Texas Weddings Honeymoons Fall 2021

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FROM THE PRODUCERS OF AMERICA’S LARGEST BRIDAL PLANNING EVENT

Fall 2021

Plan your Honeymoon now: MEXICO CALIFORNIA TEXAS

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Features Visit the Venues: Morgan Falls. . 58 A Love for All Seasons . . . . . . . . 74

In Every Issue Editors Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor’s Edit Laurette . . . . . . . . . Editor’s Edit Chelsea . . . . . . . . . . Editor’s Edit Cass . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Trends It’s Shower Time!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Dee & Daryl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Samantha & Andrew . . . . . . . . . . 46 Kelly & Tyler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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editor's letter

THIS IS YOUR WEDDING...

We are here to help PHOTO BY IVAN GARCIA STUDIO FROM THE PRODUCERS OF AMERICA’S

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fter more than a year of micro-weddings, encore weddings, streaming ceremonies and guest list adjustments; we’ve settled on the new normal for wedding gatherings. We cover topics that matter to you as we document rough times and recovery of the wedding and event industry. The advertisers in this issue and vendors exhibiting at the Bridal Extravaganza Show are ready to make your wedding dreams come true, however due to massive re-scheduling, they have limited availability. If you meet a vendor you like be sure to book them as desired dates could be hard to come by in 2022.

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We are here to inspire you with the articles in this issue. From our Real Weddings, travel, and Visit the Venues, our venue tour, we’ve got you covered with wedding trends. Be sure to check out our evening of fashion: A Love for all Seasons. Don’t let this stressful time get you down. At the end of the day, you’ll be married to your best friend.

Laurette Veres Editor-In-Chief P.S. The Bridal Extravaganza Show has been supporting Houston brides and wedding vendors for 38 years. We are here for you.

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ON THE COVER Haven Riviera Cancun EDITOR IN CHIEF Laurette M. Veres MANAGING EDITOR Elizabeth Craft GRAPHIC DESIGN Elizabeth Craft Tiffany Wade Jimmy Patel Goran Atanasovski PRODUCTION Chelsea Andoe EDITORIAL Kathryn Paden Audrey Cole Racheal Payne Cassandra Mejia Kenneth Castano Chelsea Andoe

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LAURETTE’S EDIT Portland Leather Goods You know that feeling, when you’re browsing through a vintage shop and find that PERFECT leather bag? The kind they just don’t seem to make anymore? That’s what the folks at Portland Leather like to call the “veg tan” effect. It’s a bit like having fashion magic at your fingertips, because the bag looks better with each wear. This size is ideal for honeymoon travel and a perfect bag to add to a registry.

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Jardesca California Spritz Looking for the perfect light drink to serve at your wedding or bridal shower? Let me introduce you to Jardesca – a lighter, brighter spritz. It’s livelier than a glass of wine, but not as strong as a cocktail. It’s lower in sugar and calories too. This was created in Sonoma California as an alternative to the European aperitif. The perfect drink for brunches, patios and poolside. jardesca.com

Shopping Experience Life is about creating experiences. Consider planning a fun day for your bridesmaids. We spent about an hour at Chico’s selecting new outfits before heading out to the Seismic Experience; an interactive photo immersion. We had a blast and you will too. chicos.com

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My new obsession and the absolute must have for your honeymoon is ROAM. The first premium luggage that lets you select all of the colors to create your own, one-of-a-kind luggage. On their website, you can preview luggage that reflects your style and, if you like it… buy it! You can choose the colors for everything from the panels...to the handle...to the wheels...to the stitching. There are over a million possible color combinations! Every time you pack for a new destination, you’ll be reminded of your romantic beginnings. roamluggage.com

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These handheld carbonated machines are the first on the market allowing consumers to easily and quickly carbonate ANY BEVERAGE from wine and spirits to water and juices. Adding a little sparkle with Drinkmate™ is the perfect way to spritz up a cool beverage while meeting with your bridesmaids. There are a lot of fun recipes on line and Drinkmate is certainly the perfect addition to any registry.

During the engagement process many brides focus on boosting and maintaining their personal health. Vous Vitamin is a personalized vitamin subscription service targeting the nutrients each person needs individually. Simply go to VousVitamin. com to take a short survey (mimicking questions your doctor would ask) analyzing your diet, lifestyle and health needs, and the doctors match you to a personalized multivitamin. The vitamins are all-natural, free of additives and fillers, gluten-free, meat and dairy free, and non-GMO and GMP-certified.

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Camera Ready Getting your skin ready for the big day should be a priority. Meet the brand Lord Jones – a line of CBD infused products that can really bring your skincare regiment to the next level. The team at Lord Jones elevates cannabis to the highest form. lordjones.com

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Victoria Grace Photogrpahy

Of course, it’s nice to let your dress shine for the ceremony but the reception is for letting loose and having fun! Matching personalized denim jackets are a great way to add style and flare. *Bonus* The bridal party will get to go home with a unique keepsake that they will use!

Food Truck Catering A food truck at your wedding is sure to get your guests talking far past the big day. It is also the perfect Insta-worthy photo op!

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Independent Designer If you are looking to stand out from the pack look no further than right here in Texas. Austin based designer, Brandy Hughes of Brandy Design Studio, offers a beautiful variety of unique designs. I am loving her unexpected details on classic styles. Peek-a-boo lace back? Yes please!

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Grand Windows

I love historic venues, there is something about a building with history that makes it oh so romantic! It is easy to go with the classics when working with historic architecture but why not switch it up a bit. I love how the bright & bold pops of color offer a breath of fresh air and a modern whimsical touch to the Victorian style surroundings at the Astin Mansion.

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Vintage with a Twist

I am obsessed with floor to ceiling windows! They make statement with little decorating needing to be done around them. Grand windows allow you to bring the outside in without having to worry about weather fluctuations. Natural lighting pouring in creates an incredibly intimate setting.


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CASS’S EDIT

Photo: Eugene Drake

Destination Weddings When you have a whole world to choose from, why not have a destination wedding? A destination wedding can be the opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones and it can be a more intimate ceremony. Photo: Jordan Nicole Photography

Customized Neons What a better way of adding a personalized touch to such a especial event. Brighten up your reception by making a statement and keeping it. You can either keep it minimal or go all out and express yourself.

Personalized Décor Personalized decor, because at heart this special event is about you and your partner. This is a special way of showing your guests little pieces of you and your spouse’s personalities. Photo: Kelsey Nicole Photography

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Send-Offs Sparklers for your guests to light up at send-off makes the perfect scenario for a beautiful picture with all of your friends and family. - 18 -

Sanitizing Stations Help your family and friends stay safe with a sanitizing station. Weddings are definitely not the same as they used be before COVID, but that does not mean you can’t have a beautiful celebration. Take precautions necesssary with this idea, and your guests can take them as favors.


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he traditional bridal shower can be as different as the bride. First, identify the type of bride. Second, plan something to accentuate her personality. For the sorority girl: Bloom & Bee at the new Post Oak Hotel is simply the toast of the town. Be seated in the main dining area for maximum attention, or adjourn to the private room for, well, privacy.

Games

Guess the Dress, Date Night Idea Bar

Favors

Nail polish with note “Mani Thanks”

For the gambling gal: A suite at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles will satisfy the dice tossing itch. Take out can be ordered from Grotto or Cadillac Bar. For the big city bride: Brasserie 19 can place a curtain on the back of their restaurant and provide semiprivate area. Yes, patrons will still be able to see your group across the bar. Isn’t the point to be seen?

Location

Private home built by Fisher Lane Builders

Menu

Postino Heights Butcher’ Block Various Bruschetta Prosciutto with brie Panini

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we thought it best to host the shower in a private home. We were unsure which establishments would be open. We also weren’t sure who would feel safe enough to travel to Lake Charles. To entertain friends, guests were invited to guess the dress the bride to be would wear on the big day by drawing on card stock. They were also invited to add their favorite date night suggestion to the date night jar.

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Two of Hearts Dee, an Account Manager met Daryl, a National Account Manager while gambling at a Casino on Thanksgiving. He proposed in Las Vegas. “He surprised me at our favorite restaurant by the fountains at Prime, he had a photographer and champagne! I had no idea,” says the bride.

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DEE DOUGLAS DARYL WINGO Wedding location The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, on The Monet Patio. How did you select your location? “I was considering three different locations. 1. Cruise ship 2. Disney World 3. Las Vegas. I based it on flexibility and price. We then decided to keep the same theme all the way through.”

