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 traveling. 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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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?

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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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! In case you don’t remember this lovely couple, you can see their dreamy Houston engagement session here!

Elegant Austin Wedding

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…)

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Dunlavy, Houston TX Harry Potter 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 Harry Potter themed 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 Harry Potter golden snitch ring box she made, and I brought a Harry Potter 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 Hotel Zaza 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 at The Dunlavy, they went by a trolley that was specifically chosen as it resembled Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express. My heart was basically exploding over these perfect Harry Potter touches!

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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 dinosaur themed 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 Details

Erin and Carter did some badass things to incorporate their dinosaur 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 this dinosaur wedding! It was a beautiful day for this Rice University wedding photographer!!

Getting Ready

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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 at the Sam Houston Hotel

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

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

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What to Wear for your Engagement Session

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what-to-wear-for-your-engagement-sessionWhat 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.

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