Harry Potter Engagement Session in Galveston | Taylor + Andrew

You know the cool thing about Taylor and Andrew? They 100% love and support each other’s passions and dreams. When Taylor reached out to me, she wanted an engagement photographer who could capture her and Andrew’s unique passions, which happen to include the beach, Disney and Harry Potter! And I am sure you know that I was all in. Taylor is a Ravenclaw and passionate Harry Potter fan. Andrew may not be as passionate as Taylor, but he was game for anything she wanted to do during the engagement session! And obviously we had a wand duel, because there’s no better way to show your affection in an engagement session 😉 It made for a unique Harry Potter engagement session in Galveston!

Taylor and Andrew are getting married in Florida, so having the beach in their photos was important to them. We met early in the morning to get the best light, and had some fun! We went to one of my favorite spots in Galveston, where the beaches are quiet, which is what you want! After capturing photos on the beach, we walked the Strand. We found some cool shops as we walked, specifically a magic shop. We obviously stopped for some romantic wand photos.

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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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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 Harry Potter Wedding Quotes To Work Into Your Vows

Harry Potter wedding couple kissing at Arrowhead Hill in Magnolia Texas captured by Swish and Click PhotographyHarry Potter wedding quotes are timeless. And magical!! The words written by J.K. Rowling have a special place in my heart, and I feel like what is written could be put into someone’s vows, even without it being, you know, weird! Some books or movies don’t translate as well, but I feel the following 5 quotes really could be mixed in, no problem.

Harry Potter Wedding Quotes:

Quote 1

We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others.

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Harry Potter Engagement | Carson + Katy

Can I just come out and say how obsessed I am with Carson + Katy’s marriage proposal? And when I say obsessed, I am not being dramatic. Carson put a lot of thought and effort into this proposal, wanting it to be personal, fun with just a dash of nerd. And honestly, can we really say that Harry Potter is nerdy anymore? Let’s dig into this amazing Harry Potter engagement!

The Set-Up

Carson decided not to risk inclement weather and rented a studio for the proposal–The Houston Studio! She had a vision of balloons in her head, and when I informed her of Big Ass Balloons, that’s when the magic started to happen. She got some amazing balloons, spelling the words “Marry Me” and two large balloons filled with confetti on the side.Marry me balloons at a Harry Potter marriage proposal at the Houston Rental Studio in Houston Texas captured by Swish and Click Photography

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Favorite Wedding Cakes | Houston Wedding Photographer

Mmmmm Wedding Cakes

I am surprised it took this long for me to write about my favorite wedding cakes considering I am such a foodie. But who cares! This post is intended to inspire you and make you hungry at the same time! I want you to look at these cakes and feel the potential for your wedding. To see how personality has been infused in the simplest of ways. Sometimes it is the addition of flowers, metallic paint or both! You can also be over the top, and that is honestly awesome!!

Flowers

One of the simplest of ways to make me fall in love with your wedding cake, as a wedding photographer, is to incorporate flowers to it. Seriously, a white or cream buttercream cake with flowers? Gorgeous. Simple. Stunning. Plus, it smells awesome and makes me want to eat it!! The flowers can be on the top, cascading down the cake, I am not picky. The flowers look great doing it all!

Rainbow wedding cake
Gorgeous cake by Get Caked

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Harry Potter Styled Engagement Session | Swish and Click Photography

Yes, a Harry Potter Styled Engagement Session

I feel like this should go without saying but, I am obsessed with Harry Potter. In my quest to show couples out there that you can pair a bit of geek with a lot of class, I conceived this Harry Potter styled engagement session. I paired with Lauren from Toast from the Host, who made my ideas come to life in the coolest of ways!

The Details

The save the dates couldn’t have been more perfect–I know the catcher/keeper verbiage is seen a lot, but paired with hand written calligraphy breathes new life into it. In fact everything is hand drawn, including the snitch! Megan from Megan Marie Calligraphy is insanely talented, I can’t even draw stick figures and she is making my Harry Potter dreams come true! And yes, the paper is ripped artistically and fringed in gold.

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Next, because I am obsessed with macrons, those needed to be included. Wink by Erica put some metallic illustrations on the macrons and they instantly became Harry Potter-esque but in a cool, classy way. To not be too overt, colors other than the four houses were used. I wanted to keep it more neutral. Paired with metallic paint, they look magical! *wink*

Harry Potter macrons made by Wink by Erica at the Grand Texana in Houston Texas photographed by Swish and Click Photography

 

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