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2016 NACE Houston Wedding Award Winners

We at Weddings in Houston take pride in supporting our partners within the wedding industry, and a huge part of this is our support of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events)! Over the years, we have enjoyed many events and experiences with the Houston chapter of NACE, which we feel is one of the best in the nation. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we are so proud of our CEO, publisher and resident “Queen Bee,” Radhika Day, who accepted the prestigious 2016 Spirit of NACE Houston award at this week’s annual NACE Houston awards ceremony.

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Photo: Solaris Studios

We would also like to congratulate our talented Weddings in Houston partners on their awards for 2016 weddings and styled shoots! Find Alex and Jerry’s wedding, and Allie and Kyle’s wedding in our NEW Special Anniversary issue, hitting newsstands on Jan. 1, 2017, and find our gorgeous “Painter’s Palette” styled shoot at link below.

NACE Houston 2016 Table Presentation of the Year:

Painter’s Palette, Weddings in Houston Styled Shoot

Kat Creech, CMP, Kat Creech Events

Gary Archer, Bright Star Productions

Jill Raines, CPCE, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

Rebekah Cunningham, Dream Bouquet

 

NACE Houston 2016 Wedding of the year, under $50K:

Alex and Jerry, A Celebration of Love

Claudia G. de Velasco, A Day To Remember

Johanna Terry, Johanna Terry Events

Jill Raines, CPCE, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

 

NACE Houston 2016 Wedding of the Year, Budget over $100,000:

Allie and Kyle’s Wedding at The Corinthian

Kat Creech, CMP, Kat Creech Events

Jill Raines, CPCE, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

Boyd Bryan, Jackson and Company

Aisha Khan, Ama Photography & Cinema

The coolest part? These award-winning wedding pros can be part of YOUR Houston wedding plans. Just click the links above, email or call the ones that make your heart go pitter-pat, and get started on planning your dream wedding! Who knows? Your own Houston wedding celebration just may wind up in Weddings in Houston!

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We’ve Got Holiday Love for Loggins Jewelers!

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Jewelry: Loggins Jewelers

It’s one thing to walk into a store full of sparkling diamonds. It’s quite another thing to walk into a space filled with so much stunning “ice”…and feel so much personal warmth. That’s what we love about Loggins Jewelers—that unique combination of luxury jewelry and super-friendly, low-key (but highly trained) service to go with it.

While Loggins changed its name recently from J Loggins, this two-decades-plus veteran of the Houston fine-jewelry scene has not changed its dedication to making customers feel loved and beautifully adorned, while doing good for the Houston community. With charitable efforts such as its recent Toys For Tots event, and Angels for Alzheimer’s College Scholarship Awards, Loggins is dedicated to giving back, while making good on its commitment to “find anything, design anything and fix anything” in the area of fine jewelry.

If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring or wedding band set, or looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for someone special, Loggins has a superb selection, and a staff that will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday shopping season, while you luxuriate in comfort, surrounded by a whole lotta gorgeous bling. We love this independent Sugar Land jewelry store, and we invite you to feel the love, too. Check them out here, drop in for a visit, and make sure to tell them we sent you. Hugs & happiness, darlings. Have a sweet and sparkling holiday!

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Jewelry: Loggins Jewelers

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Classic Bridal Makeup VIDEO from Naturally Glam by Rae Michele

She wowed attendees at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston…and she’s going to wow YOU, when you watch Rae Michele, of Naturally Glam by Rae Michele (“I owe a big THANK YOU to all of my clients for such an ambiguously creative description…that became my brand!” she says), show you how classic bridal makeup–think: WOW eyes, soft shades, a hint of pink–is done, in this Houston Wedding Blog exclusive video, straight from the artist herself! Love what you see? Let Rae Michele demonstrate just what she can do for your and your bridesmaids, by calling her TODAY at 713.396.2319 to schedule your professional wedding hair and makeup consultation!

Classic Bridal Makeup by Naturally Glam by Rae Michele

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Lavender & Peach Wedding by Christa Elyce Photography

Erin is a physical education teacher. Peter is a petroleum engineer. How did these two “PE’s” pair up? “We met at [’80s cover band] The Molly Ringwalds’ concert in 2011. We didn’t know each other, but eventually our groups of friends bumped into each other. We started talking, exchanged numbers, and the rest is history,” recounts Erin. Four years later they traveled to Vietnam, where Peter got down on one knee on the beach with a gorgeous sunset as their backdrop. “It was beautiful,” says Erin. “After he proposed, we had a romantic dinner on the beach.” Sigh. The romance didn’t stop there—their garden-themed wedding was full of lush greenery, blooming flowers and candlelight, all of which set an incredible romantic tone. If you think that sounds lovely, just wait ’til you see all the sweet deets in photos by Christa Elyce. Congrats to the newlyweds! We couldn’t be happier for you.

About Them:

Her Favorite Sweet: italian creme cake | Her Favorite Sip: pimm’s cocktail | Her Favorite Way To Spend A Saturday: catching up with friends | What She Loves About Him: he accepts me as I am, and he makes me laugh

His Favorite Sweet: nutella pizza | His Favorite Sip: scotch | His Favorite Way To Spend A Saturday: woodworking, or playing golf | What He Loves About Her: her sense of humor

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Photos: Christa Elyce Photography | Groom’s Cake: Tiff’s Treats | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Bridal Party Attire: Houston Bridal Gallery

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Ring Design Q&A With Marco Gutierrez Jr. Of Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Your love is unlike any other. Which is why Eklektic Jewelry Studio creates wedding jewelry unlike anything else you’ll see. In this exclusive Houston Wedding Blog Q&A, we chat with Eklektic founder Marco Gutierrez Jr., who grew up “running around and getting in trouble” in his grandparents’ jewelry workshop—and who now works side by side with to-be-weds to create the jewelry of their dreams, in his very own studio. If you’re thinking of going custom with your wedding jewelry, you’ll want to read every word.

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Photos: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Houston Wedding Blog: What is your jewelry design background?

Marco Gutierrez Jr.: I grew up in the jewelry industry, and started Eklektic Jewelry Studio in 1999 in Rice Village. Just out of architecture school, I wanted to establish my own business that would combine my passion for jewelry and my love of architecture. Every design I ever made in architecture school had a “jewel-like” element.

Everything we do stems from our passion for making jewelry. All of our jewelers have been personally trained by my father and myself in the art of making jewelry. Unlike most other jewelers, we are actively involved in the process of making jewelry and we passionately invest in learning new techniques.

HWB: Take us through the process of designing a custom engagement ring or wedding band. What are the steps, and how long does it typically take?

MGJ: We believe in making jewelry for a lifetime. We truly believe an engagement ring is the most important part of a couple’s history and legacy.

We approach design in a very personal way. We talk to our clients in a casual conversation about things that are not related to jewelry. I feel this helps me get a feel for what our clients like and dislike, as well as a direction on their style.  After our initial conversation, we start determining things like colors, materials and budget.

This is when I start brainstorming and creating three completely different computer renderings of what I think the design could be. Usually most clients tend to lean toward a particular style out of the three, or in some cases a combination of two of them. Once the style is chosen, we start detailing the design by adding or removing elements such as the center stone.

Once we are happy with the design, we use one of our 3D printers to print out the model. This takes anywhere from four to eight hours depending on the complexity of the design. This 3D-printed model allows us to see the scale and proportions as they will be in the final piece. It is probably the most important part before finalizing the process prior to starting the work in metal.

Then we prepare the final 3D model for casting. Once the piece is cast in the metal of choice, the bench work starts: filing, detailing, laser correction, polishing, setting of stones, and polishing. All of which is done right here in our studio. The entire process from start to finish can take up to six weeks.

HWB: What is your advice to couples for selecting the perfect engagement diamond?

MGJ: We encourage them to learn as much as possible about diamonds, especially the 4 C’s (carat, color, clarity and cut), and sometimes the origin of the diamond. For inspiration, we always recommend that our clients look at luxury jewelry houses. Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Tiffany are some of the most common.

Lastly, the money spent on a ring should feel comfortable. Engagement jewelry marks a point in your personal history and it has to be able to reflect that part of your life. We don’t believe it is about a certain dollar amount, but instead it is about a certain feeling in the creation of your ring.

HWB: What would you tell a potential customer who is intrigued by the idea of a custom engagement ring…but concerned about veering away from tradition?

MGJ: Custom is not for everyone. Having your jewelry custom-made means you will have an amazing one-of-a-kind piece that tells your unique story. It’s a conversation-starter in many cases. We provide a lifetime of complimentary maintenance and polishing for your ring, because we love the piece we made for you and want to make sure it’s properly maintained. Every visit is a grand celebration and every client makes a big difference in our lives.

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Photos: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelery Studio

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