Kimberly Knappick prepares for her wedding and her new role as Bridal Extravaganza’s Billboard Bride
And the winner is …Kimberly Knappick, a local third grade teacher who is pursuing her Master’s Degree in counseling at the University of St. Thomas. This fall, she will appear on billboards citywide to promote the upcoming Bridal Extravaganza Show, January 5-6.
Bride-to-be Kimberly Knappick was looking for wedding ideas and inspiration at the Bridal Extravaganza Show in July. She saw the popular contest for Houston’s next Billboard Bride and joined the line of marriage bound ladies having their photos taken; her photo from the show got her to the finals.
All finalists had beauty and a personality. Kimberly’s essay helped judges narrow the field and select her as the winner. “In today’s society I believe appearance is influencing young girls. I believe in the role (as billboard bride) I would be able to set an example that appearance isn’t everything, happiness is what is important,” she wrote. “I would be honored to take this opportunity not only to build my self-confidence, but the self-confidence of others.”
Her fiancé, Chris, was born on Valentine’s Day. Kimberly says this means he is full of love. They met at a Houston Texans’ party. “It was a fun- filled day of great food, games, and a Houston Texans win,” she says. “I knew love was in the air that day and every day thereafter.”
Just remembering the day she got engaged still makes Kimberly smile. Chris located pictures of the two of them from the time they started dating to present day, had them enlarged and placed them strategically to re-create a relationship timeline; complete with rose petals. He proposed privately and the surprise continued at dinner where both families were anxiously waiting. “It was the most memorable day of my life,” says Kimberly. She couldn’t wait to tell the entire world she was engaged to Chris. Kimberly and Chris are planning a spring wedding set to the tones of Tiffany blue, black and white.
But before the wedding you will see Kimberly smiling on Bridal Extravaganza Show billboards. “I was in shock when I had found out I had won. I couldn’t believe it. I am so excited and honored to be a part of this process in the happiest time of my life.”
Get this look:
Ventura’s Bridal, VenturasBridal.com
Ventura’s Bridal wanted to express the latest trends in bridal, especially for Houston brides. Currently, the timeless romantic look is receiving a lot of attention. Lace is the perfect way to get that romantic look and achieve the vintage aspect everyone is going for.
At this shoot, a full ball gown with straps and a Mermaid lace gown with a soft touch of feathers were featured. The feather gown is set aside for the fashionista bride who is looking for the Uptown chic, yet very romantic feel.
Loyd’s Photography & Video, loydsphoto.com
Aaron Overcash, owner of Loyd’s Photography & Video was on hand to capture perfect photographs. He liked the Hotel ZaZa’s contemporary, edgy look. “It goes well with Kimberly’s personality and the gowns,” he says.
Overcash suggests meeting a photographer ahead of time; get to know their personality. You are creating memories to last a lifetime. “There will be many details you might not remember, and you will appreciate having professional photographs to commemorate the day,” he says.
Hotel ZaZa, hotelzaza.com
The uniquely historic hotel ZaZa is the pride and joy of Houston, Texas. The unique interior is like non-other and offers a generous array of creative ideas. Hotel ZaZa takes your fantasy wedding and transforms it into something unexpected.
Floral designer Ines Negrin found inspiration from the gowns and the vintage theme. “I want everything to be perfect,” she says. Her design process involves the bride as she learns details about the gowns and the feeling the bride is trying to achieve. A trend now is to add details on the base of the bouquet’s stem. For this shoot, she incorporated birdcage netting, lace and feathers.
Another big trend today is a mono-chromatic bouquet which is the blending of very similar colors into one another. Ines is also seeing different shapes. “We’ve been seeing a lot of rounded bouquets and it’s refreshing to see something different, she says.
Adorne Artistry, adorneartistry.com
“The first step is to have a trial run for your hair and makeup. We want the bride to feel comfortable,” says Jessica Ruggles, owner of Adorne Artistry. Kimberly is a teacher, so she typically does not wear a lot of makeup. “Yesterday we did an airbrush tan to create a flawless canvas for us to work with,” says Jessica. The look for the billboard bride is a soft, smoky eye, soft cheek and pink lip.
“We understand choosing a hair and makeup company is a very important investment,” she says. Look for one who is true to your personal style.
Platinum Motor Cars, www.PlatinumMotorCars.net
“Our Rolls Royce Phantom is a preferred car for brides,” says David Nguyen, co-owner of Platinum Motor Cars Houston. Experience true luxury when you rent top of the line exotic and luxury cars. You can also choose from Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari and more. No need to worry about driving, chauffeurs allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
By Laurette Veres
Photography by Loyd’s Photography & Video