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Black and White (and Stylish All Over) Wedding by Alyse French

Rebekah and Matthew’s “you’d better watch what you say” story is one with a very happy ending. Check this out: These two Houston singles happened to talk to the same mutual friend on the same day, and both happened to mention they were bored. A light bulb flashed above the aforementioned mutual friend’s head, and she pretty much insisted that the two alleviate their shared ennui by having dinner together. Just a little over a year later, the pair promised themselves to one another in a moving (and exceptionally chic) wedding at Hotel Derek. Bride Rebekah, whose personal fashion blog we LOVE, btw, looked absolutely lovely in her Lela Rose gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier, and absolutely comfy in those cute Tory Burch flats. As for her bridesmaids in their mix-and-match frocks, well, let’s just say they are a perfect testimonial for giving your ’maids a color (in this case, black) and then just letting them run with it. Gorgeous. Ditto the elegantly understated floral arrangements by Tres’ Bloom and the divine stacked-square Who Made the Cake cake. We hope you enjoy these photos from Alyse French Photography as much as we did. And we know you’ll join us in wishing Rebekah and Matthew a lifetime of happiness!

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Photos: Alyse French Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Lela Rose from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Coordinator: Simply Jubilee Events ~ Flowers: Tres’ Bloom ~ Venue: Hotel Derek

Rustic-Chic, Retro-Cool Wedding by Carlino’s Photography

How refreshing is the mix of rustic-chic and retro-vixen at Josh and Lindsey’s ranch wedding? Demure pearls…but also black patent platform pumps. A pretty white wedding dress…but also hot red roses. A sweetly feminine, pearl-ringed wedding cake…but also the Texas-Outlaw-mobile! Cheers to this cool couple for doing it their way—and doing it in superb style. And big thanks to Carlino’s Photography for capturing the spirit of this spirited wedding so beautifully!

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Photos: Carlino’s Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo ~ Bride’s Shoes: Guess ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Nuance Salon & Spa ~ Cake: Dana Hartensteiner ~ Flowers: Terra Flora ~ Venue: Safari Texas Ranch

Hermann Park Engagement Shoot by Alicia Pyne Photography

Sure, pretty much everything about Kara and Harrison’s sun-drenched Hermann Park engagement shoot is romantic and magical. But can we just talk about the bride’s amazing makeup for a minute…which she did HERSELF? We’ve gotta say, this is something of a “don’t try this at home, gals” situation. After all, most of us could not achieve this level of photo-ready flawlessness without some serious professional help. But kudos to Kara (who, clearly, is drop-dead gorgeous to begin with) for getting it oh so right. No wonder handsome Harrison looks so adorably smitten with his lovely bride to be! And big thanks to Alicia Pyne for the captivating photos of this fine Houston couple. Congrats all around!

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Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Hair: Twisted and Tangled

Gray, Pink & Cream Hotel ZaZa Wedding by Serendipity Photography

Imagine discovering that your boyfriend’s mother had known your mother before either of you were born—and had even babysat for you while you were itty-bitty! It’s the sort of small-world coincidence that makes you think some things—Emily and Brian’s true love, for instance—are just fated to be. For the couple’s spring wedding, Emily wanted to honor tradition…but she also wanted some super-chic modern flare, to go along with Hotel ZaZa’s hot new 11th-floor Grapevine Room. “Sticking with that I choose charcoal gray as our main color and accented it with pale pinks and creams for a romantic touch,” she tells us. There’s so much we love about this effortlessly elegant wedding, from the bride’s handmade “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs (“I highly recommend doing this if you’re crafty and want something unique…and it was fun!”), to the subtly metallic linens, to the fresh and feminine Blooming Gallery floral arrangements, to the ridiculously pretty pink-bow wedding cake from Edible Designs by Jessie. Check out Serendipity Photography’s fine photos of this delightful Houston wedding. And if you’re hunting for a mid-size venue with amazing style and views for miles, definitely check out ZaZa’s 11th-floor space—it’s an absolute gem. Congratulations, Emily and Brian!

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Photos: Serendipitiy Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra ~ Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik & Valentino ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa

Elizabeth Messina BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Elizabeth Messina BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Photo: Elizabeth Messina

There’s something about the way superstar wedding photographer Elizabeth Messina captures the light that makes each and every one of her images—and their subjects—look as if it were illuminated from within. You’ll see exactly what we mean, when you score yourself a FREE copy of Messina’s gorgeous new photography book, “The Luminous Portrait.” So cool!!

Here’s how to enter:

1.)  *Like* us on Facebook. 2.) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception location (booked or hoped-for).

Yeah, that’s it…because we know how busy you are planning that big ol’ wedding of yours! Entry deadline is FRIDAY, SEPT. 7. The winner of this absolutely stunning coffee-table volume—a perfect gift, by the way, for your aspiring-photographer BFF, or for your own sweet soon-to-be-photographed-a-thousand-times self—will be announced the following week on Facebook.

Good luck, ladies!