I’m in love with this formal style engagement session in downtown Austin. Lindsey and Lance look amazing in their get up and I love how her red dress pops out. It was a gorgeous day in Austin, with the sun fully shining its rays down on this couple.

Whether your wedding guests are playing tourist or you’ve always called Austin home, if you live in the Capital of Texas, it was probably a big part of your relationship, so you’ll want to make it a big part of your wedding too. Follow these tips to give your wedding that special Austin vibe and keep it hip, texan, and most importantly, weird.

Nothing says Austin like globe string lights, succulents, picnic tables and live oak trees, and many Hill Country Austin venues, such as The Wildflower Barn, offer variations on this aesthetic pre-packaged. You can add to the ranch style feel by decorating shabby chic with antlers and skulls from Uncommon Objects. Or even embrace the old school Texas flair by having a honky tonk theme, complete with lacey dresses, drop earrings, cowboy boots, jeans, and bolo ties. You could even have your first dance together be the Texas two step! And don’t forget to include a big ol’ Texas flag. Austin is all about the outdoors, so wherever you choose, make sure mother nature is invited to the party, but even though it would be classically Austin, if you want to win Grandma over, don’t have it during Austin’s lengthy summer heat.

Click here for a quintessential, ranch style, burlap decor wedding in Wimberly, Texas.

And it’s not just Ranch/Hill Country style either. There are many opportunities for a downtown, urban Austin feel! There are many venues right inside downtown like the elegant The Austin Club, sip artisan cocktails at Malverde, or celebrate it bed and breakfast style at Hotel St. Ceclia!

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to incorporate the “I love you so much” mural into your wedding, from featuring it in a pre-wedding photo shoot, to displaying it on the invitations, to having it as a backdrop for a guest photo booth. Speaking of photo shoots, you might as well use the Greenbelt, Mount Bonnell, or even a seasonal field of Texas Bluebells, as a backdrop for photos you can later display at your wedding, and show off Austin’s (and your) natural beauty. Keep that Austin vibe alive by hanging pinatas from one of the many pinata shops around town, temporary tattoos for a nod to the hipsters, and it wouldn’t be an Austin party if there weren’t a few dogs running around, so be sure your venue is dog friendly.

 

To truly celebrate the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, you’ll want to book a band. Bands like Austin Heat or High Fidelity offer weddings a classic Austin soundtrack of soul, blues, and rock n roll that will have everyone gettin down like they were out on Red River. But if that’s not in the budget, at least throw on a few Willie Nelson love songs, preferably on vinyl.

You’ll want local favorites like Antonelli’s Cheese and Amy’s Ice Cream to make an appearance, but if you really want to scream Austin, food trucks are the way to go, from Torchy’s Tacos, to Valentina’s Tex-Mex Barbecue, to the LGBTQ friendly Texas Chile Queens, there are many ways to celebrate Austin culture with mobile food. And with about thirty breweries in Austin (512, Hops and Grains, and Real Ale to name a few favorites), and crowd pleasers like the flavored vodka’s from Deep Eddy, it will be easy to keep the bar just as Austin as the food.
And at the end of your beautiful Austin wedding, once everyone is full on texas toast and jalapeno margaritas, jump into a pedicab, with “just married” sign and shoes trailing off the back, and ride off into the big Texas sunset.

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Have any other ideas to add some Austin vibes your wedding? Let me know!

What a gorgeous day in Bastrop for this wedding at the Ancient Oaks Plantation! Sarah and Chad’s wedding was a combination of elegance and fun.
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catering: pink avocado
dress designer: judd waddell
planner: ren newey from 36th street events
florist: brenda abbot
cake: maxine’s bakery
dj and band: live oak trio and dry water

Some history about their family home in Bastrop:

The home that stands today, named Ancient Oaks, was built in 1856/57. The original cabin was converted into a detached kitchen. Many family weddings and celebrations were held here throughout the years. The house was passed down through the generations, largely unchanged, until it was lost to the bank during the Great Depression.

It was kept in repair but never fully restored, limping along into its 150th year of existence with an uncertain future ahead. The bride’s great grandmother, bemoaned the loss of the home and wished for someone in the family to buy and restore the property. In 2004, the bride’s parents purchased the property from the banker’s descendants and completely restored the house and cemetery. The restoration includes some of the original furnishings and was decorated in accordance with descriptions from the memoirs of the family who had lived there.

Stonehouse Villa is a great venue for Texas sunsets because it is surrounded by fields and you can see the far horizon. One of my favorite photos from this wedding was the couple under giant tree canopies with the blushing sunset behind them. Veronique and Daniel made for a gorgeous couple, and their love was clearly shown and celebrated throughout the wedding day. I love her dress by Jenny Packham, my favorite UK designer, and the reception had a lively band. It was a great day!

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venue: stonehouse villa, driftwood, texas
dress designer: jenny packham (my favorite!)
wedding planner: sarah with mrs planner
officiant: their friends, chris and william
florist: stonehouse villa
cake: simply delicious
band: calao band
videographer: justin ruiz

During the wedding day of the couple, which was held at The Austin Club right next to the Texas Capitol, the city was hosting the Texas book festival. So the road to the club was closed, as a result, we could do bride/groom portraits in the street without worrying about cars. We got these shots during the “blue hour”, when the sun has set but there is still enough residual light so the sky is blue instead of black. I love how urban and downtown austin these look!

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venue and catering: the austin club
dress designer: lilian west
wedding planner: stefanie yandell
officiant: david cabs
florist janea
cake: sweet treats bakery
dj: dj sean allen