The newly minted Almquists savor a romantic and intimate “last dance” amid the chandeliers at the end of their reception.

The Dunlavy’s chandelier-bedecked space and bayou views provide a recipe for instant urban-glam. But Jacqueline Soussan and Aaron Almquist enlisted Pomp & Circumstance to infuse the venue with a hint of rustic romance for their September 2017 nuptials. Bronze and gold accents shimmered in the glass-encased room and on the wood-clad deck, offset by bright white arrangements courtesy of Flora & Eventi. Other warm touches included gold-calligraphied table numbers, a kids zone, complete with crayons and a coloring sheet, and comfort-food bites like donut holes. With their adorable, tux-clad infant son by their side for much of the night, which took place just three weeks after Hurricane Harvey, the Almquists toasted to new beginnings.


The newly minted Almquists savor a romantic and intimate “last dance” amid the chandeliers at the end of their reception.
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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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"Captain America" Artist: Eliseo Hilario The Kingsmen Car Club, Houston, TX

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Canadian mezzo-soprano, who trained at the HGO Studio, will star in the title of Carmen, the company's first live show since Covid. (photo from @tact_international_management on Instagram)

AFTER THE COVID-19 pandemic forced Houston Grand Opera to make its 2020-21 season an all-virtual affair through their new HGO Digital platform, the lauded company is making its triumphant return to live productions this fall with a 2021-22 season stacked with audience favorites like Carmen and The Magic Flute. And of the six highly anticipated mainstage productions on the company's repertoire for the season, four of them will be conducted by women — toi toi toi — with the other two operas boasting female directors.
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