Posts Tagged ‘Vintage’
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
We are privy to a lot of wonderful proposal stories, but this beauty, from Houston bride Emily, has got to be one of our favorites: “Chris proposed to me in our apartment on a Monday night. He used a chalkboard piggy bank that I had bought him a few years before. I was sick and Chris tried to convince me that there was medicine in the bathroom, but I didn’t believe him. We both went to the bathroom to see if there was any medicine in there and he had the piggy bank set up with a single rose in the slot. On the piggy bank it said, ‘turn around.’ I thought he meant turn the piggy bank around so I did and on the other side it said ‘wedding fund.’ That’s when I turned around to see Chris down on his knees asking me to marry him.” The couple’s daytime wedding was full of vintage touches and whimsy, from the guys’ old-school Converse sneaks to the tiered red-velvet cupcakes to the pretty wedding palette of pale green, light yellow, gray and white. Mexican food and a ceremony conducted by the bride’s standup-comic brother added to the fun—which was not dampened one bit when a flower girl accidentally fell into a fountain while one of the bridesmaids was toasting the couple. “She was fine,” Emily smiles. And she grins about this bit, too: “As silly as it sounded to our wedding planner, we really wanted to incorporate piggy banks into our decor. You should have seen people’s faces when we told them we were using piggy banks as wedding decorations! They turned out so cute and once people read our engagement story they understood and thought it was pretty cool.” And so do we. Congratulations, Emily and Chris, and huge thanks to the wonderful Alicia Pyne of Alicia Pyne Photography for beautiful photos of this delightful day.
Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo ~ Flowers: The Bloom Room ~ Venue: The Gardens of Bammel Lane
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
There’s something so darn timeless and captivating about Shaw and Kael’s morning wedding at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez. Everything from the wash of coastal light to the vintage-inspired palette of warm golden brown and bright poppy red to the charmingly attired couple themselves is picture-perfect. Here’s something else that was perfect: the groom’s acknowledgement of the the day’s precious moments. “One thing I really appreciated was that throughout the day Kael would stop me and say, ‘Let’s remember this moment,’ which was a nice way to slow down and not forget anything important amidst a busy, emotional day,” explains Shaw. Grooms: Take note! Everyone else, take a moment to savor this delightful Galveston wedding, with fabulous photos courtesy of Houston-based Joshua Tyi Photography.
Photos: Joshua Tyi Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Hitherto ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Vintage-loving, fun-loving, each-other-loving Houstonians Shatara and Bilal chose the lovely Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria as the location for their wedding. And we are SO glad they did. Just look at these photos by High Dot Studios, which show off the venue’s dreamy green grounds and the wedding’s enchanting, butterflies-and-roses ambiance to magnificent effect. Says beautiful bride Shatara—shown here in her exquisite Vera Wang wedding gown—“Family and friends from as far away as Virginia joined us in our celebration. Mostly outdoors, our wedding took everyone by surprise with our hip-hop first-dance mix. Serving foods like jerk chicken and hummus, and drinks like ginger beer, made our wedding a one-of-a-kind. We capped off the night with a 1959 Jaguar to whisk us away. I’ll always cherish how beautiful our wedding was and hope others will appreciate its beauty.” If by “others” you mean us here at HWB, and all our eager readers, yes, Shatara, we most certainly do!
As for you, dear readers, if you haven’t yet checked out Shatara and Bilal’s engagement session, do yourselves a favor…and DO!
Photos: High Dot Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Cake: Central Market ~ Flowers: Whole Foods ~ Venue: Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
There’s so much to love about Houstonians Shatara and Bilal, we can’t contain the amazing in one single blog post. That’s why we’re spreading it out over TWO. In today’s post, we swoon and sigh over this beautiful couple’s breathtaking engagement photos, shot by Austin-based High Dot Studios at historic Laguna Gloria in Austin, and picturesque Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs. Oh, how we adore the magnificent natural settings, the superbly stylish attire and the subtle vintage touch of this dreamy photographic idyll. If you love this couple and these pix as much as we do, get ready to go gaga over this Thursday’s HWB post, which will showcase Shatara and Bilal’s beautiful Laguna Gloria wedding!
Photos: High Dot Studios
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
As you know, we here at the Houston Wedding Blog aren’t big proponents of DIY weddings. Sure, there’s an element of creative control that the uber-crafty among us can’t resist. And the prospect of saving money by doing yourself what you might otherwise pay an experienced wedding professional to do is not without its temptations. But the truth is that the stress of DIYing your most important day is more than most brides can handle gracefully and with their sanity intact (hence the old saw, “If I’m DIYing, I’m dying!”). As for the assumed budget savings, well, it’s no surprise that many brides find themselves actually paying more for DIY decor, flowers, cake, etc., due to costly trial-and-error mistakes and last-minute special orders.
So you might be wondering why we chose Jin and Vince’s soup-to-nuts DIY wedding at The Gallery to feature on HWB. Let’s just say this wedding, and foodie/photo buff/blogger bride Jin’s irrepressible spirit, captured our hearts in such a way that we temporarily kicked our DIY doubts to the curb, and just enjoyed the beautiful ride (which, Jin notes, had its highs and lows—more on that after the photos).
Jin, who blogs about food, photography, style and crafting @ misscontradictionofsorts, explained to us that she wanted a “perfectly imperfect and unconventional wedding—full of laidback tones, fun vibes, a touch of frivolity and Alice-in-Wonderland whimsy,” which, while an awesome concept, was “in hindsight, an ambitious feat for a wedding of 250,” she admits. Still, “countless DIY hours and many sleepless nights later,” she and Vince got exactly what they wanted—a fact to which their wedding photos from Austin-based Red Fly Photography attest gorgeously. And in the end, she says, she’d definitely do it all over again, except maybe “for a more intimate wedding of 50 to 100.”
So here’s the thing, while we do not recommend that you attempt a complete DIY wedding yourself, dear bride, we absolutely DO love the idea of DIYing one or two special elements. Which is why we’re thrilled that Jin has shared her great DIY tutorials with us (and you!). Find out how she made her cake toppers, boutonnieres, Mr. & Mrs. glittered notion banner and “guestbook” questionnaires—then decide if and how much doing-it-yourself you’re willing to do!
Our happiest wishes to the wonderful Jin and her handsome Vince—may they enjoy a lifetime of love and creativity together.
Photos: Red Fly Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie ~ Venue: The Gallery
Monday, January 14th, 2013
“An intimate day with our closest loved ones” is how Houston bride Lisa describes her vision for her autumn wedding to Paul. To keep things cozy, casual, but decidedly vintage-chic, the couple selected a 6,500-square-foot, Old-World-style residence on the grounds of an oak-dappled Hockley country club as their venue—and kept their guest count to a cozy 80 friends and family members. Houston Wedding Blog fave Tamara Menges created lovely arrangements of hydrangea and roses and berries, with a palette based on pale greens and antique-pink hues, and placed them throughout the residential space, along with framed personal photos of the wedding couple’s, to blend with the rustic-luxurious decor, rather than stand out from it. Heavy hors d’oeuvre, fine wine and cocktails subbed in for “a stuffy sit-down dinner,” Lisa notes, and guests spent the evening mingling, getting to know one another, nestling down on sumptuous sofas, laughing, conversing, and, as the evening went on, dancing to the tunes of a singer-songwriter-guitarist (he played acoustic for the ceremony) turned DJ. “It was exactly the way we wanted it to look and feel,” Lisa says—and the joy and satisfaction she felt shows, radiantly, on her face and Paul’s, captured for posterity by Willow Tree Photographs.
Photos: Willow Tree Photographs ~ Flowers & Decor: Tamara Menges Designs ~ Bride’s Dress: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Toms ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss ~ Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner of Weddings Performed ~ Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Sports Retreat, Founder’s Lodge
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
“Our wedding truly was a fairytale,” says bride April, who married college sweetheart Kery at The Castle on the Lake in Jacksonville this fall. “I will never forget the look on Kery’s face when he saw me for the first time, walking down the aisle toward him—and I will never forget how handsome he looked in his uniform. Smiling at each other during those first few, nerve-wracking moments is my favorite memory of the day.” For her momentous occasion, April, soon to graduate with a Master’s Degree in English, wore a Maggie Sottero gown from Brickhouse Bridal, while Kery, who joined the United States Army in 2010, looked dashing in his crisp service uniform. We love the glorious floral arrangements from La Tee Da Florist in Tyler, and the mix of small vintage touches (wrought-iron vases, burnt-edge guestbook) and big dramatic gestures (fireworks, silver Rolls) that make this wedding such a feast for the eyes—and, we’re sure, made it such a thrill for the 175 guests who took part. One last word of advice from April: “Find a photographer with whom you have chemistry.” Calling Sarah Williams of The Silhouette Studio a “photographer and artiste extraordinaire” (we couldn’t agree more), April says, “Thanks to her, we will forever have unforgettable visual images of our wedding day: the joy and love, the dancing and laughter, and every moment in between.” We wish April and Kery all the very best, and we welcome The Silhouette Studio to the Houston Wedding Blog, and to Weddings in Houston magazine!
Photos: The Silhouette Studio ~ Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Venue: The Castle on the Lake
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
How refreshing is the mix of rustic-chic and retro-vixen at Josh and Lindsey’s ranch wedding? Demure pearls…but also black patent platform pumps. A pretty white wedding dress…but also hot red roses. A sweetly feminine, pearl-ringed wedding cake…but also the Texas-Outlaw-mobile! Cheers to this cool couple for doing it their way—and doing it in superb style. And big thanks to Carlino’s Photography for capturing the spirit of this spirited wedding so beautifully!
Photos: Carlino’s Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo ~ Bride’s Shoes: Guess ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Nuance Salon & Spa ~ Cake: Dana Hartensteiner ~ Flowers: Terra Flora ~ Venue: Safari Texas Ranch
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
“Peter and I have always felt like we are old souls and we seem to gravitate towards vintage things, folk tales, and things from the past,” bride-to-be Mikayla tells us. For the couple’s engagement shoot, the pair wanted to tell the story of their love within a classic story of love. Which we love. Photographer Emily Kiel was right on board, setting the pair’s e-session in an empty Conroe lot—a suitably green stand-in for the classic Robin Hood tale’s Sherwood Forest. Etsy, Ebay and an antique shop served as sources for the vintage furniture, bow and arrows, and Mikayla’s pretty white dress. The bullseye target was homemade. As for the couple’s love, it is “classic and timeless,” says Mikayla, just like the story that inspired their romantic shoot. Happiest wishes to the winsome couple, and big thanks to Emily Kiel for the fine photos.
Photos: Emily Kiel
Thursday, August 9th, 2012
One of the things we love about Archetype Studio is how the photo-and-creative-direction team of Koby and Terilyn Brown translates a couple’s vision through spot-on styling. David and Michelle’s engagement shoot is no exception. Though the to-be-weds may have met under party-hearty circumstances (in Vegas, where Michelle was celebrating her 21st birthday), their engagement session is the very picture of timeless Americana and pastoral elegance. Shot at a roadside park along Eldridge Parkway in North Houston, these images feel at once intimate and expansive, sexy and serene, patriotic and deeply personal. Notes Terilyn: “The canoe was such a fun element to work with, and the team at Recollection Vintage Rentals did a beautiful job pulling the props needed to help our vision come to life.” Gorgeous couple, gorgeous shoot. Congratulations, Michelle and David, who made it official July 28 at Woodlands Resort & Conference Center!
Photos: Archetype Studio ~ Rentals: Recollection Vintage Rentals