“He said for about a year that he was going to marry me even though I was not even into him,” says recent Houston bride Amanda. “As it turns out, I ended up falling in love with him.” Which just goes to show you, it pays to keep an open heart. Are we right, ladies?? Amanda and persistent (and adorable) Jimmy tied the knot with a ceremony at the bride’s parents’ church—where, incidentally, the couple reconnected after having known each other in elementary school before the future groom and his family moved away—followed by a fabulous party at the historic Majestic Metro theater. Shades of deep purple, silver and cool white set the tone for the night, while crystals sparkled everywhere—on candelabras, napkin holders, and a gorgeous purple-banded, brooch-accented cake from Who Made The Cake. Photographer Robin Maxwell’s photos perfectly capture the sophisticated celebratory vibe of this cool Houston wedding. And the couple? So sweet. Congratulations, you two.
Photos: Life in Bloom Studio ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Mother of the Bride’s Dress: T Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Decor & Rentals: The Perfect Touch ~ Venue: Majestic Metro
Photographer Sarah Williams of HWB fave The Silhouette Studio recently shared her own 2013 vow renewal with us—and we are so glad she did. Not just any ol’ restating of sacred commitments (although it involved that, too), Williams’ wondrous Elmwood Gardens vow renewal was a chance for the photographer and her one-and-only, Caleb, to have the celebration they didn’t get a chance to when the two eloped back in 2011 while Caleb, a Marine, was in training. Feast your eyes on Williams’ beautiful event, created with help from a slate of super-talented East Texas wedding specialists—shot by the bride herself (except for portraits of Williams and her family, which are the work of Krystle Akin Photography). And while you’re at it, check out Williams’ work on HWB, and get the full love story behind her vow renewal on her own blog. Congratulations, Sarah, we couldn’t be happier for you and Caleb!
Photos: The Silhouette Studio (portrait photos by Krystle Akin Photography) ~ Coordination: Bella Spree ~ Desserts: Sassy Sweets ~ Flowers: La Tee Da ~ Venue: Elmwood Gardens
Introduced by a mutual friend when the groom moved to Houston for work in 2009, Leanne and West “instantly clicked,” the bride says. Lots more clicking came one fateful eve when the two arrived at their fave Tex-Mex spot for what the bride thought was a regular ol’ Saturday-night date. We’ll let her tell the tale in her own words: “When I reached the top of the stairs, on the way to our seat, I saw a table on the landing with flowers, candles and a frame that said, ‘Leanne and West, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, June 16, 2012?’ When I turned around, West was on one knee with the whole restaurant cheering him on as he proposed. Before he even put the ring on my finger, the curtains to the upstairs flew open and all of our family and friends were there waiting to celebrate with us. It was fantastic!” Nice work, Mr. Gotcher. The pair’s June wedding, with its “crisp, clean, summery” feel and Who Made The Cake creations—including a surprise groom’s cake in the shape of West’s favorite boots—treated more than 500 guests to an evening of dining (chicken-fried steak and green-tomato sliders, anyone?), dancing and general merriment. Big thanks to Chris Bailey for images of this fresh and fabulous Houston wedding, and big congrats to Leanne and West!
Photos: Chris Bailey Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Christos from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ~ Jewelry: Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry (her); Zadok Jewelers (him) ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Flowers: Bergner & Johnson Design ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Keely Thorne Events ~ Venue & Catering: Houston Country Club
Some Houston brides want floral abundance and frilly linens. Some want crystals and chandeliers. And some, like Suzanne, want to keep things casual yet chic. “We wanted our wedding to be modern and simple,” she explains. For her Houston wedding to Jason at the historic Sam Houston Hotel’s cool, contemporary Veranda by *17 terrace space, interior designer Suzanne stuck to minimal yellow and gray decor, along with passed heavy hors d’oeuvre and no assigned seats. “We wanted it to be a party! Everyone had a great time celebrating with us, with lots of dancing.” Plus, she adds, “Actually getting Jason to dance was great!” Cheers to the fun-loving couple, and big thanks to photographer Adam Nyholt for the fab photos of this unique and lovely Sam Houston Hotel wedding.
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Photos: Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Bride’s Dress: Jane Wang from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Flowers: Think Studio ~ Caterer & Venue: Veranda by *17 at the Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston)