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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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Two Badass Wedding Venues in Houston

Two Badass Wedding Venues in Houston

These two badass wedding venues in Houston are very different from each other, like in my previous blog. I love featuring venues that are totally different, so you get a good idea as to the variety across Houston. Both of these venues have a totally different feel, one in the downtown area and the other in College Station. I love them both for completely different reasons!

Peach Creek Ranch

Peach Creek Ranch is located in College Station, so it is a bit of a drive from Houston. But honestly, it’s worth the drive. It is a barn-style venue that has a ton of awesome amenities. My personal favorite is that there is a cottage for both the bride and the groom to get ready in. A lot of times, unless you are in a hotel, the groom gets the sloppy seconds when it comes to getting ready. I love that there is a designated space for him and that it is really nice. It makes it easy to capture pictures in that kind of atmosphere.

I also love the waterfront ceremony area that can be decorated in different ways, for different vibes. It’s a big space that can hold up to 275 seated people, which is great for big weddings. From my experience there, it has never felt overly crowded, regardless of the quantity of people invited. Also, the chandeliers in the barn are freakin gorgeous and make first dances look elegant AF. If a barn venue is your jam, you seriously need to consider this place!!

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Two Awesome Wedding Venues in Houston

Two Awesome Wedding Venues in Houston

two awesome Houston Wedding venuesI have not written nearly enough about the awesome wedding venues in Houston. Today this stops!! With Houston being so big, there are a ton of venues to choose from. And honestly? If they are a bit of a blank slate, you can transform a lot of spaces into the look that you want with draping and flowers. But then, then there are other spaces that have a ton of character and leave a lasting impression. In this blog post I am highlighting The Dunlavy and The Farmhouse.

The Dunlavy

I found out about this venue from a friend, and at the time I had no idea it was also a wedding venue. It was just a cool place to have brunch and ogle all the chandeliers. Then I was commissioned to photograph a wedding there with another photographer and my perception of the venue changed. It grew! The venue is located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou and Lost Lake in Houston, with glass walls that surround the dining room, so you see all the natural beauty during a ceremony or while you eat. The chandeliers are what make this space so unique, and as a photographer I just love how they add ambiance to all photos taken there.

This space is meant for smaller weddings, with a max of 150 people for capacity. As someone who had 75 people at their wedding, I have a place in my heart for smaller wedding sizes. It allows you to splurge on awesome things like a cool dress or bitchin’ flowers! On top of wedding looking baller here, I love the food!! Every dish I have had at a wedding there has been creative and delicious. (more…)

New Orleans Wedding Photographer | Keeley + Eric

New Orleans Wedding Photographer | Keeley + Eric

I have been to New Orleans once before, but never as a wedding photographer! So when Keeley and Eric said they were getting married there, I was stoked! And then she said the magic words “French Quarter”. Thank you, yes. For Keeley, New Orleans is home. It’s where she grew up, this she wanted to be married there. Eric, being awesome, was like “let’s do it!”.

Personality Plus

When they were deciding on locations to be married, Keeley was thinking about how the spaces would reflect their personalities. Being a bit of a nerd, Keeley loves anything Harry Potter, The Office, Parks and Rec, to name a few. Thus, when she found a venue called Tomas Bistro, she knew it was “the one”. You know why? Because in Parks and Rec there’s a Tom’s Bistro!! I, being the enabling nerd photographer that I am, was thrilled.

Keeley also showed her passion for other fandoms in the signs she peppered around the venue. Signs that said “After all this time? Always” or a bar sign that referenced guests solemnly swearing they were up to no good. You know, classy Harry Potter touches! She also wore Harry Potter socks, which made me want a pair of my own! As well, there was a sign at the start of the ceremony aisle that read “until the very end”, which is something that instantly makes me tear up!

Keeley and Eric are passionate about their dogs, so they walked Keeley down the aisle with her brother. It was super cute, and I was kind of hoping they would stick around for the reception but that would be impractical ha ha!

Other Beautiful Details

The details in this wedding were beautiful and touching. Keeley’s mom made the pipped arch in the ceremony site, and spent tireless hours making the flowers on it look perfect. She also designed and made Keeley’s bouquet! As a big fan of reading, I loved the tables at the reception, as they were peppered with books. The books displayed the personalities of both Keeley and Eric, and when paired with the flowers and other decor touches, it looked gorgeous!

Keeley, being an awesome pragmatist, wanted to be comfortable throughout her wedding, so she found lace converse shoes and wore them all day. She also had two wedding dresses–her main gown and then a second dress she changed into for her reception. She looked fantastic in both, and the second one afforded her more mobility to dance!! Which, when you look at the photos, she had a blast!!

Arcade Ending

At the end of the night, Keeley and Eric “wound down” at an arcade night club. They played a few games as husband and wife and then danced the night away!

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Destination Wedding Photographer | Sarah + Russell

Destination Wedding Photographer | Sarah + Russell

You know, it blows my mind that I get to say I am a destination wedding photographer! And that Sarah + Russell hired me to capture their gorgeous, intimate wedding in the Dominican Republic. It’s actually a funny story, one of my planner friends posted on Facebook that she had booked her first destination wedding and I jokingly wrote a comment under her post that I was going to sneak into her luggage. If you know me, you know I would write that on anyone’s post! So Brandi reaches out about the wedding, and faster than you can cast a Harry Potter spell, I was part of the adventure! And I didn’t need to hide in Brandi’s bag!!

To add onto this awesome, is the fact that Destination I Do has published the wedding today on their blog!! After looking at my pictures, you should head over there and check out their feature!

Sarah + Russell

Sarah and Russell have had a passion for travel, the beach and are in love with the Caribbean islands. When people say it’s a no-brainer about a decision, the location for this wedding was exactly that. Sarah and Russell got this killer deal for the location, Villa Cocomar. It is a sprawling piece of land that has a huge house with several bedrooms plus two other buildings to house more people in hotel-style. The pool was huge and the perfect temperature {I would know I swam in it lots!}, and the bar was right beside the pool. The ceremony site overlooked the beach, so all the pictures have ocean in the background. Sarah + Russell couldn’t have picked a better place for their wedding!!

My favorite thing though is that Sarah + Russell had such a relaxed, amazing time going into their wedding. I loved watching them love on each other the days going into the wedding, relaxing in the pool or taking walks on the beach. If you want to hear more about them as a couple, check out their engagement session.

Favorite Details

This is hard because I loved all the details for this wedding. But, there were some details that really stuck out to me. First off, Sarah had two dresses, and both are gorgeous. But her ceremony gown? That was a work of art! All that detail and lace was an inspiration to photograph! And her shoes? They looked like shoes a Disney Princess would wear, with those crystals at the top.

I also loved the boutonnière’s the men wore. I mean they were freaking tiny pineapples!! They looked awesome on the blue suits the men wore. The ceremony site was everything you think of when you think “destination wedding”, the chairs were tropical in nature, the flower arch framed the ocean behind them, and of course there were the palm trees. Lastly, I loved their dining table. The blue and white vases filled with flowers were such a cool touch, that tied in neatly to the linens on the table.

But my absolute favorite detail? Sarah + Russell. You can feel their love for each other every moment they are together. The loving glances, inside jokes and their emotional first dance! They are what made the day special.

Rad Vendors

Stylists & Coordinator: Laced with Grace & Dominican Wedding Planner
Hair & Makeup: Juan Pablo Taveras
Bridesmaid Dress: Lulus
Invitation Suite: Minted
Calligrapher: Hey Bernadette
Videographer: 8k studios RD