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!
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
WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature
Michelle & Renzo ~ November 9, 2013
“Who wants to go on a blind date, right? No one! What are the odds that a blind date will lead to a happy ending? Never!” says Michelle—who proved herself wrong, in the best way, by marrying Renzo, with whom she was set up by a mutual friend. The bride, who happens to be the owner of beloved West University gift-and-housewares boutique Blue Leaf, has a natural flair for gracious design, which her 300-guest wedding showed off beautifully. As celebratory as it was spectacular, Michelle and Renzo’s wedding also featured swings hung from the ceiling, confetti cannons, a cigar roller and an after-party, complete with disco-ball drop. WOW!! Congratulations to the happy couple, wishing you a lifetime of happiness!
Photos: Davina + Daniel ~ Wedding Dress: Badgley Mishcka ~ Venue: The Corinthian ~ Catering: Jackson & Company ~ Flowers: Events in Bloom ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers ~ Registry: Blue Leaf Houston ~ Honeymoon: Paris
“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!
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
Whether you lean toward warm golden tones or prefer a rosy glow, gold is 2015’s haute-est bridal metallic. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite gold bridal shoes, hair accessories, handbags and more, and arrayed them here for your enjoyment. Which gold treasure do you love best??
1. Helena Noelle Rose Gold Bridal Belt ~ Helena Noelle 2. Samantha Wills Midnight Garden Bun Cover in Gold ~ Samantha Wills 3. Bijuju Bridal Bar Hair Comb in Gold ~ Bijuju 4. SJP Doris Metal Nappa Peep Toe in Soft Gold ~ Nordstrom 5. Le Flowers Bridal Floral Sash ~ Le Flowers 6. Marchesa Isabella Laser-Cut Calf Hair Clutch Bag ~ Neiman Marcus 7. Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal in Platinum Noir ~ Stuart Weitzman Houston Galleria 8. Lulu Townsend Glitter Frame Clutch ~ DSW