Janice and Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I’m so excited to share Janice and Matt’s wedding with you today! This was definitely up there with my favorites to plan and design. It also received a 4 page spread in The Knot Texas, so that was certainly icing on the wedding cake! Janice and Matt are both doctors and had little to no time for planning so they entrusted most of it to me, which I always enjoy and appreciate. We started pinning and designing in 2015 and wanted a modern, boho, color splashed garden wedding, but somewhere along the way we dropped the boho and went for more simple and intentional botanical geometrics. I was thrilled because I think it made for a more timeless wedding that Janice will love looking back on.

Janice and Matt chose Mcgovern Centennial Gardens as the backdrop to their wedding day, it is this beautiful contemporary garden nestled right in the museum district of Houston. It is a beautiful and simple space and currently one of my favorite Houston venues.

The design started here with their invitations designed by Texas Rose. These clean and crisp botanicals really started to drive a lot of our decisions.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We created all of the custom hand painted signage. I used the same font as the invitation and also pulled in our next design element- this natural wood tone. I love the juxtaposition of the clean modern wording and then the wild smilax draping across.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Even Janice’s dress was clean and modern, almost architectural.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez PhotographyJanice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

First looks are always magical. I am never present for these, so I always love seeing the photos. Almost every photographer I know recommends a first look, and I get it. You really do get more amazing photos and the couple gets to share an intimate moment and get all the butterflies out. First looks weren’t really a thing (or were at least in their very early days) when I got married 6 years ago, but if I could go back I would definitely do this.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For the florals I again gathered my inspiration from the invitation and used a range of colors, from blush and lavender all the way to fuschia and a dark plum. I also wanted to mix in a ton of greenery to pull in that garden feel. Hellebores are one of my favorite way to add greenery, they are technically still a flower, but have all this gorgeous foliage on them that is so lush and pretty.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We did LONG velvet ribbons draping down for the bouquets that matched the dresses. If you want to do ribbons, but are nervous it will be too busy or take away from your dress, just match the ribbon to your dress (a shade or two off is still ok)- you still get that flowing movement, but without making too much of a statement. To be clear, I do still love statement ribbon, (HELLO) but it’s not going to be right for everyone.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I used this Martha Stewart tutorial to create these lanterns. They were clean, modern, and added the perfect geometric touch of whimsy to the cocktail hour.

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Janice and Matt hired Red Sage for their cocktail hour and they do a really beautiful farm to table meal, they grow a large percentage of the produce that they serve on their own land, so it’s all unbelievably fresh and delicious.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

After the cocktail hour, Janice did something super fun. She changed dresses and did another first look with Matt. He had NO idea that she had two dresses so this was a fun little moment. And I can’t even decide which dress I am more enamored with- her first or her second. They were both so perfect.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For their seating chart we brought back that natural wood and used wax seals to attach the place cards to the board. I also added a ton of smilax to the corner too, of course.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

For her centerpieces we did a mix of compotes for the rounds and then greenery and taper candles for the rectangles. Quick tip! A lot of venues don’t allow candles that aren’t contained and taper candles are not typically contained, therefore not allowed. BUT you can get these slender hurricanes to go around the taper candles that completely contain them. So HUZZAH! We could get the gorgeous look of the taper candles! Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We also brought in geometrics in a subtle way by using white hexagonal card holders. Texas Rose created our table numbers for us by using the same botanicals from the invitations.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We wrapped the menus in vellum envelopes and wax sealed them closed. Each guest’s name was also printed on the vellum envelope so this acted as the place card as well.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

We dressed Janice and Matt’s sweetheart table up with this overly lush garland.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Now to my absolute FAVORITE design element of the whole wedding. The dessert table. This is without a doubt, my favorite dessert table I have ever done. I had this harebrained idea to bring the invitations to life as a backdrop for the desserts. Buttercup Bakery created these beautifully simple cakes and I added the florals to the wall behind it (we were not allowed to tape on the wall at the venue so we brought in a large 4’x8′ wall painted the same color as the venue wall). It was one of those ideas that kept me up at night hoping the execution would be as good as the idea I had in my head.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

I think it turned out even better than I thought it would. I just love the simplistic beauty of the whole thing. Also, please take a moment to look  drool at all of the desserts that Buttercup made- I’m pretty sure Janice and I are cut from the same cloth because she wanted ALL THE DESSERTS. At her cake tasting, she even purchased a dozen of each type of dessert just so she could try them all. She ended up choosing brownies, chocolate chip cookies (some of the best I’ve ever had, only coming second to my aunt Cathy’s famous cookies), pumpkin pie tartlets, salted caramel apple pie tartlets, and mixed berry tartlets. It was all insanely delicious.

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Buttercup also whipped up these funfetti chocolate gems for the favors.

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Janice + Matt | Dana Fernandez Photography

Thank you so much to Janice and Matt for allowing me to plan their wedding, it has certainly been one of my favorites and I couldn’t have asked for sweeter clients! And thanks to much to The Knot for publishing Janice and Matt’s wedding in their Texas Fall 2017 issue! You can see that entire feature here or pick it up on news stands!

Vendors Photography | Dana Fernandez Photography | Planning, Design, and Florals: Jennifer Laura Design | Makeup and Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup | Venue: McGovern Centennial Gardens | Cakes and Desserts: Buttercup | Ceremony Gown: Martina Liana | Reception Dress: Watters | Bridal Boutique: Mia Bridal Couture | Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Rentals: Aztec Events & Tents and One Stop Tents and Events | Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors | Invitations: Texas Rose Designs | Photobooth: The Houston Photobooth | DJ: The Wedding Show

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