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WELCOME TO OUR MILESTONE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!

Over the years, we have seen weddings evolve from simple and classic celebrations to fabulous experiences for family and guests, each a true reflection of the couple’s personal style. One would think, after creating so many incredible magazines over three decades, it would be a piece of cake to produce an anniversary issue. But, like planning a wedding, creating this special issue required intensive collaboration with extraordinary talent. How lucky we are to find so much creativity right here in Houston! Within these pages you will find everything you need to plan a wedding worthy of your love. As for us, we are in love with the fabulous flowers, jewels, gowns, cakes, invitations, films, photos and styling services offered by our exceptional Houston partners, and featured in these pages. We could not have put together this very special issue of Weddings in Houston for you without their contributions, and we encourage you to let them bring your wedding vision to life. And don’t forget to join us Tuesday, Feb. 28, for our signature I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian, and witness the magic in person!

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28 TH E ART O F T HE PA RT Y Two Distinctly Different Museums Offer Unique Spaces For Nuptial Events

36 A SO U T HE R N F E T E 50 TH E NI G HT I S YO U N G Cool Ideas For A HOT Wedding After-Party

60 S U NDAY I S FO R C EL EBRAT IN G Light-Filled Ceremonies And Decadent Brunch Receptions Are Just Two Reasons For Selecting Sunday To Say, “I Do!”

76 5 T I P S FO R A U NI QUE H OT E L W E DD I NG Residential Furnishings, Restaurant-Quality Food And VIP Guest Treatment Can Transform The Typical Ballroom Affair Into A Perfectly Personalized Celebration

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92 A RO O M W I T H A V IEW Country Clubs, Estates, Gardens And Manors Offer Elegant Wedding Venue Space...Plus Vistas Your Guests Won’t Forget

108 REG AL O P U LE NC E

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120 A G R AND E NT R A NCE Houston’s Private Wedding Venues Have Much To Offer In Dramatic Reveals And Visual Appeal

132 PA RT Y P E R F ECT!

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TV Personality, Fashion Designer And Lifestyle Expert Lauren Conrad Offers Her Finest Etiquette Tips For Planning Pre-Wedding Celebrations With Grace And Style

138 I D O! W E D DI NG SOIREE AT MFA H 140 H E A D FO R T HE HI LL COU N T RY Escape To Our Great State’s Natural Paradise

WEDDING SERVICES 150 5 AB SO LU T E LY E SS EN T IA L WE D DI NG P LA NNI NG T IPS From Budgets To Design To Delicate Family Matters, Houston Wedding Pros Offer Must-Have Advice On Planning Your One-Of-A-Kind Event

162 BR I DE SMAI D S FO R L IF E Take Care Of Your Best Gals The Way They’ve Always Taken Care Of You

163 BMA I DS & B E ST I E S Show Gratitude To Your Best Girls With Sweet Gifts And Shower Favors

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143 P R E-W E D D IN G & R E H E AR SAL D IN N E R C E LE B R AT ION S 146 C E R E M ON Y & R EC E PT ION R E F E R E N C E G UID E 415 W E D D IN G R E SOURC E D IR ECTORY

perfect pairings ACCLAIMED CATERER JACKSON AND COMPANY BRINGS TOGETHER SAVORY BITES & LIVELY SIPS, IN A BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGE OF FLAVORS


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a table for all seasons

172 WI LL YO U MA R RY ME? Real Rings, Real Proposal Stories And The Real Houston Couples Behind Them

178 S PA R K LE & SHI NE It Is The Symbol Of Your Promise, And A Source Of Joy, Every Day Of Your Marriage

183 G LAM & G O RG EO US A Hint Of Shine Or Subtle Sparkle Finishes Your Wedding Look

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2 29 P R E P & P R IM E Get Skin And Hair Wedding-Ready With Hydrating, Priming And Polishing Treatments

2 30 B E AUT Y & SEOUL 184  OF F T HE R U NWAY & D OW N T HE A I SLE Houston Salon Experts Dish On Bridal’s Hottest Design Trends For 2017

1 92 H E AV E NLY D R E SS ES From The Runway To Real Life, The Season’s Most Gorgeous Gowns Are As Romantic As Your Love Story

1 94 D OW N TO E ART H Driven And Engaging All Senses, Your Vision For A Blissful Wedding Is Emotional And Sensual

1 96 LOV E I S I N T HE AIR Creative, Quick-Thinking And Full Of Fancy, You’re A Heady Romantic With A Flair For Fun

2 02 SW E E T WAT E R Sensitive, Thoughtful And Imaginative, Your Wedding Day Inspiration Never Stops Flowing!

2 04 H E A RTS O N F I R E Passionate, Positive And Powerful, You’re The Life Of The Party—At The Party Of A Lifetime!

209 A MA NO R O F ST Y L E

Korean Skincare Expert Alicia Yoon Of Peach & Lily Shares Secrets To A Supple, Smooth, Flawless, Wedding Day Complexion

2 37 P UR E & SIM P LE These Luxurious Natural Beauty Products Create A Luminous Wedding Day Look

finer details

FLOWERS, D E C O R + R E N TA L S

218 8 R E ASO NS TO HIRE A HA IR & MAK E U P P RO There’s No Spotlight Like Your Wedding Spotlight—Earn It, Own It And Love It, With A Camera-Ready Look That Looks Equally Gorgeous In Person

221 L ASHE S, B ROWS & L ID S Create Drama And Definition With These Eye Essentials

223 LU SH & LAST I NG! Stay Kissable All Night Long With High-Pigment Lip Color That Lasts

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Houston’s Café Natalie Catering Turns Out Traditional Favorites With A Decidedly Modern Twist

I N V I T A T I O N S + FA V O R S 31 2 AN IN VITAT IO N TO...AW ES O M E! There’s Nothing More Important Than Making A Fine First Impression—Especially With Your Wedding Invitations

3 1 8 G IF TS & G OOD I ES Show Wedding Guests How Much You Care With A Special Token Of Your Appreciation

322 T H E ART OF INV I T I NG Andrea Liss Of Hannah Handmade Creates

Mixed-Media Invitations That Excite, While They Invite

328 F IR ST IM P R E S S I O NS 2 40 D E SIG N OF T H E T IM E S Fall In Love With The Most Beguiling Looks In Flowers, Linens, Lighting And Color For 2017 And 2018 Weddings

2 60 D IVE R SIT Y IN D E SIG N Kentucky’s Jaclyn Journey Designs Traditional Southern Weddings, With An International Twist

2 70 A TAB LE FOR ALL SE ASON S

B E A U T Y + H E A LT H

308 E LE VAT E D C O M FO RT

G I F T R E G I S T RY 332 R EG IST E R FOR R EA L L I FE Choose Gifts That Bring Elegance And Comfort To Your Newlywed Home, For Everyday Living And Special Occasions Alike

341 E VE RY DAY IN D U LG ENC ES

C U L I NA RY S E RV I C E S 2 84 T H E TAST E OF C E LE B R AT ION Northern California’s Acclaimed Taste Catering Serves Up Made-From-Scratch Wedding Food That Celebrates Diversity Deliciously

2 98 PART Y PAIR IN G S Acclaimed Caterer Jackson And Company Brings Together Savory Bites & Lively Sips, In A Beautiful Marriage Of Flavors

302 D ECAD E N T D E SSE RTS Indulge Your Guests With Magnificent Cakes, Scrumptious Sweets & Whimsical Treats

Make Luxury And Comfort Part Of Your Daily Newlywed Life—You Deserve It!

MUSIC + E N T E RTA I N M E N T 342 LE T’S G E T T H I S PA RT Y STA RT ED The Key To A Celebration Your Guests Will Be Talking, Posting, Tweeting And OMG-ing About Long After The Big Day? Great Entertainment, Of Course!

348 2016 “H AVAN A NI G H TS” C L I ENT AP P R EC IAT ION PA RT Y


CONTENTS documenting the day

decadent desserts INDULGE YOUR GUESTS WITH MAGNIFICENT CAKES, SCRUMPTIOUS SWEETS & WHIMSICAL TREATS

real weddings 70 ALLIE P IN KLE Y & K YL E C U M I NG S 86 C H R IST IN A B ON N O & P R E STON W H IT E H U R ST

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302 356 P ICT U R E T HI S You’ve Envisioned A Wedding Unlike Any Other—Now Capture It, In Photos To Last A Lifetime

104 B R IT TAN Y ROB B INS & CAR LY LE M E R R ING 1 1 7 EVAN GROSSMAN & BRANDON DAVID 128 J E N N IF E R ROD IL & R I C H A R D DO

37 1 REC E PT I O N R E ADY

135 TONYA BENTON & KELLEN SAMPSON

Dance The Night—Or Early Morning—Away, With A Fun And Flirty Party Outfit

158 J E R RY G AR D SBAN E & A L EX C U EVAS 1 6 7 J E SSICA M ARQUA R DT & DAVID PAR KUS

372 M U ST-HAV E W E D DIN G S HOT L IST Beyond The Portraits, These Photos Tell Your Wedding’s Love Story

1 8 0 J ULIE M OR R IS & TOD D LOR B E R BAU M

381 TH E U NB I ASE D LE N S Separate The Myths From The Truths Of Same-Sex Wedding Photography

198 M EG H AN G ROSC H & P H ILLIP B E LM UD E Z

386 L E T’S G E T D I G I TA L

206  ALE X AN D R A PAG E L & T R AV I S D ILLAR D

Plan Better, Share Faster And Have More Fun, With These Five Wedding Tech Hacks

2 3 4 KAT E LY N B RYAN T & S EA N M ELTO N 256 ALISON B E R LIN G E R & S ET H OW ENS

VIDEOGRAPHY

266 D IAN A KIR KLAN D & DALLAS H AN SE N

390 LOV E O N F I LM The Best Moving Pictures HaveThe Ability To Move Wedding Couples And Their Friends And Family, For Years To Come

399 S LE E K & SUAV E

280 M ALLORY BALKIN & H AR R ISON B OT W I N

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Get Artfully Groomed, With These Luxurious, But Essential, Accessories And Amenities

325 IT Z E L H E R N AN D E Z & G UADALUP E E SP I NOSA 338 M AD ISON FOX X & PAT R I C K M O FFI T T 350 E VAN G E LIA AN AG NOSTO P O U LOS & LE W IS G R E LL

DESTINATION WEDDING + HONEYMOON

368 LAUR E N G ALLAG H ER & DAVID KUN Z E 378 AN N A W ILLIAM S & C LAR K F R E D R IC KS O N

402 M E X I C O I S FO R LOV ERS

383 M EG H AN M ACAUL EY & T R AVIS PAR KE R

Los Cabos, Cancun And Tulum Offer Three Different Resort Settings For Destination Celebrations Filled With Love, Laughter... And Ocean Views For Miles

396 J OSE M ON TALVO & P E D RO ABASOLO

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just married

Bride Kathryn Swain Shares Her Wedding Planning Experience—And Top Tips For Destination Couples

295 LAUR A T Y LKA & JO H N PAS C O E

kathryn & colby REAL WEDDING ~ 7.25.15

406 KAT H RY N H AM ILTO N & C OLBY SWAIN 4 1 2 KAY LE E UPTON & B R A NDO N M EDV E


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PLANNING Now that you’ve said, “Yes,” where do you turn next? Our wedding planning pages, of course.

150 WEDDING SERVICES

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THE ART OF THE PARTY W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

Two Distinctly Different Museums Offer Unique Spaces For Nuptial Events

Whether it houses priceless paintings, cultural treasures or historical artifacts (or all three), a museum is a destination for educa-

tion, inspiration, and, for some, personal reflection. It can also be a wonderful place for celebration, particularly the wedding

kind. Here, we open the doors to two distin-

guished museums—one in Houston, one

in Galveston—that offer artful and elegant spaces to dine, dance…and say, “I do!”

The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston Houston’s premier fine arts institution offers not one, but several, superb venue options

for couples who wish to fete their wedding guests with excellent food, superb entertainment and beautiful decor, in an environment

where “the art reigns supreme,” notes the

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The River Oaks mansion ‘Rienzi’ is an ideal wedding location for couples who value ornate surroundings and priceless artwork…and who are willing to abide by some restrictions in order to enjoy these elements for their wedding.

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museum’s assistant director of hospitality, James Batt.

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van der Rohe. Its architectural cachet

contemporary art. It also features sleek,

alone would make the building a desir-

intimate, art-filled space for entertaining

able site for a truly exclusive wedding

up to 150 wedding guests.

celebration—but there is so much more

Outside of the main museum complex,

to this iconic structure. A stately modern-

two coveted MFAH sites offer intimacy,

ist pavilion that opens onto tree-lined

refined elegance, and a treasure trove of

Bissonnet Street welcomes arriving guests

esteemed artwork. Featuring “European

in style, while the expansive multi-level

decorative art, stunning architecture—the

main space, surrounded by smaller

house museum was designed by promi-

galleries, and featuring soaring ceilings

nent Houston architect John Staub in

and walls tailor-made for custom light-

1952—and an Upper Kirby address,” Batt

ing and projections, allows seating for

says, the River Oaks mansion “Rienzi” is

400 of your best friends, family members,

an ideal wedding location for couples

colleagues and more.

who value ornate surroundings and

More intimate in scale, but no less

priceless artwork…and who are willing

impressive in provenance—its designer

to abide by some restrictions in order to

The museum’s main campus, located

is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael

enjoy these elements for their wedding.

in the stylish, and aptly named, Houston

Moneo—the museum complex’s Beck

Hoping to serve Pinot Noir at your Rienzi

Museum District, includes the Caroline

Building houses the museum’s collec-

wedding? Sorry, no—red wine is too risky

Wiess Law Building, designed by master

tion of antiquities, Old Masters, impres-

for the delicate artwork, carpets and

of Bauhaus architecture, Ludwig Mies

sionists, American art and modern and

furniture. But Chardonnay? That’s A-OK!

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If a garden gathering is more to your

liking, you may opt to host your nuptials at

the

museum-owned

Bayou

Bend

Collection. But be mindful—if you do want

to have your wedding at Bayou Bend, whose mansion museum was once the residence of philanthropist, art collector

and “first lady of Texas,” Ima Hogg, and

happens to house “one of the world’s

greatest collections of American painting,

furniture and decorative arts,” notes Batt, you’ll need to get a tent—or two, or three:

“This glorious Houston garden venue, with 14 acres of formal and wooded gardens, smack in the middle of River Oaks, really does require a marquee for events,” as its indoor space is only avail-

wards from the great storm of 1900—to its brief stint as a private residence, to its status, today, as one of Galveston’s most beloved historic archives, The Bryan Museum stands out as a superb venue for a truly Texan wedding. Depending on the season and weather, some couples opt to have their ceremony in the beautiful gazebo on the museum’s grounds. Those who do, along with their fortunate guests, get to enjoy a true outdoor ceremony experience, beneath

inspired structure features intricate ironwork and evocative emerald-color glass, along with a built-in green onyx bar.

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A N N U R BA N, T H E B RYA N M U S E U M

a jasmine-covered structure that can be illuminated, in the evening, with anything from crystal chandeliers to paper lanterns. Bryan Museum director of events Ann

able for guided tours, rather than events.

Urban notes that, due to Galveston’s

The Bryan Museum

off-site ceremony, bringing their guests

From its beginnings as an orphanage—one

to The Bryan Museum afterwards, for a

whose solid cypress beams protected its

At just under 2,000 "square feet, the Belgian-

fickle climate, most couples opt for an

one-of-a-kind reception in the museum’s

recently completed, and completely climate-controlled, conservatory. At just

under 2,000 square feet, the Belgian-

inspired structure features intricate iron-

work and evocative emerald-color glass, along with a built-in green onyx bar. These features, combined with a dazzling floor that “really is like a mirror,” Urban

says, make The Bryan Museum’s conservatory, itself, “a work of art.”

Of special note are the museum’s

on-site areas for wedding-party prepara-

tion—a rarity among museums and cultural

institutions that offer event-space rentals. “We have the most beautiful bridal suite— a real fairytale space, with gold-leaf moldings and a huge European mirror. It is a

very luxurious spot for the bridal party to

hang out and get ready for the big event,” Urban says. For the guys, “There is our

groom’s lounge—a fantastic ‘man cave,’ with a big TV and leather furniture.”

And while the main museum space,

with its exceptional collection of Texas

and American West art and artifacts, is

not available for large wedding events, it is available to the couple for photog-

raphy sessions (an extra special treat, since the museum does not allow regular

visitors to take photos inside). It’s also a

great place, Urban adds, for a “small, private Champagne reception on the Sunday after the wedding, where 25 to

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Hair

TODD EVENTS

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A late-night “after-party” is

the perfect time to relax and let your hair down (perhaps literally), with close friends and family.

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THE NIGHT IS YOUNG Cool Ideas For A HOT Wedd ing After-Party

Your wedding day is not just a celebration, but a major event, packed with people and activities. It’s also an occasion chock full of

ritual and formality, where opportunities for

relaxed fun can be rare, amidst all the pomp and circumstance. Which is why the late-night

“after-party”—a time when the evening winds

down, and the energy kicks up—is the perfect time to relax and let your hair down (perhaps WRITER JULIE LEMEROND

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While wedding reception after-parties

a string of bars and nightclubs nearby to

well can take some finesse, as you may

If you don’t have these options, turn-

are gaining popularity, planning them

choose from.

not wish to invite all of your guests to

ing around your reception space into the

after-party also means ensuring that

ing an after-party in the same room as

this intimate gathering. Planning a great the night doesn’t turn into a downward spiral, with guests over-indulging, and turning zany late-night Instagram photoopps into…an embarrassing late-night

after-party area can work, although keepthe reception requires careful planning, and requires that you are willing for all of your wedding guests to stay and enjoy.

Gary P. Baumann, director of cater-

Instagram photo “oops.”

ing and conference services at the Omni

party that remains sophisticated, elegant,

planning on having an after-party, to

Here are our top tips for having an after-

and yes, a whole lot of fun.

Location, Location, Location

Houston, recommends that if you are start thinking about the celebration you want to create early on in your wedding

planning process. “When working with

Depending on your venue, your after-

a venue, look for out-of-the-way places

to a lounge or hotel suite located in the

closed restaurant or bar, a pool area…

tion venue is in an area of town that has

he notes. “Or, convert your reception or

party may be just an elevator ride away,

to create an after-party atmosphere—a

same building. Or perhaps your recep-

even the top level of a parking garage,”

cocktail-hour space by adding elements of lounge furniture and creating vignettes, and doing a complete change of lighting, along with going from a band to a DJ,” he adds. Jamie Purpera, catering manager for The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, offers this solid advice for couples planning their after-party: “Consider renting a hospitality suite in your hotel. This suite can be a place not only for an after-party, but also a room that your hotel guests can venture into throughout the weekend to visit with each other,” she adds.

Convert your "reception or cocktail-hour space by adding elements of lounge furniture and creating vignettes, and doing a complete change of lighting, along with going from a band to a DJ.

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At Hughes Manor, which blends a

twinkle-lit outdoor lawn and lounge area with a vintage-elegant interior, “The best way to make your night an everlasting

celebration is to have an indoor/outdoor

cocktail time, indoor dinner and danc-

ing, and then as everyone is thinking, ‘Ok this is it....’ turn up the music and open the doors to your outdoor party

area!” says Jessca Hellwinkel. “Here we can have late-night bites accompanied by coffee,” and since Hughes Manor

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She also recommends bringing in

to 200 guests, and couples can rent out

cornhole, along with Instagram frames

outdoor patio, if their party is not held

fun games such as giant Jenga and with your custom wedding hashtag, and a designated photo section “for all those wonderful group shots.”

As for entertainment, “La Hora Loca”—a

Latino tradition, where costumed perform-

ers suddenly pop out and whip up guest excitement—“is a perfect touch to bring back life to your party and get the DJ to

pump it up, and for your guests to interact with crazy props and all-around dancing!”

Looking for a complete change of

setting for your late-night festivities?

Midtown’s Clé Day | Night “features three distinctive and uniquely elegant bars that

move patrons into five different indoor and outdoor lounge areas,” says assistant manager Will Brannon. “We also have a private room that can accommodate up

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Paula Foreman, director of sales at

our entire venue, including our beautiful

Sambuca Catering, and a big fan of post-

during our regular operating hours.” Just

they do not necessarily have to hire a

try to book your Clé after-party at least three weeks before the big day—while last-minute

bookings

can

sometimes

be accommodated, this conveniently

located hotspot, known for its luxurious

style, and excellent food and drink, tends to fill up. Shouldn’t it fill with your nearest and dearest?

Cost-Conscious Customization After all the money that likely will be spent

formalities festivities, reminds clients that whole other set of professionals to work

their late-night party. “After-parties are a blast!” she says. And because they are “generally more casual, with close friends,” less-formal

entertainment

is

perfectly

acceptable. If your after-party budget

does not allow for a professional DJ or, say, a cigar-roller, consider “creating a

playlist on your iPod, and providing a box of cigars,” as these options are less expen-

sive, “but still allow for plenty of fun for

on the wedding itself, budgeting for an

your guests,” she states.

add to the tab. But with creativity, entertain-

change

put together an after-party that lets guests

party: “60’s hippie, 70’s disco, 80’s rock,

after-party can feel like one more item to

To surprise guests and completely the

atmosphere,

Baumann

ment and a touch of technology, you can

suggests adding a theme for the after

break loose…without breaking your bank.

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theme, along with lighting,” he says. “Plus,

bottles with personalized koozies, which

margaritas. “It’s a great way to offer your

enhance the ambiance.”

And you can’t go wrong with wear-

a huge additional bar tab,” and without

add decor elements from the theme to

If you are simply flipping your recep-

tion area for the after-party, and have a photo booth at your reception, keep it on hand for the after-party, but add new

props for your guests to play with, as they snap those late-night selfies.

And speaking of props, your after-

party is the perfect place to bring in all

those cool—and yeah, even slightly silly— party props that would most likely be

out of place at your elegant reception. Planning to dim the lights, for a more club-like atmosphere at your after-party?

Light up the dark with LED knickknacks, such as colorful ice cubes, straws, foam

sticks, necklaces or rings. Planning to refresh your after-party dance crowd with ice-cold beer? Snazz up those cans or

will do double duty as after-party favors. able after-party decor, including feather boas, glitter top hats, sunglasses, and, of

course, Mardi Gras beads—a perennial

guests some alcohol, without incurring putting them in a position to consume more booze than is wise.

Planning to take the party right into

Houston favorite.

the next day? “Breakfast foods, brunch

Eat, Drink & Be Married

options,” says Linda Warwick, managing

and doughnut bars are popular late-night

By the time the after-party comes around,

partner at the Majestic Metro, located in

have been dancing and reveling all night,

addition to the after-party!”

night munchies. Foreman dishes out tips

parties scream bar food!” She says, “Food

nourish guests while appealing to fun-

where they can park, to serve you and

for late-night munchies,” she notes. A

area of town, or a specific bar, frequented

after-parties? Tray-passed sliders with

there, so that guests can indulge on their

it’s been hours since dinner, your guests

and everyone is ready for some late-

downtown Houston. “And they are a fun

In Purpera’s opinion, meanwhile, “After-

for creating a lightweight party menu to

trucks are a blast if you are in a location

food cravings. “The options are limitless

your guests.” Alternately, you can select an

couple of favorite pairings for Sambuca

by food trucks, and host your festivities

small beers, and tasty tacos with mini

own as the evening continues.

A party bus is a "good option. Also, you can consider offering pre-paid vouchers for Uber to hand out to guests.

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Get Organized Joe Pachioli, partner at The Astorian, whose chic, opulent, Deco-industrial vibe

lends itself beautifully to late-night revelry, suggests ways to keep the night safe for

all. If having a handful of guests stay sober to take on the task of designated driving

is not an option, he recommends planning for private transportation. “A party bus is a good option. Also, you can consider offering pre-paid vouchers for Uber to hand out to guests,” he says. 56

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Shutting down the late-night festivities

you have previously set up), as well as a couple of local taxi numbers,” she says.

to keep the after-party organized with

on and on. “For the after-party, have an

invitation so guests don’t overstay their

party continue on with close friends and

that indicate the specific times that the

to having an after-party, it can be fun to

are interested in keeping the night going

emailed invitation with specifics: when, where, and what time (beginning to end) to make it easier to close down,” says

Baumann. He adds that if a DJ is present, it can be much easier to shut down the

party, as the DJ announces that the night is coming to an end.

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Purpera agrees that it is essential

graciously can be difficult, when revelers

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specifics. “Put a specific end time on the welcome. Place framed signs at the bar bar will be hosted, and when it will turn into a cash bar, so that nobody is caught

off guard. And add cute signs at the bar, in the restrooms, and on the tables, that give your guests an Uber code (which

Warwick explains how to let the after-

family the following day: “In addition spend the night in a nearby hotel and

have everyone meet up the next morning for brunch at a small café nearby, or turn it

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it’s a T Whether morning ceremony followed by a lavish brunch, or cozy earlyevening “I do’s” followed by tapas and cocktails, Sunday is a fun day for weddings, indeed.

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SUNDAY IS FOR CELEBRATING Light-Filled Ceremonies And Decadent Brunch Receptions Are Just Two Reasons For Selecting Sunday To Say, “I Do!”

It may be the traditional day of rest, but

when it comes to weddings, Sunday is shaping up to be a fun day, indeed. The

main reason? In a word: flexibility. Got your sights set on a fabulous photogra-

pher…who, it turns out, is booked up a year in advance? Chances are that he or

she is likely to be available on a Sunday. Is the venue you adore just a little bit out of your price range? Approach them WRITER JULIE LEMEROND

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likely to be considerably more afford-

lower rates for Sunday rentals, compared

able. Or perhaps you are just madly in

to Saturday evenings, and catering and

love and want to get married as soon as

beverage service may be less expen-

possible. You have a much better chance

sive as well. Which means that you can

of being able to snag last-minute venue

allocate wedding budget you would

and vendor bookings if you opt for a

have spent on venue fees toward extras

Sunday slot. And then there’s the matter

like interactive entertainment, custom

of creativity: Because it’s a less-expected

furnishings, or perhaps an elaborate

day for a wedding, Sunday also opens

dessert display.

up the possibilities for doing something

“Having your wedding on a Sunday

unexpected with your nuptial festivities,

opens a door that otherwise would be

whether you’re thinking of a morning

closed for many couples,” says Amanda

ceremony followed by a lavish brunch,

Harris, director of marketing for Katy’s

or cozy early-evening “I do’s” followed

“Old Mexico”-influenced Agave Estates.

by gourmet tapas and craft cocktails in a

“Venues usually have more availability on

comfy, lounge-like setting.

Sundays, the costs for vendors goes down on less premium days, and venue costs go

Cost Counts As a general rule, you can expect more “bang for your buck” with a Sunday wedding. Venues traditionally have

down as well for less coveted dates.” Paula Schulenburg, owner of Galleriaarea Mediterranean-style wedding venue The Gallery, agrees. “Couples tend to

steer clear of Sunday weddings as they are not ‘the norm’…but they’re missing out

on a whole slew of benefits,” including, for daytime weddings, the lower cost of brunch or lunch fare, and a lower bar tab.

Vee Brauner, wedding and event coor-

dinator at the Texas Renaissance Festival, adds that some of the cost benefit of a Sunday wedding can extend to guests as

well. “When hosting a Sunday wedding, you have the majority of the weekend

with your guests before the wedding. Lower airfare is often available for your out-of-town guests if they are flying in on a Saturday and leaving for home on a Monday,” she notes.

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Brunch Time Millicent Muckelroy, event producer at popular indoor-outdoor Houston venue The Bell Tower on 34th, says that a

creative Sunday reception can be a big hit with your guests. “The benefit of a Sunday

daytime wedding is letting your creative side come out by doing brunch. It is a

little untraditional, but it’s a great way to

stand out,” she notes. “There are so many

different styles of brunch, from traditional American breakfasts, to elegant plated

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Paula Foreman, director of sales for

a daytime Sunday wedding, with its

fun-filled atmosphere where everyone

the limit when creating a brunch menu

and refined ballroom. “We’ve done

Lauren Griffin, of castle-like Chateau

Sambuca Catering, says that the sky is for your guests. Serve up such adorable

“appetizers” as “mini pancake skewers and shrimp-and-grits shooters, and have

a bacon station—because everyone loves bacon—plus a quiche station, waffle bar, a

chef carving station,” the possibilities are endless, explains Foreman.

A full premium bar is not generally

a necessity for Sunday weddings, she

sunlight-drenched

ceremony

space

scrambled-egg stations with tons of

Polonez, adds that Sunday weddings are

with shrimp sauce and grits, and chicken

want the party-all-night atmosphere that

gourmet toppings, blackened tilapia and waffles, plus plenty of fresh fruit

and juices.” Also consider forgoing the

traditional wedding cake for “cupcakes, sugar cookies, cake pops and doughnut bars,” she suggests.

Agave Estates’ Harris offers offbeat

continues. “It’s easy to get away with

and creative ways to make your guests

are much less expensive. And that allows

morning affair. “What better way to say,

beer, wine and a Champagne bar, which

some room in the budget for fun specialty drinks to be passed upon arrival.”

“Play with the menu, and be more

creative than the traditional reception

dinner,” adds Rasha Shammaa of The Bougainvilleas—a lovely location for

can come together to enjoy the day.”

feel cared for and catered to during a ‘Good morning,’ than with fresh coffee for your guests? Incorporate all the

wonderful amenities of the morning, like upbeat music, coffee cake, fresh garden

floral, crossword puzzles and more. Sunday brunch receptions can create a

the perfect choice for couples who don’t

a Saturday wedding typically brings. “A Sunday wedding can have more

of a daytime ceremony-in-the-garden atmosphere,” she mentions, adding that

Saturday can be a great day to fill with activities for friends and family leading up to the big day.

the menu, "andPlaybewith more creative than the traditional reception dinner. We’ve done scrambled-egg stations with tons of gourmet toppings, blackened tilapia with shrimp sauce and grits, and chicken and waffles, plus plenty of fresh fruit and juices.

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And at the Majestic Metro—where

“Sunday event pricing is considerably

less than for Saturday events,” notes managing partner Linda Warwick—the beautifully

restored

vintage

theater’s

“built-in bars provide a great opportu-

nity to have a custom mimosa bar for

guests to enjoy.” For even more Sunday afternoon fun, Warwick suggests adding

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Daytime Design Generally held earlier in the day than their Saturday counterparts, Sunday weddings allow for simpler decor and entertainment

than might be expected at a Saturday evening affair. But simple need not—and should not—mean basic.

Whether your Sunday wedding is

indoors or out, if it is held during daylight hours, make sure to allow natural sunlight

to pour into your space, creating a fresh ambiance filled with joy. Create an elegant daytime feel with “lighter flow-

ers, and more greenery for a garden ‘tea-party’ wedding vibe,” suggests

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Keep in mind that most out-of-town guests treat your wedding as a mini vacation, so why not give them an extra day to explore the city?

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Joe Pachioli, of The Astorian, which

blends gilded opulence with, during the

day, plenty of natural light and city views, adds that, “The music should be lighter in

tone, reflective of the time of day. Bossa

Nova, jazz and acoustic is best, versus a DJ or band.”

Out And About Schulenburg notes that a Sunday wedding can allow out-of-town guests more time to

explore all that Houston has to offer on the

Saturday preceding the big event. “Keep in mind that most out-of-town guests treat

your wedding as a mini vacation, so why

Muckelroy. With the money you are

need to go over the top when a pretty

not give them an extra day to explore the

rental, “You have more to spend to

And don’t forget about music: “Trade in

restaurants?” she says.

“Decorate your space with simple yet

acoustic feel by hiring a quartet or

Funday for a reason—this is the perfect

likely to save on your Sunday venue

vase with fresh lemons and floral will do.

create your vision!”

that pricey band for a more laid-back

elegant florals and decor—there’s no

guitarist,” Schulenburg recommends.

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city and dine at your favorite al fresco Foreman adds, “It’s called Sunday

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Sundays tend to be a bit more laid back

so you can focus on enjoying the memories you are making.”

The area surrounding the Majestic

Metro’s historic Market Square location is ideal for memory-making. “How about

having your destination wedding right in the center of downtown Houston?”

says Warwick. She suggests treating your

Majestic Metro "hasThespecial rates available at a number of the finest downtown hotels, minutes away from our venue. Your out-of-town guests won’t need a car if your venue and lodging are downtown.

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Sunday-wedding guests to a fun-filled

Friday and Saturday exploring local festivals, museums and nightlife, adding, “The Majestic Metro has special rates avail-

able at a number of the finest downtown

hotels, minutes away from our venue. Your out-of-town guests won’t need a

car if your venue and lodging are downtown—everything is so accessible!”

And Harris reminds couples that not

everybody will be able to attend their wedding, whether it’s held on a tradi-

tional Saturday or nontraditional Sunday.

“Save yourself the headache and worry, and remember that your wedding is

about you—don’t stress about everyone

else. Remember that it is your day and you can mold it however you wish.” - FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT -

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allie & kyle 4•23•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: coffee

HIS FAVORITE SIP: nola blonde beer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: ben & jerry's ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: pecan pie & ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

near the ocean

watching premier league soccer

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his patience

she puts me above anything or anyone

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ome guys ask, “Will you marry me?” Kyle did things a little…

to a swank hotel, where Kyle met Allie and danced with her to John

differently. His proposal adventure, with instructions provided

Legend’s “All of Me” on a rooftop terrace. Yes, he did eventually ask the

through a series of numbered notes to his bride-to-be, sent Allie on a

question. And yes, she did give him the answer he had hoped for. And

whirlwind shopping day with her mom, which included a nail spa visit,

their opulent wedding at The Corinthian? It was every bit as elaborate

custom outfits selected just for her at her favorite store, and a limo ride

and unforgettable as the proposal that brought them there.

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lamour,” “elegance,” “bold” and “sexy” were the buzz words during

beloved love quote from one of their favorite bands, Mumford & Sons,

the design process, Allie notes. Among the highlights of the lavish

and an 8-by-20-foot LED video wall that displayed a childhood video

design that event stylist Kat Creech brought to The Corinthian were

of the bride as a young girl dancing with her father to the same song

ultra-luxurious place settings featuring 24-karat-gold-etched plates,

that accompanied their father-daughter dance on the wedding night,

and glassware with a gold-floral-lace pattern, a lush floral pergola, a

in what was, “by far the sweetest moment of the evening.”

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Details couple ALLIE PINKLEY & KYLE CUMINGS number of guests 230 rehearsal dinner location SAMBUCA venue THE CORINTHIAN wedding colors GOLD, BLACK & IVORY coordination & styling KAT

CREECH EVENTS linens & chairs EB INC. EVENT RENTALS & DESIGN catering JACKSON AND COMPANY photography & videography

AMA PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA honeymoon HAWAII

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Having your wedding at a hotel

lets you and your guests move seamlessly from ceremony to cocktails to reception without braving the elements.

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5 TIPS FOR A UNIQUE HOTEL WEDDING Residential Furnishings, Restaurant-Quality Food And VIP Guest Treatment Can Transform The Typical Ballroom Affair Into A Perfectly Personalized Celebration

There’s a reason—lots of reasons—hotel

weddings are so popular in Houston. For

one, there’s the weather factor: Having

your wedding at a hotel means you and your guests can move from ceremony to

cocktails to reception without braving the often uncooperative elements. The best

hotels also boast excellent catering and W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

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One of the many "wonderful things about an on-site ceremony is that we are able to create whatever vision of your ceremony you prefer, whether it is chevron-theater-style seating or a circular style with the couple at the center.

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staff and luxurious accommodations for guests and pre-wedding prep, all of which can ease the stress of planning for busy Houston couples. And, of course, there is hotel event space itself—capacious, highceilinged, and built specifically to accommodate decorations, custom lighting and plenty of room for dancing. But while hotel event volume and convenience can be a boon for couples, it can also make a hotel wedding seem less than…unique. Which is precisely where that well-honed hotel staff expertise comes in. Here, we present six excellent tips, straight from in-house hotel wedding pros themselves, for creating a haute wedding experience at the hot property of your choice.

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CEREMONY ON SITE

A major advantage of a hotel wedding is being able to have all of your wedding events in one place, starting with the ritual of marriage. “One of the many wonderful things about an on-site ceremony is that we are able to create whatever vision of your ceremony you prefer, whether it is chevron-theater-style seating or a circular style with the couple at the center,” says Angela Westhoff, senior catering 78

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manager for Galveston’s Hotel Galvez &

Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel. “The sky is the limit to what we can help you design.” At Galvez sister hotel The Tremont

House, located in Galveston’s historic

Strand District, senior catering manager Gina Hengst adds, “Hosting an on-site ceremony eliminates transportation issues and potential delays in getting the fun started.” One great option: “Transition

the ballroom from the ceremony to the

reception while guests enjoy cocktails in

another on-site space,” making the most

of the hotel’s grandest celebration loca-

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Most ballrooms are designed to be grand, formal and impressive—use lighting to create a more intimate space, by washing the walls in a soft color.

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tion, while guests still get to enjoy another of this historic venue’s spaces.

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LIGHT IT UP

While all hotel ballrooms have readily

accessible light switches, you want to

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change, the look of ballroom walls. “Our

Lanier Grand Ballroom has a different, contemporary look, with modern light

fixtures and textured checkered walls,” she

explains. “One of our recent brides loved the colors royal blue and fuchsia. Her

wedding took place in the Lanier Grand

Ballroom with bright pink up-lighting, causing the checkers on our walls to look dark blue and pink.”

With custom lighting, against a highly

adaptable backdrop of neutral tones— the brand-new Hyatt Regency Houston

Galleria, with its elegant, contemporary

carpets and wall treatments is a perfect avoid flipping them…and instead go for

example—a hotel ballroom can become

Rebecca Payne, senior catering

our recent weddings had an amazing

notes that interesting lighting doesn’t

director of sales and marketing Melissa

illumination with high visual appeal.

an entirely different world. “One of

manager for the Hilton Americas Houston,

underwater theme,” notes Hyatt Regency

just enhance, but actually can completely

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We have such modern, elegant furniture—including linen-less tables—it doesn’t feel draped and covered up. It feels more like a beautiful home.

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it into whatever you want it to be, wherever your vision takes you.”

Chris Swetnam, social catering manager

for the Hilton Houston Post Oak, adds

candles all through the ballroom.” She

stresses that because the hotel’s ballroom is so customizable—“no traditional

bright, floral hotel-ballroom carpet

here”—you can really take it and transform

“residential” setting, when the right furniture and accent pieces are put in place. At Hotel ZaZa Houston, where opulent

that lighting doesn’t just brighten dark

decor abounds and original works of

“Most ballrooms are designed to be

stylish

spaces, it can actually reduce their size.

art are, well…everywhere you look,

grand, formal and impressive,” he says.

a natural addition to the ambiance,

And while these qualities may be ideal

for the importance of the occasion, “not one of them creates a sense of inti-

macy.” To foster a feeling of coziness, he suggests, “Use lighting to create a more

intimate space, by washing the walls in a soft color.”

minated in deep teal blue, and floating

room is easily transformed into a luxurious

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FURNISH FOR COMFORT

A ballroom is a ballroom is a ballroom. Except when it’s not. With large load-in

entries and vast empty space, a hotel ball-

but

comfortable

furniture

is

especially when installed in the swank Phantom Ballroom—a favorite space for wedding receptions. Ashley Bartek, Hotel ZaZa’s associate director of catering and special events, likes to cozy up the place with “lounge furniture, including banquettes, coffee tables, oversized chairs and ottomans, mixed with cocktail and dinner tables.” Meanwhile, at the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria, couples need not bring in custom rentals to create a chic, comfy, residential feel: “We have such modern, elegant furniture—including linen-less tables—it doesn’t feel draped and covered up,” Malone says. “It feels more like a beautiful home.”

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SERVE UP CELEBRATION

One of the best ways to un-banquet your hotel ballroom wedding is by giving guests a dining experience that feels more “restaurant” than “reception.” At the popular Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, even guest groups of 500-plus enjoy an intimate dining experience. “Having a full bar, a seated dinner with unique main-course options, and dining tables of different shapes and sizes, all are easy ways to give any reception the feel of restaurant dining,” says resort director of catering and banquets Brad Whiting. “We are fortunate to have an experienced banquet and culinary team who recognize that food trends are continually changing. You don’t have to stick to the basics. Our on-site bakery, butchery and dry-age room, all give us an edge, enabling The Woodlands Resort to 82

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provide truly custom menus for each and every couple.”

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MAKE GUESTS VIPS

With their locations in some of Houston’s

hottest areas for dining, shopping and

late-night fun—think: Downtown, The Galleria, River Oaks—in-demand city

hotels are ideally situated for guest enjoyment during the hours they’re not on “wedding duty.”

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here in Houston, most of my weddings have guests coming from every corner of the globe, so to them, we are a desti-

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or other theme for the night of guests’

arrival in the hotel,” to maximize convenience and give visitors a chance to adjust to the surroundings.

And don’t forget the most important

wedding guests of all—you and your beloved. Evangelia Grell, social cater-

ing manager for The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, never forgets the honored guests at the heart of the wedding

celebration: “I love to send a couple a

favorite item, a particular bottle of wine

or Champagne. Or, if they love sweets, a fun dessert platter.” She adds, “At the end of every wedding, I send the

nation wedding,” Swetnam notes. “It is

near the Galleria, River Oaks and Uptown

couple wedding cake, and anything

ing welcome receptions, as well as local

for your guests. We offer courtesy shuttle

service, since couples don’t usually

during their down time. With our location

the festivities closer to home? Schedule a

enjoy cake at their wedding.”

important to remember this by schedul-

Park, there is a lot of activity that is free

they would like to order from room

attractions

service to these locations.” Want to keep

have the opportunity to eat dinner and

for

guests

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PHOTOS: AKIL BENNETT

christina & preston 8•22•15 HER FAVORITE SIP: spicy cucumber gin cocktail

HIS FAVORITE SIP: scotch on the rocks

HER FAVORITE SWEET: coconut-cream pie

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: blackberry cobbler

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sleeping in,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

sipping coffee, and spending all day on the salt water

fishing or golf

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his open embrace

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her compassionate

warms my heart

attitude toward others, especially me

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hristina and Preston, who met in college in 2007 but didn’t

for their elegant summer celebration. After a deeply personal ceremony

start dating until six years later, knew they wanted a wedding

at the same church where Christina’s parents had wed more than 30

with “timeless style and tradition, yet with the addition of our families’

years earlier, the couple joined 325 guests for a spectacular reception,

personal Italian customs.” A team including Evangelia Grell of The

featuring Italian music, a shower of metallic streamers, and take-home

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, and the talented design experts of

cookies, handmade by Christina’s family from “Italian recipes that had

Plants N’ Petals and Bright Star Productions, ensured they got just that,

been passed down for generations.”

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couple CHRISTINA BONNO & PRESTON WHITEHURST number of guests 325 venue THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB &

SPA wedding colors WHITE, IVORY, PINK, ORANGE & GREEN flowers, decor & rentals PLANTS N’ PETALS lighting & dance floor BRIGHT STAR PRODUCTIONS cake SUSIE’S CAKES &

CONFECTIONS jewelry DONOHO’S JEWELLERS honeymoon GREECE

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glimpsed T Whether through stately windows, or enjoyed in its pure al fresco form, nature provides a beautiful backdrop at these elegant Houston venues.

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW Country Clubs, Estates, Gardens And Manors Offer Elegant Wedd ing Venue Space...Plus Vistas Your Guests Won’t Forget

Sprawling, spacious, and, after a few

seasons of abundant rain, very green, the Houston area has much to offer the wedding couple seeking a special

venue, where indoor elegance and

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ballroom, or enjoyed in its pure al fresco

form, the region’s country clubs, estates, mansions and gardens offer many pasto-

ral delights. In this feature, we present

some of our favorite spaces for unique, and uniquely private, wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Pine Forest Country Club Set on 220 landscaped acres in easy-to-

reach West Houston, Pine Forest Country

Club offers convenience, superb service

very large, rustic chandeliers” provide

floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook

and adjoined terraces offer a grand,

feeling of being in a garden setting,” she

ing Stella Haral.

in the club’s sophisticated ballroom,

guests with unmatched hospitality?

luxurious lounge furnishings, and a chef-

menu, and traditional food, with late-

night revelry at a 25-foot-long bar with

enhance the wedding cake.”

into the wee hours of the morning!”

a sense of grandeur, while “windows

our spectacular golf course, give the

panoramic view,” notes director of cater-

says. Post-ceremony festivities take place

Her favorite options for treating your

where guests can enjoy fusion menus,

“Include a lot of specialty drinks on the

attended ceviche bar, followed by late-

night snacks, and a dessert station to

patio access—“the perfect place to party

and delightful views, in equal measure.

Sweetwater Country Club

on the club’s balcony, overlooking the

homes, through oak-lined boulevards,

the addition of just a few well-placed

notes Jennifer Keefe, director of catering

prime outdoor setting. Then, make your

25 minutes from downtown Houston.

venue’s private ballroom, where “two

all the splendor of the outdoors, “Our

Start your special day with a ceremony

“As you drive past multi-million-dollar

Jay Riviere-designed golf course, where

you know you have arrived at excellence,”

floral arrangements will enhance the

for Sweetwater Country Club, located just

dramatic staircase entrance into the

For a comfortable indoor setting with

Our floor-to"ceiling windows, which overlook our spectacular golf course, give the feeling of being in a garden setting.

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The Springs Events With multiple locations throughout the Houston area, The Springs Events has

plentiful options for couples seeking

rustic elegance with unparalleled privacy.

One of The Springs most popular venues, The Springs at Angleton, boasts a “colonial, plantation-style wedding venue

set among some of the most beautiful, towering oak trees you’ve ever seen,”

says president of operations Danny

German. “Our two-story reception hall, with its grand, handcrafted wood staircase and gorgeous chandelier, along with

a one-of-a-kind, Charleston, S.C.-inspired outdoor ceremony gazebo, beneath the sprawling, towering oak trees,” provide

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uplighting, personal photos of the bride

rate “garlands, dripping floral and green-

venue this year,” Thai notes. “This special

and selfie stations” for hands-on fun, and

favorite of Hough’s, who says “they are a

option for all kinds of occasions, but

and groom in your table centerpieces… great photo opps!

ery,” along with “family-style meals”—a

great way to include your family members on this very special day.”

location will be another breathtaking

especially for wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 100 people.”

The Briar Club At The Briar Club, located adjacent to

University neighborhoods, rich tradition

oak trees make The Gardens at Madeley

The Gardens At Madeley Manor

The Villagio

Houston’s tony River Oaks and West

Lush grounds and majestic, century-old

Ample space makes The Villagio an ideal

blends with modern amenities, for an

Manor in Conroe a “perfect location for

macy of a private venue, with room to

unforgettable wedding experience.

Primarily a reception site, The Briar

Club’s recently renovated 6,000-square-

celebrating under a starry sky,” says events manager Marjorie Thai.

either the charming garden gazebo or

your guests the opportunity to view the

with up to 200 of their closest friends

Houston skyline,” says director of catering

Amanda Hough. “We can accommodate up to 400 guests in our ballroom, with a

pre-function area and terrace perfectly suited for cocktail hour,” and can incorpo-

accommodate all of their friends and

Couples can opt to say their vows in

foot ballroom features vast windows

that “bring in natural light, while giving

location for couples who desire the inti-

indoor chapel, then party the night away

and family members in a fairytale tent decked out with string lighting, for a

true garden-party feel. And coming soon: “We are very excited about the

addition of The Conservatory to our

We can accommo"date up to 400 guests in our ballroom, with a pre-function area and terrace perfectly suited for a cocktail hour and can incorporate garlands, dripping floral and greenery, along with familystyle meals.

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family. The venue’s lovely outdoor rose garden is a favorite for seasonal ceremonies, while the indoor chapel can fit 300

guests, if weather is a concern. For large

receptions, The Villagio’s two ballrooms can be combined to accommodate up to

700 seated guests—while, for the wedding couple, a grand, winding staircase makes

for an impressive newlywed entrance. Villagio event planner Trish Nguyen

notes that the venue’s all-inclusive pack-

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The Wood lands Country Club For lush forest vistas, you can’t match The Woodlands. And no private venue takes better advantage of the area’s greenery than The Woodlands Country Club. Notes private events director Annemarie Apligian, “Our freestanding Legacy Ballroom, which can seat up to 300 people, features a wraparound patio and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning panoramic views of the club’s Palmer Golf Course, while indoor and outdoor fireplaces, modern light fixtures and custom woodwork complete the exquisite setting for any type of event.” Enhance the club’s “beautiful lakefront

Couples love to "take romantic photos on the mansion’s wraparound porch, and in the surrounding gardens, where waterfalls, flowerbeds and fountains abound.

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views and large trees” with “floral arches, wine barrels and lanterns,” for a “lavish, elegant wedding…or a simple and stunning reception,” she adds.

Heather’s Glen Whether you choose to say your “I do’s” outdoors, beneath the flower-bedecked

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your Heather’s Glen wedding will be one

guests won’t forget, notes venue owner Heather George.

elegance, views and ceremony space a couple could wish for.

Ceremonies are a special focus at

Indoor receptions take place in the

Ashton Gardens, where the beautiful

lier-accented “outdoor lounge area is a

and soaring wood beams”—the ideal

Garden Room, while the venue’s chandehuge hit for cocktail hour, with its climbing

ivy and covered outdoor space,” George notes, adding that lawn games are a popular addition to take full advantage of

the outdoor fun. Plus, she says, “Couples

chapel features “floor-to-ceiling windows space for an “outdoor wedding feel without the stress of the unpredictable Houston weather,” notes vice president of sales and marketing Stephanie Selaiden.

After the ceremony, guests need only

love to take romantic photos on the

shift to the adjacent ballroom, where they

surrounding gardens,” where waterfalls,

while celebrating. “Wedding couples are

mansion’s wraparound porch, and in the flowerbeds and fountains abound.

Ashton Gardens

can enjoy more stunning outdoor views busy people,” Selaiden observes. “They juggle careers and kids, and are often

working while trying to earn a degree,

wedding couple, family and friends to relax on the wedding day.”

Kemah Gardens Located just 30 minutes from both Houston

and Galveston, and set on a private lake, Kemah Gardens features “a fountain, four acres of gardens, and a 150-capac-

ity climate-controlled event facility, plus a luxurious bridal suite and a spacious

groom’s room,” notes lead event coordinator Ciria Rybicki.

are "a Ceremonies special focus at

With locations in North Houston and

and they have less and less time to plan

Ashton Gardens, where

accessibility and consistency: Both loca-

ing wedding couples for over 11 years,

the beautiful chapel

West Houston, Ashton Gardens offers

their weddings. We have been host-

tions feature all the exceptional ballroom

and we provide everything, allowing the

features floor-toceiling windows and soaring wood beams— the ideal space for an outdoor wedding feel without the stress of the unpredictable Houston weather.

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The 5,000-square-foot Kemah Gardens

estate also has three bedrooms with

private baths, meaning that the wedding couple, and their special guests, can

experience the relaxation of a destination wedding, at a destination within a short drive of home. Take advantage of

Kemah Gardens’ relaxed ambiance with

decor touches including mason jars, lace, burlap and lots of candles, along with a

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reception featuring family-style service, sangria and fun signature cocktails.

Moffitt Oaks With its picturesque barn, originally built by the Moffitt family as a horse barn, and

converted into “a gorgeous venue that includes chiffon draping and chande-

liers, while still keeping the integrity of a

For upcoming "weddings, couples are bringing in hanging decor, paper lanterns, glittertopped doughnuts, and floral cake tables—gorgeous!

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barn,” notes event coordination manager

Christine Krauss, Moffitt Oaks provides a distinctive setting for rustic-elegant

wedding celebrations. For a touch more

glamour, “We also have our ballroom, which appeals to everyone, with its Swarovski-crystal chandeliers, brick fireplace and beautiful bar.”

For upcoming weddings—including,

perhaps, your own—couples are bring-

ing in hanging decor, paper lanterns, glitter-topped doughnuts, and floral cake tables—“gorgeous!” notes Krauss.

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brittany & carlyle 7•3•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: white sangria

HIS FAVORITE SIP: coffee

HER FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: taking day trips

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: taking a

with carly and our pups

motorcycle ride with brittany

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: that his family and

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: she challenges me

friends are number one in his life

every day

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rittany moved from Pennsylvania to Houston in third grade,

Brittany’s being given away by both her father and stepfather, to the

where she and Carlyle met at school recess. The two remained

newlyweds’ first dance to comedian Adam Sandler’s “I Wanna Grow

close throughout the years, even attending senior prom together…as

Old With You,” to Carlyle’s crowd-surfing to a favorite song with his

friends. But it wasn’t until after college, when they both decided they

groomsmen, and the couple’s fathers, uncles and cousins lifting him in

wanted to “adventure” in Colorado, that they discovered their deep

the air while Brittany cheered the group on, the wedding theme was

love for one another, and moved to Denver together, as a couple. From

“family, friends, fun…and being together to celebrate.”

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PURPLE, GREEN & PINK china rentals ANY OCCASION PARTY RENTAL honeymoon BALI & SINGAPORE

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HER FAVORITE SIP: rum & diet coke

HIS FAVORITE SIP: single-malt scotch

HER FAVORITE SWEET: vanilla cake with vanilla ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

visiting with friends

working on our new house

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his ability to make me feel

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: there are too many

safe at all times

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ometimes, it takes distance to make two people realize just how

Dimopoulos’s “Blue Trees”—an art installation in Houston’s Spotts

much they care about each other. For Evan and Brandon, who

Park—with LED lights, then led Evan to this special spot for his surprise

dated a handful of times before Evan left on a month-long European

proposal. The couple’s unique “cabaret-style” wedding, at Hotel ZaZa,

excursion, it was during their separation when “it became clear we

kicked off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvre, followed by a ceremony

could not live without each other,” she says. To pop the question,

in the center of ZaZa’s Phantom Ballroom, and “a very lively night,”

Brandon enlisted his parents to help him wrap artist Konstantin

Evan says, “with no down time!”

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PETALS linens & rentals EB INC. EVENT RENTALS & DESIGN bridesmaid dresses BELLA BRIDESMAIDS registry KUHL-

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your T Whatever dramatic wedding fantasy, you’ll find a Houston venue to accommodate your flair for…fabulous.

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to accommodate the dramatic impact

plaster ceiling,” and flanked the venue’s

date almost any layout that the couple

lous Houston sites, each one designed

size floral creations to bring focus to

noting that ceremonies often take place

you seek—starting with these five fabu-

to dazzle…and prepared to make your wedding wishes come true.

The Corinthian

towering Palladian window with over-

can imagine,” says partner Joe Pachioli,

“this one-of-a-kind feature.”

looking out upon a glittering backdrop of

Want to make an impact after your

“I do’s?” Look no further than The

Corinthian’s double Grand Staircase,

How’s this for a venue entrance? “As guests

leading from the Mezzanine into the

Corinthian, their eyes are immediately

spouse can make a royal entrance into

make their way up the entry stairs of The

Great Hall, where, “You and your new

drawn to the colonnade of 24 Corinthian

the reception,” Bryan says.

supporting the intricately plastered ceiling

The Astorian

manager of The Corinthian, and of Jackson

Houston, in a Houston Historical Society-

columns soaring to a height of 35 feet, of the Great Hall,” says Boyd Bryan, general

Located a stone’s-throw from downtown

and Company catering, which owns and

designated landmark building re-conceived

operates the venue.

Bryan notes, “Florists and decora-

tors have  often used exquisite chan-

deliers, suspended floral accents, and lush draping, to highlight the original

to pay homage to New York City’s iconic

Grand Central Station, The Astorian blends Art Deco glamour with industrial edge.

“The Grand Ballroom, with its open

floor plan, is configurable to accommo-

Houston skyline, as the sun goes down. Couples who want to change up the setting after saying their vows can lead guests to The Astorian’s swank cocktail lounge, where they’ll be dazzled by stand-out details include a 40-foot handlaid mosaic, domed granite ceiling and marble bar top. Throughout the venue, glossy wood paneling and soft lighting bring warmth and intimacy to the cool sophistication of concrete floors, rusted steel, brushed aluminum, and brass and copper interior accents. Says Pachioli: “The attention to detail, not only in the design, but also by the staff, truly sets this space apart from other venues in Houston.”

Chateau Cocomar From its exquisitely manicured gardens, to its circular entry drive and sculpture fountain, to its gleaming interiors and glittering crystal chandeliers, Chateau Cocomar is all about dramatic impact, mixed with a considerable dose of feminine romance. For ceremonies with plenty of pomp and circumstance, couples love Chateau Cocomar’s upstairs ballroom—“It’s just so white and beautiful, with very detailed crown moldings, and a soft tone that’s perfect for saying, ‘I do,’” notes controller Sherry Alvarez. After the emotion and intensity of the marriage ritual, guests and newlyweds can refresh themselves with cocktails and hors d’oeuvre on the upstairs terrace, where sprawling views of the venue’s green lawns and surrounding forest make for a stunning natural backdrop. When it’s time for the reception to begin, guests need only make their way downstairs, to the chateau’s main ballroom, featuring “gold filigree, antique fixtures, large 122

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dramatic long staircase,” Alvarez says, “where the couple can make their grand entrance as newlyweds.”

Chateau Polonez Named for a classic Polish dance that originated in the 18th century and was

historically the first dance couples partici-

pated in at the beginning of a lavish ball, Chateau Polonez remains true to its European inspiration, with its dramatic

porte-cochere entrance, soaring domed foyer, and grand, two-story ballroom.

Guests entering through the venue’s

double doors will find themselves in an ornate entranceway, where a sparkling chandelier hangs from a domed ceiling

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As guests make their way up the entry stairs of The Corinthian, their eyes are immediately drawn to the colonnade of 24 Corinthian columns soaring to a height of 35 feet, supporting the intricately plastered ceiling of the Great Hall. B OY D B RYAN, TH E CO RINTH IAN

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of

Chateau

Polonez. For wedding ceremonies with

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staircase, as guests look on in anticipa-

tion. And for indoor celebrations during any season of the year, the ballroom, with

seating for 240 on the ground floor, and

an additional 110 on the upstairs balconies, overlooking the main floor, offers ample space for all of your guests to enjoy an evening of mingling, dining and dancing…perhaps even a “Polonez.”

The Bell Tower on 34th With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, The Bell Tower on 34th’s Campanile Chapel is an impressive site for wedding ceremonies with the regal ambiance of a

house of worship, in a location where the

painted with an intricate mural. distinguishing

For indoor ceremonies, couples make

their entrance down the curving double

on the Lake “is wrapped in wisteria that

post-ritual revelry is just steps away. “This

spring, and creates a lovely fairytale

water wall and patio area outside”, notes

drips beautiful purple flowers in the

special space offers a view of the 30-foot

setting,” notes venue director Kasia Tran.

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also features a beautiful dome ceiling and

authentic wedding bells, which can be heard throughout the room.”

Adjacent to the chapel, a swank groom’s

suite, and two different bridal suites—“one with a beautiful garden featuring a quaint

fountain, the other with a fantastic second-

story view of the famous Bell Tower water wall,” Igo describes—offer surroundings

in which to primp and prep that are as elegant as the celebration space itself.

The Bell Tower’s most distinctive

feature may be its “magnificent cascading

staircase,” set in the Carillon/Chandelier

Ballroom, which boasts “columns, arches, multiple chandeliers, and giant antique

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jennifer & richard 10•15•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: syrah

HIS FAVORITE SIP: diet dr. pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée topped with berries

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: blood-orange sorbet

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

yoga, netflix, and trying out a new restaurant

playing ultimate frisbee

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: how we’re always on

his quirky sassiness

the same “brainwave”

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e is originally from the small town of Robinson, Ill. She is

of their closest friends and family for a beautiful ceremony, which

a native Houstonian. He is a chemical engineer. She is an

Jennifer describes this way: “My favorite part was walking down the

oncology nurse. And, for Jennifer and Richard, as for so many couples

aisle with the perfect song, ‘XO,’ by Beyonce, playing, and seeing

who hail from different places, and walk different paths in life, it took

the best person in the world at the end of that aisle. The whole day,

“the wonderful world of online dating” to bring them together, notes

up to that point, I had been able to hold myself together. But at that

Jennifer. Their fall wedding at Chateau Polonez brought together 180

moment, it all hit, and I couldn’t stop myself from crying happy tears.”



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PARVANI VIDA BRIDAL & FORMAL photography CIVIC PHOTOS honeymoon PARIS & LONDON

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partyperfect!

PHOTO: YONI GOLDBERG

TV personality, fashion designer and lifestyle expert LAUREN CONRAD offers her finest etiquette tips for planning pre-wedding celebrations with grace and style

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odern-day party planning etiquette can be tricky, particularly for the hostess. It

feels like the general rules are always changing and usually subjective, so I’ve compiled my tried-and-true tips for hosting an event with grace and consideration.

PLANNER ETIQUETTE k I try to send out invitations four

weeks in advance. People’s calendars fill up quickly, but sending the invitations too early risks them being misplaced or forgotten about. Obviously, for larger-scale events that may require travel, you should afford your guests additional time, while two weeks’ notice is enough time for a smaller, more casual gathering.

k Make certain to properly greet

and introduce partygoers, even if you believe they may have already met. Social gatherings can be intimidating, so do your best to make each guest feel comfortable. (Take a note from Bridget Jones and try to offer an interesting fact about each person to help spark a conversation!)

k Invite guests to bring a date, if the budget allows. It makes for a better time for everyone. If your budget is tight, be very clear in your invitation so that you don’t find yourself scurrying to set an extra place setting when the guest arrives with a “plus one.” k Don’t invite a second-tier guest list too close to the event. People will know they were not your first choice, and no one wants to feel like the second string.

TIP Make certain to properly introduce partygoers, even if they may have already met. Social gatherings can be intimidating, so do your best to make each guest feel comfortable. k Be prepared. Give guests as much information as possible ahead of time regarding parking, transportation and attire; have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, etc. The more you anticipate and do ahead of time, the better your event weddingsinhouston.com

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will be. There are always inevitable hiccups on the day of, so it’s best to eliminate or minimize the foreseeable bumps so you have more time to focus on the unforeseeable ones.

k Come bearing gifts. If you don’t already know, you will soon: Party planning is a big job and showing you appreciate the efforts of your host is not only considerate, it pretty much can guarantee an invitation to the follow-up get-together.

PARTYGOER ETIQUETTE k As a good host, you can prepare for

just about anything and plan a dazzling event, but so much of the party mood depends on your guests. Which is why being a thoughtful partygoer is an important role.

TH E UN EXPECT ED GUEST

k Reply by the RSVP due date. As a

host you typically wait for a final head count before placing most orders and finalizing details, so when you’re the guest, respond as soon as possible— especially if the host is someone you would like to make a good impression on. Plus, it’s just the nice thing to do.

TIP

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Never cancel on the day of the event. Unless it’s an emergency, it’s never an okay thing to do. Be mindful of how much work your host is putting into hosting you.

k Be on time. Do not arrive more than 15 minutes late to a dinner party, or 30 minutes late to a cocktail party. If you’re going to be any later, you should call or text the host. Equally as important, do not arrive early. k Oftentimes, the host is running around putting on the finishing touches. An early guest is just unwanted stress. Try your best to arrive during the first few minutes of the party. k Don’t ask if you can take home a floral arrangement, a centerpiece or leftover food. If the host isn’t offering, you can assume it’s for a reason. k Follow the dress code. If the host offers one of those “open to interpretation” dress codes, just ask.

k Don’t bring an uninvited guest. Here’s

the bottom line: The people listed on the invite or envelope are the people invited to attend. If it reads, “Ms. Audrey Hepburn,” you can safely assume the invitee is not being asked to attend with a guest. If it reads, “Ms. Audrey Hepburn and Guest,” that’s an invitation to bring a plus one (but only one!). If the invite reads “The Hepburn Family,” it’s safe to assume the entire household is invited.

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Earlier we discussed how, as a guest, you are able to determine whether you are invited with a plus one, or whether it is appropriate to ask if you may bring a guest. As a habitual hostess, it’s inevitable that you’ll be faced with this dilemma. Over the years, I’ve hosted quite a few events where guests have appeared at my door without RSVPing, or a partygoer has arrived with an unexpected plus one. For this reason, I always try to account for a few extra heads when preparing the menu and when stocking the bar (this is when a 20-percent safety buffer comes in handy!). Your goal should be to handle the situation with grace and discretion. Quietly arrange for another place setting, even if that means getting inventive with seating (an ottoman can make a quick fix, and can usually seat two people at a dining table). If it’s a buffet, just put out extra dishes and flatware. In the event that there isn’t quite enough food, it’s your obligation to serve yourself last and least (and, if needed, nudge your significant other or cohosts to do the same). I’d suggest keeping the issue quiet and not bringing it up to the person(s), or to any other partygoers, for that matter. Even something as simple as, “What a surprise! We weren’t expecting you,” can leave a bad aftertaste. My best advice is to make any necessary accommodations in order to balance out the event, and then forget about it. Letting yourself be bothered by it will take away from the fun you should be having!

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tonya & kellen 8•13•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: pinot grigio

HIS FAVORITE SIP: craft beer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate ice cream

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: german chocolate cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

watching football

watching football with my wife

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his sense

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her fun-loving

of humor, his great heart…and he is the most

personality and free spirit, her sense of humor…and

handsome man I've ever seen

she’s cute, too

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hat began as friends trying to offer support during a trying

day had an entirely different feel. For their celebration at downtown

first season turned into a barn-burner of a love story,” says

Houston’s historic Majestic Metro theater, the ambiance was all about

groom Kellen, who, like his bride Tonya, was a University of Houston

“glitter, glitter, glitter,” Tonya says. “The decor in the venue popped and

basketball coach when the two met. While gym attire and locker rooms

looked incredible. The ceremony was short and sweet, and the party

may feature significantly in the couple’s day-to-day life, their wedding

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NAVY, GRAY, GOLD & SILVER catering CAFÉ NATALIE honeymoon ARUBA

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TODD EVENTS

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON

JACKSON AND COMPANY

I Do! Wedding Soiree at MFAH On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Weddings in Houston’s bespoke wedding event, the I Do! Wedding Soiree, brought its signature brand of luxury wedding planning to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Guests at I Do! found themselves treated to an extraordinary evening of glamour, entertainment and inspiration, as they visited with Houston’s premier floral designers, rental and decor experts, planners, photographers, videographers, bridal salons, jewelers, bakers, beauty professionals and more. Marking the first time ever that The Museum of Fine Arts has hosted a wedding show, our fall Soiree treated guests to gourmet global cuisine courtesy of Jackson and Company Catering, and Café

BERING'S

Natalie Catering; soulful music from Scott Graham Piano; and the expert MC and DJ talents of Lewis Grell, owner of LG Entertainment. We’d like to extend our special thanks to Museum of Fine Arts director Gary Tinterow, assistant director of hospitality James Batt, and museum special events coordinator Sarah Gutierrez; to EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design for providing linens; to Bright Star Productions for our logo projections; to Balushka Paper Floral Artistry for our red-carpet backdrop; and to D. Jones Photography for capturing all the magic in pictures. We look forward to meeting you at the next I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming to The Corinthian in Spring, 2017.

LBL EVENTS, DESIGN & RENTALS

location THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON | writer NATASHA GARBER | photography D. JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

ZADOK JEWELERS

DARRYL & CO.

PLANTS N’ PETALS

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A DAY TO REMEMBER

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HAUTE FLOWERS & EVENTS

LOGGINS JEWELERS

PLANTS N’ PETALS

MARILYN MONROE SPAS, THE WOODLANDS

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DESSERT GALLERY BAKERY & CAFE

BALUSHKA PAPER FLORAL ARTISTRY

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ESCAPE TO OUR GREAT STATE’S NATURAL PARADISE.

D

eep in the hear t of Texa s sits a region that ha s found its way into the hear ts of photographers, adventureseekers, wine-lovers and true romantics a cross the countr y. T his geographic gem, nestled in the rolling terrain bet ween S an Antonio and Austin, is Texa s Hill Countr y—and for Houston couples it is, simply, the

most magnificent (and a ccessible) wedding destination on the map.

The magic of a Hill Countr y wedding begins with landscape. If a river backdrop is what you seek for your destination

“I do’s,” you’ ll f ind it hard to beat the gentle Blanco River, meandering through the popular tow n of Wimberley. For glorious sunset views, lovely Dripping Springs, with its Live Oak woodlands and sweeping steppe prairies, is pure wedding per fection. Wine af icionados and their wedding groups, meanwhile, will f ind much to love about the area around Johnson City, which marks one end of the revered Texas 290 Wine Trail, and features spect ac ular wildf lower displays come springtime.

D o t t i n g Hi l l C o u n t r y ’s s c e n i c e x p a n s e a r e s o m e o f t h e s t a t e’s m o s t c o v e t e d v e n u e s f o r w e d d i n g s t h a t b l e n d

old-fa shioned charm with S outhern e legance and gracious ser vice. For couple s seek ing a rus tic, laid-back wedding with vint age Texas touches, Hill Countr y is a treasure trove of venue options. S et your al fresco ceremony against a backdrop of live oak, bringing in a touch of special-occasion sparkle with a vint age chandelier suspended over your alt ar. P H OT O : B LO O M P H OT O G R A P H Y, C O U R T E S Y O F M A M A I S O N

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Hill Country venues offer something special for every destination-seeking Houston couple, along with the space to accomodate all of their loved ones.

Then venture into a decked-out pine barn

of them producing award-winning wines to

draped with delicate ceiling swagging and filled

rival California’s prized vintages. For a

with flickering lantern light, for a kick-your-

pre-wedding or day-after treat, arrange

heels up party—followed by scotch and cigars

for guests to enjoy a limousine or

under the stars. For incredible photo ops, and

luxury-SUV wine tour to a handful

a rugged Texan feel, host your celebration

of nearby wineries, followed by a

at a sprawling Hill Country ranch, where

catered picnic lunch under the

grazing horses are part of the landscape,

rustling oaks. The outdoor

and winding flagstone paths may just lead

enthusiasts in your wedding

you to a candlelit courtyard or lavish,

entourage will appreciate

flower-filled lodge.

an e xc ur sion to one of

And, of course, there’s nothing quite

the region’s legendary

like a scenic Hill Country estate, where

swimming holes or

vast picture windows look out upon

tubing creeks—

acres of pristine natural beauty, while

or, for a more

indoors, elegance abounds, in the form

substantial

of stately staircases, limestone walls and

w at e r o u t i n g ,

crystal chandeliers.

there is always the

Whatever Hill Country setting you seek,

fun of fishing, waterskiing

you and your guests will appreciate the ease of the region’s

or sailing on one of the area’s picturesque Highland Lakes.

proximity to Houston—drive time to most venues is less than

E ager to keep your entourage entertained? Check local

three hours, and excellent local accommodations abound. Which

calendar listings for gigs at Hill Country’s legendary dance

means that you need not limit your guest list to the handful of

halls, or at the many clubs in nearby Austin’s super hot

invitees destination weddings typically entail.

music scene. For shopping enthusiasts, excellent antiquing,

There is no better way to enjoy a Hill Country wedding than

unique art and home decor, custom boots and leather goods,

to make a weekend of your special event. After all, this famed

and handmade goods aplenty are all within a short scenic

region boasts some of the most enticing diversions and activities

drive from just about any Hill Countr y wedding venue.

in the entire state of Texas—many of which can, and should, be

Add to these Hill Country attractions championship golf,

enjoyed over the course of several days. Fans of fine wine will

exceptional spas…and, yes, killer barbecue, and you’ve got

find endless opportunities to sip, savor—and add to their cellars,

yourself a wedding destination that is tailor-made for the

courtesy of the huge range of wineries that dot the region, many

Texas wedding of a lifetime—yours.

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Canyonwood Ridge

King River Ranch

250 South Canyonwood Drive Dripping Springs, TX 78620 • 512.709.1607 CanyonwoodRidge.com Picture your “I do’s” on a ridgetop encircled with oak trees, or under the beautiful beamed ceilings of our Chapel, with a scenic Hill Country view as your backdrop. Designed specifically for majestic Hill Country weddings, Canyonwood Ridge offers versatility, elegance and exceptional views, whether you choose to celebrate outdoors or in. For larger receptions, our Chapel can be used in addition to our large Reception Hall. However you choose to celebrate, Canyonwood Ridge offers romance and flexibility for unforgettable Hill Country weddings.

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Outdoor Reception Area Yes Outdoor Ceremony Site

Yes

Oustide Catering Allowed Yes Pricing Information

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1 280

Outdoor Reception Area Yes

Oustide Catering Allowed Yes

Outdoor Ceremony Site

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French for “my house,” Ma Maison is a 10,000-square-foot event site nestled on 23 secluded oak-covered acres in beautiful wine country, just outside of Austin. Ma Maison overlooks the scenic Lac Moise, and features indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites. Our Great Hall is a 4,000-square-foot grand space with exposed wood beams, alcoves, a fireplace and crystal chandeliers. We offer a bride’s suite with a private garden and a well-appointed groom’s den. Three romantic outdoor areas are available for ceremonies and celebrations: shaded under our stately live oaks, against our lakefront backdrop, or in our antique French gazebo.

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3633 River Road Wimberly, TX 78676 • 512.847.3646 OldGloryRanch.com

Oustide Catering Allowed Yes

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Pricing Information

Maximum # of Guests

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Nestled in the hills between Austin and San Antonio, on the banks of the Blanco River, sits Old Glory Ranch—a premier, full-service Texas Hill Country wedding venue since 1997. Old Glory features riverside ceremony space, rustic-elegant indoor and outdoor reception areas, and the warm and inviting Chapel Hall—the embodiment of an old country church. Take advantage of our vast inventory of furniture and decor pieces, superb in-house floral services and private dressing quarters for the bride and groom. Your Old Glory Ranch wedding will be a showcase of style, creativity and originality.

ANTHOLOGY PHOTOGRAPHY

Outdoor Reception Area Yes Yes

Yes

Old Glory Ranch

Ma Maison 2550 Bell Springs Road Dripping Springs, TX 78620 • 512.777.1642 TheMaMaison.com

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2054 Ranch Road 1320 Johnson City, TX 78636 • 830.392.6484 TheKingRiverRanch.com A riverfront ranch venue on the famous 290 Wine Trail, close to world-class accommodations and attractions, we offer gorgeous event spaces, luxurious amenities, 3,000 square feet of expertly designed wedding party suites, and picturesque Hill Country backdrops. Our property encompasses 25 acres of beautiful pastures, riverfront and manicured grounds, and our in-house floral and event design is provided by globally acclaimed studio Willem-Aidan. Our King Barn holds 250 seated guests with room for a dance floor, while our River Terrace offers a stone-paved open-air space built into the dramatic rocky riverbanks of our private section of the iconic Pedernales River.

1 400

Outdoor Reception Area Yes

Oustide Catering Allowed Yes

Outdoor Ceremony Site

Pricing Information

Yes

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The Salt Lick: Pecan Grove & Thurman’s Mansion

ANTHOLOGY PHOTOGRAPHY

Events at a Time Maximum # of Guests

2 350

The Terrace Club

18300 FM 1826 • Driftwood, TX 78619 512.894.3117 • SaltLickBBQ.com/weddings

2600 E. Hwy 290 Dripping Springs, TX 78620 • 512.894.4009 TheTerraceClub.com

Step into marital bliss with a celebration at one of our spectacular Texas Hill Country venues. Whether you envision dancing under the stars at Pecan Grove, sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset at Thurman’s Mansion, or exchanging vows in the vineyard, we have a venue for every couple. From wood-beam ceilings to rustic tile flooring, Thurman’s Mansion offers true glamour with undeniable Southern charm. Pecan Grove combines function with beauty, providing a glass-enclosed celebration space to ensure year-round comfort while still maximizing our beautiful views. We are truly one of the most magical destinations in Texas.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Austin, The Terrace Club features impeccable service, exquisite catering, and amazing sunsets, all while providing an elegant atmosphere for the party of a lifetime. We offer all-inclusive pricing (if desired), indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, and accommodations within walking or shuttle-service distance. Our outdoor ceremony area is perched on the tallest ridge in the area, providing the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Within our windowed ballroom and 2,000 square feet of balcony space, you and your guests can enjoy the views throughout the evening.

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Outdoor Reception Area Yes

Oustide Catering Allowed No

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Maximum # of Guests

Yes

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Outdoor Reception Area

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Oustide Catering Allowed Yes

300

Outdoor Ceremony Site

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Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters

Brennan’s Houston

#8 Kemah Boardwalk, Ste G • Kemah, TX 77565 281.538.9600 • BoardwalkFantaSea.com

3300 Smith St • Houston, TX 77006 713.522.9711 • BrennansHouston.com

With a gorgeous interior, ample dining space and a host of menu options available, the Boardwalk FantaSea offers the ideal setting for your most important events – all on the water. Our yacht gives us the ability to throw some of the best private parties and events in Houston, Kemah, Clear Lake and Galveston Bay.

For over 40 years Brennan’s Houston has been the destination for brides who are searching for Southern hospitality. We have several different-size rooms to accommodate any size celebration and a dedicated culinary staff to make your taste buds sing. “The grandest restaurant in the city.” – Alison Cook, chron.com.

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Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

128

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price Call

Y

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3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

200

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $60

Y

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The Bryan Museum

2603 Timmons Ln • Houston, TX 77027 713.622.3667 • TheBriarClub.com

1315 21st St • Galveston, TX 77550 409.220.3022 • TheBryanMuseum.org

Located in the upscale River Oaks district of Houston, our sanctuary from the city is the perfect location for private parties, galas and events. In the refined glamour of our newly renovated clubhouse, featuring four elegant function rooms, your guests will enjoy the highest standards of hospitality from our staff. With our unique concierge approach to planning, our experienced catering & special events team will work with you to account for every single detail.

Events at a Time

4

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests •

The Briar Club

400

Outdoor Site

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Y Min. Price Call

N

The Bryan Museum is the premier wedding venue on Galveston Island, with both indoor and outdoor spaces that will accommodate up to 200 guests. Our wedding venue offers a variety of unique spaces, such as the Belgian-designed glass and steel Victorian Conservatory, an elegant Bridal Suite, a comfortable Groom’s Lounge, and a beautiful wrought-iron Gazebo in our lush, curated grounds.

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

200

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $40

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Cadillac Bar

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse

1802 Shepherd Dr • Houston, TX 77007 713.862.2020 • CadillacBar.com

5865 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77057 713.244.9500 • ChamaGaucha.com

Cadillac Bar is the perfect venue to celebrate your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, wedding reception, quinceañera or bar/bat mitzvah. With two private rooms, accommodating 30 to 400 guests, the possibilities are endless. Our event planner is available to help coordinate all the details for your unforgettable day.

Events at a Time Private Rooms Max. Guests

2

Private Bar Service

Y

Y Min. Price $12

Entertainment Y

400

Whether it’s a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner, bachelor/bachelorette dinner or magnificent wedding reception, Chama Gaúcha’s passion for perfection will create the perfect event with Brazilian flair. Treat your guests to an extraordinary experience they will remember for years.

Outdoor Site

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

Y

Events at a Time

110

Min. Price $49

Y

Downtown Aquarium

14525 Champions Dr • Houston, TX 77069 713.538.9400 • ChateauCocomar.com

410 Bagby St • Houston, TX 77002 713.315.5168 • DowntownAquarium.com

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

Chateau Cocomar

Chateau Cocomar’s rich architecture, sophisticated charm and commitment to exceptional service give guests a distinguished experience. A panorama of crystal chandeliers, Renaissance fireplaces and European gardens makes Chateau Cocomar one of the most fabled destinations in Houston. Everything from the spiral staircases to the wood paneled walls have been hand selected to dazzle and charm the guests of Chateau Cocomar.

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999

The Ballroom can be divided into one or two special events and can easily accommodate 50-400 guests. The Downtown Aquarium is the perfect venue for any occasion. Come visit us today. You won’t want to be anywhere else for your celebrated occasion.

Y

Outdoor Site

Min. Price Call

Events at a Time

5

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

Y

400

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $30

Y

Frank's Americana Revival

Hilton Americas - Houston

3736 Westheimer • Houston, TX 77027 713.572.8600 • FranksHouston.com

1600 Lamar St • Houston, TX 77010 713.739.8000 • AmericasHouston.Hilton.com

Frank’s Americana Revival on Westheimer serves reinterpreted American food, using fresh ingredients from local Farmers Markets and exceptional suppliers. Unique menus feature classic regional favorites and modern American cuisine. A well-rounded wine list includes over 170 wines, including award-winners, family vineyards, and boutique producers. Our private dining space offers elegant surroundings for intimate gatherings up to 50 guests, featuring modern décor and a wine wall.

We are able to accommodate receptions, seated dinners or banquets, and our experienced staff and award-winning chefs provide superior service for your pre-wedding celebrations and beyond with flexible, creative menu options. We can customize your décor and menu to suit your taste and cultural traditions, and your out-of-town guests can effortlessly book accommodations through our website.

Events at a Time

3

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

80

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price Call

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10

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

N

130

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $110

N

Hilton Garden Inn - NW American Plaza

The Houston City Club

14919 Northwest Freeway • Houston, TX 77040 713.896.6700 • NorthwestHilton.com

One City Club Dr • Houston, TX 77046 713.840.8223 • HoustonCityClub.com

Our banquet space offers intimate settings for your bridal party, friends, and family to gather for your Rehearsal Dinner. Our experienced wedding specialists will assist with detailing and selecting the perfect entree from our vast catering selections. Your guests will have the convenience to reserve guestrooms through your special event group block rate.

Events at a Time

2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

150

Outdoor Site

The Houston City Club stands as one of the premier Houston wedding places in the metro area. Inspired cuisine, breathtaking views, sophisticated service, secluded and chic – attention to every detail is granted. Whether it is simply elegant or elegantly simple, every Houston wedding at The Houston City Club is as individual as the couple themselves.

Y Min. Price $30

Y

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Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests •

144

Outdoor Site

Y

250

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $50

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Hyatt Centric The Woodlands

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 111 North Post Oak Ln • Houston, TX 77024 713.680.2626 • Houstonian.com

9595 Six Pines Dr Ste 1100 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 281.203.5005 • TheWoodlands.Centric.Hyatt.com

Located in the heart of Houston, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is a beautiful wooded retreat nestled amidst 18 acres of towering pines and serene oaks. Special wedding venues include unique ballrooms for larger groups, to the more intimate elegance of the Manor House or Hearth Room at Olivette.

Sophisticated, yet welcoming, our charming property acts as a centerpiece for celebrated Market Street. With comfortable guest rooms and a variety of spaces in which to socialize, our hotel offers plenty of romantic ambiance. Our attentive staff has the expertise to handle every step of your celebration, from your pre-wedding parties to your steps down the aisle. We offer a variety of specialized packages, and our team handles the details...flawlessly!

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Events at a Time Private Rooms Max. Guests

6 Y 500

Private Bar Service

Y

Entertainment Y Outdoor Site

Call For Price

Events at a Time

2

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

Y

125

Outdoor Site

Y

Y

Min. Price $75

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen

806 Main St • Houston, TX 77002 713.237.1111 • JWMarriottHotelHouston.com

909 Texas Ave Suite 2A • Houston, TX 77002 281.823.8600 • LawlessSpirits.com

As the premier luxury hotel in downtown Houston, the JW Marriott Houston effortlessly hosts events in 14,500 square feet of modern event space, including two elegant ballrooms. While you are staying with us, we strive to take care of your every desire by intuitively anticipating your needs, guarding against unnecessary distractions and orchestrating an event that is both seamless and memorable. Events at a Time

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Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

400

Y

Outdoor Site

N

Located in the historic Rice Hotel, Lawless is Houston’s newest en vogue establishment. The interior exudes glamour in every detail. Upon entry, guests will proceed up a grand staircase that sits beneath a glorious chandelier. The outside terrace is a beautiful backdrop as it overlooks downtown.

Min. Price $54

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

N

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

130

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $20

Y

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Number 13

Pallotta’s Italian Grill

7809 Broadway St • Galveston, TX 77554 409.572.2650 • Number13Steak.com

27606 Interstate 45 N. • Conroe, TX 77385 281.364.9555 • PallottasItalianGrill.com

Number 13 is able to accommodate large groups with advance reservations. We also offer outdoor space on the Terrace that can be easily made private for intimate pre-wedding celebrations, and features beautiful views of the Marina. We also offer wine locker memberships, cigar bar memberships, and a full bar. Contact us to learn more about our menu options and to arrange hosting your pre-wedding celebration with us.

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

N

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

50

Outdoor Site

Y

Voted BEST ITALIAN in The Woodlands 7 years in a row! Private Banquet Room Perfect for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal & Baby Showers, Anniversary & Birthday Parties, and more! • Completely private entrance • Holds up to 65 people • Audio/visual included • Private wait staff • Great Food • Private restroom • Beautiful décor • Ample Parking

Min. Price Call

Y

Events at a Time

1

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment N

Max. Guests

65

Outdoor Site

Y

N

Min. Price $26

Sambuca

Star Fleet Yachts

909 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002 713.227.7423 • SambucaCatering.com

280 Grove Rd • Kemah, TX 77565 281.532.5656 • StarFleetYachts.com

Entertaining groups of any size is one of our specialties. Let our staff plan your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception, whether it’s cocktails and hors d’oeuvre for 10 or a seated dinner for 200. Each of your guests will feel like a VIP! Sambuca is where Houston comes for their parties and events.

Create lifetime memories with a cruise on Clear Lake or Galveston Bay. Welcome aboard one of our private, luxury yachts where our friendly and experienced crew will take care of your every need...we do all the work. Ideal for weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners for up to 150 guests.

