It’s a pretty big deal for a Texan to trade in big, bright stars for concrete jungle of New York City. However, Sae decided to take on the challenge, and made the move to NYC to pursue a career practicing law…and to the greatest future he never saw coming. One fateful day, Tony, Sae’s friend, made lunch plans in the city. Tony decided to bring along his friend, Jody. Throughout lunch, Sae noticed “Jody’s hand gestures, her speech patterns, her aura—all intriguing.” He was absolutely mesmerized by how confident she was. However, the moment was fleeting…Jody needed to be at the airport for a flight. She was heading back to Texas and Sae was convinced he would never see her again. But a year down the road (or pavement, if you will), Sae felt Texas calling his name and he made the decision to give up his New York lifestyle. He ended up moving into Tony’s place—a great move on his part because Tony’s girlfriend was an active alum for the same sorority as Jody! It wasn’t long before an alumni dinner party brought him face to face with…the girl he never thought he would see again. Preparing himself to make a move, Sae recalls, “I was hyping myself up for an immeasurable feat.” While at the table, everyone began talking about smartphones and comparing features of each. Sae saw his opportunity and seized it. “I slyly went around the table asking to examine each phone in faux-awe. When Jody’s phone landed in my hands, I surreptitiously, like an undercover agent, input my number and called myself. BINGO, got her number.” Smooth move—guys, take notes. The two began texting, getting to know each other more and over the next four years, they fell madly in love. However, Sae wanted the proposal to be mysterious and a total surprise. In a journal, he began to make a list of all the unique things he loved about Jody. Each page became a special part of her character. Sae presented Jody with the journal, and as she turned the pages, her smile grew bigger and bigger… until she arrived at the final page, which read, “Will you marry me?” On bended knee, Sae repeated his written question out loud and Jody said, “Yes!” Their wedding vision came to life with a rustic-chic lakeside ceremony at Moffitt Oaks, followed by an elegant yet easygoing barn reception. The couple insisted upon a unique celebration—one they had talked about for so long—complete with DIY touches everywhere. Jody was the picture of relaxed glamour as she walked down the aisle to her forever love in a Blue by Enzoani fit-and-flare gown from Weddings by Debbie. We couldn’t be happier that Jody and Sae’s wedding dreams came true. Thank you for these wonderful photos, Steve Lee Photography!
Photos: Steve Lee Photography | Venue: Moffitt Oaks | Catering: Café Natalie | Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani from Weddings by Debbie
When Brittney first met Taylor through a mutual friend while they were both attending Texas A&M, she wasn’t so sure about dating the “old” guy. Six months later, that changed. Brittney decided to text Taylor to see how he was doing and the rest was history. Taylor planned the perfect proposal in Paris that completely swept Brittney off of her feet. “We stayed in a quaint little hotel near the Eiffel Tower and he told me that we were doing an 8 AM Eiffel Tower tour but he wanted me to look nice so we could take some pictures beforehand. At 7 AM, we stood in Trocadero Square where the Eiffel tower sits beautifully in the background attempting to take selfies. A photographer walked by offering to take pictures of us and it turns out, Taylor had been talking to this photographer and coordinated this whole plan. I had no idea. The photographer’s line was “the lighting is perfect now” and that is when Taylor got on his knee and asked me to marry him.” Looks like dating an “older” guy isn’t so bad after all, huh. It was only appropriate for the pair to plan their Houston wedding around the Texas A&M color palette of maroon, gray and white, which complemented their gorgeous wedding venue, The Corinthian, perfectly. Just wait until you see the beautiful photos from their wedding, thanks to J. Cogliandro Photography. You’ll be swooning for sure. Congrats Brittney and Taylor, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Venue: The Corinthian ~ Caterer: Jackson and Company ~ Bridal Gown: Alvina Valenta from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Wedding Shoes: Rene Caovilla ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: Brickhouse Bridal ~ Rings & Jewelry: Donoho’s Jewellers
Drop waist and sheath gowns have taken over the runway and our favorite Houston bridal salons. This flattering silhouette looks great on every shape and pairs beautifully with a sweetheart neckline. We’ve narrowed it down to our top fave gowns from the 2015 Bridal Market runway. Which one is your fave?
1. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 2. Anne Barge: Ivory Bridal Atelier 3. Anne Barge Blue Willow: Ivory Bridal Atelier 4. Watters Wtoo: Brickhouse Bridal, Houston Bridal Gallery 5. Lazaro: Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie 6. Rivini: Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture 7. Jim Hjelm: Houston Bridal Gallery, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, Weddings by Debbie 8. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Paravani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 9. Hayley Paige: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 10. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 11. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 12. Hayley Paige: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 13. Pronovias: Brickhouse Bridal, Houston Bridal Gallery, La Reve Bridal Couture, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie 14. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 15. Winnie Couture: Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon 16. Lazaro: Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie 17. Jean Ralph Thurin 18. Lazaro: Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie
Photos: Top Left: Alvina Valenta, Middle: Alvina Valenta, Top Right: Naeem Khan, Bottom Left: LaceNTrim via Etsy, Bottom Right: Reem Acra
You know it, we know it, designers know it: A wedding gown is NOT like other garments. Unfortunately, many dry cleaners who advertise “wedding gown preservation” do not understand exactly how special wedding gowns are, and what kind of painstaking care is required to preserve them beautifully, and without damage.
Twin Oaks Cleaners has made wedding gown preservation a priority for more than 60 years. No, not just a priority—an art. We’re not kidding. This iconic Houston business employs not one but two full-time spotters whose sole job is to identify any staining and determine exactly which solvents are required to return the dress material to pristine condition. And a team of experts who dedicate themselves to removing any accessory or bit of ornamentation that might be damaged during cleaning. Yeah. It’s that kind of place.
And when it comes to your wedding gown, it’s the only kind of place you want to entrust with that gown’s care.
This week, you can WIN $150 of Twin Oaks Cleaners’ renowned dry cleaning services (perfect for those fancy-shmancy getups you’re getting set to wear for all your fabulous pre-wedding parties, dinners, showers and celebrations), PLUS an additional 10% off Twin Oaks Cleaners’ gown preservation. Simply Like this Weddings in Houston Facebook post AND Twin Oaks’ Facebook page, and you’re entered to win. Winner announced Tuesday, April 21 on—where else?—Facebook!
WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | STYLED SHOOT
A forest clearing. A lush baroque-meets-burlesque (but oh so demure) fantasy wedding tablescape. A dreamy, bohemian bride, aglow with sunlight and sparkle. This magnificent shoot, featured in our July 2014 issue, is a true original, and a visual stunner. Meet & converse with contributors Kat Creech Events, Steve Lee Photography, EB Inc. Events and Plants N’ Petals at the upcoming 10/9 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, and find out how they can make YOUR wedding dreams come true. Get your tickets NOW!
Concept & Design: Kat Creech Events ~ Photography: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Location: Private Property ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Linens & Dining Chairs: EB Inc. Events ~ Lounge Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ China, Stationery, Props: Blue Leaf Houston ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake! ~ Gown: Turquoise by Ines di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier
WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE
Michelle and Chris ~ September 14, 2013
While Michelle admits that meeting Chris as a high-school senior “was not love at first sight, as I was not looking for a boyfriend,” her future husband’s persistence paid off. Seven years after they met, the couple joined together in matrimony, with an elegant wedding in Chateau Cocomar’s magnificent castle-like setting, complete with marble floors and twinkling chandeliers. Michelle’s chosen palette of soft neutrals and a hint of blush pink created an air of timeless romance—the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds’ first dance (Michelle’s favorite wedding memory), and every moment thereafter. At the night’s close, guests held aloft 20-inch-long sparklers as Mr. and Mrs. O’Malley shared a kiss.
Photo: David Peck USA
Like every love story, every bride is unique, individual, one-of-a-kind. Nobody knows this better than Houston-based designer David Peck, whose gorgeous made-to-measure bridal gowns burst onto the wedding scene with a splash at the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway in January. While the David Peck bridal collection debuted on our spectacular Royal Sonesta Hotel runway, the designer’s River Oaks atelier is a fixture on the Houston fashion scene. Which means that the bride who picks David Peck for her big-day dress gets the benefit not just of Peck’s design genius, but of his talented team of experts. And she gets a gown that is made specifically for her body, her taste, her vision of her perfect day—a gown that, like the love of her life, is hers and hers alone.
Call 713.524.3482 to schedule your consultation and start planning…perfection.