Rana and Navid’s proposal is probably one of the cutest we’ve heard yet. “Two weeks prior to Navid’s graduation, his sister texted me about planning a surprise party for him after the ceremony,” says Rana. Little did she know that she was the one in for a surprise. Rana got into planning mode and started to coordinate with Navid’s family and friends to let them know about the “surprise” party. Come graduation day, everything went according to her plan. “As soon as we walked in, we immediately started taking photos,” says Rana. She explains that she and Navid were the first to pose for photos in front a graduation “Congrats!” sign. Little did she know that while she and her honey stood in front of the sign, it was being switched out for a sign that said, “Will you marry me?” As Rana recounts, “Navid’s sister took the photo and walked over to make sure I approved of the it. As soon as I noticed the sign in the back of the picture, Navid got down on one knee. It was the greatest surprise ever,” adds Rana. If you think that sounds sweet, just wait ‘til you see the lovely photos from their fabulous Persian wedding celebration at The Bougainvilleas! We totally swooned over these photos by Aventography, and are sure you will, too. Here’s something else: You can see this gorgeous venue live and in person when The Bougainvilleas opens it doors to couples and their entourages on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. for a fabulous summer Open House!
Photos: Aventography | Venue: The Bougainvilleas | Pronovias Bridal Gown & Sister-of-the-Bride Attire: Weddings by Debbie | Marquee Letters: House of Letters
For Anna, it was just an ordinary lunch date with the girls…until Stephen noticed her from across the room. “Stephen asked the waitress to ask me if he could join us for lunch or say, ‘Hi.’ I was curious,” recalls Anna. Fortunately, her curiosity paid off…with lots and lots of love. Eight months after a sweet beach proposal in Grand Cayman, the pair tied the knot at Chateau Cocomar in front of 110 of their nearest and dearest. Plants N’ Petals created a romantic setting by filling the room with tall candelabras and lush floral arrangements, complemented by a 4-foot-tall lace-and-pearl cake by Who Made The Cake. Anna’s off-shoulder bridal gown from Weddings by Debbie was pure princess material–and she rocked it! Congrats and best wishes, Anna and Stephen. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Photos: Emily Lockard Photography | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Catering: Cafe Natalie Catering | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie | Baker: Who Made The Cake! | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Plants N’ Petals | Lighting, Music, Entertainment & Photo Booth: LG Entertainment
Sharon and Manuel’s fate was sealed when they were attending a salsa dancing event one night in March of 2012. Manuel’s best friend instantly saw how perfect the two would be together, so he introduced them. A few years later, Manuel knew he was more than ready to make Sharon his wife and had a surprise proposal planned. One January evening, the couple made a trip to Hermann Park in Houston’s Museum District. Manuel led Sharon over to a romantic little gazebo and asked Sharon to be his, forever. He even hired a photographer to capture the moment from a hidden location (bonus points!) But Manuel’s plans didn’t stop there. He had dinner arrangements for them to get to…where their families were waiting to celebrate! Seriously, could this engagement get any sweeter? The two said vows and celebrated their love story with a ceremony and reception at Houston’s ultra-chic Hotel ZaZa. Their gold and black color palette was a perfectly stunning complement to the hotel’s deeply romantic tones. The couple remembers having the most divine wedding cakes, courtesy of Who Made The Cake, for their celebration: “The main cake was made with Italian cream with vanilla ice cream in one tier and raspberry cake with raspberry filling in another”—and to add to that decadence—“The [Star Wars theme] groom’s cake was chocolate on chocolate.” Yum. Sharon recounts: “One of my favorite moments was when my husband surprised me with a song, playing the conga with the band. It was amazing!” We wish the newlyweds a life filled with love and even more wonderful memories. Thank you, Civic Photos, for capturing the beauty, joy and exhilaration of Manuel and Sharon’s celebration!
Photos: Civic Photos | Venue: Hotel ZaZa | Bridal Gown: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie | Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions | Baker: Who Made The Cake!
Whether you’re a boho bride that loves romantic waves, or a bold bride that’s not shy to make a statement—we’ve got you covered. We picked our top twelve fave hair and makeup looks paired with accessories from this season’s hottest trends. You can see more bridal fashion and meet Houston’s beauty experts at the I Do! Soiree on Thursday, February 4 at The Corinthian. Trust us, you’re not gonna want to miss out on this VIP party! Get your tickets NOW before they sell out!
Bohemian Elegance 1. Makeup & Hair: Aubrie Layne, Lucky Cat Beauty | Gown: Houston Bridal Gallery | Hair Pins: The Princess Bridal | Earrings: Sloan/Hall 2. Makeup & Hair: Tonya Riner | Headpiece: Weddings by Debbie | Earrings: Neiman Marcus 3. Makeup & Hair: Aubrie Layne, Lucky Cat Beauty | Gown: Galia Lahav | Headpiece: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique | Earrings: Neiman Marcus Romantic Waves 4. Makeup: Victoria Callaway | Hair: Dennis Clendennen | Gown: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: Peran & Scannell 5. Makeup & Hair: Aubrie Layne, Lucky Cat Beauty | Gown: Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal | Headpiece & Earrings: Mia Bridal Couture 6. Makeup & Hair: Aubrie Layne, Lucky Cat Beauty | Gown: Brickhouse Bridal | Headpiece Mia Bridal Couture | Earrings: Sloan/Hall | Necklace: Neiman Marcus Fresh & Dewy Makeup: Victoria Callaway | Hair: Dennis Clendennen 7. Hat Giovanni | Jewelry: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 8. Gown: The Princess Bridal | Earrings: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 9. Hat: Giovanni | Earrings: Zadok Jewelers Bold & Dramatic 10. Makeup: Victoria Callaway | Hair: Dennis Clendennen | Gown: Mia Bridal Couture | Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers 11. Makeup: Victoria Callaway | Hair: Dennis Clendennen | Earrings: Shannon Fine Jewelry 12. Makeup: Tonya Riner | Hair: Aubrie Layne, Lucky Cat Beauty | Earrings: Neiman Marcus
Photos: Adam Nyholt ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez ~ Decor: Lavish Affairs ~ Wedding Dress: Weddings by Debbie ~ Hair & Makeup: Hotel Galvez Spa
She’s the Queen of the Gulf…and her magnificent wedding spaces, including the 9,300-square-foot Centennial Green, are the jewels in her impressive crown. If your fantasy is a destination wedding, but you’re looking for a destination a little closer to home, the magnificent Hotel Galvez & Spa, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, may be just the location you’re looking for. Say “I do” outdoors, as a gentle ocean breeze flutters the floral garlands of your altar canopy…then dine and dance the night away in the gorgeous Galvez Music Hall or stately Terrace Ballroom. Make a weekend of it, and invite guests to take in Galveston’s historic architecture, oceanfront attractions and Historic Pleasure Pier. However you choose to have your Hotel Galvez wedding, it WILL be wedding you’ll never forget.
Book your Hotel Galvez wedding by Dec. 31, 2015, and you’ll receive a complimentary Hotel Galvez signature cocktail as part of your libation menu, plus a complimentary upgrade to elegant chiavari chairs for your reception. There’s no better time to book your Hotel Galvez wedding than right now. And no place better to be swept away in a seaside wedding fantasy come-to-life!
Heavy beading, metallic embroidery and intricate corset construction are big trends for 2015 bridal-gown bodices…and we are wild for the elaborate elegance they create. Check out some of our favorite wedding-dress bodices here!
1. Alvina Valenta: Ivory Bridal Atelier & Weddings by Debbie ~ 2. Winnie Couture: Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon ~ 3. Lusan Mandongus: Brickhouse Bridal ~ 4. Anne Barge: Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ 5. Ines Di Santo: Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ 6. Alvina Valenta: Ivory Bridal Atelier & Weddings by Debbie ~ 7. Rivni: Ivory Bridal Atelier & Mia Bridal Couture ~ 8. Christos Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ 9. Lazaro Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture & Weddings by Debbie
Captivating capelets and intricate, detailed sleeves have made a huge comeback this season, and we are all for it. Check out our faves fresh off the runway that have us swooning. Want to try them on? Schedule your appointment at Houston’s top bridal salons now!
1. Sareh Nouri: Mia Bridal Couture 2. Jim Hjelm: Houston Bridal Gallery, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, Weddings by Debbie 3. Lusan Mandongus: Brickhouse Bridal 4. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Paravani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 5. Monique Lhuillier 6. Ines Di Santo: Ivory Bridal Atelier 7. Catherine Deane 8. Ines Di Santo: Ivory Bridal Atelier 9. Winnie Couture: Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon