Rent The Runway

April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous weekend. I am always happy to have a weekend full of family and friends, but I still get excited to go back to work. As I was reading one of my favorite blogs this morning, 100 Layer Cake, a particular photo shoot really caught my attention. It was an engagement shoot that had just the right amount of sweet and sultry. I have to say that the clothing and accessories had a huge part in portraying that. As I went through to the end of the post to see where she got her stunning dresses, I saw that they were all from Rent the Runway. It made complete and total sense why I loved what she was wearing! I have never actually used Rent the Runway, but I’ve known several people who have. If you are not familiar with RTR, then it’s pretty simple. Here’s how it works…
*You sign up (it’s free), and browse the website. They have dresses and jewelry from so many wonderful designers. You can get the dress, jewelry, handbag, and even Spanx!
*You select the date you want your dress to arrive. They offer next day shipping. You are able to keep the merchandise for either 4 or 8 days.
*When you are done, just stick the dress back in the bag they provide and stick it in your mailbox.
*They offer stylist tips and advice to make sure you find the perfect fit for your body type.
*RTR sends 2 sizes in the dress that you order to make sure at least one of the dresses will work. You may even have a friend that can wear the other size, so maybe you can split the rental.
*RTR guarantees that the dress will fit. If for some reason it doesn’t they will issue a full merchandise credit.

My mind is spinning with all the ways that Brides can use RTR for pre-wedding festivities.
*Engagement shoots
*Bridal showers
*Bachelorette parties
*Rehearsal dinner
*After the wedding and reception

Here are some of the pictures from the shoot featured on 100 Layer Cake







White dress: Halston Heritage / Orange heels: Zara / Black & White Dress: Kate Spade


The Sweetest Day :: Celebrating the 700th wedding at The Plantation House

April 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

It was a typical weekend full of weddings at the Plantation House. We have always kept a running tally of the weddings we have hosted and we knew that the 700th was quickly approaching. As we were watching the bride and groom do their first dance it donned on us that this was our 699th wedding. Now to get to that number of weddings, I think, is quite an accomplishment. I knew in that moment that number 700 had to be special, memorable, and if possible, personal. The answer seemed to hit us all at once. We needed to have a vow renewal. This year my parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and it only made perfect sense to have them be the 700th wedding. Our minds immediately went into action as we were thinking of how to throw this together. We knew it had to be on Sunday (the next day) and we knew we had to do it right.

Sunday morning we woke up. We were exhausted from the 2 weddings we just completed that Friday and Saturday, but our excitement gave us the energy we needed. We salvaged flowers from the previous wedding and made bouquets. We saved a little piece of cake from the night before to display in the cake room. My parents decided to get ready separately so they could see each other for the first time at the ceremony. My husband, Tanner, prepared to perform the ceremony. My mom’s best friend, Millie was coming by to pick something up and she agreed to be our photographer. Here are some pictures of one of the best and sweetest weddings we’ve ever had.

The Bride

Matron of Honor

The Groom




She walked down to “Lady” by Kenny Rogers which was sung at their wedding 30 years ago.



“You complete me” were my dad’s vows to my mom.

It wouldn’t be complete without tons of laughter.

It’s a done deal




How we really are…



Toasting with their original flutes

First dance

Throwing the bouquet to their only guest and photographer


She got it!



Making a grand exit


Stopping to enjoy the petals


It was the perfect day and the best way to celebrate our 700th wedding! For more about the happy couple and their wedding 30 years ago, click here

We Are Featured!

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you this incredible project that I was able to be a part of. A huge thank you to EE photography and the ladies at Sweet Sunday Events!

I now present the January edition of Utterly Engaged. It is the first online magazine and it is fabulous. Take a look at our Town and Country themed shoot!


Feminine Meets Masculine

January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

This past weekend was an exciting one. After much planning and preparation, wedding show weekend was finally upon us here in Austin. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of how it all went and how our vision truly came together in ways we couldn’t envision. 2012 has made me so thrilled to see all the new trends and how the ones from 2011 evolve into something even better than before. The planning process for our theme gave us the opportunity to try new things and come up with a look that was truly “Plantation House,” but with a twist of something new.

Our theme started out with thoughts of Ralph Lauren. He always creates a look that is both appealing to men and women. Feminine meets masculine, if you will. Isn’t that what marriage is all about anyway? We used wood, leather, pearls, antique pocket watches, china, old book pages, and clocks. A perfect mixture of items that are beautiful and strong.

We used old cigar boxes and antique leather flasks.

Leather wrapped around the bouquet and boutonniere

Artichoke place card holders

Silverware wrapped with leather

We partnered up with Pappas Catering and they served the most delicious poblano cream soup. Seriously, people were freaking out over this soup. One of my favorite parts of the day was the fashion show, styled by my good friend, Leonardo D’Almagro. He featured jewelry designs by Gay Isber and Beth McElhaney. I can’t wait to share more on these 3 fabulous people as the new year progresses! Overall, if was a fabulous day surrounded by incredibly creative and talented people!


Inspiration Boards :: Pears, Pie, & Cocoa

November 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Finally, the leaves are starting to change and fall from the trees. It is really beginning to look like a different season around here! Now I’m in the mood for Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s been inspiring me this week…

Camille Styles

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The Plantation House via Style Me Pretty

The Plantation House via Style Me Pretty

Your Own Personal Stylist…

November 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

Every weekend I get the opportunity to meet so many new people. That is definitely one of the perks of being in the business of hosting weddings and receptions. I met some of the most fascinating people I have ever met this past Friday night.

It was about 30 minutes before the ceremony. This always means organized chaos. Everyone is consumed with anticipation and nervousness, while we are tending to just about everything imaginable. It was amidst this organized chaos that time seemed to stand still as I met Leonardo and Louis. Louis, a fellow re-head grabbed my attention as he walked though the kitchen. We had a quick introduction and then insisted I meet his husband, Leonardo. Leonardo, a captivating Venezuelan, was holding the most beautiful clutch ever, full of show-stopping vintage jewelry for the bride. I quickly learned that Leo was a stylist. He was there to style the bride and create different looks for her throughout the evening. First of all, this is just genius! Why wouldn’t you have a stylist for your wedding day? I have never thought of this. Secondly, I just assumed stylists were only attainable if you were some kind of celebrity or socialite.

So, Leonardo has a boutique right here in Austin. Not only does he find you new articles of clothing and jewelry for you, but he also will come to your home, look through your closet, and style you based on what you already own! It is called Leonardo D’Almagro



Inspiration Boards :: Golden Age

October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

What can I say about gold? It is just a classy color that is worthy of showcasing. I love gold because it can run through all seasons and it really accentuates the beauty and uniqueness in every time of year.

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The Plantation House via Style Me Pretty

The Plantation House via Style Me Pretty

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