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Events at a Time Private Rooms Max. Guests

2 Y 400

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Private Bar Service

Y

Entertainment Y Outdoor Site

Call For Price

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4

Private Bar Service

Private Rooms

Y

Entertainment Y

Max. Guests

Y

150

Outdoor Site

Y Min. Price $59

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Magnificent mansions, boutique hotels, luxury resorts, gracious country clubs and so much more! Use this guide to peruse Houston’s finest facilities for unforgettable wedding ceremonies and receptions. Compare venue sizes, catering fees and special services, all at a glance. All information is subject to change without notice. Some features may be available on a limited, seasonal or by-request-only basis. To interactively compare facilities, and to confirm the most recent pricing and information, please visit WeddingsinHouston.com/

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Ashelynn Manor 25276 Nichols Sawmill Rd • Magnolia, TX 77355

281.252.3355

275

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Ashton Gardens - North & West 21919 Inverness Forest Blvd • Houston, TX 77073

281.362.0011

300

2

$50

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The Astorian 2500 Summer St • Houston, TX 77007

832.460.6695

750

1

$55

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The Ballroom at Bayou Place 500 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002

713.400.1299

800

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The Bell Tower on 34th 901 W. 34th St • Houston, TX 77018

713.868.2355

300

2

$70

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Big Easy Ranch 2400 Brunes Mill Rd • Columbus, 78934

979.733.8635

200

1

Call

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Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters #8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G • Kemah, TX 77565

281.538.9600

128

1

Call

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The Bougainvilleas 12126 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77077

832.914.7844

350

1

$68

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Brennan’s Houston 3300 Smith St • Houston, TX 77006

713.522.9711

200

2

$60

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The Briar Club 2603 Timmons Ln • Houston, TX 77027

713.622.3667

600

3

Call

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The Brookwood Community 1752 FM 1489 • Brookshire, TX 77423

281.375.2181

300

1

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The Bryan Museum 1315 21st St • Galveston, TX 77550

409.220.3022

200

1

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Butler’s Courtyard 122 N. Michigan Ave • League City, TX 77573

281.557.5551

300

1

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Cadillac Bar 1802 Shepherd Dr • Houston, TX 77007

713.862.2020

400

2

$12

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Canyonwood Ridge 250 S. Canyonwood Dr • Dripping Springs, TX 78620

512.709.1607

500

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Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse 5865 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77057

713.244.9500

110

3

$49

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Agave Estates 1138 FM 1463 Rd • Katy, TX 77494

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Chateau Polonez 12612 Malcomson Rd • Houston, TX 77070

281.655.5656

352

1

$60

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Clé Day | Night 2301 Main St • Houston, TX 77002

713.955.2302

1200

2

$20

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The Corinthian 202 Fannin St at Franklin • Houston, TX 77002

713.523.5780

1900

1

$75

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Crystal Ballroom at The Rice 909 Texas Ave • Houston, TX 77002

713.227.7423

400

2

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown 400 Dallas St • Houston, TX 77002

713.351.5766

320

2

$48

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza 6 E. Greenway Plaza • Houston, TX 77046

713.850.2356

350

7

$30

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Downtown Aquarium 410 Bagby St • Houston, TX 77002

713.315.5168

400

5

$30

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Enchanted Cypress Ballroom 12603 Louetta Rd • Cypress, TX 77429

281.826.0505

400

1

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Frank’s Americana Revival 3736 Westheimer • Houston, TX 77027

713.572.8600

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The Gallery 6303 Beverly Hill St • Houston, TX 77057

713.255.2889

300

1

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The Gardens at Madeley Manor 915 N. Frazier St • Conroe, TX 77301

936.524.3352

200

1

Call

Heather’s Glen 200 E. Phillips St • Conroe, TX 77301

936.441.6611

180

HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77056

713.627.2283

Hilton Americas - Houston 1600 Lamar St • Houston, TX 77010 Hilton Garden Inn Northwest American Plaza 14919 Northwest Fwy • Houston, TX 77040

Minimum Price Per Person

713.538.9400

Simultaneous Events

Chateau Cocomar 14525 Champions Dr • Houston, TX 77069

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350

1

$30

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Hilton Houston North 12400 Greenspoint Dr • Houston, TX 77060

281.875.2222

1000

5

$24

Hilton Houston Post Oak 2001 Post Oak Blvd • Houston, TX 77056

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The Historic Magnolia Ballroom 715 Franklin St • Houston, TX 77002 713.223.8508 225 1 Call √ √ √ √ 82_ Hotel Galvez & Spa 2024 Seawall Blvd • Galveston, TX 77550

409.765.7721

350

3

$60

Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District 5701 Main St • Houston, TX 77005

713.526.1991

400

12

$150

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 111 North Post Oak Ln • Houston, TX 77024

713.680.2626

500

6

Hughes Manor 2811 Washington Ave • Houston, TX 77007

713.864.2797

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450

1

$65

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JW Marriott Houston Downtown 806 Main St • Houston, TX 77002

713.237.1111

400

2

$150

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Kemah Gardens 1019 Lewis Dr • Kemah, TX 77565

281.334.0501

150

1

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King River Ranch 2054 Ranch Rd 1320 • Johnson City, TX 78636

830.392.6484

250

1

Call

Las Velas 5714 Fairdale Ln • Houston, TX 77057

713.977.5773

250

1

Call

The Lyceum of Galveston Island 2401 Winnie St • Galveston, TX 77550

409.789.4142

300

1

Call

Ma Maison 2550 Bell Springs Rd • Dripping Springs, TX 78620

512.777.1642

600

1

Call

The Majestic Metro 911 Preston St • Houston, TX 77002

713.224.7226

500

1

Call

Marriott Houston North 255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East • Houston, TX 77060

281.875.4000

530

3

$35

Moffitt Oaks 20125 Cedar Ln • Tomball, TX 77377

281.370.6616

300

2

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet St • Houston, TX 77005

713.639.7754

400

1

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Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria 2626 Sage Rd • Houston, TX 77056

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Northgate Country Club 17110 Northgate Forest Dr • Houston, TX 77068 281.444.5302 320 1 $32 √ √ √ √ 100_ Old Glory Ranch 3633 River Rd • Wimberley, TX 78676

512.847.3646

400

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Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway Dr • Houston, TX 77056

713.871.8181

750

3

$75

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The Parador 2021 Binz St • Houston, TX 77004

713.529.3050

550

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Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club 3000 Plantation Dr • Richmond, TX 77406

281.342.9940

240

1

$30

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Petroleum Club of Houston 1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor • Houston, TX 77002

713.659.1431

250

2

$60

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Pine Forest Country Club 18003 Clay Rd • Houston, TX 77084

281.463.0900

350

1

$50

Red Oak Ballroom - Houston / CityCentre 816 Town & Country Blvd • Houston, TX 77024

713.590.0953

350

2

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Rienzi - The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1406 Kirby Dr • Houston, TX 77019

713.639.7754

175

1

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The Salt Lick: Thurman’s Mansion & Pecan Grove 18300 FM 1826 • Driftwood, TX 78619

512.894.3117

350

2

$27

Sans Souci Ballroom 26511 State Hwy 249 • Tomball, TX 77375

281.803.3333

1000

1

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Sheraton North Houston Hotel 15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd • Houston, TX 77032

281.442.5100

500

3

$48

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2

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The Springs Events - Angleton, Katy, Lake Conroe & The Woodlands 4999 Buller Rd • Brookshire, TX 77423

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The Terrace Club 2600 E. Hwy 290 • Dripping Springs, TX 78620

512.894.4009

300

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Texas Renaissance Festival 21778 FM 1774 • Todd Mission, TX 77363

800.458.3435

400

4

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The Tremont House 2300 Ship Mechanic Row St • Galveston, TX 77550

409.763.0300

400

2

$60

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The Villagio 10901 Braes Bend Dr • Houston, TX 77071

281.352.0903

500

1

$59

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The Vine 25642 Bernard Rd • New Ulm, TX 78950 713.553.9797 500 1

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Vino Artino 11550 Louetta Rd #100 • Houston, TX 77070

281.251.1175

50

2

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Walden on Lake Houston Golf & Country Club 18100 Walden Forest Dr • Humble, TX 77346

832.445.2104

240

1

$30

Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue 15264 Hwy 105 West • Montgomery, TX 77356

936.597.7700

300

1

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Waters Edge Venue 3901 Nasa Pkwy • El Lago, TX 77586

281.291.9900

275

1

The Westin Galleria Houston 5060 W. Alabama St • Houston, TX 77056

713.770.6267

1000

The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria 5011 Westheimer Rd • Houston, TX 77056

713.770.6267

Willow Fork Country Club 21055 Westheimer Pkwy • Katy, TX 77450

Page Number

Handicap Accessible

150

Kosher Menu Available

Outdoor Area Available

Outside Catering Permitted

Off-Site Catering Available

281.532.5656

Sweetwater Country Club 4400 Palm Royale Blvd • Sugar Land, TX 77479

Simultaneous Events

Maximum Capacity

Star Fleet Yachts 280 Grove Rd • Kemah, TX 77565

Venue / Address

Phone

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The Woodlands Country Club 100 Grand Fairway Dr • The Woodlands, TX 77381

281.863.1400

300

1

$75

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The Woodlands Resort 2301 North Millbend Dr • The Woodlands, TX 77380

866.342.4039

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5 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WEDDING PLANNING TIPS From Budgets To Design To Delicate Family Matters, Houston Wedd ing Pros Offer Must-Have Advice On Planning Your One-Of-A-Kind Event

The first thing you can do to ensure that your wedding planning goes off

without a hitch? Hire a professional

planner, who will bring years of experi-

ence and solid vendor relationships to the process, and can save you money

in the long run. The second thing? Take

this sound advice from some of the

best in the wedding planning business.

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SET, AND STICK TO, A BUDGET

daunting, as we all want to spend on each and every detail, but it’s important

Planner and event stylist Kat Creech, of

to focus on your most important wedding

your budget is the key to getting what you

stress that photography and cinematog-

foodie who loves heavy presentation and

these two items are the two things you

higher on your food and beverage line. If

Investing in a wedding planner is another

to end, you will want to budget higher

planning such an important day should

Kat Creech Events, says that prioritizing

elements.” She also notes: “We always

want, without overspending: “If you are a

raphy should remain high on the list, as

unique cuisine, you will want to budget

walk away with at the end of the night.

you want a nonstop party from beginning

high priority: Peace of mind and sanity in

on the entertainment line,” she advises.

not have a price tag.”

most memorable to you.”

To make sure that your budget is in

line with your wedding expectations, “Break down your overall budget into

a price per person,” Creech adds. She

explains that, while $30,000, for example, can seem like a lot of money, “If you have

300 people, that breaks down to $100 per person,”—a fairly low per-person amount, when you consider the cost of

the venue, delivery and labor fees, and providing fine food, cocktails, entertainment, and a beautiful space to celebrate

in, for each of those guests. “You need to review your expectations to determine if

guest count to ensure that your guests’

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cards, bustling your dress, and cueing

your DJ when to play that exact song you wanted to make your entrance to.”

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START PLANNING EARLY

“Couples are getting started early on their booking process,” notes Ochoa, “so you

Ryley

We always stress "that photography

Christine

Harvey,

of

OWN

Weddings & Events, advises: “Make

sure and get your venue picked ASAP!

If you do this, then you should be able

and cinematography should remain high on the list, as these two items are the two things you walk away with at the end of the night.

to schedule everything else with no problem.” And don’t forget: “Take into consideration holidays when deciding

on what day you are planning for your

wedding. Yes, Super Bowl is considered a holiday in Texas!”

Terri Porche, of Southern Girl Soirees,

adds: “It usually takes up to a year to plan

"

a wedding. Most vendors are now booking clients a year and a half in advance.” She, too, suggests booking your venue

C L AU D I A D E V E L A S C O, A DAY

first. To get the most bang for your buck,

TO R E M E M B E R

“Be flexible with the day and time your On the topic of hiring a profes-

experience is in line with your vision

sional planner, Roberto-Carlos Ochoa,

“We start every wedding journey with a

Cocomar Ladies), has this to say: “A lot

we have a solid foundation for expecta-

tors.’ Do not get this confused with a

couples on a wedding investment is the

coordinator

for your wedding—and your budget.

of J’Adore Events (formerly known as

design and wedding budget to ensure

of venues are offering ‘venue coordina-

tions and investment. Educating our

professional wedding planner. A venue

most vital thing we do.”

logistics the venue is responsible for,

To Remember, “When drawing up a

etc. A wedding planner or coordinator

part of your wedding budget, and what

creating a detailed itinerary, helps you

personal items such as your wedding

wedding rehearsal the day before. They

or where to allocate budget “can be

personal items, such as setting out your

basically

takes

care

of

Adds Claudia De Velasco of A Day

such as tables, chairs, beverages, food,

budget, decide what will actually be a

goes the extra mile and assists you in

will be a personal expense—for example,

confirm all your vendors, and runs your

attire, hair and makeup.” Deciding how

also are there to help you with all of your

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all of your escort cards, setting out place

DJ you really like if you wait too long.”

the investment is viable,” she notes, and

consider the possibility of reducing your

placed on your sign-in table, organizing

might lose out on booking the venue or

“Don’t take shortcuts on those items—they

are the things that will make your wedding

sign-in book and the photos you want

wedding will take place. Most venues have special accommodations for those

couples who are open to being married

on their least-schedule days [see ‘Sunday Is For Celebrating,’ p. 60].”

And Alexis Oakes, of Euphoria Events,

reminds couples to hire a planner first, and then rely on that planner for timeline assistance: “They can walk you through details on everything from when to hire

a minister to when it’s time to purchase your bridal party gifts.”

Oh—and one more thing: “Don’t start

worrying about the cute favors you saw on Etsy until you have a pretty good

idea of what your day is going to look and feel like,” says Shaun Gray of Gray

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to overwhelm yourself and become

exhausted. And when you’re exhausted,

your spouse-to-be is exhausted. Then, before you know it, planning your

wedding starts becoming a chore, instead of a celebration.” 

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BE INSPIRED, BUT ALSO BE REALISTIC

the perfect creative partners are brought in to accomplish all the various elements that are so important to you.” Oakes says, “I always suggest to my couples to think in terms of the season they would like to be married in, or choose

their

favorite

colors.

These

suggestions can help you narrow down a color scheme, which will vastly help you

With so much visual inspiration available

in your design process.” And lastly, “Don’t

pin down your design vision, and know

questions as you want. Trust me, what-

Creech. Working as not just a coordi-

they’ve probably heard it before!”

well-versed in the design (and cost)

lightly, advises Ochoa: “Pick a style that

she collaborates closely with couples

You don’t want to look back at pictures

wedding design, and act as a ‘general

was I thinking with so many mason jars

to wedding couples, “It can be difficult to

be afraid to ask your planner as many

how to bring it to life,” acknowledges

ever question you may feel is absurd,

nator, but a consummate event stylist,

And when it comes to trends, tread

of flowers, linens, decor and lighting,

is current, but remember to stay timeless.

to “really review the integrity of the

five years from now and say, ‘OMG, what

contractor’ for your event, to ensure that

and so much burlap??’ I think it’s great to

incorporate trends into your design, just don’t go overboard. Have your event styl-

ist help you look at the overall aesthetic of your wedding, and make sure that it’s all cohesive.”

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INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY... BUT DON’T LET THEM TAKE OVER

“Family can be one of the most joyous—and stressful—factors of your wedding plan-

ning,” says Oakes. “But always remember

this piece of advice: It’s your wedding! No matter who is paying for it, no matter

who is involved, at the end of the day, the reason you’re getting married is because

you want to spend the rest of your life with

this one person. The rest is just icing on the cake.” Her advice: “It is absolutely accept-

able to listen to your family’s and friends’ suggestions—just take them in stride and move forward!”

Porche, too, acknowledges that family

and future in-laws “can be a touchy issue.”

She advises couples to “get both families

together for a formal meet-and-greet, and talk with them about the expectations of

your special day. You will not be able to please everyone. Just make sure you are happy at the end of the day.”

De Velasco tells couples: “Remember…

you will never ever please everyone. Let

me repeat that again…you will never ever please everyone, so pick your battles. If

Mom insists on ecru over eggshell on the wedding invitations, and this is a detail

you don’t really care about, let her choose. Weddings are about love, of course, but

also about family and unity.” She adds that, “Asking that special person in your life to be a part of your wedding ceremony is the best way to show your love. How about

having both parents walk you and your

spouse-to-be down the aisle, or asking your favorite aunt or uncle to be a reader at your wedding?”

Harvey has this vital advice to brides,

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head of wedding planning: “Make sure to include your spouse-to-be in the wedding planning process. This is their day as well and they should be honored just as much as you are. Remember to ask them for their suggestions or ask them what is most important for them.” And Creech adds: “Hiring a professional wedding planner allows your friends to be friends, and your family to be family,” during the planning of the wedding, and on the big day itself. “By having a professional guide to walk the journey with you, your friends and family get to do all of the fun stuff, without the stress of hard work. Appeasing family members during such an emotional time always comes up. I promise, an event planner has heard all the stories, and we can bring in outside perceptions and advice to handle all of those uncomfortable, ‘What if’s.’”

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Don’t tolerate anything less than full support. Just because a vendor may be high-end, or a veteran of the wedding scene, they may not be experienced at or willing to work with “all types of clients,” Gray cautions. “If working with tolerant professionals is important to you, then be

“Love is love, and we at A Day To Remember believe that love will always win!” De Velasco says emphatically. “We are not just LGBT-friendly, we are certified through the Gay Wedding Institute, the leading LGBT wedding certification in the U.S. When searching for LGBT-friendly vendors, we encourage you to look for indications of LGBT understanding, in the

upfront, and ask right from the beginning if they work with same-sex couples.” Another tip for finding out if a vendor is LGBT-friendly is to look at the language in their marketing. “Are they clearly defining roles as a ‘Bride’ and a ‘Groom?’ If so, chances are they either don’t work with same-sex couples, or that they aren’t as experienced in the field,” Gray says. “So, you could still give them a shot, but you should ask them about it from the start.”

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form of certifications, a notification on the vendor’s website indicating ‘LGBT,’ or by images displaying same-sex marriages. Having a planner will help alleviate the stress of researching LGBT-friendly vendors, as LGBT-friendly wedding planners will have a vetted list on hand.” And Oakes adds: “Same-sex couples should never be afraid to speak up about their wedding.” If a venue or vendor says, “No,” or seems the least bit uncomfortable about serving the needs of the couple, “There is always someone ready to take on the opportunity to be part of your special day!”

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JERRY'S FAVORITE SIP: orange cosmopolitan

ALEX'S FAVORITE SIP: orange cosmopolitan

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: german chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: carrot cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: brunch with jerry,

a long, leisurely breakfast and walk with alex

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WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT ALEX:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT JERRY: he knows me better

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hen Alex hosted Jerry’s retirement party, he had no idea that

in every way.” Working with Claudia De Velasco of A Day To Remember,

Jerry had a little surprise waiting for him at the bash: a marriage

the couple planned an equally perfect wedding celebration, where

proposal. “Jerry hired a wonderful performer who sang, ‘If You Asked

jewel-tone flowers, ostrich feathers and gold-mirror menu cards evoked

Me To,’ by Celine Dion. Afterward, Jerry unbuttoned his shirt to reveal

a feel of unbridled festivity, while white roses symbolized Jerry’s parents’

a T-shirt printed with the question, ‘Will You Marry Jerry?’! It was perfect

presence at the wedding in spirit. It was, Alex says, “truly unforgettable.”

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BRIDESMAIDS FOR LIFE Take Care Of Your Best Gals The Way They’ve Always Taken Care Of You

Whether confidante, cousin or colleague, she’s

someone special in your life—after all, you’re asking her to be at your side on your most momentous occasion. So make sure your bridesmaid knows just how important she is, on this precious day, and always. From how you invite

her to be part of your wedding day squad, to how

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and friendship on the big day itself, you

Invite & Excite

phone call or emoji-filled text. If you’re

are beholden to making your bridesmaid’s

No matter how formal your wedding

already working with an invitation designer,

experience one she’ll always remember for

affair, the invitation you extend to your

all the right reasons. Follow our heartfelt

bridesmaids need not be grandiose at all—

advice, and you’ll make sure she does!

although it should be more than a simple

talk to her about creating a special invitation just for the gals you’re asking to be in your group. Don’t worry about having it match your wedding invitation design— your bridesmaid invitation is an opportunity to have fun with graphics, images and print. If your wedding invitations have dark formal letterpress print on heavy ivory stock, go for vibrant watercolor flowers, vintage script, bold stripes, or accent with bits of lace and ribbon. And get creative with your wording! Cute phrases like “I can’t do it alone!” or “‘Planning this wedding was so stressfree!’ (–said no one ever),” or “I found my man, but I still need my girls!” all are perfectly appropriate ways to ask your besties to be your b’maids in a language they’ll understand. Recent Houston bride Julie Blumberg took a sweet approach to inviting her 11 bridesmaids to her winter wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa: “I asked each girl to be a bridesmaid with a little container filled with personalized M&Ms. On each M&M was either: ‘Be,’ ‘My,’ ‘Bridesmaid,’ or a ‘?’ For my  sister, who I was asking to be my maid of honor, I was so eager to ask, I couldn’t wait for

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If you’re already working with an invitation designer, talk to her about creating a special invitation just for the gals you’re asking to be in your group.

we were at dinner one night, I arranged

for the waiter to bring out her favorite chocolate cake, which I knew she would

order for dessert, and had the chef write, ‘Will You Be My MOH?’ around the edge of the plate!”

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itself—the most popular bridesmaid gifts

we were getting ready), a hanger with her

Houston bride Sue Trevino, who tied

flip-flops (for dancing later), and extra-soft

are as practical as they are meaningful.

the knot at lovely Agave Real in Katy, didn’t give her gals just one gift each—

name on it (to hang her dress on), a pair of polka-dot socks.”

Giving your gals the freedom to wear

she lovingly curated a collection of good-

non-matching bridesmaid dresses, perhaps

dinner, each bridesmaid was given a bag.

You can bring your squad into harmony

ies for the girls: “During the rehearsal Inside was a hanger with the girl’s name

and title engraved on it, along with the wedding date, plus a ‘cupcake’ loofah, a personalized robe to wear while getting

ready on the day of, a notebook with her initials, and a photo album of pictures of

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us together throughout the years.”

Blumberg hosted a bridal luncheon the

day before the wedding, where she set a

all in shades of one color or basic style?

with a matching accessory gift. Great

options include crystal pendants and drop earrings, stackable rings, and elegant wraps or shawls. For a twist on the popular bridesmaid prep robe, opt for mono-

grammed “men’s” dress shirts in a pale pastel hue, or “Team Bride” T-shirts or tanks, with or without the bling.

Taking your festivities to a far-off

bag on the table at each girl’s place setting.

location? Monogrammed beach totes,

first letter of their name. Inside each bag

bikini bags make great gifts for destina-

“The bags were monogrammed with the was a charcoal-grey zip-up hoodie with the

girl’s monogram on the front (to wear while

duffels, toiletries cases, passport cases or tion bridesmaids, and can be used over and over again on future vacations.

little outside the…envelope? Send each of your gals a bottle of wine labeled

with a custom, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” nestled in a crate or box, with

rose petals or confetti mixed in with

the packing fill. Labels also work well

on candle tins, boxed fancy soaps, and packaged sweets and treats.

Tasteful Tokens While it’s your invitation to her to play

a special part in your wedding, your bridesmaid invite is also a request for

help—possibly lots of help. Since you’re asking her to assist you with wedding

planning, and, most likely, to spend her

own hard-earned cash on a bridesmaid dress, shoes, outfits for pre- and post-

wedding bashes, and, let’s be honest here, a gift or two for you, it’s a nice gesture to sweeten your request with a token of your appreciation.

Whether you include a gift with

your invitation, or bestow gifts on your

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Get Together If you’re lucky enough to have most, or

all, of your bridesmaids living nearby, an in-person gathering is the best thank-you

of all. It’s also a great way to connect, laugh, share memories, and blow off

steam, during what can be a stressful lead-up to a very big day.

An overnight or weekend getaway

with your girls is your best bet for relax-

ing and enjoying, so plan early, and get everyone on board. One way to ensure

an unforgettable bridesmaids’ trip is to ask your girls to be your maids during

the trip itself, as a surprise. A Champagne

toast to kick off the festivities is a perfect opportunity to gift your gals with delicate flutes printed with each girl’s name, and

the word “bridesmaid.” Doing the spa

thing with your special girls? Present each bridesmaid-invitee with a luxurious spa robe embroidered with her initials in front, and “bridesmaid” in back. For

bridesmaids

who’ve

already

been asked, and have answered with a

resounding, “Yes!” pre-wedding activities

offer plenty of opportunities for you to show your gratitude. Trevino joined her

bridesmaids and several additional close friends—for a total of 16 girls!—on a weekend in New Orleans, where they enjoyed “lots of good food, good fun (we won’t

share those pictures), and good drinks, all shared with GOOD people!”

For a more intimate gathering of maids,

consider a group mani-pedi appointment, either at the salon, or in the privacy of

someone’s home, a day or two before the big one—and for a special touch, have all your girls get matching gels or custom nail art, which, like their dresses, will set them apart from the rest of the guests.

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jessica & david 1•2•16 HER FAVORITE SIP: ketel one & sprite

HIS FAVORITE SIP: jack daniels & diet coke

with luxardo cherries

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: tuxedo cheesecake

HER FAVORITE SWEET: anything chocolate

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

sleeping in, enjoying a good workout, then cooking a meal

outdoors in our backyard with our family

at home with my wife



WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his sense of humor

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: she’s my best friend

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hen Jessica’s young daughter fell and cut her chin a

started with a vision of a castle showered in fresh white roses,”

couple of years ago, a hospital visit turned into…so much

Jessica recounts. “Chateau Cocomar made that vision a reality.”

more. “Little did I know that the man who put seven stitches in

Her most cherished wedding memory? “In the middle of all the

my daughter’s chin would be my future husband!” the bride says.

chaos, I looked into my husband’s eyes and saw no one else in

A surprise trip to the Bahamas for Jessica’s birthday held yet

the room. I realized in that moment there was no one else I’d

another surprise—David’s proposal of marriage. “My wedding

rather spend my life with.”

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300 venue CHATEAU COCOMAR wedding colors BLACK, WHITE & GOLD coordination J’ADORE EVENTS flowers, decor, rentals & lighting PLANTS N’ PETALS wedding dress IVORY BRIDAL ATELIER honeymoon ST. BARTS

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WILL YOU MARRY ME? Real Rings, Real Proposal Stories And The Real Houston Couples Behind Them

B R I T TA NY & TAY LO R Jeweler: Donoho’s Jewellers Brittany’s Story: “In 2013, we were staying at a quaint little hotel near the Eiffel Tower, where we

had planned an 8 a.m. Eiffel Tower tour—Taylor had told me he wanted me to look nice, so we

could take some pictures beforehand. Around 7 a.m., a photographer walked by offering to

take pictures of us—and it turned out that Taylor had been talking to this photographer and had

coordinated this whole plan. I had no idea. The photographer’s line was, ‘The lighting is perfect now,’ and that is when Taylor got on his knee and

asked me to marry him. After my huge, ‘Yes,’ we did a photo shoot around Paris, and then stayed

a few nights and upgraded to a five-star hotel. The proposal is a true reflection of how thought-

ful and romantic Taylor is, and we couldn’t be more blessed to have found each other.”

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dating, but two months later we ran into

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each other again at my cousin’s house where we were watching an Aggie game.

We went to College Station the follow-

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tickets for the game. We went on our first date the following Tuesday, and were engaged two years later.

During the first few months of dating,

I lost my mom to breast cancer. I am so grateful to have had Andrew’s strength

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during that time, and now more grateful

that he was able to know my sweet mom before she passed away. Loggins Jewelers

worked with Andrew to perfectly design my ring with my mom’s diamond. I suppose I

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am forever thankful to Aggie football for bringing the two of us together!”

NI SH A & P U NE E T Jeweler: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry

1 K A R I & A N D E R S O N, Z A D O K J E W L E R S 2 AV E RY & A N D R E W, LO G G I N S J E W E L E R S 3 TAY LO R & C H R I STO P H E R , L E W I S J E W E L E R S 4 B R I T TA N Y & TAY LO R , D O N O H O ’ S

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TAY LO R & C H R I STO P H E R

Jeweler: Zadok Jewelers

Jeweler (his band): Lewis Jewelers

Kari’s Story: “We went to New York City

Taylor’s Story: “In December 2015, we

in October 2015, for a quick weekend getaway. We absolutely love New York and it was the first place Anderson had told me he was in love with me, just one year prior. It was Halloween weekend, the Mets were in the World Series, and the New York City marathon was taking place, all during the same weekend. Little did I know that on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30, we would stroll through Central Park on the most beautiful day imaginable, and that Anderson would get down on one knee in the middle of the green lawn and ask me to marry him! It was the most exciting weekend in the city, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect engagement. Shortly after, we called our family and best friends, went ice-skating in Central Park, and celebrated until late in the night on our hotel’s rooftop terrace overlooking the Empire State Building.” 174

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Nisha’s Story: “It’s an Indian tradition for the

guy to get permission and blessings from

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drove to the Hill Country. Christopher had told me we were going away for the weekend, and just to pack a small bag. We

drove to our hotel, and had dinner and drinks beside a campfire, with a beautiful

sunset in the background. After dinner, we moved to another campfire along the

Colorado River for more drinks. That is

where Christopher got down on one knee

and popped the question. There was no one around but the two of us. It was absolutely perfect! And while our long-distance

planning was difficult, our Hill Country wedding was absolutely breathtaking.”

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the girl’s father before he decides to take the next step in life, and that’s exactly what

Puneet did. In June 2014, when Puneet graduated from his residency program, I went to meet his family for the first time

and he officially told them that we were ready to take the next step in our relation-

ship. Later that month, he flew to Houston

to come see me, and while I was at work, he talked to my dad about our relationship. After Puneet went back to Detroit, our

parents talked to each other and arranged our engagement date.

Our first engagement was in Detroit

on Sept. 6, 2014, at his house with close

friends and family. At the engagement, he got on his knees, pulled out the ring and proposed. I’m the type of girl that

likes things done extravagantly, except this time I was extremely happy that this

Jeweler: Loggins Jewelers

was very personal—and, more importantly,

Avery’s Story: “Andrew and I met in the

engagement party in Houston, and once

summer of 2013, two years after he moved

to Texas from Tennessee, and shortly after

I graduated college. I was about to start graduate school, with no intentions of

traditional. A month later we had an

again he got on his knees and proposed,

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on my band and proposed again. I didn’t

yards, and when it felt just right, I

proposal twice—I got an extraordinary

the question, with a temporary, simple

get a regular proposal once or a special

dropped to one knee and I popped

proposal three times.”

band made of gold and studded with

JAT IN & JENNY

small diamonds—I planned to bring

Jenny back to a jeweler to let her pick

Jeweler: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

something she really loved. But once we

Jatin’s Story: “On a trip to Napa, Jenny

ring shopping became delayed, and

and I roamed through beautiful vine-

returned to our home in Houston, our

then something entirely unexpected

happened: Our apartment caught on fire. We lost everything, including our beloved pet. It was a tough time in our lives, and when everything finally calmed down, our perspectives on a lot of things in life had changed. Jenny and I were going through what few belongings had survived the fire. Amongst them was a beautiful tanzanite stone that I had purchased while on a global health surgical trip in Tanzania, Africa. We visited Eklektic Jewelry Studio, who immediately won us over with their obvious genius and excellence in design, shown through custom works displayed throughout their studio. After several back and forth design revisions, Eklektic invited us to see the 3D printouts of our ring design. They inserted the tanzanite and the diamonds into the wax model, and we knew it was perfect. They also melted down Jenny’s original band to morph it into an even more beautiful, simple, matching band that Jenny now wears routinely to work. For our marriage, Jenny surprised me with a ring of my own, made by Eklektic from our mothers’ donated gold. It is a beautiful gold ring, with Jenny’s electrocardiogram tracing (her heartbeat) engraved into the ring. For a heart-surgeon-to-be, what could be better than my beloved’s heart forever beating on my wedding band?”

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julie & todd 11•7•15

HER FAVORITE SIP: cape cod

HIS FAVORITE SIP: crown royal & 7-up

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate-chip cookies

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: german chocolate cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: early morning

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: watching

run, watching football, then going out for a fine dinner

tv and hanging out with julie

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

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ometimes it’s not the first, second or even third date that

proposal for Julie, sealing the deal with custom-made cookies that

makes the difference. For Julie and Todd, the fourth time

had, “Julie, will you marry me?” written on them. At their Omni Hotel

was a charm. After a series of near-disastrous dates (surrounded

wedding, a beautiful and dramatic chuppah wrapped in sequin

by drunken bar patrons, Todd hit on by a brazen waitress, Julie

fabric tied back with floral rings, provided the backdrop for “our

nearly getting into a car accident), the pair gave it one last shot—

favorite moment of the wedding,” Julie says, “when Todd broke a

and it worked. “Suddenly, we couldn’t stop thinking about each

glass with a swift and firm foot, and kissed me to conclude our brief

other,” Julie says. A year later Todd planned the sweetest surprise

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PINK & PURPLE venue OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL cake SUSIE’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS flowers, decor, rentals & lighting PLANTS N’ PETALS

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Houston Salon Experts Dish On Bridal’s Hottest Design Trends For 2017

As evidenced at this past fall’s

New York Bridal Market, the latest

designer wedding collections have

a little something for everyone.

Lace, shimmer, color, trains, sleeves, capes, shrugs, illusion fabric, keyhole backs—this season’s selections truly

offer more variety than ever to brides

on their quest for the perfect dress. But one trend dominates: versatility.

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Above all, brides are looking for ways

Hayley Paige’s “Lumi” gown, which have “a

The ‘bell’ sleeve gives more of an airy,

wedding, and express themselves with

“These sheer long sleeves, combined with

In love with a sleeveless wedding gown

to “change it up” over the course of the

multiple looks, rather than a single statement

gown. And designers are responding to their style demands…beautifully.

