Claire + Robbie | Kathryn Hornibrook Photography

It’s a JLD floral wedding today!! This wedding brought us back to Austin and one of my favorite venues there- The Union on Eighth. This was our second wedding there and we actually got the job because the bride, Claire saw the wedding we did there last year (remember that one?) and fell in love with her hanging ceremony backdrop. I am not usually one to outright copy something blatantly, but I suppose if it’s my own work I’m ok with it! We created another backdrop that was almost identical, except the one from this year was a bit more lush/flowing. It turned out to be floating altar 2.0. It really shouldn’t be surprising that doing something twice yields slightly better (albeit unnoticeable to probably most normal people) results. Remember that if you are considering doing a bouquet or table mock up for your wedding, they aren’t cheap, but always a good idea! Ok, let’s get into the prettiness!

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

I looooved the color of the bridesmaid dresses, we were originally going to do a blue grey ribbon to coordinate with the dresses, (which would have been a more subtle choice), but I’m really happy we made the last minute switch to a dove grey. It really popped off the dresses, but was still super soft and pretty.

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Claire’s floral inspiration was very textural with lots of greenery, a few white/neutral toned flowers, but A LOT of weird and quirky stuff mixed in like blue thustle, kale, pods, and succulents.

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

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Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Here is the altar I mentioned. It was also so much less nerve wracking to come in and do an installation we already knew the ins and outs of. It wasn’t a complicated installation the first time, but this time it was easy breezy. And just in case the mechanics of this stuff intrigues you (because it does me). We basically take a wood board- fence posts are my favorite, staple a little bit of chicken wire to the front of it, and then cover it with smilax. Sometimes I use a bit of floral wire here or there if a certain piece of greenery isn’t doing what I want it to, but for the most part the greenery can just sit right into the chicken wire. Smilax doesn’t need water either (it actually gets too wet and the leaves can become soggy) so for something like this, no water source was needed. I’m like a magician revealing my tricks (has anyone watched Breaking the Magician’s Code on Netflix? It’s my new favorite thing!).

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

For the tables we kept it super simple and just did smilax (no water!) and light grey taper candles. We rented our holders from Loot, which is a great source if you are in Austin that I couldn’t recommend highly enough! They will come to Houston, but it can start to get a bit pricey to bring them here, totally worth it though as you saw at our last wedding.

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Kathryn Hornibrook Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

That’s it for this one, I think my favorite part might have ended up being the cake. I loved climbing that greenery up the wall behind it a bit. Happy Thursday!

Vendors | Photography- Kathryn Hornibrook Photography, Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, hair and makeup- Razmataz Salon, Coordination- The Southern Socialite, Videographer- Edge Productions, Catering- Royal Fig, DJ- DJ Waygood, Cake- The Cake Plate

Kelsea and Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

We are going back in time today to share Kelsea and Rob’s wedding that happened almost TWO years ago. It was so pretty and I loved working with Kelsea so much, I have no idea why on earth I’m just getting around to posting it! This was a wedding where we were brought on as the florist and when I first met Kelsea she came armed with a Southern Weddings Planning Book, gorgeous bridesmaid dress swatches, and the loveliest mood board. I loved the direction that she wanted to take the florals- deep oxblood, peach tones, and TONS of texture and greenery.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Her dress was a real stunner too, I love all that lace.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

For her ceremony we did this simple eucalyptus tied to the chairs along her aisle.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Now, for what I really want to talk about…her bridesmaid dresses. Can we just talk about how insanely gorgeous these bridesmaid dresses are? All different pastel tones, some with metallic beading, and all so light and frothy. I LOVE this look. I am a big fan of different bridesmaid dresses and this is a fun way to do that.

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

Kelsea + Rob | Kendall Hanna Photography

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Thanks Kelsea and Rob for letting me play a role in your special day!

Photos | Kendall Hanna Photography

Janice and Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I’m so excited to share Janice and Matt’s wedding with you today! This was definitely up there with my favorites to plan and design. It also received a 4 page spread in The Knot Texas, so that was certainly icing on the wedding cake! Janice and Matt are both doctors and had little to no time for planning so they entrusted most of it to me, which I always enjoy and appreciate. We started pinning and designing in 2015 and wanted a modern, boho, color splashed garden wedding, but somewhere along the way we dropped the boho and went for more simple and intentional botanical geometrics. I was thrilled because I think it made for a more timeless wedding that Janice will love looking back on.

Janice and Matt chose Mcgovern Centennial Gardens as the backdrop to their wedding day, it is this beautiful contemporary garden nestled right in the museum district of Houston. It is a beautiful and simple space and currently one of my favorite Houston venues.

The design started here with their invitations designed by Texas Rose. These clean and crisp botanicals really started to drive a lot of our decisions.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We created all of the custom hand painted signage. I used the same font as the invitation and also pulled in our next design element- this natural wood tone. I love the juxtaposition of the clean modern wording and then the wild smilax draping across.

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Even Janice’s dress was clean and modern, almost architectural.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

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Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

First looks are always magical. I am never present for these, so I always love seeing the photos. Almost every photographer I know recommends a first look, and I get it. You really do get more amazing photos and the couple gets to share an intimate moment and get all the butterflies out. First looks weren’t really a thing (or were at least in their very early days) when I got married 6 years ago, but if I could go back I would definitely do this.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For the florals I again gathered my inspiration from the invitation and used a range of colors, from blush and lavender all the way to fuschia and a dark plum. I also wanted to mix in a ton of greenery to pull in that garden feel. Hellebores are one of my favorite way to add greenery, they are technically still a flower, but have all this gorgeous foliage on them that is so lush and pretty.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We did LONG velvet ribbons draping down for the bouquets that matched the dresses. If you want to do ribbons, but are nervous it will be too busy or take away from your dress, just match the ribbon to your dress (a shade or two off is still ok)- you still get that flowing movement, but without making too much of a statement. To be clear, I do still love statement ribbon, (HELLO) but it’s not going to be right for everyone.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I used this Martha Stewart tutorial to create these lanterns. They were clean, modern, and added the perfect geometric touch of whimsy to the cocktail hour.

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Janice and Matt hired Red Sage for their cocktail hour and they do a really beautiful farm to table meal, they grow a large percentage of the produce that they serve on their own land, so it’s all unbelievably fresh and delicious.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

After the cocktail hour, Janice did something super fun. She changed dresses and did another first look with Matt. He had NO idea that she had two dresses so this was a fun little moment. And I can’t even decide which dress I am more enamored with- her first or her second. They were both so perfect.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For their seating chart we brought back that natural wood and used wax seals to attach the place cards to the board. I also added a ton of smilax to the corner too, of course.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For her centerpieces we did a mix of compotes for the rounds and then greenery and taper candles for the rectangles. Quick tip! A lot of venues don’t allow candles that aren’t contained and taper candles are not typically contained, therefore not allowed. BUT you can get these slender hurricanes to go around the taper candles that completely contain them. So HUZZAH! We could get the gorgeous look of the taper candles! Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We also brought in geometrics in a subtle way by using white hexagonal card holders. Texas Rose created our table numbers for us by using the same botanicals from the invitations.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We wrapped the menus in vellum envelopes and wax sealed them closed. Each guest’s name was also printed on the vellum envelope so this acted as the place card as well.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We dressed Janice and Matt’s sweetheart table up with this overly lush garland.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Now to my absolute FAVORITE design element of the whole wedding. The dessert table. This is without a doubt, my favorite dessert table I have ever done. I had this harebrained idea to bring the invitations to life as a backdrop for the desserts. Buttercup Bakery created these beautifully simple cakes and I added the florals to the wall behind it (we were not allowed to tape on the wall at the venue so we brought in a large 4’x8′ wall painted the same color as the venue wall). It was one of those ideas that kept me up at night hoping the execution would be as good as the idea I had in my head.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I think it turned out even better than I thought it would. I just love the simplistic beauty of the whole thing. Also, please take a moment to look  drool at all of the desserts that Buttercup made- I’m pretty sure Janice and I are cut from the same cloth because she wanted ALL THE DESSERTS. At her cake tasting, she even purchased a dozen of each type of dessert just so she could try them all. She ended up choosing brownies, chocolate chip cookies (some of the best I’ve ever had, only coming second to my aunt Cathy’s famous cookies), pumpkin pie tartlets, salted caramel apple pie tartlets, and mixed berry tartlets. It was all insanely delicious.

