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CONTENT

FALL 2018

122 page

In Every Issue:

Editor’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Editor’s Pics . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

38 page

Entertaining:

Elvis Lives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Garden Party . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Real Weddings

Laura & Grayson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Marisa & Dylan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Staci & Rodney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Richa & Rodney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Emily & Aaron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Corey & Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Missy & John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Alicia & Christopher . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Tanya & Jimmy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Features

Brides Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Bridal Show Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164

Honeymoons

Mahekal Beach Resort . . . . . . . . . .110 Dallas, Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Aruba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Mesa Verde County, Colorado . 130 Sonoma, California . . . . . . . . . . . . .134

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Events

Styled Shoots Across America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . 172

Trends

Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50


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It’s our anniversary. We’ve been bringing brides and bridal businesses together for 35 years! You are cordially invited to the George R. Brown Convention Center January 5-6. As hundreds of thousands of engaged couples have before you, come see, taste, experience and plan the wedding of your dreams.

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WORTHY PLANNING Whether or not you plan to make your wedding Instagram worthy, your planning sure can be! At the Bridal Extravaganza you’ll find the most Instagram-worthy wedding photo walls in town.

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Use this digital magazine as your guide and get down to the business of planning.

MANAGING EDITOR Brogen Woodward

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.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Goran Atanasovski

PHOTO BY IVAN GARCIA STUDIO

When this is over, you’ll be married!

EDITOR IN CHIEF Laurette M. Veres

PRODUCTION MANAGER Jeanine Hickman EDITORIAL Ainsley Mandell Vicki Dill Marisa Byers Sondra Sneed Marian Jacob Stephanie DiCiro

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Dillan.iS There are many reasons to register with Dillard's, including dedicated wedding registry specialists who are there to help you every step of the way. After your wedding, you'll receive 20% on most remaining items on your registry.

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Let’s Celebrate

With Gratitude

Have family and friends place their Wedding Wishes in this jar and create a beautiful memento of your Wedding Day. Named “the gift that keeps on giving” by Oprah and featured among the 102 gifts of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 List, the Gratitude Jar from Gratitude Glass Jars has driven a movement – inspiring others to love themselves and the people around them. @ www.gratitudeglassjars.com

From engagement parties, to bachelorette parties,The 125 Collection, offers the perfect gift. This lifestyle brand is known for their famous 100% soy quote candles. Whether you’re looking for a cute gift or looking to add a fun and chic decoration for a party, the 125 Collection weds fun and chic for the perfect statement!

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Freeze Frame

Want to look and feel your best on your wedding day? MyCoolSlim helps reduce unwanted body fat naturally and effectively. Fat cells can’t take the cold! Placing cold directly on stubborn areas of fat around the stomach or thighs helps get rid of unwanted bulges. Use MyCoolSlim in the weeks leading up to your walk down the aisle @ www.mycoolslim.com

Passport Cover by Neely & Chloe

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B4 is a pharmacist-created vitamin supplement designed to protect your body from the after effects of drinking alcohol before they happen. It’s like sunscreen for your liver. Drink a can within the hour before your first drink to prehydrate, protect and precover.

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The Pre, Pre Party

Bridesmaids are the unsung heroes of weddings and what better way to express gratitude towards your favorite group of ladies than with a customizable gift. Neely & Chloe, the NYC-based label known for their affordable yet sophisticated accessories (priced under $350) by sisters Neely and Chloe Burch offers items for the millennial woman who is not willing to sacrifice quality over price. Simple design elements are at the core of Neely & Chloe’s aesthetic. While the collection draws on the allure of timelessness, it also seeks to provide versatility in each of their minimalistic silhouettes. @ www.neelyandchloe.com


Keep Cool

Spartina 449 offers a sweet and thoughtful gift for brides and bridesmaids. The newly minted Mrs. Necklace is sure to become the first item a bride puts on after the wedding. @ www.spartina449.com

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Planning a tropical honeymoon? Keep cool with Bani Bands. These stylish bands come in multiple styles and colors. Most importantly, when wet, they keep you 30 degrees below skin temperature.

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Pineapple Earrings

Molly Phillips just launched her new Oasis collection, hand-cut brass in palm tree, pineapple and cactus shapesperfect for a destination wedding. Earrings shown here are available in small and large starting at just $75.

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From your engagement party, through your shower, to the wedding itself, the Wedding Thank You Journal is the perfect place to store notes on all the gifts and kind gestures you’ll receive from friends, family and well-wishers. With 96 beautifully designed, doublesided pages, this handy journal will be an invaluable tool when it’s time to write thank-you cards or return the favor with gifts. Once the notes have been sent, it also makes for a heartfelt keepsake!

Etched in Love

There is an intangibly special—and increasingly rare—feeling that comes with handmade things. This is one reason Simon Pearce has become such a well-trusted destination for couples. Every piece that comes out of the studio is entirely handmade. Instead of a traditional guest book,guests can sign a piece of paper and send it to Simon Pearce. They then scan the signatures and hand-engrave them onto a piece of glass.

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Take A Seat

Give and Give Back

When picking the perfect bridal party or wedding welcome gift, it’s important to show your guests how much you appreciate their participation in your special day. Introducing Makers + Goods, a remarkable e-commerce site with a mission of giving gifts that give back. Next to each item is a thoughtful description of the “maker” and “impact.” Each maker gives back differently from helping animal rescues to planting a tree every time a purchase is made to employing artisans in impoverished nations. @ www.makersandgoods.com

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A living wall created by greenery and floral invites guests to interactively find their seat. What a beautiful way to display the seating chart.

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LUXURY LINENS. DAUNTLESS DESIGN. SEAMLESS STYLE.

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Get creative and have fun decorating the bride and groom chairs. Not only are they an ideal way to designate the happy couple’s chosen spot, but they make for some truly remarkable wedding photos.

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These nostalgic potted favors are a gift your guests will cherish. It’s important to choose favors that your guests will use and what better way to thank them for coming, than with a beautiful mini plant. These are great for a rustic or country wedding!

Love Makes the World go Round

A fun alternative to a traditional sign in. These globes make for a very unique wedding guestbook that you can later incorporate into your home decor!

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Laura Memory Photography

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Let Love Grow

Rejuvination

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Light the Way

You’ve planned your grand entrance now what about your grand exit? A sparkler send-off is a fun and memorable way for you to engage your guests and for your photographer to capture some beautiful pictures.

Guardian Angel

Dan O’Keefe & Christine Sheeran

Amber Kelley Photography

Carry the memory of your loved ones with you down the aisle on your special day. Attach this beautiful memorial charm to your bouquet and keep it close to your heart.

Brogen Woodward

Mr. and Mrs.

To have and to hold, to keep your drink cold! Thank your guests with custom made Koozies! Have them match your wedding theme or inscript them with the wedding date so that your guests will always have something to remember your special day.

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Sip Sip Hooray

Native to Aruba’s tropical climate, Aloe Vera plants hold many wonderful natural healing qualities. For destination weddings, Aruba Aloe products are an organic way to heal sun kissed skin. Perfect as a wedding favor; Aruba Aloe products can be bought locally in Aruba or on their website. @ www.arubaaloe.com


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

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The first meal as Mr. and Mrs. is a memorable one and you get to share it with your friends and family! Unique flowers and table settings will make for great picture opportunities that will resonate with guests!

Braids for the Bride

Sarah Williams - The Silhouette Studio

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What’s more picturesque than getting married at sunset? Your guests will surely appreciate the natural beauty that the sunset adds to your wedding.

Get the Party Started

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Deciding how you want your hair on your perfect day is a big task, but an updo might be the answer! There’s no reason to worry about your curls falling if you have your hair in a braided updo.

Love is Sweet

A great alternative to a traditional wedding cake! Treat your guests to bite size desserts and skip the hassle of cake cutting!

Amber Kelley Photography

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Love is in the Air

Fill the air with well wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs. as their two lives become one! Using bubbles for your wedding send off is an unforgettable way for your guests to wish you luck with your future life together!

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Remind your guests where and when the party is starting with a card they will be sure to remember!


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TRENDS

Spinel takes Center Stage Spinel has been symbolically associated with encouraging love and compassion. The versatility and beauty have been long admired, alongside its luster and hardness, making it an excellent stone for jewelry center pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spinel colors often have a much greater intensity than sapphire, aided by a brilliance comparable to diamonds. Finding these gems, cutting them, and designing beautiful pieces is always a fantastic experience,â&#x20AC;? says Jeffrey Bilgore. For the fashion forward, his platinum Mahenge Tanzanian spinel set features a 7.92 ct. octagon cut red spinel ring, with diamonds, set in platinum, alongside 3.11 ct. oval red spinel earrings, with diamonds, also set in platinum.

Stunning Studs We love the idea of a simple pair of diamond studs; a twist on classic pearls. Designer Anne Sisteron offers this 14kt Yellow Gold Pearl Diamond Triangle Stud earrings.

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Golden Hue

Dramatic Entrance Hazen & Co announces a bridal collection - a collection of timeless jewelry pieces that are perfect for the bride and her wedding party on the big day. www.hazenandco.com

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Luca Jouel is a fine jewelry collection designed by Tereena Lucas. The company is committed to making quality jewelry that promotes social and environmental responsibility. Each piece is custom made by expert artisans. Luca Jouel designs use harmonious combinations of recycled metals in 18ct yellow and rose gold, palladium, platinum and silver, together with precious and semi-precious gemstones. www.lucajouel.com

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Eco-Friendly for your Fingers

The Gang’s All Here Traci Lynn Jewelry has beautiful and inexpensive trend-setting jewelry for the bride-to-be! From anklets to chokers to pins for the mothers of the bride and groom (they thought of everyone & everything)! The best part: most pieces are under $100!

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The modern bride is moving away from age-old traditions and opting for created diamonds. Known for their identical chemical, optical and physical composition to mined diamonds and affordable prices, lab-made diamonds brands like ALTR Created Diamonds are Type II A – the purest and most valued type of diamond on the market. Typically, celebrities and millionaires tend to purchase these types of diamonds due to their rarity (only 2% of mined diamonds are Type II A) and hefty price tag. Created diamonds are also eco-friendly and are created using advance technology to simulate the conditions at the core of the earth. www.altr.nyc

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There aren’t enough words to express the appreciation and love you have for your bridesmaids – luckily, Cate & Chloe has gifts that can help you do the talking. Spoil your wedding squad with these classic, timeless designs from the Swarovski Collection! Cate & Chloe carefully hand selects every piece to ensure the Cate & Chloe vision for timeless design.

