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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

This Week: Houston Bridal Open Houses Galore

If ever there was a week to clear your calendar for some serious venue visitin’…this is it! The open houses start today, with waterfront eatery and event space Brady’s Landing, which welcomes brides from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for tours, tastings and more.

Then, on Sunday, it’s a bridal-open-house quadruple-header: From 1 to 4 p.m. The Wynden serves light hors d’oeuvre and cocktails courtesy Masraffs, while treating brides to a showcase of fine vendors including Elegant Custom Invitations, Edible Designs by Jessie and Plants ’n Petals. Also from 1 to 4, Pine Forest Country Club shows off its elegant event space and verdant grounds, while tempting guests’ taste buds with light bites and bubbly.

In the early evening hours, it’s Chateau Cocomar’s turn: Turn up at Houston’s fairytale French venue between 4 and 7 p.m. for the chateau’s annual bridal open house, featuring tours, tastes and much winsome wedding fantasizing…

RSVPs are requested for all open houses; make yours, and find out about all the coming weeks’ wedding events and bridal trunk shows, here.

The Wynden

Photo: The Wynden, MD Turner Photography

Chateau Cocomar

Photo: Chateau Cocomar

2013 Inaugural Ball Wrap with Darryl & Co…Plus Open House TOMORROW!

“The pinnacle of my career” is how Darryl Murchison describes his recent work as designer of the Texas State Society’s “Black Tie & Boots” bash at the 2013 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. And when you’re talking about a 24-year career that’s included some of the most prestigious corporate, fundraising, high society and private events in Houston (and other cities—our Mr. Murchison’s crazy-amazing talents are in demand from coast to coast, natch), including too many breathtaking weddings to count—well, that’s quite a pinnacle, indeed.

The Pitch

As founder and creative director of legendary Houston event-design firm Darryl & Co., Murchison was the top pick of Ward & Ames Special Events, the official producer of the 2013 Black Tie & Boots event. “They brought this to me and said, ‘We need you, your vision, your creativity. Would you be a partner with us on the event?’”—one of several inaugural celebrations, and, though technically an “unofficial” ball, the hottest ticket in D.C. that weekend. “I presented to them and to Texas State Society, and from there, it was a very quick process. I was in.”

The Party

Held at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort on the Potomac River, the 8,000-attendee event was pure Texas, from the proliferation of yellow roses, to the Kilgore Rangerettes, to the Texas A&M Aggies, to a performance by country legend Charley Pride. It was also pure patriotism—but not the plain ol’ stars-and-stripes kind.

The client said, ‘We don’t want to see overload of red, white and blue bunting,” which was perfectly fine with out-of-the-box designer Darryl M. Instead, the client said, “‘Imagine the Driskill Hotel bar in Austin,’” (one of our faves, btw—we love how the amber lighting illuminates our Manhattan), which Murchison did, and delivered a party palette of “burgundy, deep blue, tea-stained colors,” which went right along with the party’s “vintage, nostalgic, back-to-Texas-roots” theme.

Feb. 7 Darryl & Co. Open House!

Meet the man behind the 2013 Black Tie & Boots inaugural ball, and check out Darryl & Co.’s hottest new wedding colors, patterns, tablescapes and design concepts at tomorrow night’s Spring Bridal Showcase & Open House. And while you’re there, make sure to enjoy bites, bubbly and fine wine, courtesy Jackson and Company—another Houston party-making legend. RSVP now!

 

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Photos: Darryl & Co.

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