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FROM THE PRODUCERS OF AMERICA’S LARGEST BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA New

ADVICE FROM

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Contents

Features

JANUARY 2018

Billboard Bride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Honeymoon Must Haves . . . . . . . 162 Why Hire a Travel Agent . . . . . . . . 168 Bridal Extravaganza Prizes . . . . . .178 Beauty and Cosmetic Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188

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Real Weddings

Jennifer & Ryder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Misti & John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Cristina & Dmitry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Taylor & Daniel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Niusha & Jeffrey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Jennifer & Sean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Kirstin & Kyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Kasey & Tyler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Patricia & Anil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Jordan & Josh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Meredith & Christian . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Morgan & Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Jennifer & Alex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Madison & Colby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

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Jennifer & Eric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Meagan & James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Schyler & Sergio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132


In Every Issue

Editor’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Editor’s Pics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Trends in Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Romance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202 Bride’s Testimonials . . . . . . . . . . . 236

Bride’s Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252

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Honeymoons

Aruba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Barnsley, Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Puerto Vallarta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156

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Featuring 17 acres of lush landscaping and an outdoor courtyard with a Moroccan-inspired wall, this private venue is located just minutes from The Woodlands, offering a dreamy destination wedding without the plane ticket.

The Amenities: Ceremony & Reception Packages

3 Water Features

Feature Walls

Elegant 4 Room Bridal Suite

Quinceaiieras

Folding Mahogany Chairs & String Lighting

Linens & Chiavari Chairs

Entertaining Groom's Quarters

Wedding Coordinator

One Event per Day

Outdoor Courtyard with Lush Landscaping

Covered Outdoor Bar

3 Fire Features

Indoor Reception Hall

Staff & Bartenders

Seasonal Discounts Setup & Breakdown

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Blake popped the question perfectly for his H-Town gal Sidnie

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Set under a morethan-a-centuryold Oak tree, the namesake of the Oak Tree Manor Bed and Breakfast in Spring, the Bridal Extravaganza Team enjoyed a carefree photo shoot featuring beautiful Bride-to-Be, Sidnie Dangel.

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Native Houstonian, Sidnie is planning a Spring 2018 wedding to her beloved fiancé, Blake Williams. The couple met in college at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Blake is a local, from a small town near the college and when they met, he really helped Sidnie warm up to small town life. When it came time to pop the question, Blake had a traditional proposal planned for his big city gal. Late in April 2017, Blake was scheduled for his cap and gown senior photo session in Salado, Texas. He asked Sidnie to accompany him so they could squeeze in some couple shots. During the shoot, Blake casually asked the photographer to snap some shots of Sidnie alone. As she sat, beautifully posed, on a stone ledge next to a lively creek, Blake stepped in and took one knee. From his pocket, Blake took out several little slips of paper that Sidnie had given him on their first Valentine’s Day together. Each sweet note described something that she loved about him and their relationship and each one brought back a flood of memories. Through her tears, she saw his next offering, a wooden ring box. He asked the question and without hesitation, her answer was Yes. Luckily, the photographer was already handy to capture the spontaneity of their special moment. Sidnie thought she couldn’t be happier until, not long after she slipped the ring on her finger, both of their families appeared from over the hill to congratulate them and share in their joy. This Billboard Bride photo shoot at Oak Tree Manor was designed to capture the essence of a small town bride, just on the outskirts of town. A team of carefully chosen experts were on-site to collabora-

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Essentials Hair & Make-up: Simple Beauty Artistry

Bouquets: B & M Floral Creations Location: Oak Tree Manor Gown: Ventura’s Bridal Fashions Photography: ANA&IVAN photography

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tively style the shoot. Beauty stylist, Mayra from Simple Beauty Artistry in Houston, says brides are looking for whimsical hair, styled with braids and lots of body. She achieved this look on Sidnie using high-quality, braided hair extensions. Mayra styled her make-up to accent Sidnie’s bright blue eyes. The glamorous gown chosen for this shoot is a billowy ball gown, featuring three-dimensional floral lace appliqués, with an illusion neckline and cathedral-length train. Hand-picked from the Mori Lee Wedding Dress collection, this gown is available at Ventura’s Bridal Fashions. Floral artists, Belinda Lewis and Michelle Woodward, created two exquisitely crafted floral bouquets to be held by our beautiful Billboard Bride. The husband and wife team at ANA & IVAN Photography were also on hand to expertly capture Sidnie in all her glamour and glory.


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I’ve been on the wedding circuit more than normal this season. Two destination weddings I recently attended in Mexico have reminded me of the need for a perfected timeline. Work with your wedding planner and vendors to fine-tune this uber important planning tool. From the vows, to the toast, to the first dance, time it all out; leave nothing to chance. There must be an order of events and a perfect time for each. Recently, in Punta Mita, I observed that elusive, perfect timeline in action.

PHOTO BY ANA&IVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Guests were transported to a secret location just before sundown. The ceremony took place as the just as the sun set against the horizon. Pictures had been taken beforehand to take advantage of the best light. Bountiful drinks and appetizers circulated before the formal dinner. While the couple was sharing their first dance, brilliant sparklers burst from all four sides of the dance floor. The spectacular blasts of vibrant light underscored the moment perfectly. Where most brides would have waited to culminate the evening with fireworks, this timeline savvy couple perfectly timed their fireworks display to the music during their first dance. It was truly a once in a lifetime moment!

EDITOR IN CHIEF Laurette M. Veres MANAGING EDITOR Shelby Reininger Stephanie DiCiro SENIOR EDITORS Vicki Dill Tom Flynn Candace Miller GRAPHIC DESIGN Goran Atanasovski

The wedding planner had to be smiling.

PRODUCTION MANAGER Jeanine Hickman

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.

EDITORIAL Jade Lewis Stephanie DiCiro Vicki Dill Marian Jacobs Kim Padgett Sondra Sneed Shelby Reininger Carla Menendez

Here’s to love and laughter, Laurette Veres

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ON THE COVER H Texas Cover: Compliments of The Princess Bridal Billboard Bride Sidnie Dangel Gown Ventura’s Bridal Fashions Makeup/Hair Simple Beauty Artistry Photography ANA&IVAN photography

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Winter Wedding Must-Haves By Carla MENENDEZ

CLEANSE, MOISTURIZE AND TREAT YOUR SKIN! YOU WILL HAVE A BLANK CANVAS TO PERFECTING YOUR MAKE-UP AND CREATING GREAT SKIN FOR THE BEAUTIFUL WEDDING YOU ARE PLANNING. SEE SOME OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS BELOW.

Dry frizzy hair during your big day is a nono! Start with Rene Furterer New Karite Nutri Repairing Serum for a leave-in serum which prevents and repairs split ends. ($32 renefutererusa. com)

Always wash your face at night before you go to bed especially during your wedding week. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want clogged pores that can create breakouts. BLAQ Dual sided Charcoal Wipes for All Skin Types removes make-up and tones for flawless skin with little effort.

Vellabox ($10-$30 vellabox. com) is a lead free natural candle monthly subscription. What a great gift for your bridesmaids or wedding party. A Strong Lip and a strong brow is trending for winter. Try Clairins Paris Joli Rouge in Litchi ($29 clarinsusa.com) and Chanel Crayon Sourcils ($29 chanelusa.com). No one wants large pores during their wedding especially during picture taking time. Try this solution from IT cosmetics Bye Bye Pores illumination ($29 Itcosmetics.com). It will make your pores shrink in size! Top this off with IT cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC SPF 50 Air Brush Perfecting Powder illumination ($35 ITcosmetics.com) Cover those pesky dark circles especially after a night of drinking during your wedding week. These special pigments are designed to neutralize discoloration with a buildable formula and anti-aging ingredients. Mally H3 Concealer ($29 ulta.com).

If you want to create fullness with volumeenhancing moisture while restoring firmness try La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler ($590 lapraire.com). This product is absolutely amazing and plumbs up those lines! Make sure to start using this at least one month before your wedding in the AM and PM to get the best results. Create super long lashes that transform your wedding look with Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 hour Mascara ($35 mirenesse. com).

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Green with Envy

Call on Décor by Dulce for the perfect backdrop. Shown here as an accent to the head table, backdrops can change the feeling of any party space. Many brides use them to accentuate their head table.

Alex and Ani Charity by Design

Jade Lewis

@ www.Linenrentalhouston.com

Jade Lewis

Texas-based Living Water International has teamed up with ALEX AND ANI to create this charm bracelet. It’s the perfect gift for your bridesmaids. Through this partnership more than $1.2M in donations have already been raised for clean water initiatives.

MAKEUP BY SIMPLE BEAUTY ARTISTRY

@ www.Alexandani.com

PHOTO BY ANA&IVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Laurette’s

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Bring me some Bourbon It’s hard for men to find gifts for each other, but Matthews 1812 House has a line of mouthwatering bourbon infused treats that makes it easy like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Torte, Bourbon Blonde Brownies, Caramel and Chocolate Bourbon Sauce and more. Consider this unique and tasty idea for groomsmen’s gift from Matthews 1812 House.

@ www.1812house.com/collections/bourbon

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I’ll Drink to That

Look no further than Beaulieu Vineyard for reception-perfect wine. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor, who joined the Beaulieu winemaking team in 1989, presides over each vintage ensuring perfection.

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Sun, chlorine, and the salty spray of the ocean can suck the life out of your strands. Keep those luscious locks healthy and glowing with help from RG Cosmetics. Combining years of salon industry knowledge with cutting-edge science, these products get you one step closer to softer, shinier, healthier hair. www.Mybeautybag.com @

Jade Lewis

Jade Lewis

Hair care


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Organize your honeymoon necessities with travel essentials from bag-all. My favorite is the bathing suit bag with plastic liner. Makes it easier to enjoy hthe before-the-flight ocean run.

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Honeymoon Carry On @ www.Bag/all.com

Best thank you ever Marian Jacobs

You didn’t choose just anyone to be your bridesmaid. With this special duty comes much-deserved beauty benefits. This kit is packed with the ultimate wedding day essentials to take you from the aisle to the after-party. It includes a primer that will hold your makeup from pre-ceremony pics through the after-party, a frizz-fighting spray to keep your ’do from falling flat on the dance floor, and so much more. ($18)

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@ www.BirchBox.com

Get organized

The latest release from Savor, the award-winning manufacturers of the Baby and School Years Edition Keepsake Boxes, the Wedding Edition Keepsake Box enables brides to quickly, easily, and elegantly organize and store what matters most from this milestone event. The “You & Me” book includes space for important documents, such as wedding invitations, programs, vows, and more.

Shades of pink

Jade Lewis

@ www.Savor.us

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Don’t attend your next shower without this statement necklace from Perry Street. Providing just enough pink to be feminine, you’re sure to find many opportunities to wear this stunning piece.

@ www.rocksbox.com

Cheers!

Enjoy Prosecco: champagne’s cooler counterpart. Tommasi’s Filodora Prosecco is a must-have for moments throughout the Winter season. This fantastic bottle is perfect to have on hand for cocktail parties, showers and more.

@ www.TommasiWine.it

This quick-absorbing and ultra-hydrating lotion is formulated to give your skin a little extra love after a long day in the sun. It is enriched with Pure Aloe Vera Gel from Aruba to heal, Vitamin E, and Coconut and Jojoba Oils to nourish your parched skin. www.Arubaaloe.com @

Jade Lewis

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Luscious Legs

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From charming books and ornaments to cozy customizable blankets, Swell Forever offers a variety of timeless tokens that make ideal gifts for those you cherish most. Swell Forever’s one-of-a-kind blankets feature a cotton tag that can be personalized with a special message of your choice. They can even replicate a loved one’s handwriting and favorite words of wisdom on the tag so the recipient of this family heirloom can literally wrap themselves in comfort and love.

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@ www.swellforever.com

A Fur–mily Affair

Kristina Staal Photography

Swell Forever

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Stitched With Love

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and these days they sometimes have members with four legs as well. Let your beloved furbabies participate in your special day! When this couple included their beautiful Siberian Husky, Magnus, in their rustic, winter wedding… it was a “Magnus-ificent” time! Floral Crown: Anemoi Creations

Kelly R Burroughs Photography

Planning: Pink Paisley Weddings & Events

Timeless Love

Blossoming with Blues

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! Fresh flower displays are the ultimate statement pieces for your wedding. Even the simplest arrangements, can add the perfect touch when incorporating color into your theme-both lovely and graceful.

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Etsy Page: WoodlarkDesigns

@ www.etsy.com/shop/WoodlarkDesigns

By encouraging wedding guests to leave notes, photos and mementos, this vintage overnight case becomes a precious time capsule to help the happy couple remember days gone by. An anniversary capsule can serve as a unique reminder to celebrate your wedding anniversary each year by reminiscing and adding new keepsakes for many years to come. It may even lead to new adventures!

Summer Street Photography

Rosy Gaytan with Alba Rose Photography

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Woodlark Designs creates over 150 original designs for wedding invitations and programs, each with their own personality and theme, customizable to fit any couple’s taste. These polished vintage-look silhouettes add an elegant touch guests are sure to remember!

Green Holly Weddings

Stephanie’s

Sophisticated Silhouettes


Etsy Page: Alchemy Hour Designs

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These adorable cootie-catcher wedding programs truly capture the essence of vintage chic, all wrapped up in one precious package! Alchemy Hour Designs offers over ten unique designs with gorgeous calligraphy and eye-catching visuals to customize these romantic pieces for your big event.

Stephanie A. Smith Photography

Catching Keepsakes

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Classically Situated!

Elegant table cards will give your wedding that perfect pop of pizzazz that guests are sure to remember. Dress things up with these stylish drink tags or tie floral arrangements around classic table cards; you can never go wrong with adding some extras!

Riverland Studios

Lace Lineage

Repurposing elements of a loved one’s wedding ensemble can be a great way to include them in your ceremony and dress up your bouquet! The intricate lace detail and gorgeous buttons lining this bouquet compliment the beautiful botanicals, adding a classic touch.

Reminisce Forevermore

Hana Willow Design

@ www.etsy.com/shop/hanawillowdesign

Love Lockdown

Love Locks

Your wedding bouquet will always hold special memories that you’ll want to cherish forever but bouquets just don’t last. These bouquet preservation display boxes by Hana Willow Designs will help keep these memories from fading too soon. Each and every order at Hana Willow Designs is a custom creation, displaying your fresh flowers in either a shadow box or original piece of artwork. They can even use other design elements such as invitations, lace from the dress or veil, hair pieces, or jewelry, to fashion a unique and meaningful keepsake display that you really can cherish forever!

LoveLocks™ are a unique way to symbolize the uniting of two hearts in love during the wedding ceremony and display this timeless keepsake afterwards. LoveLocks™ offers an array of options to fit everyone’s needs, from personalized engravings and customized colors to smaller locks for children or pets, these lovely locks can make your wedding more memorable and meaningful by involving the whole family in the unity portion of the ceremony!

@ www.lovelocksonline.com

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Baby Bubbly Bears

Annie Bukhman

When it’s time to celebrate but there’s no bubbly – These gummi bears taste just like Champagne! Infused with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne, each tiny sparkling bear is like a mini celebration for your taste buds, with the flavors of Brut and Rosé. Imported from Germany, these all-natural sweets are available exclusively at Sugarfina in the U.S.

@ www.sugarfina.com

Protect your Specs

Handmade in Brooklyn, New York these leather cases are hand cut, then individually assembled and stitched on an industrial sewing machine. Each piece is made one at a time, with great care. They are a fashionable and functional way to protect your glasses and a unique gift idea for your bridesmaids to show them how much they mean to you.

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Foxblossom Co.

The Tote with the Most

Shelby’s

Felix Street Studio

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This Tank is Tops

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What a perfect bridesmaid gift for a destination wedding! This beautiful rose gold travel set includes one passport case and one luggage tag. Each piece is handmade with luxurious metallic leather and can be personalized with stamped initials. It even comes in a gift box, so it’s ready to to-go when you are! FelixStreetStudio

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@ www.foxblossom.com

Make your bachelorette getaway weekend special with these Bachelorette Party Tank Tops. These tops are a fun and stylish way to identify your role in the bridal party and make the bride feel special! Fun themed tanks include “I Do Crew”, “Bride Squad” and more! Each soft cotton tank is available in either white or black and printed with themed text of your choice in flashy, metallic gold foil.

Pink, Chic and Unique

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What looks like a simple white cotton tote bag is really a lovely and super useful gift for your right-hand gals! It’s ideal for staying organized and on-task while running last-minute, prewedding errands or for toting around important bride supplies on the big day. Create a gift bag full of pampering goodies for your MOH or all of your bridesmaids — With several different titles available, it’s perfect for the whole bridal party!

Custom Coordinates Necklace

Effortlessly chic and versatile, this vertical bar necklace is a refreshing and modern spin on the classic design. It makes a distinctive and momentous gift for the special people that you have included in your special day. Each item can be personalized, which gives these pieces a unique meaning that is special to you.

@ www.etsy.com/shop/ MignonandMignon

Water Tight

Keep your cool and stay hydrated all day long with this personalized stainless steel water bottle. The best part of all- zero condensation! This beautiful, double-wall stainless steel bottle keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for up to 24 hours! The stainless steel-colored silicone lid keeps drinks from spilling so you can take it with you anywhere!

@ www.etsy.com/shop/ ReflectingGrace


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For an outdoor wedding, a lush, verdant venue surrounded with stunning trees or flowering gardens, is ideal. The natural beauty of such a location creates a charming setting for the ceremony and memorable, naturally-lit photos.

Happy Day Media (Andy and Carrie Schneider)

Woodsy Wedding

King’s Table

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The new head table is now the “King’s table”, a family-style table setting that seats guests on both sides, with the couple in the middle. This communal seating arrangement makes it easier for the bridal party to see, hear and socialize with each other while celebrating the happy couple’s union.

Caroline & Ben of Caroline Studios

Sunny Day Favors

Get With the Program

Incorporating multiple design elements and functions into a program book makes it a fun, interactive keepsake. In addition to traditional program features, include fun facts, quotes, important dates, and stories to keep guests engaged and entertained.

Photo credit Nicolas Nguyen

Thomas & Penelope Photography

Happy Day Media (Andy and Carrie Schneider)

These “fan-tastic” three-in-one wedding favors are sure to be a hit at any outdoor wedding. It’s a fan, a take-home favor, and wedding program, all at once! It’s a perfect way to keep wedding guests comfortable so they can enjoy a beautiful, sunny wedding day almost as much as the happy couple. They will thank you later.

Jade’s

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Seating plans and placement cards can be a stressful part of planning any wedding reception. This elegant, framed display of table tags simplifies this daunting task by allowing guests to find their own names and table numbers and seat themselves. This type of display can complement your wedding reception décor and give your guests a fun, interactive way to find their seats.

They Have Your Back!

I think this is a great picture. When I see an ensemble photo like this, I see a couple who knows they have each other but also know they can depend on support from their closest family and friends, right behind them all the way.

Caroline & Ben of Caroline Studios

Sarah Williams - The Silhouette Studio

Table Tag Tango

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This custom embroidered love note for your “first love” is a sweet gift for your Dad on your wedding day. You can even change the words and give it to your groom as well.

@ www.etsy.com/shop/ InitialImpressions

Detox Your Worries

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The Tie Patch

Nicholas Nguyen

Tiltawhirl Imagery

Hydration is essential for that glowing complexion on your big day. Adding mint, lemon and cucumber to a tasty and refreshing drink reduces bloating and boosts your immune system.

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The Secret Recipe

Need a great place to put those secret family recipes? The Engraved Happily Ever After Recipe Box is the perfect wedding gift that can be personalized.

@ www.etsy.com/shop/GiftsForYouNow

In Sickness & In Health

Brittany Von Spreecken

These hangover kits are great as wedding favors to help your guests recover from the epic celebration. Stuff them with Advil, mints, face wipes, Band-aids, etc.

@ www.etsy.com/shop/ClementineWeddings

Deciding who to invite to your wedding can be incredibly stressful. How do you narrow down a list of all your friends and family? This handy quiz can help you get your guest list done in under a minute!

@ www.planetbasedbride.com

Trend Hunter

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Wedding Pics Fix Don’t want to waste time and money finding your wedding pictures? Enjoy your photos all in one place in an easy-to-use app. Guests can share their memories from their big day for FREE!

@ www.wedpics.com


When planning the most special day of your life, of course you want to make everything seamless and perfect. The wedding day slips away quickly so before the obligatory photos of the venue, décor, cake, dress, wedding crew and family, plan a pre-wedding session or two to get some unique shots that will really wow your guests. All these shots are in locations chosen for their beauty and interest. Do yourself a favor and book a local professional photographer. They’re sure to know where to go to get the best shots!

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Strings of lively, twinkling white lights not only transform your wedding space but also create a warm and comforting atmosphere. Luxury wedding cakes are even incorporating lights in their cake designs, creating a unique focal point in wedding décor. Warm lights give guests a feeling of luxury and grandeur. Get your camera ready because well-planned touches of light create photo ops that will sweep you off your feet.

@ www.varawedding.com

Instagram @varawedding

@ www.cappiophotography.com

Kenisha Wedding Organizer

Cappio Photography

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Fantabulous Pre-Wedding Pics

Let ´Em Glow

Love at First Site

Now is the time for wedding planners to really step up their game! Beautiful and memorable wedding décor is at the top of every brides list. Brides want something unique that leaves guests with a lasting impression. The dream is a venue blessed with floor to ceiling windows, amazing architecture and scenic views and featuring ample reception space to be transformed by fabulous flower centerpieces and lavish lighting and décor.

@ www.instagram.com/ kenisha/wo

Nicholas Nguyen

Rock Beats Paper

Paper place cards with calligraphy are commonplace wedding table décor nowadays, but these rocks (geodes) beat paper, hands down! Paper is delicate and can tear if it gets wet or is handled roughly. Personalizing a crystal geode with calligraphy for each guest will give your wedding reception décor a luxurious, extravagant look and leave your guests with a unique keepsake.

Yennie’s

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Yennie Handika (Instagram @cd.fleurs)

What’s not to love? Have your precious fur baby celebrate with you on your special day. Dress your pup in a tux or tutu dress and inject your wedding with a dose of cuteness! If your puppy is well trained, you can even assign the duty of ring bearer. It will be a very memorable moment your guests are sure to love.

Spark up the Night

Staged fireworks will surely add sparkles to your beautiful wedding night. A well-planned, professional display is ideal if you are planning to celebrate outdoors! Fireworks not only light up the night but they can also draw the guest’s attention to the bride and groom and create great photo ops, especially when they’re alone on the dance floor.

@ www.axioo.com

Happily Ever After

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Axioo Photography

Fur Baby Love

Instagram @littleinkedthings

The hope for all newlyweds is to live life “happily ever after”. What a cute way to celebrate your new wed-life with these neon lights at your new home! You can install this neon beacon of love in your living room or right above your headboard (wink). This heart full of “happily ever after” design is a very popular choice provided by NameGlo. You can even customize your own neon messages for a private party or one-of-a-kind home décor!

@ www.name/glo.com

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Photograph by YUWEE from Mr. & Mrs. Sugar

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One Sweet Day

Finally, we found the ultimate way to make your big day even sweeter! Chinese bridal sweets makers, “Mr. & Mrs. Sugar” have come up with a surprising new wedding idea. Traditional Chinese herbal gelatin cubes, infused with brown sugar and hand-picked rose blossoms, are an exotic alternative to the cupcake tower. This creative, indulgent treat will certainly be a smash hit with guests but could also be a thoughtful gift to help brides complete their daily health regimen for wellness.

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Aurora View Hotel

Photography by Ion Hotel, Iceland

I do, you brew

Nicholas Nguyen

We live in a custom era, so why not create a custom craft beer for your big day? With indy breweries popping up everywhere you look, contact one of your local brewers and ask if they would like to help infuse the groom’s favorite Belgian white with the bride’s beloved jasmine flower. You may be surprised! Then it is your turn to pick an elegant ribbon and tie the bottle with the shape of heart.

Still checking out beach hotels for your Sunny-moon getaway? Why not try something that will really illuminate your honeymoon! The Ion Luxury Adventure hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland is lined with floor-to ceiling windows; an ideal place to catch the amazing northern lights displays. Imagine the mythical Greek goddess Aurora streaking across the skies bringing the lights of dawn in her wake. What a dazzling display to see reflected in your beloved partner’s eyes. It may leave you longing to return again and again to gaze on this splendid sky.

Photograph by Lissa Alexandra.

Jasmine’s

Wooden tulips never fade. These flowers will stay vibrant and beautiful forever, just like the special moments in your life. This mix and match of real blooms and gorgeous woodcrafts can be even more vivid than the real thing. Just one CAUTION, you’ll never want to throw this bridal bouquet!

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Picture by Yinan Wang

Love is hitting the road together!

Let a Brompton bike from London refresh your idea of a honeymoon bike tour! This urban-friendly folding bike is the perfect size to fit in your trunk, bus, train, or even your flight! Not only for bike lovers, Brompton folding bikes also appeal to the urban hipster. 100% customizable, you choose the color and style of the bike body! Forget those tired matching couple t-shirts… get the matching couple Brompton bikes!

@ www.brompton.com

Brompton.com photography

The Flower t hat Never Fades

Photography by Yue Chen

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Keep Calm and Get Married in Paris

There is no better wedding destination than Paris. Waiting for the clock to strike ‘Midnight in Paris”, hanging along the rain-soaked streets, you can almost glimpse Woody Allen’s cinematic ghosts of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. You might even imagine Ernest Hemingway whispering in your ear, paraphrasing his own famous line “If you are lucky enough to get married in Paris then wherever you go, for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” A wedding in Paris, C’est Magnifique!


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REAL WEDDINGS

Sandy Romance

After meeting through mutual friends in college, Ryder knew Jennifer was the one for him. When the time came to propose, he planned a romantic vacation for two in Key West, Florida. Their second night out, while awaiting their table at the bar overlooking the ocean, Ryder’s nerves caught Jennifer’s attention. Ryder went to ask for more limes for Jennifer’s drink, but little did she know, he was secretly asking the waitress to take pictures of their surprise engagement! When Ryder returned, he got down on one knee and asked Jennifer to spend the rest of her life with him. Jennifer and Ryder both love the beach and have always

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Bride’s Advice:

I learned to see all of my options in person. I had them show me our inclusive package at the hotel and requested separate dressing rooms for our guests. Know that not everyone will RSVP. It’s stressful but you will have to contact some guests to confirm their attandance. Be prepared for uninvited guests and unannounced dates. Stand back with your new spouse during your big day and view all of your guests having a blast during the party. It’s amazing to see so much love in one room. There are also things going on that you didn’t remember planning or picking out. If possible eat somewhere private with your spouse. We didn’t do that and we barely had time to eat since everyone came over wanting to talk.

wanted a tropical destination wedding. When they visited Cabo once before, they fell in love with Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is a beautiful beachfront property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Jennifer walked down the sandy aisle in an impressive strapless gown found at Weddings by Debbie in Houston, Texas. She attached charms that belonged to her grandmother to her bridal bouquet for a special keepsake on her big day. The couple decided on a cupcake tower, instead of the traditional wedding cake.

Jennifer and Ryder honeymooned in the luxurious Bucuti and Tara Resort in Aruba right on Manchebo Beach. - Stephanie DiCiro

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Meant to Be

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Misti and Kent met in college through Mistiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long time best friend who also happened to be Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cousin. They grew closer as they took courses together at Northeast Texas Community College. They had been dating for about four months when Kent had a fateful accident that left him unable to walk. One day after a hard day at work and battling with allergies that left her eyes swollen, Misti headed home barely able to see to drive. As she pulled into the driveway,


Kent was standing with the help of his epidural stimulator. He was holding a bouquet of flowers and there were rose petals leading up to the house. Their three dogs ran out the front door in shirts, designed by Kent, reading “Will you marry me?”

The couple said “I Do” at the Elk Meadow Game Ranch in De Kalb, Texas. They wanted the ceremony to be close to home, so their friends and family would not have to travel too far. To them, the location was perfect, and very well suited to their personalities – laid back and by the lake. Misti’s gown was a modern vintage style, Essense of Australia, from Brides & Belles in Tyler, Texas. Her mother and great aunt, two people who are very near and dear to her heart, walked her down the aisle. The cake was created locally by

Misti’s Advice:

Never lose your Joy, Hope, or Faith, even in the mess of things. It called for a 100% chance of rain the entire week of my wedding and the day of my wedding, we never EVER lost hope. We prayed daily and God gave us one beautiful, sunny day. It was such a hard day for me without my Dad to walk me down the aisle. I prayed for peace and joy and if you’ve seen our pictures, God blessed me with overflowing joy as I walked down that aisle; and for me, that’s a huge blessing because, if you know me, I am one of the most tender hearted people you’ll ever meet.

The Bake Shop in Mount Pleasant. Since Misti doesn’t eat cake, the bride’s table was covered in an array of desserts, including chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, and cookies— all done in their wedding colors of pink and gold. The happily married couple lived out their “ever after” honeymoon at the Sandals Resort in St. Johns, Antigua.

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REAL WEDDINGS

Enchanting Kiss

CRISTINA ROMERO DMITRY GALUSHKO

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Casey Chateuvert, Endless Exposure photography

Cristina, a digital content manager, and Dmitry, a process engineer, were both students at the University of Houston when they met one fateful day in the library. Instantly, they became friends. After a semester of getting to know each other, both began to realize that they were developing feelings for one another. One night, they kissed and their lives together, as a couple, began.


On their five-year anniversary as a couple, they went to Hawaii on vacation. On the third night, they walked along Sunset Beach in Oahu and watched the Hawaiian sunset. As they were walking back to the car, Dmitry got on one knee and asked for Cristina’s hand in marriage. Shocked and excited, Cristina happily accepted his proposal. They both agreed that the perfect fit for their wedding venue was the unique and stunning Majestic Metro in Houston. Built in 1926, this once-movie-theatre-turnedwedding-venue, has been fully renovated. Cristina’s gown was a gem from the Lazaro Bridal Spring 2014 collection. She wore an ivory tulle ball gown, with a sweetheart neckline, an ivory/gold Alencon lace bodice, a belt from Ivory Bridal, and a beautiful chapel train. She also ordered extra Alencon lace fabric to make sleeves for the ceremony.

Cristina’s Advice: Don’t settle for anything ordinary. Try to customize your wedding with your own personality and the things you and your significant other love; because when you look back at the day, it’ll feel like your own. I know that I am personally happy that I took the time to find a venue and overall theme that spoke to my personality. It’s difficult and tedious, as a bride, to take the time to work on the details and to make the wedding unique to you and your interests. But, in the end, it’s so worth it!

Dmitry, being Russian, had his mother play a classic Russian guitar for the ceremony and reception. Cristina, being from Mexico/Peru, had Mariachis play at the church ceremony. The cake, inspired by The Great Gatsby, was made by Cakes by Gina. Cristina and Dmitry honeymooned in magnificent Puerto Rico. — Jade Lewis

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Taylor was still in law school when she met Daniel who was already working at a law firm. They met at a networking event in Washington D.C. Their first trip together was on a dare to Atlantic City. During the drive, they realized that they were starting to fall for each other. After losing money at the Borgata Casino slot machines, they finally sat down at a funny, penguin slot machine and hit the jackpot. A year and half later, Daniel proposed to Taylor at the same penguin slot machine in Atlantic City where they had won the jackpot on their first trip. They got married at the Hotel Zaza, in Houston, Texas. Taylor wore an elegant satin gown with

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Taylor’s Advice:

Wedding planning is REALLY hard! It was probably the most that we ever fought in our entire relationship because every decision that you make is binary – either you are doing something or you are not. Stay true to what you want as a couple. Make a list of the priorities that you have for your wedding – is it the food? Is it the band/DJ? Is it the floral? Is it documenting your day in a particular manner? What are the most important things on your list? That way when you are looking at how you are spending your money, you can put your priorities first and try to make the decisions that are right for you as a couple, rather than what is right for your mom or your mother-in-law to be. Additionally, while Pinterest is AMAZING for ideas, it is important to remember a lot of those pictures that you see are styled shoots that aren’t real – meaning one table runner could cost upwards of $800 and isn’t obtainable! With all of that being said, organizing your thoughts on Pinterest is really helpful. If you create different boards for different parts of your wedding, it helps organize your thoughts so much better than just having everything on one wedding board, as it will become a jumbled mess. a large bow on the back from Joan Pillow Bridal of Houston. The dramatic cake designs were created by Cakes by Suzie. Taylor’s friend, Erin, designed the cookie favors. Instead of having a rehearsal dinner, they had a small dinner and then invited their out-of-town guests to a casino night hosted by Hotel Zaza. The couple honeymooned in Belize. - Marian Jacob

When dress shopping, go in with a realistic mindset of what you want. Not everyone looks good in a mermaid gown. Go in with an understanding of what cuts you already know look good on you. I wear sheath dresses to work almost every day, so I wasn’t really surprised when the most flattering dress that I ended up selecting was a sheath dress for our wedding. This magazine was one of my favorites to look at for ideas during the two years I was engaged.

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NIUSHA MOHAMMADI JEFFREY RAY RUBIO June 4, 2016

While working in the same building, Jeffrey and Niusha ran into each other in the elevator frequently. One day, they decided to grab lunch and the rest was history. On a romantic trip to northern California for Labor Day weekend, they enjoyed amazing meals, scenic drives, and sunsets on the beach. One night as they were seated at the Domaine Carneros Winery, Niusha noticed they had the place all to themselves. Jeffrey led her to a

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staircase overlooking the vineyard. She suddenly began wondering why Jeffrey had been carrying his backpack everywhere (the ring was in it), why winery staff was following them with a camera, and why Jeffery was shaking. Next thing she knew, he was on one knee with teary eyes, presenting the ring he had designed for her.

The ceremony was held in the Roman Gardens at Safari Texas Ranch, followed by the reception at the

Magnolia Ballroom. Niusha’s dream wedding featured lots of candles, orchids, roses, and lilies that created an elegant ambiance. — Marissa Greteman

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Playing for Keeps

Bride’s Advice:

their beloved Super Mario Bros. game. Jennifer loved how true his proposal was to the story of their lives together!

Extraordinaire of Houston worked closely with the couple to create a custom menu for their special day. Jennifer’s sister, Jessica, designed the Save the Dates, invites, menus, and table numbers. Since the bride and groom did not have the traditional Chinese wedding, they wanted to incorporate a small part of their culture into the ceremony. They chose Taiwanese teas and pineapple cakes for unique wedding favors that added the perfect touch.

Jennifer was already smitten with Sean when their piano teacher chose them to be partners back in middle school. As fate would have it, they connected instantly. When the time came for Sean to propose, he knew he wanted to do something special. Jennifer and Sean had always loved playing Super Mario Bros. video games together and he wanted to incorporate this theme into his proposal. One day while they were at home playing video games, Jennifer came across a screen that asked, “Will you marry me?” She could hardly believe what she saw! Somehow, Sean had embedded his unforgettable proposal into

The couple was married in Houston, Texas at the River Oaks Garden Club. This unique garden venue, with its gorgeous flowers and blossoming gardens, was the perfect intimate setting. Jennifer took everyone’s breath away as she walked down the aisle in an exquisite, blush-tone Monique Lhuillier gown. For the reception, the couple chose to offer a dessert bar for their guests to enjoy, a nice change of pace from the traditional wedding cakes. A Fare

Don’t get caught up with having to do X,Y, and Z. We didn’t do a lot of the traditional things for a wedding—no bridesmaids/ groomsmen, no vows, no first dance, no father/daughter dance, cake, etc. We really just treated it like a big party with our friends and family. If you can, hire a day-of-coordinator. She was a lifesaver for me. It was like being able to have two of me in different places at once.

Jennifer and Sean honeymooned in romantic Italy and then went south to the Maldives, a tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean. - Stephanie DiCiro

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Kyle, a real estate developer, and a political fundraiser named Kirstin met in Washington D.C. while Kyle was developing properties and Kirstin was working with the Republican National Committee. They hit it off immediatelyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the chemistry was undeniable. They knew they had found love. In January of 2014, Kirstin came home to a house full of glowing candles, hundreds of roses, and a bottle of champagne. Through teary eyes, Kyle got down on one knee, and asked Kirstin to spend the rest of her life with him.

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Tips for the brides:

If you can host a gathering the night before the event for all out of town wedding guests, do it! You get all the obligatory hello’s and time to catch up with family and guests the night before— so on your wedding night, you can just party! Save a ton of money on alcohol costs by purchasing liquor, beer and wine retail rather than marked up – definitely something to think about when selecting your venue.

If you can get away with it, don’t have a wedding party! Simplify everything and you get to have as many friends as you want getting ready with you. Lastly, hire a wedding planner!

The couple tied the knot at the Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, Texas. Their wedding planner, Ashley O’Brien, suggested that they take a look at the venue, and knew that it was perfect the moment they stepped inside. Kirstin’s gown was a Watters low-back, lace gown. The two were married by Kyle’s uncle. Their cake was a simple, three tier cake, decorated with natural cotton buds. They capped the evening off with a fifteen minute firework display while the guests enjoyed a late night at Whataburger. The newlyweds took off in a vintage 1958 Corniche convertible and plan to honeymoon in Bora Bora on their first anniversary. - Kyley Kornegay

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Kasey and Tyler met at a Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wayne concert in Houston, Texas. After texting back and forth for a few weeks, they made a date and have been inseparable ever since. Because they were both zoo members, the Houston Zoo became their favorite spot to visit together. On May 21st, 2015, they decided to go to the zoo because a new gorilla exhibit was opening. They were both excited to check it out, so they made their way toward


the primate section of the park. Tyler suggested they take the long route around the reflection pool. Kasey was surprised by a photographer who started snapping photos of them. Just then, she turned around and Tyler was down on one knee.

Now they would be ‘prime mates’ in life. Kasey and Tyler were married on November 27th, 2015 at the Nouveau Antique Art Bar in Houston by Tyler’s Dad, who became ordained just for their ceremony. Kasey wore an elegant champagne tinted gown with silver and gold beaded accents. The cake was a twotier red velvet Bundt cake with buttercream icing that was

surrounded by 100 mini Bundt cakes in a variety of flavors for guests to sample their favorites. The guests enjoyed cocktails throughout the night while they watched fun movies such as Mean Girls and Clueless. The party continued at the penthouse suite at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston.

Kasey’s Advice:

When choosing your vendors, give preference to those who have previously worked at your venue. This will minimize logistical issues on your big day. For vendors new to your venue, I would recommend doing a walk through with them prior to the wedding so they can familiarize themselves with the lighting, electrical outlets, sound system, etc.

Kasey and Tyler had an exotic honeymoon in Taiwan and Thailand where they visited ancient temples, kayaked through mangroves, and went on an elephant safari.

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International Love Patricia and Anil were coworkers who met and quickly became good friends. One night, Anil had RSVP’d for a birthday dinner and planned to bring a plus one, but his date was not able make it. He asked Patricia to join him instead and the rest was history. It was the best decision he ever made.

Anil knew he wanted to propose in a unique way, so he got his parents to help him out. One day, when Patricia was home sick in Dallas, and Anil was away working in Austin, his parents decided to bring dinner over to her and they asked her

to consider marrying Anil. On the phone later that night, when Anil heard this news, he immediately asked her to marry him. It wasn’t quite the traditional romantic proposal, but Patricia happily said “yes.” Patricia and Anil were married at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at the Crowne Plaza in Addison, Texas.

Patricia’s Advice:

Don’t hold all the planning tasks by yourself [Don’t try and plan everything by yourself ]. If you don’t have enough money to hire a professional wedding planner, then open up and share your to-do list with your family and friends. They are always willing to help the bride. My brother-in-law was one of the greatest helpers for my wedding. He helped me organize the song lists, plan the order of the reception, order the LED foam sticks, and pick up jewelry. I can’t thank him enough. But not only him, I also shared so many planning and preparing tasks with my family and friends. Without their help, we wouldn’t have had this amazing and dreamy wedding.

Patricia wore a classic strapless gown with white gloves by David’s Bridal and her traditional Indian outfit was from Poshak Fashion. The 4-tier wedding cake was by Soonja’s Bakery. Instead of a honeymoon, the couple had a family vacation with their parents to New York and Washington D.C.

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Jordan and Josh met in their junior year of high school in Richardson, Texas. From that moment on, they were inseparable. Both of them knew they were destined to be soul mates. One night, at a concert in Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, the singer dedicated the last song— “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson— to Jordan. As the song finished, Josh got down on one knee and proposed.

Jordan and Josh were married at The Filter Building on White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas; a place that holds special memories for Jordan. On the big day, she wore a classic, taffeta gown by Stella York. The two-tier cake with pink floral accents was made by a family relative. The blissful pair left their reception amid a whirl of brilliant sparklers, before they sped off in a Rolls Royce to a honeymoon in Bora Bora.

Jordan’s Advice:

Hire a wedding coordinator. Wedding planners and coordinators these days offer packages to fit every bride. At the very minimum, hire a day-ofcoordinator. This was my favorite vendor and she did so much to help the day run smoothly. I didn’t worry about a thing.

Pinterest is your best friend. When Josh and I got engaged, the first thing I started to do in the wedding planning process was use Pinterest. I gathered all of my favorite pictures and ideas from other weddings and I started envisioning what I wanted my wedding to look like, to be like, and to feel like. Once I had the

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Meredith, the head of a financial technology start-up in NYC, was raised in Arlington, Texas as a die-hard Texas Rangers fan. Back home, it was a tradition to attend as many games as possible with her father. Now that she moved to New York, her Dad comes to visit when the Rangers are in town so they can go to every game in the series together. In August 2012, her father was in town for a series but had to leave before the last game. Before he left, he told her he was praying for her to meet someone and he felt like she would soon meet the man of her dreams. She still went alone to see her favorite team play and although the game was hit with a 2-hour rain delay, she stuck it out until the game began.

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Lucky for her, Chris, a lifelong Yankees fan, also decided to wait out the rain and was sitting behind Meredith in the stands. Meredith remembers, “He quickly noticed I was an invested baseball fan. Intrigued, he struck up a conversation. And, here we are today.” Meredith and Chris love to travel and take an international trip every year. In May of 2015, they visited Italy and stopped for a few days in Venice. On a gondola ride, just as they were approaching Rialto Bridge, Chris got down on one knee and popped the question. They spent the rest of their time in Italy celebrating their engagement. They chose to be married in the Dallas Fort/Worth area, close to the family at Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine, Texas. They chose the venue because they share a mutual love of wine. Meredith was lovely in an Allure Bridal gown on her big day and everyone loved the beautiful cake creation by Celebrity Bakery. And because baseball lies at the foundation of their

Bride’s advice

Spend money where it counts and save in the places that aren’t as important to you. For me, the venue was the most important thing— followed by flowers and food. A few “creative” ways I saved some money: 1. Buying my dress straight off the rack. I went to Sunday Bridal in North Richland Hills and can’t recommend it enough. 2. I bartered with a few of our vendors. I exchanged marketing advice for discounts. Is there something similar you could offer vendors?

3. Using Vistaprint for our Save the Dates and invitations on days they offered 50% off.

love story, Meredith’s first dance with her father was to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while all of their friends and family sang along.

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Morgan and Moses got hitched eight years after a mutual friend set them up on a dinner date. At Morgan’s best friend’s wedding reception, after the DJ asked all the married couples to gather on the dance floor; Moses took the mic and proposed in front of everyone.

Morgan and Moses were married at Morgan’s home church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

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Morgan’s Advice:

The one tip that I can say really helped me was being organized. Our wedding day ran smoothly because we had a detailed timeline of the day for each of the vendors and the bridal party. It also helped throughout the process because organization kept us on track with planning and didn’t allow us to procrastinate on any major last minute decisions.

Morgan wore an elegant gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier. The reception took place at Hotel Zaza, in Houston. The 6-tier, gold and white cake was made by Edible Designs by Jessie. The night ended with guests participating in the traditional New Orleans “second line dance” led by a live brass band.

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Since Jennifer, a social media specialist, and Alex, a graphic designer for the Houston Astros, both work in the digitalmarketing world, they naturally connected online. A little over a year after their first date, Alex wanted to recreate the magic of that very evening. On the night of their first date, they ended up at an empty and dark Minute Maid Park stadium with the roof open, sitting in the empty stands and talking for hours. But this time he had something else in mind.

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Bride’s Advice:

Stay off Pinterest. Seriously. Think about what will make your wedding unique and true to you and your spouse. Our guests may not have remembered our beautiful centerpieces, but they will remember the football helmet cakes, how we wrote our own vows, and how they got to go out on the field and learn why Minute Maid Park is so special to us. Make the wedding unique for the both of you! We wanted people to walk away feeling like they knew us, our lives, and our love story better.

As Alex took Jennifer to the dugout, beautiful music filled the stadium and a slideshow telling the story of their relationship popped up on the Jumbotron. The last slide said, “So… Jennifer Sanchez…” and she turned around to see Alex on one knee! These U of H Alumni had an easy choice selecting the University of Houston chapel, with its beautiful cathedral ceiling and illuminating windows for their

ceremony. Minute Maid Park will always be special place in their hearts along with their love of the Houston Astros. This made it an easy and obvious choice for their reception. Jennifer took everyone’s breath away in a classic, elegant gown from Allure Bridal’s Romance Collection found at Marry Go Round Bridal. Their love of football was evident in their custom cakes from Village Bakery, which were decorated with their favorite team’s football helmets along with their preferred cake flavors inside. The couple provided cake balls, an ice cream sundae bar (which served ice cream scoops in small, plastic Houston Astros caps) and homemade Mexican sweet cookies. Alex designed their invitations, logos, programs, signs, and everything in-between. The bouquet toss and garter throw

took place on the field where the guests had the opportunity to take pictures. The couple had their guests RSVP completely online and didn’t do a registry at any stores. However, they set up a “honeymoon fund” to help finance their excursions. Financed by their “honeymoon fund,” Jennifer and Alex were able to take a cruise to Yucatan and Cozumel. - Stephanie DiCiro

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Madison and Colby met each other through a mutual friend that Madison had known since first grade. Colby took Madison to the Japanese Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth for her birthday. As they crossed over a bridge overlooking the beautiful gardens full of lush trees and flowers as a backdrop, Colby asked Madison to be his wife. Colby’s sister hid in the park so she was able to capture every moment.

They had their wedding at Heritage Springs in Anna, Texas. It was exactly three years and three days from the day they met. They chose the Heritage Springs location when they saw the pretty stone path down to the altar. Madison said that,“the indoor and outdoor part of the venue was perfect!” Her gown was designed by Essense of Australia. The cake was from Candy Haven in Denton, Texas.

Madison’s Advice:

My advice is don’t be the typical “bridezilla.” Cherish every moment because it flies by once you get to your wedding day. My mom and I actually grew even closer and enjoyed the process rather than let it become a point of stress or tension like it can for a lot of people. Use this opportunity to build relationships and have fun with the people you love most! Also, reuse, borrow, and repurpose! There are so many fun and unique ways to create centerpieces, table numbers, seating charts, etc. without spending an arm and a leg.

They also had mini-pies and sweets that were all made by Uncle Willie’s Pies. For their wedding favors, they had honey in cute little bear containers that Madison’s uncle harvested for the wedding, which added a nice, personal touch. They honeymooned at the beautiful Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica. - Jade Lewis

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Symbols of Love

Bride’s Advice:

Write your own vows for the ceremony! It was a little nerveracking, but it was totally unique and [made it] a super special moment. So many guests commented on how much they enjoyed hearing our vows. We’re really glad we did it - and we kept them to read again in the future!

Eric, an oil and gas salesman, and Jennifer, a 4th Grade school teacher, were set up by mutual friends when Eric moved to Houston. Their first date was at Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails, where they had a few drinks, played some games and fell head over heels for each other! One night Eric made a very early dinner reservation, which caught Jennifer off guard and made her a bit curious. While she was rushing to get ready for their 5’oclock reservation, Eric started browsing through some engagement rings online asking her opinions on them when he found one she might like. While Jennifer was distracted looking at rings, Eric sneaked up behind her and said “What about this one?” When she turned around, she was completely surprised to find him down on one knee presenting her with a beautiful engagement ring. That night, they enjoyed an incredible dinner and flew to Los Angeles the next day to celebrate their engagement.

While searching for the perfect wedding venue, Jennifer and Eric looked everywhere, from fivestar hotels to a “chic barn.” They didn’t find the perfect fit until they looked at Agave Estates, a stunning Spanish villa on 30 beautiful acres in Katy, Texas. They fell in love with the ambiance of this venue instantly. With its old world, rustic charm, it reminded Jennifer of her Grandpa’s house back in Mexico. They felt it represented them perfectly. Jennifer walked down the aisle in a beautiful off-white on beige gown Pronovias Tibet gown from Weddings by Debbie. Her favorite

blue shoes and a string of pearls, special mementos given to her by Eric, tied everything together as she made her incredible debut. Lee, one of the mutual friends that brought them together, officiated the wedding which made for a beautifully intimate ceremony. Edible Designs by

Jessie created a sumptuous 4-tier cake that was filled with delicious white chocolate and raspberry and crowned with a Texas-shaped cake topper. The couple really had fun with the Old Mexico theme, hiring mariachis for cocktail hour, giving Mexican-themed gift bags, and decorating the venue with colorful, bold flower bouquets. The bridal party even gave out masks and miniature sombreros to the guests while they were dancing, which gave the reception a playful atmosphere they all enjoyed. Jennifer and Eric went islandhopping along the exotic coast of Thailand for their honeymoon, kayaking in beautiful turquoise waters, hiking limestone cliffs, and playing alongside the elephants. — Stephanie DiCiro

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Real estate agent, Meagan, met marketing agency owner, Lyle, on the social media dating app, Tinder, and this “swipe right” was meant to be. Lyle’s New Year’s Eve proposal was an artistic one. During the game winning Pictionary round, Lyle drew a diamond, a girl smiling and a boy kneeling. Meagan, his Pictionary partner, didn’t get it at first, even when he drew an arrow towards her. She burst into tears as he pulled a beautiful ring out of his pocket. Lyle had been carrying around his grandmother’s ring for months, waiting for just the right moment to propose!

Meagan’s Advice:

There is one thing I think is critical to a memorable wedding: write (or at least contribute to writing) your own vows. Nobody knows your heart like you do, and the love you have will shine through your eyes when you’re saying what’s in your heart, to the love of your life, in your own words.

The couple knew they wanted a destination wedding and found an amazing AirBnB rental in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The entire bridal party and Lyle’s parents all stayed at the house where the wedding and reception were to be held. The groomsmen left the morning of the wedding for Lyle’s “Bachelor Brunch” while the ladies took charge of decorating the house and preparing for the wedding.

Meagan wore an elegant beige and cream gown by Tadashi Shoji from BHLDN and chose a natural, sans veil look. Her jewelry was a hand-tied pearl necklace and matching bracelet, and channel-set diamond and pearl drop earrings. The cake was selected from Whole Foods Bakery the day before the wedding, along with wedding flowers and wine for dinner. They are planning a fall honeymoon in Seattle.

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The Perfect Couple

This blissful young couple met by chance at a Memorial Day pool party. For Sergio, it was love at first sight. A little prodding got Schyler to agree to a first date and the rest is history! Soon, this proud Naval recruit and the elementary education major were an item.

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When Sergio finished his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, IL he returned home on leave and could not wait to see Schyler.


The first night, Sergio had a surprise in store for her after dinner. When the time was right, he blindfolded her and led her to a secret location – the park where they shared their first kiss. When she removed the blindfold she recognized where they were and she saw Sergio there in front of her, down on one knee. With tearful eyes and joy in their hearts, they pledged to marry. The Courtyard at Tuscan Courtyard in Texas City provided an enchanting and rustic backdrop for the exchanging of vows. “As soon as I toured The Tuscan Courtyard, I knew it was the one,” Schyler remembers. As the sun set on the sparkling lake, the dreamy twilight perfectly illuminated the bridal party during the two-ring ceremony. Post vows, the guests moved inside for dinner, dancing and games. One of Schyler’s bridesmaids led everyone in a hysterical bride and groom trivia quiz, posing

Schyler’s Advice:

It’s true when they say your wedding day goes by way too fast. Before you know it, the “I do’s” are said, the toasts are read and the cake is cut! My reception came to an end before I knew it was over and left me wishing it wasn’t. Despite all the craziness of the day, don’t forget to be present in each and every moment. This is a once-in-alifetime experience and you should fully embrace all the love, joy, and bliss of your special day.

the question, “Just how much do they really know about each other?”

Dress shopping was a breeze at Ventura’s Bridal Fashions where Schyler found her perfect gown by celeb wedding planner David Tutera. At the wedding, a quick peek under her gown revealed her secret to comfort: tennis shoes! Credit for her flawless locks and make-up go to Mayra at Simple Beauty Artistry. As soon as they tied the knot, the happy newlyweds quickly packed their bags and headed straight to Sergio’s Naval base in Virginia, which begs the question “Does that count for a honeymoon?” — Laurette M. Veres

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Trends in Travel You Deserve a Bre ak

The latest trend in travel is the “earlymoon”, a prewedding vacation before the big day. Couples, like Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, are treating themselves to quick pre-wedding escapes to de-stress and reconnect. A vacation before the festivities begin doesn’t have to be extravagant; a quick staycation, trip to the river or a day at the beach can be the rewarding mental reboot you deserve and also carve out some much needed unwind-time to reconnect with your future spouse. Don’t just plan your honeymoon, plan your earlymoon too!

Photo: Earlymoon at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA

a quick staycation, trip to the river or a day at the beach can be the rewarding mental reboot you deserve and also carve out some much needed unwind-time to reconnect with your future spouse.

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The award-winning Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel in Quebec City, member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel association, recently debuted their new farm-to-fork dining concept, Chez Muffy restaurant. Fondly renamed after the matriarch of Auberge Saint-Antoine, Martha “Muffy” Bate Price, this family-style restaurant truly pays homage to its namesake with its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Expertly helmed by Executive Chef Julien Ouellet, Chez Muffy’s menu is acclaimed for its slow cooking approach, using techniques such as braising, rotisserie and grilling locally-sourced fare from land and sea, including meticulously prepared meats, fish, seasonal vegetables and an extensive wine program. — LMV


In 2016, more than 800 nests were discovered. Close to 80,000 eggs were gathered and incubated and the emerging baby turtles released back into the ocean.

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Conservation-minded couples looking to honeymoon and do their part to help protect wildlife might consider a trip to the Marriott CasaMagna Resort in Puerto Vallarta. Since 2002, the resort has provided a haven for the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle. The nursery on property is managed by a team of marine biologists and trained volunteers whose collective mission is to gather thousands of eggs each season and place them in the nursery to protect them from predators for 45 days until they hatch successfully. In 2016, more than 800 nests were discovered. Close to 80,000 eggs were gathered and incubated and the

emerging baby turtles released back into the ocean. Guests of CasaMagna can actively participate in this important conservation effort between June and November, when the resort regularly hosts a sunset release ceremony and celebration. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kim Padgett

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The wildly popular tropical island of Aruba is part of what’s known as the ABCislands (Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire). Sunny and sultry Aruba is just outside the line of fire for hurricane season, making it an ideal location for a tropical destination wedding. It’s also the Caribbean’s hottest spot for adventure and fun!

The incomparable Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is tailor-made to host your once-ina-lifetime event.With 411 stylish guestrooms and 23 lavish suites, this hotel has room for everyone. Each room features a 100-square foot balcony with a breath-taking view of the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea. There is something for everyone at this resort, from the party pool with cascading waterfall to the adults-only H2Oasis pool. Where else can you see a Zumba class break out in the middle of the day? The party is

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always hopping at Stellaris Casino. Family and friends of all ages will be overjoyed on this happy island. The real fun in Aruba takes place in the ocean. The currents are calm in these waters…lake calm. Your drinks can actually float, undisturbed, alongside you in a fabulous, inflatable flamingo

(if you were brilliant enough to bring one). Aruba is the perfect island to push your limits and try some new water sports. Stand-up paddle boarding is very popular. Stretch yourself even further and try a paddleboard yoga class by Vela Aruba. There’s nothing more “zenful” than the peaceful Caribbean Sea swaying beneath you as you find your center. Looking for something more exhilarating? Book a kayaking tour, take a half-day snorkel sail, parasail above it all or bounce to heart to your heart’s content on floating inflatable trampolines! Looking for a group activity that’s fun for all ages? Beach tennis is big here! It’s the official sport of the isle. In fact, the sport is so popular here, Aruba hosts international beach tennis tournaments. We signed up for private lessons with Aksel Samardzic, currently ranked #9 in

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the world. It’s like playing tennis on a beach volleyball court, the racket is similar and the ball is a bit smaller. Scoring is identical to tennis and your group will be ready to play a match after only a thirty-minute lesson. It can really be a great team building activity for family and friends who might not know each other well.

A CHARMING SANDALS-ONLY BEACHFRONT CEREMONY IS THE ICING ON YOUR WEDDING CAKE

What better way to get a real taste of authentic cuisine than spending one-on-one time with the chef. Learn from Chef Ever as he expertly seasons the catch-of-theday. Watch his demonstration, or don an apron and join him at the stove. Compare your finished plate to his, then take a seat and enjoy the bountiful results. One of my favorite things about the Aruba coastline is the walkway that connects the beaches, creating miles of scenic beachside boardwalk. This family friendly, “walkable” esplanade is great for baby strollers and wheel chairs, speed walkers or casual promenades.Guests with young children will appreciate the multiple play areas right on the beach.

After an evening stroll along the Marriott boardwalk, dinner literally “pops up” at Atardi beachfront restaurant- just in time for sunset. Enjoy a toes-insand sunset supper starting with sashimi snapper, tomato caprese, or crab salad. Popular main course items are fresh blackened mahi mahi, grilled sea bass, tropical red snapper and more. The Marriott’s Governor suite is the perfect bridal brunch spot. Your guests won’t be able to get enough of the expansive Palm Beach views. Think mimosa bar and hot and cold brunch buffet on the balcony. Enjoy miniquiche, pancakes, and pastries or get your granola on. Your guests

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will be impressed with the food and the views. Wedding welcome gifts should reflect the couple as well as the wedding destination. Most brides put a lot of thought into the gift since their guests have traveled such long distances. Consider a travel set from Aruba Aloe. You can also tour the Aruba Aloe Farm & Factory (one of the oldest aloe companies in the world) and see the magnificent plants first hand, tour the interactive museum/ factory and purchase high-quality aloe products. If you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, options abound here in Aruba. Be sure to toast to


the bride-to-be at super-swank newcomer, +297 Restaurant (named for the island’s area code). You’ll feel like a Miami celebrity as you enjoy exciting flavor fusions from Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

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In Aruba, almost every location is picture-perfect and Pincho’s Grill and Bar is no exception. Arrive at the Aruba Surfside Marina in time for sunset and don’t miss the “Love Potion” premium margarita.

Absorb the soothing sound of whispering waves as you enjoy a meal of luscious crab cakes, crispy coconut shrimp, dark rum-infused blue cheese tenderloin and panseared Caribbean grouper. As the sunsets over the water and the moon rises over the palm trees, you’ll understand why all your friends and family joined you on this special island for an unforgettable trip. A charming sandals-only beachfront ceremony is the icing on your wedding cake.

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Just 60 miles north of Atlanta, the award-winning Barnsley Resort captures the essence of an enchanting storybook setting, perfect for a fairy tale wedding, a romantic weekend or a blissful getaway. Barnsley’s rich history, beautiful landscapes and Southern hospitality come together wondrously to create a captivating 3,000-acre resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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What could be better than sinking into a comfy rocking chair on the porch and taking in the gorgeous sunset at the end of the day? Having your furry “best friend” with you, of course! Barnsley offers 90 guestrooms and suites within 36 English-inspired cottages, each with a unique décor and each telling its own story. Some of those are pet-friendly! When guests step through the door at Barnsley, they know instantly this will be a stay to remember! Among the many indoor and outdoor event spaces on the Barnsley Estate, the extraordinary Manor House Ruins is the most preferred location for ceremonies and receptions. Built in the 1840s, this stunning home and its elaborate gardens have withstood

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a Civil War battle, the Great Depression, and loved ones lost; the Ruins is a captivating place to say “I do” and can accommodate up to 150 guests. The Pavilion is the largest indoor venue on the estate, featuring the magnificent 2,500-square foot Scarborough Ballroom, a dazzling pre-reception space and covered terrace accommodating up to 230 guests. Other picture-perfect places to tie the knot include; the breathtaking Meadow backed by a gorgeous grand Oak tree, the elegant Town Hall resembling a mountainside chapel with vaulted ceilings and marvelous windows, the cozy Beer Garden featuring picnic

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tables and string lights, perfect for an intimate gathering, and the peaceful Meditation Garden providing a magical scenery of bamboo as the couple says “I do!” Couples that marry at Barnsley are urged to take part in the Southern tradition of ‘Burying the Bourbon’, wherein a couple buries a bottle upside down near their ceremony site days prior to ward off bad weather or misfortune then, on their wedding day, digs it up for a celebratory drink to secure good luck and blessings on their union. Activities abound at Barnsley! Experience a trip full of firsts here as you discover a plethora of new, outdoor activities to choose from. Barnsley is home to the Spring Bank Sporting Club where you can take an instructional shooting lesson with the Caesar Guerini Wings & Clays School, one of the top sporting clay facilities in the Southeast. If hunting game is more your style, the instructors can also help you sharpen your


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restaurants; The Woodlands Grill, The Rice House and the Beer Garden! Barnsley serves up some of the freshest garden-to-table food around, direct from its own gardens, creating some flavorful fare you won’t find anywhere else. aim, with a shotgun fitting and a private session, you will become a pro in no time! These shooting sports and other rugged outdoor activities take place just a few minutes from the estate on SpringBank Plantation, the 1,800acre expanse where hunters can off-road with a personal guide and hunting dogs to hunt dove, quail, pheasant, or turkey. Partnering with Cohutta Fishing Company, the SpringBank Sporting Club also offers fly fishing lessons or, for a more serene option, head out on the pond with a complimentary

rod and reel! Or simply take a captivating, guided biking tour or horseback ride through the wilderness on one of the peaceful woodland trails.

When it’s time to relax and unwind, visit the Spa at Barnsley Resort where their signature Relax and Refresh Body Treatment will leave you wanting more.

If you’d rather trade the gun club for a golf club, you can strive for that coveted hole-in-one at the resort’s 18-hole Jim Fazio-designed course, recognized as some of the fastest greens in the Southeast.

Come with your appetite — there is no shortage of mouth-watering Southern cuisine to sample at Barnsley’s three incredible on-site

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A new feature on the property will be The Inn at Barnsley Resort. Scheduled to open early 2018, The Inn will add 55 English country-inspired rooms and suites influenced by the work of British architect Edwin Lutyens. The Georgian Hall will be a new indoor space for special events in a cinematic location. Barnsley also has other big future plans in store and can’t wait to reveal them to the public! From outdoor adventure seekers to newlyweds, Barnsley Resort is truly the perfect place to nestle down and unwind for a relaxing retreat.

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Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Bandaras Bay on Mexico’s western coast in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta is a quick two hourflight from most of Texas. It has become one of Mexico’s top destinations for weddings and tourists. And, minutes from the airport is one of the World’s 100 Best Hotels, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

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The four diamond luxury property, Marriott CasaMagna Resort and Spa, offers a little something for everyone. This property boasts more than 400 guest rooms, including 29 suites, where guests might spot a humpback whale from their balcony, one of the largest beachside pools in Puerto Vallarta, multiple scenic locations on property for the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and reception as well as a kids club, six restaurants, and more. Couples planning to tie the knot will want to indulge by staying in the Imperial, Ambassador or Junior suites, all include private balconies and some have a

whirlpool. Wedding guests won’t want to leave this oasis in the middle of the city, when you fill the agenda with custom mixology cocktail classes, guacamole cooking classes, and a private tequila tasting. CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta grows its own blue agave on property in the cactus garden, and is one of only a few resorts in the world with a proprietary brand of tequila, Its five varieties include: blanco, joven, reposado, añejo and extra añejo. With five guests or 1,000, this property can accommodate any size wedding. The most popular location for the nuptials

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is on the Jetty overlooking the Pacific Ocean at sunset, which accommodates up to 80 guests. The main beach area comes in a close second, accommodating up to 550 guests; the main garden can host 1,600 guests; and the Vallarta Ballroom seats up to 500 guests. Many couples choose to host a private brunch or wedding party meal in the Herb Garden. Guests can take a seat under twinkling string lights at the handcrafted wooden table, seating a maximum of 10 guests, and enjoy the scents of the surrounding herbs including sage, rosemary, spearmint, peppermint, thyme, basil and a


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indoor ceviche and tequila bar located off of the main lobby overlooking the ocean and pool. Deli Los Mangos is a fast casual grab and go shop for homemade pastries, refreshing salads or satisfying sandwiches - as well as fresh coffee and Blue Bell ice cream.

variety of chili plants. The hotel offers garden tours guided by chefs who explain the way the spices are used in local cuisine, followed by a cooking demonstration and a fourcourse dinner. While the property offers several wedding packages, the menu

for any of the events can be custom crafted from the on-site restaurants or by working directly with the chefs. The new “Dine Around Mexico” six-course tasting menu offers guests the chance to sample dishes from different states of Mexico. Restaurant Mikado

offers fresh seafood and sushi, Champions Sports Bar is known for its pub fare, and Mexican dining at La Estancia offers traditional Mexican cuisine. La Casitas located near the pool area is an al fresco seafood restaurant. The resort recently renovated an

Two full-time certified wedding planners assist with every detail for the activities and ceremony. They work to source local florals for the arrangements and events. All desserts and wedding cakes are made in house by the resort’s pastry chef. Couples can choose entertainment from local Mariachis, a musical trio, fireworks, a bonfire, and a traditional Mayan ceremony. From place cards to

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valet to specialty linens, guest favors and illuminated spaces with colored lighting are also offered by the resort. Before or after the festivities, guests can take advantage of unique spa rituals unlike any in the resort town on the Puerto Vallarta. The resort’s spa, Ohtli, with more than 20,000 square feet, is the largest spa in town. It integrates the healing traditions of the ancestral Huichol culture in the treatments. Guests can purify in the dry sauna and eucalyptus steam room, whirlpools, hot and cold plunge pools, as they sip on “Love Water”, a chlorophyll water detoxifying beverage. While the spa offers traditional services for the bride and wedding party for hair and makeup alongside manicures, pedicures, scrubs, facials and massages, guests should try the Fire Opal Balancing Stone Massage for stress relief and relaxation or the Thai Massage, which is performed on a mat with pillows to work pressure points, energy lines and stretching. For adventurous guests wanting to try something new, the spa offers the Jantzu Rebirth Therapy, a treatment in a small pool of warm water with a therapist that guides the meditation, and rhythmic choreographed movements for a rebirthing experience.

In addition to 12 treatment rooms, the Iyari Grand Luxury Suite is a 280-square-foot private room designed for those who want a piece of the Ohtlispa to themselves. Couples or bridal parties seeking a little more privacy will love this space.Be sure to dip in the Roman tub, cold plunge pool and foot bath, and take full advantage of the sauna and steam rooms. Next door to the spa, the CasaMagna fitness and exercise area offers cardiovascular equipment, free weights, high tech cardio and weight training equipment, and fitness classes to work off the wedding cake and margaritas.

