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Cute Bluebonnet Cake Smash in Houston | Baby Dawn

Cute Bluebonnet Cake Smash in Houston | Baby Dawn

Did you know people from Texas are obsessed with bluebonnets? As a transplant from Canada, I didn’t know this until I moved to Houston and experienced the spring obsession fill my feed on Facebook. Everyone, and I mean everyone, were posting photos of themselves with these blue flowers. Looking joyous! Thus, I inquired with a coworker about what was special about these flowers. Cue a loud gasp and then a long explanation about the flowers, and Texas and how cute it was that I was Canadian. All of this comes rushing back to me every spring, when these beautiful flowers bloom. And today you get to see a cute bluebonnet cake smash session!!

Cute little Dawn turned one this spring, and I have been friends with her parents for a good few years now. After extensive scouting, we found this perfect little patch and set Dawn up in it. Dawn, like most babies, was unsure at first. Most babies are apprehensive about getting icing and cake on their hands and getting dirty. {pro tip: buy a cake in advance of the session and have them eat it with their hands, so they are used to it} Dawn was a little skeptical but as soon as she tasted the icing, it was game over!

I am excited to share that Dawn is getting a sibling this February!! Selfishly, I am hoping they will be born on my birthday ha ha

But let’s dig into this cute bluebonnet cake smash!

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How to Find the Right Baker for Your Wedding

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…)

Two Epic Bakers in Houston

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…)

Define + Design’s Strategic Branding Session

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!

Details

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Two Awesome Wedding Gown Shops in Houston

Two Awesome Wedding Gown Shops in Houston

There are so many gown shops in and around Houston! And each of them carry a unique assortment of gowns, which is great, but can also be overwhelming. I don’t know about you, but when I got engaged I had no idea what wedding gown designers were out there, nor did I have a preference for a specific design. Thankfully these two awesome wedding gown shops in Houston have it all covered! They have a huge array of designers, as well as gown designs. And they both have gowns that can come in plus sizing, which I think is important to feature.

So let’s dig into these two gown shops!

Modern Affinity Bridal

The newest gown shop in Houston is Modern Affinity Bridal! It isn’t technically open yet, but they are almost there. This gown shop is located in League City, and offers an impressive amount of gowns and designers. The really cool thing about this shop is that they are an inclusive shop, not just in sizing for the gowns {which they are}, but are LBGTQ+ friendly. In fact friendly doesn’t capture how supportive this shop is to LGBTQ+ people, it’s part of their core mission and values to be a home for them! Which I think is awesome. As well as being welcoming, they have a huuuuuge selection of gowns, that are freakin stunning. The owner Hayley has made a point to pick out a wide variety of gowns, ranging from ballgowns to mermaid style gowns. I am seriously excited for their grand opening and can’t wait to be there to support them!Houston wedding photographer (more…)

Elegant Austin Wedding | Megan + Amedeo

Elegant Austin Wedding | Megan + Amedeo

When Megan and Amedeo were describing to me their wedding, I knew it was going to be a wildly elegant Austin wedding! They rented this amazing house in Marble Falls, and hosted their closest friends and family. It was a sprawling huge home, with an infinity pool that overlooked the lake. The pictures don’t even do it justice!

Getting Ready

Megan got ready in the master bedroom of the house, with hair and makeup happening in the bathroom. Her wedding gown was delivered that morning, and was hanging, ready for us to capture. Megan was sipping on wine, enjoying the music and being pampered, surrounded by her favorite people! There was an air of happiness and excitement as she was getting ready!

Amedeo was downstairs relaxing, playing on the piano when I found him. As the caterer, planner and guests worked around him, he played away! It was awesome to see him be this sea of calm around the chaos! Once it was time to get ready, Amedeo got ready in a different room than Megan and we took him outside for some photos of himself with an Alfa Romeo car he rented {and looooved}. It’s an Italian car company, so it totally fit!wedding venuewedding details (more…)

5 Important Wedding Gown Shopping Tips

5 Important Wedding Gown Shopping Tips

There are a ton of tips for wedding gown shopping, and there can be conflicting information regarding this as well. I don’t know if you know this, but I worked with Olivia’s Bridal house for over a year for their branding photos, and after seeing fittings in their shop, I can tell you, these tips work. So let’s dig into 5 important wedding gown shopping tips.

