Sneak Peek: Timeless Beauty

Well this week is ending my official “vacation”. I kind of laugh at the term though because while I vowed back in November that I was taking two months off…it has really been anything but. On my “time off” I have booked four full service clients, 3 floral jobs, designed and installed my office (just a few more finishing touches before it’s ready to be photographed in a couple of weeks, can’t wait to share!), designed my 2015 JLD client experience complete with a JLD welcome package for new clients, and probably a schlew of other things I am forgetting about right now. It has been very much a time of peace though since I have been able to use this time to focus more on my business and less on my clients. It has really re-charged me and made me love what I do again…it was exactly what I needed.

Anyways, enough about all of that. Today I want to talk about this shoot that I am beyond excited to share a sneak peek of, seriously it might be heading up there with my mid-century metal shoot as my favorite of all time. I talked a few months ago about my aesthetics veering into new territory– a more timeless, classic side of things. And this shoot was the first time I really got to stretch those new creative muscles.

Jennifer Laura Design- Timeless Beauty Mood Board

I do have to say though that this mood board is a little underwhelming. And maybe that’s why it is hard for me to design in this style. I love it so so much, but it is very pulled back, very restrained. I have been told that if something seems off then remove 1 or 2 things from your shot.

That is very hard for me.

I just want to add more. So I really had to be mindful and try to restrain myself. Thankfully, Korie was amazing about showing me shots and then we could edit them together.

Jennifer Laura Design- Timeless Beauty

The good thing is that with the flowers I can do that (add more that is), I don’t have to hold back here. This centerpiece probably weighed close to 50 pounds. Not joking.

Jennifer Laura Design- Timeless Beauty Mood Board

This was my first shoot that we got BHLDN on board for. They sent me all the wardrobe and accessories I asked for, it was kind of a dream partnership. One I am hoping to grow in the future.

Jennifer Laura Design- Timeless Beauty | Korie Lynn Photography

Oh and did I mention that our very talented photographer Korie Lynn also does calligraphy. Oh yes, that’s her work up there. It doesn’t seem fair to give one person so many talents amirite? ;-)

Happy Tuesday!

Sneak Peek: Kia and Penny

I’m excited to share this sneak peek today! Kia and Penny are two brides that hired me way back when to design and coordinate their wedding. They were pretty loose on what they wanted, jewel tones and glamour were the only big direction they gave me. From there the ball was in my court which was a lot of fun. I feel like they weren’t necessarily my typical client- I get a lot of DIY and crafty girls (which I also love), but this was definitely a nice change of pace. We’re also kind of bucking trends here and going for…let’s call it timeless glamour.
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This is really just the tip of the iceberg as far the design goes…there will be A LOT going on. More is more kind of vibe. Then a couple of weeks ago they also hired me to design and style their bridal portraits. Have I mentioned I love doing small projects like this? I really really do and if you are already a JLD client I’ll discount the heck out of any other sessions you want me to style…just because I really want to make it happen. No one said I was the smartest business person in the world :)

Kia and Penny | Jewel Tone Glam Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

For their bridal portraits we wanted to pull elements from the wedding- so the bouquets will be their mock-ups for the wedding day, the furniture is a close cousin to the lounge seating we have going at the reception and gold and jewel toned accents to finish it off. One of the best parts about the whole thing is their photographer- they hired Awake Photography, who I recommended and is none other than my good friend Paige, we have done a handful of styled shoots together as well as her shooting Phoenix’s first birthday and his bedroom. I can’t wait to team up with her again!

Happy Thursday!

A secretive sneak peek

So I’ve been debating on whether or not to share this sneak peek…it’s for a wedding I have coming up in October for two particularly awesome clients. They are from LA and are sort of kind of a big deal. I’m actually contractually not allowed to share much, the bride and groom want to keep their wedding and identities as private as possible. They don’t want the photos shared on blogs or blasted to the interwebs as we wedding professionals are accustomed to do (ahem). So while I will never be allowed to share this wedding in its entirety or have it featured anywhere I do plan to share as much as I am allowed, which will be details, details, and more details. I mean to be honest…that’s all we want to see anyway amirite? So here is a little sneak peek of the design direction- it’s very much in tune to what I’ve been drawn to lately, so that’s very exciting indeed.

Oxblood Wedding Inspiration

Some key details will include that beautiful deep oxblood color, lush garlands, luxurious velvet ribbon, and the most gorgeous florals possible. We’ve hired Without Wax Katy from Austin and I couldn’t be more excited to see what she comes up with. That girl is pure talent and a real inspiration to my own personal floral/business endeavors. The venue is a private residence (the bride’s father’s home) and quite literally one of the most beautiful ranches I have ever seen. Very exciting on many levels and like I said I plan to share as much as I can…and probably sooner rather than later. Since I won’t be sending it out for a feature, there will be no reason to wait on that front.

Happy Thursday!

a surprise proposal

So earlier this week I hinted that I have a lot of side projects in the works. Well this is a sneak peek of one of them. Late last week my friend Kristen told me about her friend (who shall remain nameless for the moment) who wanted to plan a surprise proposal for his girlfriend. He wanted there to be a special little set-up and he wanted Kristen to hide out and photograph the entire thing. Kristen wanted to get me on board to design it and I was stoked, I mean the whole thing sounded amazing, the only catch was it was going down in one week. Our schedule has ended up looking something like this-meet with client on Sunday, throw together design proposal and quote on Monday, client pays for design proposal on Wednesday, shopping and sourcing on Thursday, buying florals and picking up rentals Friday (today). And I really should have bought my florals on Thursday to give them time to open up, but Phoenix had a minor stomach bug late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and I just couldn’t bare to leave him.  I actually kind of like quick and fast projects like this so if you ever think it’s too late to hire me for something…it probably isn’t, unless I’m booked up I don’t mind working quickly. Reminds me of last year when I planned a wedding in two weeks. I’ll have to see if I can hunt down some photos of that wedding, it wasn’t overly designed and I don’t think they hired a professional photographer or a florist for that matter, but they were just about the sweetest couple on the planet. The other day I saw a meme on facebook that said I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding. That’s really cool and I do think I (and everyone really) get wrapped up in the details, the installation ideas, hiring the perfect photographer, yada yada yada…and after your wedding is over all that’s left is you and him and good grief I hope that’s all that matters. The wedding is just stuff…pretty stuff, but stuff nonetheless. Ok what was I talking about??

Oh yes, so this surprise proposal…and yes, we are going to be using a lot of “stuff”…but it’s going to be pretty stuff. And sometimes the stuff is important and can make a moment that is already special become a freaking fairy tale. I mean, I can’t wait to share photos because yes, this is going to be a fairy tale proposal. For now here is the mood board I whipped up for the groom-to-be.

Ron and Tiffany Surprise Proposal Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

The groom-to-be wanted something really pretty, but other than colors and this similar shoot that him and Kristen had seen on 100 Layer Cake there was very little direction. This mood board is pretty vague, but we are going to do a fun set-up with a pretty wingback chair, a desk turned dessert table, and of course lots of pretty florals. I know pink and mint are so cliche, but that was the main color direction that I got- I’m hoping I can find some cool florals at the wholesaler today (it was too late to pre-order anything so I’ll just have to see what they have) that will spice up the color palette a bit- maybe some coral charms with yellow centers (I doubt it) or yellow and white icelandic poppies (also doubt it). Regardless, it’s going to be very very pretty and I’m so excited to see this come to life tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sneak Peek: Christine and Donnie

The past few weeks I have been gearing up for a very sweet little vow renewal ceremony and reception. I’m really excited about this one since it’s for someone I now think of as a very dear friend (Christine Gosch). She hired me last fall and then we ended up working together on a few other projects as well since she happens to be a pretty great photographer. I was going to post her mood board like I usually do, but her event design has definitely changed since we put that together way back in January. Somewhere along the way Christine found this image

bouquet inspiration


which became the new driving force behind the design. I was ecstatic since I think this bouquet is a giant pile of fun- I can’t wait to put our own spin on it :) I’ve also been cooking up a few chalkboards for the event that you might have seen on instagram.

Jennifer Laura Design chalkboard art

I have a new method for doing my chalkboard art that I am kind of nutsy about. It’s pretty much idiot proof, which is great for someone like me :) I’ll have to share my secret in a later blog post. We have abut a million and one other ideas up our sleeves, so I’ll leave you with this so I can get cracking on those!

Happy Thursday!

A Phoenix room update and some photo shoot goodies

Sorry things have been so quiet over here. I’ve been out on so many site visits, meetings, and walkthroughs that I actually haven’t sat down in my office in about a week and a half. I’m currently sitting there right now and it feels very sweet indeed. Something about finishing up all of my spring weddings feels so so good, but it also means that full on planning and prep for my fall weddings is upon me. Which I’m really excited about- I have some amazing clients on the calendar that I can’t wait to talk more about. I’ve also been working on a sweet little vow renewal that is coming up in the next few weeks. More on that later too.

But right now, I thought I would share a few general updates about a little bit of everything. Phoenix’s room is officially painted and coming together!

Phoenix room painted

Since taking this photo we’ve actually got the bed in there as well as hung the curtains. My friend Paige is coming over this week to shoot this room so it will actually be finished within the next few days. It’s probably not quite ready yet, but I needed the motivation to finish it, so I set the date and knew that would push me to get it done. I seriously have to give myself these deadlines or projects would stretch out over months and months (my cream living room walls are staring at me as I type that).

I’ve also been working on a few mini photo shoots, which is my new favorite kind. The first happened over the weekend with our contest winners. I didn’t actually get to meet this sweet couple since Topher and I had to rush off after we set up (he had to be at work bright and early Saturday morning), but Candace and I e-mailed back and forth a bit to pull together this mood board for her shoot. She wanted a soft and pretty bohemian shoot- her only request was that we incorporate a teepee and antlers. Um, no problem! This is the first board I put together

Jennifer Laura Design boho shoot mood board

And then I decided to put another board together too just in case Candace wanted to add in a little color.

Jennifer Laura Design boho shoot mood board

My personal favorite is the second one, but Candace is a classy lady and went with the first one. Probably a great call since that one won’t look dated in five years :) Here are a few little sneak peek’s the photographer Christine shared over the weekend.

Christine Gosch Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Christine Gosch Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Cute, no? Then the next mini photo shoot is one going down with Jen Wojcik next week. She is coming in from out of town and wanted to put something small, detailed, and pretty together while she was here. I was thrilled with her photography style (amazing!) and the word “small”. Anything that I can work on in my free time and feels like fun and not work is really making me happy right now. Here are a few of our inspiration images.

JLD styled shoot inspiration

JLD styled shoot inspiration

JLD styled shoot inspiration

JLD styled shoot inspiration

JLD styled shoot inspiration

Getting very excited for that indeed! And that ends this random Monday update for now- off to spend the rest of the day with my family since Monday is technically our weekend :)

Sneak Peek: April and Trevor

Sorry for the lack of blog posting lately, things have been hectic over here getting ready for a wedding going down at the end of this month that I haven’t shared a stitch of design details yet…but you have met my couple- April and Trevor (remember their engagements?). I can’t believe I haven’t shared their sneak peek yet! I think subconsciously I started thinking I should wait until closer to the event to share things…but then again sometimes I get impatient, so we’ll see where I end up on that front. Enough jabbering.

Art Deco Romance Mood Board

Our inspiration is grounded in art deco/the great gatsby, but we’re definitely putting a little spin on it with touches of soft and pretty romance. Deco and Gatsby details can get very black and white, very hard edged…we’re definitely adding in layers of the soft and pretty while keeping in all of the old hollywood glamour. I’m really excited to see everything come together! Meanwhile, my intern Heather and I will be slaving away on all the final details for this events, so please excuse me if I’m a little absent over here for the next week and a half :)

playing around with flowers

This past Monday was kind of a super duper fun day. First, my friend Erica came over and worked her magic on me…

Jennifer Laura Design | Hey Lovely Makeup

Then my friend Kelsey came over and we played with flowers…pretty much my favorite thing to do lately. Too bad it’s a terribly expensive little hobby. Here’s just a little bit of what we put together…

Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

Jennifer Laura Design | Feather and Twine Photography

I can feel myself getting better with blooms…this was the first time I felt myself creating and not copying. In the past I’ve looked at inspiration images and tried to replicate what I saw…which sometimes meant trying to make my flowers and greenery into shapes they didn’t want to be in. I was fighting what was naturally there. This time I just knew what flowers I wanted to work with, what shapes looked good visually, and just let the flowers tell me what they wanted to look like…it sounds incredibly corny, but greenery and flowers are already beautiful on their own. They just want to be put in a nice looking grouping with their other flower friends, not be forced into an awkward social situation they can’t handle. I think it’s official that this blog post has gone off the deep end and I’m officially sounding like a crazy person.

That’s ok. I’m alright with it.

