Remember these two from their super cute engagement session with their dog? Now they are basically an old married couple! Courtney and Dylan had a super romantic Magnolia Bells Houston…
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 travelling. 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.
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
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?
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.
St Anne Catholic Church (more…)
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 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!
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!!
I 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.
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…)
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!”.
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!!
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!
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
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.