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Pink, Gold, Confetti, Sparkles. Bring on the Girly Wedding Dream.

If you need a little reminding just how fun a pink, gold, confetti, and sparkles can be, let me introduce you to Megan and Louis. This Austin couple fully embraced all of the above for a whimsical garden party wedding with the help of Westcott WeddingsBristol Lane Florals, and Jessica R. Crowell just to name a few. The incredible Sophie Epton photographed, and in our opinion, this is a gallery best viewed with champagne in hand. Cheers, Megan and Louis!

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From The Bride…I didn’t know when Louis proposed it was going to open up a world to me, a world where we were not only planning a wedding but also meeting life long friends and securing my roots in Austin, Texas. I’m fairly new to this city and didn’t have a circle yet, and little did I know the journey of planning my wedding would lead me to all of these places! I fell into the wedding planning not really knowing what I was doing but fortunate enough to have crossed paths with the most incredibly talented people who quickly became my dream team.

My first meeting was with Sophie Epton Photography, and from the moment we met I knew she was going to be our photographer. I had done a little research on Sophie and was blown away with her work, and when we started chatting I was as impressed with her down to earth, inviting personality! It felt like we had already been lifelong friends, we had similar visions of what weddings are and what they should look like. I remember her asking me if I was looking into a wedding planner, which I had been. She suggested Ellen from Westcott Weddings, which ironically enough I had a meeting scheduled with the next day! Meeting with Ellen had a similar feeling…she was warm, gracious, and sweet. It felt like I was having a conversation with my best friend about my vision for our wedding. We bonded over our love of sprinkles, glitter and confetti, which to me are the three things that make this world go round! I knew Ellen was going to take my inspiration of a whimsical garden party and make it a reality.

From there, Ellen put me into contact with the rest of the ladies who would become my dream team! Meredith from Bristol Lane did our florals, and her visions and creations are incredible; Meredith’s love for cultivating relationships is what makes her so special, and I knew what she created for me would be extraordinary and perfect for our day. Jessica from J.Ro Cro Arts & Lettering designed the most whimsical invitations and signage. I had spoken with Jessica over the phone for our initial consultation, and a few days later while I was out running errands, I was checking out and handed over my credit card. The cute girl behind the counter looked at the card, looked back up and me and said “Megan? I’m Jessica, I’m doing your invitations. We spoke on the phone!” Basically, what’s behind all of this is each of these women were meant to come into my life, it was meant to be that these were the people I would go on the journey with and I couldn’t have asked for anything or anyone better. When looking for your perfect team of vendors to make your vision a reality, make sure to choose people who you trust. I conveyed my vision to all of them of what I was wanting and then said “do your thing!” That was the best decision I made, and the result was a day that was completely us and completely perfect!

We had a fairly small and intimate wedding celebration…we wanted to be able to look at each guest and give them a specific reason why they were there. We wanted our friends and family to feel as special and as loved as we did! Our wedding was a celebration of them, and we wanted to thank them for the love and support that has built a foundation that Louis and I are able to stand on and start our life together! Louis and I did a first look, which gave us the unique opportunity to see the vision come together! It’s pretty incredible to look over and see the set up of the tables, florals and just see how hard everyone was working to make it special for us.

It’s hard to choose just one favorite moment, because the day came together with so much love and joy that it was impossible not to smile! We were surrounded by people who love and support us, friends who have become family, family who are our friends and feel so honored to have them share in our special day. We are incredibly thankful for a wonderful wedding team who made our dream into a reality and who have become cherished friends.

From Westcott WeddingsFrom the moment I met Megan, I knew I was going to love working with her. She is so kind, genuine, and full of joy. And I think that’s the biggest takeaway I have from both the months we spent planning and her + Louis’s big day–so much joy! Throughout the planning process, I affectionately referred to Megan as my “pink, confetti, and sparkles bride,” and I think we were able to deliver on all three counts for her wedding. Working together, we used a color palette of “elevated pinks and golds” to create a happy, garden atmosphere, perfect for a spring wedding.

She and Louis were married in front of 65 of their closest friends and families, beneath strands of bright floral garlands. From there, guests gathered in the courtyard for drinks and appetizers. We served dinner from the P. Terry’s food truck–a perfect piece of Austin to share with their out-of-town guests! Once guests had grabbed their burgers, they dined together at family style tables outfitted with vintage china, sequin runners, and bright, beautiful blooms under strands of twinkling lights. After dinner we moved inside for dessert (all beautiful, delicious, and dusted with gold glitter!) and dancing.

