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

Liberty + Stephen | Feather and Twine Photography

Welcome to the really fun, extremely colorful, and whimsical wedding of Liberty and Stephen. Man, this wedding was such a treat to plan and design, Liberty was up for anything and really wanted to do more and more and more! Liberty hired me when she had already completed about half of the planning herself, I typically get hired on much earlier in the process and that is what I prefer, but when she told me what she had in mind and that her photographers were my very good friends Kelsey and Talon from Feather and Twine, I was SO down. PLUS she hadn’t really pulled together any of the design elements yet, so it was good timing. Liberty originally wanted a garden party wedding with lots of teacups and a vintage vibe, I took note of that, but I also noticed that a lot of her recent pins on Pinterest had more of a boho vibe that she was also drawn to. So when I created her mood board, which is always the first stepping stone in my design process I pulled together these two mood boards.

Liberty + Stephen Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

Bohemian Eclectic Vibes Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

We’ve got Garden party Fresh and Boho Eclectic Vibes, Liberty liked both boards, but these definitely made her realize that she liked components of each, but neither board individually as a whole. Which brought us to our final mood board- the Boho Garden Party.

Boho Garden Party Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

After combining both boards, it gave us the perfect platform to jump off from and propel our design decisions forward.

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We hired Wide Eyes Paper Co. to create this rustic and whimsical invitation suite. We then designed the logo and created those circle tags ourselves, note- if you are looking for a cool design element for your invitations- something like this requires a 2″ stamp, a circle cutter, some paper, a hole punch, twine, and not even that much extra time. It really helped pull the invitations together and look that much more special.

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My other business Houston Chalkboard Art, did all of the signage…that sounds kind of weird and fancy because technically I did all of the signage, but we do officially have a separate business to house chalkboard art, signage, backdrops, etc now. The signs for this wedding were so fun to make because they included super simple graphics that coordinated with the paper and then this awesome watercolor backdrop that helped pull in some of that mint and turquoise in our color palette.

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I always hear couples do the first look debate, should we or shouldn’t we? I for one didn’t do it at my wedding and would love to go back and do this, I hear so many good things about them from my couples, it seems like such a personal and amazing moment. I’ve never heard from anyone that regretted it.

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Liberty had already hired Bramble and Bee as her florist when I came on the scene, the flowers were completely gorgeous, unique, and fun so it was a win in my book. Remember when I used to whine that there were no good florists in Houston? Well Maggie from Bramble and Bee, the gals from Blush and Vine, plus Holly from Flower Vibes are changing all of that! Our choices are SO much better than they were 4 years ago.

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Liberty had this amazing tulle layer skirt that went over her dress, it came off for the reception for a little drama, but it was unlike anything I had ever seen and it was just the perfect element for these windy outdoor photos, it was so dreamy and ethereal.

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This wedding took place at Pecan Springs, which is a completely beautiful venue. Unfortunately, this venue has been duplicated so many times across Texas that it has lost a bit of its uniqueness. Liberty and I both knew that going into this that making Pecan Springs look unique and different was our main challenge. I think we nailed it, I’ve seen a lot of photos of this altar and it’s never looked quite so lovely.

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I hired Events to Remember to do the draping and then Maggie came in with her floral magic. She did smilax trailing up the arch and then hung that lovely floral chandelier above the couple.

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We did a mix of wine satin, blush silk, and hand dyed ombre cotton ribbons on the bouquets. It made the bouquets look so happy and all those different fabric textures made for a nice bohemian mix.

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A polaroid guest book awaited guests inside, they were able to snap selfies and then hang them up on these frames with mini clothespins. It was an activity that continued well into the night and it was fun to see the frames get fuller and fuller.

Liberty + Stephen | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

The place settings consisted of a little letter than Liberty and Stephen wrote to each other, we wrapped it up in the same kraft paper tags we used in the invitations and some twine and greenery. We also made little himmeli sculptures to house each guest’s place card.

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The table numbers were these wooden craft blocks I purchased at Hobby Lobby, Kris cut a small slit in the top to slide the table number card, and then I did a watercolor effect, similar to our signage, up the sides. That paired with the larger himmeli sculptures made for some really fun centerpieces.

