Look to our upcoming July print issue for more highlights from our first-ever I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. And in the meanwhile, have a look at just-released D. Jones Photography images of our April cocktails-and-couture event—complete gallery on Facebook. We welcome you to pin, tweet, post and share!
They’re slated to be featured in the May 5 Houston Chronicle as the “Business of the Week.” And today they’re our bridal couture pick of the day! Check out The Princess Bridal’s runway run at the I Do! Bridal Soiree @ InterContinental, featuring ruffles aplenty, prettiness in pink, and lovely long veils. Designers on display include Blue by Enzoani, Allure Couture and Essence of Australia. Beautiful, aren’t they?
Photos (left, The Bird and the Bear Bistro; right, Ouisie’s Table) Courtesy Ouisie’s Table
What’s more delicious than fantasy wedding tablescapes, Italian delicacies, fine wine and bubbly, live entertainment, and more than 35 of Houston’s finest wedding experts and vendors gathered under one gloriously regal roof? All that and a $100 dinner for two at one of Houston’s hottest dining spots—The Bird and the Bear Bistro, from the fine folks at Ouisie’s Table.
A word about Ouisie’s Table—this beautiful Highland Village restaurant, composed of numerous indoor and outdoor dining and celebration spaces, is one of our favorite spots for rehearsal dinners, bridal lunches, day-after brunches, and yes, intimate, elegant, cuisine-focused weddings. While each room has its own unique personality and ambiance, Ouisie’s service and upscale Southern-with-a-twist food are uniformly flawless.
Which is why we were so excited when Ouisie’s debuted its exciting new Westheimer bistro, The Bird and the Bear, last fall. Never been? Think chic black-white-and-red room, bistro fare (escargot, foie gras, roasted salmon), and plenty of Ouisie’s Southern influence. Want to win? We’re giving away dinner for two (a $100 value), to one lucky bride who 1.) snaps up her I Do! Bridal Soiree @ The Corinthian tickets by midnight tonight and 2.) *likes* us on Facebook.
All brides who have purchased I Do! tickets between start of presale and midnight tonight are entered to win. Winner announced Wednesday on Facebook. Good luck, brides.
And we look forward with great pleasure to meeting you on Thursday!
The Thursday, April 26, I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian is less than a week away, and we are so excited about our newest I Do! event, we can hardly stand it. The drama and grandeur of The Corinthian, the magnificent tablescapes, the incredible Jackson and Company cuisine and cocktails, the live entertainment and luxurious lounge ambiance…seriously, we are all aflutter.
So…to share our excitement, we’re giving away a BLISSFUL WEEKEND ONE-NIGHT STAY FOR 2 at Austin’s serene, scenic and spa-tacular Lakeway Resort to one lucky I Do! @ The Corinthian attendee. Our prize includes luxurious king-room accommodations plus breakfast at tranquil Lakeway Resort, home of the superb San Saba Spa.
Simply purchase your I Do! @ The Corinthian tickets by midnight tonight, Friday, April 20, and *Like* us on Facebook (if you haven’t yet), and you are automatically entered to win. All brides who have purchased presale tickets and have become a FB fan by tonight’s deadline are entered. Our randomly selected winner will be announced Monday on Facebook.
Good luck…and we look forward, with great anticipation, to meeting you @ I Do!
The I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian is I Do! like you’ve never seen it before. Which, for the 35-plus top-of-the-line vendors in attendance, means a chance to showcase their best in a whole new light. Of course, you’ll have to wait ’til those storied doors of The Corinthian open on April 26, to see just what we’re talking about. Until then, here’s a little sneak peek at what some of our experts plan to unveil!
Wedding consultant extraordinaire Jo Ann Schwartz-Woodward, of top Houston wedding-planning firm Schwartz & Woodward, will be speaking to brides about the custom wedding-planning services for which Schwartz & Woodward is known—and will be offering a free vendor consultation (valued at $1,500), to provide couples with “vendors in every single category that they would need to plan a memorable wedding,” Schwartz-Woodward says.
Visit award-winning videography studio Sculpting With Time to speak with founder Alex Douglas about the “Wedding Cinema” package, which includes a highlight video and feature-length film, shot with Hollywood-quality equipment by up to three cinematographers. And take advantage of a 10% show discount!
On the hunt for engaging invitations? Along with other gorgeous invitation and stationery designs, Vivian Jade will be showcasing their fun and innovative Sweetheart Pocket invitations and sending brides home with a Sweetheart Pocket sample.
Brides with a sweet tooth will no doubt want to indulge in treats from Who Made The Cake, which will show off stunning new cake styles, along with Cake Shots—“the hot new wedding favor,” Who Made The Cake’s Nadine Moon tells us.
Though they won’t debut until shortly after the I Do! show, photographer DC Stanley’s stylish new photo albums are destined to be big with brides—so make sure to ask about them at the DC Stanley display (and be sure to pick up a $100 DC Stanley gift certificate while you’re at it).
Photographer Steve Lee of top Houston photography studio Steve Lee Weddings will catch the attention of many a bride with dazzling 40-by-60-foot canvas wraps, so be sure to keep an eye out for them! Also be sure to take advantage of Steve Lee Weddings’ special I Do! @ The Corinthian package, which includes two portrait sessions, two-photographer wedding coverage, edited images and a wedding book, all at a very special show-only discount.
Crazy for couture? Look for mingling models sashaying about The Corinthian sporting beautiful gowns and accessories from top Houston bridal salons, including breathtaking Carolina Herrera designs from Belle Mariée Bridal, and hotly anticipated Amsale fall 2012 styles from Mia Bridal Couture.
These are but a tiny handful of the treasures you’ll uncover at I Do! @ The Corinthian. We’ll be posting, tweeting and buzzing about more in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned—and, most of all, make sure to snag tickets to this intimate and extraordinary show before they run out!
Ivory Bridal Atelier’s Badgley Mischka spring 2012 trunk show, today through Saturday, is going to be a knockout. At last check, there were a scant few appointments left, but they’re filling fast. Schedule yours now, then savor this little taste of the stunning Badgley Mischka wedding dresses Ivory’s got in store for you. And for more gorgeous Ivory Bridal Atelier bridal gowns, check out this clip from the salon’s sashay down the I Do! @ InterContinental bridal couture runway. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Thinking about attending this weekend’s “best of” Tara Keely by Lazaro trunk show at Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, in search of your perfect wedding dress? Let this sizzling video clip of Now & Forever’s I Do! @ InterContinental Houston runway show seal the deal. Also on display in this runway video, look for beautiful bridal gowns from Jane Wang, Victoria Nicole and Novia D’Art. So divine!
We’re so excited to unveil the first of our I Do! @ InterContinental bridal runway videos, from super-talented A&A Video! Today we are showcasing Houston bridal salon Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal, which dazzled all assembled in the gorgeous Legends Ballroom on Jan. 15, with bridal gowns from Enzoani, La Sposa, Sincerity, Casablanca and Allure Couture. Love the ruffled tiers, tea-length styles and fine-feathered fascinators. How ‘bout you?
More gorgeous runway video coming soon…stay tuned!
You came (in droves), you saw, you asked, you chatted, you tweeted, you gasped, you clapped, and some of you won some really snazzy bridal swag.
But what did you LOVE at last Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel?
We’d love to hear which vendors clicked for you, which table displays dazzled you most, what show features (the runway presentation? the tablescape gallery? the gift bags?) were your favorites, and what was your most valuable find at last weekend’s show.
E-mail your feedback—just a sentence or two is fine, though if you’ve got five paragraphs, we’ll take that, too! Your input is utterly invaluable to us. It’s what helps us make the I Do! Bridal Soiree the best possible bridal showcase it can be. So do it for us. Do it for your sister brides-to-be. Better yet, do it for your chance to win an exclusive, secret prize, which will be awarded to one bride who e-mails her I Do! comments by next Friday, Feb. 3. Winner announced on Facebook on Monday, Feb. 6!!
Just in case acres of breathtaking tablescapes, astonishingly gorgeous wedding cakes and a drop-dead-amazing bridal couture runway aren’t enough incentive for you, we’ve got a few more goodies to sweeten the deal.
First up: Don’t forget, today is your last day to be entered to win a brand-spanking-new Kindle Fire, Amazon’s gotta-have-it e-reader, which also happens to run just about every Android wedding app on the market—along with most other Droid apps, too. Woo-hoo! Simply purchase your I Do! tickets between midnight Wednesday (Jan. 11) and 11:59 tonight, and you’re automatically entered to win. We’ll notify our winner via email on Saturday, and have her Kindle Fire waiting for her at the show!
Also: Sunday’s division playoffs Texans game WILL BE BROADCAST at I Do! @ InterContinental. Think you have to choose between football and fabulousness? Oh no, honey. Not at this show!
And last but definitely not least: This year’s door prize baskets are the most dazzling we’ve ever done. Spilling over with wedding swag, discounts and other treats, each one is a bride’s dream come true. But you MUST be present to win, so don’t scoot off before the show closes—we wouldn’t want to give your goodies to another gal now, would we?
Come excited, come inspired, and please, come stylishly attired. We can’t wait to see you at the show!