Houston Wedding at The Crystal Ballroom from Akil Bennett Photography
May 29, 2013
Classic WeddingsVintageBallroom Weddings
A little bit vintage, the perfect dash of romance and a whole lot of love, this wedding is just a dream come true for any bride-to-be (or blogger in my case). It's Houston sophistication at its finest yet with a cozy warmth, all planned to perfection by Bash! A Special Events Firm. With gorgeous florals from Stems Custom Floral and a collection of picture perfect images from Akil Bennett Photography - it's safe to say, this gallery is bursting at the seems with pretty. See it all here.
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From The Bride... What I wanted most for my wedding was the bring the warmth and intimacy of my family home into this occasion marking Dan's and my commitment to creating a new family and a new home. That meant that I wanted every detail to reflect a kind of vintage romantic aesthetic and to convey the sweetness of love, a plan aided by our coordinator, Traci Rushton. Our chuppah, or marriage canopy, serving as our symbolic first home, was sewn by my aunt from a vintage tablecloth. It will become a staple of each life-cycle event for our new family. Mark Miller of Stems Custom Floral, then incorporated it into a framework of dogwood trees to bring in a sense of the natural and organic. He continued that theme-- of things found, lovingly collected, and curated-- in our centerpieces, each unique and made up of small containers, antique vases, and objects he selected overflowing with blush-colored roses.

Our Scottish terrier, Tillie, was also an important part of our wedding and decor. Dan and I were talking about getting engaged, but it wasn't until I brought home this adorable, energetic, affectionate puppy that we realized how much of a family we had become. He proposed exactly one month after she started bounding around our home, and, although she couldn't be trusted to attend the wedding, we made sure she was part of it. She was featured on our save-the-date, a paper cut-out by Julene Harrison, in Scottie silhouettes directing guests to their seats, as a little terrier peeking out from our cake, and in blush and silver cookies guests took home to continue the celebration.

A vintage silver locket pattern with our initials was another motif: first featured in our invitations, it reappeared on programs, napkins, and, most adorably, on necklaces worn by our three darling flower girls, whose happy faces reflected our own joy during and after a wonderful night!

Wedding Photography: Akil Bennett Photography | Ceremony Venue: Congregation Beth Israel |Reception Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel | Floral Design: Stems Custom Floral  | Event Planning + Design: Bash! A Special Events Firm | Invitations: Atelier du Papier  | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Bride's Shoes: Alice + Olivia | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone |Makeup: Jennifer Aronson Makeup