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Three Reasons To Plan Your Summer Wedding Indoors at The Driskill

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One of the most popular times to tie the knot is in the summertime, but let’s be honest – that Austin heat can be killer! In order to stay cool in the heat of summer, an indoor wedding is a must. With so many reasons to go take your celebration inside, it’s no surprise that we enlisted The Driskill to share their indoor wedding tips and tricks! Read on for the luxe venue’s helpful advice from wedding specialist Kristin Prindle!

Beat the Heat and Rain Stress

When you plan an indoor wedding, there’s no need to worry about bad weather or rain ruining your day! You will have everything well-protected from the outdoor elements. “It’s so important to love your venue,” says Kristin, “It becomes a part of your life-long memories and the backdrop for each cherished photo. The fact of the matter is, that most brides don’t feel the same way about their backup plan. With an indoor wedding, your plan A is the only plan and can be perfectly designed to how you envision it.” Not only will your venue stay safe from the rain, wind or treachery outside – but temperature controlled rooms are much more appreciated during those hot Texas summers. Stay cool and have a stress-free wedding when you opt for indoors!

Summer Indoor Wedding

Photo // Captivating Weddings

Have Your Outdoor Decor, Indoors

You might think having an outdoor wedding provides more of a blank canvas for your wedding day, but the outdoors can always be brought in! When you choose an outdoor wedding, your backdrop is often limited to one or two views. A historic property has countless unique photo opportunities to showcase your big day. Choose from a grand staircase, beautiful stained glass doorways and ceilings, a rustic Texas bar and iron statue, an opulent lobby – the list goes on! It’s often easier to customize your décor and transform a space through lighting and drapery. Florals and greenery can also be added to bring nature into your space. “Nature is beautiful, so bring those elements inside with your decor. I enjoy seeing greenery on walls and columns, cascading floral centerpieces, edible flowers on cakes and more!” The possibilities are endless!

Photo // Jessica Scott Photography

Save on the Costs

Engaged couples can often save a lot of money when holding their Austin wedding in the summer.“When hosting an outdoor wedding, you have to take into account all of the additional costs such as a tent, AC units, lighting, flooring, etc.,” says Kristin, “These items add up very quickly and can often go over your initial budget. When planning an indoor wedding, you don’t have to worry about many of these unexpected costs.” You will also see lower venue rental fees, food and beverage minimums, and lower hotel room rates for the couples and their guests. Overall, we would call that a win-win and something worth saying yes to!

art deco hotel wedding venue

Photo // Captivating Weddings

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A huge thanks to wedding specialist, Kristin Prindle at The Driskill for sharing all her indoor wedding planning tips! Planning your summer wedding? Head on over to our site and begin the wedding planning process today!

Bridal Buzz | Why Brides Rave About These Local ATX Vendors

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Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate your story with loved ones and treat them to an experience they’ll never forget. But where to start? You’ll want some quality local vendors, for sure. Austin is abuzz with rave reviews on these amazing local companies who provide unique and unforgettable services for couples. Read on below to get the scoop on what has industry insiders and brides alike raving about these local companies, and why they top our list for wedding must-haves!

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SoundCream Airstream

Austin brides, we know you love a good Airstream. Their essence of adventure, the romance of their retro vibes… they have us smitten too. Especially this one: Meet SoundCream Airstream. This 1969-born beauty is a mobile bar, DJ booth, bridal lounge — you name it. This fantastical airstream is just waiting to be transformed into whatever you want her to be. The brainchild of longtime New York City nightlife pro Andres Rizo and DJ Danielle Collier, SoundCream Airstream is easily commutable and can be dressed up or down. “We call ourselves a creative capsule,” Rizo says.

The Airstream is equipped with top-of-the-line DJ equipment and sound system for playing to small or large crowds. The perfect setup for SoundCream’s epic roster of DJs — stars on the local, national and international nightlife, radio and festival circuits. Brides can add on one or two different setups for full-bar service, enjoy a removable interior lounge (with seating up to 10), and there’s even a place to serve whimsical frozen treats (popsicle bar, anyone?). Most furniture can be removed to make space for any number of ideas (we love the mini photo booth setup!). It’s the perfect way to give your wedding reception that outdoor festival feel. All aboard!

Photo: Straughan Photography

bridal buzz rave for local atx vendors

bridal buzz rave for local atx vendors

Level 12 Salon

Ladies, Level 12’s new mobile salon is changing the wedding beauty game! Level 12 is already a beauty staple in central Texas (located in Lakeway), but now they’re on the move and filling full-service hair appointments on location wherever clients need them. The state-of-the-art mobile salon is perfect for weddings, house calls, girls nights, special events — you name it! And with so many boutique hotel and outdoor wedding venues lacking in getting ready space, this mobile salon allows brides and wedding parties to get beautified for the big day without sacrificing any of the luxuries of a brick-and-mortar salon. However, the Lakeway storefront is luxurious and modern too, and a great gathering place for your whole wedding party to get their hair done on the day of. No matter what hairstyle you’re going for, Level 12’s experienced stylists will execute it flawlessly. The cutting edge beauty experience they’re known for extends to all their signature services: cuts, color, blowouts, updos, Keratin treatments, Balayage, men’s cuts and more. You won’t just love your wedding hair, you’ll find a stylist for life at Level 12.

Photos: Michelle Loconto Photography, Karla Ent Photography

hype rhythm dj

Hype Rhythm DJ

Choosing the right DJ for your wedding can be challenging. It’s not simply about getting your guests to boogie all night long — although, you’ll want your DJ to slay at that for sure — your DJ’s role in the big day is well, much bigger. Take it from the entertainment experts at Hype Rhythm DJ. With decades of combined experience (and hundreds of rave reviews), they know you’re going to need more than just great music at your event. Hype Rhythm is also your sound engineer and sound equipment provider, as well as the MC of your wedding, guiding guests along the reception timeline you so carefully crafted. We’re especially in love with their latest service: a cool DJ and drummer duo option. Performing live alongside DJ Nick@Nite, drummer Chris Gray accentuates the main beat of the music. This new service, called Hype Rhythm Live, adds the feel of a live band to the memorable performance and holistic service of Hype Rhythm’s DJs. The company also boasts the talents of DJs Kit K, Milez and Alchemist Prime. Experience it for yourself — watch and listen at HypeRhythmDJ.com.

Photos: Eddie Martinez

bridal buzz rave for local atx vendors

bridal buzz rave for local atx vendors

Organic Bronze Tanning

Blushing brides, look no further for the ultimate wedding glow. Organic Bronze, the only tanning studio located at The Domain in Austin, offers luxurious, highly customized airbrush tanning services with complimentary body contouring at every session. Get even more honeymoon ready with a private session in Organic Bronze’s infrared sauna cinema. The infrared sauna offers a convenient and unique experience for brides to binge watch their favorite TV shows while burning calories and detoxing their bodies.

After a little detox, treat your refreshed and newly bronzed body to some retail therapy. Browse for bikinis to take on your honeymoon or bachelorette weekend in Organic Bronze’s designer swimwear boutique. Brands include Beach Bunny Swimwear, Montce Swimwear, Dom & Elle and The Lido. Even better, share the experience with your besties with a special private party. Parties include rental of the entire space, airbrush tanning, swag bags, complimentary bubbles and 10-percent off retail products and swimwear. Mobile tanning is also offered for off-site groups of five or more. New clients receive 40 percent-off; visit the website for more information.

Photos: Courtesy of Organic Bronze

bridal buzz rave for local atx vendors

Luxe Departures

You’re already planning a wedding, so finding time to plan the once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of feels overwhelming — or near impossible. Fortunately, we have the hook up. Hand the honeymoon reigns over to Ashley at Luxe Departures. She strives to provide the best travel agent experience as possible through personalized planning. Her expert direction will save you valuable time and money. “I have traveled luxuriously and on a tight budget, with big groups and with only myself as company,” Ashley says. “I have been to over 50 countries, and I am always eager to embark on another adventure to expand my knowledge of destinations for clients.”

Ashley partners with The Travel Society, a full-service travel agency based in Denver and a proud member of Virtuoso. Through this network, Luxe Departures is able to take care of any of your travel needs — find flights, book accommodations, schedule tours and transfers, and is able to provide clients first-class amenities at the world’s best hotels (she’s a preferred partner of Starwood, Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton hotels — to name a few). Each of these affiliations recognize Ashley as a top producer and put her clients at the top of upgrade and VIP lists. Her connections are fabulous, no matter if you’re booking an entire trip or just a short hotel stay through her (think exclusive amenities, upgrades, food/beverage/spa credits, discounted change fees — we could go on and on). You’ll never forget your vacation or your experience working with Ashley.

Photo: James Connolly

bridal buzz rave for local atx vendors

FunBox

Have you been searching for a totally unique way to WOW at your wedding? Something that your friends and family will be want to talk about for years to come? Take a peek inside FUNBOX’s bag of tricks. From the creative minds of the Craven + Co. event team, these FUNBOXes are filled with festive ways to entertain partygoers. Their signature SPICEBARs offer guests a unique chance to decorate and, well, spice up their cocktails. Meanwhile, the company’s unique SODABAR and HOTBAR boxes are filled with goodies that let everyone in on the fun (not just your adult beverage-loving guests). These boxes are filled with yummy toppings for building your own classic soda pops or hot cocoas and teas. Yet another awesome signature offering from FUNBOX is their romantic WISH BANNER box, which brides can customize with their wedding colors and, later, guests decorate with words of love and wisdom for a cool alternative to a traditional guestbook. The SPICEBAR can double as a wedding favor station, too, with customized spice tins ready for guests to fill with their very own tasty combination of dry spices.

Photo: Courtesy of FunBox, Inc.

Austin Invitation Designer Spotlight – Bailey Rose Design

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If you love gorgeous invitations and sweet puppies as much as we do, you’re in for a treat today! We’re introducing you to Katie Lathrop of Bailey Rose Design, an Austin invitation designer with a knack for unique custom wedding signage and a slight puppy obsession: she even named her business after her precious Corgi pup!

“My company name is inspired by my Corgi puppy, Bailey, and she is named after the Irish Cream. My middle name is Rose, so combining the two, I created Bailey Rose Design.  I’ve had a lifelong passion for hand lettering. Once I could pick up a pencil, I was interested in the look of different fonts and learning how to mimic them and put my own spin on them. I started with making custom signage of all sorts about three years ago, but found my favorite signs were for weddings. I moved to Austin from California last August and was able to really immerse myself in this wonderful wedding culture here in Austin,” Katie says.

Katie specializes in custom wedding signage and her lettering style is just to-die-for. Elizabeth Denny Photography captured some of Katie’s designs at Trinity Hall downtown. Scroll through the photos below to see a sampling, and stay tuned for more Austin invitation designer interviews soon!

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

invitations by austin invitation designer bailey rose design

Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

Describe the design you created for this shoot: These designs are pieces of acrylic with a custom blend of colors as a background, hand lettered by me! Acrylic is a really great medium and allows for a more customized look to align with the color palette and design of the wedding. These pieces are a welcome sign for the sign in table, signature cocktail decor with his and hers favorite drinks, and a sign showcasing the wedding hashtag. I love the hints of gold and silver in the background colors. In the right light there is a little shimmer that is just so pretty! I also love that these are designs that will look good in your home after the wedding. I have a signature cocktail sign on our bar cart at home!

What elements in your personal design/style set you apart in the wedding industry? I like to explore and experiment with different color palettes and mediums for signage. I also take the time to ensure the design is just what the couple wants, and also reflects who the couple is and what they want their wedding to be. When I’m working with a couple it is important to me to hear their story and understand their vision for their wedding. This allows me to ensure the pieces I create are unique to them and their big day.

What are some trends you’re loving right now? I am loving how couples are putting personal touches to their wedding and showcasing who they are as a couple. Some of my favorite examples are using flowers that connect to a memory (first date, prom, etc.), having table numbers as their favorite restaurants, adding little touches of the college they went to together, etc. Some other trends I love are “present ceremonies” where couples encourage the guests to not have their phones out and to really be present with them, different items for bouquets (fruit, cotton candy, etc.), and bars with signature cocktails or a theme!


Katie loves taking on signage projects of all kinds, working closely with each couple to bring them pieces that make them happy. To get in touch with Bailey Rose Design, check out Katie’s Brides of Austin vendor profile. Cheers!

Form to Feeling | A Luxury Jewelry Experience in Austin

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Looking for that perfect piece of custom jewelry to commemorate your love and to cherish forever? For couples seeking one-of-a-kind jewelry destined to become a family heirloom and designed in a completely custom, luxury environment, Kirk Root Designs is the place to be. Most jewelry stores define “custom” as choosing a diamond and a mounting. Some even allow you to alter prefabricated pieces slightly. At Kirk Root Designs, their philosophy is simple – they believe that each client should have the experience and options that are the best for them individually. To Kirk Root Designs, custom means that the product and experience should be both explicitly tailored to you. With a high level of education and expertise in the industry at your fingertips, you will decide together on the best way to create your perfect piece of jewelry. Even if that means creating something that currently only exists in your imagination. If you’re seeking something one-of-a-kind, Kirk Root Designs has the resources to bring your ideas to life. Create your piece locally or with artisans in leading jewelry houses nationwide.

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

Owner, designer and graduate gemologist Cub Root says, “We engage the world’s best designers, jewelers and purveyors of gems, bringing fine jewelry together in a way that nobody else has before. The goal is for the custom piece to stay in families for generations, ideally 100 or more years.” We love the sound of that!

“We celebrate the natural beauty of gems and what they represent for the wearer,” Cub says. “Our master craftsmen are committed to creating jewelry that captures the spirit of life’s most significant moments. Our unconstrained inventory and devotion to quality are unparalleled. From everyday wear to rare collectors articles, we are passionate about giving you jewelry the way it should be: unbounded.”

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

kirk root designs luxury wedding jewelry

 

Finally, Cub notes, “We have a sincere appreciation for the beauty of the moments that you celebrate with jewelry. Our private setting allows us to focus our attention on you, providing a truly unmatched luxury experience.” Kirk Root Designs exists to give form to feeling, and they do it beautifully. Set an appointment today or check out their Brides of Austin vendor profile for more information!

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: R.A.C. Events and Design

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Today’s feature is one for the books! Reyna Caraveo of R.A.C. Events and Design is giving us a very special look inside her wedding planning process as we take a look at two of her very favorite styled shoots. Being full-service planning pros,  R.A.C. Events takes the reigns from the beginning and is there every step of the way! “Our design approach is very unique in that we tie in other aspects such as graphic design, fashion design and interior design to produce the overall aesthetic of the event.”

Why is event design so important? “Event design is so much more than matching florals and linens. It’s about making every single piece cohesive. Our design style is contemporary with an authentic approach. We stay true to the client’s vision while keeping a modern and fresh look of the overall design or theme. If it looks tacky, we’re going to be honest about it.” Keep scrolling to hear the ins-and-outs of R.A.C. Events and Design!

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: R.A.C Events and Design

Austin Wedding Planner Profile: R.A.C. Events and Design

Photos // Cole Elizabeth Photography

“My favorite shoot, unbelievably, is actually the first one I ever designed and produced. I was in business about three months and had this concept for a bridal shower. We pulled it together in two weeks with an amazing team of vendors, and it’s been published four times since! It truly reflects why I got into the business in the first place. For my love of design, throwing a good party and thinking outside the box.”

Says Reyna, “We don’t just plan logistics, we manage our client’s biggest day from the very beginning, and follow them through all of life’s milestones. From their engagement party to bridal/couple’s shower to bachelorette/bachelor party, and ultimately wedding, we’re with them every step of the way!”

Photos // Jennifer Trahan Co.

“My favorite detail from this shoot had to be all of the greenery that was incorporated. There were no live florals in this shoot, which is not usually common, but the greenery alone added a soft texture that really made everything stand out. Always do your research! Although, you may be a budget conscious bride, choose someone you’re comfortable with because you will be building a relationship with that planner from day one.”

R.A.C. Events and Design planner, Reyna Caraveo, reminds us how important the planner to bride relationship really is! It’s your wedding day and it’s important that you trust and really get to know your planner on a personal level.

“I love anything unconventional. We are seeing couples breaking the barriers of a traditional wedding and becoming more experimental in their design. From cakes to balloon or floral installation, lighting, and entertainment, the options are endless!”

We are just loving this advice from Reyna! For more from the R.A.C. Events team and to connect with her directly, message her via her vendor profile on Brides of Austin!