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Vintage Outdoor Texas Wedding

Paul caught Gillian’s eye from across the table during a mutual friend’s bon voyage party back in 2010. Unfortunately the pair didn’t exchange numbers that night, and Gillian went back to San Francisco for school. A few months later while she was home for Christmas break and hoping to find a date for New Year’s Eve. “During happy hour I mentioned my to my friend that she should have Paul get in touch with me. Three minutes later my phone rang, and it was Paul,” recounts Gillian. They immediately hit it off, and tied the knot six years later. Gillian walked down the aisle in style wearing a tea-length eyelet Oscar de la Renta dress from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, and paired it with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps (major Carrie Bradshaw moment). “It was a playful dress that fit like a dream. When I saw it on the runway, I knew this was it,” adds Gillian. Paul and Gillian danced the night away with their family and friends, and made a true Texan move by stopping at Whataburger before attending the after party. Sounds like one fun night, right? Check out the sweet pics below. Congrats to the lovely couple!

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Photos: Mint Photography | Oscar de la Renta Dress: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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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

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To Do TODAY: Simon G. Pop-Up Event at Zadok Jewelers!

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Photos: Courtesy of Simon G.

Got a little time open in your schedule today…and a little hankering to check out some of the world’s most gorgeous diamond engagement rings, as we head into the holiday proposal season? Schedule your appointment now for Zadok Jewelers’ newly added Simon G. Pop-Up Event, from noon to 8 p.m., where you’ll get to try on dazzling new styles and chat one-on-one with one of Zadok’s GIA-certified gemologists, in search of your perfect wedding ring.

Email Zadok or call 713.960.8950 NOW to make a date with your diamond destiny!

 

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To Do This Week: The Woodlands Resort Open House, Saturday 10/29

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Photos: Jonathan Ivy Photography

A romantic forest wedding…with all the elegance and finery of a lavish resort and expert catering team? That’s what you’ll find at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, nestled on acres of gorgeous green landscape just north of Houston.

And this weekend, you’ll find the expert Woodlands Resort wedding staff waiting to welcome you, at Saturday afternoon’s Wedding Open House. Grab your spouse-to-be and a bestie or two, and head toward The Woodlands Resort between noon and 3 p.m. for tours, complimentary hors d’oeuvre and delicious cocktails. Valet parking is free…and the views? They’re fabulous.

RSVP now, and get ready for a Saturday afternoon of pure wedding bliss!

 

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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.

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