Classic is the New Black | Korie Lynn Photography

Welcome to my favorite styled shoot. I’m sure I’ve said that before at some point, I’ll probably say it again too, buuut this one is really really good. I absolutely love working with Korie, she cares about the little details just as much as I do and has a really wonderful eye. Plus the fact that she whipped up all the paper because she is a calligraphy wizard is also kind of perfect.

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Korie collaborated with Fox Hollow Design who did the beautiful watercolor. Styling all of their beautiful hard work was such a treat.

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The bouquet was a mix of garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, dark hypericum berries, foraged greenery, and carnations. I usually leave carnations out of a description, but they are a flower I’ve started using more and more, they are quite perfect for installations or filler when you need A LOT of something, they are obviously inexpensive and when mixed in with really high end arrangements they don’t typically end up looking like carnations.

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Our makeup artist Erica (Hey Lovely) typically rounds up our models for us and she did not disappoint, quite easily the most beautiful models we’ve ever had. Made even more beautiful by the wonderful hair and makeup- Erica always seems to completely knock it out of the park.

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That black ribbon is just so dreamy, I recently used it at a real wedding as well and it’s just really inky and dramatic, I actually purchased it on Etsy too and it was much more inexpensive than a lot of the ribbon I have bought in the last year.

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I love this table. We had a Silk and Willow runner and topped it with those black taper candles for days, I have a love hate relationship with taper candles. I LOVE them so much, but I HATE that they are not allowed at most venues. Most flames have to be contained, BUT wedding venues- they are SO pretty, start allowing these please!

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The day we shot this was so exciting seeing everything come together. Sadly, I won’t be creating any styled shoots this year, so this one will have to tide us all over for awhile, but I’m sure I’ll be back at it again next year because I can only contain myself for so long :)

If you want/need to see more head over to Grey Likes Weddings today for the feature!

Vendors | Photography- Korie Lynn Photography, Styling and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Hair and Makeup- Hey Lovely Makeup, Cake- Buttercup Bakery, Calligraphy- The Weekend Type, Invitation & Paper Goods | Collaboration between The Weekend Type and Fox Hollow Design Co., Dress | BHLDN, Table Runner | Silk & Willow, Ring Box | The Mrs. Box, Models | Holley Turner and Conor Patrick Kearns, Male Model Wardrobe and Styling | David Rochez

a review of 2015

2015 was a great year for me. It was a year I made the decision to focus on quality over quantity which could not have been a better choice for me. I fully planned and produced 4 events in 2015, which doesn’t sound like much, but man- each event was so amazing and special. There wasn’t one that I wouldn’t be really proud to share here (and likely won’t be able to share here for awhile since we will be waiting on features for all of them). Although, you did already see one here. I thought I would give a rundown of some of the hi-lights of 2015, serving to hopefully keep me motivated and pushing to make 2016 just as good.

In January I helped design this boho shoot with my friend Paige and styled the heck out of it. It was a trendy shoot, which would be the last time I veered into trendy last year. While I spent a lot of time trying to veer myself and my clients away from trendy decisions last year I do still love trends and sometimes just can’t help myself.

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

January was also the  month I was busy finishing my home office and booking all of my 2015 brides.

In February Paige and I shot my office– well she shot and I styled. My very talented friend Erica came over and did my hair and makeup. This may have been one of the better days I’ve had- getting all fixed up and then taking pretty photos of a pretty space. I could do that ALL the time.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

I also worked a lot with my new clients that month, we wouldn’t have any actual events until May, but there is SO much that goes on behind the scenes getting ready for a wedding and I had four brand new clients- so it was on. Venue tours in Austin, catering tastings, shipping out save the dates, ordering invitations…were just a few of the things going on that month….and pretty much every single other month of this year too.

In March my family and I took our very first family vacation to Disney World. Little did I know that this would spark a Disney obsession. The only cure seems to be planning more Disney World trips, but I am certainly open to other remedies for this problem if anyone has any suggestions :)

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In April, things were pretty quiet over on the blog, but we actually designed and shot three styled shoots this month. I don’t think I meant for them to all pile together like that. Those were the only shoots we did this year- each one of them is really special to me and I can’t wait to show you the third one which hasn’t even been featured yet. Being in the wedding industry has taught me PATIENCE…that’s for sure.

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We also shot my apartment this month, which I have yet to share over here. What am I waiting for?? These are coming soon I promise!

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

In May Alison and Scott’s wedding kicked off the month. This was also our first wedding of the year, this was also the month that Kris came home to work for JLD full time which is still in full swing. Some month it feels like we are right on track and others Kris is itching to further his own career- he has a serious passion for wine and has been taking certification classes to become a sommelier. As much as I love him working with me at home, I have a feeling God may have other plans for us in 2016.

Alison + Scott | Jennifer Laura Design | Kendall Hanna Photography

In June, things were pretty quiet on the blog (other than sharing a handful of client engagements). We did have our very first floral only wedding this month with Taylor and Tim. We do offer this, although I don’t think it’s widely known.

Jennifer Laura Design Florals

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In July We were gearing up for a big wedding at the carriage house in August. We also managed to plan and design the Heirloom Family gathering towards the end of July which was so special and a reminder to get out of the house more often.

Heirloom Mag Houston Family Gathering | Awake Photography

The weekend after that was Phoenix’s third birthday…I’m not quite sure where the time went, but somehow this happened.

Phoenix Third Birthday | Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography

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Kris and I also purchased Schlitterbahn season passes and we took every chance we could to head down to Galveston with Phoenix in tow last summer.

In August, Catye and Trey got married at what I dare say IS one of the prettiest weddings we’ve ever done.

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Man, I can’t wait to share all of that one. We also did another floral only wedding at Butler’s Courtyard (which was a serious contender for our wedding venue) for Kelsea and Rob and man…it was a pretty one.

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September, which brought us Nubia and Ryan’s wedding.

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Another wedding that had more than a few stunning details. September was also the month my relationship with God took a large turn and I learned a lot about surrendering and furthering my personal relationship with him. Sometimes I still feel that closeness and other days I feel SO far away…here’s to getting back to that place. September was also the month that my dad decided to whisk me off to Disney World. Kris and Phoenix were going out of town for a week to spend time with his mom, and I was going to be getting some major work done while they were gone. Instead, I hopped on a plane and showed my dad around the magic kingdom.

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In October, we strangely had no weddings. After having four back-to-back fall weddings in 2014 this was a strange but welcome fall for us. Kris’ uncle also got married this month and we were able to do their flowers- which was really just a fun no stress project…plus we got to kick up our heels at the wedding afterwards which was a nice change.

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Kris and I also spent a weekend at Red Corral Ranch for our fourth anniversary.

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In November, Kris and I took Phoenix back to Disney World for a very early Christmas. We just had this idea in our heads of getting to do all of the Christmas things before the big crowds set in.

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This was a pretty magical trip, despite my husband forgetting ALL of his shirts- he literally only had the shirt that he wore for the car trip and one button up for a nice dinner out for the entire week we were gone. A quick trip to the outlet stores remedied the problem, but I will forever make fun of him for this and he will forever blame me for not packing his shirts. We also helped my mom out with Thanksgiving which she hosted at her house this year.

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

In December, I finished all of my Christmas shopping as early as I could because we had a NYE wedding going down one week post Christmas. We arrived in Wimberley on December 29th and stayed in a really great Airbnb (I would love to go back there on vacation) and for the next three days we installed, installed installed- this wedding was ALL about the floral installations- we also spent an inordinate amount of time in the freezing cold, from which I am still recovering. Pass the vitamin C please.

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We kind of transformed that barn into a forest-y garden. I can’t wait to see the real photos from Feather and Twine.

It was a really good year…God blessed my little family unmeasurably this year. Looking forward to 2016- I just want to focus on my family and my business. I have this internal struggle, sometimes daily, of wanting to grow the business, but still wanting to have plenty of time to spend with my family. It feels like a balancing act that I can never get quite right. So my prayer for this year is for the guilt to lessen on both sides. I think having kids does this to you…I guess that guilt will probably never disappear, but I can pray right? I would also still like to continue to focus my energy onto others and less towards myself, I would give myself a C- on that goal for this year. I certainly didn’t fail, but I see A LOT of room for improvement! Here’s looking forward to a great year!

designing a wedding with purpose

When I first started planning and designing weddings I was ALL about the wedding trends. A balloon wall, rustic elegance, ombre everything, string art. I’m pretty certain we did it all. I still love those weddings very much and from time to time a trendy item is just pretty freaking cool and I’m not going to swear it off just because it’s trendy. But…for the most part I’m over trying to stay with the latest and greatest. I’m over hanging rock candy as a backdrop (yes we did). This is not to say you won’t see original and fresh ideas from me anymore, but in the future my events will have more purpose and a direction. They will have more thought behind each design decision. Because hanging rock candy as a backdrop could be a cool idea…as long as it has purpose and makes sense.

I write all of this as a warning to brides because I think trendy weddings are very in right now (um…trendy weddings are trendy?), possibly more so than ever. I think Pinterest feeds on itself and wedding blogs share new content everyday. Compare this to ten years ago when we only saw a handful of weddings in magazines once a month. Now we see multiple weddings shared on multiple blogs everyday. By the time one trend has come out, we see the idea duplicated on 17 other wedding blogs and all over Pinterest that by the time we use the idea in our own wedding it’s beyond OLD NEWS and may already look dated. Chevron, sequined linens, stripes, chalkboard art (yes, I’m admitting my own hobby to be old and stale), one need only look at pinterest for five minutes to see these ideas executed at various degrees at a handful of weddings. I’m just starting to worry that in twenty years we are going to look back at our weddings and say what on earth were we thinking? Kind of like how gals that got married in the seventies laugh about their rainbow pastel dresses and colorful and ruffled menswear. But we’ve taken it to another level, because we aren’t just using these trends to dress people anymore. We’re using these trends in our ceremony, at our reception tables, and anywhere else we can think of and afford. Spaghetti jars and tin cans seem like a cool idea to use as a centerpiece- free vases! But at the end of the day you are still putting spaghetti jars and tin cans on your wedding tables. When you look back at that idea in twenty years you won’t remember that it was trendy to be thrifty, you will see it for what it is. Spaghetti jars and tin cans with flowers inside. It’s ok to be different and use things in different ways, but make sure there is purpose behind the decisions. Design your wedding with you and your fiancee in mind. Design your wedding with purpose and meaning. Choose things because they mean something to you or you truly truly love it. Not because it was the best idea that popped into your pinterest feed that day.

Korie Lynn Photography | Jennifer Laura Design | The Weekend Type

Simple and Timeless with Korie Lynn

Korie Lynn and I did this shoot last October. I was knee deep in weddings, but I had never worked with Korie before (who also happens to be the amazingly talented The Weekend Type) and I just couldn’t say no. We agreed to do something small scale so my brain didn’t boggle and this shoot was born. You can see our inspiration and a sneak peek here. This is the first shoot that I did that felt like I was finally moving in the right direction. It was a really good feeling. Let’s get into it shall we?

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I styled the paper two different ways- but the gold box from West Elm has my heart. It was all kinds of perfect for shooting the paper. I love trying out a few different things though because you just never know what will turn out better or what blogs/magazines will want to see. Plus…I could play with paper and style it all day long, so it’s not exactly difficult :)

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Hair and makeup was by Erica of Hey Lovely. I don’t talk about her enough, but I’ve used Erica for almost every shoot I’ve ever done, obviously there are exceptions, but seriously her work is just so beautiful and she doesn’t overdo it or do too much, just lets the natural beauty shine through.

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I found this marbled ribbon that Natalie Stopka makes. It was so pretty in every way, I want to find a million more reasons to use it, it was GORGEOUS.

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We shot everything in the old train station at Olde Dobbin Station. It was such an insanely pretty spot and just filled with the perfect filtered light. Even my crappy Iphone photos were starting to look magical in there which is a very rare occurrence indeed.

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This centerpiece likely weighed around thirty pounds, our model looks chilled out, but I promise you she was struggling not to drop it. I had built it on a 12″ cake pedestal and was planning to transplant it into a vase which was a rental and why I didn’t originally build it in there in the first place, but low and behold it looked pretty great on the cake stand…it just meant that it was enormous in a good way I think.

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I styled this cake a couple of different ways, but the simple clean lines of the pretty cake were my favorite and won out. This cake didn’t need a thing.

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A close up shot of Korie’s amazing calligraphy and that insane ribbon.

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Happy Tuesday! What’s your favorite part? I think mine is that marbled ribbon!!

Vendor Credits:  Styling & Design and Flowers by Jennifer Laura Design | Photography by Korie Lynn Photography | Calligraphy by The Weekend Type | Hair and Makeup by Hey Lovely Makeup | Cake by Buttercup Bakery | Rentals by Bourbon & Bloom and Darryl and Co.  | Dress and Earrings from BHLDN | Venue, Olde Dobbin Station | Silk Ribbon by Frou Frou Chic | Marbled Ribbon by Natalie Stopka

5 ways to save money on your wedding…that WORK

After reading about all the ways to not save money, here are some ideas that will save you money and keep your guests from thinking they are at a DIY budget wedding.

5 ways to save money on your wedding that work | Jennifer Laura Design | Photo by Feather and Twine

1. “Our venue allows us to bring in our own alcohol”- This will save you a boat load if you have a venue that allows you to do this. You will need to provide TABC certified bartenders, and you can get glassware through your caterer (they may also be able to provide bartenders), or provide your own plastic cups. My recommendation here is to find a full service liquor company- there are some amazing ones that will deliver everything that you specify and even extra then come back at the end of the night and pick up what you didn’t use, then only charge you for what was used. Find someone who can provide this service for you. And if you can’t it still might be ok, enough alcohol to serve 100+ people is pretty cumbersome, this could possibly be a groom and groomsmen task, but then needing drunk groomsmen to remember to get leftovers at the end of the night could prove to be problematic, especially if you are at a venue that requires everything to be out at the end of the night.

2. “I want to have a small, intimate wedding with only the people who are closest to us”- I think everyone says this. I think almost everyone wants this. No one really wants their wedding to be full of people they don’t know or distant relatives they haven’t seen since they were born. But the truth is the lower you can keep your guest count the less you will have to spend, it’s just a fact- the food, the flowers, the rentals….will all be less when you keep your guest count in check. It’s easier said then done once you start factoring in who your parents want to invite, but if you can actually do it, KUDOS.

3. “I’m going to have a cocktail reception”- This is such a great way to save money. This basically means that you are going to have heavy passed appetizers all night, maybe some fun interactive stations, and no seated or buffet dinner. Guests love it because they get to chow down all night and I love it because it allows us to bring down your costs everywhere else. When we do a cocktail reception, we do a ton of cocktail tables, but we only seat about 30-40% of your guests. Therefore driving costs down in rentals, linens, florals, etc. This is a great idea for big weddings on a tight budget, and my favorite part about it is that it doesn’t have to feel cheap or like you are scrimping- find a creative caterer that can do some really fun stations- build your own stuffed avocados? a raw oyster bar? Meanwhile you have servers passing fun little one bites to people while they wait in line. It’s a pretty great/fun atmosphere and your guests aren’t going to notice that it cut your food/decor budget in half.

4. “I’m getting married on a Friday or Sunday”- This will save you money on your venue rental fee- sometimes 25-50% cheaper simply because you are not taking their coveted Saturday slot that everyone wants. Keep in mind that other vendors likely will not charge less due to the different day- photographers, planners, DJs, caterers- they are all providing the exact same service no matter the day of the week, so keep that in mind when you are budgeting. BUT that venue savings will likely be worth it.

5. “My uncle is going to be our officiant”- I have seen this work out well on so many occasions. It isn’t a huge savings, but it’s something and means that your ceremony will likely feel even more intimate and special. You will want to make sure  your officiant brushes up on some simple ceremony normalcies like “all rise”, “you may now be seated”, etc. You know so your guests don’t stay standing for the the entire ceremony. Oh Lord….yes, I’ve seen this happen and had to quietly walk around telling everyone they could sit down.

