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it, creates it and captures it. I am so in love with all of our beautiful pictorial spreads, and deeply grateful to nationally acclaimed wedding stylist and decorator Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. Collaborating with Todd for our styled shoots on pages 50-59 and 200-208 was a dream. Pages 218-223 feature the creativity of Bahara Jamea of H-town’s legendary Plants N’ Petals, bringing my vision to life effortlessly. Our Texas-themed spread on pages 269-272, spearheaded

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by Claudia de Velasco of A Day to Remember, showcases a creative collaboration by a team of talented Weddings in Houston partners. Enjoy this beautiful issue with its curated collection of expert advice, along with custom planning tools and 32 “Real Wedding” features, to help you plan your own once-in-a-lifetime occasion. And perhaps avoid some of those “I wish I’d…” wedding-planning moments, with the help of real-life bride advice! Finally, make sure to follow us on social for details on our next I Do! Wedding Soiree, where you’ll experience the magic of Weddings in Houston’s finest talents in person and on brilliant display.

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN JB Day PUBLISHER & CEO Radhika J. Day PRESIDENT Vik Day EDITOR Natasha Garber ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lester Childres, Jenny Frugé

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OPERATIONS MANAGER Sue Conner PRODUCTION MANAGER Carrie Skupinsky CONTENT COORDINATOR Rachel Montoya OFFICE MASCOT Bella the Husky @BellaBooHouston ART DIRECTOR Rebecca Cashwell GRAPHIC DESIGNERS John and Malia Gattas CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Larry Fagala, Sylvie Gil, Ama by Aisha, Eri for Taylor Golden, Civic Photos SET STYLING Todd Fiscus, Bahara Jamea, Claudia de Velasco WARDROBE STYLING Summar Salah

AUGUST: Monique Lhuillier Gown, Headpiece Joan Pillow Bridal Salon / Earrings, Wedding Ring Zadok Jewlers Cameo Ring Sloan/Hall / Photography Sylvie Gil / Design, Decor & Styling Todd Events / Wardobe Styling Summar Salah Makeup VCI Artist Victoria Callaway / Hair Dennis Clendennen / Assistant Anna Kalita SEPTEMBER: Photography Corbin Gurkin / Flowers Tulipina / Gown Georgia Young Couture OCTOBER: Michal Medina Gown Now & Forever Bridal Boutique / Earrings Joan Pillow Bridal Salon / Boots Miron Crosby / Photography Sylvie Gil / Design, Decor, Bouquet & Styling Todd Events / Wardobe Styling Summar Salah / Makeup VCI Artist Victoria Callaway / Hair Dennis Clendennen / Assistant Anna Kalita NOVEMBER: Ines Di Santo Gown, Maria Elena Headpiece, Jewelry Joan Pillow Bridal Salon / Photography Ama by Aisha / Venue The Dunlavy / Flowers & Decor Plants N' Petals / Makeup & Hair Etoilly Artistry DECEMBER: Veil, Headpiece, Choker Joan Pillow Bridal Salon / Earrings Zadok Jewelers / Armani Jacket Neiman Marcus Houston / Photography Sylvie Gil / Design, Decor & Styling Todd Events / Wardobe Styling Summar Salah / Makeup VCI Artist Victoria Callaway / Hair Dennis Clendennen / Assistant Anna Kalita JANUARY: Hayley Paige Gown, Haute Bride Headpiece, Jewelry Now & Forever Bridal Boutique / Photography Ama by Aisha Venue The Dunlavy / Flowers, Rentals & Decor Plants N' Petals / Makeup & Hair Etoilly Artistry / Tabletop Kuhl-Linscomb

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planning

28 : HOUSTON IN CINEMATIC STYLE Red Carpet Reception Venues

TIMELINE

50 : FLORAL FEVER

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High-Drama Wedding Design from Todd Fiscus Of Todd Events 62 : HAUTE HOTELS Houston Hotels For All Guest Lists 74 : WHAT A REMARKABLE SITE Out-Of-The-Box Wedding Locations 88 : IN THE CLUB Top Perks Of Country Club Weddings 98 : I DO RE-DO Real Brides On What They'd Change 102 : VERSATILE VENUES Adaptable Spaces For Any Style 108 : EASY ELEGANCE Laid-Back Luxe Locations 116 : BRIDES AND THEIR TRIBES Sweet And Unique Real Bridesmaid Proposals

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

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FLORAL FEVER

High-Drama Wedding Design from Todd Events

THE I DO! WEDDING SOIREE 120 : AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Our Spring Show At Corinthian Houston

WEDDING SERVICES 150 : LADIES WHO LUNCH Gather Your Gals For Food, Drinks And Pre-Wedding Fun 162 : I DO! WEDDING PLANNER Use Our Timeline To Keep Your Wedding Planning On Track 167 : LICENSE TO WED Everything You Need To Know To Make It Legal

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122 : ESCAPE UNDER 60 6 Destinations At An Hour's Drive Or Less 128 : WE'RE OUTTA HERE Hill Country And Beyond 136 : SWEET SPOTS OF THE SOUTH 3 Superb Southern Destinations For Weekend Weddings

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F A L L / W I N T E R 2018

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145 : REHERASAL DINNER GUIDE Browse And Compare Local Venues

120 : THE I DO! WEDDING SOIREE Houston's Luxury Wedding Event

147 : RECEPTION LOCATION GUIDE

383 : WEDDING RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Our Guide To Local Venues With Pricing, Capacity And Amenities

Our Trusted Houston Wedding Vendors, Listed By Category


CONTE NT S / / W E D D I N G S T Y L E + F I N E R D E TA I L S / / JEWELRY

CAKES + CULINARY

170 : REAL ROCKS, REAL TALK Top Tips For Ring Shopping

280 : FOOD FOR FUN Excite Your Guests With Engaging Eats

175 : WHAT’S HOT: STACKS

286 : EPICUREAN DELIGHTS Small Plates With Big Flavors From Top Houston Caterers

AND WRAPS

Rings Go Round And Round... And Round

294 : DE LA CREME Q&A Baker Heidi Holmon On Pared-Down Perfection

176 : WHAT'S HOT: PETALS AND VINES Hair Jewelry Inspired By Nature 179 : WHAT'S HOT: ENGAGEMENT RINGS Our Favorite Diamond Dazzlers 180 : ANATOMY OF AN

ENGAGEMENT RING

From Crown To Band, Here's What's What In Ringspeak

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HAIR & MAKEUP

298 : HAVE YOUR CAKE...AND EAT IT, TOO Houston Cake Artists On Bold Display

Beauty Inspiration For The Big Day

BEAUTY HEALTH + FITNESS WEDDING ATTIRE 184 : 6 TIPS TO SHOP THE DRESS Find Your Gown The No-Stress Way 194 : WHAT’S HOT: CLUTCHES Tote Your Touchups In Style 196 : WHAT'S HAUTE ON THE RUNWAY From The Catwalk To The Aisle

224 : PROFESSIONALLY PRETTY Call On The Pros For Bigtime Beauty 230 : WHAT’S HOT: FRAGRANCE Signature Scents For Her 234 : LOVE IN ACTION Find Passion Through Dance 238 : HAIR & MAKEUP Showstopping Wedding Day Looks 243 : WHAT’S HOT: FOR THE SPA LOVER Unwind And Indulge, Right At Home

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198 : MAIDS IN THE MEADOW Bridesmaids Dresses In Full Bloom 200 : BOHO GLAM Rustic Chic, Reimagined By Todd Fiscus of Todd Events

FLOWERS, DECOR + RENTALS

INVITATIONS, REGISTRY + FAVORS

246 : PERSONALIZED TO PERFECTION Brand Your Big Day In Style

306 : INVITATION TIMELINE

214 : WHAT’S HOT: PETAL PUSHERS Floral-Print Sandals Steal The Show

269 : A TEXAS RANCH ROMANCE

308 : WHAT'S HOT: FOR THE PARTY HOST

218 : BEAUTY ON THE BAYOU

276 : BRIDAL BOUQUETS IN BLOOM

All That Glitters At The Dunlavy

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Rustic Chic Vows At Briscoe Manor

Inspo From Fine Houston Florists

When To Order, When To Send

Throw A Bash, Make A Splash 309 : YOU'RE INVITED

Classic And Contemporary Designs


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316 : WHAT’S HOT: FOR THE GARDEN GURU

38 : COURTNEY & JOSH

Goods And Goodies For The Great Outdoors

44 : SHON & JOHN 80 : LAUREN & OREN

318 : REGISTER BY ROOM A Curated Home Begins Here

84 : DANIELLE & MICHAEL 95 : HEATHER & JASON

319 : WHAT'S HOT: FOR THE TRAVELER Get Set Before You Jetset

112 : ERIN & BRAD 133 : CHRISTA & KEVIN 140 : WENDY & JOHN

MUSIC+ ENTERTAINMENT 326: DANCE INTO THE NIGHT Tips To Keep Guests On Their Feet

159 : HANNAH & SCOTT

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Rich Fall Hues Meet Radiant Bridal Couture At The Dunlavy

PHOTOGRAHY + VIDEOGRAPHY

164 : DAVIQUE & TAREQ 181 : JENNIFER & DOUGLAS 210 : ALLISON & ERIC 215 : PAULA & DAVID 231 : MAGGI & MATT 240 : MARIA & MOHAMMED 258 : NATALIE & SHAWN 262 : AUBREY & CHASE

342 : MAKE IT CLICK How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

266 : CANDICE & MATTHEW

350 : FILM CLIPS: YOUR LOVE STORY Capture Important Moments With Wedding Videography

312 : NELSON & JAMES

274 : RACHEL & JONATHAN 302 : SAMANTHA & KYLE

323 : MADDIE & NICK 329 : ALI & ALEX 332 : LAURA & WYATT 336 : CIARA & MARC

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

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370 : GOTTA GET AWAY

Honeymoon Planning Tips To Make Travel A Breeze 376 : HOME CHIC HOME

A Top Houston Realtor Reveals Her House-Buying Tips

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351 : RACHEL & TAYLOR 356 : SARA & AUSTIN 360 : ROBYN & DAVID 364 : SARAH & JOSEPH 373 : MEREDITH & SETH 379 : ROBYN & ZAC 381 : BRIDGETTE & JOSHUA


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P H OTO : A M A BY A ISH A // VENUE: THE DUNL AVY // GOW N & AC C E S S OR I E S : J OAN PI LLOW BR I DAL SALON FLOWE RS & DE CO R: PL ANTS N' P ETALS // MAK EUP & HAIR: ETOI LLY ARTI S TRY

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DE CO R: TO DD E V E NTS // W EDDIN G P L ANNER: GRAYHOUSE EVE N TS ATE LI E R // LI G HTI N G : BR I G HT S TAR PROD UC TI ON S // C AK E : S U S I E 'S C AK E S & CO N F EC T IO N S


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Style DREAMING OF A RED-CARPET WEDDING ENTRANCE? YOUR NAME UP IN LIGHTS? A HIGH-DRAMA CELEBRATION WITH CELEBRITY CACHET? THESE HOUSTON WEDDING VENUES ARE MADE FOR THE SPOTLIGHT!

WRITER NATASHA GARBER PHOTO ADAM NYHOLT, PHOTOGRAPHER LOCATION THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA

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THE ASTORIAN Dramatic Digs: The Astorian’s industrialchic exterior reveals an opulent private loft space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out upon downtown Houston and its lively surrounding neighborhoods— home to art studios, chic eateries and some of Houston’s most architecturally significant buildings. Lights, Camera, Action: Pendant lamps and dazzling crystal chandeliers blend with the romantic glow of hundreds of Edison bulbs in this Art Deco-inspired space, which comes to life as darkness falls…and the party begins. Room To Revel: Offering 14,000 square feet of flexible celebration space, along with 14-foot-high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen and bar, and two private suites, The Astorian accommodates grand events PH OTO : A M A BY A ISHA // LOC ATION: THE AS TORIAN DE CO R: DRE AM BOUQUET // W EDDIN G P L ANNER: K AT CREEC H E VE N TS

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THE BELL TOWER ON 34th Dramatic Digs: Just minutes away from downtown Houston, you’ll find The Bell Tower on 34th—a one-of-a-kind indooroutdoor wedding space where photo ops abound and varied ballroom options offer

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seeking couple. Water WOW: The Bell Tower on 34th’s most eye-catching feature is its 30-foothigh water wall—a cinematic backdrop for

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especially when illuminated in shades of romantic pink or purple. Room to Revel: For a superstar-style reception with a few hundred of your closest

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opt for The Bell Tower’s Campanile Ballroom, featuring a dramatic curving staircase down which you can make your grand entrance in the role of a lifetime—newlyweds!

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THE REVAIRE Dramatic Digs: From its expansive portecochère, to its 4,000-square-foot industrialelegant Gallery, to the natural-wood accents and gleaming wall sconces of its ultra-modern Great Room, to the intimacy and sophisticated comforts of its private lounges, The Revaire, a magnificently repurposed 1942 munitions factory, recently opened its doors to red-carpet-ready wedding bookings, and is already drawing raves. All In: Owned by renowned Houston catering firm A Fare Extraordinaire, whose high-profile clients have included the likes of Taylor Swift, Drake and Anna Wintour, The Revaire can provide everything from upscale rentals and custom-printed paper goods, and celebrity DJs to sommelier-curated wine packages, so you can focus on getting ready for your close-up. Room Revaire’s

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sleek

Enclosed within The

glass-and-steel

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space enough to hold 1,500 of your closest friends and family, for ceremony, cocktails, dining, dancing…and after-hours fun.

HOTEL ZAZA MUSEUM DISTRICT Dramatic Digs: Overlooking the Museum District’s magnificent Mecom Fountain, the city’s original Hotel ZaZa (a second location just opened in Memorial City) is where many a celebrity has stayed during Houston visits— and where many a celebrity-style wedding has taken place in the chic Phantom Ballroom. Suite Treat: For pre- and post-wedding fun, or wedding-night romance, book one of the hotel’s Magnificent Seven suites; each has its own lavish thematic decor, from rock star decadence to gilded Italian opulence. Room to Revel: While the aforementioned Phantom Ballroom is the go-to choice for larger wedding celebrations, the 11th-floor Grapevine Room, and Prohibition Era-inspired Conspiracy Room and The Vault, can be configured for more intimate gatherings, including glamorous rehearsal dinners and engagement parties. 34 / W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M


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CORINTHIAN HOUSTON Dramatic Digs: Named for its majestic colonnade of Corinthian columns, the Corinthian Houston, one of the city’s most iconic and elegant historic venues, will make you feel like a classic screen idol on your wedding day. Star Ceremony: Make your way down a grand, petal-strewn aisle to say your “I do’s” in the spotlight on the venue’s raised landing, as gathered guests look on with adoration. Room to Revel: Go ahead, invite more than a thousand of your family, friends and admiring fans to your oncein-a-lifetime occasion—with its soaring ceilings and expansive grand hall, the Corinthian Houston can accommodate them all, along with exquisite furnishings, lavish floral arrangements, and catering by one of several top Houston caterers.

THE DUNLAVY Dramatic Digs: Located on the banks of P HOTO : PH ARRIS PH OTOGRPAHY // LOC ATION: CORINTHIAN HOU S TON // D E COR : PL AN TS N ' PE TALS

Buffalo Bayou and Lost Lake, The Dunlavy offers an alluring combination of highdrama glamour and natural splendor. With its “glass treehouse” feel and ultraluxe crystal chandeliers (more than 40 of them!), this centrally located haven feels both enticingly exclusive and exceptionally welcoming. Flexible

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Fabulous:

When you

book The Dunlavy for your private event, you have full use of the venue’s shaded outdoor patio and glass-walled indoor reception space. Which means you don’t have to choose between an al-fresco lounge vibe and formal dining-and-dancing elegance—you can have both. Room

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“perfectly scaled for intimate gatherings,” The Dunlavy has a maximum capacity of 200, but works best for smaller celebraPHOTO: SELECT STUDIOS P HOTO : A M A BY A ISH A // LOC ATION: THE DUNL AVY // DECO R : PL AN TS N ' PE TALS 36 / W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M

tions, with a focus on fine food, craft cocktails and celebrity-wedding style.


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COUPLE: Courtney Cohen & Joshua Garson I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 295 I WEDDING COLORS: Dusty Pink & Purple, Metallics VENUE: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa I FLOWERS, DECOR & RENTALS: Todd Events I PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam Nyholt, Photographer CAKE: Susie’s Cakes & Confections I REGISTRY: Kuhl-Linscomb I COORDINATION: Grayhouse Events Atelier I LIGHTING & SOUND: Bright Star Productions WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon I HONEYMOON: Thailand & Cambodia

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Jessie’s Girls / Divisi Strings / DGZ Invitations / Mike’s Dance Floor Rentals / Ice Designs / Jonny Black Productions / Sculpting With Time Productions

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

french 75 (with vodka instead of gin…some call it a french 76) HER FAVORITE SWEET:

warm apple pie and crispy chocolate-chip cookies HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

walking through the farmers’ market and brunch with friends WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his unique combination of tenacity and warmth

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

vodka negroni

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

pumpkin pie with whipped cream HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

a run on lake michigan or barry’s bootcamp class followed by an al fresco brunch WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

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When your typically picky sister says the cute guy you’ve met at a mixer is “worth a date,” you’d be wise to act on her advice. Just ask Courtney, who took her “tough critic” sib’s recommendation to heart, and will forever be grateful that she did. That first date with Josh led to a second, then many, many more, until one fateful May evening when Josh surprised Courtney with an outdoor proposal as family and friends looked on from a nearby rooftop. The couple, who reside in Chicago, chose the bride’s hometown of Houston for their winter nuptials, transforming The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa into a wedding wonderland, with the help of planner Jim Gray of Grayhouse Events Atelier and designer Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. “The chuppah and ceiling treatment were two of our personal favorites,” Courtney says. “Todd’s creativity was unlike anything we had ever seen. He and his team truly took our vision and created a perfect evening.” She adds: “The weekend was full of many special touches— everything from our welcome baskets, which were filled with items we love, to a customized letter sharing our favorite Houston spots for our out-of-towners to enjoy, to our iced-coffee cart on the dance floor during our late-night bites! Every detail was thought through, leading to a night that truly felt like ours.”

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MR.& MR S. // SHON & JOHN //

COUPLE: Shon Johnson & John Cruise I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 260 I WEDDING COLORS: White, Gray, Blue & Silver VENUE: Corinthian Houston I FLOWERS, DECOR & RENTALS: Plants N’ Petals CATERER: Jackson & Company I CAKE: Cakes By Gina

PHOTOGRAPHY: Pharris Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Jane Deux Event Management & Consulting / Miles David / White Runway / GTX Productions / Shawn Sounds

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

lemonade

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

peach cobbler

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

spa day, girl time, and hanging out with my hubby WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his laid-back personality and how well people take to him—he truly is a people person

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

red wine

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

butter-pecan ice cream

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

in bed with shon

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her ambition, and how hard she works

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Introduced by a mutual friend two decades ago, Shon and John’s relationship started out as a professional one: “I was in the real-estate finance business and Shon was a real-estate appraiser and construction contractor,” John explains. “Over the years, Shon and I spent many hours strategizing and developing business ideas for projects that eventually led to a profitable business relationship.” And that meeting of the minds, he says, ultimately led not only to their co-ownership of popular Phil & Derek’s Jazz Lounge, but also to the deepest kind of love. The pair celebrated their marriage union with a magnificent wedding at Corinthian Houston, draped in crystals and filled with lush white floral arrangements by Plants N’ Petals. Notes John: “The venue was palatial, the decor was astonishing, the food and music were outstanding, and best of all, Shon looked like a queen. It was everything we had imagined, and more.” Besides being a beautiful event, their wedding was a charitable one: In lieu of gifts, the couple asked that their guests donate to their two favorite charities, while the newlyweds presented checks for $10,000 each to their own favorite charities at the end of the evening.

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FLORAL FEVER Petals and leaves and vines, oh my! Everywhere you look,

LOVE

is in full bloom. PHOTOS: SYLVIE GIL STYLING, SETS, BOUQUETS & DECOR: TODD EVENTS WARDROBE STYLING: SUMMAR SALAH MAKEUP: VCI ARTIST VICTORIA CALLAWAY ASSISTING: ANNA KALITA HAIR: DENNIS CLENDENNEN CAKE: SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS

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VEIL, HEADPIECE & CHOKER: JOAN PILLOW BRIDAL SALON // ARMANI JACKET: NEIMAN MARCUS HOUSTON // FENDI PANTS: SAKS FIFTH AVENUE HOUSTON GALLERIA // RINGS & EARRINGS: ZADOK JEWELERS // DIOR SHOES: TOOTSIE'S

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HOTE LS V E R S AT I L E C E R E M O N Y S PA C E ?

CHECK! EXPANSIVE BALLROOM? CHECK! GOURMET CATERING, GRACIOUS SERVICE

AND ULTRA-COMFORTABLE ON-SITE GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS? CHECK, CHECK AND…CHECK! THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A HOTEL WEDDING FOR MAXIMUM CONVENIENCE AND REFINED LUXURY ALL IN ONE PACKAGE. AND THESE EIGHT HOUSTON-AREA PROPERTIES ARE UP TO THE TASK.

WRITER NATASHA GARBER : LOCATION HILTON HOUSTON POST OAK

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THE RISING STAR: THE HOTEL ZAZA MEMORIAL CITY Sister property to Hotel ZaZa in the hip Museum District, the brand-new Hotel ZaZa Memorial City brings the ZaZa brand of edgy elegance to another hot Houston zip code. The new ZaZa has all the luxe decadence of a destination resort—maybe it’s the Beach Club resort-style pool…or the chic Tipping Point restaurant and terrace—but with the added benefit of a city-view ballroom that's certain to become one of the city’s most coveted wedding celebration spaces. THE ARTFUL URBANITE: JW MARRIOTT HOUSTON DOWNTOWN A circa-1910 structure that’s secured its spot as one of the city’s most modern wedding locations? It may seem like a contradiction, but in the case of downtown Houston’s JW Marriott hotel, it’s a perfect marriage of old and new. From the moment guests enter the hotel’s Main Street lobby, they’ll find themselves surrounded by fine art, sleek PH OTO : KH ANH N GUYEN , S TILLSMITH COLLECTIVE // LOC ATIO N : J W M AR R I OTT HOUS TON D OWN TOWN

surfaces and contemporary furnishings. Then there are the JW’s wedding spaces themselves—

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each a private oasis of urban elegance, all located in a building that is an integral part of Houston history (ask the staff to reveal some of its secrets…you’ll be intrigued by what you hear!). THE QUINTESSENTIAL CLASSIC: THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA For true traditionalists, and those seeking the ultimate in uniquely Houstonian hospitality, no Texas property has more local cred than The Houstonian. Beloved by visiting dignitaries and local society scions alike, The Houstonian is an 18-acre wooded haven right in the heart of the city. Say your “I do’s” outdoors beneath the hotel’s massive oak tree, then bring the festivities into the dazzling Grande Ballroom, for a classic Houston wedding celebration your guests will remember and revere. THE INTERNATIONAL ICON: THE HILTON HOUSTON POST OAK If an authentic cultural experience is what you seek for your Houston wedding, the Hilton Houston Post Oak is here to serve your needs. Not PH OTO : A DAM NYHOLT // LOC ATION: THE HOUS TONIAN HOTE L, C LU B & S PA // D E COR : TOD D E VE N TS

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celebrate your union with up to 750 of your nearest and dearest, the Hilton Houston Post Oak also specializes in South Asian weddings, Jewish weddings that require a dedicated Kosher kitchen, and all manner of global affairs where custom international menus and expertise in cultural ritual and tradition are a must. THE ALL-NIGHTER: OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL From pre-wedding prep at on-site Mokara Spa, to pool-deck ceremonies, to lavish receptions in the spacious Regency Ballroom, to late-night after-parties in the hotel’s swank Black Swan nightclub, the Omni Houston Hotel is a fine choice for couples who want it all, all day and night. Bonus: The Omni offers a complimentary honeymoon stay at one of Omni’s 14 resort destinations to couples who book their wedding at this prime Houston property. THE GULF COAST GRAND DAME: PH OTO : A DAM NYHOLT // LOC ATION: THE OMNI HOUS TON H OTE L

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Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, has been delighting visitors with Old World style and hospitality in a glorious Galveston setting on the Gulf of Mexico. Wedding ceremonies at the “Queen of the Gulf” often take place on Centennial Green, a vast lawn overlooking the gulf’s sparkling blue waters, while post-I-do celebrations in the opulent Music Hall hearken back to another time and place, but with all the state-of-the-art technology and modern amenities modern couples expect. THE JAZZ GEM: THE TREMONT HOUSE Sister property to Hotel Galvez, Galveston’s Tremont House, also a Wyndham Grand Hotel, offers a boutique-hotel wedding experience in a refined 19th-century building steps away from The Strand—Galveston’s beloved historic district, brimming with eclectic shopping, fine restaurants and a bustling nightlife scene. Wedding guests PH OTO : AKIL BE NNETT // LOC ATION: HOTEL GALVEZ & SPA

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on Friday evening, followed by your unforgettable wedding celebration in the brick-walled Sam Houston Room or the exquisite Tremont House Ballroom on Saturday. THE BIG DEAL: HILTON AMERICASHOUSTON With luxurious space for weddings expecting upwards of 2,000 guests, the Hilton Americas-Houston is a longstanding favorite for couples of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent, as large guest lists and multipart wedding festivities are de rigueur for cultures of both regions. Dazzling downtown Houston views, lavish ballrooms, in-house expertise in authentic international cuisines, and ample accommodations for visiting guests make this modern property a perfect choice for couples of any culture who want it all, all in once place, with PH OTO & LO C AT ION: THE TREMONT HOUSE

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SITE SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING…DIFFERENT…FOR YOUR HOUSTON-AREA WEDDING? THESE NOTEWORTHY VENUES ARE UP TO THE TASK, WHETHER YOU CRAVE AN INTIMATE FOOD-FOCUSED FETE, AN AQUATIC WEDDING ADVENTURE, OR A ROYAL AFFAIR COMPLETE WITH HERALDING TRUMPETS!

LOCATION TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

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FOODIE FESTIVITES

A delicious

option for both pre- and post-wedding events (sublime rehearsal dinners, elegant engagement parties, relaxed Sunday brunches), Ouisie’s Table is also a great spot for romantic weddings, either on the picture-perfect patio, or in one of the esteemed restaurant’s many distinct indoor party spaces. For an intimate, easygoing affair, say your “I do’s” outdoors in Bear’s Garden amidst overhanging trees and elegant columns, then meander over to adjacent Lucy’s Porch, for elevated Southern favorites served with a warm Ouisie’s welcome. Another enduring favorite with to-be-wed foodies, Brennan’s of Houston welcomes wedding couples and their guests into a glittering ballroom that conjures visions of a classic New Orleans carriage house, with vaulted ceilings, skylights and crystal chandeliers. Prior to your reception feast— picture fried green tomato ravigote, gulf fish Pontchartrain and Brennan’s famed turtle soup—seal the deal with an al fresco ceremony in Brennan’s charming courtyard.

U N D E R S E A A DV E N T U R E

An under-

water adventure awaits you and your wedding guests at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium, where the third-floor Nautilus Ballroom offers a private wraparound balcony, sweeping views of the Downtown skyline, and a cylindrical aquarium tank guests will marvel at as they enjoy cocktails in the ballroom’s foyer. With its full-service packages and specialized expertise in authentic international cuisine, the Downtown Aquarium blends elegance, convenience and a whole lot of fun in a unique 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland that’s unlike any other wedding venue in Houston.

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RENAISSANCE AFFAIRE The Texas Renaissance Festival—the

GOLF? You get all this, plus gourmet cuisine and superb service

nation’s largest renaissance theme park— gives new meaning

at Spring’s lovely Raveneaux Country Club. Plan a wedding

to the term “fairytale wedding.” Located in Todd Mission, a

weekend that includes a bit of time on the club’s 6,600-yard,

short hour’s drive from Houston, the Texas Renaissance Festival

par-71 course, host your relaxed rehearsal dinner in the aptly

has multiple garden and pavilion wedding spaces, each

named Windows private dining room, then say “I do” in the

with its own evocative 16th-century-English-village ambiance.

fabulous Grand Ballroom.

Whether you opt for fully themed nuptials (period costumes, attending festival characters, bagpipes, sword arch…), or

LIBRARY LUXURY If “Roaring ’20s” romance is your idea of the

just a touch of Renaissance

perfect wedding vibe, and you’ve

pomp and circumstance (horse-

got a soft spot for Houston history

drawn carriage arrival, flower

and ornate surroundings, the

crowns, trumpets), your Texas

circa-1926 Julia Ideson Library is

Renaissance Festival wedding will

an ideal spot for your city-sophis-

treat guests to a complete fantasy

ticate celebration. The library’s

experience, and an escape to

spaces include the Tudor Gallery,

another world.

ensconced in impressive marble pillars, and the Reading Room,

CLUB CLASS A massive crystal

with its one-of-a-kind exhibit room

chandelier and two-story stone fire-

showcasing the library’s esteemed

place, a large balcony and adjoin-

archival collection. Plus, the build-

ing outdoor terrace, floor-to-ceiling

ing’s distinctive Spanish-influenced

windows, and, just beyond those windows…resort-style championship

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MR.& MR S. //LAUREN & OREN//

COUPLE: Lauren Weingarten & Oren Marouni | NUMBER OF GUESTS: 290 I WEDDING COLORS: Taupe, Champagne, Charcoal & Black PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: Ama By Aisha | VENUE: The Astorian | CATERER: Cordúa Catering WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | INVITATIONS & REGISTRY: Bering’s | REHEARSAL DINNER: Cadillac Bar BRIDAL LUNCHEON: Brennan’s Of Houston | HONEYMOON: Tanzania, Kenya & The Maldives CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Two Be Wed / Who Made The Cake / Flora & Eventi / Divisi Strings / Professor D / Unique Style Productions

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

dirty martini

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

vanilla cake with vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

trying new restaurants and exploring houston WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

we complement each other—i talk, he listens, i’m short, he’s tall

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

scotch on the rocks

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

black-and-white cookies HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

long walks around the city with lauren

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her ability to make everything fun

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As the only girl in a set of quadruplets, Lauren was surrounded by lots and lots of boys as she grew up. Oren was one of these. A baseball teammate of her brothers,’ he’d often come over to hang out on high-school afternoons… but instead of playing video games with the boys, he would sneak off to be with Lauren. Over time, their love blossomed, and at a Thanksgiving-morning family football game, Oren popped the question to Lauren right there on the field (but only after having flown to Boca Raton weeks before to ask Lauren’s father for his blessing). For their wedding at The Astorian, the couple had a cabaret-style ceremony setup, followed by cocktails, dancing, and food served from elegant mirrored stations, so that guests could “walk around, enjoy the venue and not feel confined to their seats,” Lauren says. “Our inspiration was to create a wedding that was unique, special and unlike anything we had seen before…and I think we nailed it 100 percent!”

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COUPLE: Danielle Grudzinski & Michael Franklin I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 130 I WEDDING COLORS: White, Gray & Copper VENUE: Magnolia Hotel Houston I FLOWERS, DECOR & LIGHTING: Glenwood Weber Design I VIDEOGRAPHY: Reverent Wedding Films I HONEYMOON: Hawaii

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

wine

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

key lime pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

enjoying a sunny day hiking with my husband and dogs

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his kind and selfless soul

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

whiskey and coke

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

red velvet cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

riding dirt bikes

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her big, beautiful eyes

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It was love at first sight for Danielle and Michael, who got engaged in the most beautiful way—surrounded by family: “The proposal was on Father’s Day weekend. My parents said they had a present for me and asked me to close my eyes. They blindfolded me and led me to an outside garden. They removed the blindfold and I was blown away by what I saw. Standing at the end of a trail of beautiful red rose petals was the man of my dreams,” Danielle says “Being proposed to in front of the people I love the most made this day something I’ll always treasure.” The couple wed at downtown’s Magnolia Houston, surrounded by flowers, cherry blossoms and hanging votives from Glenwood Weber Design. Notes the bride, “My wedding was filled with mood lighting, my favorite music, and all the people I love.”

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C LUB F O R S H E E R E X C L U S I V I T Y, I T ’ S H A R D T O B E AT A C O U N T R Y C L U B O R C I T Y C L U B W E D D I N G . HERE ARE FIVE MORE GREAT REASONS TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING AT ONE OF HOUSTON’S ESTEEMED PRIVATE CLUBS, WHETHER YOU OPT FOR A CENTRALIZED CITY LOCATION WITH THE HOUSTON SKYLINE ON DAZZLING DISPLAY, OR A VAST EXPANSE OF ROLLING GREEN LAWN AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE.

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PRIVACY At most Houston-area clubs,

your wedding will be the only event taking place on your big day. Which means you’ll enjoy the full focus of the club’s dedicated event staff, from the on-site coordinator to the servers who supply your guests with food and drink throughout the festivities. It also means neither you nor your guests will encounter other couples or groups during your wedding celebration—or the noise and commotion that might be associated with them.

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ACCESSIBILIT Y The vast majority of

Houston golf clubs, tennis clubs, country clubs and city clubs allow non-members to hold events on site, either through a relationship with an active member, or as part of their general services. So whether you and your family are legacy members of a club, are connected to a club member, or are simply seeking a club environment for your special day, chances are you’ll be able to get in, and get everything you need for your event.

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IN-HOUSE AMENTITIES Country

and city clubs are not just pretty places for celebrating—they are, in fact, designed and staffed specifically for special events. Most clubs have dedicated wedding staff on site, including day-of coordinators, and they can provide tables, chairs, linens, tableware, centerpieces, ceremony decor, dance floors, lighting and valet parking. Want to kick it up a notch? Ask your club coordinator about rental upgrades, preferred outside vendors and options for specialty desserts—they’ll be happy to do everything they can to make sure your wedding is everything you expect (and more) so you can relax and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

VENUE TIP : LEAV E IT TO T H E P RO S

Most clubs have dedicated wedding staff on site, including day-of coordinators. Ask your club coordinator about rental upgrades, preferred outside vendors and options for specialty desserts.

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FABULOUS FOOD Gourmet cuisine is

part of the full-service package at Houston-area clubs. Planning your club wedding will involve

a tasting appointment, where you’ll try different items, chat with your on-site coordinator and inhouse chef, and work with them to customize your ideal wedding menu. And, because clubs have state-of-the-art catering kitchens, a huge range of serving options and accoutrements, and experienced wait staff and bar staff, all at the ready, you’ll be ensured that everything will be perfectly prepared and served.

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VIEWS, VIEWS, VIEWS Whether you

select the pastoral pleasures of Raveneaux Country Club, Sweetwater Country Club, Willow Fork Country Club, Walden on Lake Houston Golf & Country Club, Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club or Pine Forest Country Club, or the urban sophistication of the Petroleum Club of Houston or the Houston Racquet Club, you will enjoy visual appeal. Get married on the green, say your vows lakeside, sip cocktails on the terrace at sunset or dance before a backdrop of Houston skyPHOTO: MD TURNER PHOTOGRAPHY // LOCATION: THE PETROLEUM CLUB OF HOUSTON

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COUPLE: Heather Trahan & Jason Sick I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 100 I WEDDING COLORS: Oxblood & Gold VENUE: The Gardens At Madeley Manor I PROPOSAL LOCATION: Texas Renaissance Festival HONEYMOON: Disney World PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrea Cauneac Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Calyx Flower Co. / Bakery & Cakes / Brickhouse Bridal / The Hometown Chef Catering Co. / Shannon Fine Jewelry

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

red wine

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

a good morning workout and an evening with friends

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his kind heart and sense of humor—he makes me laugh every day

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

sweet tea

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

strawberry shortcake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

dinner at a nice restaurant

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her zest for life

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When their two best friends started dating years ago, Heather and Jason became acquaintances by default. Love, over time, “just kind of blossomed from there,” Heather says. “Neither of us saw it coming, or would have ever predicted we would end up together, but we both feel very lucky.” Since both of them are Texas Renaissance Festival aficionados, the festival grounds seemed a natural choice for Jason’s lateafternoon marriage proposal: “It took me completely by surprise, but it was so sweet, and the happy tears just started flowing,” recalls Heather. The couple wed at Conroe’s Gardens of Madeley Manor, and despite the previous day’s worrisome rain, their wedding day was full of sunshine. “The venue was perfect,” says Heather. “We loved getting to have friends and family in one place all looking so fabulous.” And while having everyone gathered together to celebrate was a dream come true, “It was the few minutes alone we had here and there that stole my heart,” she adds.

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R E A L H O U S TO N B R I D E S T E L L W H AT T H E Y W O U L D D O D I F F E R E N T LY if they had their wedding to do over again…and what they’d never change.

WHAT SHE’D CHANGE: “If I had to change one thing about the wedding day, it would probably be spending more time with my fiancé and guests, and appreciating all of the hard work that went into the day. I really didn’t want to do a 'first look' because I wanted to have that special moment when I walked down the aisle. Looking back now, if we had done a first look we would’ve been able to do all family photos prior to the ceremony and we would’ve had more time between the ceremony and reception. We were pretty rushed with photos due to the ceremony time and sunset. I also wish that following the ceremony, I would’ve been able to walk into the reception room and see the tables, decor and the food stations, and had time to freshen up and make it to cocktail hour. Since we didn’t do a first look, immediately following our ceremony we did all of our photos outside while guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Once we were done, everyone was getting seated for the reception. We walked in the room, we did our dances and then sat down to eat. From there it was all a whirlwind, and by the end of the night I realized I didn’t get to see everything that I worked so hard to plan, and I didn’t get to spend as much quality time with my fiancé and guests as I would’ve if we had gotten some of the pictures done earlier in the day. Luckily we had an amazing photographer and videographer that captured the day perfectly, so I’m able to look back and reflect on those details I missed in person." WHAT SHE’D KEEP: “After the reception, when the room cleared out, Aaron and I had our last dance of the evening with just us in the room. Being alone PHOTOS: AMA BY AISHA

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WHAT SHE’D CHANGE: “I think the one thing I would have done differently was to schedule more ‘unscheduled’ time. Having a destination wedding was the best decision we could have made, but I wish we would have enjoyed more of our time to explore the area, outside of our scheduled wedding activities. Everyone, including my husband and myself, arrived in Ravello three days before the wedding day. Knowing what I know now, I would have scheduled Wiley and myself to arrive at least two days before everyone else, and I would have spread out our vendor meetings, wedding meetings and wedding events over the week, instead of packing them into 72 hours.”

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WHAT SHE’D KEEP: “After a traditional Italian toast of Prosecco in the main square of Ravello, my husband and I led our family and friends to the reception villa through the cobblestoned village. We were followed by a mandolin player and a guitar player who played traditional Italian music all the way to the villa. It was…magical!” PHOTOS: TAYLOR GOLDEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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WHAT SHE’D CHANGE: “I would tell myself to have conviction with all the decisions we were making. Being able to take a step back and remember what the day is representing is important throughout the process. I had a lot of fun planning the wedding, but there were certainly some times when I felt stressed about a small decision, or pressured by vendors to make a choice, even when it didn’t feel right. It can make me uncomfortable to say no to people, but luckily my husband is both helpful with making decisions and with reassuring me. If I were to do it over again, I would make sure to tell

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myself it is OK to say no, and go with my gut,

which would have helped me avoid feeling unnecessary guilt.” WHAT SHE’D KEEP: “I loved watching my husband, Matt, smash the glass at the end of the ceremony, and then lean in for our first kiss. It was also so much fun sharing the dance floor with all of our friends and family—we danced nonstop from the first PHOTOS: BRITT LATZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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VE NUE S B R I N G T H E O U T S I D E I N . O R T H E I N S I D E O U T. T R A N S F O R M Y O U R C E R E M O N Y S P A C E F O R P O S T “ I D O ” PARTYING. RALLY SOME FOOD TRUCKS. SET OFF SOME FIREWORKS. SERVE UP A TASTE OF HOME… OR FETE YOUR GUESTS WITH A GLOBAL FEAST. IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, CHANCES ARE YOU CAN DO IT, AT ONE OF THESE SIX SUPER-VERSATILE WEDDING SITES!

WRITER NATASHA GARBER : LOCATION THE BALLROOM AT BAYOU PLACE

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LAS VELAS Set amidst courtyards full of blooming

bougainvillea, hibiscus and lush greenery, Las Velas evokes a stately Tuscan villa, where you can live out your most elaborate wedding fantasy. Here, ornate architecture encloses a grand interior accented with wrought-iron fixtures and hand-carved stonework. And because Las Velas provides in-house catering (with no food and beverage minimums) and allows couples to bring in the vendors of their choice for everything else, it’s not just a beautiful place to get married—it’s a very accommodating one.

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THE BOUGAINVILLEAS From the moment guests

arrive through the lush floral entranceway, they will find themselves enchanted by The Bougainvilleas—a full-service event venue featuring a range of celebration rooms, from the modern Grand Ballroom to the intimate Golden Ballroom, with its gilded Romanesque ambiance. And, because The Bougainvilleas understands the value of an all-in-one venue, where guests can venture seamlessly from ceremony to reception, it also offers a warm and gracious on-site chapel, where natural light pours in through large windows and illuminates the marriage ritual beautifully.

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THE BALLROOM AT BAYOU PLACE Known

simply as “The Ballroom,” this expansive contemporary event space located in downtown Houston’s Theater District boasts 15,000 square feet of contiguous event space, making it an ideal option for large weddings with an air of urban sophistication. The venue’s covered balcony allows for outdoor cocktails and mingling, with the furnishings and amenities of a swank indoor lounge, while its floor-to-ceiling windows, offering sweeping views of the city, give indoor events an expansive, airy feel. Take advantage of the expertise of the venue’s experienced event management and service staff, who are on hand to assist with everything from full event management to day-of coordination.

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HEATHER'S GLEN Full service means exactly that

at Heather’s Glen, which provides everything from floral design to in-house wedding cake preparation, food and beverage, rentals—even DJ services—all in a fairytale garden setting in charming Conroe. Select your choice from the venue’s numerous packages, designed to fit a range of budgets and event aspirations, many offering the option of customization and additions such as extra hours, linen upgrades, beverage fountains and more. Heather’s Glen even P HOT O: AM M AR S EL O / / L O C AT IO N : T H E B O U G A IN VI LLEAS

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THE MEEKERMARK Designed by Christine and Mark

Meeker, a team of award-winning wedding photographers with more than two decades of milestone-celebration experience, The Meekermark is tailor-made for weddings that require tons of flexibility and acres of natural splendor to enjoy. The venue’s main building is a masterfully restored barn, originally built in Canada nearly 200 years ago out of hand-carved ancient hemlock timbers, and re-erected on 12 picturesque acres in Magnolia. Eager to put your mark on the Houston-area wedding scene? Celebrate your nuptials at the at the picturesque Meekermark, newly opened this past spring and already hosting vintage-modern, rusticelegant weddings!

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THE GRAND HALL AT DEER L AKE LODGE New to acclaimed Montgomery-

area health resort and holistic spa Deer Lake Lodge, the Grand Hall offers indoor and outdoor space for 200 celebrants, including an utterly charming patio and vintage-chic wood ballroom, plus cleansing and detox packages, massage and professional beauty services through the lodge’s award-winning spa—an oasis of tranquility.

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French doors, and—new for 2018—a glass-walled conservatory, at The Gardens at Madeley Manor, a beautifully restored 1930s estate in verdant Conroe.

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HUGHES MANOR Tucked in a sweet

retreat in Houston’s historic Washington Heights neighborhood, Hughes Manor offers a lovely lawn that can be outfitted with string lights, ghost chairs and lounge furniture for ceremonies and cocktails, along with a hip industrial-chic indoor space for dining and dancing beneath impressive “Foucault’s Orb” chandeliers.

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PLANTATION ON THE BAY Located

on the northern shore of Galveston Bay, this relaxed waterfront wedding venue and bed-and-breakfast features a landscape dotted with lush, mature trees, and graced with scenic bay views. The gazebo is the preferred spot for outdoor ceremonies, while the indoor 300-capacity Celebration Center offers a “blank-slate” space that you can decorate however you choose for your big-day bash.

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ASHTON GARDENS With locations in

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THE PARADOR This Texas historical landmark build-

ing’s eye-catching Mediterranean architecture, with its aura of grandeur and mystery, gives way to a graceful interior—complete with a 35-foot-high dome ceiling that lets in a wash of natural light—and, outside, tranquil brickpath gardens, perfect for al-fresco “I do’s.”

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THE VILLAGIO Full-service packages (including in-

house floral and decor), catering flexibility and free parking are just three of the things that make The Villagio an ideal place to plan and enjoy a relaxed and fun-filled wedding—the enchanting Rose Garden, intimate indoor Chapel and state-of-the-art Ballroom are three more.

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WATERS EDGE VENUE At the shores of Clear Lake,

Waters Edge Venue sits on two and a half picturesque acres, which include a 2,500-square-foot patio where guests can sip cocktails beside the crackling fire pit, and a 5,000-squarefoot ballroom where celebrants can dine and dance amidst contemporary surroundings with Art Deco flair.

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THE GALLERY Mediterranean-inspired architecture

and breezy terraces make this Galleria-area enclave feel like it’s a million miles outside the city—while an expansive reception room, a cozy upstairs bar area, and plush, private suites for both the bride and groom make it a uniquely accommodating space for a stress-free and simply lovely wedding.

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KEMAH GARDENS Equidistant from Houston and

Galveston, and a stone’s throw from the delightful Kemah Boardwalk, Kemah Gardens is the perfect place for easygoing sunset “I do’s” beneath a vintage lakeside arbor, followed by relaxed celebrating in a comfortable, climate-controlled pavilion.

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COUPLE: Erin Ellis & Brad Lockwood I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 275 I WEDDING COLORS: Black & White VENUE: Hotel ZaZa Museum District | COORDINATOR & STYLIST: Grayhouse Events Atelier | BRIDAL LUNCH: Ouisie’s Table WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | CAKE: Susie’s Cakes & Confections I HONEYMOON: Cabo San Lucas

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vodka tonic with extra lime HER FAVORITE SWEET:

apple pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

walking in our neighborhood followed by brunch with friends WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he truly loves me unconditionally

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

frozen margarita with a sugared rim HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate meringue pie

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

playing basketball, then hanging out by the pool WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

everything with her is better

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Though their original meeting place may have been simple (work), and their proposal may have been simple (at home, with candles and roses), Erin and Brad’s wedding was anything but. Orchestrated by coordinator and stylist Jim Gray of Grayhouse Events Atelier, the couple’s celebration, at the Museum District’s chic Hotel ZaZa, was a dream come true. Classic, with a modern twist, Erin and Brad’s wedding keyed on a sophisticated black-and-white color scheme, with pops of greenery throughout the lavish floral arrangements. And while their wedding was packed with friends, family and revelry— “We both have friends from different stages of life that flew in from all over the world to celebrate with us and our families,” bride Erin says—the couple still found time for intimate moments. “I loved when Jim took just the two of us into the ballroom before the reception, and I also loved taking photos with Brad at the top of Hotel ZaZa during the cocktail hour,” the bride recounts. She adds: “Everyone says that on the big day something will go wrong, but you just go with it. The crazy thing is that I don’t feel like anything went wrong!”

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R E A L H O U S TO N B R I D E S T E L L H O W T H E Y P R O P O S E D and how they showed their eternal devotion...to their bridesmaids! HOW SHE ASKED: “I sent them each a handwritten letter in the mail that said, ‘They say I'll need someone to hold my dress when I pee!’ and on the inside it had a date and time to meet at Tiny Boxwoods one Sunday for brunch. The restaurant is very near and dear to all of our hearts. It was a place where we would go for girly Saturday or Sunday brunches—just a cute little place to chit-chat, and drink mimosas, and hang out with girlfriends. Once we were there, I gave them their ‘Will you be my...’ gift—a cute little box with a few pictures of me and each girl in it, with fun hair ties that were in my wedding colors, two nail polishes that I knew each girl would love, and a small bottle of her favorite spirit. They all loved it and thought that each box was perfectly personalized for each one of them.” HOW THEY CELEBRATED: “Two of my four bridesmaids were pregnant and would be with their newborns by the time my actual bachelorette party rolled around. So a few months before my bachelorette party, my bridesmaids planned a weekend away for us in Galveston. It was me, my bridesmaids, and a few other best friends of mine that were in the bridal party. We had a calm night in and crazy, fun night out. We spent time lying by the pool and soaking up the sun—just a girls’ weekend away before a few of us were moms and I was married. It was also Cinco de Mayo weekend, so it PHOTO: MORGAN BROOKS PRODUCTIONS

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HOW SHE ASKED: “For each bridesmaid, I created a little box that had a card taped to the top. On the outside of the card, I wrote, ‘Pop the bubbly... I'm getting a hubby!’ The card had rose-gold lettering that said, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ and on the inside of the card, I wrote a personalized message explaining why my bridesmaid was so special to me and why I wanted her there on my big day. On the inside of the box, there was a personalized stemless Champagne flute, Champagne-flavored gummy bears, and a tiny bottle of Champagne, surrounded by pink and iridescent plastic filling. Our colors included gold and blush, so I wanted to make sure those colors were incorporated into the gift I gave my bridesmaids. I was still in school at the time I asked my bridesmaids to be a part of our big day, so I took each of them to dinner to ask them. PHOTO: EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sometimes I took one, sometimes two, it just depended on scheduling. One of my bridesmaids lived in Minot, N.D., so I shipped hers! I didn't want distance to be the reason she didn't get a special box. Their reactions were all super positive. They all caught on to the wedding colors right away, which was so much fun. I know my bridesmaid in Minot really appreciated that I shipped her box, so that she got to have the same invitation as everyone else.” HOW THEY CELEBRATED: “To thank my bridesmaids and house party, I organized a tea party at the Hummingbird Tea Room & Bakery in Magnolia. It was amazing! Everyone absolutely loved the Hummingbird—it was affordable, classy, and the food and tea were so delicious. It was the morning before the rehearsal so it was a great opportunity to say thank you to my bridesmaids, and for everyone to catch up before the wedding festivities truly began. This is when I gave my bridesmaids their earrings for the wedding day. We always talk now about how we need to go back there for tea!”

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Our signature event, The I Do! Wedding Soiree at Corinthian Houston, offered Houston couples a night of curated luxury and relaxed, inspiring wedding planning, including the best decorators, planners, caterers, bridal salons, photography and cinematography in Houston. We thank our event partners for their fabulous contributions: Corinthian Houston, Civic Photos, Cordúa Catering, Jackson & Company, Armandos, Café Natalie, LG Event Entertainment & Production, LBL Event Rentals, Scott Graham Piano, and Ama by Aisha. We also thank YOU for attending! We invite you to browse our talented exhibitors and visit us online for tickets and info: HOUSTONWEDDINGSHOWS.COM KRYSTAL NICOLE BRIDAL COUTURE

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F O R G E T PA S S P O R T S , P L A N E FA R E S A N D C O M P L I C A T E D T R A V E L L O G I S T I C S … THESE SIX VENUES OFFER A FULL DESTINATION WEDDING EXPERIENCE, JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN HOUSTON.

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1 BRISCOE MANOR SAY I DO: Nestled among pecan and oak trees on a serene 50-acre estate whose history dates back to the early 19th century, Richmond’s Briscoe Manor welcomes couples to say their vows in a stately limestone chapel (the photo ops are out of this world!), and invites celebrants to take full advantage of the property’s magnificent modern ballroom, featuring soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams and glittering crystal chandeliers. SIDE TRIP: Take your visiting guests on a day trip through Texas history at Richmond’s George Ranch Historical Park—a 20,000acre working ranch that traces its heritage back to the 1830s, and offers fun-for-all activities like traditional chuckwagon lunches, cattle demonstrations and campfires.

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THE LYCEUM SAY I DO: Galveston’s Lyceum is more

than just a beautiful venue for your Gulf Coast destination nuptials—it’s a bona-fide historic treasure, dating back to the 1850s, and featuring a dramatic steeple, soaring stained-glass windows and grand double doors, along with a charming courtyard for outdoor celebrating. SIDE TRIP: Getting hitched in Galveston? Round out your Lyceum wedding with yet another trip back in time, by arranging an intimate guided tour to one or more of the island’s revered historic homes—a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visiting guests, which can be readily organized through the Galveston Historical Foundation.

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3 THE MANOR HOUSE OF RICHMOND SAY I DO: Built in 1938 by a prosperous Texas banker for his bride (aww), The Manor House of Richmond is more than a graceful antebellum mansion and sprawling estate—it’s a true destination wedding setting, complete with lush gardens, hundred-year-old oak trees, and a luxurious bridal suite with its own (gasp!) private pool. SIDE TRIP: Heading out to Richmond for your nuptials? Have your wedding party stay nearby, and have your rehearsal-dinner gathering at Richmond’s Braman Winery & Brewery, where y’all can sample local wines, craft brews and, weather permitting, live PH OT O: KAR I E M AR IE P H O T O G RA P H Y

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SANDLEWOOD MANOR SAY I DO: While those at-

tending your wedding at Sandlewood Manor—a stunning antebellum mansion inspired by Louisiana’s famed Nottoway Plantation— will feel like they’ve been completely transported to another time and place, they’ll actually be in Tomball’s newest event venue, strolling endless balconies, sipping cocktails by the outdoor fire pit, and, if they’re especially honored guests, staying a night or two in one of the mansion’s three lavishly appointed suites. SIDE TRIP: While you’re up in the northern neck of the woods, schedule a group outing to Old Town Spring, home of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival every April, and a year-round visitors’ favorite. You and your crew can stroll quaint streets filled with charming boutiques, gift and antique shops, and eateries! P HOT O: KE L L LY HO RN B ERG ER

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MOFFITT OAKS SAY I DO: Set on 47 sprawling

acres in Tomball, Moffitt Oaks boasts a variety of outdoor and indoor ceremony and reception spaces, from the picturesque Lakeside Arbor, to the charming Cantina, with its traditional Texas architecture, to the rustic-chic Barn, which blends the gleam of hardwood with the sparkle of crystal chandeliers. SIDE TRIP: On the evening before your wedding, take time to unwind at Main Street Crossing, a unique live-music venue and restaurant in downtown Tomball.

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6 15 ACRES SAY I DO: The brainchild of a mother-daughter team with a combined 25 years of event-planning experience, Hockley’s brand-new 15 Acres brings the destination wedding experience conveniently close to Houston proper, with sprawling lawns, an expansive covered patio, a pastoral pond and a contemporary blank-slate ballroom that you can fill with just about any wedding fantasyscape imaginable. SIDE TRIP: Thirsty for maximum R&R at your 15 Acres weekend wedding? Plan your nuptials for Sunday (you’ll have more date options and save a few dollars on facility rental), and save Saturday for a group visit to nearby Magnolia’s Lone Pint Brewery, for frosty mugs of famed Yellow Rose IPA, brewery tours and kick-back gourmet eats from visiting food trucks. P HOT O: DR E AM PH O T O & V ID EO

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GOT A HANKERING TO HEAD OUT OF HOUSTON? THESE DESTINATION WEDDING PROPERTIES OFFER UP A RANGE OF ACCOMMODATING OPTIONS.

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TEXAS HILL COUNTRY EAGLE DANCER RANCH Rolling green hills, towering oak trees and

setting with an outdoor riverside ceremony, or welcome your

crystal-clear streams surround wedding couples and their guests at

guests indoors for “I do,” to Chapel Hall, where gleaming wood

Boerne’s beautiful Eagle Dancer Ranch. Experience outdoor “I do’s”

surfaces give way to stained-glass windows and hand-forged iron

in the ranch’s picturesque courtyard, where covered pavilions hung

decor accents. When it’s time to party, treat guests to a couple

with iron chandeliers offer rustic romance, beside a landscaped creek

of cold ones, offered up by basket-outfitted miniature donkeys

crossed by charming bridges—perfect for wedding photo ops. Inside

bedecked in fresh flowers, followed by dining and dancing in

the ranch’s circa-1874 historic barn, you’ll dine and dance beneath

the completely transformed Chapel Hall. Weather permitting,

European crystal chandeliers suspended from 40-foot-high ceilings,

your guests can gather on the picturesque stone patio, to enjoy

while state-of-the-art climate controls keep you and party comfortable

fireside cocktails amidst oak trees hung with crystal chandeliers.

any season of the year. You’ll enjoy your Hill Country festivities even

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

more knowing that all of the ranch’s

ROYALTON BAVARO RESORT &

water features use rain harvested

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of Fredericksburg, King River Ranch

white-sugar sands, towering palms,

offers 3,000 square feet of customdesigned event space, including the

and sparkling aquamarine water.

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Although family friendly, Royalton

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open-air River Terrace, built directly

Bavaro’s luxe layout, with all-in

into the river’s dramatic rocky bank,

luxury amenities, ensures a five-star

and the rustic-elegant King Barn,

experience for adults and couples

nestled between an idyllic fishing

seeking relaxation and romance.

pond and expansive horse pasture.

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perienced on-site wedding planners

chairs,

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ceremony and reception for you

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and your guests. The Royalton Ba-

the need for “wow” at your Hill Country wedding, they offer the floral and decor services of in-house design firm Willem-Aidan, an award-winning design studio whose former clients include Audi, Cadillac and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards.

varo staff is courteous, professional and warm, ensuring you feel well taken care of during your stay. Diamond Club upgrades are readily available and reasonably priced, including access to the exclusive Diamond Club Lounge, the Diamond Club private pool with swim-up bar, cabanas on a secluded beach, and personalized butler service. Royalton Bavaro’s

OLD GLORY RANCH Located in historic Wimberley, in the gently

modern and well-appointed suites feature specialty handcrafted

rolling Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio, Old Glory

Dream Beds, swim-up terraces, and balconies with gorgeous views,

Ranch is a 2,200-acre property set on the leafy banks of the

along with relaxing jetted soaking tubs, waterfall showers and

emerald-green Blanco River. Take full advantage of the venue’s

24-hour room service.

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To detoxify and de-stress, enjoy a relaxing beachfront yoga session, followed by a few hours at the gorgeous Royalton Spa & Salon, with its serene relaxation rooms, hydrotherapy pools, massage and facial treatments, and sauna and steam rooms. Daytime beach activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding, snorkeling, and sandbar excursions by Nexus Tours, let you soak up the beauty of the Caribbean. Poolside, grab a Cuban sandwich at one of the resort’s casual dining grills, enjoy a cocktail as you float the 1,200-foot Lazy River, or hone your surfing skills on the FlowRider. After enjoying a gorgeous sunset, sip cocktails under the stars at one of several poolside bars or lounges, or relax at one of the resort’s specialty bars (the Martini Mix is a guest fave). Royalton Bavaro boasts world-class dining experiences with offerings including Italian, Brazilian, American and Tappanyaki fare, so there’s always something new to try. In the Caribbean, nightlife is king, so grab your guests and head into town for the lively nightclub scene, or take in a live performance at the resort, while you savor the PH O T O & L O C AT I O N: RO YA LT O N BAVA RO SPA & SA L O N

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COUPLE: Christa Gonzales & Kevin O’Hara I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200 I WEDDING COLORS: Copper, Slate, Blue & Black VENUE: The Astorian I CATERER: Cordúa Catering I WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon I HONEYMOON: Hawaii PHOTOGRAPHY: Brandon O’Neal Wedding Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Piper & Muse / Sugary & Chic Cake Boutique / Darryl & Co. / Johanna Terry Event / House of Hough I Heart Flipbooks / Unique Style Productions / In10City Band

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

coconut mojito

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

macarons by patisse

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

picnicking at the menil, complete with lunch and wine

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he has the most infectious smile and laugh

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

budweiser

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

blueberry pie or kit kats

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching university of miami football

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her personality

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When you meet by chance at a rooftop bar in South Carolina, and you can’t take your eyes off each other, and you discover that not only are you both from Houston, but you’re both booked on the same flight home, well…you may want to chalk it up to fate. Christa and Kevin did, and it led them directly to the altar less than three years later, for a magnificent wedding at The Astorian. As Christa, a former professional wedding photographer notes, “Kev and I both really connect to the 1930s and 1940s eras, and we both have ties to Manhattan, so The Astorian”— with its “dark, sultry ambiance” and “touch of glamour”—was “the perfect background for our wedding.” The bride notes that her rose-gold engagement ring inspired the copper accents in her wedding color scheme, while her background as a classically trained musician inspired her bridal processional music: “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. She adds: “Instead of holding bouquets, each of our daughters held a candle for the parents that we wished could be with us.”

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A classic country-chapel

ceremony and total-escape resort celebration all in one? You can have your wedding cake and eat it, too, at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, located in the lush Lowcountry of South Carolina. Jack Nicklaus signature golf, sport shooting, yachting, equestrian activities and strolling through the extraordinary Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, are just a few of the innumerable things you and your guests can do at the Montage. But don’t tucker yourself out, to-be-wed. You’ll want to save energy for your “I do’s” in the picture-perfect May River Chapel, or the grand Somerset Chapel—both offering gorgeous views, and streams of South Carolina sunlight. For the ultimate in reception space, the 350-capacity Wilson Ballroom, named for the Wilson family—previous owners of Palmetto Bluff, and hosts of its most extravagant parties—features lavish interiors and romantic views of the property’s Grand Lawn. Smaller destination-wedding groups may gather in the cozy Wine Cellar, nautical-theme Canoe Club, in a tent on the historic Village Green, or in one of the many intimate indoor or outdoor venues at this undeniably Southern riverfront enclave. PHOTO: VIRGIL BUNAO // LOCATION: MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF

No. 2 NOPSI HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Salamander Hotels’ NOLA property takes its name from the building’s history as the city’s former public utility and streetcar operator—but there’s nothing utilitarian about this fabulous New Orleans hotel. From the polished Jazz Age splendor of the magnificent NOPSI lobby, to the refined furnishings and decadent comfort of its 217 guest rooms and suites, this Central Business District beauty—located a short walk from the action of Bourbon Street—is a destination wedding dream come true. Your NOPSI weekend wedding might start with welcome cocktails (and outstanding city views) at Above The Grid, the hotel’s rooftop pool deck and bar. Guests may freely roam the nearby Arts District and famed French Quarter, or savor cocktails and classic Cajun and Creole dishes at Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s or one of the city’s ever-emerging dining hotspots. On the big day itself, the truly one-of-a-kind Dryades Ballroom will welcome you and your guests, with massive arched windows, exposed brick walls and a soaring 30-foot-high ceiling, accented with sparkling crystal chandeliers. For a private moment amidst your NOLA-style celebration, steal away to the respite of NOPSI’s charming Courtyard Patio, for an intimate kiss as newlyweds.

