WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature
Rachel & Kurt ~ July 11, 2014
For their once-in-a-lifetime celebration, UT alums Rachel and Kurt chose The Bell Tower on 34th St., and it’s easy to see why. With its gorgeous grounds, vine-covered walls, hidden archways and spectacular interior, the beloved Bell Tower was the perfect place to gather 240 guests for an evening of dining, dancing and pure, exuberant joy. The bride enchanted everyone in her gorgeous Watters gown from fabulous Mia Bridal Couture–which, we might add, photographer Steve Lee Weddings captured magnificently against a series of Bell Tower backgrounds. Notes Rachel: “Kurt and I truly feel that our perfect evening lasted forever as we got to soak up every moment of happiness and fun of the party.” As for us? We note that this wedding was one of our favorites of the year! Best of luck, and much love, to the newlyweds. And big thanks to The Bell Tower on 34th, and Steve Lee Weddings, for sharing this beautiful event with us…and YOU!
Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Entertainment: DJU Entertainment ~ Registry: Macy’s ~ Honeymoon: St. Lucia
Whether you lean toward warm golden tones or prefer a rosy glow, gold is 2015’s haute-est bridal metallic. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite gold bridal shoes, hair accessories, handbags and more, and arrayed them here for your enjoyment. Which gold treasure do you love best??
1. Helena Noelle Rose Gold Bridal Belt ~ Helena Noelle 2. Samantha Wills Midnight Garden Bun Cover in Gold ~ Samantha Wills 3. Bijuju Bridal Bar Hair Comb in Gold ~ Bijuju 4. SJP Doris Metal Nappa Peep Toe in Soft Gold ~ Nordstrom 5. Le Flowers Bridal Floral Sash ~ Le Flowers 6. Marchesa Isabella Laser-Cut Calf Hair Clutch Bag ~ Neiman Marcus 7. Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal in Platinum Noir ~ Stuart Weitzman Houston Galleria 8. Lulu Townsend Glitter Frame Clutch ~ DSW
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Anthony and Richard ~ September 14, 2013
When stylist Anthony was referred to realtor Richard—the latter provided a vacant property for a video shoot when the original site backed out at the last minute—he couldn’t have known that his rescuer would also end up being his lifelong mate. But the shoot led to a date, where “we seriously hit it off and agreed to meet again. And again. And again. And finally, he just never left,” Richard recounts. “Ah, true love!” Two years into their courtship, Richard proposed in Manhattan at Rockefeller Plaza’s famed Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony. The following autumn, the pair had a commitment ceremony—and partied the night away—at the Sam Houston Hotel, where, Richard says, the evening’s most joyful highlight was “bringing 165 family members and friends together in one place to help us celebrate our special day.”
Names: Anthony Dowd & Richard Ray ~ Number of Guests: 165 ~ Venue: Sam Houston Hotel ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Linens & Chairs: Flora & Eventi ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photography & Videography: 1 Cinema Productions ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii
Photo: Le Creuset
It’s the crème de la crème of cast-iron cookware…and it’s going to wind up in the hot little hands (use oven mitts, please!) of one lucky Houston bride-to be. Oui, darlings, c’est vrai! We’re teaming up with legendary French cookware brand Le Creuset for a three-day giveaway contest starting today and ending at 11:59 pm this Wednesday, Jan. 28. One bride who purchases her tickets to Weddings in Houston’s signature I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to The Corinthian on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6-9 pm, will win a coveted Le Creuset 5.5-Quart Round French Oven—one of the world’s most-prized wedding-registry items for generations, and an indispensable part of the aspiring cook’s well-stocked kitchen.
To enter: Purchase your all-inclusive tickets to the 2/12 I Do! Bridal Soiree—Houston’s ONLY luxury bridal event, featuring cocktails, gourmet cuisine from Jackson and Company, spectacular tablescapes, straight-off-the-runway bridal couture, $$$ swag bags for each and every bride, and an exclusive array of Houston’s A-list wedding vendors and experts—by 11:59 pm this Wednesday.
The prize: One lucky bride will take home a $280 Le Creuset 5.5-Quart Round French Oven, enameled over cast iron in the perfect shade of Marseille Blue (“something blue” that’s beautiful…and useful, too!). This French-cookware classic, designed for heirloom-quality durability and style, can be used on any stovetop heat source or in the oven, and is ideal for casseroles, stews, soups, chili, braised meats—even for searing a steak or baking a cake!
The winner: Will be announced on Facebook on Friday, Jan. 30, and will be presented with her prize at the Feb. 12 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. ALL brides who have purchased their I Do! tickets at any time before our Wednesday-night deadline are eligible to win. And one lucky bride will. Shouldn’t it be YOU?
Good luck, loves. Or should we say…bonne chance!
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Ashlyn and Zach ~ March 16, 2013
“When we were planning the wedding we wanted it to be something that let our personalities shine through,” says Houston bride Ashlyn. “We chose a design that was simple but still unique, and we decided to keep all of our events at Hotel Derek. This made it easy for guests, and allowed the evening to flow smoothly.” Ashlyn and groom Zach, who met as undergrads at UT Austin, treated their 130 guests to dinner and lively dancing, in a room done up for the occasion in chic shades of lime green, black and white. “We were so thankful to spend such an important day in our lives with our friends and family,” Ashlyn says. “Some of our favorite moments were the first dance, bouquet and garter toss, and dancing the night away!”