BOTW: Liezl Querubin

Liezl Querubin

Thousands of pink rose petals, carefully scattered through the hallways of our building, creating a path from the elevator to the front door of our apartment. The classic sounds of Abbey Road emanating from the turntable in the corner of the room. A romantic, home-cooked dinner on the kitchen table, complete with place settings and dinner napkins. A nice bottle of wine, set out to breathe in the decantur, and ready to be enjoyed along side some chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. According to Richie, this was exactly how his proposal plan was supposed to unfold. But several missed connections with the FedEx truck, a last minute trip to Europe, and a few mishaps all conspired together to derail his meticulous plans. The events leading up to our proposal did not follow a page out of the typical “fairy tale” romance playbook. In fact, our story reads more like a modern day screenplay collaboration between the creators of Seinfeld and Peter Sellers’ Pink Panther: a farcical comedy of errors, complete with work deadlines, uncannily bad timing, and the all too familiar headache of shipping delays from ordering online. It was stressful. It was a bit of a mess. It was not at all what he intended it to be. And it was absolutely perfect. Richie’s plans for our proposal couldn’t have veered any further from their intended course. The whole process was delayed several times, and simultaneously, it was put under a severe, last-minute time crunch.  His original plan was to propose to me on my birthday, May 4th. This would have been both meaningful and timely, as it would allow me to show off my engagement ring to my coworkers at my school’s annual end of the year party. [Read more...]


BOTW: Jacquelyn Kellar

Jacquelyn Kellar

My fiancé proposed in the most surprising, perfect way. He had a “surprise” planned for our anniversary and had my parents drive me blindfolded to the beach, which has been my favorite spot since childhood. We arrived and he opened the car door and asked me to take a walk. However, there was some pretty bad weather and it was windy and drizzly, but I didn’t care. We walked down to this driftwood log with bouquets of flowers all over it along with a large wine bottle with a letter in it. He took it out and read it, and it was addressed to him, telling him to ask me to marry him and to never let me go. So he did :) he got on one knee and the image of the waves crashing behind him as he proposed with a ring is burned in my memory forever.

Northcutt Travel Agency Podcast



Overwhelmed by overload?

Does the overload of on-line travel information have you confused?

Shayla Northcutt of Northcutt Travel Agency can help.

“I’m in business because the Internet is so confusing,” she says.

Shayla first discovered her love for travel on her honeymoon. During her two-week romantic break with her new husband, Shayla was able to visit several beautiful locations and enjoy them from a completely new perspective. It’s this “insider view” that she passes on to her clients.


In episode V of the Bridal Extravaganza Podcast

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BOTW: Lindsay Carter

Lindsay Carter

My fiancé and me celebrated our 12th anniversary this April. We met in Junior High School at an annual carnival in our hometown. I would have never thought that 13 years later we would be getting married!

We have gone through many stages of life together; high school, college, and now adulthood. We have both found a passion in fitness, health, and bodybuilding. We have been competing in bodybuilding shows for three years now and placed top 5 last year at the Branch Warren Classic here in Houston, which qualified us for Nationals. [Read more...]

A Mini-moon Escape


You may not want travel on a big trip right after your wedding. Instead have a mini-moon; where you can take a few days to getaway together and save the longer trip for a later time. Maybe you can”t go on a extended trip due to work or other reasons and for those on a tight budget, this is a huge money saver. It also saves you the hassle of travel; airports, jet lag, travel expenses, etc. With just a short plane ride away or within driving distance, you can have an amazing mini-moon. From resort honeymoon packages, mountainside adventures, to vineyards, cruises or even at a Bed & Breakfast, you can make your mini-moon worth it. After all, the whole point of a honeymoon is to get away from the stresses of life and spend quality time with each other, before you start your new life together. So don’t spend to much time planning a honeymoon, your memorable mini-moon awaits!

By: Marian Jacob

Houston Wedding Photography Podcast




When do you quit your “day job” and pursue your dream?

In episode IV of the Bridal Extravaganza Podcast we’re chatting with Chris Wineinger of Chris W Photo. In this interview he candidly describes what it’s like to be a small business owner. Before Chris broke into the photography industry, he worked as a city planner for the city of Sugar Land. During this time he indulged in his passion for photography as a hobby. With a background in modeling, film, and photography it was only a matter of time before this would become a professional pursuit.


His enjoyment of the wedding photography scene began to grow steadily until he realized this would be an ideal job. Chris manned his first booth at the Bridal Extravaganza Show while holding down his full-time city planning job. Now, Chris does about 50 weddings in a year – which means his weekends are almost always fully booked. He has now been in the business for over 10 years, witnessing quite a few technological changes over time. It’s been quite a journey; from a single leap of faith to running a successful photography business.





Listen to Episode IV on Soundcloud now.


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Opening Cocktails

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By Marian Jacob

Why not have your champagne toast or share a cocktail before you say “I Do”? It’s the perfect twist to add to your wedding ceremony. Right after your vows, have a cocktail, champagne, beer or pick something you both like to celebrate this special moment together. It’s not just for the bride and groom, your family and friends can join in and toast a drink as the couple exits down the aisle.

Kick things off the right way!

Feel the Soul—10 Bohemian Wedding Dresses

Loulou de la
By Jasmine Chen

1. Bohemian history in brief.

“A socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts”.

– “Bohemian”in Oxford dictionary.

In English, the word “Bohemian” was used to denote the Czech people well as the Czech language before the word “Czech” became prevalent in the early 20th century. While in fashion zone, Bohemian is never simply in geography. It has existed since Homer, Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes.

The Bohemians, as a counterculture, appeared in France after the French Revolution. The youth who made up the early Bohemians were generally disillusioned young men from the bourgeois in late 18th century. But its inspiration on fashion didn’t start to burst until the first world war.

2. French Bohemian icon

20th Century, at Left Bank of Seine, Loulou de la Falaise was the muse of Yves Saint Laurent.

3. Vintage Boho on Vogue.

10 Bohemian Wedding Dresses:

Guide to Dressing like a Bride for All Your Events

By Lucille Fernandez

The moment you get engaged is the beginning of a season of attention. For the next few months, you should be prepared to have all eyes on you. There’s no shortage of people who want to celebrate your love and they’ll have several occasions to do so. Between the showers, rehearsals and bachelorette, all the way up to your honeymoon, you’re going to need a lot of new outfits. Look the part for each of your many matrimonial celebrations with this short guide to dressing like a bride.

1.     Wear white or light colors

Even if you don’t wear white at your wedding it’s a good idea to work it in during your big events. You can also go with lighter shades of pastel, metallics like rose gold or neutrals like cream and beige. These will help you stand out as the lady of the hour. Most guests know to steer clear of them so as not to steal the limelight.

2.     Know your audience

Partying with your girlfriends is different than partying with your extended family. We wouldn’t want great Aunt Aida giving you the side eye for wearing something too sexy at your bridal brunch. As a rule of thumb, if family and in-laws will be present, be mindful to button up a bit. When it’s just you and the girls, let loose and feel free to sport something that shows off your fiery side.

3.     Consider the venue

There’s a big difference between a backyard bbq and a sit down dinner. The locale and type of event will largely dictate the dress code. Some wedding venues are simply more formal than others so you won’t want to be under (or over!) dressed. Unless your celebration is a surprise, do your research to see if you’ll be celebrating at a fancy full-service event venue or at a more casual setting.

4.     Make sure you’d wear it again

When selecting your threads, be sure and pick something you would want to wear more than once. This way you won’t be so concerned about spending a little more for something you really love. After all, these are arguably some of the most important events in your life so dress accordingly.

5.     Choose something that makes you feel pretty

You can solicit all the advice you want, but ultimately, you need to choose an outfit that makes you feel like the beautiful blushing bride you are. Look for silhouettes that flatter your figure and hide your flaws. Just make sure you’re comfortable, too! If not, your guests will be able to tell. You can also jazz up any look with a few baubles, new lipstick and fabulous pair of kicks.

Special wedding-related events call for special bridal outfits. Follow these tips and you’ll be radiating that special bridal glow for each one.

BOTW: Francesca Balestrine

Francesca Balestrine

I have just recently become engaged this June on the 5th with my now fiancé Martin Gonzalez. It was actually just a day after his birthday and a few days before mine when he popped the question. Our birthdays are only 4 days apart, but we are several years apart in age. My story began once he told me we were going to Riverside, California (which is his home town) to support his younger brother graduating from high school. He really wanted to be there for him as he was proud. The first night we get there I meet a bunch of family and friends as we enjoy the night together catching up before the day my life took a big step! The following morning consisted of heading to the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun; we have a group of people with us to have some quality time with Martin since they all missed him in his absence living in Texas. After several hours at the beach the ride home seemed to be a quiet one since everyone was exhausted from being out in the sun. On the way back we head out to eat some great food to fuel us for the rest of the day. At dinner we all come to a decision to drive up a near by mountain to watch the sunset, but we start running behind because I needed a sweater as I was still in swim suit attire I knew I would get cold out there. At this point we are literally trying to catch the sun and my fiancé is speeding up the mountain trying to trail his friend since we took two vehicles to fit our group. I start to panic a bit since I get carsick. I tell him to slow down as I start to stress the fact we are only going higher and not slowing down (I’m also scared of heights). [Read more...]