JLD | Love is A Big Deal

Remember a few years ago when I shared this mystery wedding? Well, I have another one. I hope these aren’t too annoying to look at because I do get that people like seeing photographs of the bride and groom and the bridal party, BUT I selfishly want to share this wedding even if it’s not the full wedding because it was AWESOME. I obviously want to share every single little shred of my work, but we do sometimes have clients that for one reason or another do not want us to and I am happy to add an addendum to our contract that states that we will not share. It’s always a little bit of a personal bummer for me because it means no publication (seriously one of my favorite parts of my job) or sharing the images on my blog or in my portfolio, but the bride of this wedding generously offered to let me share at least a few to create this blog post and while you will not see her or her groom’s face or their names I do think you will get the essence of their wedding, which was truly an awesome night. It all went down last October at Pass and Provisions, a restaurant in Montrose. We essentially took a parking lot and transformed it into a magical wedding oasis filled with curiosities and nature.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

The bride was into curios or cabinets of curiosities, insects, unusual nature, and had such a very  unique and special vision for her day. It was extremely fun to pull off her vision and I can honestly say we’ve never done anything like this before. Loot came in from Austin and brought all of our vintage rentals.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

We did the florals for this event, which was fun adding in so many different and unique textures. The bride even went to the wholesaler with me to pick out all of the things that she liked- which was basically anything that looked weird/strange or textural.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

 I don’t have a ton of images of the interior, which was pretty cool on its own, but we wanted to really add in that quirk factor that would help it tie into the outdoor space, so we hung skulls and oil paintings all over the walls.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

The centerpieces were the bride’s personal collection of curiosities and nature, I supplemented with a few rented/purchased pieces, but the bulk of it was in fact hers. She even pulled all the old glass bottles and jars we used for vases from her family’s lake house. We had trash bags FULL of this cool old glass that had been buried in dirt and totally discarded.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

The restaurant does a lot of their food off this grill in the back. Typically it’s just in the parking lot behind the restaurant, but due to our event being in the parking lot it really became a centerpiece of the reception and they set up an entire food station here to serve food directly off the grill.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

This pie display is probably one of my  favorite dessert tables we have done (do I say that every time?). We used a modified old ladder and built shelves to go across it to stack up the pies. We had our calligrapher- Rachel Nieman come in and add all of the flavor labels directly to the back wall of the parking lot. Rachel also did a HUGE installation on the wall alongside this that became their guest book, the guests wrote their messages directly onto the wall and the photographer took a high-res photo of it. I wish I had a photo of this, but it had the bride and groom’s names at the top, so alas… Great idea for a guest book though, you know if you can find a venue willing to let you write on their walls. The restaurant owners were good friends with the bride so they let this happen, much to my disbelief.

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

Love is A Big Deal + Jennifer Laura Design

There were so many other amazing details to this wedding that I wish I could share, but this will have to do! I want to thank the bride and groom for giving me permission to share these photos and to the bride- she was truly amazing to collaborate with and she herself was such an artist and creative mind it was a little intimidating to work with her! But we had this wonderful back and forth and the fact that she trusted me so deeply with so many of the design elements as well as her flowers was truly awesome and extremely exciting. I say it a lot, but I really and truly do have THE BEST clients.

Vendors | Photography- Love is A  Big Deal, Planning, Design, and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Reception- Pass and Provisions, DJ- The Wedding Show, Lighting- Bright Star Productions, Rentals- Aztec, Loot Vintage Rentals and The Borrowed Flea, Calligraphy- Rachel Nieman, Trees- Plant Interscapes, Pies- Mighty Sweet Mini Pies

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