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Part One: An Austin Engagement by Katherine O’Brien Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Engagements

I’m so excited to share this amazing engagement session with you! Monica and Brandon share a love of vintage, so when their photographer, Katherine O’Brien, asked if they wanted to use her brand ‘new’ turquoise Covair for the session, it was an offer they could not pass up.  Such a gorgeous couple with incredible style; I’m completely smitten with these pics!

Monica and Brandon totally lucked out on timing; the Corvair was a recent gift to Katherine from her beloved for their 20th Anniversary.  They parked the car in front of a weathered old building with a metal sheet roof.  From the setting to the car to the couple’s fab vintage wardrobe…I’m loving this to pieces!  Part two coming on up; stay tuned…

Photos by Katherine O’Brien Photography

Monica’s Top by Urban Outfitters; Skirt by Zara

Brandon’s Shirt: Vintage


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Architecture-Inspired in Austin by Q Weddings
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I’ve got a massive dose of romantic candlelight and architecture-inspired décor for you today, and I just couldn’t be more happy to be sharing Amanda and John’s Austin wedding with you!  Our fabulous photographer friend Suzy, of Q Weddings, captured this stylish soirée and all the glittering, glistening, and metallic details that made the look and feel of the day truly special.  Amanda and John’s approach was to remember that the marriage was the most important part of the day.  The couple made sure to take the day at a leisurely pace; for them, it was a day of reflection.  Finding inspiration in architecture and antique shops, the couple loved the old Austin atmosphere of The Driskill Hotel.  We just love those chic chair covers used for the ceremony! After saying their vows in front of a mantle filled with dozens of candles in glass hurricane holders,  it was time for an evening celebration filled with even more amazing candlelight.  A glittering party lounge was set up with sequence pillows and metallic accents. 

At the end of the evening there was a power outage due to an electrical fire in the city.  The guests thought the power loss was planned to add to the mood and it ended up being  a memorable end to the evening.

See more from Amanda and John’s gorgeous day {here}.

Photographs by Q Weddings

Month-Of Coordination by Caplan Miller Events

Venue: The Driskill Hotel

Bridal Gown by Melissa Sweet via Serendipity Bridal

Bridal Shoes by Badgley Mischka

Bridal Hair by Mandy Silver; Makeup by Leslie Ross

Ceremony Musicians: Barton Strings

Officiant: Sarah de la Fuente

Florals by Petal Pushers

Invitations by The Pink Tulip; Calligraphy by Glenna Garcia

Reception Entertainment by The Atlantics and Texas Pro DJ

Rentals Provided by Marquee Events, Unique Design & Events, and Townsley Designs

Lighting by First In Last Out Designs


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Austin Club Real Wedding by Katherine O’Brien Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

When I first saw Jessica and Joe’s wedding album, I was blown away by the awesome purple hues, floral blends, and special little details (like the bride’s sparkly Louboutin’s)!   I thought you’d love their sweet nuptials and vibrant color inspiration captured in photos by Katherine O’Brien PhotographyJessica and Joe’s day was a mirror reflection of modern meets tradition.  The bridesmaids looked classic in long gowns and carried stunning bouquets by Verbena Floral.  The florals and décor elements were centered around a purple and pink accent palette; contemporary parcel invites set the tone for the November wedding. Jessica and Joe met while living in Chicago after college.  Eventually, they both landed jobs in London, where they currently reside.  They returned to the states to take their vows in a traditional ceremony at St. Austin’s Catholic Church. When the couple headed abroad, they weren’t able to bring along their adored Scottie, Cosmo.  He has been living with Jessica’s parents, who drove him down from Wisconsin so he could play the role of the ring bearer! 

After a classic ceremony and portraits around town, everyone headed to The Austin Club to celebrate… Read the rest of this entry »

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A Style Blogger + A Musician Get Married {Real Wedding by Katherine O’Brien Photography}
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

What do you get when two creative types tie the knot?  Something totally creative, utterly unique and very them of course!  That’s exactly what Jennifer, a life and style blogger, and Kyle, a bassist set out to do.  They had a sweet outdoor wedding in Kyle, Texas at the charming Winfield Inn. The day was documented by one of our favorite Austin photographers, Katherine O’Brien!Jennifer and Kyle aren’t traditional types… and they did their day a little ‘differently.’   The ceremony was all about friends and family, and their lively reception was all about fun.  Lucky for them, their parents encouraged them to not let traditions and family pressures shape their wedding plans.  With that advice, they went at it, creating an event all their own.  They incorporated Kyle’s love of music and Jennifer’s eclectic and vintage style.  Pops of reds and other bright colors came thru beautifully in the pics!

Read about the crazy way they met, and a bit about their planning process just below!  (We’ve got the bride lined up to share a bit of custom wedding fashion advice for ya’ll tomorrow too)!

Photographs by Katherine O’Brien Photography

Venue: Winfield Inn

Bridal Gown by Rachelle Briton

Bride’s Shoes by Kate Spade

Ceremony Music by Michael Kingcaid

Flowers by Laura Daly Designs

Makeup by Julie Odom

Reception Music by The Motts

From the Bride:  Kyle is a musician, bass player, and COO of a small start-up based in Austin, and I’m a life and style blogger, writer, and content marketing manager. We met in 2008 outside of a food trailer. Yes, a food trailer. They’re wildly popular here in Austin, and one of the most popular ones, called Flip Happy Crepes, happens to make delicious gourmet style crepes. At the time it was so popular that it was impossible to order, eat, and get out in less than 90 minutes. That’s just how it was! I remember it being a Saturday morning, early, and I dragged my friend out to try Flip Happy Crepes with me. We arrived and of course had a good 45 minute wait before we could even order. The place was packed! We were lucky enough to grab two seats at the one picnic table that was just less than full of people. Kyle and his then roommate happened to be sitting there too. After probably an hour of mingling and some good food we just sort of parted ways, but Kyle managed to give me his business card before he left. Kyle didn’t want to flat out ask for my number because he didn’t want to spoil the moment, but I had plans to email him later that weekend anyway. And I did! One week, several e-mails, and a phone call or two later, we went on our first date. Now we’re married, living a super happy life in Austin, loving our darling poodle named Simon.

Kyle and I took a slightly different approach to wedding planning. We wanted to have a ceremony with all of our friends and family and a fun and lively reception to follow. However, it was super, super important that the wedding felt like “us.” We wrote our own vows, handpicked all of our music for the ceremony and reception, and DIYed as much as we possibly could for the entire event. From the beginning, our parents told us that this day is all about us and we can’t let traditions and family pressures shape what our wedding should be. That’s exactly how we felt throughout the entire process.

As far as the actual inspiration for our wedding, we wanted the evening to feel very playful but classic at the same time. Classic in a romantic, two people fall in love, vintage kind of way. I was inspired by springtime (even though we got married in the fall!), mid-century vintage dresses, and beautiful linens that you’d expect a grandmother to collect for decades. I collected tons of vintage bottles and handkerchiefs for the centerpieces and cake plates for the dessert pies and cake. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate vintage sheet music somehow. I handmade all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen using the sheet music, and it was perfect because the all of them are musicians! And to keep things rather playful throughout the whole evening, I made “love streamers” for guests to wave throughout the ceremony and reception. My favorite piece of décor had to be the hanging paper cranes made out of old sheet music. One of the first things I ever gave Kyle after we started dating was a paper crane that I made. He still has it! So it felt very personal and sweet to have dozens of paper cranes hanging from the trees as we walked down the aisle. I think the very most important thing for us was making sure that everything, from the music to the food to the vintage postcards we collected for the centerpieces, reflected our style and personality. I truly believe that personal touches make weddings all that more special. And guests love it too!

The weather couldn’t have been lovelier. The ceremony was scheduled for the evening and the girls and I had all day to lounge around The Winfield Inn and get ready. I loved being able to see the whole day come together. And as the ceremony got closer, I got more and more excited to see Kyle for our first look! It was wildly romantic seeing him for the first time. I absolutely recommend a first look. It sort
of eases some of the nerves and you get to just relax together with the wedding party before the ceremony even starts! We had extra time to take photos beforehand so we could get straight down to partying after the ceremony.

I think the actual ceremony was my favorite part of the entire day. I immediately started bawling as soon as my father and I started down the aisle. I felt like a mess! I just couldn’t hold it in. But the actual ceremony was everything I thought it would be—me and Kyle confessing every ounce of love we had for each other in front of our favorite people. His vows were amazing.

The reception was wicked fun too. I think the live band really set the tone for the night. We had our friends’ cover band play really great tunes and guests were moving and shaking pretty much the entire night.

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