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A Wedding Castle Unlike Any Other: Chateau Cocomar

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Photos (clockwise from top left): J. Cogliandro, J. Cogliandro, Jonathan Ivy, J. Cogliandro

From the moment it first opened its magnificent doors two years ago, Chateau Cocomar captivated brides, grooms, and, yes, us here at Weddings at Houston, with its romantic setting and regal elegance. The dramatic turrets and arches, the bubbling fountains and velvety lawns, the twinkling chandeliers, the acres of gleaming marble and intimate oak-paneled enclaves, the spectacular French and Italian antiques everywhere you looked—we were hooked. And the magic continues.

Along with the fairytale splendor Chateau Cocomar exudes, this Champions-area castle is a dream-come-true for busy Houston brides. Whether you’re looking for month-of coordination, or full-service flowers-to-food-to-royal-farewell planning and design, Chateau Cocomar has you covered.

With features like this, it’s no wonder Chateau Cocomar is among Houston’s most coveted wedding venues (and books up months, even years, in advance). Make your appointment today to view this one-of-a-kind location, and secure your storybook wedding—the one you’ve dreamed of, the one, like true love, you’d always known was out there, waiting for you to find it.

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Herend China Wins Bridal Fans at Bering’s

Photos: Robert Torres Photography ~ Herend Dinnerware & Figurines: Bering’s ~ Herend Artist: Marianna Steigervald

We recently had the pleasure of attending the fabulous Herend Artist Event at Bering’s and let’s just say that we are in awe of the impeccable craftsmanship of each collection. Every single piece is handmade AND hand-painted to perfection. Best part? We were able to watch Herend artist Marianna Steigervald in action and ask her a few questions to get the inside scoop on this extraordinary maker of fine–and registry-fabulous–china, available, of course, at Bering’s!

Houston Wedding Blog: What are the origins of Herend?

Marianna Steigervald: There is a lot of history involved with Herend. The first collection was made in the mid-1800s. There was a collection made especially for Queen Victoria, a pattern that is still made today. It is one of our most popular designs sold to date.

HWB: Wow, that is amazing! Which is your personal favorite collection?

MS: My personal favorite is the Miramar collection, which uses an Oriental-inspired pattern. I have always been inspired by Oriental designs because they are so beautiful.

HWB: Which heirloom collections are most popular with brides?

MS: The two most popular collections are ‘Royal Garden’ and ‘Queen Victoria.’ Brides are able to custom design their Herend dinnerware or figurines to their liking.

HWB: What price range can brides expect while shopping from Herend?

MS: Dinnerware sets usually begin from about $300 and can go up to $600 or more depending on the detail of the designs.

HWB: Thanks so much, Marianna!

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Romantic White and Red Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Civic Photos

If you fell helplessly in love with this ridiculously gorgeous couple’s retro-chic engagement shoot by Civic Photos, just wait until you see their wedding! Houston bride Kristy and her groom Desmond wanted to give their guests a glimpse of what it would be like to attend a romantic wedding in a French chateau and, “Chateau Polonez provided the perfect ambiance,” she says. Kristy looked like a dream in a stunning fit-and-flare lace gown with a Swarovski beaded belt from Winnie Couture and show-stopping Christian Louboutin sheer, sparkling pumps. And dashing Desmond more than held his own. Looking for winter wedding inspiration?  Take a cue from Kristy and Desmond’s creamy ivory, white and deep red palette–a perfect color combo for cold-season festivities. Big thanks to fine photographers Saul Munoz and Barett Henry of Civic Photos, and our most sincere congrats to Kristy and Desmond, we wish you two the best!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Wedding Venue: Chateau Polonez ~ Wedding Gown: Winnie Couture ~ Bridal Accessories: David’s Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin ~ MOB & Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jim Hjelm ~ Photo Booth: Civic Photos

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Ivory, Fuchsia and Navy Wedding at The Sam Houston Hotel

After a slew of online dating disappointments, Imly decided to give it one more shot and emailed Jesse on Match.com. And boy, is she glad she did. Jesse declared his love for Imly on one knee at the top of a mountain during a snowboarding trip in Keystone, Colo., and the rest was history. The pair wanted their downtown Houston rooftop wedding at The Sam Houston Hotel to be fun and as relaxing as possible for their guests–but still super stylish and chic.  Their palette of ivory, fuchsia, blush pink and navy carried through the cake, decor, flowers and wedding party attire–even the bride’s style: Imly went from a drop-waist ivory dress for the ceremony, to a blush-pink sweetheart-neck gown for the reception, to a flirty, short lace dress for the after-party. We could go on and on about Imly and Jesse’s wedding, but we want YOU to see it for yourself. Check out the pics for all the sweet deets.  Congrats and well wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Dream Photo & Video ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Sambuca Restaurant ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Veranda by *17 at The Sam Houston Hotel ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Vera Wang White ~ Wedding Gown Salon: David’s Bridal

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Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding

Randall knew that the key to Astra’s heart was good food…though a pretty ring couldn’t hurt. After his sweet dinner proposal, the two lovebirds planned for an intimate wedding with 50 of their nearest and dearest. Perfectly personal details like DIY centerpieces, feminine touches of lace, splashes of pink, Mom’s precious pearls and some good ‘ol BBQ, reflected Astra’s laid-back, relaxed personality. And y’all know how we feel about cowboy boots on the b’maids. Congratulations, you two–wishing you a lifetime of love! Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding

Photos: Rachel Marie Photography ~ Flowers & Invitations: DIY ~ Wedding Gown: Macy’s

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