A Modern and Minimalist Wedding in Houston, Texas

A Fashionable and Minimalist Wedding ceremony in Houston, Texas

Heather Johnson and Kelly Parker’s is a contemporary love story, from courting app to pandemic proposal. However, their love is simply getting began. Their story started six years in the past. “In February 2015, after being inspired by some pals to hitch Tinder, Heather stumbled throughout Kelly’s profile,” the couple shares. “Instantly captivated by Kelly’s breathtaking smile and the photographs showcasing her obvious obsession with theme events, her canine, and Texas A&M, Heather could not assist however swipe proper.”

“Little did she know, in an condominium on the identical road solely a mile away, Kelly had additionally swiped proper,” they proceed. “Two proper swipes make a match.” They organized a primary date for espresso of their hometown Houston. “After displaying up driving the identical automotive, we knew our future have to be written within the stars,” the couple remembers. “We chatted for hours and each felt an prompt connection. With just a few extra dates below our belts, we rapidly grew to become inseparable.”

The proposal got here in July 2020 throughout a “much-needed getaway after the isolation skilled attributable to COVID-19,” the couple says. However, Kelly had been getting ready for a lot longer. “Her mom had gifted Kelly a diamond that the ladies on her mom’s aspect had worn for generations,” Heather shares. “With it, she designed essentially the most gorgeous engagement ring, which she had been carrying round for months, ready for the correct time.”

Lastly, Kelly deliberate a weekend staycation at a lodge in Memorial Metropolis. “Heather anticipated a weekend of enjoyable with Kelly and their two finest pals, however didn’t count on essentially the most stunning proposal that awaited her,” the couple remembers. “Underneath the guise of taking a sundown photograph earlier than dinner one evening, Kelly lured Heather to the rooftop. Heather instantly seen drapes, candles, and roses that Kelly and their pals had arrange. Essentially the most significant element, nonetheless, was that Kelly had organized for family and friends who couldn’t be a part of us because of the pandemic to be on a Zoom name to expertise the second with us.” There have been tears, laughs, and plenty of heartfelt phrases—all making it “a simple choice to say sure to ceaselessly,” Heather says. 

When it got here to marriage ceremony planning, their imaginative and prescient was trendy, minimalistic, and chic. They wished impartial tones and plush greenery to boost the vibe of their venue, The Grove. “We primarily selected this venue for its city-meets-garden really feel,” the couple shares. “Situated in Discovery Inexperienced proper within the coronary heart of downtown Houston, it has an attractive second-floor deck overlooking a grove of stay oak bushes and looming metropolis buildings within the background.” 

They stated “I do” in entrance of 85 visitors on April 3, 2021, with a ceremony and reception deliberate by primarily themselves. “The planning course of was a little bit aggravating at first as a result of we had by no means deliberate an occasion of this magnitude earlier than and weren’t fairly certain the place to begin,” they share. “Nevertheless, we tried to keep in mind that not each element wanted to be excellent. It was extra in regards to the expertise and recollections greater than anything.” They signed on with Heather Alana Johnson of Epoch Co+ for day-of coordination. “Heather was instrumental in serving to us arrange the venue area, coordinating our rehearsal on the day of the occasion, and making certain that we stored to our timeline your entire evening. Most significantly, she made certain we had enjoyable and by no means felt overwhelmed by any hiccups within the day.” 

Learn on to see how Heather and Kelly celebrated their very own approach, in a chic occasion deliberate by the couple and Epoch Co+ and photographed by We the Romantics.

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They received prepared and booked a lodge block on the Marriott Marquis Houston, a handy five-minute stroll from their venue and close to sufficient to the airport to make it straightforward for out-of-town visitors. The Presidential Suite—full with its personal gorgeous terrace overlooking the Texas-shaped pool—supplied sufficient area for them to prepare every with their very own marriage ceremony events. 

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


Kelly received emotional within the morning crafting her vows for the ceremony. As for magnificence prep, she known as in her go-to barber, Naz at The Barber Impact, to trim her hair and that of her “broomsmen” for the massive day. She completed off with a spritz of her favourite scent, Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce.

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


Photograph by We the Romantics 


She opted for a navy tuxedo coat with peak lapels, traditional black tuxedo pants, black suede loafers, and a bow tie. “She had her initials embroidered on the within of her coat with the marriage date on the underside of her collar,” Heather says. “Her broomsmen gifted her a pair of cufflinks, and her mom gave her a pair of her diamond earrings to put on that day.”

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Bride Heather did her personal make-up for the marriage. “I wished a traditional look that didn’t really feel too made up,” she says. “I simply wished to intensify my options, so I added eyelashes for a bolder look.”

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


“The deep V behind my gown was so stunning, particularly framed with the ethereal cape. So, I wished a coiffure that might complement, not conceal, that,” Heather says. “I made a decision on a low, modern pony to maintain the look stylish, and a pearl accent so as to add a little bit contact of class.” Her nails have been polished gentle pink and her perfume was Versace Brilliant Crystal. “That is the scent my spouse purchased me once we first began courting,” she says. “I’ve worn it ever since.”

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


We laughed, hugged, and cried as our household and pals seemed on from contained in the suite.

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“Our first look was unforgettable,” Heather remembers. “As Kelly waited on the expansive balcony of the lodge suite, she performed a tune meaning a lot to us as a pair, ‘Grave’ by Thomas Rhett. I used to be so nervous once I walked out to satisfy her, however once I tapped her to show round, she had the sweetest look on her face as she noticed my gown for the primary time. We laughed, hugged, and cried as our household and pals seemed on from contained in the suite.”

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It was so nice to really feel the love and help from our family and friends earlier than we have been married.

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The moments after the primary look have been simply as particular. “As each bridal events have been ready to stroll over to the venue from our lodge suite, we have been crammed into one bed room singing nation songs that Heather’s brother-in-law strummed on the guitar,” they share. “We have been having fun with cocktails, hugging one another, and laughing. It was so nice to really feel the love and help from our family and friends earlier than we have been married.”

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


“The best a part of the planning course of was choosing our venue,” the couple says. “We each have been in love with The Grove, as the situation was handy, stunning, and included meals and beverage packages, which might make the remainder of our planning a little bit bit simpler.” The area performed host to each ceremony and reception. For the previous, a tented outside area was wearing a contemporary minimalist palette of white, grey, taupe, and deep inexperienced. 

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“We stored our ceremony decor pretty minimal,” Heather says. “We had an attractive white tent with two silver chandeliers hanging over the aisle, and a wood triangle arch adorned with lush smilax as a backdrop for once we exchanged vows. Our neighbor Raymond constructed the six-foot triangle arch.”

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


After the bridal social gathering entered—to “Yours” by Russell Dickerson—Kelly’s mother escorted her down the aisle first, whereas Previous Dominion’s “One Man Band” performed. Lastly, Heather entered along with her father to the acoustic tune of “Latch” by Sam Smith.

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Accompanying them on the altar have been their finest folks and Kelly’s stepfather, Glenn Levy, who officiated. “The bridesmaids select no matter silhouette chiffon robe they wished in an assigned shade from Dessy, both grey, taupe, or oyster,” Heather says. “I wished the robes to be impartial to go together with the minimal aesthetic of the evening.” In the meantime, Kelly’s broomsmen have been additionally capable of choose their very own black fits and tuxedo shirts. “Kelly supplied them with socks, bow ties, and cufflinks. She selected this to mirror the traditional and clear look we have been making an attempt to realize, and one which was flattering for every physique model.”

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“To personalize our marriage ceremony day, we tossed out marriage ceremony traditions that didn’t really feel genuine to us as a pair,” the brides share. “We received prepared in the identical lodge suite on the day of our marriage ceremony, ordered a small carrot cake rather than a standard marriage ceremony cake, and took tequila pictures on the finish of the aisle throughout our ceremony!”

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Heather’s twin sister and brother-in-law, Allison and Zach Laughlin, carried out stay acoustic music for the ceremony. A favourite was their cowl of “I Do” by Aloe Blacc and LeAnne Rimes. 

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


“We wrote our personal vows in customized books ordered from Etsy,” the couple shares. Kelly’s included two strains from the tune Allison and Zach had carried out: “You’re my house and I do know I can keep ceaselessly” and “by no means understood why/ folks all the time say, love chooses you/ now I do.”

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


They recessed out to Beyoncé’s “Love on High,” dancing their approach up the aisle to get the social gathering began. 

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


“The toughest a part of planning was choosing a photographer,” the couple shares. “Since our engagement was solely 9 months, we have been frightened that we might not have the ability to safe a photographer with the model we have been in search of and who additionally had expertise working with LGBTQ+ {couples}, which was essential to us. Nevertheless, as soon as we discovered We the Romantics, we knew we had discovered the right workforce to seize our day.” Stunning portraits like these proved they have been proper.

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Heather wore the sunshine ivory crepe Giovanna robe by Sarah Seven and an organza cape by the identical designer. “The gown had a easy but stylish design,” she says. “After I put it on, I instantly felt like myself however elevated. I wished to really feel comfy however stylish, and the minimalist silhouette of the gown paired with the deep V back and front completed simply that.”

She accomplished the look with one thing new—gold hoops and pearl earrings by Ana Luisa—and one thing previous, a garter and bouquet wrap constituted of her mom’s marriage ceremony gown. 

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She didn’t discover it straight away, although. “I went to 2 bridal boutiques in Houston with my maid of honor to seek for a gown, however didn’t fairly discover what I used to be in search of,” Heather remembers. “One weekend, on a whim when nobody was accessible to go gown purchasing with me, I made a decision to make an appointment at Pretty Bride and went into the shop alone, ‘simply to look.’ I ended up discovering my gown that day! My spouse had pushed me to the appointment, and when she picked me up, I used to be beaming. She insisted on taking me to have fun discovering the gown at a bar down the road, which has been one of many happiest moments I look again on from the marriage planning course of. Pretty Bride even went out of their strategy to permit me to return again within the retailer to attempt on the gown for family and friends as they served us Champagne.”

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Each Kelly and Heather accessorized their appears with gorgeous inexperienced and white florals designed by Petal Society.

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Whereas visitors loved cocktail hour, noshing on tuna tartare tacos and mac and cheese fritters, the newlyweds took a second alone. “After the ceremony, Kelly and I snuck away to a non-public dinner within the restaurant downstairs whereas our visitors have been on the upstairs patio,” Heather says. “We shared Champagne and took a while to only recognize one another within the second as newlyweds. A humorous—or not so humorous—story: As we have been consuming, I knocked a whole hen breast on my lap! The waiter and Kelly helped me ice the stain and soak it with soda water earlier than our grand entrance. It was barely noticeable!”

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Photograph by We the Romantics 


Dinner tables have been lined with grey cloths, and white chair covers gave the entire area a cohesive look. “There have been medium centerpieces on each different desk, with candles and smilax on the others, and a protracted head desk with taper candles, floral centerpieces, and smilax,” Heather says. She DIYed place settings for the top desk with cardstock and organza ribbon. 

Dinner was served buffet-style and included native and Southern favorites like Gulf Coast seafood, Texas toast, Jefferson County soiled rice, crab boiled potatoes, and cajun hen. 

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The newlyweds first danced to “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)” by Brothers Osborne, and had their DJ play two different particular songs: the “Aggie Warfare Hymn” for Kelly’s alma mater and the College of Georgia Combat Track for Heather’s. 

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Subsequent, Heather danced along with her father to “At all times, in All Methods” by Kenny Loggins and Kelly and her mom swung to Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain Excessive Sufficient.”

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“We achieved the social gathering facet of the marriage by internet hosting an open bar, hiring an incredible DJ, and offering a buffet-style meal in order that our visitors—who we all know love to bounce—may drink, eat, and instantly hop on the dance flooring with us,” the couple says. 

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They nixed the normal marriage ceremony cake and as a substitute went with their favourite, an iced carrot bundt from Nothing Bundt Desserts, full with a customized topper of their canine. The cake slicing was one other second only for them. “We had an unannounced cake-cutting ceremony in order that we may take photographs for our recollections however not take away from the social gathering as a complete,” they share.

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It actually flies by so rapidly!

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The couple repurposed the ceremony arch for the reception, hanging it with a neon signal saying their newlywed final identify, The Parkers.

It was the right celebration to kick off a lifetime of affection—however they stored issues in perspective all through the method. “Do not forget that that is at some point of your life,” Heather advises different {couples}. “Whereas it’s an necessary day, it isn’t value stressing over particulars that nobody will discover. Kelly needed to remind me of this continually! Your family and friends are there to have fun your marriage, not your occasion. Let the little issues go, and keep in mind to make time to speak to and love in your important different all through the day. It’s true what they are saying: It actually flies by so rapidly!”