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5 Fresh Floral Finds in the 5th Anniversary Issue of Brides of Austin

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Celebrating FIVE YEARS – can you believe it?! We’re gearing up for the release of our 5th anniversary issue of Brides of Austin, and with that, we’re kicking off our countdown to the cover with a peek at five fresh floral arrangements you’ll find in the new issue and a GIVEAWAY! Take a look at this collection ranging from bold and vibrant to neutral and textured – we’ve got it all! With talented florists located across the region from the downtown Austin all the way out into the Hill Country, you’re sure to find a florist that can make your dream wedding floral a reality.

Keep checking back this week for more sneak peeks of all the beauty that is to come, and head on over to the @bridesofaustin Instagram and enter today’s 5TH ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY to win a Rifle Paper Co. floral planner! Good luck!

5 Fresh Floral Finds in the Fall/Winter 2019 Brides of Austin Magazine

The Bloom Bar | Andria Leigh Events | Feather & Twine | The Ivory Oak | Unbridaled | Makeup ATX

Wildly Cultivated Floral Design | Cory Ryan Photography | Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery | Trademark Weddings & Events

Jordan Flowers & Events | Caitlin Rose Photography | Lakeway Resort and Spa

Remi + Gold | Westcott Weddings | Beautymark Agency | The LINE Hotel Austin | Caroline Lima Photography

Reiley + Rose | Kristin Catter Events | Joslyn Holtfort Photography | Blush Bridal Lounge | W Austin


Loved these five fresh florals and want to see even more from Austin’s top wedding vendors? Pre-order your very own copy of the celebratory 5th anniversary issue before it hits newsstands, and enjoy free shipping with an order of two or more! Happy planning!

Minimalistic-Chic Wedding Inspiration from Events by Leslie

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Sometimes less really is more, and this minimalistic-chic wedding inspiration from Events by Leslie is proof of that! With a neutral color palette incorporating palm fronds and calm tones like blush and slate, but also flashier touches of rose gold and crystal, your eyes are naturally drawn to all the most important places. This bride’s simple yet nontraditional satin dress from Unbridaled is edged with lace and features intricate embroidery down the skirt making it just as feminine as it is chic. The stunning look is completed with the most stunning gold, geometric jewelry from On a Limb Creative. Calligraphy on oat-colored stationery by Owl & Envelope adds a modern, organic feel to both invitations and to the wedding itself, and we love the way simple, wicker pieces from Scavenged Vintage Rentals instantly add more texture and natural feel to a room. Make guests feel even more homey with faux-fur throw pillows! These contrast perfectly with luxe marble, crystal and gold flatware that decorate an ultra-mod tablescape. Greenery by Bricolage Curated Florals is just the cherry on top of this modern wedding scene. With calla lilies, baby’s breath, the bride’s whimsical, monochromatic bouquet and lush fronds galore, these florals all work to bring even more life and romance into this minimalistic wedding shoot. This subtle wedding is sure to wow your guests without being overwhelming, plus keep you in the spotlight where you belong. Cheers!

Photos // Light as Gold Photography

From the planner: “When Lindsey with Light as Gold Photography came to me with the idea of a modern minimalist shoot at Prospect House, I knew the results were going to be breath-taking. Prospect House is one of those places that speaks for itself and doesn’t require much decoration. So going for the minimal look was the perfect fit. We focused on a neutral color palette, textured florals and modern decor to bring this set together.”

How to Make Your Wedding Day Even Sweeter with Sweet Treat Customizations from The Cupcake Bar

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Are you looking for a sweet treat for your guests on the wedding day? We have found just the wedding vendor to add just a little extra sweetness and a whole lotta fun to your wedding reception! The Cupcake Bar specializes in all things sweet while allowing your guests to customize their dessert into a cute and delicious creation with their cupcake, doughnut and caramel apple bars (and really so much more – see below). Who doesn’t love options?! These desserts are a way for your guests to not only enjoy their treat, but also have a blast creating it too. Keep scrolling to read this super sweet Q&A with Lori Schneider of The Cupcake Bar!

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Photos // Penelope L’amore Photography

1. Tell us a bit about how The Cupcake Bar got started!

The Cupcake Bar started in December of 2007, after a trip to NYC to try out all the cupcakes over 12 years ago. From there, with my experience in catering and the idea of customizing cupcakes at events, the idea evolved into The Cupcake Bar as we know it today! The whole idea of customizing cupcakes to order was something that sounded like so much fun to me, so why not try to see if people might like to do that at weddings and events? It turns out, they do! It’s been a blast to create this company and I am so grateful that the idea was accepted. We now have additional interactive dessert options like doughnuts, caramel apples and even whoopie pies!  I feel truly grateful that this is my job and career — it’s actually the sweetest!

2. What sorts of sweets do you offer for a couple on their wedding day?

Our goal is to bring sweet entertainment to the party on the couple’s big day!  We want to create a sweet, interactive dessert option that represents the couple – whether through a signature cupcake bar set up or a fun d’mores (donuts and s’mores, anyone?!) treat. It should give people something to laugh and smile about, while satisfying that end of meal sweet tooth.
While our name is The Cupcake Bar, we offer so many other options such as an interactive doughnut bar, doughnut wall, favor wall, roaming treats (that can double as a late night dance floor prop machine) or, whatever we can come up with for that couple. We want the dessert portion of their evening to be just as fun and interactive as the rest of their party! The best part is the guests get to choose their own unique combination of cake, filling, icing and toppings – it’s a win-win every time!

3. What is your most popular sweet option?

For weddings, our most popular option is our original service, The Cupcake Bar! That being said, our doughnut bars are super tasty as well. For fall, our caramel apple bars are definitely a hit. We also offer a range of other desserts like nitro popcorn, floating trays… really, the options are endless and no two setups are ever alike!

4. What is the benefit to doing a sweet treat setup rather than having cake for all your guests?

A benefit to hosting a sweet treat or bar setup is that each guest can create their own special dessert, unique to them!  It is both fun and entertaining, while tasty and amazing!  It’s a remarkable alternative that is also a crowd pleaser! The best part is that the smiles are endless — you can’t beat that!

5. What makes The Cupcake Bar‘s interactive pieces so fun for guests?

I think that people really get excited when they see something different and even more excited when they get to be a part of the experience! Customization is such a fun thing for people and they like to take ownership of their creation. It’s so fun to see how proud they are of their custom item or the smile that starts from the moment they walk up to the bar. I literally decided this should be it’s own business when I did the cupcake bar for the first time and I saw people’s smiles as they walked up to the bar.  If for a moment, we can totally makes someone’s day extra sweet — it’s a true honor for us!

6. Anything else you’d like to share with us?

We have been serving the Austin area for 11 plus years, and we do travel! Our end goal is to customize something for our couples, so let us know what your theme and vibe is and we will create something sweet and fun just for you!

A huge thanks to The Cupcake Bar‘s Lori Schneider for all the info on this yummy wedding treat customization! Looking to hire The Cupcake Bar for your wedding or event? Visit their profile on bridesofaustin.com.

6 Austin-Area Venues with a Modern Farmhouse Style

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A fresh take on the charming, rustic vibes so popular around the hill country, modern farmhouse-style wedding venues have been popping up throughout the Austin area, and we’re loving what we’re seeing! We’ve rounded up six Austin wedding venues featuring a modern farmhouse feel, with exposed beams, industrial sliding doors and sleek metal railings juxtaposed with tons of natural light for a bright and airy vibe and of course, lots of shiplap. You’ll love the updated, contemporary aesthetic of these venues, while still appreciating their rustic Hill Country roots. Scroll through and see some of our favorite modern farmhouse-style wedding venues from New Braunfels to Johnson City to Round Rock. Happy venue shopping!

