If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words might a moving picture count for? For this video collaboration–helmed by longtime Weddings in Houston partner and event planner extraordinaire Gray & Associates, and shot by WIH fave Ama Photography & Cinema, with decor from Plants N’ Petals, and a gorgeous gown from Houston Bridal Gallery–we’ll start with the words “beautiful,” “romantic,” “moving,” “inspiring,” “elegant”…and let you fill in the rest. Enjoy, lovelies. This one is special.
“Although I didn’t start off liking Jimmy (due to the fact that he was a minor league baseball player and I didn’t like athletes), I apparently was won over by his great dart skills,” says Houston bride Alex. The pair may have two different stories about how their love story began while they were interning for the Houston Texans, but they can both agree that, ultimately, they were inseparable. “Our wedding was a dream come true. We’ve never felt more loved or special,” recounts Alex. “Our officiant was Jimmy’s best friend, so that made the ceremony more personal. It was an incredible feeling.” We can’t begin to tell you how breathtaking Alex looked in her lace gown from Weddings by Debbie. We could go on and on, but we’ll let the couple’s beautiful photos from D. Jones Photography do the talking. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Photos: D. Jones Photography ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Cadillac Bar ~ Bridal Luncheon: Brennan’s Houston ~ Wedding Dress Salon & Alterations: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Houston Bridal Gallery ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Invitations & Registry: Bering’s ~ Lighting: LG Entertainment
Photos: D. Jones Photography
One of Houston’s most in-demand wedding photographers is going to make one I Do! Wedding Soiree couple very, very happy. That’s because one bride, groom, or couple who purchases tickets to the incredible Feb. 4 I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian by midnight tomorrow (Wed. Jan. 27) will WIN a $500 D. Jones Photography On-Location Engagement Shoot.
If you’re not yet familiar with the ultra-talented David Jones, just know that he is a Houston wedding photography legend. One of the area’s most experienced and most skilled photo pros, Jones has photographed countless big, beautiful, high-profile Houston weddings—and plenty of intimate, sweet, cozily romantic ones, too.
His engagement photos capture the breathless anticipation and bliss of to-be-wed romance—something that our lucky winning couple is going to discover for themselves, firsthand. Shouldn’t that couple be…YOU?
- Purchase your I Do! Wedding Soiree pre-sale tickets by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 (all engaged brides and/or grooms who have purchased tickets from the opening of pre-sale until contest closing will be eligible to win).
- Register with Weddings in Houston to receive VIP event invitations, special vendor offers and entry for exclusive bridal, wedding and travel giveaways.
Speaking of which…when you purchase your tickets and enter to win our D. Jones Engagement Shoot Giveaway, you ALSO will automatically be entered to win our 5-Night Island Getaway at Bermuda’s most beautiful honeymoon resort, Pompano Beach Club.
We’ll notify our winners of each giveaway prior to the I Do! Wedding Soiree, and announce winners live, at our fabulous event.
Do NOT miss this opportunity, darlings. Get in it to win it…and get yourself, your boo, and your entourage to the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian, next Thursday evening. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced!!
You know the feels you get when you meet someone for the first time but it feels like you’ve known them forever? That’s the one. Just ask Houston bride Shell who immediately hit it off with Michael the minute they met. A year later Michael got down on one knee at the top of the hill at Gardner State Park and you can guess the rest. Their super chic Houston Club wedding gave us all the feels and are sure you’ll be feeling them, too. We’ll let the lovely pictures courtesy of Civic Photos do the rest of the talking. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Today you’re in for a special Houston Wedding Blog treat, darlings! Renowned fine-art, portrait, wedding and boudoir photographer Joe Cogliandro joins us for the first in a series of guest posts we’re calling “Joe Knows Weddings.” Why? Because, with 14 years of experience shooting many of the most magnificent nuptial celebrations in Texas (and across the country), the founder of J. Cogliandro Photography does know weddings—and the brides and grooms having them–incredibly well.
For our first installment, Joe responds to a recently engaged friend who’s having difficulty deciding on vendors—and offers his thoughts on the power of personal connection:
Bride-to-be, Leah: “Joe…. Did you get the message I sent you on Facebook a few days ago? I know it was sorta out of the blue since we had not talked in a while but I wanted to let you know that I recently got engaged! Yes…yes, I know, pretty crazy and super unexpected, since we have only been dating two months. But you know how things happen… one day you don’t have a clue what life is going to bring you then suddenly everything is clear.
Greg and I met at yoga class a few months ago and have pretty much been inseparable since. I wanted to let you know personally since you have been such a good friend through the years and (of course) I wanted your opinion on a couple of vendors. We are getting married in six months and I only have the location and coordinator picked out, and I have had tons of advice from everyone on who to use for all the other things.
The problem is…they all seem pretty good, they all have such good recommendations and many have been used by my friends. I know you are in the industry and thought I would get your professional opinion. We are currently looking for a florist, DJ/band, photographer and videographer. My mom and a few of my bridesmaids just attended a big bridal show and though it was helpful and answered a ton of questions, I feel like it left us with many more questions unanswered. We have already met with about three or four vendors in each category, but I am at a loss on how to choose. Some of them seem the clear choice but others seem like they can go either way… so…clarity…I need some clarity!”
Joe Cogliandro: “Leah! So good to hear from you and so excited for this craziness happening in your life! I have the simplest advice for you regarding your vendors. I am going to assume since you are not bringing up finances that all of these vendors pretty much fall into your budget, and that since you have met with them and you still have a few for each category, that they are all good at what they do. You also said that each one has been recommended by someone you know, right? If all of these factors have already checked out, then all that is left is for you to choose the people that are going to make you the happiest. If you are certain of their professionalism and you trust they will all follow through with what they say they can deliver, then it’s just about relationship at this point.
Over the next few months, each of your vendors will play a pivotal role in your life. Now, they may not be your best buds, they may not meet up with you for drinks after work or attend your Christmas party… but the energy they bring into your life will either positively or negatively affect much of what is happening in the rest of your personal life. These people are helping you plan the biggest day in your life, so it’s only natural that the relationship you have with them will be an emotional one, to an extent.
Pick the people that you would have share this time with you. Which florist made you smile the most? Which photographer could you actually see holding a conversation with you (or more importantly your friends and family)? Which DJ do you believe will help project the environment that you want for your friends and family to share? Which of these people, given other circumstances, could possibly be your friends? Which have shown you that they care about you and your needs, not just about what they do and have done? You want people on your team… that are working together for your sake, not for their own individually. Here’s my advice in a nutshell:
- Pick people that will add energy not take it away… life is too busy to hire someone negative.
- Pick People that will LOVE you and your family.
- Pick people that you want to do life with for the next few months because they will bring more joy into an already joyful occasion.
- Pick people that will make you happy.
So, Leah my answer is simple pick the person, not the vendor.