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C ON T E N T S wedding styld J E W E L RY

celebration in bloom

311 CAP ITOL C OC KTA I L S Put Your Personal Signature On One Of These Creative Wedding Cocktails From Capitol Beverage

315 D E LECTAB LE B ITES!

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192 P U T A R I NG O N IT

Taste And Artistry Unite In These Savory Morsels From The Hometown Chef

316 E LE VAT E D C OM FO RT Houston’s Café Natalie Catering Turns Out Traditional Favorites With A Decidedly Modern Twist

Real Rings, Real Proposal Stories And The Real Houston Couples Behind Them

200 SPA R K LE & SHI N E

I N V I TAT I O N S + FA V O R S

It Is The Symbol Of Your Promise, And A Source Of Joy, Every Day Of Your Marriage

31 8 AN IN VITAT ION TO...AW ES O M E! There’s Nothing More Important Than Making A Fine First Impression—Especially With Your Wedding Invitations

WEDDING AT TIRE

3 2 6 IN VITAT ION IN SP I R AT I O N

204 BRIDAL STYLE SPREADS ITS WINGS

Aussie Tess Basile, Founder Of Stationery Boutique Paper Fusion, Crafts Modern And Delicate Invitations With International Appeal

The Newest Looks In Bridal Design Are Breaking Free, Pushing The Envelope, And Turning Tradition On Its Head

332 YOU’R E IN VIT E D!

2 1 6 HAU T E O F F T HE RU N WAY From The Catwalk To Real Life, The Season’s Most Gorgeous Gowns Are As Romantic As Your Love Story

2 2 2 LOV E I S I N T HE A IR Creative, Quick-Thinking And Full Of Fancy, You’re A Heady Romantic With A Flair For Fun

2 2 4 DOW N TO E ART H Driven And Engaging All Senses, Your Vision For A Blissful Wedding Is Emotional And Sensual

229 SW E E T WAT E R Sensitive, Thoughtful And Imaginative, Your Wedding Day Inspiration Never Stops Flowing!

2 33 HE ARTS O N F I RE Passionate, Positive And Powerful, You’re The Life Of The Party—At The Party Of A Lifetime!

234 O NE E NC HANT ED EV EN IN G A Magical Moonlit Wedding

B E A U T Y + H E A LT H 238 8 R E ASO NS TO HIRE A HA IR & MAK E U P P RO There’s No Spotlight Like Your Wedding Spotlight—Earn It, Own It And Love It

247 HE AT WAV E Stay Fresh And Pretty When Texas Temps Soar

251 C O O LI NG T R E N D Embrace The Elements With These Chic & Shimmery Favorites 20

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finer details

FLOWERS, D E C O R + R E N TA L S 2 54 D E SIG N OF T H E T IM E S Fall In Love With The Most Beguiling Looks in Floral, Decor And Furnishings For 2017 And 2018 Weddings

2 74 G AR D E N ART IST RY New Orleans-Born, New York-Based Floral Designer Ariel Dearie Makes A Statement With Understatement

2 86 C E LE B R AT ION IN B LOOM

C U L I NA RY S E RV I C E S 2 96 M E N U M AG IC Andrew Brackner Of Atlanta’s Talk Of The Town Catering Transforms Fresh Ingredients Into Bites Of Pure Celebration

3 0 6 PART Y PAIR IN G S Acclaimed Caterer Jackson And Company Brings Together Savory Bites & Lively Sips, In A Beautiful Marriage Of Flavors

308 D ECAD E N T D E SSE RTS Magnificent Cakes, Scrumptious Sweets & Whimsical Treats

338 R EG IST E R FOR R EA L L I FE Avoid “Random Registry” Regrets, And Get The Best For Your Newlywed Nest— We’ll Show You How!

344 T H E ADVE N T UR ER S International Travel. The Great Outdoors. Bold Expeditions...Nothing Intimidates Your Team!

344 T H E FOOD IE S Every Meal Is An Event, Every Restaurant A New Frontier. Eat, Drink And Be Married!

348 T H E H OUSE H UNT ER S When Binge-Watching HGTV Is Your Perfect Weeknight Date...And Weekends Are For Open Houses

348 T H E H E IR LOOM E R S Your Modern-Meets-Traditional Vibe Celebrates Current Style, And Honors Future Generations

MUSIC + E N T E RTA I N M E N T 35 2 LE T’S G E T T H IS PA RT Y STA RT ED The Key To A Celebration Your Guests Will Be Talking, Posting, Tweeting And OMG-ing About Long After The Big Day? Great Entertainment, Of Course!

363 SLE E K & SUAVE Celebrate In Style With These Luxurious, But Essential, Men’s Accessories And Amenities


CONTENTS documenting the day

decadent desserts MAGNIFICENT CAKES, SCRUMPTIOUS SWEETS & WHIMSICAL TREATS

47 P R E SLE Y B OURQUEI N & PAU L LU M P K I NS 62 AM Y G ILB E RT & JAC O B C O H EN 76 SAR AH LOOG E R & C H R I S SA XO N

PHOTOGR APHY 366 P I CT U R E T HI S

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You’ve Envisioned A Wedding Unlike Any Other—Now Capture It, In Photos To Last A Lifetime

92 L I LY TA M M A M I & M I C K E Y K N AU S S 108 LOG AN SH AC KLE T T & DAV I D H U B ER 1 1 8 TAR A PAULOSE & JA M ES T H O M AS 135 C H E R IE FON T E N OT & W I L L I A M B I B B

38 0 FA MI LY T I E S

1 4 7 AM E LIA M ARC IAN O & JASON CALDW E LL

7 Houston Wedding Photographers Share Their Favorite Parent-Child Photos And The Stories Behind Them

1 5 3 AN N E H E R N D ON & W I L L I A M B U R NET T 1 7 2 AN G E LA G AR Z A & C H R IST IAN F E R N ANDEZ

390 SO C I A L E T I Q U ET T E Social Media Is A Must At Most Modern Weddings. Use This Guide To Navigate The Rules Of Posting Like A Pro!

1 79 M ORG AN M UC KLE ROY & DAV I D L EP P ER 1 86 B ROOKE G ULLO & A L EX FR EDR I C H 201 KE R I J OH N SON & B L A K E R U S S EL L

397 A F T E R PA RT Y Dance The Night—Or Early Morning—Away With A Chic & Flirty Reception Outfit

2 1 2 DAN IE LLE R AUC H & CAS EY M I L L M A N 218 SAR A W IT M E R & G R EG O RY K R AU S S 226 B R IT TA VOR H IE S & RYA N PA R K ER

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230 B EC CA SARTOR I & M AT T G AG NO N 248 ASH LE Y SOR R E LS & LO G A N B U R K E

398 LOV E O N F I LM

270 M IC H E LLE FOR E M A N & LOG AN C H ILTON

The Best Moving Pictures Have The Ability To Move Wedding Couples And Their Friends And Family, For Years To Come

278 BAY LE IG H E D E N M IL L ER & P H ILIP KE M PAIN E N 282 FA R N A Z FA I A Z & J E R E M Y H U TC H I N S

just married

292 KE LLY B OSWORT H & M IC H AE L T E P E R A 3 1 2 M IN AL PAT E L & VAN R EYES 323 KR IST E N KILLION & M IC H AE L H OF F M AN

HONEYMOON

329 C H R IST IN E KAR LOV I C H & JAS O N B EL L 408 4 T I P S FO R P LAN N IN G YO U R P E R F ECT HON EY MOON Before Your “Bon Voyage,” Follow This Advice For Fantasizing, Booking And Setting Off For The Trip Of A Lifetime

345 M ARG AR E T B OOT H & B R ENTO N M OS S 349 KIN SE Y SLON E & C O DY T H O M P S O N

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360 KIM B E R LY VE AL & A DENI YI O LU M I DE 377 KE LSE Y W ILLIAM S & ST EP H EN B EAS L EY 386 KE R RY LE E & JAM ES R I C H A R DS 394 AN G E LA FALC ON E & B L A K E AU L DS

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PLANNING Now that you’ve said, “Yes,” where do you turn

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next? Our wedding planning pages, of course. Locate a qualified ­consultant, tour top venues, find an officiant, and discover ceremony and reception trends. Get everything you need to start planning in style.

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7 UNIQUE HOUSTON HOTELS WRITER LAURA MERICAS

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A Seaside Retreat, An Art-Lover’s Enclave, A Downtown Dazzler... And More: These Haute Houston Hotels Offer Something For Every Dream-Wedd ing Theme!

Houston’s luxury hotel scene is HOT, and

that’s good news for couples on the hunt

for a venue that mixes unique thematic elements with the full service and ample accommodations of a top-tier hotel prop-

erty. Planning an Art Deco affair? Pining for a Gulf Coast getaway? Searching for South Asian menu expertise, Parisian charm, a spa

retreat…or something else entirely? Check

out these unique wedding hotels we’ve hand picked just for you.

Cosmopolitan Cool: OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL Tucked away off Memorial Drive within

the prestigious Post Oak area, the Omni

Houston Hotel is a distinctive modern oasis “hidden from the hustle and bustle”

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LOCATION: THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA

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of the city, says director of catering and convention services Gary Baumann. The hotel’s in-house Mokara Spa offers day-of

couple’s massages, as well as other beauty

treatments for to-be-weds who are willing to break the first-look rules to get some R&R together on their big day.

While you are relaxing—either in-spa

or in your well-appointed Omni Houston

room—the hotel’s catering staff orches-

intimate spaces within the sprawling property. The award-winning grounds

the celebration going after the reception

beneath twinkling Live Oak trees make

will have ample opportunity. Home to the only in-hotel nightclub in Houston, the Omni wows wedding guests and couples with the recently renovated Black Swan, an underground, industrial-chic club fit for swank candid photo ops and let-your-hair-

for joyous outdoor ceremonies and “authentic Texas experiences,” Grell says, perfect for timeless nuptials that can be relived and enjoyed, in photos and memories, for generations to come. Every event of the wedding celebra-

down after-party fun.

tion, from the bridal showers or luncheon,

ballrooms and cosmopolitan outdoor

Houston Classic:

spaces into a chic resort-like fantasy,

brunch, can be held within the six elegant

with Asian-inspired gardens and under-

THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA

ballrooms, restaurants or lounges. Guests

stated design.

Enchanting forests and classic wood-

rated spa, fitness facilities and golf course,

trates every detail, turning its enormous

parties

paneled ballrooms exude The Houstonian

really ornate,” Baumann says. “We have

and warm hospitality,” says Evangelia

acrylic staging, with lights shining up in

Located along a wooded stretch of

“Wedding

receptions

and

out on the poolside terrace can be

Hotel, Club & Spa’s “Southern elegance

done events with the pool covered with

Grell, social catering manager.

the evening, so you can dance over the

Houston’s Memorial Park, this revered

water. It’s quite elaborate.”

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While some guests will retire to their luxe hotel rooms, those who want to keep

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hotel offers wedding couples many

to the rehearsal dinner, to the farewell

also can enjoy the club’s lavish pools, topduring their downtime.

City Views: HILTON AMERICAS-HOUSTON While wedding events at the Hilton Americas can be intimate and understated, or lavish and large, all are guaran-


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teed to come with unforgettable views. Each of the hotel’s unique ballrooms has a spacious foyer with floor-to-ceiling

with ample square footage, and a culinary staff well versed in traditional Indian

Downtown’s

glittering

skyline,

“the perfect backdrop for an extravagant social hour,” says senior catering manager Rebecca Payne. Traditional couples with an intimate wedding in mind may prefer the smaller, chandelier-lit Ballroom of the Americas, while those who seek expansiveness and modern elegance may choose the Lanier Grand Ballroom, with 28-foot ceilings and contemporary fixtures.

chic Monet Ballroom and sleek lounges,

and Pakistani cuisines.

restaurants and guestrooms. The award-

Artful Elegance: JW MARRIOTT

year-old tower often surprises couples

windows overlooking Discovery Green and

luxury vibes in its gallery-like Picasso Hall,

HOUSTON DOWNTOWN Inspired by Houston’s vibrant heritage, and located in a historic Downtown building, the JW Marriott Houston Downtown is an ideal wedding venue for couples with a love for the arts, and a reverence for restoration. “There are certain passion points we have here and culture is definitely one of them,” says senior catering sales

If you’re planning a 1,000-guest tradi-

manager Kristina Bontrager. “That’s why

tional South Asian ceremony complete

we feature a lot of Houston and Texas

with a baraat procession on elephant or

artists throughout all of our spaces.”

horseback, followed by a feast for all your

Complete with giant steel columns

friends and family members, the Hilton

and eclectic artwork throughout, the

Americas can accommodate you, both

Downtown hotel balances industrial and

winning restoration of the 100-pluslooking for a modern and personalized

wedding experience. “We have infused a lot of style into the space,” Bontrager says. “Yes, it is a hotel with all the ameni-

ties and conveniences, but the design is great for couples at that prime wedding

age who don’t want guests to feel like they are going to the same wedding over and over again.”

Seaside Celebration: HOTEL GALVEZ & SPA Why venture farther than the Gulf of

Mexico for that coastal wedding you

crave? Nearby Galveston’s Hotel Galvez & Spa, the only historic ocean-view

hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast, provides wedding couples with an ideal option for

a vintage-inspired celebration, or tropicalyet-traditional nuptials.

With three separate outdoor cere-

mony spaces, couples can say their vows under fluttering palm trees or

surrounded by lush green gardens. Afterwards, guests can proceed into one of the hotel’s ballrooms—each has

gorgeous gulf views glimpsed through grand arched windows. Built in 1911, the

historic hotel boasts iconic architecture and refined design, which director of

communications Christine Hopkins says can be kept simple or made extravagant

for any wedding event: “Historic hotels

like Hotel Galvez have an ambiance and charm that you are not going to find in a modern facility,” she notes. “It’s something you need to experience. It’s like going back in time to the era of the ‘Grand Dame’ hotels.”

Dramatic Decadence: HOTEL ZAZA MUSEUM DISTRICT “Glamorous.” “Chic.” “Stylish.” “Elegant.”

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PROS OF A HOTEL WEDDING ❋ You’ll be working with top hospitality professionals who host hundreds of events a year, know their space intimately, and know how to make it work just for you. ❋ Hotels offer access to many different settings within one grand venue. With multiple ballrooms, pre-function spaces, lounges, outdoor areas and more, you can pull off any wedding style at a hotel venue, and will always have a backup rain plan.

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commonly use to describe their wedding

Parisian-inspired weddings and other

celebrations at Hotel ZaZa.

opulent events.

This premier boutique hotel, located

And expect to be treated like a VIP at

in Houston’s posh Museum District,

Hilton Houston Post Oak too: Privacy is a

plays host to some of the most dramatic

major part of its wedding appeal, since

weddings in the city. Featuring what

it has only one ballroom. “There is no

associate director of catering and special

competing for attention with another large

events Ashley Bartek describes as the

function at the same time,” Reinheardt

hotel’s

says. “Everything about a couple’s special

“rich,

modern

decor,”

which

includes sophisticated chandeliers, flamboyant colors and eye-catching theatrical elements repurposed from New York’s original Warwick Hotel, Hotel ZaZa is a most fashionable fit for engaged couples craving a celebration that is as refined as it is…sexy. To-be-weds who want to push the envelope a bit, but don’t want to venture inside The Loop, also are in luck. A second luxurious location—Hotel ZaZa Memorial City—is set to open in the coming months. Like other ZaZa loca-

❋ Everyone will come to you! In a hotel you can wake up, get dressed and say, “I do,” all in one place. You’ll be able to truly enjoy the day without rushing from home, to hair and makeup, to ceremony and reception.

tions, the hotel will feature a signature ZaSpa, resort-style pool, and avant-garde lounge and restaurants, for maximum guest enjoyment before, during and after the main event.

day should and will be about them.”

Wellness Retreat: THE WESTIN MEMORIAL CITY Equidistant from both of Houston’s major airports, the Westin Memorial City welcomes travelers and locals alike to a peaceful oasis on the west side of the city. With its rooftop infinity pool, in-room spa treatments, and calming blue and green hues throughout the property, the Westin Memorial City offers wedding groups an atmosphere of luxurious tranquility. “The look of the hotel is modern and rejuvenating,” says the hotel’s wedding specialist, Jeanette Pizano. “We are all about fitness and wellness here.” For others looking to get out and about, the hotel offers ample shopping

French Fête:

and dining opportunities both walking

HILTON HOUSTON POST OAK

and driving distance away, in addition to

❋ Guests visiting from out of town will thank you for making their travels easy on them, since you’ll save them from countless Google Map searches and transportation nightmares by having your wedding hotel as their headquarters.

D e c ke d o u t w i t h s p a r k l i n g Lo u i s

its own sleek stone-accented eatery and

XIV-style crystal-teardrop chandeliers,

waterfall-filled drinkery, the 024 Grille

dramatic recessed ceilings and gold-

and the 024 Lounge.

❋ Late-night bars and clubs, located either in-house or walking distance away, allow guests to keep the party going safely without the need of a designated driver or the hassle of finding an Uber during peak after-party hours.

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leaf accents, the Hilton Houston Post

“Many Houstonians don’t know that we

Oak has a “je ne sais quoi” that evokes

have a sky bridge that connects the hotel

French charm and elegance.

to the Memorial City Mall and a shuttle

Citing the Uptown hotel’s freshly

that takes guests to the open-air shop-

renovated lobby and guestrooms, and

ping district, CityCentre,” Pizano says.

luxurious amenities, Margery Reinheardt,

“They are very accessible for guests look-

director of catering, notes, “There is a

ing for something to do.”

grand sense of arrival here. Couples and

For the wedding itself, The Westin’s

their guests will definitely feel special

modern garden-themed ballrooms lend

from the moment they enter.”

themselves to serene ceremonies and

Be among the first to celebrate in the

picturesque receptions, while air-walls in

classically styled Grand Ballroom, which

the nature-inspired, wood-paneled rooms

is being given a new plum, eggplant

can be moved to accommodate large

and café-au-lait color scheme, suited for

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set styling, decor & flowers: todd events

makeup: vci artist victoria callaway

assistant: devin harvey

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presley & paul 1.21.17

HER FAVORITE SIP: buffalo grille’s cinnamon coffee

HIS FAVORITE SIP: old fashioned

HER FAVORITE SWEET: warm brownie with

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: royers round top café’s sweet &

bluebell vanilla ice cream

salty pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

sleeping in, eating breakfast tacos and going on an

anything outdoors

outdoor adventure with our pups

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he is the

her caring and generous heart, and

steady and loving finishing piece to my puzzle

the way she loves me

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resley and Paul’s modern romance, initiated by dating app

propose on multiple “ideal” occasions, it wasn’t until the end of their

Hinge, made them realize how deeply connected they were even

summer trip to Aspen, Colo., that Paul found the perfect moment

before they’d ever met. Checking Presley’s profile, Paul was astonished

to ask her to spend forever with him. As for their winter wedding at

to discover that she was a teacher at Yellowstone Academy—a school

The Corinthian, “It was a dream,” Presley says, noting that downtown

his parents founded to serve underprivileged children in Houston. It

Houston’s magnificent neoclassical venue “was transformed into

also turns out that Presley’s and Paul’s parents had known each other

something way beyond anything I could have imagined.” The mix

for years. It was love at first swipe—all it took was one date, and the pair

of white flowers with organic greenery was the perfect combination.

knew this was it. Paul’s surprise proposal caught Presley completely

Favorite moments? “Getting on stage to dance with the band,

off guard, and boy did it work! While Presley had expected him to

and doing the Aggie War Hymn with all of my college friends!”

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A late-night “after-party” is

the perfect time to relax and let your hair down (perhaps literally), with close friends and family.

THE NIGHT IS YOUNG Cool Ideas For A HOT Wedd ing After-Party

Your wedding day is not just a celebration, but a major event, packed with people and activities. It’s also an occasion chock full of

ritual and formality, where opportunities for relaxed fun can be rare, amidst all the

pomp and circumstance. Which is why the

late-night “after-party”—a time when the evening winds down, and the energy kicks

up—is the perfect time to relax and let your

hair down (perhaps literally), with close W R I T E R J U L I E L E M E RO N D | P H OTO A M A P H OTO G R A P H Y & C I N E M A

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While wedding reception after-parties

are gaining popularity, planning them

well can take some finesse, as you may

a string of bars and nightclubs nearby to

“Or, convert your reception or cocktail-

If you don’t have these options,

lounge furniture and creating vignettes,

choose from.

not wish to invite all of your guests to

turning around your reception space

after-party also means ensuring that

although keeping an after-party in the

this intimate gathering. Planning a great the night doesn’t turn into a downward

spiral, with guests over-indulging, and turning zany late-night Instagram photo-

ops into…an embarrassing late-night

Instagram photo “oops.” Here are our

into the after-party area can work, same room as the reception requires careful

planning,

and

requires

that

you are willing for all of your wedding guests to stay and enjoy.

Gary Baumann, director of catering

top tips for having an after-party that

and conference services at the Omni

a whole lot of fun.

are planning on having an after-party, to

remains sophisticated, elegant, and yes,

Location, Location, Location

Houston Hotel, recommends that if you

start thinking about the celebration you want to create early on in your wedding

Depending on your venue, your after-

planning process. “When working with a

to a lounge or hotel suite located in the

create an after-party atmosphere—a closed

tion venue is in an area of town that has

top level of a parking garage,” he notes.

party may be just an elevator ride away,

venue, look for out-of-the-way places to

same building. Or perhaps your recep-

restaurant or bar, a pool area…even the

hour space by adding elements of and

doing

a

complete

change

of

lighting, along with going from a band to a DJ,” he adds.

Jamie Purpera, catering manager

for the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, offers this solid advice for couples planning their after-party: “Consider

renting a hospitality suite in your hotel. This suite can be a place not only for an after-party, but also a room that your hotel guests can venture into

throughout the weekend to visit with each other,” she adds.

When working "with a venue, look for out-of-the-way places to create an after-party atmosphere—a closed restaurant or bar, a pool area… even the top level of a parking garage.

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At Hughes Manor, which blends a

twinkle-lit outdoor lawn and lounge

area with a vintage-elegant interior, “The best way to make your night an

everlasting celebration is to have an indoor/outdoor cocktail time, indoor dinner

and

dancing,

and

then

as

everyone is thinking, ‘Ok this is it....’

turn up the music and open the doors to your outdoor party area!” says Jessca

Hellwinkel. “Here we can have late-night bites

accompanied

by

coffee,”

and

since Hughes Manor has a 360-degree

bar with indoor and outdoor access, 54

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“nobody will have to go back inside to

item to add to the tab. But with creativity,

She also recommends bringing in

you can put together an after-party that

get a beverage.”

fun games such as giant Jenga and cornhole, along with Instagram frames

with your custom wedding hashtag, and

lets guests break loose…without break-

party: “60’s hippie, 70’s disco, 80’s rock,

ing your bank.

Paula Foreman, director of sales at

Sambuca Catering, and a big fan of post-

As for entertainment, “La Hora Loca”—a

they do not necessarily have to hire a

L atino tradition, where costumed

performers suddenly pop out and whip

up guest excitement—“is a perfect touch to bring back life to your party and

get the DJ to pump it up, and for your guests to interact with crazy props and all-around dancing!”

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formalities festivities, reminds clients that

atmosphere,

Baumann

suggests adding a theme for the after etc…and change the music based on the

theme, along with lighting,” he says. “Plus, add decor elements from the theme to enhance the ambiance.”

If you are simply flipping your reception

area for the after-party, and have a photo

blast!” she says. And because they are

for the after-party, but add new props

their late-night party. “After-parties are a “generally more casual, with close friends,” less-formal

entertainment

is

perfectly

acceptable. If your after-party budget

booth at your reception, keep it on hand

for your guests to play with, as they snap those late-night selfies.

And speaking of props, your after-party

does not allow for a professional DJ or,

is the perfect place to bring in all those

playlist on your iPod, and providing a box

props that would most likely be out of

say, a cigar-roller, consider “creating a

of cigars,” as these options are less expen-

for an after-party can feel like one more

your guests,” she states.

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a designated photo section “for all those wonderful group shots.”

To surprise guests and completely

entertainment and a touch of technology,

sive, “but still allow for plenty of fun for

cool—and yeah, even slightly silly—party

place at your elegant reception. Planning to dim the lights, for a more club-like

atmosphere at your after-party? Light up


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the dark with LED elements, such as

food cravings. “The options are limitless

colorful ice cubes, straws, foam sticks,

for late-night munchies,” she notes. A

necklaces or rings. Planning to refresh

couple of favorite pairings for Sambuca

your after-party dance crowd with ice-

after-parties? Tray-passed sliders with

cold beer? Snazz up those cans or bottles

small beers, and tasty tacos with mini

with personalized koozies, which will do

margaritas. “It’s a great way to offer your

double duty as after-party favors. And you

guests some alcohol, without incurring

can’t go wrong with wearable after-party

a huge additional bar tab,” and without

decor, including feather boas, glitter top

putting them in a position to consume

hats, sunglasses, and, of course, Mardi

more booze than is wise.

Gras beads—a perennial Houston favorite.

Planning to take the party right into the next day? “Breakfast foods, brunch

Eat, Drink & Be Married By the time the after-party comes around, it’s been hours since dinner, your guests have been dancing and reveling all night, and everyone is ready for some latenight munchies. Foreman dishes out tips for creating a lightweight party menu to nourish guests while appealing to fun-

and doughnut bars are popular late-night options,” says Linda Warwick, managing partner at the Majestic Metro, located in downtown Houston. “And they are a fun addition to the after-party!” In Purpera’s opinion, meanwhile, “Afterparties scream bar food!” She says, “Food trucks are a blast if you are in a location

where they can park, to serve you and

your guests.” Alternately, you can select an

area of town, or a specific bar frequented

by food trucks, and host your festivities there, so that guests can indulge on their own as the evening continues.

Breakfast foods, "brunch and doughnut bars are popular latenight options. And they are a fun addition to the after-party!

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Get Organized Joe Pachioli, partner at The Astorian, whose chic, opulent, Deco-industrial vibe lends itself beautifully to late-night revelry, suggests ways to keep the night safe for all. If having a handful of guests stay sober to take on the task of designated driving is not an option, he recommends planning for private transportation. “A party bus is a good option. Also, you can consider offering pre-paid vouchers for Uber to hand out to guests,” he says. Shutting down the late-night festivities graciously can be difficult, when revelers are interested in keeping the night going on and on. “For the after-party, have an emailed invitation with specifics: when, where, and what time (beginning to end) to make it easier to close down,” says Baumann. He adds that if a DJ is present, it can be much easier to shut down the party, as the DJ announces that the night is coming to an end. 58

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Purpera agrees that it is essential to keep the after-party organized with

you have previously set up), as well as a couple of local taxi numbers,” she says.

specifics. “Put a specific end time on the

Warwick explains how to let the after-

invitation so guests don’t overstay their

party continue on with close friends and

welcome. Place framed signs at the bar

family the following day: “In addition

that indicate the specific times that the

to having an after-party, it can be fun to

bar will be hosted, and when it will turn

spend the night in a nearby hotel and

into a cash bar, so that nobody is caught

have everyone meet up the next morning

off guard. And add cute signs at the bar,

for brunch at a small café nearby, or turn it

in the restrooms, and on the tables, that

into more of a destination experience and

give your guests an Uber code (which

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HIS FAVORITE SIP: bourbon on the rocks

muddled jalapeños

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: anything peanut butter & chocolate

HER FAVORITE SWEET: ice cream

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: seeing our

playing golf, eating dinner somewhere, going to a local bar

nieces and nephews, going on a walk, and ending the night

and then getting home to watch tv with my wife

at a new restaurant

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he makes me laugh

her laugh, her smile, and she is the most

every single day

selfless person I know

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ou know a wedding is going to be lit when the hashtag is

fun details don’t stop there—there was an Irish Car Bomb cart (Jacob’s

#ItsCohenDown. Amy and Jacob’s extravagant wedding at The

favorite) that made its way around the room throughout the night, and

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa sure was! Amy tells us, “Walking into

guests wore light-up floral crowns on the dance floor and took their

the Grande Ballroom was absolutely breathtaking…every wall was

turns at a face-painting station (yes, even the adults loved it). Once

covered in green boxwood panels, every table had an array of fresh

the reception ended, guests were led to the ceremony room, which

white floral centerpieces, and thousands of flowers were hung above

had been completely transformed for the after-party. “Our wedding

the dance floor.” Instead of traditional escort cards, the couple had

was exactly what we wanted and who we are as a couple,” Amy says.

custom-made white slap bracelets with each guest’s name on them. The

“It was a sweet, loving, fun and upbeat party…it was perfection.”

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it’s a T Whether morning ceremony followed by a lavish brunch, or cozy earlyevening “I do’s” followed by tapas and cocktails, Sunday is a fun day for weddings, indeed.

SUNDAY IS FOR CELEBRATING Light-Filled Ceremonies And Decadent Brunch Receptions Are Just Two Reasons For Selecting Sunday To Say, “I Do!”

It may be the traditional day of rest, but

when it comes to weddings, Sunday is

shaping up to be a fun day, indeed. The

main reason? In a word: flexibility. Got your sights set on a fabulous photogra-

pher…who, it turns out, is booked up a

year in advance? Chances are that he or she is likely to be available on a Sunday. Is the venue you adore just a little bit out of WRITER JULIE LEMEROND

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asking about Sunday pricing—it’s likely to be considerably more affordable. Or perhaps you are just madly in love and want to get married as soon as possible. You have a much better chance of being able to snag last-minute venue and vendor bookings if you opt for a Sunday slot. So read up, and discover ideas for spectacular Sunday nuptials, whether you’re thinking of a morning ceremony followed by a lavish brunch, or cozy early-evening “I do’s” followed by gourmet tapas and craft cocktails in a comfy, lounge-like setting.

Cost Counts As a general rule, you can expect more “bang for your buck” with a Sunday wedding. Venues traditionally have lower rates for Sunday rentals, compared to Saturday evenings, and catering and

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Venues usually have more availability on Sundays, the cost for vendors goes down on less premium days, and venue costs go down as well for less coveted dates.

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beverage service may be less expensive as well. Which means that you can allocate wedding budget you would have spent on venue fees toward extras like interactive entertainment, custom furnishings, or perhaps an elaborate dessert display.

“Having your wedding on a Sunday opens a door that otherwise would be closed for many couples,” says Amanda Harris, director of sales for Katy’s “Old Mexico”-influenced Agave Estates. “Venues usually have more availability on Sundays, the costs for vendors goes down on less premium days, and venue costs go down as well for less coveted dates.” Paula Schulenburg, owner of Galleriaarea Mediterranean-style wedding venue The Gallery, agrees. “Couples tend to steer clear of Sunday weddings as they are not ‘the norm’…but they’re missing out on a whole slew of benefits,” including, for daytime weddings, the lower cost of brunch or lunch fare, and a lower bar tab. Craig

Howard,

general

manager

of downtown Houston’s elegant and modern Ballroom at Bayou Place, also stresses the cost benefit of a Sunday wedding, noting that the facility rental fee for The Ballroom at Bayou Place is 45 percent less expensive for a Sunday than the fee for a Saturday event. But he notes that privacy, too, is an added plus: “There won’t be multiple events in our venue on a Sunday—a Sunday wedding will always be a private event.” Vee Brauner, wedding and event coordinator at the Texas Renaissance Festival, adds that some of the cost benefit of

a Sunday wedding can

extend to guests as well. “When hosting a Sunday wedding, you have the majority of the weekend with your guests before the wedding. Lower airfare is often available for your out-of-town guests if they are flying in on a Saturday and leaving for home on a Monday,” she notes.

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traditional wedding cake for “cupcakes,

" they are not ‘the norm’…but they’re missing out on a whole slew of benefits. "

Couples tend to steer clear of Sunday weddings as

sugar cookies, cake pops and doughnut bars,” she suggests. Agave Estates’ Harris offers offbeat and creative ways to make your guests

PAU LA SCH U LENB U RG, TH E G ALLERY

feel cared for and catered to during a

daytime wedding is letting your creative

bacon—plus a quiche station, waffle bar, a

little untraditional, but it’s a great way to

bilities are endless,” explains Foreman.

side come out by doing brunch. It is a

stand out,” she notes. “There are so many

chef-attended carving station—the possi“Play with the menu, and be more

different styles of brunch, from traditional

creative than the traditional reception

brunch meals,” and, of course, “a build-

Bougainvilleas—a

American breakfasts, to elegant plated your-own Bloody Mary bar.”

Paula Foreman, director of sales for

Sambuca Catering, says that the sky is

the limit when creating a brunch menu for your guests. Serve up such adorable

“appetizers” as “mini pancake skewers and shrimp-and-grits shooters, and have

a bacon station—because everyone loves

dinner,” adds Rasha Shammaa of The lovely

location

for

a daytime Sunday wedding, with its

sunlight-drenched ceremony space and refined ballroom. “We’ve done scram-

bled-egg stations with tons of gour-

met toppings, blackened tilapia with shrimp sauce and grits, and chicken and waffles, plus plenty of fresh fruit

and juices.” Also consider forgoing the

morning affair. “What better way to say, ‘Good morning,’ than with fresh coffee for your guests? Incorporate all the wonderful amenities of the morning, like upbeat music, coffee cake, fresh garden floral, crossword puzzles and more. Sunday brunch receptions can create a fun-filled atmosphere where everyone can come together to enjoy the day.” Lauren Griffin, of castle-like Chateau Polonez, adds that Sunday weddings are the perfect choice for couples who don’t want the party-all-night atmosphere that a Saturday wedding typically brings. “A Sunday wedding can have more of a daytime ceremony-inthe-garden atmosphere,” she mentions, adding that Saturday can be a great day to fill with activities for friends and family leading up to the big day. And at the Majestic Metro—where “Sunday event pricing is considerably less than for Saturday events,” notes managing partner Linda Warwick—the beautifully restored vintage theater’s “built-in bars provide a great opportunity to have a custom mimosa bar for guests to enjoy.” For even more Sunday afternoon fun, Warwick suggests adding a gourmet popcorn bar to your reception—“Our guests always rave about this special little treat!”

Daytime Design Generally held earlier in the day than their Saturday counterparts, Sunday weddings allow for simpler decor and floral than might be expected at a Saturday evening affair. But simple need not—and should not—mean basic. “My favorite thing about Sunday weddings is that couples can really 70

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incorporate a garden theme into their wedding, with an afternoon ceremony followed

by

passed

appetizers

or

stations,” says Katie L’Ecuyer, wedding

and events manager for Brookwood Community—a

unique

and

pastoral

wedding venue that uses proceeds from events to fund residential and vocational

programs for adults with disabilities. “I really try to encourage couples to use

the garden, right outside the ballroom,

as an entertaining space for their guests.

The trend we are "seeing now is that Sundays are becoming another Saturday, with bigger weddings, and full four-hour packages.

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It is the perfect space for lawn games, outdoor bars and food stations. We can even create signature drinks using the

herbs grown in the gardens, really bringing out fresh flavors in every sip!”

At the elegant Galleria-area HESS

Club, Sunday weddings are stylish

events, where on-site ceremonies segue into lavish brunch receptions, filled with

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interactive stations and easygoing enter-

tainment. What they’re not filled with is excessive decor and floral: “The great

thing with a Sunday wedding at the HESS Club is that you don’t have to go with

and just let the light pour in. That’s all you need to make the room look spectacular.” Meanwhile,

at

Butler’s

Courtyard,

a charming historic venue located in League City, Sunday weddings aren’t

that much different than their Saturday counterparts.

“We’ve

been

doing

weddings on Sunday for 14 years, and they were typically smaller, less expen-

sive weddings—more ‘sweet cake and

punch’ receptions,” notes owner Janice Gunnin Wilson. “But the trend we are

seeing now is that Sundays are becoming

another

Saturday,

with

bigger

weddings, and full four-hour packages. Sunday is really a day that you can do anything you want.”

heavy, formal decoration,” says general

Out And About

our in-house linens, open the curtains,

can allow out-of-town guests more time to

manager Jennifer Bernal. “You can use

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explore all that Houston has to offer on the

Saturday preceding the big event. “Keep in mind that most out-of-town guests treat

your wedding as a mini vacation, so why not give them an extra day to explore the

city and dine at your favorite al fresco restaurants?” she says.

Foreman adds, “It’s called Sunday

Funday for a reason—this is the perfect time

to

celebrate

with

family

and

friends! Sundays tend to be a bit more

laid back so you can focus on enjoying the memories you are making.”

The area surrounding the Majestic

Metro’s historic Market Square location is ideal for memory-making.

“How about having your destina-

tion wedding right in the center of downtown

Houston?”

says

Warwick.

She suggests treating your Sundaywedding guests to a fun-filled Friday

and Saturday exploring local festivals, museums and nightlife, adding, “The Majestic Metro has special rates avail-

able at a number of the finest downtown

hotels, minutes away from our venue. Your out-of-town guests won’t need a

car if your venue and lodging are downtown—everything is so accessible!” - FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT -

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HER FAVORITE SIP: prosecco

HIS FAVORITE SIP: whiskey or beer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: white-chocolate bread pudding

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: tuxedo cheesecake from

with vanilla-bean ice cream from ruggles green

cheesecake factory

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: hiking

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: rugby, hiking

through jones national park, or walking through allen

through jones national park, and completing the “honey-do” list

parkway with our dogs

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

her tolerance for the inner child in me, and that she’s the most

his blue eyes, paired with his loving charm

caring and understanding person I know

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arah says, “Sometimes you find love in places you’d never

Ivory Bridal Atelier, in front of a perfect backdrop of the Houston

expect it.” That’s what happened to her, when she met Chris

skyline, at The Astorian. Sarah and Chris dined and danced the

while he was doing maintenance at the house she lived in, and

night away to Trinidadian jams with their family and friends from

was drawn to him as a result of his affection for her bull terrier,

both New England, and Trinidad and Tobago. Every moment was

Addie. It was a usual Sunday morning for Sarah and Chris while

precious—from the food, to the speeches, to “dancing to Queen’s

they were walking their dogs…usual, until Chris popped the

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ until my hair was no longer in waves,” says

question, that is—with Addie’s help, of course. A year later, Sarah

Sarah. The newlyweds ended the night with one last kiss beneath

said her “I do’s” wearing a show-stopping Galia Lahav gown from

the stars, surrounded by sparklers held by their loved ones.

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Having your wedding at a hotel

lets you and your guests move seamlessly from ceremony to cocktails to reception without braving the elements.

LOCATION: OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL

5 TIPS FOR TRANSFORMING YOUR HOTEL WEDDING Farm-To-Table Menu, Luxe Lounge Furniture, Dance Club Lighting...This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Hotel Wedd ing!

There’s a reason—lots of reasons—hotel weddings are so popular in Houston. For

one, there’s the weather factor: Having

your wedding at a hotel means you and your guests can move from ceremony to cocktails to reception without braving the

often uncooperative elements. There’s also

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the hotel wedding experience. And, of

course, there is hotel event space itself— capacious, high-ceilinged, and built

specifically to accommodate decorations, custom lighting and plenty of room for

dancing. So how do you distinguish your

hotel wedding, and make it feel totally

unlike any wedding that’s come before it…or any that will follow? By following

these five tips, straight from in-house hotel wedding pros, for transforming ballrooms, turning pre-function spaces

into luxury lounges, and giving guests

the experience of a lifetime, with your life’s biggest milestone celebration.

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CEREMONY ON SITE

A major advantage of a hotel wedding is being able to have all of your wedding

events in one place, starting with the ritual of marriage.

“One of the many wonderful things

about an on-site ceremony is that we are able to create whatever vision of

your ceremony you prefer, whether it is

chevron-theater-style seating or a circular style with the couple at the center,”

says Angela Westhoff, senior catering

manager for Galveston’s Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel. “The sky is

the limit to what we can help you design.”

At Galvez sister hotel The Tremont

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Gina Hengst adds, “Hosting an on-site

change, the look of ballroom walls. “Our

all through the ballroom.” She stresses

ceremony

transportation

Lanier Grand Ballroom has a different,

issues and potential delays in getting

contemporary look, with modern light

that because the hotel’s ballroom is so

the fun started.” One great option:

fixtures and textured checkered walls,” she

“Transition

explains. “One of our recent brides loved

eliminates

the

ballroom

from

the

ceremony to the reception while guests enjoy cocktails in another on-site space,” making the most of the hotel’s grandest celebration location, while guests still get to enjoy another of this historic venue’s spaces.

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LIGHT IT UP

While all hotel ballrooms have readily accessible light switches, you want to avoid flipping them…and instead go for illumination with high visual appeal. Rebecca Payne, senior catering manager for the Hilton Americas-Houston,

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the colors royal blue and fuchsia. Her wedding took place in the Lanier Grand Ballroom with bright pink up-lighting, causing the checkers on our walls to look dark blue and pink.”

customizable—“no

traditional

bright,

floral hotel-ballroom carpet here”—you can really take it and transform it into “whatever you want it to be, wherever your vision takes you.” Chris Swetnam, social catering manager for the Hilton Houston Post Oak, adds

With custom lighting, against a highly

that lighting doesn’t just brighten dark

adaptable backdrop of neutral tones—

spaces, it can actually reduce their size.

the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria, with its elegant, contemporary carpets and wall treatments is a perfect example—a hotel ballroom can become an entirely different world. “One of our recent weddings had an amazing underwater theme,” notes Hyatt Regency director of sales and marketing Melissa Malone,

“Most ballrooms are designed to be grand, formal and impressive,” he says. And while these qualities may be ideal for the importance of the occasion, “not one of them creates a sense of intimacy.” To foster a feeling of coziness, he suggests, “Use lighting to create a more

notes that interesting lighting doesn’t

“where we had the walls illuminated in

intimate space, by washing the walls in a

just enhance, but actually can completely

deep teal blue, and floating candles

soft color.”

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FURNISH FOR COMFORT

the swank Phantom Ballroom—a favorite

A ballroom is a ballroom is a ballroom.

space for wedding receptions. Ashley

entries and vast empty space, a hotel

of catering and special events, likes to

luxurious “residential” setting, when the right

elegant furniture—including linen-less

tables—it doesn’t feel draped and covered up,” Malone says. “It feels more like a beautiful home.”

Except when it’s not. With large load-in

Bartek, Hotel ZaZa’s associate director

ballroom is easily transformed into a

cozy up the place with “lounge furniture, including banquettes, coffee tables, over-

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furniture and accent pieces are put in place.

sized chairs and ottomans, mixed with

One of the best ways to un-banquet your

District, where opulent decor abounds

Meanwhile, at the Hyatt Regency

At Hotel ZaZa Houston in the Museum

cocktail and dinner tables.”

and original works of art are, well…

Houston Galleria, couples need not bring

able furniture is a natural addition to the

residential feel: “We have such modern,

everywhere you look, stylish but comfort-

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SERVE UP CELEBRATION

hotel ballroom wedding is by giving

guests a dining experience that feels more “restaurant” than “reception.”

At the popular Woodlands Resort &

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of 500-plus enjoy an intimate dining expe-

Galleria, River Oaks—in-demand city

rience. “Having a full bar, a seated dinner

hotels are ideally situated for guest

with unique main-course options, and

enjoyment during the hours they’re not

dining tables of different shapes and sizes,

on “wedding duty.”

all are easy ways to give any reception the

“With a large international population

feel of restaurant dining,” says resort direc-

here in Houston, most of my weddings

tor of catering and banquets Brad Whiting.

have guests coming from every corner

“We are fortunate to have an experienced

of the globe, so to them, we are a desti-

banquet and culinary team who recognize

nation wedding,” Swetnam notes. “It is

that food trends are continually chang-

important to remember this by schedul-

ing. You don’t have to stick to the basics.

ing welcome receptions, as well as local

Our on-site bakery, butchery and dry-age

attractions for guests to experience during

room, all give us an edge, enabling The

their down time. With our location near

Woodlands Resort to provide truly custom

the Galleria, River Oaks and Uptown Park,

menus for each and every couple.”

there is a lot of activity that is free for your

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guests. We offer courtesy shuttle service to these locations.” Want to keep the festivities closer to

With their locations in some of Houston’s

home? Schedule a private event “with

hottest areas for dining, shopping and

a more casual ‘Texas’ or other theme

late-night fun—think: Downtown, The

for the night of guests’ arrival in the

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hotel,” to maximize convenience and give visitors a chance to adjust to the surroundings. And don’t forget the most important wedding guests of all—you and your beloved. Evangelia Grell, social catering manager for The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, never forgets the honored guests at the heart of the wedding celebration: “I love to send my couples a favorite item, a particular bottle of wine or Champagne. Or, if they love sweets, a fun dessert platter.” She adds, “At the end of every wedding, I send the couple wedding cake, and anything they would like to order from room service, since couples don’t usually have the opportunity to eat dinner and enjoy cake at their wedding.” - FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT -

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HER FAVORITE SIP: coffee

HIS FAVORITE SIP: margarita

HER FAVORITE SWEET: kit kat and hershey’s kisses

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: candy

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: going to

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: golfing early

the movies and getting frozen yogurt

with friends, then dinner and a movie with my wife

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

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her big heart and how much love it possesses

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ouston couple Lily and Mickey had been looking at local prop-

of seconds, he proposed and they went from future homeowners to a

erties, anticipating their future together in a new home, when,

newly engaged couple. Their Persian-American wedding, held at the

one day... “Mickey took me to a nice lunch, and then suggested that

Omni Houston Hotel, and captured by Serendipity Photography, sur-

we drive down to the lot of our potential future residence,” the bride

rounded guests with ivory, champagne and silver decor from Plants

recounts. As soon as they arrived, Mickey said, “There’s some bad

N’ Petals. Notes Lily: “Our favorite moment was the Persian dancing.

news—the lot got sold…but the good news is I bought it!” In a matter

I loved seeing our American friends and family dancing to our music!”

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Details couple LILY TAMMAMI & MICKEY KNAUSS number of guests 220 wedding colors CHAMPAGNE, IVORY &

SILVER venue OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL flowers, decor & rentals PLANTS N’ PETALS wedding dress WEDDINGS

BY DEBBIE photography SERENDIPITY PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon COSTA RICA

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glimpsed T Whether through stately windows, or enjoyed in its pure al fresco form, nature provides a beautiful backdrop at these elegant Houston venues.

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SWEET WEDDING SETTINGS These Clubs, Estates, Gardens And Waterfront Oases Offer Elegant Wedd ing Space And Photo Ops Galore

Sprawling, spacious and dotted with

diverse regions, neighborhoods and

natural landscapes, the Houston area

has much to offer the wedding couple

seeking a special venue, where indoor elegance and outdoor beauty go hand in hand. Whether nature’s bounty is

glimpsed through stately windows, W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

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or enjoyed in its pure al fresco form, the

Pine Forest Country Club is a veritable

almost too many options to choose from.

region’s country clubs, estates, waterfront

Houston institution. It’s also “the perfect

According to Grady, “Favorites include

enclaves and manicured gardens offer

space for weddings!” notes club event

our grand staircase, luxurious fireplace,

many hidden delights. In this feature, we

coordinator Nicole Grady. “Couples adore

and outdoor spaces such as our Sunset

present some of our favorite spaces for unique, and uniquely picturesque, wedding

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having ceremony seating on our hardwood dance floor, beneath two beautiful crystal

ceremonies and receptions.

chandeliers, with beautiful views from our

Pine Forest Country Club

our pristine fairways and lush landscaping.”

panoramic ballroom windows overlooking

Terrace, with views of the golf course, and our Veranda—an 800-square-foot covered deck.”

Sweetwater Country Club

Located in West Houston, and boasting

When you’re ready for your close-

“As you drive past multi-million-dollar

a history of more than 70 years as one of

up—or “first-look,” or bridal party pics or

homes, through oak-lined boulevards,

the area’s premier golf clubs, venerable

family wedding portraits—Pine Forest has

you know you have arrived at excellence,”

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Our floor-toceiling windows, which overlook our spectacular golf course, give the feeling of being in a garden setting. JENNIFER KEEFE,

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notes Jennifer Keefe, director of catering

for Sweetwater Country Club, located just 25 minutes from downtown Houston.

For a comfortable indoor setting

with all the splendor of the outdoors, “Our floor-to-ceiling windows, which

overlook our spectacular golf course, give the feeling of being in a garden setting,” she says. Post-ceremony festivi-

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ties take place in the club’s sophis-

ing glass wall that leads into the ballroom,

enjoy fusion menus, luxurious lounge

waterfront,” she adds.

che bar, followed by late-night revelry

ing, the venue’s outdoor fire pit features

“the perfect place to party into the wee

ring of water, echoing the waters of Clear

ticated ballroom, where guests can

furnishings, and a chef-attended cevi-

which has the same gorgeous views of the

For after-dark lounging and stargaz-

at a 25-foot-long bar with patio access—

dancing flames set inside a fountain-like

hours of the morning!”

Lake just beyond, and creating a perfect

Waters Edge

and superb photo ops.

Set on two and a half scenic acres on the

spot for intimate chats, relaxed sipping

shores of sparkling Clear Lake, Waters

Las Velas

than a wedding venue. Couples love

notes venue director Elmira Frias. “Our

ceremonies, outfitting it with a chiffon-

Court, is a climate-controlled interior

and punching-up the palm-tree-lined aisle

and reception space for most events,” she

uplighting, notes assistant event manager

include high ceilings, natural lighting, lush

ready for the reception, we open the slid-

giving the space an airy, garden-like feel,

Edge feels more like a lush tropical resort

At lovely Las Velas, the outdoors is in,

to make use of the waterfront lawn for

main event space, known as The Palm

draped, chandelier-accented white arbor,

courtyard serving as both the ceremony

with twinkle strands and color-changing

explains. Features of the ornate interior

Kayla Taylor. Then, “Once everyone is

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but with all of the comforts of the great indoors. Combine these features with a grand stone staircase featuring an antique

railing and flickering candelabra sconces, and you’ve got a fabulous spot in which to make your grand newlywed entrance.

If true outdoor space is a must-have

for your wedding-day photos, all you have to do is step outside Las Velas’ regal

front doors. There you’ll find abundant greenery, water fountains, mosaic-tiled floors and a hand-carved stone arch.

The Villagio Ample space makes The Villagio an ideal location for couples who desire

the intimacy of a private venue, with room to accommodate all of their friends

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Our freestanding Legacy Ballroom features a wraparound patio and floor-toceiling windows that offer stunning panoramic views of the club’s Palmer Golf Course, while indoor and outdoor fireplaces, modern light fixtures and custom woodwork complete the exquisite setting for any type of event.

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winding staircase makes for an impressive newlywed entrance. Villagio event planner Trish Nguyen notes that the venue’s all-inclusive packages make it an excellent choice for busy couples: “The couple just shows up—we will take care of the rest!”

The Wood lands Country Club For lush forest vistas, you can’t match The Woodlands. And no private venue takes better advantage of the area’s greenery than The Woodlands Country Club. Notes private events director Annemarie Apligian, “Our freestanding Legacy Ballroom, which can seat up to

A N N E M A R I E A P L I G I A N,

300 people, features a wraparound patio

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and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer

and family. The venue’s lovely outdoor

For large receptions, The Villagio’s

ceremonies, while the indoor chapel can

accommodate up to 700 seated guests—

rose garden is a favorite for seasonal

two ballrooms can be combined to

fit 300 guests if weather is a concern.

while, for the wedding couple, a grand,

stunning panoramic views of the club’s Palmer Golf Course, while indoor and outdoor fireplaces, modern light fixtures and custom woodwork complete the exquisite setting for any type of event.” Enhance the club’s “beautiful lakefront views and large trees” with “floral arches, wine barrels and lanterns,” for a “lavish, elegant wedding…or a simple and stunning reception,” she adds.

Waterpoint Lakeside Venue “Saying your vows overlooking the shimmering blue water and enjoying the gentle lake breezes is like having a destination wedding, but with the convenience of being so close to home,” says Lynn Winkler, owner of Waterpoint Lakeside Venue, located on the southern shore of Lake Conroe, just 20 minutes from The Woodlands, and a short hour’s drive from Houston. For a scenic celebration, there is Waterpoint’s Grand Room, featuring 24-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake, with its gleaming yachts, bobbing sailboats and spectacular sunsets. “Strolling out onto any one of the marina piers assures a breathtaking photo opportunity,” Winkler adds, while the venue’s Tiffany-blue bridal dressing room, “decorated with crystal chandeliers and 102

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marble makeup vanities, is a favorite place

photos on the mansion’s wraparound

for capturing the bride, bridesmaids and

porch, and in the surrounding gardens,”

family preparing for their special day.”

where waterfalls, flowerbeds and fountains abound.

Heather’s Glen Whether you choose to say your “I do’s”

Ashton Gardens

outdoors, beneath the flower-bedecked

With locations in North Houston and

gazebo, or indoors, inside “a chapel that

West Houston, Ashton Gardens offers

seats up to 200, and is incredibly unique

accessibility and consistency: Both

in that it offers a gorgeous garden view,”

locations feature all the exceptional

your Heather’s Glen wedding will be one

ballroom elegance, views and ceremony

guests won’t forget, notes venue owner

space a couple could wish for. Ceremonies are a special focus at

Heather George. in

Ashton Gardens, where the beautiful

the Garden Room, while the venue’s

chapel features “floor-to-ceiling windows

chandelier-accented

Indoor

receptions

take

place

lounge

and soaring wood beams”—the ideal

area “is a huge hit for cocktail hour, with

space for an “outdoor wedding feel

its climbing ivy and covered outdoor

without the stress of the unpredictable

space,” George notes, adding that lawn

Houston weather,” notes director of sales

games are a popular addition to take

Ashley Love.

outdoor

full advantage of the outdoor fun. Plus,

After the ceremony, guests need only

she says, “Couples love to take romantic

shift to the adjacent ballroom, where

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Wedding couples are busy people. They juggle careers and sometimes kids, and are often working while trying to earn a degree, and they have less and less time to plan their weddings. We have been hosting wedding couples for over 11 years, and we provide everything, allowing the wedding couple to relax before and during the wedding day.

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they can enjoy more stunning outdoor views while celebrating. “Wedding couples

are busy people,” Love observes. “They

juggle careers and sometimes kids, and are often working while trying to earn a degree, and they have less and less time

to plan their weddings. We have been hosting wedding couples for over 11

years, and we provide everything, allowing the wedding couple to relax before and during their wedding day.”

Kemah Gardens Located just 30 minutes from both

Houston and Galveston, and set on a private lake, Kemah Gardens features “a fountain, four acres of gardens, and

a 150-capacity climate-controlled event facility, plus a luxurious bridal suite and a spacious groom’s room,” notes lead event coordinator Ciria Rybicki.

The 5,000-square-foot Kemah Gardens

estate also has three bedrooms with private baths, meaning that the wedding couple, and their special guests, can

experience the relaxation of a destination wedding, at a destination within a short drive of home. Take advantage of

Kemah Gardens’ relaxed ambiance with

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reception featuring family-style service, sangria and fun signature cocktails.

Moffitt Oaks With its picturesque barn, originally built by the Moffitt family as a horse barn, and

converted into “a gorgeous venue that includes chiffon draping and chande-

liers, while still keeping the integrity of a

barn,” notes event coordination manager Christine Krauss, Moffitt Oaks provides

a distinctive setting for rustic-elegant wedding celebrations. For a touch more

glamour, “We also have our ballroom, which appeals to everyone, with its Swarovski-crystal chandeliers, brick fireplace and beautiful bar.” For

upcoming

weddings—including,

perhaps, your own—couples are bring-

ing in hanging decor, paper lanterns, glitter-topped doughnuts, and floral cake tables—“gorgeous!” notes Krauss.

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LOGAN'S FAVORITE SIP: mint julep

DAVID'S FAVORITE SIP: coffee

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: key lime pie

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: on the

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: playing

couch watching college football

video games

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT DAVID: his sarcastic

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT LOGAN: his wide

sense of humor

selection of wardrobe

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t was a hot summer day when Logan and David first met in real

Houston Downtown, with a heartfelt Art Deco-themed ceremony in

life after connecting online. Logan’s first reaction after seeing

the chapel room, followed by a swank reception in the chic gallery

what David wore to their first date: “Shorts? To dinner…really?” he

space. Unique features of the evening included modern decor by

recounts. David’s first reaction, “Pants? In May?” The two of them moved

AJ’s Urban Petals, a perfect complement to the gallery artwork, and

past their differences on outfit choices, and, thankfully, hit it off. Four

a delightful “salad wall” by Darryl & Co., a treat for the palate as well

years later David worked up the courage to ask Logan to marry him,

as the eyes. The newlyweds wined, dined and danced the night away

during a romantic getaway in Quebec City. Following a rehearsal

with their guests. Among the evening’s most memorable moments,

dinner enjoying the Houston skyline and fine fare at the Petroleum

says Logan: “David’s uncle led the crowd in dancing with neckties tied

Club of Houston, the lovebirds tied the knot at the JW Marriott

around their foreheads”—a beloved Pennsylvanian celebration tradition.

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Details couple LOGAN SHACKLETT & DAVID HUBER number of guests 100 wedding colors BLACK & GOLD rehearsal dinner location PETROLEUM CLUB OF HOUSTON venue

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tara & james 11.26.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: sparkling water

HIS FAVORITE SIP: cold miller lite

HER FAVORITE SWEET: any type of pie

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: exercise,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: a good workout,

breakfast, then spending the rest of the day exploring houston

brunch and spending the rest of the day with my amazing wife

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

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she is incredibly sweet and thoughtful

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everal mutual friends tried to set up Tara and James even though

relaxation at the Omni Houston Hotel’s Mokara Spa, and made sure to

they lived in different cities, but the timing just wasn’t right.

have a diamond ring ready for the perfect moment. “I was so relaxed

When Tara eventually moved to Houston for work, she gave online

that I practically fell asleep when he proposed,” Tara says—ha! The pair’s

dating a shot…and connected with, of all people, James. Tara tells

deeply personal wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th was everything

us, “After a couple dates, I mentioned to James that I recognized him

they wanted and more. “Our day was filled with love from start to finish,”

from a picture my sister had shown me.” James responded, “Oh, you

says Tara. Among their most treasured memories of the ceremony,

must have been that Indian doctor that my friends tried to set me up

with Tara’s father as their officiant, was the moment James gifted Tara

with!” For his proposal, James treated his bride-to-be to a day full of

with a beautiful golden sari—a beloved Indian wedding tradition.

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couple TARA PAULOSE & JAMES THOMAS

number of

guests 370 wedding colors LAVENDER, IVORY, GOLD

& GREEN proposal location OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL venue THE BELL TOWER ON 34TH honeymoon FIJI &

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you T Whether imagine yourself as a Victorian monarch, a Southern socialite or a Texas heiress, your wedding is an occasion for transforming that fantasy into reality.

PHOTO: ELIZABETH MESSINA, STYLING: LISA VORCE CO.

THE ROYAL TREATMENT These Stately Houston Properties Are Tailor-Made For

Have you always dreamed of being a prin-

Elaborate Wedd ings Where Leisure Reigns Supreme

cess on your wedding day? Whether you imagine yourself as a Victorian monarch, a Southern socialite or a Texas heiress, your wedding is an occasion for transforming that fantasy into reality, while expressing

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that you are making for life. It’s fairytale

Chateau Cocomar is full of beautiful details from all over the world, while the venue itself feels very European.

stuff, y’all, and it makes for a true storybook day. There are plenty of ways to up the royalty factor of your wedding day—fine dining, ornate decor, queenly attire—but the element that will make the biggest

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impact is your venue itself. Houston is home to a bounty of beautiful chateaus,

CH ATEAU CO CO M AR

with regal aspirations. Here, we open the gates to these grand properties, to showcase the elaborate architecture, sweeping landscapes and regal accents that make them perfect places for saying, “I do,” in royal style.

Uniquely European With their stately towers, soaring cathedral windows, spiral staircases and fantastic

and chateaus make wedding guests feel as if they have stepped into a royal palace, in the most traditional of senses. Chateau Cocomar, a castle-like property with arched colonnades, gleaming marble floors and glittering gold accents everywhere you look, has become one Houston’s

most

Cocomar “were all hand-picked by the previous owners, who loved to travel,” says Roberto-Carlos Ochoa, sales and events director at Chateau Cocomar. “It is full of beautiful details from all over the world, while the venue itself feels very European.” couples might look to Chateau Polonez,

French gardens, Houston’s grand manors

of

that have gone into creating Chateau

For a splendid French feel, wedding

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manors and estates that cater to couples

for fairytale weddings. The elements

coveted

venues

nestled among five wooded acres, featuring impeccably manicured gardens. Influenced by the owners’ French and Polish heritage, the standalone wedding venue boasts a dramatic double-staircase entryway, a palatial ballroom with beautiful balconies overhead, and storybook fountains and water features throughout its grounds. Couples who wed at either of these chateaus can expect to be pampered with exclusive service on their big day. Scheduling only one event per day, Chateau Cocomar and Chateau Polonez each allow wedding couples to enjoy the entire property to themselves. Can you imagine getting dressed beneath ornate crystal chandeliers in a bridal suite fit for a queen at Chateau Cocomar? Or gliding down the marble staircase to greet your wedding guests at Chateau Polonez? We can!

History & Hospitality Wedding couples looking to feel a little more like American aristocrats than European sovereigns might favor two of Houston’s more modern manors. With its glitzy Art Nouveau fixtures, pops of metallic decor, hints of rustic wood

and

exposed

brick

features,

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“When guests drive in they feel as if they are at someone’s home. Our cozy atmosphere paired with our eclectic style transports them to another era,” says Jessca Hellwinkel, marketing and events manager at Hughes Manor.

guests drive "inWhen they feel as if they are at someone’s home. Our cozy atmosphere paired with our eclectic style transports them to another era.

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In the industrial-chic, indoor-outdoor setting, guests can seamlessly move through the giant doorways into one of the Washington Corridor’s largest gardens, which can be transformed with vintage lounge furniture or trendy Lucite chairs for al fresco ceremonies, or for mingling over beverages under romantic string lights during the cocktail hour. Meanwhile, farther north, the Dixie decadence of Conroe’s Gardens at Madeley Manor will make any Southern debutante swoon. The majestic mansion, home to a “stately colonnade of columns” and tree-lined grounds, is a lovely backdrop for exchanging vows, says events director Marjorie Thai. Hailing from the 1930’s, this historic home lends itself to elegant, classic weddings. The estate’s lush green gardens and charming gazebo provide an “idyllic setting” for outdoor events, while the weddingsinhouston.com

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manor’s sweeping staircases and classic ballrooms are perfectly suited for regal indoor celebrations. Thai

notes

that

Madeley

Manor

"different varietals of

The Vine grows five

from Houston. The venue’s buildings all feature adobe walls, wrought-iron accents, lush greenery and natural

grapes that will one

stone touches. At this unique Katy

The ogee-shaped glass structure with

day find their way into

enjoy the experience of “their own

vast views of the twinkling night sky was

a wine glass. Guests

also plans to unveil a classic Machin Conservatory in the coming months.

designed by architect Francis Machin,

enclave,

couples

and

their

guests

private Mexican resort for the day,” says marketing director Amanda Bayer.

whose father, Arnold, is famous for

are going to get a good

designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth

taste of true Texas

scenic 23-acre property west of Katy,

hospitality!

grows “five different varietals of grapes

II, featured on British coins and postage stamps. Talk about royalty!

Country Charm

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boast magnificent ballrooms and dramatic

adventure activities and the tranquility of

decor, many of the Houston area’s private

the Texas countryside.

ranches and countryside estates offer

For Southwestern style with vintage

the experience of true Texas royalty, with

Spanish touches, you’ll want to explore

sweeping sunset views, luxurious lodges,

Agave Estates, set on a 30-acre wildlife

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of true Texas hospitality!” In addition to The Vine’s beautiful barn-like reception hall and trussed chapel, the Wild Rose Cottage—the venue’s fully furnished bridal suite—is


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equipped with a full salon for weddingday prep, while for the groom and his guys there’s the Lonestar Lounge, which includes a pool table and private horseshoe range. Outdoorsmen and women will love celebrating

their

wedding

weekend

at Big Easy Ranch. Home to 13 waterfalls, roaming wildlife, rolling hills and uninterrupted views, on a 1,300-acre property, the estate is a superb wedding setting for country royalty. “You can’t get this anywhere in Houston,” says venue founder Billy Brown. “And you don’t have to drive for three or four hours for it. You’ve got to see it to believe it.” And as with any royal country wedding, your Big Easy Ranch weekend may include outings for hunting, fishing or shooting, plus nearby championship-level golf, in a multi-day celebration experience fit for a king and queen! - FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT -

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as a beloved T Just heirloom can bring a sense of legacy to your wedding celebration, a historic venue can evoke a sense of timelessness.

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Make Your Love Story Part Of Houston History At One Of These Venerable Wedd ing Venues

We’re all familiar with the much-repeated adage that bids good luck to brides and grooms, often complete with a passed-down garter, cherished rosary or treasured piece of family jewelry. Just as a beloved heirloom

can bring a sense of legacy to your wedding celebra-

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The Corinthian A few blocks away, on the corner of Main and Franklin streets in

downtown Houston, sits yet another historic gem: The Corinthian. The venue has taken on quite a different role from when it was originally built more than 100 years ago, then serving as the home of First National Bank, and standing as one of the tallest buildings in the state—a skyscraper of its day!

Today the neoclassical venue is known for its original colon-

nade of 24 Corinthian columns, which have framed some of

the most elaborate events the city has ever hosted. “The stun-

ning and timeless architecture allows florists and decorators to suspend exquisite chandeliers, floral accents and draping to highlight the original plaster ceiling in the Grand Hall,” says

general manager Boyd Bryan. “Set in the rear wall, a tower-

ing Palladian window, often-times flanked with oversized floral

creations, makes for a breathtaking and dramatic backdrop to PHOTO: MD TURNER PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION: THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM AT THE RICE

the wedding ceremony.”

Newly married couples will feel like socialites of another era

when all eyes turn to them as they make their royal entrance ties and rejuvenated decor, Houston’s historic venues might look vintage, but they certainly feel brand new. Oh—and as for “some-

down The Corinthian’s famous double staircase, and into the celebration of a lifetime.

thing borrowed,” well…the event experts at these historic venues lend to-be-weds the stories and experiences passed down from wedding couples who have come before them. Here, we uncover these tales, and demonstrate how you can make your own history at one of the city’s landmark wedding venues.

The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice History buffs will love that their first dance, first kiss and first forays into married life take place in a century-old venue that was home to so many firsts for their city and state. “Our history is one of the big draws of our venue,” says Paula Foreman, director of sales for the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice. “It was the first public room in Houston with air conditioning, it had the first escalator, it was the original site of the Texas capitol...anything and everything that has happened in Houston has happened at The Rice!” The repeating arched windows, 35-foot-high ceilings, and beautifully restored murals from 1913 truly take guests back to the turn of the 20th century. One can immediately imagine an opulent Art Deco-themed celebration or a classically elegant ceremony at this one-of-a-kind venue. One element that wedding couples with a taste for vintage design particularly love is the ornate outdoor terrace, which overlooks Downtown and perfectly lends itself to oh-so-romantic photoshoots during those tender postnuptial moments, Foreman says: “We have people who just want to rent the terrace. Being on the second floor gives couples a different perspective and an indoor-outdoor option available year-round to complement our already amazing space.”

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The Astorian One of Houston’s newest takes on historic ambiance aims to take

brides and grooms not only to another era, but to a different place

entirely. The Astorian, inspired by New York City’s Grand Central

Station, with domed ceilings, handcrafted black-and-gold mosaics, soaring arched windows and a massive gilded clock, transports

wedding couples and guests to the artistic edginess of Manhattan in the roaring 20’s.

Art is part of the venue’s origins, as it first served as an enor-

mous paint factory when built in the late 40’s and then was home

to famous Texas artist David Adickes’ sculptures of The Beatles

and the U.S. presidents. It was named a city landmark in 2012 and three years later was transformed into one of the most distinctive

venues in Houston by partners Romain Kapadia, Joe Pachioli and

Juan Chao. “It had such a striking view of Downtown and so much square footage, that we knew that we were putting ourselves in a

The venue’s colorful cypress-and-leaded-glass windows, paired

with its on-trend bright wallpaper, and vaulted mural ceilings,

league of our own,” says Pachioli.

create a joyous yet elegant setting for the most timeless of nuptials.

Astorian has hosted off-the-charts celebrations for the likes of the

ful chandeliers and the wood-lined walls are decoration them-

glam revelry. “Couples love how the place has a festive feel to it,”

overly lavish with their decorations; the space speaks for itself.”

In the two years since the space’s restoration, the team at The

Houston Texans football team and to-be-weds who relish highPachioli says. “It’s not a blank space. It has a vibe to celebrate.”

The Historic Magnolia Ballroom

“The original tiles on the walls, the oak flooring, the beauti-

selves,” Pool says. “It’s perfect for those brides not looking to be

The Lyceum of Galveston Island Standing originally as one of Texas’ oldest Lutheran churches,

Wedding couples who prefer color “pops” and the taste of

The Lyceum of Galveston Island today captures the Old World

Ballroom. Built in the late 1800’s, and the site of elaborate

The venue’s square tower with its steeple, hipped roof, arched

hops, will appreciate all that is and was at the Historic Magnolia

charm and culture of its coastal surroundings.

weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and more for

openings and beautifully restored double doors, sets the stage

the past 30 years, the Historic Magnolia Ballroom once served

for an intimate spiritual ceremony and/or a lively reception.

Downtown workers would gather for five-cent beers and sand-

back to the 1850’s, leave guests and couples in awe, and create

“There are so many wonderful venues opening up every-

executive director Cynthia McEldowney says is a favorite element

Renee Pool says of the venue, which is listed on the National

“The Lyceum is adjacent to a present-day sanctuary, separated

as the executive suites for Houston’s Magnolia Brewery, where

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The original floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows, which date

wiches, and where the elite would enjoy exclusive beer tastings.

a colorful display of natural light throughout the space, which

where all the time, but you can’t give a place history,” manager

among wedding couples.

Register of Historic Places.

only by a beautifully landscaped courtyard featuring wrought-

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iron gates,” she adds. “The cornerstone of the Lyceum is still visible today and reads: ‘Knowledge is Power,’ which reminds us of the scriptural adage, ‘And the truth shall make you free.’”

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The Parador The Parador, located in Houston’s chic Museum District, is a Texas Historical Landmark inspired by a bygone empire.

The immense estate, complete with dark wood beams, rustic

Heather’s Glen Victorian elegance and Southern hospitality blend together beau-

tifully at Heather’s Glen in Conroe. The venue, originally built in 1900, was formerly known as the Wahrenberger mansion, and was the center of Conroe’s social scene at the time.

That influence hasn’t changed much in the last century. Since

the venue’s complete restoration in the early 90’s, wedding

couples from all over the U.S. have sought out Heather’s Glen for their storybook nuptials.

The Antebellum-style-home-turned-wedding-venue now

includes a cathedral-ceiling chapel complete with giant windows

overlooking manicured gardens featuring two picturesque

three-tiered doors and winding gardens, “stands as a testament to

the architectural artistry of a distant era, marrying Mediterranean style with Byzantine details,” says director Sheila Wells.

Originally built as a house of worship in 1928, the venue’s

soaring 35-foot domed ceiling and stunning arched windows

bathe wedding guests in a warm golden glow in the multi-

leveled Duomo. Couples can wed within the glorious cathedral

or outdoors among the tranquil gardens and sculpted fountains. Wells notes, “All of our events are lovely. However, when couples provide different settings with loveseats and couches, it adds a special warm touch.”

waterfalls, as well as hundreds of magenta and blush azalea

The Majestic Metro

Heather George.

who book downtown Houston’s Majestic Metro will experience

bushes sprinkled across the venue’s grounds, notes owner

Want to see your name in lights on your wedding day? Couples

Plantation-style columns and wraparound porches, and

that special thrill during their night of glamour and grandeur at

the option to wed under a moonlit gazebo, lend perfectly to weddings with a Southern-fairytale feel. “Some of the most

this restored movie palace.

Complete with crystal chandeliers, decorative mirrors, a two-

memorable weddings at Heather’s Glen have focused on

story exterior marquee and huge interior balcony, the Majestic

complete with a second-line dance comes to mind.”

ing them away to the splendor of days gone by.

historical themes,” says George. “A New Orleans-style wedding

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Metro truly lives up to its name, captivating patrons and whisk-

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Butler’s Courtyard Commissioned by one of the first and most successful ranchers in the region and designed by a cowboy-turned-architect, Butler’s

Courtyard allows guests to travel back to the times of dirt roads and horse-drawn carriages—but with modern conveniences aplenty.

The red-brick building in the heart of historic League City, now

almost 110 years old, served as a center of commerce and trade along George Washington Butler’s sprawling property at the turn

of the 20th century, and was home to a bank, grocery store, café and a spot for patrons to tie up their horses. Today, co-owners

and best friends, Nancy Richards and Janice Gunnin-Wilson, have

transformed the space into a vintage-inspired setting for rustic-

elegant nuptials that blend historic surroundings with impeccable service: “The bride will have a team behind her at every point in PHOTO: CHRISTY LANDRIAULT LOCATION: THE BRYAN MUSEUM

“There’s eye candy everywhere in the building,” says manag-

ing partner Linda Warwick. “What you see is what you get here, and that’s huge for a lot of our couples.” First constructed by

legendary Houston architect William Ward Watkin in 1926, the

stunning space was set to be torn down, but was saved and returned to its original glory in the 1990’s. Today, this remark-

able site boasts one of the most advanced audiovisual systems

in Houston, perfect for its all-inclusive, music-filled celebrations,

the wedding,” says Gunnin-Wilson. “We treat each bride with white gloves and take care of her every need.”

The venue’s exposed-brick walls, weathered-wood beams,

antique floor-to-ceiling mirrors and rows upon rows of spar-

kling chandeliers create what the owners describe as a feeling

of “historic elegance,” ideal for intimate occasions. Those with a love for the outdoors can wed beneath the romantic archway in the courtyard, where hanging stained-glass artwork and a

nearby barn-like structure make ideal backdrops for Texasthemed photo ops.

all set within a vintage Art Nouveau interior. “Other venues stage spaces to look like this,” Warwick says. “Ours is the real deal.”

The Bryan Museum From its beginnings as an orphanage—one whose solid cypress beams protected its wards from the great storm of 1900—to its brief

stint as a private residence, to its status, today, as one of Galveston’s

most beloved archives, The Bryan Museum stands out as a superb historic venue for a truly Texan wedding.

Depending on the season and weather, couples may opt

to have their ceremony in the jasmine-covered gazebo on the museum’s grounds. Bryan Museum director of events

Ann Urban notes that, due to Galveston’s fickle climate, most couples opt for an off-site ceremony, bringing their guests to

The Bryan Museum afterwards, for a one-of-a-kind reception

in the museum’s recently completed, and completely climatecontrolled, conservatory. At just under 2,000 square feet, the

Belgian-inspired structure features intricate ironwork and evoca-

tive emerald-color glass, along with a built-in green onyx bar. These features, combined with a dazzling floor that “really is like

a mirror,” Urban says, make The Bryan Museum’s conservatory, itself, “a work of art.”

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collection of Texas and American West art and artifacts, is not available for large wedding events, it is available to the couple

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HER FAVORITE SIP: lacroix or champagne

HIS FAVORITE SIP: dr. pepper or

HER FAVORITE SWEET: strawberry cupcakes

mcallan 18-year scotch

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cobbler

entertaining friends on our patio

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: hunting

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his caring,

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

genuine personality, and his laugh

her determination to succeed in everything

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he way to a woman’s heart? Dogs. Just ask William, who proposed

by Debbie. Cherie and William’s wedding was the perfect mix of

to the love of his life, Cherie, using their adorable pups. “As I

rustic and glam. Their charming outdoor reception began with a pair

walked through the door, our schnauzer greeted me with a ‘will you

of miniature donkeys bearing colorful saddle baskets of refreshing

marry my dad?’ sign, followed by our retriever wearing a sign that said

drinks to greet guests. Candle chandeliers, rose-and-peony-filled wood

‘mom, please say yes!’” recounts Cherie. How could she say no? For their

barrels, a huge stone fireplace, and Live Oaks strung with twinkling

Texas Hill Country celebration, Cherie, who happens to be the director of

lights, set the scene for their rustic-elegant destination wedding.

membership for longtime Weddings in Houston partner the Petroleum

As the night drew to a close, Cherie and William were surrounded

Club of Houston, walked down the chapel aisle at Wimberley’s

with sparklers and a fireworks salute as they departed in the bed of

Old Glory Ranch in a lovely lace Maggie Sottero gown from Weddings

a vintage pickup truck. Now that’s what we call sweet Southern love!

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at The Corinthian, was exceptional. Our sold-out evening of luxury wedding planning saw couples and their

entourages lining up along The Corinthian’s grand staircases, eager to meet, greet and mingle with the best-

of-the-best in Houston’s hot wedding scene. Our phenomenal wedding planners, photographers, bridal salons, beauty artists, jewelers, florists, bakers and entertainers outdid themselves, showcasing their beautiful wares and expert services in stylish displays our attendees couldn’t wait to visit. We want to give a special thanks to the teams at Jackson and Company and The Corinthian for wowing to-be-weds with magnificent surroundings and

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his soulful serenades. A Day to Remember pulled off an awesome Southwestern design scheme in our Groom's

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DESTINATION: CELEBRATION From California Wine Country To The Texas Hill Country...To An Out-Of-Country Haven On The Yucatan Peninsula, These DestinationWedd ing Locales Offer Relaxation, Romance And Ease Of Planning, All In Equal Measures

The escape from city crowds, the beautiful natural

settings, the promise of abundant R&R with beloved family and friends—what’s not to love about a desti-

nation wedding? While the experience of a destination celebration is all about leisure, narrowing down the choices for your destination-wedding location

can be, well…a lot of work. So allow us to assist you, with a peek into three of our favorite settings for the nuptial celebration of a lifetime—one that will let you W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

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Copia’s sophisticated mezzanine deck,

overlooking the glass-walled atrium, modern amphitheater and the Napa

River in the background, is among the

venue’s most coveted spaces for sipping fine wine and craft cocktails, and feasting on custom menu items created in collaboration with CIA chefs.

You and your wedding guests also will

get to take advantage of Copia’s many options for foodie fun. Located adjacent

to the lively Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, Copia offers culinary

classes and demonstrations, tastings, and a fabulous on-site store where you’ll find everything from local wild mushrooms to luxurious French cookware. PHOTO: VICTOR M. SAMUEL, LOCATION: THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AT COPIA

HEAD FOR THE HILL COUNTRY WIMBERLEY

NAPA VALLEY VISTAS ST. HELENA

In the center of Northern California’s

world-renowned Napa Valley sits charming St. Helena—home of legendary hotair-ballooning, diverse art galleries and

vibrant family wineries. Known as “Napa Valley’s main street,” St. Helena also is home to the Culinary Institute of America’s

magnificent Greystone campus, where regal 19th-century architecture meets

spectacular vineyard views…and where

every wedding is an unforgettable celebration of food, wine, family and friends. Texas-based

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good reason. Where else but at the CIA

Historic Texas mill town Wimberley, located

Christian Brothers winery, can you find a

own acclaimed wine country, is a haven

and some of the world’s most exciting

outdoor-enthusiasts. It’s also a picture-

at Greystone, former site of the historic

45 miles southwest of Austin, in Texas’

90-foot-tall atrium, a stunning barrel room,

for weekend antiquers, art-lovers and

cuisine and wines, all in one place?

perfect location for your riverfront destina-

NAPA

tion celebration.

For a wedding that takes full advan-

For a Napa Valley food-focused wedding

tage of the natural beauty of this

your sights on the Culinary Institute of

allows for an on-site chapel ceremony

in the city of Napa itself, the CIA at Copia

be sure to check out Old Glory Ranch,

place for lovers to celebrate the bond of

range along 1.5 miles of dazzling Blanco

in a more contemporary setting, set

beloved Hill Country locale—but also

America’s newest facility: Copia. Located

and elegant ballroom-style reception—

is a food-lover’s playground, and a perfect

situated on 2,200 acres of Hill Country

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Whether you choose to say your vows

town Austin, but feels like a million miles

wedding package, couples need focus

in Old Glory’s enchanting Oak Grove, on

away from the big city. A visit to Dripping

only on the festivities, which means

Springs might find you gobbling down

they have way more energy to enjoy a

Texas barbecue, plunging into the jade-

Dripping Springs wedding weekend of

green waters of famed Hamilton Pool, or

lawn games, local lake adventures, and

two-stepping at a historic Texas dancehall.

celebratory hijinks at the acclaimed Deep

A destination-venue-hunting trip to

Eddy Vodka distillery, located adjacent to

Dripping Springs must take you to The

the venue.

a patio overlooking the emerald-green Blanco, or inside the venue’s climatecontrolled Chapel Hall (built from repurposed homes and churches from the turn of the 20th century), you’ll know that your event will be given the full attention of Old Glory’s experienced staff—some of whom have been with the venue for more than a decade. And make sure to inquire about the venue’s

beloved

miniature

donkeys—

which, when saddled with vibrant flower baskets, elicit “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from guests young and old, and are a favorite

on top of the highest ridge in the region, overlooking acre upon acre of spectacular Hill Country scenery. Terrace Club couples love to descend the stone walkway, and say their vows in the venue’s garden space, beneath a flower-bedecked arbor (and, more

for newlywed photo ops.

often than not, in front of a majestic Hill

DRIPPING SPRINGS

with their guests to the 7,000-square-

Known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” picturesque Dripping Springs is located just 25 miles west of down-

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Country sunset), before making their way foot ballroom, for dining and dancing. Since everything, from catering to rentals to centerpieces, is included in their

JOHNSON CITY

In picturesque Blanco County, along the Pedernales River, lies the “Crossroads of the Hill Country”: Johnson City. Home to the “Texas White House”—aka the childhood home of President Lyndon Johnson—this charming Hill Country enclave, located just under 50 miles west of Austin, boasts countless nearby wineries, plus local hiking, fishing, horseback riding and hot-air-ballooning. It also boasts beautiful King River Ranch, a stunning wedding spot set on


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a private quarter-mile stretch of the Pedernales,

where

horses,

miniature

donkeys and St. Croix sheep graze in expansive pastures…and where in-house wedding design services are provided by Willem-Aiden, a former fixture on Hollywood’s lavish event-design scene. In love with the Hill Country, but got your sights set on a big, beautiful wedding, with all the whistles and bells of an in-town bash? King River Ranch’s King Barn can accommodate 250 for a seated dinner and dancing, while the venue’s spectacular River Terrace, built directly into dramatic rocky riverbank, provides an unparalleled backdrop for relaxed (but ultra-elegant) revelry.

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Just west of Houston, set on 23 rolling acres filled with gently swaying trees and sunset

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views for miles, The Vine started as a rough

party of a lifetime. Future weddings at

private event venue that makes wedding-

this venue’s labors—literally—as the prop-

sketch and a dream…and is now a regal couples’ dreams come true.

The Vine’s capacious Barrel Barn may

have “barn” in its name and customized sliding reclaimed barn doors at its entrance—but the nod to a rustic farm

structure stops there. This remarkable

The Vine will get to enjoy the fruits of

erty’s young grapevines will be ready for harvest in the next couple of years, and

eventually will be featured at the venue’s planned tasting room. COLUMBUS

space

Situated 70 miles west of Houston and

places, gleaming wood surfaces and

Ranch has everything a weekend wedding

bilities, plus the ability to slide back those

1,300-acre property. Tour the grounds of

the weather allows.

you’re likely to stumble on sparkling lakes,

with a contemporary chapel feel, The

falls and stands of centuries-old oak—any

to its name, with a working bell that

for your al-fresco “I do’s.”

500-guest-capacity

reception

features floor-to-ceiling flagstone fire-

80 miles southwest of Austin, Big Easy

state-of-the-art lighting and sound capa-

group could want, all on one magnificent

big ol’ barn doors and let nature in when

this true-Texas-style destination resort, and

For a destination wedding ceremony

picture-perfect ponds, cascading water-

Vine’s on-site Union Bell Chapel is true

of which might strike you as a perfect spot

newlywed couples can ring as they exit the chapel and make their way to the

Dining, dancing and revelry typically

take place in the 10,000-square-foot

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Lodge, where celebrants can feast on

MEXICO IS FOR LOVERS

farm-to-table cuisine prepared by the

with a traditional Mayan altar setup

CANCUN & TULUM

at your beachfront location, and a

ranch’s award-winning chef

(gourmet

game, and seafood with a Southern twist, are just a couple of his specialties). During their leisure hours—one of the greatest appeals of a weekend destination wedding, after all—attendees may want to avail themselves of Big Easy Ranch’s Chet William-designed championship golf course, cast a line in one of the property’s well-stocked streams or lakes, or take a chance on trophy hunting with one of the ranch’s expert guides (Big Easy Ranch happens to be one of the top-producing whitetail ranches in Texas). However you choose to round out your Big Easy Ranch wedding weekend, you’ll enjoy a destination wedding experience, at a destination so close to home, you’ll be snuggled down in your newlywed nest almost before you know it.

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For busy couples who crave an oceanfront destination wedding without the logistical and design responsibilities a destination wedding can entail, Oasis Hotels & Resorts has the ideal wedding package solution, in one of two Yucatan Peninsula destinations: Cancun, offering dazzling beaches, endless shopping and high-energy nightlife; or Tulum, where soaring cliffs and Mayan ruins meet soft sands and cavernous cenotes. Whichever site you select, Oasis will take care of every detail, from ceremony to reception to accommodations and more, when you choose the “O Weddings” package that fits your destination-wedding dream. Options

include

the

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Mayan

ceremony performed in the Mayan language

(with

English

or

Spanish

translation, of course!). For larger, more lavish celebrations, the O Eternity Package includes exclusive ceremony and reception decor; a private poolside

or

beachfront

dinner

with

open bar, DJ and custom lighting; and a rehearsal dinner in one of the resort’s acclaimed specialty restaurants. And while your O Weddings package features may be pre-set, the service you’ll receive is completely personalized. Oasis Resorts’ U.S.-based staff will serve as your concierge throughout the planning process, and put you in touch with your own personal bilingual

Package, which incorporates local

wedding expert, on site, to make every-

history and culture into your nuptials,

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amelia & jason 11.21.15

HER FAVORITE SIP: moscow mule

HIS FAVORITE SIP: woodford reserve whiskey

HER FAVORITE SWEET: ginger cookies with

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate-chip cookies

vanilla ice cream

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: coffee, farmer’s

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sleeping in,

market, working out with my wife, then a relaxing afternoon

coffee with my hubby and friends, farmer’s market, a hard

together followed by dinner, drinks and competitive games

workout, then home-cooked barbecue and watching a movie

with our closest friends

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his humor and loyalty

her nurturing character and that she can always read me

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melia truly believes that timing is everything—after all, she

natural, rustic beauty of the Northern California wine country,” the

and Jason met at the gym, chatted, and even went on a few

bride explains. Their evening reception took full advantage of the

dates, but it wasn’t until two years later when they reconnected over

Culinary Institute of America’s gorgeous Greystone campus, where

coffee that their relationship blossomed. “I was continually in awe of

glowing votives bathed guests in soft light as they feasted on ahi tuna

his thoughtfulness, devotion and loyalty…it wasn’t long before I had

tartare, lamb chops and lobster ceviche. Inside Greystone’s renowned

that deep, inner feeling that he is the one,” Amelia says. For their fall

“barrel room,” pale blush, green and shades of orange brought

nuptials, the couple wanted “a classic and elegant wedding set in the

autumn’s colors indoors. Notes Amelia: “Everything was superb.”

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GREEN & ORANGE venue, catering & baker THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AT GREYSTONE honeymoon COSTA RICA

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WINE-COUNTRY WEDDING STEPHANIE COLE, CO-FOUNDER OF NAPA VALLEY’S AWARDWINNING COLE DRAKE EVENTS, PUTS YOU ON THE PATH TO YOUR PERFECT CALIFORNIA DESTINATION CELEBRATION

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W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

ith their sprawling vineyards, brilliant sunsets and world-

local venues alike. And with her forays into French living, her background

and Sonoma valleys both top the destination wish lists of

cally determined passion for parties—her mother is an event-industry icon

famous farm-to-table cuisine, Northern California’s Napa

countless to-be-wed couples in Houston, and, indeed, all over the world. But with their many unique sub-regions, often-complex venue rules, and endless array of options in local vendors and activities, California wine-

country weddings can be tricky to navigate. Which is where the expertise

of Cole Drake Events comes in. One of the region’s premier event planning firms, Cole Drake has a deep knowledge of the area and its wedding choices, and a commitment to service that wins raves from clients and

in oenology (that’s the study of wines to you and me), and her geneti-

who plans major bashes for nonprofits and California cities—co-founder Stephanie Cole (she launched the business in 2013 with partner Sarah Drake) spends each working day guiding wedding couples through the

hills and valleys of wine-country wedding planning. Here, she offers a bit of that renowned Cole Drake know-how to Houston to-be-weds—one of

her most beloved destination demographics: “They’re always so much fun to work with!”

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Small touches of wine country are definitely noticed. Utilization of barrels (don’t worry, we have a lot of them), personalized signs printed on cork, and finished wood farm tables with fashionable country chairs scream wine country chic.

HOW IMPORTANT ARE TEXAS-BASED COUPLES TO THE REGION’S WEDDING SCENE—AND WHY DO YOU THINK NAPA-SONOMA IS SUCH A STRONG DRAW FOR TEXAS TO-BE-WEDS?

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY FOR A HOUSTON COUPLE TO GET A FEEL FOR THE REGION BEFORE PLANNING THEIR WINE-COUNTRY DESTINATION WEDDING?

STEPHANIE COLE: Every year it seems to be that about half our wedding business comes from Texas. Napa-Sonoma has it all in my opinion: picturesque scenery, world-renowned cuisine, marvelous mixology programs, amazing wines and perfect weather (meaning no humidity, y’all). It’s easy to see why it’s such a strong draw as a destination wedding location!

SC: The best way to get a feel for the region is to come out here…come on, I’ll twist your arm to come taste wine, eat amazing food and enjoy the beautiful weather! Once a couple has made the decision to get married in wine country, the most important thing to do is find and book a local wedding planner. They can listen to what you want in the area and offer weddingsinhouston.com

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winner is decided. It’s a great way to break the ice with people that may not have a chance to meet and mingle otherwise. Croquet brunch at Meadowood resort is another fantastic option. Guests dressed in all white—with fabulous sunglasses to hide the effects of the killer wedding the night before—can learn from Meadowood’s resident croquet master the skills and rules of the game before letting loose! Coupled with a brunch buffet, including a Bloody Mary bar and/or a mimosa bar, it’s one of the best ways to end your weekend celebration. ON THE CULINARY SIDE, WHAT CAN COUPLES EXPECT FROM LOCAL DINING OPTIONS? SC: Napa County certainly boasts world-renowned cuisine. We have the Restaurant at Meadowood (with three Michelin stars), the French Laundry in Yountville (with three Michelin stars), and countless oneMichelin-star-rated restaurants. Fun fact: Yountville itself claims the most Michelin stars per capita of anywhere in North America. HOW CAN A HOUSTON COUPLE BRING WINE, AND WINE CULTURE, INTO THEIR NAPA-SONOMA DESTINATION WEDDING? SC: If a couple is in love with wine, food and wine pairings or tasting menus are the best ways to showcase it. We work with some of the best sommeliers and chefs in the area and can have them pair wines with cuisine for wedding couples and their guests. For the wedding, small touches of wine country are definitely noticed. Utilization of barrels (don’t worry, we have a lot of them), personalized signs printed on cork, and finished wood farm tables with fashionable country chairs scream wine country chic. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE CONSIDERING A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WINE-COUNTRY DESTINATION WEDDING…BUT MAY BE HESITANT ABOUT BUCKING THE TRADITION OF A BIG TEXAS NUPTIAL BASH? PHOTO: SYLVIE GIL

suggestions for wedding venues. They can eliminate a lot of research for you, and, if they’re good, they’ll know all of the right people to contact to check availability. Some couples only want Napa County—I mean, I am a Napa local, so I get it. But Sonoma County has a ton of hidden gems too. Healdsburg and Sonoma are postcard-worthy towns that are underrated due to Napa’s huge name recognition. In Napa County, Yountville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga are my favorite towns, and can all be considered wine country chic WHAT LOCAL ACTIVITIES OR ATTRACTIONS SHOULD BE PART OF A FABULOUS WINE-COUNTRY DESTINATION-WEDDING WEEKEND? SC: Wine tasting (duh) cannot be missed. One of my favorite activities for a wedding group is to have them blend their own wine! There are several wineries that offer this unique option, where guests are teamed up—we randomly pick teams by numbering off—and given specific assignments. The team creates their own wine blend together (imagine beaker, goggles and lab coat), while individually each member is responsible for other tasks (label creation, marketing strategy, financials, etc.). After corking the wine and presenting to the judges, an overall 152

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SC: For my Texas clients, it generally takes them one trip to wine country as a couple (often during their courtship, or as the site of the proposal) to fall in love with the place. After they get engaged and think about their future wedding, they immediately think again of this beautiful place. The most common concern is distance—but that’s where a planner makes it so easy. A wedding planner who is based in Napa or Sonoma knows the area, knows the key partners and knows what to expect. Your planner can offer suggestions to you (think about her as your matchmaker for your wedding dreams) and can even help you save money (and avert disasters). Simply put, planners are trained to eliminate the stress and to make your wedding vision come to fruition. Finally, more often than not, we hear our clients lamenting that if they were to have a wedding in Texas, it would be a 300-to-400-person affair, which can be overwhelming. Here in wine country, our Texas-based wedding groups usually range in the 120-to-150-guest mark. WE KNOW THAT TEXAS COUPLES ARE AWESOME…SO TELL US, WHY DO YOU LOVE LONE-STAR-STATE LOVEBIRDS SO MUCH? SC: Year after year, Texas couples are seriously some of my favorite couples, and often become personal friends after the wedding. They always have a vision of what they want for their wedding, but they also have an open mind for new ideas and cost-saving suggestions. Plus, they are the sweetest and most thoughtful couples I have ever met!


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PHOTOS: BONNIE & LAUREN WEDDINGS

anne & william 10•8•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: super hoppy beer

HIS FAVORITE SIP: beer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: carrot cake with (obviously)

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate ice cream

cream cheese icing

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: walking

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: picnicking

and photographing

in the park with friends

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his creativity

her weirdness

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hen you’re a single bridesmaid in town for your friend’s

New York. We found a spot to sit, and enjoyed a steak dinner by the

wedding, you have to stand by the bride’s side, be on your

fire pit with a fine bottle of wine,” recounts Anne. “While enjoying

A-game, and keep your eyes open… for a future mate. Anne spotted

this unexpected delicious meal, he surprised me again with a ring!”

William at her friend’s rehearsal dinner and just had to know who

Anne was dreaming of a Texas Hill Country wedding, and got exactly

he was. It turns out William was the photographer, and the bride’s

that. The lovebirds tied the knot at scenic King River Ranch during

cousin! “I lived in New York at the time, and William happened to

an idyllic Hill Country weekend, where the festivities included a

be moving there a week after the wedding,” Anne adds. Sounds

bridal luncheon at the venue the morning of the wedding. After

like it was meant to be, huh? The pair instantly hit it off, and after

exchanging vows against a lush backdrop of sun-dappled trees and

a few years of dating, they knew this was it. “William planned a

enjoying a delicious Mexican meal, Anne and William had the time

surprise for me a few months later during a hiking trip in upstate

of their lives “letting loose on the dance floor” with their guests!

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BLUE venue KING RIVER RANCH catering THE RK GROUP honeymoon PERU, COLOMBIA & HIKING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL

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PHOTO: SYLVIE GIL STYLING, FLOWERS & DECOR: TODD EVENTS

15 Acres

Brennan’s Houston

25566 Bradbury Rd • Hockley, TX 77447 281.703.9091 • 15-acres.com

3300 Smith St • Houston, TX 77006 713.522.9711 • BrennansHouston.com

15 Acres’ beautiful, new building and manicured grounds are perfect for anyone looking for country charm and modern elegance. Complete with a wide menu of dinner choices and flexible bar packages, 15 Acres will make your rehearsal dinner unforgettable.

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests •

300

Outdoor Site

For over 40 years Brennan’s Houston has been the destination for brides who are searching for Southern hospitality. We have several different-size rooms to accommodate any size celebration and a dedicated culinary staff to make your taste buds sing. “The grandest restaurant in the city.” – Alison Cook, chron.com.

Y Min. Price Call

Y

Events at a Time

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

200

Outdoor Site

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The Bryan Museum

Cadillac Bar

1315 21st St • Galveston, TX 77550 409.220.3022 • TheBryanMuseum.org

1802 Shepherd Dr • Houston, TX 77007 713.862.2020 • CadillacBar.com

The Bryan Museum is the premier wedding venue on Galveston Island, with both indoor and outdoor spaces that will accommodate up to 200 guests. Our wedding venue offers a Belgian-designed glass and steel Victorian Conservatory, and elegant Bridal Suite, a comfortable Groom’s Lounge, and a beautiful wrought-iron Gazebo in our lush, curated grounds. Let our experienced staff assist you in planning your elegant and unforgettable wedding!

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

200

Outdoor Site

Cadillac Bar is the perfect venue to celebrate your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, wedding reception, quinceañera or bar/bat mitzvah. With two private rooms, accommodating 30 to 400 guests, the possibilities are endless. Our event planner is available to help coordinate all the details for your unforgettable day.

Y Min. Price $40

Events at a Time

2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

Y

400

Min. Price $12

Y

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse

Chateau Cocomar

5865 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77057 713.244.9500 • ChamaGaucha.com

14525 Champions Dr • Houston, TX 77069 281.919.1161 • ChateauCocomar.com

Whether it’s a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner, bachelor/bachelorette dinner or magnificent wedding reception, Chama Gaúcha’s passion for perfection will create the perfect event with Brazilian flair. Treat your guests to an extraordinary experience they will remember for years. morgan lynn photography

Events at a Time

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

110

Y

Outdoor Site

Min. Price $49

Y

Chateau Cocomar’s rich architecture, sophisticated charm and commitment to exceptional service give guests a distinguished experience. A panorama of crystal chandeliers, Renaissance fireplaces and European gardens makes Chateau Cocomar one of the most fabled destinations in Houston. Everything from the spiral staircases to the wood-paneled walls has been hand selected to dazzle and charm the guests of Chateau Cocomar.

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

999

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price Call

Y

Frank's Americana Revival

Hilton Americas - Houston

3736 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77027 713.572.8600 • FranksHouston.com

1600 Lamar St • Houston, TX 77010 713.739.8000 • AmericasHouston.Hilton.com

Frank’s Americana Revival on Westheimer serves reinterpreted American food, using fresh ingredients from local Farmers Markets and exceptional suppliers. Unique menus feature classic regional favorites and modern American cuisine. A well-rounded wine list includes over 170 wines, including award-winners, family vineyards, and boutique producers. Our private dining space offers elegant surroundings for intimate gatherings up to 50 guests, featuring modern decor and a wine wall.

We are able to accommodate receptions, seated dinners or banquets, and our experienced staff and award-winning chefs provide superior service for your pre-wedding celebrations and beyond with flexible, creative menu options. We can customize your decor and menu to suit your taste and cultural traditions, and your out-of-town guests can effortlessly book accommodations through our website.

Events at a Time

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

65

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price Call

Events at a Time

10

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

N

130

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $110

N

Hotel ZaZa Memorial City

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 111 North Post Oak Ln • Houston, TX 77024 713.680.2626 • Houstonian.com

Events at a Time

7

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

300

Outdoor Site

Located in the heart of Houston, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is a beautiful wooded retreat nestled amidst 18 acres of towering pines and serene oaks. Special wedding venues include unique ballrooms for larger groups, to the more intimate elegance of the Manor House or Hearth Room at Olivette. michael carr photography

Y Min. Price $125

Events at a Time

6

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

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9787 Katy Freeway • Houston, TX 77024 713.465.9292 • HotelZaZa.com/Memorial-City Located in the heart of Houston’s Memorial City neighborhood and offering a unique and magical experience, Hotel ZaZa Memorial City features 159 luxurious guest rooms and 11,250 square feet of extraordinary event space. For gatherings both intimate and grand, Hotel ZaZa’s exquisite venues, impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail make each event an unforgettable experience.

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Outdoor Site

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JW Marriott Houston Downtown

Last Concert Cafe

806 Main St • Houston, TX 77002 713.237.1111 • JWMarriottHotelHouston.com

1403 Nance St • Houston, TX 77002 713.226.8563 • LastConcert.com

As the premier luxury hotel in downtown Houston, the JW Marriott Houston effortlessly hosts events in 14,500 square feet of modern event space, including two elegant ballrooms. While you are staying with us, we strive to take care of your every desire by intuitively anticipating your needs, guarding against unnecessary distractions and orchestrating an event that is both seamless and memorable. Events at a Time

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

400

Outdoor Site

Eclectic indoor/outdoor historical cafe and live music venue located in the heart of the downtown warehouse district. Est. 1949. With an outdoor space to enjoy balmy Houston evenings and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine, our fun, laid-back space is the perfect gathering spot to treat your out-oftown guests to local color! ©2016 gina schild photography

Y Min. Price $54

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

N

Events at a Time

350

Outdoor Site

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen

the rk group

Private Rooms Max. Guests

N 130

Private Bar Service

Y

Entertainment N Outdoor Site

Min. Price $20

Y

Y •

7809 Broadway St • Galveston, TX 77554 409.572.2650 • Number13Steak.com

Located in the historic Rice Hotel, Lawless is Houston’s newest en vogue establishment. The interior exudes glamour in every detail. Upon entry, guests will proceed up a grand staircase that sits beneath a glorious chandelier. The outside terrace is a beautiful backdrop as it overlooks downtown.

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Number 13

909 Texas Ave Suite 2A • Houston, TX 77002 281.823.8600 • LawlessSpirits.com

Events at a Time

Y

Number 13 is able to accommodate large groups with advance reservations. We also offer outdoor space on the Terrace that can be easily made private for intimate pre-wedding celebrations, and features beautiful views of the Marina. We also offer wine locker memberships, cigar bar memberships, and a full bar. Contact us to learn more about our menu options and to arrange hosting your pre-wedding celebration with us.

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

N

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

50

Outdoor Site

Y

Min. Price Call

Y

Red Oak Ballroom - Houston/CityCentre

Pallotta’s Italian Grill

816 Town and Country Blvd, Ste 210 Houston, TX 77024 713.590.0953 • RedOakBallroom.com

27606 Interstate 45 N • Conroe, TX 77385 281.364.9555 • PallottasItalianGrill.com Voted BEST ITALIAN in The Woodlands 7 years in a row! Private banquet room perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal & baby showers, anniversary & birthday parties, and more! • Completely private entrance • Holds up to 65 people • Audio/visual included • Private wait staff • Great food • Private restroom • Beautiful decor • Ample parking

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

65

Outdoor Site

No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, you will notice the difference the moment you enter the Red Oak Ballroom. You’ll find an elegant venue and a friendly staff committed to the success of your special day. With menu options from passed hor d’oeuvres to seated meals, your guests should come hungry and be ready to be impressed. We have several bar packages to choose from.

Y

N

Min. Price $26

Events at a Time

2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

400

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $52

N

Waters Edge

Sambuca

3901 NASA Parkway • Seabrook, TX 77586 281.291.9900 • WatersEdge.events

909 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002 713.227.7423 • SambucaCatering.com Entertaining groups of any size is one of our specialties. Let our staff plan your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception, whether it’s cocktails and hors d’oeuvre for 10 or a seated dinner for 200. Each of your guests will feel like a VIP! Sambuca is where Houston comes for their parties and events. ©2016 gina schild his photography and hers foto

©2016 gina schild photography

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2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

400

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price Call

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

Y

With a beautiful waterfront view, lush landscaping, and all inclusive packaging, there is nothing more you could want! Located just south of Houston on a generous two and a half acres facing the scenic Clear Lake shores, Waters Edge offers a truly exquisite waterfront view for your special celebration. We are able to comfortably seat 250 of your guests in our indoor facility where they are sure to enjoy the same Waters Edge view through the glass wall overlooking the ocean.

300

Outdoor Site

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Magnificent mansions, boutique hotels, luxury resorts, gracious country clubs and so much more! Use this guide to peruse Houston’s finest facilities for unforgettable wedding ceremonies and receptions. Compare venue sizes, catering fees and special services, all at a glance. All information is subject to change without notice. Some features may be available on a limited, seasonal or by-request-only basis. To interactively compare facilities, and to confirm the most recent pricing and information, please visit WeddingsinHouston.com/

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Ashton Gardens - North & West 21919 Inverness Forest Blvd • Houston, TX 77073

281.362.0011

300

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$50

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The Astorian 2500 Summer St • Houston, TX 77007

832.460.6695

750

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The Ballroom at Bayou Place 500 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002

713.400.1299

800

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The Bell Tower on 34th 901 W. 34th St • Houston, TX 77018

713.868.2355

300

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Big Easy Ranch 2400 Brunes Mill Rd • Columbus, TX 78934

979.733.8635

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Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters #8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G • Kemah, TX 77565

281.538.9600

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The Bougainvilleas 12126 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77077

832.914.7844

350

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Brennan’s Houston 3300 Smith St • Houston, TX 77006

713.522.9711

200

2

$60

The Brookwood Community 1752 FM 1489 • Brookshire, TX 77423

281.375.2181

275

1

$35

The Bryan Museum 1315 21st St • Galveston, TX 77550

409.220.3022

200

1

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Butler’s Courtyard 122 N. Michigan Ave • League City, TX 77573

281.557.5551

300

1

Cadillac Bar 1802 Shepherd Dr • Houston, TX 77007

713.862.2020

400

2

$12

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse 5865 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77057

713.244.9500

110

Chateau Cocomar 14525 Champions Dr • Houston, TX 77069

281.919.1161

Chateau Polonez 12612 Malcomson Rd • Houston, TX 77070

281.655.5656

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Agave Estates 1138 FM 1463 Rd • Katy, TX 77494

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15 Acres 25566 Bradbury Rd • Hockley, TX 77447

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713.523.5780

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The Culinary Institue of America at Copia 500 First St • Napa, CA 94559

707.967.2307

500

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The Culinary Institue of America at Greystone 2555 Main St • St. Helena, CA 94574

707.967.2307

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown 400 Dallas St • Houston, TX 77002

713.351.5766

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza 6 E. Greenway Plaza • Houston, TX 77046

713.850.2356

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Downtown Aquarium 410 Bagby St • Houston, TX 77002

713.315.5168

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Frank’s Americana Revival 3736 Westheimer • Houston, TX 77027

713.572.8600

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The Gallery 6303 Beverly Hill St • Houston, TX 77057

713.255.2889

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The Gardens at Madeley Manor 915 N. Frazier St • Conroe, TX 77301

936.524.3352

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Heather’s Glen 200 E. Phillips St • Conroe, TX 77301

936.441.6611

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HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77056

713.627.2283

300

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Hilton Americas - Houston 1600 Lamar St • Houston, TX 77010

713.739.8000

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Hilton Houston North 12400 Greenspoint Dr • Houston, TX 77060

281.875.2222

1000

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Hilton Houston Post Oak 2001 Post Oak Blvd • Houston, TX 77056

713.961.9300

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The Historic Magnolia Ballroom 715 Franklin St • Houston, TX 77002 713.223.8508 225 1 Call √ √ √ √ √ 88_ Hotel Galvez & Spa 2024 Seawall Blvd • Galveston, TX 77550

409.765.7721

350

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Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District 5701 Main St • Houston, TX 77005

713.526.1991

400

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Hotel ZaZa Memorial City 9787 Katy Freeway • Houston, TX 77024

713.465.9292

400

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The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 111 North Post Oak Ln • Houston, TX 77024

713.680.2626

500

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Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria 2626 Sage Rd • Houston, TX 77056

832.803.1234

450

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Julia Ideson Library 550 McKinney • Houston, TX 77002

832.393.1646

350

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Las Velas 5714 Fairdale Ln • Houston, TX 77057

713.977.5773

The Lyceum of Galveston Island 2401 Winnie St • Galveston, TX 77550 The Majestic Metro 911 Preston St • Houston, TX 77002

Page Number

281.334.0501

King River Ranch 2054 Ranch Rd 1320 • Johnson City, TX 78636

Ceremony Site Available

$150

Handicap Accessible

2

Outdoor Area Available

400

Kosher Menu Available

713.237.1111

Kemah Gardens 1019 Lewis Dr • Kemah, TX 77565

Venue / Address JW Marriott Houston Downtown 806 Main St • Houston, TX 77002

Outside Catering Permitted

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Marriott Houston North 255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East • Houston, TX 77060

281.875.4000

Moffitt Oaks 20125 Cedar Ln • Tomball, TX 77377

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Northgate Country Club 17110 Northgate Forest Dr • Houston, TX 77068 281.444.5302 320 1 $32 √ √ √ √ 106_

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Old Glory Ranch 3633 River Rd • Wimberley, TX 78676

512.847.3646

600

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Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway Dr • Houston, TX 77056

713.871.8181

750

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The Parador 2021 Binz St • Houston, TX 77004

713.529.3050

550

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Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club 3000 Plantation Dr • Richmond, TX 77406

281.342.9940

240

Petroleum Club of Houston 1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor • Houston, TX 77002

713.659.1431

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Red Oak Ballroom - Houston / CityCentre 816 Town & Country Blvd • Houston, TX 77024

713.590.0953

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Sandlewood Manor Tomball, TX 77377

281.466.9487

350

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Southern Lace Estates 1110 Indian Shores Rd • Crosby, TX 77532

281.928.2455

900

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The Space HTX 2005 Commerce St • Houston, TX 77002

832.961.8000

200

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Sheraton North Houston Hotel 15700 John F Kennedy Blvd • Houston, TX 77032

281.442.5100

500

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Sweetwater Country Club 4400 Palm Royale Blvd • Sugar Land, TX 77479

281.980.4100

300

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The Terrace Club 2600 E. Hwy 290 • Dripping Springs, TX 78620

512.894.4009

300

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Texas Renaissance Festival 21778 FM 1774 • Todd Mission, TX 77363

800.458.3435

400

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The Tremont House 2300 Ship Mechanic Row St • Galveston, TX 77550

409.763.0300

400

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The Vine 25642 Bernard Rd • New Ulm, TX 78950 713.553.9797 500 1

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Vino Artino 11550 Louetta Rd #100 • Houston, TX 77070

281.251.1175

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Walden on Lake Houston Golf & Country Club 18100 Walden Forest Dr • Humble, TX 77346

832.445.2104

240

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Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue 15264 Hwy 105 West • Montgomery, TX 77356

936.597.7700

300

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Waters Edge Venue 3901 Nasa Pkwy • El Lago, TX 77586

281.291.9900

300

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The Westin Galleria Houston 5060 W. Alabama St • Houston, TX 77056

713.770.6267

1000

3

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The Westin Houston, Memorial City 945 Gessner Rd • Houston, TX 77024

281.501.4395

700

3

$42

The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria 5011 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77056

713.770.6267

600

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Willow Fork Country Club 21055 Westheimer Pkwy • Katy, TX 77450

281.579.6262

250

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The Woodlands Country Club 100 Grand Fairway Dr • The Woodlands, TX 77381

281.863.1400

300

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The Woodlands Resort 2301 North Millbend Dr • The Woodlands, TX 77380

866.342.4039

800

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500

Minimum Price Per Person

Maximum Capacity

281.352.0903

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Venue / Address The Villagio 10901 Braes Bend Dr • Houston, TX 77071

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From Budgets To Design To Delicate Family Matters, Houston Wedd ing Pros Offer Must-Have Advice On Planning Your One-Of-A-Kind Event

The first thing you can do to ensure that your wedding planning goes off

without a hitch? Hire a professional planner, who will bring years of expe-

rience and solid vendor relationships to the process, “so that you know you have someone who is always looking out for your best interests, and who also has their finger on the pulse of

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the entire scope of your event—all of the details,” says Jim Gray, owner of planning

and design firm Grayhouse Events Atelier. “There are so many moving parts to a wedding—having a coordinator also takes

much of the stress and time-consuming aspects of planning off the couple so

they can simply make decisions and know

they're in the capable hands of a hired professional.” The second thing? Take this

sound advice from some of the best in the wedding planning business.

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SET, AND STICK TO, A BUDGET

Planner and event stylist Kat Creech, of Kat Creech Events, says that prioritizing

your budget is the key to getting what you want, without overspending: “If you are a foodie who loves heavy presentation and

unique cuisine, you will want to budget higher on your food and beverage line. If

you want a nonstop party from beginning to end, you will want to budget higher

on the entertainment line,” she advises. “Don’t take shortcuts on those items—they

are the things that will make your wedding most memorable to you.”

To make sure that your budget is in

line with your wedding expectations, “Break down your overall budget into

a price per person,” Creech adds. She

design and wedding budget to ensure

Cocomar Ladies), has this to say: “A lot

we have a solid foundation for expecta-

of venues are offering ‘venue coordina-

tions and investment. Educating our

tors.’ Do not get this confused with a

couples on a wedding investment is the

professional wedding planner. A venue

most vital thing we do.”

coordinator

300 people, that breaks down to $100 per person,”—a fairly low per-person amount, when you consider the cost of

the venue, delivery and labor fees, and providing fine food, cocktails, entertainment, and a beautiful space to celebrate

in, for each of those guests. “You need to review your expectations to determine if

the investment is viable,” she notes, and

consider the possibility of reducing your guest count to ensure that your guests’ experience is in line with your vision

for your wedding—and your budget. “We start every wedding journey with a 166

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takes

care

of

logistics the venue is responsible for,

To Remember, “When drawing up a

such as tables, chairs, beverages, food,

budget, decide what will actually be a

etc. A wedding planner or coordinator

part of your wedding budget, and what

goes the extra mile and assists you in

will be a personal expense—for example,

creating a detailed itinerary, helps you

personal items such as your wedding

confirm all your vendors, and runs your

attire, hair and makeup.” Deciding how

wedding rehearsal the day before. They

or where to allocate budget “can be

also are there to help you with all of your personal items, such as setting out your

"

When drawing up a budget, decide what will actually be a part of your wedding budget, and what will be a personal expense— for example, personal items such as your wedding attire, hair and makeup. C L AU D I A D E V E L A S C O,

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explains that, while $30,000, for example, can seem like a lot of money, “If you have

basically

Adds Claudia De Velasco of A Day

daunting, as we all want to spend on

each and every detail, but it’s important to focus on your most important wedding

elements.” She also notes: “We always stress that photography and cinematography should remain high on the list, as

these two items are the two things you

walk away with at the end of the night.

sign-in book and the photos you want placed on your sign-in table, organizing all of your escort cards, setting out place cards, bustling your dress, and cueing your DJ when to play that exact song you wanted to make your entrance to.”

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START PLANNING EARLY

“Couples are getting started early on their booking process,” notes Ochoa, “so you might lose out on booking the venue or DJ you really like if you wait too long.” Alexis Oakes, of Euphoria Events, reminds couples to hire a planner first, and then rely on that planner for timeline assistance: “They can walk you through details on everything from when to hire a minister to when it’s time to purchase your bridal party gifts.” Oh—and

one

more

thing:

“Don’t

start worrying about the cute favors you saw on Etsy until you have a pretty good idea of what your day is going to look and feel like,” says Shaun Gray

Investing in a wedding planner is another

of Gray & Associates Events. “Otherwise

planning such an important day should

and

high priority: Peace of mind and sanity in

you’re going to overwhelm yourself

not have a price tag.”

you’re exhausted, your spouse-to-be is

sional planner, Roberto-Carlos Ochoa,

planning your wedding starts becoming

On the topic of hiring a profes-

of J’Adore Events  (formerly known as

become

exhausted.

And

when

exhausted. Then, before you know it, a chore, instead of a celebration.” 


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I love to spend time in a client’s home, to understand not just their "personal style, but the color palettes and design tones that they surround themselves with. " J I M G R AY, G R AY H O U S E E V E N TS AT E L I E R

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BE INSPIRED, BUT ALSO BE REALISTIC

With so much visual inspiration available to wedding couples, “It can be difficult to pin down your design vision, and know how to bring it to life,” acknowledges Creech. Working as not just a coordinator, but a consummate event stylist, well-versed in the design (and cost) of flowers, linens, decor and lighting, she collaborates closely with couples to “really review the integrity of the wedding design, and act as a ‘general

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in to accomplish all the various elements

out with our brides’ Pinterest boards,

that are so important to you.”

which are all over the place…but there

Jim Gray notes that it’s important to

are always key points or things that

let your planner into your life…and into

stand out, that we can see they are

your home: “I love to spend time in a

drawn to.” Her mission, she says, is

client’s home, to understand not just their

not to recreate their Pins, but to create

personal style, but the color palettes and

something that is wholly unique to her

design tones that they surround them-

client. So she’ll ask personal questions

selves with. Their wardrobe style also

that yield personalizing elements: “We

plays a role. Then, once I know these

had a couple recently, where the groom

things, I take into consideration the style

is in the military and they’ve traveled a

of the venue they’ve chosen, the season

lot, so each of their reception tables has

of their wedding, and trending color

a picture of them together in one of the

schemes, among other things.”

cities they’ve traveled to. Another of our

contractor’ for your event, to ensure that

Adds Kristin Van Hauen of Bourbon

recent brides had collected antique keys

the perfect creative partners are brought

& Lace Event Services: “We usually start

with help from her grandmother since

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she was a child; we incorporated keys into her centerpieces, and the escort cards each had a key attached.” And when it comes to trends, tread lightly, advises Ochoa: “Pick a style that is current, but remember to stay timeless. You don’t want to look back at pictures five years from now and say, ‘OMG, what was I thinking with so many

the day, the reason you’re getting married

asking your favorite aunt or uncle to be a

your life with this one person. The rest is

And Creech adds: “Hiring a profes-

is because you want to spend the rest of

just icing on the cake.” Her advice: “It is

absolutely acceptable to listen to your

family’s and friends’ suggestions—just take them in stride and move forward!”

De Velasco tells couples: “Remember…

you will never ever please everyone. Let

mason jars and so much burlap??’”

me repeat that again…you will never ever

4

Mom insists on ecru over eggshell on the

INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY... BUT DON’T LET THEM TAKE OVER

“Family can be one of the most joyous— and stressful—factors of your wedding planning,” says Oakes. “But always remember this piece of advice: It’s your wedding! No matter who is paying for it, no matter who is involved, at the end of

please everyone, so pick your battles. If

wedding invitations, and this is a detail

you don’t really care about, let her choose. Weddings are about love, of course, but also about family and unity.” She adds

that, “Asking that special person in your life to be a part of your wedding cere-

mony is the best way to show your love. How about having both parents walk you

and your spouse-to-be down the aisle, or

reader at your wedding?”

sional wedding planner allows your friends to be friends, and your family to

be family,” during the planning of the

wedding, and on the big day itself. “By having a professional guide to walk the

journey with you, your friends and family

get to do all of the fun stuff, without the stress of hard work. Appeasing family

members during such an emotional time always comes up. I promise, an event

planner has heard all the stories, and we

can bring in outside perceptions and advice to handle all of those uncomfortable, ‘What if’s.’”

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PLANNING YOUR LGBT WEDDING?

Don’t tolerate anything less than full support. Just because a vendor may be

high-end, or a veteran of the wedding scene, they may not be experienced at or willing to work with “all types of clients,” Shaun Gray cautions. “If working with tolerant professionals is important to you, then

be up front, and ask right from the beginning if they work with same-sex couples.”

Another tip for finding out if a vendor

is LGBT-friendly is to look at the language

in their marketing. “Are they clearly defin-

ing roles as a ‘Bride’ and a ‘Groom?’ If so, chances are they either don’t work with

same-sex couples, or that they aren’t as

experienced in the field,” Gray says. “So, you could still give them a shot, but you should ask them about it from the start.”

“Love is love, and we at A Day To

Remember believe that love will always win!” De Velasco says emphatically. “We are not just LGBT-friendly, we are certi-

fied through the Gay Wedding Institute, the leading LGBT wedding certification in

the U.S. When searching for LGBT-friendly vendors, we encourage you to look for

indications of LGBT understanding, in the 170

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A wedding planner or coordinator goes the extra mile and assists you in "creating a detailed itinerary, helps you confirm all your vendors, and runs your wedding rehearsal the day before. " R O B E RTO - C A R LO S O C H OA , J ’A D O R E E V E N TS

form of certifications, a notification on the

ners will have a vetted list on hand.” And

vendor’s website indicating ‘LGBT,’ or by

Oakes adds: “Same-sex couples should

images displaying same-sex marriages.

never be afraid to speak up about their

Having a planner will help alleviate

wedding.” If a venue or vendor says, “No,”

the stress of researching LGBT-friendly

or seems the least bit uncomfortable

vendors, as LGBT-friendly wedding plan-

about serving the needs of the couple,

“There is always someone ready to take on the opportunity to be part of your special day!”

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angela & christian 11.19.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: diet coke

HIS FAVORITE SIP: dr. pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET: pumpkin pie

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: dinner

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: trying out

and drinks, and going to dave & busters

new restaurants

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he is my

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

confidant…he will always accept me for who I am

she always makes me laugh even when I’m upset

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A

h, high-school romance. So sweet…and, usually, so

carrying baskets of beer—was nothing short of a fairytale. Just

fleeting. But not in the case of Angela and Christian. The

before the sunset ceremony, the couple, standing back to back,

two met at a high-school party, hit it off, and exchanged phone

privately exchanged handwritten vows before walking down

numbers. Christian called her that same night and said, “You

the aisle, in a moment Angela describes as one of her favorite

know what? I’m going to marry you one day.” And he did! Their

wedding memories: “As we read our vows in silence and held

shabby-chic wedding at The Terrace Club—with its lush burgundy-

hands, Chris squeezed my hand and said, ‘You wrote what I wrote,’

and-blush centerpieces, fall-inspired sangria and adorable burros

and, in fact we both had, in our own way, written the same thing.”

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Details couple ANGELA GARZA & CHRISTIAN FERNANDEZ number of guests 150 wedding colors GREEN, GOLD,

BLUSH & BURGUNDY venue THE TERRACE CLUB honeymoon ARUBA

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D E S T I N AT I O N W E D D I N G S …

HOLLYWOOD

style W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

CELEBRITY DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE LISA VORCE ON HOW TO PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR, WHEN YOU CELEBRATE AFAR!

W

hile a good connection might open the door, you need major talent to step through and succeed…especially in Hollywood. Just ask Los Angeles-based event expert Lisa Vorce, who, in the midst of a less-than-satisfying career as an IT consultant and programmer, began throwing parties for her husband’s talent-agent uncle. “My first party was for George Clooney’s mother,” she says. Not bad, we say. But it was Vorce’s exceptional creative talent, on display at the many events she planned after that debut bash—“Guests asked for my card that evening…which ended up being my telephone number scribbled on a cocktail napkin”—that eventually catapulted her into wedding stardom. Here, the planner behind such high-profile nuptials as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s gorgeous Italian villa “I do’s,” shares her experience and advice on her favorite of all events: the ultra-relaxing, totally indulgent, celebrity-style destination wedding. PHOTO: JOSE VILLA

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My favorite part of working in these amazing destinations is the 'reconnaissance mission' I typically do at the beginning of our process. Through lots of exploration, I get to

COPYRIGHT: JOHN LEGEND PHOTO: AARON DELESIE

know local artisans, experts from the area, local foliage and flowYou’re known for creating some of the most beautiful destination weddings on the planet. What are some of the toughest destinations you’ve had to work in, and how did you manage to pull off flawless weddings in these spots?

ers, menu specialties, etc.

LISA VORCE: Well you’re asking someone who doesn’t like to work in the same location more than once, and someone who is happiest in the PHOTO: ELIZABETH MESSINA

most exotic of locales, so I tend to thrive on all things challenging. In fact, the more challenging, the better for me! Vietnam and Bali are two of the most difficult locales I’ve worked in, simply because they are non-Western cultures. My favorite part of working in these amazing destinations is the “reconnaissance mission” I typically do at the beginning of our process. Through lots of exploration—I get to know local artisans, experts from the area, local foliage and flowers, menu specialties, etc.—I have been met with so much kindness and talent around the world, it’s amazing! In the end, the challenge is just really more of an adventure, and worth it,

PHOTO: JOSE VILLA

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We like the sound of that! So tell us: What are some of the coolest local activities you’ve helped plan for destination wedding groups. LV: Planning guest activities really depends

on the location as well as the inclination of the

couple. As soon as the couple determines their destination, my team goes to work to find out

what’s special and fun to do at that destination. Golf and spa treatments are usually must-haves. One of my couples recently treated guests to

a mobile cryogenic spa. It was very popular! Some of my favorite activities, however, have

had to do with what the specific destination has to offer, from yacht parties in St. Barts, to

cheese-making in Tuscany, to lace-making in Puglia…. I’ve also created activities based on PHOTO: AARON DELESIE

couples’ family traditions. For example, we had a baseball field and custom scoreboard

How should a couple go about choosing their wedding locale? LV: It’s a bit of a puzzle, and the stars need

to align properly. There is a giant matrix that we use when vetting venues for my clients: distance, ease of travel, curfew, weather

backups, venue capacities, accommoda-

tion capacities, food and beverage costs, etc. Some additional things couples should consider: How close is the wedding location

to the airport? Do guests have to hop on a boat or rent a car? Do guests need visas

or a Hep-C shot? Is there political unrest or

another potentially tricky situation (e.g. Zika virus) that needs to be navigated?

Sourcing the perfect venue is a little bit

like purchasing a home. It takes a lot of

effort and time. Couples need to make sure they are taking into account all of the above and not just the aesthetics. Aesthetics are

incredibly important, but everything else needs to be in the right place, too. And

like buying a new home, couples need to prioritize their “must-haves” over their “nice-to-haves.”

What’s the most important factor a couple needs to consider when planning a destination wedding? LV: Budget and personality are really impor-

tant and non-negotiable. But guest experi178

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ence is really my thing. This is so important

created for one couple. Each team had their

weddings are those where the guests can’t

We’ve done custom backyard and board

Guest experience has a great deal to do

the wedding couple and their guests take part

to me for my clients. Ultimately, the best

signature baseball jerseys. It was amazing.

stop talking about how much fun they had.

games for other couples. It is very joyful to see

with hospitality—and Texan hospitality is

in these activities!

experts in this matter! Just as you would

We love destination weddings, but we know that planning a wedding outside of one’s comfort zone is not without potential conflicts. How do you help your clients navigate these?

legendary, so I am going to assume you are

welcome a guest to your home with a beautiful meal, fresh linens and engaging activi-

ties, when guests travel to your wedding, you want to provide them with hospitality all along the way.

Once your guests arrive at the location,

have someone available from the wedding

party or planning team who can answer

LV: For destination weddings especially,

guest invites can be a big challenge. Each

“constituent ”—MOB, MOG, bride and

their questions, greet them and hold their

groom—usually has a valid reason for adding

to your wedding website (if you opt to do

add up. Sometimes it creates a cost issue, but

For me, some of the most amazing desti-

if the venue holds 120 persons maximum.

important to balance that with the guest

situations, and remind everyone that at the

long way, what’s the “wow” factor when

a beautiful wedding and an unforgettable

hand along the way. Adding helpful info

a guest...or 10. But these numbers quickly

one) is incredibly handy for guests as well.

it can also create a space issue, for example,

nations are the hardest to get to, but it’s

I usually play “wedding diplomat” in these

experience. If they are going to travel a

end of the day, they all want the same thing:

they get there? Provide them with some

celebration with their nearest and dearest.

Mayan ruins in Tulum, or maybe a cooking

your intimate, remote-location wedding…

your guests feel safe, happy and enter-

a big barbecue and party with ALL your

amazing activities and adventures: Think

As for keeping a limited guest count for

class in Italy. It is important that you make

remember, Texas is a great place to do

tained, but also give them enough down

favorite people once you return from your

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HER FAVORITE SIP: frozen margarita

HIS FAVORITE SIP: lemon-lime & bitters

HER FAVORITE SWEET: strawberry cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: boysenberry trifle

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: going for a

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

stroll in market square, or watching football with my family

outdoors with morgan

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his patience and loving heart

the person she is with me, and with others

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hile Walt Disney World is beloved by children, the Orlando

him...we just fit.” After nearly four years of long-distance love between

resort can also bring adults together in the most enchanting

New Zealand and Houston, David planned his surprise proposal, with

way possible. While working as a children’s-activities coordinator at

help from the family Morgan was working for as a nanny at the time

Disney World’s Contemporary Resort Pool, Morgan caught the eye

(awww), to take place at the same resort where they’d first met. The

of New Zealander, David, who was working at the same pool as a

couple wed at Ashton Gardens, where their reception, with its classic

lifeguard. Shy by nature, David nevertheless gathered the courage to

palette of ivory, black and navy, was a fabulous celebration. But “the

ask Morgan out. Almost immediately, “I just knew—honestly it was the

ceremony was the part of the day where we officially became one—it

weirdest, most amazing thing—but I just knew I was going to marry

was what the whole day was about,” Morgan says. “When our officiant

him,” Morgan says. “He is the one that was created for me and me for

pronounced us husband and wife for the first time, we both lost it!”

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Details couple MORGAN MUCKLEROY & DAVID LEPPER number of guests 100 wedding colors CREAM, IVORY, BLACK

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Stand With Me, Plan With Me... Be My Bridesmaid!

The wedding planning process is full of questions for brides-to-be, with the most important

being, of course, “Will you marry me?” After the

excitement of that wonderful question settles, the bride gets to pop a question of her own—to

the gals (and maybe a few guys) who will stand

by her side as she makes the biggest promise of her life.

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Much like the elaborate proposal stories we hear, there is an art to inviting your girls to take on the role of bridesmaid that goes beyond a simple call or text. We talked with some of our recent brides about how they creatively crafted their questions, and we’re sharing their stories, and suggestions, with you, as you prepare your own bridesmaid proposals.

Getting Glam Being a bridesmaid is all fun and games when it comes to the bachelorette party, engagement celebrations, shopping for a bridesmaid dress, and picking out beautiful accessories to wear on your bestie’s wedding day. But reality can set in, hard, when your credit card bill is, oh…just a tad bit higher than last month. While we always encourage bridesmaids to recognize that saying, “yes” comes with a financial commitment, we love how some of our recent brides eased their maids’ financial burden a bit by factoring them into the wedding budget. “Having been a bridesmaid half a dozen times, I understood that it can become expensive, especially when you live out of state,” says recent bride Laura Pascoe. “All five of my bridesmaids lived out of town, and I knew that they were all going to be traveling for the wedding, so I wanted to invite them in a unique way that would let them know that I am grateful for their friendship.” With a self-described passion for fashion, Pascoe, who wed last summer in Galveston in a gorgeous gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier, decided to pick up the tab for each of her bridesmaids’ dresses. “I bought five formal gowns by Adrianna Papell without telling my bridesmaids,” she says. “I asked my bridesmaids to be in our wedding by shipping their dress to them with a special letter with each dress.” weddingsinhouston.com

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Meanwhile, some extra-special brides-

personalized cupcakes! “We were at

special place in our hearts because it’s

maids deserve a little bling. Just ask

lunch planning my bachelorette trip and

right outside of Yountville, the town

bride Jessica Parkus, who wed in a glam-

were about to finish when I asked the

where Patrick and I got engaged and

waiter to come over,” Espinosa says. “He

were planning to get married!”

orous New Year’s weekend wedding at Chateau Cocomar. “My maid of honor was my older sister, and I asked her by having her open a box from Tiffany,” Parkus says. “Inside were pearl-and-diamond earrings! I then asked if she would wear them the day of our wedding and be my maid of honor.”

“To ask my MOHs, I had three bottles

their names on a card that read ‘Will you

of Veuve Clicquot wrapped in cellophane

be my bridesmaid?’”

and tied with white Hanky Panky panties,

Espinosa’s sister, meanwhile, got an

with their letters under each bottle” she

entire dozen cupcakes to herself, with an

says. “They thought they were coming

invitation that read, “Will U Be My MOH?”

over for brunch and to look at wedding

Maddy Foxx Moffitt, who married her

dresses, but I surprised them!”

beau Patrick in a gorgeous destination

Bride Mallory Botwin followed a simi-

Eat, Drink and Be... My Bridesmaid

celebration in California’s Napa Valley,

lar libation theme, getting down on one

Whether it’s food or drink, a delightful

surprised her 24 bridesmaids and three

knee to ask each of her bridesmaids

maids of honor with brunch and booze

and one “bridesman” to be part of her

tied to a special place.

classic wedding at The Houstonian

and decadent treat is a thoughtful way to sweeten your bridesmaid request.

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dropped off three cupcakes with each of

“I wrote individual letters to each of

Hotel, Club & Spa, with wine bottles she

Bride Itzel Espinosa, who married her

my bridesmaids expressing my grati-

love, Guadalupe, in the hacienda garden

tude for our friendship, and attached

“Every bridesmaid received a Bartenura

wedding of their dreams at Agave

them to mini bottles of Chandon,”

Moscato wine bottle, with a personalized

Real, spoiled each of her four brides-

Moffitt says. “Domaine Chandon [where

label, that read, ‘You pop the cork and I’ll

maids with a surprise batch of delicious,

the sparkling wine is made] has a

pop the question! Will you be my brides-

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maid?’” Botwin says. “My ‘bridesman’

Wrapped Up In Fun

received a 40-ounce beer bottle with his

While most bridesmaids’ gifts come with

custom label, and a personalized glass beer stein!” Along with the bottles, Mallory gave each member of her bridal party an etched glass with the title “bridesmaid,” “bridesman,” or “maid of honor,” from which they drank mimosas while getting dressed on the wedding day.

The Happiest Holiday Holidays are even happier when there’s a wedding on the way. A time for family and catching up with friends, holidays can be an ideal setting for asking closest confidantes to stand by your side on your wedding day. Bride Katelyn Melton asked each of her bridesmaids to do just that with a box disguised as a Christmas gift. “Inside the box, everything was in the colors of

some sort of adorable wrapping paper, many brides go the extra mile to make sure that the presentation of their gift is, in fact, the total package. Keeping things elegant and understated, bride Anna Fredrickson chose beautiful blush cards for her bridesmaid invitations, each of which had a scratch-off balloon on the front. “Once you scratched off the balloon, it asked the girl if she would be my bridesmaid, or, for my sister, my maid of honor," she explains. "I also sent them to my flower girl and junior bridesmaid. Inside each, the card recounted some of my favorite memories with that person throughout our friendship.” Allie Cumings, who wed in an elegant, avant-garde extravaganza at The Corinthian, popped the question to her out-of-town

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MOHs by taking simple cardboard boxes to the next level.

“I sent my two maids of honor little

boxes that each had a balloon filled with

confetti inside, with a hidden note in the balloon that said, ‘Will you be my maid

of honor?’” Cumings says. “The box also

contained a ribbon with a safety pin and a note that said ‘pop me!”’

Similarly, bride Lauren Kunze asked

her five sisters to stand by her side with an elaborate package filled with personalized gifts and lots of confetti.

“I got these cute acrylic popcorn

boxes to hold these super cute cards, a Capri Blue candle, an initial necklace

and confetti shakers,” Kunze says. “Once they opened them, read their notes and

accepted, we took the confetti shakers outside with my now-husband and had a picture taken with everyone around us and the confetti falling!”

our wedding—blush, white, ivory, and of course, a little sparkle,” says Melton, who wed last summer at Ashton Gardens. “They first saw a calligraphy card asking, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ along with an ivory makeup bag, a blush planner, blush nail polish, chocolate squares, and a gold Christmas tree ornament with the first letter of their name.” Fellow summertime bride Meghan Belmudez asked her sister and three cousins to join her bridal party during the annual Easter-egg hunt at her grandmother’s house. “On Easter Sunday, my grandmother puts together a scavenger hunt all around the house with Easter eggs, and clues to find a gift,” Belmudez says. “That year I decided to have the girls’ clues direct them to my grandmother’s bedroom where I was waiting for them with a basket of goodies for each girl, decorated with her name, and including her favorite candy, a nail salon gift card, a handwritten letter and a fancy Easter egg with a note inside asking ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’” weddingsinhouston.com

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HER FAVORITE SIP: st. germain mimosa

HIS FAVORITE SIP: cold coors

HER FAVORITE SWEET: anything with chocolate

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

on the lake

on the lake

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his easygoing nature

how sweet she is

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rooke says, “My family’s lake house holds a lot of memories for us.

stood around us, so it felt incredibly intimate…and right at home,” says

We had one of our first dates there, and spent a lot of time there

the bride. After the ceremony, the newlyweds drove her grandfather’s

after Alex moved to Texas from California.” Knowing the house would be

swanky 1959 Corvette to The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

the perfect proposal location, Alex cooked a special dinner, had candles

to celebrate with a larger crowd. Lush greenery, white flowers, classic

lit outside, got down on one knee…and you can guess the rest. The

linens and gold accents evoked a sense of timeless romance, as

couple’s private wedding ceremony, held in the presence of 20 guests

the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away. A luminous

at Brooke’s parents’ home, was exactly what they wanted. “Everyone

balloon send-off, Brooke says, was “an incredible ending to the night.”

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Details couple BROOKE GULLO & ALEX FREDRICH number of guests 150 wedding colors WHITE & GOLD venue THE

WOODLANDS RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER linens & rentals EB INC. EVENT RENTALS & DESIGN lighting & dance floor DJU ENTERTAINMENT honeymoon FRANCE & ITALY

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C E L E B R AT I O N , C O N N E C T I O N , COMMUNITY CUP OF CHARISMA BLOGGER AND SOCIAL-GOOD ADVOCATE JILLIAN GOLTZMAN IMAGINES HER ULTIMATE DREAM WEDDING Who would those people be, and how would you make them part of the wedding experience? JG: I want to spend time with everybody there and

make them feel like they are there for a reason. I would also want to include my nephews. My nephew Jayden is 10 and has Down syndrome. He

is just the happiest and sweetest person. I would

want him to do something fun in the ceremony, whether it be showing guests to their seats or greeting them.

And we can’t forget the dress… JG: The dress is something that I am going to

PHOTO: BRIAN HESS

remember forever, and it’s something I hope I can

pass on to my daughter. I used to think that I wanted a ballgown, but I have really changed my style over time. I really like vintage-inspired things, so I would love

something with an old-timey feel that is also elegant. For the veil, I would want something to match—either a birdcage veil...or, of course, a flower crown.

You’re all about giving back. Are there ways you would incorporate giving into your wedding celebration? JG: I think it would be great to donate all of the bouquets to patients in the hospital, and make sure that we can brighten someone’s day. I also love the idea of planning a charitable outing with my bridesmaids that would get us out of the

normal wedding-planning mindset. I feel like you can get lost in the details during wedding planning, and brides have every right to, but there are so many ways you can use your wedding to do good.

I love the idea of planning some type of charitable outing with my brides-maids that would get us out of the normal wedding-planning mindset. WRITER LAURA MERICAS

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hat Jillian Goltzman values most in her life are moments. Whether it’s a heartfelt Champagne toast atop a Spanish mountain, losing track of

time stargazing with her beau in Hawaii, or sitting beside her parents

in one of Broadway’s most beloved theaters, she knows that moments, not things, are what make her life whole. It was this idea, and her love for writing, that led her to create local lifestyle and social-good blog, Cup of Charisma. We talked with

Jillian about how she would incorporate her personal style, beloved friends and family, and love of helping others, into her own wedding.

When you envision your dream wedding, what do you see? JILLIAN GOLTZMAN: I see it being very intimate, about 50 to 70 people, or

maybe fewer. I always used to want a gigantic wedding, but the older I have gotten, the more I like to keep certain friends close to me, and focus on the people who are valuable in my life.

TIPS FOR A MORE SOCIALLY CONCIOUS WEDDING SAY YES TO AN ETHICAL DRESS: Goltzman recommends atelier Celia Grace, which works with local dressmakers in Cambodia and India to produce handmade, fair-trade bridal gowns, as well as eco-friendly Etsy shop Pure Magnolia Couture, offering gowns designed with vintage and recycled materials. FEEL-GOOD FLORALS: Goltzman notes that a great option is to donate your flowers through Floranthropy, a company that delivers event blooms to assisted-living homes, hospitals and nonprofit facilities. CATER WITH CARE: “Ask your caterers if they have a food rescue program in place—many do,” Goltzman says. If not, you can enlist a company such as Second Servings of Houston, which rescues leftover food from Houston hotel banquet departments and makes it available to needy individuals and families, or have a volunteer from your bridal party bring leftovers to a local shelter!

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PUT A RING ON IT Real Rings, Real Proposal Stories And The Real Houston Couples Behind Them

J E SSI CA & G R A NT Jeweler: Zadok Jewelers Jessica’s Story: In November of 2016, Grant and I planned a trip to visit some of my best friends at their home in beautiful Winston-

Salem, N.C., to see the fall foliage. The last day of our trip, we made the drive up to The

Biltmore in Asheville. It was breathtaking, and

looked like a picture-perfect painting of fall, which happens to be my favorite season. When we arrived, Grant took me to a spot

that has the best view of the estate. Soon, he

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was down on one knee. He popped the question, and I said, “Yes!” We spent the rest of our stay

exploring The Biltmore, tasting wine and horseback riding through the beautiful property. It was

perfect! We will be married at Saint Anne Catholic Church on Sept. 23, 2017, with a reception to follow at Hotel ZaZa.

A LLI SO N & H E NRY Jeweler: Eklektic Jewelry Studio Henry’s Story: I proposed on our one-year anni-

versary at Eklektic Jewelry Studio, where the

founders Marco Sr. and Marco Jr. had helped me

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design and create an amazing engagement ring

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from a sketch on a piece of paper. I spent about 30 hours working on the ring with them and they

called me the minute the ring was ready. I then

called my soon-to-be fiancée, Allison, and asked her to meet me at Eklektic ASAP! She drove in the pouring rain and arrived at Eklektic about an hour later. Marco Sr. and Marco Jr. had set the

most amazing stage for my proposal with flow-

ers and bubbly. The ring, which has a cushion-

cut center diamond with an alternating variation of diamonds in the halo, was gift-wrapped in

a beautiful box. As Allison started to open the box, I got down on one knee and asked her (the

most amazing person I have ever met) to spend the rest of her life with me. And she said, “Yes!”

M AG G I E & J O H N Jeweler: Lewis Jewelers Maggie’s Story: We both love going to the beach. For my birthday, John rented a beach house in

Bolivar, where his family used to own a house

that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. On Saturday

morning, we woke up, had some Champagne and

went down to the beach to look for shells. He drove us to the beachfront where his family’s house once stood. The shells on the beach were all brown and

broken, but then I saw one that was bright yellow, huge and perfectly intact. I exclaimed for John

to come look, and when I picked it up, I noticed

there was a little jewelry bag inside. I opened it, and John got down on one knee and proposed. It PHOTO: KASEY LYNN

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We ended up sitting "across from each other on opposite sides of the aisle. At one point, she asked me if she could borrow my jacket because she was cold, but I had to say…‘No!’ N A R EG & DA R L E N E

AL EC & S EELVA + NAREG & DA RL EN E

their fiancées with rings they made them-

selves, and both brothers are having 2017

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weddings at Hotel ZaZa.

We’re thrilled to share engagement stories

Alec’s Story: Seelva and I met at a

ers from Nazar’s Fine Jewelry. Brothers

but we didn’t date until April of the next

from not one, but two, of the family jewel-

Halloween karaoke night at our church,

Nareg and Alec Kalajian both proposed to

year. We weren’t dating for very long

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before I decided to propose to her that August. I asked her to come to the store

for a little bit, and I left to go get some

flowers. But getting the flowers ended

up taking forever! I rushed home and I put a bunch of flowers in the apartment

and put vases with one rose in each to

make a path to a table in our apartment. After I had made her wait at the store for

probably too long, I told her to meet me at the apartment, where she found me

on one knee with a three-stone-cushion-

cut-diamond-and-twisted-yellow-gold engagement ring.

Afterwards, we went back to the store

to celebrate with everyone, and then went to dinner with my parents and

brother Nareg. Nareg’s proposal story is probably a little better than mine…

Nareg’s Story: Darlene and I had plans to

take a trip to Seattle. I just finished making her ring at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and we

had a flight at 6:30 p.m. that day. We were the last ones on the plane and the airline

was going to make me check my bag, but

that was where I had kept the ring! So, I

sneakily put the ring in my jacket pocket, but the box was kind of thick and I was worried that Darlene could see it. We

ended up sitting across from each other on opposite sides of the aisle. At one point, she asked me if she could borrow

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L E F T A M A N DA & M AT T H E W R I G H T K AY L I N & M I C H A E L

We originally met at a Starbucks in

business, and I jumped on the chance

out four amazingly beautiful rings. After

Houston, so when we got to Seattle,

at buying an engagement ring. I found

some consideration, I settled on a smoky

a blue sapphire that I thought perfectly

topaz set in a halo of diamonds.

I wanted to propose at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market. When we got there, the place was really crowded. I thought, “I can’t do it here,” so we went to a giant Ferris wheel nearby. The Ferris wheel started moving and when we were up in the air, I proposed. I was still able to

When I got back to America I went to Loggins Jewelers to ask if they could help me upgrade the engagement ring I bought in Phuket. Jennifer Pappas at Loggins Jewelers was heartbroken

get down on one knee!”

when she had to break the news to me

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say that I was devastated was an under-

my sapphire was in fact blue glass. To

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statement, but Jennifer was a godsend.

Matthew’s Story: I’ve wanted to marry

like the worst boyfriend in the history of

Amanda since our first date. After being at her place of employment for 10 years, Amanda was rewarded with a vacation. I was blessed to be invited to accompany Amanda to Thailand! I thought this would be a great place to purchase a unique engagement ring, a ring as unique as our love. While on our vacation, I stumbled upon a gem shop that was going out of 198

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Not only did she make sure I didn’t feel the world, she gave me hope. Jennifer let me know she was going to handpick some options for me to come take a look at. Feeling lost and overwhelmed at the idea of a new search, this was exactly what I needed to hear. When I

With the ring in hand, I was ready to propose. I decided I’d propose the same way we met: walking our dogs. I asked if I could spend the rest of my life with Amanda, and she blessed me with her, “Yes!””

K AY LI N & M I C H AE L Jeweler: Donoho’s Jewellers Kaylin’s Story: We began dating on Dec. 20, 2006, when Michael took me to an ice

rink in The Woodlands and asked me to be his girlfriend. Almost seven years later, on Nov. 23, 2013, he took me to dinner at Brio on The Woodlands Waterway for The Lighting of The Doves [the area’s annual Christmas-display lighting ceremony]. We

met up with Jennifer again, I was taken

walked the waterway and when we were

aback by the difficult selection before

under the doves, Michael got down on

me. Jennifer and her sister had picked

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HER FAVORITE SIP: mexican coke or matcha green tea

HIS FAVORITE SIP: sprite

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate bar’s

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cherry cheesecake

chocolate tres leches

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: relaxing by

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: relaxing

the pool or at the beach with my wife

by the pool or at the beach with my husband

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: blake’s love and

her unyielding courage—she doesn’t let obstacles in

obedience toward god, even when it’s not easy

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hen faith leads you to love, you should hold onto it… forever.

tells us. The pair’s oh-so-romantic New Year’s Eve wedding at Agave

All it took was two dates for Keri and Blake, who met leading

Estates was a dream-come-true. “The staff at Agave Estates turned my

an evening service for students at their church, to realize that they were

vision into reality. It turned out more beautiful than I ever could have

meant to be. When it came time to propose, Blake put together an

imagined. They made sure everything went smoothly. It was a stress-

absolutely adorable scavenger hunt along a route of places that held

free experience,” the bride adds. They said their “I do’s” surrounded by

special significance for them as a couple, and included a surprise at

an abundance of candlelight, family and friends. Keri’s favorite moment

each stop. The last stop led Keri to Blake, who was down on one knee,

was after their New Year’s Eve kiss: “It was an incredible moment

with the most amazing ring in his hand. “Of course I said, ‘Yes!’” Keri

knowing that we were starting the new year off as a married couple.”

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The Newest Looks In Bridal Design Are Breaking Free, Pushing The Envelope, And Turning Trad ition On Its Head

The latest designer wedding collections

have a little something for everyone. Lace, shimmer, color, trains, sleeves, capes, bows, feathers, statement-making veils—this season’s selections truly offer more variety

than ever to brides on their quest for the

perfect dress. But one trend dominates: individuality. Above all, brides are looking for

ways to express themselves, and stand apart

from the crowd. And designers are responding to their style demands…beautifully.

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Sleeve Intrigue

“We make custom, detachable sleeves

by the range of sleeve options available

is a piece you can have your seam-

manager Shelby Elder says she’s struck

says Kim Vo, of Now & Forever Bridal

to the current crop of Houston brides.

paying a lot more attention to sleeves,”

Boutique. Among her personal favorites are the “dream catcher” sleeves featured on Hayley Paige’s “Lumi” gown, which

have “a romantic yet sexy vibe,” as she

describes. “These sheer long sleeves, combined with a V-neckline bodice and

“I see Rivini playing with a lot of off-theshoulder and full-lace sleeves, while Reem Acra has shown really beautiful

‘bell’ sleeves. The ‘bell’ sleeve gives more of an airy, Bohemian look.”

In love with a sleeveless wedding

open keyhole back, really capture the

gown style, but still keen on cover-

touch of edginess.”

ceremony? No problem, Elder notes:

essence of sweet femininity, but with a

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In recent seasons, “Designers have been

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ing up your arms for your traditional

and build-ups all the time. A build-up

stress create for you in alterations that can give you as much coverage as you

want. Then when the time is right, you can un-snap the piece and have more skin showing for the party!”

Versatile Trains “Wrap trains and detachable trains are

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vice president of sales and marketing for

Weddings by Debbie. “These trains give

brides a secondary look, and let them shed some of the layers, so that they can really

enjoy their receptions. We have noticed that Stephen Yearick has been at the

forefront for this look, but other designers

such as Enzoani and Pronovias have incorporated the look into their new lines.”

Cover Ups Add-ons such as boleros and shrugs are a

favorite of Houston brides in any season. Not only do they give the bride a chance

to add her own special touch to her gown, but they also allow for two different looks on one very special day.

Joan Pillow, owner of Joan Pillow

Bridal Salon, is particularly excited about the “overskirts” accompanying a variety of

gowns in Monique Lhuillier’s collection. “These overskirts allow the bride to

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Hot Hues If anything is popular at Weddings by Debbie, it’s “color, color, color!” Ruley notes. “We love flesh tones, such as the blushynudes as well as the champagnes, and the shades of gold.”

Elder is an admirer of Lazaro’s “3705” design—a shimmer

fit-to-flare in a shade that is “almost in between blush and

gold—it’s a new tone I have not seen before.” Another of her favorites is “Gala 803” by Galia Lahav, which “plays with blush and silver—it’s amazing!”

Visit any Houston bridal salon, and you’ll find gowns in colors

you might not expect to see in bridal. Along with blush, you’ll encounter racks dappled with light blue, gold and even black—a daring but dramatic choice for the bold bride.

Luxe Lace “We are loving all the new laces that designers are using in this

season’s collections,” says Ivory Bridal Atelier’s Elder. “They have

started to venture out of the norm, and are using more unique, Art Deco-type laces.”

At Joan Pillow, demand is high for gowns that feature “some

lace but not all lace,” Pillow says. “Romona Keveza has this in her collection,” which includes lace bodices with illusion necklines that

border the shoulder with lace, paired with skirts of silk crepe. “This is just such an elegant look,” she adds.

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have two unique looks for her wedding, while she is still able to enjoy wearing her gown” for the entire event, she notes.

New to Now & Forever’s designer lineup, the Legends Romona

Keveza collection offers “a great selection of lace blouses from fitted illusion to off-the-shoulder three-quarter or long sleeves,”

Organic touches, inspired by nature, continue to captivate

brides, going into 2018. New York’s most recent bridal runway shows featured a bounty of floral accents and embellishments, from Oscar de la Renta’s signature floral appliqués, to

Marchesa’s fluttery 3-D floral touches, to Hayley Paige’s holographic floral embroidery.

On the other end of the spectrum, the new season’s gowns

Vo says. And “Hayley Paige has many amazing crystal-embellished

are positively dripping with elaborate shoulder and back jewelry.

For head and shoulder coverage that harkens back to classic,

Lhuillier for capelets made from multiple strands of gleaming

boleros, which allow a balance of sass and sparkle!”

even historic, bridal style, look to the new season’s long veils and dramatic capes—which were on display everywhere at this past spring’s New York Bridal Fashion Week.

Galia Lahav’s spring 2018 “Victorian Affinity” collection, for one,

Looking for major bling? Look to the new collection from Monique

pearls and sparkling gems, feast your eyes on jewel-encrusted

boleros from Hayley Paige, and behold a built-in metallic choker from Sabrina Dahan.

Over at Now & Forever, nature’s influence and glamour’s glitter

features a breathtaking high-collared sheer cape, while Elie Saab’s

are making a style marriage. Vo points to a “floral crystal bodice

Meanwhile, the new veils are major statement-makers, with

a tulle ballgown skirt, slinky chiffon, or represented in a figure-

hottest cape is a solid stunner Gwyneth Paltrow would envy.

mantilla styles, cathedral veils, cape-veils and lavish tulle veils

being shown by designers including Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Rivini…and, of course, veil-goddess Galia Lahav.

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HER FAVORITE SIP: iced coffee with milk & sugar

HIS FAVORITE SIP: single-malt scotch

HER FAVORITE SWEET: vanilla crème brûlée

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: bananas foster

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: watching

hanging out with casey

movies at home, kayaking, and just being with danielle

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her positive

the way he loves me, and his witty sense of humor

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ometimes all it takes is a serendipitous meeting to find the one.

park vignette inside the ballroom, complete with a life-size magnolia

Case in point: Danielle and Casey. He noticed her from across

tree surrounded by benches, lavish flowers and soft candlelight. A

the room at a young professionals’ event, and knew he couldn’t let

working fountain welcomed guests to toss brass coins bearing their

the opportunity to learn more about her slip away. Their love story?

best wishes for the newlyweds, while live music and choreographed

Simple. Their wedding? Absolutely decadent. Danielle’s passion for

dancers welcomed everyone to let loose on the dance floor until

picturesque Tuscany came to life at the Omni Hotel Houston, where

the wee hours. “Casey and I could not have wanted anything more,”

event design firm Plants N’ Petals surprised the couple with a magnificent

says Danielle. “The feeling of the evening was warmth, love and joy.”

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HER FAVORITE SIP: margarita

HIS FAVORITE SIP: old fashioned

HER FAVORITE SWEET: apple pie with vanilla ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crème de menthe cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sleeping

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: going to the park,

in, or doing something fun outdoors with my husband

lying on a hammock with my wife, and reading a good book

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his ability to always make me laugh

her zest for life

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ara and Greg couldn’t help but fall in love the moment they

for Sara. From their romantic ceremony, held in a historic country

met at Texas A&M’s traditional “Fish Camp” orientation. They

church, to their rustic-elegant reception, accented with repurposed

happened to be in the same discussion group, and instantly started

wood doors, a vintage mantle and a soft color palette of dusty rose

talking, laughing and (we’re pretty sure) flirting with each other. “After

with hints of burgundy, the couple’s wedding blended beauty and

Fish Camp was over, Greg told his best friend that he had met his

fun in equal measures. A traditional German “Grand March” paid

future wife,” says Sara. Five years later he made good on that statement

homage to both Sara and Greg’s backgrounds, while late-night bites

during a getaway trip to Prague, with a picture-perfect proposal

from Whataburger fueled guests for dancing long into the night.

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britta & ryan 1.21.17

HER FAVORITE SIP: iced green tea

HIS FAVORITE SIP: chicken express sweet tea

HER FAVORITE SWEET: frosted sugar cookies

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: butter-pecan ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: curled up on

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

the couch next to ryan with a big book and

playing baseball and watching movies

katniss (our cat)

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his heart; he never

the way she glows, her kind heart...and

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hen Ryan first laid eyes on Britta, he knew he had to put his

won over his beloved Britta, and when it came time to propose, he

nerves aside and gather the courage to speak to this pretty girl.

transformed Britta’s parents’ backyard into a scene from their favorite

The same night that she agreed to hang out with him, Ryan went home

TV show, “Friday Night Lights,” got down on one knee in front of

and told his mom, “I’m going to marry that girl.” However, getting to “I

family and friends, and popped the question. The couple’s Northgate

do” was not quite as easy as Ryan had hoped: “The next five months

Country Club wedding featured lush magnolia flowers and leaves

were filled with my feeble, often embarrassing, attempts to win over

from the tree in her parents’ front yard, along with a piece of the

not just a girl, but the girl,” he says. “I was served healthy portions of

bride’s mother’s wedding dress repurposed as an aisle runner for the

rejection with some extra ‘nope’ sauce on the side.” Eventually, Ryan

ceremony. “I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding,” Britta says.

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becca & matt 4.9.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: italian blood-orange soda

HIS FAVORITE SIP: margarita

HER FAVORITE SWEET: brownies with ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crisp chocolate-chip cookies

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: waking up

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: having coffee,

slowly with a cup of coffee, watching tv and eating cereal,

running errands, taking care of work around the house,

followed by an afternoon walk with my husband and our dog

followed by an afternoon walk

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his goofy side

the way that she loves me

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t was just an ordinary night out with the girls for Becca…until

her late grandmother’s pearl-and-rose-gold rosary beads, and said her

handsome stranger Matt walked in. “Later that night after the bar

vows to Matt in a ceremony officiated by the same minister who had

closed, I marched right over to him in the parking lot, introduced myself

married her parents 35 years earlier. Their fabulous tented lakeside

and we exchanged numbers,” says Becca. They spoke every day after

reception was full of dazzling details such as antique gold candelabras,

that, leading to an everlasting relationship. Becca tells us, “I said, ‘Yes,’

lush floral centerpieces, mini gold frames featuring their favorite

to forever with an amazing man.” The pair made plans for their utterly

love quotes, and luxurious lounge seating complemented by sequin

romantic garden wedding at her parent’s home with the help of AJ’s

throw pillows. The newlyweds danced the night away underneath a

Urban Petals. Becca carried a beautiful bridal bouquet incorporating

sparkling crystal chandelier before exiting in style in a sleek Maserati.

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photography LINDSAY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

styling, calligraphy & stationery A DAY TO REMEMBER

florals & tree swing KEISHA'S KREATIONS

chairs EB INC. EVENT RENTALS & DESIGN

linens LBL EVENTS, DESIGN & RENTALS

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IT ALL STARTS WITH YOUR SKIN

For a professional makeup artist, the bride’s skin is the canvas. And like a

painter’s canvas, that skin needs to be prepped, primed and ready for a masterpiece of makeup artistry that

will look as beautiful in real life as it does on film. Preparing the canvas of your complexion begins with

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taking care of your skin. Long before your wedding day, a professional makeup artist will be able to examine your skin, identify any problems that need addressing—excessive dryness or oiliness, sensitive areas, blackheads or blemishes—and recommend a skincare regimen, and products, that will take care of these concerns.

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LOOKING NATURAL TAKES EXPERTISE

No bride wants to greet her spouse-to-be

at the altar looking altogether different

than herself. Similarly, no bride wants to

gaze upon her wedding photos, years down the road, and wonder, “Why do I look so pale? Why am I so shiny? What was

A professional makeup artist is trained to create a look that enhances, rather than obliterates, a bride’s natural features. I thinking with that lip color/eyeshadow/ blush?” A professional makeup artist is

trained to create a look that enhances, rather than obliterates, a bride’s natural

features, from her eyebrows, to her cheekbones, to the curve of her lips.

The best makeup artists know that the wedding day camera requires more than everyday—even every evening—makeup, and they have the skills to create a look that balances camera-ready with groomapproved, flawlessly.

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PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY PRODUCTS DO MATTER

You probably have your favorite cosmetic products—products you trust to come through for you every day, whether you’re at the office, on a date with your darling, or chilling with friends at a backyard barbecue. But just as your wedding is different from any other occasion in your life, your wedding makeup needs are different, too. Your daily go-to makeup products aren’t necessarily the ones that will work under the all-day demands, in-the-spotlight moments and camera flashes of your wedding day. A professional makeup artist is well-versed in the latest professional makeup products—those products used in magazine editorials, television shows, and, yes, the YouTube makeup tutorials you love to watch in the wee hours, to make models look, well…how they look. Whether your artist uses name-brand products, signature products they have developed and created themselves, or a combination 240

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If your regular hairstylist is great at color and blow-outs, but lacks experience with the kind of elaborate updo you desire for your wedding look, it is perfectly OK to seek expertise elsewhere for this very special day. of both—as is the case with many top Houston makeup pros—you will benefit from their product knowledge (and save a lot of money that you might have squandered on a ton of untested products that looked nice in the package, or seemed “hot” from user reviews).

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ABOUT THAT TAN...

Let’s face it, most naturally pale brides want to amp up the glow factor for their big day. But subjecting yourself to frequent suntanning, whether outdoors or in a tanning bed,

can be a recipe for wedding day disaster, not to mention a major stress on your skin, now, and in the future. The optimal solu-

tion? Professional-quality sunless tanning. Let’s repeat that: PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY sunless tanning.

If you’re thinking about picking up a

drugstore fake-bake product a few weeks

before your wedding, and slathering it on in the hopes of achieving a passable sun-

embarrassing than white neck-lines or a massive “missed patch” on your exposed back, as you walk down that aisle. Instead, opt for a physician-formulated, non-staining and easy-to-apply tanning soufflé rather than a cream or spray, or treat yourself to an expert airbrush tan, for this very special day.

kissed glow, please, stop. Take it from us, and from countless brides we have

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That jewelry you inherited from your

tion—there is nothing worse than splotchy

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ankles, knees and elbows, nothing more

mother? It can be a fabulous addition

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to your wedding day. Those deep, dark

inate even the most glaring “flaws” in your

you? Not so much. A professional makeup

Blemishes, rough spots, even tattoos, that

under-eye circles they passed along to

artist has the art of concealment down pat. Using a combination of highlighting

and contouring techniques that amount to

makeup magic, your makeup pro can elim-

complexion. And not just on your face. you may wish to cover up on your chest, back or arms, for your wedding day, are no

match for the masters of disguise that are Houston’s most skilled makeup artists.

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NOT A HAIR OUT OF PLACE

Come wind, rain, humidity or….dancing, your wedding hairstyle needs to be ready to endure the elements, and the revelry, of your big day. A professional hairstylist will make sure that it does, and will work with you to create a hairstyle that fits your face, gown and personal style. If your regular stylist is great at color and blow-outs, but lacks experience with the kind of elaborate updo you desire for your wedding look, it is perfectly OK to seek expertise elsewhere for this very special day.

A professional makeup artist has the art of concealment down pat. Using a combination of highlighting and contouring techniques that amount to makeup magic, your makeup pro can eliminate even the most glaring “flaws” in your complexion. Look for a stylist who has a portfolio of bride images, and talk to former clients to find out about their experience, and ask if the freshly styled ’do you glimpsed in that album held up for the duration of her wedding day…and night. If you’re eager to convert your ceremony hairstyle into an entirely different style for the dinner and dancing that follows, let your stylist know—don’t assume that you can just pull out a few pins and let your hair down, literally or figuratively. 242

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When planning and budgeting for professional wedding hair and makeup, don’t forget the girls who will be at your side when you are a bride. Springing for hairstyling, professional makeup and mani-pedis for your bridesmaids is one of the best investments you can make for your wedding day. Not only will it ensure that your gals look gorgeous in those wedding day photos, but it will

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Opt for a physicianformulated, non-staining and easy-to-apply tanning soufflé rather than a cream or spray, or treat yourself to an expert airbrush tan, for this very special day.

est female family members how much you appreciate their love and devotion, by giving them the gift of professional pampering. To ensure that you and your maids are made up and styled in time for pre-wedding photos, allocate at least 45 minutes for each girl to get “done,” and give yourself up to two hours to allow your stylists to complete your look. And don’t forget to have your photographer on hand to capture at least some of the

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prep work—your candid “getting ready”

photos will be among the images you cherish most from your wedding day.

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There is no better way to feel confident about your wedding look than by having

a chance to look at it—and make adjust-

ments if needed—in advance of the big day. Whether you preview your makeup and hair by having them done for bridal portraits in the weeks leading up to your

wedding, or you visit your stylist for an in-salon consultation prior to your event and snap pix to review and discuss, a

pre-wedding trial run is a must. Yes, you’ll pay for the opportunity to have

your hair and makeup done once before

go-time, and yes, you may find that you’re not 100-percent in love with the

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ashley & logan 11.26.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: champagne

HIS FAVORITE SIP: old fashioned

HER FAVORITE SWEET: red-velvet cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: fudge pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: pure barre

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

class in the morning, and spending time with logan

doing anything outdoors

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: how he makes me

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

laugh at any given moment

how she makes me laugh every day

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ogan’s adventurous proposal to the love of his life, Ashley, was

wished for and when I turned around, he was down on one knee,”

one for the books. Every year on Thanksgiving, Ashley and

Ashley recounts. With makeup and hairstyling from KAX Salon (her

Logan take a trip somewhere—but she had no idea that their 2015

mom Cheryl is the owner), dressed in an Amsale dress paired with a

Thanksgiving trip to Negril, Jamaica, was going to be so special. “As

veil accented with lace from her mother’s wedding dress, Ashley wed

soon as we arrived, we were led down to a private seaside cave lit by

Logan in a Catholic ceremony, then partied with 250 guests at The

hundreds of candles, and decorated with thousands of rose petals,

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. “All of our vendors did an incredible

with a local drummer playing for us. After a delicious dinner, we lit

job,” says Ashley. The bride’s favorite moment? Dancing with LED light

sky lanterns and Logan told me to make a wish. He asked what I had

sticks and glowing necklaces alongside the people she loves most!

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DESIGN OF THE TIMES W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

Fall In Love With The Most Beguiling Looks In Floral, Decor And Furnishings For 2017 And 2018 Wedd ings

Your wedding celebration is, quite simply, the biggest party you’ll ever

throw. It’s also the most profound ritual you’ll ever engage in. Which is why every flower, every piece of

fabric, every wineglass and photo

frame and votive-holder, matters. These are the components that will

express the depth and uniqueness

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of your love for each other—and for the guests who have come to honor your very special occasion. Whether your vision is grand and dazzling, or intimate and cozy—or somewhere in between—the design experts you bring on to create the story of your love will guide you through the process of translating emotion into... environment, starting here.

are doing a lot "ofWewhite, silver and platinum tones, and fall palettes, but in softer tones, like apricot, cream and rose, with a hint of Bordeaux and celadon green.

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TO D D F I S C U S , TO D D E V E N TS

From Boho To Bold If there’s one trend defining the “look” of upcoming weddings, it’s that no one trend is…“on trend.” Which makes perfect sense, considering that each and every wedding is, and should be, as unique as the couple at the center of it. For in-demand designer Todd Fiscus, whose namesake Todd Events has locations in Dallas and Houston, the key to pinpointing a couple’s personal wedding design scheme lies in “working to inspire our clients to step out of what they are seeing other people do, and create something new!” To that end, he and his team “love to lean on interior design as inspiration.” As for colors his clients are loving? “We are doing a lot of white, silver and platinum tones,” and fall 256

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The best part about "having a neutral color scheme is that the colors never clash. Everything looks so effortless and classic. Nudes, greens and taupes are all perfect for a timeless wedding.

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palettes, “but in softer tones, like apricot, cream and rose, with a hint of Bordeaux and celadon green.”

Couples who hire renowned Houston

design firm Darryl & Co. to design their

event tend to seek “an exhilarating palette of soft, sweet pastels, which

I like to call my ‘sherbet tones,’” says owner Darryl Murchison. Though, he

also notes, “Earth tones can be lovely, especially for outdoor weddings. The best part about having a neutral color

scheme is that the colors never clash. Everything looks so effortless and classic. Nudes, greens and taupes are all perfect for a timeless wedding.”

When it comes to flowers, “We are

going back to more fresh and natural

design, which means we’re using the natural greens and foliage again, instead

of round floral mounds,” he continues, saying that “wild smilax, string fern, black

cherry laurel and other big waxy greens” are ideal for the “organic look” that al fresco weddings demand.

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couples “love the vintage-romantic look— anything with a rustic, boho-chic spin.” To achieve this aesthetic, she is using “soft pink tones mixed with champagne”—a color scheme she predicts will continue to be popular, as well as blush with accents of burgundy and marsala. Though she confesses, “I really do love the idea of tone-on-tone weddings. I always get excited when a bride will reach out to me saying she wants everything red!” For Tom Stringer, owner of popular floral design studio and gift boutique AJ’s Urban Petals, modern wedding design is

do love the "ideaI really of tone-on-tone weddings. I always get excited when a bride will reach out to me saying she wants everything red!

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blowout backdrops made entirely out of fresh florals,” accompanied by “lots of gold, and lots of candles.” Meanwhile, at Plants N’ Petals, with over 30 years of experience designing

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says senior designer Bahara Jamea.

Let’s Talk Texture It wasn’t all that long ago that wedding design was essentially concerned with the big “cover-up,” i.e., draping, wrap-

ping and otherwise disguising tables, chairs, walls and ceilings, for a look that was smooth, uniform…and more than a

little shiny. These days, wedding couples

are looking for texture, variety and movement—and Houston’s top design talents

are more than delighted to meet, and exceed, their expectations.

all about “BIG everything.” His couples are seeking drama on a grand scale, with “big,

the box—avant garde, with a little edge,”

major Houston events, “pure whites with

mixed metallics” and “vibrant colors, such as fuchsia, tangerine and peach, brought

together through lush, textured greenery,” are meeting couples’ growing demands

for “modern-classic looks that are outside

A true fabric aficionado, Fiscus makes

highly textured textiles a central focus of

almost any design plan, noting, “I love laces, velvet and graphic prints in soft colors.” As for plants with appeal beyond

the petal, “I am using lots of greenery lately,” he notes. “We have been working


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on events that have lots of clipped boxwood, very styled—I love this effect.” For much-loved design firm Haute Flowers & Events, an attention-catching design relies on “visual experimentation,” notes company president Teresa Vencil. To create texture and dynamic appeal, her team likes to bring in “an element of reinvention in purpose, using botanicals such as kale and succulents,” along with “geometric shapes and terrariums,” which don’t just provide an unexpected aesthetic, but meet the couple’s growing

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The couple gave me their favorite books and I took the actual pages out and made flowers and boutonnieres by hand. The couple loved how personal and how outof-the-box it was.

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additional texture and contrast to these designs with “industrial furniture and chairs, paired with soft, natural accents.” For decidedly uncovered elegance, with a hint of architectural edge, she suggests “farm tables with simple runners” rather than lush linens, paired with “industrial metal bistro chairs.” Lisa Anheiser, owner of LBL Events, Design & Rentals, notes that her couples are seeking, for the most part, “a less formal feel.” While blush, ivory, cham-

demand for “eco-friendly, sustainable

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alternatives to perishable flower choices,”

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schemes, the ways in which these colors

and their desire for botanicals “grown locally, or on U.S. soil, rather than being imported from other countries.” Whether done in a Hill Country barn, a Houston ballroom, or with “creative tenting on farmland or on plantations,” a

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are being used is changing: “We have look that blends “luxurious atmosphere

moved away from chair covers, and are

as natural stone and wood” is growing

a simple sash,” and topping tables with

Event Rentals & Design, notes owner

boxes, and tall mercury pilsner vases.

with elements of outdoor textures, such

going with dark wood chiavari chairs with

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“I recently did a wedding for a couple that loves reading and books,” recounts Andy Hopper, creative design director for Blooms Design Studio—the event design arm of grocery chain HEB. “The couple gave me their favorite books and I took the actual pages out and made flowers and boutonnieres by hand. The couple loved how personal it was to them and how out-of-the-box it was.” For a touch of texture anywhere in the design scheme, Hopper recommends mixed metals, such as a combination of gold, silver and rose gold, along with “raw silk, dupioni and natural-feeling fabrics, rather than traditional, shiny silks.”

Art & Soul For Elaine Johnston of E. Johnston Designs, the latest look in reception design is “artwork that has fresh flowers

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hurricane lamps, elaborate candelabras and “large, bulky candlesticks,” rather than vintage lanterns and birdcages—a former trend she says is starting to wind down. Sherronda Scoggins, creative director for KC Events & Florals, is seeing a similar trend developing. “Our clients are looking more for ‘sculptures’ rather than typical centerpieces. With these pieces, the flowers actually have to look like modern artwork.” She adds that, to meet this demand, her team is making custom scroll designs, and creating wood sculptures filled with succulents and other nontraditional greenery. Keisha

Ervin,

creative

director

for Keisha’s Kreations—where high-luster incorporated”—for example, “a painting

dazzle is very much in demand—says that

To evoke romance and set the stage for

needs to give clients what they want.

of a vase, to which we’ll add fresh florals.”

mixed materials give her the tools she

conversation, she is setting tables with

When it comes to linens, Ervin says her

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brides are heavily into “sequins, sequins, sequins!” Meanwhile, for ceremonies and receptions with an intriguing variety of

height and tone, “I’m a really big fan of

clear acrylic pieces, because they’re so

versatile,” she notes. In addition to providing

support

for

larger

arrangements,

whether down the aisle or on top of a

table, “They have their own unique feel, and are an easy way to create a clean, modern, high-end couture look.” She espe-

cially loves using clear acrylic to present “large-scale centerpieces that have tons of

tulips, phalaenopsis orchids and garden roses, and I’ll tie in hanging crystals as well.”

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At Flora & Eventi, “We are loving using

different types of metallics and geomet-

rics” to create conversation-worthy focal

pieces that are a far cry from the table arrangements of yore, says event designer Sheli Hart. “Gold mercury glass, for exam-

ple, makes a bold statement—really, the

focus is less about tall flowers and more

about statement-making configurations, such as a metal piece, surrounded by lots of candle-work, where the floral is more of an accent to the central piece.”

She adds, “Couples really want a

more collective look, with far more

details that people can really appreciate. We’re using flowers less as bulk decor, and more as unique elements

that can be appreciated for their color and individuality.” On the whole, she

says, “Couples are finding ways to take

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PHOTOS: JOANNA KRUEGER PHOTOGRAPHY

michelle & logan 12.30.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: pinot noir

HIS FAVORITE SIP: remy martin sidecar

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée with a glass of

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: coffee

sauternes

date with logan, taking our dog to the park, and

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: playing

cooking dinner with friends

ultimate frisbee or watching auburn football

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he always knows

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

how to show me that I am loved and cherished

her level of care for others

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nspired by Kate Middleton’s wedding, and classic bridal

was like entering a scene straight from a fairytale,“ Michelle

traditions, Michelle and her bridesmaids all wore white

recounts. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed an evening full

dresses at her intimate 30-guest wedding to Logan. The couple’s

of dancing, and a mouthwatering menu of Brennan’s specialties,

small yet regal reception at Brennan’s Houston featured a soft

including turtle soup with sherry, jumbo lump crab cake, shrimp

color palette of white, rose and green, presented with elegance

salad, beef tenderloin and gulf fish Pontchartrain. The night

and simplicity. Darryl & Co. made sure that the tables were

ended with Michelle and Logan making their exit while family

covered in blooming flowers, and that the entire room was

and friends tossed fragrant lavender—”I diffuse a lot of lavender

glowing with an abundance of candlelight. “Entering the room

oil in our home to recreate that moment,” the happy bride says.

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Details couple MICHELLE FOREMAN & LOGAN CHILTON number of guests 30 wedding colors WHITE, ROSE &

GREEN venue BRENNAN’S HOUSTON invitations & registry BERING’S flowers, decor & rentals DARRYL & CO. accommodations JW MARRIOTT HOUSTON DOWNTOWN honeymoon LAS VEGAS

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hile managing a Brooklyn restaurant in the early

major name for herself, attracting corporate clients including Dior,

2000’s, Ariel Dearie would put together the

Prada and Bulgari, and styling flowers for photo shoots featuring

occasional flower arrangement for her employer—a

Hillary Clinton, Isabella Rosselini and Jessica Chastain. Her own

hobby she came to adore. Though she had been planning to open

“Vogue”-featured 2015 wedding, set at Brooklyn’s Boathouse at

her own café for years, her passion for floral design took over, and

Prospect Park, and decked out with sprigs of fern, sinewy orchids

after arranging flowers for a few friends’ weddings one summer,

and pomegranates, is emblematic of her design sensibility. And

she found herself on a new, and very successful, career path. With

her sensible approach to wedding floral that is as evocative as it

the opening of Ariel Dearie Flowers in 2011, Dearie began making a

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF ARIEL DEARIE

What influence does your New Orleans background have on your floral design aesthetic? Ariel Dearie: Growing up in a lush, verdant city definitely had an impact on my work. I think that going from New Orleans to New York really left me with a longing for more green and more nature. Some of my favorite Southern flowers are camellias, azaleas and smilax foliage. What changes have you seen in couples’ floral preferences since you launched your business in 2011? AD: Over the past years, having beautiful flowers at your wedding has become just as important as having a great venue or a great photographer. Our couples have started requesting flowers that are unexpected and out of the ordinary, and they also want to have non-floral elements included in their arrangements, like fruit, feathers and nuts. Instead of just standard roses, they want frilly garden roses blended with textural foliage and berries. Instead of a ball of hydrangeas, they want lace hydrangea as an accent with tree peonies and kumquats. Instead of simple clear glass

vessels, our couples usually choose from our inventory of antique silver, brass and ceramic pieces.

What are some of your favorite bouquet ideas, and how do you collaborate with each bride to make sure she has a bouquet she’ll cherish? AD: I love loose, flowing bouquets that feel as if you’ve just swept up the blooms from a garden. When coming up with a bouquet design for our clients, I usually ask what they want to carry and how they want to feel while carrying it. We also take their dress and the wedding setting into account. I love when brides want to include a family heirloom or sentimental item in their bouquet. I think it makes the bouquet extra special.

What floral trends or design “fallbacks” do you dislike most? AD: I don’t really like super-tight floral arrangements that cease to look like flowers. I don’t think flowers should be heavily manipulated to look like something they’re not.

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF ARIEL DEARIE

For the past few years and continuing into the 2018 season, couples have been requesting larger-scale installations in addition to bouquets and table centerpieces. These have included hanging floral pieces suspended over the tables and lush arches for the entryways. What design trends are you seeing evolve for your 2018 weddings? AD: For the past few years and continuing into the 2018 season, couples have been requesting larger-scale installations in addition to bouquets and table centerpieces. These have included hanging floral pieces suspended over the tables and lush arches for the entryways. To create these, we love to use vines such as smilax and pair those with garden roses, peonies and Dutch carnations.

What is your top wedding tip for couples tying the knot in Houston—where climate is an issue any time of year? AD: For outdoor weddings, always have a good Plan B, in case the weather isn’t cooperating. And make sure to choose a venue where you’d be happy with either the indoor or outdoor options. It’s just one less (big) thing to stress about!

What do you love most about working on weddings?

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PHOTOS: COTTONWOOD ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY

bayleigh & philip 6.4.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: champagne

HIS FAVORITE SIP: champagne

HER FAVORITE SWEET: brownies

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: wedding cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: going to

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

the dog park with my furry babies

test-driving cars

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his willingness to help others

she’s able to do anything she puts her mind to

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hough Houston couple Bayleigh and Philip were neighbors in the

a colorful, enchanting wedding at The Gallery. “I wanted the day to

same apartment complex, “We were so nervous the first time we

be saturated with color and excitement, and Blooms Design Studio

actually met—we barely even looked at each other,” Bayleigh says. But

was all about it! I loved the idea of accenting the vibrant colors with

by their first date, they knew their love story was meant to be. Bayleigh

a metallic—so, sparkling gold it was,” the bride adds. “I spent a lot of

is proud to say that Philip handled the proposal like a pro—strategically

time crafting, making the table names and gold wreaths,” she recounts.

planning to have a photographer on hand, and executing a surprise

“The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was a huge party. The

engagement party to celebrate with family and friends. “The entire

entire night was a magical whirlwind of fun. Our entrance was filled

day was an absolute dream,” she says. Bayleigh and her boo planned

with bubbles… and our sparkler exit ended the night the right way!”

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honeymoon GRENADA

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PHOTOS: EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

farnaz & jeremy 1.21.17 HER FAVORITE SIP: diet dr. pepper or bloody mary

HIS FAVORITE SIP: vodka with red bull

HER FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sleeping in,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sleeping in, and

and spending the rest of the day with jeremy

going to outdoor festivals

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he has an incredibly

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

generous, thoughtful and sensitive heart

her eyes—they’re captivating and intoxicating

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arnaz wasn’t having the best of luck with E-harmony and was ready

and got exactly that. Their nuptials started off with a traditional American

to cancel her membership that day…until Jeremy messaged her.

wedding ceremony at The Bougainvilleas, followed by cocktails, and then

A sucker for red hair, Farnaz couldn’t help but keep the conversation

a traditional Iranian ceremony. The ballroom decor embodied the true

going with ginger Jeremy. Countless messages and dates later, Jeremy

essence of elegance with a soft color palette of blush, champagne and

was ready to surprise Farnaz with an adventurous scavenger hunt that

ivory, with pops of pretty pink flower arrangements by River Oaks Plant

would lead her to him, waiting down on one knee at La Madeleine, where

House. “We wanted the wedding to be warm, inviting and fun,” notes

they’d had their first date. Farnaz was dreaming of a classic, elegant

Farnaz. The couple danced the night away with their guests, enjoyed

wedding that blended their Iranian and American cultures seamlessly,

late-night sliders and fries, and ended the night with a sparkler exit!

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IVORY & WHITE venue THE BOUGAINVILLEAS groom's cake CAKES BY GINA flowers & decor RIVER

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kelly & michael 12.30.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: coffee

HIS FAVORITE SIP: fresh lemonade

HER FAVORITE SWEET: lemon-meringue pie

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: yellow cake with chocolate icing

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: outside

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sleeping in

with my husband

and spending time with my lovely wife

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: the way his eyes

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her smile, and the

sparkle when he tells a joke

sound of her laugh when I tell a joke

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t was a matter of fate when Kelly and Michael crossed paths at the

We bet you can guess what happened next! Fast-forward to the pair’s

Marine Corps 239th Birthday Ball in Corpus Christi. Both of them

winter wedding, which, Kelly says, “was focused on ensuring that our

were from out of town, and by chance had a mutual friend. “Everyone

friends and family felt welcomed and comfortable coming together

could tell there was something special, from the moment we met,” says

to celebrate our love.” The celebration was full of warmth, love and

Kelly. After attending a friend’s daytime wedding, Kelly and Michael,

meaningful details­­ , from the venue itself—Brookwood Community,

now a devoted couple, decided to have a leisurely walk and picnic in

a unique space in quaint Brookshire that uses proceeds from events

their neighborhood. Kelly was checking out the picnic materials that

to fund programs for disabled adults—to individual toy planes...and

her beau was packing into a bag, when she noticed a shiny ring box.

red roses honoring their military friends who were unable to attend.

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Andrew Brackner Of Atlanta’s Talk Of The Town Catering Transforms Fresh Ingred ients Into Bites Of Pure Celebration

What does a hungry 11-year-old boy

do when his mom is studying for nursing school exams and his dad is a traveling salesman? Well, if he’s

Andrew Brackner, he tunes into PBS and starts learning his way around a kitchen, with the help of charismatic

TV chefs like Julia Child and Martin

Yan. From these humble beginnings,

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One of our most popular stations is our carved serrano ham display, which "includes crostini with a variety of spreads and toppings (goat cheese, small-batch mustard, arugula, pickled onions, shaved fennel and balsamic syrup) . " Brackner eventually worked his way up

Brackner’s most in-demand menus, the

through the culinary industry, putting in

wedding-food trends he’s tracking for

time as a dishwasher and waffle-house cook, before eventually landing at the Ritz Carlton, and getting his culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu (where he graduated top of his class, natch). An executive chef position at Atlanta’s renowned Talk Of The Town Catering & Special Events—clients include Missy Elliot, Steve Harvey, Tyler Perry, Usher, Shaquille O’Neal and more than a couple of NFL teams—eventually led to Brackner’s purchase of the company in 2010. In this exclusive Weddings in Houston interview we get the scoop on

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2018, and his passion for bringing the taste of the South to events far and wide. Describe one of the most exciting wedding menus you’ve created recently—what makes it so fabulous? Andrew Brackner: We have been selected to cater the wedding for the daughter of the president of the largest seafood distribution company in the Southeast. This is a unique wedding because they are providing all the proteins, including caviar (which we are serving on edible sushi-rice

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learned "thatI have clients want their guests to be familiar with the food, but also want to include a unique twist.

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spoons with bluefin tuna and seaweed), diver scallops, lobster, king crab (which we are doing in Thai basil rolls), wagyu

beef that’s being served as carved rib roast with maître d’ butter, and kumamoto

oysters with mignonette ice, fresh chilies, chimichurri and pickled pears. The major-

ity of the items will be produced at live action stations by our own chefs.

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House-made "charcuterie and local cheeses are always a crowd pleaser, but we add a twist with our garnishes by including truffle honey, mango chutney, and pickled cauliflower and carrots.

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What are some of your most in-demand menu items for wedding receptions? AB: I have learned that clients want their

guests to be familiar with the food, but also want to include a unique twist. As an example, one of our top selling passed

items is sliced quail breast with red-onion

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marmalade, served on a mini fried green tomato. House-made charcuterie and local cheeses are always a crowd pleaser, but we add a twist with our garnishes by including truffle honey, mango chutney, and pickled cauliflower and carrots, and we incorporate root-veggie chips alongside the traditional bread and crackers. One of our most popular stations is our carved serrano ham display, which includes crostini with a variety of spreads and toppings (goat cheese, small-batch mustard, arugula, pickled onions, shaved fennel and balsamic syrup). Our barbecue raspberry duck breast with butternut-squash polenta is also becoming a huge hit! What culinary trends are you tracking for 2017-2018 weddings? AB: The scenery! We are customizing more and more menus to reflect the location

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of the wedding. Whether it’s an informal crawfish boil next to the river, a small-plates tapas-style action station at a winery, or even a white-glove Russian-style service at a downtown location, our culinary services need to be reflective of the location to truly give the guests a cohesive experience. What are some of your favorite display ideas for fun, unique, interactive food stations? AB: Chafer-less food stations are a big hit. Instead of using a heat lamp for a carving station, we use a blowtorch to gently brush the roast and keep it warm. We also have used marble tiles with sterno

I am a big fan of "large iron griddle plates—we use these to keep mini castiron skillets warm for our seafood-andgrits station, Cuban sandwich sliders, cornmeal-dusted trout, grilled asparagus and chicharones.

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underneath to keep food hot. I am a big fan of large iron griddle plates—we use these to keep mini cast-iron skillets warm for our seafood-and-grits station, Cuban sandwich sliders, cornmeal-dusted trout, grilled asparagus and chicharones. The

possibilities are endless! Another favorite is the vertical buffet station. We have used

ladders with slates of wood, magnet walls with metal dishes, and stackable square blocks with glass shelves.

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Here in Texas, barbecue is BIG. How do you present barbecue in an upscale dining environment like a wedding reception? AB: I like to give my clients approach-

able, familiar items with a slight twist. Some of my favorite ways to present traditional barbecue are grilled quail

kabobs with peach barbecue sauce, and raspberry barbecue duck with butternut-

squash polenta. Or we might pass a

mini barbecue-pork slider with mango

jicama slaw, peppercorn-smoked shrimp, and scallops with spicy rosemary corn coulis. We even did a barbecue octopus

station with smoked tomato, pickled

radish, roasted garlic, bacon batons and

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party pairings A C C L A I M E D C AT E R E R J A C K S O N A N D C O M PA N Y B R I N G S T O G E T H E R S AV O RY B I T E S & L I V E LY S I P S , I N A B E A U T I F U L M A R R I A G E O F F L A V O R S

1 DRY POT SICHUAN STYLE SNAPPER + gin rickey Fresh-squeezed lime juice and sparkling seltzer water make this classic cocktail the perfect foil to our spicy Sichuan snapper.

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BEEF TACO POP TARTS + mexican mule

SEARED SEABASS FILET + riesling donahoff weingut

We are loving this twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which keeps the effervescence of ginger beer, but trades vodka for tequila—an ideal accompaniment to our hearty beef taco “pop tarts.”

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Take a perfect fresh seabass filet, add quinoa pilaf with crisp asparagus, infuse with the kick of spicy tomato butter, pair with a bright, slightly sweet Riesling, and you have the perfect meal for a celebratory evening.

3 BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP with CRÈME FRAÎCHE + sonoma cutrer chardonnay This crisp, bright Chardonnay balances the richness of the soup, but just a touch of oak on the mid-palate reminds us why we love this comforting and creamy classic.

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Decadent DESSERTS MAGNIFICENT CAKES, SCRUMPTIOUS SWEETS & W H I M S I CA L T R E ATS

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Put your personal signature on one of these creative wedding cocktails from CAPITOL BEVERAGE

PALOMA WITH A TWIST “A twist on the old classic with a pretty spectacular taste.”

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START with silver tequila MIX with blood orange soda (you can find this in most wellstocked grocery and specialty beverage stores)

SERVE with a half-rim of salt, and add fresh, finely chopped thyme leaves, for an extraspecial presentation  

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SIMPLE SUMMER COOLER “This is a summer staple in our arsenal. Experiment and make it your own!” START with honey vodka (almost every brand of vodka makes a honey version) MIX with club soda ADD a good squeeze of lemon   STIR and serve chilled

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* You can also pre-mix the vodka with fresh lemon juice and then add the club soda when serving a crowd

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BRUNCH SPARKLER “This is a light, refreshing and super flavorful drink.”

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PUT several slices of fresh ginger in orange juice ALLOW to sit for a few hours or overnight MIX the orange juice with equal parts pineapple juice POUR IN sparkling wine (or sparkling water if you prefer a nonalcoholic drink)  

SERVE chilled

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minal & van 2•18•17

HER FAVORITE SIP: coke or vodka & soda

HIS FAVORITE SIP: scotch, kentucky mule or arnold palmer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: fruit popsicles

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: hanging out

spending time with family & friends

with friends outdoors or at a restaurant

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his honesty

she has a big heart

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odern Houston couple Minal and Van blew us away with

letter exchange, to our ‘first look,’” she recounts. For the couple’s

their not-so-typical Indian wedding. “Although South

ceremony, Minal walked down the aisle wearing a ravishing red

Asian weddings are known to be lavish and colorful, we chose a

bridal lehenga by renowned designer Sabyasachi, and later changed

simple, yet elegant color palette,” says the bride. “Everything leading

into an embellished white ensemble for their lively reception at

up to the ceremony was truly special—from when Van entered in the

the Doubletree by Hilton at Greenway Plaza, where white, pink

baraat [with its lively music and dancing] on a white horse, to our

and blush flowers got a hint of sparkle from dramatic gold accents.

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300 wedding colors WHITE, PINK, BLUSH & GOLD venue DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOUSTON GREENWAY

PLAZA baker SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS rentals PLANTS N’ PETALS lighting, sound & special effects LG ENTERTAINMENT honeymoon NEW ZEALAND

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TASTE AND ARTISTRY UNITE IN THESE SAVORY MORSELS FROM THE HOMETOWN CHEF! “DECONSTRUCTED” GORGONZOLA MEATBALL WITH ROASTED BEET

“DECONSTRUCTED” PISTACHIO MEATBALL WITH AVOCADO & BACON

PULLED-PORK PLANTAIN TOSTONE

PAN-SEARED PORK BELLY WITH HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

CHILEAN SEA BASS WITH MANGO-PINEAPPLE SALSA

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COMFORT

DUCK CONFIT REUBEN BISCUIT HO USTO N’S C A F É N ATA L I E C AT E R I N G TURN S O UT TR A DITIO NAL FAVORIT E S WIT H A D EC ID E D LY MO D E RN TWIST P H OTO S : C O U R T E S Y O F C A F É N ATA L I E C AT E R I N G

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BOURBONGLAZED SALMON A sweet yet savory (and very Texan) bourbonmolasses glaze puts a new spin on your grandma’s favorite baked salmon recipe, for a mouthwatering dish that can be served family-style, or plated for a more formal presentation.

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AN INVITATION TO... AWESOME! There’s Nothing More Important Than Making A Fine First Impression—Especially With Your Wedd ing Invitations

Set The Tone Your save-the-date announcement lets guests know to mark their calendars for the day that will mark the beginning of

your newlywed life. It’s also your first chance to establish the feel of your fantastic celebration.

Linda Merchant, who handles statio-

nery and invitations for iconic Houston

retailer Bering’s, notes, “Our clients really

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love styling their save-the-date around a beautiful photo of the couple. The photo

could be taken at their home, family

ranch, at a styled shoot, or on a favorite vacation.” As for design, “We always

like to play with how the save-the-date

arrives: folded, tri-fold—you name it, we’ve designed it!” As for destination or themed weddings, “I love to see the

couple get creative with their save-thedates,” bringing the location or theme

into the design, with maps, graphics, color and ornamentation. Think: sand,

seashells, waves, wine-bottle graphics, grape leaves…or a chateau silhouette.

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dates. Another couple getting married at a vineyard sent mini wine bottles with

I love to see the

custom labels printed with their save-the-

couple get creative

date information.”

with their save-the-

You may even want to include a photo or illustration of your favorite pet, a cute

dates, bringing the

sign, or even a whimsical saying that

location or theme

will express your personal style. A great

into the design, with maps, graphics, color

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and ornamentation. L I N DA M E R C H A N T, B E R I N G’S

Consider incorporating a photo from

your engagement photo shoot, especially if it includes activities you like to do

together, says Christiana Turner of Isabella Invitations. For example, “Couples who

enjoy shopping can have photos taken

showing them hitting up their favorite

retail establishment.” She adds, “We had a couple, who loved cycling together on

a tandem bike, include a photo of themselves riding together on their save-the-

non-paper option? Create a magnet that someone will keep forever. A calendar, etched on wood with a heart over your date, a wooden tree, or even a wooden barn, are all so unique that they are likely to go on your guest’s fridge and never come off! When scheduling your save-the-dates, remember that they need to be in the mail at least six to eight months prior to the wedding, to give your guests plenty of time to adjust their schedules and make travel arrangements.

Big Reveal When an invited guest reaches into the mailbox, your wedding invitation should stand out from anything else they find in there, and compel them to open it up with excitement! Perhaps the best way to create a sense of occasion with your invitation packaging is by using a unique medium. Balsa wood, acrylic and Plexiglas are all materials that can transform a traditional wedding invitation and make receiving that invitation a ‘wow’ moment for the person opening it. A simple white box filled with rich, luscious

velvet

makes

an

amazing

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cut envelopes in different shapes, which adds to the anticipation before guests even open up the invitations.”

Cohesive Couture While consistency—in color, style and overall tone—is important in the invitation suite and associated stationery pieces, it’s not necessary to have one uniform look for everything. Turner notes, “The key is to brand the wedding. You want to create a coordinating look throughout with the stationery, which should translate into the wedding day.” While all your stationery pieces need not be exactly alike, it’s nice to use your “monogram, or a pattern designed for your invitations, on the dance floor, with a lighting gobo, or even on the ice bar,” she says. Whatever design you choose, remember that consistency is key when choos-

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Gold foil is a favorite invitation accent

lope that holds the invitation, response

why. A heavily patterned gold design, or

liner provides a ‘finished’ look, that is still

with today’s couples, and it’s easy to see

card, etc. Adding a moderately priced

a lighter touch—say, highlighting just your

reasonably priced.”

really make special invitation details pop.

In A Word

to go wrong with a minimalistic wedding

important to acknowledge whoever is host-

and eye-catching. For this type of invita-

of the hosts (typically the bride’s parents)

matic, and consider choosing a mix of

like so: “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe request the

resemble calligraphic handwriting.

of their daughter…” followed by the full

‘stationery darling,’” Merchant says.

wedding location, and the ceremony and

style invitations in white, ivory or blush,

Contemporary couples often choose,

names or your wedding date in gold—can On the flip side, it’s almost impossible

When it comes to wording invitations, it’s

invitation design that’s timeless, elegant

ing the wedding. In the past, the names

tion, keep things clean and monochro-

were usually included in the opening line,

simple type and script-based fonts that

pleasure of your company at the marriage

As for print, “Letterpress is still the

names of the couple getting married, the

Also: “Couples are still selecting classic-

reception times.

with gold trim or lettering. We are also

instead, to honor the parents of the

so they are cutting out the inner enve-

after the groom’s, with the line “son of”

seeing an influx of brides ‘going green,’

groom as well, by inserting their names

ing the essentials for your wedding, from invites to floral design and table settings, so that each element of the event contributes to the overall look and feel that you want your guests to experience. Careful consideration and attention to detail can make your wedding memorable and bring your vision to life—plus, let’s just be honest…it looks better! But

keep

things

in

perspective,

Merchant advises: “There’s no need to give yourself a headache.” She suggests starting with the basics: “Is there a family crest or a monogram you want to include? A color scheme? A theme? Streamline accents into all of the printed materials. It really is difficult, and not as much fun, to make every printed item ‘matchy-matchy.’”

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in between. For same-sex couples, one

spouse’s name could be followed by his or her parents’ names, with the other

spouse’s name followed by his or her parents’ names.

Another acceptable way to word your

invitation is to forgo individual parents’

names altogether—if, for example, the

couple is paying for their own wedding—

and instead use a general phrase like, “The families of…” to announce their nuptials. This is one area that doesn’t

have any hard-and-fast rules to abide by, so determine what works best for you and your future spouse.

As for envelope text, writing the

addresses by hand is a surefire way to make your guests feel special, so if

you’re worried about your less-thanpolished penmanship, consider hiring a

professional calligrapher to do the job for you. Just make sure your calligra-

pher has a complete list of your guests’ PHOTOS: AESTHETE COLLECTIVE, INVITATIONS: PAPER FUSION

names, all correctly spelled and written in full. And please, no abbreviations on the invitation itself.

If you plan on sending out second-

round invitations to your “maybe” list

of invitees, be wary of response time: Guests might feel like your second choice if they receive an invitation with an RSVP date that has already passed or

is only a day or two away. The only solu-

tion: Spend the extra money and have a second set of response cards made with a later RSVP date, to avoid hurt feelings.

Even if you’ve done your best to make

RSVPing as easy as possible, there will

inevitably be a few stragglers in the mix. Don’t fret! One week before your caterer

needs a final headcount, pick up the

phone and give not-yet-replied invitees a

call. This small gesture will not only help you out, but will also serve as a reminder

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kristen & mike 2.11.17

HER FAVORITE SIP: prosecco with a splash of st. germain

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

HER FAVORITE SWEET: my mom’s famous oatmeal

deep eddy grapefruit vodka & soda

chocolate-chip cookies

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cookies-and-cream ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: drive to

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

galveston to visit our favorite shops and restaurants

watching sports on some of houston’s best patios

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he is the kindest,

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

most loving person i have ever met

she makes me feel loved

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t was the day before Valentine’s Day when Mike made an

10, and then he popped the question,” she recounts. One year later

“impromptu” decision that he and Kristen should take a trip

Kristen wore a beautiful Enzoani gown from Weddings by Debbie and

down to Galveston. “On our way to breakfast I pointed out the Sacred

said her “I do’s” at the same church where they got engaged. “Darryl

Heart Church to Mike where many of my family members have been

& Co. did an amazing job of creating the modern-glam wedding

married,” says Kristen. After breakfast, they walked up the steps of

I envisioned,” the bride says, noting the dramatic head table, and

the church and he asked Kristen how many churches they’d attended

gorgeous blush and lavender flowers throughout the room. Her favorite

together. “We started counting and got to nine. When I couldn’t

moment was at the end of the night when everyone (including Mike)

think of anymore, he said that this would be a good place to make it

started to chant, “One more song,” as the band was wrapping up.

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AUSSIE TESS BASILE, FOUNDER OF STATIONERY BOUTIQUE PAPER FUSION, CRAFTS MODERN AND DELICATE INVITATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

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n 2002, Tess Basile opened her stationery boutique, Paper Fusion, on a sun-drenched street in North Perth, Western Australia, after noticing a lack of modern invitation options when planning her own wedding. Her charming store quickly became a staple in the Perth area—a region roughly the size of San Antonio—and, in time, Basile and her team began working with clients on invitation design, sometimes creating everything from a 21st-birthday invitation, to a wedding invitation, to a baby-shower invitation, all for the same client as she progressed through life’s milestones. Today, Paper Fusion, known for its handmade papers, delicate illustrations, intricate graphic design work and strong social media presence, creates invitations and stationery for couples across Australia and New Zealand, in the U.K., and a growing number in the U.S. We had the pleasure of chatting with Basile to get her take on her first forays into the wedding business and some of her most recent and modern designs. PHOTO: FIONA VAIL

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TESS BASILE: I founded my business and got

into this industry for the same reason I think

a lot of people did: because I saw a need for design in a different style from what I was finding while searching for my own wedding invitations. I was working as a childcare coordinator

and I ended up doing my own wedding invites and stationery. You have to be pretty creative

when you are in childcare, but I thought this would be something different, and something

nice to move into. Paper Fusion has now been

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO INVITATION DESIGN?

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We have seen a lot of requests for white ink on vellum, which is a translucent paper. I think the fact that it is a little bit different and it’s not traditional is really appealing to brides. It’s something that is ‘in the moment.’

operating for 15 years in Perth. I have always

coming back around again…that’s how long

ment the invitations and stationery that we

were implementing 15 years ago, like vellum

had a brick-and-mortar-based store to compledesign. Beautiful papers and lovely cards are both made here and sourced globally.

I have been here! I am seeing trends that we or embossing, having a resurgence.

WHAT WERE YOUR OWN WEDDING INVITATIONS LIKE?

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAJOR TRENDS YOU ARE SEEING IN INVITATION DESIGN TODAY?

TB: Well they are obviously dated, because

TB: We have noticed a huge trend toward

lace paper wrapped around a card with

paper. We are doing a lot of rose-gold foiling

that was 15 years ago, but I had a Japanese stamping and embossing. I had a heart

embossed on the invitation. That’s actually

white-ink printing, so lots of white ink on gray on gray paper too. I think the light printing

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WHAT OTHER INTERESTING TYPES OF WEDDING STATIONERY ARE YOU CREATING, APART FROM INVITATIONS? TB: The actual day-of stationery has gotten a lot bigger for us, and a

lot more interesting for us. Circle menus have been huge for us this season; they’ve probably been the biggest trend. Each person gets a menu with their name on it, with drinks on one side and the menu on another. It is very personalized. We have also done vinyl and hand calligraphy on tile as place cards. And we’ve done a lot of signage, like big welcome signs. It has been a really good extension of our work. People seem to be a lot more focused on those day-of elements now.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF THE JOB FOR YOU? TB: When someone comes in with a new idea. We had a bride

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named Emma who was having her wedding in an art space and she wanted a “smoke bomb” type of illustration or design, and that was very new for us. I had actually done her sister’s invitations that same year. Her sister did her wedding down south in a winery and had custom paintings on handmade paper for her invitations. Then when Emma came in, because her wedding was so close to her sister’s, and because she had a completely different venue, she didn’t want it to have the same feel. She wanted something that was strong, like watercolor, or…smoke bombs. She wanted a strong choice of font and nothing too girly, where her sister had something more “flowy.” Her partner didn’t want it to look too girly, which sometimes happens. She wanted this distinct red-burgundy color, which is quite strong for us. We were amazed with how it came out. It was so good to see that invitation come to life. It’s always exciting when you are doing something new!

popular for a while. It’s a different printing technique that I really enjoy. It’s inspiring! We have also seen a lot of white ink on vellum, which is a translucent paper. I think the fact that it is a little bit different and it’s not traditional is really appealing to brides. It’s something that is “in the moment.” Usually those brides who choose a vellum design are very fashion aware and stylish. We also do a lot of custom illustrations or hand-painted illustrations. We have done a lot of illustrations of unique and popular buildings around Perth and we have been putting these on handmade paper, which has become a huge trend for us.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR RECENT FAVORITE INVITATION DESIGNS? TB: The hanging garland above the bridal table or at the reception

is quiet a big feature for us in Australia right now, and we have been painting a few of those for invitations. Those would probably be my favorite. Our favorites might not necessarily be the ones that people have chosen yet. We usually find that they might end up choosing them in six months’ time. We are always trying to keep ahead of that.

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christine & jason 10.24.15

HER FAVORITE SIP: canadian club & ginger beer

HIS FAVORITE SIP: jameson on the rocks

HER FAVORITE SWEET: ice cream cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: yellow cake with chocolate icing

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

competing in triathlons

working on a programming project

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his sense of humor

she is tough and smart

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hristine and Jason went from classmates, and varsity members

not say, “Oui?” Photographer Taylor Golden beautifully captured

of the MIT Rowing Club, to forever soulmates. When it came

every detail of their “Gatsby in Paris”-themed nuptials in St. Louis,

time to seal the deal with a diamond ring, Jason tricked Christine by

from the delicate French accents—a nod to their Paris engagement—

pretending he was taking her on a trip to visit his parents in North

to their illuminated monogrammed dance floor. Christine tells us the

Carolina. Christine tells us, “I didn’t find out until he handed me my

highlights of the wedding included “the ring bearer and flower girl

boarding pass that we were actually going to Paris!” Jason proposed

screaming down the aisle, a hilarious slideshow presentation by the

in true Parisian fashion in front of the Eiffel Tower—how could Christine

groomsmen, and the night ending with a beautiful fireworks show.”

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BLUE photography & videography TAYLOR GOLDEN PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon THAILAND

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REGISTER FOR REAL LIFE WRITER LAURA MERICAS

Avoid “Random Registry” Regrets, And Get The Best For Your Newlywed Nest— We’ll Show You How!

Pulling that trigger on the registry scan-

ner can be one of the most exhilarating parts of the entire wedding planning

process. Point toward an item you covet, out shoots a laser, and a few months

later (if you’re lucky) that very item

arrives at your doorstep, courtesy of a gracious guest’s generosity!

But here’s the thing: With ease

comes risk. Tag too many impulse

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items, and you’re likely to end up with a hodgepodge of nice things you’ll rarely use, and may not even remember zapping. Wouldn’t it be great, instead, to build a wedding registry that truly reflects—and equips—your personalities, passions and lifestyle? To help you avoid “random registry” regrets, we’ve identified four types of wedding couples: The House Hunters, The Foodies, The Adventurers and The Heirloom-ers, and we’ve hand-picked items for each that you probably didn’t know you could register for…or live without!

rugs, bedding, artwork or ornate light fixtures

at

Kuhl-Linscomb,

Houston’s

iconic design and lifestyle store. The sprawling boutique offers top-of-the-line brands, displayed in elaborate show-

rooms, sure to inspire any couple in the process of creating a new abode.

We suggest wedding couples include

a few sizable items on their registry—say, for example, that must-have modern sectional you’ve been eyeing—even if the

price tag seems a little out of place. You

never know when guests might want to chip in on a gift together.

The House Hunters Believe it or not, life does go on after your wedding day. After saying your “I do’s,” the next major milestone for many couples is designing a new place to call home… together! That means it’s time to get rid of your college corkboard collages and bachelor-pad futons, and create a warm, inviting, grownup residence. Lucky for you, Houston’s best registry retailers don’t just stock traditional crystal and china, but offer tons of decor, furniture,

has evolved to become a registry destination for wedding couples in need of both fine objects and practical pieces for their new home. “We

have

everything

under

one

roof: the paint, the fixtures, the sinks, the vanities,” says Parisa Reith, marketing and public relations manager at Bering’s. “These are things that you take for granted when you’re registering. When you move into a new house, you are going to kick yourself for not asking for them.” Wedding couples can register for big-ticket purchases like comfy couches, 340

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make their meals taste amazing and their kitchen look even better. Hoping to start experimenting in your kitchen as soon as you’ve settled into your newlywed nest? Top-notch appliances like the Cuisinart Food Processor and Big Green Egg Grill from Bering’s or the Vitamix Blender and Coravin Wine Pouring

System

from

Kuhl-Linscomb

make for great wedding gifts within

in style.

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We have everything under one roof: the paint, the fixtures, the sinks, the vanities. These are things that you take for granted when you’re registering. PA R I SA R E I T H, B E R I N G’S

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As a bona-fide foodie, your meals will have to look great, too. Wedding couples can register for colorful everyday table settings, hammered-metal utensils, modern glass stemware and chic tapas platters, to create the perfect presentation. Add in a modern dining room table from Kuhl-Linscomb, and your featured feasts are bound to get that sought-after Insta love. And

we

can’t

forget

the

booze!

Whether it be an LSA International Vodka Bucket from Kuhl-Linscomb or fun Corkcicles from Bering’s, cocktail lovers

customize your first “together” home. business, Houston institution Bering’s

thing, will love registering for items that

try out new recipes and entertain guests

and even building supplies, to help you Over its more than seven decades in

Couples with a taste for, well…every-

attainable price points, and allow you to

Not sure what type of couple you are?

(Take our handy quiz on page 342!)

The Food ies

and wine aficionados can always eat and Newlyweds also will need accent

pieces to tie their entire home together

drink in style, cheers to their registry!

and create what Colby Goetschius, buyer

The Adventurers

Pieces can range from trendy cork Juliska

often feel out of place when registering

Michael Aram, to one of Goetschius’

and we get it. Many would prefer to spend

“Couples want their decor items to

entertain guests or lay out the perfectly

at Kuhl-Linscomb, calls a “collected look.”

Jetsetters and outdoorsmen/women can

bowls, to artistic Jewish mezuzahs by

for fine china, linens and home goods...

favorites: books.

time in wide-open spaces, rather than

appear as if they have been accumu-

designed den.

seen lately that books play right into this.

for honeymoon travel expenses them-

Book spines read like headlines to visit-

also add passport covers, noise-canceling

for lots of books as an efficient way to

mini drones, portable chargers and GPS

lated over time,” Goetschius says. “We’ve

And they can! Aside from registering

Books, even cookbooks, portray lifestyle.

selves, couples who love to travel can

ing house guests. Couples can register

headphones and travel-tech items such as

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As for luggage, Bering’s carries color-

QUIZ

ful, monogram-ready Jon Hart suitcases, and

classic,

masculine

White

Wing

luggage ranging from full-size sets to

WHAT’S YOUR REGISTRY STYLE?

weekend-warrior duffels.

Those whose luggage requires a little

more grit will also appreciate Bering’s

Topo Designs adventure gear, slated for its soon-to-open men’s store. The new-to-

Houston luggage line, with tear-resistant, water-resistant backpacks, promises to

WHAT’S YOUR WEDDING THEME? A. Rustic and romantic with tons of personal elements B. Chic and trendy with food and drinks galore C. Dreamy destination with our closest family and friends D. Classic and formal in one of Houston’s signature wedding venues

WHAT ARE YOUR HONEYMOON GOALS? A. Nothing too crazy, we just want to relax with each other B. To explore a new city and hit up all of the coolest spots C. Something a little extreme, like backpacking through Bali or whitewater rafting D. Lounging and indulging at an elegant beach resort

WHICH OF THESE SOUNDS LIKE YOUR IDEAL SATURDAY MORNING? A. Sipping coffee with my fiancé at my side and our dog at our feet B. Brunching in style with bae C. Exploring a new city or hiking trail D. Perusing an antiques market or visiting with family

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF HOUSTON RESTAURANT? A. A mom-and-pop Houston classic B. The chic new eatery with locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails C. Authentic ethnic cuisine that only the neighborhood locals know about D. Fine dining with romantic lighting and top-notch service

WHICH OF THESE IS A MUST-HAVE ITEM IN YOUR MARRIED HOME? A. Cute and comfortable living room furniture B. A modern kitchen and dining space C. A place to rest our heads at night…that’s all we need D. Family photos in beautiful frames ANSWERED MOSTLY A: You’re a House Hunter! After the wedding, you’re settling down in the most traditional of senses. You and your partner love the staples in your life almost as much as you love each other. A new shared home tops your list of priorities, and you can’t wait to make it a warm, inviting environment in which to enjoy being married. Head to page 348 to see what items we’ve handpicked for you! ANSWERED MOSTLY B: You’re a Foodie! Testing out the newest eateries and drink-

eries in town is what you and your bae are all about. You two follow food blogs, are familiar with top local chefs and aren’t afraid to experiment. You and your wedding caterer are BFF’s and you can’t wait to dig in at your reception. Head to page 344 to see what items we’ve handpicked for you! ANSWERED MOSTLY C: You’re an Adventurer! The biggest challenge of planning your wedding was finding a date when you’re not traveling! Houston is home base, but you’re eager to explore every chance you get. You’ve either selected the perfect destination wedding spot, planned an exotic honeymoon, or both. Head to page 344 to see what items we’ve handpicked for you! ANSWERED MOSTLY D: You’re an Heirloom-er! Family is everything to you. The keeping of traditions is paramount and you’ve already selected your future children’s names, which all pay homage to your closest relatives. You have a love for traditional, well-made goods, but you also know how to add in your own personal touch. Head to page 348 to see what items we’ve handpicked for you!

withstand just about any expedition.

Kuhl-Linscomb, too, carries flexible

Yeti coolers, as well as classic Stanley

vacuum thermoses, S’well Teakwood

Couples want their "decor items to appear as if they have been accumulated over time. We’ve seen lately that books play right into this. Books, even cookbooks, portray lifestyle.

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water bottles, Addon portable speakers and Barebones lanterns for those who want to bring a little modernity to their outdoor adventuring. Those who can’t imagine hitting the great outdoors without their fur babies at their side will be pleased to discover Bering’s pet-friendly road-trip gear, including pet seatbelts and seat covers, and portable water bowls and kibble carriers, which can be added to a registry with the quick click of a button.

The Heirloom-ers While the gifts in this section are perfect for avid antique-hunters, genealogy buffs

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and curators of classic home items, we recommend that all registering couples think beyond the foreseeable future when zapping the registry gun. Quality china place settings, crystal stemware and formal flatware are wedding gifts that will remain with you and your partner for a lifetime, and likely beyond. There’s a reason your family members insist that you must register for such items even if you’re not sure how practical they are in the moment. Once you begin a family of your own, and start hosting holiday gatherings or entertaining more frequently, formal housewares will become a necessity. And how great would it be to pass on a much-used sentimental object to your children someday? We know, we know: That’s so far off in the future. You’re focused on planning an imminent wedding, not your retirement decades down the road. But let’s face it, there’s no other time in your life when you can convince other people to give you hundreds of dollars’ worth of housewares, except for when you create a wedding registry. Don’t fear, though. Today’s fine china has come a long way from the fussy pieces of yore. According to the experts at both Bering’s and Kuhl-Linscomb, the modern couple is mixing up the timehonored tradition of good tableware, both in terms of style and price point. “A lot of couples will just get a china charger and a dressier everyday setting,” Goetschius says. “They will dress the setting up with crystal glassware or nicer serving pieces when the table needs to be more formal.” Reith adds: “Couples now want to include a mix-and-match element in their settings. The main plate is classic, but the salad plate has a splash of color or floral on it. We love it, because we want the registry to represent their sense of style and their taste, and to work with their house and their theme!” weddingsinhouston.com

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. THE GREAT OUTDOORS. BOLD EXPEDITIONS...NOTHING INTIMIDATES YOUR TEAM!

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HER FAVORITE SIP: diet coke

HIS FAVORITE SIP: diet coke

HER FAVORITE SWEET: warm chocolate-chip cookie

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: strawberry cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: watching

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: attending

college football with friends

a college football game

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his sense of

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

humor and his ability to make me laugh

she’s my best friend

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e think that some of the sweetest love stories start off as

watching New Year’s Eve fireworks on the beach, and asked Margaret

friendship stories. And we’re pretty sure that Houston bride

to be his bride. Wearing a stunning strapless Monique Lhuillier gown—a

Margaret would agree. She and Brent met as lab partners in a food

dress she fell in love with the moment she laid eyes on it in this very

science class at the University of Alabama, where they instantly became

magazine—Margaret walked down the aisle to meet her groom, then

friends. After college, the two kept in touch, which eventually led to

the pair celebrated with guests at an opulent country club reception.

romance on a group trip to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl in 2013.

“Our last dance was such a romantic moment…just us two dancing

A year later, Brent got down on one knee after a romantic evening of

to our song,” Margaret recalls. “We both had tears in our eyes!”

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Details couple MARGARET BOOTH & BRENTON MOSS number of guests 220 wedding colors PINK & IVORY rehearsal dinner

CADILLAC BAR baker SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS bridesmaid dresses BELLA BRIDESMAIDS invitations & registry BERING’S photography D. JONES PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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WHEN BINGE-WATCHING HGTV IS YOUR PERFECT WEEKNIGHT DATE...AND WEEKENDS ARE FOR OPEN HOUSES.

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kinsey & cody 6.25.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: sweet tea

HIS FAVORITE SIP: coffee

HER FAVORITE SWEET: mint chocolate-chip ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: going to

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

an a&m football tailgate and game with my family

wakeboarding

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: how hardworking

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: how selfless she

he is, and that he never gives up no matter how

is, and that she goes out of her way to show kindness

difficult something is

to others

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rom the moment they met at recess in second grade, to their

our theme perfectly,” says Kinsey. Following a ceremony at the same

hours of instant messaging, to their eventual crushing on

church where the bride’s parents had wed, their ultra-glam celebration

each other in eighth grade, Kinsey and Cody were inseparable. After

came to life with the help of the pros at Plants N’ Petals, who filled the

a sweet surprise proposal (with LOTS of red roses and love notes),

hotel’s ballroom with sparkling gold accents, crystals and dazzling pink

the pair began planning their big, beautiful Texas wedding. “When

flower arrangements. “It was so much fun to celebrate our marriage

I first started thinking about my wedding, I knew I wanted it to be

with friends, and it was so great to see everyone having such a good

glamorous and classic, with unique touches to match our personalities.

time,” adds the bride. Late night mini milkshakes, french fries and

We picked Hotel ZaZa for our reception because it complemented

chicken-and-waffle bites kept their guests dancing ‘til the wee hours.

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couple KINSEY SLONE & CODY THOMPSON number of guests 250 wedding colors GOLD, BLACK & PINK venue

HOTEL ZAZA rehearsal dinner location BRENNAN’S HOUSTON baker SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS invitations & registry BERING’S flowers, decor, lighting & rentals PLANTS N’ PETALS honeymoon ST. LUCIA

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The Key To A Celebration Your Guests Will Be Talking, Posting, Tweeting And OMG-ing About Long After The Big Day? Great Entertainment, Of Course!

Here’s the thing about wedding entertainment: It’s not just music. It’s not just

announcements and introductions. It’s

not just props and lights and special effects. It is, in fact, an intoxicating blend

of all of these elements—mixed with a savvy sense of crowd emotion and

event flow. A sharp outfit doesn’t hurt, either. The best entertainers bring all

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these elements to the party, and bring the

party energy up when it’s time to dance, and back down, when the moment calls

for…mellow. The entertainers featured in

this story are some of the very best in the

business, and they’ve got the tools, talent, technology and tips to ensure your celebration is one guests won’t ever forget.

Good vs. Great Lewis Grell, founder of in-demand event

entertainment and production firm LG

Event Entertainment & Production, reminds wedding couples, “If you have a good DJ, guests will not remember the music

experience much. They will comment

more on the decor or food.” But, he adds, with a “great DJ,” guests will actually be

disappointed when the last song of the evening is announced. Hire a truly talented

DJ and MC for your wedding, and you

should “be prepared for a flood of social media comments and text messages on how fantastic of a time they had on your wedding day.”

“What separates a good wedding

entertainer from a great wedding enter-

tainer is experience,” notes Philip Morgan of DJU Entertainment, which provides

music, professional lighting and photo

booths, and ensures that every one of its DJs is also a trained, experienced master of ceremonies. “Being a wedding DJ and

MC goes much further than just the music. It’s really understanding the flow of a

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What separates a good wedding entertainer from a great wedding entertainer is experience. Being a wedding DJ and MC goes much further than just the music. It’s really understanding the flow of a wedding, the timing of all of the important moments.

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wedding, the timing of all of the important

moments. To be a great DJ/MC, you really have to put yourself in the couple’s posi-

tion, and understand what the moment means to them.”

According to Michael Graham II, owner

of Signature EvenTx, “The major differ-

ences come with the skill of the DJ to read your crowd and understand that even if

a song is popular, it may not be the right

song for your event.” He notes that, along

with a skilled DJ to handle the music, Signature EvenTx provides professional

MCs, who “never take the spotlight off the couple, but enhance the overall experience of the night for everyone.” He adds:

“If your DJ is reading the crowd to keep the flow of the night moving, then your

MC is reading that same crowd for reactions and making sure your guests maintain that overall ‘thrill’ the entire night.” And don’t forget: If you opt for a live band, as many couples are doing, your bandleader should be just as capable of communicating with the crowd as any expert DJ. Deno Taglioli, who founded the Dallas-based (and Houston-available) Emerald City Band—the award-winning group has played the weddings of such luminaries as Dallas Cowboys Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban—says, “A great wedding bandleader has a certain instinct—the ability to think one step ahead of the audience. A great bandleader has the ability to look at the different age groups, and knows how to interact with the audience and have everybody dancing.” Also a manager of event bands, through sister company Emerald City Management, Taglioli notes: “We measure our success by the dance floor. If only half the people are dancing, I’m not doing the full job I was hired to do.” Danny Osterwisch, of top Houston event band Danny Ray & The Acoustic Production, notes, “I vividly remember every reception I’ve been to as a guest over the past 15 years where there was a band—even before I was in the industry—and I remember the things I thought worked…and what didn’t.” The performer and MC, whose band expertly handles everything from classical cello to cocktail jazz to high-energy pop and rock covers that have the crowd wild for more, adds, “Two things are essential to a great reception: first, finding some way to engage with the room and guests; it should always feel like everything a band is doing is unique to that crowd and moment. This can be done through stage presence and performance, song choices, or off-the-cuff moments. The other is not to stop. The second a song ends, get right into the next one to keep the energy up!”

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Marriage Music While most people don’t think “rager” when they envision a wedding ceremony— let’s be real, all eyes will be on you and your beloved for this portion of the event—the moments leading up to, and following, the exchange of vows, are sure to set a certain mood that will continue into the rest of your evening. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle to music that puts your guests to sleep or, even worse, distracts from the enchantment of the occasion. Of course, you are the main focus here, so make sure to choose a form of entertainment that complements your personality and goes with the theme of your wedding. “Music can set the tone for an event and create a certain vibe,” says Scott Graham of  Scott Graham

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Hire a truly talented DJ and MC, and you should be prepared for a flood of social media comments and text messages from guests on how fantastic of a time they had on your wedding day.

Paying homage to the likes of Frank

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heart set on a 1920’s Gatsby-themed wedding? Let Scott set the tone with vintage jazz melodies. If you have a soft spot for the old-

Piano. “For a unique event, try to match

school crooners, Houston wedding

the music with the theme.” Have your

singer Dino John  might be your man.

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Sinatra and Dean Martin, Dino sings smooth classics in a timeless romantic style, which perfectly sets the scene for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions that appeal to younger and older generations alike.

Cocktail Classy The cocktail hour is a chance for your guests to sip those signature cocktails you and your spouse have created, taste some delicious hors d’oeuvre, and your new spouse once again become the center of attention. While some will be anxious to get the show started, the point is not to overwhelm their senses, but to allow each person to ease into the evening at their own pace. Grell recommends


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slower-tempo music to start, although “the most important thing is the volume of the music,” which shouldn’t disrupt the conversations circulating through the room. And remember, you can’t go wrong with mellow instrumentals of classic standards such as “Sentimental Reasons” or “Lush Life,” which create a relaxing and comfortable environment for your guests.

Club Vibe After drinks, dinner, speeches, toasts and first dances, it’s time to kick it up a notch. “To pick up the energy, you want to get a solid group of dancers out on that dance floor,” Morgan says. A great way to do this, he notes, is “either with a line dance or a very high-energy song—it doesn’t necessarily have to be the newest song out there, but a classic dance tune, to get everyone involved.”

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Filling the dance floor often is about

go out into the crowd, our singers will get out there with the guests, we’ll get people up and moving, and then we’ll move into the song.” Grell suggests having your band or DJ play music attached to happy memories from your childhood. Chances are, those feel-good songs will mean something to your guests as well. When it’s finally time to bust a move, there should be a noticeable “build-up leading into the party,” he

“finding the right song, the song that

adds, with music that gets people on their

adds, it’s not about a song at all: “There

While you and your new spouse are

works,” Taglioli says. But sometimes, he

feet—and keeps them there.

are times when my band will vamp

the evening’s honorees, and no part of

music, but just talk to the crowd. I’ll let

your happiness in any way, the key to

before beginning a song, not even play

the entertainment should compromise

them know, ‘What we’re gonna do is

keeping guests entertained is knowing—

party and bring two families together, and we’re gonna do that on this dance floor.’ Sometimes our horn section will

and catering to—the audience. “I often take a look at the crowd, to get a feel for how they are responding to the songs I play, and go from there,” says Scott Graham, who tends to provide a variety of popular hits and classic songs for every generation to enjoy. And don’t forget to talk to your entertainment company about those extraspecial details and entertainment options that can transform your reception into a fully immersive sensory experience that allows even non-dancers to take part in the fun. Signature EvenTx’s Michael Graham recommends “uplights, custom monograms, karaoke, lasers…and even a little something we call Party Central.” Lastly, no matter what kind of entertainment you choose for your once-in-a-lifetime party, make sure that all your guests are able to enjoy your celebration. If your guest list includes older family members and friends—or very young ones—have special areas, seating (or snoozing) space, and entertainment that will make them feel comfortable and cared-for, while the festivities rage on. They’ll love you for it, as much as you love them for being there, with you, to share your special day.

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kimberly & adeniyi 10.8.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: strawberry lemonade

HIS FAVORITE SIP: guinness

HER FAVORITE SWEET: red-velvet cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: marble cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

zumba & netflix

going to the gym or movies

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his humor,

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her kindness,

determination, character…and he is handsome

determination, creativity and beauty

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night full of fun, laughter and one-liners brought Kimberly

with their family and friends present to witness a fantasy wedding

and Adeniyi together, when both were graduate students at

brought to life by florist Keisha’s Kreations. Kimberly walked down

Texas A&M. After many texts and phone conversations, she agreed

the aisle wearing the Hayley Paige wedding dress of her dreams,

to go out on a date with him—and she was so glad that she did. “We

courtesy of Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, and later changed into a

both felt a strong chemistry that neither of us had experienced

traditional Nigerian ensemble for the reception. “Signature EvenTx did

before,” she recalls. Although they parted ways to pursue career

a phenomenal job as the MC,” she adds. As for their celebration—it was

opportunities in different cities, fate led them back to each other…for

one heck of a party, the bride notes: “One of my favorite memories

good. The lovebirds tied the knot at enchanting Chateau Cocomar

was the father-daughter dance…we ‘dabbed’ to the hit song ‘Panda!’”

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GREEN venue CHATEAU COCOMAR baker CAKES BY GINA flowers, decor & rentals KEISHA’S KREATIONS lighting LG

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If you’ve ever looked at a friend’s wedding photo album and found yourself feeling

all the feels of that incredible day—even if you weren’t there in person—well, those

feels you’re feeling can be chalked up to

the talent of the wedding photographer. It is the photographer’s job to not just document the wedding, but to capture

its magic and majesty, its uniqueness and grandeur, and, of course, all the small

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Your family photos from your wedding day may be the only pictures you have with your nearest and dearest, so you’ll want to make sure you take a photo with anyone that is important to you.

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TAY LO R G O L D E N, TAY LO R G O L D E N P H OTO G R A P H Y

such a momentous occasion. Now that it’s

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was recently married or your wedding

It’s perfectly OK for you and your spouse-

planner,” or a trusted resource such as

to-be to relax and savor the excitement of your newly engaged status—for a bit. But once you’ve settled into the bliss of engagement, it’s time to plan. And that planning starts with selecting the photographer who will document the biggest day of your life…and the days both leading up to and following it. Choosing

the

right

photographer,

kind of like finding the love of your life, takes time: You want someone who is reliable and trustworthy, someone with a

your turn to walk the aisle, it’s time to find

positive attitude (even in the most stress-

visual form, the beauty of your one-of-a-

you. But if you have no idea where to

here, with these valuable words of advice,

it’s a good idea to “ask for referrals from

in the business.

style as you. “This could be a friend who

the artist who will preserve, in glorious

ful situations), someone who truly gets

kind celebration. And you can start right

begin, photographer Adam Nyholt  says

from some of the finest photography pros

people you trust,” and who have a similar

Weddings in Houston.

Trust Your Instincts Once you have a few reliable recommendations on hand, let the browsing begin. Most professional photographers have their own website and blog, which makes it extremely easy for prospective clients and curious couples to peruse their photos, read about their experiences on the job, and get a feel for their artistic style. Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema strongly recommends asking a prospective photographer for more than one sample wedding to view: “If you ask for one, they might send only their favorite one—it’s important to see what varies from wedding to wedding.” Adds photographer Kory Fontenot of Addison J Wedding Photography & Videography: “Ask to see the full portfolio of a wedding from beginning to end. What you see on a website or in an album are the photographer’s top choices from a wedding. Looking at a full portfolio from the beginning to end will give you a better idea of your photographer’s style, creativity and consistency.” After all, “It’s always good to see the good the bad and the ugly before you make such a huge investment.” Lindsay Elizabeth Strode of  Lindsay Elizabeth Photography says that the easiest way to determine your favorite photography style is by “picking images you’re drawn to.” In other words, think of your future wedding photos as paintings on a wall. What kind of art pieces would you choose to hang up in your own home? “If a couple would love to see bright, clean and airy photos of themselves, they should look for a photographer who specializes in shooting natural light,” adds Strode. Eric Yeh, who co-owns Serendipity Photography with wife Alice Lin, agrees

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photos from a certain photographer, chances are you’ve found your style

doppelganger. Add them to your list, and set up a phone call or in-person appointment, pronto.

of D. Jones Photography encourages brides- and grooms-to-be to interview or meet with the photographer in person as well. Aside from being confident in their photo-taking abilities, you also want to find out if they are someone with whom “you truly feel comfortable,” he adds, “since there are a lot of emotions that clients will

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experience on the big day.” The only way

You’ve received several promising reviews

to know if the two of you will click? Face-to

scoured the internet for WOW-factor

Christine Wright of C. Wright Photo-

of local photographers from friends,

face communication!

wedding photos, and constructed a list

graphy advises couples to meet with their

that the lighting question is critical.

can easily see documenting your momen-

their favorite part of the wedding is—you

important,” he notes. “Also, whether your

When you’re ready to reach out to these

they deem to be most important.” On the

big difference. Some photographers excel

the phone chat altogether and simply

weddings they are doing the month you

experience with indoor lighting, which can

This is fine for introductory inquiries, like

gauge turnaround time for receiving your

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of at least three to five potentials that you

prospective partner, and “ask them what

“Experience with different lighting is really

tous trek down the aisle. So far, so good!

can get a feel for their work through what

wedding is outdoors or indoors makes a

photographers, it can be tempting to skip

practical side, “I would also ask how many

in outdoor lighting, but don’t have much

rely on email to do the talking for you.

are getting married, as this will help you

pricing and availability, but David Jones

photos,” she adds.

be really tricky to shoot in.”

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When you find yourself completely

enamored of a photo or collection of

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BA R E T T H E N RY, C I V I C P H OTO S

Yeh suggests that couples ask who is actually going to be present to photograph at any pre-wedding shoot and on the big day. “We are a husband-and-wife team, so you always know who the shooters are. It’s good to know who they are going to be ahead of time so you can make a connection with them.” And you definitely want to ask if the photographer has a backup plan—and

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worst-case-scenario

style, how would you describe your ideal

disasters that might arise on the big day.

client, and what gets you excited about a

“There are no do-overs at a wedding,”

shoot?”—in order to grasp the personality

says Jones, who, in his more than two

of your potential photographer. “These

insurance—for

any

decades of experience, has seen it all. Just as important as photographic style and process is the photographer’s attitude. “Ask your photographer how

three questions will reveal a photographer’s passion and vision, and you want a photographer that is passionate about the same things you are,” he adds.

they would react to family and friends who may want to take pictures on your

Engage And Connect

wedding day,” advises Barett Henry,

Choosing one photographer over another

of Civic Photos. “We are very easygoing, and I don’t mind if people who are attending the wedding, who have known you your entire life, want to take photos— just as long as they don’t get in the way of our professional shots, or step in front of the ceremony processional when it’s taking place.” On a lighter note, Nyholt recommends asking a few fun questions as well—such as, “How would you define your approach and

can be as simple as going with your gut. So, once you’ve found the perfect fit, don’t hesitate to book that person for your big day. If time (and budget) allows, consider scheduling an engagement session as well. This is a great opportunity to really get to know your photographer, and, more importantly, for them to get to know you. For the engagement shoot, “I recommend that they get their hair and makeup done professionally, and choose


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two to three outfits that show off their

The Big Day

photographer Shiva Saadi of Dream

there will be so much going on that the last

personality and their relationship,” says

By the time your wedding day rolls around,

Photo & Video. She adds, “Maybe also

thing YOU need to worry about is docu-

have a couple of drinks before. Trust me, it helps.”

Golden reminds couples that it’s vitally

“The engagement session is a great

important that your photographer be able

better, and to get used to their style of

including, perhaps most importantly, those

time to get to know your photographer

shooting, so that the wedding day flows more smoothly, and you are comfort-

able throughout the day,” adds veteran

wedding photographer Taylor Golden. When it comes to the engagement session, “I say the more diversity the better!” she says. “Something I like to do for my

couples is shoot their session in another city. It’s particularly great when we can incorporate a city that is meaningful to them personally, such as where they got engaged, where they love to vacation, etc.”

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to handle the wedding day in its entirety, classic family portraits that will become

heirlooms for generations to come. “Remember, your wedding is likely to be

look at that photographer’s examples of

family wedding formals to see if you like

the posing, lighting and composition the photographer offers. It also helps to create

a list of the different family groupings you

want to document. Your planner or maid of honor can assist during this part of the

day by calling out people’s names for each picture, grouping them, and crossing them

off your list once the photo has been shot, to ensure you don’t miss anyone.”

Adds Strode: “Fifty years from now

an activity-filled day, and you may not actu-

when

that much,” she says. “These family photos

ber the tiny details everyone gets so

ally be around your family members all may be the only pictures you have with

your nearest and dearest, so you’ll want to make sure you take a family photo with anyone that is important to you.”

To ensure excellent portraits, prior

to your wedding, she adds, “Be sure to

you’re

looking

back

at

your

wedding photos, you won’t rememwrapped up in, but you will be reminded of the beauty and fun of your big day,”

two things that a talented wedding

photographer will capture completely.

“So enjoy every minute,” she says, “because it’s over in a flash.”


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kelsey & stephen 6.18.16 HER FAVORITE SIP: champagne

HIS FAVORITE SIP: coors

HER FAVORITE SWEET: red-velvet cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: goode co. pecan pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: brunch and

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: walking around

something outdoors, or exploring something new in houston

our new home, and discovering new things around houston

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

how selfless he is—he would do anything for his loved ones

her smile, her joy, and her passion for life

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tephen and Kelsey crossed paths many times over the years since

a beautiful diamond ring. Their love story may have been simple and

they first met as summer-camp counselors, but the timing wasn’t

sweet…but their wedding? So glamorous. “I knew that with such

quite right…until that moment in 2015 when he asked her to go to a

a gorgeous venue, The Astorian, I wanted a white and gold color

Rockets game with him. The pair became engaged nine months later,

palette. It was so beautiful and classic,” the bride says. Theirs was a

when Stephen proposed in the backyard of Kelsey’s parents’ home—

night filled with lots of love, and they were so happy to have spent

where he’d covered the patio in candlelight, hung a clothesline with

such a special day with Stephen’s father, who was battling cancer, and

about 100 photos of sweet moments they shared together, decorated

passed away shortly after. “Having him in the photos and video, but

a table with an abundance of roses…and popped the question, with

most importantly our memories, can never be topped,” says Kelsey.

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NAVY venue THE ASTORIAN rehearsal dinner location THE BELL TOWER ON 34TH couples’ shower CADILLAC BAR baker SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS wedding dress WEDDINGS BY DEBBIE registry BERING’S photography KELLY HORNBERGER PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon HAWAII

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FAMILY TIES 7 Houston Wedd ing Photographers Share Their Favorite Parent-Child Photos And The Stories Behind Them

Whether your parents are footing the bill for your big day or you and your boo are flying solo with the financials, whether your folks have been married for decades or you come from a family full of beloved “steps,” there’s no deny-

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in your wedding day. While the day is, of course, focused on you and your partner, it’s a day of profound and poignant

celebration for your parents, too. They got you to this point and now are guiding you along the path (perhaps literally) to forge a new family of your own.

Few people in the world of weddings are as familiar with

this emotional rollercoaster as wedding photographers, whose task it is to capture intimate family photos as they

document each couple’s special day. So, because we at

Weddings in Houston are lovers of all things family—and amazing wedding photos—we asked them about their alltime favorite family wedding photos. Now, take a peek, get inspired…and don’t forget to call your parents!

D. JONES PHOTOGRAPHY The father-daughter dance is always one of the most tender

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moments of the wedding. You never know what combination of

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and her father shared this heartfelt dance on her wedding day,

other on the wedding day never ceases to leave guests (and

“The expressions are purely genuine and telling,” Jones says

confined her father to a wheelchair, would stop bride Meghan

joy of the day and the somber realization that his little girl is all

Fred. Photographer Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema,

emotions are going to unfold once the music starts. Bride Casey

The lengths that children and parents will go to celebrate each

in a moment captured by David Jones of D. Jones Photography.

us) teary eyed. Nothing, not even the debilitating condition that

of his photo. We love how Casey’s dad’s face exudes both the

from sharing the traditional father-daughter dance with her dad,

grown up.

who captured this photo, recounts, “The most touching moment was when she hopped on his lap like the little girl she’ll always be

to him, and he laughed. His face is priceless. I have no doubt this photo will be cherished.”

CIVIC PHOTOS Groom Jeff wasn’t about to let his wheelchair-bound mother

go without a dance, so he found a creative way to make her feel honored while making her feel more comfortable. Barett

Henry, the man behind Civic Photos, who took this picture, says, “Jeff wanted to salsa dance with his mother for their mother-

son dance…so he got a chair with wheels and rolled around the dance floor with her. The bride eventually joined in on this touching moment too.”

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TAYLOR GOLDEN PHOTOGRAPHY For many wedding couples, relationships with their extended family

members run deep and long. We love when brides and grooms incorporate aunts, uncles, cousins and

grandparents into their wedding

p h o t o s . A c c o rd i n g t o w e d d i n g photographer Taylor Golden, recent

bride Rachel did just that. “This event

was all about family,” says Golden, who captured a sweet photo of the smiling bride getting a smooch from

her doting dad. Even more adorable, perhaps? The shot Golden snapped of the bride and her sister embracing their happy grandfather. “You

can see the love and connection on everyone’s face, and what I love most is the adorable grandpa. I want to steal him, he is so cute!”

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DREAM PHOTO & VIDEO There are few things more sentimental than the special bond between a mother and son. Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video

says that Jesus was insistent that his mother join him on the dance floor, though she was reluctant to at first.

“I love the satisfied look Jesus has after his mom agreed to

dance with him,” Saadi says. “She was not able to hold back her emotions, and was holding on to him tight, clearly looking back on his childhood while dancing with him.” The connection between the two makes our hearts melt.

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KIRK SURBER PHOTOGRAPHY A photo of a moment shared between father and son can be a rare

find in wedding albums, which makes photographer Kirk Surber’s photo of groom Greg and his father Ken even more special. Ken

studied to obtain his officiant license to conduct the marriage ceremony for Greg and his fiancée Minji, and stood alongside them as

they made their promise of a lifetime. “Only on rare occasion do you find someone who is willing to go out of their way to be a part

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KELLY HORNBERGER PHOTOGRAPHY The bond between a mother and daughter is deep, complex and enduring. And for many mothers and daughters, that bond only grows deeper during the wedding planning process. After all the work has been done, the dresses are on, and the hair and makeup have been styled, the reality sets in that today is the day. All that’s left to do is allow the day to take hold, and enjoy every moment. In her photograph of bride Amy and her mom Julie, photographer Kelly Hornberger captures not just the poignancy and pleasure shared by parent and child, but also, with its mirror-like composition, the echo of a mother’s features in her daughter’s face. “The number of hugs and kisses and sweet moments that Amy and Julie shared during the entire getting-ready process was stopped here in time, with the way Julie is adoring her daughter, the holding of the hands and the look of almost tears on sweet Amy,” Hornberger says, “is a moment I’ll PHOTO: KELLY HORNBERGER

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HIS FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: brunch,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: playing

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golf or watching college football

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erry and James were set up through mutual friends, but it

as unique as it sounds—full of well-thought-out details that paid

was more than that…it was destiny. On their first date they

homage to the bride’s Scottish background, including a bagpiper

discovered how deeply connected they were through multiple

playing during the ceremony, traditional Scottish dances, kilts,

friends and previous near-encounters, and how small their worlds

custom-made tartan napkins and the inclusion of Scottish heather

became once they connected all the dots. After the first date came

in flower arrangements by Darryl & Co. It gets better—Kerry and

the second, third, fourth…and eventually a special date night where

James tied the knot at the same church where his parents were mar-

James proposed, Kerry said, “Yes,” and they celebrated their en-

ried almost 40 years ago! To top it off, Kerry’s mother made over

gagement with friends at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Their “Scot-

200 shortbread cookies shaped like cowboy boots with a custom

land meets Texas” wedding at The Petroleum Club of Houston was

Scottish pattern on them—the evening’s sweetest personal touch.

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225 wedding colors NAVY, BLUSH & GOLD venue THE PETROLEUM CLUB OF HOUSTON engagement party HILTON AMERICAS-HOUSTON baker CAKES BY GINA flowers, decor, rentals & lighting DARRYL & CO. bridesmaid dresses BELLA BRIDESMAIDS photography CIVIC PHOTOS honeymoon FRENCH POLYNESIA

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it might seem T While like extra work now, we promise you that adding social media to your wedding day will leave you with a treasure trove of captured moments.

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE Social Med ia Is A Must At Most Modern Wedd ings. Use This Guide To Navigate The Rules Of Posting Like A Pro!

Achieving sophisticated wedding couple and wedding guest status today takes a lot more than just knowing which fork to use for which course. In today’s increasingly digital world, managing your manners from engagement to “I

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or your grandmother might have drilled

into your brain 20-or-30-odd years ago.

So, to guide you along this multi-month, sometimes multi-year, process, we present this handy rulebook for helping wedding

guests and couples alike navigate the social media do’s and don’ts from first share, down to the very last like!

FOR COUPLES Not to stress you lovely couples out, but wedding guests today, especially young

ones, have come to expect that social media will play a role in the events they

attend. And while it might seem like

extra work to you now, we promise that adding social media aspects into your

wedding planning and wedding day will

ultimately leave you with a treasure trove of captured moments, even if some only last for 24 hours.

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DO CREATE AND USE A WEDDING HASHTAG BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOUR WEDDING.

weeks’ time, Snapchat allows you to see in-the-moment takes from your friends and family, and relive the revelry of your celebration. There are easy-to-use programs

While we are sure most of you have

that allow you (or your artistically inclined

identifier to not only brand your wedding,

your names, color palette, logo and more!

big day on Instagram, Facebook and

DO PERUSE THE POSTS.

even more effectively. We recommend

While it’s never appropriate to be glued

wedding weekend, but also in the months

permission to check out all of the photos,

caught on to the trend of using this handy

friends) to create a custom geofilter with

but also quickly sort images from your

Twitter, there are ways to use hashtags

using your hashtag not only during the

to your phone, we certainly give you

leading up to the big day, and for a few

videos, well wishes and more, that your

ping for wedding dresses? Hashtag that

up. Has bae captured a gorgeous sunset on the honeymoon? You’ll definitely want

to remember that, and you can, with the click of a few buttons.

DO BUILD A CUSTOM WEDDING WEBSITE AND SHARE TO SOCIAL A FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF YOUR WEDDING. You may have sent a save-the-date and

an invitation, but your guests want to be able to access your wedding details

We know this is hard to believe, but there really is no reason to have your phone with you at your own wedding. It will only serve as a distraction to you, and an eyesore in your photos. friends share after the festivities. Let’s face

or Wordpress to get the word out with-

life where your social feed is all about you

wedding service. Sharing the page about

on the drive to the airport for your honey-

perfectly, as out of town guests will begin

take a peek and feel the love!

recommend free site-builders like Wix

it, there likely will never be a time in your

out having to subscribe to yet another

and your partner, so take a minute (maybe

100 days before the big day will work

moon or before your day-after brunch) to

booking hotels and friends will begin

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and an eyesore in your photos. If you’re absolutely dying for an adorable selfie with your boo after you say, “I do,” we get it. Have your MOH or Best Man stash a phone away in their clutch or pocket. Snap the selfie and get on to celebrating! The photo will make it to you in due time.

FOR GUESTS You may be over-the-moon happy for your bestie who just said, “Yes,” or maybe you

your first inclination is to post, share and post again! But there are some things you just shouldn’t share anywhere when it comes to someone else’s wedding.

DON’T ANNOUNCE BEFORE THE COUPLE. The bride might have texted you right after the engagement, but that doesn’t give you the greenlight to share the news. Be sure to wait until the couple has made their engagement announcement public on their own social media accounts before sharing your well wishes. We know your

from anywhere and everywhere. We

deciding what to wear!

It will only serve as a distraction to you,

to that springtime wedding. So, naturally,

images and videos that capture not only your time as to-be-weds. Are you shop-

phone with you at your own wedding.

really love the outfit you chose to wear

days afterwards, to create a capsule of

your ceremony and reception, but also

but there really is no reason to have your

intentions are good, but you don’t want to be the one to steal their thunder, or worse, spoil their surprise! Remember, just about everyone is on social media these days, including moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. The couple could be waiting to tell certain people in person before they share their exciting engagement with the masses.

DON’T CARRY YOUR PHONE ALL NIGHT. If you haven’t caught on yet, people will be

We recommend creating a personalized

taking photos and videos galore during

just plain fun! In addition to the polished,

DON’T POST JOKES, SARCASTIC SAYINGS, OR FLAT-OUT RUDE COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT THE WEDDING.

Snapchat geofilter, because, well… it’s

your big day. And guess what? Everyone you need to talk to will be right by your

Spoiler: The wedding day is not about

professional photos you’ll get back in a few

side. We know this is hard to believe,

you. We will keep this one short and

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Cook up a cute and creative #hashtag you and your guests can use when posting wedding-related messages and photos on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook. simple: If you don’t have anything nice to

at the altar, accented by the glares of

be awaiting the proofs of their profes-

at all... especially on social media for all

attempting to get photos of their own.

you have taken and shared, trust us!

say about the wedding, don’t say anything to see!

DON’T PLAY PHOTOGRAPHER AT THE CEREMONY. While we highly encourage wedding

iPhone screens or the glimpses of others Generally, we recommend that guests

respect the intimacy of the moment and

DO ENGAGE THE ELEMENTS.

until after the ceremony.

The couple has set up the social media

refrain from iPhone photos and Snapchats

guests to take, share and send photos of

DO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR FUN… PROFUSELY.

couple has hired a professional photogra-

Before and after the ceremony, you are

sure that the pros get precedence. There

couple, you will want to capture every

the wedding, there are limits. The wedding pher for a reason, and guests should be are few things worse in wedding photog-

raphy than a beautiful shot of the couple

sional photos and will relish every last one

elements—like a snapchat geofilter, hashtag, photo booths, and more—to

entertain YOU. Use them, don’t abuse them, and have a blast!

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HER FAVORITE SIP: chocolate milk

HIS FAVORITE SIP: water

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: red-velvet bundt cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: taking a

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

nap, watching a movie at home and making dinner

working out and eating

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igh-school love is sweet, and becomes even sweeter when

later the pair said, “I do,” in Colorado, with picturesque mountain

it turns into forever. Just ask Angela, who married her high-

views as a backdrop. The intimate reception that followed featured

school sweetheart, Blake. Although Angela made the first move

many memorable moments, including the couple’s departure to

during their sophomore year of high school, Blake was on a mission

neighboring resort village Telluride, via gondola, accompanied by their

to sweep her off her feet. For his surprise, at-home proposal, Blake

best man and matron of honor. Post-reception, “We took fun pictures,

set out a path of candlelight and rose petals for Angela to follow,

ate pretzels and got a free drink from a local bar,” says Angela. “It was

meeting her at the end, on bended knee, with a ring in hand. A year

so great to live in the moment, and enjoy it with our closest friends.”

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Rather than a last-minute addition to your budget and vendor lineup, a wedding videographer should top your priority list, along with your photographer and venue. Why? The reason is simple: Nothing tells your wedding story, in all its motion, color, music, unexpected moments and magic,

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like a film of your once-in-a-lifetime occa-

hear, during the toast, the emotion from

videographers today mean that wedding

sion. But don’t take our word for it—listen

the best man or the maid of honor as they

videos are blowing up the market. You

to top Houston wedding filmmakers, who

tell the story of how ‘two became one.’ The

can experience your whole wedding

share their experience and expertise

day goes by so fast, but when you watch

day over and over again in a variety of

in creating, viewing and loving the one

the video with audio, you can truly relive it.”

movie in which you and your beloved will always play the starring roles.

edgment of the power of film: “I think

Say Yes To Film

expresses the feeling of the day.”

Even though the traditional art of still

Stanley, producer for Sage Films, and

photography remains a permanent fixture on the list of wedding-day must-haves, there’s a reason why videography is the current generation’s favored form of media: Video transports the viewer back to a particular moment in time, in a way that nothing else can. Filmmaking is all about capturing the emotions associated with the things and people you love, with the actions you are engaged in. Watching a film or video is a fully immersive experience, and a significant way for you to truly relive the past “We always tell our clients that the vows and the sound of voices on video are the most important reason to have videography as part of your day,” says Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema. “Couples tend to take pauses, or someone’s voice cracks, and it adds so much to the emotion, and to the memory of that emotion.” For this reason, “We focus a lot on sound, and on recording the best sound possible, knowing that it

a really good wedding video really

"

I think a really good wedding video really expresses the feeling of the day. With video, not only can you see tears roll down cheeks, and grandparents laughing or crying, but you can really hear the day—the voices of your friends and family. That adds a strong sensory aspect to your wedding memory. T R A E STA N L E Y, SAG E F I L M S

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a lead producer for Lakewood Church, where he plays a significant role in producing videos and advertisements

is something that will never make it into

for preacher Joel Osteen, adds that

the photos. As the couple watches the

with video, not only can you see “tears

video again, it takes their memories to

roll down cheeks, and grandparents

another level.”

laughing or crying,” but you can “really

Elan Fontenot of Addison J Wedding

hear the day—the voices of your friends

Photography & Videography agrees that

and family. That adds a strong sensory

the ability to capture voice is video’s greatest advantage: “You are able to capture the

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aspect to your wedding memory.”

different styles, including traditional or short-form videos, and cinematic or documentary-style films. Some videographers favor an unobtrusive documentary style, while others are experts in cinematic flair with very high production value. No matter what your videographer’s signature style, he or she should be able to tell a story, not just show an event. So when you are viewing sample videos before booking your filmmaker, look for elements such as natural audio, slow motion, aerial cinematography

and

vintage

lenses,

which can bring depth and texture to the narrative of your wedding. “We offer many different styles, and we use many different kinds of equipment to achieve these,” says Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video. She cites “drones, steadicams and glidecams” as just a few of the advanced technologies her team employs to “make the wedding video look like film.” She explains: “The drone can show the entire space where the couple got married. At the same time, the movement of the steadicam and glidecam make it really look like cinema.” In the end, the best videos are the ones that tell a complete story. Whatever technologies or techniques they may use, make sure that your chosen wedding filmmaker balances cinematic effect with meaningfully

documented

moments.

While future viewers should always be visually engaged, a well-told story will hold their hearts and attention much longer. You are the star of your own wedding video, after all, and it’s your

laughter of the audience when there is a

Tech + Truth = Magic

joke that’s cracked, perhaps by the pastor,

The high-end technology, heavy-duty

or during the couple’s vows.” Meanwhile,

equipment and advanced editing soft-

Don’t Miss A Moment

with the reception film, “You are able to

ware that are available to professional

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We always tell our clients that the vows and the sound of voices on video are the most "important reason to have videography as part of your day. Couples tend to take pauses, or someone’s voice cracks, and it adds so much to the emotion. " A I S H A K H A N, A M A P H OTO G R A P H Y & C I N E M A

videographer, make sure they know

and saying their speeches. There is only

“Before the wedding, if the couple is

exactly which parts of your wedding

so much of a speech we can capture

exchanging gifts or has written a letter

day you want captured on film—and also

with a still photo.”

to each other, it is great to capture

which wedding-related events you’d like

At the wedding itself, “I think the

them to document.

father-daughter and mother-son dances

“I have a lot of clients who ask for a

are always beautiful to see in video,”

photographer at their rehearsal, and I

she adds. “It is nice to have a photo of

have been so lucky to have clients that

these moments. But a lot of times you

understand me when I tell them that

just capture one moment. When you

photography isn’t as important as video

are watching it on video, you see that

during the rehearsal event,” Khan says.

moment developing, and that’s beautiful.”

“If I had to choose one or the other, I

For

Fontenot,

it’s

the

moments

would choose video for the rehearsal.

before the wedding that make for some

Most of the rehearsal is people eating

of the most enjoyable film footage.

those moments, especially if they read the letters aloud.” Also, “The bride hanging out with her bridesmaids, and the groom hanging out with his groomsmen, in their suites, right before walking down the aisle, are such great moments to capture. You can see the jitters before the ceremony, and the laughter among the friends that eases their nerves.” Saadi says that she recommends to couples that they include videography in their engagement session as well. “They can tell their story and make it

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off

their

personalities,”

“You definitely want to get the gettingready shots. Couples, especially brides, love to see what the others were doing

afternoon to meet my best friends for brunch.

while they weren’t there!”

On our way to brunch, he said, “Hey we have

One of our favorite wedding-day film

to stop by the Water Wall to meet my sister

ideas come from Stanley, of Sage Films,

and the baby. They’re getting professional

who notes that voices joined in song are

pictures taken and want us to be in some of

yet another way to capture the happiness

would never miss an opportunity to see his adorable niece! We got to the Water Wall and there was a random caricature artist on site, so Zee suggested that we have our picture drawn. I was hangry at this point—but I agreed. As we were sitting,

I noticed a crowd of people gathering around to

of the day: “We love doing sing-along videos, where someone picks a song, and a group of guests sings along, karaoke-style,” he says. “It lets guests be silly, they don’t have to think about it when they’re doing it, and it’s so enjoyable to watch later.”

watch the artist. Some people were even taking pictures. Finally, the artist revealed the photo and it was a drawing of Zee down on one knee, with a caption that said, “My darling Macy, will you marry me?”

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she

explains. As for the wedding itself,

Macy’s Story: Zee and I had plans on a Saturday

them.” I was very hungry, but agreed, since I

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jillian & thomas 11.12.16

HER FAVORITE SIP: crown with coke or dr. pepper

HIS FAVORITE SIP: crown with coke or dr. pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET: bread pudding

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: tres leches

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

shopping and laying out in the sun

roping on a horse

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

he protects me and would never mislead me

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illian says, “I really found my Southern roots when I met my

channeled her inner Southern belle, and said her “I do’s” wearing

husband Thomas,” noting that they connected when he

a lace bridal gown with Swarovski-crystal-accented cowgirl boots.

started working for her parents’ company. “Our wedding was rustic

Favorite moments? “Seeing Thomas break down into happy tears

with a dash of vintage—just enough to show our laid-back style and

at the altar instantly changed us. It was the best day of our lives,

traditional ways.” Shades of turquoise, coral, gold and hints of burlap

and we will always remember all of the love we received being

decor perfectly complemented their easygoing nuptials. Jillian

surrounded by our family and dearest friends,” she reminisces.

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MAKE HONEYMOON PLANNING A PRIORITY

During those heady, hectic months—some-

times years—of planning your wedding, honey-

moon arrangements can sometimes take a back seat to big-day prep. But if you wait too

long to plan your honeymoon, or you neglect budgeting for your big trip, you may find yourself having to compromise on location, dates

and amenities...not what you want to be doing with your vacation of a lifetime.

Just as a professional wedding planner will

help you navigate your wedding decisions, and save you time and money on booking vendors a professional travel agent can guide

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three locations, start to think about what

kind of honeymoon vacation you would prefer. Determine if you both truly want the same experience on your honey-

moon—i.e. outdoor adventures, cham-

pionship golf, downtime by the pool, luxurious spa treatments—or, if you each have things you’d like to enjoy individu-

ally (it’s OK, you’re married, not joined at the hip), while still having plenty of

opportunities for romantic strolls, snuggles and sunset cocktails.

Also discuss the type of accom-

modations you’d like. Since the hotel

or resort you choose will need to appeal to you both, you’ll want to be in agree-

ment about this aspect of your trip. An

a short drive from town. Then, later in the year, or whenever you have more ample holiday time (and, perhaps, when your bank account has rebounded a bit), indulge in the dream vacation you and your boo have fantasized about for ages. You’ll have way more fun on your Caribbean cruise, French Polynesian island-hop or Tuscan wine adventure, if you’re not worrying about pressing work deadlines or ballooning credit card bills.

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TRAVEL IN STYLE

You wouldn’t wear any old dress to your

all-inclusive property, for example, can be

wedding, now, would you? For heaven’s

great if you prefer not to have to arrange

threadbare bikini you’ve been wearing for

day, but can be limiting for true adventur-

you lugged around Australia as a hostel-

lots of unique design, edgy elegance and

to replace your entire wardrobe for this

somewhat more budget-friendly, and is

sake, don’t take off for the islands with that

transportation or dining reservations every

three poolside summers, or the backpack

ers. Boutique hotels, meanwhile, can offer

hopping college kid. While you don’t have

dream honeymoon locale, snag you

sophisticated fun, but may lack on-property

special trip, your honeymoon is a great

access to yourselves (special suites, spa

to larger properties.

perhaps?), and direct you toward deals.

share these with your travel agent, and

enlist a travel pro at the same time you

make another date, or two, or three,

typically about one year out. Doing so will

details, and start to envision yourselves

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honeymoon amenities you don’t have

restaurants and other amenities common

vouchers, a welcome bottle of bubbly,

When you have a few options in mind,

For optimal honeymoon planning,

collect information from her or him, then

start your wedding planning in earnest—

to reconnect as a couple, review the

ensure that when you’re ready to make

in…Paradise.

and ready to board, for the most romantic

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your escape, you’ll be booked, packed getaway of your life.

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FIGURE OUT WHEN TO TAKE OFF

While honeymoons traditionally have followed right on the tail of the big celebration itself, today’s wedding couples are

time to step it up a notch, and get yourselves properly outfitted for the fun you’re about to have. One fabulous way to upgrade your travel gear is with your wedding gift registry. Houston’s top registry retailers carry superb luggage selections, so make sure to check these out when you’re tagging gifts with that scanner gun. Fun additions include monogrammed “wet bags” for swimsuits and other water gear, designer passport holders and luggage tags, travel tech holders for mobile devices and cords, and elegant little travel sizes and kits of your favorite

As with wedding planning, honeymoon

all over the map when it comes to honey-

of anticipation and laughter—it should not

Most Houston wedding couples are work-

down together and plotting out places you

planning, then celebrating, their nuptial

slinky new nightie or bra-and-panties set

or a series of them, and take the time as a

immediately after the wedding, often isn’t

they ask). And you might go ahead and

travel wish lists, and read up on potential

A great alternative: Take time for a

ent, that you can dab on from time to time

luxury skincare products and cosmetics.

planning should be enjoyable, exciting, full

moon travel dates. And with good reason:

be a chore. Start your planning by sitting

ing folks, who have just spent tons of time

maids know that you wouldn’t mind a

think you’d like to go. Make it a date night,

event. Taking off for another week or two,

as, say, a shower gift (you know, in case

couple to look at maps, compare lifelong

an option in such cases.

pick up a new fragrance—something differ-

honeymoon destinations.

two- or three-day “mini-moon” right after

in years to come, to remind you both of

Once you’ve narrowed down two or

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You may also want to let your brides-

your amazing honeymoon.


REAL WEDDINGS

colleen & travis 3.4.17

HER FAVORITE SIP: mimosa

HIS FAVORITE SIP: lemonade

HER FAVORITE SWEET: red-velvet cake balls

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: cycling on

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: going on a

pretty country roads outside of houston

walk at buffalo bayou park

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his unwavering loyalty to his friends and to me

she makes me the best version of myself

WRITER MICHELLE NAIK |

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olleen and Travis’ love story is simple and sweet, but their

favorite moments—from Colleen’s grandfather and his barbershop

wedding was absolutely spectacular from start to finish—

quartet singing love songs while guests entered the ceremony, to

especially the honeymoon (spoiler alert…). Colleen got the wedding

the newlyweds’ exit on a tandem bicycle that her aunt decorated as a

of her dreams with the help of River Oaks Plant House, who created a

surprise for the couple. After so much excitement, Colleen and Travis

stunning cascading orchid bouquet for her to hold while she walked

were more than ready to enjoy their island honeymoon—a weeklong

down the aisle. “We were going for a classic, timeless, elegant theme,

stay at Pompano Beach Club (Bermuda’s ultimate honeymoon resort)…

and the vendors that we found through Weddings in Houston nailed

an incredible prize that they won from us at the I Do! Wedding Soiree.

it,” Colleen says. Photographer Adam Nyholt captured all of their

“Winning our honeymoon was the biggest blessing,” says Colleen.

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Details

couple COLLEEN MATTINGLY & TRAVIS PETERSON number of guests 280 wedding colors WHITE, GOLD &

BLACK pre-wedding dinner OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL baker SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS invitations & registry BERING’S flowers, decor & rentals RIVER

OAKS PLANT HOUSE photography ADAM NYHOLT honeymoon POMPANO BEACH CLUB, BERMUDA

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Wedding

R ES O U R C E D I R EC TORY

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

Vino Artino 104

Downtown 102

Walden on Lake Houston

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

Golf & Country Club 105

Greenway Plaza 84

Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue 67

2BPure Hair and Makeup Artistry 240

Downtown Aquarium 86

Waters Edge 16-17

Azur West Salon 244

Frank’s Americana Revival 58

The Westin Galleria Houston 69

BE a 10 Fitness 240

The Gallery 72

The Westin Houston Memorial City 106

Bella Smiles Cosmetic

The Gardens at Madeley Manor 123

The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria 69

and Family Dentistry 244

Heather’s Glen 54

Willow Fork Country Club 105

Citris Nails 246

HESS Club 53

The Woodlands Country Club 99

Donyale Traveling Makeup Artist 242

Hilton Americas-Houston 71

The Woodlands Resort 59

KAX Salon OBC

Hilton Houston North 90

KAX Tanning Soufflé 243

Hilton Houston Post Oak 75

Makeup by Andrea 242

The Historic Magnolia Ballroom 88

Marilyn Monroe Spas 241

Hotel Galvez & Spa 80

Nyoka Gregory Beauty 240

Hotel ZaZa Houston 6-7

Radiance Advanced Skin & Beauty 245

Hotel ZaZa Memorial City 19

Your Fab Fairy 244

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 10-11

MW Couture 225

BEAUTY, H E A LTH & F I TNESS

CIGA R RO L L E RS Lucho Houston 320

CAK ES & D ESS ERTS Cakes by Gina 303 Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe 300 Hugs & Donuts 304 Susie’s Cakes & Confections 299 Tiff’s Treats 302

Hughes Manor 73

Wink by Erica 302

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria 79

CU LIN ARY S ERVICES

Julia Ideson Library 91

BRIDAL SHOWS

JW Marriott Houston Downtown 31

The I Do! Wedding Soiree - IFC

Kemah Gardens 98 King River Ranch 145

Café Natalie Catering 301 Capitol Beverage Service 300 The Hometown Chef 298 LOLA Catering + Events 305

CEREMO NY & R EC E PTI O N

Las Velas 61

15 Acres 85

The Lyceum 74

Agave Estates 25

The Majestic Metro 111

Ashton Gardens 57

Marriott Houston North 100

The Astorian 14-15

Moffitt Oaks 55

The Ballroom at Bayou Place 101

Northgate Country Club 106

D EST IN AT ION WE D D ING &

The Bell Tower on 34th 13

Old Glory Ranch 146

H ON EY M OON

Big Easy Ranch 97

Omni Houston Hotel 33

Big Easy Ranch 97

Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters 128

The Parador 30

The Culinary Institute of America

The Bougainvilleas 95

Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club 105

at Copia 141

Brennan’s Houston 32

Petroleum Club of Houston 56

The Culinary Institute of America

The Brookwood Community 107

Pine Forest Country Club 89

at Greystone 141

The Bryan Museum 87

Red Oak Ballroom Houston/CityCentre 125

Hotel Galvez & Spa 80

Butler’s Courtyard 65

Sandlewood Manor 23

King River Ranch 145

Cadillac Bar 124

Sheraton North Houston 60

The Lyceum 74

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse 126

Southern Lace Estates 143

Oasis Hotels & Resorts 156

Chateau Cocomar 4-5

The Space HTX 121

Old Glory Ranch 146

Chateau Polonez 50-51

Sweetwater Country Club 105

Pompano Beach Club 411

The Corinthian 2-3

The Terrace Club 144

Southern Lace Estates 143

Crystal Ballroom at The Rice 83

Texas Renaissance Festival 129

The Terrace Club 144

The Culinary Institute of America

The Tremont House 81

The Tremont House 81

at Copia 141

The Villagio 103

The Vine 127

The Culinary Institute of America

The Vine 127

Jackson and Company 2-3 The Popcorn Bar 304 Radio Milano IBC Sambuca/Sambuca Catering 159

at Greystone 141

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FAVO RS & G IF TS

MUS IC & EN T ERTAIN M EN T

Number 13 159

Bering’s 341

Danny Ray & The Acoustic Production 358

Pallotta’s Italian Grill 159

Kuhl-Linscomb 343

Dino John 358

Red Oak Ballroom - Houston/CityCentre 159

Lucho Houston 320

DJU Entertainment 357

Sambuca 159

My Soapgrams 320

Emerald City Band 359

Waters Edge 159

The Popcorn Bar 304

LG Event Entertainment & Production 355

F LOWERS, DECO R & R E NTA LS

Scott Graham Piano 354 Signature EvenTx 356

AJ’s Urban Petals 268

The Relationship Firm 184 VID EOG RAP H Y

Any Occasion Tents & Events 256

P HOTOG RAP H Y

Blooms Design Studio 293

Adam Nyholt, Photographer 369

Darryl & Co. 262-263

Addison J Wedding Photography &

Dream Bouquet 265

Videography 391

E Johnston Designs 266

Ama Photography & Cinema 383

EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design 269

By Your Side Photography 393

Flora & Eventi 257

C Wright Photography 384

WED D IN G AT T IRE

Glenwood Weber Design 281

Civic Photos 372

Bella Bridesmaids 206

Haute Flowers & Events 261

D. Jones Photography 373

Houston Bridal Gallery 223

KC Events & Florals 267

Dream Photo & Video 385

Ivory Bridal Atelier 209

Keisha’s Kreations 260

Kelli Durham Photography 375

Joan Pillow Bridal Salon 207

LBL Events & Design 277

Kelly Hornberger Photography 381

MLD Limited 208

Kirk Surber Photography 389

MW Couture 225

Plants N’ Petals 258-259 River Oaks Plant House 273 TnT Events, Flowers and Decorations 264 Todd Events 8-9 G IFT REG ISTRY Bering’s 341 Kuhl-Linscomb 343 INVITATIO NS Bering’s 341 Isabella Invitations 321

Lindsay Elizabeth Photography 376 Serendipity Photography 374 Taylor Golden Photography 370-371 P HOTO BOOT H LG Event Entertainment & Production 355 DJU Entertainment 357 P R E-WED D IN G C ELEB RAT ION S 15 Acres 157 Brennan’s Houston 157

Addison J Wedding Photography & Videography 391 Ama Photography & Cinema 383 Dream Photo & Video 385 Sage Wedding Films 401

Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 215 Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal 221 Weddings by Debbie 211 WED D IN G M IN IST ERS Weddings Performed 183 WED D IN G S ERV IC ES A Day To Remember 168 Bourbon & Lace Event Services 171 Euphoria Events 183 Gray & Associates Events 170

JEWEL RY

The Bryan Museum 158

Donoho’s Jewellers 21

Cadillac Bar 158

Eklektic Jewelry Studio 199

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse 158

Lewis Jewelers 24

Chateau Cocomar 158

Loggins Jewelers IFC-1

Frank’s Americana Revival 158

Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 197

Hilton Americas - Houston 158

WEBS IT ES

Hotel ZaZa Memorial City 158

HoustonWeddingShows.com

Zadok Jewelers 195

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Grayhouse Events Atelier 175 J’Adore Events 169 Kat Creech Events 167 YOLO Wedding & Event Planning 185

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 158

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JW Marriott Houston Downtown 159

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Bright Star Productions 285

Last Concert Cafe 159

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LG Event Entertainment & Production 355

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen 159

Facebook & Instagram @weddingsinhouston

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