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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.

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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.

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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

Butler’s Courtyard Holiday Season Wedding by Alicia Pyne Photography

A lucky color for weddings all over the world, red featured beautifully at Kristin and Kevin’s festive November nuptials. For their 110-guest celebration, the pair chose Butler’s Courtyard—a favorite spot of ours for its vintage charm and rustic elegance, and, decked out for holiday season, a perfect spot for the “warm and welcoming” wedding experience bride Kristin wanted her guests to have. Alicia Pyne Photography’s images of the couple’s lovely wedding wonderfully capture that sense warmth and graciousness—heck, we feel cozy just looking at ’em. Wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness…and good fortune!

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Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Venue: Butler’s Courtyard

Intimate, Elegant, House Party Wedding by Willow Tree Photographs

“An intimate day with our closest loved ones” is how Houston bride Lisa describes her vision for her autumn wedding to Paul.  To keep things cozy, casual, but decidedly vintage-chic, the couple selected a 6,500-square-foot, Old-World-style residence on the grounds of an oak-dappled Hockley country club as their venue—and kept their guest count to a cozy 80 friends and family members. Houston Wedding Blog fave Tamara Menges created lovely arrangements of hydrangea and roses and berries, with a palette based on pale greens and antique-pink hues, and placed them throughout the residential space, along with framed personal photos of the wedding couple’s, to blend with the rustic-luxurious decor, rather than stand out from it. Heavy hors d’oeuvre, fine wine and cocktails subbed in for “a stuffy sit-down dinner,” Lisa notes, and guests spent the evening mingling, getting to know one another, nestling down on sumptuous sofas, laughing, conversing, and, as the evening went on, dancing to the tunes of a singer-songwriter-guitarist (he played acoustic for the ceremony) turned DJ. “It was exactly the way we wanted it to look and feel,” Lisa says—and the joy and satisfaction she felt shows, radiantly, on her face and Paul’s, captured for posterity by Willow Tree Photographs.

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Photos: Willow Tree Photographs ~ Flowers & Decor: Tamara Menges Designs ~ Bride’s Dress: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Toms ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss ~ Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner of Weddings Performed ~ Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Sports Retreat, Founder’s Lodge

Southern Vintage Hotel Galvez Wedding by Jonathan Ivy Photography

You say you’re longing for a destination wedding—without the hassle of long-distance travel? Take a cue from Stephanie and Travis, who got the best of destination-wedding delights—sea breezes, spectacular sunset, a grand beachfront hotel—at a destination very close to home: Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel. “Travis and I wanted a fun atmosphere where everyone could relax and party,” Stephanie says. “His side of the family is from the North and had not been to Texas yet. We searched for many months until we fell in love with Hotel Galvez. It had character and a destination feel.” Taking inspiration from the historic Galveston hotel’s iconic charms, the couple went for “a Southern vintage theme with dusty rose, teal and vintage yellow as our color palette,” the bride notes. And they incorporated their two enduring loves (well, besides each other)—family, and Texas-country music—throughout the celebration, with beloved photos, heirloom accessories, Stephanie’s grandfather’s ’57 Chevy, and a performance by rising country star Jason Cassidy. A picture-perfect location, an unforgettable day, an adoring couple, beautifully captured by Jonathan Ivy Photography. Does it get any better than that?

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Photos: Jonathan Ivy Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: John Varvatos ~ Flowers: Island Flowers (Galveston) ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel