Alexandra Franceschi was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where New Year's Eve is celebrated in grand style, much like Carnivale. La Hora Loca - or "crazy hour" - involves whistles, boas and confetti.
So when she wed Chris Miller at the Houstonian Hotel on Dec. 31, they rang in the new year and life as a married couple la Hora Loca-style.
"We had been thinking about a New Year's Eve wedding and incorporating the Venezuelan tradition. That's why there are pictures of everyone in really crazy hats," she said of the hour-long transitional disco between the reception and after-party.
Creating such a vibrant scene at such a traditional Texan venue proved a winning move. Wood-paneled walls, cowhide rugs and oversize antlers anchor the Memorial-area retreat's décor.
"I've always loved the grounds at the Houstonian. The oak tree, especially when it's all lit up, is the most beautiful thing in the world," Franceschi-Miller said.