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editor’s Letter

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editor’s Pics

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Features 181

How to Pick a Wedding Photographer

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Machu Picchu El Mangroove Pedregal Sarasota

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Kathleen & Mico

Melissa & Kirives

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Amanda & Michael

Autumn & Matthew Tawni & Patrick Rachel & Phillip Shellany & Brandon Pamela & Sam Kaleen & Thomas

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The Bridal Extravaganza Show is returning to the George R. Brown Convention Center for the big January show. As your big day approaches, get the major items out of the way first. Most brides focus on the wedding location. Once you’ve secured a date, the rest of the items will fall into place. Next, dive into the enhancements that will make your day creative and memorable. You may experience some stressful days and sleepless nights as you plan your big day, but remember, it’s all about you: the bride.

PHOTO BY ANA&IVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

On the following pages you will meet Texas brides, just like you. You’ll also meet the vendors who bring their dreams to life. Look for advice from brides and learn from their mistakes; be inspired by their creativity, then push the envelope to make your dreams come true. As you navigate the sea of big-day decisions and engagement hurdles, always come back to the center of why you said yes in the first place. Love never fails. Sincerely, Laurette M. Veres

The nexT Bridal exTravaganza Show iS January 7-8, 2017 ON THE COVER Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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EDITOR IN CHIEF Laurette M. Veres MANAGING EDITOR Marissa Greteman GRAPHIC DESIGN Goran Atanasovski PRODUCTION MANAGER Jeanine Hickman

EDITORIAL Jade Vertil Thutrang Mai Bianca Stephanie DiCiro Fatema Sharif Rocio Grana Kyley Koregay Maddie Addicks Bryce Nicole Perry Yazmeen Sahadi Ashley Lewis Vicki Dill

PHOTOGRAPHY EVOKE Valarie Winn Gema Blanton ChrisWPhoto.com Photography by Gema Rosalee’s Custom Photography Bend the Light Stephanie Rogers Theo Civitello Khanh Nguyen Stefano Choi

®Copyright 2017 • Bridal Extravaganza Show PO Box 667399 Houston TX 77266 281-340-7777 H Texas Magazine – Texas Weddings Magazine


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Nadine Moon has developed a reputation throughout Texas for her beautiful and creative custom designed cakes. Called a “Confectionary Artist ” by her clients, she uses her artistic abilities to create beautiful cakes which will have your guests raving, “Who Made the Cake!” A seven-tier cake covered with 2,500 handmade sugar roses and white-chocolate fondant..

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STUDIO DON'T BE LATE TO YOUR WEDDING BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE HOW YOU LOOK. Your head must be swimming with details of this most special occasion. The right look-a look that fits your personality and style- is important so that you feel confident, look beautiful to your family and guests, and look absolutely breathtaking to your future husband. Our service is for the woman who wants her wedding day as stress-free as possible. The professional team of makeup artists Hilda Kershman, Alina Christine, Mon ica Vasquez, Liz Lee and associates will help you achieve the look you want for yourself and your wedding party. Look fresh, flaw less, and radiant. ~ On Location or in our Studio ~ Use of Natural Products

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Set amidst 25 acres of lush grounds, quaint arbors and picket fences, moss draped live oaks and roses, Ashelynn Manor provides a relaxed country setting with all the modern amenities and several options for your wedding: large or intimate. Exchange your vows in front of 275 guests in the new "Vintage" chapel with mahogany pews and light filled windows or in the romantic garden gazebo with horses in the distant pastures. The stately Manor luxuriously appointed with marble floors, grandiose columns, a picture perfect circular staircase topped with a sparkling chandelier and fabulous views is ideal for intimate gatherings. Host your reception in the carriage house, decorated in an elegant true country style. Our on-site planners will customize your event to perfection.

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Magnoha, Texas 773.55 Ashelynn Manor is a premier wedding facility located northwest of Houston. The 6,200 square foot manor was built by Master Builder John Lorino in 1975. Look out ofthe window, and you will enjoy 25 beautiful rolling acres. The grounds are lushly landscaped, providing a romantic setting for your special day. J;l{shelynn s lovely new "Vintage" chapel will fulfill every brides' dream. Old country charm with seating foil' up to 275 guests will give you and your guests the feeling ofhome. Wte have a special bridal room where she can watch her ceremony '[unfold...

~r elegant wrhite gazebo centered in the charming rose garden, which overlooks our grazing horses. This gorgeous area is absolutely perfect for outdoor ceremonies.

~r 5,000 square foot Carriage House can accommodate up to 300 guests and is ideal for your dream reception. A Texas size fourteen-foot granite bar and 34 crystal and wrought iron chandeliers compliment the rustic elegance of the Carriage House.

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Our Cinderella Package Includes Your Ceremony and Reception for 5 hours Our Beautiful Home from 1890 on 18 Beautifully Landscaped Acres Gazebo and Spacious Glassed in Grand Room and Porch Magnificent Lake View “Grandma and Grandpa House Museum” Personal Wedding Coordinator Charming Bride’s Dressing Room, Tastefully Appointed Groom’s Quarters Gift Area Including Cage for Envelopes Tables, Chairs, Linens & Napkins China, Flatware & Goblets Staff, Bartenders, Beverage Napkins, Cups and Ice (Set up, Tear down, Clean-up) Security Officers DJ-Emcee Minister - ($225) Wedding Cake -($435) Grooms Cake - ($212) Chocolate Fountain ($150) Coffee, Tea & Lemonade Margarita Machine - ($150) Fireworks - ($150) Meal @ $20 Per Person ($2057) $16,980

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Total Based on 100 Guests for ALL of the above Over 100 Guests @ $18 pp + Cakes + Meal + Tax (on meal) Our Vendors are the Best of the Best You may choose to bring in your own Vendors Dramatically Change The Price Of Your Package By Choosing A Less Expensive Meal We Have Meals Starting At $7.00 Per Person To The Moon We at House Plantation do not charge Gratuity, Service Fee, Set Up Fee, Slicing Fee or Chilling and Corking Fee “GROOM NOT INCLUDED” 281-849-8471 or 281-758-0706 PHONE – 832-526-0503 TEXT $1,000 Deposit, Final Balance Due 2 weeks Prior to Event, Additional Hours $825 Per Hour Friday Pricing Available Upon Request (Max Capacity 325) HOUSE PLANTATION, 15743 HOUSE RD, HOCKLEY, TEXAS 77447 www.houseplantation.com houseplantation@gmail.com Rev 1/2016 Thank you, Connie, FGM !!!!!WE ONLY DO ONE EVENT A DAY!!!!!


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Editors’

Lauren Peele Photography

Amy and Jordan Photography

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Mix and Match Choosing bridesmaids gowns in different colors and styles is a fantastic way to add some flair to your big day. This combination works perfectly!

Luxury Meets Leisure

Pops of Purple Adding a couple stems of dark flowers to your bouquet can really make it pop! Purple ranunculus is the perfect addition to this bride’s floral arrangements.

Uncorked Calling all wine lovers: repurpose some of those old wine corks by turning them into boutonnieres! Stick with smaller blooms to make the corks stand out!

Photo: Ashley Lewis

Lindsay Fauver Photography

Jenna McElroy Photography

Incorporating different types of furniture into your reception helps create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The addition of string lights is definitely a plus!

Marissa’s

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Your Seat Awaits

Center-Stage Chandelier Peonies, hydrangeas, roses and orchids set the scene for this beautiful and romantic outdoor wedding. The use of a chandelier gives the space a very elegant feel.

Reverie VP

It’s All in the Details We’ve all seen wedding gowns with dramatic backlines. This gown by ZuhairMurad takes bridal wear to a new level by focusing all of the drama in the front.

Rachel Jane Photography

Koman Photography

Simplify your seating chart; save a few trees by posting your seating chart on a larger than life board instead of place cards. Have your florist help make it a true work of art!

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Joice Ruffing Photography

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Stranded with Madi

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Photography by Madison Martin

Whether you are looking for your something new, something borrowed, or something blue- jewelry designer, Madison Martin has got you covered! Madison specializes in beaded jewelry that can be customized to make the perfect gift. All of her pieces are handmade in College Station, TX.

@ www.etsy.com/shop/strandedwithmadi

Sweet Cravings

Photo: Ashley Lewis

This trend is perfect for those who do not like super sweet treats. Naked cakes are a great option for all styles of wedding. You can really get creative with decoration for these types of cakes. Dress them up with decorative cake stands or flowers, or really focus on the linens and table display. You can also get more interesting flavors by switching up the fillings. There is more to cake than frosting and fondant details.

Bianca’s Pics (Flowers with menu) Loft Photography www.loftphotography.com • (Invitation suite) Jenna McElroy Photography www.jennamcelroy.com

Amber Vickery Photography - www.ambervickeryphotography.com

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Lovely, hand-written script will make your wedding invitations more personal. Think about how excited your guests will be to receive beautiful, exciting mail in honor of celebrating you! Hiring a calligrapher will save you time and provide you with uniquely crafted designs. Natalie Coulter, owner of Mint + Maple Designs, approaches her design work with a focus on natural, fresh elements. While she focuses on invitations, calligraphy, and signage, bright colors and beautiful lettering are her specialties.

Mint + Maple Calligraphy Class Looking for a fun night out on the town? Join Natalie Coulter, founder of Mint + Maple Designs, in a calligraphy class! With workshops across Texas in cities such as Austin, College Station, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, friends can learn lettering while enjoying wine, snacks, and great music.


Paper Flowers are a great option to include in your wedding. They are affordable and will never wilt! It is a great idea to include these in your event budget because you can choose which flowers you would like featured during whichever season of the year. Since paper is so easily accessible, the décor possibilities are endless with paper floral details.

Photography by Caroline Studios

Joice Ruffing Photography

We Are Family Photography by Caroline Studios

Gather around the table and interact! Food is a great way to bring people together. Relax and have fun celebrating the new family with a family-style meal. With this warm and inviting catering style, couples can save money, and guests can serve themselves as much as they want. Therefore, everyone will leave happy!

Editors’

The Perks of Being a Paper Flower

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Be Our Guests

Make your wedding more beautiful through fresh design. By adding fresh elements you can keep your décor simple, yet elegant.

Your guests are one of the most important factors of your wedding! Feature them by including a spot for the photo booth pictures that you are already paying for. You can later incorporate these photos into a unique guest book!

Take My Breath Away Everyone is familiar with the floral filler baby’s breath. While it is very underrated, baby’s breath is a very affordable option that can be utilized in many different areas of your wedding. A little can go a long way so it is a great idea to use it as the base for all things décor. It is the perfect addition to a rustic wedding.

Beautiful Words It is the little things that count. Write your loved one letters to remind them of how special they are to you the day of your wedding and throughout the marriage. This is a gift that will last a lifetime. Theo Graphics Photography

Light it Up!

Photography by eather Sanderson Photography

Photography by Gem Blanton

Photography by Caroline Studios

So Fresh, So Clean

Get creative with your lighting. Incorporate mason jars, wine bottles, or lanterns onto strands of lights. The opportunities are endless! You can even spray paint the wire to add accents from your color scheme.

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Editors’ Pics

Photography by: Thompson Photographics

Blooming Blessings Outside weddings are always beautiful especially when they are decorated with colorful flowers aligning the aisle. What a beautiful statement colorful ribbons blowing in the wind make as the bride and groom walk down the aisle. Credit: Eva Friesen

Photo: Ashley Lewis

Photography by: Photography by Gema/ Gema Blanton

Love and Lace

Stephanie’s

Decorating in Style Decorations for your wedding are so important and you will probably spend hours and hours getting every table just right. Each little item you add holds special meaning.

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Love at First Bite Wedding cakes have always been the main part of the wedding reception, today’s wedding is no different as the brides are stepping up their additions to the traditional cake. Some additions include edible flowers, cupcakes, cake pops, and even ice cream bars.

Photography Credit: Iris Pola

Photography by: Heather Sanderson

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There are so many different fantastic wedding invitations to look at when beginning your shopping. Eva Friesen’s Love of Creating has well over 200 choices, it was difficult to choose which to feature. I loved them all.

Message in a Bottle Iris Pola designs custom favors that are perfect for asking your girls to be in your bridal party! These personalized messages in a bottle will sure sweeten the deal helping you to ask your friends to be with you on your special day! These favors are offered in a variety of different styles including puzzles, bracelets, unique cutouts, and styles.

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Editors’

Hooked on a Feeling

Photography by: John Christopher Livas

Custom wooden hangers will sure make your day memorable. Not only could you make one for the bride, but also the bridal party. These will be a great remembrance of the day their best friend tied the knot!

Pics

Photography by: Angi Philips, Angelique Ink

Grandma’s Attic

Wishing You Were Here

Angelique Ink provides numerous custom calligraphy stamps to add that extra touch for your wedding invitations! With over twenty design options to choose from, you will surely find the one for you and yours!

@ www.angeliqueink.com

Rustic Meets Chic Wood backgrounds provide for the perfect backdrop for a focal point in a picture especially with bouquets that are romantic chic with a hint of country.

At your wedding having a special place to honor those who are no longer with you, but will always be in your hearts, is a perfect tribute to them. By displaying pictures, letters, lighting candles, or setting out other items of importance helps the guests know them like you did.

Photography by: Chris Wineinger

Photography by: Tara Swain

As you are planning your wedding more are more people are bringing in personal things to decorate their reception. This not only makes the bride feel more at ease, but also makes the family members that they borrowed the items from feel special too. This photo reminds me of my Grandma’s attic.

Stamp of Approval

Save the Date Magnet

Photography Credit: Wood Envy

Wood Envy is known for their laser engraved gift items and these save the date magnets are just the perfect way to remind your guests of your big day! There are several designs, shapes and wood finishes to choose from to fit anyone’s taste.

@ www.etsy.com/shop/WoodEnvyDotCom

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Credit: Lily Hayes

Editors’ Pics

Credit: Theo Civitello

Chandelier archway

Beautiful table décor

A striking archway for brides and grooms to get married under. It has beautiful flowers and chandelier hanging in the middle, with a beautiful setting in the background.

Table décor is a big thing for weddings. I love how everything is clear and gold on this table. Even the candle centerpieces are clear and the flowers match the linens on the table. This is a beautiful table setting.

Food Happiness

Jade’s

This would really standout at a wedding, as it is so unique. The guest’s name is placed at their seat, then they exchange their name with a picture that they take with a Polaroid camera. What a great way for guests to be interactive.

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The Perfect Wedding Exit This is a great way to exit a wedding into a new adventure, in a classic car in-between larger than life sparkler.

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Credit: Caroline Godkin, Caroline’s Collective

Serving food family style, the guests do not need to get up every time they want food. The food is already on the table and is shared around on a beautiful plate. Also, the flowers and candles in the middle are stunning.

Scenery to die for!

Credit: John & Joseph Photography

This is beautiful scenery for a destination wedding, on a beach with palm trees and the sea in the background. Everything is white and green, which creates a gorgeous look. It truly is a beautiful place to have a wedding.


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Mix and Match It Up John Christopher Photography

The bridesmaids should also feel good about the way they look on your wedding day. Allowing them to choose the cut and color of their own attire enables them to be equally excited.

Unforgettable Snapshots

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Looking through your wedding photos can be an emotional journey; therefore, having your photographer take pictures of significant moments such as the father-daughter dance or even the first look are important. Be sure to mention these heartwarming shots to your photographer.

Remember When

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This perfect blend of bergamot, jasmine, and amber will be a memorable scent that lingers throughout your wedding day. “Remember When” is a luxurious perfume that offers the best of both French designs and U.S. production.

Go the Extra Mile

Culture and Love

Practical party favors are awesome to have for your guests. Wine keys with the couple’s initials or handmade candles are just a few personal ways to say thank you in the simplest way.

Cultural weddings are incredibly fun for the guests and wedding party. I love the vibrant colors, textures, and music.

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Trends

Green with Envy Based in Houston, Christina Greene is an upscale collection of artisancrafted jewelry featuring vibrant semi-precious stones that make the ideal accessory for the blushing bride or a unique gift for a bridal party. Whether being worn down the aisle, to a rehearsal dinner or given as a thank you gift, our one-of-a-kind jewelry with a variety of styles, colors and price points make Christina Greene the perfect choice for brides with sophisticated taste. For the stylish bride who appreciates versatile pieces and eye-catching designs, Christina Greene jewelry is a must-have.

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Looking for a non-traditional statement piece? Eilisain’s edgy and distinctive bridal jewelry is empowering and makes the wearer feel connected to the beauty of animals and wildlife. Shown here, the Brigid bridesmaid ring in 18kt gold plated sterling silver, retails for $250 and it’s the perfect piece for a unique bride or bridesmaid.

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Full Circle Each individually handcrafted bracelet is made entirely from recycled sterling silver in the artist’s home studio, making them an accessory that you can feel good about wearing while looking amazing! It is an elegant, understated, and feminine accessory, perfect for brides and bridesmaids.

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Time to Commit

Fox & Bond has released their latest selection of Commitment (engagement) rings including 15 fresh antique and vintage options. This is the first time the team set out to curate a comprehensive collection that caters specifically to those planning to get engaged.

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Making Memories These Texas-made, original, modern designs make a thoughtful quality wedding gift. The Bangle Bracelet shown here features actual handwriting.

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Spread some Joy

All for Layna

The one of a kind, custom initial heart necklace is a popular piece customized and cherished with loved ones initials. The piece is available in sterling silver and 14k yellow, white and rose.

Finding the perfect jewelry that accentuates the bride and bridal party is crucial. Layna Friedman is an expert jeweler and ready to make any bride glow with her oneof-a-kind pieces.

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I Need a Hero Select the perfect wedding jewelry with Cate & Chloe’s Luxe Swarovski & 18 Karat Collections. One of Cate & Chole’s favorites is Sloane “Hero” Sterling Silver 18k White Gold Plated Swarovski Drop Necklace. The prong setting utilizes more light to fully showcase the beauty of a Swarovski crystal. With three beautiful round cut Swarovski stones hanging delicately against your chest you’ll look absolutely stunning.

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Cocktails Anyone? This platinum cocktail ring features an exquisite 14.95 ct. oval-shaped yellow sapphire set in a halo of round diamonds. Beautifully crafted, additional diamonds are accented down the shank and on the underside of the mounting. GIA report is included with the purchase. $35,000

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Look Good Do Good Getting engaged is a dream for so many young women, and Diamonds Unleashed not only makes this dream come true, but allows the dreams of many young girls to become achievable as well. With each purchase of an engagement ring from the new collection, a donation is made to either a secondary education scholarship for a girl in a low-income country or to help girls in our inner cities learn to code. A purchaser can choose whether or not they would like their donation to go towards either nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code or She’s the First.

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A Glass for Every Bride Slice and Dice

Sleep Tight

Excalibur spiral veggie slicer $34.95

Pacifica organic cotton gel pillow $50

Create healthy and appetizing salads such as potato curls, cucumber spirals, vegetable spaghetti and so much more with the Excalibur Spiral Veggie Slicer. Easy to use, the Excalibur 3-in-1 Food Slicer comes with a base and three blades that slice product evenly and consistently, cutting prep time in half.

