Galveston Engagement Session by CivicPhotos

POSTED IN Engagement Session, Inspiration

This Galveston engagement session came in at just the right time.  We are heading into engagement season (also known as the holiday season) and many of you will be thinking about where to have your engagement shoots.  Galveston is a great locale with a mix of so many settings you can’t go wrong.  This couple took advantage of the city and the beach settings that Galveston offers.  And CivicPhotos was there to capture it all (check out more their work here and here).  If the images below aren’t enough, head on over to the gallery and get even more eye candy.

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From CivicPhotosCapturing a beautiful moment is basically the essence of what creates a great engagement session. Having a story-based theme is also the perfect way to make everyone forget that we are shooting pictures and lets them focus on creating excellent chemistry. With that said I’m sure everyone will enjoy watching these frames as they take you from the Strand to the climatic beach scene.

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Photography ~ CivicPhotos | Venue Location ~ Galveston Island | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

East Texas Ranch Wedding by Lizard Nickel

POSTED IN East Texas, Real Weddings

I love that weddings can be anything you want them to be.  They can be fancy, black-tie affairs or down home, casual brunches.  They’re like fashion–a true reflection of your personality.  This couple held a celebration that was completely them.  This East Texas ranch wedding was full of family, friends and fun.  And all of the details…the handmade favors, the kiddie drink bar, the tractor ride…you can just feel the love and fun that was had.  Lizard Nickel Photography captured some amazing images from the day.  Check out even more in the gallery.

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From Lizard Nickel Photography…Jeannine and Gib had a very unique vision for their Champagne Brunch Wedding Reception in Winnie, TX at Bauer Ranch. Jeannine described her vision for the day as “Shabby-Chic/Anthropologie Style.” Jeannine said her ideas for decorating the already beautiful backdrop was to “use golds, creams, greys, and French blue as accents, including a customized pie armoire,” which Jeannine painted herself. This reception was truly unique to Jeannine and Gib’s styles. The homemade place cards, mason jars filled with pear butter, fig preserves, and other goodies, and the adorable DIY pennants all worked together cohesively to create a sophisticated and laid-back ambiance for everyone in attendance. The family-style brunch was perfectly scrumptious, catered by Katharine and Company, not to mention the “to-die-for” selection of pies! Gib surprised everyone before heading to the reception by shaving his handlebar mustache—what a shock! This became just another truly unique detail adding to the excitement of the day. One oh-so-sweet detail adding to the sentiments was the collection of black-and-white photos framed along the tree trunks of other generations of true loves. Jeannine’s mother worked very hard on the table settings, and personalized even the vintage blue truck found at Bauer Ranch by using the tailgate as a kids’ bar, stocked with water, orange juice, and apple juice. This intimate family celebration also had plenty to do for the kids, and incorporated lovely outdoor games to keep the little ones entertained. Vicki Bauer, the owner at Bauer Ranch, even provided the children with a ride in decorated carts pulled by a vintage tractor! The entire day was a success, and just full of lovely details.

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Photography ~  Lizard Nickel Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Bauer Ranch Event Venue | Dress Designer ~ BHLDN | Caterer ~ Katharine and Co. | Floral Designer ~ Tamara Menges Designs | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Casual Elegant Austin Wedding by Pure in Art

POSTED IN Austin, Real Weddings

This casual elegant Austin wedding is so full of beautiful details and love I don’t know where to begin.  Well let’s start with the bride overall look–the sheath dress, the pixie haircut, the shoes–it all works!  And the groom isn’t too shabby himself.  I am in love the the gray suit and textured burgundy tie.  This couple should win a wedding fashion award!  And while the fashion is modern and cutting edge, the wedding ceremony is a little white chapel is the essence of traditional.  The party continued at The Allan House which was great venue for their tented wedding reception–and it looks like they had an amazing time.  Pure in Art Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the romantic details.  Hop on over to the gallery to check out even more images.

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From Pure in Art PhotographyA traditional and elegant wedding at a little white chapel and reception held at The Allan House in Austin, Texas. The bride and groom were surrounded by so much joy and love and had the sweetest family. The emotion in Jackson’s eyes as Faith was walking down the aisle is the way every bride wants their man to look at them.

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Photography ~ Pure in Art Photography | Bridesmaid Dresses ~ Anthropologie | Ceremony Venue ~ Hyde Park Presbyterian Church | Tuxedo and Men’s Attire ~ Indochino | Hair Stylist ~ Ron King Salon | Floral Designer ~ Rosehip Flora | Reception Venue ~ The Allan House | Musicians ~ The Preservation | Dress Store ~ Unbridaled | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Heights Villa Wedding by Motley Melange

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

When I opened my inbox and saw this wedding with drop-dead gorgeous dresses and cowboy boots, I knew I was in store for a stunning Texas wedding.  Set in Houston, Texas, this couple created a Heights Villa wedding that was modern and chic with a little bit of Texas twang.  This bride’s fashion is everything–the backless lace dress, the Christian Louboutin shoes–I was gasping for air!  And can we discuss these images by Motley Melange Photography?!  This is the first feature we have had from this photography studio on the blog and hopefully it will not be the last.  Be sure to check out even more goodness in the gallery.

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From Motley MelangeAmy & Jimmy’s details were STUNNING!! With pink uplighting gracing the columned walls, the tall and elegant centerpieces made an amazing reception space. The addition of their monogrammed wall and candlelight added to the beautiful Spring color palette of their vintage and classy celebration.

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Photography ~ Motley Mélange | Event Designer ~ Darryl & Co. | DJ ~ Jonny Black Productions | Makeup Artist ~ Pink Palette Artists | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~  The Heights Villa | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Modern Austin Wedding by Julie Wilhite

POSTED IN Austin, Real Weddings

This modern Austin wedding contains so many elements–it’s modern yet elegant, simple yet sophisticated.  Combining such contrasting elements so well takes keen design skills and planning.  But what would one expect from two former Four Seasons employees.  No doubt these two have seen it all in terms of design execution and their wedding was a complete reflection of their collective knowledge.  Julie Wilhite worked her magic again (if you don’t know about Julie you better ask somebody or just check out some of her beautiful weddings and engagements) and produced a stunning set of photographs from the lovely day.  After consuming these breathtaking images, see even more in the gallery.

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From Julie Wilhite PhotographyAli proposed to Avery on 12.12.12 in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris! It doesn’t get more romantic than that! Romance and appreciating the experiences of life is what defines Avery and Ali as a couple. They wanted their wedding to be intimate and personal and all about celebrating their family and friends. Avery and Ali met through the Four Seasons, where they are both employed – and that level of thoughtful service was what they wanted to extend to each and every guest. Design wise, Avery is very stylish and wanted a wedding that reflected that! The design inspiration came form her gorgeous “washi tape” letterpressed invitation and antique tipped hydrangea, her favorite fall hued bloom.

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Photography ~  Julie Wilhite Photography | Hair Stylist ~ Danielle Barr | Officiant ~ David Griffin | DJ ~ DJ Kit K | Ceremony Venue ~ University Christian Church | Reception Venue ~ Hotel Ella | Equipment Rentals ~ Marquee | Floral Designer ~  Merveille Flowers Events, LLC | Cake Designer ~ Polkadots | Event Designer ~ WHITT | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Garden Themed Bridal Shower by Christa Elyce

POSTED IN Inspiration, Other Parties

I have a confession…I am not a fan of bridal showers (or any other shower parties for that matter).  Memories of being dragged by my mother to stuffy luncheons or overcrowded houses where I was forced to play silly games always come to mind when I think of shower parties.  But when Christa Elyce sent me the images for this bridal shower, I knew I had finally found a shower that I would have loved to attend.  A gorgeous garden themed bridal shower set in a nursery which also functions as a world class restaurant–now that is a party I would have gladly run to.  After devouring these images, jump on over to the gallery to immerse yourself in even more prettiness.

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Can we just discuss the genius that is Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman.  Rachel you are sick with that calligraphy pen.  You are my idol, girl crush, and spirit animal all at the same time.

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Photography ~ Christa Elyce | Calligrapher ~ Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman | Dress Designer ~ BHLDN | Floral Designer ~ Tamara Menges Designs | Event Designer ~ Nicole Nicole | Event Venue ~ Thomson & Hanson | Caterer ~ Tiny Boxwood’s | Submitted via Two Bright Lights