Page 1

FROM THE PRODUCERS OF AMERICA’S LARGEST BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

REAL BRIDES

real weddings

NEW FROM

Planner HONEYMOON

ADVICE

DESTINATION WEDDING

NO PROBLEM

The Lodge at

Kauri Cliffs NEW ZEALAND

Learn from real brides just like you

Bridal EXTRAVAGANZA Show Bar Code

JULY 22-23

Book it!


DISC JOCKEY

AUDIO VISUAL

UP LIGHTING

LG ENTERTAINMENT


PHOTO BOOTH

LOUNGE

CUSTOM GOBO

NO MORE WORRIES. LG Ente rta ine rs.co m

-1-


Schedule Scheduleyour yourappointment appointmentbybyphone phoneororonline. online. Open Open7 7days daysa aweek! week! VenturasBridalFashions.com VenturasBridalFashions.com{{713.880.2364 713.880.2364

-2-

102 North Loop @ Yale • Houston, Texas 77008 • VenturasBridalFashions.com • 713.880.2364


-3-


e di to r s l e t t e r

Summer Brides planning time is here! PHOTO BY ANA&IVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s time to focus. The Bridal Extravaganza Show can help. Narrow down your options. Make decisions. Book your vendors! As your big day approaches, get the major items out of the way first. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. 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.

ON THE COVER The Lodge at Kaury Cliffs, New Zealand

EDITOR IN CHIEF Laurette M. Veres MANAGING EDITOR Stephanie DiCiro GRAPHIC DESIGN Goran Atanasovski

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.

PRODUCTION MANAGER Jeanine Hickman

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

We wish you love and happiness, Laurette Veres

Entertaining

CONTENT

Kelly & Dylan

Red Hot Party

Travel

134

92 . . . . . New Zealand 39 . . . . . Editor’s Pics

102 . . . . St Simmons 108 . . . . Newman’s Castle

Real Weddings 48 . . . . . Kelly & Dylan

124 . . . . Aspen Effie & Jack

New Zealand Bridal Extravaganza Show

New Zealand

58 . . . . . Asell & Sebastian 62 . . . . . Holly & Austin 66 . . . . . Jacklyn & Matt 70 . . . . . Effie & Jack

Maddie & TJ

74 . . . . . Nicole & Collin

Events

82 . . . . . Kristine & Adam

130 . . . . Bride Testimonials

86 . . . . . Maddie & TJ

170 . . . . Bridal Extravaganza Show

-4-

THE NEXT BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA SHOW IS JULY 22-23, 2017


a premier event venue MOF I N 0

MO

OAKS.COM ITTOAKS.COM

281.370 TOMBALL, TX

-5-


MOFFITTOAKS.COM IN FO'CUMOFFITTOAKS.COM

;

-6-

281.370.6616 TOMBALL, TX


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..

As seen in People Weddings magazine.

s feature ic confection st ti ar ed n ig es the two. Our custom d mbination of co a r o t, , an fond for being rich n w buttercream, o n k e ar s design avors to Our elaborate a variety of fl h it w s, u io ic moist and del choose from.

Weddings Birthdays • Showers • Special Events

Specialties include realistic sugar flowers, stacked presents with sugar bows, detailed hand-painted designs, as well as unique carved 3-dimensional cakes. Highlights of Nadine’s career include meeting Martha Stewart and appearing on the Martha show, designing a special Texas themed cake for Matthew McConnaughey, as well as creating a birthday cake for Sir Elton John. 1811 South Shepherd • Houston, Tx. 77019, 713-528-4719, www.whomadethecake.com


Every Bride

is Treated Like a Celebrity

photo by: nhan photography

-8-

Who Made The Cake! • 713.528.4719 • WhoMadeTheCake.com


Hilda Kershman

Makeup 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, Monica Vasquez, and associates will help you achieve the look you want for yourself and your wedding party. Look fresh, flawless, and radiant. On Location or in our Studio Use of Natural Products Glamorous, but not Artifical, Look Enhancement of your Eyes ( The portals of your soul ) Complete Makeover and Hairstyle Experience with all Ethnic Types Large and Small Weddings Quinceañera Classes Available

2017 JAN

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

Schedule an in studio consultation

TEL. 281-631-9090 or 713-206-1867 5222 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Suite 220 Houston, Texas 77069

hildakershman.com

pcpc@pdq.net

(see thank you notes on back)


~~

1\71akeup Studio Tel. 281-631-9090 or 713-206-1867 hildakershman.com pcpc@pdq.net

Hi Hilda and Alina, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything you did for our wedding! You went above and beyond! We were so happy that everything turned out so well! It was truly a pleasure working with you both and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks again, Arti and Sameer

If-It-~"'"' c.t'tlfttd..U Oil

d.."'j ,

.,......._.I

,r.,

-4'", lc.~, .._ ~t~....... \HIHD t::l

~~~ At.~ [t4L f()<,fff

IJCN

k-4'....,.. ~

'o

.." ~ ~ U -...J jp~ ~~ .,1 ~ ~l.. I lou

k..lf

,...,,..,.. ,..~

... c-... h-41

-...._

c-d

.J-

~ i<'VII!c.Uo..,

1Wt&l lu

,lot.

Ao~4~~

.Hot.,

'f'Nhlr~ "'I' +., ~ ol( ,.._ ,.....ol .,J\ ,......,.114rJ ... y,, · ~ ,~ 1'"'' .tf..o-b OW\o( ~

....

CM'

'(N ~..,.l.i•

.,t..- . . . . .

"f.4,

~ ~~ ~- ~-loL<.. pu;.,._ ,, ,.... ~ · .,,....,. ~ .......tA <4•"'· \ '"'of-£.-'100) M-e... ..,bo.l.. rttus.•"'"....,;.,. _ L.41..,..,~.... 4.

\'< • .(( ~· '

Cf/ )-l.JJ., !Jw¥ yo. . . -9' ,./{

"''p

a(:_ l'•r E."''Y•·'"'5 ~.~ <T ~~P looM_ W<.C.-f.J.

H'llda, ll'«V\1<- .,...

so """"· ...... """'i"""5

"(JV.""'"'-~·.c.w""'~

~ '· CMt-

r-·•"1

""-'¥- 'i<>~ ""'-1' -r..-

b<~~ Jy-jl(c.. wi!I:"'J t'lL\? ~t~. IY\'J.Vt\ ICN{.J

o.m•-t<

- 10 -

''"EM''<>''ii<!

&.r.v< W..'

p,

J A N 2 0 1 7 Graphic design by Robert Matta, Hou Tex

d<>lr-u_


DISCOVER HOW HOUSTON'S HOTTEST DJ COMPANY CAN MAKE YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION UNFORGETTABLE, SUCCESSFUL, AND FUN! 713.806.1085 I info@djdaveproductions.com I www.DJDaveProductions.com


PRODUCTI TURN UP YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

Houston's #1 Wedding DJ Entertainment & Lighting Services


BRIDAL DESIGNERS Allure & Allure Couture CasaBlanca & CB Couture Essense of Australia Jasmine Couture Mori Lee San Patrick by Pronovias

VEILS BelAire Bridal Giselle Bridal JL Johnson Malis Henderson Richard Designs of London Symphony Bridal Veils

BRIDES RECEIVE 15%CREDIT JEWELRY Haute Bride- Couture Jewelry Marielle Jewelry - Costume Jewelry

Credit 15% of Your Bridal Gown Purchase Cost Towards Accessories Offer Expires October 7, 2017

&MORE ...

15% OFF DESIGNER VEILS

Cake Jewelry

Veils from BelAire Bridal, Giselle Bridat JLJohnson and more ...

Jade' d Princess Girl Extraordinaire Bridal Attire

Offer Expires October 7, 2017 - 13 -


featuring Bridal Gowns Veils

Jewelry & More ... SUPER SAMPLE SALE AUGUST

10-13, 2017

Don't Miss This Bi-Annual Event By Appointment Only Over 100 Samples - Discounted 45-60% ($800 =Sale Price of$320- $440)

- 14 -

119 Main Street Spring, TX 77373

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. -5:30p.m.

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.

281.651.9393

www. ThePrincessBridal.com.


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.

281.252.3355

I www.ashelynnmanor.com

25276 Nichols Sawmill I Magnolia, Texas 77355

- 15 -


281-252-3355 www.ashelynnmanor.com

Cf!dt 0/t/ ~ fut t<P Wwl/ OM/1/ ~­ Speciat~up&V~-

25276 Nichols Sawmill Rd. Magnolia, Texas

77355

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. cEilshelynn s lovely new "Vintage" chapel will fulfill every brides' dream. Old country charm with seating for up to 275 guests will give you and your guests the feeling ofhome. We have a special bridal room where she can watch her ceremony funfold. ..

~r elegant white 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.

~r wedding packages include the services of outstanding wedding coordinators who are committed to making your wedding dream come true. Our reception packages include several delicious menus to choose from, a bridal cake designed by the bride, choice ofcenterpieces, table linens, uniformed wait staff, police officer, professional DJ, and so much more! To experience the grandeur ofAshelynn Manor, please call to schedule an appointment today. We would love to give you a tour ofour facility. Ashelynn Manor is dedicated to making your dream come true!!!

- 16 -


Perks & Privileges"¡ Enjoy special savings on all the essentials. With exclusive discounts on everything from designer shoes for the big day to pretty dresses for the honeymoon getaway, Perks & Privileges makes it easy to go overboard without going over budget. Not sure where to begin? Leave it to our fashion and lifestyle whiz, Clinton Kelly, to offer up some fabulous suggestions. For details, stop by in store or for Clinton's expert advice, visit macys.com/ weddingswithclintonkelly

- 17 -


- 18 -


TEXAS SIZE

PARTY STORE SHOWER, BRIDAL & PARTY SUPPLIES YOUR SAVINGS HEADQUARTERS FOR A

Memorable Wedding!

Aisle Runners Balloons Banquet Rolls Baskets Bouquet Holders Bridal Gifts Bridal Bouquet Bubbles & Bells Cake Toppers Candles-Unity Candles Candle Holders-Unity Crown & Lazo’s Cups, Plates, Tumblers Glass, Paper & Plastic Plain, Decorated & Colors Garlands Garters Gifts Head Pieces Kneeling Pillows Paper Napkins Assorted Sizes, Colors Plain & Decorated

Parasols & Fans Picture Frames Plastic CutleryAssorted Colors Plume PensAssorted Colors Quinceanera Ribbon-All Sizes & Colors Ring Pillows Silk Flowers Serving Sets Toasting Glasses Table Covers Plastic, Paper & Assorted Colors Veils Wedding Bells-Assorted Sizes & Colors Wedding Books Favor Maker Submersible Lights

CALL: 713-869-8321 OR “281-45-PARTY” 2830 Hicks Street Off Studemont, 2 blocks south of I-10

HOUSTON, TX 77007

Open 7 days a week!! - 19 -


TEXAS SIZE PARTY STORE & MORE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! •!• SPECIAL DEALER DISCOUNTS-NO MINIMUM PURCHASE! •!• Your Headquarters for BALLOONS ... Foil, Latex, Bubbles •!• Your Headquarters for RIBBON ...Wired, Fabric, French, Satin, Tapestry, Moire, Picot, Grosgrain •!• Early Seasonal items for the Fall Holidays ... Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's •!• First Quality Artificial Flowers, Bushes & Bouquets, Hand Wraps ... Latex ... Dried ... Seasonal •!• Wide selection of Merchandise to choose from: - Ribbons, Vases, Planters, Baskets, Wedding, Floral, Bridal, Shower Items & Accessories, etc. - Party ltems ... Balloons (Foil}, Plates, Napkins, Cups and Decorations, etc. - Bakeware, Cookware, Small Electrical Appliances

• NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED • DEALERS--BRING YOUR RESALE CERTIFICATE • CASH & CARRY • CREDIT CARDS

ARNE'S WAREHOUSE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Mon - Fri: 9:30 to 6:30 Thursday: 9:30 to 7:30 Saturday: 9 to 6:30 Sunday: 11 to 6 - 20 -

l

VIsA·

I

ldl


Tie the knot with you r toes in the sand, under a Charming Gazebo, in a Beachfront Chapel, or on a Rooftop Deck with sea views. Our award winning beachfront resorts offer unique ceremony setti ngs, va lue-added packages, free plan ning services, and suites t hat make perfect honeymoon enclaves with in-room Jacuzzis, Aguas del Amor outdoor showers, infinity balcony pools, and more!

For a Heavenly Destination Wedding or Honeymoon choose ELDorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels

svKARISMA

Call Travel Lifestyles and ask for the FREE WEDDING PACKAGE today!

713-621-SSSS www.tlife.com

- 21 -


A~ rhe world '~ only Luxury Included Re~o rt ~, Sandal~ in cludes more of what honeymooners love best, including luxuriou!l suites with exclusive Buder Service; unlimited land and watersports such as scuba, waterskiing, and golf"; up ro II gourmet restauranr options, unlimir<:d pr<:mium drinks; and the Red Lane Spa.• So bring your love to the r<:!I<HtS made for love.

Ask about the FREE• WeddingMoon® by Sandals.

5000 Westheimer So t• 54 tGolleroo Areo) Houstor Texos 77056 Tel: 80(}80 ·9542 ood 713·621·5555 Emoil: tro"el@•lofe com """""" t ife com

Love Is All You Need Scuba doving inclu ded for certifoed divers. All amenities and activities may vary by resort. • Spa services additional. • Free for concierge level guests or higher for stays of 6 nights or longer. Administrative and government fees apply for all other categories. Offer is subject to change. Unique Vacations, Inc. is tho worldwide representative for Sandals Resorts.

- 22 -


- 23 -


A unique venue with over a century of history...

HOUSTON PAPPARAZZI

HOUSTON PAPPARAZZI

HOUSTON PAPPARAZZI

...Linking the Past to the Present, and the Present to your Future. Open House SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2017

2:00 - 5:00 pm RSVP to 281-557-5551 or info@ButlersCourtyard.com 281.557.5551 - 24 -

WWW.BUTLERSCOURTYARD.COM

LEAGUE CITY, TX


WINNIE COUTURE

Bridal k i dier

Enter the world of WINNIE and discover the latest in bridal fashion. www.WINNIECOUTURE.com

HOUSTON FLAGSHIP SALON ATLANTA

I

5152 BUFFALO SPEEDWAY. HOUSTON. TX 77005

BEVERLY HILLS

HOUSTON

DALLAS

I

713.782.9316

CHARLOTIE

- 25 -


"I love flipbooks it's a huge upgrade from photo booths."

~'

\\\ "'"'-A.I.,..,... -

"Our wedding would not have been so memorable without iHeart Flipbooks." Here's how it works: ~A

mobile studio is setup

~

Guests grab friends and props

~

Guests dance and get silly!

~ We

print, cut, and bind your flipbook instantly

~ Guests ~

can relive each moment as they flip through their books

Repeat with different friends, props, and ideas

"All my guests loved it and had so much fun!" 1.888.364.FLIP

I iHeartFiipbooks.com I info@iHeartFiipbooks.com I 12060 Bellaire Blvd. #G


A&EWEDDINGS &EVENTS f!J~~~

FULL PLANNING

DAY-OF COOR_DlNATION

CUSTOM PACK AGES

281-727-6800 WWWAEW EDDINGSAND EVENTS.COM

- 27 -


- 28 -


BOOK 5 ROOmS FOR YOUR DESTinATIOn WEDDinG, RECEIVE THE 6th ROOm FREE!

RECEIVE 1 COmPLimEnTARY ROOm UPGRADE FOR EVERY 10 ROOmS BOOKED

Call Stacy Cahill or Gabby marselli today at 281.376.1234 or 281 .251 .1234 to book this special offer. stacy@acetravel.com I gabby@acetravel.com

- 29 -


5200 West Loop South, #300 - 30 -

Bellaire, Texas 77401

713.668.3100

Phone

713.666.6606

Fax


Courtyard Ceremonies

WEDDINGS & EVENTS 217 Woerner Rd, Houston, TX 77090

281.444.2582

www.ShirleyAcres.com


- 32 -


DISPERSION

PH

CREATIVE â&#x20AC;¢ ROMANTIC+ FOREVER

spersionphotography.com ,


t,ST.2009

CREATING VISUAL + EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES

THROUGH WEDDING STATIONERY

- 34 -


--------~--------

HOCHZEIT HALL r A

I ~ E \\ E D D I ~ G &. E \' E \ T V E 0: U E OLD TOWN SPR ING

r

