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Denise Austin Shares Mother of the Bride To-Do Tips, Plus Sweet Throwback Photos With Daughter Katie

Fitness is a family affair!

Fitness guru Denise Austin has been keeping folks in shape and active for decades — and now, her daughter Katie Austin is following in her mom’s footsteps. The veteran fitness instructor, who rose to fame in the 80s, hasn’t slowed down a bit, and on top of her busy day to day, she’s got another thing to keep her going — wedding planning!

The fitness guru and her daughter in 2017
Denise Austin and Katie Austin, 2017Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media

That’s right! Her daughter and fellow fitness-enthusiast Katie is getting ready for her big day happening on May 4th, and with weddings comes tons of preparation.

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Denise shared the news with friends and followers through her social media in April of 2023, saying, “OVERJOYED!!!!! My daughter @katieaustin just got ENGAGED to the love of her life!!! And we are SOOOO HAPPY!!!!! The most MAGICAL WEEKEND EVER!!!!! I am in AWE of your LOVE together!!!! Let the wedding planning begin!!!! Welcome to the family.”

A giddy Denise Austin points to her daughter Katie's engagement ring, 2023
A giddy Denise Austin points to her daughter Katie’s engagement ring, 2023@deniseaustin/Instagram

Denise Austin dishes on her mother-of-the-bride prep list

With the big day approaching, Denise recently shared a blog post to her site, titled Mother Of The Bride I Do’s!, where she shared some tips and tricks for getting ready for that big day you’re anticipating. She also shares her best tips and tricks for the big day in her newest magazine, Fit Over 50: Spring Training, on newsstands now!

Denise Austin on the cover of her new magazine
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As some of you may know, my daughter Katie is getting married this spring – and we couldn’t be prouder and more excited to gear up for the big day, which is why I created a Mother Of The Bride I Do’s list!” she writes.

Denise Austin and Katie Austin, 2024
Denise Austin and Katie Austin, 2024@deniseaustin/Instagram

Denise continues, “Whether you have a reunion, wedding, graduation, birthday celebration or another big event coming up, use these I Do’s to help you plan for the day, so you can have fun and enjoy the gathering!”

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The post lays out her beauty, nutrition, wellness and fitness hacks to help her prepare for the big day ahead. And Denise isn’t the only one who has some prepping to do!

Denise Austin and Katie Austin pose with Denise's wedding dress, 2024
Denise Austin and Katie Austin pose with Denise’s wedding dress, 2024@deniseaustin/Instagram

Katie Austin gets candid

In a video on her YouTube channel, Katie Austin dished out the details on her relationship, wedding planning and her upcoming nuptials.

To be fully honest with you guys, I never really pictured myself getting married, I’ve never pictured myself in a dress. I went to 17 weddings last year and by the end of it I’m like, ‘I just want to elope. I’m so over weddings. I’m not going to be a really into it bride.'”

Katie Austin and her fiancée, Lane Armstrong, during their proposal, 2023
Katie Austin and her fiancée, Lane Armstrong, during their proposal, 2023@deniseaustin/Instagram

Katie continued, “But, let me tell you. When you find the right man or the right person, I think you’re just going to get really excited. And I’m finally entering the really excited stage for this wedding.”

Katie Austin and her fiancée Lane Armstrong met on The League, a dating app. He popped the question during a trip to Laguna Beach, California, telling her that his friend who they were meeting had a delayed flight. Before she knew it, she was walking into what she would soon realize was her proposal.

A glimpse at Katie Austin's engagement scene, 2023
A glimpse at Katie Austin’s engagement scene, 2023@katieaustin/Instagram

In a separate post to her Instagram, she said in the caption, “We feel so loved and celebrated. I cannot believe the amount of effort my FIANCÉ put into this weekend, planned all my favorite things to do in one weekend. From friends flying in, buying me different white fits, decorating the house- I couldn’t feel luckier. Probably won’t ever get over it. So overjoyed for this next chapter in our lives!!!!”

