Your wedding is not just a ritual of commitment. It is not just a celebration of love. It is a statement you make to those closest to you, expressing gratitude, appreciation—and profound personal style. It is, in fact a fabulous display of your personal “brand.” And these 4 tips are the best we’ve found for putting your unique mark on your wedding day.
1. SENTIMENTAL PETALS
For most couples, flowers are the single biggest decor element—and, for many, the single biggest budget line-item—in their wedding design scheme. But beyond the beauty of nature’s floral bounty, flowers can also add Click here to read the rest of this post »
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!
There’s nothing like the Red River Rivalry…or a true love story that comes from it. Anne and Jacob met during the TX-OU Weekend—a very important longtime tradition where the Texas Longhorns go up against rivals the Oklahoma Sooners in a football showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Anne and her girlfriends were at Hotel ZaZa Dallas taking part in the typical rivalry weekend activities, which included trying to capture a photo with one of the live gold statues. Ah, and here comes Jacob…a chivalrous knight in shining armor offering to be their impromptu photographer. In that moment, Anne and Jacob each found the one. Let’s fast-forward and set the scene a few years later: Anne and Jacob are now living together. One exceptionally normal day at home, Anne is doing a little laundry…when she hears Jacob having a very interesting conversation on the phone with his father (Jacob had no clue Anne was home listening). So, doing what any girl would do in this situation…Anne comes around the corner to see what he’s up to and offers a simple, “Hi,” totally taking Jacob by surprise! Anne remembers, “He stopped dead in his tracks, looking guilty, quickly told his dad he would call him back and stuffed a box into his bag.” Oh, Jacob. However, Jacob was so excited to make Anne his wife that he just couldn’t wait any longer and popped the question right there. Anne was absolutely floored…and of course said yes! The two had an incredible Houston wedding celebration, which began with a delicious rehearsal dinner at Brennan’s, and commenced with a beautiful church ceremony followed by a reception at, of course, Hotel ZaZa! Anne and Jacob truly cherish Hotel ZaZa, and are in total agreement that the chic Museum District property is “practically our second home.” Their pastel and gold wedding was simply to die for. The celebration was made perfectly complete with a decadent and detailed four-tiered cake (and a Superman-theme groom’s cake!) by Who Made The Cake, and some seriously breathtaking floral designs and crystal decor by Plants N’ Petals (do you see these centerpieces right now?!). Anne wore a stunning Lazaro mermaid gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier down the aisle and, let’s face it, she looked gorgeous! Thank you to Serendipity Photography for capturing the night so perfectly. We wish this couple all the best and more!
Earlier this week, hot Houston decor, floral and fine-event-rentals outfit A Memorable Event hosted celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss and famed international floral designer Jeff Leatham, along with a selection of Houston’s top event professionals and media…and WHAT a memorable event it was. We were thrilled to attend this lovely luncheon and design showcase (yup, that’s a picture of our very own Radhika Day, founder and publisher of Weddings in Houston, cozied up to the brilliant Jeff Leatham). And, after all, who wouldn’t be? Both Weiss (wedding planner to stars including Adam Sandler, Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson and MANY more) and Leatham (artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and author of “Jeff Leatham: Visionary Art and Floral Design,” among other gorgeous flower-focused books) spoke extensively about their lives, work and approaches to event design. And WE ate it up. Along with lots of yumminess from the talented catering crew at the Westin Galleria, host hotel for this fabulous event. As for the floral and tabletop displays? WOW. Just…WOW. Thanks so much to the wonderful staff of A Memorable Event for a fantastic day of inspiration, elegance and knowledge!
Mindy Weiss Photo Courtesy of JLG Photo; Jeff Leatham Photo Courtesy of Cedrik Mikael Mirande