January 17th, 2017
{Food Is Art at The Hometown Chef Catering Co.}
 

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Photos: Courtesy of The Hometown Chef Catering Co.

When the wedding reception food is as visually stunning as the wedding reception flowers and decor, well…you know you’re in the hands of an expert caterer. The Hometown Chef Catering Co. creates food that is as beautiful to look at as it is divine to devour. That’s because owner and executive chef Julio Avila is an artist by nature, and by background: He set out to earn a bachelor’s degree in painting before turning his attention to the culinary arts, graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in 1997. You can see Chef Julio’s inherent understanding of color, texture and composition in the magnificent morsels he creates, including glossy, translucent smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés, vibrant ceviche shooters, and gorgeous little quesadillas that pop with bright, fresh pico de gallo, to name just a few. To wash the delicious down, The Hometown Chef also crafts colorful, beautifully garnished custom cocktails including the spicy Cilantro Mango-Rita, the almond-infused Forget-Me-Not, and the bright and bubbly Berry Splash. And they’ll work with you to create your very own signature wedding cocktail—just ask!

This top Houston caterer is equally adept at the interactive food arts, with chef-attended stations serving up gourmet pasta, mouthwatering tacos and crisp custom panini, with creative flair.

Plus, you seriously will not meet a nicer group of people than Chef Julio, company CEO Tiffany Avila, and their team. We’ve been so fortunate to partner with these wonderful Houston catering talents over the years, and can’t wait to see what they’ll be serving up in 2017! Visit The Hometown Chef here, and get a taste for just how special your wedding hors d’oeuvre, reception meal, beverages and late-night treats can be—then schedule your consultation and start planning your perfect wedding menu. This is the good stuff, darlings. You and your guests deserve it! Bon appétit, xo.

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January 11th, 2017
{13 Style Essentials For Every Dapper Groom}
 

Beyond the tux, these practical and stylish grooms’ accessories and grooming products will have you looking sleek and polished on your wedding day…and every day. Details and links below. Use ’em, honey.

 

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1. Texas Bifold Wallet: Paris Texas Apparel Co. 2. Bonobos Navy & Burgundy Floral Silk Necktie: Bonobos 3. Suit Supply Navy Three-Piece Tuxedo: Suit Supply 4. Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette: Burberry 5. Suit Supply Navy Pocket Square: Suit Supply 6. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch: Lewis Jewelers 7. Jason Markk Stain Repellent: Jason Markk 8. Barneys New York Sterling Silver Intertwined Circles Cufflinks: Barneys 9. Cuban Seed Hand-Rolled Cigars: Lucho Houston 10. Texas States Bow Tie: Paris Texas Apparel Co. 11. Texas Barware Set Rocks Glasses: Paris Texas Apparel Co. 12. Clinique for Men Post-Shave Soother: Clinique 13. Suit Supply Black Derby Shoes: Suit Supply

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January 10th, 2017
{8 Fun & Flirty Wedding Reception Dresses for 2017}
 

Change it up, let your hair down, get comfortable and stay gorgeous, all night long, in a wedding reception dress that shows off your party side. Scroll down for additional details and links to these eight Weddings in Houston favorites for 2017!

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1. Bliss by Monique Lhuillier 2. Ines Di Santo 3. Tara Keely Bridal 4. Pronovias 5. Hayley Paige 6. Monique Lhuillier 7. Naeem Khan Bridal 8. Dress: Simone Rocha, Jewelry: Loggins Jewelers, Headpiece: Dream Bouquet

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January 9th, 2017
{Zodiac Style: Wedding Ideas for Earth Sign Brides}
 

Born in December, January, April, May, August or September? If your birth date falls in the zodiac sign of Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo, we’ve got a selection of earthy-but-exciting wedding style ideas we think will appeal to your sense of classic elegance…and your sensual side, too. Scroll down for links to our top picks in bridal fashion, wedding accessories, beauty and wedding design for the Earth sign bride, and stay tuned for more of our favorite wedding picks, for each sign of the zodiac, coming soon to the Houston Wedding Blog!

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1. Inbal Dror Gown: Inbal Dror 2. Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Sinner: Barneys 3. Rose Gold & Diamond Pave Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 4. Narcisco Rodriguez L’Absolu Eau de Parfum: Bloomingdale’s 5. Frederic Sage Ring Set: Loggins Jewelers 6. Alexander McQueen De-Manta Floral Clutch: Neiman Marcus 7. Bouquet: Keisha’s Kreations 8. Beauty by Lori Wemple Invitation: Minted 9. Christian Louboutin Printed Faille, Leather & Mesh Pumps: Net-A-Porter 10. Three-Tier Cake: Earth & Sugar

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December 27th, 2016
{Blush, Navy & Gold Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by MD Turner Photography}
 

Jason met his sports-loving gal, Lauren, right out of college in 2009 when they both were working for the San Antonio Spurs. “We are both from Houston, and grew up as HUGE Rockets fans, so neither of us thought we’d ever work for the Spurs,” says Lauren. “Luckily we did and it brought us to each other,” adds Lauren. The pair hit it off immediately, and you can guess what happens next. Jason got down on one knee during their trip to Paris on the Pont des Arts bridge (aww). It wasn’t long before they started planning their romantic wedding at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice. “We couldn’t ask for a better day,” recounts Lauren. “This is something that we say to each other often, so we thought it would be fun to include this saying in our wedding theme and details. It was used on the wedding program, napkins and koozies!” Sounds so sweet, right? Just wait ‘til you see the lovely pics from MD Turner Photography. “They were so easy to work with and really connected with Jason and I, my family and wedding party. MD Turner Photography was so much fun and made the day even more enjoyable,” adds Lauren. We couldn’t be happier for Lauren and Jason. Congrats!

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Photos: MD Turner Photography | Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Music, Entertainment, Lighting & Photobooth: DJU Entertainment

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