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Old World Wedding Inspiration at The Contemporary Austin

We love being inspired by some old world architecture and inspiration. It gives you that feeling of nostalgia, history, and romance. When this shoot from Christine Gosch came across our desk, we were in love with the cleanness of it and the nostalgic romance that it invokes. We’ll let the images speak from here!

from designer Hannah of Loose Ends Event Design: “When designing this shoot I really wanted something that enticed that fuzzy nostalgia feeling of old world architecture as well as offered a soft place to land, or in this case a bed of peonies and sweet-peas. Each piece of the design related back to our style and the way we care for our couples. Structure and organization being the hard architectural European stone work of long ago as well as traditions and decorum that help maintain our lasting relationships portion of our values, the never-ending kind of love. The soft flowing floral and naturally grown greenery showcasing our pure love value and how it grows naturally and free. Each portion of this shoot was just that, carefully grown and attended to the upmost detail. The venue, The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, was the absolute best backdrop for the shoot and the design in its entirety. Complete with stone work and bridges in the woods behind the 100 year old mansion sitting right on the Colorado River we couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect location.The botanicals were all carefully chosen along side Flint and Pearl, each component with a meaning more important than the last. The creativity only deepened the more we dove into the French Baroque period.The still-life paintings of old inspired us to no end, we wanted the tablescapes to feel as though the court had just left their table to dance the night away with their forever loves. From the fresh honey comb pressed into the marble bowl, to the gold flakes, dyed eggs, mushrooms, and open figs there was so much rich texture and culture represented on the table. The soft blues and layers of falling tulle from House of Hough and hanging greenery added to the natural flow of the design. We wanted the setting to showcase the authenticity of the time period, as if you stepped into a French Baroque painting and had a meal at the table yourself. I knew I wanted film from the very start for this very reason, the cloudy layer that seems to almost lay on top of the photo just feeding the feeling that you are not in the same realm, and Christine Gosch did just that. Keelyn and Connor represented the pure love and natural radiance so easily and we wanted the ceremony to be an extension of their love. The falling flower wall as an homage to how naturally love appears and becomes a part of your life so fast and so easily just like the vines coming up from the bottom and starting to take root, love is forever and deeply real. Once Keelyn put on the dress from Belle Ame Bridal with the almost floating sleeves we knew the day was going to be perfect. Sunkissed and Made-up added such natural beauty enhancements to an already perfect slate. The bride truly was regal when she made her way out on the back patio, the birds actually started to sing at her arrival to the woods.The layers of sweet tulle mixed with the French pattern underneath was again the juxtaposition we were looking for in each and every element of the design. One of my favorite images shows the veil over Keelyn’s face and it seems to make you feel mushy gushy and in love while also pulled into a mystery at the same time – just like any good painting, you feel something when viewing it. All of the details shown on the mossy stones with hand dyed french blue velvet pieces mixed in with our custom earrings by Emerald and Shea, shoes from Bella Belle, and custom crown by Erin Rhyne further pulled you in to notion that you were in another time and place. From the soft white cake from Feathers and Frosting with greenery growing up from the sides to the velvet accents on the menu cards from Meldeen Ink the whole design was full of life and had a story to tell. Each piece represented was unique and special to the design in its whole, each with a story to tell. We loved seeing the romance of old and the soft natural flow of fresh new love showcased for everyone to see almost as if framed in a gold frame on the wall inside the museum itself.”

Planning and Design: Loose Ends Event Design /  Photographer: Christine Gosch /  Venue: The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria /  Floral: Flint and Pearl /  Cake: Feathers and Frosting /  Hair and makeup: Sunkissed and Makeup /  Paper products: Meldeen Ink /  Designer: Noya by Riki Dalal /  Boutique: Belle Ame Bridal / Shoes: Bella Belle  /  Crown: Erin Rhyne /  Earrings: Emerald and Shea /  Linens: House of Hough /  Tabletop rentals: A Finer Event / Rentals: Olive and Penelope / Models: Keelyn and Connor


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