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Houston Garden Party Wedding With Unforgettable Ceremony Wallpaper

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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Spring green, peach, bright pink, sky blue, marigold[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]With the idea to bring the outdoors inside, Caroline and James’ wedding day utilized a modern elegance to host their dream garden party — with unforgettable floral-infused ceremony decor. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Caroline and James’ memorable first meeting included western-themed attire and a sweet piglet. Caroline was helping organize a gala fundraiser, with that year’s theme being a Western bash. Due to a slight change of plans, James ended up being Caroline’s blind date for the evening. He arrived with a mutual friend and was introduced to Caroline at the pig race station while she was cradling a piglet! For their engagement, James organized an elaborate display of flowers at their home while Caroline was out getting a haircut. She arrived to find James dressed in a suit and was immediately treated to a surprise engagement party that night. [/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Caroline wore a stunning jacquard wedding gown by Romona Kaveza. “My wedding gown was Romona Kaveza from Casa de Novia. Going into wedding dress shopping, the one thing I knew was that I didn’t want it to be strapless. However, the Romona dress was the first one I tried on, and it was so spectacular I just fell in love with it. The detailing is so fun without being over the top. I probably tried on 60 other dresses around town *just to be sure* but I went with my gut and am so happy I did!”[/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Caroline’s bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns in a variety of fresh greens.[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]James wore a classic tuxedo from Q Clothier paired with Black Lucchese boots.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]After the formal dinner, late-night bites included brandy freezes, chicken tenders/fries with a condiment bar, and honey butter chicken biscuits.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The ceremony utilized neutral-toned florals and a unique display of dogwood branches. These branches appeared to extend from the unforgettable green and white wallpaper backdrop, which dated back to the 1960s. The couple stood in front of the elaborately mirrored mantle in a room hung with elegant crystal chandeliers. The River Oaks Country Club in Houston provided a casual-but-elevated space to transform the ballroom wedding into a garden oasis. Their reception focused on lively decor and a room that encouraged guests to mingle. This included an array of dinner tables set in comfortable lounge arrangements. A circular bar with a large light-up tree served as a focal point for the space. They even had a checkered peach-colored dance floor![/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The showstopping wedding cake featured four white tiers covered with a vibrant array of abundant florals.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]”Our first dance to ‘Kiss from a Rose’ by Seal! We took a few dance lessons but ended up choreographing the dance ourselves in our kitchen a few weeks before. We practiced every night and had it timed perfectly for the first 1.5 minutes of the song. Well, it turns out the band did an abridged version that wasn’t the first 1.5 minutes of the song, so we just went with it and had a blast even though our dance moves were not at all choreographed to the lyrics like we had planned.”[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Unique touches inspired by their custom floral monogram graced their invitation suites, bar signage, and cocktail napkins.

“I used illustrations from our invitation suite by Mesh by Alex and created/printed my own stickers for a variety of DIY details, including welcome bag packaging, stationery for our day-of letters to each other, gift wrap for parent presents, plastic cups (waterproof stickers were key), and chicken tenders/fries containers that were passed around for late-night bites!”[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]”For the rehearsal dinner, I wore my mom’s wedding dress from 1987! We took it to Jenny Kim Couture to remove the shoulder pads and make some other minor updates. It proved to be truly a timeless dress and was so special!”[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]Caroline and James’ advice for couples? “Try to imagine yourself as a guest at your own wedding when planning. Make the logistics as easy as possible for them. Flow is very important – try to ensure guests are never waiting around for long periods of time, and always make sure they are fed and have a drink in hand — treat others how you want to be treated!”[/field]
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Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Cinematography: Cakewalk Films | Event Planning: Belle Events | Event Planning: Belle Events | Floral Design: Blooming Gallery Scott Konitzer | Wedding Dress: Romona Kaveza | Cake: SusieCakes | Wedding Bands: Lindsey Leigh Jewelry | Catering: River Oaks Country Club | Hair and Makeup: Lovelykind Beauty | Band: Blind Date | Groom's Attire: Q Clothier | Transportation: Sam's Limousines | Wedding Venue: River Oaks Country Club | Boots: Lucchese Boots | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Dress Store: Casa de Novia Bridal Couture | Earrings: Saks Fifth Avenue | Getaway Car: Houston Wedding Bronco | Lighting & AV: 360 AV Design | Napkins: The Essential Market | Paper Goods: MESH by Alex | Photo Booth: Monkey Booth

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A Wedding So Nice That This Sweet Couple Got Married Twice

Margi and Andrew decided to celebrate their love not once but twice! After Covid change their wedding plans, the couple had an intimate ceremony under a giant oak tree at The Houstonian Hotel. Then when the time came to have a larger celebration, they had a second ceremony under the same historic tree! Belle Events formerly Belle of the Ball brought the couple’s Big Day vision to life, and Maxit Flower Design created not-to-be-missed floral installations that make the reception space feel like a secret garden.  Every heartfelt moment was elegantly captured in the imagery by Ashlen Sydney Photography, visit the full gallery to see it all unfold.

From 718 CreativeTo meet Margi and Andrew is to instantly fall in love with them! For months they planned the wedding of their dreams, but like many couples, when COVID hit, their dreams of celebrating with their family and friends had to be put on hold. Margi and Andrew had such great attitudes throughout the planning process, they were just happy to have each other. It was an incredibly smooth planning process despite having two dates because they were optimistic and reasonable all along the way.

Instead of completely giving up, they decided to celebrate their love with an intimate ceremony under the famous oak tree at The Houstonian Hotel.  Surrounded by their dearest loved ones and thousands of twinkle lights, they said “I Do” and began their life as husband and wife. It was incredibly special and allowed them to begin their married life surrounded by their closest loved ones. But, Margi is always looking for a dance party, so as soon as it was safe, the party was back on! The custom floral print that adorned the dancefloor and band backdrop brought a new life to the historic ballroom.

The pops of color continued into the floral arrangements and brought the bride’s peppy personality to life! Manhattan kept the dance floor full all night, and as they say, “It was a Margi Party!!” And a dance party isn’t complete without a confetti cannon to end the night. Their second ceremony was filled with family and friends, complete with 12 ring bearers and flower girls, under the same historic oak tree they were officially wed under months before. No detail was overlooked, and The Essential Market completed the colorful palette with floral details on cocktail napkins to match their House Of Hough linensManhattan Band ended the night by leading the newlyweds out to “When the Saints Go Marching In”, as they walked under a flurry of rose petals into married life.

Photography: Ashlen Sydney Photography | Cinematography: 718 Creative | Event Planning: Belle Events | Floral Design: Maxit Flower Design | Invitations: The Essential Market | Band: Manhattan Band | Beauty: Blush & Company | Location: The Houstonian Hotel

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Garden Countryside Wedding Inspiration Filled With Old-World Details

Dreaming of a garden wedding? Look no further than the relaxed elegance of this stunning celebration in shades of ivory, beige, and cream.  Feminine touches play perfectly with classic detailing all artfully shot by Tailor James.  From the old-world-inspired stationery by Beautifully Noted to the endlessly romantic alfresco reception, everything about this editorial has stolen our hearts.  See every incredible detail of the day unfold in the full gallery.

From Tailor James… Inspired by the romance of the English countryside, we created an intimate garden wedding filled with old-world details. The feminine-inspired design included lush floral arrangements of ivory, beige and white. The couple was married under a floral arch teeming with garden roses. 

The stationery design focused on old-world elements in a sage green and ivory color palette with gold calligraphy details. We added a modern touch to the place settings with the textured champagne coupes and taper candles.

The bride wore an Alena Leena gown with romantic bell sleeves for the ceremony and changed into a playful spring-inspired Alena Leena dress for the reception. The overall effect transports us to a garden wedding in The Cotswolds!

Photography: Tailor James Photography | Floral Design: Wild Swan Floral | Wedding Dress: Unbridaled | Invitations: Beautifully Noted | Ceremony Venue: River Oaks Garden Club | Beauty: Hey Lovely Makeup

A Travel Lover’s Dream At This European Inspired Texas Hill Country Wedding

Christine and Garret’s love story has some travel-loving ties in it, so it made perfect sense that they would model their wedding off the lush, old-world vibes of France and Italy. When the bride is a wedding planner you know every little detail will be thought out- and it was! Christine, the owner of Houston Soirée, planned her own wedding day to perfection. Her custom crest was featured throughout each part of her day in subtle but impactful areas, even on a custom dance floor! Blooms by Tamara Menges Designs added just the right touch of romance, and every magical moment was all beautifully captured in the imagery by Alicia Yarrish. You can see all the pretty in the full gallery.

From Published + PrettyAfter meeting online and talking for a few months, Christine and Garret found out he was childhood friends with her current neighbor. Garret made a plan to visit them both in-town and one date turned into two. Fast forward through four years of dating, the pair planned an international trip for Christine’s birthday. It was at the Eiffel Tower that Garret asked Christine to marry him, and of course, she said yes!

Houston Oaks was the perfect venue for this couple. It provides such an amazing backdrop for a European-inspired wedding day. With Southern France and Italy feeling landscaping, French architecture in the Ladies Lounge, the iconic 15th-century French chapel that was brought over and placed where it stands today.

Overall the design came together so beautifully- the Italian greens and French blues paired so well with subtle pinks throughout, every detail was picture perfect. And most importantly, Christine and Garrett made so many amazing memories that day that they’ll be able to re-live through their photos.

Photography: Alicia Yarrish | Dress: Belleame Bridal Houston | Cake: Dolce Designs | Invitations: Little Carabao Studio | Catering: Houston Oaks Country Club | DJ: DJ A.M. Productions | Officiant: Officially Oaks | Luxury Wedding Officiants | Transportation: Sam's Limousines | Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club | Beauty: Etoilly Artistry | Bottle Engravings: She Made It Like That | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Day-of Coordination: Two Be Wed | Floral: Tamara Menges Designs | Linens, Rentals & Furniture: The Secret Floral Garden | Musicians: Divisi Strings | Planning and Design: Houston Soiree | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

Intentionality and Purpose Were Infused Into Every Detail at This Garden-Inspired Vow Renewal

This garden-inspired editorial is bound to make your heart blossom! LoveLee Experiences created the perfect intimate setting to celebrate this couple’s vow renewal at McGovern Centennial Gardens. Intentionality and purpose were infused into every detail as Event by Ova enclosed the ceremony space with a semi-circle of florals to represent the couple’s all-encompassing love for each other and their guests. Thoughtful touches like the prettiest champagne tower and flower-adorned cakes made for even sweeter memories to cherish in the years to come. Take in all the blooming beauty of flourishing love at the full gallery, captured by the ever-talented Studio Rendition!

From LoveLee ExperiencesAn intimate event means more attention to intentional detail and not the contrary. What has taken us by storm during the pandemic and turned out to be such a beautiful way to celebrate with those you love! This styled shoot contains elements that emulate an actual intimate vow renewal. 

We are purposeful when choosing married couples as models to capture snapshots of a story that reflects the depth of their marriage. Our couple celebrated their 18th year of marriage at the end of June! The ceremony space is a blueprint for a design that can expand to a guest count to fit an intimate event. 

The flowers were intentionally designed to be a semi-circle and enclose the guest space, a way to symbolize those who have been an integral part of a couple’s marriage. The cake, sweetheart table, and champagne tower serve as a way to tie everything together into one sweet, memorable occasion.

Photography: Studio Rendion | Event Planning: LoveLee Experiences | Floral Design: EVENT by OVA | Wedding Dress: Belleame Bridal Houston | Cake: Danmarie Bunag | Invitations: Cottonwood Print Design Co | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Mcgovern Centennial Gardens | Accessories: Emilia Rae Bridal | Beauty: Etoilly Artistry | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Model: Daphine Bush | Model: Jonas Bush | Rentals: Swift + Company

A Quintessential Southern Affair With Old European Flair

This is the type of venue that will leave you feeling shook after finding out it’s not actually in some distant European countryside locale, but in fact right here in the States. Today’s gorgeous real wedding at Houston Oaks flawlessly combines southern charm with old world European flair. Belle Events planned every detail to perfection while Flower Power Productions created floral magic in a romantic palette of greenery, ivory, and hints of pink. See it all at the full gallery, captured by Mackenzie Reiter.

From Mackenzie ReiterThe fifteenth century French chapel that served as the backdrop of Caroline and Grant’s Houston nuptials bears a striking resemblance to their relationship: crafted with precision and built with love, brick by brick. The idyllic, old world chapel is second to the waters of the picturesque lake surrounding it. Mighty oaks adorned with the South’s signature Spanish Moss make Houston Oaks an all-around stunner–and the perfect locale for Caroline and Grant to say “I do.”

“The venue alone is breathtaking,” said Caroline, the bride. “As a couple, we love to spend our free time outdoors, but come from more traditional families. The French chapel hosted everything we valued in one space. The surrounding greenery, ivory, and hints of pink provided a color palette that completed the venue and provided an effortless and natural look that we desired. The oak trees surrounding the chapel made decorating easy.”

Time-honored European flair and two hundred year old oak trees complemented a contemporary yet enduring aesthetic. The bridal party led the charge with the ladies rocking sleek, fresh silhouettes in neutral tones and the gentlemen opting for dapper suits with grey skinny ties. The bride’s gown was an absolute show-stopper by Rime Arodaky. From Caroline: “Choosing my wedding dress was the easiest part of the whole planning experience. My dress has everything I want in a romantic outfit. Once I tried on the dress at Lovely Bride: Dallas, the poofs on the shoulders and the lace top provided me with a sophisticated look that I could not get married without.” Caroline’s delicate, floral hair pieces created an elegant finishing touch that every bride can appreciate. The ceremony kicked off with a reaction from her groom that every bride dreams about. Tears were shed, promises were made, and the greatest party of the year was all but promised to follow. Besides a stunning ceremony and wedding day fashion to remember, Grant and Caroline made their priorities for the day clear: No one would be bored. “The Grooves Band did an excellent job of keeping our dance floor packed and the energy high by playing some old school sing-a-longs,” said Caroline. “However, this did not cause anyone to miss the ice cream bar, requested by Grant, served will all the toppings available. Many guests brought their ice cream back to the dance floor to keep the dancing going. All of this was surrounded by fire pits and oak trees lit for the evening to create a romantic ambiance.”

When it comes to planning a COVID-19 affair, the bride and groom had this advice to offer: “Don’t get stuck with one vision of what your wedding day can be. Seek out someone to help you plan, or be open to advice and try something that you wouldn’t normally go for. The wedding day can end up being even better than what you originally planned.”

The bottom line? You can make it happen. A stunning fete can be yours–even in a global pandemic. “I think that people who are easy going, open to new ideas, and focused on their love for their future spouse will have the easiest time,” offered the bride. “I think that the best part about planning a wedding was the intimacy of the size of the wedding. Grant and I felt like the people present were individuals that we truly loved and we got to spend time with them at our reception.”

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And one last thing–get a wedding planner! “Being paired with a person who can help you envision your day and take responsibility to ensure that it’s even better than you dreamed it, is worth every single dollar,” said Caroline. “Chelsea, from Belle Events, has blown us away. Grant and I truly did not feel stressed during our planning process.”

At the end of the day, Caroline and Grant would tell a wedding planning couple to trust the process and remember why you’re doing this. It’s about so much more than the wedding–it’s about the marriage.

“The reason that a couple gets married is their love for each other. It is not about the love of details such as decor, hair, makeup or the flowers. Being able to keep that mindset present makes for a very romantic day and brings about a wonderful realization of how true the commitment is to each other.”

Photography: Mackenzie Reiter | Cinematography: Mackenzie Reiter | Event Planning: Belle Events | Floral Design: Flower Power Productions | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Invitations: Bering's | Lighting: 360 AV Design | Band: The Grooves | Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings | Transportation: Sam's Limousines | Transportation: Monarch British Limousines | Beauty: Hey Lovely Makeup | Country Club: Houston Oaks Country Club | Music: Cuve - Gulf Coast Entertainment

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Today’s Museum Wedding Inspiration Is the Perfect Marriage Between Fashion, Nature and Art

We can’t really put our finger on why, but there’s just something so romantic about getting married at a museum… are we right? We didn’t know it was possible but today’s editorial is what happens when fashion, nature and art merge seamlessly together to create epic wedding inspiration – all thanks to Marni Wishart Photography, Lisa Bridges and The Petaler Floral Co. We’re getting major Bridgerton vibes over at the full gallery – trust us, you’re going to want to spend some extra time pinning this one my friends.

From Marni Wishart Photography In an exploration of the ways fashion, nature, art, and story interconnect, this editorial brings the paintings and sculptures of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to life with abundant florals spilling across the floor and painterly colors dancing into the tablescape set for an intimate gathering. 

The Bride’s Gown by Monique Lhuillier, aptly named Bloom, is a captivating fantasy inspired by a lush Italian garden. The gown is as perfect a complement to the art inside the Museum Galleries as it is in the Museum Outdoor Gardens. Each of the Bride’s accessories is carefully crafted with luxurious detail such as the handmade headpiece of sculpted flowers creating a radiating crown. 

Each piece is both historical and modern, with hints of grandeur. Likewise, the cake is adorned in hand sculpted sugar flowers. The color palette of this celebration is drawn from the paintings and installations of the Museum itself, which in turn were inspired by nature, bringing rich tones and depth to the visual story. The Groom wears a timeless look with white jacket. This real life couple brings true romance to the scene.

Photography: Marni Wishart Photography | Styling: Courtney Paddock | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Becca Cakes | Invitations: Model Paper | Shoes: N 21 | Jewelry: Emily Sole Jewelry | Groom's Attire: BRAVO TUX | Wedding Venue: Museum of Fine Arts Houston | Art Direction and Floral Design: The Petaler Floral and Events Co. | Beauty: Shreeda Tailor | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Head Piece: Erin Rhyne | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Model: Ben Bludau | Model: Ashley Walker | Photography - Assistant: Piper Wishart | Production Assistant: Lisa Bridges | Table Top Rentals: Your Butler's Pantry

Trend Alert: Patterns Are What Your Wedding Is Missing

If you’re looking for a way to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, keep reading! A pattern might be just what your wedding is missing. Josh & Dana Fernandez styled and photographed an inspiration shoot, lead by the concept of couples opening their minds to the endless possibilities of personalization. Half Moon Lettering designed a European garden aesthetic pattern from scratch, and it drives the inspiration for the rest of the day. From the bridal bouquet to the cake design, it’s all about the details that Kelly Doonan Events pulled together seamlessly. Mibellarosa took the romance up a notch with greenery and lush blooms. Get a closer look in the full gallery.

From Josh & Dana FernandezThe basis of this editorial design was to further explore the idea of patterns being incorporated into wedding design. With this editorial, we created a palette that is colorful, but with some earth tones and used that to create a pattern that was used creatively in different ways.

For the ceremony, the editorial team strove to incorporate the home décor feel by creating lounge seating with velvet pillows in the custom floral pattern by Half Moon Lettering and in complementary solid tones. Mibellarosa utilized the wrought iron gate overlooking the lake to create a dreamy floral installation.

The intention for the favor wall was twofold: to make it look as if you were in someone’s living or dining room, but also to provide an entertaining way to display an amazing party favor, bottles of Miraval! Mibellarosa’s team built an arch structure draped in greenery and romantic garden blooms to create an elegant setting for the long reception table dressed in a custom linen showcasing the custom pattern that Half Moon Lettering created. 

Floral Design: Mibellarosa Designs | Cake: Becca Cakes | Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Jewelry: Lindsey Leigh Jewelry | Beauty: Hey Lovely Makeup | Bridal Boutique: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Ceremony & Reception: Lakeside Country Club | Clutch: Saint Laurent | Custom Linens, Wallpaper, Ribbon & Pillows: Half Moon Lettering | Custom Pattern Design: Half Moon Lettering | Favor Wall: Exquisite Details by Raquel | Favor Wall Gift: Miraval | Gown & Veil Designer: Rita Vinieris | Invitation, Paper Goods, & Styling: Half Moon Lettering | Model: Shannon | Photography & Styling: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Planning & Design: Kelly Doonan Events | Rentals & Cake Table Linen: Aztec Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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 | Model: Charles-Louis Yoshiyama | Model: Mackenzie Richter | 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: BBJ La Tavola | 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 Events | 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

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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 Events | Floral Design: Events In Bloom | Stationery: Papellerie | Ceremony Venue: Tallowood Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Houston Country Club | Decor: Events In Bloom

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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 | 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

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