~~~~Ofrl own 'EfeJ_ance, 11mefess Charm ___~"""-'-""'"""'""~ 42.7 (jenfrJ Street Sprin.J, rx 77373 (832} 992.-3896 in{o@ok/townsprin.Jwetldf~qs.com

www.ofltownsprin.Jwetldfn.J!-com Y

f.et outjourntJ_J fD_Jefher mak,eJOur memories.! - 35 -


- 36 -


- 37 -


(])ukgssa }l Venue as CÂŁfegant as ctou

qa[[eria )Irea Ceremonies o ~ceptions

o

~liearsa[(J)inners

o

Corporate P,vents o Socia[P,vents

832.982.4852

www.DukessaHouston.com

I 2840 Chimney Rock, Houston

TX 77056

I sales@dukessahouston.com


EDITORS’ PICS

Fit for a King

@ www.royalcopenhagen.us

Royal Copenhagen’s collections are built on a rich history and known largely as heirlooms passed down through generations. The collections are fit for a lovely reception tabletop and/or as a luxurious gift to the celebrated couple.

Cheers

MAKEUP BY SIMPLE BEAUTY ARTISTRY

Personal Wine makes it easy to add a thoughtful and personalized touch while gifting the best thing ever: wine. Brides can choose wine from Personal Wine’s carefully curated selection (available in many different varietals, bottle sizes and price ranges) and then create custom labels with special messages or images for loved ones. To make the gift extra special, Personal Wine can also etch a special message on the wine bottle, a wine glass, or beautiful wooden box to accompany the gift.

@ www.personalwine.com

PHOTO BY ANA&IVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Laurette’s

With its inspiration drawn from the migrating Swallow, the arousing smells of Voyage de Parfumeur were sought from the world’s most fragrant raw materials. Explore the different dreamy scents of this collection.

@ www.lalique.com

Anthony Rathbun

PICS

Scent of a Woman

Karen Karch

Book it

Artistic and glamorous, the Floating Star Engagement Ring is a classic design from Karen that features various diamonds surrounding a larger stone. Hoping you can share her designs and others with your FUTURE BRIDES!

Star of ABC-TV’s “The Bachelorette,” Desiree Hartsock is one of the few who made it to the altar! She might know a thing or two about wedding planning. In her new book, “My Fairytale Wedding: Planning Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank” she demystifies planning and budgeting for the big day and guides brides through everything they’ll need on the way to the altar.

- 39 -


EDITORS’

Sign Here On a day focused primarily on the bride, it’s important to make your groom feel equally as special. Today’s brides are embracing the idea of gifting their grooms on the wedding day. Cross pens are here to offer a variety of high-quality pens that can be personalized so your hubby-to-be will remember his special day.

PICS

@ www.cross.com

Ooh La La Transform your big day in a big way with Oojra’s line of oil reed diffusers. Bring Oojra along to any wedding festivities to induce a feeling of relaxation, romance, focus and balance, for yourself and all of your guests. The elegant look ensures that it will blend in with even the most formal of events.

@ www.oojra.com

Vintage Vanity Vintage rings are the perfect option for an elegant and timeless ring. Trumpet & Horn have been making waves with their one-of-a-kind antique and vintage designed rings. @ www.trumpetandhorn.com

Here’s to You Looking to bling your champagne flute? Whether your bachelorette party involves a luxe spa day or a weekend in Vegas, chose some bling to match your ring with Tipsy Tags! Inspired by the style and elegance of vintage jewelry, Tipsy Tags drink charms make the perfect addition to any celebratory glass of champagne!

@ www.tipsytags.com

Naturally Inspired by nature, and using a well-developed understanding of shape, color and texture, Audrius Krulis has designed stunning wedding ring sets. Every piece is handcrafted in 18K gold and designed organically around the center stone.

@ www.audriuskrulis.com

- 40 -


EDITORS’

Ana&Ivan Photography

PICS

Make a statement

Elevate your glam factor with these shapely drop earrings from Fashionest. They evoke a certain old-Hollywood charm. Striking marble stones are beautifully accented by shimmery glass for a dazzling effect.

@ www.fashionest.com

What’s for Dinner? The Ruffle Collection is characterized by its crisp white finish and organic lines. This dinnerware is truly an investment, always a reflection of understated elegance. These dishes are made of melamine, making them far more durable than ceramic dinnerware, but they retain the texture and feel. They are shatterproof and dishwasher friendly.

@ Available at www.qsquarednyc.com

Unexpected Invitation

Bling Bling

Something old; something new; Something to hold; and something to view. Engaging Invites has taken the tradition of a beautiful paper based wedding invite, and infused it with the latest technology by including a video screen with sound. This is a wedding invitation that creates a mood, an expectation, and excitement for the event like you’ve never felt before.

Layna Friedman, is known for her custom pieces for celebrities including Nick Lachey, Mariah Carey, Jenni JWoww Farley and so many more. Friedman’s fashion forward and bold designs match current trends: color and large size.

@ www.engagingInvites.com

@ www.alandiamonds.com

- 41 -


- 42 -


EDITORS’

Lights, Family, Romance Your wedding guests will adore these exposed hanging lights that create a romantic and elegant atmosphere! Perfect for evening weddings, these lights, with their rustic, chic feel, are sure to be a conversation piece during the reception with family and friends.

PICS

Sweet Smelling Send Offs

Mavora Art and Design

Stop and smell the lavender! Mavora Art and Design provides distinctive send-offs that can fit anyone’s taste. From dried lavender wands, jam jar labels, to confetti toss bags and everything in between— Mavora has it all! With over 150 items to choose from, Mavora is sure to have something that will add that extra touch of style and sophistication to your wedding. Studio Impressions Photography

@ www.mavora.etsy.com

Lavish Botanic Lanterns

Kelly R Burroughs Photography

Stunning centerpieces bursting with blossoms will give the table gorgeous color, while keeping the table-setting one with nature. Salvaging lanterns, mason jars, or even antique birdcages will accent beautiful flowers and greenery effortlessly as the focal point on the tables.

Krista Mason Photography

Keys to Love

Stephanie’s

PICS

Reuse, redesign, and reimagine the hidden treasures you have stowed away in your attic! A vintage typewriter can be a great addition to a reception. It delivers a surprisingly stylish table setting, and can be used to encourage guests to type-up and offer some advice.

Cassi Claire

- 44 -

Making a seating chart is not only a great way to communicate where your guests should sit, but it’s also an opportunity to add a unique and creative touch. Placing your guests based on their common interests and personalities can make them feel more comfortable and they might make some new friends in the process!

@ www.cassiclaire.com

Becca Rillo Photography

Sophisticated Seating


EDITORS’

Mi Belle Photographers

Picture Perfect

PICS

Krista Lee Photography

Polaroids are awesome for capturing a shot of all the guests during the reception. Snapshots allow personalities to shine through and they make fantastic keepsakes that are a fun and spontaneous. Candid snaps can even serve as an alternative to hiring a photographer for the reception. They’re a great way to look back on and cherish your special day all over again!

Meghan Christine Photography

Floating Flutes of Bubbly

Classically Chic

Pop, Fizz, Clink— a simple, but sophisticated way to display your drinks that will dazzle your guests. This reclaimed, vintage mirror frame adds a beautiful and elegant touch and makes the glasses look as if they are floating!

Imagine walking down the aisle with rescued family heirlooms that are not only beautiful, but sentimental as well. A brooch bouquet from Harmony Creative Studio is sure to surprise your loved ones as you walk down the aisle. A remarkable alternative to the traditional floral bouquet, this collection of keepsakes will be a great reminder of your big day and will last a lifetime.

@ www.harmonycreativestudio.com

Delectable Delights

Lisa Woodward

Stylishly Set in Stone Industrial Mustache designs custom crafted invitations, stationery, hand lettered envelope addressing, and day-of collateral to help tailor your wedding. These custom calligraphy agate place cards, offered in numerous pops of colors, will dazzle your guests with some unexpected pizazz!

@ www.etsy.com/shop/IndustrialMustache

Oakwind Photo & Video

Get creative with your dessert display by including antique furniture, wine barrels, wooden crates, or even a wheelbarrow. These little touches— with their vintage charm and unconventional presentations— will make your wedding stand out and delight your guests.

- 45 -


EDITORS’

Cake Décor

PICS

Serendipity Photography

Bouquets around the cake are becoming a new trend in weddings. It’s a beautiful add on with no extra cost.

Aisle details

A bride goes up the aisle engaged and returns married! What could be more important? This aisle is a beautiful and elegant entrance for the bride to walk down with petals in the middle and candles floating in water down the sides.

Jacqueline Gutierrez

Chris Wineingner

King’s table

Jade’s

PICS

Serendipity Photography

Photo credit Nicolas Nguyen

The new “head table” is now called the “King’s table”. This table has seats both sides of the table instead of just one. This makes it easier for the bridal party to see each other and socialize while seated.

Enchanted New Beginning What a beautiful way to walk into your new life, with the love of your life. Naturally, a gorgeous flower with a nature background is an outstanding setting.

Scott Kelley

Something Blue Killing two birds with one stone with this garter with something blue on it. This is a simple but effective way to add the little details to your wedding.

Jessica Castro Weddings

The groom and his squad This is a great picture for the groom and his groomsmen. Great way to show that his men had his back, especially on the biggest day of his life.

- 46 -

Serendipity Photography

Bouquet Beauty Traditional natural flowers are my favorite kind of bouquet. Beautiful white and creamcolored flowers mixed in with green filling are a great way to compliment to a stunning white dress.


Ashley Lewis

EDITORS’ PICS

Jen Brazeal Photography

Rooftop Weddings

Bridal Tees are not only for brides, now you can get one for your bridal party. Customize it online; put your own clever phrase on a shirt or tank. These are perfect for bachelorette parties!

With a view like this who wouldn’t want to have their ceremony/ reception in a sky rise? Picking a location is key in the planning process; this is a good choice for a smaller guest count.

www.etsy.com

Stephanie DiCiro

The Edges Wedding Photography

Cute T-Shirts

Marian’s PICS

Remember Forever

Skelley&Skelley Photography

www.gracenicoleblog.wordpress.com

Rather than the traditional guestbook, offer a more creative way for guests to sign. Calling all wine lovers; this one, you can open on your wedding anniversary. These items are great to display in your home.

Blending of the Sands

A sand mixing ceremony symbolizes the two lives becoming one. The bride and groom can choose their favorite colors to blend together. It is also a great way to incorporate kids into the ceremony.

What to do with the little ones? Fun things for the kids keep the parents happy and relieved. Let them be free to run around and play games, color, or make something special for the couple to take home.

- 47 -


- 48 -


CATERING AND EVENTS ' The Brookwood Community

281.375.2181 weddings@brookwoodcommunity.org catering@brookwoodcommunity.org

- 49 -


REAL WEDDINGS

Love

at the Dance Hall

Kelly and Dylan met at a dance hall in Victoria, Texas and kept in touch on social media for a several years. Five years later, Kelly, a Marketing Manager for a civil engineering firm, moved to Houston. Dylan, the owner of a marketing and graphic design firm, invited her to brunch. They have been a couple since the day he showed her around Houston. - 50 -


KELLY ANN BENA DYLAN SHANE MOORE

&

September 24, 2016 EVOKE Photography

- 51 -


Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice

Try to find a friend, family member, or hire someone for DAY OF coordination â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the girls I had saved my sanity!

- 52 -


Dylan popped the question at his family reunion where he proposed at his favorite spot — under a huge, 100+ year-old oak tree on his greatgrandfather’s farm. The ceremony took place at Annunciation Catholic Church in Downtown Houston. “We loved the history of the church and location,” Kelly said. The reception was held at the Heights Villa— a venue that was conveniently located and very beautiful.

- 53 -


The bride wore a Sophia Tolli gown from Ventura’s Bridal Fashions. The cake was from “Who Made the Cake!” During the reception, Dylan surprised the guests by performing a song he had written about the couple’s first date. The crowd was wowed with a performance by Dylan’s friend, John Evans, of the John Evans Band. The couple honeymooned at Excellence El Carmen, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. - Laurette Veres

- 54 -


- 55 -


ELLIS BR I DAL 12254

PARVA N I VIDA BRIDAL&FORMAL

7107 HWY 6 SOUTH HOUSTON,TX 77083 281-498-9292 www .parvanivida .com

lis Bridal London E elusive Retailer

- 57 -


REAL WEDDINGS

ASEEL ASEELSAQER SAQER SEBASTIAN SEBASTIANSIMON SIMON

Multi-Cultural Couple

Aseel and Sebastian met at a mutual friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday party and immediately hit it off. They were married at the stunning Bell Tower on 34th in Houston, which is nationally recognized as one of the top venues in America. The Bell Tower features an Old-World style, with high ceilings, giant chandeliers, and a gorgeous outdoor waterfall that Aseel and Sebastian fell in love with.

- 58 -

&

March March 12,12, 2016 2016

MorganMorgan Lynn Photography Lynn Photography


The cakes were a Tres Leches with strawberries and a Quarto Leches with dulce de leche and white chocolate raspberry from Rustika CafĂŠ in Houston. The flowers, by Lexis Florist, complimented the venue beautifully. They ended the evening with a Middle Eastern folkloric dance performance by Al Awtar Dance Group that left all the guests amazed. They honeymooned in London, Paris and Amsterdam. - Jade Lewis

- 59 -


- 61 -


HOLLY ELIZABETH TIPTON AUSTIN TAYLOR CHILDERS

& - 62 -

July 3, 2016

Casey Chateauvert with Endless Exposures Photography

REAL WEDDINGS


A Rivalry Turned Romance

Holly, an engineering technician and avid Texas A&M Aggies football fan, met Taylor, a petroleum geologist and Texas Longhorns fan, at the office. One night, they were out with a mutual friend who had to leave early, leaving them alone to begin a friendship that would eventually become something much more.

Holly’s Advice:

My best advice for any bride is to take the time to enjoy planning your wedding. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, elopement at the courthouse, or formal affair with 250+ guests; enjoy the little things. Don’t let the stress of having a “perfect wedding” turn what should be enjoyable into a chore. Have fun shopping for that perfect (and comfortable!) pair of shoes, or crafting with your girlfriends. Whatever it is, don’t forget that this is supposed to be a joyful time in your life. So don’t worry too much about which shade of ivory napkins go best with the pearl tablecloths. Things are going to go wrong, but the only thing people are going to remember is how happy and in love you and your fiancé are.

One weekend, Taylor found out Holly had been planning a surprise trip to Playa Del Mexico for his birthday— so he decided to plan a surprise of his own. On the last night of their trip, as the sun was setting, they were walking on the beach and Taylor knelt on one knee and proposed.

On July 3rd, 2016, the couple married at The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, in Houston. Holly wore a beautiful wedding gown with a diamond waistline by Anna Maier Couture. The 4-tier wedding cake was from Edible Designs by Jessie, with floral accents by Gypsy Blooms.

Although the couple did not include traditions from their alma maters, she surprised him with a Longhorns-themed groom’s cake and later on that night Taylor surprised her with the “Aggie War Hymn.” The couple honeymooned in Anguilla, Caribbean Island. - Marian Jacob

- 63 -


- 64 -


-

'''.LAUREN LASH DESIGNS. com

- 65 -


REAL WEDDINGS

JACKLYN NEITZEL MATT POWALSKI May 14, 2016

Theo Civitello

&

- 66 -


CPAs in Love

Jacklyn and Matt met while attending Texas A&M back in 2010. They quickly became friends after realizing that they had the same major and shared multiple classes. During their senior year, they took that friendship to the next level and began dating. A few years later, Matt proposed outside the George Bush Presidential Library, where he had told Jacklyn he loved her two years prior.

Staying true to their Type-A, tax accountant personalities, the couple created multiple spreadsheets to help them select the perfect vendors for their big day. The ceremony took place at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. The bride strode down the aisle in a stunning gown from the Alfred Angelo Disney

Jacklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice Fairy Tale Collection. Their guests enjoyed a picturesque reception at Chateau Polonez (also in Houston), complete with a wedding cake comprised of four tiers, each a different flavor. - Marissa Greteman

Make a wedding-only email address. If you are doing most of the planning yourself, you can expect to receive hundreds (if not thousands) of emails in a year of engagement; all the way from your initial quotes/estimates from potential vendors, to your final coordination of all the details. Doing this really helped keep us organized and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overwhelm our personal or work emails. Even though our reception venue provided many services already included; it is surprising how many people and companies are involved in the big day, and all the emails that follow.

- 67 -


-

,

~~

,

wWw.thecarriagehousehq_uston.com .

~

.

I

â&#x20AC;˘4


I> I.\

I,

II I.\

UT4UoR \f'll'll

- 69 -


REAL WEDDINGS

Worth the Wait!

EFFIE LAUREN LEE JACK JAMES DRABINSKI

& - 70 -

April 23, 2016

Rosy Gaytan with Alba Rose Photography

Jack was a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines when he caught a glimpse of the most gorgeous girl he had ever seen, Effie. She was a Food and Beverage server for the Four Seasons Hualalai. He asked her out several times with no luck. However, his persistence finally paid off when she agreed to go on a date. Their first date was unforgettable. They started with a sunset sail in the waters off of Waikiki Beach and then they had a gorgeous oceanfront restaurant dinner. Finally, they ended the night with a stroll along the beach under the stars, where they had their first kiss.


Fast forward to the night of the proposal. Jack surprised Effie with a night in Waikiki at the same oceanfront restaurant where they had their first date. Jack even wore the exact same button down blue shirt that he wore on their first date. They ended the night in the exact spot where their first kiss was a year and a half ago and this was where Jack dropped to one knee and asked her to spend their lives together! Family traditions and holidays have always been close to the couple’s hearts and choosing their wedding location was easy for them. They tied the knot at Effie’s grandparents farm, 4K Ranch, in Edgewood, Texas. The farm was filled with the beautiful lush blooms of spring. The ceremony was held in front of the grandparents’ house and the reception was just a short stroll (or hayride) away, on another part of the farm.

Effie wore an exquisite Patience gown by Maggie Sottero. Effie’s hair and makeup was gorgeously styled by Janet Thai with Rose Gold Bridal Beauty. The delicious cake was created by Sweet Bee Bakery in Arlington, Texas. Effie’s mother hand-dyed stunning purple doilies for the guests’ place settings. They also had eco-friendly palm leaf plates and bamboo utensils that added to the rustic, chic theme. All of the DIY floral arrangements and bouquets matched the theme elegantly. They took a Celebrity Cruise and had multiple stops along the way making for a breathtaking experience! - Stephanie DiCiro

Bride’s Advice:

The festivities go by extremely fast! Make a conscious effort to take a moment, with EVERY change of scenery throughout the week or weekend and especially the day of. Stand back, soak-in, and admire your surroundings and loved-ones.

- 71 -


- 72 -


ROMANTIC • RUSTIC • ELEGANT • PERFECT IF IT CAN BE DONE, 15 ACRES WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN . .. .·.-. .. .... ...

.... •.....

.....

~

~:~

:~:

~.

... ... ~

......-"•.

.....-

,-

· :

15-ACRES.COM

281.703.9091

- 73 -


NICOLE WALL COLLIN CHAIN

- 74 -

&

July 12, 2015

Lyfe Photography & The Heart Remembers Photography

REAL WEDDINGS


Love Rekindled

Nicole, a teacher, and Collin, a nurse, started dating after they met through mutual friends. Eventually, life took them their separate ways. Several years later, they reconnected and rekindled the friendship they once had. One night, on their way back from dinner, Collin took a slight detour to Nicole’s favorite spot on a hilltop. As they sat down on the quilt

Nicole’s Advice:

Use a wedding coordinator or make sure the venue has one, so you don’t have to worry about the timing and flow of events at the reception! At the end of the day, you are married and that’s all that truly matters.

decorated with lights, he asked her to marry him.

Nicole and Collin were married at the Marty Leonard Chapel in Fort Worth, Texas. They had their reception at the beautiful 809 at Vickery in the historic district. Nicole wore a long, lace La Sposa gown by Lewisville Bridal Boutique. Some of the bride and groom’s family members weren’t able to attend. So, in honor of those that couldn’t be there, empty seats were reserved during the ceremony. At the reception, guests were able to customize popcorn, from sweet to savory, at a popcorn bar and enjoy popsicles from Steele City Pops. Guests were also treated to games such as Cornhole and life size Jenga. The 4-tier wedding cake with C-topper and Groom’s 2–tier stethoscope

cake with chocolate covered strawberries were both made by Creative Cakes by Monica. At the end of the night, the guests sent off the bride and groom with sparklers before they were whisked off to their honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. - Marian Jacob

- 75 -


- 76 -


M E N' S WEAR H 0 USE®

when you join our Perfect Fit® rewards program. Plus, your groom can get a FREE TUX RENTAL or SUIT to keep with 5 paid rental packages! Find your sty le in- store or at menswearhouse.com/wedding

- 77 -


- 78 -


The essence ofall that is beautiful, classic, romantic.

The

ele~?ance

of the pel.\(.


Oak.:Jvind Weddings and Special Occasions Elegant weddings in a peaceful country atmosphere

www.oakwindweddings.com â&#x20AC;¢ 28 1-585-0060 - 80 -


~

14524 Piping Rock Ln., Houston, TX 77077 www.EdibleDesignsbyjessie.com jessie@edibledesignsbyjessie .com 281-556-55223

- 81 -


REAL WEDDINGS

Once Upon a Time

KRISTINE MULLINS ADAM RIGGS

- 82 -

&

February 13, 2016

Scott Kelley Photography

Kristine and Adam, two sales reps, met each other at their companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boat party and hit it off instantly. One weekend, in June 2015, the couple took a carriage ride in San Antonio where Adam asked Kristine to hold her hands out and close her eyes.


He then placed a plastic Cinderella watch in her hand. She sat there, confused, until the end of the ride. He had her pull the pin out of the watch to stop the time. After asking her to close her eyes once again, she opened them to find him on one knee. Adam wanted her to stop the time so that she would remember the exact moment when he proposed. On their wedding day, Kristine wore a classy Vera Wang dress from David’s Bridal as she walked down the aisle at the Prince of Peace Church in Houston, Texas. The reception was held at The Gallery, in Houston. Edible Designs by Jessie made the wedding cake with amaretto and raspberry cream cheese filling, along with the groom’s cake, which was a German chocolate cake in the shape of an Aggie ring— a symbol of Texas A&M. The night ended with sparklers in hand as guests led them out to their Rolls Royce. Kristine and Adam honeymooned in Hawaii.

Kristine’s Advice:

I definitely recommend at least having a day-of coordinator. She was awesome with everything on the wedding day. I never had to think about the timeline. She would come and ask me when or if I wanted to move on to the next thing. All I had to do was enjoy and try to soak in all the excitement of the night! She also made sure Adam (my husband) and I always had a drink in our hand. I would also recommend either doing a little research before the bridal show or have a preferred vendor list from your venue to take to the bridal show. That way, you have a little idea of what you want to get accomplished and who you want to meet because it can be a little overwhelming with the amount of vendors that are present.

— Marian Jacob

- 83 -


Co

l'tl'tl£ Events & Travel ---~--------------------------------------------

'3 -'-~~ / 1(d'Ji¥f ~~~ J.

.

@]_

~~(C&wi'@(C(C@J$~

dk$@,1!11@$

(@1f[L

~xftr~@ti1fi},@_1f:J} dk$ftU1fij,@_ft~~ 032.~ 3:0.7~"lrJ

-e@FJnie-GaJ r0 n rliee - 84 -

~r

1if

V@ rrr-19Jn£hfr9J

veJ~Grr1

~v .~©J rJ r1i ~re r.@r1+~QJr1.gl+r~J ~eL-e.gtfl1


MAGGIE MAGGIEHOLMES HOLMES TJTJJACKSON JACKSON

&

September September 9, 9, 2016 2016

- 86 -

Jessica Castro Weddings

REAL WEDDINGS


Quintessential Love Maggie and TJ, both Houstonians, met through mutual friends during their college years in Los Angeles. They began dating soon after. One night, while they were watching the sun set in Cabo San Lucas, with their favorite band playing in the background, TJ got down on one knee and asked Maggie to marry him. Maggie and TJ were married at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Bacara Resort & Spa — a quintessential wedding venue with Spanish architecture and a beautiful

ocean view. Maggie wore a bejeweled lace Madonna gown by Galia Lahav. The three-tier, Signature Princess cake with boysenberry and Kahlua was made by the resort’s Pastry Chef, Brooke Martin. During the reception, TJ joined the band on stage and played a song on his bass guitar. Although the couple is not Jewish, some friends insisted on them doing the Hora dance to “Hava Nagila.” Part of the tradition requires that the couple be hoisted in chairs above the crowd.

Maggie’s Advice

Over-communicate with all your guests and bridal party. Don’t assume that because the information is on your invitation and wedding website that everyone knows where to be and what to do at what time. People need reminder emails, texts, and calls. Weeks leading up to the wedding (and even hours before the ceremony began), we were still answering our guests’ questions about what time things started, how to book hotel rooms, and what to wear.

However, I really want to note that wedding planning should be fun! Throughout the planning process, my husband was so sweet and would regularly check-in with me and ask how I was feeling and whether I was enjoying the planning. The answer was always “yes.” I recommend doing regular check-ins with each other, and if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, maybe your planning should go a different direction. Enjoy the time that you get to celebrate with your fiancé, closest friends, and family because it will be over before you know it.

Maggie and TJ enjoyed their Honeymoon at the St. Regis Kapalua in Maui. — Marian Jacob

- 87 -


ri"sASSANI

~

PHOTOGRAPHY

WWW.SASSANIPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

- 88 -


\

IIIII' •• ICU:I

•••••• JUDI 111111

• •

Authentic White Dairy Barns

Seats Up to 150-200, based on

reception options chosen •

Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony

Farm-style Tables & Chairs

Chic Bride's Cottage

Carriage House for Groom

White Greenhouse Pavilion

Farmhouse Great Room

Parking Attendants

Day of Event Coordinator Conveniently located on Hwy 290 between Houston, Austin & College Station

713-444-3202 . thegrandtexana.com

. facebook.com/thegrandtexana

- 89 -


- 90 -


Serving Brides & Grooms Since 1952 Tuxedos • Photography • Invitations • Videography • OJ Services alsformalwear.com

1.800.460.8500

- 91 -


M

Most Americans dream of visiting New Zealand and— thanks to a new direct flight— those dreams can easily come true!

New Zealand is a commitment. The introduction of a direct flight to Auckland on Air New Zealand makes this commitment much easier for Houstonians. The flight is perfectly timed— leaving at 8:00pm. Premium Economy seating includes hearty, and surprisingly tasty food. Air New Zealand has also smartly paired their food with delicious New Zealand wines. The flight also includes New Zealand Films, entertainment, and a hightech, in-seat console allowing you to instant message fellow passengers. With all of these great accommodations, the fourteen hour flight literally flew by (pun intended).

iwi K Rising Story and Photography by

Laurette Veres

Mata Kauri

Mentally prepare for it, enjoy a movie, take a nap, and you’ll be refreshed and ready to greet this beautiful country. The flight lands in Auckland, which is a great launch pad to tour this dynamic country.

Mata Kauri

The perfect start to a day in Auckland is to go up the SkyTower right in Auckland. Viewing this breathtaking city from 1,076 feet above gives you the chance to really see the expanse of the harbor and to get a look at interesting buildings and neighborhoods. I was there during the holidays, so the giant Santa on the side of a four-story building caught my eye.

I walked to the Langham Hotel and had time to tour the Symonds Street Cemetery. This was the first official cemetery in Auckland, which has been closed to burials since 1886. High Tea at the Langham is a great holiday tradition. Enjoy some bubbly before selecting from over 30 different tea flavors. I opted for the white blossom tea, a delightful blend of white tea handpicked from China’s mountaintops. The lodge experience in New Zealand allows travelers to traverse most of the country, and see many facets of the land all the while enjoying five-star, luxurious service. Three wellknown lodges are Americanowned and offer distinct New Zealand experiences. All of them also offer stunning accommodations and first class food overseen by group Executive Chef Dale Gartland.


Mata Kauri

ENJOY SOME BUBBLY BEFORE SELECTING FROM OVER 30 DIFFERENT TEA FLAVORS

Kauri Cliffs Bay of Islands

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

With their superb cuisine and an exceptional wine cellar, you’ll find yourself looking forward to drinks and canapés each evening before dinner. Many guests follow similar itineraries and it’s fun to see familiar faces as you compare travel stories.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs Because there are no security checks or lines, inter-island flights are fast, easy, and carefree. First stop: Bay of Islands and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. This quaint lodge is

set into 6,000 acres of farm, forest, and beach land. The Kauri trees here are anywhere from 700 to 900 years old. This slow growing tree was previously used to build houses and repair ships. Get to know the property by taking a guided quad-bike tour. Follow Malcolm

from SeaToys around the property or see what it’s like to be a farmer with Farm Manager Jonathan. Although I’m from Texas, I was up close and personal with more sheep and cattle on this excursion than ever before! Ride through the Pine Forest and livestock-filled paddocks while enjoying expansive breathtaking views of the Cavalli Islands and Pacific Ocean. Three private beaches and on-property waterfall give you the opportunity for a quick swim. The Pink Beach is a great place for a picnic. It’s also a breeding ground for the tuturiwhatu and other native New Zealand birdlife. Manuka honey is known for its healing qualities; so hop on over to the spa for a signature Manuka honey treatment.


Once a week a local dance troop comes to the property. While we sip on Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, the Kerikeri’s Kapa Haka’s authentic performance offers a glimpse into the area’s cultural heritage. The dancers mingle with the guests, inviting us to get involved in the performance.

FINDING A KIWI IS NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF YOU’RE LUCKY, YOU’LL HOLD ONE BEFORE THIS TOUR IS OVER

Most of the fun is available right on property and with surroundings this luxurious, you won’t want to leave. However, some off-site options include Manginangina, a park where nature walks teach the story of the forest with its massive trees and lush vegitation. Here, see how the forest evolved from young trees to the mature established forest during a guided walking tour of the Puketi Forest. Barbara from Adventure Puketi can arrange a private or group tour for you. This is a great activity for team building, conferences, and weddings. The Marsden Estate Winery is also

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers The town of Napier is unique simply due to its unique architecture. It’s one of the few cities featuring Art Deco architecture. The city was re-built after a storm at a time when Art Deco was popular. The land here at Hawkes Bay is extremely fertile making it perfect for ranching, farming, and growing wine grapes. It’s here you’ll find The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, another stop on your luxury lodge tour. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a working sheep and cattle ranch. It’s also a nature sanctuary with fencing around the property to protect the flightless kiwi from predators. The kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand,

a picturesque place for lunch and a charming rehearsal dinner location. From my balcony, which overlooked the golf course, I could see the Southern Cross constellation. It definitely made me appreciate the true wonder that is New Zealand.

Kauri Cliffs Bay of Islands

yet most locals have not seen one. (How many Americans have seen a Bald Eagle?) The Kiwi Discovery Walk is an excursion unique to this property. Two full-time staffers are committed to kiwi protection tracking 130 kiwis each day. Join one of these experienced sanctuary guides as they monitor kiwi chicks previously released on the property. Get up close and personal as they check the radio transmitters and weigh and measure the birds to monitor their well-being. Finding a kiwi is not guaranteed, but if you’re lucky, you’ll hold one before this tour is over. A great way to see the 6,000 acre property is to hitch a ride in a jeep as it traverses this vast terrain. You’ll grab the roll bar on this real-life roller coaster ride until you make it safely to the serene beach. You can also visit the shearing barn and learn about the crew of shearers who arrive


Matakauri Lodge

Kauri Cliffs Bay of Islands

Cape Kidnappers Kauri Cliffs Bay of Islands

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

annually. See vast terrain changes and end up at the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. The gannets have distinctive blue markings around their eyes and a pale gold crown. They are a slightly larger than seagulls. Visiting the colony, you’ll see adults and young nesting. Look closely to see eggs and chicks in various stages of development. You’ll be amazed at how close you can get! It was nothing less than a National Geographic experience. Visitors to the colony will see adults and their young nesting in rows, carrying out their daily routine.

Mata Kauri

The birds can be seen from September until early May when they leave New Zealand and fly for Australia. In September, they return and build their nests, ready for the hatching of chicks during December and January. Due to the migratory nature of the birds, this activity is only available from September through May. Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course challenges golfers of all skill levels. The course is located above the ocean, providing dramatic cliff views. Avid golfer or not, this course is an absolute must.

We only left this property once and it was in search of wine. See the sights on a bike ride that starts, stops, and ends at various vineyards. Lunch at Elephant Hill winery was perfectly paired with the delectable food that they had to offer.

ESSENTIALS www.KauriCliffs.com

SEATOYS

www.hendersonbayrentals.com

ADVENTURE PUKETI www.forestwalks.com www.capekidnappers.com www.elephanthill.co.nz

TAKARO TRAILS

www.takarotrails.co.nz www.matakaurilodge.com

OVER THE TOP HELICOPTERS www.flynz.co.nz

Just when you think New Zealand can’t get any better, you step foot into Queenstown and the gorgeous Matakauri Lodge. This is the crowning jewel in the trifecta of luxury lodges on our journey. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge stayed here. Need we say more? Queenstown of New Zealand is the “adventure capital” where bungee jumping was invented. It’s also a cute town with great pubs, restaurants, and shopping. A few minutes from town is Matakauri— a picture perfect location on the banks of Lake Wakatipu framed by The Remarkables mountain range and Cecil Peak. Taking advantage of the view is an absolute MUST. The main lodge and each of the twelve separate guest suites feature a wall of windows that overlook the lake. Speaking of the view; soaking in the tub will become a nightly ritual. For dinner, the view is spectacular. You are surrounded by so much water, it looks as though you could be on a ship. The bounty is local and plentiful with a degustation menu carefully curated to pair perfectly with New Zealand wines. If you’ve golfed at each stop in New Zealand, crown the trip off with an extreme golf experience like none other. Lift off with Over the Top Helicopters and enjoy a scenic flight over Queenstown before landing on Cecil Peak. Tee off from 4,500 feet at the world’s most picturesque golf course and enjoy a wine and cheese basket to celebrate! New Zealand is a once-in-alifetime trip for many Americans. Why not mark it off your bucket list now and have a honeymoon for the ages?


g1ngersnap

photocamper

·" ~ · _,-iJ, &V • , .. ~ ~'4~ ' , . ._:. .

r: - t. ~ 1 . ·~~ .,.,.,___,_ ~

_,....,. ~~

..

- 96 - GINGERSNAPPHOTOCAMPER.COM

I HELLO@GINGERSNAPPHOTOCAMPER.COM

!832.602.4411


SUIT FREE Tuxedo or Suit package for the Groom with a wedding party of 6 or more.

Tuxedo Package $139.99 & up includes Tuxedo, Tuxedo Shirt, Vest, Tie, Pocket Square, and Shoes

Suit Package $179.99 & up includes Suit Tie, Dress Shirt, and Shoes s elect ed

sty l es

- 97 -


Why do we give you Crystal Toasting Glasses ...

. . .and Deluxe Hotel Accommodations? So we can tell you how over two million people just like you have begun their new life together enjoying Celebrity's lifetime benefits. ÂŽ

For your pair of complimentary Crystal Toas ting Glasses and your Deluxe Hotel Accommodations CALL:

(91 3) 492-6380 (800) 729-6346 - 98 -


Weddings

* Celebrations * Fundraisers * Corporate Events

GrandHallTexas.com • Montgome~ Texas • 281.639.8077

- 99 -


.

J.

.

ce

V I

v

phJQlt

PHOTO

VIDEO

PHOTO

BOOTHS

WWW . . . J V I N C E P H O T O G R A P H Y . COM WEDDINGS@.JVINCEP H OTOGRAPHY.COM I 832.598.4623

..

1306

-

~

- 100 -

---

NANCE .

~ -.;

.'

'

..

,

, ,' .

ST ..

HOUSTON

. :.·.

'~

' ..

TX ,

77002


F

Families return to The King and the Prince Beach Resort year after year. Southern hospitality, great beach access, and expansive resort pools are just some of the reasons to love this escape. The resort is nestled along a beautiful stretch of beach on St Simons Island, off Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coast. Travelers come from all over the world to enjoy this amenity-rich property.

Steeped in History Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn opened this regal property in 1935. Fires, grand re-openings and Navy takeovers are part of this seaside tale. During the winter of 1942, German U-boats were sighted off the Georgia coast and the hotel became a radar training facility for the U.S. Navy. It reopened to the public in 1947.

Gorgeous Gorgeous

AAfamily familyescape escape IF YOU ENJOY HISTORIC HOTELS AND A BEAUTIFUL BEACH, THIS IS A GREAT WEDDING DESTINATION

Fun for the whole family The historic property has been lovingly restored throughout the years. From the stained glass windows to the portraits of King George II and Prince Charles Edward Stewart, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll note attention to history at every turn. The Ocean is the star here with most guests spending their days walking, searching for shells or participating in water sports. The beach is expansive during low tides; but only a sliver of sand is left to walk on when the tide rolls in. No worries, the luxurious pool area has two large pools and a kiddie pool; plenty of room to play and relax within the private, gated complex.

- 102 -

Catch the St. Simons Colonial Island Trolley for a historic island tour or visit the shops in the village. Children under five are free at the St. Simons Lighthouse. Fort Frederica National Monument features ruins of an 18th-century town and a fort established to defend the southern boundary of Georgia against Spanish forces.

Golf

The King and Prince Golf course is about a 20-minute drive from the resort. The front nine holes meander through majestic oaks and around lakes in an upscale neighborhood that was once a cotton and rice plantation. On the back nine,


Georgia GeorgiaWedding Wedding

for forall allages ages by Laurette

Veres

Prince bar was an after-hours gathering spot for soldiers, their wives and members of the local Civil Air Patrol.

golfers veer away from the neighborhood and take wooden bridges into the marsh. Four spectacular holes are situated on islands in the saltmarsh, teeming with wildlife, scenic views and challenges.