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PHOTO: MICHAEL K PHOTOGRAPHY // LOCATION: THE HENDERSON BEACH RESORT & SPA

PHOTO: OLIVIA LOTT

PHOTO: MICHAEL K

PHOTO: OLIVIA LOTT

No. 3 T H E H E N D E R S O N B E AC H R E S O R T & S PA Just a short flight from Houston lies a luxury seaside resort, where the classic elegance of decades past meets today’s modern conveniences and event design talent. We’re talking about The Henderson, located in the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast beach town of Destin, known for sugar-sand beaches and emerald gulf waters. Though a mere two years old, this stately luxury hotel has a comfortable, lived-in, Southern vibe, and feels like a home-awayfrom-home. Weddings at The Henderson are a true destination-celebration experience, where guests can lounge poolside, indulge in treatments at the property’s Salamander Spa (named for the Salamander Hotels group,

which includes The Henderson), or cast their line in the pristine waters of the town widely known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village.” When it’s time to head down the aisle, couples can select their ceremony site from 10,000 square feet of event space, with stunning Gulf Coast views as their backdrop. Destination-wedding guests, honeymooners and bridal groups alike also can try out YOLO stand-up paddle-boarding, a helicopter tour of the Emerald Coast, and a visit to acclaimed Emeril’s Coastal Italian restaurant. The Henderson’s warm Southern hospitality, fabulous fresh cuisine, and incredible staff, make this a must-visit destination for dreamy weddings and pre-wedding spa getaways.

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COUPLE: Wendy Hernandez & John Galloway I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200 I WEDDING COLORS: White, Blush & Gold VENUE: Waters Edge I CAKE: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ENTERTAINMENT, LIGHTING & SOUND: LG Event Entertainment & Production I HONEYMOON: Dominican Republic

PHOTOGRAPHY: D Trinh Photography / CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Picture This Photography / Greenwalt Productions / A La Carte Events & Catering / HEB Florist

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

dr pepper or white wine HER FAVORITE SWEET:

sugar cookies

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

with my family, soaking up the sun, and bonding with my nieces and nephew WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he can always keep me laughing and smiling no matter what mood i am in

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

michelob ultra

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

banana pudding

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

with my wife and friends, soaking up the sun while bike riding WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she’s funny, and always makes me smile

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Former Houston Dynamo dancer Wendy met her future husband during a friend’s downtown Houston birthday celebration. “He asked me to dance, and our love story started,” she says. John’s flash-mob proposal, joined in by family and friends bearing koozies and gifts for the couple, became a viral YouTube video, with more than 1.2 million views, and was featured on Houston news channels, along with CNN and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Their lakefront wedding at Waters Edge Venue, had its share of dancing as well, with Wendy’s friends, all former professional cheerleaders and dancers themselves, besting the guys in a dance competition. But her absolute favorite moment, Wendy says, was “walking down the aisle next to my dad, listening to my favorite song, ‘Great Thou Art,’ by Carrie Underwood, and seeing my husband's face. He was smiling from ear to ear.”

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PHOTO ADAM NYHOLT, PHOTOGRAPHER LOCATION THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA // DECOR: TODD EVENTS


// REHEARSAL DINNERS // Armandos

Américas

2630 Westheimer • Houston, TX 77098 713.520.1738 • ArmandosCaters.com

2040 West Gray • Houston, TX 77019 844.346.4365 • AmericasRestaurant.com Américas is a progressive Latin dining experience highlighting the gifts of the new world. What would history’s kitchens be without the tomato, the potato, vanilla, corn or avocado? Cordúa’s Américas weaves contemporary cooking techniques with the excitement of Latin ingredients.

Centrally located in River Oaks, ARMANDOS offers a refined modern approach to Tex-Mex. Our intimate wine room is the premier location for exceptional service, upscale cuisine, and beautiful ambiance. We can comfortably accommodate up to 36 guests for a prix fixe, family style or plated dinner, with a variety of menu items to satisfy any appetite. Let us take care of the details and make your private dinner special.

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3

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Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

75

Outdoor Site

Y

Min. Price Call

Y

Events at a Time

2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

36

Outdoor Site

The Barn at Briscoe Manor

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

Designed to appeal to rehearsal dinners/lunches, The Barn, located on Briscoe Manor's 50 acre estate, offers the same award winning and sought after elegant perfection that Briscoe Manor has had immense success with. After your rehearsal in the unparalleled Briscoe Chapel, walk on over to The Barn for your rehearsal lunch or dinner. Your convenient and stress-free wedding day starts here! 1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

100

Y

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Y

Min. Price $24

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.

Events at a Time

3

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Y

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200

2

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Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

400

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Y Min. Price $12

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.

Events at a Time

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

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Y

110

Established in 1988, Churrascos offers the bold flavors of the South American parilla with all its fire and passion. Enjoy appetizers like empanadas and ceviches, or our signature chimichurri marinated center-cut tenderloin followed by our famous Tres Leches. Paired with distinct wines, Churrascos warmly transports you to an orchestra of flavor celebrating the grill, fresh ingredients, and your guests. 4

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

120

Outdoor Site

Y

Y

Min. Price Call

Outdoor Site

Y

Y

Min. Price $49

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza

Churrascos

3300 S. Gessner Rd, Ste 270 • Houston, TX 77063 844.346.4365 • Churrascos.com

Events at a Time

Y

Min. Price $60

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

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.

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Y

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse

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

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Brennan’s of Houston

5801 FM 723 • Richmond, TX 77406 281.238.4700 • BriscoeManor.com

Events at a Time

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6 E. Greenway Plaza • Houston, TX 77046 713.850.2305 • DoubleTree3.hilton.com

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We offer the perfect location for traditional rehearsal dinners, with a panoramic view from the 20th floor's floor-to-ceiling windows, and an absolutely private section of the hotel. Enjoy a unique rehearsal dinner or welcome gathering poolside, and kick off your wedding weekend with live entertainment and exciting food stations.

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2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

100

Outdoor Site

Y

Y

Min. Price $35

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Hilton Americas - Houston

The Hines Center

500 Fannin St Suite 100 • Houston, TX 77002 713.590.3302 • HinesCenter.org

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

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130

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Y

Min. Price $110

N

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80

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6 Y 450

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1 N 130

2450 Louisiana St • Houston, TX 77006 713.524.0004 • IbizaFoodAndWineBar.com

The Houstonian Hotel offers brides unique venue spaces to create their dream destination wedding experience in the heart of Houston. Four ballrooms along with outdoor space offer a versatility and sophistication to accomadate weddings of any size. Create a breathtaking moment with a ceremony under the iconic Live Oak tree.

Ibiza Food & Wine Bar's Next Door is dedicated to delivering exceptional private events in a striking, intimate setting. Chef Charles Clark's culinary expertise makes for a chef-driven experience in a setting accented by warm cherry wood. Equipped with a fullservice bar and audio & visual capabilities, guests can host a range of events, from seated rehearsal dinners for up to 55 to cocktail receptions for up to 110.

Private Bar Service

Y

Entertainment Y Outdoor Site

Min. Price 85

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Y

Entertainment Y

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110

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Min. Price Call

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen

McCormick & Schmick's 1151-01 Uptown Park Blvd • Houston, TX 77056 713.840.7900• MccormickAndSchmicks.com Whether you are Uptown, Downtown, or West of the Loop, our three unique locations are perfect for your special day. We focus on the finer points of service and offer creative menus, delicious food and beautiful private dining space. Whether you're looking to host an intimate reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, or brunch, we are eager to create a personalized menu for you. Our extensive wine list and full bar will perfectly complement every dish.

Private Bar Service

Y

Entertainment N Outdoor Site

Min. Price $20

Y

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Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

120

Sambuca

©2016 gina schild photography his and hers foto

Events at a Time

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Y

Entertainment Y Outdoor Site

Y

Y

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Min. Price $53

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 water.

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1

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Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

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Waters Edge

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3901 NASA Parkway • El Lago, TX 77586 281.291.9900 • WatersEdge.events

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.

400

Y

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

909 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002 713.227.7423 • SambucaRestaurant.com

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111 North Post Oak Ln • Houston, TX 77024 713.680.2626 • Houstonian.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.

Events at a Time

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Ibiza Food & Wine Bar

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Events at a Time

The Hines Center offers an immaculate space ready to bring your vision to life. We are centrally located within walking distance of hotels, nightlife and culture hubs, with a modern "blank slate" look & feel to decorate however you choose. The Hines Center offers complimentary event parking, the option to select your own caterer, and premium audio-visual equipment for your convenience.

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Ashton Gardens - West 18002 Clay Rd • Houston, TX 77084

281.656.2449

400

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The Astorian 2500 Summer St • Houston, TX 77007

832.460.6695

750

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$55

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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Bernhardt Winery 9043 Country Road 204 • Plantersville, TX 77363

936.894.9829

150

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

281.538.9600

128

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The Bougainvilleas 12126 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77077

832.914.7844

350

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

713.522.9711

200

2

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Briscoe Manor 5801 FM 723 • Richmond, TX 77406

281.238.4700

350

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Cadillac Bar 1802 Shepherd Dr • Houston, TX 77007

713.862.2020

400

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

713.244.9500

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Chateau Cocomar 14525 Champions Dr • Houston, TX 77069

281.919.1161

999

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Chateau Polonez 12612 Malcomson Rd • Houston, TX 77070

281.655.5656

352

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Corinthian Houston 202 Fannin St at Franklin • Houston, TX 77002

713.222.2002

1900

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Crystal Ballroom at The Rice 909 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002

713.227.7423

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281.703.9091

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

Simultaneous Events

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25566 Bradbury Rd • Hockley, TX 77447

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

713.351.5758

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

713.850.2305

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Downtown Aquarium 410 Bagby St • Houston, TX 77002

713.315.5168

400

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The Dunlavy 3422 Allen Pkwy • Houston, TX 77019

832.523.1777

220

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Eagle Dancer Ranch 1621 FM 473 • Sisterdale, TX 78006

210.508.0344

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Four Oaks at Mound Creek Ranch 12569 FM 579 E • Leona, TX 75850

936.348.0178

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713.255.2889

300

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

936.524.3352

200

1

The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd • Montgomery, TX 77316

936.647.1303

200

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

936.441.6611

Hilton Americas - Houston 1600 Lamar St • Houston, TX 77010 Hilton Houston North 12400 Greenspoint Dr • Houston, TX 77060 Hilton Houston Post Oak 2001 Post Oak Blvd • Houston, TX 77056

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The Hines Center 500 Fannin Suite 100 • Houston, TX 77002 713. 590.3302 80 1 Call √ √ √ 34 Hotel Galvez & Spa 2024 Seawall Blvd • Galveston, TX 77550

409.765.7721

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

713.465.9292

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$125

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

713.526.1991

400

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Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Dr • Houston, TX 77024

713.464.4811

300

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

713.680.2626

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Hughes Manor 2811 Washington Ave • Houston, TX 77007

713.864.2797

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Julia Ideson Library 550 McKinney St • Houston, TX 77002

832.393.1646

350

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JW Marriott Houston Downtown 806 Main St • Houston, TX 77002

713.237.1111

400

2

$150

Kemah Gardens 1019 Lewis Dr • Kemah, TX 77565

281.334.0501

150

1

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

830.392.6484

250

Las Velas 5714 Fairdale Ln • Houston, TX 77057

713.977.5773

The Lyceum of Galveston Island 2401 Winnie St • Galveston, TX 77550 Magnolia Hotel Houston 1100 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002 The Manor House of Richmond 907 Morton St • Richmond, TX 77469

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

281.875.4000

530

3

The Meekermark 21156 Karen Switch Road • Magnolia, TX, 77354

281.565.4285

400

Moffitt Oaks 20125 Cedar Ln • Tomball, TX 77377

281.370.6616

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Ouisie's Table 3939 San Felipe St • Houston, TX 77027

713.528.2264

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512.847.3646

Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway Dr • Houston, TX 77056

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Old Glory Ranch 3633 River Rd • Wimberley, TX 78676

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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

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

713.659.1431

250

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Pine Forest Country Club 18003 Clay Rd • Houston, TX 77084

281.463.0900

350

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Plantation on the Bay 3600 Tri City Beach Road • Beach City, TX 77523

817.233.3473

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Raveneaux Country Club 9415 Cypresswood Dr • Spring, TX 77379

281.320.6009

325

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7122 Old Katy Rd • Houston, TX 77024

713.962.2248

800

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Sandlewood Manor 22402 Holly Creek Trail • Tomball, TX 77377

281.466.9487

400

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Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria 2400 West Loop South • Houston, TX 77027

713.586.5133

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

281.928.2455

700

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

281.980.4100

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

800.458.3435

400

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$22

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

409.763.0300

400

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832.445.2104

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

936.597.7700

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Waters Edge 3901 Nasa Pkwy • El Lago, TX 77586

281.291.9900

400

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713.770.6267

1000

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281.501.4395

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281.579.6262

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CORDÚA RESTAURANTS: AMÉRICAS & CHURRASCOS The Cordúa name is synonymous with bold Latin American flavors and warm hospitality—both of which are on delicious display at Américas and Churrascos, father-and-son team Michael and David Cordúa’s esteemed Houston eateries. For South American “parilla” favorites (grilled chicken with palm hearts and coconut beurre blanc, grilled filet with black-bean sauce and avocado, grilled wild salmon with shrimp and tomatillo broth) along with bountiful margaritas and effervescent mojitos, Churrascos offers you and your girls tons of taste in a tastefully hip steakhouse setting. Pan-Latin cuisine with a focus on local ingredients is on the menu at Américas, where specialties include gourmet tacos, slow-cooked carnitas and fresh, Latin-influenced salads, any of which would pair beautifully with a tangy-sweet Brazilian caipirinha or tart, colorful Tangerine Passion cocktail. Make your Cordúa lunch complete with a round of tres-leches for the team—the owner-chefs’ signature dessert, and an enduring Houston favorite.

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THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA Stretch your ladies’ lunch into a full-day affair, at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. We recommend kicking things off with a few hours at Trellis—the hotel’s acclaimed 17,000-square-foot spa, where you and your girls can enjoy a soak and a spa treatment of your choice—say…a deep-tissue massage, a rejuvenating Citrus Drench or a detoxifying Tension Relief Cocoon? When it’s time to refuel, order up a couple bottles of sauvignon blanc and fresh gulf-shrimp crepes or grilled rosemary-lemon chicken from the exclusive Trellis spa menu. Or, for a decidedly more luxurious meal, take your pre-reserved seats in The Houstonian’s Manor House, an exclusive and intimate dining destination set in a historic private home on the hotel’s manicured grounds.

BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON Among the grandest of Houston’s dining establishments, Brennan’s is a longtime favorite for bridal showers, bridesmaids’ luncheons and intimate meals with dear friends and family members. If privacy is your priority, Brennan’s offers a selection of discreet dining spaces where you and your group can feast on Creole specialties, sip rosé all day and laugh to your heart’s content. Happy to hang out with the lunch crowd? Reserve a Brennan’s table for a handful of your closest gals, and giggle over Champagne and caviar, cornmeal-crusted grouper, wild-shrimp PHOTO: COURTESY OF BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON

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M C CORMICK & SCHMICK’S With three distinct Houston locations, steak and seafood mecca McCormick & Schmick’s offers plenty of options for gathering your girls to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Whether you choose the Uptown Park location’s soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows, the Town & Country Village location’s cozy fire pit, or the Downtown Pavilion location’s palm-shaded patio and contemporary private-dining space, McCormick & Schmick’s will indulge you and your entourage with fresh fish and shellfish specialties, succulent steak, gourmet salads and decadent desserts. Start off with an effervescent flute of Veuve Clicquot and freshshucked oysters, followed, perhaps, by sesame-crusted ahi tuna or signature lump-crab cakes, then finish things up with a monumental “chocolate bag” filled with white-chocolate mousse and fresh berries—the perfect opp for sharesies with your besties!

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LAWLESS SPIRITS & KITCHEN While not technically a lunch spot—the Rice Hotel’s swank Lawless Spirits & Kitchen doesn’t open until 4 p.m.—this glitzy Downtown destination accommodates late-lunch appetites with a diverse cocktail list, and plush lounge areas provide a unique atmosphere perfect for girl time. The global-inspired menu featuring nibbles such as Korean chicken tacos and figand-prosciutto flatbread. It’s the perfect spot to gather your bridesmaids for a wedding-planning check-in while you fete them with food and drink to thank them for their dedication and unflagging support!

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MR.& MR S. / / H A N NA H & S C OT T / /

COUPLE: Hannah Gelbs & Scott Gadd I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 215 I WEDDING COLORS: Wine, Cream & Gold COORDINATOR & INVITATIONS: A Day To Remember I CAKE: Edible Designs I WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids I HONEYMOON: Fiji PHOTOGRAPHY: Koby Brown Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Junior League Of Houston / Johanna Terry Events / House Of Hough / Lavish Linens / Elegant Chairs & More / Jonny Black Productions Doppelganger Band / Mark Morarie Films

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

topo chico

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

french macarons

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

riding my quarterhorse, tinker—my border collie, madison, can always be found following close behind WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he has a calming and genuine presence that makes me feel like a better person every day

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

old fashioned

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching west virginia university football on a sports-bar patio in the heights WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

every day she challenges me to be the best man that i can be

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Scott frequently describes Hannah as his “Tinderella,” as he found her through the Tinder dating app. Their first date, at a local pub in the Heights, led to another, then another…until one winter day, when Scott persuaded Hannah to stop at their favorite restaurant, en route home from a friend’s dinner party, for a quick nightcap. Except, “Upon walking in, I quickly realized this would not be a quick drink,” says Hannah. “Among roses and Champagne, Scott dropped to one knee and shared all of the reasons he saw me as his future wife.” While their fall wedding, planned and styled by Claudia De Velasco of A Day To Remember, was everything they’d hoped it would be, the weeks that led up to it were not without strife: “Hurricane Harvey hit Houston two weeks before our wedding,” Hannah recounts. “After seeing the suffering and devastation it brought to the city where we both grew up, it was difficult to transition back to a celebratory mood. But we channeled these feelings into organizing a Hurricane Harvey relief fund, collected at our wedding reception.”

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Salon visit or spa day.

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Confirm all of your vendors.

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professionals.

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COUPLE: Davique Dumars & Tareq Humphrey | NUMBER OF GUESTS: 220 I WEDDING COLORS: Blush, Ivory & Gold VENUE: Westin Galleria Houston | COORDINATOR, STYLING & FLOWERS: Breathtaking Events REHEARSAL DINNER: Westin Oaks Houston | INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Isabella Invitations | HONEYMOON: Bali PHOTOGRAPHY: Sterling Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Mademoiselle’s Place / Cake Fine Pastry / Elegant Chairs & More Inkredible Dance Floors / Laced Vinyl Shoppe / Limitless Lights And Sound / Imperial Photo Booth

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

sweet tea and lemonade HER FAVORITE SWEET:

cheesecake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

traveling and ballet class

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his honesty and loyalty

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

apple juice

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

apple pie

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

traveling and relaxing

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her loyalty

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NO. 1 : WHERE CAN WE GO TO GET OUR MARRIAGE LICENSE IN HOUSTON? You can apply for a marriage license at any County Clerk’s office in the state of Texas. The Harris County Clerk’s office main branch is located in Houston in the Harris County Civil Courthouse at 201 Caroline, Suite 460. The office phone number is 713.755.6411. You must appear together in person at the County Clerk’s office when you apply for a marriage license. Your marriage license will be valid in any county in the state of Texas.

NO. 4 : HOW MUCH WILL WE NEED TO PAY TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE AND WHAT IS THE WAITING PERIOD? The fee is $72.00 for a marriage license. There is a waiting period of 72 hours before you can be married. Your marriage license will only be valid after this waiting period has passed. You can contact the Harris County Clerk’s office for information on how to apply to have this waiting period waived. If either of you is active military or currently works for the United States Department of Defense, the waiting period will be waived automatically.

NO. 2 : WHAT REQUIREMENTS DO WE NEED TO MEET AND WHAT FORMS OF ID ARE NEEDED TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE? Both of you need to be at least 18 years old and unmarried when you apply for your marriage license. You will need to present a valid form of identification at the County Clerk’s office and provide your social security numbers. Driver’s licenses, passports and other government-issued documents are acceptable forms of identification at the Harris County Clerk’s office.

NO. 3 : IS THERE A WAITING PERIOD BEFORE WE CAN GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE IF ONE OF US HAS BEEN DIVORCED RECENTLY? If one of you has ended a previous marriage in divorce, the divorce must be final for at least 30 days before you can apply for a marriage license. You can apply to waive this waiting period by calling the Harris County Clerk’s office or visiting the office in person.

NO. 5 : HOW LONG DO WE HAVE TO USE OUR HOUSTON MARRIAGE LICENSE BEFORE IT EXPIRES? You will have 90 days to use your marriage license after it is issued by the Harris County Clerk’s office. After 90 days, your marriage license will expire.

NO. 6 : WHO CAN WE ASK TO PERFORM OUR WEDDING CEREMONY? You can ask anyone who is authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Texas. Rabbis, ministers, priests and judges are authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of Texas, among others.

NO. 7 : WHERE CAN WE GO TO GET OUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE IN HOUSTON? You will be able to order your marriage certificate through the Harris County Clerk’s office. For more information, you can call the Harris County Clerk’s office or visit the office in person.

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ROMANTIC SURPRISE OR ROMANTIC INVESTMENT? Decide how you’ll decide on your ring. The element of surprise is part of most proposal fantasies. But so is the element of loving your ring. Before you set out on the path to engagement, talk with your future spouse about how involved you want to be in the engagementring-selection process. It’s perfectly acceptable, and, in fact, advisable, to participate in choosing the ring you’ll wear forever as a symbol of your enduring commitment. If choosing the exact ring you want is important to you, go with your partner to the jeweler, look at diamonds together, and try on rings that captivate you. If you truly want your partner to choose your ring himself, or herself, make sure he or she knows exactly what style you want, by sharing photos of rings you like, or having a close friend or family member convey this information and/or accompany your spouse-to-be to the jeweler, at least during the initial visit.

