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Sweet Summer Peach and Blue Wedding

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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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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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

Rustic Mint, Taupe and Pale Pink Outdoor Wedding

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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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.”

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Decor, Rentals & Lighting: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: England, Scotland & Italy ~ Photography: J Bird Photography

Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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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

Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Small-town boy Bryan met city-girl, Amanda in a Single Life class at Second Baptist Church. They hit it off and Bryan proposed three years later to Amanda on a beautiful bench in the prayer garden of SBC. Amanda and Bryan had a vision of their wedding to be classic, elegant, traditional and fun. Amanda wed Bryan at Second Baptist Church in a gorrrgeous blush lace Allure Bridals gown from Weddings by Debbie. Following the ceremony was an elegant affair at The Omni Houston Hotel where 175 of their nearest and dearest dined and danced the night away. Congrats Amanda and Bryan, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and love!

Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel
Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel

Photos: Thomas & Penelope Photography ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s Little Italy ~ Reception: Omni Houston Hotel ~ Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie ~ Invitations: Isabella Invitations ~ Florist: Dream Bouquet

Feast Your Eyes on Houston’s Haute-est Bridal Show!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I Do! Bridal Soiree Houston

Photo: Civic Photos

What a NIGHT. Right?? If you were among the fortunate 300 Houston brides, bridesmaids, grooms and their guests who made the oh-so-savvy decision to snap up I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets while they lasted, last Thursday evening was a night to remember, indeed. On Thursday, Feb. 12, Weddings in Houston magazine presented the truly magnificent I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. For three magical hours, attendees met with A-list Houston vendors [see full exhibitor list here!]; dined on sumptuous Mediterranean, Asian and Texas-inspired specialties courtesy of world-renowned Jackson and Company catering; sipped French Champagne and fine wine; enjoyed live entertainment and decadent treats; chatted with mingling models showing off the season’s most gorgeous couture wedding gowns; and, perhaps most thrillingly, wandered through a wonderland of weddingscapes featuring the artistry of Houston’s finest design experts. Whether you were one of our honored guests, or you plan to attend our Fall I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming Oct. 18 to the Four Seasons Hotel Houston–or BOTH–we welcome you to tour Civic Photos’ images of the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. And please join us in thanking Jackson and Company, The Corinthian, Civic Photos, A&A Video, LBL Event Rentals/Linens by Lisa, EB Inc Events, Southern Hospitality Coffee Company, Jonny Black Productions and Scott Graham Piano, for their fabulous contributions to the I Do! Bridal Soiree.

Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography

Monday, February 9th, 2015

“It was very important to us that our wedding day reflect both of our cultural heritages and traditions. We are thrilled we were able to incorporate two very different ceremonies into one (very long) day!” says bride, Becky. The Hindu marriage ceremony took place in the morning at the Omni Houston Hotel, “Starting with a boisterous barat procession with Aneesh along with his family and friends joyously dancing their way to the mandap (marriage pavilion), and ending with an Indian feast for lunch,” adds Becky. The Catholic ceremony was held that same evening (yes, that same day) where Becky wore a stunning lace Martina Liana gown from Brickhouse Bridal. Becky and Aneesh wanted to transform their reception venue into a small Tuscan village in the Italian countryside. “Between the bouquets of peonies and hydrangeas, the candles that filled the room with a soft glow, the tables named after Italian places close to our hearts, the Prosecco and Chianti that flowed throughout the evening, and the delectable Italian dinner, we truly felt transported,” says Becky. If you think their wedding sounds beautiful, just wait ‘til you see the pics! Thank you Akil Bennett for the fabulous photos and congrats to the newlyweds!

Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography

Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Ceremony Venue: Omni Houston Hotel ~ Reception Venue: River Oaks Country Club ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Martina Liana from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Wedding Band: Zadok Jewelers ~ Florist: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma

BEAUTIFUL Bell Tower on 34th Street Wedding by Steve Lee Photography

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Rachel & Kurt ~ July 11, 2014

For their once-in-a-lifetime celebration, UT alums Rachel and Kurt chose The Bell Tower on 34th St., and it’s easy to see why. With its gorgeous grounds, vine-covered walls, hidden archways and spectacular interior, the beloved Bell Tower was the perfect place to gather 240 guests for an evening of dining, dancing and pure, exuberant joy. The bride enchanted everyone in her gorgeous Watters gown–which, we might add, photographer Steve Lee Weddings captured magnificently against a series of Bell Tower backgrounds. Notes Rachel: “Kurt and I truly feel that our perfect evening lasted forever as we got to soak up every moment of happiness and fun of the party.” As for us? We note that this wedding was one of our favorites of the year! Best of luck, and much love, to the newlyweds. And big thanks to The Bell Tower on 34th, and Steve Lee Weddings, for sharing this beautiful event with us…and YOU!

Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography
Blush, Rose, Gold & Champagne Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Steve Lee Photography

Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions ~ Registry: Macy’s ~ Honeymoon: St. Lucia