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Classic Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Kimberly Chau Photography

What we love most about Emily and Brian’s wedding celebration is its timeless elegance. Nothing over the top, no razzle-dazzle, no extraneous floral flights of fancy or excessive decor. Just pure, heirloom-quality prettiness. Same goes for the bride. We adore her infectious smile, her chic updo, her single strand of pearls and picture-perfect rose bouquet–echoed elegantly, we should add, in the gentlemen’s fine boutonnieres. And let’s just appreciate for a moment how this adorable couple is confident enough to let their venue–the historic Crystal Ballroom at the Rice–speak for itself. Just a few lush hydrangeas, pale pink roses, a little greenery, and lots of low-profile votive glow. Simply divine. Thanks so much to Houston photographer Kimberly Chau for sharing this wedding with us! We have a feeling this classic celebration, and her photos of it, will stand the test of time.

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Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography~Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Ventura’s Bridal~Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor~Flowers: SCF Events~Decor & Rentals: Distinctive Details~Cakes: Julie Moncrief~Rings: Hoffman Diamond Company~Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice~Coordinator: Kelly Balfour, Eventology Weddings

Dramatic Downtown Wedding by Nhan Nguyen Photography

August was hot in Houston. Ridiculously hot. Obscenely hot. But you’d never know it from looking at Tiffanie and Khuong, who celebrated their union at Hotel ZaZa, in downtown’s Museum District. This supremely stylish pair looked cool as cut diamonds, Tiffanie in a stunning Winnie Couture gown and crystal-encrusted Louboutins, Khuong in tux and Chucks (we love it!). We can’t help but get swept up in the shimmer and high drama of their theatrical fête, created with the help of the awesome Mai Dang of Honeydew Events and the design genius of Darryl & Co. in ZaZa’s cinematic Phantom Ballroom. Big thanks to the extraordinary Nhan Nguyen for gorgeous photos of this sparkling soiree. And big congrats to the bride and groom!

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Photography: Nhan Nguyen Photography~Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture~Flowers: Blooming Gallery~Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co.~Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections~Venue: Hotel ZaZa~Consultant: Honeydew Events

Vibrant Victoria Wedding by Archetype + Bonus Engagement Shoot Giveaway!

There are so many things we love about this extraordinarily elegant Victoria wedding, we hardly know where to begin. So let’s start bride Meredith herself. The Stephen Yearick gown? Gorgeous. Paired with the chunky necklace and bracelet? Perfection. Plus we love a.) that Meredith’s jewelry is beautifully echoed in the adornment of her Badgley Mischka shoes, b.) that both jewelry pieces look terribly expensive, and c.) that they are actually from Ann Taylor’s very affordable wedding jewelry collection–smart bride! Groom Michael ain’t so bad himself: white tie, orchid boutonniere, pocket square…excellent. OK, moving on to the party, we’re just dazzled by that lovely, lovely reception space, all muted gold and white damask, rising into a beautiful burst of vibrant spring color. Big thanks to the fabulous Terilyn Brown of Houston’s Archetype Studio for sharing radiant images of this exquisite wedding with us, so we could share them with you.

Oh, and there’s one more thing Archetype Studio has in store for one lucky Houston Wedding Blog fan: A professionally styled, two-hour, on-location ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT, including a complimentary 9×12 heirloom print, total value: $545. Oh yeah.

This prize is non-transferable, good for the greater Houston area only and expires 12/31/2011.

To enter, first Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook if you haven’t yet (and we, in turn, will love you xox). Next, e-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and location, and a bit about how/where you got engaged. Engagement descriptions don’t have to be lengthy, but please do let us know any exciting, unusual or insanely romantic details.

Entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 14, and we’ll announce our winner on Friday, Sept. 16 on Facebook. You’ve scored the man of your dreams, now snag the engagement sesh of a lifetime. Good luck!!

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Photography: Archetype Studio~Bride’s Dress: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka~Bride’s Necklace & Bracelet: Ann Taylor~Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear~Flowers: Fresh Urban Flowers~Bride’s Cake: Simply Charming Cakes~Groom’s Cake: Sonya Lahodny~Decor & Rentals: Touch of Elegance, Aztec Tents & Events~Wedding Consultant & Design: Sweet August Events

 

Lush & Dreamy, White & Green Garden Wedding by Steve Lee Weddings

Like a fresh coastal breeze or a cool drink of spring water on a warm summer day—that’s what Kaleigh and Jared’s June wedding feels like. Orchestrated in the garden of the bride’s family’s Cypress home, with help from coordinator Kathryn Creech of Enjoy Events, this deliriously dreamy wedding is full of delicate vintage touches we adore. And the lush yet totally unfussy floral from Dream Bouquet is beyond beautiful. But it’s the wedding’s overall mood of bountiful rustic elegance that makes us sigh, collectively, looking at these gorgeous photos from the immensely talented Steve Lee. For details on which Houston wedding experts provided what for this breathtaking wedding, see credits below pics.

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Photography: Steve Lee Weddings~Bride’s Dress: Enzoani from Parvani Vida~Bride’s Shoes: Oscar de la Renta~Cakes: Who Made the Cake~Flowers: Dream Bouquet~Decor & Rentals: Swift & Co., Aztec Events & Tents, Bright Star Productions~Coordinator: Enjoy Events

WOW Wedding at The Grove by Rachel Robinson Photography

We love a small wedding with big impact, and Nicolas and Carrie’s 70-guest wedding at The Grove definitely fits the bill. The couple took full advantage of The Grove’s modern wood-and-glass construction, enhancing it with sleek succulents and softening it with vintage organic touches—courtesy coordinator and exceptionally talented floral designer Laurel Hanz of Laurel’s Florals. Whose work, by the way, was gorgeously captured by Rachel Robinson Photography. We’re crazy about the potted arrangements for ceremony aisle and tables, which allowed the day’s décor to go on living and giving joy. And that fabulous vintage phone booth didn’t just bring a bright splash of red to the placid palette, it also was a nod to the couple’s London connection—it happens to be the city where they currently make their home. This wedding was just brimming with happiness and serenity, from pre-ceremony primping at the Magnolia Hotel, to dance-floor revelry. We are inspired. Are you?

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Photography: Rachel Robinson Photography~Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Harrod’s of London~Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade~Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face~Cake: Cakes by Gina~Ceremony, Reception & Catering: The Grove~Consultant & Flowers: Laurel’s Florals