Houston is a pretty big place, so finding a spot to do your engagement session can be overwhelming! I have compiled a list of my favorite spots around Houston to help everyone with this arduous task. And honestly? Don’t feel like you have to find the most exciting or best spot ever. Truth be told, I have put couples in a ditch because the area around them looked great! I kid you not! What is most important is showing off the love between the two of you!
The first thing you need to think about is your love story. Where did you meet? Get engaged? What do you love to do together? Any of these answers can help you find a spot for your engagement session. Is there a spot in Houston you have your heart set on? I encourage doing it where you will most happy.
There are a ton of parks in the Houston area. Also, a lot of them are now charging fees. Centennial Gardens? Fee. Arboretum? Fee. Japanese Garden in Hermann Park? No professional photography is permitted there. Disappointing, right? But, there are other parks that are just as beautiful and are free. Eleanor Tinsley Park has the skyline of Houston behind it, and it’s on Buffalo Bayou, which is perfect. Discovery Green has a wealth of spots, and is a short walk to downtown, where you can do some urban looking pictures. Sam Houston Park, Helen’s Park, Fernland Historical Park are all awesome options! Most couples choose parks because they like the greenery in the photos, they might love a bridge or water feature as well. You can set up a picnic or sit on a bench. Plus there are usually places you can get changed in if you want to do more than one outfit. (more…)
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⠀
I love that I live so close to Galveston! It means we get to do engagement sessions there frequently, and then I get to spend the rest of the day there, or go early and prowl around before the session. My favorite spot? The historical strand area, there are so many gorgeous doors and architecture!
Cheyenne + Isaiah
These two are so in love. They have been together since high school and have a connection that can’t be faked. As you can image, they have been through their ups and downs since they have been together for so long. When we were discussing possible locations for their session, it was instantaneous–Galveston! Cheyenne and Isaiah are having a destination wedding so having a beach feel to their engagements kept everything consistent. We also got a few pictures in the historic downtown and snuck their adorable pup into some pictures!
I love their outfits too, it’s put together without trying too hard!! Plus, they have a slight nautical feel the outfits, which is perfect!!
Enjoy the photos!
Love my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@swishnclick.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!
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
Let’s get real, planning a wedding can be overwhelming! (The good kind, most of the time). It starts with inspiration from Pinterest/Instagram, but then you get 20 tabs deep into local vendors and your mind starts to melt a little. Add onto this that for most of us, it’s unfamiliar territory! Knowing how early to book your venue, photographer, flowers, dress can be a little overwhelming. What really sucks? Finding that perfect place or vendor and then not being able to book them because they were booked earlier by someone else.