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Bridesmaids + Vintage = A Match Made in Heaven!

Got a bit of nostalgia for days gone by? One of the best ways to bring a vintage vibe into your wedding is with your bridesmaids. We’re crazy for e-shops ModCloth, Ruche and Posh Girl Vintage, which have zillions of 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s-inspired frocks. And where would we be without Etsy when we’re shopping for vintage clutches, shoe clips, charm bracelets, fascinators, lockets and boleros for our dear ’maids? For vintage-look footwear, we’re particularly fond of Kate Spade, Seychelles, Miz Mooz and the inimitable Betsey Johnson. Love the idea of a vintage look for your bridesmaids, but don’t know quite where to start? Locally, Bella Bridesmaid’s savvy consultants can suggest all kinds of ways to add vintage verve to your girls’ getups. So get ON that, now, would y’all?

For all of the week’s news, events, featured stories and hot style tips, plus entry details for our awesome 2-night Hotel Galvez midweek summer getaway giveaway, check out today’s Wedding Buzz!

Vintage Bridesmaids Inspiration ~ Houston Wedding Blog
Photos (From Top to Bottom, Left to Right) : BHLDN ~ Leela Purse ~ Endless ~ Twenty Six 7 ~ ModCloth ~ BeSomethingNew ~ Nordstrom ~ linen whites ~ Ruche

 

1930s and ’40s Vintage Wedding by J. Cogliandro Photography

Yes, wedding planners do get married, too! And when they do, you can expect greatness. The November wedding of the lovely and talented Aurora Perez, owner of event planning firm Occasio Productions (a Weddings in Houston vendor partner), is a perfect example. Warm, intimate, and—let’s face it—totally exquisite, Aurora and now-hubby Derek Smith’s nuptials pay homage to the couple’s shared passion for 1930s and 1940s glamour and romance. Following a music-filled hotel pool-deck ceremony, the wedding reception, at the ’30s-era Backstreet Café, featured lace tablecloths, antique candlesticks, crystal chandeliers, lavender cocktails and plenty of peacock and ostrich accents—all enticingly complemented by the patio setting’s curling vines and bubbling fountains. When not dining at tables named for ’30s and ’40s Spanish ballads (which live performers sang tableside to the delight of guests), celebrants luxuriated on lounge furnishings from Darryl & Co., and nibbled slices from an insanely gorgeous “peacock” cake from Edible Designs by Jessie. We invite you enjoy this truly lovely wedding—and to tap into the talents of Occasio Productions for your own wedding celebration! Oh, and here’s a suggestion: Vintage-loving brides who are looking for bouquet inspiration might want to pin a pic of Aurora’s ribbon-wrapped purple-calla-and-feather creation…simply stunning. We’re so thankful to Aurora and Derek for sharing their most joyful occasion with us, and to J. Cogliandro Photography for evocative photos of this vintage-chic wedding. Congratulations, and happiest wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Sue Wong from Saks Fifth Avenue ~ Bride’s Hair: Meghan Lee at Ceron Spa ~ Bride’s Makeup: Amber Livingston ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Invitations, Menu Cards & Favors: Katie & Co. ~ Flowers: Special Arrangements ~ Lace Linens: Custom from Elegant Beginnings ~ Lounge Seating: Darryl & Co. ~ Jewelry: Dickinson by Design ~ Videography: 31Films ~ Ceremony Venue: Hotel Granduca
~ Reception Venue: Backstreet Cafe

Etsy Envy: Spring Fling

Spring is just around the corner, and nobody captures the spirit of the spring wedding season more beautifully than Etsy artisans. In today’s Etsy Envy feature, we’re showing off our favorite spring inspired flower girl looks, bridal accessories, wedding reception tabletop touches and wedding decor accoutrements. Got a favorite? Let us know!
Etsy Envy: Spring Fling ~ Houston Wedding Blog
1. Robyn Love Steele ~ 2. Bambaroos Boutique ~ 3. Flora and Fauna Flowers ~ 4. Olive and Fern ~ 5. Have and Hold ~ 6. Berry a la Mode ~ 7. Ilexia Designs ~ 8. Morgan Hill Designs

Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Adorable. Simply adorable. That’s how we feel about Natalie and Trey, AND their wedding, which included a ceremony officiated by Reverend Lynn Turner of Weddings Performed at the Sycamore Heights Bed & Breakfast followed by a reception at Gallery M Squared at the Heights Theater. From the groom’s natty pinstripes to the bride’s bow-fronted Oleg Cassini dress to the bridesmaids’ black tights and bright bouquets to the heart-topped wedding cake and charming sweets table, there’s nothing about this lovely, low-key Houston wedding we don’t dig. Lots of DIY loveliness here, including some very sweet centerpieces, which Natalie notes “turned out better than I expected, not having all that much faith in my crafty side.” Really? They sure look good to us! And pro photographer Sarah Ainsworth’s pitch-perfect pictures make the whole scene look just that much more beautiful. Happiest wishes to the newlyweds!

Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Hip, Happy, Vintage Inspired Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mod Cloth ~ Flowers: Killion’s Milam Florist ~ Cakes: Gluten Free Houston ~ Officiant: Weddings Performed ~ Ceremony Venue: Sycamore Heights Bed & Breakfast ~ Reception Venue: M Squared Gallery/Heights Theater

We’ve Got Etsy Envy!

You love Etsy. We love Etsy. So what’s not to love about a new HWB Etsy feature? Periodically, we’ll be putting together some of our favorite finds from everyone’s favorite “everything handmade” site. This week, our picks feature vintage-contemporary delights, including jewelry, accessories, perfume…and the sweetest lil’ silver cake forks EVER. Dig in and enjoy! And if you see something you really love, drop a comment—and tell a friend. There’s plenty for everyone.
Our Favorite Finds ~ Houston Wedding Blog
1. Olive Yew Jewels ~ 2. Bag Noir ~ 3. Saras Boutique ~ 4. Trinkets 818
5. The Lonely Heart ~ 6. SIGNS2LOVE ~ 7. Olive Yew Jewels ~ 8. Simple Traditions