March 10th, 2017
{Navy, Gold & Ivory Wedding at Chateau Cocomar}
 

A last-minute email and some amazing luck ultimately brought Gabrielle and John together forever. Gabrielle had been using Match.com for nearly two years. John had been active for only two weeks. Gabrielle was “over it,” but John was certainly not over her. After ignoring his emails, Gabrielle decided to go out on a limb and respond to John before canceling her subscription to the dating app, and she sure was glad she did! The couple was inseparable from that first date on. “He literally was my last date off Match. Little did I know it would be my last date period,” Gabrielle says.

Fast forward: Gabrielle and John celebrated their perfect wedding day at the stunning Houston wedding venue Chateau Cocomar, which perfectly captured Gabrielle’s theme of “elegance and glitz with a sprinkle of over-the-top.” But, in typical Houston fashion, the skies opened up and drenched their dream venue. For an instant the couple’s luck had seemed to fade…

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But don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! The team at J’Adore Events was able to save the day and seamlessly pull off the wedding of Gabrielle and John’s dreams, with a regal navy, ivory and gold wedding color palette, a five-tier wedding cake, and treats featuring the couple’s favorite snack—popcorn from The Popcorn Bar!  “I wanted a wedding that pampered my guests and had them wanting for nothing,” Gabrielle says. It’s safe to say she succeeded. Congratulations, Gabrielle & John, we wish you a lifetime of love!

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Photos: Beauty in Art Photography | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Consultant & Planning: J’Adore Events | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Registry: Bering’s | Favors: The Popcorn Bar

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March 9th, 2017
{5 Tips for Creating a Custom Cocktail Bar with Magnolia Bay}
 

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Photo: Memories By Maygan Photography | Design: Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services

It’s no secret that one of the most crucial parts of the modern wedding celebration is… the booze. If you’re like many contemporary Houston wedding couples, you’re likely considering creating a signature wedding cocktail that represents your distinct personalities and tastes. Your guests also might crave a little liquid courage as they hit the dance floor, and, of course, everyone needs a libation for the many toasts and cheers that honor the joy overflowing on your wedding day.

The team at Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services are experts in making your wedding beverages and drink presentation key parts of your overall wedding theme and reception celebration. As full-time firemen and cocktail connoisseurs, Marshall Boyd and Jason Myers founded their company to bring banquet bar services “to a new level,”  Myers says. Unlike traditional bar services, Magnolia Bay creates custom and hand-built wedding bars, themed wedding cocktails, wedding reception drink packages and more, to create a celebration experience your guests will never forget! We asked Myers for his tips on creating the perfect wedding cocktail concept and bar. Scroll down for a taste…

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Design and Photo Courtesy of: Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services

1. Hire the pros — Serving, planning and presenting alcohol is definitely something best left to the professionals. “I tell people to ALWAYS ask if the vendor is licensed through TABC and what insurance they carry,” Myers says. Magnolia Bay is fully TABC-licensed and fully insured. Count them as one fewer thing you’ll have to worry about on your big day!

2. Get personal — Did you and your boo bond over a favorite beverage, meet in a special city or fall in love at a favorite restaurant or bar? Try and incorporate those aspects of your relationship into your signature wedding cocktail or bar! “Our services are customizable to fit YOU,” Myers says. “So many clients tell us they have been told ‘no’ by so many companies, that they gave up. We tell couples to give us an idea of what they want, and we build from there.”

3. Go big! — “Don’t show up to your own event and realize you should have done something more,” Myers says. He recommends that wedding couples write down all of their ideas and then take a step back to consider how their dream cocktail concept can fit within their budget.  

4. Consider your wedding “brand” — Your custom wedding bar and drinking details—for example, the cups, napkins, koozies and decor—are the perfect place to show off your wedding logo, monogram, hashtag, color palette and theme. We love how Magnolia uses marquee letters and chalkboard art to personalize each cocktail concept! They also dress to impress. “We aren’t your standard banquet bar service that shows up in black and white uniforms,” Myers says. “When you work with us, you get hand-built bars that go with the look of your event, you get staff uniforms that go with your event, you get quality drinks, one-of-a-kind service and a one-of-a-kind experience.”

5. Think outside the big day — “Always ask the venue if they allow outside alcohol vendors,” Myers says. Many reception venues do require you to purchase alcohol through their vendors, but let’s be honest, there are plenty more opportunities for unique spirits, fine wines and exciting wedding-theme cocktails throughout your engagement and wedding weekend. If you’re crazy for these craft cocktail bars, consider using them at other events like your engagement party, rehearsal dinner of day-after brunch!

