July 20th, 2017
5 Steps For Choosing The Right Wedding Photographer
 

Of all the wedding decisions you make, this one’s a biggie, you guys. Your wedding photographer won’t just snap pix of smiles, pretty dresses, “I do’s” and first dances. He or she will tell the narrative of your day, and the love story behind it, with wedding photos you’ll cherish forever. Here’s our advice for finding a photographer that will do all this and, quite possibly, become a good friend in the process!

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Kelli Durham Photography

1. Get A Reference

Once you’ve settled into the bliss of engagement, it’s time to plan. And that planning includes selecting the photographer who will document your wedding, as well as possibly your announcements and Save the Date photos!

You want someone who is reliable and trustworthy, with a positive attitude (even in the most stressful situations), and who truly gets you. Photographer  Adam Nyholt says it’s a good idea to ask for referrals. “This could be a friend who was recently married or your wedding planner,” or a trusted resource such as Weddings in Houston.

Engagement-Shoot Photo: Civic Photos

2. Compare Portfolios

Most professional photographers have their own website and blog, which makes it easy for curious couples to peruse photos, read testimonials, and get a feel for their artistic style.

Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema recommends asking a prospective photographer for more than one sample wedding to view: “If you ask for one, they might send only their favorite one—it’s important to see what varies from wedding to wedding.”

Adds photographer Kory Fontenot of Addison J Weddings: “Ask to see the full portfolio of a wedding from beginning to end. What you see on a website or in an album is a photographer’s top choices from a wedding. Looking at a full portfolio will give you a better idea of your photographer’s style, creativity and consistency.” After all, “It’s always good to see the good the bad and the ugly before you make such a huge investment.”

Lindsay Elizabeth Strode of Lindsay Elizabeth Photography says that the easiest way to determine your favorite photography style is by “picking images you’re drawn to. If a couple would love to see bright, clean and airy photos of themselves, they should look for a photographer who specializes in shooting natural light.”

Eric Yeh, who co-owns Serendipity Photography with wife Alice Lin, agrees that the lighting question is critical. “Experience with different lighting is really important,” he notes. “Some photographers excel in outdoor lighting, but don’t have much experience with indoor lighting, which can be really tricky to shoot in.”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

3. Spend Some Face Time

When you’re ready to reach out, it can be tempting simply rely on email. This is fine for introductory inquiries, but David Jones of D. Jones Photography encourages couples to “interview or meet with the photographer” in person ASAP. Aside from being confident in their photo-taking abilities, you also want see if “you truly feel comfortable, since there are a lot of emotions on the big day.”

Christine Wright, of C. Wright Photography advises couples “ask them what their favorite part of the wedding is—you can get a feel for their work through what they deem to be most important.”

“Ask your photographer how they would react to family and friends who may want to take pictures on your wedding day,” advises Barett Henry, of Civic Photos. “We are very easygoing, and I don’t mind if people who have known you your entire life want to take photos—as long as they don’t get in the way of our professional shots!”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Taylor Golden

4. Have a Pregame Session

If time (and budget) allows, consider scheduling an engagement session or a Save the Date session. This is an opportunity to really get to know your photographer, see their work, and for them to get to know you. “I recommend that they get their hair and makeup done professionally, and chose two to three outfits that show off their personality and their relationship,” says photographer Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video. She adds, “Maybe also have a couple of drinks before. Trust me, it helps.”

“The engagement session is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and to get used to their style of shooting, so that the wedding day flows more smoothly, and you are comfortable throughout the day,” adds wedding photographer Taylor Golden. “Something I like to do for my couples is shoot their session in another city, such as where they got engaged, or where they vacation.”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

5. Perfect Portraits

Golden reminds couples to ensure your photographer is committed to shooting the wedding day in its entirety, including, perhaps most importantly, those classic family portraits that will become heirlooms. “Remember, your wedding is likely to be an activity-filled day, and you may not be around your family members all that much,” she says.

To ensure excellent portraits, prior to your wedding, “It helps to create a list of the different family groupings you want to document. Your planner can assist by calling out names for each picture and crossing them off your list to ensure you don’t miss anyone.”

Adds Strode: “Years from now when you’re looking back at your wedding photos, you won’t remember the tiny details, but you will be reminded of the beauty and fun of your big day,” two things that the right wedding photographer will capture completely.

Bride-and-Groom-First-Dance Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography

Writer: Natasha Garber

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July 19th, 2017
Coral, Gold & Ivory Wedding at The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice
 

“I suppose time is a better friend of mine than I thought. Right when I was focused on doing me, fate sent me a friend, partner, confidant and love all in one—Rebekah,” says Rasauli. Rebekah—personal trainer and nutritionist of Be a 10 Fitness—stole Rasauli’s heart within moments of them meeting, and he was determined to make her his wife.

Rebekah tells us how it all went down. “We went to Brennan’s Houston to celebrate our anniversary that was coming up. Our table was located in a private room, which was covered in rose petals. The chef came to the table and said that he prepared a special menu for us. In the middle of dinner, Rasauli asked to be excused from the table. At this point I was trying not to get too excited! I just knew he was going to come back with a ring—but instead he came back with an anniversary card. I was so disappointed, and I told him that I was expecting him to propose. He grabbed my hand and told me that I have to be patient. Right then, the waiter came by with a large covered ‘dessert’ dish. Once he removed the lid, I found a diamond ring! Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and my dad came from behind me to give me a hug.”

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The lovebirds tied the knot at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice with a 150 of their closest family and friends in attendance. “We wanted an elegant wedding with a classic New Orleans twist. We incorporated special dances and umbrellas, and had our guests involved, which created such a fun environment. My favorite moments include our first dance, the ‘second line’ dance, and when my matron of honor sung a special song for me,” says Rebekah.

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Want tips on how to get your bod wedding-day ready from Rebekah? Get all the scoop and workout advice here!

Photos: Evoke Photography | Proposal Dinner: Brennan’s Houston | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Lawless Kitchen & Spirits | Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Lighting, Music & Photo Booth: LG Entertainment

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July 18th, 2017
QUIZ: What’s Your Wedding Gift Registry Style?
 

Writer: Laura Mericas

To help you avoid “random registry” regrets, we’ve identified four types of to-be-weds and we’ve hand-picked wedding gift registry items for each that you probably didn’t know you could register for…or live without! Not sure what type you are? Take our handy quiz! And for tons more details on hot registry picks from the experts at iconic Houston registry retailers Bering’s and Kuhl-Linscomb, click here!

What’s your wedding style?

1. Rustic and romantic with tons of personal elements

2. Chic and trendy with food and drinks galore

3. Dreamy destination with our closest family and friends

4. Classic and formal in one of Houston’s signature wedding venues

What are your honeymoon goals?

1. Nothing too crazy, we just want to relax with each other

2. To explore a new city and hit up all of the coolest spots

3. Something a little extreme, like backpacking through Bali or whitewater rafting

4. Lounging and indulging at an elegant beach resort

Which of these sounds like your ideal Saturday morning?

1. Sipping coffee with my fiancé at my side and our dog at our feet

2. Brunching in style with bae

3. Exploring a new city or hiking trail

4. Perusing an antiques market or visiting with family

What’s your favorite type of Houston restaurant?

1. A mom-and-pop Houston classic

2. The chic new eatery with locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails

3. Authentic ethnic cuisine that only the neighborhood locals know about

4. Fine dining with romantic lighting and top-notch service

Which of these is a must-have item in your married home?

1. Cute and comfortable living room furniture

2. A modern kitchen and dining space

3. A place to rest our heads at night…that’s all we need

4. Family photos in beautiful frames

Answered Mostly 1: You’re a House Hunter! —  You and your partner love the staples in your life almost as much as you love each other. A new shared home tops your list of priorities, and you can’t wait to make it a warm, inviting environment.

House-Hunters

1. Quilted Velvet Lumbar Pillows: Pottery Barn 2. Halo Home Monogrammed Linens: Kuhl-Linscomb 3. Sierra Rug: The Citizenry 4. Large Mobile Chandelier: West Elm 5. Edmond Sofa: Z Gallerie 6. Palermo Chair: The Citizenry

Answered Mostly 2: You’re a Foodie! — Testing out the newest eateries and drinkeries in town is what you and your bae are all about. You two follow food blogs, are familiar with top local chefs and aren’t afraid to experiment. You and your wedding caterer are BFF’s and you can’t wait to dig in at your reception.

Foodie

1. All-Clad Brushed Stainless Sauce Pan: Bering’s 2. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker: Amazon 3. Sur La Table Copper Moscow Mule Mug Set: Sur La Table 4. “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen: Amazon 5. Sertodo Copper Alicante Paella Pan: Kuhl-Linscomb 6. Big Green Egg Grill: Bering’s 7. Vitamix Ascent Series Blender: Kuhl-Linscomb

Answered Mostly 3: You’re an Adventurer! — The biggest challenge of planning your wedding was finding a date when you’re not traveling! Houston is home base, but you’re eager to explore every chance you get. You’ve either selected the perfect destination wedding spot, planned an exotic honeymoon, or both.

Adventurer

1. S’well Teakwood Water Bottle: Kuhl-Linscomb 2. Insulated Picnic Backpack: Mark & Graham 3. White Wing Duffle Bag: Bering’s 4. This is Ground Cordito Roll: Restoration Hardware 5. Audio Pro Portable Speaker: Kuhl-Linscomb 6. Yeti Tundra Cooler: Bering’s

Answered Mostly 4: You’re an Heirloom-er! — Family is everything to you. The keeping of traditions is paramount and you’ve already selected your future children’s names, which all pay homage to your closest relatives. You have a love for traditional, well-made goods, but you also know how to add in your own personal touch.

Heirloom

1. Juliska Country Estate Ginger Jar: Bering’s 2. Santorini Glass, Turks & Caicos Canape Plate: White Lilac Inc. 3. William Yeoward Corinne Cocktail Jug & Spoon: Kuhl-Linscomb 4. Vista Alegre Covered Dish: Alchemy Fine Home 5. Arte Italica Tuscan Oval Tray with Handles: Kuhl-Linscomb

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July 17th, 2017
Celebrity Floral Designer Ariel Dearie Takes Us Behind Her Designs
 

Writer: Natasha Garber

While managing a Brooklyn restaurant in the early 2000’s, Ariel Dearie would put together the occasional flower arrangement for her employer—a hobby she came to adore. Though she had been planning to open her own café for years, her passion for floral design took over, and after arranging flowers for a few friends’ weddings one summer, she found herself on a new, and very successful, career path.  With the launch of Ariel Dearie Flowers in 2011, Dearie began making a major name for herself, attracting fashionable corporate clients including Dior, Prada and Bulgari, and working on photo shoots with notables including Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Chastain and Hillary Clinton. Her own “Vogue”-featured 2015 wedding, set at Brooklyn’s Boathouse at Prospect Park, and decked out with sprigs of fern, sinewy orchids and pomegranates, is emblematic of her design sensibility. And her sensible approach to wedding floral that is as evocative as it is unfussy is a style-minded bride’s dream-come-true. Check out or exclusive Q&A, and then find your own Houston wedding florist, and start growing your one-of-a-kind wedding design!

Ariel-Dearie-Refinery-Hotel Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

Weddings in Houston: What influence does your New Orleans background have on your floral design aesthetic?

Ariel Dearie: Growing up in a lush, verdant city definitely had an impact on my work. I think that going from New Orleans to New York really left me with a longing for more green and more nature. Some of my favorite Southern flowers are camellias, azaleas and smilax foliage.

Ariel-Dearie-Flower-Arrangement Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

WIH: What changes have you seen in couples’ floral preferences since you launched your business in 2011?

AD: Over the past years, having beautiful flowers at your wedding has become just as important as having a great venue or a great photographer. Our couples have started requesting flowers that are unexpected and out of the ordinary, and they also want to have non-floral elements included in their arrangements, like fruit, feathers and nuts. Instead of just standard roses, they want frilly garden roses blended with textural foliage and berries. Instead of a ball of hydrangeas, they want lace hydrangea as an accent with tree peonies and kumquats. Instead of simple clear glass vessels, our couples usually choose from our inventory of antique silver, brass and ceramic pieces.

WIH: What are some of your favorite bouquet ideas, and how do you collaborate with each bride to make sure she has a bouquet she’ll cherish?

AD: I love loose, flowing bouquets that feel as if you’ve just swept up the blooms from a garden. When coming up with a bouquet design for our clients, I usually ask what they want to carry and how they want to feel while carrying it. We also take their dress and the wedding setting into account. I love when brides want to include a family heirloom or sentimental item in their bouquet. I think it makes the bouquet extra special.

WIH: What floral trends or design “fallbacks” do you dislike most? 

AD: I don’t really like super-tight floral arrangements that cease to look like flowers. I don’t think flowers should be heavily manipulated to look like something they’re not.

Ariel-Dearie Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

WIH: What design trends are you seeing evolve for your 2018 weddings?

AD: For the past few years and continuing into the 2018 season, couples have been requesting larger-scale installations in addition to bouquets and table centerpieces. These have included hanging floral pieces suspended over the tables and lush arches for the entryways. To create these, we love to use vines such as smilax and pair those with garden roses, peonies and Dutch carnations.

WIH: What is your top wedding tip for couples tying the knot in Houston—where climate is an issue any time of year?

AD: For outdoor weddings, always have a good Plan B, in case the weather isn’t cooperating. And make sure to choose a venue where you’d be happy with either the indoor or outdoor options. It’s just one less (big) thing to stress about!

WIH: What do you love most about working on weddings?

AD: We have been so fortunate with the clients we have gotten to work with. I think there’s something about the natural, loose style of our flowers that just attracts really lovely people to our work!

Ariel-Dearie Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

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July 14th, 2017
Show Us Your Selfie & You Could WIN A Polaroid Camera!
 

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Cover Photo: Sylvie Gil | Monique Lhuillier Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Stylist: Summar Salah | Headpiece: Weddings by Debbie | Earrings & Ring: Neiman Marcus | Hair: Ceron Hair Studio| Makeup: VCI Artists | Assistant: Devin Harvey

Y’all. We are SO excited about our special anniversary issue that we’re doing a week long Instagram #selfie contest… to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Polaroid camera!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Follow us on Instagram

2. Take a selfie with the new mag (shown in pic, available at these locations)

3. Use the hashtag #wihandme **Profile must be public**

4. Deadline: Sun. 7/16. Winner will be announced next week. Good luck, and we can’t wait to see those selfies!

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