1. Nautical Galveston Wedding

    May 28, 2013

    It has been a few weeks since I posted a real wedding, so I’m happy to be ringing in the unofficial start of summer with this beautiful wedding from right here in the Lone Star State. There are some big changes coming up on Something Pretty to correspond with some big changes happening in my life (sorry to be suspenseful!), one of them being that I’m only going to post a few more full weddings. With this in mind, I knew I wanted one of these last few to be a wedding photographed by my new friend Shalyn of Love, The Nelsons. We met at a party Camille Styles threw a few weeks ago and ended up spending most of the evening chatting by the photo booth. I had so much fun, and I think Shalyn is exactly the kind of positive, energetic person any bride would be lucky to have around on her wedding day! I’m honored to be sharing this sweet nautical wedding Shalyn and her husband shot in Galveston. Enjoy!

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    Mismatched navy bridesmaid dresses, striped bouquet ribbons, and a dreamy first dance underneath a chandelier? I love it all! Thanks so much to sweet Shalyn for sharing this wedding with Something Pretty!

    Love, Lisa



  2. To Be Inspired

    May 24, 2013

    The past week since I graduated has been such a whirlwind! I am so absolutely overjoyed about what’s ahead, but until I can share what’s going on in the next few months, I thought I’d share what I wore for my graduation. I absolutely loved my Southern-made Jolie and Elizabeth seersucker dress–I’ve been following their company since I saw them in Southern Living last year, and the dress was exactly what I had hoped for. I paired it with the Lilly Pulitzer wedges I scored on Rue La La a few months ago and a custom Kendra Scott ring I had made at their “Color Bar” in Austin. I have not had a typical college journey, and instead of getting a University of Texas class ring, I wanted something that would represent the three schools (and two sororities) that contributed to my college experience. I was so happy with how it turned out!

    Jolie and Elizabeth dress | Something-Pretty.netKendra Scott ring | Something-Pretty.net

    Even though this outfit was for graduation, I can absolutely picture it as a cute bridesmaid or wedding guest outfit as well–in fact, I’ll be re-wearing the dress to one of my friends’ weddings in August! Minus the cap and stole, of course. :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Love, Lisa



  3. Dress Envy

    May 22, 2013

    I’ve always loved Ivy and Aster for their darling, swiss-dotted Sweet Pea gown alone. I can’t believe it took me till now to fall in love with the rest of their beautiful options, like the one below. It’s definitely a new favorite!

    Ivy and Aster gown | Steve Steinhardt

    I love the classic silhouette and fabric combined with that sweet ruffle on the neckline. Check out the rest of this gorgeous mountain farmhouse wedding, photographed by Steve Steinhardt, on Style Me Pretty, as well as this beautiful bride’s blog, A Thousand Threads!

    Love, Lisa



  4. Spring Gatsby

    May 20, 2013

    Thank you so much to everyone who sent graduation congratulations over the weekend! I’m so proud to have graduated from UT, and it was such a journey in every way getting to that point. Now it’s on to the next chapter, but not before a few weeks off to process the fact that I’m done with college, spend lots of time with my family, and do a few of my favorite summer activities. I’m already chipping away at my summer reading list, starting with re-reading The Great Gatsby, since I’ve been holding off on seeing the movie till then. I read most of it sitting in my hammock yesterday and will be finishing it up at the pool today! With all of that gorgeous 1920′s inspiration in mind, I put together today’s inspiration board. I wanted something a little less art deco and a little more romantic, and a color palette of deep red, soft pink, black, and gold brought it together just the way I wanted.

    Spring Gatsby{Invitation suite: Emma J Design| Bouquet: Vicki Grafton Photography| Chalkboard sign: Heather Saunders Photography via Molly Jacques Illustration| Gatsby-inspired dresses: Jenny Packham| Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop| Pear nectar and thyme mimosas: Sarah Culver via The Glitter Guide | Just Married sign: Max Wanger via 100 Layer Cake| Black sequin linen: Bryan Leahy Photography via Style Me Pretty}

    Love, Lisa



  5. Austin Venues: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    May 17, 2013

    The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is beloved around Austin as a botanical garden, but it is also one of the most striking wedding venues in the city. The sandstone buildings, dramatic archways and use of light limestone, all inspired by architecture from around Texas, creating a distinct atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else. In the gallery, where events are held, high ceilings, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows are versatile enough to accommodate any wedding style, though more formal weddings are an especially good fit for the elegant space. The botanical gardens surrounding the venue are full of seasonal flowers year round (especially striking in October), and the property hosts huge oak trees that are over a century old—both beautiful backgrounds for photographs. They are also a sustainable facility, keeping with the mission of the botanical garden, and they work with other vendors to come up with environmentally-friendly strategies for events.

    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | Lissa Anglin Photography{Lissa Anglin Photography via Style Me Pretty}

    I love it because: The rustic stone walls and sleek hardwood floors provide beautiful, versatile, neutral backdrops that will complement any color palette or décor style.

    Perfect place for: An elegant wedding for a nature-loving couple who wants to highlight their Austin, Texas location.

    Capacity: 200

    Cost: Ranges from $2,000 to $4,500 depending on day of the week and time of year, plus $600 non-refundable booking fee

    What’s included: Facility usage

    Hope you have all enjoyed getting a glance at my favorite venues in this amazing city. I have truly loved my time in Austin and will definitely always cherish it! Today is my graduation day from the University of Texas and I am so excited that the day is finally here. Cheers to the next adventure and hook ‘em! :)

    Love, Lisa