We all know it’s important to “love thy neighbor.” But Vanessa and Brandon took the adage WAY to heart. As fellow renters in a Houston apartment complex, the two bumped into each other one night in the hallway. “After meeting once, we couldn’t seem to be without each other, and started out adventure,” Vanessa says. The highlight (so far) of that joyful journey? That would be the couple’s June wedding, starting with a splendid ceremony at Galveston’s historic Grace Episcopal Church, and culminating with a fun-filled (if somewhat fishy) reception at Moody Gardens Aquarium. In her utterly dreamy Exclusive Edition by Allure gown from Houston’s Weddings by Debbie, and with that dazzling smile, Vanessa is the very picture of wedding-day glamour and giddiness—even when snuggling her sweetie whilst ol’ looms overhead. Seriously, this delightfully playful—and still exceptionally elegant—celebration reminds us of just how much fun a wedding can and should be. We’re so thankful to Vanessa and Brandon for sharing their exuberant personalities and special day with us, and equally grateful to RSVP Studios for the superb pix! What do YOU think of this aquatic affair? Post your comment here!
Photos: RSVP Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Exclusive Editing by Allure from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Blue Mambo ~ Bridesmaids’ Attire: J Crew ~ Cake: Texas Star Bakery ~ Décor & Linens: Majestic Linens ~ Flowers: Downtown Blooms ~ Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church ~ Reception Venue & Catering: Moody Gardens Aquarium
They’re both vegetarians. Their favorite season is fall. They both love cooking and vintage soul records and, more than anything, one another. When Camille and Nathan decided to make it official, the pair knew they wanted to their wedding to be an unforgettable reflection of their likes, and their love. Camille spent hours scouring consignment and thrift shops, “scooping up as many pretty amber vessels and goblets as I could find,” she tells us. Reprints of the pairs’ parents’ and grandparents’ weddings mixed with potted succulents and glowing candles in a tableau the two created by hand. On the moonlit eve of their magnificent event, the historic Gardens of Bammel Lane was filled with autumnal shades of marigold, amber, orange and green—not to mention plenty of dancing to—what else?—sweet soul music from days gone by. We’re delighted to share C. Baron Photography’s very pretty pictures of this unique, DIY-filled wedding. And even more delighted to wish Camille and Nathan a lifetime of happiness, music and love. Cheers!
Photos: C. Baron Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Ventura’s Bridal ~ Bridesmaids/Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: World Catering ~ Cupcakes (vegan): Sinful Bakery ~ Flowers: Flowers of Kingwood, Central Market ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane
You see the unabashed tenderness in groom Brandon’s embrace of his lovely bride? You see the way he just holds on to her as if she were the most precious thing in the world? That’s because she is. And he nearly lost her, and the person responsible for bringing her into this world. The day before the couple’s July wedding, Stephanie and her mother were in a very serious car accident, one that injured Stephanie and sent her mother to the hospital by emergency transport. “I did not go to sleep until 4 a.m.,” Stephanie tells us. “All I could think about was the accident, and not the wedding. It wasn’t until I woke up that I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, today is my wedding day!’” And despite her and her mother’s physical pain, that wedding “was everything that I ever wanted,” she says. Captured in Civic Photos’ uniquely evocative, vintage-style images are all the rich, joyful colors, the magnificent Edible Designs by Jessie cake, the lovely Courtyard on St. James grounds and ballroom, the affection of friends and family, and most of all the love of Stephanie’s adoring groom, whom she met senior year in high school, and has been devoted to ever since. We’re grateful to Civic Photos’ Barrett Delyon Henry for sharing with us his iconic images. And we are so very thankful to Stephanie and Brandon for sharing their wedding with us, and reminding us all of the true meaning of that most meaningful day. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world!
Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Adorne Artistry ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Carmen’s Floral ~ Reception Venue: Courtyard on St. James
April and Johnny grew up in the same town, but their paths never crossed. Until one day, when the two ended up as college-dorm neighbors, they did. From that moment on, nothing could stand in the way of their true love. Eventually there came the steamy July 4th holiday when Johnny proposed, which adorable April recalls thusly: “We were spending the evening watching the fireworks on Lake Conroe. Johnny brought a picnic dinner, including a Key Lime pie (my favorite) for dessert! After dinner, Johnny pulled out the pie, and written on top with icing were the words, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ Of course, by the time we opened it, half the letters were smudged from the Texas heat. I still caught on where he was going with it, and of course said, ‘Yes!’” While the July proposal may have been smudged by the swelter, the couple’s June 2012 yacht club nuptials are the very picture of springtime’s fresh beauty. There’s April in her Pronovias gown, Johnny is his dashing three-piece suit, Lake Conroe’s blue expanse, the rhythms of a live mariachi band, and a wedding palette of cream, soft pink, and pale aqua you can’t help but fall in love with. Big thanks to HWB first-timer (but, we’re sure, certain-to-be regular) Alicia Pyne for the fabulous photos of this splendid spring wedding. And happiest wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender ~ Bride’s Hair: Kary’s Hair Studio ~ Bride’s Makeup: LP Makeup & Beauty ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Tara Lamb ~ Groom’s Suit: J Crew ~ Invitations: J Press Designs ~ Venue & Catering: Bentwater Yacht Club