wedding planning

Wedding Open House at Le San Michele: This Sunday!

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 in events, wedding planning, wedding pros, wedding videography, wedding videography Austin, wedding videography hill country, wedding videography Texas, weddings | Comments Off on Wedding Open House at Le San Michele: This Sunday!

Come join us this Sunday from 10am-3pm to tour one of Austin’s most beautiful wedding venues, Le San Michele. Meet Austin Wedding Vendors Katherine O’Brien Photography, Heather Curiel, EcoChic Floral, Three Apples Events, Ruby Ranch Lodge, and us! We hope to see you!

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Our Ten Wedding Predictions for 2013

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 in wedding planning, wedding trends, weddings | 2 comments

There’s a discussion over on Bridal Tweet about Predictions for 2013 Weddings. We sat down and came up with ten predictions of our own based on what we’ve been seeing in late 2012 and are hearing about from our brides and grooms for next year. Here were our guesses about 2012–We were spot on about our summer camp wedding prediction for 2012… later a summer camp wedding we filmed showed up in the New York Times!

Let us know in the comments what you think the biggest trends of 2013 weddings will be, if you are incorporating any of them, and which ones you think we got right for 2013!

Wedding gown with lace sleeves

Wedding gowns with lace sleeves will be popular in 2013!

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Tiny desserts and tiny pies are all the rage!

    • Gowns with Lace Sleeves– I’m seeing this a lot on celebrity gowns right now especially with small cap sleeves, as well as our own brides, so I think it will start showing up all over.
    • Vineyard Weddings– We’ve done a couple vineyard weddings this fall at Duchman Family Winery and have another booked for next year at Becker Vineyards, so I see this trend continuing. Who doesn’t love wine!?
Winery Wedding Austin Texas

Winery weddings will be hot in 2013!

    • Ranch Weddings – Maybe this is because we’re in Texas, but ranch weddings will continue to a very popular wedding choice! We often film at Star Hill Ranch and Vista West Ranch, and we can’t wait for our 2013 weddings at Vista West Ranch and Cibolo Creek Ranch in Marfa!
    • Bicycles – Bicycles keep showing up in weddings as part of the decor and in the photo shoots, and I think this trend will continue! Especially in a bike-friendly town like Austin.
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Bicycles as wedding decor… A 2013 trend!

  • Selective DIY – Brides and grooms will no longer spread themselves thin trying to DIY everything, but will choose a couple thoughtful choices to add their personal touches to add to their wedding day.
  • Hand-Painted, Rustic Signs – Speaking of DIY… These are hot always, and I don’t see them going away soon!
  • Blush & Pink Color Palette – I’ve seen lots of bridesmaids in blush and brides in pink! I think we’ll keep seeing this in 2013.
  • Sparkly, Sequined Bridesmaids – There’s no reason to put your favorite ladies in something dowdy or a dress they’ll only wear once. I think letting bridesmaids pick a sparkly, sequined cocktail dress that they can get a lot of use from will be a trend, continuing on the heels of all the gold we’ve seen!
Sparkly, sequined bridesmaids

Sparkly, sequined bridesmaids will be big in 2013!

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WeddingLovely Lookbook, Fall 2012

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 in featured, press, wedding planning, wedding tips, wedding videography, wedding videography Austin, wedding videography Texas, weddings | 4 comments

This should be a major help in wedding planning! The WeddingLovely Lookbook features over 1,600 wedding stationers, photographers, planners, venues, and videographers worldwide.

Check us out on page 214!

WeddingLovely Lookbook, Fall 2012

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Autumn Vineyard Weddings

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 in general, super 8, super 8 weddings, wedding planning, wedding trends, wedding videography, wedding videography hill country, wedding videography Texas, weddings | Comments Off on Autumn Vineyard Weddings

Vineyard weddings are really popular for fall! We have a couple weddings coming up in the next few weeks at Duchman Family Winery. We’ve not filmed before at Duchman, and we are super excited because for both weddings we are shooting Super 8 film! Vineyards, autumn in Texas, the Hill Country, and vintage-style film–these are a few of my favorite things! We’ll share the wedding highlight films with you as they become ready, but in the meantime, here’s some autumn vineyard wedding inspiration!

Find more vineyard wedding inspiration on Pinterest.

 

Duchman Winery Wedding Videography // Super 8mm & HD Highlight // Austin / Driftwood, Texas // Cassady & Peter from Nostalgia Film on Vimeo.

Super 8 & HD Wedding Videography at Duchman Family Winery \\ As Seen on Style Me Pretty \\ Elise & Rob from Nostalgia Film on Vimeo.

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Austin Wedding DJ & Music Ideas & Resources

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 in wedding DIY, wedding planning, wedding pros, wedding tips, weddings | Comments Off on Austin Wedding DJ & Music Ideas & Resources

Wedding First DanceIn the months leading up to our wedding, I had these recurring nightmares about me in my wedding dress running in towering heels to try to reach my ipod to queue my own music for the key parts of my wedding like walking down the aisle and the first dance. Yep, pretty typical anxiety dreams of a DIY bride, but obviously, the thought of trying to do the music ourselves was stressing me out! We’d attended a bridal expo, and I was really confused as to where to turn afterward. A lot of the DJs we met there were hard-selling and intimidating, and I couldn’t imagine them as guests at my wedding, and the only ones we liked DJed with vinyl, but were far out of our budget.

Wedding First DanceLuckily, my friend DJ Munk helped me by DJing our reception and laid all those DIY DJ nightmares to rest! Most DJs are happy to accommodate your list of requests, and it can be a nice touch to use songs meaningful to you during the cocktail hour and dinner, so you can still DIY that aspect, but leave the spinning or playing to others! We also hired local band Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour to play our ceremony, cocktail hour, and first dance, which was a brilliant idea! Their Eastern European musical influences spoke to my roots, we had so much fun, and the guests seemed to really enjoy them, too.

If you’re beginning to think about music for your wedding, here are some great places to start and some resources!

Resources

Hi-Fi Weddings is a fantastic resource for the music-loving bride! With lists of song ideas, mixes, and real weddings featuring playlists, this is a a great jumping off point when thinking about music for the big day.

This list of most requested songs is sure to get your musical ideas flowing. Sure, some of them like the “Party Rock Anthem” and the “Cupid Shuffle” are cheesy, but I tell you seeing your friends bust a move is really priceless, and sometimes the silliest songs bring it out in them. You can still have all the silly, fun music without a DJ that makes you cringe! One of my favorite reception dancing moments was seeing my bridesmaid’s husband dance to MC Hammer’s “Hammertime.” I never knew he had those dance moves (nor did she), and I am still in awe of his sweet dance moves.

wedding dancingLocal Austin Wedding DJs

We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with a number of local DJs who we are always happy to recommend.

ATX DJ

Byrne Rock

DJ Presley

Greenbelt DJ Productions

Jeremy Cox Event DJ

Music4LifeDJs

Or for Something Totally Different…

For those of you who are in love with the idea of a vintage wedding, check out Austin Phonograph Company for a totally different take on ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception music! Austin Phonograph Company specializes in live entertainment featuring hand cranked phonograph record players from the early 1900s.

 

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Wedding Invitation Inspiration

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in wedding planning, wedding pros, wedding tips, weddings | Comments Off on Wedding Invitation Inspiration

Rifle Paper Co. I thought I’d start the week off by sharing with you some of my favorite wedding invitation companies. We often start working with the couple early on in their wedding planning process, usually long before they’ve even thought of invitations. We’re receive a lot of gorgeous invitations in the mail that we later film, so I wanted to share some favorites. Soon, I’ll blog about invitations and printables for those who prefer to DIY.

Our Hello Lucky Wedding Invitations

Photo by Heather Curiel

Rifle Paper Co. offers hand-painted illustrations and lettering  in a nostalgic and timeless style. Some of the thank you cards we send our brides and grooms come from this company. I am in love with their style! They create custom wedding orders and are developing a wedding collection.

Hello Lucky is where we got our own invitations. I’d searched high and low for something inspired by papel picado, in our colors of red and aqua when I came across these (to the right). They offer letterpress or flat printed invitations in an array of designs and colors–everything from Art Nouveau-inspired to Texas-inspired! They also now offer printable invitations to suit all budgets.

Inviting Letterpress AustinAustinite Ashley McNeil of Inviting Letterpress created our stunning business cards and creates a lot of adorable stationery–some of our thank you cards come from her press as well. I’ve worked with Ashley in Austin Craft Riot and Austin Wedding Party. She offers personalized wedding designs for those who want to keep it local!

Bright Eyed Birdie is another Austin-based option for invitations. Run by a fellow Austin Craft Riot member, the shop offers several options of simple invitations with ribbons and wax seals.

The Print Parlor is a boutique stationery and design studio created by designer Jennifer Breuss with lots of really neat rustic and vintage-inspired designs.

Monumental Designs offers handmade custom invitations and coordinating accessories featuring the artwork of Kristy Rice. They feature hand-painted designs. I got one in the mail from a bride a few months ago, and it was stunning! It’s still one of my favorites.

 

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