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How To Pack The Perfect Wedding-Day Emergency Kit

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Whether you’re packing your own bridal bag (aka the wedding-day emergency kit) or having your MOH get one ready for you, you’ll want to make sure not to leave out a single wedding-day essential! You can go ahead and start getting your bridal must-haves ready a month before the big day, using our handy list of 10 wedding-day essentials as your guide:

  1. Snacks. You may not feel hungry with all the excitement surrounding you on your wedding day, but you’re going to need energy for this major celebration. Nuts or granola bars are a great source of protein, and will keep for months before your big day.
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Buy a travel size of each to keep in your bag. You wouldn’t want to say your “I do” with anything less than fresh breath.
  3. A garment steamer. If you have a handheld one on hand you’re already winning! If not, get one. It’s an essential tool for smoothing out stubborn gown wrinkles, and can be used for last-minute clothing touch-ups for years to come!
  4. Bobby pins and hair ties. There are going to be lots of girls. Someone is going to need them, right?
  5. Sewing kit. A popped button or dropped hem is never good news. Having needle, thread and hem tape handy will save the day in a pinch.
  6. Mints, not gum. You don’t want to be captured on film chomping away like it’s nobody’s business, after all.
  7. Band-Aids. You’ll be wearing your bridal heels for hours. Even if you’ve made a pre-wedding effort to break them in, you’ll almost certainly have a few blisters or sore spots as the night progresses.
  8. Nail polish. Be sure to pack a bottle of your wedding-day nail color. Your bridesmaids should do the same. Chipped nails are a definite no-no in those detail shots your photographer is going to take!
  9. Lipstick & lip liner. You’ll be kissing your freshly minted spouse all night. Make sure your lip color is locked in or refreshed for photos.
  10. Blotting papers. A quick press to absorb any oil or sweat that may have snuck out to your skin’s surface, followed by sweep of translucent powder, will have you looking fresh and shine-free, in person, and in pix!
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Sophisticated Black, White & Gold Houston Wedding

Katie and Matt had many casual run-ins since high school, but it wasn’t until what turned out to be a special Christmas break when they reconnected at a mutual friend’s birthday party. “He asked me out to dinner the next day at a Mexican restaurant where we grew up, and the rest was history,” says Katie.

After 4 years of dating long distance, Katie moved to Austin to be with Matt. He suggested that they take a weekend trip to New Orleans since neither of them had been. Katie says, “He planned everything and found a great historic hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. We had a full day of exploring the city, and were getting ready to head to dinner. Matt suggested that we should walk around Jackson Square before going to the restaurant. He began talking about our future, and before I knew it he was on one knee asking me to marry him!”

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“Our wedding day was a dream… it was a romantic and intimate celebration with our friends and family. The ceremony was our favorite part—it was the beginning of our lives together and so special to be there in front of our loved ones. The historic charm, candles, and romantic white flowers made the ambiance timeless, classic and elegant,” says Katie.

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Congrats to the newlyweds!

Katie & Matt-Binford Creative-Kristin Johnston Bridal-Brickhouse Bridal-HI-RES-037 Photos: Binford Creative | Baker: Cakes by Gina

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7 Top Houston Photographers Share Their Favorite Parent-Child Wedding Pix

Whether your parents are footing the bill for your big day or you and your boo are flying solo with the financials, whether your folks have been married for decades or you come from a family full of beloved “steps,” there’s no denying that your parents play a special role in your wedding day. While the day is, of course, focused on you and your partner, it’s a day of profound and poignant celebration for your parents, too. They got you to this point and now are guiding you along the path (perhaps literally) to forge a new family of your own. 

Few people in the world of weddings are as familiar with this emotional rollercoaster as wedding photographers, whose task it is to capture intimate family photos as they document each couple’s special day. So, because we at Weddings in Houston are lovers of all things family—and amazing wedding photos—we asked them about their all-time favorite family wedding photos. Now, take a peek, get inspired…and don’t forget to call your parents!


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Photo: D. Jones Photography

The father-daughter dance is always one of the most tender moments of the wedding. You never know what combination of emotions are going to unfold once the music starts. Bride Casey and her father shared this heartfelt dance on her wedding day, in a moment captured by David Jones of D. Jones Photography. “The expressions are purely genuine and telling,” Jones says of his photo. We love how Casey’s dad’s face exudes both the joy of the day and the somber realization that his little girl is all grown up.


Father-Daughter

Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

The lengths that children and parents will go to celebrate each other on the wedding day never ceases to leave guests (and us) teary eyed. Nothing, not even the debilitating condition that confined her father to a wheelchair, would stop bride Meghan from sharing the traditional father-daughter dance with her dad, Fred. Photographer Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema, who captured this photo, recounts, “The most touching moment was when she hopped on his lap like the little girl she’ll always be to him, and he laughed. His face is priceless. I have no doubt this photo will be cherished.”

Father-and-Mother

Photo: Civic Photos

Groom Jeff wasn’t about to let his wheelchair-bound mother go without a dance, so he found a creative way to make her feel honored while making her feel more comfortable. Barett Henry, one of the talents behind Civic Photos, who took this picture, says, “Jeff wanted to salsa dance with his mother for their mother-son dance…so he got a chair with wheels and rolled around the dance floor with her. The bride eventually joined in on this touching moment too.”

