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Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Randall knew that the key to Astra’s heart was good food…though a pretty ring couldn’t hurt. After his sweet dinner proposal, the two lovebirds planned for an intimate wedding with 50 of their nearest and dearest. Perfectly personal details like DIY centerpieces, feminine touches of lace, splashes of pink, Mom’s precious pearls and some good ‘ol BBQ, reflected Astra’s laid-back, relaxed personality. And y’all know how we feel about cowboy boots on the b’maids. Congratulations, you two–wishing you a lifetime of love! Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding Relaxed, Romantic Country Style Wedding

Photos: Rachel Marie Photography ~ Flowers & Invitations: DIY ~ Wedding Gown: Macy’s

Tiny Pies Make Perfect Wedding Desserts

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Photos: Tiny Pies

Amanda and her mom Kit have been baking together forever. And together they are the talents behind Tiny Pies, based in Austin. Their tiny pies are made from treasured family recipes with the highest quality natural ingredients, sourced from local farms whenever possible. They come in sweet (flavors like bourbon-buttermilk, cherry, pear-ginger, coconut cream and more) and savory (spinach-ricotta, potato-leek, etc.), they are made to be eaten without utensils, and they taste amazing hot or cold. We served ’em up in our I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags. You can serve ’em up on your dessert display table, as take-home favors, at your bridal shower, as part of your hotel-room amenity basket for visiting guests, or whenever you want a satisfying, wholesome, tastebud-tickling mouthful o’ yumminess, handcrafted right here in the great state of Texas. Order online or pop into Revival Market in the Heights, or Central Market on Westheimer, for a (tiny) taste of heaven.

 

JW Marriott Getaway + Spa Giveaway: Buy I Do! Tix & Win

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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It’s been a long time coming…but honey, it is worth the wait. The brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown opens its doors this week, and what you’ll find inside is, well, in word…GORGEOUS. See it for yourself on Thursday, Oct. 9, when we bring you the legendary I Do! Bridal Soiree, unveiling 2015 wedding trends LIVE at downtown Houston’s hottest new property–and most alluring new wedding venue. Stunning tablescapes, breathtaking floral displays, A-list wedding experts, fresh-off-the-runway couture bridal gowns, gourmet food, sparkling cocktails, live entertainment and VIP treatment from arrival to departure…along with $$$ swag bags for each and every bride in attendance. Oh–and lest we forget, buy your tickets by 11:59 pm this Friday, Sept. 19, and you are automatically entered to win a lavish weekend-night JW Marriott Houston Downtown getaway, complete with gourmet breakfast in bed AND a divine couple’s massage at the hotel’s extraordinary Spa by JW. All your wedding planning needs and desires, all in one ultra-relaxing VIP cocktail party, plus a chance to win the romantic escape of a lifetime. Buy your tickets now, and get ready for WOW!

Blush and Pink Destination Wedding by DC Stanley Photography

Friday, September 5th, 2014

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Jessica and Dustin ~ June 1, 2013

One more reason to attend professional networking events: meeting the love of your life. Handsome Dustin caught Jessica’s eye at one such Houston event; four years later the pair shared their vows in an intimate St. Croix destination wedding, with 55 of their loved ones on hand to join in the celebration. Jessica radiant in flowing Pronovias, her groom resort-dapper in his pale gray suit, the Houston-based paramours partied beach-style—with the help of rum cocktails, a tropical-inspired menu, and DJ-spun tunes—then enjoyed a lazy Virgin Islands recovery with their best friends and closest family members.

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Names: Jessica Lewis & Dustin Priemer ~ Proposal: Perfection “at the end of an amazing european vacation, on a pier at sunset in barcelona, dustin simply said, ‘i love you very much and i want you to be my wife’” ~ Number of Guests: 55 ~ Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Photography: DC Stanley Photography ~ Registry: Macy’s; Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Anguilla  

Fitness Friday with Perfect Size Nutrition: How to Throw a Healthy and Delicious Bridal Shower

Friday, February 7th, 2014

We at HWB are SO excited about our partnership with the lovely Marla and Sonny of Houston’s Perfect Size Nutrition for our newest bridal and nutrition and fitness series! Today marks the first installment of bimonthly Fitness Fridays, and darlings, it’s a tasty one. We welcome you to try any of these recipes (listed just below the video clip) any time, for a delicious, nutritious, craving-satisfying snack or meal (we mean it, gals…just try these out on your comfort-food-loving guy if you have any doubts!). And be sure to visit Perfect Size Nutrition’s blog for a complete list of recipes and directions. Take it away, Marla and Sonny!

If you need an example of friends getting together to overindulge and eat diet-busting foods, just look to the typical bridal shower or a bachelorette party. While gobbling high-fat, high-sodium, sugar-filled goodies seems like a good idea at the time, come Monday morning, the food hangover sets in and you wake up feeling hungry, tired and regretting those high-calorie munchies and drinks. So we are here to guide you and your shower hostess in the right direction. The recipes we have developed are meant to taste wonderful without undoing all your hard pre-bridal fitness work. You and your guests will love these healthy and cute alternatives!

 

 

Goddess Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

– 12 hard-boiled eggs

– Salt

– Pepper

– Tony Chachere’s salt-free seasoning

– 1/2 tsp garlic powder

– 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

– Paprika

Directions:

  1. Place eggs into large pot. Add just enough water to cover eggs. Turn stove on high heat, bring to boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium-heat for a low boil for 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Cover pot and let them simmer, off heat
  2. Remove eggs from pot and place in a separate bowl. Rinse with cold water. Keep them in cold water until completely cooled
  3. Once cooled, peel eggs
  4. Cut lengthwise. Scoop out yellow and place in bowl, set whites on a tray
  5. Mix yellows with the rest of the ingredients except for paprika
  6. With a spoon, scoop yolk mixture back into each egg white
  7. Sprinkle with paprika

Guacamole with homemade chips

Homemade baked tortilla chips:

Ingredients:

–       Corn tortillas

–       Non-stick olive oil spray

–       Seasonings of choice (we like a pinch of Parmesan)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay out all corn tortillas from the package.
  3. Spray both sides of the corn tortillas with non-stick olive oil spray.
  4. Sprinkle favorite seasonings on top of tortillas (we love a pinch of Parmesan!).
  5. Stack about 8-10 tortillas on top of each other and using a knife, cut tortillas into 8.
  6. Place triangles on cookie sheet in single layer.
  7. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Make sure to check on them frequently to prevent from burning.

Homemade Guacamole Recipe:

Ingredients:

–       4 ripe avocados

–       Pinch of salt or to taste

–       Pinch of pepper or to taste

–       ½ medium tomato

–       ¼ medium red onion

–       ½ tsp garlic powder

–       Juice of 1 lime

–       2 tbsp cilantro

Directions:

  1. Scoop out avocados, add to large mixing bowl.
  2. With a fork or potato masher, mash avocados lightly for chunkier guacamole. For smooth guacamole, mix and mash well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  4. Serve with homemade baked tortilla chips.

Skinny Mini Pizzas

Ingredients:

–       Small round flat bread

–       Pizza sauce or tomato sauce

–       Mozzarella cheese

–       Feta cheese

–       Spinach

–       Oregano or Italian seasoning

–       Olive oil

–       Torn arugula

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place flat bread on cookie sheet.
  3. With a spoon, add pizza sauce to each flat bread.
  4. Sprinkle each with ¼ tsp oregano.
  5. Add a few spinach leaves to each pizza.
  6. Sprinkle each pizza with mozzarella.
  7. Add a pinch of feta to each pizza.
  8. Sprinkle tops of pizzas with arugula.
  9. Drizzle a tsp of olive oil on each pizza.
  10. Bake at 450 for 15-25 minutes.

For more nutrition tips, food photos and pre-wedding fitness advice, visit Perfect Size Nutrition on Facebook!