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Rustic-Elegant DIY Winter Wedding by Civic Photos

You know who loved her “very personal wedding—with most things having been made by family and friends”? Bride Amanda, that’s who. You know who else loves Amanda’s rustic-elegant Walden Country Club wedding to handsome Coast Guard member Elliot, seen here in lively images by Houston’s Civic Photos? We do! And we hope you do, too.

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal ~ Flowers & Decor: DIY ~ Venue: Walden Country Club

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Houston Bridal Couture Goes Custom With David Peck USA

Houston Bridal Couture Goes Custom With David Peck USA

Photo: David Peck USA

Like every love story, every bride is unique, individual, one-of-a-kind. Nobody knows this better than Houston-based designer David Peck, whose gorgeous made-to-measure bridal gowns burst onto the wedding scene with a splash at the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway in January. While the David Peck bridal collection debuted on our spectacular Royal Sonesta Hotel runway, the designer’s River Oaks atelier is a fixture on the Houston fashion scene. Which means that the bride who picks David Peck for her big-day dress gets the benefit not just of Peck’s design genius, but of his talented team of experts. And she gets a gown that is made specifically for her body, her taste, her vision of her perfect day—a gown that, like the love of her life, is hers and hers alone.

Call 713.524.3482 to schedule your consultation and start planning…perfection.

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Houston Heights Backyard Wedding Ceremony by Ama by Aisha Photography & Cinema

For their fall wedding, Houstonians Katheryne and Casey knew they wanted “a small, intimate ceremony so that we could have a meaningful event that focused on our family, and so our four dogs could participate,” the bride says. What better spot, then, for their vows, than the autumn-leaf-and-rose-petal-strewn backyard of their Houston Heights home? Shot by Aisha Khan of Ama by Aisha Photography & Cinema (who just happened to be our AWESOME official show photographer at the Jan. 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston), the couple’s nuptials are the very picture of relaxed revelry and vintage-touched fun. We couldn’t be happier to share their special day, and lovely pix!

Photos: Ama by Aisha Photography & Cinema ~ Bride’s Dress: J. Crew ~ Flowers: Floral Events ~ Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Venue: Couple’s Houston Heights Home

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Vintage Blue, Cream and Silver Houston Wedding by Ethan Avery Photography

Q: What do you do when you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget and can’t afford expensive rentals and fancy decorations? A: Make just about everything out of paper! For Kristina’s wedding to Jody, the bride’s friends pitched in to source or craft everything from placemats to paper flowers to pinwheel favors. The results? A delightful landscape of sweet, sentimental, DIY decor and charming vintage touches, along with sweet, creamy floral accents by Something Special in Flowers. And baby, this bride knows how to rock a true “something blue” mani! Big congrats to Kristina and Jody, one of the cutest couples we’ve ever seen.

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Photos: Ethan Avery Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: BHLDN ~ Flowers: Something Special in Flowers ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift Registry ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane

 

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Fitness Friday with Perfect Size Nutrition: How to Throw a Healthy and Delicious Bridal Shower

We at HWB are SO excited about our partnership with the lovely Marla and Sonny of Houston’s Perfect Size Nutrition for our newest bridal and nutrition and fitness series! Today marks the first installment of bimonthly Fitness Fridays, and darlings, it’s a tasty one. We welcome you to try any of these recipes (listed just below the video clip) any time, for a delicious, nutritious, craving-satisfying snack or meal (we mean it, gals…just try these out on your comfort-food-loving guy if you have any doubts!). And be sure to visit Perfect Size Nutrition’s blog for a complete list of recipes and directions. Take it away, Marla and Sonny!

If you need an example of friends getting together to overindulge and eat diet-busting foods, just look to the typical bridal shower or a bachelorette party. While gobbling high-fat, high-sodium, sugar-filled goodies seems like a good idea at the time, come Monday morning, the food hangover sets in and you wake up feeling hungry, tired and regretting those high-calorie munchies and drinks. So we are here to guide you and your shower hostess in the right direction. The recipes we have developed are meant to taste wonderful without undoing all your hard pre-bridal fitness work. You and your guests will love these healthy and cute alternatives!

 

 

Goddess Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

– 12 hard-boiled eggs

– Salt

– Pepper

– Tony Chachere’s salt-free seasoning

– 1/2 tsp garlic powder

– 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

– Paprika

Directions:

  1. Place eggs into large pot. Add just enough water to cover eggs. Turn stove on high heat, bring to boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium-heat for a low boil for 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Cover pot and let them simmer, off heat
  2. Remove eggs from pot and place in a separate bowl. Rinse with cold water. Keep them in cold water until completely cooled
  3. Once cooled, peel eggs
  4. Cut lengthwise. Scoop out yellow and place in bowl, set whites on a tray
  5. Mix yellows with the rest of the ingredients except for paprika
  6. With a spoon, scoop yolk mixture back into each egg white
  7. Sprinkle with paprika

Guacamole with homemade chips

Homemade baked tortilla chips:

Ingredients:

–       Corn tortillas

–       Non-stick olive oil spray

–       Seasonings of choice (we like a pinch of Parmesan)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay out all corn tortillas from the package.
  3. Spray both sides of the corn tortillas with non-stick olive oil spray.
  4. Sprinkle favorite seasonings on top of tortillas (we love a pinch of Parmesan!).
  5. Stack about 8-10 tortillas on top of each other and using a knife, cut tortillas into 8.
  6. Place triangles on cookie sheet in single layer.
  7. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Make sure to check on them frequently to prevent from burning.

Homemade Guacamole Recipe:

Ingredients:

–       4 ripe avocados

–       Pinch of salt or to taste

–       Pinch of pepper or to taste

–       ½ medium tomato

–       ¼ medium red onion

–       ½ tsp garlic powder

–       Juice of 1 lime

–       2 tbsp cilantro

Directions:

  1. Scoop out avocados, add to large mixing bowl.
  2. With a fork or potato masher, mash avocados lightly for chunkier guacamole. For smooth guacamole, mix and mash well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  4. Serve with homemade baked tortilla chips.

Skinny Mini Pizzas

Ingredients:

–       Small round flat bread

–       Pizza sauce or tomato sauce

–       Mozzarella cheese

–       Feta cheese

–       Spinach

–       Oregano or Italian seasoning

–       Olive oil

–       Torn arugula

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place flat bread on cookie sheet.
  3. With a spoon, add pizza sauce to each flat bread.
  4. Sprinkle each with ¼ tsp oregano.
  5. Add a few spinach leaves to each pizza.
  6. Sprinkle each pizza with mozzarella.
  7. Add a pinch of feta to each pizza.
  8. Sprinkle tops of pizzas with arugula.
  9. Drizzle a tsp of olive oil on each pizza.
  10. Bake at 450 for 15-25 minutes.

For more nutrition tips, food photos and pre-wedding fitness advice, visit Perfect Size Nutrition on Facebook!

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