Oliva + Jaime | Married at Royal Oaks Country Club

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Oliva + Jaime | Married at Royal Oaks Country Club

The sprawling gardens, twinkling lakes and green grass from the golf course that runs through the Royal Oaks Neighborhood were the perfect view from Olivia and Jaime's romantic, but sizzling reception at Royal Oaks Country Club, near City Center in Houston.

Warm neutrals fit perfectly for their May wedding, with accents of white and ivory flowers, the reception oozed elegance and romance. But, that doesn't mean they hosted a stuffy wedding! Their dance floor stayed pack, thanks to the band, Mango Punch! Check out the photos below of their perfect wedding day!

Vendor Team:

Photography: Plum Tree Studios

Planning: Plan Our Day Houston

Venue: Royal Oaks Country Club

Flowers: Bella Flori

Linens and Rentals: House of Hough

Cake: Susie's Cakes

 
Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding | Houston Bridal Session
 
Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding | Wedding Details | Ivory and Peach Flowers
Ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church | Wedding Invitation Suite | Houston Catholic Wedings
Wedding Ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church | Houston Wedding Planners
Wedding Ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Wedding Ceremony in Houston | Flower Girls
Catholic Wedding Ceremony in Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Bridal Portraits at Royal Oaks Country Club | Elegant Weddings in Houston
Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding Reception | Groom getting ready
Bag Pipe Welcome Music | Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding
Bride and Groom outside of Royal Oaks Country Club
Neutral Wedding Colors | Wedding reception in Houston
Wedding Place Setting | Gold Charger and Ivory napkin
 
White and Ivory Wedding Flowers | Tall Wedding Arrangement | Houston
 
Father Daughter dance at Royal Oaks Country Club | Houston Wedding Planners
Wedding Band Mango Punch | Houston Weddings
Crowded Dance Floor | Live Music Wedding Reception
Bride and Groom Bubble Exit | Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Thank you to Olivia and Jaime for trusting us with your wedding day!! Best Wishes!

 

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Our Favorite Bridesmaids Gifts from Etsy

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Our Favorite Bridesmaids Gifts from Etsy

Etsy... you may have heard of this site where you can get everything imaginable? Oh, you also buy handmade goods from there every week like me?! 

If you're unfamiliar, be prepared to spend a few hours favoriting items for purchase later, but first, start with this list of my favorite bridesmaids gifts from Etsy! These are perfect when you're asking your girlfriends to be a bridesmaid, or as a Thank you! for spending months planning with and supporting you! 

Cotton Robe with Lace Detail

My Favorite Bridesmaids Gifts from Etsy | Cotton Robes for Getting Ready | Robes with Monograms

Get them customized, (of course!) with their names or initials, pick the size, color and voila! What I love most about these robes (which can be found here) is that the cotton is great for warm weather, like getting ready here in Houston 10 months out of the year. The lace detail is perfectly feminine, and from the look of the other photos, they aren't too short in length! *Praise hands!*

Custom Gold Ring

My Favorite Bridesmaids Gifts from Etsy | Rose Gold Ring | Ring with your name

Better for your ladies with short names, or you could have them all say "LOVE"

It comes in gold or, our favorite, rose gold, and you can find them here! Minimalist is in, especially for jewelry, and I think your girls will love these!

Floral Cosmetic Bag

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I've gone through many-a-cosmetic-bags, simply because I use it every day! These floral, custom bags are perfect for any lady in your wedding party. For another bonus, stuff them with wedding day essentials like Tylenol, tissues, chapstick, or bandaids!

Get them here!

I hope you enjoy some of these easy, but sweet ideas for saying thank you to your bridal party! See you soon!

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Bridal Shower | Lavender + Lemon Inspiration

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Bridal Shower | Lavender + Lemon Inspiration

When two of my favorite creatives (Lynsey Creative and Camel and Birdie) had approached me with a Wedding invitation suite based off of the theme "Lavender & Lemons," I asked them if we could a do a fun take on it, and turn it into a sweet and boozy Bridal Shower Inspiration shoot!