Whether it’s romantic rose gold, luminous halos or sweet and simplistic engagement ring styles, Brian Gavin Diamonds appeals to women who long for their dream engagement ring.

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Girl’s Best Friend Adorn your hand with a soft, but extremely seductive tender pink ring made of beautiful sapphires. Custom made Montpassier™ platinum ring is wrapped in a foam of micro pave diamonds and accented with small brilliant cut pink sapphires. www.leonmege.com

It’s no surprise brides-to-be cannot get enough of rose gold. The warm color compliments every skin tone. www.robbinsbrothers.com

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Using luxurious precious stones and the technique of hammering gold, Octavia Elizabeth Zamagias’ creations have a unique juxtaposition resulting in an elegant, yet rugged collection of fine jewelry that is to be worn as a daily indulgence. Octavia Elizabeth’s eponymous collection aims to defy the dainty and dinky with durable designs that withstand the test of time.”Jewelry making is an ancient tradition that creates opportunities and encourages crafts people from around the world,” she says.

Turn to LAGOS for a stunning range of diamond, pearl and sterling silver pieces that make great gifts for mother of the bride, maid of honor or the bride herself.

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TRENDS Cover-up blemishes and any dark circles with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer ($32 charlottetilbury.com) What makes it Magic is Persian silk tree bark extract that gives a youthful look with a gummy texture stretching over the complexion. It gives a lifted upper eyelid and smooth appearance. Also Add Charlotte’s Genus Magic Powder ($46) for a beautiful light diffusing powder for under eyes and face.

Banish those dark circles and puffy eyes before you head out with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex-Synchronized Recovery ($62 esteelauder.com).

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products are not complicated IN THE WINTER YOUR SKIN TENDS TO BE A LITTLE DRYER AND COMPLICATED DURING THOSE MONTHS EVEN IN TEXAS. MAKE SURE YOU ARE HYDRATED FROM THE INSIDE AND OUT WITH LA PRAIRIE PRODUCTS TO BOXED WATER.

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Great for those Weddings that need unstoppable lashes that last through the night! A lengthening and volume mascara that does not flake! Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara ($29 hourglasscosmetics.com)

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A gentle and healing antioxidant protection, Eau Thermale Avene Skincare Oil ($26aveneusa. com) has multiuse for hydrating face, hair and body. Avene is a dry oil so it’s never greasy or overbearing.


A lipstick that helps with feathering and hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin F Forte, Merle Norman Plush Lipstickin Upbeat ($18 merlenorman.com)

Great as regular deodorants but without all the chemicals like aluminum and parabens, Crystal Invisible Solid Deodorant in Lavender & White Tea ($5.79 thecrytal. com) brings safety to an already saturated market of cancer causing agents in our products.

Luxury at its best, nourish and rejuvenate skin with Remastered La Prairie Skin Caviar Lux Cream, Lifting and Firming Cream ($485 La Prairie.com) It feels like silk as the Caviar Cream glides on your face! Try using it one month before your event.

Got a breakout before your wedding? Hide those blemishes in a pinch with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout ($28 it cosmetics.com)

Lavish Lash Eyelash and Brow Serum from Hairgenics ($49 hairgenics. com) grows eyelashes and brows naturally without those harmful and damaging Lash extensions. Start to use two months before the wedding for best results.

Chose to have eco-friendly water at your event with the purest water in renewable paper instead of plastic bottles. Boxed water is better ($13.42 8 oz. pack of 8) sold in stores or shipped to your door-boxed water is better.com)

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5 TRENDS

Bedtime Dos the Night Before 1

BEAUTY NEEDS SLEEP AND SPIRIT NEEDS REST. ACCORDING TO SLEEP EXPERTS, LACK OF SLEEP EFFECTS EVERYTHING FROM MOOD TO BRAIN FUNCTION. BEAUTY EXPERTS WILL TELL YOU THAT YOUR FACE SUFFERS AS WELL, WHICH CAN MAKE FOR BAD WEDDING PHOTOS. NOBODY WANTS THAT.

HERE ARE FIVE THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU SAY GOODNIGHT THAT WILL HELP YOU FEEL BETTER, LOOK BRIGHTER, AND BE ON POINT FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY.

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Apply a Sleeping Mask, Korean Style

Skin hydration is really important for your wedding makeup. For a perfectly prepped face to face the day, Pore Good Night Mask from JJ Young, a Korean company, works like a charm. You put it on, wait for it to dry,go to bed, then wash it off in the morning.

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Shoot a Sleep Shot

Drug and alcoholfree, Dream Water is a product that works fast to put you down for the night. This natural nodding off potion recommends drinking before brushing your teeth, for taste.

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Sober Up

At least two hours before laying your head down on that pillow, make sure your mind is clear. Studies show that a night of drinking affects the amount of deep REM sleep you get. When you go to bed intoxicated,you’re more likely to wake-up long before the buzzer, causing deprivation.

2 Detoxify

18 ounces of water with lemon will help you eliminate sugars and toxins from drinking. This is not only good for the skin, it’s helps the joints, too, as excess sugar from fermentation can cause ankles and knees to swell. You need those for dancing.

3 Bathe in Lavender

A soak in the tub before bed will help relax you, but adding lavender essential oil or using lavender soap has aroma-therapeutic properties to calm the nervous system. Emma Mann from Three Sisters Apothecary in Sonoma County, California, says their French Lavender soap fits that bill perfectly. “French Lavender is a precious oil, which is steam-distilled from deep, purple lavender blooms. Just as they begin to unfurl we harness their potency. Its properties calm the body and the mind naturally. The blossoms contain more than 100 active beneficial compounds.”


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Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice: Hire a wedding planner! I was super fortunate to have a best friend that is a planner for Belle of the Ball in Houston. She was amazing and totally worth it! It made the whole experience seamless and enjoyable.

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Grayson called my dad last minute, made reservations at one of our favorite restaurants, got down on one knee, and proposed. It was spontaneous and unplanned; perfect for the two of us and kind of hilarious.


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Proposal: Dylan and I planned a day of fun for my family when they came into town, so we went to the Houston Zoo Lights. After we met up with my family, Dylan pulled me aside saying he needed to talk to me. He started fidgeting in his pocket and I thought “No way!” Then with tears in his eyes and a nervous voice he asked me to marry him. He had planned that my family be there to witness his proposal months in advance!

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Gown: WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING WAS SO MUCH FUN! I TRIED ON EVERYTHING. IT IS THE ULTIMATE “PLAYING DRESS UP” EXPERIENCE! From the moment Dylan proposed to our wedding exit, the entire process was something I will cherish forever. It was full of such joy, blessings, and fun! It was incredible to see such love pour out from our friends, family, and even vendors.

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Bride’s Advice: Prioritize what is most important to the two of you and focus your energy and money there. After every friend’s wedding leading up to ours, we would each state the three things afterwards that we remembered about their wedding and how important it was to us. Don’t be afraid to go against “the norm.” Make your wedding display who you and your groom are together.

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Wedding location: EL DORADO ROYALE, PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

Rodney and I love to travel, so it only made sense to get married in one of the prettiest places in the world! We did a catamaran ride with snorkeling for our bridal party before the dress rehearsal.

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by Brogen Woodward

Proposal story:

We had dinner plans with some friends from out of town, so when I got home from work and went to change, Rodney told me my mom had called him to pick up a box of cupcakes. He asked me to look at them to make sure they were ok. I opened them, and inside were four cupcakes and a ring box with a diamond ring. I stared at the ring in shock and was speechless. He got down on one knee and proposed. When we arrived for dinner both our family and close friends were there to celebrate with us.The whole evening was truly such a surprise!

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Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice: My biggest tip is do what you want. If you do not want a cake, do not have a cake. If you want to do things in a weird order, do it! We wanted to dance the night away, so we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the party for a bouquet toss or cake cutting. My other piece of advice is to include the groom in planning. I was lucky and my husband did just as much as me. It makes the experience of planning a wedding so much fun if you do it with your future husband.

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Proposal: We were hiking in Colorado when Aaron stopped me at one of his favorite spots that overlook’s the mountains about halfway through our hike and got down on one knee. Even though we had been dating for six years, I was truly caught off guard.

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We wanted to show our Texas and Aggie Pride at our wedding, so my husband cut the groom’s cake with a bowie knife and we made sure to play the Aggie War Hymn at the end of the reception.


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Proposal: The only guideline that I gave Jack when discussing marriage was that I wanted to pass all seven licensing exams to become a licensed architect before he proposed. Shortly after I passed the seventh exam, he surprised me while we were in Florida with a proposal on the beach at sunset.

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Plan the song that you want your DJ/band to play first to get the party started at the reception!


Unique Details: Our Golden Retriever puppy was the ring bearer for our wedding, and surprised all of us with good behavior throughout the entire ceremony!

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REAL WEDDINGS

Unique Details: I wore a 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage prelude-wedding gown and we chartered a streetcar down to the French Quarter and had a second line parade down Bourbon Street!

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How We Met: We met in middle school and reconnected on Facebook after 25 years of lost contact.

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Bride’s Advice: If this is your second wedding, don’t think that it’s not special! It is even more special because you know the best things to spend your time and money on. A second wedding deserves just as big a party as your first wedding!

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Wedding Location: BIG SKY BARN, MONTGOMERY TX We saw the venue before it was finished being built. It was the first venue we toured, but we knew right away it was a perfect blend of both of our personalities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a whimsical rustic place with a bit of modern industrial flair.

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by Brogen Woodward

Gown: I attended a Martina Liana trunk show at Brickhouse Bridal in The Woodlands. It was a designer-attended show, so she was actually there when I tried on her gowns. It was the coolest experience having the designer admire her gowns on me.

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Bride’s Advice: Prioritize what is most important to the two of you and focus your energy and money there. After every friend’s wedding leading up to ours, we would each state the three things afterwards that we remembered about their wedding and how important it was to us. Don’t be afraid to go against “the norm.” Make your wedding display who you and your groom are together.

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How you met My mom and I always have a bi-monthly girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night out together at our favorite local Bar and Grill. I noticed a handsome man down towards the middle of the bar that I had never seen before. I spied him looking my way and he finally came over to introduce himself. There was an instant attraction that we both knew was special and we immediately began a friendship through conversation that continues today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stories of the past are also abundant around the Adolphus. My favorite is that of Renard, the sneaky fox known for his trickery. Legend tells during Prohibition, “those in the know” knew to look for an illuminated fox on the building. If Renard was lit up, come on in and get lit. The Adolphus’ own coffee shop, in anticipation of the repeal of prohibition, changed to a bar overnight, striving to be the first bar in Big D, post prohibition. Upon word the ban was not repealed, they flipped back to a coffee shop, serving piping hot Joe by morning.

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For two days, I lost myself at the Adolphus, making new discoveries at every turn. I met my group in the drawing room, a seating area with original dark wood walls and a welcoming mixture of contemporary furnishings, comfy blue couches, and Italian fireplaces, flanking the two seating spaces. Directly across from the drawing room, the Social Lobby and City Hall Bar invite guests and locals to use the communal table as a workspace. Although beer was the business here at the Adolphus, wine receives a nod from Bacchus via the antique Bacchus mirror - original to the property. Another original, the King of Beers Chandelier, still presides above the escalators, its soaring eagles surely whispering secrets of days gone by.


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From the escalators, head down to reception and note the new mosaic tile that blends so perfectly with the décor it compels you to ask, “Is that original?”. It isn’t; the entire hotel was previously carpeted. Yet another ode to the past, weathered, brass room keys hang as a work of art on display behind the registration desk. This level, which used to open to the porte-cochere and carport, now houses Commerce Goods, Otto’s coffee shop and a barbershop.

Commerce Goods + Supply is a modern take on your local provisioning store. Texas artisans and independent designers’ pieces are highly curated by Christine Visneau, director of retail and sourcing for hospitality

branding house, Makeready. Many items are exclusive to the store. One of the most treasured partnerships is with Stetson. The brand was known to design hats for Adolphus Busch himself and continues this tradition with exclusive designs for this store. “The Renard” is a hat style created just for the property and is made locally at their Garland factory. “The store is meant to be an introduction to the city,” says Christine. Otto’s Coffee & Fine Foods is a casual Viennese coffee shop. Pop in for a quick salad, Europeanstyle baguette sandwich or a delicious apple strudel.

Chef Jeramie Robison heads up the culinary team at this property, bringing a bit of his Louisiana flair to each menu. With stints at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, Uchi, (“I thought I knew fish,” he says) and La Colombe d’or, Chef Jeramie gives Dallas a new reason to head downtown. City Hall Bistro is open all day, featuring a communal dining table and a Southern European vibe. For something unique, start with a brandy and rosé drink called “Renard Spiked the Punch.” Appetizers like Hot Crab and Pimento and Farro Risotto make sharing here fun. The highlight of my stay was a visit to the The French Room, one of the most revered names in Texas fine dining. Before dinner, our bartender Angela lit up our group with their signature drink. Bringing a little France to Dallas, the “Why Not Sazerac” is an elaborate cocktail

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created tableside, complete with a small fire to add a smoky taste to the glass. “It’s basically our twist on the Old Fashioned but with Cognac and Absinthe,” she says. We find it complex, yet easy to drink. It’s certainly fun to watch as the smoke hits the glass. On your way to dinner, turn your gaze toward the grand staircase and imagine the esteemed diners of the past, in whose footsteps you follow. Pause a moment to take in the perfectly curated art collection showcasing Texas artists and Texas related pieces and don’t miss the grand piano, an 1893 Steinway, once owned by the Guggenheims.

area offers a stunning view of downtown. Our group enjoyed taking over the waiting area and devouring the chocolate snacks. beautiful and savory than the last. Stand outs include chilled crab and lobster, consommé chasseur, Hudson Valley foie gras, wild king salmon, veal with sautéed mushrooms, and the wagyu. Oh! The wagyu!

POOL WITH A VIEW The French Room’s seven-course tasting menu was the pinnacle in white-glove service. After a thoughtful and meticulous twoyear restoration of the dining room, memorable frescos on the ceiling are now gone, returning to candle-white Venetian walls. Other design elements include the original marble floor, gilded Louis XVI style chairs, ornate sconces and two Italian Murano Glass chandeliers. In the kitchen, executive chef, Michael Ehlert, is a purist. Each dish is more

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The summer of 2016 ushered in the first pool (ever) on property. This became the preferred meeting place for my group. Open 6:00 am to midnight, the six spacious cabanas allow for ample shade when necessary. We enjoyed the watermelon salad, flatbreads and guacamole. We also enjoyed the proximity to the spa. Modern and inviting, the Spa Adolphus is a downtown oasis. Set to a tone of greys and beige, the indoor/outdoor relaxation

Special events have a special place here too. Love reigns supreme considering the number of weddings hosted here in the past century. The Grand Ballroom holds up to 400 guests and the Century Ballroom can hold 250. Gala anyone? Each ballroom has a separate entrance, secluding multiple events. Perfect for a “do-gooder” supporting two charities in the same evening! Hop on the original elevators to the 19th floor and the iconic Century Room. This elegant venue, with a view as big as Dallas, has been called “The French Room in the Sky,” and hosts a capacity of 136 guests. Sure! There’s more fun to be had in Dallas, and just steps away from the hotel. The Neiman Marcus flagship store, and Dallas Arts District are nearby. We just never left.


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on-site restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, a full-service spa, a 24-hour gym, and nightly entertainment. Hilton Aruba is a prime location to build the wedding of your dreams. Whether exchanging vows with your toes in the sand or desiring a more traditional ceremony, Hilton’s experienced bridal specialists will work directly with you to plan your special day. Three individual ballrooms are available at the Hilton that can be combined into the Grand Caribbean Ballroom, accommodating up to 550 guests. A beachside wedding provides a perfect opportunity for even the most elaborate guest list, allowing up to 1,000 people to witness the big day. The dedicated and highly trained


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Aruba isn’t just beautiful beaches and picturesque sunsets. It is filled with an abundance of cultural and physical activities to keep even the most demanding party entertained on One

Happy Island. Do as the locals do and enjoy a healthy breakfast at Eduardo’s Beach Shack. Only a five-minute walk from your room; indulge in his world famous smoothies and

acai bowls. For those seeking adventure explore the Island’s desert terrain on an off-roading UTV adventure. Be sure to check out the Breathing Rocks, Black Stone Beach, and the California Lighthouse. We recommend ABC Tours. As another gorgeous sunset rolls around, spend the evening sipping cocktails and dining at Hilton’s Sunset Grill Deck. Don’t forget to try Aruba’s local drink, the Aruba Ariba (rum, vodka, crème de banana, Grand Marnier and fruit punch)!

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If water activities are your passion take a splash and learn something new! SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) Pilates is a unique water sport that involves balance and strength, but most important, relaxation and fun. Rent a paddleboard at Vela Sports Aruba and have one of their certified instructors teach the whole bridal party how to ride the waves like pros. Couples often like to treat their guests to something special! Tranquilo Charters Aruba offers private sailing trips that everyone will enjoy. Explore the crystal clear waters as they take you out to Spanish Lagoon and snorkel over colorful coral and tropical fish. End another perfect evening

dining with your toes in the sand at Passions on the Beach. With a front row view of the sunset, this is the most romantic spot on Eagle Beach, perfect for wedding parties and other special events. A luxury vacation wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be complete without a little pampering. Eforea Spa at Hilton

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Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of exploring the Island. Brides and parties can prep with a full range of skin and body treatments. Couples love to unwind in the Japanese-inspired bamboo relaxation lounge, try out the sauna, or cool off in the plunge pool. Before leaving the Island be sure to visit the famous Flamingo and Iguana Beach. A short 10-minute boat trip will give you the opportunity to take the perfect photo with the flamingos that reside in this tropical paradise.


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I revisit Durango, Colorado 17 years after honeymooning in this historic mountain town. Being a native Texan, it’s hard to admit that another state could possibly steal my heart. Colorado comes on strong with jaw dropping views and rich First Nations history. My journey starts in Mesa Verde County, with the picturesque towns of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos situated near the Four Corners area of the United States (where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona meet). Because I’m short on time, I fly into Cortez via Boutique Air; however, most visitors access this community by vehicle to take in the amazing landscapes driving in. Cortez has

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lots to offer with various wineries, rich Pueblo and Anasazi history, and hiking trails to keep you occupied for days. Canyon of the Ancients, a working ranch, turned Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay. Each cabin is uniquely decorated with a rustic chic flair and comes stocked with the things you need to feel at home. They have so many ranch dogs, it seems one comes with each cabin. The owners love sharing the rich history of their ranch. Guests enjoy hiking, herding sheep during “rush hour,” feeding animals, etc., or exploring the proud town of Cortez.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument houses the original dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, circa 750 AD, a favorite place for hikers. Over 3 million artifacts from the Southwest Colorado region are housed in The Anasazi Heritage Center. Inside, a multi-sensory learning experience highlights the culture and ingenuity of the great First Nations people. Within the cultural center is a simple walking/hiking trail to the top of a hillside with an original “kiva,” native Puebloan dwelling. Visitors also enjoy breathtaking views of the valley of Cortez and neighboring river regions. Mesa Verde National Park is a short drive away over winding roads with postcard worthy look outs. The area is known for crazy


stry weather patterns. As we drive up in May, it snows, hails and rains; all within a short time span. At the top of the mountain, where the Far View Lodge is situated, we marvel at the view of the four corners region. The Far View Lodge has comfortable rooms, casual and upscale dining options and noteworthy wine selection, but people stay there for the

views. We enjoy breathtaking views of daytime scenery and stellar night skies. There are numerous excursions that explore the park and original Navajo dwellings.

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A park ranger with the Mesa Verde National Park leads us through Balcony House, an original Navajo settlement abandoned in approximately 1200 AD. Not for the faint of heart, the journey entails climbing 20 yards along the side of a mountain on a large, ladder of tree trunk-like sections and crawling through â&#x20AC;&#x153;fox-holeâ&#x20AC;? like tunnels. But all of the hard work is worth it to witness the sheer ingenuity of the First Nations people and the vantage points they were able to see across the canyon. There is much speculation as to why the tribe left, but no conclusive evidence. From the Mesa Verde National Park we travel to Mancos, Colorado, a small town teeming with creative artists and their work. We could stay for hours,

if not days, in this welcoming community of local artists, artisans, and writers. In the heart of Mancos we lunch at the Fenceline Distillery, which sits along a winding creek where patrons drink cider and wine. Then we head to the movie house. The Mancos Creative Arts group takes us through their original movie house, once abandoned, but being restored. During its heyday, the theater was a stepping stone for a cinematic legend, Dianne Keaton. From Mancos, we continued to our final destination, Durango, Colorado. An original settlement from the Wild West days, it began as a railroad town in 1881 and has grown into an excellent biking and ski town. A lot has changed since the early days, but historic old buildings, an

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antique railroad and rich history keep the 1880s feel alive. The historic Strater Hotel is close to everything in Durango. Built in 1902, it houses the country’s largest collections of American Victorian antiques and stained glass artwork. For 60 years the Barker family has owned the hotel and after three generations, Mr Barker still gives tours of their wonderful property. Author, Louis L’Amour was a regular patron of the Strater Hotel and has a room dedicated to him. Each room has a journal and guests are encouraged to document their stay and share their favorite experiences; reading the old entries is entertaining. Restaurants, meeting rooms and an old fashioned saloon are all inside the hotel. Experiencing the artifacts and rich history makes me feel the Strater is more of a museum than a hotel.

In downtown Durango we find a railway station for the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR). The old steam engine originally pulled cars filled with silver and gold from the mines into town. Today it pulls tourists along a 45 mile trek around mountain ranges

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and past canyons, waterfalls, rushing rapids, wildlife and more; actors portray famous Durango residents who share their stories about the Wild West days. The train ride was voted “ one of the world’s top ten train rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers and “number one North American train trip” by National Geographic Traveler. Rides are available May to October and take roughly five hours for a round trip. Tourists can opt for a one way trip or simply tour the museum to save time.

Texans are flocking to Durango and buying second homes. Scenery, outdoor activities and a thriving farm to table food scene create an environment and lifestyle Texans want to experience. Colorado is and will always be my “go-to” for satisfying my outdoor, nature fix. Until you experience Colorado’s beauty, you don’t even know what you could be missing. Durango and Mesa Verde Country Colorado will welcome you like an old friend and will stay in your heart and mind forever.


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Nurturing More than Grapesin Sonoma County’s Wine Region

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

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There is so much to do in this 1,800-square mile area – with its 435 wineries alone, dubbing it the Bordeaux of the U.S. -- that your wedding party, parents, and guests will plan a vacation around your nuptials. Thirty miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on a stretch of Hi-way 1, lies coast

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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LOOKING FOR A THEME TO TRANSCEND THE AGES? Don your blue suede shoes and get “All Shook Up” with a fun Elvis Presley-themed couple’s shower.

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The menu: Elvis’ Favorite Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches Viva Las Lamb Good Luck Charm Cabbage Warden’s Jail House Rock Cornbread Double Trouble Mushrooms Love Me Tender Corned Beef Devil in Disguise Ceviche Stuck on You Salmon

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Seasonal ingredients locally sourced from sustainable suppliers are the future for restaurants, at least according to Current’s executive chef, Richard Mendoza, who preaches on creating ecologically sound menus. I’ve heard the sermon. Sitting at his desk wearing his tall chef’s hat with his feet flat on the floor, he spits fire and brimstone rhetoric on the sins of the food business. To paraphrase him: “Thou shalt not order product from California and waste hundreds of gallons on fuel having it delivered to Texas. Thou shalt not support a supplier who spits emissions into the air, or harms our streams, lakes or oceans. Thou shalt not serve aging and wilting ingredients that rode on a truck from afar. Thou shalt honor world-classic dishes created from fresh local ingredients.” Amen, brother. I travel all over the world researching our “On the Menu” features. The kitchen at the Westin in The Woodlands (in which Current resides) is the most professional I’ve ever seen, from the facilities to the staff and processes. I spent an afternoon listening to their culinary philosophy and cooking secrets. When it came time to practice the recipes I learned, I realized how true they were to the chef’s philosophy. I ventured out to the beach, snagged a couple redfish and harvested crabs from my traps. I purchased dairy products, corn, edible flowers and shallots from Central Market. Virtually everything else came out of my garden. Get ready for a fresh, real Texas meal.

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Tomato Burrata Salad

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Lump Crab Cake with Creamed Corn and Romesco Sauce

Place a mound of Burrata cheese in the center of a plate. Cut a variety of heirloom tomatoes into slices or wedges and scatter around the cheese, making sure not to overcrowd. Season the tomatoes and cheese with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle lemon-infused extra-virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes. Garnish with micro arugula, basil and edible flowers.

For the Creamed Corn:

3 ears corn 3 cups heavy cream 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup diced red onions ½ cup diced green bell peppers salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

3 red bell peppers ¾ cup vegetable oil ½ cup almonds 1 loaf white bread, cubed 3 garlic cloves ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 small shallot 1 (1-ounce) package ancho chiles, rehydrated salt and pepper to taste

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tablespoons olive oil, divided celery stalk, minced yellow onion, minced fresno peppers, seeded and diced green bell pepper, diced tablespoon minced garlic cups fresh bread, cubed cup mayonnaise tablespoons old bay seasoning tablespoons chopped parsley tablespoons minced chives, plus more for garnish pound jumbo lump crab

1. Make the corn: Shuck the corn, and then remove the kernels and set them aside. 2. Place the corn cobs and cream in a pot over medium-low and and simmer for 20 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, warm the oil in a skillet over medium and sauté the onions, peppers and reserved corn kernels for 3–5 minutes. Strain the cream and add to the skillet. Allow to reduce and thicken to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Make the sauce: Roast the bell peppers over an open flame, cover, steam, then peel off the skin. Warm the oil in a skillet over medium and lightly toast the almonds, bread, garlic and pepper flakes. Place the roasted peppers and skillet mixture (including the oil) in a blender and puree with the remaining

ingredients, adding water if needed to thin. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Make the crab cakes: Warm 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium and sauté the celery, onions, both peppers and garlic, until translucent. Remove from the heat and let cool. 6. Combine the bread, mayo, seasoning, parsley, chives and cooled vegetables in a bowl until incorporated. Gradually add the crab, being careful not to overmix and break up the crab. Shape the mixture into patties. Warm the remaining oil over medium-high and cook the crab cakes on both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes. 7. Serve the crab cakes with the creamed corn and Romesco sauce on the side, garnished with chives.


Blackened Redfish with Beurre Blanc Southern Green Beans with Herb Butter For the Herb Butter:

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stick butter roasted garlic cloves cup chopped parsley cup chopped thyme cup chopped chives

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½ pound bacon 3 tablespoons herb butter 1 cup julienned onions 2 cups haricot vert, trimmed, halved and blanched salt and pepper to taste 1. Make the butter: Cream together all the ingredients in a bowl. Transfer the mixture to parchment paper and roll into a log. Chill in the fridge until firm, about 1 hour. 2. Cook the bacon in a pan over medium until the fat renders and the bacon is slightly browned. Add the herb butter and onions and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the beans and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat once warmed through. 3. Serve with the Blackened Redfish (see plating in last step, at right).

THE CLASSIC FRENCH SAUCE BEURRE BLANC IS RICH AS CAN BE, THANKS TO A HEAVY DOSE OF BUTTER AND CREAM. LITERALLY TRANSLATING TO “WHITE BUTTER,” IT’S BALANCED HERE BY AROMATIC SHALLOTS AND ACIDITY FROM WHITE WINE AND LEMON JUICE.

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shallots, roughly chopped peppercorns bay leaves sprigs thyme cup lemon juice cup white wine cup heavy cream sticks butter, cubed and at room temperature

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2 tablespoons butter 1 pound redfish 1 tablespoon blackened seasoning microgreens for serving

1. Make the beurre blanc: Place the shallots, peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, lemon juice and wine in a pot. Simmer over low until reduced by three-quarters. Add the cream and reduce by half. Remove from the heat and begin adding the butter. (Note: Add the butter to taste; the goal is to mellow the acidity with the butter.) Once complete, strain and keep warm. Remember that too much butter will break with too much heat. 2. Make the fish: Melt the butter in a skillet over high. Coat the redfish in the seasoning and sear for 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 2–3 minutes. 3. To serve, ladle some beurre blanc in the center of a plate and top with the redfish and Southern Green Beans with Herb Butter. Garnish with microgreens.

Mule Yakult Mojito

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Brittany Taylor Advice 1. Focus on what is important, and don’t let anyone else’s opinion sway you.

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1. Set your wedding date. 2.

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ASK QUESTIONS! This is your time to learn. It is a great time to get an ear full on products and services.

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Visit every booth with an open mind.You might not be interested in a photo booth today, but you could change your mind tomorrow.You will have all the information you need.

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Watch all the fashion shows. Notice how the gowns look, move, fit on the models and envision how they will look on you. Narrow down your options.

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Plan to spend the entire day at the George R. Brown.

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16. Don’t be overwhelmed! Have fun with the planning process.

Walk up the aisle on one side, then down the other side of the same aisle. This way you will see every vendor in the show.

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Snap photos of your favorite booths.

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Bridal show 101: Put an A if you really like the vendor, B if you might be interested, then ignore or discard information from the rest.

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Bring your calendar so you will have your bridal shower, rehearsal, wedding, and other important dates handy.

17. Many exhibitors book up quickly on popular wedding dates, so don’t wait long after the show before you decide to call or utilize their services. Generally speaking, there is a rush of appointments immediately after a bridal show. 18.

Attend with a plan.

If you know you need a photographer, come to the show and book your photographer. 19.

Take time and enjoy yourself. Be sure to taste some cake!

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Sensible shoes, dress comfortably The George R. Brown is a big space.

13. Create a special e-mail account dedicated to wedding planning.

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Celebrate your status. Wear bride-to-be t-shirts, tiaras, corsages and more.

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