Sneak Peek: Kia and Penny

I’m excited to share this sneak peek today! Kia and Penny are two brides that hired me way back when to design and coordinate their wedding. They were pretty loose on what they wanted, jewel tones and glamour were the only big direction they gave me. From there the ball was in my court which was a lot of fun. I feel like they weren’t necessarily my typical client- I get a lot of DIY and crafty girls (which I also love), but this was definitely a nice change of pace. We’re also kind of bucking trends here and going for…let’s call it timeless glamour.
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This is really just the tip of the iceberg as far the design goes…there will be A LOT going on. More is more kind of vibe. Then a couple of weeks ago they also hired me to design and style their bridal portraits. Have I mentioned I love doing small projects like this? I really really do and if you are already a JLD client I’ll discount the heck out of any other sessions you want me to style…just because I really want to make it happen. No one said I was the smartest business person in the world :)

Kia and Penny | Jewel Tone Glam Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

For their bridal portraits we wanted to pull elements from the wedding- so the bouquets will be their mock-ups for the wedding day, the furniture is a close cousin to the lounge seating we have going at the reception and gold and jewel toned accents to finish it off. One of the best parts about the whole thing is their photographer- they hired Awake Photography, who I recommended and is none other than my good friend Paige, we have done a handful of styled shoots together as well as her shooting Phoenix’s first birthday and his bedroom. I can’t wait to team up with her again!

Happy Thursday!

The new JLD

So Phoenix went to go spend some time with Topher’s mom on Monday and is coming home this evening (!!). While I have missed his guts, I have also appreciated the time to get caught up on work. I have recently rebranded (sort of) and if you haven’t taken a moment to go look at the new site, you should. It’s dope. It’s something that is a very long time coming. I’ve been talking about making changes since last year…and I didn’t really think it would take me over 9 months to get here, but it did. I could have built a human in that time, so…I’m really slacking.

Here are a few changes that I am most excited about:

We no longer offer partial planning. I have done a lot of package customizing in the past- you don’t need this, let’s add this, etc. etc. This slowly became clunky and confusing and even though a client doesn’t think they want or need this or that (sometimes they have no idea yet!)- being a full service planner, regardless of what they think they need puts ZERO limitations on what I can do for them. When you realize halfway through the planning process that you need more than you thought you did- you are already covered. Well, obviously I may not do your grocery shopping…but that’s neither here nor there :) It’s more expensive yes, but looking back over my three years of business I can say with confidence that the events that have run the smoothest are the ones that I have been in complete control of from day one. This is the level of service that I want to offer, it is what I want my clients to have. My brides can still have as much or as little involvement as they want in the process, but this level of service just works. It’s going to make you feel amazing. And important. All of those things that you are.

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

We’ve raised our prices. I’m beyond tired of my clients spending more money on their photographer than on me. I’m not one to downplay the importance of an amazing photographer- seriously, they will make or break your wedding day memories. Trust me, no one wants beautiful wedding photos more than me, BUT they only spend 1 day plus 2-3 weeks editing your photos (which is in itself a lot of work and why they are worth what they charge). I spend months and months of love and time putting my client’s weddings together and if I don’t do my job properly there isn’t going to be a whole lot that is photograph worthy anyway.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography

We offer florals now. I think we all knew this was coming. It’s a big and scary endeavor, but we are ready for it!! I have spent the last two years complaining that Houston had no good florists (funnily enough a few good florists started popping up about six months ago and now I have several that I love) and started really striving about a year and a half ago to learn everything I could about blooms. How to make hand tied bouquets, using oasis foam for organic looking centerpieces, garland building, oh my! It has been a journey that I have enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. What started out of necessity has grown into a true passion and it’s definitely one of my favorite aspects of designing now. I am still learning and growing and hope that I continue to do so until I’m 80.

Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

We officially offer services for small scale projects. This is not really anything new, but I never officially came out and said- we plan parties, we offer singular centerpieces, we offer photo shoot design and styling, etc. So now under the services tab on the new website you can see all of these smaller services that we now officially offer. Small projects/parties actually turn out to be some of my very favorite events ever so I’m more than happy to put it out there that we officially do these things!

Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

There are many other changes happening on the back end to make JLD run smoother and more streamlined and I’m really excited about those as well. Presently, I’m currently booking for Spring 2015 so feel free to contact me and get a welcome packet that will have loads more details and pricing information. Oh the welcome packet is so so pretty, you are going to want to see that :)

Happy Wednesday and thanks for always coming to read here- whether you are one of my current brides (I love you), a future bride, a fellow planner, or someone I have never met, I seriously appreciate that there are some of you out there that read this little blog of mine :)

psst. all the photos in this post are of projects that I just can’t wait to share, more coming soon!

A secretive sneak peek

So I’ve been debating on whether or not to share this sneak peek…it’s for a wedding I have coming up in October for two particularly awesome clients. They are from LA and are sort of kind of a big deal. I’m actually contractually not allowed to share much, the bride and groom want to keep their wedding and identities as private as possible. They don’t want the photos shared on blogs or blasted to the interwebs as we wedding professionals are accustomed to do (ahem). So while I will never be allowed to share this wedding in its entirety or have it featured anywhere I do plan to share as much as I am allowed, which will be details, details, and more details. I mean to be honest…that’s all we want to see anyway amirite? So here is a little sneak peek of the design direction- it’s very much in tune to what I’ve been drawn to lately, so that’s very exciting indeed.

Oxblood Wedding Inspiration

Some key details will include that beautiful deep oxblood color, lush garlands, luxurious velvet ribbon, and the most gorgeous florals possible. We’ve hired Without Wax Katy from Austin and I couldn’t be more excited to see what she comes up with. That girl is pure talent and a real inspiration to my own personal floral/business endeavors. The venue is a private residence (the bride’s father’s home) and quite literally one of the most beautiful ranches I have ever seen. Very exciting on many levels and like I said I plan to share as much as I can…and probably sooner rather than later. Since I won’t be sending it out for a feature, there will be no reason to wait on that front.

Happy Thursday!

Lately I’ve been drawn to…

As of lately my aesthetics are changing. This tends to happen a lot, it’s actually pretty annoying and you can see my crazy insane thought process a bit more here. Lately, I’ve begun to tap into this look of timeless beauty, classic design, and undone elegance. It’s a completely different way of designing and it kind of goes against everything that I have done for the past 3 years. I did a shoot a couple of months back that was an attempt at this…I don’t think it was a complete success, but I’ll share it soon and give more details. Here is a little bit of this new (but really more like old and timeless) style that I am being drawn to.

Snippet and Ink

Taylor Lord

Without Wax Katy

Taylor Lord

Without Wax Katy

Ashley Seawell | Snippet & Ink

Without Wax Katy

Amy Osaba

Amy Osaba

Amy Osaba

I have been scouring the web for images that fit this new aesthetic of mine. I’m not saying I don’t still love all the trendy things and wouldn’t love to design a wedding like that, but this simple and undone look is making me want to change my ways a bit :)

Image Credits: 1 & 7 Ashley Seawall, 2 & 4 Taylor Lord, 3, 6 & 8 Without Wax Katy, 9,10,11 Amy Osaba

a surprise proposal

So earlier this week I hinted that I have a lot of side projects in the works. Well this is a sneak peek of one of them. Late last week my friend Kristen told me about her friend (who shall remain nameless for the moment) who wanted to plan a surprise proposal for his girlfriend. He wanted there to be a special little set-up and he wanted Kristen to hide out and photograph the entire thing. Kristen wanted to get me on board to design it and I was stoked, I mean the whole thing sounded amazing, the only catch was it was going down in one week. Our schedule has ended up looking something like this-meet with client on Sunday, throw together design proposal and quote on Monday, client pays for design proposal on Wednesday, shopping and sourcing on Thursday, buying florals and picking up rentals Friday (today). And I really should have bought my florals on Thursday to give them time to open up, but Phoenix had a minor stomach bug late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and I just couldn’t bare to leave him.  I actually kind of like quick and fast projects like this so if you ever think it’s too late to hire me for something…it probably isn’t, unless I’m booked up I don’t mind working quickly. Reminds me of last year when I planned a wedding in two weeks. I’ll have to see if I can hunt down some photos of that wedding, it wasn’t overly designed and I don’t think they hired a professional photographer or a florist for that matter, but they were just about the sweetest couple on the planet. The other day I saw a meme on facebook that said I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding. That’s really cool and I do think I (and everyone really) get wrapped up in the details, the installation ideas, hiring the perfect photographer, yada yada yada…and after your wedding is over all that’s left is you and him and good grief I hope that’s all that matters. The wedding is just stuff…pretty stuff, but stuff nonetheless. Ok what was I talking about??

Oh yes, so this surprise proposal…and yes, we are going to be using a lot of “stuff”…but it’s going to be pretty stuff. And sometimes the stuff is important and can make a moment that is already special become a freaking fairy tale. I mean, I can’t wait to share photos because yes, this is going to be a fairy tale proposal. For now here is the mood board I whipped up for the groom-to-be.

Ron and Tiffany Surprise Proposal Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

The groom-to-be wanted something really pretty, but other than colors and this similar shoot that him and Kristen had seen on 100 Layer Cake there was very little direction. This mood board is pretty vague, but we are going to do a fun set-up with a pretty wingback chair, a desk turned dessert table, and of course lots of pretty florals. I know pink and mint are so cliche, but that was the main color direction that I got- I’m hoping I can find some cool florals at the wholesaler today (it was too late to pre-order anything so I’ll just have to see what they have) that will spice up the color palette a bit- maybe some coral charms with yellow centers (I doubt it) or yellow and white icelandic poppies (also doubt it). Regardless, it’s going to be very very pretty and I’m so excited to see this come to life tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Phoenix’s Second Birthday {Kristen Curette Photography}

It has been a really rough couple of days (and weeks really) Topher is working up a storm and I haven’t had my dad to fall back on to watch Phoenix like usual this summer. I’m hoping that will change soon, because I feel like even though I have fewer clients on the books that I have had in years right now, I’m just a little overwhelmed. Very little time and LOTS of side projects (which are exciting, but time consuming) going on right now. I really hate writing about how busy I am because the truth is we’re all busy, so for that I am sorry. The good news is that Kris has a day off today (his first in about 8 days) and I’m playing catch up today. So after a full morning of trying to make it through e-mail (although I still have a ways to go, if you are waiting to hear back from me, you will by the end of the day) I am taking a break to blog about my little guy’s second birthday.

 You might have seen the feature on on 100 Layer Cakelet on Monday. That was so exciting since they featured his first birthday last year. I don’t think I am going to go all out with these cute “twee” parties every year, but I have to say it’s so fun while he’s little and doesn’t care too much about the details just yet. I’m sure in a few years he will be asking for spiderman parties with matching plates and napkins and I am going to be a-ok with that :)

So in case you don’t remember, this is where we started a few months back with a dino-tastic mood board.

Dino Tastic mood board

This was the perfect jumping off point and I think we used all of these ideas, although our fossil cookies were not near as successful, bakers we are not.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Finding invitations is always one of the tricky parts for me and also So important because it is where the design starts. I don’t love designing invitations and that’s not really my area of expertise at all so I like to find something ready-made that we can just order. I found these dino ones on Paperless Post- we customized them a bit, but nothing crazy. Ironically Paperless Post is made for sending digital invites, but you can order paper too, which is what we did. I’m traditional like that and until P gets older I really enjoy sending an actual piece of mail. One of my favorite parts about this invitation was that we were able to customize the envelope liner- there were so. many. choices. which for a crazy person like me was like…totally a super important decision in my life.

kidding… sortof

Topher’s favorite was the triangle pattern which I really liked too (and what we ended up using) and that ended up being one of the main design elements that ran throughout the entire party. It was a really easy place to come back to if I couldn’t think of a good idea…let’s put triangles on it!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Here are the invitations styled up another way just for fun.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We live in a pretty large apartment complex so one of my concerns was that all of our friends and family could find our place. An address and an apartment number don’t usually cut it, so while I tried to text everyone some more specific instructions I also had my mom pick up some balloons to tie outside of our entrance (there are several entrances) and then Topher and I made a cardboard template for these chalk dinosaur footprints. We just google-imaged a dinosaur footprint, found one we liked, printed it, traced it onto a piece of cardboard, and then cut it out with an exacto knife. Bada bing! We had the perfect template to create dinosaur chalk footprints that led from the entrance to our door. Kind of reminded me of this chalk drawing experience except there was less fence jumping this time :)

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

This table greeted our guests at the door…you know in case the dinosaur footprint trail left any doubt in their mind. Yes, you are in the right place! Yes, Phoenix is two! Yes, please grab a ridiculous party hat and come on it!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

You will see these friendly party dinos sprinkled throughout the day. I was inspired by the party hat dinos in my mood board, but also wanted to incorporate plants in some way. It’s so hard with boys because all I really want to do is create beautiful flowering centerpieces that cascade over the table, but something tells me that’s not very manly. Last year I did succulents and cactuses…and there really aren’t many other options…I had a lightbulb moment when I found these dinosaurs on Etsy. Air plants were of course the perfect solution- still adding that bit of planty goodness, masculine- check, awesome- double check. The ones we found on Etsy were obviously expensive- like $15-$30 per dinosaur, which is a very fair price, but way more than I was willing to spend. Dinosaur figurines aren’t cheap, I scoured several goodwills to collect mine, otherwise I easily could have spent hundreds…no, I’m not exaggerating at all. At hobby lobby- large dinosaur toys are like $10-$30 each. And I needed like 20.  I also found some at the dollar tree, they weren’t huge, but a good size for only a dollar. Anyway, we ended up DIYing the dinosaur planters- I showed Kris my air plants and he just drilled holes big enough for the plants to nest in each dinosaur’s back. Air plants don’t require a water source, they survive off the moisture in the air (what?!?!) so that really is as complicated as it got. Super easy. I also gave all of the dinosaurs a paint job to make them a little more festive and fun looking. Some of them also had the privilege of donning teeny tiny party hats. I made those too (I’m sure you can tell), this was just trial and error figuring out the right template to cut out for them and then burning my fingers together gluing them at the seams.

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These party hats were originally pink, green, and neon yellow. I couldn’t find any even close to the colors that I wanted so they all got a quick paint job, then I just free-handedly drew spikes, cut them out, and hot glued them to the backs right at the seam. Phoenix only wore his for 2.7 seconds, but they were fun and I believe I actually wore mine for the entire party.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

You can’t really see this triangle table runner I painted very well, but this was my concept of a centerpiece. Runner, dinosaurs wearing party hats, air plants, boom. done.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Another centerpiece- this happened on our coffee table- notice the dinos down here don’t have any plants in them- that way the kids could play with these (since they were on a table within their reach). Also please note the T-rex chasing the spiky-saureses (not sure of their real name, sorry), this was completely intentional. You can also kind of notice the corner of a minty green pillow in the corner. A super easy way to change up decor to match a party is to change up pillows. And no, I don’t buy new pillows. I just spend a couple dollars on a yard or two of fabric in the right color and stitch up a new pillow cover right over my existing pillows. I don’t even do any proper type of pillow button or envelope closure. I just stitch up three sides, stuff the pillow in, and then stitch the bottom closed with the pillow inside- all with my hello kitty sewing machine. They only take me about 5-10 minutes per pillow. Then after the party I don’t feel one bit guilty about cutting them off and throwing the fabric in my scrap pile.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We have a pretty large patio off of our dining room and I knew I wanted to utilize it for the party. It was SO disgustingly hot we weren’t out there as much as I would have liked, but the kids did throw sand at each other for about 15 minutes. They unfortunately weren’t interested in finding the fossils Topher buried, but the sand box was a hit nonetheless.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We had this set up on the other side of the patio. Flipping through these the other day my mom asked where this was, she hadn’t even seen it! So while literally no one hung out here because it’s July and we’re in Houston it makes for a pretty photo I suppose.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Our food table. I love doing one big table to throw all of the pretty food on and then putting things like chips and dip, sodas, etc. over on a bar or kitchen counter.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We labeled the food- herbivore, carnivore, and sweetivore and tried to have 2-3 things in each category. For herbivore we did deviled eggs and veggie cups. Kris and I had a very serious discussion on whether or not eggs really and truly fit into the herbivore category, but we went with it since we really wanted to have them. If we had made individual food labels- dino eggs would have been a cute label for these.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

These definitely fit in the herbivore category. We filled those little bathroom drink cups with ranch in the bottom and an assortment of veggies. We had a full blown veggie tray elsewhere, but this was a cute way to display them.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Our carnivore foods were meatballs and bacon wrapped pineapple.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Kris was not happy with how the pineapple ended up looking- he works at a fancy restaurant so the “presentation” of this wasn’t up to par for him. But they were super delicious and they looked fine to me!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

In the sweetivore section we had our dinosaur footprint cookies, cupcakes, and regular chocolate chip cookies.  For the footprint cookies we put the ones that turned out the best on top…so you see what I mean that these didn’t turn out that great. I actually didn’t follow a tutorial just stamped a dinosaur toy (a sanitized one!) in the top of them. I think I could have used some advice and a tutorial on these.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

I cut up airheads to use as dinosaur spikes on the cupcakes- I got the idea from Young House Love. I think our spikes wilted a bit becuase of the humidity, darn you Houston!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

The punch was Topher’s idea. It tasted delicious, but looked disgustingly perfect. We made it with 1 tub of lime sherbert, 1 two liter of ginger ale, and a can of pineapple juice. The color of the punch was really cool with just the sherbert and the ginger ale so I actually didn’t add the entire can of pineapple juice since it was yellowing it out a bit.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Phew! That’s it. I hope you like my overly detailed run-down. Phoenix’s birthday parties are a really fun side project for me to plan and design, and thank goodness I have made some friends who are very talented with a camera otherwise I doubt I would afford the added expense of hiring a photographer. Thanks for looking and happy birthday little Phoenix :)

{Vendor Credits: Photography: Kristen Curette Photography, Design: Jennifer Laura Design, Invitations: Paperless Post, Linens: One Stop Tents and Events}

Paper Perfection instagrammed {brought to you by Heather Darr}

I’ve definitely been taking it easy on the blogging schedule these past few weeks. Any chance I can be outside and enjoying summer with my family I’ve taken it! You should see Phoenix’s tan lines, that boy has been swimming up a storm and tans better than I do #jealousofatwoyearold, Removing blogging from my schedule may only afford me a couple extra hours a week, but I’ll take it!

Sooo, I wasn’t going to post a sneak peek of this shoot because it’s not technically mine, but after seeing a few things pop up on instagram this evening I couldn’t resist. The back story starts with my spring intern Heather (I’ve mentioned her here). She was amazing and worked her butt off for me from February through April. She was everything I needed in an intern and so much more. She ended up even crafting some pretty big details for my biggest wedding to date (April and Trevor, more on that to come). We worked together a couple times a week during my busy season and then she of course accompanied me to all of my events. She was heaven sent I tell you! She mentioned to me a couple times about a styled shoot she was planning, but for one reason or another it had fallen through. Then she showed me her inspiration…

Darrling Design Styled Shoot Inspiration

I immediately knew we had to make this happen. I told her that I would love to help her get all the vendors together after wedding season was over if she was game- she was! We pulled some of my very favorite vendors together for this shoot and I plan to give a nice big rundown (sort of like I did yesterday) once we get all the photos back, but for now I want to share these sneak peeks.

Darrling Design Styled Shoot

Darrling Design Styled Shoot

Darrling Design Styled Shoot

Darrling Design Styled Shoot

That second and third photo are actually from our photographer Ashley’s instagram (to live to love photography), I’ve never worked with her before, but she is AMAZING. We will definitely be collaborating in the future. I need all of my future clients to HIRE HER IMMEDIATELY :) So that’s my little cruel teaser for now, can’t wait to share more soon!

Happy Thursday!

Luxe Vineyard {Kristen Curette Photography}

Welcome to one of my most favorite shoots to date (do I say that about every shoot??). This shoot was inspired by the incredibly talented photographer Kristen Curette who actually hired me to bring her photo shoot dreams to life. I talked about this shoot a little bit here and showed some sneak peeks here, and then you may have seen it over on 100 Layer Cake a few weeks back, but today I want to give all the nitty gritty fun behind the scenes :) Sometimes I wish I could give behind the scenes dirt on all my projects- weddings included, because promise me…something ALWAYS goes wrong. Sometimes a handful of things go wrong, there are always about a million and one headaches to handle, but it’s tough because I know a lot of my clients who read my blog and I would never want them to think their wedding day was less special because their caterer was a total jerkface…or we had to repair a damaged backdrop…or…I could go on and on (and trust me no one ever knows about any of these hiccups, that’s why people hire me!). But I know those are the kinds of things I would love to read on a wedding blog. I mean, we all see a million pretty styled photos in our pinterest and instagram feeds, but really isn’t what happens behind the scenes to bring those images to life far more interesting? I think so. This photo shoot wasn’t that dramatic, but there were a few hairy moments that had me stressed just a bit. Now to preface this, a styled shoot day is NOTHING like a wedding day. On a wedding day I am in high speed mode (we’re always in a time crunch no matter how early we are allowed to start), on full alert, and just waiting to come up solutions for problems that haven’t arisen yet. A photo shoot day is fun, even if things go wrong and problems come up, it’s ok because it’s not a bride’s wedding day, there is no one counting on ME to make this the best day of their life. So first, I should say that I think Phoenix has been with me on just about every styled shoot I have ever done. He’s like my little mascot. Topher usually comes and wrangles him, but on this day Topher was at work so my mom graciously came to Haak Vineyard to watch him for me. I always tell both Kris and my mom that they are more than welcome to stay at home with Phoenix if they would prefer, but my mom likes to see these things come to life and Kris and I have very limited time together so even though it’s a busy day we’d much rather spend it together. Plus, then I can make him carry all the heavy tables and chairs :) Unfortunately, he wasn’t with me on this day, but Phoenix was and I enjoy seeing him running around in the background while we set everything up.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

