Let’s face it: Houston’s not always the most hospitable city for an al fresco wedding celebration. Which is why we love when a couple brings the best of the outdoors in. Morgan and Carson, who we first featured back in June, when they shared their lovely engagement session with us—also shot by the exceptional Adam Nyholt—transformed The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ballroom into a lush garden, with the masterful floral work of Events in Bloom. We adore the palette of white, cream and green, the beautiful roses and voluptuous hydrangeas, the wrought iron accents and flickering candles. And that ceiling treatment? Incredible. In her Monique Lhuillier gown from Joan Pillow, Morgan looks like a magnificent flower herself. We’re so happy to feature this stunning wedding. And so happy for Morgan and Carson!
Photos: Adam Nyholt ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Events in Bloom ~ Cakes & Favors: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Wedding Consultant: Kristin McShane, Keely Thorne Events
We always knew longtime Weddings in Houston vendor partner Joe Cogliandro was among the finest fine-art wedding photographers in the world. And now many, many more people across that world are gonna know it, too. At last week’s annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) trade show in Las Vegas, Cogliandro took home the prestigious Grand Award in the Wedding Division of WPPI’s Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition.
The award—WPPI’s top honor in a competition featuring entries from thousands of photographers from across the globe—went to the photographer’s portrait of Houston bride Lori Hillman Knop (shown above), in which Cogliandro used the bride’s veil to create a dramatic couture look. In the words of world-renowned Beverly Hills-based photographer and WPPI judge Roberto Valenzuela, “This is just the most ultimate and the most exquisite bridal portrait I have ever seen. This should be at the Louvre for a photography exhibition.” Amen to that. The stunning pic also took top honors in the competition’s Bride and Groom category.
As for Cogliandro (shown above), who has won 70 international awards and set himself the goal of winning WPPI’s Grand Award while attending his first WPPI convention in 2007, he told us, “I am humbled and thrilled to be honored by such an elite group of internationally recognized photographers. I’m still wondering if I’m dreaming.” You’re not, Joe. Trust us.
Oh, and if you’re thinking that gorgeous bridal portrait looks familiar, you’re right. Cogliandro’s award-winning image just happens to have been featured in the full-page J. Cogliandro Photography ad in Weddings in Houston magazine for many months running. We are thrilled to have brought this magnificent photo to our readers, thrilled for Joe Cogliandro and his spectacular win, and—we’ll go ahead and say it—just really darn proud of Houston today.
We have no doubt Cogliandro will be deluged by Houston brides hoping to have their own wedding immortalized by one of the world’s top wedding photographers. So if you’re one of ’em, we suggest getting in touch with J. Cogliandro Photography right about NOW.
Congratulations, Joe, and keep up the amazing work!
Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography
“I chose Hilton Americas-Houston because I loved the elegant setting that the hotel provided,” bride Natalie told us about her magnificent 280-guest wedding celebration. “As soon as you walk into the lobby you immediately notice the beautiful chandeliers and enormous marble columns situated around the lobby. The ambiance of the hotel really set the mood that I had envisioned for my wedding.” Enhancing that mood, and bringing freshness and warmth to the opulence, were simple, monochromatic, bloom-and-branch centerpieces from Darryl & Co. set against earth-toned linens and flickering votives, in a room washed in shades of pink of purple. Orchids abounded, at the request of the bride, who told us, “I knew the night Shane proposed that orchids would be a part of my wedding. During dinner on New Year’s Eve of 2010, the waiter presented me with a covered plate that I assumed would be the entree that I had ordered. When he removed the lid, I was so surprised to find the most gorgeous engagement ring situated in the middle of a beautiful orchid arrangement. I fell in love with the flower not only because of the beautiful colors, but because of the beautiful memory that it reminded me of.” For memories of her perfect day, Natalie will forever have photos from top Houston wedding photographer Kelly Hornberger, who was kind enough to share a selection with us in this here post. Thank you, Kelly—and happiest wishes to the lovely couple!
Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Bride’s Shoes & Jewelry: Badgley Mischka (wedding bands) ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue & Catering: Hilton Americas-Houston
They’ve known each other for 25 years, and have been a couple for nearly 19 of those. But Ana and Eric’s long courtship did not diminish the romance of their Chateau Polonez wedding one iota. After meeting in their church orchestra—she played violin, he played timpani—and eventually falling in love (starting with a surprise New Year’s Eve date in 1993), the couple said their vows, then celebrated in elegant style, with a candlelit reception at the European-style chateau. Our favorite touches? We adore the little lovebirds and the bright, fall-color floral. And, of course, who wouldn’t love those gorgeous confections from Supreme Kakes? We’re especially enamored of the “suitcase” groom’s cake, with “stickers” referencing global travel destinations, about which bride Ana told us, “People know that we usually like to travel during the summer, and one of the questions Eric gets asked is, ‘Where are you going next summer?’ He felt that this really represented our favorite thing to do, and let our friends and family have a glimpse at our future traveling plans.” We’re grateful to RSVP Studios for representing this sweet wedding in photos—and to Ana and Eric for sharing their happiness with future Houston brides.
Photography: RSVP Studios~Bride’s Dress: Panache Bridal & Formal~Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Hilda Kershman~Cakes: Supreme Kakes & More~Flowers: Floral Events~Venue: Chateau Polonez