Sunday, December 27, 2009

Poolside Vows

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Andria & Blair were married in a candlelit poolside ceremony at Hamilton Twelve in Bee Caves, Texas. The evening was cool and the Rosemary & Cedar scented candles lent a soft glow to their poolside ceremony. Andria's ivory strapless dress looked amazing on her tiny frame though she said she couldnt breathe as we zipped her into it. Her ladies wore an unusual fern green which looked lovely on all of them with brown and ivory as the flower and candle accent colors. The bride's ex-grandmother officiated and the groom's family made the golfers dream cake which lent an especially personal touch to this very family oriented union. After much dancing and visiting this active and enthusiastic couple exited through a tunnel of well wishers hands.

Fall Wedding

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Sara's wedding to Wes in Willis Texas on the outskirts of Houston at the Shepard Hill Estate combined her Irish heritage and the colors of the fall season. Sara glowed (and it was not just her beautiful red hair) as she got ready for her long awaited wedding to Wes. Deep greens, fall foliage, candles and pumpkins infused the decor. The groom's family provided all of the catering and it was an ecclectic mix of their favorite foods. From poached salmon to Scotch Eggs and homemade Macaroni and Cheese...from sherbert punch to lamb manicotti...it was all wonderful. This was an intimate family event with quiet good feelings all around. The guests saw Sara and Wes off in a shower of lavender on their way to an "after" party of dancing this wonderful night.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

6th Street Bokeh

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Jodi is a true Princess Bride. As a little girl she dreamed of being a princess and marrying her prince charming. She and Phil were married this Christmas season at The Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin Texas and her princess details were everywhere. Sparkles abound through their Denim and Diamonds rehearsal dinner at the County Line on the Lake. From the attendant gifts of pearls to her Jodismaids(as she called them) to the Disney princess books and kits(complete with veils, gloves and jewelry) for her Jr Jodismaids and flowergirl. To the Crystal tree of place settings for the guests, the glowing metallic candles everywhere, the twinkle lights in the trees at the Chateau Bellevue and the cake details which matched her dress. We loved using our new Canon 7D camera with it's high iso capabilities to capture lots of ambient light. Using low a low apature of f/1.4 and high ISO from 4000 to 6400 we were able to create nightime photos lots of bokeh. 6th Street from the Driskill Hotel - Sample of BokehBokeh is the photographic term used to describe the soft focus portions of a photo. Sparkling items and glowing lights make for beautiful bokeh in Jodi and Phil's photos while drawing the eye to the focal point of the photos... usually Jodi and Phil.
This self-proclaimed princess and her prince are very family and military oriented and displayed many photos of their special family members. The Philsmen(as Jodi termed them) enjoyed a wedding day breakfast at Cisco's Restaurant on East Sixth where Phil and his friends and family have gone for years... even before the restaurant used menus. They both graduated from Texas A & M University at College Station and Phil graduated from West Point Military Academy in New York. We went out to West Point with them for Jodi's bridal portraits and to do a few wedding portraits where Phil (in uniform) was in the photo but could not see Jodi. She and Phil cut the wedding cake and his groom's cake (free standing West Point ring... nice job Matty Cakes!) with his military sword. After a magical evening of friends, fun and dancing the culmination of their evening was a musical exit to the sound of bells as Phil wheeled her out to their waiting carriage in a cushioned wheelbarrow. They headed over to the Capital Building for photos and then off to their suite at the Driskill Hotel where Phil swept her into his arms and over the threshold. Happily Everafter Jodi and Phil!