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Don’t Buy That Engagement Ring Until You Read This

Your engagement ring is unlike any other piece of jewelry you’ll ever wear—part treasured adornment, part profound promise, part enduring symbol of love. Which can make buying your engagement ring a pretty daunting prospect. Before you buy, get answers to your hard rock questions here!

Rahaminov Diamond & Rose Gold engagement ring
Photo: Diamond Cellar


First, decide how you’ll decide on your ring. The element of surprise is part of most proposal fantasies. But so is the element of loving your ring. Before you set out on the path to engagement, talk with your future spouse about how involved you want to be in the engagement-ring-selection process. It’s perfectly acceptable, and, in fact, advisable, to participate in choosing the ring you’ll wear forever as a symbol of your enduring commitment. If choosing the exact ring you want is important to you, go with your partner to the jeweler, look at diamonds together, and Click here to read the rest of this post »

11 Items Every Dapper Groom Needs

There’s no doubt that a black tux is a dapper look, but for the modern groom, we love the idea of a twist on the classics. When it comes to your wedding-day menswear, up your #ootd game with a crisp white suit jacket paired with a black bowtie for an ultra-sleek look. Don’t forget to accessorize with a pair of swank groom’s cufflinks, and treat yoself to a fine Scotch, along with a Cuban-seed hand-rolled cigar from Lucho Cigars. Trust us, your spouse-to-be will be proud once they see what you’ve pulled together all by yourself—with our help, natch ;). Check out the full groomswear look below, along with some extra items you’re gonna need to get through your wedding day. Cheers, and happy shopping!

Groom-Wedding-Style 1.  Suit Supply White Dinner Jacket: Suit Supply 2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum: Mr. Porter 3. Flight 001 Mini Bar Kit: Flight 001 4. Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic: Herbivore Botanicals 5. The Tie Bar Refinado Dots Bow Tie: The Tie Bar 6. Jason Markk Stain Repellent: Jason Markk 7. Victor Velyan Cufflinks: Lewis Jewelers 8. Cuban Seed Hand-Rolled Cigars: Lucho Cigars 9. Christofle Jardin D’Eden Crystal Old Fashioned Glass: Christofle 10. Snake Bite Co. Natural Leather Wax: Snake Bite Co. 11. Suit Supply Black Tuxedo Shoes: Suit Supply

11 Unique Engagement Rings That’ll Make You Say, “I do!”

It is the symbol of your promise, and is meant to be a source of joy, every day of your marriage…so better make sure it’s exactly what you want! Check out the 11 unique engagement ring and wedding band styles below, and see which one speaks to your style. Better yet—go try them on with your boo at local Houston jewelers! Happy shopping, xo!

Engagement-Rings 1. Rahaminov Diamond & Rose Gold Engagement Ring: Diamond Cellar 2. Antoinette Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn 3. Pink Gold & Diamond Engagement Ring: Loggins Jewelers 4. Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring: Lewis Jewelers 5. Nazarelle Diamond Engagement Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelery 6. Cliff Engagement Ring: Eklektic Jewelry Studio 7. Simon G. Diamond Band: Zadok Jewelers 8. Rina Limor Diamond Engagement Ring: Loggins Jewelers 9. Christopher Designs L’Amour Diamond Engagement Ring: Diamond Cellar 10. Lewis Luxe Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Lewis Jewelers 11. Tacori Rose Gold & Oval Diamond Engagement Ring: Zadok Jewelers

7 Adorable Houston Proposals That Will Give You The Feels

Grab those tissues, y’all. You’ve been warned about these real proposal stories, real engagement ring selections and the real Houston couples behind them.

Jessica & Grant

Jeweler: Zadok Jewelers

Proposal Photo: Meghan Rolfe Photography

Jessica’s Story: In November of 2016, Grant and I planned a trip to visit some of my best friends at their home in beautiful Winston-Salem, N.C., to see the fall foliage. The last day of our trip, we made the drive up to The Biltmore in Asheville. It was breathtaking, and looked like a picture-perfect painting of fall, which happens to be my favorite season. When we arrived, Grant took me to a spot that has the best view of the estate. Soon, he was down on one knee. He popped the question, and I said, “Yes!” We spent the rest of our stay exploring The Biltmore, tasting wine and horseback riding through the beautiful property. It was perfect! We will be married at Saint Anne Catholic Church on Sept. 23, 2017, with a reception to follow at Hotel ZaZa.

Allison & Henry

Jeweler: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Allison-and-Henry-Proposal Photo: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Henry’s Story: I proposed on our one-year anniversary at Eklektic Jewelry Studio, where the founders Marco Sr. and Marco Jr. had helped me design and create an amazing engagement ring from a sketch on a piece of paper. I spent about 30 hours working on the ring with them and they called me the minute the ring was ready. I then called my soon-to-be fiancée, Allison, and asked her to meet me at Eklektic ASAP!  She drove in the pouring rain and arrived at Eklektic about an hour later. Marco Sr. and Marco Jr. had set the most amazing stage for my proposal with flowers and bubbly. The ring, which has a cushion-cut center diamond with an alternating variation of diamonds in the halo, was gift-wrapped in a beautiful box. As Allison started to open the box, I got down on one knee and asked her (the most amazing person I have ever met) to spend the rest of her life with me. And she said, “Yes!”

Maggie & John

Jeweler: Lewis Jewelers

Maggie-and-John-Proposal Photo: Kasey Lynn Photography

Maggie’s Story: We both love going to the beach. For my birthday, John rented a beach house in Bolivar, where his family used to own a house that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. On Saturday morning, we woke up, had some Champagne and went down to the beach to look for shells. He drove us to the beachfront where his family’s house once stood. The shells on the beach were all brown and broken, but then I saw one that was bright yellow, huge and perfectly intact. I exclaimed for John to come look, and when I picked it up, I noticed there was a little jewelry bag inside. I opened it, and John got down on one knee and proposed. It is a moment that still gives me such joy.

We’re thrilled to share engagement stories from not one, but two, of the family jewelers from Nazar’s Fine Jewelry. Brothers Nareg and Alec Kalajian both proposed to their fiancées with rings they made themselves, and both brothers are having 2017 weddings at Hotel ZaZa.

Alec & Seelva (no pic yet for these two cuties…but we’ll be sure to share images from their wedding later this year!)

Alec’s Story: Seelva and I met at a Halloween karaoke night at our church, but we didn’t date until April of the next year. We weren’t dating for very long before I decided to propose to her that August. I asked her to come to the store for a little bit, and I left to go get some flowers. But getting the flowers ended up taking forever! I rushed home and I put a bunch of flowers in the apartment and put vases with one rose in each to make a path to a table in our apartment. After I had made her wait at the store for probably too long, I told her to meet me at the apartment, where she found me on one knee with a three-stone-cushion-cut-diamond-and-twisted-yellow-gold engagement ring. Afterwards, we went back to the store to celebrate with everyone, and then went to dinner with my parents and brother Nareg. Nareg’s proposal story is probably a little better than mine…

Nareg & Darlene

Nareg-and-Darlene-Proposal Photo: Courtesy of Nazar’s Fine Jewelry

Nareg’s Story: Darlene and I had plans to take a trip to Seattle. I just finished making her ring at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and we had a flight at 6:30 p.m. that day. We were the last ones on the plane and the airline was going to make me check my bag, but that was where I had kept the ring!  So, I sneakily put the ring in my jacket pocket, but the box was kind of thick and I was worried that Darlene could see it. We ended up sitting across from each other on opposite sides of the aisle. At one point, she asked me if she could borrow my jacket because she was cold, but I had to say…“No!”

We originally met at a Starbucks in Houston, so when we got to Seattle, I wanted to propose at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market. When we got there, the place was really crowded. I thought, “I can’t do it here,” so we went to a giant Ferris wheel nearby. The Ferris wheel started moving and when we were up in the air, I proposed. I was still able to get down on one knee!

Amanda & Matthew

Jeweler: Loggins Jewelers

Amanda-Matthew-Engagement_Photographer_Maria_Cordoba_v1-17x11-HI-RES Photo: Maria Cordoba

Matthew’s Story: I’ve wanted to marry Amanda since our first date. After being at her place of employment for 10 years, Amanda was rewarded with a vacation. I was blessed to be invited to accompany Amanda to Thailand! I thought this would be a great place to purchase a unique engagement ring, a ring as unique as our love. While on our vacation, I stumbled upon a gem shop that was going out of business, and I jumped on the chance at buying an engagement ring. I found a blue sapphire that I thought perfectly reflected our relationship.

When I got back to America I went to Loggins Jewelers to ask if they could help me upgrade the engagement ring I bought in Phuket. Jennifer Pappas at Loggins Jewelers was heartbroken when she had to break the news to me my sapphire was in fact blue glass. To say that I was devastated was an understatement, but Jennifer was a godsend. Not only did she make sure I didn’t feel like the worst boyfriend in the history of the world, she gave me hope. Jennifer let me know she was going to handpick some options for me to come take a look at. Feeling lost and overwhelmed at the idea of a new search, this was exactly what I needed to hear. When I met up with Jennifer again, I was taken aback by the difficult selection before me. Jennifer and her sister had picked out four amazingly beautiful rings. After some consideration, I settled on a smoky topaz set in a halo of diamonds.

With the ring in hand, I was ready to propose. I decided I’d propose the same way we met: walking our dogs. I asked if I could spend the rest of my life with Amanda, and she blessed me with her, “Yes!”

Kaylin & Michael

Jeweler: Diamond Cellar – Donoho’s Jewellers

Kalyin-and-Michael-Engagement Photo: Dave DiLauro Photography

Kaylin’s Story: We began dating on Dec. 20, 2006, when Michael took me to an ice rink in The Woodlands and asked me to be his girlfriend. Almost seven years later, on Nov. 23, 2013, he took me to dinner at Brio on The Woodlands Waterway for The Lighting of The Doves [the area’s annual Christmas-display lighting ceremony]. We walked the waterway and when we were under the doves, Michael got down on one knee and ask me to marry him.

We are super grateful to our wonderful couples for sharing their deeply personal proposal stories with us…and with you! And we wish them all a lifetime of love and happiness. Congratulations!!

Romantic Blush & Ivory Wedding at Heather’s Glen

Maggie and John love going to the beach, so for her birthday John thought it would be the perfect idea to rent a beach house in Bolivar…and pop the question! Check out their AWESOME “hide-and-seek” proposal story in the upcoming issue of Weddings in Houston Magazine, on newsstands on July 1, 2017. In the meantime, we’ll let you fall in love with pics from their garden-inspired wedding at Heather’s Glen below.

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Maggie wore a feminine cap-sleeve Watters gown, while her gal pals wore bridesmaid dresses in different shades of blush.

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The lovebirds tied the knot in the venue’s charming garden room. “The room has a beautiful fountain in the center that makes you feel like you’re outside,” says Maggie.

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Maggie and John danced the night away with all of their guests, and ended the night with one last kiss underneath sparklers held by their nearest and dearest. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

Bride-and-Groom-Exiting-Reception Photos: Kasey Lynn Photography | Venue: Heather’s Glen | Rings: Lewis Jewelers

Top Houston Jewelers at the Feb. 28 I Do! Wedding Soiree

Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, heirloom-quality wedding bands, beautiful bridal chandelier earrings or a dazzling diamond bracelet you are searching for, our I Do! Wedding Soiree jewelers have the perfect pieces to complete your wedding day look. Four of Houston’s leading jewelers — Donoho’s Jewellers, Nazar’s Fine Jewelry,  Eklektic Studio and Lewis Jewelers  — will be showing an array of stunning wedding jewelry for brides and grooms, and for every taste and style, including platinum, 18K and 14K gold engagement rings, custom handcrafted items and bridal accessory jewelry. Scroll down for a sneak peek at our I Do! wedding jewelry exhibitors’ fine wares, and purchase your advance-sale tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event, coming to The Corinthian on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets will sell out, they always do! Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 17, and you could WIN a $700 engagement shoot from Adam Nyholt Photography!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Wouldn’t it be lovely if it were…YOU?

Top Houston Jewelry-I Do

1. Photo: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 2. Photo: Diamond Cellar – Donoho’s Jewellers  3. Photo: Eklektic Jewelry Studio 4. Photo: Lewis Jewelers




13 Style Essentials For Every Dapper Groom

Beyond the tux, these practical and stylish grooms’ accessories and grooming products will have you looking sleek and polished on your wedding day…and every day. Details and links below. Use ’em, honey.



1. Texas Bifold Wallet: Paris Texas Apparel Co. 2. Bonobos Navy & Burgundy Floral Silk Necktie: Bonobos 3. Suit Supply Navy Three-Piece Tuxedo: Suit Supply 4. Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette: Burberry 5. Suit Supply Navy Pocket Square: Suit Supply 6. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch: Lewis Jewelers 7. Jason Markk Stain Repellent: Jason Markk 8. Barneys New York Sterling Silver Intertwined Circles Cufflinks: Barneys 9. Cuban Seed Hand-Rolled Cigars: Lucho Houston 10. Texas States Bow Tie: Paris Texas Apparel Co. 11. Texas Barware Set Rocks Glasses: Paris Texas Apparel Co. 12. Clinique for Men Post-Shave Soother: Clinique 13. Suit Supply Black Derby Shoes: Suit Supply

Must-Have Items for Every Engaged Couple!

We’re still reliving last week’s I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. We couldn’t be more thankful to the lovely wedding couples, guests and vendors who attended THE wedding event of the season! And we couldn’t be more thankful to the wonderful luxury brands and artisans who contributed their goods…and goodies!… to our coveted I Do! Wedding Soiree Swag Bags! Each couple went home from our show with a gift bag FULL of hand-selected beauty items, adorable favors, skincare products, and accessories for self and home! Check out our swag sponsors below, and click on the links to find out more about their fabulous products, and pick up a little something for your bestie, your mom, your boo…or YOU!


Happy shopping, xo!


