New Hill Country Wedding Venue – Altstadt Brewery in Fredericksburg, Texas

I’m so excited to be the FIRST to style and publish a shoot at this new amazing Hill Country wedding venue- Altstadt Brewery in Fredericksburg, Texas!
This place is just amazing. It’s a beautiful modern Bavarian space like no other in the Hill Country that fits so perfectly with the historic German tradition of the area. The owners spared no expense on the lavish details. The ornate wood carving on the fireplace, the beautiful windows and archways on the many patios, and all of the beautiful gold details. We actually did this shoot while the venue was still under construction, so we didn’t have the opportunity to get as many wide shots as we would have liked. However, I think these images will be enough of a teaser to entice you to visit in person and see the grandeur and taste the beer! Check out their contact info on my Hill Country wedding vendors page to set up a tour!

Viridian did these wonderfully textured centerpieces and that amazing greenery installation. Really, I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to picture this fireplace without the greenery now…

Check out the video of our shoot with James Headrick! 

Venue: Altstadt Brewery
Planning: Hill Country Bride
Styling & Planning Team: Hill Country Bride & Mayhar Design
Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography
Videography: James Headrick Creative
Floral: Viridian Design Studio
Tabletop & Chair rentals: Whim Event Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental -oatmeal velvet & chelsea napkin
Frames & Candlesticks: Bee Lavish
Hair & Makeup: Celissa Rae
Dress: Jenny Yoo
Tux: The Black Tux
Accessories: Dillards
Paper Suite: Isidore & Augustine
Models: Ashley Trappe & Jose Lebaron

Flirty & Fun Hill Country Wedding at Camp Waldemar

This was my first wedding at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas and let me tell you, I am IN LOVE! This place is just the perfect weekend getaway. I mean can you get any better than summer camp for adults?!  Kate & Kevin’s day here was absolutely idyllic and it was such an honor to see her Waldemar family and come together around her. Amy Karp took these amazing photos from the weekend!

Look at the adorable flag they had made with their wedding logo! It flew the entire weekend at camp and the logo also appeared on the invitations, cocktail napkins, and custom koozies. I love it when things are so cohesive!

The most fun earrings ever! They were such a playful touch and fit Kate’s personality perfectly.

Kate is a designer and gave Kevin a sentimental piece of art, how sweet!

I just can’t get over all of these grown men crying. All of the sweet emotional moments!!

Kate Envisioned mixing modern Lucite details with the mountain cabin feel of the venue. I love how her hanging acrylic signs turned out! Her vision came to life so beautifully. She was such a beautiful bride and a talented designer!

Venue: Camp Waldemar 
Photography: Amy Karp 
Videography: Kale York 
Flowers: Sprout
Hair & Makeup: Weddings By Celissa Rae
Catering: Cartewheels 
Band: Mars Hill 
Rentals: Marquee Rentals 
Lighting: Class A Rentals 
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Moody Peach & Lilac Hoffman Haus Wedding

Lindsey & Cody’s April wedding at Hoffman Haus was such a fun palette to style! Lindsey came to me with the idea for this palette from a Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dress inspiration photo and it was so fun to bring to life. This palette could work in Spring, Summer or even Fall. Lindsey designed these invitations herself using Minted’s custom color matching service.

Viridian put together the perfect loose bouquet that incorporated succulents and blooms. I love the way the Fredericksburg limestone in the buildings at Hoffman Haus brings out these peachy tones in our palette.

These Anthropologie copper terrariums filled with lavender, brought the lilac color to the ceremony and smelled fantastic! Lavender grows really well here in the Hill Country and was a nice local touch.

I love to use these farm tables at Hoffman Haus for the head tables. They are so beautiful and unique!

Whew that dress! Mckenzie Baird was the wonderful photographer, i just love the way she uses light! Her images just feel so warm and cozy.

The linens were one of my favorite parts of this wedding! La Tavola’s lilac velvet print for the cake table and Trouseau Smokey Amethyst for the cocktail tables added the purple touches we needed in the Great Hall. I also just love the greenery on the drapes, just a nice little installation that looks so custom!

We ended the night with a little sparkler fun!

Venue: Hoffman Haus
Photographer: Mckenzie Baird Photography 
Planning & Styling: Hill Country Bride 
Catering: Otto’s 
Cakes: Sophie’s Bakery 
Hair & Makeup: Brandy Pate
Officiant: JR Nutt 
Music: Anthony Garcia

Modern & Romantic Fredericksburg Wedding Venue Editorial

I was so excited to meet Vicki & Mark Collins two years ago when they reached out to me about weddings in the Hill Country. I met them at their property here in Fredericksburg to look over the plans they had been preparing for the Hill Country Wedding Venue they had envisioned. Vicki is a designer out of Austin and Mark is builder, so their taste and eye for quality was quite refined; which you can absolutely see in their venue Sunset Ranch. It has been so cool to see this place come to life, literally from the ground up!

The color palette for this shoot was a base of whites with a soft touch of sky blue, but I wanted the florals to bring warmth in and add a touch of contrast. Our model Christine Pegany was the perfect choice for this palette with her lovely peaches and cream skin and dark mane. Brandi Pate styled this pretty lady with hair & makeup.  These earrings & shoes came from Dillard’s. You don’t have to be expensive to be lovely! Dillard’s is one of my favorite places to look for affordable accessories like this. Her dress came from Signature Bridal Salon in Austin. They were so incredibly helpful and their showroom selection is extensive! I have added them the Hill Country wedding vendors page, so you can check them out here! Lori Blythe photographed this shoot and knocked it out of the park. I just can’t get enough of her posing skills here. That close up earring shot with Christine is just so intimate and classy!

When we talked about doing a shoot to get some images out to the public, I immediately thought that we should be feature the windows as a statement in the indoor space. I envisioned a greenery installation that would really showcase the clean, airy open feel of the venue. And Voila! Viridian and a whole team of vendors helped make my vision come to life!

I could just eat up these luscious florals! Until Cartewheels brought out this beautiful food! Whim provided the tabletop (that plate/charger mix is still one of fav to this day). La Tavola Tuscany collection is on the table with a pretty little stripe napkin. Those pretty candles came from Anthropologie.

Then we got to do something we don’t normally get to do with shoots… We got to have a real party! This couple got married about a year ago and got all dressed up again for us to photograph them.We ate, we drank yummy cocktails and had a lovely evening!

Venue: Sunset Ranch
Stylist/Planner: Hill Country Bride
Photographer: Lori Blythe Photography
Floral: Viridian Design Studio 
Food/Drinks: Cartewheels Catering & Baron’s Creek Winery
Morning Model: Christine Pegany
HAMU: Brandy Pate
Dress: Signature Bridal Austin
Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Candles: Anthropologie
Flatware/Glassware/Plates: Whim Hospitality Rentals
Invitation Suite/Menu: Bobo Workshop
Jewelry/Shoes: Dillard’s

Springy Peach & Emerald Hoffman Haus Wedding

Happy 1 year anniversary to Kristy & Corey! This sweet springy wedding feature comes just in time for St. Paddy’s day with its emerald details and festive feel. Hoffman Haus was the perfect setting for this intimate wedding. Cartewheels Catering supplied the lovely cocktail style meal with lots of fancy bites and stylish charcuterie. The Flower Pail provided the peachy blooms (the ranunculus were stunning!) and Empire 6 brought the party!  Breanna McKendrick did a lovely job, as usual, on these photos and has earned a spot on my favorite vendors list! See her special spot here.

Pretty Pink & Red Wedding at Hoffman Haus

I got these photos back this week and was so excited to share them! This fall wedding at Hoffman Haus, photographed by Benjamin Garrett Photography, was filled with such happy colors and smiles. The bride, Grace Anne, is one of those girls that is so pretty, especially when she isn’t trying to be! Some of my favorite shots are the candids of her just laughing with her gals. Feast on the lovely florals by Sprout; Michelle’s use of the really dark greens in the bouquets, centerpieces, and ceremony arch tied in perfectly to the greens on the invitations and the dark ivy foliage at Hoffman Haus. Whoever said red and pink don’t match (my mom never let me wear red and pink together) just didn’t know how to do it well (Sorry, Mom). The champagne  undertones in Grace Anne’s dress complimented the palette perfectly! Champagne was also the linen color we chose from the Nuovo collection from La Tavola Fine Linens. It’s a great neutral that lends just slightly to the feminine. Sophie’s made the lovely, and tasty, cake and Feast & Merriment catering designed those beautiful cocktails and the food was amazing!

I hope you enjoy these lovely reds and pinks in the spirit of Valentine’s Day!

Benjamin Garrett Photography

Hill Country Wedding Venue Feature: Contigo Ranch

This Hill Country Wedding venue is second to make the nominations list for the best wedding vendors in the Texas Hill Country… Contigo Ranch! This beautiful white modern farmhouse venue was born into the Contigo brand just this year and I can’t wait start hosting weddings here! The owners, the Edgerton Family, are also the brains behind Contigo Austin and Contigo Catering, who have an excellent reputation in the Austin restaurant scene. And by the way, they are great people too!

Here are some of my favorite things about this venue:

(1)Gorgeous ceremony site featuring one of the best views of Hill Country I’ve seen at a wedding venue. See the stunning area below… Thanks to Lori Blythe Photography for lovely photos from our styled shoot!

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(2)Its white. Need I say more folks. A perfect blank slate with ship lap details, beautiful chandeliers, bistro lights over a patio, and a built in bar. Can I get an “AMEN” from the wedding photographers out there that have been shooting in dark venues for years and years? Brides, your pictures of your reception are going to be awesome.(3)The chairs. It’s a small detail, I know. But as a wedding planner, I pay attention to these things. You don’t have to pay a rental company to deliver stylish chairs for your wedding- they are included! No more mahogany chivari or folding fruitwood, folks. I know you have seen styled shoots on Pinterest with these chairs and thought “ha! As If. Who can afford chairs like that at their wedding?” You my dear. You. Their price point is competitive with other venues in the area, but their stylistic value is much higher.(4)Lodging on site featuring the same great stylish details. Just a short walk away from the reception site, down the beautifully terraced path next to the rippling waterfall. You never thought landscaping could be so impressive, did you? (5) Just a few miles from Fredericksburg. Close to shopping, restaurants, Enchanted Rock and wineries for your guests to enjoy, but far enough out that they can experience the peace and serenity of the Hill Country.

Hurry over to the vendor page to get their contact info and secure your dream wedding date! Sorry, this sounds a little “sales pitchy”. But ask any wedding vendor. We really like to work at pretty places!

Photos From our styled shoot with these amazing vendors:  Lori Blythe Photography, Contigo Ranch, The Green Room Floral, Weddings by Celissa Rae Hair and Makeup, Dresses from Serendipity Bridal Austin, Lace Dress Tara Lauren, Off the Shoulder dress Sarah Seven, Tux from The Black Tux, Linens from La Tavola, Styled by Hill Country Bride of course!

PS Vendors- they are having an open house on Friday, June 16th . See details below and be sure to RSVP! 

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Hill Country Wedding Venue Feature: Hoffman Haus Fredericksburg, Texas

As a part of my brand spankin’ new snazzy website I now have a vendor referral page, in the hopes that you will bring a long the best of the best Hill Country Wedding vendors to make your day PERFECT (or as close to it as possible). I’ll be debuting my personal favorites on the blog weekly, then they will get added to the vendor page with contact info and all the important deets. Photo above thanks to Two Pair Photography.

