Enchanted Garden Theme Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Though they met in high school in 2001, Nancy and Matthew didn’t connect until a chance Facebook “happy birthday” greeting a decade later. “She asked me what I had been up to all those years,” recounts Matthew. “I didn’t feel like typing out my whole life, so I asked her to lunch instead.” That lunch lasted five hours; two and half years later, the couple celebrated their lifelong vows with an “enchanted-forest”-theme wedding, where 330 guests dined and danced the night away—but not before being treated to a concept video, screened before the pair’s reception entrance, that cast them as CIA agents with one last mission to accomplish before they could get married. “At the end of the video, there was a caption that read, ‘Will they make it on time?’” says Matthew. “That’s when our emcee introduced us and we heard the crowd yelling as we walked in. It set the tone for what turned out to be the most perfect night ever.” Big thanks to Weddings in Houston fave Sarah Ainsworth Photography for capturing that perfection in equally perfect pix.

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Venue: Lambo Ballroom ~ Videography: A&A Video Production

Vintage-Elegant Houston Wedding by Motley Melange 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.

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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

Gray and Yellow Sam Houston Hotel Wedding by Adam Nyholt

Some Houston brides want floral abundance and frilly linens. Some want crystals and chandeliers. And some, like Suzanne, want to keep things casual yet chic. “We wanted our wedding to be modern and simple,” she explains. For her Houston wedding to Jason at the historic Sam Houston Hotel’s cool, contemporary Veranda by *17 terrace space, interior designer Suzanne stuck to minimal yellow and gray decor, along with passed heavy hors d’oeuvre and no assigned seats. “We wanted it to be a party! Everyone had a great time celebrating with us, with lots of dancing.” Plus, she adds, “Actually getting Jason to dance was great!” Cheers to the fun-loving couple, and big thanks to photographer Adam Nyholt for the fab photos of this unique and lovely Sam Houston Hotel wedding.

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Photos: Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Bride’s Dress: Jane Wang from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Flowers: Think Studio ~ Caterer & Venue: Veranda by *17 at the Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston)

Pink and Gray Briscoe Manor Wedding by Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

Man’s best friend…or man’s best proposal ruse? You be the judge! Houston bride Kay explains: “We were out walking our Great Dane Nali like we usually do in the evenings, when she started getting into something in the grass. Nate made me worry and was saying, ‘What does she have?’ but it was dark so it was hard to tell. When she finally ‘dropped’ it, I still couldn’t make out what it was, so I was poking at this thing on the ground…which turned out to be a ring box! I fell to my knees and started crying—not your typical dog walk!” Sweet Nali the Great Dane made yet another appearance in Kay and Nate’s love story, as ring-bearer at their spring wedding at Briscoe Manor. Here’s a glimpse at the festivities, in the bride’s words: “Our first dance was to Ray LaMontange’s ‘Hold You in My Arms,’ followed by a father-daughter dance to ‘My Girl” by The Temptations. Then came a surprise mother-son dance from Nate, who had practiced the dance from ‘Pulp Fiction’ with his mom! That was quite the treat considering Nate isn’t much of a dancer, especially when all eyes are on him. After lots of food including a phenomenal brownie bar, breaking it down to the Harlem shake, a bouquet toss to Beyoncé’s ‘All The Single Ladies’ and a garter toss with Nate’s 80-something-year-old uncle diving for the garter, we wrapped things up with a fireworks show and departed into a classic Rolls-Royce to Hotel ZaZa for the night!” We are loving Lindsay Elizabeth’s joyful photos of this warm and wonderful Houston wedding. Happiest wishes to Kay and Nate…and lovely Nali, too!
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Photos: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Makeup Texas ~ Tuxedos: Vera Wang ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Invitations: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: Briscoe Manor

Navy, Gray & Yellow Spring Rooftop Wedding

Of late, we’ve had a flood of truly fabulous proposal stories, and we just gotta say…good work, guys!! You are seriously outdoing yourselves. Take, for instance, Luis, who incorporated his into a photo shoot Herminia was doing as a favor for a good friend of hers. “My friend disappeared to look for his tassel (he was really hiding in the bushes to take pictures of US). Luis showed up with a lens that I really, really wanted. He asked me to take a picture of him so I snapped a couple and when I looked at my camera I noticed he was looking down in one of the photos. I looked at him, and he was knelt down asking me to marry him. It was perfect.” Just about as perfect as the couple’s spring wedding, with its outdoor rooftop wedding ceremony at The Grove—“We provided fans as programs to apologize for the scorching hot Houston sun,” Herminia says—followed by a fun-filled hotel reception for 300 guests. Enjoy these joyful pix of this lovely Houston rooftop wedding, courtesy Jesus Gonzalez Photography, and join us in wishing Herminia and Luis a lifetime of love!

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Photos: Jesus Gonzalez Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cupcake Tower: A Day to Remember ~ Ceremony Venue: The Grove ~ Reception Venue: Hilton University of Houston