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Harry Potter Engagement Session in Galveston | Taylor + Andrew

You know the cool thing about Taylor and Andrew? They 100% love and support each other’s passions and dreams. When Taylor reached out to me, she wanted a photographer who could capture her and Andrew’s unique passions, which happen to include the beach, Disney and Harry Potter! And I am sure you know that I was all in. Taylor is a Ravenclaw and passionate Harry Potter fan. Andrew may not be as passionate as Taylor, but he was game for anything she wanted to do during the session! And obviously we had a wand duel, because there’s no better way to show your affection in an engagement session 😉 It made for a unique Harry Potter engagement session in Galveston!

Taylor and Andrew are getting married in Florida, so having the beach in their photos was important to them. We met early in the morning to get the best light, and had some fun! We went to one of my favorite spots in Galveston, where the beaches are quiet, which is what you want! After capturing photos on the beach, we walked the Strand. We found some cool shops as we walked, specifically a magic shop. We obviously stopped for some romantic wand photos.

Beach Photos

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Top 10 Wedding Cake Flavors

Do wedding cake flavors really deserve their own blog post? Uh, yeah! If you are a foodie like me, they do! When I was looking at wedding cake flavors 8 years ago I was blown away by all the choices. And then, unable to choose just one, we had three!! I don’t regret any of my choices. But now it’s 8 years later and things have changed, and cake flavors have gotten more fun and bougie! With that in mind, let’s dig into my favorite top 10 wedding cake flavors:top 10 wedding cake flavors (more…)

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Gorgeous, Smokey Bridal Session in Houston

You’re probably thinking to yourself “Christine, how can you have a gorgeous but also smokey bridal session in Houston?!” Let’s just say I am a super huge fan of smoke bombs {yeah I photography trends like that}. But you know what? My clients love it! Courtney was super easygoing, and we had a ton of fun with her smokin photos!

As is the case with September in Houston, it was 90ish degrees the day of Courtney’s bridals. We were able to do some photos inside the chapel at Magnolia Bells, but then we ventured outside for the remainder. All of us {Courtney brought her mom and sister} are skittish around big bugs, so when we found a huuuuge spider and a wasp went up Courtney’s skirt, you know there was a bit of cursing happening! And running away! But in between? Man did Courtney nail her photos.

I want to love on the wedding venue for a minute. Magnolia Bells has so many areas where you can capture people. They have a huge field, an outdoor ceremony site, the chapel and a ton of pathways. It allows for some variation in the photos without having to drive somewhere for it. Also, it’s great that they let brides do their session there. It makes the photos for their wedding seamless!

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Elegantly Romantic Engagement Session in Houston | Andrea + Robert

One of my favorite things about this engagement session is that we used some cool locations around Houston. We went to the water wall and the arboretum, both gorgeous places! But I have to be honest, I love the water wall photos the most. That place is just so great!! Initially Andrea and Robert wanted a session with lots of color and flowers, but once we started talking about all the different places in Houston for photos, the session took on a life of its own! And what it turned into was an elegantly romantic engagement session in Houston!

We luckily chose a day that wasn’t miserably HOT, it was more overcast and humid. This meant all these outdoor photos wouldn’t be so hot we were instantly sweating, which is a thing out here in Houston! We had so much fun together talking all the wedding things, and getting excited. Robert and I joked around a lot, and it made for some nice and relaxed photos.

What I loved most about this session is how these two were able to connect so quickly. And things got steamy!! These photos show just how fun and in love Robert and Andrea are, more than any description in a blog.

The Water Wall

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Two Bakers in Houston who are Killing it!

What is your favorite memory of cake? Is it from a birthday party or a wedding? Growing up, my mom made the most delicious cakes with our family recipe for 8 minute icing. It was the epitome of delicious!! When I have cake at weddings, I tend to base my opinion on whether they match up to what my mom used to make, which might not be totally fair, but I can’t help it. Both of the bakers that I talk about today I have personally had their cakes at weddings, and my taste buds were satisfied! Which is why I feel like these two bakers in Houston are killing it!

Get Caked

I was introduced to Get Caked a few years ago at a mock wedding shoot. There were several cakes that were on hand, all different, and all stunning. One of the perks was at the end of the shoot, we were able to try the cakes, which doesn’t always happen. What left an impression was how long the cakes had been sitting outside being captured and how freakin moist they were! As a foodie, a moist cake is important to me. The icing should be an accent to the flavor profile of the cake, and that’s exactly what I ate. Add onto it that the cakes looked like pieces of art, and I was sold. Since then, I have become good friends with the owner Kailyn. She is one of the nicest people in Houston, always quick with a joke and works her freakin butt off. She can do simple/elegant cakes but can also rock out a geode cake like it’s no effort. All while tasting mad delicious!bakers in Houston who are killing it wedding baker Texas (more…)

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How to Find the Right Baker for Your Wedding

Finding the right baker for your wedding can be one of the most fun things you do for your wedding. I mean, come on, it’s a lot of cake tasting!! And treats tasting! As a foodie, this was one of my favorite things about wedding planning. But you also need to be wary, as there are some vendors who aren’t as truth worthy as others. Did you hear about the Houston bakery that delivered Styrofoam cakes and then disappeared, leaving clients without a cake? Yeah, that’s sketchy! So let’s get into how to find the right baker for your wedding.

