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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August 25th, 2014
{Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Sara and Bret ~ October 26, 2013

Sara always had a crush on her best friend’s older brother. And Bret, for his part, felt the same way about his younger sib’s BFF. But it wasn’t until 10 years after they’d first met that the pair expressed the connection they’d felt all those years. “One night, Bret texted me and said he had always felt that there was something between us and he wanted to see if there was. I agreed, so he drove up to Austin that night,” the recent bride recounts. “We got engaged four months later!” The couple’s classic Crystal Ballroom at The Rice wedding was a perfect expression of that longtime love, finally realized, and forever embraced.

Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Names: Sara Preston & Bret Labadie ~ Number of Guests: 220 ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants n’ Petals ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Rehearsal Dinner: The Grove ~ Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Anguilla

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August 19th, 2014
{Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography}
 

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Rachel and Jonathon ~ August 24, 2013

A perfect Valentine’s date—Galveston harbor tour, lovely lunch, Moody Gardens stroll—turned into an evening Rachel will never forget, when Jonathan surprised her with a candlelit marriage proposal at his Houston home. Six months later, the pair said their vows before 200 friends and family members at the same church where they’d first met at a singles’ bible-study class. A vintage Rolls-Royce—arranged by the bride’s father as a surprise for the newlyweds—conveyed the couple to their country-club reception, where they dined and danced the night away. “It was truly everything I could ever have dreamed of and more,” Rachel says. “Our wedding day and love story came right out of a fairytale.”

Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography - Rachel and Jonathon
Elegant Pink Wedding by MD Turner Photography

Names: Rachel Cramer & Jonathan Colletti ~ Number of Guests: 200 ~ Wedding Theme: “classic and elegant” ~ What the bride will remember most: “having all of our loved ones with us to celebrate our marriage and love for one another was the best feeling in the world” ~ Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady from Weddings by Debbie ~ Photography & Videography: MD Turner Photography ~ Registry: Macy’s; Bering’s ~ Honeymoon: Bora Bora

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August 15th, 2014
{Blush, Gold and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding with Bonus Fake-Audition Proposal Story!}
 

Oooo, honey, you KNOW how much we love a good “proposal deception” story…and Ryan popping the question to Melissa is one of the best we’ve heard! “My sister, who is an aspiring actress, will often go on auditions and invite me (the bride) along with her. I always go along for support, so when she invited me to come along to an audition for an independent film, I did not hesitate. The audition was at Hotel Derek, there were signs welcoming those auditioning, sign-up sheets, and she was even assigned a number. I prayed with her in the lobby and all of the staff were rooting for her! She was super nervous so she asked if I could come back and actually watch her audition. When we were given the OK, I entered the room, and saw Ryan standing there all dressed up while I stood there confused. My sister was gone, it was only us and he got on one knee. There were candles and rose petals all around. It was perfect!” Ah, the old sibling’s-fake-film-audition ruse…gets ’em every time. Even cuter? “Our families were in another room watching it all happen on Skype.” Aww. The pair, who met four years ago while both working as nurses on the same Houston Medical Center unit and quickly became inseparable, tied the knot this past spring, with a breathtakingly beautiful 1920s-inspired wedding, decorated in fine vintage fashion by Houston fave Darryl & Co. We’re so grateful to this adorable pair for sharing their love with all of us, and all y’all…congratulations, Melissa and Ryan!

Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Pink, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Gold, and Ivory 1920s Inspired Wedding
Blush, Gold, and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding

Photos: Agape House Studio ~ Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias ~  Bridal Gown Salon, Alterations & Accessories: Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Invitations: Isabella Invitations ~ Transportation: Hotel ZaZa

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