August 8th, 2017
7 Top Houston Photographers Share Their Favorite Parent-Child Wedding Pix
 

Whether your parents are footing the bill for your big day or you and your boo are flying solo with the financials, whether your folks have been married for decades or you come from a family full of beloved “steps,” there’s no denying that your parents play a special role in your wedding day. While the day is, of course, focused on you and your partner, it’s a day of profound and poignant celebration for your parents, too. They got you to this point and now are guiding you along the path (perhaps literally) to forge a new family of your own. 

Few people in the world of weddings are as familiar with this emotional rollercoaster as wedding photographers, whose task it is to capture intimate family photos as they document each couple’s special day. So, because we at Weddings in Houston are lovers of all things family—and amazing wedding photos—we asked them about their all-time favorite family wedding photos. Now, take a peek, get inspired…and don’t forget to call your parents!


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Photo: D. Jones Photography

The father-daughter dance is always one of the most tender moments of the wedding. You never know what combination of emotions are going to unfold once the music starts. Bride Casey and her father shared this heartfelt dance on her wedding day, in a moment captured by David Jones of D. Jones Photography. “The expressions are purely genuine and telling,” Jones says of his photo. We love how Casey’s dad’s face exudes both the joy of the day and the somber realization that his little girl is all grown up.


Father-Daughter

Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

The lengths that children and parents will go to celebrate each other on the wedding day never ceases to leave guests (and us) teary eyed. Nothing, not even the debilitating condition that confined her father to a wheelchair, would stop bride Meghan from sharing the traditional father-daughter dance with her dad, Fred. Photographer Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema, who captured this photo, recounts, “The most touching moment was when she hopped on his lap like the little girl she’ll always be to him, and he laughed. His face is priceless. I have no doubt this photo will be cherished.”

Father-and-Mother

Photo: Civic Photos

Groom Jeff wasn’t about to let his wheelchair-bound mother go without a dance, so he found a creative way to make her feel honored while making her feel more comfortable. Barett Henry, one of the talents behind Civic Photos, who took this picture, says, “Jeff wanted to salsa dance with his mother for their mother-son dance…so he got a chair with wheels and rolled around the dance floor with her. The bride eventually joined in on this touching moment too.”

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

For many wedding couples, relationships with their extended family members run deep and long. We love when brides and grooms incorporate aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents into their wedding photos. According to wedding photographer Taylor Golden, recent bride Rachel did just that. “This event was all about family,” says Golden, who captured a sweet photo of the smiling bride getting a smooch from her doting dad. Even more adorable, perhaps? The shot Golden snapped of the bride and her sister embracing their happy grandfather. “You can see the love and connection on everyone’s face, and what I love most is the adorable grandpa. I want to steal him, he is so cute!”

Mother-and-Groom

Photo: Dream Photo & Video

There are few things more sentimental than the special bond between a mother and son. Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video says that Jesus was insistent that his mother join him on the dance floor, though she was reluctant to at first. “I love the satisfied look Jesus has after his mom agreed to dance with him,” Saadi says. “She was not able to hold back her emotions, and was holding on to him tight, clearly looking back on his childhood while dancing with him.” The connection between the two makes our hearts melt.
Father-and-Groom

Photo: Kirk Surber Photography

A photo of a moment shared between father and son can be a rare find in wedding albums, which makes photographer Kirk Surber‘s photo of groom Greg and his father Ken even more special. Ken studied to obtain his officiant license to conduct the marriage ceremony for Greg and his fiancée Minji, and stood alongside them as they made their promise of a lifetime. “Only on rare occasion do you find someone who is willing to go out of their way to be a part of his son’s wedding,” Surber says. Greg and Ken’s matching grins and looks of anticipation as they await the bride’s arrival at the altar are a vivid record of a father’s devotion to his son, and an image their entire family is bound to treasure forever.


Mother-and-Bride

Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography
The bond between a mother and daughter is deep, complex and enduring. And for many mothers and daughters, that bond only grows deeper during the wedding planning process. After all the work has been done, the dresses are on, and the hair and makeup have been styled, the reality sets in that today is the day. All that’s left to do is allow the day to take hold, and enjoy every moment. 

In her photograph of bride Amy and her mom Julie, photographer Kelly Hornberger captures not just the poignancy and pleasure shared by parent and child, but also, with its mirror-like composition, the echo of a mother’s features in her daughter’s face. “The number of hugs and kisses and sweet moments that Amy and Julie shared during the entire getting-ready process was stopped here in time, with the way Julie is adoring her daughter, the holding of the hands and the look of almost tears on sweet Amy,” Hornberger says, “is a moment I’ll never forget.”

Writer: Laura Mericas

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August 7th, 2017
5 Mouthwatering Wedding Menu Ideas From The Hometown Chef
 

We here at the Houston Wedding Blog are firm believers in the notion that wedding food should look 100% as fabulous as it tastes. Know who else shares our belief? The Hometown Chef, that’s who. And we’re soooo lucky that Tiffany Avila and her crew of culinary geniuses saw fit to share some of their most coveted small-bite creations with us…and y’all! Feast your eyes (and, if you’re lucky enough to attend a tasting or event hosted by this amazing Houston catering company, your palate) on these artful bites, tailor made for your wedding cocktail-and-hors-d’oeuvre hour or small-plates wedding reception.

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It’s a meatball…except it’s not like any meatball you’ve ever imagined. The funky bite of creamy gorgonzola. The sweet counter-balance of roasted beet. The gorgeous presentation, ready for you to pop right into your mouth. And ask for another. And another. And another.

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One of the greatest achievements of “miniature” cuisine is being able to convey an entire world of flavor in one or two mouthfuls. Which is exactly what The Hometown Chef’s pulled-pork tostone does. Served on a crunchy plantain chip, topped with a tangy hint of lime, this small bite packs a big punch.

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Balancing delicate food flavors and textures is one of The Hometown Chef’s greatest talents. Nowhere is this gift for edible equilibrium more evident than in its pan-seared pork belly, which is basically…everything: crisp, buttery, rich, savory, a little sweet, a little tangy and all good.

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Chilean sea bass is the rare fish that’s just right for a small bite (and equally lovely for a large plate). With its flaky texture and delicate flavor, it pairs gorgeously with a bright, tropical mango-pineapple salsa in a beautiful springtime wedding reception menu item. OK, fine, it’s awesome for fall weddings, too. And winter. And we wouldn’t mind tucking into some right about now.

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We’ll leave you with another of The Hometown Chef’s signature “deconstructed” meatballs. And three little words: Pistachio. Avocado. Bacon. ‘Nuff said. Now quit your drooling, and give Tiffany and her team a call. They’d love to whip up a little wedding something just for you. And don’t forget to tell them you found them (and your happy place) on Weddings in Houston’s blog!

Photos: Rathke Photography | Catering: The Hometown Chef

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August 4th, 2017
GIVEAWAY: Snap, Tag & Win a Fujifilm Instax Camera!
 

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Love your engagement ring? Love cute quickie pix?? Spotlight your ring on Instagram and you could WIN an awesome Fujifilm Instax camera!!

How to enter:

1. SNAP a pic of your engagement ring.

2. Post it to Instagram and TAG @weddingsinhouston.

3. Be entered to WIN a Fujifilm Instax, the world’s most adorable and versatile instant camera!!

Contest ends 11:59 pm Sunday, Aug. 6…so whatcha waiting for?? Show us your bling and get ready to SCORE!!

 

 

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August 4th, 2017
The Best Jewelry For The Most Popular Wedding Dress Necklines
 

Congrats! You’ve found your “Oh yes!” dress. Now it’s time to add a little (or a lot) of sparkle to your big day with the right jewelry for your bridal gown. You’ll want pieces that complement your wedding dress neckline and the overall aesthetic of your wedding. But the most important thing is that you remain true to yourself and feel comfortable with the jewelry pieces you pick up. Read on for our recommendations!

If Your Wedding Dress Has a Sweetheart or Strapless Neckline…

This type of dress leaves a lot of room to cover. The options are limitless. You can wear long queenly earrings with a sparkling choker. Or precious diamond stud earrings with a statement necklace. Whatever you decide make sure it doesn’t overwhelm your beautiful gown.

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Gown: Anne Barge

If Your Wedding Dress Has An Off- The- Shoulder Neckline…

Bare shoulders and a loose, upswept bridal hairstyle offer a great opportunity to try a bold, statement-making chandelier earring. Going for a more Boho OTS look? Opt instead of an on-trend “ear crawler,” which will catch the light every time you turn your pretty head. Don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your hair as well. A delicate hairpin will echo your earrings, while still keeping the “less is more” mantra.

Wedding-Dress-off-the-shoulder Gown: Enzoani

If Your Wedding Dress Has a High Neckline…

Skip the necklace altogether. There’s no need to be extra when you’re already the bride. Play around with what kind of earrings fit with your wedding vibe: long, elegant chandelier earrings, delicate vintage drop earrings (perfect for this coming season’s Victorian-inspired bridal gown styles) or sparkly studs. There’s no right or wrong option, as long you feel comfortable and stay true to yourself.

Wedding-Dress-High-Neckline Gown: Galia Lahav

If Your Wedding Dress Has a Plunging V Neckline…

This super-popular wedding dress neckline leaves infinite options. A plunging V neckline naturally makes you look taller and slimmer. Stick to a thin, delicate lariat necklace (IF your bodice is not illusion mesh), or, if you’re feeling bold, go with a eye-catching jeweled cuff, or add a unique hairpiece to your chic, dramatic ponytail, or romantic, tousled braid.

Wedding-Dress Gowns: Galia Lahav

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August 3rd, 2017
8 Reception Ready Dresses We Love
 

We live for outfit changes—especially at weddings. A second look for the all-night dancing gives you a chance to wear something less fussy, but just as breathtaking as your first look. Whether you’re looking for a chic pant suit, crop top and high-low skirt, or fun fringe, we’ve got you covered. Browse our editor’s faves below, and see a list of local Houston fashion boutiques that carry some of these fabulous dresses here. Happy shopping, xo!

1. Peter Langner

PETER LANGNER

2. Krikor Jabotian

 

 

Krikor Jabotian

3. Johanna Ortiz

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4. Hayley Paige

JLM, Bridal Spring 2018, New York, April 2017

5. Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav

6. Enzoani

Enzoani

7. BHLDN

BHLDN

8. Berta Bridal

Berta

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