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SUMMER 2018

106 page

42 page

In Every Issue:

Editor’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Editor’s Pics . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Real Weddings:

Torrie & Tristan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Aseel & Sabastian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Tess & Peter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Regan & Brett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Mallory & Raymond . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Nicole & Kayvon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Brittany & Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Sophia & Yaser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Rachel & Josh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Yasmine & Craig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Alyssa & Matt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Lydia & Ronald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Christina & Jimmy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Krystal & James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Honeymoons:

Jamaica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 South Sea Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Punta Mita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

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These cute candy “Scripts” are great favors to give to your wedding guests. Customize the RX and warning labels on Etsy with your names and wedding date. Fill the bottles with your choice of candy and fill the prescription for lasting happiness - or at least a sugar high.

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Etsy Shop: MuscadineMoon

This creative guestbook alternative is a beautiful option for Christian ceremonies. Have your guests sign their name or leave words of faith, hope or guidance next to a meaningful bible verse to be read later. It’s also a lovely keepsake to display in your home.

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Looking for something unique to serve in the Texas heat? Break out these fruity spritzer pops during your wedding cocktail hour for a fun and refreshing treat. Pour Champagne or Prosecco over your choice of fresh fruit, add some lemon/lime and say “Cheers”!

The sacred moment when a couple says “I Do” is truly special and deserves to be “devicefree”. Consider having guests disconnect from their devices for the ceremony then encourage them all to share the special moments just after the vows or ask them simply to wait to “plug-in” at the reception.

Make it Better with a Kiss Spread S’more Love

Remember roasting marshmallows and singing campfire songs? Bring those sticky, sweet childhood memories back on your wedding day. Take your s’mores bar to the next level with a variety of chocolates and toppings galore! Try coconut, caramel, peanut butter; whatever you like. This classic crowd-pleaser is sure to make this day s’more memorable!

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The Ultimate Flower Girl

This is the cutest thing ever! What better way to honor your grandma(s) than to ask her to carry out the petal tossing duties? She was there when you were born so it only makes sense for her to play this special role on your wedding day. No doubt, this will make your guests cry.

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Having a plan for your formal wedding photos is essential, but be sure to squeeze in few unplanned, candid shots of you and your bridesmaids having fun! Chances are you’ll look back and wish you took more candid shots; it’s these photos full of fun and friendship that will truly remind you of the great time you and your girls had that day.

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Photography by Jade Lewis

This candid shot gives us a peek at the unmistakable joy of a newlywed couple who have just cut their beautiful cake. For a rich, timeless look, choose black and white to capture the true emotion of some of your more intimate wedding photos.

Interactive Wedding Games Outdoor games are a playful and memorable way to ensure your wedding guests are having a great time at the reception. Exhilarating games such as bean bag toss, horseshoes, or croquet will get your guests mingling and keep them entertained throughout the night.

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Brandie’s Splash of Color

For nighttime weddings, consider this brilliant idea, supply guests with sparklers to celebrate the couple’s exit instead of the traditional rice, bubbles or flower petals. These shimmering wands of sparks and light are sure to capture the spirit of the occasion and make for dazzling photos.

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Light of My World

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Beautiful, colorful flowers aren’t just for the wedding anymore. Don’t miss the opportunity to beautify your reception site with flowers matching your wedding color scheme. Complement your chosen venue’s décor by adding fresh flowers to your table centerpieces to provide that extra pop of color.


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TRENDS

Note worthy

This 32” round locket necklace starburst is a great gift. Select the note inside. Shown here: “You will always be my forever.” www.spartina449.com

Handmade quality

Go glitz

Colby Davis, a mother-daughter-owned, hand-made jewelry company based in Boston, has launched a Celtic Knot Collection. Celtic Knot pieces are perfect for a variety of gifts: for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride. There is even a special, symbolic “Tree of Life” design that’s a perfect engagement gift. Shown here: Tree of Life. Engraved on reverse: “Where life begins and love never ends.” www.colbydavisofboston.com

Jewelry

Go Glam! These gems and gifts will steal the show.

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The ancient Greeks knew a little something about love – and most importantly they believed there wasn’t just one type of love. Whether it’s for your bridesmaids, your sister or mom, James Avery creates pieces that express all types of love to help everyone celebrate your big day. Shown here Elisa Earrings in Peridot. www.jamesavery.com

Layered Luxury

This14k yellow gold “tough luxe” jewelry specializes in building your perfect layered look. Designed by fashion industry veteran, Alyssa Mishcon, the collection is offered individually and in sets. The Pebble Band, references the natural abstract imperfections of stone crafted in high polish 14k gold. www.two-of-most.com

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Something Blue

What if your something blue was something you could wear each day? We found this 3.40 carat Burma no-heat sapphire diamond ring by Dorfman.

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamond Nexus engagement rings range in styles from timeless three-stone engagement rings to glamorous art deco inspired dazzlers. Shown here: Lyonette radiant cut. www.diamondnexus.com

Art Deco Inspired Engagement Rings

Look like a million dollars without breaking the bank! Eco & ethical friendly jewelry company Diamond Nexus has stunning engagement rings for under $1000, that look like a million bucks even though they don't cost it. Shown here: Alice Rose Gold. www.diamondnexus.com

Step Out in Style

The mother-daughter duo at StevieWren revitalizes fine jewelry as a staple in glam & lifestyle couture. Inspired by the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldwide excursions of many different cultures, the StevieWren collection is characterized as one-of-a-kind with its use of rare colored diamonds, unique pendants, gold assortments, and other precious stones. Each handpicked jewel is sustainable and authentic, creating a minimalist style perfect for accentuating any woman who wears it. www.steviewren.com

Add a little Magic

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Dazzling Diamonds

Spence Diamonds is the only diamond retailer to offer both artisan created diamonds and mined diamonds. Artisan-created diamonds are actual diamonds that are indistinguishable from a mined diamond, both aesthetically and chemically, because the technology used to create them replicates how diamonds are formed in the earth. Artisancreated diamonds are at least 25 percent bigger than a similarly priced, mined diamond, providing stunning pieces for any budget. Shown here: Multi-stone solitaire engagement ring. www.spencediamonds.com

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Torrie and Tristan locked eyes at a party one night and, once they met, they never stopped talking. That night, Tristan walked Torrie to her car and asked for her number. The next day, Torrie woke up to an unexpected call from Tristan. He asked her to dinner that night and they have been together ever since.

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The couple took a quick weekend trip to the exotic Mayan Riviera- a perfect trip to paradise for these two lovebirds to unwind and soak up some sun. On the second day of their stay at the fabulous Fairmont Mayakoba Resort, they had amazing plans to go snorkeling and bike riding, and to lounge on the beach but as luck would have it, it rained all day. Torrie and Tristan decided to make the best of it and grab a bite on the property while they figured out their next move. It was pouring as they made their way past the swelling rivers and creeks toward the restaurant, huddled under a golf umbrella.

Torrie’s Advice:

Use a wedding planner! It is totally worth the expense. My wedding planner was phenomenal at making my dream wedding come to fruition. I know I could not have planned my wedding on my own. Professional planners have the experience, the resources, and the time to execute a fabulous wedding, seamlessly.

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When they stopped on a bridge to check out the rising water, Tristan told Torrie he saw a baby alligator. Torrie was so determined to see the baby gators, she leaned over the bridge and looked everywhere to find it. When she finally gave up her search, she turned around

and found Tristan down on one knee holding a beautiful ring and asking for her hand in marriage! The couple tied the knot at the rustic Las Velas event venue in Houston. When Torrie and Tristan first toured the property they knew it was an ideal location to accommodate the beautiful ceremony and exciting reception they had planned. The old world feel of

Las Velas created an atmosphere that transported their guests to another country. Shena Cherian at Design Wedding Consultants helped Torrie and Tristan plan a flawless celebration that went off without a hitch. It was truly a day that forged a lifetime of blissful memories full of friends, family, and love! Torrie walked down the aisle in an exquisite gown by Allure

Bridal with make-up by Ronnee Legington and hair by Karla Culton. She accessorized with an appliqué´ around her waist for an extra touch of bling that looked like it was part of the original dress! The three-tiered cake designed by Sugar Rush Cake Gallery was as beautiful as it was delicious.They also served 200 mini cupcakes for all those with a sweet tooth. The guests loved these bite-sized treats in flavors like Peach Cobbler, Red Velvet and Banana Pudding. Many of the male guests were cigar smokers, so the courtyard was host to a Cigar and Cocktail hour, complete with a stash of full-bodied stogies. At the end of this glorious night, Torrie and Tristan were whisked away for a culturally historic and glamorous getaway to Barcelona, Spain! — Stephanie DiCiro

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Tess and Peter met at a mutual friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party in New York City. By the time the next party came around, Peter had finally asked Tess out. They knew from the first date that they had met their Mr. and Mrs. Right. Although Tess left for business school in the Fall, Peter planned a romantic Puerto Rico trip during her first year at school. He popped the question on the beach and their lives changed forever.


Tess and Peter officially became Mr. and Mrs. Hales on September 20th, 2014. The couple tied the knot in the extravagant Alex Camp House located at The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Tess wore a beautiful mermaid style, strapless lace gown from Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner from Circle Park Bridal. AW Wedding Hair helped create her natural glam look. Her five wonderful bridesmaids wore sweetheart blush dresses by Dessy. Peter wore a black tuxedo from My Tux. After tying the knot, they walked to the reception where everyone congratulated them. Branching Out provided the centerpieces, which were decorated with the wedding colors. Panini provided the cake, which was a simple 4-tier white cake with elegant texture and real roses that complemented the wedding colors. The cake symbolized the newlyweds as one and stood under an arch

Bride’s Advice:

Host events the day before and after. The actual wedding passes too quickly and there’s never enough time to spend with all of your family and friends. We hosted drinks at The Woolworth Friday evening to welcome guests— especially those from out of town. Sunday morning, my family hosted a farewell brunch at their house. The weekend would have felt so different if I’d only had 7 P.M. to midnight on Saturday to spend with guests.

very similar to the one from the ceremony. They also had gelato from Paciago as a dessert choice. All eyes were on the couple as they danced the night away. To wrap up the most special night of their lives, they danced one final dance right before their grand exit. To symbolize the couple’s love for the Lone Star State, guests received Texasshaped cookies as favors.

The two then headed off to the Amalfi Coast and Venice in Italy for a picture perfect honeymoon. — Carolina Hernandez

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Regan and Brett started their lives together at a young age. They grew up as family friends but, along the way, their lives took different paths. The two happened to reconnect at church camp one year. Sparks began to fly immediately and they have remained by each other’s sides ever since.


One weekend, they were at Regan’s parents’ beach house for a relaxing time away. Little did she know that Brett secretly planned to ask her father for his blessing. After receiving permission, Brett could not wait a day longer to ask Regan to spend the rest of her life with him. She woke up the next morning to him putting a ring on her finger—Regan thought it was a dream! The couple planned their big day at Olde Dobbin Station in Dobbin, Texas. They fell in love with the industrial aesthetics of the building and loved that it was in the a very rural area of Texas. Regan’s dream dress was a Theia gown purchased at a boutique in Tampa, Florida called Malindy Elene. She was able to customize her dress with an illusion neckline at Laura’s Couture and Alterations in Downtown Houston. Sandee’s Sweets in College Station made their delicious cakes.

Regan’s Advice

My biggest tip is, if at all possible, give yourself some time to sleep-in the day after your wedding. I can promise you that you will never be more tired. We got up early the next morning to drive to Seaside and it was so hard on such a little amount of sleep! Luckily, once we got there, it was a week of relaxation. Also, wear comfortable shoes! You think people will notice what shoes you have on but they won’t. You will be on your feet for a long time— especially when you’re taking pictures. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t worn flat sandals!

Sunkissed and Made Up made all of the girls feel extra special and beautiful on the day of the wedding. After their “Yay!” send-off, the newlyweds took off to Seaside, Florida for their honeymoon, which is their favorite place on earth. They got to stay in their own little cottage called “Cow Bella.” — Kyley Kornegay

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Mallory’s Advice

Make sure that you stay organized and on top of things so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Remember that it’s important to make decisions and plan together. It’s not all about what you want and it’s not all about what he wants for the big day either. Weddings are a great time to practice compromise. It’s essential in a marriage to let go of your selfishness and think about what will make each other happy.

strapless, lace beaded gown by M2 Bridal. Mallory, being from England, received horseshoes as part of tradition on the special day. The four-tier cake with layers of summer roses was made by Bavarian Cakery. The reception ended with guests leading the couple out with sparklers.

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Nicole, a textile artist, and Kayvon, an attorney, met their junior year at Cornell in 2004. They dated for a semester, but then didn’t see each other for 7 years and lost touch. Kayvon eventually reached out via Facebook to reconnect when he was visiting a friend in Boston, which was where Nicole was living at the time. She agreed to meet up with him and their chemistry quickly became undeniable. The two were relaxing on a trip on the north shore of Kauai where they were staying with a friend. Kayvon asked Nicole if she wanted to go for a walk at sunrise one morning. Little did she know, it would be life-changing! Once they were in front of the mountain

on Tunnel’s Beach, Kayvon popped the big question. Without a moment of hesitation, Nicole said “YES!”

Nicole and Kayvon tied the knot at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas. They were living in Austin at the time and they wanted a venue that would show off the city that they loved so dearly. Nicole really wanted to get married outside by the water and Laguna Gloria in Austin offered the perfect combination of open air and sophistication that they were looking for in their ideal venue. Nicole wore

a Cymbaline Gaia dress with beautiful lace and a high neck. They opted for Cool Haus Ice Cream Sandwiches in lieu of a cake. Their Persian wedding ceremony and reception was one of a kind and it couldn’t have been more perfect for them. The newlyweds then flew off for their honeymoon to Bahia, Brazil. — Kyley Kornegay

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Meeting on the first day of their high school Chemistry class, Brittany Taylor and Mike Peterman spent that year getting “accidentally” paired up together and taking all chances to spend time together. Mike was Brittany’s first real crush, but, on that first day of Chemistry, little did she know that she would end up marrying him just a few years later.

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Mike proposed at the Spindletop restaurant in Houston, TX after watching the city glow beneath them as they enjoyed a romantic dinner together. Mike got down on one knee and told Brittany that he had chosen her from the first moment he saw her, and he had already decided he would love her for the rest of his life. He asked her to marry him as tears flew from her eyes. Later, she found out her parents had their first date at The Spindletop, which made it even more special.

Bride’s Advice:

1. Wedding planning is

stressful, but it is imperative to stay true to what you both want on your big day. Focus on what is important, and don’t let anyone else’s opinion sway you at the end of the day.

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Also, take a few minutes for yourselves. Don’t let the night go by without really taking in the moment. It all happens so fast, so don’t forget to take a second to kiss underneath the stars.

Their wedding took place in Dripping Springs, Texas. Mike and Brittany both love the Hill Country, so it was an easy decision! Their florist used a combination of lush greenery, whimsical floral accents, mixed mercury gold candles, and large candelabras as the table runners to make for a beautiful and romantic setting. They also provided biodegradable confetti for the guests to throw after they said, “I Do” and walked back

down the aisle. It was a really fun twist that made for beautiful pictures.

It was important to them for Mike to stand out, so he wore a dark gray tux, and the groomsmen wore navy blue, in coordination with the bridesmaids. Additionally, they both had Lucchese boots custom made in lieu of more traditional shoes. Brittany’s gown was from Kleinfeld Bridal, and their cake was a four-tiered devil’s food cake with mocha ganache and orange zest buttercream icing. After the wedding, they jetted off for their honeymoon in London, Paris and Geneva. — Cassidy Irish

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Sophia and Yaser met at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. Their friendship began through the Peers Assistance Leadership group, where students performed skits on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of high school. When an opportunity came for them to perform a skit together, Yaser literally jumped at the opportunity to be the boy who fought for the girl.

Several years after their first date, Yaser and Sophia were dating long distance— attending different schools and working jobs near their respective campuses. They spent as much time with each other as they could while working and studying.

Sophia was working in Houston, Texas as a reporter for KXAN News. One day, at the end of her shift, a producer asked her to stand in place for a test news story in the studio. Without

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thinking much of it, she stood-in and began reading the teleprompter, surprised to find the “story” was actually about her. Yaser came from behind the camera, got down on one knee and proposed. Sophia said “yes” without a moment’s hesitation.

Eleven years after they first met, Sophia and Yaser tied the knot at the Julia Ideson Library in Houston, Texas. Sophia wore a strapless gown from Kleinfield

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Sophia’s Advice

My best advice is to hire a wedding planner. There are so many moving parts in a wedding. You need someone to orchestrate the behind-the-scenes, no matter how simple or elaborate. Family and friends will be getting ready for a weekend jam packed with activities, so do yourself a favor and hire someone just for the dayof(which usually includes a couple weeks beforehand). Yes, it costs some money, but it’s worth it. Really think about what you want to spend your money on. As the wedding process goes along and you continue to look at magazines and Pinterest, you’ll be adding this and that. But the most important item, in my opinion, is the photographer/ videographer. The saying is true: you get what you pay for. Pictures last forever. You want someone who is going to capture heartwarming moments and keep an eye out for creative shots.

Bridal, N.Y. Because Sophia is a journalist, the programs were personalized newspapers.

In paying respect to their family heritage, the reception began with the couple entering with the Al Awtar Zaffa Arabic dance group. The night continued with lots of food and music entertainment, live painting, and a midnight snack from Whataburger. The elegant, three-tier, white cake by Cakes By Gina was cut with a sword. Sophia also surprised Yaser with a grooms cake, which was a replica of his college (NSU) football stadium.

Sophia, a journalist and Yaser working in medicine, continue to live happily in Fort Worth, Texas. - Marian Jacob

Do a first look! We were worried we wouldn’t have that “magical” moment at the ceremony. My husband was bawling when he saw me walk down the aisle. He had only seen me 15 minutes beforehand. If you’re going to shell out a lot of money for your photographer and videographer, [you] might as well make it a photo-shoot. There were so many emotions flying that day, everything is new and fresh. Know when to say, “NO!” to adding items to make your wedding “different’ or “cool.” Weddings are turning into carnivals (guilty) and seeing how much personalization you can jam pack into everything. It’s awesome and great, but at the end of the day, guests feed off of the energy of the couple. This sets the tone of a wedding; whether it’s “fun” or not. Yes, koozies and neat activities are cool, but at the end of the day, people just want to laugh and feel the love. So don’t feel obligated to have your wedding mirror Pinterest.

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It was the day before Rachel and Joshuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday (they share the same birthday) and Josh wanted to take Rachel somewhere as an early birthday gift. He drove her to Buffalo Bayou Park and handed her a gift bag on the bridge. She opened the bag to

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Bride’s Advice:

“Don’t tell us ‘don’t sweat the small stuff ’ (the brides know this). No matter what, get a good photographer. The pictures are what [will] last longer than the actual day and are a great way to reminisce. So splurge there.”

C H R I S W P H OTO. C O M find a ring inside! Josh got down on one knee and asked her to spend her life with him. She, of course, said “yes!” Josh took her to meet her family for dinner at América’s, where she was surprised by her brother, who had flown in all the way from Utah to surprise her. The couple tied the knot at the Bell Tower on 34th in Houston, Texas. Rachel wore a fabulous gown from Alysse’s

Bridal that is based in Provo, Utah. Their wedding was a beautiful blend of their respective traditions— Rachel’s Indian and Western upbringing with Josh’s Trinidadian.

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The day of your wedding will be a complete and total whirlwind of emotions, feelings, and people. So take a deep breath. Give yourself a chance to really enjoy and live in every single moment. The only thing that will make the day perfect is that you are married at the end of it.

Houston Dynamo Cheerleader and Customer Account Representative, Yasmine, and Insurance Adjuster, Craig, met at a party. The day before Yasmine’s 30th birthday, Craig called Yasmine on his way home from work and surprised her by telling her to get dressed and pack an overnight bag. After a reminiscent dinner and drinks at the restaurant where they had their first date, they walked back to their hotel in downtown Houston where Craig proposed. Yasmine wore a stunning keyhole back gown by Allure bridal for their wedding at The Parador— a historic wedding venue in Houston. Tammy Allen Premier Wedding Cakes designed their cake, which matched their wedding colors – champagne with pastel accents of lavender, peach, mint, and rose.

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After dating for four years, originally being set up by Alyssa’s brother, Alyssa and Matt took a trip to South Beach, Miami. On their last full day there, the groom hired a mariachi band to serenade their beach site as he proposed. The band played ‘Besame’ as the newly engaged couple danced together under the sunset. It was a truly magical proposal. Matt and Alyssa have lived together in Midtown, OKC for the past four years. They married at First Unitarian Church, and

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Don’t procrastinate. You want to focus on enjoying your big day without big invoices looming over your head.

2. Everyone said to take it all in on the big day, and I will echo that: Stay by yourself the night before, take a bath, exfoliate, moisturize, relax, soak it all in. Pay attention to everything happening around you and enjoy this time. It goes by so quickly!

3. If you’re planning on

seeing an aesthetician for a facial, do it a week out from the big day so your skin has time to purge. Your skin will thank you.

4. Though we had hoped was shaped like a Formula 1 Pirelli Racing tire, and his racing buddies had custom cufflinks made with their team logo.

Incorporating their love of art with the tropical themes from their trip to Miami, the couple decorated the venues with foliage based centerpieces and tropical accessories. Their cake, made by a local bakery HafaAdai Delights,

even displayed designs of tropical flowers and fish scales, and was coconut flavored. Alyssa’s Mori Lee dress, a mermaid silhouette, was made with lace and a touch of peach underneath the skirt. Their honeymoon was to the Mexican Isla Mujeres, continuing the tropical theme from beginning to end. - Cassidy Irish

to go on an extravagant honeymoon, it just wasn’t in our budget. Still, we learned that there are so many affordable options out there and all that really matters is your time together and getting a good rest. You don’t realize how much stress you’re under until it’s all over and your body just wants to sleep for a few days. Unwind and relax.

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Lydia and Ronald connected a couple of years ago through a popular online dating site. By coincidence, they had both been divorced for four years and had decided to sign up for a onemonth trial membership at the same time. After only a few emails, they quickly discovered they already knew each other! As it turns out, Lydia had two sons that attended the same school as Ronald’s sons. Not only did they live in the same neighborhood, they had even crossed paths once or twice while co-chaperoning Boy Scout camp-outs together with their kids. It was just by their vows during a traditional handfasting ceremony and a spectacular backdrop for some of the most enviable wedding photos we’ve seen!

Lydia was virtually glowing in her beautiful wedding gown, while Ronald wore a traditional Scottish kilt. Ronald had the bridal bouquet and flower arrangements of red roses, peonies, delphinium and green bells of Ireland, expertly coordinated to compliment the Blair tartan of his kilt. St. Andrews locals, EBM Photography captured the joy and striking colors of the scenery on Lydia and Ronald’s big day. sheer chance that they had never officially met until the Internet matched them up. Lydia and Ronald soon found they had yet another thing in common, they both love to golf. In fact, Ronald planned his proposal to take place on

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November 13, 2016

Then, Now and Forever

Their love story began while they were both attending the University of Houston, when one of Christina’s friends introduced her to Jimmy. After long nights of fun study sessions, library dates, and relaxing weekends together, they got to know each other and they both soon realized they had found their soulmate. The bride’s family has a tradition of spending New Year’s in a different city each year. Christina rang in 2017 with her family in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. While Christina

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was away, Jimmy texted often, asking when she would be home. Thinking nothing of it, Christina naturally accepted when Jimmy nonchalantly asked her to dinner the day she returned. She was faintly curious when he mentioned creating a tradition of their own. Even though Jimmy was skillfully dropping hints and they had already been ring shopping, Christina recalled, she still did not have a clue that he planned

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With such big families on both sides, space was a key factor in planning the reception as well. The elegant and spacious ballrooms at the Marriot Sugarland Town Square accommodated their guest list beautifully.

Christina’s Advice:

I think the thing I regret the most throughout the wedding planning process is not enjoying the time I had left with my family. As a bride, your weekends, and even weekdays, are consumed by appointments and necessary errands. I spent most of the time I had left at my parent’s house worried about the wedding and scheduling multiple appointments to ensure things turned out the way I had pictured them instead of just relaxing and trusting in the process. If you’re a perfectionist like me, try and accept the fact that things just won’t turn out exactly the way you envisioned it and mistakes on the day of the wedding may happen. They did for me and that’s okay, no one noticed! Just remain calm and enjoy your night because it flies by so fast! Also, try and enjoy every second you have with your family because when you’re gone, you’ll crave for time back, as I do now.

on proposing. That Sunday, Jimmy treated Christina to dinner at Brenner’s on the Bayou. After dinner, Jimmy led her outside toward a beautifully lit gazebo. The path was illuminated by candles and covered in rose petals. Finally, it clicked in her head! Christina asked, “Wait, are you proposing?” “You’ll see” Jimmy quietly responded. To Christina’s surprise, members of both their families appeared as if from nowhere, ready to snap pictures. Christina knew

this was the moment she had been waiting for when Jimmy, on bended knee, romantically asked her to spend forever with him!

When it was time to pick the church, there was no question. St. George Greek Orthodox Church was Jimmy’s family church and Christina had been baptized there. This location could seat both their families and it held such rich memories for them both; it was the ideal place for them to tie the knot.

At the ceremony, Christina graced the aisle in a lovely, ivory-lace, fit-and-flare gown from Essense of Australia , featuring sparkling Diamante beading. She added a beaded ribbon sash to the gown for an extra dose of dazzle! Paying homage to their roots, they hired a traditional Arabic “Zaffe” dance group to kick off the reception. Dressed in the customary attire, the dancers escorted the newlyweds into their reception and performed the traditional wedding ceremonial dances around the couple while playing drums and bagpipes and wielding swords! Edible Designs by Jessie created an incredible, 6-tier wedding cake patterned after Christina’s own ideas for her dream cake when she was just a young girl. Gold and ivory Victorian-like accents and crystal beading gave the cake a royal theme that was beautifully incorporated throughout. Christina and Jimmy escaped on a fabulous honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to relax and unwind after the exciting festivities! — Stephanie DiCiro

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Krystal, a venue manager at Shirley Acres Weddings & Events and lead blogger at 30 Something Newlyweds, met James, who works in business technology at Sysco Foods, when they were set up by a mutual friend.

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The proposal was family affair. James invited Krystalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents to come visit from Goshen, Indiana and popped the question while the four of them were at dinner.


On their first date they discovered they both had grandparents and other loved ones living in Southern California. When the opportunity to book a private estate in San Clemente, California came up, it was the natural choice. Even James’ 96 year-old grand mother was able to attend the ceremony.In fact, the couple had family and friends from far and wide in attendance.

The theme of their wedding was “Woodward Fest” and the bright color-scheme and décor was anything but ordinary. Colorful poppies and roses of every color were strewn everywhere, bringing their casual outdoor setting to life.

rings but when it came time for the ring exchange he was handed an empty ring box. Just then, the music changed and to everyone’s delight, a “bow-tied” R2D2 rolled out presenting the ring perched atop a ring pillow!

Krystal knew she didn’t want a traditional wedding gown. She tasked Houston designer, Natalie Harris of Renegade Bridal, with creating a custom, poppyembroidered wedding gown with a little extra detail. Look closely Star Wars fans, you’ll

The ceremony took a unique twist when Krystal surprised James by arranging for beloved Star Wars character, R2D2 to make a guest appearance. James thought the officiant had the

note a subtle nod to Princess Leia’s cape.

To acknowledge their guests who traveled from “a galaxy far, far away,” the couple created a multi-directional signpost showing all the states their guests hailed from and the miles they traveled.

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“We made all of the vinyl stickers on my Cricut machine and then assembled the sign when we arrived in California. It was fun to see all the guests taking photos with it and pointing to where they had traveled from,” says Krystal.

Another non-traditional idea they incorporated was the coloring book guestbook. Instead of signing in, guests were asked to choose stick-figures to color to represent themselves. And to keep their guests cool, boozy margarita-flavored popsicles and non- alcoholic popsicles were served. The couple had planned an exciting honeymoon to Queenstown & Auckland, New Zealand but since their big day was the same day Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, they decided to head back to H-town to offer their help to the citywide clean-up efforts.

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Stay true to yourselves. It was important to us to have a wedding that reflected our personalities- which meant a colorful-casual affair. Pick a photographer whose personality makes you and your fiancé feel comfortable. The best photos come when you are able to act natural and show affection without reservation. Hire a fabulous DJ. Our DJ, Chris Berry with Sound Wave Productions made our reception a night to remember. He flawlessly transitioned from the oldies we love to Top 40 hits. He also asked questions

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beforehand- like “What is the average age of your wedding guest?” That really helped him know and understand our crowd. Pick your priorities and spend your budget accordingly. Photography was important to us- so we established our budget based on how much we had after our photography fees. Since photography was important to us, we also chose to allocate time before our ceremony for a first look at mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Half Moon In 1954, 17 families shared a love for Jamaica and developed Half Moon. Today, three of these original families run the property. Recently renovated,a view of the sea greets all who enter the open-air lobby. Pictures on the walls chronicle famous visitors including President George Bush and Jacqueline Kennedy.

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