Posts Tagged ‘Taylor Golden Photography’

7 Top Houston Photographers Share Their Favorite Parent-Child Wedding Pix

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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.


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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.”

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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!”

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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.
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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

5 Steps For Choosing The Right Wedding Photographer

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Of all the wedding decisions you make, this one’s a biggie, you guys. Your wedding photographer won’t just snap pix of smiles, pretty dresses, “I do’s” and first dances. He or she will tell the narrative of your day, and the love story behind it, with wedding photos you’ll cherish forever. Here’s our advice for finding a photographer that will do all this and, quite possibly, become a good friend in the process!

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Kelli Durham Photography

1. Get A Reference

Once you’ve settled into the bliss of engagement, it’s time to plan. And that planning includes selecting the photographer who will document your wedding, as well as possibly your announcements and Save the Date photos!

You want someone who is reliable and trustworthy, with a positive attitude (even in the most stressful situations), and who truly gets you. Photographer  Adam Nyholt says it’s a good idea to ask for referrals. “This could be a friend who was recently married or your wedding planner,” or a trusted resource such as Weddings in Houston.

Engagement-Shoot Photo: Civic Photos

2. Compare Portfolios

Most professional photographers have their own website and blog, which makes it easy for curious couples to peruse photos, read testimonials, and get a feel for their artistic style.

Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema recommends asking a prospective photographer for more than one sample wedding to view: “If you ask for one, they might send only their favorite one—it’s important to see what varies from wedding to wedding.”

Adds photographer Kory Fontenot of Addison J Weddings: “Ask to see the full portfolio of a wedding from beginning to end. What you see on a website or in an album is a photographer’s top choices from a wedding. Looking at a full portfolio will give you a better idea of your photographer’s style, creativity and consistency.” After all, “It’s always good to see the good the bad and the ugly before you make such a huge investment.”

Lindsay Elizabeth Strode of Lindsay Elizabeth Photography says that the easiest way to determine your favorite photography style is by “picking images you’re drawn to. If a couple would love to see bright, clean and airy photos of themselves, they should look for a photographer who specializes in shooting natural light.”

Eric Yeh, who co-owns Serendipity Photography with wife Alice Lin, agrees that the lighting question is critical. “Experience with different lighting is really important,” he notes. “Some photographers excel in outdoor lighting, but don’t have much experience with indoor lighting, which can be really tricky to shoot in.”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

3. Spend Some Face Time

When you’re ready to reach out, it can be tempting simply rely on email. This is fine for introductory inquiries, but David Jones of D. Jones Photography encourages couples to “interview or meet with the photographer” in person ASAP. Aside from being confident in their photo-taking abilities, you also want see if “you truly feel comfortable, since there are a lot of emotions on the big day.”

Christine Wright, of C. Wright Photography advises couples “ask them what their favorite part of the wedding is—you can get a feel for their work through what they deem to be most important.”

“Ask your photographer how they would react to family and friends who may want to take pictures on your wedding day,” advises Barett Henry, of Civic Photos. “We are very easygoing, and I don’t mind if people who have known you your entire life want to take photos—as long as they don’t get in the way of our professional shots!”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Taylor Golden

4. Have a Pregame Session

If time (and budget) allows, consider scheduling an engagement session or a Save the Date session. This is an opportunity to really get to know your photographer, see their work, and for them to get to know you. “I recommend that they get their hair and makeup done professionally, and chose two to three outfits that show off their personality and their relationship,” says photographer Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video. She adds, “Maybe also have a couple of drinks before. Trust me, it helps.”

“The engagement session is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and to get used to their style of shooting, so that the wedding day flows more smoothly, and you are comfortable throughout the day,” adds wedding photographer Taylor Golden. “Something I like to do for my couples is shoot their session in another city, such as where they got engaged, or where they vacation.”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

5. Perfect Portraits

Golden reminds couples to ensure your photographer is committed to shooting the wedding day in its entirety, including, perhaps most importantly, those classic family portraits that will become heirlooms. “Remember, your wedding is likely to be an activity-filled day, and you may not be around your family members all that much,” she says.

To ensure excellent portraits, prior to your wedding, “It helps to create a list of the different family groupings you want to document. Your planner can assist by calling out names for each picture and crossing them off your list to ensure you don’t miss anyone.”

Adds Strode: “Years from now when you’re looking back at your wedding photos, you won’t remember the tiny details, but you will be reminded of the beauty and fun of your big day,” two things that the right wedding photographer will capture completely.

Bride-and-Groom-First-Dance Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography

Writer: Natasha Garber

This Evening We Unveil…The I Do Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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Top Left Photo: Civic Photos, Gowns: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique | Top Right Photo: Civic Photos, Tablescape: Flora & Eventi | Bottom Left Photo: Civic Photos, Tablescape: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Middle Photo: Taylor Golden Photography, Catering: Jackson and Company | Bottom Right Photo: Sylvie Gil, Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections

It’s here…it’s finally here! We, and our incredible team of Houston wedding vendors and experts, have been hard at work creating a spectacular wedding planning experience for you, and this evening, at 6 p.m., we get to pull back the curtain on the magic!

Gorgeous wedding tablescapes, fabulous floral designs, interactive vendor exhibits, live music, exceptional food and drink from Jackson and Company catering, a strolling fashion show featuring bridal couture’s newest gowns…and the chance to take home hundreds of dollars worth of hand-picked luxury beauty, skincare, fashion, home and bridal goods? OH, YES. That’s the I Do! Wedding Soiree, darlings, and we can’t wait to see you there!

$25 advance ticket sales close in just a few hours, so get yours now; or, you may purchase tickets at the door for $30 (very limited availability).

Oh—and a few things to know before you go:

DO take public transportation to The Corinthian if possible; if you plan to park, we have complimentary garage parking (second entrance on Congress after Fannin),  or valet for $15; opens at 6 p.m

DO bring your besties, your spouse-to-be, your family members and valued opinion-givers—the I Do! Wedding Soiree is an evening of fun, food, drink and beautiful displays everywhere you look!

DO bring your mobile device, and be prepared to InstagramFacebook, Snapchat your favorite finds.

DO come dressed to impress—the I Do! Soiree is a luxury cocktail event, and business-stylish attire is part of the fun! Please, no shorts, tank tops or flip-flops.

DO stay for the full event—winners of our exclusive pre-show giveaways and on-site door prizes will be announced at the end of the show, and you must be present to claim your prize when it is announced.

Please DO NOT bring strollers, infants or anyone under the age of 16. The I Do! Wedding Soiree is an adult event, featuring delicate displays (and LOTS of them). We love little ones…but this is not an appropriate environment for them.

DO enjoy every moment of this very special event! We have curated it for YOU, and we look forward to meeting you and finding out how we can help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Get ready, get gorgeous, get happy…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Houston Wedding Photographers at the Feb. 28 I Do! Soiree

Friday, February 24th, 2017

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

You’ll spend months, maybe years, working to make sure that your wedding day is picture perfect. But it’ll take you a fraction of that time to find your perfect photographer at the I Do! Wedding Soiree! Our eight featured Houston wedding photographers — Adam Nyholt Photographer, Addison J. Weddings, C. Wright Photography, Civic Photos, D. Jones Photography, Dream Photo & VideoLindsay Elizabeth Photography and Taylor Golden Photography — are experts at capturing the joy, drama and beauty of your wedding experience. Check them out on Tuesday evening, and chat with them about on-location engagement shoots, exhilarating “first look” shots, beautiful bridal portraits, and full wedding day photography from behind-the-scenes wedding prep to your first married kiss to your final getaway…and everything in between. Scroll down for details on how to snag your tickets for Tuesday’s fabulous event!

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Top Photo: Addison J. Weddings, Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty, Bouquet: Keisha’s Kreations | Middle Photo: C. Wright Photography | Right Photo: Civic Photos |Left Photo: Dream Photo & Video

Advance-sale tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event are on sale now. Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. TODAY, Friday, Feb. 24, and you could WIN an incredible $1,000 Hotel Galvez & Spa Weekend Romance Escape!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Don’t miss out!

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Top Left Photo: Adam Nyholt Photographer | Bottom Left Photo:Lindsay Elizabeth Photography |Right Photo: D. Jones Photography

Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Creating Heirlooms with Wedding Photos

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Once again, we’re thrilled to feature award-winning Houston wedding photographer Taylor Golden on the blog, this time with a very personal story about her favorite family photo—and a question for you that may lead to an heirloom photo of your very own. Want to let Taylor know your answer? Tell her in person, at the I Do! Wedding Soiree, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at The Corinthian. Tickets for our incredible signature bridal show and VIP cocktail party WILL sell out—get yours now…and read on!

How do you impress upon a couple the importance of pictures? As a photographer it may seem like a self-serving statement to say that your photography is the only thing you have after the wedding, but it IS true. With the photos that document your story, and your history, you are in fact creating your first family heirloom as a married couple — one that will be passed down for generations to follow.

Case in point: my grandparents.

Mimi was 18, born and raised in Germany, visiting a private lounge in her local town when she met my grandpa. He was in the military and was the first American to enter the French zone of Germany in 1951. Papa said that Mimi sat down on the stool next to him and as she turned to look at him he nearly fell off his stool! Later on in life, he would say, “As soon as I saw her walk in the door, I knew was going to marry her.”

The catch? Mimi was actually engaged to someone else. Also, neither of them could speak the other’s language. But, still, they were smitten with one another. When her parents told her she was never to see him again, due to him being an American, she made up her mind that she in fact would.

Four weeks later they got Mimi’s father a bit intoxicated so he would sign his permission for her to get married as 18 was under the age to do so without parental consent. Shortly after, they were wed.

Papa says that on their wedding day someone who could speak a little English told him, “At the wedding, when the mayor looks at you, just say, ‘Yah!’” He says he has been saying ‘yah’ for the last 66 years ever since!

This photo is the only photo they have to celebrate their day since they didn’t have a traditional wedding. How it came to be taken, according to Mimi, is that they were walking along the street and Papa looked into a photographer’s shop window — she assumed because he admired the photographer’s work (remember, he couldn’t speak German and she couldn’t speak English!). They went inside so that Papa could possibly buy a landscape photo. The photographer assumed they wanted pictures of the two of them, so he began a photo shoot, and I’m so glad he did.

I’m proud to say this photo is hanging in my home and every home of my family’s. First, it was a beautifully produced photograph. Even to this day, the technique and style are sound. Second, they are a gorgeous couple! And third, this is my family’s history. I have pictures of all my grandparents in my house, because it is my family’s legacy and the pictures are a family heirloom passed down from my parents.

THIS is why photography is so important on your wedding day, because this is what your children will look at, hang in their home and pass down to their children to hang in their homes. It is your family story.

What do you want your story to say?

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography