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Classic and Colorful Italian-Colombian Wedding by SB Image Studios

Radiantly gorgeous in her Pronovias Barcelona gown and glittery Betsey Johnson sky-high heels, bride Angela Oquendo wed dapper groom Stefano Danese in a traditional Catholic ceremony, surrounded by 10—count ’em, 10—of the sweetest little flower girls you’ve ever seen. The couple’s reception, at The Corinthian, was a vision in white linens, candlelight and vibrant-hued flowers—fresh, elegant…in a word, classic. Another word for this regal Houston wedding? FUN! How could it not be, with the bride’s Colombian heritage, the groom’s Italian background, and the DJ’s dance-all-night playlist infusing the celebration with unbridled exuberance ’til the wee hours. Check out these superb pix by SB Image Studios. And join us in congratulating the newlyweds!

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Photos: SB Image Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias Barcelona ~ Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Hues by Heather ~ Cake: Designer’s Cakes ~ Catering: Jackson and Company ~ Flowers: Art in Bloom ~ Linens: Elegant Linens ~ Reception Venue: The Corinthian

1930s and ’40s Vintage Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

Yes, wedding planners do get married, too! And when they do, you can expect greatness. The November wedding of the lovely and talented Aurora Perez, owner of event planning firm Occasio Productions (a Weddings in Houston vendor partner), is a perfect example. Warm, intimate, and—let’s face it—totally exquisite, Aurora and now-hubby Derek Smith’s nuptials pay homage to the couple’s shared passion for 1930s and 1940s glamour and romance. Following a music-filled hotel pool-deck ceremony, the wedding reception, at the ’30s-era Backstreet Café, featured lace tablecloths, antique candlesticks, crystal chandeliers, lavender cocktails and plenty of peacock and ostrich accents—all enticingly complemented by the patio setting’s curling vines and bubbling fountains. When not dining at tables named for ’30s and ’40s Spanish ballads (which live performers sang tableside to the delight of guests), celebrants luxuriated on lounge furnishings from Darryl & Co., and nibbled slices from an insanely gorgeous “peacock” cake from Edible Designs by Jessie. We invite you enjoy this truly lovely wedding—and to tap into the talents of Occasio Productions for your own wedding celebration! Oh, and here’s a suggestion: Vintage-loving brides who are looking for bouquet inspiration might want to pin a pic of Aurora’s ribbon-wrapped purple-calla-and-feather creation…simply stunning. We’re so thankful to Aurora and Derek for sharing their most joyful occasion with us, and to J. Cogliandro Photography for evocative photos of this vintage-chic wedding. Congratulations, and happiest wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Sue Wong from Saks Fifth Avenue ~ Bride’s Hair: Meghan Lee at Ceron Spa ~ Bride’s Makeup: Amber Livingston ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Invitations, Menu Cards & Favors: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers: Special Arrangements ~ Lace Linens: Custom from Elegant Beginnings ~ Lounge Seating: Darryl & Co. ~ Jewelry: Dickinson by Design ~ Videography: 31Films ~ Ceremony Venue: Hotel Granduca
~ Reception Venue: Backstreet Cafe

I Do! @ The Corinthian: Highlights & PHOTOS!

You came, you saw, you sipped, you swooned. And we could not have been more delighted to watch your happy faces as you indulged in the beauty of the April 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian: The Manzanita-tree entrance by Plants ’n Petals? The ga-ga-gorgeous displays by Events in Bloom,Darryl & Co. and Village Flowery? The mingling models showing off gowns from Houston’s top salons? The splendid culinary stations by Jackson and Company (with nary a chafing dish in sight!)? Very special thanks to Boyd Bryan, director of The Corinthian, along with Jackson Hicks and the entire staff of Jackson and Company. Big thanks, too, to David Jones and Laura Burlton of D. Jones Photography, and to Farhan, Chris and Ty of A&A Video Productions, for capturing this spectacular show in all its magic. Additional thanks go to The Perfect Touch Linens, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Charming Charlie, and to Jonny Black Productions for providing music and serving as emcee of this unforgettable evening.

Look to our upcoming July print issue for more highlights from our first-ever I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. And in the meanwhile, have a look at just-released D. Jones Photography images of our April cocktails-and-couture event—complete gallery on Facebook. We welcome you to pin, tweet, post and share!

I Do! @ The Corinthian ~ Houston Wedding Blog
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Photos: D. Jones Photography

Autumn Winery Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Everything about Houston couple Jessica and Richard’s autumn winery wedding is so sumptuously seasonal, so elegantly festive, yet so full of handmade warmth and simple sweetness…we are utterly smitten. It doesn’t surprise us one bit that Jessica used Pinterest for much of her inspiration, from her spray-painted wine bottle table numbers to those pretty pumpkin centerpieces. “My sister-in-law and I worked several weekends creating decor,” Jessica told us. “And my bridesmaids helped with all the final touches. I will say though, not everything is how you plan it, so a few mishaps happened that I am thankful I only noticed after the fact!” That adorable banner gracing the head table, for instance? It was supposed to read “mr & mrs” rather than the other way around. But bride Jessica is so easygoing about the oops: “Maybe we’ll start a new feminist movement at wedding receptions!” We love it. The same way we love everything about this absolutely gorgeous fall wedding, with its echoes of Halloween, its whimsical sense of romance—and most of all, the wonderful couple at its heart, Jessica and Richard. As for these stunning photos, big thanks goes to the wildly talented Sarah Ainsworth of Sarah Ainsworth Photography, an HWB fave photographer, and, in the words of bride Jessica, “simply put, our best investment.”

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Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Jim Hjelm from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom ~ Decor & Floral: DIY and Etsy ~ Venue, Catering & Cake: Haak Winery

Resort-to-Ranch Bridal Shoot from Archetype Studio

Archetype Studio’s Terilyn Brown describes bride Lacey as “vibrant, beautiful, and so easy to get a long with—she has a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh!” And we can see that spark in every single frame from Lacey’s bridal shoot, which kicked off at the San Antonio resort where her fiancé Brian works. Eventually, the shoot made its way to Terilyn and husband/photographer Koby Brown’s Kendalia ranch property, where the plaster walls and wavy glass windows of a 100+-year-old German rock house offered a perfect backdrop for the radiant bride. We asked Brown to tell us one wonderful thing about this shoot, and she smiled: “Lacey’s shoes. I love them. They have hearts on the bottom.” ’Nuff said.
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Photos: Archetype Studio