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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

I Do! Bridal Soiree at Royal Sonesta TV Spot: VIDEO

Have you seen our I Do! Bridal Soiree spot running on your favorite TV station? If not, here’s your chance! BIG thanks to A&A Video Productions for its awesome camera and production work. BTW, they do AMAZING wedding videography, too. Make sure to check them out at Sunday’s show. Pre-sale tickets available for $20 through noon Saturday; $25 at the door. And…ACTION!

 

Hayley Paige Q&A PLUS Spring 2013 Show at Now & Forever Bridal

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Photos: JLM Couture

This week, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique welcomes a very special guest—the insanely talented Hayley Paige—for three days of Spring 2013 glamour and gorgeousness. The fun kicks off with Now & Forever’s Hayley Paige Bridal Bliss event on Thursday, Jan. 24, featuring chilled Champagne, scrummy nibbles, and, best of all, a preview of the super-hot designer’s much-lauded Spring 2013 collection, hosted by none other than the lovely Hayley Paige herself. On Friday and Saturday, Paige sticks around to offer personalized gown customization and styling tips, at a two-day trunk show that’s bound to draw brides in droves—which means you’d better make your
appointment
right about now!

Then sit back and enjoy HWB’s exclusive chat with rising star and JLM Couture darling Hayley Paige (who, we’ve gotta say, is just about as sweet as her gowns are drop-dead gorgeous).

Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get your start in bridal design?

Hayley Paige: The bridal design process is not only extremely heartfelt and feminine, but there is a marvelous sense of fairytale. I grew up idolizing Disney princesses and a grandmother who taught me how to sew and bake at a very young age. Design was a natural and inescapable practice.

Prior to coming on board at JLM Couture in August of 2011, I dabbled in ready-to-wear, but solidified my main attraction to the wedding industry by designing for Melissa Sweet and Marchesa at Priscilla of Boston. Bridal is my shtick, and when I had the opportunity to come to JLM, there was a natural sense of creative magnetism and a prospect for a niche aesthetic. We launched the first Hayley Paige season that October. It was a fast and fabulous start!

HWB: What are some of the signature qualities or features of the Hayley Paige bridal collection?

HP: I strive for the collection to have personality and enthusiasm, so I embrace a lot of textural charm. I also focus on an execution of balance between fanciful and polished.  Whether it’s applying a delicate eyelet trim to sheer organza flounces or pairing a plunging neckline with a ballet ballgown skirt, the collection explores the most sophisticated aspects of femininity and also dabbles into edgier elements. The look is lively, fresh and happily refined.

HWB: Tell us a little about your spring 2013 gowns—what’s wonderful about this season?

HP: I had a lot of fun with beaded boleros and interchangeable skirts last season, so I will definitely continue to incorporate that type of versatility into the upcoming collection. I also hope to make a strong statement with regards to textural juxtapositions like strong versus soft, twinkle versus matte, and modern vesus organic. You can count on oodles of chunky beading, sheer elements and ombré accents of color.

HWB: What are a few of your favorite Hayley Paige Spring 2013 gowns? What do you love about them?

HP: Guindon, the striped organza ball gown, was my favorite gown from last season. I am ignited by gowns that push the envelope and are aesthetically directed for brand definition. There is a decent amount of style saturation in the industry, so it’s important to focus on a fresh presentation and take a few risks. As in love and relationships, reliability is important, but it’s the spontaneity and wow factor that give you those butterflies in your stomach.

HWB: What are you looking forward to most with your visit to Now & Forever Bridal Boutique this week?

HP: Getting better acquainted with the Houston bride! I love having different demographics to learn from and appreciate. Bridal design not just about creativity and delivering an aesthetic, there is a psychological factor in truly understanding what type of bride you are catering to; who she is and what will keep her on her toes.