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This is one of my favorite photobooth backdrops I have made. I hand dyed some cotton fabric, sewed it to a dowel, added some ribbon and golden balloons. My bathtub is still pink from all the dying we did, but it was totally worth it. Actually it’s Topher’s bathtub, so sorry love!

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Lisa from Maple and Love made our amazing trio of cakes for the dessert table. She is new in town and I’m so glad I found her, everything was delicious and look at those gold painted cakes, I mean- come on.

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To accompany the cakes Lisa also made chocolate gems (they tasted like Hershey’s cookies and cream- my fave!), fortune cookies, chocolate and caramel tartlets, and cupcakes.

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She even baked custom fortunes into each cookies that said things like “Fortune favors those who dance the hardest to Drake and Beyonce #libertylovesstephen”.

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At 10pm, the late night snack rolled in- and guests got to snack on Rita’s Frozen Custard. I always love the look of joy on guests faces when they see there is a late  night snack. It’s certainly not a new wedding trend, but it’s a good one. I hope it sticks around.

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We also pulled out the chocolate covered pretzel favors right as everyone was leaving. I always get asked what the best wedding favors are and my answer is always the same- FOOD. Unfortunately, I see most other favors get left behind at weddings, but people don’t forget food. People really like food.

Liberty + Stephen | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

We tried out a new style of exit at this wedding in the form of these drip protected candles, and although I’m pretty sure about half the guests broke out into silent night, it was a very cool and romantic exit. I dug it.

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Thank you so much to Liberty and Stephen for allowing me to play a role in your wedding day! You guys were amazing and Liberty, I miss our daily e-mails! I wish you both so much happiness in your life. If you want to see more which I am sure you do…(right?) head over to 100 Layer Cake for the full feature today, along with some sage advice from the bride herself. Feather and Twine also wrote up their take on the event which you can see here.

Vendor Credits | Photographer- Feather and Twine Photography, Planning, Design, and Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Makeup and Hair- Pink Palette Artists, Cake- Maple and Love, Venue- Pecan Springs, Ceremony Music- 3rd Floor Strings, Reception Music- The Wedding Show, Invitations- Wide Eyes Paper Co. , Bartending- Bartending 2 U, Furniture Rentals- The Borrowed Flea, Catering- Pappasitos, Florist- Bramble and Bee, Officiant- Uncle Del Jones, Photobooth- The Houston Photobooth, Alcohol- Events with a Twist, Draping- Events to Remember, Late night snack- Rita’s Ice Custard, Graphics, Signage, and Photobooth Backdrop- Houston Chalkboard Art

Catye and Trey | Mustard Seed Photography

I don’t know if photographs will ever justify this wedding. It was a dream job. And today I am going to relive it with you. YEEESSSS. For Catye and Trey’s wedding I worked very closely with Catye and her mom Tracye, and can I just say that after a wedding it’s ALWAYS an adjustment to go from talking to my brides multiple times a day to them no longer needing me. It’s certainly one of the hardest/strangest parts of my job. I mean…Catye can you just get married again so we can plan another wedding? We could do one a year ;-) Kat with Mustard Seed Photography shot this day for us and she did a wonderful job as usual, her photos are so ethereal and perfect.

Catye and Trey | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

All of the paper and graphic design work was done by Allie Ruth and she is SO talented. Her little succulent illustrations, I MEAN come ON. She also dip dyed every letterpressed piece, and hand water colored the illustrations on the envelope. Each one was essentially a work of art.

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I hired Without Wax Katy to do the flowers. Catye originally wanted me to do the flowers and I would have LOVED to, but for a 280 person wedding I just wasn’t quite there with my business just yet (I am NOW which is exciting and terrifying! Picture Kris looking around in bewilderment saying- “Did you not think wedding days were hard enough?”). I did know that Katy would blow us all away though and I loved so much that Catye and Tracye didn’t even bat an eye when I told them I chose their florist, they didn’t want to see options or look into anyone else. They knew that whoever I chose would be perfect, that kind of trust really helped the entire planning process go like clockwork.

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Allie Ruth designed this sign and I painted it onto an easel that Kris built.

