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Abstract Details Elevate this Whimsical Butterfly Wedding Inspiration

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There are so many bright and fun elements in this whimsical garden wedding inspiration, but the abstract archway altar takes this inspiration shoot to a whole new level! Artfully designed and coordinated by wedding planner Heavenly Weddings, there are so many gorgeous details within these whimsy-filled wedding scenes, and this model looks like she just stepped off a red carpet with a fun, colorful bridal beauty look that perfectly complements her attire along with the rest of the day. Butterflies intertwined tastefully within the decor add a sense of nostalgia and innocence that we love and only add to the amount of whimsy in this scene! Scrolling through these stunning photos will surely have you just as obsessed with this whimsical butterfly wedding inspiration as we are. Cheers!

Photos // Bear Moose & Fox

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3 Special Times You’ll Want to Have Your Wedding Photographer Capture

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It’s all about the special moments, right? When you’re in the midst of the season of engagement, life is full of those special moments, and you want to make sure they’re all captured! From some must-have pre-wedding images to one of the best wedding moments you’ll definitely want captured, we’re sharing ideas from these talented Austin wedding photographers of the photos you’ll want to have for posterity once the wedding day has come and gone. Scroll down to see some of their must-have moments!

The Engagement Session

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Photo: David McCandless Photography

Why do an engagement session?

Investing in an engagement session with your wedding photographer is important for SO many reasons. It’s a chance not only to get to know your photographer and for them to get to know you before the big day, but to get comfortable in front of the camera! It’s an opportunity for photos in a relaxed, fun setting – like this image from David McCandless Photography illustrates – where you can really express yourselves and your personalities. Choose a location that’s meaningful to you, wear outfits that you feel genuinely comfortable and confident in and have FUN with your fiancé.


A Sultry Boudoir Shot

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Photo: Melissa Glynn Photography

Should I really do a boudoir session?

We know what you’re probably thinking – “I could never feel confident enough to do a boudoir session!” Enter: a seasoned boudoir photographer who not only knows the best poses but whose presence can help you feel confident enough to ROCK a session like this. Why invest in a boudoir session to begin with? Well, as Melissa Glynn Photography puts it, these sessions capture what makes a bride so fantastically wonderful, beautiful, fun and fabulous. A boudoir session is filled with moments where you’ll feel absolutely amazing in your own skin – whether you choose to give a boudoir album as a gift for your spouse, or just want to do the session for yourself, look at these images as a way to capture a different side of you. An exquisitely beautiful side, at that!


The Grand Exit

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Photo: CC Photofactory

Why make sure your wedding photographer stays until the end?

Many photography packages only include a set number of hours, which means you may have some decisions to make when it comes to parts of the wedding day you definitely want captured. As evident in this gorgeous image from CC Photofactory, having your wedding photographer stay until your grand exit is never a bad idea! The grand exit photos are always so fun, no matter if you do a sparkler exit, bubbles, streamers or just a classic walk-and-wave! You won’t regret having photos of the moment you walk out of your wedding as a newly married couple, surrounded by your closest loved ones cheering you on. As a bonus, the classic getaway car photos are not only timeless, but always full of the most genuinely peaceful, joyful expressions. You’re JUST MARRIED, after all!

When hiring an Austin wedding photographer, make sure you chat with them about all of the big moments you want to capture before and during the big day. This season of life is a fleeting one – make the most of it with images and memories you’ll cherish forever! Cheers!

Modern Mix of Austin Wedding Venues

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From the heart of downtown Austin to the Texas Hill Country, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite modern Austin wedding venues. Whether you’re looking for a blank backdrop to see your vision unfold or spectacular onsite amenities, these venues are sure to impress your guests! You’re in for a treat with these modern farmhouse-style venues that add a hint of rustic flair to your vision – and we know you’ll gawk endlessly at the elegantly modern city locations you would expect to find in a bursting metro like Austin! Enjoy the sleek architectural genius that you will find below. Modern wedding venues are all the rave, and we can’t wait to see what these luxe locations will hold for your wedding day! Enjoy!

