Outdoor weddings have so much going for them: natural light, open space, gorgeous views, a clean slate for decorating… Need we go on? Of course, this being Houston, outdoor weddings also have a few additional challenges, the biggest of which is the potential for weather—as in really bad weather. But with careful planning and a few key wedding essentials, an al fresco Houston wedding is not just possible, it can be pretty darn close to perfect. Don’t plan your outdoor celebration without first perusing our must-have wedding essentials, from Prestigious Event Rentals’ weather-resistant tents and rentals, to Jacqueline Chapelle’s truly unique designer canopies to pretty-and-practical twirlers from the wonderful Pamela’s Parasols. We also love SoleMates, whose heel protectors and be-prepared kit are the perfect pairing for the outdoor Houston bride (and her grateful ’maids). Throw in a few Thermacell lanterns—which give off a golden glow, and get rid of pesky mosquitoes—and you’ll be able to face the elements fearlessly!
Credits (Photos from Top to Bottom): Sole Mates, Prestigious Event Rentals via Scott Kelly, Pamela’s Parasols, Thermacell, Jacqueline Chapelle’s French Tents & Decor via Julie Wilhite Photography
Spring is just around the corner, and nobody captures the spirit of the spring wedding season more beautifully than Etsy artisans. In today’s Etsy Envy feature, we’re showing off our favorite spring inspired flower girl looks, bridal accessories, wedding reception tabletop touches and wedding decor accoutrements. Got a favorite? Let us know!
1. Robyn Love Steele ~ 2. Bambaroos Boutique ~ 3. Flora and Fauna Flowers ~ 4. Olive and Fern ~ 5. Have and Hold ~ 6. Berry a la Mode ~ 7. Ilexia Designs ~ 8. Morgan Hill Designs
We all know how ya’ll love your bling. And we’re right there with you, Houston brides. But here’s the thing: Sometimes just a touch of sparkle, in the exact right spot, delivers more dazzle than a truckload of diamonds.
Though we’d let that truck park in our driveway any ol’ day. Just sayin’.
Today’s object of our affection: jewel-heeled shoes. Because they’re so darn pretty. Because they were made for celebrating. Because they’re exactly what the well-heeled bride needs to complete her perfect wedding-day ensemble.
Photos: (clockwise, left to right) Brian Atwood~Paris Hilton~Miu Miu~TheCrystalSlipper~Giuseppe Zanotti~EvaCouture~Grace
Let that big ol’ Texas sun shine just as hard as it pleases. You’ve got your pretty wedding parasol to fend off those fierce rays. Cloudy day, you say? So what. A lovely lace, silk or paper umbrella or parasol is the perfect accessory for any outdoor nuptial celebration, blue sky or gray. Plus, they make great bridesmaid gifts and look SO amazing in photos. Get ready to twirl, girl.
Photos: Green parasol bride, Bella Umbrella~Mr. & Mrs., Cycling4ACure~Ecru lace parasol, Dragonfly Design~Peacock, Clockwork Couture~Scallopped Peacock, Oriental Decor~Red lace, Amazon~Chinese, Pink Frosting~Bumble beed, Great Lookz~White and pink, Great Lookz~Black lace, Ladies Emporium~Pink lace, Amazon~Monogram, Exclusive Elements
It’s no mystery why style-minded brides turn again and again to Hollywood of the 40s, 50s and early 60s for wedding inspiration. Heyday Hollywood will forever be a time and place simply brimming with high-drama glamour and mystique. Hear the words “Old Hollywood” and your mind fills with iconic visions: va-voom mermaid gowns and Veronica Lake waves, twinkling chandeliers and tinkling grand piano keys, potted palms and tuxedo-clad waiters tipping Champagne into diminutive glasses, diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds. There’s no need to go into theme territory with your vintage Hollywood wedding design (unless, of course, that’s your kinda thing). Feel free to take cues from golden-era Hollywood rather than scouring thrift and prop shops for the actual thing. Instant glamour. Timeless allure. See credits below pix for details!
Photos: (Box 1 clockwise) “Fanal” gown, La Sposa~Slingback, Christian Louboutin~Earrings, Libby Sweets~(Box 2 clockwise) Vintage Fred Leighton choker, Portero Luxury~Sunglasses, Vince Camuto~Sofa, Hancock & Moore~(Box 3 clockwise) Birdcage veil, Lady K Bridal~Bracelet, Luxe Deluxe~Vintage Bentley, Classic Limo~Chandelier, Garden Lights Plus~(Box 4 clockwise) Lingerie, Electric Wedding~Vintage Champagne glasses, Gilded Age Affaires~Bouquet, Aileen Tran