What to wear for any session is a hot button issue for all my clients. I was such a popular topic that last year I invested in a stylist to help me work with portrait clients. Her advice was so helpful that I have taken some of her advice and applied it to engagement session clients. So where do you start with clothing?
Tips for the Women
Have you pondered rocking a sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had a real reason to get that outfit? Guess what!! This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new item to your collection, a lot of my brides love Rent the Runway for their engagement photos because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like beautiful. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over. Other brides love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent item for their closet!
The Case for a Dress…or two
Long, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when captured with nature whether it’s greenery or the beach. Shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully too! Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter a woman’s figure, and they make you feel super confident! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress.
I can’t believe it has almost been a year since I captured this bridal slumber party styled inspiration! I also can’t believe I have shown this much restraint in not sharing more than a few images from it as well! But the good news? I can finally show them off because they have been published over at Southern Bride!
The Treat Table
When Brandi from Laced with Grace reached out about this I wasn’t prepared for the amount of color and fun that I saw when I arrived! I mean, I knew it was going to be bright and feminine, but guys! This was next level!! There were bright purple mini donuts, pink diamond cookies, purple drinks, pink and purple lollipops and cake pops. Intermingled with the treats were flowers, nail polish and confetti. It was the brightest, most fun table display!! My favorite was the confetti/icing rimmed glass with cotton candy inside. When the champagne was poured on top. And you can tell how delicious it was!!
Confetti Pillow Fight
What is a bridal slumber party without a confetti pillow fight? On the soft, fluffy bed decked out with white lights, paired with a bart cart filled with bright cotton candy and donut holes, a pillow fight obvious erupted! But my favorite part? The pizza. I am always the pizza gal, and I might have snuck a piece as I was capturing the scene.
I now wish I had a bedroom that would look this great for a slumber party…maybe I should move into the venue!! Ha ha, I kid…I kid…
What’s your favorite part of this shoot?
Planning & Design: Laced with Grace
Confetti Poppers & Design Collaboration: Dope Ass Confetti
Venue: Houston Event Venue
Cocktails: Palace Party Beverage Co
Hair and Makeup: BP Artistry
Florals: Monica’s Brides + Touch of Glitz Flowers
Henna: Paisley + Swirls
Decor & Rentals: Pause Event Stylists & Monrreal & Co
Bridal Boxes: Succulent Bar & Paper Tie Affair ⠀
Cotton Candy: Twirl Cotton Candy ⠀
Bar Cart & Styling: Toast from the Host ⠀
Balloon Garland: Glamfetti⠀⠀
Sweets: Dulcet Bake Shoppe ⠀
Invitation Suite: The Sensible Type ⠀
Videography: Sow Aerial⠀
Who here loves a colorful wedding? My heart sings when I walk into a wedding and the couple has embraced color, so this wedding inspiration comes from this feeling. It’s kind of like when you hold up an item of clothing and ask yourself whether it brings you joy, colorful weddings give me the same joy!
The Rainbow Details
When Brandi, from Laced with Grace, and I discussed the inspiration for this shoot, we wanted it to bright, and light and colorful. We dreamed of tables with a different color at each setting, with a bridal bouquet that was a cascade of color. Of course we wanted the boutonniere had to be super colorful too, and Flower Vibes created a magical assortment! We wanted it at a modern space, and Hughes Manor was the perfect space to show off all the color!
We wanted to have some fun drinks, and Palace Party made the most colorful blended beauties, that also tasted amazing! And of course we wanted to have treats for days!! Wink by Erica made the most delightful donuts and cookies, all of the emanating glitter. Paired with all of these, is the cake made by Cake Fairy by Monica. It’s geode loveliness, and we surrounded it with flowers to show off its rainbow effect.
Of course all the details couldn’t be carried out without a stunning bride and groom. Sarah and Kyle, whose wedding I helped capture a few years ago, were so so fun bring to this shoot! They are effortlessly in love, and it shows. Fun fact, since this shoot they have had a handsome baby boy!!
Today this wedding inspiration was published at Belle the Magazine!! We are so excited to share these gorgeous images finally, and we hope you love these images as much as we do! The following are the amazing businesses who contributed to the shoot:
Planner: Laced with Grace
Venue: Hughes Manor
Flowers: Flower Vibes
Linens: EB Inc
Napkins: Linens and Events
Goblets: Revisionist Events
Drinks: Palace Party
Cake: Cake Fairy by Monica
Donuts/Cookies: Wink by Erica
Invitations: Alaan Studios
Hair and Makeup: Sunny Hair and Makeup
I love sharing bridal portraits the day after the wedding! Katy and Carson had a wedding that was truly magical, filled with Harry Potter touches, so you know I was delighted!! Plus, there was so much love, that when I look at these bridal portraits I am even more inspired.
The Bridal Portraits
Katy’s bridal portraits were nothing short of exceptional. I don’t say this lightly. Katy is an attorney and she wanted to have that incorporated into her bridal portraits in a unique way, so we did the session at Lawless Spirits & Kitchen. Lawless Spirits & Kitchen is such a cool choice!! It is a place that embraces “the mavericks, dissenters, and nonconformists who have shaped the world with their unbridled courage and unrestrained passion”. It has pictures of famous people who have embodied this vision in their life, from Ghandi to MarkTwain to Susan B. Anthony. As Katy is a person who also embodies these qualities, this venue fit her like a glove.
Katy’s dress is glittery magic! it has an art deco feel to it, with swirly patterns, beading and shimmer. Form-fitting, it hangs on her every curve, like the dress is kissing her. And that train! You guys, that train is just enough and has a dramatic effect ?Add in that veil, and she is the epitome of a classy, elegant bride. So what is your favorite part of Katy’s dress? Let me know in the comments? Also, don’t you just love the venue?
Remember that magical engagement session, where Adam and Adriana dressed up and played with wands? Well, that captivating couple got married!! While planning their wedding, hurricane Harvey hit and it forced them to postpone it by four months.
Adam’s parents live in a home that has a large, beautiful backyard, and it was the perfect place for the wedding. Adam, Adriana and his parents worked feverishly to create a pond feature, the ceremony area and piece the backyard back together after the flooding. And all their hard work paid off!!
About the Couple
These two met in high school and haven’t looked back. I love it that they have been together this long, growing up and growing together as a couple. They shared from the start a passion for gaming and movies. This matured into a passion for food, trying new places to eat and exploring the amazing food scene in Houston. Hence, one of their favorite places to eat is at Gordon Street Tavern, and I don’t blame them–that place is delicious!!
Since the bride and groom are fun and passionate about things like Harry Potter, you know they had to incorporate some of that into their wedding! Adam wore Hufflepuff cufflinks and their wands made an appearance during portraits. And you know I was feeling all of that! I loved how the day was filled with so much love and laughter. Adam launched his fist in the air while kissing Adriana at the end of the ceremony, which made everyone laugh. Also, the entire wedding party was ridiculous and funny, always getting silly without too much encouragement! The cake and desserts were done by the Dessert Gallery–a place they went to on their first date! Lastly, Adriana’s dances with her father’s was so touching, with laughter and tears, emotion rippling through everyone.
But the true highlight? The couple! So every image of them, you can feel their joy in getting married. They simply love each other and you can feel it in every glance, laugh and kiss.
Dress: Impression Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Thalio Beckham
Rings: Robbins Brothers
Flowers: LJ Flower Company
Officiant: Joe Fregia
Catering: City View Catering
Cake/Treats: Dessert Gallery
DJ: Darker Side DJ
Favors: cookies by Grandmother
Crystal and Kenneth had such a fun, rockin’ yet romantic wedding! I loved being able to be there for this Bell Tower on 34th wedding – from their unique details to an amazing group of people, I had SO much fun! I was lucky that Crystal brought some of their gorgeous details – from the garter belt and stunning jewelry to the invitation and her gorgeous wedding gown! Of course Kenneth couldn’t be left out, his boutonniere was made of herbs, the grooms cake was a pig sectioned off with the different cuts of meat, a nod to him being a bad-ass chef! P.S. that grooms cake also had bacon jam inside it, and it was delicious!!
Beyond the super cool details were the sweet moments – when Crystal and her bridesmaids put on her veil and got her ready to walk down the aisle. She walked down the aisle to classic rock tunes, which fit them as a couple perfectly. Naturally the traditions of throwing the bouquet and sentimental toasts were there, too. They ended the night with a dance floor that was filled a confetti send-off. The vendors involved were phenomenal – be sure to check out the list at the bottom of this post and show them some love.