Random Inspiration

BEBEsm-9160Sometimes you need to create just for yourself. Do fun stuff. Be inspired. Some pals helped me out last week, and helped create some fun magic at the Blue Eye Brown Eye studio. Just because we wanted to. That Beyoncé vase is my favorite thing in life, by the way.

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I was so inspired by this color palette we were playing with in the vignettes above. The bold black and white juxtaposed with all of those colors…I’m telling you, if I was planning a wedding today, I think it would look a lot like this.

Thanks to my talented pal, Abby Hubley, for the floral design, and Amanda Lackey for the photos.

The White Sparrow Barn Shoot

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Featured on Green Wedding Shoes today is a beautiful shoot I feel lucky to be a part of. Check out Green Wedding Shoes for even more photos, but here are a few of my faves.

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Vendor team includes: Sara & Rocky Photography, Blue Lotus (florals), Cakewalk Bake Shop (cakes), Sweet Pea Events (planning), Love Dose Beauty (make up), White Sparrow Barn (venue – this barn is beautiful, check it out), Danica Rey (hair) Fresh and Polished (men’s styling)

Indian Summer Workshop :: Marfa, Texas

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Cibolo Creek Ranch, nestled deep in the west Texas desert, what a magical place. This past summer I traveled with the bows and arrows team to Marfa to teach a mini calligraphy lesson at their Indian Summer Workshop. There, 13 attendees learned the ins and outs of floral design, styling, and a little bit about calligraphy, too. It was a wonderful trip, and here is a snippet of some of the styling and floral sessions (with the suite I designed for the photo shoot above). I’ll share more about my calligraphy class here later. All images were captured by Ryan Ray.

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All images by Ryan Ray

Moonrise Kingdom

So much fun and goodness to pull from when you’re called in to help out on a Wes Anderson inspired Moonrise Kingdom photo shoot (that was featured on Ruffled today). Spearheaded and shot by Natalie from N.Barrett Photography and Emily from Cakewalk Bake Shop (who made one of my favorite cakes to date), this was one imaginative shoot to be a part of. Other great vendors involved were Bows and Arrows, Rent My Dust Vintage Rentals, and I Do! Cinematics.

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A Fiesta!

February 23 marked the wedding of my close friend Lauren to her fella Clint. It was a grand time, full of color, delicious food, and dancing. I’ve been working on Lauren’s wedding for a while, starting with her save the dates, invitations, and then her event design and flowers. It was so fun to work with color! Below are some images from my pal Anna, as well as the official event photographs by Daniel Davis.

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Papel picado and little flags by Ay Mujer

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All images above by Anna Routh Photography, Images below by Daniel Davis

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Planter Idea: Vintage Molds

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Heading out to our car this past weekend after a trip to Home Depot, Travis announced, “I think you’re a succulent hoarder.” I gasped, then laughed in reply, “Yes, I am, ” I said, rather proudly. You see, I am a 100% obsessed, borderline plant lady about succulents and cacti. I feel I have good reason these days to buy gobs of them, as I’m doing the decor for an upcoming wedding that “requires” an abundance of these wonderful plants. But really – it’s a problem. We have a tiny home and there is only so many places I can put them. (And trust me, they’re there if they can be).

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Lately I’ve been really trying to propagate my own plants from leaves and break-offs. Some work out a little bit easier than others – and some don’t work at all. I’ve even looked up classes and workshops for propagating and growing cacti and succulents. Do any of y’all have any sources? I’d love to hear.

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Back to the wedding – I dropped by good ol’ Montgomery Street Antique Mall Saturday in search of unique planters or vintage terra cotta pots for the wedding decor. Vintage molds instantly caught my eye and I bought a dozen or so in hopes they’d work out. And they did! I absolutely love how they look and I think they’ll be a fun mixed medium at Lauren’s wedding in two weeks!

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Engaged? Thinking about it? Well, now’s the time because a group of D/FW vendors are pulling together to give a couple a free wedding this October! For more information on how to enter, who the vendors are, and more, visit Free Love’s website, Facebook, or even Instagram!

Image by Ben Q Photography

Simple with Special Twists

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Sometimes reinventing the wheel isn’t necessary when something is just so consistently pretty – and that’s how I feel about white and kraft paper. Always a winning combination. This invitation suite was a spin off of a suite I did a couple of years ago. The bride wanted to add pretty details like a botanical liner, a fun little map and a way to tie it all together. Let’s not forget the vintage stamps. I feel strongly that they’re always worth the investment. Questions about vintage stamps? Read this post I wrote three years ago (woah! – I apologize for the bad image). It’s very helpful on how to find the stamps you want!

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Often clients ask me how to include their wedding website on their invitation suite since those hold such valuable information these days. In lieu of putting it directly on the invitation, I like to come up with different ways to include this information that’s still designed and aesthetically pleasing. Here, we put the information on a little hang tag to tie everything together.

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And for fun (and because I’m obsessed), the Instagram shot of this suite:

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Color Play

My good friend, Lauren, is getting married in one month! I’ve had the honor of doing her paper pieces for her – and I’ll also be doing the floral and decor (stay tuned for more on that)! Her wedding is a Mexican-themed fiesta, thus giving me hours of fun playing with color, pattern, and texture. For her invitations, we did a more modern – less literal – interpretation of a fiesta and I love how they turned out because they are so happy.

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And an Instagram shot – just ’cause I’m obsessed with Instagram. Are you on it? If you are, I’d love to follow you! My username is laurenessl.

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P.S. The amazing confetti in the shots is from Knot & Bow!