They’re slated to be featured in the May 5 Houston Chronicle as the “Business of the Week.” And today they’re our bridal couture pick of the day! Check out The Princess Bridal’s runway run at the I Do! Bridal Soiree @ InterContinental, featuring ruffles aplenty, prettiness in pink, and lovely long veils. Designers on display include Blue by Enzoani, Allure Couture and Essence of Australia. Beautiful, aren’t they?
Ivory Bridal Atelier’s Badgley Mischka spring 2012 trunk show, today through Saturday, is going to be a knockout. At last check, there were a scant few appointments left, but they’re filling fast. Schedule yours now, then savor this little taste of the stunning Badgley Mischka wedding dresses Ivory’s got in store for you. And for more gorgeous Ivory Bridal Atelier bridal gowns, check out this clip from the salon’s sashay down the I Do! @ InterContinental bridal couture runway. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Every now and then we come across someone, or something, really special in the bridal universe. And that’s just how we feel about Jennifer Hancock. The lifelong artist, illustrator and designer, who loved drawing princesses as a child, now makes brides feel like princesses, with her beautiful custom bridal illustrations.
Here’s how it works: You visit Hancock’s Etsy shop, The Illustrated Bride. You “ooh” and “ah” at the lovely bridal gown illustrations, thinking to yourself, “Wow, I would LOVE one of these!” You place your order—which at about $130 a pop is an amazing deal—and Jennifer e-mails you requesting photos of you in your bridal ensemble, either from your wedding day or from a bridal photo session.
She’ll ask you to make sure your photos provide “a clear view of design details such as seams, lace, and intricate beading,” along with accessories like jewelry, footwear and your veil. “The illustrations are completely customizable,” Jennifer explains. “I choose a pose based on the bride’s favorite part of her dress or accessory.” Oh—and while Jennifer’s wedding dress illustrations usually skip the facial features, in the tradition of fashion sketches, if you want more of a “portrait” look, she can add facial features at no extra cost. Turnaround is about two weeks from the time she receives your last photo to the time she ships your finished work. Shortly after that, you receive your beautiful, unique, original, keepsake 8X10 illustration, to display as you wish. Though, for her part, Jennifer says, “I enjoy the thought of an illustration hanging as a conversation piece, or in a child’s room, having been passed down through generations.” Can’t you just picture it?
Got a good friend who’s planning to wed, and access to a few of her bridal photos? Jennifer’s custom illustrations make really amazing gifts, too!
OK, here comes the fun part: One lucky Houston bride will WIN a beautiful custom bridal gown illustration from The Illustrated Bride. To enter just e-mail us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and Houston-area wedding venue. Entries must be received by Friday, April 6. Winner will be notified by e-mail and announced on Facebook.
Thinking about attending this weekend’s “best of” Tara Keely by Lazaro trunk show at Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, in search of your perfect wedding dress? Let this sizzling video clip of Now & Forever’s I Do! @ InterContinental Houston runway show seal the deal. Also on display in this runway video, look for beautiful bridal gowns from Jane Wang, Victoria Nicole and Novia D’Art. So divine!
Spring is just around the corner, and nobody captures the spirit of the spring wedding season more beautifully than Etsy artisans. In today’s Etsy Envy feature, we’re showing off our favorite spring inspired flower girl looks, bridal accessories, wedding reception tabletop touches and wedding decor accoutrements. Got a favorite? Let us know!
1. Robyn Love Steele ~ 2. Bambaroos Boutique ~ 3. Flora and Fauna Flowers ~ 4. Olive and Fern ~ 5. Have and Hold ~ 6. Berry a la Mode ~ 7. Ilexia Designs ~ 8. Morgan Hill Designs