“With you, things are the way they should be, and I would like to continue that forever.” Was a simpler or lovelier proposal statement ever spoken? Sigh. California-raised Jack wed Texan Nisha this summer, blessing his mom—finally!—with a daughter, after four sons. The pair’s 400-guest celebration, with its Indian and American influences (saris, mandap, cake balls, cocktails) was a feast not only for the palate, but for the eyes, thanks to Darryl & Co., who did up Bayou City Event Center in a swank wedding color scheme of black-and-white stripes with vibrant hot-pink and purple floral arrangements, gold accents and amber lighting. Just looking at Biyani Photography’s photos makes us wish we were at this incredibly fun and gorgeous Houston wedding. Thank you for sharing your special day, Nisha and Jack—we are so happy for you!
Ooo… another U.S.-Canada transcontinental love story. We love it! (Full disclosure: Our editor is married to a totally adorable Canuck, so she’s a little biased.) OK, so, Jessica and Mike’s tale actually starts with a series of phone calls they shared, at the urging of friends who thought they’d be perfect for each other. Eventually, they had to meet in person—and once they did, the sparks flew. One January day, Mike flew from Edmonton, Alberta, to Houston to surprise Jessica with a marriage proposal…and not only did she say, “Yes,” but she actually moved to Edmonton, where she and Mike now live. “It’s very cold here,” she tells us, “but he keeps me warm.” We’ll just bet he does. Oh—and about the couple’s Houston wedding? It was a beauty! Using a palette of champagne, gold, ivory and chocolate, Darryl & Co. filled the already-lovely Villa Rinata with creamy roses and hydrangeas, illuminated with amber uplighting. Jessica dazzled in her Allure Bridals gown from Weddings by Debbie, and perfect hair and makeup by—who else?—The Perfect Face. Feast your eyes on photos from Canadian photography team Shadowbox Studios, which capture all the glamour and sophistication of this wedding, with its feminine touches and metallic edge. And join us in wishing Jessica and Mike a lifetime of love and warmth!
Photos: Shadow Box Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Cake: Alphorn Bakery ~ Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue: Villa Rinata ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s Little Italy
Photo: Morgan Lynn Photography
If you’ve ever laid eyes on a Darryl & Co.-designed wedding, chances are your heart went from a pitter-pat to a thump, thump, THUMP. Design guru Darryl Murchison just has a way with flowers and finery that makes a bride go all swoony inside. And next Thursday, Aug. 22, he and his expert design team will be unveiling what kind of magic they’ve got in store for winter 2013 and spring 2014 weddings at their Holiday Showcase & Wedding Inspiration open house. Join them, and us—you think we’d miss this scorching hot event??—for cocktails, hors d’oeuvre and delicious tabletop, reception decor and ceremony-design displays, plus tons of tips, ideas and opps to chat one-on-one with Darryl and his crew. It’s free, but you must RSVP. See you there!
“From the beginning, I knew I wanted our wedding to truly reflect Ryan and I as a couple,” says Houston bride Lindsy. “As high-school sweethearts, we had been together for eight years when we began planning our wedding, and we had truly grown up together and with each other’s families. We wanted our wedding to be a night to celebrate our love as well as our family and friends who have supported us for so many years. I envisioned an all-white wedding with a mix of soft textured elements and strong architectural design. The ceremony, like my dress,”—a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier creation from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, btw— “had an ethereal quality, with floating orchid petals and candles. The reception had a lot of clean lines with structured arrangements of white flowers. Fun-fact napkins, signature drinks and advice cards personalized our event and made our guests a part of our love story. The textured linens, mirrored table tops and white linen menus added texture and interest to a monochrome palette. An all-white stage, dance floor and lounge furniture created the perfect environment to dance the night away for our friends and family. After dinner the chandeliers changed to purple lighting and the music continued until early the next morning. We ended the evening with a salty-and-sweet treat of French fries and milkshake shots for our guests before a confetti exit to our hotel suite. The most special part of our wedding was a painting of our sweet dogs (who could not be at the wedding) by my cousin Jennifer. We made sure to display it under the chuppah so they could watch over our ceremony.” And if that’s not the picture of personal, meaningful wedding perfection, we don’t know what is. Congratulations, Lindsy and Ryan, and great thanks to Morgan Lynn Photography for the lovely photos!
Photos: Morgan Lynn Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon ~ Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Nordstrom Wedding Suite ~ Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Coordinator: Belle of the Ball ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s Little Italy
“The pinnacle of my career” is how Darryl Murchison describes his recent work as designer of the Texas State Society’s “Black Tie & Boots” bash at the 2013 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. And when you’re talking about a 24-year career that’s included some of the most prestigious corporate, fundraising, high society and private events in Houston (and other cities—our Mr. Murchison’s crazy-amazing talents are in demand from coast to coast, natch), including too many breathtaking weddings to count—well, that’s quite a pinnacle, indeed.
As founder and creative director of legendary Houston event-design firm Darryl & Co., Murchison was the top pick of Ward & Ames Special Events, the official producer of the 2013 Black Tie & Boots event. “They brought this to me and said, ‘We need you, your vision, your creativity. Would you be a partner with us on the event?’”—one of several inaugural celebrations, and, though technically an “unofficial” ball, the hottest ticket in D.C. that weekend. “I presented to them and to Texas State Society, and from there, it was a very quick process. I was in.”
Held at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort on the Potomac River, the 8,000-attendee event was pure Texas, from the proliferation of yellow roses, to the Kilgore Rangerettes, to the Texas A&M Aggies, to a performance by country legend Charley Pride. It was also pure patriotism—but not the plain ol’ stars-and-stripes kind.
The client said, ‘We don’t want to see overload of red, white and blue bunting,” which was perfectly fine with out-of-the-box designer Darryl M. Instead, the client said, “‘Imagine the Driskill Hotel bar in Austin,’” (one of our faves, btw—we love how the amber lighting illuminates our Manhattan), which Murchison did, and delivered a party palette of “burgundy, deep blue, tea-stained colors,” which went right along with the party’s “vintage, nostalgic, back-to-Texas-roots” theme.
Feb. 7 Darryl & Co. Open House!
Meet the man behind the 2013 Black Tie & Boots inaugural ball, and check out Darryl & Co.’s hottest new wedding colors, patterns, tablescapes and design concepts at tomorrow night’s Spring Bridal Showcase & Open House. And while you’re there, make sure to enjoy bites, bubbly and fine wine, courtesy Jackson and Company—another Houston party-making legend. RSVP now!
Photos: Darryl & Co.