1. Schedule your appointment.

Wedding gown shopping isn’t like shopping for everyday wear. You definitely need someone to help you find gowns, not only in your size, but in styles that are flattering on you. If you show up to a gown shop without an appointment, you might get turned away because they don’t have enough hands on deck to accommodate you. A lot of gown shops I know also book several weeks in advance, especially on weekends. So if you know a gown place you really want to shop at, take the minute or two it takes, and make the appointment. You will be way less stressed during the appointment, and the customer service will be awesome!wedding gown shopping (more…)

Fun, Romantic Houston Engagement Session | Aubrey + Sean

Fun, Romantic Houston Engagement Session | Aubrey + Sean

When I met Aubrey and Sean, I knew that we were going to have the best time capturing their engagements session. I was beyond right!! This engagement session was equal parts fun and romantic, as we strolled the Houston Arboretum. These two are so passionate about each other that the session basically captured itself. They fall into each other and needed almost no direction. In between sets? We would crack jokes and laugh. It was seriously such a fun, romantic Houston engagement session!

Aubrey + Sean

These two met at the volleyball court where Aubrey lived while they were both going to A&M. Their group of friends would hang out afterwards and there was a spark, which turned into this amazing relationship! They dated for the rest of the time they went to A&M, going to football games, having date nights and everything in between. When it came to proposing, Sean wanted to do it on their 5 year anniversary. They were going out on the town for their anniversary and at the last minute Aubrey changed up Sean’s outfit–no jacket and a different pair of pants. Pants that would show a ring sized box, and with no jacket, where was he to hide the ring box? Sean got inventive, and as he told the story, I collapsed into laughter–he had to hide it down his pants!! And so throughout dinner, he is literally sitting on this box! To get it out, he excuses himself to go to the bathroom, and comes back and proposes. Obviously Aubrey said yes!

I effing love how much these two are completely, passionately in love. You can see it in the easy way they joke with each other, their stolen glances and goofy antics. When I say their engagement session was effortless, I mean it. Want to make out? Sure they do! Want to be silly? Dang skippy! After this session, I am so excited for their wedding! I know we are going to have a blast!

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Two Gorgeous Wedding Gown Shops in Houston

Two Gorgeous Wedding Gown Shops in Houston

Wedding gown shopping can be one of the funnest times in the getting married journey. It’s also something a lot of women are nervous about because trying on clothes brings up a lot of body issues. Thankfully wedding gown shops do everything they can to make the experience a great one and the two I talk about today really knock it out of the park. So let’s get into these two gorgeous wedding gown shops in Houston!

Olivia’s Bridal House

Olivia’s Bridal House is the only wedding gown shop in Houston that caters to curvy and plus sized brides. The owner Nicole makes it a mission to carry brands that others stores don’t, so that the store’s collection is totally unique. Their gowns start at a size 14 and go up from there. As someone who is plus sized, I wish this shop had been around when I was gown shopping 9 years ago. They carry gowns from designers like WToo by Watters, Casablanca and Pantora Bridal, who create gowns that give women killer silhouettes. The amazing thing about this shop, is that it makes women with curves feel not only normal but beautiful!! If you are a size 10 or above, I highly recommend checking them out!

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Jurassic Park Themed Birthday Party!

Jurassic Park Themed Birthday Party!

I’m a sucker for a good themed party, whether it’s for a birthday or not. Thus, when Jennifer reached out about capturing her son’s Jurassic Park themed birthday party, I was stoked! Her son was turning 5 and loves dinosaurs {who doesn’t}, and thus a theme was born! If you don’t know Jennifer, she is the wildly talented baker behind Good Gosh Ganache. The cakes she designs are edible art. She is talented on a level that blows my mind, if I am being honest. She has made several cakes for me for birthdays and events and they all have exceeded my expectations.

Jurassic Theme

The party was held at Kid n Play in Pearland, as they have rooms for families to set up tables to host a party. Jennifer hired Kashmire Productions to design the look of the party, and it killed it. It really felt like the jungle, with touches of dinosaur eggs and plastic dinosaurs. Of course there is the cake Jennifer made, that looks like the doors to Jurassic Park on one tier, a dinosaur skeleton on the middle tier and glowing lava on the top tier. It glowed. Not to just have one dessert, there were also dinosaur skeleton cookies hidden in “dirt” that the kids could brush to find, just like archaeologists. It was smart AF! Plus, there was chocolate pudding with bones on top, and amber popsicles with mosquitoes inside. The attention to detail to the first movie was insane!

The biggest thing though? They hade Jurassic Extreme come to the party! Two raptors were at the party, mingling with the kids and parents, not eating them! It was wild!! The kids were both scared and excited about them, and they made for epic photos!

Amazing Vendors

These vendors made the magic happen! We are so lucky to have such talented people in Houston

Design by Kashmere Productions
Rentals from Little Seaters
Decor from Decor 2 Remember
Live entertainment Jurassic Extreme Houston
Balloons Infante Creations
Venue Kid n Play

So what do you think? Was this the perfect Jurassic Park themed birthday party or what?

The Set Up

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