September 22nd, 2017
{5 Nail & Lip Colors for Fall Brides…and Brides-to-Be}
 

Myth: Bridal makeup must be demure, girly, and, for lips and nails especially, preferably some shade of neutral or pink. FACT: Your wedding day is your time to make a statement, darling. And if you happen to be an autumn bride, well…here’s some good news: Straight from the runway, the season’s hottest nail and lip shades are bold, dramatic, even, dare we say…gothic. Take a cue from pro makeup artists, and set off your wedding day look with intense lip and nail shades that make themselves known, rather than fading into the background. They also happen to look UH-mazing set against white, ivory and champagne gowns, and are totally on point for fall-season engagement parties, bridal showers and other swank to-do’s!

Fall 2017 Lip Color

1. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” – NARS

Pair this ultra-vampy lip color with any transitional spring-to-fall piece in your wardrobe to complete your autumn look. Or bring an elegantly wicked edge to your heavenly wedding by making this your go-to bridal lip shade!

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2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb – Sephora

It’s here! It’s HERE!! That’s right, lovelies…Rihanna’s long-awaited Fenty Beauty line has finally graced us with its arrival, just in time for fall, y’all! We’re loving on the ultra-nourishing Gloss Bomb–a shea-butter-infused, stay-put gloss in a gorgeous, shimmery shade of nude. Want to shine big time on your big day? The Gloss Bomb is your jam, sugar. SaintLaurent-Rouge Pur Couture Vinly Cream Lip Stain-Burgandy Vibes- NeimanMarcus1

3. Saint Laurent Pur Couture Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in “Burgundy Vibes” – Neiman Marcus 

Saint Laurent’s Vinyl Cream is both as durable and as luscious as its name suggests. Our favorite shade for fall is “Burgundy Vibes,” a magnificent burgundy-red hue that goes on like a liquid lipstick, but stays on like a stain (kisses, anyone?). The diamond-shaped applicator keeps things precise, while the rich formula provides 10-hour wear, with no drying or cracking. We are in LOVE.

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4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax” – Sephora

Got a little vixen in ya? Let her out, at least through your fingertips, with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s limited-edition Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax”–a black-burgundy creme shade that looks stunning against a backdrop of wedding white…and will enhance your ring-finger dazzler, rather than steal its shine.

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5. Deborah Lipppman Gel Lab Pro Color in “Waking Up In Vegas” – Deborah Lippman

Dull gray? NO WAY! With its warm greige tone and dual-patented nail-loving formula, this professional salon nail color is the ultimate in cosmopolitan sophistication. Rock it on date night, party nights…or the big night. It’s all good, gorgeous. Happy beautifying, loves!

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September 21st, 2017
{3 Hot Bridal Hairstyles + Our Earring Picks for Each!}
 

Hairstyle + earrings = the frame for your beautiful bridal face! Inspired by these looks? Make sure to ask your jeweler to show you a selection of similar earring designs to pair with your perfect ‘do

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1.) Boho Braid. French, Dutch, fishtail or a combo of techniques…whichever you choose for your wedding-day look, braided bridal hairstyles are so on trend. Natural hair not quite long enough to rock braided locks for your big day? Azur Salon at West Ave has the solution for that! Natural or…helped out a bit…wear your long bridal braid swept to the side, and pair it with a textured drop or modern ear-crawler for maximum cool.

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2. Messy Updo. Part classic chignon, part sexy tousle, the slightly undone updo is a lovely bridal hairstyle choice for medium to long locks. Because this style already has a lot of texture and movement, you don’t want to add more with super-elaborate chandelier earrings or oversize stones. Instead, opt for an elegant piece of hair jewelry, and dress your lobes with delicate pearl-and-diamond drops or studs.

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3. Half Up, Half Down. It’s a style compromise…in the most beautiful way! The half-updo takes your hair out of your face, but also allows for flow and movement. It’s both demure and dramatic, and it’s the perfect bridal hairstyle to frame your pretty face, and showcase a larger, sophisticated bridal earring style.

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September 20th, 2017
{4 Celebrity Weddings to Borrow Your Style From}
 

Celebrities…they’re just like us! Or rather, we can be just like them, by snagging a bit of paparazzi-ready style from their front-page weddings. The key is not to steal any one star’s entire wedding look, but to take inspiration from the themes and details that give their made-for-the-spotlight weddings that certain…magic. These 4 fabulous celebrity weddings are just a handful of our recent faves!

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Lauren Conrad & William Tell |Photographer: Elizabeth Messina |Source: Lauren Conrad

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1. Rustic Elegance: For her California wedding to William Tell, fashion and lifestyle guru Lauren Conrad rocked long, loose locks and a flowing custom dress from Mark Badgley and James Mischka, while her bridesmaids wore sweet and comfy styles from her very own dress line, Paper Crown . The couple wed in a nondenominational ceremony where they shared vows they’d written themselves, natch. At their California-cool reception, bare wood tables got a bit of classic elegance from hemstitched runners, accented with tousled, low centerpieces and long white taper candles.

