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Wanderlust-Filled Wedding Portrait Inspiration from Nikk Nguyen Photo

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If you’ve ever felt awkward in front of the camera, this wedding portrait inspiration from Nikk Nguyen Photo is just what you need! Practice your modeling skills and steal a few pose ideas while drooling over this stunning styled shoot that is absolutely filled to the brim with wanderlust and adventurous spirit. Gorgeous loose curls and bold and daring makeup artistry by LUSTREbella bring out all the best features of this bride while an off-the-beaten-path gown from Unbridaled adds even more whimsy and bohemian flair to these photos. Beautiful florals by a waterside setting mean romance galore, and we just don’t know how this wedding portrait inspiration could get any more picturesque! Still unsure if you can duplicate these results in your shoot? Nikk Nguyen Photo knows how to work some serious magic behind the camera, so booking your shoot with him will mean a definite win for you and your partner! Read on to hear about the photographer’s vision for the shoot. Cheers!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photo

From the photographer: “This shoot was for the wanderers in us all. Vagabond hearts, adventure seekers and romantics!”


Looking for more inspiration? Check out all the best of Austin’s wedding vendors here or wedding inspiration here. Happy scrolling!

Our Guide on How to Pick your Bridesmaids

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Weddings are filled with joy, happiness, community and positivity… Until it’s time to pick bridesmaids. But that doesn’t have to be the case! If you follow this guide to picking the right ones to support you throughout the process, you will have no regrets. Remember – your wedding is about you and your partner, and it’s the first step to creating a life filled with the right people.

How to pick your bridesmaids

Budget

Oh budget – you’re the uninvited guest who just keeps showing up. I guess we’ll have to work with ya. It’s important to understand your budget because it will guide you to the number of bridesmaids you can afford. Once you’ve allocated the amount that you want to spend on the bridal party, it’s time to think about what all you will be providing them. Will you buy their dresses? Pay for their hair and makeup? What about bridesmaid proposal suites? How many bridal bouquets are you willing to pay for? Lastly, are you going to be covering your bachelorette trip? These can all be taken care of by your bridesmaids if you don’t have room in your own budget, but keep in mind that they have budgets too! In the event that someone is upset about not getting asked to be a part of your bridal party, your budget is an easy go-to excuse!

Wedding Size

Talk to your fiancé about how you both envision the big day. If you want it small, choose your closest friends. If you want it big, you have some more thinking to do. Even if you have a large guest count, that doesn’t mean that you have to have a large bridal party! Invite who you love and who you hope to cherish these special memories with for the rest of your life.

Family

The first stop on your bridesmaid checklist – family. Sisters come first, and if you have an extremely close brother, having him in your party is a modern touch that will be swooned over by all of your guests. Next, your fiancé’s sister. Do you have a close connection with her and spend quality time together often? If so – she would be the perfect addition to your bridesmaid list.

Friends

These people are just as important as your family – best friends. Think about who your life long best friends are. They can be from your childhood or adult life. A best friend is someone who you go to for all of life’s problems, who you match with emotionally and who loves to have fun with you. Pick her for the next bridesmaid on your list.

Now comes your friend group. You might even have multiple girl-squads, but the criteria for choosing the best of them for your big day is similar to the sister-in-law standards. How often do you talk to them or hang out with them? If you find yourself spending a lot of alone time with this person, chatting on a regular basis and vibing well together, consider them invited.

Finally, if there is someone who you aren’t particularly close with but they are easy to get along with and you know that they will bring excitement to all of your wedding events, add them in if you have room! Remember that it all comes down to who you want to see standing by your side on your big day. It’s time to be selfish!

Work Friends

We all have that one work friend who seems like a sister. You talk about gossip and the latest news with them every single day! If you have someone like this in your life, definitely add them in. But keep in mind, this is the group that you should feel least stressed about considering. Even if you don’t have room to invite them as a guest, they will be there every day to help you get through the wedding planning stress! Sometimes it’s better to leave what goes on in the office, at the office.


There they are – the tips for picking the best bridal party. We cannot stress enough how important it is to make this your decision and not anyone else’s. Feeling comfortable and at ease with these girls are the keys to enjoying the entire wedding day! Next, check out this post for the ultimate bachelorette party inspiration.

All Your Basic Wedding Ceremony Etiquette Questions Answered

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You’ve been to weddings, you’ve watched movies with weddings and viral wedding videos, but if you’re like most brides, your Google search history is still filled with questions about who sits where and walks out when. Enter wedding planning expert — Becky Navarro of Pearl Austin Events to give you expert insights on the basics of wedding ceremony etiquette. As the founder of Pearl Events Austin, she and her team provides customizable event planning services that are uniquely you, uniquely Austin.  Keep scrolling to hear her advice!

All Your Basic Wedding Ceremony Etiquette Questions Answered

Photo // SMS Photography

How long is a typical ceremony?

A typical ceremony is 20-30 minutes, unless you’re doing a catholic mass.

What’s the proper processional order? What about the recessional?

Processional order should be: grandparents of groom, grandparents of bride, parents of groom, parents of bride, officiant and groomsmen (if walking out together in one line), bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girls, bride and dad/escort.

Recessional order should be: couple, wedding party (bridesmaids are escorted out by groomsmen), flower girl and ring bearer, if they are still standing at the ceremony, first row on the brides side, first row on the groom’s side.  Then, officiant releases the congregation. 

What are the rules for inviting children to weddings?

There is no official rule here. You pick!

Can I walk down the aisle to any song I want or should it be more traditional?

You do you! Unless you’re in a church. If you’re in a church some require certain songs.

Where should immediate family sit?

Immediate family is just that, immediate. Parents and grandparents sit on the first row. After that, I don’t recommend saving rows. Your aunts and cousins and godmother and great aunt… they will all find a place to sit. Tell them to come early. Don’t save too many rows because then no one sits there.

Should we write our own vows?

If you’re up for it, do it! 


Thank you to Becky Navarro of Pearl Events Austin for sharing her expertise with us! Visit her Brides of Austin vendor page to contact Becky directly for more information on getting help planning your dream wedding!

R.A.C. Events Shares the Low-Down on Creating a Cohesive Wedding Design

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“Cohesive design” is one of those buzzword phrases you might hear during different parts of the wedding planning process, but what does it really mean? We met with Reyna, Creative Director of R.A.C. Events and Design, at The Commune to learn more about what it takes to creative a cohesive design and how it happens from the very beginning of the wedding planning process. April Mae Creative‘s images below give you a peek into Reyna’s world – read on below to learn more!

Photos // April Mae Creative

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How would you sum up your wedding planning process?

“Our planning process always starts with the initial consultation once an inquiry is submitted. We like to get to know our client from the very first meeting to get an idea of their wedding vision, and to know them as a couple. Once a proposal is sent and contract signed, we get started on the planning and the client is guided each step of the way. We like to provide as many resources as possible for our clients including checklists and guides. We try to make the planning process as seamless as possible, by making suggestions to ultimately help the client with decisions.”

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What do you love most about being a wedding planner?

“It is so special to us that we get to be a part of one of the most important days in a couple’s lives! Building trust with a couple is crucial to planning, and seeing the work turn out just as they imagined at the end of the day is so rewarding!”

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Where do you find inspiration?

“I like to find inspiration from different design industries such as interior design and fashion design. Incorporating different types of design into weddings can bring new and exciting elements.”

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What should a couple expect when working with you?

“When working with R.A.C. Events and Design, we treat all our clients with honesty and respect. We are determined to make your big day true to you, and it’s a very collaborative process. We build long lasting friendships with our clients, and guide you through the entire wedding planning process. Our couples know they can come to use with any questions, concerns, and feel like they’re taken care of.”

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How do you create a cohesive wedding day design?

“For a cohesive wedding day look, you want to make sure different styles, textures, colors make sense and look good together. Use inspiration from your venue’s design, and you can keep building on your florals, linens, signs and attire to make everything seamlessly flow.”


Reyna is passionate about helping brides create and live their ultimate wedding day and has the experience to show for it! Interested in hiring R.A.C. Events for your big day? Contact Reyna via her Brides of Austin vendor profile!

