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Stylish Enchanted Rock Engagement Session Captured by Nikk Nguyen Photo

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We just love the way Megan and Josh love each other in this Enchanted Rock engagement session captured by Nikk Nguyen Photo! This genuine and utterly silly love that they share is totally #relationshipgoals. Using a parasol and, our favorite, a bottle of bubbly as props for the shoot, this super trendy couple is sure to give you all the engagement inspo you could want. Keep scrolling for all the prettiness and to read the adorable way they met below!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photo

From the bride: “We met the old fashioned way – at a bar – back in 2011. Josh is a musician and had a gig at a local dive bar. I was having drinks with a group of girls when I saw him on stage and declared to my friend, “I’m gonna marry that dude.” Fortunately we had mutual friends there that night who introduced us, and we were virtually inseparable after that. Our wedding was simple and modern with a touch of vintage. I’m an interior designer, so I used lots of bits and pieces from our home and things I’ve collected over the years to make the evening extra special. My parents have always grown olive trees, and they were willing to trim the trees early so we could use the olive branches from their garden in our arrangements. Our colors were black and white with wild, neutral floral arrangements. One of my favorite details was having Josh’s father, who also a musician, perform during the ceremony and for our first dance.”

Meet our 2019 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

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Meet our 2019 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

Our 5th annual Looks of Love Contest has been absolutely incredible! One lucky finalist received the most votes, and we’re excited to announce our 2019 Looks of Love Contest winners are Lauren and Drew! Their gorgeous photos were captured by Kayla Snell Photography and we couldn’t be more smitten! We are thrilled to gift this couple with a dinner date for two on us at a restaurant of their choice, a pair of wedding rings from Eliza Page* AND a one-night stay at the super trendy Wahwahtaysee Resort! Lauren said YES to Drew in the beautiful city of Barcelona! Lauren was on a trip with her mom, when Drew flew all the way from Austin, Texas, to surprise her. She never thought she would have gotten engaged in Barcelona of all places, but in the end, Lauren was beyond thankful! Read Lauren and Drew’s full story, along with all the other finalists’ by visiting our Looks of Love finalists page!

Thank you so very much to all those who entered! Happy Valentine’s Day!

*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.

Edgy Bridal Inspo for the Non-Traditional Bride by Olive + Belle Events

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Calling all non-traditional brides! Today’s edgy bridal inspo styled shoot is for you! With a deep color palette and gothic vibes, we are all for this stylish affair. Austin wedding planner, Olive and Belle Events, styled this incredible shoot with an ever-so-intriguing details. The industrial style tablescape was topped with jewel-tone florals and plum stemware for an eclectic statement. Coordinating with the scenery, the marble cake design with textured flowers by Iced Cakes and Confections comes alive with three-dimension, while still keeping those moody vibes alive. The model bride and her bridesmaid look the part at the chandelier adorned altar wearing a lace bridal gown and black bridesmaid dress, carrying bountiful bouquets of proteas, chrysanthemums and garden roses tied in black ribbons. Both lady’s looks are finished with fine jewelry from Kirk Root Designs. Capturing all this moody goodness is Dreamy Elk Photography and Design. Keep scrolling to satisfy your inner edgy bride side!

Photos // Dreamy Elk Photography and Design

Looks of Love Contest 2019 – Cast your vote for our Sweet 16 Finalists!

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Looks of Love Contest 2019 – Cast your vote for our Sweet 16 Finalists!

Our inboxes were flooded with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 16 finalists, and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! This year, we’re letting YOU decide – pop over to our Insta Story at @bridesaustin to vote on our Sweet 16 finalists March Madness style (or Bachelor fantasy league style – whichever you prefer!). We’ve made the bracket – you tell us whose story is your fave! Each day we’ll eliminate half the couples so that on February 13th, the final two finalists go head-to-head. So check in daily (weekdays) to vote for your favorite couples, and read each duo’s adorable story here!

The couple with the most likes will be crowned the Brides of Austin 2019 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to a dinner date for two on us at a restaurant of their choice, a pair of wedding rings from Eliza Page* AND a one-night stay at Wahwahtaysee Resort!

Check back on Valentine’s Day to see the 2019 winners, and tell your pals to follow @bridesofaustin to vote!

*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.

CLICK HERE TO TO VOTE ON INSTAGRAM NOW!

Photos top left to bottom, top right to bottom: Two Pair Photography, Mack Eveland Photo, Alex Wolf Photo, Julie Wilhite Photography, Rachel L’Antigua, Heather Thompson, Ashlen Sydney Photography, Sophie Epton, Leann Funk, Caitlin Rose Photography, Kayla Snell, Shelly Borga, Feather & Twine, Paige Vaughn Photo, Honey Gem Creative, Gloria Goode

10 Versatile ATX Wedding Venues Perfect for Any Bride’s Style

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They say, “When you know, you know,” and we think the same is true for wedding venues! When you’ve found the perfect place to celebrate your marriage, you’ll be sure you’re making the right decision because nothing else will compare. But if you’re on the fence about an ideal venue and not sure which style might work best for you and your needs, it’s best to research several types of venues first. You may be surprised and could be drawn to a spot you never imagined! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Austin venues – inviting, versatile and perfect for any bride’s style. Take a look at these great options and head to our Venues page to see even more ATX wedding venues you’re sure to love. Cheers!

For a Contemporary Bride

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UMLAUF Sculpture Garden – Art and nature come together at this gem of a venue, centrally located in the heart of Austin! The garden is a blank canvas and works wonderfully for a casual, intimate wedding or a larger, more formal affair. UMLAUF can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 250 guests for a seated dinner, and your guests will be in heaven among the garden’s peaceful pathways, waterfalls and blooms.

Photo: Michelle Boyd Photography

Rustic, Refined

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Pecan Springs Ranch – If you like the rustic style but are afraid it might portray too casual of an aesthetic, Pecan Springs Ranch is worth checking out! Their modern amenities and beautiful grounds have Hill Country charm while also feeling upscale and luxurious. Just 15 minutes west of downtown Austin, Pecan Springs Ranch offers a large, enclosed and climate-controlled building with an 1800-square-foot terrace to enjoy the 17 acres of views. With separate bride and grooms’ quarters, plenty of parking and much, much more, you’ll be taken care of at this beautiful venue!

Photo:  Shaun Menary Photography

A Piece of History

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Woodbine Mansion – The most recognizable home in Round Rock since 1900, the Woodbine Mansion sits right on Main Street and offers a multitude of options for welcoming guests in style. From the original chandeliers and mirrors to the grand dining room and ornate gazebo, this incredible, charming and stately home is a wonderful option to host your big day.

Beautiful Barn-like Setting

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The Milestone – New Braunfels – Talk about versatile: The Milestone in New Braunfels features two distinct areas within one venue, Legacy Hall and Stonehaven. They’re ready to accommodate 320 guests for an elegant, rustic affair, and with The Milestone’s spacious facilities, you won’t feel the least bit cramped. This venue has it all!

Urban Eclectic

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Trinity Hall – A little eclectic, a tad retro, a lot Austin. This quintessentially ATX-style venue merges southwest vibes with modern amenities in a quirky downtown space perfect for a smaller gathering. Whether you prefer a more industrial style or want to transform the space with beautiful textures, Trinity Hall offers something for every bride and would love to host your special day!

Photo: Lisa Hause Photography

Barn Wedding Under the Stars 

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Lone Oak Barn – This handsome rustic venue offers southern charm and a convenient Round Rock location. Take your pick of indoor or outdoor ceremony spots, stucco or wood backdrops and so many customizable spaces for you to turn this venue into the wedding of your dreams. Lone Oak Barn offers 12-hour rentals, so you and your guests can keep the celebration going and dance the night away!

Modern and Different

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Blanton Museum of Art – A truly unforgettable wedding venue, the Blanton museum provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Gather with your guests in a few different places: the atrium, featuring 50-foot skylights, out on the covered loggia and open courtyard, or inside amongst the incredible art galleries. This versatile space offers a unique, modern wedding experience for contemporary Austin couples. It’s a must-see!

Photo: Azul Ox

In the Heart of Downtown

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800 Congress – This incredible industrial-style venue sits in the heart of Austin’s bustling Congress Avenue just down from the historic Paramount Theater. Its blank walls, concrete floors and large open space allow for each couple to transform this venue into something that truly reflects their style. Enjoy the urban nightlife right outside the doors of your wedding venue and a special energy found nowhere else in the city!

Photo: Nichols Photographers

Beneath the Trees

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Graceland Oaks Event Center – With more than 9,000 square feet to accommodate up to 250 of your closest friends, Graceland Oaks is one of Austin’s newest venues and offers rustic, casual, Mediterranean-meets-Hill-Country vibes right here within Austin city limits! Sprawling oak trees shade a beautiful ceremony space and dance floor, with open-air picnic tables and a large cocktail area for guests.

Photo: Lisa Hause Photography

Sophisticated Downtown Vibes

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The Vaughn – Enjoy the energy of downtown Austin’s historic Warehouse District with views from your private rooftop event space. Whether you want to host a daytime affair or a nighttime celebration under sparkling city lights, The Vaughn offers a blank slate ready to be transformed for any event you can dream of, accommodating up to 300 guests!

Photo: Jerry Hayes Photography