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Butler’s Courtyard Holiday Season Wedding by Alicia Pyne Photography

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!

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

Intimate, Elegant, House Party Wedding by Willow Tree Photographs

“An intimate day with our closest loved ones” is how Houston bride Lisa describes her vision for her autumn wedding to Paul.  To keep things cozy, casual, but decidedly vintage-chic, the couple selected a 6,500-square-foot, Old-World-style residence on the grounds of an oak-dappled Hockley country club as their venue—and kept their guest count to a cozy 80 friends and family members. Houston Wedding Blog fave Tamara Menges created lovely arrangements of hydrangea and roses and berries, with a palette based on pale greens and antique-pink hues, and placed them throughout the residential space, along with framed personal photos of the wedding couple’s, to blend with the rustic-luxurious decor, rather than stand out from it. Heavy hors d’oeuvre, fine wine and cocktails subbed in for “a stuffy sit-down dinner,” Lisa notes, and guests spent the evening mingling, getting to know one another, nestling down on sumptuous sofas, laughing, conversing, and, as the evening went on, dancing to the tunes of a singer-songwriter-guitarist (he played acoustic for the ceremony) turned DJ. “It was exactly the way we wanted it to look and feel,” Lisa says—and the joy and satisfaction she felt shows, radiantly, on her face and Paul’s, captured for posterity by Willow Tree Photographs.

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Photos: Willow Tree Photographs ~ Flowers & Decor: Tamara Menges Designs ~ Bride’s Dress: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Toms ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss ~ Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner of Weddings Performed ~ Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Sports Retreat, Founder’s Lodge

Southern Vintage Hotel Galvez Wedding by Jonathan Ivy Photography

You say you’re longing for a destination wedding—without the hassle of long-distance travel? Take a cue from Stephanie and Travis, who got the best of destination-wedding delights—sea breezes, spectacular sunset, a grand beachfront hotel—at a destination very close to home: Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel. “Travis and I wanted a fun atmosphere where everyone could relax and party,” Stephanie says. “His side of the family is from the North and had not been to Texas yet. We searched for many months until we fell in love with Hotel Galvez. It had character and a destination feel.” Taking inspiration from the historic Galveston hotel’s iconic charms, the couple went for “a Southern vintage theme with dusty rose, teal and vintage yellow as our color palette,” the bride notes. And they incorporated their two enduring loves (well, besides each other)—family, and Texas-country music—throughout the celebration, with beloved photos, heirloom accessories, Stephanie’s grandfather’s ’57 Chevy, and a performance by rising country star Jason Cassidy. A picture-perfect location, an unforgettable day, an adoring couple, beautifully captured by Jonathan Ivy Photography. Does it get any better than that?

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Photos: Jonathan Ivy Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: John Varvatos ~ Flowers: Island Flowers (Galveston) ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

White and Ivory Ballroom Wedding by 1Cinema Productions

To transform a hotel ballroom into a “heavenly setting,” bride Dara opted for lush, romantic draping throughout the room. And we are in love with the result. We also adore how the reception’s billowy, beautiful surroundings get a lovely, contemporary contrast from sleek, asymmetrical centerpieces of white calla lilies, orchids, hydrangea and ranunculus, on alternating round and square tables, courtesy Decor One. But mostly we love the love on Dara and Ammar’s faces in their wedding photos from 1Cinema Productions. So much excitement, so much joy, so much FUN. We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness—congratulations!

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Photos: 1Cinema Productions ~ Bride’s Dress: Melissa Sweet by Priscilla of Boston ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Flowers & Decor: Decor One ~ Venue: Omni Westside

Gorgeous Galveston Indian Wedding by Sassani Photography

Remember Myspace? If not for the Facebook forerunner, Niki and Samar might never have found true love. Samar first set eyes on his future bride’s face on his roommate’s Myspace page way back in olden times (2006 to be exact). But, alas, Niki was dating someone. Then later, when she was single, Samar was dating someone—you know how the story goes. Finally, in 2010, the destined-to-be-together couple’s stars aligned, and a group dinner with friends brought them face-to-face. The next day, a first real date—two years later, the wedding of a lifetime, with 375 gathered at Galveston’s San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center for a day of unforgettable celebrating. With coordination by Sobi Qazi of Lion & Lamb Event Services, and floral finesse from Prashe Decor (think lush blush, champagne and ivory flowers for the joy-filled ceremony; black lampshades topping submerged orchids for the sophisticated reception), plus sumptuous Indian cuisine, decadent fried Oreos, and dancing ’til 2 a.m., their wedding was everything Niki and Samar had ever dreamed it would be. Thanks so Sassani Photography for the vibrant photos…and congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Sassani Photography

Coordination: Lion & Lamb Event Services

Flowers: Prashe Decor

Venue: San Luis Resort, Spa & Convention Center