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Gown info Dress by Ashley and Justin Bridal, from Impression Bridal. I found a great slip to help with my dress when going to the bathroom. The bridal buddy, best purse ever.

Elvis is in the building Elvis made an appearance during cocktail hour. At the end of the evening, an Elvis snack bar was served. And the place cards were made so guests could keep and even make into a Christmas ornament.

Rehearsal dinner We had it at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, on the patio, overlooking the fountains. There was a 4-course meal with 24 guests.

Dee’s tips When picking your location, if anything is outdoors, make sure you know where the sun is setting at that time of the day. You don’t want people in the sun! Everyone is always worried about decorations, you really should worry about keeping everyone entertained, you don’t want people standing around looking bored.

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Samantha and Andrew met on a job interview. He didn’t get the job, but he got the girl!

The proposal Family came to College Station to celebrate the arrival of Andrew’s Aggie ring. “Little did I know, they had replaced his Aggie ring with the engagement ring in the FedEx box. He opened it up and got down on one knee,” says Samantha.

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SAMANTHA GIFFORD ANDREW WILSON by Laurette Veres

Rehearsal dinner We wanted to host the rehearsal somewhere close to the venue since we had a ton of family coming in from out of town. The Wave on Lake Conroe was perfect not only for the location but for how stunning the views are! You walk down a staircase to floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Conroe and their barbecue dinner was delicious. Everyone kept saying how yummy the brisket was!

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Wedding location Iron Manor “There is truly nothing else like it in the area and you can tell how much thought went into all of the details. I wanted something modern yet classic and Iron Manor definitely made that come true.”

Cake Vernele’s New Orlean’s Bakery and Cafe Gown Calle Blanch from Coreenas Bridal in College Station

Samantha’s advice My biggest advice to brides is do not be afraid to ask for help. I wanted everything to be perfect so I tried to do it all myself and ended up just stressing out and not enjoying the small things. Letting go and letting family members and friends help take care of calling vendors or arranging pick up and drop offs for items allowed me to relax especially in the two weeks leading up to the big day. Unless you are wearing flats, pack a pair of comfortable shoes to change in to. I never thought I would be the girl to change shoes but halfway through I ended up putting on my getting ready slippers because my feet hurt so bad. Do the first look!! My groom was very against a first look but it made the day much more relaxed since we got our nerves out ahead of time and got to spend a few moments to ourselves before the ceremony. We read letters to each other and I think the ceremony was still just as special! Spend the money to hire a florist. I had this idea in my head that I could do all of the flowers myself for the wedding and last minute decided to go with a florist. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that we ended up hiring one after watching them set up the day of. There is a lot more that goes into a floral set up than you think and the floral made such a difference in our reception area!

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KELLY QUINN TYLER MURPHY June 1st, 2019

The day after she graduated from college, Kelly drove to her favorite place, Tyler’s family lake house in Sam Rayburn, to enjoy her first week of summer. At sunset, Tyler asked Kelly to go with him to check some fishing traps he had laid out earlier, this wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, so she went along. Tyler had Kelly get out of the boat onto a cliff overlooking the water and asked her to look for the traps in the water. As Kelly turned back around to Tyler, she saw him down on one knee with their yellow lab, Costa, right by his side!

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After reading about Magnolia Bells online, the couple decided it was the perfect location for their wedding. Magnolia Bells is nestled in the woods north of Magnolia near The Woodlands, Texas. The property provided the couple with both a chapel and an intimate and secluded reception setting that was perfect for their wedding. Kelly was surrounded by her closest friends as they helped her get ready. She wore a stunning Martina Liana ball gown from Brickhouse Bridal in The Woodlands. After both Kelly and Tyler were dressed to their best, they did their ‘first looks’, which included holding hands on either side of the chapel door. As the ceremony began, some of the couple’s longtime friends made their way down the aisle before it was time for Kelly to make her entrance. Moments later, Kelly made her way down the aisle accompanied by her father to give her away to her high school sweetheart. Kelly and Tyler were soon married, and the

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celebrations began. Guests made their way over to the reception hall to find tables accented with pinks, blues, and golds. As the wedding party made their way into the reception, each couple was announced and had their choice of song as they were presented! Kelly and Tyler soon joined everyone else, making their entrance as Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Murphy. The couple enjoyed showing off their choreographed first dance, courtesy of one of their groomsmen’s family members! As the night continued, Kelly’s father surprised her during his father of the bride speech by bringing out a cowboy hat and singing one of LSU’s popular songs “Callin’ Baton Rouge” for everyone to hear. The night was filled with laughter and plenty of dancing, as the reception came to an end the couple was seen off surrounded by family, friends and plenty of sparklers.

