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Styled Shoot: Gypsy Picnic in the Texas Hill Country

Emily Forsythe

In the midst of a busy spring wedding and social season, we somehow managed to squeeze in a styled shoot just before the summer heat hit! We teamed up with our friends over at Birch & Brass Rentals using some of their newest finds and styled up a gypsy picnic that is worth taking a road trip to Spicewood for!

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Summer Van Jams

Emily Forsythe

We've logged a lot of hours on the road - A LOT. From living in our beloved Volkswagen bus for 5 months, traversing the continent to coming home to Austin and creating a photobooth business out of the same bus, we like living out of our car. Surviving the van life directly depends on having awesome jams to pass the time (when you're on the road) or to keep the party pumping (when photographing an event).

Here are two playlists we're rolling with this summer:

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Best Wedding Venues in Austin

Emily Forsythe

Finding the perfect venue for your wedding is exciting, but it isn’t exactly easy. Austin has so many wedding venues to choose from - urban, Hill Country, rustic, outdoorsy, classic, modern, elaborate, or simple… the sky’s the limit in our vibrant and versatile city! Luckily, thanks to our adventures with Anna the Vanna, we’ve experienced many of the best wedding venues Austin has to offer.

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Best Wedding Photographers in Austin

Emily Forsythe

Selecting your photographer is no small decision, and while the Austin area is lucky to have plenty of talented individuals and studios to choose from, the search can be a bit overwhelming. Obviously, our beloved mobile photobooth, Anna the Vanna is our favorite gal when it comes to wedding photographers in Austin, but we have a few more friends we highly recommend. We suggest starting with our list below - all Austin-based wedding photographers we’ve worked with and/or admire.

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The Best Austin Rehearsal Dinner Venues

Emily Forsythe

Choosing to have your rehearsal dinner in Austin, Texas naturally sets the tone for an incredible evening with family and friends. This sparkling city offers a guaranteed good time (and good food). Venues that have outdoor patios with the Texas night sky in view, intimate underground rooms, beautifully layered dishes from award-winning chefs and never ending lists of decadent wine. No matter what your aesthetic, the venue to suit you and your family's vibes is here. Whether you're focused on a decadent meal, beautiful space, award-winning wine, or all of the above, Austin has plenty of private dining options perfect for a memorable rehearsal dinner. Here are some of our favorites. 

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Our story

Emily Forsythe

In the spring of 2015, we took a huge leap of faith and decided to quit our jobs, buy an old VW bus, leave the life we had built in Austin and go explore! At the time, we were newlyweds who had just taken a three-week honeymoon to Thailand. Rough life, I know. Upon our return, we both felt the itch to extend our adventure and in the coming months, we devised a plan to not just think about the dream, but actually live it! 

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#VANLIFE

Emily Forsythe

When we returned from our travels, the question we always got was how could you guys live in a van?! What was it like? How did you cook? What did you cook?! Where did you sleep?! Was it comfortable?! Where did you go to the restroom?! This video explains quite a bit of those questions and gives a glimpse into what #vanlife is all about! Check it out!

In 2011, Foster Huntington created the #vanlife Instagram hashtag, and unexpectedly spawned hundreds of thousands of posts and a family of eager followers. It became a community of like-minded individuals who delight in the kind of adventure you can only get by traveling through the wilderness in a clunky, decades-old vehicle.

 

TORRES DEL PAINE: PART II

Emily Forsythe

luckily i awoke the next morning an hour after our alarm was supposed to go off or else we would’ve been really late!! we quickly got dressed and drove the hour or so into the national park to the catamaran port. there we would leave our beloved van (ché!), pack a bag for a couple nights (clean clothes!!), gather a few food items for sandwiches and games to play and hop on the boat to the refugio.

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PUERTO NATALES TO LAGUNA SOFIA

Emily Forsythe

we woke up around 9am on the side of the highway pretty much frozen and had not gotten a lot of sleep that night. my toes were so cold (even with socks on!) and jared was chilled too. we both realized that this was probably one of the worst sleeps we had had in some time. the night before we had planned on cooking up a great breakfast, but because we were so cold we opted to skip breakfast and continue on our journey to puerto natales. 

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PUNTA ARENAS TO PUERTO NATALES

Emily Forsythe

so we decided to chance it and take the ferry from porvenir to punta arenas without tickets to get on the ferry (if you guessed this route, you get 2 pts!). we were told on a sunday it could be difficult to get tickets because people are traveling for the weekend to and from punta arenas so it definitely was a gamble. but we decided why not?!? we’re not on a time table, let’s go for it!!

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OUR FIRST DAYS IN SANTIAGO, PUNTA ARENAS + ON THE ROAD...

Emily Forsythe

Our flight to santiago was uneventful, which i guess i good; we had just enough time to watch a movie, eat dinner and sleep and when we woke up we were in santiago! when we arrived in santiago, we had a whirlwind 24 hrs to hang out with jared’s host family.

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SXSW: THE SOUNDTRACK TO OUR ROAD TRIP!

Emily Forsythe

we are still in recovery mode from the debauchery that is SXSW. for the few who have never experienced SXSW, it is basically 10 days of constant activity in austin consisting of a 4-day interactive trade show, a 6-night music festival featuring more than 2,100 bands from around the world and a 9-day film festival with more than 400 screenings.

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