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Sparkling, Super-Luxe Woodlands Resort Wedding by John Ly Photography

Lush purple and pink flowers, cascades of crystal draping, a room washed in shades of rose and lavender, a dazzling monogrammed white dance floor—Stefanie and Byron’s wedding celebration, with design help from Darryl & Co., was a knockout. And lest you think this sweet couple—who met on Match.com, btw—opted for formal glamour over just plain fun, we can promise you, it just ain’t so. They had the best of both! Check out Stefanie and her besties taking to the stage with zany ’80s revivalists The Spazmatics…the bride’s favorite band. You go, girl! Big thanks to the happy couple for inviting us to share their spectacular day, and to John Ly for the lovely photos!

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Photos: John Ly Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Private Collection ~ Bride’s Makeup: Makeup Texas ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid ~ Décor, Flowers & Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Videography: A&A Video Productions ~ Venue, Catering & Cakes: The Woodlands Resort

Coral and Ivory Houston Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography

“Elegant, romantic, classic and beautiful.” These are the words Diana uses to describe her wedding to Elliott, which began with a church ceremony and kicked into high gear with a Houston Country Club reception for 450 of the couple’s nearest and dearest. To bring her wedding vision to life in floral splendor, Diana turned to Events in Bloom, which filled the room with coral and ivory peonies, roses and hydrangea, complemented by gold chiavari chairs and elegant lounge furniture. “Most importantly we wanted our guests to have FUN!” says the bride, explaining that after cutting the cake and mingling with guests for a bit, she and Elliott—along with plenty of friends and family—were on the dance floor by 9:30, light-up glow sticks in hand, “and never left until our exit.” To nourish revelers—and fuel them for a post-wedding after-party at the Omni Houston Hotel’s Black Swan—Diana and Elliott served breakfast tacos and beignet-and-bacon bites. Delish. Congratulations to the newlyweds, and big thanks to Chris Bailey Photography for the fine photos you see here.

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Photos: Chris Bailey Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Rivini from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimm Choo ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale ~ Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Flowers & Decor: Events in Bloom ~ Venue: Houston Country Club

Romantic Indoor-Outdoor Engagement Shoot from Weddings by Alefiya

For their combination bridal-engagement shoot, Emmie and Elliott made the most of Houston locations with a special significance to their lives. Inside groom Elliott’s family home in River Oaks, the couple engaged in a dress rehearsal for the big day (they’ll soon wed in Napa Valley, Calif.), gorgeously captured by Alefiya Akbarally of Weddings by Alefiya. Among our favorite images are those shot at the couple’s local movie house, and at the café nearby where they like to grab a bite to eat after catching a flick. Emmie’s red lace dress and statement necklace? Now THAT’S how you rock a photo shoot, ladies! Thank you, Emmie and Elliott, for sharing your shoot with us. And kudos to Akbarally for the delicious pix!

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Photos: Weddings by Alefiya

Fairytale Castle Wedding by The Silhouette Studio

“Our wedding truly was a fairytale,” says bride April, who married college sweetheart Kery at The Castle on the Lake in Jacksonville this fall. “I will never forget the look on Kery’s face when he saw me for the first time, walking down the aisle toward him—and I will never forget how handsome he looked in his uniform. Smiling at each other during those first few, nerve-wracking moments is my favorite memory of the day.” For her momentous occasion, April, soon to graduate with a Master’s Degree in English, wore a Maggie Sottero gown from Brickhouse Bridal, while Kery, who joined the United States Army in 2010, looked dashing in his crisp service uniform. We love the glorious floral arrangements from La Tee Da Florist in Tyler, and the mix of small vintage touches (wrought-iron vases, burnt-edge guestbook) and big dramatic gestures (fireworks, silver Rolls) that make this wedding such a feast for the eyes—and, we’re sure, made it such a thrill for the 175 guests who took part. One last word of advice from April: “Find a photographer with whom you have chemistry.” Calling Sarah Williams of The Silhouette Studio a “photographer and artiste extraordinaire” (we couldn’t agree more), April says, “Thanks to her, we will forever have unforgettable visual images of our wedding day: the joy and love, the dancing and laughter, and every moment in between.” We wish April and Kery all the very best, and we welcome The Silhouette Studio to the Houston Wedding Blog, and to Weddings in Houston magazine!

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Photos: The Silhouette Studio ~ Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Venue: The Castle on the Lake

Classic Pink & White Country Club Wedding with Art Deco Inspiration

Since her grandparents wed, everyone in Claudia’s family has married at her family’s church—St. Anne Catholic Church—and celebrated their nuptials at River Oaks Country Club. And when it came time for Claudia to be joined in blessed union with her beloved Erik, the bride carried on the tradition in gracious and gorgeous style, with help from planner Jo Ann Schwartz Woodward of Schwartz & Woodward. Carrying a bouquet accented with a green crystal rosary that had been blessed by Pope John Paul II—a gift from the groom—as well as an heirloom Art Deco brooch and an antique monogrammed handkerchief, Claudia said, “I do,” to Erik, and he to his bride, in the presence of more than 400 family members and friends. A mix of light-pink damask and sheer-satin-stripe soft-white tablecloths from Elegant Beginnings set a romantic, feminine tone for the reception, with its elegant, Art Deco decor scheme. Claudia’s Chanel-inspired Who Made The Cake cake, featuring a pale-pink bow, pearl accents and an Art Deco brooch? Perhaps one of our favorites, ever! We are so happy for this lovely, loving Houston couple, and so thankful to photographer Tomas Ramos for his wonderful photos of this opulent, elegant wedding.

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Photos: Tomas Ramos of NICO Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tournai ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Programs: Katie & Co. ~ Videography: A&A Video Productions