November 12th, 2013
Tix On Sale NOW for I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Jan. 26, 2014
 

Houston Bridal Show 2014

Because we can never sit still too long when there’s wedding gorgeousness to share, can never laze about eating bonbons and talking “Real Housewives” when there are brides to inspire and educate…we’re already heavy into prep for the Jan. 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston! That’s right, lovelies, we’re getting gussied up for our biggest and most bountiful I Do! bridal event of the year (which also happens to be Houston’s only luxury bridal show), and we’ll be dropping hints and pulling back the shimmering curtain just a lil’ bit as we near show day. In the meanwhile, do yourself a favor and secure your all-inclusive $20 pre-sale tickets NOW, while they’re still available. As you may have heard through the bridal grapevine, our October I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa Houston SOLD OUT in record time, way before the big day. Don’t miss this chance to find every single thing you need to make your fantasy Houston wedding a reality. Oh–and did we mention the legendary I Do! bridal couture runway show? Um, now we did.

Yeah, it’s THAT amazing. Snag your pre-sale tix now, and give yourself something to be extra thankful for this turkey-day season.

And in the meantime…check out footage from our sold-out October show at Hotel ZaZa. WOW, right? Click here.

 

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November 6th, 2013
More Amazing I Do! at Hotel ZaZa Photos from D. Jones Photography
 

Whether you attended our incredible I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa last month, waited too long to snag tix and got left out (yeah, you know who you are), or are recently engaged and looking forward to attending the next I Do! bash (it’s on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Royal Sonesta Houston, btw—tix are on sale NOW), D. Jones Photography’s insanely gorgeous show photos are gonna blow your mind. Check out a sampling right here…and for more, visit D. Jones Photography’s blog. Oh—and just so you know—the extraordinarily talented David Jones is available to make your wedding look as beautiful in images as he does with our shows. Whoa.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography

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November 4th, 2013
Fall Into Love with The Overlook: Open House and Bridal Show Nov. 10
 

Texas Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Reception Venue

 

From its storied past as the lush and rambling Atascocita Country Club, The Overlook has been a gracious gathering place, a picturesque retreat, and the site of unforgettable milestone celebrations. And on Sunday, Nov. 12, The Overlook will demonstrate to Houston-area brides just what it is that makes it the perfect venue for a storybook Houston wedding.

Join The Overlook’s expert catering and events staff as they entice you to “Fall Into Love: An Open House and Bridal Show,” where you’ll meet local vendors, enjoy live music and behold a beautiful bridal fashion show.

You’ll also get to tour The Overlook’s magnificent grounds and event spaces, which include lake-view terraces, manicured lawns, and window-lined rooms featuring twinkling chandeliers and stonework accents.

Admission for this event is FREE; your RSVP is requested, call 281.812.0193. Doors open at 3 p.m.

For directions and additional details click here…and get ready to “Fall Into Love!”

 

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November 1st, 2013
Dreamy Vintage Texas Garden Wedding
 

Talk about a fairytale proposal: “A month before I graduated from Texas A&M, my parents planned a family trip to Disney World. Nolan and I were walking through the Magic Kingdom when he said, ‘I know it’s probably way too late to make dinner reservations in Cinderella’s castle, but I’m going to ask anyways.’ When he came back, he said, ‘There was a cancellation, so I took it!’ When we walked inside the castle, Cinderella greeted us and we took a picture with her. Then, we were escorted to our table. I was so caught up in taking photos of everything inside that I did not notice how weird Nolan was acting. I was starting to get a little concerned when our dessert was delayed, and then it all happened. A waiter brought out a silver platter, sat it down in front of me, and underneath was a glass slipper with my beautiful ring on it! Nolan walked over to my chair, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. All of the Disney princesses came out and congratulated us, and a photographer snapped photos. It really was magical,” says bride Cady. Magical, too, was the couple’s vintage-inspired wedding, filled with personal mementos, antiques and DIY touches. “We laid out a dance floor under the stars, had a live band playing Frank Sinatra songs, and we sent off floating lanterns at the end of the night (ever since I saw the movie ‘Tangled’, I have been so fascinated with those things). We left the reception in an awesome, light blue Cadillac from the fifties. It was a loud ride to Houston, but it was a lot of fun!” Congratulations, Cady and Nolan, and thanks to NYC-based photographer Tahni Candelaria-Holm of Joyeuse Photography for the lovely pix of this charming Texas wedding.

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Photos: Joyeuse Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal ~ Registry: Macy’s ~ Venue: Oak Tree Manor

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October 29th, 2013
Mother of the Bride/Groom: T. Carolyn Fashions’ Breast-Cancer Survivor’s Guide to Shopping for Wedding Attire
 

Mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom are always special; it’s just that some mothers are more special than others. October is breast cancer awareness month and this article is dedicated to breast cancer survivors and those who are currently fighting and undergoing treatment.

It’s no secret that most MOBs and MOGs find shopping for a dress for the wedding notoriously stressful. Mothers who are trying to cover mastectomies, radiation burns, port-a-caths, scars, and those who suffer from lymphedema and have one arm larger than the other, obviously find the experience to be exponentially more stressful.

The Facts

You are not alone. 2.6 million women in the U.S. are undergoing treatment for breast cancer or are survivors.

The good news is that with a few minor modifications you can still wear any number of beautiful dresses. And the best part is that, executed properly, they will look like custom-designed dresses.

The most common mistake women who’ve had breast cancer make is in obsessing over necklines. Quite frequently they go overboard and will only look at dresses with ultra high necklines. This obsession blinds them to all of the beautiful options surrounding them. I often see women so fixated on covering up that they overlook styles that would look incredible on them. As a result, they end up wearing mediocre, unflattering, matronly dresses.

Knowing where to shop, when to shop and a few simple tips will make the process much less stressful and can make the difference between a dress that looks flawless and a dress that looks like it’s trying to cover flaws. A flawless dress should always look as if every design detail was intended by the designer.

Helpful Tips

The most common design challenges facing breast cancer survivors are raising necklines and enlarging sleeves. These obviously require fabric. The first option is to take fabric from the dress itself, either from the hemline, a stole or sometimes from sleeves.

When modifications require more fabric than can be harvested from the dress, it’s always best to order fabric from the manufacturer. It is important to note that there can be vast differences in the dye lots of fabrics, so it’s always preferable to order a dress with extra fabric to ensure the fabrics match.

Customization and Fabric

If you need to order a dress, it’s always best to allow 14 weeks for delivery, unless it’s at a time that is being affected by Chinese New Year, since the majority of dress manufacturing occurs in China. Chinese New Year typically affects the months of October through March. During this time, order time can extend to as much as 21 weeks, so it’s best to shop early.

It typically takes six weeks to order fabric. This is important if you’ve found a dress, but don’t have the luxury of 14 or more weeks to order another. Most people underestimate how long it takes for fabric to arrive.

Don’t worry if you find yourself in the position of having to order fabric without the assurance of a matching dye lot. Anything you receive from the manufacturer will be much closer than what you will find in a fabric shop and you won’t spend hours driving around matching up swatches.

Where to Shop

Department store dresses are mass-produced. These dresses are made all at one time in what’s known as a “cutting.” The factories in China (and a few other countries) only buy enough fabric to cut the exact number of dresses that have been ordered; therefore it’s not possible to order extra fabric for these dresses. These factories just aren’t set up to help with special requests. They work off of large numbers, plain and simple.

Your best bet in trying to order extra fabric lies with designers who are carried in specialty stores or by designers who also create bridal gowns. These designers are used to special orders and their factories have fabric on hand. They are much more user friendly and are usually happy to assist in ordering extra fabric, trim, beads, etc.

These dresses come in a range of prices, so don’t be afraid to venture outside of the department store. It’s also worth mentioning that the fabric, beads and other accoutrements that go with these dresses are usually quite reasonably priced. If you’re really in a bind, these designers sometimes have an extra stole on hand that can be shipped out quickly if you are desperate for extra fabric.

Style Solutions

I’m sure that it will come as no surprise that the most common modification needed for breast cancer survivors is raising the neckline. Don’t worry, there’s no need to be intimidated. It’s actually quite easy and it can be done in a number of aesthetically pleasing ways.

Necklines:
If the dress has a V-neck that is too deep, it’s easy to add fabric that retains the V shape. If the bodice is ruched, the fabric being added to the neckline can be ruched as well. Lace, net, appliqués or any other design elements from the dress can be incorporated along the neckline as well. This goes for sweetheart necklines as well.  Let me be clear, there is absolutely no reason to sew a boring piece of fabric that sort-of-matches across a neckline in an attempt to cover up.

Don’t ever be afraid of a strapless gown. It is often possible to add a large appliqué, 3-dimensional flower, or build up a crumb catcher for dimension that covers the bust. If you’ve found a strapless gown that you adore, but you’re not comfortable in strapless or need more coverage, you can easily add a single shoulder strap to create a one-shoulder gown. Not only do straps obviously help hold a dress up, they can be a great distraction from scars and help cover port-a-caths.

Plain straps are just plain boring so consider straps that are pleated or tapered. Be creative! You might even consider adding a strap that is wide in the front and separates into three smaller straps diagonally across the back. This is known as a sunburst strap and it looks amazing from the back. By using fabric, lace and beading from the dress to make the straps, you will end up with a beautiful one-of-a-kind gown that you’ll love.

Sleeves:
If you suffer from lymphedema and have a problem with sleeves being too tight, it’s relatively easy to sew a strip of matching fabric under the sleeve to make it bigger.  This is known as a gusset. If your arm is larger than what a gusset will allow for, the sleeve can be detached, the armhole can be cut larger and a new, larger sleeve can be constructed and sewed on. No one will ever know the difference!

Once you’ve gotten used to making these simple changes, dressing for special occasions will be a snap. With these simple tips, you’ll have more choices, less stress and more fun leading up to the wedding. Remember, when it comes to your dress, you don’t have to settle. As a mother of the bride or mother of the groom you deserve to look as beautiful and confident as the bride herself.

–Terrie Martin, T. Carolyn Fashions

For more expert MOB/MOG shopping advice, and to view the season’s most beautiful wedding-day and special-occasion styles, visit T. Carolyn Fashions.

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