You see the unabashed tenderness in groom Brandon’s embrace of his lovely bride? You see the way he just holds on to her as if she were the most precious thing in the world? That’s because she is. And he nearly lost her, and the person responsible for bringing her into this world. The day before the couple’s July wedding, Stephanie and her mother were in a very serious car accident, one that injured Stephanie and sent her mother to the hospital by emergency transport. “I did not go to sleep until 4 a.m.,” Stephanie tells us. “All I could think about was the accident, and not the wedding. It wasn’t until I woke up that I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, today is my wedding day!’” And despite her and her mother’s physical pain, that wedding “was everything that I ever wanted,” she says. Captured in Civic Photos’ uniquely evocative, vintage-style images are all the rich, joyful colors, the magnificent Edible Designs by Jessie cake, the lovely Courtyard on St. James grounds and ballroom, the affection of friends and family, and most of all the love of Stephanie’s adoring groom, whom she met senior year in high school, and has been devoted to ever since. We’re grateful to Civic Photos’ Barrett Delyon Henry for sharing with us his iconic images. And we are so very thankful to Stephanie and Brandon for sharing their wedding with us, and reminding us all of the true meaning of that most meaningful day. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world!
Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Adorne Artistry ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Carmen’s Floral ~ Reception Venue: Courtyard on St. James
April and Johnny grew up in the same town, but their paths never crossed. Until one day, when the two ended up as college-dorm neighbors, they did. From that moment on, nothing could stand in the way of their true love. Eventually there came the steamy July 4th holiday when Johnny proposed, which adorable April recalls thusly: “We were spending the evening watching the fireworks on Lake Conroe. Johnny brought a picnic dinner, including a Key Lime pie (my favorite) for dessert! After dinner, Johnny pulled out the pie, and written on top with icing were the words, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ Of course, by the time we opened it, half the letters were smudged from the Texas heat. I still caught on where he was going with it, and of course said, ‘Yes!’” While the July proposal may have been smudged by the swelter, the couple’s June 2012 yacht club nuptials are the very picture of springtime’s fresh beauty. There’s April in her Pronovias gown, Johnny is his dashing three-piece suit, Lake Conroe’s blue expanse, the rhythms of a live mariachi band, and a wedding palette of cream, soft pink, and pale aqua you can’t help but fall in love with. Big thanks to HWB first-timer (but, we’re sure, certain-to-be regular) Alicia Pyne for the fabulous photos of this splendid spring wedding. And happiest wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender ~ Bride’s Hair: Kary’s Hair Studio ~ Bride’s Makeup: LP Makeup & Beauty ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Tara Lamb ~ Groom’s Suit: J Crew ~ Invitations: J Press Designs ~ Venue & Catering: Bentwater Yacht Club
High-school sweethearts Emilie and Adriel knew they wanted a vintage feel for their engagement shoot—and Houston photography team The Girls delivered…and then some. With a focus on subtle styling, vintage props and picturesque outdoor and indoor settings in Webster and Friendswood, The Girls created a private idyll for the pair—one where they could swing in the sunshine, read to one another, steal a kiss among the trees, and share a sweet lil’ something, just the two of them. We are as smitten with this dreamy e-session as Emilie and Adriel are with each other. Thanks, The Girls, and best wishes to the soon-to-be-wed couple!
How’d you like to have The Girls capture your own engagement bliss? This week this hot Houston photog team is giving away a $500 ENGAGEMENT SESSION TO ONE LUCKY HOUSTON BRIDE! Session includes two hours on location of choice, two photographers, a 90-day online gallery and one free 16×20 mounted print from session.
To Enter: 1.) Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already, and 2.) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and Houston wedding reception location, NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY JULY 27. One entry per bride, please. Winner announced on Facebook and in next Wednesday’s Wedding Buzz. Good luck, y’all!
Photos: The Girls Wedding Photography & Styling ~ Cupcakes: Rise Cupcake Boutique