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The 8 Commandments of Perfect Bridal Fit by MW Couture

Having begun sewing at the age of 15, Minerva Wooldridge quickly moved on to creating custom wedding gowns from hand-selected materials and exquisite embellishments, eventually founding her own Houston atelier, MW Couture. She is known throughout Houston and the U.S. as an alterations expert and designer of heirloom-quality special-occasion garments, who follows a strict set of rules to ensure that every bride leaves her store with the perfect fit. “My goal is to put my quality on display all the time,” she says. “You don’t take your dress from here unless you are 100 percent happy and satisfied.” We talked with Wooldridge about her rigorous regimen, known to her and her staff as “The Eight Commandments.”

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1. The First Fitting — Wooldridge and her team strive to create the most welcoming and comfortable environment possible for the clients who have entrusted MW Couture with their wedding-day look. One way she does this is by reminding brides from the very first phone call to bring their slip, bra and shoes to their first fitting, so she and her team can get the entire look right from the get-go.

2. Dress With Care — Wooldridge also dresses the bride herself, paying special attention to every detail of the dress. She says that this helps her client feel more confident, as she expertly sets the gown to each bride’s body.

3. Find the Vibe — “Sometimes having the bride describe her wedding is like looking into a crystal ball. It lets me know her personality,” Wooldridge says. By hearing more about the event, Wooldridge can determine if she should go more romantic, modern or elegant with the design and fitting.

4. Listen and Answer — “The first time the bride comes in she might be very emotional,” Wooldridge says. She and her team listen intently to make sure they don’t miss any key elements the bride might mention, and that they answer all questions and address all concerns with confidence and empathy.

Black, White & Blue Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by Ever & Anon Photography Gown Alterations: MW Couture | Wedding Gown: Brickhouse Bridal | Photography: Ever & Anon Photography

5. Talk It Out — Once alterations are underway, Wooldridge and her team go into great detail to explain all changes that have been made to the dress and offer any further ideas they might have, leaving the floor open for the bride to ask questions of her own. “Everything has a solution,” Wooldridge says. “I am trying to find the best solution, so she can have a dress that is both personal and unique.”

6. Right On Time — The team at MW Couture is always conscious of brides’ timeframes and takes pride in making achievable alterations within acceptable pickup dates.

7. Quality, Quality, Quality — Wooldridge insists that all alterations at MW Couture are “equal to or better than the original construction of the dress.” We can vouch for that!

8. Conclude with Gratitude — Lastly, Wooldridge thanks the bride for trusting the family at MW Couture with the most important garment for the most important day of her life! She wishes all wedding couples luck and a lifetime of memories.

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There are few experts in the wedding business as professional and caring as Minerva Wooldridge and the team at MW Couture! Want to get your perfect fit? Schedule a consultation with MW Couture today!

A Southern Fête


A classically elegant Southern fête at a gracious Houston home makes for a perfect spring reception.


flowers & decor: todd events | ring: zadok jewelers

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champagne & navy metallic gowns: sorella vita | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner  | la petite robe di chiara: neiman marcus  flowers & decor: todd events


jewelry: zadok jewelers | flowers & decor: todd events 


romonoa keveza gown: neiman marcus 


bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events 

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ines di santo “bloom” gown: neiman marcus |  jewelry: zadok jewelers | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner | dove release: white wing dove connection

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decor: todd events | cake: susie’s cakes & confections 

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oscar de la renta gown: joan pillow bridal salon  | suit &  loafers: festari | bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events | jewelry: nazar’s fine jewelers

THE TALENTED TEAM: photography: sylvie gil | wardrobe stylist: summar salah | set concept, styling, decor & flowers: todd events  | cake: susie’s cakes & confections | hair: ceron for ceron salon | makeup: vci artist victoria callaway

Shop for a Cause at MLD Limited This Month

While Houston boasts a bevy of beautiful bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride ensembles and bridesmaid dresses for every shape, size and style, there is something to be said about designers who tailor their work exclusively to you… and even more to be said about those who who give back to the community!

MLD Limited, one of Houston’s premier custom clothing designers, does just that. For more than 25 years, designer and president Mary Denney has fashioned couture gowns for some attendees of some of the city’s most prominent events, including (you guessed it) weddings! Looking for a regal, elegant bridal gown, or a classic (but not even slightly matronly) MOB/MOG dress? MLD knows exactly how to enhance your figure and show off your style!

“The benefit of custom design is that you get a better, more personal fit,” Denney says. “We do a prototype in a muslin fabric and we fit that to your body. You’re able to select your fabrics, and your design, and even go as far as selecting the lining!”

This month, MLD will taking its impeccable personal service one step further. For every purchase made in March, MLD will donate 15 percent of the purchase price to The American Heart Association, an organization near and dear to Denney’s heart.



“I am passionate about helping the Heart Association due to the death of my grandfather, dad and my dad’s two brothers. My brother has a heart condition as well as I have high blood pressure, “Denney says. “I have learned over the years that heart disease has an impact on all our lives. So many times we miss the warning signs, especially women.  I am happy to support this worthy cause.”

The philanthropic special applies to all items and designs MLD Limited offers, but only lasts for a few more days! All you have to do is say, “Go Red,” at checkout to help the studio give back. And it won’t hurt to mention that you heard about the event on the Houston Wedding Blog. Happy shopping, lovelies!

Gorgeous Green Wedding Inspiration & Ideas


Photos: Sylvie Gil | Set, Concept, Styling, Decor & Flowers: Todd Events | Wardrobe Stylist: Summar Salah | Oscar de la Renta Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Jewelry: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry | Suit: Festari | | Hair: Ceron for Ceron Salon | Makeup: VCI Artist Victoria Callaway, Assistant: Devin Harvey

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re feelin’ this green and white vibe! Lucky for you (pun intended), we pulled together the prettiest wedding décor, flowers, cakes, gowns and rings to give you some major green wedding inspiration. Check out the lovely photos below by Sylvie Gil from this incredible styled shoot by Todd Events. P.S. You can see more photos from this styled shoot in our current issue of Weddings in Houston magazine!

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Photos: Sylvie Gil | Set, Concept, Styling, Decor & Flowers: Todd Events | Wardrobe Stylist: Summar Salah | Ring (‘Will You Marry Me’ Photo): Zadok Jewelers | Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Hair: Ceron for Ceron Salon | Makeup: VCI Artist Victoria Callaway, Assistant: Devin Harvey

Spring I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian

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Our I Do! Wedding Soiree always impresses, but this year it was on another level, y’all! We sold out every last ticket to the luxurious show, with wedding couples, bridesmaids and MOB’s lining up along our host The Corinthian’s grand staircases, eager to get a chance to meet, greet and mingle with the best of the best in Houston’s wedding business!

We can’t thank our guests enough for helping us celebrate Houston’s only luxury wedding event of the season! It warms our hearts to see you adorable wedding couples engaging with our stellar photographers, wedding planners, bridal salons, beauty experts, jewelers, entertainers and more. If you missed the Soiree, or want to relive the extraordinary event, check out these gorgeous images from our official show photographers, Civic Photos and Dream Photo & Video.

Guests at the I Do! Soiree were welcomed by gorgeous models in gowns from some of Houston’s finest bridal boutiques. Throughout the entire event, brides could see and touch gowns from Houston Bridal Gallery, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal, MW Couture and Now & Forever Bridal Boutique.

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Elaborate florals and decor were orchestrated throughout the entire venue. Designs on display came from Blooms Design Studio, Darryl & Co., Flora & Eventi, Haute Flowers & Events, Keisha’s Kreations, LBL Event Rentals Inc. and TnT Events.

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The gorgeous sights were complemented by sounds from all types of musical entertainers and DJ’s. LG Entertainment served as the MC for the night, while Danny Ray & The Acoustic Production, DJU Entertainment, Scott Graham Piano and Signature EvenTx kept the party going all around.

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Patrons got a taste of some of Houston’s top caterers and bakers too at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. The Corinthian’s Jackson and Company served as the exclusive caterer of the event, spoiling guests with delectable food and drink pairings. Those with a sweet tooth also were able to satisfy their cravings with treats from Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe and Susie’s Cakes & Confections.

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The man women with the plan were also in attendance.  A Day To Remember, Bourbon & Lace Event Services, and Kat Creech Events learned more about our lovely wedding couples and offered guidance for all of wedding planning’s ups and downs. A Day To Remember also designed our awesome Groom’s Lounge, complete with Texas Mules, fresh guacamole and Jackson and Company’s Beef Poptarts.

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Guests were also able to say hello to some of our favorite invitations and stationery boutiques in Houston — Isabella Invitations and Bering’s.

Bering’s along with Celebrity China & Cookware also showed off some of the most wanted registry items for wedding couples of any style.

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Nine of Houston’s top wedding photographers and videographers — Adam Nyholt Addison J. Wedding Photography & VideographyCivic Photos, C. Wright Photography, D. Jones Photography, Dream Photos & Video, Lindsay Elizabeth Photography, Sage Films and Taylor Golden Photography — also met with couples to help them learn how to capture their special days.

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Guests could even get a little more glam, with the help of demonstrations and models from Azur Salon at West Ave. and Kax Salon and Kax Tanning Soufflé.

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Wedding couples still looking to nail down their venue were also presented with a number of options in addition to our amazing host venue, The Corinthian. Couples wanting to escape the city or be right in the heart of Houston on your wedding day met with Big Easy Ranch and The Ballroom at Bayou Place.

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And of course we can’t forget about the bling! Everyone at the event (including us) were stuck by the dazzling beauties on display from Donoho’s Jewellers, Eklektic Jewelry, Lewis Jewelers and Nazar’s Fine Jewelry.

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We can’t thank our amazing wedding experts (find a full list here), all of our guests and the amazing team at The Corinthian for making this I Do! Wedding Soiree the best one yet. Want to see more pics? Check us out on Facebook and Instagram. And stay tuned for details on our next I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming in Fall, 2017!

Houston Bridal Salons at the I Do! Wedding Soiree

Every detail of your wedding—from your save-the-dates to your reception departure—will be planned with extreme care and attention to detail. But as a bride, your wedding dress is arguably the biggest bridal decision you’ll make. Your bridal gown is a true representation of you, your style and your day. Whether you are seeking a classic wedding gown, a bohemian wedding dress or a mix of traditional and modern styles, you’ll find style inspiration, and, just maybe, the bridal dress of your dreams, at the upcoming I Do! Wedding Soiree.

Five of Houston’s top bridal salons—Ivory Bridal Atelier, Now & Forever Bridal BoutiqueHouston Bridal GalleryParvani Vida Bridal and Formal and MW Couture—will showcase top-of-the-line bridal couture trends and hot-off-the-runway designer bridal gowns, in a dynamic strolling fashion show, live at The Corinthian on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Alterations expert MW Couture also will provide insights to ensure that your wedding dress is the perfect fit. Be sure to purchase your advance-sale tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event while they are still available! Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 17, and you could WIN an awesome $700 on-location engagement shoot from acclaimed Houston wedding photographer Adam Nyholt!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Good luck, lovelies…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Houston Bridal Gowns Ivory, Parvani Vida, Now Forever I Do!

Top Left Photo: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique | Botton Left Photo: Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal | Top Right Photo: Ivory Bridal Atelier |  Middle Right Photo: MW Couture | Bottom Right Photo: Houston Bridal Gallery

Joan Pillow: A Legacy in Bridal Couture…Plus Feb. 25-26 Trunk Show!


Photo: Courtesy of Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Though she opened her first namesake bridal salon in Atlanta, Joan Pillow’s passion for bridal fashion started deep in the heart of Texas. The child of a meticulous craftswoman who would talk about fabrics and design with her daughter for hours on end, Pillow knew that beautiful garments would be part of her future.

