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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

South Asian Bridal Fashion Shoot at Chateau Polonez by Aventography

Stunning South Asian Bridal Styled Shoot at Chateau Polonez by Aventography

Photos: Aventography | Venue: Chateau Polonez | Attire & Jewelry: Almas Tejani Couture

South Asian bridalwear is giving us all sorts of #goals right now. And not just the Desi gals among us… We’re currently crushing on the dazzling jewelry, delicate gemstone-embellished lehengas and overall show-stopping looks in this styled shoot at one of Houston’s most sought-after venues, Chateau Polonez. Check out these gorgeous photos by Aventography, and let us know which one is your favorite. We hope you swoon as much as we did. Enjoy, lovelies!

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Photos: Aventography | Venue: Chateau Polonez | Bridal Lehengas & Jewelry: Almas Tejani Couture