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person, not online. Jewelry-designer and jewelryretailer websites, and online ring photos, are invaluable resources for researching ring styles and getting ideas. But once it’s time to actually shop for a ring, it’s time for a visit to a brick-and-mortar jewelry store. Fortunately, Houston is home to family-owned Zadok Jewelers, which specializes in engagement and wedding jewelry, and has a GIA-certified gemologist on site to assist with diamond selection and custom design options.

3 STONES FIRST, SETTINGS SECOND Buy a loose diamond, then choose your setting. Purchasing a pre-set diamond engagement ring might seem like the most convenient, and least expensive, route to go when buying a ring. But that’s P H O T O : S Y LV I E G I L A R M A N I J A C K E T: N E I M A N M A R C U S H O U S T O N F E N D I PA N T S : S A K S F I F T H AV E N U E HOUSTON GALLERIA HEADPIECE, VEIL & CHOKER: JOAN PILLOW BRIDAL SALON EARRINGS: ZADOK JEWELERS SET & STYLING: TODD EVENTS WA R D R O B E S T Y L I S T: S U M M A R S A L A H M A K E U P : V I C T O R I A C A L L AWAY HAIR: DENNIS CLENDENNEN

really not the case. By purchasing a loose diamond, you’ll be able to inspect the diamond fully, with a focus on the qualities that are most important to you (see tip #4), and it will be easier to stick to your ring budget, since you won’t have to raise your budget, or settle for less, as you might with a pre-set ring. You’ll also have the most flexibility with design, since you can create any kind of ring you want around your center stone.

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gate the 4 C’s with ease. With a loose diamond, you can work with your qualified gemologist (there should be one on staff at your jeweler of choice) to assess the four essential diamond features—carat, color, clarity and cut—and decide which are most important to you. Carat refers to the diamond’s weight, while color and clarity refer to its hue, and any flaws or blemishes (most of which are microscopic in size) in the stone. Cut—not just the cut style (i.e. princess, cushion, square, etc.), but how the diamond is manipulated and shaped by a skilled gem expert—is arguably the most important feature of your diamond, because it, above all others, will determine the brilliance, or “fire,” your finished engagement stone will have..

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Pick a ring

style you’ll be able to wear always. First and foremost, your engagement ring needs to fit you flawlessly. To ensure that it does, schedule fittings for when you are well rested (but not first thing in the morning, when you’re most likely to retain water) and when your body is at a comfortable temperature—not too hot, not too cold. Also, while you may want to go for the biggest, most spectacular diamond you can afford—this is your engagement ring, after all—an excessively expensive ring may end up being a source of anxiety rather than admiration. Will you constantly worry about losing it? Will you perpetually be afraid of having it stolen? Will you be frantically inspecting it throughout the day to ensure all the stones are in place? This should be one of the happiest occasions of your life, so choose a ring that won’t compromise that joy with the burden of worry. If you’re active— an avid swimmer or intrepid rock-climber, or even an aficionado of twice-weekly hot yoga—make sure your ring fits snugly enough to move with you.

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center stone is an excellent way to both protect the value of your ring, and secure your peace of mind. And if you’re still inclined to fret over your ring, consider having a less-expensive copy made, with faux gems, to take with you when you travel—while your original remains ensconced in a locked safe, a bank safety-deposit box or private vault.

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MR.& MR S. //JENNIFER & DOUGLAS //

COUPLE: Jennifer McGinnis & Douglas Burt I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 180 I WEDDING COLORS: White, Gray & Blush VENUE: Ashton Gardens West I DRAPERY: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design I BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids LIGHTING & SOUND: LG Event Entertainment & Production I ENTERTAINMENT: Royal Dukes Band I HONEYMOON: St. Lucia PHOTOGRAPHY: The Cotton Collective CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Keely Thorne Events / Katie & Co. / Maxit Flower Design / Smash Cakery / Aztec Events & Tents / Who Made The Cake Sunkissed And Made Up / Mia Bridal Couture / Wolf Diamonds / Cakewalk Films

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

hot green tea

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

warm chocolate-chip cookie HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

spending time outdoors, a great workout class, and being surrounded by my hubby, family and friends WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his patience and his goofy sense of humor— he always wants to make me smile

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

moscow mule

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traveling and going on new adventures with my wife, or watching movies and relaxing WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

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We sure do love a good proposal-by-subterfuge story, and a good post-proposal-celebration story, and Douglas and Jennifer’s is a bit of both. “Douglas tricked me into thinking we were meeting a friend to have lunch, and ended up proposing under the restaurant’s gazebo while our family and friends were secretly watching from a private room upstairs,” Jennifer recounts. “After the proposal, we had lunch all together!” The couple chose Ashton Gardens West for their wedding celebration, where lush florals in shades of deep green and white got a romantic touch from pretty pops of blush. “Our specialty drinks, cocktail napkins and menu design added the perfect touch,” Jennifer says. “The stress of planning and making sure everything was right was worth it. The night was so much fun, we wish we could do it all over again!”

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DON'T DROP IN Shopping for wedding attire is different from

shopping for regular clothes in one critical way: Most salons advise, if not require, a pre-set appointment with an in-store consultant to help you choose and try on your selections. There are a few reasons for this: One, the sheer number of gowns and attire at any given salon can be overwhelming; a consultant will take into account your budget, wedding theme and style preferences, and help you narrow down your choices to a manageable number. Two, wedding gowns are way more complicated, in many cases, than just plain fancy dresses; your dedicated gown consultant will help you work those laces, pearl buttons and illusionnetting bits (and snap on those industrial-chic spring clamps that get the dress to fit just so, prior to alterations). And three, salon consultants aren’t just salespeople, they’re experienced stylists; your consultant will help you choose appropriate accessories (belt, veil or headpiece, jewelry, footwear) to help show you how your gown might actually look when you’re big-day-done-up.

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DON'T JUMP THE GUN Starting your gown-shopping

adventure too early is just as risky as starting too late (see item 3). Since other elements of your wedding will determine the best gown not just for your figure and style, but for the grand occasion itself, it’s wise to have things like your wedding season, venue and general theme or “vibe” nailed down before you delve into dress shopping. Designer suits pose a problem as well: You and/or your 186 / W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M

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spouse-to-be may be in love with something one season, only to have it become unavailable

S H O P P I N G F O R A S I G NAT U R E L O O K ? 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!

when it comes time to buy. Another risk: Shopping for a gown more than a year in advance of your wedding (or before you’re even officially engaged!) can lead to bad dress decisions. Lots can change in the 12 months before your wedding, including your wedding design scheme, your figure and the latest collections available at local salons.

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PAD YOUR TIMELINE Leave time for ordering, receiving and altera-

tions. About nine to 10 months prior to your wedding is the general rule of thumb for when to begin your gown shopping. And that “begin” is an important distinction—after all, finding the right wedding dress can take time. So can ordering your dress, waiting for your dress to be made and delivered to your salon, having your dress altered to fit your body perfectly, and selecting the accessories, footwear and jewelry with which you’ll build your complete bridal ensemble. Remember, that gorgeous soufflé of tulle and lace you’re slinking around the salon in is a sample— your actual gown will be made to order by the design house. About eight to nine months out from your wedding day, expect to put a deposit down on your gown—you’ll pay the remainder once it’s delivered to your salon, about three to four months before your wedding. In the last couple of months prior to the big day, you’ll do your fittings, make minor alterations, add accessories, and pull the whole fabulous outfit together.

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NIX THE CROWD This is a toughie, but trust us: While it’s tempting to bring your mom, his mom, your aunts, your sisters, his cousins, your brothers, your bridesmaids and all your assorted

besties along to weigh in on your dress choices, one or two trusted escorts is a much better idea. Bringing lots and lots of folks to your appointment has an odd tendency to lead toward conflicts in taste, or, on the flip side, a “mob rules” mentality. At the very least, having too many opinion-givers can slow things down, and limit the number of pieces you’re actually able to try on during your appointment (typical bridal salon appointments are one to one-and-a-half hours long, max). We recommend bringing your mom, a select member of your wedding party or family, and maybe your wedding planner (who offers the advantage of a more objective opinion). More than three “guests” at your appointment is probably too many.

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ARRIVE PREPARED Getting ready for your salon appointment involves several steps. First, do

your research; while you don’t want to arrive armed with a massive binder of designer collections and must-try “looks,” it does help to have at least an idea about silhou-

ettes, cuts, styles and designers you admire. Don’t show up to your salon appointment in sweats and a greasy bedhead. You’re trying on the outfit (or two!) you’ll wear on the most important occasion of your life—start from a place of pretty. While you may not opt for professional makeup and hair, you’ll want to look put-together and well groomed at the very least. Wear shoes of roughly the height you’re planning to wear on your wedding day, and wear or bring a strapless bra and shapewear (though most salons have these available to try under your gown). Oh, and don’t forget to fuel up. Gown shopping can be emotionally and physically demanding. Don’t starve yourself before hitting the salon. Instead, have a good, solid, protein-packed meal or smoothie an hour or two before, and consider bringing a snack such as nuts, dried fruit or an energy bar, in case your energy flags.

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nothing in common. You may be a size 2 in your normal, daily life, only to discover that the wedding gown of your dreams fits you best in size 6. It’s OK, really. First off,

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nobody but you, the salon consultant and the designer will ever really know what size your dress is. Second, what good is there in buying a size 2 gown if it squeezes you in all the wrong places and cuts off your circulation, causing you to faint dead away at the altar and miss doing the cha cha slide at the reception with your sorority sisters? The best wedding day attire are the clothes that fit you best. Which doesn’t just mean hugging your voluptuous curves, or showing off your strong back and shoulders, or making your tall frame look willowy instead of gangly. It means making you feel that feeling, all the feelings, when you look in the mirror. It makes you exalt in the anticipation of that moment when your betrothed first lays eyes upon you on that magical day. And it’s out there, waiting for you to fall in love with it.

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Soft, feminine, elegantly “ undone.”

GLAM GIRL Boho Glam blends effortless style with passionate attention to every exquisite detail.

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MR.& MR S. //ALLISON & ERIC //

COUPLE: Allison Smith & Eric Aubel I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 175 I WEDDING COLORS: Neutrals & Pink VENUE: Hotel Galvez & Spa I REGISTRY: Beringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I WEDDING DRESS: Houston Bridal Gallery HONEYMOON: St. Thomas & Scrub Island

PHOTOGRAPHY: Akil Bennett Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Keely Thorne Events / Events In Bloom / Who Made The Cake / Katie & Co. Henri Daussi / Compozitionz / Monkey Booth Pics / 31 Films

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chardonnay

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

cheesecake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

with my husband and our chocolate lab, woodford WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his nurturing personality—he always knows how to calm me and make me feel safe

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

woodford reserve

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

bread pudding

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

going to a sporting event or watching college football

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she’s the most caring person i know

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A boyfriend who plans a surprise proposal, a surprise dinner celebration with family and a surprise engagement party with all of your best friends, all in one night? Yeah, that’s husband material all right. Allison agrees, and on a beautiful blue-sky day in April, she said her vows to proposal-planner extraordinaire Eric at Galveston’s Hotel Galvez & Spa. From the lush pink floral arrangements, to the Champagne-glass escort-card display, to the late-night Whataburger feast, “The best part of the day was…the WHOLE day,” Allison says. “Being surrounded by our closest family and friends is something I will never forget, and am so grateful for. My mom passed away in December, and I am so glad that she got to be a part of my wedding and share so many special moments with me,” she adds. “I will always cherish April 8, 2017, as the happiest day of my life.”

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margarita

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HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

traveling

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he constantly makes me laugh, supports me, and loves me unconditionallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the two of us fit together perfectly, like two puzzle pieces

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

whiskey neat

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate cake

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She played goalie for the women’s soccer team, and his best friend was the team manager, when Paula and David met at the University of Missouri. And while they knew, early on, that they were meant for each other, forever, David’s secretly planned proposal still came as a surprise to Paula, on a weekend trip to Galveston. That’s when he serenaded her, while presenting her with an album he’d made containing dozens of mementos of their time together. A little more than one year later, the couple joined 135 friends and family members for an Austin lake-club wedding, with an al-fresco reception filled with lowkey elegance. The party perfectly captured Paula’s vision of “Champagne, doughnuts, whiskey, biscuits, roses, tropical blooms and fabulous attire,” where “everything was thoughtfully planned from start to finish,” but “nothing felt too rushed or structured.”

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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 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 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 groom-approved, flawlessly.

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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 allday 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,

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untested products that looked nice in the package, or seemed “hot” from user reviews).

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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. Look for a stylist who has a portfolio of bride images, talk to former clients to find out about their experience, and

well…how they look. Whether your artist uses name-

ask if the freshly styled ’do you glimpsed in that album held

brand products, signature products they have developed

up for the duration of her wedding day…and night. If you’re

and created themselves, or a combination of both—as is

eager to convert your ceremony hairstyle into an entirely

the case with many top Houston makeup pros—you will

different style for the dinner and dancing that follows, let

benefit from their product knowledge (and save a lot of

your stylist know—don’t assume that you can just pull out a

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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 manipedis 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 also show your best friends and closest female family members how much you appreciate their love and devotion, by giving

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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 prep work— your candid “getting ready” photos will be among the images you’ll cherish most from your wedding day.

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to feel confident about your wedding look than by having a chance to look at it—and make adjustments 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 prewedding 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 original look you may have envisioned for yourself. But better to have those mishaps before the big day, and have time to get the look you want. That investment, and that chance to tweak the details of your styling, will give you more peace of mind, and more gorgeousness to look forward to... which is worth every penny! W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M / 229


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COUPLE: Maggi Massad & Matt Paradeis I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 225 I WEDDING COLORS: Coral, Mint, White & Metallics PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam Nyholt, Photographer I JEWELRY: Zadok Jewelers I CATERER: Café Natalie Catering BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids I LIGHTING: Bright Star Productions I HONEYMOON: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Bali CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Hobby Center / Belle Of The Ball / Johanna Terry Events / Who Made The Cake / Brickhouse Bridal / Linda’s Couture / Hey Lovely Makeup / Hoffman Diamond Co. / Katie & Co. Divisi Strings / Empire 6 Band / Smilebooth / Cakewalk Films

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

ginger ale or ginger beer HER FAVORITE SWEET:

macarons or crème brûlée HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

planning or doing projects on our house, then going out to a great restaurant for dinner WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he is incredibly supportive and proud of me and my accomplishments—he’s always bragging about my artistic abilities to friends or showing them something i designed

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

coffee or beer

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

a good run in the morning, then hanging out with friends at a patio bar for brunch WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she’s the kindest, most generous person i have ever met, and i’m grateful every day for her continuous love and support

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Introduced by a mutual friend at an event for young professionals, Maggi says she and Matt “clicked instantly and bonded over a mutual love of baseball—and the common ground of having people mispronounce our last names constantly.” One Saturday, 27 months later, Maggi woke from a nap in the 1920’s bungalow they shared, to find 27 cards placed around the house, each explaining a different reason why Matt wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. “It was perfect,” Maggi says of the heartfelt proposal. Following a rehearsal dinner at the Houston Food Bank, the couple went with a “simple, clean, modern look,” with a palette of white, coral and mint, accented by metallic highlights, for their downtown Houston wedding. The bride’s favorite moment? “Eating dinner, just the two of us in a private room before going out to the reception—it was really special, and gave us the opportunity to just enjoy the moment…and the food!”

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SEE, FEEL, PLAY ”Dancing is a great way to spark physical excitement and stimulation by

introducing new experiences in the relationship,” Joubert says. When couples are on the dance floor at Love Dance Houston, they “embrace each other as they move in sync.” Beyond the close contact of their bodies, “Eye contact is encouraged; we coach how to play and have fun on the dance floor.”

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dancing, especially with a partner. To put couples at

each other while embracing to music,” she advises.

ease, and create a sense of fun and discovery, Love

“We coach how to hold and how to invite, we teach

Dance Houston offers both personalized instruction and

language that edifies your mate, and we remind you

parties. “Most couples start their date-night journey with

which negative cues are not allowed.” With these skills

us once or twice a week with their coach, and attend our

in place, you can take your dancing shoes just about

group classes and parties to help the rhythm and

anywhere. “One of our couples danced on a rooftop in

patterns to progress faster. We offer a fun environment,

Paris to romantic music playing below. Other couples

to make it feel less like work and more like socializing.”

of ours have taken cruises with great music and

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the dance floor at charity events, galas and parties.”

about dance, and the romance inspired by dance,

Plus, she adds, referencing the words of renowned

is that it’s transferable to all kinds of situations outside

relationship expert Esther Perel, “It takes two minutes a

the studio. “Dance is great for married couples as they

day of intimacy to change the energy in a relationship

rediscover each other’s sensual side again, and can

and protect against resentment.” Joubert notes: “That’s

connect in a new way,” Joubert says. So, once you’ve

about the length of an average song you can twirl to in

got a few moves down, “Get off that comfy chair at

the kitchen each morning before you leave each other

home, get dressed up for each other and smile at

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MR.& MR S. //MARIA & MOHAMMED //

COUPLE: Maria Martinez & Mohammed Chowdhury I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150 I WEDDING COLORS: Red, Orange, Pink, Green, Blush & Gold VENUE: Las Velas I CATERER: Cordúa Catering I DJ, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING: LG Event Entertainment & Production I HONEYMOON: Mexico

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

mexican coke

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

gajar ka halwa (indian carrot pudding) HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

backyard bbq with family

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he is a strong, genuine man with a big heart

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

michelada

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

caramel flan

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

at the beach house with family, watching the sunset

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

the unconditional love she has for me

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Though Maria wasn’t interested in Mohammed at first when she met him at a mutual friend’s birthday, the charismatic entrepreneur’s fluent Spanish soon won her over. “I wanted someone who spoke Spanish, to be able to communicate with my parents,” Maria says. “The more we talked, the more we realized how much we had in common.” What they did not have in common was background—he is of Bangladeshi heritage, she is of Mexican descent. So, what more perfect way to bring their backgrounds together, than with a great, big Bangladeshi-Mexican-Texan wedding,

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dancers, a confetti cannon explosion, and, naturally, a real-live camel and monkeys? The spectacular celebration, at versatile Houston venue Las Velas, was, the bride says, “such a memorable night for all of us.”

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couples, flowers are the single biggest

decor element—and, for many, the single biggest budget line-item—in their wedding design scheme. But beyond the beauty of nature’s floral bounty, flowers can also add sentimental symbolism and profound meaning to your wedding. Did your beloved bring you stargazer lilies when he came to pick you up for your first date? Include these dazzling and divine-smelling flowers in your ceremony floral. Did he propose in a rose garden at peak blooming season? Bring roses in colors you recall from that moment into your bridal bouquet. Did your late grandmother (or his) tend a garden filled with ranunculus, or dahlias, or playful Gerbera daisies? Honor her memory with centerpieces that include the flower or flowers she loved so well. Another way to pay homage to departed loved ones on the occasion of your wedding: Place a single rose or small bouquet, perhaps of their favorite flowers, on a seat at your ceremony, as a physical reminder of the person you are missing.

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COLOR CODE Your wedding palette is perhaps the most personal of all

design features, since it truly expresses who you are, what you like, where you’ve been, and the feeling you wish your guests to experience at your wedding. If you are most at home in nature, bring the feeling of the outdoors into your wedding, with earthy neutrals, soothing greens, celestial blues and gentle grays, along with crystalclear ghost chairs, soft altar swagging and rough-hewn farm tables. Captivated by

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island vibes or bright, bold, beachy tones? Create a palette filled with vibrant shades of orange, deep pinks and dazzling yellows, mellowed out by coral, shell-pink and frothy green. For the traditional bride with a Patrician, preppy streak, the mix of navy and white with accents of gold—perhaps amped up by bold stripes or bow accents brought in with table linens, runners or chair ties—is a scheme that’s both super fresh and utterly classic. Of course, if romance and ethereal elegance have always been what you’ve envisioned for your big day, a timeless palette of white, ivory and blush—accented by the shimmer of mercury-glass votive holders, mirrored tabletops or rose-gold chargers and flatware—is a dreamy and delicate choice.

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Branding your

wedding with a custom monogram—or for

social junkies, a custom hashtag—is a superfun way to put your personal mark on your big day. Have your invitation designer create a cool logo out of your initials or shared last name, then work your way forward from your initial save-the-dates and invitations by including your custom logo on your dance floor, ceremony backdrop, aisle runner, wall gobos, table numbers, menu cards and/or favor packaging. By doing this, you’ll have a coherent and consistent feature that draws together all of the elements of your wedding design, before, during and even after your wedding (on thankyou notes, for example).

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street names where you’ve lived; or shells, airplanes or sailboats to signify favorite vacations or travel). For a reception bar with personality, work with your caterer to concoct a signature cocktail or two with corresponding signage that allows guests to sip and savor your favorite spirits; signature drinks can also echo your color palette (a “Blushing Bride” cocktail, for example, that features fine bubbly in a feminine shade of pink). Small floral arrangements on your reception bars, lounge tables, even restroom countertops, can further carry through your color palette and design scheme, while hand-painted or calligraphy signs will both PHOTO: GENEVIEVE DE MANIO PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT STYLING: TODD EVENTS

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MR.& M RS. / / NATA L I E & S H AW N / /

COUPLE: Natalie Sorrell & Shawn Pheifer I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 75 I WEDDING COLORS: Gray, White & Greenery VENUE: Eagle Dancer Ranch I FLOWERS: Blooms Design Studio

PHOTOGRAPHY: Snap Chic Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Ruth Stone Catering / Cru Vintage Rentals / Celebrations Bridal / Photo Buzz Studio / Sound Situations

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

lemonade

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

doing live event painting at weddings

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his courageousness

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

lemonade

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

apple pie

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

hunting

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her nurturing nature

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After meeting on Facebook, “We chatted for about two months before we had our first in-person date,” Natalie says. But oh, what a date it was: “Shawn took me out for pizza and go-kart riding for my birthday. From that moment on we were inseparable!” And the proposal? One for the record books: “We were traveling through France and Switzerland, making our way to Italy. We spent the most romantic night together on the train, and the next morning, while we were going through the Swiss Alps, he proposed to me during breakfast in our private train cabin. He even designed my wedding ring with two bridges from our trip—one side has the Tower Bridge from London, the other side has the Rialto Bridge from Venice.” Highlights of their wedding celebration, at lovely Eagle Dancer Ranch, included a ceremony arbor hand-painted by the bride, an artist, and taxidermies of animals harvested by the groom, an avid hunter. Our favorite personal touch: the bride’s Stella York wedding dress, which Natalie hand-beaded herself with over 10,000 beads, Swarovski crystals and glass pearls.

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MR.& M RS. //AUBREY & CHASE //

COUPLE: Aubrey Spigener & Chase Hoffman I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150 I WEDDING COLORS: Mint, Teal & Blush PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: Dream Photo & Video I HONEYMOON: St. Lucia

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Silver Sycamore / Flower Cottage Of Deer Park / House Of Hough / Next Event Services / Whittington Bridal / Jane’s Bridal & Formal / Thomason’s Fine Jewelry

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

mojito

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

cupcakes

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

outside by the water or doing something active WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his uncanny way of making me laugh or calm down when i am stressed

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

craft beer

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

ice cream

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

being active outside or working out

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

coming home to her—she always takes care of me, especially when i’ve had a rough day

It was decidedly not a “love at first sight” story for Aubrey and Chase. When the bride met her future groom on the first day of training at her parents’ new coffee shop—he’d been hired as staff—she thought, “Wow, I definitely don’t like this guy. He’s rude.” But, she admits, “Little did I know, he’s just quiet and shy.” In a matter of months, the two had become friends, which is when Chase decided to ask Aubrey’s dad for permission to take her out on a date. However, it wasn’t until a year later that the two truly fell in love. Their fall wedding, with its indoor ceremony and outdoor reception, mixed elements of Southern luxury with rustic Western charm, and featured a combination of long banquet tables lined with arrangements of blush-hued and white blooms, and round tables set with delicate blush-and-white centerpieces. “The wedding was so beautiful,” Aubrey recounts. “Having exactly what I had pictured in my mind come together, and having all of my favorite people in one place watching me marry the man of my dreams, was so amazing.”

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MR.& MR S. / / C A N D I C E & M AT T H E W / /

COUPLE: Candice Griffith & Matthew Evans I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150 I WEDDING COLORS: Cream, Burgundy & Gold VENUE: Chateau Cocomar I BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Houston Bridal Gallery I ENTERTAINMENT: Royal Dukes Band REHEARSAL DINNER: Petroleum Club Of Houston I HONEYMOON: Bora Bora PHOTOGRAPHY: M. Wang Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: The Bloom Room / New Seasons Catering / Dolce Designs Brickhouse Bridal / Shaftel Diamonds / Cakewalk Films

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

la griglia’s berry mojito HER FAVORITE SWEET:

brownies

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

quality time at our ranch in the country

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he’s the kindest person i know

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

dirty martini with blue-cheese olives HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate-covered-cherry dairy queen blizzard HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

at texas world speedway

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she’s adventurous and loves to travel

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With his “bowtie and preppy look,” Matthew “had me at ‘Hello,’” at the engagement party where the two first met, Candice says. She recounts in detail his surprise August proposal, at sunset near the sand dunes at her parents’ beach house: “I was so taken off guard by the proposal (he had told me in June it wouldn't be for at least a year because he had to save for a ring), that I was wearing the most ridiculous outfit: camo hat, romper, sandals, no makeup, and, worst of all, NO nail polish!” For the couple’s “extremely classic and traditional” Chateau Cocomar wedding, Candice was fully polished, and beautifully styled in a lace Alvina Valenta gown and Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps. Noting that, “The venue is absolutely gorgeous,” Candice adds, “There were tons of flowers and decor everywhere you looked, the cakes were absolutely beautiful, the band was amazing, and everybody danced from the first song until the venue closed us down.”

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COUPLE: Rachel Wylie & Jonathan Schrock I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200 I WEDDING COLORS: Ivory, Gold & Champagne PHOTOGRAPHY: Taylor Golden Photography I CATERER: Cordúa Catering I CAKE: Cakes By Gina LIGHTING: Bright Star Productions I HONEYMOON: Dominican Republic

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

coke zero

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching texas longhorns football

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he provides me with unconditional love and support, and he has a positive outlook on everything

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

wine

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

cannoli

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching texas longhorns football

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

how caring and sincere she is—knowing we can talk about anything anytime strengthens our relationship

A sweet Match.com success story, Rachel and Jonathan communicated by phone for a few weeks before taking the plunge on an in-person date in The Heights. From there, it wasn’t long until the pair was on their way to “I do.” Their 200-guest wedding centered on food and, of course, wine— Jonathan is the operations manager for his family’s business, Plantersville’s Bernhardt Winery. Surrounded by views of downtown Houston, the couple and their guests dined on caprese salad, steak and Brussels sprouts, followed by a fivetier cake from Cakes By Gina, and cannolis (the groom’s fave). When asked to choose a favorite moment, bride Rachel chose: “the whole night itself...finally seeing our vision come to life and celebrating our marriage with our friends and family!” W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M / 275


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BOUQUET: DREAM BOUQUET PHOTO: AMA BY AISHA

BOUQUET: RIVER OAKS PLANT HOUSE

BOUQUET: RAOFACTOR

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FUN DON’T JUST NOURISH YOUR WEDDING GUESTS—DELIGHT THEIR SENSES, EXCITE THEIR TASTE BUDS, AND ENGAGE THEM IN A TRUE DINING EXPERIENCE, COMPLETE WITH INTRIGUING SIGHTS, SMELLS…AND MAYBE A HANDS-ON TASK OR TWO.

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1. TACO TIME Many of your guests likely have traveled a long

is de rigueur, you’ll also want to indulge your guests with

way to take part in your nuptial celebration. Whether they’ve

decadent Texas sweets. Our favorites? Mini tres leches

come from Dubai or Dallas, College Station or Karachi, Moscow

cakes, macarons, pecan pie and warm Tiff’s Treats cookies.

or Magnolia, classic Texas specialties feature something for everyone, and are among the best-loved menu items across the globe. And

everyone’s

3. HOME COOKING While they may be whipped up by your

favorite

expertly

trained

caterer

Texas treat? Why that’d be

rather than your Great Aunt

tacos, of course! Whether

Betty,

tray-passed

have a place at just about

during

cocktail

hour, or served at make-yourown stations stocked with fresh salsas, cilantro, guacamole

and

other

toppings,

these Mexico-by-way-of-Texas bites

are

wedding options

beloved

among

guests.

Yummy

include

fresh

fish,

shrimp, carnitas and grilled chicken, in crunchy shells or atop soft corn tortillas. Tying where modate

the that

knot can

someaccom-

food

trucks?

Hire a local food truck (Armandos taco truck is an excellent choice) and fete your guests with madeto-order

tacos

featuring

any

CHILDHOOD FAVORITES have a place at just about any wedding celebration where family gathers for fun.

authentic ingredients. 2. TEXAS TASTE Also wildly popular at Houston weddings

are dishes that deliver on that most distinctive of South Texas flavors: Tex Mex and Southern comfort foods.

childhood wedding

favorites

celebration

where family gathers for fun. Pay homage to bygone days with a macaroni-andcheese

station

featuring

macaroni pasta accompanied by a variety of cheeses and gourmet toppings, such as

bacon,

onion,

fried

caramelized chicken

and

crab. And don’t for a minute think mashed-potato stations are a thing of the past. While the warm, hearty deliciousness of mashed potatoes may take you back to holiday feasts or family suppers you enjoyed as a child, today’s stations are likely to feature heirloom potato varieties, and sweet potatoes, along with artisanal cheeses, homemade

gravy,

fresh-

chopped scallions, and locally sourced nuts. Perfect for small plates or tray passing are miniature grilled-

Pique your guests’ culinary interest with a pre-dinner mini-plates

cheese sandwiches (though instead of Kraft singles, have them

spread that includes miniature enchiladas, grilled shrimp bites,

done with Gruyére, manchego or gouda, along with pesto or

ceviche shooters, tortilla-soup shooters and, perhaps, small serv-

garlic aioli), served with homemade tomato-soup shooters. Yum!

ings of a light and colorful grilled-corn-and-pepper salad topped with crunchy pepitas.

Sliders make excellent late-night, booze-soaking treats. Go for bison or classic ground chuck, on diminutive home-

For heartier dinner fare, pay homage to Houston’s Southern

made buns, or get your Texas on, big time, with fried chicken

traditions, with shrimp-and-cheese grits, traditional barbecue, corn-

sliders served on crunchy mini waffles. Of course, if you’re

and-crawfish fritters, chicken-fried steak, or plated presentations of

serving burgers, you should include fries—which you can

wild game choices such as venison, bison, quail or elk.

elevate from fast food to fine food with truffle salt and aged

And don’t forget dessert! While a traditional wedding cake

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1. TACO TIME Many of your guests likely have traveled a long way to take part in your nuptial celebration. Whether they’ve come from Dubai or Dallas, College Station or Karachi, Moscow or Magnolia, classic Texas specialties feature something for everyone, and are among the bestloved menu items across the globe. And everyone’s favorite Texas treat? Why that’d be tacos, of course! Whether tray-passed during cocktail hour, or served at make-your-own stations stocked with fresh salsas, cilantro, guacamole and other toppings, these Mexico-by-way-of-Texas bites are beloved among wedding guests. Yummy options include fresh fish, shrimp, carnitas and grilled chicken, in crunchy shells or atop soft corn tortillas. For a late-night surprise your danceweary guests will devour, unveil a breakfasttaco station, where guests can fill warm corn or flour tortillas with their choice of scrambled eggs, potatoes, chorizo, cheese and fresh pico de gallo or tangy tomatillo salsa.


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4. HIP SIPS Whether it’s high-quality steaks, traditional barbecue or regional favorites from around the state, taking those dishes and putting a contemporary spin on them is what raises the bar for wedding fare. And don’t forget the libations. Every wedding needs a specialty cocktail, especially if the beverage selection is limited to beer and wine. Adding one good, icy vodka cocktail is a great idea, even with more modest budgets. Bourbons,

rums,

vodkas

and

gins,

blended whiskeys, and tequilas, are being brewed all over the state of Texas. Mixing in these spirits to your full bar adds the perfect finishing touch to a locally inspired menu. With no less than 260 craft breweries currently turning out superb suds in the Lone Star State, you’ll want to have at least a few locally brewed beers on hand, whether at the bar, in ice-filled repurposed barrels complete with rustic signage, or served from floral-entwined baskets by miniature donkeys at your Hill Country bash. For avid Scotch and bourbon connoisseurs, there’s much fun to be had by bringing in experts to host tasting stations for guests. The experience is not just interesting, it is also educational, as the expert can talk to guests about how the spirits are made and what makes them so darn special! And nothing puts your personal mark on your celebration of a lifetime like his-andhers signature cocktails. When working with your caterer or beverage service to craft your ultimate wedding cocktail, think color, favorite spirit and booze concentration (do you want your signature to be light and effervescent, or are you more of a straight-up sipper?). Choose your preferred glass style and garnishes, sign off on your signage (printed on cocktail napkins, or on small framed signs for trays or bar), and you and your guests will be sippin’ pretty at your wedding celebration!

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C O R D Ú A C AT E R I N G 1. Tilapia-and-shrimp ceviche with jalapeño, red onion and cilantro 2. Jumbo-lump-crab salad with roma tomato and jalapeño vinaigrette 3. Fried-oyster-and-beef-tenderloin crostini with truffle-horseradish cream

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C A F É N ATA L I E C AT E R I N G 1. Mediterranean family-style spread, including hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and marinated feta with sun-dried tomatoes 2. Inside-out fried deviled egg 3. Tuna on potato latke with crème fraîche 4. Garlic-and-chili-butter oysters

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MEET

SUSIE

EDWARDS,

OWNER

OF

S U S I E S CAKE S // & CONFECTIONS // Originally from Buenos Aires—“the Paris of South

which, for me, with my South American and European

America”—and a lover of art and culture, with years of

background, is especially satisfying. Embracing changing

European culinary-arts and cake design training, Susie

styles and trends in weddings, and adding new enticing

brings an international sensibility to her design and baking

flavors and fillings to meet the needs of couples who are well-

expertise. Her cake boutique,

travelled and have a passion

Susie’s Cakes & Confections,

for unusual combinations, are

has been a Houston institution

my specialties, and my greatest

for more than three decades,

pleasure.”

winning fans who appreciate romantic, elegant cakes with

DIVERSE & DELICIOUS

sublime flavor.

specialize in delicious fondant

“We

and buttercream cakes, as well THE BEST INGREDIENTS “Susie’s

as sculpted and hand-painted

Cakes & Confections is a true

cakes. We’ve created many

boutique-style cake shop. Every

magnificent cakes for celebrities,

cake is custom created for each

and for the ‘who’s who’ of

couple, using only the freshest

Houston. The common element

and best ingredients. Each cake

for my wedding couples is that

is freshly baked and decorated

they all just want the very best.

meticulously. We strongly believe

And we give them that, from

a cake should be a beautiful work

traditional tiered masterpieces

of art, and taste incredible, too.”

to tailored modern cakes, from exquisite miniature cakes to

LASTING LEGACY “In recent

creative groom’s cakes. Our

years, I have started to create

commitment

wedding cakes for a second

quality, combined with our

generation—the daughters of

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my previous brides. This is, by

expertise

to in

exceptional baking

and

decorating techniques, ensures

far, the biggest compliment I

a delicous cake infused with

could receive from a client. I also have some clients who

rich flavors—which include favorites like butter-Kahlua,

actually take my cakes to their children’s weddings overseas,

mango, Mexican chocolate and Italian crème.”

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THE MASTERFUL MINIMALISM OF DE LA CREME CREATIVE STUDIO’S HEIDI HOLMON

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON: What inspired you to leave a graphic-design career for the world of wedding cakes? HEIDI HOLMON: I stumbled on cake decorating quite accidentally. Honestly, it was just another creative outlet for me. After 15 years working in the graphic-design industry, I moved quickly from self-taught, hobby baker to a professional level, mostly because I had fun, did a lot of experimenting, and found a style uniquely my own. As my work became recognized as a premium brand, my cake-making hobby flourished into a growing business. WIH: How does your arts background influence your cake design? HH: I rely heavily on my artistic background when

She may be a minimalist by nature, but that doesn’t mean St. Louis-based graphic-artist-turned baker Heidi Holmon isn’t a master of the major-statement wedding cake.

designing cakes, especially when it comes to composition, color theory, and introducing hand-painted elements into a cake. My minimalistic nature influences most of my color theory, and I am a huge fan

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of using a limited color palette. A lot of my cakes use a maximum of three colors. Less is always more when it comes to color—it helps the structure and details come to life. WIH: What’s the most difficult part of creating one of your signature designs? HH: The planning and patience that go into preparing mathematically precise elements can be time consuming in the preparation stage, but pulling off a new design and making it appear effortless is well worth all the hard work. For example, both the height of the hexagonal cake and the angle of each leaf on our 3D Magnolia Leaf cake had to be carefully planned well in advance. Without patience, I couldn’t pull off half of the cakes that I create. WIH: What are the top trends you’re seeing in cake requests for 2018 and 2019 weddings? HH: This year, my couples are asking for big impact! Tall cakes that bring a serious “wow” factor appear to be back on top of the must-have list. It’s all about making a grand statement for my couples in the upcoming season, either through height or through customized uniqueness, and I’m more than happy to oblige. Not only do we create stunning works of art in cake form, but more often than not lately, we also consult with our clients on the cake-table linen, backdrop draping and spotlighting. Anything that adds to the overall appearance of decadence seems to definitely be on trend this season.

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UNIQUE C AKES Flowers, feathers or deco designs, our Houston bakers will create a custom cake just for you!

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MR.& MR S. //SAMANTHA & KYLE //

COUPLE: Samantha Lubel & Kyle Golding I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 230 I WEDDING COLORS: Ivory, Cream & White PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam Nyholt, Photographer I CAKE: Susie’s Cakes & Confections I JEWELRY: Zadok Jewelers I BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids VENUE: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa I FLOWERS, DECOR & RENTALS: Plants N’ Petals I REHEARSAL DINNER: The Dunlavy REGISTRY: Bering’s I HONEYMOON: Greece

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

chick-fil-a sweet tea

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

snow berry ice cream from the chocolate bar HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

brunch and netflix

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he is incredibly patient with me

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

jack and coke

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

beignets

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

going to the dog park

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she is caring

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After more than a decade together, Kyle’s proposal to Samantha still knocked her off her feet: “On July 29, at 1,120 miles away from Houston, and 5,280 feet up in the clouds, my best friend of 12 years got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!” as she tells it. Not only that, but, “He caught me completely off guard—again—by managing to fly in my entire family along with his parents to celebrate our engagement with us.” For the couple’s fall wedding, Plants N’ Petals created a “romantic garden” inside The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, where 230 guests dined, sipped and danced the night away. It’s also where Samantha had her own surprise for Kyle: “I arranged for our string quartet to play his favorite Taylor Swift song, ‘Enchanted,’ as I walked down the aisle. His reaction—smile and tears—was priceless!”

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TI M E LI NE SETTING THE TONE AND STYLE OF YOUR NUPTIALS STARTS WITH YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY— AFTER ALL, THESE PAPER PARCELS ARE THE FIRST WEDDING-RELATED ITEMS YOUR GUESTS WILL EVER SEE. FIND OUT WHAT STATIONERY ITEMS YOU’LL NEED, WHEN TO ORDER, AND WHEN TO SEND, WITH THIS SUPER-HANDY SCHEDULING GUIDE.

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PREPARE TO TEL L TH E W O R LD •Order engagement-party invitations

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MONTHS OUT

OR D E R YOU R INV IT ES •Order wedding invitations •Order rehearsal-dinner invitations •Order stationery with your couple’s monogram

•Make sure you have everyone’s address

TOP TIP: Doing an engagement shoot? Use a fave photo from

TOP TIP: The rehearsal-dinner invitation should always be sent

it for your save-the-date, especially if it shows you and your boo

separately from your wedding invitation; never include it in the

participating in an activity you love to do together, or snuggled up

wedding invitation.

together with your beloved fur baby.

A NNOUNC E YO U R BIG NE WS

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•Send engagement announcements •Send engagement-party invitation… and host a fabulous bash to celebrate your big news

MONTHS OUT

6

SE N D T H E M O U T •Send your wedding

WEEKS OUT

invitations •Order programs, menu cards and table cards

•Send save-the-dates

TOP TIP: While your wedding invitations are likely to be on the more

TOP TIP: When mailing invitations, take them inside the post office,

formal side, it’s perfectly OK to have fun with your engagement an-

and ask the person helping you to hand-cancel your stamps; this

nouncements—with a goofy couple-selfie (showing your ring, of course),

process uses a special ink stamp to mark your envelopes rather than

a pic of you holding an “I Said Yes” mug, or a heart formed with your

the usual machine-operated sorting system (which can leave thick lines

overlapping fingerprints…aww.

on the envelope, and may even damage it).

S TA RT S H O P P ING •Start shopping for wedding invitations •Order bridal-shower invitations (this one’s actually for your shower hostess, but you’ll need to provide the guest list)

6-8

MONTHS OUT

up to

3

MONTHS AFTER

SAY T H A N K YO U •Order personalized thank-you cards •Send heartfelt thank-you notes

•Send thank-you cards for bridal-shower gifts 2-3 weeks after shower

TOP TIP: While you or your shower host may be tempted to have

TOP TIP: If the gift you’re giving thanks for is from your

shower guests pre-address thank-you-card envelopes upon arrival,

registry, make sure to mention it and how much you love it in

for convenience, please don’t; proper etiquette and graciousness

your thank-you message; if it’s a monetary gift, don’t mention

trumps convenience, in this case, especially since we’re talking about

the specific amount, but do hint at how you’ll use it to bring joy

your closest friends and family.

to your newlywed life!

