There’s something delightful about the idea of falling in love at your sweatiest, grittiest, most makeup-less best. That’s exactly what happened to Houston bride Christina, whose personal trainer Bart became her husband one day this past May. The couple’s Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa wedding, with its rose-petal-strewn garden ceremony and ballroom reception is the very essence of refined Southern beauty mixed with down-home revelry—in Christina’s words, “a classic, elegant, black-tie event…that was fun!” But amid all the splendor of Blooming Gallery’s creamy rose-and-hydrangea arrangements and twinkling crystal candelabra, all the music and lively Bright Star Productions lighting, nothing shone more radiantly than the bride’s absolutely amazing smile and irresistible dimples (we’re certain Bart would agree). Cheers to Nicole Chatham for her wonderful photos of this wonderful Houston wedding. And our happiest wishes to the happy couple!
Photos: Nicole Chatham Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Kristin; Your Beautiful Face ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections; Moeller’s Bakery ~ Flowers: Blooming Gallery ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Belle of the Ball ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
There’s a reason why certain styles become classics. Take stripes for example. This simplest of patterns always manages to look sophisticated while somehow simultaneously conjuring preppy tradition, nautical whimsy, steampunk funk and Victorian elegance, all in one fell swoop. There’s no better way to add a dash of geometric edge to your soft-and-sweet wedding palette than with a striped accessory (his or hers), table linen, napkin or favor package. We’ve assembled some of our favorite stripes here. Check them out, then check in on today’s Wedding Buzz, for more stripes, and all the week’s top wedding events, news and featured stories!
Credits (photos from left to right, top to bottom): Tyler Branch, Hello Naomi, Ben Q Photography, Simply Bloom, Ryan Ray, Jenna Walker, Jake McBride Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings, Lauren Ross, Ryan Ray, Umama143 Etsy Shop
Let’s face it: Houston’s not always the most hospitable city for an al fresco wedding celebration. Which is why we love when a couple brings the best of the outdoors in. Morgan and Carson, who we first featured back in June, when they shared their lovely engagement session with us—also shot by the exceptional Adam Nyholt—transformed The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ballroom into a lush garden, with the masterful floral work of Events in Bloom. We adore the palette of white, cream and green, the beautiful roses and voluptuous hydrangeas, the wrought iron accents and flickering candles. And that ceiling treatment? Incredible. In her Monique Lhuillier gown from Joan Pillow, Morgan looks like a magnificent flower herself. We’re so happy to feature this stunning wedding. And so happy for Morgan and Carson!
Photos: Adam Nyholt ~ Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Joan Pillow ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Events in Bloom ~ Cakes & Favors: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Wedding Consultant: Kristin McShane, Keely Thorne Events
In the Western tradition, white is and will ever be the color of weddings. But there’s white, and then there’s white-on-not-quite-white. We tend to be fans of the latter. Here’s an idea: Start with a glorious white wedding dress (like the ridiculously romantic Sierra, below, from Amsale’s Blue Label Collection). Add hints of cream, soft green, palest yellow or petal pink. Toss in a touch of gold shimmer or silver sparkle. Arrange lovingly with a focus on texture and classic elegance. And there you have it–white done right.
Photos: Peony bouquet bride, Brocade Design Arts~Jeweled bridal clutch, SpoiledPretty~Earrings, Bijoux Heart~Cake, Maggie Austin~Tabletop, Souder Photography~Cake table, JL Designs~Dress, Amsale Blue Label
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: We love a bride who isn’t afraid of a little color. Take Lisa, for instance, who walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet of intense red roses to wed her beloved Ben. Beautiful, right? Even more beautiful is the combination of snow white, rich red and bright aqua blue—the palette of choice at this adorable couple’s ranch reception. We especially love those cylinder centerpieces by Clear Lake Flowers, so simple, so elegant, so WOW. Kudos to fine Houston photographer David Stanley of DC Stanley Photography, whose awesome shots are featured here.
Photography: DC Stanley Photography~Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo~Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo~Mother of the Bride’s Dress: T Carolyn Fashions~Cake: Cakes & Culinary Creations~Flowers: Clear Lake Flowers~Reception Venue: White House Ranch~Wedding Consultant: Lisa Hendricks