Church brought Lauren, an introvert, and Paul, an extrovert, together. A romantic proposal while hiking up Enchanted Rock, during which the bride jokes they were “Sharing puns about getting an ‘enchanted rock’ on Enchanted Rock,” sealed their relationship. “I knew from the moment Paul gave me that side hug over two years ago that we were meant for each other. I am so grateful to call him mine for the rest of our lives!” As Lauren and Paul set out to plan their wedding, the couple faced an unexpected obstacle on the road to their wedding day: the Coronavirus pandemic. After having to cancel their original church and reception venue, all hope seemed lost until Paul called his step-grandfather, who had built a church in Galveston over 40 years ago. ”He graciously opened the doors of his church for us and also officiated our wedding,” says Lauren. From there a new celebration was planned and after a whirlwind three weeks of re-planning, the couple’s dream Houston wedding became a Galveston wedding reality.
At last, Lauren and Paul pledged their love amidst 70 guests. “Even with six feet spacing between them, our guests felt near to our hearts,” says the bride. The intimate celebration continued at Hotel Galvez & Spa’s Music Hall for a sunny afternoon reception. The decor was soft and elegant, with a delicate palette of sage, pink, peach and cream. Notes the bride: “The bright tropical landscape with the classic vintage architecture was a gorgeous backdrop for a day that Paul and I will never forget.” After heartfelt speeches and dining on filet mignon with roasted asparagus, the newlyweds made their grand exit along the Seawall at sunset. “Although our wedding ended up being nothing like our original plan, it was a beautiful, joyful day.”
We’re so happy that everything worked out for newlyweds Lauren and Paul and delighted to share their elegant and intimate daytime wedding at Hotel Galvez & Spa. Congratulations, Lauren & Paul!
Arranging guest accommodations for your out-of-town wedding guests can be a logistical headache and a source of stress. Fortunately, Houston offers a wide variety of wedding venues with room to stay and play!
We are absolutely in love with beautiful bride-to-be Kristy and handsome groom Desmond’s engagement shoot for several reasons: 1. They are ridiculously good-looking AND well dressed. 2. The theme went from super modern and edgy to casual, yet romantic. 3. We can’t wait to see how amazing their upcoming wedding in August at Chateau Polonez will be! Check out their engagement shoot by Civic Photos– great job Barett!
Imagine this: 32 acres of picture-perfect beach views, award-winning cuisine, and luxury service at its best… what more could you want for your big day? Located on Galveston Island along Seawall Boulevard, the lush San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center has everything you could dream of and more for your beachside wedding. Guests have the choice of indulging in 10 different restaurants, a luxury spa, a tropical heated pool with swim-up bar, and thirst-quenching martinis (as if the drop-dead GORG views weren’t enough). The San Luis Resort is your one-stop shop for event space, divine food and drinks, decor, favors, overnight accommodations, floral and linen rental, and more! With over 200,000 square feet of space, the resort is easily transformed into your fantasy beachfront ceremony and/or reception site.
AND HERE’S THE BEST NEWS OF ALL, BEACH BRIDES: When you book and have your wedding before March 31, 2014, you will receive a complimentary 30 minutes of passed hors d’oeuvre OR a complimentary wedding rental of the San Luis Resort beachfront gazebo AND you’ll be entered to win a weekend stay, spa services for two, dinner at Grotto, and a poolside lounge bed! Check out their website here or call 409.744.1500 for more information on how to plan your perfect waterfront wedding!
When Greg cut his foot on a Memorial Day weekend river-house trip, Laura, who barely knew him, was urged by her matchmaking best friend to “‘fix his foot because I was in school to become a physician assistant,” she tells us. Little did Laura know she was taping up the tootsie of her future husband. Two years later, the pair wed at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez & Spa, amidst billowing white draping, lush lavender, mauve and coral flowers, and lots and lots of family. “The entirety of the wedding was very family oriented. The ceremony was written by our immediate family over a long dinner a week before the wedding. Greg’s father performed the ceremony, with my parents giving a reading. My matron of honor was my sister and the best man was Greg’s brother, who wore his U.S. Marines dress blues,” recounts Laura. And while Laura and Greg’s fancy moves—a result of dance classes prior to the big day—elicited oohs and aahs, another dance-floor moment at this Texas wedding was even more moving: “An anniversary dance was performed, with my aunt and uncle being the last dancing, with 43 years of marriage. Greg and I are always compared to this particular couple due to over a foot height difference between us, which my aunt and uncle also share; that was a special touch.” Congratulations to the newlyweds (and their long-wed relatives!), and big thanks to JW Baugh Photography for the pretty pictures!