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Sweet Deal: A $200 Tiff’s Treats GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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There are few pleasures more satisfying than devouring a warm, gooey, melt-in-your mouth home-baked cookie. And nobody does decadent cookies (and sinful brownies, and deliriously yummy cookie-ice-cream sandwiches) like Tiff’s Treats.

Not only is Tiff’s Treats one of our favorite spots for sweet some’n some’ns (and believe us, darlings, when you’re deep in deadline mode, a steady supply of comfort treats is a MUST), but it’s also a true Texas creation, started by former UT students Tiffany Taylor and Leon Chen–she stood him up for a date, and sent him hot-from-the-oven cookies to apologize, he convinced her to go into business with her “apology-accepted” cookies, and a legend was born! Fast forward almost 20 years (yeah, TWENTY), and Tiff’s Treats has become a hands-down favorite of homemade-treat-lovers across the state, including countless Houston wedding couples, who have indulged their guests with custom-packaged Tiff’s Treats wedding favors and dessert-table delights.

And this week we’re bringing a little much-needed Tiff’s Treats sweetness to y’all, with a fabulous $200 Tiff’s Treats gift card giveaway! Simply comment on Facebook with #CookieScore by 11:59 pm this Thursday, 11/9, and you’re automatically entered to win. We’ll announce our winner on Friday, so make sure to get in it…to win it!

And while you’re at it, pop on in to your local Tiff’s Treats bakeshop, or give them a call, and deliver some cookie love to someone you love who loves delicious, homemade cookies!

7 Houston Photographers We Love and Why

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Got cold feet about choosing your wedding photographer? Use our short list of Houston photographers, and what real brides and grooms say about them, to help you find your perfect Houston wedding photographer match!

1) Taylor Golden Photography
Known for her sweeping cityscapes and dramatic images, “go big or go home” is Taylor’s style. If you have a destination wedding or an especially scenic wedding in the works, Taylor is your gal. As at home at a backyard wedding as she is capturing a ceremony on the Venice canals, her level of experience and professionalism makes have earned her both trust and raves from our couples. Personable and friendly, with a disarming demeanor, Taylor Golden White will not only quickly become your one of your favorite photographer, but she will also fast become your friend and travel advisor.

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The buzz: “From the initial meeting to the final viewing, Taylor’s level of professionalism, combined with her striking personality made for an ‘only seen in the movies’ experience. And our photos speak for themselves! The unique shots and candid moments are EXACTLY what we were looking for. Taylor’s work is anything but typical. Instead of feeling like clients, we felt like family. Her friendly and spunky personality made us instantly feel at ease. We now have hundreds of amazing photos to look back on, which are worth every single penny. Thank you, Taylor. Our wedding album isn’t just a bunch of pictures – it’s the start of our family legacy.” ~Dustyn & Heather

2) D. Jones Photo
David Jones and the team at D. Jones Photo have 15 years of experience shooting Houston weddings. Familiar with just about every venue and location in Houston, and comfortable working with many Houston vendors, “lust for light” photographer David captures the luminosity and splendor of  your wedding from bride or groom suite preparations to the sparkler exit, without missing a beat.

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The buzz: “David Jones is professional and does wonderful work. I’ve recommended him to all of my friends because he is reliable and easy to work with. He delivers on his word and consistently under-promises and over-delivers. This is the kind of vendor and photographer that you want for your special events and definitely for your wedding!” ~Nicole

3) Kelly Hornberger Photography
With her passion for natural light and her her unique eye for styling, Kelly is an especially excellent photographer choice for outdoor ceremonies, al fresco receptions and Hill Country or destination weddings. She can provide both digital and film photography, for images with depth and texture. If you are a boho bride or a groom obsessed with capturing the details, Kelly is a great choice for your wedding photography.

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The buzz: “Her pictures were absolutely breathtaking! She listened to what we wanted, she cared for us throughout the whole process – but most importantly she loved us. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed we have been through the relationship she keeps with her clients.” ~Taylor & Joe

4) Adam Nyholt, Photographer

Easygoing with a big personality, Adam will make you feel at ease. The team at Nyholt are in love with love, and the passion they have for capturing your engagement and the events throughout your wedding day shows with every photo. With a wide- ranging portfolio extending to portraits and families, Adam Nyholt can become your family photographer for years to come.

