Sparkling Winter Wedding by Joie Photographie

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

So here’s a tip for all couples planning your upcoming weddings.  Did you you know that most venues deck their spaces out with elaborate decorations during the holiday season.  Thus, if you schedule your wedding during this time, you will receive the benefit of the venue’s pre-decorated space.  For many couples, it can amount to a ton of savings on decor.  This next bride and groom planned their nuptials around the holiday season and took advantage of Chateau Polonez stunning holiday decor.  This sparkling winter wedding is amazingly gorgeous.  The floral designs from Floral Events are breathtaking and complement the already gorgeous venue and decorations perfectly.  And the lovely lades of Joie Photographie did a fantastic job capturing the event.  There’s even more to be seen in the gallery.

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Photography ~ Joie Photographie | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Chateau Polonez | Event Coordinator ~ Ashley Fuentes, Event Solutions | Bridal Shop ~ Weddings by Debbie | Cinematography ~ Pixel Studios | Floral Designer ~ Floral Events | Cake Designer ~ Bavarian Cakery/Chocolate Encore | DJ ~ LG Entertainment | Rentals ~ What’s the Occasion | Makeup ~ Houston Makeup Inc. | Hair ~ Patricia Wagner | Transportation ~ Monarch Limos

Elegant Chateau Polonez Wedding by Akil Bennett

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

When I first started wedding planning, I fell in love with the grandeur of Chateau Polonez.  The idea of holding my wedding in a mansion with a regal double staircase and beautifully landscaped grounds seemed like perfection to me.  I still kick myself a little whenever I see weddings held at this beautiful venue.  But I must say, I was thrilled when Akil Bennett sent over images from this elegant Chateau Polonez wedding.  This wedding reminded me of all of the reasons I fell in love with this venue in the first place.  It can hold hundreds of people but still feel so intimate.  It is no surprise that the ladies at En Vogue Events were behind this affair.  Everything is designed and coordinated beautifully.  And of course, Akil never lets me down with his images (he’s a rockstar in case you don’t know).  Delve into even more loveliness in the gallery.

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Photography ~ Akil Bennett Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Chateau Polonez | Event Coordinator ~ En Vogue Events | Floral Designer ~ LZ Floral Design | Cake Designer ~ Virginia’s Cakes | DJ ~ LG Entertainment | Hair & Makeup ~ Blush and Company | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Montgomery Wedding by Luke & Cat Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Sometimes I receive weddings in my inbox that are just bursting with love.  That’s what happened when this Montgomery wedding fell in to my lap.  My heart could not help but swell with positive feelings when I saw these images.  The love between the couple and the families is just so evident.  And I love that the bride and groom put on this rustic, chic affair with a budget in mind.  It just proves that a stylish wedding can be achieved with any budget.  Luke & Cat Photography did what they do best and captured some amazing images (we clearly cannot get enough of them).  There’s more to love about this wedding in the gallery.Luke & Cat Wedding Photography  - Montgomery Wedding Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 02 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 03 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 04 - Montgomery Wedding Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 05 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 06 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 07 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 08 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 09 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 10 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 11 - Montgomery Wedding Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 12 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 13 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 14 Luke & Cat Photography 60 - Montgomery WeddingLuke & Cat Wedding Photography 15 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 16 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 17 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 18 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 19 Luke & Cat Wedding Photography 20

From the Bride…We knew we were paying for the wedding mostly ourselves, so we sat down and thought about the things that were most, and least, important to us. We knew we wanted a beautiful venue (one that allowed us to bring in our own vendors) and a great photographer, so we built our budget around those two things. We went to a couple of weddings while we were engaged and made mental notes of the things we remembered, and the things that didn’t have as big of an impact. We chose the end of December because we knew our family and friends would be able to come in from out of town and spend the holidays together, and bonus! our church would be decorated with beautiful Christmas trees and poinsettias, so we didn’t have to decorate the church at all. The reception venue’s stone and dark wood was perfect for our simple, yet elegant, rustic look we were going for. Our colors were gold, champagne, ivory and a little hint of blush, so we went around town finding gold and champagne-colored frames, and printed out our engagement pictures to put on tables to decorate the room. We are definitely able to re-use these in our house! With approximately 200 guests in attendance, we knew we would need a lot of tables and decorations. Josh’s aunt and uncle had lanterns from a previous wedding, so we bought some candles for those, as well as extra votives to place around the table. We were able to find Christmas wreaths on sale and placed those around the lanterns, and put gold and champagne Christmas balls on them, so we were able to pull in our colors on the table. Now that we have 32 wreaths, we will be decorating them and giving everyone one for Christmas next year. We decorated on a budget, but we can re-use everything! Each week when we got coupons to craft stores, we would buy apothecary jars, and found candy that was gold/champagne colored, and created a candy buffet. It was a hit, and we can also re-use those jars around our house, or for other friends who have weddings coming up. Lastly, our family and friends are very important to us, so we found a saying on Etsy that said how much we appreciated everyone celebrating our special day with us. We found some fun paper to print it on, and put it at everyone’s place setting at the tables. It was the perfect day, with our special touch!

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Photography ~ Luke & Cat Photography | Ceremony Venue ~ Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church | Reception Venue ~ Amber Springs | DJ ~ DJ Dave Productions | Caterer ~ Central Texas BBQ | Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth | Cake Designer ~ Lindy’s Country Cupboard | Bouquets and Boutonnieres ~ Always Floral

Theatre Engagement Session by Shelly Taylor Photography

POSTED IN Engagement Session, Inspiration, Waco

I love it when a couple takes their mutual love for an activity and incorporates it into their engagement session.  This couple did just that when they infused their love of the movies into this theatre engagement session.  Shot in and around the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, this engagement session looks like it was a blast.  Shelly Taylor did another amazing job capturing all of the beautiful images (check out more of her work here and here).

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From Shelly Taylor PhotographyOriginally opened in 1914, the Waco Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Waco is a local icon and often photographed…from the outside. The well known marquee lights up with the word WACO and lights the gorgeous, thriving Austin Avenue nightlife. After a few years of a darkened marquee while the theatre’s doors were closed, it has been recently renovated as a movie theatre, restaurant, and bar. Dani and Richard were looking for a unique way to design an engagement session, so these movie buffs were totally on board to spend a matinee session with a photographer. 

Sophisticated Houston Wedding by Nicole Chatham

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Glamorous, elegant…I could go on, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough words to do it justice.  The best way to describe this sophisticated Houston wedding is to let the photographs speak for themselves.  Held at the incomparable La Colombe D‘or, this wedding celebration was one for the record books.  The blue, gold, and pink color palette  perfectly complement the rich wood tones of the La Colombe D’or ballroom.  And every pretty detail was captured by Nicole Chatham (we love her around these parts)!  There’s more to swoon over in the gallery.

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Photography ~ Nicole Chatham Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ La Colombe D’Or Hotel | Floral Design ~ Blooming Gallery | Bridal Shop ~ Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Makeup ~ Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry | Groom’s Attire ~ Al’s Formal Wear | Cake Designer ~ World Catering Bakery | Lighting ~ Bright Star Productions | DJ ~ JJ Essen

Colorful Outdoor Austin Wedding by Jenny DeMarco

POSTED IN Austin, Real Weddings

This colorful outdoor Austin wedding is sure to put you in a good mood.  The sweet pastels, the light-flowing dress, the outdoor ceremony all scream organic Austin. The Hummingbird House served as a great backdrop to this couples’ nature and music-themed affair.  And Stems Floral Design Austin created such romantic floral arrangments for the occasion.  Jenny DeMarco is a beast with that camera and she captured every heartfelt moment.  There’s even more romantic loveliness in the gallery.

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From Jenny DeMarco PhotographyA bit about the bride and groom on their wedding day:

Q. Describe the ceremony. Were there any symbolic/sentimental/traditions that were special to you. Were there any family heirlooms you used?

A. We said traditional vows. We wanted there to be a large focus on religion, however we chose not to get married in a church because I think outdoor weddings are so beautiful. We chose to do the “hand ceremony” because we found it very touching when we heard it at another wedding. We are also had Vic’s grandmother do a special reading composed of multiple Bible passages.

Q. Please describe the atmosphere or overall feeling of the wedding.

A. There was a lot of focus on nature and the outdoors. The color scheme of the wedding (light blue and light green) are both colors that reflect nature. I always enjoy hanging outdoors on a summer night, and wanted the wedding to have that feel. The strings of lights hanging on trees that you see so often in Austin give me a very warm, enchanting feeling that I wanted to come through at the wedding. Music was also a big focus of our wedding. We hired a wonderful musician to play our cocktail hour and the Matchmaker Band to play the reception. We also had a band playing the night before after our rehearsal dinner. Almost 90% of our guests are from the New York or Philadelphia area, so we wanted to showcase the best Austin has to offer, which in my opinion is the music and the many outdoor spaces.

Q. Were there any particular details of importance?

A. My dress was custom made by a designer based in Chicago named Alice Padrul. There are a lot of beautiful details on the dress, and it is made of many layers of silk organza, so the light looks absolutely beautiful when it shines through the dress.

My bouquet had blue hydrangeas, lilacs, and baby’s breath. Blue hydrangeas are my favorite flowers and lilacs were my grandmother’s favorite flower. The baby’s breath is a bit of a nod to my mom’s cat, who was very special to me, my mom, and my sister. It was his favorite flower (I’m sure you haven’t gotten that one before!)

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Photography ~  Jenny DeMarco Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Hummingbird House | Band ~ Matchmaker Band | Event Coordinator ~ Pearl Events | Cake Designer ~ Polkadots | Hair Stylist ~ Rae Cosmetics | Wedding Stationary ~ The Inviting Pear | Caterer ~ Royal Fig Catering | Cinematography ~ Shattered Glass Productions | Floral Designer ~ Stems Floral Design Austin | Submitted via Two Bright Lights