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Romantic Bell Tower Wedding by Weddings by Alefiya

Clint’s surprise proposal to Mariam during a poker game was just the start of the couple’s thrilling “I do” experience. Mariam, who met Clint at a midtown pub just a couple of months after she moved to Houston from Iraq, where she grew up, knew from the moment she saw him that he was the man for her. And when the couple finally tied the knot, four years later, “Everything was special to me,” she says. “The color and decor were so romantic—just how I dreamed they would be,” she says of their Bell Tower on 34th ceremony and reception. “Everything was so magical.” Big thanks to fabulously talented Houston photographer Alefiya Akbarally of Weddings by Alefiya for the gorgeous photos of this gorgeous wedding (and check out that beaming bride—her smile says it all!).

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Photos: Weddings by Alefiya ~ Bride’s Dress: Rivini from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Bridesmaid Attire: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Floral & Decor: Floral Events ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th

Yellow and Turquoise Outdoor Wedding by Joseph West Photography

How cool would it be to meet your Mr. Right at a Texans tailgate? Pretty darn cool. Just ask bride Debbie, who forced herself to talk to the cute guy across the parking lot that October day in 2008. “We’ve been talking ever since,” she now says with a smile. “Relaxed” and “not too over-thought” is how Debbie describes her wedding to Calan, “just like our relationship.” Of course, that doesn’t mean the celebration wasn’t without its surprises. “My eldest brother hired mariachis to play at the wedding. I would like to say that I remained calm and collected when learning of the surprise, but one of my pictures tells a different story. You can see me on the verge of tears as soon as I hear the instruments striking!” Photos of Debbie’s mariachi moments, and so many more pretty touches and poignant moments from the couple’s wedding, are featured here, courtesy of the wonderful Joseph West of Houston’s Joseph West Photography. Enjoy!

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Photos: Joseph West Photography ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane

Opulent Omni Houston Hotel Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

Who says magnificence and make-your-own mac ’n cheese don’t mix? Certainly not Jordann nor Micah—the Houston couple’s Omni Houston Hotel wedding is a stellar example of what you get when you blend opulence with comfort—fabulousness with FUN! The pair, who met at UT Austin in 2005, treated their 300 wedding guests to an evening of sublime elegance, marked with plenty of personal, comforting touches, like a gorgeous tiered cinnamon cake with old-fashioned buttercream icing by Who Made The Cake. Now treat yourself to Jordann and Micah’s delightful wedding photos, courtesy J. Cogliandro Photography. Can’t you just feel the happiness radiating from this adorable couple? Congratulations, Jordann and Micah!

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Floral, Decor & Lighting: Flora & Eventi ~ Venue: Omni Houston Hotel

Houstonian Hotel Wedding With Four-Legged Best Man by Adam Nyholt Photographer

While “the dog did it” is a legendarily convenient excuse for all kinds of stuff, in the case of Andrew’s proposal to Lauren…the dog really did! “Andrew had a tag made that on one side said, ‘I love you,’ and on the other, ‘Will you marry me?’ He hung the tag and the ring on our dog Niko’s collar. I noticed it immediately and though it was some sort of joke. It was perfect! And thankfully it was not a joke,” the bride recounts. For the couple’s 150-guest wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Lauren opted for white with silver accents as her palette, “which I think is very simple yet extremely sophisticated and elegant,” she says. “It was very important to us that everyone there was a person that touched our lives in some way. That included having our dog there as the best man. The whole night was absolutely amazing. Andrew and I never left the dance floor!” We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and send a shout-out to super-talented photographer Adam Nyholt for the beautiful images.

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Photos:  Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Bride’s Dress: Novia D’Art from Now & Forever Bridal Salon ~ Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Vera Wang ~ Cake:  Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Flowers: The Plant House ~ Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue:  The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Classic Sunset Lakeside Wedding by Kreative Angle Photography

It pays to exercise! Just ask bride Katie, who fell in love with future groom David when the two started working out together in training for a triathlon. “We became good friends, and later did a half marathon together,” Katie tells us. “An engagement was soon to follow…and now so is a baby girl!” We’re so happy for newlyweds, and so delighted to share with you their Woodlands Resort & Conference Center wedding, shot by the very talented Huz Abdul of Kreative Angle Photography. Simple and elegant, with champagne, mocha and navy accent colors and a focus on the beautiful Woodlands Resort surroundings—we are charmed by this sweet wedding and the wonderful couple who shared it with us. Congratulations, Katie and David!

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Photos: Kreative Angle Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Brickhouse Bridal ~ Flowers: The Blooming Idea ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Venue: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center