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Wedding Wednesday

21 Jan

Vendors. They can make or break your Big Day.

We had so many wonderful vendors that helped our big day come together perfectly!  I want to give a shout out to my big ones and tell you why they are amazing in case you are looking for vendors in the Houston area.

I am a firm believer in The Big Three – things you can’t cheap out on at a wedding: photography, videography, and music.

Photographer:

Lacy with More Than an Image Photography was our photographer.  Two words – Absolutely UH-mazing.  She is VERY good at her job both in the talent aspect as well as customer service.  Check out her blog here.  Her work is awesome.  Mom and I started following her back when I was in college because we loved her style of shooting so much.  I knew I wanted to book our wedding with her once Joseph and I got engaged so the week after our engagement, she was my first call.

Me, Lacy, and Mom

Me, Lacy, and Mom

You get what you pay for in vendors, especially when it comes to The Big Three I mentioned above.  Lacy went above and beyond everything I expected – and to be honest, my expectations were high seeing as I had followed her on her blog for so long.

With our package we got our engagement shoot, bridal shoot, and wedding day.  We also got a second shooter (needed for the size of our wedding), our wedding album, releases to all of the pictures they took in High Resolution, and a print credit.  With our print credit, we had Lacy design and print our Save the Dates and a canvas with one of my bridal pictures for the entry at our reception.  The remaining balance was added to have more pages to our wedding album.

Save the Dates

Save the Dates

All that would have been worth my money but we truly got a friend out of this deal.  Lacy is one of those people who you meet and you feel like you have known her forever.  She makes you feel like you are the only person that matters in the world when you hang out with her and it is seriously genuine.  That’s not a trait that you find very often in people, especially in the wedding industry.  Usually people want their money and give you the service/products that you pay for then go on with their lives.  I talk to Lacy all the time still and she is just as sweet as before our wedding.   For Christmas she even mailed us an ornament with one of our wedding pictures on one side and “Our first Christmas as husband and wife” on the other side – oh, and the most delicious home-made marshmallows!  Did you know you can home-make marshmallows? I didn’t but they were better than any marshmallow I have ever had AND they were shaped like snowmen!

Christmas ornament from Lacy

Christmas ornament from Lacy

It was such a wonderful surprise and something that we will always cherish!

Videographer:

We used Rob with Don’t Get Married Without Me as our videographer.  This guy is awesome and so much fun!  He has nothing but 5-star reviews online (over 160 of them last time I checked) and is the most awarded videographer in Houston – and for good reason.  Rob was extremely affordable (when you see all that he does) and gives you unlimited video time, meaning he will get there before your ceremony and stay until you leave the reception AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.  No other videographer does that.  They charge by the hour and sound super cheap at first but then you realize they only give you 3 or 4 hours of time then give you a video that is 15 minutes long with music over your entire ceremony.  What’s the point of hiring a videographer if you don’t actually get to hear the vows you commit to your spouse?  Our “love story” video (the overview of everything) was almost an hour long plus another video of just our entire ceremony!  The “love story” covered the time while we were getting ready, our ceremony, our reception, and so much fun in between.  He truly has an art of capturing footage and producing a video that can’t be beat.

I loved everything he did for us so much that I volunteered to help him at the Bridal Extravaganza at the beginning of January!  I think there are too many people who think they don’t need a videographer – either because they will have pictures or they don’t want to spend the extra money.  You want my opinion?…  (too bad you are getting it whether you want it or not because you are reading my blog).  Pictures bring back the memories of your big day but videos bring back the emotions.  I loved looking at all of our pictures and seeing the moments captured in time but the video helped me FEEL all of those emotions from the day of our wedding and there is honestly nothing like it.  EVERYONE needs a videographer!  Don’t question me.  You need one.

Rob

Rob with Don’t Get married Without Me

Want to see our video?  Rob even created us our own website so we can share our video with people!

Rob was another vendor that was super genuine.  He loves what he does and his attitude and work both show it.  For example, two weeks before our wedding, he called me.  He didn’t call to talk about the few hundred bucks I still owed him like most vendors would be calling about.  When I said, “oh I still need to pay you the remaining balance!” he said, “I am not calling about business. I am calling to see how you are doing.”  WHO DOES THAT?  What vendor cares like that?  Another rarity in the wedding world.

DJ:

DJ Dave  Productions was our DJ.  He, like Rob, is rated number one in Houston.  He has several packages but we picked the one that had his wife, Janet, be our wedding coordinator for the day.  SO helpful!  She made sure all of the vendors were set up and ready to go before everything started and that everything was in the proper position – exactly as we had told her.

DJ Dave provided up-lighting around the reception venue, as well as fun lighting for the dance floor and a GOBO light designed just for us.  He projected this on the wall of the venue above the bar all night and it looked great!

GOBO light above the bar

GOBO light above the bar

We had dinner a couple of weeks before the wedding to give DJ Dave and his wife all of our information such as what we wanted to do and when and who our vendors were and how to contact them and how we wanted our reception venue set up as far as tables, dance floor, and what not.

All night at our reception, DJ Dave kept people on the dance floor and it was a lot of fun.  The only hiccup we really had was that he started playing the wrong song for our Father-Daughter Dance but it was an honest mistake.  We planned to dance to “Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith and he accidentally started playing “Daddy Dance With Me” by Chris Keith.  You see how easily that can be done?  I did too so I don’t hold it against him.  After he corrected it and we danced to the correct song, he came and apologized immediately and felt horrible.  I told him, “After everything that has happened today, it doesn’t even matter.”  (it was a doozie of a morning but I will get to that story in a different post)

Other Vendors:

We had family friends for our catering, cakes, and flowers.  All did a great job and helped make our day beautiful and delicious 🙂

Texans BBQ catered our food and it was delicious as always.  So many of our guests STILL talk about how amazing the food was.

Texans BBQ - brisket, sausage, chicken, baked potato casserole, beans, & rolls

Texans BBQ – brisket, sausage, chicken, baked potato casserole, beans, & rolls

A family friend (who sadly is not doing cakes anymore) did both of these cakes.  I couldn’t believe how perfect they both turned out!  EXACTLY as we pictured in our heads and to top it off, they were SO tasty!

Wedding cake and Duck Groom's cake

Wedding cake and Duck Groom’s cake

Our florist was another family friend who is actually a florist at a grocery store.  So for anyone questioning flowers from a grocery store, I say save some money and go for it because they turned out elegant and beautiful just like I wanted.

Bridesmaids' bouquet, centerpieces, and my bouquet

Bridesmaids’ bouquet, centerpieces, and my bouquet

Jackie with A Taste Above Catering did our fruit and cheese spreads.  Mom found this vendor and I told her to just go for it because the lady was sweet and was a good price compared to others we looked into.  We were not disappointed!  Look at the incredible talent!  The fruit was GORGEOUS!  (of course I didn’t get to see how beautiful it was in person because by the time we arrived at the reception, everyone had torn into it so I suppose it was delicious too! but this is why pictures come in handy because otherwise I would have never seen how beautiful it was)

Fruit and Cheese Spreads

Fruit and Cheese Spreads

Our venue was Belle Rose Maison and it was the perfect size for what we wanted.  It held over 300 people while still having a nice size dance floor.  They provided the linens, plates, and silverware (at an additional price) and they let us supply the alcohol and set up how we wanted.  The place was beautiful when it was all set up (because not decorated, it is nothing to shake a stick at) and I was disappointed and frustrated to say the least about the woman running the joint.  She is very to-the-point and comes off very rude.  A real know-it-all and argumentative throughout the planning process but the reception was beautiful and perfect and that is what matters.  I will put up with crap along the way if you make sure to mind your manners and do what I ask when the Big Day comes.

Belle Rose Maison

Belle Rose Maison

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding and needs advice on vendors (or anything else for that matter), let me know.  My mother and I did a ridiculous amount of research to make sure we were getting the best bang for our buck!  So basically we are Houston wedding gurus.

a-picture-a-day

20 Jan

So I know last year I decided that I was going to try to do the picture-a-day thing and I think I made it to all of 3 days into 2014….

New Year means new try, right?  So far so good!

Here’s the first half of January…

Jan 1

Big Kat's birthday at Top Golf

Big Kat’s birthday at Top Golf

Jan 2

Duddley being cute as always

Duddley being cute as always

Jan 3

I broke my nail packing away Christmas decorations

I broke my nail packing away Christmas decorations

Jan 4

The absolute worst Subway experience ever.  First of all, what is in that light? gross The service was awful and the only reason I even continued my order was to get the survey to tell Subway how awful it was...

The absolute worst Subway experience ever. First of all, what is in that light? gross. The service was awful and the only reason I even continued my order was to get the survey to tell Subway how awful it was…

Jan 5

Back to work!

Back to work! (Also, I realize that my mug is an Alabama mug but I like elephants and it doesn’t actually say anything about Bama so shut your trap.)

Jan 6

My sign when picking up Gina from the airport

My sign when picking up Gina from the airport

Jan 7

Finally got our new fire poker set in the mail (the first one was delivered damaged so we had to wait for it to get off backorder)

Finally got our new fire poker set in the mail (the first one was delivered damaged so we had to wait for it to get off backorder)

Jan 8

Breakfast (technically dinner) of Champions

Breakfast (technically dinner) of Champions

Jan 9

Love these girls

Love these girls!

Jan 10

Relaxing with my Hem after a long day of helping out my videographer at the Bridal Extravaganza. She must've been tired from doing cat things all day...

Relaxing with my Hem after a long day of helping out my videographer at the Bridal Extravaganza. She must’ve been tired from doing cat things all day…

Jan 11

Texting Joseph a picture to see which shirt he wanted me to bring him to change into for Jeremy & Christine's couples shower

Texting Joseph a picture to see which shirt he wanted me to bring him to change into for Jeremy & Christine’s couples shower

Jan 12

Hemi likes a warm dryer full of fresh clothes.  Good thing cat hair goes well with every outfit...

Hemi likes a warm dryer full of fresh clothes. Good thing cat hair goes well with every outfit…

Jan 13

Work field trip to check out some pipelines...this one must be out of commission...what do you think?

Work field trip to check out some pipelines…this one must be out of commission…what do you think?

Jan 14

Began reading American Sniper.  If you haven't read it yet, you need to.  It's great.

Began reading American Sniper. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to. It’s great.

Jan 15

Can she be any cuter?  I doubt it.

Can she be any cuter? I doubt it.

Has your life been as exciting as mine?  (insert sarcasm face) I have found that several times I realize it is night time and I haven’t taken a picture yet so this is what you get with that…BUT at least I have stuck with taking the pictures and so far, that is better than last year.  Baby steps, baby steps.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

19 Jan

Welp…I’ve dropped the ball again.  Shocker.  I missed Thanksgiving and Christmas posts on here so I am going to do a quick recap…

Thanksgiving

I know I showed you my decorations for Halloween in my previous post, It’s Fall Y’all.

So basically, for Thanksgiving, they were exactly the same thing minus the ghosts and things directly associated with Halloween.

On Thanksgiving Day we went to my Grandma’s house with my mom’s family and obviously ate way too much.  But then again, what would Thanksgiving be without feeling miserably full and being thankful that you can be in such a predicament? It was wonderful, as always, to get to spend time with my Grandma and rest of our family.

We finally got to use our new china

We finally got to use our new china

We hosted Joseph’s family’s Thanksgiving this year at our house which I quite enjoyed.  I always like hosting events and it was nice to get to have his whole family over at one time.  We didn’t have this Thanksgiving until the Sunday after Thanksgiving due to some of the family being out of town.  I normally decorate for Christmas on Black Friday (or even the night of Thanksgiving) and since I still wanted our Thanksgiving dinner to feel like Thanksgiving, I left up those decorations instead of getting the house ready for Christmas.

Christmas

Christmas is a busy time for a lot of people.  I feel like we have a ridiculous amount of Christmas activity for two people with both sets of parents still being married.  We still do Christmas with each side of both parents’ families along with the parties and events with our friends.  Did you catch that?  That means we had the following schedule…

December 6th – Christmas with Joseph’s Dad’s family

December 13th – Tacky Christmas Sweater party at our house

I just wanna have abs-olutely all the Christmas Cookies!

I just wanna have abs-olutely all the Christmas Cookies!

December 20th – Our neice, Chloe, had a Dance Recital in the afternoon & Christmas party at my friend, Neva’s mother-in-laws

Chloe's dance recital - she was being repositioned by her teacher

Chloe’s dance recital – she was being repositioned by her teacher

December 24th (Christmas Eve) – Lunch with Joseph’s Mom’s family & Dinner with my Mom’s side at Grandmas

December 25th (Christmas Day) – Joseph and I had our Christmas just the two of us at our house & Breakfast with my parents

Joseph and my new gifts - he got me a new hand gun and I got him a 24-gun safe

Joseph and my Christmas gifts – he got me a new hand gun and I got him a 24-gun safe

December 27th – Christmas with my Dad’s family

Did you count them?  That would be NINE, yes the number before 10, Christmas events!

I didn’t think delaying putting up my Christmas decorations would be that big of a deal BUT since I would’ve normally had Thanksgiving evening and all day on Friday plus the entire weekend, it all would’ve been up in no time.  Unfortunately since I ended up having to put up everything after work, it seemed like it took FOREVER.  I finally finished everything before our Tacky Christmas Sweater party.  But I was very happy with the results….

Garland and  "small" tree on our Juliet balcony

Garland and “small” tree on our Juliet balcony

Big iron ornaments in our entry way

Big iron ornaments in our entry way

Big tree downstairs

Big tree downstairs

Our living room/fireplace

Our living room/fireplace

Outdoor lights

Outdoor lights

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Maybe next year I will actually do this in time to wish you one before the fact…only time will tell though! 🙂

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