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

Buy Houston Bridal Show TIckets and Win

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

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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!

 

Personal and Pretty DIY Yacht Club Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

A DIY wedding for more than 200 guests is no easy feat, so when you pull it off beautifully, it pays to have an awesome photographer—in this case the super talented Sarah Ainsworth—documenting it for posterity. Delane wanted to her wedding to Ryan to be both unforgettable and affordable…and with help from her mother, grandmother, Etsy artists and a few handy craft and hobby retailers, that’s exactly what it was. Using a palette of royal blue and beige with touches of rustic burlap and feminine lace, the bride and her helpers filled Lake Conroe’s Bentwater Yacht Club with sweet, vintage, and, most of all, deeply personal elegance. Homemade pies (the bride’s favorite), a duck-hunting-theme groom’s cake, heirloom jewelry, handmade centerpieces and a high-energy string band added to intimate, joyful atmosphere—and as for a ceremony backdrop, you can’t do much better than blue Lake Conroe sparkling in the background. Happiest wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Cake: Pie Town; BawMaws Cake Shop ~ Venue: Bentwater Yacht Club

La Torretta Weekend Wedding with Football, Mad Libs, Bollywood and More

“Staying true to our Indian traditions and our Southern roots, Rushi and I wanted to include special touches that showed our personalities for our big weekend, so our first decision was to have our wedding outside of Houston, at the gorgeous La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa right off Lake Conroe in Texas,” says Houston bride Shilpa about her wedding to Rushi. “Our weekend-long celebration started with guests greeted with fresh-baked cookies, lemonade and handmade welcome bags upon check-in. Guests were then directed to an LSU viewing party Friday afternoon to enjoy the LSU vs. Arkansas game with fellow guests and Tiger fans. The colorful Friday night garba/raas festivities began with a live drum player and DJ, followed by an Italian pasta bar for dinner, king cakes fresh from Baton Rouge and homemade Indian sweets for dessert.” And that was just Friday’s fun. For Saturday’s wedding, perfect weather set the scene for a joyful celebration where guests sipped mango lassis alongside American-style cocktails, did custom wedding Mad Libs, and sat at floral-draped tables to dine on divine Indian specialties. As fine photos by New York photographer Trent Bailey show, “The reception continued with all-night dancing, personalized coozies and glow sticks, and all-around joy and happiness as two families became one, and two people became lifelong partners in this journey of life!” If there’s a better reason to celebrate, we sure don’t know what it is. Congrats, Shilpa and Rushi, and thank you so much for sharing your magnificent wedding with us, and all our brides.

Photos: Trent Bailey Photography ~ Bride’s Makeup: Makeup by Shazia Kazi ~ Cake: Sweets To Dream On ~ Decor & Rentals: Mandap Creations ~ DJ & Lighting: Indoraja Entertainment ~ Flowers: The Secret Floral Garden ~ Coordinator: Alana Padgett ~ Videography: T2 Productions ~ Venue: La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

We Remember The Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

Today marks one week since the unthinkable massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We cannot express the depth of grief we feel for the families and friends of the victims and for the community of Newtown.

Today, we remember the names of those whose lives were taken on Friday, Dec. 14.

 

Noah, 6

Emilie, 6

Jack, 6

Jesse, 6

Catherine, 6

Jessica, 6

Ana, 6

Charlotte, 6

James, 6

Dylan, 6

Avielle, 6

Benjamin, 6

Madeleine, 6

Caroline, 6

Allison, 6

Olivia, 6

Daniel, 7

Josephine, 7

Chase, 7

Grace, 7

Victoria, 27

Rachel, 29

Dawn, 47

Lauren, 30

Anne Marie, 52

Mary, 56

 

May they rest in peace.