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Hindu-American Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography

“It was very important to us that our wedding day reflect both of our cultural heritages and traditions. We are thrilled we were able to incorporate two very different ceremonies into one (very long) day!” says bride, Becky. The Hindu marriage ceremony took place in the morning at the Omni Houston Hotel, “Starting with a boisterous barat procession with Aneesh along with his family and friends joyously dancing their way to the mandap (marriage pavilion), and ending with an Indian feast for lunch,” adds Becky. The Catholic ceremony was held that same evening (yes, that same day) where Becky wore a stunning lace Martina Liana gown from Brickhouse Bridal. Becky and Aneesh wanted to transform their reception venue into a small Tuscan village in the Italian countryside. “Between the bouquets of peonies and hydrangeas, the candles that filled the room with a soft glow, the tables named after Italian places close to our hearts, the Prosecco and Chianti that flowed throughout the evening, and the delectable Italian dinner, we truly felt transported,” says Becky. If you think their wedding sounds beautiful, just wait ‘til you see the pics! Thank you Akil Bennett for the fabulous photos and congrats to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Ceremony Venue: Omni Houston Hotel ~ Reception Venue: River Oaks Country Club ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Martina Liana from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Wedding Band: Zadok Jewelers ~ Florist: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma

BEAUTIFUL Bell Tower on 34th Street Wedding by Steve Lee Photography

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Rachel & Kurt ~ July 11, 2014

For their once-in-a-lifetime celebration, UT alums Rachel and Kurt chose The Bell Tower on 34th St., and it’s easy to see why. With its gorgeous grounds, vine-covered walls, hidden archways and spectacular interior, the beloved Bell Tower was the perfect place to gather 240 guests for an evening of dining, dancing and pure, exuberant joy. The bride enchanted everyone in her gorgeous Watters gown from fabulous Mia Bridal Couture–which, we might add, photographer Steve Lee Weddings captured magnificently against a series of Bell Tower backgrounds. Notes Rachel: “Kurt and I truly feel that our perfect evening lasted forever as we got to soak up every moment of happiness and fun of the party.” As for us? We note that this wedding was one of our favorites of the year! Best of luck, and much love, to the newlyweds. And big thanks to The Bell Tower on 34th, and Steve Lee Weddings, for sharing this beautiful event with us…and YOU!

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Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Entertainment: DJU Entertainment ~ Registry: Macy’s ~ Honeymoon: St. Lucia

Blue, Yellow and Gray Wedding at the Tremont House by Adam Nyholt Photographer

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Cameron & Bryar ~ October 5, 2013

There’s something to be said for spontaneity, notes bride Cameron, whose then-boyfriend Bryar “proposed completely out of the blue at my apartment on a lazy Sunday afternoon.”  While the proposal may have been less than formal, the couple’s Galveston wedding was a grand celebration at the historic Tremont House hotel, where 300 guests enjoyed gourmet Texas specialties—seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, beef brisket—along with DIY Champagne cocktails, glamorous boas, and dancing on a magnificent monogrammed white dance floor. The bride’s favorite memory? “Dancing a father-daughter dance to ‘My Girl.’”

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Names: Cameron Dunn & Bryar Johnson ~ Number of Guests: 300 ~ Venue: The Tremont House~ Wedding Theme: rustic-chic ~ Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photography: Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Videography: Sculpting With Time Productions ~ Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii

And be sure to check out the awesome wedding video from Sculpting With Time Productions!

Cameron + Bryar | Highlight Film from Sculpting With Time Productions on Vimeo.

 


Plum and Lavender Wedding at La Colombe d’Or by Joshua Tyi Photography

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Lana and Bojan ~ February 1, 2014

Sometimes it takes a wedding to inspire a wedding. Take the case of Houston lovebirds Lana and Bojan, who traveled to New Mexico for a friend’s nuptials. “The day before the wedding, Bojan surprised me by renting a car and taking me sightseeing through gorgeous forests and snow-covered slopes,” Lana recounts. On the way back to their hotel, Bojan stopped, got out of the car, and told Lana to close her eyes. “When I opened them, he was standing next to a snowman. He asked me to look inside the snowman, and when I did, I found the engagement ring. Truly one of the happiest days of my life,” the bride says. Another happy day? The day of the couple’s magnificent La Colombe d’Or wedding, of course.

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Names: Lana Ljuboja & Bojan Muranovic ~ Number of Guests: 190 ~ Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero From Weddings by Debbie ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Photography: Joshua Tyi Photography ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Transportation: Sam’s Limousine ~ Honeymoon: St. Lucia  

Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography

“We met at a charity camp for children with cancer called Candlelighter’s, back in El Paso,” recounts recent bride Paige. “Patrick was the counselor for the youngest boys and I was the counselor for the youngest girls. Patrick had a ‘tough guy’ exterior, but seeing him with those children, gentle and kind, melted my heart and I was immediately in love. By the end of the camp we were constantly talking and flirting, sharing music and books; it was a beautiful beginning to a beautiful relationship.” We’ll second that, Paige. And third it. And just melt over it right along with you, while we sigh over Akil Bennett’s gorgeous photos of your Hotel ZaZa spring wedding. Thank you so much for donating your time and love to children in need, and for sharing your beautiful day with our beautiful Houston brides. Congratulations!

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Bridal Gown: Ella Blu ~ Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss ~ Wedding Reception Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry