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Elizabeth Messina BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Elizabeth Messina BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Photo: Elizabeth Messina

There’s something about the way superstar wedding photographer Elizabeth Messina captures the light that makes each and every one of her images—and their subjects—look as if it were illuminated from within. You’ll see exactly what we mean, when you score yourself a FREE copy of Messina’s gorgeous new photography book, “The Luminous Portrait.” So cool!!

Here’s how to enter:

1.)  *Like* us on Facebook. 2.) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception location (booked or hoped-for).

Yeah, that’s it…because we know how busy you are planning that big ol’ wedding of yours! Entry deadline is FRIDAY, SEPT. 7. The winner of this absolutely stunning coffee-table volume—a perfect gift, by the way, for your aspiring-photographer BFF, or for your own sweet soon-to-be-photographed-a-thousand-times self—will be announced the following week on Facebook.

Good luck, ladies!

 

 

Springs Events Wedding by Chase Pedigo + Massive GIVEAWAY!

As you probably know by now, The Springs Events—the versatile and picturesque collection of rustic-elegant Hill Country event venues—is giving away a $6,000+ wedding package to one very fortunate Texas bride-to-be. Entry for this fabulous contest closes this Wednesday, July 4—and the winner will be announced THAT VERY DAY. If you haven’t yet entered, it’s not to late. If you’re already in the running, there’s still time to up your odds by getting others to vote for you. Who knows, you may just wind up with a wedding as lovely as the springtime nuptials of Nicole and Brandon, featured here. For their sweetly simple, effortlessly elegant 350-guest celebration—showcased here in photos by Houston’s Chase Pedigo —these two chose Crystal Springs, located just 15 minutes west of The Woodlands. And they took full advantage of the setting’s velvety lawns, wooded glens and storybook bridge. Should you be lucky enough to score big in The Springs Events Great Wedding Giveaway (or decide to book your Springs Events wedding the old-fashioned, non-prize-winning way), you’ll have your choice of five different Springs Events locations to celebrate your unforgettable occasion.

Happiest wishes to newlyweds Nicole and Landon. Big thanks to Chase Pedigo. And best of luck to…you!

Bridal Preparation Bridal Pose on Bridge by Pedigo Photography Bride and Groom Posing Separately by Pedigo Photography Groomsmen Pose by Pedigo Photography Bride and Bridesmaids by Pedigo Photography Outdoor Wedding Venue by Pedigo Photography Bridesmaids and Groom / Bride and Ring Bearers by Pedigo Photography Bride and Groom Kissing Poses by Pedigo Photography Bride and Groom Kiss in the Woods by Pedigo Photography Wedding Guest Book Table, Invitations and Favor Boxes by Pedigo Photography Wedding Cake and Bouquet with Wedding Rings by Pedigo Photography Bride and Groom Cutting Wedding Cake by Pedigo Photography Bride and Groom Dance / Father Daughter Dance by Pedigo Photography Nicole Tossing the Wedding Bouquet Bride and Groom Exit by Pedigo Photography

Photos: Pedigo Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Cake: Montgomery’s Bakehouse ~ Flowers: Flowers Forever ~ Venue: The Springs Events

The Big To Do: Amy Atlas @ Williams-Sonoma 6/22 + GIVEAWAY!

The Big To Do with Amy Atlas

Photos: Courtesy Amy Atlas ~ Johnny Miller Photography

Have you read “The Sweetest Thing,” our absolutely delicious dish session with the amazing Amy Atlas? If not, you really oughtta, cookie–it’s chock full of sweet ideas for doing an unforgettable dessert table at your wedding. Here’s another thing we highly recommend you do: Take an early lunch this Friday, and GO SEE AMY ATLAS LIVE AND IN PERSON! The doyenne of dessert displays will be on hand at Williams-Sonoma Highland Village at 11 a.m. signing copies of her fabulous new book, “Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It” (Hyperion, 2012)…an exceptional bridesmaid, MOB or MOG gift for the baker or hostess-with-the-mostest in your life. Better yet, grab your mom or his or your BFF, and bring her with you to Williams-Sonoma, then hit your favorite Highland Village dining spot to ogle your new books over lunch.

We love Amy Atlas AND her awesome new book so much, we’re gonna sweeten the deal with an equally yummy BOOK GIVEAWAY! Two of y’all will each win a copy of “Sweet Designs,” just for 1.) *Liking* us on Facebook, and 2.) Emailing us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date (real or imagined) and wedding venue. Email must be received by midnight TOMORROW, TUES. JUNE 19. Winners will be notified Wednesday morning, and will find their books waiting for them at Williams-Sonoma on Friday, waiting to be signed by the goddess of goodies herself. How sweet is THAT?

Bridesmaids + Vintage = A Match Made in Heaven!

Got a bit of nostalgia for days gone by? One of the best ways to bring a vintage vibe into your wedding is with your bridesmaids. We’re crazy for e-shops ModCloth, Ruche and Posh Girl Vintage, which have zillions of 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s-inspired frocks. And where would we be without Etsy when we’re shopping for vintage clutches, shoe clips, charm bracelets, fascinators, lockets and boleros for our dear ’maids? For vintage-look footwear, we’re particularly fond of Kate Spade, Seychelles, Miz Mooz and the inimitable Betsey Johnson. Love the idea of a vintage look for your bridesmaids, but don’t know quite where to start? Locally, Bella Bridesmaid’s savvy consultants can suggest all kinds of ways to add vintage verve to your girls’ getups. So get ON that, now, would y’all?

For all of the week’s news, events, featured stories and hot style tips, plus entry details for our awesome 2-night Hotel Galvez midweek summer getaway giveaway, check out today’s Wedding Buzz!

Vintage Bridesmaids Inspiration ~ Houston Wedding Blog
Photos (From Top to Bottom, Left to Right) : BHLDN ~ Leela Purse ~ Endless ~ Twenty Six 7 ~ ModCloth ~ BeSomethingNew ~ Nordstrom ~ linen whites ~ Ruche

 

Buy I Do! Tickets, Win Dinner for Two!

Buy I Do! Tickets, Win Dinner for Two!

Photos (left, The Bird and the Bear Bistro; right, Ouisie’s Table) Courtesy Ouisie’s Table

What’s more delicious than fantasy wedding tablescapes, Italian delicacies, fine wine and bubbly, live entertainment, and more than 35 of Houston’s finest wedding experts and vendors gathered under one gloriously regal roof? All that and a $100 dinner for two at one of Houston’s hottest dining spots—The Bird and the Bear Bistro, from the fine folks at Ouisie’s Table.

A word about Ouisie’s Table—this beautiful Highland Village restaurant, composed of numerous indoor and outdoor dining and celebration spaces, is one of our favorite spots for rehearsal dinners, bridal lunches, day-after brunches, and yes, intimate, elegant, cuisine-focused weddings. While each room has its own unique personality and ambiance, Ouisie’s service and upscale Southern-with-a-twist food are uniformly flawless.

Which is why we were so excited when Ouisie’s debuted its exciting new Westheimer bistro, The Bird and the Bear, last fall. Never been? Think chic black-white-and-red room, bistro fare (escargot, foie gras, roasted salmon), and plenty of Ouisie’s Southern influence. Want to win? We’re giving away dinner for two (a $100 value), to one lucky bride who 1.) snaps up her I Do! Bridal Soiree @ The Corinthian tickets by midnight tonight and 2.) *likes* us on Facebook.

All brides who have purchased I Do! tickets between start of presale and midnight tonight are entered to win. Winner announced Wednesday on Facebook. Good luck, brides.

And we look forward with great pleasure to meeting you on Thursday!