It’s tricky to get a bright, multi-colored wedding palette right. And so spectacular when it’s successful. Kristin and Jason’s irrepressibly colorful wedding at the Houston Country Club makes magnificent use of just about every color in the rainbow, and manages to do so with effortless elegance and sophistication. How? By mixing tall, textured, riotously jewel-colored centerpieces with suspended monochromatic pomanders, hanging glass votive globes, unadorned gold chiavaris, a pale and pretty cake. We love how those cheerful pomanders are echoed beautifully by illuminated lanterns hanging from a fairy-lit tree on the venue’s grounds…a perfect spot for a Mr.-and-Mrs. smooch. Congratulations, Kristin and Jason, on your willingness to go wild with color…and, most importantly, on your blessed union!
Photography: Jeff Loftin Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza from Joan Pillow A Bridal Salon ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Cutloose Salon & Kristin Daniell ~ Bridesmaids’ Attire: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Décor & Rentals: A Finer Event, Distinctive Details, Events in Bloom ~ Flowers: Susie Miller ~ Consultant: Keely Thorne of Keely Thorne Events ~ Venue: Houston Country Club
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