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Coral and Ivory Garden Party Wedding at the Antique Rose Emporium

Both former high-school athletes, Brittany and Chad sat next to each other on the way to UIL regionals in San Antonio—and that, Brittany says, was pretty much all it took for her to fall in love. After dinner at their favorite hometown restaurant one evening in 2012, where, Brittany recounts, her future groom “ate a kid’s meal for dinner because he was so nervous” (how cute is that?), Chad proposed to her underneath a blanket of stars at Hempstead City Park. The couple’s Antique Rose Emporium wedding, with its “antique, sweet Southern vibe,” was sheer perfection, from the deeply touching chapel ceremony, to the gently tousled flower arrangements and rustic burlap table runners, to the down-home dinner of chicken-fried steak and homemade mashed potatoes, to the natural beauty of their chosen venue—which, with its acres of Texas pioneer roses “did not call for extreme amounts of decorations,” Brittany says. “Everyone had a blast including my grandparents who are 70 years old and were the life of the party,” the bride notes—a fact attested to beautifully by photos from Paige Budde of Awake Photography. Congratulations, Brittany and Chad—may your life together forever be a garden of roses.

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Photos: Awake Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Weddings by Debbie ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Flowers: Dilorio Farms & Roadside Market, Hempstead ~ Venue: Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham

Green, Yellow and Gray Daytime Wedding by Alicia Pyne Photography

We are privy to a lot of wonderful proposal stories, but this beauty, from Houston bride Emily, has got to be one of our favorites: “Chris proposed to me in our apartment on a Monday night. He used a chalkboard piggy bank that I had bought him a few years before. I was sick and Chris tried to convince me that there was medicine in the bathroom, but I didn’t believe him. We both went to the bathroom to see if there was any medicine in there and he had the piggy bank set up with a single rose in the slot. On the piggy bank it said, ‘turn around.’ I thought he meant turn the piggy bank around so I did and on the other side it said ‘wedding fund.’ That’s when I turned around to see Chris down on his knees asking me to marry him.” The couple’s daytime wedding was full of vintage touches and whimsy, from the guys’ old-school Converse sneaks to the tiered red-velvet cupcakes to the pretty wedding palette of pale green, light yellow, gray and white. Mexican food and a ceremony conducted by the bride’s standup-comic brother added to the fun—which was not dampened one bit when a flower girl accidentally fell into a fountain while one of the bridesmaids was toasting the couple. “She was fine,” Emily smiles. And she grins about this bit, too: “As silly as it sounded to our wedding planner, we really wanted to incorporate piggy banks into our decor. You should have seen people’s faces when we told them we were using piggy banks as wedding decorations! They turned out so cute and once people read our engagement story they understood and thought it was pretty cool.” And so do we. Congratulations, Emily and Chris, and huge thanks to the wonderful Alicia Pyne of Alicia Pyne Photography for beautiful photos of this delightful day.

Photos: Alicia Pyne Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo ~ Flowers: The Bloom Room ~ Venue: The Gardens of Bammel Lane

Vintage Elegant Hotel Galvez Wedding by Joshua Tyi Photography

There’s something so darn timeless and captivating about Shaw and Kael’s morning wedding at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez. Everything from the wash of coastal light to the vintage-inspired palette of warm golden brown and bright poppy red to the charmingly attired couple themselves is picture-perfect. Here’s something else that was perfect: the groom’s acknowledgement of the the day’s precious moments. “One thing I really appreciated was that throughout the day Kael would stop me and say, ‘Let’s remember this moment,’ which was a nice way to slow down and not forget anything important amidst a busy, emotional day,” explains Shaw. Grooms: Take note! Everyone else, take a moment to savor this delightful Galveston wedding, with fabulous photos courtesy of Houston-based Joshua Tyi Photography.

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Photos: Joshua Tyi Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Hitherto ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez

Enchanting Austin Engagement and Wedding by High Dot Studios, Part II

Vintage-loving, fun-loving, each-other-loving Houstonians Shatara and Bilal chose the lovely Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria as the location for their wedding. And we are SO glad they did. Just look at these photos by High Dot Studios, which show off the venue’s dreamy green grounds and the wedding’s enchanting, butterflies-and-roses ambiance to magnificent effect. Says beautiful bride Shatara—shown here in her exquisite Vera Wang wedding gown—“Family and friends from as far away as Virginia joined us in our celebration. Mostly outdoors, our wedding took everyone by surprise with our hip-hop first-dance mix. Serving foods like jerk chicken and hummus, and drinks like ginger beer, made our wedding a one-of-a-kind. We capped off the night with a 1959 Jaguar to whisk us away. I’ll always cherish how beautiful our wedding was and hope others will appreciate its beauty.” If by “others” you mean us here at HWB, and all our eager readers, yes, Shatara, we most certainly do!

As for you, dear readers, if you haven’t yet checked out Shatara and Bilal’s engagement session, do yourselves a favor…and DO!

Photos: High Dot Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Cake: Central Market ~ Flowers: Whole Foods ~ Venue: Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

Enchanting Austin Engagement and Wedding by High Dot Studios, Part I

There’s so much to love about Houstonians Shatara and Bilal, we can’t contain the amazing in one single blog post. That’s why we’re spreading it out over TWO. In today’s post, we swoon and sigh over this beautiful couple’s breathtaking engagement photos, shot by Austin-based High Dot Studios at historic Laguna Gloria in Austin, and picturesque Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs. Oh, how we adore the magnificent natural settings, the superbly stylish attire and the subtle vintage touch of this dreamy photographic idyll. If you love this couple and these pix as much as we do, get ready to go gaga over this Thursday’s HWB post, which will showcase Shatara and Bilal’s beautiful Laguna Gloria wedding!

Photos: High Dot Studios