Sidney and Richard are living proof that “yes, you actually CAN find true love at a night club,” notes the bride. Their unexpected meet-cute one Saturday evening made quite the lasting impression, and Richard made sure to ask for Sidney’s phone number by the end of the night. In the months to follow, Sidney and Rick (as she calls him) left their nightclub days behind and discovered a mutual passion for health and fitness–and meanwhile, for each other. Says Sidney: “Despite having all odds stacked against us, we gave true love a shot on the dance floor and we couldn’t be any happier or healthier than we are today!” Less than two years later, Rick proposed in his driveway right after the couple had just returned home from an intense sweat session, but neither one cared: “As soon as Rick had the ring, he couldn’t wait to pop the question.” The two wed in an intimate ceremony attended by 100 close family members and friends, followed by a Chinese tea ceremony and dinner reception at the romantic Heather’s Glen. “Ours was truly a fairy tale wedding,” the couple agrees. Congrats, Sidney and Rick!
Photos: Dave DiLauro Photography ~ Ceremony, Reception & Lighting: Heather’s Glen
Top Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography; Bottom Left: Jonathan Ivy; Bottom Right: Holly Hoyt Photography
It’s your BIG day. Which means BIG plans. Which should NOT mean BIG stress. Fortunately, the lovely Cocomar Ladies are here to ensure that designing and planning your wedding are as much fun as having your wedding. This talented team of women know the top vendors in the industry and will take care of all of your wedding needs and desires–from venue to florist to entertainment, and everything in between–while closely working with YOU and your spouse-to-be to make sure the wedding you’re both envisioning becomes a seamless, sensational reality…not to mention exquisite, memorable and completely personal–all within your budget!
By the time your wedding planning process is in full swing, The Cocomar Ladies will not only be your go-to gals for all things wedding, but they’ll also be some of your closest confidantes during this deeply special time in your life. Take it from WIH bride Jessica, whose experience with the Cocomar Ladies was nothing short of wonderful: “Each woman I met truly made me feel like I was the only bride in the world. They each showed me genuine kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness. I grew to not only respect each of them, but to sincerely feel a friendship grow throughout our journey. These girls truly made my wedding planning more enjoyable than I could have ever imagined.”
Planning your 2016 or 2017 nuptial celebration? Book a planning package with the Cocomar Ladies before the end of January, and you’ll receive a 10% discount! Don’t let the wedding timelines and to-do lists weigh you down, make it FUN instead. Call NOW for more information.
Photo: Serendipity Photography
With a history dating back to 1839, The Tremont House is one of the Gulf region’s most storied wedding sites. It’s also one of its loveliest. Located in Galveston’s eclectic Strand District, a stone’s throw from manicured parks, magnificent mansions, and Galveston’s finest shops and restaurants, this landmark Wyndham Grand Hotel lets guests know they’re somewhere special, from the moment they arrive. A grand lobby and light-filled atrium lead the way to a collection of graciously appointed guest rooms, including 17 beautiful suites–the perfect accommodation for VIP visiting guests.
Picture this: Making your way to the hotel via horse-drawn carriage, saying “I do” on the breezy rooftop terrace, dancing the night away in the glamorous ballroom, and escaping to your honeymoon suite after your guests bid you farewell with a celebratory sparkler sendoff.
If that’s not enough to convince you, this special offer just might: Book your wedding by March 31 and The Tremont House will upgrade your package with regal chiavari chairs AND your very own signature cocktail—totally free! Stately elegance, historic charm and a couple of prime wedding goodies, gratis: There is no time like right now to book your glorious Galveston destination wedding. Contact The Tremont House here for available wedding dates and additional details.
From high school acquaintances to college sweethearts, Jessica and Lukas hit it off at a fateful New Year’s Eve party, where the pair spent the whole evening talking beside a crackling campfire. Four years later, the two lovebirds graduated together from Texas A&M–and not long after, Lukas surprised Jessica by popping the question: “He decided to take me to the restaurant we went on our first big date,” recalls the bride. “I somehow was completely clueless to what was really happening.” Once they finished eating, Lukas got down on one knee and asked Jessica to be his wife… “Obviously, I said yes!” Afterwards, the couple met up with family and friends at the fabulous Hotel ZaZa to celebrate their newly-engaged status. According to Jessica, “the whole night was absolutely perfect.” Fast-forward to the pair’s summer wedding at The Parador, complete with an emotional ceremony (“we were both bawling”) and a romantic reception with an “eclectic feel” that was achieved with lots of candles, mercury glass and blush flower arrangements. Check out their GORGEOUS photos from Christa Elyce Photography below!
Photos: Christa Elyce Photography ~ Ceremony & Reception: The Parador ~ Bridal & Groom Suites: The Magnolia Hotel ~ Mother of the Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Wedding Night Accommodations: Hotel ZaZa
Photos courtesy of Texas Renaissance Festival
Dreaming of a unique, unforgettable fairytale wedding? The Texas Renaissance Festival gives new meaning to storybook romance. Heralding trumpets, flower garlands, a bridal sword arch and carriage processional, feasting and dancing in 16th-century style, and actual fairies—all of these can be part of your nuptial festivities when you say your “I do’s” at the nation’s largest and most celebrated Renaissance Festival.
Want to find out more (and we strongly suggest that you do—seriously, gals, Ren Fest has to be seen to be properly appreciated)? RSVP here or call 800.458.3435 to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival on Saturday, Aug. 1, for an exclusive tour of the festival’s five fabulous garden wedding venues and private reception areas. Learn from Texas Renaissance Festival wedding pros about how you can wed like royalty, in a faraway time and place (located, conveniently, a mere 50 miles northwest of Houston).
Photos: Enmuse Photography
A secluded forest. A glass-enclosed chapel looking out upon lush greenery. A storybook landscape of intimate courtyards, murmuring fountains and trellised paths. An elegant ballroom, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame a backdrop of natural beauty, and twinkling chandeliers set the mood for celebration.
If this sounds like your idea of the perfect Houston wedding venue, then let us introduce you to perfection: Ashton Gardens. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Houston’s romantic retreat offers an all-in-one wedding experience. Prepare for your wedding in your private bridal suite, make your way down the aisle to the sound of live vocalists perched in the chapel loft, join your guests for gourmet dining and lively dancing in the candlelit ballroom, adjourn to a tented courtyard (optional) for late-night lounging—Ashton Gardens offers all this and more.
And speaking of more: This summer Ashton Gardens debuts a second site—Ashton Gardens West Houston, where you’ll find all the signature features of Ashton Gardens, in a picturesque Katy-area location.
North or West, ceremony and reception or your choice of either, intimate and cozy or grand and glamorous, in-house decor or custom design: Ashton Gardens is the site you’ve been searching for. See it in person, and start planning the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Call today to schedule your tour!