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2015 Client Appreciation Party at La Colombe d’Or by Civic Photos

They create the most incredible celebrations in town. So each year, we celebrate them, with a pull-out-all-the-stops party where Houston’s top wedding pros can let their hair down (or tease it wayyyyy out, as pictured below), dance, dine, and get fabulously festive with friends, colleagues and the staff of Weddings in Houston magazine. This year’s Client Appreciation Party, with its ’70s-Glam theme design from Darryl & Co., and fantastic disco soundtrack, courtesy of DJU Productions, transformed regal venue La Colombe d’Or into a Studio 54-inspired nightclub…and transformed an enthusiastic crowd of Houston’s most talented wedding vendors and experts into a hip-shaking, down-getting, conga-lining bunch of boogie queens and kings that only stepped away from the dance floor to refuel on themed cocktails, fine food…and delicious cake from the amazing Susie’s Cakes & Confections. Oh, and also: There were rollerskates.

Check out party pix from the wonderful Barett and Saul of Civic Photos…and be sure to scroll down to see our “Best Costume” winners: Lee Capetillo of A Memorable Event, and Lisa Hudson of Hotel ZaZa!!

Best Costumes: Lee Capetillo Jr. & Lisa Hudson ~ Photos: Civic Photos ~ Venue: La Colombe d’Or ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Cakes: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Lighting: DJU Productions

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Rivini Spring 2016 at Mia Bridal Couture Aug. 27-29

Rivini Spring 2016 at Mia Bridal Couture Aug. 27-29

Photos: Rivini

With her passion for classic elegance and her focus on traditional silhouettes and simple sophistication, Rivini designer Rita Vinieris is not one for wedding dresses that bare it all, or bring to mind Vegas showgirls. Instead, Rivini’s new Spring 2016 collection takes its inspiration from the English landscape artist J. M. W. Turner, whose paintings are filled with natural light, radiant clouds and dreamy reflections. For Vinieris, that means bridal gowns with transparent layers that suggest a glimpse of the bride’s figure beneath, rather than how-low-can-you-go backs and ultra-plunge bodices.

See these stunning gowns next week, when famed Houston salon Mia Bridal Couture hosts an exclusive Rivini Spring 2016 trunk show. Mia’s expert consultants will be on hand to help you select your perfect Rivini gown, and assist you in styling it with beautiful accessories. Plus, Mia Bridal Couture will be offering special purchase incentives (meaning $ off retail!) for brides who purchase a Rivini gown during this special three-day event.

Appointments for this highly anticipated Rivini trunk show WILL fill. Make yours now, and make plans to be utterly and completely wowed.

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Hotel Galvez & Spa Special Wedding Offer

Photos: Adam Nyholt ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez ~ Decor: Lavish Affairs ~ Wedding Dress: Weddings by Debbie ~ Hair & Makeup: Hotel Galvez Spa

She’s the Queen of the Gulf…and her magnificent wedding spaces, including the 9,300-square-foot Centennial Green, are the jewels in her impressive crown. If your fantasy is a destination wedding, but you’re looking for a destination a little closer to home, the magnificent Hotel Galvez & Spa, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, may be just the location you’re looking for. Say “I do” outdoors, as a gentle ocean breeze flutters the floral garlands of your altar canopy…then dine and dance the night away in the gorgeous Galvez Music Hall or stately Terrace Ballroom. Make a weekend of it, and invite guests to take in Galveston’s historic architecture, oceanfront attractions and Historic Pleasure Pier. However you choose to have your Hotel Galvez wedding, it WILL be wedding you’ll never forget.

Book your Hotel Galvez wedding by Dec. 31, 2015, and you’ll receive a complimentary Hotel Galvez signature cocktail as part of your libation menu, plus a complimentary upgrade to elegant chiavari chairs for your reception. There’s no better time to book your Hotel Galvez wedding than right now. And no place better to be swept away in a seaside wedding fantasy come-to-life!

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Bridal Beauty: Golden Goddess

Too hot out for tanning? Um, YEAH. Also: You want to protect your bridal skin from harmful UV rays, ESPECIALLY now, in the days leading up to your wedding. Our solution? These fantastic, sun-free, heat-free products for cheek, eye and lip, whether you’re after deep, dark color or just a hint of golden shimmer. You glow, girl.

Bridal Beauty: Golden Goddess

1. Rouge Bunny Rouge Lip Potion in Devilish Nectar: Rouge Bunny Rouge 2. Lorac Tantalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer: Lorac Cosmetics 3. Jane Iredale Eye Shadow in Daytime: Jane Iredale 4. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: Too Faced 5. Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Shimmer Bronzer: Physician’s Formula 6. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond: Barneys

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Moffitt Oaks Summer Open House, Sunday, Aug. 2

Moffitt Oaks Summer Open House, Sunday, Aug. 2

Photo: Leah Brewer Photography

Listen up to-be-weds: There’s a little slice of Heaven in Tomball, and it goes by the name of Moffitt Oaks. Private, serene, relaxed, refined—this Hill Country jewel truly is where rustic meets elegant. It’s no surprise this full-service wedding venue, located just 40 minutes outside of downtown Houston, is a 2014 AND 2015 Weddings in Houston Couples’ Favorite winner!

Come out and see for yourself why so many couples are so smitten, when Moffitt Oaks hosts its sensational Summer Open House this Sunday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Check out ceremony sites like the romantic Lakeside, where sparkling waters offer a delightful backdrop to deeply felt “I do’s.” Visit the 250-capacity Ballroom, featuring wrought-iron doors, Swarovski chandeliers and a saloon-style bar with incomparable Texas charm. Meet with local vendors, chat with Moffitt Oaks staff, and basically have a lovely ol’ time while you plan the wedding of your dreams. RSVP today!

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