Ever since the day I first saw Annie Banks walk down the aisle to “Canon in D” I’ve held a very special place in my heart for backyard weddings. So to say that this sweeter than sweet homespun affair has captured my very being is sort of an understatement. The perfect combo of simple + elegant with just a dash of vintage goodness, it’s pure perfection. See it all captured by Mustard Seed Photography here.
From the Bride… We chose my parents home, because it is a special place for our family and such a beautiful location. My mom is a master gardener and does most of the gardening herself. We both share a hobby for gardening and decorating together and it made it so special to use the gardens she has worked so hard to grow as the back drop! I wanted the wedding to be “homey.” I wanted to flowers to look as though you went into the backyard, picked a bunch of things and threw them in a vase. I wanted the cake to taste homemade. I also added in a vintage flare. We had the place cards mounted on an antique hat stand littered with hats that belonged to both of our grandmothers. I added as much milk glass as I could find! We had a vintage chandelier hanging from the tent. I chose the vintage theme not only because I love the look, but also because it pays homage to a time when weddings were much more simple. A time when weddings in the backyard were common and it was treated as not only a celebration of a couple’s love, but a celebration of the support and community their family and friends have provided throughout their lives! I wanted our wedding to serve as a thank you to our guests for their support over the years! Thus, my goal was to create an environment where all could have a great time and enjoy the scenery!
Bride's Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Samantha Linton | Catering: All Star Catering | Coordinator: Soiree Bliss Events | DJ: DJ Tony Mac | Florist: Flowers Texas Style | Furniture Rentals: Prestigious Event Rentals | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Suits: Jos A Bank | Veil: BHLDN
Having just planned my little sister’s bridal shower I can safely say that pulling off a gorgeous, love filled day is not a cake walk. But loads of inspiration and a solid game plan certainly help. So bridesmaids, get your pinning fingers ready. This French-inspired shoot crafted by Jacqueline Nicole Weddings, Maxit Flower Design and Kimberly Chau dabbles in coral peonies, the yummiest looking brunch fare and some requisite mimosas. Now that’s how you do a bridal shower.
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From Nicole of Jacquelyn Nicole Weddings….I have always been drawn to the elegance of French culture ever since I started ballet training at age three. While enjoying breakfast and coffee one crisp spring morning at Sweet Paris Creperie, I realized that the cafe would be a lovely location for an intimate, French-inspired bridal shower. Kimberly Chau captured this bright and airy soiree perfectly with lots of laughter and smiles. I believe in utilizing pretty spaces with simplistic designs and hints of rustic charm, so the bar cart and farm table provided by Bourbon and Bloom proved to be a beautiful contrast to the polished tufted seating and classic Tolix chairs of Sweet Paris. As a fresh reflection of the spring and summer seasons, Maria Maxit created brightly colored floral pieces infused with greenery. The vintage eclecticism as seen in Parisian couture inspired the chic hair and makeup styles by the girls at Sunkissed and Made Up. Lindsay Ann Artistry designed a custom paper suite incorporating the cafe’s signature whisk and “no passport required” tagline. Inspired by a quiet breakfast at a cafe, I enjoyed taking a brief trip to Paris during this shoot, highlighting friendship and the delicate art of French cuisine.
Design: Jacqueline Nicole Weddings | Floral Design: Maxit Flower Design | Hair And Make Up: Sunkissed And Madeup | Paper Goods: Lindsay Hill | Photography: Kimberly Chau | Rental: Bourbon & Bloom | Venue: Sweet Paris
My new favorite merging of styles? Bohemian elegance. And this Houston love fete from Taylor Lord Photography is drenched in it. It’s no surprise that the result is completely spell-bounding with design by Todd Events and Belle Of The Ball behind the planning and coordination. Get lost in all the gorgeous over here!
From Taylor Lord Photography
…This wedding was so gorgeous, and the only hiccup was by some April showers! Stephanie and Blake are one of the most in-love couples that I have ever shot. They are such beautiful people both inside and out, and their emotion and love for each other only made the night even more perfect. Stephanie wanted a feel of bohemian elegance. Todd Events did a great job capturing the bohemian floral feel while the Hotel Zaza provided a lot of romance and dark elegance. One of my favorite parts of the event (besides Stephanie’s STUNNING dress by Inbal Dror) was the table numbers on the mirror and vases of blooming cherry blossoms leading into the reception. It was such an innovative and truly stunning affair and will definitely be remembered by guests and vendors alike for years to come!
Cake: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Ceremony: Hotel Zaza | Event Design: Todd Events | Floral Design: Todd Events | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Invitations: Papellerie | Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Planning And Coordination: Belle Of The Ball | Reception Venue: Hotel Zaza | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Videography: Sculpting With Time | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror
Shoots like this pretty give me goosebumps. The good kind of goosebumps like when you hear a song sung beautifully. That’s what Kayla Barker does to me with her stunning imagery. How perfectly do Bricolage Curated Florals lovely creations pair with those gorgeous dresses from Reem Acra and Bibhu Mohapatra? And y’all know I’m a paper lover right? I couldn’t have been more excited to see a design from East Six making an appearance. It’s all so romantic and you can see it right here.
From Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography…For this inspiration shoot, I wanted to mix blush colored, unique wedding dresses with lots of red and gold accents for a romantic look! These two romantic dresses from Reem Acra and Bibhu Mohapatra were perfect for the organic outdoor setting. Bricolage Curated Florals did an amazing job creating organic and romantic florals for this shoot. I especially loved how the berries in the bouquet cascaded down and how the leaves brought the gold into the bouquet. The headpiece was made out of real flowers and leaves and sprayed gold. It was so beautiful on the model, Janzen! Kristin Daniell did a beautiful job making Janzen’s hair and make-up look romantic and effortless! The poof and vintage tables from Loot Vintage Rentals tied in perfectly with the concept. I loved using the vintage gold tables as a backdrop for the amazing gold-foil invitations from East Six. I hope brides are inspired to be unique with their wedding dress choice and get more organic with their bouquets and florals!
Dress: Reem Acra | Dress: Bibhu Mohapatra | Florals: Bricolage Curated Florals | Furnishings: Loot Vintage Rentals | Hair & Make-Up: Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry | Invitation: East Six | Jewelry: Elizabeth Cole | Jewelry: Stella & Dot | Model: Janzen Jackson | Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography
I’ve come to realize Texas brides are in a league all their own. They have style, a little dose of Southern sass, and when they’re got vendors like Keely Thorne Events, Taylor Lord and Mason Jar Films…they’re unstoppable. Just take MaryEllen and her sweet groom Rob, for example. This duo renovated their backyard for the ultimate celebration, and the results? Everything a Texas wedding should be.
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From the Paula Pritzen of Keely Thorne Events….From the first moment I met Rob & MaryEllen, I knew they were going to be a blast to work with. Both had the same theme in mind for their big day…casual, cool, rustic, chic. They wanted it to be a big celebration where friends and family could come together at their home and spend the evening chowing down on amazing food, sipping on signature drinks named after their two adorable dogs, and enjoying a fabulous singer and piano player. They wanted an evening filled with fun but casual elements that had an aire of rustic & chic sophistication about it.
Rob & MaryEllen have a gorgeous home in Houston and worked really hard updating and renovating the back yard in anticipation of their celebration. It was a dream backyard oasis and provided the perfect backdrop for MaryEllen & Rob’s big day. They wanted a lot of personal touches to accentuate the evening and even wanted their precious dogs, Gracie & Barcley to be a part of the ceremony. The organic floral palate of blush pink and soft green with touches of succulents worked so well with the theme that MaryEllen & Rob wanted to achieve.
Events in Bloom provided beautiful reclaimed wood pews that were the perfect compliment to the rustic but soft ceremony and transitioned seamlessly into lounge seating during the cocktail reception. Vintage lanterns lined the sparkling blue pool and provided flickering candlelight throughout the night. A caricaturist was a huge hit with the little ones and contributed to the playful reception that MaryEllen and Rob were looking for. One of their favorite local artists even came to the reception and interacted with guests to create a personalized art piece for their home. Live music and late night bites rounded out a perfect evening that was brimming with boundless love, laughter, and fun.
Bridal Gown: Casa De Novia | Cakes: Who Made The Cake | Catering: Chef Adam Heath At The Forest Club | Ceremony Music: Chamber Music Unlimited | Floral & Decor: Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup: Edward Sanchez- Vanity Lounge | Menu & Signage: Papellerie | Musician: Hank Taylor | Photography: Taylor Lord | Rentals: Swift + Co. | Staffing: Crew Staffing | Valet: First Impressions Valet | Videography: Mason Jar Films | Wedding Planner: Paula Pritzen Of Keely Thorne Events
It’s hard to argue the sheer awesomeness of a traditional wedding. They rock, and we all know it. But add in some elegant Shanghai inspired elements and a sophisticated black and red color palette (complete with roses) and it gives an entirely new meaning to the term classic. It’s crazy beautiful fashion meets a whole lot of Petroleum Club pretty. See it all captured by Kimberly Chau right here.
From Kimberly Chau… I had a wonderful time photographing Judy and Binh’s wedding! It’s definitely one of my favorite weddings to capture. Judy and Binh have know each other for 13 years. They met for the first time at Judy’s coffee bar here in Houston. As Binh shared, “Her coffee kept me coming back for more.”
Judy and Binh visited Shanghai many years back together, “It was such beatiful city where the West meets the East. The 40′s era always connected well with with us.” They used the inspiration for their wedding and included the classic elegance and ambience from PETROLEUM CLUB for their reception. And of course, the view overlooking Houston from PETROLEUM CLUB was simply amazing.
It was such a lovely celebration between Judy and Binh’s closest friends and family. It was a small cozy wedding where the guests just interact, mingle and dance the night away. I loved the surprise dragon dance since Judy and Binh were both born in the year of the dragon!
Ceremony Venue: The Houstonian | Gown: San Patrick Collection | Hair & Make Up: Pink Palette Artists | Lion Dance Troupe: Lee’s Golden Dragon | Photographer: Kimberly Chau | Reception Venue: The Petroleum Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Suits: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Suits: J.Crew