Catye and Trey | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

The Carriage House housed the reception, it’s a newer venue in Conroe and I can’t say enough about the owner Kenni, this woman may be the hardest working person I’ve ever met. She was really wonderful with all of our requests. We asked her to move just about everything out- all of her tables and chairs, all of her furniture pieces, EVERYTHING. She was really wonderful about it.

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The Ceremony took place at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, it was really beautiful with some of the best ceremony music my ears have ever heard. If you have any interest in having angels sing at your wedding- give The Homestead a call, they are an extremely talented band. Catye walked down the aisle to Beloved by Tenth Avenue North (one of my favorite bands) and it was completely breathtaking.

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I love that Catye brought her dog to take photos with, especially because I did the exact same thing at my own wedding :)

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This escort card wall was something that I designed very early on. I knew I wanted it to be a total show stopper. It turned out even better than I imagined and was a complete and total group effort. Catye’s dad constructed it and stained it the prettiest shade of grey, Allie Ruth dip dyed and hand wrote ALL of those gorgeous escort cards, and then Katy came and added an especially large dose of pretty with all of those flowers.

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As for the reception space, The Carriage House is already completely beautiful, but we knew we were going to be bringing in farmhouse tables and cross back chairs and it was going to be A LOT of wood, so I wanted to soften up the ceiling with this beautiful draping and lights. The Carriage House already has chandeliers hanging so the draping was so perfect in making it look like the chandeliers were just floating in these big fluffy, very pretty clouds. We also softened up the space a bit more by mixing in some rounds with a pretty soft white linen.

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Allie Ruth once again worked her magic and made us these beautiful table numbers, then we nestled them into a big pile of succulents.

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It’s hard to see in photos, but these linens had little metallic threads of silver running through them and were so elegant, subtle, and pretty.

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Each place setting consisted of these gorgeous Arte Italica chargers that we brought in from Dallas- please Houston GIVE US MORE PLACE SETTING OPTIONS! I had originally proposed bringing in full place setting rentals from Casa De Perrin from California, but then after a bit of searching Catye was able to find them at a great rental place called Posh in Dallas. We also did these little succulent favors, a place card, and a dip dyed stamped menu napkin, you can read all about the process of creating those here.

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Posh also curated a collection of 280 blush pink goblets just for us, it was a beautiful mix of glassware on the tables with the pink goblets, vintage mint votives, and touches of silver mercury glass in the vases and favors.

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Oh and that gold flatware that Posh also provided. I am here to tell you that you can mix gold and silver on the same table, as long as it is intentional and you have both metallics in multiple places it will work.

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Our dessert table was masterminded by Kristina from Buttercup Bakery. Her desserts are completely delicious and beautiful.

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Allie Ruth of course provided our dessert labels for us. She also designed a couple different napkins for us and we had them printed up in gold foil at For Your Party.

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Catye and her dad did THE BEST father daughter dance I’ve ever seen. It started out as a slow dance and then turned into a montage of dance/rap songs.

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At the end of the night Rosemary’s Catering served up these nitrogen creamsicle pops. You picked your flavor of ice cream and a topping and they would make it and freeze it with nitrogen right there. It was definitely winning ALL the awards for coolest late night snack.

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And then we sent the happy couple off with sparklers, which is a pretty popular way to do a send off these days, but still my very favorite. It lights up the night and is SO pretty in photos.

Thank you to all the hardworking vendors that kicked it on this wedding, it was a total dream to work with everyone. Also, thank you to Southern Weddings for featuring our wedding on their blog last week. Such a lovely surprise, you can see more over on their site, including the perspective from the bride Catye, which lets face it, is way more important than mine :)

Vendors:  Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography | Planner: Jennifer Laura Design |Videographer: 31 Films | Ceremony Venue: The Woodlands United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Carriage House | Florist: Without Wax Katy | Cake and Dessert Baker: Buttercup Bakery | Caterer: Rosemary’s Catering | Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Paper Products: Allie Ruth Design | Bride’s Gowns: Jim Hjelm and “Santina” by Watters | Bride’s Hair Accessories: Twigs and Honey | Hair Stylist: Salon Bugatti | Makeup Artist: Jennifer Aronson Makeup | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Annabelle” by Jenny Yoo | Menswear: Jos A. Bank and The Tie Bar | Napkins: Sea meets the Sky | Draping: AJ’s Urban Petals | Favors: Cactus Limon | Guest Book: Bleu De Toi

Vivian and Kevin NYE Wedding | Feather and Twine Photography

This wedding was a good one. Vivian and Kevin hired me in December of 2014 at a point in my career when I wasn’t sure if I could continue at the pace I had been keeping up. I wrote this super weird post. I’m pretty sure they read it too because when I met with them they both wanted to make sure that I was indeed still taking weddings. I was taking weddings, but with a bit more thought and care than I had in the past. I was no longer taking any bride who needed any level of service, I wasn’t interested into fitting into everyone’s box of what they needed their planner to be and instead wanted to take on weddings that I could really take a lot of ownership in. I’ve written about how I only offer full service planning, and now after doing this for a year, it was the best decision I’ve made for my business. I couldn’t have asked for better clients to come and find me. Before we get too far into this, you can go check out their engagements here– which also happened to be featured in The Knot Texas magazine which was pretty special leading up to their big day.

So now that you are all caught up, let’s start at the beginning. So Vivian is an artist (and geologist) and her and Kevin were both very interested in creating a wedding day that really felt like them as a couple. They are children at heart and the words child-like wonder, fantasy, celestial, kept popping up when we talked about the look and feel of their wedding day. The wedding day was also extremely small, a gathering of 56 of their closest friends and family. From planning a wedding myself and talking to brides pretty much everyday, I know that most people want a small intimate wedding, wanting a small wedding and actually pulling one off are SO different. Once everyone tallies up all the people they are actually going to invite PLUS the parent’s lists, PLUS the in-laws list…they have kissed their small and intimate wedding goodbye. But here Vivian and Kevin were actually able to do it and it made their wedding extremely special. They were able to do things like take photos with ALL of their guests during the cocktail hour and actually dance and enjoy their wedding instead of spending all night circling guest tables.

Vivian + Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

We worked with Color Quarry on the invitations and Amanda is very good at what she does. She creates these completely custom illustrations that are quite magical, then has them letterpressed, they are gorgeous. Vivian really wanted the invitations to feel like the guests were opening a little treasure chest. I think we certainly accomplished that- and can I just say wax stamping something makes a world of difference. It really takes things to another level, and it’s not difficult or expensive, they make wax stamp hot glue guns so it really is impossible to screw up.

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Vivian’s dress was a dress I had been trying to get BHDLN to send me for at least 3 styled shoots last year, it was one of their new pieces and I am low man on the totem pole over there so I could never get my hands on it. When Vivian sent me an image of her dress I almost died and went to heaven. I  finally get images of this insanely gorgeous dress and on one of my brides, not a model. BETTER. I love how Kelsey shot it here too, so beautiful.

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Vivian’s head piece was something she had custom made in Spain, it was truly beautiful.

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In the last few months I’ve started a new business called Houston Chalkboard Art, I have received so many requests that it seemed like a natural thing to do, signage is something I’m really passionate about and I have loved taking on. It adds a lot to an event, Vivian designed the graphics for this sign for us and then I hand painted everything in a mix of gold and champagne metallic paint.

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We did all of the florals for this event and we had a really wonderful team to help us! We could never have done it without Abby, Dana, and Maddy! They really were so integral in bringing all of these large floral installations to life. You’ll see even more of their hard work when we get to the reception.

Vivian + Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

So I’ve mentioned it on social media, but this wedding happened to take place at Red Corral Ranch, which was the same ranch that Kris and I got married at. It was such a joy to be back on that property, it’s insanely beautiful and really not a thing had changed. Vivian and Kevin utilized the property in a completely different way than we did- we got married outdoors on the labyrinth structure and had our reception underneath the trees, they got married in the indoor celebration hall, it was quite cold on their NYE wedding so it was a good thing they did, and then they had their reception in the barn, filled with twinkle lights it was the perfect setting for a celestial and magical time. I showed my mom images of this wedding and she didn’t even recognize that it was the same property, I love that the property just kind of becomes whatever it needs to be for the couple and not the other way around. Kris and I are already planning our imaginary 10 year anniversary here and we’ve dreamed up entirely new places to have things.

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Covering these beams easily took our team a couple of hours, but it was so worth it. I really wanted to transform this barn into a lush garden.

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These menus were my little brain child, Vivian and Kevin wanted the place settings to feel like there was a sense of discovery happening so we combined the place cards and menus into an elegant diamond origami shape, they were one of my favorite design elements.

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After the grand exit, we all headed over to the after party to ring in the new year, Kris and my intern Maddy worked hard to get this set up during the reception.

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Nothing too elaborate, just some snacks and games.

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Oh and a balloon drop to ring in the new year!

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Thank you to Brides of Austin for featuring Vivian and Kevin’s wedding, and on your cover no less. That was such a surprise, honor, blessing, too many words to even describe how exciting it was to not only see my clients on the cover, but my florals as well. That bouquet was kind of a dream to create, it was so perfectly different and unique, the exact kind of thing you want a client to ask for. And that blue ribbon…I can’t even. You can go here to see the entire 4 page spread. If that isn’t enough you can also see more of this wedding along with a beautiful write up by our very favorite photography duo Feather and Twine here.

Vendors | Photography- Feather and Twine Photography, Planning, Design, and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Venue- Red Corral Ranch, DJ- Spacecraft Entertainment, Catering- The Peached Tortilla, Videographer- Honey Gem Creative, Video Music- Drew Barefoot, Cake + Desserts- Green Lily bakery, Rentals- Hill Country Event Rentals, Ribbon- Silk and Willow, Officiant- family friend Michael Lin, Paper- Color Quarry Letterpress

Liberty + Stephen | Feather and Twine Photography

When I meet with a potential client and they tell me that they have already booked their photographer…it’s always a a bit stressful. Photos from my bride’s weddings are so important on many levels. First, (the selfish reasons) if the photos are bad I can’t use them in my portfolio, I can’t share them on instagram, etc. Secondly, after spending a small fortune on a wedding, I feel like my brides deserve to have some amazing photos to remember their day? After the wedding it’s all they have left! So when Liberty told me they had already booked someone I sort of held my breath….this conversation always goes one of two ways- either they booked someone fantastic and I get excited or they booked a dud and my interest in even working with this bride starts to fade. When Liberty told me that they had booked Feather and Twine…I was ecstatic! Not only are they amazingly talented, but over the years they have become good friends of mine. We have done several shoots together at this point and love to refer our clients back and forth to each other. Talk about a sigh of relief and excitement. I came onto the wedding pretty late and they had already taken their engagements so I can take absolutely NO credit for how fantastic they are, but dude…San Francisco, you are looking mighty good. My brother has lived in San Francisco for about 5 years now and I have yet to go out to visit him…looking at these photos I’m not sure what I am waiting for!

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 Thanks for letting me share Liberty and Stephen, I can’t wait for March ’16!

Image Credits: Feather and Twine Photography

Nubia and Ryan | Korie Lynn Photography

I have been so insanely blessed this year to have some really amazing clients. Nubia and Ryan are no exception and have been so fun to work with. Their wedding is coming up this fall and I can’t wait- we have some really amazing vendors on board, my friend Korie Lynn being one of them, who happened to snap these gorgeous engagements.

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I Love the effortlessness of these. Just so pretty and timeless! Hope you all are having a great week, happy Wednesday!

Photos by | Korie Lynn Photography

Vivian and Kevin | Feather and Twine Photography

I am really excited to share these engagements. Two of my good friends- Kelsey and Talon with Feather and Twine shot the images and will also be shooting the wedding come December. Vivian and Kevin are the kind of clients I dream about. They have a really strong vision and know what they want, they look to me for creativity and direction, but they also push me outside of my comfort zone to do better. That happens you know, I get nestled into this safe zone- design wise, vendor wise, and creativity wise- and sometimes I need a little shove to go beyond what I think we can do. And from there things only get better. Vivian and Kevin are getting married on New Year’s Eve which I am really excited about, something about the magic of NYE feels really special. I’m SO ready. In the meantime, here are their completely adorable engagements to tide us over. A phrase we have been using a lot in the design process with them is “child-like wonder” and I think these engagements sum that up pretty perfectly. Vivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine PhotographyVivian + Kevin | Feather and Twine Photography

The Kemah Boardwalk has never looked so good amirite? Happy Thursday!

