Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Picture Perfect

This was such a cute idea, I just had to share!  What a creative, fun way to capture memories at your wedding. 

Photos taken by Dos Kiwis Studio

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

All About Honeymoons & Destination Weddings: Travel Protection

The wedding is finally over, everything went great, and now you are getting ready for that relaxing honeymoon vacation you have planned with your new hubby. Life is good. What could possibly go wrong, right?

Well, as Monica Velasco from All About Honeymoons & Destination Weddings reveals, life happens. Sometimes no matter how well you plan, unforeseen circumstances can arise, causing even the best-laid plans to go awry.

Read on to find out why Monica says it pays to purchase travel protection when planning for your honeymoon:

Last week was an excellent reminder of how wonderful it is to be protected when travel is involved. Needless to say, when I recommend that you purchase travel protection when booking your dream Honeymoon or romantic getaway, it’s not about ill-wishing your fantastic travel plans, but life happens and you need to be ready!

The first reminder arrived in the form of 2 emails from 2 different clients who needed to cancel their Honeymoons at the very last moment. Both cancelled for different reasons (luckily, no accidents or tragedies), and both ended their emails saying, “Thank you for convincing me to purchase travel protection…I had no idea I would need to cancel and would have lost all my money!”. So again, it’s not about jinxing you and yours, but it’s about feeling at ease and being protected.

And when I say life and the unexpected happen, they really do! I am writing this while heading back home after a week of work in the Riviera Maya (visiting wonderful properties), where feeling protected and looked after by the resort where I stayed made a huge difference. Hurricane Paula threatened to hit the area and put a dent on our week there (not to mention, the structural damage that comes with such weather).

My resort, the fantastic El Dorado Royale, was absolutely professional and handled the matter accordingly. Printouts of the most updated weather map were posted throughout the property and left in the rooms every few hours. The staff worked diligently and calmly in order to put hurricane procedures into place without alerting the guests. Luckily, Paula took a turn to the East and all we had was a little rain….but boy, it was wonderful to feel protected!

So, next time you call me to book that special trip, put your mind at ease and purchase travel protection.  Trust me --- life does happen!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Will You Marry Me?: The Ring

Getting engaged was one of the best memories of my life! Everything was perfect: the man, the moment, and yes, the ring!
I think most of us women would agree that the ring is not the most important part of getting engaged, but it definitely ranks high on the importance scale. I mean, isn't that the question everyone asks after you tell them you are engaged. "Let me see the ring!" That being said, I think it is definitely important that you like your ring and are happy about wearing it everyday for the rest of your life.

Even though it is tradition for a soon-to-be-bride to be surprised with a gorgeous bauble she had no idea about, the trend is leaning toward more and more brides being totally involved in the process of choosing their ring.

While there are many jewelers to choose from, two of San Antonio's finest are Dennis Jewelry Company and Stone Oak Jewelers, where couples can actually create their very own ring.

"When a bride sits down with me and shares her desire for a custom ring, hers will be the only one I create like that," says George F. Dennis Jr. of Dennis Jewelry Company.
Dan Demet of Stone Oak Jewelers also takes pride in the fact that they create custom rings: "We can make you a ring, anyway you want it, usually within a week."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Favorite Photos Friday: Picks of the Week

Here are this week's photos. Notice how outdoor structures provide great opportunites for photo backdrops.

CMI Photography



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Picks of the Week

Here are this weeks picks and I must say, they are GORGEOUS!

Available at Bridal  Connecton


Style: Sottero and Midgley: Gracie
Available at Debi's Bridal
210-979-0948 or 210-923-6288
Style: Jasmine: T438
Available at Julian Gold

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Knights of Columbus Vendor Night

Still looking for a venue? Come out and tour the Knights of Columbus Crown Ridge Hall and meet their vendors tomorrow night from 6:00 -9:00 p.m.  Located off I-10 and Camp Bullis, near Six Flags and across from the Rim shopping center, this banquet hall offers a great location in the beautiful hill country and a spacious reception venue to accommodate your next event.

Knights of Columbus Crown Ridge Vendor Night
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m
6909 Camp Bullis Road
San Antonio, TX 78256

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Favorite Foto Friday: Picks of the Week!

This week's pictures capture wedding couples alone, in the moment of their day all by themselves. And for those us who have already had a wedding, we know those moments on the day-of are very few. Most of the day is spent meeting, greeting, and thaking everyone who attended your wedding. So captured in these photos is the intimate time shared between these couples on their big day. 

Amy DeYoung
Dave Crockett Photography

Be Inspired by Partylite: Centerpieces, Favors, Gifts and More!

Partylite is your one stop shop for weddings and other special occasions, including the upcoming holidays. This creative site has everything from quality candles to light up your table decor to centerpieces cake, toppers, toasting flutes, and even great favor and gift ideas. While you shop the website for your wedding needs, you can also view all the wonderful holiday candles and goodies they have too!  Brides, this is definitely one site you want to check out.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Invitation Chicks New Location

The Invitation Chicks have moved and to celebrate the grand opening of their new location they will be hosting a "Christmas Cocktail Affair" this Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m..

Come out and see their new Bridal Room and enjoy a 20% discount on all Bridal Orders from their albums, which includes Save-the-Dates, Wedding Invitations, Announcements, Programs, Napkins, Thank You's, and favors.

Also take advantage of 20% off all Christmas orders to get an early start on the holidays.

New Location:
3966-4 Old Fredericksburg Rd,
San Antonio, TX 78257

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Picks of the Week

Of all the wedding gown styles to choose from, there is one silhouette that seems to be quite popular right now. It is the gorgeous curve-hugging, trumpet gown that is a feature of many designers this season, seen page after page in all of the bridal magazines. Here is a small preview of the many different designs applied to this style.

Available at Bridal Connection
Style: Mori Lee: 2512
Available at: Debi's Bridal
210-979-0948 or 210-923-6288
Available at: Julian Gold

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Real Estate Advice from an Expert: Mistake #2

After the wedding, many couples embark on the next big step in their relationship: purchasing a new home together.  While it is surely exciting, it is also extremely stressful. To lessen some of the stress, it is helpful to go into the process knowledgeable and prepared.
Gerri Johnson, real estate expert, offers some great advice on how to avoid "10 Deadly Mistakes" when buying a new home.

Mistake #2:
Not having a home inspection: Trying to save money today can end up costing you tomorrow. A qualified home inspector will detect issues that many buyers can overlook.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lighting to Set the Mood

If there is one thing you don't want to overlook at your wedding reception, it is definitely the right lighting to set the mood you are going for. While some brides may not see the necessity in it, you just might think twice after viewing the following pics (which in my opinion) lighting adds the final touch!

Eric Hotlz, of Holtz Entertainment agrees. In addition to DJ services he also provides theatrical lighting services which he says "helps bring the room to life." "Architectural features, such as at the Southwest School of Art and Craft can be highlighted as well as different floral arrangements."

Eric adds, "Lighting allows you to get rid of any space that you don't want to see, and instead highlight everything about your venue that you want your guests attention to be drawn to."

Another lighting expert Edward Alcantar of Allustra Events, who also provides specialty lighting services says, "up lighting, accent lighting, and wall washing-when used properly at any given venue- not only enhances the overall space, but really projects the brides personality and overall vision for her day."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Picks of the Week

Here are this weeks choices. I just love the lace of this first one, and the silk satin on the other two is so sleek and elegant looking.

Jim Hjelm
Style: JH8002

Style: Majesty

Style: 7163

Flipbooks to Go Discount

If you are looking to do something unique at your wedding, you should definitely check out Flipbooks To Go. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, they are cute, creative, and tons of fun to make. Your guests are sure to love these customized wedding favors. Plus, if you book with them by November 15th, you wil get $50.00 off the normal rate.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hilton Hill Country's Bridal Open House a Success

For anyone who attended this past Sunday's Bridal Open House at the Hilton Hill Country Hotel and Spa, I'm sure you would agree when I say that it was exceptional! The ideas for seasonal decor were gorgeous as were the many beautiful gowns showcased in their fashion show.

A number of elite wedding vendors, such as Dos Kiwis Studio and Photo Fino (fine portrait design and video) were on hand to display their phenomenal work.

The fun people from Flipbooks To Go were also there, allowing brides (and interested people like myself) to make flipbook favors to take home with them - and I must say, these little books are so cute and creative.

Any bride looking to book this great space for their upcoming wedding would be pleased to know that Hilton Hill Country will be offering a 10% discount for bookings made by the end of November. Please contact Catering Manager Digna Cohen at 210-767-5309.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bushnell Open House Pics

 Here are some photos from last weeks Bushnell Open House.  It was a beautiful night for seeing the impeccable view from their rooftop terrace. Thank you Richard for hosting a great event.
Lupe Chavez and her fiance Tim Acklen, who just started their wedding planning, checked out the city views off the main ballroom.

Richard Clark, Vice President of The Bushnell, giving an orientation to brides about facility set-ups.

Bride Meredith Meador with her mother, Carrol White, at The Bushnell planning Meredith's upcoming Spring wedding.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hilton Hill Country Hotel and Spa Hosts Bridal Open House

For all brides planning their upcoming 2011 wedding, this is one event you will not want to miss.  The Hilton Hill Country Hotel and Spa is hosting an Open House featuring two fashion shows, catering and wedding cake samples, plus great vendors that will be on hand to share planning information. Plus, see their banquet facility that will be decorated in the four seasons to give you ideas on how to design your wedding theme for the time of year.

Sunday October 3, 2010
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
9800 Westover Hills Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78251

No entrance fee. Complimentary parking.