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Austin Wedding Planner Profile: Trademark Weddings

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Using a classic style with a contemporary twist to bring to life weddings and events of all shapes and sizes, Carrie and Amanda of Trademark Weddings are a dynamic duo and risings stars in the Austin wedding planning scene! With expertise in event design, these ladies own an all-encompassing full-service design and planning company ready to handle your dream day, whether you’re hosting an intimate elopement or celebrating with 500 of your closest friends!

Carrie and Amanda offer full planning, partial planning and even a la carte services to help relieve some of the stress of planning your special day. No matter which service you choose, you’ll be in wonderful hands and most importantly, your wedding will reflect YOU. “While you can be inspired by what you see on Pinterest or Instagram, you want your wedding to be totally unique to who you are as a couple, and I think our entire team has a real knack for figuring out the best way to do that,” Amanda says. Take a look below at a styled shoot and a real wedding designed by Trademark Weddings!

trademark weddings styled shoot

trademark weddings styled shoot

trademark weddings styled shoot

trademark weddings styled shoot

trademark weddings styled shoot

Photos // Alexis Katherine Photography

We’re pretty obsessed with the juxtaposition of the concrete details in this styled shoot mixed with soft, organic florals and the flowy, boho vibes, right down to the dress. “We really wanted to play around with mixing hard and soft for this shoot. We went for a very monochromatic look in everything except the flowers. We actually wanted the table to look almost like a black and white photograph, with the florals serving as the one pop of color. I’m a big fan of not restricting an event to a set number of colors, but rather imagining an entire palette, and exploring the depth in that palette and exploring different textures too.”

This shoot is a perfect example of mixing classic elements with more trendy pieces for an eye-catching yet still timeless aesthetic. “I think we’d describe ourselves as classic with a contemporary twist. We love fashion and interior design and enjoy watching the trends that walk down the runway or are featured in the pages of interior design magazines work their way into the wedding world. That being said, there are very few couples who want to look back on their wedding photos 10, 20 or even 50 years down the road and think of them as being too ‘trendy.’ We put a lot of pride in creating contemporary and current designs that remain timeless. A little bit of ‘trend’ goes a long way!”

trademark weddings real wedding

trademark weddings real wedding

trademark weddings real wedding

trademark weddings real wedding

Photos // Lori Blythe Photography

“This bride actually studied art history in college. She wanted the centerpieces on their tables to resemble a still life painting and we found that so inspirational! The colors, shapes and textures used were incredibly unique and made for an incredibly personalized event.”

One way to make sure your wedding can take on the vibe you’re really going for? “Choose colors and shades that live well together and allow for more freedom to customize,” the Trademark team recommends.

Another gem of advice: “Aside from hiring a planner, we always recommend that after you come up with your entire event budget, that you sit down and list your top priorities. Do you want the room to look incredible? Do you want your guests to have the best meal of their lives? Do you really just want to make sure everyone spends the maximum amount of time on the dance floor as possible? Whatever you want the biggest takeaway to be, let that guide and shape your event. Communicate your priority list to your planner, and they will be able to guide you towards the best team of vendors to turn your dream into a reality.”

We couldn’t agree more with Carrie and Amanda’s advice, and we love their perspective! To learn more about this duo or to inquire about their packages, check out Trademark Weddings’ Brides of Austin wedding planner profile! Cheers!

Organic Modern Ceremony from Lovely Day Events Austin

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With an earthy color palette and the idea of simplicity at the forefront, this styled shoot from our Spring/Summer 2019 issue designed by Lovely Day Events Austin is giving us endless organic modern ceremony inspiration. Setting the scene with a white walled chapel space drenched in airy, natural light, Springdale Station served as the perfect backdrop for creating a dream space that was equal parts minimal and glamorous. Anchoring the decor with a neutral and navy color palette, Party at the Moontower’s furniture and lounge pieces were accented by glittering gold accessories – one of our favorites being the chic seating chart from Design to Flourish! A touch of floral embellishment from The Flower Girl added a bit of whimsy, with coordinating arrangements used throughout the pseudo wedding, from custom altar pieces to the model bride’s bouquet! Her blooms provided just the right amount of color to her polished yet natural look featuring a cap-sleeve open back gown from Blush Bridal Lounge, dainty jewelry from Nicole Mera and a soft makeup look done by Makeup ATX. Topping off the setting was a gorgeous three-tier cake with stencil-like floral embellishments from Iced Caked & Confections, a treat sure to have been enjoyed by all guests alike. Scroll down for all the fabulous details from this shoot captured by April Mae Creative and inspiration notes from the designer herself! Cheers!

Photos // April Mae Creative

From the planner, Kierstin Schupack of Lovely Day Events Austin: “I was interested in creating a very modern yet organic ceremony backdrop, something striking and beautiful at the same time. I also wanted to move away from the vintage look and have all elements feel modern, chic and beautiful.”

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.