Weddings in Houston Featured Wedding at Bentwater Country Club

One of our weddings is featured in the most recent copy of Weddings in Houston magazine. Be sure to check out the Real Weddings section of the February 2009 issue on newsstands soon.

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Melissa Belin & Jared Zabransky
Wedding Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008
Written by Lesa Albert
Photography by D. Jones Photography

Melissa Zabransky still speaks tenderly about the moment she first saw her groom on their wedding day. “I died when I saw Jared under the gazebo,” Melissa says. “He looked so peaceful and handsome. I just wanted to give him the biggest hug and kiss.”

Jared Zabransky says he’s known Melissa was the woman for him since the night they met at a Scottsdale, Ariz., nightclub. “I never had that feeling before, and I wanted to ask her back to my place just to talk all night,” reminisces Scott, who later proposed to Melissa on a golf course.

Melissa planned their wedding with her mother. The process was exciting, Melissa says, but hectic. There were gift registry sessions at Bering’s and Macy’s, vendors to visit and invitations from Bering’s to distribute. “We ended up having wine parties to tie programs and to assemble fans,” Melissa recalls.

Building up to the wedding the couple hosted a weekend of dinners, golf and celebrations that drew more than 150 family and friends to greater Houston. “It really became a destination wedding of sorts,” Melissa says.

More than 300 guests joined the couple for their wedding at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club by Lake Conroe. The bride wore a Melissa Sweet gown and the bridesmaids wore green Melissa Sweet dresses, all from Priscilla of Boston. Not only did the club create a real garden just for the day, but they included an Italian gazebo covered in roses and greenery. Light pink and white rose petals carpeted the stone center aisle. “Everything was absolutely amazing,” Melissa marvels.

Melissa and Jared’s personalities infused the reception, also held at Bentwater. “We are a young bride and groom, and you could tell,” Melissa says. “It was so dramatic and tropical—just fun!” Guests found crab claws, shrimp cocktail and lobsters at the 8-foot-high ice fountain, while the 8-foot-long ice bar, lit in pink and green lights by Bright Star Lighting, served pomegranate and green apple martinis. A cake that evening by Nadine Moon’s Who Made the Cake! depicted a Boise State football field in honor of Jared, who played quarterback during the winning 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game against Oklahoma. David Jones Photography and Mitch Daniels of MDI Videography documented the big day.

“Everything turned out wonderfully,” Melissa says. “We wouldn’t change a thing.”

Reprinted with permission as featured in Weddings in Houston Magazine

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