Fast-forward to Dallas, a couple of decades later, when Pillow entered the executive program at Neiman Marcus, where she worked side by side with the department store founder’s son, Lawrence Marcus. That’s where she really learned about couture, and really began to discover her love of fine dress construction and luxury embellishment.


Left Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta | Right Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Sachin & Babi

Lucky for us, in 2009, Pillow decided to make Houston the home of her second salon, making many brides’ design gown dreams come true in the process. Looking for a superbly crafted Oscar de la Renta? Yearning for the ethereal femininity of Sachin & Babi? Mad for the spotlight-grabbing flourishes of Marchesa? You’ll find them at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, whose racks bear only the finest designer wedding dresses—and whose salon consultants are experts at helping you find, and style, your once-in-a-lifetime look. You may also just happen to find Mrs. Pillow, herself, who divides time between her two salons, and, after all these years, still says, “Assisting brides and debutantes in finding the perfect gown for their occasion is a remarkable moment that I feel honored to be a part of.”

We’re honored to have Joan Pillow Bridal Salon as a Weddings in Houston partner—and so excited to invite you to schedule your appointment to visit the salon for its Feb. 25 – 26 Naeem Khan trunk show…or any time you want to view some of the most gorgeous gowns on the entire planet!


Left Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Naeem Khan | Right Photo & Gown: Courtesy of Marchesa

8 Fun & Flirty Wedding Reception Dresses for 2017

Change it up, let your hair down, get comfortable and stay gorgeous, all night long, in a wedding reception dress that shows off your party side. Scroll down for additional details and links to these eight Weddings in Houston favorites for 2017!


1. Bliss by Monique Lhuillier 2. Ines Di Santo 3. Tara Keely Bridal 4. Pronovias 5. Hayley Paige 6. Monique Lhuillier 7. Naeem Khan Bridal 8. Dress: Simone Rocha, Jewelry: Loggins Jewelers, Headpiece: Dream Bouquet

Zodiac Style: Wedding Ideas for Earth Sign Brides

Born in December, January, April, May, August or September? If your birth date falls in the zodiac sign of Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo, we’ve got a selection of earthy-but-exciting wedding style ideas we think will appeal to your sense of classic elegance…and your sensual side, too. Scroll down for links to our top picks in bridal fashion, wedding accessories, beauty and wedding design for the Earth sign bride, and stay tuned for more of our favorite wedding picks, for each sign of the zodiac, coming soon to the Houston Wedding Blog!


1. Inbal Dror Gown: Inbal Dror 2. Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Sinner: Barneys 3. Rose Gold & Diamond Pave Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 4. Narcisco Rodriguez L’Absolu Eau de Parfum: Bloomingdale’s 5. Frederic Sage Ring Set: Loggins Jewelers 6. Alexander McQueen De-Manta Floral Clutch: Neiman Marcus 7. Bouquet: Keisha’s Kreations 8. Beauty by Lori Wemple Invitation: Minted 9. Christian Louboutin Printed Faille, Leather & Mesh Pumps: Net-A-Porter 10. Three-Tier Cake: Earth & Sugar

Vintage Outdoor Texas Wedding

Paul caught Gillian’s eye from across the table during a mutual friend’s bon voyage party back in 2010. Unfortunately the pair didn’t exchange numbers that night, and Gillian went back to San Francisco for school. A few months later while she was home for Christmas break and hoping to find a date for New Year’s Eve. “During happy hour I mentioned my to my friend that she should have Paul get in touch with me. Three minutes later my phone rang, and it was Paul,” recounts Gillian. They immediately hit it off, and tied the knot six years later. Gillian walked down the aisle in style wearing a tea-length eyelet Oscar de la Renta dress from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, and paired it with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps (major Carrie Bradshaw moment). “It was a playful dress that fit like a dream. When I saw it on the runway, I knew this was it,” adds Gillian. Paul and Gillian danced the night away with their family and friends, and made a true Texan move by stopping at Whataburger before attending the after party. Sounds like one fun night, right? Check out the sweet pics below. Congrats to the lovely couple!

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Photos: Mint Photography | Oscar de la Renta Dress: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik