Archive for the ‘Real Weddings’ Category

Enchanting Austin Engagement and Wedding by High Dot Studios, Part II

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Vintage-loving, fun-loving, each-other-loving Houstonians Shatara and Bilal chose the lovely Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria as the location for their wedding. And we are SO glad they did. Just look at these photos by High Dot Studios, which show off the venue’s dreamy green grounds and the wedding’s enchanting, butterflies-and-roses ambiance to magnificent effect. Says beautiful bride Shatara—shown here in her exquisite Vera Wang wedding gown—“Family and friends from as far away as Virginia joined us in our celebration. Mostly outdoors, our wedding took everyone by surprise with our hip-hop first-dance mix. Serving foods like jerk chicken and hummus, and drinks like ginger beer, made our wedding a one-of-a-kind. We capped off the night with a 1959 Jaguar to whisk us away. I’ll always cherish how beautiful our wedding was and hope others will appreciate its beauty.” If by “others” you mean us here at HWB, and all our eager readers, yes, Shatara, we most certainly do!

As for you, dear readers, if you haven’t yet checked out Shatara and Bilal’s engagement session, do yourselves a favor…and DO!

Photos: High Dot Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Cake: Central Market ~ Flowers: Whole Foods ~ Venue: Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

Post Hurricane New York Wedding by Steve Lee Weddings

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

“Our wedding day can be compared to a clear sky, a rainbow and a bright sun that can be seen after a perfect storm,” says bride Akina. And that’s not just a metaphor. A week before her New York wedding to John (he’s from Houston but was living in Yokohama, Japan, at the time; she’s Japanese and was living in NYC), Hurricane Sandy devastated the city, putting the couple’s wedding, along with countless people’s lives, livelihoods and well-being, in very serious jeopardy. Yet somehow the couple’s determined out-of-town guests managed to get to the city safely and on time to enjoy the magnificently chic and warmly multicultural celebration of Akina and John’s true love. To document their perfect day, the pair brought top Houston photographer Steve Lee of Steve Lee Weddings/Khloe Madison to New York, where he captured this beautiful wedding in all its splendor—the pops of pink, the whimsical butterflies, the myriad Yoruban (the groom is a first-generation Nigerian-American) and Japanese elements that went into the couple’s festivities. We get tingles of joy—and, truth be told, a couple of tears in our eyes—looking at Lee’s photos of this magical day. No storm could keep these two apart, and, we are certain, no storm ever shall. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

bridal gown bridal bouquet Wedding rings Couple's embrace Wedding party Couple standing downtown Bride and Groom Ceremony decor Bride's and Groom's families bride and groom portraits Reception decor florals with butterflies reception place cards reception table centerpiece Cutting the cake Dancing bride's and groom's mothers dancing bride and groom downtown night shot

Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dress: Miguel Rodriguez ~ Cake & Catering: Relish Caterer, New York ~ Decor: Christine Do ~ Flowers: Tuyet Tina Scarlatella, Christine Do ~ Venue: 360 Studios, New York

Vibrant Vintage DIY Wedding at The Gallery by Red Fly Photography

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

As you know, we here at the Houston Wedding Blog aren’t big proponents of DIY weddings. Sure, there’s an element of creative control that the uber-crafty among us can’t resist. And the prospect of saving money by doing yourself what you might otherwise pay an experienced wedding professional to do is not without its temptations. But the truth is that the stress of DIYing your most important day is more than most brides can handle gracefully and with their sanity intact (hence the old saw, “If I’m DIYing, I’m dying!”). As for the assumed budget savings, well, it’s no surprise that many brides find themselves actually paying more for DIY decor, flowers, cake, etc., due to costly trial-and-error mistakes and last-minute special orders.

So you might be wondering why we chose Jin and Vince’s soup-to-nuts DIY wedding at The Gallery to feature on HWB. Let’s just say this wedding, and foodie/photo buff/blogger bride Jin’s irrepressible spirit, captured our hearts in such a way that we temporarily kicked our DIY doubts to the curb, and just enjoyed the beautiful ride (which, Jin notes, had its highs and lows—more on that after the photos).