Sleeve Intrigue This season, “Designers are paying a lot more attention to sleeves,” says Kim

Vo, of Now & Forever Bridal Boutique. Among her personal favorites are the

“dream catcher” sleeves featured on

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romantic yet sexy vibe,” as she describes.

Bohemian look.”

a V-neckline bodice and open keyhole

style, but still keen on covering up your

femininity, but with a touch of edginess.”

problem, Elder notes: “We make custom,

back, really capture the essence of sweet At Ivory Bridal Atelier, assistant salon

manager Shelby Elder says she’s struck

by the range of sleeve options available to this season’s brides. “I see Rivini playing with a lot of off-the-shoulder

and full-lace sleeves, while Reem Acra

has shown really beautiful ‘bell’ sleeves.

arms for your traditional ceremony? No

detachable sleeves and build-ups all the time. A build-up is a piece you can have

your seamstress create for you in altera-

tions that can give you as much coverage

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Versatile Trains For 2017, “Wrap trains and detachable trains are offering the versatility that brides

are looking for in a gown,” says AJ Ruley, vice president of sales and marketing

for Weddings by Debbie. “These trains

give brides a secondary look, and let

them shed some of the layers, so that

they can really enjoy their receptions. We have noticed that Stephen Yearick

has been at the forefront for this look, but other designers such as Enzoani and Pronovias have incorporated the look into their new lines.”

Cover Ups Add-ons such as boleros and shrugs are a

favorite of Houston brides in any season. Not only do they give the bride a chance

to add her own special touch to her gown, but they allow for two different looks on one very special day.

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Joan Pillow, owner of Joan Pillow

Bridal Salon, is particularly excited about the “overskirts” accompanying a variety of gowns in the latest Monique Lhuillier

collection. “These overskirts allow the bride

to have two unique looks for her wedding, while she is still able to enjoy wearing her gown” for the entire event, she notes.

At Brickhouse Bridal, lace “toppers,”

capes and capelets are favorites for 2017 brides looking for a little bit of

covering, and a lot of personality. As for

particular

styles, vintage-inspired

accessories and capes top the list of

must-haves, and “the one accessory we

are all swooning over is the cape-veil—a dramatic alternative to the traditional veil,” says salon owner Starla Flake.

New to Now & Forever’s designer

lineup, the Legends Romona Keveza collection offers “a great selection of lace blouses from fitted illusion to off-theshoulder three-quarter or long sleeves,” Vo

says. And “Hayley Paige has many amazing crystal-embellished boleros, which allow a balance of sass and sparkle!”

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Hot Hues If anything is popular for 2017 at Weddings

Luxe Lace

notes. “We love flesh tones, such as the

designers are using in this season’s collec-

and the shades of gold.”

“They have started to venture out of the

design—a shimmer fit-to-flare in a shade

Deco-type laces.”

it’s a new tone I have not seen before.”

gowns that feature “some lace but not all

Galia Lahav, which “plays with blush and

this in her new collection,” which includes

At Brickhouse Bridal, gowns in “soft

border the shoulder with lace, paired

by Debbie, it’s “color, color, color!” Ruley

“We are loving all the new laces that

blushy-nudes as well as the champagnes,

tions,” says Ivory Bridal Atelier’s Elder.

Elder is an admirer of Lazaro’s “3705”

norm, and are using more unique, Art

that is “almost in between blush and gold— Another of her favorites is “Gala 803” by

lace,” Pillow says. “Romona Keveza has

silver—it’s amazing!”

lace bodices with illusion necklines that

blush shades, with organza and horsehair

with skirts of silk crepe. “This is just such

trims, are on the top of our list for 2017,” says Flake.

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an elegant look,” she adds.

Natural Elements

you’ll find gowns in colors you might

Organic touches, inspired by nature,

blush, you’ll find racks dappled with light

2017. Brickhouse Bridal’s Flake says

dramatic choice for the bold bride.

of 2017,” she’s certain that loose, earthy

not expect to see in bridal. Along with

continue to captivate brides, going into

blue, gold and even black—a daring but

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updos, and braided hair “intertwined into

vintage headpieces,” paired with soft, natural makeup, are the styling trends that are best suited to her brides this year.

Also popular for 2017 are intricate

metallic “hair vines” that can run down

the length of a long braid, and mini-

malistic headbands, tiaras and combs, featuring delicate metal leaves, flowers and branches.

Over at Now & Forever, nature’s influ-

ence is taking a decidedly glamorous

turn. Vo points to a “floral crystal bodice that’s seen throughout the Christos fall

2017 collection, whether paired with

a tulle ballgown skirt, slinky chiffon, or represented in a figure-hugging fit-and-

flare silhouette. She also loves the expression of flowers in Kenneth Pool’s latest

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meghan & phillip 6•11•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: wine

HIS FAVORITE SIP: old fashioned

HER FAVORITE SWEET: lindt chocolate

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: reese’s pieces

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: date night with my

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: working on my bmw

husband, then meeting up with friends for drinks

car collection, watching football, and date night with my wife

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

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hat are friends for, if not to blatantly blurt out to your crush

ride almost derailed his surprise. Almost, but not quite. As rattled

that you like him, after you’ve sworn them to secrecy?

passengers disembarked, Phillip stayed behind to pop the question

Fortunately, things worked out in Meghan’s favor, when Phillip

to Meghan, who gave her heartfelt, “Yes!” A year later, they tied the

asked her out on a date a month after Meghan’s friend did exactly

knot at charming Northgate Country Club, where, Meghan says,

that. A few years after dating, Phillip planned to propose on a

“We wanted to have the most beautiful wedding, with a simple

romantic trip to Puerto Rico—but stormy seas and a rough boat

design...and we did!”

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PALE YELLOW & PEACH reception venue NORTHGATE COUNTRY CLUB flowers, decor & rentals DREAM BOUQUET entertainment, lighting & photo booth DJU ENTERTAINMENT wedding dress NOW & FOREVER BRIDAL BOUTIQUE honeymoon ITALY & MEXICO CITY

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alexandra & travis 5•7•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: margarita

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: sour candy

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

hiking or doing yoga

hiking, walking, lifting weights

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his perseverance with

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: the way she hugs

his business and the loving way he treats me

me with an indescribable sense of care

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hile both were students at UT, Alexandra and Travis were

loved ones for a short, sweet ceremony at The Bell Tower on 34th,

acquainted with each other through their sorority-fraternity

followed by a “Tuscan vineyard”-inspired celebration, where guests

network. But it wasn’t until “I had the honor of hoisting Travis on my

mingled at stations serving up spicy shrimp escabeche and prime

back, when I had to carry a grown man over 100 yards, while covered

rib. At the end of the evening, family and friends tossed confetti on

in mud,” during a “Tough Mudder” race in 2013, that the two made

the newlyweds while serenading them with “The Eye of Texas,” in a

a real connection. Three years later, the couple joined 215 of their

reception exit for the record books.

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8 REASONS TO HIRE A HAIR & MAKEUP PRO There’s No Spotlight Like Your Wedd ing Spotlight—Earn It, Own It And Love It, With A Camera-Ready Look That Looks Equally Gorgeous In Person

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IT ALL STARTS WITH YOUR SKIN

For a professional makeup artist, the bride’s skin is the canvas. And like a

painter’s canvas, that skin needs to be prepped, primed and ready for a masterpiece of makeup artistry that

will look as beautiful in real life as it does on film. Preparing the canvas of your complexion begins with

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taking care of your skin. Long before your wedding day, a professional makeup artist will be able to examine your skin, identify any problems that need addressing—excessive dryness or oiliness, sensitive areas, blackheads or blemishes—and recommend a skincare regimen, and products, that will take care of these concerns.

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LOOKING NATURAL TAKES EXPERTISE

No bride wants to greet her spouse-to-be

at the altar looking altogether different

than herself. Similarly, no bride wants to

gaze upon her wedding photos, years down the road, and wonder, “Why do I look so pale? Why am I so shiny? What was

A professional makeup artist is trained to create a look that enhances, rather than obliterates, a bride’s natural features, from her eyebrows, to her cheekbones, to the curve of her lips. I thinking with that lip color/eyeshadow/ blush?” A professional makeup artist is

trained to create a look that enhances, rather than obliterates, a bride’s natural

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The best makeup artists know that the wedding day camera requires more than everyday—even every evening—makeup, and they have the skills to create a look that balances camera-ready with groomapproved, flawlessly.

bones, to the curve of her lips. The best makeup artists know that the wedding day camera requires more than everyday—even every evening—makeup, and they have the skills to create a look that balances cameraready with groom-approved, flawlessly.

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PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY PRODUCTS DO MATTER

You probably have your favorite cosmetic products—products you trust to come through for you every day, whether you’re at the office, on a date with your darling, or chilling with friends at a backyard barbecue. But just as your wedding is different from any other occasion in your life, your wedding makeup needs are different, too. Your daily go-to makeup products aren’t necessarily the ones that will work under the all-day demands, in-the-spotlight moments and camera

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flashes of your wedding day. A profes-

artist uses name-brand products, signa-

the latest professional makeup prod-

created themselves, or a combination

sional makeup artist is well-versed in

ucts—those products used in magazine editorials, television shows, and, yes, the YouTube makeup tutorials you love to

watch in the wee hours, to make models look, well…how they look. Whether your

ture products they have developed and of both—as is the case with many top

Houston makeup pros—you will benefit

from their product knowledge (and save a lot of money that you might have squandered on a ton of untested prod-

ucts that looked nice in the package, or seemed “hot” from user reviews).

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ABOUT THAT TAN...

Let’s face it, most naturally pale brides want

to amp up the glow factor for their big day. But subjecting yourself to frequent suntan-

ning, whether outdoors or in a tanning bed, can be a recipe for wedding day disaster, not to mention a major stress on your skin, now, and in the future. The optimal solu-

tion? Professional-quality sunless tanning. Let’s repeat that: PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY sunless tanning.

If you’re thinking about picking up a

drugstore fake-bake product a few weeks

before your wedding, and slathering it on in the hopes of achieving a passable sun-

kissed glow, please, stop. Take it from us, and from countless brides we have

A professional makeup artist has the art of concealment down pat. Using a combination of highlighting and contouring techniques that amount to makeup magic, your makeup pro can eliminate even the most glaring “flaws” in your complexion. we have talked to in our three decades

of publication—there is nothing worse

than splotchy ankles, knees and elbows, nothing more embarrassing than white

neck-lines or a massive “missed patch” on your exposed back, as you walk down

that aisle. Instead, opt for a physician-

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apply tanning soufflé rather than a cream

or spray, or treat yourself to an expert airbrush tan, for this very special day.

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Subjecting yourself to frequent suntanning, whether outdoors or in a tanning bed, can be a recipe for wedding day disaster, not to mention a major stress on your skin, now, and in the future.

That jewelry you inherited from your

makeup artist has the art of conceal-

not just on your face. Blemishes, rough

mother? It can be a fabulous addition

highlighting and contouring techniques

cover up on your chest, back or arms, for

under-eye circles they passed along

makeup pro can eliminate even the most

mother, grandmother or great-grand-

ment down pat. Using a combination of

to your wedding day. Those deep, dark

that amount to makeup magic, your

to you? Not so much. A professional

glaring “flaws” in your complexion. And

spots, even tattoos, that you may wish to your wedding day, are no match for the masters of disguise that are Houston’s most skilled makeup artists.

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NOT A HAIR OUT OF PLACE

gown and personal style. If your regular stylist is great at color and blow-outs, but

Come wind, rain, humidity or….dancing,

lacks experience with the kind of elaborate

to endure the elements, and the revelry, of

is perfectly OK to seek expertise elsewhere

make sure that it does, and will work with

who has a portfolio of bride images, and

your wedding hairstyle needs to be ready

updo you desire for your wedding look, it

your big day. A professional hairstylist will

for this very special day. Look for a stylist

you to create a hairstyle that fits your face,

talk to former clients to find out about their

experience, and ask if the freshly styled ’do you glimpsed in that album held up for the

duration of her wedding day…and night. If you’re eager to convert your ceremony hairstyle into an entirely different style for the dinner and dancing that follows, let

your stylist know—don’t assume that you can just pull out a few pins and let your hair down, literally or figuratively.

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PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW

When planning and budgeting for

professional wedding hair and makeup, don’t forget the girls who will be at your side when you are a bride. Springing

for hairstyling and professional makeup for your bridesmaids is one of the best investments you can make for your

wedding day. Not only will it ensure that your gals look gorgeous in those

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To ensure that you and your maids are made up and styled in time for pre-wedding photos, allocate at least 45 minutes for each girl to get “done,” and give yourself up to two hours to allow your stylists to complete your look. wedding day photos, but it will also

on hand to capture at least some of the

female family members how much you

photos will be among the images you

show your best friends and closest

prep work—your candid “getting ready”

appreciate their love and devotion, by

cherish most from your wedding day.

giving them the gift of professional pampering. To ensure that you and your

maids are made up and styled in time for

pre-wedding photos, allocate at least 45 minutes for each girl to get “done,” and

give yourself up to two hours to allow

your stylists to complete your look. And

don’t forget to have your photographer

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PERFECTION REQUIRES A PREVIEW

There is no better way to feel confident about your wedding look than by having a chance to look at it—and make adjustments if needed—in advance of the big

day. Whether you preview your makeup and hair by having them done for bridal portraits in the weeks leading up to your wedding, or you visit your stylist for an in-salon consultation prior to your event and snap pix to review and discuss, a pre-wedding trial run is a must. Yes, you’ll pay for the opportunity to have your hair and makeup done once before go-time, and yes, you may find that you’re not 100-percent in love with the original look you may have envisioned for yourself. But that investment, and that chance to tweak the details of your styling, will give you more peace of mind, and more gorgeousness to look forward to, than any amount of money you’ll spend. - FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT -

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orean skincare is taking the beauty world by storm, and Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily, is at the Seoul (pun intended) of this exciting development. Growing up in Korea, Yoon learned the importance of skincare, and developed a passion for all things related to beauty. After attending Harvard Business School, Yoon worked as a financial consultant, but soon realized that her passion was the key to a fulfilling career. Her launch of Peach & Lily—a Vogue-approved Korean skincare brand—was the first big milestone on her new path. And she’s here to bring to-be-weds along on her skincare journey, in this exclusive Weddings in Houston interview! PHOTO: BRIAN DORSEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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When and how did you learn about Korean skincare?

Alicia Yoon: I was born and raised in Korea, so I was surrounded by skincare routines and l learned the importance of them. Like many girls, I would watch my mom during her daily skincare routine. It was also very common to have a family facialist, so when I was 14, I would go for eczema treatments, since

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I grew up with very problematic skin. For Koreans, skincare is a part of our culture and plays a very important role in beauty and overall well-being.

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What was your inspiration for launching Peach & Lily?

AL: I trained as an aesthetician in the 90’s before I came back to the U.S. for college. I never really

expected to start a career in beauty, since I was working at Goldman Sachs. One day I was chatting with someone at one of my client’s sites about Korean skincare, and we were discussing how many nutrients are located in Korea, but not in the U.S. Although it was small talk, it sparked the idea for me to launch Peach & Lily. I thought I liked Korean skincare because I grew up around it, but when I learned the science behind the ingredients,


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Oil dissolves oil. Be sure to get an oil-based, gentle cleanser that will get rid of the gunk that’s trapped in your pores. months prior to the wedding. The earlier the better, but you

can definitely notice a difference

if you take care of your skin consistently for that time period.

For oily and acne-prone skin,

make sure to cleanse your skin

get rid of 50 percent of your skin

you need to worry more about

oil. Be sure to get an oil-based,

body rather than what you are

of the gunk that’s trapped in your

to focus more on buying all sorts

cleansing your skin, follow up

starts from within.

say that proper cleansing can

problematic skin issues like acne,

issues. Remember: Oil dissolves

what you’re putting inside of your

gentle cleanser that will get rid

applying to your skin. People tend

pores. Once you’re done gently

of products, but forget that beauty

way—but make sure not to overdo it. That may increase any skin problems you have.

Houstonians are always on the lookout for products that will help improve their skin in the frequent heat and humid weather. What are some of your recommendations for keeping skin dewy (but not sweaty!), both on the wedding day, and for the parties and events leading up to it?

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I went to my staffing director and announced that I wanted to resign

to start my own company focused on Korean beauty!

your skin. I would recommend doing sheet masks every evening before going to bed, for 10 days

before the wedding. You’ll notice

how much more plump and glow-

What are some of your top Korean skincare tips for people who want to get their complexion wedding ready?

ing your skin has become after

AL: If you have dry or dull skin,

the level of sensitivity. My Number

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this process.

For sensitive-skin types, you

need to figure out the cause of

the sensitivity. For example, if your skin is dehydrated it can increase

One piece of advice for sensitive skin is to keep your routine

simple, and your skin hydrated. I

would

recommend

starting

your bridal skin prep about three

AL: Sugar is the worst for your skin.

Especially if you’re dealing with

A gentle exfoliator goes a long

I was intrigued. That same week,

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with a water-based moisturizer.

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How does nutrition and food/drink play a role as part of the overall Korean approach to skincare and pre-wedding beauty?

AL: We just launched a sheet mask called ‘Good Skin Day’ that

drenches, moisturizers and immediately cools your skin. When

you’re out in the intense summer

heat, it’s important to cool and

calm your skin throughout the day. I highly recommend this

mask to Houston to-be-weds who

are constantly living in the heat! Brides can even use it the day of

More and more Houston grooms are getting serious about pre-wedding grooming and well-being, along with brides. What are your top

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skincare tips for the guys? AL: I feel like the guys secretly get

into this! My fiancé is this super outdoorsy type, who used to put

rubbing alcohol on his face before

he met me! Now that he has a skincare routine, he actually keeps up with it. Masking together in the

evenings is super easy, and is nice

because you get to relax together

as well. Men in general have thicker skin than women, which results in

more blackheads. It’s key for them to keep their skin hydrated as well.

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What are some of your favorite emerging makeup trends for 2017-2018 brides?

AL: I have been noticing two major

their wedding before getting their

makeup trends recently: matte and

cool surface for the makeup to set

of the glossy sheen look, they are

makeup done, to create a smooth, in. It’s also so important to use an SPF moisturizer that works for your

skin. Protecting your skin daily from the sun’s rays is essential to Korean skincare.

sheen. For brides that are not a fan

opting more towards matte lipstick and matte foundation. I’ve also seen

a ton of brides who love using high-

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HER FAVORITE SIP: starbucks iced coffee

HIS FAVORITE SIP: smoothie

HER FAVORITE SWEET: vanilla-bean cupcakes

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: macarons

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

spending time with our two pugs

going to the movies

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: she loves me more than

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man who plans an outrageously romantic and elaborate

moving ceremony in the chapel of Ashton Gardens North—”It is all glass

proposal, involving a trip to the UK, and a bended-knee,

and has the most gorgeous wooden doors on the front of it,” the bride

Champagne-accompanied question, popped in a private pod on the

notes. She adds special praise for reception entertainment provider

London Eye? Yeah, we’d say he’s a keeper. And so did Katelyn, who

Signature Eventx: “These guys were the life of the party! They had

said, “Yes,” to Sean, and sealed the deal nine months later with a deeply

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DESIGN OF THE TIMES W R I T E R N ATA S H A G A R B E R

Fall In Love With The Most Beguiling Looks In Flowers, Linens, Lighting And Color For 2017 And 2018 Wedd ings

Your wedding celebration is, quite

simply, the biggest party you’ll ever throw. It’s also the most profound ritual you’ll ever engage in. Which is why every flower, every piece of

fabric, every wineglass and photo

frame and votive-holder, matters. These are the components that will express the depth and uniqueness

of your love for each other—and for the guests who have come to honor

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your very special occasion. Whether your vision is grand and dazzling, or intimate and cozy—or somewhere in between—the design experts you bring on to create the story of your love will guide you through the process of translating emotion into...environment, starting here.

From Boho To Bold If there’s one trend defining the “look” of 2017 weddings, it’s that no one trend is…“on trend.” Which makes perfect sense, considering that each and every wedding is, and should be, as unique as the couple at the center of it. For in-demand designer Todd Fiscus, whose namesake Todd Events has locations in Dallas and Houston, the key to pinpointing a couple’s personal wedding design scheme lies in “working to inspire our clients to step out of what they are seeing other people do, and create something new!” To that end, he and his team “love to lean on interior design as inspiration.” As for colors his clients are loving? “We are doing a lot of white, silver and platinum tones,” and fall palettes, “but in softer tones, like apricot, cream and rose, with a hint of Bordeaux and celadon green.” Couples who hire renowned Houston design firm Darryl & Co. to design their event tend to seek “an exhilarating palette of soft, sweet pastels, which I like to call my ‘sherbet tones,’” says owner Darryl Murchison. Though, he also notes, “Earth tones can be lovely, especially for outdoor weddings. The best part about having a neutral color scheme is that the colors never clash. Everything looks so effortless and classic. Nudes, greens and taupes are all perfect for a timeless wedding.” When it comes to flowers, “We are going back to more fresh and natural design, which means we’re using the natural greens and foliage again, instead of round floral mounds,” he continues, 242

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Earth tones can be "lovely, especially for outdoor weddings. The best part about having a neutral color scheme is that everything looks so effortless and classic.

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saying that “wild smilax, string fern, black cherry laurel and other big waxy greens”

are ideal for the “organic look” that al fresco weddings demand.

At floral firm Dream Bouquet, owner

Rebekah

Edwards

says

her

current

couples “love the vintage-romantic look—

anything with a rustic, boho-chic spin.” To

achieve this aesthetic, she is using “soft pink tones mixed with champagne”—a color scheme she predicts will continue

to be popular through 2017, as well

as blush with accents of burgundy

and marsala. Though she confesses, “I

really do love the idea of tone-on-tone

weddings. I always get excited when a bride will reach out to me saying she wants everything red!”

For Tom Stringer, owner of popular

floral design studio and gift boutique

AJ’s Urban Petals, 2017 wedding design is all about “BIG everything.” His couples are seeking drama on a grand scale, with

“big, blowout backdrops made entirely

out of fresh florals,” accompanied by “lots of gold, and lots of candles.”

Meanwhile, at Plants N’ Petals, with

over 30 years of experience designing

major Houston events, “pure whites with

mixed metallics” and “vibrant colors, such as fuchsia, tangerine and peach, brought

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are meeting couples’ growing demands for “modern-classic looks that are outside the box—avant garde, with a little edge,” says senior designer Bahara Jamea.

Let’s Talk Texture It wasn’t all that long ago that wedding

design was essentially concerned with the big “cover-up,” i.e., draping, wrap-

ping and otherwise disguising tables, chairs, walls and ceilings, for a look that was smooth, uniform…and more than a

little shiny. These days, wedding couples

are looking for texture, variety and move-

Couples love the "vintage-romantic look—anything with a rustic, boho-chic spin. Use soft pink tones mixed with champagne.

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ment—and Houston’s top design talents

A true fabric aficionado, Fiscus makes

highly textured textiles a central focus of

almost any design plan, noting, “I love

laces, velvet and graphic prints in soft

design relies on “visual experimentation,” notes company president Teresa Vencil. To create texture and dynamic appeal, her team likes to bring in “an element of reinvention in purpose, using botanicals such as kale and succulents,” along with “geometric shapes and terrariums,” which don’t just provide an unexpected aesthetic, but meet the couple’s growing demand for “eco-friendly, sustainable alternatives to perishable flower choices,” and their desire for botanicals “grown locally, or on U.S. soil, rather than being

are more than delighted to meet, and exceed, their expectations.

For much-loved design firm Haute Flowers & Events, an attention-catching

colors.” As for plants with appeal beyond the petal, “I am using lots of greenery

lately,” he notes. “We have been work-

ing on events that have lots of clipped boxwood, very styled—I love this effect.”

imported from other countries.” Whether done in a Hill Country barn, a Houston ballroom, or with “creative tenting on farmland or on plantations,” a look that blends “luxurious atmosphere with elements of outdoor textures, such as natural stone and wood” is growing in popularity among clients of EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design, notes owner Jill Vidal-Raines. Her design staff brings additional texture and contrast to these designs with “industrial furniture and chairs, paired with soft, natural accents.” For decidedly uncovered elegance, with a hint of architectural edge, she suggests “farm tables with simple runners” rather than lush linens, paired with “industrial metal bistro chairs.” Lisa Anheiser, owner of LBL Events, Design & Rentals, notes that her couples are seeking, for the most part, “a less formal feel.” While blush, ivory, champagne and green still dominate color schemes, the ways in which these colors are being used is changing: “We have moved away from chair covers, and are going with dark wood chiavari chairs with a simple sash,” and topping tables with tall crystal candelabras, white-washed boxes, and tall mercury pilsner vases. “I recently did a wedding for a couple that loves reading and books,” recounts Andy Hopper, creative design director

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for Blooms Design Studio—the event

crazy about “traditional silk, lace overlays,

couple gave me their favorite books

Keisha Ervin, creative director for

design arm of grocery chain HEB. “The and I took the actual pages out and

Keisha’s Kreations—where high-luster

hand. The couple loved how personal

materials give the designer the tools

made flowers and boutonnieres by

it was to them and how out-of-the-box it was.” For a touch of texture anywhere in the design scheme, Hopper recom-

mends mixed metals, such as a combi-

nation of gold, silver and rose gold, along with “raw silk, dupioni, and

natural-feeling fabrics, rather than traditional, shiny silks.”

For Jackie Preston, of Lary’s Florist &

Events, framed photos are a fabulous way

to bring texture to the tabletop, whether “used in the event centerpieces, or at the guestbook table,” she says. As for

the linens that will form the foundation for those loving family photos? She’s

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dazzle is very much in demand—mixed

she needs to give clients what they want. When it comes to linens, Ervin

says 2017 is all about “sequins, sequins, sequins!” Meanwhile, for ceremonies

and receptions with an intriguing variety of height and tone, “I’m a really big fan

of clear acrylic pieces, because they’re so versatile,” she notes. In addition to

providing support for larger arrangements, whether down the aisle or on top of a table, “They have their own unique

feel, and are an easy way to create a

clean, modern, high-end couture look.” She especially loves using clear acrylic

to present “large-scale centerpieces that

have tons of tulips, phalaenopsis orchids and garden roses, and I’ll tie in hanging crystals as well.”

Expect The Unexpected While some wedding design elements seem utterly essential—these typically

include bouquet, ceremony decor, tables at which to gather, glasses from which to

drink, centerpieces to provide a central

focus, and the like—there are those

design pieces that do just a bit…more. These unexpected art installations and awe-inducing reveals are becoming ever more popular, as couples seek to excite and delight guests who have experienced more than a few weddings in their time.

At River Oaks Plant House, known not

just for its wedding decor, but also for

superb garden installations, floral topiar-

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Owner Ben Shamooelian and his team

are creating floral topiaries in shapes

ranging from swans to peacocks to the UT Longhorns logo. If the demand for

drama is high, and if space allows, he likes to “entirely cover the door leading to the reception area with flowers, or create a

good-size flower gazebo—or even a lifesize topiary in the shape of the bride and groom.”

One of the most dramatic floral state-

ments you can make with your wedding

larger arrangements, whether down the aisle or on top of a table, they have their own unique feel, and are an easy way to create a clean, modern, high-end couture look.

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The designer, who hand crafts intricate

And for a smaller, but no less mean-

design…is not, in fact, floral at all. Or rather,

flowers from a variety of different papers—

ingful, piece of paper-flower artistry,

you—or your guests—might expect. “A

not just at weddings, but in some of the

on one special flower, and framing it in

windows—adds that, for major impact, “I

signing table, and a wonderful keepsake

the flowers themselves are not quite what groom gave me a draft of his vows and I

printed them on my paper and made a

paper-flower cascading orchid bouquet

for the bride, and incorporated one printed petal in each of the bridesmaid’s bouquets,” says famed paper-floral artist Balushka, of Balushka Paper Floral Artistry.

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and whose installations can be seen

“Carving out the couple’s monogram

world’s most famous retail-establishment

a shadowbox, creates a nice touch to a

recommend making the ceremony back-

for years to come.”

drop a very large size, as we did for a

recent wedding. The wall of white flowers

was 16 feet wide and 10 feet high— definitely a dramatic focal art piece.”

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HER FAVORITE SIP: starbucks flat white

HIS FAVORITE SIP: tea

HER FAVORITE SWEET: brownies

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: key-lime pie

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

with my husband

fishing

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he’s a hard worker

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

and nothing but a huge teddy bear



she’s kind-hearted

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eth, who works in industrial rescue, hired Alison’s best guy friend

inseparable ever since.” The pair’s Bell Tower on 34th wedding, with its

to work with him in Africa. “My friend began telling me about

Cinderella theme, and plentiful touches of purple—the bride’s favorite

him, and told me that I needed to meet him. I refused multiple times,

color—treated guests to filet mignon, lobster ravioli and whipped sweet

but then agreed to meet him just so he would leave me alone about

potatoes. Even sweeter? Alison’s favorite memory, which was “the look

it!” the bride says. And boy is she glad she did. Once Seth ventured

on Seth’s face when my dad walked me down the aisle,” as her groom

home for his R&R, the two finally met for a date… “and we have been

saw her in her romantic lace gown for the first time.

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PLANTS N’ PETALS entertainment & lighting DJU ENTERTAINMENT wedding dress BRICKHOUSE BRIDAL photography SERENDIPITY PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon BORA BORA

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ith her background in fashion and visual

merchandising, and her Lebanese/Syrian heritage, Louisville, Ky.-based Jaclyn Journey has made her mark as one of the country’s most coveted wedding stylists. In this exclusive Weddings in Houston interview, we take a deeper look into her journey in the wedding industry, and her love for creating bespoke weddings with Southern hospitality and an abundance of texture.

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When and how did you get your start in wedding design?

Jaclyn Journey: I had been working

as a visual merchandiser, designing and styling window displays and store interiors. Unfortunately with the reces-

sion, retail jobs were hard to come by—which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. A friend of mine was getting married and introduced me to wedding blogs. I saw it as a way into a recession-proof industry that was in the midst of a revolution.  I always dreaded going to weddings that all looked and felt the same. In 2010 I decided to make it my mission to show couples that they could create an event representing who they truly are as a couple. I wanted them to be able to take their money and put it toward creating a beautiful experience rather than wasting it on unnecessary things.

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When/what was your big break in the wedding industry?

JJ: A wedding I planned landed the cover of a major wedding publication. Before that, I had been getting most of my work via word of mouth, and that feature amplified it—especially locally.

"I decided to make it my mission to show couples that they could create an event representing who they truly are as a couple."

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What are some of your favorite ways to interpret Southern wedding traditions with a modern twist?

JJ: I love offering a Southern, traditional meal in a new, updated way. Family-style meals at long banquet tables are very on-trend right now. Using that idea, and mixing the casual aspect of passing a bowl of salad, with a plated entree, makes the dining experience feel updated, comfortable and not stuffy.      weddingsinhouston.com

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How does your Lebanese/ Syrian heritage influence your event design aesthetic?

JJ: I use a lot of olive branches…just kidding! A lot of my influence comes from the lush beauty of the Middle East. Even though a lot of us think of the region as war-torn, it has always been

“Family-style meals at long banquet tables are very on-trend right now.”

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a place of abundant resources, aweinspiring landscapes, vibrant foliage and rich, deep colors and textures. The natural beauty of the region is a huge inspiration to me. The colors, design and aesthetic of the Orthodox Christian church in Louisville, Ky., that I attended growing up, also creates a heavy influence on my aesthetic.

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How important are flowers to the weddings you design, and why?

JJ: I see flowers as the anchor to the design of the event. The style, tone and color of the blooms speak heavily to the overall feel. For example, if a couple tells me they want a romantic-theme wedding, I would say that garden roses are the way to go. They have a soft, round-textured shape with lots of fluffy petals and a beautiful scent, so they create the perfect atmosphere. If a couple prefers a modern look, I like to play with stronger blooms with more constructed shapes and stronger foliage. For a garden atmosphere, foliage, particularly foraged (cut straight from outside, not grown in a greenhouse or on a manicured bush) creates that effect. The curved shape of the branch and the textures of the leaves all speak to the aesthetic.  If a couple has a limited flower budget, I suggest going big with the bouquets and strategically placing statement arrangements. Decorating the tables with candles rather than floral centerpieces creates a dramatic statement as well.  


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honeysuckle vines and branches as centerpieces. There was a killer live band, lots of flowing bourbon and Champagne, and late night doughnuts from their favorite spot in Indiana. The whole wedding felt very personal, and that’s my favorite thing. 

What is your Number One piece of advice to couples for creating a wedding experience that is truly personal, and truly expresses them as a couple?

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Describe a recent wedding that you designed. What were your favorite aspects of the design?

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JJ: Last spring I did a wedding for a big-city bride and a small-town groom who decided to have a destination wedding on a Kentucky horse farm. We worked really hard to mesh the two very different regions and cultures. We wanted it to feel comfortable and relaxed for all the Midwest guests, but with a black-tie, bright spring feel for all the New Englanders.  We served plated fried chicken and created tall Indiana-

JJ: Spend time really thinking about your favorite experiences in your relationship. If one of your favorite memories was eating at a food truck in a park on a summer night, maybe skip a formal reception and have food trucks at your reception, so you can recreate that same memory for your guests. If you love wine and tapas, maybe consider a cocktail reception rather than a full-on dinner.  The thing to remember is that you are creating an experience for your guests.  Most importantly, if you choose to go a route that might require the logistics of a nontraditional wedding, make sure you choose to work with vendors who understand the vibe you are going for.  They will always be on your side and help you brainstorm how to make your vision happen! 

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What is your favorite part of designing weddings?

JJ: My favorite part about weddings is the relationship I get to have with my couples. My approach to planning weddings is that I act not only as their designer, but their counselor as well. I get to know them on a personal level—we work through relationships, family dynamics, logistical wedding struggles, etiquette…and all the pretty things, of course. There is no problem that can’t be solved, and I love working through that with them.  I almost went to school for counseling, so between that and my passion for styling and design, weddings are a perfect fit!


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diana & dallas 4•30•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: michelada

HIS FAVORITE SIP: ipa

HER FAVORITE SWEET: goode co. pecan pie

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: apple pie & ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: reading at the beach

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: playing golf

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he can talk to anyone and

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: she always cheers

always knows how to make me laugh

me up when i'm down

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love Houston in springtime, and I wanted our design and decor to

desired, with pink and green florals, and blooming branches. “It worked

evoke Houston at its best,” Diana says. So, for her spring wedding

beautifully and felt like walking into a fairytale or an enchanted garden,”

to Dallas, which the couple planned remotely from Kansas City where

she says. ”The air was fragrant with flowers.” And, because no garden

they had recently moved, the choice to “bring the outside in” was a

party is complete without picnic eats, the menu included fried chicken,

natural one. Working with her florist, Diana got the al fresco feeling she

and a pie bar, “because Dallas’s favorite dessert is apple pie.”

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STAR PRODUCTIONS bridesmaid dresses BELLA BRIDESMAIDS registry KUHL-LINSCOMB & BERING'S photography ADAM NYHOLT videography

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LARY'S FLORIST & EVENTS


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mallory & harrison 9•4•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: kir royale

HIS FAVORITE SIP: cherry coke

HER FAVORITE SWEET: any dessert shared with harrison

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: oreo mcflurry

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: a bike ride, lunch

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: taking mallory to

with friends and ending the night in market square

our favorite restaurant and seeing a show downtown

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his sense of humor, his

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: she’s caring,

thoughtfulness, and most of all, the way he makes me feel

easy to talk to, and incredibly supportive

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on’t knock online dating, if you haven’t tried it. You might

down the aisle—escorted by both her father and stepdad—until the

just end up finding your soulmate—just ask Houston couple

last dance, it was the most remarkable night of their lives. “We were

Mallory and Harrison, who met on popular Jewish dating app JDate.

fortunate to be able to incorporate so many family elements into our

“When we finally met in person, it was as if we had known each other

wedding,” the bride says, “including the lace wrapped around my

for years,” says Mallory. That’s all it took for the pair to fall in love,

bridal bouquet, which came from my grandmother’s and mother’s

and, eventually, tie the knot at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa,

wedding gown, and the ceremonial wedding band we used, which

with their nearest and dearest. From the moment Mallory walked

was my great-grandmother’s.”

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Northern California’s Acclaimed TASTE CATERING Serves Up MadeFrom-Scratch Wedd ing Food That Celebrates Diversity Deliciously

With more than 30 years of experience, Taste Catering and Event Planning is

home to some of the most seasoned professionals in the culinary universe. So it’s no surprise that this veritable institu-

tion of culinary innovation has staked its claim as one of the California Bay Area’s most in-demand catering companies for upscale weddings and events. Using

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produce and homemade…everything (even their sausages

are “whole beast” fresh), Taste caters to diverse palates and foodie expectations, for wedding menus that are as personalized as the couple who selects them. We spoke to Taste wedding expert Christopher Lee about the hottest menu trends for upcoming weddings, from first bites to last

" Over the past seven years we have turned our focus to creating unique and customized wedding experiences. We are particularly known for the exceptional talent of our restaurant-trained and award-winning chefs. "

sweets, and more.

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Weddings in Houston: Tell us about Taste’s background? How has your business adapted to changing tastes in wedding meals?

Christopher Lee: Taste Catering and Event Planning has been in business for 30 years. Over the past seven years

we have turned our focus to creating unique and custom-

ized wedding experiences. We are particularly known for the exceptional talent of our restaurant-trained and award-

winning chefs. We are also the only caterer in the Bay Area that has a full-time dedicated pastry chef—we make all of our own desserts and wedding cakes in house.

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What are two or three of your most in-demand menu items for wedding receptions?

CL: “Live” sushi bars are so in demand

right now. Everybody loves high-quality, fresh sushi, so we have chefs that make it to order for each guest. Savory late night snacks like “In-and-Out”-inspired

“Animal Style” sliders [California’s answer to Texas’s beloved Whataburger

chain] are also a huge hit after wedding receptions. Last but not least, our craft cocktails and specialty bars are totally

customized to include the couples’

favorite spirits. We take it up a notch further by making our own infused spirits, tinctures, syrups and garnishes, and

even giant ice cubes we hand-cut from a 300-pound block of clear ice.

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What are some of your favorite ways to add local and seasonal touches to a classic wedding menu?

CL: Taste was built on a philosophy of using only

seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally from farmers who practice sustainability. Additionally, we

are a “from-scratch” kitchen—we make all of our own breads, pastas, stocks, sauces, jams, compotes and

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" Taste was built on a philosophy of using only seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally from farmers who practice sustainability." preserves. If our chef comes across a surplus of amazing figs one year, he makes jams and compotes to use

throughout the year. We even make our own sausages so that we are using the “whole beast.” One of our favorite

Northern California ingredients is the heirloom tomato. We have our own breed of tomato, the “Taste” tomato. Baia Nicchia Farm designed it especially for us because we were in need of a super sweet tomato that was also

firm enough to be diced small, and not too drippy to use

in our hors d’oeuvre. It makes the most perfect bruschetta bite or concasse garnish.

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For cocktail-hour hors d’oeuvre and small bites, what are some of your favorite items and presentations, looking toward 2017-2018 weddings?

CL: Anything fusion is really popular. We have been doing PHOTO: COURTESY OF TASTE CATERING

chicken tikka masala empanadas and beet cups—they are beautiful, flavorful little vegetarian bites.

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Houston couples are huge fans of fabulous desserts. What are some of your

favorite dessert items or dessert display ideas to accompany the classic wedding cake? CL: Dessert buffets are really fun, and

something that we do really well, for exam-

ple: s’mores, mousse cones, tartlets, pies, cupcakes and molded chocolates. We have created mini, bite-sized versions of pretty

much every dessert you could imagine. A new personal favorite are dessert action stations, where a pastry chef is there to customize the dessert for you. We’ve done

sundae stations, cookie bake stations, and

a patisserie boutique. The guests love interacting with the chef, and they get to customize their dessert without having to

do any of the work. It’s a very luxurious, high-touch experience for the guests.

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What are some fun ways couples can incorporate their personalities into their menu?

CL: Before we even present a menu, we

sit down with the couple and get to know

them on a personal level. We like to know

where they are from, where they met, where they got engaged, and what their

most memorable meal experience was. From there, we customize and design a

menu around them. I think the best place to personalize is in the hors d’oeuvre hour and with dessert, because you can mix flavors and cuisines without worrying that the meal won’t jive.

We recently had a wedding where the

bride was from Hawaii and the groom

was from New Orleans. Our chef created a musubi (spam) hors d’oeuvre that even

the guests from Louisiana loved. There

were three types of fresh, hot beignets

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passed around the dance floor late at night as well. We also added crawfish etouffee shooters and pulled-pork tacos to the menu!

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Farm-to-table cuisine often conjures up images of rustic American dining. How are you

bringing this concept into multicultural and more contemporary wedding menus? CL: Living in the Bay Area, most of our weddings are multicultural. We do a lot

PHOTO: COURTESY OF TASTE CATERING

of Indian, Chinese, Jewish and Persian weddings. Since they are the next generation, and want an upscale, modern twist

to their wedding menu, that means vege-

tables that are not cooked to death, and

meat that is raised locally and organically. We let the seasonal ingredients shine and

don’t over-sauce or over-“fuss” anything.

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We also add an upscale element to the

around the table) or French Style (where

wants a family-style meal, but doesn’t

platter). Either style makes for a nicer

level of refined service to the table. We

family-style platters, and alleviates any

server passes the family-style platters

plates on their own.

service style. For example, if a client

the server serves each guest from the

want it to feel too casual, we will add a

guest experience rather than the typical

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laura & john 6•18•16 HER FAVORITE SIP: champagne

HIS FAVORITE SIP: cabernet sauvignon

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate lava cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: peach cobbler

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

brunch with family and friends

watching tcu football

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

the love and affection I receive from him every day

her joy for life and adventure

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ometimes you just know, right from the start. That’s how it

English roses, inside Westminster Abbey. Laura, with tears of joy, gave

happened for Laura and John, who “met through mutual friends

her emphatic, “Yes!” Inspired by English rose gardens, the couple

and immediately fell in love,” the bride says. During a legal conference

celebrated their marriage with “a beautiful wedding on Galveston

in England celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta,

Island, filled with love, joy, happiness”...and Champagne chandeliers

John, an attorney, proposed to Laura in a private chapel, filled with

that dropped from the ceiling to fill guests’ glasses with fine bubbly.


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300 wedding colors WHITE, BLUSH & CHAMPAGNE flowers & decor PLANTS N’ PETALS cake SUSIE’S

CAKES & CONFECTIONS wedding dress IVORY BRIDAL ATELIER stepmother-of-the-groom dress MLD LIMITED photography ADAM NYHOLT honeymoon ST. LUCIA

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1 DRY POT SICHUAN STYLE SNAPPER + gin rickey Fresh-squeezed lime juice and sparkling seltzer water make this classic cocktail the perfect foil to our spicy Sichuan snapper. {SUMMER}

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2 BEEF TACO POP TARTS + mexican mule We are loving this twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which keeps the effervescence of ginger beer, but trades vodka for tequila—an ideal accompaniment to our hearty beef taco “pop tarts.” {SUMMER}

3 BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP with CRÈME FRAÎCHE + sonoma cutrer chardonnay This crisp, bright Chardonnay balances the richness of the soup, but just a touch of oak on the mid-palate reminds us why we love this comforting, creamy fall classic.

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BLUE CHEESE POPOVERS with BUFFALO SHRIMP + piper-heidsieck brut Fried food and Champagne pair so well! The earthiness of the Piper-Heidsieck accentuates the ripeness of the blue cheese in this dish, without overwhelming the palate, and the effervescence of the wine keeps the spiciness of the shrimp from overstaying its welcome. {YEAR ROUND}

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JAMBON PARISIEN ROULADE + white haven sauvignon blanc

SEARED SEABASS FILET + riesling donahoff weingut

The herbaceous quality of a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with the Mediterranean flavors of this dish, which features French-style prosciutto wrapped around basilartichoke mousse, with spinach, tomato, olive tapenade and basil coulis.

Take a perfect fresh seabass filet, add quinoa pilaf with crisp asparagus, infuse with the kick of spicy tomato butter, pair with a bright, slightly sweet Riesling, and you have the perfect meal for a celebratory summer evening.

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FILET MIGNON STUFFED with TRUFFLE BUTTER + stag’s leap cabernet

APRICOT PISTACHIO GATEAU + fonseca tawny port

A classic wine, for a classic dish: There is something quite decadent about a bold California Cabernet and a simply prepared steak, especially when you add the earthiness of truffle butter, and the comfort of celeriac puree.

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Ending on a sweet note, the fruity character of a smooth tawny port echoes this delicate cake’s apricot sauce, while its nuttiness pairs perfectly with the buttery pistachios. {SPRING}

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Decadent DESSERTS INDULGE YOUR GUESTS WITH MAGNIFICENT CAKES, SCRUMPTIOUS SW E E TS & W H I M S I CA L T R E ATS

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alex & randy 10•1•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: tequila rickey

HIS FAVORITE SIP: arnold palmer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: flan

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: church & dinner

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: church & dinner

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his positive attitude

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her big heart

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ven grownups can’t resist the joy of reaching down into a festive

by Todd Events featuring lush linens and mirrored finishes, beneath a

holiday stocking on Christmas morning. On Dec. 25, 2014, that

ceiling covered with rose petals and butterflies—”the things loved by

joy turned into utter elation, when the goodie Alex pulled out…was

my late grandmother, who passed away last year,” Alex says. “I wanted

a dazzling custom-made engagement ring from Randy. The couple,

to have her there in spirit, and know that she was smiling down from

both Houston attorneys, wed at The Astorian amidst dramatic decor

Heaven, happy with what I had created for my wedding day.”

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IRON-SEARED AKAUSHI STEAK Kobe beef, or Wagyu, is widely regarded as the most flavorful variety of beef in the world. Although true Kobe beef can only be found in Japan, the Akaushi steak from the great state of Texas can go toe to toe with the best, and has a pedigree that’s all West.

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DUCK CONFIT REUBEN BISCUIT

The duck Reuben biscuit brings together mildly sweet duck confit with tart sauerkraut and delicious house-made Russian dressing on a fluffy biscuit, to create a delicious sandwich that can be served any time of day.

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BOURBONGLAZED SALMON A sweet yet savory (and very Texan) bourbon-molasses glaze puts a new spin on your grandma’s favorite baked salmon recipe, for a mouthwatering dish that can be served family-style, or plated for a more formal presentation.

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AN INVITATION TO... AWESOME! There’s Nothing More Important Than Making A Fine First Impression—Especially With Your Wedd ing Invitations

Your wedding invitation is the first impres-

sion of your fabulous occasion. And, as with all first impressions, it’s important to

make a great one. Take the time to find, and work with, an invitation designer who understands your vision—and can bring it

to life beautifully, with words, images, and

an understanding of craft that is honed from years of expert experience.

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Set The Tone Your save-the-date announcement lets guests know to mark their calendars for the day that will mark the beginning of

your newlywed life. It’s also your first chance to establish the feel of your fantastic celebration.

Linda Merchant, who handles statio-

nery and invitations for iconic Houston

retailer Bering’s, notes, “Our clients really love styling their save-the-date around

a beautiful photo of the couple. The

photo could be taken at their home, family ranch, at a styled shoot, or on

a favorite vacation.” As for design, “We always like to play with how the save-

the-date arrives: folded, tri-fold—you name it, we’ve designed it!” As for destination or themed weddings, “I love to see the

couple get creative with their save-thedates,” bringing the location or theme

into the design, with maps, graphics, color

a photo or graphic of your favorite pet,

waves, wine-bottle graphics, grape leaves…

that will express your personal style.”

and ornamentation. Think: sand, seashells, or a chateau silhouette.

Consider incorporating a photo from

your engagement photo shoot, especially if it includes activities you like to do together, says Christiana Turner of

Isabella Invitations. For example, “Couples who enjoy shopping can have photos

taken showing them hitting up their favor-

a cute sign, or even a whimsical saying

A great non-paper option? “Create a

magnet that someone will keep forever. A calendar, etched on wood with a heart over your date, a wooden tree, or even a

wooden barn, are all so unique that they will go on your guest’s fridge and never come off!”

When scheduling your save-the-dates,

ite retail establishment.” She adds, “We

remember that they need to be in the

on a tandem bike, include a photo of

the wedding, to give your guests plenty

had a couple, who loved cycling together them riding together on their save-the-

dates. Another couple getting married

at a vineyard sent mini wine bottles with

mail at least six to eight months prior to

of time to adjust their schedules and make travel arrangements.

custom labels printed with their save-thedate information.”

Amanda Bayer, creative director for

Bella Dia Stationery, suggests, “Include

a photo "orInclude graphic of your favorite pet, a cute sign, or even a whimsical saying that will express your personal style.

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A M A N DA BAY E R , B E L L A D I A STAT I O N E RY

Big Reveal When an invited guest reaches into the

mailbox, your wedding invitation should stand out from anything else they find in there, and compel them to open it up with excitement!

Bayer notes that the best way to create

a sense of occasion with your invitation

packaging is by using a unique medium. “Balsa wood, acrylic and Plexiglas are all ways of taking an ordinary design and giving it a ‘wow’ moment that no one

will ever forget. A simple white box filled

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ing presentation for an invitation printed

a coordinating look throughout with the

ing with the basics: “Is there a family crest

on clear acrylic, for example. Tie that

stationery, which should translate into the

or a monogram you want to include?

box with a simple but stunning matching

wedding day.” While all your stationery

satin ribbon, and you’ve delivered your

pieces need not be exactly alike, it’s nice

request for attendance with style, grace

to use your “monogram, or a pattern

and refined elegance.”

designed for your invitations, on the

Turner says that while “boxed” invitations are still popular, she is creating lots

dance floor, with a lighting gobo, or even on the ice bar,” she says.

of elaborately embellished envelopes

To Bayer, “Consistency is key when

for 2017 weddings. “We are doing die-

choosing the essentials for your wedding,

cut envelopes in different shapes, which

from invites to floral design and table

adds to the anticipation before guests

settings, so that each element of the

even open up the invitations.”

event contributes to the overall look and feel that you want your guests to experi-

Cohesive Couture While consistency—in color, style and overall tone—is important in the invitation suite and associated stationery pieces, it’s not necessary to have one uniform look for everything. Turner notes, “The key is to brand the wedding. You want to create

ence. Careful consideration and attention to detail can make your wedding memorable and bring your vision to life—plus, let’s just be honest…it looks better!” But

keep

things

in

perspective,

Merchant says: “There’s no need to give yourself a headache.” She suggests start-

A color scheme? A theme? Streamline accents into all of the printed materials. It really is difficult, and not as much fun, to make every printed item ‘matchy-matchy.’”

Trends & Treats Beyond the basic paper, color and wording that will form the foundation of your invitation design, there are endless embellishments and design details you can choose from to create a sense of drama and delight. Bayer notes that gold foil is among the favorite accents requested by her 2017 and 2018 couples. “It’s hard to compete with this glitzy trend, which is popping up everywhere, from invitation text to small escort details. Be adventurous with a heavily patterned gold design, or use the technique to highlight your names or your wedding date. Our couples are using this trend to their advantage to make those special details pop!” On the flip side, she adds, “It’s almost impossible to go wrong with a minimalistic wedding invitation design. It is timeless, classy and eye-catching. Keep it simple and monochromatic, and consider choosing a mix of simple type and script-based fonts that resemble calligraphic handwriting.” As for print, “Letterpress is still the ‘stationery darling,’” Merchant says. Also: “Couples are still selecting classicstyle invitations in white, ivory or blush, with gold trim or lettering. We are also seeing an influx of brides ‘going green,’ so they are cutting out the inner envelope that holds the invitation, response card, etc. Adding a moderately priced liner provides a ‘finished’ look, that is still reasonably priced.”

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thing from slate to edible chocolate—notes that when it comes to wording invitations: “It is important to acknowledge whoever is hosting the wedding.” In the past, the names of the hosts (typically the bride’s parents) were usually included in the opening line, like so: “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter…” followed by the full names of the couple getting married, the wedding location, and the ceremony and reception times. Contemporary couples have alternatively chosen to honor the parents of the groom as well, by inserting their names after the groom’s, with the line “son of” in between. For same-sex couples, one spouse’s name could be followed by his or her parents’ names, with the other spouse’s name followed by his or her parents’ names.

Another acceptable way to word your invitation is to forgo individual parents’ names altogether—if, for example, the couple is paying for their own wedding— and instead use a general phrase like, “The families of…” to announce their nuptials. This is one area that doesn’t have any hard-and-fast rules to abide by, so determine what works best for you and your future spouse. As for envelope text, writing the addresses by hand is a surefire way to make your guests feel special, so if you’re worried about your less-than-polished penmanship, consider hiring a professional calligrapher to do the job for you. Just make sure your calligrapher has a complete list of your guests’ names, all correctly spelled and written in full. “And please, no abbreviations on the invitation itself,” says Zissman.

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If you plan on sending out secondround invitations to your “maybe” list of invitees, be wary of response time: Guests might feel like your second choice if they receive an invitation with an RSVP date that has already passed or is only a day or two away. The only solution: Spend the extra money and have a second set of response cards made with a later RSVP date, to avoid hurt feelings. Even if you’ve done your best to make RSVPing as easy as possible, there will inevitably be a few stragglers in the mix. Don’t fret! One week before your caterer needs a final headcount, pick up the phone and give not-yet-replied invitees a call. This small gesture will not only help you out, but will also serve as a reminder to your guests that their presence on your big day means the world to you.

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lorin & jeff 8•27•16

HER FAVORITE SIP: champagne

HIS FAVORITE SIP: st. arnold’s brews

HER FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: red velvet cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: sipping iced coffee,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: morning run,

morning run, then spending the day with jeff, family and friends

afternoon get-together with friends, and ending the day with a

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his ability to enjoy every

barbecue or dinner with lorin

moment and his constant motivation

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her smile and kindness

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orin noticed Jeff from across the room at a corporate training event for new hires, and really hoped to see him again,

somehow, after the training was over. And just like that, the universe worked its magic, and brought the two of them together by chance. “I went out on the town with a girlfriend a few days later. As soon as we walked into the restaurant, I looked up, and there he was,” recounts Lorin. Two years later, on a trip to Colorado, Jeff proposed on top

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of Pike’s Peak—but it wasn’t easy: “I was nervous for many reasons… the road to the summit is fierce, and lacks guard rails,” Jeff recounts. “But we made it, and I found a good place to sit down and rest, and take in the amazing views—and ask for Lorin’s hand in marriage.” The couple celebrated their union with a rehearsal dinner at The Briar Club, followed by a “classic, elegant, romantic” wedding at the

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GOLD, IVORY & BLUSH rehearsal dinner THE BRIAR CLUB venue DOUBLETREE GREENWAY PLAZA wedding dress NOW & FOREVER BRIDAL BOUTIQUE honeymoon HAWAII

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The Art Of Inviting ANDREA LISS of Hannah Handmade Creates Mixed-Media Invitations That Excite, While They Invite WRITER MICHELLE NAIK

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nonprofit organizations including The John F. Kennedy Center for The

manship and details as a child growing up in a family of

Gallery, to name a few. We had the pleasure of chatting with Liss more

Handmade, developed her appreciation for fine crafts-

Oriental-rug dealers. Her passion for performance and visual arts has brought her invitation-design business a niche clientele of notable

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Tell us about your art and design background.

Andrea Liss: I grew up surrounded by

textiles from around the world. My family is now in its third generation as Oriental-rug dealers, and over the years their collection

branched out into tapestries and other jacquard-loomed fabrics. The textures

eye for color and appreciation for fine craftsmanship and detail. This visual and

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up quietly with a book somewhere among

catalogs for women, children and home.

of books and reading led me to study jour-

the Chicago Sun–Times. This was when I

requirements for my degree was a design

my own design business in 1991. I started

I discovered my visual talent, and that the

that were sold in fine retail and museum

combination of words and pictures.

Field Museum of Chicago, and at the

the piles of rugs and rolls of fabrics. My love

Later, I worked as a creative director at

nalism, and as luck would have it, one of the

felt the entrepreneurial pull, and I opened

and photojournalism class. It was there that

out creating handmade greeting cards

most moving way to tell a story is with a

stores including Neiman Marcus, the

and colors of these handmade works of

art were very influential in developing my

Performing Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago and The National Portrait

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When did you create your first wedding invitation, and what was the design?

AL: I began my career in the fashion indus-

try as an art director, where I designed

Smithsonian Institution. I created my first

wedding invitation for my sister’s friends who were getting married at a private

ranch in Aspen, Colo. The invitation was

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“Each design is a collaboration with the client from start to finish; no two invitations are ever the same. ”

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Describe the process of creating a mixedmedia invitation suite for a wedding, from start to finish. What is the most difficult or labor-intensive part of the process for you?

AL: I look at each project as a new canvas filled with possi-

bilities, and I approach my work as a form of art. Each

design is a collaboration with the client from start to finish; no two invitations are ever the same. I work closely with other artisans and printers to push the envelope with what

can be done with new materials and processes, which

sometimes leads us to reworking a concept in order to

achieve the design we envision. We pursue perfection and no detail is too small to be noticed.

Depending on the elements involved, the most

“It was very rewarding to watch the bride’s vision transform as she wandered through our studio and realized that we could create something from scratch that had personal meaning for her. ”

labor-intensive part often becomes sourcing, testing

and refining these techniques before the actual work can begin. A typical studio visit begins with a tour of

our showroom—and ends with various cards, envelopes, papers, fabric, and acrylic or metal swatches filling the

table as we sketch their design. Each invitation is then meticulously made to order in our adjoining workroom

by a dedicated staff of master artisans. The result is a

personal work of art that reflects our clients and their love story. Our couples enjoy the creative process as much as the final design!

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What are some of your favorite materials for wedding invitations for the 2017 wedding season?

AL: Fabric has always been one of the hallmarks of

Hannah Handmade. We expect to see rolls of lace, watercolors, intricate mixed metals, thread patterns and hand-beaded silks to be gracing our worktables for the coming wedding season.

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Tell us about your favorite recent wedding invitation suite—what made designing it so special for you?

AL: A recent bride told us during our first meeting that

she wasn’t a paper person, and anything would do. Her mom, on the other hand, envisioned something

more dramatic to set the tone for the wedding. It was

very rewarding to watch the bride’s vision transform as she wandered through our studio and realized that we

could create something from scratch that had personal meaning for her. Ultimately we designed a clear acrylic invitation with a delicate feather on top and an exquisite fabric-lined envelope that became one of the favorite elements of her wedding. 324

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itzel & guadalupe 5•7•16 HER FAVORITE SIP: french 75

HIS FAVORITE SIP: old fashioned

HER FAVORITE SWEET: coconut-pecan-crusted vanilla ice

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: ice cream

cream, drizzled with cajeta and chocolate sauce

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: a long run

with my friends and family

followed by a homemade dinner

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his sense of humor

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tzel and Guadalupe’s wedding at Agave Real “was straight out of

the site welcomed arriving guests graciously, while blush florals and

my dreams,” the bride says. “The venue itself has so much char-

plenty of candlelight invoked the romance the couple sought for their

acter, and a true ‘outside’ feel. It was perfect for the elegant haci-

reception. On their wedding day, “The skies were clear, and there was

enda garden wedding we wanted,” without the trip to Mexico. With

a light breeze as the sun prepared to descend,” Itzel recounts. “Every

its stone paths, burbling fountains and Mexican-inspired architecture,

detail was perfection, from our grand entrance to the last dance.”

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REGISTER FOR REAL LIFE Choose Gifts That Bring Elegance And Comfort To Your Newlywed Home, For Everyday Living And Special Occasions Alike

It’s easy to get caught up in the exhilara-

tion of picking out gifts for your wedding registry. After all, you are essentially shopping for fabulous housewares and

luxury indulgences…with someone

else’s money. Which is exactly why you

should take time—and a deep breath or two—and plan your registry with consid-

eration and mindfulness, making sure

to include a well-rounded mix of everyday items, things you’ll use for special

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occasions, and a few special keepsakes that will be cherished for generations

to come. And why planning your gift registry should be as much about accom-

modating your gift-givers—with options, convenience, and gifts at different price

points—as it is about feathering your newlywed nest.

