Elegant Bridal Portraits by Second Shots Photography

POSTED IN Bridal, Bridals, Houston, Style

I have a secret to confess…come close…I am not the hugest fan of bridal sessions.  I know–shocking considering I manage a wedding design blog!  But just when I think I have seen all there is to see with respect to bridal sessions, I receive a session in my inbox that knocks my socks off.  Eddie Heard of Second Shots Photography sent these stunning images over to us and I immediately reconsidered every thought I’ve ever had about bridal sessions.  I can’t decide what is more stunning–the bride and her envy-inducing red hair, the venue with its old world architecture, or the dress and it’s cascading ruffles.  But don’t take my word for it, go ahead and dive into these elegant bridal portraits and those in the gallery.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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From Second Shots PhotographyI can sum up Brittany’s bridal session in one sentence–Las Velas Houston bridals are magical! I had the privilege of meeting Brittany and her bridal team at a bridal show earlier this year. I went to Las Velas to hold the bridal session and it gave fantastic results. Between the dramatic lighting, the architectural design and the golden decor, this place was more than a dream come true. Brittany’s dress was simply gorgeous and utterly flawless. Her bridal team fluffed her dress and styled her hair accordingly. I wish all my bridal sessions could be like this one. It was such a great session it nearly killed me to hold on to these images. I could go on and on about this session. Overall, this was just a magnificent shoot.

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Shabby Chic Vintage Wedding by Anna Smith Photography

POSTED IN Fort Worth, Real Weddings

Whenever I get a wedding in my inbox, there is usually one element that immediately grabs my attention.  With this shabby chic vintage wedding it is definitely the floral designs.  I mean seriously, they are to die for.  Petal Pushers did a wonderful job pulling together these arrangements, anchored by loads of baby’s breath (not just a filler flower anymore) with pops of orange and violet mixed throughout.  The flowers play perfectly off the bride’s shabby chic decor.  Not only does the bride have great style, but she was also smart enough to hire Anna Smith Photography to photograph her big day.  Anna performed magic again and produced these drool-worthy images.  The gallery has even more to gaze at.

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From Anna Smith PhotographyChristina and Shane have the most unique wedding story out of any couple I have ever met. When they initially started dating they decided that they will wait to have their first kiss on their wedding day. YES! They have waited for over a year to kiss each other, and it was so worth it.

Christina is an all DIY bride and her favorite movie has always been Pride and Prejudice. She wanted her wedding to reflect a lot of the old world shabby chic décor, greenery and gorgeous floral design. They also started a tradition with a bible they purchased for a part of the ceremony. The couple signed the bible and plans to pass it down to their children to sign on their wedding days as well. All the décor besides florals at the reception was designed and imagined by the bride, including shabby chic books, teapots, vases, old photos, suitcases and chests, signs, ribbon wands, guest books, pies for dessert instead of cake and photo booth.

So many anticipations on this day, and it all turned out to be more than the couple could ever imagine. There was so much love from family and friends, and yes they were overjoyed to finally be able to kiss and couldn’t stop kissing each other after the ceremony. The perfect greens of the outdoor reception lit up the pink bridesmaids dresses and showed off the purples of the reception. Cynthia with Petal Pushers Floral made the most gorgeous and bright bouquet full of greens, pinks and purples to match the couples’ wedding day décor.

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Photography ~ Anna Smith Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ The Orchard | Dress Designer ~ Allure | Event Designer ~ Hayley Northcutt | Officiant ~ Michael Watts | Dress Store ~ Pence & Panache | Floral Designer ~ Petal Pushers | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Ashton Gardens Houston Wedding by Second Shots Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

While many people look forward to seeing the bride’s dress or the cake design when attending a wedding, I always look forward to the venue.  In my opinion, the venue is everything!  It’s sets the mood for the entire wedding.  This fact was not lost on this couple as they chose the stunning Ashton Gardens to hold their nuptials.  The window-filled chapel, the lush gardens, and gorgeous architecture provided the perfect scenery for this beautiful wedding.  And I love that the couple chose a neutral color palette of creams, golds, and soft pink as not to compete with the decor of the venue.  Eddie Heard of Second Shots Photography was there to witness this loving Ashton Gardens Houston wedding and to produce these amazing images.  There’s more in the gallery for your viewing pleasure!

