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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: Invitation Solutions | 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

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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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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!

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | 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!

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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

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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 (maggidunwoodyart.com) 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.

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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.

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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. Sparkle & Shine 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.

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | Event Planning + Design: Sparkle & Shine Events | Styling: Dana Fernandez Photography | 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.

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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.

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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 Photography, Sparkle & Shine 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!

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | 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: Sparkle & Shine Events

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | 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!

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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.

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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

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!

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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!

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

Looking for the perfect Houston venue? We found it.

Guys, we know finding the right venue for your Big Day isn’t always easy.  We’ve been there, done that. So when it comes to choosing the perfect locale that is drop-dead gorgeous AND filled with amenities that will make your life that much easier, trust usThe St. Regis Houston is IT. Think of it as a little slice of wedding heaven with everything you’ll EVER need for your dream day. We promise.

The perfect mix of traditional and modern, The St. Regis Houston is located smack-dab in the heart of the city’s vibrant epicenter, which means a wedding that is convenient AND fun with a never-ending list of awesome perks that will seriously wow you AND your guests. I’m talking over 13,900 square feet of event space, curated signature menus with fresh + local ingredients and a seriously skilled Event Specialist who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process. Not to mention the crazy cool traditions that each St. Regis address is sooo well-known for, like fresh flowers, afternoon tea and midnight supper events. It’s like a vacation of a lifetime meets a wedding you never dreamed could happen. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Whether you are hosting an intimate soiree for 10 of your nearest and dearest or 400 of your closest friends and family, contact your very own Event Specialist at the St. Regis for a celebration that is luxurious, sophisticated AND fun.

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3 Dresses, A Dream Chateau, And Happily Ever After

If you’ve got a weakness for designer fashion, just wait until you lock eyes with this wedding.In Asian tradition, the bride normally changes dresses a few times during the day…and we decided to split the day into three portions with a dress for each; the ceremony, the reception, and dancing,” said the bride. Hey Lovely Makeup worked their beauty magic, Jenny Yoo dressed the ‘maids, and the incredible Kayla Barker and Brighter Lights Media captured the fairytale day from beginning to end.

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From the Bride…Ever since I was a little girl living in Saigon, I always dreamt about my big day. Back then, when someone got married, the whole village would come out into the street and cheer on the bride on her way to the wedding. I imagined that those girls must have felt like a celebrity with everyone yelling compliments at them and I looked forward to the day it would be me.

When I was 12, my family moved from the bustling city streets to the rolling hills of Texas. The next several years were a struggle for me. I never quite fit in and I longed to leave and move back to a big city but I couldn’t seem to find a way out until 2010 when I tried my chances on Match.com and met Jason who was living in England at the time. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Nobody understands me like he does, and he knew I’d been planning my dream wedding for years. So when we got engaged, he promised me he would make my dreams come true.

In Asian tradition, the bride normally changes dresses a few times during the day. We decided to dispense with the traditional tea ceremony and so we decided to split the day into 3 portions with a dress for each; the ceremony, the reception, and dancing.

It first became real when we took a trip together to Dallas and chanced upon the Carolina Herrera Bridal Boutique in Highland Park Village. I remembered a dress from a previous collection and the moment I tried it on, Jason told me “That’s it, that’s the one, that’s your wedding dress.” Carolina Herrera once said “A wedding dress is both intimate and personal for a woman- it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.” With cherry blossoms embroidered into the front and around the fringes of the veil, paired with the cherry blossom hair-ornament I bought from Japan, my dress makes me feel proud to be Asian and drove our ceremony to be inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of dining under the blossoming trees.

For my second dress, we chose a beautiful Dolce and Gabbana dress that Jason had bought me as a gift when he moved to be with me from England in 2012. I love theatre and the arts and the lavish red velvet reminded us of the Royal Opera House. We found a pair of Dolce and Gabbana gold cage heeled shoes to match it and these became our theme for the reception: theatrical reds, golds, and cages filled with roses.

Because Jason is half Spanish, I decided to look for a flamenco inspired dress for the dancing. I searched online and came across a runway piece a couturier in Seville, the home of flamenco, called Jose Cañavate. He had made it as a one off piece, only buying enough material for the one dress, so he spent months trying to get the floral organza remanufactured until one day he happened across a bolt of the original material in a small fabric store in Madrid. In all the dress took a year to make and I completed the look with a Spanish hair comb and Dolce and Gabbana cinderella shoes.

From the start, we planned to have a black-tie wedding so Jason bought a Balenciaga tuxedo, but after seeing my wedding dress for the first time he decided to find something that would represent his English heritage more as well. So he had a morning suit made to measure by Ralph Lauren.

With all the dresses underway and inspirations in our mind, we set about looking for a venue (and a date!) and after searching far and wide we found Chateau Cocomar in Houston to be unique in its old world French exterior and wide open interior spaces gave us the canvas to explore our imaginations.

The event was filled with personal touches and design details. Jason wasn’t just going to make my dreams come true – he went above and beyond. He sketched out many of our ideas for key features in the wedding, including the “bird-cage” we sat under, the centerpieces on the tables, the layout of the venue and he even hand wrote and embellished the place-cards. He also drew and designed my wedding rings himself and had them made by the same jeweler as my engagement ring, Boodles of London. In return I chose his ring, a platinum band from Harry Winston engraved with “Happy wife, Happy life.”

When we moved to California, I understood that none of this would ever have been possible if we hadn’t lived in Texas. We’re proud to call Texas home and decided to show our love and appreciation in the form of a few decorative details for all our guests to see. We have both spend a huge amount of time and effort on this wedding and there has been no shortage of drama; vendors dropping out, moving homes (twice) and even the venue getting flooded a week before the wedding. All of these challenges brought us closer together, made our love stronger and made us all the more proud and happy to see it all come together on the day.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Coordination: Chateau Cocomar | Cake: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Jewelry: Shaun Leane | Jewelry: Oscar De La Renta | Jewelry: Dolce & Gabbana | Rings: Harry Winston | Rings: Boodles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Hair + Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Groom's Attire: Balenciaga | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Ceremony Music: Houston String Music | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Balloons: Bubblegum Balloons | Bouquet: Johanna Terry Events | Bride's Reception Dress: Dolce & Gabbana | Bride's Robe + Slippers: Agent Provocateur | Bride's Spanish Flamenco Dress: Canavate Moda | Bridesmaid's Robes: Wildfox | Cufflinks: Montblanc | DJ + Lighting: LG Entertainment | Envelope Calligraphy: Script Merchant Calligraphy | Fireworks: Texas Lite and Pyro | Groom's Shirt: Dolce & Gabbana | Groom's Shirt: Brioni | Groom's Shirt: Lanvin | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Groom's Shoes: Brioni | Hair Accessories: La Parisien | Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Wedding Dress + Veil: Carolina Herrera

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Big News from Lovely! (Hint: You’re going to love it!)

Listen up, all you brides-to-be: we’ve got big news.  Your fave bridal shop on the planet, Lovely, recently opened its doors in Dallas… with ones following in Phoenix and Houston in October. So that fab lineup of totally chic + totally unique designers? It’s right at your fingertips, plus even more pretty with the debut of Lovely’s Fall/Winter Bridesmaid + Bridal Party looks. Scroll for the details.

Whether you’re looking to step outside of the box and rock a design that will literally leave all of your guests talking on your Big Day OR simply want to look stunning at a holiday party, Lovely has you totally covered.  Their lineup of innovative designers and crazy cool customer service is truly what gown shopping is all about. Think gowns from Anna Campbell, Limor Rosen, Suzanne Harward, Rue De Seine, Odylyne The Ceremony… and so many more.  Not to mention Lovely’s very own Fall/Winter Bridesmaid and Bridal Party dresses, available at shoplovely.com AND their FIRST EVER ready to wear boutique in Houston. Say it with me, loves: awesome.

Visit one of Lovely’s amazing locales TODAY to begin your dress journey, and mark your calendars now for upcoming trunk shows in Dallas (Suzanne Harward, 9/30-9/31 + Alexandra Grecco, 10/21-10/23), Phoenix (Anna Campbell, 10/21-10/23) and Houston (Rue De Seine, 11/26-11/28 + Anna Campbell, 12/9-12/11).  It’s time to shop your hearts out.

Photography: Chaz Cruz Photographers | HMU: Miss Harlequin