Matt and I met almost six years ago at church. I am the second oldest of nine and Matt is the oldest of ten. Neither of us had ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend and both of us have had the strong conviction of saving our first kiss for our future spouses on our wedding day. Our families had a lot in common so, naturally, we spent a lot of time together. We are alike in many ways and became best friends almost immediately. The more we hanged out (actually dated with a chaperone), the more our feelings for each other blossomed. I’m a little older than Matt and we both agreed that we would wait until he turned 18 before we considered dating. Soon after his 18th birthday, on April 14, 2016, he secretly invited my mom and dad to our neighborhood park to ask for my hand in marriage. He also let them know that he got a second job in order to earn one of the most coveted venues, Ashton Gardens, for me. I suspect he did this also because at that time, my dad was laid off and wouldn’t have the funds to pay for such an exclusive venue. But that’s my Matt, my hero. This valiant act reminds me of Jacob in one of my favorite Bible stories where, in Genesis 19:20, “Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.”
Today the Bridal Extravaganza was featured on KPRC Channel 2 news with Chip Brewster. Many vendors from the Bridal Extravaganza Show were with us. We talked wedding cakes with Tammy Allen, décor and event planning with Johanna Terry Events, and music with Kat Alvarado. Todd Ramos gave us a sneak peek of the bridal gowns that will be featured in our fashion shows, including dresses from Impression Bridal and Winnie Couture. After talking with the vendors and trying Tammy Allen’s Texas Melon cupcakes, we had tons of fun in the GingerSnap Photo Camper – a new take on photo booths!
There are only FOUR DAYS until the #BESSUMMER16, so grab your tickets here and head to the George R. Brown this weekend for all of your wedding planning needs. We hope to see you there!
We are so glad that we got to do this with KPRC Channel 2! Thank you!
We would like to thank all of our vendors for being part of this special feature!
Todd Ramos, Fashion Show Producer
Written by: Kyley Kornegay & Bianca Vertil
The restaurant is overlooking the gorgeous marina and especially at sunset, it is the place to be! It has indoor/outdoor options to dine and personally outdoor is the best option. They have an incredibly long wine menu to choose from and the appetizers and bread are so delectable make sure to save room for their delicious deserts. Portofino is part of Longboat Key Club and specializes in seafood; however for someone who doesn’t like seafood, they have amazing brick-oven pizzas. Being from Texas, I wasn’t too exposed to seafood and wasn’t a big fan, but with the way they cook it, I might have to start exploring more options. Of course, I got the Soppressata brick oven pizza, a salami and pepperoni pizza, because who can go wrong ordering pizza! It was a flatbread pizza and I even stuffed myself full and took the rest home, it was that good!! After we ate, the waiter saw me eyeing the desert menu, which I knew was a bad idea! I was in a new place and I felt like I had to try something new. I absolutely love all things chocolate and ordered the Italian Lovers Cake, which was layered chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, with fresh raspberries. I don’t even know how to describe the cake because it was probably the best I have ever tasted especially when they gave me strawberry gelato on the side! Strawberries and chocolate is an absolute amazing combination and that sold me right there! Portofino was one of the best restaurants I have been to and will definitely be coming back for more!!
Written by: Stephanie DiCiro
Featured Speaker: Kim Padgett
Let’s Get Social
Social media plays an important role in your marketing mix. But where you should spend your time? Kim Padgett returns to the Wedding College at Sea to answer your questions. She serves as the President of The Padgett Group, a strategic marketing and public relations consulting firm based in Houston. Kim brings more than 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing communications to the Wedding College at Sea. She specializes in leveraging both traditional communication channels as well as online and social media, to gain exposure and opportunities for clients in consumer industries. She received her BA in Journalism and Foreign Studies and MA in International Journalism from Baylor University. Kim recently was awarded by the Public Relations Society of America “Media Relations Professional of the Year”, an award nominated and voted on by media representatives from the Greater Houston area. She is a frequent speaker at public relations and marketing industry events as well as a contributing author to multiple professional, business, and lifestyle publications. Kim was a featured speaker on the first Interactive Marketing Association conference and has advised the City of Houston and other entities on social media policies and procedures.
Featured Speaker: Rebekah Cunningham
The founder of Dream Bouquet has lead the Houston market for over ten years. Her innovative design transcends the seasons and current trends. Cunningham will be on our panel discussion: “What Brides Want.” She knows, Dream Bouquet provides the flowers for over 300 weddings a year.
Featured Speaker: Nadine Moon
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Nadine Moon, owner of Who Make the Cake!, masterfully weaves stories the media loves. She has been featured on Steve Harvey, People Magazine, Good Morning America, Great Day Houston, The Martha Stewart Show and more! Find out what it takes to secure this kind of editorial coverage.