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Shotgun Bride (But Not That Kind!) By Steve Lee Weddings

Don’t let them dimples fool ya. Behind that sweet exterior, that gorgeous Judd Waddell gown, that flawless hair and makeup, beats the heart of a hunter. As photographer Steve Lee explains, “During her engagement shoot, Shayla mentioned she likes to hunt and that she might bring her shotgun to the bridal. I wasn’t sure if she was kidding, but to my surprise, she did bring it!” And boy did it make for some seriously stunning shots. Um, as in, photos. Sure, Lee had to scout something fierce to find a downtown spot far away from the eyes of potentially freaked-out onlookers (not to mention keeping clear of cops), but as a fine art photographer who makes it his job to get the perfect shot, that’s precisely what he did. Congratulations, Shayla, and kudos to you for making your bridal session your very own! How about y’all? What personal item(s) would you bring to your bridal shoot to make it a reflection of your unique you-ness? Let us know!

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Photos: Steve Lee Weddings ~ Bride’s Dresss: Judd Waddell from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Hair & Makeup: Hilda Kershman

Rustic-Gorgeous Texas Ranch Wedding by Christine Meeker Studios

Boots, Goode Co. BBQ and a beautiful ranch setting—Andrea and Cameron’s wedding is a Texas classic…with plenty of delicious twists. There’s the lovely hand-hewn altar with its repurposed wood doors and charming crystal chandelier. There are the boot-wearing b-maids in their sweetly mismatched frocks, the groom’s and groomsmen’s cream linen suits and dapper pink ties. There’s bride Andrea herself, with her tousled locks and miles of pretty pearls. And, of course, there’s that enchanting, open-sided Jacqueline Chapelle tent, which hardly needs decor enhancement of any kind (though we do love the couple’s choice of deep-pink table linens and classic gold chiavaris). Kudos to Triple L Designs for its work on this evocative wedding.  Thanks to Christine Meeker Studios for the great photos, and congratulations to Andrea and Cameron!

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Photos: Christine Meeker Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Enzoani from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Corral Cowboy Boots ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Shakespeare Harris ~ Cake: Cakes by Gina ~ Consultant: Triple L Designs ~ Flowers: A Classic Bloom ~ Tents: Jacqueline Chapelle French Tents & Decor ~ Venue: Parrish Family Ranch

 

 

Retro, Soul-Filled Wedding by C. Baron Photography

They’re both vegetarians. Their favorite season is fall. They both love cooking and vintage soul records and, more than anything, one another. When Camille and Nathan decided to make it official, the pair knew they wanted to their wedding to be an unforgettable reflection of their likes, and their love. Camille spent hours scouring consignment and thrift shops, “scooping up as many pretty amber vessels and goblets as I could find,” she tells us. Reprints of the pairs’ parents’ and grandparents’ weddings mixed with potted succulents and glowing candles in a tableau the two created by hand. On the moonlit eve of their magnificent event, the historic Gardens of Bammel Lane was filled with autumnal shades of marigold, amber, orange and green—not to mention plenty of dancing to—what else?—sweet soul music from days gone by. We’re delighted to share C. Baron Photography’s very pretty pictures of this unique, DIY-filled wedding. And even more delighted to wish Camille and Nathan a lifetime of happiness, music and love. Cheers!

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Photos: C. Baron Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Ventura’s Bridal ~ Bridesmaids/Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: World Catering ~ Cupcakes (vegan): Sinful Bakery ~ Flowers: Flowers of Kingwood, Central Market ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane

Americana Engagement Shoot by Archetype Studio

One of the things we love about Archetype Studio is how the photo-and-creative-direction team of Koby and Terilyn Brown translates a couple’s vision through spot-on styling. David and Michelle’s engagement shoot is no exception. Though the to-be-weds may have met under party-hearty circumstances (in Vegas, where Michelle was celebrating her 21st birthday), their engagement session is the very picture of timeless Americana and pastoral elegance. Shot at a roadside park along Eldridge Parkway in North Houston, these images feel at once intimate and expansive, sexy and serene, patriotic and deeply personal. Notes Terilyn: “The canoe was such a fun element to work with, and the team at Recollection Vintage Rentals did a beautiful job pulling the props needed to help our vision come to life.” Gorgeous couple, gorgeous shoot. Congratulations, Michelle and David, who made it official July 28 at Woodlands Resort & Conference Center!

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Photos: Archetype Studio ~ Rentals: Recollection Vintage Rentals

 

 

Classic Courtyard on St. James Wedding by Civic Photos

You see the unabashed tenderness in groom Brandon’s embrace of his lovely bride? You see the way he just holds on to her as if she were the most precious thing in the world? That’s because she is. And he nearly lost her, and the person responsible for bringing her into this world. The day before the couple’s July wedding, Stephanie and her mother were in a very serious car accident, one that injured Stephanie and sent her mother to the hospital by emergency transport. “I did not go to sleep until 4 a.m.,” Stephanie tells us. “All I could think about was the accident, and not the wedding. It wasn’t until I woke up that I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, today is my wedding day!’” And despite her and her mother’s physical pain, that wedding “was everything that I ever wanted,” she says. Captured in Civic Photos’ uniquely evocative, vintage-style images are all the rich, joyful colors, the magnificent Edible Designs by Jessie cake, the lovely Courtyard on St. James grounds and ballroom, the affection of friends and family, and most of all the love of Stephanie’s adoring groom, whom she met senior year in high school, and has been devoted to ever since. We’re grateful to Civic Photos’ Barrett Delyon Henry for sharing with us his iconic images. And we are so very thankful to Stephanie and Brandon for sharing their wedding with us, and reminding us all of the true meaning of that most meaningful day. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Adorne Artistry ~ Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Flowers: Carmen’s Floral ~ Reception Venue: Courtyard on St. James