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Coral and Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Julie & Justin ~ April 25, 2014

While European-themed Chateau Polonez was the site of their spring wedding, it was the allure of the islands that served as inspiration for Julie and Justin’s memorable celebration. The couple, who became engaged in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and would eventually honeymoon in French Polynesia, infused their special day with “beachy” elements, from a blue-and-coral palette to sand-rock-and-starfish candle displays, to guest tables named for famed island destinations. Did the newlyweds sail off into the sunset? Not exactly. But after hours of dancing and dining with those they loved most, they did drive off in a 1965 Rolls-Royce the groom had always coveted. “We had such a wonderful time,” the bride says, “and were so thankful to have our family and loved ones there.”

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Brickhouse Bridal ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Venue: Chateau Polonez ~ Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner from Weddings Performed ~ Honeymoon: Tahiti & Moorea

Sweet Summer Peach and Blue Wedding

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Lara & Nick ~ July 12, 2014

We like to think of Lara and Nick’s meeting as a bright silver lining on a very dark cloud: The couple first encountered one another in July 2011 in Fort Payne, Ala., where both were volunteers assisting in tornado relief efforts. Their long-distance relationship—he was in North Carolina, she lived in Houston—blossomed, and in 2012, Nick moved to Houston. With its cornflower-and-peach color scheme and steak-and-lobster menu, the pair’s summer wedding was true Houston classic. The gracious bride adds, “It was also Nick’s brother-in-law’s (he was Nick’s best man) birthday, so after his speech we gave him a cheesecake and sang him, ‘Happy Birthday.’ It was pretty cool to see all 150 people join in and celebrate.”

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Wedding Dress & Accessories: La Rêve Bridal Couture ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Lighting, Entertainment, Photo Booth: LG Entertainment ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Ireland

Vintage Blue, Cream and Silver Houston Wedding by Ethan Avery Photography

Q: What do you do when you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget and can’t afford expensive rentals and fancy decorations? A: Make just about everything out of paper! For Kristina’s wedding to Jody, the bride’s friends pitched in to source or craft everything from placemats to paper flowers to pinwheel favors. The results? A delightful landscape of sweet, sentimental, DIY decor and charming vintage touches, along with sweet, creamy floral accents by Something Special in Flowers. And baby, this bride knows how to rock a true “something blue” mani! Big congrats to Kristina and Jody, one of the cutest couples we’ve ever seen.

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Photos: Ethan Avery Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: BHLDN ~ Flowers: Something Special in Flowers ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift Registry ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane

 

Dreamy Indoor Garden Wedding from Planner Kat Creech

Four Seasons Las Vegas catering manager Nicole readily admits that her event-planning experience was both a blessing and a curse when it came time to prepare for her own wedding. “Being an event planner, there were so many ideas. Then when one was selected, I would want to change it for a more cost-effective option. Experience and knowing how many options there were made choosing very difficult. That’s why I was kicked off [the job] and my mom and planner”—Kat Creech, of Houston’s Kat Creech Events—“took my vision and created the perfect day!” The bride’s dream wedding to her beloved Cham (whom she met by boldly strutting up and introducing herself, upon catching sight of his handsome mug at a local pub—let that be a lesson to you, ladies!) is a mystical garden of multiple delights, set inside the window-lined space of a historic Houston theater. From the jewel-tone centerpieces, suspended birdcages, Spanish moss and floral peacocks to the brooch bouquets and stained-glass windows, Nicole and Cham’s elegant Houston wedding is the perfect balance of lush natural bounty and sublime sparkle. We hope you’ll agree, and that you’ll join us in swooning over photos from ALTF Photographers, and in wishing these two a lifetime of love and happiness! And don’t forget to visit Kat Creech Events at this Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, for details on how Creech and her crew can transform your wedding fantasy into reality, just like she did for lucky (and savvy) bride Nicole.

Photos: Altf Photography ~Bride’s Dress: Farage from Weddings by Debbie ~ Venue: Wortham Theater ~ Florist/Decorator: Flora & Eventi: Centerpieces Darryl & Co: Cupcake wall, Suspended birdcages ~ Photo Booth: Smilebooth ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions

Coral and Turquoise Brady’s Landing Wedding by Civic Photos

For his proposal to his beautiful Rachel, Brandon took her back to the karaoke bar where they’d first met, did a few of his best tunes…and then asked her to make beautiful music with him for the rest of their lives. Aww… To celebrate the couple’s June wedding, 200 friends and family members gathered at Brady’s Landing, where they enjoyed dining and dancing, surrounded by decor in a fresh, summery palette of coral and turquoise. While most brides might have an element or two of their wedding they might do differently, or a minor mishap they wished they’d been able to avoid, not so Houston bride Rachel: “I loved my wedding; everything was perfect,” she says. Big thanks to Civic Photos for the vintage-feel photos, and congrats to the beaming newlyweds!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal ~ Cake: Maria Morales ~ Flowers: DIY ~ Venue: Brady’s Landing