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
“Peter and I have always felt like we are old souls and we seem to gravitate towards vintage things, folk tales, and things from the past,” bride-to-be Mikayla tells us. For the couple’s engagement shoot, the pair wanted to tell the story of their love within a classic story of love. Which we love. Photographer Emily Kiel was right on board, setting the pair’s e-session in an empty Conroe lot—a suitably green stand-in for the classic Robin Hood tale’s Sherwood Forest. Etsy, Ebay and an antique shop served as sources for the vintage furniture, bow and arrows, and Mikayla’s pretty white dress. The bullseye target was homemade. As for the couple’s love, it is “classic and timeless,” says Mikayla, just like the story that inspired their romantic shoot. Happiest wishes to the winsome couple, and big thanks to Emily Kiel for the fine photos.
Photos: Emily Kiel