I’m Engaged! Now What? | How to Start the Wedding Planning Process

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You’ve got the ring – now it’s time to plan the thing! Overwhelmed and not sure where to even begin the wedding planning process? No worries. We’ve got your back!

First, on behalf of the Brides of Austin team, we want to give you our sincerest congrats! We LOVE nothing more than genuine love stories. You’re about to kick off forever with your person – how exciting is that?! So, no matter the plans you start making, the lists you start creating and the signatures you start signing (trust us, there will be plenty of those), remember to soak the sweetness of this time up as often as you can.

The wedding planning process is no doubt, a large undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be daunting. We’re here to help every step of the way. Let’s begin!

I'm Engaged! Now What? | How to Start the Wedding Planning Process

Photo // David McCandless Photography

Choose Your Style and Set a Budget

First things first: before you make any other decisions, the dreaded budget conversation has to be had. You’ll soon be signing contracts and paying deposits with Every. Single. Vendor. So you can’t begin without a budget in mind! Deciding on a budget with your fiancé and your family, if they’re helping to pay, can help you make the other big decision you’ll want to begin with: your size and style. Do you want to jet off for a destination wedding with a few dozen guests? Have a small, intimate elopement? A small affair, or a giant celebration with a few hundred of your closest friends?

The money conversation can be intimidating, but it truly is the best place to start because it sets the stage for everything else. Always remember: a wedding, at the end of the day, is nothing compared to a lasting marriage. There’s absolutely no reason to cause anyone any financial hardship. No matter your budget, you’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful celebration with the ones you love most, and that’s all that counts!

Don’t be afraid to reach out to a wedding planner to help from the very beginning. Seasoned wedding planning pros will work WITHIN your budget to help you find the right venue, vendors and other details. They’ll be able to share with you what things cost, realistically, based on different variables and can help steer you in the right direction as you navigate this season and bring your vision to life.

Think About a Rough Guest List

A guest list, already? You read that right. It’s a good idea to go ahead and start considering your guest list at the beginning of the wedding planning process because your overall budget and your venue both rely significantly on how many people you’ll have in attendance. No need to have the complete list set in stone right away, but think about rough numbers of attendees who will definitely be there, as well as a “contingency” count for those who may or may not show up.

Don’t forget about +1’s, and don’t neglect talking to your close family about the guest list. It’s better to get their input from the start than to have disagreements later on about who should be invited or not invited.

Go Ahead and Book Your Venue

Aside from a wedding planner, if you’ll be using one, your venue is the first booking you’ll want to make! The venue is important for several reasons – namely, because the location of your wedding determines so many other facets of the day. Think about these factors as you explore potential venues:

Date – Which dates do they have availability? Venues often offer discounts for Friday or Sunday weddings.
Style and Amenities – Does the venue fit your vibe and come with amenities included? Or will you need to set aside more of your budget for decor and rentals?
Capacity – How many guests can fit comfortably?
Cost – While the venue is typically one of the more expensive bookings you’ll make, there’s no magic number or percentage of your budget a venue should hit. Just make sure that you’ll have enough budget remaining for all other must-have vendors after you’ve booked the venue, and don’t forget to consider tables, chairs and necessary decor!

It’s a Date

Remember as you go into appointments with potential venues – they may not have your dream date available. However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have your dream day! Go in with an open mind and flexibility, but with your personal calendar in hand. Consider future commitments like holidays, busy seasons at work, potential weather concerns, local sporting events, and any obligations your immediate families and closest friends may already have. Once you’ve settled on a date with your venue, embrace it and get excited! This is the day you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.

Pop Some Bubbly and Take a Breather

There’s no stress quite like the stress of the wedding planning process. At some points, it’s just inevitable. Take things day by day, try to let the small issues roll off your back, and don’t forget to savor this time with your fiancé, your families and your best friends! Not every day has to involve wedding plans. Go on date nights and agree to not discuss wedding plans. Take a weekend here and there, just to yourselves. Before you know it, the plans will be finalized and it will be time to say I Do!


We’re here to help along the way with vendor recommendations and inspiration galore. We’re so happy for you! Cheers!