Intimate Brunch Wedding at Brennan’s of Houston

wedding photography, houston, blanca duran, bride, groom, brennan's of houston, courtyard
Photo: Blanca Duran | Venue: Brennan’s of Houston

Anita and Bill met as neighbors at a house party during Lights In The Heights in 2017 while they bonded over having daughters. “I was a little shy but his constant warmth and helpfulness lead us to become fast friends who found had similar stories: some happy, some painful,” recounts Anita. “We quickly found ourselves and our girls to be inseparable and decided we are better together than apart!” While on a trip to Bill’s hometown of New Orleans, Bill took Anita and their daughters to explore Jackson Square. “I watched our girls running around in joy in a post-Christmas mist thinking how lucky we all were to find one another,” recalls Anita. “I turned to look and found Bill on his knee proposing! Needless to say, I was blown away and passersby all stopped to watch as our girls whooped all around us. I said yes and the rest is history… “

For their summer wedding, it was only natural that the couple would tie the knot at Texas creole restaurant Brennan’s of Houston for a classic New Orleans brunch. “Brennan’s of Houston was the perfect location and the courtyard was beautiful for our outdoor morning ceremony,” says the bride. “We chose live music and had a small intimate wedding. Our girls were the flower girls and only our family and our neighbor family (which is so fitting since that is where we met) attended.” For their reception meal seafood dominated the menu, paying tribute to the bride’s Croatian heritage and the groom’s New Orleans upbringing, where guests dined on crab cakes, Gulf coast snapper, and Banana’s foster. Since their brunch wedding was on Father’s Day, the couple had a variety of wedding favors for their guests including cigars for the men, gift sets for the kids, and jams from Croatia where Anita and her family are from. It was a series of perfect moments,” says Anita. “Two people who didn’t expect love again were able to find it literally right outside their doors…” Isn’t their love story the sweetest? We’re so happy to feature this gorgeous Houston couple and share their intimate brunch wedding with y’all. Join us in celebrating their love by scrolling through these beautiful images from Blanca Duran. Congratulations, Anita & Bill!

Click here to read the rest of this post »

Intimate Destination Wedding in Hawaii

Bella, an operations manager, and Larry, a piping designer, traveled to Colorado for a Texans vs Broncos game, but little did Bella know, Larry had the romantic surprise of a lifetime waiting for her on their trip. “On November 1, 2018, we planned a hike to a lake in the mountains with ‘a friend’ of his,” recalls Bella. “Turned out he was a professional photographer. About an hour into the hike he asked me to sit beside him on a rock overlooking the lake. While admiring the beautiful scenery he tried to get romantic but failed, as I refused to stop throwing snow at him. He finally stood me up and got down in one knee and asked to marry me. With tears in my eyes, I accepted.”

A year later, it was only fitting for the travel-loving couple to have an intimate destination wedding in Oahu, Hawaii. The bride and groom exchanged vows in a romantic beachfront ceremony, overlooking the pristine blue waters of Kāne‘ohe Bay, all beautifully documented by Houston wedding photographer Civic Photos and Houston wedding videographer Meant To Be Films. Following their outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds set sail on a private catamaran cruise and joined 72 of their loved ones in an open-air reception surrounded by lush tropical foliage and majestic mountains. Bella describes the wedding decor as, “Tropical with natural flower arrangements that accentuated the beautiful scenery,” featuring a lovely color palette of ivory, gold and burgundy. Guests dined on coconut shrimp, Jamaican jerk chicken and pork, and Mahi Mahi, before dancing the night away under the Hawaiian moonlight. The bride’s favorite moment? “Our first dance after becoming Mrs. Herrera.” Join us in swooning over this beautiful destination wedding in Hawaii. Congratulations, Bella & Larry!

Click here to read the rest of this post »

Chinoiserie Themed Styled Shoot at Sandlewood Manor

houston, wedding photography, amy maddox, photography, wedding venue, sandlewood manor, samantha's artistry, styled shoot
Photo: Amy Maddox Photography | Venue: Sandlewood Manor | Hair + Makeup: Samantha’s Artistry
We are so excited to welcome Houston wedding photographer Amy Maddox Photography back to the blog with this stunning chinoiserie themed styled shoot at Sandlewood Manor!

Using natural light, Amy Maddox effortlessly captures the elegant Southern grandeur of Sandlewood Manor while effectively tying in Chinese motifs into modern design details in this chinoiserie themed styled shoot. The subtle combination of blue and white accent colors, to represent the traditional Chinese pattern, paired with a vibrant summer color palette created a modern and elegant table setting. In addition, Amy beautifully captures the bride’s glowing beauty and the romantic details of the intimate outdoor ceremony beneath the majestic and lush Sandlewood Manor Century Oaktree. Join us in swooning over this timeless chinoiserie themed styled shoot and scroll down to fully immerse yourself in all its beauty! If you love Sandlewood Manor’s southern charm, be sure to book a tour today to see the stunning wedding venue yourself.

Click here to read the rest of this post »

Romantic And Intimate Summer Wedding By Ama By Aisha

Intimate summer wedding, wedding photographer, ama by aisha
Photo: Ama By Aisha

Planning a wedding is hard enough…but planning a wedding in the middle of a global pandemic is even harder! College sweethearts Elly and Trevor faced countless challenges while trying to navigate their intimate summer wedding in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should they postpone? Should they cancel? Or should they stick to their original date? Luckily love prevailed and they managed to pull off the celebration of a lifetime at The Astorian“COVID-19 was definitely the biggest obstacle for us,” says the bride. “We had planned, postponed, then decided on June 19th that we were going to get married on our original date (June 27th), no matter what the day looked like. Everything seemed to fall into place after we made the decision to move forward and called our vendors. It ended up being the most gorgeous day I could have ever imagined. It was the ideal intimate wedding experience.” A gorgeous day indeed, and we are so thankful towards Houston wedding photographer Ama By Aisha for beautifully capturing their special day!

Following their church ceremony, the couple joined 50 of their nearest and dearest at The Astorian for an intimate wedding reception. The reception decor was romantic and elegant, featuring a beautiful summer color palette of white, blush and green with champagne and dusty blue accents. Menu highlights from Cordúa Catering included Golf crab cakes, smoked lamb lollichops, and truffled grilled cheese. The meal’s sweet finish featured a five-tier white wedding cake accented with blue Italian tile print and a yeti groom’s cake, both from Cakes By GinaThe memorable night ended with the couple exiting under a shower of golden sparklers before making their getaway in a vintage 1955 Rolls Royce. The bride’s favorite moment? “Getting ready with my girls in The Astorian bridal suite was perfect,” says the bride. “We blasted our music and drank mimosas while getting our hair and makeup done!” We’re so happy that everything worked out for newlyweds Elly and Trevor and excited to share their romantic and intimate summer wedding with y’all. Congratulations, Elly & Trevor!

Click here to read the rest of this post »