Wedding Photography | The Bridal Portrait

Brides spend a great amount of time and effort thinking about the look for the big day. Of course, you would want to document the memories and share them with your future kids! Hotel Sorella offers elegant luxurious backdrops for the perfect bridal portraits. Let us be part of your wedding story and capture your flawless look!

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Wedding menus get a fresh update

Wedding food is getting a fresh update for 2017, according to

Couples can share their love story with guests through food. And for a lot of guests, food will be the most memorable moment of your wedding. The Hotel Sorella is happy to work with you to develop a custom menu that will represent your culture or take you back to that moment when you fell in love. This year we will see more than just chicken and beef options. Impress your guests with wonderful and fun stations such as a Nitrogen Creamsicle Bar or Truffle Mac and Cheese. Contact our Wedding Professionals to find out about wedding venues at Hotel Sorella and to create your dream menu!

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2017 Wedding Trends that are a Must

Every year we anxiously wait to find out what the new wedding trends will be. Here are a few you must follow for the year ahead!

Pure Romance, Romantic Wedding Trends

Candlelight and chandeliers will always be in style. This is especially true if you pair it with soft colors to create an all-around soft, romantic wedding glow.

Greenery for Weddings

This year the trend is to go natural. Incorporate greenery and wooden centerpieces – rustic is easy to work with and will give you an undertone but beautiful look.

Hanging and Tall Centerpieces & Decorations

Tall and hanging décor will always get noticed and will be a wow factor. Bold colors and patterns are fun and are as unique as the couples themselves.

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Wedding Cake Trends for the Spring & Summer 2017

It’s all about the cake! There are too many wedding cake styles to count but anything can inspire you. The traditional three-tier cake will never be out of style, but in 2017 brides are looking for something special and at Hotel Sorella, we are seeing a few trends that stand out!  Consider these ideas and wedding cake trends to help you choose your perfect wedding cake:

Metallic wedding cakes:  Shiny and metallic additions make for the most luxurious cakes.

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Watercolor wedding cakes: A splash of color will add a stunning look to your traditional cake.

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Ruffled wedding cakes:  Can a ruffled cake get any more feminine? This is an option that will stand out.

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Hanging wedding cakes: A unique and one-of-a-kind hanging cake will definitely “Wow” your guests!

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Start planning your dream wedding now. Find out more about weddings at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE today.


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The Photography Report, just in time for Summer Weddings!

The Photography Report

These are the share-worthy photography and video trends you’ll want to focus on.

Epic Action Shots

Couples are requesting shots like doors slowly opening for a bride to walk down the aisle, a mom or dad wiping their tears or an aerial shot of the dance floor, say Joann and Mark Anthony of Nineteen Studios. “These are the images that really tell a story,” they say.

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Ready to Share

Chances are you already have your wedding hashtag, now consider setting up a selfie station at your reception. And make sure your guests know when to click (ceremony, no; anywhere else, absolutely) and how to post.

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Old and New

“We’re finding a rise in clients asking for a mix of film and digital,” say Los Angeles-based photographers Miki and Sonja Rakicevic. “Each offers their own look.”

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Just the Highlights

“Sharing has become such a hot commodity, so more couples are valuing the short highlight films that are easily shared online,” says Shannon Acevedo of Hoo Films. These are snippets that videographers turn around soon after the celebration, while everything’s still fresh in guests’ minds. The fully edited film comes later.

Find out more about planning your dream wedding at our Houston Hotel.  Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is a boutique hotel located in the heart of CITYCENTRE. Email Maria Gonzalez or call 713.827.3508 to find out more.

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The Wedding Songs and Sounds for 2016, Hotel Sorella’s Music Report

The more the merrier

The days of picking between a DJ or a band are over. “Couples are viewing each aspect of their wedding celebration as an opportunity to bring in different entertainment options,” says Antonia Christianson, founder of Antonia Christianson Events in Virginia Beach. For example: a cabaret singer to serenade guests during the cocktail hour, a retro orchestra to add to the ambiance at dinner and a rocking dance band or DJ to keep people moving well into the night.

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Mix things up

“Just a few years ago the trend was to do contemporary music only — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry,” says Alex Donner, leader of New York City’s Alex Donner Orchestra and Alex Donner Entertainment. “But now I’m seeing more requests for a blend of retro to contemporary. Lately I’ve seen more interest in Elvis numbers — it’s fun and people haven’t heard it in a while.”

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Focus on your roots

Greek bands, bluegrass, Motown…whatever music matches your culture and heritage should become a part of your special day.

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It’s All about that Cake! This season’s wedding cake trends.

The Cake

They look too pretty to eat, but that won’t stop us from slicing into these awe-inspiring cakes.

Back to Buttercream

After taking a backseat to fondant-covered cakes, buttercream textures are in demand again, says Erica O’Brien of Erica O’Brien Cake Design in Hamden, Connecticut. “Brides are liking the more organic finish that you get from traditional buttercream,” she says. What keeps these cakes from being stuck in the ’80s are contemporary colors for the blooms and different textures.

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 Ooh, La La!

Speaking of frosting, sometimes you just don’t need it. “Naked” cakes, which are unfrosted (or partially frosted) and simply adorned with berries or fresh flowers, are trending from coast to coast — and at both relaxed receptions and more formal affairs, says Nataly from the Great Dane Baking Company in Long Beach, California.

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Brush Strokes

Hand painting is another versatile trend, lending itself to a bohemian vibe or something more luxe and elegant. This is a great way to pick up the motif of your dress or your invitations (especially if they’re also hand painted). Or try it just for the wow factor.

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Decadent Flavors

No doubt couples have a more sophisticated palate these days. A vanilla cake just won’t do anymore, says O’Brien. One of her most requested flavors for 2016 is salted caramel. Others on the rise: white chocolate mousse, lemon, champagne, lavender-vanilla, apple spice, green tea and chai latte.

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Hotel Sorella’s Creative take on the Wedding Cocktail Hour

His and hers cocktails! What better way to give your guests a glimpse of who you are than by serving them your favorite libations? Laesserkeck points out that this trend is not only easier on the budget (no more guesstimating for an open bar) but it’s an instant conversation starter. At Hotel Sorella you can be assured that your wedding plans will stand out from the crowd and be on, or ahead, of the current wedding trends.

So, lets toast the creative cocktail hour!


Rosé wine is fast becoming a mainstay at weddings, says Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs in NYC. Couples are including it in the wine selection at dinner, serving rosé champagne for toasts or offering a variety of rosés from different regions as a sampling during the cocktail hour.

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Gardens Galore

Beer gardens that offer a selection of craft beers are a growing trend, but why stop there? “You could do a tequila or champagne garden, a martini bar with fresh juices, even a water bar with a variety of favors in fat and sparkling,” says Correale.

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Grown-up popsicles

For summer weddings or as a mid-dance refresher, try turning your signature cocktail into a frozen treat. Laesser-Keck says the best-looking cocktail popsicles are made with a fresh fruit juice and an edible flower.

Find out more about hosting your dream wedding at Hotel Sorella Citycentre. Our boutique hotel located in Houston’s CITYCENTRE offers all the luxury and sophistication that brides dream of.

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The Invitation!

The Invitations

Stationery suites set the stage for your big day – so stay on trend! Hosting your dream wedding at Hotel Sorella will steal the show!

Thank you Bridal Guide for keeping us all on trend!

Putting on the glitz

“Shimmer, sparkle, glitter — across the board everyone loves high shine,” says Amber Harrison, style expert for Wedding Paper Divas. Warm tones like rose gold and copper are the most requested metallic shades for 2016. And the trend is showing up on stamped and foil-pressed lettering and in shimmery papers.

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A fondness for fonts

There’s such a strong cultural interest in words and graphics that it couldn’t help but spill over into the world of wedding invitations. “Using multiple fonts on an all-type invitation adds fresh personality,” says Tifany Wunschl of Gourmet Invitations.

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Custom monograms

Monograms will always be in high demand, says Minted’s CEO Mariam Naficy. What’s new for 2016 is that couples are now working with designers to create a truly unique stamp that will appear on everything from the save-the-dates to photo and website backdrops to recipe cards for the signature cocktail.

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Hands-on approach

Illustration, painting, lettering — anything done by hand is in demand, says Laesser- Keck. “In the digital age, people love to see that special hand touch,” says Taryn Sutherland, founder of Twinkle and Toast custom paper goods.

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Location, location

Cityscapes and other location-inspired imagery is on the rise, says Harrison. Many places have a specific look and feel, she says, so couples increasingly want that to translate to their stationery suite. Choosing a dramatic wedding ceremony and location like Hotel Sorella Citycentre is a premiere location for destination weddings in Houston, TX.

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Wedding Floral and Centerpiece Trends 2016

The Flowers & Linen

The right mix of style and simplicity will be the cornerstone of fabulous wedding floral arrangements in 2016.

Thank you Bridal Guide for keeping us all on trend!

Arrangements that feature both whatever is in season and whatever is local are gaining traction. Sometimes couples request a “wild” look, say Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet in Los Angeles. “What they’re after are freshly picked blooms.” These free-form bouquets and centerpieces often include a mix of big and small blossoms in more than one color, and might use spiky flowers or fruiting vines to serve as exclamation points.

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Tone-on-tone explosion

A concentrated cluster of one color lends a graphic impact to centerpieces. Ask your florist to choose three to five different flowers in the same shade — the slight color variations create an ombré effect. For an uber-romantic feel, stick to the opposite ends of the color spectrum — either pale or deeply saturated. To set the table for fun, pick a hyper-vivid neon or a playful sorbet shade.

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Flowers not always necessary

Potted trees, succulents, ferns, lavender sprigs and decorative leaves (such as magnolia, begonia) are no longer reserved for anchoring flower arrangements — these days they can become the focal point of the décor. Flowering plants and blooming branches (think flowering quince, crab apple or cherry blossom) also work well as creative centerpieces. And a budget-friendly elegant idea is to adorn bare branches with crepe-paper flowers or sparkly jewels.

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Try this trend

Mix up your centerpieces. “All tables need not look the same,” say Amber Karson and Emily Butler of Karson Butler Events in Washington, D.C. and California.

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