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
A white winter wedding need not be devoid of color. Quite the contrary. A clean, wintry white background is the perfect foundation for a warming burst of color. Lynsey and Taylor’s December wedding celebration at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is a spectacular example. Against a backdrop of snow white, including white table linens, chair covers and room draping, Darryl & Co. brought in subtle touches of purple and silver, along with plenty of icy crystal, glass and rhinestone sparkle, creating an effect that was at once coolly chic and warmly inviting. Purple and pink color-wash lighting, snowflake gobos, and, of course, flickering candlelight, completed the picture, providing Lynsey, Taylor and their 225 delighted guests a winter wonderland in which to eat, drink and dance the night away. And boy, did they. Big thanks to Jaylene DeBenedictis of Sacred Image Photography for her beautiful photos of one of the loveliest winter weddings we’ve had the privilege of featuring. Enjoy!
Photos: Sacred Image Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Kitty Chen Couture ~ from The Princess Bridal ~ Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue, Catering & Cake: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
If there’s one thing Houston brides know how to do right, it’s mixing refined elegance with real, kick-up-your-heels FUN. Danielle and Robert’s wedding is a perfect example. For understated opulence, you can’t do any better than La Colombe d’Or, with its Grand Ballroom featuring 20-foot ceilings and 300-year-old oak-paneled walls repurposed from a French chateau. To this already lavish setting, high-school sweethearts Danielle and Robert added sinewy, illuminated glass-cylinder arrangements from Plants ’N Petals, and subtle accents of deep pink, purple and regal gold. And they brought in Jonny Black Productions to ensure their celebration of a lifetime wasn’t just another pretty place—but an unforgettable party for all involved. Our favorite touches? The framed portrait of the bride in her ga-ga-gorgeous Vera Wang gown, the purple ties and pocket squares, and, most especially, orchids, orchids everywhere! Big thanks to photographer Rachel Robinson for sharing her pretty, pretty pix with us—and warmest wishes to newlyweds Danielle and Robert.
Photos: Rachel Robinson Photography~Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang~Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face~Entertainment: Jonny Black Productions~Invitations: Bering’s~Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Plants ’N Petals~Venue: La Colombe d’Or
If you’re considering a theme for your wedding, but are concerned about making it tasteful and timeless (rather than tacky or over-the-top), take a cue from Tiffany and Rodney, who turned their life’s passion into a superbly sophisticated and deeply personal wedding theme. As Tiffany explains, “We are big travelers and thought it would be so unique to have the tables named as places we have been to together, or that we planned to visit on our honeymoon”—for which they chose Kenya and Zanzibar, in yet another example of their adventurousness and joie de vivre. Their Hotel ZaZa reception, executed with the design expertise of Darryl & Co., is the perfect example of how to do a theme right. The magnificence, of course, was all the details, from the elegant table signage, to the whimsically exquisite place-card holders to the understated black-white-and-gold color scheme. Instead of lavish centerpieces, Tiffany and Rodney chose to go with delicate flowering branches, allowing the small, stunning decor details to shine—aided by pretty little votive lanterns. Perfection. Just like these photos from
Studio Capture. Check the credits for more on the fine Houston talents who contributed to this wedding. Congratulations, Tiffany and Rodney, and thank you for sharing your special day with us!
Photos: Studio Capture~Bride’s Dress: Brickhouse Bridal~Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom~Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face~Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co~Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections~Day-Of Coordinator: En Vogue Events~Venue: Hotel ZaZa~Videographer: A&A Video