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A Courtyard Wedding in Houston, TX

  • Diana M. Lott Photography, Austin
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Alison & Peter in Houston, TX
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Alison carried a mostly monochromatic bouquet but the loose arrangement of red roses, orchids, and gloriosa lilies made it visually interesting. Her maid of honor’s bouquet was a smaller version of her own.
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Alison ordered and sent back more than 20 pairs of red shoes, trying to find the perfect ones. She ended up choosing a Lumiani sandal with a kitten heel.
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A hairpiece made with black and white feathers and a red silk flower embellished the bride’s fluid chignon updo.
Sami Kent, Touch of Red, Houston
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Alison fell in love with LetterPunch Design’s classic lovebirds wedding invites, and the motif ended up inspiring the entire decorating scheme of the wedding, including the cake topper.
LetterPunch Design, Chicago, IL
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Alison and Peter exchanged their personally written vows under a simple moss-covered arch embellished with red and pale-green flowers.
Ouisie’s Table (Bear’s Garden), Houston, TX
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Alison didn’t want to block the fountain or surrounding greenery in Bear’s Garden, where the couple wed, so her florist dressed up what was already there with little bunches of red and green flowers tied to the aisle chair backs with red ribbon.
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The couple chose Ouisie’s Table for the casual, elegant southern feel. “We really liked the idea of a courtyard wedding, and because Ousie’s has a pretty garden, we were able to have our ceremony and reception in one place,” says Alison.
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Peter created the seating chart himself. He found an old frame at a local antique shop, painted it black, and fitted it with a board covered in red burlap that the seating cards were then tacked onto.
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A mix of round and rectangular tables and black chiavari chairs with white cushions were brought in for the party. Alison had a hard time finding the perfect black and white linens from a local vendor so she had them shipped in from La Tavola in the Napa Valley.
Aztec Events & Tents, Houston, TX
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Guests were seated at tables named after Alison and Peter’s childhood and current pets (they’re both animal lovers and have  three dogs and two cats between them). Each table sign also included a picture of the pet.
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Guests were seated at tables named after Alison and Peter’s childhood and current pets (they’re both animal lovers and have  three dogs and two cats between them). Each table sign also included a picture of the pet.
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Guests were seated at tables named after Alison and Peter’s childhood and current pets (they’re both animal lovers and have three dogs and two cats between them). Each table sign also included a picture of the pet.
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Guests were seated at tables named after Alison and Peter’s childhood and current pets (they’re both animal lovers and have three dogs and two cats between them). Each table sign also included a picture of the pet.
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The alternating tiers of black magic chocolate cake and Italian creme cake were topped with two lovebirds custom-made to resemble Alison and Peter’s wedding day attire. Alison ordered the topper from one of her favorite Etsy designers (cornflakegirl), who created the birds based on photos of Alison’s dress and hairpiece.
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Peter and Alison chose “Sea of Love” a cover version by Cat Power for their first dance.
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Guests took home individually wrapped boxes of Alison’s favorite pralines from Aunt Sally’s in New Orleans. The bride personalized them with red ribbon and black handwritten tags.
Aunt Sally’s Pralines, New Orleans, LA

Alison & Peter in Houston, TX

Alison and Peter met at a cafe during the White Linen Night festival in the Heights neighborhood of Houston. They spent the entire day and evening walking around the party, and they’ve been together ever since. The Bride Alison Bradley, 32, an attorney The Groom Peter Velez, 30, an engineer The Date April 4 Fast-forward a little over a year and Alison found herself standing in her driveway one evening holding a box from Peter, that contained two garage door openers. After clicking the first one, the garage door lifted and music started playing. The second one illuminated a three-foot sign made of Christmas lights that read: “Will you marry me?” Peter had spent the entire weekend putting the set-up together. “It’s hard to describe how awesome this was,” Alison says. “It was so lovely and so unexpected. I still have the sign out in the garage. It takes up a lot of wall space but I can’t bear to get rid of it.”
- Davida Sidrane Hogan
Their Ingredients
  • Diana M. Lott Photography, Austin
  • Special Arrangements
  • Sami Kent, Touch of Red, Houston
  • LetterPunch Design, Chicago, IL
  • Ouisie’s Table (Bear’s Garden), Houston, TX
  • Aztec Events & Tents, Houston, TX
  • Aunt Sally’s Pralines, New Orleans, LA

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