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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