It was friends, food and fate that brought Monica and Chris together, forever. “I had just left an awful couples’ dinner where I was the ONLY single person. After I left the dinner, I went to meet mutual friends at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch a UFC fight,” says Monica. “I was not in the mood to mingle, but Chris offered me his seat and somehow found a way to make me smile (as he always does). The rest was history,” she adds.
It wasn’t long before Chris planned the perfect, intimate proposal for Monica. They went for a couple’s massage, got chocolate truffles form Liebman’s and then took a long walk around Terry Hershey Park. He originally planned to propose to Monica at the park, but in typical Houston fashion, it began to rain. Chris decided to take her back to his house, where they relaxed on the couch with the box of chocolates. “We were talking, but I could tell he was holding something back,” says Monica. “I thought maybe he was turned off by the way I was eating chocolates (lol). He then nervously started to tell me how much I meant to him and popped the question,” recounts Monica.
Monica walked down the aisle in style wearing a full-sleeved lace gown from Houston Bridal Gallery, and danced the night away at the rustic, Spanish wedding venue, Agave Estates . “Our wedding was a dream come true from the ceremony, to our final exit for the night,” says Monica. “My favorite moment was when we recited our vows to each other, and promised to spend forever together in front of our closest family and friends. Everyone came together to celebrate us and it was a night we’ll never forget,” adds Monica. We couldn’t be happier for these two!
Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: Agave Estates | Wedding Dress: Houston Bridal Gallery | Invitations: Bella Dia Stationery
You should trust your dad when he tells you he has the perfect guy in mind. Just ask Houston bride, Talia, whose dad set her up with Barry. “He took me to an Ethiopian restaurant, brought me flowers, opened doors… a total gentleman,” says Talia. Unfortunately she wasn’t ready to date him just yet. “Years later I couldn’t stop thinking about him. We reached out to each other on a few occasions, but were never able to meet. Finally, we were able to get together for a cup of coffee, and the rest was history,” adds Talia.
Ten years after their first date, Barry took Talia to the same Ethiopian restaurant where they first met. “After dinner he convinced me to go to the museum to check out a friend’s art show,” recounts Talia. He arranged for a friend to take photos at the Light Tunnel in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “Once we arrived at the Light Tunnel, I realized no one else was there, and he was on one knee!” adds Talia.
Their wedding was exactly how they pictured it—unique, hints of art deco, and simply elegant. “Balushka, owner of Balushka Paper Floral Artistry, and I always talked about how she would decorate my wedding one day, and when the time came, she did a phenomenal job. She came up with the most gorgeous panels of handmade paper flowers in shades of blush, plum, ivory and gold for our backdrop,” says Talia.
We couldn’t be happier for these two. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds! We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did.
Photos: Elisheva Golani Photography | Proposal Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Flowers, Rentals & Decor: AJ’s Urban Petals | Paper Flowers, Chuppah & Backdrop: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry
After spending their first date in a yoga class, Keri and Michael decided to take their next outing to get to know each other better while strolling through Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park. A date well spent, and a gorgeous Houston sunset later, the fitness-and-outdoors lovers decided to meet again… the very next day. Little did they know that Houston’s natural beauty would play into every major milestone they celebrated next.
Michael popped the question to Keri during an “all-day date” that began near a garden complete with an arbor of blooming red roses, where Keri was shocked to find Michael down on one knee! “We spent the rest of the day talking about how we arrived to this exciting day,” Keri says. “And the 12-hour ‘date’ concluded with a surprise dinner Michael had arranged for both of our families at one of his favorite restaurants
To nobody’s surprise, the couple’s love of the outdoors played right into their nuptials and reception, as well, with lush phalaenopsis orchids, calla lilies and white tulips by Plants N’ Petals accenting rustic barn tables. “We chose orchids as our main flower for their meaning, and also for their simple elegance,” Keri says.
Keri donned a classic silk dress from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon on the big day, complete with a chic oversized bow in back. The couple sealed the deal with stunning rings from Zadok Jewelers and invited their intimate group of 120 guests to celebrate with invitations and stationery from Bering’s. They began their new life together as a married couple with registry items from Kuhl-Linscomb.
We’re so in love with this dreamy day. Congrats to you both, Keri and Michael! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and many more Houston sunsets! xoxo
Photos: Joey T Photography | Flowers, Decor, Lighting & Rentals: Plants N’ Petals | Invitations: Bering’s | Wedding Dress: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Rings: Zadok Jewelers | Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb
Almost a decade of dating and an intense game of “Super Mario World” brought childhood acquaintances Jennifer and Sean together forever.
“It happened at home, which is very us. He had somehow managed to write ‘Will you marry me?’ in a ‘Super Mario World’ game,” Jennifer says, though she didn’t realize at first that the words were meant for her!
A resounding “yes” and 11 months later, the couple wed in a lush garden on a sunny March day among 68 of their closest friends and family.
“We knew that we didn’t want a huge wedding,” Jennifer says. “We loved how intimate and personal it felt and that we were able to spend time with everyone who attended.”
Adding to the intimacy of the affair, Jennifer’s sister designed all of the couple’s wedding invitations and stationery, and Sean’s best friend officiated the ceremony!
Jennifer and Sean booked their dream photographer, Serendipity Photography, to capture their bright floral arrangements, lush table designs and joyous dancing.
“Right from the start, we knew we wanted Serendipity as our photographers,” Jennifer says. “I’ve been following them on their blog for a few years, and I really love their style. Alice and Eric are awesome people as well.”
Jennifer and Sean will celebrate two years of marriage tomorrow! Congrats, and thanks for sharing your oh-so-special day with us on the Houston Wedding Blog!
Photos: Serendipity Photography
Anna, who grew up in lush, tree-filled Marietta, Ga., knew she wanted the feel of the outdoors at her Texas wedding to Clark, even if it had to take place indoors. For the couple’s July wedding, a “woodlands” theme presided, with moss and foliage entwined against billowing drapery, and Anna in a flowing dress from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon for the ceremony.
The couple worked with Houston photographer Philip Thomas of Philip Thomas Photography to document their special day. Thomas captured countless of what he calls “in-between moments” of Anna, Clark and their loved ones like these sweet hugs and kisses!
Taking note of Anna’s “woodlands” inspiration, we love how Thomas captured plenty of natural light in his photos, and even braved the hot, hot Texas heat to take this oh-so-romantic tree-lined shot. At the reception, Anna and Clark “traded out white for pops of primary colors,” Anna says, which Thomas also captured beautifully, as pictured in the shot below.
“We really wanted our wedding to be fun and full of energy, and I feel like between the band, photo booth and the aviator sunglasses that everyone loved, we could just focus on having a blast and not worry about any details,” Anna recounts. It looks like everyone (especially Clark!) had the time of their lives. Congrats to the both of you, Anna and Clark, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Interested in learning more about award-winning Philip Thomas Photography? Be sure to schedule your consultation ASAP, as this HOT Texas photographer books up well in advance! And make sure to tell him you found him on the Houston Wedding Blog!
Photos: Philip Thomas Photography | Wedding Dress: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment | Registry: Bering’s