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THE MAGAZINE BY AMERICA’S #1 BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

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Bridal EXTRAVAGANZA Show SAVE THE DATE • JULY 23-24


Contents

editor’s Letter

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114 Erika

editor’s Pics

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34 Laurette 38 Fatema Pics Pics Rocio 37 Jade 39 Pics Pics

Features

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Top 20 Must do planning tools How to Hire a Photographer

Honeymoon Casa Velas

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reaL Weddings Callie &Koby Casey & Gregory Brittany & Jordan Amy & Ryan Mysti & Jesse Linda & Christopher Courtney &Kolby Meera & David Shauna & Jerry Briana & Scott

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Ashley & Jeff Mica & Christopher

98 Andrea & Brice Amanda 102 & Micheal Haley 106 & Chase 110 Catrina & Cory events

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Seminar Major Prize Article Bridal Extravaganza Show -1-


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

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ANA&IVAN photogrAphy

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

Laurette Veres P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Drop us an email at info@BridalExtravaganzaShow.com and let us know what special details you have planned for your wedding.

The next Bridal Extravaganza Show is July 23-24, 2016 ON THE COVER H Texas Cover Greg & Casey by Scott Kelley

Editor In Chief Laurette M. Veres Managing Editor Thutrang Mai Graphic Design Goran Atanasovski Production Manager Jeanine Hickman

Editorial Ashely Petty Carolina Hernandez Fatema Shariff Jade Lewis Thutrang Mai Maddie Addicks Rocio Grana Vicki Dill

Photography ChrisW.Photo KhajnNguyen Flora Padilla Corlina’s Photography Jo West Scott Kelley Dana Fernandez Christina Carrol Photography Cristina Wisner Pedro Damian Bend the Light Jaylee Debenedictis

®COPYRIGHT 2016 Bridal Extravaganza Show - P.O. Box 667399, Houston, TX 77266 - 281.3407777 - H Texas Weddings Magazine -4-


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...How to prepare for the Bridal Extravaganza Show

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Show Guide by Laurette Veres Producer of The Bridal Extravaganza Show

The Bridal Extravaganza Show lets you meet and ask questions of wedding professionals ranging from DJs to Photographers, and everything in between. You’ll see fashion shows, -8-

gowns galore, and meet more wedding vendors than you could possibly get to any other way. You are coming to the show to 1. Gather information 2. compare prices and services 3. register for prizes 4. see the latest fashions 5. get great new ideas and 6. all this while having a ball with your favorite planning pals.

1. Set your wedding date. 2.

FIND AVAILABLE DATES: Some venues book out more than a year in advance, so you’ll want to find the perfect venue and secure it immediately. If you have not set your wedding date, look for wedding facilities and their available dates.

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Attend with an open mind.You will be surprised what items grab your attention.

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Bring your checkbook.

Vendors often have show discounts if you book at their booth.

Photography: Laurie Perez

There is a way to plan the wedding of your dreams in one weekend.


IF THESE HALLS COULD TALK: A 30-year, Houston tradition, the Bridal Extravaganza Show draws generation after generation to its booths. Passed from mother to daughter, sister to bridesmaid.

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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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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.

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

You can give this to vendors you meet at the show. Many will e-mail special offers to you. 14.

15. Be sure to say hello to any vendors you have already hired. 16. Don’t be overwhelmed! Have fun with the planning process. 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.

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

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

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

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Editors’

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Personalized Gifts Looking for personalized gifts for your bridal party? The Urban Smith’s collection of fashionable nameplate necklaces allow you to customize and tailor each necklace with your own engraved phrase to match perfectly with each bridesmaid, maid of honor or even mom. All products are handmade in San Francisco and come packaged in an adorable peep-through Kraft envelope. Each bar is 14K gold filled, hand cut and each letter hand stamped allowing each piece to be unique. Retails for $60.00 and up.

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Susty Party has a growing collection of stylish disposable tableware perfect for outdoor wedding season when people don’t want to rent or use drab, wasteful throwaways. These products will get love birds excited about all the events surrounding their wedding, from bridal showers to the special day itself!

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Put a Stamp on It Three Designing Women has over 1,000 custom ink designs fit for any personality. Available in a variety of bright colors and contemporary styles, these fun and exquisitely detailed stamps are ideal for personalizing correspondence, recipes, giftwrapping, home decor, and anything else you’d like to leave your mark on.

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Stylish Water for Wedding Guests Brides searching for that “extra touch” for their wedding guests this year don’t need to look any further than one of the most talked about accessories that has graced the presence of celebrities from Liam Hemsworth to Kendall Jenner. We’re talking about Boxed Water, the chicest necessity that will not only hydrate guests after a long night of dancing the night away but also match the décor of any wedding. Boxed Water is an eco-friendly alternative to packaged water that is not only 100% BPA free, but also better for the environment no matter the wedding destination.

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Something blue from Thomas Sabo Looking for your something blue – you’ll find something for the bride, the groom, and the entire wedding party from Thomas Sabo. Established in 1984, this global leader in lifestyle products, including jewelry for men and women, is now available for the first time in the United States.Thomas Sabo offers Something Blue, Pearls, Diamonds and more. The collection is amazingly priced from $79. to $798.

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Mix, Mix Baby Most newlyweds are asking for glassware or china on their big day, so make a statement with this innovative gift for couples who are foodies, fitness buffs, mixologists or just love home entertaining. Bonne O is the first carbonating system without a CO2 tank that sparkles literally everything from water and soda to wine spritzers.

Match Made in Heaven Skeem Design’s match bottles make clever wedding gifts, or even invitations for the intrepid bride. In addition to black and white, match bottles come in cheerful shades of green, orange and blue—ideal for spring or summer weddings in the garden, on the farm, or at the beach.

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Talaria Flats Women love their high heels, but by the end of the night tired feet lead to bare feet, especially for brides, and wedding guests, who want to dance the night away. Talaria Flats founder Ingrid Sarver decided to create a new, portable alternative that combines timeless style with better durability for ideal comfort, over lower quality competitive products. The company is quickly winning the hearts of fashionable women, brides and bridesmaids. And, of course, Ingrid wore them at her own wedding, recently. The idea behind Talaria Flats came to Farmington Hills, Michigan native Sarver while completing her MBA at NYU. She knew all too well the effect of wearing heels all night and decided to create a more durable option for fashionable women. Talaria Flats offers classic and premium foldable ballet flats made of split leather and premium genuine rubber soles, with accompanying bag, that are ideal for women on the go, brides and bridesmaids, and event guests who want to keep dancing the night away.

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Keep Guests Entertained Anyone looking to add an element of fun and entertainment to their wedding is frequently turning to one of the hottest trends of 2016: Outdoor Wedding games. Couples are consistently seeking ideas for keeping everyone entertained and happy during all parts of a wedding. Consider a custom Cornhole Board .

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Toast, Toast! With Infused vodka’s gluten-free and lower calorie ingredients, there’s no need for anyone in the bridal party to worry about counting calories. Each bottle is distilled five times and naturally infused with flavors from handpicked fruits, spices, and herbal ingredients. For those who want to make a toast with a glass of wine, Xo, g is a great on-the-go option for this big night.

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Flower it up

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There are so many centerpieces you can pick, but this really caught my eye. It’s tall enough so people can still talk across the table without having difficulty seeing each other and it looks amazing. The pearls hanging from the flowers give it an elegant look.

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His & Hers

A cute little touch for the bride and groom to have is a “hers” and “his” on their chair. I recommend featuring these in your theme color, as shown here in gold.

Two in one Picture

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Arch to Happiness This arch is filled with beautiful flowers and looks magnificent. This is a great idea for your wedding if you are looking for something simple but effective.

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Lights, Seats, Wedding This lighting works well from day to evening. Guests will dance the night away under these charming, twinkly lights.

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Unique Centerpiece Centerpieces can vary in so many ways; they can be extravagant or simple. This piece has a lantern with beautiful flowers around it and a little paper note with a pen for people to leave a message for the bride and groom. What a sweet touch.

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Credit:John Christopher

This picture shows both the invitations and centerpieces. You can tell the couple carried their theme color from the invitation to the décor. I love the floating candles with flowers as a centerpiece as it creates an elegant effect.

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Make your special day a one to remember with sparklers to shine in the night. These make an easy and fast DIY project that will last in memories forever. Credit: Brittany from thebudgetsavvybride.com Photography by Mikkel Paige Photography

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Lace Wedding Invites These wedding invites have a beautiful glitter border and lace embellishments. They add the perfect touch of elegance and beauty. They are beautifully customized for the special couple.

Card Collection Boxes This cute box is not just great for holding cards but also a beautiful display. Card boxes are showing up as a great way to keep and hold your wedding cards out of the way. Guests can come by and drop their cards inside so you can read later without losing them. Check out these gorgeous card boxes from Shereen Blalock from Asias Custom Cardboxes on Etsy.

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Something Blue Wedding Comb

A precious moment needs a special book. These Zen albums are personally made to save your special day. They will preserve and hold your memories throughout years to come.

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Altar Affair

Outside the Box

Flower arches are an eye-catching way to decorate your altar. Adding a pop of color to the arch is a great idea.

Non-traditional wedding photos are so amazing and unique. Remember to always ask your photographer if they have any ideas for fun and creative photos you can take with your partner or wedding party.

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Grand Exit

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Centerpieces are important for any wedding. These centerpieces create a rustic feel using twigs to cover the base.

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I love sparklers for the exit of a wedding. They are unique and entertaining for everyone. Photographers like them too!

Flower Power A bride’s bouquet is a statement about her personality. Many brides add personal touches to their bouquets making them more sentimental and meaningful.

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Dessert bars are always a good idea at weddings. It’s a great way to organize all the sweets in one place. You can include your cake or have it next to your dessert bar.

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Love is a Home Run

Callie, who does real estate accounting and Koby, baseball clinic owner and spring training instructor for the Houston astros, met while Koby was visiting a friend in dallas. “my friend ran into Callie at dinner, i found heron Facebook, and the rest is history,” says the groom. Callie is a graduate of Texas Tech University; Koby was drafted by the Houston astros in the 8th round out of memorial High school in the 2005 mlb draft. He spent 10 years playing professional baseball. new years eve 2014, Koby’s parents, roger and debbie Clemens, had friends over to their Houston home for Karaoke. Callie began to realize something was up. guests at the “small” party included all their friends and Koby’s whole family who had come in from all over Texas. as she gave her former roommates a tour of the house, she saw her parents in the driveway. They live seven hours away; she wondered if she was in trouble. The small party had swelled to 120 people when Callie noticed Koby was mia. she found him in the main house, perspiring. it was nearing midnight and he asked her to go back out and join the party. “when i got back in the music room my shy and private Koby had the »»»

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microphone,” she recalls. “He dropped to one knee and told me how the past two years had been the most amazing of his life and asked me to marry him, in front of everyone!” Callie was confused, unsure how Koby could pull this off without her knowing. He had planned the whole thing including having a ring designed (absolutely stunning) with a diamond his mother had passed down. The proposal was to happen at midnight, but nervous Koby couldn’t wait and popped the question at 11:20; they were married 11/20/15.

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set to a pallet of blush, grey and ivory with mercury glass accents, the reception featured large floral arrangements and two ice sculptures with candles inside of them. guests were wowed by the 10 custommade 10 ft. white led trees – a gift from the groom’s grandmother. The bride was stunning in a madeline gardner gown by mori lee. a nod to the national pastime, the ring bearer carried a vintage catcher’s glove with a baseball that had slits for the rings.

“we found out about ashton gardens at the bridalextravaganza. it was the first place we toured and we loved it,” says Callie of their venue. The bride’s cake was four-tier with silver accents and a large silver letter “C” with pink orchids cascading down the side. The groom’s red velvet cake featured a Captain america shield with dallas Cowboy accent stars. The toss bouquet broke into five separate bouquets so that most of the single ladies would get a part of it. during the reception, roger Clemens got his famous karaoke going and the Clemens men sang “sugar” by maroon 5 to the bride. The couple honeymooned in the bahamas for eight days. – laurette Veres

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Casey, a financial analyst and gregory, a software-training manager, met through greg’s cousin. Four years later, Casey was a bridesmaid in the same cousin’s wedding and that was the weekend when Casey and greg’s story truly began.

One weekend greg took Casey to the Houston Museum of science and History and had a nice dinner. The next day they went to

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Casey’s Advice

stay true to yourself ! your wedding, above all, is for you and your closest friends and family. you can’t please everyone, so just make sure you do what makes you happy so when you look back, it is truly your most “memorable” day. another piece of advice i can give is to stay calm, and have organizational systems. i made lists and set reasonable goals each month of things i wanted to accomplish. This helped break out the wedding planning into clear steps, instead of looking at it as one giant event, which can become overwhelming.

Photographer: Scott Kelley the Houston Zoo and lunch at ruggles green. later that day, Casey walked into a room to find greg on one knee. He said, “weekends like these are the ones i want to have forever.” Casey chose their wedding location before it was even built,“The Carriage House” in Conroe. at the Bridal extravaganza, she found her florist and linen company. Friends and family received wooden invitations with Casey and greg’s engagement picture stained on the wood. They prayed for a beautiful day and got it. The wedding was set along a creek with big beautiful

trees as the backdrop. at 5:09pm on May 9, 2015, Casey walked through the big wooden gates and down the aisle in a gorgeous winnie Couture gown. Back in the beautiful wooden reception hall, appetizers and drinks were passed and guests enjoyed a full buffet. They had a s’mores wedding cake and golf cupcakes for the groom by Holly Mosley. The signature drink was the bride’s own recipe, a sandía (watermelon) margarita. Casey and greg honeymooned on the big island in Hawaii. - Jade lewis

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Brittany eBerly Jordan Pieratt

Dance the Night Away Brittany and Jordan met in october 2008 at the austin County Fair when Jordan, being a texas gentleman, came and asked her for a dance when she was standing on her own. Five years later they shared their first dance all over again as husband and wife. Jordan surprised Brittany with an amazing proposal in front of the Bellagio fountain show on her 21st birthday in las Vegas. They were able to celebrate her birthday and their engagement with her parents, sister, and his mom who accompanied them on the trip.

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Brittany’s Advice

i would say make a list ahead of time of things you want to make sure you have. i asked all my girls to be bridesmaids by giving them hangers with their names on them that said, “will you hang by my side?” well i ended up without one: mine. i had totally forgotten about ordering one for myself, until the day my photographer asked to take a picture of my dress. But in all honesty, don’t sweat the small stuff. The saying is true even though you may not believe it. now i look back and can’t even see the hanger, and who cares?!? girls, hire an amazing wedding planner who thinks of everything! i’ve heard so many girls say they don’t even eat at their wedding, and don’t try the food they spent so much money on! Just a cool idea, enlist someone to make sure you have a to-go container of wedding goodies for after the wedding! The hotel ride was super enjoyable with a full tummy! also, you can make anything cute and just plain awesome! i was so worried about all the mount and deer heads in one of the ballrooms. My wedding planner hung feathers and ribbon from the antlers and they turned out so cute!

They tied the knot at eberly ranch in Chappell Hill, tX at Brittany’s family ranch. Brittany wore an allure Bridal dress that was the same that Jessa duggar wore at her wedding. The cake was from Piece of Cake in Brenham, tX, designed by the bride herself. The couple was lucky to have six of their nieces and nephews walk down the aisle as flower girls and ring bearers. They ended the celebrations by taking an amazing and relaxing honeymoon in san Juan, Puerto rico. - Fatema shariff

one thing i learned was to really think about who you want at your wedding. we had about 465 guests, which is actually small for a washington County wedding. i think Jordan and i both wish we would have had more of an intimate wedding. it gets hard though, who to invite, where to draw the line. That day is already a blur, and then to add so many people to greet is really stressful. But despite not getting a chance to say hello to everyone, we were surrounded by so much love and we are very blessed. Just a funny side note. don’t forget about the Marriage license. we luckily got it the day before. a judge had to waive the 72 hour hold! yikes that was a close one! on an end note, it was seriously the best day ever. god gave us a wonderful wedding to cherish and start our journey together with him. we are having so much fun as husband and wife!

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amy and ryan are traveling performers. ryan is an actor, singer, songwriter and producer; amy’s a vocalist and handles the business end of entertaining. The couple met over a decade ago in las Vegas when they both were performing in legends in Concert, ryan was elvis. They have been inseparable ever since. while doing a show in Kinder, louisiana for Coushatta Casino, amy and ryan felt it was time they tie the knot. it takes a lot of documentation to get married in louisiana, so they drove to Beaumont, TX for their courthouse

wedding. ryan flew his 20-year old son in for their big day. They decided to keep their wedding casual and simple and focus on their love for each other instead of cakes, linens and other distractions. They had a simple ceremony followed by a fancy dinner with ryan’s son. The “wedding money” was spent on an amazing ring for amy and two-week honeymoon at an exclusive resort on the riviera Maya in Mexico.

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Mysti and Jesse met each other through a friend that Mysti had worked with while in college. One night Jesse asked a stressed out Mysti to go buy their first christmas tree together. Mysti obliged and after finishing her work began to help Jesse set-up the “ridiculously crooked” tree. after deciding to call it a night in frustration Jesse called Mysti back into the room where she found a box tucked away in the branches of the perfectly imperfect tree and Jesse waiting on one knee. as the catering & sales coordinator for Behind the Bash catering & events the proposal just happened to land at the beginning of Mysti’s two busiest weeks of the year. Mysti began focusing on planning the wedding starting January 2014 and was adamant on finding a location that she had never used in previous events or weddings she had planned.

The couple wed at st. John’s church in sam Houston Park. Mysti stated, “when i saw the white chapel with the Houston skyline behind it, i felt it was the perfect city meets country setting for our wedding.” she wore an enzoani gown and of course used Behind the Bash catering.

Mysti’s Advice

“The wedding should be a reflection of you and your fiancé. Family and friends are wonderful sources for ideas and support, but ultimately make decisions throughout your planning process that will make you happy when your big day arrives. a variation of “don’t sweat the small stuff ” is don’t get hung up on the “what ifs”….no matter what issues arise, at the end of your wedding day, you will be married. and tHat is what is important. The wedding should be about the marriage and the union you two are creating, not the other way around!”

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Linda’s Advice:

“i would highly recommend that the bride give specific instructions to their ushers on who to seat and where. also, i would recommend creating a timeline of the wedding ceremony and reception so the wedding coordinator can keep things on time. please give the photographer a shot list so that specific photos will be taken. we also did our receiving line after the ceremony so that when we arrived at the reception, we were able to relax and enjoy the night.”

Photography by ChrisWPhoto

So Happy Together

a christmas morning bike ride might not be for everyone, but for linda it changed her life. on a bridge signifying the beginning of their lives together as husband and wife, christopher proposed. linda, a University of houston alumnae, and christopher, an architect, chose to be married at the a.d. Bruce religion center on the University of houston campus right as the sun was setting. The couple selected their own music and wrote their own vows. due to her father’s passing prior to the wedding, linda was escorted down the aisle by her two nephews. she wore a stunning Balari style dress from the pronovias of Barcelona collection. however her favorite accessory was her father’s wedding ring.

The couple gave out personalized cupcakes to each wedding guest and also had a three-tier butter crème cake with a special layer of carrot cake in honor of linda’s late father who loved carrot cake. linda and christopher honeymooned for eight days in europe visiting munich, Vienna, and prague. - ashley petty

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Courtney, a clinical pharmacist, and Kolby, a utilization and training consultant, attended new Faith Church for years without noticing each other. Kolby’s mom urged him to meet the “cute girl at church”, but he didn’t know who she was talking about. They finally met when Courtney was about 22 years old. Kolby followed up with a message through Facebook and she responded…three months later! Courtney continued taking her sweet time to respond to his messages; Kolby took this as a challenge. after avoiding an actual date for

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Photography by Khanh Nguyen

Black-Tie Affair


Courtney’s Advice:

• Do your homework and start planning early enough so you have time to assess several different vendors for each part of your wedding. • Don’t let anyone try to “save you from your own ideas”. if you love it and want it, go for it! it’s your day! • Do a wishing well for the wedding rather than registering.

• Expect your guest list to increase by at least 50 people from your first count.

• Create a joint “wedding bank account” with your fiancé and deposit money in it monthly. Pay all of your wedding expenses out of this account.

quite some time, Courtney finally gave in and one chance was all it took. Courtney graduated from pharmacy school in 2013. Her parents and sister gave speeches after the graduation ceremony, Kolby followed. He said how proud he was; he regretted the shoes he bought as her graduation gift, didn’t come in time. instead, he had “the gift of song”. The music to ‘Marry Me’ by train began to play and Kolby attempted to sing, but became so choked up he was only able to get out about 9 words! “i said yes obviously!” Courtney says.

when they toured Chateau Cocomar, Courtney remembers feeling like a princess entering her castle, making it the obvious choice for their wedding. going along with the venue’s formal and classic theme, cocktail-hour kicked off a great black-tie evening. eleven bridesmaids flanked Courtney, in her ivory silk ysa Makino gown with a dropped waistline and a pleated bottom; 11 groomsmen stood by Kolby. The ceremony and dinner were very classy, and afterwards everyone enjoyed cake from Edible Designs by Jessie and celebrating with the new couple. riviera Maya, Mexico was chosen for their honeymoon, and they enjoyed their romantic stay at Grand Velas Resorts. - Carolina Hernandez

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Meera’s advice:

i would recommend taking as many family photos before the ceremony as possible. This really freed up time after the ceremony to jump right into reception fun without losing any momentum.

after they moved to new York, david planned a scavenger hunt in the west village of nYC that led Meera to her favorite restaurants and ended at their apartment where david was waiting to propose. she said yes, and david took her to triBeCa where all of their friends and families gathered to surprise her with an engagement party. The vineyard at Florence in Florence, texas “was such a beautiful, elegant and bucolic setting,” Meera said, making it suitable for their indian/western fusion wedding. The leave the details to Me team put an elegant twist on the traditional indian wedding making it a successful multicultural evening. The bride’s ceremony gown was custom made from india; her reception gown was by alice & olivia. Meera and david spent their honeymoon in turkey.

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after a couple dips of rocky road, they return to the car, but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start. Jerry begins tinkering, trying to get the car running. He asked shauna for some tools in the trunk; she was shocked to see a beautiful diamond ring boldly displayed in an elaborate setup. as she stood in disbelief, shauna found Jerry on one knee

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in March of 2014, Jerry was leaving town on a business trip. shauna and Jerry decided to take one of their classic cars out for an ice cream date before he left. Jerry had an even sweeter plan.


Shauna’s Advice:

First tip is to just BreatHe! Know what you want and do not shy away from making your wedding the way you want it. The guests are usually very eager to see the beautiful union, the unique details and the personal touches that help depict who the bride and groom are as a couple. also, my day of Coordinator was a saving grace! she was able to assist me with certain items i did not even think about; a true asset to my wedding. Consider a coordinator if you can! lastly, do not forget to stop to take it all in because it goes by so fast.

Photographer: Scott Kelley asking the words we all would hope to hear someday, “will you marry me?”

Jerry’s friend Clint, who helped set up the “kill switch” for the car, was also in the distance taking pictures of the entire proposal. “it was a terrific surprise and i loved the effort Jerry put into this one of a kind proposal,” shauna says. The wedding was a long time coming; Jerry and shauna had been dating over 10 years. They tied the knot at Pecan springs in Brookshire, texas. guests walked down “our Memory lane,” a ten-year collection of handwritten letters, birthday cards, love notes and other cherished keepsakes. - Thutrang Mai

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Briana and scott were in waco, tX pursuing their careers when they met at The salty dog bar. after a spell of long distance dating, they moved to Houston for jobs at Presto Maintenance supply, a family-owned maintenance supply company, where Briana became the sales & Marketing director and scott became the it & operations Manager.

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Before you pick a day, think about who are the most important people to you that you would want to be at your wedding. who would you be devastated if they couldn’t attend? if you have a list of people, like we did, make sure you consider their availability before you pick a date. we did something that most people don’t do. we sent out an email asking them their availability for 2014. we took this information and when we toured venues, we chose a date when everyone could make it.

in the fall of 2013, Briana and scott decided to take a 3-week road trip to california to retrieve furniture from her grandparents who had just passed away. They packed up the car and headed west. Briana’s grandparents built a cabin many years ago in arnold, ca, a cute town between Yosemite and tahoe. Briana skied many winters there, and spent summers swimming in the lake. it was scott’s first trip to the cabin, but he had heard Briana and her family talk about all of their adventures and thought it would be the perfect place to propose. as they walked around the cabin, scott got down on one knee and asked Briana to marry him! Their wedding ceremony was at Hofmann ranch, in castroville, tX where they utilized every location possible at the ranch. Their marriage ceremony was at the cast iron gate &

stone wall while dinner was served inside the grande Hall. in addition, their cocktail hour was at the brick patio area between the grande Hall and the Pavilion. later in the evening, the dancing and entertainment segment was held outside under the Pavilion with live country music from The emotions. to add a rustic touch, cigars were hand rolled by the outdoor Fireplace.

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Jeff Jenkins and ashley Clement were training for a marathon. running is one of their common hobbies and hermann Park is their place. On this particular day, their run was extra special as Jeff got down on one knee and asked ashley to be his wife. to her surprise, family and friends popped out from behind the bushes to celebrate. They tied the knot at one of houston’s hidden treasures, agave real. ashley walked down the aisle in a beautiful enzoani gown with a headband made by none other than the bride herself. The cake was a beautiful four-tiered cake

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“have fun. You don’t have to be the perfect pinterest bride. do things that you and your future husband love. The real fun and smiles and laughter will shine through.”

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Mica and chris like to tell people they met when chris, a houston police officer, pulled Mica over for speeding. when chris laid eyes on Mica he found her to be so cute that there was just no way he could ever write her a ticket. while the couple truly met via e-harmony and bonded through messages during their late night shifts there was no denying that chris actually found Mica to be a real catch. after seeking the permission of Mica’s parents, chris planned an intricate wedding proposal in which he placed the ring on the straw of Mica’s favorite drink from dunkin donuts. after making a brief exit to collect herself Mica re-entered the room and of course said yes!

Being from new Jersey, Mica wanted a wedding that strayed from the typical ballroom feel. The couple decided to tie the knot on home plate at Minute Maid park in april. Mica wore a winnie couture dress that made her feel truly beautiful. The reception was held in the diamond club and the couple even hosted a softball game on the day of their wedding to get everyone in the spirit. The couple honeymooned in Maui, where they finally got a break from their fatiguing night shift hours. The sporty couple definitely knocked this wedding out of the park! -ashley petty

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These two high school sweethearts fell in love early in life. The professional nFl football player, Brice Mccain proposed to the love of his life, andrea Mayes on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day in 2013. He was ready for his touch down and made it official with his one and only. andrea wore a stunning lazaro lace gown from weddings by debbie; Brice wore a navy Blue louis Vuitton dinner Jacket. The ceremony took place at Union station, dallas, TX. andrea loved the high ceilings and Brice loved the caterer, so it was a win/ win situation. They had two exquisite cakes

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

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

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

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

has experienced nothing but good karma during their marriage.

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Haley and Chase met through mutual friends; Chase offered to tutor Haley in calculus. little did she know, he was not a calculus expert and had to take a crash course on the subject before their session. it must have been a good lesson, they’ve been together ever since. They tied the knot in The dallas arboretum surrounded by beautiful gardens and lovely walkways. Haley was stunning in her Justin alexander signature gown. The Cake guys created a five-tiered bride’s and three-tiered groom’s cakes. inxocity played live music for the 350 guests. The wedding celebration continued with a two-week honeymoon in italy touring Venice, Florence, rome, sorrento, and Capri. - Fatema shariff

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Catrina, a sr. research Compliance specialist at UtHealth, and Cory, a professional baseball player, had mutual high school friends but their paths never crossed. when they met at one of their friend’s birthday party, they knew they were meant to be together. Cory’s a left hand pitcher and needed a right hand woman. They got engaged nine months later at the museum.

allocate more of your budget to photos and video. if you were not planning on getting wedding videographers, think again. also, put your funds toward a wedding day coordinator. enjoy yourself and focus your attention on yourself and your fiancé/spouse. you must mentally check out the morning of your wedding and let someone tell you what to do and where to be so you can be in the moment at all times. i was able to have meaningful conversations with my best friends and family as well as my new husband. don’t sweat all the small stuff, just do it and be done with it the week before the wedding day!

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erika, a nurse, was living in new Jersey and wanting to move back to Texas when she agreed to help her friend’s boyfriend move. she ended up moving into that apartment with the friend’s boyfriend’s roommate Michael, a cPa. she agreed to stay in Jersey if they could have a Texas wedding. Michael’s family helped with the with christmas day proposal. an emotional dad pulled out the guitar and played darius rucker’s “This”, the couple’s favorite song, as Michael tried to sing the lyrics and pop the question. The ceremony was at kevin Fowler’s rustic ranch in wimberley, TX. They hung chandeliers in the trees, added floral arrangements and gold accents to create the “rustic glam” event. erika was stunning in her ivory casablanca dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline and soft tulle ruched bodice. The guests, especially those from the northeast, enjoyed the heaping help of Texas with wooden barrels, BBQ, drinks in mason jars

“work together. it’s both of your weddings and it will be easier if you work together as a team than just one person taking control and doing all the work. at the same time, listen to what your significant other wants in a wedding and compromise. we’ve heard horror stories from other friends about planning for a wedding and ours seemed to go pretty smoothly. There were some bumps but we worked together and were able to get through it. also something will probably go wrong at your wedding, but don’t worry about it. we never had our champagne toast and we were very behind schedule with everything, but no one ever noticed. all your guests are having such a good time that the small things that you notice, they won’t notice at all.”

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are couples here to relax and connect with one another on a deeper level. Just behind the dreamy pool area are the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course, which any avid golfer should not miss. You won’t go hungry at Casa Velas. On the property is the casually elegant, award winning, Four Diamond rated Emiliano restaurant which serves both Mexican and international cuisine. The chef is willing to accommodate even the pickiest of eaters and creates beautiful Instagram-worthy meals. When staying at Casa Velas the guests also have access to their sister resorts including the three gourmet restaurants at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and the Ocean Club where the sunsets of the Mexican Pacific will never disappoint.


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Drone filming is an original way to record your wedding from an aerial perspective. The service includes a crew of five to film and three cameras providing 10 hours of recording as well as aerial images. Share your wedding of a lifetime with friends and family who can’t attend by live streaming your wedding. Have your initials sculpted in the sand as a personalized feature of your wedding. Wedding paintings are painted LIVE during the wedding festivities and each couple can select the style of their choice such as modern, classic, very detailed or portrait. This is a keepsake the couple will cherish forever.

scenery don’t seduce you at Casa Velas the outstanding service will. Everyone who works at Casa Velas makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the world. Regardless of where you go on the property you are greeted with a warm smile and usually by name. They are helpful but never intrusive. Though Casa Velas is a serene and sophisticated adults only, boutique hotel there are other options for those who want to include their family or have a livelier atmosphere. Their sister properties in Puerto Vallarta are Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

and Velas Vallarta. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is in Banderas Bay in Nuevo Vallarta. It is also all-inclusive and has ocean view suites, an aqua bar and guests can take scuba lessons on the property. Grand Velas was awarded CondeNasts’ “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” award. Velas Vallarta, another Puerto

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Get in shape for the big day Revolve Pole Studio is Houston’s premier pole and aerial dance and fitness studio. Led by the some of the best instructors in the city, Revolve creates an environment where everybody and every body can let go of inhibitions and let their spirit “revolve.” Classes are designed to cater to all levels of fitness. Host the bachelorette party all your friends will be talking about.

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“What do I look for in a photographer?” There is no simple answer. Certainly cost and availability are good places to start. Then there is style. According to Wineinger, photographers have their own style and shoot every wedding using that style; same photos, different people. “Make sure you look through some of their recent weddings

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When your dream day is over and guests have gone home, you’ll have powerful memories, and pictures. Jay Pifer from EVOKE Photography and Chris Wineinger from ChrisWPhoto.com share a few important tips on selecting the right wedding photographer.

closely and completely, because your wedding should, and probably will look the same,” he says. Once you find a photographer with your desired style, get to know them. Pifer recommends you go beyond face-to-face meetings. Spendtime on their blogs and read about them to gain a sense of who

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without researching the photographer. “don’t choose based off a recommendation from friends or vendors. What might have been a great fit for your friends might not be the same for you.” There are lots of important decisions made when planning a wedding. Choosing the right person to capture and preserve your memories is the decision that will be reviewed every time someone looks at your album. do the research and pick the best fit for your wedding.

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they are as a person and understand their personality. Wineinger cautions, “You will be in close proximity to your photographer for seven or more hours on your wedding day! You need someone who will be a stress reliever, while still motivating you and your wedding party to get the shots needed.” Many brides make the mistake of choosing their photographer from a website, then are disappointed with the quality of their pictures. Pifer says websites and photo albums showcase a small sampling of the photographer’s best work. “A typical wedding is usually around 1000 images so always ask to see all the images form a recent wedding! Then you will really know the quality of the photographer and what you are paying for.” he says another mistake brides make is accepting referrals

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A new addition to this two-day event was widely received: Beyond the Basics Wedding Seminar.

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VIP brides enjoyed an exclusive event starting with champagne service from an aerial bartender! The Couture fashion show, produced by Todd Ramos, featured gowns from The Princess Bridal, Nima Boutique, Impression Bridal, Venturaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal Fashions and Winnie Couture. The fashion show was accompanied by live music from The Royal Dukes. A new addition to this two-day event was widely received: Beyond the Basics

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

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