Chanel Inspired Styled Shoot by Shelly Taylor

POSTED IN Inspiration, Styled Shoot, Waco

Shelly Taylor what you have you done?!  Not only do you photograph some of the most amazing weddings we feature here on 7 Centerpieces, but now you’ve gone and created a show stopping Chanel inspired styled shoot.  Shelly pulled together some of Waco’s most sought after vendors and created this pink, black, and gold feast for our eyes.  After you’ve devoured these images, there is even more for your eyes in the gallery.

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From Posh Events Co.When Shelly Taylor Photography came to us with the idea of a Chanel inspired shoot, we were ecstatic. This styled shoot was a chance for us to intertwine the best of both worlds of weddings and fashion. We chose a classic black and white color combination with a hint of light pink. Our vendor team filled the Clifton House of Waco, Texas with an array of romantic aesthetics. We delicately placed white plates with black chargers atop a chic mirrored table from Pendley’s Rentals. Gold utensils and pink napkins with pearl holders adorned the tablescape. Large black vases dripping with pearls held an exquisite arrangement of florals, including mother of pear and pink Sophie roses, silver brunia, Pom-Pom ranunculus, anemones, David Austin roses, white dahlias, and pink hydrangeas. Studio W provided the Chanel inspired custom table numbers, place cards, and a palatable menu. Their custom invitations were a sleek black and white design with a touch of gold. Posh Events Co. designed a black backdrop for the desert table with handmade flowers strung about to create an elegant sight for guests. The wedding cake, prepared by All Sugar’d Up, was four tiers of intricately designed goodness, from the delicate sugar flowers to the white quilted pattern embossed in the cake. It was placed on a chandelier cake stand, and mirrored stands were adorned with cupcakes. Handmade Chanel-inspired ribbons were placed on glass jars filled with meringues. Our male model looked dapper in a tuxedo provided by Squires. Our female model’s gorgeous gown was provided by Georgio’s.

From Shelly TaylorKaren of Posh Events Co. was the designer who immediately came to mind when I began to envision this shoot. I knew she was the one to combine the couture inspiration with wedding loveliness, and she went above and beyond what I imagined. Her attention to detail and impeccable style is the heart behind this shoot and behind her business. 

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Photography ~  Shelly Taylor Photography | Cake Designer ~ All Sugar’d Up | Hair ~ Allure Salon | Venue ~ Clifton House | Bridal Shop ~ Georgio’s Bridal & Prom | Models ~ Jamie Blanek & Justin Parra | Makeup ~ Kimberly Cutler Professional Make-Up | Rentals ~ Pendley Party Productions and Rentals | Event Planner ~ Posh Events Co | Floral Designer ~ Posh Events Floral | Groom’s Attire ~ Squires | Invitation Designer ~  Studio W Designs | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lovely Outdoor Waco Wedding by Shelly Taylor

POSTED IN Real Weddings, Waco

This lovely outdoor Waco wedding is bound to put a smile on your face.  This couple started their day with a beautiful outdoor ceremony in a local park that overlooked the serene Brazos River.  They ended the night with a roaring reception at The Palladium reception hall.  Shelly Taylor worked her magic again and produced these stunning images of the celebratory affair.  Check out the gallery for more fun-loving images.

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The soft pastels in the bouquet are just perfect for the outdoor ceremony.  I love the mix of the soft hydrangeas, roses, and peonies with the rustic succulents.  Can you believe the bride’s aunt is responsible for all of the floral arrangements?!

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What a beautiful wedding ceremony!  Take note brides, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on an expensive venue.  Sometimes the most breathtaking backdrops are literally in your backyard.

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Long hair, don’t care! I really appreciate how this bride embraced her long hair and included it in her bridal look.  Sometimes brides feel pressure to wear an elaborate up do for their wedding.  However, it’s important to feel like your best self on your wedding day and if that includes wearing your hair down, then go for it.

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From Shelly TaylorAmanda and Kris chose a gorgeous location in a public park for an elegant outdoor wedding in Waco, Texas along the banks of the Brazos River. With the cliffs of Cameron Park in the background they said their vows in front of family and friends, then celebrated in style at The Palladium on Austin Avenue. Their getaway vehicle was a loaner…from Kris’ employer, Ted Nugent. The soft, spring palette of pinks and ivory mixed with gold highlights was an elegant match to the outdoor vista. Amanda’s bouquet, adorned with her grandmother’s brooch, was crafted by her aunt, as were all florals. The wedding party table was decorated with monogrammed wine glasses and beer steins.

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Photography ~  Shelly Taylor Photography | Cake Designer ~ Bobby Rudeen | Ceremony Venue ~ Brazos Park East, Cameron Park | Catering ~ Patti’s Kitchen | Event Planner ~ Shauna Pittman | Reception Venue ~ The Palladium | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Garden Themed Wedding by Dana Fernandez Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

I am so excited to share this garden themed wedding with you all I cannot contain myself.  It is the perfect representation of understated elegance.  There are so many wonderful details here that you are going to want to use for your big day or wish that you had!  Dana Fernandez has again wowed me with her talent by capturing these breathtaking images.  For those who can stand it, there’s more in the gallery.

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Oh, Jimmy Choo…why do you slay me every.single.time!  These shoes are wedding perfection–bridal white, yet strappy to give them just enough edge.

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There is nothing more sophisticated than a well dressed man.  And this groom did not disappoint!  The clean lines of his simple suit are so elegant.

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I am in love with this bride and bridesmaids shot.  The fashion in this wedding is not to be ignored.  Not only is the bride stunning in her three-quarter length sleeve gown, she outfitted her attendants in these gorgeous gowns with illusion necklines.  And did I mention the bridesmaids’ earrings–stunning!

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This amazing bouquet adds a pop of color against the neutral white and black color scheme.  Flowers Etc. by Georgia created a beautiful masterpiece.

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Naked wedding cakes are a popular trend right now in weddings and I cannot get enough of them.  This Whisk Bakery creation is the perfect complement to this wedding’s understated, yet elegant vibe.

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From Dana Fernandez PhotographyYoshina and Carson were such ideal clients to work with! Their venue selection with River Oaks Garden Club was absolutely perfect and on their wedding day we were lucky to have one of the few perfect days in Houston, Texas, which there are only about a handful of every year! Not to mention that their wedding was timed perfectly with the famous azalea blooms that only last a couple of weeks every spring. Since their wedding and reception took place at such a beautiful venue, they were very minimal on their decor as everything was surrounded by natural beauty. Everything from Yoshina‘s wedding gown to the naked cake by Whisk Bakery emitted simplistic elegance and was a dream to photograph!

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Photography ~ Dana Fernandez Photography​ | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ River Oaks Garden Club | Film Processing ~ The Find Lab | Shoe Designer ~ Jimmy Choo | Band ~ Eminence Ensemble | Floral Designer ~ Flowers by Etc by Georgia and Lexis Florist | Cake Designer ~ Whisk Bakery | Event Planner ~ I Do Weddings & Event Planning | Makeup ~ Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry | Hair ~ Updos and I Dos | Dress Designer ~ Love Marley by Watters | Bridal Shop ~ BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses ~ Jenny Yoo

Lovely Houston Wedding by Dana Fernandez Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Are you guys ready for this next lovely Houston wedding?!  Filled to the brim with so many dreamy details, you will definitely want to bookmark this one and come back to it again and again.  Dana Fernandez Photography is responsible for these amazing images.  After diving into these details, there’s even more to be seen in the gallery.

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I absolutely adore matching robes for your bridesmaids.  Not only do they make a great gift for your bridesmaids (a gift that they will actually use again), they also make for great photo ops like this one!

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This bride’s fashion sense is to die for!  First, can we discuss her gorgeous red hair.  It is such a beautiful complement to all of the deep blue infused throughout the wedding.  And her classic chignon style goes perfectly with her off-the-shoulder bridal gown–such a classic, yet fashion forward look.

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Gorgeous floral arrangements consisting of roses and peonies.  Wonderful job, Cheryl’s Flowers!

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I love this ring bearer’s box.  It’s so simple and could easily be created even for the extremely DIY-challenged (raises hand).  Yet it still adds so much character and personality to the wedding.

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Can anything beat a sparkler send-off and a Rolls Royce exit car with your new last name on it?! I dare say you would be hard-pressed to find a more stunning exit.  And the black and white photographs just seal in the classic vibe.  Your work truly amazes me Dana Fernandez.

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Photography ~ Dana Fernandez Photography | Film Processing ~ The Find Lab | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Heather’s Glen | Makeup and Hair ~ Hey Lovely Makeup | Cake Designer ~ Bake My Day | Dress Designer ~ San Patrick | Bridal Shop ~ The Princess Bridal | Floral Designer ~ Cheryl’s Flowers

Classic Houston Wedding by Elisheva Golani Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Because I am in the wedding publishing industry, I always get asked by brides how they can have a gorgeous, publish-worthy wedding on a small budget.  Well look no further brides!  This classic Houston wedding is the epitome of stunning and it was all pulled off for less than $18,000.  A couple of takeaways to note brides — start with a stunning venue.  Chateau Cocomar is beyond gorgeous!  A truly beautiful venue is half of the battle, ladies!  Secondly, if you are so artistically inclined, take on DIY projects.  Finally, hire an amazing photographer to capture the true beauty of your wedding day.  Husband and wife team, Daniel and Elisheva of Elisheva Golani Photography took these amazing photographs.  She is brand new to 7 Centerpieces but we hope to make her a regular around these parts.  Dive into even more budget-conscious beauty in the gallery.

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From the bride…Our vision for the wedding was a combination of all-white and golden accents with a few splashes of blush and classic elegance paired with simplicity. We loved the architecture at Chateau Cocomar so we didn’t want to overdo it by adding too much decor of our own. As with most brides, I was very involved in the planning process far more than my groom. Therefore, I tried my best to keep it very “neutral” as far as adding too much of a feminine touch. It is after all, both the bride and groom’s day. I didn’t want my husband to feel as if he was drowning in 100 layers of lace and 50 shades of pink. I can say that we were very happy and satisfied with the end product. Chateau Cocomar was the only venue we visited because it totally encapsulated every aspect of what we wanted and when we saw it in person, we both fell absolutely in love with the venue! It was truly a dream come true for the both of us! We wanted to keep it very classy and not get too much into a certain kind of theme so that we could always look back at our photos and be able to say that our style was timeless.

My dress was a complete project! I bought it at Ivory Bridal Atelier and LOVED the lace on top and the super long train. But I always wanted buttons going down the back of it and lace sleeves. Unfortunately many places did not sell this kind of dress, so after being informed that I could buy a few yards of lace from the designer, I decided to buy the dress and take it to Laura’s Couture & Alterations (which was recommended by Ivory Bridal) and get the “extras” that I wanted added to my dress. They did an extraordinary job giving me my dream dress. I paired it with my sister’s super long cathedral veil that she wore for her wedding (something borrowed).

Our centerpieces were rented from Any Occasion Party Rental along with a few linens, but I bought the smaller pieces at Hobby Lobby and bulk candles from Ikea and created little accents that were laid-out on the tables, as we decided to have our tables set out in long ranges.

I also made anything that had to do with paper! Paper is cheap! So I went out to Micheal’s, bought me a good, big, fat stack of pearl-finished, champagne-colored paper and started designing my menus, programs, sparkler tags, and little “Hashtag #HdzWedding on Instagram” stationary. I was able to design it to my liking and “approve” all the edits! And that saved me a good buck rather than going through a website and only being able to review your programs twice before they sentence you to cough it up or print it.

Everything else was of course, taken care of by Chateau Cocomar! They were wonderful! I wouldn’t know what else to do to thank them for their excellent service.

To top it off, our budget was set at $18,000. I can proudly say that (of course, with the help of family and friends) we were able to stay $3000 under that! Any coupon that I could clip, Groupon deal that I could land, or detail that I was able to do on my own was totally worth it! My advice would be to do everything in steps and really look for the best deals out there! Go all out on the location of your venue and leave the small details as DIYs! It’s possible!

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Photography ~ Elisheva Golani Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Chateau Cocomar | Cake Designer ~ SWEET at City Centre | Bridal Shop ~ Ivory Bridal Atelier | Dress Alterations ~ Laura’s Couture & Alterations | Mariachi ~ Mariachi Origen y Tradicion | Catering ~ Cafe Natalie | Makeup ~ Kiss and Makeup | Photobooth ~ Photobomb | Rentals ~ Any Occasion Party Rental | Invitations ~ Wedding Paper Divas | Event Planner ~ Roberto Carlos Events



Modern Houston Engagement Session by Civic Photos

POSTED IN Engagement Session, Houston, Inspiration

Modern…check, fashionable…check, hot…double check!  This modern Houston engagement session checks all of the right boxes.  This couple balked at the current trend of fluffy, nature-filled engagement sessions and opted for an ultra-chic, modern vibe.  Barett Henry of Civic Photos started the shoot out in a contemporary furniture store.  Then he moved the couple around to some of the most stunningly chic outdoor spots in Houston.  Check out the gallery for even more gorgeous imagery.

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From Civic PhotosChoosing a theme for an engagement is such a great starting point for the creation of ideas. In this engagement, Marco & Lynette wanted to have a modern feel to their session. The first scene definitely created that type of vibe with us shooting at the modern, contemporary furniture store Cantoni. After a few frames we routed to the City Centre which is the perfect location for a modern street photography type of feeling. Finally, the last scene was taken at the iconic Houston water wall. The couple was completely in character in each location which also adds to natural feel of the session.

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Photography ~  Civic Photos | Venue ~ Cantoni’s | Submitted via Two Bright Lights