This week, as all of us take shelter from the unprecedented deluge of Hurricane Harvey, and take stock of everything that is dear and precious to us, we will be sharing some of our favorite weddings of the last few years. If you need an escape, a moment of peace, a reminder of the importance of family, friends and, above all, love, please settle in, snuggle down and join us. And once the storm clouds clear, and the water recedes, let us know what we can do to help you. We are all in this together. #BeStrongHouston #LoveConquersAll
Fatima and Matthew really are the ultimate sweethearts. Their journey began in elementary school—fourth grade to be exact. Although their paths separated for a short time while they attended different high schools, they reconnected during junior year and that’s where it all finally began! Fatima recalls “what began as ‘young high-school love’ developed into a relationship filled with deep affection, trials and tribulations that we were able to surpass, trust, and the development of something deeper that is unexplainable with simple words.” *sniff sniff* Aargh, we told ourselves we weren’t gonna cry…but just wait for it, this proposal will definitely seal the deal on those tears. Matthew chose a day where Fatima was off work and he knew she would be home. Around 10:30 a.m., Fatima received a package with “Get Ready My Love” written on the outside in script…and inside was a perfect outfit and a note instructing her to be ready by noon. Matthew’s parents picked up Fatima and brought her to Mary Jo Peckam Park, which is a very special place to the couple. It was where Matthew gave Fatima a promise ring on their first anniversary. Sniff sniff again. Ahead of her was an anxiously-waiting boy holding flowers, and a trail of photos and ornaments hanging from the trees. As they stood under photos of memories from the many years they had spent together, Matthew got down on one knee and finally asked Fatima to marry him! Yep, here come the tears. After a day together, the two enjoyed a dinner with both of their families. Fatima and Matthew’s wedding was truly picturesque, complete with a light and fresh color palette of blush, ivory, and gold hues. They vowed their love for one another in a formal Catholic ceremony, and celebrated afterwards with a dreamy reception at Chateau Polonez. Fatima and Matthew said, “Our main focus was not only to celebrate our love, but to enjoy this celebration with our family and friends.” Fatima was a stunning bride in a lace trumpet-style gown designed by Allure Bridals from Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal—where she also found her accessories, bridal party dresses and gown preservation! Now, that’s just a one-stop-shop of perfection. The entire event was documented by Ama Photography & Cinema—and let’s be honest, these photos are just gorgeous. Many congrats to the beautiful couple!
Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Reception Venue: Chateau Polonez | Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal
If you’re a Houston Wedding Blog regular, y’all know how much we love it when a GROOM shares his wedding us…and Timothy is just such a groom! He tells us that he met his beloved Oralia at Tomball High School back in 2009, where, “I used to sell her candy and mix tapes in the hallway.” Awww… After attending college together, and falling head over heels in love, Timothy decided to pop the question with a down-on-one-knee December proposal in a “winter wonderland” scene he created, with accompaniment from John Legend’s “All of Me” playing in the background (if you’re not in love with this groom yet, you may want to check your romance meter to make sure it’s operating properly). For their midsummer nuptials, the pair picked Waters Edge, one of our absolute favorite waterfront venues, where they said their vows beside sparkling blue water, beneath a glittering chandelier, framed by billowing white chiffon. Post-vow festivities took the newlyweds and their nearest and dearest indoors, for a high-energy party, where live music, gourmet comfort food and a “draped” wedding cake from Susie’s Cakes & Confections ensure that a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you, Timothy, for sharing your love for Oralia with us and our readers!
Photos: N2 Photography | Venue: Waters Edge | Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections
Mosquitos. Guacamole. A clever ruse. Oh, how we love a zany proposal story: “I told Shane I wanted to wait until I officially had a degree to be engaged,” says Joanna. “He waited exactly a week after I graduated. We had talked about going on a hike, and finally planned it for that weekend. While on our hike there there were so many mosquitos it looked like a dark fog was following us. We ran out of the woods with about 30 bites each laughing so hard (with me not realizing his proposal plan was falling apart). We found an area that was mosquito-free, sat down for a picnic, and then Shane told me he had something for me. I got extremely suspicious that he was proposing. I thought to myself, ‘Shane can’t propose with a tub of guacamole (my favorite) sitting in between us.’ I start desperately moving the food to the other side of the bench, and he pulls out a PAIR OF EARRINGS. Five minutes later he drops down on one knee and proposes. He wanted to surprise me, the earrings made sure that happened. We met our family and close friends for dinner later and celebrated our love…and the fact that his plan to surprise me actually worked!” How could we not fall in love with this sweet young couple’s love, and the lovely Ashton Gardens wedding that celebrated it? Congratulations, Joanna and Shane, and thank you so much for sharing your humor and enthusiasm with us, and our readers!
Photos: Kaitlyn Beauregard Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens North
Regan and Colin’s “Bohemian luxe” destination wedding at a ranch set on 300 acres of Texas countryside caught our eye immediately, with its white-on-white color palette, warmed by earth-tone accents, and its sense of fun and festivity. To that end, says Regan, “Our welcome bags were my big project! I didn’t want to skimp on the bags, after having been saved, myself, at many a wedding, by the late-night (or early-morning) snack bag. I also wanted to reinforce the idea of a weekend festival or camp, and give our guests something to carry their swimsuits or boots in during activities. We used our monogram on a simple canvas bag, inside which we tucked in our favorite local beer (Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower), a silver-antler bottle opener, and koozies. For the morning after we included bottled water with custom labels and packs of Advil and Emergen-C. We also threw in some snacks: a monogrammed bag of Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets (a Texas road-trip favorite of ours), a big bag of tortilla chips, and a little box of gourmet marshmallows. Last but not least, we had these amazing hand-painted cookies of dreamcatchers and flower-wearing longhorns. Each item was carefully chosen by us over the course of the planning process, and we spent the week of the wedding stuffing, sealing and packing the bags together.” Now THAT’S caring for your beloved guests. Good work, Regan and Colin…and good thoughts, from us, on your blessed union!
Photos: Koby Brown Photography | Rental Items: Darryl & Co.
“We wanted a wedding like nothing any of our guests had ever been to,” says Houston bride Meagan, who tied the knot with handsome Brett at an all-out swanky celebration at The Astorian. “We decided to go against tradition and have a big party instead. Our setup was more of a lounge feel. We had passed appetizers, dessert and treats, along with serviced food stations. The bar was open from the moment you arrived. We wanted people to have a great time from beginning to end and I think we succeeded at that!” So do we, Meagan…so do we. “Our favorite moment is when my brother, the officiant, had us actually turn around during the ceremony and look at all of our loved ones surrounding us. I will never forget that moment and seeing all of our guests smiling back at us.” Luckily, she’ll also enjoy the moment, and all the moments of her incredible day, in photographs by Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema. Congratulations, Meagan & Brett, wishing you a lifetime of love!
Photos & Video: Ama Photography & Cinema | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Brennan’s Houston | Venue: The Astorian | Galia Lahav Wedding Dress: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Lighting: Bright Star Productions