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Coral and Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Julie & Justin ~ April 25, 2014

While European-themed Chateau Polonez was the site of their spring wedding, it was the allure of the islands that served as inspiration for Julie and Justin’s memorable celebration. The couple, who became engaged in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and would eventually honeymoon in French Polynesia, infused their special day with “beachy” elements, from a blue-and-coral palette to sand-rock-and-starfish candle displays, to guest tables named for famed island destinations. Did the newlyweds sail off into the sunset? Not exactly. But after hours of dancing and dining with those they loved most, they did drive off in a 1965 Rolls-Royce the groom had always coveted. “We had such a wonderful time,” the bride says, “and were so thankful to have our family and loved ones there.”

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Brickhouse Bridal ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Venue: Chateau Polonez ~ Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner from Weddings Performed ~ Honeymoon: Tahiti & Moorea

Elegant Blush, White and Green Garden Theme Wedding

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Kelli & A.J. ~ May 17, 2014

Having begun their courtship at the University of Georgia, it’s no surprise that Kelli and A.J. wanted their wedding to “feel like an elegant garden party at a Southern home.” As the bride describes, “The ambiance began with a drive up scenic River Oaks Blvd. with Houston’s most beautiful homes,” and continued with a gracious country-club setting, decorated with soft-pink peonies, mercury-glass votives, twinkle-lights and French armchairs. A reception menu filled with Southern favorites—fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, pulled-pork sliders—nourished guests for a night of dancing to live music. As the night progressed, guests enjoyed hand-rolled Cuban cigars on the starlit patio, and late-night chicken-and-waffle bites. Jo Ann Schwartz Woodward (of wedding consulting firm Schwartz & Woodward) was great at listening to our vision and implementing it flawlessly,” Kelli says. “It was truly the wedding of our dreams!”

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Photos: Sarah Austin Photography ~ Proposal: Brennan’s Houston ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Linens: EB Inc ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Bering’s, Kuhl-Linscomb & Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

Ivory, Gray and Gold Wedding at The Petroleum Club of Houston by D. Jones Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Barbara & Billy ~ August 30, 2014

A college meet-cute. A wintry Central Park down-on-one-knee-in-the-snow proposal. A magnificent 225-guest wedding so celebratory that attendees couldn’t wait to start dancing and took to the floor during dinner! Could Barbara and Billy’s nuptial story be any more romantic? The pair’s Petroleum Club wedding had all the makings of an unforgettable evening, from the ivory, gray and gold palette, to the shrimp-cocktail-and-filet-mignon dinner, to the spectacular “statement” cake from famed baker Nadine Moon. Yet it was the feeling of being surrounded by family and friends, and “hosted by the most wonderful parents anyone could have,” that the bride says will forever be her greatest memory of her most special day.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography ~ Reception: Petroleum Club of Houston ~ Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier ~ Invitations & Registry: Bering’s ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions

Ivory, Gold and Brown Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

What happens when you combine one of Houston’s cream of the crop florists, Lary’s Florist and Designs with a regal wedding venue like Crystal Ballroom at The Rice? A bunch of gorgeous-ness. From Paula’s luxurious lace and tulle Lazaro bridal gown, to her glittery-gold Jimmy Choo bridal ballet flats, and the breathtaking candelabra centerpieces that filled the ballroom, Paula and Lee’s wedding was a fairytale dream come true. We are in love with these photos and are sure you will, too. Congrats Paula and Lee on your lovely Houston wedding!

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Photos: Alyse French Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Florist, Decor, Rentals & Lighting: Lary’s Florist and Designs ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma

Peach, Pink and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography

Ashley had been bugging Rick to plan the perfect date night, and that he did. Rick made dinner reservations at one of their favorite restaurants. Even when were then seated at a table with a dozen roses and a bottle of wine, Ashley still didn’t suspect anything. After all, they were low-key, private people–it never occurred to her that Rick would propose in public. But as soon as they were done with their meal, the restaurant’s manager personally presented the couple with dessert under a cloche cover. When Ashley removed the cloche, she discovered a ring box, and, well, let’s just say it turned out to be a date night she’d never forget. Ashley and Rick’s opulent wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa was a dream come true. “We ended up creating exactly what we wanted, a very festive and romantic atmosphere with a classic feel that recognized the importance of the moment”,” the bride says. Tall pink and peach candelabras, and hanging candles above the dance floor, added the perfect touch of romance and elegance to the evening. Thanks J. Cogliandro for the beautiful photos, and congrats to the newlyweds!

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Wedding Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro ~ Wedding Gown Salon: Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ~ Groom’s Suit: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel