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Elegant Villa Del Lago Fall Wedding

Let me be clear as I imagine there might be some confusion: this elegant affair took place in TEXAS! Overflowing with European beauty, bright blooms by Without Wax Katy and linens by La Tavola, it’s easy to think you’ve been transported to Spain. The Nichols captured every breathtaking moment, making our VAULT more colorful than ever – see it all right here!


From the Bride… Coming from traditional Spanish roots, both Miguel and I had envisioned a Spain-inspired Catholic wedding. We chose the beautiful hill country of Austin, TX for our reception because it seemed just about the closest we could find (in the US) to the countryside of Spain… plus Austin is just a blast! We felt like Spanish royalty celebrating under the pavilion of Villa Del Lago, outlooking the vast expanse of rolling hills and Lake Travis. The best moment was when Miguel and I looked out over the balcony, my veil gracefully flowing in the wind – we felt like King and Queen of the Hill Country Kingdom! Hah!

From a design perspective, deep autumnal tones brought in a warmth that we were looking for. Wherever possible, traditional laces were used to bring in a textural softness. Miguel’s last name,’Chavez’, means “keys” in Spanish, so, being the graphic designer I am, created a custom ‘key’ monogram for the event. This motif was present on so many elements – napkins, favors, menus, etc. The entire cocktail and dinner menu was a collaboration of autumnal flavors and traditional Spanish dishes.

Miguel could not stop smiling the ENTIRE ceremony and evening. I knew that he finally understood all of the work and stress that went into planning and that my design team and I had hit the nail on the head. Just seeing his big smile made my night. At one point in the evening I sat down quietly in the corner and just watched him from afar – he is so handsome!

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Photography: The Nichols | Event Planning: Without Wax Katy | Event Planning + Design: Mayhar Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Villa Del Lago | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Catering: Kurant Events | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen

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Blogger Bride: LivvyLand Save the Date Photo Session

Olivia from Livvyland here, and I’m thrilled to share the latest update in our wedding planning process with you – our save the date photo session! Of all the things I’ve checked off on our list of wedding to-do’s thus far, I’d say taking our save the date photos has been my very favorite. In particular, it was that special moment when we received the photos from Kayla Snell that really hit home.

Blake and I were cuddled up on the couch in our pajamas, laptop in hand, scrolling through each photo one by one…it was just such a sweet thing to see these intimate moments between us captured on camera – and experience that together. Aside from announcing our engagement to the world back in May, sending out save the dates is really the first solid step involving friends and family as we inch closer to the big day. In other words, it just means this whole wedding thing is starting to feel more real than ever! (And hey, I’m pretty darn excited as it gets closer!).

I’m a huge fan of using Pinterest for photo shoot inspiration, and I’d been pinning save the date ideas to my wedding board for months leading up to our shoot. The images I kept gravitating towards were always really candid, sweet moments with a lot of blank space above so that the words “Save the Date” could fit onto the image without covering the couple in the photo. With the blank space idea as our priority for the shoot, we tried brainstorming parts of Austin where a big white wall could act as the backdrop, but nothing came to mind that wasn’t in a public place (especially because our preference was somewhere without a ton of people staring at us!). Then I remembered the top floor of our old apartment parking garage (yes, really, ha!) because it was so high up that you’re basically only seeing clouds from a photo perspective. I chatted with my photographer, Kayla Snell Photography, and she agreed that this could definitely work.

After we had the location set, it was time to figure out what to wear! In my wedding dreams, the vibe of our big day will be ultra classy and super romantic, so I wanted to set that same tone with our save the date shoot. One of my best friends used Rent the Runway for her save the date outfit, so I decided to give it a try for ours. After all, if there’s any time to wear a stunning designer gown and feel like a million bucks, it’s absolutely for this occasion! I wore Badgley Mischka and it ended up being just the perfect amount of bold color and sparkle paired with Blake’s handsome all black look. I loved this combination!

Getting married is clearly something to celebrate, so we brought along a bottle of champagne and popped it open for the shoot. Truth be told, having a drink throughout the session really helped calm our nerves and make us more comfortable for the camera! We couldn’t be more enamored with the photos from our shoot. From the incredible photography to the pretty outfits, and (thankfully) the overcast day and vacant parking garage (woo!), I’d say this fun and simple save the date sesh was a major success! Hopefully one day our grandkids will look back at their lovebird grandparents and think we were super glam and fabulous – I certainly hope so!

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Photography: Kayla Snell | Venue: Austin Texas | Blogger Bride: Olivia Watson | Bridal Boutique: Rent The Runway | Red Dress: Badgley Mischka

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SMP Blogger Bride: Livvyland Shares How to Get the Perfect Mistletoe Photo

’Tis the season to cozy up to the one you love and create what we like to call a sweet little “#SMPMistletoeMoments.” There’s just something about the holidays that makes you want to fall in love all over again and relish in the precious moments that the season seems to bring about…and over at my blog Livvyland, I couldn’t help but want to take part in sharing some of those special moments, too!

Truth be told, when I thought about snapping a bunch of pictures under mistletoe, my heart jumped for joy. Clearly, I go mush for all things romantic and cheesy (honestly, I live for this stuff…give me a Matthew McConaughey rom-com any day!). However, my fiancé Blake was not as easy to convince! But after a few minutes of wooing him with, “oh darling, you get to KISS me…repeatedly!” (and yes, you should most definitely use that line, too), let’s just say it didn’t take long before he was on board – ha! He’s a major sport for bearing with me as I dive deeper into the blogosphere as it is, let alone agree to being photographed while smooching under mistletoe!

How to create the perfect “kissing under the mistletoe” photo in 5 easy steps

ONE | Get your man or gal on board – I’ll admit, my sentiment above is actually quite convincing

TWO | Pick a pretty setting or backdrop

THREE | Scoop up mistletoe (real or faux)

FOUR | Grab a photographer

FIVE | Most importantly, get excited to kiss someone you completely adore and have fun with it!

Blake and I asked our good friend and amazing professional photographer, Kayla Snell, to snap our mistletoe moments. It was nice to get all sappy around someone we knew because it made for a more comfortable experience. It also doesn’t hurt that half the time you’re staring into your best friends eyes for lengthy moments at a time…which immediately causes your heart to melt and makes you feel like it’s just you and him in the room (hey, speaking from experience over here!).

We chose to snap our pictures at Villa Del Lago, a stunning wedding venue that overlooks beautiful Lake Travis in Austin (which is actually where we’ll be saying “I do” in September!). From the gorgeous trees, to the jaw dropping lakefront view and an incredible home on the property (that doorframe?! SO pretty!), it was the perfect place to spotlight this romantic holiday ritual.

As for the mistletoe, I ventured to Michaels and DIY’d by cutting the faux mistletoe plant down and piecing a few branches together with twine and topped it off with a pretty red bow. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out!


Alright gals and guys, that’s a wrap! If you’re looking to create your own mistletoe moment, my biggest piece of advice is to have a blast with it! After all, how often do you get to capture that treasured moment when you look longingly into your darlings eyes and plant a big ‘ol kiss on him or her? Soak in the holiday cheer and don’t forget, as Sinatra said, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…”
…And cue Frank Sinatra, “Oh by gosh by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly…and folks stealin’ a kiss or two as they whisper Merry Christmas to you…”

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Photography: Kayla Snell | Venue: Villa Del Lago


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