Often times we do not know what to give the couple who has everything. Why not try giving them the gift of comfort and a good night’s rest.

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Vinum cuvee prestige flute $54.99 • Veritas coupe $62 • “O” glass $24.99 • Veritas champagne wine glass $64.99 (all sets of two) The Romantic Princess Bride will fall in love with the timeless, traditional silhouette of Riedel’s Vinum Cuvee Prestige Flute while the Vintage, Glamour Bride will be dazzled by the old Hollywood charm of Riedel’s Veritas Coupe, with its Gatsby era sophistication. The free-spirited Minimalist, Boho Bride will find Riedel’s “O” Glass a perfect fit for her carefree lifestyle, while the Modern, Trendsetting Bride whose perfectionist nature means she just has to have the hippest, best-in-class items at her wedding and home, will love Riedel’s Veritas Champagne Wine Glass that optimizes the taste of the world’s very best bubbly, the first glass of its kind.

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Cuts Like a Knife 6-piece Elevate™ 100 Knives set with Rotating Knife Block $180 These new 100 Collection Elevate™ knives are made from ice-hardened, German stainless steel, strengthened with vanadium for extra durability. Their ergonomic, softgrip handles provide added comfort and grip, even when wet, and they have discreet colorcoded dots that aid knife selection when stored in a knife block.

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Happy Wife, Happy Life Many brides tend to overlook some important items they’ll need for what comes after they say “I Do.” World-renowned wedding planner, event designer, lifestyle and registry expert Jung Lee of has the ultimate recommendations for the items every bride needs to fill those unforeseen gaps in her registry.

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Home Run Maxwell Ryan tableware collection Ranging in price from $10.00 - $70.00

Created in collaboration with master Italian architects, Smeg’s seamlessly designed blender merges retro-inspired style with modern performance, making it easier than ever to tackle all kinds of food prep tasks.

Bring a touch of spa-like luxury to your every day with Wamsutta Perfect Soft Micro Cotton Bath Towels. Crafted of high-quality, ring spun cotton, these durable and ultraabsorbent bath towels feature an extra-soft, plush feel.

The Maxwell Ryan series is comprised of dinnerware, glassware and select textiles; designed with clean, practical elegance in mind. The dinnerware portion of the collection, which consists of dinner plates, salad plates, pasta bowls, cereal bowls, fruit bowls, and an assortment of mugs, is available in two colors; grey and matte white.

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Stay Dry Blender Bender SMEG BLF01 Pastel Green & Pink Blender $249.99

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Wamsutta perfect soft micro cotton bath towels $14.99


Candle Perfect MTodd candle from $54

Looking for the perfect bridesmaids and groomsmen gift? Marie Todd’s Signature and MTodd candle collections have you covered. These thoughtful gifts are beautifully adorned in award-winning packaging, allowing you to skip the wrapping.

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For the Chef The new stainless cookware makes a perfect addition to wedding registries and serves as a great, long lasting wedding gift. The Viking 5-Ply Hard Stainless cookware set combines highly heat conducive aluminum with a nonreactive stainless steel interior delivering a dishwasher safe and induction capable performance - perfect for home chefs.

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Perk Alert

KRUPS EA84 falcon $999

Give the newlyweds the gift of professional cappuccino at home with the full-automatic espresso machine.We also suggest the Moka Brew, Grind and Brew KM7000, and Electronic Tea Maker.

Treat Yourself

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9-Tray digital controller 3948CDB $329.95 Update your kitchen with the latest technology. For couples seeking revolutionary, highperformance small kitchen appliances, a food dehydrator is the perfect appliance to make healthy treats and raw foods such as allnatural jerky, fruit leathers, vegetable chips and granola (preservative and additive free!).

Grilled Cheese

IMUSA’s Quesadilla Maker $19.99

The cute cooker creates golden brown quesadillas in just 4-5 minutes. Perfect for a fun, quick and easy meal, this gadget prepares the popular Mexican dish without any mess. This quesadilla maker features non-stick cooking plates, an excess drip tray, locking lid, as well as ready and heat indicator lights.

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Rice, Rice Baby

T-fal 10-in-1 Rice & Multi-Cooker $118 The new T-fal 10-in-1 Rice & Multi-Cooker features all of the home cook’s cooking and baking needs in a single machine! The T-fal 10-in-1 Rice & Multi-Cooker includes 10 cooking programs that can make everything from risotto to cake to slow-cooked stews, at the touch of a button. This do-it-all gadget is THE must-have gift for any busy chef who loves to cook!

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Give Me an A Alpha water tumbler with engraved letter $226

Fit For A King

The enforced shape of the "Alpha" set, which fits snugly into the hand, is inspired by a copper beaker from the Middle Ages. These stackable cups are ideal for young families who need products that are both elegant and practical.

Toulouse dinnerware collection $10.99-44.99

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Classic shapes on a blue or green pastel background make the Toulouse Dinnerware Collection perfect for year-round entertaining. Coordinating serving pieces and home décor featuring birds, butterflies and delicate pink flowers are also available.

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April 17, 2016

Love at a Second Glance

Jodi and Blake met when Jodi was 16. Their parents bowled together. A chance meeting more than 20 years later at a Subway sandwich shop and a post on Facebook eventually brought them together. They are the most adorable and perfect couple; their love exudes to everyone around them.

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Their ceremony took place at the river oaks garden Club under a beautiful tent lined with crisscrossed hanging lights. The altar, designed by Balushka, was created with white, black, and silver hand crafted flowers. everyone was seated when Blake, a houston Fire department Chief, walked down the aisle to george strait’s # 1 hit “The Fireman.” This got the crowd roaring and the fun never stopped. Their first walk as man and wife was to stevie ray Vaughan’s “sweet little Thing.”after

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Jodiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice

do it your way and wait to spend the money to have the wedding of your dreams. indulge in flowers that are beautiful, have food and drinks flowing, and make sure you have enough time to plan (at least 14 months). You want everything perfect, not rushed. take the time to pick the perfect music and make sure everything flows. You want to be in the moment to remember each and every detail. get a wedding planner. itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it. You cannot be there that day to make sure it goes smooth and perfect. have the wedding you always wanted, not what everyone else wants you to have.

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the ceremony, guests crossed the street to fun-factory armando’s. From the margaritas to the tasty Mexican fare, the sunday-funday afternoon crowd was rocking. They rode off into the sunset in a Firetruck after one gown change and one sexy performance by the bride to Beyonce’s “love on top.”

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He’s Got Game

Kirvis wanted a perfect surprise proposal. He asked Melissa to pick him up at his place for the basketball game and set up a beautiful presentation for her when she walked inside. Unfortunately she was so worried about making it to the game on time, she didn’t see it! she ran inside, past his creative work and straight up the stairs. Kirvis had to improvise a little. He acted like he was going to the car. He closed the front door behind him, but waited just outside. Melissa saw his presentation of love as she raced back downstairs. He heard Melissa’s surprised screams of excitement and went inside to pour his heart out to her on one knee. she said Yes! The couple said their “i do’s” at the Beaumont event Center with it’s gorgeous outdoor cascading waterfall and elegant atmosphere. Mrs. Paulette lewis from Platinum designs helped coordinate their dream wedding. Melissa wore a striking Maggie sottero dress; debbie’s delights made the cake. The couple ended their celebration by heading to new orleans, la for their honeymoon.

- Kyley Kornegay

Melissa’s Advice

do your research and plan ahead! also, find a great planner that you trUst and is there to please you! That helped me tremendously. waiting until the last minute can add unneeded stress and worry to your life and who needs that! i knew what i wanted and relayed it to my Coordinator and she handled it from there. i had minimal stress and the Bridezilla never came out! i truly enjoyed planning my wedding with the help of my Mom and Coordinator lewis.

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Photography by Gema Blanton

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Pretty In Pink

autumn williams, an account manager, and matthew meinert, the owner of a successful landscaping company, first met at a comedy club in dallas, tX. a few months later on autumn’s birthday, matt proposed in front of their closest family and friends at a local pizza house and wine bar. he spelled out “marry me” on the pizza and autumn could not have been more excited!

Autumn’s advice:

take the time to soak up every moment of the day because it goes by too fast. take some time and walk around to take a look at all of your beautiful decorations, so you can remember how beautiful everything was!

They had an april wedding at elmwood gardens in Palestine, tX, a place close to autumn’s east texas roots. she walked the aisle in a beautiful, allure lace fitted gown. The dress hung off the shoulders and featured a deep v back. every aspect was perfectly planned to enhance a spring wedding. The cake was a 3-tiered white cake with coral peonies and roses detailed on the side. The two indulged in a luxurious honeymoon following their wedding at the hard rock heaven resort in riviera maya, mexico. riviera maya turned out to be a beautiful place to unwind after the stress of planning a wedding.

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Puppy Love

Tawni, a project manager for rew group, and Patrick, a Project Manager for dPr construction, met through mutual friends during spring break in their last year of college. after dating for some time, they went out for a nice dinner. when they got home, Patrick offered to take their dog Tori for a walk, while Tawni relaxed. after a couple minutes, the dog came running back with a different collar. by the time Tawni noticed the ring attached to the new collar, Patrick was coming around the corner and getting down on one knee to ask Tawni to marry him. They wed just outside of Houston at agave road. “The venue itself is gorgeous. it feels like you are in an exotic location; however, you are just miles from Houston,” says Tawni. The “all-inclusive” venue was perfect for them as they worked on their demanding careers and left the wedding planning to agave road staff. Tawni wore a stunning gown by Justin alexander from Ventura’s bridal Fashions; sunkissed and Made Up did her hair and make up. edible designs by Jessie made the cake and Flower Power Productions took care of floral arrangements.

Tawni’s Advice:

You cannot tell your maid of honor and bridesmaids “thank you” enough throughout the entire process. This is a huge commitment for them, and they deserve a lot of appreciation for their time and effort.

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Have activities planned for you and your bridesmaids the morning and day of the wedding. The longer you sit and wait the more nerves set in, so stay occupied!

The couple hired a babysitter, kids were offsite but nearby, so guests could enjoy an all adult reception without added responsibilities. They honeymooned in st lucia and stayed at sandals-regency la Toc.

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September 21, 2013

rachel and Phillip met while attending sabine high school and immediately knew they had something special. after dating for some time, in January of 2013, Phillip told rachel that he truly could not wait another second to marry her, then popped the big question. The couple knew from the very beginning that they wanted to be married in their hometown, where the story began. They selected lake cherokee for their outdoor ceremony

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Rachel’s advice:

it’s very easy to get caught up in following the “schedule” of the wedding day. Make sure you take the time to hug each of your loved ones, have a few moments alone with your husband, and just say thank you. soak in each and every moment! and indoor reception, which provided the “real east texas feel” that they were looking for. The ceremony was designed and set up by the mother of the bride. she even included vintage china on the wedding party table! Jo’s custom confections created the cake, and her gown was allure one of a Kind. The ceremony was made complete with a speech by the bride’s uncle and “Jones” sodas. after their big day, the couple enjoyed a luxury honeymoon in cancun. - Marissa Greteman

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God’s Favor For Us to Be Together

in april 2012, a mutual friend set up a blind date for Brandon and shellany. shellany walked up to her future husband and said,”hi, we’re friends on Facebook, but not in real life.” Brandon was left absolutely stunned as they spent the evening sharing memories, thoughts and dreams. Being the hopeless romantic, Brandon treated shellany with “every endearing word and doting action” she deserved. with her family’s blessing, he plotted engagement plans; designing a ring symbolizing the intertwining of families from metals of her aunt’s engagement ring and his mother’s wedding ring and planning a party where he would pop the question. The couple held their celebration of marriage at the marty leonard Chapel in Forth worth, tX., a simple, classic wedding that really reflected their personalities and faith. The bride’s grand entrance was to debussy’s Clair de lune. The reception was held at The texas

& Pacific station, which perfectly mimicked the 20’s modern design they got from the chapel where the wedding was held. The soft colors and use of pearls within the décor, bridesmaids, and bride made for the perfect modern 20’s wedding.

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River of Love

Pamela martin, owner of a gym and sam Pier, a project manager grew up in the same town, but didn’t meet until they went to texas state University. sam was a football player and Pamela was a cheerleader so they continuously ran into each other; the rest is history. One evening as they pulled into a parking lot, sam pointed at the restaurant’s marquee, it read, “Pam, will you marry me?” Family and friends ran out of the restaurant to join their celebration. The night ended with an amazing dinner with their loved ones.

Pamela’s Advice

when choosing vendors, make sure to read the reviews on weddingwire, The Knot, and Facebook. i did this and ended up being very happy with every single one of them! i think these websites are extremely helpful.

