Victoria Ramirez & Eric Flores
Married October 6, 2018
Photographed by Joseph West Photography
From their first encounter in 2011, through a love struck romance at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Victoria and Eric’s love has only grown beyond their dreams, especially after Victoria said “Yes!” to Eric’s extraordinary proposal in December of 2017. Months of enthusiastic planning brought the couple to a truly royal celebration on October 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas, where fate had reunited their hearts.
Victoria was a resplendent bride in her custom couture Michael Costello wedding gown, a sparkling mermaid silhouette with illusion and jewel encrusted details along the bodice, and a tremendous twelve-foot cathedral train. A sweeping veil, a twinkling crown from Maria Elena, Jimmy Choo heels, and the bride’s “something old” two Cartier gold bracelets completed Victoria’s truly regal look. Eric was an equally handsome vision in a Hugo Boss tuxedo, complete with wing-tip shoes and his class ring from the University of Texas, as he waited for his bride so they could meet for a “First Touch” – their spin on a First Look without spoiling the element of surprise. Before the couple could race to the altar, guests began arriving at The Corinthian in Houston, an architectural landmark that welcomed everyone with its majestic neoclassical columns and expansive staircase. Friends and family enjoyed champagne during a pre-cocktail hour before they entered the Grand Hall where white and gold Louis XVI chairs lined a golden mirrored aisle that led to the stage altar. After the six fair bridesmaids in their red gowns walked down the aisle, Victoria made her entrance on her father’s arm to the main theme of “For Love of the Game”, father and daughter’s favorite movie. Carrying an all-white bouquet of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and orchids, Victoria finally met Eric underneath a crystal and floral chandelier where they lit a unity candle and exchanged vows, and Pastor Rick Gannon of Palm Valley Church happily pronounced the couple as husband and wife!
After much applause and joyous tears, everyone gathered for tequila shots served by towering waiter ice sculptures in the cocktail area, which was decorated in red drapes and crystals, in homage to Victoria and Eric’s proposal. In the blink of an eye the ceremony was transformed into a black-tie affair to remember. Royal blue velvet draping accented the fresh white florals that floated over the mesmerizing tables of shimmering gold, while delicately flickering tea lights highlighted the crystal details and place settings that King Midas would happily sit at. The head table was a small piece of heaven surrounded by even more lush blossoms and showing off the flawless ten-tiered wedding confection of gold hand painted piping and hundreds of handmade sugar flowers, all made up of delectable white cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting. The groom’s cake, a replica of the UT Austin Tower in the Longhorn signature burnt orange with an Infantry Cross Rifle in salute to Eric’s military service, was also served with dessert after the palatable four-course feast of tomato basil soup, salad, a palate cleanser sorbet, and beef tenderloin with corn patties, asparagus and mashed potatoes. The newlyweds enjoyed live music as they shared a bottle of their favorite drink, Dom Perignon 2002, a gift from the mother of the bride, and the same champagne they drank at their proposal and engagement party.
After the meal was indulged by all, Mr. And Mrs. Flores took to the custom monogrammed dance floor for their first dance. They gracefully swept across the floor with love in their eyes to “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, with surprise sparklers for the bride and an elegant dip to end the performance. Victoria and Eric then danced separately with their parents; Victoria with her father to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, and Eric with his mother to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. The extraordinary celebration continued with live music, a special appearance by Selena and Michael Jackson “head” performers, confetti bombs, balloons, and all-around joy and unforgettable moments. Eric danced with his stunning bride, who let her flowing locks loose and dressed in an Old Hollywood custom Michael Costello gown, with a daring neckline, delicate feather detail, and Louboutin heels.
All too soon the night came to an end and Victoria and Eric were sent off by their friends and family with confetti and sparklers as they rode off in a sleek white Bentley, anticipating their exciting honeymoon to the tropical Lanai, Hawaii. It was the perfect end to the perfect wedding that went by in a heartbeat, but they remember every special moment with their loved ones that they wish they can relive that magical day over and over again.
Bartending Services, Catering JACKSON & COMPANY
Bridal Gown MICHAEL COSTELLO | Bridal Party Gowns FAVIANA
Engagement & Bridal Shower Invitations, Monogram Design NOCTA INVITATIONS
Event Planner, Flowers, Lighting & Rentals THE EVENTS COMPANY
Cake Designer CAKES BY GINA | Groom Ring CARTIER | Hair & Makeup ANTONIO VON MARROK
Honeymoon LANAI, HAWAII | Hotel Accommodations MARRIOTT MARQUE, HOTEL ICON, EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON
Invitations PAPERED WONDERS INC. | Jewelry SPOSA MIA COUTURE | Mother of the Bride Attire MNM COUTURE
Music at Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, & Reception BULBO
Officiant & Venue THE CORINTHIAN IN HOUSTON | Photo Booth LE VINTAGE PHOTO BOOTH
Photography JOSEPH WEST PHOTOGRAPHY | Rehearsal Dinner Location STEAK 48
Spa POST OAK HOTEL | Transportation ROLLS ROYCE
Tuxedos – Groom HUGO BOSS, Groomsmen James & James Formalwear | Videography SPINNING LEAF FILMS