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Austin Wedding Cake and Catering Trends of 2018

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It’s time to look back on the Austin wedding cake and catering trends that stood out to us most in 2018. Without a doubt, this year has been chock full of impressive bites, both eye-catching and mouthwatering! Take a look at these trends we saw in 2018 from our local Austin bakeries, dessert makers and caterers. You’ll want to dig right in! Cheers!

Fantastically Fruity

Our Austin bakers and caterers used delicious berries and fruits in just about every kind of dish this year, from delectable cake toppers to bite-sized desserts and even with savory appetizers. For an extra punch of sweet and acidic flavor, consider adding fruit to your cake or entrée!

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

Sweet Treets Bakery | Pearl Events Austin | Loot Rentals | Whim Hospitality | Bouquets of Austin | The Frost Collective

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

Tiny Pies | Jody Horton Photography

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

Simon Lee Bakery | Horseshoe Bay Resort | Anastasia Strate Photography

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

Launderette | The Grove | The Bird and The Bear

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

The Salt LickThe Grove | The Bird and The Bear

 

Happening Hexagons

Hexagons have definitely had a moment in 2018, showing up in interiors and tiles, but also in cakes! These Austin wedding cake bakers strayed from the typical circular tiers and mixed things up with fun geometric designs.

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

Iced Cakes & Confections | Premiere Select | W Hotel | The Flower StudioPenelope L’amore Photography

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

2Tarts Bakery | 7Co Event Venue | Janeane Marie Photography

 

Grab-and-Go

In 2018, convenience and approachability were key, especially when it came to desserts! Grab-and-go dessert bars for everything from macarons to donuts made their way into Austin weddings this year. Aside from practicality, the displays were visually stunning, too!

austin wedding cakes and catering trends of 2018

The Cupcake Bar | The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center |  Loot Rentals | Premiere Events | Penelope L’amore Photography

austin wedding cake and catering trends of 2018

Powder Sugar Room | Shy Laurel Photography

austin wedding cake and catering trends of 2018

Gourdough’s Public House | The Addison Grove | Loot Rentals | Robert Bradshaw Photography

A Sweet Boho-Inspired Styled Shoot Planned by Kristin Catter Events

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We love this light and airy version of a boho-inspired styled shoot at Hidden River Ranch! Instead of your typical moody hues, this sweetly colored shoot adds a unique twist on the bohemian style with pops of ruby red throughout. Styled by local Austin wedding planner Kristin Catter Events, this shoot featured a variety of texture in soft velvet linens, pheasant feathers and our favorite, pampas grass. Loot Rentals supplied wonderfully rustic furniture, setting the scene for the eclectic tablescape. With a flowing, high-neck lace gown from Unbridaled, the model bride’s look is completed with bohemian gold and pearl jewelry and accessories and a soft side-swept updo. You won’t want to miss this rustic, boho inspo – keep scrolling to see!

Photos // Lauren Bosse Photography

5 Gorgeous Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Pairings from Eliza Page

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Congratulations! You found love, now let’s help you find the hardware to celebrate. In the spirit of the holidays, we have five golden rings to inspire you. To be exact, we have five gorgeous engagement ring and wedding band pairings that are perfect for the modern bride from the experts at Eliza Page. Let’s find you an engagement ring (and wedding band) as unique as your love story!

 

A Dazzling Diamond Halo

5 Gorgeous Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Pairings from Eliza Page

This Sage engagement ring with a diamond halo pairs well with the minimalism of the single diamond custom band in yellow gold. We’re ready to say, “I do” to this glistening duo!

 

A Rosy Outlook

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Imagine this stunning beauty on your hand! We’re loving this delicate rose cut diamond in rose gold, no less. This delicate pair perfectly blend vintage and modern vibes.

 

A Rainbow Fit for a Queen

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This set is ideal for a bride with a sense of adventure and whimsy! The Rainbow Stardust ring was inspired by the enchanting E. E. Cummings quote “you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars…” Crown the Rainbow Stardust engagement ring  with the Aarabesque ring, which is a new design from Eliza Page inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

 

A Diamond of a Different Color

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This trend-setting bauble would make a statement on your ring finger for sure! This black diamond halo is a rose cut engagement ring in yellow gold. Add to the drama by stacking a wedding band and an extra one for good measure.

 

A Cluster of Diamonds

Eliza Page Jewelry

We’re rounding out this collection of diamond inspiration with an exquisite diamond cluster ring in rose gold with a satin finish. That mix of delicate and chunky bands make this ideal for the chic, modern bride.


Those were some amazing rings from Eliza Page! We’re loving this band stacking trend – it’s a wonderful way for brides to make their own statement and keep their look fresh over the years. Be sure to check out the rest of the lovely collections from Eliza Page, including grooms rings and custom built designs or inquire directly with the jeweler on her vendor profile here.

Photos courtesy of Eliza Page

A Southwest Love Anniversary Shoot Captured by Mack Eveland

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Adobe dwellings with isolated pastures have us falling in love with this southwest love anniversary shoot captured by Mack Eveland. Courtney and Brendan’s love is so contagious… it makes us want to fall in love all over again! Keep scrolling to see this cute couple, and read about their Marfa adventure and the sweet beginnings of their relationship. Happy Tuesday!

