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Award-Winning Wedding Photographer Taylor Golden On Love, Travel, Coming Home and Capturing The Moment

We’re super excited to welcome star wedding photographer Taylor Golden back to the Houston Wedding Blog, for more must-have wedding photography insights and expert advice. Except this time we’re doing things a little…differently. We’re going to pop you over this recent Huffington Post feature on Golden, where she discusses what to ask a wedding photographer before you book, and in which she’s identified as one the best destination wedding photographers in the biz (NBD, right??). And, while we’re at it, we’re gonna go ahead and let the ultra-talented Ms. Golden tell you about herself, in her own words, in this terrific little video clip—because, as Golden will explain, the wedding photographer/wedding couple relationship is all about personal connection. So connect with Taylor Golden right here, and in person at 832.986.2033, to schedule your photography consultation!

Lavender & Peach Wedding by Christa Elyce Photography

Erin is a physical education teacher. Peter is a petroleum engineer. How did these two “PE’s” pair up? “We met at [’80s cover band] The Molly Ringwalds’ concert in 2011. We didn’t know each other, but eventually our groups of friends bumped into each other. We started talking, exchanged numbers, and the rest is history,” recounts Erin. Four years later they traveled to Vietnam, where Peter got down on one knee on the beach with a gorgeous sunset as their backdrop. “It was beautiful,” says Erin. “After he proposed, we had a romantic dinner on the beach.” Sigh. The romance didn’t stop there—their garden-themed wedding was full of lush greenery, blooming flowers and candlelight, all of which set an incredible romantic tone. If you think that sounds lovely, just wait ’til you see all the sweet deets in photos by Christa Elyce. Congrats to the newlyweds! We couldn’t be happier for you.

About Them:

Her Favorite Sweet: italian creme cake | Her Favorite Sip: pimm’s cocktail | Her Favorite Way To Spend A Saturday: catching up with friends | What She Loves About Him: he accepts me as I am, and he makes me laugh

His Favorite Sweet: nutella pizza | His Favorite Sip: scotch | His Favorite Way To Spend A Saturday: woodworking, or playing golf | What He Loves About Her: her sense of humor

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Photos: Christa Elyce Photography | Groom’s Cake: Tiff’s Treats | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Bridal Party Attire: Houston Bridal Gallery

Cream, Blush & Fuchsia Wedding by Steve Lee Photography at Brennan’s Houston

Rochelle caught Danny’s eye while he was walking to the food court in the Galleria. “After walking past Rochelle, the first thing I noticed were her eyes and how stunning she is,” says Danny. “After speaking to her I realized that she is beautiful not only on the outside, but inside as well. I knew one day, no matter what, she was going to be my wife.” It wasn’t long before the pair started planning their Houston wedding—with a New Orleans touch, to pay homage to their Louisiana roots. They had the best of both worlds, thanks to Brennan’s Houston. The guests enjoyed a four-course menu, including traditional gumbo and Creole potatoes (mmm…), followed by praline favors at the end of the night. Danny’s favorite moment? “Watching my wife walk down the aisle,” he says. We couldn’t be happier for these two. Check out their lovely photos from Steve Lee Photography below. Congrats Rochelle and Danny!

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Photos: Steve Lee Photography | Venue: Brennan’s Houston | Wedding Dress & Accessories: Weddings by Debbie | Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental | Rings: Zadok Jewelers | Favors: Brennan’s Praline Bags

Blue & Gold Wedding by MD Turner Photography

One summer Haley decided to sign up for the annual Beta Fraternity River Trip with some girlfriends. The girls were ready for some New Braunfels relaxation and arrived to get on the bus. However, as it always seems with boys’ “careful” planning, there were not enough seats for everyone. Cue Daniel. In true southern gentleman-like fashion, he offered his seat to Haley. He may or may not have had some motive behind this gesture, but it sure paid off. Haley admits she was pretty impressed and started up a conversation with Daniel…a conversation that would continue for the rest of their lives. The two quickly established a favorite date-night spot, George’s Pastaria here in Houston…but little did Haley know that the spot would become even more special on February 15th, 2014. The two were talking and laughing all the way until closing time. Realizing that they were the only two left in the entire restaurant, Haley told Daniel they really should go…but he insisted they stay. Surrounded by nothing but the slowly burning table candles, Daniel got down on one knee. Unable to hold back the happiest of tears, Haley said, “YES!” Now we may or may not be shedding some happy tears, too (we totally are). Haley and Daniel were beyond excited to send out their classic cream and gold invites from Bering’s to all of their friends and loved ones to celebrate this incredible day! The wedding was just a vision—the couple’s chosen colors of Wedgewood blue and shimmering gold were the perfect statement. A huge thank you MD Turner Photography for perfectly capturing the wedding magic. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness, Haley and Daniel. Xoxo.

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Photos: MD Turner Photography | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Wedding Party Attire: Houston Bridal Gallery | Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment

Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Getting In Sync with Your Wedding Photographer

This week, super-talented Houston wedding photographer Taylor Golden returns to the blog, with expert tips on what to expect from your photographer on your wedding day, and how to make the most of your photographer relationship, at your wedding…and beyond!

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

The Wedding Day

For the wedding day, most couples need 8-12 hours of coverage. Of course, every event is different, so be sure to work with your photographer and planner on your timeline. I typically suggest to my couples that they plan to have photography coverage start at about three hours before the ceremony to document the bride and groom getting ready. If the couple is doing a “first look,” then coverage typically starts five hours before the ceremony.

I like to break the day into five sections

  • Bride Prep (1-1.5 hours)
  • Groom Prep (1-1.5 hours)
  • Ceremony (1-1.5 hours, includes family formals)
  • Creatives (bridal party and bride/groom alone- 1.5 hours)
  • Reception (3 hours)

Once the reception starts, you’ll typically need coverage for about 3 hours to document all of the important moments, including the cutting of the cake, dances, bouquet toss, etc. If you’re planning a dramatic exit, you’ll want to hire your photographer to stay through the very end of the wedding, as that image will be a great way to conclude your wedding album.

Beyond the Big Day

After the glitz and glam are over, life does not end…I promise! You’ll be busy picking out pictures for your wedding album and decorating your home, but beyond that, most of you will start a family.

Many photographers offer continuing programs; I call mine “Client for Life,” and I offer couples the opportunity to purchase a one-time package that covers all their sessions, to document their growing family.

If you had a good experience with your photographer, this should be a natural extension as you will already be comfortable working together and know exactly what to expect. This is one of my favorite parts of my job—I get to document the happiest times in people’s lives and become a part of their family as they grow!

Thinking about everything involved in the months leading up to and years after a wedding can be daunting. The key is to hire a professional you trust and whose work you love, and to consider what is most important to you for your pictures. From there you should be able to consult with your photographer on what you want and then enjoy the beautiful journey of life you are on!

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here.