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

For many wedding couples, relationships with their extended family members run deep and long. We love when brides and grooms incorporate aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents into their wedding photos. According to wedding photographer Taylor Golden, recent bride Rachel did just that. “This event was all about family,” says Golden, who captured a sweet photo of the smiling bride getting a smooch from her doting dad. Even more adorable, perhaps? The shot Golden snapped of the bride and her sister embracing their happy grandfather. “You can see the love and connection on everyone’s face, and what I love most is the adorable grandpa. I want to steal him, he is so cute!”

Mother-and-Groom

Photo: Dream Photo & Video

There are few things more sentimental than the special bond between a mother and son. Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video says that Jesus was insistent that his mother join him on the dance floor, though she was reluctant to at first. “I love the satisfied look Jesus has after his mom agreed to dance with him,” Saadi says. “She was not able to hold back her emotions, and was holding on to him tight, clearly looking back on his childhood while dancing with him.” The connection between the two makes our hearts melt.
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Photo: Kirk Surber Photography

A photo of a moment shared between father and son can be a rare find in wedding albums, which makes photographer Kirk Surber‘s photo of groom Greg and his father Ken even more special. Ken studied to obtain his officiant license to conduct the marriage ceremony for Greg and his fiancée Minji, and stood alongside them as they made their promise of a lifetime. “Only on rare occasion do you find someone who is willing to go out of their way to be a part of his son’s wedding,” Surber says. Greg and Ken’s matching grins and looks of anticipation as they await the bride’s arrival at the altar are a vivid record of a father’s devotion to his son, and an image their entire family is bound to treasure forever.


Mother-and-Bride

Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography
The bond between a mother and daughter is deep, complex and enduring. And for many mothers and daughters, that bond only grows deeper during the wedding planning process. After all the work has been done, the dresses are on, and the hair and makeup have been styled, the reality sets in that today is the day. All that’s left to do is allow the day to take hold, and enjoy every moment. 

In her photograph of bride Amy and her mom Julie, photographer Kelly Hornberger captures not just the poignancy and pleasure shared by parent and child, but also, with its mirror-like composition, the echo of a mother’s features in her daughter’s face. “The number of hugs and kisses and sweet moments that Amy and Julie shared during the entire getting-ready process was stopped here in time, with the way Julie is adoring her daughter, the holding of the hands and the look of almost tears on sweet Amy,” Hornberger says, “is a moment I’ll never forget.”

Writer: Laura Mericas

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5 Mouthwatering Wedding Menu Ideas From The Hometown Chef

We here at the Houston Wedding Blog are firm believers in the notion that wedding food should look 100% as fabulous as it tastes. Know who else shares our belief? The Hometown Chef, that’s who. And we’re soooo lucky that Tiffany Avila and her crew of culinary geniuses saw fit to share some of their most coveted small-bite creations with us…and y’all! Feast your eyes (and, if you’re lucky enough to attend a tasting or event hosted by this amazing Houston catering company, your palate) on these artful bites, tailor made for your wedding cocktail-and-hors-d’oeuvre hour or small-plates wedding reception.

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It’s a meatball…except it’s not like any meatball you’ve ever imagined. The funky bite of creamy gorgonzola. The sweet counter-balance of roasted beet. The gorgeous presentation, ready for you to pop right into your mouth. And ask for another. And another. And another.

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One of the greatest achievements of “miniature” cuisine is being able to convey an entire world of flavor in one or two mouthfuls. Which is exactly what The Hometown Chef’s pulled-pork tostone does. Served on a crunchy plantain chip, topped with a tangy hint of lime, this small bite packs a big punch.

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Balancing delicate food flavors and textures is one of The Hometown Chef’s greatest talents. Nowhere is this gift for edible equilibrium more evident than in its pan-seared pork belly, which is basically…everything: crisp, buttery, rich, savory, a little sweet, a little tangy and all good.

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Chilean sea bass is the rare fish that’s just right for a small bite (and equally lovely for a large plate). With its flaky texture and delicate flavor, it pairs gorgeously with a bright, tropical mango-pineapple salsa in a beautiful springtime wedding reception menu item. OK, fine, it’s awesome for fall weddings, too. And winter. And we wouldn’t mind tucking into some right about now.

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We’ll leave you with another of The Hometown Chef’s signature “deconstructed” meatballs. And three little words: Pistachio. Avocado. Bacon. ‘Nuff said. Now quit your drooling, and give Tiffany and her team a call. They’d love to whip up a little wedding something just for you. And don’t forget to tell them you found them (and your happy place) on Weddings in Houston’s blog!

Photos: Rathke Photography | Catering: The Hometown Chef

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GIVEAWAY: Snap, Tag & Win a Fujifilm Instax Camera!

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Love your engagement ring? Love cute quickie pix?? Spotlight your ring on Instagram and you could WIN an awesome Fujifilm Instax camera!!

How to enter:

1. SNAP a pic of your engagement ring.

2. Post it to Instagram and TAG @weddingsinhouston.

3. Be entered to WIN a Fujifilm Instax, the world’s most adorable and versatile instant camera!!

Contest ends 11:59 pm Sunday, Aug. 6…so whatcha waiting for?? Show us your bling and get ready to SCORE!!

 

 

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