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Valentine’s Day Spa, Sparkle and Sweetness

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Credits (left to right, top to bottom): Brennan’s Houston ~ Hotel ZaZa Houston ~ Zadok Jewelers ~ Nothing Bundt Cakes

You’re head over heels, you’re blissfully betrothed, you’re getting all ready to get hitched—let’s face it: You, love, are pretty much exactly the kind of girl Valentine’s Day was made for.

And here, love, are just a handful of our favorite Valentine’s Day gifts, goodies and indulgences, courtesy a few great Weddings in Houston partners—for you, for him, for the two of you together. Enjoy!

Here’s an idea: Knock off work early and meet your man for a romantic spa escape, courtesy Hotel ZaZa Houston’s decadent ZaSpa. Try a 50- or 80-minute Swedish-style his-n-hers massage with warm scented oils in the luxury of the spa’s exclusive couple’s room. Top things off with a private 45-minute soak in a deep tub for two. Reservations are required!

Next, slip into something sexy…like a stunning piece from one of Zadok Jewelers’ spectacular collections. Not sure what kind of jewelry you might fancy? Check out Zadok’s Valentine’s Day gift recommendations, courtesy CultureMap.

Dressed to the nines, and sporting your new bit of Valentine’s Day sparkle, make your way to Brennan’s Houston, for a sumptuous prix-fixe dinner of Louisiana-blue-crab-and-caviar crepes, Creole-mustard-crusted lamb chops and—what else?—your favorite French bubbly. Again, rezzies are a must…so make ‘em!

But you may want to skip dessert—that will come a little later, when you head home to snuggle up and hunker down with a to-die-for red velvet or white-chocolate-raspberry Nothing Bundt Cakes Valentine’s Day cake. Let him feed it to you (great practice for your upcoming wedding reception!), and let that ridiculously delicious butter-cream-cheese frosting make your toes curl with pleasure.

The rest of the evening, love, is up to you…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Midnight Deadline: Show Us Your Engagement Ring & Enter To Win at I Do!

Sure, this Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Houston is all about the tablescapes, the design inspiration, the incredible runway show, the rare chance to meet one-on-one with Houston’s finest wedding talents and talk about your dreams for your big day. But let’s not kid ourselves, lovelies—it’s also about the SWAG! We’re talking gorgeous gift bags for each and every bride, vendor giveaways and overflowing door-prize baskets worth big $.

Oh—and this very special giveaway opportunity: Email us a photo of your beloved engagement ring by midnight tonight, Thursday, Jan.24, along with a short anecdote about how your groom-to-be proposed, and your first and last name. Your submission will be posted in an album on the Weddings in Houston Facebook page, and you will be entered to win an exclusive secret door prize at Sunday’s show!!

Note: You do not do not need to have an active Facebook account to enter or win this drawing; however, your submission will still be included in the album, which you will be able to view online. Also note: You MUST be present to win…so if you enter, be sure to stick around on Sunday until winners are announced!

We look forward to seeing your special ring and hearing about how he asked…and we can’t wait to see you Sunday at I Do!

2012 ZaZa show ring submissions

Etsy Envy: Not Your Grandma’s Engagement Ring

If you know, without question, that only a classic diamond engagement ring will do pour vous, you may want to pass over this here post, future bride. If, on the other hand, you’re on the hunt for an utterly original engagement ring design—something in hammered steel perhaps, a rough-cut diamond, or a hand-sculpted setting—we’ve got a handful of amazing engagement rings we think you’ll admire, courtesy of Etsy’s finest.

Our Favorite Finds

1. Garnet Girl Designs ~ 2. Noa Sharon Designs ~ 3. Rare Earth ~ 4. Locusart Jewellery ~ 5. Kate Szabone ~ 6. Spexton ~ 7. Lilian Genebra ~ 8. Janish Jewels

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring

Last year’s Amazing Ring Race was such a massive hit, Thomas Markle Jewelers is doing it again. Will this be your chance to score BIG?

On April 7, Thomas Markle Jewelers presents the Amazing Ring Race 2—a one-day, real-world treasure hunt that will take to-be-weds through the streets of The Woodlands in pursuit of a spectacular ArtCarved diamond engagement ring worth $15,000. Gulp.

Registration is free, but limited. Increase your chances of being selected to take part in this incredibly awesome event—and, by extension, your chances of winning that gorgeous ring—by using the exclusive Weddings in Houston promo code WEDDINGS15, when you register online.

Good luck, brides and grooms—now get out there and RACE!

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring
Ring: Courtesy Thomas Markle Jewelers ~ Photos: Deji Osinulu

We’ve Got Etsy Envy!

You love Etsy. We love Etsy. So what’s not to love about a new HWB Etsy feature? Periodically, we’ll be putting together some of our favorite finds from everyone’s favorite “everything handmade” site. This week, our picks feature vintage-contemporary delights, including jewelry, accessories, perfume…and the sweetest lil’ silver cake forks EVER. Dig in and enjoy! And if you see something you really love, drop a comment—and tell a friend. There’s plenty for everyone.
Our Favorite Finds ~ Houston Wedding Blog
1. Olive Yew Jewels ~ 2. Bag Noir ~ 3. Saras Boutique ~ 4. Trinkets 818
5. The Lonely Heart ~ 6. SIGNS2LOVE ~ 7. Olive Yew Jewels ~ 8. Simple Traditions