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6 Unique Honeymoon Destinations

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Photo: Salt In Our Hair

One of your first adventures as newlyweds will be your honeymoon. This will be your opportunity to celebrate your marriage away from others, create unforgettable memories, and build intimacy with your new spouse. Traditionally, couples have opted to vacation in popular European cities like Paris, or luxurious beach resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico or Hawaii for their post-wedding vacations. But if you’re seeking an out-of-the-box honeymoon, these six unique honeymoon destinations will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Click here to read the rest of this post »

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After The Wedding: Care For Your Dress

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Photo: Civic Photos

Congratulations, newlywed! You’ve just celebrated a major life milestone and are beginning your journey into marital bliss with your beloved. Your wedding may be over, but there are still a few loose ends to tie, such as caring for your wedding dress. Whether you decide to sell, donate or keep your dress, preservation should be done ASAP to keep it in pristine condition. Without preservation, you run the risk of yellowing fabric, mold or mildew, and permanent fabric creasing. This also rings true for your veil or sash. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to preserving your dress.

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Wedding Dress Designer Q&A: Allison Webb

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“Penelope” by Allison Webb | Available at Now & Forever Bridal Boutique

If you haven’t yet checked out the new wedding dress collection from JLM Couture designer Allison Webb at Houston’s Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, now is the time!  And while you’re at it, check out this EXCLUSIVE Houston Wedding Blog Q&A with the bridal gown designer herself. You’ll find out what inspires her, which of her new designs are her personal favorites, and how her experience working for a fashion-design legend has influenced her style. Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Natural Looking Hair And Makeup From Etoilly Artistry

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Photo: Courtney Leigh Photography
While natural looking hair and makeup is “the” aesthetic for today’s bride, achieving this effect actually takes a lot of hard work.

This sophisticated-yet-natural bridal look is Etoilly Artistry’s area of expertise. Don’t just take our word for it, though…check out (and follow!) their awesome Instagram for clear and gorgeous evidence of their exceptional hair and makeup talents! Also, there’s this:

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Photo: Courtesy of Etoilly Artistry
You’re not gonna find nicer gals than the artists of Etoilly.

Seriously, these extraordinary beauty pros will transform you and your bridal party for the big day, and they’ll also make you feel super comfortable and happy while submitting to their hair and makeup magic. It’s one of the reasons we tapped Etoilly Artistry as our MUA of choice for our “Beauty On The Bayou” styled wedding shoot at The Dunlavy, coming to the pages of our Fall/Winter 2018 issue, on newsstands in July (no spoilers, darlings, you’re gonna have to pick it up in person to see!!). So, how can you tap into the talents of these effortless-beauty hair and makeup pros for your very own big day?

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Photo: Courtney Leigh Photography
Just give them a call and schedule your consultation!

And while you’re at it, take advantage of their limited-time special offer (subject to change): Book a bridal trial run with Etoilly Artistry and receive 20% off of your wedding-day bridal hair and makeup. See? We told you it was easy! Oh–and make sure to tell Hailey, Kailey & the crew that you found them right here on the Houston Wedding Blog!

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Venues We Love + OPEN HOUSE: Ashton Gardens

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Photo: Allee J Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens Chapel
Who says Houston couples can’t have the feel of an outdoor wedding venue but with the climate-controlled comfort of the great indoors?

If this is the wedding vibe you’re going for, we’d like to introduce you to Ashton Gardens, which seamlessly blends the beauty of nature’s bounty with classic ballroom wedding ambiance.

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Photo: Matthew Trevino Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens Ballroom
Ashton Gardens is actually two nearly identical venues (one in North Houston, one in West Houston).

Both offer a blend of forested splendor and romantic ballroom chic that’s a perfect fit for couples who want the feel of an outdoor wedding venue, but without the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Say, “I do,” in front of a backdrop of soaring windows looking out on lush trees, in Ashton Gardens’ lovely on-site chapel, with its country-church feel, and state-of-the-art technology. Then venture into the venue’s party space, enclosed in windows for wonderful sense of serenity, and accented with crystal chandeliers for an even more wonderful sense of…celebration!

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Photo: Mustard Seed Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens
Experience the magic in person at the Ashton Gardens North Bridal Open House on June 23.

Visit Ashton Gardens North on Saturday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m. for your chance to tour the lovely chapel, twinkling ballroom and beautiful grounds. Talk to in-house wedding experts, and learn more about the venue’s full-service wedding packages, which include ceremony and reception space, rentals, dance floor, lighting, and fine cuisine. We can’t stress enough how little stress you’ll experience if you put your wedding in the hands of the experts at Ashton Gardens. Can’t make it on 6/23? No problem! Take a moment to schedule a tour at your convenience…and make sure to tell them you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog! Happy planning, loves.

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