Bridal Buzz | Why Brides Rave About These Local ATX Vendors
by Kaitlyn June 18
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate your story with loved ones and treat them to an experience they’ll never forget. But where to start? You’ll want some quality local vendors, for sure. Austin is abuzz with rave reviews on these amazing local companies who provide unique and unforgettable services for couples. Read on below to get the scoop on what has industry insiders and brides alike raving about these local companies, and why they top our list for wedding must-haves!
Austin brides, we know you love a good Airstream. Their essence of adventure, the romance of their retro vibes… they have us smitten too. Especially this one: Meet SoundCream Airstream. This 1969-born beauty is a mobile bar, DJ booth, bridal lounge — you name it. This fantastical airstream is just waiting to be transformed into whatever you want her to be. The brainchild of longtime New York City nightlife pro Andres Rizo and DJ Danielle Collier, SoundCream Airstream is easily commutable and can be dressed up or down. “We call ourselves a creative capsule,” Rizo says.
The Airstream is equipped with top-of-the-line DJ equipment and sound system for playing to small or large crowds. The perfect setup for SoundCream’s epic roster of DJs — stars on the local, national and international nightlife, radio and festival circuits. Brides can add on one or two different setups for full-bar service, enjoy a removable interior lounge (with seating up to 10), and there’s even a place to serve whimsical frozen treats (popsicle bar, anyone?). Most furniture can be removed to make space for any number of ideas (we love the mini photo booth setup!). It’s the perfect way to give your wedding reception that outdoor festival feel. All aboard!
Photo: Straughan Photography
Ladies, Level 12’s new mobile salon is changing the wedding beauty game! Level 12 is already a beauty staple in central Texas (located in Lakeway), but now they’re on the move and filling full-service hair appointments on location wherever clients need them. The state-of-the-art mobile salon is perfect for weddings, house calls, girls nights, special events — you name it! And with so many boutique hotel and outdoor wedding venues lacking in getting ready space, this mobile salon allows brides and wedding parties to get beautified for the big day without sacrificing any of the luxuries of a brick-and-mortar salon. However, the Lakeway storefront is luxurious and modern too, and a great gathering place for your whole wedding party to get their hair done on the day of. No matter what hairstyle you’re going for, Level 12’s experienced stylists will execute it flawlessly. The cutting edge beauty experience they’re known for extends to all their signature services: cuts, color, blowouts, updos, Keratin treatments, Balayage, men’s cuts and more. You won’t just love your wedding hair, you’ll find a stylist for life at Level 12.
Photos: Michelle Loconto Photography, Karla Ent Photography
Choosing the right DJ for your wedding can be challenging. It’s not simply about getting your guests to boogie all night long — although, you’ll want your DJ to slay at that for sure — your DJ’s role in the big day is well, much bigger. Take it from the entertainment experts at Hype Rhythm DJ. With decades of combined experience (and hundreds of rave reviews), they know you’re going to need more than just great music at your event. Hype Rhythm is also your sound engineer and sound equipment provider, as well as the MC of your wedding, guiding guests along the reception timeline you so carefully crafted. We’re especially in love with their latest service: a cool DJ and drummer duo option. Performing live alongside DJ Nick@Nite, drummer Chris Gray accentuates the main beat of the music. This new service, called Hype Rhythm Live, adds the feel of a live band to the memorable performance and holistic service of Hype Rhythm’s DJs. The company also boasts the talents of DJs Kit K, Milez and Alchemist Prime. Experience it for yourself — watch and listen at HypeRhythmDJ.com.
Photos: Eddie Martinez
Blushing brides, look no further for the ultimate wedding glow. Organic Bronze, the only tanning studio located at The Domain in Austin, offers luxurious, highly customized airbrush tanning services with complimentary body contouring at every session. Get even more honeymoon ready with a private session in Organic Bronze’s infrared sauna cinema. The infrared sauna offers a convenient and unique experience for brides to binge watch their favorite TV shows while burning calories and detoxing their bodies.
After a little detox, treat your refreshed and newly bronzed body to some retail therapy. Browse for bikinis to take on your honeymoon or bachelorette weekend in Organic Bronze’s designer swimwear boutique. Brands include Beach Bunny Swimwear, Montce Swimwear, Dom & Elle and The Lido. Even better, share the experience with your besties with a special private party. Parties include rental of the entire space, airbrush tanning, swag bags, complimentary bubbles and 10-percent off retail products and swimwear. Mobile tanning is also offered for off-site groups of five or more. New clients receive 40 percent-off; visit the website for more information.
Photos: Courtesy of Organic Bronze
You’re already planning a wedding, so finding time to plan the once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of feels overwhelming — or near impossible. Fortunately, we have the hook up. Hand the honeymoon reigns over to Ashley at Luxe Departures. She strives to provide the best travel agent experience as possible through personalized planning. Her expert direction will save you valuable time and money. “I have traveled luxuriously and on a tight budget, with big groups and with only myself as company,” Ashley says. “I have been to over 50 countries, and I am always eager to embark on another adventure to expand my knowledge of destinations for clients.”
Ashley partners with The Travel Society, a full-service travel agency based in Denver and a proud member of Virtuoso. Through this network, Luxe Departures is able to take care of any of your travel needs — find flights, book accommodations, schedule tours and transfers, and is able to provide clients first-class amenities at the world’s best hotels (she’s a preferred partner of Starwood, Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton hotels — to name a few). Each of these affiliations recognize Ashley as a top producer and put her clients at the top of upgrade and VIP lists. Her connections are fabulous, no matter if you’re booking an entire trip or just a short hotel stay through her (think exclusive amenities, upgrades, food/beverage/spa credits, discounted change fees — we could go on and on). You’ll never forget your vacation or your experience working with Ashley.
Photo: James Connolly
Have you been searching for a totally unique way to WOW at your wedding? Something that your friends and family will be want to talk about for years to come? Take a peek inside FUNBOX’s bag of tricks. From the creative minds of the Craven + Co. event team, these FUNBOXes are filled with festive ways to entertain partygoers. Their signature SPICEBARs offer guests a unique chance to decorate and, well, spice up their cocktails. Meanwhile, the company’s unique SODABAR and HOTBAR boxes are filled with goodies that let everyone in on the fun (not just your adult beverage-loving guests). These boxes are filled with yummy toppings for building your own classic soda pops or hot cocoas and teas. Yet another awesome signature offering from FUNBOX is their romantic WISH BANNER box, which brides can customize with their wedding colors and, later, guests decorate with words of love and wisdom for a cool alternative to a traditional guestbook. The SPICEBAR can double as a wedding favor station, too, with customized spice tins ready for guests to fill with their very own tasty combination of dry spices.
Photo: Courtesy of FunBox, Inc.
Other Local Vendors: Soundcream Airstream, FUNBOX, Organic Bronze