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MR.& MR. //NELSON & JAMES //

COUPLE: Nelson Royalty & James Phillips I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 145 I WEDDING COLORS: Navy & Brass VENUE: Hughes Manor I LINENS & TABLEWARE: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design; Swift + Company CATERER: Cordúa Catering I INVITATIONS & REGISTRY: Bering’s PHOTOGRAPHY: Pixel Studio Productions CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: En Vogue Events / Who Made The Cake / The Black Tux / DJU Productions

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NELSON’S FAVORITE SIP:

vodka martini

NELSON’S FAVORITE SWEET:

italian cream cake

NELSON’S FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

cooking all day while sipping rosé champagne WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT JAMES:

he loves beautiful things and is always making our life better

JAMES’S FAVORITE SIP:

manhattan

JAMES’S FAVORITE SWEET:

carrot cake

JAMES’S FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

at our family’s home on lake travis

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT NELSON:

he knows everything about me and loves me anyway

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“James’s two favorite things are Lake Travis and the Fourth of July,” Nelson explains, “which made for the perfect theme and spot to pop the question.” He says that everyone except James was in on the surprise, “including our dog Izzy, who was instructed to follow the jars of fireflies down to the dock,” where Nelson waited to ask his beloved James to marry him. Their beautiful November wedding at Hughes Manor was “modern and elegant, but also comfortable,” Nelson notes, pointing out the chic gray and navy linens, mercury-glass votives and arching bundles of slender calla lilies that filled the celebration space. The best part? “Before being walked down the aisle by our parents, we decided to be blindfolded and led to adjacent areas behind where our guests were seated. Our moms removed our blindfolds, giving us the first look we wanted to experience. What we didn’t realize was that our guests would be able to see the entire thing!” Also: “Our bulldogs Izzy and Piper strutted down the aisle in pink tutus and stole the show the entire way!”

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RO OM A PA R T M E N T, T O W N H O U S E , C O N D O , C O T TA G E O R M A N S E — N O M A T T E R I T S S I Z E O R S C O P E , T H E P L A C E YOU’LL LIVE TOGETHER AS A MARRIED COUPLE IS, ABOVE ALL ELSE, A HOME. KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR YOUR WEDDING, BY SELECTING ITEMS YOU’LL LOVE, FOR ALL THE SPACES YOU’LL OCCUPY IN THE HOME YOU SHARE. YOU CAN START WITH THESE TOP ESSENTIALS FOR EACH HAPPY PLACE!

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//KITCHEN//

The most intimate spaces in the newlywed

Bedroom

For many couples, this space is the focus of the

home often are the most overlooked on

High-quality sheet set

gift registry—and with good reason…actually

to-be-wed registries. Don’t stumble into this

Designer duvet cover

lots of reasons.

common registry pitfall! While you may

Down comforter

need to replace textile items more frequently

Luxury pillows

First off, the kitchen is where couples, and often

than, say, cast-iron cookware or fine bone

Decorative frames

their friends, family and guests, spend a whole

Matching end tables

bunch of time, especially in those first months

or ottoman

and years of entertaining as a married couple.

Wall art

Sure, there’s the dining room and living room,

china, you can still register for your bedroom and bathroom with an eye toward luxury and durability.

but when there’s a party, and there’s cooking

Instead of gadgets and trendy pieces,

Bathroom

going on, everyone tends to gather in the

focus your registry scanner on high-quality

Plush cotton towels

kitchen. So it’s nice to have a well-stocked,

bedroom and bathroom staples (with,

Fluffy bath mat

good-looking one.

perhaps, a techie treat just for fun!), and

Soap or lotion dispenser

make private time—each individually, or together—your favorite time of the day.

Scale

Plus, there are just so many kitchen items to

Bluetooth shower speaker

choose from, whether you’re a gourmet chef, an avid baker, or an “I-can-barely-boil-an-egg” amateur with a willingness to learn.

Cookware High-quality pots and pans Dutch oven Fine kitchen knives Baking Stand mixer Baking pans Measuring tools Pastry mat Small Appliances Food processor Blender Toaster oven Slow-cooker Coffee- or espresso- maker

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/ / O U T D O O R S PAC E S / / Don’t forget to make al-fresco elements a part of your registry list! Whether you’ve got acres of land, a small but well-tended garden, or simply a sweet townhome patio, you’re

enjoying the fresh air, entertaining friends outdoors, or tending your flower beds and garden

likely to spend Houston’s fine-weather months

Get your mate on board, and turn your attention to

(brief as they may be) enjoying the

grilling, chilling and savoring the sunshine, with gifts

great outdoors.

designed for outdoor fun.

Outdoor Entertaining Tiki torches Outdoor seating Decorative pillows Pool or hot tub towels Hammock Fire pit Pet toys Lawn games Big Green Egg grill Yeti cooler Smoker Grill tools / apron Outdoor lighting Lawn & Garden Leaf blower Hedge clippers Pruning shears Gardening gloves Seeds or bulbs Riding mower Water feature Decorative pots or urns

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//LIVING/DINING ROOM// Whether they’re connected in an open-floor-

drink and celebrate. How you design and

doo-dads? Do you love the look of a

plan layout, or separate from one another,

furnish your home’s living and dining spaces

formal dinner table, laid out with perfect

these two spaces generally constitute the

will depend on your taste and style prefer-

place settings and flickering tapers all

heart of your home—the place where you

ences: Do you want to sink back and put

aglow? Do you crave a cool lounge space

relax, unwind, receive guests, entertain, eat,

your feet up without worrying about delicate

where people can flow from table to sofa to bar, nibbling and sipping while the hum of conversation never stops? Think about the atmosphere you want to create, then dress it up with these livingand dining-room essentials, which make down-time a good time, no matter your personal style.

Living Room Wireless speaker Digital streaming system Throw blankets Vases, decor or art Dining Room Set of dishes Set of flatware Set of glassware Table linens Bar Barware (highball glasses, martini glasses & Champagne flutes) Shaker Ice bucket and tongs Corkscrew

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06.10.17

MR.& MR S. //MADDIE & NICK //

COUPLE: Madison Monical & Nicholas Roman I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 375 I WEDDING COLORS: Blush, Hot Pink, Rose Gold & Green VENUE: The Astorian | CATERER: Cordúa Catering | LIGHTING & SOUND: Bright Star Productions | WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon JEWELRY: Zadok Jewelers | BRIDAL BRUNCH: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa | HONEYMOON: Anguilla

PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Bailey Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Belle Of The Ball / Who Made The Cake / Events Houston / Bergner & Johnson Design / Empire 6 Band / Sculpting With Time

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

rosé

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

vanilla ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

going for a long walk and to lunch with my guy and our puppy, aspen WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his outgoing personality— he loves to meet new people

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

topo chico

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

peach cobbler

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

fishing on the lake

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she is caring and compassionate—traits she will carry into her future career with patients

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As the new kid in her sixth-grade class, and the class clown to boot, Nick was the boy every girl had a crush on—“including me, of course,” Maddie says. The two became fast friends, but didn’t start dating until their second year at Texas A&M. On their two-year dating anniversary, Nick proposed on a private horse ride at sunset in the Hill Country. The couple tied the knot with a church wedding, where, Maddie says, the greatest highlight of the ceremony was “Nick’s tears as I walked down the aisle.” That poignant moment led to a lively celebration at The Astorian, filled with light and color, where a mariachi band serenaded guests during cocktail hour, and a former A&M yell leader led the crowd in the Aggie War Hymn before the couple’s sparklerlit departure. Adds Maddie: “Our wedding was a dream come true, full of special moments with family and friends that we will always cherish.”

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HIRE A PROFESSIONAL Hire a true wedding pro, not just an

winds down; a photo booth or video booth complete with props,

entertainer. There are plenty of bands, DJs and music providers

costume pieces and take-home pix, will be one of the most appreci-

out there who may be able to play their instruments or mix tracks,

ated parts of your party—and will help ensure that memories of

but may be woefully inexperienced with managing wedding

your magical day live on with many of your nearest and dearest.

flow and working the wedding crowd. A great wedding DJ or bandleader will not just deliver on the music you want to hear on your special day, they will also be able to move guests where you need them to go, introduce the wedding couple and special

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REJOICE WITH MOVING MUSIC Yes, you definitely want to have a professional wedding DJ or band on hand to handle

the main entertainment for your milestone event. But that doesn’t

guests as needed, modify volume during dinner and speeches, and

mean you can’t round out the revelry with an extra musical treat or

read the crowd for cues when it’s time to dance. An experienced

two. Take a cue from celebrity weddings, and consider having a

wedding entertainer also will provide state-of-the-art audiovisual

gospel choir bring guests to their feet (and uplift their spirits) with

equipment (or work directly with your lighting company or venue

a performance of favorite hymns, or even a popular love song, at

to ensure they have what’s needed) and, in some cases, can bring

your wedding ceremony. Of course, this being Texas, college foot-

special lighting and effects, to transform your reception space into

ball is a shared passion of many a wedding couple. Honor your

a high-energy dance party.

alma mater and/or your favorite team by having a professional

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marching band play your fight song (and a horn-heavy, amped-up CREATE THE MOOD AT COCKTAIL HOUR The cocktail

version of your favorite love song, perhaps), as guests progress

hour is a chance for your guests to sip the signature cock-

from cocktails to reception, or in the middle of your party, with a

tails you and your spouse have created, taste those delicious hors d’oeuvre, and mingle with old friends, before you and your new spouse once again become the center of attention. It’s also the perfect opportunity to set the mood for celebration, with a live

surprise performance.

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LIVEN UP YOUR LOUNGE As the party winds down—or possibly as the after-party winds up—a luxe lounge area,

pianist or small jazz combo. Not only does live cocktail-reception

where revelers can enjoy a single-malt Scotch or gourmet

music provide ambiance and elegance at this first taste of the party

espresso drink, and quiet conversation, provides relaxation

to come, but an experienced live musician who is well-versed in

and a respite from the high-energy hijinks, and shows that

event entertainment will interact unobtrusively with the crowd,

you care about your guests’ comfort. But just because your

welcoming requests for example, or playing mellow instrumental

lounge may be mellower than what’s going on inside the main

renditions of chart-topping pop hits, to the surprise and delight of

event doesn’t mean you have to leave your guests entirely

gathering guests.

to their own devices. If you’re a cigar aficionado, or know

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that a number of your guests might enjoy a fine stogie, hire a POSE AND SMILE No matter how grand or fancy your

professional cigar roller to make cigars to order, and provide a

formal ceremony and black-tie reception, a photo booth will

comfortable space (taking into account the comfort of smokers

fit somewhere into the festivities. Trust us on this one: Whether you

and non-smokers alike) for guests to enjoy their handcrafted

place it in the transformed foyer or pre-function space, for guests to

cigars. Not fond of cigars? Consider hiring a wandering

enjoy as a break from dinner proceedings; or stage it outside, in

sleight-of-hand magician to offer table tricks to lounging guests

your al-fresco lounge area, for folks to have fun with as the party

as they relax and enjoy the show!

want “toYouhavedefinitely a professional wedding DJ or band on hand to handle

THE MAIN ENTERTAINMENT for your milestone event.

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MR.& MR S. //ALI

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ALEX //

COUPLE: Alexandra Gray & Alexander Weaver I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 175 I WEDDING COLORS: Green, Cream, Blush & Merlot PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelli Durham Photography I WEDDING DRESS: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon I REGISTRY: Bering’s HONEYMOON: London, Paris & Amsterdam

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Keely Thorne Events / Alimento Catering / Papellerie / Bows And Arrows Flowers / Sperry Tents / La Tavola Fine Linen / First Class Rentals

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

wine

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

crème brûlée

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching football with my friends and pups, preferably outside with a glass of rosé WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he is the most considerate person i know

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

scotch

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

tres leches

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

early morning round of golf, followed by an afternoon with ali WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her kindness

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We hear many stories from Houston wedding couples who have lots in common—alma mater, football team, favorite restaurant—but a couple who has practically the same first names? We’re pretty sure Alexander and Alexandra are a first for us! Ali and Alex, as they’re known, met through a mutual friend at a local watering hole, and got engaged five years later on New Year’s Eve, on the rooftop of a Manhattan hotel. Their wedding, at “a family ranch in a small Texas town, that was miraculously turned into our venue for the day,” Ali says, was more than a celebration— it was the beginning of a legacy. “The ‘Wedding Tree,’ as we lovingly refer to the massive oak tree we were married under, was completely covered with flowers that climbed up its large trunk,” Ali recounts. “I'll never forget that special day. Every detail was significant, including the donkeys, which made a special appearance at cocktail hour! We cannot wait to stand under the Wedding Tree with our children and grandchildren one day.”

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12.31.17

MR.& MR S. / / L A U R A & W YAT T / /

COUPLE: Laura Schreck & Wyatt Coleman I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150 I WEDDING COLORS: Black, White, Marsala & Metallics VENUE: The Gallery I REHEARSAL DINNER: Ouisie’s Table I HONEYMOON: Dominican Republic

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alexander Cross Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Simply Beautiful Flowers / Red Sage Catering / Whisk Bakery / La Reve Bridal Couture Simple Beauty Artistry / Robbins Bros. / Monkey Booth Pics / Don’t Get Married Without Me / Moe Betta Entertainment / 3L Entertainment

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

dr pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

anything chocolate

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching netflix with the kittens

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his dependability—he will always be there for me whenever i need him

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

whiskey

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

pecan pie

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

with my wife

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

that she’s into me

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When Wyatt first spotted Laura on stage during a freshman orientation activity at the University of Houston, he immediately knew that she was “the one.” The only problem: He had no way of finding her again. Luckily for both of them, they happened to bump into each other the very next day at the university’s music school orientation (he’s a musician, she’s a vocalist), and soon were inseparable. One very impressive marriage proposal later (a complex ruse that involved a made-up family emergency, a public down-on-one-knee proposal and a surprise engagement party), Wyatt and Laura sealed the deal before 150 friends and family in a New Year’s Eve wedding at The Gallery. Along with signature cocktails, plenty of musical performances, a “clock wall” in homage to the NYE holiday, a slew of comfort-food stations, and a cake topped with bride-and-groom sloths (the bride’s favorite animal), the wedding featured the blast of a confetti cannon at midnight, followed by what else? More dancing, of course!

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11.04.17

MR.& MR S. //CIARA & MARC //

COUPLE: Ciara Macaulay & Marc Vasquez I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 225 I WEDDING COLORS: Dark Green, Burgundy, Ivory & Gold VENUE: The Astorian I REGISTRY: Bering’s I PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: Ama By Aisha I FLOWERS: Dream Bouquet I LINENS: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design COORDINATOR & STYLIST: Kat Creech Events I CATERER: Cordúa Catering I HONEYMOON: Mexico CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Who Made The Cake / Arandas Bakery / Mike’s Dance Floor Rentals / Tidal Waves Of Joy / Your Beautiful Face / Ivory Bridal Atelier / Laura’s Couture & Alterations The Galaxie Jewelers / Maggie Wu Studio / Bradley David Entertainment / Original Trolley Co.

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

local ipa

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

blue bell ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

a morning run with our dog, sadie, and an afternoon out with friends and family WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his ridiculous sense of humor—there is always laughter in our home

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

bourbon on the rocks HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

early morning bike ride, afternoon patio with beers WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she’s always down for an adventure

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She was a graphic design intern and he worked with the club’s corporate partners when Ciara and Marc met while both working for the Houston Dynamo six years ago. Good thing they’re both great at keeping a secret: As co-workers, “We had to keep the love on the down-low,” Ciara says. “Marc’s boss didn’t even know that we were together until we got engaged!” Their wedding, at The Astorian, took advantage of Ciara’s design talents, with a custom wedding logo she created that combined their two last initials, and they also paid homage to Marc’s Mexican heritage, with custom-made papel picado, and a “dia de los muertos”-theme bride and groom on a bicycle accenting the reception’s candy table. Honoring the couple’s shared love of vinyl, guests signed vintage records instead of a traditional guestbook. “We truly couldn’t have made our wedding dream a reality without Kat Creech and her team,” says Ciara of her wedding coordinator and stylist. “Her attention to detail and vision is unparalleled, and because of her, our day was completely stress free.”

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S H O R T A N D S W E E T C E R E M O N Y AT T H E C O U R T H O U S E O R A W E E K - L O N G A F FA I R S PA N N I N G M U L T I P L E C I T I E S , DOCUMENT THIS SPECIAL EVENT – AND YOUR LOVED ONES – WITH THE RIGHT IMAGES AND FILM.

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G ET A REFEREN CE Once you’ve settled into the bliss of engagement, it’s

time to plan. And that planning includes selecting the photographer who will document your wedding and the moments surrounding it. You want someone who is reliable and trustworthy, with a positive attitude (even in the most stressful situations), and you want someone who truly “gets” you. Photographer Adam Nyholt says the best way to start is by getting referrals: “This could be from a friend who was recently married or from your wedding planner,” or a trusted resource such as Weddings in Houston.

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COMPARE professional

PORTFOLIOS photographers

Most

have

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website or Instagram profile, which makes it easy for curious couples to peruse photos, read testimonials, and get a feel for a photographer’s artistic style. Aisha Khan of Ama by Aisha recommends asking a prospective photographer for more than one sample wedding to view: “If you ask for one, they might send only

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EXPERT ADVICE:

“It’s so important to meet face to face with your photographer for your initial consultation…because you’ll be spending so much time with them, you definitely want to make sure they’re a good fit.” Kelli Durham

their favorite one—it’s important to see what varies from wedding

face to face with your photographer at some point during your initial

to wedding.”

consultation!” She adds, “Because you’ll be spending so much time with

Kelli Durham of Kelli Durham Photography agrees: “As photog-

them, you definitely want to make sure they’re a good fit. If you’ve opted

raphers, we tend to put our best foot forward on our websites, in

out of any extra pre-wedding portrait sessions with your photographer,

our albums and on social media. While this is great for couples

at least grab a coffee or do a quick lunch or outing with them.”

to see a snapshot of our style and creative capabilities, I always

Top wedding photographers advise couples to really think about the

encourage couples to make sure they also ask to see several

feeling they want to have with the person who will document this impor-

complete galleries of weddings the photographer has shot, from

tant time in their lives. Ask yourself: Do you want someone who feels

start to finish, to get a sense of their capabilities in all lighting

like a close friend? Or would you prefer someone who shows up on the

situations and scenarios.” She explains that, “The actual wedding

big day and doesn’t bother you any other time? Either option is fine—it

day is a lot different from a portrait session or styled shoot.

depends on what’s right for you. Just remember to give consideration to

Couples really need to look at several past weddings a photogra-

the kinds of people and personalities you feel most comfortable with—

pher has shot to get a sense of the photographer’s experience. If

being in sync with your photographer will go far toward ensuring that

there is consistency in all of their complete galleries, then you are

the day flows exactly how you always dreamed it would.

in good hands.”

Oh—and one more thing: “Ask your photographer how they would react to family and friends who may want to take pictures on your

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wedding day,” advises Barett Henry, of Civic Photos. “We are very

SPEND SOME FACE TIME When you’re ready to reach

easygoing, and I don’t mind if people who have known you your

out, it can be tempting to simply rely on email. This is fine for

entire life want to take photos—as long as they don’t get in the way

introductory inquiries, but, as Durham notes, “It’s so important to meet

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MAKE TIME FOR PORTRAITS Golden reminds couples to ensure their photographer is committed to

session. This is an opportunity to really get to know your photographer and

shooting the wedding day in its entirety, including, perhaps most

see them at work, and for them to get to know you. “I recommend that the

importantly, those classic family portraits that will become

bride gets her hair and makeup done professionally, and that both spouses-

heirlooms. “Remember, your wedding is likely to be an activity-

to-be bring two to three outfits that show off their personality and their

filled day, and you may not be around your family members all

relationship,” says photographer Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video.

that much,” she says.

She adds, “Maybe also have a couple of drinks before. Trust me, it helps.”

Lastly, a good photographer should be able to take family

“The engagement session is a great time to get to know your photog-

photos with ease, and also will be adept at capturing your

rapher better, and to get used to their style of shooting, so that the

many wedding details. You can help by being prepared, by

wedding day flows more smoothly, and you are comfortable throughout

having all your details–your dress or tux, jewelry, accessories,

the day,” adds photographer Taylor Golden. “Something I like to do for

etc.–on hand at the beginning of the day. Then relax, and let

my couples is shoot their session in another city, such as where they got

your talented wedding photographer do the fine work you’ve

engaged, or where they like to vacation.”

hired them to do!

FILM CLIPS: YOUR LOVE STORY While still photography is a must for capturing your wedding portraits and details, and building an album to cherish for generations, there’s nothing like moving pictures to tell your wedding story in all its sound, action and emotion.

1. Videography is a sound investment. “We always tell our clients that

says Clay Vaughn of Reverent Wedding Films. “It allows us to

the vows and the sound of voices on video are the most important

capture all the toasts, all those special messages that family and

reasons to have videography as part of your day,” says Aisha Khan

friends share with the couple. And then we can incorporate that

of Ama by Aisha. “Couples tend to take pauses, or someone’s voice

into the wedding-story film.” He adds that the more intimate

cracks, and it adds so much to the emotion, and to the memory of that

rehearsal dinner setting encourages guests to share truly personal

emotion.” For this reason, “We focus a lot on sound, and on recording

stories: “On the wedding day, in front of 400 or 500 people

the best sound possible, knowing that it is something that will never

they’ve never met, they’re not going to let themselves be that vulner-

make it into the photos. As the couple watches the video again, it

able,” he explains.

takes their memories to another level.” 4. Videography tracks the evolution of emotion. It is one thing to 2. Videography captures the big picture. “We offer many different styles, and we use many different kinds of equipment to achieve the effect of a true wedding film,” says Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video. She cites “drones, steadicams and glidecams” as just a few of the advanced technologies her team employs, and 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.”

see an image or a powerful moment caught on film, but it is a richer experience to see and hear a hilarious best-man or maidof-honor speech, a song performed at a ceremony, a couple’s “first look,” or those memorable dances: the first twirl as a couple, a lively hora, or bride and groom dances with Mom or Dad. “I think the father-daughter and mother-son dances are always wonderful to see in video,” Khan says. “It is nice to have a photo of these moments. But a lot of times you just capture

3. Videography isn’t just for the main event. “What we do is we tell

one moment. When you are watching it on video, you see that

stories. And that’s why we love being part of the rehearsal dinner,”

moment developing, and that’s beautiful.”

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COUPLE: Rachel Stevenson & Taylor Price I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 500 I WEDDING COLORS: Soft Greens, Purples & Blues FLOWERS, DECOR, RENTALS & LIGHTING: Plants N’ Petals I CATERER: Café Natalie Catering I WEDDING DRESS: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique HONEYMOON: Missoula, Mont. PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Ainsworth Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Cowboy Country / Bourbon & Lace / Bakery & Cakes / DJ Connection

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

budweiser

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

blue bell cookie two-step ice cream HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

traveling to new places or staying at home with my husband and our dogs WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

everything, but mostly his smile and sense of humor

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

budweiser

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

doughnuts

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

hiking with my bride

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her dance moves

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While they both grew up in Huntsville just one school grade apart, Rachel and Taylor didn’t truly connect until one fateful night in 2014. That’s when the couple happened to catch up with mutual friends at a local watering hole, and got to chatting about camping and vinyls. “Next thing we know we had a camping trip and a ‘you bring the record player and I’ll provide the records’ date planned,” Rachel recounts. “Since then we’ve been inseparable.” In November 2017, florist Plants N’ Petals transformed a covered arena at Huntsville’s Cowboy Country into a “whimsical fairytale wedding” for rodeo cowboy Taylor’s marriage to his beloved Rachel. Dressed in Hayley Paige from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, Rachel said her vows to Taylor in a sun-drenched outdoor ceremony, before segueing into a celebration with 500 of the couple’s nearest and dearest. “From start to finish, the dance floor and the Volkswagen-van Polaroid photo booth were where all the action was,” the bride recounts. “The night was a dream.”

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COUPLE: Sara Marchionda & Austin Pettit I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 120 I WEDDING COLORS: Blush, Midnight Blue & Gold VENUE: The Woodlands Resort I CAKE: Cakes By Gina I CHIAVARI CHAIRS, CEREMONY & COCKTAIL HOUR LINENS: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design HONEYMOON: Croatia

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

spicy margarita

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

carrot cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

getting food and drinks on a patio somewhere with austin and our dog, tito WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he always knows the right thing to say, and he has the biggest heart in the world

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

a cold, hoppy beer

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

red velvet cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

relaxing with sara and our dog, tito

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

i love that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the little things that make her happy

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Austin met Sara for the first time at a concert in his namesake city, where they were introduced by mutual friends. “Luckily, Austin’s car got towed while we were at the concert, so he had to stay with our friends and me that evening,” Sara says, recalling the instant connection they had. The next day, “When I dropped Austin at his car, he kissed me on the cheek and told me that getting his car towed was worth it, because he met me.” Their wedding at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center centered on a modern, romantic design scheme, “bringing in aspects of nature to match the feel of The Woodlands Resort,” Sara notes. Among the couple’s most cherished highlights? “When most of the guests had moved inside and gone upstairs to the reception area, we turned around, looked back at the ceremony space and soaked it all in—the sun going down, the string lights in the trees, the greenery on the pergola with the glass balls hanging down, the lanterns with the floral,” Sara recounts. “It was an emotional and breathtaking moment.” W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M / 359


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MR.& MR S. / / R O B Y N & DAV I D / /

COUPLE: Robyn Crowley & David Murphy I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 180 I WEDDING COLORS: Blush, White & Gold VENUE: Petroleum Club of Houston I FLOWERS, DECOR & RENTALS: Plants N’ Petals I CAKE: Edible Designs I HONEYMOON: Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard

PHOTOGRAPHY: MD Turner Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: From This Moment On / Embossed Graphics Of Texas / Weddings By Debbie / Blush & Co. / In10City Band

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

champagne

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

anything with berries

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

by the pool or ocean with friends

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he taught me how to love and be loved in a true, real way

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

old fashioned

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

lemon cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

spending time with friends

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her huge heart

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David proposed to Robyn in Cape Cod, on the beach where she’d spent her childhood summers. It was, as Robyn tells it, “a complete surprise,” one they celebrated with family at a beachside restaurant,

after

Robyn’s

enthusiastic,

“Yes!”

Following their church ceremony, the couple joined friends and family at the Petroleum Club of Houston, surrounded by shades of blush and winter white, with accents of greenery and gold, from Plants N’ Petals. There, they dined on lamb lollipops, crab cakes and filet mignon, along with a decadent white buttercream cake from Edible Designs. “It was a classic, beautiful reception, with

feminine

undertones—sophisticated,

yet

romantic,” Robyn says. “The band was a huge highlight, but our guests are what made it. It was exactly how I pictured it. I’ve never felt so much love in one room.”

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MR.& MR S. //SARAH & JOSEPH//

COUPLE: Sarah Fultz & Joseph Leguenec I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 120 I WEDDING COLORS: Lilac & Gold VENUE: The Bell Tower On 34th I CAKE: Cakes By Gina I ENTERTAINMENT: LG Event Entertainment & Production WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel ZaZa Museum District I HONEYMOON: Paris, Rome & London

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

french 75

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

key lime pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

afternoon tea

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his drive

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

macallan 25

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

homemade chocolate cake (my grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipe) HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

morning brunch, evening cocktails

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her heart

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Joseph recounts how he made realtor Sarah show him 17 houses, even though, by his own admission, he’d made his pick after looking at the first three. Sarah, for her part, recalls texting her sister, “I’m kinda feelin’ my client,” after the first of many days she spent taking Joseph around to view properties. Then, seven and a half months after helping Austin transplant Joseph find his Houston home, Sarah moved right on in with him. The couple opted for a “small, intimate wedding of around 120 guests” at The Bell Tower on 34th, Sarah says. “The theme was ‘elegant castle,’ with touches of a ‘castle feel,’ such as napkins tied with wax seals, and hundreds of candles everywhere.” Oh—and let’s not forget the choreographed dance performed by former NFL cheerleaders and NBA dancers, including the bride, who happens to be both!

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booked, packed and ready to board, for the

wedding couples are all over the map when it

most romantic getaway of your life.

comes to honeymoon travel dates. And with good

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reason: Most Houston wedding couples are working folks, who have just spent tons of time plan-

wedding planning, honeymoon planning should

ning, then celebrating, their nuptial event. Taking

be enjoyable, exciting, full of anticipation and

off immediately after the wedding often isn’t an

laughter—it should not be a chore. Start your

option.

planning by sitting down together and plotting

A great alternative: Take time for a two- or

out places you think you’d like to go. Make it a

three-day “mini-moon” right after the wedding—

date night, or a series of them, and take the time

perhaps a jaunt to the Hill Country, or a Gulf

as a couple to search locations, compare travel

Coast getaway just a short drive from town.

wish lists, and read up on potential honeymoon

Then, later in the year, or whenever you have

destinations.

more time (and, perhaps, when your bank

Once you’ve narrowed down two or three

account has rebounded a bit), indulge in the

locations, start to think about what kind of honey-

dream vacation you and your boo have fanta-

moon vacation you would prefer. Determine if

sized about for ages. You’ll have way more fun

you both truly want the same experience on your

on your Caribbean cruise, French Polynesian

honeymoon—i.e. outdoor adventures, champion-

island-hop or Tuscan wine adventure, if you’re

ship golf, downtime by the pool, luxurious spa

not worrying about work deadlines or credit card

treatments—or, if you each have things you’d like

bills.

MAKE YOUR HONEYMOON PLANNING A PRIORITY During those

to enjoy individually (it’s OK, you’re married, not joined at the hip), while still having plenty of

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heady, hectic months—sometimes years—of plan-

opportunities for romantic strolls, snuggles and

the islands with that threadbare bikini you’ve

ning your wedding, honeymoon arrangements

sunset cocktails.

been wearing for three summers, your cozy

Don’t take off for

can sometimes take a back seat to big-day prep.

Also discuss the type of accommodations

“T-shirt bra”, or the backpack you lugged around

But if you wait too long to plan your honeymoon,

you’d like. An all-inclusive property, for example,

Australia as a hostel-hopping college kid. While

or you neglect budgeting for your big trip, you

can be more budget-friendly, and is great if you

you don’t have to replace your entire wardrobe,

may find yourself having to compromise on loca-

prefer not to have to arrange transportation or

your honeymoon is a great time to step it up.

tion, dates and amenities.

dining reservations every day, but can be limiting

A good way to upgrade your travel gear is

Just as a professional wedding planner will

for true adventurers. Boutique hotels, meanwhile,

with your wedding gift registry. Houston’s top

help you navigate your wedding decisions, and

can offer lots of unique design, edgy elegance

registry retailers carry superb luggage selections,

save you time and money on booking vendors,

and sophisticated fun, but may lack on-property

including luxury roller bags and full-size (but super

a professional travel agent can guide you to

restaurants and other amenities common to

lightweight) suitcases. Likewise, your bridal shower

the best hotels and resorts in your dream honey-

larger properties.

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moon locale, snag you honeymoon amenities

When you have a few options in mind, share

you don’t have access to yourselves (special

these with your travel agent, and collect informa-

Fun additions include monogrammed “wet

suites, spa vouchers, a welcome bottle of

tion from her or him, then make another date (or

bags” for swimsuits and water gear, designer

bubbly, perhaps?), and direct you toward deals.

two) to reconnect as a couple, review the details,

passport holders, travel tech holders, and elegant

and start to envision yourselves in…Paradise.

kits of your favorite products. And you might go

For optimal honeymoon planning, enlist a travel pro at the same time you start your

ahead and pick up a new fragrance—something

wedding planning in earnest—typically about

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one year out. Doing so will ensure that when

While honeymoons traditionally have followed

years to come, to remind you both of your amaz-

you’re ready to make your escape, you’ll be

right on the tail of the big celebration itself, today’s

ingly romantic honeymoon.

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COUPLE: Meredith Ramsey & Seth Pierce I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 230 I WEDDING COLORS: Pink, Green, White & Gold VENUE: JW Marriott Houston Downtown I REHEARSAL DINNER: Brennanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Of Houston I CAKE: Cakes By Gina I HONEYMOON: St. Lucia

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

casamigos blanco tequila HER FAVORITE SWEET:

dark chocolate

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

sleeping in together and having a pool day with friends WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

his humor, and the way he loves me

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

high west double rye whiskey HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

tiramisu

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

taking our dog, nala, on a walk together, spending time with friends, and going home to watch a movie WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she always lets me be myself—and her eyes, they’re mesmerizing

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Though sparks flew for Seth and Meredith when they attended high-school homecoming together, “We ran in different circles, and were just friends afterwards,” Meredith says…until five years later when the two reconnected in Dallas at a college football game. “Sparks flew, yet again,” she tells us, but though they continued to keep in touch, their budding careers took precedence—and kept them apart. Then, one day in 2016, when the two met up in Houston, “the last nine years finally came together, and we each knew this was something we didn’t want to say goodbye to.” The pair got engaged in April 2017, and six months later they married, in a beautiful celebration at the chic JW Marriott Houston Downtown. “Our wedding was floral, modern and urban,” the bride says, noting the floral bridesmaids’ dresses, contemporary flower arrangements, and the table numbers and ceremony backdrop (both of which she hand painted), all chosen to express her love of art and reflect the JW’s “modern art gallery” ambiance.

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Inside the loop is where it’s at for Houston newlyweds on the hunt for

activities, and you can take Uber out on the weekends if you

a newlywed nest that’s equal parts convenience and…cool. Expert

don’t want to drive—it’s not pricey at all.”

Sarai Rumph of Rumph Realty dishes on what neighborhoods are in highest demand, why young couples love these spots, and how you’ll need to prep for your own newlywed home purchase.

In addition to being close to all the action, these neighborhoods are close to the downtown Houston offices where many recently wed young professionals work. “Being able to avoid a major

HAUTE HOODS While the entire inner loop area beckons newlyweds with a vast array of home options, Rumph says

commute is a huge plus,” Rumph says, noting that staying out of Houston’s notorious traffic means less stress, and more time to play.

three neighborhoods are in highest demand: the Heights, Montrose and Midtown. “Newlyweds want to be close to

NICE DIGS You’ll find smaller homes, historic bungalows and fixer-

where all the action is, and these neighborhoods have it all,”

uppers all over the Heights and Montrose neighborhoods. These options

Rumph notes. “You can walk to restaurants, events and

are ideal for the couple that wants to invest in value-holding property at a

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lower price, and dive into a hands-on project together. But

INSIDE THE LOOP Want to buy a new home together? Be ready to pull

Rumph says the majority of her young-couple clients are

the trigger when you find the home you love. “You need to get pre-approved

choosing modern townhomes, which are plentiful all over the

for your loan, before you even consider seeing houses,” Rumph says. Pre-

inner loop.

approval doesn’t take long if you have your paperwork together, and it will help ensure that you’re ready to make an offer the moment you find what

“Townhomes are very popular,” she says. “You don’t have to

you’ve been looking for.

really worry about anything, and they’ve got lots of amenities, like rooftop decks.” And while some couples aren’t crazy about

And while buying a new home is exciting, “It’s a big decision, and it can be

the stacked, multi-level layout of some townhomes, others are

stressful,” she acknowledges. “But the stressful part really doesn’t last long,

making the most out of it by renting out the lower level to

and it’s so worth it.” For motivated buyers, the average duration from loan

generate income as they establish themselves in their careers

pre-approval to closing is about two to three months, Rumph says. Then, she

and build their financial foundation.

says, “You get to build memories as a family, in your new home, together.”

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06.24.17

MR.& MR S. //ROBYN & ZAC //

COUPLE: Robyn Reed & Zachary Richards I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 165 I WEDDING COLORS: Green, Pink & Cream FLOWERS, DECOR & RENTALS: Haute Flowers & Events I HONEYMOON: Key West

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rachel Driskell Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: The Farmhouse / Wed & Prosper / Red Sage Catering / Creative Confections By Roxane / Whittington Bridal / DJ Mad Mark Productions

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

dr pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET:

crème brûlée

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

brunch

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

the way he looks at me when i laugh

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

coke

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching netflix with my wife

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

her laugh

Their competition to be “the best” in their Texas A&M organic chemistry class led to a different kind of chemistry for Robyn and Zac. “We decided to start carpooling to and from the lab,” as Zac tells it. “Eventually, those drives became the highlight of my week and I prolonged our time together as much as I could. This is where I, Zachary James Richards, First of His Name, began to fall in love with the ever-so-lovely Robyn Catherine Reed.” Aww… The pair made it official with a Catholic ceremony in a circa-1894 painted church, followed by a rustic-elegant reception, with Haute Flowers & Events taking the design helm. The League City-based florist filled the couple’s Montgomery farmhouse venue with earth tones and greenery, adding in geometric glass terrariums for texture. “Being able to finally bring all of our family and friends together to celebrate our love was the best part of the reception,” Robyn says. “I was in awe the whole night!” 380 / W E D D I N G S I N H O U S T O N . C O M


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11.04.17

MR.& MR S. / / B R I D G E T T E & J O S H UA / /

COUPLE: Bridgette Matula & Joshua Mettlach I NUMBER OF GUESTS: 300 I WEDDING COLORS: Burgundy, Navy & Champagne VENUE, FLOWERS & DECOR: Old Glory Ranch I HONEYMOON: St. Lucia

PHOTOGRAPHY: Eilts Photography CONTRIBUTING VENDORS: Naegelin’s Bakery / Helzberg Diamonds / Art By HJoy / Odyssey Filmworks / Vega’s DJ Services

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HER FAVORITE SIP:

coffee or champagne HER FAVORITE SWEET:

anything chocolate

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

sleeping in with our puppy, chloe, or going fishing with my husband WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

he is one of the most thoughtful and caring men i have ever met, and he is my best friend HIS FAVORITE SIP:

root beer or michelob ultra HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

ice cream

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

going fishing with my wife

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

she has such strong faith, she is kind, generous and caring, and she is absolutely beautiful

It was Bridgette’s second date with Joshua that really sealed the deal for her. As the pair, who met online, lived two hours apart, they decided to meet halfway for dinner in a small town. Since there was nothing to do after dinner but visit the local Walmart, they did just that. “Josh bought me a planner I needed for the classes I was taking at Texas State University, and one of my favorite childhood board games,” Bridgette recounts. “We sat in the parking lot sharing wonderful conversation and playing Connect Four for hours.” The next day, Bridgette told her best friend, “I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I really think he could be the one.” And he was. The couple celebrated their marriage at Wimberly’s romantic Old Glory Ranch, surrounded by candlelight and magnificent Hill Country landscape. She says: “We loved having my uncle marry us, dancing the night away, and getting to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday at our reception.”

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Walden on Lake Houston

Heather’s Glen 34

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Hilton Americas - Houston 37

Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue 105

Hilton Houston North 70

Waters Edge 16-17

Hilton Houston Post Oak 63

The Westin Galleria Houston 49

Hines Center 34

The Westin Houston Memorial City 68

Hotel Galvez & Spa 42

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BEAUTY, H E A LTH & FITN E S S 2BPure - Lauren Falls Makeup & Hair 229 Etoilly Artistry 237 Forestwood Dental 229 Kiss And Makeup Houston 235 Love Dance Houston 236 Mrs. In Training 228 Nyoka Gregory Beauty 229 Verticality Pole Fitness 226-227

Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial City 19 Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District 6-7 Houston Racquet Club 91 The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 4-5

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Hughes Manor 69

Armandos Caters 287

Julia Ideson Library 71

Capitol Beverage 291

JW Marriott Houston Downtown 31

C EREMONY & R E C E P TIO N 15 Acres 79 Ashton Gardens 35 The Astorian 10-11 The Ballroom at Bayou Place 14-15 The Bell Tower on 34th 13 Bernhardt Winery 132 Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters 110 The Bougainvilleas 77 Brennan’s Houston 32 Briscoe Manor 67 Cadillac Bar 110

Willow Fork Country Club 93 The Woodlands Resort 94 C A K E S & D E SSE RT S Cakes by Gina 297 Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe 284

Kemah Gardens 118

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King River Ranch 131

Wink Sweets & Treats 284

Las Velas 73 The Lyceum 66

C U L I N A RY SE R VI CES

Magnolia Hotel Houston 47

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Café Natalie Catering 283

Marriott Houston North 90

Capitol Beverage 291

The Meekermark 75

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Jackson & Company 281

Northgate Country Club 92

Sambuca Catering 146

Old Glory Ranch 131

Swift + Company 24-25

Omni Houston Hotel 33 Ouisie’s Table 87

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Eagle Dancer Ranch 141

Crystal Ballroom at The Rice 65

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

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Hotel Galvez & Spa 42

Downtown 92

Raveneaux Country Club OBC, IFC

King River Ranch 131

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

The Revaire 39

The Lyceum 66

Greenway Plaza 76

Sandlewood Manor 21

Old Glory Ranch 131

Downtown Aquarium 78

Sheraton Suites Houston Near the Galleria 90

Plantation on the Bay 127

The Dunlavy 60-61

Southern Lace Estates 125

Pompano Beach Club 371

Eagle Dancer Ranch 141

Sweetwater Country Club 93

Southern Lace Estates 125

Four Oaks at Mound Creek Ranch 111

Texas Renaissance Festival 107

The Tremont House 43

Chama Gaúcha 117

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Natalie Annette 317

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Américas 145

A Day To Remember 155

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Memory Lane Paperie 322

MW Couture 211

Kuhl-Linscomb 321

Brennan’s of Houston 145

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MLD Limited 190 Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 189

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My Soapgrams 322

Plants N’ Petals 250-251

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

The I Do! Wedding Soiree IBC

Greenway Plaza 145

YO U R N E W H O M E

Hilton Americas - Houston 146

Rumph Realty 377

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The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 146 Ibiza Food & Wine Bar 146 Lawless Spirits & Kitchen 146 McCormick & Schmick’s 146 Sambuca 146 Waters Edge 146

PH OTOGRAPHY Adam Nyholt Photographer 354-355 Ama by Aisha 357 Bryan Anderson Photography 348 Civic Photos 345

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Hines Center 146

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Oh Snap! Selfie Photo Booth 344

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Ryan R Jones Photography 365

Houston Bridal Gallery 193

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