September 11th, 2017
5 Groom & Groomsmen Gifts For Stylish Guys

Whether it’s a gesture of appreciation for the man who’ll make you happy for the rest of your days, or a big-day token of thanks from your dude to his best man, best friend or groomsmen, a well-chosen gift is one a guy will smile big for at the moment of unwrapping, and get joy from for days, weeks and years to come. These five suave groom’s and groomsmen gifts, hand picked by our HWB gals, are sure to deliver on both counts.

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The Art of Shaving’s Fusion Chrome Collection transforms basic grooming into, well…an art. We guarantee you’ll feel your heart go pitter-pat when you watch your boo do his morning manscaping with this polished chrome shaving set’s precision Power Razor and micro-textured-grip Shaving Brush. And the Fusion Collection’s self-draining shaving stand means neither of you will have to sponge off runoff or wipe down handles, leaving more time for newlywed fun!

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Portofino Chronograph: Zadok Jewelers

You’ll find the effortlessly elegant Portofino at renowned local jeweler Zadok Jewelers. The gentleman who wears this chic, sporty timepiece, will find himself fielding compliments on its striking push-buttons (an homage to the cockpit of 1960s Italian sports cars), and its convex sapphire glass and appliquéd Roman numerals.

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DJI Mavic Pro Drone: Apple

A must-have for the true gear guru, Apple’s DJI Mavic Pro Drone makes aerial filming an exercise in precision, beauty and efficiency. Just fold up this baby, drop it in your day pack, and go. Wherever you want. Flying it (up to 4.3 miles away!) and shooting 4k video is as easy as using the included controller or the simple drone app on your iPhone or iPad.

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Tumi’s handsome, lightweight Knox Backpack is stylish enough to sub as a laptop case or briefcase, and rugged enough to accompany the guy-on-the-go on day trips and overnights. Store files, papers, laptop and tablet in the Knox’s well-organized compartments, and rest easy knowing the pack’s ballistic-nylon construction will protect what’s inside, while looking ruggedly sophisticated on the outside.

Yeti Tundra: Bering’s

Y’all if your dude doesn’t yet have a Tundra, now’s the time to get to Bering’s and get him one. With its signature one-piece roto-molded UV polyethylene construction, two inches of YETI polyurethane foam insulation, and freezer-style sealing lid gasket, it’s basically the only cooler he’ll ever need. ‘Nuff said.

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September 8th, 2017
Intimate Restaurant Wedding by Civic Photos

It’s a story as old as time: Bright-eyed, ambitious young intern meets seasoned company full-timer; water-cooler chat turns flirtatious; love ensues… (OK, we don’t really know about the water cooler part, but you get the picture!). Following a cozy proposal at home, over a home-cooked meal and wine, sweethearts Paola and Aaron made food and wine the center of their focus once again, with an elegant wedding for 35 guests, featuring an intimate church ceremony followed by a six-course French dinner at a favorite Houston restaurant. “Our wedding was meant to be a classic theme that would be beautiful years from now,” the bride tells us, and we have to say, “Yup, looks like you hit the mark perfectly!” We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and invite YOU to enjoy their celebration, through these lovely pix, including gorgeous portraits at the historic Julia Ideson Library, from Civic Photos!

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Photos: Civic Photos | Portraits: Julia Ideson Library | Rings: Zadok Jewelers

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September 7th, 2017
10 Wedding Shots Your Photographer Should NOT Miss

Listen up, loves: If you’re lucky in love, you only get to do this once. Which means you’ve got one shot at capturing every amazing moment and detail of your big day–including the small ones, the off-to-the-side ones, the humble ones and the big ol’ in-your-face displays of love and friendship! We highly recommend you use this handy list of must-have wedding photos to guide your photographer as he or she snaps away before, during and at the close of your big day.

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Photo: Thomas & Penelope Photography

First Look. 

One of the most memorable moments of an already momentous occasion, this emotion-packed photo is one no bride and groom should be without.

Hair & Makeup.
Behind the scenes is often a delightful scene unto itself. Let your photographer click away while you and your bridal party get made up, done up, dressed up and bustled up for the big day.

Dress Details. 
There will be plenty of pictures of you in your gown, but be sure to capture the fine metallic embroidery on the bodice, the pearls woven into the train or the magnificent lace overlay of your skirt.

Bride’s Shoes & Jewelry
Girls love their shoes! Be sure to document your fancy footwear, perhaps taking the opportunity to snap your wedding rings encircling the heel of your shimmering pumps.

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Photo: Jenna Christine Photography

Flower Girl/Ring Bearer.
Images such as these are always sweet because young kids grow up so fast—and tend to be so spontaneous and adorable on the wedding day.

Bridal Party. 

These are your closest friends and family members, so of course you want photos with them. Leave time for at least one traditional and one unique shot (think: offbeat locations, making funny faces, the groomsmen carrying the bride, etc.).


Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

Bride’s Processional. 
Depending on the type of wedding and where it is held, this shot may be a bit tricky. “In Texas, many churches do not allow photography during the ceremony,” explains David Jones of D. Jones Photography. “We can get in to shoot for about 20 minutes afterwards, so we have learned to be efficient and follow their rules.”

Altar Exit.
“Getting the bride and groom coming back down the aisle together is a very important shot,” photographer Adam Nyholt says. The elation and happiness of the moment are always evident in the couple’s expressions.


Photo: Dream Photo & Video

First Dance.
During this heartfelt, unpracticed performance, “I can capture truly candid and sweet moments between the bride and groom,” says photographer Steve Lee. “At this time, they tend to really show their emotions.”

Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance. 
This shot provides yet another glimpse at profound emotion, and is a lovely moment of connection between generations.

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Photo: Steve Lee | Cake: Susie’s Cakes and Confections

The Cake.
Typically photographers go for photos of the cutting of the cake. That’s great, but don’t overlook the cake itself. Many are intricate pieces of art and should be remembered as such, with shots of both the entire cake, and its many fine details.

Reception Signage.
A great way to open or close an album, attention-grabbing signage sets the tone for a entire book of beautiful photos!


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September 6th, 2017
6 High-Heeled, High-Drama Wedding Shoes for Stylish Brides

As the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey recede, as pavement dries and lawns firm up once again, we’ve been thinking about shoes. In particular, high heels. And most especially, sleek, chic, super-sophisticated, high-heeled bridal pumps, peep-toes and sandals that bring the bling…and a whole lot more. Craving a little footwear drama for your big day? Behold our current faves on the ultra-luxe bridal footwear scene. And be seen.


Hangisi Jewel Pump: Manolo Blahnik

Enduring bridal footwear fave Manolo Blahnik hits all the right notes with the Hangisi, featuring a classic silhouette, pretty pointed toe and sparkling buckle detail, which peeps out perfectly from beneath just about any wedding dress style.

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Not for shrinking violets or demure debs, Jimmy Choo’s glamorous Viola has it all–ostrich feathers, zippers and oodles of dazzling crystals…yet manages to look completely elegant rather than over-the top.

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The ultimate in femininity, Christian L’s bow-accented Madame Menule, in off-white crepe satin, manages to balance “princess bride” with “fashion icon” flawlessly.

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For a wedding-day Louboutin with maximum opulence, you may want to opt for the spectacular Brodiriza, an exquisite half d’Orsay pump in ivory crepe satin, embellished in an ethereal handmade embroidery of sparkling clear and opaque crystals.


Karolina Embellished Evening Shoe: Badgley Mischka

Soaring at 4-3/4 inches high, Badgley-Mischka’s Karolina is our hands-down favorite platform peep-toe right now. Why? Because it looks as good approaching as it does sashaying away (thanks to that gorgeous jeweled heel detail!), and because the sturdy covered platform lends support where we need it most. Happy shoe shopping, loves!

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Yes this knockout ivory sandal from Sophia Webster features a stunning embroidered swirl detail. And yes, it also boasts beaded embellishment and a stacked-bead heel we love. But our favorite thing about the whimsical Selina? Oh…that’d be the  and “Wifey for Lifey” message embedded on the soles of each perfect pair. Now that, love, is a bridal shoe!

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September 5th, 2017
The 8 Commandments of Achieving the Perfect Bridal Fit by MW Couture

Writer: Laura Furr Mericas

Minerva Wooldridge, founder of Houston’s MW Couture, puts an uncommon attention to detail and masterful skill into every wedding gown, mother of the bride dress, or flower girl smock that passes through her storefront. Having begun sewing at the age of 15, and quickly moving on to create custom wedding gowns from scratch, she is know throughout Houston and the U.S. as an alterations expert and exquisite designer who follows a strict set of rules to ensure that every bride leaves her store with the perfect fit. “My goal is to put my quality on display all the time,” she says. “You don’t take your dress from here unless you are 100 percent happy and satisfied.” We talked with Wooldridge about her rigorous regimen, known to her and her staff as “The Eight Commandments.”

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1. There For You From the First Fitting — Wooldridge and her team strive to create the most welcoming and comfortable environment possible for brides trusting them with their signature look. One way that she does this is from the first phone call, reminding the bride to bring the slip, bra and shoes she will be wearing with the dress, so she can get the entire look right from the first fitting.

2. Dress With Care — Wooldridge also dresses the bride herself, paying special attention to every detail of the dress. She says that this helps them feel more confident, as she expertly sets the gown to each bride’s body.

3. Find the Vibe — “Sometimes having her describe the wedding is like I’m looking into a magic ball. It lets me know her personality,” Wooldridge says. By hearing more about the event, Wooldridge finds out if she should go more romantic, modern or elegant with the design and fitting.

4. Listen! — “The first time the bride comes in she might be very emotional,” Wooldridge says. She and her team listen to make sure they don’t miss any key elements brides mention, and answer all questions and concerns with confidence and empathy.

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5. Talk it Out — Once alterations are underway, Wooldridge and her team go into great detail to explain all alterations that have been made and offer any further ideas they might have, leaving an open floor for the bride to address any other changes she would like made.  “Everything has a solution,” Wooldridge says. “I am trying to find the best solution so she can have a best dress that is personal and unique.”

6. Be Flexible, But Timely — The team at MW Couture is always conscious of brides’ timeframes and pride themselves on making achievable alterations within acceptable pickup dates.

7. Quality, Quality, Quality — Wooldridge insists that all alterations at MW Couture are “equal to or better than the original construction of the dress.” We can vouch for that!

8. Conclude with Gratitude — Lastly, Wooldridge thanks the bride for trusting the family at MW Couture with the most important garment for the most important day of her life. She wishes all wedding couples luck and lifetime of memories!

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There are few experts in the wedding business quite as professional and caring as Minerva and the team at MW Couture! Want to get your perfect fit? Schedule a consultation with MW Couture today!

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