Rice University Wedding Photographer | Erin + Carter

Remember the dinosaur loving couple I blogged about a few months ago? Well, these two lovely people are married now!! Erin and Carter truly had the most dino-licious wedding ever! Their wedding was at Rice University, where their engagement photos were taken. The details in this dinosaur themed wedding were top notch but best of all they were surrounded by those they love best. It was an awesome day to be a Rice University wedding photographer, I tell ya!

The Dino Details

Erin and Carter did some badass things to incorporate their dinosaur theme into their wedding. When you look through the photos, you will see that there were dinosaurs on the invitations, as well as dino-cufflinks! Erin designed the wedding invitations herself, and you would never know because they look so good. Erin also decided to have a tropical feel to the flowers, a la Jurassic Park. Their wedding reception space was decorated to perfection with balloons that spelled DINOMITE on the dance floor. It was the perfect backdrop for the dancing photos, and was just a lot of fun! Lastly, the wedding cakes were topped with a groom and bride dinosaur, and when I saw it I laughed. It was perfect!! A surprise happened though, as people brought dinosaur costumes and blow up dinosaurs as they partied on the dance floor! It was seriously the best best time!

I will say that the catering for the wedding was some of the best BBQ I have had while living in Houston! So much so, that I forced my husband to go there after the wedding to try it! As well, the cakes by Wink by Erica were so dang delicious. Not going to lie, my second photographer and I tried all the flavors and split the slices between us to try them all. I think the whisky chocolate flavor was my favorite! I mean, y’all know I am foodie, so of course I am going to brag about their food if I adore it!

Rad Vendors

Planner: Southern Spirits Events

Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty

Flowers: Events with a Twist

Catering: The Pit Room

Cakes: Wink by Erica

DJ: Bartending 2U

Officiant: Christina Keefe

So let’s dig into this dinosaur wedding! It was a beautiful day for this Rice University wedding photographer!!

Getting Ready

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Two Extraordinary Houston Florists

Ahhhh flowers, two weeks ago you learned my passion for them when it comes to weddings. Or, well, anytime honestly. Today we dig into two extraordinary Houston florists, and why I think they are rad. They both have a ton of talent and an eye to create magic. These Houston wedding florists can take an idea and make it, well, blossom into something you didn’t even think of! And that, to me, is what takes a good wedding florist into an extraordinary one!

What I love about these two wedding florists is that they have such different aesthetics. If you are having a hard time nailing what you want as the flowers for your wedding, hopefully these two extraordinary florists inspire you!

Two Extraordinary Houston Florists:

Flower Vibes

Holly from Flower Vibes, was introduced to me at a wedding styled shoot. I remember walking into the room and seeing her take on a rainbow floral display and being in awe! This woman is not afraid of color. In fact, she has embraced it whole heartedly! As a Houston wedding photographer, I love how she knows exactly when a flower is going to open, especially the colorful ones. It makes every bouquet and centerpiece stunning. Even her flower crowns are big and full of life! If you are wanting wedding flowers with loads of color, that take up space and have personality, Flower Vibes is the florist for you.rainbow wedding flowers at Hughes Manor in Houston Texas by Swish and Click Photography (more…)

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The Best ways to Have a Bougie Wedding on a Budget

Let’s not mince words, weddings can be expensive AF. Yes, if you go on less traditional routes you can have a wedding that falls below the average spend of a wedding, but not everyone wants to have a 20 person guest list or to elope. Some people want to have those they love at their wedding and to go the traditional route. And that’s ok! The best weddings I have been to have had overwhelming amounts of love showered on the couple, which is what this is all about. So let’s dig into the best ways to have a bougie wedding on a budget!

Bougie Wedding on a Budget?

Expectations

Before getting into the nitty gritty on how to have a bougie wedding with a hopefully lowered price tag, I want to discuss expectations. I recently read an article that couples, before doing research, think they will spend half of what a traditional wedding costs. What does this mean? It means a lot of couples have sticker shock when inquiring with vendors!! Even though most sites and professionals say “set a budget” as the first thing you do before wedding planning, I think it’s more prudent to Google average pricing for big ticket vendors, so you aren’t losing your mind at a floral or cake quote. Or, set a dollar amount you think a wedding would cost and double it. I know, I know, it sucks!

So how do you have a wedding that feels like the both of you, invites all those who are most important, and not spend $100k? Let’s dig in!!Bougie wedding bride in Austin Texas by Swish and Click Photography (more…)

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