If you missed part one- ways NOT to save money, check here. Now get to planning and please tell me- do you have any money saving ideas that are amazing? Any money saving ideas that just didn’t work out? I want to know!

JLD Office {Awake Photography}

The last few months I have been working for an extremely difficult client. This person is a total nightmare…she has NO idea what she wants, changes her mind constantly, and has way TOO many ideas. No, you can’t have a boho, glam, retro, MCM, girly yet not too much, chic office.

My client needed to just pick a darn direction. You see, the problem is that she likes everything and sees every type of design under the sun because she is obsessed with DIY blogs. So that means she is constantly badgering me with new ideas that she finds and changing her mind after a clear direction has already been set. I should have charged her an extra design fee, but the truth is she just couldn’t afford it. So I worked with her side-by-side, crazy idea after crazy idea, and we finally did it. It may have turned her schizophrenic because the she I am talking about is in fact me…which means I just spent an entire two paragraphs talking about myself in the third person (do those first three sentences count as a paragraph??). Are you still with me? I feel like this office is a long time coming. I’ve been talking about it for the last three years. I’ve shared my ideas for it here on this blog twice (here and here)- each time was different and now that you see what I’ve actually done it’s different than any of the ideas I had previously shared.

I ‘ve been thinking about my office for a long time. I’ve been thinking about the actual office in my apartment that I currently live in for the year that we have lived here. I finally came up with a solid design direction last December. I finished the darn thing about 2 weeks later. Sometimes making up my mind is all that stands in my way. I wish I was a better blogger because I would have loved to capture all of the progress and fun along the way. I’ll try to recount as best as possible. I feel like this paragraph contains lots of short “I” statements.

This is what my office looked like as of 6 months ago.

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Then 2 months ago I met with some really awesome potential clients (who are now actual clients) who insisted on meeting with me at my office. I always offer it up as an option- “I’m located in Clear Lake”, but rarely does anyone want to venture out to meet me here. I was very excited that they did. But then reality sunk in because it was right at the tail end of wedding season so my office was a total disaster- glitter was everywhere (I now have a careful screening process that weed out any clients drawn to glitter…kidding. sortof).  Anyway, I cleaned my office and whipped it into shape a bit- finally turned my desk a proper direction- at one point I had it shoved into a corner. Don’t ask me why it took so long to figure out that my desk needed to face the door and be nice and centered in the room. The closet doors threw me off-  they are big. and white. and I didn’t know what to do with them. The idea of that being the focal point when you walk into my office and the first thing you see felt weird. I started thinking that wallpaper may be the way to go. Make that boring white wall become an awesome accent wall (ugh…did I just say accent wall?). BUT then once I started looking at wallpapers I realized that I would be completely over what I chose in a matter of months, my taste is not dependable in the least. Although these (12) were some top contenders, I’m glad I didn’t go this route.

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So twenty four hours after I got off the phone with those potential clients this is how the office looked. I turned my desk the right way, decided to embrace the white wall (for now), brought in my wooden console table which usually lives on our porch so I could create somewhat of a “vignette” under my cork wall. And this is how my office looked when I booked all of my clients this year…you see, meeting with those first clients here (and them hiring me) really pushed me to start making every potential client start meeting me here. It seems silly to drive all over town and jump through hoops for someone who hasn’t hired me yet. Once my clients hire me I meet them wherever it’s convenient for them and then I can start hoop jumping ;-) Plus I think people like to see my environment. So that current set up was working (ie. I was booking jobs) but it was driving me nuts. I mean it was a real hodge podge and just all over the place. I took some time off at Christmas so that felt like the perfect time to start making some real progress. I realized that I wanted my office to be a reflection of my website and just a clean white box with a few places of crazy/chaos where my brain could explode for a minute. Enter – a huge cork board (a real live pinterest board if you will), and some pretty white and gold shelves. The cork wall was already in place, but I knew that it needed to stay. I also thought of a few interesting things to do to help the closet doors not look so sad…we’ll get to that.

Quickly after that- this mood board happened.

JLD Office Mood Board

 

It was just thrown together for the ideas- not to really “make a pretty mood board” or anything. But I liked this direction so things started moving quickly. I went to Ikea and started purchasing things. I got really excited when I found this light fixture.

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Cut to me at home taking down an enormous ceiling fan and installing this all by myself. I’ve never changed out a light fixture before. Last year when we changed out the light in the dining room, my dad did that for me…and I wasn’t even really paying attention. I watched a couple of youtube videos. I read some instructions, but to be honest videos are way more helpful. After about an hour and a half I had this.

JLD office light fixtureTwo days after that we had this.

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A freshly painted clean white box. And can I just say I HATE painting. So many blogs I read act like it’s not a big deal to paint a room and it doesn’t take very long, but I detest it so much. Pull everything away from the walls…tape off stuff, cutting in. It’s all pretty much the worst. BUT I love the result. This made my office feel so fresh. It also made the connecting hallway and living/dining room feel so very tan and gross. #atthetopofthetodolist  After painting everything else went relatively quickly. I made a shopping list and quickly grabbed everything from a number of unique and interesting shopping places….

that’s a total lie I just went to Ikea. And a few days later (right after Christmas) we had this.

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My mom was kind enough to watch Phoenix for a few hours so I could go to town on this room. Of course I was jamming out to T.Swifty’s new album that I got for Christmas. Made the process slightly less painful. I’m the kind of person that likes to enjoy a space…I don’t necessarily enjoy the process though. Hanging those shelves- annoying and tedious. Hanging those picture frames into a perfect grid- total nightmare.

JLD office progress photo

But by the end of the day we had this- shelves and photos on a wall. At this point- I just had to wait for a few things I ordered to come in- ie. desk chairs, and closet door wall art to finish everything up. So…the room kind of sat for a month…or two. My chairs came in, and my wall art came in, but I didn’t bother hanging it. No…you see, things like that should wait until about an hour before you plan to photograph a room so you can rush around at 7am getting everything ready. Which is exactly what happened. Soooo…let’s go ahead and get into the afters shall we?

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

So here you can see what I did with those doors. I let them stay white, BUT I painted their little edges gold and added wire word art right above my desk which is actually a scripture that I love very much- 1 Corinthians 13:8. It has also kind of been my mantra for the past two years and it makes me happy every time I read it. It was just the little something that needed to be on that wall- to keep it clean, but not boring. The gold edges did a lot too.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Majorly want to close my computer in these shots so you can see more of my pretty desk chair. Thanks for pointing that out mom…now that’s all I see. And now probably all you see :) Does anyone remember when I found this chair on craigslist for $75?

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

I only keep pretty folders and tiny notebooks on my desk at all times. Tiny notebooks for my tiny notes.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

This cork wall makes me SO happy. And this is why my desk was in a corner for so long. I thought the cork wall needed to be the backdrop of my desk…which would have looked awesome, but again just didn’t work at all. Picture me climbing over my desk chair to get into my closet every fifteen minutes.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Phoenix hi-jacked the shoot- which is very true to life as he is always running in my office in the mornings to see me. I welcome it very much. It used to be too much, but now it’s tapered off and I have to beg him to come visit me…he still does, just not as much. Spiderman slippers and all.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

My shelves! I tried to style them a bit for these photos, but really and truly this is just where I keep a lot of my inventory. It doesn’t hold everything obviously- there is a TON behind the closet doors, but I try to keep all the pretty things out here that I like to look at.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Look at me, working SO hard writing in my tiny notebook.

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

Jennifer Laura Design office | Awake Photography

And there you have it, the office that FINALLY is. Thanks for looking and thank you times a million to some very good friends of mine who made this day happen and also ridiculously fun- Paige aka Awake Photography and Erica of Hey Lovely who made me look way cuter than normal. ALSO, my new friend Abby of Abby Speaks Hair for e-mailing me the weekend before the shoot and telling me she could make my hair BLONDE when no one else could. She is a rockstar.

If you need to see more or want to read an interview by yours truly head over to The Everygirl today!

Sources | paint- BM super white, gold wire word art- Turn Left Designs, curtains- ikea, blue bench- target, pink pillow- ikea, gold pillow- hobby lobby, desk- ikea, shelves- ikea, black shell chairs- zoetico, blue wingback- thrifted from craigslist, gold desk lamp- urban outfitters, baskets- ikea, shelving unit- ikea, overhead light black and brass- ikea, frame collage wall- ikea, gold stapler- target, gold scissors- target, lucite desk accessories- the container store, white trash can- ikea, gold side table- target

Mid Century Boho Glam {Awake Photography}

Let me tell you it’s a good day when my friend Paige  calls me and wants to team up. Even more of a good day when she wants to team up on a shoot she is planning and shooting in four days. Don’t ask me why, but as long as it’s not wedding season I love throwing projects together quickly- immediate gratification is my favorite :) Paige is so fun to work with- spontaneous and oh so talented. I actually can’t believe that we haven’t done a proper styled in almost a year a half. It seems like we are always working together though- I helped her design a collage wall in her living room, she shot Phoenix’s bedroom. It seems like we are always doing something together.

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

I didn’t get to style the paper, since this shoot was thrown together so quickly we didn’t have the invitations on the actual day we shot everything so Paige styled it later at her house. She did a great job and I actually love how she styled it, but for a psycho like me who gets a rush off of styling paper it was a bummer I didn’t get to play too ;-)

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Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography Awake1088

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

These are the new chairs I bought for my office, aren’t they super photogenic? I am very jealous of those pretty little legs of theirs.

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

Mid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyMid Century Boho Glam | Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

I have to say that putting this shoot together was right up my alley. This is totally my style. Unlike some other styles I’m been trying to get better at lately, this one comes so naturally to me. I could literally put boho shoots together in my sleep. I mean… just so much me. Happy Monday!

Photography: Awake Photography | Styling and Florals: Jennifer Laura Design | Invitation design/calligraphy: Kristara | Attire: Brideside | Hair: Abby Venegas | Makeup: Rivki Shlyapobersky | Models: Megan Silianoff | Meg Cady | Miranda Jones

We’re Hiring!

Hello friends! It’s that time of year again, we are heading into our fall wedding season over here at JLD and things are getting biz-zay. It’s chaotic and wonderful all at the same time. I am tres’ excited to announce that we are hiring again! Last spring I couldn’t have been more blessed with some amazing interns and am hoping to have the same luck this time around.

we're hiring | Jennifer Laura Design

Day of Event Assistants

This is a Houston local position, meaning that you need to live in Houston or be available to travel to Houston for several weekends this fall (we do have a few out of town events in which travel may be necessary). This is going to be a great position if you are looking to get a lot of hands-on event experience. We will be working together on weekends (don’t worry, not every weekend!), Typically only Saturday, possibly some Fridays if needed- setting up events, overseeing installations, and assisting with coordination details. I’m looking for someone who is interested in learning more about the wedding industry and is driven to work her tush off!  I will be hiring 2-3 event assistants and availability on certain weekends will be key. This is a paid part-time position.

Design and Styling Intern

This is a Houston local position, meaning that you need to live in Houston or be available to travel to Houston for several weekends this fall (we do have a few out of town events in which travel may be necessary). I am looking for an intern that wants to gain some event experience. My intern will work with me a bit more closely leading up to the wedding and delve into crafting and prop building. Attention to detail and perfectionism is key! My intern would also ideally accompany me to at least 2-3 events this fall and handle set up details, installations, and timeline management. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get an insight into what all goes into pulling an event together from start to finish. I’m looking for someone who is interested in learning more about the wedding industry and is driven to work her tush off! Knowledge about popular wedding blogs, trends, etc. is a plus. This is an unpaid internship, but can totally be used for college credit in related fields of study.

If you are interested please send a brief e-mail with an attached resume to jennifer@jenniferlauradesign.com. We will be interviewing in the coming weeks and the deadline to apply is September 15th.

I am so hoping to find a few perfect people to join our small team! I can’t wait to hear from you!

The new JLD

So Phoenix went to go spend some time with Topher’s mom on Monday and is coming home this evening (!!). While I have missed his guts, I have also appreciated the time to get caught up on work. I have recently rebranded (sort of) and if you haven’t taken a moment to go look at the new site, you should. It’s dope. It’s something that is a very long time coming. I’ve been talking about making changes since last year…and I didn’t really think it would take me over 9 months to get here, but it did. I could have built a human in that time, so…I’m really slacking.

Here are a few changes that I am most excited about:

We no longer offer partial planning. I have done a lot of package customizing in the past- you don’t need this, let’s add this, etc. etc. This slowly became clunky and confusing and even though a client doesn’t think they want or need this or that (sometimes they have no idea yet!)- being a full service planner, regardless of what they think they need puts ZERO limitations on what I can do for them. When you realize halfway through the planning process that you need more than you thought you did- you are already covered. Well, obviously I may not do your grocery shopping…but that’s neither here nor there :) It’s more expensive yes, but looking back over my three years of business I can say with confidence that the events that have run the smoothest are the ones that I have been in complete control of from day one. This is the level of service that I want to offer, it is what I want my clients to have. My brides can still have as much or as little involvement as they want in the process, but this level of service just works. It’s going to make you feel amazing. And important. All of those things that you are.

Jennifer Laura Design | Jen Wojcik Photography

We’ve raised our prices. I’m beyond tired of my clients spending more money on their photographer than on me. I’m not one to downplay the importance of an amazing photographer- seriously, they will make or break your wedding day memories. Trust me, no one wants beautiful wedding photos more than me, BUT they only spend 1 day plus 2-3 weeks editing your photos (which is in itself a lot of work and why they are worth what they charge). I spend months and months of love and time putting my client’s weddings together and if I don’t do my job properly there isn’t going to be a whole lot that is photograph worthy anyway.

Jennifer Laura Design | Kristen Curette Photography

We offer florals now. I think we all knew this was coming. It’s a big and scary endeavor, but we are ready for it!! I have spent the last two years complaining that Houston had no good florists (funnily enough a few good florists started popping up about six months ago and now I have several that I love) and started really striving about a year and a half ago to learn everything I could about blooms. How to make hand tied bouquets, using oasis foam for organic looking centerpieces, garland building, oh my! It has been a journey that I have enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. What started out of necessity has grown into a true passion and it’s definitely one of my favorite aspects of designing now. I am still learning and growing and hope that I continue to do so until I’m 80.

Jennifer Laura Design | Tessa J Photography

We officially offer services for small scale projects. This is not really anything new, but I never officially came out and said- we plan parties, we offer singular centerpieces, we offer photo shoot design and styling, etc. So now under the services tab on the new website you can see all of these smaller services that we now officially offer. Small projects/parties actually turn out to be some of my very favorite events ever so I’m more than happy to put it out there that we officially do these things!

Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

There are many other changes happening on the back end to make JLD run smoother and more streamlined and I’m really excited about those as well. Presently, I’m currently booking for Spring 2015 so feel free to contact me and get a welcome packet that will have loads more details and pricing information. Oh the welcome packet is so so pretty, you are going to want to see that :)

Happy Wednesday and thanks for always coming to read here- whether you are one of my current brides (I love you), a future bride, a fellow planner, or someone I have never met, I seriously appreciate that there are some of you out there that read this little blog of mine :)

psst. all the photos in this post are of projects that I just can’t wait to share, more coming soon!

Candace and JR engagements {Christine Gosch}

You may remember the little contest Christine, Erica, and I had going a few months ago. Well, Candace and JR were our lucky winners (I talked about our inspiration and mood board for this shoot here). It was such a fun little project and Candace and JR were so very sweet and just all around excited in general that they had won. Here are some of the gorgeous shots that Christine captured of these two.

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

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Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

Candace and JR Engagements | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch | Hey Lovely Makeup

And as a fun little behind the scenes action- here I am setting up with my “assistant”.

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Oh man, I really do love having this guy tag along with me to all sorts of stuff. Kris was there to wrangle him of course, but nothing makes me happier than having Phoenix dancing around in the background while I work :)

{Vendor Credits: Design and Styling- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Christine Gosch, Makeup- Hey Lovely Makeup, Location- Bay Area Park}