Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
There’s just something so darn sweet (and LOL funny) about this journalistic, third-party courtship story we received on behalf of Houston couple Amy and Jimmy: “After seeing a picture of Amy through a friend’s Facebook, Jimmy was determined to meet her and asked a friend of his to introduce him to her. The introduction was made, but the first date was not made until six months later. Jimmy and Amy had dinner and bonded while watching the first ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie. Since then, they have watched every ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie except for the fourth one, due to Jimmy being out of the country during their anniversary.” See what we mean?? Think that’s cute, just check out their understated, vintage-elegant Houston wedding, with its white, gold, gray and pink palette, and Amy’s gorgeous, keyhole-back Monique Lhuillier gown. Cheers to the newlyweds, and big thanks to Motley Melange Photography for the lovely photos.
Photos: Motley Melange Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin ~ Cake: Frosted Memory Makers ~ Catering: Café Natalie Catering ~ Entertainment: Jonny Black Productions ~ Venue: The Heights Villa ~ Videography: 1 Cinema Productions
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Houston-raised Eva met Leeds, U.K.-based Phil at a fish fry in the Bahamas, where she was on vacation and he was on a contract diving project. And that’s just the beginning of their international love story. While rock climbing together in southern France’s Pyrenees Mountains, Phil surprised Eva with a Champagne picnic—and a Jimi-Hendrix-accompanied proposal. Not long after, the pair joined 28 friends and close family members in Las Vegas, where they said their lifelong vows—the bride’s daughter escorting her down the aisle, much to everyone’s joy—and celebrated in intimate style at the retro-chic Barrymore. Evocative photos from Ama Photography & Cinema speak to the warmth and elegance of the occasion—one that will be forever cherished by Eva and Phil. Cheers!
Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Bride’s Dress: Mignon ~ Bride’s Shoes: Caparros ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: MAC ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: Paul Smith ~ Ceremony Venue: Wynn Resort, Las Vegas ~ Reception Venue: The Barrymore, Las Vegas
Friday, October 11th, 2013
A wedding ceremony is a dramatic occasion—and the vista of downtown Houston, visible via the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Petroleum Club of Houston’s 43rd-floor Discovery Room, is the perfect backdrop for such a scene. Just ask Houston bride Annie, who said her vows to Antonio there, then danced up a storm with 280 friends and family members in celebration of her blessed union. Sweet couple, beautiful wedding, what more could one ask for? Oh—and cheers to Love Lee Photography for the lovely photography
Photos: Love Lee Photography ~ Cake: The Pie Factory ~ Flowers: Paul Dao ~ Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
It wasn’t until her dad encouraged her to speak to cute ranch-hand Nathan (“my dad, who NEVER encouraged his daughters to date,” she laughs), that Louisiana-born Abbie took a second look at the shy guy who worked on her family’s hunting lease. And she liked what she saw. So much so, that when Nathan dropped on one knee and presented her with that unmistakable Tiffany box in November of last year, “I just threw my arms around him and of course I said, ‘Yes!!’” The couple’s summer wedding, coordinated by Gray & Associates Events at Lake Conroe’s picturesque Sanctuary at Water Oak served up Southern favorites including seafood bisque and blackened catfish, along with hand-rolled cigars, a swank whiskey bar, and lots of lively dancing. The pair’s pups Ellie and Boozer were on hand to watch the couple say their vows, and if there ever were two sweeter flower girls than the tulle-frocked cuties at Abbie’s side, we don’t know how or where. Thanks so much, Abbie and Nathan, for sharing your joy with us and our brides. Thanks, too, to Jenna Christine, for the selections of fine photos!
Photos: Jenna Christine Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Amsale from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Cake: Sweets to Dream On ~ Decor & Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental; A Memorable Event ~ Flowers: House of Blooms ~ Venue: The Sanctuary at Water Oak ~ Coordinator: Gray & Assoc. Events
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Sometimes, a proposal story just BEGS to be posted in its entirety. Vanessa and Brian’s is one of those: “We were on the Stacey family (Brian’s family) vacation in the Cayman Islands. It was our second day there and I was starving. I had a long day of trying to overcome my fear of large bodies of water and meeting the entire Stacey family. We hadn’t eaten since that morning so I was really excited about going to dinner. When everyone decided it was time to get ready, Cass (Brian’s sister) told me since it was the first night everyone dressed nice. So, I was thinking beach nice. You know, a dress, minimal makeup and windblown hair. I mean we were on a small island—how dressy can it be, right? Anyway, I get ready in the previous fashion and go downstairs to wait for everyone else to be ready. Once there, Brian tells me to go fix my hair and put on makeup. Rude! I was SO mad! I could not understand why he was so worried about my hair and makeup. But I ‘fixed’ my hair and makeup and this is when my pouting began. Everyone was finally ready and we were all piling into the van to go to dinner. I was still mad at Brian so I didn’t sit next to him. Instead I climbed in the back with Brian’s sister Becca. We are on the road almost to the restaurant when Brian’s dad drives right past it. I immediately popped up in my seat asking why we were passing the place we all decided to go to. Brian’s dad then tells me this is the best time to see starfish at Starfish Point so we were going there first. I said, ‘I am so hungry my stomach hurts! Why can’t we go another time??’ Everyone tells me we won’t be long so I sit quietly and pout some more. Next we pull into this sketchy lot and Brian, Michael and their dad go look for starfish (yay…). Becca, Brian’s mom, Cass and I are all waiting and I am complaining the entire time like a little brat. Then Brian’s dad comes back to the van alone. This made me even more of a brat because I knew we wouldn’t be eating anytime soon. Brian’s dad then tells us Brian found a starfish he wants everyone to see so we needed to go there. I look at Becca and she is so excited about seeing this starfish. I was so confused as to why she was jumping out of the van for a starfish and I told them I might just stay there while they went to find this starfish. Becca convinces me to go with them because of the sketchy field we were in. Did I really want to be alone in a passenger van in a sketchy field on a small island? No. So, I embark on this adventure to see a starfish. Not before I continued my pouting by slamming the door shut and slowly walking the quarter mile about 20 feet behind everyone. Once we finally find Brian and Mike, Brian’s dad tells Brian to show me that starfish he found. Brian jumps up out a bush and says, ‘What starfish?? I didn’t find a starfish.’ I got so angry. I said, ‘WHAT?!’ Brian recovers by telling me he found a sand dollar and to come look at it. In my head I’m thinking, ‘This better be a damn good sand dollar.’ So, I make a beeline for the shore to see the sand dollar so we can go eat dinner because I’m still starving. Yes, I know, BRAT! Brian says to me, ‘Hey what did you just walk through?’ I’m thinking, ‘Great, what now?’ Then I look down and see writing in the sand but because I walked through it I can’t make out some words. Brian then gets down on one knee and I am so confused for a second. He pulls out a ring box and says, ‘Will you marry me, baby?’ I started crying and hugged him and he was saying sweet things that I can’t remember now because I was in shock. Finally, everyone asks if I said, ‘Yes,’ and I say, ‘Yes.’ I told Brian I wanted two things for a proposal, to be surprised and to get pictures. He did a wonderful job because while the entire thing was going on his whole family was taking pictures and I had NO idea he was about to ask. It was perfect. Needless to say, I wasn’t hungry anymore. We went to dinner after to celebrate and I took my whole meal home. The whole time I was thinking about how blessed I am to have such a wonderful man to marry and to be joining such a loving family. The Cayman Islands 2012 is now my favorite vacation of all time because I left with the best souvenirs, Brian as my fiancé and the Staceys as my new in-laws.” As for the wedding itself, held at Amber Springs’ Stonebrook Hall, we’ll let Civic Photos’ fantastic pix tell that story. Congratulations, Vanessa and Brian, wishing you a lifetime of love.
Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture ~ Cake: Supreme Kakes & More ~ Flowers: Pearls & Roses ~ Venue: Amber Springs
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Looking absolutely gorgeous in her Lazaro gown, bride Corina wed handsome groom Eric in front of 130 of the couple’s nearest and dearest. And despite the heat of the summer day, Chateau Cocomar looked fresh and cool for the occasion, filled as it was with crisp linens, gorgeous blush and ivory flowers courtesy of Arteflora, and plenty of light-catching crystals. For all its elegant formality, this Houston couple’s wedding was also FUN, featuring dancing, sparklers, teddy bears…and a performance by none other than the bride herself! Our thanks to Lulu Lopez for the great photos, and our heartfelt congratulations to the lovebirds, Corina and Eric.
Photos: Lulu Lopez Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Cake: World Catering ~ Flowers: Arteflora ~ Officiant: Weddings Performed ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
“With you, things are the way they should be, and I would like to continue that forever.” Was a simpler or lovelier proposal statement ever spoken? Sigh. California-raised Jack wed Texan Nisha this summer, blessing his mom—finally!—with a daughter, after four sons. The pair’s 400-guest celebration, with its Indian and American influences (saris, mandap, cake balls, cocktails) was a feast not only for the palate, but for the eyes, thanks to Darryl & Co., who did up Bayou City Event Center in a swank wedding color scheme of black-and-white stripes with vibrant hot-pink and purple floral arrangements, gold accents and amber lighting. Just looking at Biyani Photography’s photos makes us wish we were at this incredibly fun and gorgeous Houston wedding. Thank you for sharing your special day, Nisha and Jack—we are so happy for you!
Photos: Biyani Photography ~ Cake: Roland’s Swiss Bakery ~ Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue: Bayou City Event Center ~ Videography: A&A Video Production
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
When Greg cut his foot on a Memorial Day weekend river-house trip, Laura, who barely knew him, was urged by her matchmaking best friend to “‘fix his foot because I was in school to become a physician assistant,” she tells us. Little did Laura know she was taping up the tootsie of her future husband. Two years later, the pair wed at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez & Spa, amidst billowing white draping, lush lavender, mauve and coral flowers, and lots and lots of family. “The entirety of the wedding was very family oriented. The ceremony was written by our immediate family over a long dinner a week before the wedding. Greg’s father performed the ceremony, with my parents giving a reading. My matron of honor was my sister and the best man was Greg’s brother, who wore his U.S. Marines dress blues,” recounts Laura. And while Laura and Greg’s fancy moves—a result of dance classes prior to the big day—elicited oohs and aahs, another dance-floor moment at this Texas wedding was even more moving: “An anniversary dance was performed, with my aunt and uncle being the last dancing, with 43 years of marriage. Greg and I are always compared to this particular couple due to over a foot height difference between us, which my aunt and uncle also share; that was a special touch.” Congratulations to the newlyweds (and their long-wed relatives!), and big thanks to JW Baugh Photography for the pretty pictures!
Photos: JW Baugh Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Bride’s Ring: Zadok Jewelers ~ Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: Cakes by Julie ~ Catering: Café Natalie ~ Flowers: Special Arrangements ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Coordinator: Eventology Weddings
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
A DIY wedding for more than 200 guests is no easy feat, so when you pull it off beautifully, it pays to have an awesome photographer—in this case the super talented Sarah Ainsworth—documenting it for posterity. Delane wanted to her wedding to Ryan to be both unforgettable and affordable…and with help from her mother, grandmother, Etsy artists and a few handy craft and hobby retailers, that’s exactly what it was. Using a palette of royal blue and beige with touches of rustic burlap and feminine lace, the bride and her helpers filled Lake Conroe’s Bentwater Yacht Club with sweet, vintage, and, most of all, deeply personal elegance. Homemade pies (the bride’s favorite), a duck-hunting-theme groom’s cake, heirloom jewelry, handmade centerpieces and a high-energy string band added to intimate, joyful atmosphere—and as for a ceremony backdrop, you can’t do much better than blue Lake Conroe sparkling in the background. Happiest wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Cake: Pie Town; BawMaws Cake Shop ~ Venue: Bentwater Yacht Club