Grooms hanging suit boutonniere Bride and Groom welcome sign Wedding rings Bridal bouquet bride and groom portrait bridesmaids Wedding Party bride and groom bride, groom and puppy Inside The Gallery DIY wine bottle centerpieces Outdoor evening venue decorations Mr. & Mrs. Chair signs Photobooth decor and accessories bride and groom dancing Cake toppers Photobooth fun Favors

Jin, who blogs about food, photography, style and crafting @ misscontradictionofsorts, explained to us that she wanted a “perfectly imperfect and unconventional wedding—full of laidback tones, fun vibes, a touch of frivolity and Alice-in-Wonderland whimsy,” which, while an awesome concept, was “in hindsight, an ambitious feat for a wedding of 250,” she admits. Still, “countless DIY hours and many sleepless nights later,” she and Vince got exactly what they wanted—a fact to which their wedding photos from Austin-based Red Fly Photography attest gorgeously. And in the end, she says, she’d definitely do it all over again, except maybe “for a more intimate wedding of 50 to 100.”

So here’s the thing, while we do not recommend that you attempt a complete DIY wedding yourself, dear bride, we absolutely DO love the idea of DIYing one or two special elements. Which is why we’re thrilled that Jin has shared her great DIY tutorials with us (and you!). Find out how she made her cake toppers, boutonnieres, Mr. & Mrs. glittered notion banner and “guestbook” questionnaires—then decide if and how much doing-it-yourself you’re willing to do!

Our happiest wishes to the wonderful Jin and her handsome Vince—may they enjoy a lifetime of love and creativity together.

Photos: Red Fly Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie ~ Venue: The Gallery

Bell Tower on 34th Wedding by RSVP Studios

Friday, February 1st, 2013

“We wanted our wedding to be elegant, beautiful, modern, traditional, vintage and mainly FUN,” says radiant Houston bride Lacie, adding, “It sounds like a strange combination.” But the truth is, for many a bride, Lacie’s fantasy weddingscape doesn’t sound strange at all. Though there are some brides who truly crave an authentic 1920s theme from flapper dresses to prohibition-era bootleg whiskey—or, on the flip side, a totally modern party, all metallic sheen and sleek angles—most brides want a mix of elegance and comfort, time-honored tradition and contemporary chic. Lacie and groom Jed got just what they wished for, with help from Darryl & Co., which turned out lovely, low-profile hydrangea arrangements, atop tables set with silver chargers at the villa-like Bell Tower on 34th. And just how stunning does Lacie look in that fairytale Maggie Sottero dress, her pretty maids (in ga-ga-gorgeous earth-tone Allure gowns) all in a row? Happiest wishes to the newlyweds, and sincere thanks to RSVP Studios for the wonderful photos.

Crystal Bridal Shoes Bride ring and Groom boutonniere Bridal portrait in mirror Reception Decor Wedding Party Bride and Flower Girl Bride and Groom exchanging rings Reception table Reception Floral Decor Bride and groom posing outside venue Reception Sweetheart Table Custom Caketoppers Bride and groom cakes Couple kissing Dessert Table Bride and bridesmaid dancing Bride throwing bouquet Bride and Groom exit

Photos: RSVP Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Flowers: Darryl & Co. ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Candy Buffet: Sugar Bunch Creations ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th

Butler’s Courtyard Holiday Season Wedding by Alicia Pyne Photography

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

A lucky color for weddings all over the world, red featured beautifully at Kristin and Kevin’s festive November nuptials. For their 110-guest celebration, the pair chose Butler’s Courtyard—a favorite spot of ours for its vintage charm and rustic elegance, and, decked out for holiday season, a perfect spot for the “warm and welcoming” wedding experience bride Kristin wanted her guests to have. Alicia Pyne Photography’s images of the couple’s lovely wedding wonderfully capture that sense warmth and graciousness—heck, we feel cozy just looking at ’em. Wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness…and good fortune!

Bride getting ready wedding rings Bridal jewelry and shoes bridal bouquet outdoor Christmas wedding decor outdoor wedding gazebo Wedding invitations and welcome sign Groomsmen Bridesmaid bouquet and bride with flower girls Bridal party Black, red and white ring pillow Venue at night Flower girl Bride and groom after ceremony Indoor reception Christmas wedding decor Bride and groom first dance

Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Venue: Butler’s Courtyard