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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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Breathtaking Hill Country Wedding at Canyonwood Ridge

When our newest venue partner, Dripping Springs’ beautiful Canyonwood Ridge, sent Kari and Anderson’s gorgeous spring wedding our way, we were knocked right out of our boots. This lovely couple’s rustic-elegant nuptials took full advantage of Canyonwood Ridge’s soaring ceilings and ample natural light…and the results were stunning. Dreaming of your own Hill Country wedding? We strongly recommend that you make a Canyonwood Ridge tour part of your early planning. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy Kari and Anderson’s wedding, featuring fresh greenery, fabulous views, gold accents, good times…and a beautiful bride in a gorgeous fit-and-flare Anne Barge bridal gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier. “It was truly our best day ever,” says Kari. We are so happy for you two! Best wishes, xo.

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Photos: Photography Luxe | Venue: Canyonwood Ridge | Anne Barge Gown: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers

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To Do This Week: Danny Ray Band Showcase at Fox Hollow

“Words cannot describe how thankful I am for you.” “You made my wedding night absolutely perfect.” “This band is AWESOME!!” Real praise, from real brides and real grooms, about the really, REALLY talented Danny Ray & The Acoustic Production. These guys do it all–from nostalgic ’90s rock and pop, to old-school hip-hop mashups, to local Texas country favorites…and so much more. And this Wednesday they’re doing it live, on stage, at Fox Hollow. Grab your honey, your squad, heck–even Mom & Dad–and head on down after work to grab a cold one or a craft cocktail and check out this incredibly talented Houston party band. They’ll start their set with acoustic jazz, and work their way into high-energy jams that will have you on your feet, asking for more…say, at your wedding reception?? No RSVP or tickets needed, and admission is free. See you THERE!

 

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Must-Have Items for Every Engaged Couple!

We’re still reliving last week’s I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. We couldn’t be more thankful to the lovely wedding couples, guests and vendors who attended THE wedding event of the season! And we couldn’t be more thankful to the wonderful luxury brands and artisans who contributed their goods…and goodies!… to our coveted I Do! Wedding Soiree Swag Bags! Each couple went home from our show with a gift bag FULL of hand-selected beauty items, adorable favors, skincare products, and accessories for self and home! Check out our swag sponsors below, and click on the links to find out more about their fabulous products, and pick up a little something for your bestie, your mom, your boo…or YOU!

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Happy shopping, xo!

 

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