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Styled : Bill and Kathy

I had the pleasure of styling a dear family friend’s intimate wedding reception. Bill has been my dad’s closest friend and confidant for many years. His sweet and absolutely radiant wife, Kathy, is just so wonderful.

They had a small ceremony in Paris, TX earlier in the week and my parents hosted their reception in the backyard. It couldn’t have been a sweeter event.

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They wanted a shabby-chic look with a southern charm. Bill and Kathy | Los Vallejos

Just look at this beautiful couple!Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosThey are an absolutely joy!

Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosThe florals were light, airy and fresh.Flowers TablescapeMy dad is a photographer and my mom is a hair dresser. I grew up with an innate eye for position and detail. Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosSince this was a simple and low-key gathering, it was decided that cupcakes would be perfect. But to keep the wedding theme, we had to have a small cake-topper. Literally, it was a cake that was a topper. Brilliant!Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosHow wonderful is that??Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosMost of the decor came from our own wedding…including the entertainment!Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosHow can you not love that face? Colin Boyd has been such a great friend and musician to our family. Such joy!Bill and Kathy | Los VallejosI wish I had more photos, but to tell you the truth, I was just having too much fun with some absolutely beautiful people.

Here’s to Bill and Kathy, we love you!

Love,

Wife C

Travel Season

We love to travel, and, thankfully, we’re fortunate enough to have many opportunities to do so. It is such a joy to share our travels with the world here at LV. This year we’re planning a few excursions!

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We’ll take many trips to Austin, our muse, during the summer. It’s a fun and easy get away. It’s always a good idea to try and find a way to stay with friends. It’s inexpensive, and you get quality time with people you don’t see very often.

We’re running away to the islands in May with Claudio’s family. It will be my only week off of school for the entire year…so where better to spend it than soaking up the sun and sipping out of a pineapple?

Finally, we’re making our way up to Chi-town with some friends later in the summer. We have wanted to visit the Windy City for a while now and we’re thrilled to be traveling with such great friends!

In June we’ll celebrate our first year of marriage. We haven’t decided where we’re going, but you can be sure we’ll be jumping on a plane to somewhere! Any suggestions?

Love,

Wife C

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CV + CV // Winter Remedy

It doesn’t get too cold here in the south, but for those of us who associate with amphibians it’s plenty cold.

There will always be hot chocolate and electric blankets to keep us warm but I want to talk about a different kind of remedy.

Victor Hugo was, and is to this day an amazing human being. Hugo bestowed upon us the beauty that is Les Misérables and the touching story of Notre-Dame de Paris (or as we know it here: The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

He has touched many people over the past century through his stories, but what I took from him was this quote.Laughter isLet love and laughter keep you warm this winter.

xo, Wife C

CV + CV :: Feminine Beauty // Behind the Scenes

My beautiful people,

Do you remember my peachy cocktail from this post? It was inspired by the fabulous styled shoot I had the opportunity to be a part of. Emily Allen from Cakewalk Bake Shop reached out to me and asked if I wanted to be involved. Of course I said yes! Emily and I met when she made the most adorable piñata cookies for the Los Vallejos wedding.

She sent out the list of vendors that were going to be involved and my jaw dropped from all the absolutely amazing and talented women that I would have the opportunity to work with. This list included… Lindsey Zamora of Lindsey Zamora Styling. She is literally the epitome of fabulous. From her studded tool belt to her uncanny eye for style, Lindsey is irreplaceable.

The paper was created by the wonderful Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye, I wish I could eat her work. It’s that delicious. Check out her work on Design Love Fest, too!

Not to mention, I’m still salivating over the breath-taking flowers. Maxine, of The Southern Table, is a floral goddess. From the flower wall to the sweet laughs she brought to the group, the day would not have been the same without her. (She says her outbursts come from being an only child. It’s precious).

My hair was out of this world. Rayven, owner of Beauty and the Blush, was possibly the cutest person I’ve ever met. She is ridiculously talented. I love that she dove into her dream job head first. You go girl!

Finally, the photography. I was already in bewilderment from seeing her blog and indulging in her images. But seeing her work and how she treats her fellow creatives was inspiring. Apryl Ann is an amazing woman.

All of these women were so inspiring. I am forever captivated by their determination and talent.

They told me to keep in the air conditioning because I needed to “stay pretty“, so I snapped a few shots inside.

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You’ll have to excuse the iPhone photos. Obviously, they won’t do the true beauty of this shoot any justice. But you better believe I will let you know as soon as the actual pictures are up!

While I was inside “staying pretty“, I had the opportunity to meet a very sweet friend. One thing that I love about coming together with new people is watching relationships unfold. Lauren is an intelligent-long haired-free people model looking-horse loving lady that is just as beautiful on the inside as she is out. Her passion to take care of people and her love of cupcakes sparked an instant friendship between the two of us. Not to mention, she’s a total babe!

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These women are wonderful. I hope I can one day inspire others the way they do.

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There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C

UPDATE:

Here is the link to the feature and a few of my favorites!

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Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Home Cooking // Grapevine, TX

Remember how we said we love food? Like, really love it?

Well, last week we went to a birthday dinner for CV1’s sweet father. The BIG 50 this year! The Vallejo’s love authentic Mexican food, which means we get to tag long for some great tacos and horchata!

There is this great little place in Grapevine, TX right off Main Street called Taqueria Burritos Locos.

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And if you read our last post, you know how much we love a good mariachi.

The Vallejos know good authentic Mexican food when they see it, and this place is the real deal. So real in fact, that most of the menu is in Spanish…For a Southern Sweetheart like me, I know I like “carnitas”, “horchata” and “frijoles”. But I leave the rest up to CV1.

We absolutely love this little hole in the wall. Here’s a pro tip: They give out free beer if you’re eating! We love their assortment of tacos, cinnamon-y horchata and festive atmosphere.

Let us know if you try it, they won’t let you down!

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There is always more to come

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: June 1, 2013 // Reminiscing

Hello again!

Yesterday when I talked about this weather making me nostalgic for when I first fell in love with my husband, it reminded me of something and I’ve decided to share!

The day we go married was the best day ever (I know, I just said it was our last day in Spain but I changed my mind).

It was a mild Saturday morning in June when we woke on the day of our wedding. I was so full of joy and excitement I could barely contain myself! We made our way to the venue, 809 at Vickery, to set up. Our vision was “Desert Sunset”. My bridesmaid’s dresses really set the scene. Los Vallejos Blog // Wedding World

So soft and precious. Each dress was a different style… from strapless, to backless and high-waisted to romper! Yes, ROMPER! One of my bridesmaids also doubled as my photographer so she didn’t want to wear a dress while she was doin’ her thang. Each girl got to choose their style and the fabric was called Horizon. Whitney Deal, the designer, is seriously the best. She sent a precious card with each dress personalized to each maid. It’s all in the details!

Our men were dressed in similar hues with homemade boutonnieres by yours truly.  We had such a fun group of guys and they all had signature looks. For their groomsmen gifts, we gave them monogrammed bow ties. Love!

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Our ring bearer and flower girl should have won an award for being so cute.

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Our vision for the day was to start out soft and end with a bang. Our ceremony was sweet and soulful, with pastel hues and mellow charm. In the ceremony we broke out the bright and vibrant colors for the party!

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We had the CUTEST cookies from Cakewalk Bake Shop. Emily is literally the sweetest person you will ever meet.


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Did I mention we also had a mariachi?

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CV1 is Hispanic and I am a native Texan. We mixed our cultures throughout the whole wedding but our dinner was the most obvious blending of backgrounds. We called it, “Texas Meets Mexico”

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Barbecue from Cousin’s and Tacos from their daughter company Digg’s. Get. Out. Of. Town. So delicious!

We spent the whole year before our wedding collecting 250 mismatched plates. It was so fun! We’ve kept our favorites and they’re now on our dining room table. Its a very sweet reminder of our special day.

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There were so many family touches to our special day. I am incredibly thankful to have and hold these memories forever.

The best wedding gift we received was from one of the best up and coming cinematographers. Chris Verner, presented us with a fabulous stop motion video of our whole day. What a sweet surprise!

You can see that video here. Seriously, go watch it! It’s the coolest thing.

Our day was so special. I could talk about it for hours and hours. But I will let you get back to your work day. Happy Tuesday from the Vallejos!

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Love,

Wife C

Vendors:

Venue: 809 at Vickery

Food: Diggs Tacos and Cousin’s Barbecue

Maids: Whitney Deal

Grooms: RVCA, Dockers and The Tie Bar

Music: Colin Boyd with Lauren Adele / DJ DUDEBRO

Dress: Bridal Designs, Euless, Texas

Groom: RVCA, Dockers, The Tie Bar

Flowers: Leslie Billings of Wiggy Studio

Flowergirl: H&M, Handmade Flower by Leslie Billings of Wiggy Studio

Cookies: Cakewalk Bake Shop

Photography: Letter a photography

Stop Motion Video: Chris Verner