Wedding gown shopping can be one of the funnest times in the getting married journey. It’s also something a lot of women are nervous about because trying on clothes brings up a lot of body issues. Thankfully wedding gown shops do everything they can to make the experience a great one and the two I talk about today really knock it out of the park. So let’s get into these two gorgeous wedding gown shops in Houston!
Olivia’s Bridal House
Olivia’s Bridal House is the only wedding gown shop in Houston that caters to curvy and plus sized brides. The owner Nicole makes it a mission to carry brands that others stores don’t, so that the store’s collection is totally unique. Their gowns start at a size 14 and go up from there. As someone who is plus sized, I wish this shop had been around when I was gown shopping 9 years ago. They carry gowns from designers like WToo by Watters, Casablanca and Pantora Bridal, who create gowns that give women killer silhouettes. The amazing thing about this shop, is that it makes women with curves feel not only normal but beautiful!! If you are a size 10 or above, I highly recommend checking them out!
When I was a kid I taught myself how to write calligraphy. It was the start of my obsession with pens, especially cool ones! But I am nowhere close to being as talented as the women I have met in Houston who do it. The thing I love about weddings and calligraphy is that you can have a myriad of things done for it! Wedding invitation envelopes? Gorgeous! Seating chart? Beautiful! Place settings? Lovely! There is also other signs you can do, like where to go for certain events, bar signs and instructions for the ceremony. These calligraphers can do it all. So who kills it here in Houston? Let’s dig in to these two creative calligraphers in Houston!
Kristen Leigh Lettering & Design
When I first started capturing weddings, I found Kristen’s calligraphy and I was totally enamored! I love her style and how she can turn anything from leaves to pumpkins into works of art. She also has input her calligraphy into a font and has digitized it. So the invitations she offers are completely unique. She also does hand painting for invitations and creates custom fabric envelope liners. One of my favorite things she offers is custom monograms and crests, she posts her work on Instagram and I am obsessed. She also has a great heart, when hurricane Harvey hit she made a mug to raise money for those affected. I bought one, and it’s still one of my favorite mugs. She’s truly one of a kind!
Lauren Galloway Photography
Wedding invitations seem straight forward right? You pick the theme for your wedding, the colors and the rest is easy right? Well, if you’re like me at all, sometimes you overthink things, or are indecisive. I don’t even know how I chose my wedding invitations because I am completely indecisive. To help all you amazing couples, here are 5 unexpected tips on wedding invitations.
Ask a Fun/Nerdy Question
In your invitation you will be asking if they are coming, possibly their food choice from the menu, so why not personalize it and add a fun question? Some people ask for song requests, but you can also do a poll about late night snack options. If you are having a nerdy theme, you could ask if they are a Jedi or a Sith. What house they are in for Harry Potter. What Marvel hero is their favorite. Their favorite football team. This goes on! So don’t be afraid to add some personality to your invitations and make it an immersive for your guests! (more…)
When thinking about wedding invitation designers in Houston, there is a lot that goes into this choice. To be honest, when I got married, I was overwhelmed with the decision. How did I want the invitations to look? What kind of paper? And let’s not get started on the font! As someone who is completely indecisive on these things, just starting was a big deal to me. Since joining the wedding world, I have to say I have met some amazing people, including invitation designers! The two featured today are women I have worked with on styled shoots and who are talented in totally different ways.
My Urban Invites
My Urban Invites caters to couples who have a distinct vision for their wedding stationary. I met Ashley and her amazing invitations a few years ago and have been obsessed ever since! If you they are having a problem finding what they see in their head at online shops, this is the place they need to come! Ashley, the visionary and artist behind the business, is amazing. They do cool stuff like velvet enclosed invitations. Acrylic invitations! Invitation suites with bows or monograms. Their laser cutting is stunning! It’s amazing the things they can do. Ashley and her team are so freaking creative, that any couple who has a distinct vision for their invitations will be able to have it come true with them. Seriously, just look at the pictures below to get an idea of what they can do.
Destination weddings have been popular for a while now. But honestly? There isn’t a ton of information out there on what to do when you want to bring certain vendors with you for your wedding. Last fall I traveled to both the Dominican Republic and New Orleans for weddings and there was a learning curve I went through when planning for both trips! So if you are getting married in a fun location and want to bring your photographer with you, then here are some great tips on what to expect when bringing them with on your destination wedding. (more…)
Ahhhh flowers, two weeks ago you learned my passion for them when it comes to weddings. Or, well, anytime honestly. Today we dig into two extraordinary florists in Houston, and why I think they are rad. They both have a ton of talent and an eye to create magic. These florists can take an idea and make it, well, blossom into something you didn’t even think of! And that, to me, is what takes a good florist into an extraordinary one!
What I love about these two florists is that they have such different aesthetics. If you are having a hard time nailing what you want as the flowers for your wedding, hopefully these two extraordinary florists inspire you!
Holly from Flower Vibes, was introduced to me at a styled shoot. I remember walking into the room and seeing her take on a rainbow floral display and being in awe! This woman is not afraid of color. In fact, she has embraced it whole heartedly! I love how she knows exactly when a flower is going to open, especially the colorful ones. It makes every bouquet and centerpiece stunning. Even her flower crowns are big and full of life! If you are wanting wedding flowers with loads of color, that take up space and have personality, Flower Vibes is the florist for you. (more…)