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Enchanted Forest-Inspired Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Jessica met Oscar at the Aerodome ice skating rink when she was 9 years old and he was 15. “Our families introduced us to each other, but he was too cool to hang out with me. Sparks didn’t fly until ten years later,” tells Jessica. Lo and behold Oscar wasn’t too cool for Jessica anymore, they hit it off and he was ready to make her his wife.

When it came time to propose, Oscar found the perfect moment during their trip to Disney World to get down on one knee in front of Cinderella’s castle. Jessica said, “Yes,” to her Prince Charming, and they began planning their enchanted wedding—inspired by their Disney World proposal—at Chateau Cocomar.

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Photos: Civic Photos | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals | Dessert Table & Favors: Wink by Erica | Lighting, Music & Entertainment: LG Entertainment

Celebrity Style: Q&A With Floral Designer Jeff Leatham

Monday, June 19th, 2017

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Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

In international event-design circles, he’s known as the “king of clean.” But floral genius Jeff Leatham is so much more than the reigning monarch of the monochromatic arrangement. As artistic director for the Four Seasons George V in Paris, Leatham’s bold, vibrant floral installations and event design work have won fans including Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey and Madonna. He’s partnered with Hermes, Rolls-Royce and the Dallas Museum of Art. His book, “Visionary Art and Floral Design” (Rizzoli, 2014), is a must-have. He turned Kris Jenner’s Gatsby-theme 60th-birthday bash into an instant Instagram darling…and he just designed one of the most lavish weddings in wedding history. Leatham’s thoughts on flowers, color and weddings with inimitable personality are the subjects of this exclusive Weddings in Houston Q&A.

Weddings in Houston: How were you first introduced to the world of floral design?

Jeff Leatham: It was really an accident. I had been living in Los Angeles, doing a lot of retail management. I started modeling, went to Europe, and when I came back to L.A. I didn’t have a job. I put it out there to friends, asking if they knew anyone who was hiring. A friend had a friend who worked at the flower shop at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. I went in to help her for a few days…and it was so much fun, such a great experience, she asked me if I wanted to come back the next week. It was the first time I saw flowers as art—and it just grew into something I really wanted to do.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

WIH: How did you end up at the Four Seasons George V in Paris?

JL: When the Four Seasons reopened the George V, they asked me to come work there. The hotel’s renovation was so exciting, there was so much press around it—and so much money to be spent. In the first year alone the hotel spent nearly $2 million on flowers. It was a major undertaking, and it really put me on the map. I was able to experiment and try new things. If they didn’t work, I could just toss them out and start over. That’s when I started to work with really clean design and big bunches of flowers.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

WIH: How would you describe your signature style?

JL: It’s funny really. Jean Paul Gautier designed that pointy bra costume for Madonna—since then he will always be known as the “pointy bra guy,” even though he does so many different things in fashion. I’ll always be known as the guy with the big bunches, big vases with flowers leading up the sides. But really, for me, mixing it up is important. I don’t always do the clean, monochromatic style. Sometimes I’ll do an English Garden design, or really romantic pink flowers. But it is funny—I’ll put a really pretty arrangement like that up on Instagram, and it will get 2,000 Likes. Then I’ll put just a huge bunch of hydrangea up, and it will get 5,000. I find that simplicity really gets people’s attention.

WIH: With Houston’s heat and unpredictable weather, most brides opt for indoor venues. What are your favorite ways to transform a basic ballroom into a lush, vibrant wedding…experience?

JL: You only have one chance for a first impression, so an entrance piece in your reception area is so, so important. For centerpieces—“table art,” I call them—remember that people are going to be sitting in front of those arrangements for three or four hours. People are going to be looking at them, touching them. You should have three different centerpiece designs, to bring depth and texture to the space. But keep it monochromatic, though just different enough, and never use more than three different types of flowers. It’s so important—and difficult—to know when to “stop” with floral design.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

WIH: What’s the single most important aspect of reception room design?

JL: Lighting. Find the best lighting company you can, even before you find your florist. Then focus on the table art.

WIH: What’s your best advice to brides for working with a floral designer?

JL: Every bride has always imagined that day. When I work with a bride, it’s important to have her explain to me what her dream wedding is. I ask the bride to stop, close her eyes, tell me with her eyes closed what she sees her wedding feeling like. Then we go from there. I work best with brides and clients when they really trust me. So, trust you wedding designer. Don’t micromanage. I do understand that wedding flowers are a big expense, and sometimes the couple or their family has saved a lot of money to spend on those flowers, and they want to make sure they are spending it well. But if you can just trust your designer, you will always get a better effect.

White, Gold, Champagne & Green Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Mona and Aamir are what we like to call a jet-setting couple. They met in New York City, he proposed in Chicago, and they got married in Houston! Their multicultural wedding weekend went a little something like this: It started with a mehndi—a South Asian ritual ceremony with henna and dancing followed by an intimate nikkah—a Muslim wedding ceremony—at home.

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The last day of their nuptial celebrations was a lavish Persian wedding ceremony at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. “It was held in the Grande Ballroom which truly captured the essence of the sophisticated feel we were going for,” says Mona.

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Dream Bouquet decked out the reception with tall white and lush green floral centerpieces and placed green boxwood panels on the walls to add an outdoorsy touch to the decor.

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“One of our favorite moments was when our friends picked both of us up in a chair on the dance floor,” recounts Mona. And we gotta say…it’s one of ours, too. Congratulation to the newlyweds, and thank you for sharing your beautiful celebration with us, and our followers!

Bride-Dancing Photos: Steve Lee Photography | Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa | Baker: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Reception Flowers: Dream Bouquet

5 Fabulous Flower Designs from Haute Flowers & Events

Friday, May 26th, 2017

“They are inventive, edgy…but can also bring in that elegant softness, for a princess.”

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Yeah, Janice (the recent bride who wrote these words in praise of Haute Flowers & Events)—we know exactly what you mean. We’ve been lucky enough to be partnered up with this talented League City-based event design studio for a few years now, and we can confirm that this balance of innovation and good ol’ fashioned pretty is what owner Teresa Vencil is all about.

And here’s the part where we put our money where our mouths are. OK, actually we’re gonna put our photos where our typing is. Or something like that. Just bear with us, darlings, it’s Friday, we’re hard at work on a brand-new magazine for y’all, and we’re a little loopy. But most of all, we’re a whole lot in love with these inventive, elegant, innovative, pretty, totally individual Haute Flowers & Events creations:

The Floral Lanterns: These great lanterns, accented with flowering branches and bright, boisterous blooms, hung over the head table at Sadie & Aneel’s wedding reception. We love the mix of the angular lanterns with delicate, spherical votive holders.

Floral-Lanterns Photo: Studio Uma | Flowers: Haute Flowers & Events

The Coordinating Flower Crown & Bouquet: You don’t need to be an ultra-boho bride to rock a flower crown—not if the Haute Flowers crew has anything to say about it. They designed this lovely set with refinement in mind, echoing the bouquet’s pale greenery and shades of coral, pink and yellow, in a sweet crown, completed with a sheer, flowing veil. Bonus points for groom’s cool boutonniere!

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The Succulent Jewelry: Vencil and her designers created these vintage-inspired pieces exclusively for us, for this recent styled shoot, so we’re, oh, just a little bit partial to them. Plus, they’re gorge. Plus, wearing plants on your body is so freakin’ chic.

StyledShoot Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography | Styling, Design & Flowers: Haute Flowers & Events

The Branch Canopy: Also created just for our shoot, this canopy is a little rustic, a little untamed, a little outside-the-box…and completely charming. It’s the perfect complement to a colorful, organic-feeling table design that looks completely at home inside the brick walls of Butler’s Courtyard, where this fantasy weddingscape was shot.

StyledShoot Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography | Styling, Design & Flowers: Haute Flowers & Events | Venue: Butler’s Courtyard | Linens, Chargers & Pillows: EB. Inc Event Rentals & Design | Vases & Rentals: Darryl & Co.

The Floral Dress: It’s a dress. Made out of flowers. And it’s…uh-mazing. ‘Nuff said.

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Intrigued? Inspired? Snag yourself an appointment with Haute Flowers & Events, and turn that inspiration into real, live wedding design. And don’t forget to tell ’em “Hey girl” from their friends at Weddings in Houston!

Wedding Floral Inspiration for Every Season by TnT Events

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Trish Nguyen, Houston wedding decorator, florist and founder of TNT Events, has an impeccable eye for detail and flair for florals. She has pulled off everything from royal-inspired weddings, complete with plush seating and luxurious lighting and draping, to rustically romantic outdoor ceremonies, to oh-so-modern affairs with lucite chairs and over-the-top floral arrangements all within a reasonable price point.

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Because of Trish’s stellar taste and knack for all things design and decor, we asked her to share with us four floral design inspirations from every season. Take a peek below and let those ideas blossom!  

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Winter: We love the subtle blue hues of these Dusty Miller leaves, mixed with large white petals and smaller green accents in TNT’s winter floral display! This look says elegance with a hint of eclectic, rustic charm. The boutonnière on the left also perfects the use of natural elements in a masculine look.

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Spring: Nothing shouts springtime like a dash of bold, bright colors. The mix of hot pink blooms, blush roses and eclectic greenery is the perfect combination for brides who want their wedding day look to really pop!

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Summer: A softer look, complete with pink and peach garden roses, accented by beautiful baby’s breath makes for the most romantic of summer looks. Houston brides might want to stay away from the Texas heat outside, but there’s no reason they can’t have a lush flower display in hand like this one from TNT!

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Fall: As the colors change throughout the rest of the country (not so much in Houston), fall floral arrangements follow suit. We love the warm orange and yellows on display here, with the adorable purple succulent that ties the whole look together to create something truly unique! This look is perfect for the less traditional of brides, looking to push the envelope, but remain elegant.

Like what you see? Have some ideas in bloom? Schedule a consultation with TNT Events today! And don’t forget to tell Trish you heard about her on the Houston Wedding Blog!