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St. Regis Houston Bridal Showcase July 19-CANCELLED

**SORRY TO INFORM YOU, BRIDES, BUT THE ST. REGIS HOUSTON BRIDAL SHOWCASE PLANNED FOR JULY 19 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. HOWEVER, THE ST. REGIS’ ASTOR BALLROOM IS AS GORGEOUS AS EVER, AND AVAILABLE FOR 2012-2013 WEDDINGS, SO DO CONTACT THE HOTEL FOR A TOUR & TASTING!

A celebration space that celebrates Houston’s signature cowboy-meets-cosmopolitan style of Lone Star chic? Sounds like a perfect wedding setting to us. We can’t wait to feast our eyes on the St. Regis Houston’s gorgeously renovated Astor Ballroom AND indulge the rest of our senses with fabulous food, drink and wedding-design inspiration, when the St. Regis hosts “A Bespoke Wedding Affair” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

For this special summer bridal showcase, the St. Regis will welcome a very exclusive handful of top Houston wedding vendors, and invite brides to chat, sip, nibble and enjoy live entertainment. If you’re on the hunt for a standout Houston wedding venue, this special summer showcase is a great chance for you to experience the unique splendors of the Astor Ballroom, which takes its design inspiration from hand-stitched cowboy boots, finely wrought metal spurs and brilliant diamonds. If you’ve already settled on a wedding site, this event is a fine opportunity to meet experts and gather ideas. And for all brides who attend, A Bespoke Wedding Affair is a wonderful way to spend a summer evening—tasting, touching, planning, perfecting.

Space is limited; tickets are $15 and include complimentary valet parking. To reserve yours, call Lauren Evans at 713.403.2627 or email.

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The Big To Do: Rivini Spring 2013 Trunk Show @ Mia Bridal Couture

Three days of Rivini. Three days of pure, perfect silhouettes majestically embellished with exquisite hand-beading and a sprinkle of sparkle. Three days of Rita Vinieris’ incredible talent for blending crisp lines with breathless femininity. At Mia Bridal Couture. Starting Thursday. Appointments are a must, make one you shall. This is the Houston unveiling of Rivini spring 2013, after all. ’Nuff said.

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Photos: Rivini

The Big To Do: Texas-Style Entertaining with The Dining Diva, Wed. 6-13

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Trying to figure out just what you’re going to do with all those newfangled kitchen gadgets and super-chic tabletop goodies you’re sure to get gifted from your wedding registry? Here’s an idea: Learn how to whip up and serve a scrumptious Texas-style gourmet dinner! This Wednesday, famed “Dining Diva” and cookbook author Molly Fowler shows you how, at a sure-to-be-delicious cooking class, 6:30 p.m. at Central Market. Menu items include (cue the drooling) Shrimp Acapulco and Smoked Grilled Ribeye with Sauteed Mushrooms. Tasting is strongly encouraged. Couples are welcome. Space is limited, so reserve yours now. Mmm… date night is served!

Credits (Photos From Top to Bottom, Left to Right): The Dining Diva (2 images) ~ Central Market

What’s New at the New I Do?

What’s New at the New I Do?

The I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian is I Do! like you’ve never seen it before. Which, for the 35-plus top-of-the-line vendors in attendance, means a chance to showcase their best in a whole new light. Of course, you’ll have to wait ’til those storied doors of The Corinthian open on April 26, to see just what we’re talking about. Until then, here’s a little sneak peek at what some of our experts plan to unveil!

Wedding consultant extraordinaire Jo Ann Schwartz-Woodward, of top Houston wedding-planning firm Schwartz & Woodward, will be speaking to brides about the custom wedding-planning services for which Schwartz & Woodward is known—and will be offering a free vendor consultation (valued at $1,500), to provide couples with “vendors in every single category that they would need to plan a memorable wedding,” Schwartz-Woodward says.

Visit award-winning videography studio Sculpting With Time to speak with founder Alex Douglas about the “Wedding Cinema” package, which includes a highlight video and feature-length film, shot with Hollywood-quality equipment by up to three cinematographers. And take advantage of a 10% show discount!

On the hunt for engaging invitations? Along with other gorgeous invitation and stationery designs, Vivian Jade will be showcasing their fun and innovative Sweetheart Pocket invitations and sending brides home with a Sweetheart Pocket sample.

Brides with a sweet tooth will no doubt want to indulge in treats from Who Made The Cake, which will show off stunning new cake styles, along with Cake Shots—“the hot new wedding favor,” Who Made The Cake’s Nadine Moon tells us.

Though they won’t debut until shortly after the I Do! show, photographer DC Stanley’s stylish new photo albums are destined to be big with brides—so make sure to ask about them at the DC Stanley display (and be sure to pick up a $100 DC Stanley gift certificate while you’re at it).

Photographer Steve Lee of top Houston photography studio Steve Lee Weddings will catch the attention of many a bride with dazzling 40-by-60-foot canvas wraps, so be sure to keep an eye out for them! Also be sure to take advantage of Steve Lee Weddings’ special I Do! @ The Corinthian package, which includes two portrait sessions, two-photographer wedding coverage, edited images and a wedding book, all at a very special show-only discount.

Crazy for couture? Look for mingling models sashaying about The Corinthian sporting beautiful gowns and accessories from top Houston bridal salons, including breathtaking Carolina Herrera designs from Belle Mariée Bridal, and hotly anticipated Amsale fall 2012 styles from Mia Bridal Couture.

These are but a tiny handful of the treasures you’ll uncover at I Do! @ The Corinthian. We’ll be posting, tweeting and buzzing about more in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned—and, most of all, make sure to snag tickets to this intimate and extraordinary show before they run out!

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring

Last year’s Amazing Ring Race was such a massive hit, Thomas Markle Jewelers is doing it again. Will this be your chance to score BIG?

On April 7, Thomas Markle Jewelers presents the Amazing Ring Race 2—a one-day, real-world treasure hunt that will take to-be-weds through the streets of The Woodlands in pursuit of a spectacular ArtCarved diamond engagement ring worth $15,000. Gulp.

Registration is free, but limited. Increase your chances of being selected to take part in this incredibly awesome event—and, by extension, your chances of winning that gorgeous ring—by using the exclusive Weddings in Houston promo code WEDDINGS15, when you register online.

Good luck, brides and grooms—now get out there and RACE!

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring
Ring: Courtesy Thomas Markle Jewelers ~ Photos: Deji Osinulu