Dress Details Kelly wore a traditional ball gown with a flirty twist, made for a modern-day fairytale. Designed by Martina Liana, Kelly’s gown featured a deep-V neckline, beaded bodice, lace and tulle and a sweet, lace keyhole back.

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Love is Sweet – Dessert Details Kelly had a traditional 5 tier white wedding cake from Cakes by Gina. Her cake featured various flavors including, vanilla with buttercream frosting, vanilla with strawberry filling, and lastly tres leches. Tyler opted for a donut wall and mini pies for his groom’s dessert! Donut flavors included glazed, chocolate, and blueberry. The mini pies were apple, blueberry and peach, giving guests many options for their sweet tooth!

Honeymoon Surprise Tyler surprised Kelly with a trip to Bonaire, a Caribbean island, and he planned the whole thing himself!

Bride’s Advice: Make sure to eat food (breakfast, lunch) the day of the wedding. Make sure to try on your dress and see if you can dance in it! I found out the night before the wedding that it was extremely hard to step backwards without almost tripping. One of the best things I did to determine who my caterer was- I used the company to cater appetizers for my engagement party a year before! That way I could taste some of what they had for cocktail hour, and I got to see what their wait staff was like! I ended up using one of the same appetizers for both the engagement party and wedding because of how many guests loved the dish.

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by Laurette Veres Photos by Grace Rose Photography

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Visit the Venues hosted a Mock Wedding at Morgan Falls Event Center this spring. On the Visit the Venues Tour, engaged couples and their guests are chauffeured to a wedding planning location aboard amazing luxury vehicles on an exclusive wedding planning tour. Colors of ivory, blush, burgundy with navy, gold and slate brought to life a modern garden theme thanks to the dynamic teams at The Red Experience and KC Events. Their beautiful creations were lit perfectly by the lighting experts at LitePro Houston. Brides couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous gowns from Karina King Bridal Boutique. This new store in Memorial also styled the men and bridesmaids. As soon as guests got off the bus, saxophone music from Steven L Phillips lofted through the air. From that point on, the fun began. Cakes, light bites, music, photo booths and wedding vendors rounded out a great afternoon of wedding planning.

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Thank you to the following vendors: Morgan Falls Event Center For Heavens Cakes Weddings Unlimited The Red Experience KC Events LitePro Houston SnapitHTX The Steven L Phillips Group Rose Grace Photography Luis Magarin Videographer for Weddings Unlimited Kary King Bridal Boutique Moon Struck Events Exquisite Taste Mobile Bartending Habaneros Grill and Bar

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The Ballroom at Bayou Place was transformed into a magical wonderland depicting the four seasons at: A Love for All Seasons, a luxury boutique bridal show hosted by the Bridal Extravaganza, Elias Events Weddings and Kirksey Gregg Productions. This evening of fashion began with VIP guests receiving an Ultimate Wedding Box and gift bag. They also scored front row seats to the fashion show presented by Impression Bridal. Models were adored with jewels from Valobra Master Jewelers and carried bouquets from Dream Bouquet. Blue Fine Menswear showcased custom suits for men – and local celeb Frank Billingsley of KPRC made a guest appearance on the runway.

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Thank you to the following vendors: Ballroom at Bayou Place Elias Events Weddings Impression Bridal Blue Fine Menswear DarKer Side DJ Rexberry Luxury Events Kirksey Gregg The Grand Hall Sanora Owens Photography Grace Rose Photography Proof It Happened Sweet Nation Co. Paparazzi Vue Valobra Master Jewelers Dream Bouquet Camelot Realty The Dowry

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Haven Riviera Cancún Resort & Spa is between Cancún and the Riviera Maya, an area now called Cancun Riviera. The couples-centric, adults-only, all-inclusive resort spreads out along the beach with amazing ocean views and plenty of tropical breezes.

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he majestic, luxurious resort welcomes guests with a restrained color palette, lavish hospitality and a view of the Caribbean Sea from the lobby. The magic continues into the rooms with blonde woods, neutral shades, black and a few pops of design and color to let you know you’re in Mexico. Custom designed headboards and elegant ocean and garden views add to the ambiance. With waves lapping on the shore and exotic birds singing,

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Haven Riviera Cancún combines luxury, relaxation and romantic couples activities. luxurious and relaxing best describes the atmosphere, yet, activities are abundant. Guests enjoy morning yoga and stretching classes, volleyball and paddle boarding at the beach along with burlesque and magic shows at the Moons Cabaret & Lounge. If you want the party scene, Cancún is about half an hour away. The whole resort is lush, but it becomes even more grand by upgrading to the super-lux “Serenity Club”. Serenity members enjoy ocean-front suites, access to the gorgeous members-only, Serenity Lounge

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and Vista restaurant, a spa water journey, weekly manager’s cocktails, daily chef ’s treats, etc. Aromatherapy menu, pillow menu and, my favorite perk, a butler are also included. Did I mention serious luxury?! High-end restaurants include Agua Bendita and the Asianthemed Satsu. Olios is a Mediterranean buffet and there


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This tropical wonderland is close to Cancún, has magical cenotes, Mayan ruins and plenty of excursions to entertain wedding guests. The entire staff is ready to make your destination wedding perfect.

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are several cafe/lounges and bars. Vora Mar offers wonderful sea breezes on the patio along with paella, sushi and cocktail making classes. The My Senses Spa is a 15,700-square-foot sanctuary with all the treatments you can imagine - massages,

aromatherapy, sauna, several steam rooms, shower experiences and even an ice fountain. The dynamic pool circuit, or hydrotherapy, is a station-tostation experience with a Heizer Bubble Floor stimulating the legs. There are also various massage jets, including a strong fire hose to loosen up the lower back.

Haven is set up to offer everything you can imagine for your wedding. The on-site Wedding Events team handles the details at several sites including gardens and ocean overlooks. They have an awardwinning fine-art photographer on site as well as relationships with local vendors who can

provide any style or theme you want. You can even rent a wedding dress from a local Mexican designer. Haven only allows one wedding per day, regardless of size, so couples are the center of attention on their big day. Same-sex-couples welcome. www.HavenResorts.com

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Just past Hollywood, first house on the left is where you will find The Garland. A home away from home perfect for a weekend honeymoon trip. This chic, relaxed hotel is surrounded by the Hollywood Hills and Universal Studios!

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he Garland is the perfect spot for newlyweds to take in their first few days as a married couple. Enjoy the “best of the 70’s” at this newly renovated hotel. The Garland has a strong emphasis on family, fun, local vendors, and being eco-friendly. You and your spouse will love this urban oasis.

Hollyw In The Hills Enjoy the “best of the 70’s” at this newly renovated hotel.

Newlyweds can stay in The James Suite, located on the 7th floor. It is equipped with three balconies encompassing a view of Universal Studios – the

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“entertainment capital of LA.” With 1000 sq. feet of glamour, including a wet bar kitchenette and a spacious shower room with a deep soaking tub, you're bound to have a grand time.

EXPLORE THE HOTEL The Garland offers different activities each day, as well as everyday activities for guests. Each day guests are able to participate in ‘Courtyard Games’, ‘Rose all Day’, Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour which includes a selection of late-night delights.

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Enjoy breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and cocktails at The Front Yard, The Garland’s onsite restaurant. Representing the divergent food culture of Los Angeles, The Front Yard hosts happy hour twice a day - weekday happy hour is from 4pm-6pm and from 10pm to


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close, while weekend hours are from 11pm to close. Wednesday through Sunday you and your spouse can enjoy LA Street Food at the Lobby Bar from 5-9pm, serving authentic street tacos, elote, and bacon-wrapped

hot dogs. Follow your dinner up with a classic movie, every summer night, by the pool.

EXPLORE THE AREA Being in California, there will be something for you and your

spouse to do every day. Take a hike at Runyon Canyon, also known as ‘The Hollywood Hike of Fame’, you never know who you may run into! If you are wanting to stay close to the hotel enjoy the Garland’s

‘Urban Walk’, taking you around studio city and even past the newly renovated Brady Brunch house. Enjoy the city’s many museums, and historic destinations during your stay. Take a complimentary trolley ride from The Garland to Hollywood to get your day started. As Los Angelenos say, “Let the good times roll”!

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The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa By Laurette Veres

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Can’t make it to the Hamptons? Head to north Texas for a quick country club escape. The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa recently re-opened its doors as Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury and wellness destination following a full-scale $30 million revitalization. In the heart of the Frisco/Plano area, this ideal retreat is located on 400 acres, close to local attractions, and just thirty minutes from Dallas. The property is the only destination of its kind in the area, offering 302 upscale guest rooms, and over 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Included in the renovation is a new, on-site golf pro shop, state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, luxury Well & Being spa, TopGolf Swing Suite, a revived outdoor pool with cabanas, a waterslide and kids splash pad, poolside restaurant & bar, Ranch Water, and a full-service restaurant Herd & Hearth.

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Great for business and leisure travelers, the resort has luxury accommodations along with plenty of event space perfect for meetings and weddings.


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Definitely plan to spend the day at the pool. We suggest a private, shaded cabana where fresh fruit, libations, and snacks abound. Make this your home base as you enjoy the breakfast buffet at the pool’s newly opened eatery. Ranch Water is a new outdoor space adjacent to the pool. Affectionately named after the popular Southern beverage, Ranch Water, they offer great drinks and light poolside treats. Make new friends on the game lawn with a mini-golf hole, corn hole, horse shoes, and other lawn games to keep both kids and adults entertained. The large, resort style pool keeps you cool for hours. Kids will have a blast going down the waterslide and playing on the splash pad.

All of the amenities you’d expect are here from a brandnew spa to a state-of-the-art gym. Enjoy the Well & Being Spa for massages, facials, and more. Just down the hallway, the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio is open 24 hours. The centrally located bar offers live music on the patio and latenight apps. Saturday night is movie night on the lawn.

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Playing golf here is a treat. The storied Tom Fazio-designed course is one of Frisco’s legendary courses. This 18-hole, championship golf course features gently contoured greens, native grass areas, and masterfully integrated bunkers. Individual lessons are available for players of all skill levels. Keeping the golf theme alive, the entertainment center, TopGolf, brings the fun to you at the Westin. The TopGolf Swing Suite has a massive screen, frosted glass, and air walls delivering a one-of-a-kind simulation. The TopGolf Swing Suite is perfect for after parties and corporate happy hours for up to 30 guests.


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ou’ll find many beautiful locations for group and individual portraits. Groups can golf and spa and never have to leave the property.

Be sure to contact the wedding experts on property to plan the perfect day for you. This spacious property is replete with perfect picture spots. You’ll find many beautiful locations for group and individual portraits. Groups can golf and spa and never have to leave the property. The expert professionals on staff are dedicated to getting every last detail right. They are on top of the latest trends in cuisine and decor. They’ll help you gather the vendors you need to create a memorable event for you and your family and friends. www.marriott.com - 101 -


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Did you know San Antonio was named one of the “Best Places to Get Married”? When we think destination weddings we normally think of the Caribbean or Europe. Who would’ve known our destination dreams would be right at home in Texas? Take a look at some of the finest venues and wedding locations located in San Antonio, TX.


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The St. Anthony Hotel The St. Anthony Hotel is known for its historic elegance. It’s known to have hosted presidents and royals such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Princess Grace of Monaco. From the ambiance to decorum, the hotel is a perfect setting for formal affairs such as weddings. They provide several spaces to cater to any function. Host a brunch or luncheon at Gallery on the Park, overlooking the historic Travis Park, known to be a part of the original Alamo Mission. The Draper Room is perfect for showers or intimate affairs. For events of a grander scale, Peacock Alley serves as a great entryway into the Anacacho and Peraux Ballrooms. Apart from its event spaces, the Stw. Anthony can accommodate your out-of-town guests too. No need to worry about overnight accommodations, the St. Anthony has you covered.

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Rent the Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The Education and Event Center opening in 2020 allows you to feature nature’s beauty as the backdrop of your event. The indoor event space, a 3,500 square foot venue, is surrounded on three sides by 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. The windows overlook the garden’s grand lawn, wisteria arbor, oak trees, and the Santikos Fern Fountain, showcasing a beautiful view for guests to enjoy! From receptions of up to 350 guests to banquet seating for up to 200 guests, this space can accommodate events of all sizes. For larger events, the grand lawn can seat a sit-down dinner of 720 guests. This would be the perfect garden wedding venue.

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McNay Art Museum For a more sophisticated look, the McNay Art Museum offers an elegant scape for ceremonies, receptions, and portrait sessions. The museum provides versatile indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate intimate affairs of 20 guests to larger gatherings of 300 guests. The Main Collection Galleries serve as the perfect welcome area for your guests. The romantic courtyard, The Blackburn Patio, is perfect for hosting a cocktail hour. For the grand reception experience, check out the Leeper Auditorium for breathtaking hardwood floors and a vaulted ceiling. Ultimately, The McNay property has a breathtaking structure which is an exceptional location for wedding photos.

@ www.mcnayart.org/rentals/category/weddings-at-the-mcnay

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Marriage Island You can’t mention San Antonio without mentioning the River Walk. How cool would it be to get married gliding along this world-renowned waterway? Marriage Island is an island located in the heart of the downtown part of the River Walk. The first catholic mass was conducted at this very spot and has hosted hundreds of ceremonies each year. Adorned with lush landscaping and a 100-year old cypress tree, this small heart-shaped peninsula is the perfect outdoor ceremony location. The island is located right in front of Hotel Contessa which offers ballroom and venue space to complete your destination wedding on the River Walk.

@ www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec @ www.thehotelcontessa.com/san_antonio_wedding

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San Antonio caterers to every bride... even our rustic and boho brides! The Western Sky is the perfect location for your rustic or boho chic wedding. The venue features a large ballroom space with high ceilings, stained floors, and vintage chandeliers. The property offers two outdoor ceremony locations. The White Chapel features the Tejas River as a backdrop. The Windmill Chapel gives a more rustic theme with a tall arch and high beams. Next door, Tejas Rodeo is a unique venue more suited for wedding rehearsal parties.

@ www.westernskyevents.com

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Maverick Texas Brasserie Looking for a rehearsal dinner location? The Maverick is the answer to your search for the ultimate private dining experience. The restaurant has a classy flair with unforgettable menu selections. Apart from its open kitchen, each room has a different theme and style. This space includes a banquet seating area, a chef’s table, and a patio area. Beverages include a curated wine list with wines from France and California. The Maverick’s hallmark is a handmade copper bar that features handcrafted classic cocktails and a large selection of Texas beer on tap. The menu includes rotisserie meats, fire-kissed steaks, shared plates and housemade french-inspired desserts and pastries. The Maverick can cater to any wedding event from your welcome brunch to your reception!

@ mavericktexas.com

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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa is the premier Texas Hill Country resort. This AAA Four Diamond resort and spa rests upon 300-acres of a family-owned ranch. The resort includes a spa, waterpark, and golf course, perfect to keep your guests busy in between wedding events. From the Rogers-Wisman Pavilion to their three elegant grand ballrooms, the resort can accomodate any indoor and outdoor event. Their exclusive “Heart of Hill Country” wedding package conveniently incorporates all the necessities needed for your wedding experience. From the ceremony to the reception, and all the small details in between, this rustic resort has your wedding plans covered! The package provides a selection of “wedding enhancement” add-ons for couples. Some of these enhancements include signature cocktails and meal selections for your ceremony and reception, up-lighting, gold or silver charger plates, custom menus, and more! The couple is pampered with complimentary massages, breakfast in bed, and a round of golf. Talk about all-inclusive!

@ www.hyattregency.com

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Olympia Hills With its intricate landscape, the Olympia Hills is a wedding location perfect for outdoor ceremonies. The beautiful golf course sits on 160+ acres of hill country land. Your outdoor ceremony is surrounded by large oak trees, lush grass, and seasonal flowers. The ceremony package includes coordination of rehearsal and ceremony, white padded ceremony chairs, a rustic wedding arch, and an olympian limo cart and golf carts for the wedding procession. Their ceremony site and reception hall can accommodate up to 200 guests. They offer affordable reception packages that include venue rental, catering, bar services, linens, and decor. Their overall goal is to minimize your stress!

@ www.olympiahillsgolf.com

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Don’t forget the many amazing attractions when visiting San Antonio! These venues and locations are only minutes from the River Walk, Alamo, and other exciting landmarks. SOURCES: “BEST PLACES TO GET MARRIED” WALLET HUB VISIT SAN ANTONIO VISITSANANTONIO.COM

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