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Ivory, Gold and Brown Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

What happens when you combine one of Houston’s cream of the crop florists, Lary’s Florist and Designs with a regal wedding venue like Crystal Ballroom at The Rice? A bunch of gorgeous-ness. From Paula’s luxurious lace and tulle Lazaro bridal gown, to her glittery-gold Jimmy Choo bridal ballet flats, and the breathtaking candelabra centerpieces that filled the ballroom, Paula and Lee’s wedding was a fairytale dream come true. We are in love with these photos and are sure you will, too. Congrats Paula and Lee on your lovely Houston wedding!

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Photos: Alyse French Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Lazaro from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Florist, Decor, Rentals & Lighting: Lary’s Florist and Designs ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma

Put a Ring On It

Trust us, we know how hard it can be searching for the perfect diamond ring to fancy your heart’s desire. That’s why we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten fave engagement rings, and are sure you’ll find yours. You can thank us later. Happy shopping!

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1. Bea Bridal Set: Anna Sheffield 2. Pomellato Nudo 18k Rose Gold Rings, Assorted Stones: Zadok Jewelers 3. Carelle Green Tourmaline & Diamond After Dark Ring: Zadok Jewelers 4. Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring: Mark Broumand 5. Goshwara Rock N Roll Amethyst Cabochon 18k Ring: Zadok Jewelers 6. Christopher Designs Crisscut Baguette & Pace Set Round Diamond Ring: Donoho’s Jewelers 7. Brilliant Round Cut Diamond Ring: Mark Broumand 8. Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring: Zadok Jewelers 9. 18k White Gold & Diamond Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 10. European Miner Cushion Cut Diamond Ring: Wolf Diamonds

Champagne and Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos

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Brittney & Randy ~ July 19, 2014

Listen up, ladies: There’s something to be said for making the first move. Just ask Houston bride Brittney—who may never have ended up with the love of her life if she hadn’t asked handsome Randy for his digits at that Southern Methodist University dorm icebreaker 10 years back. “We ended up talking for hours on end,” she recalls, “then officially started dating on Sept. 24, 2004…and the rest is history!” At the couple’s beautiful Chateau Cocomar wedding, the groom, whose family hails from Ghana, changed into traditional Ghanian clothing halfway through the reception and delighted in watching his family shower his bride in money—a Ghanian tradition that Brittney says, “was a complete surprise to me, but made for an awesome story and a unique experience at our wedding.”

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Raveneaux Country Club ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Consultant & Invitations: A Day to Remember ~ Flowers: Flora & Eventi ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc ~ Lighting: DJU Productions ~ Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Weddings by Debbie ~ Mother of the Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Jamaica

Miss USA Wedding at Chateau Cocomar

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Crystle & Max ~ August 9, 2014

It would be hard to top Max’s proposal to Crystle for sheer romance: The Belgian-born model alighted with his beloved from a chartered helicopter, then surprised the former Miss USA (2008) with his down-on-one-knee question in front of giddy friends and family dressed in T-shirts reading, “True Love is Crystle Clear.” Yet the couple’s summer wedding did manage to take romance to a whole new level, with a lavish 320-guest celebration set at castle-like Chateau Cocomar. Fittingly, the bride, who currently stars in OWN Network’s Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse,” was the very picture of a fairytale princess in her Lazaro gown and sparkling updo. And she has special praise for those who brought her regal fantasy to life: “The entire event was coordinated by [venue owner] Karen Martin and the Cocomar ladies,” Crystle notes. “They planned and executed together a tremendously awesome event that will forever be remembered!”

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Photos: Select Studios ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Wedding Dress: Lazaro ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Caterer: Cafe Natalie ~ Entertainment & Lighting: LG Entertainment ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii

Gold, Glitter and Navy Wedding by George Street Photography

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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