Bowers Museum Wedding | Santa Ana, California | Dallas Destination Wedding Photographer | Vicky+Daniel
Vicky and Daniel are new Dallas transplants from the great city of Los Angeles, California. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to learn that their wedding would be back home in Santa Ana, California and they wanted to fly me there to document it! Vicky and Daniel envisioned an “East meets West” wedding, and they couldn’t have picked a better venue than the Bowers Museum, which is rich in Spanish architectural elements and full of Asian cultural artifacts! Coupled with perfect Orange County weather, a couture Ella Rosa wedding dress, lush floral designs by Dee’s Petals, and custom made invitations by The Bee’s Knee’s Custom Designs, I knew we were going to create breathtaking images! All the pretty details aside, their love for each other and their families was truly a pleasure to capture. For the reception, Vicky changed into her stunning pink couture qipao which was custom made in Taipei, Taiwan. There were some touching toasts, fine wine, and tons of laughter to go around. I hope you enjoy this California destination wedding as much as I did!
Venue: Bowers Museum :: Wedding Dress: Ella Rosa (from Taylor’s Lace) :: Wedding Planner and Floral: Dee’s Petals :: Hair & Makeup: EChou Makeup :: Cake: Van’s Bakery :: DJ & Lighting: Carcano DJ & Lighting
Hilton Sandestin Wedding | Destin Wedding Photographer | Vi+Amitesh | Florida Destination Wedding
I’ll try not to overwhelm you with too many images from Vi and Amitesh’s Florida destination wedding, but there’s just a ridiculous amount of raw emotions and gorgeousness from their two day celebration! Vi and Amitesh both love to travel and especially love beaches, what better location to get married at than the stunning Hilton Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida? I was definitely in love with the pure white sand and crystal clear aqua water and knew we were going to create some magic! What makes their wedding even more special was they had a fusion wedding with two ceremonies including the Laos ceremony and Hindu ceremony, which is something you rarely, if ever get to see. Vi tearing up when Amitesh entered the room with gifts was one of my favorite moments of the Mehndi. We started Saturday morning with the traditional Laos ceremony. The colors and intricate details in the clothing and jewelry are beyond amazing. Vi has such a mesmerizing smile and I love how she’s always in the moment and enjoying the wedding! K.I. Weddings and Prashe Decor certainly blew my mind away with the mandap setup on the beach for the afternoon Hindu beach ceremony. The color palette of red, orange, and yellow mandap matched perfectly with the ocean backdrop. The baraat starting from the wooden decks definitely caught everyone’s attention at the Hilton. There was tons of laughter, tears, and then sweet moments during the Hindu beach ceremony. Knowing how much Vi and Amitesh have been through to get to this day, I even teared up going through their wedding images, so be prepared. K.I. Weddings and Prashe Decor just continued to surprise us with the beautiful reception decor including blue uplighting, gold chivari chairs and table linen with a blend of silver and turquoise touches, a white dance floor, and a stunning candlelight backdrop for the sweetheart table. “We love Amitesh” flash mob was definitely a pleasant surprise. DJ Prashant from Next Level Entertainment has got to be one of the most talented mixers I’ve ever seen, and he kept the party going on forever! I ended this blog post with an image from Vi and Amitesh’s misty morning day after session so stay tuned for it!
Wedding Planner: K.I. Weddings
Decor: Prashe Decor
Floral: Florals By The Sea
Cinematographer: AMP Houston
Cake: Nouveau Catering
Band: Bollywood Strings
Chapel at Ana Villa Wedding | Roanne+Matt | Dallas Wedding Photographer
It was a beautiful day for Roanne and Matt’s intimate wedding at the Chapel at Ana Villa in the Colony, TX! There were lots of great moments throughout the day, but my favorites were their first look, the improvising officiant, and of course mom’s touching toast. We also had quite a good laugh when the ceremony chapel doors opened only to find that Roanne’s brother was holding the bouquet. It quite breathtaking watching Roanne come down the grand staircase! This time we got to photograph the reception in the La Cava room which is Spanish for “the wine room”, and was perfect for their intimate wedding. Roanne especially loved their purple ombre naked cake created by Frosted Art and I could totally see why! It’s always a pleasure to photograph weddings when couples truly value amazing photography, hope you enjoy their story!
Classic Oaks Ranch Wedding Styled Shoot | Dallas Wedding Photographer
We’re excited to share this “ritzy ranch” styled shoot featured on the Wedding Chicks blog! Classic Oaks Ranch was the perfect venue for this shoot with a rustic vibe and elegant details including a massive stone fireplace, antler chandeliers, stone paved woods, a chic barn, a wide wooden staircase, horses, and camels. To go with the ritzy ranch theme, our bride wore a vintage lace dress, veil, and elegant jewelry from De Ma Fille. Kathy Chandler designed an amazing table with brown, peach, and ivory, with a touch of indigo blue. The vintage gold silverware tied with crocheted lace and a chocolate brown velvet ribbon was one of our favorite touches from Gold Dust Vintage Rentals. Kate Foley flawlessly combined ranunculus, roses, pods, bittersweet, and other fall flowers for the beautiful centerpiece! Kate also created an asymmetrical bouquet with complimenting colors to the ritzy ranch style. Our bride had the perfect vintage hairstyle and makeup by Tracy Melton. Sugar Bee Sweets baked the amazing detailed cake decorated topped with peach roses. We also had brown, peach, and ivory macaroons to go with the color palette. The beautiful stationary with vintage charms were designed by Paper Planet.
Coordinator & Event Designer: Kathy Chandler Weddings
Venue: Classic Oaks Ranch
Flowers: Kate Foley Designs
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Hair and Makeup: Tracy Melton
Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta
Jewelry & Veil: De Ma Fille
Stationary: Paper Planet
Props & Furniture Rental: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals
Bride: Lauren Hernandez
Ashton Gardens Wedding | Dallas Wedding Photographer | Cecilia+Jay
Disney fans are in for a treat today! Cecilia and Jay had a gorgeous Cinderella themed wedding, and what better place to have it than the fairy tale like Ashton Gardens in Corinth, TX. Cecilia and Jay had amazing Cinderella details from the Cinderella styled wedding gown, Christian Louboutin wedding shoes, Cinderella perfume, baby blue Cinderella bridesmaid dresses, a Cinderella art canvas portrait of them by the fabulous artist Jen Huang Design, and last but not least, a Cinderella themed cake by Essence Cakery! Their love story film prior to their grand entrance was the highlight of the night, and with a wedding party of 24 people, you knew it was going to be not only a great party, but also a night filled with touching toasts, talented singers, and an amazing cultural dance! Of course, a Cinderella wedding would not be complete without leaving in a horse carriage and that’s exactly what they did. Congrats on finding your true prince charming Cecilia!
Old Bedford School Wedding | Dallas Wedding Photographer | Min+Andrew
Min and Andrew’s wedding was the perfect way to end 2013! I was fortunate that they loved me enough to fly me out to New Orleans for their gorgeous engagement session (in case you missed it click here!). They’ve become some of my dearest friends and you can just tell how sweet and in love they are from their photos! Min and Andrew had their wedding at the super cute Old Bedford School which has tons of character and history, and the fabulous Keestone Events did an amazing job again! I loved the little touches of the wedding including the custom made brick with their initials gifted by the Old Bedford School, the hand sewed guest book made by Min, and the cake toppers wearing Hanbok or traditional Korean clothing. Andrew’s reaction during the first look was priceless, and his attempt at giving a toast in Mandarin was spot-on. DJ Tim Howard not only got the moms and dads kissing, but also got other married couples to show us how it’s really done! We ended the night with a sweet and romantic last dance. Min and Andrew were also brave enough to tough out the midnight December weather for some fabulous nighttime portraits. Thanks again to everyone’s support in 2013 and I can’t wait to share my journeys in 2014!
Venue: Old Bedford School
Planning and Design: Keestone Events
Floral: Timeless Fiori
Cake: My Delicias
DJ/Lighting: Pinnacle Elite Entertainment
Barr Mansion Wedding | Austin Wedding Photographer | Sarah+Alex
I’ve been looking forward to Sarah and Alex’s wedding for a very long time and I’m so excited to share their wedding images! Not only are they some of the sweetest people ever, Austin is just such an amazing city with so many gorgeous venues and character. Sarah’s dress is stunning and looks so perfect on her! Their Catholic ceremony was at the beautiful Saint Mary Cathedral in downtown Austin. Alex shedding tears when he first saw Sarah was definitely one of my favorite moments of the day. Sarah and Alex’s reception was at the breathtaking Barr Mansion, which happens to be the nation’s first certified organic events facility, so needless to say, the food was beyond delicious and healthy! Barr mansion really has it all, vintage building up front, picturesque outdoor landscapes, and a rustic but modern building in the back. The cocktail hour was under the beautiful pecan tree, with their signature cocktail “The Watson” being served, named after their beloved Greyhound. Sarah and Alex also designed their own seating chart with a crafted chalkboard. Loved the ” I Met My Match” detail, and I knew we had to get a cool cigar shot! Hope you enjoy these photos!
Fort Worth Club Wedding | Fort Worth Wedding Photographer | Katy+Carson
After a few weeks of rainy weekends, we finally had some gorgeous sunshine for Katy and Carson’s wedding! Katy and Carson have to be among two of the sweetest people I have ever met, and it makes perfect sense because their families are just as sweet! They had their first look at the gorgeous Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Like many people, I thought Katy and Carson were pretty serious people, but they turned out to be one of my funniest and silliest couples ever! I have never had a bride photobomb her own formal photos or tell me to “take the shot” when a random Fort Worth Garden personnel drove by. Their wedding ceremony was at the beautiful Holy Family Catholic Church Fort Worth where her parents were also married at. Katy and Carson’s reception was at the elegant and iconic Fort Worth Club. Katy chose the colors gold, silver, white and navy blue to match the elegant feel. She also had a lot of DIY details including the escort cards, monograms on pint glasses, words instead of table numbers, and also the use of vases she collected herself. There’s just so much laughter throughout the day and night, hope you enjoy these moments!
Venues: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Holy Family Catholic Church, Fort Worth Club Wedding Planner: Keestone Events Hair & Makeup: The Salon Floral: Lexa’s Flowers DJ/Lighting: Paul Andrews, Randal Stout Entertainment
Room on Main Wedding | Dallas Wedding Photographer | Susan+Colby
Even though Susan and Colby never overlapped in college, Arkansas football still managed to bring Susan and Colby together for this beautiful Room on Main wedding! Susan’s sister and Colby’s grandmother hand sewed “something blue” and “something old” details into her wedding dress. I loved Susan’s elegant taste for jewelry from Kendra Scott! Susan and Colby both wrote letters to each other, and from the look of their faces you could tell that they are super in love with each other! Although they couldn’t have the wedding ceremony at their church, they still chose to have their first look at the gorgeous St. Matthew’s Cathedral! Favors were spiced pecans from a secret family recipe, and they had five wedding cakes with five different flavors, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I’ll admit I did not take Susan and Colby as the cake smashing type, but they totally got into it! Every song played at the reception was hand picked by them, and you could tell it was definitely an awesome party! We sent them off with bubbles and in an arts district dining cart which was super cute. Congratulations Susan and Colby!