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W E D D O S SIE R [ Fit to Be Bride ] now! [ Fashion Flash ] Inside Weddings By Debbie Matrimonial Moves Of all the advice brides receive leading up to the big day, personal training tips may yield the most visible results—if get-fi t plans aren’t lost in the fl urry. Deon Johnson, owner of TheOne Fitness (1307 S. Voss Road, 713.334.1348), advises adding diet and exercise to the planning to-dos. “You meet with the venue, you meet with your trainer,” he says. But it’s also important to counteract stress with yoga or meditation to calm the mind, says Henry Richardson of Defi ne Body & Mind (1945 W. Gray St., 713.523.5800). “It’s about looking your best, but also about feeling your best.” The pair also advise: Gown Jewels What began as a family biz with one fi tting room 22 years ago in Sealy is a Houston bridal landmark with more than 30 employees and designers knocking down its doors. Weddings By Debbie (20235 Katy Freeway, 281.698.8160) is the largest bridal salon in the TAKE THE STAIRS Defi ne is set to open locations in Sugar Land and The Woodlands. Southwest with 12,000-plus square feet of gowns and accessories—plus a massive showroom. “We want all our brides and their families to have the experience of a lifetime,” says The store has the largest gown selection in town, from $1,100 to $9,000, including designers like Ysa Makino and Stephen Yearick. “Their gowns are unlike any other designers.” Ruley says Farage, a new couture line from Paris, is coming soon. “It’s such a different look than anything else currently in the market.” –JW DEFINE PHOTOS BY CHRISTI MINTER AND SOFIA VAN DER DYS 1 Focus on high reps for upper body, but don’t neglect your lower body. If weight loss is the goal, both trainers say exercising large muscle groups like legs, increases metabolic rate. “It’s about working the entire body to increase metabolism,” Richardson says. it up is going to give you that extra boost in weight loss. Audrey Ruley, Debbie’s daughter. 2 Don’t stick to one form of cardio, Johnson says. Changing 3 For temporary weight loss, minimize starches like potatoes and white rice and maximize water intake, Johnson adds. with focused stretching to lengthen muscles and create toned lines, Richardson recommends. –Cassie Nolan 4 Combine high reps of isolating, strength-training moves BETTER SHAPE UP Richardson teaching a body class. [ Trend ] What’s old is new again, and fi ne china is back in a big way. Austinite Darbie Angell launched Cru Dinnerware ( fi ve years ago, and her collections fl y off the shelves at Macy’s and Dillard’s. “I look at china as a tradition, and I can hear my grandmother talking about what hers meant to her,” says Angell, who counts President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio as customers. “People are now seeing how much fun it is to pull out the good china—even for pizza.” She’s also passionate about using her biz as a platform for positive change, and has joined forces with the University of Columbia and Unicef to start a Clean Water Campaign, digging wells in Bangladesh. “I love to be inspired through travel or people like Madison,” she says of her Madison’s April in New York collection, which honors a girl who died of leukemia and benefi ts St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Angell is equally driven to design pieces with staying power. “I want a bride to use it through her life and be proud to pass it down.” –HC Step Up to the Plate! 40 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES HOUSTON | S P R I NG / SU MME R 2 013

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