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2018 Looks of Love Contest Sponsored by Eliza Page

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are so excited to kick off our fourth annual Looks of Love contest sponsored by Eliza Page! There is nothing sweeter than reading a love story and seeing incredible photographs that perfectly capture the love a couple has for one another. We’re still swooning over our 2017 winners, Melissa and Fernando, captured by Anastasia Strate Photography. We can’t wait to see more sweet pictures and stories from Austin couples! We’ll be accepting Looks of Love submissions over the next three weeks (deadline to submit is Monday, February 5) and will announce our winner on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14! The lucky winning couple will be treated to a dinner date for two on us at a restaurant of their choice AND a pair of wedding rings from Eliza Page*Click here to enter the Looks of Love Contest – simply upload a few of your favorite pictures or engagement photos and briefly tell us your love story. We’ll be sharing our favorite submissions with our followers starting Wednesday, February 7, to help us decide the winner. Good luck!

*Winner receives a pair of men’s and women’s wedding rings, total retail value of up to $1200 for 2 rings. See store for details.

Elegant Pastel Wedding Inspiration from Anastasia Strate Photography

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If you’re planning an elegant pastel wedding with a dash of bohemia, this Anastasia Strate Photography styled shoot is a must see! From the beautiful invitations by Peach Paper Design to the dainty cake topped with macarons and a gorgeous table spread featuring furniture from Party At the Moontower, elegant touches throughout have us dreaming of warmer weather. The bride’s off-the shoulder lace and tulle dress from Unbridaled is a showstopper. This look is paired with a blue suit for the groom and a beautiful bohemian floral collar for a special four-legged wedding guest! The bride’s up-do is styled with a bit of texture and whimsy by Jessica Roop Beauty & Boudoir, utilizing contrasting elements in one seamless look. We love how the floral motif is carried throughout all aspects of the day, from the bouquet and boutonnière to the centerpieces and pieces hanging from the tree in the ceremony location, adding a dash of bohemian elegance. The pinks and neutrals on the table dressings draw from the hues in the floral and pair well with the neutral colored desserts allowing for pops of colors from the blue chairs and lush greenery to shine in a beautifully understated way. Enjoy!

Photos // Anastasia Strate Photography

Dreamy McKinney Falls Engagement Shoot from Elle Reaux Photography

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Alyssa and Ryan’s dreamy McKinney Falls engagement shoot captured by Elle Reaux Photography is giving us all the feels! The park provided the best landscapes for the couple to explore amidst the golden Texas light, and Elle beautifully captured the duo’s organic and playful love in each scenic setting. Scroll through for all the engagement shoot inspiration you need, and be sure to read Alyssa and Ryan’s adorable story below!

Photos // Elle Reaux Photography

It all started with a work crush. Alyssa was introduced to Ryan by a coworker as one of the few other employees that lived in the city and suffered the reverse commute to the suburbs. She did not expect the fellow city dweller’s smile to give her school girl nerves or to make her stalk the intra-company instant messenger for status alerts. Ryan always kept his work and personal life separate so he did not expect to become close with a coworker or to spend hours on video calls with one that was living half way across the world. But they did, and both of their unexpecteds turned into exactly what each other needed.

From the bride: “I was nagging Ryan about not planning a date in awhile, so he suggested a day date picnic by the lake the following Saturday since the weather predictions looked warm and sunny. We both were involved – he picked the place, I prepped the food – so I did not suspect anything. We had our picnic on Promontory Point which is a grassy park area along the south side of Chicago along Lake Michigan. The bugs were bad, so once we finished eating, he suggested a bike ride along the path that runs toward the city skyline. Everyone that knows me knows I have a strong love for bike rides, especially when using Chicago’s bike-share, Divvy (we both have annual memberships – haha), so again did not suspect a thing.We rode for a little while, and it was a nice day so Ryan wanted to stop off by another area along the shore. I protested since I feared the bugs, but he convinced me and we sat down in what looked like a roped off construction area. At this point I’m a little confused but still not suspicious, and he asks me how long I want to live in Chicago. Since we are sitting along the edge, both looking at the skyline, I did not realize that while I was seriously answering his questions, Ryan was fiddling around in his pocket to ensure the most perfect ring was centered when he pivoted down in front of me on one knee saying, ‘I know wherever we go, we will make it our adventure. I want you to be my wife. Will you marry me?’ Then I blacked out, came to to snap a photo, and shook the entire bike ride back to our car.”

The couple currently lives in Chicago and are planning a destination wedding in Austin this spring. Congrats to Alyssa and Ryan! We can’t wait to see how their special day comes to life!

Modern Austin Wedding Venues

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From the heart of downtown Austin to the Domain Northside, 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!

Archer Hotel Austin

If you’re looking for a venue in North Austin, check out the Archer Hotel Austin — a beautiful 8-story boutique hotel in the heart of Domain Northside. Complete with Lonestar light fixtures in the ballroom and spectacular outdoor terrace with a firepit and seating, this Texas-chic venue is a modern oasis. An experienced on-site wedding specialist, personalized menus by in-house chef and personalized online booking site for wedding guests add additional sophistication to your event.

Blanton Museum

Centrally located just minutes from the State Capitol, The Blanton Museum of Art provides a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Guests mingle in the Atrium under soaring 50-foot skylights, on the covered outdoor Loggia and throughout the spectacular galleries.

 

Hotel Van Zandt

Perfect for the musical couple, hotel Van Zandt will turn your event to eleven. From the light fixtures made out of instruments, to live music in Geraldine’s, the onsite restaurant, this modern Austin wedding venue will turn your guest’s heads and keep them in tune to having fun. A large wedding? No problem! Hotel Van Zandt offers banquet seating for up to 430.

JW Marriott Austin

With a modern design inspired by Austin, the JW Marriott has an event space for every occasion and style and can accommodate groups from 50 to 1,000. Foyer spaces with soaring windows and views of the Austin sky line are the perfect backdrop to a stunning event. Additionally, the breathtaking Congress Avenue Terrace overlooks Ladybird Lake and downtown Austin.

Rock Rose Hall

This North Austin event space is in the heart of the Rock Rose District—a fun, bustling area in the new Domain Northside. This modern event space offers a blank canvas for your dream wedding. With 2,769 square feet of indoor space and 669 square feet of balcony space, Rock Rose Hall is a stunning option for weddings with up to 200 guests.

The Westin Austin Downtown

Whether your big day includes hundreds of guests or is elegantly simple and intimate, you’ll find the perfect setting for your wedding at the sophisticated Westin Austin Downtown. Choose from over 19,000 square feet of event spaces, from grand ballrooms to pool deck overlooking downtown Austin.

Photo: Mint Photography

W Austin

From an award-winning pastry team who can make your wedding cake onsite, to use of whimsical W lounge furniture, 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 with clear material, so you can still incorporate stunning city views without worrying about the weather. Plus, with weddings of 150 people or more, the engaged couple receives a complimentary suite at the hotel.

Photo: Jerry Hayes Photography

Top 10 Austin Wedding Scenes from 2017

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Happy New Year!!! Today we are saying goodbye to 2017 with a final look back at the top 10 Austin wedding scenes! We looked through all the WOW moments from ceremonies and receptions within the pages of Brides of Austin to bring you our favorite over-all scenes (in no particular order), and to get excited for all of the future weddings that are sure to come in 2018! Cheers to the new year!

Classic Beauty  

Westcott Weddings | Clementine Botanical Art | Loot Rentals | Marquee Event Rentals- Austin | Julie Wilhite Photography

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Tented to Perfection 

Gypsy Floral and Events | Altared Weddings and Events | Loot Rentals | Whim Hospitality | Premiere EventsWild Sky Events |The Mckellars | Sophie Epton Photography

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Moroccan Flair 

Serendipity Bridal | Mint Photography 

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Charming Greenery 

Westcott Weddings | Clementine Botanical Art | Loot Rentals | Marquee Event Rentals- Austin | Michelle Boyd Photography

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Stunning Cake Table 

Sweet Treets Bakery | Loot Rentals | Pearl Austin Events | Bouquets of AustinBrazos Hall | Two Pair Photography

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Floral Greenery 

Westbank Flower Market | Brock + Co. Events | Whim Hospitality | Jenny DeMarco Photography

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Cozy Lounge 

 

Loot Rentals | Sophie Epton Photography

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Gorgeous Ceremony Entrance  

Brazos Hall Bouquets of Austin | The Mckellars | Marquee Event Rentals-Austin | Joseph West Photography

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Beautiful Reception 

Ma Maison |  Marquee Event Rentals- Austin | The Bird and The Bear Photography and Films

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Glorious Floral Arch 

Clementine Botanical Art | Mustard Seed Photography

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