Our main elements were, of course, actual lemons and lavender, but also the colors, awesome craft cocktails, and a group of lovely ladies simply having fun! We collaborated with Chelsea Renee Photography, and May and White Floral to get the backbone of the design, then brought in our other members of our creative team (listed below) for the details.

Check it out, we hope you enjoy the sweet, slightly indulgent bridal shower inspiration!

Bridal Shower Inspiration | Lavender and Lemons| Bridal Shower Drinks
Bridal Shower Inspiration | Lavender and Lemons| Purple and Yellow Wedding
Bridal Shower Inspiration | Lavender and Lemons | Purple and Yellow Wedding
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Bridal Shower Inspiration | Flower Crowns and Cocktails | Lavender and Lemon
Bridal Shower Inspiration | Flower Crowns and Boozy Cocktails | Lavender and Lemons
Bridal Shower Inspiration | Lavender and Lemons | Cocktail Ideas
Bridal Shower Cocktail Ideas | Lavender and Lemon
Bridal Shower Inspiration | Lavender and Lemon | Sugar Cookies shaped like Lemons
Purple and Yellow Bridal Shower Inspo | Lavender and Lemons
Bridal Shower Ideas | Purple and Yellow | Purple Invitations
Purple and Yellow Invitation | Bridal Shower Ideas | Lavender and Lemon
Cocktail Ideas | Bridal Shower Inspiration | Lavender and lemon

Planning and Design by Plan Our Day Events

Photography: Chelsea Renee Photography

Vintage Rentals: Eastlake Events

Florist: May and White Floral

Vases, lanterns, other rentals: Linens and Events

Cookies: Tudor House Cookies

Craft Cocktails and Bartending: Palace Party

Invitation Design: Lynsey Creative

Calligraphy: Camel and Birdie

Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Houston

Clothing: Grace Anna's Boutique

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Wedding Gift Guide for Guests

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Wedding Gift Guide for Guests

Hi All!

I've had some couples ask me recently about the etiquette surrounding wedding gifts, so I thought I'd make a quick post addressing just that! This is a quick guide for both couples and their guests on approaching the subject of wedding gifts and registries.

 
Wedding Gift Guide for Guests- Houston Wedding Planning, Wedding Tips- Gift Guide
 

1. The Registry

Many couples are opting for honeymoon funds, or trying to navigate how to ask for cash to buy a home. While these are practical and more modern ways of having a wedding registry, we still recommend to have a traditional registry available to guests who would prefer to buy you a gift. So head on down to Bed, bath and Beyond and start scanning! If you would like a honeymoon/home buying fund, I'd suggest an online site where you can write a little story about why you're opting for this as a way to receive gifts. Personalize it! 

TIP: Never list the registry or gift request on an invitation! It should be listed on your website, or told to guests via word of mouth/ by family and wedding party who host showers.

2. Wedding or Bridal Showers

Bridal showers are traditionally hosted by the bridesmaids, although parents and siblings may also want to host. If you have more than one bridal shower (or a couples shower) it can seem like a lot to ask of guests to attend more than one. Only close family and wedding party are typically invited to every shower, so try to keep the guest list different for each one (for example, a work one, or one for guests from a specific state, like your college crew). When it comes to gifts, showers are a great opportunity to buy the couple a wedding gift before the wedding. If you're invited to a shower, it is proper to bring a gift, unless otherwise specified. Recently, a couple of mine opted to ask for recipes at a couples shower, since many of the guests were also invited to the Bridal shower. 

3. Myth of When to Send a Gift

It is a popular misconception that guests are able to send a wedding gift up to a year after a wedding, so be sure to send it before the wedding date.

4. Thank you's from the Couple

Couples, be sure to keep a list of the gifts you received and from whom, as to reference it for thank you notes, or if you happen to host them at your house for dinner- it would mean a lot if you were able to show off the china you received from your Aunt over Christmas!

TIP: All Thank You notes should be sent within two months of the wedding

 
Wedding Gift Guide for Guests- Houston Wedding Planning, Wedding Tips- Gift Guide
 

Hope this helps! If you'd like to chat more about Wedding Etiquette, shoot us an email!

Photos by Smith House Photo

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Katie + Mike | Married at the Woodlands Resort

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Katie + Mike | Married at the Woodlands Resort

Woodlands Grace Presbyterian Wedding | Houston Wedding Planners

When I first got to speak with Katie and her mother for our phone consultation, I could immediately tell that both were organized, sincere and truly wanted to plan a wedding where both families could enjoy their time together, as they were coming from different parts of the country to celebrate!

The couple chose a classic wedding ceremony at Grace Presbyterian in the Woodlands, followed by a relaxed reception full of surprises and touches of understated elegance. The ballroom at the Woodlands Convention Center and Resort was the perfect backdrop, with wrap around porches, modern chandeliers and the top notch service you'd expect!

We teamed up with EB Inc for tabletop linens, and The Blooming Idea for floral goodness- focusing on greenery, and whimsical pieces with minimal blooms. To delight the guests, Katie and Mike had a Cigar bar on the patio as well as togo boxes for the styled dessert station full of mini pies, brownies and macarons! 

Ending with a bubble exit, the couple left sweet memories in the hearts of everyone who attended! I so enjoyed working with them both, Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Wagner!!

Creative Team:

Planners: Plan Our Day Houston

Photographer: Smith House Photo

Venue: Grace Presbyterian and The Woodlands Resort

Flowers: The Blooming Idea

Linens: EB Inc.

Woodlands, TX Wedding | Woodlands Boho Wedding
Woodlands Wedding: Blue and White Modern Invitation Suite
Getting Ready with the Girls at the Woodlands Resort
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Woodland Rustic Wedding Centerpieces with Succulents
Woodlands, TX Wedding Ceremony
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Live Cigar Roller | Wedding Ideas
Woodlands Convention Center and Resort Wedding
Sharing their first dance | Woodlands Resort Weddings
Bubble Exit | Woodlands Wedding

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Kayte + Brandon: Married at the Springs in Katy

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Kayte + Brandon: Married at the Springs in Katy

A childhood friend of mine, I was honored when Kayte asked me to help plan her wedding and coordinate the celebration! I had witnessed her relationship with Brandon develop over Facebook (hey, it's how we all stay connected) and was so happy to see their love really blossom! They are both extremely devoted to one another, so watching their day unfold was truly special!

Creative Team:

Photography: Studio Htown Photography

Coordination: Plan Our Day Houston

Floral: F. Dellit Designs

Cake: Bavarian Cakery

Venue: The Springs in Katy

Linens: LBL Event Rentals

Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators

Simply stunning! May you both be blessed with years of happiness and love!! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Kumar!

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Alice May + Andrew: Married at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX

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Alice May + Andrew: Married at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX

If you follow me on social media (Insta, Facebook), then you may have seen me mention this special couple. They were the first future Mr. & Mrs. referred to me from a past bride. Not only that, but they both attended that wedding and the groom, dapper and calm, Andrew, was the best man!

It was truly a joy helping Alice May and her mother plan this wedding. She spoke so highly of everyone involved and wanted to ensure her and Andrew made the most of their shared time with their loved ones. The fabulous creative team is listed below! Ultra shout out to Nicole of Nicole Ryan Photography for sharing these images!

Venue: The Trolley Station, Galveston, TX

Catering/Linens: Chopin Mon Ami Catering

Cake: Cakes by Jula

Photography and Photo booth: Nicole Ryan Photo

Flowers: Island Flowers

Coordination: Plan Our Day Houston

Gorgeous lighting, fabulous people- a wedding sure to be remembered! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day!

Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Coordinators
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Coordinators
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Coordinators
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners | Marsala and White bouquet
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners | Naked Cake with fresh berries
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners | Naked cake with fresh berries
Wedding at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX | Houston and Galveston Wedding Planners

 

 

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2017 Wedding Trends

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2017 Wedding Trends

 
Photo by Smith House Photography

Photo by Smith House Photography

 

Pop the champagne- it is Engagement season! If you're like me, you've seen so many of your friends or family members get engaged this holiday season- and it's not over! So bookmark this article and share it with the lovely brides-to-be as soon as they've settled down from celebrating!

