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5 Bridal Handbags You’ll Use Long Past The Big Day

Bridal handbags come in two basic types: all-out bridal (think Edie Parker’s famed “Mrs.” clutch, for example) and bridal-to-evening ready. For this blog post, we’re all about the latter, and we’re sharing our top picks for wedding-day handbags that make a seamless transition to evening-out elegance. Make one of these evening jeweled, fringed or glittering evening bags a part of your wedding attire, then keep it close at hand for accessorizing in style any night of the year!

1. Jimmy Choo “Florence” Cross-Body Bag

Jimmy Choo Florence cross body clutch crystal sparkle bridal bags

There’s never an evening occasion when sparkle’s not in style. And Jimmy Choo’s glittering “Florence” bag has sparkle (and style) for miles. Use this super-embellished bag as a bridal clutch on your big day, then put its cross-body chain to good use when you need your hands free for sipping cocktails or throwing your hands in the air like you just don’t care, on GNO! Click here to read the rest of this post »

What’s In Our I Do! Soiree Gift Bag?

I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian - Swag Bag

Photo: Ama by Aisha

The I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming to the Corinthian-Houston on Thursday, Feb. 8, is Houston’s first-class wedding planning event! Part of what makes the Soiree so special is that every engaged couple receives VIP treatment, including a custom-curated gift bag filled with premium swag. So what’s in the bag?  Click here to read the rest of this post »

Wrap Your Wrist in Bloom + Grace

Photo: Bloom + Grace

Wrap it up, we’ll take it! We just had to share our love for these yummy fair-trade wrap bracelets from Bloom + Grace. Two of our faves are the Silver Metal Mesh Wrap (the perfect complement to your sparkling engagement ring) and the Gold Metal Cuff, which we love to pair with jeans, nubby sweaters, wrap dresses (um, yeah, you can’t have too much wrapping, darling) and beachwear. These super chic bracelets also make awesome bridesmaids gifts (hint, hint). And here’s something else we love: Not only does Bloom + Grace offer amazing jewelry, they also partner with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign to bring life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. Look good, do good, it’s all good.

HWB Inspiration Board: Pretty, Pretty Parasols

Let that big ol’ Texas sun shine just as hard as it pleases. You’ve got your pretty wedding parasol to fend off those fierce rays. Cloudy day, you say? So what. A lovely lace, silk or paper umbrella or parasol is the perfect accessory for any outdoor nuptial celebration, blue sky or gray. Plus, they make great bridesmaid gifts and look SO amazing in photos. Get ready to twirl, girl.

Bridal Umbrellas and Parasols Inspiration Board ~ Houston Wedding Blog

Photos: Green parasol bride, Bella Umbrella~Mr. & Mrs., Cycling4ACure~Ecru lace parasol, Dragonfly Design~Peacock, Clockwork Couture~Scallopped Peacock, Oriental Decor~Red lace, Amazon~Chinese, Pink Frosting~Bumble beed, Great Lookz~White and pink, Great Lookz~Black lace, Ladies Emporium~Pink lace, Amazon~Monogram, Exclusive Elements

Beautiful Bridal Bracelets

It’s a common bridal conundrum: You want to accessorize your gown with jewelry, but you’re worried about going overboard. After all, you don’t want to eclipse your beautifully bejeweled bodice with a heavy choker or pendant. Neither should you overload your crystal-encrusted updo with an elaborate pair of chandelier earrings.

The perfect solution? A statement bridal bracelet. All you have to decide is what you want your wedding-day wrist adornment to say.

For modern glamour with vintage touch, nothing holds a candle to a jeweled cuff. Today’s most stylish brides are sporting thick cuffs that get their delicacy from intricate filigree work and pavé gems, which catch the light magnificently.

We adore this brilliant specimen from Jude Frances, available through Thomas Markle Jewelers

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Meanwhile, the Art Deco elegance of the Mystery Liner Cuff by designer Debra Moreland for Paris is perfect for slender wrists, refined gowns and white silk or satin.

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Also in vogue is the jeweled bangle, worn either alone or in groups of three (or more!).

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Simple, sumptuous, spectacular—that’s this white gold, white diamond bangle by Simon G (style MB 1432), available from Thomas Markle Jewelers.

For the contemporary, less traditional bride, there is the cubic-zirconia-accented, conversation-worthy Wavey Bangle, which gives the impression of multiple bangles in a single piece.

And, for our final pick, we are fans of this absolutely unforgettable bracelet from Select Jewelers, a traditional style that combines clusters of round diamonds with fabulous baguettes in a piece that will make a treasured heirloom as well as a gorgeous gown accessory.
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