Elegant Lavender, Violet and Ivory Wedding at The Astorian

A bride, with ornate headpiece and long veil and white textured ball gown, standing groom, in all black tuxedo,  after getting married in Houston at a Catholic church.
Photo: Joey T Photography | Venue: The Astorian | Jeweler: Zadok Jewelers | Invitations + Registry: Bering’s

What sprouted as a high school romance blossomed into Mary Margaret and Daniel’s quintessential love story and beautiful wedding. In their junior year of high school, Daniel asked Mary Margaret to attend a pool party together with mutual friends. A few years later, Daniel rented the patio at Mary Margaret’s favorite restaurant for just the two of them and popped the question. Afterward, an intimate celebratory dinner, they joined their families who were waiting inside at the bar. “It was the best night ever!” explained Mary Margaret. The best day ever? The big one, of course!

The couple married at the ornate Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston. Traditional white wedding floral arrangements bursting with roses and candle-lit lanterns lined the aisle. Mary Margaret carried her something borrowed—her mother’s Rosary Beads—wrapped around her white rose bouquet. But the bride’s favorite floral arrangement cascaded from the ceiling at the reception.

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Mauve, Blush And Creams Fall Wedding By Amy Maddox Photography

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Photo: Amy Maddox Photography

“Weston proposed in Brooklyn overlooking the water with the NYC skyline in the background,” remembers bride Liles. “It was absolutely breathtaking.” After finding inspiration within the pages of Weddings in Houston magazine, Liles planned a wedding that was both a “fun and memorable” affair with a “romantic” theme. “Our venue was beautiful without any decor, but I knew I wanted to dress it up in a big way for our day,” says the bride who describes a ballroom filled with greenery and colorful florals in a stunning palette of mauve, blush, and creams.

The celebration included personal touches such as a live painter, custom cocktail napkins to include their pets, with cute sayings: “Raise the woof” “Guard your drink” “Purr me another” and “Hightail it to the dance floor” and Weston playing “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John with the band on stage. The bride adds, “We also incorporated some very non traditional aspects—I had a Bridesman and Weston had a Best Woman.” Photographer Amy Maddox expertly captured the celebration through her light and airy photography style. “Everyone has asked us what our favorite part about our wedding was, but truly the whole day was just the best day ever. All of it coming together the way I’d very thoughtfully planned was so awesome!”

Join us in celebrating this sweet young couple’s romantic mauve, blush, and creams fall wedding, all stunningly documented by Amy Maddox Photography. Congratulations, Liles & Weston!

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Blue And Purple DIY Wedding At 15 Acres

Location: 15 Acres | Photo: Geoffrey Photographers

When it came time for Taylor to propose to his college sweetheart, Catherine, he did what smart-and-smitten guys do in these circumstances: He enlisted the help of Catherine’s best friend. Together, the co-conspirators arranged to have Taylor waiting in an exam room at the veterinary clinic where Catherine works as a vet tech. “My coworkers came and told me that a client had requested me for a tech appointment, and that they were waiting for me in room 4,” the bride recounts. “When I went in, I was shocked to see Taylor in there, down on one knee, and a wood sign around his dog’s neck that read, ‘Will you marry my daddy?’ Little did I know that it was being filmed the whole time, and my coworkers were watching in another room!” For their fall wedding, the couple chose the beautiful natural setting of 15 Acres, a contemporary destination-style wedding venue located under an hour’s drive from Houston in Hockley, Texas. The bride planned her DIY wedding, with help from family and bridesmaids. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Nottoway Plantation Wedding By Blanca Duran

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Photo: Blanca Duran Photography

Melissa and Stuart’s Nottoway Plantation wedding provides a wonderful example of a great wedding photographer at her very best. For this gorgeous Southern wedding, with its sparkling geode accents (the bride has an abiding passion for metaphysics and the healing power of crystals), Blanca Duran captures not just beautiful portraits against the Louisiana antebellum mansion’s stunning backdrop, but tons of exquisite details, from the elaborate place settings to the geode wedding cake to the tarot reader, twinkling chandeliers and irrepressible delight of the wedding’s youngest guests. We’re grateful to Melissa and Stuart–whose love for one another prompted the bride’s move from the Canadian Arctic to the Gulf Coast–for sharing their very special occasion with us. Scroll down to see more from this glamorous and intriguing Nottoway Plantation wedding. And click here to see more from Blanca Duran Photography, one of our favorites for wedding photography that tells your unique love story in images to cherish for a lifetime. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Joyful Hindu-Muslim Wedding By Raofactor At ZaZa

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Photo: MnM Photography
Anita and Shivan’s exuberant Hindu-Muslim wedding caught our attention the moment we saw it.

The couple, who were introduced to one another by mutual friends in 2013, might not have become a couple at all, had it not been for Anita’s initiative: “The first time we met, we talked, but not much happened. The second time all of the friends got together for dinner and I asked him out on a date,” Anita says. “He politely accepted…and it was all history from there!” A big part of that history was Shivan’s spring 2017 proposal at Hermann Park. As Anita explains, “It is one of my favorite places in the city. Shivan invited my family and friends, because he remembered that I once told him I would want all my loved ones to be there for the moment. He set up the old oak trees with lights, flowers, and pictures of us from dates we had been on, and proposed under a tree. We went from there to brunch, to celebrate with everyone. It was the most perfect proposal.” And while she notes that, “Our biggest hurdle was that my family is all Muslim and Shivan’s family is all Hindu,” she says that, ultimately, “both families accepted each other and we did ceremonies for both religions. It was beautiful to see two different religions coming together and accepting each other as family.” Join us on a colorful, lively, joy-filled journey through this lovely couple’s multi-day celebration, which included fabulous floral design from Raofactor, at a 350-guest bash held at glamorous Hotel ZaZa Museum District. Wishing Anita and Shivan a lifetime of love!  Click here to read the rest of this post »