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Priscilla of Boston’s Jewel Collection

It’s named for the object of many a girl’s affection, and rightly so. Priscilla of Boston’s brand-new Jewel collection is one to love, especially in today’s tight economic times. Designed by Kelly Faetanini, the spectacularly talented prodigy of Priscilla of Boston star designer Tracy Uomoleale, Jewel gowns have a fresh, youthful, yet still undeniably glamorous feel—all in the remarkably reasonable $1,650 – $2,950 price range. Affordability aside, these gowns have got it going on, big time. Silhouettes range from classic ball gowns to full A-lines, with exquisitely elegant details including beading, embroidery and lace. Faetanini takes much of her inspiration from her lifelong love of ballet, and that passion shows in touches like criss-crossed fabric (borrowed from ballet- slipper ribbons) and sparkling waistline embellishments. And it’s no surprise that these gowns have a custom feel, seeing as Faetanini got her start as a sales and design rep in a New York City bridal boutique, where she offered to redesign dresses to fit brides’ needs when standard fare just wasn’t up to snuff. One style has a crystal-encrusted and embroidered belt detail at ribcage height, and the delightful surprise of hidden pockets—so handy for hankies, lipstick and whatnot. Another features a gorgeous pleated bodice and embroidered flowers adorned by hand with rhinestones and crystals. Budget gown? Ha! What I like best about Jewel gowns is their balance of structure and softness. While all the gowns in the collection are unquestionably elegant, they have an ease of movement and earthy romanticism that sets my heart aflutter. Models have been sporting Jewel gowns with hair worn down, loose and a little tousled, and simple but striking makeup—perfection. To check out these gems for yourself, pop into Priscilla of Boston, where the very knowledgeable and helpful Victoria, Sandie and salon manager Veronica await your visit with bells—and jewels–on. Buy your Jewel gown during the week of May 21 – 25 and you’ll get 10% off the already affordable price.

(Photos courtesy Priscilla of Boston)

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Welcome to the Houston Wedding Blog

As contributing editor for Weddings in Houston, Houston’s #1 wedding resource, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Houston Wedding Blog. This blog is where I will share with you the very latest trends, tips, news, ideas and inspiration to make your Houston wedding the occasion of a lifetime. A brilliant new floral genius in town? I’ll let you know about it. Tangerine and turquoise the must-have palette of the season? You’ll hear about it here. Leaning toward letterpress invitations but worried about budget? I’ll help you decide if they’re worth the price. I will also be drawing back the veil, as it were, on gorgeous Real Weddings in and around Houston, and directing you to where you can get one of those Swarovski-crystal-encrusted orchid chandeliers, or daisy-bedecked buttercream-frosted-cupcake towers, or alluring tulle birdcage veils (like the one pictured on our beautiful blue bride, above) of your very own. From time to time, I’ll be asking you for your feedback and opinions, and incorporating your thoughts into the Houston Weddings Blog, so get ready to speak up. Of course, any time is a good time to share. I invite you to comment on any post that piques your interest—and if you have a discovery you think your sister brides-to-be might go gaga for, send me an e-mail. I may be the one doing the blogging on behalf of Weddings in Houston, but this blog belongs to you, Houston brides.

Read it, use it, share it, love it. Congratulations on your engagement…and let the blog begin!

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