Sneak Peek: April and Trevor

Sorry for the lack of blog posting lately, things have been hectic over here getting ready for two weddings that are both going down at the end of this month. I’m so excited over both of them…not even sure which one is my favorite. Both have awesome brides with great taste, both have amazing photographers (Mustard Seed and Archetype), and both have hired me. That’s a pretty simple recipe for an awesome wedding in my book. The first wedding up is one I’ve already shared quite a bit over here- you can see Lauren and Bret’s engagements here and their event design sneak peek here. But the second wedding going down…a giant backyard wedding off of Lake Conroe- I haven’t shared a stitch of their design details…but you have met my couple- April and Trevor (remember their engagements?). I can’t believe I haven’t shared their sneak peek yet! I think subconsciously I started thinking I should wait until closer to the event to share things…but then again sometimes I get impatient, so we’ll see where I end up on that front. Enough jabbering.

Art Deco Romance Mood Board

Our inspiration is grounded in art deco/the great gatsby, but we’re definitely putting a little spin on it with touches of soft and pretty romance. Deco and Gatsby details can get very black and white, very hard edged…we’re definitely adding in layers of the soft and pretty while keeping in all of the old hollywood glamour. I’m really excited to see everything come together! Meanwhile, my intern Heather and I will be slaving away on all the final details for both of these events, so please excuse me if I’m a little absent over here for the next week and a half :)

2014 Branding is finished!

hey hey hey, the time has come…

You say it’s too late in the year to be unveiling my branding for the new year?

I would say you are right…and gosh darnit it’s already April?? Where did the time go? My birthday is just around the corner- eeks! I’m getting to that age where birthdays aren’t so exciting anymore. Sure I’m happy to have a day where Topher gives me a guilt free back rub and I can order any kind of cake I want (this year I’m thinking an ice cream cake from Marble Slab…I’ve never had one, but every time I go in they look so delicious), but I’m starting to get older…I can’t even touch my toes anymore. I need to start yoga or something. I have a child and sometimes I get back pains…what’s happening here?? Who is this person?

Oh wow…that slowly got way off track.

The funny thing is most of my stuff came in shortly after that so I’m not as behind as I seem. I’ve had my new business cards and new client gifts in rotation for about a month now…but getting around to photographing it all to share here, well that was a different story. First up- the mood board I shared back in February just to remind you of what I had been planning…

JLD Branding board 2014

And here is everything in the flesh…

Jennifer Laura Design | branding 2014

I don’t know what makes me happier- that this board is adorable or that I took a photograph that isn’t cringe-worthy. So let’s get into it shall we?

1. These pencils are from Row House 14. You can get them printed to say anything your little heart desires, 22 characters or less that is. You can have them imprinted in gold or black…so gold was kind of a no brainer. I ordered two sets- one set to say “Jennifer Laura Design” and the other to say “Hello Gorgeous”. They be real cute.

2. Rifle mini notebooks- these are just so cute and I love them so much. I buy big rifle notebooks to take client notes in so I like having these little ones to give out to new clients. I’ve only done this once (since I’m not currently taking on new clients), but I wrapped this and a pencil up in some twine and a sheet of tissue paper with a business card washi taped to the front as a little thank you present.

Jennifer Laura Design | client gifts

3. Washi Tape- from here. I use this to tape on my business cards, seal business envelopes, and just add a dash of cuteness to anything. I couldn’t decide between those two patterns so I of course got both.

4. gold twine- to wrap up the little client packages.

5. My new letterpress business cards from Cotton Flower Press. Oh, I really love these. I even painted the edges gold with my gold leaf pen. They are super thick and look very luxe and expensive.

6. Gold triangle stickers- to again seal envelopes.

7. same thank you cards as last year from Rifle. I will never tire of stripes and gold. It’s kind of the perfect combination.

the fourth paint swatch

Last night this BM- cedar green swatch went up.

cedar green swatch | Jennifer Laura Design

I talked about how the first three swatches we tried out were wrong here. And in this crap-tastic photo you can see all the cutting in I accomplished with the wrong color. You can also see the terrible state of Phoenix’s room. It is only functioning as a playroom at the moment, which Phoenix loves. He gets so excited to come home, run in his room and play blocks. He will sometimes keep himself occupied in there for over thirty minutes. Oh the laundry I have folded and the floors I have vacuumed while he happily plays in there. It’s so nice :) I’m hoping once it transforms into his actual room he loves it even more though. I think I like this swatch, although as I learned previously it’s hard to tell before there is a bit more on the walls. It surprised me by how similar this swatch and the swatch I started cutting in with were, they were definitely close- the difference is this one doesn’t have that icky neon undertone. I think it’s going to be a much happier jumping off point and things won’t start to look nickelodeon. I’m still a bit worried about using such a vibrant green on all of the walls…it’s quite a lot of color. We shall see, I officially have my friend Paige on board to photograph everything when I’m done- so thank goodness I know there is good documentation coming at the end of this project. In my mind- the living room/dining room, Phoenix’s room, and our outdoor patio (which is strangely enormous for an apartment) are all finished before Phoenix’s birthday party this summer…which I am tentatively planning to have at our place. Oh, and since I was at the paint store I also happened to grab a gallon of BM- super white and start the monstrous project of painting our living/dining/kitchen/hallway

photo (2)

Look at the difference just this tiny piece makes- it looks so clean! As soon as Topher saw it he was like…oh yah…those beige walls are gross. RIGHT?!? I’ve told myself that I’m just going to tackle a small piece each day so this project doesn’t overwhelm me…it’s a huge room that connects to a lot of other rooms…so painting all the connecting spaces is kind of a must, unfortunately. Also, as I suspected, painting the beige walls with super white paint made the previously white looking trim seem yellow- so painting the trim must also happen. I know this seems like a lot of trouble to go to for an apartment, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that the walls were going to irk me and the sooner I did it the longer I would have to enjoy it. We’re going to be here for a couple of years so I don’t mind investing a little money and time…these things make a crazy person like me happy.

Luxe Vineyard instagrammed

This past Sunday was really fun. I have been working on a styled shoot for the past few months with my new pal Kristen. I first mentioned this back here (you know, if you happened to make it all the way to the end of that post ::stares::). This was such a fun and pretty shoot and I can’t wait to get more images to share. It was classically pretty with a little bit of an edge…but done in a super pretty way. Kristen wanted a luxe vineyard shoot, which I loved the idea of! I’ve seen this idea done and done though so I wanted to put a twist on it- adding matte black into the mix did just that. Black is one of my very favorite colors and it can be really pretty and not dark at all if done right. I think we kind of nailed it- here was the mood board I put together.

Luxe Vineyard Mood Board

And we were so excited when Haak Vineyard and Winery agreed to let us shoot there. I mean, what better place to shoot a luxe vineyard shoot than an actual vineyard. It was kind of a no brainer :) Here are a few of my instagram shots of the day.

Luxe Vineyard

Luxe Vineyard

Luxe Vineyard

And then Kristen surprised me by sending me a real sneak peek of one of her photos from the day…

Luxe Vineyard

Thus making my instagram shots looks like total garbage. Which I am totally ok with :) Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share the whole she-bang for awhile since we used a real bride who was wearing her real dress and her wedding is not until the middle of June. So I suppose I’ll have to be patient…which I am truly terrible at.

Happy Thursday!

meet my intern Heather {Christine Gosch Photography}

So I want to formally introduce you to my intern Heather. She is awesome and has been a lifesaver at our past two events this year. I brought her on as a design and styling intern- to basically act as a wedding day assistant and a few weeks ago she asked me if she could get a bit more involved. We now have a standing Wednesday workday together. I really like working with her, she is just one of those people that is really easy and effortless to be around. I’m super awkward and yammer on about a lot of things…I’m actually shocked I haven’t scared her away yet. Every time she e-mails me I keep expecting her to say…umm…yah…never mind about that whole intern thing. But thank the good lord she is putting up with me. Thanks Heather! Seriously, you rock. Oh and let me just say that you are in for a serious treat today, Heather’s wedding was kind of adorable and amazing and she has agreed to share it here- YES!! Complete with gorgeous video. I didn’t see any of this before I hired her, but let me just say if I had it totally would have sealed the deal…which was already sealed. It would have double sealed it…whatever that means.

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

How amazing are these matching robes? I am obsessed!

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Christine Gosch Photography | Heather and Evan

Thanks so much for sharing Heather!

{Photography: Christine Gosch Photography, Venue: Schneider Hall, Videography: Rethink Video, Flowers (bouquets and bouts): Schulenburg Flower Box, Caterer: Chef Daniel Vercher, DJ: Access DJs, Officiant: Cary Todd, Cake: Yolanda Bazan, Ties and suspenders: Mia Loren Boutique, Dress/sash: BHLDN, Bridesmaid dresses: Two Birds, Groomsmen attire: Banana Republic, Hair: Lorraine Gast at Trimmers Den of Columbus, Make up: Karlie Schindler, Horse and carriage: Donna Thames, Day of coordinator: Stephanie Kresta, Cookies and pies: Newman’s bakery, Stationary: Christine Gosch, Robes: Silk and more, Flower girl dress: Glitter me baby, Harpist: Dr. Rachel Thomas, Vocalist: Kelton Hogan, Flower crowns: serenity crystal, Other flowers: fiftyflowers.com, Succulents- The Succulent Source}

Lara Casey’s PowerSheets and some JLD business ramblings

This week has been kind of nice. I’ve been sick, Phoenix is feeling much better, and we’ve been confined to our house for the past few days. Typically I go over to my parent’s house several times a week since my dad watches Phoenix, which I am so so grateful for, but this week we’ve just hung out at home instead of rushing around all over the place. I’ve been waking up early to get enough work time in before Topher heads off for work, which surprisingly I haven’t minded so much. I’m finding that I am significantly more productive in the mornings than I am at 4pm, which is when I sometimes start my work day. Something about 4pm already feels like a fail, my inbox is full, everything feels super urgent, and I already feel like I’ve let people down somehow. I feel like at 4pm I spend the majority of my work window working my way through my inbox (which is a necessary evil, but doesn’t exactly cross a ton of items off of my to-do list).

I’m hoping to change things up moving forward with my schedule…that and the fact that I am officially not accepting new clients right now is something that I am hoping will help my sanity. It’s not a permanent thing, but for the next few months until I get things a bit more sorted and figured out, I don’t want to book any new clients under my old service model. I feel like an idiot turning people away…I mean saying that out loud (typing it out loud??) just sounds like an idiotic business move, but I think in the long run it is really going to get me where I want to be.

I was talking to my photographer friend this week and she was telling me about all of the awesome ideas she has for her business…it got me so excited for her and simultaneously made me feel like a hot mess. She mentioned Lara Casey’s power sheets…which I have heard of before, but got me thinking and looking into them a bit further. They are basically a pile of worksheets to help you work out your creative dreams…sounds like exactly what I need no?

Lara Casey Power Sheets

Lara Casey Power Sheets

Lara Casey Power Sheets

I have a busy April ahead with three weddings coming up, but my summer is going to be nice and slow. After June I will only have four more fall clients which means I should have a lot of time to focus on me, my business, and what God has in store for me. It’s been a strange year…I have questioned a lot of things and have been second guessing myself at every turn…which is not where I want to be. I know I can get to where I want to be, I just need time. Have you ever gotten yourself to exactly where you wanted to be only to realize somethings not quite right??

playing around with flowers

This past Monday was kind of a super duper fun day. First, my friend Erica came over and worked her magic on me…

Jennifer Laura Design | Hey Lovely Makeup

Then my friend Kelsey came over and we played with flowers…pretty much my favorite thing to do lately. Too bad it’s a terribly expensive little hobby. Here’s just a little bit of what we put together…

Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

I can feel myself getting better with blooms…this was the first time I felt myself creating and not copying. In the past I’ve looked at inspiration images and tried to replicate what I saw…which sometimes meant trying to make my flowers and greenery into shapes they didn’t want to be in. I was fighting what was naturally there. This time I just knew what flowers I wanted to work with, what shapes looked good visually, and just let the flowers tell me what they wanted to look like…it sounds incredibly corny, but greenery and flowers are already beautiful on their own. They just want to be put in a nice looking grouping with their other flower friends, not be forced into an awkward social situation they can’t handle. I think it’s official that this blog post has gone off the deep end and I’m officially sounding like a crazy person.

That’s ok. I’m alright with it.

Monday was also Topher and myself’s six year dating anniversary, we celebrated our second year of marriage about six months ago, but something about taking a moment to realize that we had been together for six years was kind of remarkable. I mean, that’s definitely a really long time. He brought me flowers home. Now, you can’t forget that this was the same day that I had buckets and vases of flowers already placed all over the house for this shoot, so it was quite comical that he brought me these.

Jennifer loves Kris

I love them. I love them even more because he remembered that I told him once upon a time that gerbera daisies were my very favorite flower (spoiler alert- they aren’t anymore). I even had a vase of fake gerbera daisies in a decoupaged vase in college (classy, I know). These aren’t pretty, pinn-able, or styled…I just took them out of the tissue paper and stuck them in that vase, but I love them so very much. You can’t see it but there are six of them- one for each year. And Kris told me that he let Phoenix pick out the colors. My heart…exploding :) So yah…these definitely stole the show as my favorite flowers from Monday.

sneak peek with a side of engagements {Brittany and Jordan}

So this past weekend was filled with wiping a sick little boy’s nose and an event design presentation that I am really (really) excited about. I hate to even mention the first thing, but Phoenix has been sick for almost an entire week…yesterday, he finally took a turn for the better- thank you LORD. But it was a really awful couple of days…plus we are used to being sick, pumping in the vitamins and being over it in a day, two days tops. So the fact that this thing hung on like a bull fighter at a rodeo, well…it kind of sucked.

On to better topics. So this weekend I met with my adorable client Brittany and we talked about this right here.

Brittany and Jordan event design | Jennifer Laura Design | Boho Girly Glam

Cute no? Brittany has some good taste ya’ll and she is pretty much the most adorable and sweetest thing ever. Her and her mom and sisters have all just opened this boutique too, I kind of want to go buy everything they have #notkidding and I am so excited to start working to bring her wedding to life- which is going down next November…sometimes the hardest part of these things is the waiting…ALL of that waiting :/ To tide us over here are her and Jordan’s gorgeous engagements!

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

{Photos courtesy of Sacred-Image Photography}

when all the paint samples are wrong…

So I shared the paint swatches I put up on Phoenix’s wall on Tuesday…and well, at the time the middle one was looking good to me. I wanted to wait until his rug came in to make a final decision, but in true Jennifer fashion I was too impatient to wait and yesterday started painting out all of the trim and windows with the middle sample of paint. Phonix has been pretty sick the past few days thus I’ve gotten a little stir crazy being stuck in the house. Kris was home yesterday to help though and I thought getting everything cut in would be nice since all would be left was the rolling. After cutting in about 75% of the room, I realized that I didn’t like the color…in fact, I didn’t like any of the colors samples that I had put up.

Phoenix's Big Boy Room | Jennifer Laura Design

They are all a bit too fluorescent and look almost like easter baskets or something (granted I think that image has an instagram filter on it which make them look ever more fluorescent than they actually are, but IRL they still have a hint of that neon tone). I decided to take a screen shot of my original color inspiration which I got from this video.

