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Houston’s $10,000 Amazing Home Race

Houston’s $10,000 Amazing Home Race

Photos: Courtesy Seven7Digital and SCVNGR

On Saturday, March 24, the streets of Houston will come alive with eager to-be-weds racing to win $10,000 cash. Will you be one of them?

Register now to take part in The Loken Group and The Short Team’s “Amazing Home Race”—a one-day treasure hunt that will send racers ricocheting from one exciting Houston location to another. Clues and challenges will be delivered via text, in real time, to participants’ mobile devices. The ultimate prize? A cool ten grand, baby—the perfect chunk of change to, say, put toward your purchase of a gorgeous Loken Group newlywed nest of your choice?

This awesome, fast-paced, use-your-wits-to-win adventure is brought to you by The Loken Group, The Short Team (both affiliated with Keller Williams) and SCVNGR, and we have no doubt registration will fill FAST. Need a reason to jump on the Amazing Home Race? We can think of about, oh, ten thousand of ’em.

Good luck!

Houston’s $10,000 Amazing Home Race
Photos: Frederick Warren Photography, Courtesy The Loken Group

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston…Plus Weekend Getaway Giveaway

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston
Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography ~ Venue: InterContinental Houston Hotel

If you attended January’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, you got a chance to witness, first-hand, the majesty of the InterContinental Houston Hotel’s Legends Ballroom. As the site of our spectacular 2012 runway show, the Legends Ballroom dazzled with its 18-foot ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. With all eyes focused on the runway, many of you may have missed the venue’s many other fabulous features—so let’s just lay them out for you, shall we? First off, there are the ballroom’s regal cherry-mahogany walls, which imbue a sense of grandeur befitting even the most elegantly formal wedding occasion. Then, just beyond the ballroom’s doors, in the glass-walled foyer (a favorite pre-function space), there is that incredible spiral staircase—perfect for your grand entrance as a newly minted Mrs. Add to that a gracious and ultra-efficient staff, and some of the finest culinary talent in the country, and the fact that the Legends Ballroom can accommodate a wedding reception for up to 800 of your nearest and dearest—while a couple of smaller, but no less luxurious, ballrooms can host more intimate groups—and, well, InterContinental Houston catering manager and wedding expert Chantal Lavin says it best: “The location, ballrooms, culinary team and staff make the InterContinental Hotel Houston the choice for sophisticated and savvy brides.”

Want to learn more about available dates, or schedule a visit? E-mail Chantal, or click here.

Oh—and here’s something else the InterContinental Houston has besides beautiful ballrooms: spacious, stylish guest rooms with insanely comfortable beds and city views for miles. The kind of room you’ll luxuriate in with the love o’ your life when you score one of our TWO two-night, weekend getaways, which include a Friday & Saturday night stay, plus a lazy, lavish breakfast in the The Restaurant—the InterContinental’s global-cuisine dining destination.

To Enter: E-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue. Please do NOT enter more than once—duplicate entries will be deleted. Entry must be emailed BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012. Two randomly selected winners will be notified, and announced on Facebook the following week. Good luck!

What Whet Your Wedding Appetite?

You came (in droves), you saw, you asked, you chatted, you tweeted, you gasped, you clapped, and some of you won some really snazzy bridal swag.

But what did you LOVE at last Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel?

We’d love to hear which vendors clicked for you, which table displays dazzled you most, what show features (the runway presentation? the tablescape gallery? the gift bags?) were your favorites, and what was your most valuable find at last weekend’s show.

E-mail your feedback—just a sentence or two is fine, though if you’ve got five paragraphs, we’ll take that, too! Your input is utterly invaluable to us. It’s what helps us make the I Do! Bridal Soiree the best possible bridal showcase it can be. So do it for us. Do it for your sister brides-to-be. Better yet, do it for your chance to win an exclusive, secret prize, which will be awarded to one bride who e-mails her I Do! comments by next Friday, Feb. 3. Winner announced on Facebook on Monday, Feb. 6!!

I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel
Photo: Nhan Nguyen Photography

Kindle Fire, Texans Football, Wedding WOW: The Final I Do! Countdown

All right, Houston brides, we’re in the home stretch. Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel is almost upon us. Will you be joining us for what promises to be the most magnificent bridal event ever to alight in Texas—or anywhere else for that matter?

Just in case acres of breathtaking tablescapes, astonishingly gorgeous wedding cakes and a drop-dead-amazing bridal couture runway aren’t enough incentive for you, we’ve got a few more goodies to sweeten the deal.

First up: Don’t forget, today is your last day to be entered to win a brand-spanking-new Kindle Fire, Amazon’s gotta-have-it e-reader, which also happens to run just about every Android wedding app on the market—along with most other Droid apps, too. Woo-hoo! Simply purchase your I Do! tickets between midnight Wednesday (Jan. 11) and 11:59 tonight, and you’re automatically entered to win. We’ll notify our winner via email on Saturday, and have her Kindle Fire waiting for her at the show!

Also: Sunday’s division playoffs Texans game WILL BE BROADCAST at I Do! @ InterContinental. Think you have to choose between football and fabulousness? Oh no, honey. Not at this show!

And last but definitely not least: This year’s door prize baskets are the most dazzling we’ve ever done. Spilling over with wedding swag, discounts and other treats, each one is a bride’s dream come true. But you MUST be present to win, so don’t scoot off before the show closes—we wouldn’t want to give your goodies to another gal now, would we?

Come excited, come inspired, and please, come stylishly attired. We can’t wait to see you at the show!

Kindle Fire, Texans Football, Wedding WOW: The Final I Do! Countdown

Karlin and Jeremy’s Archetype Engagement Shoot PLUS 12 BIG GIVEAWAYS!

Remember way back in September when we ran our awesome Archetype Studio Engagement Session giveaway? Lots of y’all entered, sharing your beautiful, touching, and in a couple of cases pretty darn hilarious, proposal stories with us. While we usually select our giveaway winners totally randomly, in this case, our staff teamed up with Terilyn Brown of Archetype to pick the entry that moved us most. Our winner? Karlin, who, like her fiancé Jeremy, is an active-duty U.S. Marine. The two met, and eventually fell in love, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, but eventually Jeremy received orders to move back to the states, while Karlin remained in Japan. During his time back in the U.S., Jeremy, head over heels over Karlin, procured the ring he planned to give his girl one day.

That day eventually came, months later, when Karlin and Jeremy were fatefully reunited in Okinawa (and despite a super-typhoon that hit the area and almost derailed the smitten soldier’s proposal plans!). As Karlin recounts it, after a dinner date and frozen yogurt, he surprised her by asking someone to take their picture. “He is shy and will never ask a stranger to take a picture of us, much less carry a camera around—that is my job,” Karlin told us. “As soon as we were getting ready to pose he turns me around and was already down on one knee. I am not really sure what else happened after that.”

What happened is that Karlin said, “Yes.” And entered her story in our contest—and won. And this past month, when she and Jeremy were once again reunited, this time in Houston, the pair posed for Archetype’s camera—and the results, as you can see here, are utterly amazing (they make it hard for us to believe that adorable Jeremy could ever be camera shy!). For us here at the Houston Wedding Blog, it is the perfect convergence of an extraordinarily talented photographer, a beautiful and adoring couple, and a story of determination, devotion and LOVE—of country, and of each other.

When you’re done wiping away that tear or two you KNOW you just shed, scroll down below those gorgeous photos to find out how you can win one of 12 engagement sessions Archetype is giving away, one per (business) day, starting Thursday, December 1!

Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studios
Photos: Archetype Studio


The Prize(s): In the generous spirit of the Christmas season, and just because they love Houston brides as much as we do, Archetype Studio is giving away ONE engagement photography session—two-hour Houston location shoot, in-person ordering and image-consulting appointment, and one heirloom print any size up to 8×12—EVERY DAY for 12 business days, from December 1 through December 16.

Yes, really.

To Enter: E-mail us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding reception venue. All requested information MUST be in your entry e-mail. You may enter ONCE per entry day during the contest period: Dec. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and entries must be received by 5 p.m. each entry day in order to qualify. One winner will be randomly selected each day. We will notify winners by e-mail, and announce winners on Facebook.

You’ve seen their stunning photo work. Now be a part of it. Enter Archetype’s 12 Days of Engagement Session Giveaways contest, and good luck!!