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If you’re ready to create your custom cocktail bar, or simply want to learn more, be sure to schedule a consultation with Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services. Cheers! 

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March 8th, 2017
{Elegant Fall-Colors Hill Country Wedding at King River Ranch}
 

“It was Jill’s smile, full of life and joy, that captivated me in her profile picture on Match.com,” Marina says. “We met for the first time at the Memorial Park running trails in Houston. She was so radiant, sweet, funny and smart. I was immediately besotted with her. The more time I spent with her, the more I saw that what most people would think are flaws are actually her perfections, just reaffirming over and over again that she truly was the one for me. I was most certainly going to marry this woman. And what a woman she is.”

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As for Jill, well, “I had given up on love,” she says, “and then came Marina. She was so certain all along that we were meant to be. I was skeptical… could this be the real thing? Could love endure and grow into a lasting relationship? Marina’s love opened my eyes and kindled a fire in my heart. And she was right…we were in fact, meant to be. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, with a heart full of love. I am caught…forever.” And so are we. Join us in celebrating Houston couple Marina and Jill’s beautiful destination wedding at breathtaking King River Ranch, one of our absolute favorite Hill Country wedding venues.

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With its “French country theme” and incorporation of the fall season’s colorful splendor into magnificent bouquets and floral arrangements by King River Ranch’s in-house floral design firm, Willem-Aiden, “Everything was rustic and elegant at the same time,” the couple tells us. And the joy this couple shares, well–it shines through every aspect of their celebration. Congratulations, Marina & Jill!

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Photos: Pamela Hults Photography | Venue: King River Ranch | Planner: Eventfully Yours, LLC

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March 7th, 2017
{6 Products You Need for Flawless Brows & Eyes}
 

Whether you rock them full and bold like Cara, sleek and groomed like Rihanna, or somewhere in between, beautiful brows are in the spotlight–especially on your wedding day. Our six bridal makeup picks will help you get your brows in shape, your lashes lush and full, and your lids luminous, for a wedding day eye makeup look that will last through your tears at the altar…and all night long! Take a peek for yourself below:

 

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1. Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara: Smashbox 2. Artonit Makeup Le Stylo Art Beaute in Cat Noir: L’Atelier de ArtOnIt 3. Burberry Festive Gold Eye Color Cream: Bloomingdale’s 4. Smashbox Brow Tech To Go: Smashbox   5. Nars Brow Defining Cream: Barneys 6. Estee Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker: Estee Lauder

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March 6th, 2017
{Houston Wedding Venues We Love: Ashton Gardens}
 

Not surprisingly, we get tons of inquiries from to-be-wed couples searching for a venue where they can celebrate their wedding from traditional ceremony to fabulous reception to after-party to sendoff. And we’re always excited to let these couples—and, honestly, anyone searching for a beautiful wedding venue—know about Ashton Gardens. This truly lovely gem of a celebration space, tucked into lush, forested grounds that are viewable from vast picture windows pretty much anywhere you look, is one of our absolute favorites.

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Photo: White Frames Photography

We checked in with Ashton Gardens’ Ashley Love (yes, really her name, and yes, it’s perfect) to ask what she thinks makes this unique venue such a coveted spot for Houston-area weddings, and her answer was simple: “It’s our signature chapel,” she told us. “It’s one of a kind. With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning forest scenery as your ceremony backdrop, every single guest can enjoy an outside view from the comfort of indoors.”

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Photo: White Frames Photography

Ditto the venue’s ballroom, where you’ll also find—you guessed it—soaring windows looking out upon hundreds and hundreds of towering green trees.

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Photo: Allee J. Photography

Oh—and did we mention that Ashton Gardens has not one but TWO locations (both with the same glass-enclosed chapel, knockout landscape views and OMG-this-is-SO-GOOD reception cuisine), in West and North Houston, for the utmost in convenience?

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Photo: Allee J. Photography

Wanna start fantasizing your fairytale-forest wedding? We highly recommend that you check out Melissa and Hunter’s wintry-white January wedding at Ashton Gardens…and while you’re at it, have a swoon over Tera and Shawn’s Ashton Gardens vintage-inspired wedding festivities, done up in shades of pink, blush, cream and sparkling gold.

You’ll see why we’ve got such a huge crush on this romantic Houston wedding setting. And you’ll see way more of Ashton Gardens by scheduling your visit and venue tour here, or by calling 281.362.0011. And make sure to tell them you found them at Weddings in Houston!

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