Research Pricing/Make a Budget

As with anything wedding related, it’s smart to research pricing for vendors before making a budget. If you don’t, you could be shocked during a meeting when pricing is discussed. Of course, during the research stage, not all bakers {or vendors in general} list their pricing on their website. Thankfully, there are enough vendors out there who list pricing on their site for you to get a good feel. Know that the more ornate the cake, the higher the price will be. Sugar flowers are stunning, but they also take a ton of time to make and thus increase the cost of a cake.

Once you do research, create that budget! If your fiance was anything like mine, it took a bit to get him to understand the price, and that it shouldn’t be $300 for a 3 tier cake to feed 100 people. As a rule of thumb, I would add some wiggle room in the budget just in case you find a baker you love who is slightly above your budget.delicious wedding cake (more…)

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Two Epic Bakers in Houston

I love baking. I grew up baking with my mom. Every Sunday we would bake cookies and muffins together, sometimes cakes if it was a birthday. She had all these cookie recipes written out on cards, a lot of recipes passed down from her mom’s mom. My favorites were the peanut butter cookies and the oatmeal cookies. At Christmas we would make recipes my mom made as a little girl. All of this is to say that I have a soft spot in my heart for bakers. I love trying the different flavors of their cakes and how creative they get with decorating them. Hence why I am writing this blog post about two epic bakers in Houston!

The two bakers below are amazing. Their cakes, their decorating, everything! They kill it! I have referred many a happy couple to them, and I always look forward to capturing and eating their cakes on the wedding day.

Wink by Erica

I met Wink by Erica through a styled shoot, but before that I was obsessed with her work thanks to social media. Erica is so stinkin talented with being creative with treats. Initially I was obsessed with her donuts, but that was just because I hadn’t tried her cake flavors. As a foodie, the flavors chocolate espresso, white chocolate raspberry and whisky chocolate are divine. The thing I love most about her treats is how colorful and whimsical they are. She is always trying new things, new shapes, and loves animals, so they show up in her work a lot. Take a peak at her work below!epic bakers in houston (more…)

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Define + Design’s Strategic Branding Session

When I first started talking with Melissa and Julia from Define + Design, it was apparent that they had a clear vision for their branding photos. In fact they are one of the most organized clients I have worked with! Their organization and clear vision means they had a super strategic branding session. So what was their vision? Let’s dig in!

Their Vision

Melissa and Julia wanted photos that showed off their sense of humor, their friendship story and their business story. Important things to be in their photos, besides themselves were donuts, coffee, tea and their kids toys. Since their ideal client is a working mom, having elements of their children in the photos was important to them. On top of that, they wanted images of themselves working at a desk, on their laptops, deep in discussion, one the phone, and desktop flat lay images. Their brand colors are teal and purple, so I advised them to not only have items on their desk photos in those colors, but to also have their clothing have some of those colors. Having a clear vision was a huge element in making this a strategic branding session.

What they do

Define + Design work with small businesses and help them define their brand in a way that resonates with who they are and what they do. They work with small businesses on their branding, web design, content strategy and social media strategy. With a background in writing, communication, coaching and consulting, these women have been helping people leverage their strengths for years. Now they are doing it on their own terms!

I think when you see the photos, you will see how their vision turned to life. A good strategy helps turn images into branding magic!

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Define + Design’s Strategic Branding Session

When I first started talking with Melissa and Julia from Define + Design, it was apparent that they had a clear vision for their branding photos. In fact they are one of the most organized clients I have worked with! Their organization and clear vision means they had a super strategic branding session. So what was their vision? Let’s dig in!

Their Vision

Melissa and Julia wanted photos that showed off their sense of humor, their friendship story and their business story. Important things to be in their photos, besides themselves were donuts, coffee, tea and their kids toys. Since their ideal client is a working mom, having elements of their children in the photos was important to them. On top of that, they wanted images of themselves working at a desk, on their laptops, deep in discussion, one the phone, and desktop flat lay images. Their brand colors are teal and purple, so I advised them to not only have items on their desk photos in those colors, but to also have their clothing have some of those colors. Having a clear vision was a huge element in making this a strategic branding session.

What they do

Define + Design work with small businesses and help them define their brand in a way that resonates with who they are and what they do. They work with small businesses on their branding, web design, content strategy and social media strategy. With a background in writing, communication, coaching and consulting, these women have been helping people leverage their strengths for years. Now they are doing it on their own terms!

I think when you see the photos, you will see how their vision turned to life. A good strategy helps turn images into branding magic!

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