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2015 Client Appreciation Party at La Colombe d’Or by Civic Photos

They create the most incredible celebrations in town. So each year, we celebrate them, with a pull-out-all-the-stops party where Houston’s top wedding pros can let their hair down (or tease it wayyyyy out, as pictured below), dance, dine, and get fabulously festive with friends, colleagues and the staff of Weddings in Houston magazine. This year’s Client Appreciation Party, with its ’70s-Glam theme design from Darryl & Co., and fantastic disco soundtrack, courtesy of DJU Productions, transformed regal venue La Colombe d’Or into a Studio 54-inspired nightclub…and transformed an enthusiastic crowd of Houston’s most talented wedding vendors and experts into a hip-shaking, down-getting, conga-lining bunch of boogie queens and kings that only stepped away from the dance floor to refuel on themed cocktails, fine food…and delicious cake from the amazing Susie’s Cakes & Confections. Oh, and also: There were rollerskates.

Check out party pix from the wonderful Barett and Saul of Civic Photos…and be sure to scroll down to see our “Best Costume” winners: Lee Capetillo of A Memorable Event, and Lisa Hudson of Hotel ZaZa!!

Best Costumes: Lee Capetillo Jr. & Lisa Hudson ~ Photos: Civic Photos ~ Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Lighting: DJU Productions

Moffitt Oaks Summer Open House, Sunday, Aug. 2

Moffitt Oaks Summer Open House, Sunday, Aug. 2

Photo: Leah Brewer Photography

Listen up to-be-weds: There’s a little slice of Heaven in Tomball, and it goes by the name of Moffitt Oaks. Private, serene, relaxed, refined—this Hill Country jewel truly is where rustic meets elegant. It’s no surprise this full-service wedding venue, located just 40 minutes outside of downtown Houston, is a 2014 AND 2015 Weddings in Houston Couples’ Favorite winner!

Come out and see for yourself why so many couples are so smitten, when Moffitt Oaks hosts its sensational Summer Open House this Sunday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Check out ceremony sites like the romantic Lakeside, where sparkling waters offer a delightful backdrop to deeply felt “I do’s.” Visit the 250-capacity Ballroom, featuring wrought-iron doors, Swarovski chandeliers and a saloon-style bar with incomparable Texas charm. Meet with local vendors, chat with Moffitt Oaks staff, and basically have a lovely ol’ time while you plan the wedding of your dreams. RSVP today!

Claire Pettibone Romantique at Brickhouse Bridal 7/31-8/1

Claire Pettibone Romantique at Brickhouse Bridal 7/31-8/1

Photos: Claire Pettibone

You’re going to want to let your hair down for this one, honey: Brickhouse Bridal is bringing the gorgeous Claire Pettibone Romantique collection to the Houston area, with an exclusive debut trunk show next weekend! Flowing silhouettes, feminine off-the-shoulder sleeves, delicate lace and intricate back details—these are the style hallmarks of this bohemian-elegant bridal collection, designed, Pettibone says, for “the type of bride who prefers turquoise to diamonds, wildflowers to roses.”

That’s not to say you can’t rock a few sparkling rocks with your diaphanous Romantique wedding dress (this is Houston, after all!). Come, experience, see for yourself how you can personalize your ethereal and lovely, made-in-California Claire Pettibone Romantique gown with your own signature style—whether it’s a flower crown and ballet flats, or a shimmering sash and vintage pumps. Did we mention that these beauties are under $3,000, and feature fine crepe and chiffon, Chantilly lace, delicate embroidery and other exceptionally high-quality fabrics and embellishments?

Appointments for this trunk show are a must; call 281.681.3430 to make yours today. Brickhouse Bridal’s wonderfully gracious and knowledgeable consultants are waiting to welcome you…and guide you to the Romantique dress of your dreams!

Agave Estates Summer Open House, Thurs. July 23

Agave Estates Summer Open House July 23

Photo: Akil Bennett Photography

And now there are…three! With the debut of Agave Rio, the beautiful Katy-area enclave known as Agave Estates becomes a trio of tranquil, elegant, utterly romantic wedding venues—one that is perfect for…YOU.

See these gorgeous sites in all their natural splendor—and be transported to the serenity and graciousness of “Old Mexico”—when Agave Estates welcomes to-be-wed couples and their families for an evening of fine food, drink and wedding-planning, Thursday, July 23 from 6-9 pm.

This is your chance to experience the stonework plazas, shimmering pools, twinkle-lit passages and palm-accented rooms of Agave Estates, as you visualize the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

RSVP NOW for this all-access evening of fun and inspiration, Agave-Estates-style…or visit Agave Estates for more details!

Gold, Glitter and Navy Wedding by George Street Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON SPRING 2015 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Liz & Vinnie ~ March 22, 2014

Pediatric cardiology fellow Liz met Vinnie, an applications engineer, at a bar on St. Patricks’s Day, when neither was out searching for love: “We both had gone out in our rattiest clothes, ready to just have fun with our friends,” Liz recounts. In the tradition of their first encounter, Vinnie’s proposal, offered to Liz at the top of a mountain they had just hiked in the pouring rain, was less than glamorous affair. But their wedding at Discovery Green’s The Grove made up for all that, done up as it was in gold, glitter and blush, against a backdrop of chic, sleek cream and navy. For her special day, Liz wore not one, but three knockout gowns, including a shimmering vintage halter-neck sheath with a stunning draped back. And a very special day it was for the bride and for her mother, whose recent kidney transplant meant that she could fully enjoy the festivities. “I thank God every day fort the selfless gift of organ donors,” says the grateful-and gorgeous-bride.

Photographer: George Street Photography ~ Venue: The Grove ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Honeymoon: Napa Valley