Back in 2011, a casual father-daughter lunch—a tradition Emily Catherine has enjoyed with her dad since she was very young—turned out to be a very important occasion, when a “tall handsome guy stopped me out of nowhere and said, ‘Hi, I’m Ben Riggs. Weren’t you in my brother’s grade at Kinkaid?’” recounts the bride. “We chatted for a little bit and then he went back to his friends and I went back to my dad. As I walked away, I had butterflies in my stomach. I had never met a guy who was so outgoing, confident and charismatic. I knew there was just something special about him.” The two became Facebook friends, started messaging each other, eventually shared phone numbers, and, as Emily Catherine says, “The rest is history!” This summer, the pair shared vows in a traditional church ceremony, followed by a Houston Country Club bash attended by 500 of their nearest and dearest. Southern elegance ruled the day, in the form of oodles of white, cream and blush roses, along with Southern specialties including fried oysters and grits, and a six-foot-tall, monogrammed, flower-wrapped cake. “We wanted people from all generations on the dance floor all night long,” says Emily Catherine of the high-energy dancing to the live band. “One of my favorite moments of our wedding was when they opened the doors to the church before my dad and I walked down the aisle. Ben and I had not seen each other before the wedding, and I couldn’t get to the end fast enough to be with him! Plus, I could see he was trying to hold back from getting choked up, it was so sweet! My other favorite moment was during our first dance. I looked around the room and saw all of our friends and family. I mean, when in your life do you have all the people who are important to you all together?” At your once-in-a-lifetime wedding, that’s when. Congratulations, Emily Catherine and Ben, and big thanks to Michael Carr Photography for the beautiful photos of this beautiful Houston wedding.
Photos: Michael Carr Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Ines di Santo from Belle Mariée Bridal ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Cake: Cakes by Gina ~ Flowers: Houston Country Club ~ Coordinator: Keely Thorne of Keely Thorne Events ~ Venue: Houston Country Club ~ Invitations: Bering’s
“We wanted a very classic winter wedding, and the historic Crystal Ballroom was perfect for this,” says Houston bride Ingrid of her wedding to her handsome groom George. The pair, who met online at eHarmony.com—“We had our first date a music festival at Discovery Green, met for dinner again the next night, and could not get enough of each other from then on,” Ingrid recounts—hosted 215 guests for an evening of ceremony and celebration, including all-night dancing to a full live band, and a gold, pewter and cream wedding color scheme that echoed December’s wintry hues. “We danced a well-rehearsed fox trot to ‘It Had To Be You’—our friends and family were very impressed by it. The band kept a full crowd on the dance floor and everyone (young and old) enjoyed it. Guests finally sent us on our way with white ecofetti that looked like snow, and the party continued at the pub next door.” Now that’s how to kick off a life of good times together! Big thanks to Blanca Duran for very pretty photos of this fabulous fete, and congratulations to Ingrid and George.
Photos: Blanca Duran Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Allure Couture from The Princess Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade ~ Makeup: JN Co Makeup Artistry ~ Cake: Supreme Kakes & More ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Decor & Flowers: The Bloom Room ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
Fresh, elegant, lovely. These words describe both bride Monica AND her spring wedding to her handsome groom, Bruno. Here’s a romantic tale to make your heart go pitter-pat: The pair met while Monica was on vacation in Buenos Aires, visiting friends who were studying abroad there. On the last night of her trip, the group visited a neighborhood pub, where Bruno happened to be hanging out. The two hit it off like gangbusters, but, alas, Houston-bound Monica had to jet home the next morning—not without giving Bruno her contact info, though. Eight months, and zillions of Skype calls and Facebook messages later, Monica made it back to Argentina for a legal internship. “As soon as we saw each other again, we knew we had found our soul mates,” Monica says. “We began dating immediately and got engaged one year later.” Their Houston City Club wedding celebration, with its exceptionally elegant palette of coral, cream and hints of navy blue, is a testament to the power of long-distance love—not to mention a knockout showcase of some of Houston’s finest wedding talent, including Occasio Productions, Blooming Gallery and Who Made the Cake, along with photographer Sarah Ainsworth, whose terrific pix are featured here. We’ve got a special shout-out for the bride, who chose coral for her bridesmaids’ palette, but let each of her gals choose her own dress style. The arrangement turned out perfectly—and don’t those ’maids look happy? Congratulations y felicidades to Monica and Bruno!
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake ~ Coordinator: Aurora Perez-Smith of Occasio Productions ~ Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Menus, Place Cards, Programs & Table Numbers: Katie & Co. ~ Venue & Catering: Houston City Club
April and Johnny grew up in the same town, but their paths never crossed. Until one day, when the two ended up as college-dorm neighbors, they did. From that moment on, nothing could stand in the way of their true love. Eventually there came the steamy July 4th holiday when Johnny proposed, which adorable April recalls thusly: “We were spending the evening watching the fireworks on Lake Conroe. Johnny brought a picnic dinner, including a Key Lime pie (my favorite) for dessert! After dinner, Johnny pulled out the pie, and written on top with icing were the words, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ Of course, by the time we opened it, half the letters were smudged from the Texas heat. I still caught on where he was going with it, and of course said, ‘Yes!’” While the July proposal may have been smudged by the swelter, the couple’s June 2012 yacht club nuptials are the very picture of springtime’s fresh beauty. There’s April in her Pronovias gown, Johnny is his dashing three-piece suit, Lake Conroe’s blue expanse, the rhythms of a live mariachi band, and a wedding palette of cream, soft pink, and pale aqua you can’t help but fall in love with. Big thanks to HWB first-timer (but, we’re sure, certain-to-be regular) Alicia Pyne for the fabulous photos of this splendid spring wedding. And happiest wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender ~ Bride’s Hair: Kary’s Hair Studio ~ Bride’s Makeup: LP Makeup & Beauty ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Tara Lamb ~ Groom’s Suit: J Crew ~ Invitations: J Press Designs ~ Venue & Catering: Bentwater Yacht Club