October 18th, 2017
{Find Out Who’s Showing What At Tomorrow Night’s I Do! Soiree}
 

Ama Photo Astorian Soiree Fall 2017 Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Location: The Astorian

Let us lead you to a land of OMG…and an evening of “Yes, yes, YES!” Join us and our collection of super-talented exhibitors as we present the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian, tomorrow evening from 6-9 p.m.! This is our first ever time bringing our signature wedding fantasyscape and all-VIP bride-and-groom cocktail bash to The Astorian–one of Houston’s most dazzling event venues, located right in the heart of the city, just minutes from Downtown–and we could not be more excited. Scroll down here for our list of exhibitors by category, followed by tips & info for making the most of your Soiree experience! And if you haven’t yet bought your tickets…get them now…they WILL sell out!!

Beauty Services

Nyoka Gregory Beauty

2B Pure by Lauren Falls

Cakes & Desserts

Cakes by Gina

Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe

Susie’s Cakes & Confections

Catering

Cordua Catering

Dance Instruction

Love Dance Houston

Entertainment

Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production

LG Entertainment

Scott Graham, Piano

Flowers, Decor & Rentals

Blooms Design Studio

Darryl & Co.

EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

Flora & Eventi

KC Events & Florals

TnT Events, Flowers & Decorations

Invitations, Gifts & Registry

Bering’s

Isabella Invitations

Jewelry

Nazarelle by Nazar’s Fine Jewelry

Gowns & Accessories

Bella Bridesmaids

Houston Bridal Gallery

Krystal Nicole Bridal Couture

Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal

Winnie Couture

Photo Booth

LG Entertainment

Photography

Adam Nyholt, Photographer

Civic Photos

Kelli Durham Photography

Taylor Golden Photography

Wedding Planning & Design

A Day To Remember

Events De Luxe

Kat Creech Events

Wedding Venue

The Astorian

How’s THAT for a list of fine Houston wedding vendors and experts? Oh–and they’re some of the nicest folks in the business, too, so be prepared to meet, chat, book…and maybe even make a few new friends in the process! Here are some additional tips to help you enjoy the I Do! Wedding Soiree to the fullest:

DO take Uber, Lyft or taxi to The Astorian if possible; if you do plan to drive, you may valet park at The Astorian for a reduced valet fee of $12; limited street parking also is available in the area–please carefully observe street and lot parking signs to avoid ticketing.

DO bring your besties, your spouse-to-be, your family members and valued opinion-givers—the I Do! Wedding Soiree is an evening of fun, food, drink and beautiful displays everywhere you look!

DO bring your mobile device, and be prepared to share favorite finds.

DO come dressed to impress—the I Do! Soiree is a luxury cocktail event, and business-stylish attire is part of the fun! Please, no shorts, tank tops or flip-flops.

DO stay for the full event—winners of our exclusive pre-show giveaways and on-site door prizes will be announced at the end of the show, and you must be present to claim your prize when it is announced.

Please DO NOT bring strollers, infants or anyone under the age of 16. The I Do! Wedding Soiree is an adult event, featuring delicate displays (and LOTS of them). We love little ones…but this is not an appropriate environment for them.

DO enjoy every moment of this very special event! We have curated it for YOU, and we look forward to meeting you and finding out how we can help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Get ready, get gorgeous, get happy…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

 

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October 17th, 2017
{3 Delicious Reasons To Attend Thursday’s I Do! Wedding Soiree}
 

I Do Soiree The Astorian Cordua Catering Photos: Cordúa Catering

1) Melt-in-your-mouth global cuisine from one the city’s most acclaimed catering firms: Cordúa Catering. Yup, that’s right, the team behind award-winning Houston restaurants Américas, Churrascos and Artista, will be serving up divine eats at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian, this Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6-9 pm. The menu for our all-VIP wedding fantasyscape, planning show and cocktail bash, will include wild mushroom tarts, beef tenderloin empanaditas, tempura rock shrimp, melon & prosciutto with truffle honey, chilled gazpacho, savory grilled chicken “ta-cones”…y mucho mas!

2) Decadent wedding cake tastes and sweet treats from three top-tier Houston wedding dessert gurus. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with yummy some’n some’ns from Susie’s Cakes & Confections, Cakes by Gina and Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe…YAY!

3) Bubbles & bevvies, courtesy of our host venue, The Astorian. What’s an array of savory bites and luscious sweets, without the appropriate sips to wash it all down with? The Astorian will be serving drinks in style, so if you plan to imbibe, plan to designate a driver, or better yet, take Uber or Lyft, and leave the transpo to someone else, while you feast your eyes…and your palate…at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian. Limited advance-sale tickets available, ONLY while they last. Get yours now and get ready for…WOW!

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October 16th, 2017
{7 Houston Photographers We Love and Why}
 

Got cold feet about choosing your wedding photographer? Use our short list of Houston photographers, and what real brides and grooms say about them, to help you find your perfect Houston wedding photographer match!

1) Taylor Golden Photography
Known for her sweeping cityscapes and dramatic images, “go big or go home” is Taylor’s style. If you have a destination wedding or an especially scenic wedding in the works, Taylor is your gal. As at home at a backyard wedding as she is capturing a ceremony on the Venice canals, her level of experience and professionalism makes have earned her both trust and raves from our couples. Personable and friendly, with a disarming demeanor, Taylor Golden White will not only quickly become your one of your favorite photographer, but she will also fast become your friend and travel advisor.

Houston Wedding Photographer Taylor Golden Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

The buzz: “From the initial meeting to the final viewing, Taylor’s level of professionalism, combined with her striking personality made for an ‘only seen in the movies’ experience. And our photos speak for themselves! The unique shots and candid moments are EXACTLY what we were looking for. Taylor’s work is anything but typical. Instead of feeling like clients, we felt like family. Her friendly and spunky personality made us instantly feel at ease. We now have hundreds of amazing photos to look back on, which are worth every single penny. Thank you, Taylor. Our wedding album isn’t just a bunch of pictures – it’s the start of our family legacy.” ~Dustyn & Heather

2) D. Jones Photo
David Jones and the team at D. Jones Photo have 15 years of experience shooting Houston weddings. Familiar with just about every venue and location in Houston, and comfortable working with many Houston vendors, “lust for light” photographer David captures the luminosity and splendor of  your wedding from bride or groom suite preparations to the sparkler exit, without missing a beat.

D Jones Houston Wedding Photo Photo: D. Jones Photo

The buzz: “David Jones is professional and does wonderful work. I’ve recommended him to all of my friends because he is reliable and easy to work with. He delivers on his word and consistently under-promises and over-delivers. This is the kind of vendor and photographer that you want for your special events and definitely for your wedding!” ~Nicole

3) Kelly Hornberger Photography
With her passion for natural light and her her unique eye for styling, Kelly is an especially excellent photographer choice for outdoor ceremonies, al fresco receptions and Hill Country or destination weddings. She can provide both digital and film photography, for images with depth and texture. If you are a boho bride or a groom obsessed with capturing the details, Kelly is a great choice for your wedding photography.

Kelly Hornberger Houston Wedding Photographer Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography

The buzz: “Her pictures were absolutely breathtaking! She listened to what we wanted, she cared for us throughout the whole process – but most importantly she loved us. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed we have been through the relationship she keeps with her clients.” ~Taylor & Joe

4) Adam Nyholt, Photographer

Easygoing with a big personality, Adam will make you feel at ease. The team at Nyholt are in love with love, and the passion they have for capturing your engagement and the events throughout your wedding day shows with every photo. With a wide- ranging portfolio extending to portraits and families, Adam Nyholt can become your family photographer for years to come.

Adam Nyholt Houston Wedding Photographer Photo: Adam Nyholt, Photographer

The buzz: “Adam and his team truly brought our wedding to life (from engagement pics in NOLA, to bridals, to the wedding, to the beach). He captured our personalities, and genuine emotions and we felt so comfortable around him. We had so much fun each and every time we got to work with him.” ~Kelley and Buster

5)  Kelli Durham Photography

A California-trained photographer with a thriving Houston fan base, Kelli brings a bit of Napa wine country back to her native Texas. She will approach your wedding with a fresh, youthful and modern style, and offers both film and digital photography for moving, gorgeous wedding photos.

Kelli durham houston wedding photographer Photo: Kelli Durham Photography

The buzz: “Kelli is BEYOND amazing to work with. She has a real gift for capturing the magic in every moment and making you look and feel beautiful the entire time! From our engagement photos to our wedding day, we could not have asked for a better photographer or friend. We are so thankful to have her in our lives, and to have such gorgeous pictures to look back upon!” ~Allison & Mac

6) Civic Photos
Nothing makes a couple feel more comfortable than a photographer who loves to pose, direct and photograph people.  Barrett Henry and the team at Civic Photos are well-known for their ability to showcase the living, breathing, laughing, crying, reveling people in the wedding story, not just the Pinterest-worthy details. Utilizing a wide range of lenses and state-of-the-art equipment, Civic Photos provide a broad scope and a unique look to each individual wedding couple’s event photos.

Civic Photos Chateau Polonez Houston Weddings Photo: Civic Photos

The buzz: “My husband and I couldn’t have picked a better photographer. Barett took great photos for our engagement! I was a little nervous as I had never had professional pictures taken, but he made us feel comfortable and made it fun. Our wedding photos were great as well! Again, they were super-professional and captured all those special moments.” ~ Jessica

7) Dream Photo & Video
Shiva and Sam and the team at Dream Photo & Video are your one-stop shop for wedding photos and wedding videography. They offer dramatic images and extensive coverage of your wedding from start to finish, with an exciting and unique style that is excellent for large weddings and “wedding weekends.” Your wedding film is an heirloom, one that documents the words, sounds and emotions that faraway friends, extended family and future generations will want to experience. Because the Dream Photo team can provide both wedding photography and videography services, you will have a consistent style and a seamless look for both moving and still memories.

Dream Photo and Video  Houston Wedding Photographer Videographer Photo: Dream Photo & Video

The buzz: “If you’re looking for someone that knows what they’re doing, this is the company you’ve been looking for. Not only is the quality amazing, but the staff and employees are outstanding. Another thing I wanted to point out was their HARD work. We only had one photographer, looking at the pictures you would think we had a entire team. I mean this man was everywhere! And believe it or not, with him running around everywhere he didn’t cause a scene or disturb a thing. Heck, I didn’t know where he was half the time, but he sure didn’t miss anything! Love, love, LOVE the pictures and video!” ~Jacob

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October 9th, 2017
{BIG GIVEAWAY: Enter to WIN $2,500 Hotel ZaZa Romance Staycation!}
 

So. Freakin. Excited, y’all. Keeping this one under wraps has been driving us crazy (make that: crazier than usual). And now… we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore. Because TODAY IS LAUNCH DAY. Yup, that’s right, today’s the day we kick off our biggest I Do! Wedding Soiree Ticket Buy + Win giveaway EVER!! Entering is super easy, and your chances of winning? Awesome. Scroll down for the scoop!

Luxury Houston Wedding Venue

Chic, sophisticated, dramatic, edgy, and yeah… more than a little sexy. These are all words that come to mind when we think of Hotel ZaZa, the Museum District’s icon of artful elegance, and a beloved wedding venue for couples who crave urban glamour (and killer chandeliers). Well, y’all, now we’re gonna have even more ZaZa to love, when Hotel ZaZa Memorial City debuts this December!! Want to be among the first to experience the new ZaZa’s intoxicating mix of midcentury-modern cool and signature ZaZa decadence? Keep scrolling, darling…

Houston Luxury Hotel Pool

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Buy your tickets by 10:00 pm MONDAY, OCT. 16, to the legendary I Do! Wedding Soiree, Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event, unveiling at The Astorian on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 pm…and you are AUTOMATICALLY entered to win a $2,500 all-inclusive, two-night Magnificent Seven Suite weekend stay at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City, including spa treatments, breakfast in bed, in-room goodies…the works!! No extra steps, no jumping through hoops, just buy tix & you’re entered. All attendees who have purchased tickets by the deadline are entered, even those who purchased before today’s giveaway launch. But you have to get your tickets by deadline to enter…so don’t wait!

Luxury Houston Hotel Memorial City

Houston’s one-of-a-kind luxury wedding-planning event and all-VIP cocktail bash PLUS Houston’s newest landmark of luxury chic (the pool deck alone, you guys…OMG) = the pre-wedding WOW of a lifetime!! Our winner will be announced LIVE at the I Do! Wedding Soiree on Thursday, Oct. 19…shouldn’t it be YOU?? Good luck, loves, and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

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October 6th, 2017
{River Oaks Plant House Debuts Luxe New Cigar Lounge!}
 

houston cigar lounge - bachelor parties & wedding favors

If you think cigars are just for smoky poker nights, stuffy private clubs and outside on the back porch where you kick your dude and his bros (admit) when they insist on stogies with their brewskis…think again, darling.

River Oaks Plant House–home of gorgeous garden plants, whimsical topiaries and fabulous wedding floral-design services–has just opened a new in-house lounge that’s going to change the way you think about cigars. First off, there are the cigars themselves, which hail from the lush hillsides of the Dominican Republic, where they are crafted with passion and meticulous care by expert cigar rollers, using the finest tobacco. These are cigars fit for nobility, y’all…hence their name: River Oaks Royal Cigars.

houston cigar lounge - bachelor parties & wedding favors

Then there is the lounge itself, where aficionados and novices alike can enjoy an ultra-premium cigar in a lush and relaxed boutique setting, which includes a chic patio that invites visitors to sit, savor and stay awhile. It’s the perfect spot for the groom-to-be to gather with his groomsmen for a bit of R & R during the hectic weeks preceding the big day. Ladies–you’re just as welcome as the dudes, so if you’re looking for something unique to do with your besties after a lazy champagne brunch or gown-shopping excursion, make your way to River Oaks Plant House’s Royal Cigar Lounge, and treat yo selves!

houston cigar lounge - bachelor parties & wedding favors

Oh–and make sure to ask the staff about custom cigar packaging to commemorate your wedding day. River Oaks Royal Cigars make fantastic wedding favors, hotel room guest amenities, groom’s lounge treats at your wedding venue, and late-night indulgences at your wedding after-party!

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