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Black and Plum Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Akil Bennett Photography

“The whole wedding was a dream,” says Houston bride Jennifer. “One of my favorite details was the midnight calla lilies in my bridal bouquet. I loved the rich dark color of the flowers against my cream dress.” The dark, rich color palette of black and plum with accents of peacock feathers truly set the tone for Jennifer and Scott’s wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street. If you think that sounds beautiful, wait ’til you see the pics! Thanks Akil Bennett for the gorgeous photos, and congrats to the newlyweds!

Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Bridal Gown: Pronovias from La Rêve Bridal Couture ~ Makeup: Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photo Booth, Music & Entertainment: DJU Entertainment ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift Registry

Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

Christian Louboutin GIVEAWAY: Buy I Do! Tix and WIN $845 No Prive Glittered Pumps

 

Christian Louboutin Giveaway Bride

When we go out, we like to go out with a bang. A dazzling, shimmering, signature-red-soled BANG. This is it, darlings, your last chance to purchase pre-sale I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets and win…and oh my goodness, what a prize our winner shall score. Yes, lovelies, one VERY lucky Houston bride who reserves her $20 pre-sale tickets to this Sunday’s extraordinary, ultra-indulgent, absolutely-everything-you-need-for-your-unforgettable-Houston-wedding I Do! Bridal Soiree, will WIN a pair of coveted $845 Christian Louboutin No Prive Glittered Peep-Toe Pumps.

These stunning 4-inch heels with their signature Louboutin silhouette and sexy red soles are perfect for your wedding day or any time you want to make a sparkling style statement. Louboutins + luxury wedding inspiration = LOVE. Don’t miss your chance to get in on this awesome giveaway. Every bride who purchases her pre-sale I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by NOON this Saturday, Jan. 25, is eligible to win. Our winner will be announced at the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway presentation at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston this Sunday. Will it be YOU?

Good luck, lovelies…and we can’t wait to meet YOU at I Do!!!

 

Shoe Edition: Splurge vs. Steal

You’ve got your man, you’ve got the ring, you’ve got the gown, now all you need is the SHOES! While we love our Manolos and Jimmy Choos as much as the next to-be-wed gal, we also know it can be hard to justify a pair of pumps that costs as much as your venue rental. Well, we’ve got some good news for our fashionable bride on a budget. Check out or favorite designer bridal shoes paired with their much more affordable doppelgangers…then decide for yourself if it’s time to spend or save (and still look fabulous, natch).

Shoe Edition: Splurge vs. Steal

Jimmy Choo ~ Aldo ~ Manolo Blahnik via Neiman Marcus ~ Badgley Mischka via My Glass Slipper ~ Stuart Weitzman ~ Caparros via Macys ~ Badgley Mischka via DSW ~ Audrey Brook via DSW ~ Kate Spade ~ J. Renee via Zappos

2012 Bridal Runway: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique

Thinking about attending this weekend’s “best of” Tara Keely by Lazaro trunk show at Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, in search of your perfect wedding dress? Let this sizzling video clip of Now & Forever’s I Do! @ InterContinental Houston runway show seal the deal. Also on display in this runway video, look for beautiful bridal gowns from Jane Wang, Victoria Nicole and Novia D’Art. So divine!

 

Gowns: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Video: A&A Video