Crazy for each other, Houston couple chooses tradition of 'la Hora Loca' - the crazy hour - to tie the knot on New Year's Eve 

By Amber Elliot, Houston Chronicle 
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.
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