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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

 

Vibrant, Whimsical Aquarium Wedding by RSVP Studios

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!

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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

 

 

Rustic-Gorgeous Texas Ranch Wedding by Christine Meeker Studios

Boots, Goode Co. BBQ and a beautiful ranch setting—Andrea and Cameron’s wedding is a Texas classic…with plenty of delicious twists. There’s the lovely hand-hewn altar with its repurposed wood doors and charming crystal chandelier. There are the boot-wearing b-maids in their sweetly mismatched frocks, the groom’s and groomsmen’s cream linen suits and dapper pink ties. There’s bride Andrea herself, with her tousled locks and miles of pretty pearls. And, of course, there’s that enchanting, open-sided Jacqueline Chapelle tent, which hardly needs decor enhancement of any kind (though we do love the couple’s choice of deep-pink table linens and classic gold chiavaris). Kudos to Triple L Designs for its work on this evocative wedding.  Thanks to Christine Meeker Studios for the great photos, and congratulations to Andrea and Cameron!

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Photos: Christine Meeker Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Enzoani from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Corral Cowboy Boots ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Shakespeare Harris ~ Cake: Cakes by Gina ~ Consultant: Triple L Designs ~ Flowers: A Classic Bloom ~ Tents: Jacqueline Chapelle French Tents & Decor ~ Venue: Parrish Family Ranch

 

 

Retro, Soul-Filled Wedding by C. Baron Photography

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!

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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