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Hidden Falls | Walters Wedding Estates

Hidden Falls features two venues on one site, both with breathtaking venues! Remi’s Ridge, with a cascading waterfall at the base of a gorgeous cliff, accommodates 300 guests and boasts an unforgettable floating dance floor. Hayes Hollow sits atop a massive hill with 360-degree views, accommodating 250 guests within its classic modern farmhouse-style setup. You and your guests have the option of staying in Hidden Falls on-site vacation rentals, as well. This venue really does have it all!

Photo: Amanda Pomilla Photography

The Addison Grove

Modern meets beauty at The Addison Grove with their grey farmhouse and tall windows. With a stunning venue that’s right outside of Austin, you can’t go wrong. There are several areas across the property – both indoors and outdoors – that allow for a truly unique ceremony experience. Check out this modern farmhouse masterpiece!

Photo // Mint Photography

The Grove

Where exposed wooden beams meet sleek concrete floors and wall-to-wall industrial windows, The Grove in Round Rock offers a unique space with a beautiful take on the modern farmhouse aesthetic. Located centrally, minutes from Round Rock hotels and lodging, The Grove features an amazing deck that winds through majestic oak trees, a terrace meandering along the shores of Brushy Creek, and a huge open space waiting to be transformed into the wedding of your dreams.

Photo // Melissa Glynn Photography

The Ivory Oak

Combining the classic charm Wimberley, Texas is known for with a modern farmhouse design, The Ivory Oak beckons you and your guests to bask in the beauty of the Hill Country. With 10 acres of sprawling oak trees, a white shiplap exterior perfect for photos and a clean, airy interior with limestone walls and skylights, The Ivory Oak is a perfectly fresh backdrop for the rustic wedding you’ve always wanted.

Photo // Melanie Julian Photography

Mae’s Ridge

Perched high on a ridge just outside of Dripping Springs, the Wedding Capital of Texas, is a chic, modern white barn overlooking 28 acres of pristine Hill Country views. Glass doors, skylights and white shiplap walls fill the space with natural light. Winding trails lead to several special ceremony spots including the Oak Grove and Sunset Ridge. Just as its namesake Grandma Mae always welcomed guests into her home, the team at Mae’s Ridge is ready to welcome you and make your wedding day amazing!

Highpointe Estate

As one of the Austin area’s newest wedding venues, Highpointe Estate in Liberty Hill is home to 42 lovely acres among the San Gabriel River Valley, with sweeping Hill Country views and dramatically beautiful spaces to host your special day. The Bungalow (pictured) is the perfect space to gather those in celebration of the big day! Their casual yet elegant interiors feature white shiplap walls that any farmhouse-loving heart will appreciate, along with statement-making espresso-stained timber trusses. You will want to make sure you check back to see the main ceremony space, which is still in the works. Your wedding will be unforgettable at Highpointe Estate!

Photo // Carsyn Abrams Photography


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!

Bold Jewel-Toned Wedding Inspiration at Hidden Falls

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Citrusy details, the brightest florals and deep colors abound in this bold jewel-toned wedding inspiration at the beautiful Hidden Falls! Mixing mod and contemporary-style rentals with boho textiles and heavily saturated florals, this vendor team knocked it out of the park in terms of color and visual interest. There’s not a detail in this entire scene that isn’t fun to look at! We especially love the bold blue cake with the three-dimensional fruit filling detail and the way the fruit theme was carried throughout the tablescape. The florals by Reiley and Rose, from the bride’s colorful bouquet tied with a teal ribbon to the hanging installation between the sweetheart table and oak trees above, are absolutely outstanding! We love the bride’s sultry wedding dress from Beatitude Bridal with its illusion neckline, delicate straps and open back, and Nicole Mera provided stunning custom fine jewelry with colored stones, of course. Everything from the signage to the fun popsicle bar make this bold jewel-toned styled shoot one to remember. Enjoy!

Photos // Ashley Medrano Photography