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Champagne and Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Brittney & Randy ~ July 19, 2014

Listen up, ladies: There’s something to be said for making the first move. Just ask Houston bride Brittney—who may never have ended up with the love of her life if she hadn’t asked handsome Randy for his digits at that Southern Methodist University dorm icebreaker 10 years back. “We ended up talking for hours on end,” she recalls, “then officially started dating on Sept. 24, 2004…and the rest is history!” At the couple’s beautiful Chateau Cocomar wedding, the groom, whose family hails from Ghana, changed into traditional Ghanian clothing halfway through the reception and delighted in watching his family shower his bride in money—a Ghanian tradition that Brittney says, “was a complete surprise to me, but made for an awesome story and a unique experience at our wedding.”

Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos
Champagne & Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos

Photos: Civic Photos ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Raveneaux Country Club ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Consultant & Invitations: A Day to Remember ~ Flowers: Flora & Eventi ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc ~ Lighting: DJU Productions ~ Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Weddings by Debbie ~ Mother of the Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Jamaica

White, Red and Black Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Lisa & Joel ~ September 20, 2014

As Houston Rockets director of broadcasting Joel Blank recounts his initial blind date with KHOU-TV anchor Lisa Hernandez: “We had our first date, and knew we had gone on our last first date.” The couple made it official with a lovely late-summer wedding at the dazzling Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, where guests dug into fajitas, indulged in a decadent “dessert gallery,” and danced the night away. We don’t know who’s luckier—the bride, who, dressed in her stunning Ines Di Santo mermaid gown, tearfully exchanged vows with the man of her dreams, or the groomsmen, who each went home with an NBA game ball signed by Dwight Howard, James Harden, Kevin McHale, Calvin Murphy, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. You be the judge!

White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
White, Red & Black Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Photos: Morgan Lynn Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc Events ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Videography: 31 Films ~ Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

Peach, Pink and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Ashley had been bugging Rick to plan the perfect date night, and that he did. Rick made dinner reservations at one of their favorite restaurants. Even when were then seated at a table with a dozen roses and a bottle of wine, Ashley still didn’t suspect anything. After all, they were low-key, private people–it never occurred to her that Rick would propose in public. But as soon as they were done with their meal, the restaurant’s manager personally presented the couple with dessert under a cloche cover. When Ashley removed the cloche, she discovered a ring box, and, well, let’s just say it turned out to be a date night she’d never forget. Ashley and Rick’s opulent wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa was a dream come true. “We ended up creating exactly what we wanted, a very festive and romantic atmosphere with a classic feel that recognized the importance of the moment”,” the bride says. Tall pink and peach candelabras, and hanging candles above the dance floor, added the perfect touch of romance and elegance to the evening. Thanks J. Cogliandro for the beautiful photos, and congrats to the newlyweds!

Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography
Peach, Pink, and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa by J. Cogliandro Photography

Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Wedding Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro ~ Wedding Gown Salon: Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ~ Groom’s Suit: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel

Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Brooke & Austin ~ November 23, 2013

Like their Aruba engagement, high-school sweethearts Brooke and Austin’s destination wedding was set in a stunning seaside locale. The couple joined 75 of their closest friends and family at the Dominican Republic’s luxurious Sanctuary Cap Cana for a weekend celebration full of sun, sand and spectacular ocean views. The pair’s ceremony took place on a private island, where a white-linen-draped, orchid-bedecked chuppah “was the perfect backdrop to say, ‘I do!’” the bride notes.  For their reception, the couple treated guests to a light-up dance floor where everyone let loose—they were on vacation, after all! “Our favorite memory of the wedding day was how laid back it was,” Brooke says. “It was so easy to just take a deep breath and truly enjoy our special day.”

Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt
Sanctuary Cap Cana Destination Wedding by Adam Nyholt

Photos: Adam Nyholt ~ Reception: Ballroom at Sanctuary Cap Cana ~ Wedding Dress: Brickhouse Bridal ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma

Lavender and Coral Wedding at Agave Estates

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It was a normal shift for Jeremiah at the retail store he worked at until Melissa walked in. Melissa lost her keys and the nice guy that Jeremiah was, he decided to help. He spent an hour with Melissa trying to search the store for her keys. After they found them, Jeremiah jokingly told Melissa she owed him dinner. “I laughed it off and drove off… but it was a Saturday night and I was thinking, ‘I’m just going home to do nothing, what do I have to lose?’ So I called back and asked him to dinner. We went…and the rest is history,” says Melissa. We are sure you’ll instantly fall in love with their rustic-elegant wedding at Agave Estates, because we definitely did. Thanks FireHeart Photography for the lovely pics and congrats to the newlyweds!

Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography
Lavender & Coral Wedding at Agave Estates by FireHeart Photography

Photos: FireHeart Photography ~ Venue: Agave Estates ~ Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero

Sweet Summer Peach and Blue Wedding

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Lara & Nick ~ July 12, 2014

We like to think of Lara and Nick’s meeting as a bright silver lining on a very dark cloud: The couple first encountered one another in July 2011 in Fort Payne, Ala., where both were volunteers assisting in tornado relief efforts. Their long-distance relationship—he was in North Carolina, she lived in Houston—blossomed, and in 2012, Nick moved to Houston. With its cornflower-and-peach color scheme and steak-and-lobster menu, the pair’s summer wedding was true Houston classic. The gracious bride adds, “It was also Nick’s brother-in-law’s (he was Nick’s best man) birthday, so after his speech we gave him a cheesecake and sang him, ‘Happy Birthday.’ It was pretty cool to see all 150 people join in and celebrate.”

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Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding
Summer-Peach-and-Blue-Wedding

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Wedding Dress & Accessories: La Rêve Bridal Couture ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Lighting, Entertainment, Photo Booth: LG Entertainment ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Ireland

Miss USA Wedding at Chateau Cocomar

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Crystle & Max ~ August 9, 2014

It would be hard to top Max’s proposal to Crystle for sheer romance: The Belgian-born model alighted with his beloved from a chartered helicopter, then surprised the former Miss USA (2008) with his down-on-one-knee question in front of giddy friends and family dressed in T-shirts reading, “True Love is Crystle Clear.” Yet the couple’s summer wedding did manage to take romance to a whole new level, with a lavish 320-guest celebration set at castle-like Chateau Cocomar. Fittingly, the bride, who currently stars in OWN Network’s Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse,” was the very picture of a fairytale princess in her Lazaro gown and sparkling updo. And she has special praise for those who brought her regal fantasy to life: “The entire event was coordinated by [venue owner] Karen Martin and the Cocomar ladies,” Crystle notes. “They planned and executed together a tremendously awesome event that will forever be remembered!”

Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar
Romantic White, Blush & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar

Photos: Select Studios ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Wedding Dress: Lazaro ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Caterer: Cafe Natalie ~ Entertainment & Lighting: LG Entertainment ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii

Gold, Glitter and Navy Wedding by George Street Photography

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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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

Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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.”

Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens
Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Venue: Ashton Gardens ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc. Events ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Disney Cruise

Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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!

Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography
Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography

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