My Life As An Engaged & Confused Bride: Starting The Wedding Planning Journey

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Photo: Libby Neder Photography
My name is Tara and I am the Production Manager here at Weddings in Houston. In October 2019, I got engaged to my best friend after over four years together. I was ecstatic, finally all of my “wedding industry knowledge” could be put to use in planning my own wedding! I quickly found out that being on the bride’s side of things is entirely different from the wedding media and marketing side.

Engaged couples have their own set of challenges—challenges that I, myself, have now been experiencing throughout my own wedding planning journey. In addition, with everything going on in the world, we engaged couples are having to navigate wedding planning in an unprecedented way. We are having to utilize virtual venue tours, video calls with potential vendors, and more to plan our upcoming weddings during a pandemic. – All while trying to remain hopeful that everything will be able to go as “planned”.  I found that getting started was the hardest part of my own wedding planning process.

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Mother’s Day Love: Houston Bride Jansu Shares Her Fave Mom Moment

Jansu-Poi-and-Mom Photo: Elizabeth B. Photography

MOM. She’s there for you every step of the way, whenever you need her—especially during wedding planning! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we want to show all of the mamas out there how much we appreciate them. We asked our lovely Instagram followers what their fave wedding moment with Mom was, and we just had to share what Houston bride Jansu had to say.

“The night before the wedding, my mom and I had a sleepover—just the two of us. We reminisced about my childhood memories, and when I first met my husband in high school. We’d had a physics study party at his house, and when my mom came to pick me up, he was SO formal! He came outside just to shake her hand through the window,” says Jansu.

Jansu-Poi-and-Mom Photo: Elizabeth B. Photography

“We laughed and cried until 2 in the morning. Even though I got little sleep the night before the big day, it was the perfect way to calm my nerves and spend some special time with my mom. She’s my best friend—hands down,” she adds.

Houston-Bride-with-Mother Photo: Elizabeth B. Photography

We loved Jansu’s fave wedding moment with her mom so much, that we gave her a deluxe pedi package for two courtesy of Citris Nail Spa. Congrats on winning this fabulous giveaway! We hope you and your mom enjoy every moment of Mother’s Day. Xo!

A Haute Salon for Style-Minded Brides: Mia Bridal Couture

Houston's Haute-est Salon: Mia Bridal Couture

Photos Courtesy of Mia Bridal Couture

Bridal gown shopping can be overwhelming and exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, we found a sparkling gem of a bridal salon in River Oaks that gives every bride the most relaxing shopping experience ever. Mia Bridal Couture’s team of experienced stylists treat you like royalty from the moment you walk in the door. Within moments of meeting you, your consultant will ask all the right questions, to get you started with a selection of gowns to fit your style and budget. We’re talking plenty of the finest gowns in town, including styles from Alon Livne White, Sareh Nouri, Rivini, Martina Liana, Watters and more! But the service doesn’t stop there. Your Mia consultant will also style you superbly, recommending accessories (they carry oodles of gorgeous ones), footwear, even hairstyles to complement and complete your wedding-day look. Schedule your appointment now for a wedding dress shopping experience you’ll never forget. P.S. You can see the haute-est Fall 2016 Rivini gowns straight off of the runway from New York Bridal Market THIS weekend! Happy shopping, lovelies!

Houston's Haute-est Salon: Mia Bridal Couture

Gowns: Alon Livne, Sareh Nouri, Martina Liana & Watters

Contemporary Engagement Shoot by Civic Photos

“We loved shooting Irvin and Bella’s engagement session because they both have such positive attitudes and it really shows through the photos,” says photographer Saul Munoz of Civic Photos. This adorable couple’s engagement session took place in various iconic Houston destinations, including Cantoni Furniture, the Water Wall and the River Oaks Theatre. Check out their fabulous Civic Photos’ images here. And stay tuned for their equally gorgeous wedding…coming soon to HWB!

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Photos: Civic Photos

Elegant Blush, White and Green Garden Theme Wedding

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Kelli & A.J. ~ May 17, 2014

Having begun their courtship at the University of Georgia, it’s no surprise that Kelli and A.J. wanted their wedding to “feel like an elegant garden party at a Southern home.” As the bride describes, “The ambiance began with a drive up scenic River Oaks Blvd. with Houston’s most beautiful homes,” and continued with a gracious country-club setting, decorated with soft-pink peonies, mercury-glass votives, twinkle-lights and French armchairs. A reception menu filled with Southern favorites—fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, pulled-pork sliders—nourished guests for a night of dancing to live music. As the night progressed, guests enjoyed hand-rolled Cuban cigars on the starlit patio, and late-night chicken-and-waffle bites. Jo Ann Schwartz Woodward (of wedding consulting firm Schwartz & Woodward) was great at listening to our vision and implementing it flawlessly,” Kelli says. “It was truly the wedding of our dreams!”

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Photos: Sarah Austin Photography ~ Proposal: Brennan’s Houston ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Linens: EB Inc ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake! ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Bering’s, Kuhl-Linscomb & Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos