The Billboard Bride Experience

By Rebecca Palmer

Images by WDR Imagery

Michelle’s Engagement

Michelle Schmidt and her fiancé Vincent talked about going to Italy to travel allaround the country. In June 2023, they went to Sorrento, Italy. On their secondday in Italy at the Amalfi Coast, Vincent proposed to Michelle. He hired asecret photographer to capture the beautiful, picture-perfect moment.

The Billboard Bride Experience

Michelle has experienced the bridal show three times playing different roles in a wedding. The first time she attended she was in junior high. She was going to be the flower girl at a wedding. It was an exciting experience as a young girl seeing all the dresses and beautiful wedding decor.Her second time was two years ago because her best friend was getting married and she was the maid of honor. Michelle’s third time was one month after she got engaged. She loved the experience as a bride-to-be because she was made tofeel special and able to apply for Houston’s Billboard Bride.

Michelle’s favorite part of the show was the fashion show because she was able to see all the beautiful styles of wedding dresses and she began to get ideas on what dresses she would love. She enjoyed meeting the different vendors, obtaining their contact information and taste testing the desserts available. Michelle had the opportunity to start making note of everything that is needed for her wedding day. The experience made her very excited to start planning her special day.

When Michelle received the notification that she was chosen to be the Billboard Bride, she was sitting on the couch with her fiancé and she felt like it was an honor to be chosen among all the applicants. For her photo shoot day, she took her mom with her and they were both very excited and enjoyed the lavish experience. From the make-up to the hair, she enjoyed every moment of it. It made her engagement and her future wedding real. Michelle says, “it was an experience I will never forget!”


Get this look:

Fashion: Ventura’s Bridal Fashions

Hair & Makeup: Donyale the Makeup Artist

Location and floral: The Heights Villa

Photography: Waterdog and Rabbit