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Sophisticated Black, White & Gold Houston Wedding

Katie and Matt had many casual run-ins since high school, but it wasn’t until what turned out to be a special Christmas break when they reconnected at a mutual friend’s birthday party. “He asked me out to dinner the next day at a Mexican restaurant where we grew up, and the rest was history,” says Katie.

After 4 years of dating long distance, Katie moved to Austin to be with Matt. He suggested that they take a weekend trip to New Orleans since neither of them had been. Katie says, “He planned everything and found a great historic hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. We had a full day of exploring the city, and were getting ready to head to dinner. Matt suggested that we should walk around Jackson Square before going to the restaurant. He began talking about our future, and before I knew it he was on one knee asking me to marry him!”

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“Our wedding day was a dream… it was a romantic and intimate celebration with our friends and family. The ceremony was our favorite part—it was the beginning of our lives together and so special to be there in front of our loved ones. The historic charm, candles, and romantic white flowers made the ambiance timeless, classic and elegant,” says Katie.

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Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Jewel-Tone Art Deco Wedding by Civic Photos

Faye and Oussama were connected before they ever met—their families were long-time friends and the pair knew of each other but never spoke until the summer of 2013 when they both happened to be in Lebanon visiting family. “We ran into each other at the beach and instantly felt a connection. We spent the entire week together, and hit it off! Oussama and I ended up dating each other long distance for almost two years,” says Faye.

Faye gave us all the deets on how Oussama popped the question: “It was our two-year anniversary. After dinner, we went home, and once I walked in I noticed one of the rooms had lights strung all over the walls and candles everywhere. Oussama then handed me a Starbucks cup with my favorite coffee cup that said, ‘Will you marry me?’”

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She wore a gorgeous strapless Maggie Sottero wedding dress from Weddings by Debbie, and her bridal party wore rose gold sequined dresses.

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For their wedding reception, a jewel-tone color palette with gold accents brought depth and glamour to their chosen Art Deco wedding theme.

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Favorite moments? “Our traditional Arab grand entrance to the reception. It was so special,” recounts Faye.

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Congrats to the newlyweds, and thanks Civic Photos for the beautiful pics!

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Burgundy, Ivory & Gold Wedding at Northgate Country Club

Facebook is a great way of connecting with family, old friends and even, in some cases, your future bae. Case in point: Makia and Sean. They attended the same church growing up, parted ways and eventually reconnected on Facebook, where casual chat turned into something that just felt…right.

It was Makia’s birthday and Sean wanted to make sure that this one was extra special. “We went rock climbing the morning of my birthday—I didn’t understand why we had to go SO early. Little did I know that Sean sneakily planted the ring in a red box on the rock climbing wall. Silly me, I ended up passing up the box and Sean had to point it out for me to notice (lol). Once I opened up the box, I was so surprised to see the ring,” says Makia.

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Makia says, “We wanted a wedding that was classic and elegant, with a color palette of burgundy, champagne and ivory. The theme perfectly complemented our venue, Northgate Country Club .”

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We couldn’t be happier for these two lovebirds. Congratulations and best wishes!

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Pink, White & Silver Wedding by Dream Photo & Video

Life hack: If you step out of your comfort zone, you might just find your future soulmate! We know Houston bride, Kristen, agrees. She tells us how she happened to meet her future husband when she least expected it: “We met at a crawfish boil in 2015—I didn’t want to attend. I don’t even like crawfish! When I was about to leave, I saw some of his family members whom I knew, so I went by them to say hello, and was introduced to Tarek. We hit it off instantly and started dating… the rest is history!”

When it came time for Tarek to propose, he knew he was going to have to catch Kristen off guard. “I had to attend a work conference in Corpus Christi, and Tarek tagged along. After a long day of being in workshops, he suggested that we go for a nice dinner and get some Champagne. I thought it was peculiar that he wanted to order Champagne…he kept repeating it. I had a feeling he was going to propose after dinner—but it didn’t happen! We went for a stroll on the beach after dinner, and Tarek kneeled down declaring that he found a pearl. I bent down to look for the pearl and saw that he was holding a diamond ring,” says Kristen.

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Kristen and Tarek wanted a subtle, yet elegant atmosphere for their wedding. To bring movement to the room, and allow for conversation, they chose mixed-height centerpieces that were not overwhelmingly large. “Our goal was to make the wedding fun, and make sure the guests enjoy themselves,” Kristen says.

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Dream Photo & Video captured all of the sweet moments from start to finish.

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds! (Want more? Watch the video!)

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Coral, Gold & Ivory Wedding at The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

“I suppose time is a better friend of mine than I thought. Right when I was focused on doing me, fate sent me a friend, partner, confidant and love all in one—Rebekah,” says Rasauli. Rebekah—personal trainer and nutritionist of Be a 10 Fitness—stole Rasauli’s heart within moments of them meeting, and he was determined to make her his wife.

Rebekah tells us how it all went down. “We went to Brennan’s Houston to celebrate our anniversary that was coming up. Our table was located in a private room, which was covered in rose petals. The chef came to the table and said that he prepared a special menu for us. In the middle of dinner, Rasauli asked to be excused from the table. At this point I was trying not to get too excited! I just knew he was going to come back with a ring—but instead he came back with an anniversary card. I was so disappointed, and I told him that I was expecting him to propose. He grabbed my hand and told me that I have to be patient. Right then, the waiter came by with a large covered ‘dessert’ dish. Once he removed the lid, I found a diamond ring! Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and my dad came from behind me to give me a hug.”

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The lovebirds tied the knot at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice with a 150 of their closest family and friends in attendance. “We wanted an elegant wedding with a classic New Orleans twist. We incorporated special dances and umbrellas, and had our guests involved, which created such a fun environment. My favorite moments include our first dance, the ‘second line’ dance, and when my matron of honor sung a special song for me,” says Rebekah.

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Photos: Evoke Photography | Proposal Dinner: Brennan’s Houston | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Lawless Kitchen & Spirits | Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Lighting, Music & Photo Booth: LG Entertainment