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Romantic Bell Tower Wedding by Weddings by Alefiya

Clint’s surprise proposal to Mariam during a poker game was just the start of the couple’s thrilling “I do” experience. Mariam, who met Clint at a midtown pub just a couple of months after she moved to Houston from Iraq, where she grew up, knew from the moment she saw him that he was the man for her. And when the couple finally tied the knot, four years later, “Everything was special to me,” she says. “The color and decor were so romantic—just how I dreamed they would be,” she says of their Bell Tower on 34th ceremony and reception. “Everything was so magical.” Big thanks to fabulously talented Houston photographer Alefiya Akbarally of Weddings by Alefiya for the gorgeous photos of this gorgeous wedding (and check out that beaming bride—her smile says it all!).

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Photos: Weddings by Alefiya ~ Bride’s Dress: Rivini from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Bridesmaid Attire: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Floral & Decor: Floral Events ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th

Yellow and Turquoise Outdoor Wedding by Joseph West Photography

How cool would it be to meet your Mr. Right at a Texans tailgate? Pretty darn cool. Just ask bride Debbie, who forced herself to talk to the cute guy across the parking lot that October day in 2008. “We’ve been talking ever since,” she now says with a smile. “Relaxed” and “not too over-thought” is how Debbie describes her wedding to Calan, “just like our relationship.” Of course, that doesn’t mean the celebration wasn’t without its surprises. “My eldest brother hired mariachis to play at the wedding. I would like to say that I remained calm and collected when learning of the surprise, but one of my pictures tells a different story. You can see me on the verge of tears as soon as I hear the instruments striking!” Photos of Debbie’s mariachi moments, and so many more pretty touches and poignant moments from the couple’s wedding, are featured here, courtesy of the wonderful Joseph West of Houston’s Joseph West Photography. Enjoy!

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Photos: Joseph West Photography ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane

Opulent Omni Houston Hotel Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

Who says magnificence and make-your-own mac ’n cheese don’t mix? Certainly not Jordann nor Micah—the Houston couple’s Omni Houston Hotel wedding is a stellar example of what you get when you blend opulence with comfort—fabulousness with FUN! The pair, who met at UT Austin in 2005, treated their 300 wedding guests to an evening of sublime elegance, marked with plenty of personal, comforting touches, like a gorgeous tiered cinnamon cake with old-fashioned buttercream icing by Who Made The Cake. Now treat yourself to Jordann and Micah’s delightful wedding photos, courtesy J. Cogliandro Photography. Can’t you just feel the happiness radiating from this adorable couple? Congratulations, Jordann and Micah!

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Floral, Decor & Lighting: Flora & Eventi ~ Venue: Omni Houston Hotel

Aggies-and-Aerospace Engagement Shoot by More Than An Image Photography

Photographer Lacy Dagerath of More Than An Image Photography felt an immediate affinity with bride-to-be Rebecca when the two first spoke to each other. And that mutual liking shows through in Dagerath’s joyful, playful, intimate photos of Rebecca and her groom-to-be David, shot on Texas A&M University’s campus, and at the Royalty Pecan Orchard in Caldwell. As for the couple’s romantic friendship-to-romance story, we’ll let bride-to-be (they’re getting hitched next month!) Rebecca tell it in her own words: “I ‘met’ David the first Sunday of my freshman year at Texas A&M University when I went to mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I am guilty of being a sucker for musicians and there was this cute boy playing guitar and singing at mass! I thought to myself, ‘Catholic and a musician? That is so my future husband!’ Being a singer myself, I decided that I was going to need to join his choir so I could meet him. I joined the next week and after a couple months, David finally learned my name—ha! In his defense, he is terrible with names and I was really intimidated by him. We had a brief period of flirting but ended up not entering into a romantic relationship and went the friendship route instead (which I am now SO grateful for). Through the next five years at A&M, we sang at mass together every Sunday and he became one of my best friends. Our time at A&M and St. Mary’s together was full of ups and downs, but was the true foundation to our relationship today. I moved to Houston in December of 2010. Once we were a city apart and we didn’t have all of this pre-planned time together, we realized it was time to sit down and talk about what ‘we’ were. After lots of discussion and getting over the fear of ruining a wonderful friendship, we went for it and have never looked back—greatest decision ever!” Check out their deeply personal engagement pix, which include some awesome airplane-hangar shots—David is doing his Master’s Degree in Aerospace, and jokingly suggested that he and Rebecca pose “Top Gun”-style…an idea Rebecca loved. No wonder these two are on the runway to “I do!” Congrats and happiest wishes to the to-be-weds, and big thanks to More Than An Image for the terrific photos.

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Houstonian Hotel Wedding With Four-Legged Best Man by Adam Nyholt Photographer

While “the dog did it” is a legendarily convenient excuse for all kinds of stuff, in the case of Andrew’s proposal to Lauren…the dog really did! “Andrew had a tag made that on one side said, ‘I love you,’ and on the other, ‘Will you marry me?’ He hung the tag and the ring on our dog Niko’s collar. I noticed it immediately and though it was some sort of joke. It was perfect! And thankfully it was not a joke,” the bride recounts. For the couple’s 150-guest wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Lauren opted for white with silver accents as her palette, “which I think is very simple yet extremely sophisticated and elegant,” she says. “It was very important to us that everyone there was a person that touched our lives in some way. That included having our dog there as the best man. The whole night was absolutely amazing. Andrew and I never left the dance floor!” We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and send a shout-out to super-talented photographer Adam Nyholt for the beautiful images.

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Photos:  Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Bride’s Dress: Novia D’Art from Now & Forever Bridal Salon ~ Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Vera Wang ~ Cake:  Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Flowers: The Plant House ~ Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue:  The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa