Jillian and Hayden Home | Southern Weddings

Over the summer I was asked to style an apartment that would be featured in Volume 9 of Southern Weddings. I have been a huge fan of the Southern Weddings Magazine and brand for years, so I was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Before arriving for the shoot I was sent a couple photos of the space to see what I had to work with and I knew my job would be an easy one. Their apartment was adorable and filled with vintage pieces and antiques that Jillian had collected over the years. Now let me say I am not an interior stylist, but if you mix my degree in interior design with my experience styling weddings and photo shoots over the last 5 years it’s a pretty good mix. I pulled up my sleeves, pretended to be Emily Henderson for the day, and I was really into it. If anyone needs an interior stylist in their life, give me a call- this was right up my alley.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Here is a little entry moment as soon as you walk into the apartment, I may have changed the styling of the table a bit, but for the most part this was it and I just added those pretty yellow flowers.

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Past the entryway is their living room and these shelves got a pretty big makeover. Here are some photos of me in action.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Everything pretty much came down and was put back up in a “styled” way. I used quite a bit of their own items (I didn’t want it to start not feeling like them) that were already there, but sprinkled in several of my own props and greenery. You can also see that Jillian and Hayden’s dog Watson played an important role as my styling assistant, it’s always nice to have a second set of eyes.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

 This sofa and frame wall were on the other side of hte living room, I am obsessed with the casual vibe of the slipcovered sofa paired with the natural wood of the coffee table.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

We didn’t purchase any special foliage or florals for this shoot- everything we used were things I picked on site. It meant I wasn’t able to plan ahead, but I wanted everything we used to look really natural and not too fussy. I just got lucky that there were all sorts of goodies right out their front door.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The master bedroom had this amazing four poster bed and those great mirrors were already there. I do think I pulled in these lamps from the living room and that blue bench is mine, but went perfectly with the bedding.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The dresser in the bedroom got a pretty little makeover with a pretty wooden tray, some books, and a few pretty odds and ends.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Then we got to the guest room and it was like Christmas for me- guys, look at that Magic Kingdom poster! If I could have ripped that off the walls and stolen it I totally would have. Cut to me furiously searching for something similar on Etsy and adding it to my Christmas list.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Out on their back porch they have this cute little table and chairs, Jillian dabbles in calligraphy so she did this special chalkboard before I arrived (how perfect is that?) and I just added the greenery and the flowers in the watering can.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

And here is the sweet couple with their adorable dog Watson. I can’t thank them enough for letting me blow through their apartment and rearrange everything. It was also amazing to work with Kimberley Chau for the very first time and to have these images in Southern Weddings Magazine is just icing on the cake. What a fun project!

Credits: Photography | Kimberley Chau Photography, Styling | Jennifer Laura Design, Southern Weddings Magazine, Featured Newlyweds- Jillian and Hayden Pottkotter and their dog Watson

Maison Baie | Feather and Twine Photography

Sometimes I get to plan a shoot where I can do whatever I want. I have absolutely ZERO direction…and to be perfectly honest this is NOT how I thrive. I usually come up with my best ideas when I have a client who is pushing me to create something just for them, I know their vision, I get their style, and it comes together. Often times when I do shoots, I even treat the photographer as my client and let them lead the overall concept and then I work my design within those parameters. This shoot is the exact opposite of that. I had so much freedom I didn’t know what to do with myself. I knew I wanted it to be a few things- simple, no fussy  details, pretty and timeless, nothing trendy, with some pretty and soft colors. That is it. While I do think I design better with a client (or even a pretend client) I still love this shoot. It is certainly the direction I want my business to go- and my brides, I want them to see that we don’t need crazy installation walls or the newest and trendiest wedding item. Twenty years from now none of that will matter. We shot these images in one of my very favorite places- it’s a venue in Galveston called Maison Baie- Kris used to run the restaurant right next door. The restaurant is a busy and bustling place full of life, but this little haven next door is like a sanctuary. It is right on the water with the skinniest little pier that goes twenty feet out over the water. I used to love taking Phoenix out there and walking all the way out there with him. It was so peaceful. Maison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyShooting our bride out on the pier was kind of perfect…the wind was insane and we were so worried the veil was going to whip into the water at any moment, but it never did. My friend Erica referenced this song yesterday when she posted this image on instagram and it’s kind of perfect. Maison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

To see more of this shoot you can head over to Weddings Unveiled– thank you so much to the ladies over there for the feature, and a big wet smooch to all the vendors involved on this one, it’s always a treat to be on set with friends.

Vendor Credits | Photography: Feather & Twine    |    Design and Florals: Jennifer Laura Design    |    Venue: Maison Baie at Number 13 in Galveston, TX    |    Paper Goods: Momental Designs    |    Cake: Sugary and Chic    |    Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup    |    Dresses and Accessories: BHLDN    |    Ribbon: Froufrou Chic    |    Rentals: Swift + Company

Rose Gold Modern | Kristen Curette Photography

Kristen and I like to collaborate on a big shoot about once a year, that’s the going rate for us. You can see our shoot last year right here, it was this glam vineyard thing. Kristen and I always have a lot of fun when we get together. I mean, she is this total BA with a camera and brings this team of talent with her. I never know who is doing what- there are a schlew of photographers, stylists, and people that just bring their A-game. So when I say this shoot was a total team effort, I really mean that. Kristen came to me last Christmas (it always boggles my mind how loooong the process is from conception to shooting- to actually GETTING TO SHARE THE IMAGES…sometimes it feels like absolute torture sitting on all this prettiness just waiting for the feature to happen) with the idea to do rose gold. She sent me some inspiration photos that were a little more along the lines of rose gold glam and sparkle. But after spending an entire year (2014) learning the ins and outs of the sequined table cloth (pretty sure I used one in every wedding that year) I was ready to move on to using rose gold in a different way. I wanted to do something that was more modern and edgy. This shoot slowly began to take shape and when I met Natalie of Damsel White Label at an open house with one of my brides in early February I knew that we had our dress. The dress kind of stole the show in this shoot. It didn’t hurt that Natalie was on hand to make sure that the draping of the train was INSANE in each shot.

Rose Gold Modern | Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography

We also added this chain to accent the dress and it was subtle, but kind of the perfect extra touch. Not that this dress needs an extra touch…but in a styled shoot, we went there.

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We shot everything in the Studio Houston, it’s above Tout Suite in downtown and such an awesome event space.

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My goal for this shoot was to do something simple and modern. I wanted everything to be extremely clean lines to contrast against the organic nature of the florals. I tried to veer away from anything too trendy, although you could make the argument that rose gold is trendy. I’m really not sure what we are going to do with metallics though. Silver has been in for so long and then gold made a HUGE comeback, but I think people are getting tired of it. So right now rose gold and copper are having a moment, but trends don’t seem to have any staying power anymore, we are over them before they have made a full comeback. Are we going to have to invent new metallics to satisfy us? Are we going to circle back to silver? HA. In one of my shoots I did last spring (closely following this one) I did actually veto any and all gold and just go completely silver, so maybe I’ve already answered my own question.

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We also did a floral wall- now this isn’t a new idea by any means, but Kristen really wanted to do it. It’s a cute way to accent a wall for sure. Such a ridiculously easy DIY- if you are looking for something simple, easy, and cheap with a high impact this is it! It probably took me about 15 minutes to tape all the flowers to the wall, I just used washi tape, be careful not to use any tape with a crazy strong adhesive, you don’t want to damage the wall. Washi tape is a pretty weak tape, but it did the trick just fine. I had budgeted about $100 of flowers for this wall, but it took FAR LESS.

Rose Gold Modern | Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography

The male model Zach also had his dog on set that day, so Kristen and I of course took full advantage. Poor fella, for this shot I believe I was holding cheese crackers to persuade him to stay sitting on that table. Which is my son’s nightstand BTW (don’t worry Phoenix, I cleaned it). I had made him that cute little impromptu flower collar moments before. BUUUUT don’t feel too bad for this guy- while we were breaking down, the cake- which was in fact a dummy cake but covered in real icing, was left on the floor for some reason and this guy got into it. The entire backside was licked completely  CLEAN. Thank goodness we had already photographed it.

Thank you times a million to everyone that was a part of this shoot- such an amazing group! If you want to see more you can head over to 100 Layer Cake to see the full feature.

Photographer: Kristen Curette Photography / Venue: The Studio Houston / Design & Florals: Jennifer Laura Design / Hair: Abby Speaks Hair / Makeup: Kim Clark Artistry / Paper: Nib and Pixel / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Rentals: Swift and Co. / Wardrobe Stylist: David Rochez / Dress: Damsel White Label / Models: Erika Rodger & Zack Flores

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!

Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

So excited to see our feature go up today over on Green Wedding Shoes! It’s my second feature over there and it never stops feeling awesome.

Green Wedding Shoes Feature

This is by far my favorite styled shoot that I have ever designed. The reasons for this are numerous- a big part of it being Kelsey with Feather and Twine. She pushes me in a really good way, it’s not easy to find people that you gel so well creatively with. Styled shoots are always fun, but this day was especially awesome. I’m planning to do a bigger write up for you guys with lots of behind the scenes details next week, but for now head over to Green Wedding Shoes and check it out.

featured in Houston Brides and Huffington Post

I posted this on instagram a few weeks back.

Jennifer Laura Design Houston Brides Modern Luxury | Bertuzzi Photography

It’s my latest print feature and I am over the moon about it. Believe it or not, but I haven’t grabbed a physical copy yet, I need to get on that, but I’m so excited to have another feature with Houston Brides under my belt ( I talked about my first one here). Matt and Linsy were such amazing clients who really knew exactly what they wanted before I came on board- I was just able to add a few finishing touches to all of their ideas. They were so creative- both of them work in the advertising business, so it was a joy to work for other creative minded people. They really cared about the details. You can see more of this wedding here on my blog or here on Style Me Pretty. You can also see the feature in the online digital edition of Houston Brides here (page 108).

Another little feature that happened over the weekend was this over on Huffington Post. Katie Parsons for GalTime.com asked me to contribute for an article she was writing and I happily obliged. I had no idea it would get picked up by the Huffington Post so that was a neat added bonus.

Huffington Post article

Happy Monday!

Featured on Ruffled!

I’m so excited to announce that this bridesmaid tea party shoot I did with Cameron is up over on Ruffled today. I luuurve Ruffled- they are seriously so good. So I am thrilled with this little feature. And a HUGE thanks to Ashley over at Bourbon and Bloom who not only provided a lot of the gorgeous rentals for this shoot (cake stand, candles, those amazing mint chairs!), but also believed this shoot was worthy to send to Ruffled. Real life is that this shoot got rejected by the first blog that we sent it to…and rejection feels like a ton of bricks. Makes me not want to send it anywhere else and put it at the very back of my portfolio…BUT Ashley insisted that we send it to Ruffled and I’m so glad she did! Thanks for believing in this little photo shoot baby of mine Ashley :)

 Jennifer Laura Design Ruffled Feature

Oh and as a little bonus- Bisou Bride also did a feature of this shoot as well. Bisou Bride is a lesser known wedding blog, but  I really like it because the weddings they feature are a lot more realistic, while still being super pretty and detailed. I mean don’t get me wrong I would love to plan a fairy unicorn princess wedding (which is what most wedding blogs will fight tooth and nail to feature), but most gals are just not going to want that. So if you are looking for weddings that are a bit more down to earth you should definitely spend some time over there. It’s good.

Bisou Bride | Jennifer Laura Design | Bridesmaid Tea Party Feature

Happy Wednesday!

P.S. if you can’t get the phrase “fairy unicorn princess wedding” out of your head take a look at this. One of my favorite planners and designers did this and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.