Natalie & Joe: The Petroleum Club, Houston

by Christina on October 27, 2011

In our Wedding Wednesday series, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the nuptials of Debbie’s daughter and my sister, Natalie Johns and her now husband, Joseph. Natalie and Joe met on Valentine’s Day, 2009 and became engaged that same Christmas. It’s little surprise that the daughter of an Air Force vet married a guy who proudly serves our country in the same military branch. After spending nearly their first year of marriage at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Natalie and Joe just moved to St. Louis where Joe now serves at Scott Air Force Base while Natalie works in sales. It was clear from the start and more-so every day, that these two were destined to spend their lives together. So when Natalie asked me to be her Maid of Honor, I knew it was not only the beginning of a fun journey down the aisle but a lifetime of happiness for her and my (now) brother-in-law.


For a better part of last year, our family was wrapped up in the joy of wedding plans. However, Natalie was anything but an indecisive bride. Sticking to her love of sophistication and traditional values, Natalie’s reception brought back the classic style of ballroom weddings we all know and love. Blending traditional and modern aesthetics, Natalie stuck to a black and white color scheme for every detail of her wedding. Growing up in the stationery business, she had a version specific vision for her invitation and coordinating paper accessories. She worked with bridal consultants at Papers By Design on a beautiful letterpressed invitation. Personally, I love the use of traditional script with a crisp block font - the perfect type treatment “marriage”.


Natalie and Joe had a traditional ceremony at our childhood home church, The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas. Following the ceremony, the reception was held at the Ballroom at The Petroleum Club in Downtown Houston.



When it came to the decor, Natalie stuck to black and white with accents of gold and silver in the ballroom. Decorations were kept to a minimum to highlight the jaw-dropping views of Downtown Houston seen through the ballroom’s windows. For Natalie and Joe, as well as all her family and friends… it was a night to remember. Not just ’cause of the fabulous sophisticated touches and the gorgeous bride, but also the union of two people who were truly made for each other.




Number of guests - 110
Invitations - William Arthur at Papers By Design (281.259.8648)
Flowers - Blooming Gallery, formerly Flowers by Lisa (713.398.3633)
Venue - Ballroom at The Petroleum Club (713.659.1431)
Lighting - n/a
Cake - Who Made The Cake (713.528.4719)
Dress - Martina Liana at Brickhouse Bridal (281.681.3430)
Favors - donations to Bryan Brothers Foundation
Hair/Makeup - The Perfect Face (713.977.3223)
Video - Blue Star (281.330.9310)
Music - Band - Nite Beat (281.324.2263)
Rehearsal Dinner - America’s The Woodlands (281.367.1492)
Honeymoon - Bora Bora

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