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Coral and Blue Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Akil Bennett Photography

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Julie & Justin ~ April 25, 2014

While European-themed Chateau Polonez was the site of their spring wedding, it was the allure of the islands that served as inspiration for Julie and Justin’s memorable celebration. The couple, who became engaged in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and would eventually honeymoon in French Polynesia, infused their special day with “beachy” elements, from a blue-and-coral palette to sand-rock-and-starfish candle displays, to guest tables named for famed island destinations. Did the newlyweds sail off into the sunset? Not exactly. But after hours of dancing and dining with those they loved most, they did drive off in a 1965 Rolls-Royce the groom had always coveted. “We had such a wonderful time,” the bride says, “and were so thankful to have our family and loved ones there.”

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Brickhouse Bridal ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Venue: Chateau Polonez ~ Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner from Weddings Performed ~ Honeymoon: Tahiti & Moorea

Blush, Gold and Ivory Wedding at La Colombe d’Or by J. Cogliandro Photography

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Katie & Mitchell ~ March 8, 2014

Jewelry designer Katie Decker has a passion for ornamentation, so it’s no surprise the bride selected La Colombe d’Or’s magnificently ornate, oak-paneled Grand Salon to celebrate her marriage to high-school sweetheart Mitchell. Having already designed her own rose-gold engagement ring, Katie took her inspiration from the romantic hue, bringing the color to her cake, her invitations, even her blush-toned Ines Di Santo gown from beloved Houston salon Mia Bridal Couture. At the couple’s elegant reception, French-style furniture surrounding the dance floor “made it feel as if you had gone back in time and entered a Belle-Epoque-style club,” Katie says. And while dining and dancing in that lavish environment was decidedly delightful, the bride says her favorite memory was “walking down the aisle and seeing Mitchell for the first time, with all our friends and family in one place. It was so surreal…and such a happy occasion.”

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel ZaZa ~ Reception Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Registry: Bering’s ~ Honeymoon: Tuscany & Amalfi Coast

Tangerine and Teal Wedding at Agave Road by FireHeart Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Holly & Elliot ~ September 1, 2013

Though they attended the same Fort Bend high school, Holly and Elliott didn’t actually meet until years later at a birthday party. “I saw Elliott playing giant Jenga, and instantly his smile drew me in,” Holly recounts. There were smiles all around when Elliott surprised Holly with his proposal in front of more than 20 family members and close friends at a Thanksgiving dinner the couple hosted at their home. And more smiles still when 180 guests gathered for the couple’s sunset wedding at Katy’s Agave Road, where, after a night of celebration, the newlyweds snuck outside for a last dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.”

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Photos: FireHeart Photography ~ Venue: Agave Road ~ Linens: Linens by Lisa ~ Honeymoon Costa Rica

Ivory, Gray and Gold Wedding at The Petroleum Club of Houston by D. Jones Photography

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Barbara & Billy ~ August 30, 2014

A college meet-cute. A wintry Central Park down-on-one-knee-in-the-snow proposal. A magnificent 225-guest wedding so celebratory that attendees couldn’t wait to start dancing and took to the floor during dinner! Could Barbara and Billy’s nuptial story be any more romantic? The pair’s Petroleum Club wedding had all the makings of an unforgettable evening, from the ivory, gray and gold palette, to the shrimp-cocktail-and-filet-mignon dinner, to the spectacular “statement” cake from famed baker Nadine Moon. Yet it was the feeling of being surrounded by family and friends, and “hosted by the most wonderful parents anyone could have,” that the bride says will forever be her greatest memory of her most special day.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography ~ Reception: Petroleum Club of Houston ~ Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier ~ Invitations & Registry: Bering’s ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions

Modern Architecture Inspired Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Akil Bennett Photography

Mothers have a knack for picking out things they are sure their daughter will like. Carrie’s mom knew that she would like James, and she was right. The two lovebirds instantly hit it off and the rest was history. James planned the perfect intimate proposal in the Four Seasons Houston Hotel private wine room and later joined friends and family who were waiting to celebrate in the main dining room. When planning their wedding, Carrie and James had a vision of their Hotel ZaZa wedding to feel like a fabulous, modern cocktail party, and that’s exactly what it was. “The décor had a modern feel to it with the main design theme being the absence of a color scheme. Instead, we chose to go with architectural light displays and black accents”, says Carrie. The reception was a party that you wouldn’t want to miss, and the guests fully enjoyed every bit of the band, comedian, cigar roller station, and caricature artist while nibbling on delish Nutella and chocolate chip cookies and mini coke floats! Sounds pretty amazing, right? Wait ‘til you see all the sweet pictures from Akil Bennett! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Proposal Location: Four Seasons Hotel Houston ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Wedding Gown: Pnina Tornai ~ Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Invitations: Tangerine Paper Space