When we say Houston couple Jessica and Trung go way back—we mean it. They met in 8th grade on Halloween night when a big group of friends went trick-or-treating together, and later became the best of friends in 11th grade. “I told Trung I had a crush on him and he asked me out shortly after,” recounts Jessica.
Years later he found the right moment to pop the question during a romantic vacay in Hawaii. “We were en route driving from Maui to Hana, and we stopped by a no-trespassing mile marker in search of a waterfall. Once we reached the waterfall, he got down on one knee,” says Jessica. She said, “Yes,” to spending the rest of her life with her best friend (aww).
Jessica tells us, “We aimed for a simple, yet elegant wedding,” and Northgate Country Club gave them the Houston wedding of their dreams.
Some of their favorite moments included the Vietnamese tradition of visiting each table and toasting. “We also had so much fun dancing our hearts out on the dance floor,” says Jessica.
We are so happy for the adorable newlyweds, and sending best wishes!
Photos: Stephen Huynh Photography | Venue: Northgate Country Club | Baker: Cakes by Gina
Rachel and Zach were married on her parent’s anniversary at The Gallery, so they incorporated different elements that gave little nods to that blessed event, and to her Louisiana roots. “I wore my mom’s veil, and Café Natalie created a menu that was full of Cajun cuisine with crab-stuffed mushrooms and blackened Cajun fish with dirty rice,” she adds.
“I wanted our wedding to feel soft, intimate, slightly vintage and romantic,” says the bride, pointing to elements including lace, mercury glass, candles and soft spring colors like fuchsia, lavender and peach.
“Some of my favorite moments were making eye contact with my teary-eyed groom at the end of the aisle, our first dance, toasting to my parent’s 34th anniversary and dancing to Pharrell’s song ‘Happy,’” says Rachel.
Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Angela Sostarich Photography | Venue: The Gallery | Catering: Cafe Natalie
Erin is a physical education teacher. Peter is a petroleum engineer. How did these two “PE’s” pair up? “We met at [’80s cover band] The Molly Ringwalds’ concert in 2011. We didn’t know each other, but eventually our groups of friends bumped into each other. We started talking, exchanged numbers, and the rest is history,” recounts Erin. Four years later they traveled to Vietnam, where Peter got down on one knee on the beach with a gorgeous sunset as their backdrop. “It was beautiful,” says Erin. “After he proposed, we had a romantic dinner on the beach.” Sigh. The romance didn’t stop there—their garden-themed wedding was full of lush greenery, blooming flowers and candlelight, all of which set an incredible romantic tone. If you think that sounds lovely, just wait ’til you see all the sweet deets in photos by Christa Elyce. Congrats to the newlyweds! We couldn’t be happier for you.
Her Favorite Sweet: italian creme cake | Her Favorite Sip: pimm’s cocktail | Her Favorite Way To Spend A Saturday: catching up with friends | What She Loves About Him: he accepts me as I am, and he makes me laugh
His Favorite Sweet: nutella pizza | His Favorite Sip: scotch | His Favorite Way To Spend A Saturday: woodworking, or playing golf | What He Loves About Her: her sense of humor
Photos: Christa Elyce Photography | Groom’s Cake: Tiff’s Treats | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Bridal Party Attire: Houston Bridal Gallery
For Anna, it was just an ordinary lunch date with the girls…until Stephen noticed her from across the room. “Stephen asked the waitress to ask me if he could join us for lunch or say, ‘Hi.’ I was curious,” recalls Anna. Fortunately, her curiosity paid off…with lots and lots of love. Eight months after a sweet beach proposal in Grand Cayman, the pair tied the knot at Chateau Cocomar in front of 110 of their nearest and dearest. Plants N’ Petals created a romantic setting by filling the room with tall candelabras and lush floral arrangements, complemented by a 4-foot-tall lace-and-pearl cake by Who Made The Cake. Anna’s off-shoulder bridal gown from Weddings by Debbie was pure princess material–and she rocked it! Congrats and best wishes, Anna and Stephen. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Photos: Emily Lockard Photography | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Catering: Cafe Natalie Catering | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie | Baker: Who Made The Cake! | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Plants N’ Petals | Lighting, Music, Entertainment & Photo Booth: LG Entertainment
Kelly and Tom met at work, just across the hall from each other. So let’s set the picture here: These two peeking across the hallway—anxious to see one another, butterflies fluttering. After many group outings, Tom finally asked Kelly out officially. Kelly remembers their first date like it was yesterday; laughing, talking, and Tom’s incredibly fun personality. You know how they say that travel is the true test of compatibility? Well, these two passed that test with flying colors! Of all the traveling they did, Kelly was most excited to experience Brazil, where Tom spent his childhood. And Tom couldn’t wait to share her with his home—especially with the family and friends he hadn’t seen in over 10 years! Little did Kelly know that Tom had asked Kelly’s family for her hand in marriage prior to the couple’s South American sojourn. And what a proposal it was! In the beautiful white-sand beach town of Buzios, Tom proposed to Kelly…on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The couple recalls, “We followed a few days later with a lot of celebrating with friends that now mean so much to us both!” Their wedding was a vision of sophistication and charm with hues of French blue, sage green, lavender and champagne—all alluding to a picturesque French Country setting. We have no doubt that Tom shed a tear or two when he saw Kelly walk down the aisle in her stunning Rivini Gown from Mia Bridal Couture. The couple’s guests were just as in love with the wedding as Kelly and Tom are with each other. Kelly recounts that guests commented that the celebration was “more like a movie or a dream, so intimate and gorgeous.” Susie’s Cakes & Confections offered up a perfect rendition of a French-inspired wedding cake, with four tiers of decadent vanilla and raspberry sweetness that could seriously make you feel like you were in Paris. Thank you so much, Kelly and Tom, for sharing your joy with us…et félicitations à vous deux!
