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The Sister in the Weingarten Quads Gets Married in a Dreamy Wedding at Historic Houston Venue

A High School Romance Reblooms Into a Beautiful Love Story

photography Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema

Before she became Lauren Weingarten Marouni in February, she was best known in the Meyerland/Bellaire community as the female member of  “The Quads,” quadruplets born in 1987 to Irene and Steven Weingarten of Weingarten Realty.

In fact, it was Oren Marouni’s relationship with the other three quads that sparked his interest in Lauren. The boys played baseball together at Bellaire High School and would hang out together at the Weingarten home. Lauren recalls, “but instead of playing video games with the boys, Oren would sneak off to be with me.”

They dated their sophomore year in high school but went in separate directions — for a while. The relationship was renewed when, after college, both returned to Houston. Lauren is a restaurant management recruiter at Landry’s and Oren, son of Linda and Herzl Marouni, is senior vice president at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors.

Long before she was again dating Oren, Lauren had attended a party at The Astorian and “I knew it was where I wanted to get married,” she says. “It was beautiful, unique, amazing view, floor to ceiling windows, and it is like no other place in Houston.”

Due to the number of guests, the venue and the rabbis’ (Ranon Teller and Roy Walter) schedules, the service could not start until 8 p.m. “In order to save time, instead of flipping the room,” Lauren says, “We had our wedding ceremony cabaret style. Cocktails were pre- and post-ceremony which allowed our guests to walk around and enjoy the venue.”

Otherwise, it was a traditional Jewish wedding with the ketubah, the chuppah and the hora.

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The celebration began at the Four Seasons Hotel where the groom greeted the bride and they presented their ketubahs to one another.

“I’m not sure if you can imagine a happy as a clam bride…but that was me! I loved every moment of my wedding and wedding weekend! I knew that everyone worked so hard and all the details were perfect. I was truly able to enjoy every second,” Lauren says. “I think a few special moments were when my dad saw me in my dress, when I did my first look with Oren at the staircase at the Four Seasons, and the first time I walked into The Astorian – it was so beautiful, it took my breath away, and of course walking down the aisle.”

Bride’s gown: Romona Keveza from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Bride’s hair: Halo The Beauty Bar

Bride’s make-up: Makeup by JannetteMarin

Groom’s tux: Tom Ford

Rings: Diamond Scene New York

Wedding planner: Natalie Dawley, principal with Two Be Wed

Florals: Flora & Eventi

Caterer: Cordúa Catering

Bride’s Cake: A four-tier confetti confection by Who Made the Cake

Groom’s cake: A chocolate rendition of the 12th hole at the Masters (Augusta National Golf Club)

Entertainment: Divisi Strings

Wedding band: Professor D

Photograpy: Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema

Honeymoon: Tanzania, Kenya and the Maldives

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