“We wanted our day to reflect a coming together and honoring of those we love, so the winter season seemed like the perfect time for our celebration. I never could have imagined just how beautiful the evening would be, and my initial entry into the ballroom brought me to tears. The intimate lighting of hundreds of candles, the warmth of white lights on fir trees, the live jazz band playing classic tunes in the background, and being surrounded by the faces of those we hold closest to our hearts made it feel like an evening of coming home,” says Houston bride Ashley. The European-style gardens and elegant simplicity of The Parador made it the perfect venue for the couple, who brought in subtle design elements in a soft, romantic color palette of cream, champagne, gold and bronze. Please excuse us while we swoon over the gorgeous photos of this beautiful wedding by Akil Bennett Photography. We promise you will, too. Congrats to the lovely couple!
Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Flowers: Cornelius Florist Northwest ~ Cake: Nutmeg & Co. ~ Decor & Rentals: Jacquelyn Nicole Weddings ~ Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo ~ MOB Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Wedding Venue: The Parador ~ Lighting & Entertainment: DJU Productions
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Rachel and Jonathan ~ August 24, 2013
A perfect Valentine’s date—Galveston harbor tour, lovely lunch, Moody Gardens stroll—turned into an evening Rachel will never forget, when Jonathan surprised her with a candlelit marriage proposal at his Houston home. Six months later, the pair said their vows before 200 friends and family members at the same church where they’d first met at a singles’ bible-study class. A vintage Rolls-Royce—arranged by the bride’s father as a surprise for the newlyweds—conveyed the couple to their country-club reception, where they dined and danced the night away. “It was truly everything I could ever have dreamed of and more,” Rachel says. “Our wedding day and love story came right out of a fairytale.”
Names: Rachel Cramer & Jonathan Colletti ~ Number of Guests: 200 ~ Wedding Theme: “classic and elegant” ~ What the bride will remember most: “having all of our loved ones with us to celebrate our marriage and love for one another was the best feeling in the world” ~ Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady from Weddings by Debbie ~ Entertainment: LG Entertainment ~ Photography & Videography: MD Turner Photography ~ Registry: Macy’s; Bering’s ~ Honeymoon: Bora Bora
Photos: John Ly Photography
If you attended last Thursday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, you got a peek at the extraordinary talent that is Darryl & Co. This Thursday, you’re in for more—much more—of Darryl Murchison’s signature sophistication and opulence, when Darryl & Co. hosts its annual spring showcase. Tablescapes, luxurious lounge settings, dazzling decor and flights of floral fantasy all will be on display at this fabulous open house and cocktail bash. And if that’s not reason enough for revelry, then the fact that this soiree is also a celebration of Darryl & Co.’s 20th anniversary most certainly is. Festivities kick off at 5:30; admission is free; your RSVP is requested.
Darryl & Co.
483 W. 38th Street
Houston, TX 77018
Photos: Darryl & Co.
When acclaimed Houston wedding videographers Alex Douglas and Whitney Henderson, of award-winning Sculpting With Time Productions, said their own “I do’s,” it was with glorious Palm Beach, Fla., as their backdrop. The couple’s wedding, with its Royal Poinciana Chapel Gardens ceremony and gorgeous Flagler Museum reception, is so utterly sigh-inducing, we’ll just go ahead and let photographer Jess Barfield’s stunning pix speak for themselves. Visit Barfield’s blog for more beautiful images of this wondrous wedding. And while you’re at it, check out Alex Douglas’s award-winning documentary “The Passage,” on the incredible history and modern-day significance of the Panama Canal, which took Best Cinematographer honors at the Harlem International Film Festival and will have its West Coast premiere on Jan. 30th at Opening Night of the huge Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it is nominated for the Social Justice award (and where this year’s speakers include Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few).
And don’t forget to visit Sculpting With Time at the Sunday, Jan. 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston to congratulate the newlyweds in person…and tap into their extraordinary filmmaking talents to document your own unforgettable day!
Photos: : Jess Barfield Photography
There’s just something so darn sweet (and LOL funny) about this journalistic, third-party courtship story we received on behalf of Houston couple Amy and Jimmy: “After seeing a picture of Amy through a friend’s Facebook, Jimmy was determined to meet her and asked a friend of his to introduce him to her. The introduction was made, but the first date was not made until six months later. Jimmy and Amy had dinner and bonded while watching the first ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie. Since then, they have watched every ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie except for the fourth one, due to Jimmy being out of the country during their anniversary.” See what we mean?? Think that’s cute, just check out their understated, vintage-elegant Houston wedding, with its white, gold, gray and pink palette, and Amy’s gorgeous, keyhole-back Monique Lhuillier gown. Cheers to the newlyweds, and big thanks to Motley Melange Photography for the lovely photos.
Photos: Motley Melange Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin ~ Cake: Frosted Memory Makers ~ Catering: Café Natalie Catering ~ Entertainment: Jonny Black Productions ~ Venue: The Heights Villa ~ Videography: 1 Cinema Productions