I'm growing very fond of Texas
Althought I've only ever been here in Winter.
This trip, on the way to our client's home
I discovered these amazing live oak trees
LOVED their silhouettes against the wide open Texas sky
This home in the neighborhood had longhorns in its backyard
Pretty cool, huh?
Amazing to see them up close.
Everything really is bigger and bolder in Texas.
Texans have a unique way to decorate for Christmas. I loved this awning in historical Grapevine, Texas, completely covered in garland, balls, ribbon and lights.
Every little shop here had a live, decorated Christmas tree outside.
Mother of the bride last Christmas and my partner this Christmas
Stephanie Boyd and her sweet husband Jamey.
and did you notice this cute coffee shop/Christian book store's sign?
On our way back, we stopped at the Great Wolf Lodge so that I could take photos.
did I mention - bigger....?
I was told this was a family oriented hotel, and
inside the lobby it looked like a disney resort
with full size faux oak trees
that I had to look at closely to make sure they weren't real
and a complete water park
just off the lobby
Across the street, an even bigger and more spectacular hotel
the Gaylord Texan
on the edge of Grapevine Lake
It is huge. Disney - take notes
and a gingerbread house made from real gingerbread
one of the restaurants had this clever Christmas tree made of empty wine bottles
it's hard to give you a clear picture of the size of this facility
the light covers on this garland are spent shotgun shells
- only in Texas!-
the lower level has pathways by the river that runs through this resort
and a riverwalk area - like San Antonio - with restaurants at the water's edge
no reason to ever leave the hotel. . .
but I digress,
I promised photos of the wedding - and true to my word
here are some of the highlights
We put this one together in record time - just 8 weeks.
I had an amazing partner in Dallas, Stephanie Boyd, to split up the work of working with the venue, finalizing all the details with the vendors and running around for supplies. I came up with the overall design and plan and once it was approved, Stephanie and I worked together to implement it.
The bride's colors were eggplant and champagne
a beautiful and elegant choice,
but one that was difficult to match with flowers.
We chose instead to allow varying shades of eggplant,
aubergine and magenta with cream or ivory
and brought more of the eggplant color into the equation in fabrics and ribbon.
They chose the Royal Affairs Ballroom (the same venue as the wedding I did here last year)
When planning an event or redecorating a home - one rule remains the same
choose your elements and your colors well
and repeat them throughout the design
and draped it with crystal strands, prisms,
the crystals and candle votives, as well as the manzanita branches,
were repeated elements throughout the wedding decor
the repeat of the clear glass in the vase and candlesticks,
the candlelight, and the crystals surrounding the candles
help create a cohesive design
along with a photo of the sweet bride Annie and her sweetheart Allen
The bride and groom cut the cake
a highlight of the evening was a photo booth
complete with costumes, crazy hats and boas!
and a perfect ending
a sparkler send off
a vintage car