I Do! @ ZaZa Preview: Boot Bling, Photo Jewels, Giveaways & More

Weddings in Houston’s I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa is less than 10 days away. Are you one of the lucky brides who will be attending Houston’s most extraordinary bridal show? Make sure to check out these hot items and great giveaways!

Boot-wearing brides will not want to miss gorgeous new “boot jewelry with attitude” from The Pretty Penny & Social Expressions, along with brand-new jewelry for bridesmaids, flower girls and destination brides. Oh–and brides who order their Pretty Penny invitations at the show will get 20-50% (!!) off their order.

Looking for a truly unique MOB, MOG, groom or bridesmaid gift? Top Houston wedding photographer (and Houston Wedding Blog favorite) Steve Lee will showcase fabulous new “photo jewelry” AND offer a special show discount on photography packages.

And if you’re just getting started on the planning path, be sure to visit Lion & Lamb Event Services to check out their custom wedding-coordination packages…and score $250 off a full-service package!

More previews and show news coming soon…so stay tuned!

I Do Bridal Soiree Hotel ZaZa Houston

Photos (clockwise from top): Steve Lee Weddings~Lion & Lamb Event Services~The Pretty Penny & Social Expressions

 

To Do This Week: Carolina Herrera & Jim Hjelm Trunk Shows

Carolina Herrera & Jim Hjelm Trunk Shows

Photos: (Top) Jim Hjelm Bridal Fall 2011~(Bottom) Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2012

If you’re searching for a seriously standout wedding gown in Houston, this Friday and Saturday’s WOW trunk shows may just be your best bet to strike gold.

At Joan Pillow A Bridal Salon, the spotlight shines on hot-off-the-runway gowns from fashion legend Carolina Herrera’s spring 2012 bridal collection. Look for crisp silks, antique silver and crystal embellishments and origami-inspired accents.  With gowns this dreamy, it’s no surprise Herrera was tapped to design the wedding gown for the “Twilight” series’ Bella Swan—to be featured in the much-anticipated (by us and zillions of other hopeless romantics) “Breaking Dawn” installment, out this fall!

From designer Francesca Pitera, it’s the Jim Hjelm fall 2011 collection at Ivory Bridal Atelier. Pitera applies bridal-worthy materials and exquisite embroidery to prêt-a-porter silhouettes; the result is a luxury line of wedding dresses with runway-chic presence—the choice of many a fashion-forward bride. Look for plenty of silk organza and Alençon lace, elegant dropped-waist bodices and petal-pretty skirts.

Make your appointments now…and happy shopping!

Win A Sugar Creek Country Club Wedding. Yours. Really.

Wedding Giveaway Bridal Open House Win Your Wedding

Yes, this is bridal open house season. And yes, lots of the season’s bridal open houses offer goodies aplenty–free food and drinks, door prizes, raffles, complimentary valet parking, the list goes on and on. But it stops at Sugar Creek Country Club. Because at its bridal open house this weekend, this lovely, intimate, gracious, gloriously green-lawned Sugar Land club is giving away AN ENTIRE WEDDING. That’s right, one lucky bride in attendance at this Sunday’s event will win a ceremony and reception package for up to 100 guests. And we’re not talking streamers and soda pop either. We’re talking stunning outdoor I Do’s, Champagne, butler-passed hors d’oeuvre, hosted bar, plated dinner, centerpieces, DJ, cake–the works.

For your chance to win your Sugar Creek Country Club wedding, attend this Sunday’s open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (which you were going to do anyway, right?), enjoy beverages, nibbles, chit-chat with the club’s very experienced event staff, follow their giveaway entry instructions…then just wait. Winner will be announced at the event, and must be present to win. For more info call 281.494.9131 or click here. And bring your lucky rabbit’s foot.

I Do! Bridal Soiree Photos on Facebook

Mia Bridal Couture Edible Designs By Jessie

Photos by Nhan Nguyen Photography

We’ve just posted a great selection of Nhan Nguyen’s fabulous I Do! Bridal Soiree photos on Facebook. If you attended Houston’s only luxury bridal show, this is your chance to relive the magic. If you didn’t attend–well, this is your chance to check out what you missed. And what you’re in for when you do attend the next I Do! showcase.

View, oooh, ahhh, and let us know which pix you love most. Drop your comment on FB. And if you haven’t yet, become a fan!

The Best I Do! We’ve Ever Done, Thanks to You

I Do! Bridal Soiree 2011 I Do! Bridal Soiree Tablescapes

Susie’s Cakes & Confections (left); iCatching Events (right)

More than 1,000 attendees. Over 80 vendors. Five full hours of FAB-U-LOUS. We’ll be doing complete show coverage a little further down the road, with photos, video, the whole shebang. But for now, we wanted to take a sec to shine the spotlight on some of your (and our) favorite highlights of this past Sunday’s absolutely spectacular I Do! Bridal Soiree @ The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

First off, how about those tablescapes? Sparkle, shimmer & bling are the thing for 2011 wedding reception tables, as radiantly evidenced by our vendors’ magnificent wedding table displays, which featured tons of crystals, blow-glass orbs and jewel accents. And how about that high overhead? We’re talking beautiful suspended floral displays and centerpieces (which, incidentally, are great for letting guests talk to each other across the table without sight obstructions). We saw you practically swooning at the masses of roses (the one bloom that never goes out style), and the brilliant palettes of red, pink and oh-so-popular purple.

Kenneth Pool gown I Do! Bridal Soiree 2011

Mia Bridal Couture (left); Kuhl-Linscomb (right)

When you weren’t chatting with vendors, we spotted you sipping refreshing Pimms cocktails and nibbling sinfully delicious (and simply adorable) French macaroons. And how about those awesome sliders and savory-sweet chicken biscuits? So yummy! It’s no wonder The Houstonian’s fabulously talented catering department recommends serving diminutive comfort snacks like these as a late-night treat at your reception.

As for that fashion show…gorgeous, right? We’ll soon have a rundown of the runway’s most coveted looks, but for now, two words: convertible gown. As in, one amazing dress that goes from ceremony-elegant to celebration-sexy. As in, pretty much perfect.

Whether these highlights remind you of Sunday’s splendor…or make you wish you’d attended, we hope they’ll make you smile. Be sure to subscribe to the Houston Wedding Blog and the Weddings in Houston Wedding Buzz for complete I Do! coverage along with advice on how to incorporate the divine design ideas featured at the soiree into your own very, very special day.