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A Memorable Event Opens Its Doors to Brides This Thursday!

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Photos: Michael Carr (top); Civic Photos (bottom)

Your wedding may be the biggest celebration of your life, but it’s something more than that–it’s an expression of love that is as personal as it is profound. The Woodlands’ A Memorable Event understands the unique importance of weddings, and creates customized celebratory experiences that are not just memorable–they are utterly unforgettable. If you are one of the lucky (and savvy) brides who had the opportunity to attend the Feb. 12 I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian, you had the chance to see A Memorable Event’s artistry on display. The full-service wedding design and planning firm’s lavishly bedecked royal table (pictured here, bottom), had brides and their entourages swooning with delight. If a table ever captured the essence of elegance and romance that a wedding reception embodies, it was this spectacular table. For a better look at A Memorable Event’s design expertise and huge inventory of wedding linens, tabletop items, decor and more, drop in on their beautiful new Woodlands warehouse and showroom this Thursday, Feb. 26, any time between 11:30 am and 8 pm. This full-day open house will showcase A Memorable Event’s new spring collection, featuring thousands of items you can choose from to create the wedding of your dreams. Light bites, fine wine and consultations with the incredibly talented and super-friendly A Memorable Event staff, too!

Cocktails, Nibbles and Wedding WOW at Darryl & Co. Next Week!

Cocktails, Nibbles and Wedding WOW at Darryl & Co. Next Week!

Photo: Morgan Lynn Photography

If you’ve ever laid eyes on a Darryl & Co.-designed wedding, chances are your heart went from a pitter-pat to a thump, thump, THUMP. Design guru Darryl Murchison just has a way with flowers and finery that makes a bride go all swoony inside. And next Thursday, Aug. 22, he and his expert design team will be unveiling what kind of magic they’ve got in store for winter 2013 and spring 2014 weddings at their Holiday Showcase & Wedding Inspiration open house. Join them, and us—you think we’d miss this scorching hot event??—for cocktails, hors d’oeuvre and delicious tabletop, reception decor and ceremony-design displays, plus tons of tips, ideas and opps to chat one-on-one with Darryl and his crew. It’s free, but you must RSVP. See you there!

This Week: Houston Bridal Open Houses Galore

If ever there was a week to clear your calendar for some serious venue visitin’…this is it! The open houses start today, with waterfront eatery and event space Brady’s Landing, which welcomes brides from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for tours, tastings and more.

Then, on Sunday, it’s a bridal-open-house quadruple-header: From 1 to 4 p.m. The Wynden serves light hors d’oeuvre and cocktails courtesy Masraffs, while treating brides to a showcase of fine vendors including Elegant Custom Invitations, Edible Designs by Jessie and Plants ’n Petals. Also from 1 to 4, Pine Forest Country Club shows off its elegant event space and verdant grounds, while tempting guests’ taste buds with light bites and bubbly.

In the early evening hours, it’s Chateau Cocomar’s turn: Turn up at Houston’s fairytale French venue between 4 and 7 p.m. for the chateau’s annual bridal open house, featuring tours, tastes and much winsome wedding fantasizing…

RSVPs are requested for all open houses; make yours, and find out about all the coming weeks’ wedding events and bridal trunk shows, here.

The Wynden

Photo: The Wynden, MD Turner Photography

Chateau Cocomar

Photo: Chateau Cocomar

2013 Inaugural Ball Wrap with Darryl & Co…Plus Open House TOMORROW!

“The pinnacle of my career” is how Darryl Murchison describes his recent work as designer of the Texas State Society’s “Black Tie & Boots” bash at the 2013 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. And when you’re talking about a 24-year career that’s included some of the most prestigious corporate, fundraising, high society and private events in Houston (and other cities—our Mr. Murchison’s crazy-amazing talents are in demand from coast to coast, natch), including too many breathtaking weddings to count—well, that’s quite a pinnacle, indeed.

The Pitch

As founder and creative director of legendary Houston event-design firm Darryl & Co., Murchison was the top pick of Ward & Ames Special Events, the official producer of the 2013 Black Tie & Boots event. “They brought this to me and said, ‘We need you, your vision, your creativity. Would you be a partner with us on the event?’”—one of several inaugural celebrations, and, though technically an “unofficial” ball, the hottest ticket in D.C. that weekend. “I presented to them and to Texas State Society, and from there, it was a very quick process. I was in.”

The Party

Held at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort on the Potomac River, the 8,000-attendee event was pure Texas, from the proliferation of yellow roses, to the Kilgore Rangerettes, to the Texas A&M Aggies, to a performance by country legend Charley Pride. It was also pure patriotism—but not the plain ol’ stars-and-stripes kind.

The client said, ‘We don’t want to see overload of red, white and blue bunting,” which was perfectly fine with out-of-the-box designer Darryl M. Instead, the client said, “‘Imagine the Driskill Hotel bar in Austin,’” (one of our faves, btw—we love how the amber lighting illuminates our Manhattan), which Murchison did, and delivered a party palette of “burgundy, deep blue, tea-stained colors,” which went right along with the party’s “vintage, nostalgic, back-to-Texas-roots” theme.

Feb. 7 Darryl & Co. Open House!

Meet the man behind the 2013 Black Tie & Boots inaugural ball, and check out Darryl & Co.’s hottest new wedding colors, patterns, tablescapes and design concepts at tomorrow night’s Spring Bridal Showcase & Open House. And while you’re there, make sure to enjoy bites, bubbly and fine wine, courtesy Jackson and Company—another Houston party-making legend. RSVP now!

 

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Photos: Darryl & Co.

Win A Sugar Creek Country Club Wedding. Yours. Really.

Wedding Giveaway Bridal Open House Win Your Wedding

Yes, this is bridal open house season. And yes, lots of the season’s bridal open houses offer goodies aplenty–free food and drinks, door prizes, raffles, complimentary valet parking, the list goes on and on. But it stops at Sugar Creek Country Club. Because at its bridal open house this weekend, this lovely, intimate, gracious, gloriously green-lawned Sugar Land club is giving away AN ENTIRE WEDDING. That’s right, one lucky bride in attendance at this Sunday’s event will win a ceremony and reception package for up to 100 guests. And we’re not talking streamers and soda pop either. We’re talking stunning outdoor I Do’s, Champagne, butler-passed hors d’oeuvre, hosted bar, plated dinner, centerpieces, DJ, cake–the works.

For your chance to win your Sugar Creek Country Club wedding, attend this Sunday’s open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (which you were going to do anyway, right?), enjoy beverages, nibbles, chit-chat with the club’s very experienced event staff, follow their giveaway entry instructions…then just wait. Winner will be announced at the event, and must be present to win. For more info call 281.494.9131 or click here. And bring your lucky rabbit’s foot.