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Billboard Bride Sarah believes she was destined to meet Stephen




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By Laurette M. Veres


Sarah Carruth and Stephen Barrera are from the Houston area and had a lot of family precede them at Texas A&M. Though they didn’t know each other, they started college on the same day. Sarah studied civil engineering, pledged a sorority and joined the Aggie Dance Team. Stephen played football, worked on an undergraduate degree in Construction Science, and volunteered in the community through Aggie Athletes Involved and Big Event.


As a member of the Dance Team, Sarah performed at the women’s basketball national championship. Stephen watched the televised game with friends and couldn’t stop talking about “the pretty blue-eyed girl at the end.” Later, he procured an invitation to Sarah’s sorority formal, and introduced himself to her. They sat on a dock at the rustic event venue and talked for hours. They spent the rest of their college years as a couple. After graduation, Sarah returned to Houston and Stephen remained in College Station pursuing his Master’s Degree in Land Development.


His graduation night turned out to be a big night for both of them.“I’ve never been so proud as when he walked across the stage and culminated many years of hard work and secured a bright future for himself,” she recalls. Following the ceremony her friend drove her to Stephen’s graduation party, they turned down a dirt road, saw a moonlit pond surrounded by twinkling trees; on the dock was a tall figure in a suit. She realized it was Stephen. He helped her out of the car and walked her to the spot they

sat and talked years before, at her sorority formal, on the night they met. Stephen told her he’d love nothing more than to take care of her, make her feel safe, happy and loved for the rest of her life. Sarah yelled, “Yes!” They walked from the dock through a lit, rustic archway where family and friends who were “too busy” to attend his graduation were waiting with a million hugs and congratulations. “Little did I know, as he worked his way through school, all he could think about was our future together,” she says.


The ring Stephen designed has special meaning. When you look at it from the side, you’ll see three pink diamonds representing her mom, aunt and grandmother; all breast cancer survivors. “A reminder that our love will require hard work but will endure all things,” says Sarah. Sarah and her mother attended the Bridal Extravaganza in Houston looking for wedding ideas. “We feel grateful to have resources in Houston, like the Bridal Extravaganza. I saw the billboards the week after we got engaged and was so ecstatic to go look for inspiration.” Now Sarah is the Billboard Bride and her image will grace giant billboards throughout the Greater Houston area, inviting lucky brides-to-be to the GRB Convention Center to enjoy two full days of wedding inspiration.

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Heather Benge from Heather Benge Events pulled some of Houston’s top wedding vendors together to create a historically elegant photo shoot for the billboard. Five gowns from the vast assortment at Ventura’s Bridal Fashions were carefully selected and all fit Sarah perfectly. Butler’s Courtyard in League City, with it’s indoor and outdoor spaces, was the perfect location to highlight the beautiful gowns. The natural light and exposed brick created an industrial feel. Tones of blush, peach, ivory and navy, along with metals, and non-traditional centerpieces enhanced the industrial romance vibe. Edible Designs by Jessie incorporated the color scheme into sugar flowers to create a breathtaking cake. The linens selected by Over the Top Linen brought the entire look together.

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You are not the world’s first bride. Many before you have dreamed, planned and worried about their wedding day. You can read their stories in the Real Weddings features throughout this issue. These are real brides, recently married and willing to share their advice, so you can have a memorable event. Learn from their mistakes, be inspired by their creativity and push the envelope to make your dreams come true. The resounding theme from brides across our great state is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Truthfully, your guests don’t know what you planned. They are there to celebrate your love and support you on the big day, not critique linens, party favors, or when the cake is cut. To them, your wedding is beautiful. When you see a symbol for AUGMENTED REALITY, use your smart phone to access bonus content. Here you’ll find additional videos and pictures. This exciting technology is bringing us closer and closer to a Harry Potter experience. You can start with this page! Congratulations, you said yes!

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Personalized Butterfly Ring Dish

Let Them Eat Donuts

Perfect for bridesmaids, mark your milestone event with this personalized butterfly ring dish. This classic dish features a whimsical metal butterfly delicately poised on the side. It’s the perfect way to say how much she means to you when you engrave your personal message on the inside.

When can you serve donuts instead of cake? When your display looks as inviting as this one! From cream filled to a cherry on top, this smorgasbord has something for every guest.

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Delicate swimsuits adorned with beading, lace and sequins make for the perfect beach or poolside ensemble for a romantic honeymoon or prewedding girls’ getaway.


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See what a synergy of eastern medicine ingredients combined with modern scientific delivery systems can do for your skin. SkinVeda nourishes, heals and protects skin using proven ingredients minus the toxins. SkinVeda delivers effective skincare without synthetic ingredients. Get wedding ready, soften cellulite and smooth stubborn stretch marks with Ayurvedic Body Sculpting Cream.

Don’t overlook your health and wellness choices so you can look and feel your best on the perfect day. Find easy health, fitness, and beauty tips in The Juice Cleanse Reset Diet, a newly released wellness book written by certified nutritional consultants and health coaches Marra St. Clair and Lori Kenyon Farley. Filled with DIY recipes and tutorials, The Juice Cleanse Reset Diet is a great and easy way for a bride to refocus on her health.


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Instantly Framed is the perfect new app to use as you celebrate your wedding. Physically frame your photos from Instagram, Facebook, and your iPhone/iPad in three easy steps: Print. Frame. Ship. It’s easy for you to preserve your treasured photographs right from your phone, ready to display straight from the box. The flat rate of $65 make this perfect for bridal showers. It includes an archival print on photo luster paper placed behind an acid-free mat in our 12x12” American-made, sustainably farmed walnut wood frame and free 3-day shipping anywhere in the continental US. Courtesy Photo


Make Your Eyes Pop Popular cosmetic store Beauty Brands has added Eyeko, a “for your eyes only” cosmetic line known for its awardwinning mascaras, eyeliners, shadows, brow products and eye treatments to its mix of prestige makeup brands. Presenter, model and writer Alexa Chung has joined with Eyeko as their Creative Consultant in its mission to ensure that no make-up bag is without the company’s critically acclaimed vast array of targeted eye cosmetics and treatments. It is available at Beauty Brands stores throughout Texas. Courtesy Photo


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Ring Bearer Beauty

Important Keepsake

To make your precious little ring bearer even more adorable, adorn his shoes with a custom ring bearer tag by Georgie Designs. A 1” STERLING SILVER rectangle shoe tag is hand stamped with “ring bearer” and accented by a sterling silver 3/8 inch initial disc charm. The shoe tag can be customized to say the child’s name or a custom phrase.

Where will you hold your most precious jewelry? Consider a Beth Quinn keepsake jewelry bag. Inside is lined with velvet and perfect for storing your wedding day bridal jewelry.



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Editors’ Pics

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Tieks by Gavrieli

Wish you were here frames

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Be good to your Feet

Wish you were Here

Beauty doesn’t always have to be painful. Toss the heels and try out these versatile ballet flats designed to fold and fit in a purse. Available in different colors and prints, Tieks makes the perfect shoe for your special day!

Don’t forget about those loved ones who are unable to make it to the wedding! I love this idea of giving deceased family members a front row seat complete with their very own picture.

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Write it Out

Dazzling Diamonds

What better way to share your personalized vows than by hand writing them for all to see. Plus, they make a simple, elegant, and inexpensive background.

As a huge fan of Alex and Ani, I could not be more in love with their new Crystal Infusion line. These jewelry pieces are the perfect gift for bridesmaids or even the bride on the big day!


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Hit the Gym

Do you want to get in shape for your big day? Why not do it in style with a “Sweating for the Wedding” tank. Fit Little Bride’s etsy account has plenty of products that will keep you motivated and on track to reach your desired level of fitness before the big day.

It’s All in the Details These cufflinks are the perfect finishing touch to any groom’s attire. Personalized with the bride and groom’s initials and wedding date these will be a keepsake long after the wedding is over.


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Accent of Color

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Bling, bling

Make your bouquet stand out as you walk down the aisle. Add some bling to your bouquet with a variety of brooches.

Make your floral centerpieces stand out by having them match your theme color. Featuring different sized vases makes it easier to have multiple vases at one table.



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Reserved Seating

Customize your coaster and provide one for each guest at the reception. Your guests will be thrilled to find their drink at their table.

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Give me Shade

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Outdoor ceremonies are popular during summer time. Provide a parasol so your guests won’t be blinded by your love.

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Back to School

Take your wedding invitations to the next level by having them customized on chalkboard.


Something Blue Add a pop of color by wearing gorgeous blue heels on your big day. All you need is something old & something new.

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Get Involved

Photo: Studio 29 photography

Add an action phrase to each section to keep your guests engaged throughout the event.

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Bright and Shiny

Your bridesmaids will look fabulous at your wedding by wearing gowns that fit their style. Have them choose a gown with a sequin top or skirt.



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R A D N e l C A By Patricia Rivera

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Announce your engagement Narrow down your potential wedding date to two options Workout a basic budget Research Wedding Vendors (photographers & videographers, venues, bands or DJs, etc.) Determine guest count

11 Months


Determine theme/decorations for your reception Hire a photographer/videographer. DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T wait until the last minute! Finalize wedding date after considering ceremony, venue and photographer availability Book your officiant

Order accessories (veil, headpiece, shoes, etc.) Research hotel and transportation prices for guests

8 Months


Go to first gown fitting; invite your maid of honor to attend Order bridesmaids' dresses and accessories Plan and book your honeymoon (for international excursions)

7 Months


Select and order wedding rings Book your florist


Discuss attendantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; duties with your maid of honor and bridesmaids Book the DJ or musicians

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Decide on food and beverage for the reception

Brainstorm the order of events for the programs

Select and order wedding gown

Set up gift registries

Coordinate with vendors to incorporate your theme into all aspects of your wedding

Design and write invitations

Invite wedding party

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6 Months


Review and proof invitations

Order programs

6 Weeks 5 Months


Make reservations for rehearsal dinner and select menu Make arrangements for any rental items you need (linens, tables etc.) Meet with your baker Have bridesmaids get their dresses fitted

4 Months


Have groom try on tuxedos

Schedule a trial appointment with your hairstylist and make-up artist Plan and book your honeymoon (for local excursions)

3 Months


Discuss bachelorette party plans with your bridesmaids Go to your trial with make-up artist and hairstylist

Schedule hair and make-up appointment for the big day Book accommodations for wedding night Review program proofs

2 Months


Confirm music selection with the DJ or musicians Purchase honeymoon luggage, clothing, etc. Confirm number of bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres with florist

4 Weeks


Confirm floral order and arrange delivery times Schedule pickup/return of groom’s formal wear Mail rehearsal dinner invitations Get your marriage license

3 Weeks


Give the final headcount to the caterer and review details Arrange delivery of decorations, cakes, flowers, etc. on wedding day Create a wedding day schedule and pass it out to important parties. Don’t forget to give one to the photographer! Confirm arrival time and delivery time with all your vendors

1 Week


Confirm your honeymoon and travel arrangements


Secure wedding-day dressing rooms for groom, groomsmen, and bridal party Have groom and groomsmen formal wear fitted Arrange transportation for bride and groom from ceremony to reception site

Start packing for your honeymoon Pick up your wedding dress Have a rehearsal dinner

Wedding Day


eat a good breakfast

Address, stamp, and mail your invitations

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Do-it yourself nails with Liquid Palisade ($22 is a paint-on barrier that covers and protects cuticles from polish mishaps. You peel it off after you polish for a flawless professional manicure!


Beauty Strategies

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour has staying power while indulging Jojoba and Mimosa Butters to condition your lips ($36 com)

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Looking your best is very important on your special day from your dress to your shoes but especially your makeup and your face. There will be many pictures taken throughout the night and you want to make sure you stay flawless through the whole celebration.

Makeup kits create an easy drama-free application. They are usually small, compact and travel well. These versatile shadows can take you from day to night in a flash. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes EyeShadow Palette ($55

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Give your skin that Sun Glow look with MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze ($25

Don’t leave for that honeymoon this summer without a powerful sunscreen for protection. Eau Thermale Avene UltraLight Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+ ($12

Dry Shampoos are so amazing because not only do they soak up any extra oil on your scalp, they also create volume within your roots. This is fantastic on your second day after your blow-out. One of my favorites is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle ($19 Of course this is Paraben and Sulfate free.

Make sure your makeup stay in place from alter to reception, spray Skindinavia Bridal Make-up Finish ($29 on your face. It is parabenfree and oil-free so it controls shine.

Line your eyes thin for an exactness that is perfect and won’t smear off in the water. Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen ($20

Make your eyes pop. Mascara can complete and enhance your look. Whether you decide to put full make-up on or you go casual for a simple look. Tips: Make sure to put on 2 coats and don’t forget to coat those outside lashes, so many forget! Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir ($32

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At lunch on the first day I met a couple from Dallas who were getting married at sea in two days. It turns out that couples sailing aboard the ultramodern ship can now legally say “I Do” with the cruise line’s enhanced wedding offerings. They showed me personalized stationary for the wedding announcement (save the date card) and invitation. MSC Cruises is now offering couples the option of getting married shipboard or shore side in several Caribbean destinations, including: Bridgetown, Barbados; Cozumel; Grand Cayman; Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas; St. Maarten and a few other ports.

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i just took my latest cruise (10 so far) out of Miami on the MSC Divina. The ship is like being in little italy.

“As destination and cruise weddings continue to gain popularity, we are thrilled that we can now offer guests the opportunity to legally get married shipboard or shore side,” said Bonnie Levengood, Senior Vice President of marketing for MSC. “MSC Divina is a gorgeous ship and is an ideal wedding location for a couple looking to hold a unique event which combines celebration, fun, and relaxation into one special package at an extraordinary value.”

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For me, the best part was the ship offers a wide-variety of locations for romantic photo opportunities with the most popular locations including a traditional photo along one of the Swarovski crystal staircases and a trendy photo by the Garden infinity pool overlooking the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wake. But since I am already married I wanted to check out the entertainment. The ship had six different shows on the 7-night cruise. I enjoyed opera, an entertaining pirate show, exhilarating acrobatic feats, classical musicians and Broadway-style productions. After being on ten cruises I can say that the entertainment was among the best at sea. It was like being in Italy or Las Vegas. Idea: order a glass of red wine and get a seat upfront.

Partnering with The Wedding Experience, MSC Cruisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event planners work with couples to handle all the details of planning the wedding or vow renewal, including providing a wedding consultant leading up to the wedding and a ceremony coordinator for the big day. Ceremonies and reception are completely customizable with options for everything from photography and videographer packages, music, fresh flowers, food and beverage packages, and specialty items such as favors and aisle runners.

One more thing: the food was great. Each night I had a different meal with wine from Italy and Europe. Like most ships the Divina has several specialty restaurants. The only problem was I gained a few pounds on the trip.

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On the last night I met with the Dallas couple. She said the wedding was like getting married in Rome. The legal wedding was unique and customized. And he said that they saved a lot of money. I enjoyed my trip to Little Italy on the MSC Divina.

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Crystal and Jason knew each other in high school, but never would have dated then! They were two very different people running in different circles with different friends, but Jason’s sister was Crystal’s friend. Fast forward 17 years, they reconnected at Crystal’s brother’s birthday party. Months later, the first date happened and they were never apart again. The destination wedding was held in san diego, two hours from the couple’s current California home. Jason’s family flew in from dallas and Crystal welcomed former

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Crystal Cares:

First and foremost, choose the right vendors. They are there to make the event run smoothly from beginning to end. i can usually be a control freak, but in this case, we paid a little extra for extremely talented people and more to the point, for peace of mind. it was worth every penny. also, remember that this is yours to do your way. Make it look and feel like you and your groom. The guests will notice it, feel it and love it.

walked down the aisle with two ring boxes made of legos, his favorite toy. at the most important moment, the proud ring bearer was the one to exclaim, “you may kiss the Bride.” guests were treated to great southern food fresh out of a food truck and tempted their taste buds on donuts from donut Bar san diego. at the end of the night, guests left with Pippi longstocking and sushi cookies – the Bride and the groom’s favorites. – laurette Veres

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Britinee ruth Yocham and cody Wayne hollums met at a friend’s wedding six years before their own, never knowing the irony of that meeting until the day of their wedding. cody popped the question on Valentine’s day in ruidoso, new mexico, on the back porch of a cabin with a beautiful view. “he totally surprised me!” she said, but she was ready to begin her life with cody. after the wedding, they honeymooned in Playa mujeres, mexico- a trip they’ll never forget! - rana deeba

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aubree and Harry had known each other their entire lives; their parents were friends before the two were even born. However, they did not start dating until college and the rest was history! Harry proposed in whistler, Canada on new year’s eve at midnight. The snow and fireworks made for a fairytale-like backdrop as aubree said, “yes!” They tied the knot at Honey Creek ranch in spring branch, TX.

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Aubree’s Advice

“no matter what happens don’t lose sight of what the day is really about. you’re making an oath to god that you will love each other for the rest of your lives. The day is about you and your husband, no one else. it’s a beautiful thing.”

aubree wore an allure bridal gown from Celebrations bridal boutique. all the desserts were provided from family bakers and friends. aubree’s father even let the newlyweds drive away in his cherry red 1968 Firebird. after the ceremony, they honeymooned in Paris for a week and then the greek islands for another. -Madison spears

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Danielle’s Advice:

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danielle, a Chemical engineer, and Brandon, a Chemical plant operator, tied the knot on april 26, 2014. Four years into their relationship, Brandon popped the question in new orleans, la. new orleans was the first trip they made as a couple, a place Brandon loved; it grew on danielle. it became a traditional jaunt every year. “our trips had come full circle and i couldn’t be happier to spend yet another vacation in new orleans with the man i love.”

“laissez les bons temps” (let the good times roll!) was engraved on their champagne glasses.

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Jessica, a clinical Psychology doctoral student, and ryan, a Process engineer, met through mutual friends at texas a&m. On one of their anniversary weekends, they stopped at Blue Bell and a few other fun places on their way to lake travis. Jessica wanted to watch the sunset from the viewing platform atop mount Bonnell. ryan saw more than the setting sun; he saw opportunity and asked for her hand in marriage. The couple wanted a well-preserved, historic venue. The Parador in Houston, tX became their wedding site. Jessicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gown was by matthew christopher;

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“don’t feel like you have to stick to “tradition.” add your own personality to your wedding. i may look like a girly girl, but i’m actually pretty laid back.” she wore a pair of high-heeled converse shoes with penguin socks under her gown at the reception.

their ruffled purple, ombre cake was made by alphorn, inc. to add a little fun, ryan picked out Han solo and Princess leia cake toppers and even had a little chewbacca to represent their dog.They served Blue Bell ice cream in remembrance of their special weekend trip to lake travis. Jessica and ryan honeymooned on a Princess cruise through the mediterranean and then did some “backpacking” through europe. - melanie mcginness

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lindsay and adam met years ago in the building industry. However, they did not get off on the right foot. she was a tough customer and he was a typical sales person. as the years went on, the two became friends and ultimately fell in love. They had purchased property on a hill north of san antonio about a year and a half before they got married. adam took lindsay up to the top of the hill and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Of course she said yes, and the planning began!

adam threw lindsay a surprise wedding on top of their hill, also the site of their future home. she selected her dress and colors, but the location, date and details were all a surprise by her fiancĂŠ until the morning of the wedding. she wore a mori lee by madeline gardner gown and was adorned with Bullock jewelry, a custom jewelry design company based in los angeles. They then honeymooned in Bora Bora staying in an over the water bungalow. -madison spears

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Heather and robert have known each other since Junior High, but it was after her birthday dinner at ruth’s Chris she knew their relationship would last forever. robert was noticeably uncomfortable when he insisted they go for an after dinner walk through the museum district that cold evening. as they stood on a bridge in the cool air, Heather turned to ask him what was wrong; he was already on one knee proposing. Their wedding took place on november 10, 2013 at george ranch in richmond, tX. Heather walked down the aisle in a david’s bridal mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline, decorated with lace and beads. Most of the details for the wedding were homemade by close family and friends, adding new levels of emotion to their ceremony. The wedding cake was built out of homemade chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. instead of having a groom’s cake they had a smore’s bar. – Patricia rivera

Photography: Blanca Duran Photography

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on July 2nd 2011, while Chelsea and her boyfriend, stephen Blake Jenkins, were at her parent’s lake house, Chelsea had no idea her life was about to change. while out on the boat, right at dusk, Blake asked Chelsea to be his wife, and with no doubts, she said, “Yes.” The entire family ran out to congratulate her and they spent the night celebrating. City kitchen made the wedding cake, using Chelsea’s grandmother’s recipe. The special family recipe was used to bake a one-layer cake for the bride and groom, cupcakes for the guests.

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while vacationing with dylan’s family at Beaches resort in turks and Caicos, a waiter escorted Bailey and dylan to dinner. Their special table for two was on the beach under a tiki hut. during a walk after dinner on the beach, dylan dropped down on one knee and proposed. They wed close to home at the Chapel at First Baptist Church in midland, tX. Bailey walked down the aisle in a lace embroidered, slim-fitting gown with a sweetheart neckline. Bailey is a cake

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“My encouragement to all future brides is to enjoy the planning, even when you feel you have so much going on. The time goes entirely too fast and by the time you know it your magical day has arrived. on the day of the wedding, have a person in charge and be sure to inform the planners that you want to enjoy your day. assign someone that can assist with anything that may not go as planned and enJoY your day. enJoY, danCe and haVe FUn!” to turn around. she found Jonathan on one knee. initially in shock, she of course said yes to his proposal! They wed at the a.d. Bruce religion Center Chapel at the University of houston. The location was special to them; they used to spend time there disconnecting from the world. Janie looked like a princess walking down the aisle in a gown by allure Couture. The 5-tier cake from MeB Cakes even had a bottom layer matching the ruffles on her wedding dress. The newlyweds took a 6-day cruise to the western Caribbean for their honeymoon. - ashley Petty

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Julie’s Advice

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The two-ring ceremony was held in austin, Texas at smith Family chapel at riverbend church; the reception at Barr Mansion & artisian Ballroom. Julie wore a Tracey style gown designed by sottero & Midgley. The italian cream cake and catering were provided by Barr Mansion. reception fun included lawn games, limbo competition and a piñata for the kids! The couple honeymooned for two weeks in st. lucia at the calabash cove and sugar Beach resorts. - Madison spears






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Candace Nicole Espinoza and Zachary Taylor Hardin January 2, 2016

Candace Nicole Espinoza and Zachary Taylor Hardin announce their Winter wedding. They were introduced by each of their childhood best friends. The bride, a corporate recruiter, is a graduate of Aransas Pass High School. The groom is currently a homebuilder and is a graduate of Cedar Park High School. Bridesmaids are Emily Cummings of San Marcos, TX and Katie Husmann of Houston, TX. The reception will take place at the exclusive Kendall Plantation just outside San Antonio near Boerne. The couple will be honeymooning in Baja Mexico and staying at Hacienda Cerritos, an exclusive luxury boutique hotel.

Clareesa A. Fritz and Stephen P. Stoever April 17, 2015

Clareesa and Stephen met in kindergarten, over 30 years ago. He asked her to marry him and she said what any kindergartener would say “Only if you buy me a pink car.” They started dating three years ago and after sailing in a 150mile sailboat regatta together in October, he got down on his knee. He gave her a pink toy car and a ring. They married on April 17, 2015 in Tulum, Mexico. The bride has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas and currently works in the Real Estate industry. The groom is a graduate of Dulles High School in Sugar Land TX and works at Stoever Parker Electric. The bridesmaids were Tara Patterson, Brianna Penning, Casey Rinlee and Tamara Land-Beard all of Houston, TX. After a four day event with family and friends at Dreams Tulum, they enjoyed a week at the Mayan Palace in Playa Del Carmen.

Christina Marie Ramos and William James Newman April 16, 2016

Christina Ramos and William Newman announce their 2016 spring wedding. They met when a family friend brought Christina to William’s house. They met again while he was visiting their family friend at school. He impressed her when he played guitar. “A chance meeting, and a simple song lead me to the love of my life,” says William. The ceremony will take place at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston, TX. The bride has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Houston. She currently works as a senior Oil & Gas Accountant. The groom is a graduate of the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He is currently a financial analyst at Shell.

Gena Rankin and Christopher Utzman September 27, 2015

Gena Rankin and Christopher Utzman announce their fall wedding at The Plantation on Tabbs Bay. The bride attended Ross S. Sterling High School and works at Monument Chevrolet. The groom attended Deer Park High School and works for Deer Park Construction. The bridesmaids are Enjoli Richardaon, maid of honor, of Baytown, Lawanna Gordon, Matron of honor, of League City, Ashley Highfill of Deer Park, Brittany Kirkland of Houston, Chylia Jenkins of Liberty, and Heather Stephens of Baytown. The groomsmen are Keith Dodd, Best Man, of Deer Park, Kason Allen of Baytown, Leslie Freeman of Dayton and Nathan Utzman, Dustin Potts, and Matthew Wilhoite all of Deer Park.

Callie Spry and Koby Clemens November 20, 2015

Callie and Koby announce their winter wedding. The bride is a graduate of Texas Tech University and currently works for WCF Development/Fox Properties. The groom was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 8th round out of Memorial High School in the 2005 MLB Draft. He spent 10 years playing professional baseball and currently runs Koby Clemens Baseball Clinics and is a Spring Training Instructor for the Houston Astros.

Chelsea Robinson and Jason Edwards April 11, 2015

Bianca E. Segovia and Roy H. Ramirez December 19, 2015

Bianca Segovia and Roy Ramirez announce their winter wedding. It was love at first site when the two met at a mutual friend’s birthday celebration. Four years later, they are saying “I Do.” The bride is a graduate of Spring Woods High School and works as an accounting and tax administrative assistant. The groom is a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School and the University of Houston where he earned his degree in History. He is currently a high school English teacher.

Ashlynn Cave and Brian McPherson November 21, 2015

Ashlynn Cave and Brian McPherson announce their engagement. The bride is a graduate of Deer Park High school and is completing her Degree in Psychology at the University of Houston. The groom is a graduate of Pandora Gilboa High School in Ohio and majored in Health and Safety at Findlay University in Ohio. He works in the Oil and Gas industry. Ashlynn and Brian met on line, but spent many months texting before meeting in person. When they finally met, the connection was instant. They plan to marry at Oakwind Weddings and Special Occasions in Alvin, Tx.

Chelsea Robinson and Jason Edwards met on New Year’s Eve. They married on April 11, 2015 at the Palms Event Center. The bride is a graduate of Hightower High School and has a BA in Telecommunications from Texas Southern University. She is currently a Video Editor for ABC 13. The groom is a graduate of Jesse H. Jones High School and is a Helicopter Pilot for the U.S. Army. Bridesmaids were Monica Okolo, Brooke Smith, Ashleigh Berry, Risa Mitchell, Krondalette Ross, Chasity Misher, Mia and Arceneaux all of Houston, TX. The groomsmen were Jerome Edwards, Jared Edwards, Dennis Jackson, Sterling Perkins, Demarus Davis, Kenston Robinson. Chelsea wore a Saison Blanche Couture strapless, sweetheart neckline trumpet gown of silk organza and tulle with full chapel train and a Swarovski crystallized ribbon belt. They honeymooned in Tahiti.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Erica Young and Billy Auguillard May 2, 2015

Erica Young and Billy Auguillard married on May 2, 2015. They met online and chatted as friends for a month and connected immediately when they met in person. Pastor Kyle Dexter officiated the ceremony at Chateau Polonez. The bride is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She currently works as a Physician Assistant. The groom is a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston. He is a chef. The bridesmaids were O’Keima McCrumby, Destiny Perkins, Latricia Curley, Mellanie Ray, Myleka Broussard and Shayla Boyd. The groomsmen were Andre Chretien, Therron Papillion, Keon Broussard, Cedric Landry, Brandon Green and Anthony Johnson. Erica’s gown was an Allure Fit and Flare and her flowers were from Dream Bouquet.

Krystal Brown and Darrell Gloston October 17, 2015

Krystal Brown and Darrell Gloston announce their winter wedding to take place at Lake Houston Waterfront Events. The bride is a graduate of Cypress Creek High School and ITT Technical School where she studied Computer drafting and design. The groom is a graduate of Cypress Creek High School and works as a Diesel mechanic/ CNG mechanic. Bishop Grace will officiate the ceremony. They plan to honeymoon in Bora Bora.

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Lauren Harmon and Riki Pike March 5, 2016

Lauren Harmon and Riki Pike announce their spring wedding. The bride is working on an Associates Degree in Teaching. The groom is in Industrial sales. The bridesmaids are Kaci Williams, Brendy Stokley, Andrea Guerrero, and Ashlie René of Houston, TX, Marianne Ramos of Broussard, LA and Savannah Pike of Silsbee, TX. The groomsmen are Neal Pike, Nick Swango, Brandon Bean, and Andrew McClusky of Silsbee, TX, Justin Burns of Buna, TX, and Chris McCall of Brookeland, TX.

Courtney Frost and Samuel Tadlock November 12, 2016

Courtney Frost and Samuel Tadlock announce their winter wedding. After dating for two and a half years, he proposed on Christmas day in 2013 in front of his family. The wedding will take place at House Plantation in Hockley, TX. The bride has a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. The groom has a BA in History & Geography and Master of Public History. They both attended Stephen F. Austin University. The bridesmaids are Alecia Davis of Sugarland, Kaitlynn Frost of Conroe, Sara Evans of Dallas and Jordan Redmond of Kingwood. The groomsmen are Chris Neff of Jersey Village, James Tadlock of Sunnyvale, Marcus Thomas of Houston and Kingsley Adanse of Mesquite.

Jazz Allen and D.J. Richey June 18, 2016

Jazz Allen and D.J. Richey announce their summer wedding. The couple met in 2012 at a youth camp in San Marcos, TX and have been dating long distance ever since. The bride is a graduate of Humble Christian School and Lonestar College. She earned an Associates of Arts in Psychology and currently works at Mann Eye Institute. The groom is a graduate of A.C. Jones High School and earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Science at Texas State University. He is currently a teacher at Moreno Junior High. They will marry at Amber Springs in Montgomery, TX and honeymoon on a Carnival Cruise.

Karen Renee Adame and Cameron Von Furlong April 30, 2016

Karen Renee Adame and Cameron Von Furlong announce plans to marry in April 2016. Cameron first laid his eyes on Karen on a football Sunday at Coaches Sports Bar in Humble, TX, where she worked weekends as a bartender. Through a mutual friend, they exchanged information and she finally agreed to a first date several months later. Having an instant connection and immediate chemistry, the two became inseparable. After the approval of her parents and brothers, Cameron popped the question over a romantic dinner only four months after their first date! They are currently planning a spring country wedding at Ashelynn Manor in Magnolia, TX.

Mandy Rebecca Thayer and Kyle Thomas Mays June 26, 2015

Mandy Thayer and Kyle Mays wed on June 26th 2015 at 1:30pm at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center at the University of Houston. A reception followed at Garten Verein. In front of family and friends Clay Caissie led the two-ring ceremony. Mandy was stunning in a modern/vintage Ivory Allure Bridal gown with full lace. She carried a bouquet from Darryl & Co. featuring white hydrangeas, white lilies and white roses with a splash of yellow flowers. The bride is a graduate of Baytown Christian Academy and has a Masters in Speech Communications. She is currently a Professor of Speech. The groom is a graduate of Clear Lake High School and has a Masters Degree. He currently works as a Physician Assistant. The couple’s first dance was Stand By Me by Ben E. King. One day when Mandy was having a bad day and on the verge of tears, she walked out of the grocery store to Kyle waiting in the car with the song playing full blast singing Stand by Me to her. It became their song as they decided through the good and the bad they would commit to standing by each other.

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Shelby Isom and Christopher Warfield April 4, 2016

Shelby Isom and Christopher Warfield announce their spring wedding to take place at Tuscan Courtyard in Texas City. The bride is a graduate of Klein Forest High School and Grambling State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Information Technology. The groom is a graduate of Dickinson High School and ITT Tech. The bridesmaids are Krysta Upshaw, Whitney Kelley, Kiedra Como, Domanique James, Kentranlyn Montgomery, Monique Moore and Shamika Washington. The groomsmen are Gregory Warfield, Josh Warfiedl, and Michael Darden, Will Little, and Jon Isom.

Renee’ Phillips and Steven Ross Sowell, Jr. announce their fall wedding. The couple met through a mutual friend and dated for seven years before getting engaged. The wedding will be in La Porte, TX. The bride has an Associate of Arts degree from San Jacinto College. She currently works as a records coordinator. The groom has an Associate of Applied Science degree from ITT Technical Institute and works as a network operations senior supervisor.

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t h e w eddi ng v en d ors e v ery t e xas br i de sho ul d k no w 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  Day Spas  Decorators/Decorations  Denistry/Whitening  Destination Honeymoons/Tourism  Destination Weddings Disc Jockeys  Engagement/Wedding Announcements  Florists  Gift Registry  Gifts and Accessories  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/Hair Stylists  Men’s Formal Wear  Mother of the Bride Fashions  Musical Groups/Vocalists Photo Booths  Photographers  Rehearsal Dinner Facilities  Rental Equipment  Skin Care/Cosmetics  Total Wedding Services Transportation  Vacation Resorts  Videographers  Wedding and Portrait Photographers  Wedding and Reception Sites COMPANY



Aesthetics/Health & Fitness/Medical Day Spa AdvoCare International Ashford Orthodontics 263 Couture Luxury Med Spa Deer Lake Lodge 105 Fitness Evolution Training It Works 234 Nutrition Depot 254 Success Rice The Beauty Within med spa & clinic LLC

Bachelor/Bachelorette Events Lauren Lash Designs Pure Romance Texas Beer Bus

Bridal Salons Alfred Angelo Bridal Damsel White Label 189 David’s Bridal Inc. Impression Bridal 56 Impression Bridal Outlet 120 Nima Boutique and Bridal 167 Panache Bridal & Formal 182 Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal 124 Renting White Dresses The Bridal Depot 47 The Princess Bridal 19 Ventura’s Bridal Fashions 4 Winnie Couture Flagship Salon 39

Bridal Shower Services Silver Sycamore


Bridesmaid Gowns Alfred Angelo Bridal Damsel White Label 189 David’s Bridal Inc. Impression Bridal 56 - 279 -

Bridesmaid Gowns – Consultants/Event Planners

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The Bridal Depot The Princess Bridal Ventura’s Bridal Fashions


47 19 4


Cake Toppers/Boxes Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Who Made the Cake!

35 25

Cakes Edible Designs By Jessie 16 Julies Cakes 261 Kawaii Cravings Rustika Cafe & Bakery Tammy Allen Wedding Cakes 250 Tiny Treats by Stephanie Who Made the Cake! 25

Caterers Bailey Connor Catering 45 Black-eyed Pea Catering 209 Cafe Natalie Country Chic Wedding & More, LLC 231 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit #558 Java Pura Specialty Coffee Catering 201 Ral’s Fine Catering 233 Safari Texas 96 Savor The Bites Catering 242 The Bell Tower on 34th 31

Chapels and Gazebos Ashelynn Manor 23 Burkeshire Plantation 62 Butler’s Courtyard 17 Enchanted Cypress Ballroom 217 San Souci Ballroom The Bell Tower on 34th 31

Chocolate Fountains, Gifts, & Favors Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Chocolate Fountain Express DGZ The Traveling Photo Booth®

35 221 208 199

Consultants/Event Planners 3 L Entertainment A Splendid Event 213 A&E Weddings & Events 192 Clear Lake Flowers 148 Crystal ShowCase 91 Event Identity 152 Glitter & Whiskey Events Heather Benge Events 15 - 280 -

Consultants/Event Planners – Destination Weddings

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KG Weddings 224 Ordered Stepz 230 Schwartz & Woodward Stephanye Lynn Wedding & Event Design 139 The Bell Tower on 34th 31 Weddings by Jessee


Dance Lessons Fred Astaire Dance Studio Revolve Pole Studio

92 43

Day Spas Deer Lake Lodge JW Marriott Houston Downtown

105 115

Decorators/Decorations AJ’S Urban Petals Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 35 Balushka Paper Floral Artistry 50 Blome’s Paperie 214 Darryl & Co. 57 EB Inc. Events Rentals/Design 81 Frills Event Designs House of Hough (formerly Over The Top Linen) JTE Luxury Event Rentals 131 LZ Floral Design Rent Some Vintage 97 Stephanye Lynn Wedding & Event Design 139 The Bell Tower on 34th 31 The Bloom Room 186 The Perfect Touch Linens 196 Trendy Touches

Dentistry/Whitening Galleria Smiles

Destination Honeymoons/Tourism


Casa Patricia Honeymoon Villa Connie Events and Travel 123 Moffitt Oaks 153

Destination Weddings

Ace Travel House 176 183 Cruise Planners 69 Event Identity 152 Madera Estates Weddings & Events 166 Olde Dobbin Station 94 Paradise Weddings and Travel 90 Scott Kelley Photography 53 The Carriage House 193 The Landings St. Lucia Travel Lifestyles 21 Velas Resorts - 281 -

Disc Jockeys – Gifts and Accessories

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Disc Jockeys Al’s Formal Wear 54 Complete Music 227 Daulong’s Mobile Music Inc. 206 Divisi Entertainment, LLC DJ Dave Productions 29 DJ Shorty Productions 203 Harmland Visions, LLC JM Productions Professional DJ Service 179 Madam DJ 40 Reel DJ Houston 187 Sound Connections, Inc. 104 Sound Spectrum Entertainment 140 Spotlight Entertainment 240

Engagement/Wedding Announcements Houston Chronicle Announcements 51 Houston Chronicle Subscriptions

Florists AJ’S Urban Petals Blome’s Paperie 214 Bridal Flowers to Go Clear Lake Flowers 148 Darryl & Co. 57 Dream Bouquet 87 F. Dellit Designs 12 Gallery FLowers H Team Design Group H-E-B BLOOMS tm 63 JTE Luxury Event Rentals 131 LZ Floral Design Sicola’s Florist The Bloom Room 186 Weddings by Design by H-E-B 165

Gift Registry Celebrity China & Cookware Dillard’s Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry

177 65 49, 103

Gifts and Accessories Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 35 Got2 Bling It! 278 I Do Engravables 184 La Verte Company 223 Lauren Lash Designs Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry 49, 103 Scratchpad Cellars Sweet Dreams Luxury Sheets 260 Vivian Jade 129 - 282 -

Groomsman Gifts/Accessories –Jewelry

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Groomsman Gifts/Accessories Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Men’s Wearhouse

35 59

Guest Books Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 35 Clan-O-Graphy 212 I Do Engravables 184 Mister Guest Book

Headpieces and Veils Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Impression Bridal Outlet

35 120

Home/Financial Planning Green Mountain Energy Member Home Loan 264 259 Storm Tight Windows

Honeymoon Travel Agencies Ace Travel House 176 All Inclusive Travel Hut Cruise Planners 69 Northcutt Travel Agency / Paradise Weddings and Travel 90 Travel Lifestyles 21 Vacations by Paris 245

Hotel and Reception Sites Haras Hacienda Venue Hilton Garden Inn NW/Willowbrook JW Marriott Houston Downtown Tuscan Courtyard

210 204 115 145

Housewares Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Celebrity China & Cookware Dillard’s

35 177 65

Invitations and Custom Paper Al’s Formal Wear DGZ JWD Paperie MagnetStreet Weddings My Urban Invites Vivian Jade

54 208 “ 126 258 14 129 vivianjade.comMy Urban Invites

Jewelry Dubin’s Fine Jewelry Something New Unique Jewels

220 262 156 - 283 -

Laser Hair Removal & Skin Rejuvenation – Photo Booths

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Laser Hair Removal & Skin Rejuvenation Couture Luxury Med Spa

Lighting Darryl & Co. DJ Dave Productions

57 29

Linens/Tables Affordable Linens & Decor Crystal ShowCase 91 Darryl & Co. 57 EB Inc. Events Rentals/Design 81 Frills Event Designs House of Hough (formerly Over The Top Linen) LBL Event Rentals 229 The Perfect Touch Linens 196

Lingerie Jada Michaels

Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Brush & Blush Blow Dry Bar 219 Exquisite Reflections 216 Fashion Face 88 Hilda Kershman Makeup Studio 33 Hollywood Make-up Pros Makeup by Veronica Hurtado & Company Plaza Salons Simple Beauty Artistry 238 Sunny Hair & Makeup Artistry 252 Vanity Lounge BY ZAARCO n/a

Men’s Formal Wear Al’s Formal Wear 54 Men’s Wearhouse 59 SuitMart

Mother of the Bride Fashions Nima Boutique and Bridal


Musical Groups/Vocalists Avalon Music 197 Divisi Entertainment, LLC

Photo Booths A Photo Booth Experience n/a Anchor Entertainment Celebri-T’s Photobooths Celebri-t’ iHeart Flipbooks Luxe Films 66 Monkey Booth PB&DJ productions 232 Photo Booths By Image Cinema 172 ShutterBooth 160 - 284 -

Photo Booths – Rehearsal Dinner Facilities

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The Photo Event Station 255 The Traveling Photo Booth® 199 Trendy Touches


Photographers 1 Cinema Productions A Lifetime of Memories 68 Adam Copeland Photography 118 Addison J Weddings Al’s Formal Wear 54 Photo 114 ANA&IVAN photography 13 By Your Side Photography 225 Caleb Berg Pictures 215 Celebrate Your Sexy 183 Complete Music 227 Composure Studios 127 DC Stanley Photography 218 Delight Studio 211 Dream Photo and Video 228 Eden Grey Photography 93 EVOKE Photography & Video Inc. 61 Fernando Weberich Photography 98 George Street Photo & Video J. Vince Photography Jdao Photography 121 Leighanne Herr Photography Light Writer Photography 74 Loyd’s Photography & Video 137 MD Turner Photography 64 Natural Expressions 101 Pixel Studio Productions 95 Reclaimed Moments Photo & Video 161 Sally Vee Photography 237 Scott Kelley Photography 53 Shot Photo and Video 244 Storyteller Photography 246 Thomas & Penelope 58

Rehearsal Dinner Facilities

Battleground at Deer Park Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Dukessa Haak Vineyards & Winery JW Marriott Houston Downtown Majestic Ventures Raveneaux Country Club Royal Oaks Country Club Shirley Acres Star Fleet Yachts

125 200 67 136 115 27 117 236 243 42, 100

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Rehearsal Dinner Facilities – Videographers

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The Crystal Ballroom The Gates on Main St.

198 248

Rental/Equipment Arne’s Texas Size Party Store 35 Fancy Flushes 222 Good Times Mobile Bartending ShutterBooth 160

Skin Care/Cosmetics A Newer You - Jeunesse Gorgeous Girl Cosmetics & Spa 265 Instantly Ageless Jeunesse Global Ind Distributor SALVE [all natural and organic skin care] Cover 4 Younique

Total Wedding Services A&E Weddings & Events 192 Country Chic Wedding & More, LLC 231 H Team Design Group House Plantation 37 La Tranquila Ranch 60 Lindsay Lakes 171 Palms Event Center 128 The Bell Tower on 34th 31 The Villagio 257 Waters Edge Cover 3

Transportation ACE Limousine & Charter Service 207 Horse Drawn Carriages & Hearse of Texas Jordan Limousines 168 Monarch Limousines 130 The Bell Tower on 34th 31 The Original Trolley Co. 99

Vacation Resorts Portofino Island Resort 235 R.P.I. Marketing Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. n/a

Videographers 1 Cinema Productions Al’s Formal Wear 54 Caleb Berg Pictures 215 Complete Music DC Stanley Photography 218 170 Dream Photo and Video 228 enMotion films EVOKE Photography & Video Inc. 61 Harmland Visions, LLC iHeart Flipbooks - 286 -

Videographers – Wedding and Reception Sites

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Luxe Films MD Turner Photography PB&DJ productions Pixel Studio Productions Reclaimed Moments Photo & Video Shot Photo and Video Spotlight Entertainment The Bell Tower on 34th


66 64 232 95 161 244 240 31


Wedding and Portrait Photographers A Lifetime of Memories Adams Photography ANA&IVAN photography Capture a Stanza Photography Composure Studios Fernando Weberich Photography Light Writer Photography Loyd’s Photography & Video Natural Expressions Storyteller Photography Thomas & Penelope

68 89 13 116 127 98 74 137 101 246 58

Wedding and Reception Sites 5226 Elm Ashelynn Manor 23 Balmorhea 273 Battleground at Deer Park 125 Bay Oaks Country Club Bentwater Yacht & Country Club 200 Burkeshire Plantation 62 Butler’s Courtyard 17 Cullen’s 75 Dukessa 67 Ella’s Garden Enchanted Cypress Ballroom 217 Events Etc. 144 “ Golfcrest Country Club 188 Haak Vineyards & Winery 136 Haras Hacienda Venue 210 House Plantation 37 JW Marriott Houston Downtown 115 Kingwood Country Club La Fontaine Reception Hall La Tranquila Ranch 60 Lindsay Lakes 171 Lotus Ranch, Wimberley, Tx 149 Madera Estates Weddings & Events 166 Majestic Ventures 27 Mia Bella Vita 138 Moffitt Oaks 153 Noah’s Event Venue 169

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Wedding and Reception Sites

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Oakwind Weddings 226 Olde Dobbin Station 94 Palms Event Center 128 Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club 178 Pine Lake Ranch Raveneaux Country Club 117 Red Oak Ballroom 241 Royal Oaks Country Club 236 Rustic Rose Events 205 Safari Texas 96 San Souci Ballroom Shirley Acres 243 Silver Sycamore 164 South Shore Harbour Country Club Star Fleet Yachts 42, 100 Sterling Country Club 185 Sweetwater Country Club 173 Synott Reception Hall Texas Renaissance Festival 251 The Admiral at Endeavour Marina on Clear Lake 122 The Bell Tower on 34th 31 The Carriage House 193 The Castle Canavan The Citadel on Kirby The Crystal Ballroom 198 The Gardens Houston 253 The Gates on Main St. 248 The Houston Club The Orchard at Caney Creek 119 The Springs Events 141 The Villagio 257 The Vine 247 The Woodlands Country Club TownHall Texas Tuscan Courtyard 145 Walden on Lake Houston 202 Willow Fork Country Club 157

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