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Le San Michele | Austin Wedding Venue Open House

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in HD wedding videography, wedding planning, wedding pros, wedding videography, wedding videography Austin, wedding videography hill country, wedding videography Texas | Comments Off on Le San Michele | Austin Wedding Venue Open House

Le San Michele hosted an open house on January 13th, 2012, for engaged couples and featured Austin wedding vendorsKatherine O’Brien Photography, Heather Curiel, EcoChic Floral, Three Apples Events, Loot Vintage Rentals, Ruby Ranch Lodge, and Nostalgia Film. Snacks and food were provided by Emmy Lou’s Lovely Foods and Whole Foods (courtesy of Le San Michele), and there were mimosas and champagne! It was a beautiful Sunday, and we were so happy to be a part of it. Le San Michele is a gorgeous venue, straight out of the Mediterranean but in Central Texas with pretty gardens and a cultivated but relaxed feel.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Videography by Nostalgia Film

© Katherine O'Brien Photography© Katherine O'Brien Photography© Katherine O'Brien Photography

Photography © Katherine O’Brien Photography

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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!

le-san-michele

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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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Omni White Party Video: Austin Wedding & Event Open House

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 in general, wedding planning, wedding pros, wedding videography, wedding videography Austin, wedding videography Texas | Comments Off on Omni White Party Video: Austin Wedding & Event Open House

Omni White Party Event Videography – Omni Austin Hotel Downtown from Nostalgia Film on Vimeo.

A couple of weeks ago, we filmed the Omni White Party catering and vendor showcase at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, which featured an array of talented vendors and sample table set-ups–from gorgeous wedding ideas to a slick business meeting setting–plus catered food and drink.

Videography by Nostalgia Film / Pharis Productions

 

Vendor List:

A/V: Omni Austin Hotel Downtown (omnihotels.com)

Cakes: Sentelli’s Bakery (austinsweets.com)

Casino: Casino Knights (casinoknightsinc.com)

Catering: Omni Austin Hotel Downtown (omnihotels.com)

DJ: ATX DJ (atxdj.com)

Espresso Bar: The Chocolate Cup (austinchocolatefountain.com)

Event Design: The Gala Gal (thegalagal.com)

Ice Designs: Amazing Ice Designs (amazingicedesign.com)

Photo Booth: Live Oak Photo Booth (liveoakphotobooth.com)

Rentals: Premiere Party Central (austinpartycentral.com)

Venue: Omni Austin Hotel Downtown (omnihotels.com)

Videography:  (nostalgiafilm.com / pharisproductions.com)

Music: Taylor Hayward (farawaymusic.org)

Omni White Party Austin Videopgraphy

P.S. We’re up for Best Austin Videographer, please VOTE!  Thank you so much for your support!

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Blo-wn Away! Bridal Hair Inspiration

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 in events, general, wedding planning, wedding pros, wedding tips, weddings | Comments Off on Blo-wn Away! Bridal Hair Inspiration

Last night, a wedding photographer friend and I both got initiated into the world of the blowout courtesy of Austin’s Blo. The lovely owner Alina invited wedding industry pros out to check out the salon on 5th Street. I had met her a few months back at Thursday Therapy, and had been curious about the concept of the blowout–before that I had only heard of blow dry bars in NYC and thought it belonged to the world of fancy ladies and celebs! I was surprised to learn that they are super affordable ($35), last upward of 5 days (with some dry shampoo), and are totally quick, accessible, and make you feel smokin’ hot!

For the bride-to-be, it would be a perfect treat to feel extra fabulous for engagement photos or save-the date videography. They offer up-dos and all manner of bouncy curls for the big day for the bride and bridesmaids–they offer blo bridal services and blo on the go ($160-$195) as well as options for parties with your gals for bridal showers or bachelorette parties.

I have some flyers and coupons, so I’d be happy to bring them along to our consultation or next meeting.

All toweled up

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