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.
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
For their October wedding at The Parador, Christina and Paul created a theme based on where they came from and where they’d been. In the bride’s words, “Our wedding was inspired by our travels, and each of our cultures and favorite destinations was reflected throughout some part of our day.” Set on the gorgeous grounds of The Parador, a circa-1928 Texas Historical Landmark that blends Mediterranean style with Byzantine detail, the couple’s wedding featured soft-hued succulents (even atop the lovely white wedding cake—perfect!), tables named for the couple’s many travel destinations, and culinary delights including green-chile risotto in honor of Paul’s home state of New Mexico. The bride’s delicate mantilla veil, meanwhile, spoke to her Mexican heritage. Despite the fact that both Christina and Paul are deaf, the pair made music a major part of their celebration, starting with a string-quartet processional of the Beatles’ “In My Life.” For their reception entrance, Christina and Paul chose the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “to honor my late father and his favorite group,” the bride says. We are hopelessly in love with Sarah McKenzie’s timeless photos of this truly wonderful wedding. Congratulations, Christina and Paul, and thank you so much for sharing your special day!
Photos: Sarah McKenzie Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Venue: The Parador
Bride Kristen planned her engagement shoot herself—and it shows. She knew she wanted a rustic, homey feel that would stand the test of time and bring her and hubby Josh joy whenever they looked at their photos. Well, what better place to make timeless memories than a 100-acre family farm on the outskirts of Houston that has been in her family for decades? We should add that this lovely spread of land also happens to be the very site where Kristen and Josh will build their family home once they are married. Beautiful. Kayla of Simply Love Photography tells us that Kristen put as much thought into the e-session’s props, as its location: “One main item was an old wooden window frame that was hand-painted with floral designs. This window was in her room when she was a child and she has held onto it for year and years. She added their wedding date in wooden numbers to the window to have as a keepsake for their home once they are married.” Yes, that is a tear that just welled up in your eye, honey. Ready for the full sob? Here’s what else Kayla revealed to us: “Josh was involved in a very tragic accident in 2006 where his truck was completely totaled. His legs were severely crushed when the truck hit a tree, and he was not supposed to be able to walk again. After much dedication and rehabilitation he is almost fully recovered today and has the opportunity to start a new beginning with the love of his life”—Southern belle Kristen, who stole his tough cowboy heart. We wish this lovely, loving, lovable couple a full life of happiness. Thanks so much to you both, and to Simply Love, for sharing your photos and your remarkable story with us.
Photos: Simply Love Photography
Just because he made fun of her for buying the classic Britney Spears film “Crossroads” did not mean Jason thought any less of Kristen. Quite the contrary. After ringing up Kristen’s purchase at the Austin store where the two first encountered each other in 2007, Kristen gave cutie cashier Jason her number. “The three requisite days later, he called!” she recounts happily. This year, the couple wed in a Catholic ceremony—Kristen radiant in her Anne Barge gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier, and makeup by The Perfect Face—followed by a stunning celebration in the Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel. “Jason and I were originally considering a small destination wedding in Newport Coast, Calif., but we quickly determined that we really wanted to get married in Houston, the city where we both had lived practically our entire lives”—all the better, she says, to “spend this most special of evenings with our closest family and friends.” Kristen envisioned her reception as “a space that would sweep you away to a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’-esque garden.” And with the help of lush white flowers, Manzanita trees, and dramatic lighting from Bright Star Productions, her wedding vision became a reality for all to enjoy. We love how the couple, both UT alums, paid tribute to their alma mater in food (a super-cool groom’s cake) and drink (“a burnt-orange version of our favorite lemon-drop martini,” notes the bride). Fabulous photos from Table4 Photography tell the visual tale of this beautiful Houston wedding. We hope you’ll let us know what you think— and, of course, join us in wishing Kristen and Jason a lifetime of happiness!
Photos: Table4 Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier ~ Tuxedos: Vera Wang ~ Invitations: Vivian Jade ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Videographer: 31 Films ~ Venue: St. Regis Hotel
Today’s giveaway is going to have you vintage-loving gals swooning with delight. Here’s why: Barett Delyon Henry. The fab Houston photographer has turned out some of the most delicious vintage-inspired shoots we’ve seen—like Jon and Kirbie’s sporty, sexy, city-chic engagement sesh, featured in this here post!—and is an absolute superstar at using light, filters and superb photo editing (not to mention his considerable photographic talents) to create a classic retro feel.
Want him to turn back time by turning his lens on YOU? Enter today to win a very special Vintage Sunset Yacht Engagement Session, courtesy of Civic Photos—Henry’s hot Houston photo studio!
This unique giveaway package includes up to three hours of photography onboard a specially chartered 50-foot yacht. Should you win, all you and your hubby-to-be need to do is show up harborside at the appointed time, wearing vintage-style clothing (no, it doesn’t have to actual thrift-shop attire—any great duds with vintage flair will do). Henry and his crew will supply additional vintage props and lush red roses. As you set sail into the sunset, you’ll just need to smile, smooch a little, and just basically be in love. Henry’ll do the rest.
Also included is one 8X10 heirloom print of your favorite shot. You can, of course, purchase as many more pix as your wish.
How excited are you??
TO ENTER: 1) *Like* us Facebook 2) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue, NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT, THURSDAY, NOV. 15. Please enter ONLY ONCE (duplicate entries will be deleted).
Winners will be notified the week of Nov. 19, and subsequently announced on Facebook.
Good luck, lovelies!
Photos: Civic Photos