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Tornado Warnings Didn’t Stop This Romantic Crimson Wedding

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Brittany London and Connor Young had dreamt of their romantic crimson wedding day for months, but when the big day finally rolled around, it came with thunder storms and tornado warnings! Although this provided a less than ideal situation, the couple didn’t let it stop them from having the most perfect day. From the romantic maroon reception details, luscious florals from Flora + Fauna, and adorable donut celebration at the reception, we are absolutely swooning over The Young’s big day. And after seeing Brittany in her stunning bridal gown from Whittington Bridal, we’d definitely shed a tear just like Connor did (you’ve got to see this sweet moment captured on film!). Cheers to the Young’s!

Photos + Video // Nate Messarra Photography

From the bride about her wedding day: “Our wedding day was a dream come true, but it wasn’t without stress. In the morning through the early afternoon, there were major storms in the area that caused significant street flooding and tornado warnings. It was so bad that it took Connor an extra hour to get to the venue due to flooded streets, and the power went out for a few minutes just as the hairstylist started on my hair. Though it was tempting to break down at that point, my mom, mother-in-law and closest friends rallied around me and encouraged me to be positive and were confident everything would work out. They were right. Two hours before the ceremony, the sky began to clear and the flooding receded enough for our friends and family to make it to the venue. The wonderful venue staff came out and cleared debris and dried sidewalks. Amazingly, as Connor and I said our vows, the sun came out and shone through the windows of the chapel. It was an undeniably special moment and something we will never forget. By the time the ceremony was over, the sky had completely cleared, and it was a beautiful evening for cocktail hour and pictures. From there, the night was a dream-like blur for both of us, but we distinctly remember all the love and laughter in the room and wouldn’t trade it for anything! In retrospect, despite the weather, it was a truly perfect day with all of our favorite people.”

Whimsical Houston Wedding With The Prettiest Hues of Blue

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What a whimsical Houston wedding for Kristina Hernandez and Matthew Lincoln with the prettiest shades of blue in every detail! Hughes Manor was the stately venue the couple chose, and Flower Vibes adorned the indoor and outdoor spaces with crisp white florals that really popped against the light blue and watercolor touches. Scroll for all the prettiness captured by Ashlen Sydney Photography including the jaw-dropping altar! Cheers!

Photos // Ashlen Sydney Photography

From the bride: “My favorite memory was reading our vows to each other. We wrote them ourselves and had no real guidelines. That moment felt like we were in a bubble and everyone was looking in.”

Golden Hour Garden Engagement Session from Tiny Mum Photography

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With the sun peeking through the trees at Discovery Green and the sweetest couple so completely in love, this golden hour garden engagement session truly makes us smile! Tiny Mum Photography captured Jhoana and Donald as they casually strolled through the park, hand-in-hand, resulting in intimate, emotional images that capture the tenderness of their relationship so beautifully. This sweet couple met on Tinder, in fact, and made things official on a deserted stretch of beach in Hawaii. Be sure to read the precious proposal story below, as told by the groom! Cheers to a special couple finding their perfect love!

Photos // Tiny Mum Photography

The proposal story, from the groom’s perspective: “We started off the night with dinner on the beach at a restaurant just down the road from our hotel.  Before we left, I placed the ring in my backpack, as well as my camera.  I rarely carried my backpack or took pictures, but she didn’t seem too suspicious at the time, so I counted that as a win.  It was our third night in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and we were doing our best to find the most scenic restaurant views. The two of us enjoyed a relaxing dinner accompanied by some island music and tropical drinks. After dinner, I suggested that we take a walk down the road to the beach.  I rehearsed what I was going to say over and over in my head as we traveled down the street.  We reached the beach just as the sun finished setting, leaving us with just the moonlight to illuminate each other. I led her to find the perfect stretch of beach. After turning down a couple of spots that did not seem picturesque enough for the moment I envisioned, we arrived at a private, wide open stretch of beach. For a brief moment, we stood together in silence looking out over the ocean and listening to the waves crash against the rocks.  I walked away from the water and sat on a beach chair to get the ring out of my backpack. She continued to watch the waves. My hands were shaky and fumbling as I searched through my bag in the dark. She looked back to see what I was doing, and I acted innocent as if I was just resting for a second. Once I had the ring box in my hand, I placed it in my pocket and walked back to join my soon-to-be fiancé.

“I put my arm around her and told her that I loved her. My heart began to pound as the moment approached. We had recently been discussing some of the firsts she had experienced on this trip, such as new foods, so I took a deep breath and told her that I had one more first for her. Next, I got down on one knee and pulled out the ring box. Of course, my mind went blank in the midst of the adrenaline rush, and I couldn’t remember any of the speech I rehearsed. My voice shaking, I managed to tell her how important she was to me, how much I loved her, and how I wished to spend the rest of my life with her. After I asked her to marry me, she wrapped her arms around and me and began crying tears of joy. Instead of saying yes as I anticipated, she repeated, ‘Are you sure, are you sure?’ After reassuring her that there was no doubt in my mind, she jokingly told me that she hated me, in between sobs.  She was not fond of surprises, and this was the biggest surprise of all. Once the emotions had settled down, I gently reminded her that she had not actually answered my question or looked at the ring. We both laughed. She told me that she would of course marry me, and then I placed the ring on her finger. It wasn’t exactly a proposal fit for a movie script, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We hugged and kissed and again watched the waves in silence. After taking in the moment on the beach, we walked back to the hotel, hand in hand, to drink champagne and call our loved ones, capping off a night neither of us would ever forget.”

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Houston Wedding Photographer Kasey Lynn Photography

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Photography… the gateway to a peek in history. Your history. And for that, you’ll want to be certain you’re hiring the right photographer for your wedding day! Kasey Greenfield of Kasey Lynn Photography is sharing the very best advice on how to ensure you get exactly what you want in a photographer in our Q&A below. Read on for her awesome tips!

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Houston Wedding Photographer Kasey Lynn Photography

Photo // Kasey Lynn Photography

What do you find most inspiring when it comes to wedding photographs?

Our couples and their stories! As a photographer, we are there to capture the day as it unfolds and help document it not only for your own memories, but for your future children and grandchildren. I’m always amazed that the photos we capture are essentially what you will show future generations and are images that you will hopefully keep close to your heart. We want to make sure your story is told in a way that is genuine and beautiful.

What do you think is the most important thing to look at when selecting a wedding photographer?

Style! There are so many options for photographers.  Make sure you choose someone who’s style you love. Ask to see full wedding galleries from venues that have similar lighting as yours so you have a good idea of what to expect and how your photographer handles different lighting situations.

What photography trends are you loving in 2019?

This might not be the popular answer, but we love keeping things classic. Trends go in and out of style, and it’s always our goal that in 10+ years your photos won’t look dated or out of style!

What advice do you give to couples when deciding on their wedding photographer?

Make sure you trust your photographer.  Trust their vision, their style… trust their expertise when they advise on something. It helps both us and you get the best photos possible on your wedding day!

Special thanks to Kasey for sharing her advice with us today! To get in touch with Kasey Lynn Photography, you can message her directly from her Brides of Houston profile here.

Grace and Glamour: A Black Tie Affair

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While each issue we are so excited to reveal the all-new cover, we are equally thrilled to debut our highly anticipated fashion editorial! After months of planning, our team and a handful of Houston’s elite wedding pros set up camp at The Creative Chateau to create Grace and Glamour: A Black Tie Affair. Featuring bridal looks for the classic bride, we styled timeless and fashion forward gowns from our favorite local Houston bridal boutiques, fit for an A-list soirée. Minimalism meets romance as Sunkissed & Made Upexecuted the most gorgeous hair and makeup looks for each body-hugging and ball gown silhouette. The groom was the perfect match for his bride wearing the most dapper tuxedos along with a classic watch and wedding ring from Uptown Diamond. The bride’s jewels were just as luxe as his, from her sapphire drop earrings to the nickel-sized diamond engagement rings, also from Uptown Diamond. Not only did Bramble & Bee create the most stunning neutral-tone bouquet for our bride to carry, but she constructed a variety of jaw-dropping floral installations throughout the venue using garden roses, roses, peonies, ranunculus, scabiosa and narcissus. We’re obsessed! Scroll through to see each incredible look captured by Kelli Durham, and be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes video from Reverent Wedding Films at the bottom. Cheers to another phenomenal issue!

Photos // Kelli Durham

Video // Reverent Wedding Films

Look 1: Pronovias from The Princess Bridal

Look 2: Oksana Mukha Heaven from Love and Lace Bridal Boutique

Look 3: Hayley Paige from Brickhouse Bridal

Look 4: Tara LaTour from Unbridaled

Look 5: Aire Barcelona from Houston Bridal Gallery

Look 6: Lian Rockman from Stephen Grace Atelier

Look 7: Noya by Riki Dalal from Belle Âme Bridal