Monday was also Topher and myself’s six year dating anniversary, we celebrated our second year of marriage about six months ago, but something about taking a moment to realize that we had been together for six years was kind of remarkable. I mean, that’s definitely a really long time. He brought me flowers home. Now, you can’t forget that this was the same day that I had buckets and vases of flowers already placed all over the house for this shoot, so it was quite comical that he brought me these.

Jennifer loves Kris

I love them. I love them even more because he remembered that I told him once upon a time that gerbera daisies were my very favorite flower (spoiler alert- they aren’t anymore). I even had a vase of fake gerbera daisies in a decoupaged vase in college (classy, I know). These aren’t pretty, pinn-able, or styled…I just took them out of the tissue paper and stuck them in that vase, but I love them so very much. You can’t see it but there are six of them- one for each year. And Kris told me that he let Phoenix pick out the colors. My heart…exploding :) So yah…these definitely stole the show as my favorite flowers from Monday.

sneak peek with a side of engagements {Brittany and Jordan}

So this past weekend was filled with wiping a sick little boy’s nose and an event design presentation that I am really (really) excited about. I hate to even mention the first thing, but Phoenix has been sick for almost an entire week…yesterday, he finally took a turn for the better- thank you LORD. But it was a really awful couple of days…plus we are used to being sick, pumping in the vitamins and being over it in a day, two days tops. So the fact that this thing hung on like a bull fighter at a rodeo, well…it kind of sucked.

On to better topics. So this weekend I met with my adorable client Brittany and we talked about this right here.

Brittany and Jordan event design | Jennifer Laura Design | Boho Girly Glam

Cute no? Brittany has some good taste ya’ll and she is pretty much the most adorable and sweetest thing ever. Her and her mom and sisters have all just opened this boutique too, I kind of want to go buy everything they have #notkidding and I am so excited to start working to bring her wedding to life- which is going down next November…sometimes the hardest part of these things is the waiting…ALL of that waiting :/ To tide us over here are her and Jordan’s gorgeous engagements!

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

Brittany and Jordan engagements

{Photos courtesy of Sacred-Image Photography}

there is really no way of knowing which direction this post is going…

I keep an editorial calendar for this blog. I wrote down post ideas and dates I want to post things. Lately, that calendar is mocking me…the dates are for February, somehow it turned into mid-March right before my very eyes and I’m wondering where on earth the time is going. Phoenix is almost 2…4 short months away from that gigantic milestone. It feels like I was just planning his first birthday party last week. The first six months of his life crawled by. It was almost as if time was mocking me, adjusting to life with a newborn was a giant challenge for me and I can’t say I loved the first six months as much as I probably should have. It’s kind of a big blur now, but I remember laying in bed a lot, sleeping at strange hours, and staying awake most nights well past 4am…not necessarily because my baby was awake, but because it was the only time I could get any alone time. It all sounds so strange now, I’m not sure what happened there. I’m not sure why this post about my blog calendar has turned into a post about Phoenix. But after P hit that six month mark time has flown by. In  an almost cruel way. My little boy looks enormous to me and I have to say this 15-20 months has been just the funnest age. I hear from so many people that this is their very favorite age so I’m going to be so so sad to see it end when he does indeed turn two…I have no idea what the age two holds and I’m sure he will continue to get more and more awesome…right?? Don’t tell me if it’s not true, I’ll live in naive bliss :)

So where is this post going you might wonder…the title sure didn’t give you any clue. Well, in my editorial calendar I have very specific categories, titles, today I’m talking about this, period. point blank. Now what “this” is…I’m not quite sure yet. Lately I have found myself just wanting to write. I kept a pretty religious journal from age 14- 22…no joke until age 18 I have notebooks where I could look up any given day and read all about what happened that day, week, or month. It wasn’t everyday, but probably 3-4 times a week at least. And then from age 18-22 I switched to a private online blog, so again I have very detailed accounts of my daily life from that time. It’s kind of cool, awkward, and embarrassing all at the same time. I would be mortified if anyone else were to read those. I wrote like no one was watching or listening. And they weren’t…although I’m pretty sure my parents may have found a read a journal entry or two when I was in high school. Sorry mom.

But anyways, for some reason once Topher and I moved in together in the fall of 2008, I completely stopped journaling and my posts were very sporadic- maybe one every 3-4 months eventually tapering off to one every year. Probably because I didn’t have much to complain about anymore…my life was simple and very pleasantly drama free. So that brings me here…this blog is currently the only account I keep. I would love to continue keeping up with a private blog or journal to have something to look back on, there are so many details in those old blogs/journals that I never in a million years would have remembered if I hadn’t written them down. But…unfortunately, it’s not a priority and I know it won’t happen. So this here blog will be the account of life in my twenties. It’s somewhat public so I don’t talk about everything here…which means that some of my life and my memories are slipping through the cracks. I won’t and can’t remember everything from this time in my life. And it’s a pretty good time in my life. I have two babies (my business being the other one) and a husband who puts up with the craziness that these babies have brought our way :) Of course there are things that I would like to change, but I’m very grateful for a lot of things. I have a love/hate relationship with working from home, but at the end of the day I know there are so many people who would love that opportunity and I am extremely grateful that I have that. I am so grateful that my family is healthy. I’m grateful that my dad (who isn’t so healthy) is able to watch Phoenix 3 days of  the week. As a matter of fact, my dad who has had cancer for the last 7 years has actually been getting healthier and better with all of this Phoenix wrangling. They are like two peas in a pod, really and truly the best of pals. I am grateful that Topher and I have a place to call home that I love and actually have been itching to share some pictures of our new place over here if I ever find the time to snap some photos. I am grateful that things have happened in the last year that have shown me just how important God is and needs to be in my life.

So this post is kind of all over the place, sorry about that. I guess what I’m trying to say with all of this is that I have a special place in my heart for this blog and I may start including more here than just wedding related items…I want this to be my account and there are some things that I don’t want to forget. So I’m going to share them here with you whether it’s pinterest- worthy or wedding related or not. Feel free to skip it if you aren’t interested, you won’t offend me :) But if this is all I have I need to make sure some of these moments aren’t lost. Like the fact that Phoenix currently has eleven teeth.

Eleven…how did having four teeth turn into eleven?? Those first few teeth are so exciting and then you lose count for awhile and bam next thing you know you have a little vampire running around.

This has been a nice week, I’ve taken it easy a bit work wise, focusing my energies on a couple photo shoots I have coming up at the end of March. Most of my family are teachers so spring break being this week has brought a few fun activities into my life like taking Phoenix up to the lake and also going to the Aquarium at Moody Gardens. I finished up two big weddings (that I have been working on for over a year) in the last few weeks and I took this week as a slight breather before the craziness of April starts. Things have been crazier than ever this year, I have been thinking a lot about what I want my business to be in the following months, weeks, and years… I’m not happy with it’s current state. I feel like I’m not able to dedicate the amount of time that I want to my clients. Having 10 weddings on the books at the beginning of this year was great, but has also made me realize that I am so hands on (or want to be) that I’m actually not happy with the level of what my current clients are getting- they aren’t getting near enough of me. I’m not happy with how things are right now and I think I may be going through some growing pains. I have turned away a lot of new clients for the simple fact that I just don’t have the time to take them on. Things need to change and I’m not sure what those changes need to be…right now, I don’t have time to think about it. I’m thinking that maybe once April is over I can start to focus on me, my happiness, and what makes this business of mine tick. I’ll get there…I thought I would already be there and I’m frustrated that I’m not, but these things take time and I want to get it right.

As for those photoshoots I mentioned…want to see some ideas I have kicking around? The first up is a little mini- photo shoot where I am teaming up with Kelsey from Feather and Twine again. This girl is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and being around her just makes me happy. I was thrilled to find out that she wanted to work with me again and we have been kicking around about a million and one ideas for future full blown shoots, but this one is going to be floral centered and pretty small scale. I’m not sure what all it will entail, but here are some images that we’ve been tossing back and forth.

photo shoot inspiration

photo shoot inspiration

photo shoot inspiration


photo shoot inspiration

photo shoot inspiration

photo shoot inspiration

I’ve also been working with Kristen Curette, who is especially awesome and was the second shooter at this wedding. She wanted to do a luxe vineyard shoot so I came up with a little twist on the classic romantic vineyard look, adding a little matte black action into the mix should do the trick me thinks.

Luxe Vineyard Mood Board

So there’s a giant brain dump on what’s been going on with me/some of the thoughts I’ve been having…I give you a gold star if you made it all the way through. I just broke 1500 words so if you read all of this I think that means we are now virtual best friends. God bless you.