October 20th, 2014
{Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge}
 

Set amidst the sprawling, picturesque ranchlands of Richmond, Texas, is a very special venue, tailor made for your very special occasion. With its long history as a working cattle ranch (originally purchased by William Andrus, one of Stephen F. Austin’s first colonists!), and its magnificent limestone chapel, peaceful courtyards and versatile ballroom, Briscoe Manor is the perfect site for an elegant Texas wedding with sublime ease and charm. And when we say ease, we mean ease: Briscoe Manor ain’t just beautiful, it also offers in-house wedding coordination, lighting, superb catering—even photo booths and fireworks! We’ll be spotlighting this stunning Houston-area site all week; meanwhile check out our photos from Allison and Clark’s ga-ga-gorgeous Briscoe Manor wedding. Looking to wed real quick-like, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fabulousness? Contact Briscoe Manor online or at 281.238.4700 TODAY to take advantage of limited-availability December “Fall Special” wedding dates. A couple are still open…but not for long!

Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge
Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge
Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge
Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge
Briscoe Manor Weddings: Where Rustic and Regal Converge

Photos: Katie Lamb Photography

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October 16th, 2014
{Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding}
 

Austyn could never have predicted that she’d eventually marry her dashing high-school prom date, Dane. But when their trip to the beach for Austyn’s 24th birthday turned into a surprise proposal, well, lovely Austyn knew she’d made the right choice. The pair wed in front of 250 of their nearest and dearest in grand style, and partied the night away surrounded by tall candelabras, dramatic floral arrangements, and tons of glitz n’ glam. Sounds gorgeous? Just wait ’til you see the sweet pics. Congrats and best wishes to the happy couple!

Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding
Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding

Photos: R & J Studios ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Galina Signature ~ Wedding Gown Salon: David’s Bridal ~ Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers ~ Flowers: Belles Fleurs ~ Venue: Centurion Palace

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October 14th, 2014
{Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue}
 

Last week’s open house at the elegant Houston Club offered to-be-wed couples a glimpse of how they might create their fantasy city-pretty wedding. With its sweeping views of downtown Houston and its much-lauded culinary expertise, the Houston Club is a fabulous location for refined weddings with cosmopolitan edge. And right now through Oct. 31, the club is offering a Bridal Open House Special: $500 off your ceremony fee, along with no room rental fees (a $2,500 value). Contact Houston club event planner Jeana Auger at 713.632.1554 for details. And meanwhile, check out terrific pix from the club’s Oct. 2 event, courtesy of Steve Lee Photography!

Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue
Houston Club’s Open House Shows Off Downtown Venue

Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Venue: Houston Club

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October 3rd, 2014
{LAST CHANCE to Buy I Do! Bridal Soiree Tickets & WIN}
 

LAST CHANCE to Buy I Do! Bridal Soiree Tickets & WIN

Photos: Genovese Ashford Studios

This is it, our very last giveaway before the big day—which means your very last chance to WIN! 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 SUNDAY, OCT. 5, will WIN a coveted engagement-shoot package from Genovese Ashford Studios, including 1.5 hours of engagement photography AND a big, beautiful 16-by-20-inch print of the image of your choice!

Originally based in Baton Rouge, La., where they’ve earned a stellar reputation for their gorgeous, photojournalistic style, Genovese Ashford Studios is making a splash on the Houston photography scene. And we’re delighted to welcome them to the I Do! Bridal Soiree!

Tickets to the I Do! Bridal Soiree WILL SELL OUT, they always do. Buy yours by 11:59 THIS SUNDAY, and you are automatically entered to win this fantastic giveaway. Winner announced Monday on Facebook. Whatcha waiting for, gorgeous? Get #InItToWinIt!

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October 2nd, 2014
{Classic Ivory & Charcoal Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Ama Photography & Cinema}
 

“I had a patient in the ER that needed massive transfusion of blood products. Andrew was working in the blood bank that night. We exchanged simple conversation but I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I messaged him on Facebook a few weeks later, basically asking for a date. He text messaged me the next morning and we’ve been together ever since,” says Houston bride Lenee. If you think their made-for-TV meet-cute is sweet (and verrry dramatic), just wait ’til you see the beautiful photos from their wedding at The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice taken by Aisha Khan from Ama Photography & Cinema! Congrats Lenee & Andrew on tying the knot!

Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Bella Deur ~ Bridal Belt: Weddings by Debbie ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Lighting: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry

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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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