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White & Sage Green Spring Wedding

Joanna met Shane at their freshman college orientation, quickly sparking a friendship during tutoring sessions for chemistry class (wink, wink). However, they didn’t have their first date until junior year, on Valentine’s Day. “I suppose when you wait that long for a date, you have to go BIG or go home!” the bride says. Just one week after graduating, Shane popped the question while on a hiking trip with Joanna. A custom engagement ring made for a truly unforgettable graduation gift. The ceremony took place at Ashton Gardens in the soft glow of the glass-enclosed chapel. There, the pair exchanged personal written vows in front of 155 guests. The celebration continued in Ashton Gardens’ timeless ballroom, with a feast featuring giant coconut shrimp and, ’cause this here is Texas, y’all, succulent steak. Joanna and Shane ended the night amidst a throng of bubbles for a magical exit. Best wishes to you guys as you start a new adventure together!

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Photographer: Kaitlyn Beauregard Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens

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10 Stunning Long Sleeve Wedding Gowns for 2018 Brides

Whether for reasons of weather (baby, it’s cold outside in December, January and February…even in Houston!), venue (some houses of worship require shoulder coverings) or style (you know…just ’cause it’s HAUTE!), many 2018 brides are seeking out sleeved wedding gowns. And our most beloved wedding dress designers are answering the call with gorgeous long-sleeve wedding gowns that combine the best of illusion material, lace and bling. Check out some of our favorite new sleeved styles from top wedding-gown designers here–then find these designers, and more long-sleeve wedding dress styles, at Houston’s top bridal salons, right here!

Marchesa Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

1. Gown: Marchesa

Naeem Khan Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

2. Gown: Naeem Khan

Lazaro Long Sleeve Spring 2018

3. Gown: Lazaro

Galia Lahav Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

4. Gown: Galia Lahav

Monique Lhuillier Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

5. Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Ines Di Santo Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

6. Gown: Ines Di Santo

Alvina Valenta Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

7. Gown: Alvina Valenta

Galia Lahav Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

8. Gown: Galia Lahav

Reem Acra Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

9. Gown: Reem Acra

Pronovias Long Sleeve Gown 2018

10. Gown: Pronovias

Allure Couture Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

11. Gown: Allure Couture

Monique Lhuillier Long Sleeve Gown Spring 2018

12. Gown: Monique Lhuillier

 

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Emerald City Band Will Rock Your World (AND Your Wedding)

Top Houston Wedding Band Emerald City Band | Photo: f8studio

This band, you guys…OMG. We’ve seen some pretty phenomenal wedding bands in our 30+ years in the “making memories’ biz. But 13-piece, crazy-talented, super-high-powered Emerald City Band is in a league of its own. Maybe that’s why they’ve been a Dallas favorite for decades, lending their incredible energy and musical skill to major corporate clients, Dallas pro sports teams including the Cowboys and Mavs (heck, y’all, they even played Mark Cuban’s own wedding!!). Oh–and speaking of weddings…they’ve played more than 4,000 of them, each as unique as the love story behind the nuptial celebration, and NOW they’re set to take the Houston wedding scene by storm. Top 40? Check. Dance hits? Check. Hip-hop jams, jazzy grooves, Latin-tinged beats? Oh, yeah. And the vocals? We. Can’t. Even. But don’t take our word for it…check ’em out live, in action, at link below. Then get on the horn (they’ve got three in their blazing horn section), and talk to them about available dates; they do book fast!!

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Wyoming Destination Wedding by Civic Photos

An online dating success story, Marka and Adam first met through OkCupid. Although their first in-person date over coffee seemed rather low-key, sparks flew as the couple commenced talking for hours. And just like that, the connection of a lifetime was made. The couple decided to keep things simple for their nuptials, celebrating with 28 of their closest family and friends in Moran, Wy. Against the awe-inspiring view of the Teton Range, Marka and Adam exchanged their vows. “It stopped raining right as our ceremony began,” notes the bride. Following the ceremony, guests were treated to an intimate wild-game feast including buffalo filet mignon, elk and trout. “My favorite moment was getting our closest friends and family into the middle of nowhere to enjoy the beautiful surroundings…with lots of alcohol,” laughs Marka. Feast your eyes on this lovely couple’s festivities, captured in images by fine Houston wedding photography studio Civic Photos!

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Photos: Civic Photos

 

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2018 Bridal Accessory Trend Alert: Crowns, Crowns, Crowns!

Hey there, princess, check this out: If you’re down with the crown thing (pretty much the hottest trend going in bridal hair accessories for 2018 weddings), we’ve got a handful of seriously regal headpieces we think you’re gonna like. Enjoy…and visit these fine Houston salons for even more bridal crown and bridal tiara styles!

ICE PRINCESS

  Maria Elena Headpieces Crown MT 9947

Designer: Maria Elena

GRECIAN GODDESS

Jennifer Behr Golden Flower Crown

Designer: Jennifer Behr

ETHEREAL FAIRY

Twigs & Honey Otavia Vine Gold at BHLDN

Designer: Twigs & Honey

GOLDEN ROYALTY

Maria Elena Headpieces Crown MT 9945

Designer: Maria Elena

CLASSIC GLAMOUR

Eden Luxe Bridal Crown

Designer: Eden Luxe Bridal at Etsy

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