An open-air rehearsal dinner under the expansive sky is a lovely way to give your guests a relaxing and Texas-style welcome to your wedding festivities. Check out this beautiful courtyard rehearsal dinner decor by Kirksey Gregg Productions for some inspiration for your own celebration!
“After we got engaged, Eric told me that the only thing he wanted in our wedding was to have the Spazmatics play during the reception,” recounts bride Melissa. “I had no idea that band would shape our entire wedding.” That wedding started with a ceremony at the Houston Arboretum—“I love the idea of bringing our kids back to the exact spot we got married to have a picnic,” the bride says. Next, guests headed to Houston’s House of Blues for a fun, upbeat, joy-filled party featuring Southern comfort food, red velvet cake and tons of dancing. DC Stanley Photography’s photos of this event are nothing short of fantastic, but Melissa says the photographer’s talents go beyond just pointing and shooting. “David and his wife are an amazing team. I hate posed pictures and he does an amazing job of catching the moment without being intrusive. His work looks more like art then wedding photography. He was also extremely helpful when needed. My bustle kept falling out and he helped my bridesmaid fix it. He has been to a lot of weddings and has tons of knowledge. I am sure he could be a wedding planner if he wanted to.” Aww… how sweet is that? However, we do hope the Stanley duo keep taking gorgeous wedding photos, so we can keep showing them to you, our beloved Houston brides! Congratulations, Melissa and Eric, and thank you for sharing your very special day.
Photos: DC Stanley Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Allure Couture from Weddings by Debbie ~ Cake: Rustika Café & Bakery ~ Flowers: Think Studio ~ Ceremony Venue: Houston Arboretum ~ Reception Venue: House of Blues
Photographer Sarah Williams of HWB fave The Silhouette Studio recently shared her own 2013 vow renewal with us—and we are so glad she did. Not just any ol’ restating of sacred commitments (although it involved that, too), Williams’ wondrous Elmwood Gardens vow renewal was a chance for the photographer and her one-and-only, Caleb, to have the celebration they didn’t get a chance to when the two eloped back in 2011 while Caleb, a Marine, was in training. Feast your eyes on Williams’ beautiful event, created with help from a slate of super-talented East Texas wedding specialists—shot by the bride herself (except for portraits of Williams and her family, which are the work of Krystle Akin Photography). And while you’re at it, check out Williams’ work on HWB, and get the full love story behind her vow renewal on her own blog. Congratulations, Sarah, we couldn’t be happier for you and Caleb!
Photos: The Silhouette Studio (portrait photos by Krystle Akin Photography) ~ Coordination: Bella Spree ~ Desserts: Sassy Sweets ~ Flowers: La Tee Da ~ Venue: Elmwood Gardens
Recognized as a National Register District, downtown Brenham is pretty much picture-perfect for classic photos with a charming small-town feel. Which is exactly why photographer Sarah Ainsworth and her clients Hayley and Jeffrey chose the location as the backdrop for the couple’s engagement shoot. As Ainsworth tells us, “It had that great mix of the cute downtown square, with old buildings and unique architecture, but also offered the country landscape that provided perfect open fields.” We can’t help falling in love with Hayley and Jeffrey, who’ll wed in Houston in October. Good luck and congrats to the almost-weds, and big thanks to Weddings in Houston fave Sarah Ainsworth for sharing her lovely photos!
Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography
It pays to exercise! Just ask bride Katie, who fell in love with future groom David when the two started working out together in training for a triathlon. “We became good friends, and later did a half marathon together,” Katie tells us. “An engagement was soon to follow…and now so is a baby girl!” We’re so happy for newlyweds, and so delighted to share with you their Woodlands Resort & Conference Center wedding, shot by the very talented Huz Abdul of Kreative Angle Photography. Simple and elegant, with champagne, mocha and navy accent colors and a focus on the beautiful Woodlands Resort surroundings—we are charmed by this sweet wedding and the wonderful couple who shared it with us. Congratulations, Katie and David!