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Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding

Austyn could never have predicted that she’d eventually marry her dashing high-school prom date, Dane. But when their trip to the beach for Austyn’s 24th birthday turned into a surprise proposal, well, lovely Austyn knew she’d made the right choice. The pair wed in front of 250 of their nearest and dearest in grand style, and partied the night away surrounded by tall candelabras, dramatic floral arrangements, and tons of glitz n’ glam. Sounds gorgeous? Just wait ’til you see the sweet pics. Congrats and best wishes to the happy couple!

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Photos: R & J Studios ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Galina Signature ~ Wedding Gown Salon: David’s Bridal ~ Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers ~ Flowers: Belles Fleurs ~ Venue: Centurion Palace

Vintage Garden Theme Wedding at Hotel Galvez by Akil Bennett Photography

Let’s face it. Planning an outdoor wedding in Texas, especially Galveston, can be pretty risky due to unexpected weather patterns. Don’t let that bring you down! You can always bring the outside in, which is exactly what Ally’s father suggested. With the help of the florist, Ally’s dream of an outside wedding indoors came to life at Galveston’s premier wedding venue, Hotel Galvez. The ceiling was covered in vines and Spanish moss to create an enchanted look as if you were standing underneath a tree. Garden-like centerpieces were seen throughout the ballroom. Sounds lovely? Just wait ‘til you see these sweet pics by Akil Bennett of Akil Bennett Photography. Congrats Ally & Zach on a beautiful wedding & best wishes!

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Lasker Inn ~ Ceremony Location: The Lyceum of Galveston Island ~ Reception: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Bridal Gown Designer: Paloma Blanca ~ Bridal Gown Salon & Accessories: Mia Bridal Couture ~ Makeup & Hair: The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Catering: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry, Williams-Sonoma, Target and Crate & Barrel

Classic Ivory & Charcoal Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Ama Photography & Cinema

“I had a patient in the ER that needed massive transfusion of blood products. Andrew was working in the blood bank that night. We exchanged simple conversation but I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I messaged him on Facebook a few weeks later, basically asking for a date. He text messaged me the next morning and we’ve been together ever since,” says Houston bride Lenee. If you think their made-for-TV meet-cute is sweet (and verrry dramatic), just wait ’til you see the beautiful photos from their wedding at The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice taken by Aisha Khan from Ama Photography & Cinema! Congrats Lenee & Andrew on tying the knot!

Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Bella Deur ~ Bridal Belt: Weddings by Debbie ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Lighting: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry

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If you plan to wed in 2015 or 2016, you do NOT want to miss the I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to the brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown on Thursday, Oct. 9. Our signature bridal cocktail party is unlike any other bridal event you’ve ever experienced. Chat with an exclusive selection of Houston’s finest wedding experts, indulge in gourmet cuisine, fine wine and divine cocktails, and feast your eyes on the most gorgeous displays of wedding decor, floral design and tabletop artistry you’ve ever encountered.

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Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding

“Our design aim was to discover the intersection between what Barr Mansion had already so beautifully curated and where we found our personality within that,” says bride Jenna of her wedding to adorable Nathan at Austin’s foodie-focused wedding venue. “We took the antique, rustic, free-spirit, artistic, creative, comfortable and natural beauty that was already there and built on that with homegrown flowers, handcrafted centerpieces, personalized paper-cut banners, unique music, DIY’d accent pieces, and a relaxing, lounge-style reception atmosphere.” Even the day’s wet weather was a welcome happenstance. “My mom mentioned that it had rained on her wedding day, and Nathan remarked how the drizzly gray weather looked exactly like where he grew up in Alaska.” We’re delighted to share with you this sweet couple’s lovely wedding, featuring coordination by Kat Creech Events and flowers by Dream Bouquet—make sure to check out more from this talented team of top Houston wedding vendors in the new issue of Weddings in Houston (“Opulence Among the Oaks,” p. 216), on newsstands now!

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Photos: Votive Photography ~ Wedding Gown: BHLDN ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Florist: Dream Bouquet ~ Decor & Rentals: DIY and Flora & Eventi ~ Favors: Kat Creech Events ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry