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Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge

Set amidst the sprawling, picturesque ranchlands of Richmond, Texas, is a very special venue, tailor made for your very special occasion. With its long history as a working cattle ranch (originally purchased by William Andrus, one of Stephen F. Austin’s first colonists!), and its magnificent limestone chapel, peaceful courtyards and versatile ballroom, Briscoe Manor is the perfect site for an elegant Texas wedding with sublime ease and charm. And when we say ease, we mean ease: Briscoe Manor ain’t just beautiful, it also offers in-house wedding coordination, lighting, superb catering—even photo booths and fireworks! We’ll be spotlighting this stunning Houston-area site all week; meanwhile check out our photos from Allison and Clark’s ga-ga-gorgeous Briscoe Manor wedding. Looking to wed real quick-like, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fabulousness? Contact Briscoe Manor online or at 281.238.4700 TODAY to take advantage of limited-availability December “Fall Special” wedding dates. A couple are still open…but not for long!

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Photos: Katie Lamb Photography

Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue

Last week’s open house at the elegant Houston Club offered to-be-wed couples a glimpse of how they might create their fantasy city-pretty wedding. With its sweeping views of downtown Houston and its much-lauded culinary expertise, the Houston Club is a fabulous location for refined weddings with cosmopolitan edge. And right now through Oct. 31, the club is offering a Bridal Open House Special: $500 off your ceremony fee, along with no room rental fees (a $2,500 value). Contact Houston club event planner Jeana Auger at 713.632.1554 for details. And meanwhile, check out terrific pix from the club’s Oct. 2 event, courtesy of Steve Lee Photography!

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Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Venue: Houston Club

Vintage Garden Theme Wedding at Hotel Galvez by Akil Bennett Photography

Let’s face it. Planning an outdoor wedding in Texas, especially Galveston, can be pretty risky due to unexpected weather patterns. Don’t let that bring you down! You can always bring the outside in, which is exactly what Ally’s father suggested. With the help of the florist, Ally’s dream of an outside wedding indoors came to life at Galveston’s premier wedding venue, Hotel Galvez. The ceiling was covered in vines and Spanish moss to create an enchanted look as if you were standing underneath a tree. Garden-like centerpieces were seen throughout the ballroom. Sounds lovely? Just wait ‘til you see these sweet pics by Akil Bennett of Akil Bennett Photography. Congrats Ally & Zach on a beautiful wedding & best wishes!

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Lasker Inn ~ Ceremony Location: The Lyceum of Galveston Island ~ Reception: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Bridal Gown Designer: Paloma Blanca ~ Bridal Gown Salon & Accessories: Mia Bridal Couture ~ Makeup & Hair: The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Catering: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry, Williams-Sonoma, Target and Crate & Barrel

Classic Ivory & Charcoal Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Ama Photography & Cinema

“I had a patient in the ER that needed massive transfusion of blood products. Andrew was working in the blood bank that night. We exchanged simple conversation but I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I messaged him on Facebook a few weeks later, basically asking for a date. He text messaged me the next morning and we’ve been together ever since,” says Houston bride Lenee. If you think their made-for-TV meet-cute is sweet (and verrry dramatic), just wait ’til you see the beautiful photos from their wedding at The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice taken by Aisha Khan from Ama Photography & Cinema! Congrats Lenee & Andrew on tying the knot!

Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Bella Deur ~ Bridal Belt: Weddings by Debbie ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Lighting: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry

JW Marriott Getaway + Spa Giveaway: Buy I Do! Tix & Win

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It’s been a long time coming…but honey, it is worth the wait. The brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown opens its doors this week, and what you’ll find inside is, well, in word…GORGEOUS. See it for yourself on Thursday, Oct. 9, when we bring you the legendary I Do! Bridal Soiree, unveiling 2015 wedding trends LIVE at downtown Houston’s hottest new property–and most alluring new wedding venue. Stunning tablescapes, breathtaking floral displays, A-list wedding experts, fresh-off-the-runway couture bridal gowns, gourmet food, sparkling cocktails, live entertainment and VIP treatment from arrival to departure…along with $$$ swag bags for each and every bride in attendance. Oh–and lest we forget, buy your tickets by 11:59 pm this Friday, Sept. 19, and you are automatically entered to win a lavish weekend-night JW Marriott Houston Downtown getaway, complete with gourmet breakfast in bed AND a divine couple’s massage at the hotel’s extraordinary Spa by JW. All your wedding planning needs and desires, all in one ultra-relaxing VIP cocktail party, plus a chance to win the romantic escape of a lifetime. Buy your tickets now, and get ready for WOW!