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Blue & Gold Wedding by MD Turner Photography

One summer Haley decided to sign up for the annual Beta Fraternity River Trip with some girlfriends. The girls were ready for some New Braunfels relaxation and arrived to get on the bus. However, as it always seems with boys’ “careful” planning, there were not enough seats for everyone. Cue Daniel. In true southern gentleman-like fashion, he offered his seat to Haley. He may or may not have had some motive behind this gesture, but it sure paid off. Haley admits she was pretty impressed and started up a conversation with Daniel…a conversation that would continue for the rest of their lives. The two quickly established a favorite date-night spot, George’s Pastaria here in Houston…but little did Haley know that the spot would become even more special on February 15th, 2014. The two were talking and laughing all the way until closing time. Realizing that they were the only two left in the entire restaurant, Haley told Daniel they really should go…but he insisted they stay. Surrounded by nothing but the slowly burning table candles, Daniel got down on one knee. Unable to hold back the happiest of tears, Haley said, “YES!” Now we may or may not be shedding some happy tears, too (we totally are). Haley and Daniel were beyond excited to send out their classic cream and gold invites from Bering’s to all of their friends and loved ones to celebrate this incredible day! The wedding was just a vision—the couple’s chosen colors of Wedgewood blue and shimmering gold were the perfect statement. A huge thank you MD Turner Photography for perfectly capturing the wedding magic. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness, Haley and Daniel. Xoxo.

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Photos: MD Turner Photography | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Wedding Party Attire: Houston Bridal Gallery | Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment

Breathtaking Hill Country Wedding at Canyonwood Ridge

When our newest venue partner, Dripping Springs’ beautiful Canyonwood Ridge, sent Kari and Anderson’s gorgeous spring wedding our way, we were knocked right out of our boots. This lovely couple’s rustic-elegant nuptials took full advantage of Canyonwood Ridge’s soaring ceilings and ample natural light…and the results were stunning. Dreaming of your own Hill Country wedding? We strongly recommend that you make a Canyonwood Ridge tour part of your early planning. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy Kari and Anderson’s wedding, featuring fresh greenery, fabulous views, gold accents, good times…and a beautiful bride in a gorgeous fit-and-flare Anne Barge bridal gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier. “It was truly our best day ever,” says Kari. We are so happy for you two! Best wishes, xo.

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Photos: Photography Luxe | Venue: Canyonwood Ridge | Anne Barge Gown: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers

White, Green & Peach Wedding at Moffitt Oaks by Steve Lee Photography

It’s a pretty big deal for a Texan to trade in big, bright stars for concrete jungle of New York City. However, Sae decided to take on the challenge, and made the move to NYC to pursue a career practicing law…and to the greatest future he never saw coming. One fateful day, Tony, Sae’s friend, made lunch plans in the city. Tony decided to bring along his friend, Jody. Throughout lunch, Sae noticed “Jody’s hand gestures, her speech patterns, her aura—all intriguing.” He was absolutely mesmerized by how confident she was. However, the moment was fleeting…Jody needed to be at the airport for a flight. She was heading back to Texas and Sae was convinced he would never see her again. But a year down the road (or pavement, if you will), Sae felt Texas calling his name and he made the decision to give up his New York lifestyle. He ended up moving into Tony’s place—a great move on his part because Tony’s girlfriend was an active alum for the same sorority as Jody! It wasn’t long before an alumni dinner party brought him face to face with…the girl he never thought he would see again. Preparing himself to make a move, Sae recalls, “I was hyping myself up for an immeasurable feat.” While at the table, everyone began talking about smartphones and comparing features of each.  Sae saw his opportunity and seized it. “I slyly went around the table asking to examine each phone in faux-awe. When Jody’s phone landed in my hands, I surreptitiously, like an undercover agent, input my number and called myself. BINGO, got her number.” Smooth move—guys, take notes. The two began texting, getting to know each other more and over the next four years, they fell madly in love. However, Sae wanted the proposal to be mysterious and a total surprise. In a journal, he began to make a list of all the unique things he loved about Jody. Each page became a special part of her character. Sae presented Jody with the journal, and as she turned the pages, her smile grew bigger and bigger… until she arrived at the final page, which read, “Will you marry me?” On bended knee, Sae repeated his written question out loud and Jody said, “Yes!” Their wedding vision came to life with a rustic-chic lakeside ceremony at Moffitt Oaks, followed by an elegant yet easygoing barn reception. The couple insisted upon a unique celebration—one they had talked about for so long—complete with DIY touches everywhere. Jody was the picture of relaxed glamour as she walked down the aisle to her forever love in a Blue by Enzoani fit-and-flare gown from Weddings by Debbie. We couldn’t be happier that Jody and Sae’s wedding dreams came true. Thank you for these wonderful photos, Steve Lee Photography!

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Photos: Steve Lee Photography | Venue: Moffitt Oaks | Catering: Café Natalie | Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani from Weddings by Debbie

The Bougainvilleas Real Wedding + Open House This Thursday

Rana and Navid’s proposal is probably one of the cutest we’ve heard yet. “Two weeks prior to Navid’s graduation, his sister texted me about planning a surprise party for him after the ceremony,” says Rana. Little did she know that she was the one in for a surprise. Rana got into planning mode and started to coordinate with Navid’s family and friends to let them know about the “surprise” party. Come graduation day, everything went according to her plan. “As soon as we walked in, we immediately started taking photos,” says Rana. She explains that she and Navid were the first to pose for photos in front a graduation “Congrats!” sign. Little did she know that while she and her honey stood in front of the sign, it was being switched out for a sign that said, “Will you marry me?” As Rana recounts, “Navid’s sister took the photo and walked over to make sure I approved of the it. As soon as I noticed the sign in the back of the picture, Navid got down on one knee. It was the greatest surprise ever,” adds Rana. If you think that sounds sweet, just wait ‘til you see the lovely photos from their fabulous Persian wedding celebration at The Bougainvilleas! We totally swooned over these photos by Aventography, and are sure you will, too. Here’s something else: You can see this gorgeous venue live and in person when The Bougainvilleas opens it doors to couples and their entourages on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. for a fabulous summer Open House!

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Photos: Aventography | Venue: The Bougainvilleas | Pronovias Bridal Gown & Sister-of-the-Bride Attire: Weddings by Debbie | Marquee Letters: House of Letters

Lavender, Ivory & Gold Wedding at Chateau Cocomar

For Anna, it was just an ordinary lunch date with the girls…until Stephen noticed her from across the room. “Stephen asked the waitress to ask me if he could join us for lunch or say, ‘Hi.’ I was curious,” recalls Anna. Fortunately, her curiosity paid off…with lots and lots of love. Eight months after a sweet beach proposal in Grand Cayman, the pair tied the knot at Chateau Cocomar in front of 110 of their nearest and dearest. Plants N’ Petals created a romantic setting by filling the room with tall candelabras and lush floral arrangements, complemented by a 4-foot-tall lace-and-pearl cake by Who Made The Cake. Anna’s off-shoulder bridal gown from Weddings by Debbie was pure princess material–and she rocked it! Congrats and best wishes, Anna and Stephen. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Photos: Emily Lockard Photography | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Catering: Cafe Natalie Catering | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie | Baker: Who Made The Cake! | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Plants N’ Petals | Lighting, Music, Entertainment & Photo Booth: LG Entertainment