It’s Monday, let’s celebrate!

I know,  usually a “Woo Hoo!!” photograph usually comes at the end of the week.  Will enthusiastic quips about TGIF, happy hour, and the excellent plans for the weekend.  But I’ve decide to put my faith in the Universe and send all good vibes out today.  On Monday.  I am going to have great week, you guys!  I am insisting you have one too, give it a shot.  What do you have to lose by exercising a little more positivity than normal at the beginning of the week, rather than the end?

This photo was taken at our wedding in January.  The parents surprised everyone (including the bride and groom) with fireworks right after the ceremony.  Look at the smile on the bride’s face!  I just love it.

Have an excellent week.  I mean it!

Smash

PS – Great job pulling off the surprise, Caplan Miller Events!

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Read more.. Monday, January 27th, 2014

Elegant Spring wedding in Houston, Texas

Spring is right around the corner!  Here is a gorgeous affair we shot in Houston last Spring for a little inspiration.  Below the photos is a write up from Jennie at Keely Thorne Events with more details about the wedding.

From Jennie at Keely Thorne Events:

One of the best parts of my job is working with clients who have specific ideas for their wedding, but developing the details and connecting them into an event that flows beautifully!  Elena was one such bride, who planned the wedding from her current home of New York City with the help of her mother in her hometown of Houston.  The wedding day festivities started out with the ceremony at historic Christ Church Cathedral, where the bride’s parents were married years before.  The Bayou Club provided a picturesque backdrop for the spring dinner party that Elena had envisioned from the start.  The natural, almost overgrown garlands and arrangements created by John Friedman were a perfect complement to the club, which is tucked among century-old trees behind one of Houston’s largest parks.  Guests were greeted by a classic string quartet with a contemporary twist – think Bach and Handel meets Adele and the Rolling Stones.  Since the weather was uncharacteristically chilly for late April in Texas, we sourced pashminas in the wedding’s color palette of gold, coral, and Turkish blue.  These were waiting on each female guest’s seat for dinner.  Special attention was paid to the paper details of the reception, with hand calligraphy and a custom-designed monogram.  The bride, groom and their families worked together closely to fashion a delicious seated dinner menu for their guests to enjoy.  Once the cake had been cut and locally-made ice cream was passed, things loosened up a bit as their uber-energetic 80’s cover band took the stage complete in “Revenge of the Nerds” attire.  Guests were invited to accessorize with neon Wayfarers and bracelets as they celebrated until midnight (which unfortunately was “closing time” despite numerous requests for an encore – I think they would have danced until dawn if we let them!).  Elena and Joe departed from the reception in a snow-like flurry of white confetti and fragrant lavender buds, while guests were sent home with their pockets and purses full of what are arguably the state’s most delicious pecan pralines.

The vendors that made it all happen:

Ceremony:  Christ Church Cathedral

Reception:  The Bayou Club (no website)

Wedding Planner:  Jennie Chase with Keely Thorne Events  http://keelythorne.com

Photographer:  Ashley Garmon Photographers

http://www.ashleygarmonphoto.com

Floral Design:  John Friedman Flowers  http://www.johnfriedmanflowers.com

Lighting:  Pro/Sound  http://goprosound.com

Stationery:  Dromgoole’s  http://dromgooles.squarespace.com

Monogram Design:  Amy Boyter for Atheneum Creative

http://atheneumcreative.com

Calligraphy:  PenDance http://www.pendance.us

Cake:  Marlene Romero (no website)

String Quartet:  Divisi Strings  http://www.divisistrings.com

Band:  The Spazmatics http://thespazmatics.net

Gown:  Monique Lhullier via Mark Ingram Atelier  http://markingramatelier.com

Bridesmaid dresses:  Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid New York City

http://www.bellabridesmaid.com

Makeup Artist:  Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry  http://www.kristindaniell.com

Hair Stylist:  Meghan and Tarek for Ceron Hair Studio

http://www.ceronhairstudio.com/index.html

Pralines:  Brennan’s of Houston http://www.brennanshouston.com

Wedding dress hanger  Heirloom

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Read more.. Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Wedding in Far West Texas, Part 2

And now we continue the second portion of Shelby and Brooks’ wedding in Marathon, Texas.  After the ceremony on the family ranch, we hopped in a truck with the bride and groom and raced around the ranch chasing the quickly setting sun.  Afterwards, we returned the The Gardens at The Gage Hotel for the reception.  It was a truly fun day and shooting with the West Texas sky as a backdrop is simply exhilarating.

Shelby’s sister was not only the Maid of Honor, but she also write a song for Shelby and Brooks, which she performed at the recepetion.  I believe this was the first time she snag and played the guitar solo in front of a crowd.  She did an excellent job!

All the vendors that made this wedding possible:

Wedding dress – http://www.nardosimam.com/

Flowers – http://www.flowerlandmidland.com/

Photographer – Ashley Garmon Photographers

Wedding Dress -

Wedding Dress Hanger – Heirloom

Pavilion draping – http://www.boydsevents.com/

Cactus pouches – https://www.etsy.com/shop/clumsy

Embroidered handkerchiefs – http://www.ffcembroidery.com/

Groom’s custom cuff links – http://penalozaandsons.com/

Church items – http://www.ststephensmidland.com/

Wedding ceremony – private ranch

Makeup artist – Julian Gold of Midland

Hair artist – Glitz House of Beauty

Wedding rings – Fisher Jewelers

Bridal jewelry – http://shop.nordstrom.com &  http://www.tiffany.com

Brides shoes – http://www.katespade.com/

Bridesmaid scarves – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Bridesmaid bracelets – Jenkins Jewelry

Groom’s tux – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Father of the Bride tux – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Mother of the Bride dress – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Groom & Groomsmen ties – http://www.tomjames.com/

Bridesmaid dresses and Groomsmen tuxes – selected their own

Reception band – http://www.thejebsite.com/

Reception venue and catering – http://www.gagehotel.com

Save the Dates – “Note”able & http://www.printswell.com/

Map card design – Landgraf Crutcher & Associate Inc.

Wedding invitations – RSVP by Darby Brown & http://www.crane.com/

Guest gift bags – http://jameshevans.com/ , https://www.haribo.com/enUS/home.html ; http://www.susiessouthforty.com/ , http://www.ritter-sport.com/

Guest book – http://www.blueskypapers.com/
Koozies – http://www.discountmugs.com/

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Read more.. Friday, January 10th, 2014
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