A Spring Celebration with Citrus Accents

The bride and groom embrace under an oak tree with the sun shining through.
Photo: Amy Maddox Photography

For Crystal and Michael, friendship has always had a special meaning. Once their relationship turned serious, Crystal took Michael to meet her family in California, where, to Michael’s surprise, she introduced him as her “friend.” Crystal hasn’t been able to live it down from that moment on, which brought a light-hearted and fun twist to their wedding day.

“The endless product delays and discontinuations, venue capacity restrictions and travel restrictions forced Mike and me to focus on our future and not get caught up on the details we could not control,” says Crystal.

On April 25, 2021, Crystal and Michael wed amidst 170 of their close family and friends in a sunshine-filled chapel surrounded by a grassy field beneath a beautiful blue sky. The flower-filled spring wedding in a cheerful color palette of sky blue and various citrus hues resembled the colors of a Texas sunrise. Crystal walked down the aisle wearing a dainty flower crown to meet the love of her life as guests excitedly rang cowbells and popped fire cap guns when they were pronounced man and wife.

The reception radiated joy as rays of sunshine streamed through the windows, and vivid pink and coral streamers hung from the glowing chandeliers.

An ode to the bride’s Italian heritage, the dinner menu was “family-style” with flatbreads being served to the song “That’s Amore,” and a mini engraved charcuterie board greeting each guest at their seat with artisan meats, cheeses, rustic bread and crackers, fruits and nuts. Guests dined on Prime Rib with Horseradish and Crunchy Onions, Parmesan-Crusted Breast of Chicken with Tuscan Sauce, Redskin Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Asparagus.

Dessert consisted of vibrant peach-colored macarons and three delicious cake flavors, including a lemon cake with blackberry buttercream, funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream, and lastly, blue velvet for the groom’s patriotic cake with vanilla buttercream.

After an exuberant evening of dining and dancing, guests were encouraged to snap a polaroid in front of a photo backdrop decorated with vibrant paper flowers handcrafted by the bride. Each guest was also gifted a handmade friendship bracelet with a personalized message tied to Crystal and Michael’s noteworthy “friend” occasion and a homemade bundt cake.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Peters honeymooned in Charleston, NC.

We are so excited to share this colorful wedding, beautifully captured by Amy Maddox Photography. Congrats, Crystal + Michael!

A very colorful flat lay for Crystal and Micheal's friendly wedding.

Colorful flowers flow out of a blue envelope for Crystal and Micheal's friendly spring wedding.

An engagement ring in a blue box surrounded by vibrant flowers.

Crystal and Micheal's invitation to their friendly spring wedding.

The bride gets ready with her bridesmaids, who are in different shades of blue dresses.

The bride sprays perfume on her wrist for her friendly spring wedding.

The groom's vibrant orange boutonierre.

The groom's cuff links have a vibrant blue gem and sit next to a piece of Delphinium.

The bride smiles with her bridesmaids and they all hold their colorful bouquets.

The bride's colorful bridal bouquet with pops of yellow and pink.

The bride's flower crown that she will wear for her friendly spring wedding.

An embroidered heart inside the groom's suitcoat.

Vibrant flowers in blue, yellow and peach are designed in an arrangement on the altar.

The bride and groom stand at the altar holding hands with flowers surrounding them.

The bride and groom kiss with their friends surrounding them.

The bride and groom are about to kiss in front of their wedding chapel.

The chandeliers in the reception room have colorful streamers hanging from them with sunshine pouring into the room.

The reception tables are set with a light blue table cloth and a charcuterie board is placed at each guests seat, who are close friends of the bride and groom.

Personal charcuterie boards for the bride and groom's friendly spring wedding.

Wine bottles set at the bar in color order.

A beautiful cake with white frosting and peach macarons next to it.

The bride smiles at the groom as they cheers glasses by their wedding cake.

The bride and groom dance in the reception room.

The groom picks up his bride as they smile at one another after their friendly spring wedding.

“A Friendly Spring Wedding Full of Vibrant Colors” Weddings in Houston Spotlight Vendors – Photography: Amy Maddox Photography

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Don’t Miss These Top Downtown Wedding Venues in Houston

The bouquet holding bride and suited groom kiss each other on the Four Seasons Hotel Houston stairs.
Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Houston | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Houston

There’s something so magical about downtown Houston. The city’s impressive skyline, dazzling lights, and vibrant energy make it an ideal setting for the wedding of your dreams! With a robust and diverse culture, there’s something for everyone downtown. From five-star luxury event space to grand ballrooms rich in history, you’re sure to find an appealing backdrop for your special day without having to wander too far from home. Explore these top downtown wedding venues to find the perfect place to say “I do.”

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Two Medical Pros Have An Enchanting Greenery-Filled Wedding

Groom in blue suit and tie holds a blonde bride in an off-the-shoulder gown after their wedding ceremony at wedding venue, The Bell Tower on 34th, in Houston, Texas.
Photo: Always Us Studios | Venue: The Bell Tower On 34th

Four years ago, Madison, a nurse practitioner from Seattle, and Emmanuel, a doctor from Ecuador, met at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. After just a few dates, Madison knew she had found her “McDreamy.” A proposal followed on a beautiful evening at a beach in Mexico, with a radiant sunset as the backdrop.

The couple planned for their wedding to be in February 2020, but as you can imagine, for two medical pros working at the largest cancer center in the U.S. during the pandemic, their wedding plans came to a halt. “We made the difficult decision to delay our wedding to not only keep our family and friends safe but also the patients we work with at the cancer center,” Madison says.

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A Timeless and Airy Wedding at a Family-Owned Farm in Brenham, TX

The groom kisses the brides cheek as she laughs at their wedding at venue Deep In The Heart Farms in Brenham, Texas
Photo: Blake Nelson Photography | Venue: Deep In The Heart Farms

A quaint coffee date in college turned into a proposal on a gorgeous autumn day in Lake Tahoe, CA, for Mackenzie and Ryan.

On March 30, 2021, the couple’s timeless Brenham wedding was at Deep in the Heart Farms, a property with 150 acres of rolling green hills and ancient oak trees. The couple knew they wanted a wedding that highlighted the “beauty and true meaning of marriage” from the start. So after an emotional first touch, Mackenzie and Ryan pledged their love in a light-filled chapel with an altar decorated with lush greenery and pops of blush and ivory Peonies, Roses and Ranunculus.

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12 Dress Styles for a Wedding Guest

Colorful flower embroidered mini dress by Oscar de la Renta for wedding guests
Photo: Cass Bird/Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

From sophisticated city weddings to casual countryside ceremonies, it can be challenging to figure out what to wear to a wedding, as a guest, especially while keeping the changing seasons and trends in mind. There are so many factors that go into picking a style, but ultimately you want a gown that makes you feel confident, stylish and fits well.

We loved gathering our top picks for each season for you. Match the dress of your choice to the time, location and formality of the wedding you will be attending! From a black-tie formal gathering to a laid-back country wedding, we have a variety of full-length, midis and mini dresses for you to choose from.

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