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Wedding Dreams

Imagined by most young girls their whole lives, one's wedding day is full of love, joy and excitement not only for the bride and groom, but also for everyone who cares for them. This year, sweet, smart, cute Leslie Carrigan (known as little Leslie by me) not only found her perfect man but also experienced the wedding of her dreams! From conceptualization to the moment of “I do”, I could not be happier to share this very memorable event!

When Leslie began working with us eight years ago (amazing how time flies!) she was fresh out of school and eager to begin her career!  Today, she is Segreto's senior designer and is an invaluable member of our team!

Leslie and Charles were introduced through friends on a blind date. It wasn’t long after they learned their mutual connections extended back generations with their grandparents having been the closest of friends!

Both Houston natives, Leslie and Charles decided to have semi-destination wedding at The Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas.  2.5 hours from Houston, this casual but elegant, Hill Country Resort is made up of 4,000 acres of rolling greens complete with two golf courses, state of the art spa and breathtaking scenic views.  Memorial Day weekend was the perfect date for these two, who are both family oriented and close to their many friends, allowing them to share in the event over a three day weekend!

During their 10 month engagement, Leslie and Charles decided upon a neutral color palette of creams, whites, greys and blues. Inspired by her years at Segreto, Leslie grew to love the trademark soft shades that resonate throughout some of the loveliest homes in Houston. 

Although Leslie and her Mom were at the helm of all the planning, they assembeld the dream team of event coordinator Christine Hoffer of Belle of the Ball, florist and designer Rob Smith of Events in Bloom, and invitation & signage extraordinaire Amy Boyter of Papellerie to work their creative magic and bring to fruition charming vignettes brimming with personal detail that exceeded even the couples expectations!

Surrounded by love – the couple outfitted their 30+ bridesmaids and groomsmen in French blue gowns and crisp black & white tuxedos. The bride’s three sisters wore soft white versions of the Grecian-styled dresses with applique details.

For the ceremony, florist Rob Smith constructed five towering, square arches dense with blooms.  The flowers included white roses, hydrangeas, lilies with soft pink centers and sumptuous bougainvillea. With the addition of glass enclosed pillar candles and unobtrusive lucite chairs lining the aisle, the final effect was lush, classic, and incredibly romantic!

Within the reception space, Leslie took a page from her design book and requested a variety of vignettes be created that were stylish and comfortable. Sconces, mirrors, plush fabrics, furniture and topiaries replaced traditional, round table seating allowing guests to visit with each other and transition between spaces; experiencing a different theme within each!

How cute is this!!! Each of the seven buffet stations menus were hand-etched onto framed mirrors designed by Papellerie!

The white iced wedding cake, cascading with roses in varying shades of pink and cream, was displayed on a sequined adorned table cloth adding a touch of sparkle to the classic arrangement.

An extra special feature, Leslie and Charles wanted to create ‘his and her’ spaces inspired by the man caves and ladies’ lounges being popularized in homes today.

Visitors to ‘Leslie’s Lounge’ snipped champagne flutes hung with ribbon from boxwoods

While those posted at ‘Charles’ Tap’ enjoyed flights of specialty beers and salty snacks! How fun!!!

As the party shifted into full swing, Leslie changed into a short, sparkly reception dress perfect for celebrating on the dance floor! Neon sunglasses, photo booth props, and even flip flops were provided for guests to let loose and enjoy the band!

Anticipating their guests every need, bite sized grilled cheese sandwiches, snacks, and iced Brandy Freezes (a favorite of the bride’s Father!) were passed about.

Before retiring in the early morning hours, a breakfast burrito bar was arranged for party-goers to take back to their rooms! Goodness, I was long asleep, and missed this yummy spread!!!

The bride and groom, however, left the party in style with their spectacular band, Professor D, leading a trumpet exit through the halls.

With no shortage of spectacular moments, the wedding weekend of Leslie and Charles Simmons was memorable for so many reasons. What a joy it was to witness such a special young woman on her most special day!

A special thank you to their fabulous photographer and family friend, Chris Bailey of C Bailey Photography for providing us with so many beautiful images!!!

Newly married, Leslie and Charles are selling her townhouse and moving into a home of their own. This three story town home located in Rice military features custom plaster and glazed cabinetry!

Read more about the house from our blog Updating Without Renovating .  If your interested in purchasing the home contact Leslie.

And for a closer look at the beautiful event, check out the wedding trailer produced by Thirtyone Films!

Please join me for some wonderful and fun shopping and booksigning opportunities!  Tis the holiday season!!

Join us this Wednesday, November 12th at Back Row Antiques for their annual Fall Market Day!! With so many special vendors, the gift ideas are sure to be endless and I will be there signing my new book, Segreto Style, between 4-6pm!

If fine jewelry tops your list this season, I will aslo be joining Elizabeth Leigh for Baubles and a Book Signing!! Books will be sold throughout the day and I will be present for signing from 10am to 2pm. It's going to be such a fun day, I can't wait to see you all there!!!


A perfect gift for any bride to be, purchaseSegreto Style  here or through Amazon here!!

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Reader Comments (7)

Good morning Leslie,

Leslie and Charles truly had a wedding one dreams of and they brought it to fruition with all of the unique details!
I could comment on every image; however I will just say that the entire event is breathtaking!
Later look for an email from me, as I have been going through Segreto Style and cannot take my eyes off of this amazing new book of yours!

The Arts by Karena

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

What a beautiful couple and their wedding was spectacular. Truly one of the prettiest I have seen. Thanks for sharing.
And a huge congrats on your fabulous book, Leslie. You are so incredibly talented!


November 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermimi@A House Romance

WOW! Just WOW! I want to get married again! Everything was so beautiful and it all!

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGina Diamond

A gorgeous bride and an amazing wedding! Beautiful! Congratulations to them both! All the best, RiƩ

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRie|Portobello Design Blog

What a beautiful wedding!! Looks like so much fun, too! Congrats, Leslie on the signings!! Woo hoo! So proud of you and so excited. You might be Super Woman... xo Kristy

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristy Woodson Harvey

Gorgeous couple and beautiful home!! So excited about your new book really is such a winner!! Trying to add you to my blogroll....have had some issues lately but will tray again!

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Enchanted Home

Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous photos of Leslie's gorgeous wedding...looks like no detail was left out...just amazingly exquisite...the flowers were magnificent!

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