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Buttercup also whipped up these funfetti chocolate gems for the favors.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Thank you so much to Janice and Matt for allowing me to plan their wedding, it has certainly been one of my favorites and I couldn’t have asked for sweeter clients! And thanks to much to The Knot for publishing Janice and Matt’s wedding in their Texas Fall 2017 issue! You can see that entire feature here or pick it up on news stands!

Vendors Photography | Dana Fernandez Photography | Planning, Design, and Florals: Jennifer Laura Design | Makeup and Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup | Venue: McGovern Centennial Gardens | Cakes and Desserts: Buttercup | Ceremony Gown: Martina Liana | Reception Dress: Watters | Bridal Boutique: Mia Bridal Couture | Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Rentals: Aztec Events & Tents and One Stop Tents and Events | Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors | Invitations: Texas Rose Designs | Photobooth: The Houston Photobooth | DJ: The Wedding Show

Kristen and Justin | Gloria Goode Photography

Hello! Is this thing still on? It has been a LONG time, but I’m SO ready to share a few special weddings that happened last year. First up, is Kristen and Justin’s wedding that went down at The Union on Eighth in Georgetown, Texas. I first fell in love with this venue back when I freelanced for my friend Without Wax Katy in 2015. She also happens to be the owner of this sweet little venue so when Kristen reached out to me about doing the florals for her summer wedding there I was instantly on board. If only for the excuse for a weekend in Georgetown (and eating at Monument Cafe), lucky for me the wedding turned out to be pretty adorable as well.

Kristen + Justin | Gloria Goode PhotographyKristen + Justin | Gloria Goode PhotographyKristen’s inspiration was super colorful and playful. She also wanted to add in an accent color of that deep turquoise blue in the velvet ribbon which I LOVED.

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We originally had plans to adorn the outdoor arch with greenery, but last minute it was just too hot and Kristen decided to have the ceremony indoors and we created this asymmetrical floating altar of greenery. It was made entirely out of smilax and was so simple yet really made such a pretty focal point for the ceremony.

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The simple centerpieces were SO easy. And take notes- if you want something simple and affordable, but also makes a BIG impact do this! We lined the tables in smilax and then did a ton of taper candles. It was so pretty. Thankfully The Union allows tapers because there are so many venues that do not.

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We kept the cake super simple with just a few touches of florals and this is pretty much my favorite look for a cake lately. Super clean, white, but with some interesting proportions- see how that top tier is taller than the others? It’s a thoughtful little detail that makes the cake look so much more interesting than just a typical white cake.

Kristen + Justin | Gloria Goode Photography

Thank you Kristen for trusting me with your wedding, I loved carrying out your beautiful vision! Brides of Austin also did a small feature of this wedding in their latest issue which you can see here.

Photography | Gloria Goode Photography

Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop

The Laura Hooper Calligraphy workshop was something I have wanted to be a part of for awhile. I am a pretty big fan of her work, follow her on instagram and the sort (have you seen her new laser cut place cards? Must. use them. somewhere.) So when I found out she was coming to Houston I immediately stalked around the internet for all the details I could find. I finally found out that Ashley from Sugar and Cloth blog would be hosting the workshop and therefore in charge of all design details including the flowers. By the way, if you haven’t checked out her blog do so now. It’s completely adorable and I love her style! I am hoping to work with her again in the future too. Fingers crossed on that front. So I e-mailed Ashley and  begged asked her if I could be a part. I was more than a little excited when she e-mailed me back saying yes! She sent this inspiration photo and told me she wanted the arrangements to be mainly greenery.

lhcalligraphy workshop floral inspirationVery fall, but in a fun way. I immediately knew it would be a good idea to do arrangements that lent themselves to fall elements- greenery and loads of texture, but with fun and happy colors- no burnt orange, no brown. Can those colors just die already? Next, I sourced some vases- I gave Ashley a couple of choices, but was secretly hoping she would pick these.

white birch vaseWhich she did (!). I loved them because they were wintery without being themey or annoying, yet still white and clean. These photos don’t even do them justice, when I saw them in person and saw the real birch bark and the crazy texture and peeling nature of these…they were just so so pretty/awesome. Next came the day to drop them off, which also happened to be a wedding day. I feel very fortunate because if it had been any other wedding day it probably wouldn’t have worked for a myriad of reasons- we were out of town, we had to be on location too early, our car would have been full, etc. etc. BUT this wedding day we weren’t actually allowed into the venue until 2:30, so after an 8am drop off of these bad boys- I actually headed home to wake up Kris and Phoenix and do a few chores/normal Saturday things (what are those?) before heading off to our wedding. Couldn’t have been more perfect. I was just so excited to take part, and I enjoyed watching my instagram blow up for a few days afterwards too :) A hundred likes….a hundred! Seriously though, I’m trying to care less about that stuff…really I am. #itsnotworking

Um, anyways- on to the goods. Oh man, did I luck out at the wholesalers or what? The prettiest coral charm peonies I ever did see and that waxflower, I don’t know the correct name of this color, but it was awesome with those tiny pink petals and bright orange centers. I was only wishing I had bought more of it.

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And let’s just talk about how cute this workshop was, I’m a sucker for a white bright space with pretty details and that pretty much sums up Ashley’s style/her studio. I want to live/work/eat/breathe in here.

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Also lucked out getting pomegranates on a stem. They were a really fun autumnal/textural element to work in there.

LH Calligraphy Workshop | Sugar and Cloth | Jared Smith Photography | Jennifer Laura Design Florals

LH Calligraphy Workshop | Sugar and Cloth | Jared Smith Photography | Jennifer Laura Design Florals

LH Calligraphy Workshop | Sugar and Cloth | Jared Smith Photography | Jennifer Laura Design Florals

LH Calligraphy Workshop | Sugar and Cloth | Jared Smith Photography | Jennifer Laura Design Florals

Thank you so much to Ashley and Laura for letting me be involved- such a treat to be associated with those two, if only for a moment :) And go check out Ashley’s blog to see more of this event right here!

{Vendor Credits: Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop, Hosted by- Sugar and Cloth, Photography- Jared Smith Photography, Florals- Jennifer Laura Design}

Happy and Bright {To Live To Love Photography}

I have to start out by saying that this is not a shoot I designed. I pulled together the vendor team and provided the florals, but other than that this was completely designed and pulled together by my fabulous spring intern Heather Darr of Darrling Design. Heather and I started working together last spring and she was just such a blessing to have in my life! She became not only a wonderful intern, but a good friend- she didn’t live too far away and we ended up having about 2-3 crafting days at my apartment every week during my busiest season. Since then she has gotten a real job and moved on (waaah!!), but we a good run and she sure made my life easier there for awhile. During our many crafting sessions she mentioned a styled shoot that she had been planning and some of the details had kind of fallen through- they lost their photographer/model, etc. Then she showed me the mood board for the project and I said “Heather, we have to make this happen!” It was too good not to bring it to life.

