Former high-school friends Andrea and Matt went their separate ways after school–Matt to the Marines, Andrea to college then to work on a cruise ship. And it wasn’t until a full 14 years later that they reconnected at the funeral for a mutual friend’s father, and discovered they had both relocated to Houston. After hanging out casually for awhile, Matt finally worked up the courage to ask Andrea out on a “real” date. “He really had some game!” Andrea recounts, noting that her future husband was “a true Southern gentleman.” Showing up each time “in a spotless, freshly washed truck, he picked me up for concerts, dinners out, movies, and he even sent me flowers!” she says. While finding time to plan their wedding was the biggest challenge for attorney Andrea and mechanical engineer Matt, they managed to pull off the celebration of a lifetime at The Astorian. Surrounded by a rich, wintry wedding color palette of burgundy, navy and gold, the pair and their 220 guests feasted on fried-oyster nachos, stuffed pork tenderloin and mascarpone mashed potatoes from Cordúa Catering, along with a six-tier bride’s cake and a U.S. Marine-theme groom’s cake, both from Cakes By Gina. We’re grateful to newlyweds Andrea and Matt for sharing their burgundy and gold winter wedding, and their love story, with us. Thanks, too, to Ama By Aisha for the lovely photos of Andrea and Matt’s burgundy and gold winter wedding celebration!
In the words of Houston wedding expert Shari Costigan, of planning firm Events De Luxe, “A great idea can be a beautiful thought, but once it becomes realized, it can be a breathtaking moment.” We could not agree more. Costigan’s purple and gold styled wedding shoot with Wedding in Houston partners Sandlewood Manor, Cakes By Gina and Civic Photos, is an awesome example of a vision coming to life in glorious, gorgeous color and texture. Scroll down for more lovely moments from Civic Photos, as models Jasmine and Joey explore a purple, green and gold wedding fantasyscape, set on the grounds of Tomball’s dreamy plantation-inspired venue. Then reach on out to the fantastic Weddings in Houston vendors who made this wedding dream come true…and share your own wedding dream with them! Click here to read the rest of this post »
1) Melt-in-your-mouth global cuisine from one the city’s most acclaimed catering firms: Cordúa Catering. Yup, that’s right, the team behind award-winning Houston restaurants Américas, Churrascos and Artista, will be serving up divine eats at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian, this Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6-9 pm. The menu for our all-VIP wedding fantasyscape, planning show and cocktail bash, will include wild mushroom tarts, beef tenderloin empanaditas, tempura rock shrimp, melon & prosciutto with truffle honey, chilled gazpacho, savory grilled chicken “ta-cones”…y mucho mas!
3) Bubbles & bevvies, courtesy of our host venue, The Astorian. What’s an array of savory bites and luscious sweets, without the appropriate sips to wash it all down with? The Astorian will be serving drinks in style, so if you plan to imbibe, plan to designate a driver, or better yet, take Uber or Lyft, and leave the transpo to someone else, while you feast your eyes…and your palate…at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian. Limited advance-sale tickets available, ONLY while they last. Get yours now and get ready for…WOW!
“We wanted a wedding like nothing any of our guests had ever been to,” says Houston bride Meagan, who tied the knot with handsome Brett at an all-out swanky celebration at The Astorian. “We decided to go against tradition and have a big party instead. Our setup was more of a lounge feel. We had passed appetizers, dessert and treats, along with serviced food stations. The bar was open from the moment you arrived. We wanted people to have a great time from beginning to end and I think we succeeded at that!” So do we, Meagan…so do we. “Our favorite moment is when my brother, the officiant, had us actually turn around during the ceremony and look at all of our loved ones surrounding us. I will never forget that moment and seeing all of our guests smiling back at us.” Luckily, she’ll also enjoy the moment, and all the moments of her incredible day, in photographs by Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema. Congratulations, Meagan & Brett, wishing you a lifetime of love!