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Dunlavy, Houston TX Wedding | Carson + Katy

Dunlavy, Houston TX Wedding | Carson + Katy

Carson and Katy’s The Dunlavy Houston, TX wedding was such a magical event!! And why do I say magical? Because their wedding had a delightful Harry Potter theme weaved throughout it! Do you remember when I blogged about their marriage proposal a bit ago? Well these amazing ladies are now married!!

Their wedding day was the day before New Year’s Eve, and although it was raining, it didn’t stop them from having the best time! As well, there is an old wives tale that says rain on your wedding day is good luck. As someone who had rain on their wedding day, I am going to firmly believe this tale!

Getting Ready

Carson + Katy got ready at Hotel Zaza. They got a suite with two bedrooms, so each of them could get in their gowns without the other seeing them. It was a wonderful setup, as the middle area allowed the wedding party to hang out, for hair and makeup to happen, and everyone to have fun! Carson brought the golden snitch ring box she made, and I brought a wand or two! It made for some amazing detail pictures of the rings and invitations. Both women honored their family in the jewelry they wore–Katy wearing a pearl calla lily necklace passed down from her grandmother, and Carson a silver ring that was her grandmother’s. They were perfect for each bride.

They did their family portraits at the hotel as well as signing the ketubah. The signing was a special moment, and those closest to the couple were in the room when it was signed. I might have teared up with a few of their bridesmaids…and obviously hid behind my camera! As everyone left to go to the ceremony/reception site, they went by a trolley that was specifically chosen as it resembled Hogwarts Express. My heart was basically exploding over these perfect touches!

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What to Plan for When Bringing a Photographer with you on Your Destination Wedding

What to Plan for When Bringing a Photographer with you on Your Destination Wedding

Destination weddings have been popular for a while now. But honestly? There isn’t a ton of information out there on what to do when you want to bring certain vendors with you for your wedding. Last fall I traveled to both the Dominican Republic and New Orleans for weddings and there was a learning curve I went through when planning for both trips! So if you are getting married in a fun location and want to bring your photographer with you, then here are some great tips on what to expect when bringing them with on your destination wedding.dominican republic photographer (more…)

Rice University Wedding Photographer | Erin + Carter

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 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 Deets

Erin and Carter did some badass things to incorporate their 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 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 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 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 the photos! It was a beautiful day and we had the best time!!

Getting Ready

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Two Extraordinary Florists in Houston

Two Extraordinary Florists in Houston

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 florists in Houston, and why I think they are rad. They both have a ton of talent and an eye to create magic. These 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 florist into an extraordinary one!

What I love about these two 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!

Flower Vibes

Holly from Flower Vibes, was introduced to me at a 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! 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.extraordinary florists in houston (more…)

The Best ways to Have a Bougie Wedding on a Budget

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!

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 (more…)

Two Amazingly Talented Florists in Houston

Two Amazingly Talented Florists in Houston

When you think of wedding pictures, flowers come to mind pretty fast! In fact they are the one thing I would have changed from my wedding day if I could. I say this now as someone who has captured and attended a lot of weddings and can see the difference flowers make to an overall aesthetic. So today’s blog post is going to showcase some amazingly talented florists in Houston who I love!

As much as I love capturing the big moments on a wedding day, I am also obsessed with the details that make it uniquely you! A HUGE part of the details are the flowers, so you want to make sure you go with the florist that gets you and your style. After all, flowers can help seal the deal on the vibe that you’re going for! An example is if you are going for a romantic vibe, roses and peonies work really well for that. If you’re thinking more of a boho vibe, then garden roses, eucalyptus and dahlias fit that vibe.

So who in Houston is talented and makes my floral loving heart skip a beat?? Let’s dig in!

College Park Flowers

I was introduced to College Park Flowers when I was covering an event at the Houston Event Venue. They had installations of flowers around the entire space, and it was creative and gorgeous! One of my favorite installations is pictured below. It’s a bit boho, a bit modern and all around gorgeous!!

Amie, the owner, is also really nice and takes the vision you have and then takes it to the next level! All of my Christmas and Spring Mini’s included her flowers and the arch/couch. When we were discussing my vision she confirmed what I wanted and then suggested things I had never thought about. And when the flowers and rentals were delivered, she was way above what I had envisioned, I was blown away. I know that from my personal experience with her, she will exceed my couple’s expectations as well, because that’s just who she is.Two amazingly talented florists in Houston College Park Flowers (more…)

Top 5 Places in Houston to Geek out at Over your Engagement!

Top 5 Places in Houston to Geek out at Over your Engagement!

Huzzah!! You just got engaged and you want to paint the town red. But just not any place will do, you want to celebrate somewhere special, somewhere that understands your geeky soul. That’s where I come in!! I made this list of top 5 places in Houston to geek out at as I discovered each one. I wanted to geek out at after getting engaged in 2010 too, when I got engaged!

These are great spots for going with your betrothed or a group of friends and family. Basically anyone in your life who understands or geeky ways and loves it.

The Hobbit Cafe

This place is a little slice of Hobbit Heaven. It’s the perfect place to geek out over getting engaged with your nearest and dearest. They have signs up all over the venue that have Gandalf, Samwise, Frodo and more to make you feel at home. Their sandwich menu has items named after different characters from the movies, and honestly it makes them seem even more enticing. The drinks come out in Hobbit themed glasses, it’s honestly a themed treat! There’s plenty of space for your gang, the food and drink are amazing, you just can’t go wrong here! My personal favorite it the fish tacos, they are so good!! Oh and they have loads of beers here, you’ll never be wanting for something new or different.Top 5 places in Houston to geek out atHobbit Cafe Houston (more…)

Houston Arboretum Wedding Photographer | Megan + Preston

Houston Arboretum Wedding Photographer | Megan + Preston

I don’t know if you know this, but I am low-key obsessed with the Houston Arboretum. In fact I like to think of myself as the Houston Arboretum wedding photographer simply because of my obsession. I have liked this place long before capturing this wedding, but after, wooooboy! I am obsessed. But enough about me. This blog post is all about the fun, fabulous and gorgeous Megan + Preston!!

These two are self confessed non-traditional when it comes to their wedding. Their favorite things to do together are drink at local breweries, hike and love on their animals! So when it came to planning their wedding, they first wanted to just elope. But then they decided to have a small wedding at the Houston Arboretum and a killer reception at St. Arnold’s Brewery.

Getting Ready

Since the Arboretum doesn’t have a getting ready space for weddings, Megan and Preston got rooms at The Sam. This hotel is super fun, has a gorgeous banquet hall {where the first look happened} and lots of great light in their rooms.

Throughout this entire process delicious champagne was sipped and hearty toasts made!

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Two Magical Venues in Houston

Two Magical Venues in Houston

These two magical venues in Houston are fantastic places for couples to get married at. They both have dedicated owners and staff which helps make a wedding run smoothly. I also love how they are both totally different, but magical in their own way! Like my previous post, one of them is located near downtown Houston, and the other is a plantation style venue on the outskirts of Houston. I love both styles, and honestly if I were getting married I would have a hard time deciding on the vibe I want.

Ashton Gardens

Ashton Gardens has two venues in Houston, one on the north side, one on the west side. Both venues have getting ready rooms for the couple, a gorgeous chapel to get married in and stunning ballrooms! As like in other venues, I have a huge crush on the chandeliers in their ballrooms. And their chapel has floor to ceiling glass windows, making ceremony photos gorgeous. I have a special love for the ballroom at the north location because of all the windows there. They are floor to ceiling, and wrap around the space. It gets flooded with so much natural light, and makes my photographer heart happy!!

As for its size, both venues have space for 400 people. With at least ten pews on each side of the chapel, there is plenty of seating. Some for the ballroom, all of the weddings I have captured at both locations, have had over 12 tables, seating 10 people per table. They also have a 5-star chef on staff at both locations, and I have loved all the food I have had from them. Seriously! I have never had a bad experience at either location and get excited when I see an inquiry from a couple and they have booked this venue!

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How to Plan a Branding Session

How to Plan a Branding Session

A few weeks ago I wrote about what exactly a branding session is. Missed that one? You can find it here! Today we are going to dive into how to plan for one for you business. Knowing what you need to have captured before reaching out to a photographer is of paramount importance. One reason for this is that you, as a business owner, need to know what pictures are needed for your website, social media and print.

Truly, I cannot tell you the amount of times I have had an inquiry where the business owner didn’t know what they wanted for their photos. They assumed that the photographer, myself, would know this for them. Unfortunately, this is not the case. My role in all of this is to capture what you see in your head.

What do you Need?

In my previous blog post I went into different possible images you might need taken. To really know, you need to audit your business and see what photos are lacking and where.

  • do you need head shots for your website?
  • what about more casual images of yourself for social media?
  • do you also need pictures of yourself in action?
  • or do you sell product? do you have pictures of it? or pictures of you making it?
  • how about layflat images of your product or items that speak to your ideal client?

From this list you get a great sense of what your branding session will start to look like.branding session (more…)