Wedding Dreams

Nov 10, 2014

Imagined by most young girls the whole of their early life, 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 around the office) 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 serves as one of our senior designers and is an invaluable member of the Segreto family!

Leslie and Charles were introduced through friends on a blind date. It wasn’t long after that 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 byPapellerie!

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!



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 of this special day!!!

We are excited to share future updates of Leslie and Charles as they venture into selling their townhouse and renovating their first home together!!! Currently for sale, their three story town home located in the charming Rice military neighborhood features custom plaster by yours truly in the main living spaces!

Having featured this fabulous home right after its renovation on our blog before, you can read more about this listing here!! For further questions or to express interest in the home, contact .

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




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