Thursday, December 13, 2012

2013 Wedding Trends Seminar at BHLDN


Ladies, do we have some exciting things planned for you! Two Be Wed has teamed up with the bridal store of all bridal stores, BHLDN, to host a wedding workshop highlighting wedding trends for 2013. We had the privilege of hand selecting some of the most innovative and experienced professionals in the industry to give you the goods, the skinny, the lowdown, and most importantly, the inside scoop for weddings in the New Year! 
BHLDN Grand Opening- Christa Elyce Photography

A very special thanks to all our friends at Acute Events and Catering, Archetype,
Aztec Events and Tents, Hello and Co., Kelli Elizabeth Photography, Something Special in Flowers, and Sugary and Chic Cake Boutique for participating in this event and bringing their A-game. With their help we have designed a tablescape and other wedding vignettes fit for a princess bride and….you will totally have the chance to meet these fabulous experts and hear their industry forecast for 2013! 
Anyone and everyone is welcome to the workshop on January 20th at 3:00 pm and can enjoy light bites and signature cocktails, but prior to the presentation (let me just say you are in for a serious treat here), the entire Two Be Wed team will be offering 20 minute Style and Design consultations to the first 16 brides who sign up! It’s an amazing opportunity to get a jump start on the look and feel of your BIG day! Be sure to arrive a little earlier to save a spot for the seminar-standing room only.
These mini meetings will take place from 11:00 am-2:30 pm in one of BHLDN’s private salons where we’ll answer your questions, brainstorm ideas, peruse your Pinterest (here's our board) and flip through magazine clippings and other inspiration you have. From choosing a color palette to selecting the perfect floral and d├ęcor elements, our professional opinion is yours- a gratis!
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Click here or email us at houston@twobewed.net to schedule your Style and Design consultation for expert advice from our event designers. Remember, we can only book the first 16 brides who email us.  Once we receive your email, we will reply with a questionnaire so we can learn more about your wedding vision and make the most of our time when we meet.
In the meantime, "like" us on facebook for more updates! Congratulations on your engagement and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!
Best,

www.christaelyce.com
Natalie Dawley
Owner & Consultant









Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gardens of Bammel Lane: Open House Recap

Happy November! This year is quickly slipping us by and we have had an awesome year so far! One of our favorite events of the year, is the most recent Gardens of Bammel Lane Fall Open House. We were honored to be responsible for the style and design of the event and shared our inspirations with you prior to the big night.

The overall turnout was better than we could have ever imagined. I don't think I've ever seen the Gardens look so beautiful. We couldn't have made it possible without the help of our team of amazing vendors, especially Recollection Vintage Rentals, Something Special in Flowers and Swift & Co. for their decor and floral. It transformed the venue and highlighted their best features! We are happy to share not one, but two perspectives of the event thanks to Sarah McKenzie Photography and Christa Elyce Photography. A big thank you for sharing your beautiful images with us for our photo recap! Enjoy!

Blomes Paperie transformed the Conservatory with her paper floral. Her pieces were so complementing to the venue and a great statement piece for any event. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

Our favorite centerpiece of the night by Carol of Something Special in Flowers. Slightly biased, because this was our table. Check out our life size Pinterest board in the back created specifically for the event. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

We were smitten by Recollection Vintage Rentals vintage table scape. The perfect about of mix-match. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

Something Special in Flowers and Recollection Vintage Rentals work of art. They make the best team and we love working with them! Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography

I'm a sucker for succulents and this centerpiece stole my heart away. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

Simple but elegant. Floral by Something Special in Flowers, Vintage Pieces by Recollection Vintage Rentals. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

Mock Ceremony Collaboration by Two Be Wed and Recollection Vintage Rentals. We love creating new spaces within this venue to make each event truly unique. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

Handmade Ice Cream Bars with your choice of toppings by Chocolate Fountain Express - hit of the night! And so delicious. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography

BHLDN's table was a showstopper as always. Hello, look at that dress. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

Swift + Co. presented the more modern table scape with ghost chairs and candelabras. Proving the Gardens can be vintage and mod. Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography.
Detailed shot of BHLDN's table. Love all their goodies - all available online or in stores. Photo by Christa Elyce.

Candy bar toppings for the ice cream bars. Mmm. Photo by Christa Elyce.

More of Blumes Paperie's paper floral collection. That's right, all of those flowers are made of paper. Photo by Christa Elyce.

Acute Catering kept us refreshed us with their custom drink station. Photo by Christa Elyce.


Vintage trinkets and Styling by Recollection Vintage Rentals. Photo by Christa Elyce.

A beautiful sea of peach linens provided by PartyCloths. Did we mention what a beautiful night it was? B-e-a-u-tiful! Photo by Christa Elyce.

Another shot of that gorgeous mock ceremony from Christa's perspective. Love the sash bows on the chairs. Photo by Christa Elyce.

Dessert a la City View Catering. The good eats were neverending!! Photo by Christa Elyce.


Natalie and Ashley manning the TBW table. Beautiful ladies! Photo by Christa Elyce.
Carol outdid herself with the floral. We are a huge fan of hers and this birdcage masterpiece. Photo by Christa Elyce.

Gorgeous Cascading floral for the mock ceremony. We didn't think that Recollection Vintage Rental's mint mantle could look any better but we were wrong! Photo by Christa Elyce.




Monday, October 15, 2012

"Treasure Your Love" Styled Shoot

Round Top, TX has always been a place near and dear to our hearts because of the many antique festivals and vintage treasures it has to offer. Every trip we've made has been devoted to finding those unique pieces, whether furniture or trinkets, that tell a story of it's own. As a tribute to the old Texas town and all things vintage, we created a wedding style that celebrates life's little treasures, and the greatest treasure of all is LOVE.

