This wedding was a good one. Vivian and Kevin hired me in December of 2014 at a point in my career when I wasn’t sure if I could continue at the pace I had been keeping up. I wrote this super weird post. I’m pretty sure they read it too because when I met with them they both wanted to make sure that I was indeed still taking weddings. I was taking weddings, but with a bit more thought and care than I had in the past. I was no longer taking any bride who needed any level of service, I wasn’t interested into fitting into everyone’s box of what they needed their planner to be and instead wanted to take on weddings that I could really take a lot of ownership in. I’ve written about how I only offer full service planning, and now after doing this for a year, it was the best decision I’ve made for my business. I couldn’t have asked for better clients to come and find me. Before we get too far into this, you can go check out their engagements here– which also happened to be featured in The Knot Texas magazine which was pretty special leading up to their big day.
So now that you are all caught up, let’s start at the beginning. So Vivian is an artist (and geologist) and her and Kevin were both very interested in creating a wedding day that really felt like them as a couple. They are children at heart and the words child-like wonder, fantasy, celestial, kept popping up when we talked about the look and feel of their wedding day. The wedding day was also extremely small, a gathering of 56 of their closest friends and family. From planning a wedding myself and talking to brides pretty much everyday, I know that most people want a small intimate wedding, wanting a small wedding and actually pulling one off are SO different. Once everyone tallies up all the people they are actually going to invite PLUS the parent’s lists, PLUS the in-laws list…they have kissed their small and intimate wedding goodbye. But here Vivian and Kevin were actually able to do it and it made their wedding extremely special. They were able to do things like take photos with ALL of their guests during the cocktail hour and actually dance and enjoy their wedding instead of spending all night circling guest tables.
We worked with Color Quarry on the invitations and Amanda is very good at what she does. She creates these completely custom illustrations that are quite magical, then has them letterpressed, they are gorgeous. Vivian really wanted the invitations to feel like the guests were opening a little treasure chest. I think we certainly accomplished that- and can I just say wax stamping something makes a world of difference. It really takes things to another level, and it’s not difficult or expensive, they make wax stamp hot glue guns so it really is impossible to screw up.
Vivian’s dress was a dress I had been trying to get BHDLN to send me for at least 3 styled shoots last year, it was one of their new pieces and I am low man on the totem pole over there so I could never get my hands on it. When Vivian sent me an image of her dress I almost died and went to heaven. I finally get images of this insanely gorgeous dress and on one of my brides, not a model. BETTER. I love how Kelsey shot it here too, so beautiful.
Vivian’s head piece was something she had custom made in Spain, it was truly beautiful.
In the last few months I’ve started a new business called Houston Chalkboard Art, I have received so many requests that it seemed like a natural thing to do, signage is something I’m really passionate about and I have loved taking on. It adds a lot to an event, Vivian designed the graphics for this sign for us and then I hand painted everything in a mix of gold and champagne metallic paint.
We did all of the florals for this event and we had a really wonderful team to help us! We could never have done it without Abby, Dana, and Maddy! They really were so integral in bringing all of these large floral installations to life. You’ll see even more of their hard work when we get to the reception.
So I’ve mentioned it on social media, but this wedding happened to take place at Red Corral Ranch, which was the same ranch that Kris and I got married at. It was such a joy to be back on that property, it’s insanely beautiful and really not a thing had changed. Vivian and Kevin utilized the property in a completely different way than we did- we got married outdoors on the labyrinth structure and had our reception underneath the trees, they got married in the indoor celebration hall, it was quite cold on their NYE wedding so it was a good thing they did, and then they had their reception in the barn, filled with twinkle lights it was the perfect setting for a celestial and magical time. I showed my mom images of this wedding and she didn’t even recognize that it was the same property, I love that the property just kind of becomes whatever it needs to be for the couple and not the other way around. Kris and I are already planning our imaginary 10 year anniversary here and we’ve dreamed up entirely new places to have things.
Covering these beams easily took our team a couple of hours, but it was so worth it. I really wanted to transform this barn into a lush garden.
These menus were my little brain child, Vivian and Kevin wanted the place settings to feel like there was a sense of discovery happening so we combined the place cards and menus into an elegant diamond origami shape, they were one of my favorite design elements.
After the grand exit, we all headed over to the after party to ring in the new year, Kris and my intern Maddy worked hard to get this set up during the reception.
Nothing too elaborate, just some snacks and games.
Oh and a balloon drop to ring in the new year!
Thank you to Brides of Austin for featuring Vivian and Kevin’s wedding, and on your cover no less. That was such a surprise, honor, blessing, too many words to even describe how exciting it was to not only see my clients on the cover, but my florals as well. That bouquet was kind of a dream to create, it was so perfectly different and unique, the exact kind of thing you want a client to ask for. And that blue ribbon…I can’t even. You can go here to see the entire 4 page spread. If that isn’t enough you can also see more of this wedding along with a beautiful write up by our very favorite photography duo Feather and Twine here.
Vendors | Photography- Feather and Twine Photography, Planning, Design, and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Venue- Red Corral Ranch, DJ- Spacecraft Entertainment, Catering- The Peached Tortilla, Videographer- Honey Gem Creative, Video Music- Drew Barefoot, Cake + Desserts- Green Lily bakery, Rentals- Hill Country Event Rentals, Ribbon- Silk and Willow, Officiant- family friend Michael Lin, Paper- Color Quarry Letterpress