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Pretty Minute Maid Park Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

She was the girl, he told a friend, he “thought he could never get.” He was the guy who won her heart with a turkey-and-green-olive sandwich (“It was genius!” she says). When the two longtime lovebirds finally made it official, Union Station at Houston Astros’ home Minute Maid Park was the perfect location for “obsessed” sports fan Lindsay and her equally enthusiastic groom Michael. Floral firm Events in Bloom filled the grand, historic space with hanging greenery and glowing candles, complemented the room’s stately columns, uplit in warm shades of amber. Extra kudos to Nadine Moon of Who Made the Cake…who made a cake we can NOT stop talking about, complete with a bottom layer in a subtle white-on-white interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece “The Starry Night”—“my favorite art piece of all time,” Lindsay says. Huge thanks to international-award-winning J. Cogliandro Photography for superb pix of this wonderful wedding…and warmest wishes to the newlyweds!

Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Rivini ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid ~ Bride’s Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Ceremony Programs: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Events in Bloom ~ Venue: Union Station at Minute Maid Park ~ Videography: 31Films ~ Consultant: Keely Thorne Events

Black and White (and Stylish All Over) Wedding by Alyse French

Rebekah and Matthew’s “you’d better watch what you say” story is one with a very happy ending. Check this out: These two Houston singles happened to talk to the same mutual friend on the same day, and both happened to mention they were bored. A light bulb flashed above the aforementioned mutual friend’s head, and she pretty much insisted that the two alleviate their shared ennui by having dinner together. Just a little over a year later, the pair promised themselves to one another in a moving (and exceptionally chic) wedding at Hotel Derek. Bride Rebekah, whose personal fashion blog we LOVE, btw, looked absolutely lovely in her Lela Rose gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier, and absolutely comfy in those cute Tory Burch flats. As for her bridesmaids in their mix-and-match frocks, well, let’s just say they are a perfect testimonial for giving your ’maids a color (in this case, black) and then just letting them run with it. Gorgeous. Ditto the elegantly understated floral arrangements by Tres’ Bloom and the divine stacked-square Who Made the Cake cake. We hope you enjoy these photos from Alyse French Photography as much as we did. And we know you’ll join us in wishing Rebekah and Matthew a lifetime of happiness!

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Photos: Alyse French Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Lela Rose from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Coordinator: Simply Jubilee Events ~ Flowers: Tres’ Bloom ~ Venue: Hotel Derek

Rustic-Chic, Retro-Cool Wedding by Carlino’s Photography

How refreshing is the mix of rustic-chic and retro-vixen at Josh and Lindsey’s ranch wedding? Demure pearls…but also black patent platform pumps. A pretty white wedding dress…but also hot red roses. A sweetly feminine, pearl-ringed wedding cake…but also the Texas-Outlaw-mobile! Cheers to this cool couple for doing it their way—and doing it in superb style. And big thanks to Carlino’s Photography for capturing the spirit of this spirited wedding so beautifully!

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Photos: Carlino’s Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo ~ Bride’s Shoes: Guess ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Nuance Salon & Spa ~ Cake: Dana Hartensteiner ~ Flowers: Terra Flora ~ Venue: Safari Texas Ranch

Gray, Pink & Cream Hotel ZaZa Wedding by Serendipity Photography

Imagine discovering that your boyfriend’s mother had known your mother before either of you were born—and had even babysat for you while you were itty-bitty! It’s the sort of small-world coincidence that makes you think some things—Emily and Brian’s true love, for instance—are just fated to be. For the couple’s spring wedding, Emily wanted to honor tradition…but she also wanted some super-chic modern flare, to go along with Hotel ZaZa’s hot new 11th-floor Grapevine Room. “Sticking with that I choose charcoal gray as our main color and accented it with pale pinks and creams for a romantic touch,” she tells us. There’s so much we love about this effortlessly elegant wedding, from the bride’s handmade “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs (“I highly recommend doing this if you’re crafty and want something unique…and it was fun!”), to the subtly metallic linens, to the fresh and feminine Blooming Gallery floral arrangements, to the ridiculously pretty pink-bow wedding cake from Edible Designs by Jessie. Check out Serendipity Photography’s fine photos of this delightful Houston wedding. And if you’re hunting for a mid-size venue with amazing style and views for miles, definitely check out ZaZa’s 11th-floor space—it’s an absolute gem. Congratulations, Emily and Brian!

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Photos: Serendipitiy Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra ~ Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik & Valentino ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa

Houston City Club Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Fresh, elegant, lovely. These words describe both bride Monica AND her spring wedding to her handsome groom, Bruno. Here’s a romantic tale to make your heart go pitter-pat: The pair met while Monica was on vacation in Buenos Aires, visiting friends who were studying abroad there. On the last night of her trip, the group visited a neighborhood pub, where Bruno happened to be hanging out. The two hit it off like gangbusters, but, alas, Houston-bound Monica had to jet home the next morning—not without giving Bruno her contact info, though. Eight months, and zillions of Skype calls and Facebook messages later, Monica made it back to Argentina for a legal internship. “As soon as we saw each other again, we knew we had found our soul mates,” Monica says. “We began dating immediately and got engaged one year later.” Their Houston City Club wedding celebration, with its exceptionally elegant palette of coral, cream and hints of navy blue, is a testament to the power of long-distance love—not to mention a knockout showcase of some of Houston’s finest wedding talent, including Occasio Productions, Blooming Gallery and Who Made the Cake, along with photographer Sarah Ainsworth, whose terrific pix are featured here. We’ve got a special shout-out for the bride, who chose coral for her bridesmaids’ palette, but let each of her gals choose her own dress style. The arrangement turned out perfectly—and don’t those ’maids look happy? Congratulations y felicidades to Monica and Bruno!

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Coordinator: Aurora Perez-Smith of Occasio Productions ~ Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Menus, Place Cards, Programs & Table Numbers: Katie & Co. ~ Venue & Catering: Houston City Club