Vendor Crushes: Summer Ellis Bijouterie & Angela Karr

We are featuring two of our beloved vendors in this post because these photos show off both of their work so beautifully.   

 all photos by  Kathryn Krueger

all photos by Kathryn Krueger

First, if you love jewelry that is delicate and etherial, than you have got to check out Summer Ellis Bijouterie.  Her line is beautifully crafted and many of the pieces could be dressed up for a special occasion or dressed down for everyday.  This quality makes her jewelry extremely wearable but super difficult to choose from.  So much loveliness. 

We were thrilled to partner with Summer on this shoot.  Her simple jewelry was the perfect accent to the bold hues we adorned the girls in.  Summer's earrings make for amazing bridesmaids gifts.  Something the girls truly will wear long after the big day has passed.   


Our second vendor is the supremely talented Angela Karr.  Angela is sought out by brides from all over Texas to make them look their best on their wedding day.  One of my favorite things about Angela's work is that she is not at all heavy hand.  She  works her magic and allows each girl look like the best version of themselves.  Not like some glamorous stranger.  And that bold coral lip that she did on Jordanna is to-die-for.  Angela is officially our go-to make-up genius.


Vendor Crush: Rosetree Floral Design Studio

 All photos by  Kathryn Krueger

All photos by Kathryn Krueger

We love to find any reason to get to work with Jessie from Rosetree Floral Design Studio.  Not only is she really talented but she is also just a great person to work with.  She didn't bat an eye when we requested mini-arrangements for each place setting and a dog leash made of flowers.  The little individual barrettes that she made for the bridesmaid's hair were simply fantastic.  Not to mention the super cool asymmetrical arrangement that she created for the cigar table.  Stunning.


Thank you, Jessie for all of your amazing work!  


Bridesmaid {Photoshoot} Style


The bridesmaid details were some our very favorite from the shoot.  Mix-matched dresses in hyper-sorbet shades.  Braid variations.  Subtle jewelry and nude shoes.   Plenty of pow, but not too much.  Never over shadowing the bride, but most definitely holding their own in the style courts.

 All photos by  Kathryn Krueger  

All photos by Kathryn Krueger 


Courthouse Elopement Photo Shoot

We are so honored to have Kindred's first photoshoot featured on 100 Layer Cake, one of the top wedding sites on the web.  {If you haven't visited their site before, you are in for a treat.  Tons of great inspiration & resources.}

 Photography by  Kathryn Krueger  

Photography by Kathryn Krueger 

Here was our vision behind this shoot: 

We were aiming for a certain timelessness. We took some current trends, like the kraft & neon color scheme that is so popular right now, and put an old-school spin on it. The kraft translated into nude & khaki, the neon into shocking pops of citrus color. People often take what is old and make it new. We often find ourselves looking for ways to take what is current and give it some history.

We find the whole idea of elopements terribly romantic. As if this couple is tumbling into matrimony and the momentum is simply to great to be stopped by trivialities like the planning of a wedding. But need it be one without the other? Can’t we have a wedding based on our heart’s timeline (not when there is an opening at the country club) yet still have gorgeous styling and meaningful details?

This shoot was meant to inspire the reality that you can have both. A courthouse wedding is iconic. Our bride, Jordanna, has only a simply-tied bouquet and a fascinator to mark her as the lucky girl. What else does she need with Austin by her side? Their closest friends, armed only with tossing petals and their faithful pup (decked out in a floral leash) are all this urban ceremony needs.

We wanted to give the sense that this event was thrown together just last week, and it truly could have been. (The groom’s vows are written on a napkin, for heaven's sake!) Everything we sourced and chose could be gathered in a weeks time. Simple blooms from the florist. Delicacies from a local patisserie. And don’t forget to borrow all the best loot from loved ones’ homes, pack it up in a couple of cars and dine under the stars in a park. Even better should said park come with a river and a pretty bridge.

The key is choosing a few details and doing them really well. You don’t have to do every detail of a typical wedding. These partygoers enjoyed croquembouche (a traditional French wedding ‘cake’) petit pastries and champagne cocktails. High style, low cost. All the fashion is off the rack from the nearest department store. We were this close to having the bride wearing a gorgeous dress from BHLDN but really wanted to show how great a bride can look just by shopping locally. Even if you decided to go with a BHLDN dress, those trailblazing geniuses would have you a killer gown within 5 days! Not long ago, that was simply unheard of.

It is the parts of your wedding day that are infused with meaning that your guests will recall more than anything else. Write your own vows. Choose poetry or music that is unique to your relationship. In our shoot, the bride & groom and their guest wrote down their hopes and blessings for this marriage. They folded their blessings into little origami boats and sent them out on the water. Sitting down and thoughtfully writing prayers of love-to-be? These are the moments the remain with us. Ice sculptures? Chocolate fountains? You can keep ‘em. I choose elements that cost nothing but feel profoundly rich.

Borrowed dishes, a friend grabbing a Holga camera and acting as photographer...we even give you the recipe for the champagne cocktail. Could it get any easier? Is wedding planning making you want to tear your hair out? Slash all but the essentials, make those essentials lovely and tell your friends to leave next Saturday open.


for Moore, Oklahoma

Sometimes it feels as though the heartbreaking stories are coming quicker.  As if the trials are larger.  Sometimes it feels as though we haven't caught our breath from the last sorrow when the next one appears.  That they are piling up. 

And one (one being me) might want to shrink back a bit.  Hide.  Give place to the fear.  And yet what honor would that bring to those who are gone?  Is courage not the right response?  Tornadoes, explosions, murders & thieves - these are all realities of this life.  Fearing them does nothing to preserve ourselves.

Quite the opposite.

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here's a list of places to practically help.


the Art Director, ahem.


Yesterday, I tried something new.  As in, I directed my first photo shoot.  It was scary and utterly tiring and fun and chaotic and inspiring.  I'm pretty confident that I will do it again.  And again and again.  We had a stellar photographer and a great team of people and even though it was my first shoot, we are going to have some pretty spectacular images.   I'm only showing you this one from instagram feed because I don't want to ruin any surprises.  I've entitled this photo, American Gothic, bridal style. 

Can't wait to share the full shoot!

xo, Emily

Easter Candy Tasting Plate: The Icons


Easter Eve. 

Tuck in all the kids and then get to work.  Sean and I got busy filling baskets and I made us up these taster plates for dessert.  Just a little bit and only of the icons: a Cadbury Creme Egg, some Cadbury mini eggs, a Marshmallow Peep and some jelly beans.   I debated adding a Reece's egg to the mix.  My personal favorite, but perhaps not yet iconic.

What's your favorite Easter candy?

xo, Emily

Dying Brown Easter Eggs: Good Call


Today we packed it up and took our eggs & dyes down the road to our neighbor's house.   Does dying eggs at Easter ever get old?  It sure hasn't for us.  For the first time we used our brown eggs and added plenty of vinegar to the dye.  I wish I would have snapped a few photos of the results.  In all my life I have never seen such spectacularly colored eggs.  They colors were deep and rich and unusual.  Not your typical pastels but deep robin egg blue and a red that was almost a true garnet color.   Really , really beautiful stuff.  All that to say, it's brown eggs for us from here on out. 

Martha Stewart posted this photo a few days ago and while I'm hesitant to place our results in the Martha category...uummmm...hers look just like ours.  I'm already dreaming and scheming about some sweet ideas for next years' eggs.

xo- Emily

The Art of Possibility (and failure)


As I have launched this new little business venture, I have moved out in ways that are surprising even me.  I expected that I might baby step my way out onto the tightrope.  That I might slice up each success with healthy dollops of fear and doubt.  Instead I find myself doing quite the opposite.  Allowing myself a space for unbridled creativity has unleashed a torrent of dreams and ideas that I am having trouble finding enough containers for.   I feel bold and brave like I can't remember when.  I think so often we shrink back for fear of making a mistake.  Of not doing it right. 

Perhaps that's where I've been set free.  I don't want to do it right.  I want to do it well.  And different.  The old rules just may not apply.  And as I fail, for invariably I must fail - I hope to welcome these moments with genuine appreciation.  Failure is a really difficult thing when we long to be right and desire business-as-usual.  It is far easier to forge a certain friendship with failure when change is our goal and learning is our journey.

Exuberant Spring Wedding Inspiration

The air is started to warm up here in Texas and bulbs have begun to pop up from below the surface of the earth.  Spring has come.  Though I love me some winter-time, I can't deny that there is something utterly intoxicating about those first glimpses of Spring.  It's no wonder that Spring is wedding season, what with all God's natural decor showing off in ways no one's handiwork can begin to compete with. 

Some of my very favorite wedding locations are gardens and arboretums.  I have seen brides throw down crazy sums of cash trying to re-create what some venues are offering for free. Dizzying quantities of blooms in every shade make an incomparable backdrop.  This is the kind of choice that both your photographer & your wallet will thank you for. 

What are your thoughts on this kind of riotous floral explosion?  

Does it strike you as positively over-the-top hyper-pigmented decadence?  

Yeah, I think so too.  

Doncha' just love it?

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Quintessential New York Dessert Table

I am currently working with a bride on a destination NYC wedding and the whole thing is going to be pretty stellar, if I do say so myself.  The bride loves dessert but isn't a huge fan of wedding cakes, per se, so she was wanting to do a dessert table instead. 

The feel of the wedding is Old New York and since this city may be the ultimate U.S. culinary destination, I had the idea of creating the dessert table with iconic NYC desserts.  The best of the best that the city has to offer.  I imagine it being classy, playful and the perfect nod to a great place.

Here's what I've got in mind:


Of course, we'll need to serve cheesecake.  Two Little Red Hen's arguably has the best in the city.


Next is Lady M Confections Mille Crepe Cake.   "Our signature cake and famous worldwide, the Lady M Mille Crêpes feature no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with ethereal light pastry cream. Delicate and irresistible, the top gently caramelized till golden. Sink right in, alternating crêpe and cream layers literally melt in your mouth leaving a subtle sweet finish."  Dreamy.


A modern classic.  Momofuku Milk Bar's cake: rainbow cake crumble, sprinkles, vanilla frosting.  Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy.  This is the best cake I have ever tasted.


The piece de resistance is Payard's Croquembouche.  "A stunning tower of profiteroles, filled with your choice of vanilla, salted caramel, chocolate, coffee, kirsch, or vanilla rhum cream, built and decorated by the Executive Chef with hand pulled sugar ribbons."  A total showstopper.

After these beauties we only need a few extra delicacies to fill out the table.  

 image v  ia We Heart New York

image via We Heart New York

Perfect cannoli from Veniero's.


Assorted scrumptious cupcakes from Baked.

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Two classics from Zabar's: black & white cookies and cinnamon & chocolate babka.

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And last but certainly not least, Bouchon's tarte au citron and assorted macarons.

All of these beauties for less than the cost of an upscale NY wedding cake.  You had forgotten all about wedding cakes by now, hadn't you?