SJP color inspiration

I wish I could ask Sarah Jessica Parker’s designer what the exact name of that color is… it’s so happy and pretty and I clearly need some help with selecting colors as the shades I picked are nowhere near that. So I’m back to the drawing board and plan to put up some more paint samples soon. Here are the samples I am going to consider this time…

bm-cedar green 2034-40

bm- cedar green

bm-stokes forest green 2035-40

bm-stokes forest green

 I am thinking that cedar green is looking pretty accurate…now just to find out if it looks good in the space. Oh and I wasted about an hour of time cutting in yesterday, but I’m just glad we didn’t paint the entire room before I realized it was wrong. I can deal with an hour of time lost. I also didn’t buy a gallon of paint, just used the leftover sample pot, so really not too terrible of a mistake.

DIY: faux agate chargers

DIY faux agate chargers

Boom! A new DIY, it’s only been I don’t know…6 months since my last one. I would love to do more, but they are kind of a ton of work so I only end up doing one when I am already happening to do a project that I need to do anyway…I could probably make more because I am always working on some kind of project, but thus far I have saved the tutorials for things that are interesting and things that I myself might want a tutorial for. I totally looked for a tutorial when I had this idea and couldn’t find one…so I suppose this is a good gap to fill in the internet. I mean, doesn’t everyone desperately need to know how to make these? I think so. Or maybe you are like me with a chronic disorder of obsessively reading DIYs without any intention of ever doing them? That’s ok, this tutorial will be perfect for you too:)

Oh and see that pretty picture up there? Yah, that’s the only pretty “pinnable” image in the bunch (courtesy of my gal Christine). The rest were taken with me and my trusty Iphone…and they are pretty terrible. You’ve been warned.

DIY faux agate chargers

Supplies:

- a tree trunk slice, bigger is better, but mine were about 9-10″

- some craft paint- I used a dazzling blue and white, but this could be pretty in other colors- green, or purple?

- this crazy looking fan paintbrush, I don’t know the proper name for it, but you need this special brush…it’s crucial.

- gold paint

- some clear gloss poly, I actually wanted to use epoxy for a higher gloss look, but my hardware store was out and poly worked. I think it would look even more gem like if it had that high shine/plastic look on the top though.

Step one

DIY faux agate chargers

So the first step is to get a base coat of paint down- you want to use your darker blue (or darker color) on the outer edges and the white (or lighter color) on the inside. It will look like this when you are finished with your base coat.

DIY faux agate chargers

It doesn’t need to be perfect, just go with it.

Step two

DIY faux agate chargers

Next, you want to take your crazy fan brush and dip different segments into different colors, I would dip half in the blue and then the other half in the white, squiggle it around following the shape of the tree trunk, I had to refill my brush quite a bit. It looked like this.

DIY faux agate chargers

Towards the center I used more white and a lot less blue. It’s kind of an easy process, if you mess up you can go right back over it with a new layer of paint. I had an image of an actual agate slice up on my phone while I worked on this, referring to it every so often to keep my chargers looking as authentic as possible.

Step three

Wait for your paint to dry. There is nothing I hate more than waiting for paint to dry, I swear I am the most impatient DIYer ever…I just want to finish. But unfortunately, this step is important so you don’t smear the blue onto the sides of the trunk.

Step four

DIY faux agate chargers

The next step is to paint the edges gold. This makes it look so pretty!! This is when I started to get excited during this project. It takes a little time getting into all the cracks and crevices of the tree trunk, but I dunno…play some Coldplay or something to pass the time. Or better yet, watch episodes of The Office.

Step five

The last step is to paint a clear coat of poly on the top. Like I said above, I really wanted to use epoxy to give it that real gem look, but I couldn’t get any at my hardware store. I think it would look better with that though, so if you are doing this, try that and send me pictures and I will probably be super jealous that your look way better than mine.

That’s it! You are done, now you can enjoy your pretty little chargers. And I lied…here are a few more pretty images of these guys in action.

DIY faux agate chargers

DIY faux agate chargers

DIY faux agate chargers

DIY faux agate chargers

{Photos courtesy of Christine Gosch}

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