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Our Billboard Bride full story on page 19 Planning a destination Wedding The Best of Bridal Extravaganza Trend Spotting: Vintage Who’s Who in Houston Area Weddings

REAL WEddiNGS 114 Morgan & Troy

150 Stacy & david

186 Kelsey & Seth

122 Abby & Todd

154 Brooke & Brenton

190 Megan & derek

130 Charmaine & Christopher

158 Allison & diego

194 Rachel & William

134 Lauren & Lucas

162 Meghan & Jesse

198 Jennifer & dee

138 Lera & Brian

170 Rachel & Lance

202 Renee & Jonathan

142 Shannon & Carter

178 Ailsa & daniel

146 Elizabeth & James

182 Linda & Robert


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our BiLLBoArd

Bride An Ly shows

that patience pays when it comes to love. By Laurette Veres Photography by MD Turner

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NEvEr gAvE up oN

An Ly never gave up on love. She met Hiep


Nguyen at the gym and it took him awhile to get the courage to speak to her. She knew he was the one on their first date.

on their second date things turned sad. Hiep found out both of his kidneys had been damaged by disease and he needed a transplant.

The 26 year old luckily had a sister ready and willing to donate a kidney. Even luckier, the kidney was a 100% match for Hiep.

An was impressed with his positive attitude

and how he grew as individual as he dealt with the fate he was given. “i fell in love with him during this time,” she says. “After five strong years of learning, growing, maturing and

loving, we knew we were ready to take our life and relationship to the next level.”

An is a fan of the creative graffiti walls in

Austin, Texas. Hiep used the public art she

loved as a canvas for his proposal. Her cousin helped him set the stage. As she walked

towards the wall, she saw pictures of she and Hiep; he got down on one knee, and the rest is history.

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Amid tones of ivory, green and coral, she will walk down the aisle...

Amid tones of ivory, green and coral, she will

walk down the aisle at Heaven on Earth event facility in her Mori Lee gown from ventura’s

Bridal on April 12, 2014. Following the service, An will host a Traditional tea ceremony in

her home. Symbolically and culturally, this is where the couple’s union is official and they

will be able to call each other’s parents mom

and dad. She will wear traditional Chinese red and gold at this event, then change back into

her wedding gown for the reception at ocean palace. one final change will bring back the

red and the couple will visit each table, personally thanking 400 people for attending.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Cypress ridge High School and the university of Houston.

She works as a project coordinator at Weatherford. Hiep works in new home sales at Cinco ranch in Katy.

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An is the latest real bride-to-be selected by the Bridal Extravaganza Show to appear on billboards citywide. “I would love to showcase to the world what true love and happiness are all about,” she says. “Being the Billboard Bride proves true love does exist and anyone can turn their dreams and fantasies into reality through hard work and commitment.”

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Everyone loves Texas Weddings! Whether you are from Texas or not, the style and sass of a Texas wedding is universal. That’s why we celebrate everything Texas in this issue. Look to our pages to find inspiration. See something you like? Take it and make it your own. Share your favorite aspects with us on Instagram at @BridalExtravaganza. You are marrying the person you love! Don’t let the crazy details of planning your wedding get you down. You may experience some stressful days and sleepless nights as you plan your big day, but remember, this is your time. Minimize stress by securing big items first, like the date and location. Then dive into the enhancements that will make your day creative and memorable. On the following pages you will meet Texas brides, just like you. Share their stories; heed their advice. You’ll also meet the vendors who bring their dreams to life. Learn from their mistakes; be inspired by their creativity, then push the envelope to make your dreams come true. Love conquers all.


Editor in ChiEf

Marisa L. Byers

Tucker Images

Billboard Bride: An Ly

Laurette M. Veres

Kim Padgett

June Bug Co.

Gown: Ventura’s Bridal

graPhiC dEsign

Brittney Cooper

Sam Anise

Hair & Makeup: Exquisite Reflections

Dylan Moore Marketing Design


Joyce Ruffing

Photography: MD Turner

ProduCtion ManagEr

John Ly

Kasey Lynn Photography

Bouquet: Arteflora

Jeanine Hickman

George Street

Kayla Barker

H Texas Cover Photo: Compliments


JW Baugh

Randy Olive

The Princess Bridal (JW Baugh)

Patricia Rivera

Caroline plus Ben Photography

Joel Mathiason

TW Cover Two: MD Turner

Carla Menendez

MD Turner

Gabriela Ferrel

Tom Flynn

Nina Mullins

Anthony Rathbun

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CapaBunga The CapaBunga is easily used to reseal a bottle of wine after you remove the cork.


In fact, it is made to resemble the bungs

A bridesmaid gift they can actually use. Luxurious leather is easy to hold, provides great protection for devices (iPhone, iPad) and, most importantly, caters to the

used to seal barrels during winemaking. And, you will no longer have to worry about pieces of cork falling into your wine.

gadget-loving bridesmaid that cannot stay off her phone.

Barn Weddings In Barn Weddings, Maggie Lord offers ideas and advice on how to create a barn wedding, including information on different styles and dĂŠcor as well as tips from the pros for making the day a special one to remember. (Hard Cover, 160 pgs; Gibbs Smith, $30.00)

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Make A Statement Statement jewelry is the perfect way for bridesmaids to kick their outfits up a notch without taking any attention away from the bride. Lawson gold necklace and double rectangle earrings are perfect bridesmaid-ready statement jewelry options. The double rectangle earrings, pictured in navy, are also available in black, green, coral, white and ivory.

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Before your wedding even starts - work on

your skin. Four – six weeks before the big day make sure you are exfoliating your skin twice

weekly, using a mask once a week, and using an effective serum daily.

to add to your make-up bag before your wedding

1. Alba Botanica Good & Clean Toxin Release Scrub $9 www. 2. Orico London Skin Brunch

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Your Wedding make-up should be flawless,

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Capturing the essence of the vibrant island and exceptional property, Lela created a capsule

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at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. One of

today’s most sought-after designers, Texan Lela Rose counts everyone from Cameron Diaz to Anne Hathaway as fans.

“It was easy to find inspiration in the serene

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Photography by John Ly

Fairy Tale FanTasy

Morgan works in sales and marketing for FireTron, inc. Troy serves the oil and gas

industry as a project planner and scheduler. They met at lsU and soon, these Tiger alumni were planning their big day.

on July 28, 2012 their ceremony was held at st. Paul’s United Methodist Church. “This

was a great meet-in-the-middle because i am Catholic and Troy was raised baptist. we

instantly connected with the reverend there:

reverend shelli williams,” says Morgan. she beams when she says the church is “dreamy and fairy tale like.” Morgan had a “say yes

to the dress” experience when she found her Pnina Tornai dream gown at Kleinfeld’s in new york City.

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The reception followed at the river oaks

Country Club where the cake took center

stage. “all the flowers were handmade over a

period of six months,” says Morgan. The cake may have taken center stage, but the band,

blind date, kept loved ones dancing all night. after the wedding they went on an amazing

five day land tour through alaska and an eight day cruise aboard Princess Cruise lines. They caught salmon, rode aTV’s through the wil-

derness, saw lynx, bears, caribou, and red fox. “you name it, we saw it,” she recalls fondly. Morgan’s adViCe

To future brides… enjoy the journey of

marriage. remember in the end, the little things won’t be so noticeable to the public eye. happy Planning! - Patricia Rivera

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Abby Robinson Todd ARnold


May 19, 2012

Miles And Miles of RoMAnce

This fun loving couple met in oklahoma, but soon found out they had Texas roots. Abby

and a friend decided to visit norman, oK one weekend while attending college. They sat at a large table at new york Pizza & Pasta, eating pizza, drinking beer and watching college

basketball. “Then, some cute guy named Todd with a big friendly smile arrived,” remembers Abby. What started with a spontaneous

introduction from Todd led to an “i do” in Weatherford, TX.

Abby, a mechanical design engineer and Todd, a law student at the University of Tulsa, had

a unique relationship while dating. for three

years, they lived in separate cities. They moved around constantly for internships and gradu-

ate schools. one of those years they were over 800 miles apart. it was a challenge but their relationship became rock solid.

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They were looking for a unique, casual and

beautiful wedding location. from oklahoma, they headed south to the dallas/fort Worth

area and found chandor gardens in Weatherford, TX. When they saw the stunning whimsical garden, they knew the search was over! for their honeymoon, Abby and Todd went

to belize. They explored the beautiful country and they can’t wait to go back! Abby’s Advice

start early, and give yourself time to have fun

with the planning process. being a diy bride allows you to put your own personal touches wherever you’d like and it also saves money!

Also, it’s never going to be perfect, and that’s ok. be as prepared as you can be, but let go of that one thing you forgot to do, or that

wasn’t done just how you wanted it. it will be amazing anyway! - Patricia Rivera

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Charmaine Fitzgerald Christopher rose

November 10, 2012

Country ChiC

“I was the bartender and he was the bouncer. I always had my eye on him but he was shy. One night I passed a note with a smiley face and the rest was history,” says Charmaine. Charmaine, a customer service representative at a pharmacy, and Christopher, who works for Baker hughes, wanted a country chic

wedding. searching for the perfect venue,

they were astonished when they walked into la tranquila ranch in tomball, tX. “our eyes lit up,” she says. “We have to have (the wedding) here.” Woodsedge Community

Church in The Woodlands, tX is her child-

hood church. her brother passed away a year and three months before the wedding and

Charmaine knew he would be watching down on this special day.

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Charmaine’s adviCe

don’t stress over the small things. i planned a lot of special touches for the wedding and i had to remember that most people would not notice a small flaw. it’s all about you and the groom! - Patricia Rivera

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Lauren FeLtoon Lucas Lee


December 8, 2012

HoLiday HigHLigHt

Lauren, a branch service associate at uBs

Financial services, met Lucas, a resort supervisor at omni Barton creek resort and spa at a party. They were both raised in corpus christi and met through mutual friends. after one date, they were inseparable.

The two-ring ceremony took place in the

darrell K. royal Ballroom at omni Barton

creek resort & spa. “it’s so beautiful and all of the trees have white lights in them during christmas time. We thought it would

be a perfect place for our wedding,” Lauren remembers.

The bride stunned the crowd in an ivory

amsale dahlia a-line made of silk taffeta

with hand-stitched flowers on the skirt. as a surprise, the groom’s cake was “red velvet

bacon” flavor. The couple honeymooned in the caribbean on st. Lucia.

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Lauren’s advice

Be sure to hire a videographer. The actual wedding day goes by so fast, it’s hard to

remember everything that went on. at the

end of the night, it all felt like a wonderfully amazing happy blur! - Laurette Veres

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reaL WeddinGS

Lera Grabarnik brian FreiLich


March 10, 2012

bLinded by Love

Meeting for their first time on a blind date at The University of Texas was just the beginning for Lera and brian.

Lera, an attorney and brian, a civil engineer both agreed on having their wedding at the Petroleum club because of the spectacular

view. The dramatic houston skyline set the perfect backdrop for Lera in her gorgeous

ivory kenneth Pool gown with flare and hand beaded detail. her veil was cathedral length with crystal trim. custom linens provided by elegant beginning carried the opulent

vibe throughout the room. When it came

time to cut the cake, the specialists at Who

Made the cake carried the crystal trim theme into the divine White cake. Guest enjoyed two flavors: divine White with vanilla

frosting and divine White with raspberry

filling and buttercream frosting. a&a video

captured every moment before the couple was whisked away in a vintage rolls royce from Monarch Limo.

The wedding was coordinated by the team at Schwartz & Woodward.

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Lera’S advice

enjoy the process. it goes by way too fast.

enjoy the actual wedding day; it goes by even faster. Stop and take it all in. Something will go wrong. it’s inevitable. it won’t be a big

deal, and don’t let it ruin your day. Lastly, don’t let anyone influence you on what they think

your wedding should be, it’s your day and you only get to do it once, it should be everything yoU want.

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Photography by MD Turner

KeepinG tradition

Shannon, an insurance agent and Carter, a

superintendant for a construction firm, met

though Shannon’s brother in College Station,

tX. These two aggies selected Briscoe Manor in richmond, tX because they loved the “country, but formal feel.”

The bride was stunning in her strapless

Matthew Christopher’s poppy gown with corset bodice and sweetheart neckline.

everyone enjoyed the five-tier cake with red cascading roses made by Cake Creations. when they left the reception, the crowd

lined the walkway and waved their 12th Man towels; just like a football game at Kyle Field

–whoop! Shannon and Carter honeymooned on the tropical island of St. lucia. Shannon SayS

Start early. Set a timeline to get things done. Make it your own. - Patricia Rivera

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rEal wEDDinGs

ElizabEth Ellis JamEs shaw ltJG


June 1, 2013

southErn ElEGancE

what started as a casual evening of shopping

for Elizabeth and her friends in Virginia

beach, Va, ended at a cookout on bolling air Force base in washington, D.c. sparks flew when Elizabeth met James at the cookout.

Elizabeth, a federal grassroots specialist at the american college of cardiology, and James,

a us naval officer made many trips between Virginia beach and D.c. sometimes they would meet halfway for dates. James was

deployed to Japan for a two-year tour overseas. The long distance relationship was a

challenge, but in the end made their relationship stronger. Finally, it was time to say “i Do.�

The bride and groom grew up in Kentucky and texas and wanted guests to feel like

they were attending a big family gathering.

The event was full of southern tradition and

charm. The rehearsal dinner featured southern comfort food: Kentucky Fried chicken, corn on the cob, burgoo and bread pudding.

cloggers entertained guests and taught them the two-step.

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The big day started off with the ceremony at centenary united methodist church lex-

ington, KY. Elizabeth made her way down the

ElizabEth’s aDVicE

one of our favorite wedding day memories

was the first look, when James saw me in my

aisle in her Georgette lazaro bridal ball gown, wedding dress and i saw him in his dress with ivory organza, elongated sheer lace bod-

ice with corset back, beaded and embroidered overlay, sweetheart neckline and a chapel

whites for the first time. we were able to

spend some alone time together. i definitely

had a few hiccups while planning my dream

train. as Elizabeth and James were leaving the wedding but the biggest thing to remember is church, the groomsmen formed a traditional

sword arch. “The final gentleman tapped me

on the rear with the flat of his saber,” she says. That’s when she heard “welcome to the navy.”

that on this day you are joining your life with

another person and that is the most important thing. take every moment in because this is the best day of your life. - Patricia Rivera

The reception took place in Keeneland

association horse racetrack lexington, KY.

The very next morning they left Kentucky for beautiful santorini, Greece.

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Stacy HickSon DaviD Mccarty


September 3, 2012

HigH Flying love

Stacy, a corporate accountant and David, a pilot and custom homebuilder, were high

school sweat hearts and have been inseparable

ever since. Back then, Stacy was captain of the drill team and David played varsity football.

eleven years later, David asked for her hand in marriage.

David surprised Stacy by taking her on her

first private flight. after a couple of hours of adventure and fun, they landed for lunch at

a local airport. Stacy thought the adventure would be ending after lunch; she did not

imagine this was only the beginning. “as he

helped me out of the plane he instantly knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him!� she says enthusiastically.

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The beautiful ceremony and reception took place at amber Springs in Montgomery,

tX. “we fell in love with the elegance of the

limestone and dark wood throughout. it was spacious inside for the fun reception and had a stunning area outside where we could host

our ceremony,” Stacy explains. Stacy made her way down the aisle in her classy vintage lace

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Brooke Fowler Brenton Michael


May 11, 2013

tiMe StandS Still

Some unique friendships last a lifetime.

For this couple, 3rd grade was the beginning of a lasting friendship. ashley, a marketing territory manager for MGa in Property &

casualty insurance, and Matthew, a freight broker, lost touch when they went off to

different colleges. when they returned to their hometown to pursue careers, they re-met through mutual friends.

ashley walked down the aisle in the chapel at ashton Gardens in corinth, tX. She wore a

gown designed by essence of australia, loving the fit, detail and lace embellishments. cakes were important to ashley and Matthew;

they decided to have five bridal cakes and an

aggie ring groom’s cake. a cake in a treetop designed them. Guests enjoyed the variety.

one of ashley and Matthew’s favorite memories is the wedding guest book quilt where guests offered personal advice.

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aShley’S advice

don’t be afraid to take chances. Step out of your comfort zone. it will pay off. don’t be

afraid to express you and your fiancé’s tastes or personalities through your wedding. - Patricia Rivera

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reAl weDDings

Allison YAnk Diego BArrerA


June 26, 2013

Antiques AnD lAce

Allison, an interior designer, and Diego, an

architect, married on April 26, 2013. The event took place at elmwood gardens in Palestine, tX. Allison wore a Mori lee gown from

lulu’s Bridal Boutique in Dallas, tX. gor-

geous floral arrangements were crafted by la tee Da Flowers in tyler, tX. - Patricia Rivera

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Meghan Lewis Jesse MacKenzie


May 27, 2013

city chic

These youngsters met on the playground at church. as time passed Meghan and Jesse became best friends in high school, then began dating in college.

Meghan, a software support tech, and Jesse,

a graphic designer married at hickory street annex in Dallas, tX on May 27, 2013.

“hsa was the only venue we ever toured.

we instantly fell in love with the cool, unique

vibe and the intimate feel. we knew we didn’t

need to look anywhere else,” explains Meghan. Meghan and Jesse honeymooned in the

excellence Playa Mujures, cancun, Mexico.

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Photography by June Bug Co.

Meghan’s aDvice

“My best advice is not getting too wrapped

up in the wedding plans. as important as the

big day is, it’s just one day of your life. it’s not

worth stressing too much over or fighting over details. Things will go wrong, but at the end of the day, you’re married, and that’s all that matters.”

- Patricia Rivera

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Rachel Patton lance hRnciR


September 29, 2012

Rachel a realtor, and lance, a landman for hess corp, met at Schreiner University

during reunion weekend. Rachel then moved to houston, and after dating for some time,

lance proposed to her. “it was only a month after one of my sisters was married so when we called to tell my mom the news she

thought we were joking,� she says. Rachel

and her mom planned to make every dream come alive at the wedding.

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Photography by Sam Anise for Beaux Arts Photography

The wedding took place on the family ranch, nine g Ranch in tom Bean, tX. Family

and friends were involved in the planning

process as well of the day of. “For months my

mom and her high school girl friends worked long hours at the ranch to make it all come

together,” she says. The long hours of planning in the end paid off. “everything was perfect,

except for the rain! we had a blast and i think all of our guests did too!” she remembers.

Rachel and lance honeymooned in exuma cays, Bahamas. - Patricia Rivera

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AilsA NelsoN DANiel shArp


April 13, 2013

speeD plANNiNg

Ailsa, a dietitian, and Daniel, an engineer, met while working and living in Amarillo, TX. it

took two months from their first meeting during a football game to the official first date. “i

knew from our first date that i would never be whole without Daniel in my life, and that he was my perfect match”, says Ailsa.

They planned their wedding in 10 weeks. The

reception was at the sanctuary at Water oak, Montgomery, TX. Their cake was styled by

sweets to Dream in Conroe, TX. The yellow sour cream cake with chocolate mousse and strawberry buttercream incorporated Ailsa’s scottish family clan tartan as a nod to her

homeland. Ailsa and Daniel honeymooned at sandals la Toc in st. lucia.

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Photography by Joyce Ruffing Photography and Juliana Evans Photography

ADviCe froM AilsA

Mom really does know best! With our timeline of 10 weeks to plan a wedding (due to

Daniel moving to houston, while i was still in Amarillo) it never would have come together without my Mother’s tireless efforts. Also,

don’t sweat the small stuff. Things can, and

will, go wrong on your wedding day. i think

that the longer you plan a wedding, the more likely you are to become upset about small

details. The blessing of a quick wedding is you

don’t have a year to agonize over things that 20 years from now no one will remember. - Patricia Rivera

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Linda nguyen RobeRt Whitten


March 2, 2013

a Wedding PLanneR ties the knot

Linda, a buyer for the cosmetic manufacturing

industry and wedding coordinator, met Robert,

an accounting associate, at the university of texas at arlington during a fraternity and

sorority mixer. Their friendship took off when

they both became heavily involved on campus and shared many common interests. “We

think it all boils down to our love for god, mutual respect, and our unwavering trust in one another,� says Linda.

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Photography by Tucker Images

The ceremony took place at Wilshire baptist

church, followed by the reception at the Filter building, both in dallas, tX. The historic

Filter building, with its beautiful lakeside

backdrop, showcased their love for nature and distinct architecture. it was a great central location for families and friends from all

over the world. The day before the wedding

ceremony, Linda and Robert, had a traditional

Vietnamese ceremony in honor of her heritage. “our wedding was not only a joining of man

of woman, but a blending of unique cultures”, Linda mentions. Linda and Robert honeymooned in south Carolina and georgia. Linda’s Lesson

always remember, you only get married to

your best friend once and it’s the best day ever. Celebrate every second of the journey to marriage because it is fun! no matter what stress or disaster comes along (because it might!), keep your focus. it’s about you and the love

of your life. When the vows are made and the cake is cut, it’s just you two! - Patricia Rivera

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Kelsey McMinn seth Granda


March 17, 2013

the Band Played On

This music loving couple met their freshman

year at Belmont University in nashville, tn.

Kelsey was at a randy rogers and eli young Band concert, most of her friends had left;

“But, [i’m] a true texan and wanted to stay through eli young,” she remembers. seth

came and sat next to his roommate, and when the roommate got up Kelsey scooted over,

bucked up her courage and said, “hello.” The rest is history.

Kelsey, who works in the music business, and law student seth wed on March 17, 2013 at cross timbers Winery in Grapevine, tX.

where they could have the ceremony and the reception in one location. cross timbers Winery fulfilled their dreams of a spring

outdoor wedding. They also wanted to incorporate their engagement theme. Kelsey said, “yes” when seth proposed in a gazebo; she said, “i do” in a gazebo.

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Photography by June Bug Co.

Kelsey cOMMents

have fun! tell your parents thank you

throughout the entire planning process. don’t stress on the day of… if it’s not

planned by then, it won’t be. enjoy the day instead of worrying! - Patricia Rivera

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Megan BielaMowicz SSgDerek MyerS


June 22, 2013

SoMeone to watch over Me

Dwight yoakum filled the air at chilifest in Snook, texas while Derek Myers was home

on a two-week leave from iraq. By the end of the evening, he asked kindergarten teacher Megan out on a date. Three and 1/2 years later, they were married.

The two-ring ceremony took place at St.

anthony of Padua catholic church in The

woodlands, tX. The bride wore a chantilly lace gown with sweetheart neckline from

impression Bridal Salon. a reception followed at waterpoint Premier lakeside venue in Montgomery, tX.

Megan submitted her story of losing her

Megan’S aDvice

brother, raising his child and meeting Derek

give yourself a lot of time to get ready and

(See related story) oozing with patriotism,

The last thing you want to feel is rushed and

tiful reception on lake conroe. “The church

aisle. Most importantly... hire a videographer!

celebrating off of the lake was a dream come

only do that so much with pictures.

to a salute to our military engagement contest.

enjoy those few hours before the ceremony.

loss, love and service, the entry won her beau-

even more stressed before you walk down the

ceremony was absolutely beautiful and then

you will want to relive your day and you can

true,” says Megan.

it is worth it!

Photography by Kasey Lynn Photography

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Megan and Derek won their reception by sharing this story:

“On July 11th 2009, I lost my brother

Michael. He was a Night Stalker in the

160th S.O.A.R.;U.S. Army, stationed in Georgia. He had custody of his beautiful

baby girl, Ariel. It was hard being a single dad in the Army with no family or help

around. For reasons only God knows, he

chose to take his own life. My family and

I got full custody of Ariel and she was the

only thing keeping me alive. I wanted to be with my brother more than anything. On April 10, 2010, I went to Chilifest near

College Station with my friends and met

Derek. He was home on his 2 week R&R from Iraq. After 30 minutes of talking

about his time in the Army, my brother, and realizing we grew up 20 minutes

from each other, he asked me on a date. The next 2 weeks Derek and I spent every day together. Every date was so easy and we

had so much fun together. I felt like it was a dream and I would soon wake up. I just wasn’t used to good things happening. I

took him to the airport and watched him

get on a plane back to Iraq. I felt a feeling that I hadn’t felt in a long time… hope.

At that time I felt in my heart that God and my brother sent Derek to me. They

saw my pain and sent an angel to save me. Derek and I talked almost every day for hours at a time while he was overseas.

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When Derek came home from Iraq we

visited each other every chance we could.

He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC in the 82nd Airborne Division. He and Ariel

love each other. Watching them together reassures me Derek is here for a reason.

Derek then came down on orders to go to Alaska and soon Afghanistan. We pulled our resources together and got his orders

changed to be a recruiter right next to my house! This was another sign he was sent to me for a reason.

I would love to get married on Lake Conroe.

I spent summers here with my brother.

Every time I pass the lake, I can see him

out on the boat, smiling. At my wedding I would love the chance to look out onto the

lake, see my brother out there and know he is with me on my wedding day. Derek is

the angel who saved me and I can’t wait to start my life with him and Ariel.� - Laurette Veres

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Real WeddiNgs

Rachel RadeR William Nobles


January 20, 2013

“At the age of 21, I went to go buy my first car and William was my Car Salesman. I didn’t end up buying the car, but I got him instead,” Rachel remembers. William, a Finance manager for a car dealer-

ship, became Rachel’s, a registered nurse, soul mate and best friend. They dated five years;

they planned their wedding in four months. “i found all my decorations at antique stores and garage sales. i did almost all of it on my own, until the last two months, my wedding plan-

ner sara Rivas stepped in to help organize my thoughts and ideas,” she says.

lofty spaces in dallas, TX was the first location they looked at. They loved the architec-

ture and most importantly the view they got of dallas. Rachel found her gown at Provi-

dence Place in Rockwall, which was designed by mori lee. They honeymooned in cancun, secrets Resorts all inclusive.

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Photography by Tucker Images

Rachel’s advice

do not stress! i had so much fun on my

wedding day. i knew i had my dress and he

had his tux and we would be getting married and that was the only thing that mattered. also, take lots and lots of pictures with family and friends. - Patricia Rivera

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Jennifer Garcia Dee fryar Struck by Love


June 16, 2012

Love struck these two at texas tech when

Dee moved into Jennifer’s duplex. today, they work in the oil and Gas industry.

Jennifer’s engagement was a surprise, only to

her. Her parents, aunt and brother all knew so they could have pictures and a video.

“i was living in my aunt’s guest house when she called me and asked me to come to the main house,” says Jennifer. “When i went

outside he was waiting in the middle of the

yard and got down on one knee.” afterwards, the group celebrated at the country club with family and friends.

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Photography by Kayla Barker at Spink Studio

They selected Midland for their nuptials

because it is centered conveniently between

their hometowns. The ceremony took place

at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. The reception followed at GreenTree Country

Club. It was important to Dee to get married in a church and have his youth minister

officiate the ceremony. “We had been attending

GRC since we moved back to the Midland area and decided it was a perfect fit,” says

Jennifer. The reception venue was an easy choice also because they had dinner with

family and friends at GreenTree the night

they got engaged. “They have a great patio area where our guest could hang out and enjoy the night,” she says.

Jennifer found her Allure gown at Absolute Bridal in Midland, TX and her cake was created by Leslie Rabenaldt. The couple

honeymooned at Beaches Turks & Caicos. Jennifer’s Advice

Always remember that nobody knows if

something isn’t perfect. Enjoy your day and the people around you will enjoy it too.

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Renee Pavlas Jonathan sanwald

December 1, 2012

KicK UP YoUR heels

Renee, a substance abuse counselor, met

Jonathan, an environmental advisor, at texas a & M University. Ready to take the rela-

tionship to the next level, Jonathan planned a special evening. on december 23, 2011, they

went on a double date with his brother and his brother’s girlfriend to one of their favorite restaurants, Yia Yia Mary’s, then headed to city

hall to take pictures in front of the christmas tree. when it was Renee and Jonathan’s turn to stand in front of the tree, he surprised her with a little box. “he didn’t even have to ask the question when i screamed, “of course!”

The ring was (and still is) absolutely perfect,

along with the entire night,” she says. Jonathan planned the surprise for a couple months; he

chose the ring, and asked her parents without

Renee finding out. “i never imagined it would happen like it did, and i wouldn’t change a thing if i could plan it myself,” she says.

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Their ceremony took place at Prince of

Peace catholic community in tomball on

december 1, 2012. Renee had grown up near the church and always wanted to get married there. The reception was at the Firehouse

saloon. after visiting the site, they realized

it was more than a concert venue; it was the

perfect place to celebrate their new marriage. Renee wore a beautiful allure Bridal ivory

lace mermaid gown with a chapel-length train from ventura’s Bridal. The bride’s cake was a four-tiered ivory cake and the groom’s cake

was a red fish in an ice chest with the words

“hooked 12.1.12,” Both made by who Made

The cake. Renee and Jonathan honeymooned at the cocobay Resort antiqua in the beautiful caribbean.

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Renee’s advice

we did not invest in a “day-of ” wedding

planner, but a planner would have been really helpful transporting items, setting up the

venue, and keeping up with the flow at the

reception. Throughout our wedding planning, my husband and i continuously reminded

ourselves that at the end of the day, no one

would remember the food or the center-pieces or the programs. They would remember how much fun they had, and that was our main goal – to provide a wedding our guests would remember. - Patricia Rivera

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By Tom Flynn Photos Courtesy of Ramekins

It’s no secret northern California is blessed

But, it is a couple of blocks from the Sonoma

great soil. add chilly nights and warm days,

purveyors and the finest restaurants. Their

with sun, coastal breezes, unique terrain and grapes are going to grow. Usually when good grapes are available, some mad scientist is

on-hand to turn them into good wine. The

rest of us are in line to drink it. So it’s been in Northern California for about 150 years.

Cook it good wine needs good food. When you are

in Sonoma and surrounding regions, there is plenty of it. But people visit, buy wine and

take it home. ramekins Culinary School and

Inn provides the cooking expertise to recreate the California wine country experience, great

food and wine, in your texas home. ramekins can be your home base to the wine country.

It’s small; just six well-appointed texas sized rooms over the cooking school.

town square, has relationships with wineries,

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attentive staff is ready to assist in creating the

to CeleBrate yoUr

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perfect wine country getaway.

hours after it was put on the counter, my wife and I could butcher it and use the bones to

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all the trimmings for a fabulous French meal. Individual, hands on classes, which usually

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include a meal, run $60 -$120 per person.

ramekins premier wine country experience

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Sonoma Essentials: toUR it orgaNIC FarmINg

When your thirst for organic garden knowl-

Bob made one last attempt to bring his

garden. The large old farmhouse and barn

and into the ancient old barn. It is filled with

didn’t like the milk business, but wondered if

and installed by Cuban artists to the most in-

products. after some research, they learned

has two levels of viewing pleasure.

set out to produce quality blue cheese for local

daIry FarmINg

now produce 750,000 pounds of Point reyes

milk cow business. his daily commute is from

ute it in each of the 48 continental US states,

dairy operation. It takes him five minutes on

four daughters work on the family farm.

interest in taking over the 700-acre milking

The family uses 70% of their milk to make

corporate world. So Bob was ready to sell and

the freshness and quality of the milk; milk so

Fifth Street Farms is a French inspired organic edge has been quenched, wander past the pool

daughters home to the farm. he knew they

were built in 1875. Curving walkways lead

Cuban artwork. From giant displays created

they would enjoy using the milk to create new

tricately carved humidors ever made; the barn

no one in their region made blue cheese. They

you through the gardens and around the pond, orchards and trellises. little helpers, goats and miniature horses, are nearby, ready to help clear the garden in the fall.

Culinary gardener andrea davis oversees 5th Street Farms. She meets with chefs to

determine their produce needs in the kitchen and creates a year round growing program to

dairyman Bob giacomini built a thriving

Farmstead original Blue Cheese and distrib-

his home, which overlooks tomales Bay, to his

hawaii and on both Canadian coasts. and all

supply their restaurants and catering businesses. his private road. yet his four daughters had no Plants are started from seed in the greenhouse and transplanted in the gardens. to keep a

steady flow of product, she plants each variety in succession. Throughout the growing season

she has a crop ready to harvest, one that will be

upscale restaurants in 2000. each year they

operation; they each found a home in the

cheese. The quality of the cheese comes from

retire to hawaii.

fresh it was grass a couple of hours ago. The

cows have their own dietitian who determines

ready soon and one just planted. When a crop

supplements they need to accompany the

plants from the greenhouse.

quality supplements at low prices.

is harvested, she replants with new sprouting

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organic grass. Bob looks world wide to source

IF yoU WaNt to eat It, Cook It, toUr It, drINk It or romaNCe It, WINe CoUNtry IS WaItINg For yoU. JUSt do It! RoMANCE it The farm is a giant sustainable project; noth-

today the old turkey barns are gone and

Napa valley is home to the Carneros Inn, one

from methane rising from cow dung, hay is

duces about 4500 cases a year, most which

according to travel and leisure magazine.

turned into winter food, excess manure is sold

bottle directly from the winery. The next big

tion facilities rest on 27 acres in the middle

pumped out to irrigate the fields. The goal is

Until then, picnic tables under the giant old

luxurious accommodations feature indoor/out-

greeting place.

many of the courtyards. Though the property

ram’S gate

anywhere. and the walkways are beautifully

vineyards to continue the family’s farming

buildings with an old world feel. majestic

orchards and farmland.

In 1858 emil dresel, the son of a famous

winemaker Jesse Fox and “farm to tasting table

The Boon Fly café is the most popular eatery

Sonoma and built an excellent wine business.

several events could be held simultaneously

locals. The rustic, regional fare is tasty, plentiful

ing prohibition. When the mariani brothers

clash over the stock of Pinot Noir.

with strips of bacon instead of celery. Chicken

ing goes to waste. Power and hot water come

fantastic wines are being made. Scribe pro-

of the top 25 romantic getaways in the world

harvested two- three times each summer and

are purchased by diehard fans for about $40 a

Full service spas, pools, restaurants and recep-

as fertilizer. excess milk is sold to a distributor; project is to restore the 1800s hacienda, which of Napa valley farmland. each room is a free will serve as a welcome center to the property. standing cabin with adjacent courtyard. The wastewater from milk in the cheese factory is high quality cheese at affordable prices.

DRiNk it UP SCrIBe

tree on the hill will remain the official

The sons of a nut farmer are working in the

Sonoma’s newest winery features modern

tradition. Scribe winery is a work in progress.

views are accented with clean wines from

champagne producer, bought land near

dishes” from the kitchen. ram’s gate is huge;

door showers and tubs along with fire pits in

is large, it is arranged so it’s never a long walk landscaped and feature stunning views of

on the property, attracting guests and many

The winery thrived until it was shut down dur- without bumping into one another, unless they

and creative. The Bacon Bloody mary is served

purchased that same land a few years back, it

and waffles, Boon Fly Benedict with jalapeno

was a dilapidated old turkey farm.

hollandaise and designer flatbreads are all popular here.

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Discover an exclusive Mexican retreat By Kim Padgett

For couples looking to get away for the big

day, the adult-only five star Iberostar Grand

Hotel Paraiso has it all. located 30 minutes from the Cancun International airport and

shy of a two hour flight from the texas coast, this resort offers a luxury destination within a 175-acre complex in the Mayan ruins and jungle.

The hotel is located on a private beach and

shares the shores of Playa Paraiso. The Spanish family-owned magnificent Iberostar Playa

Paraiso resort complex is comprised of five

total hotels and offers something for everyone in the wedding party.

The first hotel in Mexico to offer an adults

only all-inclusive property, Iberostar Grand

Paraiso, has four sister hotels on the property offering a variety of activities for families on any budget in the wedding party:

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the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, the Iberostar

every room is spacious and features balconies

and the Iberostar Paraiso Beach. all guests of

often wake up to roaming peacocks, exotic

Paraiso lindo, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya

the Grand have unlimited access to the sister hotels, restaurants and activities.

From the moment guests arrive, the luxury,

attention to detail and exceptional service mirrors what guests would expect to find in a five

star property in vegas. after a seamless hotelarranged transport from the airport, guests

are greeted in the lobby with champagne or a

Caribbean cocktail and a cool towel. Check in is handled quickly and guests are escorted to their assigned concierge and personal butler

- offered for all rooms. The hotel also offers a

personalized pillow menu, 24-hour room ser-

vice, personalized in-room mini bar and liquor preference, shoe shines, and daily newspaper delivery.

with ocean, pool, or garden views. Guests

birds and flora right from the balcony. The 310 air-conditioned guestrooms feature marbled his and her vanities, european linens, an

oversized whirlpool tub (and pampering bath

Luxury, attention to detail and exceptional

salts), MP3 docking stations and CD players.


of twelve secluded, romantic honeymoon villas

The property also boasts an on-site full-time

The Grand also offers brides and grooms one complete with a private plunge pool.

What’s special about this destination property is the resort only hosts one wedding per day – whether it’s a beach wedding or an indoor

wedding at one of the restaurants overlooking the beach. The attention to detail and service is what makes this property rated No. 1 on tripadvisor of all hotels in the Playa del Carmen area.

wedding planner, ensuring customized one-

on-one planning. all floral are native as they are grown in the Hotel’s own nursery and

greenhouse. Music offerings range from DJs

to violinists to a full mariachi band. although

the property is adults-only, children under the age of 18 are permitted in the wedding party activities, but must stay at one of the neigh-

boring hotels in the complex that are family friendly.

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The Iberostar offers three standard wedding

The Grand makes entertaining and planning

The Spa at the Grand offers turkish and

be customized by the on-site wedding planner.

before and after the wedding easy with a full

sive treatments to a beachfront massage and

packages, but all ceremonies and activities can The star, silver star and gold star packages

range in price from $999 to $2499. Iberostar

Grand Hotel Paraiso offers a wedding gazebo in addition to the beach, poolside, tropical

gardens or a traditional Catholic ceremony in the on-site chapel. But, the gorgeous view on the beach remains the most favored place for ceremonies.

activities for the wedding party and guests

schedule of activities, including: bike tours, beach volleyball, spinning, cooking classes,

wine tastings, pool games, salsa and meringue lessons, yoga, air gun, archery, bingo, aqua

aerobics, catamaran, snorkeling, kayaks and windsurfing.

every evening the hotel hosts a live musical

entertaining show in the theater such as the

Most receptions are held at on-site restaurants, Pre-Hispanic Show, vegas – complete with depending upon the party’s size. la Brisa’s beachfront ballroom and the Bella vista

restaurant are two of the larger venues and

casino games, Magic, rock Show, Fantasia, Big Band and more.

are popular with guests near the ocean front.

The property offers beach service, poolside

rehearsal dinners for the wedding parties.

health club, and wireless Internet in public ar-

l’atelier and toni’s Steakhouse offer intimate all of the property’s restaurants employ

chef-trained staff, which don’t disappoint.

The all-inclusive menus will surprise you as

all of the restaurants offer unique dishes and cooked to order items.

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service at three pools, including a “quiet” pool, eas, but internet service in rooms are currently being converted from hard wire to Wi-Fi.

roman baths and private rooms with exclupersonalized couples treatment. a fresh juice station will quench your thirst after a day of pampering.

and, for the golfers in your party, the property offers a P.B. Dye-designed championship golf

course, 19th Hole pro shop, and on-course allinclusive food and beverage service.

Couples will not be disappointed in this

Caribbean destination with the affordable luxury of a five-star resort in the exotic

Caribbean, a personal wedding planner,

gourmet all-inclusive meals, and exceptional attention to detail.

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island h pping By Marisa L. Byers

French Polynesia

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The water is crystal clear, then suddenly the deepest shade of navy blue. I’ve always dreamed of vacationing in tahiti.

tikehau is known for its scuba diving. Manta

The resort offers paddle boarding, snorkeling

118 beautiful islands that make up French

sites. Snorkelers get in on the action seeing

Countless excursions are available to explore

Now that we’re here, I learn it is just one of

Polynesia. tahiti is the largest island in the

chain and home to the international airport. It is an eight-hour direct flight from los

angeles on air tahiti Nui to Papeete, tahiti’s

administrative capital, so there’s plenty of time to relax before the adventures begin. Our first surprise is being greeted with a lei; a cool,

fresh, aromatic floral necklace. tahiti is one of the highest rated honeymoon locations in the world. Those who can, come here.

We travel to tikehau by water taxi. The

rays, sharks, barracudas, and tuna are common black-tip reef sharks, stingrays and a variety of fish and coral. The “motu-picnic excursion” is a preplanned adventure. voyagers go by boat

to Bird Island and see 30 different species of

birds, then picnic on what feels like a deserted island. While we swim in a lagoon, our guide Bashu prepares poisson crude, tahitian-style raw fish. He marinates raw pieces of tuna in

coconut milk and limejuice, adds onions and

cucumbers, and serves it over coconut infused rice. Delicious!

Polynesians say this small island is a very

We fly back to Papeete, and catch a ferry for

The tikehau Pearl Beach resort looks like a

island. Inside the crystal-clear lagoon we see

special world situated between sky and sea.

postcard, a place forgotten in time. It’s abso-

lutely breathtaking. The 37 guest rooms sit in and around a lagoon, surrounded by a ring of

coral and pink sand. Bungalows are designed

in traditional Polynesian architecture with the luxuries we crave, very romantic and a perfect

escape. Over-the-water units have windows in the floor facing the aquarium below and per-

sonal docks so you can sunbathe and snorkel.

a 17-kilometer ride to Moorea, the magical

dolphins swimming alongside the ferry; some

lucky guests see whales! The Moorea Pearl re-

along the reefs and kayaking in the lagoon. the island. We opt for a jeep ride up Magic

Mountain, one of the highest points on the

island. The views of water and landscapes are overwhelmingly beautiful. We drive off the

mountain and trek along the island’s perimeter visiting pineapple plantations, essential oil and fruit farms. after “roughing it,” we are treated to luxurious massages at the Manea Spa, lo-

cated inside Moorea Pearl resort. I spend the

evening dining on authentic Polynesian cuisine and taking in the sights. I don’t think I’ll ever

get tired of seeing the fish below my overwater bungalow. The sky is lit up with thousands of

beautiful stars. Some lucky honeymooners are

enjoying dinner on the beach at a private table for two. It’ s so romantic.

sort & Spa is built on the grounds of the first

If pure romance is what you’re looking for,

Californians built the Bali Hai in 1961. The

Papeete to the small island airport where

hotel built on the island. Three young, inspired “Bali Hai Boys” continued on to build a hotel on raiatea in 1966 where they invented the overwater bungalow.

then Bora Bora is for you. We fly from

the hotel’s water shuttle picks us up and

carries us through a breathtaking lagoon with more shades of blue than Crayola has in its box.

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Knowing this paradise exists makes the mundane seem bearable. The water is crystal clear, then suddenly the

The breathtaking Bora Bora scenery enhances

Sadly, we begin our journey home from the

Pearl Beach resort & Spa is something out of

dine near the water’s edge and stargaze into

what a life-changing trip it has been. The

deepest shade of navy blue. The Bora Bora

a movie, traditionally Polynesian and luxurious. It’s the largest and most impressive

resort we’ve visited, a true paradise. Naturally there are overwater bungalows with views of coral and exotic fish living underneath, but

the private garden bungalows may make you Never leave your room. Why would you

when you have your own pool and deck built for two?

as the sun sets, a Polynesian style boat

adorned with hibiscus and plumeria picks up

a couple from one of the overwater bungalows

the powerful moment. after the ceremony, we the pristine sky. The Pearl can make anything happen! The staff makes sure you are cocooned in the romance of Bora Bora.

Bora Bora Pearl’s Manea Spa offers lavish

services, including an in-house tahitian tattoo artist. Couples are encouraged to experi-

ence couple-themed treatments. a dedicated couple’s suite offers a 3 hour and 20 minute

treatment that includes a rubdown (scrubbing) with fruits and sand, a body rinse, a jet rinse, a flower bath, oil massage of umehei and a

glorious islands of French Polynesia. I realize islands of French Polynesia are magical, each

with their own unique charm that beckons the

soul. The South Pacific Management Properties are world-class resorts, combining luxury with service and ambiance. Knowing this paradise

exists makes the mundane seem bearable. Isak Dinesin says, “The cure for anything is salt

water: sweat, tears or the sea.” For me, the salt waters of tikehau, Moorea and Bora Bora do just that.

Jacuzzi. If you don’t want to leave your secluded bungalow, they will preform this treatment

and paddles them to shore. The couple is carried in your room. I couldn’t think of anything to the island’s tahitian attired representative,

who leads them through their wedding vows.

more decadent and sumptuous to do with my partner.

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a BIG SKy By Kim Padgett

“I Do!”

texas ranch Weddings Meet Their Match

at The ranch at rock Creek

Couples who enjoy the great outdoors in a

The ranch can arrange arrival from the Mis-

The Dining room at the Granite lodge

texas ranch wedding has to offer should con-

helicopter, or hot air balloon. and horse drawn

breakfast and lunch with daily specials. The

luxury environment but want more than the

sider The ranch at rock Creek in Montana. The ranch offers a taste of the Wild West

soula International airport via luxury SUv,

carriage or stage coach travel are also available on property.

with a little posh and a lot of polish. Fre-

The favored location for nuptials is Paradise

recently Kate Bosworth said “I do” to Holly-

Ponds. While most couples bring their own

quented by Hollywood celebrities (most

(elevation 5700 ft.) and waterside at the Piney

features a chef-driven menu serving standard dinner menu is custom created every evening and includes fine wine pairings. The ranch

surprises diners as an all-inclusive property, that offers fine cuisine and a wine list to match.

wood Director Michael Polish), the ranch was officiate, the ranch can arrange for local clergy The secret garden provides the ranch Chef originally a mining claim in the 1800s. today

if needed.

Josh Drage with fresh herbs used in his

by the anaconda-Pintler mountain range and

The Blue Canteen serves as a popular loca-

tarragon to sage. The ranch sources produce

Sky Country.

parties, but dinners can also be catered for

the ranch spans 10 square miles surrounded several rivers in the heart of Montana Big

With an on-site wedding planning team, and truly luxurious all-inclusive packages, brides will not blink a (fake) eyelash or experience the stress of the wedding planning.

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tion for rehearsal dinners for larger wedding intimate dining in the log homes for the

immediate family. The Canteen offers customized menus, from an evening hoe down with country band to an outdoor picnic dinner or brunch by the pond.

menus, and includes everything from lavage to and meats from local farmers and producers -

offering a true taste of Montana. and most are

organically grown and 100 % grass fed without hormones or antibiotics - from elk to bison.

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What does Montana offer over a traditional

In addition to the trail rides and arena horse-

matches each room. ranch Interior Designer

miles of private access to streams and river-

every tuesday, followed by a good old-fash-

furnishings, photographs, textiles, artifacts, art

texas ranch wedding? The ranch boasts 4.5 banks featuring a variety of trout for fly fishing, including the Blue ribbon rock Creek.

The rod and Gun Club, located on-site, can

provide the required Montana fishing license.

Guests need not worry about packing cowboy boots, waders, or fishing hats, as the rod and Gun Club provides every thing needed for

activities from head to toe. Home to six dif-

ferent trout species, the guides will have you reeling them in from the moment you step

back riding lessons, the ranch hosts a rodeo

ioned barbeque at the Blue Canteen. and for the annie Oakley in your wedding party, the

ranch offers four ranges – rifle, pistol, sporting

Club take guests on hikes. and for the little

Creek and offers the seclusion for a romantic

animal targets. Guides from the rod and Gun ones in the wedding party, the little Grizzlies Kids Club for ages four and up provides daily activities and entertainment offerings.

moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, rocky moun-

star standards), a room at the Granite lodge,

fox, cattle, Bald and Golden eagles.

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the area to every space and décor at the ranch. For couples looking for the utmost privacy,

each accommodation, whether it’s a can-

tain deer, Bighorn sheep, elk, gophers, wolves,

and antiques to bring the spirit and history of

clays, paintball, and an archery course with 3-d

into the water in your rubber waders. Wildlife is a plenty at the ranch, including sightings of

Jet Zarkadas travels the state to incorporate

vassed luxury cabin (think “glamping” via five a cabin or full size house, have designated

cruiser or mountain bicycles – the license plate

the Bluebird Cabin sits on the banks of rock experience with a screened and heated porch and cedar sauna tub.

after dining at the lodge or Canteen, guests literally saddle up to the bar, as the bar stools are made from saddles at the Silver Dollar Saloon, located near the lodge and main

Dining room. The Saloon offers a taste of the Wild West with modern amenities,

including a movie media room, full-size bowling alley, pool tables, shuffleboard, karaoke, and

flat screen televisions. Guests can step outside the Saloon to gaze at the stars in the clear

Montana sky and enjoy s’mores around the fire pit every night.

Off ranch excursions include kayaking, canoe-

ing, rafting, float trips for fishing the historical Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot riv-

ers, and sapphire mining at Gem Mountain.

Guests can experience the local culture with a

western past and the area is surrounded by

party, a welcome respite after a day of hiking,

Ghost town.

guests at can rejuvenate, indulge and unwind

several ghost towns, such as the nearby Granite

For brides dreaming of a truly “white” wed-

ding, Winter at the ranch provides a picturesque backdrop for nuptials and additional

clude the Saddle Sore Soak, a warm soak with a custom blend of aromatic and healing herbs and The rock Creek ritual, which includes

summer hiking trails turn into snowshoeing

Sore Soak, a relaxing therapeutic massage, a

skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and snow-

the Fisherman’s Facial, Thai massage, nails,

routes, and groomed trails offer cross country boarding. The pond becomes an ice skating

features authentic late 1800s architecture. It’s

80 degrees year-round.

known for its local Philipsburg Brewery and

The Granite Spa at the ranch offers stylists

stores offer shoppers remnants from the

or just the big day. and for the entire wedding

The Sweet Palace candy shop. Several antique

at the Granite Spa. Signature treatments in-

activities for the wedding party and guests. The a sea salt exfoliation followed by the Saddle

trip into town to Philipsburg (pop. 820), which rink. The pool and Jacuzzi are maintained at only a 15-minute drive from the ranch and is

biking and horseback riding the trails where

for hair and make up styling for the entire visit

body wrap and a scalp massage. The spa offers personal yoga, and more.

texas ranch weddings may just have met their match in Montana.

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GuitarS, cadillacS aNd HillbillY MuSic are juSt tHe tip of tHe iceberG

Lover’s MuSic

iN MuSic citY

HoNeYMooN By Tom Flynn

Nashville, tennessee is a thriving business and entertainment mecca. Home to many giant

healthcare headquarters, their largest industry, Nashville also excels in financial, publishing,

insurance and tourism. Then there’s the music

thing. You’ll find musicians playing and trying to make it big, at all hours, in honkytonks

throughout the city; you can have live music with breakfast, lunch, dinner and your late

night/early morning snack. Music row, the Wall Street of country music, boasts flashy

offices for those who run the money side of

the business and people flock here to enjoy the mayhem from all over the world. to keep up

with demand, Nashville is building new hotels and just completed a state of the art, 1.2 million square foot convention center.

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The country Music Hall of fame is an im-

pressive 40,000 square foot museum now, and will be twice as big in the next few months. Guitars, cowboy suits and gold records mix

with stories, music and video of country greats. The johnny cash Museum is the newest

attraction in town. We met his brother, sister and niece while we were there.

Nashville’s visitor center is ready to help plan your trip. They can arrange visits to local

attractions, help book guided tours on Gray-

line trollies and recommend family favorites, like their world-class zoo. MuSic

The Honkytonks along broadway are almost always rocking. institutions like tootsie’s

orchid lounge and legends corner are some of many little holes in the wall joints that look like they haven’t been renovated since the

1800s. Yet people pack in for cold beer and live music, without cover charges. The boisterous SeeiNG tHe SiGHtS

founded in 1779, Nashville has a lot of his-

toric tourism. president andrew jackson, old

The arts have been a big part of Nashville

from early on. in 1897 they built a full size replica of Greece’s parthenon to house art

Hickory, lived here until his death in 1845. His displays during the centennial exposition, a adopted son poorly ran the seventh uS president’s plantation, Hermitage, and the ladies’ Hermitage association rescued the property before it was parceled out and contents were

sold. Much of the estate is original including wallpaper, furniture and out buildings. The

president rests next to his wife in the garden.

The “Queen of tennessee plantations” is belle Meade. breeding and training thoroughbred racehorses led to big success for the Hard-

ing family. virtually all of today’s Kentucky derby winners can be linked back to belle Meade’s breeding program, even though it

ceased operation in 1904. during its hay day, presidents, generals and wealthy landowners

could be found at the lavish parties thrown at belle Meade.

world’s fair. The parthenon still stands as the art museum and a 42-foot statue of athena, sculpted by alan lequire, towers among

the columns, just as she did in Greece. alan

lequire Gallery featuring more of his work is

nearby. The frist center for the visual arts is a 24,000 square foot restored uS post office. rembrandts hang from the walls and tour

guides are entertaining and know their stuff.

designed for breaking down sound waves and maximizing the listening pleasure of classical

music, the Schermerhorn Symphony center is home of the Nashville Symphony. for a more casual arts experience, the 5th avenue arts

district stays open late once a month for the first Saturday Gallery crawl.

crowds see more stars in the audience than

on stage; those standing on the hardwood are

playing for tips and praying for that big break. other venues encourage cheering, after songs are played. The music reigns supreme at the

bluebird café where they feature songwriters, the guys who dream up the hits. Singer/songwriters are main attraction at the listening

room café; audiences are respectfully quiet

while musicians work. up and coming acts can be heard at douglas corner, The Station inn and countless other halls.

Then there are places for guys who’ve made it. Kix brooks, of brooks and dunn fame,

plays during the harvest at his own winery, arrington vineyards. You can go as big as

lp field, where the tennessee titans play,

and bridgestone arena, home of the Nash-

ville predators hockey team. but no venue is

more cherished than ryman auditorium, the Mother church of country Music.

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built in 1892 as a church; the building is

renowned for its acoustics. it was Home of

the Grand ole opry for many years and stars from patsy cline to elvis presley graced the stage. if you look at upcoming events, you’ll find pat benatar, bryan adams, vince Gill,

boz Scaggs, dwight Yokum, Gregg allman

and the black crowes waiting to revel in the wonder of this venue. Most concerts sell out weeks in advance. food

expect lots of barbecued pork; there is some version on virtually every menu. Music city flats turns out flat bread pizzas (you have

to try the elvis with peanut butter, bananas

and chocolate). The cabana serves southern

favorites including: fried alligator, bison sliders and sweet tea smoked chicken. arpeggio, in the Schermerhorn Symphony center, starts

their meals off with bread and red wine reduction butter, and it just gets better from there.

The Southern Steak & oyster bar is a trendy, sophisticated bar and grill. it’s the gathering spot before titan’s games; big, high stacked

burgers, interesting brunch, rocking seafood

gumbo and fresh oysters served with live mu-

sic. The capitol Grill grows its own herbs and

veggies, raises the cattle it serves and dishes up the tenderest filet known to man. residing in a beautiful, 100+ year-old hotel, the ambiance is incredible. StaY

experience history, luxury and convenience

at The Hermitage Hotel. a forbes five-star

establishment, the hundred-year hotel has the finest ambiance and service, and it’s downtown, walking distance to most downtown attractions.

The Nashville airport Marriott makes catching

early flights easy. located a couple miles from the airport, the three star accommodation ensures you’ll arrive rested and on time.

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“ServICe FrOM tHe Heart”


real resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen

boutonniere for him, a choice of the decorated

There is also a Jewish Wedding Celebration

recognized for their magnificent destination

your favorite music, a champagne toast, a

rabbi, and a Mexican Wedding Celebration,

of sparkling wine and a fruit basket in your

true local flair with stylish traditional Mexican

check-out (based on availability). Couples

or beachfront location, as well as Mexican

with extras such as a private or semi-private

a semi-private wedding reception with a live

couples massage; a private romantic moonlit

in bed.

del Carmen, as well as two private villas -

at the resort’s SPa; an upgraded bouquet

Most importantly, all couples are treated with

Cancun or the luxury Dream villa on

to complement the sound system during the

sional staff of onsite Wedding Specialists.

and/or videographer. In addition each of the

For a chance to win a honeymoon to Real

were created for romance! Consistently

weddings, each of the resorts offer the widest selection of imaginative wedding celebrations

complemented with the most professional and heartfelt service. Couples may choose from

four fabulous all-inclusive resorts: The adultonly Hyatt Zilara (formerly tHe rOYal

Cancun) or the adult-only rOYal Playa del Carmen, as well as the family friendly Gran

gazebo or beach location, a sound system for

presided over by a reformed english speaking

Signature Wedding Cake for two, one bottle

that allows couples to give their celebration a

suite, as well as a full breakfast in bed ,and late

decorations of the oceanfront Wedding Gazebo

may then enhance their wedding celebration

background music, a Margarita cocktail toast,

cocktail reception and/or dinner; an in-suite

Mexican trio, and a “Mexican” style breakfast

Caribe real Cancun or Gran Porto real Playa dinner on the beach; hairstyling and makeup the Pure Serenity luxury villa at Pok ta Pok, Isla Mujeres.

that includes one dozen roses; a solo musician ceremony; and a professional photographer

Wedding ceremony choices include everything resorts has an on-site magistrate’s office to from a Complimentary Boutique Celebration that features a free intimate beach wedding

to elaborate celebrations designed to fit every

file the paperwork and perform the ceremony, ensuring, the wedding will be stress free.

taste and budget. Couples may choose from

and for couples desiring a specific religious or

The romance Celebration. This delightful

cial services: The rOYal Catholic Wedding,

popular wedding packages that begin with

experience includes the services of a professional romance planner, a complimentary

upgrade to the next level of suite (based on

availability), the decoration of the honeymoon suite with rose petals, a bouquet for her and a

‘service from the heart’ by the resorts profes-

Resorts, visit the booth at the Bridal Extravaganza Show.

ethnic celebration, the resorts offer three speavailable in Cancun at real resorts private consecrated Catholic Chapel, Our lady of Guadalupe, and in Playa del Carmen at a

nearby ocean view Catholic Chapel includes a bilingual Catholic Priest.

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Are You

DestineD WeDDing? for a Destination

Before boarding a plane with your closest friends and family and jetting far away to get married, find out if a destination wedding is right for you. There are many things to consider before opting

ansWer our quick questions

and find out! By Erin Cavey Photography by Joel Mathiason

for vows via vacation.

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How picky are you? Destination weddings

Who is paying for your wedding? Most

Where are most of your friends and

than at-home weddings.

scattered throughout the country, a destina-

resort’s staff, you won’t be on hand for every

traveling less of a burden. a qualified travel

comes to details, especially if your wedding

your guests’ needs (travel, air etc.) and, take

on-site visit before your date, so make sure you

travel Lifestyles, an agency specializing in


of the time, destination weddings will cost less

What will you pay for? a large part of total costs will be determined on how generous you are to your guests. You need to decide if and

how much you will pay for their accommodations, transportation and activities.

family located? if friends and family are

are typically planned and managed by the

tion wedding in a central location can make

little decision. You must be flexible when it

agent can help you. “We take care of all of

is out of the country. usually you get just one

the pressure off you,” says raman Mullick of

can take the laid back attitude of a far away

destination weddings.

How big will the wedding party be?

Destination weddings are popular for many

reasons. They are usually less- less stress, less

When you factor in accommodations, travel

Who will actually be able to join you?

party can be impacted by the size of your

they cannot always attend when your wedding

be absolutely beautiful and everyone gets a

able to afford and attend the event, and the

to compromise on many of your selections and

and entertainment, the size of your wedding

There may be important people to invite, but

cash. Wedding pictures at resort locations can


is far, far away. consider who will actually be

mini vacation. on the downside you will have

importance of the ones who won’t make it.

you won’t be able to have as many guests. You

Will children be traveling with you? ensure your location is child-friendly. consider

special transportation needs, baby sitting and child activities.

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just have to decide if it’s right for you.

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Time With The Ones You Love Destination Photographer chris Wineinger says, “i love destination weddings because

you get to spend three full days with family and close friends instead of six hours.

When i arrive at a wedding, i can tell folks are having a great time hanging out and

getting to spend real quality time together.”

He offers these tips: > Have hair and make-up done early so you can utilize the location and take pre-wedding photos. > Have your ceremony two hours before sunset so you don’t run out of light for pictures. > Plan a couple’s photo shoot the day after the event.

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by land, air or sea

UlTimaTe Bachelor The

ParTy by laurette Veres

The plane took off to cheers of hopeful texans enthusiasts. as soon as we landed, we were escorted via luxury bus to arrowhead for a

private tailgate party. Our group joined the

traveling texans, a group of rabid fans who attend every away game.

One final fling with the boys might include

golf, gambling or going to the hottest clubs.

Don’t limit yourself to drive-only destinations. expand your opportunities with the experienced staff at ConSeaair.

ConSeaair is a Houston-based provider of

private on-demand charter service. They have access to jets, turbo props, helicopters and

airlines to ensure you have the best air charter flight experience. They also have access to

yachts and land transportation. This trust-

worthy company currently shuttles NaSCar teams to and from race destinations.

looking for flexibility? Chartering is definitely the way to go. This allows you to customize your trip to fit your needs, avoid baggage

claim, and you can schedule your flights at your desired time.

last fall, I joined ConSeaair for their

Ultimate Fan experience trip to Kansas City. Hosted by radio 106.9 The eagle’s Dean

and rog and the Houston texans’ elvis, 138

enthusiastic texan fans took off on a one-day whirlwind adventure to arrowhead Stadium. The adventure started early in the morning

when elvis greeted us at Hobby airport. What fun it was to see everyone at the gate decked out in texan’s gear.

Just walking from the tailgate to the stadium was exciting. We joined arms and chanted

“Houston texans” as though in a parade. In true Mardi Gras style we were greeted with

the Chief ’s signature tomahawk chop. It was

fun to be surrounded by texans fans inside the NFl’s loudest stadium.

although the game didn’t have the outcome

hoped for, the experience was truly special. as soon as everyone was on the plane home, we

headed out. The awesome staff at ConSeaair took care of every detail. We were along for the ride in style!

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Dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean set the stage for an unforgettable destination wedding.

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West COast DeStINatION WeDDING tHe luxurY aND OPuleNCe

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Dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean set the stage for an unforgettable destination wed-

ding. Can’t make it all the way to Italy? Not

to worry, The resort at Pelican Hill’s gorgeous seaside setting, Italian design and romantic

ceremony locations make it the most exclusive venue on the California coast.

You’ll know you are someplace special just

by looking at the cars in the valet lot. lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bentleys join the rolls

royce’s parked around the lobby. amenities

abound with two Fazio designed golf courses, a 23,000 square-foot spa and world class dining. a large fleet of chauffer driven Mercedes Benz Gl 450s and Cadillac escalades is

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embodying the vision and principles of Italy’s most renowned renaissance architect, andrea Palladio, Pelican Hill is a piece of tuscany right here in america. The buildings are

It can accommodate indoor-outdoor celebrations for up to 220 guests. la Cappella has

room for 120 in a banquet setting and 180 for

receptions. With its distinctive fireplace, hand-

designed to bring the outside in and the inside hewn wooden ceilings, bell tower and views of out. at every turn, you’ll recognize how they

are in perfect harmony with the environment. lOCatION, lOCatION, lOCatION

every ceremony location at Pelican Hill is movie-set worthy. The resort sits atop 504

acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Crystal Cove State Park, one of California’s pro-

tected coastal areas. Three areas are dedicated

for events. Mar vista has high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows with eye-catching ocean and links views and access to an expansive oceanview terrace.

the sea, la Cappella is over the top romantic. The Wedding lawn is an iconic feature of

Pelican Hill. The ultimate outdoor venue fea-

tures a Palladian rotunda and spectacular views

of the resort, golf courses, and Pacific coastline. It accommodates up to 270 for a banquet and 350 for a reception.

YOu are tHe Star

to heighten the exclusivity factor, Pelican Hill

FOr tHe laDIeS

What better way to celebrate friendship

only allows one wedding on property at a time. than a day of pampering at The resort at upon arrival, brides are assigned a wedding

butler to guide them along their journey. On

the wedding day, brides have exclusive use of

the bridal suite, just steps away from ceremony and reception spaces. Bridal parties go gaga over the dressing room and luxurious salon

and make-up station. Consider taking bridal

portraits here on the posh couch. at the event, a dedicated Wedding Concierge greets guests, organizes gifts and creates a gift list.

Pelican Hill’s Five-Star Spa? enter through the dramatic 28-foot Palladian rotunda, and

immediately relax to the sound of the tranquil

water wall. Slip into your plush robe and enjoy pre-service herbal tea. Gather in the aqua

Colonnade with herbal steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and soaking tubs. Guests enjoy personalized spa treatments and heralded therapies from around the world.

FOr tHe GuYS

two challenging Fazio designed golf courses are carved into the bluffs and spill out along

the ocean. Bring a camera because the views

are incredible. Many holes are played from the tee box, over a canyon to a landing pad and

over another canyon to the green. The pull of

the Pacific Ocean and the uneven terrain make reading putts almost impossible. luckily the

forecaddies know every inch of the greens and will help you keep three putts to a minimum. The 6945-yard North course is a little more

challenging while the South course features changing vegetation as it slips down to the ocean. On the right day you can watch the whales swim by the tee box.

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Make new friends and re-connect with old acquaintances at the Coliseum Pool, the largest circular pool in the world.

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Make new friends and re-connect with old

like everything else at Pelican Hill, the

largest circular pool in the world. It’s one of

foot bungalows to the 3,561 square foot four

acquaintances at the Coliseum Pool, the

three gorgeous pools on the property; all have

rooms are over the top. From the 847 square

bedroom villas, luxury and comfort are in every

grand views. The resort will shuttle you down

detail. The villas are perfect for wedding parties.

powerful waves roll in as you sit in the sand or

three- or four- bedrooms, gourmet kitchens,

to the ocean where you can watch the Pacific’s walk the beach. Guided hikes/tours happen every day through Crystal Cove State Park on the 50,000 acre Irvine ranch Natural

The spacious accommodations have two-, luxurious bathrooms, and private terraces with stunning ocean views.

landmarks. For a more civilized excursion, head to the nearby chic shopping town of Newport Beach.

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Thousands of brides, bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride, grooms and wedding planners have their pick of over 350 vendors in 700 display showcases!

aganza Show

at the Bridal extravaganza Show, thousands

of brides, bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride,

grooms, and wedding planners have their pick of over 350 vendors in 700 display showcases who cater exclusively to the ever fashionable, stylish, and romantic wedding industry.

The new York style runway was packed on Saturday and Sunday as attendees viewed fashion shows from impression Bridal,

david’s Bridal, Men’s wearhouse, and The Princess Bridal.

viP brides enjoyed an exclusive event starting in the Couture lounge. lewis grell of lg

entertainment rocked the house as brides and their friends sipped champagne and received swag bags. Then they paraded through the

convention center behind a live musician to the exclusive Couture Stage. The Couture fashion show, produced by Todd ramos,

featured gowns from The Princess Bridal and winnie Couture.

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This huge event is held twice annually and draws marriage-bound couples from all over Texas and beyond.

This huge event is held twice annually and draws marriage-bound couples from all

over Texas and beyond. They find invaluable resources and register to win honeymoons

and shopping sprees. Brides may walk away with prizes such as a free weekend at deer lake lodge or even a honeymoon in the riviera Maya.

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Brides Voted

aNd the results are iN! Best Cakes: Who made the Cake Best hotel: hotel GalVez

Who made the Cake! has a strong reputation for beautiful cakes in which flavor and design are equally important. Nadine moon personally meets with each couple to design their

cakes. specialties include realistic sugar flowers, custom patterns and sculpted cakes. Your guests will rave, “Who made the Cake!”

Best aCCessories: emilY Clair

emily Clair believes that every bride has a unique style and will create one-of-a-kind

accessories to reflect personal flair. let the creative staff at emily Clair create vintage brooch

bouquets using beautiful antique jewelry. Create a memorable statement piece that will last a lifetime.

Best Bridal saloN:

VeNtura’s Bridal

Ventura’s Bridal is houston’s most established salon, catering to brides nationwide since

1984. Ventura’s features the most substantial selection of bridal and bridesmaid dresses in the area. Whether you’re looking for some-

thing couture and contemporary or soft and romantic, Ventura’s has the perfect dress for

your BiG day! Come see why houston brides have declared Ventura’s “Bridal heaven.”

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Best dJ: dJu

The hotel Galvez offers the charm of Galves-

With over 25,000 events to their credit, dJu

setting for Galveston weddings, receptions and

in the houston area for over 23 years. Their

ton’s heritage and the romance of a seaside

special occasions. This exquisite hotel destination has been renowned since the early 1900s as “the Queen of the Gulf.” a collection of

impressive hotel venues for weddings, recep-

Productions has provided great entertainment highly-trained dJ’s and production teams

create a perfect atmosphere for your event,

providing great entertainment, audio/visual

equipment, lighting, photo booths, podiums,

tions and social functions pair with world-class microphones and more. wedding planning service to create an event that is truly memorable.

Best Caterer: CulleN’s

From planning a delectable menu to pairing the perfect wines, Cullen’s private functions bring food and service together, exceeding

every expectation. For weddings, large celebratory dinners or corporate functions, Cullen’s

impeccable service coupled with state-of-the-

art technology will leave you with memories to

Best liNeN: oVer the toP

The mission at over the top linen is to offer the finest quality products at the highest level of service. Their goal is to provide that extra touch of beauty, elegance, and style, making

every event an occasion to be remembered. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. make your appointment today and let them take your event over The top.

last a lifetime.

Best deCorator:

Best CouNtrY CluB: raVeNeaux

Providing clients with fabulous unique set-

houston, raveneaux offers a classically elegant

their design team. Whether it’s a fund raising

Nestled in the heart of picturesque northwest

environment for your special occasion. let our outstanding staff take care of all the details for your big day and make your dream wedding a reality!

a memoraBle eVeNt

tings, no event is too big or too small for the

gala, a bride, or event coordinator looking for incredible savings, they will work within a variety of budgets.

Best Florist:

Best iNVitatioNs:

since 1974, the creative team at Clear lake

my urban invites, located near houston,

events and celebrations with the finest flowers,

and stationary accessories to everyone in the

setting designs. Their professional artists can

unique designs for all the special occasions in

an unforgettable floral design that touches the

a baby, graduating from school or planning a

flowers” guarantees an honest value, longer-

dazzling first impression.

Clear lake FloWers

mY urBaN iNVites

Flowers & Gifts has helped celebrate lifetime

tx offers affordable, hand crafted invitations

extraordinary personal service and trend-

united states. They specialize in fresh and

turn even the most personal sentiments into

life. Whether you are getting married, having

heart. The large stock of “only #1 premium

party, they can help provide your guests with a

lasting bouquets and distinctive floral style.

Best make-uP: hues BY heather

Best PhotoGraPhY:

Your savings headquarters for shower, bridal

airbrush makeup and hair styling company

The photographers, videographers, coordina-

aisle runners to head pieces and ring pillows to

special occasions, and photo shoots.

Video have been taking part in weddings in

store and more.

Best meN’s FashioN:

Best health & FitNess:

express yourself in style. You found the love

With 11 locations in texas, Fred astaire

day is also a perfect match. it’s easy with the

dance step at a time. so, wow your family and

competitive prices at men’s Wearhouse. They

Best GiFts: arNe’s

Professional and experienced on-location

and party supplies. Carrying everything from

available for television, film, print, weddings,

toasting glasses, arne’s is your texas size party

meN’s Warehouse

Fred astaire

of your life – make sure your look for the big

dance studios are changing peoples lives one

extensive selection of formalwear styles and

friends with a spectacular first dance.

also carry gifts and accessories.

eVoke PhotoGraPhY & Video

tors, and designers of evoke Photography &

houston (and surrounding areas) since 1999

and share a wealth of wedding knowledge. if the evoke team can be of assistance to you during your wedding planning adventure, please call or visit.

Best PlaNNer: stePhaNie lYNN

Whether it is a simple gathering or a luxurious celebration, stephanye lynn provides

complete coordination and custom decorating that will transform an entire venue to set your event apart. The also offer coordination packages for a flawless celebration.

Best VeNue CeNtral: CrYstal Ballroom

located in the historic rice hotel, sambuca

will help you create a memorable event, from

formal wedding receptions for 600 to business

luncheons for 20, or a casual get-together with friends. sambuca has a variety of options and unique spaces to offer, including The Crystal Ballroom, where you will appreciate the silk draperies, crystal chandeliers, hand painted

murals and French doors opening to a wraparound balcony.

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Best VeNue destiNatioN: lotus raNCh

Just west of Wimberley, tx, and nestled on

a heavily wooded hill, with hidden meadows and ponds, lotus ranch is the perfect place

for your next event. lotus ranch offers both indoor and outdoor event locations, plus

sleeping accommodations for up to 31 people. specializing in quaint, natural, and intimate

weddings (and many other events), the beautiful hill Country setting will enchant you and your guests.

Best traVel:

all aBout hoNeYmooNs

aah specializes in unique, group destination

weddings at the world’s most beautiful resorts, with an expertise in the Caribbean, mexico, Costa rica, hawaii, and the dominican

republic. They provide clients with peace of

mind as their island wedding or honeymoon dreams become reality.

Best VeNue NW:

Best VeNue Ne:

ashelynn manor is a full-service wedding and

Three lushly-landscaped acres filled with

west of tomball. They have a beautiful, old-

columned gazebo. a delightfully restored old

ashelYNN maNor

reception venue located in magnolia, tx, just

fashioned chapel, amid luscious landscaping

and can accommodate up to 275 guests. The

large Carriage house, with its rustic elegance, is the perfect place to host your reception.

Burkeshire PlaNtatioN

100-year-old oaks showcase an enchanted,

southern mansion from the 1930’s and meticulous attention to every detail ensure a oncein-a-lifetime fairy tale experience at Burke-

shire Plantation that you will cherish forever.

Best VeNue sW: saFari texas

Best VeNue se:

izing in weddings, galas, Bar/Bat mitzvahs,

From the beautiful outdoor patio to the quaint

parties. The professional staff, with 20+ years

setting for your wedding and reception. This

safari texas is a full-service facility, specialQuinceañeras, corporate meetings and holiday of food and beverage experience, is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of service and attention to detail.

Butler’s CourtYard

ambiance, Butler’s Courtyard is the perfect facility is for the couple who is looking for

historic elegance or that “something” a little

different. an experienced wedding consultant will work with you to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams.

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jordan limo

Best sPeCial eFFeCts:

Best traNsPortatioN:

Best oF shoW:

two family-owned fireworks stands in hous-

serving greater houston since 1982, Jordan

our winners of the Best Venue south east

operations in southeast texas. For years brides

romantic getaways in vintage rolls royce and

- our highest honor. our brides voted their

love sparklers” answered that call and began

Their red san Francisco trolley bus is ideal

i loVe sParklers

JordaN limo

ton grew into one of the largest retail fireworks limousines makes weddings special with came in to buy sparklers for their weddings. “i

selling sparklers online for weddings and other special events nationwide, hoping to add a little extra “sparkle” to those special days! Best Photo Booth:

Bentley cars, including a 1963 convertible.

for the bridal party and guests. drivers wear

caps and white gloves for the finishing touch. special and romantic!

Best VideoGraPher: luxe Films

Butler’s CourtYard

category are also the winners of Best of show beautiful outdoor areas and quaint ambiance as not the only perfect setting for your wedding

and reception, but the very best among Who’s

Who at the latest Bridal extravaganza show Congratulations Butler’s Courtyard!

FuN Pix Photo Booth

luxe Films brings a fresh approach to capturing

doN’t ForGet to Vote

open-air studio-style photobooth of its kind.

their relationship with clients, working closely

For Your FaVorites

standing vision. This helps to create a film

at the Next Bridal

and their special day, resulting in a timeless

extraVaGaNza shoW!

FunPix Photobooth is the newest, and first entertain your guests, use photos as party

favors, and share with friends online. The FunPix Photobooth holds up to 10 people. Your

guests will have a blast playing with the props and they can print pictures on the spot.

your special day. Their number one priority is together, learning personalities, and under-

experience that perfectly represents the couple keepsake to be enjoyed for years to come!

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One lOOk at pOpular wedding blOgs will let yOu knOw vintage is in. FrOm wedding dresses tO decOratiOns, vintage has made a big cOmeback and is mOre desired than ever beFOre. the creative hOustOn vendOrs Featured here are helping texas brides with their Bourbon and Bloom

vintage decOr needs, big and small.

Rent Some Vintage

By Brittney Moore

Recollection Vintage Rentals

Bourbon and Bloom

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the bOrrOwed Flea

raw and industrial rentals are available at

the borrowed Flea. Owner tara youngblood can create a seamless mix of soft and hard

elements; lace details around leather and metal is not a problem. she offers lace linens, chan-

deliers, beautifully crafted leather suitcases and metal trophies. The borrowed Flea’s eclectic mix of reading glasses, books, clocks, chalk-

boards, wooden barrels and trunks add some depth to engagement photos. They provide

vintage rentals for clients in texas and beyond. Bourbon and Bloom

rent sOme vintage

marty Justice loves estate sales. in fact,

before starting rent some vintage, she spent weekends with friends at estate sales. now

houston brides can benefit from her shopping prowess as she turns one-of-a-kind discards in the sought after treasures. her treasure trove was featured on a recent episode of bridal

extravaganza tv as she helped a bright-eyed

bride with mason jars, milk jugs, wine barrels, old doors, and more. combining rustic and

lace, she helps create the perfect vintage vibe. bOurbOn & blOOm

ashley tinsley of bourbon & bloom offers

vintage rentals with a soft, romantic feel. her abundant family heirloom collection along with items she has collected along the way

create an impressive inventory. rustic doors, bar carts, mercury glass, antique cameras and unique tables are just some of the items

available. Their collection continues with a

beautiful 1950 dodge pearl pickup truck and custom built barrel seats, farmhouse tables, and directional posts. bourbon & bloom currently serves houston, austin, san antonio, and dallas.

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recOllectiOn vintage rentals

recollection vintage rentals has a large

collection for texas brides. antique china,

silverware, and cake displays can add character to any table. vintage frames create unique

backdrops for your ceremony or engagement

photos. a large assortment of floral vessels will enhance the natural beauty of floral arrange-

ments. The mother daughter team at recollection

also rents space for photo shoots. brides renting the charming backdrop have their pick of all the furniture and props available. Recollection Vintage Rentals

Bourbon and Bloom

a style cOllective

a style collective offers a variety of services

from prop rentals to floral design. glassware, mix-and-match china, chandeliers, type-

writers, floral vessels, mason jars and hand

crafted farmhouse tables are available here. if you don’t know where to start, a style

collective offers event styling services. They will help with everything from the color palette to paper goods to event displays.

whether you are looking to style a wedding

for one hundred or an engagement shoot for

two, they will help you pull it off smoothly and beautifully. much of their inventory is located online, but they can create custom items or shop for to fill client desires.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Ashley Weber and Cody Martin February 28, 2014 Ashley holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is currently an applied behavioral analysis specialist, and Cody is a sales agent with Allstate. The bridesmaids are Heather Jolly, Kaylee Beyer and Veronica Arispe-Garcia of Pearland, Texas, Melissa Miller Reimer from Spring, Texas, and Yaritza Rivas from Deer Park, Texas. The groomsmen are David Garcia, Carlos Zuniga, Kevin Kenyon, Grant Beyer and Derek Merrill, all of Pearland. The couple is planning a winter wedding at Hidden Palms in Santa Fe, Texas, followed by a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean.

Tynique Parker and Marvin Samuel October 5, 2014

Deisy DeLeon and Christopher Leija Tara McComb and Randy Ostrowski March 8, 2014 November 15, 2013 Deisy and Christopher met at Texas State University through the Latina Sorority and Latino Fraternity. Deisy, a fifth grade bilingual teacher for San Jacinto Elementary School in GCCISD, and Christopher, a worker for Juvenile Probation Department, will have their wedding at San Fernando Cathedral before heading to the San Antonio A&M Club for the reception.

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Tara and Randy met in sixth grade. The bride is graduate of Buford High, Lancaster, SC and Ohio University. She is a SWAT Specialist at Best Buy. The groom is a graduate of Buford High School and York Technical College. He is currently a certified specialist service technician for Chrysler and Fiat. Bridesmaids included Trezlynn Eldridge and Alicia Martinez and the groomsman was Raul Martinez. Tara wore a light pink and white Alfred Angelo gown and carried pink and red roses at her sunset wedding.

Tynique met Marvin while working part time at a restaurant. They instantly connected after talking about the workout DVD ‘Insanity’and the following day went on three dates and became inseparable. Tynique is a graduate of Jack Yates High School and Prairie View A&M University. She is currently in Human Resources at Landry’s corporate office. The groom is a graduate of Wayne High School in Dayton, OH and Central State University. He is a Military Police officer at Ellington Field with the United States Air Force. The couple plans to honeymoon in England and Paris.

Kaitlin Ferranti and Kole Puckett October 18, 2014

These two Texas A&M graduates met through close friends who sensed they would hit it off. There was an instant connection and Kaitlin and Kole became inseparable. Family and friends expected an engagement sooner rather than later and now the couple is planning a wedding in Anahuac, Texas. A reception will follow under an elegant white tent, enhanced with chandeliers and a vintage touch on the property of Danette and Pat Ferranti. Details of a tropical honeymoon will be a surprise from the groom.

Ashlyn Hunter and Dale Dumas May 31, 2014 This couple met while attending Lamar University and working at Target. Ashlyn earned her Bachelor of Electircal Engineering and is an ExxonMobil Electrical Engineer. Dale is a Bachelor of Medical Technology and works as a medical technology scientist. They are planning a spring wedding in Houston, Texas followed by a honeymoon in Barbados.

Erica Celedon and German Rojas September, 2014

The bride is a Certified Medical Assistant at Katy Rheumatology currently pursuing a degree in Nuclear medicine. The groom holds an Associates of Applied Science in culinary arts and is currently pursuing a degree in Agricultural Science. Carolina Corona will serve as Maid of Honor and the best man will be Angel Tapia, both from Houston, Texas. The couple plans to marry at Pecan Springs in Brookshire, Texas. Erica will carry sunflowers and daisies.

Rebekah Tepfer and Charles Bibbs May 6, 2012 and March 29, 2014

A small ceremony took place May 6th, 2012 in San Diego, CA. The bride wore a cream-colored, cocktail-length, brocade dress with gold and crystal accents. The groom deployed with the Navy nine days later and is currently overseas. In March, the couple is planning a larger renewal ceremony at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada followed by the reception at Maggiano’s on the strip. After the honeymoon the couple will reside in San Diego, CA where the groom is currently stationed.

Lucy Dee Anderson and Joshua Sheppard February 22, 2014 Lucy was only in Houston for the summer when she met Joshua while they both worked as servers in a restaurant. They spent every day together until she returned to her home in Canada. The very long distance finally shortened when she moved to Houston a year and a half later. Lucy works as a Zookeeper at the Houston Zoo Inc. in the Primate Department and Joshua is an Information Systems Analyst The couple will marry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Banff, Alberta, Canada and will honeymoon at Walt Disney World.

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A resource guide for plAnning weddings This list represents a portion of the hundreds of exhibitors who participated in the Bridal Extravaganza Show in Houston, TX on January 11-12, 2014. Check out these companies today to find out more about their bridal services, or visit them at our next event.

find them online at AestHetics/HeAltH & fitness/ MedicAl dAy spA Advocare, independent distributor

BAcHelor & BAcHelorette events slumber parties

BridAl sAlons Alfred Angelo david’s Bridal

panache Bridal & formal

parvani vida Bridal & formal The Bridal depot The princess Bridal ventura’s Bridal

winnie couture flagship salon

BridAl sHower services silver sycamore

BridesMAid gowns Alfred Angelo david’s Bridal Henkaa inc.

The princess Bridal ventura’s Bridal

cAke toppers & Boxes Arne’s texas size party store

ral’s fine catering

emily clair Bridal Accessories

who Made the cake! cAkes - wedding & grooM’s Bavarian cakery safari texas

The Bell tower on 34th your way by kimberly

cHApels & gAzeBos Ashelynn Manor

Burkeshire plantation

dream cakes inc.

edible designs By Jessie finale by glenna Julies cakes

supreme kakes & More

tammy Allen wedding cakes who Made the cake! cAterers Bailey connor catering

Bennie ferrell catering

Black-eyed pea catering

Braman winery/winery on wheels

carol’s catering service

crystal Ballroom at the rice Butler’s courtyard chateau polonez cypress chateau lindsay lakes

The Bell tower on 34th cHocolAte fountAins , gifts & fAvors Arne’s texas size party store chocolate encore

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cinnamon shore

event identity event solutions glitter & whiskey events

lion & lamb event services

cruise planners - terry s. Mckinney event identity

scott kelley photography

disc Jockeys Al’s formal wear

daulong’s Mobile Music inc.

schwartz & woodward he Bell tower on 34th perfect carma events dAnce floor Avalon event rentals

dAnce lessons dance passion

decorAtors & decorAtions Arne’s texas size party store

dJ dave productions

The Bloom room, llc trendy touches

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Adam copeland photography chris w photo 1destinAtionwedding.coM

lg entertainment

sound connections, inc. space city dJs

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HoMe & finAnciAl plAnning green Mountain energy

HoneyMoon trAvel Agencies

Ace travel House, inc.

clear lake flowers

debra’s floral designs f. dellit designs

cruise planners - terry s. Mckinney

Hotel & reception sites Hotel galvez

palms Banquet & event center

H-e-B BlooMs™ H-e-B floral

lz floral design

sarah’s florist, inc.

The Bloom room, llc

The Bell tower on 34th The tremont House

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celebrity china & cookware

The perfect touch linens

gift registry celebrity china & cookware

invitAtions & custoM pAper Al’s formal wear

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JM productions professional dJ service


lz floral design

dJu productions

gown cleAning & preservAtion The Bridal depot

guest Books Arne’s texas size party store

elegant Beginnings, inc.

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gown AlterAtions The Bridal depot invitation solutions isabella invitations vivian Jade

Jewelry dragon king pearls

Adams photography

unique Jewels

ligHting dJ dave productions lg entertainment

The Bell tower on 34th lingerie slumber parties

MAke-up Artists & HAir stylists designer Hair

Hilda kershman Makeup studio

Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry

Men’s forMAl weAr Al’s formal wear Majestic tuxedos

Men’s wearhouse MusicAl groups & vocAlists Avalon Music royal dukes Band pHoto BootHs Anchor entertainment capture it photo Booths dJu productions funpix photobooth

JM productions professional dJ service

lg entertainment

photo Booths By image cinema shutterBooth

The traveling photo Booth® trendy touches pHotogrApHers A lifetime of Memories Adam copeland photography

butler’s courtyard

Akil Bennett photography Al’s formal wear photo

Ana & ivan photography

chris curry wedding photography chris w photo

click photo & video composure studios

dc stanley photography

star fleet yachts

delight studio

sweetwater country club

dream photo & video

evoke photography & video inc. The Bell tower on 34th

fernando weberich photography

rentAl equipMent Arne’s texas size party store

J. cogliandro photography

Avalon event rentals

John ly photography Jw Baugh photography

khloe Madison

leslie cervantez photography

light writer photography lg entertainment

over the top linen rent some vintage shutterBooth

loyd’s photography & video

rentAl linens & tABles creative elegance inc.

Md turner photography

elegant Beginnings, inc. natural expressions photos By gabriela

reclaimed Moments photo & video

scott kelley photography event solutions over the top linen

The perfect touch linens

sgi photography

skincAre & cosMetics Mary kay

Thomas & penelope

ultra Balm skincare Thompson photographics

velasquez photography

speciAl effects dJu productions

reHeArsAl dinner fAcilities Haak vineyards & winery inc.

tAnning sAlons darque tan

pelazzio reception venue

royal oaks country club

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fernando weberich photography

cypress chateau

cypress chateau

khloe Madison

events etc. House plantation

pelazzio reception venue

The Bell tower on 34th trAnsportAtion Jordan limousines Monarch limousines The Bell tower on 34th The original trolley co.

vAcAtion resorts cinnamon shore

videogrApHers A&A video/1 cinema productions

AB Motion video Al’s formal wear

click photo & video dakine films

delight studio dream photo and video

evoke photography & video inc.

the estates at Pecan Park

loyd’s photography & video luxe films natural expressions

reclaimed Moments photo & video The Bell tower on 34th velasquez photography wedding & portrAit pHotogrApHers A lifetime of Memories Adams photography Akil Bennett photography

Ana & ivan photography

chris curry wedding photography composure studios delight studio

evoke photography & video inc.

John ly photography Jw Baugh photography

leslie cervantez photography

light writer photography Md turner photography Thomas & penelope Thompson photographics

wedding & reception sites April sound country club Ashelynn Manor

Bay oaks country club Burkeshire plantation Butler’s courtyard chateau polonez

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Haak vineyards & winery inc.

Hilton garden inn pearland House plantation kemah gardens la tranquila ranch lindsay lakes

lotus ranch, wimberley, tx

Madera estates weddings & events

Momma’s at sengelmann

oakwind weddings & special occasions

palms Banquet and event center

pecan grove plantation country club

pelazzio reception venue

raveneaux country club

red oak Ballroom royal oaks country club safari texas silver sycamore star fleet yachts

sterling country club sweetwater country club

The Admiral at endeavour Marina, on clear lake

The Bell tower on 34th The estates at pecan park

The orchard at caney creek

The tuscany villa tuscan courtyard

walden on lake Houston

willow fork country club The springs events

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Bridal Resource Guide the wedding vendors e very te xa s bride should know

Aesthetics/Health & Fitness/Medical Day Spa  Bachelor/Bachelorette Events  Bridal Salons  Bridal Shower Services  Bridesmaid Gowns Cake Toppers/Boxes  Cakes  Caterers  Chapels and Gazebos  Chocolate Fountains, Gifts, & Favors  Consultants/Event Planners Dance Lessons  DanceFloor  Day Spas  Decorators/Decorations  Destination Weddings  Disc Jockeys  Engagement/Wedding Announcements Florists  Gift Registry  Gifts and Accessories  Gown Alterations  Gown Cleaning/Preservation  Groomsman Gifts/Accessories Guest Books  Headpieces and Veils  Home/Financial Planning  Honeymoon Travel Agencies  Hotel and Reception Sites  Housewares  Invitations and Custom Paper  Jewelry  Laser Hair Removal & Skin Rejuvenation  Lighting  Linens/Tables  Lingerie  Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Men’s Formal Wear  Ministers  Musical Groups/Vocalists  New Home Furnishings  Photo Booths  Photographers Reception Facilities/Wedding Sites  Rehearsal Dinner Facilities  Rental Equipment  Skin Care/Cosmetics  Special Effects  Tanning Salons Total Wedding Services  Transportation  Vacation Resorts  Videographers  Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Featured Red Carpet Exhibitors at t h e B r i d a l E x t r ava g a n z a S h o w A Lifetime of Memories Ace Travel House, Inc. Adams Photography AJ’S Urban Petals & Johanna Terry Events Akil Bennett Photography Amazen Chef Creations Anchor Entertainment Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Arteflora Backyard Catering Bailey Connor Catering Barettis Banquet Hall & Catering Bed Bath & Beyond Bella-Deur Bridal Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Black-eyed Pea Catering Breckenridge Resort Burkeshire Plantation Cadillac Bar Chateau Polonez Chris Curry Wedding Photography Chris W Photo Clear Lake Flowers Cleopatra Palace Banquet Facility & Catering Co. Composure Studios Cruise Planners - Terry S. McKinney Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Cullen’s Cypress Chateau Darque Tan Darryl & Co.

DC Stanley Photography DJU Productions Downtown Aquarium Houston Dragon King Pearls Dream Cakes Inc. Dream Photo and Video du Liban Favors (Elegantly Finished Favors) Edible Designs By Jessie Elegant Beginnings, Inc. Emily Clair Bridal Accessories Event Solutions Events Etc. FantaSea Yacht Charters Fred Astaire Dance Studio GMS Dental Centers Good to Go Catering H-E-B BLOOMS ™ Haras Hacienda Henkaa Inc. Hilda Kershman Makeup Studio Holiday Inn® Houston Hobby Airport Honey Bee Ranch Event Center Hotel Derek House Plantation Impression Bridal Outlet Inside Crystal Images Invitation Solutions Isabella Invitations Isagenix J. Cogliandro Photography John Ly Photography Julies Cakes

Khloe Madison La Fontaine Reception Hall Leslie Cervantez Photography LG Entertainment Lion & Lamb Event Services LZ Floral Design Madera Estates Weddings & Events Meridian & Gatherings Banquet Centers Moffitt Oaks Momma’s at Sengelmann Natural Expressions New Orleans Hotel Collection Olde Dobbin Station Olmox Fine Filigree Jewelry Ouisie’s Table Palms Banquet and Event Center Pelazzio Reception Venue Perla’s Reception Hall Photo Booths By Image Cinema Plexus Worldwide Inc. Raveneaux Country Club Reclaimed Moments Photo & Video Red Oak Ballroom Rent Some Vintage Revolve Pole Studio Royal Dukes Band Royal Oaks Country Club Schwartz & Woodward SGI Photography Signature Manor Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. Something New Sound Connections, Inc.

Space City DJs Spectrum Resorts Spring Chateau Star Fleet Yachts Supreme Kakes and More Sweet Dreams - Luxury Sheets TapSnap Phototainment Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry The Admiral at Endeavour Marina, on Clear Lake The Estates at Pecan Park The Landings St Lucia The Princess Bridal The San Luis Resort The Traveling Photo Booth® The Tuscany Villa Thomas & Penelope Thompson Photographics Trendy Touches Tuscan Courtyard Velasquez Photography Ventura’s Brial Vivian Jade Walden Yacht Club on Lake Conroe Wedding Venues at Northwest Forest Whitney Oaks Who Made the Cake! Winnie Couture Flagship Salon Your Way by Kimberly

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Aesthetics/Health & Fitness/Medical Day Spa ­— Cake Toppers/Boxes

Bridal Resource Guide





Aesthetics/Health & Fitness/Medical Day Spa AdvoCare, Independent Distributor 368 832.527.8402 Amerejuve Medspa 713.960.6262 Deer Lake Lodge 132 800.961.4210 Doctor’s Weight Control Center 370 281.367.0070 European Wax Center 340 866.773.4929 Isagenix 384 713.504.6812 It Works! 383 832.291.7822 Plexus Worldwide Inc. 380 281.482.5888 Verticality Pole Fitness 372 713.677.0100

Bachelor/Bachelorette Events Revolve Pole Studio Slumber Parties Verticality Pole Fitness

77 360 372

832.707.2509 832.524.0609 713.677.0100

Bridal Salons Bella-Deur Bridal Belle Reve Bridal Couture Camille La Vie David’s Bridal Inc. Enchanted Cypress Ballroom Impression Bridal 133 Impression Bridal Outlet 260 Panache Bridal & Formal 385 Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal 29 The Bridal Depot 51 The Princess Bridal 39 Ventura’s Bridal 16 Winnie Couture Flagship Salon 4

281.870.8600 713.436.3388 713.468.3350 877.921.BRIDE 281.826.0505 713.623.4696 713.774.4696 281.580.0066 281.498.9292 713.668.3100 281.651.9393 713.880.2364 713.782.9316

Bridal Shower Services Silver Sycamore



Bridesmaid Gowns David’s Bridal Inc. Henkaa Inc. 189 The Princess Bridal 39 Ventura’s Bridal 16

877.921.BRIDE 888.943.6522 281.651.9393 713.880.2364

Cake Toppers/Boxes Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Emily Clair Bridal Accessories Tammy Allen Wedding Cakes Who Made the Cake!

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713.869.8321 512.276.7553 281.861.7995 713.528.4719

Cakes ­— Chocolate Fountains, Gifts, & Favors

Bridal Resource Guide





Cakes Bavarian Cakery Dana Marie’s Specialty Cakes Dream Cakes Inc. Edible Designs By Jessie Finale by Glenna Julies Cakes Supreme Kakes and More Tammy Allen Wedding Cakes Who Made the Cake!

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713.816.7930 832.723.9631 713.504.2253 281.556.5523 281.354.0571 281.261.8229 281.496.1000 281.861.7995 713.528.4719

Caterers Amazen Chef Creations 364 Backyard Catering 220 Bailey Connor Catering 152 Barettis Banquet Hall & Catering 367 Bennie Ferrell Catering 168 Black-eyed Pea Catering 180 Braman Winery/Winery on Wheels Carol’s Catering Service Crystal Ballroom at the Rice 90 Finale by Glenna 185 Good to Go Catering Johnny Carino’s Nuksy’s Fine Catering LLC Ral’s Fine Catering 530 Safari Texas 248 Shirley Acres The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 Your Way by Kimberly 361

713.446.2162 281.377.6127 713.932.8335 281.533.3000 713.460.0480 713.304.2283 361.894.1WOW 713.817.1513 713.227.7423 281.354.0571 281.712.2222 877.PASTA.411 281.208.7129 713.688.7257 281.277.7888 281.444.2582 713.868.2355 713.466.6772

Chapels and Gazebos Ashelynn Manor 33 Burkeshire Plantation 79 Butler’s Courtyard 45 Chateau Polonez 174 Enchanted Cypress Ballroom Lindsay Lakes 325 The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336

281.252.3355 936.441.0949 281.557.5551 281.655.5656 281.826.0505 281.373.1800 713.868.2355

Chocolate Fountains, Gifts, & Favors Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 57 Chocolate Encore 63 Chocolate Fountain Express 113 DGZ Chocolates du Liban Favors (Elegantly Finished Favors) 335

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Consultants/Event Planners — Destination Weddings

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Consultants/Event Planners A&E Weddings & Events 149 AJ’S Urban Petals & Johanna Terry Events 126 Bennie Ferrell Catering 168 DJ Shorty Productions 376 Event Identity 82 Event Solutions 156 Glitter & Whiskey Events Lion & Lamb Event Services 200 Majestic Tuxedos 206 Perfect Carma Events 356 Savvy Elegance - Weddings & Events 250 Schwartz & Woodward Stephanye Lynn Wedding & Event Design 80 The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 Victorious Occasions 98

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Dance Lessons Dance Passion 713.443.8275 Fred Astaire Dance Studio Wedding Dance Houston 713.882.3864

Dance Floors Avalon Event Rentals



Day Spas Deer Lake Lodge Planet Beach Contempo Spa

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Decorators/Decorations Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Arteflora Crystal ShowCase Elegant Beginnings, Inc. LZ Floral Design Signature Manor Stephanye Lynn Wedding & Event Design The Bloom Room, LLC Trendy Touches Your Way by Kimberly

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Destination Weddings — Florists

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Chris W Photo Cinnamon Shore 166 Craig Davis Weddings Cruise Planners - Terry S. McKinney 214 Event Identity 82 Scott Kelley Photography 104 Spectrum Resorts 110


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Disc Jockeys Al’s Formal Wear 121 Complete Music Cupics Photo Booths 347 Daulong’s Mobile Music Inc. 332 DJ Dave Productions 35 DJ Shorty Productions 376 DJU Productions 24 JM Productions Professional DJ Service 196 LG Entertainment 10 Madam DJ 341 Premium Sound DJ 302 Sound Connections, Inc. 299 Space City DJs 305 Unique Style Productions 108

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Engagement/Wedding Announcements Houston Chronicle



Florists 2 Cool Flowers 363 832.598.4373 AJ’S Urban Petals & Johanna Terry Events 126 713.957.0449 Arteflora 25 281.536.1507 Clear Lake Flowers 75 281.488.3838 Darryl & Co. 85 713.863.0400 Debra’s Floral Designs 353 832.453.2000 Dream Bouquet 96 713.383.6900 F. Dellit Designs 184 281.762.1531 H-E-B BLOOMS tm Inside Front Cover H-E-B Floral LZ Floral Design 287 281.813.5145 Sarah’s Florist, Inc. 322 281.497.5533 Sicola’s Florist 271 713.686.0627 The Bloom Room, LLC 160 281.501.0768 The Perfect Touch Linens 97 713.523.4567

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Gift Registry — Honeymoon Travel Agencies

Bridal Resource Guide





Gift Registry Bed Bath & Beyond 800.GO.BEYOND Celebrity China & Cookware 350 800.729.6346 CodeMark Financial LLC 345 713.527.9999 Dillard’s 713.463.4111 Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry 6 800.568.8865 The Brookwood Community 281.375.2181

Gifts and Accessories Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 57 713.869.8321 Emily Clair Bridal Accessories 177 512.276.7553 I Do Engravables 266 678.861.1388 Inside Crystal Images 379 432.770.1513 Living Stones 903.239.1616 Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry 6 800.568.8865 Scentsy Something New 365 866.734.4492 Sweet Dreams - Luxury Sheets 386 979.345.3302 Vivian Jade 713.783.8368

Gown Alterations The Bridal Depot



Gown Cleaning/Preservation The Bridal Depot



Groomsman Gifts/Accessories Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 57 Majestic Tuxedos 206 Men’s Wearhouse

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Guest Books Arne’s Texas Size Party Store I Do Engravables

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Headpieces and Veils Arne’s Texas Size Party Store



Home/Financial Planning CodeMark Financial LLC 345 Direct Buy of Houston North Green Mountain Energy 359 Keller Williams Realty Professionals Turbo Realty

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Hotel and Reception Sites — Lighting

Bridal Resource Guide





Hotel and Reception Sites Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown 326 Hilton Garden Inn Houston- Willowbrook Hilton Houston Westchase 298 Hotel Derek 91 Hotel Galvez 93 Hotel Sorella Houston Marriott Westchase La Quinta: Kingwood New Orleans Hotel Collection 215 Palms Banquet and Event Center Sheraton North Houston Hotel 273 The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 The San Luis Resort 107 The Tremont House

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Housewares Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 57 713.869.8321 Celebrity China & Cookware 350 800.729.6346 Dillard’s 713.463.4111 Tupperware 281.935.6588

Invitations and Custom Paper Al’s Formal Wear 121 Blissful Paperie 65 Invitation Solutions Isabella Invitations 144 MagnetStreet Weddings 354 My Urban Invites 47 Paper Flowerz 229 Vivian Jade

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Jewelry AB Bling Wedding Jewelry Dragon King Pearls Olmox Fine Filigree Jewelry Something New Unique Jewels

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Lighting — Photo Booths

Bridal Resource Guide


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Linens/Tables Affordable Linens & Decor Creative Elegance Inc. Crystal ShowCase 105 Darryl & Co. 85 Elegant Beginnings, Inc. 87 Event Solutions 156 Over the Top Linen The Perfect Touch Linens 97 What’s the Occasion Linens and Decor 268

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Lingerie Slumber Parties



Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge 127 713.942.9177 Etched Makeup & Beauty Consultants 371 281.686.3058 Exquisite Reflections 281.898.0411 Hilda Kershman Makeup Studio 43 713.630.9090 Kathy Smith Makeup Artist 296 713.240.2405 Makeup Texas 713.834.2471 Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry 67

Men’s Formal Wear Men’s Wearhouse Al’s Formal Wear 121 Majestic Tuxedos 206

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Ministers Weddings Performed



Musical Groups/Vocalists Avalon Music Royal Dukes Band

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Photo Booths — Photographers

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JM Productions Professional DJ Service LG Entertainment My Own Booth Photo Booths By Image Cinema ShutterBooth TapSnap Phototainment The Traveling Photo Booth® Trendy Touches Unique Style Productions

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Photographers A Lifetime of Memories 221 A&A Video/1 Cinema Productions 100 Adam Copeland Photography 173 Adams Photography 128 Akil Bennett Photography 106 Al’s Formal Wear 121 Photo 234 ANA&IVAN photography 157 Blanca Duran Photography 136 Captivated by Agape Photography, LLC Celebrate Your Sexy 369 Chris Curry Wedding Photography 74 Chris W Photo Click Photo & Video 337 Composure Studios 125 DC Stanley Photography 120 Delight Studio 247 Dream Photo and Video Back Cover Ever After Photography Evoke Photography & Video Inc. 89 Fernando Weberich Photography 219 George Street Photo & Video Hawt Shots Boudoir 375 J. Cogliandro Photography 167 John Ly Photography 141 JW Baugh Photography 262 Khloe Madison 165 Kreative Concepts Photography 258 Leslie Cervantez Photography 207 Light Writer Photography 277 Loyd’s Photography & Video 83 MD Turner Photography 18 Natural Expressions 223 Pearl Studios Photography 242

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Photographers — Reception Facilities/Wedding Sites

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Photos By Gabriela 304 Picture This Photography Pixel Studio Productions 320 Reclaimed Moments Photo & Video 236 Sally Vee Photography 343 Scott Kelley Photography 104 SGI Photography 256 Thomas & Penelope 228 Thompson Photographics 265 Tomas Ramos Photographers 112 Velasquez Photography 269


832.235.4166 713.983.8678 281.277.1055 832.649.7162 832.661.3118 713.320.1561 832.385.6511 832.233.3458 281.446.9618 713.410.1389 832.215.7550


Reception Facilities/Wedding Sites April Sound Country Club 176 936.588.7213 Ashelynn Manor 33 281.252.3355 Barettis Banquet Hall & Catering 367 281.533.3000 Bay Oaks Country Club 281.244.3805 Bentwater Yacht & Country Club 936.597.6219 Burkeshire Plantation 79 936.441.0949 Butler’s Courtyard 45 281.557.5551 Cadillac Bar 164 713.862.2020 Castle Events 169 713.854.3667 Chateau Polonez 174 281.655.5656 Cindy’s Palace Banquet Hall 355 281.633.9886 Cleopatra Palace Banquet Facility & Catering Co. 352 281.537.1966 Crowne Plaza Downtown 344 713.495.7881 Crystal Ballroom at the Rice 90 713.227.7423 Cullen’s 92 281.991.2000 Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown 326 713.351.5766 Downtown Aquarium Houston 95 713.315.5168 Enchanted Cypress Ballroom 281.826.0505 Events Etc. 323 281.351.2920 FantaSea Yacht Charters 281.538.9600 Fred Astaire Dance Studio Golfcrest Country Club 188, 317 281.485.4323 Greenspoint Club 333 281.875.0191 Haak Vineyards & Winery Inc. 137 409.925.1401 Haras Hacienda 331 281.259.4861 Hilton Garden Inn Pearland 374 281.617.5879 Holiday Inn® Houston – Hobby Airport 866.460.7454 Honey Bee Ranch Event Center 713.208.6222 House Plantation 37 281.758.0706 Houston Arboretum & Nature Center 14 713.681.8433 Houston Event Centers 713.987.7290 Kemah Gardens 295 281.334.0501 - 396 -

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La Fontaine Reception Hall 713.874.7299 La Tranquila Ranch 197 281.576.8882 Lindsay Lakes 325 281.373.1800 Lotus Ranch, Wimberley, Tx 321 512.847.6633 Madera Estates Weddings & Events 148 936.441.9337 Meridian & Gatherings Banquet Centers 99 713.667.8866 Mia Bella Vita Weddings 208 832.418.0777 Moffitt Oaks 713.907.5971 Momma’s at Sengelmann 41 979.743.2300 Noahs 329 832.451.7201 Northgate Country Club 281.444.5302 Oakwind Weddings & Special Occasions 327 281.585.0060 Olde Dobbin Station 101 936.828.0790 Ouisie’s Table 94 713.528.2264 Palms Banquet and Event Center 832.202.7840 Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club 306 281.342.9940 Pelazzio Reception Venue 311 281.531.0008 Perla’s Reception Hall 235 281.550.2644 Raveneaux Country Club 86 281.370.6370 Red Oak Ballroom 301 713.590.0953 Royal Oaks Country Club 88 281.899.3293 Safari Texas 248 281.277.7888 Seasons 52 274 Shirley Acres 281.444.2582 Signature Manor 257 713.541.1000 Silver Sycamore 358 281.487.4033 South Shore Harbour Country Club 281.334.0521 Spring Chateau 281.355.0077 Star Fleet Yachts 26, 59 281.901.5648 Sterling Country Club 188, 317 281.304.1400 Sugar Creek Country Club 300 281.494.9131 Sweetwater Country Club 119 281.980.4100 Texas Renaissance Festival 324 800.458.3435 The Admiral at Endeavour Marina, on Clear Lake 103 832.390.4002 The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 713.868.2355 The Bougainvilleas 832.914.7844 The Brookwood Community 281.375.2181 The Carriage House 357 979.703.5113 The Clubs of Kingwood 346 281.348.2210 The Estates at Pecan Park 129 832.712.5157 The Green Event Center 339 281.482.2626 The Houston City Club 334 713.840.8223 The Houston Museum of Natural Science 84 713.639.4749 - 397 -

Reception Facilities/Wedding Sites — Rental Equipment

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The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls 201 The Luxe Event Boutique 286 The Orchard at Caney Creek 275 The Springs Events 297 The Tuscany Villa The Villagio 315 The Woodlands Country Club Tin Hall, Inc. Tuscan Courtyard 313 Walden on Lake Houston 270 Walden Yacht Club on Lake Conroe 55 Wedding Venues at Northwest Forest 49 Whitney Oaks 373 Willow Fork Country Club 267


210.201.4390 281.416.0300 281.944.3331 888.497.5501 281.693.4289 281.352.0903 281.863.1411 713.664.7450 832.356.8838 832.445.2104 936.582.4222 281.256.4166 713.692.0198 281.579.6262


Rehearsal Dinner Facilities Bentwater Yacht & Country Club 936.597.6219 Clay’s 348 281.859.3773 Haak Vineyards & Winery Inc. 137 409.925.1401 Hilton Houston Westchase 298 713.735.5923 La Fontaine Reception Hall 713.874.7299 Maggiano’s Little Italy 319 713.961.3565 Meridian & Gatherings Banquet Centers 99 713.667.8866 Northgate Country Club 281.444.5302 Ouisie’s Table 94 713.528.2264 Pelazzio Reception Venue 311 281.531.0008 Royal Oaks Country Club 88 281.899.3293 South Shore Harbour Country Club 281.334.0521 Spring Chateau 281.355.0077 Star Fleet Yachts 26, 59 281.901.5648 Sugar Creek Country Club 300 281.494.9131 Sweetwater Country Club 119 281.980.4100 The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 713.868.2355 The Green Event Center 339 281.482.2626 The Woodlands Country Club 281.863.1411

Rental Equipment Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 57 713.869.8321 Avalon Event Rentals 175 713.974.3646 LG Entertainment 10 281.407.7714 Majestic Tuxedos 206 713.581.2096 Over the Top Linen 281.900.0900 Rent Some Vintage 286 281.827.1049 ShutterBooth 263 281.881.7122 - 398 -

Skin Care/Cosmetics — Videographers

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Skin Care/Cosmetics European Wax Center 340 It Works! 383 Mary Kay Rodan + Fields 378 Ultra Balm Skincare

866.773.4929 832.291.7822 281.701.4165 979.324.4877 866.511.5007

Special Effects DJU Productions



Tanning Salons Darque Tan


Total Wedding Services Clear Lake Flowers 75 Darryl & Co. 85 Enchanted Cypress Ballroom House Plantation 37 Pelazzio Reception Venue 311 Perla’s Reception Hall 235 The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 Wedding Venues at Northwest Forest 49

281.488.3838 713.863.0400 281.826.0505 281.758.0706 281.531.0008 281.550.2644 713.868.2355 281.256.4166

Transportation Jordan Limousines Monarch Limousines The Bell Tower on 34th 145, 336 The Original Trolley Co. 222

713.680.3181 281.685.9704 713.868.2355 281.491.4911

Vacation Resorts Cinnamon Shore 166 361.749.0422 R.P.I. Marketing 281.455.4505 Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. The Landings St Lucia 305.476.1354

Videographers A&A Video/1 Cinema Productions 100 713.772.6899 AB Motion Video 109 832.301.5007 Al’s Formal Wear 121 877.4ALS.TUX Click Photo & Video 337 713.772.1145 DaKine Films 281.705.6152 Delight Studio 247 800.604.0209 328 713.824.2344 Dream Photo and Video Back Cover 713.480.4590 Evoke Photography & Video Inc. 89 713.349.9508 Fernando Weberich Photography 219 832.496.4033 - 399 -

Videographers — Wedding and Portrait Photographers

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Khloe Madison Loyd’s Photography & Video Luxe Films Nathan Willis Wedding Films Natural Expressions Pixel Studio Productions Reclaimed Moments Photo & Video The Bell Tower on 34th Velasquez Photography

165 83 81 276 223 320 236 145, 336 269


832.436.4222 281.444.3758 713.839.5474 864.905.6745 713.665.7140 281.277.1055 832.649.7162 713.868.2355 832.215.7550


Wedding and Portrait Photographers A Lifetime of Memories 221 Adams Photography 128 Akil Bennett Photography 106 ANA&IVAN photography 157 Chris Curry Wedding Photography 74 Composure Studios 125 Craig Davis Weddings Delight Studio 247 Emotional Accord Ever After Photography Evoke Photography & Video Inc. 89 John Ly Photography 141 JW Baugh Photography 262 Leslie Cervantez Photography 207 Light Writer Photography 277 MD Turner Photography 18 Pearl Studios Photography 242 Picture This Photography Thomas & Penelope 228 Thompson Photographics 265 Tomas Ramos Photographers 112

281.236.5176 281.859.4310 713.858.7634 281.615.6048 713.277.5310 832.800.1110 832.250.5740 800.604.0209 713.480.2146 281.250.6976 713.349.9508 832.830.8836 832.212.2276 713.452.0009 832.567.5225 713.623.1980 409.673.9803 713.983.8678 832.233.3458 281.446.9618 713.410.1389

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