Sometimes, a proposal story just BEGS to be posted in its entirety. Vanessa and Brian’s is one of those: “We were on the Stacey family (Brian’s family) vacation in the Cayman Islands. It was our second day there and I was starving. I had a long day of trying to overcome my fear of large bodies of water and meeting the entire Stacey family. We hadn’t eaten since that morning so I was really excited about going to dinner. When everyone decided it was time to get ready, Cass (Brian’s sister) told me since it was the first night everyone dressed nice. So, I was thinking beach nice. You know, a dress, minimal makeup and windblown hair. I mean we were on a small island—how dressy can it be, right? Anyway, I get ready in the previous fashion and go downstairs to wait for everyone else to be ready. Once there, Brian tells me to go fix my hair and put on makeup. Rude! I was SO mad! I could not understand why he was so worried about my hair and makeup. But I ‘fixed’ my hair and makeup and this is when my pouting began. Everyone was finally ready and we were all piling into the van to go to dinner. I was still mad at Brian so I didn’t sit next to him. Instead I climbed in the back with Brian’s sister Becca. We are on the road almost to the restaurant when Brian’s dad drives right past it. I immediately popped up in my seat asking why we were passing the place we all decided to go to. Brian’s dad then tells me this is the best time to see starfish at Starfish Point so we were going there first. I said, ‘I am so hungry my stomach hurts! Why can’t we go another time??’ Everyone tells me we won’t be long so I sit quietly and pout some more. Next we pull into this sketchy lot and Brian, Michael and their dad go look for starfish (yay…). Becca, Brian’s mom, Cass and I are all waiting and I am complaining the entire time like a little brat. Then Brian’s dad comes back to the van alone. This made me even more of a brat because I knew we wouldn’t be eating anytime soon. Brian’s dad then tells us Brian found a starfish he wants everyone to see so we needed to go there. I look at Becca and she is so excited about seeing this starfish. I was so confused as to why she was jumping out of the van for a starfish and I told them I might just stay there while they went to find this starfish. Becca convinces me to go with them because of the sketchy field we were in. Did I really want to be alone in a passenger van in a sketchy field on a small island? No. So, I embark on this adventure to see a starfish. Not before I continued my pouting by slamming the door shut and slowly walking the quarter mile about 20 feet behind everyone. Once we finally find Brian and Mike, Brian’s dad tells Brian to show me that starfish he found. Brian jumps up out a bush and says, ‘What starfish?? I didn’t find a starfish.’ I got so angry. I said, ‘WHAT?!’ Brian recovers by telling me he found a sand dollar and to come look at it. In my head I’m thinking, ‘This better be a damn good sand dollar.’ So, I make a beeline for the shore to see the sand dollar so we can go eat dinner because I’m still starving. Yes, I know, BRAT! Brian says to me, ‘Hey what did you just walk through?’ I’m thinking, ‘Great, what now?’ Then I look down and see writing in the sand but because I walked through it I can’t make out some words. Brian then gets down on one knee and I am so confused for a second. He pulls out a ring box and says, ‘Will you marry me, baby?’ I started crying and hugged him and he was saying sweet things that I can’t remember now because I was in shock. Finally, everyone asks if I said, ‘Yes,’ and I say, ‘Yes.’ I told Brian I wanted two things for a proposal, to be surprised and to get pictures. He did a wonderful job because while the entire thing was going on his whole family was taking pictures and I had NO idea he was about to ask. It was perfect. Needless to say, I wasn’t hungry anymore. We went to dinner after to celebrate and I took my whole meal home. The whole time I was thinking about how blessed I am to have such a wonderful man to marry and to be joining such a loving family. The Cayman Islands 2012 is now my favorite vacation of all time because I left with the best souvenirs, Brian as my fiancé and the Staceys as my new in-laws.” As for the wedding itself, held at Amber Springs’ Stonebrook Hall, we’ll let Civic Photos’ fantastic pix tell that story. Congratulations, Vanessa and Brian, wishing you a lifetime of love.
Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture ~ Cake: Supreme Kakes & More ~ Flowers: Pearls & Roses ~ Venue: Amber Springs
Glamour’s Instagram feed of 2013 gowns making their debut at the recent New York Bridal Market garnered lots and lots of attention from couture-obsessed brides-to-be. But no gown got more love in less time than Winnie Couture’s stunning “Esme” mermaid gown, which tallied up a whopping 10,000 ♥’s in just three hours.
Behold that amazing gown, along with a few more of our newly unveiled 2013 favorites from the exceptionally talented Winnie Chlomin, whose internationally beloved-by-brides design house is now based in Beverly Hills—but got its start right here in Houston, with the Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon.
See a Winnie Couture gown that drives you wild with wanting? Hold tight, lovelies. The new dresses will hit Winnie’s Houston salon right around December. We can’t think of a better gift for the holidays!
Photos: Courtesy of Winnie Couture
Dresses (top to bottom, left to right): Esme (front, back)~Kazane (front, back)~Gittel~Jeanette~Pierretta~Danessa~Giulia~Ambrea
Gleaming new flooring, gorgeous new window displays, fabulously flattering new lighting, a prettied-up powder room and the addition of a third fitting room—the Winnie Couture Houston flagship salon has a fresh new look. What hasn’t changed at Winnie Couture is the doting attention brides have come to expect from this haven of heavenly gowns by Hong-Kong-born, Houston-educated and now Beverly-Hills-based designer Winnie Chlomin. Of course, there are the gowns themselves…form-fitting, feminine and lavished with Chlomin’s signature Swarovski sparkle. Now through Saturday, Aug. 12, Winnie Couture is celebrating its makeover with a splendid re-opening sale, complete with a 20% discount on all gowns. Call today for your appointment!
Photos: Winnie Couture
It was supposed to be a beautiful outdoor sunset ceremony. But, like so many other al fresco Houston events before it, Amanda and Celestino’s nuptials fell victim to an onslaught of wet weather. No matter, though. This couple, caught up in the romance of their special day, would not be daunted. They simply made a last-minute decision to move their ceremony indoors, where, the bride says, she ended up having “absolutely the most amazing, gorgeous wedding I could have ever hoped for—every quirk and mishap that happened that day just made it even more special.” Now we ask you, Houston brides, is that a perfect wedding day outlook, or what? There’s so much we love about this charming wedding, with its DIY touches, its sweet, simple florals and hints of vibrant pink, its string lights and sparklers and sunny joy, no matter what the clouds outside had to say. Cheers to Kelly Hornberger Photography for the pitch-perfect pix, and our warmest wishes to Amanda and Celestino.
Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture ~ DJ: JPL Entertainment ~ Flowers: Olive Tree Florist ~ Venue: The Gallery
With roots in Houston—she attended university and opened her first flagship bridal salon here—Winnie Chlomin is without question a local star. But the design director behind Winnie Couture is fast becoming a major media magnet, and her gowns, with their fine fabrics, signature embellishments and oh-so-glamorous silhouettes, are winning the hearts of exceptionally stylish brides across the country.
Now based in Beverly Hills, and exhibiting a deeply luxurious aesthetic inspired by that city’s inimitable sense of style, Winnie Couture is turning out some of our favorite gowns of the coming season. As the designer revealed on the recent New York International Bridal Market runway, the Winnie Couture fall/winter 2012 collection is all about romance and femininity. Along with magnificent Swarovski accents on bodices and belts, the new collection features a nod to the inherent beauty of nature, with intricate petals, roses and luscious leaves.
We’re in love with the lacey “Willow” (top right), a stunner with its elegant simplicity and figure-loving silhouette. For serious glamour, we’re dazzled by the beautifully beaded “Cordelia” mermaid gown (top left). Some lovely blush shades and more billowy, ballgown styles, plus drop waists with intricate, full skirts in the new collection, too, so make sure to visit Winnie Couture’s Houston flagship salon to view them all!
Photos: Winnie Couture
She loves outfitting women for the most important milestone celebration of their lives. And now she’s celebrating a milestone of her own. We’re so happy to wish Winnie Chlomin, and her beloved bridal design house Winnie Couture, a very happy 10th anniversary. That’s ten years of stunning gowns, ten years of beautiful brides, ten years of success that all started right here in Houston, with Winnie Couture’s flagship salon.
She may have branched out to Beverly Hills—with, incidentally, one of the loveliest stores around in a town full of high-glam bridal salons and high-profile clients. And, of course, there’s Winnie Couture’s many star turns on wedding TV, including “My Fair Wedding,” “Bridalplasty” and, coming up later this month, the CW’s “Shedding for the Wedding.” But through it all, Winnie has stayed true to her Houston brides, whom she calls “chic, confident and fun,” not to mention fashion savvy and very discerning when it comes to wedding attire (but then, you knew that, didn’t ya?).
What else is new for Winnie Couture in 2011? “This season is all about romantic and whimsical styles,” the designer says. Look for “light, flowing fabrics with layers of ruffles and tulle,” plus “delicate dreamy rosettes with glints of sparkle” that evoke “glamour in a fresh, organic way.”
…and, cue the collective swoon.
Here’s to another 10 years of Winnie Couture. Congratulations, Winnie!