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Simple Shabby Chic Bridal Session

Bridal sessions are the best, don’t you think? A day to get all dolled up on your beautiful gown (and let’s face it, the more you get to put that beauty on, the happier you are) and play in front of the camera. As Southern Charm Photography has absolutely proven with these images, the bridal session is really the best.

From the photographer… Meet Bethany. A bride as natural and as beautiful as they come. When Bethany called me and told me she wanted bridals that were very simple and natural with a little shabby chic thrown in, I knew exactly what we needed to do! Bethany and her fiancé had to endure a long distance relationship, which is why we felt the need to include the globes with our shabby chic set up! On top of that Bethany and her family created her bouquet as well as her lovely sash for her dress! It was such a joy to photograph her in all of her happiness!

Photography: Southern Charm Photography | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal

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Winter Wedding at The Crystal Ballroom

There’s nothing – and I repeat, nothing – more romantic than an elegant winter affair. Between the cold temps, cozy ambiance and candles galore, you find the most perfect setting for saying “I do.”  And this Houston wedding? It’s all of the above. Nhan Photography and T-Square Production captured the romance and you get started on the swooning right over here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding was elegant and traditional and was meticulously designed around a champagne, chocolate, ivory and gold theme. Aaron and I wanted a timeless and conservative event that was a reflection of our Christian faith and relationship. We met, began our courtship, got engaged, and would be living as husband and wife in New York City; so it was important that we incorporated the city into our special day. We also wanted to honor my late grandfather and did so by marrying on his birthday. We customized our wedding to reflect the two of us through several DIY projects thanks to Aaron’s artistic genius.

We had a blast developing every single detail of our day and although we were planning from New York, it was not overwhelming. We visited Texas frequently for meetings and that worked very well for us as our vendors were very accommodating. The wedding guild at St. Paul’s was outstanding, and our wedding planner Angela was a dream come true, very experienced and warm, with a tremendous amount of connections. It was a pleasure working with Angela throughout the entire planning process. Our florist Bill was phenomenal, enthusiastic, and always patient during our extensive meetings. It was an honor working with Nhan Nguyen, he is the very best. I literally cried when I viewed my bridal portraits and again when I saw our wedding photos. Our invitation designer Cristy was also an angel. She worked around our tight schedule and her expertise and perfectionism helped bring all of our stationery ideas to fruition. As we planned our wedding, Style Me Pretty, Etsy, Pinterest, and Oh So Beautiful Paper were extremely inspirational.

The wedding process for us was the team project of a lifetime, and we took our time as we carefully planned and worked on our masterpiece. Aaron and I designed personalized wedding party request cards for all members of the wedding party. The bridesmaid cards were dresses, while the groomsmen cards were tuxedos with custom fabric for the ascot and various papers for the collar, vest and jacket. Together with our designer Cristy, we developed our save the dates which foreshadowed the elegance of our invitations. For our invitations we chose to incorporate an embossed monogram tag on a ribbon which doubled as a belly band. We used our custom monogram embosser to personalize our out of town gable boxes, napkins, and thank you cards. Aaron did an outstanding job of sewing the ascots for his attendants. We searched for months for the perfect fabric finally settling on handsome gold and black stripes. The ascots were another custom touch that doubled as a thoughtful gift and keepsake for the groomsmen.

Growing up in Houston, Texas, I was always enamored with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and envisioned my wedding being there. The wooden pews, stained glass windows, arches, pipe organ, architecture, and stone were exactly what I pictured for our special day. We incorporated our color scheme into the aisle decor which consisted of bundled hydrangeas and ivory silk draping. The bridesmaids’ palomino gowns and bouquets of quicksand roses, along with the hostesses’ chocolate dresses coordinated wonderfully.

Selecting my gown was an amazing adventure especially being in New York City with its enormous selection of bridal boutiques. I spent months looking for “the one” and finally found my beautiful silk satin ballgown at the flagship Reem Acra Bridal Salon on Fifth Avenue. I was floored by the beading and Swarovski crystals and just loved the three pickup chapel train, it made the most beautiful bustle!

For the groom and groomsmen attire, Aaron wanted something different while still maintaining traditional elegance. He decided upon the cutaway coat which fit perfectly with the pin dot ascot and was appropriate given our wedding took place in the late afternoon. Our florist’s suggestion of a polar start rose petalette as opposed to a bulky rose for the boutonniere completed the look impeccably.

Getting ready was emotional as time was flying by and the culmination of over a year and a half of planning was approaching. My gift to Aaron was a beautiful carved wood plaque with our family name and wedding date. I knew that this would be a treasured heirloom for us and something that we could incorporate into upcoming milestones in our marriage. I also gave him a personalized photo book of our wedding planning journey which chronicled his involvement. I am blessed to have had a groom who was involved in every step of the planning process. All of our vendors agreed that they had never seen a groom work harder. For something old, the mother of the groom sewed a handkerchief composed of fabric from both my mother’s wedding dress and her own. This was a very special gift and another heirloom. My something new was my wedding gown and the bracelet that Aaron gifted me. For something blue, a bouquet photo charm of my late grandfather was connected by a blue ribbon, allowing me to have him in my hands as I walked down the aisle.

It was such a powerful moment when my dad pulled down my veil and the organist played “The Bridal Chorus” as we approached the doors of the church. I had a rush of joy that dried up all tears, my heartbeat normalized, and my jitters subsided as I walked down the aisle to my groom. I was able to slip back into real time and savor every second of the ceremony. The string musicians were outstanding and “Clair de Lune” was absolutely breathtaking, by far one of my favorite memories of the day. It was very special to incorporate our “True Love Waits” chastity commitment into our wedding ceremony, and we were honored to have the father of the groom as an officiant. The pronouncement was surreal and I felt the enchantment of my fairytale coming true as the organist played “The Wedding March” for our recessional.

The ballroom at the Rice is absolutely spectacular with its vaulted muraled ceilings and gorgeous brown drapes which fit perfectly into our color scheme. Our linen selection of ivory damask and imperial stripes further solidified the theme. To pay homage to the city where our relationship began, each of our dinner tables was named after one of our favorite locations in New York and included a photo and description of the significance.

We compiled photos from our courtship which played as a slideshow during our first dance. As a special treat, during the father-daughter and mother-son dances, we surprised our parents with a slideshow of childhood pictures of us with them. This was very nostalgic and was well received by our guests. As another notable touch, we had our parents dance to their wedding song during the reception, it was such a lovely moment for them. Additionally, the wedding party members danced with their walking partners during the reception, it made for a precious moment and photograph.

At the end of the night we were escorted downstairs for a rose petal send-off in our vintage Rolls-Royce. To sum up the event it was magical, romantic, and exceeded my wildest dreams! I am so grateful and I hope that our wedding serves as inspiration for other brides as they plan.

Photography: Nhan Photography | Cinematography: T-Square Production | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Florist: Floral Events | Cake: Who Made the Cake! | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Sambuca | Wedding Planner: Angela Nix | Hair: Avion Sylvester | DJ: DJs Unlimited | Accommodations: Magnolia Hotel Houston | Alterations and Steaming: Beautiful U by Arlene | Alterations and Steaming: Jenny Kim Couture | Bouquet Photocharm: AristoCrafty - Etsy | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Shoes: Nina | Ceremony Musicians: Avalon Music | Custom Monogram Embosser: Custom Embosser | Flower Girl Dress: My Girl Dress | Groom's Gift - Photo book: Shutterfly | Groom's Gift - Sign: Signs of a Daydreamer - Etsy | Groomsmen Attire: Al's Formal Wear | Hostess Dresses: Ann Taylor | Limousine (Bride and Groom): Monarch Limousines | Linens: Over the Top | Makeup: Irie Jade Beauty by Denise Wedderburn | Personalized Champagne Flutes: Maggie's Craft Time - Etsy | Personalized Hanger: Hanger Design Center - Etsy | Rentals: Aztec Events | Stationery (Invitations, Save the Dates, Escort Cards, Programs,: Designs for Life | Transportation (Wedding Party and OOT Guests): Sam's Limousines

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Blush Inspiration Shoot

Truth: I’m not a girly-girl.  I prefer jeans to dresses and flip flops to high heels.  But show me a wedding overflowing with blush hues, and I just can’t get enough.  Which is why this inspiration shoot from Pomp & Circumstance has totally made my Thursday.  It’s soft blush hues, pops of black and all kinds of awesome details.  See it all captured by Joseph West right here.

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From Pomp & Circumstance… I believe every young girl has a fantasy of their perfect wedding day, and I was one of those girls once. As I looked for inspiration for this particular shoot I tapped into that young girl and the fantasy she created. I remember being in love with pink, ruffles and flowers. That transitioned into Blush in Love, a shoot with that small girls fantasy becoming an adult ladies reality. Pink turned into blush, ruffles turned into gorgeous confetti linens and flowers… well that was the easy one. With these ideas in mind we gathered some of the best vendors in Houston and put together a magical shoot that combined gorgeous flowers, detailed planning, hair and make-up artistry and a photographer to pull it all together.

Photography: Joseph West Photography | Wedding Gown: BHLDN | Floral Design: Maxit Flower Design | Hair & Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Art Gallery: Gremillion & Co. Fine Art | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Coordination: Pomp & Circumstance | Event Rentals : EB Inc | Invitations : Copper Willow Paper Studio | Styling & Design: Pomp & Circumstance

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