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Southwestern Rustic-Chic Wedding at The Parador by Sarah McKenzie Photography

For their October wedding at The Parador, Christina and Paul created a theme based on where they came from and where they’d been. In the bride’s words, “Our wedding was inspired by our travels, and each of our cultures and favorite destinations was reflected throughout some part of our day.” Set on the gorgeous grounds of The Parador, a circa-1928 Texas Historical Landmark that blends Mediterranean style with Byzantine detail, the couple’s wedding featured soft-hued succulents (even atop the lovely white wedding cake—perfect!), tables named for the couple’s many travel destinations, and culinary delights including green-chile risotto in honor of Paul’s home state of New Mexico. The bride’s delicate mantilla veil, meanwhile, spoke to her Mexican heritage. Despite the fact that both Christina and Paul are deaf, the pair made music a major part of their celebration, starting with a string-quartet processional of the Beatles’ “In My Life.” For their reception entrance, Christina and Paul chose the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “to honor my late father and his favorite group,” the bride says. We are hopelessly in love with Sarah McKenzie’s timeless photos of this truly wonderful wedding. Congratulations, Christina and Paul, and thank you so much for sharing your special day!

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Photos: Sarah McKenzie Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Venue: The Parador

Enchanted Garden Wedding at the St. Regis Hotel

Just because he made fun of her for buying the classic Britney Spears film “Crossroads” did not mean Jason thought any less of Kristen. Quite the contrary. After ringing up Kristen’s purchase at the Austin store where the two first encountered each other in 2007, Kristen gave cutie cashier Jason her number. “The three requisite days later, he called!” she recounts happily. This year, the couple wed in a Catholic ceremony—Kristen radiant in her Anne Barge gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier, and makeup by The Perfect Face—followed by a stunning celebration in the Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel. “Jason and I were originally considering a small destination wedding in Newport Coast, Calif., but we quickly determined that we really wanted to get married in Houston, the city where we both had lived practically our entire lives”—all the better, she says, to “spend this most special of evenings with our closest family and friends.” Kristen envisioned her reception as “a space that would sweep you away to a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’-esque garden.” And with the help of lush white flowers, Manzanita trees, and dramatic lighting from Bright Star Productions, her wedding vision became a reality for all to enjoy. We love how the couple, both UT alums, paid tribute to their alma mater in food (a super-cool groom’s cake) and drink (“a burnt-orange version of our favorite lemon-drop martini,” notes the bride). Fabulous photos from Table4 Photography tell the visual tale of this beautiful Houston wedding. We hope you’ll let us know what you think— and, of course, join us in wishing Kristen and Jason a lifetime of happiness!

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Photos: Table4 Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier ~ Tuxedos: Vera Wang ~ Invitations: Vivian Jade ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Videographer: 31 Films ~ Venue: St. Regis Hotel

Classic Wedding with a Charitable Heart by Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

“When Michael proposed, we started wondering where to find the right venue for us,” recounts Houston bride Carolyn. “Fortunately we thought about the Brookwood Community, a wonderful residential organization right outside of Katy, where adults with disabilities can thrive and learn to contribute meaningfully. My mother and I had often eaten in the café there and we loved to volunteer with the organization.” Carolyn explains that the Brookwood Community had only recently started hosting weddings—and she was thrilled to be among the first to take advantage of the community’s “beautiful worship center” and lovely, sunlight-filled café space. In her diaphanous Watters gown from Mia Bridal Couture, Carolyn made her wedding dreams come true, with a timeless summer celebration filled with personal photos, handmade signs and touches of blue, purple and green. The best part? “The profits from the wedding went to a scholarship fund to help residents live at the Brookwood Community. We were so grateful to have a wedding that benefitted a cause—and we enjoyed that we didn’t compromise on anything to host it there!” Congratulations, and happiest wishes to Carolyn and Michael. And big thanks to Lindsay Elizabeth Photography for the lovely, lovely photos!

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Bride’s Dress: Watters from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Rings: Tiffany & Co. ~ Venue: Brookwood Community

 

Tradition-Filled Indian Wedding by C. Baron Photography

Sometimes we come across a wedding whose images are so rich with color and texture, so rippling with life and tradition, so gorgeously representative of the details of the celebration, we kinda just need to let them speak for themselves. Hence the wedding of Ranjita and Suchin, held at Safari Texas and filled with north and south Indian touchstones and influences, representing the pair’s individual cultural backgrounds and families. Great thanks to C. Baron Photography for sharing these wondrous images, and happiest wishes to the newlyweds. The rest of y’all, just sit back, scroll down, and be wowed.

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Sumptuous La Colombe d’Or Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

They may both be medical residents now, embarking on brilliant careers and a life as husband and wife. But it wasn’t all that long ago that Rebecca and Meng were 9th graders, encountering each other for the first time—or high-school seniors attending homecoming on their first date. With so much history to their relationship, it isn’t surprising that they chose a Houston wedding venue steeped in history—La Colombe d’Or, with its magnificent 18th-century carved wood panels and extensive art collection—for their grand celebration. Opulent, but not overdone. Formal, but not stuffy. And absolutely, ultimately first-class all the way, Rebecca and Meng’s special day is a Houston wedding classic. And we couldn’t be more thrilled for them. Happiest wishes to the couple, and huge thanks to J. Cogliandro Photography for the heirloom-quality photos of this one-for-the-ages affair.

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Photos: J Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Lazaro gown from Joan Pillow A Bridal Salon ~ Bridesmaids’s Attire: Bella Bridesmaid ~ Tuxedos : Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Lighting and Rentals: Darryl & Co ~ Ceremony and Reception Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Videographer: 31 Films