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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

BIG Sparkle from Tacori + BIG Tacori Giveaway

BIG Sparkle from Tacori + BIG Tacori Giveaway

Photos: Tacori

There’s something about a Tacori diamond ring that just gets your heart beating. Hard. Maybe it’s the ultra high quality of those sparkling, sparkling stones. Or perhaps it’s the extraordinary care that goes into creating such superb pieces of jewelry (each and every Tacori ring is hand-crafted in California by expert artisans). Whatever it is that gives Tacori diamond and fine-gemstone jewelry its unique fire and fabulousness, it is, in a word, extraordinary. You can find Tacori engagement rings and bridal jewelry here in Houston at Zadok Master Jewelers. And today, when you purchase tickets to the utterly spectacular I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to The Corinthian next Thursday, Feb. 12, you can WIN this gorgeous $400 Tacori necklace–the perfect piece to pair with a chic, sleek cocktail dress, or your favorite white T-shirt and comfy jeans (good luck, loves!!):

BIG Sparkle from Tacori + BIG Tacori Giveaway

Photo: Tacori

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

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

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

Red, Gold & Black Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Select Studios

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Brittany and Ryan ~ November 23, 2013

“I’d never given much thought to the idea of ‘love at first sight’—until the moment it happened to me,” says Brittany. The bride first locked eyes with her hubby-to-be at a country-music festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo.—an instant that, she says, “felt like a movie” and changed her life. Eleven months into their long-distance relationship (he was in Austin, she in Houston), Ryan proposed aboard a gondola at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel. The couple’s Catholic ceremony was intimate and spiritual; their red-gold-and-black Hotel ZaZa reception was all about fun. “Since our love story began at a music festival,” Brittany says, dancing ruled the day—the highlight of a celebration “designed to include all of our guests; we wanted them to feel how much we loved them.”

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Names: Brittany Tiner & Ryan Deck ~ Number of Guests: 300 ~ Venue: Hotel Zaza ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ His & Hers Signature Cocktails: Whiskey Press; Dirty Martini ~ Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers ~ Photography: Select Studios ~ Registry: Bering’s; Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Dominican Republic   

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

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

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.