They say if you have to invite your best friend to your wedding, you’re marrying the wrong person. We know that Houston bride Caroline agrees! “Austin and I were best friends for two years before we started dating in 8th grade. We’ve always loved each other, but were hesitant of it potentially ruining our friendship. We took a leap of faith and decided to follow our hearts.”
When it came time to propose, Austin knew the perfect way to catch her completely off guard. It was his birthday, and Caroline wanted to surprise him with a birthday dinner… little did she know that she was the one in for a treat! As soon as they arrived to the restaurant, Caroline and Austin were led to the back, where she thought all of their family and friends would be—no one was there, and the room was filled with decorations and pictures of them. “I was so shocked, but thought it was all planned for him and I just hadn’t gotten get the memo,” adds Caroline. He showed her a sweet video he made for her, got down on one knee and asked Caroline to spend forever with him.
Caroline wore a stunning strapless lace bridal gown from Weddings by Debbie paired with blue Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps.
Their vision of a rustic Texas wedding came together with shabby-chic decor and romantic accents.
Her favorite moments? “Reading our personal vows to each other from behind either sides of a door holding hands, and dancing with my dad and my mom,” says Caroline. Thanks, Kelly Hornberger Photography, for the beautiful photos!
Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography | Wedding Dress: Weddings by Debbie | Music, Lighting & Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment
Guys—if you want a guaranteed “Yes” from your bae, you’ve got to get the pups involved, like Kyle did with the love of his life, Caitlin. As the bride recounts, “We rented out a beach house in Port Arkansas with our parents for the weekend. After dinner, we went back to the beach for a bonfire to make s’mores. While setting up the s’mores station, I found a card attached to my dog’s collar. I opened it to find a picture of both of my dogs with a note that said, ‘Mom, can Kyle be our new daddy?’ I turned around and saw Kyle down on one knee.” They skipped the s’mores and went straight to celebrating with Champagne!
Eight months later Caitlin and Kyle wed at Wimberley’s lovely Old Glory Ranch with their closest friends and family to witness. “We loved the outdoor romantic feel of the whole day. Texas wildflowers were in bloom. We had our ceremony on a wooden deck under giant trees, right next to the beautiful flowing Blanco River,” says Caitlin.
Favorite moments? There were many—the pups wore floral wreaths as they trotted down the aisle, there was a monarch butterfly release after the ceremony, and Old Glory Ranch provided four miniature donkeys for guests to interact with during the cocktail hour!
We couldn’t be happier for these two. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Anthology Photography | Venue: Old Glory Ranch
Brittni and Cameron’s love story is a true high-school dream. She was a cheerleader, and he was a baseball player. A mutual friend introduced them after a game, and it took only two weeks for them to go on a group movie date. Seven years later, they had gone from high-school sweethearts to lifelong soulmates.
Cameron knew that the perfect way to catch Brittni off guard was with a surprise proposal the weekend of his 23rd birthday. As the bride tells it, “I came back from College Station to attend his birthday dinner in Cypress, and was a little perturbed because he had been very evasive and hadn’t been communicating much the week before. Looking back on it, I should have known what was going to happen, after my mom and cousin took me to get my nails done and helped me pick out an outfit. My mom was so worried that my shirt was wrinkled, which is typical—but she was extra concerned that day.” In true Southern-gentleman fashion, Cameron picked her up in his F250 truck and told Brittni that he wanted to make a pit stop at his uncle’s barn before dinner. Brittni recounts: “We hopped out of his truck and began walking towards the lake, and spotted a little boy laughing while fishing. I was completely oblivious to the situation, and only noticed the roses and mason-jar candles as I ran into Cameron’s back,” she says. “I looked up and saw his face… it immediately brought me to tears. The look in his eyes was nothing I’ve seen before.” Cameron dropped down on one knee, and then came the ugly cries and happy tears.
She wore a gorgeous lace bridal gown, and the entire bridal party wore the cutest sneakers—including Brittni!
Brittni and Cameron had a vision of a modern-rustic wedding that came to life at Chateau Polonez with lush greenery, lots of candlelight and a naked cake.
“Our favorite moment was standing on stage after we said, ‘I do.’ We saw so many supportive faces and felt all of the love in that moment,” Brittni says. Congrats & best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Leighanne Herr Photography | Venue: Chateau Polonez | Lighting, Music & Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment
Lauren and Patrick were ready to find love, so they gave Match.com a chance and connected with each other just one month after joining. “After weeks of communicating, we knew more about each other than most people know about each other in months,” says Lauren. Even though Lauren lived in Houston and Patrick lived in Galveston, Patrick drove an hour into the city to take her out on their first date! They chatted for hours over dinner, and needless to say—they hit it off.
Almost two years later, Patrick joined Lauren on her family vacation in New York City, but little did she know, he had a little something special planned for just the two of them! Lauren and Patrick went on a romantic NYC tour that started off with breakfast at Le Parker Meridien, followed by a tour of the Statue of Liberty. “I started to count the cargo ships we saw since Patrick is in the shipping industry and it’s something we’ve done since we began dating,” she says. “After I finished counting, I turned around to tell Patrick that I love him. At that very moment, he got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him!”
Lauren walked down the aisle wearing a chic Oscar de la Renta gown paired with the perfect ivory Christian Louboutin pumps.
Lauren’s vision of a rustic-elegant wedding came to life with the help of the talented team at Darryl & Co. The soft color palette of blush, pale pink, ivory, marsala and gold accents added the perfect touch of glam Lauren was looking for.
“Our favorite moment was our surprise fireworks at the end of the evening. We stood in the rain and watched the fireworks, then said our goodbyes to our guests,” says Lauren. Sounds like the ideal Houston wedding to us! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: Evoke Photography | Wedding Consultant & Planner: Lauren Ehly Events | Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
If you’re a vintage-lovin’ bride-to-be who can’t live without rustic-inspired decor and would rather wear a pair of cowboy boots than heels—you’re gonna love our picks for picture-perfect, elegant-yet-easygoing wedding style with a distinctive Western vibe. Happy planning, lovelies!
1. Oscar de la Renta Swarovski Crystal Branch Necklace: Saks Fifth Avenue Houston Galleria 2. Julie Song Ink Coral Charm Suite: Julie Song Ink 3. Claire Pettibone Maybelle Gown: Claire Pettibone 4. Suzanne Kalan Rose Gold Aqua Ring: Suzzane Kalan 5. Bouquet: Plants N’ Petals 6. Lucchese Averill Boots: Lucchese 7. Castleberry Hill Studio Garden Greenery Stickers: Castleberry Hill Studio 8. Four Tier Vanilla-Rasberry and Chocolate Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections