Each summer, the Bridal Extravaganza Show selects a real Houston bride to appear on promotional billboards. out of the 5000 brides-to-be who attended the event, Jasmine was selected to represent future brides this summer. Her commitment to others made her stand out for the judges.
Jasmine teaches fifth grade in HISD. She made the decision to teach young children because she wanted to be a role model for future generations. as the billboard bride, she hopes to do the same for future brides and women everywhere.
This Westbury High School graduate attended Xavier University in Louisiana until Hurricane Katrina relocated her back to H-town. She graduated from Texas Southern University and joined Teach for America, the teaching program for inner city schools. The program sent her away from family and friends to Atlanta, where she focused on the words to her mother’s favorite song and taught second graders. It was at this post in Georgia, she met her future husband.
As the billboard bride, Jasmine hopes to portray the poise, beauty, grace and sassy, fun side of being a bride. She does not agree with the portrayal of brides as “Bridezillas.”
“This is one of the single most memorable, blissful times of a bride’s life,” says Jasmine. “it’s a princess’ dream coming to life.”
Her message is one of strength and hope. She believes we need strength to remain confident and remember our worth and value. Hope is for the future. “as brides embark on a new journey with the love of their lives, they should smile from ear to ear,” she says.
The Bridal Extravaganza brought some of Houston’s best vendors to Jasmine’s photo shoot. Jasmine had the time of her life sifting through the gowns at Ventura’s Bridal. “if it were up to me, i’d buy them all,” she says. on the North side of town, Chateau Cocomar’s 37,000 square-foot European style venue, sitting on seven acres, stunned Jasmine and the crew throughout the photo shoot. Aaron Overcash from Loyd’s Photography & Video lent his photo-graphic expertise; Jessica ruggles, owner of adorne artistry, was on hand to complete Jasmine’s hair and makeup, and style the entire shoot in casual elegance. The bejeweled bouquets provided by Emily Clair Bridal accessories would make any bride go gaga!
All this work made the photography team hungry! Tammy Allen of Tammy Allen Premier Wedding Cakes came to the rescue with an assortment of cakes, cookies, cup- cakes and cake pops. They were almost too beautiful to eat, almost. What a perfect way to please a crowd.
At the Bridal Extravaganza Show, thousands of brides, bridesmaids, mothers- of-the-bride, grooms, and wedding planners meet over 400 vendors in 700 display showcases. Catering exclusively to the ever fashionable, stylish, and romantic wedding industry, this huge event draws marriage bound couples from all over Texas. The next show is January 11-12, 2014 at the George R. Brown.
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Loyd’s Photography & Video
Emily Clair Bridal
by Laurette Veres
Photography by Loyd’s Photography & Video