downtown houston

Houston Rooftop First Look - Marmion Park Wedding

Alex + Jake

This lovely couple planned a small intimate wedding day and chose to do a first look downtown. Alex and Jake left the planning of the first look completely up to me so I thought what could be better than a rooftop location! Slightly logistically challenging but heck, lets go for it! Number one, the setting screams Houston/Big City! Number two, a rooftop gets us off the street level where its crawling with people. Who wants random strangers in your first look photos? lol Maybe in your engagement photos or wedding portraits, but not in your “First Look”! Moving on, Houston decided to bring us a lovely cold front moments before doing the first look. Dropped 15 degrees in 30 mins. Seriously, Houston? You know what, I like a challenge so bring it on! The wind we had today made the images that much more dramatic and everything went perfectly. Jake said the first look was his favorite moment of the entire wedding day. Did you hear that lovely brides out there? More reason to consider a first look!! I will be writing an article on REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DO A FIRST LOOK. :)

Next were able to get a few photos on main street and then headed to Marmion Park in the Heights where they had their ceremony. I love the Heights! So charming and full of little gems here and there. You know every bride and groom are different but I really enjoy when I get to work couples who put priority on photos. Duh! :) Hey, we are making memories for a lifetime here, right!?

I’ll post photos from their cozy Sharespace reception later. Congrats Alex & Jake. You guys rock!

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Houston Vietnamese Tea Ceremony & Engagement

Kimberly + Micheal

Kimberly found me on the knot and to this day has the record for the most emails from any client. She is a physician assistant and is obviously very detailed. She did her research and homework before choosing a wedding photographer, that is for sure. I was excited to learn that she would not only need wedding day coverage but also photos of their Vietnamese tea ceremony. After some planning, Kimberly and Michael decided to have their engagement session follow the tea ceremony since they would already be dressed. It was a pleasure experiencing the tea ceremony with all of it’s unique culture and food. The family was amazing and were so welcoming! Before starting the engagement session I got my hands on some Vietnamese coffee! YUM! This stuff will get your motor running! Life is good. Coffee in my hand and the smell of fall in the air. I love fall by the way!! I’m an October baby. :)

For the session we started in Kimberly’s neighborhood, then made a stop at Boulevard Oaks. Next we hit downtown Houston for some epic views of the skyline. Soon it was dark but these two still had enough energy for a few night shots on main street. It was a long day but I enjoyed every minute of it. Oddly enough, Kimberly had warned me that they were “awkward in front of the camera and would be a challenge for me.” I thought they were pretty magical myself, but you can be the judge. Enjoy the photos!

Also check out their wedding day at Oak Tree Manor! Even more MAGICAL!

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