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Downtown Brenham Engagement Shoot by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Recognized as a National Register District, downtown Brenham is pretty much picture-perfect for classic photos with a charming small-town feel. Which is exactly why photographer Sarah Ainsworth and her clients Hayley and Jeffrey chose the location as the backdrop for the couple’s engagement shoot. As Ainsworth tells us, “It had that great mix of the cute downtown square, with old buildings and unique architecture, but also offered the country landscape that provided perfect open fields.” We can’t help falling in love with Hayley and Jeffrey, who’ll wed in Houston in October. Good luck and congrats to the almost-weds, and big thanks to Weddings in Houston fave Sarah Ainsworth for sharing her lovely photos!

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Classic Wedding with a Charitable Heart by Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

“When Michael proposed, we started wondering where to find the right venue for us,” recounts Houston bride Carolyn. “Fortunately we thought about the Brookwood Community, a wonderful residential organization right outside of Katy, where adults with disabilities can thrive and learn to contribute meaningfully. My mother and I had often eaten in the café there and we loved to volunteer with the organization.” Carolyn explains that the Brookwood Community had only recently started hosting weddings—and she was thrilled to be among the first to take advantage of the community’s “beautiful worship center” and lovely, sunlight-filled café space. In her diaphanous Watters gown from Mia Bridal Couture, Carolyn made her wedding dreams come true, with a timeless summer celebration filled with personal photos, handmade signs and touches of blue, purple and green. The best part? “The profits from the wedding went to a scholarship fund to help residents live at the Brookwood Community. We were so grateful to have a wedding that benefitted a cause—and we enjoyed that we didn’t compromise on anything to host it there!” Congratulations, and happiest wishes to Carolyn and Michael. And big thanks to Lindsay Elizabeth Photography for the lovely, lovely photos!

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Bride’s Dress: Watters from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Rings: Tiffany & Co. ~ Venue: Brookwood Community

 

Sumptuous La Colombe d’Or Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

They may both be medical residents now, embarking on brilliant careers and a life as husband and wife. But it wasn’t all that long ago that Rebecca and Meng were 9th graders, encountering each other for the first time—or high-school seniors attending homecoming on their first date. With so much history to their relationship, it isn’t surprising that they chose a Houston wedding venue steeped in history—La Colombe d’Or, with its magnificent 18th-century carved wood panels and extensive art collection—for their grand celebration. Opulent, but not overdone. Formal, but not stuffy. And absolutely, ultimately first-class all the way, Rebecca and Meng’s special day is a Houston wedding classic. And we couldn’t be more thrilled for them. Happiest wishes to the couple, and huge thanks to J. Cogliandro Photography for the heirloom-quality photos of this one-for-the-ages affair.

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Photos: J Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Lazaro gown from Joan Pillow A Bridal Salon ~ Bridesmaids’s Attire: Bella Bridesmaid ~ Tuxedos : Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Lighting and Rentals: Darryl & Co ~ Ceremony and Reception Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Videographer: 31 Films

Classic Houstonian Hotel Wedding by Nicole Chatham Photography

There’s something delightful about the idea of falling in love at your sweatiest, grittiest, most makeup-less best. That’s exactly what happened to Houston bride Christina, whose personal trainer Bart became her husband one day this past May. The couple’s Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa wedding, with its rose-petal-strewn garden ceremony and ballroom reception is the very essence of refined Southern beauty mixed with down-home revelry—in Christina’s words, “a classic, elegant, black-tie event…that was fun!” But amid all the splendor of Blooming Gallery’s creamy rose-and-hydrangea arrangements and twinkling crystal candelabra, all the music and lively Bright Star Productions lighting, nothing shone more radiantly than the bride’s absolutely amazing smile and irresistible dimples (we’re certain Bart would agree). Cheers to Nicole Chatham for her wonderful photos of this wonderful Houston wedding. And our happiest wishes to the happy couple!

Photos: Nicole Chatham Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Kristin; Your Beautiful Face ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections; Moeller’s Bakery ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Belle of the Ball ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Classic Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Kimberly Chau Photography

What we love most about Emily and Brian’s wedding celebration is its timeless elegance. Nothing over the top, no razzle-dazzle, no extraneous floral flights of fancy or excessive decor. Just pure, heirloom-quality prettiness. Same goes for the bride. We adore her infectious smile, her chic updo, her single strand of pearls and picture-perfect rose bouquet–echoed elegantly, we should add, in the gentlemen’s fine boutonnieres. And let’s just appreciate for a moment how this adorable couple is confident enough to let their venue–the historic Crystal Ballroom at the Rice–speak for itself. Just a few lush hydrangeas, pale pink roses, a little greenery, and lots of low-profile votive glow. Simply divine. Thanks so much to Houston photographer Kimberly Chau for sharing this wedding with us! We have a feeling this classic celebration, and her photos of it, will stand the test of time.

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Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography~Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Ventura’s Bridal~Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor~Flowers: SCF Events~Decor & Rentals: Distinctive Details~Cakes: Julie Moncrief~Rings: Hoffman Diamond Company~Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice~Coordinator: Kelly Balfour, Eventology Weddings