Bumble BFF at Upstairs at Caroline

Uhhhh did we just become best friends?

Our team spent Saturday afternoon with the Bumble crew celebrating National Best Friend Day! The Austin-native app threw the brunch after party at Upstairs at Caroline to spread awareness about its launch and encourage the community to go out and meet new friends! Current BFF’s or friends that wanted to meet others on the infamous app were all in attendance. There were giveaways like Bumble endorsed hats, fans, stickers and sunscreen (because Texas), a Kendra Scott giveaway, Packed Party gifts, and if the attendees showed their Bumble BFF profile they received a drink on the house! Does this sound like the best way to spend your Saturday? That’s because it is.

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Bumble decided on roaming photography for the event because it allows our team to interact with the attendees and get a diverse amount of shots. Roaming photography is perfect for events like this, where your guests are focusing on mingling and interacting with each other and we can maximize the space and time.

For the overlay, we used Bumble BFF’s infamous blue and the brand’s honeycomb hive. We added the fun holiday at the bottom left corner and Bumble BFF’s logo in the top right!

Thank you for having us, Bumble, we’d always swipe right on a Saturday like this!

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Hotel Ella Styled Shoot

We were struck with inspiration to create a streamer backdrop and immediately knew we wanted to reach out to some of Austin’s best vendors to collaborate on a styled shoot. Styled shoots are a great opportunity for vendors to show off their skills and push their creative limit! As an Austin based company, we decided there was no better way to collaborate on a blog than to get insight from each participating Austin-native vendor and detail their personal experience and what element they enjoyed the most!

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To start with designing the shoot, we first partnered with Paige form Paige Vaughn Photography and Kiersten from Lovely Day Events. Right away Paige knew she wanted to incorporate bright colors in this shoot and the trio inspired to find a balance between that bright color inspo, elegance and fun! Paige noted, “There are so many motifs that are overdone, it was refreshing to create something true to all of our brands!” Paige’s favorite element was the lighthearted balloons, the amazing florals, the citrus-tiered cake done by Feathers and Frosting, and the ease of photographing her actual clients. She made a note that “everyone came together with very high-level inspiration and truly showed up with stellar interpretations of a colorful summer themed shoot.” The inspiration of the shoot left her excited about shooting elegant, fun weddings for future clients!

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Kiersten took Paige’s idea of a very bold colored pallet and created a mood board for a Palm Springs Mid-Century styled shoot and the vendors brought it to life. We chose to shoot at Hotel Ella because of it’s elegant and sophisticated style. Heather, the venue manager, stated “the property alone can make you feel inspired and imaginative.” And we truly could not agree more! She chose to work with us because she wanted to partner with influential event and vendor professionals to not only showcase the breathtakingly unique property but to also build positive, collaborative relationships with the industry leaders. She also made a note that bringing in influential vendors not only makes a vision come to life, but also fosters connections that are mutually beneficial and in the distinctive spirit of Ella.

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Besides the incredible location, one of the favorite parts about the shoot was that the modeled couple is engaged and will be married later this year! It was clear to see that their love was genuine and it was easy to be put on display, which made all of our jobs easy. When Paige approached the couple with the opportunity to be part of a styled shoot, they knew they were in good hands. “[Paige’s] infectious personality inspired me to participate in this creative endeavor,” Melissa, the bride wearing Unbridaled, states. She adds, “My fiancé and I have a few more months until OUR big day, and sharing this experience with Paige definitely took the pressure off, it was so much fun!” Melissa noted that her favorite element of the shoot was not necessarily something material, but the collaboration of all the talented and passionate entrepreneurs working together in synchronicity to create this vision.

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As for the groom, James? He liked the idea of practicing taking photos before their big day. “Like a lot of guys, I’m not crazy about taking pictures. I don’t have Instagram and my Facebook hasn’t been updated in months. However, this was a really great and unique opportunity for us because we will be getting married in a few months and we thought that this would be good practice,” he said. He also assured us that his wedding photos will turn out great after this experience.

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Of course the couple is extremely photogenic, but our team was completely blown away by Melissa’s elegant glam, all done by Mission Stylehouse. When asked what inspired Michelle, Mission’s artist, on the look she did for the bride she guaranteed she did her research and knew it would come together beautifully! Michelle made a note that her goal is to make brides feel like the “best version of themself”, by pulling together a natural, but sophisticated look. She did this by, “enhancing her eyes with lashes [and] used gold tones on the lids and a natural lip. [Because] her dress was a bit classic with a few more modern elements [we had] her hairstyle mirror that theme. In the front we did a more classic face framing finger wave, but pulled it all to one side. The ends were left out, or straight for a modern and casual feel. The back was twisted at the nape for a creative twist” and she truly was a stunner. Michelle definitely made the modeled bride the best version of herself for this shoot!

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There’s no wedding without a perfectly executed invitation, right? Shannon, the graphic designer for The Inviting Pear, is familiar with color trends throughout the year, but was pleased to be part of a shoot that wasn’t a current trend. “When we learned of the Palm Springs inspiration, we were excited to incorporate some color”, she said. “By incorporating the coral, yellow and mint colors in the envelopes and envelope liner, the invitation suite still looks elegant and modern but with a fun twist.” As if her design wasn’t wow-worthy enough, the vellum and acrylic of the stationary really made the invites stand out from a typical cardstock invite.

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All of our vendors were crushing on the bold colors for this shoot. Kari, from The Flower Girl was no exception. She’s always enjoyed working with designs that include a lot of bright colors and texture. When she was approached by Kiersten for the shoot, she “was eager and knew it was an awesome opportunity!” Kari also noted that everyone was full of ideas and worked together to achieve a truly fun and inspirational design. James from Birch and Brass mentioned how the poolside backdrop paired with the florals, décor, cake and signage made it a beautiful place to host a vibrant and summery ceremony. He also loved how their tabletop pieces were used in this fun-loving photo shoot!

Everything tied together from the colors and aesthetics to the location and detailed pieces. We loved being part of this shoot and showcasing our talent!

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Each vendor featured in this blog contributed with their words on the styled shoot.

Thank you to all the vendors listed below:

Photographer: Paige Vaughn Photo 

Venue:  Hotel Ella 

Planner:  Lovely Day Events Austin 

Photo booth: Oh Happy Day Booth 

Streamers and balloon installation: Oh Happy Day Booth

Furniture: Birch & Brass Vintage Rentals 

Floral design: The Flower Girl 

Cake: Feathers & Frosting 

Makeup and hair: Mission Stylehouse 

Dress:  Unbridaled

Invites: The Inviting Pear

Building a Moodboard with Olive & Belle Events

In a world with Pinterest, have you caught yourself losing focus on what you envision for your wedding day? We’re here to help make your wedding feel a little more like you! So you’ve pinned thousands of ideas -- now what?! We’re going to break down the moodboard building process so your visions can go from been-there-done-that to omg-this-feels-like-us!

1.     Choose colors. When selecting colors, keep both you and your partner’s preferences in mind. A good way to do so is by taking note of the color in your home and closet. There are no rules to how many colors you should select, but we think it’s best to start simple and grow from there. Start by selecting 2-3 main colors and 1-2 accent colors. It’s always important include neutrals within the palette, too!

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2.     Gather non-wedding inspiration images. These can include interiors, patterns, textures, street style, art...anything! Choose images that inspire you and fit within your color palette. Take specific note of the way the images make you feel and start to understand what it is that attracts you to the photo. This can help when selecting vendors that match your style later on.

 3.     Select a few wedding inspiration images. Your wedding should reflect you and your partner, so keep in mind these are simply for inspiration and not to take exact ideas. You want to keep your moodboard pretty general in this way since the focus is on an overall feeling, so try not to get too caught up in specifics. Think about the feelings, photography, colors, and expressions when selecting wedding-related images. If you have your heart set on something specific, though, go ahead add it!

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 4.     Choose fonts. Be as picky as possible! Look for a font that combines both you and your partner’s style while reflecting the kind of impression you want to give to your guests. This font will help set the tone of the event and can be used on all stationary goods and signage. Are you hosting a more formal event? Look for a serif or cursive font. Going for a more casual or laid-back vibe? Sans serif is a good way to go!

 5.     The final step is our absolute favorite! Add personal verbiage. Take parts of your love story and turn them into phrases. Pay close attention to the words you select so that they match your vibe. Thesaurus.com is your best friend here! If you’re having a hard time articulating your love story into words, start by doing a brain dump! Write down all inside jokes, significant locations, major milestones, and the timeline of your relationship.

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The finished product should be something you and your partner love! Hang it on your refrigerator and look at it everyday for a week or so. If there’s anything that bothers you when you look at it, make changes. Once you’ve decided you love everything about it, move forward in selecting vendors that align with your vibe and decor (and a photo booth backdrop, of course!) that complement your style. Sending your moodboard to vendors from the beginning can help both you and the vendor determine if you’re a good fit!

Guest blog written by Sydney at Olive and Belle Events

Photo credit: Honey Gem Creative

Our team can easily match our photo booth to your vision! We will create an overlay photo design that matches your theme as well as can create a custom backdrop. We want your photo booth to flow with your event and not be an eyesore in the corner of your reception! When you have your mood board built, send it to us as well and we will help to create a cohesive vision for your booth on your big day! To learn more about making your booth fit into your wedding theme, reach out to our sales team an email at kati@ohhappydaybooth.com.

Austin Under 40 Awards

A black tie affair made for Austin’s best!

We had the pleasure to be part of Austin’s Under 40 Awards ceremony this month! This is the 22nd year that the gala was organized to celebrate emerging Austinites and to celebrate their success. There were 17 winners that stood out from their colleagues, ranging from from architecture and culinary art to legal work and education.

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For the 750 guests in attendance, we knew having two photo booths were a no-brainer. We organized our portrait booth in the entryway of the gala and our selfie station at the VIP after party so we could have guests maximize their experience! The attendees were crazy about the portrait booth the entire event! From the second we set up the booth to when we were tearing down and packing it up, we had a line of guests eager to take their photo! The garden party themed allowed us be creative with the floral overlay of our selfie station images, paired with our streamer and balloon installation. We partnered with Austin Flower Walls for their backdrop with our portrait booth and had everyone asking if the flowers were real or not the entire night!

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We had such a blast at this years gala and we’re looking forward to the next event! Congratulations to all the winners!

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Vendor team:

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Host: Young Women’s Alliance

Planner: Hosts Global

Lighting Design: ILIOS

Sound: Nomad

Dancers: Dance Austin Studio

Photo booth: Oh Happy Day Booth

Linens: Marquee

Furniture: Panacea Collectives

Liquor and wine: Twin Liquors

Decor and Floral: Capers

Nick and Laura's Brazos Hall Wedding

Ohhhh What-a-night!

 Laura and Nick’s wedding was one for the books! The bride and groom got married at Brazos Hall in Austin on a perfect evening in March. We loved the inclusivity of the families as the father’s intro was translated in Spanish and English to show a unity of family. They had an energetic mariachi band during the reception and had everyone dancing, literally everyone. We’ve seen a trend in couples delivering a late night snack for their reception guests and it never disappoints. A late night snack is perfect for the avid dancer that’s burned all their calories,  for the guest that has had one too many, or if you’re like us, just hungry 24/7. Laura and Nick had the Texas staple Whataburger delivered to their guests! If you’re a Texan through and through, your mouth is already salivating thinking about it.

 The couple decided last minute to upgrade to the boxwood wall as a backdrop for their portrait booth. We have a partnership with this company for our boxwood walls and we love the way it makes a statement as a backdrop! The couple also upgraded with a photo guest book and guests left the sweetest messages that will be cherished by the couple forever. We focused on keeping the floral theme with our overlay and a simple font. The last minute backdrop change was the perfect addition and we’re so happy with how it was all tied together!

Congratulations to Laura and Nick!

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Kappa Kappa Gamma Sisterhood Party

The key to any fun Kappa Kappa Gamma sisterhood party is a photo booth! (See what we did there 😉)

Kappa Kappa Gamma is known for their academic excellence (sitting at a 3.65 GPA sorority wide) and their philanthropic ventures. To celebrate the ending of the semester, the girls hosted a party at their campus home which included our portrait booth and it was the perfect way to spend a Monday night! Along with a photo booth for the celebration, there was also an ice cream truck, fleur de lis decorated cookies and coordinating neon outfits. Anything that involves sweet treats and bright colors, count us in.

The KKG gals love the TV show Broad City, but can you blame them? We wanted to keep the overlay on-brand with the infamous TV Show, so we created bright teal bubble letters in front of a multi-colored block as a section of the photo. We kept it simple with a black backdrop so the overlay really popped and the attention stayed on the University of Texas themed props and girls!

If you’re a sorority or fraternity looking to book a photo booth for you next formal or informal event, reach out to our team today! kati@ohhappydaybooth.com

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Why you need our photo booth at your next corporate event

There are so many different events that would be appropriate for our photo booths. When you think ‘photo booth’ you may automatically assume it’s just for weddings, galas, holiday parties and sorority events. But have you considered how it can leverage marketing and positive experience for your business? We’ve set up photo booths at conferences, trade shows, meetups, movie premiers, networking events, career fairs, and the list goes on. If you’re a business or corporation that isn’t looking for just a photographer to take pictures of your event but you’re looking to invest in something that will be unique and build your business, look no further. Here are a five reasons why you need our photo booth at your next corporate event:

1. Icebreaker: Let’s face it; sometimes it can be awkward to approach people and spark conversation at a conference or networking event. Our photo booth is an easy way to break the ice and get to know your audience! It encourages people to be interactive and have fun and makes them feel more comfortable! You can easily exchange business cards and shake hands without fear of awkward small talk.

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 2. Marketing: Of course our photo booths are fun and interactive but it’s also a huge marketing tool for your business. Our creative team will design an overlay that is permanent on every shared image. This means each time an image is shared via Instagram or Facebook your business’s name is now being shared throughout an audience you would not reach otherwise. If a photo with your logo in the overlay is printed, that guest can now put that picture on display, i.e. refrigerator, office desk, in car, etc.  Not only is it more memorable than a business card, but each time they go to grab milk from the fridge or sit down at work or wait in traffic, your company name is what that person sees, thus building consistent brand recognition.

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Another marketing tool we focus on for our corporate clients is a vinyl wrap. We will add your logo, branding, and/or tagline to the actual open-air booth for a small upgrade. You can see an example of a partial vinyl wrap below. When someone is walking by or walking up to take a photo at the booth, they will see the your company name on the top, bottom, and sides of the booth and you’re now getting brand more visibility, without having to speak to anyone about your brand.

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3. Gain Leads: One of the coolest things we can do for our corporate clients is help them gain leads through our photo booth service. Say whaaaat? ! That’s right! When we turn on instant digital sharing, our software saves the emails or phone numbers that are shared to send the photo. For a small upgrade, we can share the email capture list with you and you’ll have access to everyone’s email that took a photo, with your guest’s acknowledgment. You can also create an optional demographic survey guests can fill out after taking a photo so you know your audience even more! It’s a simple way to create leads and promote growth for your business. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

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 4. Unique and lasting experience: A photo booth leaves an impression on your audience. We want your attendees at an event to remember their experience and associate photo booths in the future with how much they enjoyed yours! When your attendees look back on their printed photo, our professional staff will guarantee they have a positive memory from your event.

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5. Professional Use: If you’re unsure that you need a photo booth for corporate entertainment, we have a few other ideas up our sleeve. One of our favorite corporate photo booth set ups is organizing a photo shoot for headshots, ideal for updating your team’s profile pictures. We also offer roaming photography for our clients. This would be perfect for photographing any of your team meetings or outings to share your company’s atmosphere and help with future recruiting!

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Want to learn more about how a photo booth will be an impactful addition to your next corporate event? Email our corporate sales team today! kati@ohhappydaybooth.com

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Lauren and Keegan's Wedding

We spent our evening at the charming Green Pastures, part of Mattie’s, in South Austin for Lauren and Keegan’s wedding and we couldn’t have dreamt of a more sophisticated night!

 The newly married couple decided to have a map out on display so their guests could flag where they traveled from, showing us their guests showered them with love literally from all over the world. In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple organized donations to two different charities so guests could donate an amount that was going to a great cause. The couple handed out Tiff’s Treats as the perfect way to end an already sweet night!

The couple loved the concept of props and wanted to keep it fun and interactive with their guests without overwhelming them with a million choices. We created props that were simple but still allowed guests to show off their personality! For the classy and charming night, we used our marble backdrop and paired a scripted font with a geometric pattern overlay to tie it all together and absolutely loved the look.

 Congratulations to Lauren and Keegan!

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The wedding was planned and organized by Lexie at  Pearl Events.

The wedding was planned and organized by Lexie at Pearl Events.