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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.



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

A Timeless Engagement Session Fit for Royalty

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

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



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

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Long Sleeves and Berry Hues Aren’t Just for Fall

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

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

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

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

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



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

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The Most Glamorous Wedding Overlooking the Houston Skyline

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

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



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

This is How You Bring Old World Glamour to Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Gorgeous Wedding Hair From I Do’s to Dancing

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


Ceremony Style: Romantic Side ‘Do

Part and prep the hair with a dry texture spray

Sweep hair to one side twisting from the bottom

Pin the bottom twisted pieces of hair loosely

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

Add a vintage hair pin or embellishment – tada!


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

Gather hair in a clear elastic slightly off center

Begin twisting hair away from the face

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

Secure bun using bobbi pins

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

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

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



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

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.




Don’t forget that when you select The St. Regis Houston as your wedding destination you’ll receive special rewards and bonus Starpoints® which you can apply towards honeymoon nights. Earn up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints® by contacting a Wedding Specialist at (713) 840-7600 or request more information here.

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 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 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

Saturday Morning Movie: A Love Story 20 Years In the Making

Who would have thought, back in the second grade, when these two met, that they were meeting their soul mate right then and there. But that’s exactly what happened and the journey they started on is nothing short of amazing. Some things just make sense, and these two and their friendship which grew to be so much more, is just that, as we learn in this film by Bear Hands Media. They made it official with a celebration planned by Keely Thorne Events and we’re left in awe, with no doubts in the power of fate.

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From Bear Hands MediaAmanda and Ryan have known each other since the second grade. They were friends forever until one day when they finally realized that they were soul mates all along. You can tell by the way they look at each other that their years of friendship has built an unbreakable devotion for each other. It was a pleasure to witness a union of this magnitude. One that was nothing short of meant to be.

Cinematography: Bear Hands Media Group | Event Planning: Keely Thorne Events | Ceremony Venue: Hotel ZaZa Houston | Ceremony Venue: Cohen House

The Bride Rocked a Dress We’re Totally Obsessed With

If you have yet to discover Israeli designer, Alon Livne you better do your homework STAT because his gowns are completely next level. Exhibit A – this Texas bride who stole the show, alongside her gorgeous bridal crew dressed in twobirds Bridesmaid. Keely Thorne Events designed a day worthy of such a glamorous gown and Nancy Aidee Photography
 and Sculpting With Time didn’t miss a single moment. See it all here!

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From The Bride…Brandon and I met while attending University of Houston. Our first date was with a group of friends on a limo ride to the Texans football game, we’ve been inseparable ever since. Brandon was an Art Major and I was attending the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. I grew up in the restaurant business; my family owns Amerigo’s Grille, an Italian inspired restaurant that has been in The Woodlands, TX for 27 years. I have worked in the business since I was 16 and I continue to work as the PR & Events Manager. My family has been members of The Club at Carlton Woods since I was a little girl and I always dreamed of having my wedding there.

The inspiration for the wedding came when Brandon’s business brought him to Santa Barbara. We were inspired by our visits to Santa Barbara’s wineries and the beautiful scenery and romantic vibe. Our amazing photographer, Nancy Aidée, flew there to take our Engagement photos among the cliffs on the beach. Upon returning to The Woodlands, I connected with my wedding planner to begin the creative process. What started as imaginative ideas turned into incredible realities that were brought to life by the tireless effort of Keely Throne Event’s, Ashley Appling.

The day began with severe thunderstorms in the morning and by the ceremony the clouds had cleared to reveal a beautiful blue sky to welcome the 200 guests in attendance. The ceremony was on the outside terrace overlooking the world famous Jack Nicklaus golf course. The guests were seated on the manicured lawn. The wedding party walked down the center brick pathway to the sounds of a live four string quartet, Divisi Strings. Giant stunning floral arrangements in garden urns on wooden pillars surrounded the space where Brandon & I said our vows.

Upon completion of the ceremony the guests walked up the stairs and into the Bears’ Den lounge for the cocktail reception. Events in Bloom provided white Victorian furnishings including a white tufted ottoman and French divans. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne were passed with silver embossed monogrammed napkins.

The spacious elegant reception area was graced with tall ceilings, wooden beams, and French style bronze chandeliers draped in greenery. The floral arch ways and wooden farm tables with cross back chairs added to Romantic winery feel. White wooden box planters framed the front of stage and flowed with flowers. Pale pinks, peach, and organic greenery were common colors of the floral centerpieces and long cascading table runners. The white dance floor was personalized with a large gold embossed custom wedding monogram, designed by Kara Anne Paper, who also designed the exquisite invitations and stationery. In lieu of a guest book we had an impressive three liter 1997 Silver Oak wine bottle for the guests to sign with gold pens.

To kick off the reception, our Jewish family friend Dr. Gottleib gave a toast and had Brandon “Break a Glass” on the dance floor. Dr. G stated, “That will be the last time you ever put your foot down!” The crowd went wild and the party went into full swing. The groom loves bourbon so we created “Brandon’s Bourbon Bar” on the veranda as a specialty bar featuring different types of bourbons for the guest to enjoy. Action stations including a Beef Tenderloin carving station, Scallops station, and Pasta station added to the enjoyment of the evening. A live Sketch Artist created personal sketches of each guest and their date to take home as a wedding souvenir. Live Event Paintings, Susan Moss Cooper, came in from Dallas and set up her canvas next to the dance floor to sketch a portrait of our first dance. We danced to Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones performed by The Argyles, a famous wedding band from Austin, TX. The highlight of the evening was when all the guests gathered on the dance floor with confetti sticks filled with “Flutter Fetti.” Confetti fell from the sky as Brandon & I cheered and danced with our closest family and friends. Mini pepperoni pizzas, the groom’s favorite, were butler passed on silver platters as the midnight snack. We left with a sparklers send off in a 1965 white Rolls Royce. This special weekend of friends and family reflected our personalities perfectly and will forever be engrained in our memories.

A live Sketch Artist created personal sketches of each guest and their date to take home as a wedding souvenir. Live Event Paintings, Susan Moss Cooper, came in from Dallas and set up her canvas next to the dance floor to sketch a portrait of our first dance. We danced to Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones performed by The Argyles, a famous wedding band from Austin, TX. The highlight of the evening was when all the guests gathered on the dance floor with confetti sticks filled with “Flutter Fetti.” Confetti fell from the sky as Brandon & I cheered and danced with our closest family and friends. Mini pepperoni pizzas, the groom’s favorite, were butler passed on silver platters as the midnight snack. We left with a sparklers send off in a 1965 white Rolls Royce. This special weekend of friends and family reflected our personalities perfectly and will forever be engrained in our memories.

The wedding gown was designed by Alon Livne. He is recognized today as one of Israel’s most prestigious designers for his “Alon Livne White” Bridal Couture Collection. The “Coco” dress is feminine and elegant with a gorgeous hand beaded bodice and breathtaking silhouette.

Photography: Nancy Aidee Photography
 | Cinematography: Sculpting With Time Productions | Event Planning: Keely Thorne Events | Floral Design: A Memorable Event | Wedding Dress: Alon Livne | Stationery: Kara Anne Paper | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Shannon Fine Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Makeup: Sheila Ybarra | Hair: Emily Hogan | Band: The Argyles | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | String Quartet: Divisi Strings | Venue: The Club at Carlton Woods | Bridal Boutique: Mia Bridal Couture | Furniture Rentals: Events In Bloom | Signage: Papellerie

The Southern Hometown Wedding Of Our Dreams!

This is not your average hometown wedding. It’s the kind of wedding you’d swear was straight from the pages of a magazine and it has everything to do with Katie GrantBows and ArrowsHey Lovely Makeup and the entire vendor crew. Think lush florals, a dream Mori Lee ballgown, and a sense of Southern charm from start to finish. The Vault is guaranteed to be your new little happy place.

From Katie Grant Photography… Katy and David, both residents of LA, decided to head back to Katy’s hometown to celebrate their wedding with family and classic Southern Charm in Houston, Texas.

The couple chose the quaint and charming venue of Tiny Boxwoods for it’s elegant yet rustic vibe. Tiny Boxwoods was transformed into a garden oasis with lush florals and simple tablescapes.

Katy got ready in her childhood home and wore her mother’s actual wedding shoes. She looked stunning in her Mori Lee gown which was perfectly complimented by her bountiful Bows and Arrows bouquet. The two were all smiles all day and their excitement about spending their lives together was all too apparent.

Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Hair + Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Venue: Tiny Boxwoods | Chalkboard Signs + Place Cards: Half Moon Lettering

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Bright Pink + Glamorous Gold Will Never Go Out Style

This Bride was made for the silver screen and her wedding was perfectly fit for an old Hollywood movie, from the gorgeous rose bouquet in blush and bright pink, to her classic hairstyle. She wed her handsome Groom surrounded by gold glam and Dana Fernandez captured it all. If you need us, we’ll be pinning every pic (this, this and this are must see’s!) from the Vault and loving every single second of it!

From Dana Fernandez Photography… Brett and Kaci’s wedding day was absolutely worthy of a cinematic love story. In true old Hollywood style, Kaci worked with Serendipitous Event Planning to chose neutrals, gold and pinks for her décor. She looked poised, elegant and truly royal in her Essense of Australia dress. Brett looked like a dapper leading man in his finely cut tuxedo by Michael Kors. Together, they are a truly charming couple – as completely likable as they are ready for the silver screen!

To add to the sophisticated theme, the two were married at a romantic French Chateau inspired venue, called Chateau Cocomar which is nestled away within a Houston suburb. The venue was just as elegant as the wedding with marble, white, and gold accents, which also made it a dream to photograph. The ceremony was held in the upstairs in front of an ornate and oversized fireplace alongside beautiful ombre pink florals. After the ceremony, guests were welcomed into a reception dripping in over the top gorgeous florals at each table by Flora & Eventi.

The handsome couple spent the evening dancing the night away to an 80’s rock band. And once the party came to a close, friends and loved ones wished the newlyweds good luck and farewell with a sparkler exit. And so the film came to a close with a little movie magic as Kaci and Brett drove off in a classic 1950’s Rolls Royce. It was such a joy to work with this amazing couple that reminded us that fairytales really do come true!

Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Event Planning: Serendipitous Event Planning And Design | Floral Design: Flora & Eventi | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Lisa Barcelona | Invitations: Invitation Solutions | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groom's Attire: Michael Kors | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Bridal Boutique: Houston Bridal Gallery | Bride's Hair +Makeup: Leila Ruth Salon | Bridesmaids' Hair + Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Event Decor: Flora & Eventi | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Vow Books: BHLDN

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An E-Sesh That’s Cooler Than Cool and Red Hot

Know how we told you this engagement session was cooler than cool AND red hot? Well, we weren’t pulling your leg on that one, because this darling duo with Courtney Leigh Photography behind the lens pulled off an e-sesh like no other. It’s downtown cool coupled with uptown glam and it has completely won our hearts over, and we have a feeling this gallery sitting in The Vault will do the same for you.

From Courtney Leigh PhotographyKristen and Eric are such a joyful couple and they’ve got serious style too! They are planning a gorgeous downtown Houston wedding at Hotel ZaZa in March of 2017, so they wanted to incorporate that same city chic vibe into their engagement session! They chose the urban streets of downtown Houston and Rice University campus as their locations for the session and it fit seamlessly with their classy taste! Kristen has a stunning beauty about her and the pop of red on her is just beautiful captured on film! These two have such an infectious joy about them and they were so much fun to photograph!

Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Location: Rice University


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This Twist on the First Look Will Bring You Happy Tears

How we feel about this pretty Houston wedding wedding can be summed up in this one photo. Before the ceremony, the beautiful Bride and her handsome Groom prayed together without seeing one another, and as ALLEEJ said, “it was one of the most moving, heart-felt, joy-filled moments I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness and capture.” See each and every heartwarming moment (including a video from Wedding Fanatics) in The Vault!


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From ALLEE J….I am overjoyed to share Kaitlyn and Josh Pettitte’s Summer wedding with you! Kaitlyn + Josh are some of the most stunning people I know, from the outside & within. These two have hearts of gold, and their love for each other is so obvious and pure. There was so much about this wedding day that made this easily one of the most special and memorable wedding’s I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph.

The couple chose Ashton Gardens West, the newest AG venue in Houston. The charm of a traditional chapel was the landscape of their ceremony, and a beautiful ballroom was decorated and prepared for the couple to celebrate with family and friends. Kaitlyn wanted very simple elements that were classic, timeless, and elegant, mixed with beautiful, romantic florals from Bramble and Bee that added whimsy and youth. She accomplished this by keeping the ceremony very simple, only decorating with lush florals, candle lighting, and a blooming cross as the focal point. The reception was filled with ivory linen tables, lush florals in the center, and a personal “Thank you” card from the couple at every guests seat.

Kaitlyn kept it classic, having her bridesmaids wear beautiful pink chiffon dresses, and the groomsmen wore gray suits & ties. The groom sported his brand new watch that Kaitlyn gave to him as a wedding day gift, and wore a full suit to separate himself from the groomsmen.

Josh & Kaitlyn are very sentimental people, and wanted to stick to the traditions of a wedding day. The couple prayed together before the ceremony without seeing one another, and it was one of the most moving, heart-felt, joy-filled moments I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness and capture. The love that these two share is so deep, and is filled with redemption and gratitude. For them, this day was a picture of the Lord’s faithfulness to them, and the proof that he hear’s our prayers, know’s our hearts, and give’s us good and precious gifts.

For this couple, their family is of the upmost importance to them. Kaitlyn and Josh’s families have become great friends since the moment the couple were engaged to be married. Family played a big role throughout the day, and during the ceremony the Vinson & Pettitte family came together as one unit to pray for Kaitlyn and Josh’s union in marriage. Throughout the day there was a spirit of gratitude and joy that exuded from both families.

The most memorable moment from the wedding day was when the ceremony began. The Chapel was filled with beautiful natural light, the song “Holy Spirit” played as family and friends walked down the isle. The anticipation grew for the groom to lay his eyes on his bride for the first time that day. When the doors opened, and as Kaitlyn walked towards Josh overwhelming joy overtook Josh and it blessed all of our hearts to witness. His genuine reaction to Kaitlyn was so vulnerable and unashamed. It moved all in attendance, and Kaitlyn has shared that the way he looked at her in that moment was something she would cherish forever, and never forget.

The Pettitte + Vinson wedding day was one in a million. A fairytale of sorts, filled with the most beautiful details, lovely souls, and talented vendor’s who brought Kaitlyn’s dream wedding to life.

Photography: ALLEEJ | Wedding & Portrait | Cinematography: Wedding Fanatics | Event Planning: Ashton Gardens | Floral Design: Bramble & Bee | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Carlson Craft | Ceremony Venue: Ashton Gardens | Reception Venue: Ashton Gardens | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Ashton Gardens | Hair + Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | DJ: JPL Entertainment | Bridal Boutique: Joan Pillow Bridal | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddings By Debbie | Invitation Paperie: Miss Social Butterfly, Lubbock | Linen Rentals: Eb Inc Events | Thank You Cards: Miss Social Butterfly

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A Pink Garden Wedding Straight From the Storybooks

The vision behind this wedding? It’s something we can totally get behind. “We wanted an intimate, laid-back and elegant wedding in a romantic garden…most importantly, we wanted our guests to have fun, eat good food and dance the night away,” said the bride. They flawlessly pulled off all the above, and Mint Photography captured every bit you simply must see.

From Mint PhotographyMichelle and Allen hosted the perfect garden themed wedding on a beautiful spring day for their closest friends and family. Michelle was beyond a stunning bride in her Monique Lhuillier ceremony gown. They incorporated soft delicate colors and florals, fun games and traditions to engage their guests, and their sweet pup Cooper who was the picture perfect prop. River Oaks Garden Club was the perfect setting for their day, it is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful locations we’ve photographed at, and we absolutely loved it!

From The Bride… We wanted an intimate, laid-back and elegant wedding in a romantic garden. We chose decor and furniture that were simple, natural and a little rustic to add some soft touches to our wedding. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to have fun, eat good food and dance the night away.

We decided not to exchange wedding gifts and just wrote each other cards on the morning of. When I went shopping the week before our wedding, I couldn’t resist and picked up a few pairs of socks for Allen and his groomsmen. I decided to personalize it by sewing a heart onto Allen’s sock that said “Love you forever” in pink thread. The fabric I used was the extra fabric cut off from my reception dress.

I couldn’t decide on a hair piece and waited until the day before our wedding to experiment making a floral hair comb. I picked up two bouquets of ranunculus and figured if I can fashion a comb out of it then great! If not, no big deal, I would just go without. The morning of my wedding, my MOH and I managed to make three hair combs for each of us in different sizes while giggling and eating breakfast. It was an unplanned DIY project which turned out to be so fun and memorable. Somehow our floral combs matched the boutonnieres my florist made perfectly and turned out to be such an unexpected surprise!

 I woke up on our wedding day feeling overwhelmed with happiness and excitement. It feels surreal that after months of planning and anticipation, our day is finally here. I was at home with only my bridesmaids and our dog. I sat in bed and teared up at the thought that the moment I’ve been waiting for for so long is here and it’s real. Another favorite is walking down to see Allen during our first look. My heart was filled with enormous amount of love and bliss. I still remember the rush of emotions that took over when Allen turned around, my eyes were filled with happy tears.

Advice for future brides/grooms
My advice for other couples is to embrace the unexpected. Don’t lose sight of why you are planning this wedding. At the end of the day, you get to marry your best friend. Nothing should take away from that.

Photography: Mint Photography | Cinematography: Elisheva Golani | Coordination: Blue Sage Events | Floral Design: The Senterpiece | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Silverstone Events | Hair + Makeup: Pink Palette Artists | DJ: Xceptional DJs | Venue: River Oaks Garden Club | Photography - Assistance: Claire Casner | Rentals: Houston Party Tent and Event

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The Ultimate Classic Wedding Complete with a Timeless Gown

When high school sweethearts get married, you’re guaranteed one romantic celebration. Take Audrey and Kyle’s Big Day as proof. A small and formal affair filled with personalized details, delish food, and great music, this darling pair wed surrounded by the people they love the most – oh and lots of lovely flowers. Kayla Barker captured it all and don’t miss the Seventh Ray Films clip below!


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From The Bride…Kyle and I are high school sweethearts and dated for nine years before getting married. We wanted our wedding day to not only be a celebration of our commitment to one another, but also a time to love on our friends and family who have supported us along the way. For this reason, we deliberately kept it small and formal, which allowed us to offer our guests an evening filled with beautiful, personalized details, delicious food and good music. Surrounded by the people we love (and lots of flowers!), the day felt more intimate and dreamy than we could have ever hoped for.

From Kayla Barker Fine Art PhotographyI was so excited to be a part of Audrey and Kyle’s amazing wedding day. Being that they are high school sweethearts like my husband and I, we connected instantly and you can tell immediately when you are around them that they are soul mates. Even though the guest list for their wedding was more intimate, you could feel the love that everyone shared for the two of them on their wedding day. They were married in the beautiful fireplace room of The Houstonian Hotel surrounded by candles and flowers by Events in Bloom. Audrey’s classic style was reflected in her dress by Augusta Jones, custom invitations and calligraphy done beautifully by MM Ink and letterpressed by Lavender and Mint and their beautiful monogram was used on the napkins and cake. The day was beautifully coordinated by J. Bray Events and it was the most beautifully display of their never ending love for each other.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: Seventh Ray Films | Coordination: J. Bray Events | Floral Design: Events In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Cake: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Invitations: MM Ink | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Mikimoto | Rings: Robert's Fine Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: The Houstonian Hotel | Makeup: About Face by Dayna Leigh | Hair + Makeup: The Styling Stewardess | Band: Tianna Hall and The Houston Jazz Band | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings | Venue: The Houstonian Hotel | Invitation Printer: Lavender & Mint

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This Calligrapher’s Spring Wedding is a Must-See

Caroline and Josh’s theme for their spring wedding in Texas? All things beautiful. With a fusion of simple, classic elegance and boho whimsy, this sweet couple pulled off their theme to perfection. From the Bride’s beautiful Willowby By Watters dress to the vintage furnishings, this day is nothing short of special. See it all from Magnolia Adam’s Photography in The Vault!


From Magnolia Adam’s PhotographyA private residence set on several acres of land has opened up their space for weddings. Chandelier Grove is a stunning property and has the best of everything; a tree grove, a summer home large enough for both sides of the wedding party to comfortably get ready in and a large white barn full of natural light.

Caroline and Josh were married recently on a spring day. During our pre-consultation, I asked then what the vision for their day was and Caroline responded with, “I want it all to stick with the theme ‘beautiful’. So if I think it’s beautiful, it will be incorporated into our wedding.” Being a calligrapher herself, I knew the details would be perfect.

From The Bride…How did you and Josh meet?
Josh and I met in Houston at a church small group. I had moved back home from Oklahoma about a year earlier and he had just moved to town after completing his masters at Baylor. We were friends (he pretty much liked me for two years) and then he asked me out. I may have turned him down, but after three weeks of not being able to stop thinking about my decision, I called him back and asked him if I could reconsider my answer. I think this beginning was very fitting to our personalities: Josh is thoughtful, detailed, and deliberate. I’m more easy going, outgoing, and whimsy, but I think we both would say after our first date, we never looked back.

What was your inspiration for your wedding?
Josh and I both love beauty. On our honeymoon we took time to visit Musee de L’Orangerie where a good portion of Monet’s “Water Lilies” is housed. As we looked at these massive paintings it hit me how much of their contents reflected what I wanted our wedding to be (and was!): cool blues accented by warm hues, peaceful, a place of beauty and of rest, and (like every bride’s wish) memorable. I knew from the beginning I valued simple, classic elegance with a little bit of whimsy. I so wanted a boho look, but my love for clean, modern lines won out and voilá! You had the Smith wedding.

What were your favorite moments?
Josh would say his most memorable moment was me walking down the aisle. I loved all of it. Some of my favorite details were the potted plants scattered down the aisle, filled with fragrant rosemary and sage. I specifically wanted a “floral chandelier” over the dance floor and Striking Stems was able to catch the vision and run with it. The flowers were perfect.

One of my favorite moments at the wedding was serving communion to our guests as our “first act” as a married couple. It was so special being able to make eye contact with every guest, whether or not they took part in the sacrament. I felt it so reflected what Jesus gave as the greatest commandments and highest goals for life with Him: to love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength, AND to love others above ourselves. Serving communion felt like the perfect intro into marriage for us that reflected our heart and goals.

Photography: Magnolia Adam's Photography | Event Planning: J Low Events | Floral Design: Striking Stems | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Mrs. Weber Bakes | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Catering: All Star Catering | Hair + Makeup: Glam Studio | Calligraphy: THE BRIDE - Caroline Carthey | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Bright + Whimsical Houston Zoo Wedding

One of the biggest trends we’re predicting for 2016? Printed bridesmaids’ dresses, and this wedding is precisely why. All 19 (yes, 19!) of this beautiful brides’ maids look completely stunning in their printed Plum Pretty Sugar gowns. And with vendors like Pomp And CircumstanceSmileboothAwake Photography and Bear Hands Media, you can be sure there’s so much more pretty waiting in The Vault!

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From Awake PhotographyA classic tale of Texas girl meets Southern California surfer boy. Linda and Sheyne got married in her hometown of Houston, Texas and it was a day no one will soon forget. Starting at the fabulous Hotel Zaza, Linda and her 19 bridesmaids got dolled up with the help of Kiss and Makeup and The Perfect Face. They all looked absolutely stunning in the couture Plum Pretty Sugar dresses in shades of lavender, pinks and blues. They perfectly complimented the gorgeous bride wearing a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown. After getting married at the Bride’s childhood church, St. John the Divine, everyone headed to the reflection pools at the Houston Zoo where they danced the night away under string lighting, chandelier in the trees, and perfect Texas weather. The bride and groom are animal lovers, so they surprised their guests with the animal experience at cocktail hour. Animal trainers brought out an assortment of creatures for the guests to feed and pet. It was a huge hit! Bramble and Bee created gorgeous florals full of garden roses, ranunculus, and tulips which were perfectly accented by tiny golden animals as place cards. To round out a day of celebrating a lovely couple, Pomp and Circumstance, surprised the couple and their guests with a donut holes bar as a midnight snack. The day couldn’t have been more perfect, nor the couple more radiant.

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Photography: Awake Photography | Cinematography: Bear Hands Media Group | Event Planning: Pomp & Circumstance | Floral Design: Bramble & Bee | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Whisk Bakery | Invitations: Papellerie | Ceremony Venue: St John The Divine | Reception Venue: Houston Zoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Makeup: The Perfect Face | Hair + Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | DJ: Divisi Strings | Hotel: Hotel ZaZa | Donuts: Shipley's Donuts | Photo Booth: Brooke Courtney Photography

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Romantic Jewel-Toned Winter Inspiration Session

It may be nearly February, but this pretty inspiration shoot from Agape House Studio is going to put you right back in the Christmas spirit. Gorgeous ruby reds and stunning shades of emerald green give every detail—from the lush flowers to the hot cocoa bar to the beautiful tablescape—a sense of rich romance and so much beauty. See it all in THE VAULT!

From Agape House StudioThis styled shoot incorporated deep winter tones to bring warmth to the exposed brick walls of the vintage building. Golds and bronzes were also used in abundance to contrast the deep berry tones. Fresh fruits were used as accents on the tables and in the floral arrangements. The cake was a holiday inspired red velvet naked cake with gold deer accent topper to tie into the deer mounts by the head table. The cake table was an antique sewing machine table provided by Vintage Indulgence.The cocktail tables ties were made of pure greenery bringing some of the outdoors inside.

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Photography: Agape House Studio | Cinematography: Cinematic Saviors | Event Design: Station 3 Venue | Floral Design: Johanna Terry Events | Cake: Nancy's Cake Designs | Makeup: Savannah Schreiber | Groom's Attire: Billy Reid | Venue: Station 3 Venue | Linen Rentals, Chargers + Accent Decor: Flora & Eventi | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Indulgence