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Boho-Luxe Texas Ranch Wedding With Awesome Guest Welcome Bags!

Regan and Colin’s “Bohemian luxe” destination wedding at a ranch set on 300 acres of Texas countryside caught our eye immediately, with its white-on-white color palette, warmed by earth-tone accents, and its sense of fun and festivity. To that end, says Regan, “Our welcome bags were my big project! I didn’t want to skimp on the bags, after having been saved, myself, at many a wedding, by the late-night (or early-morning) snack bag. I also wanted to reinforce the idea of a weekend festival or camp, and give our guests something to carry their swimsuits or boots in during activities. We used our monogram on a simple canvas bag, inside which we tucked in our favorite local beer (Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower), a silver-antler bottle opener, and koozies. For the morning after we included bottled water with custom labels and packs of Advil and Emergen-C. We also threw in some snacks: a monogrammed bag of Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets (a Texas road-trip favorite of ours), a big bag of tortilla chips, and a little box of gourmet marshmallows. Last but not least, we had these amazing hand-painted cookies of dreamcatchers and flower-­wearing longhorns. Each item was carefully chosen by us over the course of the planning process, and we spent the week of the wedding stuffing, sealing and packing the bags together.” Now THAT’S caring for your beloved guests. Good work, Regan and Colin…and good thoughts, from us, on your blessed union!


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Photos: Koby Brown Photography | Rental Items: Darryl & Co.

Joyful, Romantic Downtown Houston Engagement Shoot by Adam Nyholt

Already lucky in love, Houston couple Morgan and Nathan scored again, as attendees at this past February’s I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian, when they won an amazing engagement shoot from top Houston wedding photographer Adam Nyholt.

Known for his superb, unposed, full-of-personality portraits, Nyholt took Morgan and Nathan on a tour of downtown Houston, documenting their deep affection and unmistakable pre-wedding glow all along the way. We’re so excited to feature this engagement photo session here on the blog…and equally excited to see Nyholt’s photos of the lovebirds’ wedding, which will take place at The Corinthian in November!!

Love what you see? Check out more of Nyholt’s recent wedding work here and here, then find out just how he can capture your own wedding in stunning photos you’ll treasure forever!

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GIVEAWAY: Snap, Tag & Win a Fujifilm Instax Camera!


Love your engagement ring? Love cute quickie pix?? Spotlight your ring on Instagram and you could WIN an awesome Fujifilm Instax camera!!

How to enter:

1. SNAP a pic of your engagement ring.

2. Post it to Instagram and TAG @weddingsinhouston.

3. Be entered to WIN a Fujifilm Instax, the world’s most adorable and versatile instant camera!!

Contest ends 11:59 pm Sunday, Aug. 6…so whatcha waiting for?? Show us your bling and get ready to SCORE!!



Styled Bridal Couture Shoot: Smoke, Mirrors and Magic at The Astorian

Luxe meets industrial chic in this fabulous shoot featuring gorgeous designer wedding dresses by Rivini, Oscar de la Renta, Hayley Paige and more. The shoot was held at The Astorian and showcased a variety of breathtaking bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories. See credits below on where to find these stunning pieces right here in Houston!

All Over Lace Bridal Gown with Middle Slit High Lace Neck Line Gown with Flowing Skirt Wedding Ceremony Flower Wall and Metallic Gold Detailed Bridal Gown Beaded Bodice and Flowing Skirt Bridal Separates Beaded Bodice and Flowing Skirt Bridal Separates Metallic Gold Detailed Multi-Layer Wedding Cake and Tropical Flower Bouquet All-Over Lace Bridal Gown with Deep V Neckline Brown Embroidered Cocktail Dress and Black Feathered Cocktail Dress Off-White Silk Pantsuit and Black Capris with High Neckline White Blouse Romantic Candlelit Tablescapes with Rose Centerpieces and Rose Flower Balls Beaded Cap Sleeved Bridal Gown

Location: The Astorian ~ Photography: Larry Fagala ~ Stylist: Summer Salah ~ Flowers & Decor: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Makeup: Aubrie Layne ~ Hair: Tonya Riner ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Gowns Designed by: Alon Livne, Hayley Paige, Rivini and Naeem Khan ~ Gowns Sold At: Now & Forever Bridal and Mia Bridal Couture ~ Accessories: Baccarat, Trumpet & Horn, Sloan/Hall, Kendra Scott, Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, Dior and LuLu Frost, Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, all from Neiman Marcus.

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Liz & Vinnie ~ March 22, 2014

Pediatric cardiology fellow Liz met Vinnie, an applications engineer, at a bar on St. Patricks’s Day, when neither was out searching for love: “We both had gone out in our rattiest clothes, ready to just have fun with our friends,” Liz recounts. In the tradition of their first encounter, Vinnie’s proposal, offered to Liz at the top of a mountain they had just hiked in the pouring rain, was less than glamorous affair. But their wedding at Discovery Green’s The Grove made up for all that, done up as it was in gold, glitter and blush, against a backdrop of chic, sleek cream and navy. For her special day, Liz wore not one, but three knockout gowns, including a shimmering vintage halter-neck sheath with a stunning draped back. And a very special day it was for the bride and for her mother, whose recent kidney transplant meant that she could fully enjoy the festivities. “I thank God every day fort the selfless gift of organ donors,” says the grateful-and gorgeous-bride.

Photographer: George Street Photography ~ Venue: The Grove ~ Consultant: Kat Creech Events ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Ceremony Backdrop: Darryl & Co. ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Honeymoon: Napa Valley

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Rachel & Estevan ~ March 29, 2014

“Estevan and I met in February of 2013 at our mutual friends’ game night where we were the only two single people,” recounts bride Rachel.  “They swear it was a coincidence.” Were pretty sure it wasn’t. For their spring wedding, the couple selected a fresh, seasonal palette of in and soft pinks,k and filled their rustic-elegant venue with touches of burlap, mercury glass and vintage furniture including rough-hewn farm tables, refurbished doors and wine barrels. Describing her favorite wedding moments, Rachel recounts sipping margaritas made with her father-in-law’s secret recipe and partying to a lively mix of country, pop and Tejano music. But most of all, she cherishes the memory of her father-daughter dance to The Temptations’ “My Girl.” “My dad sang this song to me while he taught me to swim in our backyard. It is my first memory, and a precious reminder of our relationship.”

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Decor, Rentals & Lighting: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Wedding Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: England, Scotland & Italy ~ Photography: J Bird Photography

Champagne and Lime Green Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom by Sarah Ainsworth Photography


Sara and Bret ~ October 26, 2013

Sara always had a crush on her best friend’s older brother. And Bret, for his part, felt the same way about his younger sib’s BFF. But it wasn’t until 10 years after they’d first met that the pair expressed the connection they’d felt all those years. “One night, Bret texted me and said he had always felt that there was something between us and he wanted to see if there was. I agreed, so he drove up to Austin that night,” the recent bride recounts. “We got engaged four months later!” The couple’s classic Crystal Ballroom at The Rice wedding was a perfect expression of that longtime love, finally realized, and forever embraced.

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Names: Sara Preston & Bret Labadie ~ Number of Guests: 220 ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants n’ Petals ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Rehearsal Dinner: The Grove ~ Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Registry: Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Anguilla

Swag Bag Sweetness!

Bridal Gifts Favors Skincare

We at Weddings in Houston firmly believe that take-home treats shouldn’t be just for wedding guests. That’s why we put so much love—and LOTS of good stuff—into our exclusive I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags! We want to thank the exceptional brands and vendors who contributed gifts and goodies to the swag bags our brides took home from the fabulous I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Greenleaf Gifts
Not only did Greenleaf’s First Blush and Gardenia Fragrance Votives have us totally swooning with delight over their soft, romantic scents, but their packaging was pretty much perfection. Love the idea of these for visiting guests’ hotel rooms, amenity baskets, and reception powder rooms and dressing rooms. Don’t you? #weddingfavor #guestroomamenity #homefragrance #bridesmaidgift

Infused with jasmine, rose, hyacinth, lily of the valley and other divine floral fragrances, Thymes’ Goldleaf Foaming Bath Powder is our new favorite soak-time ritual. Did we mention it leaves our skin feeling like silk and smelling like Heaven après-bath? #bridesmaidgift #spabasket #bathandbody #fragrance

Kate Somerville
When the amazing Kate Somerville offers to treat you to a skincare treatment, you’d best take her up on it. I Do! Brides: Make sure to schedule your complimentary Kate Somerville DermaQuench Treatment at Neiman Marcus…TODAY! #bridalbeauty #bridesmaidbeauty #skincare #ideserveit

Nothing Bundt Cakes
So. Freakin.’ Delicious. Once you take one bite of a Nothing Bundt Cakes Red Velvet, White-Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate or Lemon cake, drizzled and basically filled with decadent frosting, you’re a fan for life. And they make wedding cakes, too! #bundtcake #weddingcake #desserttable #ideserveit

Tiff’s Treats
Cookies make us happy. So we kinda figured they’d make y’all happy, too. And Tiff’s Treats knows how to make a cookie that’d make anyone happy. ‘Nuff said. ENJOY!
#weddingfavors #cookies #desserttable #coupon

Last but most definitely not least, we’d like to give a big ol’ Weddings in Houston shout out to Save-On Crafts for the gorgeous romance-red Sola Flowers adorning our I Do! Bridal Soiree “Bride” name tags. These natural-tapioca-fiber flowers aren’t just beautiful, they’re versatile, eco-friendly and absolutely awesome for DIY wedding decor, favor packages and other fun stuff. Check ’em out!

Buy I Do Bridal Soiree Tickets and WIN $400 GNO Beauty for FOUR!

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Photo: Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup by Buttercream Beauty

Here’s the thing about the January I Do! Bridal Soiree: It ALWAYS sells out. Here’s why: It’s AMAZING. Incredible wedding-reception tabletop designs by Houston’s top wedding florists and decor experts, insanely decadent wedding cakes, fabulous wedding photographers, 80+ of Houston’s finest wedding vendors, and a spectacular runway presentation showing the most coveted couture bridal gowns, bridal accessories and bridal styling for 2014. Plus free-flowing wine, cocktails, divine cuisine and VIP treatment every step of the way.

And here’s something else you’re gonna love: When you Like the I Do! Bridal Soiree on Facebook AND purchase your $20 pre-sale tickets for the Jan. 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Houston by TUESDAY, DEC. 31, you are automatically entered to win a $400 Girls’ Night Out Hair & Makeup Party courtesy of Buttercream Beauty–the sweetest salon in town. Oh yeah, one bride who snags her must-have I Do! tickets before the end of the year will score hairstyling and professional makeup services for herself and up to three of her BFFs, which they’ll enjoy while indulging in decadent desserts at The Heights’ retro-adorable Buttercream Beauty before heading out for a night on the town!

Good luck, brides. And our wishes for a warm, love-filled and BEAUTIFUL holiday season to all y’all. See you at I Do!!

Q&A with Wedding Designer Todd Fiscus of Todd Events


There’s a new name in Houston weddings, and it’s Todd Fiscus. The renowned Dallas-based event designer recently set up shop in Houston, bringing his talent for lush, deeply personalized wedding celebrations—along with access to 60,000 square feet of spectacular stuff to bring your wedding vision to life. We got the scoop from the man behind Todd Events (who, incidentally, was recently profiled by none other than the “Wall Street Journal” for his innovations and leadership in the field of event design…so we’re in good company : – )

Houston Wedding Blog: You’ve had such great success in Dallas. Why bring Todd Events to Houston?

Todd Fiscus: Several reasons. It’s a great city, with lots of growth, and close to our corporate office. We are focusing only on the decor and floral side of our business in Houston, and not offering event or wedding planning, as there are some great planners here. So this is a growth strategy that we feel is in our wheelhouse. It is also a city where I want to make a home. I am getting married to a Houstonian so I want to be there more, and enjoy the friends we have there. I really like being in Houston!

HWB: Congratulations! So tell us, what do you love about Houston brides?

TF: The brides we have met and the great planners we have talked with see us as something new and innovative to the market. We like to consider ourselves trendsetters, and being in Houston allows us to try new things, and really stretch our creative wings.

HWB: Tell us a little about what a bride can expect when she hires Todd Events?

TF: We are a very unique company, with a lot of playthings! We have over 60,000 feet of inventory of incredible tabletop, stage facades, furniture and luxury rentals. We treat weddings more like interior design projects, so all areas are cohesive. We obsess over the little things! To me they make the real difference. Our floral teams I think are some of the most talented in the industry, and we are a tight production group. We want our client to be happy, but we also want the location that we are working in to see us as a professional group that knows what they are doing.

HWB: In one sentence, what is you signature style?

TF: Great design, great event flow, extravagant parties that don’t feel obnoxious, luxurious touches and very thoughtful details and decor.

Visit Todd Events to view photos, get contact details and find out who recently named the company one of the top 35 event-design firms in the world. Yeah, that’s right–the whole freakin’ globe!