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White, Gold, Champagne & Green Wedding at The Houstonian Hotel

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Mona and Aamir are what we like to call a jet-setting couple. They met in New York City, he proposed in Chicago, and they got married in Houston! Their multicultural wedding weekend went a little something like this: It started with a mehndi—a South Asian ritual ceremony with henna and dancing followed by an intimate nikkah—a Muslim wedding ceremony—at home.

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The last day of their nuptial celebrations was a lavish Persian wedding ceremony at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. “It was held in the Grande Ballroom which truly captured the essence of the sophisticated feel we were going for,” says Mona.

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Dream Bouquet decked out the reception with tall white and lush green floral centerpieces and placed green boxwood panels on the walls to add an outdoorsy touch to the decor.

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“One of our favorite moments was when our friends picked both of us up in a chair on the dance floor,” recounts Mona. And we gotta say…it’s one of ours, too. Congratulation to the newlyweds, and thank you for sharing your beautiful celebration with us, and our followers!

Bride-Dancing Photos: Steve Lee Photography | Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa | Baker: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Reception Flowers: Dream Bouquet

Venues We Love: The Lyceum of Galveston Island

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The other day, we were sitting around the ol’ HWB editorial table, pretending our Diet Cokes were Prosecco (again) and shooing Bella Boo away from our snacks, when our talk turned to historical wedding venues. We get so many inquiries from Houston wedding couples who want to do their “I do’s” in a bona-fide landmark, so over the years, we’ve done tons of research, scoured the region, and turned up restored movie houses, repurposed bank buildings and former famed breweries—all now being used to house some of the region’s most gorgeous weddings.

And that’s how we lit upon the Lyceum. While this amazing venue’s full name—the Lyceum of Galveston Island—lets you know where it’s located, what it doesn’t let you know is how it came to be…or what a wedding there might be like. Which is where we come in. Check it out:

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Photo: Courtesy of The Lyceum of Galveston Island

The Lyceum has major historic cred. An official Galveston historic landmark, the original Lyceum was built in the 1840’s and served as a philosophical meeting center and entertainment venue for the Galveston Island community. In 1854, the First Lutheran Church of Galveston bought the building, and turned it into their worship center and the first public school in Galveston (students paid $1 per year for tuition).

As building design goes, it’s pretty much a knockout. A soaring square tower and steeple, a grand double-door entrance, floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows—this seriously wow-inducing historic Galveston wedding venue ain’t messing around. And the choir loft, and fully equipped stage? Yeah, they pretty much make the Lyceum a slam-dunk for wedding setups.

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Photos: Courtesy of The Lyceum of Galveston Island

You can take advantage of the great outdoors. While the Lyceum’s interior is a major space, let’s not forget that this historic wedding venue also has a beautiful courtyard area, lush lawn and lovely gazebo—perf for catching a Gulf Coast breeze, and treating guests to a taste of island sunshine…or starshine.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Lyceum of Galveston Island

Now is a great time to visit the Lyceum and chat with venue manager Cynthia McEldowney about making your Galveston dream wedding a reality—and make sure to tell her “Hi!” from the Weddings in Houston crew!

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Photo: Civic Photos

And now…back to bubbles, Bella Boo…and working on our awesome brand-new Summer/Fall issue, on newsstands July 1!!

Blush, Coral & Gold Hill Country Wedding at The Terrace Club

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Houston bride Vanessa and her groom, Luis, dreamed of a sunset wedding in Texas Hill Country, and just knew The Terrace Club would be the perfect location. “Our wedding day was a dream come true for us and our family,” says the bride. “We were so detailed in every aspect because we wanted it to be special, and The Terrace Club understood our vision.” Their Hill Country wedding was decidedly glam, complete with gold glitter accents, wine barrels topped with gold candelabras, and string lights leading out from the altar.

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Vanessa tells us that one of her favorite details about the outdoor ceremony decor were the blankets given as favors for the guests.

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“My most memorable moment was when we snuck off in the middle of the reception to take some pictures outside. Luis twirled me like a princess in my dress…it was like a scene straight from a fairytale,” Vanessa recounts.

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

Photos: The Bird & The Bear Photography | Venue: The Terrace Club

 

Fuchsia, Lavender & Peach Wedding at The Gallery

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Rachel and Zach were married on her parent’s anniversary at The Gallery, so they incorporated different elements that gave little nods to that blessed event, and to her Louisiana roots. “I wore my mom’s veil, and Café Natalie created a menu that was full of Cajun cuisine with crab-stuffed mushrooms and blackened Cajun fish with dirty rice,” she adds.

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“I wanted our wedding to feel soft, intimate, slightly vintage and romantic,” says the bride, pointing to elements including lace, mercury glass, candles and soft spring colors like fuchsia, lavender and peach.

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“Some of my favorite moments were making eye contact with my teary-eyed groom at the end of the aisle, our first dance, toasting to my parent’s 34th anniversary and dancing to Pharrell’s song ‘Happy,’” says Rachel.

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

Photos: Angela Sostarich Photography | Venue: The Gallery | Catering: Cafe Natalie

Venues We Love: The HESS Club…Plus Exclusive Booking Offer!

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Location. Location. Location. That’s what the Galleria area’s HESS Club is all about. Well—that and some of the best wedding food, drink and service you’ll find anywhere in the city, at a remarkably reasonable price.

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Inside the HESS Club, you’ll find marble floors, tray ceilings, contemporary chandeliers and dramatic French doors. And you’ll be able to accommodate 300 people for dining and dancing—chairs, tables, linens, china, flatware and glassware included (nice!).

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Outside the HESS Club you’ll find world-class hotels, superb restaurants and some of the best retail adventuring anywhere on the planet, making this hidden gem of a venue a very appealing site for Houston wedding couples expecting an abundance of out-of-town guests.

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And here’s the fun part: Book your Houston wedding at the HESS Club by Aug. 31, 2017, and you’ll score an awesome $550 uplighting package, including pinspots for your fabulous wedding cakes, for FREE, just for mentioning this post on the Houston Wedding Blog.

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Schedule your visit today—this uniquely beautiful and affordable venue does tend to book up fast—and start planning your graciously chic, blissfully stress-free HESS Club wedding!