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Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson

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.

Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson
Purple, Pink and Gold La Colombe d’Or Wedding by Rachel Robinson

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

 

Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture

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!
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture
Tantalizing Travel Theme Wedding by Studio Capture

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

Kelsey & Matthew’s Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding

Take one gracious country club, add hundreds of perfect roses in uncountable shades of cream and pale pink, accent with touches of crystal, glass, wood and silver, stir in one lovestruck couple, and serve. If it sounds like the recipe for a perfect Houston wedding, we can attest that yes, it most certainly is. In this case, the floral and decor firm behind all the pretty is the wonderful Events in Bloom, and the couple is Kelsey and Matthew, who were kind enough to share their special day with us—thank you, and congratulations! Photos courtesy Chris Bailey Photography.

A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography
A Petal-Perfect Country Club Wedding by Chris Bailey Photography

Photography: Chris Bailey Photography~Bride’s Dress: Christos from Mia Bridal Couture~Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid~Floral & Decor: Events in Bloom~Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections~Officiant: Weddings Performed~Venue: River Oaks Country Club~Coordination: Keely Thorne Events

Jennifer & Mitchell’s Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding

The day after he met Jennifer at an Armadillo Palace show in 2005, Mitchell told his mom, “I met my future wife last night.” And dang if he wasn’t RIGHT. Six years to the day they started dating, the pair tied the knot, with a ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral followed by a high-energy, high-style reception at the ultra-cool Majestic Metro—the groom’s venue choice, incidentally, which he picked immediately upon spotting it in the pages of Weddings in Houston (if you heard the “toot-toot,” that was our own horn, btw).

There are so many things we love about this wedding, but let’s just start with bride Jennifer, who left those long, flowing locks down for her big day…so pretty! Especially with her Kenneth Pool gown from Mia Bridal Couture and delectable blue Manolo Blahnik shoes, dontcha think? We’ve also saved a swoon or two for those gorgeous purple-pink-and-peacock-feather florals by Darryl & Co., and that to-die-for dessert table—a perfect accompaniment to the couple’s Who Made the Cake cake. “I purchased the cake stands from a company called Tiers of Joy,” Jennifer told us. “I wanted that romantic look, but with lots of bling, so when I saw these I HAD to buy them!!” Yes, you did, Jennifer.

And if you’re thinking that adorable flower girl’s orchid purse looks familiar, you’re right.

Big thanks to photographer Chris Wineinger for his great pics of this fabulous, fun-filled wedding. As for Mitchell, who apparently still has Jennifer’s number in his phone under “future wife,” you may want to edit that contact, mister. Or not. It is pretty darn cute. Congrats, you two, and happiest wishes to you!

Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger
Let-Your-Hair-Down Majestic Metro Wedding by Chris Wineinger

Photography: Chris Wineinger ~ Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Pool from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co.~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Desserts: Ooh La La Dessert Boutique ~ Cake Plates: Tiers of Joy ~ Invitations: Event House ~ Venue: The Majestic Metro

Karlin and Jeremy’s Archetype Engagement Shoot PLUS 12 BIG GIVEAWAYS!

Remember way back in September when we ran our awesome Archetype Studio Engagement Session giveaway? Lots of y’all entered, sharing your beautiful, touching, and in a couple of cases pretty darn hilarious, proposal stories with us. While we usually select our giveaway winners totally randomly, in this case, our staff teamed up with Terilyn Brown of Archetype to pick the entry that moved us most. Our winner? Karlin, who, like her fiancé Jeremy, is an active-duty U.S. Marine. The two met, and eventually fell in love, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, but eventually Jeremy received orders to move back to the states, while Karlin remained in Japan. During his time back in the U.S., Jeremy, head over heels over Karlin, procured the ring he planned to give his girl one day.

That day eventually came, months later, when Karlin and Jeremy were fatefully reunited in Okinawa (and despite a super-typhoon that hit the area and almost derailed the smitten soldier’s proposal plans!). As Karlin recounts it, after a dinner date and frozen yogurt, he surprised her by asking someone to take their picture. “He is shy and will never ask a stranger to take a picture of us, much less carry a camera around—that is my job,” Karlin told us. “As soon as we were getting ready to pose he turns me around and was already down on one knee. I am not really sure what else happened after that.”

What happened is that Karlin said, “Yes.” And entered her story in our contest—and won. And this past month, when she and Jeremy were once again reunited, this time in Houston, the pair posed for Archetype’s camera—and the results, as you can see here, are utterly amazing (they make it hard for us to believe that adorable Jeremy could ever be camera shy!). For us here at the Houston Wedding Blog, it is the perfect convergence of an extraordinarily talented photographer, a beautiful and adoring couple, and a story of determination, devotion and LOVE—of country, and of each other.

When you’re done wiping away that tear or two you KNOW you just shed, scroll down below those gorgeous photos to find out how you can win one of 12 engagement sessions Archetype is giving away, one per (business) day, starting Thursday, December 1!

Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Photos: Archetype Studio

ARCHETYPE STUDIO’S 12 DAYS OF ENGAGEMENT-SHOOT GIVEAWAYS CONTEST

The Prize(s): In the generous spirit of the Christmas season, and just because they love Houston brides as much as we do, Archetype Studio is giving away ONE engagement photography session—two-hour Houston location shoot, in-person ordering and image-consulting appointment, and one heirloom print any size up to 8×12—EVERY DAY for 12 business days, from December 1 through December 16.

Yes, really.

To Enter: E-mail us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding reception venue. All requested information MUST be in your entry e-mail. You may enter ONCE per entry day during the contest period: Dec. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and entries must be received by 5 p.m. each entry day in order to qualify. One winner will be randomly selected each day. We will notify winners by e-mail, and announce winners on Facebook.

You’ve seen their stunning photo work. Now be a part of it. Enter Archetype’s 12 Days of Engagement Session Giveaways contest, and good luck!!