As one of the country’s southernmost cities, Houston’s culture is as Southern as it is Texan. And Houston to-be-weds, along with their families, have an affinity for the gracious hospitality, relaxed luxury and fabulous food and drink the South is known for. These three distinguished Southern destination properties welcome Houston couples and their loved ones to sip, dine, dance and say, “I do,” surrounded by regal decor, lush landscapes and iconic Southern scenes.
A classic country-chapel ceremony and total-escape resort celebration all in one? You can have your wedding cake and eat it, too, at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, located in the lush Lowcountry of South Carolina. Jack Nicklaus signature golf, sport shooting, yachting, equestrian activities and strolling through the extraordinary Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, are just a few of the innumerable things you and your guests can do at the Montage. But don’t tucker yourself out, to-be-wed. You’ll want to save energy for your “I do’s” in the picture-perfect May River Chapel, or the grand Somerset Chapel—both offering gorgeous views, and streams of South Carolina sunlight. Click here to read the rest of this post »
SAY I DO: Nestled among pecan and oak trees on a serene 50-acre estate whose history dates back to the early 19th century, Richmond’s Briscoe Manor welcomes couples to say their vows in a stately limestone chapel (the photo ops are out of this world!), and invites celebrants to take full advantage of Click here to read the rest of this post »
Former high-school friends Andrea and Matt went their separate ways after school–Matt to the Marines, Andrea to college then to work on a cruise ship. And it wasn’t until a full 14 years later that they reconnected at the funeral for a mutual friend’s father, and discovered they had both relocated to Houston. After hanging out casually for awhile, Matt finally worked up the courage to ask Andrea out on a “real” date. “He really had some game!” Andrea recounts, noting that her future husband was “a true Southern gentleman.” Showing up each time “in a spotless, freshly washed truck, he picked me up for concerts, dinners out, movies, and he even sent me flowers!” she says. While finding time to plan their wedding was the biggest challenge for attorney Andrea and mechanical engineer Matt, they managed to pull off the celebration of a lifetime at The Astorian. Surrounded by a rich, wintry wedding color palette of burgundy, navy and gold, the pair and their 220 guests feasted on fried-oyster nachos, stuffed pork tenderloin and mascarpone mashed potatoes from Cordúa Catering, along with a six-tier bride’s cake and a U.S. Marine-theme groom’s cake, both from Cakes By Gina. We’re grateful to newlyweds Andrea and Matt for sharing their burgundy and gold winter wedding, and their love story, with us. Thanks, too, to Ama By Aisha for the lovely photos of Andrea and Matt’s burgundy and gold winter wedding celebration!
Wondering if there’s an art to home buying for married couples? Whether you’re combining, upgrading or starting fresh, Houston is a prime spot FOR newlywed living. Inside the loop is where it’s at for Houston newlyweds on the hunt for a newlywed nest that’s equal parts convenience and…cool. Expert Sarai Rumph of Rumph Realty dishes on what neighborhoods are in highest demand, why young couples love these spots, and how you’ll need to prep for your own newlywed home purchase. Click here to read the rest of this post »
You’re wearing a dress you’ve never worn before, your hair and makeup are professionally done, and your bridal bouquet is a custom creation, made just for you. Why not carry the “special occasion” theme through to your wedding day fragrance? Try one of these 4 fabulous designer perfumes, each with its own distinct scent profile, and each bottled so beautifully, you’ll want your wedding photographer to capture your bridal fragrance in a photo…or 2…or 3!
1. Valentina by Valentino
Evocative of the brand itself, this fresh fragrance of Amalfi orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine and wild strawberry embodies the woman driven to experience the “good life.” And if that’s not your goal as a bride, well…it sure should be! Click here to read the rest of this post »