July 27th, 2017
{6 Bridal Beauty Products For A Warm, Summery Look Any Time Of Year}
 

Whether you plan on autumn “I do’s,” a seasonal winter wedding, or a celebration right in the heart of summer, we have sheet masks, highlighters and hair products that’ll tame your frizz, perk up your skin and give you the subtle glow you crave. Check out our editor’s picks below, and get ready to prep, prime and show off that gorgeous face!

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1. Shu Uemura Texture Wave: Azur Salon at West Ave 2. Chanel Longwear Nail Color in Tulle: Saks Fifth Avenue 3. Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter Powder: Benefit Cosmetics 4. Lizush Bath Bomb Gift Set: Lizush 5. Mizon Nourishing Mask: Peach & Lily 6. Nyoka Gregory Beauty Lippie in Sand Dollar: Nyoka Gregory Beauty

 

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July 26th, 2017
{Pink, White & Silver Wedding by Dream Photo & Video}
 

Life hack: If you step out of your comfort zone, you might just find your future soulmate! We know Houston bride, Kristen, agrees. She tells us how she happened to meet her future husband when she least expected it: “We met at a crawfish boil in 2015—I didn’t want to attend. I don’t even like crawfish! When I was about to leave, I saw some of his family members whom I knew, so I went by them to say hello, and was introduced to Tarek. We hit it off instantly and started dating… the rest is history!”

When it came time for Tarek to propose, he knew he was going to have to catch Kristen off guard. “I had to attend a work conference in Corpus Christi, and Tarek tagged along. After a long day of being in workshops, he suggested that we go for a nice dinner and get some Champagne. I thought it was peculiar that he wanted to order Champagne…he kept repeating it. I had a feeling he was going to propose after dinner—but it didn’t happen! We went for a stroll on the beach after dinner, and Tarek kneeled down declaring that he found a pearl. I bent down to look for the pearl and saw that he was holding a diamond ring,” says Kristen.

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Kristen and Tarek wanted a subtle, yet elegant atmosphere for their wedding. To bring movement to the room, and allow for conversation, they chose mixed-height centerpieces that were not overwhelmingly large. “Our goal was to make the wedding fun, and make sure the guests enjoy themselves,” Kristen says.

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Dream Photo & Video captured all of the sweet moments from start to finish.

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds! (Want more? Watch the video!)

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July 25th, 2017
{4 Tips for Easing First-Dance Performance Anxiety}
 

photo: Cottonwood Weddings Photo: Cottonwood Road Photography | Venue: The Gallery

Remember when the newlywed “first dance” was just two crazy kids, swaying around on the dance floor to their fave sentimental tune? Yeah, neither do we. Probably because for at least the last 5 years or so, first dances have become major productions: the perfect song choice, the dramatic entrance, the fancy footwork, the…professional choreography?? If you’re feeling first-dance pressure, you’re in good company. And we’re here to help, with these tips for bringing the fun back to this much-loved wedding tradition.

  1. Include your soon-to-be spouse in the first-dance planning process. After all, he or she is the one you’ll be dancing with! Take a step back and try to remember if there were any songs you both liked while dating. Is there a song that has particular meaning to you? Is there an artist you both love? Is there a musical style you’re both more comfortable dancing to?
  2. To ease the pressure you may be feeling about dancing in the spotlight, consider taking a series of dance lessons together. These can be a great date-night activity, followed by dinner or a post-con cocktail and laugh sesh, looking back on his sweet attempts at salsa, or your dramatic “dip” recovery. Pre-wedding dance classes can also serve as a way to explore what music style fits both of you best.
  3. When selecting a wedding reception first-dance song, don’t forget about the “classics.” There’s a reason why you can never go wrong with a timeless standard for your first spin as spouses. Classic songs from the 40s and 50s are always in style, and any qualified Houston wedding band or wedding DJ will definitely be able to fulfill this request.
  4. Beware of pop music. Charting songs and Spotify hits typically are in for like…five minutes in the grand scheme of things…and then forgotten. You’ll want to pick a first-dance song you and your groom will love in the moment, be delighted to relive in your wedding photos and wedding video over and over again, and dance to, in intimate moments, for years to come.
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July 24th, 2017
{6 Unique Wedding Guestbooks You’ll Display Long After the Big Day}
 

Let’s face it, a regular ol’ guestbook at your wedding will only be useful for one night. After that, it likely will join other keepsakes in a closet somewhere to gather dust until you get a notion to haul it out for a look-see wayyyyy down the road. Instead of a dust-collector, we recommend you re-think your wedding guestbook as a collector-worthy work of personalized art that you’ll be proud to show off in your newlywed nest for years to come!

For travelers and adventure-seekers, a customized globe guestbook lets wedding guests feel like they’re going on this adventure with you!

unique-wedding-guest-book Custom Globe via Etsy shop: NewlyScripted

Family, friends and faith come together in a bible guestbook, where wedding attendees have the opportunity to circle, highlight or decorate around their favorite verse and sign their names, creating an heirloom that can be passed down for generations.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Alisha Crossley Photography

Oh, winter weddings! Full of joy, twinkling lights, and seasonal tidings! What better way to add a personal touch to your Christmas tree than with personalized “guestbook” ornaments, signed by your guests on your wedding day, and enjoyed during the holiday season year after year after year?

 unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Fidelio Photography

One of our current guestbook faves is the Polaroid photo guestbook! Guests will have loads of fun posing for selfie (with or without props), and you’ll have tons of fun for decades to come flipping through a guestbook full of their pix and sweet wedding messages.

TheSunshineGarden Photo Guestbook via Etsy shop: The Sunshine Garden

Trying to decorate your new “together” home is no easy task, but it’s way more fun when you get to fill it with meaningful personalized artwork like this adorable wedding guestbook, created with oodles of little hearts, each signed by a wedding guest and dropped into a clear frame that’s mantelpiece ready and really, really lovely.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo:Kasey Lynn Photography

Planning a rustic-elegant wedding? Then this guestbook idea is for you! A personalized wood frame with your names and wedding date makes a great canvas for guests to add their own sign-in “brushstrokes,” creating a perfectly personalized painting you’ll display, with love, now and forever.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Photography by Niki

 

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July 21st, 2017
{7 Bridal Beauty Picks for a Fresh, Cool Wedding-Day Look}
 

We know how hard it is to maintain your wedding-day hair and makeup with Houston’s unpredictable weather…which is why we picked out 7 essential bridal beauty products to keep you cool, fresh and flawless! Shop the links below, and smile pretty for the camera, love : )

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1. Honest Beauty ‘Honestly Uplifted’ Volumizing Spray: Honest Beauty 2. Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint in Gold Ashes: Sephora  3. Mink Drama Lashes: Donyale Traveling Makeup Artist 4. Bbrowbar Brow Sculpt: NET-A-PORTER 5. KAX Tanning Souffle: Kax Tanning 6. Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold: Burberry 7. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Top Secrets’ Instant Moisture Glow: Bloomingdale’s

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