Coffee Chat: It’s Not Hou It’s Me Lifestyle Blog

Coffee Chat: It’s Not Hou It’s Me Lifestyle Blog

Houston, TX Wedding PhotographerI have a passion for reading a good lifestyle blog, it’s a thing. I like to know new things to do around Houston and if they have a bit of personality {or are eccentric}, then I love them even more. It’s Not Hou It’s Me is a blog that fits all of this, and I sat down with the ladies who write this blog because I was interested in meeting the creative minds behind the blog. I mean if they love the Bachelor they must be cool, right?

This blog looks at a whole bunch of things, from the best brunches in Houston, to delightful food trucks, or which fitness class will kick your butt but not kill you. They are also slightly obsessed with the Bachelor and have even created a drinking game for it! That’s my kind of sassy blog.

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It turns out that Anastasia and Natalie met in their freshman year of high school, basically on their first day. They hit off right away and wound up joining the school newspaper together, and started blogging together because of the school newspaper. When Anastasia moved back to Houston after college, she felt out of the loop on the cool restaurants {especially for brunch} and she reconnected with Natalie right away. Together they started going to cool places around Houston and decided to write about their fun activities. And that is where the blog came to fruition!

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A year and a half later and the blog has grown past their expectations. They had no goals or expectations for the blog, but now it is picking up steam and they are adding new things to it–like travel features {my favorite one is where they write about the best things to do in Toronto, they nailed it!!}, exercise posts, most recently about a Pure Barre class {I did try to convince them to try a crossfit class, I am not sure I was convincing} and introducing a newsletter that is getting new sign-ups every day.

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When reminiscing about the blog Anastasia said her favorite post over the past year and half was one about the top 5 veggie burgers in Houston, as she is a vegetarian. She has found that, as a vegetarian, Houston has a lot of cool options and she loves sharing it with her readers. Personally, the nut burger at Beaver’s sounds amazing, and I feel like I need to try that soon. Natalie, on the other hand, loved writing about the Bachelor Fantasy Suiteball League. Not only was it a moment of pure inspirations {who doesn’t love those!}, but it was picked up by an entertainment podcast and was picked up by other blogs.

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It seems like with Houston’s vibrant brunch scene, and with lots of destinations to visit, and the Bachelor not going away anytime soon, this blog will continue to grow. I don’t know about you, but I might need to check out an Orange Fitness class and then hit up the Fountain View Cafe for an egg sandwich and maybe a cinnamon roll. Anyone want to join me?

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Harry Potter Wedding Ideas

Harry Potter Wedding Ideas

I have been doing some reflecting about what I would do if I were to renew my vows or if I could go back in time and redo the style and theme of my wedding. I love a lot of things, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, all things super-hero, Harry Potter, Survivor the TV show, and Lord of the Rings to name a few. My husband and I share a love for both Harry Potter and Survivor, so if we were to do it again, I think we would delight in having Harry Potter touches in our wedding. Classy touches, where the traditional {like the wedding dress} would remain the same, but things like the invitations, cake, flowers and decorations would be, well magical! These days the options are endless for those planning weddings to add classy but personal {ok ok NERDY} touches to their big day.

So how would I plan my wedding day incorporating classy but nerdy Harry Potter touches to my wedding? I am glad you asked!

INVITATIONS

In my personal opinion the Maurader’s Map is used a lot, so I would want something different. Now don’t get me wrong, I think having the Maurauder’s Map unfold as a wedding invitation is awesome, I just have something else in my noggin. So what would I do? I would want to have a more traditional looking invitation, using the different house colors and the back to invitation. I would use black Harry Potter font, and probably work with a calligrapher to achieve the look I wanted. In the wording I think it would be neat to say we are making an unbreakable vow. Below are some ideas I like. I especially like having the invitation sealed with wax. Classy but themed.

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CAKE

I would want to have a traditional white cake and add some gold flair to it. I was leaning towards people cake toppers but when I saw the cursive Mischief Managed topper, I knew I would use that instead. Cursive cake toppers are very popular right right, and the bonus? Gold is a strong color in the Harry Potter world. Tied to that, I would have gold glitter on each tier, but mingle the gold glitter with the red glitter, green glitter, blue glitter and bronze glitter on each tier to represent the houses at Hogwarts. It would classy and still very Harry Potter.

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DETAILS

Table Centers, Menu, Seating Cards

How people know where their table is, I am going to keep it with the house theme, and have the sorting hat on the table with their names with their table number on it. I think that would be charming, plus the brown hat matches the gold and house colors, so it would be seamless. The table names and numbers would match the font on the menus to be consistent. Read below to know what that will look like!