2017 Wedding Trends

 
Photo by Smith House Photography

Photo by Smith House Photography

 

1. Revamped Rustic

Yes, we've seen and retired the burlap and lace-wrapped mason jars, but that doesn't mean we still don't love those gorgeous, historic barns, or the sweet, vintage details! So, we're revamping the rustic-chic by adding a touch of glam and whimsy. Indulge in luscious blooms, surrounded by sparking mirror-top tables, mixed metal stem and flat ware and large focal points; such as a boxwood lined lounge area or glimmering chandeliers.

2. Minimalist 

This doesn't mean skimping on the details. It's changing your focus to what is already beautiful; a garden venue with fresh flowers, or a modern space with tons of lighting features. Minimalist design appreciates negative space and incorporates an industrial feel, such as using acrylic accents, or monochromatic color schemes.

2017 Wedding Trends | Pantone Color of the Year Kale | Via Burnett's Boards
2017 Wedding Trends | Kale Pantone Color of the Year 2017

3. Kale

Say, what?! Kale- it's the Pantone color of 2017! Let's embrace those neutral hues, such as eggshell, dusty blue, kale green and champagne tones. Liven it up with tons of candle light, greenery and wooden chargers or farm tables.

 
2017 Wedding Trends | Glitter Donuts | Courtesy of the Frosted Petticoat
 

4. Glitter Donuts and Meringues

Using edible glitter of course! Add these sweet edibles to your cake table or use them as guest favors. They are sure to delight and add a touch of whimsy. Nom!

5. Over-the-top

Mismatched flatware, stemware, chargers and napkins- all within the same color scheme. Varied textures, table runners, overlays and chair adornments. Lighting, draping and chandeliers and hanging florals. YAS! Did I mention how important lighting was? 

If you'd like to indulge in any of the these 2017 Wedding Trends with me- let me know! And, while we're at it, we can plan the unique touch to add to YOUR wedding!

 

 

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Three ways to De-Stress the Morning of Your Wedding

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Three ways to De-Stress the Morning of Your Wedding

Your ceremony isn't until 5, yes, hair and makeup can take five hours with all your girls, your mom, his mom, etc. But what about before that? You and I both know you're not getting much sleep, (although I do recommend it!), so let's be proactive and talk about some ideas of how to fill the morning hours on the day of your wedding!

Yoga

Three Ways to De-stress the Morning of your Wedding | Bridal Party Ideas | Wedding Planning in Houston

Morning, yoga; a little ohm, stretching and very slow sequences to get you centered and calm- sounds like a dream right? There are Yoga Instructors that will come to you! Have them meet at your hotel suite, or possibly in your backyard the morning of your wedding. Invite your girls, get some blankets and yoga mats and RELAX!

Spa Day

Three Ways to De-stress the Morning of your Wedding | Bridal Party Ideas | Wedding Planning in Houston

Kind of typical, but for a good reason! I don't recommend any sort of facial, waxing, tanning etc. but perhaps some time in the steam room, a little foot massage- it'll do wonders! Plus, you can walk around in a robe and slippers and sip on Cucumber water. I'd like to do that every day if I could! 

Breakfast Outdoors

Lux and Concord in Chicago

Lux and Concord in Chicago

If you're like me, you want to be outside as much as often, weather permitting of course. So, invite your girls or your mom and sisters to have breakfast on the patio. If it's too hot (I mean, we ARE in Houston) pick a restaurant with a lot of natural light. That Vitamin D works wonders on elevating your mood! Indulge in an egg white omelet, fresh fruit and a mimosa (or two).

What ever you decide, allow yourself to feel pampered and not rushed. This day is a special one, so take a deep breath and take it all in!

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Featured on Brides.com- Minimalist Wedding Ideas

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Featured on Brides.com- Minimalist Wedding Ideas

Check out the full feature here!

Our tip on designing a minimalist wedding:

Pick a venue that is interesting as is
In other words, it doesn’t need much dressing up to be wow-worthy. A minimalist venue could be a renovated historic building with exposed brick, large windows and stained concrete floors or an outdoor space perfectly surrounded and shaded with large trees and strung lights, describes Samantha Gieseke, owner of Plan Our Day Houston. “Choosing wooden tables that don’t require linens and centerpieces that allow for open or negative space would blend perfectly with the scenery, allowing the beauty of the building or space to shine.”

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