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ONE DAY ONLY: Reserve I Do Tix and WIN a Lavish Masraff’s Dinner for 2!

Masraff's Giveaway

Mmmm…Masraff’s! This landmark Houston dining establishment is consistently ranked as one of the city’s finest restaurants—but, honestly, you’ve gotta taste it for yourself. Even better: Taste it for yourself for FREE, by winning today’s one-day-only giveaway.

Yup, one lucky bride who buys her tickets to next Thursday evening’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian—the perfect antidote to a whirlwind season of big bridal shows, and just about the most lavish Happy Hour you’ll ever hope to attend—will score a $100 Masraff’s gift certificate, good for a decadent dinner for two. Garlic-seared calamari, caramelized diver scallops, pan-roasted escolar and a perfect filet mignon are just a selection of the impeccably prepared dishes you’ll encounter at this classic Houston seafood-and-steak spot, along with irresistible desserts, fine wines and an ideal environment for dressing up pretty and making goo-goo eyes across the table at your groom-to-be. Aww, you’ve gotta love THAT.

And don’t forget—Masraff’s is also an amazing place to wine and dine special guests for your rehearsal dinner or engagement party. Looking for that incomparable Masraff’s flavor for your wedding? Consider tying the knot at The Wynden, Masraff’s exclusive Tuscan-style venue, where the focus on food is second only to the focus on…YOU!

TO ENTER TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: 1.) Purchase pre-sale tickets BY 11:59 p.m. TODAY, THURS., APRIL 4, to the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian 2.) *Like* us on Facebook.

That’s it! We’ll notify our randomly selected winner next week!!

Masraff's Giveaway

Photos: Masraff’s

Buy I Do! Tickets & WIN a $600 J. Cogliandro Photography BOUDOIR SHOOT!

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You don’t need to be a model (or have the body of one) to photograph like one. Not when Joe Cogliandro is behind the camera. The multi-award-winning Houston-based wedding and portrait photographer is creating something of a stir with his sultry, artful boudoir photography, which rivals the finest editorial layouts in the world’s top fashion magazines. The subjects of his gorgeous boudoir shoots? Regular gals—many of them brides-to-be—just like, well…YOU.

Find out just what it feels like to live out your photographic fantasy by WINNING a $600 J. Cogliandro Photography Boudoir Shoot, just by purchasing your I Do! @ The Corinthian tickets by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 7! One lucky bride who snaps up her pre-sale tickets to our most exclusive event of the year will find herself the focus of this very special giveaway prize, which includes styling (with help from J. Cogliandro’s warm and friendly female crew), one full hour of photography, and high-resolution files—which you can transform into the most treasured gift your groom-to-be is ever gonna get. For real.

TO ENTER: 1.) Purchase pre-sale tickets by 11:59 p.m. SUN., APRIL 7, to the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, where J. Cogliandro Photography will be among the exclusive handful of hand-picked Houston vendors showcased at this stunning evening of cocktails, cuisine and couture event design 2.) *Like* us on Facebook

That’s it! We’ll notify our randomly selected winner next week!!

In the meanwhile, check out these gorgeous J. Cogliandro Photography boudoir images, featuring real, in-the-flesh, regular Houston gals…like you!

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography


Nespresso giveaway for I Do at The Corinthian

Photos: Nespresso

Iconic local retailer and wedding-registry fave Kuhl-Linscomb calls Nespresso’s coffee-maker designs “modern and minimal” and the coffee these chic machines produce “absolutely wonderful.” Reviewers @ beloved wedding-registry landmark Williams-Sonoma call Nespresso’s Pixie Espresso Maker “the best,” “the ultimate espresso machine” and “worth every penny.” Naturally, we could not agree more. That’s why we are so thrilled about this week’s delicious Nespresso giveaway!!

Purchase your tickets to the April 11 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian and you could WIN a fabulous Nespresso Pixie Steel Lines espresso maker AND ultra-handy Nespresso Aeroccino Plus milk frother—almost as perfect a pairing as, well, you and your Mr. Right.

That Nespresso Pixie Steel Lines machine? It’ll sit on your kitchen counter turning out rich, delicious Nespresso coffee in 25 seconds flat, and looking sleek and gorgeous while doing it. Got milk? Pop it into your Nespresso Aeroccino and heat it up or turn it into creamy, yummy foam almost instantaneously. This $329 combo is so compact, you can even take it with you on a weekend getaway!

To enter our Nespresso Pixie Steel Lines & Aeroccino Plus giveaway, simply reserve your tickets to the April 11 I Do! Bridal Soiree—our most sumptuous showcase of the entire year and a MUST ATTEND for luxury-seeking Houston brides—by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 24. All brides who purchase tickets by entry deadline are automatically entered to win; winner will be notified next week and announced at I Do! @ The Corinthian on April 11.

Good luck, brides—and don’t forget to visit Kuhl-Linscomb and Williams-Sonoma at the I Do! Bridal Soiree. For a full list of exhibitors at our April 11 showcase, click here!

$325 Bridal Shoot Giveaway From DC Stanley Photography

What’s better than knowing you’ll be going to the April 11 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian? Scoring a $325 bridal shoot from one of Houston’s leading wedding photographers to boot!

Here’s the scoop: Reserve your $25 all-inclusive tickets by 11:59 pm Friday for I Do! @ The Corinthian—our most intimate bridal showcase of the year, featuring an exclusive, hand-picked collection of Houston’s absolute finest wedding experts, in an environment of luxury lounge seating, couture, cocktails and fine cuisine courtesy of Houston’s legendary Jackson and Company—and you are automatically entered to win a $325 bridal shoot by DC Stanley Photography, a Weddings in Houston fave AND an in-demand I Do! @ The Corinthian exhibitor!

All brides who purchase I Do! @ The Corinthian tickets AND “Like” us on Facebook by this Friday, March 15 are entered to win this exclusive prize from DC Stanley Photography (whose ga-ga-gorgeous bridal photography work is featured below); winner announced on Facebook next week.

Good luck, brides…and get ready for a bridal showcase unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!

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Photos: DC Stanley Photography

New at I Do! 2013: South Asian Fashion and Design

Are you South Asian bride planning a 2013 or 2014 wedding? Then you will NOT want to miss this Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta. While every I Do! Bridal Soiree features a selection of highly sought vendors who do amazing things for South Asian weddings, this year we’re unveiling new discoveries for brides planning all elements of their multi-day nuptial celebrations.

We’re delighted to welcome South-Asian bridal designer Sameera Faridi, of Poshak Fashion & Style, and Sameera Faridi Design Studio, to Sunday’s show. Known for her sumptuous bridal creations, featuring luxurious fabrics, rich palettes and exquisite detail, Faridi gives Houston’s most discerning South Asian brides a fantastic alternative to traveling overseas to purchase custom bridal attire.

Make sure to visit Faridi (who, besides being an extraordinary designer, is SUCH a doll), then be sure to check out vendors including Flora & Eventi, The Perfect Touch Linens, Plants ’N Petals and Darryl & Co., plus other top-tier Houston design, rental and floral firms offering specialized services for South Asian wedding celebrations. There is something extraordinary for every Houston bride at the I Do! Bridal Soiree, Pre-sale tickets available for $20 online through noon tomorrow; $25 at the door. We can’t wait to meet you!

Sameera Faridi

Photos: NICO Photography

Patel RW

Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Flowers: Plants ‘n Petals

Patel RW

Photos: Joey T Photography ~ Flowers: P & P Events