Lakeshia Zeno is the next Billboard Bride

Lakeshia Zeno, Houston Bride, being photographed at The Grand Hall

A Room Full of Roses

Lakeshia Zeno, Houston Bride, being photographed at The Grand Hall

A deer greets us on this early fall morning at The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge. This new rustic, chic wedding venue is in Montgomery, Texas’ piney woods. Today is the photo shoot for Bridal Extravaganza Show’s Billboard Bride.

This show’s winner, Lakeshia (Key) Zeno, will marry Clarke Isenhower in April 2017. They met on a church mission trip to Colorado in 2009 and became Facebook friends. Three years later Key moved to Afghanistan. She lived there a year before Clarke saw a picture of her and her travels on Instagram and contacted her. They began talking, but Key remained overseas for a couple more years. They started dating one and a half weeks after she returned to the states.

Isenhower pulled off the perfect engagement, with a little help from some friends. They took Key out for manicures (getting her fingers ring ready) and sushi. After a lot of sake, Zeno was taken to Clarke’s apartment where she began banging on the door demanding to be let in. The door opened, lights were off and “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing on the stereo. Tea light candles illuminated a photo collage Clarke put together. A trail of rose petals lead to the center of the room where more petals were laid in the shape of a heart. He put her in the center of the heart and got down on one knee. After she said, “Yes, it’s about time,” they both wiped tears of joy from their eyes. His final surprise was a strategically hidden camera that captured the special moment.

Key attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show and entered the Be the Billboard Bride contest to “inspire people with her love story.” Despite all the negativity in the world, she encourages couples not to give up on finding love.

Today, Key Zeno and her mom arrive at The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge and meet Mayra Malik, owner of Simple Beauty Artistry. Key will soon be on billboards all over the greater Houston area; hair and makeup need to be perfect.

As Malik explores style options for Zeno’s long hair, other vendors work on their projects. Ivan Garcia from Ana&Ivan photography scouts the area looking for the best natural light. This husband and wife team takes incredible photographs, with the perfect balance of technical know-how and creativity. Marissa Greteman assembles bouquets to enhance the photos.

Mrs. Taska Ventura has the stars of the show: three lovely gowns from her extensive collection. Zeno never tried on a wedding gown before applying to be the billboard bride and she loves the experience. From princess to beading to mermaid, this lovely bride-to-be looks great in every gown.

The Bridal Extravaganza Show takes place every January and July in Houston Texas. You could be the next Billboard Bride.

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Gown: Ventura’s Bridal Fashions
Hair & Makeup: Simple Beauty Artistry
Photography: ANA&IVAN photography
Location: The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge
Floral Bouquet: Marissa Greteman


Billboard Bride: Xochitl Chorba July 2012

All that glitters

Xochitl Chorba glistens at Bridal Extravaganza’s Billboard Bride photo shoot. You will see her picture on billboards all over town this summer.
By Laurette M. Veres
Photography by Loyd’s Photography

Xochitl Chorba Xochitl(pronounced Zochi) and her boyfriend, DJ Safady, were at the Civil War exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science, one of her favorite places since she was a child. They were with another couple admiring a gemstones exhibit when she noticed a display case featuring a small box with a ring inside. She was mortified when DJ started wriggling the case, fearing security would kick them out for touching the exhibit. Moments later, she realized the ring was for her! Her friends were taking pictures and DJ was on one knee. At that moment, she began planning an October wedding.

Part of the planning involved attending the Bridal Extravaganza Show. She applied for, and was selected as the next bride to appear on billboards. “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call,” she recalls.

Loyd’s Photography and Video hosted a day-long photo shoot and captured the perfect photo. Visiting their office is like playing on a movie set. Vignettes surround the country property and provide backdrops for a variety of photos.

Zochi Three gowns from Ventura’s Bridal were selected for the shoot. Beading can’t be ignored. Two of the gowns feature beaded tops, and the third gown, the mermaid gown, is head to toe crystals. “We’ve got to have the element of bling,” says Jessica Bennett, bridal consultant.
The Bridal Extravaganza Show tapped The Bloom Room to design bouquets for the summer billboards. Kya Heinen, owner and designer created three unique bouquets for this occasion. “Dark purples are still hot,” she says. So are non-traditional colors like platinum and pewter. Kya is noting a return to simplicity and a tendency towards the vintage look.

The team at Thalio Beckham Make up Artistry was on hand to make Xochitl look and feel beautiful. Her skin was airbrushed to flawless perfection and her eyes had a particularly dramatic focus.
“Seeing my picture on the billboards should give hope to other Houston brides,” she says. “I wasn’t one of those girls who was planning my wedding my entire life,” she says. “And still I had my fairy tale. When I look at the billboards, I’ll say. I did that. It was fun.”


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