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Discover insider secrets to planning the perfect wedding.  Attend the Beyond the Basics Wedding Seminar and learn about the many options available to you. Come behind the scenes with some of Houston’s leading wedding experts, and even see some exclusive give-aways! Learn commonly made mistakes and how to avoid them. Enhance your wedding planning experience, educate yourself and get ready to plan!

Beyond the Basics Wedding Seminar

Saturday,  11:30am


Sunday,  11:30 am

This Year’s Speakers include:

Featured Speaker: Lewis Grell of LG Entertainment

LG Entertainment has been providing DJ services and innovative lighting designs to the Houston area since 1998. LG Entertainment has been awarded; Best Disc Jockey (2012), Best Special Effects (2013), Best of Show (2013), Bride’s Choice from 2009 – 2014.

Lewis Grell from LG Entertainment

Featured Speaker: Christy Julien

Sales Manager at House of Hough Linen

Christy is a proud graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College where she studied Hotel and Restaurant Management.  After her magical experience at the happiest place on Earth (Disney), she discovered how incredibly rewarding and exciting it was to make an impact on the lives of others through the hospitality industry.  It was inevitable for her to soon find her place on the House of Hough team.  Christy has recently launched the new House of Hough video series where she showcases the newest designs and products offered.  Her warm demeanor and constant sense of joy brings daily twinkle to the House of Hough – The Linen Company showroom.


 Featured Speaker: Jamie Purpera of Crystal Ballroom

Originally from Louisiana, Jamie started her career in event planning and
catering part time in high school for a family owned business, and the love of the
business became part of her. After graduation, she continued on this path for
Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans planning large scale events, promotions and
Joining the Crystal Ballroom in 2003, she has been excited since day one to be a
part of such an elegant and historic property that has seen thousands of events
from small to large, simple to extravagant, stylish to traditional. With no two
clients or events being the same, she excels at the art of balance and attention to
both as proven by the many awards and features that she is proud to be a part

Featured Speaker: Jessie Lopez of Edible Designs by Jessie

Edible Designs by Jessie has been providing delicious wedding cakes and grooms cakes to the Houston market for over 18 years. Jessie is a proud member of ICES, RBA, NACE, ABC, as well as Bridal Extravaganza, the biggest wedding show in Houston. This award winning bakery has won best of weddings six years in a row and is in the Hall of Fame.

Award Winning Baker: Jessie Lopez

Featured Speaker: Mariana Lopez of Edible Designs by Jessie

Mariana has the great pleasure of growing at Edible Designs by Jessie.  She has won several awards and special mentions due to her artistic talent in the years of learning.  She was inspired by her Mom and encouraged to use sculpture and visual design skills to design and create unique masterpieces of art.  Mariana states, “I am grateful for the opportunities I had and the skills I will learn about this industry following my Mom’s footsteps.  It is an honor and a blessing to have her in my life.  She truly is one of ht greatest role models”.

Mariana Lopez from Edible Designs by Jessie

   Featured Speaker: Jill Vidal-Raines of EB Inc. Event Rental and Design

Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE, owner of Elegant Beginnings, Inc, popularly known as EB Inc Events, is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing. Jill’s career began in pharmaceuticals; however her entrepreneurial spirit led her to an “Elegant Beginning.” Fifteen years later, the company has sprouted from its humble start in Jill’s garage to a leading provider of textiles and decor in the Greater Houston area.  Jill has been honored with numerous local and national professional awards, including the 2011 Event Professional of the Year at the NACE Experience Conference and the Family Time Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award.  Jill and her team are heavily involved in industry organizations such as National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) International Live Events Association (ILEA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), as well as contributing members of community service organizations such as Women of Wine, National Charity League, and Make a Wish Foundation.  This year marks the 13th Anniversary of a blissful partnership between EB, Inc. and the Bridal Extravaganza Show. Jill and her team are thankful for the opportunity to help educate, inspire, and create. 

Jill Vidal Raines is a leading expert in textiles and decor.


Featured Speaker: Ashley DeFrees of My Urban Invites

Ashley DeFrees is the creator of My Urban Invites, an award-winning stationery and graphic design company in Houston, Texas. Her team specializes in designing wedding invitations and stationery focused on event branding. Keeping your materials and elements cohesive is key in bringing everything together. She stays ahead of the trends, which inspires her to continue learning and creating new things. The most rewarding part of her career is observing the thrill of her couples receiving their products after all the planning has gone into it. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, she spends time with her husband and 2 kids, riding bikes, playing board games, and trying very hard not to be the worst housekeeper ever. 

Ashley DeFrees: Owner of My Urban Invites

Featured Speaker: Lorie Speich, A Splendid Event

A Splendid event we know each of you cherish the memories that brought you together and your wedding is your opportunity to show your family and friends how your relationship has blossomed. With expert event management, appreciation and dedication to the details of your individual romance and creative décor and design A Splendid Event will take all of your visions and transform them into real life. As a Houston/Katy based wedding and special event consulting firm, A Splendid Event has created events of all style and atmosphere in an array of locations.

Featured SpeakerChris Nguyen of Café Natalie