White, Red and Black Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON Spring 2015 | Real Wedding Feature

Lisa & Joel ~ September 20, 2014

As Houston Rockets director of broadcasting Joel Blank recounts his initial blind date with KHOU-TV anchor Lisa Hernandez: “We had our first date, and knew we had gone on our last first date.” The couple made it official with a lovely late-summer wedding at the dazzling Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, where guests dug into fajitas, indulged in a decadent “dessert gallery,” and danced the night away. We don’t know who’s luckier—the bride, who, dressed in her stunning Ines Di Santo mermaid gown, tearfully exchanged vows with the man of her dreams, or the groomsmen, who each went home with an NBA game ball signed by Dwight Howard, James Harden, Kevin McHale, Calvin Murphy, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. You be the judge!

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Photos: Morgan Lynn Photography ~ Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc Events ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Videography: 31 Films ~ Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

2015 Wedding Gown Trend: Deep Necklines

Take the plunge in a deep “V” or halter neckline–one of our favorite “red-carpet-to-white-aisle” wedding dress trends for 2015-2016 brides! As for styling, follow the lead of bridal couture experts including Hayley Paige, Reem Acra and Ines Di Santo, and let neckline detail stand out on its own: no necklace needed, love.

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1. Hayley Paige Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ 2. Rivini Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture ~ 3. Winnie Couture Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon ~ 4. Reem Acra Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ 5. Ines Di Santo Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ 6. Vera Wang ~ 7. Lazaro Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie

Baroque + Burlesque + Bohemian Styled Shoot

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | STYLED SHOOT

A forest clearing. A lush baroque-meets-burlesque (but oh so demure) fantasy wedding tablescape. A dreamy, bohemian bride, aglow with sunlight and sparkle. This magnificent shoot, featured in our July 2014 issue, is a true original, and a visual stunner. Meet & converse with contributors Kat Creech Events, Steve Lee Photography, EB Inc. Events and Plants N’ Petals at the upcoming 10/9 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, and find out how they can make YOUR wedding dreams come true. Get your tickets NOW!

Concept & Design: Kat Creech Events ~ Photography: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Location: Private Property ~ Flowers: Dream Bouquet ~ Linens & Dining Chairs: EB Inc. Events ~ Lounge Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ China, Stationery, Props: Blue Leaf Houston ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake! ~ Gown: Turquoise by Ines di Santo from Ivory Bridal Atelier

Ines Di Santo S/S 2015 Couture Bridal Collection: Gardens of Glamour

Gardens of Glamour by Ines Di Santo is a collection of exquisite, whimsical gowns that were inspired by the world’s most breathtaking gardens. The dreamy essence and mystical settings of nature can be felt throughout the spring/summer collection. The crystal-encrusted tulle, lace applique, and feminine pearls have us swooning over every single gown. Obsessed with these gowns? You can find Ines Di Santo’s collection in Houston at Ivory Bridal Atelier. Happy shopping!

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Photos: Ines Di Santo

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Photo: Larry Fagala ~ Gown: Ines Di Santo gown from Belle Mariee Bridal ~ Couture Mask: Cathy Rascoe ~ Earrings: Neiman Marcus ~ Ring: Tootises ~ Bouquet: Arteflora ~ Location: The Corinthian ~ Styling: Summar Salah ~ Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Model: Neal Hamil Agency