Alison and Scott’s wedding was awesome. This wedding made me happy on so many levels…the red white and blue color palette, the simple industrial vibes, I could go on and on. I only worked with Alison and Scott for about four months leading up to their wedding, they hired me in January and got married May 2. We crammed a lot into those four months and believe it or not I’ve planned a wedding in a shorter amount of time (try 2 weeks). They were so easy to work with- they had a design direction, but were open to ideas, and were extremely decisive. Nothing makes my job easier than a client who can make a decision and stick to it. I think in the first two weeks of working together we had nailed down their caterer, the late night snack truck, and their photographer. All pretty huge decisions which can sometimes take MONTHS. So let’s get into their photos- I am sort of weirdly proud of this wedding for one singular reason, which I’ll get into down below.
Alison’s flowers were done by yours truly. This wedding was a learning experience, I knew what I was doing and it was a generally small wedding so I knew I could handle the flowers, but there is certainly a difference in being a florist only and being a florist and a planner. Having to stay up until 2am crafting centerpieces is one thing, but when I have to coordinate an entire wedding the next day…it was after this wedding that I started freelancing for a few bigger name florists in Texas to see how they handled everything. That has been a wonderfully eye opening experience and I have learned SO much in how these larger events get produced. Hiring floral freelancers is so important and learning that I can’t do everything is very good. This wedding was a good one to learn on because I certainly was not in over my head, a little tired sure, but I also have a three year old so I’m no stranger to that ;-)
Alison and Scott have this adorable house in the heights, I am turning green with envy just typing that. This house is SO my speed and I would love a little bungalow like this.
Their ceremony was at All Saints Catholic Church in the heights, it’s certainly unusual looking, but I am just really obsessed with it. The stars on the ceiling just make me so happy, how cool is that?
The reception was at the Houston heights fire station, this venue is GORGEOUS, but unfortunately I wouldn’t really recommend it to my future clients… or anyone else for that matter. This place is so stinking pretty, but they don’t let you bring in your own rentals. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if they provided nice chairs, but the ones that they offer are folding metal. Most people use these floppy satin chair covers, but I actually hate those more than the metal. I have never used chair covers in my career and I wasn’t about to start now. We tried all sorts of things to try and get better looking chairs into this place, but it just wasn’t happening. Thus brings me to why I am strangely proud of this wedding- after installation was all said and done, I didn’t hate the metal chairs at all. Sure, things could have looked better, but it certainly wasn’t a deal breaker for me. They kind of (KIND OF) went with the cool industrial vibe we had going on.
The seating chart was a huge roll of craft paper and attached to wood, it was one of those things that looked perfectly cool in the space, but since the most natural place to put it happened to be at the top of the staircase it was understandably really difficult to photograph.
The centerpieces were wild and we alternated herbs in copper pots. We were originally going to use concrete, but Alison suggested copper, this was a great little change I was super happy with. I ended up buying small glass cylinder vases, but I didn’t want them to look like painted glass, so I painted them with plaster first to give them a cool texture, and then mixed a couple of copper and rose gold paints to get a shade I was happy with to paint over the plaster.
We did pies, pies, and more pies. The guests were all geeking out over the fact that they got pie at a wedding. Several guests came through (some more than once) and got a slice of each flavor. It was a huge hit and just goes to show that if you want pie at your wedding- have pie. If you want a pretzel bar…have a pretzel bar. Nobody said you have to have cake at a wedding! p.s. ice cream was on hand nearby to pile on top of the pie as well. Perfect, now I’m drooling.
These craft paper placemats doubled as our menu. They were hiding underneath the napkin at each place setting.
Alison and Scott chose several different types of beer to honor the different places they have lived in their lives. I think they had six different kinds, it was a great touch that all the dudes really appreciated.
Such a pretty space right? The reception was on the second floor of the fire station and it has these gorgeous windows that gets this super pretty light. BUT downstairs was where it was at. That’s where one of the best bands I’ve ever heard were housed. They were a 90’s cover band, which didn’t really register with me when Alison and Scott talked about them while we were planning. I was like, hmm..I’m not a huge fan of 90’s music. Well, that’s what I thought, until they played my entire childhood all night- cut to me and Topher singing along to. every. single. song.
At the end of the night The Golden Grill rolled up and served everyone some very delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.
This was one of those weddings we wanted to be a guest at. It was laid back, fun, and with a ton of awesomeness going on- pie, 90’s music, grilled cheeses. It was a perfect example of a couple chucking tradition and making their wedding suit them. I always want my brides to do this and as much as hiring a planner to help you (and as much as I try), sometimes they can’t climb into your brain to figure out what would be those cool personal touches to your wedding as much as you can. The couples that take the time to add those extra special ideas and touches…it always shows. And that’s when I think it’s cool to have a planner- you can just dump those ideas in their lap so we can sort them out and do the hard work of pricing and logistics. Can we afford a food truck? Do we need a special permit to bring one to our venue? None of those things are fun to think about when planning your wedding.
Thanks to Alison and Scott for letting me plan their wedding, it was truly a pleasure.
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