Posts Tagged ‘Bright Star Productions’

Congrats to Our Partners on Their BIG Awards!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Jerry-and-Alex-Wedding Photo: Serendipity Photography | Coordination & Invitations: A Day To Remember | Linens: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Officiant: Weddings Performed | Confetti Cannons: Bright Star Productions

We know they rock. And some of you, who’ve had the pleasure of working with these super-talented folks on your weddings, know they rock. And now, the event industry’s premier professional organization, NACE (National Association of Catering & Events), has confirmed it.

We’re thrilled to offer up our heartiest congratulations to two amazing wedding stylists and longtime Weddings in Houston partners: Kat Creech Events and A Day To Remember!!

A Day To Remember took home two major honors at this past week’s NACE Experience conference:

  • Best Team Event under $50,00, for the wedding of Jerry and Alex, featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Weddings in Houston, and right HERE.
  • Best Table Presentation under $200, for “Waterfront Romance,” this gorgeous styled shoot featured in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue! 

Waterfront-Romance-Styled-Shoot Photo: D. Jones Photography | Design, Styling, & Stationery: A Day To Remember | Venue: Waters Edge | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Flora & Eventi | Hair & Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty | Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Lighting & Dance Floor: DJU Entertainment

Kat Creech Events, meanwhile, received the following prestigious awards:

Best Wedding of the Year over $100,000 and Best Team Event over $100,000, both for the spectacular wedding of Allie and Kyle, featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Weddings in Houston (see a trend here??).

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 Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Planning & Coordination: Kat Creech Events | Venue: The Corinthian | Linens & Chairs: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Lighting: GTX Productions | Catering: Jackson and Company | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Sambuca Catering

Make sure to check out our full coverage of these awesome events and styled shoot for more gorgeous pix, and a full list of superb Weddings in Houston clients involved in each!

And join us in wishing congrats to the Houston chapter of NACE, which also won big at this year’s conference, with honors for Chapter of the Year (over 100 members), and Program of the Year, for the NACE Houston Chapter’s awesome “Wedding Trends 2016″ industry event!!

Bright Star Productions Brings Weddings to Life with Lighting Design

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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 Bright Star Productions has been creating what they call an “atmosphere of awe” at some of the city’s most elaborate weddings (see here, here and here) through high-end LED, intelligent and conventional lighting technologies. According to company director Frank Tritico, a wedding’s lighting plays a crucial role in bringing the event’s most important details into focus, and making the overall celebration look its absolute best. 2017-04-19_0006 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!

2016 NACE Houston Wedding Award Winners

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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!

Q&A With Award-Winning Wedding Stylist Kat Creech

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

“I think that, subconsciously, I knew the event industry was for me when I was young and prepared dinners for my parents,” says Kat Creech, owner of renowned Houston wedding-design and planning firm Kat Creech Events. “While the menu only consisted of hot dogs, peanut-butter sandwiches and hamburgers, with cookies for dessert, the table was set, the napkin was folded with a menu card placed on top, the candles were lit, and the lights were dimmed.” Now all grown up, and the recipient of multiple industry awards—plus countless accolades from the wedding couples whose spectacular celebrations she has styled—Creech is still setting those tables, placing those menu cards and lighting those candles…only now, on a MUCH grander scale.

Houston Wedding Blog: What was the official start of your journey to becoming a wedding stylist?

Kat Creech: I began the hospitality journey in 1989, at the young age of 16, and climbed the career ladder. In college, I received my first management position as the bar manager of a fine-dining establishment. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College in 1999, I entered the catering and events industry full time, moving from an operations manager role to a special events role in 2005, and there was no looking back.

I found my place, and I have loved it ever since. I have never lost my thirst for this industry! I have a passion to do great things, to think differently, to execute events differently, leave a legacy, and ensure that lasting memories are made.

HWB: What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding stylist?

KC: A wedding stylist and a wedding planner could have similar roles, but there are differences. A wedding stylist handles all the aesthetic items, such as theme, color, story, interests, vision and vibe. A wedding planner is much like a project manager, overseeing the event’s logistics.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Corinthian | Consultant & Planning: Kat Creech Events | Linens & Chairs: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

At Kat Creech Events, we do both. As wedding stylist, we are about about creating a personal brand for your wedding day. Our firm focuses on the design storyboard…and that something special that you can’t quite put your finger on. We obsess about the little details. We look past the daunting checklists, the digital boards, the wedding color, and really get to know our clients—the foundation of what makes them who they are. We ask deeper question and get deeper answers, and then we bring in our creative partners to come play in the wedding playground.

The wedding planner side of the business provides us with a bird’s-eye view of the event as a whole. In the end, it is an intangible journey that results in an epic reality.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Design & Styling: Kat Creech Events | Rentals & Linens: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Dinnerware, Stemware & Stationery: Bering’s | Flowers: Dream Bouquet | Lighting & Special Effects: Bright Star Productions

HWB: What’s your best advice to a couple who may be feeling slightly overwhelmed by all of the advice, inspiration and ideas they are encountering?

KC: 1. Hire a designer and planner. They are your true investment to create a day you will never forget. Many have different packages to fit into your needs, wants and budget. Our firm acts as the general contractor for your event and ensures that the perfect creative partners are brought in to accomplish all the various elements that are so important in your event: design, decor, venue, entertainment, food, lighting. Trust in the professionals to help you execute your vision.

2. Create a hierarchy of the items that are most important to you, and build your budget around those items.

3. Don’t always go for the discount. Be conscious of the investment you are making. I always break down the investment into man-hours and billable rates, to provide a better understanding of how a professional is getting paid to do their job for you. As they say, you get what you pay for.

4. Budget. My very best advice is to break the overall budget into a price per person. A true professional can guide you to determine if your budget is in line with your expectations.

5. Be kind. This is the most important day of your life and probably the biggest party you have ever thrown. Don’t let your stressful emotions get the best of you. There is life after your wedding. Be kind to your family, your wedding party, and your vendors. It costs nothing and it will get you a lot.

Like what you hear? Love what you see? Schedule your consultation with Kat Creech Events, and find out how this exceptional event stylist can bring your event vision to life! And don’t forget to mention that you found her on the Houston Wedding Blog!

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Coordination: Kat Creech Events | Venue: The Astorian | Flowers: Dream Bouquet | Gown: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Lighting: DJU Entertainment

Fall 2016 I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

WOW, what a show! Our Fall I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was one for the record books. We would like to thank our adorable couples and stylish guests for attending Houston’s only luxury wedding event of the season, and we want to thank our incredibly talented vendors for putting on an incredible show!

If you missed the Soiree or just want to relive last week’s extraordinary event, check out these gorgeous images from our official show photographer, D. Jones Photography!

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Photo: D. Jones Photography | Flowers & Decor: Todd Events

From the moment our lovely guests set foot in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, they found themselves surrounded by the event styling of A-list wedding consultants A Day to Remember and Kat Creech Events.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Planners: Kat Creech Events & A Day To Remember

Couples in search of talented wedding photographers found much to love, from D. Jones Photography, Adam Nyholt, Civic Photos, Lindsay Elizabeth Photography, MD Turner Photography and Taylor Golden Photography.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Adam Nyholt Photographer | Top Right: Civic Photos | Bottom Left: MD Turner Photography | Bottom Middle: Taylor Golden Photography | Bottom Right: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

Our brides were oohing-and-aahing over stunning couture gowns from top Houston bridal salons Mia Bridal Couture, Houston Bridal Gallery, Weddings by Debbie, Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal, and chic accessories and custom children’s wedding wear from alterations expert and atelier MW Couture.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Mia Bridal Couture | Bottom Left: Weddings by Debbie | Top Right: MW Couture | Middle Right: Houston Bridal Gallery | Bottom Right: Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal

Couples and their guests alike were mesmerized by stunning tablescapes and floral displays from Todd Events, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design and Plants N’ Petals.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Left: Plants N’ Petals | Right: Todd Events

The fantasyscape didn’t stop there. There were more amazing floral arrangements and wedding reception table designs by Darryl & Co., LBL Event Rentals & Design, Haute Flowers & Events and Balushka Paper Floral Artistry.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Darryl & Co. | Bottom Left: Haute Flowers & Events | Top Right: LBL Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Right: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry

Our couples also had the chance to chat with top Houston wedding videographers Danielson Cinema and MD Turner Photography!

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Danielson Cinema | Right: MD Turner Photography

Invitations? Absolutely. Bella Dia Stationery, Bering’s and Isabella Invitations presented so many magnificent wedding invitation designs, couples had a tough time settling on just one!

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top: Bella Dia Stationery | Bottom Left: Bering’s | Bottom Right: Isabella Invitations

If you had a sweet tooth that evening, your craving was fulfilled by Jackson and Company, Susie’s Cakes & Confections and Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe’s scrumptious cakes and divine desserts.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Jackson and Company | Top Right: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Bottom Right: Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe

For diamond dazzle, guests needed look no further than Zadok Jewelers, Nazar’s Fine Jewelry, Loggins Jewelers, Eklektic Jewelry Studio and Lewis Jewelers.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Zadok Jewelers | Top Middle: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry | Top Right: Lewis Jewelers | Bottom Left: Loggins Jewelers | Bottom Right: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Houston bridal beauty experts Nyoka Gregory Beauty, Marilyn Monroe Spas, Kax Salon and Naturally Glam by Rae Michele treated our lovely guests to luxury beauty treatments and on-the-spot makeovers!

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Nyoka Gregory Beauty | Top Right Photo: Civic Photos, Kax Salon & Kax Tanning Souffle | Bottom Left: Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands | Bottom Right: Naturally Glam by Rae Michele

And, of course, because this was the I Do! Wedding Soiree, gourmet eats were on the menu, courtesy of elite caterers Cafe Natalie Catering and Jackson and Company.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Cafe Natalie Catering | Right: Jackson and Company

Pianist and composer  Scott Graham started the night by serenading us with well-loved melodies, and Lewis Grell of LG Entertainment kept the party going strong with his killer beats and suave MC skills. Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production also showcased their renowned musical offerings…and a super cool display of musical instruments!

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: LG Entertainment | Top Right: Scott Graham Piano | Bottom Right: Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production

We mean it when we say there’s something for everyone at the I Do! Soiree. Couples in search of a beautiful destination wedding and honeymoon locale fell in love with O Weddings by Oasis Hotels & Resorts, and those seeking must-have items to add to their registry were wowed by Bering’s fabulous collection.

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Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top: O Weddings by Oasis Hotels & Resorts | Bottom: Bering’s

Got a monogram idea that you want to project on your big day? Take a look at how Bright Star Productions showed off our very own logos!

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Photo: D. Jones Photography | Weddings in Houston Logos: Bright Star Productions | Flowers & Decor: Todd Events

We would like to thank The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for hosting the I Do! Wedding Soiree, and for inspiring couples on the hunt for a truly exclusive, and artful, wedding venue! Want to see more pics? Check us out on Facebook and Instagram. And stay tuned for details on our next I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming in early Spring, 2017!

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Photo: D. Jones Photography | Venue: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston