Photo: Courtesy of Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
Though she opened her first namesake bridal salon in Atlanta, Joan Pillow’s passion for bridal fashion started deep in the heart of Texas. The child of a meticulous craftswoman who would talk about fabrics and design with her daughter for hours on end, Pillow knew that beautiful garments would be part of her future.
Fast-forward to Dallas, a couple of decades later, when Pillow entered the executive program at Neiman Marcus, where she worked side by side with the department store founder’s son, Lawrence Marcus. That’s where she really learned about couture, and really began to discover her love of fine dress construction and luxury embellishment.
Left Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta | Right Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Sachin & Babi
Lucky for us, in 2009, Pillow decided to make Houston the home of her second salon, making many brides’ design gown dreams come true in the process. Looking for a superbly crafted Oscar de la Renta? Yearning for the ethereal femininity of Sachin & Babi? Mad for the spotlight-grabbing flourishes of Marchesa? You’ll find them at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, whose racks bear only the finest designer wedding dresses—and whose salon consultants are experts at helping you find, and style, your once-in-a-lifetime look. You may also just happen to find Mrs. Pillow, herself, who divides time between her two salons, and, after all these years, still says, “Assisting brides and debutantes in finding the perfect gown for their occasion is a remarkable moment that I feel honored to be a part of.”
We’re honored to have Joan Pillow Bridal Salon as a Weddings in Houston partner—and so excited to invite you to schedule your appointment to visit the salon for its Feb. 25 – 26 Naeem Khan trunk show…or any time you want to view some of the most gorgeous gowns on the entire planet!
Left Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Naeem Khan | Right Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Marchesa
Like your wedding flowers, wedding cake and wedding photography, your wedding day hair and makeup are best left to the professionals. After all, this is the biggest occasion of your life, and you will be in the spotlight, from start to finish! Our I Do! Wedding Soiree beauty experts have the talent and skills to make sure your wedding day look is polished, beautiful, and will last you throughout the night…and maybe even into the honeymoon!
Two top Houston beauty salons—Azur Salon at West Ave. and KAX Salon—will showcase the hottest bridal beauty trends, while KAX Tanning Souffle will offer tips for keeping a glowing, natural-looking tan for your big day and beyond. See below for hairstyles, makeup and faux-glow inspiration, and be sure to purchase your advance-sale tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event, coming to The Corinthian on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets will sell out, they always do! Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 17, and you could WIN an awesome $700 on-location engagement shoot from acclaimed Houston wedding photographer Adam Nyholt!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Don’t miss out!
Top Left Photo: Azur Salon at West Ave | Bottom Left Photo: Kax Salon | Right Photo: Kax Tanning Souffle
Photo: Courtesy of Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe
More than five decades of love go into every Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café wedding cake, brownie pop, macaron, mousse and parfait. That’s a LOT of love. Which makes Dessert Gallery treats a wonderful way to infuse your wedding celebration with all the affection you have for your beloved family, friends and fresh, new spouse!
If you attended our I Do! Soiree at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, you had a chance to experience Dessert Gallery’s treats in person—their glittering chocolate “bombes” were a particular delight, capturing the sparkle of the occasion in mini mouthfuls that were as gorgeous to look at as they were delicious to devour. And they’ll be bringing their delicious treats, once again, to our spring I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian on Tuesday Feb. 28, so make sure to purchase your advance tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event now, while they last…and arrive with an appetite for sweet deliciousness!
Though Dessert Gallery owner Sara Brook didn’t start out as the dessert queen she is today—in fact, she graduated at the top of her class at UT as a computer science and sociology major!—she always had a passion for baking. “There’s a reason I have an Easy Bake Oven in my office!” Brook says. “My fondest childhood memory is as a four-year-old in preschool, taking turns mixing cake batter in class. After more than 30 years in business, I still love looking at pictures in cookbooks and coming up with new recipes.”
We can’t think of a lovelier way to tap into a local Houston dessert treasure than by presenting your wedding reception guests with a spectacular Dessert Gallery sweets display, butler-passing Dessert Gallery mini desserts during your high-energy after party, or sending guests home with a beautifully packaged Dessert Gallery favor to enjoy after the festivities have ended.
Schedule your appointment to visit Dessert Gallery’s bakery on the corner of Richmond and Kirby, to see what Sara Brook and her staff can whip up just for you!
Photo: Courtesy of Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe
Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, heirloom-quality wedding bands, beautiful bridal chandelier earrings or a dazzling diamond bracelet you are searching for, our I Do! Wedding Soiree jewelers have the perfect pieces to complete your wedding day look. Four of Houston’s leading jewelers — Donoho’s Jewellers, Nazar’s Fine Jewelry, Eklektic Studio and Lewis Jewelers — will be showing an array of stunning wedding jewelry for brides and grooms, and for every taste and style, including platinum, 18K and 14K gold engagement rings, custom handcrafted items and bridal accessory jewelry. Scroll down for a sneak peek at our I Do! wedding jewelry exhibitors’ fine wares, and purchase your advance-sale tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event, coming to The Corinthian on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets will sell out, they always do! Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 17, and you could WIN a $700 engagement shoot from Adam Nyholt Photography!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Wouldn’t it be lovely if it were…YOU?
1. Photo: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 2. Photo: Donoho’s Jewellers 3. Photo: Eklektic Jewelry Studio 4. Photo: Lewis Jewelers
In honor of today’s celebration of love and romance, we’ve hand-selected a collection of sweet wedding decor items, accessories and other goodies, all inspired by the colors, symbols and spirit of Valentine’s Day. From bridesmaid invitations to cake toppers, unique style accessories to DIY OMG’s, these pretty little bitties will infuse your day of love with the day of love, whatever day you say, “I do!” Scroll down for details & links! And, from our hearts to yours, happy Valentine’s Day!
1. DIY Will You Be My Bridesmaid Pinata: Coastal Bride 2. DIY Cupid’s Arrow: Nest of Posies
3. Rustic Save-The-Date Magnet: Rustic Love and Wood 4. Red Paper Parasol Umbrella: Paper Lantern Store
5. Gay Wedding Cake Topper: Topper Room 6. Love is Love Wedding Cake Topper: Ngo Creations
7. Gold Tassel Red Necklace: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry 8. Gold Hearts Paper Garlands: The Little Things EV 9. Jute Wine Bag with Chalkboard Label: Cost Plus World Market