I feel so lucky to have the job that I do and get to work with amazing clients like Elizabeth. Elizabeth was referred to me by our mutual friend Liz (whose late May wedding will be up as soon as I get the photos back!). She’s currently a New York City girl, but a Texas girl at heart. Elizabeth was raised in Houston and her fiancée in California and most of their friends are in NYC so they were going to have a destination wedding no matter what so they chose to get married in April just outside of Austin at the oh-so-lovely Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood. Stonehouse Villa’s website tag line reads “laid back luxury” and that description couldn’t be more spot on. Every finish at Stonehouse is thoughtful and elegantly designed, but you still have that laid back, Texas feel. It’s perfection.
From our initial meeting, Elizabeth had a clear sense of her design style: J. Crew classic preppy. Think crisp whites, navy and white stripes, clean greens. And she wanted light. Lots of fun, unique light. Elizabeth stretched me and challenged me creatively to execute her design ideas. I love that.
I mean, when she said she wanted green succulent runners on some of the tables, I had to take some time think about how to construct such a thing.
Or when she said she wanted flowers and candles hanging from the trees behind the ceremony.
Or when she said she wanted a bouquet made of white ranunculus with a few sprigs of her favorite herb rosemary, I had to get a little creative to support all those (approximately 80+) hollow-stemmed ranunculus. And Elizabeth wanted all white bouquets for her six bridesmaids; each bouquet was made with a different white flower.
Or when she said she wanted festoon lighting crisscrossing the permanent tent at Stonehouse with light orbs hanging down to create an ethereal feel, I had to think a little bit to figure out how to do that.
For Elizabeth, it was the thought that she put into the details of her wedding that made it so gorgeous and unique. For half of the tables that didn’t have the succulent runners, she asked for green planted herbs.
She asked for white flower pomander balls to flank her ceremony aisle. And in case you are curious, it took approximately 100 white carnations to make each of these pomanders.
And white boutonnieres and corsages for the moms, of course.
Elizabeth loves rosemary. She asked for a little bit of it in her bouquet and she asked for rosemary napkin rings to be at each place setting.
And Elizabeth’s dress… obviously I had absolutely nothing to do with her dress, but again, it’s the details of her dress that made it 100% perfect for her wedding.
And last, but certainly not least, Elizabeth and Chris have kind of ridiculously attractive friends who can apparently compete for the next Vanity Fair magazine cover thanks to the awesome photography work of Kaoru at Candid Theory.
Elizabeth, thank you so much for choosing me to design your wedding flowers! I wish you and Chris all the best!