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Charming Gallery Wedding by Kelly Hornberger Photography

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.

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Photos: Kelly Hornberger Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture ~ DJ: JPL Entertainment ~ Flowers: Olive Tree Florist ~ Venue: The Gallery

Bridal 2012 Preview: Winnie Couture

Bridal 2012 Preview: Winnie Couture
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!
Bridal 2012 Preview: Winnie Couture

Photos: Winnie Couture

Happy Anniversary, Winnie Couture!

Winnie Couture 2011 Collection

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!

Winnie Couture 2011 Collection