Heirloom Jewelry Wedding Bouquets by Noaki: Like Flowers, But Forever!

We recently buzzed about vintage jewelry, which we love for its one-of-a-kind glamour—so perfectly suited to the once-in-a-lifetime wedding. Well, here’s another great way to incorporate vintage jewels into your wedding: your bouquet. Yeah, it’s a little unconventional. But that’s the beauty of it. That, and the fact that unlike cut flowers, a custom bouquet made out of heirloom jewelry will last forever, and can become an heirloom in its own right, passing along from generation to generation, bride to bride, for years to come.

Vintage-jewelry genius Noaki combs antique shops, estate sales, flea markets and other sources to find unique and exquisite heirloom jewelry, than hand-selects pieces and hand-wraps them into unbelievably gorgeous bridal bouquets. She can also incorporate your own family heirlooms and wedding colors, or create a special arrangement to match the theme of your wedding.

Check out more of her stunning wedding work here and here. Wow!

Photos by Lindsey Joy and Claire D.

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To Do This Week: Bridal Open House at The Club at Falcon Point…TODAY!

Who needs happy hour when there’s a fabulous bridal open house at The Club at Falcon Point, today from 5-8 p.m.? Get your drinkie & nibbles, and get a chance to check out a great potential venue for your 2011 wedding, all in one shot! You’ll be delighted at the manicured lawns, all-inclusive services and elegant reception space at this Katy favorite, and your visiting-from-out-of-town, golf-loving guests will get a major kick out of the much-admired Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge course. Bonus!

The Club at Falcon Point Bridal Open House

Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 to 8 p.m.

24503 Falcon Point Dr.

Katy, TX 77494

For more information call 281.392.7888

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Congratulations to Lisa Hopkins of The Houstonian and Monique Studak of E&J Gallo Winery on Their Big Wins at the National Association of Catering Executives Awards!

We know that Houston has the best wedding and event experts in the entire country. And now lots of other people do, too. That’s because two of our finest hometown wedding talents just won big at the annual National Association of Catering Executives Awards, held in Austin this year. Just in case you were wondering, NACE awards are to catering professionals what Oscars are to film actors, and believe us, Lisa Hopkins and Monique Studak are stars!

Hopkins, director of catering at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, was named NACE’s Caterer Member of the Year, while Studak, of E&J Gallo Winery, took home the award for Event Professional of the Year. Fortunately for us, another awesome hometown talent, David Jones of D. Jones Photography, was there to capture these exciting moments for us, and you, to enjoy.

If you’re planning your wedding, and your path happens to cross with either of these amazing women, please be sure to offer your congratulations. And let us offer ours: Great job, gals!!

Top left, right: Lisa Hopkins; Bottom: Monique Studak

Photos by D. Jones Photography

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For Lovers Only: The Newlywed Trash-The-Dress Photo Sesh

Here’s what we love about trash-the-dress photo shoots: the chance to get out into nature, in your gown, with your new hubby, for a series of pix that capture the sexy, exhilarating rush of newlywed romance in all its wild glory. Yowza. Here’s what we don’t love about the trash-the-dress photo shoots: um, trashing the dress.

It sounds awfully destructive, but a trash-the-dress photo shoot doesn’t actually have to involve turning your wedding gown into garbage. Depending on your bridal gown’s material and embellishments, it can usually be cleaned and preserved post-shoot (though it probably won’t retain its pristine pre-wedding glory, you’re not likely to wear it again anyway). And even if it can’t, it just may be worth the wow of a set of gorgeously sensual trash-the-dress photos.

These unbelievably romantic TDD pix from around the globe—which, depending on where you work, are kinda NSFW—say, “Oh, yes.”

Natural, unposed, unabashed–no wonder this beautiful South Florida TDD is from Jessica Loren Organic Photography.

You can just feel the day-after-the-big-day languor and love in this Ocho Rios, Jamaica, TDD pic from Ontario-based photographer Melanie Dreidger.

How much fun is this UK TDD by Freeman Photographics? The bride looks like a mermaid!

This desert shoot from California photographer Kerry Garrison is SO HOT, no?

After that scorcher, how about cooling off with a plunge into romance from award-winning Riviera Maya, Mexico-based Del Sol Photography?

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To Do This Week: Simone Carvalli @ Brickhouse Bridal, WestLake Club Open House, Northwest Forest Open House

Nothing to do this weekend? Yeah, right. When you’re a bride planning her wedding, there’s ALWAYS something to do. And this weekend, there are three more exclusive bridal events to add to your calendar, so mark the dates, grab a bridesmaid or two, and get out there. PS: RSVPs are always appreciated. But then, you knew that. You’re a bride-to-be, after all!

This Friday and Saturday, check out high-glamour, high-fashion, figure-hugging gowns from Simone Carvalli at Brickhouse Bridal, and get 15% off when you nab your Carvalli creation during this event!

Simone Carvalli Trunk Show

Brickhouse Bridal

Friday, August 20 – Saturday, August 21, 2010

200 Valleywood Drive

Suite A300

The Woodlands, Tx 77380

For more information and to RSVP call 281.681.3430

Looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor wedding venue? Lakefront lawns and opulent ballroom space for up to 350 of your nearest and dearest await you at the conveniently located WestLake Club. Come see it (and taste it!) for yourself this Saturday.

WestLake Club Bridal Open House

Saturday, August 21, 2010

11AM to 1PM

570 Westlake Park Blvd.

Houston, TX 77079

For more information or to RSVP call 281.556.5100 or e-mail

It may be located on 80 spectacular rural acres in Cypress, but Northwest Forest has all the modern amenities to make your wedding the event of a lifetime. Check out its unique ceremony and reception spaces—we especially love the Old West-style Settlement House with its big ol’ Texas-size ballroom and delightful wraparound porch—this Sunday afternoon.

Northwest Forest Bridal Open House

Sunday, August 22, 2010

2PM to 4PM

12715 Telge Road

Cypress, TX 77429

For more information or to RSVP call 281.256.4249 or e-mail

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