“Having met in Europe on independent vacations, our relationship has always been long distance, focused on traveling to be together,” says bride-to-be Olga, who will marry Brian next June. “We got engaged in Mexico and felt like we never had any pictures commemorating our time in Houston, where Brian is from and where we now live. Our focus was finding locations that we felt were true to Houston.” With help from photographer Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema, the pair found inspiration in oak-lined North and South Boulevards, and the verdant beauty of Hermann Park. For the second part of their shoot, Olga opted to wear a white tuxedo jacket to complement Brian’s traditional tux. Though you’d never know it, neither of these two had ever actually had professional photographs taken before, and were both very nervous. “However I think dressing up and using props such as the vintage chair helped us to be more in character. We could have never imagined such fantastic photos, all credited to the vision of our extremely talented photographer!” Kudos to Khan, and our sincere thanks to Olga and Brian for sharing their beautiful photos with all of us…and all of you.
Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema
Photographer Lacy Dagerath of More Than An Image Photography felt an immediate affinity with bride-to-be Rebecca when the two first spoke to each other. And that mutual liking shows through in Dagerath’s joyful, playful, intimate photos of Rebecca and her groom-to-be David, shot on Texas A&M University’s campus, and at the Royalty Pecan Orchard in Caldwell. As for the couple’s romantic friendship-to-romance story, we’ll let bride-to-be (they’re getting hitched next month!) Rebecca tell it in her own words: “I ‘met’ David the first Sunday of my freshman year at Texas A&M University when I went to mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I am guilty of being a sucker for musicians and there was this cute boy playing guitar and singing at mass! I thought to myself, ‘Catholic and a musician? That is so my future husband!’ Being a singer myself, I decided that I was going to need to join his choir so I could meet him. I joined the next week and after a couple months, David finally learned my name—ha! In his defense, he is terrible with names and I was really intimidated by him. We had a brief period of flirting but ended up not entering into a romantic relationship and went the friendship route instead (which I am now SO grateful for). Through the next five years at A&M, we sang at mass together every Sunday and he became one of my best friends. Our time at A&M and St. Mary’s together was full of ups and downs, but was the true foundation to our relationship today. I moved to Houston in December of 2010. Once we were a city apart and we didn’t have all of this pre-planned time together, we realized it was time to sit down and talk about what ‘we’ were. After lots of discussion and getting over the fear of ruining a wonderful friendship, we went for it and have never looked back—greatest decision ever!” Check out their deeply personal engagement pix, which include some awesome airplane-hangar shots—David is doing his Master’s Degree in Aerospace, and jokingly suggested that he and Rebecca pose “Top Gun”-style…an idea Rebecca loved. No wonder these two are on the runway to “I do!” Congrats and happiest wishes to the to-be-weds, and big thanks to More Than An Image for the terrific photos.
Photos: More Than An Image Photography
Megan and Spencer met at a Las Vegas nightclub, fell in love exploring the Las Vegas area’s outdoor splendors, and, when they each realized they’d found “the one,” and decided to make things official, it was to Las Vegas that they returned to document their engagement. For their amazing outdoor shoot, they tapped the talents of Houston photographer Nhan Nguyen, who’d previously photographed the wedding of Megan’s twin sister Shannon–and happens to be the official photographer of the recent I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta, we might add. Over the course of two days, Nhan shot the happy couple in a series of dizzyingly beautiful locations, including Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. We love how these photos capture both the intimacy and romance of true love, and the sense of wonder at being together, alone, in place of awesome grandeur. Know what else we love? That Megan and Spencer’s quintessential Las Vegas courtship did NOT include quickie nuptials, a drive-by chapel or an Elvis impersonator. Instead, the couple is set to wed this spring in a Houston church ceremony followed by a splendid reception at Hotel ZaZa. Congratulations to them both, and big thanks to Nhan Nguyen Photography for some truly magnificent photography.
Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography
Bride Kristen planned her engagement shoot herself—and it shows. She knew she wanted a rustic, homey feel that would stand the test of time and bring her and hubby Josh joy whenever they looked at their photos. Well, what better place to make timeless memories than a 100-acre family farm on the outskirts of Houston that has been in her family for decades? We should add that this lovely spread of land also happens to be the very site where Kristen and Josh will build their family home once they are married. Beautiful. Kayla of Simply Love Photography tells us that Kristen put as much thought into the e-session’s props, as its location: “One main item was an old wooden window frame that was hand-painted with floral designs. This window was in her room when she was a child and she has held onto it for year and years. She added their wedding date in wooden numbers to the window to have as a keepsake for their home once they are married.” Yes, that is a tear that just welled up in your eye, honey. Ready for the full sob? Here’s what else Kayla revealed to us: “Josh was involved in a very tragic accident in 2006 where his truck was completely totaled. His legs were severely crushed when the truck hit a tree, and he was not supposed to be able to walk again. After much dedication and rehabilitation he is almost fully recovered today and has the opportunity to start a new beginning with the love of his life”—Southern belle Kristen, who stole his tough cowboy heart. We wish this lovely, loving, lovable couple a full life of happiness. Thanks so much to you both, and to Simply Love, for sharing your photos and your remarkable story with us.
Photos: Simply Love Photography
Today’s giveaway is going to have you vintage-loving gals swooning with delight. Here’s why: Barett Delyon Henry. The fab Houston photographer has turned out some of the most delicious vintage-inspired shoots we’ve seen—like Jon and Kirbie’s sporty, sexy, city-chic engagement sesh, featured in this here post!—and is an absolute superstar at using light, filters and superb photo editing (not to mention his considerable photographic talents) to create a classic retro feel.
Want him to turn back time by turning his lens on YOU? Enter today to win a very special Vintage Sunset Yacht Engagement Session, courtesy of Civic Photos—Henry’s hot Houston photo studio!
This unique giveaway package includes up to three hours of photography onboard a specially chartered 50-foot yacht. Should you win, all you and your hubby-to-be need to do is show up harborside at the appointed time, wearing vintage-style clothing (no, it doesn’t have to actual thrift-shop attire—any great duds with vintage flair will do). Henry and his crew will supply additional vintage props and lush red roses. As you set sail into the sunset, you’ll just need to smile, smooch a little, and just basically be in love. Henry’ll do the rest.
Also included is one 8X10 heirloom print of your favorite shot. You can, of course, purchase as many more pix as your wish.
How excited are you??
TO ENTER: 1) *Like* us Facebook 2) Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue, NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT, THURSDAY, NOV. 15. Please enter ONLY ONCE (duplicate entries will be deleted).
Winners will be notified the week of Nov. 19, and subsequently announced on Facebook.
Good luck, lovelies!
Photos: Civic Photos
We’re over the moon at having the chance to share with you the awesome engagement session of Houston bridal expert Lisa Toenjes of Brickhouse Bridal!! Archetype Studio shot the delightful Lisa and her great groom-to-be Kevin at the truly remarkable Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, and we are in LOVE with the results. Colorful, playful, and just plain full of life and love, these are the kind of engagement photos a gal can treasure FOREVER. Big, huge congrats, Lisa and Kevin, who’ll make it official on Oct. 13!
Photos: Archetype Studio