Darrling Design Mood Board

It wasn’t until a few months later that we actually had the time to start pulling vendors together and solidifying all the details, but I was really excited to make this happen. I started with our photographer- Ashley with To Live To Love Photography had reached out to me a long time ago when her sister was getting married and they thought she might enlist the help of a planner. She didn’t end up hiring anyone, but I bookmarked her because I was just so darn impressed with her. I still am actually- she designed and photographed this UNDERWATER shoot for crying out loud. How does this woman not have 5 million followers on instagram??! So needless to say I had been itching to work with her for awhile and just needed a project to come along. Fact: I’m still itching to work with her and have a big fun idea in the works with her coming up hopefully soon- amateur photogs and stylists stay tuned!! Then I pulled my favorite makeup girl Erica with Hey Lovely and then our lovely model Kaite is actually an old friend from high school. She reached out to me about providing florals for her wedding and I was unfortunately unavailable so I thought this might be a fun way to do something together anyway, plus her and her fiancee are completely adorable and pretty perfect for the happy colorful vibe we were going for.

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We shot everything at Brazos Bend State Park which was my second time out there and significantly less rainy than the first time. If you are looking for a magical outdoorsy shoot location in Houston then this is the place you want to go. Chances are it will be a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it, I promise.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

It was a lot of fun working with paper flowers.  It was really easy and I really liked mixing in the real and the paper, to where you almost can’t even tell whats what anymore.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

These hand painted signs by Paper and Posies were GORGEOUS. I loved them so much I immediately commissioned her to make one for my surprise proposal I had coming up. We e-mailed back and forth and it finally came down to it that we were on too tight of a timeline and we didn’t have time to get it shipped, so I had to DIY one of these. You can see my sad sad imitation of this from Monday’s post here.

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No comparison really, but hey- you do what you gotta do! We planned that surprise proposal in a week after all…

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

This backdrop was a labor of love created by Heather and her sister. It’s so crazy how you (when I say you I mean I) see things like this on Pinterest or get an idea for something that seems so simple…and then fast forward to hours upon hours of cutting and tying crepe paper strips individually by hand. I get into these situations all the time- oh, hand stamp, stuff, hole punch, and ribbon tie 300 feather and glitter bags- piece of cake….4 days and a claw hand later I’m re-thinking everything I thought I knew about my life. This was one of those projects. We shot this in the middle of a Houston summer and these girls were at this for hours- still tying pieces just minutes before this shot was taken. I think it was worth it though- it’s gorgeous. and would be so perfect for a ceremony or a dessert table backdrop.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Next we have our little sweetheart table. You see what I mean about this park being magical? There are a million spots nestled here like this, seriously no shortage of perfect spots to shoot.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Heather made every single one of these paper flowers. I believe she did so with her cricut explore. Which I still am in desperate need of one of those- I’m sure you have heard all over blogland how they are the best things since sliced bread…er paper.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

These were leftover confetti poppers Heather had from one of my spring weddings that I still haven’t shared yet (magazine feature coming soon!), Heather gave them an adorable little makeover and they were perfect for this shoot. And if you are wanting an awesome wedding exit (and are allowed to make a mess) consider confetti poppers- these were SO much fun.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Thanks so much to everyone involved and an especially big thanks to my intern Heather for not disappointing! Want to see more? Check out our feature over on 100 Layer Cake.

{Vendor Credits- Photographer: To Live To Love Photography,  Styling & Design: Darrling Design, Florals: Jennifer Laura Design, Hair & Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup, Paper: Paper & Posies, Models: Kaite Dittman & Austen Baldridge}

{A JLD Proposal} Ron and Tiffany

You know what’s funny is that after a couple of weeks off working starts to feel fun again. I start dreaming about projects I want to work on and clients I want to take on. I actually met with really awesome potential clients last week that made me remember exactly why I love my job. Hearing about their ideas, getting visions of gorgeous locations…just spending an hour with them brought back a million and one reasons why I love working in this industry. They might book their date with me, they might not. I’m putting that in God’s hands and letting him lead me wherever he wants to take in 2015. I’m not going to let the little stuff get to me :)

Anyways, I have A TON to get you all caught up on. But I wanted to start in a logical place with this surprise proposal featured on Wedding Chicks now over a month ago (where has the time gone??). I try to keep up with these and feature them on the blog the same day or shortly after the features go up, but October and the first half of November got completely away from me. We were traveling all across Texas and did four weddings in six weeks so this proposal got a mention on facebook and that was about it.

This proposal kind of looked like a styled shoot/advertorial when it went up on Wedding Chicks, but I assure you it wasn’t. Wedding Chicks decided to take it that route by titling the shoot “Using a Coordinator to Help Plan a Proposal”. I actually wasn’t a huge fan of them presenting it that way because a) it makes it look like an advertisement and b) I like the title “coordinator” about as much as I like poop in Phoenix’s diaper. ie. not at all. I consider myself a lot of things, but a coordinator isn’t one of them. Do I coordinate? Yes, but it is probably the part I enjoy the absolute least and it sounds so generic. Not to complain, I’m still stoked to be featured on Wedding Chicks any day of the week, I just wanted to clear that up since it kind of irked me. And no, I didn’t pay for this feature. And yes, I liken this to a problem one might have about his wallet being too small for his hundreds. And yes, I’m whining. End rant.

If you want to catch yourself up, here is the post and mood board from last summer. That seems so long ago and yet, 5 minutes ago all at the same time. I love Kristen’s photography style so much, I just want her to follow me around and capture me eating cheeseburgers and doing really unglamorous things like scratching my nose. It seems like she would make it look so elegant and beautiful somehow. But anyway…let’s start with some of the detail shots that Kristen grabbed before Ron and Tiffany showed up. We had planned to do the entire proposal at the Japanese Zen Garden at Hermann Park, which is in fact where we originally set up. Just imagine us dragging this desk, wing chair, and cake through half of the park to get to the center where the zen gardens are. #workout

Jennifer Laura Design | Surprise Proposal | Kristen Curette Photography

We were originally rushing to get everything set up on time and then rushing to get these detail shots before they showed up. But after about 15 minutes there were detail shots galore and no word from Ron (our proposer). We waited around for about 30 more minutes and started to get worried because the zen gardens were slated to close soon. At one point, Kristen even suggested we move everything, but afraid they could show up at any moment it seemed too risky.

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About ten minutes later, Kristen gets a call from Ron who is hopelessly lost. After all the e-mails back and forth and planning out every detail, Ron had forgot to mention that he had no idea where the zen gardens were! Kristen did her best to explain how to get there and then we waited some more. At this point, we had about 15 minutes before the gardens were going to close. Ron calls back and tries to get her to explain again how to get there. I furiously start texting him some landmarks that I can think of that I saw on my way in. Kristen finally agrees to meet the couple over by a nearby museum so she can walk him into the park. I walk part of the way with her and stand at the entrance to the zen gardens to make sure they don’t close the gate on us before they can make it back. A few minutes later, I see Kristen come around the museum followed by a smiling Ron and a not-so-smiling Tiffany. Both Kristen nor myself had ever met her before so I can only imagine how she felt getting dragged all over with no idea of what was going on (with her boyfriend on the phone with some girl she doesn’t know!). Meanwhile, I’m just praying we don’t get kicked out of the zen garden. Finally, we all make it back into the garden and to our set up, and although I think Kristen and I had originally wanted to be invisible we now know that Tiffany has seen us and is probably wondering who on earth we are. I still tuck behind a tree as they walk into the set up while Kristen tries to hide a bit too while snapping photos. I love these next few pictures so much because you can see the look of exasperation turn into complete joy once she realizes what is happening.

