bold floral inspiration at one eleven east

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Thanks to Style Me Pretty for the feature!


Florals & Design: Color Theory Collective 

Planner: Kindle & Gather 

Paper Design: Lauren Sterrett 

Photography: Jenna McElroy 

MUAH: Makenzi Laine 

Film Scans: Photovision 

Venue: One Eleven East 

Rentals: 10th Collection 

Linen: La Tavola 

Chocolate: Maggie Louise Confections 

Bridal Salon: Unbridaled 

Dress Designer: Theia 

Earrings: McKinley Mizar 

Rings: Shaesby   

Model: Michelle Nguyen

BLACKBERRY AND LAVENDER WEDDING AT LA RIO MANSION

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A huge thanks to Style Me Pretty for the feature!

Venue: La Rio Mansion 
Photography: Jenna McElroy 

Espresso Bar: Amor Ciego 
Scans: Photovision 
Florals: Lovely Leaves 
Invitation:  Pine Nineteen    

10 tips for gorgeous bridal portraits

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  1. Schedule a hair and make up trial!

  2. Get your nails done.

  3. Make sure your dress is finished being altered before the session.

  4. Schedule your bridal portraits 6 or more weeks before your wedding!

  5. Make sure you have an indoor option!

  6. Bring a white or off-white sheet that you can stand on to keep your dress dry- if the weather has been yucky.

  7. Bring comfy shoes and your wedding day shoes!

  8. Don’t forget your jewelry!

  9. Bring your veil if you have one!

  10. Bring a trusted friend! Your mom, sister, best friend, etc.

  11. HAVE FUN!

    You are about to get married! Bridals are meant to be fun. Dress up, relax, and soak it all in before the hustle and bustle of the big day comes along.

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Venue: Laguna Gloria

Photography: Jenna McElroy

MUAH: Makenzi Laine

Florals: Bouquets of Austin

Dress Designer: Monique Lhullier

Dress Boutique: Casa De Novia

Scans: Photovision

8 stunning bridal up-do hairstyles

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Hair by Makenzi Laine.

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Hair by Wander Salon.

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Hair by Makenzi Laine.

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Hair by Lola Beauty.

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Hair by RAE Cosmetics.

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Hair by Studio 319.

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Hair by Amie Decker.

Contax 645 | Fuji400h | Scans by Photovision Prints

intimate brunch wedding at the four seasons

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See more on Style Me Pretty!

Venue & Catering: Four Seasons Austin 

Photographer: Jenna McElroy 

Florals: The Heirloom Table 

Hair: Sonar Beauty 

Dress Boutique: BHLDN 

Dress Designer: Catherine Deane 

Jewelry: Marchesa 

Donuts: Voodoo Doughnuts 

Invitation: Minted 

Film Scans: Photovision Prints 

top 5 indoor bridal venues in austin

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1. Laguna Gloria

This indoor space is small, but mighty. A beautiful backdrop with checkered floor and turquoise window panes leads to gorgeous natural light indoors. They also receive extra points for their flexibility, just in case the Texas weather isn’t in your favor!

MUAH: Makenzi Laine

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2. One Eleven East

Talk about a loft! Located in downtown Hutto, this beautiful venue captures natural light against a white brick interior that makes all sorts of indoor shoots perfect here. Truly a perfect option for bridal portraits, engagements, or a intimate boudoir! :)

MUAH: Makenzi Laine | Florals: Color Theory Collective

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3. Villa Del Lago

OK, so Villa Del Lago isn’t totally indoors, but it does have a decadent covered pavilion with beautiful pillars and a stunning fire place! Its versatility always leads to those perfect spots for a indoor/outdoor bridal or engagement session.

Florals: Whim Hospitality | MUAH: Wander Salon

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4. South Congress Hotel

This South Congress staple is as chic and stylish as they get, embodying that pure Austin cool. Located just south of downtown, every interior is so thoughtfully designed with the perfect contemporary setting. Throw in Cafe No Se and an adorable lounge bar in the lobby, and you have more than you could ask for in a gorgous bridal venue. .

MUAH: Lola Beauty

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5. Greenhouse at Driftwood

Just outside of Austin, this amazing Greenhouse is the perfect place for an indoor bridal session. The greenhouse is naturally filled with beautiful colors and covered wall to wall with floor-length windows to let all of that gorgeous light inside.

MUAH: Lola Beauty

All film scans by Photovision Prints

bridal portraits: a southern tradition

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One of the most common questions I get from my destination brides is, “what exactly are bridal portraits?” Well ladies, I’m so glad you asked!

Originally, meaning way before the camera was even invented, a bride’s family would commission an oil painting of their daughter in order to commemorate the momentous occasion of her wedding day. The idea was to capture her beauty in that very special season of life prior to marriage.

The development of photography obviously magnified that tradition dramatically and now bridals seem to have taken on a life of their own, especially in the south I’ve found. Why that is, I have no idea but personally, I love shooting bridals! Why?

Bridal portraits are essentially solo portraits of just YOU - the bride - prior to your wedding day. This gives you the chance to hop in your wedding gown, grab your florals, get your hair and makeup trial done, and ensure that your beautiful vision is exactly how see you it! (Psst: It also gives your parents the chance to print a large framed or canvas portrait of you to display at your reception space and beyond! You’re their little girl, can you blame them?)

And in my experience, this opportunity to nail down some of your bridal logistics before your big day pays off BIG TIME when your wedding day actually does come along. When you know that all of your special details - your gown, your bouquet, your makeup, your hair and nails, and everything in between - is just the way you want it, you’ll naturally be more relaxed and having more fun on YOUR big day.

And if giving yourself a fun day of pampering and relaxation before your wedding day to double check everything you’ve already invested so much energy into doesn’t remind you of the beautiful marriage that is about to unfold, then your beautiful bridal portraits, which often become cherished heirlooms for you to pass down for generations to come, certainly will!

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Venue: Villa Del Lago | Film Scans: Photovision | Photography: Jenna McElroy | MUAH: Wander Salon | Wedding Gown: Carol Hannah | Shoes: Kate Spade | Florals: Whim Hospitality | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride | Veil & Dress Restructuring: Nardos Designs | Planner: Westcott Weddings

al fresco dinner party inspiration

Summer is the perfect season for a slower pace of life, and this includes all kinds of outdoor dinner parties, pool parties, wedding receptions, or even date nights under the stars.

There is nothing quite like a beautifully curated table to elevate the feeling of any get together, small or large. I'm pulling a few of my favorite al fresco dinner party tablescapes!  Nothing is sweeter than sharing a meal, meaningful conversation, laughter, and a glass of wine (or 2) with those you love. <3

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design: Bespoke Events  florals: Clementine 

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design & florals: Without Wax, Katy

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florals & design: Katelyn Pinner Studio

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design: Eighteenth Avenue   florals: Clementine

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floral & design: Without Wax, Katy

All photos shot on Contax 645 with Fuji400h | developed and scanned by : Photovision Prints

5 colorful summer inspired bouquets

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I love neutral colors as much as the next person, but I have been so obsessed recently with bright blooms to create a fun, vibrant vibe at any event! Here are five of my favorite summer inspired colorful wedding bouquets! :) Enjoy! 

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This painterly bouquet was created by House of Margot Blair for one of our brides at the South Congress Hotel. See this full wedding on Ruffled

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Amazing florals by Clementine, and see the full gallery here and on Style Me Pretty

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Florals at Enchanted Rock by Without Wax, Katy. More of this shoot on Magnolia Rouge

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Florals by Without Wax, Katy, and the full feature here and on Southern Weddings

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Floral design by Color Theory Collective, and the full feature is coming soon. All film scans from all photos by Photovision Prints

engagement SESSION tips

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Many of my clients book engagement sessions, and I LOVE this time spent with clients getting to know them and their love story better. The inevitable question always comes up- what do we wear? I put this list of 5 tips when deciding what to wear on your engagement photo shoot. 

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1. Make sure your outfits complement each other. 

Make sure that your outfits harmonize with each other, but also that your outfits aren't too matchy-matchy. Photos look better if they go together, but aren't exactly the same. Two people in khaki pants with the exact same white button up shirts is a no go, as their is no variety when looking at these photos. If one person wants to wear a solid white dress, and the other a blue plaid shirt, this will be much more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, and offer more of a balance to your engagement photos. 

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2.  Stick to  2 outfits.

My engagement sessions usually last around 1 hr- 1 hr 15 minutes, and I always tell my clients you don't want to spend your whole time changing clothes. Two outfits usually ends up being perfect! We'll shoot in each outfit about 20-25 minutes and then there is time for the couple to change in the middle of the shoot. Some couples opt for two dressier outfits, others for two casual outfits, whereas some go for one dressier outfit and one more casual. There is no right answer, pick clothes that feel like you.

Occasionally I will have a couple that want to shoot three outfits, and that is totally fine, I just explain to them that we will still shoot the same amount of time, so they may end up with less photos due to the double changing time. 

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3. Make sure you stay true to yourself and your style. 

I tell my clients to never feel obligated to wear something just because you see it on Pinterest, or a friend wore it in their engagements. Wear something that you would normally wear in your every day life. These photos are to capture your love, and your love story, so the photos will best tell your story if you stay true to yourself and your style! 

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4. Make sure to bring a comfy pair of shoes. 

I love outdoor, natural locations, which sometimes include climbing up large rocks, or walking through streams! Bring comfy shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet, or climbing rocks in! Some of my favorite photos have required us to trudge off the beaten path a bit.

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5. Incorporate meaningful experiences into your shoot. 

If you guys love having picnics at the park, then include a picnic in your photo shoot. If you have a special heirloom blanket bring it so you guys can sit in it or wrap up in it. If you guys love drinking champagne while watching the sunset, let's do it. Always remember that each relationship is beautiful, and unique, and the engagement photos should reflect your love and your story.   

I have a what to wear engagement Pinterest board to help give my clients some ideas of color palettes and outfits that go together! Feel free to check it out here. Enjoy :)