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Blush & Champagne Great Gatsby Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th

Sparks flew instantly when Clara and Marko met one fateful night at a favorite Woodlands watering hole. The pair were so captivated by each other, in fact, that an impromptu first date followed at a local diner, as soon as the bar closed for the night. Over bacon and coffee, Clara knew she found someone special, and soon the lovebirds were traveling the world together. As for Marko’s proposal, spontaneity sparked the moment: “One night, when we were in our pajamas, eating junk food and watching Disney movies, it felt right, and I got on one knee, right then and there,” he says. The couple had their ceremony and reception at The Bell Tower on 34th, where an elegant, villa-like atmosphere evoked the couple’s favorite book, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Notes Clara: “My favorite moment was my entrance down the grand staircase, and seeing the love of my life waiting at the end of the long walkway for me.” Our favorite moment? That’d have to be…all of the ones featured in this here blog post!

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RW_ClaraMarko_BellTower_LawlessSpirits_034_660px Photos: Theo Civitello Photography | Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th

 

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Introducing Mira Zwillinger Exclusively at Joan Pillow Bridal + Trunk Show!

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If you’re a dress-obsessed bride-to-be, you’ve probably noticed that Israeli-based bridal couture designers have taken the bridal world by storm of late, here in Houston…and pretty much everywhere else. Galia. Berta. Inbal. And now, exclusive to Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, you can add the supremely talented Mira Zwillinger to that lofty list! Led by the mother-and-daughter team of Mira and Lihi Zwillinger, this luxury bridal couture house (they also make uh-mazing cocktail- and evening-wear), crafts custom, made-to-measure gowns that fit each bride’s body to perfection. Oh, and guess what else?

THIS WEEKEND, you can experience the magnificence of Mira Zwillinger in all its chic, sensual, sophisticated glory, when you schedule your appointment to attend the exclusive Mira Zwillinger Trunk Show at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, continuing through today and tomorrow. Limited openings are still available, so get on the horn and get yours pinned down…then get over to Joan Pillow for some of the most ethereal and exquisite gowns you’ve ever seen!

 

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Venues We Love: Julia Ideson Library

Historic Houston Wedding Venue Julia Ideson D Jones Photo: D. Jones Photo | Rentals: LBL Event Rentals & Design

You know that feeling you get when you walk into the cool hush of a big, imposing, historic library? Well, you get that feeling and then some when you enter downtown Houston’s Julia Ideson Library, with its sophisticated grandeur and ornate interiors. But here’s the thing: When it’s your wedding at the Julia Ideson, you don’t have to hush! Oh no, darling. Celebrate your nuptials inside this stunning 1926 structure, and you’ll get to dine, dance, laugh, talk and enjoy every moment of your once-in-a-lifetime event, surrounded by gleaming marble pillars, beneath the garden of gilded wood flowers that wraps around the ceiling.

Julia Ideson Wedding Kat Creech Photo: Joey T Photography | Planning & Styling: Kat Creech Events | Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Linens: House of Hough

As for the building’s Spanish-influenced exterior? It’s got plenty of places for gorgeous bridal portraits, couple pix and romantic photo ops, whether you opt for the magnificent column-flanked front steps, or a tranquil, tree-lined path on the library’s manicured grounds. Searching for a truly unique and ineffably cool place to say, “I do?” Check out this historic Houston treasure, let them know you found them right here on the lil’ ol’ Houston Wedding Blog, and start planning the urban-swank wedding you’ve seen in your dreams!

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Brand New For I Do: 15 Acres in Hockley, TX

Hockley Texas Wedding Venue 15 Acres  Photo: Dream Photo & Video

How’d you like to get married in a brand-spanking-new venue–one that has outdoor ceremony space overlooking a scenic pond, and indoor party space in a chic and contemporary ballroom with glittering chandeliers and massive windows, set on acres of verdant grounds? You can at 15 Acres–one of our fave new wedding venues, located a short hop northwest of Houston, in picturesque Hockley. What else we love about this versatile local-destination-wedding spot? We were just getting to that…

Rustic Elegant Houston Wedding Venue 15 Acres Photo: Courtesy of 15 Acres

1.) New space, experienced owners. Mother-and-daughter team Stephanie and Ari have a combined 25 years of event-planning experience, so while the venue may be brand new, the team running it have established vendor relationships and extensive venue management expertise.

2.) Full flexibility or full service: your choice. Another rare find is the ability to select a full-service package, including everything from flowers to food to photo booths, or total flexibility when it comes to bringing in outside vendors. 15 Acres offers both options, as well as “in-between” services, where they can take care of segments of your wedding, and let you handle the rest.

3.) Pre-wedding prep space for gals and guys alike. Since facility rental at 15 Acres includes a full 12 hours of access, it’s nice to know that both the bride and bridesmaids, and groom and groomsmen, will have use of private, well-appointed, beautifully decorated dressing rooms/lounge space for the duration of their special day, ensuring maximum relaxation…and maximum impact when they make their way down the aisle!

Grooms Room Pool Table 15 Acres Photo: Dream Photo & Video

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Sweet Deal: A $200 Tiff’s Treats GIVEAWAY!

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There are few pleasures more satisfying than devouring a warm, gooey, melt-in-your mouth home-baked cookie. And nobody does decadent cookies (and sinful brownies, and deliriously yummy cookie-ice-cream sandwiches) like Tiff’s Treats.

Not only is Tiff’s Treats one of our favorite spots for sweet some’n some’ns (and believe us, darlings, when you’re deep in deadline mode, a steady supply of comfort treats is a MUST), but it’s also a true Texas creation, started by former UT students Tiffany Taylor and Leon Chen–she stood him up for a date, and sent him hot-from-the-oven cookies to apologize, he convinced her to go into business with her “apology-accepted” cookies, and a legend was born! Fast forward almost 20 years (yeah, TWENTY), and Tiff’s Treats has become a hands-down favorite of homemade-treat-lovers across the state, including countless Houston wedding couples, who have indulged their guests with custom-packaged Tiff’s Treats wedding favors and dessert-table delights.

And this week we’re bringing a little much-needed Tiff’s Treats sweetness to y’all, with a fabulous $200 Tiff’s Treats gift card giveaway! Simply comment on Facebook with #CookieScore by 11:59 pm this Thursday, 11/9, and you’re automatically entered to win. We’ll announce our winner on Friday, so make sure to get in it…to win it!

And while you’re at it, pop on in to your local Tiff’s Treats bakeshop, or give them a call, and deliver some cookie love to someone you love who loves delicious, homemade cookies!

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