We get lots of inquiries from brides who dream of doing a destination wedding, but really want to limit travel to within driving distance of Houston. One of the spots we love most for a wedding that’s close to home but feels like a million miles away is Lakeway Resort & Spa on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas Hill Country. Minutes from Austin, and an easy drive from Houston, Lakeway Resort offers wedding coordination, catering for up to 350 guests, and a list of top-notch vendors, so you barely have to lift a finger to plan your perfect wedding. There’s world-class golf, sailing and the heavenly San Saba Spa, too, making it ideal for a weekend-wedding retreat. Plus, Lakeway Resort has got one of the most scenic wedding sites we’ve ever seen—the gorgeous Vistas Glass Ballroom, which instantly turns that incredible lake sunset into a wedding backdrop no amount of decor could ever duplicate. See for yourself, in these beautiful photos of Juli and Kyle’s Lakeway Resort wedding, by top Austin photographer Matt Montalvo! Gorgeous couple, beautiful wedding location and sparklers, too! Who could ask for anything more? Congratulations, Juli and Kyle!
Photos: Matt Montalvo Photography
This retro-adorable engagement shoot from oh-so-talented Rachel Robinson is one of the sweetest we’ve seen. But the love story behind Amanda and Brandon’s engagement? That’s even sweeter.
Little did small-town Canadian girl Amanda know she’d end up with native Houstonian Brandon, all those afternoons she spent daydreaming on the shore of tiny Nipper’s Harbour, Newfoundland. But when Amanda, all grown up, with a degree in mechanical engineering, moved to Houston where several of her friends had put down roots, she couldn’t help but notice that cutie at the bar, the one wearing Chuck Taylors—just like the ones she was wearing! Sure, they got to talking, and even shared a smooch. But it wasn’t until the next night, when she ended up at the same bar to watch college football with friends, and happened to hear a familiar voice call out, “Amanda Newfoundland!” that she knew something special was happening. Over the next few months, through long chats and ping-pong games (she won), and despite her heading offshore for a job, and his shoulder surgery, the two fell in love. Hard.
Then came the day when Amanda walked into the living room to see Brandon down on one knee with a little blue box (“which we all know means Tiffany’s!” she says). For their engagement—for which their parents joined them for a few adorable pics—the couple did a “fun and flirty photo shoot” in different parts of downtown Houston. “Brandon was the best, through all my girly ideas,” which included cotton candy, a tea party and tons of vintage styling, Amanda says. Through all the darling costumes, great settings and cool props, you can see this couple’s deep, sincere adoration for each other in every shot. Beautiful work, Rachel. And happiest wishes, Amanda and Brandon!
Photos: Rachel Robinson Photography
As you know, we here at the Houston Wedding Blog aren’t huge fans of the concept of the soup-to-nuts DIY wedding—mainly because we believe a bride should be as unencumbered by stress as possible on her wedding day, and in the months leading up to it. Also because there’s often a big gap between what a bride envisions for her wedding, and what she’s able, practically speaking, to achieve. Which can lead to stress and disappointment, which are two words we do NOT believe should be associated with one’s wedding day. Ever.
Well, every once in a while, a wedding comes along that makes us think, “Wow, DIY done RIGHT.” Jana and Buddy’s wildly beautiful fete at Wimberley’s Red Corral Ranch, magnificently photographed by HWB fave Sarah Ainsworth, is just such a wedding. Coordinated, with a minimum of stress, by Jana’s talented mother and sister, this wedding manages to take a variety of references—Victorian, 1950s, Western, indie-hip—and blend them seamlessly, with little fuss, and much fabulousness. Everything—from the bride’s floral-and-pheasant-feather belt to the maids’ darling blue frocks to the mix-n-match table runners to the homemade pies to the live peacock—is of a piece, in this wedding that just seems to have Texas deep in its heart. Congratulations, Jana and Buddy!
Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography~Bride’s Dress: San Patrick~Flowers: Infinite Flowers & Events~Pies: Texas Pie Co.~Venue: Red Corral Ranch
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.
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