“Sean proposed to me on Christmas Eve 2011 at my parents’ house. We have a family tradition of each person opening one gift the night before Christmas. That year my mom decided the gift would be an ornament with an inspirational message inside. Everyone opened their ornaments and read their messages aloud, one at a time. I was last because my mom couldn’t seem to find my ornament on the tree. Sean found the ornament for her and he handed it to me. When I opened it my message read, ‘Will you marry me?’ I was so shocked and excited that I didn’t even notice that he was already down on one knee with the ring in his hand telling me how much he loves me. It was perfect! I loved finding out later that Sean had asked my dad for his permission before proposing.” We love it, too, Jessica. And, just like your mom, we love that you had her wedding gown altered to wear at your rehearsal dinner at The Grove. And that you made the invitations to your Chateau Cocomar wedding by hand. And that Sean’s favorite moment of the whole wedding was when he got his “first look” at you, privately, in the moments before the ceremony. And, most of all, that you and Sean found each other, and true love, in this big, wide world. Congratulations to you both, and big thanks to the exceptional Steve Lee for magnificent photos of this magnificent Houston wedding.
Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Zadok Jewelers ~ Cake: For Heaven’s Cake ~ Flowers & Decor: Floral Events ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Officiant: Weddings Performed (Minister Lynn Turner) ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Rehearsal Dinner: The Grove
While “iPhone meets Frank Sinatra” might not seem like your typical wedding theme, Amy and Robbie’s Houston nuptial celebration was anything but your typical wedding. The couple, who met at work and got engaged in the moments after the groom disembarked from a plane after traveling 30-plus hours, wanted their spring wedding to have “modern, clean lines” and a “jazzy, cool feel,” Amy says. Hinging on a palette of deep purple, silver, white and black, they infused the vintage-elegant Petroleum Club of Houston with a sleek, clubby feel—the perfect environment in which to enjoy excellent food and dancing with an intimate group of fewer than 90 close friends and family members. And the bride’s Martina Liana gown (accented with the silver ribbon sash) and purple-calla bouquet? Perfection. Cheers to the exceptionally talented Steve Lee for the fabulous photos of this retro-meets-right-now wedding.
Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Coordinator: Soiree Bliss ~ Decor & Rentals: Elegant Beginnings ~ Favors: Nothing Bundt Cakes ~ Flowers: SCF Events ~ Registries: Macy’s; Bed, Bath & Beyond ~ Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston
When Chateau Cocomar throws a party to thank its brides, you know that party is going to be something special. And the April bridal luncheon the Houston venue hosted to show its gratitude and love for its 2012 brides was very special indeed. Designed by the exceptionally talented Tamara Menges, in homage to the 1920s decadence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” the lovely luncheon featured shades of cream, white, ivory, gold, blush and champagne, with de rigeur touches of feathers, pearls and lace. We’re so delighted to feature photographer Holly Hoyt’s dreamy photos of this gorgeous event at the beautiful Chateau Cocomar. Seriously, how beautiful is this event? Let us know what you think! And check out the credits below for a full list of vendors.
Photos: Holly Hoyt Photography ~ Catering: Café Natalie ~ Desserts: Party Architects ~ Flowers: Tamara Menges Designs ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Rentals: Aztec Party Rentals ~ Stationery: Atelier du Papier ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar
Some couples are just destined to be together. That’s how it was with Amey and William. A friend first suggested William as a “perfect” guy for Amey (though at the time, amazingly, getting set up was the furthest thing from Amey’s mind). An unexpected Facebook friend request from the groom-to-be eventually got things rolling, and William’s general adorableness and devotion sealed the deal. About her true love, our bride Amey says, “It’s as if God went down the checklist in my heart and formed William just for me!” Sweet, right? Also sweet—and chic, and elegant, and so sophisticated—was the couple’s April wedding at Briscoe Manor. We are loving the use of richly colored lighting on Briscoe Manor’s rough-hewn walls. And that rose-and-sparkle-encrusted cake from Edible Designs by Jessie? To die for. Blanca Duran’s magnificent photography really captures the lush, glittering beauty of this wedding—and we couldn’t be happier to feature it here!
Photography: Blanca Duran Photography~Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Pool from Mia Bridal Couture~Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo~Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse~Rings & Jewelry: Jared’s; Ceremony & Reception Venue: Briscoe Manor~Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie~Decor & Rentals: Elegant Beginnings, Over the Top Linens~Flowers: Keisha’s Kreations~Wedding Consultant: Chic Soiree Weddings