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Step outside and surrounded by the two towers for guest rooms, visitors can enjoy on-site entertainment and amenities such as the complimentary use of kayaking, sauna, table tennis, tennis courts, volleyball, a full size basketball court, life-sized chess, giant jenga, and a kid’s only water park area and pool. For the big kids, poolside service includes an adult snow cone stand (with or without alcohol), coconut flavored waters served up fresh in the coconut shell and garnished with fruit to complete the facial features of this fun coconut drink. The property is conveniently located close to downtown Puerto Vallarta, where guests can stroll the Malecon (boardwalk), a pedestrian only area along the beach, lined by sculptures, night clubs, shops, and restaurants. Or venture to the Zona Romantica and shop at the art galleries and wine shops.


TWO FULL-TIME CERTIFIED WEDDING PLANNERS ASSIST WITH EVERY DETAIL FOR THE ACTIVITIES AND CEREMONY

Puerto Vallarta offers activities in the area for everyone including jungle canopy zip-line tours, ATV jungle treks, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Guests, who make a vacation of it, can also experience deep-sea fishing, the mystical Huichol Indian Village, seasonal food tours and night gallery walks. Couples often like to treat their guests to a day trip. Vallarta Adventures offers a getaway to Las Caletas Beach Hideaway, accessible only by sea via

catamaran. Day packages include full lunch and open bar locally known as Mexico’s “Garden of Eden”, with activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, zip lining, Paella cooking classes, nature trail, kids adventure park, teens adventurecove, monkey and parrot encounters, or just relaxing on one of the many hammocks that line

the beaches. Guests can splurge on extras like the sea lion or sting ray encounters, scuba diving, power snorkel, or fly boarding. Animal lovers beware. The staff and management at CasaMagna are known for rescuing area strays.

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Even bringing on a local “mascot”, a cat named Mitzy, who wondered onto the property one day and now calls it home. She even has her own Instagram hashtag: #hellomitzy. But cats aren’t the only benefactors at the resort. Since 2002, the resort has provided a haven for the Olive Ridley sea turtle. The nursery on property is managed by marine biologists and trained volunteers to gather thousands of eggs each season, between June and December, to place them in the nursery and protect them from predators. In 2016, more than 800 nests were discovered, close to 80,000 eggs were gathered and subsequent baby turtles were released back into the ocean. Guests can participate in releasing the turtles after 45 days in incubation. The resort hosts a sunset release ceremony and celebration, which can be incorporated into the wedding ceremony.

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Named for its magically balanced unusual rock formations, resembling mushrooms, this park includes a campground and picnic area that’sopen twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Toadstool Park offers aone-mile scenic loop hike that is best experienced in the earliest hours of daylight. I opted forthelonger 3 to 6-mile hike that features several geological points of interest. I started my hike from an area known asthe Hudson-Meng Bison Kill. There is a visitor and research center there dedicated to the farmers who,in 1954,

Near Gering, the mountainous terrain of the Wildcat Hills breaks through the morning fog.

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accidentally found the largest cache of fossilized bison bones on record. I was greeted by two friendly Nebraska Parks and Recreation rangersdelighted to show me the path.We set out on a long walk through open pastures with occasional colored markers to help hikers stick to the trail. On this hike, you’ll need to keep an eye out for cattle because they own the land here. After the first mile,the elevation of the traildeclines asyou make your way down to where the 3-mile Bison Trail begins. In the depths of thisterrainyou can clearly see where millions of years of water and wind have created the

unusual rock formations the park is known for.These “toadstools” were created by uneven erosion of the harder sandstone rock layers and the softer layers of clay, sometimes resulting in a larger rock perched atop a clay pedestal. Among the toadstool formations, you’ll also find fossilized remains of tortoises, rhinos, saber-tooth cats, three-toed horses and camels that overtaken and buried by windblown volcanic ash12 million years ago. This is a unique hiking experience you surely won’t want to miss. Western Nebraska not only has a varied geologic landscape, it has a rich historical significance


22,000 ACRES OF BREATHTAKING PINE RIDGE SCENERY FEATURING COMFORTABLE LODGINGS

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The rugged and scenic Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area draws hikers, campers, and shutterbugs to the Gering area year after year

The view is peaceful as the day draws to a close over the Wildcat Hills south of Gering

a museum and many restored or reconstructed exhibit buildings to represent Fort Robinson’s history. The University of Nebraska operates the Trailside Museum, which lets guests explore the unique geology and natural history of the region.

Surrounded by fertile farmland, the mountainous terrain of the Wildcat Hills south of Gering is a popular haven for hiking and biking

as well. Just 23 miles south of Toadstool Geological Park, you’ll find Nebraska’s premier state park, Fort Robinson. As its name implies, Fort Robinson was operated as a military stronghold from the early days of the Old West until after World War II. Many original buildings survive and remain in use at the park today, and others

have been reconstructed. Fort Robinson was the site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak and the death of famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. Over the years, the fort was re-purposed as a cavalry remount station, a K-9 dog training center, a POW camp and a beef research station. Finally, in 1962, It was established as a state park. Thesevast parklands

span more than 22,000 acres of breathtaking pine ridge scenery featuring comfortable lodgings, scenic camping and hiking and it’s also home to several native buffalo and longhorn herds.The State Historical Society operates

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Of all theways to spend a day at the fort, the most authentic experience may be a horse drawn tour throughthe pine ridge forests. You might also choose to enjoy a refreshing early morning horseback ride,book a nature tour aboard the Fort Robinson Express or opt for an open-air Jeep ride. When the weather gets too warm you can always head for the indoor pool and sun deck.There are several options for overnight lodging from mid-April until September;from the original 1909 enlisted men’s quarters repurposed as cabins, the Officer’s Barracks halls and there’s even a modernized campground available complete with modern restrooms, showers, running water and picnic tables.

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According to statistics, brides spend 37 hours per month planning their wedding. Searching the Internet for travel deals, inspiration, destinations and honeymoon ideas can add countless hours to a wedding to-do list.

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why hire a TRAVEL AGENT

“The value of a Travel Agent is immeasurable,” says Annie Scrivanich, a Senior Vice President for Cruise Specialists. “Today’s Travel Agent is highly trained, well-traveled and has an extensive Rolodex of industry contacts, just in case they need to call in a favor.” Their level of expertise is unmatched, no matter how much time and researching a bride spends online.

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WHEN ANYTHING GOES WRONG, A TRAVEL AGENT KNOWS WHO TO CALL TO GET THE ISSUE STRAIGHTENED OUT, SAVING YOU AN ARGUMENT WITH THE FRONT DESK OR GATE ATTENDANT

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They will listen, suggest, understand and arrange the vacation you want, making sure each detail meets your personal needs. Your time off is spent just the way you want it. Travel Agents are trained to know the size of rooms, activities on a cruise ship, dining options, and all the specific destination details.

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Any travel itinerary, no matter how simple, includes many details: confirmation numbers, reservation numbers, hotel information, packing lists, activities, dining options, transportation and so much more. Travel Agents can, and want to, handle all these details for you. Make your vacation time more valuable and your planning less stressful.

SENSE 3MAKE OF ALL THE INFORMATION

There is so much information available online that rather than helping, it can make your planning more confusing. Perhaps you want to take a cruise, but you are not sure which cruise line or destination is best for you. A Travel Agent will know which cruise ship, hotel, destination or all-inclusive resort will meet your wishes, budget and requirements.They know how and where to find you the best deals and package prices, some available only to Travel Professionals. All you need to do is pack and go.

THEY ARE 4MANAGERS KNOWLEDGE

From visa and passport requirements to the name of the hotel concierge, they have the information you need. Information such as which side of the hotel offers the best view or which countries you should bring your own road maps in Europe because rental car companies there donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide them.They can also assist with currency exchanges and can even help you fill out your immigration forms before departure for international travel.

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With all the recent destruction from Mother Nature, Travel Agents add an even greater

value. They will intervene with suppliers on your behalf should you get stuck in a natural disaster or find yourself grounded in an airport.If you are in a different room than was reserved for you, suffering an experience that deserves an upgrade, or any other situation that might make for an anxious traveler; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be there. When anything goes wrong, a Travel Agent knows who to call to get the issue straightened out, saving you an argument with the front desk or gate attendant.


WORK THEY CAN MAKE 6THEY TO MEET YOUR 8 CUSTOMIZED NEEDS EXPERIENCES They will work to understand your budget and your vacation priorities, and know how to meet any special needs. These needs include flight requirements, distances, time away, budget restraints, dietary and exercise needs, as well as any sort of special accommodations or even pet-friendly destinations!

KNOW THE 7THEY DESTINATION SECRETS

From which resort in Cancun has the best swim-up bar to the best sightseeing excursions from your cruise ship or resort, your Travel Agent has probably been to many of the destinations you are dreaming of and can give you the best expert advice to make the best informed decisions.

With those many established industry connections, they can help arrange unique side trips, special passes, upgrades, and little touches that are available only through their world.

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Many travelers assume they will need to pay for a Travel Agent’s services, but that’s usually not the case. Travel Agents are paid primarily by the resorts, destinations and travel companies their clients are enjoying! So why wouldn’t you use a Travel Agent?

THEY KNOW HOW AND WHERE TO FIND YOU THE BEST DEALS AND PACKAGE PRICES, SOME AVAILABLE ONLY TO TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS

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HONEYMOON HAPPY

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Your honeymoon should be a special trip you will always remember. It is a personal celebration, for just the two of you.

TO GET STARTED PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON WITH A TRAVEL AGENCY, LIKE ARCHER LUXURY TRAVEL, BEGIN WITH THE FOLLOWING FOUR STEPS:

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sure to look over all your options presented to you by your Travel Agent before making your final decision. Your honeymoon should be a special trip you will always remember. It is a personal celebration, for just the two of you, to start your new life together. The many Travel Agents at Archer Luxury Travel offer a personal touch to your planning experience, and help you to create possibilities you might never have imagined. They will offer you help and advice, as your friend and Travel Professional, that the Internet

simply cannot provide and allow you to focus all your efforts on your wedding preparations. They are invested in their client’s happiness and want to be sure your trip is full of lifelong memories and cherished moments. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Let Archer Luxury Travel help send you off on a vacation that starts your life together.


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Consider a wedding or honeymoon at Hard Rock Hotels. Stop by booth 715 – Around About Travel for your chance to win!

Macy’s Shopping Spree Enter to win a $1000 gift card from Macy’s. Visit booth 107.

Billboard Style

Want to be featured on the next Bridal Extravaganza Show billboard? Well brides, it can happen to you! Just stop by the Billboard Bride booth and have your picture taken. Be sure to meet our talent scouts and let them know why you should be selected. Visit booth 729.

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Travel to the Riviera Maya is about the turquoise sea, the powder-fine sand, stunning sunsets and memorable adventures. Enter to win a honeymoon generously donated by Travel Lifestyles, booth 1001.

Cosmetic Facial Aesthetics

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The Ultimate Wedding Box is the perfect gift for the bride-to-be. Choose from the “Status Update #Engaged” box or the “Happily Ever After” Box. Visit booth 730. ULTIMATEWEDDINGBOX.COM

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. See booth 1319.

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Your headquarters for shower, bridal and party supplies is giving away $1,000 in selected merchandise. Visit booth 1127 and register to win!

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Bridal & Bubbly

Enjoy a brunch with your bridal party at Madera Estates. Private Event for Up to 25 Guests. Visit booth 949. $3000 Value.

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Enjoy two nights lodging, dining & local shopping gift cards. Dates based on availability. Must be used in 2018. Visit booth 618

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Your Private Event Moffitt Oaks, A Premier Event Venue

Relax and enjoy an unforgettable private event at Moffitt Oaks, a unique venue offering a certain Hill Country charm. You could win a private event for 20 people that includes tables, chairs, linens, décor, and a barbecue or Italian meal. Visit booth 1027 for your chance to win.


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Pre-nuptial PRO CEDURES

BY SHELBY REININGER

YOU’VE PLANNED THIS DAY FOR MONTHS AND IT WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. IT’S A DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AS CHRONICLED THROUGH VIDEO, PHOTOS AND YOUR OWN IMPRESSIONS AND MEMORIES SO IT’S NATURAL TO WANT TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR VERY BEST. PLANNING THE DETAILS CAN GET HECTIC QUICK SO MAKE SURE YOU PRIORITIZE SOME “YOU TIME” FROM THE BEGINNING. MOST BRIDES USE THEIR WEDDING DAY AS AN INCENTIVE TO FIX THAT ONE THING THEY DISLIKE ABOUT THEIR APPEARANCE. THESE DAYS PLANNING YOUR WEDDING BUDGET MAY EVEN INCLUDE COSMETIC PROCEDURES AND WITH THE ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO. WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING YOUR PROCEDURES, KNOW YOUR TIMELINE AND ALLOT ENOUGH TIME FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS AND FULL RECOVERY! ALL THAT MATTERS ON YOUR BIG DAY IS THAT YOU FEEL HAPPY AND CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN.

Coolsculpting

Every bride wants to look amazing in wedding photos and on their honeymoon but spot reducing is almost impossible. Coolsculpting is a FDA approved, non-surgical, fat reduction treatment that leaves no scars and best of all, it works! Brides interested in Coolsculpting need to plan six months to a year ahead of the big day to have great results in time for the wedding.

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The goal should be retaining your youthful, healthy appearance rather than looking dramatically different

The Coolsculpting procedure delivers controlled cooling, gently and effectively, to target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. In time, your body will naturally process the fat and eliminate the dead cells; leaving a more sculpted you (hence the name, Coolsculpting). Do your research and be certain of the results you are looking for before you decide on this treatment. Remember, losing weight only makes the fat cells reduce in size but Coolsculpting can actually help you eliminate fat cells.

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Botox

The number one cosmetic procedure brides schedule before the ceremony is Botox injections. Botox may have garnered a bad reputation lately due to how its abuse is exploited on many reality TV shows; however, today it can be safely used in moderation. The goal should be retaining your youthful, healthy appearance rather than looking dramatically different. If you’ve never had Botox before, it’s advisable to do a trial run several months before the wedding. If you’re happy with the results then schedule a return visit a few weeks out. The most common treatment areas are the crow’s feet around the eye area, significant eyelid creases, brow furrows and wrinkles on the forehead and the jaw line. If such treatments are administered responsibly, patients who start in their early thirties can often maintain a youthful look unaffected by age.


Invisalign

The Invisalign dental realignment treatment system uses custom-made aligners that are transparent. The aligners gradually shift teeth in to place, moving them horizontally, vertically or even rotating if needed. These aligners are engineered to use just the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. As the teeth shift significantly over several days, patients must typically visit the dental office weekly to change into a new set of aligners until the teeth eventually move into place. On average, it takes 18-24 months to achieve the desired results but progress depends heavily on the patient’s commitment to following the dentist’s treatment plan. New York dentist Dr. Victoria Veytsman says, “Invisalign attracts a lot of brides because it’s a fairly easy and conservative treatment but yields maximum results.” BRIDES INTERESTED IN COOLSCULPTING NEED TO PLAN SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR AHEAD OF THE BIG DAY

Juvederm and Restylane

It’s natural to want to look and feel your very best

Juvederm and Restylane are cosmetic fillers used for everything from plumping lips to smoothing fine lines around the mouth. Brides who want this treatment should schedule a procedure a month or two before the wedding for lip enhancements. Fillers are also very popular to restore lost volume to the face.

NO MATTER WHAT PRE-WEDDING PROCEDURE YOU’RE INTERESTED IN, IT’S IMPORTANT YOU PLAN AHEAD. YOU WOULDN’T WAIT UNTIL A WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING TO ORDER FLOWERS, SO DON’T WAIT TO SCHEDULE YOUR BOTOX. MAKE SURE YOU ARE INFORMED ON THE PROCEDURE BEFORE YOU GO THROUGH WITH IT. ABOVE ALL, DO WHAT MAKES YOU THE HAPPIEST ON YOUR BIG DAY!

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SPIRITUAL WEDDING PLANNER Always Make True Love Part of the Plan BY SONDRA SNEED TRUE LOVE SPIRITUAL ADVICE COLUMNIST

SONDRA SNEED IS A SOURCE COMMUNICATOR, SOUL READER, AND GODSCRIBE. SHE CONVERSES WITH UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS FOR DEEP, SOULFUL INFORMATION AND IS WORKING ON HER SECOND BOOK, LOVE’S HIGHWAY; WHERE WILL IT TAKE YOU WHEN YOU CAN’T GET THERE ALONE.

WHAT YOU WHAT 1DO LOVE: 2 DO IS HARD:

To find all the love you can muster in your plans, make decisions on this one principle, “if you don’t love it, it won’t work.” So at each point of a decision ask yourself, “Do I love it? Does he love it?” No? Then the answer is no.

When you have to decide whom to invite and there are those whom you think will be disruptive (but if you don’t invite them the pain you will inflict will be irreparable), then though it is hard, invite them in kindness anyway.

Invite the children to do what they will love in the ceremony. Children are always a kind reminder of our innocent nature. When they are part of a wedding ceremony, their precious way instills memories of your wedding in everyone’s heart. Let them lead the wedding procession with flower petals Let them lead the congregation in a love song

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WHAT IS 3 DO HEAVENLY:

Let them sing a love song

Make your decisions based solely on need

This will give everyone a feeling of joy, and a precious memory of that good feeling. It will also make hearts receptive to the vows you share later on.

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DO WHAT IS RIGHT:

Whenever you have to make a decision that has a wrong feeling about it, do the opposite.

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MAKE AN 7 IMPACT ON HOW YOU LOVE EACH OTHER:

NEVER MAKE YOURSELF THE ONLY ONE WHO GAINS:

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Although wedding vows are a perfect way to make this spiritual wedding plan come true, there are other ways to especially appreciate each other, also. These are just a few.

MAKE AN 5 IMPACT ON HOW PEOPLE FEEL GOOD:

Although your wedding is a celebration for the two of you, making it important as to how others experience your wedding will exponentially impact your memory of the day. Consider special experiences your guests can have at the ceremony and/ or reception that doesn’t involve drinking to feel good.

MAKE AN IMPACT ON HOW YOU FEEL:

If your right is more important to you than everyone else’s happiness, you will enforce a dark cloud over everyone else’s experience.

Give each other permission to be absent Give each other a reason to be present Give the other the reason you need them, if insecurity is your reason, that’s not enough Give each other your strength Give each other your compassion Give each other your feeling wise and strong Give each other your experience of the other’s love

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Give love even when the other hurts your ego

Whenever there are those who are involved with someone else, and that “someone” is a dark cloud over every experience they are involved in, this is the person you have to avoid no matter what it takes to avoid them. Avoid thinking about them, worrying about them, confronting them, or experiencing them in any way at all.

Give the information that allows them to forgive you

Give forgiveness

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The Bridal Extravaganza really helped me narrow down my choices in vendors. I selected my florist and my linen company after meeting them at the expo. It’s a really good place to meet several vendors all in one day, which makes it a lot easier to make decisions.

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I attended the Extravaganza with my mother shortly after getting engaged. I had already decided to do the planning myself, but [my advice is to] hire a Day-of coordinator (Audrey Hu-Gonzalez, who is fantastic). Attending the show helped me realize just how much detail I had to think about and got me started on the right track with venues and the quality of service I was looking for.

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We arrived knowing very little about weddings. We were a bit overwhelmed by how many brides, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-brides, and grooms attended for the purpose of finding that extra “perfect touch” for their already well-planned weddings, while we did not even know where to begin our search. However, as we began walking down the aisles one by one, we found exactly what we needed from vendors that suited our needs and tastes. Within a few hours, we had picked our invitations company/consultant (Vivian Jade) and found our musicians (Divisi Strings). From there, our planning became much easier, and everything fell into place!

I did attend the Extravaganza and was able to find my photographer, videographer, invitation designer and cake designer. It was definitely a one-stop shop! The event can definitely be overwhelming, but if you go in with the mindset that you know exactly what you are looking for it definitely helps.

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My tip for other brides would be to not stress out. Planning a wedding can be stressful to coordinate and financially stressful. Don’t let this ruin your experience. Make an informed decision to stick with it and go on to the next decision. Also, make lists— tons of lists! Scratch things off as you go so you see how productive you are with your planning. This will also help ensure that you don’t miss any important details. It will be a great day no matter what, so try to relax and enjoy the limited time you have just being an engaged couple.

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I kept a small notebook in my purse from the day we started planning up until the wedding day. I would make a to-do list every Monday of things I wanted done by the end of the week. It helped me stay organized and on track throughout the whole process.

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Make an emergency box for the day of the wedding; medicine, safety pins, toothbrushes, sewing kit, extension cords, etc. My mom and I walked through the dollar store and picked things up [to put in the box]. We ended up using it a lot on the wedding day! Hire an experienced and organized wedding coordinator. They will make sure everything runs smoothly and will handle the details you won’t have time for— from directing the bridal party down the aisle, to making sure your honeymoon bags get put in the car.

Jessica Don’t feel like you have to stick to “tradition.” Add your own personality to your wedding. I may look like a girly girl, but I’m actually pretty laid back. I wore highheeled converse with penguin socks to my reception and was very happy I did so. No one saw them, so I felt like I could wear an elegant dress and still feel like me. Also, let your groom add his personal touch! Ryan picked out Han Solo and Princess Leia cake toppers. We even had a little Chewbacca to represent our dog.

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Do your homework and start planning early enough so that you have the time to assess several different vendors for each part of your wedding.

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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 the first time you make it. Photographer:Khanh Nguyen

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Create a joint “wedding bank account” with your fiancé and deposit money into it monthly. [Make sure to] pay all of your wedding expenses out of this account.

Melanie Try to enjoy the ride. It gets very frustrating and at times you wonder if this is really something you want to continue doing. I had to step back and realize this day was not about making everyone else happy, it was about making us happy. You will never make everyone happy during the process and you have to accept that.

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My advice is don’t be the typical “bridezilla.” Cherish every moment because it flies by once you get to your wedding day. My mom and I actually grew even closer and enjoyed the process rather than let it become a point of stress or tension like it can be for a lot of people. Use this opportunity to build relationships and have fun with the people you love most! Also, reuse, borrow and repurpose! There are so many fun and unique ways to create centerpieces, table numbers, seating charts etc. without spending an arm and a leg.

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The day goes by extremely fast and, in the blink of an eye, it’s over. Take in every moment and embrace it all— this is the beginning of a new chapter in your life. You are blessed, so make it worth the ride. I have always said to “live in the moment” and take each day as it comes. Stay positive and remember: no matter what happens— good or bad— you are one of the few that has found love.

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Texas Weddings Magazine winter 2018  

This issue is full of inspirational Real Weddings, advice from actual Brides, honeymoon must-haves and more!

Texas Weddings Magazine winter 2018  

This issue is full of inspirational Real Weddings, advice from actual Brides, honeymoon must-haves and more!