Carrie & James | Houston Wedding at Hotel ZaZa

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Carrie and James’s wedding is such a clear representation of their fun-loving personalities, starting with the custom “Honey Badger Don’t Care” postage stamp used on their invitation suite…

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James wore a custom Kente bow tie.

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The best part of the day? “Our favorite part of the day was the first look before the wedding events began. We were able to share a very personal and touching moment for just the two of us.”

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Tables were decorated with candles and dramatic black calla lilies.

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From a cigar roller to a caricature artist to a stand-up comic to a photo booth, Carrie and James kept their guests entertained all night.

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Guests enjoyed late night snacks, including miniature versions of chocolate chip cookies, nutella cookies, ice cream cones, and Coke floats.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We liked the modern, edgy feel of the space and the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted everyone to walk away with a sense of who we were as a couple by the time they left the reception through the elements we planned for our wedding day. We also wanted to celebrate our guests as well by providing them with plenty of entertainment and personal gifts to take with them.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  After being pronounced husband and wife we incorporated a Ghanaian tradition where the bride and grooms hands are tied together with traditional Kente Cloth signifying two becoming one. During the reception we incorporated the traditional money dance where we were showered with money, signifying prosperity for our future. The day before the wedding we did the traditional Ghanaian Knocking Ceremony where the groom’s family comes to ask the elders (the bride’s family) for the hand of the bride.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure you eat before the ceremony! By the time you get to the reception many hours have gone by. If you haven’t eaten beforehand you might be in danger of fainting. Also, make sure you tell yourself in your head what is coming next (such as “I’m about to walk down the aisle to meet my husband.”). That way when you think back to that moment you’ll be able to remember it and how you felt.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make sure to create the day that you and your future husband want. It’s okay to listen to advice or tips, but stay true to the vision the two of you created together.


See all of Carrie and James’s super fun wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Akil Bennett / Event Planner: Resha Zazueta with Something to Celebrate / Venue: Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas / Officiant: Pastor Remus E. Wright / Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfelds / Shoes: Jimmy Choos / Earrings: Zales / Suit: Vera Wang / Stationery: Tangerine Paperspace / Music: Tiana HallDJ Lewis GrellHard Proof Afrobeat / Comedian: Godfrey / Cigar Rollers: Houston Cigar Rollers / Caricature Sketch Artist: Keith Amador / Photobooth: Cupics Photobooth


  • Maria says:

    I love so much about this wedding.. the dress, the couple’s fun spirit! I also really loved the centerpiece – such a smart way to create drama with all those hurricane candle vases and the singular flowers.

  • wow what a handsome couple! looked like their wedding was true to them and their fun spirits for sure! thank you for sharing this one!

  • lucy says:

    ooh, what a fun wedding! this couple did not miss a beat with all their fun details. my favorite has to be the invitations- great design! i also love the “winning” sign on the back of the car, how fun.

  • I love everything about this wedding! Such a glamorous couple and so thoughtful to do all those fun things for their guests!

  • Thanks for the nice comments! Carrie & James were such a great couple and we loved photographing their wedding!

  • Everything was perfect! The guests loved the custom playlist that Carrie, James and I came up with! Congrats again guys! :)


    • Thanks so much, everyone!! We really appreciate your comments!! Akil and Lewis, thanks so much again for helping to create such a wonderful day! We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!! You guys rock!! ♥♥♥

  • Thanks so much, everyone!! We really appreciate your comments!! Akil and Lewis, thanks so much again for helping to create such a wonderful day! We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!! You guys rock!! ♥♥♥

  • Sasha says:

    Being that we are chocolate suppliers in the wedding industry, I have seen a lot of magnificent weddings through the years, however I knew this particular event was in a league of it’s own. My company, Bedazzle My Bonbons had the honor of providing the wedding favors for Carrie & James’ magical day and I knew when I saw the monogram for the boxes that the attention to detail was like no other. Carrie had the same caricature of her and James designed for the favor boxes as in the photo of the guest book above and they looked AMAZING. I LOVE the advice that Carrie gave about remembering everything as best you can. Your special day flies by in an instant and you will want to take a deep breath and try to absorb as much of the details as you possibly can. Wishing the two of you a lifetime of love, prosperity and good health!

  • Lynn Camp (friend of Rachel and Bobby Howard) says:

    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations to the lovely couple. Really like the pic of Carrie on the 1’s and 2’s.;-) peace and blessings – Stay as happy as you were on your wedding day.
    Thanx for sharing the joy

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