Take Inventory Before starting to build your registry, take stock of your stuff. You are combin-

ing two lives, after all, and if you are not

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living together already, there may be overlap in some of the things each of you already owns.

this helpful advice: “Going into the wedding registry process with a ‘we do’ mentality rather than ‘I do,’ and keeping in mind the idea of registering for the

future that you two will be sharing, will make the experience much more fun and meaningful.”

Think Ahead The registry team at Upper Kirby design-

and-lifestyle emporium Kuhl-Linscomb is used to working with couples to create

ing in) could save you a ton of time—and

their dream registries, and they recom-

money—after the honeymoon is over.

mend thinking not just about what your

make a mental list of the bedroom

Register Together

like 10 years from now. “Remember, fami-

between the two of you, and jot down

the reins with registry details, but don’t

organizing now (before the gifts start roll-

of you, together, as a couple.

As you’re going through each room,

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Sabrina Sims of iconic Houston hard-

ware-and-gifts retailer Bering’s, offers

and bathroom items you already have

It’s easy for one spouse-to-be to take

the things you absolutely need. A little

forget that you are shopping for the two

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life looks like now, but what it might look lies grow!” they say. “Someday you’ll want

to host Thanksgiving and other family

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Bigger Is Better Giving your guests a wide range of gift

options at different prices is crucial to

building a solid and gracious registry. “Guests do not buy things that they do not like themselves,” says the KuhlLinscomb team.

Building a bigger registry than you

expect to fulfill is key, as well. After your bridal showers and other prewedding events, but before the big day, your wedding registry can become

sparse. Having plenty of gift choices

“will ensure that there are still special, unique pieces available to purchase

from your registry” before and after the big day, they add.

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Go For The Good Stuff Don’t be afraid to ask for the things that you will need in the future and will appreci-

ate having, but that you don’t want to break the bank buying yourself. For example, if

you plan on traveling as a married couple, but don’t want to spend your income on quality luggage because you’d rather save

up for a new washer and dryer (which obviously are not practical wedding gifts), make sure you pick out a reliable brand.

For fine crystal, there’s nothing like clas-

sic Waterford, Sims says. While, for travel

items, “We are loving White Wing Label’s new line of waxed canvas luggage,” she

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Mixing brands, patterns and colors helps couples to express their own style while using special family pieces.” Another fun way to mix things up? Put your name on it! According to the experts at Kuhl-Linscomb, personalized products are now on everyone’s registry wish lists. “Sasha Nicholas’s monogrammed tableware is a perfect addition to any couple’s inherited china for an updated look, and a great way to show off your newly shared initial!”

Don’t Get Stuck On Dining Don’t assume that the dining table and kitchen are the only rooms to register for. Your bedroom also has amazing potential

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for beautiful, unique gifts that your guests adds. “Brides and grooms alike can’t get

enough of this ruggedly classic, Texasbased line.”

Take A Few Chances “Over the last year, coolers and grills have

become regular registry items,” Sims says. These days, Bering’s sees “Big Green

Egg Grills and YETI Coolers on many wedding registries.”

The team at Kuhl-Linscomb agrees

that YETI products are quickly becoming

the hottest registry items. “The Tundra Coolers

and

Rambler Tumblers

are

the light at the end of the tunnel for a groom who is a bit of a wary shopper— whether he’s a backyard kind of guy or avid outdoorsman.”

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thank-you cards that you have or have not

written. Maintaining an organized list of gifts also helps you determine exactly what you still need to close out your registry.”

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would love to buy. Non-kitchen registry items may include decorative pillows, luxurious throws, monogrammed towels, ornate picture frames, vases, candleholders and more.

Choose With Love You aren’t settling for anything but the best when choosing your life partner, so look at your registry the same way too: Only register for items that you are drawn to and absolutely love. Otherwise you will end up with a household full of items that don’t reflect the love you have for each other. Take your dinnerware, for example. A beautiful table will enhance the atmosphere of any future holiday gathering or romantic dinner party, so choose one you and your future spouse will treasure

particularly registry-worthy, don’t be afraid

Those treasured heirloom china pieces

for years to come. “Whether it’s used for

you’d consider buying as a wedding gift

place in your collection. Blending older

your spouse, good quality china and flat-

acceptable way to honor the past while

notes Julia Hernandez of Celebrity China

“Couples are mixing and matching fine

they’ve had since college or during their

team notes. “Style is always evolving,

your new home that is the both of yours.”

by mixing in new and interesting pieces.

looking for neutral palettes right now,

to add it to your wish list. If it’s something

that you may have inherited still have a

special occasions or nightly dinners with

for a friend, it’s fair game.

pieces with newer items is a perfectly

ware make each meal feel truly special,”

Get Organized

shaping your future.

& Cookware. “Most couples use items

china more than ever,” the Kuhl-Linscomb

single years, but it’s nice to have a set for

With so many gifts, givers and registry retail-

ers to keep track of, it is vital to document

your registry. Sims recommends: “Keep an

Excel spreadsheet of gifts you and your

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with white-and-gold and white-and-platinum combinations, and a mix of patterns across the board,” recommends Juliska— Bering’s Number One dinnerware line— for simple yet chic table items. And she suggests bringing in pieces from Simon Pearce, which offers elegant, easy-care dinnerware, and casual, but sophisticated, stemware, as well as Beatriz Ball, which offers aluminum platters and bowls that are “very modern, but easily able to fit in a traditional setting, too.”

Use What You Receive When building your registry, remember that most of your tabletop items aren’t meant to be stored away or used for display only, like museum pieces. “It is no longer about using formal settings on holidays only, but instead pulling pieces out for hosting a wine night or a small mixer with friends. Fine china can be fun and is surprisingly functional. Use your good china alone, or stylishly blend it with casual dinnerware, to create beautiful table settings any guest would envy,” Sims says.

Have Fun Creating your registry should be an occasion for fun, not a source of stress. “Go with the flow, and remember that this step in your life is a fun adventure,” the Kuhl-Linscomb team says. “Registering for your wedding is all about you and your spouse for the rest of your life—and that is something special and magical. It’s not about what your mother wants, or your grandmother or your best friend. It’s your special time, so do what you want.” Sims adds: “When it comes to registering for gifts, couples can get overwhelmed very quickly! Just think of this as your wish list, and have fun and take it slow. We are here to help you throughout the entire process, and we want you to enjoy these moments. It’s our job to guide you to make these key decisions.” weddingsinhouston.com

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maddy & patrick 5•21•16 HER FAVORITE SIP: rosé, lemonade

HIS FAVORITE SIP: red wine, arnold palmer

HER FAVORITE SWEET: bananas foster

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: carrot cake

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: watching

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: watching

football with patrick and our friends

college football with my wife and our dog

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he always knows the

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her smile, her

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riends for years before they started dating, Maddy and Patrick’s

one knee,” she says. “I burst into tears right off the bat.” A year later,

wedding story begins with a Napa Valley getaway over

the couple returned to Napa with 250 of their nearest and dearest,

Memorial Day weekend, 2015. It was there that Patrick surprised his

for a vineyard wedding filled with fine food, excellent wine, signature

future bride with a ring, nestled in the top of the picnic basket she was

cocktails, and a whole lot of dancing. Notes Maddy: “I feel like I’ve

unpacking for their al fresco lunch. “I turned around and he was on

never smiled so much in one weekend in my life!”

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LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED The Key To A Celebration Your Guests Will Be Talking, Posting, Tweeting And OMG-ing About Long After The Big Day? Great Entertainment, Of Course!

Here’s the thing about wedding entertainment: It’s not just music. It’s not just

announcements and introductions. It’s

not just props and lights and special effects. It is, in fact, an intoxicating blend of all of these elements—mixed

with a savvy sense of crowd emotion

and event flow. A sharp outfit doesn’t hurt, either. The best entertainers bring

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time to dance, and back down, when the moment calls for…mellow. The entertainers featured in this story are some of the

very best in the business, and they’ve got the tools, talent, technology and tips

to ensure your celebration is one guests won’t ever forget.

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entertainment and production firm LG

Entertainment, reminds wedding couples, “If you have a good DJ, guests will not

remember the music experience much. They will comment more on the decor or food.” But, he adds, with a “great DJ,” guests will actually be disappointed when

the last song of the evening is announced. Hire a truly talented DJ and MC for your

wedding, and you should “be prepared for a flood of social media comments and

text messages on how fantastic of a time they had on your wedding day.”

“What separates a good wedding enter-

tainer from a great wedding entertainer is experience,” notes Philip Morgan of

DJU Entertainment, which provides music, professional lighting and photo booths, and ensures that every one of its DJs is also a trained, experienced master of ceremo-

nies. “Being a wedding DJ and MC goes

much further than just the music. It’s really understanding the flow of a wedding, the timing of all of the important moments. To be a great DJ/MC, you really have to put yourself in the couple’s position, and understand what the moment means to them. Anyone can access music nowadays, but what sets us apart is our ability to relate to the couple, and give the guest the experience the couple wants them to have.” According to Michael Graham II, owner of Signature EvenTx, “The major differences come with the skill of the DJ to read your crowd and understand that even if a song is popular, it may not be the right song for your event.” He notes that, along with a skilled DJ to handle the music, Signature EvenTx provides professional MCs, who “never take the spotlight off the couple, but enhance the overall experience of the night for everyone.” He adds: “If your DJ is reading the crowd to keep the flow of the night moving, then your MC is reading that same crowd for reactions and making sure your guests maintain that overall ‘thrill’ the entire night.” And don’t forget: If you opt for a live band, as many 2017 couples are, your bandleader should be just as capable of communicating with the crowd as any expert DJ or MC. Danny Osterwisch, of top Houston event band Danny Ray & The Acoustic Production, notes, “I vividly remember every reception I’ve been to as a guest over the past 15 years where there was a band—even before I was in the industry— and I remember the things I thought worked…and what didn’t.” The performer and MC, whose band expertly handles everything from classical cello to cocktail jazz to high-energy pop and rock covers that have the crowd wild for more, adds, “Two things are essential to a great reception: first, finding some way to engage with the room and guests; it should always feel like everything a band is doing is unique to that crowd and moment. This can be done through stage

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presence and performance, song choices, or off-the-cuff moments. The other is not to stop. The second a song ends, get right into the next one to keep the energy up!”

Marriage Music While most people don’t think “rager” when they envision a wedding ceremony— let’s be real, all eyes will be on you and your beloved for this portion of the event—the moments leading up to, and following, the exchange of vows, are sure to set a certain mood that will continue into the rest of your evening. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle to music that puts your guests to sleep or, even worse, distracts from the enchantment of the occasion. Of course, you are the main focus here, so make sure to choose a form of

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your wedding. “Music can set the tone for an event and create a certain vibe,” says Scott Graham of Scott Graham Piano. “For a unique event, try to match the music

entertainment that complements your

with the theme.” Have your heart set on a

personality and goes with the theme of

1920’s Gatsby-themed wedding? Let Scott

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set the tone with vintage jazz melodies, or provide your DJ with a list of your favorite classic love ballads.

Cocktail Classy The cocktail hour is a chance for your guests to sip those signature cocktails you and your spouse have created, taste some delicious hors d’oeuvre, and mingle with old friends, before you and your new spouse once again become the center of attention. While some will be anxious to get the show started, the point is not to overwhelm their senses, but to allow each person to ease into the evening at their own pace. Grell recommends slowertempo music to start, although “the most important thing is the volume of the music,” which shouldn’t disrupt the conversations

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room. And remember, you can’t go wrong with mellow instrumentals of classic stan-

dards such as “Sentimental Reasons” or “Lush Life,” which create a relaxing and comfortable environment for your guests.

Club Vibe After drinks, dinner, speeches, toasts and

first dances, it’s time to kick it up a notch. “To pick up the energy, you want to get a

solid group of dancers out on that dance

floor,” Morgan says. A great way to do this, he notes, is “either with a line dance

or a very high-energy song—it doesn’t

necessarily have to be the newest song out there, but a classic dance tune, to get everyone involved.”

Grell suggests having your band or DJ

play music attached to happy memories

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While you and your new spouse are

from your childhood. Chances are, those

the evening’s honorees, and no part of

your guests as well. When it’s finally time

your happiness in any way, the key to

feel-good songs will mean something to

the entertainment should compromise

to bust a move, there should be a notice-

keeping guests entertained is knowing—

he adds, with music that gets people on

take a look at the crowd, to get a feel for

able “build-up leading into the party,”

and catering to—the audience. “I often

their feet—and keeps them there.

how they are responding to the songs

I play, and go from there,” says Scott Graham, who tends to provide a vari-

ety of popular hits and classic songs for every generation to enjoy.

And don’t forget to talk to your

entertainment company about those extra-special details and entertainment

options that can transform your reception

into a fully immersive sensory experience that allows even non-dancers to take part

in the fun. Signature EvenTx’s Michael

Graham recommends “uplights, custom monograms, karaoke, lasers…and even a little something we call Party Central.”

Lastly, no matter what kind of entertain-

ment you choose for your once-in-a-life-

time party, make sure that all your guests

are able to enjoy your celebration. If your

guest list includes older family members and friends—or very young ones—have

special areas, seating (or snoozing) space, and entertainment that will make them

feel comfortable and cared-for, while the

festivities rage on. They’ll love you for it,

as much as you love them for being there, with you, to share your special day.

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bash where Houston’s finest wedding professionals can let their hair down and live it up. This year’s Weddings in Houston Client Appreciation Party transported attendees to lively Havana (recreated in lavish venue La

Colombe d’Or), for a night of Cuban-inspired music, food and fun, with hand-rolled cigars by Lucho Houston and late-night munchies by Cuban gourmet food truck Lilu Press. Our special thanks goes to Darryl & Co., LG Entertainment, Susie’s Cakes & Confections and Bright Star Productions for helping us put on an incredible party, and to our extraordinary clients, for making it all worthwhile.

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HER FAVORITE SIP: dirty martini with bleu-cheese olives

HIS FAVORITE SIP: crown royal & coke

HER FAVORITE SWEET: pavlova with cream & strawberries

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: crème brûlée

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

brunch, and spending time with my hubby and family

brunch, and spending time with my wife and family

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his big heart

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: everything

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ongtime friends of Weddings in Houston—he is the owner of

met at a catering association function in 2010. Their first business

LG Entertainment and she is a social catering manager for

lunch date was quickly rescheduled to a movie date. As Evangelia

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa—Lewis and Evangelia’s wedding

recounts, “We left the movie 15 minutes into it to continue our

was all about family, intimacy and love. The couple, who celebrated

conversation. Having only exchanged professional pleasantries over

their nuptials with an intimate Greek Orthodox ceremony and a

the years, getting to know each other was a real treat, and there was

fun restaurant reception with dancing and plate breaking (a must

an instant connection. The smiles and laughter haven’t stopped—we

for Lewis), followed by a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas,

finally found what we both were searching for.”

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THE DAY Memories may fade, but the best wedding images last a lifetime, and then some. Choose a photographer or videographer, find a style that suits your personality, then smile.

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PICTURE THIS You’ve Envisioned A Wedd ing Unlike Any Other—Now Capture It, In Photos To Last A Lifetime

If you’ve ever looked at a friend’s wedding photo album and found yourself feeling

all the feels of that incredible day—even if you weren’t there in person—well, those

feels you’re feeling can be chalked up to

the talent of the wedding photographer. It is the photographer’s job to not just document the wedding, but to capture

its magic and majesty, its uniqueness and grandeur, and, of course, all the small

details and fleeting moments that make

it such a momentous occasion. Now that it’s your turn to walk the aisle, it’s time to

find the artist who will preserve, in glorious

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Choosing the right photographer, kind of like finding the love of your life, takes time: You want someone who is reliable and trustworthy, someone with a positive attitude (even in the most stressful situations), someone who truly gets you. visual form, the beauty of your one-of-a-

kind celebration. And you can start right

here, with these valuable words of advice, from some of the finest photography pros in the business.

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Start Your Search It’s perfectly OK for you and your spouse-

to-be to relax and savor the excitement

of your newly engaged status—for a bit.

was recently married or your wedding planner,” or a trusted resource such as Weddings in Houston.

But once you’ve settled into the bliss of

Trust Your Instincts

planning starts with selecting the photog-

dations on hand, let the browsing begin.

of your life…and the days both leading up

their own website and blog, which makes it

engagement, it’s time to plan. And that

Once you have a few reliable recommen-

rapher who will document the biggest day

Most professional photographers have

to and following it.

extremely easy for prospective clients and

Choosing

the

right

photographer,

curious couples to peruse their photos,

kind of like finding the love of your life,

read about their experiences on the job,

reliable and trustworthy, someone with a

Don’t be afraid to cyber-stalk their

takes time: You want someone who is

and get a feel for their artistic style.

positive attitude (even in the most stress-

sites for inspiration, and then let your

you. But if you have no idea where to

a photographer’s work should spark a

it’s a good idea to “ask for referrals from

Christa Elyce, who describes her photo-

style as you. “This could be a friend who

of romance.”

ful situations), someone who truly gets

emotions do the deciding: “Samples of

begin, photographer Adam Nyholt says

feeling inside of you,” says photographer

people you trust,” and who have a similar

graphic style as reflecting “an all-over feel


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If a couple would love to see bright, clean and airy photos of themselves, they should look for a photographer who specializes in shooting natural light.

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on a wall. What kind of art pieces would

scoured the internet for WOW-factor

home? “If a couple would love to see

of at least three to five potentials that you

you choose to hang up in your own bright, clean and airy photos of them-

selves, they should look for a photographer who specializes in shooting natural

and simply rely on email to do the talk-

use shadows, dim lighting and sharp lines to their advantage. When you find yourself completely enamored of a photo

or collection of photos from a certain

photographer, chances are you’ve found to your list, and set up a phone call or in-person appointment, pronto.

photography style is by “picking images

Ask And Research

your future wedding photos as paintings

of local photographers from friends,

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When you’re ready to reach out to

thing, go with a photographer who can

easiest way to determine your favorite

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tous trek down the aisle. So far, so good!

these photographers, it can be tempt-

If edgy, artistic photos are more your

Elizabeth Photography says that the

you’re drawn to.” In other words, think of

can easily see documenting your momen-

light,” adds Strode.

your style doppelganger. Add them Lindsay Elizabeth Strode of Lindsay

wedding photos, and constructed a list

You’ve received several promising reviews

ing to skip the phone chat altogether ing for you. This is fine for introductory

inquiries, like pricing and availability, but David Jones of D. Jones Photography

encourages brides- and grooms-to-be

to “interview or meet with the photographer” in person as well. Aside from

being confident in their photo-taking

abilities, you also want to find out if they are someone with whom “you truly feel

comfortable,” he adds, “since there are a lot of emotions that clients will experi-

ence on the big day.” The only way to


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know if the two of you will click? Face-to

pher be not just a professional, but also a specialist. “There are a lot of photographers out there who do a little wedding

photography, and a little of everything

else,” cautions Deb Turner of MD Turner

Photography. “For your wedding, you According to Elyce, it’s also crucial to

want a photographer who specializes in

protect their images and prevent them

how to keep the day flowing, and knows

Ideally, you want a photographer who

Ask to see an entire wedding they’ve

face communication!

“find out what the photographer does to

weddings, a photographer who knows

ask, take a cue from the professionals.

from being lost, corrupted or misplaced.”

how to ensure that photos look natural.

couples first inquire about the turn-

has a backup plan—and insurance—for

shot, not just highlights—this will help you

the wedding is over to receive your

might arise on the big day. “There are no

Just as important as photographic style

If you’re not sure exactly what to

Photographer Steve Lee suggests that around time, or the time it will take after

edited photos: “I’ve heard many horror

stories about couples who had to wait six months or longer,” says Lee, whose team takes no more than two to three weeks to get photos back to the couple.

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The once-in-a-lifetime aspect of wedding

photography demands that your photogra-

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any worst-case-scenario disasters that

find an experienced professional.”

do-overs at a wedding,” says Jones, who,

and process is the photographer’s attitude

ence, has seen it all. Accidents happen,

“Ask your photographer how they would

will be totally prepared come showtime.

to take pictures on your wedding day,”

in his more than two decades of experi-

toward being a part of your wedding.

and the ideal candidate is someone who

react to family and friends who may want


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The engagement session is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and to get used to their style of shooting, so that the wedding day flows more smoothly. TAY LO R G O L D E N , TAY LO R G O L D E N P H OTO G R A P H Y

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and, more importantly, for them to get to know you. “I find out what makes my

clients laugh, the features they love about

themselves, and their personal history as a couple—plus we’ll take some amazing photos in the process,” says Strode.

“The engagement session is a great

advises Barett Henry, of Civic Photos.

of your potential photographer. “These

if people who are attending the wedding,

pher’s passion and vision, and you want a

better, and to get used to their style of

same things you are,” he adds.

more smoothly, and you are comfort-

Engage And Connect

wedding photographer Taylor Golden.

“We are very easygoing, and I don’t mind

who have known you your entire life, want to take photos—just as long as they don’t get in the way of our professional

shots, or step in front of the ceremony processional when it’s taking place.”

On a lighter note, Nyholt recommends

asking a few fun questions as well—such as, “How would you define your approach and style, how would you describe your ideal

client, and what gets you excited about a shoot?”—in order to grasp the personality

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three questions will reveal a photogra-

time to get to know your photographer

photographer that is passionate about the

shooting, so that the wedding day flows able throughout the day,” adds veteran

Choosing one photographer over another

When it comes to the engagement

once you’ve found the perfect fit, don’t hesi-

better!” she says. “Something I like to do

If time (and budget) allows, consider

another city. It’s particularly great when

as well. This is a great opportunity to

ingful to them personally, such as where

can be as simple as going with your gut. So,

session, “I say the more diversity the

tate to book that person for your big day.

for my couples is shoot their session in

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they got engaged, where they love to vacation, etc.”

The Big Day By the time your wedding day rolls around, there will be so much going on that the last

thing YOU need to worry about is documenting your big occasion.

Golden reminds couples that it’s vitally

important that your photographer be able to handle the wedding day in its

entirety, including, perhaps most impor-

tantly, those classic family portraits that will become heirlooms for generations to come. “Remember, your wedding is

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B A R E T T H E N RY, C I V I C P H OTO S

family photo with anyone that is impor-

members all that much,” she says. “These

To ensure excellent portraits, prior

tant to you.”

family photos may be the only pictures

to your wedding, “Be sure to look at

so you’ll want to make sure you take a

wedding formals to see if you like the

you have with your nearest and dearest,

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posing, lighting and composition the

photographer offers. It also helps to create a list of the different family groupings you

want to document. Your planner or maid of honor can assist during this part of the day by calling out people’s names for each picture, grouping them, and crossing them

off your list once the photo has been shot, to ensure you don’t miss anyone.”

Adds Strode: “Fifty years from now

when you’re looking back at your wedding photos, you won’t remember the tiny details

everyone gets so wrapped up in, but you will be reminded of the beauty and fun of

your big day,” two things that a talented

likely to be an activity-filled day, and you

may not actually be around your family

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that photographer’s examples of family

wedding photographer will capture

completely. “So enjoy every minute,” she adds, “because it’s over in a flash.”

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HER FAVORITE SIP: iced tea

HIS FAVORITE SIP: dr. pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate mousse

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: brownie with blue bell ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

with friends or family

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WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his sense of humor

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riends since meeting at summer camp before embarking

For their summer wedding in Houston, “We wanted everything

on a long-distance relationship while in college, Lauren

to be romantic and classic, to reflect us as a couple,” Lauren

and David got engaged in New Orleans, beneath the city’s iconic

says. From the flower arrangements to the wedding programs,

“Tree of Life.” As the bride recounts, “He got down on one knee

to the pastel colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses, “My biggest

and once I said, ‘Yes,’ my entire family came out from behind the

goal for our summer wedding was for the guests to enjoy

trees to surprise me and celebrate with us New Orleans style!”

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MUST-HAVE WEDDING SHOT LIST Beyond The Portraits, These Photos Tell Your Wedd ing’s Love Story

Any photographer worth their salt will get the must-have shots you expect from your wedding… the decor, the moment you’re pronounced newlyweds, all the “firsts” (look, kiss, dance), and the posed portraits (including the “everyone do

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T HE U N C O N V E N T I O N A L L O C AT I O N P O RT R A I T

Yes, a shot of your gorgeous gown train

flowing down the stairs of your wedding venue or church is timeless, and should

be shot. But what else did you love about

your venue? Was it the chandeliers? A However, if you’ve ever looked through

of event coverage, but miss out on what

didn’t do that trip justice,” what you

Your wedding photographer will want

vacation photos and felt like “the pictures probably mean is that they don’t capture how wonderful, relaxing or beautiful

everything really felt to you. While the

formula was correct, the essence of the trip was missing.

to work with you to create wedding

photos that are meaningful to you, not just a Pinterest-worthy album of pretty wedding pics.

Use this essential shot list to ensure a

With a wedding, things can get

collection of wedding photos that capture

“obligatory” photos that have to be

the feel of the most personal occasion

even more complicated. With so many

taken, it’s easy to focus on the to-do list

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spectacular set of windows? The beautiful landscaping or a bubbling fountain? Ask

your photographer to brainstorm with you

on one or two special spots in your venue, and let them serve as backdrops for a few

fabulous photos of you and your beloved.

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PERSONAL D E TA IL S

Does your bouquet feature a treasured

not just the look of your wedding, but

heirloom brooch? Did you DIY a unique

of your life.

note of these things, but in the fast pace of

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the day, small details can be overlooked. If there are important decor elements you

want shot, or a special ritual you’ll have

during the day (a butterfly release, for example), let them know.

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PRE-WEDDING EMOTIONS, NOT JUST SHOES

“Did you get them? Did you get my

shoes? Did you get a photo of my shoes?” Trust us, your photographer has “shoes”

next to “cufflinks” and “rings” on her list

of must-have pre-ceremony shots. But

what about those secret tears Mom or Dad wipes away as you get dressed? The groom’s face as he reads a love note you passed him before the ceremony? Let

your photographer know that, yes, detail shots are important and lovely, but your family and friends are equally impor-

tant, and make sure those unforgettable emotions are being discreetly snapped.

Does your bouquet feature a treasured heirloom brooch? Did you DIY a unique guestbook? Most photographers will take note of these things, but in the fast pace of the day, small details can be overlooked.

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Your photographer likely will be able to

identify your wedding party and parents. What about your favorite cousin, or your

sorority sisters, or your mom’s bestie who you’ve always known as “Auntie?” If

you want to share a moment with these weddingsinhouston.com

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Encourage your photographer to take the spotlight off you for awhile—often the most priceless photos of your guests come at the end of the evening. special people in your life, point them

out to your planner and photographer

before the big day, so they know who’s who. A wedding is one of the few times in your life where all of these special

people who mean so much to you will be together in one place—don’t squander the photo opp!

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dancing shots can be legitimate forms of

blackmail for some of your guests. But,

Be mindful of how many shots are being

the reception is also the most fun and

gazing deeply into each other’s eyes. A

photos reflect that?

der as you sneak a moment of, “Oh my

your glasses down now and again—you

a candid of you together, just before you

call. The same goes for photo booth

you squeeze each other’s hands with joy,

masks, sunglasses or Mardi Gras beads; if

day, without a full on lip-lock.

switch out or remove them after about 10

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stay timeless. You didn’t pony up for that

taken of you smooching, canoodling and candid shot of your head on his shoul-

memorable part of the day. How can your

A few toasting shots are great, but set

goodness this is all really happening,” or

don’t want every photo to look like last

make your grand reception entrance, as

props or party accessories like glow sticks,

are just as evocative of the romance of the

you do have these fun items at your party,

PA RT Y IN G IN ST Y L E

Let’s face it, reception shots can be either

the best or the worst. The photos don’t

often have the “magic” that your shots from earlier in the day can hold; the lighting can be tricky, the hour grows late, and

to 15 minutes so your reception photos couture wedding gown to accessorize it with a fuchsia feather boa all night.

Oh—and you’ll want someone on “oily

face” and “party hair” patrol for both newlyweds so that you both stay photoready long into the night. Take advan-


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tage of those bathroom breaks to primp, blot and breathe.

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Sparkler gauntlet, check. Getaway car, check. But what about the wedding party

giddily decorating the getaway car, or your guests’ shouts of joy at the surprise food truck, or Nana sneaking a second helping

of wedding cake, or Mom and Dad sharing a victory smooch for a party well-thrown?

Encourage your photographer to take

the spotlight off you for awhile—often the

most priceless photos of your guests come

at the end of the evening, when everyone’s hair has been let down, and unbridled joy has been turned all the way up.

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HER FAVORITE SIP: arnold palmer

HIS FAVORITE SIP:

HER FAVORITE SWEET: banana cream pie,

dr. pepper

german chocolate cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: dr. pepper float

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: a morning walk,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

afternoon drinks on the patio, and an evening movie

college football & wings

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: he's the most positive

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: she's my best

guy I've ever met, and he brings so much energy into a room

friend, and I love her faithfulness

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nna, who grew up in lush, tree-filled Marietta, Ga., knew she

Salon for the ceremony. At the reception, “We traded out white for pops

wanted the feel of the outdoors at her Texas wedding to Clark,

of primary colors,” Anna says. Also: “We really wanted our wedding to

even if it had to take place indoors. For the couple’s July wedding, a

be fun and full of energy, and I feel like between the band, photo booth,

“woodlands” theme presided, with moss and foliage entwined against

and the aviator sunglasses that everyone loved, we could just focus on

billowing drapery, and Anna in a flowing dress from Joan Pillow Bridal

having a blast and not worry about any details.”