Adam Nyholt Houston Wedding Photographer Photo: Adam Nyholt, Photographer

The buzz: “Adam and his team truly brought our wedding to life (from engagement pics in NOLA, to bridals, to the wedding, to the beach). He captured our personalities, and genuine emotions and we felt so comfortable around him. We had so much fun each and every time we got to work with him.” ~Kelley and Buster

5)  Kelli Durham Photography

A California-trained photographer with a thriving Houston fan base, Kelli brings a bit of Napa wine country back to her native Texas. She will approach your wedding with a fresh, youthful and modern style, and offers both film and digital photography for moving, gorgeous wedding photos.

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The buzz: “Kelli is BEYOND amazing to work with. She has a real gift for capturing the magic in every moment and making you look and feel beautiful the entire time! From our engagement photos to our wedding day, we could not have asked for a better photographer or friend. We are so thankful to have her in our lives, and to have such gorgeous pictures to look back upon!” ~Allison & Mac

6) Civic Photos
Nothing makes a couple feel more comfortable than a photographer who loves to pose, direct and photograph people.  Barrett Henry and the team at Civic Photos are well-known for their ability to showcase the living, breathing, laughing, crying, reveling people in the wedding story, not just the Pinterest-worthy details. Utilizing a wide range of lenses and state-of-the-art equipment, Civic Photos provide a broad scope and a unique look to each individual wedding couple’s event photos.

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The buzz: “My husband and I couldn’t have picked a better photographer. Barett took great photos for our engagement! I was a little nervous as I had never had professional pictures taken, but he made us feel comfortable and made it fun. Our wedding photos were great as well! Again, they were super-professional and captured all those special moments.” ~ Jessica

7) Dream Photo & Video
Shiva and Sam and the team at Dream Photo & Video are your one-stop shop for wedding photos and wedding videography. They offer dramatic images and extensive coverage of your wedding from start to finish, with an exciting and unique style that is excellent for large weddings and “wedding weekends.” Your wedding film is an heirloom, one that documents the words, sounds and emotions that faraway friends, extended family and future generations will want to experience. Because the Dream Photo team can provide both wedding photography and videography services, you will have a consistent style and a seamless look for both moving and still memories.

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The buzz: “If you’re looking for someone that knows what they’re doing, this is the company you’ve been looking for. Not only is the quality amazing, but the staff and employees are outstanding. Another thing I wanted to point out was their HARD work. We only had one photographer, looking at the pictures you would think we had a entire team. I mean this man was everywhere! And believe it or not, with him running around everywhere he didn’t cause a scene or disturb a thing. Heck, I didn’t know where he was half the time, but he sure didn’t miss anything! Love, love, LOVE the pictures and video!” ~Jacob

BIG GIVEAWAY: Enter to WIN $2,500 Hotel ZaZa Romance Staycation!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

So. Freakin. Excited, y’all. Keeping this one under wraps has been driving us crazy (make that: crazier than usual). And now… we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore. Because TODAY IS LAUNCH DAY. Yup, that’s right, today’s the day we kick off our biggest I Do! Wedding Soiree Ticket Buy + Win giveaway EVER!! Entering is super easy, and your chances of winning? Awesome. Scroll down for the scoop!

Luxury Houston Wedding Venue

Chic, sophisticated, dramatic, edgy, and yeah… more than a little sexy. These are all words that come to mind when we think of Hotel ZaZa, the Museum District’s icon of artful elegance, and a beloved wedding venue for couples who crave urban glamour (and killer chandeliers). Well, y’all, now we’re gonna have even more ZaZa to love, when Hotel ZaZa Memorial City debuts this December!! Want to be among the first to experience the new ZaZa’s intoxicating mix of midcentury-modern cool and signature ZaZa decadence? Keep scrolling, darling…

Houston Luxury Hotel Pool

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Buy your tickets by 10:00 pm MONDAY, OCT. 16, to the legendary I Do! Wedding Soiree, Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event, unveiling at The Astorian on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 pm…and you are AUTOMATICALLY entered to win a $2,500 all-inclusive, two-night Magnificent Seven Suite weekend stay at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City, including spa treatments, breakfast in bed, in-room goodies…the works!! No extra steps, no jumping through hoops, just buy tix & you’re entered. All attendees who have purchased tickets by the deadline are entered, even those who purchased before today’s giveaway launch. But you have to get your tickets by deadline to enter…so don’t wait!

Luxury Houston Hotel Memorial City

Houston’s one-of-a-kind luxury wedding-planning event and all-VIP cocktail bash PLUS Houston’s newest landmark of luxury chic (the pool deck alone, you guys…OMG) = the pre-wedding WOW of a lifetime!! Our winner will be announced LIVE at the I Do! Wedding Soiree on Thursday, Oct. 19…shouldn’t it be YOU?? Good luck, loves, and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Buy I Do! Soiree Tickets And WIN – $200 Brunch at Ouisie’s Table

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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Houston’s one-of-a-kind luxury wedding fantasyscape + Houston’s home of gracious Southern cuisine & genteel hospitality = an absolutely AWESOME giveaway. One couple who purchases tickets to the Oct. 19 I Do! Wedding Soiree by 11:59 pm this Wednesday, Oct. 3, will WIN a $200 brunch for 4 at Ouisie’s Table, one of Houston’s most revered restaurants and celebration spaces, serving Louisiana-influenced American fare in an elegant and eclectic indoor-outdoor setting. Scroll down for details!

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The Soiree: Houston’s only luxury wedding event and to-be-wed VIP cocktail bash fetes guests with dazzling tablescapes, top Houston wedding vendors and experts, live entertainment, gourmet food, fine bubbly, luxurious lounge spaces and fresh-off-the-runway bridal couture, $$$ gift bags and luxury door prizes. It’s like nothing you’ve ever imagined…and everything you’ve always dreamed!

The giveaway: Buy your tickets by this Wednesday, and you could win a $200 brunch for 4 (besties, you + boo & your moms, double date…the choice is yours!) at Ouisie’s Table. This longtime Houston icon is not just one of the city’s most acclaimed destinations for elevated Southern-comfort favorites in a refined white-tablecloth setting, it’s also a fabulous spot to celebrate special occasions (engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and intimate food-focused wedding celebrations) in your choice of relaxed and lovely private dining spaces.

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One Soiree attendee who purchases tickets before midnight Wednesday will win. Shouldn’t it be YOU? Our winner will be notified this week, and announced live at the Oct. 19 I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian!

Classic White and Green Ashton Gardens Wedding With Bonus Fun Proposal Story!

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Mosquitos. Guacamole. A clever ruse. Oh, how we love a zany proposal story: “I told Shane I wanted to wait until I officially had a degree to be engaged,” says Joanna. “He waited exactly a week after I graduated. We had talked about going on a hike, and finally planned it for that weekend. While on our hike there there were so many mosquitos it looked like a dark fog was following us. We ran out of the woods with about 30 bites each laughing so hard (with me not realizing his proposal plan was falling apart). We found an area that was mosquito-free, sat down for a picnic, and then Shane told me he had something for me. I got extremely suspicious that he was proposing. I thought to myself, ‘Shane can’t propose with a tub of guacamole (my favorite) sitting in between us.’ I start desperately moving the food to the other side of the bench, and he pulls out a PAIR OF EARRINGS. Five minutes later he drops down on one knee and proposes. He wanted to surprise me, the earrings made sure that happened. We met our family and close friends for dinner later and celebrated our love…and the fact that his plan to surprise me actually worked!” How could we not fall in love with this sweet young couple’s love, and the lovely Ashton Gardens wedding that celebrated it? Congratulations, Joanna and Shane, and thank you so much for sharing your humor and enthusiasm with us, and our readers!

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Photos: Kaitlyn Beauregard Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens North