Brunch on the Bayou: Planning an Easygoing Daytime Wedding

"The brunch wedding allows for an intimate, affordable, and creatively styled affair."

Same-sex couples are increasingly eschewing formal wedding traditions and going with more casual—and sometimes less extravagant—receptions that speak strongly to their own personal tastes and attitudes. “The brunch wedding allows for an intimate, affordable, and creatively styled affair,” says Revisionist Events’ Chad Cornwall, who styled this breezy but sophisticated Sunday afternoon botanical brunch at the Dunlavy. The brand-new event space is part of Clark Cooper Concepts’ esteemed dining empire (Coppa, Brasserie 19, Ibiza, Punk’s, SaltAir). A mimosa station (a must for any brunch) was outfitted with fresh-squeezed juices, classic Champagne coupes garnished with blackberries, and an antique mirrored brass tray. 

“Our theme honors the lush, overgrown feel of Houston’s iconic Buffalo Bayou,” Cornwall says. “For example, we asked Maria (of Maxit Flower Design) to design the florals to look as though they’d been foraged from the bayou’s banks.” Little but important individual touches abound. The place cards are metallic gold brush-lettered onto chunks of broken marble in shades of cool gray and celery green. “Each is unique and organic,” says Bernadette Fischer of Hey Bernadette, “which makes guests feel like their place at the table is a further extension of their personal invitation.”

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“The bayou and tropical climate of Houston provide us designers with endless fauna,” says floral designer Maria Elisa Maxit. “After a brief jaunt around our neighborhood, we collected maple and other branches and some gorgeous textural greens. We combined them with miniature pineapples, artichokes, parrot tulips, scented geranium, bay laurel, and ranunculus to add interest.”

A nod to brunch delicacies, the custom “Donut Go Breaking My Heart” cinnamon cake with chocolate-hazelnut filling is finished with a tumble of pastel-iced donut holes and complemented by miniature cakelets and vanilla-blueberry-cream tartlets. “The invitations are a completely original, botanically inspired suite, lettered and painted by hand,” says Fischer, who went for a relaxed, casual style to capture the easygoing Sunday brunch vibe. “I stepped away from formal and eased into a modern look.”


Mustard Seed Photography,

Planning, Styling, and Glassware
Revisionist Events,

The Dunlavy,

Maxit Flower Design,

Maple and Love,

Printed Goods and Calligraphy
Hey Bernadette,

House of Hough,

Place Settings
A Finer Event,

Bridal Gown
Damsel White Label,

Hair and Make-Up
Styled by Kelsey V.,

Brian Gavin Diamonds,