This Houston wedding story is going to give you all the feels, so be prepared! Lindsey and Drew met in February of 2012 at the Philadelphia airport’s international check-in. They were on their way to a 10-day adventure in Israel with a group organization, and by the end of the trip they had each separately told their friends that they found their person. Lindsey had no clue Drew had said the same thing to his friends that she had, until the night of their rehearsal dinner, when Drew’s best man recalled in his speech, “Drew came home and said he’d met the girl he was going to marry.” Goosebumps. Drew absolutely insisted on proposing in a way that would mean the world to Lindsey. He had been working with Lindsey’s boss to get her to Philadelphia airport’s international check-in for a fake business trip…and he proposed right there where they’d first met many years ago. “The area was empty except for one older security staff member, who told us we had restored his faith in humanity,” the bride recounts. After spending the entire day in Philadelphia to celebrate as a newly engaged couple, Lindsey and Drew were returned home to a surprise celebration with their families! The pair then started to plan their Houston wedding. With 230 of their friends and loved ones in attendance, Lindsey and Drew said, “I do.” However, they took the traditional wedding series of events into their own hands. One of their favorite memories was their “first look” at Discovery Green, after which they stopped with their entire wedding party to have a pre-ceremony drink while taking pictures with J. Cogliandro Photography. (We seriously love this idea!) It’s safe to say that Lindsey and Drew have restored our faith in humanity, too. We couldn’t be happier for this sweet couple!
Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Bridal Gown: Reem Acra “Eve” Gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier | Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb & Bering’s
Lit candles, cozy blanket… cue the relaxation. We are here to provide you with some aromatherapy—and some retail therapy. Take time to unwind with these hand-picked goodies…perfect for hostess gifts and wedding registries. We’re sure they’ll bring comfort and serenity to your newlywed home sweet home…or any home!
1. Michael Aram ‘Enchanted Garden’ Candle: Michael Aram 2. Michael Aram ‘Enchanted Garden’ Caviar Dish & Spoon: Michael Aram 3. Italian Wool Alpaca Cable Knit Throw: Restoration Hardware 4. Matouk ‘Auberge’ Monogrammed Letter Towel: Kuhl Linscomb 5. Antica Farmacista Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud Bath Salts: Antica Farmacista 6. ‘Louis’ Pet Bed: Restoration Hardware
Whether you start with classic pearl earrings or a dazzling diamond pendant, building an heirloom jewelry collection is not about instant gratification; it happens over time. And the best time to start is with your wedding! We turned to our Houston jewelers for some iconic pieces to cherish for eternity—and they came back to us with pure, shimmering perfection. Happy shopping, darlings!
Mikimoto Pearl Necklace: Zadok Jewelers | Nazarelle White Gold, Alexandrite & Diamond Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry | Simon G. Rose & White Gold Pendant: Shannon Fine Jewelry | Penny Preville White Gold Deco Band: Donoho’s Jewellers | Chopard Rose Gold, Stainless Steel & Diamond Watch: Zadok Jewelers | Jude Frances “Provence” Diamond, Rose Quartz & White Gold Earrings: Loggins Jewelers | Custom “Charlize” Gold & Diamond Engagement Ring: Eklektic Jewelry Studio
Sharon and Manuel’s fate was sealed when they were attending a salsa dancing event one night in March of 2012. Manuel’s best friend instantly saw how perfect the two would be together, so he introduced them. A few years later, Manuel knew he was more than ready to make Sharon his wife and had a surprise proposal planned. One January evening, the couple made a trip to Hermann Park in Houston’s Museum District. Manuel led Sharon over to a romantic little gazebo and asked Sharon to be his, forever. He even hired a photographer to capture the moment from a hidden location (bonus points!) But Manuel’s plans didn’t stop there. He had dinner arrangements for them to get to…where their families were waiting to celebrate! Seriously, could this engagement get any sweeter? The two said vows and celebrated their love story with a ceremony and reception at Houston’s ultra-chic Hotel ZaZa. Their gold and black color palette was a perfectly stunning complement to the hotel’s deeply romantic tones. The couple remembers having the most divine wedding cakes, courtesy of Who Made The Cake, for their celebration: “The main cake was made with Italian cream with vanilla ice cream in one tier and raspberry cake with raspberry filling in another”—and to add to that decadence—“The [Star Wars theme] groom’s cake was chocolate on chocolate.” Yum. Sharon recounts: “One of my favorite moments was when my husband surprised me with a song, playing the conga with the band. It was amazing!” We wish the newlyweds a life filled with love and even more wonderful memories. Thank you, Civic Photos, for capturing the beauty, joy and exhilaration of Manuel and Sharon’s celebration!
Photos: Civic Photos | Venue: Hotel ZaZa | Bridal Gown: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie | Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions | Baker: Who Made The Cake!
Grab the scanner, lovelies! It’s time to start building that wedding gift registry. We pulled the perfect tea cups, saucers and stemware for entertaining guests, or simply serving up a romantic dinner for you and your boo. If you’re falling for these sweet pieces like us, you can register for some of these items at local Houston wedding-registry retailers and specialty stores!
1. Assorted Teacups & Stemware: Bering’s 2. ‘Take A Dine To It’ Cutlery Set: Mod Cloth 3. ‘White Butterfly Garden’ Wine Cooler, Round Tray, Tumbler’s & Coasters: Mackenzie-Childs 4. Bernardaud ‘Constance’ Set: Bering’s 5. Richard Brendon ‘Reflect’ Gold Teacup & ‘Patternity’ Saucer: Kuhl-Linscomb