Denise’s daughters have followed in her footsteps

Denise Austin and her daughter Katie Austin are a dynamic fitness duo, but Denise is proud to say that her other daughter, Kelly, exemplifies her wellness influence as well.

Denise Austin, Kelly Austin and Katie Austin, 2024
Denise Austin, Kelly Austin and Katie Austin, 2024@kellyaustinmentoring/Instagram

“I mean, it is just a dream come true,” Denise told Woman’s World in 2023. “I never dreamt honestly that my daughters would kind of follow me. My oldest is doing now kind of more meditations and sound bath and more recovery and wellness. And Katie is truly following in my fitness footsteps.”

Denise Austin and Katie Austin through the years

With Katie following a similar career path as her mother, the fitness duo have stuck side by side over the years, taking on venture after venture. Here, take a look at Denise and Katie Austin over the years, from Katie’s toddler days to the days leading up to her saying “I do!”

Denise hits the water with her two tots, Katie and Kelly Austin (1992)

Denise Austin, husband Jeff, daughter Kelly, 3, and daughter Katie, 7-month, on a boat together, 1992
Denise Austin, husband Jeff, daughter Kelly, 3, and daughter Katie, 7-month, on a boat together, 1992Diana Walker/Getty Images

Here, Denise, her husband, and two young daughters Katie and Kelly enjoy the boat life in this throwback flick!

Katie pre-fame (1994)

Denise Austin and Katie Austin
Denise Austin and Katie Austin@deniseaustin/Instagram

In this adorable flashback, Denise stuns in a full-white ‘fit while holding a young Katie in her arms. How adorable!

Family flexing (1997)

Denise and Katie Austin
Denise and Katie Austin@deniseaustin/Instagram

Denise shows off her toned biceps while sporting a white full-piece swimsuit alongside her young daughter, Katie.

Starstruck! (2008)

Denise Austin, Katie Austin and Miley Cyrus, 2008
Denise Austin, Katie Austin and Miley Cyrus, 2008Denise Austin/Facebook

Famous faces! In this photo shared to Denise’s Facebook back in 2008, Katie and Denise pose alongside superstar Miley Cyrus. “My daughter Katie was over the moon to meet teen sensation Miley Cyrus! We met the singer/actress recently in Los Angeles,” she wrote in the post.

Side by side for life (2015)

The fitness guru and her daughter, 2015
Denise and Katie, 2015Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For KCSports2015

Denise shines in white and Katie in pink at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Denise Austin and Katie Austin showing their stuff (2019)

Denise and Katie, 2019
Denise and Katie, 2019Tom Cooper/Getty Images for Wellness Your Way Festival

The mom and daughter duo show their expertise during a workout they led at the 2019 Wellness Your Way Festival in Colorado.

Runway royalty (2022)

Katie Austin and Denise Austin, 2022
Katie Austin and Denise Austin, 2022John Parra/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Katie and her mom walk side by side in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show in Miami in 2022.

Red carpet starlets (2023)

The fitness guru and her daughter, 2023
Katie Austin and Denise Austin, 2023Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Katie and Denise stun on the red carpet at the 2023 ESPY Awards.

Tennis time (2024)

The mother daughter duo, 2024
The mother daughter duo, 2024@deniseaustin/Instagram

The mom and daughter enjoy some tennis with one another!

Celebration time (2024)

Katie and Denise Austin, 2024
Katie and Denise Austin, 2024@deniseaustin/Instagram

Denise shared the above photo in a post to her Instagram where she celebrated the two week mark leading up to her daughter Katie’s wedding.

TWO weeks TODAY my baby girll gets MARRIED!!!!! Soon it will be their day!! YAY!! We are beyond EXCITED and can’t wait to see her walking down the aisle!! These last few weeks leading up to the big day have been filled with so many beautiful emotions…I can’t believe my little girl is getting married!! Counting down the days!!! I love you @katieaustin!! Xoxo,” reads the caption.

Congratulations Katie and Denise, we can’t wait to see the beautiful post-wedding photos!

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