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Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography

Mothers have a knack for picking out things they are sure their daughter will like. Carrie’s mom knew that she would like James, and she was right. The two lovebirds instantly hit it off and the rest was history. James planned the perfect intimate proposal in the Four Seasons Houston Hotel private wine room and later joined friends and family who were waiting to celebrate in the main dining room. When planning their wedding, Carrie and James had a vision of their Hotel ZaZa wedding to feel like a fabulous, modern cocktail party, and that’s exactly what it was. “The décor had a modern feel to it with the main design theme being the absence of a color scheme. Instead, we chose to go with architectural light displays and black accents”, says Carrie. The reception was a party that you wouldn’t want to miss, and the guests fully enjoyed every bit of the band, comedian, cigar roller station, and caricature artist while nibbling on delish Nutella and chocolate chip cookies and mini coke floats! Sounds pretty amazing, right? Wait ‘til you see all the sweet pictures from Akil Bennett! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Proposal Location: Four Seasons Hotel Houston ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Wedding Gown: Pnina Tornai ~ Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Invitations: Tangerine Paper Space

Modern Vintage Bridal and Special Occasion Jewelry

From tiny flower vases to massive crystal cuffs, modern bridal jewelry is a heady mix of vintage inspiration and ingenious innovation!

Finishing Touches: Jewelry For Her

1. Fleurings Large Gold Pendant Vase ~ Fleurings 2. Ben-Amun Pearl & Crystal Fan Earrings ~ Shopbop 3. Erica Courtney Fire Opal Earrings ~ Judith Ann Jewelers Houston 4. Mrs. B Collection Pearl Necklace & Earrings ~ Mrs. B 5. Ben-Amun Belle Epoque Hand Bracelet and Deco Pendant ~ Shopbop 6. Shourouk Apolonia Pearl Necklace in Chalk ~ Shourouk 7. Ben-Amun Baguette & Pearl Necklace ~ Shopbop 8. Bijuju Bridal Bar Drape Me Over You Necklace Set ~ Bijuju ~ 9. Samantha Wills Precious Dreamers Cuff in Silver ~ Samantha Wills

Wrap Your Wrist in Bloom + Grace

Photo: Bloom + Grace

Wrap it up, we’ll take it! We just had to share our love for these yummy fair-trade wrap bracelets from Bloom + Grace. Two of our faves are the Silver Metal Mesh Wrap (the perfect complement to your sparkling engagement ring) and the Gold Metal Cuff, which we love to pair with jeans, nubby sweaters, wrap dresses (um, yeah, you can’t have too much wrapping, darling) and beachwear. These super chic bracelets also make awesome bridesmaids gifts (hint, hint). And here’s something else we love: Not only does Bloom + Grace offer amazing jewelry, they also partner with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign to bring life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. Look good, do good, it’s all good.

Classic White, Purple & Green Wedding at The Omni Houston Hotel

Small-town boy Bryan met city-girl, Amanda in a Single Life class at Second Baptist Church. They hit it off and Bryan proposed three years later to Amanda on a beautiful bench in the prayer garden of SBC. Amanda and Bryan had a vision of their wedding to be classic, elegant, traditional and fun. Amanda wed Bryan at Second Baptist Church in a gorrrgeous blush lace Allure Bridals gown from Weddings by Debbie. Following the ceremony was an elegant affair at The Omni Houston Hotel where 175 of their nearest and dearest dined and danced the night away. Congrats Amanda and Bryan, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and love!

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Photos: Thomas & Penelope Photography ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s Little Italy ~ Reception: Omni Houston Hotel ~ Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie ~ Invitations: Isabella Invitations ~ Florist: Dream Bouquet

Modern Metallic Bridal Accessories for the 2015 Bride

Sleek, chic and absolutely unforgettable: If that’s the bridal look you love (and who wouldn’t?), let these Houston Wedding Blog accessories faves fulfill your wedding fantasies!

Head To Toe Modern

1. Deepa Gurnani Double Petal Bridal Headwrap ~ Deepa Gurnani 2. Deepa Gurnani Side Burst Flower Bridal Headband ~ Deepa Gurnani 3. Jimmy Choo Chandra Shimmer Suede Clutch ~ Jimmy Choo 4. Tiffany & Co. T-Wire Diamond and Gold Bracelet ~ Tiffany & Co. 5. Jimmy Choo Lance Glitter Leather Sandal ~ Jimmy Choo 6. Badgley Mischka Leigha Embellished Heel Peep-Toe Bootie ~ Badgley Mischka 7. Tory Burch Fret Clutch ~ Tory Burch 8. Tory Burch Gold-Plated Crystal & Resin Cuff ~ NET-A-PORTER