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Classic Houston Wedding in the Julia Ideson Library

I think it’s safe to say, no one does classic quite like Texas.  So take a gorgeous setting like the Julia Ideson Library and add the fab stylings of Keely Thorne Events, plus lush florals from Events In Bloom and luxe golden hues and it’s one of the prettiest days you’ll ever lay your eyes upon.  See all of the traditional lovely captured by Kelli Elizabeth Photography right here.

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From Kelli ElizabethMichelle & Scott got married at an old historic Library. Nestled in downtown Houston, this historic gem was built in 1926, with classic architecture. The setting was a perfect juxtaposition of urban life, and southern romance. To keep a natural feel, we used bay leaf garland to not deter from the gorgeous setting. Bistro lighting brought their foodie love of adorable cafes into the main study hall. Using vintage polaroid cameras and books from her family’s library brought a personal chapter to their wedding story.

As the bride works for an advertising firm, she worked on all the design and signage for their wedding in-house, and they looked amazing! The groom incorporated his fun sense of humor with his fourth of July themed socks and Wayfarers for him and his groomsmen. For wedding favors, the couple made their homemade spice blend in jars for everyone to take home. Each one labeled “The Perfect Blend.”

Photography: Kelli Elizabeth | Videographer: Dallas Edison | Event Planning: Keely Thorne Events | Floral Design: Events In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Who Made The Cake! | Cupcakes: Crave Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Anne's Catholic Church | Reception: Julia Ideson Library | Reception Venue: Julia Ideson Library | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Cordua Catering | Hair & Makeup: Hues By Heather | Lighting: Intelligent Lighting | Band: Blind Date | Groomsmen Suits: J Crew | Getaway Car: Monarch British Limousines | Invitation Design/Custom Logo: Bunny & Bear Paper

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Romantic Picnic Surprise Proposal

Are you ready to see the sweetest proposal? I’m not just talking about those perfectly pink macarons or even those lovely pastel blooms, no m’dears because this surprise proposal is all that and so much more. With a plan laid out, this darling duo set out for a picnic styled shoot that turned proposal, and with Dana Fernandez Photography behind the lens every happy tear is waiting for you, here!

From Dana Fernandez Photography … Two weeks before the proposal, our nephew, Matthew, told us that he was going to propose to his girlfriend Ashley! We were so ecstatic! We immediately offered to secretly capture everything. His original idea was to go for a walk along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and lead her to a random picnic, which is where he would propose!

As we got closer to the date, I started to think about the fact that Ashley would probably want to be dressed up and looking her best, especially since every moment would be captured. So, about a week before, I came up with an idea to still do the original picnic but to make it appear to be a styled shoot.

Thanks to the amazing vendors, Blush and Vine, Hey Lovely Makeup, and Buttercup, we were able to put our scheme together in just a few short days! The day before, I called Matthew and Ashley acting like I had a styled shoot and told Ashley that the models got sick. I asked if she could fill in last minute and since it was a “styled shoot”, Ashley was to dress up and have her hair and makeup done.

Everything down to the last detail was absolute perfection! We even used a blanket that Matthew had custom made with pictures of them together over the past couple of years and also Matthew’s parents’ wedding flutes for the champagne. Ashley was completely surprised and everything turned out so beautifully!

Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | Videography: Josh Fernandez with Dana Fernandez Photography | Planner: Ashley Joseph from Two Be Wed | Florals: Blush and Vine | Engagement Ring: Deville Fine Jewelry | Baker and Calligrapher: Buttercup | Engagement Ring Holder: Anthropologie | Lab: The Find Lab | Makeup and Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup | Styling & Concept: Dana Fernandez Photography

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Romantic Boudoir Session

My inner brave girl is totally dying over this boudoir session.  Well, not just my inner brave girl.  Because this masterpiece of boudoir beauty?  It’s soooo romantic, and soooo lovely.  Think light-filled images from Blush By Katie Lamb, the beauty stylings of Sunkissed And Made Up and gorgeous attire from Salua LingerieFor Love And Lemons and Eloise By Anthropologie.  Soak it all in right here

From Blush By Katie Lamb… I wanted this session to reflect my soft, romantic, and feminine approach to boudoir photography. I choose fabrics and textures that reflected this such as lace and silk, and shot in a simple studio location that wouldn’t take away from the softness and simplicity of the photos. The fabulous hair and makeup team at Sunkissed and Made Up translated my vision perfectly by using neutrals and soft shades of pink.

Photography: Blush By Katie Lamb | Hair And Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Venue: Private Residece | Dot Lace Robe: For Love And Lemons | Gold Feather Crown: Urban Outfitters | Lace Peignoir / Blush Silk Cami & Shorts: Eloise By Anthropologie | Quilted Blanket: Restoration Hardware | White Lace Romper: Salua Lingerie

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Elegant Halloween Wedding Inspiration

If I’m being honest, “elegance” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a Halloween shoot. But thanks to the style-driven vision of Heather Benge Events, we’re proving this spooky-scary holiday can lend some pretty gorgeous inspiration for the Big Day and beyond. F. Dellit Designs put together the blooms, For Heavens Cake crafted the sweets, and Awake Photography snapped the goodies here.

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From Heather Benge EventsFor this inspiration shoot, I decided to incorporate the colors of Halloween in an elegant way. With this dramatic holiday falling on a Friday this year and a Saturday next year, I figured combining the colors we all relate to Halloween with some simple elegance could make a big statement. In my opinion, it did! Black, Peach, White and lots of greenery really gave the shoot the elegance I was after. We decided to shoot out in a field to really show off our design and concept without it getting lost in a venue.

It was pouring rain the whole day, but for a brief moment (literally about 15 minutes) it decided to ease up and left us with the most dramatic sky. The stationery suite was designed with a bold stripe to give a modern feel. The tablescape incorporated lots of gold details with high and low floral elements. My favorite design element of the whole shoot are the Mr. and Mrs. chairs. The silhouette decals are unique and tell a story.

You immediately know when looking at the table which chairs are for the bride and groom. Fits the theme perfectly, don’t you think? This concept started out as a tiny idea earlier this year when a bride hired me to design their wedding the day after Halloween. I thought how fun it would be to use the holiday as an inspiration in an unexpected way. I couldn’t be more happy with how this shoot turned out. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Photography: Awake Photography | Floral Design: F. Dellit Designs | Wedding Dress: The Princess Bridal | Cake: For Heavens Cake | Hair And Makeup: Hey Lovely | Concept & Design: Heather Benge Events | Furniture Rentals: Re'Luv'd Designs | Property: Re'Luv'd Designs | Stationary Suite: My Urban Invites

Sweet Diner Engagement Session

When it comes to picking that perfect spot for an engagement session, just about anywhere is possible. Just take this photo sesh captured at the couple’s favorite brunch spot, Liberty Kitchen. It’s romantic and modern, and Miabella Photography documented memories these two will hold onto for years to come. See it all here!

From Miabella Photography… Our gorgeous couple opted for a morning session so we could not only take advantage of lovely morning light but also so we could hit up their favorite brunch spot before the crowd poured in. Liberty Kitchen in Houston let us come in before the opened to have full reign of their venue (and honestly, its gorgeous.. I want to live there). The bride wore a short white 60’s inspired sheath by Nha Kahn which she rented from Rent the Runway. For a pop of color, Lacey wore blue pumps by Kristin Cavalari for Chinese Laundry. The brides hair and make-up were done by Mely Cruz Artistry. These two adorably laughed and snuggled their way through this session making my job very easy!

Photography: Miabella Photography | Make-Up: Mely Cruz Artistry | Venue: Liberty Kitchen

Vintage Inspired Backyard Wedding

Ever since the day I first saw Annie Banks walk down the aisle to “Canon in D” I’ve held a very special place in my heart for backyard weddings.  So to say that this sweeter than sweet homespun affair has captured my very being is sort of an understatement.  The perfect combo of simple + elegant with just a dash of vintage goodness, it’s pure perfection.  See it all captured by Mustard Seed Photography here.

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From the Bride… We chose my parents home, because it is a special place for our family and such a beautiful location. My mom is a master gardener and does most of the gardening herself. We both share a hobby for gardening and decorating together and it made it so special to use the gardens she has worked so hard to grow as the back drop!  I wanted the wedding to be “homey.” I wanted to flowers to look as though you went into the backyard, picked a bunch of things and threw them in a vase. I wanted the cake to taste homemade. I also added in a vintage flare. We had the place cards mounted on an antique hat stand littered with hats that belonged to both of our grandmothers. I added as much milk glass as I could find! We had a vintage chandelier hanging from the tent. I chose the vintage theme not only because I love the look, but also because it pays homage to a time when weddings were much more simple. A time when weddings in the backyard were common and it was treated as not only a celebration of a couple’s love, but a celebration of the support and community their family and friends have provided throughout their lives! I wanted our wedding to serve as a thank you to our guests for their support over the years! Thus, my goal was to create an environment where all could have a great time and enjoy the scenery!

Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Coordinator: Soiree Bliss Events | Florist: Flowers Texas Style | Cake: Samantha Linton | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: All Star Catering | DJ: DJ Tony Mac | Suits: Jos A Bank | Bride's Dress: BHLDN | Furniture Rentals: Prestigious Event Rentals | Veil: BHLDN

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