August 28th, 2014
{Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding}
 

“Our design aim was to discover the intersection between what Barr Mansion had already so beautifully curated and where we found our personality within that,” says bride Jenna of her wedding to adorable Nathan at Austin’s foodie-focused wedding venue. “We took the antique, rustic, free-spirit, artistic, creative, comfortable and natural beauty that was already there and built on that with homegrown flowers, handcrafted centerpieces, personalized paper-cut banners, unique music, DIY’d accent pieces, and a relaxing, lounge-style reception atmosphere.” Even the day’s wet weather was a welcome happenstance. “My mom mentioned that it had rained on her wedding day, and Nathan remarked how the drizzly gray weather looked exactly like where he grew up in Alaska.” We’re delighted to share with you this sweet couple’s lovely wedding, featuring coordination by Kat Creech Events and flowers by Dream Bouquet—make sure to check out more from this talented team of top Houston wedding vendors in the new issue of Weddings in Houston (“Opulence Among the Oaks,” p. 216), on newsstands now!

Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding

Photos: Votive Photography ~ Wedding Gown: BHLDN ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Florist: Dream Bouquet ~ Decor & Rentals: DIY and Flora & Eventi ~ Favors: Kat Creech Events ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry

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August 26th, 2014
{Bridal Style: Top 5 Fave Embellished Bridal Clutches}
 

When it comes to figuring out your head-to-toe bridal look, it’s essential to focus on all of the details, not just your beautiful gown. If you’re keeping your gown and hairstyle simple, kick it up a notch with your accessories. We know our lovely Houston brides aren’t shy when it comes to adding more bling! Embellished clutches are SO in and are a great way to add sparkle and intrigue to your wedding-day ensemble. We’ve narrowed it down to our top five fave bridal clutches of the season. Happy shopping!

Bridal Style: Top 5 Fave Embellished Bridal Clutches

1. Marchesa ~ 2. Oscar de la Renta ~ 3. Dolce & Gabbana ~ 4. Aldo ~ 5. Miss Selfridge

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August 25th, 2014
{Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Sara and Bret ~ October 26, 2013

Sara always had a crush on her best friend’s older brother. And Bret, for his part, felt the same way about his younger sib’s BFF. But it wasn’t until 10 years after they’d first met that the pair expressed the connection they’d felt all those years. “One night, Bret texted me and said he had always felt that there was something between us and he wanted to see if there was. I agreed, so he drove up to Austin that night,” the recent bride recounts. “We got engaged four months later!” The couple’s classic Crystal Ballroom at The Rice wedding was a perfect expression of that longtime love, finally realized, and forever embraced.

Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Names: Sara Preston & Bret Labadie ~ Number of Guests: 220 ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants n’ Petals ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Rehearsal Dinner: The Grove ~ Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Anguilla

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August 19th, 2014
{Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Rachel and Jonathon ~ August 24, 2013

A perfect Valentine’s date—Galveston harbor tour, lovely lunch, Moody Gardens stroll—turned into an evening Rachel will never forget, when Jonathan surprised her with a candlelit marriage proposal at his Houston home. Six months later, the pair said their vows before 200 friends and family members at the same church where they’d first met at a singles’ bible-study class. A vintage Rolls-Royce—arranged by the bride’s father as a surprise for the newlyweds—conveyed the couple to their country-club reception, where they dined and danced the night away. “It was truly everything I could ever have dreamed of and more,” Rachel says. “Our wedding day and love story came right out of a fairytale.”

Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography

Names: Rachel Cramer & Jonathan Colletti ~ Number of Guests: 200 ~ Wedding Theme: “classic and elegant” ~ What the bride will remember most: “having all of our loved ones with us to celebrate our marriage and love for one another was the best feeling in the world” ~ Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady from Weddings by Debbie ~ Photography & Videography: MD Turner Photography ~ Registry: Macy’s; Bering’s ~ Honeymoon: Bora Bora

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August 15th, 2014
{Blush, Gold and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding with Bonus Fake-Audition Proposal Story!}
 

Oooo, honey, you KNOW how much we love a good “proposal deception” story…and Ryan popping the question to Melissa is one of the best we’ve heard! “My sister, who is an aspiring actress, will often go on auditions and invite me (the bride) along with her. I always go along for support, so when she invited me to come along to an audition for an independent film, I did not hesitate. The audition was at Hotel Derek, there were signs welcoming those auditioning, sign-up sheets, and she was even assigned a number. I prayed with her in the lobby and all of the staff were rooting for her! She was super nervous so she asked if I could come back and actually watch her audition. When we were given the OK, I entered the room, and saw Ryan standing there all dressed up while I stood there confused. My sister was gone, it was only us and he got on one knee. There were candles and rose petals all around. It was perfect!” Ah, the old sibling’s-fake-film-audition ruse…gets ’em every time. Even cuter? “Our families were in another room watching it all happen on Skype.” Aww. The pair, who met four years ago while both working as nurses on the same Houston Medical Center unit and quickly became inseparable, tied the knot this past spring, with a breathtakingly beautiful 1920s-inspired wedding, decorated in fine vintage fashion by Houston fave Darryl & Co. We’re so grateful to this adorable pair for sharing their love with all of us, and all y’all…congratulations, Melissa and Ryan!

Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Gold, and Ivory 1920s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding

Photos: Agape House Studio ~ Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias ~  Bridal Gown Salon, Alterations & Accessories: Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Invitations: Isabella Invitations ~ Transportation: Hotel ZaZa

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August 14th, 2014
{Weddings in Houston “Whiteout” Party at La Colombe d’Or by Civic Photos}
 

We are SO fortunate to do what we love…and LOVE what we do. And none of it would be possible without our amazingly talented and dedicated clients, who just happen to be Houston’s absolute finest wedding vendors and experts. Oh–and another thing: These party people know how to PARTY. Which they proved in grand style last week when Weddings in Houston hosted our annual client appreciation party at magnificent, historic La Colombe d’Or. This year’s theme? Whiteout Night with WIH. Guests arrived attired all in cool, crisp white, and enjoyed a fabulous respite from the hot summer night. Our BIG thanks goes out to La Colombe d’Or’s Ed Bodde and Steve Zimmerman for hosting this year’s festivities and indulging our guests with fine food and drink, to Darryl Murchison and BJ of Darryl & Co. for their exceptional event decor and styling, to Susie’s Cakes & Confections for the evening’s utterly decadent desserts, and to Jonny Black Productions for awesome music and entertainment. Check out pix from our fantastic fete, shot by super-talented Barett Henry of Civic Photos. And remember, every single one of these vendors is available to bring their magic to your wedding, as as they did to our lil’ ol’ shindig.

 

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August 13th, 2014
{Huge Darryl & Co. Inventory Sale Today and Tomorrow ONLY}
 

Furniture and Home Decor Sale Houston

Need we say more? GET THEE TO DARRYL’S, STAT!

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August 12th, 2014
{Is Your Bridal Bouquet Magazine Material?}
 

Submit Wedding Bouquet Photo

 

Got gorgeous professional photos of your bridal bouquet? Send them our way! You just may find your arrangement featured in the pages of our big, beautiful winter issue. To submit your bouquet photo for magazine consideration, simply email us your name, your Houston wedding date and location, and 1-2 PROFESSIONAL photos of your bridal bouquet. Make sure to include your photographer’s name & contact information in your email as well. We’ll select bouquets for feature by Monday, Sept. 1, and contact selected brides shortly after. Best of luck, lovelies…can’t wait to see your beauteous bouquets!

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August 11th, 2014
{Blush, White & Silver Wedding at Sam Houston Hotel by 1 Cinema Productions}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Jessica and Andrew ~ November 15, 2013

“With a venue like this, it’s easy to do little and have a huge impact,” says bride Jessica of downtown Houston’s chic Sam Houston Hotel. “I wanted the wedding ceremony and reception to be soft, romantic and neutral, and my color palette”—a contemporary combo of gray, blush, white and silver—“reflects that.” You’d never know from viewing Jessica and Andrew’s wedding photos that the couple planned their wedding—with help of coordinator Sobi Qazi of Lion & Lamb Event Services—in just three weeks. But that wasn’t their biggest challenge. “The biggest challenge was having our guest count jump up by 70+ guests the week of the wedding,” Jessica says. “But it was an easy fix because I had the best vendors, who were able to work together and make it work.”

Blush, White & Silver Wedding at Sam Houston Hotel by1 Cinema Productions
Blush, White & Silver Wedding at Sam Houston Hotel by1 Cinema Productions
Blush, White & Silver Wedding at Sam Houston Hotel by1 Cinema Productions
Blush, White & Silver Wedding at Sam Houston Hotel by1 Cinema Productions

Names: Jessica Ochoa & Andrew Kelson ~ Number of Guests: 200 ~ Venue: Sam Houston Hotel ~ Flowers, Decor & Lighting: Keisha’s Kreations ~ Wedding Dress: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal ~ Consultant: Lion & Lamb Event Services ~ Photography & Videography: 1 Cinema Productions ~ Honeymoon: Anguilla

 

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August 8th, 2014
{Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at The Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Marla and Ryan ~ November 9, 2013

Decidedly unromantic memories of their first high-school encounters—Ryan stepping on Marla’s foot at the homecoming dance, awkward eye contact in the halls—eventually led to magnificent memories of the most extraordinary occasion of their lives. Dressed in a stunning Austin Scarlett gown and matching custom veil, Marla wed Ryan in a church ceremony, then joined guests for dining and dancing at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, in a romantic ballroom done up in dreamy shades of blush, pink, cream and gold. While the evening’s great music, late-night chicken and waffles, and flower-bedecked wedding cake all were highlights, “One of our favorite memories was sharing a dance with my grandparents, who have been married for 62 years and were also high-school sweethearts,” Marla says. “I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the room.”

Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography
Pink, Cream & Gold Wedding at the Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography

Names: Marla Doughty & Ryan Murphy ~ Number of Guests: 200 ~ Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel ZaZa ~ Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Registry: Macy’s; Williams-Sonoma 

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