When photographer Kayla Snell and I decided to collaborate on this project, we had a very specific aesthetic in mind. We wanted this photo shoot to reflect a romantic elopement for a modern, no-fuss couple. So many different themes emerged as we started designing, and the one that we decided to hone in on specifically was the idea that brides don’t have to spend a fortune to create an editorial-worthy wedding. We really focused on the strategic mix of high dollar and low dollar pieces in order to create a timeless, romantic elopement that feels on-trend and attainable. We were so excited to see this feature get picked up by 100 Layer Cake! You can see the feature here, and keep reading to learn more about the vendors who made this shoot such a dream!
We were searching for a whitewashed, blank slate venue with a slightly European vibe – think less shiplap and more stucco. So when we discovered Garden Grove just 20 minutes outside of Austin, we were over the moon. The venue owners designed the space as a resort for a full wedding weekend. Complete with a swimming pool, man cave, and glamping cabins, there’s not much you can’t do at Garden Grove. It’s the perfect escape for out of town couples wanting to tie the knot in Austin.
The décor was where I really played with the mix of high and low. We rented all of our bigger furniture and décor pieces from Loot Rentals – the giant reed jardinières were my all-time favorite! The high dollar pieces I selected were two stacked marble candlesticks from Anthropologie and linen napkins from Terrain. But I think brides will be surprised to learn that our dinner plates were from Target, all our glassware was from IKEA, and our tablecloth was cut at Joann Fabric. My number one tip when designing on a budget is to splurge on a few show stopping pieces and fill in with basics that blend into the background.
Christin Armstrong from Clementine Botanical Art knocked it out of the park with the floral arrangements and details. She took our mood board and created something that only dreams are made of. We loved how perfectly the in-season blooms complemented the colors of our cheese and charcuterie spread.
All of our paper goods are from Artifact Uprising and brides can literally go to their website and create the exact same suite. Their modern designs had other wedding vendors in town asking us where we got these cool, custom invitations, and their faces lit up when we told them the were from Artifact Uprising. I guess our little secret is out now! Cinthya Aguilar from Lunita Calligraphy put the finishing touches on our invitation suite with white calligraphy. She also created these super fun cheese flags for us to incorporate into our cheese and charcuterie spread! They were such a sweet addition to a picnic lunch.
These velvet vows books from Elmo Paperstories had me wishing I was getting married tomorrow! I discovered Sadaf Michaelsen’s fine art stationery on Instagram and immediately fell in love. She offers a rainbow of velvet vows books that are the perfect home for your handwritten vows. Isn’t this bird matching game too cute? We picked up this set from Terrain and were obsessed! The set features a male and female of all different types of birds – the perfect theme for any wedding.
We imagined our bride and groom hosting their post-nuptial celebration picnic style. Everything we served up can be picked up from your local grocery store for under $100 (including the wine!). To create a cohesive spread, I recommend choosing a color palette to stick to and including small portions of lots of different options. When selecting cheeses, try to choose three or four with different flavors and textures to ensure everyone finds something they love.
Ask anyone in town – Taylor Jarrett and Dagny Piasecki are the “it couple” of Austin. Because they both have backgrounds in modeling and are photographers, they were such a breeze to work with. And hello, isn’t Dagny’s red hair to-die-for? I love shooting with real-life couples because they’re so comfortable with each other and that really translates into the emotion you can feel through the photos.
Kayla and I both have an obsession right now with everything from Alexandra Grecco. So there was no question what designer we would be using when selecting a bridal gown from Unbridaled in Austin. The Bainbridge gown is sleek, modern, and comfortable, with a feminine plunging neckline – and the high cut slit showed off the simple, nude shoes we chose from Kenneth Cole.
For hair and makeup that looks fresh, natural, and polished, Makenzi Laine is our go-to girl in Austin. She focused on peachy tones that brought out the green in Dagny’s eyes and perfectly complemented her gorgeous red hair.
Danae Smale of Feathers & Frosting whipped up, not one, but three cakes for us to show off in this photo shoot. She focused on displaying different textures in the frosting finishes on each cake and the result was just as delicious as it was beautiful.