Photo Credits: Feather and Twine Photography

Catye and Trey | Giddy and Gold

You guys, I am so excited about this wedding coming up in August. I seriously can’t wait to show you everything we have planned! But for now take a peek at the cute couple that will be tying the knot, Catye and Trey.
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p.s. You can see some fun sneak peeks of wedding prep leading up to the big day by checking out #dunawaywithsinglelife on instagram

Photos by: Giddy and Gold 

{A JLD Wedding} Love is a Big Deal

Where do I start with this one? This was the most logistically complicated wedding I have ever done. I get approached all the time from brides who think they are going to save a ton of money by having a wedding at home. I am here to tell you that unless you are having a very small (less than 50 people) affair, that you are very likely going to spend more than you would have if you had just chosen a venue. Wedding venues aren’t cheap and I used to think they were just price gouging because they could. But I now know that these venues usually cost millions to build, they need an entire staff of people to maintain it, and another entire staff to book events- give tours, answer brides incoming questions, etc. This bride (who shall remain un-named, see this blog post for reasoning) came to me knowing her wedding was going to take place at her father’s ranch, she also had pretty realistic expectations of what things were going to cost. She wasn’t surprised when her rental quote came in at over $10,000 or when we needed generators, lighting towers for the parking area, and a handful of other things that you have to think about when having a wedding at home. She was a total dream bride- very much involved, but still trusted me completely, her vision and taste were awesome, beautiful, timeless, and elegant, but with a very fun nod to the rustic Texas ranch. Cheeky rustic with large doses of elegance is what I would call this wedding. Most of the guests were coming in from out of town, so the bride and groom really had a fun time slapping them in the face with Texas every chance they got…in a good way of course. Almost a cliche over-the-top version of Texas too…you will see what I mean. Let’s get into it shall we?

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Let me just start by saying that this ranch property was spectacular. The bride’s father lives here and he had taken an old church building, moved it here right on the water, renovated it, and added on to make his own home. If you look closely you can very much tell the main part of the house is a church- the beautiful bones are still there.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Guests arrived to the property and parked in a large area ranch hands had been clearing for months in advance. That’s another thing to consider for an at home wedding- parking space. Months before the wedding the bride and groom hired a company that would take care of a handful of things that needed to be done around the property- creating driveways into the parking area, leveling the reception floor space- which took place under a barn, cutting down weak pecan branches, clearing out a ceremony spot (waterfront) and even the week of the wedding they were doing things like drying out patches of wet land, spraying for mosquitos, and killing ant beds. Things that I’ve seen parents of the bride/groom doing before other home weddings. All things to consider if you want a wedding at home.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

We created this little sign to direct guests around the property. It was a huge ranch so something like this felt pretty necessary.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Pre- ceremony drinks of different flavored aguas frescas, lemonade, and water  met guests upon their arrival. And yes, this is going down as my favorite drink station of. all. time. We rented barrels and a vintage door from The Borrowed Flea to create our table- then used some drink cannisters from my personal inventory, I’ve also slowly been collecting wine boxes. I tell Kris to bring them home from work all the time, and I am slowly building a collection of these gorgeous boxes. To simplify things we used a disposable plastic cup with a printed logo in gold ink. Sorry, can’t show since it has the couple’s names on it :)

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

These chalkboard signs led guests beyond the drinks and onto the ceremony area.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

The Clarkes provided some of the best pre-ceremony music I have ever heard. They sang “hallelujah” as the bride walked down the aisle and it was completely breathtaking.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Post ceremony we had the cocktail hour waiting for everyone. Complete with open bar, lawn games, and a  longhorn photo booth.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

I don’t seem to have any photos of it, but the bride and groom really took the time to make their bar special. This menu shows their specialty cocktails, but there was a lot beyond this- lone star beer by the bucket, a special root beer from Wisconsin (where the groom was from), and a schlew of other things specially chosen by the couple.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

We also had lawn games sprinkled all over- corn hole, horseshoes, croquet, and bocce ball to keep everyone busy. They were a huge hit and me and my staff may have been spying Andy Samberg playing horseshoes. Don’t worry we didn’t gawk at him awkwardly or anything ;-) We provided score cards and pencils so everyone could keep tally.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

We also sprinkled these furniture vignettes throughout the cocktail hour for guests to relax. This was my first go with hay furniture and I really wanted it to be done elegantly and  not scream rustic hay. I think we accomplished this by surrounding it with some real furniture pieces, beautiful custom pillows, and some rentals from Bourbon and Bloom like the lantern and barrel seats. Oh and the flowers by Without Wax Katy don’t hurt my eyes one bit either.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

We also had tons of hors d’oeuvres going out during the cocktail hour. The bride had the idea for the servers to wear these shirts (that she bought for them) and jeans. It’s something that wouldn’t have crossed my mind, but now that we’ve done it here, I will want to do it all the time. Servers being on theme is my new favorite thing.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Here are the friendly longhorns for the photo booth. Another cheeky and over the top nod that we are on a ranch in Texas. We had handlers and a photographer on site and guests were able to climb on top of a longhorn and have their photo snapped and printed on site. This was one of those things that I really wanted to do- I love crashing the photo booth, but there just wasn’t time at that point in the evening.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

We brought guests over to the reception by having servers walking around with a couple of these dinner bells. It was something that the bride had mentioned to me very eeeearly in the planning stages and then we kind of forgot about, I forgot to include it in her design proposal, she forgot to mention it again, and then I magically remembered while I was ordering for her a couple of weeks before the wedding. I decided to surprise her by ordering them anyway. So glad I remembered, it was a very charming touch.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

This seating chart met guests on their way over to the reception area. As well as this large chalkboard menu.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

The reception took place just beyond this barn. It was a large open structure and we had seating underneath the barn and then spilling out on both sides underneath the pecan trees.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

The flowers by Without Wax Katy were spectacular and really put the finishing touch on everything. That girl is pure talent. We did a garland on the head table and wildly organic centerpieces filled with dahlias, ranunculus, hedera berry, and a ton of greenery on all of the other tables- we also mixed in rustic metal punched lanterns, red candles, and hexagonal beeswax taper candles.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Place settings were adorned with a fern leaf, a bit of oxblood red ribbon, and a hand lettered place card by Ladyfingers Letterpress.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

This cake makes me happy on many levels. We ordered a simply frosted buttercream cake and then had Katy deck it out. I ordered a very special brass cake stand that I still can’t believe I scored, I was in a bidding war on Ebay for that thing. I just had to have it for this wedding.

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

The bride provided this vintage cake topper that is pretty special and somewhat classic. And now for a few headless shots for ya :)

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Love is a Big Deal | Jennifer Laura Design | Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

And in case you were wondering if we had enough lights to see the ranch from space…yes. yes we did. Our lighting plan was quite an undertaking- we had someone do our lighting plan for us and then come in and hang all of the cord for the lighting- then another company (Aztec) come in and hang all of the lights on top of that. It made for really spectacular lighting. I don’t think pictures will ever do lighting justice though.

So there you have it, one of my favorite weddings ever. I really can’t write enough words to do this wedding justice. It was just really special- the couple involved, all of the details, the property. It was a really magical spot. Thanks for looking :)

{Vendor Credits: Venue- Photography- Love is a Big Deal, Pecan Acres Ranch, private residence, Event planning, design, and coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Florist- without wax katy, Rentals- Aztec Events and Tents, Vintage Rentals- Bourbon and Bloom and The Borrowed Flea, Table Numbers- Six Pence Press, Staffing- Austin Wedding Helpers, Invitations- Ladyfingers Letterpress, Signage- Jennifer Laura Design, Bartending- Bartenders on the Go, Catering- Goode Co., Longhorn Photobooth- J&D Entertainment, Bridesmaid dresses- BHLDN, Coffee bar/favors- Greenway Coffee Co. , Photobooth- Smilebooth, Wedding Cake- Central Market and Dream Slice Cakes, DJ- Daniel with The Wedding Show, Videography- Parizeau Productions, Hair and Makeup- Adorne Artistry}