Sparks flew instantly when Clara and Marko met one fateful night at a favorite Woodlands watering hole. The pair were so captivated by each other, in fact, that an impromptu first date followed at a local diner, as soon as the bar closed for the night. Over bacon and coffee, Clara knew she found someone special, and soon the lovebirds were traveling the world together. As for Marko’s proposal, spontaneity sparked the moment: “One night, when we were in our pajamas, eating junk food and watching Disney movies, it felt right, and I got on one knee, right then and there,” he says. The couple had their ceremony and reception at The Bell Tower on 34th, where an elegant, villa-like atmosphere evoked the couple’s favorite book, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Notes Clara: “My favorite moment was my entrance down the grand staircase, and seeing the love of my life waiting at the end of the long walkway for me.” Our favorite moment? That’d have to be…all of the ones featured in this here blog post!
Photos: Theo Civitello Photography | Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th
Thora and John Henry’s love story begins in a biology class at Houston’s Bellaire High School, when he was a sophomore and she was a freshman. “At the time we met, John Henry had sustained an arm injury allowing him to rely heavily on me for help with notes and such,” Thora tells us. It’s the “and such” that evolved into the love of their lifetimes, culminating in a surprise proposal at the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice U. Six months later, the former high-school sweethearts joined 250 of their nearest and dearest for a lively, lovely, let-your-hair-down celebration of their union at Washington Ave.’s hidden garden wedding gem, Hughes Manor where revelers dined on fresh ceviche and beef tenderloin, and danced the night away, until the couple’s sparkler exit at the end of the night. Please join us in thanking this sweet Houston couple for sharing their wedding day (and all its sparkling, special details) with us!
Photographer: Luxe Photography |Venue: Hughes Manor
When a couple submits their wedding to us, one of the things we like to ask them is, “What was the greatest obstacle to planning your wedding?” As you can imagine, there are some common responses to this one: “Living in a different city from where we were having our wedding.” “Balancing our ideas about how our wedding should be with our parents’ ideas.'” “Deciding between cake and cupcakes.” “Finding clean versions of our favorite Lil’ Wayne jams.” That sort of thing. One answer we haven’t heard before? “Hurricane Harvey.” Until now. When the monster storm made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast as a category 4 hurricane late on Aug. 25, to-be-weds Fabiana and Ander had a decision to make: whether or not to proceed with their dream wedding, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, at beautiful indoor-outdoor wedding venue The Gallery, in the Galleria area of Houston. The couple, who both attended college in Venezuela, met while applying to a “model UN” group during their sophomore year. With so many of their guests coming into town from Venezuela and other far-off locales to attend their once-in-a-lifetime celebration (100 of the originally planned 120 guests braved Harvey for the bash!), the pair decided the show must go on. And go on it did. Notes the bride, with admirable calm, “We had the time of our lives thanks to our guests, and danced until the rain got too strong.” We are both honored and delighted to share Fabiana and Ander’s charming, joyful and truly unforgettable “hurricane wedding” with you. Congratulations to the newlyweds; may clear skies shine above you, and may love fill all your days!
Photographer: Jacquelyn Nicole Photography | Venue: The Gallery | Florist, Decor +Rentals: Dream Bouquet | Caterer: Café Natalie
It’s a story as old as time: Bright-eyed, ambitious young intern meets seasoned company full-timer; water-cooler chat turns flirtatious; love ensues… (OK, we don’t really know about the water cooler part, but you get the picture!). Following a cozy proposal at home, over a home-cooked meal and wine, sweethearts Paola and Aaron made food and wine the center of their focus once again, with an elegant wedding for 35 guests, featuring an intimate church ceremony followed by a six-course French dinner at a favorite Houston restaurant. “Our wedding was meant to be a classic theme that would be beautiful years from now,” the bride tells us, and we have to say, “Yup, looks like you hit the mark perfectly!” We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and invite YOU to enjoy their celebration, through these lovely pix, including gorgeous portraits at the historic Julia Ideson Library, from Civic Photos!
Photos: Civic Photos | Portraits: Julia Ideson Library | Rings: Zadok Jewelers
This week, as all of us take shelter, rebuild and regroup 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
Jenny and Chris knew each other long before they would ever fall in love. Their families were great friends even before the two were born! When Jenny was very young, her family moved away from Houston to Corpus Christi, but they eventually returned. So did Jenny, many years later, to attend nursing school. Chris, by that time, had moved to Austin. That’s when fate brought them back together, at a party at Jenny’s parents’ home, where they reconnected, and Jenny says, “we have been inseparable ever since!” The proposal happened on a weekend when the couple had traveled to Austin for a friend’s wedding—totally smooth move on Chris’ part. Jenny wasn’t suspecting a thing with another wedding going on! They went out for a date night at one of their favorite Austin spots, but the hostess didn’t lead them to a table. Instead, she led them “down candle-filled steps into a private wine cellar.” (Keep going! Here come those cute details we promised…) The cellar door opened and Jenny still recalls all of the details perfectly; champagne, candles and being surrounded by the most beautiful flowers. In the most romantic way Chris proposed to Jenny, the love of his life. And he gets kudos because he made sure the moment didn’t stop there…when they returned to Houston, their families were ready and waiting with a party to celebrate! Jenny and Chris couldn’t wait to say I do—and Jenny couldn’t wait to see Chris’ face when he saw her in her gorgeous Liancarlo gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier. The big day started with a meaningful ceremony at their church, and concluded with a fantastic reception hosted and catered by the Petroleum Club of Houston. We’re grateful to Serendipity Photography for sharing photos of this sweet couple’s wedding, and grateful to Jenny and Chris for sharing their special day with us…and all of you!
Photos: Serendipity Photography | Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston | Invitations, Stationery & Registry : Bering’s | Gown: Ivory Bridal Atelier