And the first Hill Country Wedding venue feature goes to…. drum roll please… Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Texas! It is one of my most favoritest (yes, I know, not a word) venues ever to work with for so many reasons. Here is the simplified list below:

1)It’s pretty. Actually beautiful. Pottery Barn furniture, marble top bar, antique mirrors, stage with silk dupioni draping, beautiful accent pieces like farmhouse tables and pine tables for your buffet. I could go on for a long time. See for yourself. Photos thanks to Breanna McKendrick Photography. Hill Country Wedding Venue Photo

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Breanna McKendrick Photography

2)The staff and owners are fantastic people. They care about their clients and do what it takes to make things go really smooth. They treat their guests like family. The kind you choose, not the kind you are stuck with. ha ha. Photos thanks to Benjamin Garrett Photography & Sarah Goss Photography.

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Benjamin Garrett Photography

Benjamin Garrett Photography

3)Location. In the heart of amazing, lively, downtown Fredericksburg. Need I say more? If you are reading this and you haven’t been to Fredericksburg, continue reading, then book your stay immediately for a girls weekend or romantic retreat to our lovely town. Don’t forget to stop by and say “Hi”, I’m likely hanging at a winery, shopping main street, working on my porch with a view of the hills, or watching live music and eating yummy food at one of our amazing restaurants…. Do I sense jealousy?? Yes, I live in the most amazing town ever.
Hill Country Wedding Venue Photo Hill Country Wedding Venue Photo 4)Logistics. They provide tables and chairs and pretty furniture, you get the property mostly to yourself for the weekend, and the guests can leave the reception and walk back to their rooms or some close by hotels, or to a local dive bar for late night shenanigans.

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Sarah Goss Photography

5)It really is just lovely here. They pay attention to the details. The art hanging, how the ivy crawls along the stone, the beautiful bathtubs in the rooms, and the amazing breakfast delivered to your door every morning (seriously, they do that). There are so many reasons why this place is just plain awesome. Visit them and discover for yourself! Photos thanks to Sarah Goss Photography.

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Sarah Goss Photography

Hill Country Wedding Editorial Featured on Green Wedding Shoes & Brides of Austin!

Hello? Are you still out there? Emily?……. I’m Here! You haven’t seen me in a while because life has been crazy! Crazy awesome, but still crazy. It has been a season of amazing clients, workshop styling, building a house and lots of other fun things I intend to fill you in on.  My website has been getting a serious overhaul while I’ve been away (take a look around!). I’m going to be putting blogging at the forefront of my site now and sharing my Hill Country Wedding expertise with the world. I’ll be talking about Hill Country Wedding venues, debuting the best of the best Hill Country Wedding vendors, sharing tips and stories that are relevant to you, Hill Country Brides. Hopefully you’ll hear from some other amazing and experienced vendors and walk away feeling a little more confident as you journey in planning your wedding! Keep coming back and sign up for our newsletter for updates!

One of the amazing things I got to do this past November was style a photography workshop working with some of the best vendors around! It was a great opportunity to show off my talent, learn from other amazing wedding people and PLAY! Styling for fun (PLAYING) is such a hugely important thing for me as a stylist. It’s the way I study, experiment and learn new ways that colors, textures, etc. work together. It was stressful (yeah, like lots of people are expecting me to be awesome) but invigorating. The workshop was called Cedar and Stone (you can check out my sneak peek of the mood boards and inspiration here) and was hosted by the talented Sarah Goss Photography and Al Gawlik Photography.

Our first shoot was at Montesino Ranch in Wimberley, Texas. Lovely little REAL FARM that happens to host weddings as well. They are legit. There are chickens, kittys and of course horses (scroll all the way to the bottom for those pretty photos). The owners are sweet as pie, and the property is just lovely! The models are a real couple, photographers actually, that performed so well and were really amazing to work with. The Black Tux (I highly forever recommend them) provided that snazzy groom outfit, and Serendipity Bridal in Austin (shop for your wedding dress here for sure) provided that stunning gown. Celissa Rae (hands down my favorite hairstylist and forever buddy) did the do’s and faces.

Gypsy Floral out of Austin (literally the most talented florist I have EVER worked with) did those amazing florals. Plus of the two gals that run it, one of them is named Emily, so we were meant to work together. He he. Bee Lavish provided the glassware and bistro chairs. The place cards and invitation suite were provided by Jenna at Paper and Posies, she did amazing job of matching the style and incorporating an organic element to the table. Kendra provided the jewels. Yeah, Kendra and I are kind of on a first name basis (totally kidding I’ve never met her, but I’m so sure we’d be friends!). La Tavola provided the pretty linen napkins from their Tuscany collection. Whim event rentals provided the pretty copper flatware. I picked up those wood chargers, copper candlesticks, and gray plates at World Market (not practical for a whole wedding, but maybe a head table display- we will talk about this in future posts).

Sarah Goss shot the photos for this post and my portfolio wouldn’t be the same without her. I am obsessed with the film images she shoots, but equally obsessed with her ability to make digital have the richness of film. She is hilarious and super easy to get along with, beyond talented and I’m pretty sure she is going to grow up to be some super famous photographer that I can’t work with anymore. Huge sad face.

Dum, da, da, dum…. Drumroll please… My favorite vendor and pride and joy of this shoot was PENDLETON ! Yes, Pendleton Woolen Mills, American made wool blankets graciously sponsored us and loaned us those amazing wool blankets for use on the table and snuggling. Everyone was super jealous of all the pretties and wanted to take the blankets home. We got socks from them for the gift bags, it was darling, really. If you aren’t familiar with Pendleton, stop reading and visit their website. Fall in love and return to thank me.

Anyway, it was just so much fun. All these amazing vendors… Can you see why it was amazing and stressful at the same time?? It was Featured on Green Wedding Shoes & Brides of Austin!

Well this is just one of the shoots that happened at the retreat. I’ll be sharing the other images in a later post. For now, eat up all the pretties and be INSPIRED! Outtakes below. The horse eating the beautiful flowers, and proof of the kitty cat. Y’all I’m your friend that grows up to be the crazy cat lady… Just so you know. 

Cedar & Stone Workshop Stylist- Sneak Peek!

Happy Fall everyone! I can’t get enough of this 70 something weather right now. I fear the heat returning, so I’m wearing scarfs and making yummy fall treats to celebrate. One of my girlfriends always says, “buy the pumpkins and the weather will follow!” I hope that’s true!

Another exciting thing about this fall is the Cedar and Stone workshop that I’m styling! I’m super pumped about working with the amazing team of vendors (see some listed here) we have lined up. It’s going to be a weekend of hard work and hanging with cool people, but I’m most excited about the creative side. It’s so fun to create something original and have people engage with it. We will be setting up our styled shoots at three really great Hill Country Wedding Venues- Montessino Ranch, Pecan Springs Ranch, and The Liney Moon.

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Since I mentioned it last week as a teaser, I thought I would share a little inspiration with you for one of the shoots! I can’t share all of the details, because that would ruin the fun, but here are some of the inspiration images, colors, and patterns that showed up on our mood board.

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For those of you that aren’t familiar, mood boards are super helpful in setting the tone for a shoot or event. They guide all of the vendors on the “feel” and the color story, but are never meant for copying. We want to come up with something original, but this allows us to communicate the vision. Then each vendor can come up with an original design inspired by the mood board. It’s really neat to see the initial mood board and compare it to the final product. I can’t wait to show you the results!

There are a couple of spots still available if you are interested in attending. It’s going to be super inspiring and amazing!

Inspiration thanks to: HappyWedd.Com; Elizabeth Anne Designs; One Summer Day Photo; My Sequined Life; Green Wedding Shoes; Amy Lynn Photography; United With Love; Luck & Love Photography;