September 18th, 2017
{7 Ways Neutrals Can Anchor Your Wedding Tablescape}
 

Basic beige? Not even. Choose linens, rentals and tenting in neutral hues to tie your flowers, table settings, and decor together. Ask your wedding planner and florist for tips, and take inspiration from these neutral wedding palette “tricks!”

1. A pattern in a neutral color acts almost as a solid.

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Photo: Joanna Krueger Photography |  Flowers, Rentals & Decor: Darryl & Co. | Location: Brennan’s Houston

2. Neutral chairs and linens paired with greenery bring the outdoors in.

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Photo: Pinky Promise Photography |  Linens:  EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Location: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

3. Barely-there “ghost” chairs and soft white tenting create airy space for larger receptions.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt Photography | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Maxit Flower Design

4. Pair a neutral pattern with gold and a range of pinks and greenery for a fresh palette.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals

5. Use varying saturations and tones of a classic neutral (in this case, taupe) to add dimension to decor.

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Photo: Koby Brown | Furniture Rentals: Darryl & Co.  | Flowers: Bows + Arrows

6. A light-hued, sheer runner paired with a natural surface acts as a texture rather than a color, creating layers of interest.

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Photo: Luke & Cat Photography | Rentals:  Swift + Co.

7. White, as a textured table linen or used sparingly on napkins or chair sashes, lends a clean, modern finish.

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Photo: Sylvie Gil  | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Todd Events

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September 13th, 2017
{Seasonal Weddings Bouquets for Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall}
 

Having a seasonal wedding bouquet isn’t just about syncing your flower theme with your wedding month. Choosing in-season blooms for your bridal bouquet also helps ensure that the flowers you hold in your hand as you walk down the aisle to “I do” are at peak freshness and fullness. Choosing seasonal flowers for your bouquet can also save you money, since these blooms will be available in abundance, and likely will not need to be flown in from verrrrry far away at a verrrrry high cost. To get started dreaming up your seasonal flower arrangement, think about the month you’ll wed, and the location (you wouldn’t want wildflowers in a lavish ballroom, or cascading tendrils on a blustery beachfront, for example), use this here post for inspiration and advice, and talk to your Houston wedding florist about bringing your own interpretation to your seasonal bridal bouquet.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt Photographer

Quite possibly the single most beloved bridal flower is the delicate, fluttery, ultra-feminine peony. Available in shades ranging from snowy white to vibrant coral to multiple shades of pink, peonies have a notoriously short season, generally reaching peak bloom in April and May, so if spring is your wedding season, take advantage of this fabulous flower!

Other popular spring flowers:

  • Delphinium
  • Pansies
  • Lisianthus
  • Tulips
  • Sweet Peas

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Planning a summer wedding? Bring in a pop of color with bright, bountiful zinnias, which hit peak season during the summer months. Available in red, orange and bright pinks, this lively flower’s fluted petals add texture and depth to any bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegay.

Other popular summer flowers:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Dahlia
  • Stock
  • Sunflower

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Photo: Lisa Mathewson Photography

English roses, yellow coxcomb and purple wax flowers make up this colorful and feminine fall bridal bouquet. But you can choose from a bounty of fall-season flowers for your own autumnal arrangement! If your wedding falls during the months of September, October or November, pay homage to Houston’s shift from REALLY HOT to NOT AS HOT with flowers in shades of burnt orange, deep maroon, yellow and green, with touches of blush and pink.

Other popular fall flowers:

  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Calla Lily
  • Marigold
  • Aster

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Photo: Colin Lyons Wedding Photography

If winter is your wedding season, congratulations! (Well, congratulations no matter WHAT season you’re set to wed in…this is the Houston Wedding Blog, after all : ) What we mean is, considering that this here is Houston, having your wedding during the winter months means treating visiting guests to one of the city’s most delightful times of year, when temps drop, twinkle lights come out, and a sense of fun and festivity fills the air. For winter wedding bouquets, we can’t say enough good things about roses, the eternal flower of love, and the most reliable, and beautiful, year-round bloomer. Want to really go all out with your seasonal style? Accent your rose bouquet with hypericum berries, pine sprigs and/or cones, and holly leaves. For a winter wedding bouquet that’s as snow white as the stuff that falls from the sky further north, opt for slender, elegant paper whites (a type of winter narcissus), or fragrant stephanotis. Happy floral designing, darlings!

