Monique contacted me at the end of 2009 for a consultation for her 2011 wedding. During that initial consultation, her wedding color was red with the possible accent of black & white damask. I believe at that time, she had just started thinking about her wedding and wasn’t sure what her desires were for the wedding. I gathered a hint of hesitation on her color selection and told her because we had plenty of time to plan the wedding, she should choose a color that she really liked. Fast forward about 8 months later and Monique had chosen a new color scheme; black, white and teal/turquoise blue. At this point, we still couldn’t pin down the look for her wedding. The reception hall was not booked yet and the wedding date was moved from the beginning of 2011 to May 2011.
In October 2010, Monique and I had another consultation. This time, her new color scheme was purple and pewter. This color combination has been really popular this year, and righfully so. I love all the shades of purple. In fact, my own wedding color in 2002 was purple & lavendar. So I was excited at her new and final color choice This was the inspiration board that she sent me.
During this consultation, Monique wasn’t sure what she wanted to do in regards to centerpieces and decor for the reception hall (Bridge City Community Center). She loves bling and wanted to incorporate it into the design. Who doesn’t love bling? When the meeting was over, she left most of the decisions on the details of the flower selection & decor to me.
Shortly after my brother’s December 2010 wedding, we met once more to finalize the details of the wedding. Time was running out for us. I showed her the rhinestone encrusted cake stand that we built and she quickly said “Yes to the Stand”. In addition, I showed her a crystal chandelier table centerpiece that I ordered for my brother’s wedding and she fell in love with it. I used these chandelier centerpieces on every other table. The other tables had centerpieces of flowers with different shades of purple arranged in a cube glass vase. At the end of our consultation, I finally saw a glimpse of excitement in her eyes because she started to see everything come together.
The centerpieces were comprised of purple and green hydrangeas, tulips, stocks, Ocean Song and Cool Water roses, purple and lavendar lisianthus, mini calla lilies and purple sweet peas. The use of the 3 feet crystal chandeliers lamps brought beautiful height of bling for the happy bride. And the cake stand was absolutely shimmering against the candles and purple uplights that we provided.
The bride’s bouquet was comprised of the same flowers that were used in the centerpieces. For the bridesmaids bouquets, I decided to incorporate white roses and hydrangeas for some contrast against their purple dresses. I loved how the bouquets turned out. For the flowergirl, I made a pomander ball of plum buttons. We flanked the ceremony aisles with the centerpieces placed on white columns. After the ceremony, the centerpieces were transported to the reception hall.
In addition to the flowers and linens, I provided purple uplighting for the venue in additon to draping the area behind the sign-in table, cake table and the beautiful candy buffet by Glenda Little of Dressy Designs. The sign-in table was set against the wall that led directly to the women’s restroom. As a last minute decision, we draped the back and sides of the table to provide a “screen” between the area and restroom. I also made a tall arrangement to set on the sign-in table with the “left over” flowers. It made a wonderful addition to the table, especially with some simple glass vase arrangements flanking either side of the arrangement. The purple uplighting completely transformed the venue, making it chic and elegant.
The brilliant candy buffet that Glenda made for the couple was absolutely gorgeous. It was decked out with it’s own mini uplights, various delicious candy treats and candy apples. And did I mentioned, it was completely blinged out. The table was absolutely eye candy for me, literally. If anyone is considering doing a candy buffet for their event or need stationery products, Glenda should be contacted. You will not be disappointed.
Glenda also made the beautiful wedding invitations and programs for the wedding couple. I love the choice of iridescent papers that were used to make the invitations. They coordinated perfectly with the colors of the wedding. I also love how the couple’s initials were intertwined together to create a unique monogram. Even the invitations had bling on them. Glenda also provided the programs that were passed out during the wedding ceremony.
Monique and Kevin were so happy on their wedding day. They were so pleased with all of the vendors that provided services for their special day. When we returned around 11:30 pm to take down the decorations, the party was still going on strong. Everyone was dancing the night away
As I close out on this blog entry, I would like to thank Michelle Randall of MeShell’s Wedding Bells and her husband, Jason, for assisting us with the set up and take-down of the wedding. It was not her responsibility to help us but she did it anyway. I was completely exhausted from the lack of sleep the night before and we had to head to Houston for our flight to Cozumel immediately after we took down the decorations. Needless to say, I was very grateful that Michelle and Jason was there to lend a helping hand. If you are in need of a Wedding Day Coordinator, she’s your woman.
I’ll leave you with this testimonial that I received from Monique upon my return from my vacation:
Stephanie, I just want to say thank-you soooo much for such a beautiful and amazing wedding. I know in the beginning I envisioned what I wanted and I don’t think I did such a good job explaining it but somehow you knew and really made it more beautiful then I could have ever imagined. It was chic, elegant, clean-lined and the colors just blended so well together. Your flower arrangements and bouquets were gorgeous. Oh and let’s not forget about the church, it was perfect. Thanks so much for being patient and giving me my dream wedding!
This is the reason why I love what I do. Thank you Duy Khang Photography and Monique for sharing these wonderful photos with me.