BBHO Premiere Issue : 40

GIFT BAG PHOTO BY SHANNON O’HARA; TWO BE WED PORTRAIT BY JULIE SOEFER WED DOSSIER NOW! AG PHOTO BY SHANNON O’HARA; TWO BE WED PORTRAIT BY JULIE SOEFER WED DOSSIER NOW! Bridal consulting se AG PHOTO BY SHANNON O’HARA; TWO BE WED PORTRAIT BY JULIE SOEFER WED DOSSIER NOW! Bridal Bridal consulting services are in no short supply in Houston and finding the right one can be complicated. But Natalie Dawley and Danyett Baxter, of Two BeWed and The Boutique, have it all figured out before you even lift a ring- laden finger. A one-stop-shop planning studio, Two Be Wed offers everything from wedding consulting to invitations. “I sensed there was something missing in the Houston wedding market, a concept that could bring together all aspects of the event,” says Dawley. “I immediately fell in love with the idea of a bride having everything she needed for her wedding at her fingertips.” Both Dawley and Baxter feel that the bridal market often lacks convenience so they have everything centralized at the studio, holding vendor and client meetings in-house with an ample supply of portfolios on display. Clients can relax in between meetings in the posh sitting area or browse The Boutique’s gift selections for brides, bridesmaids, hostesses and more. Visitors can also sign up for a Wedding Planning 101 class or attend an Open Studio, giving clients and Two Be Wed vendors a chance to meet and greet. Two Be Wed often books brides a year and a half in advance, but also offers hourly consultations and day-of services that can be scheduled up to four to six months prior to the big day. “Every bride needs a day-of coordinator no matter how capable she is!” says Dawley. “Our day-of planning service begins two months prior to the wedding and allows the bride to be the bride on her wedding day.” With a seasonal business boom just around Vintage pillowcases (above) and Keepsake Journal from The Boutique the corner, the gals anticipate new clients and The Boutique’s expansion to the Internet, beginning Jan. 2008. 2303 Dunlavy St., 713.572.3030., –A.B. Danyette Baxter and Natalie Dawley FACE VALUE As the colder months Get big day pretty at Norris of Houston Salon & Spa. begin to fade and spring edges forward, shed those winter blues and re- energize before your big day. Indulge in the Bridal Bliss package ($525) at Norris of Houston Salon & Spa, and enjoy specialty services like a massage, body polish and seaweed treatment—designed to help whittle the waistline. Top it all off with an invigorating mini-facial and a sunless tanning session for a bronzy glow. But don’t forget the groom! Future hubbys can relax with an executive refresher facial, a cut and style or a soothing massage. And Houston Brides readers can take advantage of a complimentary haircut and manicure for the groom-to-be while brides peruse the in-house boutique, The Finishing Touch, for bridesmaids gifts or stock up on skin and hair care products in the salon. It’s all in a days work at Norris of Houston where the possibilities are endless. 2033 Post Oak Blvd., 713.627.0000. –Tammy Portnoy EYE DOS Your lash wish is their command at The Lash Company (3019 Kirby Dr., 713.520.5274. Add extra oomph to your lash line with custom extensions. About 65-75 lashes are applied per eye and can last up to a year with monthly maintenance, according to resident lash guru and makeup artist Sophia Navarro. She and her partner, cosmetic chemist Sophy Merszei, are the first in the nation to open a salon specializing in lashes. Best of all, you can cry, run or swim without smudging the look.We do, we do! –H.C. The Lash Company extensions 40 > SPRING/SUMMER 2008

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