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Intimate Autumn Inspired Al Fresco Wedding With Bright Bursts Of Color

Put on your shades, you’re about to be blinded by all the beauty of this special day.  This Texas garden wedding is filled with sunny pops of color and lots of love, all artfully planned with guests front of mind by Plan On it Events and Design.  Blooms by Happy by MP are utterly romantic, and the joy of the day radiates in imagery by Elle Reaux Photography.  Get ready to ooh and aah over every last detail inside the full gallery.

From Elle Reaux PhotographyThis is Victoria and Max’s guest-centric garden wedding at The Wayback in Austin, Texas. They nestled 50 of their nearest & dearest into a grove of lush, autumnal inspired florals while the curated design of the day felt like an ode to the changing of the seasons.

With a thoughtful guest list, each person was intentionally greeted into the al fresco reception experience with a hand-written letter at their seats from the couple to read amongst each other at the dinner table sparking meaningful conversation and the clinking of glassware.


Victoria wore a sophisticated Chosen by Kyha gown featuring an asymmetrical sleeve and an exposed boning bodice. She was absolutely radiant as she and her groom spent the day joyfully enchanted by each other and those around them.

Photography: Elle Reaux Photography | Event Planning and Design: Plan On It Events and Design | Floral Design: Happy by Margaret Peterson | Wedding Dress: Chosen by kyha | Wedding Dress: Chosen by kyha | Invitations: Green Girl Design Co. | Catering: The Wayback | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Transportation: Lux Limo | Beauty: Riev Beauty | Head Table Glassware: Table Manners | Lawn Games: Austin Yard Games | Live Sketch Artist: Alyssa Love Art | Location: The Wayback | Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Party at the Moon Tower

A Southern Soiree with Monogrammed and Meaningful Details

If you love serene vibes, this blue and white wedding is the one for you.  Ashley Nicole Affair planned the classicly romantic day and filled it with personalized details interwoven throughout the wedding.  We can’t help but fall in love with the free-flowing blooms artfully designed by Lovelily Flowers.  Each image elegantly captured by Caitlin Rose Photography is more captivating than the last.  Be sure to see every single one inside the full gallery.

From Caitlin Rose PhotographyAudra and Connor are a fun loving thoughtful couple that were so thrilled to host their closest friends and family to a classic church ceremony followed by an exciting ballroom reception in downtown Austin.

After taking a classic trolley from their ceremony at St. Mary’s to Hotel Ella, the couple started the reception off by cutting the cake in the center of the dance floor. They surprised guests by popping a custom painted bottle of champagne. This was one of many hand painted and illustrated goods designed by their stationery artist Papergarten.

You could tell Connor and Audra envisioned a timeless and detailed filled wedding full of personal touches. Each table had a custom illustration of locations special to the newlyweds. Their wedding included elegant design elements with blue pastorale linens, monogrammed bows and napkins, a painting of their historical southern venue, and an unexpected blue and leafy green color palette to match their beautiful florals by Lovelily Flowers.

The couple also envisioned a relaxed atmosphere and an epic dance party for their guests. Audra changed out of her beautiful oversized bow backless wedding dress into a fun short and sweet feathered dress for the end of the reception. Royal Dukes Band had the whole wedding singing and dancing all night. There was even an after party in the ballroom that went to 1am! Congrats to the happy couple!

From the bride… My husband and I started dating our senior year of college at The University of Arkansas. We met at a bar in Fayetteville, Arkansas and got pretty serious pretty quickly! After graduating, we both moved to Austin, Texas with our golden retriever and instantly felt at home. Austin is truly the place we started to grow with each other and knew it would be our home for the long haul.

In 2020, my husband Connor, surprised me with the most special proposal with both of our families in Rosemary Beach, Florida. After our trip, we immediately started the wedding planning process. Deciding to have our wedding in Austin was the best decision we could have made. Having our friends and family in the place we have gotten to call home for the past 5 years meant so much to us, and made the day feel even more like ours. We wanted the wedding to feel like what Austin feels to us – entertaining, unique, relaxed, and always a good time.

For florals, I wanted simplicity, with a twist. One of my favorite elements of the reception was having the cake table be the focal point of the room during dinner. The cake table had the most insane florals, and our cake could not have been more beautiful with the small details. I knew I wanted petite bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids. I did not want the florals to take away from the dresses. I wanted to lean into a different look with my bridesmaids dresses, and choosing the mixture of patterned and solids really caught the eye of guests, which I loved. We wanted to incorporate details of our relationship any chance we could get from the invitations to the table numbers. My stationery vendor Papergarten created the most beautiful invitation suite that really set the tone for what our guests could expect at the wedding from the artwork, colors and personalizations. My mom had the idea of instead of numbering each table, it would be a place that was part of our relationship- it made the room feel more personal and was an amazing way of including our love story.

Since this was a destination wedding for most, Hotel Ella was the perfect place for us. Majority of our guests stayed at the hotel. Our cocktail party was around the pool, and then moved to the ballroom to dance the night away. It is a small boutique hotel located in downtown Austin and it really captured the special characteristics of Austin.

This day would not have happened if it were not for our incredible vendor team in Austin. They were all so incredibly personable, and truly made this day perfection. Every element of the day ran so smoothly, and it truly made for the most magical weekend.

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From Ashley Nicole AffairEverything about Audra and Connor’s wedding was personalized and had a unique touch to it. The entire color palette was based off of the Blue Willow design; from the stationery to the linens to the bridesmaids’ dresses. Audra had her Blue Willow theme present through her stationery, signage, place cards, napkins, and even had a unique bottle of Veuve Clicquot. They had a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. Mary Catholic Church, used an Austin trolley as transportation, and finished off the night at Hotel Ella dancing away with the Royal Dukes Band. Audra’s second dress was just as impressionable as her first!

Photography: Caitlin Rose Photography | Cinematography: Moonlit Weddings | Event Planning: Ashley Nicole Affair | Floral Design: Lovelily Flowers | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Hotel Ella | Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: Hotel Ella | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Beauty: Makenzi Laine | Bridal Clutch: Moyna | Bridal Veil: Daphne Newman Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses (Prints): Dessy | Bridesmaids' Dresses (Solid colors): Amsale | Engagement Ring Designer: Lordos Diamonds | Films Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Invitations, Signage, Painted Champagne Bottle: Papergarten | Monogram Design: Shuler Studio | Reception Dress: The AfterWhite | Rentals: Premiere Events | Vintage Stamps: Enfield Post

Chic Napa-Inspired Floral Explosion Styled Shoot

This bold and beautiful wedding inspiration is sure to leave you breathless.  Filled with a colorful floral explosion designed by David Kurio Designs. everything from tabletops to the ceiling is adorned with elegant blooms.   The entire day was artfully planned and designed by Pearl Events Austin, who thought of every carefully curated detail.  Every image by Caroline Lima Photography is more stunning than the last, see them all inside the full gallery.

This chic Napa-inspired styled shoot is sure to make you feel like you are at a vineyard in the south. The bright and airy outdoor cocktail hour features a beautiful bar wrapped with toile vinyl, alabaster grapes showcased next to the fabric bar menu, contemporary cocktail table lamps, and a gorgeous textured cake surrounded by grapes.

Lush and abstract florals filled the tablescapes and hung from the ceiling in the dining space. Every detail down to the intricate floral candles gave the dinner setting such a romantic and intimate feel. To soften the rich-wine-colored florals we added the softest touches of lavender and linen throughout the place settings.

Guests could find their seats with decorative and delicious maccaron place cards. Lastly, our glowing bride showcased the most stunning garden-inspired jewels and exquisite Pronovias dresses.

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Florals: David Kurio Designs | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Stationary: Bryker Design Co. | Jewelry: Korman Fine Jewelry | Beauty: Adore Makeup Salon | Design & Planning: Pearl Events Austin | Event Venue: Tiny Boxwoods | Linens: Nuage Designs | Parasols: Bella Umbrella | Rentals: Premiere Events | Rentals: Loot Rentals | Tabletop rentals: Table Manners | Vinyl Decor: Katie Kime

Morning Light Inspired Editorial at The Arlo

This early summer-inspired editorial shines brighter than the sun.  Hawthorne & Poppy planned a day that combines the incredible colors of dawn’s first light with modern elements for endlessly romantic imagery.  Like the stairs covered in multi-level sitting florals, by Blumen Floral, that perfectly compliment the bride’s magical Monique Lhuillier gowns.  Every moment captured in time by The Editorial Series is lovelier than the last, see them all in the full gallery.

From Jenna McElroy & Amy of Hawthorne & PoppyThe inspiration for the editorial series workshop at The Arlo was early summer. An ode to green trees and garden flowers basking in the morning dawn’s golden sunlight. We wanted to create a design that felt modern and was also inspired by a layered nature, so we paired contemporary tableware with lush florals and fruit by Blumen Floral, modern candles, and multiple textures of wood, velvet, handmade paper, silk, and plaster. 

The Arlo’s grand staircase was the perfect location for our ceremony so that Monique Lhuillier‘s Buttercup gown from Julian Gold Bridal San Antonio could have its moment cascading towards the guests. We surrounded the couple with airy garden-style florals sitting on multi-levels of stairs. 

The paper designs by Owl and Envelope brought in several natural and romantic textures with handmade paper invitations in taupe and deep chocolate tones, a handmade paper liner with pressed greenery, and a dinner menu featuring a wooden slab holding a handmade paper menu with a velvet paper name card. For the cake, we wanted it to be unique and textural brimming with romance, and Morgan Pearl Cakes create the perfect masterpiece. We were able to use Petal, Monique Lhuillier’s amazing pink dress with a detachable skirt for an amazing addition as the second dress. Every wedding artist came together to create the perfect vision for our editorial inspired by golden morning light.

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Photography: Jenna McElroy | Event Planning: Hawthorne & Poppy Events | Floral Design: Blumen Floral | Cake: Morgan Peral Cakes | Jewelry: Nicole Mera | Venue: The Arlo | Chairs & Cake Columns: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Cookies: Olivia + Aries | Dress Boutique: Julian Gold Bridal San Antonio | Dress Designers: Monique Lhuillier | Film Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Invitations & Paper: Owl and Envelope | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Location: The Arlo | MUAH: Makenzi Laine | Napkins: Tono + Co | Sponsor & Styling Mats: Madison Popkess | Suit Designer: The Black Tux | Tabletop Rentals: Table Manners | Video: Alyssa Nikole Photography | Workshop: The Editorial Series

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A Classic Garden Wedding Beeming With Blooms and Pure Joy!

A bride who radiates happiness, a timeless ivory and green palette, and an elegant tented reception – this full gallery by Feather & Twine is an immediate mood booster! Wild Sky Events pulled off the couple’s dream backyard wedding and made it look easy, all while overcoming a myriad of challenges that naturally come with hosting a private home affair. Clementine Botanical Art created classic arrangements lush with white blooms and touches of soft greenery. Keep on reading to find out more details on this inspiring Fall fête.

Classic romantic garden private home wedding full of personal touches and delicate details. This wedding was a labor of love. Our bride Sophia very much wanted to be married at her in her backyard and have an elegant garden party wedding with Tuscany details as a nod to the architecture of the house.

For the color palette Sophia and her mother Mary chose a classic palette of ivory, white and green. Eggshell table linens, delicate and natural floral design, botanical inspired day of stationery with classic hand calligraphy, stoneware accents for the chargers and vases, classic silver flatware all came together to create a romantic and natural garden design.

From the Bride and Groom… We really enjoyed creating the ceremony ourselves, from choosing all of the songs to writing the officiants message.

Sophia loved working with her mom (and Kate from Wild Sky Events!) to choose all of the details was very special. While making the decor decisions together was so much fun, the stories of her parents’ own wedding and marriage advice that came out of these conversations was one of the best parts of wedding planning for Sophia.

Keeping family at the center of the weekend was very important to the couple. Sophia’s engagement ring belonged to Andy’s great grandmother, her veil belonged to her own great grandmother, and they were married by Andy’s aunt.

All of our vendors were absolutely incredible, and made our dream of a classic backyard wedding come true. The food was delicious, the photographs capture our joy beautifully, we had the best live band we’ve ever heard, and Kate and the Wild Sky Events team brought everything together in the most gorgeous way.

Private home weddings always have their share of challenges as these spaces are not necessarily meant to host large parties. For this wedding the main challenge was the backyard as it was steeply terraced. Which meant we had to build a platform across multiple levels to accommodate the tent, a large staircase to get to the lower lawn for the ceremony, and build a floor over the pool to create a dance floor and stage area.

Our goals was to give guests that wow factor when they first enter the backyard space and make it feel like the space had always looked this way. We wanted the design of the wedding to blend seamlessly into the garden and home so that it truly felt like spending a lovely day in the garden. When working with private properties the goal is always to enhance the the existing space to make it seem like it took no time at all to make this transformation happen. The reality is it takes an incredible team of dedicated vendors to ensure that every detail turns out perfectly.

Photography: Feather & Twine | Event Planning: Wild Sky Events | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Michelle’s Patiserie | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | Catering: Mindy's Bakeshop | Band: The Drywater Band | Beauty: Crown of Glory Beauty | Day of Stationery: Michaela McBride Calligraphy | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals | Rentals: Perch Event Decor Rental | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Rentals: Unique Design & Events

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European Inspired Spring Wedding at the Commodore Perry Estate

Rich hues of burgundy play beautifully with pink at this European-inspired Commodore Perry Estate wedding.  Kailee Roberts Design helped dream up the dazzling day letting the beauty of the location shine throughout each vignette.  Playfully romantic flowers by Truth & Blooms brought the vision to life beautifully, and workshop host and photographer Jenna McElroy elegantly captured all of the beauty in her artful imagery.  Fall in love with every darling detail in the full gallery.

From Photographer & Workshop Hostess Jenna McElroyFor this workshop, I worked with Kailee with Kailee Roberts Design at the inimitable Commodore Perry Estate in central Austin. It’s important for Kailee to feel like each workshop set up was a part of the venue. Kailee wanted to make sure that we enhanced the natural beauty of Commodore Perry Estate, and let this gem of a venue shine!

The Commodore Perry Estate is quite stunning, so we knew the rich, romantic tones of floral by Truth & Blooms and details would be the perfect complement for this European-inspired venue. We knew a patterned yet flowyMonique Lhullier gown from Julian Gold San Antonio would be the perfect bridal gown. It would tie in the freshly blooming roses in the Gardens with the romantic European-inspired architecture. For the invitation suite, we had Megan with Peach Paper Design use the wedding gown floral design to create the invitation suite, menu & detail cards!

On the day we hosted the workshop, the onsite restaurant was closed so we were able to place the cake by Feathers & Frosting and the cocktails and desserts by Bonjour Brigadeiro in the magical Luties. The restaurant has overflowing plants in pots over every table. It truly feels like an old-world Greenhouse. Every design detail came together perfectly to create a perfect Editorial Series workshop, leaving every attendee and wedding artist inspired.

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Videography: Alyssa Nikole Photography | Event Planning: Kailee Roberts Design | Floral Design: Truth & Blooms | Cake: Feathers & Frosting | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Jewelry: Nicole Mera | Jewelry: Bow & Brooklyn | Wedding Venue: Commodore Perry Estate | Bride Model: Demi Barrington of Mazza Models | Desserts: Bonjour Brigadeiro | Dress Boutique: Julian Gold Bridal San Antonio | Dress Designer: Monique Lhullier | Film Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Groom Model: Denzel | MUAH: Adore Makeup Salon | Paper Design: Peach Paper Design | Photography & Workshop Hostess: Jenna McElroy | Rentals: Table Manners | Rentals: Premiere Events | Styling Mats: Madison Popkess | Suit Designer: Royal Tux | Workshop: The Editorial Series

Austin Garden Wedding Filled With Fabulous Fall Foliage

This Austin wedding day will take your breath away. Two Be Wed helped fill the day with special touches, like a neon escort card display that read, “with my whole heart.”  From the garden ceremony to the tented reception,Stems Floral designed romantic arrangements that help bring our couple’s love story to life.   If all that’s not enough to get the happy tears going, just wait until you see the beautiful bridal portraits shot against the most incredible foliage by Jeff Brummett,  You can see every magical moment in the full gallery.

From Jeff BrummettConlee and Forrest’s wedding at Mattie’s At Green Pastures was so full of joy! From the emotional first look to the stunning ceremony, there were lots of happy tears being shed. Their friends and family were an important part of the day as well. The couple wanted to make sure everyone felt appreciated and had a great time. Of course, Mattie’s At Green Pastures is an Austin treasure and made for the perfect backdrop.

From the bride… Our ceremony was full of emotion, including floods of happy tears from Forrest and guests. My cheeks hurt by the end from smiling so big the entire time. It was intimate, 91 of our closest family and friends watched us exchange handwritten vows, commit to each other for life, and share our first kiss as husband and wife. I walked into the ceremony with my dad to “I’ll Stay” by Matt Stinton. Forrest picked the song before we were ever engaged. He said it made him tear up the first time he heard it and knew it was what needed to play as I walked down the aisle to him. We walked out to Hall and Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True.” Forrest was a mess, it was only my second time to ever see him cry. I loved every second of his emotions pouring out. Our backdrop was incredible. We were both obsessed with the monochrome gold tones. The fall foliage fit into our color scheme and let my white dress and his blue tuxedo pop. It was time we needed to soak in what was about to happen, the vows we were about to share, the commitment we were about to make. A chance to embrace each other for the last time before being husband and wife. This was when Forrest also gave me a handmade print he made of our wedding logo that I designed. He is an incredible artist and I had begged him for over a year to make me something, and I finally got it. It was so special and I’ll treasure the piece and memory forever.

The florals were what I was most excited to see come to life on our Austin wedding day. I was dead set on an aisle runner and a large, lush arch. I wanted ivory tones for the ceremony and to have the reception florals carry the colors of cocktail hour. We wanted the reception to feel like a natural progression of the evening. Low centerpieces were intentional to encourage conversation across the table. The florals were meant to enhance the venue, not steal the show. The vibe I was aiming for was an upscale, intimate, garden wedding. I wanted it to feel lush with flowers. Every aspect of the decor would feel intentional and meaningful. We both wanted the guests to be able to feel how special they are to us and how much we love each of them. Our wedding was planned around our loved ones first. Their experience was foremost on our minds. We wanted to show them our gratefulness and make our wedding a happy memory for everyone.

Photography: Jeff Brummett Photography | Event Planning: Two Be Wed | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design + Event Styling | Wedding Dress: Rita Vinieris | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Matties | Beauty: Etoilly Artistry | Bridal Boutique: Ivory Bridal | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Rentals: Birch And Brass Rentals | Rentals: Loot Rentals

Modern Romance Meets Garden Chic At The Arlo

What happens when you mix a real-life couple, a hot new wedding venue, and a team of talented vendors? Wedding magic, of course! 787 Event Design & Production dreamed up a beyond romantic day mixed with modern design elements that all pairs perfectly with the beautiful backdrop of Texas Hill Country. Floral installations by Gypsy Floral are almost too good to be true, featuring beautiful blooms in shades of mauve, rust, honey, and blush. The incredible inspiration and carefully curated details are all exquisitely captured in the imagery by Julie Wilhite Photography, you can see it all in the full gallery.

From Julie Wilhite PhotographyWhen a new venue opens up in Austin, and it is as incredible as The Arlo, you get so inspired to do a shoot there! The Arlo fills a much-needed space for couples in the Hill Country. Its understated elegance, with modern design, provides a luxury backdrop for events and weddings of all sizes. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, between downtown Austin and Dripping Springs, it was built with every detail in mind and thoughtfully planned out to utilize the incredible landscape. Our real-life couple, Katie and Micah, were such a joy to photograph. They are so in love and were excited to be part of this shoot. To design the event, Lexie with 787 Event Design & Production came in with incredible creativity to create a romantic affair, complete with a perfectly modern color palette. A palette of mauve, rust, honey, and blush contrasted with a dusty pacific blue accent. This shoot was a burst of inspiration and fresh design while still being luxurious and romantic.

Peach Paper Design created custom stationery to match our vision: modern romance. Each product in the suite was printed on different colored paper, so guests got a glimpse into the color story of the wedding day. To style this fashionable couple, we worked with Caleigh from CHILLANN Styling. She is an incredibly talented wardrobe stylist in Austin, who often works with couples to style engagement shoots, weddings, and events! For Katie, she chose a beautifully tailored white tuxedo by The Suit Shop with a blush button-down. Micah stunned in the Elora gown by Madi Lane Bridal. It was such a dream to photograph with a soft off-the-shoulder sleeve and romantic lace motif throughout! The layers of tulle danced around as she walked, and the sunlight glowed around the couple as the sunset. For her shoes, Micah wore The Esther kitten heel from Bella Belle. The soft tulle bow tied into the tulle skirt, while the beaded lace details complimented the lace embroidery on the gown. After an intimate ceremony on the venue’s lawn, which featured a large floral installation by Gypsy Floral, we headed to the styled cocktail hour in The Courtyard. The soft blush couch tied in the pink hues in the flowers and the armless mid-century inspired chairs highlighted the clean lines of the venue floor-to-ceiling windows.

When it came to the reception, we created an intimate al-fresco atmosphere where the Texas Hill Country could take center stage. A velvet tablecloth in dusty pacific blue was styled with modern plates and silverware and tied together with the round menus. Organic floral compotes were placed along the table, while the candles added a soft glimmer throughout the evening. It was the perfect marriage of modern and romance! For dessert, Iced Cakes ATX created an incredible work of art. The five-tier cake tied in the ribbed texture of the candles, while the round sugar detail tied into the unique stationery.

Photography: Julie Wilhite Photography | Event Planning: 787 Event Design & Production | Floral Design: Gypsy Floral | Wedding Dress: Madi lane | Cake: Iced Cakes & Confections | Invitations: Peach Paper Design | Limo: Four Leaf Limo | Wedding Venue: The Arlo | Attire: SuitShop | Beauty: Adore Makeup Salon | Bridal Bouqitue: A & Be | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Table Manners | Rentals: Loot Rentals | Wardrobe Styling: Chillann Styling

Whimsical Wedding Dressed in a Citrus Palette with Modern Details

It’s elegance all the way at this sophisticated citrus-inspired workshop hosted by Jenna McElroy. Nothing says springtime better than bright shades of yellow, pink, and green and Drops of Honey Designs used this fresh color palette to plan a day that dazzles. Organic free-flowing florals by Truth & Blooms are timelessly modern yet playfully romantic. The beauty of the day is exquisitely captured in the imagery by Sarah Tribett Photography. You can fawn over all the fabulous in the full gallery.

From Sarah Tribett PhotographyThis shoot was designed to embody the wedding venue’s brand through the colors, patterns, and fonts that were used. Located at the brand new venue, Wish Well House, it featured whimsical elements with modern details, dressed in a citrus color palette of yellow, pink, and green accents.

The entire shoot was inspired by the wallpaper designer Morris & Co. That is seen in the staircase leading up to the bridal room. This designer beautifully combines modern and traditional design to create something timeless.

This shoot was designed with a bride in mind who isn’t afraid of pattern and color and is willing to incorporate untraditional elements into her special day, like an oyster bar for guests to enjoy! The day has classic touches yet is modern to its core.

Photography: Sarah Tribett Photography | Design: Drops of Honey Designs | Event Planning: Drops of Honey Designs | Floral Design: Truth & Blooms | Wedding Dress: A & Be | Wedding Dress: Sophie et Voilà | Invitations: East Rose Studio | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Wedding Venue: Wish Well House | Beauty: Luna Beauty & Bridal | Caked by Dani: Caked by Dani | Engagement Ring Designer: Nicole Mera | Rentals: Table Manners | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Untamed Petals | Workshop Host: Jenna McElroy

When A Wedding Planner Gets Married You Know It’s Going To Be Good!

When a wedding planner takes her turn as the bride, you know you’re in for a treat. From clay programs to a fabulous floral fountain, this celebration is full of special touches. Kristin Ashley Events dreamed up the most utterly romantic day with floral moments from Remi and Gold that will make your heart skip a beat. You can feel the love in the imagery by Clary Pfeiffer Photography. All of the not-to-be-missed details are waiting for you in the full gallery.

From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyOur bride is a wedding planner and also a dear friend, and after the couple started looking at dates, travel, amount of people – they ultimately decided on a celebration with their family and a few special guests. One of them was their good friend who introduced the couple at her yoga retreat in Costa Rica. She is also who married the couple!

Filled with special details like gorgeous clay programs and escort cards by Carey Lowe from The Idea Emporium, there is so much to love about this wedding. From the groom’s simple green sport coat to the location for their small wedding by the sparkling water, this was a dream to photograph.

The couple’s good friend who lives in Napa sent wine pairings for the couple’s twilight dinner and gorgeous dessert plate. It was a beautiful celebration, filled with love, for a beautiful couple.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Event Planning: Kristin Ashley Events | Wedding Coordinator: Caroline Fair | Floral Design: Remi and Gold | Wedding Dress: Unbridaled | Invitations: The Idea Emporium | Ceremony Venue: Laguna Gloria | Reception Venue: Laguna Gloria | Jewelry: Huffords Jewelery | Catering: Word Of Mouth Catering | Hair and Makeup: Lola Beauty | Groom's Attire: Knot Standard | Officiant: Kate Waitzkin | Officiant: Kate Waitzkin | Hotel: San Francisco Proper | Designer: Chosen by kyha | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Marquee

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A ‘Staycation’ Honeymoon That Will Have You Rethinking Your Plane Tickets!

Before you pay for plane tickets for the ultimate destination honeymoon, you need to check out this couple’s ‘staycation’ honeymoon captured by Kristin La Voie Photography! For these two who have experienced their fair share of traveling and a partial long-distance relationship, home sounded like the perfect honeymoon for them. Lauren Field Design helped create a simple, relaxing, and romantic getaway for the couple and let their love steal the show. Check it out below and be sure to read the details of their heartwarming love story!

From Riley and Jack…Jack and I started dating 10 years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. 6 weeks into our relationship, he’d spend 3 months in South Africa for a humanitarian project. We would speak once over the course of that summer. When he returned, it was as if we had never met. Another year together before Jack would visit South Africa again, me off to Brazil. This time we’d email incessantly, hearts aching. A few more months together before Jack would graduate and move to Nashville where he’d pursue his masters at Vanderbilt while working at their psychiatric hospital. For 2 years, every month and sometimes twice, I’d drive 18 hours to fall into his arms and revel in 48 hours together. I’d watch him grow into a strong, spirited man.

He’d support me as I navigated self-discovery. I would receive my degree and, to save something rare, I’d move to Nashville. 4 years, 3 cities and 2 countries later, on a rock in the middle of the ocean, he’d ask me to marry him. I know that the ring I wear on my finger is not materialistic nor trite. It is symbolic of something intangible, even ethereal. It stands for adventure, devotion, patience; elusive elements of any 2 humans’ bond. I look at my hand, I look at his face, I think of our 9 years together and I am amazed by our love. I think it couldn’t be real. It couldn’t be mine. But no. It is real. It is true. It is ours.

From Lauren Field DesignWe were privileged to work with Riley and Jack and to tell their honeymoon story in the Hill Country of Austin. Although both of them are well-traveled, their staycation was relaxing, simple, and fun. We wanted to capture the beauty of their authentic connection in a leisurely way as they spent time together around the property.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Styling: Lauren Field Design | Bride: Riley Blanks | Lodging: Camp Lucy | Men's Clothing: House Of St Clair | Pajamas: BHLDN | Restaurant: Tillies | Women's Clothing: Miranda Bennett

How to Add Color to a Blank Canvas Wedding Venue With Confidence!

When it comes to blank canvases – color is your best friend. And this inspiration shoot from Callista & Company with floral design by Remi and Gold proves just that. The full gallery, captured by Allen Tsai, is loaded with pops of bright blooms and hanging installations against the clean white walls of the Prospect House. Not to mention the most gorgeous ruffled gown from Alexandra Grecco. Allow this shoot to give you a major dose of confidence to play with color at your wedding.

From Callista & Company… When Allen Tsai approached me to design a workshop shoot at Prospect House in Austin, I jumped at the opportunity to incorporate color at a venue that provides such an amazing blank palette space on such a scenic piece of land. Our design exhibited central themes of minimalism, intentionality, brights balanced by a base of neutrals, and a sense of contemporary romance. 

Bold flowers tied together all aspects of the design from cocktails, to flat lays, dinner tables, stationery, the seating chart, cake, and even attire. Remi and Gold provided the most beautiful blooms, which were a cornerstone of the overall design. Grey and Cake designed contemporary color-blocked stationery paired with floral envelope liners.

Birch was carried throughout, including guest welcome gift trays, the seating chart, wood-backed dinner menus, as well as guest ceremony and dining chairs. We set a square oriented ceremony with a central hanging installation and a wall of bud vases in the background. Allen Tsai captured everything perfectly.

Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Remi and Gold | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Iced Cakes & Confections | Stationery: Grey and Cake | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Ring: Fire and Brilliance | Hotel: Hotel Saint Cecilia | Wedding Venue: Prospect House | Beauty: French Twist | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Floral Dress: Gucci | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning & Design: Callista & Company | Rentals: Birch And Brass Rentals | Rentals: Loot Rentals | Workshop: Sophie Epton Photography

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This Whimsical Texas Wedding Gives Us All The Feels

This Texas wedding rivals the beauty of a sunrise. We can’t help but be reminded of the loveliest time of the day as we swoon over the blush, amber, and neutral accented color palette. Lucas and Elizabeth’s wedding was full of whimsy and romance. Guests were delighted at every turn, from an outdoor ceremony featuring trees dripping with ethereal blooms to a dance floor decorated with an equally awe-inspiring balloon installation. Wild Sky Events artfully brought the couple’s fall celebration to life and Chassie of Crown of Glory Beauty matched Elizabeth’s glowing bridal look with the autumnal wedding palette. Enjoy all the fun details in the full gallery.

From Wild Sky EventsThe couple wanted a wedding that felt modern, architectural, textured but also romantic. The design for this wedding was all about structure mixed with whimsy and romance. We wanted all the elements to feel purposeful and have a refined shape but not feel too modern and over-styled.

For the ceremony, Clementine Botanical Arts designed a beautiful floral installation with foraged branches, lush large blooms with an elegant line. As for the ceremony aisle, we kept it very simple with two lush arrangements and custom made thirty feet woven rug.

For the reception, we wanted to create the look of a vintage botanical greenhouse. We installed greenery on every possible surface to help create that look! For the tablescape, we focused on texture and color. Oatmeal velvet linens, paired with amber linen napkins and ceramic china complimented the lovely blush, amber, and neutral floral color palette. It came together like a dream!

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Cinematography: Marissa Licarione | Design: Wild Sky Events | Event Planning: Wild Sky Events | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Stationery: Fine Day Press | Reception: Matties | Hair + Makeup: Crown of Glory Beauty | Lighting: Ilios | Venue: Matties | Balloons: Botanical No. 9 | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Premiere Events | Rentals: Birch And Brass Rentals

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This Couple Turned Their Centerpieces into A Flower Bar At The End of Their Wedding!

An all-white wedding with hints of light gray is what Olive & Belle planned for today’s beautiful feature at the Villa Del Lago in Austin, Texas. A stunning and, classic outdoor ceremony and reception made up for the day and Honey Gem Creative captured it all! The special couple wanted to incorporate special details for their guests including taking the centerpieces by Lovelily Flowers and creating a flower bar for guests to take home with them! Take a peek below and check out the full gallery here!

From Lovelily FlowersLiz + Alex were absolutely dream clients of mine. They were the perfect cocktail of classic meets creative. We incorporated this feeling within the florals by keeping an all-white palette while mixing in dried, bleached, and painted foliages to add sparks of interest. They cared deeply about their guests and focused on making the night special. With that, we decided to break down centerpieces after dinner, and use these florals to create a flower bar! We handed out individually wrapped posies at the end of the evening for the guests to take home with them! It was an unforgettable night!

From the Bride and Groom…

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? We had a very simple vision for our wedding, we wanted three points to be covered. 1. Fun 2. Memorable and 3. Simple, Elegant and Reflective of our Personalities

What was your color palette and your style vision?

We are big fans of muted pastel colors so we tried to keep with that and ended up with blue and grey hues which ended up complimenting the day really well.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

We didn’t have too many DIY details, but Elizabeth picked some really unique elements as part of the wedding which included 1 really long table for everyone to sit at, tied instead of folded napkins, a champagne tower, and fireworks!

What was your favorite moment?

Our absolute most favorite moment was seeing all of our family and friends sitting together for dinner at one long table. It’s something we will more than likely never see again so in that moment in time it was extra special. 

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Stay true to your self and do exactly what you want. It can be easy to get influenced by others but don’t do it, stay authentic to your desires and the day will be fun, genuine and filled with love. 

How did you meet?

A love that sparked on Spring Break AND CONTINUED AROUND THE WORLD From Sweden to London. From Italy to Portugal. From Aruba to the US. Our love story began in Panama City Beach, FL back in 2010. Alex and Liz were enjoying the fruits of life on a college spring break (the kind of spring break you used to see on MTV) and bonded over a rambunctious night out. The two didn’t go to the same school nor lived in the same country but they stayed connected over the years. Their lives would go on separately for quite some time, but there was never much time passing without a gentle reminder of the presence of each other through a comment, like or text message. It wasn’t until Alex resided for a year in the US for an internship that they finally got to meet up. Alex came to Houston for a week, and instantly neither wanted to be without the other. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy as there were life commitments such as college, let alone an ocean (the Atlantic Ocean to be exact) between them. Fast forward 7 years worth of memories, many air miles earned and used and Alex turning into a fully-fledged Texan (or so he claims!) and we’re ready to share the next chapter of committing to forever with our family and friends!

Photographer: Honey Gem Creative | Event Planning + Design : Olive Belle Events | Floral Design: Lovelily Flowers | Catering: Pink Avocado | Hair and Makeup: Glam Gone Good | Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings | Wedding Venue: Villa Del Lago | Cookies: Mindy's Bakeshop | Fireworks: Big Dog Pyro | Rentals: 10th Collections | Rentals: Premiere Events | Signage & Paper goods: August And May Design Co

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Every Modern Bride Is About to Fall in Love with This Gallery-Like Space in Austin

In case you weren’t already convinced – there is sooo much beauty in simplicity, and this wedding at our new fave Austin venue proves just that. With the help of Wild Sky Events, the bride and groom’s vision of a minimalistic wedding with a garden-like feel came to life – complete with romantic and warm touches at every turn. Color Theory Collective created the most beautiful arrangements in neutral hues that perfectly complimented the white walls and natural wooden elements. Head on over to the full gallery captured by Feather & Twine to see all the pretty!

The Design:

From Wild Sky Events… Our design goal was to create a minimalist garden vibe that still felt warm and romantic. We focused on a gorgeous floral color palette, natural textures for linens and fabrics, wood and leather accents and bringing those key elements into all aspects of the design. From the fabric ceiling installation to the fabric on the sofa and chairs, to the wood backing on the invitations or the leather accents on the seating chart. It was all about subtle details with this wedding. 

Where did you get married and why did you choose that location?

From the bride and groom, Amanda and Chuck… Chuck actually picked it out. We both really liked it for its interesting architecture. It is so simple and beautiful. My best friend and bridesmaid was still living in Austin. I actually had her go and look at it before we put a deposit down. I saw it in person a few months later and was blown away.

What was your design inspiration?

I wanted natural, clean colors. I wanted something that was organic and light. I really just wanted to highlight how beautiful Prospect House is on it’s own. I think we made good decisions on a few things and that made all the difference.

What did you learn throughout the wedding process?

I learned how important it was to have a great vendor team. Hiring a wedding planner was the best decision I made. Wild Sky Events (Kate) helped me find all my other vendors. I didn’t have to spend hours searching for a florist or DJ because she already had people she recommended. They were people she’s worked with before and I trusted her opinion. Before planning my wedding I did not think lighting or rentals were important or something to spend money on. Kate taught me how important lighting is! Every decision you make for your wedding can seem like the most important decision, but at the end of the day, you just want your wedding to reflect who you are as a couple. 

Photography: Feather & Twine | Event Planning: Wild Sky Events | Cake: Feathers & Frosting | Reception Venue: Prospect House | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | Hair and Makeup: Mindy Orsak | Lighting: Ilios | DJ: DJ Gatsby | Floral: Color Theory Collective | Rentals: 10th Collections

Celebrating Indian Heritage with a Stunning Traditional American Wedding

Can we take a moment to appreciate the beauty that comes from two heritages combining in a day of celebration and love? Shivani & Jeffrey’s union was exactly that, and SO incredibly stunning—from the Hindu-Indian ceremony to the traditional American reception, in large part thanks to 36th Street Events. You’ll want to read their sweet story below and make sure to peruse the full gallery of images, all captured by Julie Wilhite Photography.

From Julie Wilhite Photography… Shivani and Jeffrey had an incredible multi-cultural wedding on April 20th, 2019. The two combined her Indian heritage with a traditional American wedding seamlessly, and I was so honored to photograph it. Their ceremony was a traditional Hindu Indian ceremony, with the reception a traditional American one.

The couple met on Hinge, a dating app, in 2015, after they both recently moved to Dallas. Shivani completely forgot about the first date while Jeff left another dinner early to meet her for drinks. After a sweet reminder text, Shivani got ready in 15 minutes, completely playing it cool. A couple drinks later and the rest is history! Fast forward through 3 years worth of memories including a few mountains climbed, passports stamped, and the addition of their furry friend, Henry, to the family, Jeff finally popped the big question at sunrise on a hike in Sedona, AZ. Needless to say, Shivani said yes!

The bride, groom and wedding party wore two different outfits. For the Hindu ceremony, Shivani wore a stunning handmade custom lehenga, a long skirt paired with a crop top and embroidered scarf, that was a soft blue and covered in gold beading. It was so intricate, and a work of art. They hired a personal stylist and shopper to create the outfits for the Indian ceremony. All the outfits for the bride, groom and wedding party were handmade in Indian and dip-dyed to the perfect shade of blue. Shivani wanted her outfit to be a non-traditional color and Jeff’s favorite color is blue, so it was easy to pick the soft blue color as the tying theme in the wedding party outfits.

Shivani’s bridal jewelry was a mix of family heirlooms and custom made pieces from Houston, Texas. The bridal jewelry set was gold plated with Kundan stones, pomegranate colored beads with a hint of blue. The gold bangles were a gift from her maternal grandparents and she wore a gold ring studded with diamonds on my right hand which was an heirloom from my grandmother.

For her American reception, Shivani wore a beaded fit and flare gown by Maggie Sottero. It was from Mockingbird Bridal in Dallas, a store which has been a Dallas staple for wedding gowns. The bride’s reception jewelry was gifted by her parents, and she wore emerald cut drop diamond earrings paired with a rose-cut diamond necklace all set in platinum gold. She also wore her mom’s Rado watch as her something borrowed.

Shivani’s childhood best friend and bridesmaid, Anjali Chatwani, the owner of Glam Angelique, did the hair and makeup for all of the events, which was a special touch for the bride!

First, there was the Baraat. As the bride explains… “There is a pre-wedding ceremony called the Baraat. The Baraat is a procession of the groom’s family and friends singing and dancing around him to music. The Baraat is very much the jumpstart for the wedding day – it kicks-off the celebration with excitement, singing, dancing, and laughter and carries the groom right up to the ceremony. It typically begins somewhere down the street from the wedding venue. Then, over the course of 20-30 minutes, the groom and his family, accompanied by music, make their way up the street singing and dancing. The Baraat is met by the bride’s family at the entrance to the wedding venue. It symbolizes the pleasure and happiness of the groom’s family in accepting the bride as a part of their family; as their very own. The Milni (the meeting of families) symbolizes the merging of the two clans. The bride’s family, usually the bride’s mother, performs an Aarti (welcome prayer) for the groom’s family.”