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2. Lush & Lavish: “Modern Family” bombshell Sofia Vergara and “Magic Mike” hottie Joe Manganiello exchanged vows at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. The reception was held in the hotel’s ornate Venetian ballroom, where a canopy of creamy-hued floral garlands set a glamorous, ultra-romantic tone. At their reception, yellow linens and lush white roses topped dining tables, and the couple shared a first dance to Frank Sinatra’s 1964 classic, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

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Pippa Middelton & James Matthews | Source: Telegraph

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Pippa Middelton & James Matthews | Source: Telegraph

3. Timeless & Classic: Duchess Kate’s sis Pippa Middleton didn’t try to outdo the pomp and circumstance of her sibling’s royal affair, when she married beau James Matthews. Instead, she opted for a classic close-to-home wedding, donning a high-neck lace Giles Deacon dress (designed to create the impression of being seamless), and ivory satin Manolos, to say her vows in a historic parish. Post-ceremony festivities took place in a Belgian glass palace set up on the grounds of the Middleton family home, and centered on a timeless menu featuring caviar, Champagne and lobster, along with a projection show highlighting milestones of the couple’s love story. Awww…

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Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell

Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell | Source: US | Image:Dimitry Loiseau Photography

4.) Culturally Traditional: She’s been a “Supergirl.” She’s a “Designated Survivor.” And on Oct. 15 of last year, Italia Ricci took on one more starring role: bride. For her traditional Italian wedding to fellow actor Robbie Amell, Ricci wore a princess-worthy James Clifford ballgown, and the couple spoke traditional vows in a cathedral ceremony. For their lively reception, the couple, threw in plenty of current faves, such as a super-fun signature cocktail (made with vodka, basil and lemon), a decadent doughnut wall, and beloved wedding dance tunes including “YMCA,” the “Macarena,” and, yes, the “Chicken Dance.”

 

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September 18th, 2017
{7 Ways Neutrals Can Anchor Your Wedding Tablescape}
 

Basic beige? Not even. Choose linens, rentals and tenting in neutral hues to tie your flowers, table settings, and decor together. Ask your wedding planner and florist for tips, and take inspiration from these neutral wedding palette “tricks!”

1. A pattern in a neutral color acts almost as a solid.

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Photo: Joanna Krueger Photography |  Flowers, Rentals & Decor: Darryl & Co. | Location: Brennan’s Houston

2. Neutral chairs and linens paired with greenery bring the outdoors in.

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Photo: Pinky Promise Photography |  Linens:  EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Location: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

3. Barely-there “ghost” chairs and soft white tenting create airy space for larger receptions.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt Photography | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Maxit Flower Design

4. Pair a neutral pattern with gold and a range of pinks and greenery for a fresh palette.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals

5. Use varying saturations and tones of a classic neutral (in this case, taupe) to add dimension to decor.

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Photo: Koby Brown | Furniture Rentals: Darryl & Co.  | Flowers: Bows + Arrows

6. A light-hued, sheer runner paired with a natural surface acts as a texture rather than a color, creating layers of interest.

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Photo: Luke & Cat Photography | Rentals:  Swift + Co.

7. White, as a textured table linen or used sparingly on napkins or chair sashes, lends a clean, modern finish.

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Photo: Sylvie Gil  | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Todd Events

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September 13th, 2017
{Seasonal Weddings Bouquets for Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall}
 

Having a seasonal wedding bouquet isn’t just about syncing your flower theme with your wedding month. Choosing in-season blooms for your bridal bouquet also helps ensure that the flowers you hold in your hand as you walk down the aisle to “I do” are at peak freshness and fullness. Choosing seasonal flowers for your bouquet can also save you money, since these blooms will be available in abundance, and likely will not need to be flown in from verrrrry far away at a verrrrry high cost. To get started dreaming up your seasonal flower arrangement, think about the month you’ll wed, and the location (you wouldn’t want wildflowers in a lavish ballroom, or cascading tendrils on a blustery beachfront, for example), use this here post for inspiration and advice, and talk to your Houston wedding florist about bringing your own interpretation to your seasonal bridal bouquet.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt Photographer

Quite possibly the single most beloved bridal flower is the delicate, fluttery, ultra-feminine peony. Available in shades ranging from snowy white to vibrant coral to multiple shades of pink, peonies have a notoriously short season, generally reaching peak bloom in April and May, so if spring is your wedding season, take advantage of this fabulous flower!

Other popular spring flowers:

  • Delphinium
  • Pansies
  • Lisianthus
  • Tulips
  • Sweet Peas

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Planning a summer wedding? Bring in a pop of color with bright, bountiful zinnias, which hit peak season during the summer months. Available in red, orange and bright pinks, this lively flower’s fluted petals add texture and depth to any bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegay.

Other popular summer flowers:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Dahlia
  • Stock
  • Sunflower

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Photo: Lisa Mathewson Photography

English roses, yellow coxcomb and purple wax flowers make up this colorful and feminine fall bridal bouquet. But you can choose from a bounty of fall-season flowers for your own autumnal arrangement! If your wedding falls during the months of September, October or November, pay homage to Houston’s shift from REALLY HOT to NOT AS HOT with flowers in shades of burnt orange, deep maroon, yellow and green, with touches of blush and pink.

Other popular fall flowers:

  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Calla Lily
  • Marigold
  • Aster

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Photo: Colin Lyons Wedding Photography

If winter is your wedding season, congratulations! (Well, congratulations no matter WHAT season you’re set to wed in…this is the Houston Wedding Blog, after all : ) What we mean is, considering that this here is Houston, having your wedding during the winter months means treating visiting guests to one of the city’s most delightful times of year, when temps drop, twinkle lights come out, and a sense of fun and festivity fills the air. For winter wedding bouquets, we can’t say enough good things about roses, the eternal flower of love, and the most reliable, and beautiful, year-round bloomer. Want to really go all out with your seasonal style? Accent your rose bouquet with hypericum berries, pine sprigs and/or cones, and holly leaves. For a winter wedding bouquet that’s as snow white as the stuff that falls from the sky further north, opt for slender, elegant paper whites (a type of winter narcissus), or fragrant stephanotis. Happy floral designing, darlings!

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