To Do This Week: Bridal Open House at The Club at Falcon Point…TODAY!

Who needs happy hour when there’s a fabulous bridal open house at The Club at Falcon Point, today from 5-8 p.m.? Get your drinkie & nibbles, and get a chance to check out a great potential venue for your 2011 wedding, all in one shot! You’ll be delighted at the manicured lawns, all-inclusive services and elegant reception space at this Katy favorite, and your visiting-from-out-of-town, golf-loving guests will get a major kick out of the much-admired Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge course. Bonus!

The Club at Falcon Point Bridal Open House

Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 to 8 p.m.

24503 Falcon Point Dr.

Katy, TX 77494

For more information call 281.392.7888

Congratulations to Lisa Hopkins of The Houstonian and Monique Studak of E&J Gallo Winery on Their Big Wins at the National Association of Catering Executives Awards!

We know that Houston has the best wedding and event experts in the entire country. And now lots of other people do, too. That’s because two of our finest hometown wedding talents just won big at the annual National Association of Catering Executives Awards, held in Austin this year. Just in case you were wondering, NACE awards are to catering professionals what Oscars are to film actors, and believe us, Lisa Hopkins and Monique Studak are stars!

Hopkins, director of catering at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, was named NACE’s Caterer Member of the Year, while Studak, of E&J Gallo Winery, took home the award for Event Professional of the Year. Fortunately for us, another awesome hometown talent, David Jones of D. Jones Photography, was there to capture these exciting moments for us, and you, to enjoy.

If you’re planning your wedding, and your path happens to cross with either of these amazing women, please be sure to offer your congratulations. And let us offer ours: Great job, gals!!

Top left, right: Lisa Hopkins; Bottom: Monique Studak

Photos by D. Jones Photography

For Lovers Only: The Newlywed Trash-The-Dress Photo Sesh

Here’s what we love about trash-the-dress photo shoots: the chance to get out into nature, in your gown, with your new hubby, for a series of pix that capture the sexy, exhilarating rush of newlywed romance in all its wild glory. Yowza. Here’s what we don’t love about the trash-the-dress photo shoots: um, trashing the dress.

It sounds awfully destructive, but a trash-the-dress photo shoot doesn’t actually have to involve turning your wedding gown into garbage. Depending on your bridal gown’s material and embellishments, it can usually be cleaned and preserved post-shoot (though it probably won’t retain its pristine pre-wedding glory, you’re not likely to wear it again anyway). And even if it can’t, it just may be worth the wow of a set of gorgeously sensual trash-the-dress photos.

These unbelievably romantic TDD pix from around the globe—which, depending on where you work, are kinda NSFW—say, “Oh, yes.”

Natural, unposed, unabashed–no wonder this beautiful South Florida TDD is from Jessica Loren Organic Photography.

You can just feel the day-after-the-big-day languor and love in this Ocho Rios, Jamaica, TDD pic from Ontario-based photographer Melanie Dreidger.

How much fun is this UK TDD by Freeman Photographics? The bride looks like a mermaid!

This desert shoot from California photographer Kerry Garrison is SO HOT, no?

After that scorcher, how about cooling off with a plunge into romance from award-winning Riviera Maya, Mexico-based Del Sol Photography?

The New Issue of Weddings in Houston is Out!

• Six pages of breathtaking wedding-reception table design.
• Nine pages of dreamy designer wedding gowns, hot off the Jan. 2010 Before You Say…”I Do!” bridal-soiree runway.
• Twelve totally personalized, absolutely exquisite Houston Real Weddings.
• The brand-spanking-new “Profiles in Elegance” series, featuring exclusive interviews with three of the world’s most famous bridal-gown designers and three of the world’s most in-demand celebrity wedding planners.

These are just a handful of the features you’ll find in the July issue of Weddings in Houston magazine, on newsstands—and at select bridal salons and wedding vendor locations around town—right now!

Of course, you’ll also find Houston’s best wedding consultants, floral designers, cake bakers, caterers, gowns, accessories, venues, photographers, video pros, transportation companies—everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams.

Plus, the new issue’s got Houston wedding services you’re not likely to find ANYWHERE else. For instance…

Looking for a scent expert to create a personalized wedding perfume of your own? Flip to the new issue’s Wedding Resource Directory to find Fúmme Custom Fragrance.

In-laws-to-be interested in getting you the perfect shower or wedding gift? Point them in the direction of renowned bridal/wedding portrait artist Sheila McGraw, whose listing appears in the same aforementioned directory!

All this and much more is available in beautiful, oversize, full-color glory in the new issue of Weddings in Houston magazine. Pick it up, tote it around to vendor and gown-shopping appointments, scrawl notes in the margins, dog-ear those glossy pages, share it with friends, splash a little Chardonnay on the cover, really, we don’t mind. After all, Houston bride, we made it just for you.

Happy planning!

Winnie Couture Sample Sale Apr. 23-25!

She may have recently relocated to Beverly Hills, but Winnie Chlomin is still a Houston icon, and her flagship store is still a Houston bridalwear institution. This weekend it’s also the place to buy your dream gown for 40-70% off retail! Yup, that’s right, from Friday, Apr. 23 through Sun., Apr. 25, the Winnie Couture Flagship Salon hosts its totally amazing once-a-year sample sale, where fashionable Houston brides like yourself can choose from among more than 100 styles of new and sample gowns.

We’re always up for a visit to the serenely elegant Winnie Couture salon, but we’re even more enthused when that visit might mean snapping up a delicious silk charmeuse destination gown or dramatic couture ballgown for HALF what we would have paid a couple of months ago. (After all, that means we’ve got a few more bucks to spend on accessories at next week’s Erica Koessler Accessories trunk show at Mia Bridal Couture.

Love yourself some Winnie? Keep an eye out for our profile of the divine designer, coming up in the July issue of Weddings in Houston!