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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

Lovely Texas Summer Seaside Wedding at Hotel Galvez

OK, major proposal cuteness: “Matt made me breakfast in bed to celebrate my job promotion. As we were toasting with Champagne, he picked up our puppy and placed him in my lap. When I looked down my ring was on the puppy’s bandana. I said, ‘Yes,’ cried and then we called everyone we knew to tell them we were moving to Dallas for my new job AND we were getting married!” Allison and her California cutie tied the knot at the Hotel Galvez in front of 100 beloved guests. A vibrant, summery wedding color palette of pink, orange and green played perfectly off the historic Galveston hotel’s backdrop of breezy whites and neutrals, and set the stage for a lively and lovely beach wedding. Our thanks to MiaBella Photography for sharing photos, and to Allison and Matthew for sharing their very special day.

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Photos: MiaBella Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Jason Alexander ~ Bride’s Shoes: Valentino ~ Cake: La Victoria Bakery ~ Flowers: Downtown Blooms ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez

Pretty, Sun-kissed White and Pink Wedding at The Woodlands Country Club

“We are both Aggies. Whoop!” says nursing student Heather of her spring Woodlands Country Club wedding to groom Andrew. “We had hung out with each all of our last semester at A&M and he, of course, waited until the last day before we graduated to take me for my favorite: ice cream! We talked for three hours and I knew right then and there we were going to be something very special. My best friend Mandy will take the credit for introducing us.” Photo studio Half Orange Photography, meanwhile, gets the credit for the sweet photos of this relaxed and effortlessly elegant Woodlands wedding. Congratulations, Heather and Andrew!

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Photos: Half Orange Photography ~ Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew ~ Venue: The Woodlands Country Club

White, Pink and Lime Houston Country Club Wedding

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!

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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

Pink, Orange, Lime, Turquoise Country Chic Wedding by Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

“An elegant, fun, country-Aggie wedding with tons of personalized touches” is how Alaina describes her wedding to former high-school sweetheart James. “On the tables, we had hearts made out of horseshoes that my 84-year-old grandfather made. For wedding favors we had ‘Lovin’ Me Some Lava Cakes’ in mason jars. We also had ‘Pinking of You Lemonade’ served in mason jars with old-fashioned striped paper straws for the kids. We even had personalized WANTED-poster gift bags for the youngest party-goers. Highlights were the gorgeous flowers, the nonstop dancing, and the photo booth which was so much fun!” And we’ve had nothing but fun fawning over Lindsay Elizabeth Photography’s pretty pix of this bright, beautiful spring wedding. Enjoy!

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Photos: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Cake: Julie’s Cakes ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Venue: Brookwood Community