WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE
Lisa and Donald ~ January 19, 2014
While their Match.com introduction might not be the essence of tradition, Don’s request to Lisa’s dad for permission to marry his daughter certainly was. “After getting my dad’s blessing, he dropped to one knee and I said, ‘Yes!’” recalls the bride—who also happens to be director of catering and conferences for one of Houston’s most revered wedding venues: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Naturally, the couple wed at Lisa’s longtime place of employment, aided in planning by the hotel’s social catering manager, Jim Gray. Highlights of the joyful occasion included a ceremony filled with poignant readings by the couple’s many family members. Avid foodies both, Don and Lisa incorporated wine pairings into their lavish menu, and treated guests to exquisite desserts, almond-and-raspberry wedding cake, and postprandial cigars. “My favorite part of the night was singing and dancing with my niece and goddaughter Caroline to—yes—‘Sweet Caroline,’ by Neil Diamond,” Lisa recalls happily. “The entire room joined in!”
Photos: John Ly Photography
If you attended last Thursday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, you got a peek at the extraordinary talent that is Darryl & Co. This Thursday, you’re in for more—much more—of Darryl Murchison’s signature sophistication and opulence, when Darryl & Co. hosts its annual spring showcase. Tablescapes, luxurious lounge settings, dazzling decor and flights of floral fantasy all will be on display at this fabulous open house and cocktail bash. And if that’s not reason enough for revelry, then the fact that this soiree is also a celebration of Darryl & Co.’s 20th anniversary most certainly is. Festivities kick off at 5:30; admission is free; your RSVP is requested.
Darryl & Co.
483 W. 38th Street
Houston, TX 77018
Photos: Darryl & Co.
Satin ribbon and pearl pins are a classic choice for a hand-tied wedding bouquet. But there’s no rule that says they’re required wrapping for wedding bouquet stems. We’re huge fans of using interestingly textured, unusually patterned and/or heirloom fabrics and other materials to bind bridal bouquets. Some of our favorite ribbon alternatives include lace (especially black), raffia, twine, silk handkerchiefs, crocheted doilies, bear grass, leather and suede. Also alluring: mixing a simple or rough-hewn wrap material with a contrastingly delicate or ornamental accent, or vice versa. For instance, fine lace accented with wood buttons, or twine encircled with pearl rosary beads. And, of course, there’s nothing more meaningful than a bouquet wrapped with a bit of lace from the hem of your grandmother’s wedding gown, or adorned with your great-aunt’s heirloom locket.
Find more hand-tied bouquet inspiration, and the week’s wedding news, events & tips, in today’s week’s Wednesday Wedding Buzz!
Credits (Photos top to bottom, left to right): Karen Tran Florals, Kellie Kano Photography via Greer Loves, Heather Bliss via Callie Rose, Meredith Perdue (next 2 images), Four Seasons Flowers, Shannon Kelley Photography (last 2 images)