Posts Tagged ‘Houston Wedding’

How to Choose Mix-And-Match Bridesmaids Dresses with Bella Bridesmaids

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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We all have those free-spirited friends, reserved beauties or fiery fashionistas in our bridal party that we just can’t imagine saying “I do” without. One of our favorite ways that brides balance each of their bridesmaids’ different styles (and opinions) with their cohesive wedding look is through the mix-and-match bridesmaid dress trend. But experts and brides agree that pulling it off is a lot more challenging than it seems.

“Mix-and-match is really a look that takes a lot of effort to make it look effortless,” says Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of beloved Houston bridesmaids dress boutique, Bella Bridesmaids. We talked with Wilkinson, co-owner Natalie Taylor, and their team, about how to make the mix-and-match look more manageable. Here’s what they had to say:

Give Them Something to Work With — Though the team at Bella Bridesmaids are experts in selecting the best fit and style for each of your gals, Lindsay Provost, manager of Bella Bridesmaids’ Houston location, urges brides to have at least one solid idea of how she wants her girls to look before embarking on this mix-and-match journey. “It’s really helpful if they have at least a color or fabric nailed down and set in stone,” she says. “That’s what we can start with, and work from there.”

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Think Texture — When planning a mix-and-match look, don’t limit yourself to just differing colors or style. Bella Bridesmaids co-owner Natalie Taylor advises brides not to be afraid of bringing in different textures! “Texture is what really makes a mix-and-match look successful,” she says. “When there is lace, and maybe some metallic or tulle, it looks purposeful and intentional.” 

Keep it Short… or Long — Color, texture and designs can differ from bridesmaid to bridesmaid, but Taylor warns that mixing floor-length dresses with cocktail dresses is a big no-no. “A high-low dress and a floor-length dress would probably be okay, but we would stay away from a short and a long,” she says.

Stick with a Designer — Bridesmaid dress designers typically use similar color tones and textures across their styles, which helps brides keep things cohesive. “A lot of the time we will stick with one designer,” Provost says.  “Bridesmaids can still get that mix-and-match look with different necklines in the same shades of color.” One designer that Provost highly recommends for achieving a flawless mix-and-match look is the simple and refined Amsale.

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Trust the Process — Patience is key when selecting your mix-and-match bridesmaids pieces. The team at Bella Bridesmaids will guide you as you carefully select your options, but it does take time. “I start with one thing first, either a fabric or a color,” Provost says. “I will pull one color and then move on to what our next shade would be. It’s a step-by-step process.”

Ready to start mixing up some mauve-toned pinks or gray-blue hues? Grab your gals and schedule an appointment with Bella Bridesmaids today. Hurry — their appointments book up fast! And make sure to let them know you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog. Happy shopping, loves!

A Southern Fête

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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A classically elegant Southern fête at a gracious Houston home makes for a perfect spring reception.

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flowers & decor: todd events | ring: zadok jewelers

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champagne & navy metallic gowns: sorella vita | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner  | la petite robe di chiara: neiman marcus  flowers & decor: todd events

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jewelry: zadok jewelers | flowers & decor: todd events 

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romonoa keveza gown: neiman marcus 

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bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events 

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ines di santo “bloom” gown: neiman marcus |  jewelry: zadok jewelers | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner | dove release: white wing dove connection

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tablescape: todd events

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decor: todd events | cake: susie’s cakes & confections 

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oscar de la renta gown: joan pillow bridal salon  | suit &  loafers: festari | bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events | jewelry: nazar’s fine jewelers

THE TALENTED TEAM: photography: sylvie gil | wardrobe stylist: summar salah | set concept, styling, decor & flowers: todd events  | cake: susie’s cakes & confections | hair: ceron for ceron salon | makeup: vci artist victoria callaway

5 Reasons to Wed at the Historic Magnolia Ballroom

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Magnolia Ballroom Open House 2015  Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

Built in the late 1800s, and the site of countless elaborate weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and more, for the past 30 years, The Historic Magnolia Ballroom is one of the oldest properties in Houston and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. With its Victorian elegance and true Texan charm, it’s one of the city’s hidden gems, perfect for wedding events with a vintage vibe. We talked with venue manager Renee Pool about why modern wedding couples might want to begin their lifetime of happiness at a Houston wedding venue that has stood as a landmark for many lifetimes. Here are a few reasons: 

The Story — Every historic venue in Houston comes with its own story, and couples who wed there become a part of that story! The Historic Magnolia Ballroom, for instance, once served as the executive offices for Houston’s Magnolia Brewery, where downtown workers would gather for 5-cent beers and sandwiches, while the elite would gather at the brewery to enjoy exclusive beer tastings. “There are so many wonderful venues opening up everywhere all the time, but you can’t give a place history,” says Renee Pool.

Decor in Place — Many historic buildings in Houston are full of ornate details and interior accents that you just don’t see in modern event spaces. “The space is not a blank canvas. It has its own flair and its own style,” Pool says. “The original tiles on the walls, the oak flooring, beautiful chandeliers and the wood-lined walls provide decoration themselves. It’s perfect for those brides not looking to be overly lavish with their decorations. The space speaks for itself.”

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Event Flow — What other venues might have in wide-open space, The Historic Magnolia Ballroom makes up for with distinctive, turn-of-the-century-style rooms that allow guests to move seamlessly through the wedding celebration. Start with a cocktail at the polished bar, next mosey on to enjoy an elaborate seated or buffet-style meal, then head to the dance floor amid the cypress-and-leaded-glass windows and vaulted ceilings.

Theme Scheme — Though this historic venue can lend itself to any wedding style, “Many of our most elaborate weddings tie into the prohibition, speakeasy feel,” Pool says. “They are not costume-required, but the couples definitely try to work in the overall feel of the place.” Going for Gatsby glam, or vying for Victorian va-va-voom? A historic venue will put you a step above the rest.

Prime Location —  Set on the edge of Buffalo Bayou and walking distance to the heart of downtown, The Historic Magnolia Ballroom provides couples and guests with a central location and access to all of the hotels, bars and restaurants they could want, along with an intimate, tucked-away setting for celebration.

Have your heart set on a historic venue or want to learn more? Schedule your tour of The Historic Magnolia Ballroom today, and snag your preferred date…before another lucky couple does!

Colorful Spring Wedding by Serendipity Photography

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Almost a decade of dating and an intense game of “Super Mario World” brought childhood acquaintances Jennifer and Sean together forever.

“It happened at home, which is very us. He had somehow managed to write ‘Will you marry me?’ in a ‘Super Mario World’ game,” Jennifer says, though she didn’t realize at first that the words were meant for her!  
A resounding “yes” and 11 months later, the couple wed in a lush garden on a sunny March day among 68 of their closest friends and family. 

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“We knew that we didn’t want a huge wedding,” Jennifer says. “We loved how intimate and personal it felt and that we were able to spend time with everyone who attended.” 

Adding to the intimacy of the affair, Jennifer’s sister designed all of the couple’s wedding invitations and stationery, and Sean’s best friend officiated the ceremony!  

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Jennifer and Sean booked their dream photographer, Serendipity Photography, to capture their bright floral arrangements, lush table designs and joyous dancing.

“Right from the start, we knew we wanted Serendipity as our photographers,” Jennifer says. “I’ve been following them on their blog for a few years, and I really love their style. Alice and Eric are awesome people as well.”

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Jennifer and Sean will celebrate two years of marriage tomorrow! Congrats, and thanks for sharing your oh-so-special day with us on the Houston Wedding Blog! 

Photos: Serendipity Photography

6 Creative Ways to Use Cookies in Your Wedding Celebration

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The elements of your wedding day — from the fresh scents of your floral arrangements to the flavors of your delicious wedding reception meal — will quite likely be an overload to the senses…in some of the best ways imaginable. One of the most tantalizing of wedding day enticements is the warm, delicious smell of Texas favorite Tiff’s Treats cookies!

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Photo: Courtesy of Tiff’s Treats

A more relaxed add-on to the traditional wedding cake, warm chocolatey cookies served with a glass of ice-cold milk (or maybe a cocktail!) is a wedding trend we can so get behind at Weddings in Houston. We’ve seen wedding couples use Tiff’s as late-night snacks, grooms’ cakes and much, much more! Here are six creative ways we recommend using Tiff’s Treats’ freshly baked cookies, brownies and ice cream to make your wedding celebrations even sweeter!

“Be My Bridesmaid” or “Be My Groomsman” Gifts — Did you know that Tiff’s delivers cookies all around Texas, and that when they arrive they are magically fresh-out-the-oven warm? What better way to spoil your wedding party/convince them to say “yes,” than with snacks that will make them feel more and more of chocolate’s love-mimicking endorphin rush with every bite?

Welcome Box for Traveling Guests — Tiff’s offers mini-boxes of two to four cookies that are the perfect way to plan a warm Texas welcome for your guests! 

To Send to Your Boo If you’re a stickler for tradition, you know you’re not allowed to be talking to your soon-to-be-spouse prior to your wedding ceremony. But there aren’t rules about sending sweet surprises! If you’re already planning to leave your partner a personal letter or gift on the big day, why not accompany it with a box of delicious cookies? And brides, we promise one cookie won’t ruin your bridal gown diet.

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Photo: Courtesy of Tiff’s Treats

Double Up for an Ice Cream Sandwich — Commonly know as a “Tiffwich,” Tiff’s Treats combines frosty Blue Bell vanilla ice cream with your favorite cookie flavors to create a delectable ice cream sandwich! Tiff’s will bring its signature warm cookies to your venue and make the cool treats for your guests on site. How much fun is that??

Perfect Party Favors — Leave your wedding guests with one final taste of your wedding theme with boxes of Tiff’s Treats waiting for them at the door. Add a sweet message or ribbon from your color palette to tie it all together!  

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Photo: MD Turner Photography  

A Tasty Thank-You — Your wedding planners, designers, caterers and more put countless hours of work into making your special day, well…special! While we’re sure you’ll profess your sincerest thank-you’s before or during the wedding day, a little batch of kindness a few weeks down the road goes a long way!

Want to get a taste of how you can bring warm, delicious cookies into your wedding? Schedule a consultation with Tiff’s Treats today!