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!
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
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!!
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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.
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Fresh, elegant, lovely. These words describe both bride Monica AND her spring wedding to her handsome groom, Bruno. Here’s a romantic tale to make your heart go pitter-pat: The pair met while Monica was on vacation in Buenos Aires, visiting friends who were studying abroad there. On the last night of her trip, the group visited a neighborhood pub, where Bruno happened to be hanging out. The two hit it off like gangbusters, but, alas, Houston-bound Monica had to jet home the next morning—not without giving Bruno her contact info, though. Eight months, and zillions of Skype calls and Facebook messages later, Monica made it back to Argentina for a legal internship. “As soon as we saw each other again, we knew we had found our soul mates,” Monica says. “We began dating immediately and got engaged one year later.” Their Houston City Club wedding celebration, with its exceptionally elegant palette of coral, cream and hints of navy blue, is a testament to the power of long-distance love—not to mention a knockout showcase of some of Houston’s finest wedding talent, including Occasio Productions, Blooming Gallery and Who Made the Cake, along with photographer Sarah Ainsworth, whose terrific pix are featured here. We’ve got a special shout-out for the bride, who chose coral for her bridesmaids’ palette, but let each of her gals choose her own dress style. The arrangement turned out perfectly—and don’t those ’maids look happy? Congratulations y felicidades to Monica and Bruno!
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Coordinator: Aurora Perez-Smith of Occasio Productions ~ Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Menus, Place Cards, Programs & Table Numbers: Katie & Co. ~ Venue & Catering: Houston City Club