ever want to know about the planning process! Keep scrolling to read our Q&A!

Ask The Experts – Q&A With Austin Wedding Planner Eclipse Event Co.

Photo // Brittany Jean Photography

What wedding trends do you foresee in 2019?

Mauve is the new blush! Mauve, dusty rose and richer, less soft pinks are making their debut as the new color of the year. We are also seeing our clients embrace a more jewel-tone color palette and opting for less common floral elements, like frozen floral in ice sculptures, unexpected floral inside lucite cake stands and cocktail tables, as well as non-traditional personal floral. An example of this is having their bridesmaids carry a brass hoop adorned with a small floral accent as opposed to the more common bouquet. We can’t forget about mixed wedding parties! Groomsmaids and Bridesmen are making a statement, showing us that it’s who you love that really matters most, above tradition. We are still seeing a lot of greenery as a trend but we are looking forward to embracing the new trends popping up, such as iridescence in your glassware and gowns. Many of our brides are embracing new trends like hi-low gowns. Another big trend I see making an uptick is a bowtie or jacket change for the groom! Brides have long been able to change into a more “fun” reception dress, but now is the time for the groom to shine!

Why should a couple hire a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is essential in helping your dreams become a reality. Even the best laid plans need backup plans! Working with a planner can help alleviate stress, save time and offer suggestions that they are trained to know – like being “in-the-know” about the latest offerings that vendors have in their respective cities, newest rental items and how to source specific looks and decor that our couples may have seen in a magazine or on Pinterest that they might not necessarily know where to find. We are able to connect them with vendors who are able to deliver their wedding vision within their allocated budget and who have been personally vetted for professionalism and the quality of their work. You do not want to trust the biggest party you will ever throw to a random Google search! Ask the experts.

What is your number one piece of advice for couples preparing for their big day?

Lay out your priorities early on in the planning process and plan to create around what those are. I often tell my couples to list their top three wedding elements, in order, and have them do this independently without asking their fiancee. This helps keep them honest with themselves and allows them to be free-thinking without settling for what the other person has prioritized. After these are laid out is the time to compare notes and see how they align. More often than not they have 1 or 2 in common, but if not, it allows them the opportunity to get on the same page early on in the process so that they can avoid the headache of a possible misunderstanding later on down the road once vendors have been booked and money has been spent.

What is the best way to achieve a cohesive look throughout a wedding?

The easiest way to ensure a cohesive look is to do three things. Throughout the process, trust your vendors and ask for suggestions. Come prepared with a color palette, and make sure it is just that – a palette. Being stuck on one specific shade of blue will only make you feel frustrated that colors don’t match exactly and that there are elements that you cannot control. For example, dye lots for linens or bridesmaids gowns, as well as floral that comes in the shade that nature provides. Paper will never take the ink the same way that chiffon takes on dye. Ask your vendors for suggestions around the range of colors you like and they will be able to offer advice on how to achieve your end goals.

Share your favorite ways to personalize a wedding.

Some of my personal favorite ways to personalize a wedding are the details that make it fun for your guests. Think beyond the hashtag sign and cocktail napkins with your wedding date on them. Embrace fun facts about you and your fiancé and have those printed on the napkins instead. Instead of the hashtag sign being on your gift table, create a geofilter for your wedding guests to use on Snapchat or Instagram, and make “instagrammable” moments. Instead of a plain backdrop for your photo booth, create a floral wall (you can even rent these now!) or provide guests with wedding “swag.” Use that hashtag on T-shirts that the guests are handed towards the end of the evening. Make hashtag pins! Create a Fat Head or a life-size cutout of you and your fiancé to add to the photo booth, or hire a mobile photo booth, where the photographer live-projects the photos on the wall as he or she walks around with their halo ring camera. Embrace the technology: guests want to be wowed, and there are so many fun options available these days. Rent mobile charging stations where guests can plug in. Have your guests wear GoPros and capture the wedding from their perspective. Anything that gets guests interacting and feeling like a part of your wedding will keep them raving about how “different and fun” your wedding was.

What should a couple consider when selecting their venue?

When selecting the perfect wedding venue, you first have to determine a few key elements: guest count, whether you want ceremony and reception at the same venue, whether the ceremony and reception are indoors or outdoors, if the venue provides tables and chairs (to save on delivery fees), if they setup and tear down those tables and chairs, and if they have a good built-in rain plan (creating a solid rain plan at a venue without one can add up very quickly). You should also be well versed with the access times for vendor arrival and departure, how many hours you are allotted, as well as if they require you choose vendors from a specific list or a “preferred” list (keeping in mind that “required” and “preferred” are different). Some venues allow you to bring in outside alcohol as long as it is served by a TABC certified bartender, but others require that you use their in-house bar services (which is ordinarily more pricey than bringing in your own). It is also important to ask about whether they have trash receptacles on site or if your caterer is required to bring trash cans and bags and haul trash at the conclusion of the event. If you plan on using buses or providing transportation you will need to ask about what their protocol is for buses, and if there are any size restraints associated with that. If at any time any of it becomes too overwhelming, you can always hire a planner to tackle these questions for you.

 


Special thanks to Kristi DePew for sharing her advice with us today! To get in touch with Eclipse Event Co. directly, you can message the team from their vendor profile here.

Classic Romance Design Inspiration at Thurman’s Mansion

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Spring has officially sprung, and we could not be more excited to continue sharing more gorgeous content from our brand new issue! Today, we’re taking a closer look at this fabulous classic romance color inspiration shoot set at the stately Thurman’s Mansion, located in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country, featuring hues of dusty plum, lavender and marigold. Shot by CCPhotoFactory, Premier Select staged the traditional scene with elegant place settings and unique table linens. Per usual, Sweet Treets Bakery blew us away with their three-tiered confection, featuring bright florals and an intricate geometric pattern. Our model bride was the essence of beauty and grace in a sweetheart off-the-shoulder lace gown from Julian Gold and fine jewelry courtesy of Nicole Mera. She wore a curled updo and dramatic makeup styled by Jose Luis SalonThe Flower Studio crafted the prettiest bouquet of fresh blooms that gave this day the pop of color it needed! Menu cards and deckle-edged invitations from Grey Meets Gold Print Shop offered a subtle thoughtfulness to complete this shoot!

Keep scrolling for a word from the venue, and make sure to snag your copy of our all-new Spring/Summer 2019 issue for even more wedding ideas!

Photos // CCPhotoFactory

Local Venue Spotlight: Experience a Texas sunset over acres of verdant vineyards at Thurman’s Mansion. Relax with friends on its welcoming front porches as the Hill Country breeze carries away the commotion of life. Grand windows provide vistas brimming with Hill Country beauty. Majestic oaks, rolling hills and sapphire skies are the backdrop for every special event. Inside the Mansion, the massive limestone walls, rough-hewn beams and trim, and saltillo tile floors combine for unique rustic elegance.

Austin Wedding Caterer Spotlight: Rosemary’s Catering

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For more than 70 years, Rosemary’s Catering has been a go-to Austin wedding caterer, dedicated to exceeding expectations and exciting palates with innovative menus, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Their mission of service isn’t just empty words – each member of their team takes a pledge to always go the extra mile, promising to bring quality, creativity and care to every client, every time. Their people are wonderful and their food speaks for itself! Just look at the delectable dishes below from various Brides of Austin events and editorials.

We chatted with Rosemary’s Catering Director Rachel Sommer about the process of creating a custom menu, the innovative and interactive food stations Rosemary’s can offer and what to expect with the family-style service option that’s been rising in popularity. Scroll down to get to know this amazing company!

Rosemary's Catering Austin Wedding Caterer Spotlight

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rosemary's catering austin wedding catering services

What is the process like when couples work with Rosemary’s Catering?

We understand that menu planning can be a little overwhelming! We start with the style of service they’re interested in (buffet, plated, family style or stations) in order to narrow the search a little. From there, we provide a menu packet with several options and ask the client to let us know what stands out to them. We’ll curate a custom menu based on their selections and then tweak it until they’re happy with all the items!

What types of interactive culinary stations do you offer?

Guests love watching a chef at work, so our interactive stations can really enhance the guest experience. Our most popular stations are the pasta sauté, where the chef will create a custom pasta dish, and the Asian noodle cart, where the chefs are presenting dishes in tiny take-out boxes. Clients are starting to get adventurous though! Our poke bowls and ceviche stations are growing in popularity.

Tell us about your family-style service option:

Family style is a great blend between buffet and plated. Guests get the plated element with servers bringing food to the table, but they get to serve themselves just like they would at the dinner table with their family. We try to combine the proteins with a side dish so guests don’t have to pass around four or five large platters. This style is definitely trending at the moment, so we’ve worked hard to perfect the timing and ensure our clients receive the best quality of service!


Rosemary’s Catering is proud to offer Austin couples an exciting catering experience. To inquire about their services and to begin creating your own awesome wedding menu, reach out via their Brides of Austin vendor profile!

Photos – 1: Cory Ryan Photography; 2-3: Sasha Haagensen Photography; 4: The Bird and The Bear

Austin Invitation Designer Spotlight Series – Fine Day Press

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We’re kicking off an exciting new series today spotlighting the talented designers behind some of Austin’s most creative wedding invitations! First up, Ashley Austin of Fine Day Press – we’re in love with her bold, modern designs! “Fine Day Press offers a full suite of wedding stationery – from Save the Dates to the invitation suite and all the accessories, like belly bands and envelope liners, as well as day-of pieces, like menus, programs, escort cards and signage. Clients can pick a design from our existing collection or we can create something completely custom. Personal service is key – I’m always available to chat and answer questions that pop up,” Ashley says. “Invitations can be more complicated than you think!”

Scroll below to see a gorgeous suite by Ashley, photographed by Elizabeth Denny Photography at Trinity Hall, and read more about what inspires her. Stay tuned as we continue our series featuring more of Austin’s top invitation designers!

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fine day press invitation spotlight

fine day press invitation spotlight

fine day press invitation spotlight

fine day press invitation spotlight

fine day press invitation spotlight

Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

Tell us about this suite: This design is all about modern color! I love painting and wanted to bring in some hand-painted elements. To create this design, the invitation wording is printed directly onto a clear acrylic piece. Afterward, I painted on the back of the clear acrylic for a really cool layered look. I then created matching reply and details cards on luxe cotton stock with a similar feel. The black envelopes add an elegant finishing touch. I picture this as the perfect invitation for a wedding at an art gallery or a chic modern loft. I wanted to explore different materials, and I love how the acrylic turned out! Adding the painted texture gives it another layer of dimension. With an invitation like this, there’s such a fun element of surprise. I can imagine guests receiving this in the mail and getting so excited!

What inspired your company name and how did you get started in design? My mission from the start has been to create meaningful designs that make people happy. “Fine Day” came from this concept of optimism and happiness, and adding “Press” conveyed the idea we’re primarily in the business of making paper goods. I started out creating invitations for friends early on in my graphic design career, and after my own wedding, decided to take the plunge and start my own line. I haven’t looked back since!

What inspires you and sets you apart? Color, texture and typography – my three favorite elements to play with! I’m inspired by textile design, abstract expressionism, mid-century modern style and natural materials like greenery and florals. The couples I work with inspire me as well – when a couple has an idea about creating something custom, I love exploring new directions and pushing the boundaries. I have a passion for painting and artistic details, and I think that really comes through in our design collection. Touches of hand-done watercolor backgrounds or brushstrokes add a special touch to the final pieces. I’ve spent a lot of time finding the best paper and printing methods to highlight our designs so that the invitation looks and feels amazing!

Which trends are you loving right now? 
I love some of the color trends happening right now –  I’m seeing a lot of rose, rust, ochre and dark peacock shades that feel really luxe and different from the standard tones. I also really love the modern, minimal invitation trend that’s all about beautiful typography on gorgeous paper stock.


Ashley says there’s no better feeling than when a bride sends her a note to say the guests are loving the invitations. Making her couples happy and making an impression on guests are what Fine Day Press is all about. Cheers!