“This was by far the happiest and most perfect day of my life,” says Houston bride Megan. “My fairy tale wedding came true.” Nothing could delight us more…except, perhaps, getting to look at photos of Megan and James’ vintage-elegant wedding celebration, in shades of champagne, ivory and coral. Of course, at the heart of this lovely Texas wedding was the bride herself, radiant in her keyhole-back Watters bridal gown, gorgeous updo and birdcage veil, surrounded by bridesmaids in flowing coral. Our happiest wishes to the bride and groom—and our thanks to the newlyweds for sharing their perfect day with us…and YOU!
Photos: Ashley Gillen Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Mother of the Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Venue: Olde Dobbin Station
Photo: Cathy Rascoe
We are so excited about our upcoming spring cocktail party and wedding showcase that we’ve teamed up with top Houston milliner Cathy Rascoe for a very exciting giveaway: One lucky bride-to-be who reserves her I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian tickets by 9pm this Friday, April 11, will work directly with Cathy Rascoe to create a custom bridal headpiece worth $500. Wondering about the artist behind this uniquely awesome giveaway? Our exclusive Q&A sesh with the designer herself should shed some light on her lovely work!
Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get your start in millinery?
Cathy Rascoe: I have always had a fascination with ladies’ hats, stretching back to childhood. I started in millinery when I was getting married and I could not find any bridal headpiece that I thought was well made and fit my design aesthetics. I created my own piece for my wedding—which, frankly, I would never even show to anyone today. It was not a great design, but it was what I could do at the time, so it was better than what was available or that I could find, at least.
HWB: What do you love about bridal millinery?
CR: When I’m creating pieces I completely lose myself in my work. I lose track of time, space, and all sense that there is anything else in the world except the piece that I’m composing. It is thrilling to be lost so completely in the design phase. I become so emotionally involved that I often end up in tears when I am finished.
HWB: What’s involved in creating a bridal headpiece or veil?
CR: The most important characteristic, I find, is the beauty. Each piece wants and needs to be beautiful. I don’t strive to create avant-garde or unusual pieces. My pieces are timeless and classic. Each piece requires many hours of design, engineering, sewing, finishing and composition. Each piece has its own soul, in a way that beams out to the world and shouts, “Look at me! I’m gorgeous!” Guests should literally gasp when they see my brides—and it happens a lot with my pieces. It is very gratifying and satisfying to be able to connect with people in such a visceral and emotional manner.
HWB: What does a custom headpiece add to the bride’s ensemble?
CR: To me, a bare head is incomplete. Have you seen pictures of brides with just a veil or a pretty hairstyle and thought, “Meh?” The most iconic brides throughout time have had an unforgettable headpiece. I feel a duty to help women to realize that they can be insanely gorgeous with even just a little something on their head that represents their personality.
Photos: Cathy Rascoe
Meet Cathy Rascoe in person at the extraordinary I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, Thursday, April 17, from 6-9 pm. Purchase your all-inclusive $25 presale tickets NOW, before they sell out! We’ll see YOU at I Do!
Photos: Donna Von Breuning
When famed event designer Todd Fiscus, of Todd Events (with locations in Dallas and Houston), tied the knot with longtime love Ceron–he of the renowned eponymous Houston hair salon–you better believe the pair, and their delighted guests, celebrated in supremely chic style. The couple’s New Year’s Eve wedding, held in Manhattan’s Glasshouses (an ultra-cool glass-walled venue overlooking the city’s nighttime sparkle), was an intimate affair for 100 beloved guests. But the event itself was most definitely grand, with its floral entranceway, gleaming black taper candles, accents of gold and crystal, and, apropos of the holiday, plenty of Champagne and caviar. We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and are so thrilled to have Todd Events as a Weddings in Houston partner. Congratulations, Todd and Ceron!
Photo: D. Jones Photography
D. Jones Photography and the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian—two things that go together like true love and weddings! David Jones, the man behind award-winning Houston photo studio D. Jones Photography, is not just our go-to guy for shooting the GORGEOUS images you’ve seen of our signature I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. He also happens to be one of Houston’s most in-demand wedding photographers. A bit about this fine Houston photographer, in his own words:
“I tend to be more of a purist, rather than a trendy photographer. Having a fine art background, and having been taught the classical approach through my work in the profession–these experiences have allowed me to fine-tune the balance between properly lit and posed images, along with fun candids.
After 22 years as a professional photographer, I still love the process and the excitement that revolves around the experience. I have a genuine love of getting to know what makes each couple work and making the process as efficient and comfortable as possible.”
And here’s the coolest part: This week, Jones will become one very lucky bride’s engagement-shoot photographer!
Oh yes, darlings, we’re at it again. As we get ready to unveil the magnificent I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian on Thursday, April 17, we’re in a very…generous mood. So we’ve teamed up with D. Jones Photography to announce an AWESOME giveaway: One bride who purchases her $25 presale tickets by 9 p.m. this Sunday, April 6, will win a $1,000 D. JONES PHOTOGRAPHY ON-LOCATION ENGAGEMENT SHOOT!
Tickets to our exclusive spring cocktail party and bridal fantasyscape are strictly limited and will sell out. Snag yours today, and you may just win our prize! Winner will be announced on Monday, April 7. Good luck, loves!
Photo: D. Jones Photography
There’s a certain, special, sense-of-mystery romance that only online dating can create. Just ask recent bride Vanessa, who spoke by phone to eHarmony match Eric almost every day for THREE MONTHS before meeting him face-to-face. Luckily, their in-person meeting was just as romantic as those many, many phone calls, and almost two years to the day they first laid eyes on each other, the pair wed in front of 250 loved ones at a magnificent
celebration. While Vanessa says that selecting her song list and making her seating chart were no piece of cake, the wedding itself was pure sweetness, done up in elegant shades of ivory and blush, Vanessa radiant in her Maggie Sottero gown from Brickhouse Bridal
. But let us go ahead and let Ama Photography & Cinema’s
photos tell the story of this lovely couple’s special day. Best wishes, Vanessa & Eric!
Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bridesmaid Dresses & Gentlemen’s Tuxedos: David’s Bridal ~ Venue: Madera Estates
“He truly is my hero,” says Jamie of her firefighter hubby James, whom she wed in a fabulous fall affair at Hotel ZaZa, in front of 130 of the couple’s nearest and dearest. Looking stunning in her sparkling Winnie Couture gown, glamorous updo and fire-engine-red Louboutins (love!!), Jamie said her vows to handsome James—no slouch himself in his sleek Vera Wang tux—before throwing her arms around him for a first dance to Etta James’ classic, “At Last.” Big thanks to Motley Melange for photos that perfectly capture the “Old Hollywood” glamour of this gorgeous Houston wedding—and BIG congratulations to the newlyweds!
Photos: Motley Melange ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture from Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon ~ Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin ~ Groom’s Tuxedo: Vera Wang ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa
The tailgate scene at the Sept. 8, 2012, Texas A&M vs. Florida game was pretty much the perfect spot for Chisholm’s marriage proposal to Samantha—after all, the A&M alums are both huge football fans. The pair’s Chateau Cocomar wedding, with its elegant palette of black, white and silver, was the very picture of elegance, but with plenty of laid-back, high-spirited fun. Samantha says she especially cherishes the wedding memory of “being sung to by my husband and all of his fraternity brothers.” Big thanks to DC Stanley Photography for the pretty pix of this utterly adorable Houston couple, and congrats to the newlyweds!
Photos: DC Stanley Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Decor & Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar
No matter what the weather, downtown Houston is HOT right now. And the Magnolia Hotel is one of downtown’s hottest properties. Chic and elegant, but also gracious and full of hip, urban touches, the Magnolia is fast becoming a favorite locale for swank pre-wedding parties and bachelorette weekends. It’s also the ideal spot for visiting wedding guests to stay and play when they roll into town for your wedding revelries.
Located right in the heart of downtown’s lively scene—think top-notch restaurants, swank watering holes, great strolling spots—the Magnolia offers a great jumping-off spot for enjoying Houston, and a perfect place to luxuriate and lounge after a fabulous day of wedding-related fun.
And speaking of fun… This week, one very lucky bride who purchases tickets to the April 17 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian will WIN a Magnolia Hotel luxury weekend-overnight getaway for two, including bar credit and gourmet breakfast in bed. A few words about the I Do! Bridal Soiree: “Breathtaking.” “Gorgeous.” “Amazing.” (That’s coming straight from brides who’ve attended our legendary spring cocktail soiree and wedding showcase at downtown Houston’s iconic Corinthian.)
To enter, simply purchase limited-availability $25 I Do! @ The Corinthian presale tickets by 9 p.m. this Friday, March 21. One bride who snags her super hot I Do! tickets will win. Will it be YOU?
Good luck, lovelies. And we’ll see you at I Do!
“Gorgeous.” “Breathtaking.” “So much fun!!” These are just a handful of comments by real, live brides who have attended the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. And this year’s event is going to be our most spectacular ever. Last year, tickets for our one-of-a-kind spring cocktail party and bridal showcase sold out in record time—they’re certain to do the same for our Thursday, April 17 event. Make sure you reserve yours before they’re gone!! If you are planning your Houston wedding, this is the ONE bridal event you do NOT want to miss.
Need a little extra incentive? Purchase your $25 pre-sale I Do! @ The Corinthian tickets by NOON, THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 13, and you will be automatically entered to win a $100 dinner for 2 at The Grove, one of Houston’s hottest eateries (not to mention an absolutely beautiful spot for a chic, intimate, downtown wedding). Baby arugula with winter squash and white truffle vinaigrette? Wood-grilled fillet of salmon with shaved fennel and watercress? Grilled Berkshire pork chop with white-bean-and-tasso cassoulet? Yes, please! Oh—and how about a raspberry margarita, or a luscious glass of 2009 Napa Valley cabernet? All washed down with a stunning view of lovely Discovery Green? That’s The Grove. That’s the giveaway. Get your I Do! tickets by Thursday, and get in on it!
Good luck, brides…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!