Jon and Amy became “Mr. and Mrs.” at The Sam Houston Hotel, a historic gem downtown, with a whimsical wedding full of jewel-toned colors including eggplant purple, steel blue and saturated orange.
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Anthony and Richard ~ September 14, 2013
When stylist Anthony was referred to realtor Richard—the latter provided a vacant property for a video shoot when the original site backed out at the last minute—he couldn’t have known that his rescuer would also end up being his lifelong mate. But the shoot led to a date, where “we seriously hit it off and agreed to meet again. And again. And again. And finally, he just never left,” Richard recounts. “Ah, true love!” Two years into their courtship, Richard proposed in Manhattan at Rockefeller Plaza’s famed Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony. The following autumn, the pair had a commitment ceremony—and partied the night away—at the Sam Houston Hotel, where, Richard says, the evening’s most joyful highlight was “bringing 165 family members and friends together in one place to help us celebrate our special day.”
Names: Anthony Dowd & Richard Ray ~ Number of Guests: 165 ~ Venue: Sam Houston Hotel ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Linens & Chairs: Flora & Eventi ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photography & Videography: 1 Cinema Productions ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii
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Jessica and Andrew ~ November 15, 2013
“With a venue like this, it’s easy to do little and have a huge impact,” says bride Jessica of downtown Houston’s chic Sam Houston Hotel. “I wanted the wedding ceremony and reception to be soft, romantic and neutral, and my color palette”—a contemporary combo of gray, blush, white and silver—“reflects that.” You’d never know from viewing Jessica and Andrew’s wedding photos that the couple planned their wedding—with help of coordinator Sobi Qazi of Lion & Lamb Event Services—in just three weeks. But that wasn’t their biggest challenge. “The biggest challenge was having our guest count jump up by 70+ guests the week of the wedding,” Jessica says. “But it was an easy fix because I had the best vendors, who were able to work together and make it work.”
Some Houston brides want floral abundance and frilly linens. Some want crystals and chandeliers. And some, like Suzanne, want to keep things casual yet chic. “We wanted our wedding to be modern and simple,” she explains. For her Houston wedding to Jason at the historic Sam Houston Hotel’s cool, contemporary Veranda by *17 terrace space, interior designer Suzanne stuck to minimal yellow and gray decor, along with passed heavy hors d’oeuvre and no assigned seats. “We wanted it to be a party! Everyone had a great time celebrating with us, with lots of dancing.” Plus, she adds, “Actually getting Jason to dance was great!” Cheers to the fun-loving couple, and big thanks to photographer Adam Nyholt for the fab photos of this unique and lovely Sam Houston Hotel wedding.
Love the look of this chic downtown hotel? Don’t forget to enter our “Romancing The Sam” giveaway, for your chance to WIN a weekend romance package at “The Sam”–a perfect home base for a weekend of Houston city fun!
Photos: Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Bride’s Dress: Jane Wang from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Flowers: Think Studio ~ Caterer & Venue: Veranda by *17 at the Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston)
Here’s the thing about a romantic getaway—you really don’t have to get all that far away for it to be all kinds of romantic. As long as you’ve got a fabulous room, a luxurious bed, a deep tub, and, of course, the man of your dreams dreaming right alongside you.
We can’t think of a better spot than downtown Houston’s very own, very chic, newly remodeled and totally hip Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston) as the perfect local getaway locale. This exceptionally stylish hotel—whose Veranda by *17 canopied rooftop terrace is among Houston’s most in-demand wedding venues—is located walking-distance from hot downtown Houston attractions, including Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green (where you’ll find The Grove restaurant and bar), and just a short, sweet Light Rail hop from some of the world’s most prestigious art and culture museums. Within the walls of this historic Houston bank building turned boutique hotel, you’ll find yummy cocktails at the great Sam Bar (a fave after-work hangout for young downtown business folks), and even yummier modern American eats at “Best in Texas”-ranked *17 restaurant.
Of course, with your Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package—which includes deluxe king bed accommodations, Champagne, room-service breakfast and late check-out—you may opt to not venture out of your room at all.
The choice is yours. The contest is ON. Here’s how to enter:
1.) Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook—if you haven’t yet, that is.
2.) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, Houston wedding date, reception venue (actual or hoped-for) and a few sentences describing your perfect romantic Houston weekend—where you’d go, what you’d do, where you’d eat, where you’d smooch. Keep it clean. Ish.
3.) Entry emails MUST be received NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 8.
4.) Winner will be notified by WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 and announced on Facebook.
Want to find out more about “The Sam” as it’s known to folks in the know? Check out the hotel’s Weddings in Houston page for wedding pix and deets, and visit the hotel’s own site for history, happenings and hotel photos.
Photos: Sam Houston Hotel