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Blogger Bride: LivvyLand Bridesmaids’ Gifts

Olivia here from LivvyLand, and of the many special moments leading up to a wedding is the anticipated gesture of asking loved ones to be a part of your bridal party. This is an opportunity where you can express your appreciation – and do so in a way that represents your personality. As for me? I’m a major coffee fanatic and wanted to incorporate my love for caffeine into a gift set!

Years back, I received the perfect card from a friend that said, “Coffee with friends is just a long way to say “therapy”, and this absolutely rings true in my life! While yes, coffee itself is delicious and most definitely gives me wings to conquer the day, it’s really the part about being with friends or family and the conversations that come with “meeting for coffee” that I enjoy most of all. So, for all you java lovers out there, here’s my bridesmaid gift idea for coffee enthusiasts!

After perusing all things bridesmaid related on Pinterest for months, I finally came across the customizable “Will you be my bridesmaid?” mugs by April Heather Art and knew this would be the perfect way to ask my bridal party! Heather, the artist and shop owner, is just as fabulous as her incredible online store, so it was a seamless process in selecting the appropriate hair colors to match myself, my bridesmaids, maid of honor and bridesman. She also custom made the “Will you be my bridesman?” mug for this gift set – so now it’s officially on the site and you can ask your GBF (gay best friend) or man-friend in the cutest way, too! I love that these mugs not only feature gorgeous fashion illustrations, but also ask each person by name to be a part of the big day – it’s those little details that make these mugs so exceptional!

I started following For Such A Time Designs by Aly Nickerson on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her hand stamped spoons and gravitated towards her spirit and personality in each photo she posts. This gal is so creative, genuine and sweet, not to mention her spoons and flatware are to die for, especially when paired with the custom mugs. Aly also included hand stamped bags for each person in my bridal party – I am in love the added personal touch that they bring to the gift set!

After I had the spoon and mug duo idea in my head, I reached out to my friend and talented calligrapher, Allison Hembd of Exquisite Squid to create the lovely handwritten “I Love You a Latte” cards. How cute are these?! That adorable saying on pretty, pastel pink cardstock really topped off the gift set! Allison also makes custom calligraphy invitations and really anything wedding related when it comes to paper goods, so I was particularly excited to work with her again. As for the mini coffee bags, given that I’m in Austin, Texas, I knew I had to include some sort of “Texas” flavored coffee. I scooped up the little bags at World Market, they have such a great coffee selection!

My goal was to make each person in my bridal party feel extra special and loved with a gift that’s representative of me and often my time spent with each of them. And hey, an extra supply of coffee is always a good idea, right? Now it’s time to pass these pretties out and clink our coffee mugs in celebration!

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Photography: A Dandy Pear | Calligraphy: Exquisite Squid | Venue: At Home | Blogger Bride: LivvyLand | Coffee Mugs: April Heather Art | Stamped Spoons: For Such A Time Designs


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Burgundy + Blush Ranch Austin Wedding

With each season, my eye is usually drawn to a new most-loved hue. Red typically doesn’t fall in that category for me, but this year, it’s captivating my wedding-loving ways like never before. So when I spot soirees like this one from Mint Photography that layer in just the right touch, in just the right shades (hello, beautiful burgundy!), I want to drink it up more and more. See the rest of this day in THE VAULT.

From Mint PhotographyKarlye and Steven mixed a beautiful traditional church ceremony with a sunny outdoor reception set for their guests under string lights. The tables were set with vibrant fall colored blooms and we LOVE the area Karlye and Steven chose to place their head table with elegant draping. It was a sweet and easy going day accented with beautiful sunlight and a serene backdrop.

Photography: Mint Photography | Videographer: Moonlit Weddings | Coordination: Pink Parasol Designs & Coordinating | Floral Design: The Flower Girl - Kari Shelton | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Ceremony: St Catherine Of Sienna | Ceremony Venue: Ranch Austin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Catering: Freedman's BBQ | Catering: The Peached Tortilla | Hair And Makeup: Pure Glam Beauty | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Vara | Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design | DJ: 1st Class Entertainment | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Lounge | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Guys Suits: J Ferrar | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals

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Jewel-Toned Austin Wedding + 4 Tips from a Real Bride!

Curating the pretty for you is a job we’re honored to do on a daily basis, especially when it involves sweet little fur babies like this one. This entire day from Feather & Twine is loaded with sweetness, from the jewel-toned hues to the blended rustic elegance. Before you dive into this gem of a gallery freshly added to THE VAULT, make sure to read the Bride’s real planning tips below!

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From The Bride…Our favorite moment was our “first look” before the ceremony. The whole day was very emotional and fast paced, it was nice to have a private moment before the ceremony and reception to reflect and enjoy a moment alone. We loved our first dance. We planned on practicing the dance in advance so we would be comfortable dancing. However, we didn’t get the time to properly practice. So, after the ceremony and right before making our entrance into the reception, we took a moment to practice the two-step. Though our first dance was clumsy, we laughed the whole time and loved the moment when Michael spun me around at our favorite part of our wedding song. One other moment that Michael and I both loved was having our dog Luna in the wedding party. It was nice to have a bit of home with us during the wedding. She helped calm us down and made the guest laugh as she was walked down the aisle by my two year old nephew.

When planning the wedding, we tried to involve as many local vendors as possible. We loved that Barr Mansion is USDA certified and plan their menus by the season and harvest produce from the venue’s grounds. We used local artist from our home town to design and create the wedding invitations. We wanted the floral accents to reflect the organic and local vibe, as well. Stems ATX was able to incorporate fresh kale, grapes and lavender into the center pieces. I really loved the fun and quirky accents. The runner for the main table was hand died a really pretty lavender color, that worked well with the deep jewel tone centerpieces.

1. Start booking as many things in advance as possible. It’s amazing how quickly venues and vendors book up. Not only do you have more options, it’s less stressful as you get closer to the wedding date.

2. Have an alternate plan for inclement weather. Our wedding was initially planned to be outside under a beautiful pecan tree on the Barr Mansion grounds, but the day of the wedding we had really severe weather. Luckily, the Barr Mansion has a cover pavilion.

3. Have a wedding coordinator the day of the wedding. Shannon with Barr Mansion was amazing. The whole wedding was timed perfectly. She helped route the guests from ceremony to reception and had appetizers and drink service waiting. She made sure that Michael and I were always satisfied.

4. Since our venue was located 15 minutes from downtown Austin in a rural area, I was nervous guest would get lost on the way to the venue. We booked a 30 person bus to shuttle guests to and from the wedding. I think it put guests at ease that they didn’t have to drive and could enjoy more cocktails.

Photography: Feather & Twine | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Invitations: Triple Threat Press And Anna Tovar | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Hair And Makeup: April At Ron King Salon | Venue: Barr Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Stardust Celebrations | Bride's Hairpiece: Twigs And Honey | Catering & Cake: Barr Mansion

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