Houston couple Marina and Frank were partying like it was 1999 (literally) when they first met at a nightclub their senior year of high school. Marina tells us, “Frank was dancing with my friend (who happened to be one of my bridesmaids) to get closer to me. He eventually made his way to me, and we exchanged numbers at the end of the night.” They kept in touch and went on a couple dates, but parted ways when Marina started college and Frank left town for boot camp—but that didn’t stop them from keeping in touch. After she graduated college and Frank came back from the military, they were inseparable.
Marina and Frank planned a trip to visit their friends in New York City…but little did she know this trip had something special in store for her. “Frank mentioned that he had never done any of the typical touristy things in the city, so I planned an entire day out of it. We went through Ellis Island Museum and walked around to take an imprint of Frank’s grandfather’s name—whose name is on The Wall of Honor—but Mark insisted that we should take a look at the skyline first. As we were walking over, his started breathing heavily and got down on one knee,” recounts Marina. She was so surprised that she couldn’t even remember most of what he said, but she does remember him saying, “My grandfather started his new life on Ellis Island, and I want us to start our new life together here.” Aww…pass the tissues, please!
Exactly one year later the pair tied the knot at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice with their nearest and dearest to witness. “We wanted to go with something elegant, classic and timeless with pops of bold elements,” says Marina.
One of their favorite moments? When LG Entertainment played the last song, and all of the guests joined the bride and groom on the dance floor!
Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Lawless Kitchen & Spirits | Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Music, Lighting & Entertainment: LG Entertainment
They say if you have to invite your best friend to your wedding, you’re marrying the wrong person. We know that Houston bride Caroline agrees! “Austin and I were best friends for two years before we started dating in 8th grade. We’ve always loved each other, but were hesitant of it potentially ruining our friendship. We took a leap of faith and decided to follow our hearts.”
When it came time to propose, Austin knew the perfect way to catch her completely off guard. It was his birthday, and Caroline wanted to surprise him with a birthday dinner… little did she know that she was the one in for a treat! As soon as they arrived to the restaurant, Caroline and Austin were led to the back, where she thought all of their family and friends would be—no one was there, and the room was filled with decorations and pictures of them. “I was so shocked, but thought it was all planned for him and I just hadn’t gotten get the memo,” adds Caroline. He showed her a sweet video he made for her, got down on one knee and asked Caroline to spend forever with him.
Caroline wore a stunning strapless lace bridal gown from Weddings by Debbie paired with blue Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps.
Their vision of a rustic Texas wedding came together with shabby-chic decor and romantic accents.
Her favorite moments? “Reading our personal vows to each other from behind either sides of a door holding hands, and dancing with my dad and my mom,” says Caroline. Thanks, Kelly Hornberger Photography, for the beautiful photos!
Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography | Wedding Dress: Weddings by Debbie | Music, Lighting & Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment
Taylor noticed Cody at a get-together in College Station and decided to approach him with a witty one-liner. “I asked him if he lived in Cypress, and he said, ‘Yes,’” says Taylor. Inspired by her favorite actor, Will Ferrell, she replied, “Did we just become best friends?!” Her sense of humor worked on Cody, and they have been inseparable since!
Cody knew the perfect moment to propose to Taylor was on a family vacay for the Fourth of July. They went to the Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio to watch the fireworks show. The scenery was perfect, “We all sat on a big blanket while eating s’mores. After a couple minutes after the show started, Cody asked me to stand up,” says Taylor. Her initial response was, “No! Are you crazy? I’m watching the fireworks!” But his persistence paid off and before Taylor knew it, he was on one knee asking her to spend the rest of their lives together. Aww!
After a sweet summer proposal came their romantic fall wedding. She wore a full-sleeved Hayley Paige gown from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, and held a gorgeous marsala, blush and ivory bridal bouquet by Blooms Design Studio while she said her “I do’s.”
“Everything was magical. The whole place was filled with candlelight and lanterns. I wanted to mix one bold color with a neutral palette, so marsala was the perfect pop of color to complete my fall wedding vision,” says Taylor.
Her favorite moment was kissing Cody under the fireworks. “It was such a magical night,” says Taylor.
Best wishes and congrats to the newlyweds!
Photos: Kelley Craig Photography | Hayley Paige Wedding Dress: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Music & Entertainment: DJU Entertainmet | Bouquet: Blooms Design Studio
Brittni and Cameron’s love story is a true high-school dream. She was a cheerleader, and he was a baseball player. A mutual friend introduced them after a game, and it took only two weeks for them to go on a group movie date. Seven years later, they had gone from high-school sweethearts to lifelong soulmates.
Cameron knew that the perfect way to catch Brittni off guard was with a surprise proposal the weekend of his 23rd birthday. As the bride tells it, “I came back from College Station to attend his birthday dinner in Cypress, and was a little perturbed because he had been very evasive and hadn’t been communicating much the week before. Looking back on it, I should have known what was going to happen, after my mom and cousin took me to get my nails done and helped me pick out an outfit. My mom was so worried that my shirt was wrinkled, which is typical—but she was extra concerned that day.” In true Southern-gentleman fashion, Cameron picked her up in his F250 truck and told Brittni that he wanted to make a pit stop at his uncle’s barn before dinner. Brittni recounts: “We hopped out of his truck and began walking towards the lake, and spotted a little boy laughing while fishing. I was completely oblivious to the situation, and only noticed the roses and mason-jar candles as I ran into Cameron’s back,” she says. “I looked up and saw his face… it immediately brought me to tears. The look in his eyes was nothing I’ve seen before.” Cameron dropped down on one knee, and then came the ugly cries and happy tears.
She wore a gorgeous lace bridal gown, and the entire bridal party wore the cutest sneakers—including Brittni!
Brittni and Cameron had a vision of a modern-rustic wedding that came to life at Chateau Polonez with lush greenery, lots of candlelight and a naked cake.
“Our favorite moment was standing on stage after we said, ‘I do.’ We saw so many supportive faces and felt all of the love in that moment,” Brittni says. Congrats & best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Leighanne Herr Photography | Venue: Chateau Polonez | Lighting, Music & Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment
Lauren and Patrick were ready to find love, so they gave Match.com a chance and connected with each other just one month after joining. “After weeks of communicating, we knew more about each other than most people know about each other in months,” says Lauren. Even though Lauren lived in Houston and Patrick lived in Galveston, Patrick drove an hour into the city to take her out on their first date! They chatted for hours over dinner, and needless to say—they hit it off.
Almost two years later, Patrick joined Lauren on her family vacation in New York City, but little did she know, he had a little something special planned for just the two of them! Lauren and Patrick went on a romantic NYC tour that started off with breakfast at Le Parker Meridien, followed by a tour of the Statue of Liberty. “I started to count the cargo ships we saw since Patrick is in the shipping industry and it’s something we’ve done since we began dating,” she says. “After I finished counting, I turned around to tell Patrick that I love him. At that very moment, he got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him!”
Lauren walked down the aisle wearing a chic Oscar de la Renta gown paired with the perfect ivory Christian Louboutin pumps.
Lauren’s vision of a rustic-elegant wedding came to life with the help of the talented team at Darryl & Co. The soft color palette of blush, pale pink, ivory, marsala and gold accents added the perfect touch of glam Lauren was looking for.
“Our favorite moment was our surprise fireworks at the end of the evening. We stood in the rain and watched the fireworks, then said our goodbyes to our guests,” says Lauren. Sounds like the ideal Houston wedding to us! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Evoke Photography | Wedding Consultant & Planner: Lauren Ehly Events | Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
You should trust your dad when he tells you he has the perfect guy in mind. Just ask Houston bride, Talia, whose dad set her up with Barry. “He took me to an Ethiopian restaurant, brought me flowers, opened doors… a total gentleman,” says Talia. Unfortunately she wasn’t ready to date him just yet. “Years later I couldn’t stop thinking about him. We reached out to each other on a few occasions, but were never able to meet. Finally, we were able to get together for a cup of coffee, and the rest was history,” adds Talia.
Ten years after their first date, Barry took Talia to the same Ethiopian restaurant where they first met. “After dinner he convinced me to go to the museum to check out a friend’s art show,” recounts Talia. He arranged for a friend to take photos at the Light Tunnel in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “Once we arrived at the Light Tunnel, I realized no one else was there, and he was on one knee!” adds Talia.
Their wedding was exactly how they pictured it—unique, hints of art deco, and simply elegant. “Balushka, owner of Balushka Paper Floral Artistry, and I always talked about how she would decorate my wedding one day, and when the time came, she did a phenomenal job. She came up with the most gorgeous panels of handmade paper flowers in shades of blush, plum, ivory and gold for our backdrop,” says Talia.
We couldn’t be happier for these two. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds! We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did.
Photos: Elisheva Golani Photography | Proposal Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Flowers, Rentals & Decor: AJ’s Urban Petals | Paper Flowers, Chuppah & Backdrop: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry
Evie was in Chicago, and Victor in Guatemala. How did the pair meet? It just so happens that Victor was her aunt’s neighbor in Guatamela. During her childhood, Evie spent many summers visiting her aunt, and eventually became friends with Victor. Their childhood friendship lead them to their first kiss at age 13 (aww). Unfortunately, Victor lost touch with Evie after he moved to Texas when he was 15. A few years later the young lovebirds reconnected, and made sure not to let each other go. One sweet summer night in Chicago (the night before her birthday), Evie and Victor ventured out to the pier on Lake Michigan to watch the Blood Moon. It caught her by surprise when Victor got down on one knee at midnight. You can guess what happened next!
The pair tied the knot at The Bell Tower on 34th in front of 75 of their nearest and dearest. The room was filled with blush and peach roses, Casablanca lilies and garden roses, all of which set a romantic tone for their classic, intimate wedding celebration. We couldn’t help but wipe our tears after seeing the beautiful photos of this elegant Houston wedding, and are sure you will, too. Congrats and best wishes to the lovely couple!
Photos: Stephanie Rogers Photography | Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th
A last-minute email and some amazing luck ultimately brought Gabrielle and John together forever. Gabrielle had been using Match.com for nearly two years. John had been active for only two weeks. Gabrielle was “over it,” but John was certainly not over her. After ignoring his emails, Gabrielle decided to go out on a limb and respond to John before canceling her subscription to the dating app, and she sure was glad she did! The couple was inseparable from that first date on. “He literally was my last date off Match. Little did I know it would be my last date period,” Gabrielle says.
Fast forward: Gabrielle and John celebrated their perfect wedding day at the stunning Houston wedding venue Chateau Cocomar, which perfectly captured Gabrielle’s theme of “elegance and glitz with a sprinkle of over-the-top.” But, in typical Houston fashion, the skies opened up and drenched their dream venue. For an instant the couple’s luck had seemed to fade…
But don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! The team at J’Adore Events was able to save the day and seamlessly pull off the wedding of Gabrielle and John’s dreams, with a regal navy, ivory and gold wedding color palette, a five-tier wedding cake, and treats featuring the couple’s favorite snack—popcorn from The Popcorn Bar! “I wanted a wedding that pampered my guests and had them wanting for nothing,” Gabrielle says. It’s safe to say she succeeded. Congratulations, Gabrielle & John, we wish you a lifetime of love!
Photos: Beauty in Art Photography | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Consultant & Planning: J’Adore Events | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Registry: Bering’s | Favors: The Popcorn Bar