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If You’re Looking for a Garden Oasis Hidden in a Bustling City, This Is Your Dream Venue!

“Romantic, graceful, delicate”… three perfect words by Spell Events to describe McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, Texas. Today’s styled shoot embraces the ethereal beauty of the property, complete with cascading blooms and sweet bud vases by Blush Floral Co. The Spring color scheme creates a beautiful juxtaposition against the subtle pops of Fall foliage peaking through the blooms. See all the magic unfold at the full gallery, captured by Marni Wishart Photography!

Tucked away in the bustling city, this garden oasis is a place where we can sit quietly and appreciate tranquility and beauty. Romantic. Graceful. Delicate. A romantic color palette is carefully chosen to reflect the beautiful spring season while a remnant of autumn makes an appearance through the dark red foliage to contrast. 

Each delicate arrangement is deliberately styled to communicate love in very unique ways. The cascading blooms that run down the table represent the love that connects two people, deepened through an ongoing commitment to appreciate differences and to growth. The bud vases that texturize the table represent the small details and gestures that matter most. 

Love is further highlighted through our models, both dancers, who were called from different parts of the world to one place: the Houston Ballet, where they share their passion for dancing and where they cultivate their love for one another through constant encouragement and laughter. With their graceful movement, each picture of them beautifully encapsulates the moments of joy of their growing love. Every aspect of this shoot: the colors, styling, and movement all work collaboratively to make a lasting impression.

Photography: Marni Wishart Photography | Floral Design: Blush Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Belleame Bridal Houston | Cake: Becca Cakes | Ring: Uptown Diamond | Hair and Makeup: Adorne Artistry | Calligraphy: Yellow Rose Calligraphy | Wedding Venue: Mcgovern Centennial Gardens | Acrylic Invitation: Laser Cut Co | Linens: House Of Hough | Model: Mackenzie Richter | Model: Charles-Louis Yoshiyama | Planning: Corley Spell | Rental: Aztec Events | Second Shooter: Piper Wishart | Table Rental: Bering's

Bold Blue Living Room Filled with DIY Hacks

This living room tour by Chari Herndon is just FAB. They way she spiced up her furniture with some bold DIY hacks proves that you can do anything that you put your mind to. We’re obsessed.

I get so many questions about my bold and colorful space, and how I maximized the space in a smaller living room. I decorated my 805sqft uptown Houston apartment on a budget.

I purchased all of my decor, accents , and furniture from Wayfair, IKEA, and Target. I completed DIY hacks on my IKEA coffee table, bookshelf, and barcart (I love a good IKEA hack).

Color, is one thing I am not afraid of in my home, and cobalt blue and gold reign true in my space. My artwork was commissioned by the artist, Whitey Austin, who created my 3 one of a kind canvas paintings for my space. It’s always been a dream of mine to own black artwork, and these three paintings are my most prized possessions. I am the blogger behind chichomestyle. Com.

I love entertaining, so I wanted to style a space that’s welcoming, but also is a reflection of my bold and bubbly personality. A space that is lively and full of color.

I have often times felt restricted as to what I can do with a a space I’m renting. It’s pushed me to be more creative with my styling, and design choices, and I think I’ve successfully designed a home that is the perfect reflection of me!

Photographer: Arzu Vargas Photography | Home: AMLI Uptown | Interior Decorator & Blogger: Chari Herndon

Chinoiserie Garden-Themed Wedding Inspiration at McGovern Centennial Gardens

When Kelly Doonan Events and Mibellarosa Designs set out to create an editorial inspired by Chinoiserie, they took a traditional interpretation and crafted a modern fine art take on this aesthetic. From the Bride’s dress and the stationery to the ceremony backdrop and the draped reception scene, crawling florals are woven into every inch of this inspirational bliss. There’s an abundance of detail to savor, thanks to Josh & Dana Fernandez.

From Kelly, owner ofKelly Doonan Events… Together, working and co-designing with Phuong of Mibellarosa, our inspiration was to take the Chinoiserie style and apply a fresh palette of colors that aren’t normally utilized together in traditional fine art weddings. We chose to focus primarily on shades of teal and aqua, with assists from peaches, pinks and mauves. While remaining true to the Chinoiserie tradition, the final outcome of the shoot illustrates that a muted color palette isn’t always required in order to achieve the look of fine art refinement.

For the ceremony, Phuong of Mibellarosa sought to mimic Chinoiserie style wallpaper by painting three panels with flowers, including fluffy cherry blossom branches, phalaenopsis orchids, roses, hydrangeas, wisteria, carnations and baby’s breath. She wanted to portray the feeling of the trees and flowers commonly seen on the wallpapers coming to life and blooming straight out of the walls. Sleek, creamy velvet chairs with gold legs were brought in by Johanna Terry Events to provide a pop of color, complementing the park’s green lawn and to draw the attention of the viewer down the aisle to the floral panels. The colorful panels also created the perfect backdrop for the cake. 

Becca of Becca Cakes Dessert Design created a wedding cake design combining a variety of textures and colors to bring the Chinoiserie inspiration into a three-dimensional form. The base is champagne gold with bas relief birds and floral textures. The ruffles on the bottom tier are layers in shades of teal, turquoise and mint to bring a pop of color inspired by the beautiful chinaware on the tablescape, as well as to add dimension and texture. The cake is dressed with an arrangement of handmade sugar flowers in shades of white and blush. To compliment the wedding cake Becca also created a small groom’s cake, which is further inspired by the tablescape. It is a mint blue with the same bas relief birds and floral textures used in the wedding cake. The birds are accented with champagne gold and the cake is wrapped in a sugar flower vine of greenery and peachy-pink climbing roses. 

Johanna Terry Event’s team constructed a structure draped in lavender grey chiffon to create a romantic setting for the long head table dressed with rose velvet linens from La Tavola. Mibellarosa created floral compotes with cherry blossoms, roses, Japanese pieris, chocolate lisianthus, pink snowberry, snapdragons, nerine lilies, carnations and bleached fountain grass. An installation of cherry blossom branches, peach phalaenopsis orchids, curly willow and smilax hung over the table adding a bit of whimsy. Phuong’s team also draped the posts with greenery and peach roses to mimic climbing roses. A hand-painted urn sat at the bottom of the vignette to complete the look. The table was topped off with various designs of fine china and flatware from Berings. The china was chosen with special care to incorporate the various colors of the bright palette yet with various patterns so that it would not be one-note.

The bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown on loan from Casa de Novia with its beautiful ivory velvet ribbon and lace detailing that mimicked the shape of flower blossoms was a wonderfully dramatic addition to the overall look of the shoot. Hey Lovely Makeup complemented the elegance of the gown with a sweeping updo as well as to show off the deep neck line and intricate lace pattern.

Phuong from Mibellarosa, created a posy of fluffy pale peach and blush ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas, nerine lilies, and carnations to keep the look modern, sleek and elegant to complement the gown. Pale peach chiffon ribbons by Frou Frou Chic accompanied the bouquet and then finished off with an exquisite gold bird brooch.

With Chinoiserie style as the muse, Dionne from Nib and Pixel knew that flowers, birds and trees were an absolute must when designing the invitations for this shoot. The colorful, pastel twist on historical Chinoiserie design was a fun, but chic take on the usual royal-blue-and-white interpretations we had seen trending in wedding design in the last few years. The suite was not only inspired by Chinoiserie motifs in art, but also took a cue from Chinoiserie furniture design, with the inclusion of brass semi-circle hardware, similar to what you’d see on Chinoiserie chests and tables (these can be seen in the invitation clips, and also on the envelope flap). To add in some texture, the place cards included Japanese stab-binding on the top of each card. 

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Photography : Josh & Dana Fernandez | Floral Design: Mibellarosa Designs | Cakes: Becca Cakes | Makeup and Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup | Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Branding Film: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Bridal Boutique: Casa de Novia Bridal Couture | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Ceremony & Reception: Mcgovern Centennial Gardens | Diamond Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Earring Ring Box: Bark and Berry | Engagement Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Linen Designer: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Linens, Chairs, Tables, and Pipe and Drape Build: Johanna Terry Events | Model: Rachel Lapierre | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Nib And Pixel | Planning : Kelly Doonan Events | Tablescape Items: Bering's | Wedding Ring Box: Voeu Du Coeur

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McGovern Centennial Gardens of Hermann Park Tented Wedding

On a rainy day in April, the heavens showered the Earth and blessed the union of Amanda and Matthew. From the start when they first met, these two dog lovers and vegans have been inseparable. The adorable couple celebrated their everlasting love with their family and friends at the whimsical McGovern Centennial Gardens of Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. ~ from Bear Hands Media Bridal Films

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By now, you should all know about how strongly Style Me Pretty feels about weddings and wedding films… the two just belong together!! See more of Bear Hands incredible wedding films, in all the various formats (Trailers, Highlight Films, Documentary Films even Save the Dates and Rehearsal Dinners…..) on their website!

Cinematography: Bear Hands Media Group | Wedding Planner: Keely Thorne Events | Wedding Dress: Michal Medina | Wedding Cake: Jody Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings | Bride & Groom Prep Location: Hotel ZaZa | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mcgovern Centennial Gardens | Florals & Decor: Events In Bloom | Reception Music: Doppleganger

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Heartwarming Houston Wedding at the Hobby Center

Allison and Kyle are an incredibly gorgeous couple both inside and out. They’re an inspiration of love and instantaneously spread joy to all those around them with their kind personalities and infectious beautiful smiles. Best wishes to these newlyweds – may the warmth of your everlasting love surround you both forever. ~ Bear Hands Media

I am so glad you are here. It helps me realize how beautiful my world is. – Goethe

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You know how we feel about wedding films, right? Don’t let another day go by without booking your wedding videographer asap.

See more highlight films, short wedding films, trailers, save-the-dates, etc on Bear Hands Media’s website!

Wedding Cinema: Bear Hands Media Group | Floral + Event Design: Flora & Eventi | Wedding Planner: Two Be Wed | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Gina | Stationery: Events Gifts | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Hobby Center | Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Ceremony Music: Third Floor Strings | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Day of Branding: Invitation Solutions | Decor: Flora And Eventi | Wedding Band: The Drywater Band

Sentimental Details Make Weddings Oh So Special!

From Mustard Seed Organic PhotographyThe Bride loved the idea of an outdoor wedding, so they transformed their reception venue to flood the space with beautiful outdoor elements from tall tree centerpieces to glowing lights to represent a star filled night. Sentimental items from the couples relationship made for the sweetest details as guests entered the reception: they incorporated little “artifacts” from their dating courtship and relationship into the reception… A&M tickets to every football game they attended together, Camp Lopez bracelets where the couple met, Mickey Mouse ears and Harry Potter wands from their first trip to Disney together, and a Starbucks coffee cup that was used when Jordan proposed!

Even their cat Mayzie was incorporated into their wedding details! You can see Mayzie pop up throughout their stationery and signage, including illustrations of Mayzie that were used on the specialty drinks sign, and cutouts used for photobooth props. The bride’s specialty drink was named the Mayzie. The other specialty drink was named The Jax which was named after her college roommate’s cat. Meredith found and adopted Mayzie in college when she lived with the maid of honor.

The evening ended with a big surprise as balloons dropped from the ceiling in celebration of the couples new beginning together. The night truly was #soinloveitsgross! Congrats to the new Mr. And Mrs. Gross! See more of the details in the full gallery…

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Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Videography: 31FILMS | Planner: Two Be Wed | Florist: Blooming Gallery Scott Konitzer | Cake: Whisk Bakery | Invitations: Papellerie | Shoes: Tieks | Hair and Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Lighting: Brightstar Productions | DJ: Xceptional DJs | Favors: Tiny Boxwoods | String Quartet : Third Floor Strings | Wedding Venue: Julia Ideson Library | Bridal Shop: Casa de Novia Bridal Couture | Live Painting: Marry Me in Spring | Rentals: Swift Company | Rentals: Blooming Gallery Scott Konitzer

We Dropped Everything We Were Doing the Second We Saw This Wedding

Stop whatever it is you’re doing and look at this wedding captured by Dana Fernandez Photography. Glamorous, am I right? Next, press play on their film by Sculpting With Time Productions. It’s so worth every second. Finally, get your Pin It button ready, because now you know every last detail planned by Belle of the Ball needs to end up on one of your inspiration boards, stat.

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Event Venue

From Dana Fernandez PhotographyAmanda and Anthony were married the Saturday following Thanksgiving, surrounded by their closest family and friends at the gorgeous and historic The Corinthian in Houston, Texas. From the second you meet them, you instantly know that their relationships with the people closest to them are the most important! So naturally, when Amanda was deciding on decor items, one of her biggest must-haves was lighting that created an intimate ambiance. She felt the best way to achieve this was through candelabras, natural candlelight, and hanging chandeliers. In addition to the lighting, using crimson as an accent to the neutral and blush color palette helped to tie in the colors of the season, and Belle of the Ball alongside the Blooming Gallery did an excellent job bringing all of that together! We absolutely loved everything from from start to finish and couldn’t have asked for a better couple and team of amazing vendors to work with!



Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Cinematography: Sculpting With Time Productions | Event Planning + Design: Belle of the Ball | Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture | Cakes: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Jackson Hicks | Hair + Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings | Venue: The Corinthian | Audio Visual, Lighting: GTX Productions | Cocktail Hour Music: Mariachi Oro Houston | Floral Design, Rentals: Blooming Gallery Scott Konitzer | Late Night Snacks: Shipley's Donuts | Men's Shoes: Lucchese Boots | Menu: Nib And Pixel | Paper Floral Backdrop: Paper Floral Artistry | Pink Goblets: Swift Company | Reception Band: Finding Friday | Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Nib And Pixel

Saturday Morning Movie: Emotional + Elegant Texas Wedding Film

Several beautiful details stand out while watching this Texas wedding film… the giant circle of white florals at the ceremony, the gorgeous gown, the towering white cake… but what we can’t stop thinking about is the emotional element of it all. The Groom’s sweet tears pulled at our heart strings and they’re exactly why we love films from Bear Hands Media Group; they know how to capture the really good stuff. So sit back and enjoy this elegant, intimate and emotional wedding film that leaves us full of all those feel good vibes.

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From Bear Hands Media Group… Morgan and Nathan’s love story began when they met in the library during college. They declared their love and commitment to each other in front of their family and friends in an intimate wedding ceremony at The Corinthian. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, as they recited the vows they had personally written for each other. We feel so honored to have been able to capture their stunning wedding and incredible love on film!



Cinematography: Bear Hands Media Group | Event Planning: Keely Thorne Events | Floral Design: Events In Bloom | Wedding Cake: Who Made The Cake! | Stationery: Papellerie | Hair + Makeup: Blushing Beauty by Nikki | Wedding Venue: The Corinthian | Wedding Band: Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production

From Braids to Blooms, We Have a Beautiful Wedding Film Not To Be Missed

It may seem like a minor detail… but I noticed. This Bride is wearing her hair up in a beautiful braid and I just love it (all you brides-to-be out there, take notice! It looks fab!). But this was just one pretty detail among many that make this classic wedding stand out. From start to finish, we have a story as sweet as can be and Bear Hands Media Group captured it all, from braids to blooms. Take a little break from all that holiday shopping and enjoy some love and laughter right this way!

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From Bear Hands Media Group… When Maggi was referred to us, we were already a fan of her art ( and we were very excited about taking on the project of shooting her wedding day. We knew this was going to be an especially fun and creative couple. Maggi and Eric and everyone who surround them are so fun and funny, just so amazing to be around. We’re so lucky to have met them and we’re so grateful they chose us to be with them on their big day!

We started the day at a beautiful old church in Westheimer called Saint Anne where the ceremony was traditional, but had the occasional touches from the priest that kept their family and friends laughing. Then we all boarded busses back to Houston Country Club where, let us tell you, this group partied like no other. We have so much ridiculously awesome footage of the dance floor going nuts, we could have made an entire video of just that. Maggi and Eric danced with their guests all the way to the very end. They never stopped. It was such a blast. Maggi and Eric’s big day did not disappoint and will certainly go down in history as one of our favorites.



Cinematography: Bear Hands Media Group | Event Planning: Houston Country Club | Floral Design: Houston Country Club | Stationery: Papellerie | Ceremony Venue: Saint Anne | Reception Venue: Houston Country Club

An Amazing, Elegant, Evening Ceremony Not To Be Missed!

Within the first 15 seconds of this wedding film we get views of one amazing cake… but it doesn’t stop there. From the sweetest flower girls to an absolutely amazing evening ceremony, this is a grand celebration – and Bear Hands Media Group captured it all. From start to finish, it’s elegant and romantic and oh so stunning – sit back and enjoy a wedding straight out of a fairytale!

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From Bear Hands Media Group… This is a highlight film from our very favorite shots captured from Sarah and Alden’s beautiful day. This is a wonderful family that had a killer team and it just made for the most stunning moments.



Photography: Chris Bailey Photography | Cinematography: Bear Hands Media Group | Event Planning: Belle of the Ball | Floral Design: Events In Bloom | Stationery: Papellerie | Ceremony Venue: Tallowood Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Houston Country Club | Decor: Events In Bloom

A Regal-Worthy Wedding That Positively Defines Elegance

This right here is the epitome of elegant style.Kelly Doonan Events planned each regal-worthy detail, from the classic ivory bouquet by Maxit Floral Design to the elegant up dos by Hey Lovely Makeup and the ‘maids donning romantic Jenny Yoo gowns. Dana Fernandez Photography captured this beautiful affair, so head to the Vault to get inspired for a timeless wedding of your own.

From the Dana and Josh FernandezFrom the minute we met Kate and John, we knew their wedding was going to be gorgeous as well as fun! Throughout the wedding planning process, Kate had amazing ideas and the best eye for detail. She would periodically update us on all of the gorgeous decor, amazing vendors, and surprises she had planned for the big day! The ceremony took place at South Main Baptist, which was where she and her family attended church and held a special place in her heart.



Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Event Planning + Design: Kelly Doonan Events | Styling: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Floral Design: Maxit Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Who Made The Cake! | Invitations: Bering's | Ceremony Venue: South Main Baptist Church | Reception Venue: River Oaks Country Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup + Hair: Hey Lovely Makeup | Band: China Town Band | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Transportation: Original Trolley Co. | Bridal Boutique: Joan Pillow Bridal | Earrings + Hair Piece: Maria Elena | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Groomsmen's Socks: Stance | Live Wedding Painter: Blaire Brown Art | Rentals: Aztec Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silhouette Artist: Silhouettes By Cindi

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Choosing Traditional Over Trendy Totally Paid Off

For this Bride, her main wedding goal was to create a celebration that was timeless in its beauty. So anything trendy or that would seem out of place in her grandmother’s or mother’s wedding was out and with the help of Events by Sarah, the result is the most beautiful of ballroom affairs held at the Houston Country Club. From the Carolina Herrera princess gown to the beautifully draped reception, this wedding is all about elegant details and they shine through in the images by Amalie Orrange. See the full celebration right here.

My goal was to create a wedding ceremony and reception that felt timeless, elegant, and graceful. I had a tendency to chose traditional over trendy and classic over contemporary, but all the while ensuring that pops of our personality shown through to make our decor unique. The trick I used to make a decision if I was unsure about a decor item was “Would this have been out of place at my mother’s wedding? How about at my grandmother’s wedding?”. Perhaps that seems to simplistic, but if I didn’t think it stood the test of time, I didn’t want to incorporate it into our special day!

When you walked in you first saw a beautiful willow arch with orchids draping from it as though they were growing. It was a WOW piece that felt classic and beautiful, but was also unique. Our family fell in love with orchids when we lived in Singapore, and it was fun to incorporate the flower into the wedding in a way that made the florals more personal.

Our wedding crest was another important aspect of our design. We had a crest custom water colored for us and we are so glad that we did. It was a beautiful yet simple way to customize items like menus, place cards, and cocktail napkins and tied our decor items together well.

I also adored the fact that I tried to utilize my talented friends and family members in ways that I could. My bridesmaid Bess Garison put together a stunning water color map of Houston for our out of town guests, and my new sister-in-law and bridesmaid Laurel made our caligraphied escort cards and place cards.

I should also note that one of my favorite aspects of planning the wedding was seating all of my guests to the place (I do admit that this can be the most frustrating!). When you do this, you are committing to spending a lot of time really thinking about the guests that you have coming and considering who they may enjoy meeting and spending time with at your wedding. I found that my guests appreciated this attention to detail more than I thought they would, and I keep getting notes about how many new friendships were formed at our wedding. As an added bonus, I really felt like I knew who was in the room and knew generally where I could find our guests so that I could greet them.

We spent time putting together a memory table with photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings on both Jordan and my side. This was a very sweet touch and brought back many happy memories for everyone.

I wish I could say the entire day. But I think my favorite moment was saying our vows to each other. Jordan and I spent a long time writing our own vows. We used the traditional vows as our template, and line by line we wrote down exactly what these traditional christian vows meant to us in our own words. The results were vows that were extremely personal, but also reverent and meaningful. Looking into Jordan’s eyes as he said his vows, and as I returned mine, is a sight I am sure I will never forget.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Videography : Nate Puhr (photo + cinema) | Florist: Susie Miller | Cake : Peter Hobi- Alphorn Bakery | Ceremony : River Oaks Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Houston Country Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids dresses: Bloomingdales | Band : Memphis Train Revue | Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Escort Cards and Place Cards: Laurel Smiley | Grooms White Dinner Jacket: Ermenegildo Zegna | Brides Dress: Carolina Herrera | Draping and Specialty linens: Blooming Gallery | Get away car: Monarch British Limousines | Hair/Make-Up: Hey Lovely Makeup | Paper goods: Katie & Co. | Planning and design : Events By Sarah | Rentals: Elegant Chairs | Wedding Crest : Jennifer Ashley Design | Wedding Map: Bess Garison

Pops of Color Make This Garden Party Wedding

This Bride originally thought she wanted a neutral palette for her spring wedding in Houston – that is, until she saw a photo of a romantic and colorful bouquet that completely changed her vision! We are so glad she entrusted F. Dellit Designs with the task of incorporating pops of color into her gray-toned wedding, because the final look captured by Courtney Leigh Photography couldn’t be more perfect for this garden wedding.


From the Bride… When Andrew and I started to dream about our wedding, we didn’t know the specifics, we just knew that we wanted something that reflected us well. One of our favorite things is to gather with our friends and family, preferably somewhere outside, and just hangout and share good food together. We like to host people. So for our wedding, an outdoor celebration with all of our friends and family gathered together was the true foundation of what we wanted. Throw in some of our favorite foods, great music, and string lights, and you’ve got our perfect party.

Once we found the River Oaks Garden Club, everything else fell into place nicely. The garden club is a gem in the middle of the city and made the perfect backdrop. It was filled with green and trees, so we didn’t need many decorations, which was great because we wanted to keep our wedding simple and filled with natural beauty. Our colors were classic, natural, and again simple. We both love the color gray, and gray Bridesmaids’ dresses and table cloths seemed like a nice complement to the gardens as well as to the guy’s black tuxedos.

The flowers were inspired by a photo I had seen of a brightly colored bouquet of loose flowers. I fell in love with it and went from wanting neutral colored flowers to bright pinks, oranges, and yellows with ivory and greenery accents. Our florist, Fawn of F. Dellit Designs, did an amazing job of bringing that inspiration to life. We loved our flowers and loved the pop of color around the gardens – they were perfect for spring time.

With an April wedding in Houston, there was a good chance it could rain, but that Saturday we got so lucky with amazing weather. Not only did it not rain, but it was a perfectly blue skied evening with cooler temperatures and even a breeze! That is a big deal in Houston!

The most meaningful moments of that day are the many times I would look around and see all of the people we love most gathered together to celebrate with us. I loved exchanging our vows beneath the trees with them, sitting at long tables with them, and dancing to a killer band beneath string lights with them. I would look at all of this happening and then look back at Andrew and know that everything was just right. And now I’m carrying those sweet wedding day memories with me and looking at him still thinking the same thing.



Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Cinematography: Keith Skills | Event Planning: Heather Benge Events | Floral Design: F Dellit Designs | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Cakes by Gina | Ceremony Venue: River Oaks Garden Club | Shoes: J.Crew | Catering: Silverstone Events | Hair + Makeup: Adorne Artistry | Lighting: LG Entertainment | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Furniture Rentals: Lovebirds Vintage Rentals | Linen Rentals: Eb Inc Events


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A Life Size Crest Is the New Wedding Arch

Dionne of Nib and Pixel dreamed up this “Love Is Alive” themed wedding inspiration based off of her most popular request for wedding invitation suites – floral laden crests. To pull it off, she brought in a rock star team of vendors – including Dana Fernandez PhotographyKelly Doonan Events, and Hey Lovely Makeup – who helped her create a life size crest, the perfect ceremony arch alternative or way to frame the Bride and Groom in photos. The gorgeous ideas didn’t stop there; she also created and invitation suite using actual flowers. Run, don’t walk, to this incredible gallery.

From Dionne of Nib and PixelAs a wedding invitation designer, I have been seeing that crests and monograms are really popular with today’s couples, and I had an idea to bring those wedding crests to life – literally. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own, so the first person I turned to was my friend Dana of Dana Fernandez Photography, who is not only a talented photographer, but also always has creative ideas, so I knew she’d be able to help bring my ideas to fruition.

There were three main ideas that I had for this “Love Is Alive” themed shoot, and it all began with a large, life-sized wooden crest laced with flowers (just like the wedding crests I’ve been designing for my invitation clients). I wanted something that would make a statement backdrop to frame the wedding couple.

The next component was having live-flower invitation suite. Normally I paint flowers around crests on invitations, but for this one, I wanted real flowers to play on that “alive” concept. So together with the amazing Maggie of Bramble and Bee, Dana and I assembled live flowers over a crest outline I created and then Dana shot it so that I could then incorporate that into the invitation design.

The third concept came during watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (not your usual wedding inspiration source, ha!). During the dinner scene of the movie, I was completely focused on the flower pattern flat lay, lining the center of the table. I knew I wanted a romantic, modern update of that, and that Bramble and Bee alongside Kelly from Sparkle & Shine Events would make it even better.

The rest of our amazing team fell into place with cake artist Lisa from Maple and Love, who totally ran with the “Love Is Alive” theme. She incorporated fresh fruit and even used real leaves from a lime tree to bring it all together! Post Studio Houston, who manufactured our amazing wooden crest, did an amazing job, and I loved the fact that only a minimal amount of florals were needed since the crest was so ornate on its own! To tie everything together, Hey Lovely Makeup did a fresh bridal look that perfectly completed the Noel and Jean two-piece gown from Unbridaled alongside the unique emerald engagement ring by Trumpet & Horn.

I couldn’t have asked for a better team and I think everything came together perfectly! I hope some of these elements will start to show up in the spring 2018 wedding season!



Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Event Design: Nib And Pixel | Floral Design: Bramble Bee | Wedding Dress: Noel and Jean | Cake: Maple and Love | Invitations: Nib And Pixel | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Venue: Hughes Manor | Bridal Boutique: Unbridaled | Crest: Post-Studio Projects | Crest Design: Nib And Pixel | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Grey Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Pink Ring Box: Secret Keeper Box | Rentals: Swift Company | Silk Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company | Tablescape Design: Kelly Doonan Events


Bringing Show-Stopping Fashion to an Elegant Texas Garden

To celebrate their anniversary, this couple decided to return to their old stomping grounds of Houston for a glamorous garden shoot infused with fashion. From a dapper suit to a show-stopping black and white gown, see how they bring major style to an elegant Texas garden with keepsake photos by Marsais Photographie.

From the Photographer… Lanvin and Jason wanted to celebrate their anniversary with a well styled photoshoot together at an adorable venue in Houston where they used to live. Having a beautiful and unique eye for fashion, Lanvin handpicked special items for them each to wear and planned details that meant something to them and that overall pulled at her heart strings. This session was not only filled with beautiful things but more importantly a beautiful love story of a young couple who fell in love and chose to celebrate their union with a well throughout and perfectly styled anniversary celebration.



Photography: Marsais Photographie | Film: Fuji Film | Floral Design: Petal Society | Dress: Caroline Constas | Shoes: Prada | Mens Attire: Love by Moschino | Custom Wedding Ring: Boodles | Earrings: Marni | Hair and Makeup Artist: Tease Hair & Makeup | Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Mens Jacket: Ralph Lauren Black Label

A Timeless Engagement Session Fit for Royalty

This engagement session is 100% princess status. The couple looked classic in a stunning, black gown and dapper suit at Chateau Cocomar, a stately mansion and gardens that make you feel like you’ve been transported to Europe. But what I love most about the timeless images by Marsais Photography is that they capture the joy of this glowing couple. See some of our favorites below, and then head to the gallery for the rest!

From Marsais PhotographyAn enchanting engagement session took place at the beautiful Chateau Cocomar in Houston. Samantha desired a fairytale dream for her engagement session, complete with formal attire, and her groom-to-be obliged. They both donned elegant black, and their beautiful love story unfolded in front of the camera. Playful, elegant, classic – three of my favorite things!



Photography: Marsais Photographie | Film: Fuji Film | Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Film Stock: The Film Supply | Location: Chateau Cocomar

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Long Sleeves and Berry Hues Aren’t Just for Fall

Dana Fernandez Photography says she’s obsessed with the bride’s long sleeved dress and the berry tones in this spring Houston wedding, and we have to agree. Between the intricate laced top on the Hayley Paige gown and the deep reds, blues, and purples of the stationery, bridesmaids’ dresses, and florals, this wedding is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Get lost in all the gorgeous photos, right here.

From Dana Fernandez PhotographyElizabeth and Kyle’s wedding day was absolutely breathtaking from start to finish. From the beautiful touches of berry tones to Elizabeth’s dreamy Hayley Paige gown, their wedding and details were amazing to capture! Hands down our favorite detail of the day was Elizabeth’s gorgeous Hayley Paige gown because of the intricate, lace sleeves and the trademark tulle layers that allowed for amazing movement in photographs.

The couple started their wedding day at the gorgeous Spanish-style, St. Anne’s Catholic church, which was beautifully incorporated into their wedding invitations via a hand painted illustration by the talented Sable and Gray. Following their ceremony, they went to The Woodlands Country Club, which was full of neutral and berry toned florals by Blush and Vine as well – the gorgeous limestone fireplace was adorned with smilax greenery! We also loved the couple’s custom B&G cake topper!

Overall Elizabeth and Kyle’s wedding was one of our favorites – the two and their family and friends were amazing, and we couldn’t have been more blessed to have captured their wedding day!

PS. We hope to see sleeved gowns and rich tones become even more popular! They are our favorite trends right now because of how beautifully they photograph!



Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Cinematography: AGB Productions | Coordination: A&E Events | Floral Design: Blush and Vine | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Kiss the Cook Cakes | Invitations: Sable & Gray | Ceremony Venue: St. Anne's | Reception Venue: The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair and Makeup: Adorne Artistry | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Bridal Boutique: Now And Forever Bridal | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Signage: Olivia and Taylor Designs

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The Most Glamorous Wedding Overlooking the Houston Skyline

Imagine the most glamorous affair on the planet and then kick it up a few hundred notches and you get this Texas-sized celebration. Crafted by A Fare Extraordinaire along with Harper Events, Events in Bloom and imagery by Aisha Khan, it’s a day that blends modern with luxurious and all while looking out over a breathtaking Houston skyline.

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From A Fare Extraordinaire… I loved working with Brett and Meagan Burgin to create the perfect menu and dinner layout for their big day! By working hand-in-hand with wedding planner Hedi Shankleton, of Harper Events, and Rob Smith, of Events in Bloom, we were able to turn their dream wedding into reality so they could embrace this very special life moment. Their vision was an industrial-chic themed wedding, with acrylic furniture and pops of light pink, hot pink and metallic colors. The gorgeous wedding overlooked the Houston city skyline through the windows of The Astorian. This 14,000-square foot, bi-level, private space is located within a landmark Houston building with 14-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing downtown Houston. It served as the idyllic space to set the tone for an industrial-chic scene, especially with its beautiful overhead lights for both the ceremony and reception. It was very important to the bride and groom that their guests enjoyed every minute of the wedding and decided to deviate from some of the more traditional details to focus on celebrating this momentous occasion. Here at A Fare Extraordinaire, our typical wedding involves a seated meal or buffet dinner. It was so fun to get creative with the couple and plan a unique menu. The food was served on small composed plates in the lounge area. In lieu of a wedding cake and ceremonial cake-cutting, A Fare Extraordinaire passed dessert bites around the dancefloor so guests could continue dancing the night away with little interruption. To add the final touches to the event design, each table was topped with gorgeous floral arrangements, created by Events in Bloom, incorporating the pops of light and hot pink colors. Front and center on this magical night was the gorgeous bride in her Loretta Gown, by Galia Lahav, and the sharp-dressed groom dancing the night away and enjoying newlywed bliss!



Photographer: Ama Photography & Cinema | Wedding Planner: Harper Events | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue | Caterer: A Fare Extraordinaire | Venue: The Astorian | Floral & Decor: Events In Bloom | Wedding Dress Designer: Galia Lahav

This is How You Bring Old World Glamour to Texas

If a Texas wedding is in your future but you want to steer away from those rustic cliches, this is your blueprint my friends. It’s old world charm meets layers of elegance executed so beautifully by Chancey Charm, with blooms from Bows and Arrows to boot. Can you even handle this sun-graced dinner setup? Head to The Vault for more gorgeous captured by Davy Whitener.

From the Skylar Caitlin with Chancey CharmWhen Davy and I (Skylar) first started brainstorming for this editorial, all we had was a basic outline of what we wanted. Davy was traveling from Atlanta and wanted to utilize the beauty of Texas ranches, but we both wanted to stay clear of the rustic barn look that is so common here. As we started brainstorming a few ideas, an inspiration couple started to take shape.

Our couple would want to bring Old World glamour to the natural Texas countryside. By tying in subtle French inspiration and natural styling, our design goal was to meld their love for European travel with an appreciation of their Southern upbringing. For a venue, I knew instantly there was no other choice than The Clubs at Houston Oaks. They have a 15th Century chapel on property that was brought over from France and serves as their main wedding ceremony site. The entire property is full of these meticulous details that I cherish as a designer and played perfectly into the inspiration couple’s profile.

The palette started with a soft primary group of blush, cool grey, and gentle green. We brought it to life by infusing more depth into the secondary palette through vibrant burgundies, antique golds, forest greens, and rich, peachy flesh tones. Hailey and Lindsey of Venus and Co Flowers (who came to us by way of Alicia with Bows and Arrows Flowers) took the palette and absolutely ran with it. The fully developed color spectrums and textures they pulled into their arrangements captured everything we’d dreamed of and more.

The entire creative team for this shoot went above and beyond. The Brian Gavin Diamonds engagement ring seen here is a part of their brand new 810 Collection and we were honored that they released it to us to style just after production. Dionne of Nib and Pixel hand crafted the invitation suite on a luxurious textured paper. Guests of the couple would actually feel the weight and mood of the wedding before they even arrived.

We set up our tablescape beneath the soft overhang of the oaks dripping in Spanish Moss. House of Hough supplied the base – an ivory cord textured linen with flecks of gold and silver throughout that reflected a light blush in the glow of sunset. Swift Events provided the tableware, including the natural wood charger with elegant point details and the white dinner and salad plates with the intriguing cutout details around the rims. With a pop of green from a set of House of Hough moss green napkins and a few springs of green, this organic glam sets the tone for a mouthwatering dinner under the oaks.

When it came to sweets, we wanted to be careful to keep our French inspiration subtle. While Erica of Wink by Erica is known for her killer macarons, I shared a vision for a cake that would fully envelop the gentle melding of inspirations. The simple semi-naked cake with edible gold details absolutely shimmered in the soft evening light. It embodied the Southern delicacy of red velvet while elevating it to a place of elegance. And as we discovered during a post-shoot indulgence, the cake didn’t just look breathtaking, it was rich, moist, and was gone before we could finish packing up our bags.

To put the cherry on top of the team cake, Taylor with She + Him Bartending whipped us up a plethora of custom cocktails all inspired by the Europe meets Texas vibes. The group’s favorites were tied between the savory, sweet Whisky Rose which stood out among the groom’s details and the La Flora which combined brut champagne with violet liquor for a delicious celebratory toast.

One of my absolute favorite details, though, was the 1960s Rolls Royce. Not only did Jordan Limousines custom make a “Oaks” car tag, but just check out that awe inspiring floral garland. The ladies of Venus and Co crafted the perfect getaway setting for the couple.

Our sweet model couple brought the love for the camera. With a dapper groom in Menguin’s ‘Dublin’ tuxedo and the bride slaying in Leanne Marshall’s ‘Gabrielle’ that looked as if it was made for her body, they breathed life into our inspiration couple. Some of my favorite images are just of the two of them, close together, and you can tell that their love is authentic and real. It’s always a blessing to have a totally in-love duo who connect on and off film.



Photography: Davy Whitener Photography | Event Planning: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Venus and Co | Floral Design: Bows And Arrows | Cake: Wink by Erica | Ceremony Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club | Ring: Brian Gavin Diamonds | Hair and Makeup: Blushworthy | Tux: Menguin | Bartending: She + Him Bartending | Classic Car: Jordans Limosines | Gown Designer: Leanne Marshall | Gown Shop: Lovely Bridal Shop | Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Linens: House Of Hough | Paper Goods: Nib And Pixel | Rentals: Swift Company | Rentals: Swift Company | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Gorgeous Wedding Hair From I Do’s to Dancing

While I went with an updo on my own wedding day, I often find myself ogling a gorgeous bride with flowing waves… but then I see an elegant twist and I’m back in the other direction. So when Hey Lovely Makeup shared their take on the best of both worlds, well, I was won over in seconds. Dana Fernandez and Next Trail Photography captured the easy peasy switcheroo making this look ideal for the bride that wants it all!


Ceremony Style: Romantic Side ‘Do

Part and prep the hair with a dry texture spray

Sweep hair to one side twisting from the bottom

Pin the bottom twisted pieces of hair loosely

Twist a few front pieces away from the face meeting the other pinned pieces

Add a vintage hair pin or embellishment – tada!


To Dance The Night Away: Effortless Side Chignon How-to

Gather hair in a clear elastic slightly off center

Begin twisting hair away from the face

Continue to twist and begin forming a bun around the clear elastic

Secure bun using bobbi pins

Pin loose ends leaving a few pieces out for a more effortless feel

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From Dana FernandezOne thing that myself and Erica (owner of Hey Lovely Makeup) often see at weddings where we share the same client is that the majority of the time, a bride’s hairstyle rarely stays fresh all the way through the reception. While brainstorming one day with a shared client who couldn’t decide whether to wear her hair down or in an updo, we suggested that she wear her hair down through the end of the ceremony and then have her hair styled into an updo during the cocktail hour. Our sweet bride ended up going with the suggestion and it was perfect! Not only was she able to have two different hair styles, but also her hair was up and away from her face during the dancing as well as her hair being perfect and fresh for the pictures until the getaway!

Since it was such a success for our client, we decided to put together this tutorial for brides that are looking at doing the same thing in an easy step by step format!



Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Videography: Next Trail Photography | Hair + Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Film Lab: The Find Lab