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Mod Mauve Table Design Inspiration from Elsie Event Co.

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Today’s editorial highlight showcases a styled shoot from Elsie Event Co. created specifically for the modern bride who’s still looking for that fabulous feminine flair! Shot by K-Ruiz Photography, this mod mauve table design inspiration brings together contemporary elements, such as the industrial aesthetic of Trinity Hall, and softer details, like the stunning floral arrangements from Flor Amor, to create a unique setting that has us swooning!

Whim Hospitality provided the most elegant white farm table, chairs and table-top decor, while Bailey Rose Design added a personal touch with gorgeous hand-lettering featured in the invitation suite, menu cards, escort cards and the cutest bar sign! Speaking of cute, can we talk about our sweet furry friend?! The Pet Gal understands the importance of incorporating your precious pooch into your big day and offers the service of caring for your pet while you enjoy the celebration.

2tarts Bakery supplied a subtly chic cake along with beautifully designed cupcakes. Read on for a word from the planner herself, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of our latest Spring/Summer 2019 issue for even more wedding inspiration! Cheers!

Photos // K-Ruiz Photography

From the planner, Camille Ross of Elsie Event Co.: “The design of this shoot allowed us to elevate the feel of a classic wedding using some modern textures and a few whimsical details. The mauve incorporated a pop of color that we are anticipating seeing more of for 2019. Color seems to be making more of a comeback and the industry in Austin has been excited! We wanted to keep classic, beautiful wedding elements, while also showcasing some modern touches like new seating ideas, different textures in place settings and printed materials. Smaller details also helped us add creativity and fun to the shoot. We love when our couples go outside-the-box and add elements to their wedding that showcase their personalities.”

7 Questions You’ve Wanted to Ask a Wedding Videographer — Tips from The McKellars

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They say that your wedding day goes by in a blur, but thankfully there are talented videographers who can turn that blur into a cherished film that can be enjoyed long after the day is over. Finding your style and determining how you want to see your wedding in film can feel like a daunting task, so we’ve enlisted the help of Vanessa McKellar, owner of The McKellars, to help answer your most pressing questions.

As part of a husband and wife team that has been creating beautiful wedding films for 16 years, she has the insights to help you walk through this process successfully!

Video // The McKellars
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What all is involved in capturing a wedding on film?

So much! It’s most of the things a photographer has to do, PLUS audio acquisition (vows, toasts, letter readings, ambient audio) PLUS movement and stabilization (tripods, monopods, sliders, gimbals, drones) PLUS hours and hours of post-production and editing. Finding the story or the “angle”… Picking music… Whittling down toasts. Turning an eight-hour event into a 5-minute movie takes a lot of time and finesse!

What would you say to a couple wondering if a videographer is right for them?

It’s not, “if a videographer is right for you” it’s, “what kind of videographer do you want”? Honestly, there are so many reasons to get a videographer, and it would take me too long to list them all, and I think people have probably heard most of the reasons. Basically, if you get someone good, you have an amazing movie of your most amazing day. And who doesn’t want that?

What should couples do [or know] before contacting a videographer?

Quality videography isn’t inexpensive. Budget as much for your film as you do for your photos. Of course, budget and availability are going to be primary components in picking your videographer, but beyond that, it should boil down to who has the style that you like. Here are some things I would look for when comparing different companies:

Color grading: moody vs. natural vs. boho/vintage/faded etc.

Slow motion: do you like tons of it, none of it, or a mixture of both slow motion and real-time footage?

Do you like a super creative editing style or something more straightforward and classic? (Pro tip: generally speaking, the shorter the edit, the more creative it can be. So an Insta teaser will be more unique than a 12-minute feature.)

Gender of shooters: it can be nice to have a female in the room while you’re getting ready.

Do you like a more storytelling style (where the moments of the day are woven together with relevant sound bites from toasts, vows, letters, etc.) or a more music video style? Tip: Watch a good handful of films from a videographer, and if they all “feel” the same, then they have a predetermined style that they work from. If they all feel different, it means the films are informed by the couple’s unique personalities.

How can a couple get the most out of their wedding film?

1.) If you have it in your budget, invest in lighting at the reception, especially uplighting. (We recommend magenta, aqua, pink or purple.)

2.) Tell the photographer that the video is super important to you, so they’ll enthusiastically cooperate and share the space and moments with the videographer.

3.) Add 15% extra time into your couples portrait session so the videographer can jump in to grab some shots without stressing the timeline

4.) Trust your videographer and their creativity. The more freedom we have, the better the work.

5.) Truly, the most important thing is to have fun and be in the moment. Raw, poignant, lively moments are what makes the most compelling film.

How can a couple prepare [themselves and their wedding party] ahead of time for being filmed?

I don’t like couples thinking or worrying about their videography, or being hyper-aware of us, so I don’t want them to have a to-do list of preparations. Providing a solid timeline and letting us know of any surprises is the most important. Like I mentioned before, being in the moment is the most important thing you can do!

What do you love most about working with couples on this type of project?

I have LOOOOVED weddings since I was a little girl. I collected Martha Stewart Weddings magazines and designed wedding dresses when I was like 11, so to be able to attend, and be in the core of, weddings is truly such a joy for me (and Brent loves it too). Everything is so darn beautiful, and everyone is so darn happy! And then we get to distill that day to its essence and create something ELSE beautiful that the couple absolutely cherishes. It’s incredibly rewarding. We’ve been doing this for 16 years, and we have always had the best! So many of my past clients are friends now, and that is so special to me.

How do you try to make this process a pleasant experience for them?

I really value customer service and am quick to respond to correspondence, and I try to keep the booking process straightforward and easy. Frankly, I don’t want them to have to think about their videography very much (beyond how excited they are for it!) We will show up and quietly work hard, direct when we need to, help out when we can, then go home and create the coolest, prettiest movie for them. It’s pretty simple, and folks are always ecstatic about the results.


A special thank you to Vanessa McKellar, owner of The McKellars, for sharing her expertise and insights for how to get the best wedding film. To learn more about how The McKellars can create a beautiful film for your upcoming wedding, visit their Brides of Austin vendor profile to contact them directly.

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: Touch of Whimsy

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With our new issue hitting newsstands, we couldn’t wait to introduce you to the talented wedding planners within! Up today, meet Kelsea Vaughan of Touch of Whimsy. Kelsea’s team of passionate ladies includes event consultants, designers and even a floral designer on staff, serving couples throughout Austin, San Antonio, the Hill Country and South Texas. Brides and grooms are in wonderful hands with this group! With several nationally published weddings in their portfolio and a friendly, enthusiastic attitude, Kelsea and her team bring the expertise and the FUN to every wedding they plan.

“We do it all!” Kelsea says. “My favorite part is being a part of the design process from beginning to end. We take the bride’s inspirational images and turn them into a mood board. We create a floral/decor proposal and mesh their personal style with our aesthetic. Then, the magic happens! All of these beautiful ideas the bride had in the beginning come to life. When Touch of Whimsy isn’t playing a pivotal role in the design process, it is harder to obtain multiple vendors that understand the client’s vision.”

Take a look below to see a styled shoot and a real wedding designed by the Touch of Whimsy team, and read on to get to know the heart behind this business!

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touch of whimsy austin wedding planner styled shoot

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner styled shoot

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner styled shoot

Photos // Jessica Chole Photography

“This shoot brought a style that is so different than what we are seeing with our other brides. Imagine industrial meets vintage chic… with BRIGHT pops of color.” We love the balance of the metallic and rustic elements with soft, organic florals and the industrial vibe. It all meshes so well!

As for what inspires Touch of Whimsy in their designs: “I find inspiration from so many different styles, so it’s hard to fit what I love in one box. I’m in between traditional and organic, with a pop of color,” Kelsea explains.

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner wedding details

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner wedding details

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner wedding details

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner wedding details

touch of whimsy austin wedding planner wedding details

Photos // Dawn Elizabeth Studios

Don’t you just adore the bold tones in this wedding? Absolutely perfect for an autumn wedding in the heart of San Antonio.

“This fall wedding is by far my favorite!” Kelsea says. As for the element she loved most? “It’s a tie between the compote centerpieces in jewel tones and our monogrammed boxwood wall. They both brought so much to the space. One of our favorite wedding trends is unique floral installments – combining flowers with different textures like balloons, branches or metal piping.”

