April 2013

Lovely warm days followed by surprisingly cold days.  The guys have been busy weeding and tilling the beds; henbit and dandelions are rampant this year. Trees are leafing out, columbine, roses and gerberas are blooming in the garden, but we’re also still raking up live oak leaves and pollen – another typical Waco spring.

The tent has a new lighting addition. Twenty-one 10″, 18″ & 20″ wire balls, several strung w/ LED strings have been added to the tent’s string lights. Paper lanterns will still be hung, but the new lights tie well into the grapevine/stringlights on the tent’s interior poles.

4/6/13: A wedding for 200 guests; a peacock palette with an emphasis on teal. 4″ annuals planted in glass containers were added to the table decor, then gifted to guests. Vendors were a mix of family and professionals. Bride’s cake: Bobby Rudeen; Florals: Cyndi Desmarais.

4/13/13: A palette of navy, white, gray, cream & peach. 185 mostly out-of-town and out-of-state guests. Personal touches included fan programs, CD favors of the couple’s favorite music, and keyboard music performed by the bride’s grandmother. Officiant: Eric Howell; Caterer/Bar: Patti’s Kitchen; Cakes: Bobby Rudeen; Flowers: Cyndi Desmarais; Photographer/Photobooth: Shelley Kutina; Videographer: Rob Lewis; Hair: Phillip Sanchez; Makeup: Kathy Lewie; DJ & Ceremony Music: Apex Productions

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4/20/13: A “soft, elegant,vintage, romantic” wedding/reception that incorporated the brides 26 DIY projects, including a brooch bouquet she made with the groom. A 30′ photo and candy table is to date, the largest we’ve set up. MOG delivered cakes from an Athens, TX bakery; the groom’s cake featured a fondant airplane  ordered from a NY vendor that replicated the plane the groom is responsible for at L-3. Officiant: Johnny Adams; Photographer: Alex Wolf; Caterer: Carino’s; DJ & Ceremony Music: Mike Swain.


4/27/13: 165 guests, a wedding for two newly-graduated physicians who will report to their residencies next month. Navy, gray, white and coral palette; the bride’s coloring books and program fans added a personal touch to the ceremony and reception. The couple’s dog wore a floral necklace and served as one of the groomsman. Officiant: Drew Baker; Caterer/Bar: Patti’s Kitchen; Cake: Bobby Rudeen; Florist: Cyndi Desmarais; Photographer: Nikki Riggs; DJ/Ceremony: DJ Connection


March 2013

Photos by Nikki Riggs, taken in the EHH dining room.

March 2: 185 guests. Our season’s first wedding/reception, we’ve now had the pleasure to host two weddings for this family!  A navy, blue and ivory palette, lanterns and candlelights were central to a “modern with touches of vintage” theme. This couple sang a few songs with the seven-piece band (provide their name & I’ll credit) including a song written by the groom especially for his bride.  Food: TCP Catering; Personals: Baylor Flowers; Photobooth: Those Party Guys; Photographer: Kris Bumpsted

March 3-21: Spring garden tasks always includes weeding, this year’s weed crop seems to consist mostly of dandelions, thistle and henbit. Giant liarope and planters of colorful annuals were added to the tent. New wedding prop additions including a sweet metal bench; Greg made more framed chalkboards, and picket fence props.  I made a series of varied-height altered cylinders w/ decorative bands for branch centerpieces, and am working on silk ribbon flowers – ask if you are interested in a classy option to fresh flower corsages or headpieces – these function especially well as wristlets due to their light weight.

March 21: A Friday evening wedding/reception for 90 guests. A palette of purples, creams and greens. It’s always good to hear “You made it so easy, we didn’t have to do anything; we had so much fun”. Officiant: Scott Talley; Photographer: Legacy Imaging; Catering: Eddie Ray’s BBQ; Personals: Cyndi Desmarias; Cakes: Gwendyne Hunt; DJ: Johnny Bradshaw

March 22: 300+ guests. A palette of champagne, muted gold, mauve, peach, turquoise; vintage romantic w/ burlap and lace accents. An 18′ candy bar and trays of her grandma’s Czech pastries. Officiant: Albert Fuentes; Photographer: Stephanie Davis; DJ: Diamond Productions/Jim & Dawn Alvarado; Catering: Bestyett/Vicki Parker; Cakes: Gwendyne Hunt; Personals & supplemental rentals: Wedding Design Group;

March 29-30-31: Easter Hill Country Bicycle Tours – another year completed; a tradition for Greg, & our sons Ryan and Eben. Ryan has agreed train more for next year’s ride.

I Love This Photobooth!

Bambi is a 1962 vintage Airstream that has been transformed into a photo booth for your fun and entertainment. With a short length of 13ft she can fit just about anywhere. She loves to party and will surely be talked about long after your event. For more information visit http://www.bambibooth.com; they’re running some specials so you might also want to send an inquiry.


Guest Blog – Jordan Browning

Jordan Browning is a well-known Waco wedding planner and owner of an etsy shop specializing in burlap items.  At least a third of EHHPG’s 2013 brides plan to incorporate burlap elements into their events, so I was pleased when Jordan agreed to guest blog. Here’s another opportunity to add custom details to your event or home decor while also supporting a small local business!

I started experimenting with burlap in an attempt to create personalized, memorable prints that would not distract from my home’s decor!  I fell in love with my creations and began giving them as gifts to friends who in turn encouraged me to make them available for others…so here they are!  A portion of my prints are made specifically with my brides in mind…whether it’s as a keepsake to remember important dates of your relationship or as a banner to display at your wedding or party, burlap is a versatile fabric that  can complement any wedding decor. To order, check out www.etsy.com/shop/burlapbyeverafter

For custom orders, check out the Etsy site and message me the details of what you are looking for…I would love to collaborate with you on any projects!

Jordan R. Browning
Owner, Ever After
(254) 235-1452 Phone

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Handmade Inventory Additions

Seventy-five varied handmade burlap flowers have been added to our decor inventory. They’re easy to make, I’ll try coiled ones next.  I’ve added a few to burlap ribbon that can be used for banding tables, others were combined with antique lace and ephemera to bling out three printed pillows made for us by Pam Roberts of Vintage Rose, located in the Lasalle Shops.

Also depicted are a few of the 2 dozen altered bottles, they can be used for flowers; by adding lights inside they can also increase the “twinkle factor” for table vignettes. A bad phone pic sort of shows a 1940’s cast brass chandelier that, after 3 yrs hanging in our garage, finally received a cleanup/shabby paint job.  EHHPG’s 2013 wedding season begins March 2.

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