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Houston Trunk Show: Christos @ Mia Bridal Couture

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Is there any bride luckier than a Houston bride? We think not. The variety of venues (five-star hotels, sprawling country clubs, historic mansions, rustic ranches), the incredible floral designers, the spectacularly talented cake creators, the world-class bridal salons—hey, let’s pause on that one for a sec, shall we?

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Houston brides know fashion, they know their designers, and boy do they know how to SHOP. And the world’s most revered bridal design houses have responded.

This year alone, we’ve seen Amsale, Winnie Couture, Badgley Mischka, Simone Carvalli, Paloma Blanca—the list goes on. Well, now it’s time to add another stellar designer to the list.

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This weekend, Christos comes to Mia Bridal Couture for two days of glorious gowns and expert bridalwear consultation. The Christos collection, created by Cyprus-born designer Christos Yiannakou, and taken over by none other than Amsale herself upon Yiannakou’s retirement in 2005, is one of our absolute favorites. We just melt at the sight of those ethereal A-lines and princess-worthy ballgowns with their layers of fine lace and tulle, and exquisite floral details.

Christos gowns have been featured in such films as “27 Dresses” and “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and in countless magazine spreads from sea to shining sea.

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Take advantage of your own chance to try on a beautiful Christos gown or two this Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, at Mia—one of the freshest, hippest, most elegant bridal boutiques in town. And should you choose to yes to that breathtaking Christos dress during this exclusive two-day event, well, you’ll enjoy 15% off the price you’d otherwise pay. Hooray!

Call 713.622.2022 for details,
or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com.

A Wedding Handbag with Attitude

So you may have noticed that we here at the HWB have a thing for shoes and bags. Kinda like you. After all, without the perfect accessories, what is a bridal gown but just a really, really nice white dress?

With that in mind, here’s one more fancy bridal handbag design we fancy:

Available at Amazon for a very pretty price, this sleek, chic metallic pink evening clutch from Selini New York’s is surprisingly spacious inside—which is good news when you want to have on hand everything you need to keep your hair and makeup in picture-perfect condition. If you’re a fashion-forward bride who’s put off by the thought a run-of-the-mill white satin wristlet, this shimmery little bullet of a bridal clutch is a great alternative.

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Here’s another cool idea: Pair the gold version of this sweet clutch with a pair of gold or other metallic sandals, which go beautifully with wedding gowns in just about any shade of white or ivory.

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Did we mention it also comes in the season’s hottest hue? Oh, yeah.
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A Sophisticated New Space for Weddings by Debbie

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Though it’s been in its beautiful Katy/West Houston location since fall, Weddings by Debbie is still enjoying that new salon smell. As for Houston area brides, they’re elegant, sophisticated look and larger size of the new store, located at 20235-B Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77450.

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We checked in with WBD vice president AJ Ruley, who told us that brides are big fans of the salon’s large dressing rooms, “enormous viewing area” and plentiful mirrors, which allow each bride to view each dress she tries on from a variety of angles. “Our atmosphere promotes beauty and sophistication,” she says, adding, “We make every effort to make each girl feel special.”

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Not only has WBD’s space gotten bigger and more beautiful, so has its selection of designer gowns, at different price points to accommodate a variety of budgets. “We added Rosa Clara, another designer out of Spain, and we added new collections of established designers already in the store, such as Matthew Christopher, Stephen Yearick, Lazaro, Jim Hjelm, Alvina Valenta, Tara Keely and Manuel Mota of Pronovias, while buying even deeper into other lines represented heavily in our store,” explains Ruley. Need a little style advice? She notes that the classic ballgown is the “it” style this season, especially when paired with a long veil and colored shoes.

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Speaking of which…WBD has also upped its inventory of footwear and accessories—bonus! “We also added new collections of Accents by Alexis which is a local veil and jewelry company that is on the rise and can turn around merchandise for quick brides and for brides that want more customized jewelry for their special day,” Ruley says. Plus, WBD now carries shoes from British footwear firm Benjamin Adams Shoe Co., which offers shoes to coordinate with all WBD gowns, and silk shoes in different colors—“Awesome!” says Ruley

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As if all this wasn’t cool enough, WBD plans to launch a fabulous new website next month, so keep an eye out for it, and tell a to-be-wed friend!

Weather the Weather in Style with Rental Umbrellas & Parasols

This being Houston and all, into at least a few brides’ weddings some rain must fall. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour or reception, you’re going to want to check out Bella Umbrella, which carries awesome vintage and vintage-inspired rental umbrellas. We’ve used these ourselves for Weddings in Houston photo shoots, and we gotta say, they are utterly adorable.

For ultra-feminine, romantic types, there are ruffled-canopy designs in a variety of colors and patterns. We’re partial to the peach canopy with black polka dots and black ruffled edge but you may prefer the dusty rose canopy with multi ruffle tiers and bamboo handle, or one of the many other ruffled styles.

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And imagine an outdoor fête festooned with a sea of green-and-silver striped pagodas or chic pink-and-black striped canopies? What a photo op!

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Makes you feel a whole lot better about that iffy forecast, don’t it?

You don’t have to pray for rain to take advantage of Bella Umbrella. To keep guests shaded from the sun, or as an accessory to bridal party attire, we heart Bella Umbrella’s non-rainproof bridal parasols. There’s the classic ruffled ivory, the evocative lace canopy with wood post handle and a glamorous ostrich-feather trimmed style, plus tons of twirlable others.

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Beautiful Bridal Nails By The Time You’re a Bride

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We’ll go ahead and admit it right here: We’re not nearly as good to our nails as we should be. If you’re like us—prone to nibbling cuticles, peeling snags and generally neglecting, even abusing, our poor, defenseless nails—you’ll be pleased to know that there is still time to change your ways before your big day.

To get your hands in fighting shape for your debut as a bride, you should ideally start training a few months out. That means from here on out, NO washing dishes without wearing gloves; NO picking, peeling or otherwise harassing cuticles or hangnails; NO removing labels or untying knotted stuff or doing other utilitarian chores with your fingernails instead of the appropriate non-fingernail implement.

It also means ALWAYS applying lotion or hand cream after exposing hands to water (you can’t beat
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream for dry cracked hands, and we love the silky feel and pretty scent of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream; ALWAYS treating any cracks or snags immediately with judicious clipping and moisturizing; and, whenever possible, getting a regular manicure—even if it’s just to groom and buff natural nails.

For at-home nail conditioning and maintenance, we highly recommend the Nailtiques line—especially the much-beloved Nailtiques Formula 2, with calcium and hydrolyzed keratin. This stuff is a godsend for weak, brittle nails like ours, and for nails damaged by years of acrylics. Apply it exactly according to instructions, and you can expect noticeably stronger nails in about a month.

Stick to a nail regimen like this, and by the time your wedding rolls around, you’ll be able to sport hot, new bridal nail looks like these:

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