A Summer Abroad Leads to a French Garden Wedding in Houston

Bride and groom smiling with the bride holding a green and white bouquet in her hands.
Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography | Registry: Bering’s

Claire and Bobby’s love story is straight out of a fairytale. The couple met during an Italian class in a study abroad program and began studying together. They bonded over countless gelato dates, trips to museums, and exploring the city. Bride says, “On our final day of the program, we finally shared our first kiss at sunrise on the Ponte Vecchio as the city of Florence woke up.”

After six years of long-distance dating, Bobby surprised Claire with a proposal at her childhood home. Overwhelmed with joy, Claire felt the engagement was even more special at her home, including a touch of her late father’s presence.

The couple exchanged vows in a traditional church ceremony on March 20, 2021. Claire walked down the aisle in a Romona Keveza gown and a cathedral-length veil, lovingly customized by her mother. Claire held a bouquet of white florals complete with a key ring she had given her late father as a child. The sweet scent of gardenias filled the church, a nod to the bride’s parents’ wedding 25 years ago, almost to the day. These flowers held a special place in Claire’s heart, reminding her of the gardenia plants at her childhood home and the florals in her parents’ wedding photos she had always admired.

After exchanging vows privately during cocktail hour, the couple celebrated with friends and loved ones in a lush garden-inspired reception. Bride says, “I knew that having a reception venue that mimicked a French garden in feel was important to me, and since Houston weather can be unpredictable, one of the ways we brought an outdoor feel into an indoor space was through working fountains filled with florals and treillage painted the perfect French green.”

Guests enjoyed dishes inspired by the couple’s travels to Asia, Greece, Italy and Texas. As a nod to the couple’s beginnings and Claire’s Italian heritage, a gelato cart was a hit among the guests. Bride says, “It was such a special, nostalgic way to share a huge part of both our family history and our personal story with our guests.”

At the end of the celebration, fireworks lit up the sky, a horn trio played “All You Need Is Love,” and the newlyweds drove off in a 1965 Rolls Royce Princess.

Continue scrolling and get inspired by the breathtaking details of this magical French garden wedding in Houston.

Congratulations, Claire and Bobby! We wish you all the love and happiness.

An garden-inspired wedding invitation suite with pink and green florals printed on the stationery.

A bride with a formal updo has makeup applied on the morning of her wedding in Houston

A woman buttoning the back of the bride's Romona Keveza gown.

The groom smiling wearing his tuxedo with his hands in his pockets.

The bride smiling with her bridesmaids wearing light pink gowns and holding bouquets with white and pink florals.

A bride walking down a sidewalk looking back with her custom veil and Romona Keveza gown for her wedding in Houston.

The bride holding her bouquet with white florals and a gold key chain that says "Daddy's Girl."

An arch of greenery and florals as the entrance to the church.

The altar at the church decorated with greenery, gardenias and candlelight.

The bride and groom's feet walking down the sidewalk. The groom is holding the back of the bride's gown showing her white bow heels.

The bride and groom holding hands outside of the church with greenery and white florals decorating the stairs.

The reception space with french garden inspired florals draping over the dance floor and in front of the stage.

The bride and groom holding hands walking on a golf course with the bride's custom veil blowing in the wind.

Wisteria-inspired florals for a French garden wedding.

The reception space with circular tables and greenery and florals for a french garden wedding.

French inspired florals covering the French green treillage and a fountain in the center. A pink couch sits in front of it.

A three-tier working fountain with pink and white florals decorating the fountain for a french garden wedding in Houston.

A circular table with a gray and white checked tablecloth with brown chairs and a large centerpiece of greenery and pink and white florals.

The bride and groom holding their hand-written vows.

A floral centerpiece with a "Table 12" sign. The table has white plates with gold placemats and candlelight.

The bride and groom dancing under the french inspired florals.

A white sign with pink and green florals. The sign has green writing reading the "Carving" station with four dishes below it.

The gelato station "La Dolce Vita" decorated with florals.

A five tier white wedding cake with floral garnishes.

The bride and groom dancing under the wisteria-inspired florals with the band playing in the background.

The bride and groom dancing at the reception with their guests.

A 1965 Rolls Royce Princess with a "Just Married" sign and fireworks on either side of the car.

The bride and groom kissing in the getaway car.

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