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Elegant Blush, White and Green Garden Theme Wedding

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Kelli & A.J. ~ May 17, 2014

Having begun their courtship at the University of Georgia, it’s no surprise that Kelli and A.J. wanted their wedding to “feel like an elegant garden party at a Southern home.” As the bride describes, “The ambiance began with a drive up scenic River Oaks Blvd. with Houston’s most beautiful homes,” and continued with a gracious country-club setting, decorated with soft-pink peonies, mercury-glass votives, twinkle-lights and French armchairs. A reception menu filled with Southern favorites—fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, pulled-pork sliders—nourished guests for a night of dancing to live music. As the night progressed, guests enjoyed hand-rolled Cuban cigars on the starlit patio, and late-night chicken-and-waffle bites. Jo Ann Schwartz Woodward (of wedding consulting firm Schwartz & Woodward) was great at listening to our vision and implementing it flawlessly,” Kelli says. “It was truly the wedding of our dreams!”

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Photos: Sarah Austin Photography ~ Proposal: Brennan’s Houston ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Linens: EB Inc ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Bering’s, Kuhl-Linscomb & Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

Navy, Blush and Gold Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by MD Turner Photography

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Shannon & Tyler ~ June 21, 2014

Oh, how we love a well-planned proposal. Take, for example, Tyler’s to Shannon: After a sunny day of boating together on Austin’s Lake Travis, the groom-to-be feigned a “late” dinner reservation and led his beloved to Windy Point Park, where, after telling Shannon how much he loved her, he spun her around to face the words, “Will You Marry Me?” spelled in rose petals in the sand. He then proceeded to place a ring that he had custom designed for his one-and-only on her shaking-with-excitement hand. The couple’s Crystal Ballroom at The Rice wedding, with its sophisticated palette of blush, navy and gold, and its romantic candlelit glow, wasn’t just elegant—it was also a whole lot of fun: “Everyone enjoyed letting loose and dancing the night away,” Shannon says. “The dance floor was never empty. It was a night of a lifetime!”

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Photos: MD Turner Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Honeymoon: Antigua

Ivory, Gold and Brown Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

What happens when you combine one of Houston’s cream of the crop florists, Lary’s Florist and Designs with a regal wedding venue like Crystal Ballroom at The Rice? A bunch of gorgeous-ness. From Paula’s luxurious lace and tulle Lazaro bridal gown, to her glittery-gold Jimmy Choo bridal ballet flats, and the breathtaking candelabra centerpieces that filled the ballroom, Paula and Lee’s wedding was a fairytale dream come true. We are in love with these photos and are sure you will, too. Congrats Paula and Lee on your lovely Houston wedding!

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Photos: Alyse French Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Florist, Decor, Rentals & Lighting: Lary’s Florist and Designs ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma

Miss USA Wedding at Chateau Cocomar

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Crystle & Max ~ August 9, 2014

It would be hard to top Max’s proposal to Crystle for sheer romance: The Belgian-born model alighted with his beloved from a chartered helicopter, then surprised the former Miss USA (2008) with his down-on-one-knee question in front of giddy friends and family dressed in T-shirts reading, “True Love is Crystle Clear.” Yet the couple’s summer wedding did manage to take romance to a whole new level, with a lavish 320-guest celebration set at castle-like Chateau Cocomar. Fittingly, the bride, who currently stars in OWN Network’s Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse,” was the very picture of a fairytale princess in her Lazaro gown and sparkling updo. And she has special praise for those who brought her regal fantasy to life: “The entire event was coordinated by [venue owner] Karen Martin and the Cocomar ladies,” Crystle notes. “They planned and executed together a tremendously awesome event that will forever be remembered!”

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Photos: Select Studios ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Wedding Dress: Lazaro ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Caterer: Cafe Natalie ~ Entertainment & Lighting: LG Entertainment ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii

Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens

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Sarah & Robbie ~ April 4, 2014

He proposed at Walt Disney World. They honeymooned on a Disney cruise. Do we sense a theme here? Absolutely, says bride Sarah, who wore a Disney-princess-worthy tiara for her Ashton Gardens wedding to high-school sweetheart Robbie. The pair, both of them former Walt Disney World employees, treated guests to such Disney-inspired delights as a signature “True Love’s Kiss” martini, featuring a pink-sugared rim, and a choreographed first dance to a waltz taken from Disney World’s Wishes Fireworks Spectacular. The bride’s most treasured memory? “Our special unity candle,” Sarah says. “We invited all of our guest who have helped shape our lives to join us in the lighting of the candle. It made for a beautiful and touching ceremony to make eye contact with each row of guests.”

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Venue: Ashton Gardens ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc. Events ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Disney Cruise