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Charming Gallery Wedding by Kelly Hornberger Photography

It was supposed to be a beautiful outdoor sunset ceremony. But, like so many other al fresco Houston events before it, Amanda and Celestino’s nuptials fell victim to an onslaught of wet weather. No matter, though. This couple, caught up in the romance of their special day, would not be daunted. They simply made a last-minute decision to move their ceremony indoors, where, the bride says, she ended up having “absolutely the most amazing, gorgeous wedding I could have ever hoped for—every quirk and mishap that happened that day just made it even more special.” Now we ask you, Houston brides, is that a perfect wedding day outlook, or what? There’s so much we love about this charming wedding, with its DIY touches, its sweet, simple florals and hints of vibrant pink, its string lights and sparklers and sunny joy, no matter what the clouds outside had to say. Cheers to Kelly Hornberger Photography for the pitch-perfect pix, and our warmest wishes to Amanda and Celestino.

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Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture ~ DJ: JPL Entertainment ~ Flowers: Olive Tree Florist ~ Venue: The Gallery

Purple and Platinum Chinese-Jewish-Longhorn Wedding by Stacy Cross Photography

While embracing your future spouse’s faith is a deeply personal decision, for groom Garrett Hartman, it was an easy one. “Garrett has recently been converted to my Longhorn religion!” effuses bride Leslie Ng. “He is great about going with me to games … and ever so willing to go get snacks and drinks so I don’t ever have to miss a single play. It’s a match made in Heaven!” In Heaven, maybe, but with a little help from Garrett’s aunt, who sat her single nephew next to Leslie at an event, starting the Houston couple on the path to “I do!” In addition to Leslie’s Longhorn devotion, the couple’s cultural and spiritual backgrounds—he’s Jewish, she’s Chinese—infused their joyful Briscoe Manor wedding throughout, from the groom’s traditional glass-stomping (“That poor light bulb didn’t stand a chance,” Leslie laughs), to the bride’s chair-ride during the hora dance (“scary, but fun,” she recounts) to the amuse bouche of potato latke with Peking duck slices topped with hoisin, crème fraiche and apple chutney (“a little Chinese and a little Jewish—we called it ‘Chewish’”). Leslie’s favorite wedding moment? “During our first dance, Garrett (a horrible singer) sang to me in my ear and went over highlights of our ceremony, telling me how he loved my dress, how lucky and blessed he felt at that moment,” she recounts. “It made me cry—it was the best three and a half minutes of my life.” Big thanks to Stacy Cross Photography for images of this uniquely personal and super stylish wedding. And happiest wishes to Leslie and Garrett!

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Photos: Stacy Cross Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Mori Lee ~ Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Blush & Co. ~ Cakes: More Than Cakes ~ Catering: Behind the Bash
Flowers: Fresh Blooms of Houston ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Briscoe Manor

Classic and Colorful Italian-Colombian Wedding by SB Image Studios

Radiantly gorgeous in her Pronovias Barcelona gown and glittery Betsey Johnson sky-high heels, bride Angela Oquendo wed dapper groom Stefano Danese in a traditional Catholic ceremony, surrounded by 10—count ’em, 10—of the sweetest little flower girls you’ve ever seen. The couple’s reception, at The Corinthian, was a vision in white linens, candlelight and vibrant-hued flowers—fresh, elegant…in a word, classic. Another word for this regal Houston wedding? FUN! How could it not be, with the bride’s Colombian heritage, the groom’s Italian background, and the DJ’s dance-all-night playlist infusing the celebration with unbridled exuberance ’til the wee hours. Check out these superb pix by SB Image Studios. And join us in congratulating the newlyweds!

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Photos: SB Image Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias Barcelona ~ Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Hues by Heather ~ Cake: Designer’s Cakes ~ Catering: Jackson and Company ~ Flowers: Art in Bloom ~ Linens: Elegant Linens ~ Reception Venue: The Corinthian

1930s and ’40s Vintage Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

Yes, wedding planners do get married, too! And when they do, you can expect greatness. The November wedding of the lovely and talented Aurora Perez, owner of event planning firm Occasio Productions (a Weddings in Houston vendor partner), is a perfect example. Warm, intimate, and—let’s face it—totally exquisite, Aurora and now-hubby Derek Smith’s nuptials pay homage to the couple’s shared passion for 1930s and 1940s glamour and romance. Following a music-filled hotel pool-deck ceremony, the wedding reception, at the ’30s-era Backstreet Café, featured lace tablecloths, antique candlesticks, crystal chandeliers, lavender cocktails and plenty of peacock and ostrich accents—all enticingly complemented by the patio setting’s curling vines and bubbling fountains. When not dining at tables named for ’30s and ’40s Spanish ballads (which live performers sang tableside to the delight of guests), celebrants luxuriated on lounge furnishings from Darryl & Co., and nibbled slices from an insanely gorgeous “peacock” cake from Edible Designs by Jessie. We invite you enjoy this truly lovely wedding—and to tap into the talents of Occasio Productions for your own wedding celebration! Oh, and here’s a suggestion: Vintage-loving brides who are looking for bouquet inspiration might want to pin a pic of Aurora’s ribbon-wrapped purple-calla-and-feather creation…simply stunning. We’re so thankful to Aurora and Derek for sharing their most joyful occasion with us, and to J. Cogliandro Photography for evocative photos of this vintage-chic wedding. Congratulations, and happiest wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Sue Wong from Saks Fifth Avenue ~ Bride’s Hair: Meghan Lee at Ceron Spa ~ Bride’s Makeup: Amber Livingston ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Invitations, Menu Cards & Favors: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers: Special Arrangements ~ Lace Linens: Custom from Elegant Beginnings ~ Lounge Seating: Darryl & Co. ~ Jewelry: Dickinson by Design ~ Videography: 31Films ~ Ceremony Venue: Hotel Granduca
~ Reception Venue: Backstreet Cafe

Autumn Winery Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Everything about Houston couple Jessica and Richard’s autumn winery wedding is so sumptuously seasonal, so elegantly festive, yet so full of handmade warmth and simple sweetness…we are utterly smitten. It doesn’t surprise us one bit that Jessica used Pinterest for much of her inspiration, from her spray-painted wine bottle table numbers to those pretty pumpkin centerpieces. “My sister-in-law and I worked several weekends creating decor,” Jessica told us. “And my bridesmaids helped with all the final touches. I will say though, not everything is how you plan it, so a few mishaps happened that I am thankful I only noticed after the fact!” That adorable banner gracing the head table, for instance? It was supposed to read “mr & mrs” rather than the other way around. But bride Jessica is so easygoing about the oops: “Maybe we’ll start a new feminist movement at wedding receptions!” We love it. The same way we love everything about this absolutely gorgeous fall wedding, with its echoes of Halloween, its whimsical sense of romance—and most of all, the wonderful couple at its heart, Jessica and Richard. As for these stunning photos, big thanks goes to the wildly talented Sarah Ainsworth of Sarah Ainsworth Photography, an HWB fave photographer, and, in the words of bride Jessica, “simply put, our best investment.”

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Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Jim Hjelm from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom ~ Decor & Floral: DIY and Etsy ~ Venue, Catering & Cake: Haak Winery