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Debuts, Discounts and Giveaways: Here’s What I Do! Vendors Have in Store For You

Sure, the I Do! Bridal Soiree is about insanely beautiful tabletop and floral displays, the season’s newest bridal couture creations, and, of course, the latest and loveliest everything you could ever want for your perfect Houston wedding. But heck, let’s face it, it’s also about the GOODIES—as in big, juicy show discounts, yummy samples and take-home swag, and fantastic I Do! door prizes and giveaways.

Just a little glimpse at the good stuff a handful of our talented vendors have in store for you: Wedding design and planning firm A Day to Remember will be showcasing bridal- and engagement-shoot styling, for brides who crave that ineffably elegant “magazine” look for their pre-wedding photos. “Gone are the days of traditional shoots, now, it’s about styling them and having fun!” notes A Day to Remember’s Claudia G. de Velasco, who will also be offering special rates for brides who book at Sunday’s show. From LZ Floral Design expect to see contemporary orchid trees, alluring aisle lanterns and fresh new looks in centerpiece and bouquet design—and expect to score your choice of 10% off your selected floral package, a complimentary floral monogram or a complimentary bridal portrait bouquet. Hot Houston lighting firm Bright Star Productions will be demonstrating plenty of illuminating new effects, including gorgeous high-resolution gobo projections, and the latest in LED technology, and is offering the chance to win a custom monogram gobo. Jackglass Studios, meanwhile, plans to attract stylish brides (and grooms!) with new crystal Champagne flutes, sleek liquor decanters, etched stainless-steel flasks, engraved cufflinks and more, and is contributing a beautiful pair of crystal toasting flutes to one of Weddings in Houston’s incredible door-prize baskets, each worth upwards of $1,000. Yowza!

As we said, this is just a teeny, tiny glimpse of what’s in store to see, experience, book and SCORE at I Do! @ InterContinental. For the full picture, be there on Sunday—you WON’T walk away empty-handed.

Photography: Steve Lee Weddings

Photo: Steve Lee Weddings

Are You Ready for the I Do! Bridal Soiree Runway?

There’s nothing that gets a bride’s heart pounding like designer bridal gowns in all their sumptuous, silken, Swarovski-sparkling glory. Well, we suggest you do a little cardio prep before Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, because our 2012 bridal fashion show promises to be our most incredible runway production yet. Renowned runway producer Lenny Matuszewski promises a totally “fresh and new” look to this year’s show—our first ever in our gorgeous new digs at the InterContinental Houston Hotel (whose ballroom Matuszewski calls “one of the most glamorous rooms for a fashion show in the city”).

We know how much you love surprises—especially designer surprises—so we’ll leave the unveiling of this year’s wedding dresses ’til show day. But we will tell you that you’ll see some of the hottest emerging trends in designer bridal style, including, notes Matuszewski, “intricate ‘origami’ pleats and folds,” “fun and daring minis,” “soft, layered ruffles” and “voluminous layers upon layers of tulle, chiffon and net, that create a ‘lighter than a feather’ feeling.”

Are you feeling it? ’Cause—thump, thump, thump, thump—we sure are. See you on Sunday!

I Do! Bridal Runway Show ~ Houston Wedding Blog
I Do! Bridal Runway Show ~ Houston Wedding Blog
Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography

Dakine Films Goes Behind The Scenes @ I Do!

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes of Houston’s most luxurious bridal showcase? Dakine Films—the fabulous new video venture from famed Houston wedding photographer Joe Cogliandro and filmmaker Mark Calver—takes us on tour of the buildup, setup and exhilarating experience of 2011’s I Do! @ ZaZa show in this yummy video clip. Watch it and feel your heart go pitter-pat. Then get in on the gorgeous, next Sunday, Jan. 15, when the I Do! Bridal Soiree comes to the InterContinental Houston Hotel for what promises to be the biggest, boldest, most beautiful I Do! event yet. We can’t wait to meet you there!

Video: Dakine Films


Missed Sunday’s Tea with Jackson Hicks? Here’s a Little Sip!

The Corinthian in downtown’s Historic District is one of the most drop-dead gorgeous venues in Houston. So it’s no surprise last weekend’s tour and tea with venue director Jackson Hicks—Founder and CEO of famed catering firm Jackson and Company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year—was one of the city’s most spectacular bridal events on record.

Floating candles welcomed brides and their guests as they ascended the venue’s regal stairs, led by Hicks, who held forth on The Corinthian’s history and wedding offerings. As if The Corinthian isn’t already amazing enough, top Houston designers lent their talents to dressing the space. Rob Smith of Events in Bloom brought in creamy white flowers and country-French furniture, while Darryl & Co. did up a divine chuppah in tons of cascading blooms. More fabulous flowers, courtesy Bergner & Johnson, adorned the tea tables, where guests nibbled the most delicious cakes, scones, pastries and tea sandwiches this side of the pond. Fashion, too, was at the fore, with luxury bridal salon Ivory Bridal Atelier showing off stunning gowns, accessorized with jewelry from—where else?—Tiffany & Co.

Get a feel for last weekend’s event—and for what your own Corinthian/Jackson and Company wedding might look and feel like—with these terrific photos from Larry Fagala and Nhan Nguyen!
The Corinthian Bridal Tea and Open House
The Corinthian Bridal Tea and Open House
The Corinthian Bridal Tea and Open House
Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography (top 5 images), Larry Fagala (bottom 2 images)

I Do! @ ZaZa Photos, Highlights and BIG Thanks

Despite the rain on Oct. 9, you came, enthusiastic, energized and eager for inspiration. And when you walked through the doors of the I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa, you found iCatching Events’ magnificent ikebana-style bouquet displays and Darryl & Co’.s drop-dead gorgeous Ultimate Ransom Room setup, with its mirrored tables and lush red roses. You encountered Events in Bloom’s splendid Grapevine Room vignette, lavish with country-French furniture, linens and flowers, and Plants ’N Petals’ Room with a View, set up for a floral-filled ceremony. You delighted at jewelry from Peran & Scannell, boot bling from The Pretty Penny and brooch bouquets from Stationery by St. Clair. You sampled decadent cakes from Susie’s Cakes & Confections, Cake Creations and Edible Designs by Jessie—and if you had a little room left, nibbled SWEET’s sinful treats, too. You checked out fine china from Williams-Sonoma and Kuhl-Linscomb, and fantasized about showcasing it in your new home, as you chatted with The Loken Group’s savvy staff. You posed for Image Cinema photo booth pics, and flocked to pianist Scott Graham’s side to enjoy his tuneful talents. You envisioned your wedding album, as you perused unique displays by Houston photo pros D. Jones Photography, DC Stanley Photography, Steve Lee Weddings and Archetype Studio. And you imagined what you’d look like, walking down the aisle to your groom, wearing one of the stunning gowns showcased by our lovely models. You asked questions, you gathered information (and goodies—plenty of goodies!) and some of you won BIG. You talked to each other, you talked to our staff and you reminded us, once again, how lucky we are to do what we do, here at Weddings in Houston and the Houston Wedding Blog.

So, thank you, Houston brides. Special thanks, too, to Elegant Beginnings, The Perfect Touch Linens, The Posh Petal and Blooming Gallery/Linen Gallery, who, in conjunction with the aforementioned floral and event designers, turned out the most imaginative tablescapes we’ve ever laid eyes upon.

And, of course, big thanks to David Jones, for his gorgeous photos of our great event—a sampling of which are featured here. More can be found here.

Newly engaged or looking for even more wedding WOW? Get your tickets now for the Jan. 15 I Do! Bridal Soiree @ InterContinental Houston Hotel. We look forward to meeting you there!


I Do! Bridal Soiree ZaZa

I Do! Bridal Soiree ZaZa

I Do! Bridal Soiree ZaZa