Modern Black + White Wedding in Austin


I love all the simple, modern details of this edgy, yet sophisticated wedding! Captured by Andy Sams Photography, Renée and Bob were married on a late April day under a canopy of string lights and trees branches in Austin, Texas. The couple’s intimate wedding was attended by a small group of family and friends. The hotel venue had a lovely aesthetic, with a giant SOUL sign over the swimming pool and a fun rock ‘n roll interior. A simple black and white color scheme was used throughout this chic event.

A few words from the bride:

A little about us… Bob and I live in Houston, but have always had a place in our hearts for the city of Austin. We had our first roadtrip together there, first told each other ‘I love you’ there, and have made so many memories together in Austin.

Bob even proposed to me on a visit to Austin. He had surprised me with tickets to see Sondre Lerche for my birthday. The day after the concert we went for a bike ride. On a little stop during the ride, he proposed!! I was totally surprised!

With all of the special moments we’ve shared in Austin, it just seemed natural to have our wedding there. Austin was part of what we share together. We decided to keep our ceremony private to keep the focus all around our commitments to each other. We loved every minute of it, and had so much time with each other without the worry of making others happy. It was completely about us.

Photographer: Andy Sams Photography // Videographer: Sculpting With Time // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hotel St.Cecilia // Catering: La Condesa // Bridal Gown Designer: Galina // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Ring: Hearts on Fire // Groom’s Ring: ArtCarved // Necklaces: Waxing Poetic  // Bridesmaid Dress Store: Brickhouse Bridal // Tuxedo + Mens Attire: J. Hilburn by Christy Greenberg // Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein // Cake Designer: Blue Note Bakery // Floral Designer: Sara Johnson of Blooms in Beescave // Hair Stylist: Tensie Washington // Wedding Planner: Bride // Officiant: Steven Ross // All images by Andy Sams Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Urban Engagement Session in Downtown Bozeman

How great is the mural backdrop in the above image?! Captured by Kacie Q. Photography, Mollie and Tyler spent a beautiful day dodging in and out of alleys and urban spaces in Bozeman, Montana for their downtown engagement session. Tyler is an architect and has a keen eye for great, urban textures and locations. I love all the rough brick and the dramatic lighting!

All images by Kacie Q. Photography

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Bold Purple + Teal Watercolor Inspiration Session

I love all the gorgeous details of today’s urban watercolor inspiration session! Amanda of Tailored Engagements and Heather of Heather Cook Elliott Photography teamed up to create a stunning styled shoot filled with colorful, modern ideas. The bold purple and teal color scheme creates a dramatic atmosphere that pairs perfectly with the soft watercoloring of the stationery and table linens. Chic attire is characterized by strong patterns, colors and statement jewelry. Be sure to read about the inspiration behind the session below!

A few words about the session from the photographer:

Amanda from Tailored Engagements and I are city girls and we love the challenge of designing and photographing urban weddings in wonderfully old buildings in our fair city and beyond. Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River surround our neighborhood on east and west so its pretty easy to understand how we were inspired by the ebb & flow and ever changing colors of the water to create this Urban Meets Modern Watercolor Inspiration Shoot. We imagine this venue setup for a young couple in love with one another and the city. She’s a little flirty and he’s a bit hipster, but together they love texture, color and making a dramatic statement with a short dress for her and colorful slacks for him. This shoot is about surprises and inverting the expected to create something magical and uniquely them: The guest chairs are translucent paired with a full-bodied settee for the bride & groom. The bridesmaid’s grecian-inpired dress is long next to the bride’s short, sassy one. The cakes are all white with the flowers left to decorate the clear cake table. The wine glasses lose their stems and sit snuggly next to low, but robust bursts of flowers on the long tablescape. The shoes and tablecloths are all hand-colored and contrasty and each piece of jewelry a statement – from the bride’s bold earrings and necklace ensemble to the bridesmaid’s Indian-inspired bangles. Surprisingly romantic while still being fun and young, we love how this inspiration shoot could be right at home in any city, big or small.

Styling: Tailored Engagements
Photographer: Heather Cook Elliott
Charger Plate: Z Gallerie
Bride’s Dress: BCBG
Bride’s Necklace: Ezza on Etsy
Bride’s Earrings: Rent the Runway
Bridesmaid Bangles: Rent the Runway
Wine Glasses: Waterford Lismore Nouveau Stemless Red Wine Glass
Water Glasses: Waterford Lismore Essence High Ball Glass
Silverware: CB2
Cake Table: CB2
Stationery: J Invites
Cakes: Chez Cupcake
Floral Designer: Marius Bell Floral and Events
Bridesmaid Dress + Accessories: Rent the Runway
Menswear: J. Crew
Lucite Chairs: Ikea
Tufted Settee: Skyline Furniture in Teal
Hair: Heather of Neroli Salon
Makeup Artist: Tayla La Macchia
Shoes: Handmade, Tutorial for glitter sole
Tablecloth: Handmade for Stylist Amanda Felsman
Salad Plate: Vintage

All images by Heather Cook Elliott

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