I’m so thankful to the incredibly talented team who pulled together to make Megan and Louis’s day come together so beautifully! So many congratulations to the happy couple!

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Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Rosados Box | Catering: DNA Catering | Catering: P. Terry's | Hair + Makeup: Makenzi Laine | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Mercury Hall | Bride's Sandals: Bella Belle | Chair Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events | Cocktail Hour Catering: Tiny Pies | Desserts: Green Lily Bakery | Earrings: ILioniti | Event Planning + Styling: Westcott Weddings | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Invitations + Signage: Jessica Crowell | Lighting Design: Intelligent Lighting Design | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

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Find the Perfect Reception Dress with Blogger Bride LivvyLand

Hello fellow Brides-to-be! In my numerous months of wedding planning leading up to our Big Day, one of the items on my checklist I’ve had the most fun with is picking out a reception dress. I should also mention that we’re having an outdoor ceremony in Texas which means it will be very hot, so slipping into something breezier will provide quite a relief to me towards the end of the night!

I love the combination of nude and ivory, so this plunging neckline lace dress was a no brainer to add to this list! Not to mention the lace overlay against the nude slip is a beautiful combination worthy of a double-take (…which I assure you’ll receive plenty in this dress!). This particular dress comes in a few other combinations, so if you’re looking for white on white for your big day, that’s available, too.

This high neck lace number is pure magic! The combination of it being a form fitting dress with a high neckline and modest hem make the dress sexy yet classy – it’s a timeless pick and absolutely beautiful in photos. Though there are a ton of little white lace dresses to choose from, this one shines above the rest with the numerous details (did you catch the high-low lace back?) and overall knockout fit. Trust me, you’ll feel absolutely amazing in this dress – and it won’t break the bank!

For the fashion forward bride, I am in LOVE with the idea of wearing a gorgeous jumpsuit in place of a reception dress. Depending on how formal your wedding is, it would even be fun to wear a fabulous white or ivory silk romper and show some leg – definitely a good idea for a summer wedding! Keep you wedding shoes and jewelry as is, and swap your gown for something that allows you to command the dance floor (…can you tell we’ll be a dancing pair at our wedding? Ha!). A jumpsuit is classy, chic and elegant – and this one by Trina Turk gives off that old Hollywood glamour vibe that I adore so much.

If you’ve always envisioned yourself running to the car in your wedding gown, then by all means make that your wedding day reality! That’s the beauty of a wedding – you can make your vision come to life, whether than involves a quick outfit change or not. Given the amount of times we’ll wear white throughout the wedding planning process (think showers, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid luncheons), you can do no wrong investing in a timeless little white dress!

Shop a few of my favorite reception dresses and jumpsuits below!

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Photography: Kathryn Frazer Photography | Wedding Venue: The Contemporary Austin | Blogger Bride:Olivia Watson | High Neck Lace Dress: ASTR | Jumpsuit: Trina Turk | Nude + Ivory Lace Dress: Dress The Population


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Step Back in Time with This Art Nouveau Inspiration

This inspiration is what I’d like my life to look like – can someone arrange that? If not, I’ll be taking up residence in The Vault until my dreams become reality. Because with the talented Sophie Epton Photography behind the lens snapping up the beauty that is The Contemporary Art Museum At Laguna Gloria, well let’s just say that it’s a gallery fit for daydreams. See it all in The Vault!

From Sophie Epton PhotographyMeghan is a natural beauty inside and out, and when I saw her wedding dress, I was so inspired by the intricate beading and sweeping shapes; I felt like I had stepped into an Art Nouveau film, and immediately knew the art movement would be the inspiration for her bridal! For our backdrop we chose Laguna Gloria, an incredible wedding venue in Austin, Texas built in 1916 to depict an Italian villa. The gorgeous sweeping greenery combined with the architectural stone railings paired perfectly with the ethereal feel of the shoot. Rosehip Flora provided the ideal bouquet of loose, whimsical blooms that worked so well with the color and shape of the dress, and Meghan’s look was finished off with soft but dramatic hair and makeup by Makenzi Laine. Although it was a windy day, the light coming through the greenery and movement created by the wind made for a stunning shoot that depicts a modern-day wedding interpretation of such a great art movement in history.

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Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Event Design: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Rosehip Flora | Wedding Dress: Alon Livne | Engagement Ring: Glenn Gottlich | Hair + Makeup: Makenzi Laine | Venue: The Contemporary Austin | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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