Larsen + Jacob reached out to me just a few short months before the date of their spring microwedding, and from the first conversation, I think I was even more excited about it than they were! Everything about their vision, from the morning brunch setting to the thoughtful and personalized details, was so lovely that I was hooked from the start, and so excited to help them bring it all to life.
Larsen + Jacob are very low-key and didn’t want anything over-the-top, so we kept everything simple: a traditional blue-and-white color palette, lots of ginger jars, and crisp white tulips as far as the eye could see. The mid-March date also made for perfect weather, so we got to host the entire event in the Hotel Crescent Court’s beautiful courtyard.
When a couple’s vision is clear and they’re decisive in what they want, magic happens. Their entire vendor team was a dream, and Larsen + Jacob added their own creative touches too to make the day uniquely them: they actually hand-mixed and poured each candle favor, and Larsen’s mother designed and produced the stunning invitation suites.
From the courtyard ceremony to the peaceful brunch reception to the grand exit through the lobby of the iconic Hotel Crescent Court, every moment of this celebration was a dream come true!
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Venue + Catering: Hotel Crescent Court
Photo: Bethany Erin Weddings
Florals: Branching Out Events
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Entertainment: Hale Baskin
MUAH: BAM Beauty Bar
Coordination: Julep Events
Jessica reached out to me exactly one month from her wedding date, and from there it was a whirlwind of planning meeting, touch-bases, and phone calls with her incredible vendor team to bring her vision to life. Because she chose the Hotel Crescent Court’s elopement package as a base, we had many of her vendors assigned to us, and we couldn’t have been happier with the group we started with: the HCC’s in-house catering and bar, LoveNotes for the ceremony, and Haute Floral (one of our very favorites!) for flowers. With a few additions – Mat Wulff for hair and makeup, Sarah Kate Photography, and the Royal Dukes Band to bring the party – the entire day came together like a dream.
From the very first day, Jessica was so much fun to work with. She had a clear vision of what she wanted and there was so much thought put into each and every detail, from her specially-ordered (and truly show-stopping) gown to her gorgeous, classic florals to the small moments that she made sure to share with her son, Hunter, as they added Matt to their sweet little family.
And family was such a big focus on the wedding day – including Jessica’s precious dog, Bentley, who helped her get ready on the morning of the wedding!
And did we mention this completely precious first look? The joy that Jessica + Matt felt on their wedding day was so palpable, and even though the January day was dark and cold, the entire party – from the small, intimate courtyard ceremony to the high-energy band set that went on long into the night – felt warm and so very full of love.
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Venue, Catering, Cake: Hotel Crescent Court
Photography: Sarah Kate Photography
Florals: Haute Floral
MUAH: Mat Wulff
Dress: Galia Lahav via Stanley Korshak
Band: the Royal Dukes Band
Coordinator: Julep Events
When Covid started to shut things down across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, one of the first venues to close was Hannah + Rodrigo’s: the city-owned Botanic Gardens. We’d been planning their intimate April wedding for nearly a year at that point, and we were under major time constraints: Hannah, a recent graduate of medical school, had just been assigned to a residency program in Florida and was moving out of state at the beginning of May. Basically, we didn’t have time to scramble to make a new plan; we only had a few weeks to make her wedding happen – or it wouldn’t happen at all.
While Hannah + Rodrigo packed up their lives and got ready to move, their incredible vendor team and I came up with a new plan and design, with the venue being Hannah’s mother’s beautiful home. Instead of the 30 or so guests they’d counted on, we cut the guest count to only 6, with some of their closest friends and family – including Rodrigo’s parents in South America – following along on Zoom.
Hannah had spent nearly a year planning each and every detail of the day, and we kept the spirit of her design even with the smaller scale of the wedding. Everything was so special and beautifully designed, from the custom coffee sleeves provided by Rockwell’s Coffee to the stunning stationery created by one of our very favorites, Brown Fox Creative. Coupled with the vibrant florals from Dr. Delphinium, the entire day felt warm and bright and inviting – exactly as Hannah had dreamed.
The wedding was a small one – the very first of our “micro-weddings” – but there was so much love that the house felt full enough to burst. Every moment was bright and joy-filled, with laughter and smiles in spite of the state of the outside world – and the bride and groom’s impending cross-country move. For a few beautiful, happy hours, the only thing that mattered was Hannah + Rodrigo and the new family they had built. The day was lovely beyond words, and we felt so lucky to get to be a part of it all.
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Photo: Lightly Photography
Floral: Dr. Delphinium
Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals and Taylor’s Rentals
Catering: Local Foods Kitchen
Cake: Creme de la Creme
Desserts: Black Rooster Bakery
Stationery: Brown Fox Creative
Coffee Cart: Rockwell’s Coffee Cart
Planning: Julep Events
I’ll never forget the way it played out. Sunday, March 15th, my husband and I were celebrating his birthday with beers and BBQ at Wild Acre in Fort Worth, talking about the year ahead and this crazy new virus that was starting to spread in cities like Seattle and NYC. I remember telling him that I was worried about all the people flying in from out of state for Lauren + Jack’s wedding at Brik in only six short days, but he reassured me that even if a few people had to drop out, it would still be a great party (and, knowing Lauren + Jack, I knew it was true!). Honestly, I really wasn’t that worried – we were at a bar right then, surrounded by strangers, after all – but then, between that day and the next, absolutely everything changed.
When I turned on the news the next morning, the world as we knew it had turned upside-down. There were press conferences, statements issued, new rules and regulations popping up that differed from city to city and county to county. Everything was shutting down – including wedding venues. Including Brik. On the surface, business ground to a halt… but when you’re a wedding planner, there’s never a stopping point. Suddenly I was scrambling. Just in the next two months, we had six weddings, and I knew that all of them were going to be completely and totally upended in every possible way, but my first thought was of Lauren + Jack – and their wedding that was only five days away.
It was devastating to have to call Lauren and have the discussion about how to choose a new date, what to say to their 150 guests, and what our next steps should be. We spent many teary-eyed hours on the phone that week, figuring out how to proceed. I was heartbroken for her and I felt awful because, for the first time in my professional life, I didn’t have the answers. Every single hour brought a new wave of “unprecedented,” and all I could do was be there for her and try to help her navigate the difficult circumstances of postponing a wedding.
But through it all, Lauren + Jack stayed undeterred. They were still going to get married on March 21st. And they did – in the backyard of their beautiful home, surrounded by only their very closest family and their incredible photography team, Laning Photography, which captured the deep emotions of the day.
Lauren + Jack are a perfect reminder that love overcomes absolutely everything that this world can throw at us. They were devastated by the way it all happened – I remember Lauren saying, “If we had only scheduled our wedding for one week earlier” – but in the end, their joy from becoming husband and wife was able to carry them through.
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Photo: Laning Photography
Floral: Alba Dahlia Floral
Lauren’s Dress: Lulu’s
Casey + Woody had dreams of eloping to a Canadian mountainside, but when Covid took that option out of play, they started looking closer to their Florida home – and found the Emerson. It was the perfect setting for their boho-inspired fall micro-wedding.
Working with Casey was a dream. She was confident in her vision and completely trusted her vendor team to bring it to life; in fact, she was so trusting that she booked every vendor (including the venue!) without ever seeing them in person. As we navigated the challenges of planning a wedding from afar (especially in the time of Covid!), her strength and resilience were so inspiring, and it was such a joy to see her vision come to life.
Surrounded by fourteen of their closest loved ones, Casey + Woody tied the knot in the Emerson’s beautiful chapel, and then headed into the farmhouse for a beautiful dinner provided by Vestals Catering. They kept things simple and low-key in a chic, intimate way, and every detail was thoughtfully curated, from the place settings to the florals to the reception playlist (hello, Phoebe Bridgers, MorMor, and Alvvays!). After dinner, dances, and cake cutting – plus a surprise FaceTime from Woody’s best friend, who’s currently deployed overseas, that left everyone in happy tears – Casey + Woody were happy to sit and talk with their guests all evening long.
Like what you see? Check out our amazing vendor team below! Venue: Emerson Venue
Photo: Madeline Shea Photography
Florals: Haute Floral
Catering: Vestals Catering
Cake: Crumb & Kettle
MUAH: Brite Beauty
Rentals: Coral Lane Event Rentals
Coordination: Julep Events
It’s no surprise that weddings are looking different these days. All the rules, regulations, and safety precautions of the Covid era have changed the wedding industry in a lot of ways. There’s no denying that it’s been an incredibly tough year for couples and industry professionals alike, but not all of the changes have been bad; in fact, we foresee many of them becoming the norm! Here are some of the trends that we’re expecting to see last well into the new year – and beyond.
With elopements and courthouse weddings on the rise and so many couples looking to buck the old traditions, it’s no wonder that brides are thinking outside the white, lacey box for their wedding dresses. Modern looks like jumpsuits and colorful dresses have been gaining popularity over the past few years, and we expect to see a lot more of them in 2021. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look as chic as Lily Allen in her vintage Dior?
For the brides who do still want to hold onto tradition, though, we’re expecting them to go all-in. We’re seeing so many brides who are embracing the nostalgia and classic looks of vintage wedding styles – specifically, the styles of their mothers and grandmothers! Whether they’re wearing their loved ones’ dresses as-is, updating them for the modern era, or just incorporating details like veils and shoes, we love the sentimentality of it all. For some inspiration, check out the dress Princess Beatrice chose for her summer micro-wedding: a vintage one that her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, wore in the 60s.
We’ve seen a lot of soft, dewy, understated makeup and boho braids lately, but we’re also seeing a return to Hollywood glam – and after nearly a year of not having much to get dressed up for, we’re not surprised! Brides and their bridesmaids are getting excited about bold, dramatic makeup looks and classic, striking updos that will have all eyes on them. On your biggest day, there’s no better time to go big with your style, too – and if you need inspiration, look no further than Lizzo’s gorgeous look from this year’s Grammys.
Let’s not forget our guys! One trend that we’ve started to see recently that we expect to just keep getting bigger is the idea of grooms and their groomsmen wearing statement suits. Whether it’s a jewel-tone look for a fall wedding (like our client Kyle, pictured below in purple for his vineyard nuptials) or a rust-colored option for an elopement in the wilderness, we simply love to see grooms getting creative and letting their own personal styles show through.
Can’t decide if you want to go classic or modern? Do both! It’s your wedding, and if you want a big, beautiful princess gown for the ceremony and then a fun little dress you can dance the night away in, go for it. Looking for inspiration? Check out Debby Ryan’s style switch below. Grooms can get in on this too: swap out your ceremony tux for a colorful suit, or loosen up by ditching your tie and loafers for a comfortable pair of Chucks. Whatever your style is, embrace it!
Looking for more trends to get inspired by? Check out the rest of our blog series:
Design + Decor
Catering + Bar
Photo credits: (1) Brides, (2) People, (3) New York Times, (3) On the Times Photography, (4) Popsugar