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Flowers are the traditional thing to go in the center of the table, but this is also the place where you can make things a whole lot more personal and I would want to get a little bit stronger in my Harry Potter theme here. Based off the wedding invitation, I would seat people in the houses they have been sorted into. So each table would have a center that would either be red, green, blue or yellow. I know there are secondary colors to these houses, but since gold is huge right now, I would instead substitute gold so that each table is tied together in some way. Plus, it will match the cake!

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Since candles and potions are consistent imagery in Harry Potter, I would have table centers with impressive white candles on top of gold posts. I then would have small vials of edible colored candy, that would be the house color of the table, and have them labeled like Felix Felicis and Skele-Gro or Polyjuice Potion.

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For the menu, plates and cutlery, I would want white plates rimmed in gold with gold cutlery. The menus would be the format of the Daily Prophet, with chunky lettering and the word MENU in the middle in white font with a black border. It will be unique and make an impression!

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This is the style I am going for with the menu, just slightly modified to be Harry Potter-esque.

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Photo Booth

I love photo booths at weddings, and that shouldn’t be a shock considering what I do! These booths weren’t very popular when I got married, so I never thought to do this, but I totally would now!! I mean I can have a scrapbook of every person who does this as a keepsake, and it is a super fun activity for the guests. Obviously all the props would be Harry Potter inspired, with house ties, round glasses, lightning scars, scarves, wands, everything!!

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EXIT

I would love to have the exit not be sparklers, but be people holding wands over us. Just typing this I am getting misty-eyed!! It would be the perfect end to a truly magical wedding.

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Houston, TX PhotographerLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of the session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!
Kris + Keegan | Houston Portrait Photographer

Kris + Keegan | Houston Portrait Photographer

I have worked out with Kris and Keegan for a few years, we hit it off right away and have enjoyed each other’s company at parties. We are kind of ridiculous together! They are also smart and sassy and fun subjects to photograph, so when the opportunity arose, we all jumped at it.

I have been wanting to practice my off camera flash skills, so when the opportunity came up to learn from one of the best, I leapt at it! We did different set-ups and poses and had a fun time with it. We did this at the beautiful Houston Studio, a dynamic space to shoot in.

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C Wright Photography Houston Portrait Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Portrait Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Portrait Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Portrait Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Portrait Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Portrait Photographer

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Houston, TX PhotographerLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of the session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!
My Magical Trip to Magnolia Market

My Magical Trip to Magnolia Market

I was in Dallas for a weekend and on the way back to Houston my friend Stacy and I knew we had to make a stop: Magnolia Market. I have been a fan of Fixer Upper since my sister introduced it to me in its first season. As I am sure all of you can identify with, I instantly felt like i was best friends with Chip & Joanna. Chip is hilarious and you never quite know what he will do, but he has this heart of gold. Joanna is super easy going and loves Chip’s craziness, and she has a bit of one herself {ever seen her do a few cartwheels in a house? I have!}. I love their work as well, their designs and ability to turn hideous houses into works of cozy art is like the cherry on top of this magical duo. In fact, that is exactly what they did for the Market, you can read about it and see the “before” pictures here.

The Market is in Waco, TX and was relatively easy to find. The parking was a free-for-all and we commented that if we were locals in Waco, we would probably hate this area of town. It was bustling with people, and considering it was the Monday after spring break, that is saying something! The Market has sliding wood doors as its entry {of course} and when you enter your senses are assaulted, so many beautiful items in all directions! Stacy and I had to pause and decide which way we wanted to go!

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C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

The Market’s main building has a good clear path and there a ton of items I could have bought, but I was being frugal!

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C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

There is a lower area as well that has clearance items and then an outside area where there are food trucks, a garden area and a huge field for people to play catch and run around on. It has this wonderful community vibe to it, which is exactly what Chip & Joanna wanted.

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C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

I bought stuff for my mom and sister, a few trinkets for my home and ate a savory crepe from one of their food trucks! It was a super fun time, I am already counting down the days until I can go again!!

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C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

C Wright Photography Houston Family Photographer

 

Houston, TX PhotographerLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of the session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!
Sugar and Cloth Color Wall = MAGIC

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall = MAGIC

I have never been one to love graffiti or color walls, but I think my hometown in Canada didn’t really try. Since moving to Houston I have some to love graffiti walls here because they are genuinely artistic and gorgeous, heck the city has even paid to have some done! I have toured Houston with my friend Stacy and we have come to adore the random grafitti this city has to offer.

When I found out that Sugar and Cloth went ahead and painted a huge wall in Houston, I was smitten. I knew that this would be a place where my clients would love to go for creative and fun pictures. My clients LOVE fun! I love fun!! So Stacy and I decided we needed to see the wall the week it was unveiled and then we took pictures of each other at it, because YAS. {I also might have choked on a cookie for these pictures, but it was worth it!}

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A special thanks to Stacy from Stacy Anderson Photography for taking such fun pictures of me. You rock!!