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From the engagement all the way to the big day itself, we’re always so honored when a couple invites us to be a part of their wedding journey. And when one of those couples just so happens to have the cutest e-sesh of all time, we can only expect a wedding that sparks plenty of wow-worthy reactions (and maybe a few happy tears)!

Take Amber and Tyler, for instance. As soon as we opened the gallery to their coral-colored, pretty-as-can-be Semple Mansion wedding, our hearts were filled with so much joy and happiness! As if their engagement session wasn’t proof enough, these two are completely and totally head over heels for one another. We just know their marriage will be filled with the same kind of awe-inspiring love that fills their entire wedding day — and we couldn’t be happier for them! Congratulations, you two! Xo, Amanda

   

Location: Semple Mansion

I think we can all agree that when it comes to covering the “Aww!” factor of your wedding day, the smallest members of your bridal party are sure to take the cake! Not only do flower girls and ring bearers have show-stealing cuteness down to a science, they’re also treasured members of your special day, and sweet loved ones you hold so close to your heart. Your ceremony and reception would not be the same without their stamp of approval — not to mention, it’s SO much fun selecting fashions for them to sport on the big day!

While there are a few factors to keep in mind when selecting styles for your flower girl and ring bearer — comfort and wearability, being two! — we’ve got a few fashion recommendations fit for any theme, from girly glam to boho chic. Scroll down and get ready for the most adorable, ‘aww’-inducing, kid-friendly fashions on our radar!

Fun & Frivolous

A little glam never hurt anyone, right?! Your sweet flower girl will love ultra-girly tutus or tulle skirts, in lieu of a traditional flower girl dress. Not only are they comfortable — super important for a long day of ceremony and reception activities — but they’ve got a fun, fairytale element to them…perfect for channeling your inner princess!

A bride posing with two cute flower girls wearing formal tulle dressesA cute flower girl wearing a rustic mismatched top and tulle skirt

Effortless & Elegant

Just a warning — the picture below just might make your heart melt to mush! If you’re having a more formal wedding, nothing is more lovely than a simple gown for your flower girl, or a dapper tux for your ring bearer. Add a baby’s breath crown for a more elegant touch, or give your girl a sweet mini jacket or cardigan for a winter affair!

Formal ring bearer and flower girl fashion for an elegant winter wedding

Casual & Carefree

Far from formal, for these dapper gentlemen! For a more rustic, casual wedding, dress your ringbearer in a breezy button-down, khakis and suspenders! Leave the jacket at the door and add an adorable newsboy cap (how cute are these two in theirs?!) for a more formal accessory.

Two ring bearers holding hands and wearing vintage suits and newsboy caps

Marvelous Multi-Cultural Celebration

Honoring your customs and incorporating them into your wedding is both meaningful and completely beautiful! We love how this bride incorporated her family heritage into her own special day with culturally appropriate flower girl and ring bearer ensembles. Such a sweet way to pay homage to the beauty of your family history!

A group of flower girls and a ring bearer wearing colorful multicultural outfits

Crowning Glory

Fact: Nothing, and I mean nothing, makes a statement quite like an amazing headpiece. From stunning sparkly tiaras to naturally beautiful flower crowns, a fun hairpiece will provide the perfect accessory to your flower girl’s already-adorable look, and is bound to be her FAVORITE part of her outfit! Plus, it will be such a memorable keepsake for her to remember and treasure for years to come, always reminding her of how important she is to you and your wedding day. And in our opinion, that’s the sweetest accessory of all!

Two cute flower girls wearing pastel gowns and matching tiarasA pair of flower girls wearing flower crowns and dressed in bohemian outfits

She might even give this crown to her own flower girl one day!

Completely heartwarming, right?! Tell us: what style are you most likely to select for your petite pal(s)? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know! We can’t wait to hear which sweet style is your favorite! Xo, Amanda

 

Happy Monday, everyone! If you tuned in for last week’s Around Town post, you found out that San Diego is basically the idyllic paradise. Beautiful beaches, amazing scenery…it’s every gorgeous attraction you can think of all rolled into one!

Now, take all of that, throw in a dash of modern flair and you’ve got today’s location! “Keep Austin Weird” might be the unofficial slogan for Texas’ eclectic and hip state capitol. But, there’s definitely nothing weird about the unique, beautiful photo locations to be found here! Take a look at some of the hot spots topping our list.

Location #1: Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food

No Austin photo sesh is complete without a stop at Jo’s on South Congress Avenue! Not only is the café located in one of the city’s most popular areas, but it’s also home to the “I love you so much” graffiti wall, which is just outside of the building. Can you say swoon? Plus, it makes for a lovely save-the-date backdrop!

A couple posing in front of the graffiti at Jo's Hot Coffee in Austin

Location #2: Town Lake Trail

Perfect for the couple who’s all about the natural setting, this trail is one of the best ways to enjoy Austin outdoors. The added plus of a park-side photo session? Plenty of natural light. You’ll be able to get so many beautiful shots, with the sun just peeking our from beneath the trees!

A bride and groom posing for a photojournalistic photo at Town Lake Trail

Location #3: South Congress Café

If you’re an Austin native, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of or grabbed a bite to eat at this chic eatery! The area is a magnet for art lovers and the rustic-inspired storefront makes for one unforgettable backdrop. Not to mention it’s ideal for the pair who can’t resist a little vintage charm!

A couple taking engagement photos at the South Congress Cafe

Location #3: The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria

Holy gorgeous. That’s all we have to say about this historical Austin landmark! Originally home to the Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria hosts a stately 1916 Italian-style villa and astounding view of Lake Austin. Surrounded by naturally beautiful foliage and a lagoon straight out of a fairy tale, there’s no doubt you’ll capture some enchanting shots here!

A couple poses for a photo at The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria

Thanks for joining us on our trip around Austin! If you’re looking for more inspiration for either your wedding or photo session, don’t worry — we’ve got plenty! Head over to our Pinterest page, where we’ve got over 40 boards filled with gorgeous inspiration goodness. Happy pinning! Xo, Amanda

There’s nothing quite like a homemade gift. And when that token of affection takes the shape of a wedding favor? Ah-mazing! Today, we’re so excited to share that Kari, one of our sweet friends at SnapKnot, is giving us the low-down on a few easy, unforgettable and DIY-friendly favors your guests will rave about. Take it away, Kari!

Customized DIY goodie bag for wedding guests

Let’s be honest…how many weddings have you gone to and received a useless wedding favor you just ended up throwing away? We know you have — and you do NOT want your wedding guests to do the same thing! The answer? Fun and useful wedding favors you can create on your own, and even use to share photos of the two of you!

A personalized Jones Soda bottle as a favor for wedding guests

If you decide to go the way of incorporating a photo, select your favorite engagement photo and incorporate that into your favor. If you know you want to use one of your engagement photos before you actually take them, you might even choose to bring along a sign saying ‘thank you’ to your guests. Add that photo to your favor, and voila! Instant memory-maker!

It’s always great if your DIY wedding favors — whether they incorporate a photo or not — reflect the type of wedding you are having. Here are a few popular wedding themes that lend to some amazing favors:

Traditional Wedding

If you’re having a sophisticated and traditional wedding, opt for a more classic favor. Are you decorating everything in gold? Paint a picture frame to match that color and add a photo of you and your groom to it. Or, if you love a little sparkle, line your frame with gorgeous embellishments. Visit your local craft store and choose the items you like best!

George Street says… Are you and your sweetie wine buffs? Offer guests bottles of your favorite wine with customized labels featuring a photo of the two of you! Perfectly personalized and utterly timeless.

Personalized wine bottles as wedding favors for guests

Outdoor Rustic Wedding

If you’re having an outdoor rustic wedding, have your favor showcase that outdoor-sy theme. Find rustic wooden picture frames, or get creative and use mason jars as frames, decorated to match your wedding theme! You might even include a photo that shows the two of you in a rustic, outdoor setting.

George Street says… The rustic theme is all about cherishing the simple things in life and celebrating your roots. Why not give guests a taste of the local fare? Send them home with jars of sweet, homemade honey (from your hometown, of course!), complete with an adorable ‘thank you’ message!

Personalized mason jar with striped straw at a rustic wedding reception

Vintage Wedding

You don’t need a time machine to have a beautiful and timeless vintage wedding! With lace details and stunning colors, the possibilities are endless when it comes to vintage-themed favors. For a photo-focused idea, wrap an antique frame in lace fabric. It’s a gorgeous gift and a great take-away from your celebration.

George Street says… Succulents make gorgeous accents to any home decor — and they also look lovely placed in vintage teacups! Head to your local antique store and round up vintage china to serve as mini vases for your succulents. Simple and oh-so-sweet, right?

Individual succulent plants as favors for wedding guests

No matter what your theme is or where your interests lie, wedding favors are meant to make each and every guest feel special! They’re the perfect way to show everyone how much you appreciate their love and support on one of the most important days of your life.

Thank you to Kari and the entire team at SnapKnot for sharing these amazing tips with us! For more inspiration on wedding favors, plus DIY tips and tricks, head over to their website! Until Monday, readers! Xo, Amanda

 

Whether you’re a fan of the bohemian scene, a flower child at heart or simply looking for the perfect summer wedding accessory, you might have had the urge to rock a flower crown at one point or another. And why not? They’re a gorgeous addition to any ensemble, especially your beautiful bridal look!

Even if you’re not the crafty type (and it’s okay not to be!), these floral beauties are super easy to make on your own. And what’s more amazing? They’re affordable, which is not something that can be said about all bridal accessories. In fact, we took on the challenge of making one of our own…for under $25. Just how did we do it? See for yourself!

What You’ll Need…

The tools you need to create your own flower crown

1. Flowers (We chose rustic, woodsy wildflowers, in honor of fall approaching!)
2. A pair of scissors
3. A pair of wire cutters
4. Floral tape
5. Thin florist wire

Step 1: Measure your head to gauge the size of your flower crown and cut the wire at the appropriate length.

How to make your own DIY wedding flower crown

Step 2: Time for the fun part: Pick the flowers you want to use!

A bouquet of rustic wildflowers for a fall wedding Picking a bouquet of rustic wildflowers for a flower crown

Step 3: Now it’s time to prepare them. Strip a few of the larger leaves and trim the stems to about two to three inches.

 Cutting flowers to create a DIY rustic flower crown

Step 4: Choose the flowers you want to be the “statement” of your crown — the ones at the forefront! Secure the stems to the wire with floral tape.

Arranging yellow flowers for a rustic bridal flower crown

Step 5: Take a look at the gaps between each statement flower and fill them in with other elements! You can use smaller flowers, berries, leaves and other types of greenery. Secure those to the crown with your floral tape.

Creating a rustic bridal flower crown for a fall wedding

Step 6: Try it on and get ready to make a statement!

A girl wearing a DIY rustic flower crown

On your wedding day, we suggest pinning your crown down over your bridal hairstyle with bobby pins (don’t forget to bring an extra stash)! That way, your crown will stay secured through a night of dancing and mingling with family and friends! So, what are you waiting for?! Start dreaming up a crown of your own and give it a whirl!