by Laurette M. Veres
Photos by Ivan Garcia Studio
Lexi Abrego is Houston’s new Billboard Bride. Selected from thousands of brides who attended the January Bridal Extravaganza Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Lexi demonstrated her enthusiastic passion for wedding planning along with her grace and beauty. You can meet her at the Bridal Extravaganza July 18-19, 2020 and see her on billboards throughout the greater Houston area.
The Billboard Bride photo shoot was a whirlwind of excitement for Lexi. A magical trip to Ventura’s Bridal Fashions was the first step in the process. The vast array of gowns available makes Ventura’s the perfect place to search for the Billboard Bride’s dream gown. “Each gown was prettier than the one before,” says Lexi. With dress in hand, the photo crew headed to Blackberry Park in the woods of North Houston to utilize one of the latest crazes in entertainment. Tipis (also known as teepees) create festival-like settings for weddings and events and add interesting depth and detail to photos.
Lexi and Emilio’s relationship began in 2014 and has grown deeper with time. Over the years, they found their favorite restaurant: Gaido’s Seafood, located on the Seawall in Galveston. “It’s one of the most romantic dinner spots and great for date night,” says Lexi. For years, this has been a “go to” spot for the happy couple. On a particularly beautiful evening in early November, they were sitting at a special corner table at Gaido’s when “Emilio just leaped out of his chair and got on his knee and asked me to marry him,” says Lexi excitedly. The ring box even had a light in it. Was it the glow of the ring box, or Lexi’s glow that other diners noticed when they broke into applause and sent champagne to congratulate the couple? After dinner, the couple headed to the beach for pictures. Lexi found out later, Emilio’s original plan had been to ask for her hand in marriage during family Thanksgiving, but Emilio just couldn’t wait. “The whole family was supposed to do this as a team and then he ended up doing it intimately at Gaido’s, which was just as special,” she says.
Lexi has about a year to enjoy being engaged and plan her big day. Her wedding will be at Sacred Heart Church in Galveston and the reception will be at the San Luis Resort.
An array of talented vendors from the Bridal Extravaganza Show put their creative genius together for this new and unique photo shoot. The design team at Holyoak Floral Designs, headed by Stacie Holyoak, added the perfect floral touches. “The boho chic look is definitely trending,” says Holyoak. “I’m trying to capture what mother nature has and bring the beauty to life in a different, meaningful way. ”A mixture of dry and fresh flowers creates an organic and natural vibe versus the traditional. “This look makes a statement for the brides who want to show their organic side,” she says.
On the billboard, Lexi holds a light pink bouquet with purple accents created by the talented designers at H-E-B Blooms.
Hair and makeup can create various looks. In this case, Mayra Malik of Simple Beauty Artistry knew braids would be a great addition. “Lexi has great hair to work with,” says Mayra. The setting at Blackberry Park is unique. “We are so excited to offer this new type of entertainment option to the Houston area,” says Lexi Snyder. Her team spent six months gathering items to enhance the aesthetic of the space. From silverware, to place settings and antique glassware; the venue staff has lots of options. For this shoot, a macramé wall hanging was added as an additional focal point; baskets along with colorful rugs were incorporated throughout. Although the entire venue is actually outside, a ceremony site was set up right outside the tipi. Just before dusk, the light was simply perfect for Ivan Garcia of Ivan Garcia Studios. “Lexi is a natural; each pose better than the last,” he says. With the tipi wall as a backdrop, the floral arch and the individual vases, each holding a single flower, are highlighted perfectly. Benches take the place of pews leading to the altar.
The team at the Bridal Extravaganza is thrilled to introduce Lexi Abrego as the new Billboard Bride. Look for her smiling face on billboards all over town. You can also say hello to her at the Billboard Bride booth at the Bridal Extravaganza on July 18-19, 2020.