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(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.
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.”