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Wedding Rentals & Flowers Showroom Opening

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Linens, Chairs, Chair Cushions & Table: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Flowers: Dream Bouquet | Concept & Design: A Day To Remember | Tabletop Items: Bering’s | Venue: Briscoe Manor | Photo: Eri Reyna Photography
One beautiful event design showroom, two distinctly fabulous Houston wedding professionals: On Wednesday, Feb. 27, top Houston wedding rentals firm EB Inc. and floral design company Dream Bouquet will host the grand opening of their brand-new joint showroom. Weddings in Houston will be there…will you?

With “everyone so busy these days,” the companies’ joint showroom gives to-be-weds “an opportunity to visit with two essential vendors at one location, optimizing their time spent wedding planning,” notes acclaimed Houston florist Rebekah Edwards Cunningham, owner of Dream Bouquet. EB Inc. owner Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE, adds: “We’re fulfilling two different needs, and capitalizing on a great location.” Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Galveston Island Destination Wedding Special Offer

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Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa | Photo: C. Baron Photography
Dreaming of a breezy, beautiful, luxe-yet-laid-back Galveston Island destination wedding? Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, is about to make your dream wedding come true.

Regal, elegant and full of history, Hotel Galvez is also relaxed and welcoming. There’s no Galveston Island destination wedding venue quite like it, and there’s no time like the present to book your once-in-a-lifetime Hotel Galvez wedding. Secure your Hotel Galvez wedding date by March 31, 2019, and you’ll score your choice of one of the following upgrades, at no extra charge: Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Ivory, Green & Gold Winter Wedding At Ashton Gardens

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Venue: Ashton Gardens North | Photo: Kate Elizabeth Photography
“We met a few years ago at my best friend’s birthday party on the beach,” says Lindsay of her first encounter with Nolan.

“I was taking a break to eat a sandwich I had brought, when suddenly Nolan came out of nowhere and asked if he could have a bite. I’m usually not willing to share food with strangers, but I thought he was cute and I liked his smile…so why not? I handed him the other part of my sandwich, and the rest is history!” While Nolan may have been suave and easygoing with his initial approach, when it came time to propose, he was anything but…recounts Lindsay:  “We were at my mother’s house in Beaumont, playing a game of UNO, when I looked up and Nolan suddenly looked as if he had run 20 miles. He had sweat pouring down his face, and was red as could be. I asked if he was OK, but couldn’t get an answer out of him. We were all getting ready to go to a small-town country dance hall and concert. It turns out that Nolan had plans to propose there, but he just  couldn’t wait. Next thing I know, I look to my right and he is kneeling down next to me, holding a ring in my face. All we could do was laugh and cry!” More tears and laughter filled the couple’s ivory, green and gold winter wedding at Ashton Gardens North, where they wed in the venue’s window-filled country chapel, in front of 150 gathered guests. After their emotional ceremony, the couple joined friends and family for dinner, dancing and a seven-tier cake with gorgeous magnolia-flower accents, from Cakes By Gina. The bride says she cherishes the moment she and her groom saw each other for the first time in their wedding finery…almost as much as she loves the memory of “watching all of our loved ones have fun on the dance floor!” Congratulations, Lindsay & Nolan, and thank you so much for sharing your most precious day with us and our followers! Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Maria Elena Accessories Show At Joan Pillow

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Accessories: Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories | Photo: Jorge Embid
Maria Elena accessories are made for the modern bride who wants all the glamour, with none of the fuss.

We love how versatile these beautiful bridal accessories are, and how easily many Maria Elena pieces can adapt from wedding spotlight to date-night candlelight. Of course, if you’re looking for a truly regal bridal crown or tiara that you’ll wear on one night only, then pass down as a wedding heirloom for generations to come, you’ll find a spectacular selection in the new Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories collection. You’ll also find hair combs, halos, hair vines, earrings, necklaces and more, that will look just as fabulous with your festival OOTD as they do on your BIG day. Discover a curated spread of gorgeous Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories hair accents in our latest issue, on newsstands now. And experience an awesome variety of Maria Elena bridal accessories, up close, at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon’s Maria Elena trunk show, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23. While you’re there, you’ll get expert styling advice from Maria Elena stylist Gisele Del Busto (she’s the one responsible for these dreamy looks you see here!), who’ll be on hand to meet personally with Joan Pillow brides during this exclusive event. Schedule your Joan Pillow trunk show appointment now, and take advantage of this one-of-a-kind chance to complete your bridal ensemble to perfection. And take a moment to peruse some of our favorite hair accessories, jewelry and bridal styling looks from the latest Maria Elena collection, on display here!

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Accessories: Maria Elena Headpieces | Designer Available At: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Styling: Gisele Del Busto | Photos: Jorge Embid | Hair & Makeup: Miami Bridal Beauty
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Q&A With Houston Wedding Photographer Blanca Duran

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Photographer Blanca Duran [photo by Civic Photos]
With degrees in Communications, PR and Art, and a lifetime passion for photography, Blanca Duran has everything it takes to capture and express the unique, personal feel of every wedding she photographs. We’re so excited to feature her work, and even more excited to let her explain, in her own words, how she approaches the art of wedding “storytelling” through images, and what sets her Houston wedding photography work apart.

Weddings in Houston: How did you first get into photography?

Blanca Duran: I had taken a few photography classes in college as part of my degree in Communications and Public Relations, but I got seriously involved in photography while studying for my Master’s Degree in Arts. I had the option of specializing in video, animation or photography, and even though I developed video and animation projects, I chose photography for my dissertation. Although I was focused on conceptual photography, I managed to do a little fashion photography and also traveled around Asia and Europe photographing landscapes and people in different cultures. I still have hundreds of medium-format images in contact sheets.

When I returned to Mexico, I spent one year teaching advertising at my alma mater university in order to pay back my scholarship. During that time I started my advertising agency again (I had previously started one together with my brother when I was in college). During those challenging times, when I was working to grow my business, I dared to photograph a friend’s wedding. Surprisingly, after the wedding, I started receiving compliments about my images and more brides contacted me. However, I only did one more wedding, because I met my husband on a trip to the United States, and decided to move to Houston, and start fresh, all over again. That’s how I am in the wedding business in Houston today.

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Photo: Blanca Duran Photography
WIH: What qualities do you feel distinguish your approach to wedding photography and your relationships with your wedding clients?

BD: We are in the business of telling stories. We do wedding photography and cinematography. Blanca Duran Photography is mostly known for my bold, fashion-photography style and my lighting skills. What makes me the proudest is that despite the difficulties we have gone through, we built a brand that is recognizable not only among clients but among other photographers who approach me to express their admiration for my work.

What sets us apart from others is not the distinctive look of our work (there are thousands of photographers with talent who go unnoticed in this sea of artists), but a combination of talent, the courage to take risks, and most importantly, our ability to make a strong connection with our clients and their families. Honesty, kindness, good manners and a huge smile will always go a long way.

Photo: Blanca Duran Photography
WIH: What are your favorite moments from you wedding photography career? 

BD: I have many favorite moments, especially those instances where my couple hugs me to thank me for the hard work and for becoming their friend.

WIH: What’s your most valuable piece of photography advice for Houston wedding couples?

BD: My advice to you is to let yourself go with the moment. Embrace your story as a couple and do not be afraid to show it to the world. Your photographer must be a storyteller that brings your photos to life!

Photo: Blanca Duran Photography

See more from this fine Houston wedding photographer, and schedule your consultation today. And make sure to visit Blanca this Friday, Feb. 22 from 6-9 p.m. when she hosts a festive evening Houston wedding photography open house!

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