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Ask the Experts – Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Silver Thistle Weddings & Events

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As a bride-to-be planning your wedding, we know you have tons of questions that need answers – cue our Ask the Experts blog series! Today we’re chatting with expert planner Kimberley Bentley from Silver Thistle Weddings & Events about her first advice to brides starting the planning process. From venues to trends and personalization, Kimberley is giving us all the tips and tricks to making your wedding day not only spectacular, but a dream come true!

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Silver Thistle Weddings & Events

Photo // Caitlin Rose Photography

What wedding trends do you foresee in 2019?

In 2019 I see couples stepping further away from the traditional wedding with a move toward an individualist approach. Brides will begin to think more creatively with their wedding dresses and even consider color rather than the typical white or ivory dress. Cakes are fading and dessert tables with lots of choices for guests will take the place of a grand cake. Elopements and micro weddings are on the rise.

Why should a couple hire a wedding planner?

Planners take away potential stresses involved in planning a wedding. There are so many details and moving parts to wedding day! Details are in the forefront of a planner’s mind, but they may take back seat to a couple who is overwhelmed by all of the decisions to be made.

What is your number one piece of advice for couples preparing for their big day?

Always remember at the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love most in the world. This is all that truly matters! Some couples get washed away by the wedding day’s schedule of events and forget about the reason they are there in the first place. Don’t set expectations too high. Expect that things may not go exactly as you have planned and let bumps in the road on wedding day be okay. Your planner will take care of these.

What is the best way to achieve a cohesive look throughout a wedding?

Hire vendors who not only have experience and a great reputation, but those who have worked together before. Vendors who work well together and communicate efficiently are priceless. Teamwork is key.

Share your favorite ways to personalize a wedding.

I subtly bring in personality elements like a couple’s love of arts, a favorite vacation spot or hobbies shared. I always encourage couples to include a bit of themselves in the big day. It makes it so much more personal and special not only for them but also for their guests. I recently had a couple who met in college fencing club (yes, with swords). On the wedding day they added their fencing hoods to their wedding attire and dueled in the streets of downtown Austin. Crazy to some maybe, but they have photos of a special moment that is uniquely theirs and like no other.

What should a couple consider when selecting their venue?

Does it reflect the style or mood that you want for your big day? If you envision a casual outdoor ceremony with dinner and dancing under the stars – you wouldn’t select a hotel ballroom. So really think about what your dream wedding day looks like and curate the design elements to that vision – starting with the venue.
Also, take into consideration the venue’s rain plan. No one wants to change their wedding day due to rain but sometimes we have no control over this. Ideally you should love the backup plan as well.

Special thanks to Kimberly Bentley for sharing her advice with us today! You can get in touch with Silver Thistle Weddings & Events over on her Brides of Austin vendor profile.

French Garden Tablescape from Pearl Events Austin

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This French garden tablescape from Pearl Events Austin is sparking major joy in us today! Set on the lush grounds of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, this editorial shoot is full of wild florals in muted tones from the creative designers at Flora Fetish — ideal for a springtime soiree or a bride’s dream garden party wedding! Beyond the florals, this styled shoot is full of oh-so-lovely details. Some of our favorite touches include the gorgeous, minimalist invitation suite and escort cards from Averi with an Eye and the scene-stealing cake from Iced Cakes & Confections.This wedding inspiration also features one of our most favorite trends — knotted napkins. Scroll through to see all the lovely linen-spiration from Premiere Events and more, all captured by Honey Gem Creative! Cheers!

Photos // Honey Gem Creative

From the planner, Lexie Perez of Pearl Events Austin: “I was inspired by a French garden, with soft pops of color and lots of texture. I wanted all colors to be somewhat muted, but still make a statement, and I wanted all the flowers to be a little wild to play off of the garden theme. I am a big fan of muted color, just to add a little something to the design. It’s still soft and romantic, but incorporates a wide range of color because of the softness of the palette.”

