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Reese + Joey's Elegant Houston Wedding

Updated: May 9

Love stories often unfold in the most unexpected and delightful ways. For Reese and Joey, their journey began with a destined encounter that blossomed into a beautiful romance, culminating in a breathtaking wedding celebration filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. As they embarked on the next chapter of their lives together, Next Chapter Weddings had the honor of bringing their dream wedding to life in the heart of Houston. And let me tell you… it was absolutely perfect!! Without a doubt, Reese and Joey’s elegant Houston wedding was one of my most favorite weddings to date. Everyone was so kind, the Vendors were amazing, the food was phenomenal, and most importantly, Reese and Joey were obviously deeply in love. It doesn’t get better than that!

"Reese and Joey were obviously deeply in love. It doesn’t get better than that!"

Bride holding bouquet.
Reese walking down the aisle at St. John's church at Sam Houston Park.

The Ceremony

The picturesque St. John Church at Sam Houston Park served as the perfect setting for Reese and Joey's ceremony. Nestled among towering trees and surrounded by historic charm, the chapel provided a romantic backdrop for the couple to exchange their heartfelt vows. St. John Church is a one-room, small church that was built in 1891. It has beautiful elements of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. It also holds various items that are displayed as a small museum. The front of the chapel held two glorious floral arrangements provided by Freedom Florals of Houston, TX. With the serene melodies of HeartStrings Houston filling the air, Reese made her way down the aisle, her radiant smile illuminating the room, and Joey's eyes sparkling with love and anticipation. 

Bride and Groom on their wedding day.
Reese + Joey praying together during their wedding ceremony.

The Special Details

The ceremony was officiated by Reagan Reynolds, Joey’s childhood friend. It was a beautiful testament to Joey's commitment to strong friendships. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, they promised to stand by each other's side through thick and thin, embarking on a journey of love and partnership that would last a lifetime. With every heartfelt word spoken, it was clear that Reese and Joey were meant to be together, and their love filled the room with warmth and joy.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds took portraits with their families and each other while their guests made their way to Pappas Bros Steakhouse for a lavish dinner party reception. The elegant ambiance of the restaurant provided the perfect setting for an evening of celebration and revelry. Freedom Floral had gorgeous arrangements of blooms adorning every table, adding a touch of romance to the festivities.

From the moment guests arrived, they were greeted with the unmistakable scent of sizzling steaks and the sound of clinking glasses, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening. They were also greeted by my amazing Assistant, Danielle, who made sure all guests found their seats and received their valet comps. I transferred the chapel floral arrangements to the dinner party reception to all to the already beautiful flowers that were already set up. You can never have too many flowers, right?

Bride and Groom at dinner party.
Dinner Party Reception at Pappas Bros Steakhouse in Houston, TX.

The Reception

I met Reese and Joey at the front of the restaurant and bustled Reese’s wedding gown then made our way to the back room for their grand entrance. The couple was met with thunderous applause and cheers of joy from their loved ones. Pappas Bros Steakhouse had their own sound system built-in to the private room so it made announcements seamless. The couple opted to join their guests in a relaxed atmosphere during cocktail hour. They did not want the typical wedding day formalities; such as, a first dance, parent dances or a bouquet toss. Instead they wanted all of their guests AND vendors to eat, drink and be merry! Of course, none of the vendors drank alcohol while we were working, but we were treated so well! We were given the wine room to leave our personal items to enjoy the same 4 course meal as Reese, Joey and their wedding guests. It. Was. Amazing!!

"We were given the wine room to leave our personal items to enjoy the same 4 course meal as Reese, Joey and their wedding guests. It. Was. Amazing!!"

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to a culinary experience like no other, with mouthwatering dishes served with impeccable attention to detail. The dinning experience started off with a flavorful shrimp cocktail. Next: the most mouth watering salad I had ever experienced. For the main course, guests had the option of filet mignon, salmon or grilled chicken. What did all the vendors choose? Filet mignon, of course!! The wait staff brought risotto and green beans for the table to share (family style). Last, but certainly not least, all guests (and vendors) were given the choice of cheesecake, sorbet or chocolate turtle pie for dessert. I chose the chocolate turtle pie, and it was the most amazing dessert I have ever tasted in my entire life… seriously, it was so good!!! I cannot wait to go back. The food was not just dinner, but an experience that none of Reese and Joey’s guests would soon forget.

Bride and Groom at dinner party reception.
Thank you speech given by the Bride and Groom, Reese + Joey.

We Can't Forget These Players!

We can't forget that Lovelykind Beauty ensured that Reese and looked flawless with their expert hair and makeup services, while Lee Febres Photography captured every special moment with skill and artistry, creating timeless memories that Reese and Joey will cherish for years to come.

But beyond the delicious food and elegant surroundings, it was the love and camaraderie shared among Reese, Joey, and their guests that truly made the evening unforgettable. Laughter echoed off the walls as guests shared stories and toasted to the happy couple, their hearts overflowing with happiness for Reese and Joey as they embarked on this new chapter of their lives together.

As the night drew to a close, Reese and Joey stole a quiet moment together, reflecting on the whirlwind of emotions that had filled their wedding day. With gratitude in their hearts and love in their eyes, they knew that their wedding day had been everything they had ever dreamed of and more. I am so thankful that they both trusted us with their very special day. It was different and unique and…all so perfect.

As Reese and Joey bid farewell to their guests and made their way into the night as husband and wife, they knew that their love story was just beginning. They were ready to embark on a lifetime of love, laughter, and endless adventure, cherishing each moment as they wrote the next chapter of their lives together.

Toasts for the Bride and Groom.
Reese + Joey's Wedding Dinner Party!

Our Team

Next Chapter Weddings, is known for their expertise in planning, coordination, design, and décor services. It was an honor to have an instrumental part in bringing Reese and Joey's vision to life. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for creating unforgettable experiences, Next Chapter Weddings ensured that every aspect of the day was nothing short of perfection. From the initial consultation to the final farewell, Reese and Joey had been able to relax and enjoy every moment of their special day, knowing that they were in capable hands.


Coordination Team: Next Chapter Weddings

Ceremony Musicians: HeartStrings Houston 

Ceremony Venue: St. John Church at Sam Houston Park

Officiant: Rev. Reagan Reynolds

Reception Venue: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Transportation1: Judith Perkins 

Transportation2: Vintage HPD

Blog written by Next Chapter Weddings' Owner + Lead Wedding Planner, Brandi Swanson.

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