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Texas-Chic Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Sharon Nicole Photography

We don’t often associate the ultra-elegant Crystal Ballroom at the Rice with barbecue and boot mugs. Fortunately for the 220 guests who attended Kristen and Bert’s May wedding, the bride did. Following the couple’s emotional church ceremony—conducted by a friend of the groom’s who’d recently been ordained as a priest—the celebrants headed to the historic Rice Hotel for a fabulous party. “Bert’s family is from Florida, so I wanted to share some wonderful Texas BBQ with them,” bride Kristen explained to us. “The theme and decor of the reception just followed from that. I wanted it to be elegant, but still with the feel of a Texas wine country / barbeque celebration.” Well, Kristen, you certainly achieved your aims, and then some. ’Course it helps to have stellar vendors like Darryl & Co. and Who Made the Cake on your team. Big thanks to Sharon Nicole Photography, big hugs to Kristen and Bert—congratulations!

Photos: Sharon Nicole Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Flawless ~ Cakes: Who Made the Cake ~ Catering: Goode Company Barbecue ~ Flowers: Darryl & Co. ~ Coordinator: Save the Date with Valerie ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

Classic Houstonian Hotel Wedding by Nicole Chatham Photography

There’s something delightful about the idea of falling in love at your sweatiest, grittiest, most makeup-less best. That’s exactly what happened to Houston bride Christina, whose personal trainer Bart became her husband one day this past May. The couple’s Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa wedding, with its rose-petal-strewn garden ceremony and ballroom reception is the very essence of refined Southern beauty mixed with down-home revelry—in Christina’s words, “a classic, elegant, black-tie event…that was fun!” But amid all the splendor of Blooming Gallery’s creamy rose-and-hydrangea arrangements and twinkling crystal candelabra, all the music and lively Bright Star Productions lighting, nothing shone more radiantly than the bride’s absolutely amazing smile and irresistible dimples (we’re certain Bart would agree). Cheers to Nicole Chatham for her wonderful photos of this wonderful Houston wedding. And our happiest wishes to the happy couple!

Photos: Nicole Chatham Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Kristin; Your Beautiful Face ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections; Moeller’s Bakery ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Belle of the Ball ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Charming Gallery Wedding by Kelly Hornberger Photography

It was supposed to be a beautiful outdoor sunset ceremony. But, like so many other al fresco Houston events before it, Amanda and Celestino’s nuptials fell victim to an onslaught of wet weather. No matter, though. This couple, caught up in the romance of their special day, would not be daunted. They simply made a last-minute decision to move their ceremony indoors, where, the bride says, she ended up having “absolutely the most amazing, gorgeous wedding I could have ever hoped for—every quirk and mishap that happened that day just made it even more special.” Now we ask you, Houston brides, is that a perfect wedding day outlook, or what? There’s so much we love about this charming wedding, with its DIY touches, its sweet, simple florals and hints of vibrant pink, its string lights and sparklers and sunny joy, no matter what the clouds outside had to say. Cheers to Kelly Hornberger Photography for the pitch-perfect pix, and our warmest wishes to Amanda and Celestino.

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Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture ~ DJ: JPL Entertainment ~ Flowers: Olive Tree Florist ~ Venue: The Gallery

Simply Sweet Pink and Cream Wedding by Joseph West Photography

An adorable bride and groom, a lovely fall day, a picturesque forest setting…and some truly fabulous photos. We’re enchanted by the simplicity and sweetness of Dominique and Brian’s Northgate Country Club wedding, with its touches of elegance–a gorgeous Edible Designs by Jessie wedding cake among them–and palette of creams and pinks. Dominique’s fresh and pretty makeup and lovely, lace-edged mantilla veil look just so picture-perfect in her wedding setting. Joy just radiates from these two, and their celebrating guests, doesn’t it? Thanks to Joseph West Photography for great photos of this charming wedding fête, and congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Simply Sweet Pink and Cream Wedding by Joseph West Photography ~ Houston Wedding Blog

Photo: Joseph West Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Decor & Rentals: Party Cloths ~ Entertainment & Favors: Jonny Black Productions ~ Flowers: LZ Floral Design ~ Rings: Intercontinental Jewelers ~ Venue: Northgate Country Club

White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding

A white winter wedding need not be devoid of color. Quite the contrary. A clean, wintry white background is the perfect foundation for a warming burst of color. Lynsey and Taylor’s December wedding celebration at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is a spectacular example. Against a backdrop of snow white, including white table linens, chair covers and room draping, Darryl & Co. brought in subtle touches of purple and silver, along with plenty of icy crystal, glass and rhinestone sparkle, creating an effect that was at once coolly chic and warmly inviting. Purple and pink color-wash lighting, snowflake gobos, and, of course, flickering candlelight, completed the picture, providing Lynsey, Taylor and their 225 delighted guests a winter wonderland in which to eat, drink and dance the night away. And boy, did they. Big thanks to Jaylene DeBenedictis of Sacred Image Photography for her beautiful photos of one of the loveliest winter weddings we’ve had the privilege of featuring. Enjoy!

White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog

White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog

White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
White and Purple Woodlands Winter Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Blog
Photos: Sacred Image Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Kitty Chen Couture ~ from The Princess Bridal ~ Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co. ~ Venue, Catering & Cake: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center