Dining ECHO, serving classic coastal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, is the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only oceanfront restaurant. Enjoy shrimp & grits and find out why the nutrient-rich waters of

the Georgia coast create super tasty shrimp. The name pays tribute to the Hotel and St. Simons Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history during World War II. Radar was a new technology, and this hotel was the center of it all. The King and

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort became a member of the Historic Hotels of America in 1996 and it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. So, if you enjoy historic hotels and beautiful beaches, this is a great wedding destination. www.kingandprince.com www.ColonialTrolley.com www.SaintSimonsLighthouse.org www.nps.gov/fofr

- 103 -


- 104 -


if you would like to travel in style aboard a nostalgic Original Trolley, give us a call at 281-491-4911.

we are dedicated to making every occassion a memory that will last a lifetime. visit our website photo gallery at

www.OriginalTrolley.com

- 105 -


~

WEDDINGS AND TRAVEL

Tina Hearn Destination Wedding Specialist and Travel Consultant 832-717-6099 or Cell 832-262-2618 Fax 281-476-7497 Tina@Paradiseweddingsandtravel.com

- 106 -

Proudly Representing Paradise Weddings in the Mexican Caribbean


- 107 -


L

Located in Bellville, Texas, about 50 miles west of Houston, there is a castle situated on twenty acres of forest, completely surrounded by a moat. Newman’s Castle can be your castle on your wedding day.

Built as a private residence, Newman’s Castle will make you feel like royalty. The castle “king” will lower the drawbridge for you and up to one hundred of your subjects to cross and enter the castle.

by Dick Dace courtesy photos

In keeping with the castle theme, guests are encouraged to wear renaissance dress. A complete medieval feast featuring whole roasted pigs and medieval music with bagpipes can be arranged.

Newman’s Castle

Where Every Bride Is A Princess

WHERE DO PRINCESSES MARRY PRINCES? IF THEY’RE IN TEXAS, IT’S AT NEWMAN’S CASTLE

Currently, there are two guest rooms available in the castle for a bride and groom to use. An additional five rooms are under construction. Full-service catering, including wedding cakes, is available on site. If preferred, outside catering is also available. Six days a week, Newman welcomes crowds with a few words about his castle, which he points out is his actual home. The castle becomes even more impressive when one learns that Newman built the castle himself, with the help of just one day laborer, working 14-hour days for more than ten years.

- 108 -

Built of cinder blocks, rebar and concrete, the castle is comprised of an iron portcullis, five round turrets, a 63-foot tall bell tower, a chapel, courtyard and a central keep, all surrounded by a moat studded with lily pads. The 3,000-pound working drawbridge can be raised or lowered by walking inside a large wooden wheel. Over the years, Newman has hosted his now-famous holiday parties, corporate events by Death by Chocolate’s Mystery Café, wine tastings, birthday parties, corporate retreats, festivals and other events. NEWMAN’S CASTLE Call Newman’s Bakery, 979-865-9804, to make tour reservations or to book your wedding. Newman’s Bakery, 504 E Main St, Bellville, TX 77418 www.newmanscastle.com


ANA NAN EST .

2005

..

anaivanphotography.com • weddings@anaivanphoto.com • 281-615-6048

- 109 -


Johanna Terry Events is an innovative "boutique-style" rental company, offering an array of luxury event furnishings and decor. Our luxe collection includes custom lounge seating, tables, bars and other unique accessories that go beyond ordinary rental items. We also offer discounted rates to event planners and designers - Contact us today for more details!

THE EXCLUSIVE HOUSTON PROVIDER

COLLECTION

1

0

1085 Gessner Rd. #N, Houston 77055 hello@jteluxerentals.com 281 -610-0069 www.jteluxerentals.com

SHOWROOM BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


- 111 -


- 112 -


ute> WE OFFER~ CANDY BUFFETS HEAVENLY TOFFEES CUSTOM CHOCOLATES WEDDING FAVORS WELCOME BASKETS HOSTESS GIFTS FAVOR BOXES

CUSTOM INVITATIONS KEEPSAKE INVITES CHOCOLATE MENUS CHOCOLATE PHOTOS HOSPITALITY BOXES & BAGS SPECIALTY GIFTS NAPKINS & RIBBON

LETTERPRESS • GLASS • SLATE • METAL • CHOCOLATE

Calf

foi

®

appoinimmt/

713.777.3444

debbie@dgzchocolates.com

............. """w:-.' ..........

.,... .._~.01'

............. ""

......,....~

~ ~,

~·"·~- .... -"J.u«l .u ,..._ ~ •

.,.. Of

0.. ..... Mas

~~ 1'Kt

'*"'.. ~"·

~ Ql..l 'WIIUAtt

f'llrttMftfiOlto"''" c.•

Mil l

f'tll0t~~flll)l.Jt't1l"'

IJ r-oCJUDO. .. , ... Altt.,._JC..... c;ooo .... ,...., ex~

o.., na

c..o...u::

u.su u• ,. c-.~... ..-

,_.,..n""

t7J"Jt# qffJj;~~~~( ... ,.: ' " " ' ... \l .fl.n'

uar•u•..-•

1»-

ltftl

MAKE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION - 113 A LASTING ONE!


WEDDINGS ~CEPTIONS

~HEARSAL

DINNERS

WWW.CRYSTALBALLHOUSTON . COM 713 . 227 . 7423

I

909 TEXAS

AVENUE

Center left photo: Adam Nyholt Photography; bottom right photo: Studio563

I

HOUSTON, TX

77002


- 115 -


- 116 -


- 117 -


All Wedding Cakes are designed and made to order. It is our goal to put the final touch on your new beginning. We have won numerous awards for our flavors, and cake designs. Tammy looks forward to designing your special cake. Home of the Famous Texas Melon Cake Flavor

Call: (281) 861-7995

"Vi" WHO'S WHO

WEDDINGS

7710 Cherry Park Dr. #B Houston, TX 77095 - 118 -

www. weddingcakesbytammyallen.com


YOUR DAY ALL YOUR OWN Walk down the aisle of iconic luxury. Customize your wedding experience and infuse your personal style w ith the picturesque sands of paradise. Mix & match any of 9 spectacular collections by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie, including a COMPLIMENTARY COLLECTION" featuring gorgeous designs at no additional charge. Once you've chosen your look, let us handle the details. Our Wedding Specialists can book rooms and flights, arrange events, and manage all the ins and outs of planning a destination wedding. Keep the fun in fu ll swing after the wedding with one of 3 signature Honeymoon Packages including the COMPLIMENTARY HONEYMOON PACKAGE, which comes standard. We'll even set you up with $1,800 LIMITLESS RESORT CREDIT•• to spend any way you want: unlimited golf, nearby attractions, or even a couples massage at the legendary Rock Spa® - it's up to you.

For more information, please contact: Terry S. McKinney, ECC - WOW Specialist Call: (832) 520-1795 Visit: www.Navigate YourTravels.com Every wedding couple who reserves their all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel wedding experience with Terry McKinney will be entered into a drawing to win a free $3,000 Colin Cowie Wedding Collection!

ColinCowie® WEDDINGS

CANCUN. PUNTA CANA. VALLARTA. RIVIERA MAYA

W()W SPECIALIST

AN ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE

'Restrictions apply. "A 20% service fee will apply over the final price of all transactions using the Limitless Resort Credit promotion on all services or products available at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. Service fee can only be paid with cash, room charge and credit card. Service fee cannot be paid with the remaining Limitless Resort Credit promotion balance.Other restrictions may apply. Please refer to website for full Terms and Conditions.

- 119 -


Crystal Showcase EvEntS & DéCor

Crystal ShowCase Events & Décor has been proudly serving the Houston area for over a decade. We are committed to professional, personalized and precise service that will set your special event high above the rest. We are here to provide one stop shopping for your event with our unique linen rentals, eccentric décor rentals, custom floral arrangements and elegant event design. Linen RentaLs & event PLanning

EleganceOn Any Budget www.theCrystalshowcase.com - 120 -

832-736-5576 For appointments


- 121 -


'fort 'Bend's 'Premier 'Banquet 'facility

A 44 acre private estate offering unique banquet rooms and superb food and beverage service.

Texas Ballroom • Austin Ballroom • Safari Lodge • San Antonio Room Richmond Room • Rosenberg Room • Magnolia Ballroom Palm Pavilion • The Veranda • Rose Garden Chapel • The Forum Courtyard Gazebo • Rose Garden Gazebo • Lakeside Gazebo

Safari rTexas Located in the Southwest/Sugarland/Katy area 11627 FM 1464 Richmond, TX 77407 Tel: 281 277 7888 Fax: 281 277 9788 www.safaritexasballroom.com

- 122 -


â&#x20AC;¢ DESIGNS

/

CoosoDesigns.com

- 123 -


N

Nestled among the Rocky Mountainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sawatch Range and the Elk Mountains is Aspen, Colorado; the ideal spot for a destination wedding. No matter the season, your budget or the size of your guest list, Aspen has something for you.

Hotels in Aspen include The Little Nell, The Limelight, The St. Regis and Hotel Jerome, which are all centrally located in the heart of Aspen. Removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown are The Gant and Aspen Meadows Resort. Each property offers unique event spaces and amenities perfect for a rehearsal, ceremony or reception.

- 124 -

we A Inspiring Inspiring by Marissa

Greteman

Maroon Bells

The Limelight property includes several outdoor event spaces, great for couples who are looking to highlight the beauty of Aspen on their big day. Guests can also enjoy good company, live music and light Italian fare in the lounge before retiring to their spacious, luxurious rooms. The versatile Fountain Courtyard at The St. Regis provides remarkable views of Aspen Mountain, while the St. Regis Ballroom incorporates the sophisticated, enchanting design style that is seen throughout the hotel. The St. Regis is also home to the award-winning Remède


Top of Aspen Mountain

Aspen Aspen UNIQUE EVENT SPACES AND AMENITIES PERFECT FOR A REHEARSAL, CEREMONY OR RECEPTION

The Limelight Hotel

The Wedding Deck Hotel Jerome Ballroom

The St. Regis Aspen Resort

Spa, a fantastic place to relax before (or after) the big day. Known as the “crown jewel” of Aspen, Hotel Jerome is rich in

history and features Aspen’s only aboveground ballroom. The Grand Ballroom is a luxurious, neutral-toned space that is fit

for any wedding. Stop by the J-Bar for a famous “Aspen Crud”, a spiked milkshake drink created during the prohibition

The Caribou Club

days. Situated on 40 acres of beautiful Colorado land between the Roaring Fork River and Castle Creek is Aspen Meadows Resort. The entire property reflects classic Bauhaus style and features countless works of art by Herbert Bayer, designer of the hotel. Bayer also created Anderson Park, a serene space with magnificent views, where many couples have said “I Do”. The Gant is a condominium style resort that also offers services typically found in a luxury hotel. Located in a quiet residential area at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant offers impeccable views and a break from the commotion surrounding downtown.

- 125 -


Downtown Aspen

The Little Nell is another property located right at the base of Aspen Mountain. In addition to the exquisite dining options and event space available on property, they offer exclusive access to the Sundeck and the Aspen Mountain Club. Both are located at the top of the mountain, and accessible by gondola. The Sundeck is made up of 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. An open floor plan allows for plenty of flexibility when it comes to transforming the space. The Aspen Mountain Club is a 4,400 square foot private club that strikes harmony between European and cozy mountain lodge design styles. Adjacent to the Aspen Mountain Club is the Wedding Deck, an outdoor ceremony space with unbeatable views of the Elk Mountains and highland bowl. These views serve as the perfect backdrop for a wedding, regardless of the season.

- 126 -

The Wedding Deck

Some of the best food in Aspen can be found at the Caribou Club. Chef Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; passion for food is evident in each of his creations. Whether you host an intimate rehearsal dinner at

AN OUTDOOR CEREMONY SPACE WITH UNBEATABLE VIEWS OF THE ELK MOUNTAINS AND HIGHLAND BOWL

the club or take advantage of their full service catering option, your dining experience with the Caribou Club will be one you never forget. www.aspenchamber.org

The Terrace Room at the Little Nell


Every couple is unique. And, just like you, they want their wedding reception to capture the spirit oftheir love - we are here to make the dream a reality. Share with us your dreams and vision ofthe perfectfunction. Whether it's a fabulous cocktail reception, or a jivecourse dinner pulled offwith elegance and sophistication, our goal is simply to design your perfect day. You'll discover why most people who walk through our doors were told by a friend to come see usfirst. Come see the Red Oak Ballroom.

- 127 -


- 128 -


Nestled within 100 forested acres of secluded luxury and natural su r roundings, Southern Lace Estates provides romantic ambiance for your special day. Take comfort in knowing our gorgeous amenities are reserved for your enti r e day.

EXQUISITE BRIDAL SUITE · GRAND STA I RCASES INDOOR RECEP T ION AREA FOR 700 GUESTS OUTDOOR C OURTYARD · CEREMONY SITE SCENIC LAKE · INDOOR CHAPEL

Step into a new world where t i me stands still and precious memories are created with the ones you love the most.

NEW WEDDING VENUE OPENING EARLY 2 0 1 7

111 0 I N DIAN S H ORES R D · CROSBY. T X 77532 • 2 8 1.733.6916 - 129 -


The Bridal Extravaganza Show

TESTIMONIALS Photographer: Photographer: KhanhKhanh Nguyen Nguyen

We actually attended the Bridal Show twice!

Amanda “The Bridal Extravaganza show was a blast! It really exposed me to everything I needed for my wedding. Everyone was super helpful and I made some really good connections. Of course, I tried every single photo booth and have the pictures to prove it.”

“We actually attended the Bridal Show twice! We had wonderful experiences both times over the year that we were engaged. We felt that we were able to find many vendors in one location [at the Bridal Extravaganza], which helped us to easily compare services, prices, and [who was] the right fit for us! Not only was the bridal show helpful in our planning process, but it was also a fun time for my fiancé and I to spend time together and really get into the spirit of our wedding in a way that we could both enjoy! We found our ceremony musicians, our wedding coordinator, as well as our DJ, and lighting vendors at the show.”

- 130 -

Ashley “This was such a fun thing that I took my mom, my mother in law, and all of my girlfriends along with me! We had such a great time and [the show] got us excited about the wedding. I loved looking at all of the flowers and bouquets because they were all real. It was a great way to get ideas. All of the food and cake tastings were amazing! [There were] so many good choices, it would have been hard to pick! It was an overall fun and exciting experience.”

Photographer: ChrisWPhoto

Jacklyn

Photographer: Theo Civitello

I tried every single photo booth and have the pictures to prove it.

All of the food and cake tastings were amazing!


Yasmine

My mother and I attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show and really enjoyed ourselves.

“Yes, I attended in January with my best friend. My best friend and I got married within 4 months of each other, so it was a blast seeing all the wedding [vendors] together. I was able to see banquet ideas, lock down decoration ideas, and find some new inventive things.”

“My mother and I attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show and really enjoyed ourselves. When we first walked in, we were greeted warmly and then found ourselves overwhelmed at the size of the convention and the large number of vendors! After we gathered ourselves and began walking through the aisles, we had a blast. I found my ceremony musicians there (Divisi Strings) – I never thought about having strings play at the ceremony, but it was beautiful and I received so many compliments from the guests. Also, we found our Rolls Royce get-a-way car there as well and booked them on the spot with Monarch British Limousines!”

Matthew & John “Without the Bridal Extravaganza, our wedding would not have been as successful as it turned out. I attended the show while John was working. The show was overwhelming and not quite accessible at first, it seemed like I needed a guide. So much of the show was geared specifically towards ‘brides’ that a random guy walking around asking a few questions didn’t get the same attention from vendors as others. Thankfully, everyone I spent more than a few minutes with was charming and professional. The best thing from the Extravaganza was meeting our photographer. Thomas was shooting a wedding that day, but his wife Penelope spoke with me for a while [and answered my] questions. Booking with Thomas led us to our cake vendor and coordinator on his recommendation. That ticket to the Extravaganza led to our wedding being exactly what we wanted.”

Photographer: ChrisWPhoto

Catrina

Photographer: ChrisWPhoto

I was able to see banquet ideas, lock down decoration ideas, and find some new inventive things

That ticket to the Extravaganza led to our wedding being exactly what we wanted

Photographer: Thomas & Penelope Wedding Photography

- 131 -


DESIGN & RENTALS

LBL EVENTS

I RENTALS

& DESIGN

I 281-498-0021 I WWW.LBLEVENTRENTALS.COM

e-~~~Uv1C~r~o~ - 132 -


Before you tie the knot, create the perfect registry at Dillard's Over 280 stores in 29 states The best selection of your favorite brand names Easy Internet accessibility on Facebook or at www.d illards.com FREE wedding and home planner as your gift when you register COMPLETE YOUR NEW HOME PROGRAM Save 20% on most regular price items remaining on your registry after the wedding

DillardS

The Style of Your Life . - 133 -


flaming festivities by

Stephanie DiCiro

Roses, rendezvous, and romance come to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day. However, sometimes it’s nice to think outside of the box fire up some new ideas to create a spark in which we celebrate love. I was recently commissioned to organize and implement a wedding shower on the night of February 14th. My vision for the event included bright red and gold linens accented by flowers with bold pops of color to capture the theme of “Red Hot.” For a next level experience I hired fire performers and an aerialist from LG Event Entertainment & Production LLC. continues on next page

- 135 -


When selecting the linens at House of Hough, I designed a few tables with fancy gold lace overlay above the red linens to make a statement piece in some areas. This worked perfectly with the fiery inspired flower arrangements as centerpieces. The fire performers greeted the guests at the entrance of the party and later met up with the aerialist for a duo performance that stunned the guests! On top of the spectacular performance, the aerialist poured champagne into the guests’ flutes while being suspended on an aerial rope. I also hired Sourced Craft Cocktails to pour custom cocktails for the guests as they enjoyed the show. Each drink was specifically created to match the party’s theme. Customized champagne labels were created that matched the invitations for an eye-catching display as well as a special keepsake. Cake balls, cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, candies, and of course, red hots filled the dessert bar. Cakes by Gina followed the party’s theme with pops of red décor throughout


their cake pops and cupcakes. I wanted to satisfy guests of all ages and their sweet tooth’s by offering a wide array of goodies. I also customized take-home goodie bags to pack up some sweet treats for the guests to take home. The most important aspect of party planning is staying on budget and keeping a spreadsheet that you can access from any location. This will help immensely with staying on top of organizing expenses and last minute purchases. Don’t be afraid to take some risks when designing an event and don’t sweat the small stuff— just think about the big picture!

- 137 -


PHOTO IVIDEO I BOOTH

- 138 -


- 139 -


s~

MY JEWELRY CLEANER ALL NATURAL BIODEG RADABLE

TWITTER

FACEBOOK j INSTAGRAM

'

Fall in love all over again ... with your ring!

www.myjewelrycleaner.com

2017 Sornctll rrlCJ New

- 140 -

Post Offrcc Box 2345 Woocstock G/\ 30188

~~.... J..


Photobooth-Photography-Videography-DJ- Event Planners Kelvin Productions offers the lowest price, professional photobooths. Each booth uses DSLR cameras, also comes with unlimited prints for each package. Reserve today, and let us take care of your spec ial occasion.

Additional hours a.fter 5 hours will be $100.

832-878-8584 www.kelviilproductioils.com www.facebook.com/kelvinproductions


Entertainment &Even"'t PliJn_~ing {ijf_ill({/

{%j

"Your D ream... 0 ur M.ISSion. . " We help you with your event from the very beginning to the very end to ensure that your dream & vision is made into reality. We can accomodate any size event; from an intimate setting to large formal affairs. As part of your experience we can provide assistance and management of: *BUDGET MANAGEMENT* *EVENT SCHEDULES* *CUSTOMIZED PLANNING pACKAGE *VENDOR

&

VENUE SELECTIONS*

*EVENT DESIGN* *EvENT CoNCEPT CoNSULTATIONs* *AND MORE*

281-540-5867 www.31Eeven tplanningbyrina.com t3lentertainment@aol.com

- 142 -


RENEE DUNKIN Owner/Travel Specialist ~~~UAO ,

. .L . . ..._.._ ...._ ..,

1107 aroundabouttravel.com

Why do you need a travel agent with hundreds of online sites available to you today? Let me give you a few reasons: 1.

Money- I will work within your budget to find you the best rates available. I search numerous suppliers and have access to special promotions to provide you with the best package prices out there. Some people shy away from travel agents because they think they will pay more. I don't add any extra fees for my services, so you're getting my experience and connections for free!

2.

Time - You could spend hours online researching the endless choices available, bouncing from one site to another. Planning a trip shouldn't be stressful. Just give me a call and I will take the hassle away, plus give you options you may not have even considered.

3.

Customer Service- I have been a top producer in the travel business for over 15 years. Through site inspections, supplier certifications and training seminars, I spend countless hours staying informed and up to date on travel products. Years of networking have given me extensive connections in the industry that I can call on to make sure my clients are well taken care of from the time they leave to the time they arrive back home.

4.

Troubleshooting- Perhaps the most important reason to use a travel agent is to have someone there for you when something goes wrong. Try calling that online booking website when your flight is cancelled or delayed and you miss your connection, or when your room with a view overlooks the entire AIC system, or even worse ... you arrive at your destination and the resort is oversold. These things and a thousand others happen every day. My clients know that I am just a phone call away and will work on their behalf to resolve any issue.

Honeymoons - Destination Weddings - Groups - Cruises -AU Duvel - 143 -


Cafe Natalie FINE CATERING CAFENATALIECATERING.COM I 832-203-8157

- 144 -


www.ASplendidEvent.net 2 81.8 8 8. 0 773

- 145 -


- 146 -


C(Q~~ for your special occasion...

(713) 560-2725 www.LinenRentalHouston.com facebook.com/houstondecorations/ - 147 -


- 148 -


DRAPI~G

I ACCESSORIES I EQL'lPMENl RE;o.; fALS I CEiliNG lREATMEN IS I ACRYLIC & CHIAVARI CHAIR RENTALS

281.8U.9587

I

EBINCEVENTS.COM.

I

5226ATASOCITAROAD

I

BYAPPOINTMfNTON I Y

- 149 -


Wedding planning is stressful. .. Why waste your time with an inexperienced or unprofessional DJ?

,-----------------, 1 Call today and i mention this add for a

: 50°/o DISCOUNT

Daulong's Mobile Music believes in delivering magnificent memories for every client. We have:

~

---=-- .s d

on our Date and Time Reservation DEPOSIT FEE!