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From Second Shots PhotographyThis Ashton Gardens Houston wedding was a blast to photograph! When asked to shoot at this venue I harken back to the days that my wife and I were looking for a venue. I recall our visit to the venue and my wife telling me she had butterflies. It’s a brides’ wonderland and it’s an awesome place to say I do. I met Kenya and Lawrence at a bridal show earlier this year. They are such a sweet couple and their love is transparent. On the first Thursday of April, we set out for a fabulous wedding filled with all the romance one could handle. From the dress to the shoes, to the décor, to the sorority and fraternity dances this wedding was a blast to shoot. It was packed with loads of fun and was one of my most memorable weddings to date. I could wax poetically about how truly in love Kenya and Lawrence are, but they say pictures are worth 1,000 words, so I’ll let them talk now. Congrats Kenya and Lawrence and here’s to a lifetime filled with happiness, love and prosperity.

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Photography ~  Second Shots Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Ashton Gardens Houston | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Glamorous Dallas Hotel Wedding by Amy Herfurth

POSTED IN Dallas, Real Weddings

How do you turn a traditional wedding up a notch–you deck it out in sophisticated black, white, and gold details.  That’s how this bride created this glamorous Dallas hotel wedding.  There are few things more sophisticated than black and gold details against an all white backdrop.  The Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University provided pristine white walls and pews for the stunning decor.  And the Warwick Melrose Hotel matched the glamour of the antique gold details perfectly.  Amy of Amy Herfurth Photography was able to capture the day’s beauty with her amazing photography skills.  The gallery provides even more glamorous imagery.

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Photography ~ Amy Herfurth Photography | Ceremony Venue ~ Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University | Reception Venue ~ Warwick Melrose Hotel | Gown Boutique ~ Lulu’s Bridal | Hair Stylist ~ Angie Williams | Makeup Artist ~ Angie Williams | Floral Designer ~ Kim May Florist | Cake Designer ~ The Cake Guy | Musician/DJ ~ The Classic Swing Band | Cinematography ~ Only Son Media


Artistic Houston Wedding by Sasha Bohème Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

I absolutely love this next artistic Houston wedding.  The mix of traditional and modern elements come together to create a beautiful affair.  The traditional ceremony held at the architecturally stunning St. Paul’s United Methodist Church oozes with love and affection.  Then the couple held their roaring reception at the modern and minimalist Asia Society of Texas.  Sasha Boheme was there to capture every moment.  You can see the love and excitement in every photograph.  There’s even more beauty in the gallery.

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From Sasha Bohème PhotographyLaura and Dave were married in the historical St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, nestled in the Houston Museum District. Laura’s family are parishioners of this church and to see the staff so touched by this day was a wonderful sight! For their ceremony, Laura and Dave invited their Catholic priest to co-officiate their ceremony in a reverent celebration of their marriage ceremony. The talented church choir filled this sanctuary with abundant praise and many familiar members gave Laura their farewell wishes before she processed down the aisle. Following their traditional ceremony, the party began at the Asia Society Texas Center nearby, where The Party Czar had the cocktail hour under way with beautiful styling throughout and the jazz sounds of Andrew Gordon Music. Laura and Dave entered and immediately stepped into their first dance and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Laura’s father accented their song with a childhood recording of Laura reciting the alphabet when their dance began! The Texas A&M Aggie War Hymn sounded and everyone gathered around with great excitement! At the end of the night, the new Mr. and Mrs. Morris exited the museum to a flurry of ribbon streamers and cheers from everyone!

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Photography ~  Sasha Bohème Photography | Ceremony Venue ~ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church | Reception Venue ~ Asia Society of Texas | Makeup Artist~ Adorne Artistry | Cake Designer ~ Cakes by Gina | Floral Designer ~ Emily Radcliff Floral Design | Event Planner ~ The Party CzarSubmitted via Two Bright Lights