An open-air rehearsal dinner under the expansive sky is a lovely way to give your guests a relaxing and Texas-style welcome to your wedding festivities. Check out this beautiful courtyard rehearsal dinner decor by Kirksey Gregg Productions for some inspiration for your own celebration!
Basic beige? Not even. Choose linens, rentals and tenting in neutral hues to tie your flowers, table settings, and decor together. Ask your wedding planner and florist for tips, and take inspiration from these neutral wedding palette “tricks!”
1. A pattern in a neutral color acts almost as a solid.
2. Neutral chairs and linens paired with greenery bring the outdoors in.
3. Barely-there “ghost” chairs and soft white tenting create airy space for larger receptions.
Photo: Adam Nyholt Photography | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Maxit Flower Design
4. Pair a neutral pattern with gold and a range of pinks and greenery for a fresh palette.
5. Use varying saturations and tones of a classic neutral (in this case, taupe) to add dimension to decor.
Photo: Koby Brown | Furniture Rentals: Darryl & Co. | Flowers: Bows + Arrows
6. A light-hued, sheer runner paired with a natural surface acts as a texture rather than a color, creating layers of interest.
Photo: Luke & Cat Photography | Rentals: Swift + Co.
7. White, as a textured table linen or used sparingly on napkins or chair sashes, lends a clean, modern finish.
Photo: Sylvie Gil | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Todd Events
Luxe meets industrial chic in this fabulous shoot featuring gorgeous designer wedding dresses by Rivini, Oscar de la Renta, Hayley Paige and more. The shoot was held at The Astorian and showcased a variety of breathtaking bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories. See credits below on where to find these stunning pieces right here in Houston!
Location: The Astorian ~ Photography: Larry Fagala ~ Stylist: Summer Salah ~ Flowers & Decor: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Makeup: Aubrie Layne ~ Hair: Tonya Riner ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Gowns Designed by: Alon Livne, Hayley Paige, Rivini and Naeem Khan ~ Gowns Sold At: Now & Forever Bridal and Mia Bridal Couture ~ Accessories: Baccarat, Trumpet & Horn, Sloan/Hall, Kendra Scott, Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, Dior and LuLu Frost, Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, all from Neiman Marcus.
Photos: John Ly Photography
If you attended last Thursday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, you got a peek at the extraordinary talent that is Darryl & Co. This Thursday, you’re in for more—much more—of Darryl Murchison’s signature sophistication and opulence, when Darryl & Co. hosts its annual spring showcase. Tablescapes, luxurious lounge settings, dazzling decor and flights of floral fantasy all will be on display at this fabulous open house and cocktail bash. And if that’s not reason enough for revelry, then the fact that this soiree is also a celebration of Darryl & Co.’s 20th anniversary most certainly is. Festivities kick off at 5:30; admission is free; your RSVP is requested.
Darryl & Co.
483 W. 38th Street
Houston, TX 77018
Photos: Darryl & Co.
If you’ve ever dined at a modern American bistro or swooned over a supper-club scene from your favorite ‘40s flick, you’ve likely been seduced by the sophisticated glow of a table lamp. With their low-profile bases and light-diffusing shades, lamps invite a certain kind of conspiratorial intimacy to the table—perfect for a grown-up dinner reception with a high-end restaurant feel, whether you’re actually in a high-end restaurant, or you’re in a big hotel ballroom. Even a warehouse or other raw space can be both warmed up and dressed up with the right kind of table lamps.
We love the look of a single, standout lamp at the center of an all-white centerpiece on a round or small square dining table. For a long banquet table, try mixing a few different lamp styles in varying base heights with coordinating shades, repeating the mix at intervals along the length of the table, and filling the space with small, clustered floral arrangements, beautiful crystal stemware and candles. Also awesome: glass-base table lamps, orchids floating dreamily within.
Depending on your venue’s specific regulations, the style of lamp you select, and the kind of ambience you desire, you can choose votive candles, fuel cells or LED flicker cells as your light source. Most will last between six and 10 hours.
Plan to party for longer than that? First of all—wow, rock on! Also: Plan to have staff discreetly change out light sources, perhaps during dancing or late-night nibbles.