Who says work romances do not end well? Christina and James prove just the opposite. The pair met at work, when James was tasked with training his future-bride-to-be for his old position following a promotion. This turned out to be a life-changing encounter. After a whirlwind two-month romance, James proposed, knowing he had found the one. As avid fans of the Houston Astros, James surprised Christina with a custom Heidi Gibson ring at Minute Maid Park during the Astros’ Holiday at the Park event. With 45 guests, the pair held an intimate outdoor ceremony under the gazebo at The Bryan Museum in Galveston. “We wanted a minimalist look, showcasing the commitment we wanted to make to each other,” the bride says. The celebration continued their celebration amidst the quaint elegance of the museum’s glass-enclosed conservatory. Christina and James show just how unexpected true love can be. Best wishes to this adorable couple!
Photographer: Second Shots Photography | Venue: The Bryan Museum
College is a time for growth preparation for life as an adult. For Heather and Nick, it also provided their chance encounter. Meeting at Texas A&M’s “Fish Camp” orientation program, the two began a sweet romance. During Heather’s senior year of college, while she worked in Arizona for six weeks Nick came to visit her and took her on a gorgeous hike through the Grand Canyon. With the breath-taking view as a backdrop, Nick popped the question. “With tears already streaming down my face, my exact words were ‘YES, but there’s nothing in the box.'” Startled by her response, Nick began searching for the ring and thankfully found it next to him, and (shaking a little), slid it onto her finger. “I was laughing and crying at the same time,” Heather says. The couple decided to take their nuptials back to the place where they first met, and exchanged vows at Peach Creek Ranch in College Station. With its rustic charm, the barn house, surrounded by cozy cottages, provided them with their own slice of Heaven for the day. Congratulations, Heather and Nick, on finding your forever love!
Photos: Two Pair Photography | Venue: Peach Creek Ranch
Sparks flew instantly when Clara and Marko met one fateful night at a favorite Woodlands watering hole. The pair were so captivated by each other, in fact, that an impromptu first date followed at a local diner, as soon as the bar closed for the night. Over bacon and coffee, Clara knew she found someone special, and soon the lovebirds were traveling the world together. As for Marko’s proposal, spontaneity sparked the moment: “One night, when we were in our pajamas, eating junk food and watching Disney movies, it felt right, and I got on one knee, right then and there,” he says. The couple had their ceremony and reception at The Bell Tower on 34th, where an elegant, villa-like atmosphere evoked the couple’s favorite book, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Notes Clara: “My favorite moment was my entrance down the grand staircase, and seeing the love of my life waiting at the end of the long walkway for me.” Our favorite moment? That’d have to be…all of the ones featured in this here blog post!
Photos: Theo Civitello Photography | Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th
Photo: Courtesy of Mira Zwillinger
If you’re a dress-obsessed bride-to-be, you’ve probably noticed that Israeli-based bridal couture designers have taken the bridal world by storm of late, here in Houston…and pretty much everywhere else. Galia. Berta. Inbal. And now, exclusive to Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, you can add the supremely talented Mira Zwillinger to that lofty list! Led by the mother-and-daughter team of Mira and Lihi Zwillinger, this luxury bridal couture house (they also make uh-mazing cocktail- and evening-wear), crafts custom, made-to-measure gowns that fit each bride’s body to perfection. Oh, and guess what else?
THIS WEEKEND, you can experience the magnificence of Mira Zwillinger in all its chic, sensual, sophisticated glory, when you schedule your appointment to attend the exclusive Mira Zwillinger Trunk Show at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, continuing through today and tomorrow. Limited openings are still available, so get on the horn and get yours pinned down…then get over to Joan Pillow for some of the most ethereal and exquisite gowns you’ve ever seen!
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.
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!