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GIVEAWAY: Enter Now to Win the Grill of a Lifetime!

GIVEAWAY: Enter Now to Win the Grill of a Lifetime!

Photo: OptiGrill

We Houstonians love our grilling. Like, we really, really love our grilling—rain or shine, big backyard bash or romantic dinner for two, outdoors or…in? Yes, indeed, darlings: This week’s giveaway will make one lucky bride the owner of a T-fal OptiGrill, the Rolls-Royce of electric grills. Here are just some of the features of this $179 grilling machine:

• Sensor cooking automatically adapts to thickness of food
• Six different cooking programs: burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausage, red meat and fish
• Delivers perfect doneness from rare to well-done
• Manual and defrost settings perfect for vegetables, frozen dishes and personal recipes
• Angled, removable drip tray removes excess grease and fat to create healthier meals

This baby is an ideal addition to your newlywed nest, so if you don’t happen to win, do think about adding the T-fal OptiGrill to your registry. It also makes a great gift for Dad (Father’s Day is June 15!), so, should you win, do feel free to re-gift ; ).

TO ENTER: Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding venue (booked or hoped for), and a line or two about what you’d throw on that killer grill and serve up to your future Mr. BFFs and other summer-party invitees.
DEADLINE: Completed entries MUST be received no later than 9 p.m. this FRIDAY, MAY 23.

Our winner will be notified and announced on Facebook on TUESDAY, MAY 27. Good luck, loves!

Cathy Rascoe Custom Bridal Headpiece Giveaway Ends 9pm Tomorrow!

Cathy Rascoe Custom Bridal Headpiece Giveaway Ends 9pm Friday!

Photo: Cathy Rascoe

We are so excited about our upcoming spring cocktail party and wedding showcase that we’ve teamed up with top Houston milliner Cathy Rascoe for a very exciting giveaway: One lucky bride-to-be who reserves her I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian tickets by 9pm this Friday, April 11, will work directly with Cathy Rascoe to create a custom bridal headpiece worth $500. Wondering about the artist behind this uniquely awesome giveaway? Our exclusive Q&A sesh with the designer herself should shed some light on her lovely work!

Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get your start in millinery?

Cathy Rascoe: I have always had a fascination with ladies’ hats, stretching back to childhood. I started in millinery when I was getting married and I could not find any bridal headpiece that I thought was well made and fit my design aesthetics. I created my own piece for my wedding—which, frankly, I would never even show to anyone today. It was not a great design, but it was what I could do at the time, so it was better than what was available or that I could find, at least.

HWB: What do you love about bridal millinery?

CR: When I’m creating pieces I completely lose myself in my work. I lose track of time, space, and all sense that there is anything else in the world except the piece that I’m composing. It is thrilling to be lost so completely in the design phase. I become so emotionally involved that I often end up in tears when I am finished.

HWB: What’s involved in creating a bridal headpiece or veil?

CR: The most important characteristic, I find, is the beauty. Each piece wants and needs to be beautiful. I don’t strive to create avant-garde or unusual pieces. My pieces are timeless and classic. Each piece requires many hours of design, engineering, sewing, finishing and composition. Each piece has its own soul, in a way that beams out to the world and shouts, “Look at me! I’m gorgeous!” Guests should literally gasp when they see my brides—and it happens a lot with my pieces. It is very gratifying and satisfying to be able to connect with people in such a visceral and emotional manner.

HWB: What does a custom headpiece add to the bride’s ensemble?

CR: To me, a bare head is incomplete. Have you seen pictures of brides with just a veil or a pretty hairstyle and thought, “Meh?” The most iconic brides throughout time have had an unforgettable headpiece. I feel a duty to help women to realize that they can be insanely gorgeous with even just a little something on their head that represents their personality.

Cathy Rascoe Custom Bridal Headpiece Giveaway Ends 9pm Friday!

Photos: Cathy Rascoe

Meet Cathy Rascoe in person at the extraordinary I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, Thursday, April 17, from 6-9 pm. Purchase your all-inclusive $25 presale tickets NOW, before they sell out! We’ll see YOU at I Do!

Reserve I Do Bridal Soiree Tix and You Could Win a $1,000 D. Jones Photography Engagement Shoot!

Reserve I Do Bridal Soiree Tix and You Could Win a $1,000 D. Jones Photography Engagement Shoot!

Photo: D. Jones Photography

D. Jones Photography and the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian—two things that go together like true love and weddings! David Jones, the man behind award-winning Houston photo studio D. Jones Photography, is not just our go-to guy for shooting the GORGEOUS images you’ve seen of our signature I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. He also happens to be one of Houston’s most in-demand wedding photographers. A bit about this fine Houston photographer, in his own words:

I tend to be more of a purist, rather than a trendy photographer. Having a fine art background, and having been taught the classical approach through my work in the profession–these experiences have allowed me to fine-tune the balance between properly lit and posed images, along with fun candids.

After 22 years as a professional photographer, I still love the process and the excitement that revolves around the experience. I have a genuine love of getting to know what makes each couple work and making the process as efficient and comfortable as possible.”

And here’s the coolest part: This week, Jones will become one very lucky bride’s engagement-shoot photographer!

Oh yes, darlings, we’re at it again. As we get ready to unveil the magnificent I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian on Thursday, April 17, we’re in a very…generous mood. So we’ve teamed up with D. Jones Photography to announce an AWESOME giveaway: One bride who purchases her $25 presale tickets by 9 p.m. this Sunday, April 6, will win a $1,000 D. JONES PHOTOGRAPHY ON-LOCATION ENGAGEMENT SHOOT!

Tickets to our exclusive spring cocktail party and bridal fantasyscape are strictly limited and will sell out. Snag yours today, and you may just win our prize! Winner will be announced on Monday, April 7. Good luck, loves!

Reserve I Do Bridal Soiree Tix and You Could Win a $1,000 D. Jones Photography Engagement Shoot!

Photo: D. Jones Photography

Magnolia Hotel Houston Luxury Romance Package GIVEAWAY

No matter what the weather, downtown Houston is HOT right now. And the Magnolia Hotel is one of downtown’s hottest properties. Chic and elegant, but also gracious and full of hip, urban touches, the Magnolia is fast becoming a favorite locale for swank pre-wedding parties and bachelorette weekends. It’s also the ideal spot for visiting wedding guests to stay and play when they roll into town for your wedding revelries.

Located right in the heart of downtown’s lively scene—think top-notch restaurants, swank watering holes, great strolling spots—the Magnolia offers a great jumping-off spot for enjoying Houston, and a perfect place to luxuriate and lounge after a fabulous day of wedding-related fun.

And speaking of fun… This week, one very lucky bride who purchases tickets to the April 17 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian will WIN a Magnolia Hotel luxury weekend-overnight getaway for two, including bar credit and gourmet breakfast in bed. A few words about the I Do! Bridal Soiree: “Breathtaking.” “Gorgeous.” “Amazing.” (That’s coming straight from brides who’ve attended our legendary spring cocktail soiree and wedding showcase at downtown Houston’s iconic Corinthian.)

To enter, simply purchase limited-availability $25 I Do! @ The Corinthian presale tickets by 9 p.m. this Friday, March 21. One bride who snags her super hot I Do! tickets will win. Will it be YOU?

Good luck, lovelies. And we’ll see you at I Do!

Buy I Do Tickets by Thursday and WIN Dinner for 2 at The Grove!


Buy I Do Tickets by Thursday and WIN Dinner for 2 at The Grove!

“Gorgeous.” “Breathtaking.” “So much fun!!” These are just a handful of comments by real, live brides who have attended the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. And this year’s event is going to be our most spectacular ever. Last year, tickets for our one-of-a-kind spring cocktail party and bridal showcase sold out in record time—they’re certain to do the same for our Thursday, April 17 event. Make sure you reserve yours before they’re gone!! If you are planning your Houston wedding, this is the ONE bridal event you do NOT want to miss.

Need a little extra incentive? Purchase your $25 pre-sale I Do! @ The Corinthian tickets by NOON, THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 13, and you will be automatically entered to win a $100 dinner for 2 at The Grove, one of Houston’s hottest eateries (not to mention an absolutely beautiful spot for a chic, intimate, downtown wedding). Baby arugula with winter squash and white truffle vinaigrette? Wood-grilled fillet of salmon with shaved fennel and watercress? Grilled Berkshire pork chop with white-bean-and-tasso cassoulet? Yes, please! Oh—and how about a raspberry margarita, or a luscious glass of 2009 Napa Valley cabernet? All washed down with a stunning view of lovely Discovery Green? That’s The Grove. That’s the giveaway. Get your I Do! tickets by Thursday, and get in on it!

Good luck, brides…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!