Intimate Destination Wedding in Hawaii

Bella, an operations manager, and Larry, a piping designer, traveled to Colorado for a Texans vs Broncos game, but little did Bella know, Larry had the romantic surprise of a lifetime waiting for her on their trip. “On November 1, 2018, we planned a hike to a lake in the mountains with ‘a friend’ of his,” recalls Bella. “Turned out he was a professional photographer. About an hour into the hike he asked me to sit beside him on a rock overlooking the lake. While admiring the beautiful scenery he tried to get romantic but failed, as I refused to stop throwing snow at him. He finally stood me up and got down in one knee and asked to marry me. With tears in my eyes, I accepted.”

A year later, it was only fitting for the travel-loving couple to have an intimate destination wedding in Oahu, Hawaii. The bride and groom exchanged vows in a romantic beachfront ceremony, overlooking the pristine blue waters of Kāne‘ohe Bay, all beautifully documented by Houston wedding photographer Civic Photos and Houston wedding videographer Meant To Be Films. Following their outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds set sail on a private catamaran cruise and joined 72 of their loved ones in an open-air reception surrounded by lush tropical foliage and majestic mountains. Bella describes the wedding decor as, “Tropical with natural flower arrangements that accentuated the beautiful scenery,” featuring a lovely color palette of ivory, gold and burgundy. Guests dined on coconut shrimp, Jamaican jerk chicken and pork, and Mahi Mahi, before dancing the night away under the Hawaiian moonlight. The bride’s favorite moment? “Our first dance after becoming Mrs. Herrera.” Join us in swooning over this beautiful destination wedding in Hawaii. Congratulations, Bella & Larry!

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Blush, White And Burgundy Garden Wedding At Kemah Gardens

Venue: Kemah Gardens | Photo: Rachel Driskell Photography

Brittany and Zach met in middle school and quickly became best friends. Fast forward to their senior year homecoming dance where Zach took the first step towards love by asking Brittany to dance. “With the nudge from my mother and best friend, I agreed to risk the closest friendship I ever had for a chance at love,” recalls the bride. “Later that night, he formally asked me to be his girlfriend, and 8 years later that friendship is still the biggest foundation of our love together.” During the winter of 2017, Grant talked Brittany into going to a last-minute photo session saying his mother wanted family portraits. Although annoyed at the 24-hour notice, Brittany quickly found an outfit and arrived at the session where the photographer asked the couple to write down what they love most about one another on a chalkboard while standing back to back. “When I turned around his board read ‘that she has no idea I’m about to propose’ and he was down on one knee holding that sign,” says Brittany. “Who couldn’t say yes to that!”

For their garden wedding at picturesque Kemah Gardens, the couple came up with unique wedding ideas to celebrate their nuptials in a “different” way. Notes the bride: “Our seating chart was a crossword puzzle you had to play to find your seats, our sign-in board was a glass infinity symbol that encompassed our fingerprints in the loops, and at the ceremony we did a lock-and-key board, throwing the key in the lake behind us and our board had a Harry Potter quote we both loved. For our first dance, we choreographed our dance with a waltz and added some sign language because it was one of our favorite classes together in high school.” A beautiful palette of blush and white with touches of burgundy and lots of vinery set the tone for a garden wedding celebration. Following a romantic outdoor ceremony beneath Kemah Gardens’ flower-adorned vintage arbor, the couple joined 100 of their loved ones for a relaxing and fun reception in the wedding venue’s comfortable, climate-controlled pavilion. Says Brittany, “The whole thing was just an absolutely beautiful day with just enough unique surprises to make it our own!” Join us in wishing this sweet couple a lifetime of love and scroll down to see their romantic garden wedding. Congratulations, Brittany & Zach!

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Glamorous Backyard Wedding Decor By Royal Luxury Events

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Design, Flowers + Decor: Royal Luxury Events | Photo: MacAnthony Studios
We are thrilled to welcome Royal Luxury Events back to the blog with a glamorous backyard wedding styled shoot!

With this gorgeous shoot, Royal Luxury Events showcases that intimate backyard weddings can also be luxurious! Whether it’s at an outdoor venue, or in your own backyard, there are so many ways to elevate your micro wedding decor.  Click here to read the rest of this post »

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5 Unique Bridal Shower Ideas in Houston

Photo: Larry Fagala | Jewelry: 29 North at The Post Oak Hotel | Location: Bouchee Patisserie At The Post Oak Hotel
Bridal showers are a common pre-wedding celebration to gather your bridesmaids and close relatives to play cheesy games, share advice and stories, eat delicious food, sip bubbles and of course…“shower” the bride in love, attention and gifts! If you’re a bride looking for unique bridal shower ideas, don’t worry we got you covered. Think outside the bridal shower box and get inspired by our 5 unique bridal shower ideas in Houston that you and your bride tribe will love!

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Chinoiserie Themed Styled Shoot at Sandlewood Manor

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Photo: Amy Maddox Photography | Venue: Sandlewood Manor | Hair + Makeup: Samantha’s Artistry
We are so excited to welcome Houston wedding photographer Amy Maddox Photography back to the blog with this stunning chinoiserie themed styled shoot at Sandlewood Manor!

Using natural light, Amy Maddox effortlessly captures the elegant Southern grandeur of Sandlewood Manor while effectively tying in Chinese motifs into modern design details in this chinoiserie themed styled shoot. The subtle combination of blue and white accent colors, to represent the traditional Chinese pattern, paired with a vibrant summer color palette created a modern and elegant table setting. In addition, Amy beautifully captures the bride’s glowing beauty and the romantic details of the intimate outdoor ceremony beneath the majestic and lush Sandlewood Manor Century Oaktree. Join us in swooning over this timeless chinoiserie themed styled shoot and scroll down to fully immerse yourself in all its beauty! If you love Sandlewood Manor’s southern charm, be sure to book a tour today to see the stunning wedding venue yourself.

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