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!

feathers and frosting
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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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streamers and balloon installation

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: Pop & Drop

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.

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Fun and Flirty Galentine's Brunch Styled Shoot | Austin Photo Booth

We are so excited to share some fun photo booth images from this styled shoot we did for Galentine's Day! We have an unhealthy obsession with Parks and Rec and just knew we needed to do a brunch shoot this year, and we managed to pull it all together in less than two weeks with lots of help from some amazing vendors. We were published on Every Last Detail blog as well, so check out their post for some gorgeous photos from Kiera Jane Photography! 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch  // Planning: Sweet Laurel Weddings & Events  // Photography: Kiera Jane of France Photographers // Floral Design: Fine Feather Florals // Photobooth: Oh Happy Day Booth // By His Grace // Cakes: Feathers and Frosting // Baked Goods: Root Cellar Bakery // Catering: Red Book ChefFancy Fluff,  Champagne Supply CompanyBirch and Brass // Models/Bloggers: So Much Life BlogStrut and StruggleLittle Bitty in the City , ATX Eats & TreatsBig World Small Girl Struggle

Predicting the Trend: Fall Jewel Tones

A guest post by Pearl Events


It’s been a long hot summer, and we’re ready to trade our floppy hats and sandals for cozy sweaters and nights around the bonfire! This season, we’re excited to work with some of our favorite fall jewel tones. Here are some tips on how to incorporate these trendy shades into your wedding day décor!

1.     Stationery

Welcome your guests with a richly colored invite! Flat matte cardstocks look elegant and presentable. Accent these dark backgrounds with metallic copper or gold script and add a signature monogram or image to personalize your stationery.

Courtesy of Jake Holt Photography

Courtesy of Jake Holt Photography

2.     Bridal Party

A bold way to introduce color is through the bridal party. Groomsmen may wear your chosen shade on a bowtie, necktie, boutonniere, or even suspenders and socks for a subtler touch of color.Bridesmaids may make a more striking statement donning full length jewel toned gowns, or keep it understated with a statement shoe or hairpiece.

Courtesy of  Mint Photography

Courtesy of Mint Photography

Courtesy of  Loft Photography

Courtesy of Loft Photography

3.     Florals

Our favorite!! Work with your florist to design custom florals that incorporate your favorite fall hues. They’ll know just what colors to pair to create designs that are uniquely yours.

4.     Cake

Use your cake – the perfect blank canvas – to compliment your jewel toned color palette with wooden accents or touches of copper or gold.

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Courtesy of You Are My True

5.     Favors

Finally, send your guests home with a unique and personalized keepsake from your special day!

Courtesy of  You Are My True

Courtesy of You Are My True


We'd like to thank Pearl Events for collecting some really great tips on how to incorporate jewel tones into a wedding! We completely agree that these hues will likely be extremely popular this season and we can't wait to see it in action. Of course, if you're looking for a way to incorporate your photo booth into this color scheme, we suggest pulling these shades into your print design, and picking a really great backdrop that will match the aesthetics of your reception as well. We're anticipating our gold, dark grey and white backdrops to be in heavy rotation this fall if lots of couples are choosing this color palette! 

How to prepare for a top-notch photo booth experience | Best Austin Photo Booth

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We've seen it all...

After being around the block a few times, we've encountered just about every obstacle there is when it comes to surprise set up locations at events. To prevent these instances from happening twice, we do our best to make sure brides, planners and all other clients know what it takes for a great photo booth experience at their event! 

Here is what our photo booth requires for our signature top-notch experience!

  1. Put the photo booth in an obvious location. Too many times we've seen clients place us outside of the main event hall. If guests can't see us, we're out of sight and out of mind, which just plain stinks! Just in case you're worried about us being distracting during speeches or dances, we make it a point to temporarily stop the photo booth during those times (and turn off our light) so we're not taking attention away from the special moment! 
  2. Acessibility. Make sure the route we'll need to take to get to the set up space is wheelchair accessible. Until someone creates an affordable, futuristic,  stair-climbing rolling cart for all of our gear, we prefer elevators and wheelchair ramps. Plus, you want to make sure any disabled guests can access the photo booth once we're up and running! If our only option is a non-wheelchair accessible route, we can make it happen, but there is a small fee that will need to be added to the invoice.
  3. Space requirements.  We need a space that is at least 6’ long by 9’ wide by 10' high, but a 10'x10'x10' space is ideal! Make sure to leave space for a line as well.
  4. Power. We need a wall outlet (110V, 10 amps, 3 prong outlet) that is dedicated for the photo booth. Sharing an outlet with a bunch of other things like the DJ or lighting can sometimes overpower the plug, but we have a 20 foot extension cord that can help us reach a far away outlet if needed.
  5. Place the photo booth indoors. Austin weather is unpredictable, and who wants to go outside and get all sweaty just to take a photo? Be proactive and carve out a space for us inside your event hall so weather is never an issue! If your only option is to put the photo booth outside, we can be placed on concrete under an awning, like a porch, or under a 10x10 tent with three tarp walls to protect the backdrop from wind. Also, if you're feeling a bit generous, a portable a/c unit or fan will keep our attendant happy and energized to entertain your guests!  The photo booth may not be placed on grass or wet ground. 
  6. Keep the photo booth away from sunlight. Sunlight shining on the photo booth creates harsh shadows on the guests taking photos (not to mention it causes squinty eyes!), but also be wary of putting the backdrop against a window during daylight hours since the light might shine through the backdrop.  On the subject of light, make sure there aren't any pot lights or chandeliers right above the photo booth. Those sometimes cause crazy shadows! If there is a light above the photo booth, it can either be turned off or the lightbulb can be sneakily unscrewed and then replaced after the event!
  7. Provide a 6-foot table with a linen that matches the rest of your event decor. We highly encourage all our clients to do this because it makes the photo booth look like it actually belongs at your event, and is not just an afterthought stuck in the corner. We also like to have at least one separate cocktail table to place near the photo booth, so guests have a spot to set their drinks while they cheese it up in the booth! If you want to make the space look really luxurious, repurpose a floral arrangement from your ceremony and place it on a corner of the table near the photo booth, or create a special sign that says "Photo Booth" or one that has your event hashtag on it. 

That may seem like a lot, but at most of the Austin venues we've encountered, there are usually a handful of set up options. If you're struggling with how the photo booth will work in your space, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to explain what we've done at your venue before!

National Ice Cream Day

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! National Ice Cream Day is coming up this Sunday so it was only natural for our team to celebrate a little early before this crazy weekend of events begins. We took this holiday as an excuse to step away from the photo booth for the afternoon to visit three ice cream shops in one day (you may call it dairy overload, we call it heaven) and wanted to share our favorites with you!

Sweet Ritual

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The first place we visited was Sweet Ritual. They recently moved from their shared space with Juiceland on Duval to Airport Boulevard. We ordered the special Unicorn Poop flavor, which has colorful sprinkles and crushed skittles for an added crunch. Rest assured, the employee informed us only free-range grass fed unicorns are used in the making of this confection. It’s safe to say this was our first time asking for a “scoop of poop,” but will not be our last. Also, how fun are the colorful Birthday Cake cones?

 

Amy's Ice Cream

It's no secret that Amy’s Ice Cream is loved by many Austinites. The fun interior matches the eclectic vibe to which Austin stays true and Amy's always has the most welcoming employees. We ordered the seasonal Dreamsicle flavor and was swept away from the first bite! The subtle fruity flavor took us back to our childhood days. They even have an ongoing contest where they write out a famous movie quote, and if you can guess which movie it is from, get a free "crush'n" (crushed topping) in your ice cream! Stop by, grab a scoop (or two), and snap a photo in their old school photo booth!

 

LICK Honest Ice Creams

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They say, "honesty is the best policy," and our visit to LICK Honest Ice Creams was nothing less than amazing! It was our first time and it was truly love at first bite. Not only were their flavors the most unique, they are all made of organic, local ingredients that can be traced to their source. We take pride in our local businesses here in Austin and it's good to see it in action! Although we enjoyed their Lemonade Pound Cake and Hill Country Honey & Vanilla Bean flavors, we both agreed that their Coffee with Cream was the best. Make sure to ask for one of their delicious homemade waffle cones or bowls!

Our first time coming across LICK Honest Ice Creams was actually at an event we did with Dropbox, where LICK was catering! We even got a photo of some of the LICK girls ! 

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Where will you be heading to this Sunday to celebrate National Ice Cream Day? We'd love to know in the comments below!

Creating a great event hashtag

Importance of developing an event hashtag

Regardless of the type of event you’re hosting, a hashtag can be useful for compiling photos and interacting with guests before, during and after an event! For corporate events, an event hashtag not only allows the attendants to look back on the event, but it creates online visibility and is a lucrative way to engage guests. Event hashtags, when used properly, create a digital presence and attraction to your brand or company. For weddings, using a specified hashtag means guests can see photos of themselves that might’ve gone untagged or missed without the event hashtag. Most importantly, this allows the bride and groom to look back on the event and relive all the fun memories from one of the best days of their lives.

Here are a few ideas on how you can get started on creating a unique one for your event!

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How to develop a hashtag for a corporate event or fundraiser

 

1. Keep it short. Simplicity is key.

Your hashtag should be as short as possible and take up as few characters as possible. If your guests will be posting on Twitter, the last thing you want to do is take up too many of their limited 140 characters! Abbreviate event names that are long. For example, Austin music festival Blues on the Green uses the hashtag #botg, as opposed to #BluesOnTheGreen, which is pretty long. Keeping it simple also means fewer people will forget exactly what your hashtag is. If they can’t remember, they won’t use it.
 

2.  Use the event's name and location.

If the convention name is BeautyCon, using #beautyconLA may be more effective than simply #beautycon.


3. Include the year for annual events.

If creating a post for an event that occurs annually, including the year to specify which year is attended - for example, using #beautycon2017 or #beautycon17.
 

4. Make sure to determine a good event hashtag well in advance.

Once it has been created, start using it yourself as an organizer and notify your audience about it. For example, runners who are training for the Austin Marathon in 2018 can use the hashtag #austinmarathon2018 when posting a photo of them training in the months leading up to the race. There is great power in promoting a hashtag before an event, especially if the goal is to encourage participation from the public.
 

5. Consistency.

For annual events, having a consistent hashtag every year also allows the participants to refer back to previous years’ photos by simply changing the year at the end of the hashtag.

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How to develop a hashtag for a wedding

Wedding hashtags have recently become increasingly popular, so it is important for your hashtag to be unique. After all, you don’t want to see photos from a random wedding that isn’t yours showing up under your wedding hashtag feed! Here are a few tips on creating a hashtag that is personal and specific to your big day.

 
1. Make the hashtag easy for guests to remember.

Wedding hashtags that have a play on words may be easier for guests to remember. Consider mashing your names together or focusing on the last name if you plan on sharing a surname after you’re married. Puns are always welcomed (and totally encouraged, if you ask us!).

For example, one of our recent wedding clients’ new last name is Newberry, and their hashtag was #TheNewestBerry! We even saw a wedding where the the groom’s surname is Morgan, so they chose the hashtag #ILoveYouMorganAnything. Get punny, because the funny hashtags are typically the most memorable!
 

 2. Avoid any hashtags that could be potentially misspelled by your guests.

Try shortening any long names or move words around to avoid having two of the same letters next to each other. For example #davidandashley looks much better than #ashleyanddavid.
 

3. Use a hashtag generator.
If you're having trouble coming up with an original hashtag, try checking out a hashtag generator to get started. Sometimes it’ll get your creative juices flowing and help you come up with something unique.
  

4. Get the word out about your hashtag.
If a hashtag for the wedding has been created before the couple walks down the aisle, use it on photos of the couple engaged. If you are the one walking down the aisle, consider using it when snapping a photo of you dress shopping or wedding planning. Put it on your save-the-date and your wedding website and get the word out!

We hope these tips help you create the perfect hashtag for your event. What's your favorite hashtag you've seen so far?