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In Every Issue: Editors Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Editor’s Pics. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Bride’s Testimonials. . . . . 38

Real Weddings Dulce & Danny. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Yazmeen & Rene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Rachel & Connor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Stephanie & Diego . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Sarah & Michael. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Jenny & Robin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Aubrey & Chase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Taylor & Trevor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Sarah & Reilee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Jennifer & Rodrigo. . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Stephanie & Thomas . . . . . . . . . 100 Priscilla & Justin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Megan & Noah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Honeymoons The Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sonoma, CA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Mahekal, Playa del Carmen. . . . . 50 Miraval, Austin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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“You’ll literally find everything you could possibly need for your dream wedding at this event,” says Laurette Veres, producer. “The Bridal Extravaganza is like your Pinterest board brought to life. The booths are like mini selfie-walls.” It’s a wonderland for today’s bride.

Let them eat cake! Cakes By Gina was awarded the coveted Best of Show at the recent Extravaganza.

The wedding industry abounds with wonderful vendors offering unique options. Although on-line research is important, brides know meeting vendors face-toface is the only way to ensure correct vendor selction. Since its inception in 1983, The Bridal Extravaganza Show has continued to evolve and keep up with the latest wedding and wedding fashion trends. The goal? To meet the needs of every type of wedding party.

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EVENTS The Bridal Extravaganza Show makes it possible for brides and grooms to plan their picture perfect and instagram-worthy wedding. And because everything is bigger and better in Texas, this extravaganza has over 400 vendors with more food, prizes, and fashion shows than any other bridal show in the country. Need a great-tasting cake to match your wedding needs? As an attendee, you have an opportunity to sample delicious wedding cakes from several vendors. Many brides get lucky and book their cake decorator that exact same day.

From fashion shows that allow brides to see numerous gown options to educational seminars that offer behind the scenes wedding options, The Bridal Extravaganza Show has something to offer the entire wedding party. All this and more creates two funfilled days of bridal bliss. The Bridal Extravaganza is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. This bridal show is the most established, elite, and resourceful event for bridal parties, not just in the state of Texas, but in the entire country. Brides and grooms will join forces with their wedding party and attend an amazing convention to plan for the moment theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget.

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The show allows you to see all the best vendors

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The Bridal Extravaganza really helped me narrow down my choices in vendors. I selected my florist and my linen company after meeting them at the expo. It’s a really good place to meet several vendors all in one day, which makes it a lot easier to make decisions.

Christina

It’s a really good place to meet several vendors all in one day

I attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show in January 2016. I was just recently got engaged, and I had a little while to go, but I’m so glad I started early! You don’t realize how much you have to do before your wedding date and the show allows you to see all the best vendors out there. At some point throughout the wedding process, I needed to quickly find a vendor to create and print my menu cards. I remembered all the business cards I received, and picked a vendor from one I had visited at the show. I definitely recommend the Bridal Extravaganza Show to all Brides-to-be!

I attended the Extravaganza with my mother shortly after getting engaged. I had already decided to do the planning myself, but [my advice is to] hire a Day-of coordinator (Audrey Hu-Gonzalez, who is fantastic). Attending the show helped me realize just how much detail I had to think about and got me started on the right track with venues and the quality of service I was looking for.

Sophia Yaser I actually attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show twice. The first time, I was in over my head on planning, and a second time, I was almost finished planning. It helped me recognize what I wanted for our wedding and what we didn’t want.

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Attending the show helped me realize just how much detail I had to think about

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It helped me recognize what I wanted for our wedding


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It was definitely a one-stop shop! The event can definitely be overwhelming

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We arrived knowing very little about weddings. We were a bit overwhelmed by how many brides, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-brides, and grooms attended for the purpose of finding that extra “perfect touch” for their already well-planned weddings, while we did not even know where to begin our search. However, as we began walking down the aisles one by one, we found exactly what we needed from vendors that suited our needs and tastes. Within a few hours, we had picked our invitations company/consultant (Vivian Jade) and found our musicians (Divisi Strings). From there, our planning became much easier, and everything fell into place!

I did attend the Extravaganza and was able to find my photographer, videographer, invitation designer and cake designer. It was definitely a one-stop shop! The event can definitely be overwhelming, but if you go in with the mindset that you know exactly what you are looking for it definitely helps.

Kristine I had attended the bridal show twice before for a friend’s wedding. I went with my mom and mother-in-law after I was engaged. It was very helpful and I was able to meet a lot of the vendors I ended up choosing— including my photographer Scott Kelley.

It was very helpful and I was able to meet a lot of the vendors

Katie

We actually got discounts on our groomsmen’s tuxes by using a coupon we had received from attending

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Within a few hours, we had picked our invitations company/consultant and found our musicians

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I highly recommend every bride attend the Bridal Extravaganza. Being new to Houston, I didn’t exactly know where to start. The Bridal Extravaganza was a great way to shop for all of your vendors, get some great ideas, and even find some discounts! We actually got discounts on our groomsmen’s tuxes by using a coupon we had received from attending. There was also tons of information and even drawings for honeymoon packages. The experience was extremely helpful in the planning process, but it was also a lot of fun. What girl doesn’t enjoy walking around with her friends looking at tons of wedding booths? It was like a real life Pinterest board.

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Get wedding ready by participating in the wellness retreat, a multi-day fitness experience led by Elite Fitness. The staff at Elite fitness understands most of Pedregal’s guests have access to the best gyms, trainers, and chefs as part of their daily lives, so they created an out of the ordinary fitness experience to impress the most discerning participants. It starts when Naturopath Dr. Wendy comes to your room to conduct a private BioFeedback Body Scan. She connects wrists, ankles and head to a computer, it feels kind of like having your

blood pressure taken. During the process she asks about lifestyle, heath goals, and diet. She compares body scan results with your goals, identifies deficiencies and offers solid steps for improvement. Her message may be to reduce toxins interfering with the brain and daily functions of vital organs, start intermittent fasting or make new/better dietary choices. Once a baseline and goals are set, it’s time to select activities.

BEACH BOOT CAMP Wake up early and Elite Fitness will push you beyond your normal workout by combining cardio, weight training, cross training, and more. Although it’s beautiful, the coarse Cabo sand makes easy squats become wobbly, cumbersome and


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FARM TO TABLE Visit a nearby farm where locals and Ex-Pats grow fruit, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy a tour of the gardens, yoga on the farm and a farm to table meal.

STRETCH AND BREATH The group stretch and breath workshop focuses on Foundational breathing. (Breath work is beneficial for men too!)

The goal is to open up the chest and back to combat the effects of constant laptop and smart phone usage. A beautiful hike follows with gorgeous views of the Baja. Discover the gravesites of the original family as well as the remains of their first home. Along the way small changes will be discussed: quinoa instead of pasta, chipotle instead of sauce, and steeping your own tea. The recommended dessert is particularly noteworthy --healthy ice cream.

YOGA Sunrise and sunset deserve their own salutations, jogi style. Join the Elite Fitness crew on a luxury yacht at the nearby Marina Cabo San Lucas. Your yoga practice commences just as the boat sails past the famous Cabo Arch at Pelicano beach. The onboard workout is a combination of yoga, mat Pilates and sculpting. This combination workout offers the best of both worlds and is great for people on

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the go who don’t think they have time for yoga and toning. Just as the sand did, the boat offers unique challenges to seemingly simple poses. The bonus in this “is this really happening moment” is watching the sunrise over beautiful Cabo. The evening calls for restorative yoga on the beach. The waves waft off the day’s workout allowing time to consider small lifestyle changes.

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SPA A well-rounded wellness program most certainly calls for spa time. Pedregal’s offering deserves ohhs and ahhs. Luna y Mar spa is built in the shape of a

at their highest, a nurturing massage using jasmine and coconut soothes; and during the waning moon the spa creates detoxification treatments using aloe vera and herbs to cleanse the body.

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clam opening towards the ocean. The pool is the clam and the circular treatment rooms are the pearls. Each appointment begins with a foot cleansing ritual in a circular room displaying the phases of the moon. (new, full, waxing or waning). Various teas are offered based on the current moon phase. Prior to the signature Moon Phase Massage, take advantage of the steam rooms, saunas, ice room and pools. This treatment changes with the moon as well. For instance if there is a new moon,

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Dinner at Pedregal is epic. Start at the Champagne Terrace before taking your ocean-front seat. In true Sea-to-table style, sea bass, tuna, snapper and amberjack round out the fresh options. The fun filled atmosphere is filled with birthdays and special occasion celebrations at El Farallon, one of the best restaurants in the entire Cabo San Lucas area.

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From a Japanese-inspired day spa sanctuary, to the lush gardens of a secret wedding venue; destination wedding guests are invited to taste the creameries, meaderies, wineries and distilleries that commune with organic farms and dairies. These locally-owned businesses are what dot the hillsides of Sonoma County, California. Agri-loving residents represent the “cult” in cultivation. The organic and farm-to-table movements began here and that spirit remains a way of life. Destination wedding guests will be served-up a fresh feast for the senses, as mother Earth’s bounty is celebrated by tourists and locals alike.

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and sea villages, nature parks, redwoods and rivers, wineries and vineyards, with wine and cheese tasting tours running through it all. But don’t try to organize an excursion like this alone. To plan an affordable wedding in the area, you’ll need a local guide who can put you on the right path.


artisans, alike. Everyone involved benefits.” Including the land and animals. Brown’s an expert at bringing interesting and unique details to her events giving her Texas clients a once-in-a-lifetime edutainment opportunity, as well.

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ESSENTIALS Stephanie Brown, owner of Off the Beaten Path Signature Experiences, specializes in Sonoma County weddings and wine tours. This hard-working planner, caterer, and entrepreneur, resources growers and makers of the region. Her purpose is to bring her clients as close to the source of their food and drink

as possible, for a truly down to earth, regional taste. Brown says, “by pulling from the locals, [their harvests of the season], even the flowers are fresher and last longer. You get a higher quality product, without the price tag of a high-end event. And it supports local, organic growers and producers, and

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Of course, you comprehend wine comes from grapes. And maybe you know ciders come from apples. But were you aware of wine made from honey? It’s called mead, and it is made at a meadery. Mead is a word derived from the Welsh word which means “healing liquor” and yet it dates back as far as ancient Egypt. Mead maker, Gordon Hull, former geologist-turned master fermenter, and founder of Heidrun Meadery has created

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a drink that will haunt you long after the first glass. “I always felt a fermented honey drink should be very light, refreshing, and pleasurable, and should taste like the honey it’s made from.” To achieve that, Hull employs techniques in honey bee management, by allowing his bees to forage on diverse botanicals, which he also grows on his farm. You can actually taste what the bees graze upon, as the effervescence climbs the fluted glass to explode in your mouth.

MEAD MAKER, GORDON HULL, FORMER GEOLOGIST-TURNED MASTER FERMENTER, AND FOUNDER OF HEIDRUN MEADERY HAS CREATED A DRINK THAT WILL HAUNT YOU LONG AFTER THE FIRST GLASS.

Porting Wine Home There’s no doubt you’ll find favorites that you’ll want to take back with you. VinGarde Valise makes a safe way to travel with wine. Their roller case can be checked as luggage and is super easy to roll through the airport. Visit vingardevalise.com to order. You’ll also carry home a wealth of new knowledge.

Front Porch Farms, a working farm and event venue practices this sustainable edict. The produce, livestock, and even wedding flowers align with the season’s harvest. Front Porch Farm’s backdrop is a beautiful hillside vineyard that skirts the bank of the Russian River. The farm animals and gardens make for an unforgettable, idyllic setting for nature lovers and foodies alike.

Sustainable Farming A marriage remains viable through love, compassion, and joy. But even true love has its seasons. So too, is it true about the earth and her production. Eating seasonally allows for supportable pastoralism, and

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Organic Cheese, Milk, & Cream Cowgirl Creamery’s “how cheese is made” tour, is a stop worth making in the quaint town of Point Reyes Station, CA. Co-founder Sue Conley was inspired to build the business back in 1997, when she met Ellen Strauss, matriarch of the Straus Family Creamery. The Straus family is famous for their development of organic dairy techniques, which has evolved since the seventies. Due to the Straus’s efforts, nearly 90% of the dairy farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties in Northern California are certified organic today.


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Mahekal BEACH RESORT

Fuego Restaurante y Cantina can be accessed from the pool or the beach and quickly became our favorite spot

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Nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach, discover a bohemian gem: Mahekal Beach Resort. The name means “magical place.” Mahekal’s tradition dates back 50 years when a family built six thatched-roof palapas on the beach for wandering backpackers to rent. Profits were invested in more bungalows, and over several decades, the family built more than 100 palapas

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oday, this 195-room resort still feels amazingly exclusive and cozy. The lodgings feature two distinctly Mexican concepts: Pueblito, or small city and Jungle (think swanky Swiss Family Robinson). Hidden stone pathways lead to each of the individual casitas, all just steps from the white sand beach. Our ocean-front casita is literally 37 steps from the surf and our private plunge pool has an unobstructed view of the Caribbean. Inside, traditional Mexican décor by local artisans embellish the walls and intriguing pottery from Oaxaca add drama and pops of

The center pool is adjacent to Itzi Pool Bar. Itzi, an ancient Mayan princess, is said to have died in a nearby Cenote color. Lazy hammocks swing invitingly from the private

terrace overlooking the beach. If past visits to Playa del

Carmen have left you with

memories of tall, sleek condos, think again. The buildings on property are not much taller than the swaying palm trees

surrounding them. All groundlevel rooms are casitas and the second-level accommodations have traditional Mayan straw ceilings: palapas.

You’ll find yourself at Boli’s Bar daily for happy hour. Named for the resort’s incredible

concierge, Ignacio Boli, the

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central bar is a fun place to mingle with guests amidst pool tables, ping-pong, televisions (the only TVs on-property), shuffleboards and more. Across from the bar, Juliana welcomes visitors to the Artisan Palapa. Here she makes Acapulco and Guerreroinspired handcrafts. Book a pottery lesson and explore your artistic talents while learning traditional hands-on ceramic painting techniques. Each unique finished piece is placed in an old-style kiln overnight, ready to be picked up and admired the following morning. The Mayan-inspired interior design of Revive Spa features no visible corners, allowing a continuous flow of energy throughout the facility. A welcome state of relaxation washes over you as you are greeted with a special Mayan reception, involving incense and chanting. The spa itself encompasses 2,500 sq. ft. of utter bliss highlighted by a bubbling Jacuzzi under a huge

palapa-style roof featuring a fiber optic ceiling, reminiscent of glowing stars. Instead of doors, hanging shells sing as they herald your entrance to the dressing areas. Up your luxury quotient with the VIP garden treatment room; a perfectly private bungalow with indoor/outdoor shower,

indoor bath and private access to the artfully manicured Zen Garden. This is a genuine honeymoonerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise and a truly restorative spa experience. There are also three sparkling pools on property. The center pool is adjacent to Itzi Pool Bar. Itzi, an ancient Mayan princess, is said to have died in a nearby Cenote, a type of underwater cave unique to the Yucatan peninsula. Sip slowly on a frosty Jamaican Iced Tea while you stare deeply into the flames of the poolside firepit and wait to see if the princess appears. The dining experience on property is top notch and the service is even better than the food. Fuego Restaurante y Cantina can be accessed from the pool or the beach and

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dinner. Diners have their pick of the choicest fresh grouper, tuna and blond fish, even lobster and octopus.

quickly became our favorite spot. Most Fuego menu items are prepared in a “Tulumstyle” wood-burning oven using local Zapote wood. Friday evenings,Fuego hosts

their legendary lobster bake. This toes-in-sand experience includes a savory soup, fresh salad, a whole grilled lobster and delicious dessert. Every Saturday at 12:30pm local

fishermen arrive to peddle the day’s catch. An unmatched foodie experience, hotel guests relish the chance to take part in this age-old tradition and personally select their evening

Just across 38th avenue, Las Olas is home to the most picturesque pool on property. At certain times of the day, you cannot decipher where the infinity pool ends and the ocean begins. The breakfast buffet is more-than-bountiful, featuring rotating breakfast stations with hand-made quesadillas and fresh fruit smoothies, as well as specialty Mexican egg dishes, salmon and freshly baked bread.

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From tequila tastings and guacamole or ceviche-making lessons, to live Mexican music, salsa dancing and beach barbeques, travelers will enjoy the escape and immersion in Mayan culture.

GET WED Say “I do”, barefoot on Ocean Front Beach, or atop the platform over looking the oceanfront infinity pool at Las Olas, or in the resort’s Palm Garden, set against the backdrop of a natural tropical jungle. A variety of accommodations are available for wedding groups. Quiet, cool and secluded, the recently refreshed Garden View guest rooms provide relaxing

accommodations just steps from the resort’s pristine beach and private pool. Located only on the ground floor, they all face a semi-private lush, verdant garden surrounding a lovely Mexican fountain. La Residencia is an enclave of several units surrounding a fire pit. This is perfect for wedding

families to rent because it includes a kitchenette and washing machine. The patio runs the length of the building with numerous hammocks, woven lounge chairs and outdoor seating. In the evening families can gather around the fire pit for cocktails, or host an intimate barbeque. The Aventura section of Mahekal is available for exclusive buy-outs – providing a resort-within-a-resort concept. Perfect for wedding groups, Aventura offers bungalows clustered together, as well as Las Olas restaurant and bar and the famed infinity pool. There are 30 total units in Aventura, as well as Las Olas restaurant and bar. www.mahekalbeachresort.com

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DULCE GODINEZ DANNY NGUYEN March 3, 2018

How We Met: We met at the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Houston.

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Proposal Story:

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Danny proposed on a rainy day, I wanted to stay in and study. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so he brought me a Harry Potter book and inside was the ring!

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Themes: Themes are so fun and everyone gets really excited. Even our older family members really enjoyed our Harry Potter theme. So bringing in a bit of personality is always fun for you and your guests. We had a super fun wand bar where guests could pick out their own wands!

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Bride’s Advice: First I would say plan out your budget with some room for growth. Guest counts can increase so it’s always good to plan for that. I would also recommend that you plan early. A big detail I would say you should never ever forget is to do a timeline with your vendors and check on it one week before the event so nothing is off time. Finally, it’s ok for things to change and you shouldn’t focus too much on it because at the end of the day you get to marry the love of your life.

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This couple met in High School in the south Texas town of McAllen. “I knew who Rene was because of mutual friends, but had never actually talked to him. I thought he was so handsome. I would always tell our mutual friends jokingly that he was my boyfriend. We dated his Junior year and my Senior year of High School.”

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Proposal story: We walked on the beach at South Padre Island, the weather was breezy and beautiful. Over a glass of champagne, he told me how thankful he was for everything and expressed how much he loved me. Then he proposed.

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We planned this beautiful, small Mexican themed wedding in only two weeks. The actual plan had been to get married at the courthouse and invite our immediate family. Next thing we know, all of Rene’s family from Mexico City booked flights to McAllen. The invitation list kept expanding. My parents decided, “Let’s just invite the 80 people we were planning on having and do this thing!” So we did.

Yazmeen’s Advice: Every bride should hire a wedding planner. No matter how organized you or a family members may think they are, no bride or family member should run the show. Even if it is only a day-of coordinator, it relieves so much stress and allows the bridal couple to enjoy themselves on their special day.

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Connor and I met in high school. We dated through college (Texas A&M) and married on the six year anniversary of the day we started dating.

Wedding location Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne, TX was perfect because it was close to our hometown and has a beautiful chapel.

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Proposal story Connor proposed at George Bush Library Garden, and it was absolutely perfect! Our friends then spoiled us with an engagement party. God has blessed us greatly with wonderful friends and family, an amazing experience at Texas A&M, and of course each other.

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October 14th, 2018


One of the best parts of our wedding was the sweet toasts given by our 16 and 17 year old siblings.

Rachel’s advice You have to have some kind of wedding planner. Kari from Southern Bash helped us out a ton. I don’t think the day would’ve gone as smoothly without her.

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Proposal: I had planned for us to take couples pictures in December, but kept having to reschedule because of the rain. On December 13th, 2015, we decided to take our pictures inside at the Museum of Natural Science. My friend took pictures of us in the butterfly garden and captured the moment when I turned around to see Diego down on one knee. The best part of it was that he proposed to me with his grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diamond in a new setting, making it even more meaningful.

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STEPHANIE BARKER DIEGO RUBALCAVA by Ainsley Mandell

How you met: We knew of each other in middle school and occasionally talked to each other in the hallway once we got to high school. We shared mutual friends but never truly had the opportunity to get to know each other until we both attended Stephen F. Austin after high school. We became close, but never treated each other as anything but friends until several people pointed out to us how compatible we were, and we finally realized that we liked each other. We had our first date during the summer of 2012 and began to fall in love.

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Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice: Wait to pick your bridesmaids. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth the wait to see who truly cares about you and who is interested in helping you plan your wedding. Create a binder and stay organized with what has been completed and what still needs to be done. Leave space in your budget to go on your Honeymoon. Finally, I definitely suggest taking a premarital class. We took a class through our church and have a couple that mentors and helps us with the challenges married life brings.

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We were moving to Texas for Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job and decided to drive a U-Haul from Boston. We made a few stops on our road trip, but I was most excited about our stop in Memphis. I have been an Elvis fan since I was a child and was so excited to visit Graceland. After our tour through the mansion, we gave our phone to a security guard to take our picture and Michael got down on one knee!

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October 7th, 2017


Bride’s Advice: Enjoy the process and don’t get caught up in the details. The most important person while planning my wedding (aside from my husband) was my wedding planner. She made sure that my vision came to life and that we enjoyed our day without worrying about what was going on behind the scenes. If you can’t afford a planner, or choose not to have one, be as organized as possible. Lastly, as fun as it is to plan with family and friends, the opinions can get overwhelming. Try to remember that this is your special day! Make final decisions with your partner after taking other people’s opinions into consideration.

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March 17th, 2018 Lisa Hause Photography


Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice: Spend money on a real photographer. You are going to want the best photos of your wedding day, especially after spending so much time planning it! Along with this, decide on the three things that are most important to you and focus on those things!

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How We Met: My parents own a coffee shop called Sycamore Grounds, and I came to town to help with the opening. Chase was hired as a barista and throughout the summer we would occasionally chat. Then one day he asked my dad if he could take me on a date. We decided to be friends since I was attending Baylor. A year later we met back at the coffee shop, went to a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve party together, and have been inseparable ever since.

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September 23th, 2017


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Their friendship blossomed. “One of my funniest memories of our budding relationship was a night when he asked if he could kiss me. I said no. Looking back now, it makes me laugh, but at the time I could tell he was mortified. Several months following, our friendship had grown stronger and I knew I had a crush on him. Knowing that he thought I had friend-zoned him after the whole kiss incident, I knew I would have to make the first move. On our Labor Day holiday, we went to see a drive in movie, and following, I proposed to him with a ring pop… to be my boyfriend of course.”

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Reilee’s proposal took place at a park. He hired a photographer who pretended to be taking pictures of her kids. “We set up the picnic, but instead of food I pulled a book out of the basket. I read a short story I had written for her, and at the end asked her to marry me and I pulled out the ring” says the groom. Of course she said yes, and that evening Sarah’s friends surprised her with an engagement party. “And if you all might be wondering, it wasn’t with a ring pop this time,” says Sarah happily.

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How they met: We met through a mutual friend and instantly became friends. Rodrigo had just returned from Iraq and was stationed at Fort Hood. He would come home every weekend and we would hang out all the time. We later found out that we had gone to high school together and actually had three classes together!

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July 8th, 2017


Unique Details: We had a mix of English and Spanish speakers at our wedding so our first dance was a Bachata song that has both languages in it. So when the song started we did a simple sway to the English words and when the Spanish part came on we went into the Bachata movements and everyone loved it!

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Proposal Story: Thomas and I were in the process of building our first house together. Thomas had gone to the house earlier that day to set up pretty lights around the kitchen and fireplace. That evening we went to check on the progress as he kept asking, “Hey do you like the lights?” I hadn’t noticed the lights! Thomas distracted me and took me over to the fireplace, it was then that I realized what was going on. I turned around and he was on one knee and asked me to marry him!

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incredible terrace that provided a beautiful view from Houston Street and the Crystal Ballroom. This added the perfect amount of elegance to the wedding. The Crystal Ballroom had eye-catching chandeliers that were a luxurious touch for the reception. There were stunning centerpieces that were a unique combination of hurricane vases and votives with candles. These were complimented by incredible floral arrangements from HEB Weddings by Design.


Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice: My advice would be to shop around. We must have seen almost ten different venues, five different bakeries, and five different florists. We had an idea of what we wanted and what our budget was and we stuck to it. Each vendor we met with, we ranked on a scale from 1-10 and considered what he or she offered, [their] price, etc. We were able to narrow it down quickly and chose the vendors that we did. We were extremely satisfied with the quality and service we received with each and every one of [the vendors we chose] and they all contributed to making our big day that much more special. So, take the time to shop around and stick to your budget!

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Gown: Ashley Justin Bridal from Impression Bridal

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Personal details: One personal detail to the wedding was making sure my grandfather who passed was with me on the big day. In order to do that, my dad wore one of his obnoxious plaid suit jackets while walking me down the aisle. Noah grew up playing Mario Cart 64 and at the wedding we had a game area where everyone could sit and play Mario Cart. It was a huge hit!

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“After a long winter, I look forward to the warm sunny days of spring and the fresh produce that comes with them. In my little garden basil is already thriving, onions and leeks have been growing all winter and are ready to come out of the ground. To celebrate the season I’m incorporating my new harvest into a tasty spring meal,” Tom Flynn.

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Menu Potato Leek Soup Honey Peach Glazed Pork Loin Basil Pesto Pasta Garlic Green Beans Strawberry Short Cake

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Melt butter in 8-quart stockpot over medium heat. Add 5 cups leeks and garlic and sautĂŠ until soft, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, stock, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Fry bacon until crisp; allow to drain on paper towel, then chop into bits. Cook remaining cup of leeks in bacon grease until soft and drain on paper towel. Remove thyme and bay leaves from soup, pour into blender and puree (it will take a couple a trips to the blender). Pour soup back into the pot, stir in heavy cream and heat until it begins to boil. Stir in remaining leeks and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with bacon bits and chives.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Honey Peach Glazed Pork Loin 1 1 1 2 3

cup peach preserves tbls honey tbls brown sugar tbls lemon juice lb pork loin

salt pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil. Liberally season the pork loin with salt and pepper on all sides. Bake for one hour.

Basil Pesto Pasta 12 1 2 2 2 Âź

oz linguine cup fresh basil leaves tbls pine nuts, toasted cloves garlic, chopped tbls fresh grated parmesan cheese cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

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Cook pasta as directed on package. Place basil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese in food processor and evenly grind. Add olive oil and spin again. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss basil mixture with hot pasta and serve. Fresh basil leaves are a nice garnish.

Place preserves, honey, brown sugar and lemon juice in medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for two minutes. Brush honey peach sauce on pork loin and continue to bake until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (about 30-40 minutes), brushing with honey peach sauce every 10 minutes. Cover with foil and let loin rest for 15 minutes. Slice and spoon pan drippings over the top.


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ENTERTAINMENT

Garlic Green Beans 1½ 5 6

lbs fresh green beans tbls butter cloves garlic, chopped

salt and pepper

Trim ends off green beans and cut into desired length. Place beans in skillet, cover with water and bring to boil. Reduce hit and simmer 5 minutes. Drain water and return to heat, add butter and sautĂŠ until melted. Stir in garlic and cook until garlic is soft (about 3 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

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Strawberry Short Cake 6

cups strawberries, stemmed and quartered

sugar (1/4 cup + ¼cup + 3 tbsp)

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cups flour tsp baking powder cup butter, room temperature egg, beaten cup milk cup heavy whipping cream tsp vanilla extract

Place strawberries and ¼ cup sugar in glass bowl and refrigerate for one hour. Preheat oven 450. Mix ¼ cup sugar, flour, baking powder and butter. Add egg and milk and stir to until moist. Pour into greased 8x8-baking pan. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Combine heavy cream, vanilla and 3 TBLS sugar and whip until cream sets. Cut short cake into squares, cut squares in half horizontally. Place on plate in offset stack, spoon strawberries and juices over cake and top with whipped cream.

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There are 117 guest rooms, suites and villas decorated in gray and white and tucked into the woods MIRAVAL MODE Just as your cell phone can be set to airplane mode, guests are invited set “Miraval mode.” No phone conversations in public spaces; no phones at meals. They encourage guests to be present with the people and surroundings. To encourage setting to “Miraval mode,” cell phone sleeping bags are presented at check-in. The Texas hill country ambiance is breathtaking. Along the leisurely walk to the rooms is the Body Mindfulness Center, Yoga Barn, Life in Balance culinary kitchen,

and Miraval Spa- amenities important to your stay. The Body Mindfulness Center is always open, and rocking much of the time organized classes and activities. Texas line dancing, salsa, morning stretch, body & barre happen often. You can dig a little deeper with classes in the power of intuition, chakras and the elements or astrology. The gym, with its shiny new exercise equipment, is part of the Body Mindfulness Center. The yoga barn is a spectacularly Zen building boasting high ceilings. Natural light


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DINE The Crossings Hilltop Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and grab and go snacks, all included with your stay. Enjoy a buffet of fresh items and abundance of salads. The salads are noteworthy: butternut squash and quinoa, red lentil, Brussels sprout apple, roasted winter vegetable, Sonoran wheat berry, Mediterranean cous cous, chickpea and sweet potato, etc. There are also portion friendly made-to-order options like grilled vegetable sandwiches or vegetarian tacos.

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SLUMBER, SWEET SLUMBER There are 117 guestrooms, suites and villas decorated in gray and white and tucked into the woods. The rooms are designed to enhance guests’ sleep experience with Miraval bedding, black out shades, and sleep-enhancing amenities, including Miraval’s signature cell phone sleeping bag. Each room has sought-after ZENTS’

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and stimulate circulation. The Crystal Energy Healing treatment is different for each person. Your therapist listens to your body and is guided by the crystals to balance and clear your energy. This energy work provides the same benefits as a relaxing massage.

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Arizona Miraval, but some are exclusive to this property. The Spiritual Warrior Facial utilizes energies of plants and gemstones. This facial is the real deal, complete with extractions, exfoliation and a gentle Gua Sha tool (the Japanese answer to Botox) to reduce puffiness

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Lindsay Lakes on Texas Weddings  

From entertaining and travel to advice from real brides, this issue of Texas Weddings has it all. Whether you are searching for the serenity...

Lindsay Lakes on Texas Weddings  

From entertaining and travel to advice from real brides, this issue of Texas Weddings has it all. Whether you are searching for the serenity...