ENGAGED and CONFUSED?

Register now as a Bride or Groom
and receive our E-newsletter
and planning tools FREE!

Register Today!

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.”

Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography Coral & Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography

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

Budget-Friendly, Beautiful Bridesmaids Bouquets

Our recent Facebook post on one bride’s baby’s breath bridesmaids’ bouquets got lots of y’all talking—some loved ’em, some…not so much. One commenter suggested carnations instead, if budget was an issue. Which got us thinking: There are so many options for bridesmaids bouquets that are both budget-friendly and beautiful. The key is sticking with one or two simple, striking flower types, and taking a monochromatic approach (a pop of accent color is fine). Check out some of our favorites right here, and make sure to Pin to your wedding inspiration board or share with your florist.

1. Antique Carnations Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Branco Prata 2. Baby’s Breath & Eucalyptus Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Allison Stahl 3. Blue Hydrangea Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Hales Studio 4. Dinner Plate Dahlia Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo via Happy Wed 5. Garden Rose Herb Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Michelle Warren Photography 6. Gerbera Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Boro Creative Visions 7. Pink Rose & Baby’s Breath Rustic Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Live View Studios 8. Sunflower & Daisy Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Emmaline Bride

Blush, Gold and Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d’Or by J. Cogliandro Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Katie & Mitchell ~ March 8, 2014

Jewelry designer Katie Decker has a passion for ornamentation, so it’s no surprise the bride selected La Colombe d’Or’s magnificently ornate, oak-paneled Grand Salon to celebrate her marriage to high-school sweetheart Mitchell. Having already designed her own rose-gold engagement ring, Katie took her inspiration from the romantic hue, bringing the color to her cake, her invitations, even her blush-toned Ines Di Santo gown from beloved Houston salon Mia Bridal Couture. At the couple’s elegant reception, French-style furniture surrounding the dance floor “made it feel as if you had gone back in time and entered a Belle-Epoque-style club,” Katie says. And while dining and dancing in that lavish environment was decidedly delightful, the bride says her favorite memory was “walking down the aisle and seeing Mitchell for the first time, with all our friends and family in one place. It was so surreal…and such a happy occasion.”

Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography Blush, Gold & Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d'Or by J. Cogliandro Photography

Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel ZaZa ~ Reception Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Registry: Bering’s ~ Honeymoon: Tuscany & Amalfi Coast

Tangerine and Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Holly & Elliot ~ September 1, 2013

Though they attended the same Fort Bend high school, Holly and Elliott didn’t actually meet until years later at a birthday party. “I saw Elliott playing giant Jenga, and instantly his smile drew me in,” Holly recounts. There were smiles all around when Elliott surprised Holly with his proposal in front of more than 20 family members and close friends at a Thanksgiving dinner the couple hosted at their home. And more smiles still when 180 guests gathered for the couple’s sunset wedding at Katy’s Agave Road, where, after a night of celebration, the newlyweds snuck outside for a last dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography Tangerine & Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography

Photos: FireHeart Photography ~ Venue: Agave Road ~ Linens: Linens by Lisa ~ Honeymoon Costa Rica

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!”

Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding Elegant Blush, White & Green Garden-Theme Wedding

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