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Since we are only days away from our spectacular trunk show featuring Monique Lhuillier fall 2014 bridal collection. We decited to share our favorite gowns from the collection...
Luvi loves the beautiful detail of Maxfield corset
Sarah love the amazing silhouette of the Madison gown
And Carmen loves the whimsical beauty of Skye
What is your favorite gown? Don't miss our trunk show this week starting Thursday. You still have time to make your appointments 713-523-9090
By now we all have see the beautiful instagram photo of Chrissy Teigen seating wearing a beautiful gown inspired Vera Wang's Karen gown, an ivory strapless open back, V-neck ball gown with lifted tulle skirt and tiered flange, hand-cut petal embroidered detail.
The model wore not only one but three Vera Wang wedding gowns when she exchanged vows with singer John Legend at a private estate at Italy's Lake Como over the weekend. Later on, once again on instagram she shared a photo of her 2nd dress for her reception an ivory strapless mermaid gown with micro-pleated bodice and sheared organza full skirt.
Unfortunately Teigen did not share a photo of her 3rd gown , for her after-party. But we know that it was based on the Kathleen gown from the spring 2013 collection but with addition of embroidered crystal wheat detail.
March 23, 2013
Black and White
Designer and name of gown?
Palazzo “Collette”, fascinator by Marcie Craig, Shoes by Oscar de la Renta,
make up by Veronica Hurtado, hair by Brandy Perez
Wedding gown style?
Elegant and timeless
What was your experience at Casa de Novia ?
Fantastic! It was the first and only place I went to search for my dress. They took the time to sit down with you and discuss the style of dress you were looking for and then helped with all of the options available. I wanted a very simple but elegant dress and I knew it was the right one the minute I put it on!
Your Love story –
We were both out in Midtown one evening, he was at a work happy hour and I was at a birthday celebration. He approached me towards the end of the night asking for my phone number to take me out to dinner. He said he remembered seeing me a year ago at a restaurant on a date with someone else and he knew if he did not approach me now that next time he would see me I would be out on another date. He could even tell me exactly what I was wearing and where I was sitting in the restaurant where he saw me. The next day he called and invited me out and the story continued from there. 7 months later we went to Colombia, his home country, to visit his family. We finished our trip staying the in Centro Historico of Cartagena with a carriage ride through the old town and he proposed in front of the Santa Teresa Hotel with a view of the ocean and the city skyline. A year and a half later we celebrated our wedding in Houston in front of all of our family and friends. Natalie Laskowski from Belle of the Ball and Mitra from Houston Flowery helped me to coordinate the perfect wedding celebration. The ceremony was at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church and the reception at The Bell Tower on the Street. Guests celebrated together until 2:00AM to the music of Mango Punch. William is an Oncologist finishing his fellowship with M.D. Anderson and Kirsten is a real estate agent with Monark Realty.
JP Beato III
October 28, 2006
Designer and name of gown?
Pronovias “Tunez” with a custom Casa de Novia veil and Monique Lhuillier lace bolero.
Wedding gown style?
What was your experience at Casa de Novia
I wanted an elegant gown with delicate details, feminine but not fussy, and I absolutely didn’t want a
“princess” ball gown. I had spent several months searching for my gown and it seemed that every salon
in Houston was full of puff.
A co-worker who was also getting married suggested Casa de Novia, the owner, Luvi, was known for a
unique style. I came in alone one evening and Kalie Sanders took care of me, she listened carefully to
my requests and provided thoughtful opinions. In other salons I would try gown after gown without
satisfaction, that evening I tried on two dresses and I knew the tulle trumpet dress with the cathedral
train was what I had been looking for all those months. I went home and thought about it, called my
mom and my friend Laura and told them I had found my gown, no reassurance needed. In the course of
that first visit I also learned that Luvi was originally from Nicaragua, where I’m also from, and somehow
that confirmed in my mind that the dress was meant to be. I bought my gown a week later while Kalie
toasted me with champagne.
After that it was smooth sailing, Casa de Novia made sure the gown was perfectly proportioned to my
body down to the height of the heels I’d be wearing; my gown had a long way to travel from Barcelona
but I had plenty of time until my wedding date and that allowed for alterations to be carried out calmly
and to perfection. I was also fitted with a custom, cathedral drop veil that matched the cut of my train
beautifully, and Carmen helped me get a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier bolero to complete my look.
Your Love story
John and I met at lunch during our senior year at the University of Notre Dame. Our mutual friend Rudy
introduced me to John, who had just returned from a year abroad in Mexico, was fluent in Spanish,
majored in engineering, was incredibly smart, and loved all things Hispanic. John and I would run
into each other at dinner time and pretty soon he was asking me out, and pretty soon we became
John and I dated, traveled together, and had the best time for 4 years. He proposed while on a trip to
Nicaragua, he called my father aside one evening and asked for his blessing, then asked my parents
where would be the best place to pop the question; my parents suggested the summit of the (active)
Masaya volcano, so atop the barren landscape and surrounded by clouds, John got down on one knee,
pulled out some mementos from our first dates, presented me with his great-grandmother’s ring, and
asked me to marry him. We were engaged for a year and married at the Basilica of the Sacred at the
University of Notre Dame, we held our reception at South Dining Hall, the place where we first met.
Rebecca Burkett Photography
A few weeks ago a group of fabulous Houstonians visited the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France for a gala benefiting the International and American Friends of the Louvre. One of the invites to this lavish event was one of our favorites, Lindsey Love. Love wore Holly from our beautiful Vera Wang boutique.
Thanks to Lindsay Love for sharing her beautiful photos with us!
Photography By: Michel Dufour
I remember when I was a kid; I would go to weddings, and each table had a few disposable cameras for the guest to take pictures of the party. I was always so heart broken that I was never able to keep the cameras and never saw thus pictures again.
Recently I noticed that photos of weddings are being hashtagged on social media. Even some couples making a custom hashtag and ask guests to use it on their social media outlets.
The pros about using a hashtag for your wedding is that your guest might capture priceless candid moments. Also unlike disposable cameras all your guests, and maybe people who were not able to make it to your special day are able to enjoy the beautiful photos.
The cons; you can’t control what is post. Someone might accidentally post a picture of the bride before she walks down the aisle. This is why if you choose to hash tag your wedding, you should let them know when it is okay to post the photos.
Modern times call for modern ways. Enjoy your wedding photos; you never know who would be capturing that priceless moment for you to remember.
March 2, 2013
Traditional and timeless. Romantic lighting was really important to me, so we incorporated as many candles as possible to make the ballroom really glow. The flowers were primarily white, with hints of blush and champagne, which complemented the blush bridesmaids dresses beautifully. Because I come from a Louisiana family and the wedding was in New Orleans, I wanted to include LOTS of Cajun-inspired elements. We accomplished this through the food (think Cajun fried turkey, a crab cake station, shrimp & cheese grits, fried green tomatoes, etc.) as well as other fun treats, like a New Orleans Snowball Stand and a late night snack of hot biscuits and honey from Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. We also handed out some fun New Orleans flare, including: Mardi Gras masks; purple/green/gold sunglasses, glow necklaces, and tiaras; and Mardi Gras beads personalized with our wedding date and the phrase “Krewe of Michel & Philip.”
Wedding gown style?
A strapless gown featuring a sweetheart neckline with a fitted twisted-knot bodice and a full A-line skirt.
What was your experience at Casa de Novia?
I literally visited every bridal store in Houston and tried on fabulous dresses at all of them, but Carmen at Casa de Novia immediately made me feel at ease. I knew she would take care of me and help me find the perfect dress…no matter how long it took! (Admittedly, I have a really hard time making decisions.) Ultimately, Carmen helped me see that I would be happiest with a dress that was classic and simple. She helped me make it special by adding a champagne satin sash that accented my waist and highlighted the beautiful buttons down the back of the gown’s chapel-length train.
Your Love story
Philip and I met through a mutual friend at a David Gray concert in the spring of 2010. We became fast friends, and after too many instances of me pestering him about the types of girls he was dating, Philip finally suggested that WE go out on a date. Once I learned how much we had in common (our similar humor and love for movies, music, and great restaurants – to name a few) it didn’t take long for me to see him as more than a friend. About two years after our first date, Philip proposed at a park in Austin over Memorial Day weekend with the help of his family dog, Fleetwood (who had the ring tied to his collar.) A few days later, we secured March 2, 2013 for our NOLA destination wedding.
Charlotte Latham of New Orleans
· Pick the right dress: Keep in mind your location and venue, for example you don’t really want a ball gown on a beach wedding or you might want to be more covered for a winter mountain wedding.
· Keep weather in mind; if you are doing a beach wedding, make sure it isn’t hurricane season.
· Enlist some local professionals to help with the wedding planning. A good option is to hire a wedding consultant based in the area or even one who makes frequent trips there. Also keep in mind if you are getting married at a resorts or hotels, they often have their own wedding planners or resort managers who will handle many of the details.
· Make sure you determine a tentative head count before making a down payment on a site and venue. You might be surprised by the amount of people who will be willing to travel to celebrate your special day. Have an alternate venue in mind just in case or limit your guest list to a select few.
· If your destination wedding requires flying, keep your guest budget in mind. Avoid high rate flying dates such as spring break.
· Be very organized, even if you have a wedding planner. The planning of a wedding can be a very stressful time and if you add the long distance and sometimes language factor, organization is the key to sanity
· Check the Law. Since marriage regulations vary not only from country to country but even state to state, make sure to check the requirements of the location where you are getting married as far in advance as possible
June 23, 2012
We didn't really incorporate a theme, but the flowers were white and most everything
else was neutral except for the bridesmaid dresses, which were ocean. I wanted it to be elegant, but
still laid back. We tried to use many of our favorite things from our relationship, our travels and our
childhood memories in most of the wedding details, which I think portrayed Carson and me perfectly.
Designer and name of gown:
Reem Acra – I am Beautiful
Wedding gown style:
What was your experience at Casa de Novia:
Luvi and her team are incredible! From the moment I stepped in the store, I knew the experience was not like any other bridal store I had been to. Every aspect of the process was effortless, and the service and support was top notch. Luvi even had the dress shipped to her store for me to try on. Luvi and her entire staff stand by the dresses and do everything they can to ensure its perfect. Luvi and Maria were on “stand by” the wedding day to ensure the tulle skirt length was just right, which was comforting.
Your Love story:
Carson and I met through one of my best friends. She met him one night and decided we had to meet. He was hesitant at first, but when she said my name, he realized I was the very same girl one of his best friend’s wives wanted to introduce to him as well. We went to dinner that very next week. We dated a little over a year before we got engaged. We both love to travel and experience different cultures so it was no surprise our engagement would happen on a trip. While watching the sunset on a boat cruise in southern France, Carson asked me to marry him.
If you are inspired by the glitz and glamour of the great Gatsby movie but just want a little touch on your wedding. A great option for that little Gatsby touch on your wedding day is to add something special to your hair. The Gatsby hair is all about luxury especially because of the beautiful hair bands and hair pins, most of them made out of beautiful Swarovski crystals. You can achieve the opulent look of the early 20s society with the help of one of our own, Jennifer Behr. Her pieces would give you the right amount of sparkle.
Wedding date? September 4, 2011
Wedding theme? Classic style with modern touches. We mixed all white flowers with lots of texture and
materials: metal, milk glass, Lucite, and mirrors.
Designer and name of gown? Monique Lhullier, Flavia
Wedding gown style? I wanted a classic silhouette, but with surprising details. I also wanted something
lightweight and easy to move in. I loved the beaded corset top and the silk flower petals sewn onto the
skirt. Although it looked like a lot of dress, it was as light as a feather and extremely comfortable.
What was your experience at Casa de Novia: Luvi and Carmen stole my heart. They made wedding dress
shopping a dream, and made me look forward to every appointment. The service and support they
provided far exceeded my expectations.
Your Love story: Doug and I went to the same high school, grew up in the same community, and should
have met long before we did, but because of a little bit of an age gap, we never knew each other. In
2005, I was with friends at a bar, and we ran into a group of guys we knew. Doug was the only one I
didn’t know. We couldn’t believe how many friends we had in common and yet we’d never met. Shortly
after that, we became inseparable. After 5 years together, Doug proposed to me in a private room,
surrounded by candles and flowers, after playing a movie he’d made about our relationship. He even
flew my best friend in from New York as a surprise. We capped off an amazing dinner with family with
a gathering at his parent’s house for our closest friends. Though we were together a long time before
getting married, I knew I was going to marry him the night we met.
Photographer: Adam Nyholt
If someone can give you advice on design, finding a wedding dress, and when to start thinking about something like a veil, is designer Vera Wang.
You still have time to make a appointment for Vera Fall 2013 trunk show. Call 713-523-9090 to make your appointments now!