Hurricane Harvey

So my family has been weathering Hurricane Harvey in downtown at the Sam Houston Hotel where my husband works. We are very fortunate to have not been affected in the hurricane or the floods that followed, but know so many who have lost everything. We have done what we can while being here, which hasn’t been much. My boys and I went to George R. Brown to volunteer for a few days, but were turned away yesterday since they have SO many and someone toting 2 kids around is not the most desirable volunteer. I get it. So now I’m looking for ways I can help from my hotel room. Here are some of my favorite options, all of these are items you can purchase and 100% of the proceeds are going directly to relief efforts.

 

golden thread shop

Golden Thread Shop

Kristara Calligraphy

Kristara Calligraphy

cottage hill captivated

Cottage Hill Magazine- Captivated Issue

little fox lettering company

Little Fox Lettering Company

The Weekend Type

The Weekend Type

Golden Thread

Golden Thread

Live Love Gameday

Live Love Gameday

James Avery

James Avery

Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

I am also working to put together Amazon wish lists for some of the people I know that were affected the most (lost everything), if you know someone please e-mail me at jennifer@jenniferlauradesign.com with their contact information.

Being happy and finding peace in 2015.

The past two years I have shared a big list of goals and hopes and dreams and unicorns with rainbows….you know, those posts. I didn’t want to do that this year. This year I am simply vowing to be happy in the small and simple- finding joy in the everyday. It’s something I’ve struggled with ever since I graduated from college. My entire life was leading up to this one moment and it was a bit anticlimactic to be honest. Get a job, start real life. Work. Make a living. Pay bills. It’s all so mundane. School was always leading up to something- a 9 week benchmark, the end of a semester, summer break! I have found that real life isn’t really like that. It’s just one long to-do list that never really ends and if you are lucky you can catch up and take a breath every few weeks. I’m not complaining. I think I speak for a lot of people when I write this…at least I hope I do. The last four years, I’ve really struggled to find happiness. It’s not easy writing that, depression is something that is extremely easy to hide and very guilt-inducing to admit. I’m blessed in so many ways that the guilt in even admitting that happiness doesn’t come naturally almost makes me want to throw this post into the trash. So for this year, that is what I am working on. Finding joy in God, finding peace in Jesus Christ. Being ok that not every moment of my life is thrilling and/or exciting. Being ok that I don’t have some large milestone to look forward to or work towards. My hopes for this year are that my life/business brings joy to others in some way. I think joy might come when I focus my energy outwardly instead of inward. Be less focused on myself, be more focused on others.

Happy New Year!

{A JLD Wedding} Paige and Kevin

I worked with Paige and her mom Becky for over a year. By the end of this wedding I felt the way only these people could make me feel- like I was a part of their family. Seriously, I’ll be at Christmas next year guys ;-) Paige knew exactly what she wanted as a bride so it was really easy for me to execute just that. Here’s her mood board from way back when. She is the epitome of a classic and timeless bride.

Classic and Timeless- a lavender mood board | Jennifer Laura Design

Sometimes a lot of things change from mood board to fruition (I talked about this a bit last week), but looking back we did just about everything you see on that mood board…or we had the intention to. Unfortunately, the rain forecast was at 30% that day and setting up on the beautiful lawn of Royal Oaks Country Club was not a risk Paige was willing to take, so we lost a little bit of our beautiful backdrop in exchange for guest comfort and that’s always a good choice to make.

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige’s aunt Lea did the flowers and did an amazing job. Everyone was raving about them all night- they were simply stunning!

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

I am in love with this photo- it kind of sums up why you have bridesmaids! At my wedding the room to get ready in was rather small so I opted to have my girls get ready elsewhere and that’s a decision I still regret, how fun does this look?

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin didn’t want to do a first look, but they did want to have a moment to say hi to each other before everything got started that day.

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

I love this idea! It’s a great way to calm your nerves on the wedding day and also makes for adorable photos like these.

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and I both agreed we didn’t want the wedding to be too theme-y, but we did several subtle nods to her and Kevin’s love for music (Kevin’s actually in a band) like the guest book guitar and records, instead of table numbers each table was a song title, and then to send them off at the end of the night guests threw these customized guitar picks into the air. Adorable no?

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

Paige and Kevin | Jennifer Laura Design | Chris W Photo

And a little video action, which is just that much more magical than the photos :)

Vendor Credits: Planning, Design, and Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography and Videography- Chris W Photo, Venue and Catering- Royal Oaks Country Club, Flowers- Leatha Veronie, DJ and Photo Booth- JPL Entertainment, Ceremony Music- Divisi Strings, Outdoor Lighting- Spark Event Lighting, Bride and Groom’s cake- Cakes by Gina, Linens and Ceremony draping- The Perfect Touch Linens, Custom Record Labels- Style Flip, Candelabras- Any Occasion Party Rental

taking some time off

Unlike a lot of people might think, taking time off when you work for yourself isn’t all sunshine and rainbows- I mean don’t get me wrong the fact that I can decide to take two weeks off is fantastic! But on the other side of that coin I have to make sure it’s realistic…I can plan all I want to take a Christmas vacation, but the truth is if I have things going on with clients or projects, chances are my time off probably won’t happen. There’s no one else that can take care of things or emergencies that pop up. Like last year…I would have liked to take some time off, but because Christmas was sandwiched with two big jobs it just wasn’t a reality. Also, just because  I say I am taking two weeks off doesn’t mean I will be able to turn my brain off or put my computer down. I’m still brainstorming just exactly how I want to rework my business for the new year, I have A LOT of ideas and I plan to work on that a lot while I am technically “off”. These things are actually fun for me though, so as crazy as it seems that won’t feel like work at all :) So anyways, all of that to say that I am taking the next two weeks off from work- and the next week off from blogging. My mother is off since she is an assistant principal and works for the school district, my brother is amazingly in town from San Francisco for three whole weeks, and my father is retired so I am really looking forward to just having a grand ole time with them all. Topher will still be working with just a few days off here and there, but that’s alright. Phoenix will be taking some time off from pooping….at least that’s what I have been told, so… fingers crossed.

Feather & Twine Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Merry Christmas from the Jennifer Laura Design family.

{photo credit: Feather & Twine Photography}

Erin and Pete {Elissa R Photography}

Happy Monday to ya! Are ya’ll ready for an adorable engagement session? Do you remember Erin and Pete- I gave a sneak peek of their event mood board here. We’ve been working fast and furious to finish everything up for these two before their wedding goes down next month- did I mention I am SUPER excited?! We’ll be spending the entire weekend in Huntsville for this one- with a two day set up and Sunday break down. There is A LOT to do. I have a love/hate relationship with setting up for an event- on one hand nothing is as rewarding as seeing my vision come to life and on the other hand it’s a TON OF WORK. I mean seriously for any given event usually both Topher and myself’s vehicles (sometimes a rental van) are entirely filled with furniture, boxes, linens, props, etc… and it takes hours and hours to unpack and get everything looking like an actual wedding might take place. It’s crazy and I love it. The set up for this one is going to be especially awesome since we have the venue all weekend. Just don’t come looking for me on Sunday when it’s time to clean up… jk jk :) Ok, ok enough of the rambling… here we go with the cuteness that is Erin and Pete- they couldn’t get much more adorable.

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

Erin and Pete | Elissa R Photography

{Photography credits: Elissa R Photography}

{A JLD Wedding} Casey and Michael part 2

I’m back with the rest of the goods. And before I get wrapped up in the sound of my own voice (sound of my own typing?)- here is part one in case you missed it. Aisha with Ama by Aisha captured everything and can I just gush for a minute and say that she is awesome! I am kind of in love with that time lapse video from Wednesday and all of the photos for today of course. So let’s dive right into the good stuff shall we?

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

So this is where it all went down. It’s a cute place – a little too “decorated” for my taste, but very cute. It’s also very small- keep in mind this wedding only had 30 guests. The Clipper House Inn is nestled right in the shopping area of Kemah, not on the boardwalk, but on the other side.

 Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Here is the “guest book”- Casey had the idea to have guests write wishes on wishing stones instead. I love this idea- they were so pretty!

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

So I actually did all of the flowers for this wedding- it was so small and a lot of the great florists I know have $1000 minimums and because this wedding was so small we only needed a couple hundred dollars worth of flowers. I really didn’t want to sacrifice quality or get something that wasn’t what Casey and I had in mind so I decided to go for it. Casey was game and had total faith in me. The hardest part was definitely the bouquets- getting that perfect bouquet shape is a little tricky, but the good thing about flowers is that I could pull and tweak and restart as many times as I needed. This just makes me want to dive in and do more, I really had fun doing the flowers and think I would love to someday add that in to the services that I offer….but then I remember that at my last wedding my florist pulled up to the venue with 2 cars, a giant van, and running on two hours of sleep…so then again maybe not.

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

I am all about this birdcage veil.

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

All of the arrangements we did for the reception were single stems shoved into a variety of containers I found at antique and thrift stores, so while still very pretty took literally zero amount of talent. And for only being 30 people it was a staggering amount of flowers. We did all of the florals in white since we wanted to bring color into the vases- we used snapdragons, mums, wax flower, baby’s breath, and ranunculus.

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

These pins were my idea, they were tiny 1″ pins that I ordered from this Etsy store. Everything about this wedding was outdoors and we had so few people that not doing escort cards would have been stupid. So this was a cute and quirky way of using place cards that wouldn’t blow away. We just pinned them right onto the napkins.

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey made this little owl cake topper- isn’t it adorable?

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

Casey and Michael | Jennifer Laura Design | Kemah Texas | Ama by Aisha

And there you have it, the cutest little Kemah wedding I ever did see. Thanks for looking :)

{Vendor Credits: Design and Flowers- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Ama by Aisha, Venue- The Clipper House Inn, Cake and Catering- Clear Creek Winery, Linen rentals- One Stop Party Shop, cake topper and boutonnieres- DIY by the bride, Pin Placecards- Round Words}

Sneak Peek: Shelly and Ryan

I haven’t done a sneak peek in AWHILE. I was looking back in my archives and the last one I did was for Alice and Paul (which reminds me that I haven’t showed you guys their wedding pictures yet… I need to get on that!), which was way back in February. So I have to say that I am slightly overdue for giving a little taste of what I have been working on.

I actually have a lot of event design presentations I’m working on right now- gearing up for a few weddings to round out 2013 and then a very full spring 2014. Designing is definitely one of my very favorite parts, but it’s also overwhelming to get these things started because it’s a lot of information all compiled into one 30-50 page powerpoint presentation. I try extremely hard to climb into my client’s brain for these and pull out everything that they are looking for. This one was particularly fun because Shelly had a lot of awesome ideas. Here’s just a tiny taste of what their 41 page presentation looked like.

Winter Wonderland Glitter Wedding Inspiration

Where to begin? Fluffy white flowers (peonies hopefully, but we’re all mentally preparing ourselves for garden roses), champagne gold, lace, glitter, a night-time candlelit ceremony, draping, lights, and the fluffiest paper flowers I can find. It’s going to be like a gilded winter wonderland. I’m really kind of beyond excited about it! This one is going down in February, which will start a three month spree of back-to-back weddings. I’m holding steady at just about every two weeks or so because

quality not quantity

amiright?

{Photo Credits clockwise from top right: 1 Pod 2 Gloria Wong Design 3 Style Me Pretty and La Tavola 4&5 Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty 6 The Knot and Jenni Grace Photography 7 Alexan Events 8 Itsaliving via Luvocracy}

Rustic and Wild Engagement {Jon Hernandez}

I am really excited to share these engagement pictures. But before I begin I first have to explain the amazing group that is the 303. In college, Topher and I moved in with one of our good friends KC into a ramshackle of a house on the outskirts of Nacogdoches, Texas (where we all went to SFASU). This house was old and pretty hideous, but it was where a lot of life changing events happened for me. It was where I fell madly in love with my future husband, it was where we grew our family to include Petey and Charlie (the best four legged friends you could ever ask for), it was where Topher proposed (well down the street from the house at the park), and it was also where we met the most special group of friends that is now known as the 303. We were constantly throwing parties and over the years certain people just kept coming and thriving on our “no judgement” policy at the 303 house. It wasn’t anything that we set out to accomplish, but we were just a really happy group of people that were anti-drama and it grew into the best group of friends that Topher and I could have ever hoped for. With all of that being said let me introduce Jessie and Colby– two very important people from our group. They just so happen to be getting married this February and these are their engagements.

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

Rustic Engagements

This last one just so happens to be my very favorite. They are too adorable for words. I love these two people very much- they actually had a daughter about six months before Phoenix was born so we’ve bonded being the only people with children in the group. I am going to be heartbroken come February since I am booked on their wedding day (argghhh!!!), but I will be there in spirit somehow and I will of course live vicariously through pictures…oh the wedding pictures, they will make it all better #iwish.

{Photo Credits: Jon Hernandez}

tracing paper text transfer

A few months back I showed you how I did a photo transfer on wood for some bride and groom signs I made for one of my March weddings (here and here…I’m still working on moving photos so please excuse that those posts have NO PICTURES!). I don’t think it was anyone’s fault that it didn’t turn out great and was kind of a pain in the…you know. Like I said before I think it had more to do with the fact that the surface I was transferring to was old roughed up wood that we had literally pulled out of a barn. It was awesome and gorgeous old wood, don’t get me wrong, but it was far from smooth. So when I needed to make some more signs for one of my June brides- I immediately thought I would give that process another go, but the more I thought about it…it was just definitely too much trouble and I kept thinking- there’s gotta be a better way (ala this scence from Friends…anyone?). That’s where this came in…

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

It wasn’t quite as cheap, but it was easy- I made four signs (double the amount of signs I made last time) in under an hour. Plus that included white washing and drilling holes in my boards before I started- that and waiting for my paint to dry actually took up about the first half of that hour. I also spent a little time printing some test text out to make sure I got the right size text that I wanted for each board. The text was large so I just taped my sheets together if it took up more than a page. Here are two of the signs with the text placed for sizing and location.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

Then I took a sheet of the graphite paper (which is essentially just tracing paper) and cut it out approximately the same size as my text.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

Make sure you tape your text sheet to the tracing paper- I just rolled up some tape on the back and then pressed it down.

arrows for tape

Then I put both the text and tracing paper (which were then securely attached to each other) and taped them exactly where I wanted them to be on the board. These two steps are crucial- you don’t want your paper shifting on you while you are trying to trace.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

Then I started tracing- I used a black pen, but you could probably make it easier on yourself if you use a sharp colored pencil or a red pen so you can see your progress. All you are doing is going over the outline of each letter as hard as you can- this is pressing the graphite off of the tracing paper and onto your board beneath…so the more pressure you can muster the easier the next step will be.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

After tracing each letter carefully, I pulled both papers back, crossed my fingers, and voila!

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

It wasn’t perfect, but I could clearly see the outline well enough to start filling in with my sharpie.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

For these particular signs I wanted a black printed distressed look, but you could easily paint in the lines with a different color for a completely different look. Sharpie was fast, clean, and easy. I’m sure painting would take longer, but the payoff would probably be really awesome.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

Here’s my sign all filled in with Sharpie- it looked a little too perfect and black for the distressed look I was going for so I waited for it to completely dry and ran some sandpaper over it. But this technique made for completely clean and perfect looking lines. As long as you can trace lines, you can do this.

graphite paper sign printing | Jennifer Laura Design

To finish them off, I added some lace through each hole in the corner to make a handle. My bride had four of her house party girls walk down the aisle right before her carrying these, they were completely adorable and turned out great. I will definitely be making more signs like this in the future.

Credits: crappy photography is all my own :)

{A JLD Wedding} Larissa and Rob

This is one of my favorite weddings to date. It was one of the very first weddings that I did and I was neeervous. I wanted everything to be perfect and Larissa and Rob had put so much faith in me…I did not want to disappoint. You see, Larissa and Rob were kind of the perfect clients. It was about a year ago that I was working SO closely with them to make sure that everything was going to be amazing and looking back I totally knew at the time that they were dream clients. Laid back and yet also on top of everything that we were working on. They handled all of their own planning and I stepped in to do the design and month of coordination. This always makes me a little nervous because you just have to hope and pray that the planning portion has been taken care of properly- and jumping in a month before is not always enough time to get a really good handle on everything. BUT Larissa and Rob who both work as news producers had done an amazing job of hiring all the right people. People that I still like to recommend to this day. Then there was the design…Larissa had really fun taste. Their wedding ceremony and reception were at Brennan’s which is very formal, but Larissa and Rob are young and playful and I was able to bring in that element with the design to really show off their personality. We actually did a full blown news/reporter theme but we did it in such a classy way that the guests weren’t hit over the head with it (which is exactly how it should be). I always say- yes!, go with a theme, but let it be more of a background to the event. Ultimately everyone is there to see you and your significant other tie the knot. Themes that are too over the top and distracting can really take away from the specialness of that (I’m talking to you David Tuterra). And no….a color palette is NOT a theme.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa ordered all of her invitations and programs from Minted– thus beginning my love affair with them (and they are now one of my affiliates- check out the sidebar). And that adorable ceremony sign is from BHLDN, of course.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

This is Mister Woodall Rodgers. He played the very important and dramatic role of ring bearer. Don’t ask me how we talked Brennan’s into letting us have him there. Some people weren’t happy, but I worked my magic :)

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

I actually have no idea where these stop signs came from, they were a total surprise to me and I loved every second of them. Larissa’s sister lives across the street from Brennan’s so all the girls got ready there and then walked right over, so of course these signs were obviously a must.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

We lined the aisles with about 539,090 candles and these flower poms were DIYed by the bride and her bridesmaids.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

So here is where the news theme really went a little over the top in a very fun way. We made these countdown signs for all of the groomsmen to carry and then the “audience” all had applause signs to hold up when the couple kissed. I made every sign by hand and they turned out awesome (if I do say so myself).

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

pssst. I spy Topher!

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa walked down the staircase at the back of the courtyard which made for a pretty spectacular entrance.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Oh no big deal, just one of my favorite pictures of all time. Brennan’s looked at us like we were crazy when we told them we wanted to face the ceremony toward this lush wall and not the fountain in the center of the courtyard, but the pay off was huge and this picture is proof. I hit road blocks like that all of the time- venue coordinators are always VERY set in their ways and are always unsettled when I come in and want to do things a little different and crazy. Sorry, but I’m not sorry. In the end it’s always worth the hassle.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

The flowers were amazing. Pam Bates from Fleura Bella (a family friend of the bride) knocked it outta the park- she even included newspaper leaves to go along with our theme.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Leo Polk and his guys were amazing. I think my favorite part of the entire night may have been them totally rocking it during the cocktail hour.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

What’s a news theme without a typewriter? Larissa’s mom Elaine invited me over to her house a few weeks before the wedding and I had a blast digging through all of her treasures finding some really neat touches to add to her daughter’s special day.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Newspaper guest book that I handcrafted. Newspaper mod podged to a guest book and printing was stenciled in with ink.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

These escort cards were printed in a typewriter font and the table numbers were vintage typewriter keys that corresponded to these…

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

giant chalkboard typewriter keys. We also incorporated books covered in newsprint into each centerpiece.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

This has to be my favorite dessert table I’ve done so far. I totally recommend doing one at your wedding. You can even incorporate your larger wedding cake into this concept- just place it as the center focal point and work out from there.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Some sweets to finish off the night and “yay” flags made by me to send the couple off. I recommend waiting until the end of the night to put your favors and exit stuff out- I usually clear off the entry table and do another entire set up with all of the leaving fare. It works really great this way!

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

I sewed each one of these flags closed. They were a labor of love…these days I would probably outsource something like this to an Etsy vendor, but I loved making these. All 100 of them.

Larissa and Rob | Houston, Texas Brennan's Wedding | Jennifer Laura Design

Thank you to Larissa and Rob for being such amazing (and creative) clients! Ya’ll are truly awesome in every sense of the word.

Want to see more? Check out The Wedding Chicks feature here.

Credits: Coordinator and Event Designer- Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer- Duy Khang Photography, Venue & Caterer- Brennan’s, Hair & Makeup- Beautique, Flowers- Pam Bates of Fleura Bella, DJ- Victor of The Wedding Show, Dress Designer- Sottero & Midgley, Jewelry- BCBG, Stationery- Minted, Prop or Furniture Rentals- Swift & Company, Band- Polk Entertainment, Bridesmaid Dresses- Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom, Bridesmaid Jewelry- Modeets, Flower Girl’s Green Dresses- BHLDN, Tissue Paper Pom Poms- Simply Nesting, Officiant: Neel Singhal (family friend), Cakes- DaCapo’s Pastry Cafe