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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

I Do! @ ZaZa Preview: Photo Booths, Fine Jewels & Fabulous Cake

I Do Bridal Soiree Preview

Photos (clockwise, left to right): Cake Creations~Peran & Scannell Jewelers~Image Cinema Photo Booths

The awesome I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa is just a few days away and we cannot WAIT to meet y’all!

In the meantime, we’re throwing out a few more tantalizing tidbits about Sunday’s show to get you all excited. As if you weren’t already.

With us at I Do! @ ZaZa for the first time is Image Cinema Photo Booths. Make sure to step inside one of their fantastic booths—just about the coolest addition to your reception, just ask any bride who’s had one—and strike a pose for the camera. You won’t just score a great free gift (a surprise, of course), but you’ll also get to take advantage of Image Cinema’s 50/50 show special: $50 off photo booth rental OR 50 magnetic frame party favors for guests. Love it!

Also new to I Do! @ ZaZa, Peran & Scannell Jewelers will be showcasing its newest fine jewelry collection. Jewelers Shelley Peran and Dawn Scannell are absolute experts in appraising, sourcing and designing exquisite fine diamond and gemstone jewelery—so if you’re in the market for serious bling, make a beeline for their sure-to-be-dazzling show display. Did we mention that they’ll be drawing for a $200 gift certificate? Now we did!

To satisfy your sweet tooth, swing over to Cake Creations, and indulge in a decadent taste or two from Bobbie Taylor, one of Houston’s most celebrated special-occasion bakers. Oh, and to satisfy your search for a great I Do! bargain, snag a $100 gift certificate for your Cake Creations bride or groom cake! Yum.

Plenty more divine inspiration, killer deals, surprise giveaways and just plain beautiful stuff will be on display at I Do! @ ZaZa, so arrive on time, stay for the duration, and take advantage of every single ounce of bridal OMG.

And don’t forget to stick around for the post-show VIP Happy Hour—ZaZa’s Monarch Bistro and Bar will be offering lots of delish drink and app specials. Mmm…we’re hungry already. And thirsty. Very thirsty.

See you on Sunday!!