Introduced by a mutual friend when the groom moved to Houston for work in 2009, Leanne and West “instantly clicked,” the bride says. Lots more clicking came one fateful eve when the two arrived at their fave Tex-Mex spot for what the bride thought was a regular ol’ Saturday-night date. We’ll let her tell the tale in her own words: “When I reached the top of the stairs, on the way to our seat, I saw a table on the landing with flowers, candles and a frame that said, ‘Leanne and West, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, June 16, 2012?’ When I turned around, West was on one knee with the whole restaurant cheering him on as he proposed. Before he even put the ring on my finger, the curtains to the upstairs flew open and all of our family and friends were there waiting to celebrate with us. It was fantastic!” Nice work, Mr. Gotcher. The pair’s June wedding, with its “crisp, clean, summery” feel and Who Made The Cake creations—including a surprise groom’s cake in the shape of West’s favorite boots—treated more than 500 guests to an evening of dining (chicken-fried steak and green-tomato sliders, anyone?), dancing and general merriment. Big thanks to Chris Bailey for images of this fresh and fabulous Houston wedding, and big congrats to Leanne and West!
Photos: Chris Bailey Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Christos from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ~ Jewelry: Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry (her); Zadok Jewelers (him) ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Flowers: Bergner & Johnson Design ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Keely Thorne Events ~ Venue & Catering: Houston Country Club
Man’s best friend…or man’s best proposal ruse? You be the judge! Houston bride Kay explains: “We were out walking our Great Dane Nali like we usually do in the evenings, when she started getting into something in the grass. Nate made me worry and was saying, ‘What does she have?’ but it was dark so it was hard to tell. When she finally ‘dropped’ it, I still couldn’t make out what it was, so I was poking at this thing on the ground…which turned out to be a ring box! I fell to my knees and started crying—not your typical dog walk!” Sweet Nali the Great Dane made yet another appearance in Kay and Nate’s love story, as ring-bearer at their spring wedding at Briscoe Manor. Here’s a glimpse at the festivities, in the bride’s words: “Our first dance was to Ray LaMontange’s ‘Hold You in My Arms,’ followed by a father-daughter dance to ‘My Girl” by The Temptations. Then came a surprise mother-son dance from Nate, who had practiced the dance from ‘Pulp Fiction’ with his mom! That was quite the treat considering Nate isn’t much of a dancer, especially when all eyes are on him. After lots of food including a phenomenal brownie bar, breaking it down to the Harlem shake, a bouquet toss to Beyoncé’s ‘All The Single Ladies’ and a garter toss with Nate’s 80-something-year-old uncle diving for the garter, we wrapped things up with a fireworks show and departed into a classic Rolls-Royce to Hotel ZaZa for the night!” We are loving Lindsay Elizabeth’s joyful photos of this warm and wonderful Houston wedding. Happiest wishes to Kay and Nate…and lovely Nali, too!
Photos: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Makeup Texas ~ Tuxedos: Vera Wang ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Invitations: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: Briscoe Manor
Lush purple and pink flowers, cascades of crystal draping, a room washed in shades of rose and lavender, a dazzling monogrammed white dance floor—Stefanie and Byron’s wedding celebration, with design help from Darryl & Co., was a knockout. And lest you think this sweet couple—who met on Match.com, btw—opted for formal glamour over just plain fun, we can promise you, it just ain’t so. They had the best of both! Check out Stefanie and her besties taking to the stage with zany ’80s revivalists The Spazmatics…the bride’s favorite band. You go, girl! Big thanks to the happy couple for inviting us to share their spectacular day, and to John Ly for the lovely photos!
Photos: John Ly Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Private Collection ~ Bride’s Makeup: Makeup Texas ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid ~ Décor, Flowers & Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Videography: A&A Video Productions ~ Venue, Catering & Cakes: The Woodlands Resort
Since her grandparents wed, everyone in Claudia’s family has married at her family’s church—St. Anne Catholic Church—and celebrated their nuptials at River Oaks Country Club. And when it came time for Claudia to be joined in blessed union with her beloved Erik, the bride carried on the tradition in gracious and gorgeous style, with help from planner Jo Ann Schwartz Woodward of Schwartz & Woodward. Carrying a bouquet accented with a green crystal rosary that had been blessed by Pope John Paul II—a gift from the groom—as well as an heirloom Art Deco brooch and an antique monogrammed handkerchief, Claudia said, “I do,” to Erik, and he to his bride, in the presence of more than 400 family members and friends. A mix of light-pink damask and sheer-satin-stripe soft-white tablecloths from Elegant Beginnings set a romantic, feminine tone for the reception, with its elegant, Art Deco decor scheme. Claudia’s Chanel-inspired Who Made The Cake cake, featuring a pale-pink bow, pearl accents and an Art Deco brooch? Perhaps one of our favorites, ever! We are so happy for this lovely, loving Houston couple, and so thankful to photographer Tomas Ramos for his wonderful photos of this opulent, elegant wedding.
Photos: Tomas Ramos of NICO Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tournai ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Programs: Katie & Co. ~ Videography: A&A Video Productions