A good day

Today is kind of a really cool day. My luxe vineyard shoot with Kristen Curette went up on 100 Layer Cake today. Go check it out, seriously such a pretty and fun shoot that I am so in love with.

Luxe Vineyard | Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography

 I’m planning to share more photos of this and give a nice big behind the scenes rundown sometime next week, should be good times. But on top of that I also found out that Phoenix’s room went up on Apartment Therapy today as well. I’m not a design blogger so this is very exciting for me indeed.

Jennifer Laura Design | Apartment Therapy

Happy Thursday!

Phoenix is two! (almost)

Sorry for the lack of blogging this week, I’ve been spending my extra time this week getting ready for Phoenix’s second birthday party, which is coming up this weekend! I still can’t believe he is going to be 2 in less than 2 days (on Friday, his birthday is actually 7-11). SO excited :) Check out this post if you want to see what direction the party is headed. It’s pretty much a quirky and modern twist on a dinosaur theme. Should be good times. I also took Phoenix’s 2 year old picture yesterday.

two years

That is an awful lot of adorableness in one picture. And it’s also kind of fun to compare it to last year’s picture.

one year

Where he was so tiny and definitely still looked very much like a baby. Somewhere along the way we lost the baby…not sure when that happened :) Anyways, I’m off to paint dinosaurs and make teeny tiny party hats!

A mini getaway

So Topher and I just spent a few days out of town at The Eberly Ranch in Brenham. We had such a good time and even though it was only two days it was a really nice amount of time and felt much longer. Typically Kris’ off days are Monday and Wednesday, I surprised him and pulled some strings and managed to get him two days off in a row. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a luxury most of us take for granted that he hasn’t had in over six months. He was so excited. I contemplated asking my mom to watch Phoenix, but I really wanted to bring him and I’m so glad we did. We had such a blast with him. Getting to relive childhood through his eyes is just the best. I want to press a pause button on him though, he turns two in less than 10 days…where did the time go? This second year has flown by at lightening speed. We didn’t do much on our mini vacay. We chilled, swam, toured the Blue Bell Factory, chilled some more, swam some more, it was a lovely little escape.

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I came home yesterday to a full inbox and a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, but feeling somewhat refreshed. I’m currently working on everything for all of my fall clients, but also trying to get the new JLD up and running. Plus Phoenix’s birthday party is a week and a half away and that’s a very welcome distraction. Things are definitely slower around here than normal since I’ve been on hiatus of accepting new clients, that is coming to an end shortly. I’m ready for some new challenges and also my bank account is staring at me like I’m a crazy person.

 

Candace and JR engagements {Christine Gosch}

You may remember the little contest Christine, Erica, and I had going a few months ago. Well, Candace and JR were our lucky winners (I talked about our inspiration and mood board for this shoot here). It was such a fun little project and Candace and JR were so very sweet and just all around excited in general that they had won. Here are some of the gorgeous shots that Christine captured of these two.

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

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Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

And as a fun little behind the scenes action- here I am setting up with my “assistant”.

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Oh man, I really do love having this guy tag along with me to all sorts of stuff. Kris was there to wrangle him of course, but nothing makes me happier than having Phoenix dancing around in the background while I work :)

{Vendor Credits: Design and Styling- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Christine Gosch, Makeup- Hey Lovely Makeup, Location- Bay Area Park}

A new and centered dining room light

Of course I forgot to take a really good before picture, so this will have to do.

before

Take a look at that boob light over the table. It was not cute. Even less cute when we took it down and the interior of it had this foil-ish foam stuff that was peeling and cracking off. Honestly, it wasn’t the worst light in the world, but the major problem I had with it wasn’t the look. It was the fact that it wasn’t centered on the table. Obviously, I could have moved the table, but this living/dining room space is pretty huge and to give the room any sort of good flow without it feeling like there are two entirely separate worlds in there, the table needed to be a little more central in the room. If it had been centered on that light it also would have meant that the back door smacked into it every time we opened it. Anyways, whoever planned the location of that light, just did a really bad job plain and simple. So when my birthday rolled around I started hunting for a few lighting options. My only criteria was that the light needed to be on a nice long chain so I could hang the light from the current location and then swag it to hang above the table.

shades of light globe pendant

I found this clear globe pendant at Shades of Light and it was pretty perfect. I wished the finish was gold, but the style was exactly what I was going for. I looked at a few gold options but they were all $$$. I figured a can of gold spray paint would be an easy fix. So I threw this light on my birthday wish list and kind of forgot about it. It definitely wasn’t anything necessary or urgent. Heck, I didn’t even know how to change a light fixture or if it could actually be changed out…was it compatible?? I had no clue. My dad ended up ordering it for me and I was thrilled when he gave it to me, I casually joked if installation was included (haha, totally kidding, sort of, not really, but I mean dad….you used to be an electrician…haha, no no, I’m sure I can figure it out). Fast forward to that light fixture sitting in a box in my office for the next 2 months.

Thankfully, my dad is awesome and started planning the installation. He figured out what all we would need- a ceiling hook with a nice strong toggle bolt to swag the chain, and that was it, the light came with everything else we needed, who woulda thunk? Can you tell I am kind of clueless when it comes to lights. This was the first one I ever installed…and technically my dad installed it and I wasn’t really paying attention so I am still pretty clueless. Last week I invited my parents over to dinner and my dad just so happened to bring all the tools he would need for the installation. I swear there was no bribery! We started taking the old light down (like I said…once it was down I realized just how gross it really was) and about halfway into the original light coming down I remembered that I had planned to paint this bad boy. So I grabbed my spray paint and some cardboard boxes and painted everything out on my patio. We hung it about 15 minutes later…I think technically the paint was still drying, there may be some fingerprints in the finish. I don’t recommend this method :)

But it’s up (fingerprints and all) and it’s kind of my favorite thing ever.

Jennifer Laura Design dining room

Here you can see how the light is hung from the original location, but swagged to get to the area right above the table. There was also a very dirty ring left from the old light that I scrubbed to get clean…turns out cleaning a popcorn ceiling tears the popcorn off. So I need to get some spackle or something to fill in the ring. Ugh…textured walls and ceilings are the worst. I suppose would be to scrub off the rest of the popcorn. You know…if I had 5 days with nothing else to do.

Jennifer Laura Design dining room

Jennifer Laura Design dining room

Ahh…it does look awesome though. It makes the dining area a much happier place for sure. Oh and do you spy our new barstools? $30 for all three on craigslist. They are cute right? I wanted something a little more substantial with a back (ie. more comfortable), but with that back door right there anything else would have been too big. These tuck underneath the counter just perfectly. You can also see a peek of the new dining chairs that we got. Spoiler alert: I hate them and need to return or sell them. I think I can return them, but I have to check and see. Once upon a time I wanted ghost chairs and now I’m wondering why I ever steered away from that idea. I think ghost chairs would be perfect…we’ll see. This is the second pair of dining chairs that has just not worked out…I haven’t lost any money yet, but I think Kris might murder me if the next set don’t work out :)

My wedding inspiration: reimagined

So this is kind of a sister post to the one I wrote last week. Check that here if you haven’t seen it. I shared all of my old wedding inspiration photos I had tucked away into a file on my computer. It was kind of fun and all around nostalgic to see the images that I had carefully collected for my own wedding. I can have a client come to me and immediately get a feel for exactly what they want, but for myself…it is very hard. I think it’s because I like everything. I love all the latest trends like macrame, stripes, and geometrics. But I also love a classic and timeless fete (the whole undone effortless Joy Thigpen thing is amazing). I also love funky and weird, I love pretty much any color you could throw my way (except brown). I love boho, I love mid century, I love the southwestern vibe, I love effortless cool, I love Emily Henderson, every. single. thing. she. does. I could go on and on. When I design things for myself it usually ends up looking like a big hot mess because I can’t pick a cohesive direction and stick with it. And no matter what I choose chances are I will see something better in 5 months seconds and want to re-do everything. I’m kind of venturing into talking about interiors here if you couldn’t tell.

This is why I work really well with clients. This is why in the past when I have done photo shoots they go MUCH better when the photographer gives me a direction and I treat them like my client. So this was kind of a fun exercise because I had to take a step back for a minute and think about what I like. What do I really really like? Everything, sure…but what do I like more than everything? It was tricky. Like I said I love all the trends out there, but I also hate them a little because I know they are going to look dated. I wouldn’t want my wedding to look dated. Fake wedding or not.

I saw this shoot last week on Green Wedding Shoes. I see a lot of shoots…I see a lot of weddings. I’m not phased by much. This shoot blew my mind a little. I haven’t seen something that got me this excited in awhile. I feel like it kind of got me even more excited to write this post because I knew I wanted to incorporate that feel. That color, but maybe more refined? I looked at this shoot and thought to myself…why aren’t I designing things that look like this? Why am I not going big or going home. Technically right now I am at home…I did go home. I want to leave home and go big. That’s my new saying. Leave home and Go Big. Should I make a meme?

That was real good rambling. Thanks for reading that…or maybe you didn’t, in which case you are a jerk. But you don’t know that I think that because you aren’t reading this either.

Either way, I don’t really think you are a jerk :)

Here’s my mood board.

