Oooo, honey, you KNOW how much we love a good “proposal deception” story…and Ryan popping the question to Melissa is one of the best we’ve heard! “My sister, who is an aspiring actress, will often go on auditions and invite me (the bride) along with her. I always go along for support, so when she invited me to come along to an audition for an independent film, I did not hesitate. The audition was at Hotel Derek, there were signs welcoming those auditioning, sign-up sheets, and she was even assigned a number. I prayed with her in the lobby and all of the staff were rooting for her! She was super nervous so she asked if I could come back and actually watch her audition. When we were given the OK, I entered the room, and saw Ryan standing there all dressed up while I stood there confused. My sister was gone, it was only us and he got on one knee. There were candles and rose petals all around. It was perfect!” Ah, the old sibling’s-fake-film-audition ruse…gets ’em every time. Even cuter? “Our families were in another room watching it all happen on Skype.” Aww. The pair, who met four years ago while both working as nurses on the same Houston Medical Center unit and quickly became inseparable, tied the knot this past spring, with a breathtakingly beautiful 1920s-inspired wedding, decorated in fine vintage fashion by Houston fave Darryl & Co. We’re so grateful to this adorable pair for sharing their love with all of us, and all y’all…congratulations, Melissa and Ryan!
Photos: Agape House Studio ~ Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias ~ Bridal Gown Salon, Alterations & Accessories: Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Invitations: Isabella Invitations ~ Transportation: Hotel ZaZa
Photo: Smith & Wollensky
Picture this: mouthwatering dry-aged steak, prime seafood and award-winning wine. Sounds like a perfect date night, right? This week only we are offering you a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Houston’s premier steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky,when you purchase tickets to Houston’s most exclusive bridal event. We’re talking fine dining at its best, from the moment you are welcomed by your hostess, to that first sip of Napa Valley Cabernet, to the last decadent morsel of chocolate ganache cake.
Here’s what else is superbly decadent: Weddings in Houston’s signature I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to Hotel ZaZa on Sunday, Oct. 6. Not only is I Do! @ ZaZa the most beautiful bridal showcase on Earth, it’s also the best place to plan your perfect Houston wedding, all in one place, in a true luxury setting, with no hustle, no bustle (well, maybe a few bustles), just exceptional wedding expertise and inspiration everywhere you look. Buy your tickets by 9 a.m. this Monday, Sept. 30, and you’ll automatically be entered for your chance to win our Smith & Wollensky giveaway.
Remember, tickets will sell out, THEY ALWAYS DO. Get yours now, and get ready for WOW!
Good luck and see you at I Do!
Photo: Hotel ZaZa
If you only attend one bridal show while planning your perfect wedding, this is the one: The I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa is not just Houston’s only true all-VIP wedding showcase, it’s also a destination, a flight of fantasy…and one heck of a party.
And if you’ve been waiting to buy your very reasonably priced $25 all-inclusive ticket (fine food, cocktails, entertainment, tablescapes, cakes, one-on-one convos with top vendors, door prizes, giveaways and a killer swag bag for each and every bride), now is the time. Not only are tickets destined to run out very soon, but one lucky Houston bride-to-be who purchases her I Do! @ ZaZa tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday will win herself a totally freakin’ fabulous Hotel ZaZa Weekend Romance + Spa + Dining package that includes:
- One weekend night in a legendary Hotel ZaZa “Magnificent Seven” Suite (based on availability)
- Dinner for 2 at Hotel ZaZa’s acclaimed Monarch restaurant
- $300 ZaSpa credit good for use during prize stay
- Breakfast for 2 in bed
Remember, tickets are strictly limited for our most intimate and cutting-edge bridal showcase of the year, and are selling very fast. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. If you’re planning a 2014 or 2015 wedding and could use a little R&R—by which we mean romance and rejuvenation, natch—we strongly suggest you snag your I Do! @ ZaZa tickets NOW.
Winner will be notified on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Good luck…and see you at I Do!