May 21st, 2014
Contemporary Engagement Shoot by Civic Photos
 

We are absolutely in love with beautiful bride-to-be Kristy and handsome groom Desmond’s engagement shoot for several reasons: 1. They are ridiculously good-looking AND well dressed. 2. The theme went from super modern and edgy to casual, yet romantic. 3. We can’t wait to see how amazing their upcoming wedding in August at Chateau Polonez will be! Check out their engagement shoot by Civic Photos– great job Barett!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Locations: Cantoni and Galveston Island

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May 19th, 2014
GIVEAWAY: Enter Now to Win the Grill of a Lifetime!
 

GIVEAWAY: Enter Now to Win the Grill of a Lifetime!

Photo: OptiGrill

We Houstonians love our grilling. Like, we really, really love our grilling—rain or shine, big backyard bash or romantic dinner for two, outdoors or…in? Yes, indeed, darlings: This week’s giveaway will make one lucky bride the owner of a T-fal OptiGrill, the Rolls-Royce of electric grills. Here are just some of the features of this $179 grilling machine:

• Sensor cooking automatically adapts to thickness of food
• Six different cooking programs: burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausage, red meat and fish
• Delivers perfect doneness from rare to well-done
• Manual and defrost settings perfect for vegetables, frozen dishes and personal recipes
• Angled, removable drip tray removes excess grease and fat to create healthier meals

This baby is an ideal addition to your newlywed nest, so if you don’t happen to win, do think about adding the T-fal OptiGrill to your registry. It also makes a great gift for Dad (Father’s Day is June 15!), so, should you win, do feel free to re-gift ; ).

TO ENTER: Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding venue (booked or hoped for), and a line or two about what you’d throw on that killer grill and serve up to your future Mr. BFFs and other summer-party invitees.
DEADLINE: Completed entries MUST be received no later than 9 p.m. this FRIDAY, MAY 23.

Our winner will be notified and announced on Facebook on TUESDAY, MAY 27. Good luck, loves!

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May 16th, 2014
Fitness Friday with Perfect Size Nutrition: Healthy Snacks on the Go
 

Planning your wedding is pretty much a full-time job. Which is insanely tough when you already have a, you know, full-time job. Which, when it comes right down to it, can make healthy eating, especially healthy snacking, almost impossible. But not quite. Today, Perfect Size Nutrition’s lovely Marla and Sonny are back for another installment of Fitness Friday on the Houston Wedding Blog, with their awesome tips and recipes for healthy snacking on the go, tailor-made for busy brides. Check out their vid, and when you’re running around like a madwoman this weekend, traipsing through venues or trying on ballgowns or debating over 97 different napkin-ring possibilities or fretting over whether to updo or undo (or perhaps ALL of the aforementioned and then some), make sure to keep your body fueled, healthfully, deliciously and PDQ. And don’t forget to pop over to their fab blog for tons more tips on fitness, health, and feeling really freakin’ great all the time.

 

Busy Bride Series: Part 3

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May 15th, 2014
Old Hollywood Glam Wedding at The Sam Houston Hotel
 

It all started with the typical “you look familiar” pick-up line, says Houston bride Rachel. “Patrick swears to this day that I was staring at him all night… little did he know that I did not have my contacts in and couldn’t see far away!” After one random night out in Huntsville, they were inseparable. Rachel and Patrick celebrated with 160 of their nearest and dearest at The Sam Houston Hotel. The crystal chandeliers, feather-accented centerpieces and pops of color set the tone for their “Old Hollywood” theme. Congrats, Rachel & Patrick, we wish you two nothing but a lifetime of love!

Photos: Love, The Nelsons ~ Wedding Gown: The Princess Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini ~ Venue: The Sam Houston Hotel ~ Cake: Dream Cakes ~ Caterer: Veranda by *17 at The Sam Houston Hotel ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Linens & Chairs: The Perfect Touch

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April 30th, 2014
Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
 

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

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