Austin Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, Bridal Portrait at Laguna Gloria. I recently photographed this gorgeous bride at Laguna Gloria also known as Austin Museum of Art.
What’s at the top of your To Do List for the wedding? Fiancé? Check. Dress? Check. People who will attend the ceremony? Let’s get on that! Before you send out the invitations, sending out save-the-dates is pretty crucial to planting the wedding date in your guests’ heads. Send the save-the-dates to your guests at least five months in advance. The wedding invitations should be sent out no later than two months in advance with an RSVP due date a month before the wedding. Why so in advance? By sending out invitations and save-the-dates months prior to the wedding, your giving everyone a chance to plan travel arrangements and to schedule off from work ahead of time, and you get a head count on who’s attending early enough to wrap up catering plans—less stress. We’ve found a handful of Austin’s local wedding invitation and save-the-date vendors that are just wonderful.
So you live in Austin and recently got engaged—hooray and congrats to you! Now it’s time to get that stunning dress that will make your hubby to be just melt, not to mention everyone else. With or without a budget, we’ve searched for the number one boutiques in Austin that offer exquisite, glamorous, and superb wedding gowns that will make your wedding day unforgettable.
On our search we found a charming boutique located on South Lamar. Unbridaled offers bridal gowns and also bridesmaid’s dresses that are unique and eclectic, elegant and couture, and also vintage-inspired. Let’s not forget they were picked for The Knot Best of Weddings for 2011.
Our second pick for great places to find THE dress (yes, the article is important) is Belle Saison Bridal off of North I-35. Also a recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings (2010), Belle Saison Bridal is also the largest full service bridal salon in Austin—talk about choices, PLUS you can bring your best ladies with you to choose their dresses.
Melange Bridal is among Austin’s choices for shopping and has been in business for over twenty years. They offer gowns, accessories, bridesmaid gowns, and precious dresses for flower girls. Melange Bridal is located on Far West Boulevard and is dedicated to serving and pleasing their customers.
Lastly, Balina is another lovely boutique located off 51st Street and Burnet. This boutique offers a bouquet of designer dresses from Demetrios to Pronovias, and promises sleek, delicate, and chic gowns. They also offer customized dresses and promise to provide the most personalized service a boutique can offer.
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There are so many romantic and beautiful places in Austin we thought we’d shortcut to lovely places to book your wedding. Here is a list of possible venues to tie the knot at a charming standard.
The Alan House
Villa St. Clair
La Paloma Events Center
Mansion at Judge’s Hill
Chapel Duclinea (Wizard Academy)
Philips Event Center
Millennium Entertainment Complex
Austin Museum Of Art
Norris Conference Centers
O. Henry Museum
Old Glory Ranch
Old Pecan Street Cafe
The Old School
You’ve decided to host a post-engagement party and want to show off your kitchen skills in a tasteful way. Here we have some easy to make and low-cost treats to satisfy not only your creative cooking skills, but also your hungry guests. Bon appetite!
Fresh Basil Bruschetta
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people
4 Roma tomatoes
4 Fresh Basil leaves
2 Garlic cloves
1 cup of shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 baguette loaf
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Directions: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Slice baguette bread into quarter inch slices, place evenly spaced on cooking sheet, and place shredded cheese on bread. When oven temperature is ready put bread into oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted. While bread is baking, dice the tomatoes, basil, and garlic cloves and place into a mixing boil. Add olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste), and toss ingredients together. Place bruschetta in one of your nicer bowls (or china) with serving spoon and baguette bread on an elegant serving platter. Pre-serve a few pieces for presentation. Enjoy!
Prep time: ~35-40 minutes
Serves: 3-5 people
2 cups of jasmine rice
3 cups water
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 package of dried seaweed wraps
Directions: Clean rice before cooking by putting it a large bowl and rinsing with water until water is clear. You may need to drain water with a colander a few times. It definitely helps if you have a rice cooker, if so place rice in rice cooker with 3 cups of water and set it to cook. If you’re cooking with a stove top, place rice and water in a large pot, bring to a bowl then lower heat, placing lid over pot. Cook for 12-15 minutes and steam for 20-25 minutes.
As rice is steaming, in a separate pot on low heat add salt, rice vinegar, and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let stand and cool. Also chop cucumber and avocados in long cuts. When rice is cooled, carefully empty rice into a separate bowl (glass or wooden) and pour vinegar mixture on the rice and mix. BE CAREFUL not to smash the rice into mush.
Spread rice on one seaweed wrap, leaving one fourth of wrap empty- this will be the last end rolled. Place cucumber and avocado in the middle of spread and roll towards the empty side of the wrap. When you have the entire sushi rolled use a small amount of water to seal the roll. Repeat until ingredients are completely used. Slice into 1 ½ inch pieces. *To spice it up you can sprinkle crushed red peppers over sushi or serve with wasabi and soy sauce.
Three Cheese and Fruit Platter (and Wine!)
Prep time: 7 minutes
Serves: 4-5 people
3 oz of Trugole cheese- semi-soft Italian white-yellow cheese
3 oz Sharp cheddar cheese- moderately hard and slightly yellow
3 oz Brie cheese – soft white cheese
1 bunch of red grapes (and/or green)
Wheat Thins, Triscuits, and Saltines
Directions: Cut fruit and cheeses into bite size pieces. Serve on a nice platter with your favorite selection of wine. It’s best to mix your combinations of fruit and cheese with the crackers and sip the wine to get great tangs. It’ll be a delectable experiment tasting which grouping of fruit and cheese suit you best.
Bridal, Wedding Photography, Bridal Photo Shoot, Austin Wedding Photography. I recently photographed a bridal session at the Zilker botanical garden in Austin. I got some cool photos I thought I was trying out a new lens I got as well as some kind of new ideas. Austin wedding photography, I think one of the best places to take photos is the zilker botanical garden.
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I was waiting for a couple to come to the Botanical gardens near Barton Springs for their Engagement Shoot. And right there in the parking lot I saw these two beautiful Dragonflys. I was shooting this with my 5d Mk2 and the 70-200f4L Dragonfly at the Botanical Gardens. The couple for my Austin Wedding bridal photos were very nice and really enjoyed their photo session.
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I recently got to shoot an awesome engagement session. For my friends d and a We went to so many different places we started at 7:30 in the morning and we went to 3 locations. We started our Austin Wedding Engagement session photos by getting started at the 4 seasons we were at the docks outside by the rowers, then we went to south congress and shot next to the I love you so much sign as well as this awesome stage. Then we went to the Airport, D called and made sure it was alright before hand. I didn’t know what to expect but they turned out excellent. Excellent engagement session in austin by Austin wedding photographer