You can also find our "Treasure Your Love" styled shoot on Style Me Pretty today!

We collaborated with pH Designs to create the invitation suite. We wanted to incorporate the "Texas Elegance" while being true to our vintage treasure theme.

The backdrop for our pre-ceremony shoot was at The Vintage Round Top, a country home filled with antiques and Texas charm just minutes from the town center.

The groom pulls off that Billy Reid tux quite well. Subtle blue undershirt and a navy tux.

Tamara Menges Designs did wonders with the floral. The pops of blue were refreshing amongst the neutral bridesmaid dresses from BHLDN.

Our bride wore this dress from Mia Bridal Couture beautifully.

Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry highlighted our model's natural beauty for a soft, down to earth bridal makeup and hair.


The bridal bouquet Tamara Menges Designs created is the epitome of vintage romance. The vintage brooch was the little bit of treasure.

Our concept was inspired by vintage treasures - from the place cards to the vessels, favors and china, every little detail was a found object to be treasured. The setting for the shoot couldn't have been more ideal. A country home called The Vintage Round Top and interior designer Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic ranch and B&B called The Prairie, offered the perfect scene for our "Texas Elegance" wedding.

The post card favors by pH Designs were maps of the venue, The Prairie but we'd like to think of them as treasure maps.

Fanned Programs are a must for a Texas Hill Country wedding. Designed by pH Designs.

Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka can dress up any ceremony, indoor or out. It was the perfect touch for this wooden archway.


The Prairie barn is nestled among fields and tress, and a lake that draws cattle to drink. It provides the perfect setting for a casual but intimate wedding.

We love how Tamara played with textures and colors in the floral palette. It makes the arrangements more interesting and impactful without being too bold.


The place cards were tied to cuff links, perfume bottles, old watches, old keys - the types of treasures you can find in Round Top.

If anyone has an expert eye for vintage, it's the ladies from Recollection Vintage Rentals. They are frequent Round Top visitors and have the inventory to prove it! Many of the vintage pieces featured are their rentals and they did an amazing job styling every last detail.


We did encounter some grey skies while shooting, but once the skies cleared and we were able to take pictures outside, it was heavenly. This shoot is definitely one of our finest treasures and our favorite part was the opportunity to collaborate with such a creative team of individuals. It was such a unique experience and one we will treasure forever!

Treasures were sprinkled all over the venue from the place cards to decor, but the greatest treasure was the love shared.

Just a sample of the types of treasures that await you in Round Top.

Individual Strawberry Mousse Desserts and Mini Champagne in honor of the Bride and Groom.

The Bake Shoppe and Cafe in Cypress, TX provided the one-of-a-kind cake.

Farewell for now Round Top but until next time!

If these photos by Christa Elyce Photography weren't amazing enough, check out the video montage of the styled shoot by her husband, Brandon Neal. Even Rachel Ashwell liked it!

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Photography: Christa Elyce Photography // Pre-ceremony Venue: The Vintage Round Top // Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell // Concept and Design, Event Planner: Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed // Vintage Rentals/Decor and Styling: Recollection Vintage Rentals // Paper Flowers: Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka // Floral: Tamara Menges Designs // Stationery: pH Designs // Cake: The Bake Shoppe and Cake // Hair and Makeup: Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry // Bridal Gown: Mia Bridal Couture //Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN // Groom's Attire: Billy Reid

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

An Afternoon at Carlton Woods

As wedding and event planners, it is not often that we are invited to an event that doesn't require our services for organizing or styling said event. So you can imagine how exciting it was to receive an invitation to spend an afternoon at The Club at Carlton Woods for a luncheon and tour with our fellow Houston wedding and event planners - no planning necessary, just relaxation!

Of course behind every exceptional event, there is an exceptional planner, and Nicole Macaluso from Event Solutions outdid herself on this one! Upon our arrival we were greeted with champagne and mimosas, followed by a trolley ride by Jordan Limousines and an exclusive tour of the expansive country club. Kameron, the on-site event coordinator for Carlton Woods, was our tour guide for the afternoon and completely refreshed our perspective on the facility and grounds. The serene country club in the heart of The Woodlands was already one of our favorites, but their new and improved packages and services has made them a highly competitive, well-rounded venue option for weddings and special events.

The weather was perfect, the staff was professional, the food was divine - it was an all around delightful afternoon and we really appreciate Carlton Woods & Event Solutions for inviting us! Enjoy a photo recap by the talented Joseph West!

Wood Grain Cut Out Invitation by Atheneum Creative . My favorite photo of the day!

Back Patio of the Main Building

Carlton Woods has it all - Tuscany inspired architecture and details with a Hill Country decor and vibe.

Wrought Iron Chandelier in Main Entrance.

Relaxation at it's finest. We would have spent all day on the green if we could!




Musical Entertainment by Divisi Strings

Floral by Events in Bloom

Our tour guide, Kameron and trolley driver, Mr. Jordan himself

Our TBW team, Natalie and Ashley

Fire Pit available for a custom s'more station -yumm!

More of that Hill Country flair

Stunning views all over the grounds.

Mr. Joe Jordan from Jordan Limousines

Our group shot - some of Houston's finest wedding and event planners

Our beautiful luncheon table - designed by Nicole from Event Solutions, Floral by Events in Bloom and Linens from Over the Top

Floral by Events in Bloom

We love this menu concept by Atheneum Creative


Scallops and zucchini pasta appetizer

Dijon crusted Lamb Entree

Dessert Bar
Creme Brulee