How to Have a December Wedding That’s not Christmas Themed

It’s natural to make a December wedding Christmas themed, but not everyone wants one. Having grown up in Canada, land of the hearty, frozen winters, I feel uniquely qualified to have great ideas for a December wedding! And no, I am not talking about a Disney Frozen theme, although that would be…interesting.

Textures

I am in love right now with the trend of velvet and suede being popular in weddings. For a December wedding, this is the wedding where you can embrace these fabrics! Everything from velvet bridesmaid dresses to napkins and table runners, seriously do it! I would also be tempted to wrap the bridal bouquet in velvet ribbon as well, for some added drama. I mean, why not?

December wedding
Made by local designer Renegade Bridal.
December wedding
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Harry Potter Wedding: Slytherin Inspired Wedding

Why a Slytherin inspired wedding, when you are a Hufflepuff, Christine? Great question! Obviously my loyalty is with that house, but when my friend Brianne and I were discussing which house to tackle first, we wanted to have something for the fall. And what is more Halloween than Slytherin?

We wanted to make this Slytherin inspired wedding inspirational, to appeal to all Harry Potter fans, for them to see elements and dream to incorporate them into their own wedding day. Of course we know that the house colors are green and silver, but we decided to include more gold in there to warm it up a bit. Plus I love the look of gold with green for wedding elegance.

Stylish Elements

We wanted to play up the snake aspect of Slytherin, which our vendors loved. I mean, that cake! Come on!! Two glorious gold snakes, winding around each other. I brought my Harry Potter dining set with me, and the snakes on the Slytherin plate accented the table scape quite beautifully!

Another aspect we wanted to play up was smoke. We got lucky with the drinks, the dry ice smoked like a gangsta! But the best part? Those smoke bombs! The white one made for a moody, mildly evil atmosphere, and when paired with the drink? Perfection! The entire mood was set!!

My true hope, when couples see these images, is that they are inspired to make their Harry Potter wedding dreams come true! One of the most common areas of concern for couples is to not make their family, who may not share their passion, feel awkward. Of course the elements here are a bit over the top, but I hope things like the invitation suite, place settings and flowers help inspire them!

PopSugar & People

To top all of this off, yesterday this shoot was featured on both PopSugar and People.com! It’s wild to think how fast these pictures were embraced across the wilds of the Internet!

Rad Vendors

Venue: 5226 Elm Events
Planner: Water to Wine Events
Cake: Good Gosh Ganache
Cookies: Hello Sweeties
Chocolate Frogs: Dulcet Bake Shoppe
Florist: A’s Floral Designs
Invitations: Design by Brianne
Calligraphy: Callie Elizabeth Art
Rentals & Goblets: Southern Staged
Signature Drinks: Palace Party Beverage Co. -Mobile Bartenders
Model: Kaley Gross
Dress: Renegade Custom Made Bridal & Gala
Hair & Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Henna Tattoo: Paisleys & Swirls

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Harry Potter Wedding Photographer | Hufflepuff Wedding Inspiration

As the premier Harry Potter wedding photographer in Houston, I have seen and been inspired by some magical wedding ideas! As a Hufflepuff, I felt like it was time to bring the Harry Potter house into the spotlight, especially since the other houses seem to get the most attention {I am looking at you Gryffindor and Slytherin}. In fact I haven’t found any Hufflepuff wedding inspiration at all, so I wanted to get it going. Let’s also recognize that yellow is a hard color to incorporate into a wedding look because if you go too bright you blind people. Oh and if you use too much then your wedding looks like a big sunflower.

The key to Hufflepuff wedding inspiration is to be strategic where the yellow and black are utilized. I also feel like instead of a dark black, shades of darker grey and pewter could be used to make things a little less jarring. In all of the inspiration images I have amassed, I have focused on having white being the color that balances the overall look and feel of this inspiration.

Hufflepuff Wedding Inspiration

Outfits

I love the intricate gold detailing on the bridal gown shown below. It’s a small but elegant way to work some Hufflepuff magic into the bridal gown. It also has an art deco feel to it that I love! I also love the shoes at the bottom as an aded golden touch for the bride.

For bridesmaid dresses I embraced the idea of gold glitter glam!! Paired with black or pewter heels, it is the perfect Hufflepuff look, while still being elegant.

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5 Things to Think About if Wedding Pictures are Important to You

You’re sitting here thinking “Of course wedding pictures are important to me, Christine!”. But I ask because when you are planning your wedding there are a lot of areas where you can cut costs, and with some of those choices you don’t notice the cut, but in others you do. In all honestly, wedding pictures are an area where if you cut too deep, you wind up with images you might not just regret but ultimately hate. So today I dig into 5 things you should think about if wedding pictures are important to you.

When a photographer is breaking into the wedding industry they typically price themselves in a lower {aka more appealing} price bracket. For reference, the average cost for a wedding photographer, according to The Knot, is $2783. I like to say the you can find a great photographer within $500 higher or lower for this amount. But anything less than $2200 and you are entering into what I call “newer” photographer territory. So to help navigate these waters, where you don’t want to spend an arm, leg and kidney for your images, but you still want the WOW factor, here are some tips in getting there:Swish + Click Photography (more…)

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Wonder Woman Bridal Session | Houston Wedding Photographer

Wonder Woman Bridal Session

Finding a lack of ingenuity within the wedding world for bridal sessions and weddings with personality, I have been planning and photographing styled sessions to show you can do this in a timeless way. That was the goal behind this Wonder Woman bridal session. I wanted to incorporate touches that were distinctly Wonder Woman without it being too garish. Weddings are moving more towards a showcase of the couple and illustrating their personality.  And I feel superheroes are vastly under-represented and seen as too comical to be taken seriously. Well, no more!

Inspiration

The inspiration for the Wonder Woman bridal session started with the origins of the woman herself. In her mythology, she is a demigoddess and warrior of the Amazons. Basically, a regal princess. The Amazons from Greek mythology bring to mind lush gardens and greenery, columned architecture and long flowing one-shoulder dresses. I wanted all of this for the session.

With particular attention paid to not making this session too garish, a team was assembled! What makes this have a Wonder Woman feel without being too comic-booky is the dress. And it being combined with the location. Rice University has columns galore and lots of lush greenery. The dress was simple but elegant. It draped over one shoulder and had a gold waistband. As an added touch, a gold lasso was incorporated to hang at her side. The finishing touches were the accessories–with particular attention paid to the head piece. This piece is the most obvious for the Wonder Woman touches, but is still elegant. Overall, I feel this session looks elegant and is inspirational all at the same time!

I held onto these images for a while because it was published in Offbeat Bride in October. When I saw that the movie was going to be released early this year, I decided to roll these images out in conjunction with the movie. Which, I must add, was amazing!!!

Vendors

Dress: La Couture D’Elizabeth
Venue: Rice University
Couch: Eastlake Events
Head Piece: Honeydrop Designs
Flowers: Hope’s Florals
Hair: Taylor Finck
Makeup: Ashley Granados Makeup Artistry

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6 Ways to Find the Best Vendors for your Wedding

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Finding the best vendors for your wedding can be tricky! These 6 tips are a guide to help you navigate hiring the best vendors for your wedding. You are essentially planning a big party, with a lot of people contributing to it. It can be overwhelming, and more times than I care to admit, I have heard horror stories about everything to florists, to bakers, DJs and venues to {gasp!} photographers. You don’t want that to be you! To help you make the best decisions possible, here are a few tips from my experience both as a bride and as an industry professional.

Contracts

Have one!

Promise me now, you will not hire any vendor without signing a contract. A contract you have read and understand. This piece of paper isn’t there to just protect the business owner; it’s there to protect you too. It sets the expectations for both parties to come together and do business. The wedding industry is made up mainly of self-employed individuals, and if you know the ‘right’ person, you might get a great discount {yay you!}, but don’t hire them if there isn’t even a whisper of a contract. That contract holds them accountable for their services to you and outlines payment, among other things.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Styled Wedding

Guardians of the Galaxy?

Um heck yes to Guardians of the Galaxy! All of you know I have quirky ideas, right? And a passion for Marvel? Well this passion has helped me create some pretty cool ideas, but I am truly in love with how this one turned out. The plus side? We are featured in Offbeat Bride for these pictures this week! I cannot think of a better reason to celebrate the second movie in the series coming out than by giving you these pictures to feast on!

The Table Settings

It’s Guardians of the Galaxy, so obviously there is a lot of gold in this. From the linens, to the cutlery, glasses, table chargers. It’s the perfect setting to show of dark pops of blue, green and burgundy. To add a subtle space feel, terrariums were used to hold the flowers. I love the height of the flowers almost as much as the starburst napkin holders. Also, rock candy was added to all the floral arrangements. Because yes.Guardians of the Galaxy wedding Houston wedding photographer

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How to Maximize Your Wedding Day: A Wedding Photographer’s Perspective

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It is completely possible to maximize your wedding day photography coverage. Your wedding day passes faster than you can image. Having a game plan for your wedding day, to get the pictures that you want is, from a photographer’s perspective, truly important. You want to have the photographers there long enough to capture some before ceremony moments, but to also stay long enough to get those flower tossing, garter-grabbing moments. So how do you maximize your time while getting the images you want?

First Look

Doing a first look helps you space out your day better. It might not be traditional, but it is becoming so popular these days, that it isn’t out of left field anymore. By having those twenty or so minutes together before you get married helps you get some {if not all} of your portraits with each other. It is also a great moment for the two of you to have, with no one else around. You can collect yourselves, love on each other. Every first look I have photographed has been heartfelt and gorgeous.

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