ENGAGED and CONFUSED?

Register now as a Bride or Groom
and receive our E-newsletter
and planning tools FREE!

Register Today!

Bright Star Productions Brings Weddings to Life with Lighting Design

Have you ever fallen in love with a wedding’s aura, but you couldn’t explain exactly why? Well, what you might not have detected was the seamless and subtle use of professional lighting to create that soft and elegant, bright and vibrant, or warm and inviting feeling that captivated you.

For more than three decades, Houston-based Becca & Layne Wedding shot by J. Cogliandro Photography 2017-04-19_0005 Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Top Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Top Consultant: Kat Creech Events | Middle Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography | Bottom Photo: Adam Nyholt, Photographer | Bottom Venue: Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District

“Design is a collaboration,” Tritico says. “Flowers without lights are just bushes in the dark. Beautiful linens without lights are just tablecloths. It’s that layer upon layer of design that makes something stand out.”

Tritico says that getting to know the couple plays a crucial role in determining their wedding’s optimal lighting design. Often, couples come in with scores of ideas, which Bright Star’s team sifts through to understand exactly how each couple wants their wedding to look.

“People are coming in with these big storyboards, but if you put it all together it would look like a jumbled mass of silliness,” he says. “Once you get to know the clients and you get a sense of who they are, you are able see their vision through their own eyes.”

Tritico and his team recently worked with a bride, Kris, who revealed that she loved the soft amber glow of the “old-timey” light she remembered from summers spent at her grandparents’ home in New England. The team translated her memory into a nostalgic lighting design filled with hanging Edison bulbs, combined with uplighting on the walls to mimic the look of the rising sun. Take a peek at similar Bright Star designs below.

2017-04-19_0002 2017-04-19_0001 Photos and Lighting: Courtesy of Bright Star Productions | Top Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Bottom Venue: Bell Tower on 34th

Do you love what you see? Want to create a custom lighting design of your own? Schedule a consultation with the best of the best — Bright Star Productions — today, because these pros book up fast…some might say at the speed of light!

Share this post

Venues We Love: Agave Estates…PLUS A Romantic Dinner for 2 GIVEAWAY

2017-04-24_0002  Venue: Agave Estates | Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

When it comes to weddings, it’s all about the ambiance, darlings — that total experience of sight, sound, fragrance, flavor, setting, landscape and design, all rolled together. And TBH, it’s hard to imagine a wedding location with more built-in ambiance than Agave Estates, Katy’s beautiful hidden gem, nestled into a 30-acre wildlife sanctuary that feels a million miles away from downtown Houston (in reality, it’s only 30).

When you first glimpse the terra cotta walls, wood arbors and curved archways of Agave’s private enclave, you may think you’ve somehow stepped back in time…and into an era of cobblestones and courtyards, the sound of a burbling fountain somewhere in the distance. But nope, no time travel here, honey. You’ve just found yourself face-to-face with a full-service wedding site designed specifically to create a sense of total escape and immersion for your outdoor wedding ceremony and unforgettable reception. In other words: You’ve found a little slice of Paradise.

2017-04-24_0003 Venue:Agave Estates | Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

Agave Real Wedding Ceremony & Reception  Venue: Agave Estates | Photo: Akil Bennett Photography

For those couples seeking a true Spanish Villa vibe — and room to celebrate with up to 300 of their nearest and dearest — the estate’s Agave Road is a favorite. With towering oak trees, fluttering palms, huge hand-carved wood doors and 10,000 square feet of reception space, Agave Road doesn’t just offer ample space and great service, but some of the most gorgeous photo opps in the entire region.

For weddings on the more intimate side, Agave Real features natural stone and wrought-iron accents, glowing sconces, plus a lovely view of the lagoon-like reflecting pool, and is a superb celebration spot for groups of up to 200.

The newest member of the Agave Estates family is Agave Rio — a delightful patio restaurant serving up fresh seafood, steaks and Latin-influenced fare, along with classic, tropical-leaning cocktails, all in an al fresco environment that welcomes you to linger long, and savor the feeling of a relaxing oasis. It’s also a perfect place for elegant rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers and day-after brunches. Want to try it out for yourself? Comment on our Agave-themed Facebook and Instagram posts, or email us your first and last name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding venue (either booked or wish listed!) for automatic entry into our Agave Rio Dinner for 2 GIVEAWAY! One lucky bride or groom will WIN; winner will be notified on Tuesday, May 2 and announced on Facebook and Instagram. Shouldn’t it be…YOU?

2017-04-24_0004 Venue:  2017-04-24_0005 Venue:  2017-04-24_0006 Venue: Agave Estates | Photo: Civic Photos

Want to find out more about Agave Estates? Schedule your tour now, and make sure to tell them you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog!

Share this post

Gray, White, Black & Green Wedding by MD Turner Photography

Shelly couldn’t help but fall for Evan, her oh-so-charming office crush, after working many long weeks and late nights together. Shortly after the lovebirds started dating, their lives took an unexpected turn. Warning: grab your tissues now. “Evan was diagnosed with cancer after six months of us dating… needless to say we’ve been through many ups and downs together, and it’s only strengthened our commitment together,” Shelly says. “I’m so happy to share that Evan is now cancer-free!”

On the night of their four-year dating anniversary, Evan requested that Shelly meet him for a cocktail at the Hilton Americas – Houston before dinner. “When I arrived at the bar, Evan was nowhere to be found, but the bartender gave me the sweetest note from him, asking me to meet him in the elevator lobby of the 11th floor (where we had first spent all night talking at a work conference in 2010). I was escorted to the elevator and as soon as I stepped out, Evan was on one knee waiting for me,” she recounts. After lots of hugs, photos and a few glasses of bubbly, he took her to a surprise dinner where their friends and family were waiting to celebrate the good news!

Bridal-Gown Wedding-Shoes Mother-of-Bride-Helping-Bride-Get-Ready Bride-Reading-Note-From-Groom Bride-with-Flower-Girl

Gray-Bridesmaids-Dresses Gray-Bridesmaids-Dresses Groom Bridal-Bouquet Flower-Girl-and-Ring-Bearer Bride-Walking-Down-Aisle-with-Father Newlyweds Bride-with-Groomsmen Groom-with-Bridal-Party Bride-and-Groom-Portraits

“I wanted a timeless look for the wedding— black tuxedos, long charcoal gray bridesmaid dresses and lots of white and green decor,” adds Shelly.

Black-White-Green-Gray-Wedding Green-White-Gray-Gold-Decor Green-White-Gold-Decor
The newlyweds and guests indulged in a fabulous donut station by Hugs & Donuts !

Donut-Dessert-Bar Cake-Cutting-Ceremony Newlyweds-Feeding-Each-Other Newlyweds-Dancing Fun-Photo-Booth-Photos Wedding-Band Bride-and-Groom-Exiting-Reception

“Our wedding was the best day of my life. We danced all night long, and we didn’t want it any other way,” the bride recounts. We wouldn’t want it any other way either! Congrats Shelly and Evan, we wish you a lifetime of good health, happiness and LOVE. Thanks MD Turner Photography for the beautiful photos!

Photography & Videography: MD Turner Photography | Proposal Location: Hilton Americas – Houston | Donut Station: Hugs & Donuts

Share this post

Workout Tips for Every Wedding Dress Style From Be A 10 Fitness

Of course, everyone wants to be in tiptop shape when walking down the aisle on their wedding day, but determining exactly how to achieve that look can sometimes be as challenging as the pre-wedding workouts themselves! Every body type is different and requires personalized attention in order to look simply ravishing in the wedding attire of your choice. Lucky for you, we’ve got a direct line to certified personal trainer and nutritionist Rebekah Bray, the body and brain behind Houston’s beloved BE a 10 Fitness, and we’re bringing you her individualized workout plans for a variety of different wedding dress styles. Read on, lovelies!

2017-04-17_0003 Photo: Courtesy of BE a 10 Fitness

A recent bride herself, Bray creates custom training regimens and nutrition plans for brides, grooms and the entire wedding party. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or looking to up your game, Bray has a regimen to help you look your best.

Take a quick look at these exercises Bray recommends for three of our favorite bridal gown styles. And in case you missed our 4/20 Facebook Live broadcast, we’ve posted it below for demos of each workout!

 

 

2017-04-17_0004 Photo: Steve Lee Photography | Gown: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie

A-Line & Ballgown Wedding Dress: These exercises focus on toning your arms, core and chest to get rid of any unwanted flab or “batwings” before slipping into this classic wedding look!

  • Elevated Pushup with a Shoulder Tap: 3 sets of 10 reps each
    • Start in a plank position.
    • Lift one leg at a time onto an elevated surface. Make sure the top half of your foot is secure on the surface and your wrists, elbows and shoulders are aligned.
    • Slowly lower down into a pushup. Come back up.
    • Stabilize yourself while pulling your core tight and lift one hand at a time off the ground to tap the opposite shoulder. Repeat.
  • Front-Lateral Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps each
    • Position dumbbells on the sides of your thighs, with palms facing inward and elbows straight or slightly bent.
    • Raise dumbbells forward and upward until your arms are horizontal and parallel to the ground. Lower and repeat.
  • Chest Fly with Elevated Legs: 3 sets of 20 reps each
    • Lie down on a mat with a dumbbell in each hand with your arms up in the air and the palms of your hands facing each other.
    • Either with bent knees or straight legs, lift your feet until you feel your lower abs tighten.
    • With your elbows slightly bent, lower your arms out to the sides creating a T-shape until you feel a stretch in your chest muscles. Raise your arms and bring your hands back together. Repeat.

2017-04-17_0001 Photo: Serendipity Photography | Gown: Brickhouse Bridal

Trumpet/Mermaid/Drop Waist Wedding Dress: These exercises focus on your hips, thighs and butt, which will all be emphasized with this sexy wedding dress style. With a few arm exercises mixed in, brides will also look their best in strapless options.

  • Kettlebell Swing: 3 sets of 20 reps each
    • Start in a squatting position with your hips pushed back, chest upright and both hands on the kettlebell handle.
    • Stand with feet shoulder width apart.
    • Slightly bend your knees and use power from your legs and biceps to jerk and then swing the kettlebell rapidly until your hands are about eye level and you have reached a standing position.
  • Reverse Lunge: 3 sets of 10 reps per leg
    • Take a big controlled step backward with your left foot.
    • Lower your hips so that your right thigh becomes parallel to the floor, with your right knee positioned directly over your ankle.
    • Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor with your left heel lifted.
    • Switch legs and repeat.
  • Squat Hammer Curl Press: 3 sets of 15 reps each
    • Start in a standing position and squat down by pushing your hips back, as if you are sitting in a chair. Lower down as far as you can go and keep your chest up.
    • At the same time, hold dumbbells in each hand with your palms facing toward your body. Perform a curl with palms still facing inward as you lower down in a squat position.
    • Press up to return to a standing position and lower arms to return dumbbells to your side.
    • Once in a standing position, press the dumbbells straight up in the air with the palms of your hands still facing inward. Note: Keep your elbows narrow and in line with your shoulders.
    • Perform this exercise in one fluid motion. As you squat down, hammer curl up. Once returning to a standing position, perform a shoulder press and repeat.

2017-04-17_0002 Photo: Philip Thomas Photography | Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Sheath Wedding Dress: These exercises crush your arms, core, legs, shoulders and more. The draping of a sheath dress may seem simple, but it requires a rocking bod underneath in order to look fabulous.

  • Pushup Plank Alternating Front Raise: 3 sets of 10 reps (10 pushups/10 raises = 1 set)
    • Start in a plank position.
    • Perform 10 pushups.
    • Immediately alternate lifting each arm out in front of you 10 times at head height.
  • Crab V-touch: 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Sit on the ground with your feet extended in front of you.
    • Place your hands on the ground – fingers pointing toward your feet — and lift up into a crab position.
    • With your body lifted up, reach your right hand toward your left foot and touch.
    • Place opposite hands and feet back on the ground. Alternate and repeat. Do not lower down from crab position until you have completed all reps.
  • Single Arm Row: 3 sets of 15 reps (each arm)
    • Stand near a flat bench and place dumbbells on either side.
    • Put your left knee up on the back end of a flat bench and then place your left hand toward the top of the bench. Your torso should be parallel to the bench with your arm, shoulder and wrist aligned.
    • Your right leg will be on the ground stretched out (knee slightly bent), not directly beside the bench but a few inches away.
    • Grab the dumbbell from the right side of the bench in your right hand and allow your arm to hang.
    • Pull the dumbbell up with your palm facing your body, bending your elbow until the dumbbell is between your chest and right shoulder. Squeeze your shoulder blades while maintaining a flat back and stable body. Keep your elbow close to your body.
    • Extend your arm back down and repeat.

Ready to achieve your wedding goals? Book your “FIT to BE a MRS,” “Bridal Bootcamp” or other wedding packages with BE a 10 Fitness today! And be sure to tell Rebekah you found her awesome exercises on the Houston Wedding Blog.

Share this post

Fuchsia, Orange, Purple & Gold Wedding at Hotel Galvez

Houston bride, Elandrea, had her eye on Mark for a while in college. “Luckily we had a mutual friend that talked to Mark for me. We exchanged numbers, became friends and started dating a year later,” she explains. When Mark started to think up the most creative way possible to propose, he channeled his tech background and created a game app that he was going to convince Elandrea to play. “He asked me to get my nails done, which struck me as odd, since was really not in his nature to do so. When I came home he also said that he wanted to take me for dinner,” adds Elandrea. “Before we left, he told me he wanted me to test out the game he was working on. I began to play the game like normal, and all of a sudden the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran came on, while images of us were popping up. Eventually a poem came on the screen, and then (here it comes!) a message that said, ‘Will you marry me,’” she recounts.

Purple-Orange-and-Gold-Wedding

Bride-Getting-Ready

Bridal-Accessories-and-Shoes

Strapless-Bridal-Gown

Flower-Girls-in-Gold-Dresses

Bride-and-Father-Walking-Down-Aisle

The lovebirds tied the knot in front of their nearest and dearest at Hotel Galvez & Spa. “My aim for the wedding was a tropical feel with beautiful, vibrant colors,” says Elandrea. Their color palette of orange, purple, fuchsia and gold set the tone for a bright, fun wedding atmosphere.

Bride-and-Groom-Kissing

Short-Orange-Bridesmaid-Dresses

Newlyweds

Purple-Hydrangeas

Ombre-Wedding-Cake

“My favorite moment was dancing with my dad. We always clown together, so our dance was definitely a show to watch and remember,” Elandrea adds.
Father-Daughter-Dance

Father-Daughter-Dance

Guests-Dancing

Bride-and-Groom-Exiting-Reception

We couldn’t be happier for these two. Congrats and best wishes from all of us at Weddings in Houston!

Photos: Point and Click Photography | Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa | Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: MLD Limited

Share this post