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JW Marriott Getaway + Spa Giveaway: Buy I Do! Tix & Win

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It’s been a long time coming…but honey, it is worth the wait. The brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown opens its doors this week, and what you’ll find inside is, well, in word…GORGEOUS. See it for yourself on Thursday, Oct. 9, when we bring you the legendary I Do! Bridal Soiree, unveiling 2015 wedding trends LIVE at downtown Houston’s hottest new property–and most alluring new wedding venue. Stunning tablescapes, breathtaking floral displays, A-list wedding experts, fresh-off-the-runway couture bridal gowns, gourmet food, sparkling cocktails, live entertainment and VIP treatment from arrival to departure…along with $$$ swag bags for each and every bride in attendance. Oh–and lest we forget, buy your tickets by 11:59 pm this Friday, Sept. 19, and you are automatically entered to win a lavish weekend-night JW Marriott Houston Downtown getaway, complete with gourmet breakfast in bed AND a divine couple’s massage at the hotel’s extraordinary Spa by JW. All your wedding planning needs and desires, all in one ultra-relaxing VIP cocktail party, plus a chance to win the romantic escape of a lifetime. Buy your tickets now, and get ready for WOW!

Vintage Blush & Gold Wedding at The Gallery

Houston bride Kristi went to town on planning the details for her candlelit, garden-inspired, beautiful wedding at The Gallery. Kristi carefully thought out every single detail, from the wax-sealed vintage programs, to rose-folded vanilla napkins, to spending months collecting wine bottles to hand make soy wax candles for the guests! Kristi and her groom, Ross chose a soft color palette of blush, ivory, gold, and hints of mint that filled the room for a romantic setting. There were not one, but FIVE different white-on-white cakes, custom macaroni and cheese bar, AND a late night doughnut station for the guests to indulge in. If you think all of this sounds amazing, just wait ‘til you see how gorgeous the photos are! Congrats & well wishes to Kristi & Ross!

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Photos: Katie Lamb Photography ~ Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal ~ Wedding Jewelery: Zadok Jewelers ~ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Ouisie’s Table ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Gallery ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Doughnut Station: Sugar Bunch Creations ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry ~ Honeymoon Suite: Hotel Granduca

Blush, Gold and Ivory 1920’s Inspired Wedding with Bonus Fake-Audition Proposal Story!

Oooo, honey, you KNOW how much we love a good “proposal deception” story…and Ryan popping the question to Melissa is one of the best we’ve heard! “My sister, who is an aspiring actress, will often go on auditions and invite me (the bride) along with her. I always go along for support, so when she invited me to come along to an audition for an independent film, I did not hesitate. The audition was at Hotel Derek, there were signs welcoming those auditioning, sign-up sheets, and she was even assigned a number. I prayed with her in the lobby and all of the staff were rooting for her! She was super nervous so she asked if I could come back and actually watch her audition. When we were given the OK, I entered the room, and saw Ryan standing there all dressed up while I stood there confused. My sister was gone, it was only us and he got on one knee. There were candles and rose petals all around. It was perfect!” Ah, the old sibling’s-fake-film-audition ruse…gets ’em every time. Even cuter? “Our families were in another room watching it all happen on Skype.” Aww. The pair, who met four years ago while both working as nurses on the same Houston Medical Center unit and quickly became inseparable, tied the knot this past spring, with a breathtakingly beautiful 1920s-inspired wedding, decorated in fine vintage fashion by Houston fave Darryl & Co. We’re so grateful to this adorable pair for sharing their love with all of us, and all y’all…congratulations, Melissa and Ryan!

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Photos: Agape House Studio ~ Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias ~  Bridal Gown Salon, Alterations & Accessories: Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Invitations: Isabella Invitations ~ Transportation: Hotel ZaZa

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