A Lavish Houston Museum District Wedding by Amy Maddox Photography

Bride stands by a groom outside a cathedral after their wedding ceremony.
Photographer: Amy Maddox Photography | Cakes: Susie’s Cakes

Bailey and John can thank Bailey’s brother for bringing them together. Bailey’s brother and John developed a strong friendship, and John would tag along on family vacations. It wasn’t until Bailey moved back to Houston from college that they developed a friendship that eventually grew into something much more.

While celebrating the holidays in December 2020, John proposed to Bailey the day after Christmas on a trip to Cancun, Mexico.

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A Classic Black and White Fête at The Bell Tower on 34th

Groom and bride smile outside of their wedding venue, The Bell Tower on 34th.
Photo: Franny Pullin Photography | Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th

Isabela and John Michael grew up in Houston, where they attended the same school and church. However, the pair didn’t start dating until the end of their senior year of high school when Isabella was deciding where to go for college. The bride says, “I went to the A&M vs. Baylor tennis match that he was also at, and the rest is history!”

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A Sophisticated Black-Tie Wedding Featuring Bering’s

Bride and groom embrace after their black tie wedding ceremony in Houston, Texas.
Photo: Boulevard Photography | Stationery: Bering’s | Live Painter: Rendered Moments | Engagement Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Katie and Garrett’s story began when Katie’s parents moved to Pearland, TX. As fate would have it, Katie moved into the house behind Garrett in middle school, ultimately leading to dating in high school and staying together while attending Texas A&M. Katie told her family that she would marry him only weeks into dating Garrett.

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4 Creative Ways to Serve Alcohol at Your Wedding

Photo: Ama By Aisha
Liquor and beer and wine, oh my! Adult beverages are a big part of almost all wedding celebrations. With so many wedding drink options, you’ll want to think outside the bottle, and check out these 4 creative ways to serve alcohol that will have your guests saying, “Sip, sip hooray!”

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Gardens at Madeley Manor

2017-04-28_0001 Photo: Courtesy of The Garden’s at Madeley Manor

Tucked away behind a grove of sweeping oaks trees in central Conroe lies a wedding venue home to rich history and unforgettable views — The Garden’s at Madeley Manor. The majestic, plantation-style property has played host to some of the most elegant, lush and Southern-inspired ceremonies, receptions and bridal luncheons this side of the Texas border. We talked with the manor’s events manager, Marjorie Thai, to find out more about this picture-perfect spot! You might be surprised what you learn:

1. It’s 80+ Year’s Old! — Madeley Manor was first built by Daniel and Ruth Madeley in the 1930’s and quickly became the epicenter of society and sophistication in Conroe, hosting events for dignitaries and musicians, as well as the Madeley daughters’ weddings, according to Thai. The home has been updated since its heyday, but maintains its historic charm.

View More: http://michelleablephotography.pass.us/madeley-manor Photo: Cotton Weddings

2. It’s All-Inclusive — The Gardens at Madeley Manor offers all-inclusive pricing for all types of wedding events, from the assortment of sweets and flatware at a brunch buffet, to hor d’oeuvres and glassware for cocktail hours, scones and saucers for a bridesmaids’ tea, and multicourse meals and tables for a seated dinner. “Clients are able to relax and enjoy their wedding, knowing our dedicated team will take care of the details,” Thai says.

3. It Perfects Indoor-Outdoor Elegance — “Couples and their guests have the opportunity to revel among the grounds as well as the home,” Thai says. The venue’s lush green lawns and 100-year-old oaks create an idyllic atmosphere for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Many couples choose to wed under the manor’s beautiful white gazebo, that can be adorned with a sparkling chandelier. Couples can then segue into a classic, tented reception or to the options indoors.

2017-04-28_0002  Photo: Courtesy of The Garden’s at Madeley Manor

4. There’s Space for Any Occasion — Once inside the historic former-residence, couples can wed within the charming white chapel, perfect for intimate ceremonies. On the first floor, the living room lends itself to dining or dancing, while the pine-paneled sunroom is an ideal gentleman’s quarters. Upstairs, the former bedrooms have been transformed to host small social gatherings with access to gorgeous photo opps on the columned balcony.

2017-04-28_0003  Photo: Archetype Photography | Photo is of the vintage Machin Conservatory at its former location, The Gardens of River Oaks.

5. They’re Adding More! —  The manor will soon boast yet another gorgeous indoor-outdoor feature to host truly one-of-a-kind weddings. In Spring 2018, the venue plans to unveil a vintage Machin Conservatory that will offer uninterrupted views of the Texas sunset or twinkling night sky. It will certainly provide another magical setting for weddings and related events, and add to the historical character of our venue,” Thai says.

Interested in a charm-filled, Southern-inspired or historic wedding space? Schedule a consultation with The Garden’s at Madeley Manor today to book the perfect location for your dream day! Be sure to mention you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog.