An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
While DIY and rustic looks have ruled wedding décor for the past few seasons, expect something bolder this year. “We’re going to see something a little more pulled together and elevated, kind of elegant but with a playful twist,” says Sarah Reichardt, florist for Bird Dog Wedding. Here she shares some tips for creating the perfect wedding centerpieces:
After studying art at UT Austin and Parsons The New School for Design, Kelti Smith turned her fashion sketching and illustration experience toward a new challenge in 2012. “A friend of mine was getting married and she and her husband were really obsessed with Brazilian folk art,” Smith says. “I made a portrait for them as a wedding gift and that’s kind of where this type of drawing for weddings started.” Working in pen and ink and colored pencil, Smith utilizes photos and details about a couple to capture their essence. “I’m very drawn to how people express themselves with fashion. I really try to pay attention to their individual style so that it feels authentic.” For more information, find @keltismith on Instagram.
On a trip to Ethiopia in 2008 Geoff Duncan stumbled on his true passion. “I had bought a camera on Craigslist and while I was there I got hooked pretty instantly; I wasn’t able to put the camera down,” he says. While finishing his business degree at the University of Arkansas, Duncan started shooting street scenes, concerts, and weddings. “I like the challenge and the fast pace,” he says. Currently shooting about 25 weddings a year, Duncan’s unique eye has attracted admirers—some 22,600 follow him on Instagram. “When my numbers got up I kind of felt like I had to deliver what my followers were expecting, like sunsets, silhouettes, something unique about the city, epic skylines, and I found over time that it’s been a lot more satisfying to just post whatever I want.” We like it. For more information, visit geodun.com and @geoffduncan on Instagram.
At first glance it might look like a classic multi-tier wedding cake, but on further inspection there’s something different. “You have to double-take to say, oh, that’s cheese?” Kendall Antonelli says. Drawing from a more European tradition of offering cheese as a dessert course, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has unveiled custom cheese wheel cakes. Available in different sizes and flavor combinations, these creations offer a savory twist on the classic cake. Before opening Antonelli’s five years ago, Kendall and her husband John gave a guided cheese tasting for a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. “From that moment on what was really cool was that we could be included in such momentous occasions for people,” Kendall says. For more information, visit antonellischeese.com
When Erich and Kathryn Oswald were getting ready to get married in 2011, they didn’t quite know how much their wedding would change their lives. “What started as a casual conversation about modern design and wedding venues started becoming more serious,” Erich says. Noticing a lack of hill country venues with sleek modern sensibilities, the native Texans (Erich is from Austin, Kathryn from Houston) decided to relocate from Brooklyn and create their own. Working with architect Max Levy, the Oswalds embarked on Prospect House, a 6,000 square-foot wedding and event venue on 20 acres in Dripping Springs. “We’re very happy with the design,” Erich says. “It really fits the setting, and frames this beautiful long distance view.” While the space officially opens June 1, bookings and tours are available now. For more information, visit prospecthousetx.com
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more