• 14 Years of Professional Wedding Experience • Professional Grade DJ Equipment • All Music Genres Available including Ceremony and Reception Music • Personalized Itinerary Consultation • Emcee/ Master of Ceremonies Services • No travel, music, Daulong's Mobile Music set-up, or attire 15814 Champion Forest Dr. fees

www.dmmdjs.com Suite 240 Spring, TX 77379

Please call for a free consultation .,. .,. .,.

- 150 -

281.413.0053


The essence of southern hospitality & charm, from intimate ceremonies to lavish receptions, weddings are special at Peca11 Grove Plantation Country Club. The magnificent reflecting pond and spectacular golf course will serve as the perfect backdrop for your celebration.

Please call our Private Events Director for a tour and details. 281-342-9940 www.peca ngrovecc.com 3000 Plantation Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Richmond, TX â&#x20AC;˘ 77406

- 151 -


Say

BOOMS

\..\..

~--'-'

--.llo~S,..-'

to your

Dream

Wedding Sophisticated. Modern. Elegant. Trendy. H- E-8 BLOOMS has everything you need to create a look and feel that reflects your personal style. For a location near you visit heb.com/ blooms

- 152 -


a

dramatic backdrop for a storybook wedding

Imagine every aspect of your wedding being planned to perfection by our experts while you and your guests enjoy a luxurious full-service spa, delicious island cuisine and all the delights of historic Galveston. The Oleander Garden, Centennial Green and two elegant ballrooms offer sweeping Gulf views and provide a dramatic backdrop for intimate and grand weddings. Arrange lifelong memories with one phone call to us.

2024 SEAWALL BLVD., GALVESTON ISLAND, TX 409.765.7721 | www.HotelGalvez.com

legendary romance on galveston island Legendary for its gracious hospitality and stylish accommodations, The Tremont House provides an ideal setting for the wedding of your dreams. While our experts ensure that every detail of your special day is planned to perfection, you and your guests can enjoy our prime location in Galvestonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic Strand District, within walking distance of a wide array of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. Make your dreams come true with one visit to us.

................................................. 2300 SHIPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MECHANIC ROW, GALVESTON ISLAND, TX 409.763.0300 | www.TheTremontHouse.com

- 153 -


- 154 -


through

Productions Professional DJ Service

DJ (emcee, music, coordination) •!• "Day Of" Coordinating •!• Photo I Video Booth Slide Show Presentations •!• Wireless LED Lighting Packages •!• Custom Monograms Table Linens and Chair Covers •!• Table Decor and Candy Buffets

Amanda

10.12.13 Matt

www.jmprodj.com •!• 713-502-9298 •!• 713-417-7220

- 155 -


Ml

I I I I I I I I I I

VIDEOS HOUSTON'S BEST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER


~~~§rfr!~~~~~nC:~fft

----....-· 4106 ~e((aire ~(vc( l}{ouston,

tTX 77025

713-665-7140

..--

1t(( Weddina Packaaes are customiza6Ce

illlllllllll'~/

- 157 -


BRIDAL

GOWNS

BRIDESMAID VEILS,

DRESSES

TIARAS

& SHOES Q UINCEANERA

JEWELRY PROM,

FLOWER SPECIAL

GIRL OccASION

DRESSES

TUXEDOS WEDDING

INVITATIONS

&

MORE

281-580-0066 281-580-1066


· Weddings • Sweet 16 Parties • Quinceaneras • Corporate Events · Galas • Proms & More

Contact Us Today! 281-669-6402 281-2 10-4822 picturemehouston@gmail.com

PictureMeHoustonPhotoBooth.com - 159 -


- 160 -


WEOOINGS INSPIRED BY YOU

cr~lJ HOUSTON WEDDING PLANNERS

PLAN OUR DAY IS A PR OCE SS-DRIVEN PLANN ING COMPANY

You deserve a SIMPLE, HONEST AND ORGANIZED wedding

whose main focus is to create a positive and memorable

planning journey that enables you to design a wedding that

wedding experience for you during your engagement and

expresses you as a couple, wit h nods to your families, traditions

most importantly, on your wedding day.

and unique personalities. (And you should have fun doing it!)

- 161 -


IIAIIt &

YIAKf~-l

P

On Location Hair & Make-up

@SunnyHairandMakeup

SunnyHairandMakeupArtistry

Sunny Hair AndMakeu p. com - 162 -

832 -2 7 5 - 52 3 1

sunny@ sunnyhairandmakeup.com


Opening 2017 Discover The estates at pecan park - A sprawling 10-acre pecan Orchard in Tomball, Texas. The property boasts a magnificent plantation Style Venue, which can accomodate 300 guests, featuring a large covered patio which overlooks the orchard - An elegant experience with unlimited possibilities! excluSiVe DiScOunTS fOr BriDAl exTrAVAgAnzA BriDeS

www.TheestatesAtpecanpark.com 22633 park rd.

Tomball, Texas 77377

832-422-7674

- 163 -


- 164 -


II f

Conveniently located just South of Kemah, SallyBrooke is a new and unique event venue. Nestled on four lush acres, SallyBrooke offers indoor and outdoor wedding event spaces for up to 100 guests, and boutique lodging for up to twelve adults. SallyBrooke is the perfect choice for your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/ bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception, family lodging, or honeymoon. Contact us to start planning your perfect rustic wedding! II '

J

J,[/JtAJ

/lor 1Ve~~ QcLTJIW Ll

j.

Unique Acco"flmodations

215 Middleton Street

IV

~ U forgettable Ever\ts

Bacliff, TX ,.., www.Sal yBrooke.com

IV

832.2~4. 3410 - 165 I


The Ultimate Wedding Box B Wedding Necessities A subscription box service providing ultimate essentials and more! Continue the Bridal Extravaganza Show experience at B Planning Tools your doorstep. B Bridal Gifts B Beauty Products Order Your Box Today! B Vendor Samples & Offers TheUltimateWeddingBox.com


i//~iu 10901 BRAESBENDDR. HOUSTON, TX77071

281.352.0903

VILLAGIOHOUSTON. COM

- 167 -


July 22-23 George R Brown • Houston

Two fun-filled Days! Major Prizes Formal Fashion Shows Educational Seminars Brides Register Online for Free Gift BridalExtravaganzaShow.com

- 168 -

photo: ANA&IVAN photography c gown: Ventura’s Bridal Fashions c hair and makeup: Simple Beauty Artistry


Outdoor & Indoor Ceremonies Bridal Showers Wedding Receptions Rehearsal Dinners Anniversary Dinners Bridesmaids Luncheons 832-445-2104

www. waldencc.com/catering/receptions 18100 Walden

Forest Dr. • Humble, TX • 77346

- 169 -


EVENTS

T

The Bridal Extravaganza Show kicks off wedding season for the great state of Texas. It’s here that brides, bridesmaids, mothers-of-the bride, grooms, and wedding planners meet with over 400 vendors in 700 display showcases. Looking to plan the wedding of your dreams? Then making plans to attend this over-the-top biannual event is an absolute MUST.

WELCOME TO AMERICA’S LARGEST

BRIDAL

Show

Photography by Anthony Rathbun

- 170 -


EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR A LOW PRICE OF

$7.50

UNTIL APRIL 3rd

Trending now!

Since its inception in 1983, The Bridal Extravaganza Show has continued to evolve and keep up with the latest wedding and wedding fashion trends. The goal? To meet the needs of every type of wedding party. “The overall wedding market has exploded, and part of the reason is reality television and the introduction of social media,” says Show Producer Laurette Veres. “You’ll literally find everything that you could possibly need for your dream wedding. The Bridal Extravaganza is like your Pinterest board brought to life. Our goal is to simplify the wedding process for the engaged couple.”

THE NEW PINK EXPO STOLE THE SHOW AT THE HOUSE OF HOUGH BOOTH. BLUSH LINENS CONTINUE TO CAPTIVATE BRIDE’S HEARTS IN 2017


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

THE NEXT EXTRAVAGANZA IS JULY 22-23rd.

From fashion shows that allow brides to see numerous gown options to educational seminars that offer behind the scenes wedding options, The Bridal Extravaganza Show has something to offer the entire wedding party. All this and more creates two fun-filled days of bridal bliss.

The Bridal Extravaganza is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. This bridal show is the most established, elite, and resourceful event for bridal parties, not just in the state of Texas, but in the entire country. Brides and grooms will join forces with their wedding party and attend an amazing convention to plan for the moment theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget.

WWW.BRIDALEXTRAVAGANZASHOW.COM


CW?zlhw d(Jrk cY(Juntrp cY!ub oflrs stp~ grace and impeccable service f(J anp event Call our Catering Professional today to book your: Wedding Reception Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony Bridal Shower Rehearsal Dinner Bridal Luncheon Anniversary Dinner 281-579-6262 www.willowforkclub.com 21055 Westheimer Parkway Katy, TX 77 450

- 173 -


Contact Us Today! email: marmourafavors@gmail.com www.marmourafavors.com P. 0. Box 18065 Sugar Land, TX 77496

Most Popular Item: Bridal Party Toast Hand-Decor~ted Centerpiece Includes: 1 Decorated Champaign Bottle 14 Shimmering Champaign Glasses &Groom Fully Dressed & Decorated Bride & G oom Figure Floral Decorate Stand *Customizable glass etching

We'll work hard to make your happy occasions a memorable one! Marmoura is a family owned and operated business, our clients become family the day they place their order!

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed!

-

Email us today at marmourafauors@gmail.

MARMOURA FAVORS Your Satir(action is; ()ur MissiC't''!!

www.marmourafavors.com

~J

~.

ill ,,'

.

!!

â&#x20AC;˘

f¡ .

~'"~

..

~

..

'l

~

'

./

~

. \ ~

~,;...J

~~~~~~~~~r~ - 174 -


The Ultimate Wedding Box B Wedding Necessities A subscription box service providing ultimate essentials and more! Continue the Bridal Extravaganza Show experience at B Planning Tools your doorstep. B Bridal Gifts B Beauty Products Order Your Box Today! B Vendor Samples & Offers TheUltimateWeddingBox.com - 175 -


Look and feel your best for your 6tg I My Face Lady, Houston's first concierge medical spa that comes to you. We offer clients minimally invasive. safe procedures done by a nurse practitioner, in the comfort of your own home. We correct problem areas such as frown lines, crow's feet, smoker's lines and forehead lines with the use of Botox and Dysport. Need a little boost for the big day? We also offer an array of services with hyaluronic fillers such as cheek enhancement and lip augmentation. Book your appointment at myfacelady.com or call 832-303-0026

Book a My Face Lady party!

Dysport ex

- 176 -

~a~JnA

~OTOX -Cosmetic

..., Juv&lerm

XC

OBAG I MEDICAL

Dr. Jordan Smith, DO and Ann Thompson, FNP, of My Face Lady


WEDDINGS BY DESIGN


WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

weddings • engagement • bridal

Profile for Bridal Extravaganza Show Houston

Texas Weddings Honeymoons Edition  

Discover honeymoon destinations, advice from real brides and more in this colorful issue!

Texas Weddings Honeymoons Edition  

Discover honeymoon destinations, advice from real brides and more in this colorful issue!