I am really excited to share this wedding. Out of every wedding I have done this is by far the most different. And I like different. Like a lot. Doing the same thing day after day has never really appealed to me- so after a few rustic weddings to kick off 2013 I was ready to take on a couple that wanted to go in a completely different direction. Now don’t get me wrong, I love rustic- heck, my own wedding was rustic. BUT…I was just getting a little tired of it. So God sent me Alice and Paul to shake things up a bit and shake things up they did. I hope you remember them- here are their engagements from awhile ago and then I put together a mood board for their wedding too, remember this?
I loved this mood board, I really did- but their wedding far surpassed this mood board and my expectations. Let’s get started with the goods and I’ll explain as we go.
Let’s start with the shoes- a girl after my own heart to have blue shoes. Here were mine.
These hangers are amazing. I had no idea about these- so they were a lovely surprise as I flipped through the wedding photos. And have I mentioned that getting my couple’s wedding photos back is like Christmas. every. single. time.
The boys did day-of shaves at the Barber Shop in the heights.
Here I am pinning on another bout. I promise that’s not the only thing I do on the wedding day.
This is probably my favorite photo of the day. I love everything about it- I love the flowers, I love the bridesmaid dresses, I love Alice’s tattoo on her shoulder. It’s just perfection.
So let’s talk about the flowers for a moment. They were by Kelly Pike of Kepi Design and let me just say that this gal is the BEST. I mean I almost don’t want to tell you about her because she is already busy enough as it is, but I cannot say enough good things about her. The bouquets were beautiful, yes, but even more amazing were the terrariums and flower boxes at the reception…hang on, we’ll get there.
Ok, so here is a cautionary tale about these chalk hearts. This was an idea Alice had pinned and I just loved. Their ceremony was at St John church in downtown and this was the perfect way to lead all of the guests right to the stoop of the church. I was originally going to follow this tutorial to create the hearts, but you see these hearts were made of colored flour. As in regular everyday baking flour…I didn’t think much of it and purchased the powdered food coloring as well as a giant bag of flour that this tutorial required. I decided it would be a good idea to test this process out a few days before the wedding and I’m so glad I did. I shook the flour over my cardboard heart template, then removed the template- looks awesome! …but then I looked a little closer. I mean in no way is flour the same as chalk. It was just sitting on top of the concrete and as soon as I stepped on it flour dust went everywhere and the heart was marred completely. These hearts are meant to lead people to the church, as in people will be walking on them. If I had gone through with this method- by the time everyone got to the church we would have had a multi-colored trail of dusty flour. Which was also died flour…which I dunno might stain something like A WHITE DRESS. Um…why am I using flour??? It just seemed so ridiculous, if I had taken a second to think about it I would have realized that I could just use a tub of sidewalk chalk. Sidewalk chalk equals more color options, I could still use my same heart templates that I had spent a bit of time on, AND most importantly it isn’t a pile of flour sitting on the sidewalk. Word to the wise- Pinterest tutorials aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. Beware.
Now for a fun story about these chalk hearts- Topher and I had to hop a fence to get to this path since these hearts needed to be checked off of our to-do list several hours before the ceremony (we needed to get cracking getting the reception set up!)- the fence surrounding the church was completely locked and we totally hopped a 7′ metal fence. We do what we have to do ya know.
I didn’t catch a ton of the ceremony music by Will Vanhorn, but what I did was pretty magical.
This church is so picturesque.
Well hello there, welcome to the reception at MKT bar. Topher made this wooden structure and I string arted the crap out of it. It’s weird, but I love it.
This ribbon ceiling installation was something Alice was passionate about. And I’ll be honest…it scared me. I had for 1) never done a ceiling installation before and 2) knew that we only had two hours of set up at MKT bar on the day of the wedding. Which is NOTHING. But Alice showed me this picture for inspiration and insisted that she knew it would look awesome. I knew she was right. I started brainstorming ways we could make it happen. I finally got the green light from MKT bar that allowed us to come at 6am on the Friday morning before the wedding. I was a little groggy eyed that morning, but more importantly, it looked AWESOME. These pictures don’t do it justice at all. It really made the reception space- completely covering the entire area above the dance floor. I was so glad Alice made sure we did this- it was WORTH IT.
Remember when I said the flowers at the reception were even better? Yup. I meant it. They were SO good.
MKT bar regularly displays art from different Houston artists that is for sale up on their walls- so they had these grids all over. Hanging up these blown up engagements was something I did as a little surprise for Alice and Paul- I had Daniel Miller (who took their engagements) send me the photos in a hi-res format and then I just went and had Staples blow them up to a 24×36. Engineer printing only works when you are doing black and white, but it only costs a couple of bucks per print- and for something with as much impact as this had- it was definitely a lot of bang for my buck. Topher installed this photo wall and I told him I wanted it to look like yarn threw up everywhere.
MKT bar did offer me the job of being their freelance chalkboard artist after they saw this little number. I just dusted my shoulders off. #justkidding
One thing that makes me sad is that this is the best overall shot we have of the dessert table- waaah!! It was one of my favorite things.
I suppose the glorious shot of the gelato bar at MKT bar makes up for it :) Amazing right? I didn’t get a chance to try any, but I am so tempted to go sneak a date night in at MKT bar just to try some of it. mmmm…
And that’s it my friends- dare I say my favorite wedding thus far of 2013. I have to thank Alice and Paul for being awesome and creative clients. I have to thank Alice for making sure we did that ceiling installation. I have to thank my husband for getting up at 6am with me ;-)
And the cherry on the top of my sundae- this wedding will be featured on 100 Layer Cake on November 4th! Mark your calendars.
Vendor Credits: Planning and Design- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- Val & Sarah, Flowers- Kepi Design, Invitations and Programs- Minted, Ceremony venue- St. John Church, Ceremony Music- Will Vanhorn , Reception venue, catering, and desserts- MKT Bar, Reception DJ- Gracie Chavez, Bride’s Cake- Nicole Rosales (friend of the bride), Cake Topper- Anto Arts, Officiant- David Caulkins (family friend), First Look venue- Fitzgerald’s, Groomsmen bowties- Cotton Bow Tie Co., Hangers- Urban Outfitters, wooden flower boxes- DIY by the bride and her father