Photos // Mack Eveland

From the photographer: “Courtney and Brendan have been married for six years, and they road trip to Marfa, Texas, each year for their anniversary. I was lucky enough that my trip overlapped with theirs. We met up on the downtown strip then headed west on Highway 90 for golden hour. I enjoyed every minute spent with these two. There’s nothing I love more than seeing a couple who’s been together for years and years still so crazy for each other.”

From Courtney, on how they met: “We met 10 years ago in Colorado on a work retreat with Younglife (he swears I was rude to him haha but I don’t remember that part). We both were dating other people at the time. About six months later we ran into each other in Austin and were single. The rest is history!

On how he proposed: “Oh man, he did good. My family and friends were at dinner with us in downtown Austin. Everyone was in town for a football game, so I thought nothing of it. As we were leaving and walking through a parking lot, a huge video started playing on a brick wall with loud music. I soon realized it was a video he and his brother, who is a videographer, had made that was all about our first date (that had lasted about 8 hours). When it was done, I turned around and saw even more friends gathered around the parking lot, and that’s when he got down on one knee.”

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses – Tips from Margaret Collection

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You’ve asked those special girls in your life to be your bridesmaids and now you’ve got to find them bridesmaid dresses that will be beautiful, flatter all different shapes, and match your wedding style. (Oh, is that all?) First, take a deep breath. There’s no need to get overwhelmed because finding the perfect bridesmaid dress is possible with these expert insights from owner and designer Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection. You can avoid the common pitfalls and enjoy this process by finding out what to consider before selecting your bridesmaid dresses. Read on to learn more.

Photos //  Katie Pinson Photography

What are the most common issues brides deal with during the bridesmaid dress selection process?

I think the most common problem is deciding on a dress style that is going to work for all of your bridesmaids. Most of us have bridesmaids with all different body types, and it’s super hard to please everyone. We (Margaret Collection) truly try hard to come up with designs that can be flattering and comfortable on most body types. Dress shapes that are universally flattering tend to be strapless bra friendly, have a nipped in waist, and don’t hug too tightly.

Another issue is when a bride loves many different styles making it hard to narrow it down. A good way to narrow down your bridesmaid choices is to pick one or two that mimic your wedding dress. That way they will definitely fit with your theme and won’t look out of place.

One more thing to watch out for is getting too trendy. Similarly to when you decide on a wedding gown, you want your bridesmaids to have an of-the-moment dress without going too crazy with current trends.

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses - Tips from Margaret Collection

This belted tank dress is a great example of a flattering midi length dress that has a nipped waist, but doesn’t hug too tightly.

What is the most important thing for brides to keep in mind during the dress selection process?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the dress code or overall theme of the wedding, because the bridesmaids dresses can really add to the whole effect.

The bridesmaids will be standing in front during the ceremony and will be in many pictures, so it looks amazing when the dresses flow with the theme or feel of the wedding. This can include any or all of these things: the dress code (whether it is very formal or more casual), your color theme (but you can’t go wrong with neutral colored dresses like champagne), and the season’s temperature (long sleeves in August = sweat).

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Take your wedding color scheme into consideration when selecting your bridesmaid dresses, but you can never go wrong with neutrals like champagne or this tan linen circle skirt dress.

What information should a bride already know when she comes to you to find her bridesmaid dresses?

When it is time to decide on bridesmaid dresses, you should know the general theme of your wedding.

The bridesmaid dresses should contribute to the overall style of the event, so you want to have some details in place already like your venue, what the dress code will be, the time of day the wedding will take place, and what colors you will use.

It is especially helpful to have your wedding dress picked out because the wedding dress tends to lead the theme and will likely provide direction for the bridesmaid dresses.

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Having your wedding dress selected before looking for bridesmaid dresses will help you better determine what style to go with, like this fun ruffle sleeve, off-the-shoulder dress.

How can brides tell if they have selected the right dress?

My best advice is to realistically put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes. Is it a cool and flattering dress that you would be excited to wear? Would you be happy wearing it for long hours? Are you going to be comfortable enough to reach your full potential of fun on the dance floor?

That being said, it is your wedding that you are spending endless amounts of time planning, so you get to choose the aesthetic. Try imagining what your wedding photos will look like with you in your gown and your bridesmaids in their dresses standing next to you, in your venue, and holding the flowers you choose. If you like the way that picture in your head looks, then you probably selected the right dress!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

When selecting a bridesmaid dress put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes and consider if it’s a dress she can dance the night away in, like this wrap dress, but don’t lose sight of what works best for the overall event.

What dresses from your collection are you most excited about for this upcoming season?

Must. Love. Midi length. It is such a flattering length and gives any design a touch of classic style, and also happens to be a lasting trend right now. It is a very comfortable length because you never have to be cautious about a short hem, and you don’t get too hot on the dance floor like with a maxi dress. It somehow works for both casual and formal settings – perfect for a wedding!

We are working on bridesmaid jumpsuits! Think tasteful but cool jumpsuits that you even might want to wear when you’re not a bridesmaid. Can’t say too much yet, but I am very excited for these to debut in the spring!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

A midi length dress, like this slip dress with a tie waist, is a flattering length on women of all shapes and sizes as well as being on trend, not to mention, still comfortable.


Special thanks to Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection for sharing such wonderful advice. To learn more about Margaret Collection’s custom design services and dress collection, visit their vendor profile!