The groom and guests had so much fun, and even had color bombs during the Baraat! They danced to the venue, which was the Four Season Austin. Their traditional Hindu Indian ceremony took place under gorgeous trees and included many new and old traditions, including the Jai Mala Garland Exchange, Ganesh Pooja, Kanyadan and Gath Bandhan. Then they took their seven steps together, called the Saptapadi. Each step signifies a vow that they promise to uphold together. They took time after to tell each other their personal vows to one another, then sealed it with a kiss!

There was a break before the cocktail hour so guests could change into black tie outfits for the cocktail hour and ceremony, which took place inside the Four Seasons ballroom. The tables were covered in metallic tablecloths, with gold accents throughout. The bride wanted to bring the outdoors in with blush flowers, creams and lots of greenery, which was perfect for this spring day. It was such an honor to be able to photograph this beautiful wedding!

Some tips on planning your multi-cultural wedding, from the bride… Pick the best of both worlds. We focused on picking elements for our wedding events which were important to us and our families. Everything we did was guest-centric. We wanted to ensure all of our friends and families who had traveled from near and far had a good time with no logistical stress. We decided less was more in terms of the guest list. Coming from an Indian family, it was hard to keep the guestlist small but we made a conscious effort to stay around 250 guests so we could truly focus and spend quality time with our guests.

Photographer: Julie Wilhite Photography | Videography: Bring Works | Wedding Planner: 36th Street Events | Floral Design: Sweetwater Stems | Invitations: Nalini Co | Makeup: Wedding Gown Source | Hair: Blush N Bangs | Band: Uptown Drive | Ceremony Music: Live Oak Trio | Baraat Music: DJ Nish | Bridal Boutique: Mockingbird Bridal | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero | Dance Floor Rental: Mikes Dance Floors | Draping: Unique Design & Events | Four Seasons Austin: Four Seasons Austin | Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals | Samba Dancers: Austin Samba

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This Chic Austin Wedding Took Place in a Glass Barn! The Ultimate Statement Venue.

If you’re looking to take your dream barn wedding next level, you must see this GLASS barn at Barr Mansion in Austin! This is rustic elegance at it’s finest, my friends. With guidance and planning by 36th Street Events, Aly & David celebrated in the chicest way possible for their summer fete—complete with a to-die-for blush Monique Lhuillier dress. I’m crushing hard on this one and I have a feeling you will too, once you peek at these captures by The Edges. What are you waiting for?!

From The Edges… Aly & David met at a dive bar in NYC several years ago and the rest is history! They had destination wedding in Aly’s hometown of Austin, TX. The wedding venue is an estate that includes a home built in 1898, a working farm, and a restored 18th century barn transported from New York. The design was a perfect blend of NYC chic and fun, quirky Austin with a moody and romantic aesthetic.

There were so many unique and personal design elements included throughout the day. The invitation and paper goods were created by one of their closest friends, Robert Alvarez. Guests were welcomed to the weekend with a box of treats like Tito’s Vodka (from Austin) and the couple’s favorites snacks of Goldfish crackers and champagne gummy bears. The ceremony backdrop was a custom pampas grass installation that perfectly complimented Aly’s dress.

Cocktail hour included live music and the cutest “beer burros” for entertainment. Instead of signature cocktails, they offered whiskey and bubbles stations so guests could sample different varieties of each. Dinner was served in a glass barn with rustic wood tables and lots of gold and black accents. The rest of the evening was spent dancing (to a live band, it’s Austin of course) and lounging in the warm Texas night.

Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Videography: Moonlit Weddings | Floral Design: Posey Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alexia Maria | Catering: Barr Mansion | Beer Burros: Texas Hill Country Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Barr Mansion | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Groom's Tux & Bowtie: Bonobos | Planning: 36th Street Events | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Stationary & Calligraphy: Robert Alvarez

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Muted Color Schemes Are About to Be Summer 2019’s Hottest Wedding Trend

What happens when you take an epic list of vendors and put them together for a day, styled and planned by Westcott Weddings? You get this elegant and romantic workshop held by The Editorial Series and Jenna McElroy! Focusing on the space, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Westcott Weddings produced the ultimate photography workshop with every detail imagined from floral installations by Clementine Botanical Art to flawless attire by Serendipity Bridal and The Black Tux. Take a peek below and see how a great team can create a day of old-world elegance mixed with modern design for the picture perfect workshop!

From Westcott WeddingsThe Editorial Series is a one-day photography workshop for film and digital photographers. For the first in the series, Jenna McElroy chose the always-beautiful grounds at Laguna Gloria as the backdrop. Photographers gathered in the late afternoon, and Jenna walked them through each of the styled vignettes before giving each the opportunity to capture the spaces through their own lenses. The museum grounds at Laguna Gloria are immaculately curated and lend themselves well to the romantic, European-inspired editorial that Jenna envisioned.

We decided on a color palette of warm, muted summer tones and worked to balance the old world elegance of the grounds with more modern touches. Christin with Clementine Botanical Art designed a wispy, romantic floral installation on the stone steps (often overlooked at real weddings and such a gorgeous spot!), and I love the way our bride and groom were able to nestle right into it for photographs.

Nicolette with Isidore & Augustine designed all of the paper products, and upon seeing them, we were instantly in love with the way the soft floral drawings played against the layers of color and more modern typeface she selected. She was able to beautifully capture the whole essence of the shoot in that gorgeous invitation suite.

Michelle Boyd painted a custom canvas for the workshop, which was used as a backdrop for styling the suite and added romantic texture (which no one does better than her!) to the shot. We kept the table design fairly simple, using Loot’s pieces and La Tavola linens to create a luxe, refined table that felt right at home on the museum grounds. Florals, paper goods, and (delicious!) appetizers and desserts (thanks to Jessica Scott and Candace from Simply Delicious Custom Cakes, respectively) added touches of color and life to the vignette. Candace also created a stunning three-tier cake. Christin complemented the pink architectural details Candace designed with fluffy blooms to achieve that same modern, romantic aesthetic.

We worked with Brigitte at Serendipity Bridal to select an intricate lace dress for our bride from Chic Nostalgia and The Black Tux to outfit our groom. Makenzi Laine styled each of them to perfection, and accessories from L. Priori Jewelry and Bella Belle Shoes completed the look. We’re so thankful for the team that came together to bring this vision to life, and we’re looking forward to the next in the series.

Photographer: Jenna McElroy | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Wedding Dress: Serendipity Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: L Priori Jewelry | Food: Jessica Scott Photography | Hair and Makeup: Makenzi Laine | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Behind the Scenes Video: Sight and Sound Films | Cake and Desserts: Candace Powell | Editorial Series Sponsor: PhotoVision Prints | Editorial Series Sponsor: Dekora Album | Event Design, Planning and Styling: Westcott Weddings | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Model Agency: Helena Sandahl | Paper: Isidore Augustine | Rentals: Loot Rentals | Styling Backdrops / Custom Art: Michelle Boyd Studio | The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria: The Contemporary Austin | Wedding Dress Designer: Chic Nostalgia | Workshop : Jenna McElroy | Workshop Host: Jenna McElroy

How To Achieve The Perfect Bright and Coastal Design

It’s no secret that we love a bright and airy home! As the weather warms (finally!) and summer nears, we are even more drawn to the sunny, coastal decor trends that are starting to fill our feeds. But don’t worry, this style isn’t just for those lucky folks with homes on the beach! So how do you approach that laid-back, beachy feel no matter where you live? Interior stylist and designer, Maureen Stevens is here with a few tips on “How To Achieve The Perfect Bright and Coastal Design” and she is sharing a few of her favorite pieces to help get you started.  Her design approach centers on “making subtle changes to your surroundings to give you a totally different experience” and that is right up our alley!

1. Add art reminiscent of the beach…

Artwork is a fun way to bring coastal beach vibes in your home. There are so many different prints with beach umbrellas, people sunbathing, aerial views of the ocean, etc., that will instantly brighten up your home and make it feel like a chic, summer escape.

2. Think organic materials…

Natural materials that remind us of the outdoors are a great way to bring coastal design into your home. From raffia to rattan, jute, acacia and the like, there are so many materials to choose from. Rather than over-doing it and replacing big furniture items with those which are made of these materials, you can incorporate smaller pieces like accent chairs, nightstands, side tables, etc.

3. Choose a color palette that mimics the nature of the coast…

Changing the color of your walls can make a huge impact on your home. By toning down any loud and vibrant colors by replacing them with calming hues, such as taupe or white sand, the colors of the ocean, driftwood, etc., your home will feel lighter and brighter instantly.

4. Go for billowy on your windows…

By implementing light and airy curtains into your home, you’re one step closer to achieving an effortless, coastal design. The light-weight fabric will ebb and flow when a breeze hits them, creating an ocean-breeze effect you’ll love.

5. Focus on negative space…

One of the things that makes the coast so beautiful is its vastness. It’s important to bring this sense of space into your home, as well. Sometimes, less truly is more when it comes to design. Cluttering can create a stressful environment, whereas minimalistic design can contribute to a more relaxed, enjoyable space.

6. Whites, whites, whites…

Have I stated white, and lots of it, yet? Whether it’s wall color, bedding, furniture, or textiles– you name it– white is always a good option. Incorporating different shades of white will open up your home and make your space feel clean and refined, epitomizing California-cool living.


Ready to brighten up? Maureen Stevens is sharing a few of her favorite pieces to help get you started!

1. Large Coastal Art Print / 2. Belgian Linen Sheer Curtain / 3. Montecito Pillow Cover / 4. Large White Planter / 5. Shroom Coffee Table / 6. Reclaimed Wood Console / 7. Brighton Table Lamp / 8. Reclaimed Wood Storage Bench / 9. Medan Chair / 10. Chunky Hand-braided Rug 


Interior Design: Maureen Stevens

5 Ways To Use Pantone’s Color of the Year ‘Living Coral’ in Your Modern Wedding

As much of a neutral lover as I am, my color kryptonite is coral. So, you can imagine my elation when Pantone announced Living Coral as their color of the year. I knew we’d be in for a dose of vibrancy in weddings and today’s slice of inspo from Lauren Field Design and Kristin La Voie Photography nails it. Read on below for five innovative ideas on how to infuse this vibrant, happy hue into a modern wedding with a wow-worthy palette.

1. Wear it!

Make a statement by starting with the decision to wear a colored gown. This unique Elizabeth Dye wildfire gown was the perfect way to incorporate such a bold statement piece. Be sure to select simple accessories to allow the gown to take the full spotlight.

2. Choose a neutral colored venue

Select a venue that will allow the color to shine without being too busy. The Prospect House gave us such an opportunity with it’s simple yet elegant spaces that have a grand light filled quality to them. By creating focus around the features we admired most, we were able to seamlessly blend our colorful vision for this modern fete.

3. Pair with analogous (adjacent) colors on the color wheel

Infusing the palette with colors that have a similar underlying tone with varied hues (like magenta, rose quartz, etc) help to draw attention in a visually pleasing and exciting way. There is nothing boring about this color combo!

4. Set a baseline of decor with dark, light, and translucent elements

Combining architectural elements of various luster and matte finishes, the color can feel bold yet well curated. We incorporated high gloss tableware with a smooth matte velvet; translucent ghost chairs atop a matte concrete floor to create visual interest.

5. Choose florals that include preserved elements with minimal greenery

Balanced textures and unique pairings (like the dyed fan palms, bleached Italian ruscus, and bright anthuriums) help a composition remain innovative and unique, while totally logical. Hints of unexpectedness help bring your overall concept up a few notches!

From Lauren Field Design… Inspired by the intersection of modern architecture/abstract art and the evocative use of shapes, forms, and color (or lack thereof) inherent in both mediums, we wanted to reflect the simplicity and visual order of layering texture in a refined yet dramatic fashion.

At The Prospect House, the captivating display of simple materials, lofty exposed structure, and abundant natural light provide a stunning backdrop reminiscent of an art gallery. These experiential characteristics of proportion, scale, and light/reflection became driving factors for all aspects of the design.

We selected a palette of tone-on-tone hues of jet black and charcoal infused with varying shades of living coral. The high contrast decor was paired with architectural accents of concrete, mixed metals, and translucent elements as a nod to the thoughtful architecture of the venue. The ceremony installation was meant to channel the poetic brushstrokes of an abstract expressionist painting. For the table, we chose a charcoal velvet tablecloth layered with luster glassware, matte black flatware, and colorful asymmetrical arrangements influenced by the art of Ikebana flower arranging. The cake was a dark silhouette of impressive texture atop lucite on a dramatically high table with an avant-garde vibe.

The bride and groom were both dressed in elegant silhouettes with a bit of modern flair; the groom in a velvet jacket, the bride in a runaway train of tiered tulle. The bridal look was feminine yet edgy with a classic chignon to showcase the statement of the gown.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Florist: Remi and Gold | Gown: Elizabeth Dye | Cake: Jessica Fuller Cake Art | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Süße Poesie | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Venue: Prospect House | Design & Planning: Lauren Field Design | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Goods: Letters by Lane | Rentals: Peerless Events and Tents

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