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And then they lived happily ever after….totally kidding. Then we got kicked out of the park. I even went up to the officer who was yelling at us to get out to let him know what had happened and if they could have a few moments to enjoy themselves, but apparently stuff like this happens there all the time and he really couldn’t have cared less about their engagement. So we decide to pack up and move so we can get a few more shots. Now imagine us hauling all of this stuff- desk,  wing chair, cake, once again out of the zen garden and to another pretty spot Kristen scouts out quickly. Set up again- and snapped the rest, these are all from our second location.

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We didn’t get too many different shots here, but since this was a real engagement I was just happy that Ron and Tiffany got to spend some time and actually enjoy the moment without some police officer yelling at them. It was a perfectly imperfect day that I know they will always treasure. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

{Vendor Credits: Photography: Design and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Kristen Curette Photography, Cake- Dream Slice Cakes, Prop/furniture rentals- Recollection Vintage Rentals Bourbon and Bloom, Macarons- Macaron by Patisse}

Natural Beauty Styled Shoot {Jen Wojcik Photography}

Phew! The last month has been building up to what was the biggest wedding of my career so far. I feel like I keep saying that, but the truth is my weddings are getting bigger, more detailed, more awesome, and 100% more complicated. This one was a doozy and I can’t wait to share as much as I possibly can. But for now, let’s talk about this shoot that was featured over on Wedding Sparrow last week. I first talked about this shoot here, so go read that first.

I’ll wait :)

Ok, so now that you are all caught up let’s get into the details. There actually weren’t a ton of details. Which I kind of regret. At the time I had neither the time nor the budget to do a full blown table, cake table, etc, but looking back I love this style so much that I just want to see more. NOW in my defense, nothing went like clockwork this day so maybe it was for the best that we hadn’t planned more. We arrived to Brazos Bend State Park (which is the most beautiful place possibly ever) and started scouting a location- we found an awesome spot with lots of trees and lots of moss and got hair and makeup rolling. The weather looked iffy, but it wasn’t raining- it was actually the perfect amount of overcast. The second our gorg model Kylie was ready and stepped into her dress, the clouds opened up and all hell broke loose. Thank goodness we had umbrellas to get her and all of the florals to the car. Everything that wasn’t a model or flowers got soaked including my husband and child, who had tagged along to play at the park :-/, needless to say that didn’t happen. We then drove around for awhile and our photographer Jen got out and wandered around in the downpour looking for a covered area that wasn’t covered in picnic benches. We lucked out and found a pretty wooden structure right on the water.

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

 

You can quite literally see rain all over the wooden floor. And you can’t tell, but it was still pouring all around us.

 

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

This dress was perfection. Designed by Chloe Dao who I very much remember from season 2 of project runway. She has the cutest little shop in rice village and is oh so talented.

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

One of my old friends from high school did the makeup, she just started her own business (Kylee Nicole Makeup) and she is crazy talented- future brides- go HIRE HER :) We also might have gotten a chuckle out of the fact that our entire team was made up of two Jens (myself and photography) and two Kylees (model and makeup).

http://www.kyleenicole.com/Blog/

http://www.kyleenicole.com/Blog/

http://www.kyleenicole.com/Blog/

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

We were finally able to venture out when it stopped raining about an hour later.

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

You can even see the raindrops here on the plate. By this time we were all soaked and no one even cared anymore.

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I love the way I styled this paper, but Jen’s lens kept fogging up so she took these later where the Twinkle and Toast’s amazing paper looks about 100% better.

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

If I was really clever, I would photoshop the good paper images into the styled photo, but ain’t nobody got time for that. At least not today :) Thanks to everyone involved- it was a really fun day despite the crazy weather. And I just got an entire weekend’s worth of perfect temperature and weather for my wedding, so this girl isn’t complaining.

