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  • Writer's pictureBrandi Swanson

Chinese Fusion Wedding | Mark + Jamie

Love is in the air! We are thrilled to share the enchanting tale of Jamie and Mark's Chinese fusion wedding, a day filled with laughter, joy, and heartfelt moments. Join us as we embark on this magical journey that unfolded in the presence of family, friends, and everlasting love at Water Edge in El Lago, TX.

Photo collage of an elegant wedding off the water.
Gorgeous, simple details everywhere. Photo by Kaley Elaine Photography

The Beginning of Forever

Jamie and Mark met under serendipitous circumstances that brought their souls together. Their love story blossomed over time, leading them to embark on a journey of love, trust, and unbreakable bond. With stars aligned, they decided to seal their commitment in a beautiful celebration of love in China, but then decided to host a second celebration in the states so that more of Mark's family could be present. The couple lives in California, but booked their wedding in El Lago, TX (down the street from NASA), so they contacted us, Next Chapter Weddings, to assist them in their wedding planning.

A Dreamy Venue

The elegant wedding ceremony took place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, TX. It was a short, yet beautiful ceremony with 75 of the couples' closest family and friends. Shortly after, the reception took place at a picturesque location right on the water: Waters Edge! The elegant venue with its modern vibes and breathtaking views served as the perfect backdrop for this joyous occasion. Every detail was meticulously planned to create an ambiance of love and romance. My team often works at Waters Edge, and their staff is phenomenal! They are always ready to serve. The ceremony space is outside- in the back of the venue, right along Clear Lake. There is a constant breeze that fills you with peace and comfort. The long, concrete aisle leads guests through tropical palm trees and to the venue's pergola overlooking the water. Waters Edge is also located down the street from NASA which is pretty cool too!

Every detail was meticulously planned to create an ambiance of love and romance.

Bridal Elegance and Handsome Groom

The bride, Jamie, looked ethereal in her stunning, white wedding gown that accentuated her radiant beauty. Jamie was such a relaxed, calm and sweet Bride and her dress was a perfect reflection of her personality. For the reception, Jamie changed into a gorgeous gold gown with cutouts on both sides of her waist in honor of her Chinese heritage. Gold is considered to be a symbol of luck or fortune in Chinese culture; therefore, it is often worn at some point in Chinese wedding celebrations. Mark, the dashing groom, was beaming with happiness as he awaited the love of his life. Their presence was a testament to their commitment and deep affection for each other. Mark is the one I had the most communication with during the planning process. He was so excited to plan each and every step.

A photo collage of a Chinese infused wedding reception.
A reception to remember. Photos by Kaley Elaine Photography.

Fine Dining

Okay, “fine dining” may be a stretch, but the food selection for this memorable occasion was nothing short of perfect. Jamie and Mark had a simple charcuterie style grazing table available to their guests during cocktail hour that was provided by Robinette Catering. Guests devoured the table within 30 minutes. The couple had made a special request to replace the provided catering with a caterer of their choice. A caterer that won Jamie’s heart: Pinkerton’s. Pinkerton’s is a BBQ restaurant that specializes in real Texas style pit Barbecue, authentic slow smoked brisket, pork ribs and beef ribs. It’s food Jamie cannot get back home, so it was a priority to have it at their American wedding celebration.

Celebrating with Loved Ones

Family and friends played an integral role in making this day truly memorable. The reception was an extravagant affair, filled with love, laughter, and heartfelt toasts. The dance floor was alive with energy, as guests celebrated the union of two souls with lively music and moves that will be cherished for a lifetime. Jamie and Mark both embraced the dance floor and danced the night away! Their silly selves emerged as the DJ played their favorite songs. The couple was intentional about spending time with each of their guests. Whether that meant dancing with them or chatting with them on the patio next to the venue's lovely gas fire pit. Jamie and Mark also took the time to take special photos with each of their guests as they had a greenery wall photo-op set up for all to enjoy.

Jamie and Mark both embraced the dance floor and danced the night away!

Capturing Memories

Photographs and videos captured the essence of the day, preserving the magic of Jamie and Mark's wedding forever. Candid moments of love, stolen glances, and tearful embraces were beautifully frozen in time, allowing the couple to relive their special day whenever they desire. Our favorite moments included several heartfelt speeches, including one from the Bride herself Jamie talked with elegance and grace as she thanked everyone for coming to their wedding. She also took the time to address Mark’s family and thanked them for raising a wonderful man. Kaley Elaine Photography and Lee Beckman both went above and beyond to capture each and every moment of the special day.


Jamie and Mark's wedding was a testament to the power of love, uniting two souls in a journey of a lifetime. It was a day filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories that will be etched in their hearts forever. As we bid adieu to this enchanting celebration, we wish the couple a lifetime of happiness, adventure, and togetherness. Thank you so much for trusting Next Chapter Weddings with your very special day.

A photo collage of a wedding reception with lots of candles.
Love. Laughter and Dancing the Night Away. Photos by Kaley Elaine Photography.

Vendor Team

Wedding Planner: Next Chapter Weddings

Venue: Waters Edge

Videographer: Lee Beckmann

HAMU: Glam by Frances

Appetizer Caterer: Robinette & Company

Dinner Caterer: Pinkerton's

Officiant: Floria Dei

Photobooth: Let's Booth It

Next Chapter Weddings is an upscale Wedding Planning company based in Houston, TX. We also packages from Coordination to Full Service Wedding Planning, as well as, Design and Décor.

We are available for destination weddings.

We believe every love story is unique and worth celebrating. Cheers!

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