JLD | Love is A Big Deal

Remember a few years ago when I shared this mystery wedding? Well, I have another one. I hope these aren’t too annoying to look at because I do get that people like seeing photographs of the bride and groom and the bridal party, BUT I selfishly want to share this wedding even if it’s not the full wedding because it was AWESOME. I obviously want to share every single little shred of my work, but we do sometimes have clients that for one reason or another do not want us to and I am happy to add an addendum to our contract that states that we will not share. It’s always a little bit of a personal bummer for me because it means no publication (seriously one of my favorite parts of my job) or sharing the images on my blog or in my portfolio, but the bride of this wedding generously offered to let me share at least a few to create this blog post and while you will not see her or her groom’s face or their names I do think you will get the essence of their wedding, which was truly an awesome night. It all went down last October at Pass and Provisions, a restaurant in Montrose. We essentially took a parking lot and transformed it into a magical wedding oasis filled with curiosities and nature.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

The bride was into curios or cabinets of curiosities, insects, unusual nature, and had such a very  unique and special vision for her day. It was extremely fun to pull off her vision and I can honestly say we’ve never done anything like this before. Loot came in from Austin and brought all of our vintage rentals.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

We did the florals for this event, which was fun adding in so many different and unique textures. The bride even went to the wholesaler with me to pick out all of the things that she liked- which was basically anything that looked weird/strange or textural.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

 I don’t have a ton of images of the interior, which was pretty cool on its own, but we wanted to really add in that quirk factor that would help it tie into the outdoor space, so we hung skulls and oil paintings all over the walls.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

The centerpieces were the bride’s personal collection of curiosities and nature, I supplemented with a few rented/purchased pieces, but the bulk of it was in fact hers. She even pulled all the old glass bottles and jars we used for vases from her family’s lake house. We had trash bags FULL of this cool old glass that had been buried in dirt and totally discarded.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

The restaurant does a lot of their food off this grill in the back. Typically it’s just in the parking lot behind the restaurant, but due to our event being in the parking lot it really became a centerpiece of the reception and they set up an entire food station here to serve food directly off the grill.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

This pie display is probably one of my  favorite dessert tables we have done (do I say that every time?). We used a modified old ladder and built shelves to go across it to stack up the pies. We had our calligrapher- Rachel Nieman come in and add all of the flavor labels directly to the back wall of the parking lot. Rachel also did a HUGE installation on the wall alongside this that became their guest book, the guests wrote their messages directly onto the wall and the photographer took a high-res photo of it. I wish I had a photo of this, but it had the bride and groom’s names at the top, so alas… Great idea for a guest book though, you know if you can find a venue willing to let you write on their walls. The restaurant owners were good friends with the bride so they let this happen, much to my disbelief.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

There were so many other amazing details to this wedding that I wish I could share, but this will have to do! I want to thank the bride and groom for giving me permission to share these photos and to the bride- she was truly amazing to collaborate with and she herself was such an artist and creative mind it was a little intimidating to work with her! But we had this wonderful back and forth and the fact that she trusted me so deeply with so many of the design elements as well as her flowers was truly awesome and extremely exciting. I say it a lot, but I really and truly do have THE BEST clients.

Vendors | Photography- Love is A  Big Deal, Planning, Design, and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Reception- Pass and Provisions, DJ- The Wedding Show, Lighting- Bright Star Productions, Rentals- Aztec, Loot Vintage Rentals and The Borrowed Flea, Calligraphy- Rachel Nieman, Trees- Plant Interscapes, Pies- Mighty Sweet Mini Pies

A Harrup Family Addition

So by now you may have seen this sweet little face over on instagram, but I have yet to mention our newest addition here on the blog. His birth is a real long story, which included a lot of scary medical situations, a two week hospital stay (for me), followed by a three month hospital stay (for him). It was the most insanely awful/frustrating/happy/scary/overwhelming/joyous time in my life and while I would never want to relive it, I do think it’s worth remembering. Lincoln James Harrup was born 15 weeks premature last March, he got to come home three months later at the end of June on his daddy’s birthday (talk about the best birthday present ever!), and when he came home he was (and still is) perfectly healthy and happy. Here are his birth announcements along with a glimpse into everything that this little guy has been through.

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Since he has come home, it has been SO normal, to the point of it feeling like some bad dream that never actually happened. I’m so grateful.

While we were going through this we received such an outpouring of love from every single person we know and love. It was incredible and overwhelming and I’m not sure how I can begin to pay it forward, but I’m going to try. I had an entire garden of flowers while I was in the hospital- I literally lost count of how many there were, my aunt made me dozens of her famous chocolate chip cookies and while I am still trying to lose all of the cookie weight, I mean baby weight *ahem* it was totally worth it. Lincoln had visitors from both myself and Topher’s family constantly throughout those three months and while Lincoln will never know or remember, it sure made the journey easier on us to be sharing it with so many loving people. So thank you for following along, thank you for the prayers, and if you didn’t do any of that just thank you reading this blog post about our newest little guy Lincoln.

Birth announcements are from Minted

Hurricane Harvey

So my family has been weathering Hurricane Harvey in downtown at the Sam Houston Hotel where my husband works. We are very fortunate to have not been affected in the hurricane or the floods that followed, but know so many who have lost everything. We have done what we can while being here, which hasn’t been much. My boys and I went to George R. Brown to volunteer for a few days, but were turned away yesterday since they have SO many and someone toting 2 kids around is not the most desirable volunteer. I get it. So now I’m looking for ways I can help from my hotel room. Here are some of my favorite options, all of these are items you can purchase and 100% of the proceeds are going directly to relief efforts.

 

golden thread shop

Golden Thread Shop

Kristara Calligraphy

Kristara Calligraphy

cottage hill captivated

Cottage Hill Magazine- Captivated Issue

little fox lettering company

Little Fox Lettering Company

The Weekend Type

The Weekend Type

Golden Thread

Golden Thread

Live Love Gameday

Live Love Gameday

James Avery

James Avery

Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

I am also working to put together Amazon wish lists for some of the people I know that were affected the most (lost everything), if you know someone please e-mail me at jennifer@jenniferlauradesign.com with their contact information.

Kelsea and Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

We are going back in time today to share Kelsea and Rob’s wedding that happened almost TWO years ago. It was so pretty and I loved working with Kelsea so much, I have no idea why on earth I’m just getting around to posting it! This was a wedding where we were brought on as the florist and when I first met Kelsea she came armed with a Southern Weddings Planning Book, gorgeous bridesmaid dress swatches, and the loveliest mood board. I loved the direction that she wanted to take the florals- deep oxblood, peach tones, and TONS of texture and greenery.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Her dress was a real stunner too, I love all that lace.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

For her ceremony we did this simple eucalyptus tied to the chairs along her aisle.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Now, for what I really want to talk about…her bridesmaid dresses. Can we just talk about how insanely gorgeous these bridesmaid dresses are? All different pastel tones, some with metallic beading, and all so light and frothy. I LOVE this look. I am a big fan of different bridesmaid dresses and this is a fun way to do that.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

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Thanks Kelsea and Rob for letting me play a role in your special day!

Photos | Kendall Hanna Photography

Invitation Inspiration and some styling thoughts

I am working on putting together a couple editorials in the next few months so I have had paper and invitation suites on the brain. I have also been considering how to style them. It’s so interesting to look at a photograph that seems so effortless, but as a stylist I KNOW there is actually a ton of thought and work that went on behind the scenes of each photo. I’m going to brain dump some styling thoughts here…meant to help you if you are struggling with this, but mostly for me to think through all the details (even the tiniest ones) of the shoots I am planning.

1. What is the backdrop of each photo? Fabric? A styling board? Is it simple, does it have texture or a slight pattern? You want the paper to be the main focus, but sometimes having a little interest in the background is a good thing. A piece of slightly textured fabric, a painted piece of wood, a slab of marble or stone are all pretty options depending on what is going on with the rest of the shoot.

Invitation Inspiration | Jennifer Laura Design | Texas Wedding Planner

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2. What are the props? Bring along a few items that tie in with the colors and vibe of the shoot. Vintage stamps, trays, little ring dishes or boxes, wax seals, ribbon, string, etc. Also pull in some florals or fruit as props, florals immediately add in some life to the photo, even just pulling some petals or leaves in can help. Or for a botanical look bringing in an entire flower facing upward can help. I used to just look around the shoot to pull in items, which can work, but for even more thought and intention I have started purchasing items to go in these shots- searching online for small details like a vintage tin can make all the difference. Look on etsy and ebay or in thrift shops.

Invitation Inspiration | Jennifer Laura Design | Texas Wedding Planner

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3. Think about the actual pieces. I personally like photos with several pieces, can you pull in a place card, program, or coordinating menu? These aren’t necessarily invitation pieces, but can add to a much fuller looking photo. Also bring multiples of each piece. Does the invitation have a beautiful back? Does the envelope have a great liner, but also beautiful calligraphy on the front? Having multiples of the same pieces can help you show off all of those details.

Invitation Inspiration | Jennifer Laura Design | Texas Wedding Planner

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4. Plan it out ahead of time. For whatever reason shooting can always feel a little stressful or rushed. Whether it’s because we only have 2 hours at the venue or we’re losing the best light of the day, or it’s an actual wedding and I have a bajillion other things to do, it always helps me to have everything planned out so I’m not trying to come up with some amazing concept on the spot.

Invitation Inspiration | Jennifer Laura Design | Texas Wedding Planner

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5. EDIT. I have taken so many styling photos that I go back and look at later that had WAY too much going on. The best way I have found to do this is pull out my phone and snap a quick photo. Something about seeing it through the lens (and constrained within those borders) can start to help see exactly what’s happening in the photo. Is the ribbon too overpowering or laying weird (laying ribbon in a natural looking way is wildly harder than it should be)? Is something crooked? Is it too cluttered? Keep in mind you still want the paper to be the focus, if that awesome tin you purchased on ebay is stealing the spotlight maybe it needs to come out.

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Here’s to styling paper! It’s one of my favorite things to shoot, all of these images I pulled are SERIOUSLY inspiring me right now. Not only is the paper gorgeous, but the simple and thoughtful way they are styled is exactly what I am hoping to accomplish with these upcoming editorials!

Janice and Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I’m so excited to share Janice and Matt’s wedding with you today! This was definitely up there with my favorites to plan and design. It also received a 4 page spread in The Knot Texas, so that was certainly icing on the wedding cake! Janice and Matt are both doctors and had little to no time for planning so they entrusted most of it to me, which I always enjoy and appreciate. We started pinning and designing in 2015 and wanted a modern, boho, color splashed garden wedding, but somewhere along the way we dropped the boho and went for more simple and intentional botanical geometrics. I was thrilled because I think it made for a more timeless wedding that Janice will love looking back on.

Janice and Matt chose Mcgovern Centennial Gardens as the backdrop to their wedding day, it is this beautiful contemporary garden nestled right in the museum district of Houston. It is a beautiful and simple space and currently one of my favorite Houston venues.

The design started here with their invitations designed by Texas Rose. These clean and crisp botanicals really started to drive a lot of our decisions.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We created all of the custom hand painted signage. I used the same font as the invitation and also pulled in our next design element- this natural wood tone. I love the juxtaposition of the clean modern wording and then the wild smilax draping across.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Even Janice’s dress was clean and modern, almost architectural.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

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Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