Photographer: Jen Wojcik Photography | Floral Design: Jennifer Laura Design | Hair and make up: Kylee Nicole |  Dress: Chloe Dao | Paper: Twinkle and Toast | Model: Kylie Day at Neal Hamil Modeling Agency 

Christine and Donnie {Tessa J Photography}

Christine and Donnie. This was a such a fun event. If you are new here here are a few posts to get you caught up- Christine and Donnie sneak peek, Christine and Donnie instagrammed, and Christine and Donnie bridals and engagements.

No worries, I’ll wait :)

So by now you know that this was not a wedding. Christine and Donnie were celebrating their five year anniversary and in doing so decided to celebrate the wedding they weren’t able to have five years ago. It was such a magical day and I can’t wait to break it down for you. Let’s get into it!

So this was definitely a DIY affair. I would say Christine and Donnie did about 50% themselves and they were so fun to brainstorm with. The renewals took place at Christine’s parent’s property which is a magical little property out in Pearland. It is the kind of place I would want to live someday, it felt isolated and in the country, but it wasn’t very far away from anything. It was actually about a 10 minute drive from my parent’s house in Friendswood, which was an extremely nice change of pace since 90% of our weddings have been over an hour away.

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Christine worked with her friend to design her invitation suite and they were very cool. The RSVPs even included a little sketch her daughter Harley did.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Special little bouts wrapped in gold wire. Which is my new favorite way to wrap things by the way.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Here are a couple of the signs that Christine and Donnie made. I love a nice, big, schedule to welcome your guests! And the property was pretty expansive so the direction sign to give people the lay of the land was crucial.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Guests exited their cars at the entrance and then chalk arrows led them to the back of the property where we had this little ribbon moment to lead them to the ceremony. Ribbon is such an easy and inexpensive way to get a “wow” moment. I will never get tired of a good ribbon installation.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

This drink station was just beyond the ribbon arch and in front of the most darling chicken coop I’ve ever seen. Behold.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Chickens make the perfect wedding accessory, I highly recommend them ;-)

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Christine and Donnie walked down the aisle together which I loved. It was the perfect way to change up the ceremony just a bit to make it a renewal and not a wedding.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Best moment of the ceremony had to be when their little boy Jude dumped his sister’s flowers out of her basket. I can totally see Phoenix doing something like that. It doesn’t get any cuter than that people.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

One of my favorite backdrop ideas thus far. Golden wood planks strung up and swagged from the trees made for a pretty big impact.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

This was the first event that I did 100% of the florals. It made for a very busy pre-wedding week, but it gave me so much joy! I hate to say that I have been disappointed on more than one occasion when the flowers show up at my weddings- either too plain, too grandma, too this, too that. It was such a good feeling to have complete control over the biggest design element. Flowers really do make or break an event.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

I got these little votive cups from Topher for my birthday over two years ago. They have just been sitting in my storage closet waiting to have a moment. They are BHLDN and I love them so much.

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography 

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

What’s a first dance without your little girl twirling in the background?

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

These color dipped s’mores were COOL. We used giant ones and followed this tutorial. It was beyond easy and made the s’mores bar just that much more special.

http://www.thekitchn.com/try-this-dip-dyed-marshmallows-idlewife-184658

http://www.thekitchn.com/try-this-dip-dyed-marshmallows-idlewife-184658

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

And it wouldn’t be a proper send off without loads and loads of confetti. It’s messy, but probably my favorite type of exit ever. psh. birdseed, I’m over you ;-)

And if you need to see more, head over to 100 Layer Cake today for the full feature and more info from Christine!

{Vendor Credits: Photographer: Tessa J. / Venue: Private Residence (bride’s parent’s property) / Design, Coordination, & Florals: Jennifer Laura Design / Hair & Makeup Artist: Hey Lovely Makeup / Invitation designer:Samantha Aguilera / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Catering: Ladybird / Rentals: One Stop Tents and Events / Gold Linen: Aztec Events and Tents / Drink Canister: Bourbon and Bloom / B&G chair signs, head table place cards, and confetti: Darrling Design / Dress: Jenny Yoo from BHLDN / Shoes: Corral Boots}