There’s something delightful about the idea of falling in love at your sweatiest, grittiest, most makeup-less best. That’s exactly what happened to Houston bride Christina, whose personal trainer Bart became her husband one day this past May. The couple’s Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa wedding, with its rose-petal-strewn garden ceremony and ballroom reception is the very essence of refined Southern beauty mixed with down-home revelry—in Christina’s words, “a classic, elegant, black-tie event…that was fun!” But amid all the splendor of Blooming Gallery’s creamy rose-and-hydrangea arrangements and twinkling crystal candelabra, all the music and lively Bright Star Productions lighting, nothing shone more radiantly than the bride’s absolutely amazing smile and irresistible dimples (we’re certain Bart would agree). Cheers to Nicole Chatham for her wonderful photos of this wonderful Houston wedding. And our happiest wishes to the happy couple!
Photos: Nicole Chatham Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Kristin; Your Beautiful Face ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections; Moeller’s Bakery ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Belle of the Ball ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Today, we’re thrilled to feature the first-ever engagement shoot at Chateau Cocomar—Houston’s newest wedding venue…and, we’re sure, destined to be one the city’s most coveted. Says photographer Anthony Dinh of Composure Studios, “We knew Chateau Cocomar was the perfect location to shoot John and Ly”—the superbly stylish couple at the center of these stunning photos. Dinh says he used Composure Studios’ “still cinematographic” technique, which focuses on “freezing motion and emotions as they occur.” ’Course, it doesn’t hurt that groom John is just about as dapper a dude as we’ve ever seen, and gorgeous bride Ly is a knockout in her custom gown. (Can you believe that she did her hair and makeup herself??) This wonderful couple looks as if they were made to wander, deeply in love, through the acres of polished marble, magnificent arches and sparkling crystal of Chateau Cocomar. Photographer Dinh couldn’t agree more. “We want our clients to continue to feel what they felt during their session whenever they are viewing their photos,” says. “We wouldn’t have it any other way.” Amen to that. Thank you to Composure Studios. A warm welcome to Chateau Cocomar. And, most of all, congratulations and happiest wishes to John and Ly.
Photos: Composure Studios
As you probably know by now, The Springs Events—the versatile and picturesque collection of rustic-elegant Hill Country event venues—is giving away a $6,000+ wedding package to one very fortunate Texas bride-to-be. Entry for this fabulous contest closes this Wednesday, July 4—and the winner will be announced THAT VERY DAY. If you haven’t yet entered, it’s not to late. If you’re already in the running, there’s still time to up your odds by getting others to vote for you. Who knows, you may just wind up with a wedding as lovely as the springtime nuptials of Nicole and Brandon, featured here. For their sweetly simple, effortlessly elegant 350-guest celebration—showcased here in photos by Houston’s Chase Pedigo —these two chose Crystal Springs, located just 15 minutes west of The Woodlands. And they took full advantage of the setting’s velvety lawns, wooded glens and storybook bridge. Should you be lucky enough to score big in The Springs Events Great Wedding Giveaway (or decide to book your Springs Events wedding the old-fashioned, non-prize-winning way), you’ll have your choice of five different Springs Events locations to celebrate your unforgettable occasion.
Happiest wishes to newlyweds Nicole and Landon. Big thanks to Chase Pedigo. And best of luck to…you!
Photos: Pedigo Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Cake: Montgomery’s Bakehouse ~ Flowers: Flowers Forever ~ Venue: The Springs Events
Cosmopolitan bride Ashley Thomas was the picture of sophistication at her City Centre wedding to pro ballplayer Sean Danielson. And planner Ashley Fuentes of Event Solutions made sure the event was, too. The pair chose City Centre for its all-in-one accessibility—ideal for a multi-day celebration where more than half of the 300 guests hailed from out of town. When wedding events weren’t taking place, guests could walk to restaurants, shops, movies and more. For the big event itself, the couple’s vendor team transformed The Plaza at City Centre with a seriously amazing tent. “As I walked out of the hotel and towards the tent in the plaza, onlookers and passersby erupted in cheer,” Ashley recounts. “It was truly unlike anything I have ever seen before.” At the couple’s high-energy celebration, set inside Norris Conference Center, celebrants helped themselves to drinks from an 8-foot-long ice bar and danced all night under cascades of crystals. An elegantly adult affair, the wedding wasn’t without its softer side. A kids’ reception in the ballroom next door had karaoke, movies, kids’ finger foods and a baby Capuchin monkey, all overseen by certified babysitters. And in lieu favors, the couple gave each guest an opportunity to select one of three charities to be the beneficiary of a generous donation. Glowing, glittering, thoughtful, unforgettable—Ashley and Sean’s wedding is a true beauty. Thanks to Miabella Photography for the very pretty pictures, and congratulations to the happy couple!
Photos: Miabella Photography ~ Bride’s Dresses: Justin Alexander, Camille La Vie ~ Cakes: Who Made The Cake ~ Coordinator: Ashley Fuentes of Event Solutions ~ Decor & Rentals: H&H Tents and Events, Darryl & Co. ~ Flowers: CM Floral Designs ~ Ice Bar: Ice Designs ~ Ceremony Venue: The Plaza at City Centre ~ Reception Venue: Norris Conference Center