Posts Tagged ‘Houston Wedding Venue’

Emerald Green & Gold Wedding at Agave Estates by Ama Photography & Cinema

Monday, April 10th, 2017

It was friends, food and fate that brought Monica and Chris together, forever. “I had just left an awful couples’ dinner where I was the ONLY single person. After I left the dinner, I went to meet mutual friends at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch a UFC fight,” says Monica. “I was not in the mood to mingle, but Chris offered me his seat and somehow found a way to make me smile (as he always does). The rest was history,” she adds.

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It wasn’t long before Chris planned the perfect, intimate proposal for Monica. They went for a couple’s massage, got chocolate truffles form Liebman’s and then took a long walk around Terry Hershey Park. He originally planned to propose to Monica at the park, but in typical Houston fashion, it began to rain. Chris decided to take her back to his house, where they relaxed on the couch with the box of chocolates. “We were talking, but I could tell he was holding something back,” says Monica. “I thought maybe he was turned off by the way I was eating chocolates (lol). He then nervously started to tell me how much I meant to him and popped the question,” recounts Monica.

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Monica walked down the aisle in style wearing a full-sleeved lace gown from Houston Bridal Gallery, and danced the night away at the rustic, Spanish wedding venue, Agave Estates . “Our wedding was a dream come true from the ceremony, to our final exit for the night,” says Monica. “My favorite moment was when we recited our vows to each other, and promised to spend forever together in front of our closest family and friends. Everyone came together to celebrate us and it was a night we’ll never forget,” adds Monica. We couldn’t be happier for these two!

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Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: Agave Estates | Wedding Dress: Houston Bridal Gallery | Invitations: Bella Dia Stationery

Venues We Love: Texas Renaissance Festival…PLUS A Big Proposal Giveaway!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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There are destination wedding settings that transport you to another place. And then there’s the Texas Renaissance Festival, which takes you away to an experience that is part medieval romance fantasy, part lush castle grounds, part fairytale-come-true.

If you think the Texas Renaissance Festival is just for browsing hand-forged crossbows and custom suede moccasins, taking in a joust or two, and feasting on turkey legs and mead…sure, you can do all of these and MUCH more at the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park.

But weddings (not to mention engagements, bachelor and bachelorette weekends, and rehearsal dinner celebrations) at the Texas Renaissance Festival are something else entirely. The festival’s enchanted garden venues offer something for every couple, whether your ultimate wedding fantasy includes authentic medieval costumes and heralding trumpets, or an understated ivory ballgown, a solo violinist and perfect peony bouquet.

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With seating for 200, the English Garden features 3,000 annuals, perennials, tropical and curling vines, and 35 majestic urns and statues—a dream setting for romantic vows and nuptial rituals.

For intimate ceremonies, the Water Garden accommodates 30, and fills the air with the sound of burbling fountains and fluttering vegetation.

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In the Rose Garden, you’ll encounter the heady fragrance of 600 blooming roses, when you say your vows in front of up to 150 of your beloved friends and family members.

And for a slightly more traditional setting, there’s the lovely King’s Chapel, which features a regal red aisle, climbing vines and charming stone pews.

But weddings aren’t all that’s wonderful at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Register NOW for your chance to win a magical fantasy proposal package from nation’s largest Renaissance theme park!

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The Texas Renaissance Festival offers you numerous unique ways to “pop the question” and the events staff will help you plan your day in every detail so that you can relax and enjoy the moment.  A Texas Renaissance Festival proposal could be as grand as a romantic moment at the Royal Joust with the King and Queen and crowds of well-wishers looking on, or an intimate moment in one of our beautiful gardens with just the two of you (and maybe a few of the fairy court looking on).

Whatever the particular event, your proposal package will include the following:

  • Admission for two the Texas Renaissance Festival
  • Bouquet of roses
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Sparkling wine and two commemorative Champagne flutes
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride after the proposal

To win a fantasy proposal package, email your name and contact information. Entries will be received through May 12, 2017 and the winner contacted after May 31, 2017.

Details and Restrictions:

  1. Entries must be received no later than May 12, 2017.
  2. Winner will be notified on or before May 31, 2017
  3. Proposal must be scheduled to occur during regular days and hours of operation of the 2017 Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF). TRF dates are Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 through November 26, 2017, as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24, 2017. Festival hours of operation are 9 am to 8 pm.
  4. TRF staff will coordinate with winner to determine the date, time, location, and package elements. Final package details are determined solely at the discretion and approval of the staff of the Texas Renaissance Festival. The total value of all package elements provided by the Texas Renaissance Festival is not to exceed $800.00
  5. The Texas Renaissance Festival is an outdoor event that operates rain or shine. Proposal packages will not be rescheduled due to weather or other elements outside the control of the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Questions? Contact the Texas Renaissance Festival here, and start planning your fairytale experience NOW!

A Southern Fête

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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A classically elegant Southern fête at a gracious Houston home makes for a perfect spring reception.

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flowers & decor: todd events | ring: zadok jewelers

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champagne & navy metallic gowns: sorella vita | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner  | la petite robe di chiara: neiman marcus  flowers & decor: todd events

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jewelry: zadok jewelers | flowers & decor: todd events 

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romonoa keveza gown: neiman marcus 

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bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events 

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ines di santo “bloom” gown: neiman marcus |  jewelry: zadok jewelers | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner | dove release: white wing dove connection

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tablescape: todd events

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decor: todd events | cake: susie’s cakes & confections 

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oscar de la renta gown: joan pillow bridal salon  | suit &  loafers: festari | bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events | jewelry: nazar’s fine jewelers

THE TALENTED TEAM: photography: sylvie gil | wardrobe stylist: summar salah | set concept, styling, decor & flowers: todd events  | cake: susie’s cakes & confections | hair: ceron for ceron salon | makeup: vci artist victoria callaway

5 Reasons to Wed at the Historic Magnolia Ballroom

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Magnolia Ballroom Open House 2015  Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

Built in the late 1800s, and the site of countless elaborate weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and more, for the past 30 years, The Historic Magnolia Ballroom is one of the oldest properties in Houston and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. With its Victorian elegance and true Texan charm, it’s one of the city’s hidden gems, perfect for wedding events with a vintage vibe. We talked with venue manager Renee Pool about why modern wedding couples might want to begin their lifetime of happiness at a Houston wedding venue that has stood as a landmark for many lifetimes. Here are a few reasons: 

The Story — Every historic venue in Houston comes with its own story, and couples who wed there become a part of that story! The Historic Magnolia Ballroom, for instance, once served as the executive offices for Houston’s Magnolia Brewery, where downtown workers would gather for 5-cent beers and sandwiches, while the elite would gather at the brewery to enjoy exclusive beer tastings. “There are so many wonderful venues opening up everywhere all the time, but you can’t give a place history,” says Renee Pool.

Decor in Place — Many historic buildings in Houston are full of ornate details and interior accents that you just don’t see in modern event spaces. “The space is not a blank canvas. It has its own flair and its own style,” Pool says. “The original tiles on the walls, the oak flooring, beautiful chandeliers and the wood-lined walls provide decoration themselves. It’s perfect for those brides not looking to be overly lavish with their decorations. The space speaks for itself.”

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Event Flow — What other venues might have in wide-open space, The Historic Magnolia Ballroom makes up for with distinctive, turn-of-the-century-style rooms that allow guests to move seamlessly through the wedding celebration. Start with a cocktail at the polished bar, next mosey on to enjoy an elaborate seated or buffet-style meal, then head to the dance floor amid the cypress-and-leaded-glass windows and vaulted ceilings.

Theme Scheme — Though this historic venue can lend itself to any wedding style, “Many of our most elaborate weddings tie into the prohibition, speakeasy feel,” Pool says. “They are not costume-required, but the couples definitely try to work in the overall feel of the place.” Going for Gatsby glam, or vying for Victorian va-va-voom? A historic venue will put you a step above the rest.

Prime Location —  Set on the edge of Buffalo Bayou and walking distance to the heart of downtown, The Historic Magnolia Ballroom provides couples and guests with a central location and access to all of the hotels, bars and restaurants they could want, along with an intimate, tucked-away setting for celebration.

Have your heart set on a historic venue or want to learn more? Schedule your tour of The Historic Magnolia Ballroom today, and snag your preferred date…before another lucky couple does!

Houston Wedding Venues We Love: Ashton Gardens

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Not surprisingly, we get tons of inquiries from to-be-wed couples searching for a venue where they can celebrate their wedding from traditional ceremony to fabulous reception to after-party to sendoff. And we’re always excited to let these couples—and, honestly, anyone searching for a beautiful wedding venue—know about Ashton Gardens. This truly lovely gem of a celebration space, tucked into lush, forested grounds that are viewable from vast picture windows pretty much anywhere you look, is one of our absolute favorites.

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We checked in with Ashton Gardens’ Ashley Love (yes, really her name, and yes, it’s perfect) to ask what she thinks makes this unique venue such a coveted spot for Houston-area weddings, and her answer was simple: “It’s our signature chapel,” she told us. “It’s one of a kind. With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning forest scenery as your ceremony backdrop, every single guest can enjoy an outside view from the comfort of indoors.”

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Ditto the venue’s ballroom, where you’ll also find—you guessed it—soaring windows looking out upon hundreds and hundreds of towering green trees.

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Photo: Allee J. Photography

Oh—and did we mention that Ashton Gardens has not one but TWO locations (both with the same glass-enclosed chapel, knockout landscape views and OMG-this-is-SO-GOOD reception cuisine), in West and North Houston, for the utmost in convenience?

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Photo: Allee J. Photography

Wanna start fantasizing your fairytale-forest wedding? We highly recommend that you check out Melissa and Hunter’s wintry-white January wedding at Ashton Gardens…and while you’re at it, have a swoon over Tera and Shawn’s Ashton Gardens vintage-inspired wedding festivities, done up in shades of pink, blush, cream and sparkling gold.

You’ll see why we’ve got such a huge crush on this romantic Houston wedding setting. And you’ll see way more of Ashton Gardens by scheduling your visit and venue tour here, or by calling 281.362.0011. And make sure to tell them you found them at Weddings in Houston!