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography | Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club | Wedding Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Rivini Gown: Mia Bridal Couture
“It was very important to us that our wedding day reflect both of our cultural heritages and traditions. We are thrilled we were able to incorporate two very different ceremonies into one (very long) day!” says bride, Becky. The Hindu marriage ceremony took place in the morning at the Omni Houston Hotel, “Starting with a boisterous barat procession with Aneesh along with his family and friends joyously dancing their way to the mandap (marriage pavilion), and ending with an Indian feast for lunch,” adds Becky. The Catholic ceremony was held that same evening (yes, that same day) where Becky wore a stunning lace Martina Liana gown from Brickhouse Bridal. Becky and Aneesh wanted to transform their reception venue into a small Tuscan village in the Italian countryside. “Between the bouquets of peonies and hydrangeas, the candles that filled the room with a soft glow, the tables named after Italian places close to our hearts, the Prosecco and Chianti that flowed throughout the evening, and the delectable Italian dinner, we truly felt transported,” says Becky. If you think their wedding sounds beautiful, just wait ‘til you see the pics! Thank you Akil Bennett for the fabulous photos and congrats to the newlyweds!
Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Ceremony Venue: Omni Houston Hotel ~ Reception Venue: River Oaks Country Club ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Martina Liana from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Wedding Band: Zadok Jewelers ~ Florist: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma
“Sean proposed to me on Christmas Eve 2011 at my parents’ house. We have a family tradition of each person opening one gift the night before Christmas. That year my mom decided the gift would be an ornament with an inspirational message inside. Everyone opened their ornaments and read their messages aloud, one at a time. I was last because my mom couldn’t seem to find my ornament on the tree. Sean found the ornament for her and he handed it to me. When I opened it my message read, ‘Will you marry me?’ I was so shocked and excited that I didn’t even notice that he was already down on one knee with the ring in his hand telling me how much he loves me. It was perfect! I loved finding out later that Sean had asked my dad for his permission before proposing.” We love it, too, Jessica. And, just like your mom, we love that you had her wedding gown altered to wear at your rehearsal dinner at The Grove. And that you made the invitations to your Chateau Cocomar wedding by hand. And that Sean’s favorite moment of the whole wedding was when he got his “first look” at you, privately, in the moments before the ceremony. And, most of all, that you and Sean found each other, and true love, in this big, wide world. Congratulations to you both, and big thanks to the exceptional Steve Lee for magnificent photos of this magnificent Houston wedding.
Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Zadok Jewelers ~ Cake: For Heaven’s Cake ~ Flowers & Decor: Floral Events ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Officiant: Weddings Performed (Minister Lynn Turner) ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Rehearsal Dinner: The Grove
When Greg cut his foot on a Memorial Day weekend river-house trip, Laura, who barely knew him, was urged by her matchmaking best friend to “‘fix his foot because I was in school to become a physician assistant,” she tells us. Little did Laura know she was taping up the tootsie of her future husband. Two years later, the pair wed at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez & Spa, amidst billowing white draping, lush lavender, mauve and coral flowers, and lots and lots of family. “The entirety of the wedding was very family oriented. The ceremony was written by our immediate family over a long dinner a week before the wedding. Greg’s father performed the ceremony, with my parents giving a reading. My matron of honor was my sister and the best man was Greg’s brother, who wore his U.S. Marines dress blues,” recounts Laura. And while Laura and Greg’s fancy moves—a result of dance classes prior to the big day—elicited oohs and aahs, another dance-floor moment at this Texas wedding was even more moving: “An anniversary dance was performed, with my aunt and uncle being the last dancing, with 43 years of marriage. Greg and I are always compared to this particular couple due to over a foot height difference between us, which my aunt and uncle also share; that was a special touch.” Congratulations to the newlyweds (and their long-wed relatives!), and big thanks to JW Baugh Photography for the pretty pictures!
Photos: JW Baugh Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Bride’s Ring: Zadok Jewelers ~ Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: Cakes by Julie ~ Catering: Café Natalie ~ Flowers: Special Arrangements ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Coordinator: Eventology Weddings