We couldn't wait to share this gorgeous modern wedding with our readers! Ijeoma + Richard were married at the Hilton Houston Westchase off Westheimer and this blue + purple wedding was coordinated by A Conceal Affair and photographed by Still-Life Media.
The reception was perfectly decorated with turquoise and deep purple details and gorgeous tall centerpieces created by Keisha's Kreations.
We were honored to have been a part of the Dream Weddings Bridal Show and enjoyed meeting new brides and vendors alike. What a turnout! We always feel inspired after a big event like yesterday's bridal show and we would like to welcome new fans to Woodlands Bride! Our goal is to inspire you.
Where to start? The bridal show was filled - we mean filled - with every wedding vendor under the sun. There were amazingly talented photographers and fun photo booths, every kind of caterer, venues galore, chic gift shops + event designers and the best cake you've ever tasted!
We were in wedding heaven as we perused all the floral design booths from College Park Flowers to Rainforest Flowers. We had a little floral perfection in our own booth: Carter's Florist graciously designed a centerpiece for us which brides simply adored. Thanks, Jessica!
We grabbed a meatball (ok, 2 or 3!) from the Buca di Beppo booth perfectly decorated in Italian vintage. Rico's Grill, our favorite Mexican restaurant, was serving up some samples of their catering for brides. We also chatted it up with SpringHill Suites and learned a fun fact: Did you know the hotel chain in The Woodlands is their number one location for the U.S.? We love this hotel and its modern decor!
Cake. Always a hit. Edit of Dream Cakes spoiled us with some yummy samples! They are in our Vendor Guide and on our speed dial. Brides enjoyed sweet samples from Bavarian Cakery, Huddell and Hudson, and Kiss the Cook Cakes. Guests also sampled cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes (you couldn't miss their awesome hot pink van!)
Signature EvenTx production gave brides and guests a chance to let loose and enjoy themselves. These guys are totally entertaining and there's no doubt the receptions they host are a ton of fun!
ShutterBooth and The Traveling Photo Booth, among many other photo booths, gave brides a chance to act silly with poses and props. We indulged in the fun, too... We couldn't resist!
The selection of venues at the show is exactly why we love promoting this area. Brides could choose from the beautiful oak tree at Oak Tree Manor in Spring, the country-style venue of Amber Springs in Montgomery, resort-style venues like The Woodlands Resort, one of our featured vendors, as well as venues on the water like Bentwater on Lake Conroe and Waterpoint - a venue brides will be able to tour at our very first Venue Toast and Tour on March 28.
We were so inspired by the event design talent of the ladies at A Memorable Event. This vendor had a few tables set up with different styles for different brides.
We are also inspired by vendors that do it all like A Posh Affair - your one-stop shop for wedding planning! Specialty shops like Zulee's gift shop + invitation design and Sugar Bunch Creations - a candy buffet and fun food catering company - were unique finds at the bridal show.
At last, the photographers. There are so many talented ones in this area, it is hard to choose just one. We could not stop looking at the beautiful work of Maryanne from Memories by Maryanne, one of the vendors in our Vendor Guide. We fell in love with the work of Civic Photos and Fleurish Imagery, and we adored the look of the Singing Hearts Photography booth.
We had some beautiful art in our own booth that totally stole the show. Compliments to Joshua Tyi Photography and Kasey Lynn Photography for the portraits!
Then came the bridal fashion show featuring wedding gowns by David Tutera. Check out the photo gallery below for a preview of the fashion show + booths at the Dream Weddings Bridal Show. Thank you Gail McGroder for letting us be a part of such a successful event!
A special thanks to Nikki Lee and Jessica Coleman for their crafty skills and all the time they put into making sure we had the cutest giveaways at the bridal show!
We are so excited about our new contributor! Haley of En Vogue Events will be sharing all of her amazing insight about wedding planning on the blog! Do you have a question for Haley? Email us you question and Haley can answer it right here on the blog.
Are you wondering if hiring a wedding planner is right for you? Read on...
WB: What are the main benefits for hiring a wedding planner?
Haley: Keeping your sanity! Wedding Planners tend to get better pricing from vendors, and we know which vendors are the best for our clients budgets and taste. So instead of the bride having to interview 12 photographers and not really knowing the
types of questions they should be asking – we already have all that information.
WB: What are the questions a bride should ask a wedding planner before hiring them?
Haley: How do you select your vendors?
How many weddings do you do per weekend?
Are you certified?
Haley originally hails from Bryan, Texas. When she isn't working, she is spending time with her pride and joy, Frankie, her adorable dog and Drew Connor – one of the most wonderful men she says she has ever met!
Check out her website or connect with her on
Haley Hughes of En Vogue Events took a break from planning fabulous upcoming weddings and events to share with us a little about her business, and some of the wedding trends we can expect to see this year.
WB: Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
Haley: En Vogue Events is going into our eighth year of business, which is
very exciting. We have had some great clients and then we have some
stories as well.
I have been very fortunate to have my team, everyone
brings their own qualities to our company and that is the secret to our
growth. We have been honored with several awards – the inaugural Best of
Weddings award from the Knot as well as 2011 and 2012, Brides.com Best of, Talk
of the town for best customer service, Texas Star Award are some of them.
WB: How did you get started planning weddings?
Haley: My college major was Public Relations which led me into event planning. I
started with an internship for Austin Parks and Recreation in their events
department and never looked back. I went into TV sales for ABC in San
Antonio for about six months and found out I am horrible at sales!
Ran right back to event planning. I worked for a national magazine as their
in-house planner, planning events all over the nation. But I was missing the
personal relationships that you can get on local events. Which was what led me
to wedding planning,
WB: What do you love the most about planning weddings?
Haley: I absolutely love seeing the finished product! The moment when I sneak the bride into the ballroom and she says it’s better than she imagined – nothing can give me more fulfillment.
WB: Okay, give us the scoop! What are the trends you predict for 2012 weddings? Haley: European Vintage is going to take off big time! Modern is slowly making its way out, and vintage and eclectic décor are going to take over.
WB: Describe yourself in 3 words.
Haley: Reliable, Ethical, FUN!
WB: Describe your dream wedding.
Haley: This is a little hard – I have two!
I know I just said that European Vintage is in style – but I still love modern even if it’s not the trend. I don’t mean in over kill mode – I love lighting and crisp lines. One of my favorite weddings on TV- Phoebe’s wedding on Friends, or Ross’ wedding in London on Friends. Both were somewhat outdoors, and both went through a ton of changes at
the last minute but ended up even more beautiful!
And two, I have a secret desire to get married in Las Vegas…. I know it’s over done and I would have to plan it, I can’t just jump on a plane and go. But the destination Wedding Gowns are so gorgeous and the casinos actually have some really amazing ballrooms – tall ceilings, huge chandeliers.
Haley originally hails from Bryan Texas. When she isn't working, she is spending time with her pride and joy, Frankie, her adorable dog and Drew Connor – one of the most wonderful men she says she has ever met!
Check out her website or connect with her on Twitter @envogueevents.