TBT: The Swoon SD 2016

There's not much to say about The Swoon SD, other than those kids really know how to party! Our 2016 event at BRICK was one for the books. Suzi Jacobs caught all of the amazing highlights - scroll down and take a look!

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TBT: The Swoon ATX 2016

After such an amazing first Swoon ATX in 2015, we just had to come back to do it up bigger and better in 2016! And bigger it definitely was, filling up Fair Market with the best of Austin's top wedding vendors. Scroll through the highlights of the day, captured by the amazing and talented Bonnie & Lauren, and get excited because The Swoon ATX is coming back in 2018!

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TBT: The Swoon SD 2017

We've got the itch to get get back out west to San Diego for another amazing Swoon Event. While we figure out the details for the 2018 event, relive the magic of the 2017 Swoon SD! Christine Tustin's photos captured the beautiful work by all of our favorite best coast vendors at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier!

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TBT: The Swoon Dallas 2017

After taking a couple of years off, it was great to be back in Dallas for The Swoon Event in 2017, and Jefferson Towers could not have been a sweeter spot to host the big event! We can't wait to be back in the amazing space for the upcoming 2018 event, but until then, we'll be fondly looking back over these amazing pics from last year, courtesy of Beckley & Co

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TBT: The Swoon ATX 2017

The Swoon ATX 2017 was not one to be missed! We found ourselves in what is one of our favorite venues to date: 800 Congress! And we thought it was so nice, we're doing it twice. That's right: we'll be back at 800 Congress in January for The Swoon ATX 2018! Look through The Bird and the Bear Photography & Films' photos from last years event and try not to swoon too hard.

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The Swoon Event: 2017 Dates

Guess who's back?  The Swoon Event is heading into its fifth year (whoa), and kicking things off at the most badass venues Dallas, Austin and San Diego have to offer.  We can't wait to bring you another round of fresh wedding inspiration from our pick of wedding creatives and businesses.

If you are a vendor that has something special to offer the world of wed, then we want to hear from you!  Applications are live and available here. If you're interested in attending, then you're in luck because we're interested in having you!  Tickets are on sale now and can be nabbed at this link.

We look forward to bringing you another year of amazing talent and an all around good time.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the know!

Upcoming Workshops | July

Jesilyn Kay Calligraphy | 07.23 | 11a - 1:30p | ATX

Have you ever wanted to learn modern calligraphy to send out your own stationery cards, wedding invitations, or create keepsake prints for your home? Like most artistic crafts, calligraphy takes time and practice. 

This beginner's workshop will teach you everything you need to get started practicing calligraphy. We will go over different styles, materials needed, technique, basic layouts, and different tricks to make you more successful.

By the end of the workshop, you will have all the tools, worksheets, and instructions necessary to begin practicing your beautiful calligraphy.  Tickets are available here.

 

Sip + Brunch | 7.23 | 11a - 1p | Weather Up | ATX

Join us for another round of SIP + BRUNCH, a new kind of cocktail workshop featuring our favorite spot - Weather Up! Enjoy tasty brunch bites on their spacious, tree shaded patio as talented and knowledgable bartenders walk you through three cocktail recipes.

Professional bar tools will be provided during the workshop, so you can really mix it up like a pro! As an added bonus, we're providing each guest with a swag bag chockfull of local and handmade goodies, like custom cocktail recipe cards from Emma Gundlach!

Because we want you to get the best experience possible, space is limited. There will no tickets sold at the door, so snag them here before they're gone!

21 and up only

 

Whiskey + Women | 7.30 | 5-7p | REVELRY | ATX

Join us at our studio for a little camaraderie and an in-depth and interactive whiskey experience led by Taylor and Logan of She + Him Bartending!

During this two-hour shindig, we'll feature whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch. In between shop talk, you'll get to taste each type, as well as make creative cocktails of your own based on the customized curriculum.

Bar tools will be provided during the workshop, as well as light bites from a local eatery. You will leave with a solid foundation in whiskies, as well as recipes and a list of bar tools needed in order to keep the party going at home!  Snag your tickets here!

TBT: The Swoon SD 2015

After starting The Swoon Event in Dallas and then heading to Austin, we came calling to San Diego in 2015, and it was a match made in heaven. We could not have picked a better location for our first non-Texas Swoon. 2015's event was so magical, we came back this year, and we'll be back again in 2017! Cheers to Moniker Warehouse for providing the intimate setting, and to Let's Frolic Together for the photos from the day. Take a look at all the highlights!

TBT: The Swoon Dallas 2012

We're throwing it all the way back today to the event that started it all, The Swoon Dallas 2012. We couldn't imagine that almost five years later, we would be taking the party all over the country and meeting amazing creatives at every stop.

Thanks to Anna Routh for the great snaps and South Side on Lamar and Janette Kennedy Gallery for being a fantastic backdrop for our inaugural event. We can't wait to be back in Dallas again next year to make the party even bigger and better!

We want to dine on floor cushions inside this tent forever!

Isn't this pink ombre cake just the prettiest?

The bridal fashion was on point!

Ending on a sweet, sweet sugar high!

Stay tuned for upcoming info about dates and locations for 2017 Swoon Events. We can't wait to spill the beans on all the details!

Workshop: Margot Blair Floral

There's a little bright, white studio on the east side that we call home, and it is the perfect little spot for intimate workshops and gatherings. 

We have so many great events coming up on the horizon, but take a look back to our first workshop with Margot Blair Floral in February. Bonnie and Lauren got some great photos of the space in use. 

The studio is the perfect size for groups of 6-16. The space is open and light-filled and able to host creative workshops from calligraphy to cocktail classes to bookclubs. 

Stay up to date with our event calendar here, and we'd love to hear from you to discuss and plan your future workshops and gatherings!

Venue Tour: The Creek Haus

Happy Monday everyone! I had the pleasure of venturing into Dripping Springs last weekend while on bridesmaid duty to scope out The Creek Haus. The task at hand: get a feel for the spacious property, so that we can craft a cohesive palette and vibe for the upcoming spring wedding. 

With lodging available for up to 75 guests, there was no shortage of rustic charm. Each room followed the same palette and theme, but the owners also managed to give each room its own feel by using high-end furniture and finishes. 

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...And for those looking to break free for some peace and quiet, there is an abundance of picturesque outdoor hideaways.  

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We decided to take on the open house where quite a few vendors brought out all the inspo stops. We chatted up new favorites like Petal Pushers and 1778 Photographie, and got the scoop on TSE alum Lucky Dog Coffee's new summer menu.

With so many places to roam and set up shop, it will be interesting to see how it all comes together.  I'll make sure to keep you updated as things progress!

TBT: The Swoon ATX 2015

We're taking a look back today at our 2015 Swoon Event in Austin! The Getaway Motor Club was the perfect setting for our inaugural Austin event, and InkedFingers captured all of the highlights from the day. Take a look at what started it all for us in the ATX!

Brunch + Cocktails = A Match Made in Heaven

We're gearing up for the kickoff to our Brunch + Cocktails series with Weather Up! Join us on June 11th for tasty bites and a hands-on demonstration for three separate cocktail recipes. It's the perfect way to get ready for a summer full of parties, fetes, and backyard bashes!

Get tickets here >>>

(Shout out to Emma Gundlach for the bomb flyer!)

Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails

What does a Mint Julep make you think of? The Kentucky Derby, right? But why should such a delicious cocktail be relegated to that one day for an event that lasts only two minutes? They're way too tasty for that. And with the addition of juicy watermelon, you've got a refreshing cocktail to serve all summer. 

Watermelon Mint Julep

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Rio Brazos Texas Whiskey (I like to use local or Texas liquor brands if possible!)
½ oz. Russell & Mahoney simple syrup
5 sprigs fresh mint
6 cubes fresh watermelon

Preparation

Muddle simple syrup and watermelon in a mixing glass. Add mint and press lightly to release oils. Add bourbon and mix well with cracked ice. Strain over crushed ice. Garnish with watermelon and fresh mint.

 

Thanks to Bonnie and Lauren for all of the incredible pictures.

Now that you've mastered this one, why not learn a few more? We're joining forces with Weather Up to bring you a monthly Brunch + Cocktails series. Come hang out with us on June 11th as we kick off the series with tasty bites and three hands-on cocktail creations. 

June 11, 2016
11:00 - 1:00
Weather Up Bars
1808 E. Cesar Chavez Street

Grab your tickets here >>>

 

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! #SANDIEGO

Hey there, soon-to-be-weds! We’re teaming up with some of the best indie wedding vendors in San Diego for an incredible giveaway! Our awesome indie wedding show is coming up on Feb 28th, and we want to see you there! If you love Pigment in North Park as much as we do, then this contest is for you. Five lucky winners will take home $20-dollar gift cards, and a grand prize of $200 will be announced at the show!

How to enter: 
1. Head over to Instagram and like this photo and follow our account. 
2. Tap this photo to see where to go next. Follow them and like their giveaway.photo, then continue to the next tagged participant. 
3. Follow each participant and like each giveaway post as you click through this loop. 
4. Once you arrive back here, you’re done!

Tag your Pigment-loving friends for a bonus entry! Contest closes Thursday, Feb 19th at 8:00pm PST. Must be 16+ of age, live in the U.S. and follow every vendor in the loop to be eligible. First five winners announced by us on Feb 20th at 11am PST, grand prize winner announced at the event. Thanks for supporting local indie creatives! See you at the show! 

Bride on a Mission

Feeling overwhelmed with wedding planning? Need a little expert guidance on the go?  Then look no further than Bride on a Mission. Author Kendall has made it her duty to help you go from zero to hero crafty bride in no time!

THE BRIDAL COLLECTION BY ARMOR OF GOD #AUSTIN

Win a bride and groom outfit courtesy of Armor of God - The Bridal Collection this Saturday at The Swoon Event - Austin!  Tickets are available through tomorrow!  

MOKSE DESIGN #AUSTIN

Here's a little watercolor goodness by Austin vendor Mokse Design!  Come see what they have to offer this Saturday at The Swoon!  

Sherry Sutton Photography #AUSTIN

What a shot!  Come see great pics like this on Saturday with photoography vendor Sherry Sutton Photography!