We love a good “road obstacle” proposal story…don’t you?? “Brett proposed at my family ranch on Easter weekend of 2017,” bride Ashley tells us. “On the road leading up to our ranch my uncle and dad had strategically placed a large branch in the middle of the road, so while we were driving, we had to stop to move it. When I starting walking back to the car, I turned around and Brett was on one knee asking me to marry him! My whole family and Brett’s parents were at the ranch to celebrate afterwards. It was the perfect weekend!” Here’s what wasn’t so perfect: In August, 2017, as they were looking forward to their spring 2018 wedding, Ashley and Brett watched in fear and sorrow as Hurricane Harvey barreled through Houston, devastating countless lives, and flooding the couple’s wedding reception venue. But, focusing on a glimmer of silver lining, Ashley notes, “We were one of the fortunate couples who had ample time to find a new venue…which was Houston Racquet Club. It was the perfect spot for our reception!” The joy and gratitude of their special day is in full focus in Ashley and Brett’s wedding photos from Kelli Durham Photography, featured here. Cheers to the happy couple, and big THANKS to them, and to Kelli, for sharing their wedding with us…and YOU! Click here to read the rest of this post »
After meeting through mutual friends, Michael and Kelley found themselves smitten with each other, right from the get-go. Their connection soon turned into romance, and after five happy years, Michael decided it was time to make things official. One fateful day after brunch, Michael and Kelley took their dog, Dunkin, out for a walk…which ultimately turned into a memory Kelley will always cherish, after Kelley noticed a pink heart tag on the dog’s collar that read, “Mom, can we keep him?” and on the other side, “Will you marry me?” OK, guys, how sweet is that? Michael’s creative proposal worked, and the following May, Kelley and Michael tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at the same church where the bride’s parents had been married. The pair’s spring Astorian wedding reception had it all, from the elegant decor and the spectacular city view, to fantastic entertainment and exquisite food. Their 275 guests were treated to the sublime cuisine of Cordúa Catering. “Cordúa Catering knocked it out of the park,” notes the bride. “They provided the traditional carving station with some fun, modern options like the Mac & Cheese Bar, the Raw Seafood Bar, and a Salad Wall.” Yum! Yet the best moment for Kelley and Michael was “…The Astorian’s view of the sunset on downtown Houston. It was breathtaking and a moment we will never forget!” Congratulations to you both!
“Astorian Spring Wedding” Photography: MD Turner Photography; Spotlight Vendors – Venue: The Astorian | Catering: Cordúa Catering | Photobooth: Oh Snap Selfie Photobooths
Contributors: The Sweet Shack, Houston Invitation Services, Blooming Gallery, Blush & Co., Whittington Bridal, Drywater Band
Heading off to study at Texas A&M to prepare for their future, Logen and Andrew soon learned just how rewarding that decision would be, for each of them. As a member of the college volleyball team, Logen attended a beach bonfire for university athletes where she crossed paths with Andrew and instantly became smitten. It didn’t take long before Andrew knew he’d found the love of his life in Logen, proposing to her following a volunteering event the pair did together. Click here to read the rest of this post »
Joanna met Shane at their freshman college orientation, quickly sparking a friendship during tutoring sessions for chemistry class (wink, wink). However, they didn’t have their first date until junior year, on Valentine’s Day. “I suppose when you wait that long for a date, you have to go BIG or go home!” the bride says. Just one week after graduating, Shane popped the question while on a hiking trip with Joanna. A custom engagement ring made for a truly unforgettable graduation gift. The ceremony took place at Ashton Gardens in the soft glow of the glass-enclosed chapel. There, the pair exchanged personal written vows in front of 155 guests. The celebration continued in Ashton Gardens’ timeless ballroom, with a feast featuring giant coconut shrimp and, ’cause this here is Texas, y’all, succulent steak. Joanna and Shane ended the night amidst a throng of bubbles for a magical exit. Best wishes to you guys as you start a new adventure together!
Photographer: Kaitlyn Beauregard Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens
Almost a decade of dating and an intense game of “Super Mario World” brought childhood acquaintances Jennifer and Sean together forever.
“It happened at home, which is very us. He had somehow managed to write ‘Will you marry me?’ in a ‘Super Mario World’ game,” Jennifer says, though she didn’t realize at first that the words were meant for her! A resounding “yes” and 11 months later, the couple wed in a lush garden on a sunny March day among 68 of their closest friends and family.
“We knew that we didn’t want a huge wedding,” Jennifer says. “We loved how intimate and personal it felt and that we were able to spend time with everyone who attended.”
Adding to the intimacy of the affair, Jennifer’s sister designed all of the couple’s wedding invitations and stationery, and Sean’s best friend officiated the ceremony!
Jennifer and Sean booked their dream photographer, Serendipity Photography, to capture their bright floral arrangements, lush table designs and joyous dancing.
“Right from the start, we knew we wanted Serendipity as our photographers,” Jennifer says. “I’ve been following them on their blog for a few years, and I really love their style. Alice and Eric are awesome people as well.”
Jennifer and Sean will celebrate two years of marriage tomorrow! Congrats, and thanks for sharing your oh-so-special day with us on the Houston Wedding Blog!
Photos: Serendipity Photography