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.
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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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
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.”
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
Planning your wedding is pretty much a full-time job. Which is insanely tough when you already have a, you know, full-time job. Which, when it comes right down to it, can make healthy eating, especially healthy snacking, almost impossible. But not quite. Today, Perfect Size Nutrition’s lovely Marla and Sonny are back for another installment of Fitness Friday on the Houston Wedding Blog, with their awesome tips and recipes for healthy snacking on the go, tailor-made for busy brides. Check out their vid, and when you’re running around like a madwoman this weekend, traipsing through venues or trying on ballgowns or debating over 97 different napkin-ring possibilities or fretting over whether to updo or undo (or perhaps ALL of the aforementioned and then some), make sure to keep your body fueled, healthfully, deliciously and PDQ. And don’t forget to pop over to their fab blog for tons more tips on fitness, health, and feeling really freakin’ great all the time.
We at Weddings in Houston firmly believe that take-home treats shouldn’t be just for wedding guests. That’s why we put so much love—and LOTS of good stuff—into our exclusive I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags! We want to thank the exceptional brands and vendors who contributed gifts and goodies to the swag bags our brides took home from the fabulous I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Not only did Greenleaf’s First Blush and Gardenia Fragrance Votives have us totally swooning with delight over their soft, romantic scents, but their packaging was pretty much perfection. Love the idea of these for visiting guests’ hotel rooms, amenity baskets, and reception powder rooms and dressing rooms. Don’t you? #weddingfavor #guestroomamenity #homefragrance #bridesmaidgift
Infused with jasmine, rose, hyacinth, lily of the valley and other divine floral fragrances, Thymes’ Goldleaf Foaming Bath Powder is our new favorite soak-time ritual. Did we mention it leaves our skin feeling like silk and smelling like Heaven après-bath? #bridesmaidgift #spabasket #bathandbody #fragrance
When the amazing Kate Somerville offers to treat you to a skincare treatment, you’d best take her up on it. I Do! Brides: Make sure to schedule your complimentary Kate Somerville DermaQuench Treatment at Neiman Marcus…TODAY! #bridalbeauty #bridesmaidbeauty #skincare #ideserveit
Nothing Bundt Cakes
So. Freakin.’ Delicious. Once you take one bite of a Nothing Bundt Cakes Red Velvet, White-Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate or Lemon cake, drizzled and basically filled with decadent frosting, you’re a fan for life. And they make wedding cakes, too! #bundtcake #weddingcake #desserttable #ideserveit
Cookies make us happy. So we kinda figured they’d make y’all happy, too. And Tiff’s Treats knows how to make a cookie that’d make anyone happy. ‘Nuff said. ENJOY!
#weddingfavors #cookies #desserttable #coupon
Last but most definitely not least, we’d like to give a big ol’ Weddings in Houston shout out to Save-On Crafts for the gorgeous romance-red Sola Flowers adorning our I Do! Bridal Soiree “Bride” name tags. These natural-tapioca-fiber flowers aren’t just beautiful, they’re versatile, eco-friendly and absolutely awesome for DIY wedding decor, favor packages and other fun stuff. Check ‘em out!
Herbs, blossoms, delicate spices—sounds like the recipe for a delicious spring treat. And it is!!
Aveda’s limited-edition Art of Nature collection, a natural-makeup lineup that starts with delicate spring shades and segues into lush high-summer colors, includes flower-wax-based, crease-resistant eye shadows (awesome for humid conditions), hydrating lip colors and a super-sexy lip gloss with great shine. Our fave of the bunch? The “Cana” Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color—a gorgeous coral-red shade that’s perfect for outdoor fêtes, pre-wedding parties and romantic date nights. Check out Aveda spas, salons and retail locations, or shop online!
It takes a pretty dang awesome makeup item to make us here at HWB go, “Whoa.” After all, as bridal editors we see a LOT of impressive cosmetics, from airbrush foundation to stay-put lipstick to perfect false lashes. But dramatic eye shadow sans brushes is something we hadn’t encountered…until now. Behold Eye Majic: pre-set, pre-contoured eye shadow sponge strips you simply press against your eyelid, slide across and voila—flawless eye makeup! Or…mostly. If you like liner or shadow along your lower lash line, you’ll need to apply that separately. And for a more diffuse look, you can use your fingertip or a medium shadow brush to blend the stripes of color—an especially important step for the darker Eye Majic shades, which can be rather intense. Other add-ons might include black liner along the waterline for a true smoky look, mascara and/or false lashes. But, we gotta say, Eye Majic has really, um, opened our eyes to the possibility of foolproof, no-brush eye shadow. And with all those pre-wedding parties you are certain to attend, doesn’t easy-peasy evening eye shadow sound like something to celebrate?
If you’ve been noticing quite a number of women walking around Houston with an extra-special glow, skincare superstar Julie Macklowe is probably to thank for it. The founder of vbeautè—the anti-aging skincare weapon in the arsenals of in-the-know women around the world—recently brought her coveted line to Houston with an exclusive launch at Therapy Hair Studio, and the buzz has been HUGE. Which is why we are so very delighted and excited to have Macklowe on HWB today for a special Q&A on how to get radiant bridal skin, and maintain it through years of milestones, anniversaries, free-radicals, and just plain ol’ growing up.
Houston Wedding Blog:At what age should a woman start thinking in terms of “anti-aging” skincare?
Julie Macklowe: It’s always easier to prevent rather than to correct, so when it comes to anti-aging, the sooner the better.
HWB: How can a bride-to-be prepare her skin to look its best on her wedding day?
JM: Ideally start prepping your skin about six months in advance. You want to give yourself a good amount of time in case your skin requires more invasive procedures like chemical peels and laser treatments. Then, once you get closer to the big day you can opt for a gentle facial. Aside from starting early, it’s also key to find a reputable esthetician that can develop a game plan depending on the condition of your skin, and you’ll want to complement your spa/medical-spa treatments with an effective at-home regimen. I specifically designed my product line to meet the needs of all women—even those like myself with very sensitive skin—so vbeautè’s products are a fantastic way to get and keep your skin looking its best.
HWB: What kind of home skincare regimen would you recommend to a newlywed?
JM: Being a newlywed is an incredible time, but it can also be a stressful one and as most of us know, stress equals acne. It’s important to make sure to wash your face morning and night, exfoliate at least once a week to reduce clogged pores, and keep your skin hydrated with water-based skincare products and alcohol-free toners (even if you have oily skin), so as to prevent flare-ups.
HWB: What skincare treatments should a newlywed consider getting, and how often, to maintain youthful, healthy looking skin?
JM: Like most working moms I’m “go go go,” which is why I designed my vbeautè’s It Kit. It’s a no-fail, easy-to-use skincare kit with all of the skincare essentials we need, housed in a chic, portable kit.
HWB: As she approaches her 10-year wedding anniversary, how might a woman’s skincare regimen change? How about her 20-year anniversary?
JM: I designed my products for every age so whether you’re 20, 30, 40, 50, or beyond these are products that will work for you now and in the years to come.
HWB: What’s your top tip for the bride who wants to keep her skin looking as fresh and glowing as it did on her wedding day?
’Tis the season, darlings: holiday shindigs, cocktail parties, evenings out with old friends who are back in town, family gatherings, perhaps an engagement party or two…
If you’re looking for special-occasion dress-up ideas, get inspired by our recent guest post on pre-wedding-party style. Also a great fashion/makeup/accessories resource: PrettyShinySparkly—a delish lil’ style blog by recent Houston bride (and medical resident!) Kristina Braly.
Oh—and don’t forget flawless makeup to go with your fabulous outfit. Check out this little party-night makeup tutorial by our favorite beauty-blogging Brit Tanya Burr, demonstrating step by step her OWN birthday-night-out look. A little smoky, a little sparkly and just the right mix of sexy and sweet—perfect for holiday-season nighttime socializing. DO try this at home, ladies!!
Here’s the thing: We know that the French manicure—tailored, versatile, classic—is the hands-down favorite for the majority of our beloved Houston brides. But here’s the other thing: With gels, crackle, wraps, gems and hand-painted designs, there are SO many gorgie-gorge mani styles, it seems a shame not to go for something a little extra special on your most special of special days. A bit of metallic shimmer, perhaps? A few well-placed Swarovskis for sparkle? And for our ultra-glam to-be-weds, the ultimate: The high-gloss-black-on-top, vixen-red-underneath, super-swank “Louboutin” mani. Pull up this post on your mobile at your favorite salon, point out your favorite look, and let your manicurist get you STYLED!