Ashley Turner Stuns in Houston Skyline Bridal Session By Ama By Aisha

Bride, Ashley Turner, stares directly into camera wearing long lashes, pink lip gloss and a bejeweled lace veil which covers the bottom portion of her face.
Photo: Ama by Aisha

Houston boasts a variety of picturesque locations for bridals, engagement and wedding portraits, but our favorite city’s skyline is an undeniably stunning backdrop. Daughter of Houston’s Mayor Turner, influencer and blog writer Ashley Turner, recently said I do, and her bridals are anything but ordinary. A fairytale-inspired wedding gown (complete with a sweeping ruffled train), a long lace veil and a bejeweled bridal headpiece completed Ashley’s glam look while the setting sun cast the dreamiest glow on the tall downtown buildings behind her.

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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