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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

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...]

Editor’s Wishlist: 5 Spots for your Honeymoon

By Jasmine Chen

Caution! This honeymoon wish list is going make you want to get married sooner! What’s the first place you want to escape to with him/her right after a noisy wedding (no offense but that’s truth)? If you haven’t come up with an idea yet, this list will help you find an Arabian featured hotel that could showcase a spring on a Sahara, a British Castle that brings you back to the Golden Era of Renaissance, a Bamboo Cottage beside a rice farm with childhood memory scent, The Cave hotel from where hot balloons are rising to the heavens, as well as the Japanese Inn with your favorite sake and anime play! What are you waiting for? Grab your passports and start to enjoy a whole new world with your better half.

1. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights Le Riad & Yasmine Boutique hotel

Located in Marrakech, Morocco, this Attestation d’Excellence of 2016 winning hotel on TripAdvisor has only 7 rooms, but this is even boosting its popularity. Booking at least 3 months in advanced is recommended. The picture of swimming in the refreshing patio pool is going to make your Instagram friends’ jealous (Price from $90 per night).

Booking Info: http://riad-yasmine.com/en/

If you don’t want to join the long reservation queue for Le Riad & Yasmine, you can definitely find the alternatives on booking.com, just go ahead and check out #Riad Hotel!








2. Love Stories in the British Lumley Castle

Sleeping beauty received her true love kiss in her castle, now it’s your turn! Lumley Castle is a 14th-century quadrangular castle closed to the historical city of Durham, England. Here you can gain a unique experience of Medieval time, as well as the magnificent view of north England nature. This four-star unique hotel also provides wedding venues (Price: from $12).

Booking link: http://www.lumleycastle.com/








3. Island of Bali Bamboo Eco. Cottage

This hidden and quiet spot is actually only minutes from the center of Ubud City, Bali, and Indonesia. The secret location brings you closer to The Green Rice Farm and sunsets about the river. Also, Indonesian massage services are available to help relax (Price: from $67 per night/room).

Booking link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/744971?s=C-1COj3Y








4. Kelebek Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is rated as “the best place for hot balloon tours in the world”, thanks to its unique landscape of rocky hills and valleys, the travelers gain a wonderful view from the rising balloon. What’s more important is, the must-try local cave hotels. There are usually packages of balloon tours included with accommodations. Remember to bargain hunt for a lower price! (Price: from $85 per night).

Booking link: http://www.kelebekhotel.com/en/hotel









5. Japan Ryokan and Hotel Association

Ryokan in Japanese means the traditional inn. This culture-infused design leads to an extreme simplicity and special elegance that originates from the wooden and bamboo furnishing. Imagine sitting at the Tatami floor, appreciating a cup of boiled matcha tea on the chabudai (low wood table), while your mind is indulgent in the clear raindrop sounds right outside of the shoji (sliding door). No other time else is more peaceful than that moment (Price: from $80).

Booking link: http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/



Wedding Invitation Websites to use When Planning your Wedding

By Shelby Reininger

These are all awesome websites to make use out of when choosing your wedding Invitations. They all provide great tools to really personalize and find the style you’re looking for. Be sure to check these websites out! Most of them offer discounts depending on the packages/quantity ordered.


This company was founded in 2007 by the idea that there was hidden creative talent around the world whose work was not accessible to consumers and that the Internet could help surface. Minted is a design market that independent artists submit their work to. The best content then gets voted on and then the chosen winners are the directly sold to consumers on the website. This website really expresses innovation and individuality. Minted even offers you a free wedding website to match your printed invitations, so RSVP’s couldn’t be more simpler!


Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas offers online wedding invitations that are customizable to the smallest detail. Whether it’s a rustic backyard affair or a modern upscale celebration, find an invitation as unique as the wedding of your dreams. They offer couples hundreds of options, including styles in every color, paper needs for any budget and on-trend designs that are guaranteed to make a lasting impact. Be sure to order a free sample kit complete with color swatches, paper samples and unique designs like metallic invites, you can be confident you’re picking the best invitation for your big day.



Bring family and friends together for your big day with wedding invitations from Zazzle! Choose from amazing selection of rustic, elegant, vintage, and modern wedding invitation styles. You can also purchase Save the Date cards, postage, and more. Check out some of their featured designers and find great, creative designs you can use for your invitations. Make your wedding planning easy by letting Zazzle help you get your wedding invitations right. They even provide personalized wedding party gifts!



A go-to for holiday cards, office needs, and photo gifts, Vistaprint should not be overlooked for your stationery printing needs. Always reasonably priced with tons of great offers and promotions, they offer luxurious wedding paper options, custom designs, and both modern and classic templates and color schemes. This site is also a great go-to for those with private designers who have already created their items and graphics and simply need printing. Just upload the design — and order! Quick shipping and awesome customer service (really, call them at any time of day or night) is just what is needed when planning a wedding.



On the way to say “I Do”

By Marian Jacob
In the olden days, aisle runners were used in practical way, to provide a clean entrance for the bride (avoid outside dirt and mud), others even used it as a superstition to ward off evil spirits. So whether it holds a special meaning for you or not, these aisle runners add a unique touch to the wedding ceremony. Those few moments from when the bride starts walking down the aisle to when she meets her groom are so special and deserve that extra touch.
Aisle runners can be personalized; a monogram of the couple’s initials, a special personal message, a written letter or even the story from when they met to when they say “I Do”. Of course these runners will make everyone say “awwwww”, but these are also a great decor item to feature in the ceremony photos.

Houston Party Planning – Miya Shay Baby Sprinkle

Torrential downpour threatens event


In this episode of the Bridal Extravaganza Show Podcast we’re chatting with Ashley, Stephanie, Kyle, and Bianca who have just finished planning a baby shower for ABC-13’s news reporter, Miya Shay.

When Miya Shay, an ABC-13 news reporter, and State Rep. Gene Wu were expecting their second son, close friends gathered to celebrate “BabyWu2” and so much more. The Memorial area home hosting the event inspired an elegant, all-white shower theme. Even the cake, created by Miya’s friend Laura Louis, was white and topped with a pair of old-fashioned baby booties made of chocolate.

Passed hors d’oeuvres pleased the pallets of over 50 guests, three of whom were also mothers-to-be. The lively crowd was entertained by live piano music throughout the night. In lieu of gifts, donations were collected for Interfaith Ministries.

At peak party time, the skies opened up and a torrential downpour ensued. Luckily, local ABC-13 meteorologist Casey Curry was on-hand, reassuring guests, “It’s going to be okay!” Hostesses were certainly glad they didn’t run out of champagne for this “sprinkle” that turned into a downpour.

Hear from party planners: Kyle, Bianca, Stephanie and Ashely  Episode III of the Bridal Extravaganza Podcast.

Listen to Episode III on SoundCloud now.


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In Loving Memory

By Shelby Reininger

Remember and honor your loved ones who are no longer with you. When you want to share your big day with a loved one who can no longer celebrate it with you be sure to check out these ideas on how to integrate them into your wedding.

1.Candle with a personal message for your loved one

2.Reserve a chair for them at the ceremony with a bouquet of flowers with their photo or a sign on the chair.

3.A Memorial table with pictures, candles, and quotes from those loved ones. (Can be dedicated to one single person or several people).

4.Have charms, like tiny framed photos of your loved ones hanging from your wedding bouquet.

5.Include loved ones names together on the wedding program with a quote.