Modern Beach Elopement Shoot By Esther Makau Photography

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Photo: Esther Makau Photography

Elopements aren’t just for the movies, and amid the global uncertainties of the past year and the new wedding-planning nuances that came along with them, more couples have been opting instead for sweet weddings for two. This modern beach elopement styled shoot was captured by Esther Makau Photography in her signature candid, airy style. Esther Makau is passionate about freezing moments in time by taking candid wedding photos that tell a couple’s unique love story. “Timeless, romantic and candid moments are captured because of a couple’s connection with each other and their photographer. Your memories are as important to me as they are to you,” explains Esther. As you scroll through the photos from this shoot, you’ll almost feel the ocean breeze and the love and laughter shared between the bride and groom.  Click here to read the rest of this post »

Navy, Champagne, Gold & White Chic Wedding By Emily Figurelli

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Photo: Emily Figurelli Photography

Andrew was a baseball player at the University of Houston and Devan was an intern for the department when these college sweethearts first met in March of 2016. Fast-track to Nov. of 2018: Devan and Andrew visited a Christmas tree farm to take Christmas pictures with friends. “Andrew and I were posing when he told me to open one of the prop presents we had and the ring was inside,” recalls the bride. “Then he had a surprise engagement party right after!”

The couple wed in a sunshine-filled indoor ceremony followed by a lighthearted reception featuring a photo booth and light up foam sticks, all stunningly captured by Emily Figurelli Photography. The wedding decor was modern and chic with a sophisticated palette of navy, gold, white and champagne. After sipping on champagne and a night full of dancing, the newlyweds exited under an arch of sparklers.

We are so thrilled to feature this lovely couple and their gorgeous navy, champagne, gold and white chic wedding, captured in such detail by Houston wedding photographer Emily Figurelli Photography. Congratulations, Devan & Andrew!

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Black, White And Champagne Modern Boho Wedding

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Photo: Madeline Shea Photography

Emily and Nicolas met when Nicolas was overseeing a soccer league and training the kids Emily was a nanny to. He was known as the “Hot Cuban Soccer Coach” and she was called “Romper Girl” because Emily started dressing cuter in hopes of Nicolas noticing her…and it worked! “I knew from almost the first moment that he would be my husband.” On Sept. 10, 2019, Nicolas proposed to Emily with a beautiful custom designed oval solitaire ring on a beach in Costa Maya in the presence of his family.

Emily, being a fabulous wedding photographer, has seen countless variations of color palettes, themes and ideas, so for her very own wedding she notes, “I wanted to mix in the slightest bit of boho in our otherwise modern and simplistic wedding theme. We ended up with touches of black to contrast the neutrals, white, champagne and blush.” The couple said their vows amidst 80 loved ones in an intimate al fresco ceremony before commencing with a joyous indoor reception. The biggest obstacle the couple faced while planning their fall wedding was “Just trying to make sure that, even during Covid, we were being as safe as possible, but still got to have the wedding of our dreams. It was so tiring planning the wedding, but when the wedding day finally came, none of it mattered and it was the most beautiful and perfect day!”

Join us in wishing this gorgeous Houston couple a lifetime of love and scroll down to swoon over this modern boho wedding. Congratulations, Emily & Nicolas!

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Black, White and Metallics Modern Wedding By Plants N’ Petals

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Venue: Hotel ZaZa Memorial City | Flowers: Plants N’ Petals | Photo: Nancy Aidee Photography

Amanda and Andrew met in 2012 while attending a Texas Christian University football game where they both went to school. Fast-track to six years later: While on a trip in New York City, Amanda’s favorite city, Andrew arranged a surprise of a lifetime during a carriage ride through Central Park…a proposal!

For their summer wedding, the couple chose the modern and sophisticated Hotel ZaZa Memorial City as their wedding venue: “Hotel ZaZa was amazing to work with!” says the bride. Amanda and Andrew tied the knot in a traditional Jewish ceremony beneath a gorgeous chuppah adorned with fresh white flowers, beautifully designed by Plants N’ Petals. For their ballroom reception, “The theme was modern with black, white and metallic highlights,” featuring lush floral centerpieces, chic black tablecloths and oversized crystal chandeliers, all anchored by a gleaming black and white dance floor with dramatic uplighting. Guests indulged in a six-tier amaretto cake with white buttercream frosting and a cookies and cream groom’s cake in the shape of Texas with the TCU logo, both from Cakes by GinaThe joyous newlyweds enjoyed a confetti send-off through Hotel ZaZa before joining their guests at their “Happily Ever After Party” where a DJ, lounge furniture, glow-in-the-dark crowns and necklaces, and after-party drinks and eats awaited them.

We are so excited to feature this gorgeous Houston couple and their stunning modern wedding. Congratulations, Amanda & Andrew!

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Chic Modern Wedding Venue: The Westin At The Woodlands

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Venue: The Westin at The Woodlands | Photo: Joan Tilton Photography
All the tranquil green loveliness of The Woodlands, but with a sophisticated, urban-chic edge: That’s The Westin at The Woodlands. We’re turning our spotlight on this versatile, modern wedding venue this week, and all it has to offer Houston couples!
Dreaming of an elegant rooftop wedding with shimmering skyline views?

The Westin at The Woodlands can accommodate your vision, and make your sunset or starlight ceremony a picture-perfect reality.

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