• June 8, 2011

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Weddings in Houston

We’re there, on newsstands, in gorgeous, glossy, page-turnable print (new issue coming in just a couple of weeks!). We’re out in the blogosphere, in the form of the recently designed and really beautiful Houston Wedding Blog—unique venues, vendor discoveries, exclusive Houston Real Weddings…you get the picture. We’re here in your inbox each Wednesday with fabulous giveaways, style tips and the hottest trunk shows and wedding events in town.

But if you want to make wedding talk a two-way conversation, there’s no better place than on our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook today, like, right now, and you’ll be part of Houston’s savviest, most sophisticated bridal community. And we, in return, will love you just a little bit more. Aww…

{ June Giveaway: Wine Tasting for TWENTY @ Messina Hof }

Weddings in Houston
Messina Hof Wine Bar

Imagine gathering a couple of handfuls of your favorite friends for a lavish private wine tasting at Messina Hof Winery & Resort's fabulous Wine Bar. Now enter our June giveaway, and you might just make it happen—all expenses paid! This month’s giveaway pairs you and your guests with four divine Messina Hof wine selections, a selection of fine fruit and exquisite cheeses, and—bonus!—an expert wine-appreciation lesson. Sounds like the perfect bridesmaids’ thank-you, bachelorette celebration or couples’ shower to us. Interested in a destination winery wedding, right here at home? Scroll down for more details on weddings at the Hof. But before you do, be sure to enter our blissfully intoxicating June giveaway!

TO ENTER: You and your future hubby go together like…wine and cheese, right? Well, we’d love to know your idea of the perfect Messina Hof wine and cheese couple. Visit Messina Hof’s pairing page and pick the wine and cheese match that most appeals to you. Send us an
letting us know your perfect pair, along with your name, your fiancé’s name and the date (exact or approximate) of your wedding.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 24. One lucky winner will be selected at random and announced in the Wed., June 29, Wedding Buzz and on Facebook. Good luck!

{ Professional Help }

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Photo: Nhan Nguyen Photography

Perhaps you’re in need of a baker who can craft a groom’s cake in the shape of a Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser SHO. Maybe you’re on the hunt for a florist who can sculpt a peacock out of peonies, or a circa-1890 Texas dance hall to host your country-chic reception. Whatever wedding expertise you seek, you’ll find it at Weddings in Houston online. And now it’s way easier to search for the wedding stuff you need most. Our Houston Wedding Professionals page has vendors organized in the exact same sections you’ll find in your beloved Weddings in Houston print issue. From Wedding Planning (Wedding Consultants, Ceremonies + Receptions, Guest Accommodations) to Finer Details (Caterers, Florists, Lighting + Sound) to Documenting the Day (Photography, Videography, Portrait Painting), we have every resource you can imagine—and some you’ve never, even in your wildest wedding dreams. Take a look around, and click a link or two. We know you’ll find what you’re looking for. And maybe a few things you never realized you’d love.

{ Gowns Around Town }

Weddings in Houston
Photo: Lazaro

On Friday and Saturday, June 10–11, Ivory Bridal Atelier lures couture-loving Houston brides with a “Best of Lazaro” trunk show. Make your appointment to view the most popular gowns from all Lazaro seasons and collections. These stunning gowns, from the design mind of bridal genius Lazaro Perez, feature luxurious fabrics, lush floral embellishments and plenty of those glamorous vintage details you just can’t stop dreaming about.

Ivory Bridal Atelier - Best of Lazaro Trunk Show
Friday, June 10–Saturday, June 11
Friday, 10AM to 6PM
Saturday, 10AM to 6PM

{ Spotlight on Style }

Weddings in Houston
Photo: MDC Diamonds
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Vintage Emerald Cut
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Photo: Tiffany & Co.

Emerald Pretty

In case you’re wondering why Kim K.’s ring cost a whopping $2 mil, we’ll school ya: It’s all about that emerald-cut ROCK. Round-cut diamonds, while classic favorites for engagement rings, are way more forgiving when it comes to showing small imperfections. The emerald cut, meanwhile, with fewer facets—notice those long, lean lines—is much more likely to show less-than-perfect qualities of clarity and color. Combing Kim’s 20.5 carats (did your heart just flip-flop a little there?) with that edgy emerald cut, and you’re talking major, major diamond. While Ms. K.’s ring may be a bit…ostentatious, shall we say, for most brides, you can take a cue from her cut when you select your own engagement stone. Just check out these styles for a spark(le) of inspiration before you contact your Houston jeweler!

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Photo: Tacori
{ Featured Vendor - Messina Hof Winery & Resort }

Weddings in Houston
Photo: Messina Hof Winery & Resort

Brittany Hanagriff, marketing manager

A destination winery wedding without the flight to California…or farther? Messina Hof Winery has everything you could ever find in Napa, Burgundy or Tuscany: fine cuisine, award-winning wines, a luxurious villa, and, of course, acres and acres of picturesque grapevines, no travel necessary. Drop in on our blog post, and drink in the splendor!

Week of
June 8 to
June 14

Join us
{ Coming Up }

Open Houses
and Trunk Shows

Sweetwater Country Club - Bridal Open House
Sunday, June 12
12PM to 2PM

Bering's - Entertaining with Style - Featuring Lord Wedgwood & Jorge Perez
Saturday, June 18
11AM to 2PM

Now & Forever Bridal Boutique - Angel by Angel Sanchez Trunk Show
Friday, June 17–
Saturday, June 18
11AM to 6PM

Click Here for more information on upcoming events.

{ Current Issue }

Weddings in Houston

The new issue of Weddings in Houston is OUT! Have you grabbed your copy?

If not, you’re missing out on 384 pages of designer gowns, delicious tablescapes, divine Real Weddings and drop dead-gorgeous floral, finery and favor ideas.

Pop into your local newsstand (select bridal salons and vendor shops have ’em on hand, too), pick up your mag today, or order your copy here, and let the Houston wedding planning commence!