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Paintball TTD Shoot by Joey T Photography, Plus $700 Engagement-Shoot GIVEAWAY!

We know some of y’all have mixed feelings about trash-the-dress shoots, and we’re with ya on that. But Tiffany and Ted’s absolutely awesome paintball TTD shoot is one that just makes us smile. Shot by the terrifically talented Joey Thomas of Joey T Photography at Tank’s Paintball Park in Katy, this shoot is everything a TTD shoot should IOHO: playful, joyful, unique…and just so darn hot.

Side note about Tiffany’s dress: “I bought it a week after I was engaged. My maid of honor and I went to the Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour as our first bridal event. I tried on a couple dresses to get more of an idea of what I liked, and I found the one, for an affordable price and a great cause.”

How cool is that? How gorgeous are Tiffany and Ted? How great is it that they can look so sophisticated, and yet not take themselves too seriously? How CUTE are the color-coordinated accessories and paintball splotches? How much do you love Joey T’s utterly beautiful images?

How’d you like to see yourself and your future hubby through this top Houston wedding photographer’s lens??

Here’s your chance! We are giving away not one but TWO $700 Joey T Photography engagement shoots, complete with two hours of on-location photography in the greater Houston area, and a stunning 16X24 heirloom-quality enlargement (you can, of course, order as many photos as you like…or should we say, love).

TO ENTER: 1) *Like* us Facebook 2) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue, NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT, THURSDAY, OCT. 25. Please enter ONLY ONCE (duplicate entries will be deleted).

Winners will be notified the week of Oct. 29, and subsequently announced on Facebook.

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Photos: Joey T Photography

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