{A JLD Wedding} Larissa and Rob

This is one of my favorite weddings to date. It was one of the very first weddings that I did and I was neeervous. I wanted everything to be perfect and Larissa and Rob had put so much faith in me…I did not want to disappoint. You see, Larissa and Rob were kind of the perfect clients. It was about a year ago that I was working SO closely with them to make sure that everything was going to be amazing and looking back I totally knew at the time that they were dream clients. Laid back and yet also on top of everything that we were working on. They handled all of their own planning and I stepped in to do the design and month of coordination. This always makes me a little nervous because you just have to hope and pray that the planning portion has been taken care of properly- and jumping in a month before is not always enough time to get a really good handle on everything. BUT Larissa and Rob who both work as news producers had done an amazing job of hiring all the right people. People that I still like to recommend to this day. Then there was the design…Larissa had really fun taste. Their wedding ceremony and reception were at Brennan’s which is very formal, but Larissa and Rob are young and playful and I was able to bring in that element with the design to really show off their personality. We actually did a full blown news/reporter theme but we did it in such a classy way that the guests weren’t hit over the head with it (which is exactly how it should be). I always say- yes!, go with a theme, but let it be more of a background to the event. Ultimately everyone is there to see you and your significant other tie the knot. Themes that are too over the top and distracting can really take away from the specialness of that (I’m talking to you David Tuterra). And no….a color palette is NOT a theme.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa ordered all of her invitations and programs from Minted– thus beginning my love affair with them (and they are now one of my affiliates- check out the sidebar). And that adorable ceremony sign is from BHLDN, of course.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

This is Mister Woodall Rodgers. He played the very important and dramatic role of ring bearer. Don’t ask me how we talked Brennan’s into letting us have him there. Some people weren’t happy, but I worked my magic :)

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

I actually have no idea where these stop signs came from, they were a total surprise to me and I loved every second of them. Larissa’s sister lives across the street from Brennan’s so all the girls got ready there and then walked right over, so of course these signs were obviously a must.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

We lined the aisles with about 539,090 candles and these flower poms were DIYed by the bride and her bridesmaids.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

So here is where the news theme really went a little over the top in a very fun way. We made these countdown signs for all of the groomsmen to carry and then the “audience” all had applause signs to hold up when the couple kissed. I made every sign by hand and they turned out awesome (if I do say so myself).

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

pssst. I spy Topher!

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa walked down the staircase at the back of the courtyard which made for a pretty spectacular entrance.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Oh no big deal, just one of my favorite pictures of all time. Brennan’s looked at us like we were crazy when we told them we wanted to face the ceremony toward this lush wall and not the fountain in the center of the courtyard, but the pay off was huge and this picture is proof. I hit road blocks like that all of the time- venue coordinators are always VERY set in their ways and are always unsettled when I come in and want to do things a little different and crazy. Sorry, but I’m not sorry. In the end it’s always worth the hassle.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

The flowers were amazing. Pam Bates from Fleura Bella (a family friend of the bride) knocked it outta the park- she even included newspaper leaves to go along with our theme.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Leo Polk and his guys were amazing. I think my favorite part of the entire night may have been them totally rocking it during the cocktail hour.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

What’s a news theme without a typewriter? Larissa’s mom Elaine invited me over to her house a few weeks before the wedding and I had a blast digging through all of her treasures finding some really neat touches to add to her daughter’s special day.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Newspaper guest book that I handcrafted. Newspaper mod podged to a guest book and printing was stenciled in with ink.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

These escort cards were printed in a typewriter font and the table numbers were vintage typewriter keys that corresponded to these…

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

giant chalkboard typewriter keys. We also incorporated books covered in newsprint into each centerpiece.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

This has to be my favorite dessert table I’ve done so far. I totally recommend doing one at your wedding. You can even incorporate your larger wedding cake into this concept- just place it as the center focal point and work out from there.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Some sweets to finish off the night and “yay” flags made by me to send the couple off. I recommend waiting until the end of the night to put your favors and exit stuff out- I usually clear off the entry table and do another entire set up with all of the leaving fare. It works really great this way!

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

I sewed each one of these flags closed. They were a labor of love…these days I would probably outsource something like this to an Etsy vendor, but I loved making these. All 100 of them.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Thank you to Larissa and Rob for being such amazing (and creative) clients! Ya’ll are truly awesome in every sense of the word.

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Credits: Coordinator and Event Designer- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- Duy Khang Photography, Venue & Caterer- Brennan’s, Hair & Makeup- Beautique, Flowers- Pam Bates of Fleura Bella, DJ- Victor of The Wedding Show, Dress Designer- Sottero & Midgley, Jewelry- BCBG, Stationery- Minted, Prop or Furniture Rentals- Swift & Company, Band- Polk Entertainment, Bridesmaid Dresses- Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom, Bridesmaid Jewelry- Modeets, Flower Girl’s Green Dresses- BHLDN, Tissue Paper Pom Poms- Simply Nesting, Officiant: Neel Singhal (family friend), Cakes- DaCapo’s Pastry Cafe

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