WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON SPRING 2015 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE
Liz & Vinnie ~ March 22, 2014
Pediatric cardiology fellow Liz met Vinnie, an applications engineer, at a bar on St. Patricks’s Day, when neither was out searching for love: “We both had gone out in our rattiest clothes, ready to just have fun with our friends,” Liz recounts. In the tradition of their first encounter, Vinnie’s proposal, offered to Liz at the top of a mountain they had just hiked in the pouring rain, was less than glamorous affair. But their wedding at Discovery Green’s The Grove made up for all that, done up as it was in gold, glitter and blush, against a backdrop of chic, sleek cream and navy. For her special day, Liz wore not one, but three knockout gowns, including a shimmering vintage halter-neck sheath with a stunning draped back. And a very special day it was for the bride and for her mother, whose recent kidney transplant meant that she could fully enjoy the festivities. “I thank God every day fort the selfless gift of organ donors,” says the grateful-and gorgeous-bride.
Photographer: George Street Photography ~ Venue: The Grove ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Honeymoon: Napa Valley
WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON SPRING 2015 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE
Rachel & Estevan ~ March 29, 2014
“Estevan and I met in February of 2013 at our mutual friends’ game night where we were the only two single people,” recounts bride Rachel. ”They swear it was a coincidence.” Were pretty sure it wasn’t. For their spring wedding, the couple selected a fresh, seasonal palette of in and soft pinks,k and filled their rustic-elegant venue with touches of burlap, mercury glass and vintage furniture including rough-hewn farm tables, refurbished doors and wine barrels. Describing her favorite wedding moments, Rachel recounts sipping margaritas made with her father-in-law’s secret recipe and partying to a lively mix of country, pop and Tejano music. But most of all, she cherishes the memory of her father-daughter dance to The Temptations’ “My Girl.” “My dad sang this song to me while he taught me to swim in our backyard. It is my first memory, and a precious reminder of our relationship.”
Decor, Rentals & Lighting: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: England, Scotland & Italy ~ Photography: J Bird Photography
WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature
Sarah & Robbie ~ April 4, 2014
He proposed at Walt Disney World. They honeymooned on a Disney cruise. Do we sense a theme here? Absolutely, says bride Sarah, who wore a Disney-princess-worthy tiara for her Ashton Gardens wedding to high-school sweetheart Robbie. The pair, both of them former Walt Disney World employees, treated guests to such Disney-inspired delights as a signature “True Love’s Kiss” martini, featuring a pink-sugared rim, and a choreographed first dance to a waltz taken from Disney World’s Wishes Fireworks Spectacular. The bride’s most treasured memory? “Our special unity candle,” Sarah says. “We invited all of our guest who have helped shape our lives to join us in the lighting of the candle. It made for a beautiful and touching ceremony to make eye contact with each row of guests.”
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Venue: Ashton Gardens ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc. Events ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Disney Cruise
Mothers have a knack for picking out things they are sure their daughter will like. Carrie’s mom knew that she would like James, and she was right. The two lovebirds instantly hit it off and the rest was history. James planned the perfect intimate proposal in the Four Seasons Houston Hotel private wine room and later joined friends and family who were waiting to celebrate in the main dining room. When planning their wedding, Carrie and James had a vision of their Hotel ZaZa wedding to feel like a fabulous, modern cocktail party, and that’s exactly what it was. “The décor had a modern feel to it with the main design theme being the absence of a color scheme. Instead, we chose to go with architectural light displays and black accents”, says Carrie. The reception was a party that you wouldn’t want to miss, and the guests fully enjoyed every bit of the band, comedian, cigar roller station, and caricature artist while nibbling on delish Nutella and chocolate chip cookies and mini coke floats! Sounds pretty amazing, right? Wait ‘til you see all the sweet pictures from Akil Bennett! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Proposal Location: Four Seasons Hotel Houston ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Wedding Gown: Pnina Tornai ~ Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Invitations: Tangerine Paper Space
Just because it’s been raining for, like, a gazillion days on end, doesn’t mean our pre-bridal skin is soaking up the wet stuff. Winter skin, no matter how stormy the season, needs a little help from antioxidants and hydrating compounds. Which is exactly what Red Flower
packs into its Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum
. Boosted with rose damascena petals and 10,000 cold-pressed cloudberry and raspberry seeds, this rejuvenating floral oil is designed to reduce signs of skin damage, boost circulation and give a glow to your skin, any season of the year. Make it part of your pre-bridal beauty regimen (we did, and we’re already seeing the results!), and make a vow to take the best possible care of yourself, outside and in, as you make your way toward your special day.
From tiny flower vases to massive crystal cuffs, modern bridal jewelry is a heady mix of vintage inspiration and ingenious innovation!
1. Fleurings Large Gold Pendant Vase ~ Fleurings 2. Ben-Amun Pearl & Crystal Fan Earrings ~ Shopbop 3. Erica Courtney Fire Opal Earrings ~ Judith Ann Jewelers Houston 4. Mrs. B Collection Pearl Necklace & Earrings ~ Mrs. B 5. Ben-Amun Belle Epoque Hand Bracelet and Deco Pendant ~ Shopbop 6. Shourouk Apolonia Pearl Necklace in Chalk ~ Shourouk 7. Ben-Amun Baguette & Pearl Necklace ~ Shopbop 8. Bijuju Bridal Bar Drape Me Over You Necklace Set ~ Bijuju ~ 9. Samantha Wills Precious Dreamers Cuff in Silver ~ Samantha Wills
Photo: Bloom + Grace
Wrap it up, we’ll take it! We just had to share our love for these yummy fair-trade wrap bracelets from Bloom + Grace. Two of our faves are the Silver Metal Mesh Wrap (the perfect complement to your sparkling engagement ring) and the Gold Metal Cuff, which we love to pair with jeans, nubby sweaters, wrap dresses (um, yeah, you can’t have too much wrapping, darling) and beachwear. These super chic bracelets also make awesome bridesmaids gifts (hint, hint). And here’s something else we love: Not only does Bloom + Grace offer amazing jewelry, they also partner with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign to bring life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. Look good, do good, it’s all good.
Photos: Alon Livne & Mia Bridal Couture
Naomi Campbell’s a fan. So’s Lady Gaga. And “Glee’s” Lea Michele rocked the Beverly Hilton’s step-and-repeat in a GORGEOUS pink, white and gold number of his at a recent event. He’s Israeli designer Alon Livne, and he’s the newest name to be featured by top Houston bridal salon Mia Bridal Couture. Next week, Mia is set to dazzle brides (and their besties) with a buzz-generating Alon Livne White trunk show, turning the spotlight on Livne’s red-carpet-inspired wedding gown styles. If bold contouring, exquisite embroidery and sexy, sheer touches are your cup of tea, plan to visit Mia Bridal Couture’s chic-yet-utterly-inviting River Oaks space, where you’ll be doted on and pampered…and have ALL your Alon Livne bridal questions answered by a representative of the design house! Gown-purchase incentives will be offered at this exclusive Houston bridal trunk show, and styling assistance will be on hand. Appointments are required, and are available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 19-21…so call 713.622.2022 to make yours now!
Photos: Hotel ZaZa, D. Jones Photography (Top Right) & Adam Nyholt Photographer (Bottom Left)
As if the super-chic decor, ultra-hip artwork and high-glamour ambiance weren’t enough to seduce you, oh style-minded bride-to-be, Hotel ZaZa Houston is offering Weddings in Houston brides a selection of fabulous freebies for booking your Hotel ZaZa wedding, for a limited time only! Just choose your available 2015 wedding date at the Museum District’s icon of artful elegance, set your wedding size and tier, and take advantage of a slew of awesome perks, including ZaSpa treatments, complimentary suites and high-tech swag.
- Book at $10,000 catered event and receive ONE complimentary ZaSpa treatment of your choice and ONE complimentary night in the decadent Divino Suite.
- Book a $15,000 catered event and receive TWO complimentary ZaSpa treatments of your choice, ONE complimentary night in a coveted Hotel ZaZa Concept Suite AND an iPad mini.
- Book a $25,000 catered event and receive THREE complimentary ZaSpa treatments of your choice, ONE complimentary night in an ultra-exclusive Magnificent Seven Suite AND a state-of-the-art iPad.
The fine print:
- Event must be booked by June 30, 2015, and must occur before Jan. 1, 2016, in order to qualify for perks.
Call 713.526.1991 to schedule your tour and find out about available dates for your Hotel ZaZa wedding…and don’t forget to let them know you’re a Weddings in Houston Magazine/Houston Wedding Blog reader!