The Touch of Whimsy team offers tons of valuable advice for their brides, but one tried-and-true piece of wisdom they’ve shared is this: “Two things: 1. Be you! Don’t just replicate something you saw on Pinterest. Take your personal interests and turn them into a wedding in the classiest way. (We can help!) 2. Stay conscientious of your spending plan, and stick to it! Nothing is more stressful than receiving the last few bills from vendors and you are way over budget.” Solid advice, ladies.

To get in touch with the Touch of Whimsy planning and floral team, take a look at their Brides of Austin profile and see how they can help take your wedding day to the next level! Cheers!

Sunkissed Color Inspiration at Sunset Ranch Event Center

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With summer feels and a southwest sunset color scheme, this amazing sunkissed color inspiration captured by Mack Eveland Photo at Sunset Ranch Event Center is to-die-for! Golden yellow hues paired with seafoam green and dusty mauve set the tone for this Hill Country scene. Remi + Gold truly amazed us with her abstract floral arrangements that added extravagant textures using pampas grass, palm fronds and giant air plants – we’re blown away! 2Tarts Bakery‘s abstract three-tier cake was the perfect complement to the artistic florals with it’s added palm leave and  peep of a gold foil pattern. Bite-sized mint and gold macarons were on hand to nom alongside the the towering dessert. The model bride was dressed in a flowing, boho lace gown with butterfly sleeves from Unbridaled and geometric statement earrings from Eliza Page. Her look was completed with flowing locks half-up and a dramatic smokey eye by Gloss Beauty Boutique.

The scene wouldn’t be complete without Averi with an Eye‘s calligraphy signage – the menu for Deep Eddy Vodka’s fruity signature cocktail, the Deep Eddy Southside, was lettered on a cactus for the final touch of Southwestern style. We just can’t get over this free-spirited design – keep scrolling and be inspired!

Photos // Mack Eveland Photo

Local Venue Spotlight: Located just minutes from downtown Fredericksburg, Sunset Ranch Event Center exudes Texan elegance. This modern, farmhouse-inspired venue is the prefect place to tie the knot while overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country. With oak trees galore and a lush succulent garden, Sunset Ranch offer the perfect escape from reality for your special day.

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

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This season’s New York Bridal Fashion Week was one for the books! Today, we are looking back on the fabulous trends seen on the Spring 2020 runway that are still inspiring us! From suits, to new textures and fabrics, and show-stopping accessories, we are nothing but amazed at what the upcoming season will bring! There’s something for every bride when it comes to bridal style, and we loving where bridal fashion is headed. Keep scrolling to see our top three favorite trends that are hitting boutiques in 2020, and visit our Instagram profile for more live-action photos straight from the shows under the “RUNWAY” highlight tab!

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

Two-Tone

We’ve seen white dresses, and we’ve seen pink dresses (and a variety of hues beyond those TBH), but this season two-toned looks were repeated in just about every collection we saw. Hand-dyed fabrics (like this from Hayley Paige), colored-skirts with tulle overlays, and dresses with colored lace or beaded designs all showed off color in the best way this spring! Shop this Hayley Paige design and the rest of her Spring 2020 collection locally at Blush Bridal Boutique.

Shorts Suits

While pantsuits are nothing new to the New York runways, bridal short suits are! While we saw many short styles ranging from rompers to cropped top ensembles, we most often saw shorts paired with a blazer-cut jacket. This suit set from Reem Acra is one of the more sleek looks we saw this spring, with another major fashion week trend – minimalism – on display. Shop the all-new Reem Acra collection locally at Julian Gold Bridal.

Swiss Dot

This dainty, spotted print made its way up and down the runway this season, and we can’t get enough. From studded and jeweled polkadot looks, to our favorite and more commonly seen Swiss dot fabric, these feminine gowns made quite a statement. Be sure to look for this fabulous Watters style from the Spring 2020 collection at Unbridaled.


Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest designs to hit our favorite local stores in the months to come at Julian Gold Bridal, Blush Bridal Lounge, Beatitude Bridal Boutique and Unbridaled.