A JLD Wedding {April and Trevor}

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

How picturesque is this church?

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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 and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

We rented those gold pillows from La Tavola and I stitched up the blush pink ones myself.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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.

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

April and Trevor | Jennifer Laura Design | Mustard Seed Photography

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

{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}

{A JLD Proposal} Ron and Tiffany

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Laura Design | Surprise Proposal | Kristen Curette Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Christine and Donnie {Tessa J Photography}

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

No worries, I’ll wait :)

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

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

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography 

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

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

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

Gosch Vows | Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

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

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

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

Phoenix’s Second Birthday {Kristen Curette Photography}

It has been a really rough couple of days (and weeks really) Topher is working up a storm and I haven’t had my dad to fall back on to watch Phoenix like usual this summer. I’m hoping that will change soon, because I feel like even though I have fewer clients on the books that I have had in years right now, I’m just a little overwhelmed. Very little time and LOTS of side projects (which are exciting, but time consuming) going on right now. I really hate writing about how busy I am because the truth is we’re all busy, so for that I am sorry. The good news is that Kris has a day off today (his first in about 8 days) and I’m playing catch up today. So after a full morning of trying to make it through e-mail (although I still have a ways to go, if you are waiting to hear back from me, you will by the end of the day) I am taking a break to blog about my little guy’s second birthday.

 You might have seen the feature on on 100 Layer Cakelet on Monday. That was so exciting since they featured his first birthday last year. I don’t think I am going to go all out with these cute “twee” parties every year, but I have to say it’s so fun while he’s little and doesn’t care too much about the details just yet. I’m sure in a few years he will be asking for spiderman parties with matching plates and napkins and I am going to be a-ok with that :)

So in case you don’t remember, this is where we started a few months back with a dino-tastic mood board.

Dino Tastic mood board

This was the perfect jumping off point and I think we used all of these ideas, although our fossil cookies were not near as successful, bakers we are not.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Finding invitations is always one of the tricky parts for me and also So important because it is where the design starts. I don’t love designing invitations and that’s not really my area of expertise at all so I like to find something ready-made that we can just order. I found these dino ones on Paperless Post- we customized them a bit, but nothing crazy. Ironically Paperless Post is made for sending digital invites, but you can order paper too, which is what we did. I’m traditional like that and until P gets older I really enjoy sending an actual piece of mail. One of my favorite parts about this invitation was that we were able to customize the envelope liner- there were so. many. choices. which for a crazy person like me was like…totally a super important decision in my life.

kidding… sortof

Topher’s favorite was the triangle pattern which I really liked too (and what we ended up using) and that ended up being one of the main design elements that ran throughout the entire party. It was a really easy place to come back to if I couldn’t think of a good idea…let’s put triangles on it!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Here are the invitations styled up another way just for fun.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We live in a pretty large apartment complex so one of my concerns was that all of our friends and family could find our place. An address and an apartment number don’t usually cut it, so while I tried to text everyone some more specific instructions I also had my mom pick up some balloons to tie outside of our entrance (there are several entrances) and then Topher and I made a cardboard template for these chalk dinosaur footprints. We just google-imaged a dinosaur footprint, found one we liked, printed it, traced it onto a piece of cardboard, and then cut it out with an exacto knife. Bada bing! We had the perfect template to create dinosaur chalk footprints that led from the entrance to our door. Kind of reminded me of this chalk drawing experience except there was less fence jumping this time :)

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

This table greeted our guests at the door…you know in case the dinosaur footprint trail left any doubt in their mind. Yes, you are in the right place! Yes, Phoenix is two! Yes, please grab a ridiculous party hat and come on it!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

You will see these friendly party dinos sprinkled throughout the day. I was inspired by the party hat dinos in my mood board, but also wanted to incorporate plants in some way. It’s so hard with boys because all I really want to do is create beautiful flowering centerpieces that cascade over the table, but something tells me that’s not very manly. Last year I did succulents and cactuses…and there really aren’t many other options…I had a lightbulb moment when I found these dinosaurs on Etsy. Air plants were of course the perfect solution- still adding that bit of planty goodness, masculine- check, awesome- double check. The ones we found on Etsy were obviously expensive- like $15-$30 per dinosaur, which is a very fair price, but way more than I was willing to spend. Dinosaur figurines aren’t cheap, I scoured several goodwills to collect mine, otherwise I easily could have spent hundreds…no, I’m not exaggerating at all. At hobby lobby- large dinosaur toys are like $10-$30 each. And I needed like 20.  I also found some at the dollar tree, they weren’t huge, but a good size for only a dollar. Anyway, we ended up DIYing the dinosaur planters- I showed Kris my air plants and he just drilled holes big enough for the plants to nest in each dinosaur’s back. Air plants don’t require a water source, they survive off the moisture in the air (what?!?!) so that really is as complicated as it got. Super easy. I also gave all of the dinosaurs a paint job to make them a little more festive and fun looking. Some of them also had the privilege of donning teeny tiny party hats. I made those too (I’m sure you can tell), this was just trial and error figuring out the right template to cut out for them and then burning my fingers together gluing them at the seams.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166865179/blue-dinosaur-planter-desk-home-and?ref=listing-shop-header-1

These party hats were originally pink, green, and neon yellow. I couldn’t find any even close to the colors that I wanted so they all got a quick paint job, then I just free-handedly drew spikes, cut them out, and hot glued them to the backs right at the seam. Phoenix only wore his for 2.7 seconds, but they were fun and I believe I actually wore mine for the entire party.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

You can’t really see this triangle table runner I painted very well, but this was my concept of a centerpiece. Runner, dinosaurs wearing party hats, air plants, boom. done.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Another centerpiece- this happened on our coffee table- notice the dinos down here don’t have any plants in them- that way the kids could play with these (since they were on a table within their reach). Also please note the T-rex chasing the spiky-saureses (not sure of their real name, sorry), this was completely intentional. You can also kind of notice the corner of a minty green pillow in the corner. A super easy way to change up decor to match a party is to change up pillows. And no, I don’t buy new pillows. I just spend a couple dollars on a yard or two of fabric in the right color and stitch up a new pillow cover right over my existing pillows. I don’t even do any proper type of pillow button or envelope closure. I just stitch up three sides, stuff the pillow in, and then stitch the bottom closed with the pillow inside- all with my hello kitty sewing machine. They only take me about 5-10 minutes per pillow. Then after the party I don’t feel one bit guilty about cutting them off and throwing the fabric in my scrap pile.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We have a pretty large patio off of our dining room and I knew I wanted to utilize it for the party. It was SO disgustingly hot we weren’t out there as much as I would have liked, but the kids did throw sand at each other for about 15 minutes. They unfortunately weren’t interested in finding the fossils Topher buried, but the sand box was a hit nonetheless.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We had this set up on the other side of the patio. Flipping through these the other day my mom asked where this was, she hadn’t even seen it! So while literally no one hung out here because it’s July and we’re in Houston it makes for a pretty photo I suppose.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Our food table. I love doing one big table to throw all of the pretty food on and then putting things like chips and dip, sodas, etc. over on a bar or kitchen counter.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

We labeled the food- herbivore, carnivore, and sweetivore and tried to have 2-3 things in each category. For herbivore we did deviled eggs and veggie cups. Kris and I had a very serious discussion on whether or not eggs really and truly fit into the herbivore category, but we went with it since we really wanted to have them. If we had made individual food labels- dino eggs would have been a cute label for these.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

These definitely fit in the herbivore category. We filled those little bathroom drink cups with ranch in the bottom and an assortment of veggies. We had a full blown veggie tray elsewhere, but this was a cute way to display them.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Our carnivore foods were meatballs and bacon wrapped pineapple.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Kris was not happy with how the pineapple ended up looking- he works at a fancy restaurant so the “presentation” of this wasn’t up to par for him. But they were super delicious and they looked fine to me!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

In the sweetivore section we had our dinosaur footprint cookies, cupcakes, and regular chocolate chip cookies.  For the footprint cookies we put the ones that turned out the best on top…so you see what I mean that these didn’t turn out that great. I actually didn’t follow a tutorial just stamped a dinosaur toy (a sanitized one!) in the top of them. I think I could have used some advice and a tutorial on these.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

I cut up airheads to use as dinosaur spikes on the cupcakes- I got the idea from Young House Love. I think our spikes wilted a bit becuase of the humidity, darn you Houston!

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

The punch was Topher’s idea. It tasted delicious, but looked disgustingly perfect. We made it with 1 tub of lime sherbert, 1 two liter of ginger ale, and a can of pineapple juice. The color of the punch was really cool with just the sherbert and the ginger ale so I actually didn’t add the entire can of pineapple juice since it was yellowing it out a bit.

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Phoenix Second Birthday | Kristen Curette Photography

Phew! That’s it. I hope you like my overly detailed run-down. Phoenix’s birthday parties are a really fun side project for me to plan and design, and thank goodness I have made some friends who are very talented with a camera otherwise I doubt I would afford the added expense of hiring a photographer. Thanks for looking and happy birthday little Phoenix :)

{Vendor Credits: Photography: Kristen Curette Photography, Design: Jennifer Laura Design, Invitations: Paperless Post, Linens: One Stop Tents and Events}

{A JLD Wedding} Allison and Will

So Allison was a gal I bonded with immediately. She came to me and told me that her first choice of a wedding location was red corral ranch and she had already purchased her wedding dress from Winnie Couture. Having gotten married myself at red corral ranch and also found my perfect dress at Winnie I knew this was a girl after my own heart. Now she didn’t end up getting married at the ranch because logistically it just didn’t work for them, but she did get married in some Winnie perfection. After Allison and I designed her event, she ended up DIY-ing a lot of the decor herself which made the wedding that much more special. She did an amazing job of taking what we had done together and just running with it!

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

How perfect is this shade of mint?

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Allison and Will | Jennifer Laura Design | AJH Photography

Thanks Allison and Will for letting me play a part in your special day!! Wishing you all the best :)

Vedors: Design and Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- AJH Photography, Ceremony and Reception Venue- Ashelynn Manor, Florist- Striking Stems, Cake- Nutmeg and Company, Linens- Elegant Beginnings, Photo Booth- Cupics

Shelly and Ryan’s wedding video {Monroe Videography}

So I totally should have included this video in Shelly and Ryan’s wedding blog post, but I kind of forgot that I had it! Can I just say that this video totally made me cry…and I don’t usually get sappy or weepy over wedding stuff. I mean, obviously I love weddings but I’m not an overly emotional person. This video hit me in my soft spot. Enjoy and happy Friday to ya! (p.s. at .29 seconds in I kind of lose my breath at the prettiness)

Vendor Credits: Planning, Design, Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Videography- Monroe Wedding Videography, Photography- Luke & Cat, Florals-Floral Events, Makeup- Bloom Makeup Artistry, Ceremony and Reception Venue- Olde Dobbin Station, Catering-Maddens, DJ- The Wedding Show, Cake- Rustika Cafe, Linen Rentals, draping, and lights- Events to Remember, Sequin Linens- La Tavola, King Cake- Haydel’s Bakery, Lantern Rentals- Aztec Tents and Events, Invitations-Minted}

{A JLD Wedding} Shelly and Ryan

Soooo excited to share this wedding today! This wedding was a long time in the making- Shelly and I spent about an entire year planning, designing, and getting ready for her wedding. She was kind of the best to work with too. She had so many good ideas, was extremely detail oriented (which I love), easy-going, and extremely trusting all at the same time. She really really trusted me and let me just say that it makes my job so much fun when people trust me! Shelly and Ryan were just awesome, high school sweethearts- these two have been together forever. You would think they wouldn’t still be nutsy for each other, but it was obvious these two were head over heels. It was such a treat being around them.