Jennifer Laura Design wedding reimagined

Gah…I am already questioning every bit of this. I love the ocelot though, is that what that’s called (the black and white animal print)? I think it is. I’m going to go ahead and say that needs to happen in some upcoming things. It’s the new black and white stripe. I’m considering turning this mood board into a big ole styled shoot. I’ve done a lot of smallish projects lately and I think I just inspired myself to do something a little bigger in the upcoming months. We shall see. I’ll probably be over this in 7.7 seconds though. I just hate myself sometimes.

Christine & Donnie {Morgan Lamkin Photography and Tessa J}

I love it when my clients send me their engagements…and their bridals. Pretty much anything relating to my couples and their wedding. *hint hint* My clients really are such a big part of my life and throughout the entire planning (or designing) process I usually become quite good friends with them, Christine is no exception. She’s a really special gal and I feel so blessed that I got to meet her and work with her. Christine and Donnie didn’t have the wedding of their dreams when they got married five years ago, so they literally relived everything about being engaged- the bridals, the engagements, and they even just got back from their honeymoon that they were never able to take. Amazing idea right? Sometimes after marriage and kids there is just literally no time for anything ( I know!!) and I’m so impressed that Christine was able to make all of this happen with her business, 2 kids, and the general busy-ness that goes along with all of that.  Here’s a few goodies of Christine.

Christine Gosch | Morgan Lamkin Photography

Christine Gosch | Morgan Lamkin Photography

Christine Gosch | Morgan Lamkin Photography

Christine Gosch | Morgan Lamkin Photography

Christine Gosch | Morgan Lamkin Photography

Christine Gosch | Morgan Lamkin Photography

And now a few of her and her husband Donnie.

Christine and Donnie | Tessa J

Christine and Donnie | Tessa J

Christine and Donnie | Tessa J

Christine and Donnie | Tessa J

Christine and Donnie | Tessa J

Thanks for letting me share Christine!!

{Bridals Photography: Morgan Lamkin Bridals makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup, Engagement Photography: Tessa J, Engagements makeup: Sunkissed and Made Up}

Erin and Pete on Style Me Pretty!

Erin and Pete were two extremely special clients, so I’m thrilled that their wedding is up over on Style Me Pretty Southwest today!

Erin and Pete | Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R PhotographyAnd after you’ve checked that out, you can go read my blog post from last December to get even more details!

My wedding inspiration

I was digging through some old files on my computer yesterday when I ran across a file called “wedding inspiration”. It wasn’t in one of my business folders so I automatically knew it was back from my wedding. My wedding was about three years ago AND I spent about 2 and a half years planning my wedding so some of these are pretty old. It kind of made me giggle to see what I had chosen as my inspiration. A lot of it actually looks quite a bit like my wedding, I didn’t have a ton of ideas, but any idea I had pretty came from this folder of images. Not very original I know *shame* This was also before pinterest, so I had a binder full of magazine pictures I had clipped too. Do you remember that? Before online blogs and pinterest, magazines were pretty much our only source of inspiration and we would dog ear and tear out pages like our lives depended on it. Much of my junior year of high school’s decorating regimen included a magazine page border of shirtless boys around my room, along with an accent wall collage devoted entirely to Britney Spears. Magazines were kind of important. These days I just read blogs and pin stuff. But anyways, I thought we might all get a kick of taking a look back at what inspired my wedding, it’s all pretty trendy and passe now. Heck, it might have been trendy and passe three years ago too, but I’d like to think it wasn’t :)

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

Our colors were always very important to me, cobalt blue and then I wanted all the flowers to be white and yellow. Why I stuck to such a boring palette of two colors is beyond me, but I can’t deny that these yellow inspiration flowers were kind of gorgeous.

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

wedding inspiration

It’s kind of easy to also see that a tinted vintage filter was popular a few years ago too. Anyways, if you have never seen my wedding you can go here to see just how much I copied all of this inspiration :) And I was thinking a fun exercise might be to find new inspiration and see what my wedding might look like if I re-imagined it, so that’s coming up. Not that I would change a single thing about my wedding, it was kind of perfect.

{A JLD Wedding} Allison and Will

So Allison was a gal I bonded with immediately. She came to me and told me that her first choice of a wedding location was red corral ranch and she had already purchased her wedding dress from Winnie Couture. Having gotten married myself at red corral ranch and also found my perfect dress at Winnie I knew this was a girl after my own heart. Now she didn’t end up getting married at the ranch because logistically it just didn’t work for them, but she did get married in some Winnie perfection. After Allison and I designed her event, she ended up DIY-ing a lot of the decor herself which made the wedding that much more special. She did an amazing job of taking what we had done together and just running with it!

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

How perfect is this shade of mint?

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Thanks Allison and Will for letting me play a part in your special day!! Wishing you all the best :)

Vedors: Design and Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- AJH Photography, Ceremony and Reception Venue- Ashelynn Manor, Florist- Striking Stems, Cake- Nutmeg and Company, Linens- Elegant Beginnings, Photo Booth- Cupics

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