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Coral and Ivory Garden Party Wedding at the Antique Rose Emporium

Both former high-school athletes, Brittany and Chad sat next to each other on the way to UIL regionals in San Antonio—and that, Brittany says, was pretty much all it took for her to fall in love. After dinner at their favorite hometown restaurant one evening in 2012, where, Brittany recounts, her future groom “ate a kid’s meal for dinner because he was so nervous” (how cute is that?), Chad proposed to her underneath a blanket of stars at Hempstead City Park. The couple’s Antique Rose Emporium wedding, with its “antique, sweet Southern vibe,” was sheer perfection, from the deeply touching chapel ceremony, to the gently tousled flower arrangements and rustic burlap table runners, to the down-home dinner of chicken-fried steak and homemade mashed potatoes, to the natural beauty of their chosen venue—which, with its acres of Texas pioneer roses “did not call for extreme amounts of decorations,” Brittany says. “Everyone had a blast including my grandparents who are 70 years old and were the life of the party,” the bride notes—a fact attested to beautifully by photos from Paige Budde of Awake Photography. Congratulations, Brittany and Chad—may your life together forever be a garden of roses.

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Photos: Awake Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Weddings by Debbie ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Flowers: Dilorio Farms & Roadside Market, Hempstead ~ Venue: Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham

Downtown Aquarium Wedding by Kreative Angle Photography

Though they’d been friends since they were 10—best friends all through high school—Shannon was nevertheless “speechless” when, six years into their romantic relationship, Colin proposed while she was curled up with a hot chocolate, fumbling for the TV remote. Their spring wedding, which started with a church ceremony where Shannon’s beloved brother walked her down the aisle then high-fived her before dropping her off at the altar, gave way to an equally joyful reception at the Downtown Aquarium. Echoing the Nautilus Ballroom’s marine theme, Shannon and Colin went with a palette of cobalt blue and deep purple, and treated guests to seafood specialties including gumbo and crab-stuffed fillet of sole. As Shannon recounts, “The aquarium was decked out with lanterns and treasure chests filled with glow necklaces. The guests were asked to write date ideas on tongue depressors from the chests—we have some doozies. The DJ had everyone moving the entire night, guests sent us off with wedding wands through a tunnel out of the location. We then drove off in a cherry red Challenger and spent the evening enjoying the luxury of Hotel Icon.” Just how lovely does Shannon look in that Jasmine Couture gown from The Princess Bridal? Sigh. Congrats to the happy couple, and a high-five from us here at HWB to Kreative Angle Photography for the fine, fine photos.

Photos: Kreative Angle Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Jasmine Couture from The Princess Bridal ~ Flowers: The Bloom Room ~ Venue & Catering: Downtown Aquarium

La Torretta Weekend Wedding with Football, Mad Libs, Bollywood and More

“Staying true to our Indian traditions and our Southern roots, Rushi and I wanted to include special touches that showed our personalities for our big weekend, so our first decision was to have our wedding outside of Houston, at the gorgeous La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa right off Lake Conroe in Texas,” says Houston bride Shilpa about her wedding to Rushi. “Our weekend-long celebration started with guests greeted with fresh-baked cookies, lemonade and handmade welcome bags upon check-in. Guests were then directed to an LSU viewing party Friday afternoon to enjoy the LSU vs. Arkansas game with fellow guests and Tiger fans. The colorful Friday night garba/raas festivities began with a live drum player and DJ, followed by an Italian pasta bar for dinner, king cakes fresh from Baton Rouge and homemade Indian sweets for dessert.” And that was just Friday’s fun. For Saturday’s wedding, perfect weather set the scene for a joyful celebration where guests sipped mango lassis alongside American-style cocktails, did custom wedding Mad Libs, and sat at floral-draped tables to dine on divine Indian specialties. As fine photos by New York photographer Trent Bailey show, “The reception continued with all-night dancing, personalized coozies and glow sticks, and all-around joy and happiness as two families became one, and two people became lifelong partners in this journey of life!” If there’s a better reason to celebrate, we sure don’t know what it is. Congrats, Shilpa and Rushi, and thank you so much for sharing your magnificent wedding with us, and all our brides.

Photos: Trent Bailey Photography ~ Bride’s Makeup: Makeup by Shazia Kazi ~ Cake: Sweets To Dream On ~ Decor & Rentals: Mandap Creations ~ DJ & Lighting: Indoraja Entertainment ~ Flowers: The Secret Floral Garden ~ Coordinator: Alana Padgett ~ Videography: T2 Productions ~ Venue: La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

The Springs Events “Great Wedding Giveaway” Winner Tiffany’s Country-Chic Pecan Springs Wedding

In love with her big brother’s friend Kyle from the time she was 10 years old, Tiffany always dreamed of marrying “the one true love of her life”—but she never could have imagined that she would WIN the wedding of her dreams. But that’s exactly what happened. As the very lucky winner of The Springs Events’ 2013 “Great Wedding Giveaway,” Tiffany scored herself a fabulous wedding at her choice of The Springs Events different rustic-elegant Hill Country venues. She and Kyle opted for Brookshire’s lovely Pecan Springs, where they celebrated their love with a wedding that was, in the bride’s words, “country chic, DIY and infused with a lot of love and delicate details.” These included a canvas hand-painted by the maid of honor that served as the wedding’s guestbook, and a handmade brooch bouquet, designed by a dear friend and made up of brooches that each were family heirlooms handed down from generation to generation. Planning help from coordinator Lean On Me Events ensured a perfect day. “I enjoyed the whole wedding from start to finish, but a few of my favorite moments were when I first saw Kyle when I was walking down the aisle. The way he looked at me brought tears to my eyes.” Congratulations, Tiffany and Kyle, and our thanks to Magek Photography for sharing images of this special day.

Wonder what it feels like to win your dream wedding? Enter the 2013 Springs Events Great Wedding Giveaway by July 1 for your chance to score a WOW wedding at the Springs Events venue of your choice. Click here for details and entry info!

Photos: Magek Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Galina Signature from David’s Bridal ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Coordinator: Lean on Me Events ~ Venue: Pecan Springs, The Springs Events

Navy, Gray & Yellow Spring Rooftop Wedding

Of late, we’ve had a flood of truly fabulous proposal stories, and we just gotta say…good work, guys!! You are seriously outdoing yourselves. Take, for instance, Luis, who incorporated his into a photo shoot Herminia was doing as a favor for a good friend of hers. “My friend disappeared to look for his tassel (he was really hiding in the bushes to take pictures of US). Luis showed up with a lens that I really, really wanted. He asked me to take a picture of him so I snapped a couple and when I looked at my camera I noticed he was looking down in one of the photos. I looked at him, and he was knelt down asking me to marry him. It was perfect.” Just about as perfect as the couple’s spring wedding, with its outdoor rooftop wedding ceremony at The Grove—“We provided fans as programs to apologize for the scorching hot Houston sun,” Herminia says—followed by a fun-filled hotel reception for 300 guests. Enjoy these joyful pix of this lovely Houston rooftop wedding, courtesy Jesus Gonzalez Photography, and join us in wishing Herminia and Luis a lifetime of love!

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Photos: Jesus Gonzalez Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cupcake Tower: A Day to Remember ~ Ceremony Venue: The Grove ~ Reception Venue: Hilton University of Houston