Daniel knew the moment he met Stephanie that there was something special about her; within a matter of months, the pair had become great friends. But when Stephanie moved to Mexico to study abroad, she assumed that she had “fallen off his radar,” and they lost touch. A few years later, when Stephanie was living in Houston as a teacher, the couple reconnected in a way that took Stephanie by surprise: “He would call and we would talk for hours,” recounts the bride. “So much time had passed that I was convinced we were going to pick up where we left off as friends, but I was wrong.” Turns out, Daniel had been in love with Stephanie all along, and was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to re-enter her life. The lovebirds tied the knot surrounded by 150 of their nearest and dearest in a beautiful garden ceremony at Hotel Galvez, followed by a romantic champagne brunch on the terrace. The day was made even more special by the presence of the bride’s father, a disabled Vietnam veteran, who was released from the hospital only days before the wedding: “My favorite moment was my dad walking me down the aisle as my mom held him up on his other side,” says Stephanie. “It was a true fairy tale—I married the man of my dreams and my dad was able to give me away.” We’re so happy for you, Daniel and Stephanie!
Photos: Select Studios ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Wedding Dress: Martina Liana from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Registry: Bering’s
Photos Courtesy of Mia Bridal Couture
Bridal gown shopping can be overwhelming and exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, we found a sparkling gem of a bridal salon in River Oaks that gives every bride the most relaxing shopping experience ever. Mia Bridal Couture’s team of experienced stylists treat you like royalty from the moment you walk in the door. Within moments of meeting you, your consultant will ask all the right questions, to get you started with a selection of gowns to fit your style and budget. We’re talking plenty of the finest gowns in town, including styles from Alon Livne White, Sareh Nouri, Rivini, Martina Liana, Watters and more! But the service doesn’t stop there. Your Mia consultant will also style you superbly, recommending accessories (they carry oodles of gorgeous ones), footwear, even hairstyles to complement and complete your wedding-day look. Schedule your appointment now for a wedding dress shopping experience you’ll never forget. P.S. You can see the haute-est Fall 2016 Rivini gowns straight off of the runway from New York Bridal Market THIS weekend! Happy shopping, lovelies!
Gowns: Alon Livne, Sareh Nouri, Martina Liana & Watters
“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
While “iPhone meets Frank Sinatra” might not seem like your typical wedding theme, Amy and Robbie’s Houston nuptial celebration was anything but your typical wedding. The couple, who met at work and got engaged in the moments after the groom disembarked from a plane after traveling 30-plus hours, wanted their spring wedding to have “modern, clean lines” and a “jazzy, cool feel,” Amy says. Hinging on a palette of deep purple, silver, white and black, they infused the vintage-elegant Petroleum Club of Houston with a sleek, clubby feel—the perfect environment in which to enjoy excellent food and dancing with an intimate group of fewer than 90 close friends and family members. And the bride’s Martina Liana gown (accented with the silver ribbon sash) and purple-calla bouquet? Perfection. Cheers to the exceptionally talented Steve Lee for the fabulous photos of this retro-meets-right-now wedding.
Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Coordinator: Soiree Bliss ~ Decor & Rentals: Elegant Beginnings ~ Favors: Nothing Bundt Cakes ~ Flowers: SCF Events ~ Registries: Macy’s; Bed, Bath & Beyond ~ Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston