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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

Romantic White and Red Wedding at Chateau Polonez by Civic Photos

If you fell helplessly in love with this ridiculously gorgeous couple’s retro-chic engagement shoot by Civic Photos, just wait until you see their wedding! Houston bride Kristy and her groom Desmond wanted to give their guests a glimpse of what it would be like to attend a romantic wedding in a French chateau and, “Chateau Polonez provided the perfect ambiance,” she says. Kristy looked like a dream in a stunning fit-and-flare lace gown with a Swarovski beaded belt from Winnie Couture and show-stopping Christian Louboutin sheer, sparkling pumps. And dashing Desmond more than held his own. Looking for winter wedding inspiration?  Take a cue from Kristy and Desmond’s creamy ivory, white and deep red palette–a perfect color combo for cold-season festivities. Big thanks to fine photographers Saul Munoz and Barett Henry of Civic Photos, and our most sincere congrats to Kristy and Desmond, we wish you two the best!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Wedding Venue: Chateau Polonez ~ Wedding Gown: Winnie Couture ~ Bridal Accessories: David’s Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin ~ MOB & Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jim Hjelm ~ Photo Booth: Civic Photos

LAST CHANCE to Buy I Do! Bridal Soiree Tickets & WIN

LAST CHANCE to Buy I Do! Bridal Soiree Tickets & WIN

Photos: Genovese Ashford Studios

This is it, our very last giveaway before the big day—which means your very last chance to WIN! One bride who purchases her tickets for the Thursday, Oct. 9, I Do! Bridal Soiree at the brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown by 11:59 pm this SUNDAY, OCT. 5, will WIN a coveted engagement-shoot package from Genovese Ashford Studios, including 1.5 hours of engagement photography AND a big, beautiful 16-by-20-inch print of the image of your choice!

Originally based in Baton Rouge, La., where they’ve earned a stellar reputation for their gorgeous, photojournalistic style, Genovese Ashford Studios is making a splash on the Houston photography scene. And we’re delighted to welcome them to the I Do! Bridal Soiree!

Tickets to the I Do! Bridal Soiree WILL SELL OUT, they always do. Buy yours by 11:59 THIS SUNDAY, and you are automatically entered to win this fantastic giveaway. Winner announced Monday on Facebook. Whatcha waiting for, gorgeous? Get #InItToWinIt!

Buy I Do! Tickets & Win a $500 Engagement Shoot Package

Buy I Do! Tickets & Win a $500 Engagement Shoot Package

Photo: Ron Dillon Photography

Only 10 short days to the I Do! Bridal Soiree, and we’re celebrating with a very special giveaway! One bride who purchases her tickets for the Thursday, Oct. 9, I Do! Bridal Soiree at the brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown by 11:59 pm this WEDNESDAY will WIN a fabulous engagement-shoot package from Ron Dillon Photography. A famed name on the Las Vegas photography scene, and a very welcome newcomer to Houston, Dillon says his “favorite moment at any wedding is the moment a bride sees her bouquet for the first time.” Sweet sentiment from a pro who’s been shooting brides, couples and weddings, gorgeously, for years!

Get your tickets by Wednesday, and not only will you meet the super-talented (and really, really cool) Mr. Dillon at next week’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, but you may score yourself a fantastic Ron Dillon Photography engagement shoot, including one hour of photography AND digital photo files, valued at $500!!

Tickets to the I Do! Bridal Soiree WILL SELL OUT, they always do. Buy yours by 11:59 pm Wednesday, Oct. 1, and you are automatically entered to win this wow-worthy giveaway. Winner announced Thursday on Facebook. Whatcha waiting for, gorgeous? Get #InItToWinIt!

Golden, Ivory, and Plum Rustic Wedding at Ashton Gardens by Joshua Tyi Photography

Kayla and Billy met during her freshman year at East Texas Baptist University at a mentoring event. “He came over to talk to me and I was too shy. He tried and tried all night and I still wouldn’t talk to him,” says Kayla. Although she did not give Billy any attention at the event, as soon as she went home Kayla did what every girl would do: told her roommate everything! They soon started a Facebook search for Billy and sent a friend request, which led to messaging and eventually dating. Billy set up a sweet proposal adventure for Kayla while riding a four-wheeler on his best friend’s land. The lovebirds read through their journal and scriptures underneath a tree adorned with candles and mason jars (AWW!). Before Kayla could get through the second page, Billy was on one knee ready to propose. If you think their proposal story is sweet, just wait ‘til you see the gorgeous photos of their rustic-chic wedding at Ashton Gardens! Thanks Joshua Tyi for the amazing photos and congratulations to the lovely newlyweds!

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Photos: Joshua Tyi Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo ~ Mother of the Bride’s Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Venue: Ashton Gardens