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Venues We Love: Ashton Gardens

Houston Wedding Venue Ashton Gardens Ballroom
Venue: Ashton Gardens| Photo: Tony Houston Photography

There are few venues that have it all…like, absolutely ALL: magnificent wood-beamed chapel, gorgeous glass-walled ballroom surrounded by lush natural beauty, divine in-house catering and full-service wedding planning. Well, darlings, we’re happy to say, Ashton Gardens is one of those rare venues. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Wedding Venues + Gowns – 4 Perfect Matches

Can’t decide what kind of gown will look best in your chosen venue? We’re to here to help, with this glimpse at four distinct Houston wedding venues paired with perfectly suited bridal styles for each!

Chateau Cocomar and Lazaro Gown
Photo: 1Cinema Productions| Gown: Lazaro

1. CHATEAU COCOMAR

THE VENUE: From its debut on the Houston wedding scene Chateau Cocomar has been enchanting brides with its European-castle opulence, and its gleaming marble surfaces, as far as the eye can see. Nestled in a lushly forested corner of northwest Houston, this fairytale venue, filled with gilded mirrors and imported antiques, appeals to princess brides with a taste for true grandeur.

THE VIBE: Regal, opulent, French-inspired, grand

THE STYLE: Ballgown Click here to read the rest of this post »

8 Haute Houston Hotels for Fabulous Weddings

Versatile ceremony space? Check! Expansive ballroom? Check! Gourmet catering, gracious service and ultra-comfortable on-site guest accommodations? Check, check and …check! Hotels offer maximum wedding convenience and refined luxury all in one package. And these eight Houston-area hotels are up to the task.

Couple dancing under the Great Oak at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Photo: Christian Oth Studio | Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

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Venues We Love: Julia Ideson Library

Historic Houston Wedding Venue Julia Ideson D Jones Photo: D. Jones Photo | Rentals: LBL Event Rentals & Design

You know that feeling you get when you walk into the cool hush of a big, imposing, historic library? Well, you get that feeling and then some when you enter downtown Houston’s Julia Ideson Library, with its sophisticated grandeur and ornate interiors. But here’s the thing: When it’s your wedding at the Julia Ideson, you don’t have to hush! Oh no, darling. Celebrate your nuptials inside this stunning 1926 structure, and you’ll get to dine, dance, laugh, talk and enjoy every moment of your once-in-a-lifetime event, surrounded by gleaming marble pillars, beneath the garden of gilded wood flowers that wraps around the ceiling.

Julia Ideson Wedding Kat Creech Photo: Joey T Photography | Planning & Styling: Kat Creech Events | Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Linens: House of Hough

As for the building’s Spanish-influenced exterior? It’s got plenty of places for gorgeous bridal portraits, couple pix and romantic photo ops, whether you opt for the magnificent column-flanked front steps, or a tranquil, tree-lined path on the library’s manicured grounds. Searching for a truly unique and ineffably cool place to say, “I do?” Check out this historic Houston treasure, let them know you found them right here on the lil’ ol’ Houston Wedding Blog, and start planning the urban-swank wedding you’ve seen in your dreams!