Fall 2016 I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

WOW, what a show! Our Fall I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was one for the record books. We would like to thank our adorable couples and stylish guests for attending Houston’s only luxury wedding event of the season, and we want to thank our incredibly talented vendors for putting on an incredible show!

If you missed the Soiree or just want to relive last week’s extraordinary event, check out these gorgeous images from our official show photographer, D. Jones Photography!


Photo: D. Jones Photography | Flowers & Decor: Todd Events

From the moment our lovely guests set foot in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, they found themselves surrounded by the event styling of A-list wedding consultants A Day to Remember and Kat Creech Events.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Planners: Kat Creech Events & A Day To Remember

Couples in search of talented wedding photographers found much to love, from D. Jones Photography, Adam Nyholt, Civic Photos, Lindsay Elizabeth Photography, MD Turner Photography and Taylor Golden Photography.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Adam Nyholt Photographer | Top Right: Civic Photos | Bottom Left: MD Turner Photography | Bottom Middle: Taylor Golden Photography | Bottom Right: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

Our brides were oohing-and-aahing over stunning couture gowns from top Houston bridal salons Mia Bridal Couture, Houston Bridal Gallery, Weddings by Debbie, Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal, and chic accessories and custom children’s wedding wear from alterations expert and atelier MW Couture.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Mia Bridal Couture | Bottom Left: Weddings by Debbie | Top Right: MW Couture | Middle Right: Houston Bridal Gallery | Bottom Right: Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal

Couples and their guests alike were mesmerized by stunning tablescapes and floral displays from Todd Events, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design and Plants N’ Petals.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Left: Plants N’ Petals | Right: Todd Events

The fantasyscape didn’t stop there. There were more amazing floral arrangements and wedding reception table designs by Darryl & Co., LBL Event Rentals & Design, Haute Flowers & Events and Balushka Paper Floral Artistry.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Darryl & Co. | Bottom Left: Haute Flowers & Events | Top Right: LBL Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Right: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry

Our couples also had the chance to chat with top Houston wedding videographers Danielson Cinema and MD Turner Photography!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Danielson Cinema | Right: MD Turner Photography

Invitations? Absolutely. Bella Dia Stationery, Bering’s and Isabella Invitations presented so many magnificent wedding invitation designs, couples had a tough time settling on just one!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top: Bella Dia Stationery | Bottom Left: Bering’s | Bottom Right: Isabella Invitations

If you had a sweet tooth that evening, your craving was fulfilled by Jackson and Company, Susie’s Cakes & Confections and Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe’s scrumptious cakes and divine desserts.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Jackson and Company | Top Right: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Bottom Right: Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe

For diamond dazzle, guests needed look no further than Zadok Jewelers, Nazar’s Fine Jewelry, Loggins Jewelers, Eklektic Jewelry Studio and Lewis Jewelers.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Zadok Jewelers | Top Middle: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry | Top Right: Lewis Jewelers | Bottom Left: Loggins Jewelers | Bottom Right: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Houston bridal beauty experts Nyoka Gregory Beauty, Marilyn Monroe Spas, Kax Salon and Naturally Glam by Rae Michele treated our lovely guests to luxury beauty treatments and on-the-spot makeovers!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Nyoka Gregory Beauty | Top Right Photo: Civic Photos, Kax Salon & Kax Tanning Souffle | Bottom Left: Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands | Bottom Right: Naturally Glam by Rae Michele

And, of course, because this was the I Do! Wedding Soiree, gourmet eats were on the menu, courtesy of elite caterers Cafe Natalie Catering and Jackson and Company.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Cafe Natalie Catering | Right: Jackson and Company

Pianist and composer  Scott Graham started the night by serenading us with well-loved melodies, and Lewis Grell of LG Entertainment kept the party going strong with his killer beats and suave MC skills. Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production also showcased their renowned musical offerings…and a super cool display of musical instruments!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: LG Entertainment | Top Right: Scott Graham Piano | Bottom Right: Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production

We mean it when we say there’s something for everyone at the I Do! Soiree. Couples in search of a beautiful destination wedding and honeymoon locale fell in love with O Weddings by Oasis Hotels & Resorts, and those seeking must-have items to add to their registry were wowed by Bering’s fabulous collection.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top: O Weddings by Oasis Hotels & Resorts | Bottom: Bering’s

Got a monogram idea that you want to project on your big day? Take a look at how Bright Star Productions showed off our very own logos!


Photo: D. Jones Photography | Weddings in Houston Logos: Bright Star Productions | Flowers & Decor: Todd Events

We would like to thank The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for hosting the I Do! Wedding Soiree, and for inspiring couples on the hunt for a truly exclusive, and artful, wedding venue! Want to see more pics? Check us out on Facebook and Instagram. And stay tuned for details on our next I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming in early Spring, 2017!


Photo: D. Jones Photography | Venue: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston