So, once upon a time, Ashleigh was assigned to a project at work. This was a project for a specific company—Quinn’s company. Ashleigh can still envision him strolling into the meeting with “a sweet smile and odd motorcycle boots,” which of course caught her attention. And it was apparent that she caught Quinn’s attention, too. She says, “He made googly eyes at me throughout the meeting…and I knew I was in trouble.” Well, it appears Quinn’s not-so-sly moves worked, because just a little ways down the road, the couple decided to build their very own Houston home together. They were on the construction site for what was supposed to be a scheduled walk-through…but actually turned out to be a surprise proposal! Quinn got down on one knee on the balcony of their soon-to-be-finished home and asked Ashleigh to be his forever! Guests received elegant invites, made by Isabella Invitations, to the couple’s elegant wedding, with its sophisticated design scheme of black, white and red, red roses (the latter provided by florist Dream Bouquet). And wasn’t Ashleigh just the picture-perfect bride in a Lillian West ballgown dress from Whittington Bridal? We bet all our chips that Quinn certainly thought so : ) Truly a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. Congrats to Ashleigh and Quinn!
Photos: Brad Adcock Photography | Invitations: Isabella Invitations | Rehearsal Dinner: Cadillac Bar | Flowers & Décor: Dream Bouquet | Bridal Gown: Lillian West from Whittington Bridal | Gown Alterations: MW Couture Minerva Wooldridge | Lighting, Photobooth, Music & Entertainment: GTX + DJU Productions
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Lara & Nick ~ July 12, 2014
We like to think of Lara and Nick’s meeting as a bright silver lining on a very dark cloud: The couple first encountered one another in July 2011 in Fort Payne, Ala., where both were volunteers assisting in tornado relief efforts. Their long-distance relationship—he was in North Carolina, she lived in Houston—blossomed, and in 2012, Nick moved to Houston. With its cornflower-and-peach color scheme and steak-and-lobster menu, the pair’s summer wedding was true Houston classic. The gracious bride adds, “It was also Nick’s brother-in-law’s (he was Nick’s best man) birthday, so after his speech we gave him a cheesecake and sang him, ‘Happy Birthday.’ It was pretty cool to see all 150 people join in and celebrate.”
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Wedding Dress & Accessories: La Rêve Bridal Couture ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Lighting, Entertainment, Photo Booth: LG Entertainment ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Ireland
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Liz & Vinnie ~ March 22, 2014
Pediatric cardiology fellow Liz met Vinnie, an applications engineer, at a bar on St. Patricks’s Day, when neither was out searching for love: “We both had gone out in our rattiest clothes, ready to just have fun with our friends,” Liz recounts. In the tradition of their first encounter, Vinnie’s proposal, offered to Liz at the top of a mountain they had just hiked in the pouring rain, was less than glamorous affair. But their wedding at Discovery Green’s The Grove made up for all that, done up as it was in gold, glitter and blush, against a backdrop of chic, sleek cream and navy. For her special day, Liz wore not one, but three knockout gowns, including a shimmering vintage halter-neck sheath with a stunning draped back. And a very special day it was for the bride and for her mother, whose recent kidney transplant meant that she could fully enjoy the festivities. “I thank God every day fort the selfless gift of organ donors,” says the grateful-and gorgeous-bride.
Photographer: George Street Photography ~ Venue: The Grove ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Honeymoon: Napa Valley
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Anthony and Richard ~ September 14, 2013
When stylist Anthony was referred to realtor Richard—the latter provided a vacant property for a video shoot when the original site backed out at the last minute—he couldn’t have known that his rescuer would also end up being his lifelong mate. But the shoot led to a date, where “we seriously hit it off and agreed to meet again. And again. And again. And finally, he just never left,” Richard recounts. “Ah, true love!” Two years into their courtship, Richard proposed in Manhattan at Rockefeller Plaza’s famed Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony. The following autumn, the pair had a commitment ceremony—and partied the night away—at the Sam Houston Hotel, where, Richard says, the evening’s most joyful highlight was “bringing 165 family members and friends together in one place to help us celebrate our special day.”
Names: Anthony Dowd & Richard Ray ~ Number of Guests: 165 ~ Venue: Sam Houston Hotel ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Linens & Chairs: Flora & Eventi ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photography & Videography: 1 Cinema Productions ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii