Intimate Brunch Wedding at Brennan’s of Houston

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Photo: Blanca Duran | Venue: Brennan’s of Houston

Anita and Bill met as neighbors at a house party during Lights In The Heights in 2017 while they bonded over having daughters. “I was a little shy but his constant warmth and helpfulness lead us to become fast friends who found had similar stories: some happy, some painful,” recounts Anita. “We quickly found ourselves and our girls to be inseparable and decided we are better together than apart!” While on a trip to Bill’s hometown of New Orleans, Bill took Anita and their daughters to explore Jackson Square. “I watched our girls running around in joy in a post-Christmas mist thinking how lucky we all were to find one another,” recalls Anita. “I turned to look and found Bill on his knee proposing! Needless to say, I was blown away and passersby all stopped to watch as our girls whooped all around us. I said yes and the rest is history… “

For their summer wedding, it was only natural that the couple would tie the knot at Texas creole restaurant Brennan’s of Houston for a classic New Orleans brunch. “Brennan’s of Houston was the perfect location and the courtyard was beautiful for our outdoor morning ceremony,” says the bride. “We chose live music and had a small intimate wedding. Our girls were the flower girls and only our family and our neighbor family (which is so fitting since that is where we met) attended.” For their reception meal seafood dominated the menu, paying tribute to the bride’s Croatian heritage and the groom’s New Orleans upbringing, where guests dined on crab cakes, Gulf coast snapper, and Banana’s foster. Since their brunch wedding was on Father’s Day, the couple had a variety of wedding favors for their guests including cigars for the men, gift sets for the kids, and jams from Croatia where Anita and her family are from. It was a series of perfect moments,” says Anita. “Two people who didn’t expect love again were able to find it literally right outside their doors…” Isn’t their love story the sweetest? We’re so happy to feature this gorgeous Houston couple and share their intimate brunch wedding with y’all. Join us in celebrating their love by scrolling through these beautiful images from Blanca Duran. Congratulations, Anita & Bill!

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4 Steps To Find Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Photo: Blanca Duran | Venue: JW Marriott Houston Downtown | Concept, Design, Planning: A Day To Remember | Flowers & Decor: Blooms Design Studio | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Gown & Accessories: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique | Makeup & Hair: Primp & Blow West University
There are no do-overs with your wedding day. So it’s important to make sure the wedding photographer you task with documenting your once-in-a-lifetime day is the right person for the job. Follow these 4 steps for finding the right wedding photographer with whom you really, truly click!

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Nottoway Plantation Wedding By Blanca Duran

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Photo: Blanca Duran Photography

Melissa and Stuart’s Nottoway Plantation wedding provides a wonderful example of a great wedding photographer at her very best. For this gorgeous Southern wedding, with its sparkling geode accents (the bride has an abiding passion for metaphysics and the healing power of crystals), Blanca Duran captures not just beautiful portraits against the Louisiana antebellum mansion’s stunning backdrop, but tons of exquisite details, from the elaborate place settings to the geode wedding cake to the tarot reader, twinkling chandeliers and irrepressible delight of the wedding’s youngest guests. We’re grateful to Melissa and Stuart–whose love for one another prompted the bride’s move from the Canadian Arctic to the Gulf Coast–for sharing their very special occasion with us. Scroll down to see more from this glamorous and intriguing Nottoway Plantation wedding. And click here to see more from Blanca Duran Photography, one of our favorites for wedding photography that tells your unique love story in images to cherish for a lifetime. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Q&A With Houston Wedding Photographer Blanca Duran

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Photographer Blanca Duran [photo by Civic Photos]
With degrees in Communications, PR and Art, and a lifetime passion for photography, Blanca Duran has everything it takes to capture and express the unique, personal feel of every wedding she photographs. We’re so excited to feature her work, and even more excited to let her explain, in her own words, how she approaches the art of wedding “storytelling” through images, and what sets her Houston wedding photography work apart.

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Classic White Wedding By Blanca Duran Photography

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Photo: Blanca Duran Photography

When Adam took Hannah to the terrace of the Hilton Americas-Houston, she thought he’d brought her there to celebrate her freedom from the job she’d disliked and recently quit. But, at the elegant Downtown property, with the sunset skyline as their backdrop, he took her completely by surprise when instead of congratulating her on her liberating career move…he asked her to be his wife! After the big question, “Adam told me that my family was downstairs in the bar lounge waiting to celebrate with us,” Hannah recounts. “I was so happy. The whole experience was perfect. He did a fantastic job!” The couple’s classic white wedding was textured with touches of greenery, along with lush ivory floral arrangements and shimmering linens from Houston event designer Plants N’ Petals. “My favorite moment was when our 19-month-old niece ran up to us during our husband-and-wife dance,” Hannah says. “She got away from Mommy on accident, but it was a super cute moment that everyone gushed over!” Join us in gushing over Houston wedding photographer Blanca Duran’s gorgeous photos of this classic white wedding, and wishing Hannah & Adam all of our love, always. Click here to read the rest of this post »