September 29th, 2014
{Buy I Do! Tickets & Win a $500 Engagement Shoot Package}
 

Buy I Do! Tickets & Win a $500 Engagement Shoot Package

Photo: Ron Dillon Photography

Only 10 short days to the I Do! Bridal Soiree, and we’re celebrating with a very special giveaway! One bride who purchases her tickets for the Thursday, Oct. 9, I Do! Bridal Soiree at the brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown by 11:59 pm this WEDNESDAY will WIN a fabulous engagement-shoot package from Ron Dillon Photography. A famed name on the Las Vegas photography scene, and a very welcome newcomer to Houston, Dillon says his “favorite moment at any wedding is the moment a bride sees her bouquet for the first time.” Sweet sentiment from a pro who’s been shooting brides, couples and weddings, gorgeously, for years!

Get your tickets by Wednesday, and not only will you meet the super-talented (and really, really cool) Mr. Dillon at next week’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, but you may score yourself a fantastic Ron Dillon Photography engagement shoot, including one hour of photography AND digital photo files, valued at $500!!

Tickets to the I Do! Bridal Soiree WILL SELL OUT, they always do. Buy yours by 11:59 pm Wednesday, Oct. 1, and you are automatically entered to win this wow-worthy giveaway. Winner announced Thursday on Facebook. Whatcha waiting for, gorgeous? Get #InItToWinIt!

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September 26th, 2014
{Baroque + Burlesque + Bohemian Styled Shoot}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | STYLED SHOOT

A forest clearing. A lush baroque-meets-burlesque (but oh so demure) fantasy wedding tablescape. A dreamy, bohemian bride, aglow with sunlight and sparkle. This magnificent shoot, featured in our July 2014 issue, is a true original, and a visual stunner. Meet & converse with contributors Kat Creech Events, Steve Lee Photography, EB Inc. Events and Plants N’ Petals at the upcoming 10/9 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, and find out how they can make YOUR wedding dreams come true. Get your tickets NOW!

Concept & Design: Kat Creech Events ~ Photography: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Location: Private Property ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Linens & Dining Chairs: EB Inc. Events ~ Lounge Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ China, Stationery, Props: Blue Leaf Houston ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake! ~ Gown: Turquoise by Ines di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier

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September 22nd, 2014
{How to Match Your Hairstyle to Your Wedding Dress by Marlene Montanez}
 

Guest Post: How to Match Your Hairstyle to Your Wedding Dress by Marlene Montanez

Photos: Tom Carson

When I started dress shopping for my wedding, one question that came up again and again as I tried on dresses was, “What kind of veil do you want?” To be honest, the question always caught me off guard because I knew there was only one answer: “It depends on the dress!” Your entire wedding look, including your jewelry, veil and wedding hairstyle, should absolutely match with the wedding dress you pick! So how can you match your hairstyle to your wedding dress? Don’t fret, we’ve got some great tips on coordinating your hairstyle to your wedding dress with ease.

Backless Dress
Backless wedding dresses are very on trend. And whether it’s completely open in the back, partially so or just the illusion of an open back with lace detailing, you’ll likely want to show off that sexy back! Consider an up-do for your wedding day hairstyle to give your back the spotlight. If you aren’t feeling an up-do but still want something that’s flattering, you can also try a longer hairstyle where your hair is pulled and styled to the front and side. Think: An ultra-glamorous low side pony with curls.

One-Shoulder Gown
A one-shoulder gown is great for showing off fabulous arms and a little skin; so don’t have your hair covering that up! A half-up half-down wedding hairstyle is a great way to balance off this asymmetrical look. If your wedding is a bit on the formal side, an up-do works really well with this look, too. And since the focus on the gown is showing off the shoulder, you can also rest assured that just about any veil length works.

Strapless/Sweetheart Dress
Strapless and sweetheart-neck dresses are still some of the most popular wedding dress styles. The good news is, they not only flatter just about every figure, they work with just about any hairstyle, too! If you are having a church ceremony or concerned about showing too much skin, consider a long hairstyle instead of a half-up or formal up-do.

Casual/Beach Dress
If you are having a beach wedding or a more casual affair, embrace the afternoon vibe with a non-fussy look. Long hair styled in beach waves or even loose braids and half-up half-down looks are perfect for beach weddings. This is one look where you’ll want to avoid the formal up-do and have fun with your wedding day hairstyle.

Click here for more wedding hair tips and ideas from Latest Hairstyles!

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September 17th, 2014
{JW Marriott Getaway + Spa Giveaway: Buy I Do! Tix & Win}
 

W Marriott Spa Giveaway
It’s been a long time coming…but honey, it is worth the wait. The brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown opens its doors this week, and what you’ll find inside is, well, in word…GORGEOUS. See it for yourself on Thursday, Oct. 9, when we bring you the legendary I Do! Bridal Soiree, unveiling 2015 wedding trends LIVE at downtown Houston’s hottest new property–and most alluring new wedding venue. Stunning tablescapes, breathtaking floral displays, A-list wedding experts, fresh-off-the-runway couture bridal gowns, gourmet food, sparkling cocktails, live entertainment and VIP treatment from arrival to departure…along with $$$ swag bags for each and every bride in attendance. Oh–and lest we forget, buy your tickets by 11:59 pm this Friday, Sept. 19, and you are automatically entered to win a lavish weekend-night JW Marriott Houston Downtown getaway, complete with gourmet breakfast in bed AND a divine couple’s massage at the hotel’s extraordinary Spa by JW. All your wedding planning needs and desires, all in one ultra-relaxing VIP cocktail party, plus a chance to win the romantic escape of a lifetime. Buy your tickets now, and get ready for WOW!

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September 11th, 2014
{Orchid-Filled, Elegant Navy & Champagne Houston Wedding}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Kerry and Kris ~ October 5, 2013

Though they’d always known they’d wed, Kerry and Kris, who were introduced by a mutual friend in 2002, were simply waiting for the timing to be right, “which, for us, just happened to be about 10 years,” the bride says. Kris proposed to his beloved on bended knee at the top of a Colorado ski slope while fellow skiers applauded. “It was magical and I could not have imagined it being any better,” Kerry says. A little over a year later, the pair celebrated with 150 friends and family members, who sat at tables named for the groom’s favorite James Bond movies, and dined on filet mignon and shrimp, followed by slices from a magnificent four-tier wedding cake. The bride’s favorite moment? “Our first dance after we were introduced as husband and wife,” she recounts. “We danced to Aerosmith’s ‘Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’”

Navy & Champagne James Bond Wedding
Navy & Champagne James Bond Wedding
Navy and Champagne James Bond Wedding
Navy and Champagne James Bond Wedding
Navy and Champagne James Bond Wedding

Names: Kerry Levine & Kristopher Bollmann ~ Number of Guests: 150 ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc Events ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake! ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Wedding Bands: Zadok Jewelers ~ Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb; Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Tahiti

 

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September 5th, 2014
{Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Jessica and Dustin ~ June 1, 2013

One more reason to attend professional networking events: meeting the love of your life. Handsome Dustin caught Jessica’s eye at one such Houston event; four years later the pair shared their vows in an intimate St. Croix destination wedding, with 55 of their loved ones on hand to join in the celebration. Jessica radiant in flowing Pronovias, her groom resort-dapper in his pale gray suit, the Houston-based paramours partied beach-style—with the help of rum cocktails, a tropical-inspired menu, and DJ-spun tunes—then enjoyed a lazy Virgin Islands recovery with their best friends and closest family members.

 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography
 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography
 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography
 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography
 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography
 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography
 Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography

Names: Jessica Lewis & Dustin Priemer ~ Proposal: Perfection “at the end of an amazing european vacation, on a pier at sunset in barcelona, dustin simply said, ‘i love you very much and i want you to be my wife’” ~ Number of Guests: 55 ~ Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Photography: DC Stanley Photography ~ Registry: Macy’s; Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Anguilla  

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September 4th, 2014
{Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at The Gallery}
 

Houston bride Kristi went to town on planning the details for her candlelit, garden-inspired, beautiful wedding at The Gallery. Kristi carefully thought out every single detail, from the wax-sealed vintage programs, to rose-folded vanilla napkins, to spending months collecting wine bottles to hand make soy wax candles for the guests! Kristi and her groom, Ross chose a soft color palette of blush, ivory, gold, and hints of mint that filled the room for a romantic setting. There were not one, but FIVE different white-on-white cakes, custom macaroni and cheese bar, AND a late night doughnut station for the guests to indulge in. If you think all of this sounds amazing, just wait ‘til you see how gorgeous the photos are! Congrats & well wishes to Kristi & Ross!

Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table
Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at Ousie's Table

Photos: Katie Lamb Photography ~ Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal ~ Wedding Jewelery: Zadok Jewelers ~ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Ouisie’s Table ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Gallery ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Doughnut Station: Sugar Bunch Creations ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry ~ Honeymoon Suite: Hotel Granduca

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September 3rd, 2014
{$500 Swag-Filled Designer Handbag GIVEAWAY}
 

$500 Swag-Filled Designer Handbag GIVEAWAY

*Products included in bag may differ slightly from those pictured; additional items included are not pictured.

Two things that just go together: Houston’s only luxury bridal event AND glamorous, gorgeous SWAG! So here’s some splendid news: One bride who buys her I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by Tuesday, Sept. 30, will score a supple, super-chic Tano leather handbag filled with beauty, skincare, jewelry and home accessory goodies from the likes of Kate Spade, John Masters, REN and more, all courtesy of fabulous West U boutique Lily Rain—the city’s hottest new spot for bridesmaid and hostess gifts, bridal beauty products, designer stationery and stylish accessories.

If you plan to wed in 2015 or 2016, you do NOT want to miss the I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to the brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown on Thursday, Oct. 9. Our signature bridal cocktail party is unlike any other bridal event you’ve ever experienced. Chat with an exclusive selection of Houston’s finest wedding experts, indulge in gourmet cuisine, fine wine and divine cocktails, and feast your eyes on the most gorgeous displays of wedding decor, floral design and tabletop artistry you’ve ever encountered.

Reserve your pre-sale tickets now, and you’re automatically entered to win! Our winner will be announced at the show, and on Facebook, on Thursday, Oct. 9

Good luck, lovelies. And we’ll see YOU at I Do!

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August 28th, 2014
{Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding}
 

“Our design aim was to discover the intersection between what Barr Mansion had already so beautifully curated and where we found our personality within that,” says bride Jenna of her wedding to adorable Nathan at Austin’s foodie-focused wedding venue. “We took the antique, rustic, free-spirit, artistic, creative, comfortable and natural beauty that was already there and built on that with homegrown flowers, handcrafted centerpieces, personalized paper-cut banners, unique music, DIY’d accent pieces, and a relaxing, lounge-style reception atmosphere.” Even the day’s wet weather was a welcome happenstance. “My mom mentioned that it had rained on her wedding day, and Nathan remarked how the drizzly gray weather looked exactly like where he grew up in Alaska.” We’re delighted to share with you this sweet couple’s lovely wedding, featuring coordination by Kat Creech Events and flowers by Dream Bouquet—make sure to check out more from this talented team of top Houston wedding vendors in the new issue of Weddings in Houston (“Opulence Among the Oaks,” p. 216), on newsstands now!

Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding
Boho-Chic, Rustic Austin Mansion Wedding

Photos: Votive Photography ~ Wedding Gown: BHLDN ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Florist: Dream Bouquet ~ Decor & Rentals: DIY and Flora & Eventi ~ Favors: Kat Creech Events ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry

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August 26th, 2014
{Bridal Style: Top 5 Fave Embellished Bridal Clutches}
 

When it comes to figuring out your head-to-toe bridal look, it’s essential to focus on all of the details, not just your beautiful gown. If you’re keeping your gown and hairstyle simple, kick it up a notch with your accessories. We know our lovely Houston brides aren’t shy when it comes to adding more bling! Embellished clutches are SO in and are a great way to add sparkle and intrigue to your wedding-day ensemble. We’ve narrowed it down to our top five fave bridal clutches of the season. Happy shopping!

Bridal Style: Top 5 Fave Embellished Bridal Clutches

1. Marchesa ~ 2. Oscar de la Renta ~ 3. Dolce & Gabbana ~ 4. Aldo ~ 5. Miss Selfridge

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