Category Archives: Photography

Farewell to Summer

As we bid farewell to summer (though I honestly doubt it ever really came at all what with this wimpy weather–but that’s neither here nor there) I wanted to share one final homage to warmer days. This engagement session by Breen Film was shot underwater! I can’t resist the groom to be, who somehow found a tux to take in for the dive. I love how ethereal these images look!



Filed under Bridal Shoot, engagement shoot, Photography

Snippet and Ink: Recap

I know you’ve seen some of the images from our Snippet and Ink shoot, but I thought I’d end the week off with a few more of my favorite pictures. There were so many beautiful shots taken by Bonnie Tsang that I felt remiss not to share a few more. I hope you can handle that. Again, I have to thank all of our insanely talented vendors and particularly Alicia, the owner of Key’s Creek Lavender Farm. I had the opportunity to spend several afternoons with her in preparation for our shoot and she felt just like a kindred spirit. Her farm is peaceful, awe-inspiring, and a real joy to visit. Alicia is fashioning Key’s Creek to be the PERFECT location for you outdoorsy, vintage, organic farm inspired brides.

Also, Kathryn of Snippet and Ink was so gracious to allow us the opportunity to make an attempt at bringing to life the perfection she brings us on a daily basis through her blog. I’m honored that we’re the first to have had a go.

Lastly, several of the wardrobe accessories are available for purchase here. A few pieces have already been snapped up, but if you dig those vintage gloves as much as I do, head on over here and make them yours!

Oh…and check back later today. I have a simple little DIY to start your weekend! Happy Friday!

This salmon was insanely good, and I convinced Chef Kate McAloon to share the recipe with us. To view it, click on the link below to see the details after the jump!

Peggy Wong of Blue Pool Road developed our fabulous stationery suite, Kate Holt of Flowerwild designed the stunning florals, Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals put together all our killer furniture, and Chef Kate McAloon created a custom menu and styled (and cooked) all the glorious food!


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Filed under Flowers, Inspiration, Photography

Snippet and Ink Shoot

As you may remember, a few months ago readers voted for their favorite Snippet and Ink inspiration board, which we set off to create in real life. The result is FINALLY here! Kathryn is also celebrating the launch of her newly designed site, so we’re incredibly honored to be her first post in her new digs!

We had a crazy awesome team come together to put on this shoot. Photographer Bonnie Tsang shot these gorgeous images, Peggy Wong of Blue Pool Road developed our fabulous stationery suite, Kate Holt of Flowerwild designed the stunning florals, Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals put together all our killer furniture, and Chef Kate McAloon created a custom menu and styled (and cooked) all the glorious food! The location, which is available for real weddings, is Key’s Creek Lavender Farm.

You can head over to Snippet and Ink today for TONS of photos and details about our set up. I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you now, and have so many more that I’m excited to divulge later today, but for all the good stuff, head over to Snippet and Ink immediately!

Check back a little later today for more pictures and the recipe for this Salmon with Cherry Lime Sauce and Lavender Jelly created especially for us by Chef Kate McAloon.


Filed under Inspiration, Photography

Garden Fete

This romantic garden party was shot by Jessica Hill and an amazing group of vendors! I was so inspired by the bright pops of color, gorgeous flowers, calligraphy, and simplistic beauty. You can just never go wrong with the pretty, can you?

Special thanks to Jessica for letting me feature her stunning work. Be sure to check out the amazing vendors that I’ll mention throughout the images! What a great team!!!

First up…adore the all greens centerpiece! So fresh!

Treats were by Amber at Le Cookie Monkey!

The invitation suite (including the lovely wine bottle label) is by Megan and Jen of Hi Friend Design!

The styling, design and production is by Dani of Weddings Fresh!

Giveaway winner will be announced at NOON, pst!


Filed under Decor, DIY, Flowers, Inspiration, Photography, Splurge Worthy, Stationery


Okay, so this is super crazy exciting! A few months back, I was asked by Benfield Photography to style a photography workshop for them. You see, Benfield Photography is a team: Dale Benfield and Meredith McClary. Dale and Meredith are actually getting married in Florence, so the workshop is unique, because it is a “Real Wedding Workshop” where photographers will have a chance to shoot a real engagement session, wedding, and day after session.

But it gets better. The “Real Wedding Workshop” will take place in – no joke – Florence, Italy. ITALY…that little country across the Atlantic that looks like a boot!

Wait…there’s more.

Photographers will be shooting alongside Becker. Oh wait. Stop right there. The Becker. Is that too much to handle? It is for me. Seriously. I get to style a workshop AND a wedding in Florence, Italy with Becker? No joke.

So if you’re a photographer, and you are thinking a trip to Italy next March sounds like a mighty fine idea, then head over to the workshop website to learn more and sign up.

Here’s a little Florence inspiration board to get you all pumped up! Do you know the land??

1. Image Spark 1. Pomegranita 2. J. Crew 4. Unknown


Filed under Event Announcement, Photography

Anniversary: Shannon and Eddie

Shannon and Eddie recently had Edmund Prieto shoot an anniversary session for them and I just can’t say enough about how pretty it is! Edmund along with Renee from OC Prop Girl styled this shoot and surprised Shannon and Eddie with it.  I absolutely adore that they took the time to string some lights throughout the scene as it got dark. And how much do you love Shannon’s hairpiece? I’ve got it on good authority that the hairpiece was made by Renee!

Edmund has done a really beautiful job capturing all the rich, warm colors…and of course the gorgeous couple! I know you will enjoy!


Filed under engagement shoot, Photography

Farm Style Wedding Shoot

Photographer Meghan McSweeney, along with a killer host of vendors, including stylist Lindsay Averette of LK Events and Design, put together a photo shoot set on a farm. I love the soft colored images and the understated elegance of the details. Check out all the awesome vendors below.

Hope you enjoy!

Vendor Credits: Photographer: Meghan McSweeney Photography; Stylist: Lindsay Averette of LK Events and Design; Cake by Laura Reynolds of Buttercream Bee; Flowers: Carolyn Young; Hair and Make-up: Josh Henderson at Mango; Salon dresses and props provided by Pleiades Bridal


Filed under Bridal Shoot, Inspiration, Photography

Keep Austin Wed

Afternoon. Amy here. I won’t say a whole lot today because I am anxious to share this engagement shoot with you.

Laren & Courtney
Laren and Courtney are dear friends of mine whose wedding I had the privilege to attend last fall. I met Laren in 2008 when the non-profit he founded, Invisible Children, hired me. He soon after introduced me to his then-girlfriend Courtney, and I was sold on the pair. Over the past few years, it has been a joy to share life together and I count myself fortunate to know these two.

Esther Havens is a humanitarian documentary photographer, whom Laren and Courtney met through her work with Invisible Children. While this gig differed from her usual clientele, she hit the nail on the head. I appreciate how she captured the couple’s individuality in her photos. Courtney is a Lone Star native (by way of Austin) and the backdrop of city landmarks is pitch perfect. Laren works as a documentary filmmaker – watch for the vintage camera. Oh, and the two are unmistakably gorgeous. Dig it.


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Retakes: Katie and Tom

Remember picture day in elementary school? I’m sure more than a few of us have FABULOUSLY traumatic stories that involve haywire bangs, muddy mishaps or an outrageous outfit gone wrong. (Note these AMAZINGLY awful yearbook photos of Ryan Seacrest and a few fellow celebs).  And then there were those of us that were absent on picture day. Oh the horror of missing out on infamy in one’s yearbook! So the photographer always had “RETAKES”. If you picture was horrible, if you didn’t keep your bow in your hair like your mom instructed, or if you were suffering from the chicken pox, RETAKES worked it out.

That brings me to this beautiful photo shoot by photographer Jacob Mariano. He took the gorgeous Tom and Katie out for a photo shoot to make up for wedding photos that never happened. Seven years after being married, the couple looks completely in love!

I’ve got to ask: how many of you would love wedding retakes? Maybe you had a horrible photographer, or an outta control dress that you totally regret, or an elopement with no photographer, much less a portrait session. I’m a huge fan of this idea and I’d love to see more of it! What do you think?


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I had the absolute pleasure of getting to help out with Utterly Engaged‘s November photo shoot yesterday. Words cannot explain how big my designer crush is on Paige, from Bash Eco Events and Kelly from Succulet Love Designs and Yes, Please. Their styling, inspired by their board below, blew my mind. And I swear, I’m totally not exaggerating. I almost shed a tear…partly because I was so jealous of their amazingness and partly because their work was just that great. Can’t wait for you to see the November issue of Utterly Engaged, but until then, you’ll have to check out the hot-off-the-press October issue.



Filed under Bridesmaid, Food & Drink, Inspiration, Photography, Twist on Tradition