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Enchanted Garden Theme Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Though they met in high school in 2001, Nancy and Matthew didn’t connect until a chance Facebook “happy birthday” greeting a decade later. “She asked me what I had been up to all those years,” recounts Matthew. “I didn’t feel like typing out my whole life, so I asked her to lunch instead.” That lunch lasted five hours; two and half years later, the couple celebrated their lifelong vows with an “enchanted-forest”-theme wedding, where 330 guests dined and danced the night away—but not before being treated to a concept video, screened before the pair’s reception entrance, that cast them as CIA agents with one last mission to accomplish before they could get married. “At the end of the video, there was a caption that read, ‘Will they make it on time?’” says Matthew. “That’s when our emcee introduced us and we heard the crowd yelling as we walked in. It set the tone for what turned out to be the most perfect night ever.” Big thanks to Weddings in Houston fave Sarah Ainsworth Photography for capturing that perfection in equally perfect pix.

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Venue: Lambo Ballroom ~ Videography: A&A Video Production

Vintage-Elegant Houston Wedding by Motley Melange Photography

There’s just something so darn sweet (and LOL funny) about this journalistic, third-party courtship story we received on behalf of Houston couple Amy and Jimmy: “After seeing a picture of Amy through a friend’s Facebook, Jimmy was determined to meet her and asked a friend of his to introduce him to her. The introduction was made, but the first date was not made until six months later. Jimmy and Amy had dinner and bonded while watching the first ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie. Since then, they have watched every ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie except for the fourth one, due to Jimmy being out of the country during their anniversary.” See what we mean?? Think that’s cute, just check out their understated, vintage-elegant Houston wedding, with its white, gold, gray and pink palette, and Amy’s gorgeous, keyhole-back Monique Lhuillier gown. Cheers to the newlyweds, and big thanks to Motley Melange Photography for the lovely photos.

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Photos: Motley Melange Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin ~ Cake: Frosted Memory Makers ~ Catering: Café Natalie Catering ~ Entertainment: Jonny Black Productions ~ Venue: The Heights Villa ~ Videography: 1 Cinema Productions

Pink and Navy Petroleum Club of Houston Wedding

A wedding ceremony is a dramatic occasion—and the vista of downtown Houston, visible via the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Petroleum Club of Houston’s 43rd-floor Discovery Room, is the perfect backdrop for such a scene. Just ask Houston bride Annie, who said her vows to Antonio there, then danced up a storm with 280 friends and family members in celebration of her blessed union. Sweet couple, beautiful wedding, what more could one ask for? Oh—and cheers to Love Lee Photography for the lovely photography

Photos: Love Lee Photography ~ Cake: The Pie Factory ~ Flowers: Paul Dao ~ Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston

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

Pewter and Pink Houston Wedding With International Flair

“On May 13, 2010, my mom said all that she wanted for her birthday was for me to join Jdate.com, a Jewish online dating service. I was very hesitant but how could I turn down her birthday wish? I briefly searched the men available and stumbled upon ‘bluesman84.’ I had just moved back to Houston after going to college in NYC to study music business. With that kind of screen name, I had to talk to him. He was the first and last guy I ever spoke to on the site and we both never logged back on after that.” They never needed to, after all. By that time, Nicole and South African transplant Daniel were well on their way to forever. With her Russian and his South African background, the couple’s wedding was full of cultural touchstones, starting with its theme: “‘L’chaim, Cheers, Na’zdarova’—all three of these words mean ‘to life,’ but are said three different ways,” explains Nicole. Along with homage to their heritages, Nicole and Daniel’s wedding at the Omni Houston Hotel was rich with music. “My husband, who plays guitar, got on stage and sang a song he wrote to me, as well as a one-song reunion with his high-school band.” A treat for the couple, their 230 guests—many having traveled from locales including Israel, South Africa, Germany, London and Australia—the wedding, we can only imagine, was an especially sweet treat for Nicole’s mom, who got her birthday wish, and then some. Congratulations to all, and sincere thanks to Morgan Lynn Photography for the pretty pix.

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Photos: Morgan Lynn Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Enzoani from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Venue: Omni Riverway