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Discovery Green Engagement Shoot by Sarah Ainsworth

Jessica and Richard’s lovely Discovery Green engagement shoot by photographer Sarah Ainsworth has so much to teach us about how to get great results form your ES. First, don’t be afraid of color! It’s no surprise that Discovery Green’s “wall of color” is a hugely popular spot for photo shoots of all kinds. Those blocks of bright color just POP in photos, and lend their energy and excitement to every subject that stands in front of them. But Jessica and Richard take it a couple steps further, bringing their own bright hues into the picture. Beautiful. Love the his ‘n hers Converse, too! OK, second, include your best friend (you know, the one with the paws and the tail). So many cohabiting to-be-wed couples share a beloved pet, they’re more like a trio than a duo. Plus, dogs are just CUTE. Third, and maybe most importantly, have a little fun with your photos. In addition to serious shots with serious expressions that show the depth of your emotions, bring in a few whimsical, humorous or flirty poses–Jessica and Richard’s totally adorable photo-in-the-photo and “Richard, the photographer” shots are perfect examples. Sometimes letting down your guard a little (or a LOT) makes for the most meaningful and cherished engagement shots of all. Thanks, Sarah. And congrats, Jessica and Richard!

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Brandis and Ronald’s 1940s-inspired wedding captivated us from the first moment we laid eyes on it. The bride, who planned this intimate 80-guest affair herself, put so much heart into every detail. Of course, she did get a lot of help from Etsy artisans, including FrenchKnotCouture, who created the custom bolero Brandis wore over her Maggie Sottero gown. Brandis, who told us, “I did not want real flowers that would perish and leave me with no memory,” instead had Etsy artist Croska create a bouquet of crystal brooches, pearls, satin and sheer fabric flowers in shades of white, off-white and cream, which she plans to preserve in a shadow box. While Brandis, who happened to be completing nursing school while planning her wedding (!!), created many of the wedding’s most alluring elements herself–including those magnificent table number cards and menu cards–she does caution other busy brides not go overboard on the DIY. “I recommend creating DIY items that you can keep as a keepsake.” Amen to that. Congratulations to Brandis and Ronald. And big thanks to Civic Photos, whose evocative images capture this wedding in all its swing-era splendor.

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Photos: Civic Photos~Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Panache Bridal~Bride’s Shoes: Paris Hilton~Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters + Watters~Reception Flowers: Bride DIY~Decor: Hobby Lobby and Save-On-Crafts~Cake: Designer’s Cakes~Ceremony & Reception Venue: Trevisio Restaurant

Sixth Ward Engagement Shoot by Ashley K Photography

Not many of our couples choose gritty urban landscapes for their engagement shoots. But we think that may change, once y’all get a look at Lan and Avi’s Houston engagement photos by the brilliant Ashley Kohlleffel of Ashley K Photography. Notes Ashley, “We shot this in Houston’s Sixth Ward off Washington Avenue…an eclectic mix of new and old. Lan and Avi had such a cool, relaxed approach to their session. They were so easy to shoot!” Probably doesn’t hurt that these mellow to-be-weds happen to be downright gorgeous, too. We never knew graffiti and chain-link fences could be so darn…romantic. But Lan and Avi (and Ashley) make them so.

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Minute Maid Park Wedding by Rachel Robinson Photography

Yesterday’s Independence Day holiday has got us in a patriotic mood. So we’re especially excited about today’s wedding—a fabulous spring celebration set at Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros, and one of our favorite wedding locations of all time! And seriously, what’s more American than the great sport of baseball? But, mind you, this was no caps-and-cleats affair. Kristin and Michael’s splendid wedding, shot by Rachel Robinson (a major Houston talent who’s new to HWB, but, we suspect, destined to be a beloved regular) was a first-class fête, from the bride’s stunning Winnie Couture gown to the elegantly outfitted, regal columns of Minute Maid Park’s historic Union Station to the…pink pompoms? OK, so Kristin and Michael weren’t above bringing a few fun, sporty touches to their special day. And we love them for it. If you think a baseball-park wedding can’t be utterly romantic and feminine, Kristin begs to differ. Enjoy, and happy July 5th!

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Photography: Rachel Robinson Photography~Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka~Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Michael Saldana Salon and The Perfect Face~Flowers: Mary’s Little Shop of Flowers~Cakes: Virginia’s Cakes~Ceremony Location: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church~Reception Location: Union Station at Minute Maid Park

 

Sunny, Springtime Engagement Shoot by Adam Nyholt

Okay, it’s official: The cutest couple award goes to Carson and Morgan, two lovebirds whose smiles shone brighter than the springtime sun in their San Angelo engagement shoot. Seriously, could a couple look more in love? Of course, in-demand Houston photographer Adam Nyholt deserves a little of the credit for these stunning photos. We particularly love how he uses natural daylight and sentimental outdoor settings—so sweet. Even sweeter? That “Save the Date” shot. Woof! Congratulations, Carson and Morgan. And big thanks to Adam for sharing this sun-dappled shoot with us…and you!

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