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WOODLANDS March/April 2013 Vol 1 Issue 2

Treasure Your Love

bride


WOODLANDS

bride

March/April 2013

Meet the Editor

Editor Jennifer Tolbert

Jenn Tolbert

Assistant Editor Candice Fitzgerald Contributing Photographers Memories By Maryanne Photography By Niki Christa Elyce Kimberly Chau Photography Woodlands Bride is daily blog of thoughtfully curated wedding content featuring the hottest wedding trends and most creative vendors in The Woodlands. We are the premier resource for brides in The Woodlands and surrounding area. For advertising information or additional inquiries, please contact us at hello@woodlandsbride.com. To submit your wedding, please visit our website at www.woodlandsbride.com/submit for more information.

e are so excited to share another issue of beautiful Woodlands-area weddings with you! The Woodlands is a beautiful place to live, and to marry. The beauty of the forest combined with many spectacular venues make it a wedding destination in its own right.

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Our purpose for our blog, magazine, and vendor guide is to help you plan a beautiful, stress-free wedding by putting the information you need at your fingertips. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and follow our blog at www.woodlandsbride.com. If you ever have a question, simply send us an email and we would love to help you find the answer or the wedding professional who can help. Sincerely, Jenn Tolbert, Editor

Copyright 2013, Woodlands Bride

Photo courtesy of Freckled Egg Photography


Table of Contents

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REAL WEDDINGS 5 Dana + Peyton 10 Lauren + Philip REAL ENGAGEMENTS 26 Rachel + Jay

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VENDOR FEATURES 16 Sweet Talk featuring Nutmeg & Co. INSPIRATION 18 Treasure Your Love An Inspired Shoot

18 MEET OUR COVER PHOTOGRAPHER

Memories By Maryanne

Maryanne Keeling captures your style with exquisite artistry and a heartfelt touch. Her creativity and expert eye make the personalities of her subjects shine through. Maryanne values the unique qualities of her clients and her warm and inviting studio brings out

the best in every session. She makes use of Houston’s great skyline, adding an urban touch to many of her wedding, family, and senior portraits. You can call 281-583-9524 to book your event or portrait session!


A WELL TIED TIE IS THE FIRST SERIOUS STEP IN LIFE. -Oscar Wilde

Custom ties and suspenders for your wedding day.

www.roseisarose.com

Photos by Kamp Photography


Dana + Peyton Adorable DIY elements combined with a lovely grey, yellow, and pink pallette made for a beautiful wedding day. Photography by Kimberly Chau Photography


Rule of Thumb

As a rule, brides generall have a book for guests to sign in. We love that Peyton and Dana opted for a gorgeous thumb-print tree to record their guests attendance.


Photographer Kimberly Chau Photography Hair Stylist LaVantage Salon Caterer E & P Catering Floral Designer Cornelius Florist NW Musicians divisi strings, llc Dress Store Ventura's Bridal

Style Guide

Cake Designer Dream Cakes Inc. Shoes Steve Madden Mens Attire Men’s Warehouse Bridesmaid Dresses The Dessy Group Event Venue Olde Dobbin Station


For the Love of the Game

Photography by Memories by Maryanne


Lauren and P hilip When Philip played baseball in college, he could always count his biggest fan, Lauren. So when the couple began to plan their October wedding, a baseball themed wedding was the perfect fit. The couple entertained their guests in the gorgeous, historic lobby of Minute Maid Park. The ocuple added to the details with a homeplate sign in for guests, a three tiered wedding cake with baseball lace details, and a send-off of guests tossing popcorn.

Style Guide Photographer Memories by Maryanne Photography Floral Designer The Senterpiece Dress Store Brickhouse Bridal Event Venue Minute Maid Ballpark


On the Field Fun

After the wedding, the newly-married couple and their wedding party had a fun post-ceremony session photo session on the field of Minute Maid Park.


Sweet Talk

A Q+ A with Megan Edwards, pastry chef and owner of Nutmeg & Co.

By: Candice Fitzgerald

Here at Woodlands Bride, we never pass up a slice of wedding cake – and we never pass on a good feature story. Let us introduce you to a small business with a big portfolio. Brides, you will want to sample this one! We chatted it up with Megan Edwards, pastry chef and owner of Nutmeg & Co., to find out what inspires her, what she offers brides and what’s on the menu at Nutmeg & Co. (hint: nearly everything your sweet tooth desires.) What started out as a nickname her friends gave her because of her love for baking has become a passionate business and a hobby Megan says she never tires of! WB: How did you get started as a pastry chef ? Nutmeg&Co: I attended culinary school right out of high school and worked in several restaurants. I started my business in 2006 and have not stopped baking since! I had a brief sabbatical as a corporate pastry chef with a

big company, but I am glad to be returning to my business and for the opportunity to work with brides! WB: Since you serve the wedding industry, what should brides know about your business? Nutmeg&Co: We are completely committed to making the cake designing part of their wedding planning an enjoyable experience. Once we sit down with each bride for a tasting and get a better idea of what they are looking for, design and flavor wise, we piece together sketches to narrow down the exact design they have in mind. Normally the only time a bride will ever have to meet with us is once for the tasting, everything else is done via email. This saves time for our brides and does not force them to make a decision in one day. Our cake flavor menu has nearly fifty flavors on it, including cheesecakes and Bavarian cheesecakes, and we include the option to make each tier of your wedding or groom's cake a different flavor.


We believe that the inside is equally important as the outside and that your guests should leave remembering how delicious the cake was! WB: What’s on the menu at Nutmeg & Co.? Nutmeg&Co: We specialize in custom cakes for all occasions, in addition to petite fours, cupcakes, custom sugar cookies, and miniature desserts. All of our pastries and cakes are made completely from scratch, with real butter; and while our menus and flavor ideas are vast, we are open to any ideas that each client brings to us! Many of our popular flavors are combinations conjured up by brides themselves. We have also been known to provide cobblers, puddings, and pies for the grooms who opt to not have a groom's cake. An elegant approach is taken with each custom order, so that no matter what your ideas are, they will come to life and impress your guests.

WB: Which flavor cake is your personal favorite? Nutmeg & Co.: To be honest the reason there are so many flavors on our menu is because I don't discriminate when it comes to cake...and I don't ever tire of it! In the realm of chocolate, I would pick our Chocolate Mocha, and in the realm of non-chocolate, definitely Italian Cream. It's hard to put the fork down on either one of those! WB: Sweet! And now my mouth is watering! So, we must know – what inspires you and your business? Nutmeg&Co: I have always loved to bake, from a very young age, and I love being able to turn something yummy into something beautiful that people remember. Weddings are particularly special because brides want to create a very unique 'work of art' displayed for their guests, and the ability to make their vision come to life is so satisfying! WB: Do you have any advice for couples who may have just gotten engaged over the holidays and are starting the wedding planning? Nutmeg & Co.: They may feel like they have a million things to do and don't know where to get started, but when the time comes to think about the cake, I suggest to carve out time at least 2-3 months in advance of your decided upon wedding date. The cake tasting part should be the most fun which is why even most grooms tend to make time to show up for this part of the wedding planning! When it comes to cake, I always advise that a bride's best bet is to peruse the Internet for design ideas. We can take a pile of pictures and turn them into a sketch of the cake of her dreams! WB: What is a fun fact about you that you would like to share with readers? Nutmeg & Co.: People are always asking me if I'm sick of cake, and I don't think that will ever happen! I never get tired of cake - or sweets for that matter. WB: What is the best way for brides to contact you? Nutmeg&Co: Telephone or email; either way, we can get them set up for a consultation. Nutmeg & Co. Megan Edwards, Owner Phone: 832.567.1724 Web: www.nutmegandcompany.com Email: nutmegandco@yahoo.com


Treasure Your L Smitten. Absolutely smitten. That is the only way to describe our feelings about these gorgeous images by Christa Elyce and styled perfectly by Two Be Wed. From the amazing florals byTamara Menges Designs to the intricately detailed wedding cake by The Bake Shoppe, we are simply captured.

Photos by Christa Elyce


Love


Style Guide

Photography Christa Elyce Photography

Vintage Rentals Recollection Vintage Rentals

Photo Shoot Venue The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell in Round Top, Texas

Getting Ready Location The Vintage Round Top

Event Design Two Be Wed Floral Design Tamara Menges Designs Paper Floral Design Paper Floral Artistry Wedding Cake The Bake Shoppe Stationery PH Design Shop

Wedding Dress Watters“Gabrielle” via Mia Bridal Couture Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Shoes, Jewelry + Accessories: BHLDN Stylist Haili Pue of All Ze Details

Hair + Makeup Thalio Beckham Jessica Garza Men’s Suits Bill Reid


Rachel + Jay

Photography by Photography by Niki


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