{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.}

{A JLD Wedding} Casey and Michael part 1

I mentioned this wedding awhile ago. I seriously doubt you remember. But I showed you this…

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah, Texas

and mentioned that my March was going to be a crazy busy month. Spoiler alert: It was. I did three weddings that month and two just so happened to be on the same day. This wasn’t something I planned or thought was a good idea, but Casey had originally hired me for mid-March and then had to change her date mid-planning for unfortunately a date I had just booked. I really didn’t want to see one of my clients lose her deposit so I insisted that we find a way I could at least still do her design and set-up. It actually worked out quite well. This wedding was the same day as Alice and Paul’s and we couldn’t get into their venue until 1pm. We were hopping fences to draw chalk hearts at noon, but that still left plenty of time to do an early morning set up at Casey and Michael’s venue, the Clipper House Inn in Kemah. Which just so happened to be about 15 minutes from our (old) apartment. It worked out pretty perfectly. I mean it made a typically long wedding day even longer and we had two set-ups and two break downs instead of one, which is admittedly very insane (and did I mention I did the flowers for this one too?). But this wedding was small (only thirty people) and after looking back at the photos, I’m so glad we got to be a part of it. It was quirky, fun, and totally cute. Here’s a video sneak peek for now and I’ll be back with the rest on Friday.

{Video Credit: Ama by Aisha}

{A JLD Wedding} Alice and Paul

I am really excited to share this wedding. Out of every wedding I have done this is by far the most different. And I like different. Like a lot. Doing the same thing day after day has never really appealed to me- so after a few rustic weddings to kick off 2013 I was ready to take on a couple that wanted to go in a completely different direction. Now don’t get me wrong, I love rustic- heck, my own wedding was rustic. BUT…I was just getting a little tired of it. So God sent me Alice and Paul to shake things up a bit and shake things up they did. I hope you remember them- here are their engagements from awhile ago and then I put together a mood board for their wedding too, remember this?

Indie Boho Wedding Inspiration Mood Board

I loved this mood board, I really did- but their wedding far surpassed this mood board and my expectations. Let’s get started with the goods and I’ll explain as we go.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Let’s start with the shoes- a girl after my own heart to have blue shoes. Here were mine.

http://www.projectwedding.com/blog/2012/03/27/a-something-blue-southern-wedding-by-sherry-hammonds-photography/

These hangers are amazing. I had no idea about these- so they were a lovely surprise as I flipped through the wedding photos. And have I mentioned that getting my couple’s wedding photos back is like Christmas. every. single. time.

http://www.projectwedding.com/blog/2012/03/27/a-something-blue-southern-wedding-by-sherry-hammonds-photography/

http://www.projectwedding.com/blog/2012/03/27/a-something-blue-southern-wedding-by-sherry-hammonds-photography/

The boys did day-of shaves at the Barber Shop in the heights.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

So Paul is the manager at Fitzgerald’s and Val & Sarah thought this would be the perfect place for Alice and Paul to do their first look. They couldn’t have been more right.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Here I am pinning on another bout. I promise that’s not the only thing I do on the wedding day.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

This is probably my favorite photo of the day. I love everything about it- I love the flowers, I love the bridesmaid dresses, I love Alice’s tattoo on her shoulder. It’s just perfection.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

So let’s talk about the flowers for a moment. They were by Kelly Pike of Kepi Design and let me just say that this gal is the BEST. I mean I almost don’t want to tell you about her because she is already busy enough as it is, but I cannot say enough good things about her. The bouquets were beautiful, yes, but even more amazing were the terrariums and flower boxes at the reception…hang on, we’ll get there.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Ok, so here is a cautionary tale about these chalk hearts. This was an idea Alice had pinned and I just loved. Their ceremony was at St John church in downtown and this was the perfect way to lead all of the guests right to the stoop of the church. I was originally going to follow this tutorial to create the hearts, but you see these hearts were made of colored flour. As in regular everyday baking flour…I didn’t think much of it and purchased the powdered food coloring as well as a giant bag of flour that this tutorial required. I decided it would be a good idea to test this process out a few days before the wedding and I’m so glad I did. I shook the flour over my cardboard heart template, then removed the template- looks awesome! …but then I looked a little closer. I mean in no way is flour the same as chalk. It was just sitting on top of the concrete and as soon as I stepped on it flour dust went everywhere and the heart was marred completely. These hearts are meant to lead people to the church, as in people will be walking on them. If I had gone through with this method- by the time everyone got to the church we would have had a multi-colored trail of dusty flour. Which was also died flour…which I dunno might stain something like A WHITE DRESS. Um…why am I using flour??? It just seemed so ridiculous, if I had taken a second to think about it I would have realized that I could just use a tub of sidewalk chalk. Sidewalk chalk equals more color options, I could still use my same heart templates that I had spent a bit of time on, AND most importantly it isn’t a pile of flour sitting on the sidewalk. Word to the wise- Pinterest tutorials aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. Beware.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Now for a fun story about these chalk hearts- Topher and I had to hop a fence to get to this path since these hearts needed to be checked off of our to-do list several hours before the ceremony (we needed to get cracking getting the reception set up!)- the fence surrounding the church was completely locked and we totally hopped a 7′ metal fence. We do what we have to do ya know.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

I didn’t catch a ton of the ceremony music by Will Vanhorn, but what I did was pretty magical.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

This church is so picturesque.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Well hello there, welcome to the reception at MKT bar. Topher made this wooden structure and I string arted the crap out of it. It’s weird, but I love it.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

This ribbon ceiling installation was something Alice was passionate about. And I’ll be honest…it scared me. I had for 1) never done a ceiling installation before and 2) knew that we only had two hours of set up at MKT bar on the day of the wedding. Which is NOTHING. But Alice showed me this picture for inspiration and insisted that she knew it would look awesome. I knew she was right. I started brainstorming ways we could make it happen. I finally got the green light from MKT bar that allowed us to come at 6am on the Friday morning before the wedding. I was a little groggy eyed that morning, but more importantly, it looked AWESOME. These pictures don’t do it justice at all. It really made the reception space- completely covering the entire area above the dance floor. I was so glad Alice made sure we did this- it was WORTH IT.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Alice and Paul | Houston, Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Val &Sarah | Indie Wedding

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Remember when I said the flowers at the reception were even better? Yup. I meant it. They were SO good.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

MKT bar regularly displays art from different Houston artists that is for sale up on their walls- so they had these grids all over. Hanging up these blown up engagements was something I did as a little surprise for Alice and Paul- I had Daniel Miller (who took their engagements) send me the photos in a hi-res format and then I just went and had Staples blow them up to a 24×36. Engineer printing only works when you are doing black and white, but it only costs a couple of bucks per print- and for something with as much impact as this had- it was definitely a lot of bang for my buck. Topher installed this photo wall and I told him I wanted it to look like yarn threw up everywhere.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Mission accomplished.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

MKT bar did offer me the job of being their freelance chalkboard artist after they saw this little number. I just dusted my shoulders off. #justkidding

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

One thing that makes me sad is that this is the best overall shot we have of the dessert table- waaah!! It was one of my favorite things.

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

Houston Texas Indie Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design | Val & Sarah

 I suppose the glorious shot of the gelato bar at MKT bar makes up for it :) Amazing right? I didn’t get a chance to try any, but I am so tempted to go sneak a date night in at MKT bar just to try some of it. mmmm…

And that’s it my friends- dare I say my favorite wedding thus far of 2013. I have to thank Alice and Paul for being awesome and creative clients. I have to thank Alice for making sure we did that ceiling installation. I have to thank my husband for getting up at 6am with me ;-)

And the cherry on the top of my sundae- this wedding will be featured on 100 Layer Cake on November 4th! Mark your calendars.

