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Winnie Couture Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Winnie Couture knows exactly how the Houston bride wants to look on her wedding day: elegant and glamorous. When we say Houston glam, we’re talking about gowns with dramatic backs, crystal embellishments and delicate appliques. Winnie Couture’s Blush and Diamond Label lines have a range of silhouettes including figure-hugging mermaid gowns to full ballgowns that flatter any body type. Want to see these beautiful gowns in person? Take a trip to Winnie Couture’s Flagship Bridal Salon in Houston to search for your perfect gown!

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Photos: Winnie Couture

Ines Di Santo S/S 2015 Couture Bridal Collection: Gardens of Glamour

Gardens of Glamour by Ines Di Santo is a collection of exquisite, whimsical gowns that were inspired by the world’s most breathtaking gardens. The dreamy essence and mystical settings of nature can be felt throughout the spring/summer collection. The crystal-encrusted tulle, lace applique, and feminine pearls have us swooning over every single gown. Obsessed with these gowns? You can find Ines Di Santo’s collection in Houston at Ivory Bridal Atelier. Happy shopping!

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Photos: Ines Di Santo

Contemporary Engagement Shoot by Civic Photos

We are absolutely in love with beautiful bride-to-be Kristy and handsome groom Desmond’s engagement shoot for several reasons: 1. They are ridiculously good-looking AND well dressed. 2. The theme went from super modern and edgy to casual, yet romantic. 3. We can’t wait to see how amazing their upcoming wedding in August at Chateau Polonez will be! Check out their engagement shoot by Civic Photos– great job Barett!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Locations: Cantoni and Galveston Island

Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

Cathy Rascoe Custom Bridal Headpiece Giveaway Ends 9pm Tomorrow!

Cathy Rascoe Custom Bridal Headpiece Giveaway Ends 9pm Friday!

Photo: Cathy Rascoe

We are so excited about our upcoming spring cocktail party and wedding showcase that we’ve teamed up with top Houston milliner Cathy Rascoe for a very exciting giveaway: One lucky bride-to-be who reserves her I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian tickets by 9pm this Friday, April 11, will work directly with Cathy Rascoe to create a custom bridal headpiece worth $500. Wondering about the artist behind this uniquely awesome giveaway? Our exclusive Q&A sesh with the designer herself should shed some light on her lovely work!

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

Cathy Rascoe: I have always had a fascination with ladies’ hats, stretching back to childhood. I started in millinery when I was getting married and I could not find any bridal headpiece that I thought was well made and fit my design aesthetics. I created my own piece for my wedding—which, frankly, I would never even show to anyone today. It was not a great design, but it was what I could do at the time, so it was better than what was available or that I could find, at least.

HWB: What do you love about bridal millinery?

CR: When I’m creating pieces I completely lose myself in my work. I lose track of time, space, and all sense that there is anything else in the world except the piece that I’m composing. It is thrilling to be lost so completely in the design phase. I become so emotionally involved that I often end up in tears when I am finished.

HWB: What’s involved in creating a bridal headpiece or veil?

CR: The most important characteristic, I find, is the beauty. Each piece wants and needs to be beautiful. I don’t strive to create avant-garde or unusual pieces. My pieces are timeless and classic. Each piece requires many hours of design, engineering, sewing, finishing and composition. Each piece has its own soul, in a way that beams out to the world and shouts, “Look at me! I’m gorgeous!” Guests should literally gasp when they see my brides—and it happens a lot with my pieces. It is very gratifying and satisfying to be able to connect with people in such a visceral and emotional manner.

HWB: What does a custom headpiece add to the bride’s ensemble?

CR: To me, a bare head is incomplete. Have you seen pictures of brides with just a veil or a pretty hairstyle and thought, “Meh?” The most iconic brides throughout time have had an unforgettable headpiece. I feel a duty to help women to realize that they can be insanely gorgeous with even just a little something on their head that represents their personality.

Cathy Rascoe Custom Bridal Headpiece Giveaway Ends 9pm Friday!

Photos: Cathy Rascoe

Meet Cathy Rascoe in person at the extraordinary I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, Thursday, April 17, from 6-9 pm. Purchase your all-inclusive $25 presale tickets NOW, before they sell out! We’ll see YOU at I Do!