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Classic Ivory & Charcoal Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Ama Photography & Cinema

“I had a patient in the ER that needed massive transfusion of blood products. Andrew was working in the blood bank that night. We exchanged simple conversation but I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I messaged him on Facebook a few weeks later, basically asking for a date. He text messaged me the next morning and we’ve been together ever since,” says Houston bride Lenee. If you think their made-for-TV meet-cute is sweet (and verrry dramatic), just wait ’til you see the beautiful photos from their wedding at The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice taken by Aisha Khan from Ama Photography & Cinema! Congrats Lenee & Andrew on tying the knot!

Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston ~ Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Bella Deur ~ Bridal Belt: Weddings by Debbie ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Lighting: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry

$500 Swag-Filled Designer Handbag GIVEAWAY

$500 Swag-Filled Designer Handbag GIVEAWAY

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Two things that just go together: Houston’s only luxury bridal event AND glamorous, gorgeous SWAG! So here’s some splendid news: One bride who buys her I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by Tuesday, Sept. 30, will score a supple, super-chic Tano leather handbag filled with beauty, skincare, jewelry and home accessory goodies from the likes of Kate Spade, John Masters, REN and more, all courtesy of fabulous West U boutique Lily Rain—the city’s hottest new spot for bridesmaid and hostess gifts, bridal beauty products, designer stationery and stylish accessories.

If you plan to wed in 2015 or 2016, you do NOT want to miss the I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to the brand-new JW Marriott Houston Downtown on Thursday, Oct. 9. Our signature bridal cocktail party is unlike any other bridal event you’ve ever experienced. Chat with an exclusive selection of Houston’s finest wedding experts, indulge in gourmet cuisine, fine wine and divine cocktails, and feast your eyes on the most gorgeous displays of wedding decor, floral design and tabletop artistry you’ve ever encountered.

Reserve your pre-sale tickets now, and you’re automatically entered to win! Our winner will be announced at the show, and on Facebook, on Thursday, Oct. 9

Good luck, lovelies. And we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Black and Plum Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street by Akil Bennett Photography

“The whole wedding was a dream,” says Houston bride Jennifer. “One of my favorite details was the midnight calla lilies in my bridal bouquet. I loved the rich dark color of the flowers against my cream dress.” The dark, rich color palette of black and plum with accents of peacock feathers truly set the tone for Jennifer and Scott’s wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th Street. If you think that sounds beautiful, wait ’til you see the pics! Thanks Akil Bennett for the gorgeous photos, and congrats to the newlyweds!

Photos: Akil Bennett Photography ~ Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th Street ~ Bridal Gown: Pronovias from La Rêve Bridal Couture ~ Makeup: Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photo Booth, Music & Entertainment: DJU Entertainment ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift Registry

Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

A Dazzling GIVEAWAY: Get Tix for Thursday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree and WIN a Gorgeous $225 Pair of Stefanie Somers Earrings!

I Do at The Corinthian Giveaway - Stefanie Somers Earrings

Photo: Stefanie Somers

There’s a reason why renowned designer Stefanie Somers is the reigning queen of pageant, prom and performance jewelry: SPARKLE. Nothing catches the light like a dazzling pair of Stefanie Somers earrings—as style-minded, bling-loving brides everywhere are discovering for themselves.

Find out what all the Stefanie Somers fuss is about by WINNING a pair of “Artemis” earrings, retail value $225, from the gorgeous Stefanie Somers Collection just by purchasing your tickets to this Thursday’s intimate and luxuriously relaxing I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. These spectacular earrings, made by hand with Swarovski elements, feature pavé crystals on the front and back for maximum shine, along with hypoallergenic titanium posts for maximum comfort. They’re the perfect complement to just about any gown style, hairstyle and “I do” moment.

As for the I Do! Bridal Soiree—this Thursday’s after-work cocktail party is a perfect combination of relaxation, VIP treatment, fine food and wine, and absolutely stunning wedding-design inspiration. Mingle with a hand-picked selection of Houston’s most-sought-after wedding experts and vendors on The Corinthian’s mezzanine level, then indulge in incredible food, cocktails, decadent desserts, live entertainment and an interactive fashion show on The Corinthian’s main level. Bring a friend or two and enjoy the pampering you deserve at the most delicious bridal Happy Hour you’ll ever attend.

TO ENTER: 1.) Purchase pre-sale tickets BY 11:59 p.m. TOMORROW, TUES., APRIL 9, to the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian  2.) *Like* us on Facebook

That’s it! We’ll notify our winner live at Thursday’s event!