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BEAUTIFUL Bell Tower on 34th Street Wedding by Steve Lee Photography

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Rachel & Kurt ~ July 11, 2014

For their once-in-a-lifetime celebration, UT alums Rachel and Kurt chose The Bell Tower on 34th St., and it’s easy to see why. With its gorgeous grounds, vine-covered walls, hidden archways and spectacular interior, the beloved Bell Tower was the perfect place to gather 240 guests for an evening of dining, dancing and pure, exuberant joy. The bride enchanted everyone in her gorgeous Watters gown from fabulous Mia Bridal Couture–which, we might add, photographer Steve Lee Weddings captured magnificently against a series of Bell Tower backgrounds. Notes Rachel: “Kurt and I truly feel that our perfect evening lasted forever as we got to soak up every moment of happiness and fun of the party.” As for us? We note that this wedding was one of our favorites of the year! Best of luck, and much love, to the newlyweds. And big thanks to The Bell Tower on 34th, and Steve Lee Weddings, for sharing this beautiful event with us…and YOU!

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Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Entertainment: DJU Entertainment ~ Registry: Macy’s ~ Honeymoon: St. Lucia

Coral, Ivory & Gray Wedding at Agave Real by Ama Photography & Cinema

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Iris and James ~ March 8, 2014

Who says cheap wings and 99-cent margaritas can’t possibly lead to true love? Neither Iris nor James, that’s for sure. The lovebirds, who met randomly at a Pasadena, Texas, Western bar, “hung out all night that night, and have been hanging ever since,” Iris says. In 2012, James surprised Iris at her “Ugly Christmas Sweater” graduation party, bearing a piñata filled with faux diamonds and ring pops. “I finally got to take my blindfold off, and James went down on his knee and proposed to me in front of everyone,” Iris recalls. “And, of course, tears, happiness and Facebook posts ensued.” The couple’s vintage-elegant wedding, with its shades of coral, ivory and gray, and its touches of burlap and lace, was the perfect expression of their tastes, and their love. Iris says she’ll never forget “running through the corridor of ribbon wands during our final send-off.”

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Names: Iris Villarreal & James Shene ~ Number of Guests: 170 ~ Venue: Agave Real ~ Wedding Dresses: Allure for ceremony, Watters for reception; both from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Photography: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Registry: Macy’s ~ Honeymoon: Dominican Republic

 

Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

A Fresh, New Mia Bridal Couture + A Fabulous Watters Trunk Show!

Houston Bridal Salon

With its chic and welcoming River Oaks salon, and its reputation for gorgeous wedding gowns and highly personalized service, Mia Bridal Couture has long been a favorite among style-minded Houston brides searching for “the one.” And it just got even better. Sporting a fresh new logo, soon to be launching a new full-featured website, and now featuring design houses Enaura, Pronovias Atelier and Ysa Makino for the very first time, Mia Bridal Couture is taking bridal glamour to a whole new level.

And what better way to celebrate its sparkling new look than with a hot-off-the-New-York-bridal-market-runway TRUNK SHOW, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, showcasing the latest Fall 2014 looks from perennial bridal favorite Watters. Call 713.622.2022 now to book your appointment for a Thanksgiving-weekend date with these dazzling dresses…and give yourself something to be truly thankful for!

We’ll be showcasing Mia Bridal Couture all this week, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for a peek at stunning new gowns, upcoming Mia Bridal Couture events—and an exclusive Mia Bridal Couture interview with one of the most exciting new bridal designers on the planet.

And happy shopping, Houston bride!

Watters Bridal Gowns 2014

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Bridal Gowns: Watters Fall 2013

Got a regal streak? Want to feel like a queen, princess, or very well dressed duchess on your big day? Behold the Watters Fall 2013 bridal collection, inspired by notions of royalty and aristocracy. With all manner of silhouettes of this sumptuous collection, there’s a gown for every blue-blooded (or throne-aspiring) gal. We’ve selected a handful of our faves for this here HWB post. To see this gorgeous Watters wedding gowns in person, be sure to make your appointment for Mia Bridal Couture’s upcoming Watters Fall 2013 trunk show, today through Saturday. Happy shopping, brides!

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Which one is your favorite? Leave your reply and let us–and your sister brides–know!