Pre-Wedding Parties Makeup Tutorial Videos

The best way to look like one of those gorgeous brides you see in magazines is to take advantage of the same kind of professional talent they do. A skilled makeup artist will make sure that you look fresh, polished and vivacious on film…while still looking beautiful, and not overly made-up, in person. A pro will also take the pressure off of YOU on your wedding day, and allow you an hour or two to just sit still, relax and be pampered and attended to. And trust us, you’re gonna need it!

But what about all those other occasions that make up your wedding celebration? Because we KNOW you want to look drop-dead beautiful for those engagement parties, showers, bachelorette bashes, cocktail soirees and other pre-wedding events, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite video makeup tutorials to help you DIY your way to WOW.

For a quick, easy flawless foundation look:

For a killer smoky eye in shades of metallic gray and black:

Another smoldering smoky eye, beautiful for Asian eyes:

Actually a bridal makeup tutorial, but we love it for a flawless daytime or evening event look…so pretty!

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To Do This Week: Open Houses at Enchanted Cypress Ballroom and La Toretta Lake Resort

Enchanted Cypress

Sure, it’s got that dazzling fountain and those 18-foot-tall, filigree doors. Yeah, it’s got custom-made crystal chandeliers, a 26-by-26-foot dance floor, and room to seat 600 or so of your nearest and dearest. But what we really love about the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom are those 15 awesome “picture walls” that surround the entire ballroom and can be programmed to screen big, beautiful photos of you and your hubby for all to see! Come check it out for yourself on Saturday, when Enchanted Cypress opens its really big doors to discerning brides…like you.

Enchanted Cypress
Enchanted Cypress Ballroom

Bridal Open House
Saturday, August 7, 2010
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12603 Louetta Rd.
Cypress, TX 77429
For more information call 281.826.0505 or e-mail

We blogged about our love for picturesque La Toretta Lake Resort a couple of weeks ago. Well, don’t take our word for it. Head to Montgomery on Sunday for a few hours of waterfront relaxation, a bit of gourmet refreshment and a chance to view the gorgeous indoor/outdoor ceremony and reception space at this Lake Conroe gem.

La Torretta Lake Resort Bridal Open House
Sunday, August 8, 2010
1 to 4 p.m.
600 La Torretta Blvd.
Montgomery, TX 77356
For more information call 936.448.3061 or e-mail

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What Can Be Learned From Chelsea’s Wedding?

Now that the guests (and throngs of reporters and camera crews) have all gone home, and Chelsea Clinton and new hubby Marc Mezvinsky are settling into what will hopefully be a long and loving married life, we’ve had a chance to think about what Houston brides can learn from the presidential daughter’s wedding.

First off: Go big, if you will, but don’t go over the top. Chelsea didn’t have much choice when it came to the size of her invite list (about 400 guests reportedly attended the Rhinebeck, N.Y. nuptial celebration), but she did have many choices when it came to the scale of her wedding’s design. With help from Boston-based wedding planner Bryan Rafanelli, Chelsea kept things simple and elegant, relying heavily on the inherent beauty of the Beaux-Arts-style Astor Courts, her wedding venue.

Also: Make it about YOU. Yes, Chelsea had a LOT of folks to please, from her president dad to her secretary-of-state mom to her fiance’s family, heads of state, dignitaries and Hollywood types, not to mention her own dear friends and colleagues, and Marc’s, too. But she still managed to have her wedding align with her personality and tastes. Case in point: Chelsea, a vegan, might not have expected EVERYONE to eat an entirely animal-product-free menu (heck, the girl served shortribs!), but she did insist on a gorgeous, and, we hear, absolutely delicious, gluten-free, vegan wedding cake, from La Tulipe Desserts. After all, what good is a wedding cake if the bride herself can’t eat it?

And finally: Have fun! Even while a no-fly zone was in effect overhead and security swarmed the Astor Courts grounds, Chelsea still managed to have a great time at her wedding—AND make it fun for guests. The bride, groom and family members (yup, including President Clinton) got hoisted in chairs for a traditional hora just like at every Jewish wedding everywhere (Marc and his family are Jewish), the 18-piece big-band ensemble had folks kicking up their heels on the dance floor, and the after-party on the tennis courts, which featured ’80s classics and top-40 hits, apparently had revelers raging until after 4 a.m.!

So we say, thank you, Chelsea, for showing us how it’s done. And congratulations!

For a great rundown on why Chelsea Clinton is such an inspiring bride, and a bit on Chelsea’s wedding in the annals of presidential-children’s-weddings history, click here. Enjoy!


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Romantic, Nature-Inspired Accessories from Twigs & Honey

Like its name, Myra Callan’s Oregon-based Twigs & Honey takes its inspiration from nature. Hair accessories come in categories like flora (silk blooms) and fauna (goose, pheasant, ostrich feathers), while belts and jewelry blend flowers and feathers with crystals, pearls and faux berries.

If you’re planning to wear a simple, sophisticated, unadorned bridal gown, or one of those currently coveted ethereal, diaphanous styles we all know and love, Twigs & Honey’s enchanting bridal accessories will add a little something extra special to your bridal look.

PS: Twigs & Honey just debuted its brand-new collection, available on its brand-new online store, so be sure to check it out!


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To Do This Week: Houston Bridal Open Houses at Hearthstone Country Club and Villa Ballrooms

If privacy and comfort top your Houston wedding venue priority list, you’re going to want to check out Saturday’s open house at
Hearthstone Country Club. Drop in and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a bit of bubbly, plus an opportunity to check out the gorgeous green grounds and pretty, unfussy reception space—and don’t miss out on the exclusive giveaways! Attendees who book their wedding at this bridal open house will receive a free champagne toast as part of their wedding package. We’ll drink to that! To let Hearthstone know you’re coming—appreciated, but not required—e-mail.

Hearthstone Country Club Open House
Saturday, July 31, 2010
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

With three spacious ballrooms that can accommodate intimate gatherings of fewer than 100, great big celebrations of up to 600 and just about everything in between, The Villa Ballrooms are a great bet for the bride and groom who want contemporary elegance, great sight lines and plenty of luxe touches (winding staircases, glittering chandeliers…you get the picture) in their Houston wedding venue. On Saturday afternoon, The Villa holds an open house to showcase its splendid space. We recommend you attend, and RSVP
here or by e-mailing

Villa Ballrooms Open House
Saturday, July 31, 2010
12 – 3 p.m.

We’ll be posting tons more Houston bridal events over the coming months, so check back on a daily basis. Better yet, subscribe to the Houston Wedding Blog, and let US come to YOU.

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