ENGAGED and CONFUSED?

Register now as a Bride or Groom
and receive our E-newsletter
and planning tools FREE!

Register Today!

Post Hurricane New York Wedding by Steve Lee Weddings

“Our wedding day can be compared to a clear sky, a rainbow and a bright sun that can be seen after a perfect storm,” says bride Akina. And that’s not just a metaphor. A week before her New York wedding to John (he’s from Houston but was living in Yokohama, Japan, at the time; she’s Japanese and was living in NYC), Hurricane Sandy devastated the city, putting the couple’s wedding, along with countless people’s lives, livelihoods and well-being, in very serious jeopardy. Yet somehow the couple’s determined out-of-town guests managed to get to the city safely and on time to enjoy the magnificently chic and warmly multicultural celebration of Akina and John’s true love. To document their perfect day, the pair brought top Houston photographer Steve Lee of Steve Lee Weddings/Khloe Madison to New York, where he captured this beautiful wedding in all its splendor—the pops of pink, the whimsical butterflies, the myriad Yoruban (the groom is a first-generation Nigerian-American) and Japanese elements that went into the couple’s festivities. We get tingles of joy—and, truth be told, a couple of tears in our eyes—looking at Lee’s photos of this magical day. No storm could keep these two apart, and, we are certain, no storm ever shall. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

bridal gown bridal bouquet Wedding rings Couple's embrace Wedding party Couple standing downtown Bride and Groom Ceremony decor Bride's and Groom's families bride and groom portraits Reception decor florals with butterflies reception place cards reception table centerpiece Cutting the cake Dancing bride's and groom's mothers dancing bride and groom downtown night shot

Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dress: Miguel Rodriguez ~ Cake & Catering: Relish Caterer, New York ~ Decor: Christine Do ~ Flowers: Tuyet Tina Scarlatella, Christine Do ~ Venue: 360 Studios, New York

Chateau Cocomar Fashion Shoot by Civic Photos PLUS Bridal Shoot GIVEAWAY

The gleaming marble expanses, the dramatic arches and twinkling crystal chandeliers, the stately columns and soaring steps—there’s nothing about French-style venue Chateau Cocomar that doesn’t lend itself to fabulous photos.

Just take this knockout fashion shoot by HWB fave Civic Photos, for instance. We love how fashion and wedding photographer Barett Henry juxtaposes sultry, sophisticated models Brittnie, Ciara, Jasmine and Karolina with the chateau’s traditional storybook setting.

If you think you too would look lovely set against Chateau Cocomar’s fairytale backdrop, here’s your opportunity: Enter TODAY to win a $600 Vintage French Bridal Photo Shoot from Civic Photos!

TO ENTER:
Email us
your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEB. 22. Please, only ONE entry per bride (duplicate entries are annoying and will be deleted, darlings). Our winner will be notified by email and announced on Facebook the week of Feb. 25.

Good luck, lovelies!!

Chateau-Cocomar-black-turqouise-gold-dresses-four-girls-floor Chateau-Cocomar-gold-dress-bathroom-window Chateau-Cocomar-black-dress-bed-gold-dress-outside Chateau-Cocomar-gold-dress-floor Chateau-Cocomar-black-dress-shoes-floor Chateau-Cocomar-black-dress-gold-dress Chateau-Cocomar-gold-dress-spiral-staircase Chateau-Cocomar-four-girls-black-gold-turquoise-dress

Photos: Civic Photos ~ Makeup: SassyByYorlin ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar

To check out event more of Civic Photos’ recent work, click here and here!

Vibrant Vintage DIY Wedding at The Gallery by Red Fly Photography

As you know, we here at the Houston Wedding Blog aren’t big proponents of DIY weddings. Sure, there’s an element of creative control that the uber-crafty among us can’t resist. And the prospect of saving money by doing yourself what you might otherwise pay an experienced wedding professional to do is not without its temptations. But the truth is that the stress of DIYing your most important day is more than most brides can handle gracefully and with their sanity intact (hence the old saw, “If I’m DIYing, I’m dying!”). As for the assumed budget savings, well, it’s no surprise that many brides find themselves actually paying more for DIY decor, flowers, cake, etc., due to costly trial-and-error mistakes and last-minute special orders.

So you might be wondering why we chose Jin and Vince’s soup-to-nuts DIY wedding at The Gallery to feature on HWB. Let’s just say this wedding, and foodie/photo buff/blogger bride Jin’s irrepressible spirit, captured our hearts in such a way that we temporarily kicked our DIY doubts to the curb, and just enjoyed the beautiful ride (which, Jin notes, had its highs and lows—more on that after the photos).

Grooms hanging suit boutonniere Bride and Groom welcome sign Wedding rings Bridal bouquet bride and groom portrait bridesmaids Wedding Party bride and groom bride, groom and puppy Inside The Gallery DIY wine bottle centerpieces Outdoor evening venue decorations Mr. & Mrs. Chair signs Photobooth decor and accessories bride and groom dancing Cake toppers Photobooth fun Favors

Jin, who blogs about food, photography, style and crafting @ misscontradictionofsorts, explained to us that she wanted a “perfectly imperfect and unconventional wedding—full of laidback tones, fun vibes, a touch of frivolity and Alice-in-Wonderland whimsy,” which, while an awesome concept, was “in hindsight, an ambitious feat for a wedding of 250,” she admits. Still, “countless DIY hours and many sleepless nights later,” she and Vince got exactly what they wanted—a fact to which their wedding photos from Austin-based Red Fly Photography attest gorgeously. And in the end, she says, she’d definitely do it all over again, except maybe “for a more intimate wedding of 50 to 100.”

So here’s the thing, while we do not recommend that you attempt a complete DIY wedding yourself, dear bride, we absolutely DO love the idea of DIYing one or two special elements. Which is why we’re thrilled that Jin has shared her great DIY tutorials with us (and you!). Find out how she made her cake toppers, boutonnieres, Mr. & Mrs. glittered notion banner and “guestbook” questionnaires—then decide if and how much doing-it-yourself you’re willing to do!

Our happiest wishes to the wonderful Jin and her handsome Vince—may they enjoy a lifetime of love and creativity together.

Photos: Red Fly Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie ~ Venue: The Gallery

Las Vegas Engagement Shoot by Nhan Nguyen Photography

Megan and Spencer met at a Las Vegas nightclub, fell in love exploring the Las Vegas area’s outdoor splendors, and, when they each realized they’d found “the one,” and decided to make things official, it was to Las Vegas that they returned to document their engagement. For their amazing outdoor shoot, they tapped the talents of Houston photographer Nhan Nguyen, who’d previously photographed the wedding of Megan’s twin sister Shannon–and happens to be the official photographer of the recent I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta, we might add. Over the course of two days, Nhan shot the happy couple in a series of dizzyingly beautiful locations, including Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. We love how these photos capture both the intimacy and romance of true love, and the sense of wonder at being together, alone, in place of awesome grandeur. Know what else we love? That Megan and Spencer’s quintessential Las Vegas courtship did NOT include quickie nuptials, a drive-by chapel or an Elvis impersonator. Instead, the couple is set to wed this spring in a Houston church ceremony followed by a splendid reception at Hotel ZaZa. Congratulations to them both, and big thanks to Nhan Nguyen Photography for some truly magnificent photography.

couple kissing in front of red rocks Vintage truck and tub Kissing on rock Leaning against a rock wall Couple kissing in black and white Couple kissing on red rock Couple staring off into the distance Couple walking on rock black and white Couple standing in front of rock and behind a tree Couple with dog staring at mountains Couple walking down desert road

Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography

 

Bell Tower on 34th Wedding by RSVP Studios

“We wanted our wedding to be elegant, beautiful, modern, traditional, vintage and mainly FUN,” says radiant Houston bride Lacie, adding, “It sounds like a strange combination.” But the truth is, for many a bride, Lacie’s fantasy weddingscape doesn’t sound strange at all. Though there are some brides who truly crave an authentic 1920s theme from flapper dresses to prohibition-era bootleg whiskey—or, on the flip side, a totally modern party, all metallic sheen and sleek angles—most brides want a mix of elegance and comfort, time-honored tradition and contemporary chic. Lacie and groom Jed got just what they wished for, with help from Darryl & Co., which turned out lovely, low-profile hydrangea arrangements, atop tables set with silver chargers at the villa-like Bell Tower on 34th. And just how stunning does Lacie look in that fairytale Maggie Sottero dress, her pretty maids (in ga-ga-gorgeous earth-tone Allure gowns) all in a row? Happiest wishes to the newlyweds, and sincere thanks to RSVP Studios for the wonderful photos.

Crystal Bridal Shoes Bride ring and Groom boutonniere Bridal portrait in mirror Reception Decor Wedding Party Bride and Flower Girl Bride and Groom exchanging rings Reception table Reception Floral Decor Bride and groom posing outside venue Reception Sweetheart Table Custom Caketoppers Bride and groom cakes Couple kissing Dessert Table Bride and bridesmaid dancing Bride throwing bouquet Bride and Groom exit

Photos: RSVP Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Flowers: Darryl & Co. ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Candy Buffet: Sugar Bunch Creations ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th