Wedding guests join in the hora with Lauren Weingarten and Oren Marouni.
The wedding day for Lauren Weingarten and Oren Marouni began at the Four Seasons Hotel for their first viewing.
At the Four Seasons Hotel Oren and Lauren presented their ketubas to each other.
Lauren Weingarten and her mother, Irene Weingarten.
Wedding planner Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed orchestrated the wedding at The Astorian.
The Astorian ballroom is dressed in thousands of flowers.
Flowers, flowers everywhere!
A view of the tabletops.
The Astorian's skyline view of downtown Houston.
The bar area of The Astorian is furnished in sophisticated style.
The bar area of The Astorian is furnished is sophisticated style.
The wedding took place cabaret style, a unique way of handling time constraints.
Rabbis Roy Walter and Ranon Teller officiate.
True love a The Astorian.
A walk down the aisle.
The bride takes center stage.
A confetti wedding cake by Who Made the Cake!
The groom's cake is a replica of the 12th hole at Augusta.
The bride's wedding party.
The groom's wedding party.
A joyous finale to a beautiful wedding.
Departure in a vintage Rolls Royce from Monarch British Limousines.
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.
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