So the first and only disaster of the day was when this amazing candelabra came crashing to the ground. It looks like it would/should be made of lucite (fancy word for plexiglass) right? I mean this thing is freaking huge and we rented it from Aztec. It was real crystal and totally and completely breakable. I think the wind must have hit it just right and two of the arms broke of and the base chipped in a couple of places, I had super glue with me in my emergency kit, but it was way beyond anything like that. RIP- pretty crystal candelabra, you were loved while you lasted. You will notice that it’s missing from some of the later shots, although Kristen did an amazing job of making it not noticeable at all.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Le Petit Mariage makes those gorgeous black and gold sashes and these (below) acrylic place cards. They are so so pretty and I can’t wait to order some goodies from her Etsy shop for clients. Although, I did use one of her pretty green Christmas sashes last year.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Haak Vineyard was so excited that we came to shoot with them (as we were that they allowed us to come take over their property for an entire Sunday, Sarah was truly awesome and welcomed us with open arms!!) and they made sure that we had some of their amazing wine to feature in the shoot. I’m not a wine person at all, but Topher is actually quite into wine and has a vested interest in becoming a sommelier (he’s taking classes and everything) and he loved that I sneaked him a bottle home.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Topher has worked in fine dining for the last couple of years and he is always my go to guy for setting the table. He wasn’t there for this shoot so obviously he made sure to let me know that the knife is facing the wrong way.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

It’s better than this first picture we shot though…I don’t remember fixing this, maybe my intern Heather did?? But thank goodness someone knew what they were doing :) Topher didn’t see this one, lord knows he would have problems with this set up.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

For anyone interested Bourbon and Bloom rents out this piece. It’s probably my absolute favorite piece of inventory that they have and this was the first time I used it. I really want to steal this, I have the perfect place for it in my house :) We did a real cake for this shoot (I’ll get to that in a second), but I wanted a pretty little cake for this cart too. My trick for a simple and pretty (and CHEAP!) cake is to get it at the grocery store- this one actually hailed from HEB. Dressed up with a few pretty florals it’s kind of perfect. Just make sure to tell them no piping on the edges and you are golden.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Alecia with Dream Slice Cakes killed it, am I right? I had never worked with her before, but have been following her on facebook for years. I have no idea how I originally found her, but she does a lot of really cute kitschy cakes- think perfectly sculpted matchbox cars that are spectacular. Nothing like this, but her work was SO clean and awesome I knew she would get our vision. She called me a couple of hours before the shoot worried about her cake and told me that she wasn’t happy with the result. So imagine me envisioning a nightmare of a cake immediately….at this point I had NO idea what to expect. So color me thrilled when she pulled this out of her car.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Worries gone. This cake was wildly better than the inspiration shots I had sent her. So call her and hire her, she does good things. She’s actually located in Friendswood and lives in the same neighborhood as my parents. This probably isn’t convenient for anyone for me, but there you go.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

And here are a few shots that were from the same shoot, but didn’t make it into the 100 Layer Cake feature. Our model Mallory was a real bride who is actually a client of Kristen, so these were her real bridal portraits. So pretty right? Sofa is from Bourbon and Bloom again, it’s the prettiest sofa ever me thinks.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography | Luxe Vineyard Styled Shoot

Thanks so much to everyone involved and to 100 Layer Cake for the feature!

{Vendors: Photography: Kristen Curette / Venue and Wine: Haak Vineyards and Winery / Design and Styling:Jennifer Laura Design / Florals: Maxit Flower Design / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Paper: BP Invites / Rentals: Aztec Events and TentsBourbon and Bloom, and Moonshine Vintage Rentals / Place cards and bride and groom chair sash: Le Petit Mariage / Model: Mallory White}

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!

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