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Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

“We met at a charity camp for children with cancer called Candlelighter’s, back in El Paso,” recounts recent bride Paige. “Patrick was the counselor for the youngest boys and I was the counselor for the youngest girls. Patrick had a ‘tough guy’ exterior, but seeing him with those children, gentle and kind, melted my heart and I was immediately in love. By the end of the camp we were constantly talking and flirting, sharing music and books; it was a beautiful beginning to a beautiful relationship.” We’ll second that, Paige. And third it. And just melt over it right along with you, while we sigh over Akil Bennett’s gorgeous photos of your Hotel ZaZa spring wedding. Thank you so much for donating your time and love to children in need, and for sharing your beautiful day with our beautiful Houston brides. Congratulations!

Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography
Romantic Hotel ZaZa Spring Wedding by Akil Bennett Photography

Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Bridal Gown: Ella Blu ~ Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss ~ Wedding Reception Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry

Drybar’s Texas Tea Makes Full Hair Flawless

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Photos: Dry Bar

They weren’t lying when they said everything is bigger in Texas. We love everything BIG–especially our hair! Located right around the corner from Hotel Granduca, Drybar is a hot spot in Houston for getting the perfect Texas blowout for only $40! Sounds like such a steal, right?? If you want to achieve big hair at home, try Drybar’s signature Texas Tea Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner (featured in our recent I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags), for hair that is soft, shiny and FULL of glamorous, glorious volume.

A Rosy Flush That Lasts and Lasts, from The Balm by Instain

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Instain by the Balm made it to our beauty must-haves list because it’s uhh-mazing! This superb staining powder blush is the perfect way to give your cheeks a long-lasting flush of color with a beautiful matte finish. With six shades, suited for all seasons and skin tones, it infuses your cheeks radiant, rosy color that lasts through all-day celebrations, photo shoots, romantic getaways…even action-packed days at the office. Instain comes in the cutest freaking packaging and is the perfect size to throw in your clutch or ideal for traveling (which is why WE threw it in our I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags)!

Hydrate Dry, Dull Winter Skin with Kate Somerville’s Coveted Scrub

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Winter skin = dry, chapped, dull…icky skin. Even here in notoriously humid Houston. Which is why we are soooo in love with Kate Somerville’s super-effective ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. If you attended a recent Weddings in Houston I Do! Bridal Soiree, you may have found a tube of this much-coveted scrub in your take-home swag bag. And if you’re smart, you’ve probably used it up…and seen beautiful results. Do yourself a New Year favor and pick up a full-size version of ExfoliKate, packed with scrubbing microbeads, salicylic acid, honey, aloe vera and vitamin E. It’s a must-have for bridal beauty regimens, and a godsend during this season of brisk winds, sharp chills and, yeah, a sweet relief from the heat. Love you, lovelies!

Winter Is Coming. Ready Your Skin With Primrose Power.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Photos: Lady Primrose

Cold weather, dryer temps and brisk wind can be rough on skin, which can be especially rough on brides to be. Europe’s tiny “everlasting flower” is the key to Lady Primrose’s Necture body crème‘s intensive hydrating properties. This beautifully packaged line, featured recently in our I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags, is rich with Vitamins C and E, antioxidants and collagen builders that erase dryness and wrinkles, resulting in soft, supple, wedding-ready skin. And the delicate, refreshing scent, infused with jasmine, apple blossom, lily and fresh mint, is a perfect pick-me-up any time of day. Pick up Lady Primrose at beloved Houston retailer Bering’s!

We Found THE Best Hair Mist to Beat the Houston Frizzies!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

We Found THE Best Hair Mist to Beat the Houston Frizzies!

Photo: RICH Hair Care

Sooo in love with RICH Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz Shine & Mist, we just had to share! This lightweight mist has been infused with argania spinosa kernel oil to create smoothness and radiance on even the most humid Houston day, plus a luxurious blend of sweet almond oil to condition hair, olive oil to add shine, and linseed oil to strengthen dry, tired hair all winter long. It’s a lifesaver on your wedding day, but equally perfect for everyday use. Oh–and did we mention it offers UV and heat protection for all that heat styling you’re bound to subject your hair to during the upcoming holiday season, and is totally free of parabens, sulfates and other yuckies that you don’t need? Get RICH quick, baby.

Glamorous Purple & Green Wedding

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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

How to Match Your Hairstyle to Your Wedding Dress by Marlene Montanez

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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!

Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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  

$500 Swag-Filled Designer Handbag GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

$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!