Modern Mix of Austin Wedding Venues

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 any couple would love! Located 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 ready to be transformed. Take note of this modern, yet rustic, aesthetic!

Photo // Melissa Glynn Photography

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. Their casual yet elegant interiors feature white shiplap walls that any modern farmhouse-lover will appreciate, along with statement-making espresso-stained timber trusses. The indoor spaces feature chocolate-brown trusses, stunning chandeliers, and loads of natural light streaming through large doors and windows (Pictured above in the Chapel). Outdoors, you’ll discover comfortable porches, beautiful gardens with water features and plenty of room for gathering. Your wedding will be unforgettable at HighPointe Estate!

Photo // Rooted Trumpet Photography

W Austin

W Austin’s modern finishes provide the perfect backdrop for a chic and stylish event. Not even rain can stop your big day; W Austin’s outdoor terrace be easily tented for an outdoor soiree that allows for social distancing! This ATX hotspot fits the perfect modern mold with a matte black exterior in the trendy 2nd District neighborhood, right next to the iconic Austin City Limits music venue. Modern, upscale styling meets contemporary comforts with bold, bright suites for your guests to enjoy after the major dance party that doubles as your wedding!

The Milestone | Georgetown

This is what modern farmhouse dreams are made of! Sitting on 40 acres just above the Sam Gabriel River, The Milestone | Georgetown offers both indoor and outdoor space for your celebration. Begin your day in one of the private suites and watch your guests come to life after your ceremony inside the expansive Georgetown venue. Boasting the fresh and modern trend, you’ll find open beam trusses, towering modern windows, and a spacious dance floor to get movin’ and groovin’. Don’t even get us started with the modern porch space you can relax on with your bridal party before you say “I do,” or after you’ve done the dang thing with your bae! 

Photo // Rae Vision Photography

Austin Central Library

With the industrial edge of Austin Central Library as the backdrop for your wedding, each modern detail is sure to come to life! Located in downtown Austin, this unique venue has a stunning view overlooking Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek that will surely WOW your guests! Gallery space is dedicated to a rotating lineup of innovative art exhibits that can be perused throughout your dream day. A grand staircase awaits an exciting entrance from the bride or groom. This mod location is a winner in our books!

Photo //  Melissa Glynn Photography

Austin Marriott Downtown

Looking for a modern venue near downtown nightlife and Austin attractions? Look no further. Austin Marriott Downtown has flexible rooftop event space as well as a snazzy ballroom with high ceilings and spacious salons. The contemporary glass and charcoal construction creates an ideal city appearance. With an abstract presence that begins the second you walk through the doors, guests will undoubtedly feel like they just entered high-class modernity.

Maybe modern isn’t quite for you? Check out some of our favorite rustic ranch venues that make our sweet Texas hearts sing!

Top 8 Bridal Beauty Tips

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Choosing your wedding hair and makeup can be a challenge, and where should you even begin with skin prep, searching for your ideal style, and planning out your day-of beauty schedule? With these bridal beauty tips from Sunny Hair + Makeup, you are sure to be prepped and ready-to-go when it comes to your wedding day hair and makeup. Looking and feeling beautiful in your own skin is an oh-so essential key to having the best wedding day, and choosing a MUA that will help you do that is a step you do not want to miss. Read on for all the expert tips – cheers!

Top 8 Bridal Beauty Tips

Photo // Josh and Dana Fernandez

Tip 1: Prep Your Skin

Skin prep is very important. The better shape your skin is in, the better your makeup will look. Ideally, you should begin prepping your skin right when you get engaged. Start with a good at-home skincare routine. It is a great idea to start with an esthetician getting monthly facials. If it’s already close to your wedding, it’s never to late to start with a great at-home skincare routine. Going one month and then two weeks before your wedding for a facial will ensure your skin is looking great for your big day.

Tip 2: Search for Your Ideal Style

Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas for your hair and makeup. I would start with searching for what you know you want. For example, “natural wedding makeup” or “boho updo.” You’ll narrow down the results if you search for specifics. If you’re not sure, you can always start with “wedding hair” or “wedding makeup” and start narrowing down what you. like from there. It always helps for people to show the artist some things that they like as sometimes it’s hard to verbalize what you’re thinking.

Tip 3: Have Ideas in Mind For Your Trial

Typically a bride shows up with some pictures on her phone of some looks that she likes and what she has in mind that she’d like to try out. We have a little consultation there and talk about what will work best and then we go for it! You get your full hair and makeup done just like it will get done on the day. We then talk about anything you may want to tweak and make sure it’s exactly what you want on the day of your wedding. You should bring whatever hair accessories you’re wanting to use as well as a veil if you’re not sure about how it will work. For makeup, if you have a specific lipstick you know you want to use, bring that too!

Tip 4: Make Your Eyes Pop with False Lashes

Not all false eyelashes are the same. If you have in your mind this idea of crazy, long lashes, that’s not necessarily what you have to get. We typically use lashes that are going to look natural on people, but just make them look like they have fabulous lashes. It really helps make those eyes pop!

Tip 5: Allot Enough Time for Hair + Makeup On Your Wedding Day

We work in maximum four hour time blocks and just bring as many of our artists as we need to get everyone done in that amount of time. Typically there is someone working on the hair while another artist is working on someone else’s makeup and each take about 30 minutes per service. We allow an hour and a half for the bride to make sure her look is perfect.

Tip 6: Always Keep Your MUA in the Loop

After the artists are done doing the hair and makeup, we will be sure to ask if anyone needs any touchups before we leave. We also give you a lipstick touchup kit to take with you for later. We do not stay beyond that unless it has be arranged by the bride ahead of time. If you know that anyone has extra thick or long hair, it is good to let us know ahead of time and if you are wanting us to come back for touchups after the ceremony, we can add that on!

Tip 7: Keep Your Hands Off

Don’t touch your hair and if you sweat or cry, be sure to pat or dab your face, not wipe. The makeup will last up to 20 hours, so there’s not much you need to do!

Tip 8: Remember You are Beautiful Just the Way You Are!

Your future spouse loves you just the way you are! Hair and makeup is there not to change you, but just enhance the beauty you already have. You can’t go wrong!

Looking for more wedding planing tips? Check out this blog about how to stay within your wedding budget!

This Stately Engagement Session Has Capitol Views and Lake Scenes!

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Laurel and Kevin’s love is so apparent in their gorgeous, stately engagement session around the Texas State Capitol grounds, plus scenic waterside shots at Lady Bird Lake captured by Caroline Lima PhotographyThe now-newlyweds’ story first began when they met while attending school at The University of Texas at Austin. Fast forward to the sweetest proposal (keep reading for the story) and they were officially ready to tie the knot! The pair originally planned to be wed in a chapel ceremony in Houston, but due to COVID restrictions, they had to move their ceremony location just two weeks before the wedding date! They didn’t let this get them down, though, and opted instead for a short cocktail hour immediately following their wedding ceremony on June 20 so they could mingle with close friends and family. The event went off without a hitch, and we can’t wait to see how stunning bride Laurel looked. We’re sure there will be just as much elegance in their wedding photos as there is in this stately engagement session by Caroline Lima PhotographyRead on to hear the story from the now-bride about how her husband popped the question. Cheers to Lauren and Kevin!

Photos // Caroline Lima Photography

From the bride: “I was in Austin for what I assumed was a ‘girls weekend,’ and he was with some guy friends for a ranch weekend. Little did I know, he had coordinated the entire thing and was planning to drive down to Austin to propose that evening. We went to the Four Seasons for drinks before dinner, and while we were there, he surprised me at the table. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement! He led me outside where he had flowers set up on the back lawn of the hotel and asked me to marry him.”

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!