So before I get started in case you aren’t up to date on this wedding go take a look here to see their engagements, here to see their event mood board, here to see Shelly’s bridals, and here to see some instagram action. Phew! Now that you are all caught up, let’s get into the good stuff!

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

We ordered their invitations from Minted and did a bit of customizing like having the ink color changed to gold and lining their envelopes with gold paper.

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

This was my first wedding out at Olde Dobbin Station. It’s a really neat venue, I would definitely recommend it! The grounds are gorgeous and the old dilapidated train station on site is extremely charming.

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

The ceremony space looked cool during the day for sure, but just wait until you see it at night.

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

I am usually not a fan of chair sashes, I often recommend skipping them altogether, but I love these. We didn’t want the traditional chair clips either so I glittered these 3 1/4″ flat barrettes. It was easy and the effect was pretty stunning!

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Here we go…the ceremony space at night. I’m not a fan of dark pictures, but these are just so dreamy. The lighted draping, the rustic wood platform (that Topher built btw), the lanterns…it was kind of magical. For lighting we had christmas lights, string bulbs, candles, lanterns, and hurricanes. It was like ambient lighting overload :)

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

King cake table?? Heck yes, we had fresh king cake shipped in from New Orleans which was especially awesome and delicious!

Shelly and Ryan | Jennifer Laura Design | Luke & Cat Photography

Dear Shelly and Ryan, you guys were dream clients. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your amazing day. You will always have a special place in my heart! …sorry for being so cheesy, but I really do love these two!!

Need more and want to see another perspective? Check out the photographer’s blog post right here.

{Vendor Credits: Planning, Design, Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Luke & Cat, Videography- Monroe Wedding Videography, Florals- Floral Events, Makeup- Bloom Makeup Artistry, Ceremony and Reception Venue- Olde Dobbin Station, Catering- Maddens, DJ- The Wedding Show, Cake- Rustika Cafe, Linen Rentals, draping, and lights- Events to Remember, Sequin Linens- La Tavola, King Cake- Haydel’s Bakery, Lantern Rentals- Aztec Tents and Events, Invitations- Minted}

JLD does Christmas

Ok, so if you are anything like me after January 1st anything red, green, and Christmasy looking is kind of annoying and you just want someone to come sweep in and take all of your decorations down for you. I’m with you, buuuut bear with me today because I really want to share some photos of the little Christmas Dinner we had at my mom’s house this year. My mom and her sisters trade off doing large holidays each year and this was my mom’s year. She really wanted me to take over and just do my thing which sounded like a good time to me. It’s just my mom’s sisters and their families- about 15 people total. I love small things like this because it allows me to add in a lot more attention to detail then we typically get to at larger events. It honestly reminded me of setting up for a styled shoot and I of course had fun playing around with florals once again. So here are the photos- thanks to my aunt Carol for snapping these!!

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Christmas Dinner | Carol Dial Photography

Remember Charlie? Oh he looked extra handsome this Christmas :) Happy Friday!

 {Credits: Photography- Carol Dial, Design + Florals + Styling- Jennifer Laura Design, Rentals- Aztec Events and Tents}

{A JLD Wedding} Erin and Pete

I am so excited to share this wedding with you today. It was a wedding that Topher and I really put our heart and soul into. I’ve been working with Erin and Pete for what feels like forever and I don’t like to play favorites, but…Erin, you were indeed one of my favorites. This girl was so laid back and fully trusted me from day one, which is hard for some people to do. They knew what they wanted, but still fully gave me the reigns to get a little crazy :)

Just in case you need a little refresher- here is their sneak peek mood board…and here are their engagements. Oh and I also instagrammed a few details here too.

So now that you’re all caught up, let’s get into it shall we? This wedding was a weekend long affair, it took place at the Huntsville State Park Raven Lodge which is a beautiful setting and the per-day rental is very affordable compared to typical wedding venues. There are a lot of factors that come with that affordable rate- like very little grounds upkeep, no staff cleaning, etc. to be aware of, but still- it’s a beautiful location if you don’t mind putting some elbow grease into it (or you could always hire a cleaning staff of sorts to put some elbow grease into it for you). We started whipping this place into shape early Friday morning and we didn’t finish with everything until 30 minutes before the ceremony…it was a sprint to get all of the details in place!

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Let’s start with the save-the-dates. These probably deserve a post all on their own, which unfortunately I’m not qualified to write. Erin designed these herself and hand cut each set….yes, I said hand cut each set. What you see above is one set. They were magnet paper dolls and I am madly in love with them. Erin, if you ever want to give us the 411 on these things we would love to hear it!

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Shout out to Topher for making this awesome sign! I of course did the painting, but as for the construction I would have no idea how to go about making something like this so I am so thankful he tackles these things for me! Erin and Pete DIY’d these programs and they were adorable!

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

These streamers led the way to the ceremony which took place behind the lodge.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

A little drink station action to welcome the guests.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Erin really wanted the event to have a scent memory- so we added rosemary and lavender just about anywhere we could! This was hanging from the lodge awning and looked especially lovely.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Could this ceremony location be any prettier? Oh my word, I am all about it. We did a simple swagged ribbon backdrop- we wanted something pretty, but nothing that would block that gorgeous view.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

I special ordered this lace for the bouquet from Etsy- it was antique English lace- a special detail for Pete (who is British). Granted I think I was the only one that knew about it until now…but little details like that make me smile.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

After all of our worries about the weather, the day turned out beautifully- it was slightly overcast which makes for beautiful photos. We did get a bit of rain towards the end of the evening and we were all thanking our lucky stars we ordered a tent.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Erin really wanted to DIY her own flowers- which I thought sounded like a blast to me. I have been working on my flower skills after all and I came up with the idea to allow me to act as her florist, but Erin, her family, and friends could come up on Friday to help out. It worked out perfectly, I had a total blast making all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and a few other special items and Erin and her friends assembled the centerpieces and all of the rosemary and lavender bundles. A family of florists I tell ya- they did good!

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

A tip for outdoor weddings- put gravel in the bottoms of your vases to keep them from toppling over on a windy day. I’ve seen it both ways- perfect weather with no wind and everything stays put just fine, but I learned at one of my earlier weddings this year that if it’s windy- vases will go flying…and crashing. So now we make sure we have a bucket of gravel with us at every outdoor wedding.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Delicious food by my newest favorite caterer- Michael and his team from Master Chef are amazing. This was our first wedding together and we promptly hired him again for an event we had two weeks later. Come to think of it, I have another tasting with them today for one of my April weddings. Their food is tasty and gorgeous no less.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Now for my favorite part- the dessert table of course.

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

Jennifer Laura Design | Elissa R Photography | English Tea Party Wedding | Erin and Pete

This picture doesn’t do these little luminaries justice. We lined them along the wall surrounding the reception and they were so charming. Erin and Pete made these themselves and they followed this Martha Stewart tutorial.

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/226214/lacy-luminarias

Such a gorgeous day for such a gorgeous couple- seriously inside and out, Erin and Pete, you guys are awesome. Thanks to Elissa for the awesome photos!

{Vendor Credits: Planning, Design, Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- Elissa R Photography, Catering- Master Chef Catering, DJ- Gracie Chavez, Cakes and Desserts- Decapos Pastry Cafe, Invitations- Minted, Makeup and Hair- Adorne Artistry, Teacup Rentals- Any Occasion Party Rental, Rentals- Party Time Rentals, Officiant- Simply Wed Houston, luminaires, save-the-dates, programs- DIY by the bride and groom, centerpiece florals and herb bundles- DIY by the bride, family, and friends.}