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Pink, White & Silver Wedding by Dream Photo & Video

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Life hack: If you step out of your comfort zone, you might just find your future soulmate! We know Houston bride, Kristen, agrees. She tells us how she happened to meet her future husband when she least expected it: “We met at a crawfish boil in 2015—I didn’t want to attend. I don’t even like crawfish! When I was about to leave, I saw some of his family members whom I knew, so I went by them to say hello, and was introduced to Tarek. We hit it off instantly and started dating… the rest is history!”

When it came time for Tarek to propose, he knew he was going to have to catch Kristen off guard. “I had to attend a work conference in Corpus Christi, and Tarek tagged along. After a long day of being in workshops, he suggested that we go for a nice dinner and get some Champagne. I thought it was peculiar that he wanted to order Champagne…he kept repeating it. I had a feeling he was going to propose after dinner—but it didn’t happen! We went for a stroll on the beach after dinner, and Tarek kneeled down declaring that he found a pearl. I bent down to look for the pearl and saw that he was holding a diamond ring,” says Kristen.

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Kristen and Tarek wanted a subtle, yet elegant atmosphere for their wedding. To bring movement to the room, and allow for conversation, they chose mixed-height centerpieces that were not overwhelmingly large. “Our goal was to make the wedding fun, and make sure the guests enjoy themselves,” Kristen says.

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Dream Photo & Video captured all of the sweet moments from start to finish.

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds! (Want more? Watch the video!)

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4 Tips for Easing First-Dance Performance Anxiety

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

photo: Cottonwood Weddings Photo: Cottonwood Road Photography | Venue: The Gallery

Remember when the newlywed “first dance” was just two crazy kids, swaying around on the dance floor to their fave sentimental tune? Yeah, neither do we. Probably because for at least the last 5 years or so, first dances have become major productions: the perfect song choice, the dramatic entrance, the fancy footwork, the…professional choreography?? If you’re feeling first-dance pressure, you’re in good company. And we’re here to help, with these tips for bringing the fun back to this much-loved wedding tradition.

  1. Include your soon-to-be spouse in the first-dance planning process. After all, he or she is the one you’ll be dancing with! Take a step back and try to remember if there were any songs you both liked while dating. Is there a song that has particular meaning to you? Is there an artist you both love? Is there a musical style you’re both more comfortable dancing to?
  2. To ease the pressure you may be feeling about dancing in the spotlight, consider taking a series of dance lessons together. These can be a great date-night activity, followed by dinner or a post-con cocktail and laugh sesh, looking back on his sweet attempts at salsa, or your dramatic “dip” recovery. Pre-wedding dance classes can also serve as a way to explore what music style fits both of you best.
  3. When selecting a wedding reception first-dance song, don’t forget about the “classics.” There’s a reason why you can never go wrong with a timeless standard for your first spin as spouses. Classic songs from the 40s and 50s are always in style, and any qualified Houston wedding band or wedding DJ will definitely be able to fulfill this request.
  4. Beware of pop music. Charting songs and Spotify hits typically are in for like…five minutes in the grand scheme of things…and then forgotten. You’ll want to pick a first-dance song you and your groom will love in the moment, be delighted to relive in your wedding photos and wedding video over and over again, and dance to, in intimate moments, for years to come.

Addison J Weddings on Their Favorite Wedding Moments on Film

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Now that you and your honey have decided to partner up, it’s time to do the same with a Houston wedding photography and videography dream team! Cue Addison J Wedding Photography & Videography, the talented photo and video company founded by dynamic husband-and-wife duo, Elan and Kory Fontenot.

Elan and Kory, who specialize respectively in videography and photography, pride themselves in being able to capture both the sights and sounds of your wedding day without interfering with one another. We asked them to share with us some of their favorite moments captured on film. Keep reading to see their beautiful images, both moving and still, and discover their take on documenting your wedding day, each in their own words!

Video: Addison J Wedding Photography & Videography | Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice | Entertainment: LG Entertainment

Relishing in the Romance — Nicholas and Nikoya’s Crystal Ballroom wedding was the epitome of love on display. Their elated expressions and bashful grins throughout the night touched the hearts of their family and closest friends.

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Little Ones — There is nothing like having an adorable child carry a sign down the aisle, in advance of the bride and groom, to ease wedding-day tension, and get everyone laughing.

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Destination Sessions — We love to travel the world, and destination weddings are always extra special. The Golden Gate Bridge was a perfect backdrop for Anthone and Ashley. We can’t wait to capture their love in a California vineyard at their upcoming wedding.

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A Gushing Groom — Some men do not like taking engagement photos. But after we ease their nerves and they get comfortable in front of the lens, their love and affection can be felt from both sides.

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Bridal Portraits — Kristen brought her A-game to her bridal shoot at The Corinthian. Her gorgeous lace dress, and the grand columns and uplighting, set the stage for us to get the perfect shot.

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Welcome Mr. and Mrs. — Jacob and Gabby were so elated the moment they were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. The crowd went wild, and this moment made all the planning and waiting worthwhile.

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Letting Loose — This is the moment when all the major events are over and the bride and groom can let their hair down and dance. The Bartons are both doctors and have stressful jobs, so it was awesome to see them let loose on the dance floor.

Like what you see? Interested in working with this dynamic duo yourself? Schedule a consultation with Addison J Wedding Photography & Videography today! 

Houston Wedding Vendors We Love: Bear Hands Media Group…Plus Special Videography Booking Offer!

Monday, March 20th, 2017

“We all move in a certain, particular way, and we each have subtle idiosyncrasies that are an essential part of our being—” says wedding filmmaker Anna Boyter of Bear Hands Media Group, “the way we look at our parents, the way we wait impatiently, the way we lean into each other in love.”

Ah, yes. The way we lean into each other in love. Please, right now, take a moment and look at this Bear Hands wedding video of Hadley & Johnny’s nuptials (and linger on about 3:45 – 3:48 for a “lean into each other moment” that’ll set your heart going pitter-pat):

There is something about a beautifully shot, masterfully edited wedding video that captures not just the moments of the day, but the feeling of it—the tenderness and also the humor, the magic and exhilaration of romance but also the warmth and security of family. As a painter and a videographer both, Boyter has an incredible gift for crafting wedding videos that are both aesthetically beautiful and deeply affecting. And with Bear Hands Media Group, she surrounds herself with a team of like-minded videography talents who do the same.

One of our favorite new Bear Hands Media Group offerings is the “Motion Bridal Session”—a short, on-location, cinematic “bridal portrait” that captures the bride in all her wedding glory, in a relaxed pre-wedding videography session that can done simultaneously with your bridal photography. You guys, this is SUCH a cool film option…and such an awesome gift to hand down for generations to come!! Check it out:

We’ll be hanging with Bear Hands all through the week, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to check in with us for more fabulous films from Boyter and her crew, including wedding trailers, wedding highlight reels and still captures. And if you book your Bear Hands Media Group wedding videography by April 30, MAKE SURE to mention you found them on Weddings in Houston’s blog—you’ll get 15% off!!

Happy wedding planning, lovelies…and congratulates on your starring role in the romance of a lifetime!

Wedding Video Q&A with 31 Films’ Joey Mathews

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Joey Mathews, owner of Houston-based wedding videography company 31 Films, puts his love of family and personal moments into each of his heartfelt wedding videos. Though 31 Films’ work speaks for itself, we wanted to get the behind-the-scenes details on how Mathews and his team create wedding videos and trailers that leave us in tears, every. single. time. Keep reading to see how Mathews’ “passion thing” evolved into one of  Houston’s top wedding videography companies, and view 31 Films’ amazing work!

Video: 31 FilmsVenue: The Astorian | Photographer: Adam Nyholt Photography 

Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get started in Houston’s wedding videography biz?

Joey Mathews: We started back in 2002 and there wasn’t really a business strategy. We were just really passionate about filmmaking and we did a few weddings for friends just for fun. Before we knew it, we were like, “this is actually a job!” For us, it was very much a passion thing that organically snowballed through the years and became what it is today.

HWB: How would you describe 31 Films’ aesthetic?

JM: Our aesthetic is walking the line of “cinematic-beautiful” and true documentary. Early on we wanted to just get all these really cool shots and wow people. But as we got older and had families of our own, we started to recognize how meaningful true emotional moments are at weddings.

HWB: What is your advice to couples for getting wedding videos they’ll treasure forever?

JM: A lot about telling couples’ stories in a meaningful and personal way comes from personal details and little mini-stories that the couple has. Any time that a couple can show their love for each other — a lot of times that is through a letter that they read for each other on their wedding day — it adds so much meaning. As they get older and they start having kids, for those kids to be able to hear what Mom and Dad’s voice sounded like and how they felt about each other on that day…those are the types of moments that we encourage our couples to think about. If they don’t do any of those things the video ends up being event, to event, to event.

Beyond that, when we are shooting it is really about the couple having a blast and us not getting in the way. If the couple can be themselves and really have a great time, we will be able to capture those moments naturally.

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HWB: What shots do wedding couples tell you they liked the most?

JM: When the couple gets introduced to the reception we will usually film a really wide angled shot following right behind them, and for them it relives that reveal of the room and reveal of all their closest friends and family cheering them on. Also getting time with the couple typically after the ceremony to get romantic footage that isn’t super posed, but is just them being together, is important. I think couples really love when they see those shots and we take a lot of pride in being able to get great magical moments within three minutes!

HWB: In your opinion what makes 31 Films really stand out as a wedding videographer?

JM: We pay really close attention to story, and how we edit that story together really helps us stand out. When I say story, I mean capturing the emotion of the day, the love between the couple, the families and how they all interact. Most brides say that they look at other filmmakers, and their stuff looks great, but they don’t really feel the way they do when they watch our films. There is so much that goes into filmmaking so it’s hard to say it’s one thing, but at the end of the day, I think it really comes down to how we put the story together in an emotional way that’s not overly-epic, but is true.

Like what you see? Wipe those happy-tears away and schedule a consultation with 31 Films today!