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Bridal Preview Fall 2011: Rivini

Rivini Fall 2011 Collection Rivini Fall 2011 Collection

Whew. It’s been an exhilarating (read: kind of crazy) couple of months, what with working on soon-to-be-launched redesigns of the Weddings in Houston website and this here blog, not to mention putting together the big, beautiful, bursting-with-inspiration January print issue of Weddings in Houston.

Of course, in the midst of this delightful madness, the New York bridal market just wrapped, and we are so excited to treat you to a preview of our favorite fall 2011 collections, straight from the market runways.

So let’s just start with a bang shall we? Bridal couture darling Rivini staged its show at the Alvin Ailey Theater, home of the legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Which would have been cool enough. But then there were the gowns—oh, what gowns. Inspired by the French impressionist Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, designer Rita Vinieris created a magnificently textured collection featuring extraordinary pleating, layering, tufting and draping—in other words, lots of working of fabric that somehow never looked overworked.

Rivini Fall 2011 Collection Rivini Fall 2011 Collection

We checked in with Emily Sutton of Mia Bridal Couture for her take on the Rivini fall 2011 collection, and here’s what she told us: “Seeing these gowns on the runway whisks you away to [Monet’s gardens]. Rita manipulated the structural details to provide strong silhouettes with effortless movement.” Sutton says she loves how the collection’s bold lines “were softened by floral motifs and organic draping.”

Plus, we LOVE Rivini’s use of black and blingy belts, and chunky jewelry, as edgy counterpoints to these romantic gowns.

Check out our favorite designs from the Rivini collection—and check baclk over the next few weeks (or better yet subscribe to WIH and let US come to YOU) for more fall 2011 previews!

Peanut Butter? We Like Ours Smooth. Bridal Jewelry? We’ll Take Chunky All The Way!

Itty-bitty pearl drop earrings and delicate little diamond pendants are perfectly fine for weddings. Really. But the hottest look in bridal jewelry these days, like the hottest thing in soup (hey, those chilly nights are just around the corner!) is bold, thick and chunky.

We are crazy about these chunky wedding jewelry pieces—and we hope you are, too. No wallflowers here, thought fabric flowers aplenty (check out that peach-satin and black-glass bib from RiRiFisch—gorgeous!). Plus chunks of crystal, big fat faux pearls and lots of lush color.

MEG Chunky Bridal Necklace

MEG Chunky Bridal Bracelet

How yummy are the two styles above (necklace on top, beautiful ribbon bracelet below) from MEG? “MEG is a brand that has the chunky style down,” says our friend Lindsey Brewer, bridal consultant extraordinaire at Brickhouse Bridal, who’s seen many a Houston bride fall hopelessly in love with the line’s lovely, statement-making pieces.

Pearl and Crystal Bridal Bib Necklace

The “Ellen” necklace by Erin Gallagher is like a cascade of sparkle–imagine how stunning this would look draped against your decolletage at your candlelit reception.

Chunky Blue and White Bridal Necklace

Peach Fabric Flower Bridal Necklace

The “Your Majesty” bridal necklace by Etsy’s Sol Bijou (above) combines Kyanite, Labradorite, Blue Mystic Topaz and Rock Quartz with polymer clay and organza flowers, faux pearl clusters and French satin ribbon, all in grays, blues and shades of white. And, like your wedding, it’s one of a kind. Wow.

With its matte peach satin blossoms accented with jet glass beads, RiRiFisch’s “Dianna” necklace is a vintage-inspired vision of loveliness. It comes with black ribbon ties (a hint of elegant edginess we LOVE for winter brides), but you can switch out for a different color if you so desire.

Coming Up This Weekend: Hot Houston Trunk Shows

Still on the prowl for the perfect gown? This weekend, perfection comes to Houston in the form of Australian bridal design house Martina Liana and Atlanta-based designer Anne Barge. Make your appointments NOW. Here are the deets:

On Friday and Saturday, Brickhouse Bridal welcomes Martina Liana. Created by Martine Harris and Leanne Collova of Essense of Australia (Collova HERSELF will be at this show), the Martina Liana line is pure couture all the way, with a thrilling touch of contemporary edge. We love Martina Liana for its ample choices in customization, too. Choose the wedding gown style that suits you, and make it truly your own with your unique combination of shades and fabrics. Fabulous.

Martina Liana Trunk Show @ Brickhouse Bridal

Friday, October 1 – Saturday, October 2

Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

200 Valleywood Drive

Suite A300

The Woodlands, TX 77380

For more information call 281.681.3430 or visit Brickhouse Bridal

Also on Friday and Saturday, Belle Mariée Bridal presents couture designer Anne Barge. View the Fall 2010 collection, with its sumptuous fabrics, museum-quality detailing and embrace of tradition and elegance. If you’re looking for the kind of classic gown that instantly becomes a treasured family heirloom, you don’t want to miss this exclusive show.

Anne Barge Trunk Show @ Belle Mariée Bridal

Friday, October 1 – Saturday, October 2

Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2509 River Oaks Blvd.

Houston, TX 77019

For more information call 713.523.0068 or visit  Belle Mariée Bridal

To Do This Week: Simone Carvalli @ Brickhouse Bridal, WestLake Club Open House, Northwest Forest Open House

Nothing to do this weekend? Yeah, right. When you’re a bride planning her wedding, there’s ALWAYS something to do. And this weekend, there are three more exclusive bridal events to add to your calendar, so mark the dates, grab a bridesmaid or two, and get out there. PS: RSVPs are always appreciated. But then, you knew that. You’re a bride-to-be, after all!

This Friday and Saturday, check out high-glamour, high-fashion, figure-hugging gowns from Simone Carvalli at Brickhouse Bridal, and get 15% off when you nab your Carvalli creation during this event!

Simone Carvalli Trunk Show

Brickhouse Bridal

Friday, August 20 – Saturday, August 21, 2010

200 Valleywood Drive

Suite A300

The Woodlands, Tx 77380

For more information and to RSVP call 281.681.3430

Looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor wedding venue? Lakefront lawns and opulent ballroom space for up to 350 of your nearest and dearest await you at the conveniently located WestLake Club. Come see it (and taste it!) for yourself this Saturday.

WestLake Club Bridal Open House

Saturday, August 21, 2010

11AM to 1PM

570 Westlake Park Blvd.

Houston, TX 77079

For more information or to RSVP call 281.556.5100 or e-mail

It may be located on 80 spectacular rural acres in Cypress, but Northwest Forest has all the modern amenities to make your wedding the event of a lifetime. Check out its unique ceremony and reception spaces—we especially love the Old West-style Settlement House with its big ol’ Texas-size ballroom and delightful wraparound porch—this Sunday afternoon.

Northwest Forest Bridal Open House

Sunday, August 22, 2010

2PM to 4PM

12715 Telge Road

Cypress, TX 77429

For more information or to RSVP call 281.256.4249 or e-mail

Winter Wedding Cover-Ups We Love

We know it’s hard to think about cold weather when the heat index is hitting 105 and the air is more liquid than gas…in other words, Houston in August. But all you winter brides (you know who you are) have less planning time left than you might think. Which means you better start thinking about how you’re going to stylishly cover up those bare bridal shoulders and arms when our temps FINALLY take a dip, as they tend to do, November through February.

Here’s a suggestion: Crank up the A/C, pour yourself a frosty beverage—heck, plunk yourself down into an ice-water bath (not just refreshing, but GREAT for the pores). Whatever you do, just cool off before you check out these lovely winter wedding outerwear ideas. Brrr…. in a good way!

We love the Old-Hollywood glamour of this marabou wedding stole, which gets an added bit of pretty from a chiffon-scarf front tie.

This snug, sophisticated faux-fur shoulder wrap has a handy hook-and-eye closure for easy on and off. And it’s a steal at under 60 bucks!

A longer faux-mink style from another one of our Etsy faves, Vldana. Be sure to check out her other items—she makes lovely wedding capelets and wedding shawls, too!

There’s a dreamy, lavish, Dr. Zhivago-esque romance to this faux-fur-trimmed wedding cloak, don’t you think? Matching muff included!

For lighter coverage, we’re wild about this gorgeous ruffle-edged double silk taffeta stole. Wrap it up, we’ll take it!