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September 12th, 2017
{VIDEO: Azur Salon Bridal Updo for Short, Medium & Long Hair}
 

Bridal Updo Hair Extensions

Got your heart set on a lush, sophisticated bridal updo…but got a head full of short or medium-length locks? Well, darling, you’re in luck, because we just happen to have Azur Salon at West Ave–one of the very best in the business–on the blog today, demonstrating how their expert stylists can transform your short ‘do into a full, fabulous, upswept bridal hairstyle, using ultra-luxe Balmain Hair Dress extensions. Love what you see? Want to know MORE? Schedule your appointment with Azur Salon (they’re also AH-mazing with cuts, color and professional makeup, and will treat you and your b’maid squad like straight-up royalty) and watch the magic happen. On you!!

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September 11th, 2017
{5 Groom & Groomsmen Gifts For Stylish Guys}
 

Whether it’s a gesture of appreciation for the man who’ll make you happy for the rest of your days, or a big-day token of thanks from your dude to his best man, best friend or groomsmen, a well-chosen gift is one a guy will smile big for at the moment of unwrapping, and get joy from for days, weeks and years to come. These five suave groom’s and groomsmen gifts, hand picked by our HWB gals, are sure to deliver on both counts.

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The Art of Shaving’s Fusion Chrome Collection transforms basic grooming into, well…an art. We guarantee you’ll feel your heart go pitter-pat when you watch your boo do his morning manscaping with this polished chrome shaving set’s precision Power Razor and micro-textured-grip Shaving Brush. And the Fusion Collection’s self-draining shaving stand means neither of you will have to sponge off runoff or wipe down handles, leaving more time for newlywed fun!

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Portofino Chronograph: Zadok Jewelers

You’ll find the effortlessly elegant Portofino at renowned local jeweler Zadok Jewelers. The gentleman who wears this chic, sporty timepiece, will find himself fielding compliments on its striking push-buttons (an homage to the cockpit of 1960s Italian sports cars), and its convex sapphire glass and appliquéd Roman numerals.

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DJI Mavic Pro Drone: Apple

A must-have for the true gear guru, Apple’s DJI Mavic Pro Drone makes aerial filming an exercise in precision, beauty and efficiency. Just fold up this baby, drop it in your day pack, and go. Wherever you want. Flying it (up to 4.3 miles away!) and shooting 4k video is as easy as using the included controller or the simple drone app on your iPhone or iPad.

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Tumi’s handsome, lightweight Knox Backpack is stylish enough to sub as a laptop case or briefcase, and rugged enough to accompany the guy-on-the-go on day trips and overnights. Store files, papers, laptop and tablet in the Knox’s well-organized compartments, and rest easy knowing the pack’s ballistic-nylon construction will protect what’s inside, while looking ruggedly sophisticated on the outside.

Yeti Tundra: Bering’s

Y’all if your dude doesn’t yet have a Tundra, now’s the time to get to Bering’s and get him one. With its signature one-piece roto-molded UV polyethylene construction, two inches of YETI polyurethane foam insulation, and freezer-style sealing lid gasket, it’s basically the only cooler he’ll ever need. ‘Nuff said.

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September 8th, 2017
{Intimate Restaurant Wedding by Civic Photos}
 

It’s a story as old as time: Bright-eyed, ambitious young intern meets seasoned company full-timer; water-cooler chat turns flirtatious; love ensues… (OK, we don’t really know about the water cooler part, but you get the picture!). Following a cozy proposal at home, over a home-cooked meal and wine, sweethearts Paola and Aaron made food and wine the center of their focus once again, with an elegant wedding for 35 guests, featuring an intimate church ceremony followed by a six-course French dinner at a favorite Houston restaurant. “Our wedding was meant to be a classic theme that would be beautiful years from now,” the bride tells us, and we have to say, “Yup, looks like you hit the mark perfectly!” We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and invite YOU to enjoy their celebration, through these lovely pix, including gorgeous portraits at the historic Julia Ideson Library, from Civic Photos!

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Photos: Civic Photos | Portraits: Julia Ideson Library | Rings: Zadok Jewelers

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