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Did The Amazing Ring Race ROCK, Or What?

Art Carved Diamond Engagement Ring

…especially for the adorable couple who won that truly spectacular $15,000 Art Carved diamond ring. As for the rest of us, the Amazing Ring Race was one heck of a good time (despite the winter chill…brrr!). Thanks so much to Thomas Markle Jewelers for making this awesome event happen last Saturday, and for bringing all those sweet, enthusiastic and VERY DETERMINED Houston brides and grooms out to The Woodlands for so much fun. We’re thrilled to have been a part of it.

Check out all the excitement, anticipation and race-day spirit, perfectly captured in this clip!


Venues We Love: The Grove Houston

If you’ve visited Discovery Green (and if you haven’t, spring is a great time to check it out), you’ve probably caught sight of The Grove. The 10,000-square-foot glass, wood and steel restaurant—designed by Larry Speck, former dean of architecture at UT Austin, with interiors by Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group partner Candice Schiller—is a sight to behold. AND it’s the site where this month’s giveaway winner will be enjoying a very, very nice dinner with a very special someone. So make sure to get ON that if you haven’t already, Houston bride.

But did you know that The Grove is also an amazing place to have a foodie-friendly rehearsal dinner, engagement party or full-on wedding (three private rooms, room for 250 guests, outdoor ceremony space—everything you need)?

We love that this stunning space “happens to be among the most eco-friendly places in all of Houston,” as catering director Tatiana Escobar puts it. She points to The Grove’s on-site tomato and herb garden, and the restaurant’s use of “eco-friendly materials made from corn, sugarcane or coconut fiber,” along with its commitment to strict recycling and composting practices. Of course, green is great—but eco-friendly, architecturally captivating AND famed for its fabulous food? That’s even better. Escobar says that just like regular ol’ restaurant diners at The Grove, wedding guests take full advantage of chef Robert Del Grande’s “exquisite American Rustic menu featuring a range of tantalizing appetizers, salads, seafood, rotisserie specialties, steaks and decadent deserts,” and The Grove’s “stylish and precise service.” Yum. For more info call 713.337.7321 or visit The Grove at Weddings in Houston.

Can You Find This $15,000 Diamond Ring?

ArtCarved Diamond Ring

If you can, you get to keep it. How cool is that?

Here’s the deal: A stunning $15,000 ArtCarved diamond ring from Thomas Markle Jewelers has been hidden somewhere in The Woodlands. And on March 5, one lucky couple will follow clues and challenges delivered by iPhone, Android or text, and find it. And keep it. Forever. Will it be you and your honey?

Participation in Thomas Markle Jewelers’ Amazing Ring Race is free, but you must win a spot to play. Register here and, as a member of Weddings in Houston community, enter the code “WEDDINGS15” to be placed in an exclusive pool of candidates for participation. And make sure to tell your to-be-wed pals. After all, what’s better than a little friendly competition?

Congratulations To Our Bistro @ The Lancaster Giveaway Winner!

Weddings in Houston Giveaway

Yay Jessica!

Ms. Jessica Odale–soon to wed fiancé Alejandro Llagostera–is the winner of our Bistro @ The Lancaster Dinner-for-Two Giveaway. Jessica and a companion (we have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be Alejandro) will enjoy a lavish dinner on the date-night date of their choosing at one of Houston’s most acclaimed dining establishments, nestled inside one of Houston’s finest historic hotels.

Congratulations, Jessica, on your win and your upcoming wedding.

Everyone else, stay tuned to the weekly Wedding Buzz for next month’s equally awesome giveaway. Not yet a Buzz subscriber? sign up now…or risk missing out on Houston’s latest wedding news, bridal events, style tips & trends, “Real Wedding” inspiration, and, of course, the hottest (and most winnable) giveaways in town!

I Do! Bridal Soiree @ The Houstonian Today @ 1 p.m.

Weddings in Houston Winter Bride Houston Wedding Cake

It’s finally here! The annual January I Do! Bridal Soiree takes over The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa today @ 1 p.m. CST, for five full, fabulous, unforgettable hours of wedding artistry, style & substance. We’re so excited to meet you, and so excited for you to meet the 70+ extraordinary Houston wedding vendors we’ve gathered exclusively for this incredible show. These remarkable coordinators, designers, decorators, floral artists, jewelers, cake creators, photographers, videographers, retailers, bridal salons and bridal experts represent the crème de la crème of Houston wedding talent, and we hope you’ll take full advantage of their expertise.

A few reminders:

Do! make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the show for live updates, up-to-the-minute schedule information and buzz via the #IDoHoustonian hashtag.

Do! join the buzz. See something wonderful at the show? Update FB & Tweet your news. Include #IDoHoustonian so your friends & sister brides can easily find you.

Do! enter our awesome Real Wedding Giveaway contest, launching @ 1 p.m. CST. Details on how to enter (it’s SO easy) are available via Facebook & Twitter @ 1 p.m., and on signage @ show registration on site. One lucky bride will win the opportunity to have her own wedding featured in the pages of Weddings in Houston. Could it be you?

Do! relax and indulge. We want you to eat, drink and take your time. We want you to savor the pleasure of being a bride planning her wedding day. Today is your day, and we want you to enjoy every minute of it.

See you there!