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Puppy Styled Engagement Session | C Wright Photography

Puppy + Owner = True Love

You know that going into doing a puppy styled engagement session that there would still be a theme to it. I mean yes, puppies on their own are cute AF, but as the ever creative person that I am, a little theme had to be thrown in there. The inspiration behind this styled session was to show that you don’t need a romantic partner in your life, that the love you and your dog have is more than enough.

Soulmate Has Four Legs

Let this be your inspiration to do pictures with your puppy! It doesn’t have to be cutesy and off-the-cuff! It can be a gorgeous sparkly skirt, a themed top and a matching puppy collar! In this set we included some gorgeous calligraphy signs and made it feel elegant and, well, adorable!! Look how the puppy Roxy basically grins in almost all the pictures? Too cute!!Puppy styled engagement sessionsoulmate has four legs

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How to Add Personality to Your Wedding Cake Topper

Cake Toppers Rule!

If you read my last post about wedding cakes, you will note I love a slightly more traditional cake.This leaves plenty of room to add personality to the top of the cake–which will please not only you, but also grandma Rose and your mom. Sure they might not look at the topper and think “so elegant!”, they will be in awe of the cake for that emotion! Nah, the cake topper is your chance to shine. The following are some ideas on how to make your cake topper go from traditional to filled with personality!

Pets? Pets!

A lot of couples I know have pets and want to incorporate them into their wedding. I mean they are your first kids, right? You spend quality time cuddling on the couch, doing snapchat with them, among other things. Plus, when you incorporate your dog or cat into your cake topper, it honestly goes up a full notch!! My personal favorite are the silhouette ones, but they are all cute.

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Favorite Wedding Cakes | Houston Wedding Photographer

Mmmmm Wedding Cakes

I am surprised it took this long for me to write about my favorite wedding cakes considering I am such a foodie. But who cares! This post is intended to inspire you and make you hungry at the same time! I want you to look at these cakes and feel the potential for your wedding. To see how personality has been infused in the simplest of ways. Sometimes it is the addition of flowers, metallic paint or both! You can also be over the top, and that is honestly awesome!!

Flowers

One of the simplest of ways to make me fall in love with your wedding cake, as a wedding photographer, is to incorporate flowers to it. Seriously, a white or cream buttercream cake with flowers? Gorgeous. Simple. Stunning. Plus, it smells awesome and makes me want to eat it!! The flowers can be on the top, cascading down the cake, I am not picky. The flowers look great doing it all!

Rainbow wedding cake
Gorgeous cake by Get Caked

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How to Have an Unplugged Wedding

unplugged weddingWhy an unplugged wedding?

Imagine this, you are walking down the aisle {or are standing at the front of the aisle} and you cannot see your fiancee. With all your guests standing as you walk down the aisle, that is expected. What isn’t expected? Uncle Bob* has an iPad and is taking pictures of you, so you can’t see your betrothed, but you do see them straining to see you. Then you notice one of your close friends not looking at you, but at their cell phone, as you walk down the aisle. All in all it wasn’t the moment you thought it would be–people seemed more interested in taking pictures than being present in the moment with you.

I get this concern a lot as a photographer–how do I get my family and friends to understand I want to have them not breaking out their cameras and cell phones during the ceremony? Let’s be honest, posting a sign or making an announcement on their own doesn’t necessarily work. So what can you truly do? (more…)

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Houston Wedding Photographer–The Bougainvilleas

Oh Bougainvilleas

As I walked into this venue I was charmed. The Bougainvilleas is located a little west of downtown Houston, on Westheimer. The outside is adorned with flowers, and although it isn’t on a huge patch land, it is no less impressive. Seriously, all the images from photographing there are gorgeous.

Bridal/Groom Area

The area for the women is nice and large, with ample seating. A huge mirror adorns the right side of the room. It made some for great shots of the bride getting ready, her ladies and mom loving on her, and easy candids. I love where the flowers were placed in these pictures, it added a feminine touch to these getting ready pictures.

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Harry Potter Styled Engagement Session | C Wright Photography

Yes, Harry Potter

I feel like this should go without saying but, I am obsessed with Harry Potter. In my quest to show couples out there that you can pair a bit of geek with a lot of class, I conceived this engagement session. I paired with Lauren from Toast from the Host, who made my ideas come to life in the coolest of ways!

The Details

The save the dates couldn’t have been more perfect–I know the catcher/keeper verbiage is seen a lot, but paired with hand written calligraphy breathes new life into it. In fact everything is hand drawn, including the snitch! Megan from Megan Marie Calligraphy is insanely talented, I can’t even draw stick figures and she is making my Harry Potter dreams come true! And yes, the paper is ripped artistically and fringed in gold.

Harry Potter engagements

Next, because I am obsessed with macrons, those needed to be included. Wink by Erica put some metallic illustrations on the macrons and they instantly became Harry Potter-esque but in a cool, classy way. To not be too overt, colors other than the four houses were used. I wanted to keep it more neutral. Paired with metallic paint, they look magical! *wink*

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Houston Wedding Photographer–Briscoe Manor

Briscoe Manor is located in Richmond Texas, on a large plot of land west of downtown Houston. The white stone on the outside is reminiscent of Ashton Gardens, but that’s where the similarities end. From the layout of the space, to the touches in every room in the venue, you can tell a lot of thought was put into making this venue an amazing place to get married. Already excited? Check them out!

Getting Ready

There are spaces for both the bride and groom to get ready in, and they are thankfully not remotely close to each other. The space for the bride is large with tons of natural light flooding into it–which is what you want! Lots of natural light means great makeup and pictures. There are tons of mirrors, comfortable seating in a room with high ceilings made of beautiful dark wood. If I were a bride, this space would make me feel both comfortable and pampered.

Briscoe Manor

For the guys, they are in a different part of the venue, and Briscoe Manor calls it the groom’s lounge. It has individual lockers for each guy, a pool table and a TV. Basically it is the perfect place for the guys to get ready. This room is on an upper level, close to the reception hall, with no windows. But it is nice and large, and is close to the bar!

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What to Wear for Your Engagement Session {Men’s Guide}

engagement sessionTwo weeks ago I wrote a guide to help women with what to wear for their engagement session, today it’s all about the men. Men sometimes get forgotten or are an after thought. I don’t like that. Men make up the feel of an image just as much as a woman does. Sure they don’t typically have long hair to get styled but they still need to look good, and feel good going into the pictures.

Get Dressy

Living in the south, specifically in Texas, people own farms or grew up on one. There is this natural instinct from the guy to wear jeans in these pictures. If I am being honest here, jeans are too casual for engagement pictures. So swap out those jeans you love for well tailored gray or navy slacks. And if you are feeling frisky, get the jacket that goes with it. Looking well maintained in your engagement pictures will translate handsomely to your images.

Layers!

In the Houston heat, this is one of my least favored pieces of advice, but trust me, it looks so good! Fellas, I would invest in a blazer, vest or jacket to pair with your shirt. It gives you several different looks for the camera and just looks well put together. If you have ever been in a department store and seen those mannequins with several layers, then you know know what I am talking about. So while you are out buying this new gray or navy slacks, also pick up a blazer or vest at the same time. (more…)

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Top 5 Ways to Have Amazing Wedding Pictures

amazing wedding picturesAmazing wedding pictures don’t just happen, there are small things that go into the images to help take them to the next level. And you know what? None of my top five tips have anything to do with working out or changing the shape of your body. Nope, the things I consider to be most important are small things to take into consideration. While working out and eating healthy is important, let’s focus on appreciating who you are and loving the body you’re in.

Practice Smiling with Your Eyes

I honestly prefer images where the bride and groom aren’t smiling. But this doesn’t mean they are glaring at the camera lens. No, it’s when the image doesn’t have a smile but the eyes, they are talking. Tyra Banks calls it “smising”, or smiling with your eyes. Since I am a nerd, I usually coach my clients to think about a happy thought, like they are Harry Potter, defending themselves against a dementor. It has become a “thing” at sessions, and it makes my clients laugh once they figure out what I am talking about! Also, keeping a smile in your eyes means your face won’t go limp–one of the reasons why people look like they have resting bitch face. So now you know! When a photographer asks you to not smile with your mouth, engage your eyes and think happy thoughts! Your images will look amazing! (more…)

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