If you're not sitting down right now, I suggest you find a seat immediately. Because this old New York meets Houston Glam wedding literally might make you fall over! First, let's start off with the fashion and styling...it's impeccable! The ruffle-accented wedding dress, the coordinating bridesmaid dresses in those lush, rich earth tones and the Old New York glamour make-up and hair had me drooling at hello. And the dresses were all designed by the bride! But wait, there's more..she also designed all of the stationary...those Metro placecards-genius! I could go on and on, but before I let you dive into this post, I have to mention the ultra-romantic images by Clayton Austin. They are just breath-taking! Check out even more images on his blog. After you guys devour this spectacular wedding, I suggest you high-tail it over to the bride's womenswear site, Dolly Pearl, where you can check out even more of her ultra-chic creations.
From the bride...My vision started when I was limited to having my wedding in Houston, Texas. I live in New York, but was born and raised in Houston. My fiance's family resides in both Houston and Seattle, Washington. I originally wanted a very glamorous old New York/Hollywood theme, so we went with that and decided to bring New York to Houston, all the while incorporating the South. All of the stationary (invitations, menu cards, "metro" subway name place cards, table cards, etc.) were designed, printed, and individually hand cut by me (I'm a former graphic designer). Using a gorgeous chinoiserie print I found online (while looking for wallpaper for my NY studio), I found my color scheme of rich and earthy hues (deep reds, chocolates, gold, taupe, deep greens). For the name place cards, I scanned and redesigned the NY metro cards to the exact size and look, but with my wedding theme and colors. I also named each table after an important street in NY, from which my husband and I had memories from. The pre-processional music played Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York', Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind', Alicia Keys 'Empire State of Mind, Part II', and Ella Fitzgerald's 'Manhattan'. We brought in desserts directly from New York, including macaroons, a Lady M crepe cake, chocolates, truffles, and cupcakes. For the 'photobooth', we wanted something really unique without the cheesiness of oversized wigs and huge sunglasses. We chose to be tasteful with a wall of frames and adorable props created by Etoile Events. The pattern of the wallpaper fabric was brought in from New York and closely matched the chinoiserie print. All of the food was Southern themed to fuse our past and present together. The end result was a lush and richly hued wedding on a major budget.