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.

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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.

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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

Crate and Barrel Private Registry Event | Morgan Gosch Photography

A few months back Crate and Barrel asked me to plan their Private Registry Event for them. Crate and Barrel are pretty much the masters of the wedding registry and it is their goal to make the experience for couples registering as enjoyable as possible, they open their store early once a month (or so) to allow couples to come and register, they get the entire store to themselves and loads of staff on hand to answer questions, do demonstrations, etc. Crate and Barrel wanted to take that idea and expand on it, by inviting local vendors to come in and offer some additional fun interactions for the couples, while also advertising their businesses to Crate and Barrel brides. So that’s where I came in- to plan this additional portion of the event! Houston was one of 3 test spots to try out this new concept event- I’m hoping they turn it into a regular thing, because it was A LOT of fun. I brought in several of my favorite Houston vendors and we had a blast.

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We did a bit of pretty signage outside to help guests know which door to come into, plus I knew it was going to be a pretty little moment. I’m pretty much completely over chalkboard, but I’m really into painting on wood or brainstorming other interesting surfaces.

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Dionne, owner of Nib and Pixel came out to do her thing- she created custom crests for all of the couples there, they were just insanely beautiful- our color palette for this event was very neutral- white, black, gold, copper, wood, marble, with tiny touches of butter- I love that she stuck to that palette to create the crests.

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My good friend Erica, owner of Hey Lovely came out to do a braid and beauty bar- they did these beautiful braided up-dos and quick makeup demonstrations.

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Although I also planned this event, I like to make my life as difficult as possible and that wasn’t enough for me, so of course I had to get in on the fun and have a booth as well. I hired my amazing friend Abby to come and work it with me, she taught us all (myself included) how to make these beautiful hyacinth flower crowns, by the end of the day- we were all decked out in crowns.

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Smilebooth came and set up one of their super fun photobooths. Luckily, their booth was close to our booth- so we may have taken advantage of that. They also played along with our theme and did a golden filter for all the photos.

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My ridiculously cute October couple, Janice and Matt, also came- they are really too cute for words AND we just took some CRAZY engagements for them that I simply cannot wait to share.

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Everyone was also able to register with the store all to themselves, with tons of super helpful Crate and Barrel staff around to help them, looking back on my registering experience (blindly walking around Bed, Bath, and Beyond- WHAT??), I totally wish I could go back and do this instead.

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As a fun bonus for the event we had several “moments” set up around the store- both to show off some of the vendors work as well as get the brides inspired for their own wedding day. I treated it like a photoshoot and did several different “vignettes”. This was the invitation suite- designed by Nib and Pixel, it was really stunning.

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I also designed the tablescape- Nib and Pixel did the beautiful calligraphy on all of the marble pieces. We used all Crate and Barrel inventory and man- their stuff sure makes for an insanely pretty setting. I love the flowers that we created for this event too- I went a very soft and pretty route, but added in TONS of crazy and wild texture.

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Natalie, owner of Jade Magnolia created our cake, she also had a booth full of insanely beautiful and delicious treats for all the guests to sample.

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This event was so fun and very unlike what I typically do, so an extremely fun change of pace. I’ll keep you posted on social media if we do another event like this. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of that caramel drizzled cake up there!

Vendor Credits: Venue- Crate and Barrel | Photography- Morgan Gosch | Planning and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design | Hair and Makeup- Hey Lovely |  Desserts- Jade Magnolia | Calligraphy- Nib and Pixel | Photobooth- Smilebooth

Nubia + Ryan | Korie Lynn Photography

Nubia and Ryan were such a special couple to me. They were so fun to work with, cared deeply about the important details, and Ryan was involved every step of the way, and you know I have a soft spot for an involved groom. They weren’t always on the same page, but Ryan was there to support and give his opinion. AND a boy’s opinion always matters, even if it just helps the bride realize that his opinion is what she doesn’t want..it’s still extremely helpful.

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The invitations were made by Ladyfingers Letterpress and they were GORGEOUS! Letterpressed in the prettiest shade of lavender- the lace detail was taken from one of Nubia’s dresses.

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Nubia found herself in the situation that a lot of brides do, she fell in love with two dresses. Instead of agonizing over the decision, she decided to just embrace it and wear both. This softer lace one for her first look and then a more dramatic ruffled strapless dress for the ceremony and reception. Then she changed back into the lace number for the grand exit and off to the after party.

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The wedding took place at The Bell Tower on 34th and it is a really lovely space, they have several courtyards and they are all so beautiful.

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First looks are my favorite- this leaves SO much time for amazing photos. Plus the emotions captured at these just make my heart melt each and every time.

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Without Wax Katy did the florals and she blew it out of the water as usual, little did I know that she would RETIRE shortly after this wedding and our lovely little history of working together would end. She is just SO talented and she will forever be such an inspiration for me in the floral work that I do.

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We used Brideside to select the bridesmaid dresses online- this was a really great option for Nubia since she had bridesmaids who lived all over and there was never a chance to all go shopping together. They sent us dress swatches and Nubia and I were able to choose the colors while the girls picked between a variety of styles. I love the purple shades and different mix of styles we ended up with.

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The ceremony took place indoors in the Candela Ballroom. We did a purple draping in the center arch, a candle filled cross, and huge gorgeous arrangements created by Katy and her team. We filled the aisle with candles and petals.

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The cocktail hour took place outside in the Candela Fountain courtyard. We did a mix of tall cocktails with bar stools and some with no chairs. We also mixed the linens- the above being one of my favorite patterns from La Tavola and then the purpley rosette pattern below.

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Inside for the reception we did a mix of tall and low centerpieces- with these gorgeous lace chair covers. They tied in nicely with the lace details of the invitation and Nubia’s dress.

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The meal started with plaintain chips and a variety of salsas at each guest’s table and this was a touch I just loved because my obsession with chips and salsa is NO secret.

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Katy worked some magic and transformed this fireplace into a daydream.

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We kept the place settings super simple with just the napkins, menus, and a sprig of greenery (smilax if you were curious).

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Cakes by Gina created Nubia’s cake and modeled a lot of the details after Nubia’s second dress, then Katy added her magic of course.

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During the reception we passed out hats for a special Colombian dance. Then all the guests did a farewell toss of lavender.

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Nubia and Ryan- you guys are the best and I know you are just going to have such an amazing life together! Much love, and if you want to see more, you can head over to the feature over on Wedding Chicks! ps. also watch the video- it’s AMAZING!

Vendors | Planning and Coordination: Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography, Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th, Hair and Makeup: Kristin DaniellSunkissed and Made Up, Florals: Without Wax Katy, Rentals: Swift and Company, Draping: AJ’s Urban Petals, Ceremony Music: Detric Arts, Wedding Film: Cakewalk Films, DJ: Johnny Black Productions, Cake: Cakes by Gina, Linens: La Tavola

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Alison + Scott | Kendall Hanna Photography

Alison + Scott | Jennifer Laura Design | Kendall Hanna Photography

Alison and Scott’s wedding was awesome. This wedding made me happy on so many levels…the red white and blue color palette, the simple industrial vibes, I could go on and on. I only worked with Alison and Scott for about four months leading up to their wedding, they hired me in January and got married May 2. We crammed a lot into those four months and believe it or not I’ve planned a wedding in a shorter amount of time (try 2 weeks). They were so easy to work with- they had a design direction, but were open to ideas, and were extremely decisive. Nothing makes my job easier than a client who can make a decision and stick to it. I think in the first two weeks of working together we had nailed down their caterer, the late night snack truck, and their photographer. All pretty huge decisions which can sometimes take MONTHS. So let’s get into their photos- I am sort of weirdly proud of this wedding for one singular reason, which I’ll get into down below.

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Alison’s flowers were done by yours truly. This wedding was a learning experience, I knew what I was doing and it was a generally small wedding so I knew I could handle the flowers, but there is certainly a difference in being a florist only and being a florist and a planner. Having to stay up until 2am crafting centerpieces is one thing, but when I have to coordinate an entire wedding the next day…it was after this wedding that I started freelancing for a few bigger name florists in Texas to see how they handled everything. That has been a wonderfully eye opening experience and I have learned SO much in how these larger events get produced. Hiring floral freelancers is so important and learning that I can’t do everything is very good. This wedding was a good one to learn on because I certainly was not in over my head, a little tired sure, but I also have a three year old so I’m no stranger to that ;-)

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Alison and Scott have this adorable house in the heights, I am turning green with envy just typing that. This house is SO my speed and I would love a little bungalow like this.

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Their ceremony was at All Saints Catholic Church in the heights, it’s certainly unusual looking, but I am just really obsessed with it. The stars on the ceiling just make me so happy, how cool is that?

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The reception was at the Houston heights fire station, this venue is GORGEOUS, but unfortunately I wouldn’t really recommend it to my future clients… or anyone else for that matter. This place is so stinking pretty, but they don’t let you bring in your own rentals. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if they provided nice chairs, but the ones that they offer are folding metal. Most people use these floppy satin chair covers, but I actually hate those more than the metal. I have never used chair covers in my career and I wasn’t about to start now. We tried all sorts of things to try and get better looking chairs into this place, but it just wasn’t happening. Thus brings me to why I am strangely proud of this wedding- after installation was all said and done, I didn’t hate the metal chairs at all. Sure, things could have looked better, but it certainly wasn’t a deal breaker for me. They kind of (KIND OF) went with the cool industrial vibe we had going on.

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The seating chart was a huge roll of craft paper and attached to wood, it was one of those things that looked perfectly cool in the space, but since the most natural place to put it happened to be at the top of the staircase it was understandably really difficult to photograph.

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The centerpieces were wild and we alternated herbs in copper pots. We were originally going to use concrete, but Alison suggested copper, this was a great little change I was super happy with. I ended up buying small glass cylinder vases, but I didn’t want them to look like painted glass, so I painted them with plaster first to give them a cool texture, and then mixed a couple of copper and rose gold paints to get a shade I was happy with to paint over the plaster.

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We did pies, pies, and more pies. The guests were all geeking out over the fact that they got pie at a wedding. Several guests came through (some more than once) and got a slice of each flavor. It was a huge hit and just goes to show that if you want pie at your wedding- have pie. If you want a pretzel bar…have a pretzel bar. Nobody said you have to have cake at a wedding! p.s. ice cream was on hand nearby to pile on top of the pie as well. Perfect, now I’m drooling.

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These craft paper placemats doubled as our menu. They were hiding underneath the napkin at each place setting.

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Alison and Scott chose several different types of beer to honor the different places they have lived in their lives. I think they had six different kinds, it was a great touch that all the dudes really appreciated.

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Such a pretty space right? The reception was on the second floor of the fire station and it has these gorgeous windows that gets this super pretty light. BUT downstairs was where it was at. That’s where one of the best bands I’ve ever heard were housed. They were a 90’s cover band, which didn’t really register with me when Alison and Scott talked about them while we were planning. I was like, hmm..I’m not a huge fan of 90’s music. Well, that’s what I thought, until they played my entire childhood all night- cut to me and Topher singing along to. every. single. song.

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At the end of the night The Golden Grill rolled up and served everyone some very delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.

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This was one of those weddings we wanted to be a guest at. It was laid back, fun, and with a ton of awesomeness going on- pie, 90’s music, grilled cheeses. It was a perfect example of a couple chucking tradition and making their wedding suit them. I always want my brides to do this and as much as hiring a planner to help you (and as much as I try), sometimes they can’t climb into your brain to figure out what would be those cool personal touches to your wedding as much as you can. The couples that take the time to add those extra special ideas and touches…it always shows. And that’s when I think it’s cool to have a planner- you can just dump those ideas in their lap so we can sort them out and do the hard work of pricing and logistics. Can we afford a food truck? Do we need a special permit to bring one to our venue? None of those things are fun to think about when planning your wedding.

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Thanks to Alison and Scott for letting me plan their wedding, it was truly a pleasure.

Head over to 100 Layer Cake today to see more!

Vendors | photography: Kendall Hanna Photography | Planning, Design, and Floral: Jennifer Laura Design | Linens: Any Occasion Party Rentals | dessert table rental: Swift and Co | Catering:
Goode Company | Bartending: Bartending 2 U | Cake: Decapo’s Pastry Cafe | Ceremony Venue: All Saints Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Houston Heights Fire Station | Trolley: The Original Trolley Company | DJ:  The Wedding Show | Band: My So Called Band | Food Truck: The Golden Grill

Thanksgiving 2015 + some table setting tips

Every year my mom and her sisters switch off who has the holidays at their houses. This year happened to be the year my mom had thanksgiving. You can see two years ago when she had Christmas here. I always look forward to when my mom has a holiday- we pretty much have this deal that I can do whatever I want with little to no input from her. My mom has good taste, but we’re usually both so busy leading up to the holidays that it’s easier for me to come up with something that I know she will like. She is a very good sport about it and really does trust me to pull it all together. I do the decor and Kris cooks, which he loves to do, so it’s a win-win. Factor in the fact that there’s not a client involved which means no stress, we have a lot of fun with it.

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

We did a hot cider bar with lemon, rosemary, caramel, peppermints, and cinnamon. I don’t actually like cider, but from what I heard it all tasted great.

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I took the photos this year on our new camera…they aren’t great, but they’re also not disgusting so I’ll take it.

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Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

 

The fireplace was a fun place for me to go a little wild. I did a lot of foraging to create this, which means I basically walked around in the woods and cut down branches. My mom asked me if I was going to finish the other side, to which I just laughed. I think this asymmetrical installation business had her twitching from lack of symmetry. To me it feels perfectly balanced :)

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Now for a few table setting tips that I think could easily carry into a Christmas tablescape:

– create your table in layers- the linen, the plates (or chargers), the napkin and flatware, and the centerpiece. Think about which items you want to be the focus and choose those things first, then choose items that support that main focus- let those items be a bit calmer and not as busy.

– let your tablecloth be a neutral backdrop- If you have a busy pattern going on underneath everything, anything you set on top of that is going to get lost.

– candles are an easy and cheap way to take things up a notch- I buy all of my votive candles from quickcandles.com and taper candles also pack a lot of punch- I have slowly collected my brass candlesticks from thrift stores over the course of a year or so, they weren’t expensive at all.

– the dollar tree is your friend. I’m not a fan of plastic and when you have 15-20 people over for a meal sometimes it seems like it’s the only option, but we bought all of our glasses at the dollar tree for less than $20.

– you can rent. We rented all of our plates and flatware from an event rental company, typically plates are a dollar or so and the flatware is around 50 cents a piece. So not only can  you get some great things that would have cost you a fortune to purchase- you aren’t locked into the same plates and flatware each year, AND you don’t have to wash the dishes. You just throw them back in the crates to take back to the rental company. That’s a win in my book when you can spend more time with your family and less time in your kitchen doing clean up.

– forage in your backyard- large branches in vases are possibly some of the prettiest centerpieces I’ve seen, smaller clippings look good in small bud vases. Luckily, here in Texas our plants aren’t dead just yet.

So that was our thanksgiving- how was your thanksgiving?

Heirloom Family Gathering | Awake Photography

I sat down to write this post a few weeks ago, this post was the outcome which had absolutely nothing to do about the Heirloom family gathering. Somehow I forgot that I was supposed to write about Heirloom…and just remembered a few days ago that I never shared this event properly. So here we go! Hannah and her husband reached out to me to help them plan and design this event, I had a lot on my plate the month of July, but this was something I couldn’t pass up. I love Heirloom mag– I love their message, I love their style so it was something I was going to find the time for. It was possibly my favorite thing to plan ever too…I basically just asked all of my favorite Houston wedding vendors to make this thing happen. I even weaseled my way out of doing the flowers because I have been wanting to work with Blush and Vine forever and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I got Rent the Foundry on board to do the furniture- I wanted like 3 vignettes so this was no small task, but they were game. So the deal with Rent the Foundry is that they are a brand new business here in Houston and they are KILLING it. They are basically starting the business that I have needed in my life for the past four years. Paige with Awake Photography has a love for all things vintage and after hearing me complain that there are no good mid century rental places in Houston at a number of shoots, she decided to jump on it. So I know they are still working on photographing all of their inventory and getting it up on their website, but seriously if you are in need of some beautiful and unique things for your wedding they either have it or will source it for you.

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I asked The Weekend Type to create a welcome sign for us and Korie of course made it more special than I would have imagined.

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We held this shin dig at The Studio above Tout Suite. I love everything about this place- the look, the feel, the food is fantastic, and PRETTY to boot! BUT be forewarned that they are hard to get a hold of and deal with. That was just my personal experience, but I have heard this to be true from others as well. I think it was literally the day before the event and I was still waiting to hear back from the right manager to confirm all the details. Yeah…I was a little sweaty that day.

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I am completely terrible at attending events like this, so the fact that I planned it was a great avenue in actually getting me to attend. It made me want to go to things like this much much more. It’s always strange being in my little work at home bubble…it’s really fantastic to be around other people that are in that same bubble. They get that working from home is fantastic, difficult, overwhelming, lonely, and wonderful all at the same time. It’s also not every day that I get to chat with a room full of gals who work in the wedding industry, so that was also a complete treat. GET OUT MORE JENNIFER.

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Thank you to everyone who was involved in putting this event together and making it SO so lovely. So much love to all of you!

Vendor Credits | Planning and Design- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Awake Photography, Rentals- Rent the Foundry, Flowers- Blush and Vine, Welcome Sign- The Weekend Type, Venue, The Studio @ Tout Suite, Linens- La Tavola

Equality

As a christian I believe in the bible wholeheartedly. As a christian I know what the bible says about sin. So I know that most christians feel a certain way about what happened last week in the supreme court. I have been struggling with how I feel because I know that I am “supposed” to feel a certain way. After struggling with my emotions over the past week, crying tears of frustration, and even wondering whether or not to share my opinion because I’m not sure it really matters, I decided that I want to share my opinion and I need to get this off my heart.

I can’t help but feel happiness, happy that so many of my friends now get the same rights and privileges that I do, happy to see all of the joy on people’s faces whose lives have truly been changed for the better by this decision. I know that living a gay lifestyle is a sin, but I also know that as a christian I sin everyday and I have peace in knowing that it will never be my job to place judgement. My job is to love. I hope that other christians can follow suit and just love. This place is not our home and I have faith in a GOD that is a much higher power than the supreme court. Have faith in him with me. Let’s love our brothers and sisters fiercely because that’s what we were put here to do.

Kia and Penny | Awake Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

And to the beautiful couple who can now be seen as a real marriage, congratulations Kia and Penny!!

photo credit: Awake Photography