We’re engaged in a major love affair with watercolor at the moment. The dreamy, soft-edged, ombré effect of this art form (think Paul Cezanne’s landscapes, Paul Klee’s abstracts, Georgia O’Keeffe’s magnificent flowers) is just so perfect for spring and summer weddings, we can’t get enough. Look for it in custom save the dates and wedding invitations, billowy chiffon destination-wedding dresses, table linens and plates—even shoes! And don’t forget to talk to your florist about creating a WOW watercolor effect with flowers like parrot tulips, peonies and hydrangeas. Lovely stuff!
Credits (Photos top to bottom, left to right): Ever After Papery, Anthropologie, Ovadia & Sons, Delia’s, ALDO, Printerette Press, Becky Hill Photography, Jen Aitchison
Outdoor weddings have so much going for them: natural light, open space, gorgeous views, a clean slate for decorating… Need we go on? Of course, this being Houston, outdoor weddings also have a few additional challenges, the biggest of which is the potential for weather—as in really bad weather. But with careful planning and a few key wedding essentials, an al fresco Houston wedding is not just possible, it can be pretty darn close to perfect. Don’t plan your outdoor celebration without first perusing our must-have wedding essentials, from Prestigious Event Rentals’ weather-resistant tents and rentals, to Jacqueline Chapelle’s truly unique designer canopies to pretty-and-practical twirlers from the wonderful Pamela’s Parasols. We also love SoleMates, whose heel protectors and be-prepared kit are the perfect pairing for the outdoor Houston bride (and her grateful ’maids). Throw in a few Thermacell lanterns—which give off a golden glow, and get rid of pesky mosquitoes—and you’ll be able to face the elements fearlessly!
Credits (Photos from Top to Bottom): Sole Mates, Prestigious Event Rentals via Scott Kelly, Pamela’s Parasols, Thermacell, Jacqueline Chapelle’s French Tents & Decor via Julie Wilhite Photography
Houston is a food- and wine-lovers’ paradise. Its fertile surrounding lands are also home to more than a few beautiful wineries—Messina Hof is one of our faves—where a wine-loving couple may wish to wed. If you’re planning to get hitched at a local vineyard, or to feature good wine, big time, at your wedding, make it personal with custom wine labels from the wonderful Nancy Nikko (whose also does lovely custom canning labels, bookplates and oodles more, btw). While wine stopper options abound, our current favorites are erasable ceramic Placetile’s, which do double duty as place cards and favors—and Daisy Mae Designs’ awesome “map” stoppers, which you can customize with a snippet of Texas territory. And for sheer prettiness, we absolutely adore flower-accent wine-cork place-card holders from Karas Vineyard Wedding, featured here in beloved Tiffany blue, but available in just about any color you can imagine. Check out these, and a couple more wine-theme cuties, below.
Photos (clockwise, left to right): Nancy Nikko Design, Casiani via Amazon, Daisy Mae Designs, Home Wet Bar, Nancy Nikko Design, Nancy Nikko Design, Placetile, Nancy Nikko Design, Karas Vineyard Wedding, Placetile
Didn’t win our last Masraff’s dinner giveaway, way back in January? Here’s your chance for a re-do! To enter this month’s gourmet giveaway—dinner for two at this internationally renowned Houston fine-dining landmark and favorite spot for elegant rehearsal dinners, engagement celebrations and intimate, food-focused weddings—just follow these simple instructions:
- Visit Masraff’s mouthwatering dinner menu online.
- Pick one yummy app, one divine entrée and one decadent dessert that pretty much sum up your idea of a perfect Masraff’s meal.
- E-mail us your menu picks, along with your name, your fiancé’s name and the location and date (exact or approximate) of your upcoming Houston wedding.
Entries MUST be received by midnight Wednesday, Aug. 24th. We’ll announce our winner on Friday, Aug. 26th on Facebook. Speaking of which, if you aren’t yet a Fan, go ahead, Like us now. We’ll love you right on back. And we’ll keep you posted on events, trunk shows, style discoveries—oh, and exclusive Weddings in Houston giveaways you won’t find anywhere else. C’mon, what’s not to Like?