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Blush, Black & Gold Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by Ama Photography & Cinema

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Houston couple Marina and Frank were partying like it was 1999 (literally) when they first met at a nightclub their senior year of high school. Marina tells us, “Frank was dancing with my friend (who happened to be one of my bridesmaids) to get closer to me. He eventually made his way to me, and we exchanged numbers at the end of the night.” They kept in touch and went on a couple dates, but parted ways when Marina started college and Frank left town for boot camp—but that didn’t stop them from keeping in touch. After she graduated college and Frank came back from the military, they were inseparable.

Marina and Frank planned a trip to visit their friends in New York City…but little did she know this trip had something special in store for her. “Frank mentioned that he had never done any of the typical touristy things in the city, so I planned an entire day out of it. We went through Ellis Island Museum and walked around to take an imprint of Frank’s grandfather’s name—whose name is on The Wall of Honor—but Mark insisted that we should take a look at the skyline first. As we were walking over, his started breathing heavily and got down on one knee,” recounts Marina. She was so surprised that she couldn’t even remember most of what he said, but she does remember him saying, “My grandfather started his new life on Ellis Island, and I want us to start our new life together here.” Awwpass the tissues, please!

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Exactly one year later the pair tied the knot at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice with their nearest and dearest to witness. “We wanted to go with something elegant, classic and timeless with pops of bold elements,” says Marina.

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One of their favorite moments? When LG Entertainment played the last song, and all of the guests joined the bride and groom on the dance floor!

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

Wedding-Reception-Exit Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Lawless Kitchen & Spirits | Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Music, Lighting & Entertainment: LG Entertainment

Romantic Blush & Ivory Wedding at Heather’s Glen

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Maggie and John love going to the beach, so for her birthday John thought it would be the perfect idea to rent a beach house in Bolivar…and pop the question! Check out their AWESOME “hide-and-seek” proposal story in the upcoming issue of Weddings in Houston Magazine, on newsstands on July 1, 2017. In the meantime, we’ll let you fall in love with pics from their garden-inspired wedding at Heather’s Glen below.

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Maggie wore a feminine cap-sleeve Watters gown, while her gal pals wore bridesmaid dresses in different shades of blush.

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The lovebirds tied the knot in the venue’s charming garden room. “The room has a beautiful fountain in the center that makes you feel like you’re outside,” says Maggie.

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Maggie and John danced the night away with all of their guests, and ended the night with one last kiss underneath sparklers held by their nearest and dearest. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

Bride-and-Groom-Exiting-Reception Photos: Kasey Lynn Photography | Venue: Heather’s Glen | Rings: Lewis Jewelers

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Weddings at The Brookwood Community

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

There are so many ways to “spread the love” with your wedding. Charitable contributions in lieu of guest favors. Donating your centerpieces to a local hospital or assisted-living facility. Gifting your b’maids with fair-trade goodies made by women in economically struggling countries…who just may be brides-to-be themselves.

But did you know you could actually make a whole lot of lives truly better with your wedding venue choice?

The Brookwood Community, located in pretty Brookshire (a short 40-minute drive west of Houston), is not just a picture-perfect spot for a wedding—think acres of velvety lawn, charming buildings scattered along gently winding roads, a beautiful steepled chapel—but it’s also an amazing place where adults with disabilities can live, work, learn and become more fully independent. And weddings at Brookwood help pay for these programs.

Brookwood-Community Photo: Elisabeth Carol Photography

Here’s what else:

  1. The Brookwood Community has a backstory that will melt your heart. Founder Yvonne Streit started the community to honor her own daughter, Vicky, who suffered brain damage as a young child—and built the unique (and uniquely picturesque) enclave to give disabled adults the education, support and compassion they often lose once they leave school.
  1. You can have your whole wedding—from “I do” to “Let’s dance!”—on one lovely property. Couples love saying their vows in the Brookwood Community country-church-like chapel, where sunlight pours in through the gorgeous stained-glass window behind the pulpit…after which they and ALL their nearest and dearest can celebrate in the 275-guest-capacity Garden Ballroom, where vast windows blend with sophisticated earth-tone decor, sparkling chandeliers, and superb catering service, for an elegant country-club feel.

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  1. You’ll get a real farm-to-table food & drink experience. A working community, Brookwood has beautifully tended gardens, a horticultural center and 47 commercial greenhouses tended by resident citizens, growing 300,000 plants a year—some of which end up in culinary fare and fresh, artisanal wedding cocktails!

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  1. Your wedding fees will directly benefit the Brookwood Community’s more than 100 adult residents—many of whom arrive at Brookwood with very limited living skills, but learn, with guidance and compassion, to help and share with one another, maintain a schedule of daily chores, select clothes and dress themselves, plan the day’s activities, and if appropriate, manage personal finances.

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  1. Spiritual life is at Brookwood’s soul. While you don’t need to be a member of any particular denomination to have your nuptial celebration at this one-of-a-kind venue, know that the venue is maintained, by the directive of its founder and directors, “through the grace of God.” Couples who wish faith to be a focus of their special day, will find themselves, and their guests, surrounded by a real sense of spirituality in action, and, we’re quite sure, will find their wedding memories sweetened by the knowledge that they’ve made empathy, compassion and charity cornerstones of their marriage celebration.

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For more info about the Brookwood Community, contact on-site wedding pro Katie L’Ecuyer, who’d love to show you around the grounds, and let you see for yourself what your Brookwood wedding might look and feel like! And don’t forget to tell her you found out about Brookwood right here on the Houston Wedding Blog. Happy planning, loves!

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!!