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Details couple ANNA WILLIAMS & CLARK FREDRICKSON number of guests 175 wedding colors WHITE, GREEN &

POPS OF COLOR photo booth DJU ENTERTAINMENT wedding dress JOAN PILLOW BRIDAL SALON registry

BERING’S photography PHILIP THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

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THE UNBIASED LENS Separate The Myths From The Truths Of Same-Sex Wedd ing Photography

There are many “sames” between same-sex and hetero weddings: Same breadth of love, same depth of commitment, same desire to celebrate the bond of matrimony

in the presence of family members and friends. When it

comes to same-sex and hetero wedding photography, however, differences abound. Here, Kathryn Hamm

and Thea Dodds, authors of “The New Art of Capturing

Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography,” explain why the “old standards” of

wedding photography don’t apply to today’s diverse W R I T E R S K AT H RY N H A M M & T H E A D O D D S

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PHOTOGRAPHING A HETEROSEXUAL COUPLE IS THE SAME AS PHOTOGRAPHING A SAME-SEX COUPLE.

A SELF-IDENTIFIED LGBTQ PHOTOGRAPHER IS ALWAYS THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB.

Traditional wedding photography relies on basic assumptions

To be sure, there can be advantages to “keeping it in the commu-

built around a white gown and a dark tux, masculine and feminine gender roles, and expectations of the physical differences between a man and a woman. Generally speaking, these assump-

tions do not translate well to same-sex couples, who may both be wearing black tuxes or white dresses or both be of similar build.

IT’S ENOUGH TO BE A “GAY-FRIENDLY” PHOTOGRAPHER WHEN MARKETING WEDDINGPHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES. In the early days of gay weddings, most same-sex couples were

relieved to find any photographer who identified as gay-friendly. This is changing, and changing quickly. Increasingly, same-sex couples want vendors who are not only gay- friendly but gay-

wedding-competent. From the standpoint of booking a photographer, the difference can mean an album of wedding photos that are good or photos that are great.

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nity.” But a specific sexual orientation or gender identity does

not a qualified photographer make. A solid portfolio of same-sex engagement and wedding photography, references and compatibility are even more important to doing the job well.

THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRY IS DOING ENOUGH TO PREPARE PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR SAME-SEX WEDDINGS. Though more educational seminars than ever have introduced the

importance of understanding same-sex couples and their needs, professional wedding photographers need to make it their own

mission to understand the nuanced differences between straight and gay weddings. Fortunately, many are.

Reprinted with permission from “The New Art of Capturing Love” by Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds, available at Amazon.com.


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HER FAVORITE SIP: bordeaux

HIS FAVORITE SIP: belvedere screwdriver

HER FAVORITE SWEET: chocolate gelato (especially the kind

HIS FAVORITE SWEET:

made by her italian brother-in-law)

molten chocolate cake with ice cream

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

a relaxing day with family in the hill country

with my family

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM:

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER:

his fun-loving and goofy personality

how much she cares for our family

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n a trip to Paris, ostensibly to visit Meghan’s friend Mary Kate, who

her friend, who was “glowing with excitement,” and said, “You know I’m

lived there at the time, Travis managed to work a minor miracle in

not getting engaged right now, right?” To which Mary Kate replied, “Are

keeping his surprise proposal secret from his beloved. After a romantic

you sure?” At that moment, Travis dropped to one knee and popped the

dinner one evening, the couple joined Mary Kate at the city’s famed

question. The couple, who met in school in Texas, brought plenty of Texan

Pont des Arts, or “Lock Bridge,” to place their “love lock,” as it has been

touches to their St. Louis wedding, including Texas-shaped cufflinks, and

tradition for couples to do. Walking along the bridge, Meghan turned to

cowboy boots for all the groomsmen…and the bride!

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BLUSH photography TAYLOR GOLDEN PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon BORA BORA

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LET’S GET DIGITAL Plan Better, Share Faster And Have More Fun, With These Five Wedd ing Tech Hacks

There’s a balancing act going on in the wedding world today. While ceremonies and receptions are rightfully steeped in beautiful traditions, young couples increasingly face the temptation to take advantage of modern tech-

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Think of your wedding website as your central hub—an information center where your guests can reference the logistical details of your nuptials.

ultimately orchestrate their big event. It’s

up to today’s couples to strike a proper balance between the convenience of

hot technologies and the time-honored

rituals that so many of our family and friends hold dear.

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Here are five ways technology can help you throw a successful wedding, without alienating those who are weary of tech’s intrusion on the formal proceedings. They’re designed not only to make the actual business of planning a wedding go more smoothly, but also to make life a little easier for those on your guest list. You’ll be surprised to see how many of those guests are tech-savvy enough to take advantage of these hacks. Best of all, most of these are fun ways to excite and engage all your wedding participants,

Cook up a cute and creative #hashtag you and your guests can use when posting wedding-related messages and photos on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook.

before, during, and for months after your “I do’s” are done.

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CREATE A PERSONALIZED WEBSITE FOR YOUR WEDDING

Think of this as your central hub—a onestop information center where your guests can reference the logistical details of your

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WHETHER YOU’RE HOSTING A COMPLEX DESTINATION WEDDING OR JUST PROVIDING A BLOCK OF ROOMS AT A LOCAL HOTEL, CONSIDER USING A FREE ONLINE HOTEL BOOKING SERVICE These services can assist in negotiating the best room rates for your visiting friends and

family. They also streamline the booking process for your guests, making it a breeze

for them to manage their own reservations without the usual hassle of identifying and always communicating with a designated contact at the host property.

upcoming nuptials. These might include:

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tion options, special requests, registries,

Sit down with your future spouse, and

all of your wedding details are spelled out

and your guests can use when posting

individual phone calls and emails.

Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook.

dates and times, lodging and transporta-

CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL WEDDING HASHTAG

etc. Directing people to this page, where

cook up a cute and creative #hashtag you

for them, saves you from having to answer

wedding-related messages and photos on


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Just make sure your hashtag is unique

(use an online hashtag tracking site to

find out if your hashtag is already in use), and not overly lengthy (to ensure that users can make the most of social media

posts’ limited character counts). Once

you’ve created and let others know about

your hashtag, you can simply search for it on social media sites, and all posted material becomes easily viewable.

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CONSIDER SET TING UP AN ONLINE CASH REGISTRY SO YOUR GUESTS CAN EASILY PROVIDE A GIF T

may have for a cash gift. The site will update you with a list of who has provided gifts, and even offers the option to send out free digital thank-you notes immediately, in addition to the thank-you cards you will write and

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While none of these hacks is going to

make your wedding go viral (and, for most

couples, that’s probably preferred), they will let you and your spouse-to-be use

technology to make select wedding tasks

send after the wedding.

less cumbersome and time-consuming.

CREATE YOUR OWN GOOGLE GMAIL ACCOUNT TO EXCLUSIVELY HANDLE WEDDING COMMUNICATIONS

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on the wonderful details that will make

This way you won’t lose an RSVP or

throughout your entire wedding process,

important question in your personal email account. And it will be much easier to

In addition to retail registries, an online cash

monitor your spam or trash files, should

credit card, where they take advantage

option is to make your Gmail address the

online registries allow you to set up a

And that will allow you more time to focus your day unforgettable.

They also will let your guests become

active participants and content creators

giving everyone you love sweet memories of your special day for years to come.

Jeff Beil is a wedding etiquette expert and the

registry allows your guests to gift using a

a communication get misplaced. A great

of awards and cash-back programs. Most

same name or phrase you choose for your hashtag campaign. Let all your guests know

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this is how you’d like to be emailed for all

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CEO of Tendr, an onlilne cash registry.

wedding-related correspondence.

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LOVE ON FILM The Best Moving Pictures Have The Ability To Move Wedd ing Couples And Their Friends And Family, For Years To Come

Rather than a last-minute addition to your budget and vendor lineup, a wedding

videographer should top your priority list, along with your photographer and venue. Why? The reason is simple: Nothing tells

your wedding story, in all its motion, color,

music, unexpected moments and magic, like a film of your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. But don’t take our word for it—listen to top Houston wedding filmmakers, who

share their experience and expertise in creating, viewing and loving the one movie in which you and your beloved will always play the starring roles.

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Say Yes To Film Even though the traditional art of still photography remains a permanent fixture

on the list of wedding-day must-haves, there’s a reason why videography is the current generation’s favored form of

media: Video transports the viewer back

to a particular moment in time, in a way that nothing else can. Filmmaking is all about capturing the emotions associated

with the things and people you love, with the actions you are engaged in. Watching a film or video is a fully immersive experi-

ence, and a significant way for you to truly relive the past.

“When it comes down to it, there’s

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nothing that can replace hearing the

31 Films, who understands the value

their vows to you, and watching tears

ing that can stand in for real moments

back at them,” notes Aaron Tharpe of

closest friends and family, but finding a

crack in your spouse’s voice as they say

stream down their face as you gaze

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With a wedding video, you can really hear the day—the voices of your friends and family— which adds a strong sensory aspect to your wedding memory.

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of each wedding detail. “There’s nothand thoughtful speeches from your

wedding filmmaker who will personalize

and tell your story,” he notes, might just be the next best thing.

Anna Boyter, owner of Bear Hands

Media, adds, “Motion captures emotion

in a way that complements classic still photography so well. We all move in a certain, particular way, and we each have

subtle idiosyncrasies that are an essential part of our being. The way we look at our parents, the way we wait impatiently, the

way we lean into each other in love. It used to be the case where people would fit in videography if there was room in the budget. But we’re finding, more and

more, that it is an essential part of the wedding plan.”

Another sense to which film appeals:

our sense of hearing. “I think a really good wedding video really expresses

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producer for Sage Films, and a lead producer for Lakewood Church, where

he plays a significant role in producing

videos and advertisements for preacher

Joel Osteen. Not only can you see “tears roll down cheeks, and grandparents laugh-

ing or crying,” Stanley says, but you can

also “really hear the day—the voices of your friends and family. That adds a strong sensory aspect to your wedding memory.”

Personalize & Perfect The high-end technology, heavy-duty

Motion captures "emotion in a way that

viewing sample videos before booking

complements classic still photography so well. We all move in a certain, particular way that is an essential part of our being.

cinematography and vintage lenses,

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equipment and advanced editing software that is available to professional videographers today means that wedding videos are blowing up the market. You can expe-

rience your whole wedding day over and

over again in a variety of different styles,

including traditional or short-form videos, and cinematic- or documentary-style films.

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Some videographers favor an unob-

trusive, documentary style, while others are experts in cinematic flair with very

high production value. No matter what your videographer’s signature style, he or she should be able to tell a story, not

just show an event. So when you are

your filmmaker, look for elements such as natural audio, slow motion, aerial

which can bring depth and texture to the narrative of your wedding.

Boyter notes, “We use top-of-the-line

cinematic film cameras for our films…

but we find ourselves actually ‘looking

back’ a lot more as technology continues to advance. We find vintage lenses are

going to capture the light and tones with more dynamic layers, and bring in that dramatically dreamy aesthetic we live for

in filmmaking.” To that end, “We scour the ends of the Earth for vintage lenses

that offer a very special aesthetic that will draw a viewer in to experience a film in a much more engaging way.”  

In the end, the best videos are the ones

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At 31 Films, “We try to balance cinemati-

to capture the most uninhibited and

ways to make film a part of the experience

documented moments,” he says. But he

“Our couples also love our ‘Trailer Edit,’

we have a conversation with the couple—

cally beautiful ‘capture’ and meaningfully

does add that his company values the

moment over the shooting technique. “While we always want our clients to be visually engaged, we know that a well-told

story will hold their hearts and attention much longer.” You are the star of your own

wedding video, after all, and it’s your story that deserves to be told.

Go For A Show With so many exciting videography

options available, you may want to look beyond the basic wedding film.

“Our most popular add-ons include

‘Just The Cheers’—that’s where we send a filmmaker out to capture just the speeches from the rehearsal dinner. That kind of intimate setting is where we tend

natural speech moments,” Boyter says. which is a new offering for us, where we

provide a ‘sneak peek,’ edited within two weeks after the wedding day. It’s a fun way

to keep the excitement going and share these first glimpses of the wedding film!”

For Sage Films, voices joined in song

is through our ‘Lovestory’ films. In these, about how they met, what they love about each other, and what they see in their

future together—and mix it with beautifully

personalized engagement sessions that range from fun to romantic.”

Whether you want to show your film as

are yet another way to capture the happi-

an introduction to your rehearsal dinner,

along videos, where someone picks a

off your reception, it’s a fantastic way

ness of the day: “We love doing sing-

song, and a group of guests sings along, karaoke-style,” Stanley says. “It lets guests be silly, they don’t have to think about it

in the middle of cocktail hour, or to kick

to share your history as a couple with friends and family.

On top of that, 31 Films will incorpo-

when they’re doing it, and it’s so enjoy-

rate a same-day edit of your wedding

Another video twist is to incorporate film

something truly special. “The result is a

able to watch later.”

into your actual ceremony or reception, says Tharpe, whose company offers several

creative ideas to do so. “One of our favorite

day into the original Lovestory, to create completely unique and individualized wedding film, that the couple and their guests will never forget.”

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jose & pedro 8•22•15 JOSE’S FAVORITE SIP: martini

PEDRO’S FAVORITE SIP: tequila

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: carrot cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: carrot cake

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

on a hammock at our ranch

with my husband at our ranch

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT PEDRO: his kind and

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT JOSE: his passion for

loving heart

life and compassion for others

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hile traveling from Washington to New York during the 2014

recalls. “I had translated it in my head as a mere question and not a

Christmas holiday season, Pedro proposed to his beloved Jose.

proposal—truly a ‘Sex and the City’ moment!” The pair, who met at a hair-

Romantic, right? Except for one thing: “Since he proposed in Spanish,

color training at Hotel ZaZa, tied the knot at the JW Marriott Houston

I didn’t realize it was a proposal until we got to New York City and he

Downtown, where the hotel’s renowned art collection served as a

asked the cab driver to take us directly to the county clerk’s office,” Jose

beautiful backdrop for their chicly personal wedding.

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Los Cabos, Cancun And Tulum Offer Three Different Resort Settings For Destination Celebrations Filled With Love, Laughter...And Ocean Views For Miles

The Sea of Cortez or the Caribbean Sea?

Old-world hacienda charm, or contemporary cool? Custom wedding creation or all-in-one

package convenience? Three of Mexico’s in-demand destinations let you choose your

wedding experience, and let your guests revel in relaxation, fun…and plenty of sun.

SHERATON GRAND LOS CABOS HACIENDA DEL MAR With colorful Mexican-colonial design, and warm, inviting service, the Baja Peninsula’s

Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar is the perfect location for a destination

wedding with Old World charm and gracious

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hospitality. Set on the brilliant white sands of private Tortuga Beach,

CANCUN AND TULUM

For busy couples who crave an oceanfront destination wedding

Cactus Spa, to premier golf, to mouthwatering Mexican and Pacific

wedding can entail, Oasis Hotels & Resorts has the ideal wedding

As for your very special occasion itself, sales manager Jose

Cancun, offering dazzling beaches, endless shopping and high-

waterfront enclave offers so many enticements—from its luxurious

without the logistical and design responsibilities a destination

Rim dining choices—your wedding guests may never want to leave.

package solution, in one of two Yucatan Peninsula destinations:

Piñeda Rojas is quick to point out: “The resort does not offer

energy nightlife; or Tulum, where soaring cliffs and Mayan ruins

wedding packages, as our service allows couples to completely

meet soft sands and cavernous cenotes.

specific ideas.”

from ceremony to reception to accommodations and more,

your destination event, a ceremony in the resort’s luxurious

destination-wedding dream.

beneath a flower-bedecked canopy overlooking the Sea of

local history and culture into your nuptials, with a traditional

Sheraton Grand Los Cabos has to offer.

performed in the Mayan language (with English or Spanish

customize their dream wedding based on their needs and

Whichever site you select, Oasis will take care of every detail,

Whether you opt to have a hometown ceremony prior to

when you choose the “O Weddings” package that fits your

air-conditioned chapel, or a symbolic ceremony on the beach,

Options include the O Mayan Package, which incorporates

Cortez, your wedding guests can enjoy all of the enticements the These include the divine dishes served up by Pitahayas, “a

five-diamond, award-winning restaurant with fabulous food,

Mayan altar setup at your beachfront location, and a ceremony translation, of course!).

For larger, more lavish celebrations, the O Eternity Package

cocktails and sunset views,” and the De Cortez, also a five-

includes exclusive ceremony and reception decor; a private

the evening with desserts and a tequila bar on the beach,

lighting; and a rehearsal dinner in one of the resort’s acclaimed

diamond establishment, where you and your guests can “end

poolside or beachfront dinner with open bar, DJ and custom

complete with lounge furniture, music, tiki torches, s’mores and

specialty restaurants.

more,” Rojas says.

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with the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific as its backdrop, this

And while your O Weddings package features may be pre-

Along with celebrating your nuptials with a beach fiesta, or a

set, the service you’ll receive is completely personalized. Oasis

guests to a day of luxury sailing, where they’ll have a chance

out the planning process, and put you in touch with your own

Arch of the Confluence, on the sparkling Sea of Cortez.

simple…and superb.

grand celebration in one of the resort’s fine ballrooms, treat your

Resorts’ U.S.-based staff will serve as your concierge through-

to spot whales and sea lions, and drift beneath the spectacular

personal bilingual wedding expert, on site, to make everything

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kathryn & colby 7•25•15

HER FAVORITE SIP: skinny margarita

HIS FAVORITE SIP: caipirinha

HER FAVORITE SWEET: gluten-free red velvet cake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: my mother’s apricot bars

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY:

traveling with my husband or any outdoor activity

at the beach with our dog

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his unwavering

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her infectious

love for me and his insatiable work ethic

smile and the love she has for those closest to her

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wanted a wedding that would stand the test of time,� says bride

edge style, Kathryn worked closely with designer Todd Fiscus

Kathryn, who fell in love with Colby during a day of outdoor fun

of Todd Events to design her San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,

on Lake LBJ. An internet entrepreneur with a passion for cutting-

destination wedding.

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he couple’s intimate ceremony was follwed by a flower-filled

of…and a whole lot of fun, too: “A Spanish guitarist played through

celebration in colors to complement the city’s skyline. Their

dinner, followed by spectacular fireworks, then we turned things over

reception, held on the rooftop of the Rosewood hotel, featured a

to the DJ we brought in from Austin, who played until 3 a.m. There is

dazzling 10-foot-tall floral arrangement and more than 50 chandeliers

nothing like being surrounded by your best friends and family in one of

brought in just for the event. Kathryn had the wedding she’d dreamed

the most beautiful cities in the world, dancing the night away!”

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IN HER WORDS Bride Kathryn Swain Shares Her Wedd ing Planning Experience—And Top Tips For Destination Couples

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athryn and Colby’s San Miguel de Allende wedding was everything the couple had dreamed of—and more. But that doesn’t mean that planning their out-of-country celebration wasn’t without its hurdles. Here’s what Kathryn learned from her experience, along with her advice for creating the destination wedding experience of a lifetime.

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When and how did you start planning your destination wedding?

Kathryn Swain: We started exactly 13 months before—right after we got engaged. I am a planner at heart, and we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding, though we didn’t know where. We sat down, and, between the two of us, came up with a list of places we loved, and thought our guests would love. We also hired Todd Events soon after we got engaged, and Todd [Fiscus, owner of Todd Events] really helped us narrow down our choices, with his recommendations.

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What was the most difficult part of planning a wedding in another country?

KS: I think the biggest thing was that you

can’t just drop into the venue at a moment’s or a day’s or even a week’s notice. For a lot of brides, that’s something they can do—just run by and meet the planner there, do mockups of the flowers at the venue, do tastings, that kind of thing. You really can’t do that with a destination wedding.

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How did your ceremony differ from a local wedding ceremony?

KS: Before you can get married

in Mexico, you have to get legally married here in Texas. Technically, the ceremony becomes a “blessing of the marriage” in Mexico. We got our marriage certificate at a local courthouse in Texas, then got married in the church here in Texas, with just us, our priest and a witness. In Mexico, what everyone witnessed looked and sounded similar to a wedding ceremony, but it was a blessing rather than a marriage ceremony.

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How did you form your guest list, and what information did you supply for your guests?

KS: We invited close friends and family, but

also all the people we thought would enjoy being there. We ended up inviting about 200 people, and had 85 attend. I wanted people to have all the info they might need, so about seven months before the wedding, I put together a really extensive wedding website, that had all the hotel information, flight information, and names of local drivers—there’s no Uber in San Miguel. Our website was the go-to spot for any and all advice about our wedding. In Mexico, we had a welcome bag for guests, with a custom map drawn out that had all of the locations for all of our wedding activities, as well as things and places in San Miguel that we enjoy.

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What is your top advice to couples planning a destination wedding?

KS: I would say don’t make life harder than it

is. Take the path that presents itself. That goes toward all facets of planning the wedding. For example, making it easy on your bridesmaids is a huge thing. Think about the things you really want out of them, and that you want help with, and focus on those things, rather than putting “bride pressure” on them to do all kinds of little things. Also, make sure to hire a wedding planner, either here, in your city, or the city you’re getting married in. People at the venue can be great, but in many cases, you’re going to need that extra help.

Q

What was your favorite part of your destination wedding?

KS: When I hired Todd I told him I wanted to

make sure that everyone coming would love San Miguel as much as we do—and they did. Having people who mean so much to us in a place that means so much to us, and getting to make those memories in a really vibrant, beautiful place—that was the best part.


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HER FAVORITE SIP: vanilla coke

HIS FAVORITE SIP: dr. pepper

HER FAVORITE SWEET: cheesecake

HIS FAVORITE SWEET: sugar cookies

HER FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: watching netflix,

HIS FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: with a cold drink

snuggled up with my hubby and our fur babies

at a good ballgame

WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HIM: his kind heart

WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER: her faith in the lord

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night at a club, celebrating her 18th birthday, turned into a

of Maui, where, Kaylee says, “The sunset over the beach behind the altar

brand-new chapter in Kaylee’s life, when she met Brandon, who

provided a gorgeous backdrop for our vows.” For her “something old,”

couldn’t resist asking her out on a date. Taking his cue from centuries

Kaylee wore the boots she had been wearing the night she met Brandon,

of tradition, Brandon asked Kaylee’s father for her hand in marriage,

along with her “new” wedding dress, blue garter, and a borrowed piece

then proposed to his bride at a family dinner. The couple’s Hawaiian

of lace tied around her bouquet. The couple remained in Maui for a week

destination wedding gave friends and family a chance to enjoy the island

and a half of relaxation, to reflect on and savor their special moment.

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Details couple KAYLEE UPTON & BRANDON MEDVE number of guests 21 wedding colors GRAY, WHITE &

PINK photography LINDSAY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY honeymoon MAUI

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DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

Star Fleet Yachts 62

Sweetwater Country Club 97

Downtown 98

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston

The Terrace Club 142

Greenway Plaza 78

Texas Renaissance Festival 127

Downtown Aquarium 80

The Tremont House 75

Enchanted Cypress Ballroom 125

The Villagio 91

Frank’s Americana Revival 102

The Vine 33

The Gallery 66

Vino Artino 56

The Gardens at Madeley Manor 103

Walden on Lake Houston

BEAUTY HEALTH & F I TNESS

Heather’s Glen 52

Golf & Country Club 97

Azur West 228

HESS Club 123

Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue 87

Be A 10 Fitness 224

Hilton Americas Houston 57

Waters Edge 21

Citris Nails 226

Hilton Garden Inn Houston

The Westin Galleria Houston 65

Eatfitters 227

NW America Plaza 96

The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria 65

KAX Salon 233

Hilton Houston Post Oak 77

Willow Fork Country Club 97

KAX Tanning Soufflé 225

Hilton Houston North 54

The Woodlands Country Club 101

L’Atelier de Art On It 220

The Historic Magnolia Ballroom 82

The Woodlands Resort 55

Makeup by Andrea 224

Hotel Galvez & Spa 74

Marilyn Monroe Spas 222

Hotel ZaZa Houston 6-7

Naturally Glam by Rae Michele 222

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 10-11

Nyoka Gregory Beauty 220

Houston Marriott North 84

Your Fab Fairy 226

Hughes Manor 67

BACHELO R & BAC HE LO R E TTE PA RTIES Vino Artino 56 CIGA R RO L L E RS Lucho Huston 316

BRIDAL SHOWS The I Do! Wedding Soiree - Bind-In CEREMO NY & R EC E PTI O N Agave Estates 48-49

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria 89 JW Marriott Houston Downtown 23 Kemah Gardens 94 King River Ranch 142 Las Velas 53

CU LIN ARY S ERVICES Bundt Cake-A-Holic 293 Café Natalie Catering 289 Capitol Beverage Service 290 Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe 288 The Hometown Chef 291 Hugs and Donuts 292 LOLA Catering + Events 294 Jackson and Company 2-3 Magnolia Bay Bar Services 293

Ashelynn Manor 64

The Lyceum 68

Ashton Gardens 14-15

The Majestic Metro 107

The Astorian 16-17

Ma Maison 142

The Ballroom at Bayou Place 95

Moffitt Oaks 59

The Bell Tower on 34th 13

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 24-25

Big Easy Ranch 93

Northgate Country Club 100

D EST IN AT ION WEDD ING &

Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters 126

Number 13 85

H ON EY M OON

The Bougainvilleas 99

Old Glory Ranch 142

Big Easy Ranch 93

Brennan’s Houston 32

Omni Houston Hotel 31

Canyonwood Ridge 142

The Briar Club 83

The Parador 30

Hotel Galvez & Spa 74

Brookwood Community 121

Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club 97

King River Ranch 142

Bryan Museum 81

Petroleum Club of Houston 51

The Lyceum 68

Butler’s Courtyard 61

Pine Forest Country Club 69

Ma Maison 142

Cadillac Bar 122

Red Oak Ballroom Houston/CityCentre 126

Oasis Hotels & Resorts 405

Canyonwood Ridge 142

Rienzi -

Old Glory Ranch 142

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse 124

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 24-25

Pompano Beach Club 411

Chateau Cocomar 4-5

The Salt Lick:

The Salt Lick:

Chateau Polonez 34-35

Thurman’s Mansion & Pecan Grove 142

Thurman’s Mansion & Pecan Grove 142

Clé Day | Night 63

Sans Souci Ballroom 131

The Terrace Club 142

The Corinthian 2-3

Sheraton North Houston 58

The Tremont House 75

Crystal Ballroom at The Rice 79

The Springs Events Centers - Bind-In

The Vine 33

The Popcorn Bar 292 Radio Milano OBC Susie’s Cakes & Confections 287 Tiff’s Treats 288

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MUS I C & EN T ERTAIN M EN T

Number 13 145

Bering’s 334

Danny Ray & The Acoustic Production 344

Pallotta’s Italian Grill 145

DGZ Weddings 315

DJU Entertainment 353

Radio Milano OBC

Kuhl-Linscomb 335

LG Entertainment 345

Sambuca 145

Lucho Houston 316

Scott Graham - Pianist & Composer 344

Star Fleet Yachts 145

My Soapgrams 316

Signature EvenTx 346

The Popcorn Bar 292

C IN EM ATOG RAP H Y

FLOWERS, DECOR & R E NTA LS

Adam Nyholt Photographer 363

31 Films 392

AJ’s Urban Petals 250

Addison J Weddings 387

Addison J. Weddings 387

Any Occasion Party Rental 242

Ama Photography & Cinema 374

Ama Photography & Cinema 374

Balushka Paper Floral Artistry 263

Aventography Photo & Video 388

Aventography Photo & Video 388

Blooms Design Studio 283

Binford Creative Photography 377

Bear Hands Media Wedding Films 395

Crowder-Deats Flower Shop 252

By Your Side Photography 389

The Candi Project 394

Darryl & Co. 248-249

C. Wright Photography 382

Dream Photo & Video 376

Dream Bouquet 251

Christa Elyce Photography 375

MD Turner Photography 358

EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design 255

Civic Photos 362

Sage Wedding Films 393

Flora & Eventi 243

D. Jones Photography 365

Haute Flowers & Events 247

Dream Photo & Video 376

Keisha’s Kreations 246

Kirk Surber Photography 373

Lary’s Florist & Events 253

Lindsay Elizabeth Photography 367

LBL Events, Design & Rentals 265

MD Turner Photography 358

Plants N’ Petals 244-245

Philip Thomas Photography 364

River Oaks Plant House 259

Serendipity Photography 366

TnT Events 254

Steve Lee Photography 359

Todd Events 8-9

Taylor Golden Photography 360-361

WED D IN G AT T IRE Bella Bridesmaids 186 Brickhouse Bridal 195 Houston Bridal Gallery 203 Ivory Bridal Atelier 189 Joan Pillow Bridal Salon 187 MLD Limited 188 MW Couture 205 Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 197

GIF T REG ISTRY

P HOTO BOOT H

Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal 201

Bering’s 334

LG Entertainment 345

Weddings by Debbie 191

Celebrity China & Cookware 337

Signature EvenTx 346

Kuhl-Linscomb 335 INVITATIO NS Bella Dia Stationery 317 Bering’s 334 DGZ Weddings 315 Isabella Invitations 314 J EWEL RY Donoho’s Jewellers 19 Eklektic Jewelry Studio 176 Lewis Jewelers 179 Loggins Jewelers IFC-1 Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 177

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P R E-W ED D IN G C ELEB RAT ION S Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht Charters 143 Brennan’s Houston 143 The Briar Club 143 The Bryan Museum 143 Cadillac Bar 144 Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse 144 Chateau Cocomar 144 Downtown Aquarium 144 Frank’s Americana Revival 144 Hilton Americas Houston 144 Hilton Garden Inn - NW American Plaza 144

WED D IN G M IN IST ERS Weddings Performed 164 WED D IN G S ERVIC ES A Day To Remember 154 J’Adore Events 155 Euphoria Events 165 Gray & Associates Events 157 Haute Flowers & Events 247 Kat Creech Events 153 Lauren Ehly Weddings & Events 156 OWN Weddings and Events 161 Southern Girl Soirees 166 YOLO Events 166

Zadok Jewelers 175

The Houston City Club 144 The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 145

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LI GHTING & SOU ND

Hyatt Centric The Woodlands 145

HoustonWeddingShows.com IFC

Bright Star Productions 269

JW Marriott Houston Downtown 145

HoustonWeddingBlog.com IBC

LG Entertainment 345

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen 145

WeddingsInHouston.com 337

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