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The Best I Do! We’ve Ever Done, Thanks to You

I Do! Bridal Soiree 2011 I Do! Bridal Soiree Tablescapes

Susie’s Cakes & Confections (left); iCatching Events (right)

More than 1,000 attendees. Over 80 vendors. Five full hours of FAB-U-LOUS. We’ll be doing complete show coverage a little further down the road, with photos, video, the whole shebang. But for now, we wanted to take a sec to shine the spotlight on some of your (and our) favorite highlights of this past Sunday’s absolutely spectacular I Do! Bridal Soiree @ The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

First off, how about those tablescapes? Sparkle, shimmer & bling are the thing for 2011 wedding reception tables, as radiantly evidenced by our vendors’ magnificent wedding table displays, which featured tons of crystals, blow-glass orbs and jewel accents. And how about that high overhead? We’re talking beautiful suspended floral displays and centerpieces (which, incidentally, are great for letting guests talk to each other across the table without sight obstructions). We saw you practically swooning at the masses of roses (the one bloom that never goes out style), and the brilliant palettes of red, pink and oh-so-popular purple.

Kenneth Pool gown I Do! Bridal Soiree 2011

Mia Bridal Couture (left); Kuhl-Linscomb (right)

When you weren’t chatting with vendors, we spotted you sipping refreshing Pimms cocktails and nibbling sinfully delicious (and simply adorable) French macaroons. And how about those awesome sliders and savory-sweet chicken biscuits? So yummy! It’s no wonder The Houstonian’s fabulously talented catering department recommends serving diminutive comfort snacks like these as a late-night treat at your reception.

As for that fashion show…gorgeous, right? We’ll soon have a rundown of the runway’s most coveted looks, but for now, two words: convertible gown. As in, one amazing dress that goes from ceremony-elegant to celebration-sexy. As in, pretty much perfect.

Whether these highlights remind you of Sunday’s splendor…or make you wish you’d attended, we hope they’ll make you smile. Be sure to subscribe to the Houston Wedding Blog and the Weddings in Houston Wedding Buzz for complete I Do! coverage along with advice on how to incorporate the divine design ideas featured at the soiree into your own very, very special day.

Order I Do! Bridal Soiree Tickets By Midnight, Enter to Win Luxury Getaway for 2!

Brickhouse Bridal Gown Wedding Tabletop Designs By Jessie

Photos By Nhan Nguyen Photography

We know how busy you get, being a bride-to-be. The meetings, the tastings, the fittings, the hours of research and contemplation and tough decision-making.

So we know you’re gonna love this. Not only have we got the absolute crème de la crème of Houston wedding vendors and experts all gathered in one convenient location, where you can meet with them, one on one, while sipping fine wine and nibbling gourmet treats.

Not only do we have Houston’s ONLY couture bridal runway show (Amsale, Kenneth Pool, Christos, Badgley Mischka, etc., etc…I mean, come ON).

But we’re also giving away an amazing weekend-night getaway for two at the legendary Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa—which just happens to also be the home of this Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree.

Convenient, top-of-the-line, one-stop shopping AND a chance to escape from it all with your hubby-to-be and just be in love, luxuriously, for a full 24 hours, on the weekend of your choice? Oh, yeah.

Just pre-order your I Do! tickets NO LATER THAN END OF DAY TODAY and you’re automatically entered in our giveaway contest. That’s a win (you’ve locked in your ticket so you won’t be left out when they inevitably sell out by Sunday), win (you’re attending Houston’s finest, most inspiring, and ONLY luxury bridal show), and quite possible WIN (our Houstonian getaway giveaway…we’ll announce the winner tomorrow!). #IDoHoustonian

Bridal Fall Preview 2011: Simone Carvalli

Simone Carvalli Fall 2011 Simone Carvalli Fall 2011

Va to the va to the voom. Maybe it’s the patent-pending “Magic Fit” construction (which takes 2 to 4 inches off the wearer’s waist), maybe it’s the brilliant crystal embellishments or luxurious fabrics. Whatever it is that makes Simone Carvalli gowns so darn glamorous, we are loving it. And the Simone Carvalli fall 2011 bridal collection is no exception…though it is utterly exceptional.

All the Simone Carvalli hallmarks—the incredible hourglass silhouettes, the show-stopping trains, the dazzling Swarovski details—show up in this fabulous collection, plus a few surprises, too, like a couple of sweet, sexy short styles, and a semi-sheer bodice. But really, the strength of the fall 2011 bridal collection lies in those hip-hugging, waist-nipping, figure-flattering trumpet and mermaid styles that have always been Simone Carvalli’s forte…and just happen to be on the fore of bridal fashion for 2011-2012 weddings.

Simone Carvalli Fall 2011 Simone Carvalli Fall 2011

For a closer look at Simone Carvalli gowns, check out Brickhouse Bridal in The Woodlands, and slip into something…spectacular.

To Do This Week: Be On TV!

Mother of the Bride Fashion

Your wedding day will be your moment in the spotlight. But you may be able to score a little TV coverage before that!

The producers of ABC’s hit “Dancing With the Stars” are filming a brand-new, “upscale” reality show at Houston’s own T Carolyn Fashions this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 7-9), and they’re looking for mothers and daughters to participate. For those of you who aren’t familiar with T Carolyn, it is where Houston’s (and many of the entire country’s) most fashionable mothers-of-the-bride (and groom) go to find the perfect dress or ensemble to wear for their daughter’s (or son’s) big day.

To be eligible to participate in the filming, brides MUST accompany their mothers. Dancing, however, is not required. And just so you know, T Carolyn will be open for regular business during filming dates.

For information, call 281.440.4696 or e-mail.

All That Glitters…Looks So Great On Wedding Shoes!

Rodo Crystal Peep-Toe Pump

Rodo Crystal Peep-Toe Pump

The bling thing is so hot for 2011 weddings, if Swarovski weren’t family owned, we’d buy stock in ’em. The ubiquitous Austrian crystals and rhinestones are showing up on everything from invitations to linens to cakes (a la Susie Edwards’ dazzler on display at October’s I Do! Bridal Soiree @ ZaZa).

Lauren Jones Angel Peep-Toe
Lauren Jones Angel Peep-Toe

As for wearable sparkle, designers are doing amazing things with bling—from crystal- and rhinestone-encrusted belts and bodices to tiers of tulle sprinkled with tiny crystal beads for a dreamy, fairytale effect. But our hands-down favorite use of sparkle is on bridal footwear.

Christian Louboutin Marlena
Christian Louboutin Marlena

Cinderella knew the effect of a twinkling shoe. Dorothy’s helped her find her way home. Your sparkling wedding-day shoes may just create a little magic of their own. At the very least, they’ll look incredibly glamorous peeping out from beneath your bridal gown.

Artyce Custom Shoes
Artyce Custom Shoes
Artyce Sandals
Artyce Sandals