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Ivory, Lavender & Sage Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street

What are the odds that a speed-dating mixer will lead to a happily ever after? Well, Raquel and Robert beat the odds and instantly hit it off. Ten months after meeting at the mixer, Robert wined and dined Raquel at Antica Osteria. “I guessed halfway through dinner what was going to happen,” says Raquel. After dinner Robert took Raquel to Hermann Park for an intimate proposal. “For some reason, all of the lights were out at the park. Nevertheless, the proposal was in true form of our relationship- a little bit of tradition mixed with corky romance, but always full of surprises and good laughs!” adds Raquel. The pair wanted a romantic, garden theme wedding with lots of candles, which perfectly complemented The Bell Tower on 34th Street. “We wanted to include hint of our Asian and Irish heritage through the colors and favors,” she adds. It was only appropriate that Raquel married her Prince Charming in a Rivini gown from Mia Bridal Couture paired with satin white Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps. *Sigh* Just wait ‘til you see the lovely photos! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Evoke Photography ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Wedding Dress: Rivini from Mia Bridal Couture

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

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

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