First looks are always magical. I am never present for these, so I always love seeing the photos. Almost every photographer I know recommends a first look, and I get it. You really do get more amazing photos and the couple gets to share an intimate moment and get all the butterflies out. First looks weren’t really a thing (or were at least in their very early days) when I got married 6 years ago, but if I could go back I would definitely do this.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For the florals I again gathered my inspiration from the invitation and used a range of colors, from blush and lavender all the way to fuschia and a dark plum. I also wanted to mix in a ton of greenery to pull in that garden feel. Hellebores are one of my favorite way to add greenery, they are technically still a flower, but have all this gorgeous foliage on them that is so lush and pretty.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We did LONG velvet ribbons draping down for the bouquets that matched the dresses. If you want to do ribbons, but are nervous it will be too busy or take away from your dress, just match the ribbon to your dress (a shade or two off is still ok)- you still get that flowing movement, but without making too much of a statement. To be clear, I do still love statement ribbon, (HELLO) but it’s not going to be right for everyone.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I used this Martha Stewart tutorial to create these lanterns. They were clean, modern, and added the perfect geometric touch of whimsy to the cocktail hour.

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Janice and Matt hired Red Sage for their cocktail hour and they do a really beautiful farm to table meal, they grow a large percentage of the produce that they serve on their own land, so it’s all unbelievably fresh and delicious.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

After the cocktail hour, Janice did something super fun. She changed dresses and did another first look with Matt. He had NO idea that she had two dresses so this was a fun little moment. And I can’t even decide which dress I am more enamored with- her first or her second. They were both so perfect.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For their seating chart we brought back that natural wood and used wax seals to attach the place cards to the board. I also added a ton of smilax to the corner too, of course.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For her centerpieces we did a mix of compotes for the rounds and then greenery and taper candles for the rectangles. Quick tip! A lot of venues don’t allow candles that aren’t contained and taper candles are not typically contained, therefore not allowed. BUT you can get these slender hurricanes to go around the taper candles that completely contain them. So HUZZAH! We could get the gorgeous look of the taper candles! Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We also brought in geometrics in a subtle way by using white hexagonal card holders. Texas Rose created our table numbers for us by using the same botanicals from the invitations.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We wrapped the menus in vellum envelopes and wax sealed them closed. Each guest’s name was also printed on the vellum envelope so this acted as the place card as well.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We dressed Janice and Matt’s sweetheart table up with this overly lush garland.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Now to my absolute FAVORITE design element of the whole wedding. The dessert table. This is without a doubt, my favorite dessert table I have ever done. I had this harebrained idea to bring the invitations to life as a backdrop for the desserts. Buttercup Bakery created these beautifully simple cakes and I added the florals to the wall behind it (we were not allowed to tape on the wall at the venue so we brought in a large 4’x8′ wall painted the same color as the venue wall). It was one of those ideas that kept me up at night hoping the execution would be as good as the idea I had in my head.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I think it turned out even better than I thought it would. I just love the simplistic beauty of the whole thing. Also, please take a moment to look  drool at all of the desserts that Buttercup made- I’m pretty sure Janice and I are cut from the same cloth because she wanted ALL THE DESSERTS. At her cake tasting, she even purchased a dozen of each type of dessert just so she could try them all. She ended up choosing brownies, chocolate chip cookies (some of the best I’ve ever had, only coming second to my aunt Cathy’s famous cookies), pumpkin pie tartlets, salted caramel apple pie tartlets, and mixed berry tartlets. It was all insanely delicious.

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Buttercup also whipped up these funfetti chocolate gems for the favors.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Thank you so much to Janice and Matt for allowing me to plan their wedding, it has certainly been one of my favorites and I couldn’t have asked for sweeter clients! And thanks to much to The Knot for publishing Janice and Matt’s wedding in their Texas Fall 2017 issue! You can see that entire feature here or pick it up on news stands!

Vendors Photography | Dana Fernandez Photography | Planning, Design, and Florals: Jennifer Laura Design | Makeup and Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup | Venue: McGovern Centennial Gardens | Cakes and Desserts: Buttercup | Ceremony Gown: Martina Liana | Reception Dress: Watters | Bridal Boutique: Mia Bridal Couture | Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Rentals: Aztec Events & Tents and One Stop Tents and Events | Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors | Invitations: Texas Rose Designs | Photobooth: The Houston Photobooth | DJ: The Wedding Show

Kristen and Justin | Gloria Goode Photography

Hello! Is this thing still on? It has been a LONG time, but I’m SO ready to share a few special weddings that happened last year. First up, is Kristen and Justin’s wedding that went down at The Union on Eighth in Georgetown, Texas. I first fell in love with this venue back when I freelanced for my friend Without Wax Katy in 2015. She also happens to be the owner of this sweet little venue so when Kristen reached out to me about doing the florals for her summer wedding there I was instantly on board. If only for the excuse for a weekend in Georgetown (and eating at Monument Cafe), lucky for me the wedding turned out to be pretty adorable as well.

Kristen + Justin | Gloria Goode PhotographyKristen + Justin | Gloria Goode PhotographyKristen’s inspiration was super colorful and playful. She also wanted to add in an accent color of that deep turquoise blue in the velvet ribbon which I LOVED.

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We originally had plans to adorn the outdoor arch with greenery, but last minute it was just too hot and Kristen decided to have the ceremony indoors and we created this asymmetrical floating altar of greenery. It was made entirely out of smilax and was so simple yet really made such a pretty focal point for the ceremony.

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The simple centerpieces were SO easy. And take notes- if you want something simple and affordable, but also makes a BIG impact do this! We lined the tables in smilax and then did a ton of taper candles. It was so pretty. Thankfully The Union allows tapers because there are so many venues that do not.

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We kept the cake super simple with just a few touches of florals and this is pretty much my favorite look for a cake lately. Super clean, white, but with some interesting proportions- see how that top tier is taller than the others? It’s a thoughtful little detail that makes the cake look so much more interesting than just a typical white cake.

Kristen + Justin | Gloria Goode Photography

Thank you Kristen for trusting me with your wedding, I loved carrying out your beautiful vision! Brides of Austin also did a small feature of this wedding in their latest issue which you can see here.

Photography | Gloria Goode Photography

Jillian and Hayden Home | Southern Weddings

Over the summer I was asked to style an apartment that would be featured in Volume 9 of Southern Weddings. I have been a huge fan of the Southern Weddings Magazine and brand for years, so I was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Before arriving for the shoot I was sent a couple photos of the space to see what I had to work with and I knew my job would be an easy one. Their apartment was adorable and filled with vintage pieces and antiques that Jillian had collected over the years. Now let me say I am not an interior stylist, but if you mix my degree in interior design with my experience styling weddings and photo shoots over the last 5 years it’s a pretty good mix. I pulled up my sleeves, pretended to be Emily Henderson for the day, and I was really into it. If anyone needs an interior stylist in their life, give me a call- this was right up my alley.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Here is a little entry moment as soon as you walk into the apartment, I may have changed the styling of the table a bit, but for the most part this was it and I just added those pretty yellow flowers.

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Past the entryway is their living room and these shelves got a pretty big makeover. Here are some photos of me in action.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Everything pretty much came down and was put back up in a “styled” way. I used quite a bit of their own items (I didn’t want it to start not feeling like them) that were already there, but sprinkled in several of my own props and greenery. You can also see that Jillian and Hayden’s dog Watson played an important role as my styling assistant, it’s always nice to have a second set of eyes.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

 This sofa and frame wall were on the other side of hte living room, I am obsessed with the casual vibe of the slipcovered sofa paired with the natural wood of the coffee table.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

We didn’t purchase any special foliage or florals for this shoot- everything we used were things I picked on site. It meant I wasn’t able to plan ahead, but I wanted everything we used to look really natural and not too fussy. I just got lucky that there were all sorts of goodies right out their front door.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The master bedroom had this amazing four poster bed and those great mirrors were already there. I do think I pulled in these lamps from the living room and that blue bench is mine, but went perfectly with the bedding.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The dresser in the bedroom got a pretty little makeover with a pretty wooden tray, some books, and a few pretty odds and ends.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Then we got to the guest room and it was like Christmas for me- guys, look at that Magic Kingdom poster! If I could have ripped that off the walls and stolen it I totally would have. Cut to me furiously searching for something similar on Etsy and adding it to my Christmas list.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Out on their back porch they have this cute little table and chairs, Jillian dabbles in calligraphy so she did this special chalkboard before I arrived (how perfect is that?) and I just added the greenery and the flowers in the watering can.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

And here is the sweet couple with their adorable dog Watson. I can’t thank them enough for letting me blow through their apartment and rearrange everything. It was also amazing to work with Kimberley Chau for the very first time and to have these images in Southern Weddings Magazine is just icing on the cake. What a fun project!

Credits: Photography | Kimberley Chau Photography, Styling | Jennifer Laura Design, Southern Weddings Magazine, Featured Newlyweds- Jillian and Hayden Pottkotter and their dog Watson

Crate and Barrel Private Registry Event | Morgan Gosch Photography

A few months back Crate and Barrel asked me to plan their Private Registry Event for them. Crate and Barrel are pretty much the masters of the wedding registry and it is their goal to make the experience for couples registering as enjoyable as possible, they open their store early once a month (or so) to allow couples to come and register, they get the entire store to themselves and loads of staff on hand to answer questions, do demonstrations, etc. Crate and Barrel wanted to take that idea and expand on it, by inviting local vendors to come in and offer some additional fun interactions for the couples, while also advertising their businesses to Crate and Barrel brides. So that’s where I came in- to plan this additional portion of the event! Houston was one of 3 test spots to try out this new concept event- I’m hoping they turn it into a regular thing, because it was A LOT of fun. I brought in several of my favorite Houston vendors and we had a blast.

Crate and Barrel Private Registry Event | Morgan Gosch Photography

We did a bit of pretty signage outside to help guests know which door to come into, plus I knew it was going to be a pretty little moment. I’m pretty much completely over chalkboard, but I’m really into painting on wood or brainstorming other interesting surfaces.

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Dionne, owner of Nib and Pixel came out to do her thing- she created custom crests for all of the couples there, they were just insanely beautiful- our color palette for this event was very neutral- white, black, gold, copper, wood, marble, with tiny touches of butter- I love that she stuck to that palette to create the crests.

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My good friend Erica, owner of Hey Lovely came out to do a braid and beauty bar- they did these beautiful braided up-dos and quick makeup demonstrations.

Crate and Barrel Private Registry Event | Morgan Gosch Photography

Although I also planned this event, I like to make my life as difficult as possible and that wasn’t enough for me, so of course I had to get in on the fun and have a booth as well. I hired my amazing friend Abby to come and work it with me, she taught us all (myself included) how to make these beautiful hyacinth flower crowns, by the end of the day- we were all decked out in crowns.

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Smilebooth came and set up one of their super fun photobooths. Luckily, their booth was close to our booth- so we may have taken advantage of that. They also played along with our theme and did a golden filter for all the photos.

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My ridiculously cute October couple, Janice and Matt, also came- they are really too cute for words AND we just took some CRAZY engagements for them that I simply cannot wait to share.

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Everyone was also able to register with the store all to themselves, with tons of super helpful Crate and Barrel staff around to help them, looking back on my registering experience (blindly walking around Bed, Bath, and Beyond- WHAT??), I totally wish I could go back and do this instead.

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As a fun bonus for the event we had several “moments” set up around the store- both to show off some of the vendors work as well as get the brides inspired for their own wedding day. I treated it like a photoshoot and did several different “vignettes”. This was the invitation suite- designed by Nib and Pixel, it was really stunning.

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I also designed the tablescape- Nib and Pixel did the beautiful calligraphy on all of the marble pieces. We used all Crate and Barrel inventory and man- their stuff sure makes for an insanely pretty setting. I love the flowers that we created for this event too- I went a very soft and pretty route, but added in TONS of crazy and wild texture.

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Natalie, owner of Jade Magnolia created our cake, she also had a booth full of insanely beautiful and delicious treats for all the guests to sample.

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This event was so fun and very unlike what I typically do, so an extremely fun change of pace. I’ll keep you posted on social media if we do another event like this. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of that caramel drizzled cake up there!

Vendor Credits: Venue- Crate and Barrel | Photography- Morgan Gosch | Planning and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design | Hair and Makeup- Hey Lovely |  Desserts- Jade Magnolia | Calligraphy- Nib and Pixel | Photobooth- Smilebooth

Nubia + Ryan | Korie Lynn Photography

Nubia and Ryan were such a special couple to me. They were so fun to work with, cared deeply about the important details, and Ryan was involved every step of the way, and you know I have a soft spot for an involved groom. They weren’t always on the same page, but Ryan was there to support and give his opinion. AND a boy’s opinion always matters, even if it just helps the bride realize that his opinion is what she doesn’t want..it’s still extremely helpful.

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The invitations were made by Ladyfingers Letterpress and they were GORGEOUS! Letterpressed in the prettiest shade of lavender- the lace detail was taken from one of Nubia’s dresses.

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Nubia found herself in the situation that a lot of brides do, she fell in love with two dresses. Instead of agonizing over the decision, she decided to just embrace it and wear both. This softer lace one for her first look and then a more dramatic ruffled strapless dress for the ceremony and reception. Then she changed back into the lace number for the grand exit and off to the after party.

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The wedding took place at The Bell Tower on 34th and it is a really lovely space, they have several courtyards and they are all so beautiful.

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First looks are my favorite- this leaves SO much time for amazing photos. Plus the emotions captured at these just make my heart melt each and every time.

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Without Wax Katy did the florals and she blew it out of the water as usual, little did I know that she would RETIRE shortly after this wedding and our lovely little history of working together would end. She is just SO talented and she will forever be such an inspiration for me in the floral work that I do.

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We used Brideside to select the bridesmaid dresses online- this was a really great option for Nubia since she had bridesmaids who lived all over and there was never a chance to all go shopping together. They sent us dress swatches and Nubia and I were able to choose the colors while the girls picked between a variety of styles. I love the purple shades and different mix of styles we ended up with.

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The ceremony took place indoors in the Candela Ballroom. We did a purple draping in the center arch, a candle filled cross, and huge gorgeous arrangements created by Katy and her team. We filled the aisle with candles and petals.

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The cocktail hour took place outside in the Candela Fountain courtyard. We did a mix of tall cocktails with bar stools and some with no chairs. We also mixed the linens- the above being one of my favorite patterns from La Tavola and then the purpley rosette pattern below.

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Inside for the reception we did a mix of tall and low centerpieces- with these gorgeous lace chair covers. They tied in nicely with the lace details of the invitation and Nubia’s dress.

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The meal started with plaintain chips and a variety of salsas at each guest’s table and this was a touch I just loved because my obsession with chips and salsa is NO secret.

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Katy worked some magic and transformed this fireplace into a daydream.

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We kept the place settings super simple with just the napkins, menus, and a sprig of greenery (smilax if you were curious).

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Cakes by Gina created Nubia’s cake and modeled a lot of the details after Nubia’s second dress, then Katy added her magic of course.

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During the reception we passed out hats for a special Colombian dance. Then all the guests did a farewell toss of lavender.

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Nubia and Ryan- you guys are the best and I know you are just going to have such an amazing life together! Much love, and if you want to see more, you can head over to the feature over on Wedding Chicks! ps. also watch the video- it’s AMAZING!

Vendors | Planning and Coordination: Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography, Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th, Hair and Makeup: Kristin DaniellSunkissed and Made Up, Florals: Without Wax Katy, Rentals: Swift and Company, Draping: AJ’s Urban Petals, Ceremony Music: Detric Arts, Wedding Film: Cakewalk Films, DJ: Johnny Black Productions, Cake: Cakes by Gina, Linens: La Tavola