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Brunch with the Brides – Rooftop Mag Release Party Celebrating the Fall/Winter 2018 Issue

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We look forward to each and every mag release with eager anticipation, and along with that, our Brunch with the Brides event where we get to celebrate and catch up with so many of our cherished vendors! This issue’s event at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center in downtown Austin was no different, and we had a ball mingling with industry friends and fawning over the gorgeous new Brides of Austin Fall/Winter cover captured by Sophie Epton. It’s a beauty! To help us celebrate, Loot Rentals and Premiere Events provided rentals that went perfectly with our colorful mod/retro vibe, Dart Collective set the mood with awesome music, and Crave Catering kept us coming back for more delicious fare along with their selection of flavorful mimosas. We can’t leave out The Cupcake Bar, who treated everyone to a delicious build-your-own donut and dessert bar! Remi + Gold truly outdid themselves, not only providing the floral installations, but they also made the beautiful dyed linen backdrop to show off the new mag! Penelope L’amore Photography captured the rooftop scene so we’re sure not forget a single detail. Our team enjoyed local lodging with Nest Vacation Rentals in a relaxing getaway house just a short drive from downtown. We really consider ourselves so lucky to be able to partner and work with so many talented vendors and to hear about their accomplishments (and see them in our mag!) at each Brunch with the Brides event. Cheers to the new issue, to our partners, to our readers and our local brides-to-be!

Photos // Penelope L’amore Photography

Mediterranean Love from Silver Thistle Weddings & Events

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Dressed in a bold color palette in the most spectacular garden-like setting, we’re obsessing over every detail in this brilliant Mediterranean style wedding from Silver Thistle Weddings & Events from our new Fall/Winter 2018 issue! Capturing the magic in the glittering afternoon sunlight, Caitlin Rose Photography‘s stunning images honed in on the magical setting, space and flora of The Wild Onion Ranch. Limestone walls, hanging potted plants and cobblestone pathways mimicked a Grecian-like charm to create an authentic hidden-garden-in-the-village vibe. At the center of the shoot were the eye-catching, colorful dining table and lounge settings, with cozy and inviting furniture pieces like the plush throws and Persian rug provided by Party at the Moontower. Delicate hand-calligraphy done by Averi With an Eye dotted the table setting with her individual name cards written in metallic gold, adding a special touch to the table filled with bright hues of blue, orange, marigold and green. The Flower Girl‘s floral arrangements perfectly complemented the bright color scheme, with florals of the same hues mixed with ivory, blush and fuchsia to create delightful centerpieces. Another entire table of edible centerpieces in the form of tasty treats and desserts from Iced Cakes & Confections made for another charming and delectable touch to the shoot! Of course, we have to mention the stunning model bride’s romantic look in a long train keyhole front gown from Unbridaled paired with a textured side braid and soft makeup done by the Gloss Beauty Boutique artists. We’ll forever be swooning for this shoot! Enjoy!

Photos // Caitlin Rose Photography

From the planner, Kimberly Bently of Silver Thistle Weddings & Events: “I love the gathered feel of this shoot and that it is so casual and relaxed. The setting was already beautiful and offered a serene feeling, so I wanted to enhance that but also give it a boost of color. As a former interior designer, I love color but tend to draw to more muted options. This was a great opportunity to let nature provide us with strong accents that really worked well with the surroundings.”

Hideaway – A Hill Country Haven from Nest Vacation Rentals

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A sprawling 6-acre estate in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Hideaway house by Nest Vacation Rentals is a serene haven, perfect for hosting wedding guests from out of town or just to escape for a long Austin weekend! The Hideaway was designed specifically to accommodate larger groups, sleeping up to 24 guests in 15 beds throughout seven bedrooms. Between a gourmet kitchen, expansive backyard with a large swimming pool, fire pit, hammock area, outdoor games, hot tub and more, your guests will have plenty of space on the Hideaway property to cook, swim, play or just relax! The 3,600-square-foot home, completed in February of 2018, offers five bathrooms, comfortable beds, luxurious amenities and gorgeous views to boot.

Whether you’re wanting a spot to get away, a place to host friends or just a spot to rest your head at night while you explore all that Austin has to offer, the Hideaway has you covered. You’re central to wine in Fredericksburg, amusement parks in San Antonio, high-end shopping in North Austin, floating the river in San Marcos or any Hill Country activity your heart desires! For more information about Hideaway, visit the Nest Vacation Rental website or call  512.887.8076 to book your getaway. Cheers!

Photos courtesy of Nest Vacation Rentals

Southern Hospitality Reigns in this Wedding Walkthrough with Westcott Weddings

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Dana and Sam’s sweet, Southern wedding was packed with pretty details and a gorgeous spring palette. Guests were greeted by classical string music and a glass of blackberry honey iced tea or mint lemonade before taking their seats at the ceremony — Southern hospitality at it’s finest! A cocktail hour on the lawn followed with an elegant lounge, champagne escort card display, yard games and delicious appetizers. At the reception, a family style feast was enjoyed on vintage china hand-selected by the bride and her mom. The tables were topped with gorgeous blooms complete with peaches, kumquats and clementines for added Southern flair. Read on as Austin wedding planner Ellen Westcott from Westcott Weddings shares her insider tips in this Wedding Walkthrough of Dana and Sam’s Southern spring wedding!

Photos // Jen Dillender Photography

From the planner: “Sophisticated, personal events — I’m always aiming to strike a balance between elegant and comfortable. (Like a beautifully designed, thoughtfully curated dinner party that you never want to leave!) Most of all, though, I want to be sure that the day feels like my couple — not just like my interpretation of them — so that their guests leave and think, ‘that couldn’t have been anyone else’s wedding!’ I LOVE this color palette, and I’ve never had the chance to design in it for a wedding before. It feels so quintessentially ‘spring,’ and I am thrilled that it was Dana’s vision!”

“Christin with Clementine and her outstanding team outdid themselves. The arrangements were the perfect balance of refined and whimsical, and the colors came together in a way that felt so right for a spring wedding!”

“Following the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour on the lawn where they could grab one of Dana and Sam’s signature cocktails (named after their pups!) lounge on one of the beautiful vignettes from Loot Rentals, play yard games, and enjoy delicious appetizers from Royal Fig, like savory bread pudding with roast duck and smoked paprika.”

Southern Spring Wedding Walkthrough with Westcott Weddings

“We used a mix of rectangular and round tables in the space to add visual interest and varied the linens too. Rectangular tables received swiss dot table linens with ivory napkins and round tables received ivory table linens with Swiss dot napkins. Clementine added gorgeous blooms and seasonal fruit like peaches, kumquats and clementines to every table, and the Carter’s vintage china completed the look.”

“We placed the cake table in the middle of dance floor, which also happened to be in the middle of the room, so that everyone would have a chance to admire it before cake cutting. We wanted to pull the full wedding palette into the cake table, and the two different flavors – earl gray cake with honey lavender buttercream and carrot cake with brown butter buttercream – were delicious!”

From the bride: “Thanks to Ellen I never once felt stressed during wedding planning. My mom and I loved working with her and appreciated her thoroughness, attention to detail and organization. Planning my wedding with Ellen was one of the most fun things I have ever done!”

Hot Trends from New York Fall/Winter 2019 Bridal Fashion Week

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With another runway season behind us, we’re heading into the end of the year already looking forward to what Fall 2019 has in store for brides-to-be! Cooler weather seasons allow for greater experimentation with texture, layers, silhouettes and even color palette, and designers certainly proved this to be true for next fall’s lineup of runway fashion. From heavy embellishments to new accessories, there’s something a little dazzling for every bride, no matter your style! Scroll on for a few of our standouts and be sure to check out our Instagram profile for more live-action photos straight from the shows under the “FASHION” highlight tab!

2019 Bridal Fashion week

Cinched with a Corset 

In a year filled with royal chatter, it’s to no surprise that nods to regality continue to inspire the design space in the bridal world. While high necks and long lace sleeves still made their mark for fall 2019, it’s the Victorian-era reminiscent corseted bodice that drew attention for its more versatile take on the trend. In the Watters show, nude underlay and a pearl embellished skirt gave the look a fresh, modern feel, perfect for the fashion-forward bride who appreciates a touch of tradition. Find the new collection in stores soon at Unbridaled and Julian Gold Bridal.

Feathery Frocks

From dainty sleeve embellishments to full-on feather skirts, this light and airy design staple made a mega return this season in every way imaginable. While some designers tread lightly, others dove head-first in embracing the trend by creating looks that capitalize on the fluid movement of feathers in motion, exampled in this floor sweeping gown from Justin Alexander. Be on the lookout for the arrival of the new collection in Blush Bridal Lounge.

Capes as the New Veil

While capes have become no stranger to the runways over the last few years, this season it was evident that they’re here to stay. In fact, a staggering number of designers favored showing looks that featured cape styles seemingly altogether replacing the need for a veil. Looks featuring attachments to the gown were neatly hidden on straps or even built-in similar to a hood to create multiple looks on one gown. Others paired the cape as an accessory. But regardless of the style, the one commonality was the trailing length behind each gown as if creating the look of a cathedral-length veil. Be sure to look for this fabulous Pronovias style and other cape looks from the Fall 2019 collection at Beatitude Bridal and Serendipity Bridal.

Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest to hit our favorite local boutiques in the months to come at Beatitude BridalSerendipity BridalUnbridaledBlush Bridal Lounge and Julian Gold Bridal.