This post is WAY overdue. Like I should have been writing this six months ago. But better late than never right!
April and Trevor were really cool clients. They were so adorable together…you know one of those couples that just made you want to throw up. High school sweethearts, madly in love, completely gorgeous, you know the type ;-) We started working together in the summer of 2013 (that feels like eons ago). When we first started April was dreaming of a grand gorgeous over the top wedding in Trevor’s parent’s backyard right off of lake Conroe, this backyard was pretty spectacular. But there were issues. We knew there wasn’t going to be room to seat everyone- the backyard was massive, but it was made up of all these crazy levels, a pool, and a deck (you’ll see below). April’s mom was just not sure it was going to work. We ended up meeting with my rental girl Sophie, and our caterer Michael to get their thoughts all before pulling the trigger and deciding that this was the place. We also kind of knew that rain would be a total nightmare- tenting this backyard would have been like trying to put a poncho on a golden retriever. I mean…it might work, but it’s probably still going to leak…and it’s not going to look all that cute either. Basically we knew if it rained all 300 of her guests were going to be jammed into the house and spilling out onto the front driveway, which was a flatter area and more conducive for tenting, but nowhere near as magical. The wedding dream included this backyard, so if it rained…we were all going to be heartbroken. It was such a gamble, and it’s times like these that I am so glad I have clients willing to take a risk, because the pay-off was HUGE. We had perfect weather. In fact, the day was gorgeous. But these are the kind of issues that wake me up with night sweats a month before the wedding. The things I can’t control. Those are the things that get me. Have I mentioned that planning weddings has also made me realize I am a control freak? I’ve learned to embrace it really, it makes me good at my job.
So please make me stop rambling and let’s get into the pretty photos by Kat aka Mustard Seed Photography. And can I just start by saying that I had been dying to work with Kat for years! YEARS. She is always booked up, like multiple years in advance. The stars aligned that she was available for April and Trevor.
How picturesque is this church?
Fun fact about the church- we showed up on the day of the wedding and there were these yellow daisy potted plants all over the altar- I’m talking like probably 40 pots- they weren’t ugly, but so not elegant. We asked the church coordinator if we could tuck them away for the ceremony and she said absolutely not- there was a mass that was immediately following. My interns asked if they could take them down anyway and they would stay after the ceremony to put them back immediately. Yah, they were pretty much the best. It took all of us about five minutes collectively to get rid of all of the yellow plants…they were seriously everywhere.
April’s ring was out of control. Every time I saw it I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my skull….it was to die for.
For the guest book, April had this awesome idea for her guests to leave her and Trevor messages in a bottle. We labeled these decanters with different anniversary years that they will get to read their messages on.
We set up about half of the seating indoors and the other half outdoors. It made for a really nice flow through the house and out into the backyard. We did a cocktail reception with a ton of passed hors d’oeuvres and some fun stations so seating for everyone wasn’t necessary.
Favorite bride and groom chairs of all time. Pin that. I had those chair signs leftover from my luxe vineyard shoot and on a whim I threw them into my packing boxes for this wedding, I wasn’t sure if they would work or not, but as soon as my intern Heather tied them on I knew they were perfect.
We rented those gold pillows from La Tavola and I stitched up the blush pink ones myself.
I got a lot of my vintage pieces- this tray, the decanters, from Bourbon and Bloom. It never seems to fail- no matter what the theme of the event they always have a ton of pieces that I need.
A late night snack of these delicious crepes were the perfect last touch before everyone send April and Trevor off with a showering of confetti.
This confetti bar can be credited to my intern Heather. This was all her. I told her we wanted a white, black, and gold confetti bar complete with bags guests could fill and deco inspired confetti poppers.
These confetti poppers she made were spectacular. And because you know guests get a little….disoriented towards the end of the night we ended up carrying around a ton of poppers and passing them out. Very few people actually made it to our actual confetti bar. Which was ok- we have pictures and that’s all that matters in life.
And of course why have a wedding on the lake if you don’t make a grand exit on a boat? Happy marriage you two!
Planning, Design, and Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design | Photography Mustard Seed Photography | Ceremony Venue- St. Joseph Catholic Church | Reception Venue- Private Residence | Catering- Master Chef Catering | Rentals- Aztec Events and Tents | Florals- Antique Rose | Linen Rentals- La Tavola | Cake- Sweet Delights | Vintage Rentals- Bourbon and Bloom | Confetti Bar- Darrling Design | Bride and Groom chair sign- Le Petit Mariage | Bar Menu Calligraphy- 16th Avenue Lettering | Paper- Kleinfeld Paper