My hubby and I just got married last month and everything was perfect! We couldn't have been more pleased with every aspect of our wedding so I have to give major props to every person, store, boutique, salon, etc. As you may have read in my previous posts, we planned our wedding in four and a half months. We didn't spend a lot of time on any one thing, used trusted friends' businesses when we could, and jumped in with two feet with any vendors we weren't familiar with. I am the type of person who normally (thoroughly) reads a lot of reviews before I make a decision to use a business/product too.
Hopefully this may help some local Houston area brides to potentially use any of these local vendors below or to purchase from the online stores I used! This post is picture heavy but lite on words. All photos are credit to our amazing photographer Taylor Golden!
My Dress and Accessories:
Alterations by: Transformations by Maria (you can read my reviews on her site, Yelp, and Facebook! She's the absolute BEST in Houston)
The hair piece: David's Bridal pearl crystal metal scroll
The veil: David's Bridal - Vera Wang two tier raw edge cathedral length (two tier means it had a blusher to hang over my face)
The sash: David's Bridal - embellished sash (mine is no longer listed, but this one is similar)
The shoes: SheSoles on Amazon. Low heel, beautiful, and comfortable! $30 versus the $215 dollar Badgley Mischka shoes I considered? Yes, please!
The jewelry: Marielle bracelet on Amazon $40. I've worn this to several galas this year as well! The only other jewelry I wore was my Mammaw's earrings. =}
My hair and makeup by: Krystal Soliz at Hair & Beauty Studio. She did an excellent job on my hair and makeup. I was even more pleased on the day of than I was for the trial session. She is so kind and was very patient while doing the hair for two of my four flower girls too!
Additional shout out - I have been getting my highlights done with Ashley Serna at Beautique Day Spa in the Rice Village for about 8 years (??). She is incredible and I frequently have people come up to me to ask me about my hair.
We were excited that our Pastor from our church, Gateway Community, was able to marry us and able to come to the First Methodist Church in downtown that we were interested in getting married in. It is a historic church built in 1910. Alexis and everyone else we worked with at First Methodist Church to organize our ceremony, host the rehearsal, and who helped on the day of were wonderful.
Our reception was held at Vic & Anthony's in Downtown Houston. The Ballroom upstairs was the perfect room to host our cocktail style reception. There's a bar area outside of the ballroom with some lounge seating, the large ballroom itself, and a balcony that we had additional tables on. Our guests were able to move around to get drinks at the bar at the back of the room or the bar outside, meander to food stations, as well as enjoy passed appetizers. The food was exceptional! The service was impeccable. Plus, the help we received from Stephanie and Perceda to plan the evening was top notch.
We hosted our rehearsal dinner in the large party room at Cadillac Bar because we love Tex-Mex! Plus, they serve Titanium tequila so how could we not enjoy the double win? The wait staff and managers there are always accommodating and ready should we need anything.
(We didn't really take any photos that evening unfortunately!)
I stayed Friday & Saturday nights at the Westin Houston Downtown not only because of the close proximity to Vic & Anthony's, but also because it is a beautiful hotel and the manager Chris and the employees truly go above and beyond for their guests. They made sure my sister and brother in law had a dog friendly room that was next to my suite. They made sure our guests knew where to go for rehearsals, etc. They treated us with special snacks throughout the weekend as well with special notes from Chris who's known the hubs for many, many years. I definitely felt well taken care of during my stay there. Plus, I enjoyed the extra space so my nieces could watch a movie while we were getting ready for the wedding.
I think it goes without saying that the details sometimes make the wedding, or at least make it feel more personalized. But even at that there are some customary things that most everything has at their wedding and you get to design it how you want it to look. This is the fun part!
Invitations printed by: Reaves Engraving (not pictured below, PM if you'd like to see it to help your planning). This printing company was a referral passed on to referral passed on to me. They were wonderful to work with and significantly better priced than a lot of invitation companies. The quality was superb.
Flowers by: Karla Lazo at Infinite Spring. Karla understood how important flowers are to me having grown up with my parents owning a flower shop. She took the time to work with me over and over and over again until she felt confident she understood my vision for the colors and types of flowers I wanted to have. She worked with our budget as well. I was OVER THE MOON during the ceremony and days after because of the flowers. She absolutely nailed it. Each bride has a different vision for their flowers and I LOVED mine!
Cake and wedding favor cookies by: Kirk Michaelis at El Bolillo Bakery. Kirk and I spoke on the phone and I sent him some pictures of what I wanted the cake to look like. I left the flavors of everything in my hubby's control so he could enjoy the cake tasting and cookie tasting. (And he did enjoy them...multiple times!). I was thrilled with my semi-naked cake - the look and deliciousness cannot be beat! The wedding favor cookies I sampled the next morning...then ate all five that were in the treat bag. =/ They were THAT good.
Mr. & Mrs. wooden cake topper by: Alphabet Canvas on Etsy.com
"T" cake topper by: Haymadeshop on Etsy.com Our Krispy Kreme groom's cake was half gone before our photographers could get back to it to take a photo! Note to anyone thinking of using donuts...get ten times the amount you think you would! The picture we have of the doughnut tower is barely what was put out for guests.
Mr. & Mrs. Tijerina acrylic card box by: SavetheDateDesignsCo on Etsy.com
Custom thumbprint guestbook sign by: Flutterbye Prints
Programs by: Zazzle.com
As mentioned above our wedding was beautifully captured by Taylor Golden. Our videographer was John Manigold of Manigold Multimedia and we're waiting to see his work but from his previous work we know we're in for a beautiful video.
I hope I am not forgetting anyone that helped us, but if I do I will be sure to update this post. Overall we had zero complaints, and not enough adjectives to praise everyone who helped provide the pieces to make our wedding day happen. We've already passed May 14th, so we celebrated our one month anniversary. It feels like it was three months ago already with the business of our schedules, travel, and Lorenzo the bunny puppy. But, we both definitely reflected that God is beyond good to us and what an incredible journey we had. Who would have thought?
I will be sharing another wedding post soon with the gift ideas that I used. If you have ANY questions about wedding planning in general, about mine, about weddings in Houston, or anything else please never hesitate to ask! You can comment below or email me. I love all things related to weddings, planning them, and marriage. It is a deep rooted passion and I love to help.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day ahead!