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To say that Megan & Tony’s wedding at Iron Manor in Montgomery was a miracle is not an exaggeration.  These two have been planning their wedding for well over two years.  In the beginning, they were planning for a year earlier, but they made the decision to push it to the next year, the best option for them.  After having a few hiccups with a previous venue and a few new possible dates, they found this gem being newly built just in time for their wedding day.

Finally, their special day came.  And only a week before the world closed down.  They had a full attendance and felt so lucky to have all of their closest friends and family come together to celebrate.  Working with Megan & Tony has been such a great experience.  Both kind, sweet and ready to laugh.

I love to see all of the celebrating in these photos.  I miss being around this.  The smiles, the hugs, the dancing.  The love.

To all of us, and to celebrating together again soon.

 

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VENDORS:

 

Venue: Iron Manor

Coordinator: Set in Stone Events

Florist: Mayesh Wholesale Florist

Hair: Salon Elon

Makeup: Niki Tacker

Rings: Nazar’s Jewelry, Art Carved & Scott Kay

Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri from The Princess Bridal

Shoes: Nina

Tux: Bryan Michaels from Milano Exchange

Cake: Cake In The Cupboard & Whole Foods

Caterer: Goat’s Mobile Catering

Band: Matt Wilson Band

Robes: To Happily Ever After from Etsy

Linens & Decor: Eat, Drink and Be Married

Stationary: Truly Engaging by Magnet Street

Transportation: Monarch Limousines

 

 

 

 

 

Megan was lucky enough to get married the Friday before large gatherings were about to be shut down.  I finally get to show her bridal session.  If you haven’t seen the new Iron Manor wedding venue, go check it out, it’s really beautiful.

Megan looked like a Disney princess in her off the shoulder gown.  She, her Mom and I hopped from place to place with all of the gorgeous places to take photos.  Here are a few of my favorites 😉

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Venue: Iron Manor

Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri from The Princess Bridal

Hair: Salon Elan

Makeup: Natly Denise

Photographing Tina & Jared’s wedding at The Oaks at Oak Plantation was a true honor.  Family is very important to these two and they spent a lot of time thinking out the logistics of the day.  Their attendants were specifically picked by Tina – her nieces, and escorted by their fathers.  Tina wanted for her young nieces to have moments with each of their fathers so that they could get a personal idea of what it would be like to walk down the isle on their own wedding day.  She loves her family so much, and as the youngest and only girl of many brothers, you could tell that they wanted this to be a super special day for their baby sister.

I experienced firsthand an incredibly gentle and patient person in Jared.  He loves Tina so very much and you can visibly see this.  His communication with her, the way he places his hand on her arm, his ability to be calm when their adorable fur children are going haywire, how he’s always watching out for her and even when she signs them up for pictures every few months! 😉

Tina & Jared decided they wanted to take their engagement pictures in Aspen last November.  You may or may not know that flying in and out of Aspen is sketchy due to weather, so it’s best to fly in nearby-or Denver-which is what we did.  It’s a 4 hour drive.  A bit long but gorgeous, and it also gave us so much time to tell more about ourselves.  We laughed, we cried and the walls came down.  It was so good to bond with these two.

Love isn’t always easy.  It is a choice that you make every single day.  I pray that God holds these two close to Him and to each other.

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VENDORS:

Venue: The Oaks at Oak Plantation

Planning: Memo Garza of Anais Events

Florist: Anais Events

Hair:  Laura Rivera & Co

Makeup: Bride & Karoline Makeup Artistry

Dress: from Whittington Bridal

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Tux: Indochino

Catering: Ally’s Catering

Cake: HEB

Band: Solido

Linens & Decor: Anais Events

 

When it comes to sunsets, in my opinion California takes the cake.  There isn’t anywhere else that you get that creamy, buttery beautiful sun besides SoCal.  That, along with the elegant stylings of Charla & Krystle made this set up perfect.

We started up at a house in the hills of Santa Barbara, collecting details and getting tips on how to best set and photograph a tablescape.  Our couple got dressed and did their first look in the garden, and then we drove down a bit to get some pictures in this gorgeous original green vintage mustang.

From there, we set off to Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez mountains for a quiet and intimate elopement with just a handful of guests.  As always, the weather was gorgeous, and our couple did a great job.  Of course in every day life you don’t have a full hour of time for pictures but as you can see below, we got a lot of sun, some just as the sun set and even a few at dusk.

This styled elopement was fast paced but nothing near what it is on the real day.  I enjoyed shooting at this workshop because it gave me the freedom to create new content, get out of my comfort zone and gaining more experience on different ways of shooting while not practicing on clients. 🙂

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VENDORS:

Venue: Private home – Santa Barbara, CA

Host & Planning: Charla Storey & Krystle Akin

Flowers: Honeycomb Affair

Dress: Galia Lahav

Tux: The Black Tux

Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

Invitations: Lettering by GRG

Hair & MU: Danielle Ryan Beauty

Styling Mat: Olive & Oak Mat

Linens: BBJ Linen

Lab: Goodman Film Lab

If you know me, chances are you’ve seen me around various places with this fierce chic.  She helps me with the bridal show, she assists me at most of my weddings and she keeps me updated on all the new lingo that I’ve grown clueless with, LOL!

A few things about Caitlyn –  She’s a communications major.  She’s a hard worker.  She’s on point with helping me at weddings.  She’s a feminist.  Most importantly thought, she gives me so much joy when she gives me one of her “Yas, Queen!” speeches.  To say that this young woman who is about 10 years younger than me makes me feel better about myself as a person is an understatement.  She’s always encouraging, accountable and she has a few older brothers who keep her educated on things like being a Dallas Cowboys fan, having a turntable and knowing good music.

I’m rambling but I just have to say that I’m so glad that she’s in this world.  It’s a better place with her in it.  While we were in California together for a workshop, we planned to take pictures on the Channel Islands just off the coast but the winds were rough that day.  Honestly, I think it turned out perfectly.  We went out to Lizards Mouth Rock area and honestly had a great time.  It was pretty cool and the wind was up, but that only made for better pictures.

Beforehand, we stumbled across the Santa Barbara Farmers Market to admire all the fresh produce, fresh honey and wildflowers.  We picked up a little bouquet of fresh flowers to take along with us.  After we worked hard climbing rocks (her in her dress and her pink Outdoor Voices tennis shoes) we headed back down the mountain to another amazing dinner that we took advantage of while in town.

So glad you came with me on this trip, CaitCait!  Such a memorable and fun time!

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Sometimes, the odds are completely in your favor when meeting couples and their families.  This is the case with a certain beautiful family right here in Houston.  I met sisters Kat & Emmalee at the Bridal Extravaganza a while back.  Since then, I have taken engagement pictures for Kat who was engaged at the time.  We’ve all gotten together for brunch and it’s just so easy to like these ladies and their AMAZING Mom, Lisa!

So naturally, I call them occasionally just to say hello.  This is when in late November I was clued in that Emmalee’s boyfriend would be proposing to her.  I was so excited!  Once the plan was in place, I disguised myself as a random park bench-goer complete with sunglasses and a scarf.  I didn’t want Emmalee to recognize me and there was NO hiding in this park if I wanted to get a good shot!

It all went pretty perfectly.  They headed to the park near their home along with Harvey, their Golden-doodle.  He proposed, and she said yes.  She may also have jumped up and down and there may or may not be pictures below.  We took more pictures of all of them together and then walked back to the house where both families had gathered with champagne waiting to surprise and celebrate the occasion.

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And just like that, it’s 2020 y’all!  First blog post of the year and it’s for Grace & Ben.  These two Baylor Bears are not sure where life will take them after they finish college, but one thing is for sure, they will be getting married this year!

