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This Is What An Illustrated Bride Looks Like

This Is What An Illustrated Bride Looks Like

Photos: Top, Chris Bailey Photography; bottom, The Illustrated Bride

Y’all may recall last year’s Illustrated Bride giveaway, where we bestowed one lucky bride with a custom bridal gown illustration, courtesy Jennifer Hancock, aka the artist behind The Illustrated Bride. Well we’re delighted to share with you winning bride Kristin’s illustration, which includes Kristin in her stunning Vera Wang gown, AND her adorbs groom all done up in dapper formal wear. Says artist Hancock, “I am VERY happy with the final piece. Kristin is just gorgeous and I hope my work does her some justice!” Interested in having Hancock transform your bridal photo into a gown illustration that’ll become a keepsake for generations to come? Check out her Etsy shop right here!

Metallic Accent Wedges: Five Faves for SPRING!

Kick up your heels, loves—spring pre-wedding-party season just got a little hotter. For all those showers, engagement fetes and other occasions you’re bound to be throwing or invited to this spring, a chic wedge with a hint of metal (studs, straps, a killer buckle or two) is pure prettiness, with just the right amount of edge. Check out five of our favorite metal-accent wedges for warm-season celebrations…or, ya know, pretty much anytime you walk on out of the house!

Metallic Accent Wedges: Five Faves for SPRING!

Metallic Accent Wedges: Five Faves for SPRING!

Metallic Accent Wedges: Five Faves for SPRING!

Metallic Accent Wedges: Five Faves for SPRING!

Metallic Accent Wedges: Five Faves for SPRING!

 

MICHAEL Michael Kors via Zappos ~ Audrey Brooke via DSW ~ Cole Haan via Piperlime ~ MICHAEL Michael Kors via Macy’s ~ Kate Spade New York via Nordstrom

 

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show at Belle Mariée Bridal Friday and Saturday

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show at Belle Mariee Bridal Friday and Saturday

Breathtaking. Simply breathtaking. These are the only words we can use to describe Ines Di Santo’s latest collection, with its hints of Italian Baroque, its lush silk flowers, its subtly metallic layers and brilliant crystal embellishments. These are dramatic gowns for the statement-making bride, and they are exquisite. See them this Friday and Saturday when lovely Houston salon Belle Mariée Bridal hosts a two-day trunk show featuring light nibbles, bubbly and—of course—a bevy of gorgeous Ines Di Santo bridal gowns. *Swoon*

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show

Fri., April 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Belle Mariée Bridal
2509 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 770019

Call 713.523.0068 to schedule your appointment!

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show at Belle Mariee Bridal Friday and Saturday

Photos ~ Ines Di Santo

Chateau Cocomar Fashion Shoot by Civic Photos PLUS Bridal Shoot GIVEAWAY

The gleaming marble expanses, the dramatic arches and twinkling crystal chandeliers, the stately columns and soaring steps—there’s nothing about French-style venue Chateau Cocomar that doesn’t lend itself to fabulous photos.

Just take this knockout fashion shoot by HWB fave Civic Photos, for instance. We love how fashion and wedding photographer Barett Henry juxtaposes sultry, sophisticated models Brittnie, Ciara, Jasmine and Karolina with the chateau’s traditional storybook setting.

If you think you too would look lovely set against Chateau Cocomar’s fairytale backdrop, here’s your opportunity: Enter TODAY to win a $600 Vintage French Bridal Photo Shoot from Civic Photos!

TO ENTER:
Email us
your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEB. 22. Please, only ONE entry per bride (duplicate entries are annoying and will be deleted, darlings). Our winner will be notified by email and announced on Facebook the week of Feb. 25.

Good luck, lovelies!!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Makeup: SassyByYorlin ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar

To check out event more of Civic Photos’ recent work, click here and here!

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.