Niku, a News and Traffic Anchor for the San Antonio news station KENS-5 and Geno, who is in the Air Force Special Ops, were total strangers until meeting at a coffee shop in the Alamo City. After exchanging glances, Geno invited Niku to sit with him. Three and a half hours later, they suddenly “noticed the time and were both shocked at how two strangers had such a strong connection,” says Niku.
After meeting through mutual friends in 2014, Shiva and Jonathan later connected on Facebook when Jonathon messaged Shiva about the World Cup because he knew she liked soccer. “He came up with all these stats on players and I assumed that he knew a lot about soccer and that we had a lot in common,” recounts Shiva. “We decided to go out to a cafe in Montrose, just us two, and we hit it off from there.” Three years later Jonathon proposed to Shiva on the rooftop of Hotel ZaZa with the glittering lights of the downtown skyline as their backdrop.
Shiva and Jonathan pledged their love at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in a traditional Persian ceremony, accompanied by a beautiful Sofreh Aghd, in a timeless wedding palette of white and gold. The bride describes her Persian wedding as “glamorous and romantic.” The reception decor featured tall dramatic floral centerpieces, glittering chandeliers, and a custom monogrammed dance floor from LG Event Entertainment & Production. Guests enjoyed a delectable surf and turf reception meal, followed by an elegant four-tier white and gold squared wedding cake with raspberry filling from Susie’s Cakes. Cherished moments for the bride included the father-daughter dance, first look, and dancing with everyone! We are so excited to feature this gorgeous Houston couple and their romantic Persian wedding. Congratulations, Shiva and Jonathan!
The Hilton Americas-Houston: South Asian Weddings And More In Houston’s BIG, Beautiful Downtown Hotel
Need LOTS of space for your great, big Houston wedding? With space to comfortably accommodate up to 2,000 of your nearest and dearest, the Hilton Americas-Houston is an ideal wedding pick. A longtime favorite for South Asian weddings, Middle Eastern weddings, and any wedding that requires ample room and international catering expertise, this excellent downtown hotel also has plenty of smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings. Plus, the location, just steps from downtown Houston’s best shopping and dining destinations, as well as expansive urban park Discovery Green, can’t be beat. Schedule your tour today to see more of this modern downtown wedding hotel, and start planning your big, BIG day!
Mona and Aamir are what we like to call a jet-setting couple. They met in New York City, he proposed in Chicago, and they got married in Houston! Their multicultural wedding weekend went a little something like this: It started with a mehndi—a South Asian ritual ceremony with henna and dancing followed by an intimate nikkah—a Muslim wedding ceremony—at home.
The last day of their nuptial celebrations was a lavish Persian wedding ceremony at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. “It was held in the Grande Ballroom which truly captured the essence of the sophisticated feel we were going for,” says Mona.
Dream Bouquet decked out the reception with tall white and lush green floral centerpieces and placed green boxwood panels on the walls to add an outdoorsy touch to the decor.
“One of our favorite moments was when our friends picked both of us up in a chair on the dance floor,” recounts Mona. And we gotta say…it’s one of ours, too. Congratulation to the newlyweds, and thank you for sharing your beautiful celebration with us, and our followers!
Rana and Navid’s proposal is probably one of the cutest we’ve heard yet. “Two weeks prior to Navid’s graduation, his sister texted me about planning a surprise party for him after the ceremony,” says Rana. Little did she know that she was the one in for a surprise. Rana got into planning mode and started to coordinate with Navid’s family and friends to let them know about the “surprise” party. Come graduation day, everything went according to her plan. “As soon as we walked in, we immediately started taking photos,” says Rana. She explains that she and Navid were the first to pose for photos in front a graduation “Congrats!” sign. Little did she know that while she and her honey stood in front of the sign, it was being switched out for a sign that said, “Will you marry me?” As Rana recounts, “Navid’s sister took the photo and walked over to make sure I approved of the it. As soon as I noticed the sign in the back of the picture, Navid got down on one knee. It was the greatest surprise ever,” adds Rana. If you think that sounds sweet, just wait ‘til you see the lovely photos from their fabulous Persian wedding celebration at The Bougainvilleas! We totally swooned over these photos by Aventography, and are sure you will, too. Here’s something else: You can see this gorgeous venue live and in person when The Bougainvilleas opens it doors to couples and their entourages on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. for a fabulous summer Open House!