It may look like a warm perfect day in Houston, but this was a COLD day.  I want to say the high was 52.  I’m not complaining, I love cold weather and they totally owned it!  Grace was so easy to make laugh and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with Ben’s handsome smile.  They both have the most beautiful big brown eyes 🙂

We laughed and joked about a few obstacles we encountered on our engagement session journey that included a Christmas grinch and after we finished with their dressy outfits, we headed over to Black Hole Coffee to warm up a bit.  I’m a huge fan of the cajeta!

I learned that Ben is a big Star Wars fan and that Grace loves Disney.  It sounds like a perfect match to me!  We will all meet again and counter the cold weather with a warm August wedding later this year.  Until then, enjoy the fun moments below!

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This couple is one of my faves.  They got married this May at the Pertoleum Club of Houston.  They had a packed day of events so they opted not to stress and scheduled to have wedding portraits done after the wedding!

You know how it goes, after the wedding you play catch up on everything you put on hold.  We finally got a date that worked for everyone and set off to McGovern Gardens and  let me tell you – it was a perfect day.

The weather was amazing, Heather & Jeff were bright, happy and playful.  I even got Jeff to do a cute little pose with the bouquet at the end ?

Thank you guys so much for meeting with me again, I adore you both and love laughing with you guys!

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Venue: McGovern Centennial Gardens

Hair/Makeup: Misty Rockwell

Flowers: Petals by Design – Lisa Cushing

Destination engagement sessions are among my favorite.  Not just because we are shooting somewhere new, exciting and less familiar, but because of the moments in the car traveling to our destination.

Tina, Jarad and I flew to Denver this November for their engagement session, but the journey didn’t stop there.  Our ultimate destination was another 4 hour drive southwest to good ole’ Aspen.  In those four hours in the car, we gasped at the scenery, laughed about fun stories and cried about touching moments in our lives.

We shared personal trials and triumphs, talked in detail about God and how he helps us with our relationships, arrived in Aspen to take pictures in town, and then ended in Maroon Bells for their formal pictures just as the sun set over the Elk Mountains.

Tina was under the weather barely being able to talk above a whisper, but she held out in the cold like a champ.  She rocked her gorgeous designer sparkly white gown and looked like a queen doing it.  Jared warmed her up with his long wool coat as much as possible, cuddling up to her and snuggling close.

Afterward we went and had the most amazing meal at White House Tavern.  If you ever go, get the crispy chicken sandwich, it’s the top seller for a reason.  We got no real sleep that night.  We drove the four hours back to Denver, stopping for a hot minute in Frisco for some pictures Main Street to pay tribute to their favorite song and location it was videoed in.  Tequila by Dan and Shay.  By the time we got settled in our rooms, showering off the long day and trying to wind down, there were only hours until we had to wake for our 6am flight back to Houston.

It was all worth it.  Not only do I feel like Jared and Tina are family, but the memories we made those two days are priceless.

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Meredith & Brian were my last couple of 2019 to tie the knot.  They chose Briscoe Manor and it was a gorgeous sunny and cool day.  Meredith wore her grandmothers wedding veil which was the perfect finishing touch.  As she opened her gift from Brian, her eyes filled with tears as she read what the letter included.  Brian’s mother is no longer with us here on earth.  Her wedding ring included little diamonds that surrounded the stone.  When each brother married, they presented their new wives with one of the four diamonds from their moms ring.  An incredibly special, sentimental and thoughtful wedding gift.

I was actually referred to these two by one of the grooms brothers who was a groomsman at another wedding I captured.  It was really special to know that they thought enough of me to give my name (thank you Matt & Callie!).  Brian and his brothers along with the rest of the grooms crew were all laughs and mischief.  It’s not every day that you see a groom look at his bride the way that Brian looks at Meredith.  To say that these two are a perfect match is putting it mildly.  They make being in love look so incredibly easy.  I hope you enjoy looking through their wedding day.

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VENDORS:

Venue: Briscoe Manor

Coordination: Angela Nix

Dress: Lovely BrideTara Lauren

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Shoes: BHLDN – Adrianna Papell

Hair/Makeup: Adorne Artistry

Florist: The Senterpiece

Invitations: Berings

Caterer: Behind the Bash

Cake: Edible Moments

Band: The Grooves