Jillian and Hayden Home | Southern Weddings

Over the summer I was asked to style an apartment that would be featured in Volume 9 of Southern Weddings. I have been a huge fan of the Southern Weddings Magazine and brand for years, so I was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Before arriving for the shoot I was sent a couple photos of the space to see what I had to work with and I knew my job would be an easy one. Their apartment was adorable and filled with vintage pieces and antiques that Jillian had collected over the years. Now let me say I am not an interior stylist, but if you mix my degree in interior design with my experience styling weddings and photo shoots over the last 5 years it’s a pretty good mix. I pulled up my sleeves, pretended to be Emily Henderson for the day, and I was really into it. If anyone needs an interior stylist in their life, give me a call- this was right up my alley.

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Here is a little entry moment as soon as you walk into the apartment, I may have changed the styling of the table a bit, but for the most part this was it and I just added those pretty yellow flowers.

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Past the entryway is their living room and these shelves got a pretty big makeover. Here are some photos of me in action.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Everything pretty much came down and was put back up in a “styled” way. I used quite a bit of their own items (I didn’t want it to start not feeling like them) that were already there, but sprinkled in several of my own props and greenery. You can also see that Jillian and Hayden’s dog Watson played an important role as my styling assistant, it’s always nice to have a second set of eyes.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

 This sofa and frame wall were on the other side of hte living room, I am obsessed with the casual vibe of the slipcovered sofa paired with the natural wood of the coffee table.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

We didn’t purchase any special foliage or florals for this shoot- everything we used were things I picked on site. It meant I wasn’t able to plan ahead, but I wanted everything we used to look really natural and not too fussy. I just got lucky that there were all sorts of goodies right out their front door.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The master bedroom had this amazing four poster bed and those great mirrors were already there. I do think I pulled in these lamps from the living room and that blue bench is mine, but went perfectly with the bedding.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The dresser in the bedroom got a pretty little makeover with a pretty wooden tray, some books, and a few pretty odds and ends.

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Then we got to the guest room and it was like Christmas for me- guys, look at that Magic Kingdom poster! If I could have ripped that off the walls and stolen it I totally would have. Cut to me furiously searching for something similar on Etsy and adding it to my Christmas list.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Out on their back porch they have this cute little table and chairs, Jillian dabbles in calligraphy so she did this special chalkboard before I arrived (how perfect is that?) and I just added the greenery and the flowers in the watering can.

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And here is the sweet couple with their adorable dog Watson. I can’t thank them enough for letting me blow through their apartment and rearrange everything. It was also amazing to work with Kimberley Chau for the very first time and to have these images in Southern Weddings Magazine is just icing on the cake. What a fun project!

Credits: Photography | Kimberley Chau Photography, Styling | Jennifer Laura Design, Southern Weddings Magazine, Featured Newlyweds- Jillian and Hayden Pottkotter and their dog Watson

Crate and Barrel Private Registry Event | Morgan Gosch Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maison Baie | Feather and Twine Photography

Sometimes I get to plan a shoot where I can do whatever I want. I have absolutely ZERO direction…and to be perfectly honest this is NOT how I thrive. I usually come up with my best ideas when I have a client who is pushing me to create something just for them, I know their vision, I get their style, and it comes together. Often times when I do shoots, I even treat the photographer as my client and let them lead the overall concept and then I work my design within those parameters. This shoot is the exact opposite of that. I had so much freedom I didn’t know what to do with myself. I knew I wanted it to be a few things- simple, no fussy  details, pretty and timeless, nothing trendy, with some pretty and soft colors. That is it. While I do think I design better with a client (or even a pretend client) I still love this shoot. It is certainly the direction I want my business to go- and my brides, I want them to see that we don’t need crazy installation walls or the newest and trendiest wedding item. Twenty years from now none of that will matter. We shot these images in one of my very favorite places- it’s a venue in Galveston called Maison Baie- Kris used to run the restaurant right next door. The restaurant is a busy and bustling place full of life, but this little haven next door is like a sanctuary. It is right on the water with the skinniest little pier that goes twenty feet out over the water. I used to love taking Phoenix out there and walking all the way out there with him. It was so peaceful. Maison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyShooting our bride out on the pier was kind of perfect…the wind was insane and we were so worried the veil was going to whip into the water at any moment, but it never did. My friend Erica referenced this song yesterday when she posted this image on instagram and it’s kind of perfect. Maison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine PhotographyMaison Baie | Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

To see more of this shoot you can head over to Weddings Unveiled– thank you so much to the ladies over there for the feature, and a big wet smooch to all the vendors involved on this one, it’s always a treat to be on set with friends.

Vendor Credits | Photography: Feather & Twine    |    Design and Florals: Jennifer Laura Design    |    Venue: Maison Baie at Number 13 in Galveston, TX    |    Paper Goods: Momental Designs    |    Cake: Sugary and Chic    |    Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup    |    Dresses and Accessories: BHLDN    |    Ribbon: Froufrou Chic    |    Rentals: Swift + Company

Rose Gold Modern | Kristen Curette Photography

Kristen and I like to collaborate on a big shoot about once a year, that’s the going rate for us. You can see our shoot last year right here, it was this glam vineyard thing. Kristen and I always have a lot of fun when we get together. I mean, she is this total BA with a camera and brings this team of talent with her. I never know who is doing what- there are a schlew of photographers, stylists, and people that just bring their A-game. So when I say this shoot was a total team effort, I really mean that. Kristen came to me last Christmas (it always boggles my mind how loooong the process is from conception to shooting- to actually GETTING TO SHARE THE IMAGES…sometimes it feels like absolute torture sitting on all this prettiness just waiting for the feature to happen) with the idea to do rose gold. She sent me some inspiration photos that were a little more along the lines of rose gold glam and sparkle. But after spending an entire year (2014) learning the ins and outs of the sequined table cloth (pretty sure I used one in every wedding that year) I was ready to move on to using rose gold in a different way. I wanted to do something that was more modern and edgy. This shoot slowly began to take shape and when I met Natalie of Damsel White Label at an open house with one of my brides in early February I knew that we had our dress. The dress kind of stole the show in this shoot. It didn’t hurt that Natalie was on hand to make sure that the draping of the train was INSANE in each shot.

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We also added this chain to accent the dress and it was subtle, but kind of the perfect extra touch. Not that this dress needs an extra touch…but in a styled shoot, we went there.

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We shot everything in the Studio Houston, it’s above Tout Suite in downtown and such an awesome event space.

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My goal for this shoot was to do something simple and modern. I wanted everything to be extremely clean lines to contrast against the organic nature of the florals. I tried to veer away from anything too trendy, although you could make the argument that rose gold is trendy. I’m really not sure what we are going to do with metallics though. Silver has been in for so long and then gold made a HUGE comeback, but I think people are getting tired of it. So right now rose gold and copper are having a moment, but trends don’t seem to have any staying power anymore, we are over them before they have made a full comeback. Are we going to have to invent new metallics to satisfy us? Are we going to circle back to silver? HA. In one of my shoots I did last spring (closely following this one) I did actually veto any and all gold and just go completely silver, so maybe I’ve already answered my own question.

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We also did a floral wall- now this isn’t a new idea by any means, but Kristen really wanted to do it. It’s a cute way to accent a wall for sure. Such a ridiculously easy DIY- if you are looking for something simple, easy, and cheap with a high impact this is it! It probably took me about 15 minutes to tape all the flowers to the wall, I just used washi tape, be careful not to use any tape with a crazy strong adhesive, you don’t want to damage the wall. Washi tape is a pretty weak tape, but it did the trick just fine. I had budgeted about $100 of flowers for this wall, but it took FAR LESS.

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The male model Zach also had his dog on set that day, so Kristen and I of course took full advantage. Poor fella, for this shot I believe I was holding cheese crackers to persuade him to stay sitting on that table. Which is my son’s nightstand BTW (don’t worry Phoenix, I cleaned it). I had made him that cute little impromptu flower collar moments before. BUUUUT don’t feel too bad for this guy- while we were breaking down, the cake- which was in fact a dummy cake but covered in real icing, was left on the floor for some reason and this guy got into it. The entire backside was licked completely  CLEAN. Thank goodness we had already photographed it.

Thank you times a million to everyone that was a part of this shoot- such an amazing group! If you want to see more you can head over to 100 Layer Cake to see the full feature.

Photographer: Kristen Curette Photography / Venue: The Studio Houston / Design & Florals: Jennifer Laura Design / Hair: Abby Speaks Hair / Makeup: Kim Clark Artistry / Paper: Nib and Pixel / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Rentals: Swift and Co. / Wardrobe Stylist: David Rochez / Dress: Damsel White Label / Models: Erika Rodger & Zack Flores

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

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.

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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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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.

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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

Winter Glamour Photo Shoot {Christine Gosch Photography}

I wanted to pop in today and share this shoot that has never been seen before! I shot this with Christine Gosch Photography (remember, I designed her vow renewals here) and a few other awesome vendors last January. LAST January. So yah, this shoot is kinda old. It was never picked up to be featured anywhere and by the time we found that out, it was extremely unseasonable, which may be one of the reasons it was never picked up. By the time we were sending it out for submission, it was late February, and I’m sure by then blogs are looking for content for spring. Just bad time planning on our end. But since it happens to be very seasonal right now, I thought it would be fun to share it. You may have seen a bit of it here in my DIY agate charger post.

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Winter Romance | Jennifer Laura Design | Christine Gosch Photography

Not that it’s cold in Houston or anything. I’m pretty sure we cut down our Christmas tree last week to the tune of kids in shorts and tank tops, but hey- we can dream it might chilly up before Christmas! Happy Monday!

{Vendor Credits: Photography: Christine Gosch, Design- Jennifer Laura Design, Florals- Maxit Floral Design, Hair and Makeup- Hey Lovely Makeup, Linens- Over the Top Linen, Rentals- Bourbon and Bloom, Invitations + Calligraphy- Mariel Sawicki}

Happy and Bright {To Live To Love Photography}

I have to start out by saying that this is not a shoot I designed. I pulled together the vendor team and provided the florals, but other than that this was completely designed and pulled together by my fabulous spring intern Heather Darr of Darrling Design. Heather and I started working together last spring and she was just such a blessing to have in my life! She became not only a wonderful intern, but a good friend- she didn’t live too far away and we ended up having about 2-3 crafting days at my apartment every week during my busiest season. Since then she has gotten a real job and moved on (waaah!!), but we a good run and she sure made my life easier there for awhile. During our many crafting sessions she mentioned a styled shoot that she had been planning and some of the details had kind of fallen through- they lost their photographer/model, etc. Then she showed me the mood board for the project and I said “Heather, we have to make this happen!” It was too good not to bring it to life.

Darrling Design Mood Board

It wasn’t until a few months later that we actually had the time to start pulling vendors together and solidifying all the details, but I was really excited to make this happen. I started with our photographer- Ashley with To Live To Love Photography had reached out to me a long time ago when her sister was getting married and they thought she might enlist the help of a planner. She didn’t end up hiring anyone, but I bookmarked her because I was just so darn impressed with her. I still am actually- she designed and photographed this UNDERWATER shoot for crying out loud. How does this woman not have 5 million followers on instagram??! So needless to say I had been itching to work with her for awhile and just needed a project to come along. Fact: I’m still itching to work with her and have a big fun idea in the works with her coming up hopefully soon- amateur photogs and stylists stay tuned!! Then I pulled my favorite makeup girl Erica with Hey Lovely and then our lovely model Kaite is actually an old friend from high school. She reached out to me about providing florals for her wedding and I was unfortunately unavailable so I thought this might be a fun way to do something together anyway, plus her and her fiancee are completely adorable and pretty perfect for the happy colorful vibe we were going for.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

We shot everything at Brazos Bend State Park which was my second time out there and significantly less rainy than the first time. If you are looking for a magical outdoorsy shoot location in Houston then this is the place you want to go. Chances are it will be a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it, I promise.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

It was a lot of fun working with paper flowers.  It was really easy and I really liked mixing in the real and the paper, to where you almost can’t even tell whats what anymore.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

These hand painted signs by Paper and Posies were GORGEOUS. I loved them so much I immediately commissioned her to make one for my surprise proposal I had coming up. We e-mailed back and forth and it finally came down to it that we were on too tight of a timeline and we didn’t have time to get it shipped, so I had to DIY one of these. You can see my sad sad imitation of this from Monday’s post here.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

No comparison really, but hey- you do what you gotta do! We planned that surprise proposal in a week after all…

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

This backdrop was a labor of love created by Heather and her sister. It’s so crazy how you (when I say you I mean I) see things like this on Pinterest or get an idea for something that seems so simple…and then fast forward to hours upon hours of cutting and tying crepe paper strips individually by hand. I get into these situations all the time- oh, hand stamp, stuff, hole punch, and ribbon tie 300 feather and glitter bags- piece of cake….4 days and a claw hand later I’m re-thinking everything I thought I knew about my life. This was one of those projects. We shot this in the middle of a Houston summer and these girls were at this for hours- still tying pieces just minutes before this shot was taken. I think it was worth it though- it’s gorgeous. and would be so perfect for a ceremony or a dessert table backdrop.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Next we have our little sweetheart table. You see what I mean about this park being magical? There are a million spots nestled here like this, seriously no shortage of perfect spots to shoot.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Heather made every single one of these paper flowers. I believe she did so with her cricut explore. Which I still am in desperate need of one of those- I’m sure you have heard all over blogland how they are the best things since sliced bread…er paper.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

These were leftover confetti poppers Heather had from one of my spring weddings that I still haven’t shared yet (magazine feature coming soon!), Heather gave them an adorable little makeover and they were perfect for this shoot. And if you are wanting an awesome wedding exit (and are allowed to make a mess) consider confetti poppers- these were SO much fun.

Happy and Bright | Darrling Design | Jennifer Laura Design | To Live To Love Photography

Thanks so much to everyone involved and an especially big thanks to my intern Heather for not disappointing! Want to see more? Check out our feature over on 100 Layer Cake.

{Vendor Credits- Photographer: To Live To Love Photography,  Styling & Design: Darrling Design, Florals: Jennifer Laura Design, Hair & Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup, Paper: Paper & Posies, Models: Kaite Dittman & Austen Baldridge}

{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}