Vendor Credits: Planning and Design- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- Val & Sarah, Flowers- Kepi Design, Invitations and Programs- Minted, Ceremony venue- St. John Church, Ceremony Music- Will Vanhorn , Reception venue, catering, and desserts- MKT Bar, Reception DJ- Gracie Chavez, Bride’s Cake- Nicole Rosales (friend of the bride), Cake Topper- Anto Arts, Officiant- David Caulkins (family friend), First Look venue- Fitzgerald’s, Groomsmen bowties- Cotton Bow Tie Co., Hangers- Urban Outfitters, wooden flower boxes- DIY by the bride and her father

{A JLD Wedding} Linsy and Matt

Linsy and Matt were one of those couples that came to me and I was immediately excited. Linsy pulled out her mac (I give anyone bonus points for being an apple fanatic like me) and started showing me her inspiration images. Rustic with a whimsical twist, the prettiest shade of pink ranunculus you ever did see, and BHLDN bridesmaid dresses with glittered bow collars. Should I just stop there? I seriously didn’t think it could get better until she showed me these.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

You see, Linsy is a graphic designer and Matt along with being a very talented writer is a craftsman and jack of all trades really. So they designed and illustrated these invitations themselves along with letter pressing them all by hand. They were completely amazing and the picture just doesn’t do them justice. Next up is their venue…Matt’s uncle just so happens to own a wedding venue out in Round Top Texas that they don’t really advertise…but it’s pretty spectacular. It’s called Hackberry Hill Farms and they actually do have a website…I’m not sure how much they charge, but it’s a pretty special little gem out there if a destination wedding is your cup of tea. There is nothing I love more than a destination wedding that’s out of town, but not too far away. And the property is beautiful- Cameron (Bertuzzi Photography) did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of this place, but in person it’s even more special…seriously.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

These bow ties. Oh how I love bragging on my husband and these bow ties. Topher was extremely involved in this wedding- this was during a time we really wanted him to get more involved in the business and he sort of took this wedding under his wing (everything except the design). So he came to just about every meeting I had with Matt and Linsy, which these days is pretty unusual. Matt told him during our first meeting that he was going to buy all of his groomsmen bow ties to wear at the wedding and he had absolutely no idea how to tie them- he asked Kris if he could help them and Topher said that he had no idea how to tie one, but he would definitely learn before the wedding.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Flash forward three months and Topher ended up tying every single groomsmen’s bow tie for them. You see him there in the blue t-shirt? He took precious time away from our set-up, but he was a total bow tie rock star. If that is a real thing…I mean rock stars don’t wear bow ties, so maybe that phrase doesn’t really play. Thanks anyway Topher (and Youtube)!

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

I’ll sneak a picture of me in here too since Topher got some blog time. I’ll pin a boutonniere on anything and anyone. And look at that perfectly tied bow tie ;-)

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

This church in La Grange was a short drive from the farm. It was so lovely.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

I love everything about this picture. Linsy is so beautiful, those flowers by Tamara are perfection, and that canopy of trees right down the road from the farm…it’s too much.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

These bridesmaid dresses are ranking up there as some of my favorites ever.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Linsy and Matt had so many DIY projects they tackled themselves- these signs were one of them. Matt made these from old barn wood that we found out at the farm during our walkthrough and Linsy painted the text on them.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

And here’s the sign I made for their chair backs with the same barn wood. Remember the saga of these?

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Linsy spent months collecting each and every vase, bottle, and jar we used in her centerpieces. There were literally boxes and boxes full of the prettiest vessels.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

A little entry table action- I created the welcome sign to mimic their invitations and in lieu of a traditional guest book guests wrote notes to the bride and groom on note cards.

Linsy spent months collecting each and every vase, bottle, and jar we used in her centerpieces.

Linsy spent months collecting each and every vase, bottle, and jar we used in her centerpieces.

This floral show piece was Linsy’s idea after finding this old iron door in a shed at the farm. She imagined it dripping with flowers and Tamara did not disappoint.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

I’ve mentioned that dessert tables are kind of one of my favorite things ever. This was another good one.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

I lovingly colored and cut that cake topper from their invitations and the banner was ordered from Etsy.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

I proposed doing a crazy moss and tree stump cupcake display and Matt eagerly cut all of the tree stumps for my crazy styling self. I don’t know if it was the tree stumps or the smell of the delicious cake, but I seriously couldn’t keep the guests from attacking these bad boys before Linsy and Matt cut their cake!

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Matt has got to be one of my favorite grooms to date. He was SO involved and cared about the little details A LOT. He was a fellow creative soul and a real renaissance man. He was just plain awesome.

Rustic Wildflower Wedding | Round Top Texas | Jennifer Laura Design | Bertuzzi Photography

Him and Linsy also grew 200 of these succulents that we added “thank you” flags to for favors. They grew these from SEEDS. I cannot even comprehend how they made that happen…I cannot even keep houseplants alive.

And there you have it. Two of the sweetest, most creative clients a girl could ask for. They even asked Topher and I if we would stay on property- so our room for the weekend was literally in the same hall as the reception. My mom and Phoenix came along as well since that boy pretty much goes everywhere I do. It was so nice to have them there and I think my mom got a kick out of seeing what Topher and I do to pull one of these shin-digs together. It’s kind of a lot of work :)

You can see this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty right here. You know, if you need to see more.

Credits: Planning, Designing, and Coordinating- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Bertuzzi Photography, Flowers- Tamara Menges Designs,  Ceremony Venue- Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Reception Venue- Hackberry Hill Farms, 90% of the gorgeous DIY projects- the bride and groom, Cake and Cupcakes- Nancy Sullivan, Bridesmaid Dresses- BHLDN, Banner Cake Topper- Ready Go, “thank you” favor flags- Lady Bug Co.

Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Happy Friday ya’ll! I’m stoked today because Matt and Linsy’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty Texas. It’s my very first Style Me Pretty feature and they are such a HUGE name in the wedding blog world so it’s very exciting to me. I haven’t shared this wedding over here yet so go take a look and soak in all of the pretty. It’s a good one. I’ll share my spin of this shin-dig next week and be sure to include lots of behind the scenes dirt :)

Jennifer Laura Design featured on Style Me Pretty

Phoenix First Birthday! {Awake Photography}

Ahhh! I am so excited to share these pictures. Guys, my little boy is one and I’m the proud momma that just can’t believe it. I know that sounds stupid. No, I really get it- what’s the big deal. He’s just one…or maybe that’s just me and my old childless self shining through. I just never thought a first birthday would feel so monumental. The old Jenn from 2 years ago would really think I’ve lost it to get so excited over a baby birthday party. Maybe it’s just because I happen to have the cutest baby on the planet. #noimnotpartial

So let’s dive in to the delicious details shall we. I think most people may not even notice all the little details- but details are like sour punch straws to me. I just can’t get enough. The cowboys and indians theme came about when I found these invitations from Rifle Paper Co. I mean anything that Anna Bond does is just amazing so OF COURSE I had to snatch those bad boys up.

cowboys and indians first birthday invitations

I did a little DIY art/handwriting on the envelopes just because I’m crazy like that.

cowboys and indians first birthday entry table

cowboys and indians first birthday entry table

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday succulents

cowboys and indians first birthday teepee

cowboys and indians first birthday food table

cowboys and indians first birthday bundt cakes

cowboys and indians first birthday loot bags

cowboys and indians first birthday corn dog bites

cowboys and indians first birthday target cookies

cowboys and indians first birthday succulents and cacti

cowboys and indians first birthday bundt  cake

Cowboys and Indians themed birthday- sheriff cookie

Alright, now the rest is for you normal people who only want to see the cute baby :)

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

I know I’m his mom….but that’s the cutest baby in the world right??

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

cowboys and indians first birthday

Oh man, this kid has turned me into a giant puddle of love. He makes my heart melt. Thanks to everyone involved and a HUGE thanks to Paige with Awake Photography for coming to capture the day for us.

Credits: design and planning- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Awake Photography, invitations- Rifle Paper Co., welcome sign, loot and trail mix bags- Six Pence Press, cake stands- Recollection Vintage Rentals and BHLDN, sheriff and target Cookies- Paulie’s, napkins- BHLDN, Cakes and “1” candle- Nothing Bundt Cakes