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Winery Inspired Austin Wedding By Jessica Frey Photography

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Photo: Jessica Frey Photography
Sarah was a senior in high school when she befriended Derek, then a freshman at UT Austin, and her brother’s best friend.  “We were friends for 10 years before we started dating,” she says. Which, incidentally, didn’t happen until Derek asked Sarah’s brother for permission to take her out on their first date. Not too long after that, “My best friend became the love of my life,” she says.

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Vintage French Garden Wedding in Houston Hotel Ballroom

As business owners—she owns a dance and photo studio, he develops high-tech hearing implants—Laney and Brian “found it near impossible to meet like-minded people at bars or clubs,” the recent Houston bride tells us. Enter eHarmony, and another online-true-love story. “I was the first and only match he met,” Laney says—and the only match either of them needed. In July the pair wed in front of 185 guests with the help of close friends and family members who oversaw the intimate ceremony. Next came a lively and lovely reception with plenty of dancing, natch (including a performance by her dance academy’s advanced dancers) in a ballroom done up in shades of metallic, pink and jade. Theirs was an “upscale, vintage, French-garden wedding with dusty pink peonies and fern-green centerpieces cascading down onto the tables, and gold and silver pieces everywhere, using tons of candles, mercury glass and gilded accents.” Enjoy these pretty pix from photographer Tambi Howard and join us in wishing Laney and Brian a lifetime of happiness. Congrats!

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Photos: Tambi Howard Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Stephen Yearick from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Flowers: Floral Events ~ Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Venue: St. Regis Hotel Houston