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Texas A&M Bridal Session | Aubrey

What can I say about Aubrey? She has a way about her, a confidence that she exudes effortlessly. I knew I wanted to bring this out in her during her bridal session. Aubrey was seriously magical in her bridal beauty. And the lighting on the day of her bridal session was perfect, as were the temperature. One of the first cool days College Station saw this fall! It made everything fall together for this Texas A&M bridal session.

Aubrey and her now husband Sean both went to Texas A&M. You can see their engagement session here, where we went on Kyle Field and everything! If you know anything about Texas A&M, you know that there are a ton of traditions that create a culture that creates a passion and loyalty to the school. So when I proposed to Aubrey that we do her bridal session here, she loved the idea. It’s an important place for her, it’s where she met her husband, but is also a place that feels like a second home to her. Plus it is gorgeous!!

Aubrey got her gown from Impression Bridal and loved it for its gorgeous lace and the silhouette it gives her. For her hair and makeup Nyoka Gregory Beauty knocked it out the park!

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Delightful Houston Wedding Reception at La Tranquila Ranch | Ana + Yaqoub

When Ana inquired with me, for what feels like a million years ago, she needed my photography skills for a reception moreso than a wedding. And I understood why, they were getting married elsewhere and celebrating with family here in Houston. So this was going to be fun coverage of their families celebrating. And I was totally up to the task! Instead of capturing a ceremony and getting ready photos, I did a first look with Ana and Yaqoub and then we did family photos. Then we ended the night with great food and dancing! It turned into a delightful Houston wedding reception at La Tranquila Ranch.

Ana + Yaqoub

These two met in college in 2010, Yaqoub was Ana’s TA. During the speeches I learned that he might have helped Ana with her homework…or possibly done some of it for her! The attraction was strong between these two, and they have grown to love trying new restaurants together and travelling. I always ask my couples what they love about each other, and their responses were beautiful. Ana loves Yaqoub’s kind heart and how incredibly intelligent he his. And during the reception I could see, in the small ways, how kind and in love he was with Ana. For Yaqoub, he loves not only her sense of humor but also how much she trusts him and has faith in him. The key takeaway? These two are not afraid to be honest with each other, to work together to be a strong couple. The love and respect they have for each other was obvious! I have no doubt that whatever life throws at them, they will handle it.

Talented Vendors

Gown: David’s Bridal

Suit: Men’s Warehouse

Florist: HEB Blooms Design Studio

Food: Nadia’s Cafe, Sisies Pastery and the venue

Cake: Lali’s cackes

Venue: La Tranquila Ranch

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5 Killer Tips on Finding a Great Engagement Ring

Engagement season is officially afoot! Did you know that 19% of proposals happen in December? And that from November to February almost 40% of couples get engaged? That means that if you are waiting to get engaged and you know it’s coming, that your partner might have bought your ring already. And if they haven’t, this post on 5 killer tips on finding a great engagement ring is for them!

Set a Budget

I remember as a kid the commercials that said the person proposing saved two months of salary for the ring. And honestly? I think that theory is a bit passe in 2019. The average amount people spent in 2018 was $5,900 in the USA. But you know what I say? Averages don’t mean squat! What you should do is talk with each other and set a budget that you two can afford and look for a ring that can fit within said budget. I think Robert and I spent half that when we got engaged 9 years ago.5-Killer-Tips-on-Finding-a-Great-Engagement-Ring (more…)

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Surfside Beach Family Session

Beach sessions in the Houston area are my favorite when it isn’t too hot! They key is to do them before the June heat really sets in, which is exactly what Meredith and her family did! This wonderful family was vacationing together at Surfside Beach and wanted some photos together. And can you blame them? Beach photos are really fun. And it’s a fun way to get multiple generations together in a photo. It was a ton of fun capturing this Surfside beach family session.

They packed some cute beach-ready outfits for the shoot. Everyone looked like they coordinated without looking like they tried, which is really hard to accomplish! Three generations of the family are in the photos, and I made sure to capture each family unit individually, as well as entire family shots. I loved how the kids played as their parents had some sweet moments.

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Modern Downtown Houston Engagement Session | Marissa + Toan

Marissa + Toan’s engagement session was amazing! When we discussed what they wanted, Marissa knew she wanted to include their pup Oliver, a studio and a downtown feel. Since they are getting married at Annunciation Catholic Church which is in the heart of downtown, it is 100% fitting. As we were mulling over locations, we decided on my studio, have coffee at a cool coffee shop and then to go to a garage downtown and capture them on the roof. Once the plan was made, it turned in a modern downtown Houston engagement session!

Let me tell you about Marissa and Toan! These two cuties met on Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating site I have never heard of. But let’s be real, I have been married for 8+ years, so my knowledge of dating sites is not robust! They were each other’s first match on the site, and after their first date, they never looked back. These two love eating delicious food together, spending time with their family and raising their adorable dog. Even if Oli loves Marissa more than Toan….and when you look at the photos, you can see Oli’s reactions!

I love that we have bonded hard over food, and have tried new and different foods around Houston as we plan wedding shoots! I am hoping we ca have another food date soon, as we plan Marissa’s bridal session!

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Sweet Texas A&M Engagement Session | Aubrey + Sean

I need to preface this post by saying that I typically only do one engagement session with my couples. Aubrey and Sean did an earlier engagement session at the Houston Arboretum. But Aubrey entered into a contest run by Zadok Jewelers for one with me and she won! And since their alma matter Texas A&M is a big deal to both of them, we made the trek to College Station. The really fun thing about this session is that as we walked around Sean and Aubrey told me about cool stories about the university. I love how much passion the school instills in its students, it really creates a sense of community. It reminds me of my alma matter Queen’s University…and made me wish we had a mascot dog! As we went to their favorite spots around campus, it made for a sweet Texas A&M engagement session.

Aubrey and Sean wore their school colors for the session. We had the opportunity to shoot on Kyle Field, and it was epic! It was only a mildly super hot day, so we all barely were sweating during this 😉 But it was so worth it! We got images not every couple gets and it was a pinch-me moment to walk the field. Of course we also went to the Century Tree, where these two basically smoldered. And we stopped by Sean’s sister’s memorial to get a few photos as well. Being able to honor her in these photos was important to all of us.

If anything, this session made me even more excited for their wedding!

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Fun, Inclusive Houston Branding Session | Modern Affinity Bridal

Hey Houston! Did you know you have a new bridal gown store in town? I was so excited when Hayley contacted me about her vision for this shoot: models in gowns in multiple sizes, ethnicities and genders. Modern Affinity‘s mantra is to be warm, welcoming and inclusive to anyone who wanted wedding wear. Hayley and Joe are so passionate about this that all the vendors they pair with are LGBTQ+ supportive. Once we got started talking about concepts for the shoot, I knew it would be a fun, inclusive Houston branding session!

The Concept

Hayley saw in her head a shoot that had models of various sizes. She wanted a nod to being inclusive in the LGBTQ+ community. And the perfect way to do it was to have balloons that look like a rainbow as a backdrop. Hayley rented a studio for the session, got the balloons and voila! An epic look for photos! The models were all different sizes, ethnicities and genders, which made for completely unique photos for Modern Affinity. As a wedding apparel shop trying to be different in Houston, I feel this shoot did everything they were aiming for.

Contributing Vendors

Branding shoots cannot happen without an amazing team. Here are the awesome people who made this one happen:

Studio: Houston Rental Studio

Hair and Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty

Balloons: Big Ass Balloons

Client: Modern Affinity

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5 Hair and Makeup Artists in Houston to Pay Attention to

Houston has a ton of hair and makeup artists, which is fantastic because with all the weddings and sessions that happen on the daily, we need a good selection. Over the years I have worked with or hired some amazing artists! Today I feature 5 that left an impression with me and who have knocked it out of the park on more than one occasion. I also might lightly stalk them and love to look at their latest work. So let’s dig into 5 hair and makeup artists in Houston to pay attention to!

Twisted Couture

I have paired a ton with Jamie from Twisted Couture. She is wildly talented, we have done soft and romantic looks, as well as more dramatic and creative looks. I love that we have paired together on some badass styled shoots that have been seen on Cosmo, Redbook and PopSugar! We also did a fun session last year with envisioning what Disney princesses would look like today. It was wild looking!! All the clients I have sent to her have loved her, and she is just a great person.5 hair and makeup artists in Houston to pay attention to 5 hair and makeup artists in Houston to pay attention to Twisted Couture Houston (more…)

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White + Dusty Blue Wedding at the St Regis Houston | Andrea + Robert

This past June I had the opportunity to photograph a beautiful wedding at the St. Regis Houston. Fresh from Andrea and Robert’s engagement session two weeks previously, I knew they were going to be a fun, romantic couple to work with. As you know, this was great for me because fun couples are so easy to photograph! Better yet, they were set to celebrate at one of the most beautiful wedding venues I’ve ever set foot in. I may have been more excited than they were! I mean who wouldn’t be for their white + dusty blue wedding at the St Regis Houston?

Andrea and Robert got ready at St Anne Catholic Church, where they were getting married. Andrea had a beautiful bridal suite and Robert a side room. Both areas had great photographic opportunities! The ceremony itself was in the gorgeous church. It was a traditional Catholic ceremony, with touching speeches mixed in. And the church was a gorgeous backdrop for portraits of Andrea and Robert!

The ceremony space was gorgeous and had soft, beautiful lighting. The reception area is where the restaurant area, with tons of natural light. Andrea and Robert had a mariachi band greet them when they arrived and played for them throughout the cocktail hour and first dances. It was a unique touch to the wedding! The reception was decorated beautifully, my favorite being the tall floral arrangements. Or maybe it was the food! Ha ha probably both. You guys know I am a foodie!

The best thing though? It was the obvious love between Robert and Andrea. Every photo of them together is filled with so much love. And I love their portraits! You can see how fun and romantic they are.

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