Sometimes a wedding comes along that I can’t wait to shoot and I’m sad when its come and gone. I had such a fun time shooting both their engagement and bridal sessions (will post later). Here are a few images from their big day! Congrats you guys!
I got to shoot Sarah & Bio’s beautiful wedding in St Louis a couple of weeks ago – it was amazing. There were so many beautiful little touches and so much love from both families, and so so many people who travelled so far to be there – from Australia, Dubai, all sorts of places. One of the coolest little details was his wedding ring – it was made from her fingerprint! Loved that. Sarah’s father pulled double duty – right after he walked the bride down the aisle, he performed the ceremony! And the first kiss at their ceremony? It was their first kiss!!
I’ve known Ame for a really, really long time – from way back when my samples were a dozen 8 x 10s in an envelope. I was thrilled when she called and told me she was getting married and they had selected me as her photographer! I met her awesome husband only on the day of their engagement session, like a week to the wedding, and we really hit it off. Ame got all jealous because I immediately started taking sides. We had fun at the session, and the wedding, coordinated by the lovely Nosa of Elegant Nuptials, was beautiful – and I always get all nostalgic when a wedding is at A.D. Bruce Religion Center, at the University of Houston, as that’ s my Alma Mater. Enjoy.
Chinenye and Chike’s big day started bright and early out in Montgomery, Texas – the same place we shot their engagement portraits. It was awesome to walk in and meet my cousin, the incredible Tokini of Lyzadora Beauty. The wedding day was absolutely beautiful, and was co-ordinated by Chioma Nwogu of Dure Events. As usual, it was really, really nice. One of the things that struck me is that the getting ready portion of the day, at least for the bride was very relaxed – the bride got ready in her own villa and the bridesmaids were elsewhere. This made it much easier for her to get ready without a crazy amount of activity going on around her. Great idea! I was really excited to discover that Keisha’s Kreations did the flowers for this event – they did an amazing job as usual. Many grooms struggle with this, but Chike got that bow tie on like he does it every day! Check out the beautiful images we were able to create!
I’m always up for an adventure, so I was excited when I found out this wedding was going to be way out in Magnolia. I had never been there before, so I went up there quite early to check it out and get started – it was really, really nice, and I loved the chapel. The reception was walking distance from the ceremony, and it was a fantastic time! The interesting thing is Brett and Kate met in Texas, moved to London and then came back here to get married! Oh, and I also made a great matted sample book from this wedding – click here to check it out!
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So… this wedding was extra special to me because IB is a close family member – think coming over with no shoes close. And my daughter Y was in the wedding, so we all got to field trip it out to Corpus for this family wedding. It was also pretty cool to get a hug and kiss from Y every half hour during the day. She also got to see daddy at work, and I think she really got a kick out of that – so now she knows what goes on when I go to work.
There was a pretty funny moment at the getting ready in the morning – I thought I was quite cool, and I had a shot all set up where a bridesmaid walked into the room and surprised IB with her bouquet, which had just been delivered. Well, I had the shot all set up, and as the bridesmaid popped the bouquet out from behind her, all we heard was “Umm oh hell no. That’s not purple!” We all fell out laughing. Luckily, the florist took care of it quite quickly (IB’s a lawyer lol!)
At the ceremony, as Michael read his own vows, there was not a dry eye in the house (including mine!). Everyone who was there will probably never forget those vows. It was truly a special moment. Of course during the formals and reception, this couple’s true colors came out and they acted quite the fool. We all had so much fun!
So, here’s what’s happened – I shot IB’s maternity portraits about a week ago, and I can’t bring myself to post those before I post their weddings (traditional and church weddings). So I’m doing a triple right now. Serves me right I guess. Looking at the pictures, I remember just how much fun it was and how emotional things got towards the end. And of course it wouldn’t be Mike & IB without some truly preposterous pictures at the end there. I wish they had a vow renewal or a baby every year – I love shooting them. One of the cutest bits of the traditional marriage is where the groom gets tricked with a fake bride. who is brought to him by his bride’s family during the ceremony, covered up of course, and he has to figure out that it’s not her and ask for his real bride. And there’s lots of bribes (usually expensive alcohol) that go back and forth and the families have little mini meetings while they pretend to decide if they’re going to let their lovely flower marry Mike. It’s lovely.
I shot C & K’s engagement session in Dallas, the day after a wedding, and we had so much fun! Their wedding was no different. There was lots of dancing, and a LOT of kissing! Trust me, I could have made a whole post of *just* their kissing pictures, but I didn’t.
I had shot quite a few weddings before I started blogging, and I had always said one day I would grab some older weddings to show on here as well. Danie & Ken got married in the back yard of Ken’s parent’s house almost 3 years ago. It was the same as all my other weddings – a day spent with two people in love, and the people that love them. I had just as much fun as I would have at any other wedding, maybe even more – and it was a really special day.
I knew Lee & Rolake’s superfun engagement session in Kemah would be hard to top, but the incredible Nosa of Elegant Nuptials pulled off another amazing wedding and reception for them. It’s not often that I walk into a reception hall and my jaw drops but it happened this time. Also my cousin Tokini of LyzaDora Beauty was there for makeup and did an amazing job. I didn’t realize she was going to be there until it was a bit too late. We should have carpooled.