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Our Favorite Products for Beautiful Bridal Hands and Feet

Hey there, lovely bride: Don’t forget to include your hands and feet in your bridal skincare regimen using these great products (we hand-picked them ourselves)!

Bridal Skincare for Hands & Feet

1. Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer: Sephora 2. Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream: Lush 3. H20 + Softening Mint Foot Rub: H20 Plus 4. Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream: Burt’s Bees 5. Butter London Scrubbers 2-in-1 Nail Prep & Remover Wipes: Sephora 6. Alessandro Pedix Heel Smoothing Stick: Alessandro 7. Handspa Age Complex Micro Peel: Alessandro

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Preserve Your Wedding Gown the Twin Oaks Way (aka, the RIGHT Way)

Twin Oaks Cleaners Houston

Photos: Top Left: Alvina Valenta, Middle: Alvina Valenta, Top Right: Naeem Khan, Bottom Left: LaceNTrim via Etsy, Bottom Right: Reem Acra

You know it, we know it, designers know it: A wedding gown is NOT like other garments. Unfortunately, many dry cleaners who advertise “wedding gown preservation” do not understand exactly how special wedding gowns are, and what kind of painstaking care is required to preserve them beautifully, and without damage.

Twin Oaks Cleaners has made wedding gown preservation a priority for more than 60 years. No, not just a priority—an art. We’re not kidding. This iconic Houston business employs not one but two full-time spotters whose sole job is to identify any staining and determine exactly which solvents are required to return the dress material to pristine condition. And a team of experts who dedicate themselves to removing any accessory or bit of ornamentation that might be damaged during cleaning. Yeah. It’s that kind of place.

And when it comes to your wedding gown, it’s the only kind of place you want to entrust with that gown’s care.

This week, you can WIN $150 of Twin Oaks Cleaners’ renowned dry cleaning services (perfect for those fancy-shmancy getups you’re getting set to wear for all your fabulous pre-wedding parties, dinners, showers and celebrations), PLUS an additional 10% off Twin Oaks Cleaners’ gown preservation. Simply Like this Weddings in Houston Facebook post AND Twin Oaks’ Facebook page, and you’re entered to win. Winner announced Tuesday, April 21 on—where else?—Facebook!

 

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Champagne and Red Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON SPRING 2015 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Brittney & Randy ~ July 19, 2014

Listen up, ladies: There’s something to be said for making the first move. Just ask Houston bride Brittney—who may never have ended up with the love of her life if she hadn’t asked handsome Randy for his digits at that Southern Methodist University dorm icebreaker 10 years back. “We ended up talking for hours on end,” she recalls, “then officially started dating on Sept. 24, 2004…and the rest is history!” At the couple’s beautiful Chateau Cocomar wedding, the groom, whose family hails from Ghana, changed into traditional Ghanian clothing halfway through the reception and delighted in watching his family shower his bride in money—a Ghanian tradition that Brittney says, “was a complete surprise to me, but made for an awesome story and a unique experience at our wedding.”

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Raveneaux Country Club ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar ~ Consultant & Invitations: A Day to Remember ~ Flowers: Flora & Eventi ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc ~ Lighting: DJU Productions ~ Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Weddings by Debbie ~ Mother of the Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Jamaica

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White, Red and Black Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Lisa & Joel ~ September 20, 2014

As Houston Rockets director of broadcasting Joel Blank recounts his initial blind date with KHOU-TV anchor Lisa Hernandez: “We had our first date, and knew we had gone on our last first date.” The couple made it official with a lovely late-summer wedding at the dazzling Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, where guests dug into fajitas, indulged in a decadent “dessert gallery,” and danced the night away. We don’t know who’s luckier—the bride, who, dressed in her stunning Ines Di Santo mermaid gown, tearfully exchanged vows with the man of her dreams, or the groomsmen, who each went home with an NBA game ball signed by Dwight Howard, James Harden, Kevin McHale, Calvin Murphy, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. You be the judge!

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Photos: Morgan Lynn Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc Events ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Videography: 31 Films ~ Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

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2015 Wedding Gown Trend: Deep Necklines

Take the plunge in a deep “V” or halter neckline–one of our favorite “red-carpet-to-white-aisle” wedding dress trends for 2015-2016 brides! As for styling, follow the lead of bridal couture experts including Hayley Paige, Reem Acra and Ines Di Santo, and let neckline detail stand out on its own: no necklace needed, love.

Beaded Deep Neckline Bridal Gowns White Cap Sleeved Deep V Bridal Gown and Off-White Halter Deep V Bridal Gown All Over Lace Deep V Bridal Bridal Gown Deep Neckline Halter Ballroom Wedding Gown and Deep Neckline Beaded and Lace Bridal Gown

1. Hayley Paige Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ 2. Rivini Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture ~ 3. Winnie Couture Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon ~ 4. Reem Acra Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ 5. Ines Di Santo Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ 6. Vera Wang ~ 7. Lazaro Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie

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