Brunch with the Brides: Spring/Summer 2019 Mag Release at Springdale Station

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Excitement and anticipation never waver when it’s time to release a new mag, and our Brides of Austin Spring/Summer 2019 issue launch at Springdale Station was no different! We were so thrilled to be in Austin on a gorgeous spring day to mingle with the top wedding vendors in central Texas and celebrate another beautiful magazine hitting newsstands! Springdale Station was the perfect spot to host our bi-annual brunch, and this time, we wanted guests to feel right at home. A lounge area from Scavenged Vintage Rentals, inviting tables from Marquee Event Rentals and homestyle gourmet bites from Rosemary’s Catering welcomed our honored guests, while Party at the Moontower created a station for Live Love Relax to provide massages! Such hospitality shown by these vendors and by all the sponsors involved!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without dessert, and as usual, The Powder Sugar Room went above and beyond. We loved their light-as-air macarons and other bite-sized goodies! Outside, guests enjoyed yard games and music from Altared Weddings, while Vannagram‘s super fun retro van morphed into one of the cutest photobooths we’ve ever seen. Beautiful blooms by Wildly Cultivated livened up the entire space and, as our publishers spoke and guests interacted, Sasha Haagensen captured all the action on camera. Take a peek below at this event and be sure to pick up a brand new Brides of Austin magazine for yourself, on stands now! Cheers!

Photos // Sasha Haagensen Photography

Austin Invitation Designer Spotlight Series – Grey Meets Gold

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Bespoke, refined and sophisticated: these are just a few of the words we’d use to describe the gorgeous work of Christine Hunt of of Grey Meets Gold Print Shop! “Anytime I can use a wax seal, I’m a happy lady,” Christine says. “I LOVE working with handmade paper, letterpress and wax seals for my brides’ wedding stationery! These are by far my most common requests to utilize in their wedding invitations.” Grey Meets Gold offers custom fine art wedding stationery, day-of paper goods and hand calligraphy services to couples in the Austin area and beyond.

We’re loving the bold tones and fine art style of the Grey Meets Gold suites below, captured at Trinity Hall by Elizabeth Denny Photography. Check back into the blog in the upcoming days as we introduce more of Austin’s top invitation designers, and read more about Christine’s heart behind her business below!


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invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

invitations from austin wedding invite designer grey meets gold

Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

How did you get into wedding invitation design? I originally started off writing a blog back when I had just graduated from University. This was more of a means to help me document what I was going through as a newly engaged lady planning a wedding! My readers really enjoyed learning more about what I was going through and my processes and to do-lists for wedding planning. Now, I had always had a bit of an obsession with paper and print methods, especially handmade paper and letterpress. Be still, my beating heart! So of course when I started working on wedding invitations, my readers became even more intrigued with what kind of stationery I would be using. That got me thinking: I had really enjoyed planning my wedding, but I knew I didn’t want to become a wedding planner. One day, my husband and I were sitting down to dinner to discuss our next move, as we are in the military, you see, and he suggested I start my own wedding stationery business. I had created holiday cards, birthday and bridal shower invitations for some of my sorority sisters over the years so he and I both knew I really enjoyed it. And that was that. The next day I started looking into turning my blog, Grey Meets Gold, into an actual business.

What elements in your personal design/style set you apart in the wedding industry? My style is defined by refinement, tasteful restraint and an almost implausible attention to detail in design. My approach is to create refined, timeless, organically lush design while infusing personal touches that are unique to my clients.

What inspires your overall designs? 

  I have always loved how old world European architecture just seems to transport you to another time and place. I am of Scottish ancestry, so I grew up reading folklore and mythology. Fairies, giants, mystical creatures – those sorts of things. I wanted to tie my love for my heritage into my designs! I am in awe of the organic beauty of nature and the simplicity of modern calligraphy. You’ll find soft, subtle hints of all these elements throughout my designs.

For this particular project, Christine was inspired by a light and airy springtime aesthetic and wanted to channel a sophisticated garden party vibe for the suite. She’s not one to follow trends, but she does believe in thinking outside the box for your invitations, whether that’s using unique materials like leather, acrylic or velvet, or simply paying attention to the smallest of details to really leave an impression on your guests when they open their envelopes. To see more of Christine’s work, check out her Brides of Austin vendor profile! Cheers!

Color Palate: Delicious Dishes in Craveable Colors

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Color Palate: Delicious Dishes in Craveable Colors

Compliments to the chefs, we’re diving into the latest and tastiest in local catering trends in this eye-catching editorial from our new Spring/Summer 2019 issue aptly titled Color Palate: Delicious Dishes in Craveable Colors. Shot at Brazos Hall by Cory Ryan Photography, Austin’s greatest chefs (and mixologists!) whipped up their very best and brightest plated creations, from fresh catch to cheeseboards and everything in between! Grab your fork and get ready to delight in these delectable dishes below! Cheers!

Photos // Cory Ryan Photography

Royal Fig Catering

From the chef: “We love the combination of freshness with bright colors.”

The Dish: Seared Gulf Redfish | Fava Puree | Summer vegetable succotash and fried beets

The Palate: Redfish, fava beans, summer squash, red peppers, corn, red onion, red beet

Whim Hospitality

From the chef: “We wanted to showcase the first ingredients of the spring, and English peas are one of first things out. I love setting the brininess of calamari against these delicate spring flavors and textures. We knew it would create a great cohesive color palette and dimensional texture.”

The Dish: Crispy Saffron Risotto Cake

The Palate: Risotto arborio rice with garlic, chix stock, shallots, white wine and saffron, pea smash with English peas, roast garlic and parmesan, calamari and olive butter

Rosemary’s Catering

From the chef: “While Ahi is popular as an appetizer, it is so rarely used as an entrée in catering, and we love to surprise our guests with something familiar but unique. The flavor profile also combines different food traditions into something you can’t find every day.”

The Dish: Blackened Ahi Loin Salad

The Palate: Blackened ahi loin, sautéed kohlrabi, baby radish, shaved jicama, pickled red onion, balsamic reduction

Crave Catering

From the chef: “We craft custom menus and serve delectable and freshly prepared farm fresh food with outstanding service while creating incredible experiences.”

The Dish: Under the Sea

The Palate: Sous vide and seared scallops, beet puree, fennel dust, lemon foam, wilted kale

Salk Lick BBQ

From the chef: “Inspiration comes from being a hunter and being able to harvest meat from the wild that can then be turned into eccentric table fare. Using an old cooking/preserving method such as smoking meat, which is what we do best here at Salt Lick BBQ to then bring an upscale plate with lots of color to the mouths and eyes of future food fanatics.”

The Dish: Smoked & Peppered Venison Backstrap with beet juice vermicelli and heirloom tomatoes 

The Palate: Venison backstrap, heirloom tomatoes, vermicelli noodles, beet juice, radishes, fennel fronds, parsley and black pepper

Pink Avocado Catering 

From the chef: “The bright colors are visually intriguing, and the bold flavors of seasonal chilies and garden herbs mirror the visual. Paired with the decadent butter poached lobster, it’s a full spectrum dish from first look to last bite!”

The Dish: Butter Poached Lobster

The Palate: Butter poached lobster, blue corn grits, seasonal rainbow slaw, Fresno chillies, jalapeño, aji amarillo emulsion, toasted garlic and fresh garden herbs

Austin Catering

From the chef: “We love the vibrant flavors and color of the dish, but it also pairs so well together – delicious!”

The Dish: Pistachio Crusted Halibut Filet

The Palate: Pistachio crusted halibut filet with fennel cream and beet gastrique, watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, avocado and baby arugula salad with feta and champagne vinaigrette

Catering with a Twist

From the chef: “We love that this is a custom designed first course that is displayed at the guests’ tables to allow for mingling and enjoyment upon sitting.”

The Dish: Twisted Starter Board

The Palate: Bacon jam, pimento cheese, pickled okra, pickled beets, smoked sausage, prosciutto, smoked peppers, pistachios, dried cranberries, Texas pecans and crackers

Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon

From the chef: “Our wood-grilled vegetables are as delicious as they are colorful.”

The Dish: Family-Style Grilled Vegetables

The Palate: Grilled cauliflower with carrot, red cabbage, white onion, jalapeño, sherry shallot vinaigrette, grilled beets with chimichurri, cotija cheese, pepitas, saffron chili aioli and grilled sweet potatoes with poblano ranch


From the chef: “This dish is classic Launderette. The Beet Hummus has been on the menu since we opened and it continues to be a favorite for both restaurant guests and catering clients.”

The Dish: Beet Hummus

The Palate: Beet hummus with labneh, millet crunch and everything cracker


From the chef: “It’s both sweet and savory and can be served as an appetizer or alongside a dessert to add a little spice. It goes well with any menu.”

The Dish: Baked Brie Bites 

The Palate: Warm brie and fresh berries wrapped in a flaky pastry, topped with habanero jelly and fried cilantro

Deep Eddy Vodka

From the chef: “Deep Eddy Vodka is unique in that our vodka looks and tastes the way it does because of real, natural ingredients. That is why it pairs so well with just soda water, or with fruit forward, honest ingredients that you can find in these three cocktails.”

The Cocktails South Side 75 | Summer Fling | Front Porch Sipper

The Palates: South Side 75- Deep Eddy Original Vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh dill, Champagne | Summer Fling- Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, watermelon-rosemary shrub, fresh lime juice, soda water, frozen watermelon ice cubes | Front Porch Sipper- Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon juice, lemonade