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This wedding at ZaZa was LIT, y’all!

Steph and Charlie are such an awesome couple. They told me that their friends and family would be closing the night down with partying till the very end, but what these two failed to mention was that pretty much ALL of their friends are performers of some sort!  There were theatre majors, singers, contortionists, dancers, you name it!

So THAT’S why you’ll see a ton of reception shots in this story. There were just too many fun moments!  They were in the air, on the floor and all around. Something Steph failed to mention was that she can SANG!  All of the sudden, she hijacks the mic from the DJ and lays it DOWN.

One of the highlights was watching literally the whole guest list on the floor in full choreography mode acting out to Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show!  It was a top night!!

Of course the night wouldn’t be complete without all of their foster kitties turned family. They have 5 cats and a few more fosters that they made adorable Popsicle photo props with. I really loved how their day was an exact reflection of who they are and what they’re about. No put-ons and ZFG <3

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VENDORS:

Venue: Hotel ZaZa

Dress: Allure Couture from LeAnn’s Bridal

Hair/MUA: Taylor Made Beauty

Cakes: Who Made the Cake

Florist: Emily’s Flower Garden

DJ: DJU Entertainment

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations: Cat Print

Vow Books: Juniper & White

Here in Houston, along the southeast suburbs are two bordering rivalry cities – Deer Park & La Porte.  They’ve been competing for winning titles since the 1940’s.  This Deer Park boy won this La Porte girl’s heart and they are doing a thing called getting married next year.

So let’s talk a little about their engagement session.  It was originally scheduled for October, but due to work scheduling, we needed to make it work earlier.  In August.  In Texas.  …In 102 degree heat.  Can I get a high five for these two that braved those conditions??  Not to mention the 100 steps down and back up – twice – to two different river bottom locations!

Afterward we all went for pizza and sucked down about 3 waters each.  We were all looking forward to vegging out on our beds and resting from the long day.  I had forgotten how DRY it is out there!  To the both of you, thanks so much for trusting me with your pictures, braving the heat and for the laughs we had that we will keep to ourselves 😉

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DRESSES:

VICI DOLLS

ANJOULIS

These two former athletes had a hell of a wedding this past June.  Partly because they treated their guests with the SUPER fun band, The Spazmatics – but mostly because they are two chill, no frill people.  Shane is a car guy.  He enjoys his car club and Xbox (see groom’s cake below).  That afternoon of the wedding, he was excitedly telling Kristin that a new highly anticipated game had just come out.

Kristin was thrilled.  (Insert total sarcasm here.)

Kristin is a girl after my own heart.  She enjoys afternoon naps and spending time with their reverse brindle boxer, Miley.  We are all actually neighbors and one day I was walking Eva, (my reverse brindle boxer) when Kristin drove by.  She told Shane she swore someone had stolen their baby girl!  So obviously, we have common interests 😉

  After much goofing around and trying not to take themselves too seriously, the happy couple married, ate, toasted and danced. The Spazmatics had them dance-act out their relationship from beginning to wedding day, accompanied by Total Eclipse of the Heart, which had the whole reception roaring and wanting to step in to help complete the story.

This wedding had so many FUN moments, so forgive the overload of craziness below.  You won’t see custom dress hangers or a wedding invitation suite accompanied by soft silk ribbon, but you will see real. genuine. fun. being had by two people on the happiest day of their lives.

It was awesome.  And what tops awesome?

Midnight snacks from Whataburger – that’s what.

 

 

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VENDORS

Venue: THE FARMHOUSE

Coordination: MY EVENT ANGELS | LISA HEARRON

Florist: E JOHNSTON DESIGNS

Photography: EDEN GREY PHOTOGRAPHY

Hair/Makeup: BLUSHWORTHY | TAYLOR FINCK, KYLEE BLANCHARD

Dress: BRICKHOUSE BRIDAL

Tux: MENS WEARHOUSE

Cake: EDIBLE DESIGNS BY JESSIE

Caterer: ALL-STAR CATERING

Linens & Decor: MY EVENT ANGELS

This quiet, pretty blonde with piercing green eyes spoke softly at the Bridal Extravaganza.  With all the bustling around, I leaned in to hear what she had to say.  I remembered her because the venue was built by an active photographer in the industry.  The fact that she reached out to me instead of going with someone for the sake of ease meant so much to me.  Then I found out that she, too was an xray tech – what are the odds!

I finally got a chance to talk more with Jonathan and meet his son, Carter when we all met for drinks at the new Hotel Zaza in Memorial City.  The fact that he cared to share his opinions and what he wanted on the wedding day was very refreshing.  He was engaged in the planning from the beginning and the most important thing to him was to make Lauren happy.

Lauren was sitting with ease and taking the whole day in when I arrived on that very warm June afternoon.  No nerves, just ready to marry her love.  In front of his guys, Jonathan was all laughs, but in one little moment before the ceremony, he was peeking out of the curtain at the guests who were arriving and just had this soft smile that I caught.  They danced the night away, with Carter getting DOWN with his moves near the end and then finally, as the night ended, they flew off in their Audi R8, ready for the honeymoon ahead. <3

 

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VENUE: 2K RESERVE

COORDINATION: EVERYTHING BUT THE RING

FLORIST: HEB BLOOMS DESIGN STUDIO

HAIR/MAKEUP: BUTTER ARTISTRY

LINENS: HOUSE OF HOUGH

PHOTOGRAPHY: EDEN GREY PHOTOGRAPHY

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BAND: ROYAL DUKES BAND

PHOTO CAMPER: CYPRESS PHOTO CAMPER

CATERER: IN HOUSE CHEFS

CAKE: CAKES BY GINA

AUDI R8 TRANSPORTATION: ENTERPRISE EXOTICS

INVITATIONS: MINTED

STRINGS CEREMONY MUSIC: THE ROYAL DUKES

DRESS: MARTINA LIANA

BRIDES SHOES: BETSEY JOHNSON

TUX: TOM JAMES CLOTHIER

GROOMS SHOES: JOHNSON & MURPHY’S HART EDITION

I met Loriann and her daughter Sarah about six years ago when I had her sister over to talk about pictures.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I would become very close with these two sisters and their awesome, fun-loving and rowdy Sicilian family.  I didn’t know that the little girl with Loriann that was coloring in green marker on my sofa would grow up right before my eyes.  It’s the joy of what I do that brings so many amazing people into my life.

A few years ago, Loriann met Ramiro.  They went out on a first date to IHOP, as little Sarah recalls, and things took their course.  Ramiro has fit in well with the family.  He’s personable, laid back and a gentleman.  Needless to say, he’s been groomed into a die hard Cowboys fan (if he wasn’t one already) and enjoy’s biking with Loriann in the city.

On their wedding day, Loriann & Ramiro each had their children stand up with them.  Sarah was grinning at Ramiro’s son, Iovanny from across the way as she watched her Mom (and her best friend) say her vows.   After pictures, they danced and visited with their families.  They also surprised guests with a special treat, ice cream from Hey Mikey’s in Galveston.  Can we just talk about how legit their ice cream is??  OMG – so good.

MMMMWUAH, you two!!

 

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VENDORS:

Venue: Butler’s Courtyard

Coordinator: Jessica Shofner

Dress: Impression Bridal

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Hair/Makeup: Kristina Frank Makeup Artistry

Florist: HEB Blooms

Caterer: Robinette & Company

Cake: Cakes by Jula

Photography: Eden Grey Photography

Videography: Smart Video

DJ: MAD Productions

When I think of a bride with a contagious smile and a big laugh, I think of Amy.  Then I think of Chad, the one who’s usually causing her to laugh!

Amy & Chad got married at the gorgeous Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart here in Houston and then threw a soiree at The Crystal Ballroom featuring The Royal Dukes!  All of their bridesmaids and groomsmen were AMAZING!  The girls were all so gorgeous, helpful and made sure Amy had everything she needed.  Chad’s men were nothing short of hilarious, even trying to get us to take shots with them!

Family is super important to these two, so they made sure to take care of everyone and spend time visiting with them.  When they weren’t talking with loved ones, they were on the dance floor.  Now, when it comes to wedding traditions, I don’t typically post many of the usual festivities such as cake cutting or bouquet tosses.  Having said that…I’m certain that Amy based her decision to marry Chad on his abilities to serenade her with dancing that makes her jaw drop!  At least that’s what happened during the garter ceremony 🙂  You can see a few of his moves below in the reception pictures.

I’m confident that these two will make each other laugh for many, many, MANY years to come.

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VENDORS

CHURCH: CO CATHEDRAL OF THE SACRED HEART

RECEPTION: THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM AT THE RICE

COORDINATION: FLORIANA DESIGN BY CARINE PHAN

FLORIST: PRESTIGE EVENTS

LINENS: PRESTIGE EVENTS

FURNITURE RENTAL: PRESTIGE EVENTS

BAND: THE ROYAL DUKES

PHOTOGRAPHY: EDEN GREY PHOTOGRAPHY

CINEMATOGRAPHY: REVERENT FILMS

HAIR & MAKEUP: BLUSH & CO

CAKE: SUPREME KAKES

DRESS: ALLURE BRIDALS

SHOES:BADGLEY MISCHKA

TUX: GIOVANNI BRESCIANI

WATCH: GUCCI

PHOTO BOOTH: SHUTTER QUBE

INVITATIONS: MINTED

Where do I start with Evangeline & Paul?  In one word?  Perfecto.  They chose the new Hotel Zaza Memorial City location for their wedding and reception.  Evangeline’s Mom did ALL the flowers and pulled the decor vision together.  Her sisters made the cake (what??) and the cupcakes…one of which I had and OMGGGG.  I took an extra home for later and my gorgeous caramel eyed boxer ATE it!!  But I digress…

Evangeline stood out to me at the Bridal Extravaganza where I met her.  She’s such a freakin’ DOLL.  AMIRIGHT??  I later met Paul over drinks and though a bit quiet, I could see in his eyes and mannerisms that he was completely taken by Evangeline.  He’s the type of guy that makes you feel at ease and very welcome.   The wedding was family only and so beautiful.  The reception had so much love poured into the details.  Oh, and those painted favors on mini easels? – they were painted by the bride herself!!

Then to talk about the families…just such AMAZING families.  Paul’s parents were so sweet.  All of his brothers and their wives helped celebrate the night away.  Evangeline’s six brothers and sisters rocked out full sequin dresses with converse and the brothers were dressed to the nines.  The whole family pulled tightly together to make sure that this was a special day – and it was.  That day was heartwarming.

What I get to look forward to now is watching the Cantu’s life unfold.  Oh, and also to go try Tony’s Mexican Restaurant…now that the wedding is over, they can meet me up for margaritas, chips and salsa!  Cheers, you two.  XOXO.

 

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VENDORS:

VENUE: HOTEL ZAZA MEMORIAL CITY

COORDINATOR: BRUCE MORGAN

PHOTOGRAPHER: EDEN GREY PHOTOGRAPHY

HAIR/MAKEUP: KOLOURS BY KRIS

FLORIST: CYNDI JACOBSON

DJ: ENLOE ENTERTAINMENT

DRESS: WHITTINGTON BRIDAL

TUX: MACY’S

INVITATIONS:

LINENS: LBL EVENT RENTALS

CATERER: HOTEL ZAZA MEMORIAL CITY

CAKES: SISTERS OF THE BRIDE

Meet Elizabeth and Casey.  I love how real these two are.  Easy going, no fuss…ok with the more silly and non romantic photos (as you’ll see below where she yells at him, haha!)  Elizabeth & Casey were more into laughing and enjoying all of the chaos going on around them on their wedding day vs making sure the bouquet was photographed or that the cake had been cut.

Elizabeth’s sister gave the best speech, reminiscing about when Elizabeth was her biggest fan and telling the story about when Sally was running for president up against Timmy Turtle or something like that.  Of course, Elizabeth put her check mark next to Sally’s name.  Watching Casey with all of his groomsmen, dancing around with glow sticks on their heads and necks and just letting loose was very refreshing.  I feel like I don’t see the groom on the dance floor enough but there he was!

Then there was the wildly fun uncle…I think from the bride’s side.  He made for lots of animated faces, turning everyone up a level and keeping so many on the dance floor, rarely sitting down.  It was a great night…finished off with a late night snack for the guests from the best place ever – PINK’S PIZZA!  I’m telling you, these two threw an awesome celebration.

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VENDORS:

Church: Westminster UMC

Reception Venue: Hughes Manor

Coordinator: Gray & Associates

Florist: Ueckert Flower Shop

Makeup/Hair: Blushworthy

Photographer: Eden Grey Photography

Cinematographer: Reverent Films

Linens: LBL Event Rentals

DJ: Unique Style Productions

Caterer: Cordua Catering

Cakes: Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen

Late Night Snacks: Pink’s Pizza

Dress: Essence of Australia, La Reve Bridal

 

Christine & Stephen were married earlier this April at All Saints Catholic Church.  Afterward, they threw a gorgeous reception at The Crystal Ballroom in Houston and the vision that they had for their special day was beautiful.

Christine made a gorgeous bride.  She looked so classic and timeless.  Her sister helped calm her nerves while the rest of her bridal party provided comic relief and laughter.  Steven spent the morning with his brothers who were also groomsmen.  Did I mention that he is one of SEVEN children?  He and his brothers were all such gentlemen!

They had a lovely day and I really enjoyed photographing the sweet moments between these two.  Watching as all of their friends and family danced and celebrated with them let me know just how cherished they are.

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VENDORS:

Church: All Saints Catholic Church

Reception: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Coordination: Eventology Weddings

Photographer: Eden Grey Photography

Makeup & Hair: Michael Saldana Salon

Florist: Dream Bouquet

Invitations: Bering’s

Caterer: Sambuca

Cakes: Cakes by Gina

Band: Buzz and the Blue Cats

Photo Booth: Picture Me Houston

Linens: BBJ Linens

Dress: Joan Pillow

Tux: Nordstrom

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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