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Las Vegas Engagement Shoot by Nhan Nguyen 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.

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Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography

 

Romantic Indoor-Outdoor Engagement Shoot from Weddings by Alefiya

For their combination bridal-engagement shoot, Emmie and Elliott made the most of Houston locations with a special significance to their lives. Inside groom Elliott’s family home in River Oaks, the couple engaged in a dress rehearsal for the big day (they’ll soon wed in Napa Valley, Calif.), gorgeously captured by Alefiya Akbarally of Weddings by Alefiya. Among our favorite images are those shot at the couple’s local movie house, and at the café nearby where they like to grab a bite to eat after catching a flick. Emmie’s red lace dress and statement necklace? Now THAT’S how you rock a photo shoot, ladies! Thank you, Emmie and Elliott, for sharing your shoot with us. And kudos to Akbarally for the delicious pix!

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Photos: Weddings by Alefiya

Rustic, Sentimental Family-Farm Engagement Shoot by Simply Love 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.

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Photos: Simply Love Photography

$750 Vintage Yacht Engagement Shoot GIVEAWAY from Civic Photos

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!

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Photos: Civic Photos

The Orange Show Engagement Shoot of Brickhouse Bridal’s Lisa Toenjes

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