The two-ring ceremony and reception were held at Hideout on the Horseshoe on the guadalupe river in new Braunfels, texas. They rented the 18-cabin resort for the entire weekend and were able spend time with loved ones. Pamela wore a galina signature gown from david’s Bridal; 2tarts bakery provided the wedding cake.

The newlyweds honeymooned at turtle Bay resort in Hawaii. - Yazmeen Sahadi

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Scandinavian Love

Kaleen met Thomas in new Braunfels, TX. They were in the same sixth grade class and had a crush on each other. when seventh grade rolled around, Thomas left to attend military school. They reunited at a downtown austin bar ten years later and have been inseparable ever since. Thomas took Kaleen back to their old elementary school where they first met, and in that classroom they shared, he proposed. The wedding was in austin, Texas at The allan house. Kaleen’s stepfather officiated their wedding (he got ordained specifically for their wedding). They had a subtle theme of irish and scottish tradition with scottish thistles incorporated into their floral arrangements. Kaleen wore a simple, elegant straight gown with a beautiful embellished belt to accentuate her waistline.

Kaleen’s Advice

i would not go ‘cheap’ on a wedding photographer. You pay for what you receive, and that made all the difference with my incredible experience with my photographer.

consider having a large rehearsal dinner. we almost had a ‘second reception’, and adding that extra time to meet with everyone the first night during the rehearsal lifted a huge stress of needing to meet and greet with everyone on my big day.

The couple honeymooned in ireland and scotland, home of their ancestors. - Ashley Lewis

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in a houston bar, Mico’s friend saw an old college acquaintance and went to say hi. They made the decision to merge their groups of friends and move to another bar. “let me grab Mico,” said the friend. when Kathleen saw Mico she decided to do the fetching and they’ve been together ever since. They went to tel aviv, israel to visit his family. Mico set up a double date with his friends at the tel aviv Port. The other couple was running late

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Picked a Keeper!


ring he placed on her finger. They added flair to their very traditional, classic wedding with huge silver balloons spelling out Mr. and Mrs. as an incredible backdrop for pictures and tables surrounding the dance floor so everyone could see their iconic first dance! They are escaping to Maui to soak up the sun and relax on the beach as newlyweds! - Stephanie DiCiro so they had a drink, walked the pier and ended up in a little park near the beach. Kathleen was taken by the park’s beauty and said, “wow this would be a perfect place to propose, it’s so nice!” next thing she knew, Mico was on one knee! There was no “other couple,” he brought her to the beautiful port to ask for her hand. The omni houston hotel with its beautiful chandeliers and neutral carpet were perfect for her theme. Kathleen walked down the aisle in a stunning Monique lhuillier Bliss gown. Mico created the one of a kind

Kathleen’s advice:

“obviously everyone has a budget and towards the end there are so many expenses you don’t think about and it can be stressful. But after it’s all said and done, this is the only wedding you get (hopefully) and those memories will be with you forever so if there’s something you want that’s pricey, if you think it’ll be worth it, do it! You can always earn more money, but those memories are once in a lifetime.”

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amanda rose myers michael Victor malet Novemeber 8, 2014

Garden District Romance amanda myers, a 4th grade teacher, and michael malet, a realtor for Keller williams, met in high school through mutual friends. The night they met michael drove amanda home, and according to amanda, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they fell in love right then and there!â&#x20AC;? cue the emo music playing on the car stereo and the scene could have come right out of a teenage romantic comedy.

Fast forward a few years later and michael proposed to amanda on Friday, december 13th. while this date has been notorious for bad luck, the couple

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Amanda’s Advice

“Focus on the feeling! i once read that it’s the feeling you remember from your wedding, not the small details. once mikey and i decided that we wanted a love and laughter vibe with family being the focus, everything fell into place.”

were tattoos of the couple’s faces and guests enjoyed food from a taco truck and gourmet pizzas.

amanda wanted to connect with the people she loves. Bridesmaids’ necklaces were made with the same beading in amanda’s dress. The beading from her headpiece was duplicated on her mother’s, mother-in-law’s, and sister-inlaw’s bracelets; pieces of her dress were featured on the groomsmen boutonnieres.

has experienced nothing but good karma during their marriage.

They were married at avantgarden in montrose on november 8, 2014. montrose had been their stomping ground for seven years and this venue incorporated all of the uniqueness the area has to offer. The wedding itself was untraditional, but still incorporated a beautiful message of connecting their families together. The bride and her sister received henna tattoos the night before the wedding; the party favors

amanda and michael have not planned their honeymoon yet, as they are waiting for the summer for school to get out of session since amanda is a teacher. - maddie addicks

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make sure you order save the dates and invites for the number of households, nOT the number of people you invited to the wedding. Also, your entire registry doesn’t have to be plates and mixers, have fun with it. we added a margarita machine and a 2-person arcade basketball game. They were some of the first items to go and everyone enjoys them when they come over to our house!

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Amy, an Account manager at KhOu 11 and Zachary, a mbA grad student, met through mutual friends. They where just buddies, yet all of their friends knew they would end up dating long before Amy and Zach knew themselves. Zach planned a trip to las Vegas with a bunch of friends, his and hers. As they walked to dinner one night they stopped to watch the bellagio Fountain show; after watching the water dance to your song by elton John, Zach got on one knee and proposed. Friends cheered and congratulated when she accepted. The families gathered at saint Arnold’s brewery in the investor’s Pub for the rehearsal dinner. it was a great place to mingle, play darts and get acquainted. Their ceremony was at The Parador, an indoor/outdoor venuein houston, Texas; near downtown, great staff, delicious food and a great price.

Photography ChrisWPhoto.com Amy walked down the aisle in a gown that was from bella-deur. Their first dance after exchanging vows was to your song. nadine moon at who made the cake, hit a homerun with the best wedding cake the bride ever tasted. They also had a dessert bar with giant skillet for warming brownies or pies before topping them with ice cream. They honeymooned at Palm island Resort, a little private island in the grenadines, population 70, where they snuck off to deserted beaches, biked and snorkeled with wild sea turtles. - Jade Lewis

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Bonnie feels she was given the best advice,“The night will fly by and be over before you know it so really take a moment to take everything in, enjoy yourself and be with the people you love.” another tip is to hire a planner or at the least a coordinator for the day of the wedding. This will allow your mother and other family members to truly enjoy the day and notworry if things are going as planned. even if you think it will run smoothly, those who care about you worry. let them enjoy the day.

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college sweethearts, Bonnie and Travis met through mutual friends six years before Travis decided to pop the question. while Bonnie was getting ready for their dinner date, she found an unexpected surprise waiting in the bathroom. a new bottle of the wine they

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shared the first time they met and a couple of glasses. as she turned around, Travis was waiting on one knee for her answer. after a romantic dinner, the newly engaged couple spent the night

celebrating with friends in houston’s Midtown. They tied the knot close to home at agave real in Katy, TX. “it’s like a destination wedding with no travel,” Bonnie recalls. “The majority

of our friends and family enjoyed our special day with us.”Bonnie walked down the aisle in anivory/blush fit and flare gown with a illusion neckline, a corded lace bodice and point d’esprit skirt by christos from now and Forever Bridal’s spring 2015 collection. They had a three-tier ivory cake covered with rosettes and beaded dots from edible designs by Jessie and honeymooned in south Beach Miami, Fl, sipping champagne on ocean drive as they watched the new Year’s eve fireworks. - Fatema Shariff

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Brooke elizabeth Jones and Mark Patrick chinetti, both army captains, met while stationed in colorado. The officers worked together, ate together and started spending free time together as best friends. one day, she accidentally ended a phone call with, “i love you.” The rest is history. Mark decided to propose while they were traveling in italy and made reservations on a hotel restaurant’s private balcony; it overlooked the river and had a view of the sunset. after hinting this would be a special night, they arrived to find the balcony was not too private and Mark aborted

his mission. Brooke realized nothing special happened and became moody as she worried he’d changed his mind. The next day worked out a little smoother; Mark proposed to Brooke in a private tasting room at tenuta torciano. The experience symbolized that life will turn out exactly like it should even, when your plans fall apart. The wedding took place in houston, tX at holy rosary catholic church where the bride wore a beautiful custom la sposa gown. The ceremony was followed by a brunch themed reception at The Parador. The Mediterranean ambiance reminded them of their engagement trip to italy; the brunch included mimosas, omelet and waffle stations and cakes from Three Brothers Bakery. The party moved to the Jw Marriot galleria where they spent the evening catching up with friends and family. The bride and groom honeymooned on the wonderful island of Fiji. - rocio graña

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Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Incancitadel, is the best-known archaeological site in South America. This bucket list destination was built around 1450 AD and abandoned a century later when Spanish conquistadors invaded the region. The Spaniards marched inland from the Pacific destroying most significant Incan settlements, but never discovered Machu Picchu. Hidden nearly 8000 feet up in the Andes, it was unknown to the outside world until American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham set out to confirm a myth about the lost city of the Incas in 1911.

Getting here is a planes, trains and automobiles adventure. LATAM Airlines out of JFK to Peru, change planes and fly to Lima then Cusco. LATAM’s premium business experience makes the plane trip bearable: seats recline into beds, gourmet meals are created by renowned chefs and wines selected by an award winning sommelier. In Cusco we hop into one of Viajes

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Pacifico’s automobiles and transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station, and ride Peru Rail’s Vistadome train, with 90% panoramic views so we can appreciate the beauty, to Aguas Calientes. As we roll out of Ollantaytambo the famous Inca Trail is nearby and we see backpackers crossing the scenic Urubamba River, embarking upon a fourday athletic adventure. Our adventure is different, we step off Peru Rail’s Vistadome in Aguas Calientes and hike four short minutes to the town’s only five star resort: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.

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My introduction to the Incan culture is magical and mystical thanks to the Peruvian and Andean cultural immersion at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, spectacularly located on the banks of the Vilcanota River in Aguas Calientes. I left my Houston home nearly twentyfour hours ago, but I’m not tired, I’m invigorated. The luxury 62-room property has recently renovated guest rooms and public spaces featuring historic Peruvian and Andean themes and symbols while featuring world-class modern amenities. The best amenity is Sumaq’s location. Most people visit Machu Picchu from Cusco and spend a big part of their day in transit. The bus ride upto Machu Picchu from


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Sumaq is less than 20 minutes and you can spend your day taking in the historic sights. Food is a big part of our adventure. We learn to prepare Peruvian Ceviche and Peru’s flagship cocktail, the Pisco Sour at a cooking demonstration

before heading to Qunuq for a six-course degustation tasting meal. Qunuq creates innovative dishes with ancient Peruvian culinary traditions and exciting flavors. Salmon trout cubes, lamb shank and avocado risotto are menu standouts.

Finally, Machu Picchu. Early morning hikers head up Hiram Bingham Highway. We bought tickets days ago and were lucky to get some of the limited seats on the bus. We stand in line in the center of town on Av. Hermanos.

Machu Picchu is considered the heart of the Incan culture. Built with polished dry-stone walls, many buildings have been restored to their original glory. We join the crowds, go around a bend and see the first of many terraced fields. The landscape is simply breathtaking and quite unbelievable. Terraces were carved at different elevations so the Incans could grow crops at various temperatures; they seem to go on forever. Even though we are 7972 feet up, there are hills much higher; I see hikers on one of them. Our group entered at the main entrance. Those who made the four-day trek from Ollantaytamboenter the much higher Sun Gate. We

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While in Peru Cusco – Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire, so the buildings here, like the Temple of the Sun, are even more impressive than Machu Picchu. Be sure to stop by newly opened Museo Machupicchu containing many of the artifacts excavated in 1912 by Hiram Bingham. Stay: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is the result of a 50 million dollar renovation. Prior to the reno this was the San Agustín Convent. It’s easy to wander the remarkable grounds; two exhibition halls showcase Peruvian artifacts, daily tours are available.

Lima– This city sparkles with nightlife and fancy restaurants. Over 1/3 of Peru’s population live in this Colonial port city; it’s at sea level, so many will start their trip here to get ready for higher altitudes. Stay: Country Club Lima Hotel.When this CC was built, there was nothing around it, but the sprawling city of Lima has caught up. Especially of note, the furniture is on loan from the Pedro de Osma Museum.

Sacred Valley – This area is nearby Cusco and beneath Machu Picchu. Enjoy interesting markets, captivating little towns and stunning landscape. Stay:Tambo Del Inka. Enjoy breathtaking views of the river and mountains from every room at this luxurious property. The spa is not to be missed and the indoor/ outdoor heated pool’s view is breathtaking. Dinners include vegetables grown on site. Also enjoy easy access to Machu Picchu via VistaDome train.

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walk carefully on the narrow, steep stone steps and winding trails and look down upon the main city where the Incas lived and worshipped. Symmetrical stone structures set amid green fields. One of the mysteries of Machu Picchu is how the Incas transported the giant blocks of stone to the top of the mountain and assembled them. Shaman Willko Apaza leads “Mystical Machu Picchu Experience, ”exploring the spiritual side of the legendary site. Using his natural gifts, and traditions from ancestors, he introduces us to his Andean beliefs and the Incan culture. His message is one of a new beginning. As he chants and dances around us clearing negative energy, we are invited to imagine all the peace and love in the world, feel the weight of the sacred


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here are some helPful hints: Dress: Temperatures vary greatly due to altitude. Dress in layers. Luggage Restrictions: We highly recommend traveling as light as possible. Some of the trains have luggage restrictions. Altitude: Elevations vary and altitude sickness can be an issue. Here are the elevations: • Machu Picchu: 7, 972 ft. • Cusco: 11, 152 ft. • Lima: 505 ft.

rock, absorb the sun’s rays and connect to each other in a new way. Going beyond a historical lesson and sight seeing excursion, Willko reveals the mystery of Machu Picchu and the magical connections with the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and sacred temples. Rituals and ceremonies are part of the Incan culture. Offerings to Mother Earth are part of daily life for locals in the regions around Machu Picchu. Shaman lead them to a realm beyond the physical world where they are open to emotional and spiritual healing.

Coca is a Peruvian symbol of community and respect and plays a significant role in these ceremonies. We participate in the ceremonies; some of us have our Coca leaves read. Arac Masin is a traditional Andean wedding. We witness the magic as one is performed on the hotel’s terrace. With the terrace draped in greenery and flowers, a shaman calls upon the Incan gods to guide relationships to last eternally. Available to engaged as well as married couples, guests immerse in the Andean culture with this ceremony.

The trip to Machu Picchu is worth every minute and hardship. There are crowds, but they all seem to be in awe, as I am, and very respectful. It’s a long way to Machu Picchu. The eight-hour Mystical Machu Picchu Tour costs $400 per person, including transportation, entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, private guide and authentic Peruvian shaman.

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NOTE: Coca is widely used throughout Peru as a treatment for altitude sickness. Drinking coca tea is highly recommended, especially if you find yourself suffering any of the symptoms of altitude sickness – dizziness, headaches, nausea or vomiting. Electricity: The electrical current is 220 volts throughout Peru. Currency: The Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) is the national currency. Locally, people say “Sol” or “Soles” – plural. Language: The official language is Spanish, with Quechua also widely spoken (the language of the Incan empire). Essentials: latam.com • viajespacifico.com • perurail. com • sumaqhotelperu.com

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Upon entering the private grounds of El Mangroove, an Autograph Collection Hotel, guests are immediately aware that they’ve entered a higher realm of sophistication. Strong, meandering trees, stand majestically in the entrance and define the wicked style of all that is El Mangroove.

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The richness of the wood, the lush greenery, the linear architecture, the organic colors and textures, along with a sexy 60’s vibe makes this the coolest resort in Costa Rica. It’s hard to believe that this haven of serenity is just a quick threehour flight from Houston into Liberia International Airport. Since the debut of the hotel in 2014, they’ve put all their resources into making the 85 garden view suites ultra luxurious. The linens and bedding are heavenly, the technology is edgy and guests

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won’t believe the natural setting of the bathrooms. Their ultimate goal when designing the showers was to make it seem like the outdoors had been brought inside. Glass doors from the shower, leading to the outside, along with the multiple high pressure shower heads, gives guests the romantic feeling of showering in the rain. Many of the rooms feature a hammock in the sitting room beckoning its guests to take a dreamy, afternoon nap. On the patio is a picture perfect chair. Literally… you will definitely want a photo in this bright, hanging, oval chair!

Dream-catchers, which are small hoops of feathers and beads, adorn the doors as do not disturb signs. They are believed to give their owners good dreams. Such a symbolic detail perfectly depicts how El Mangroove is ‘Exactly like nothing else’. This oasis sits on 150 meters of unspoiled beach along the Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste, roughly an hour from the touristy Tamarindo. Though it’s an easy drive to the bustling town, there is plenty to do to at El Mangroove to satisfy your senses. On the property is the most adorable


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in the sunshine from his head to the tips of his toes. He appears to feel right at home at El Mangroove, just like they strive to make their guests feel.

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surf shack offering an array of aqua activities. Snorkeling equipment, kayaks, wake boards and even paddle boards equipped with underwater LED lights for nighttime paddling are just a few of the perks at

the picturesque surf shack. The concierge is at your service to organize bike riding, surf trips, dolphin expeditions, zip lining, volcano tours and island hopping which is MUST during your Costa Rican vacation.

Near the 130 foot pool, lined with cabanas and gulf views, is a piece of art that magnifies the energy of El Mangroove. It is a sculpture of a man, sitting comfortably in the grass, with his feet spread like he is taking

Relaxation is inevitable at this Autograph Hotel. The Bearth spa is one you won’t forget. Entering the peaceful paradise the walls are made of bamboo, once again inviting the outdoors inside. Spirit soothing treatments using natural products are emphasized throughout the spa. The highlight is the outdoor massage area nestled below a canopy of treetops. You will take a wooden zig-zag path, over fields of tall grass, to the private massage huts that give you the sensation of being in Africa. It wouldn’t even be surprising to see monkeys swinging from the trees as you drift in and out of euphoria. What about food? You won’t go hungry! El Mangroove prides itself on farm-to-table

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and ocean-to-table menus. Makoko, the main restaurant on the property, resides inside a glass room, and offers an artistic and fulfilling gastronomical experience. Matiss is the more casual and colorful dining with sand floors and pool views. It provides a casual, but sexy atmosphere, fresh ingredients, a versatile menu, and live music or DJ’s from time to time. This is a place you will relax and stay longer. Creative drinks, capitalizing on the flavors of Latin America, are a specialty here. Twenty four hour room service along with a pool-side menu are also available.

views of the outdoors so those meetings feel less like work and more like pleasure. The Union Ballroom can accommodate 200 guests for a cocktail party and 120 guests for a sit-down meal.

Planning a social or business event is a breeze at El Mangroove. Unique tropical areas, like Union Garden Plaza are perfect for receptions, weddings and the grooviest parties. If you’re planning a professional event there are six conference rooms, each with

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An El Mangroove wedding would be stylishly unforgettable. The array of packages offered range from an elopement

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Just a 10-minute drive north is The Resort at Longboat Key Club spread across five resort buildings while encompassing 410 acres of incredible

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