Whewww boy. This wedding was a doozy, in the very best of ways: it was full of incredibly sweet and loving people, at a beautiful venue, with excellent vendors. But also you guys, it had a PAD THAI STATION. Plus entire booths for espresso, ice cream, and donuts. So basically it was a fairytale. Needless to say it's good that I wasn't a guest, or else I probably would have gained 20lbs and become 'that guy' to all of the catering staff.
But even after all of the food and festivities and decor and dancing, these two have (and are) something special. It seems like no one is ever a stranger to them (animals included), they have top notch taste in friends, and above all they love others fully and openly. Plus they're also just really good at having fun, and the entirety of the wedding day just overflowed with that happiness. They're easily some of the most genuine and kind people I've ever worked with, and to be welcomed into their story to document this chapter has been beyond humbling.
As always I've gathered waaay too many highlight images here, though in my defense everything I've ever done with these guys has been a highlight reel (seriously, look at these ridiculously amazing sessions):
A huge hug and hearty congratulations Candice and Daniel! Y'all are rockstars in my book :)A big thanks to these amazing vendors for knocking it out of the park:Planning and Coordination by Jace at Jitters and Cocktails: http://www.jittersandcocktails.com/ Venue - Chandelier Grove: Chandelier Grove - Wedding WireSecond Shooter - Justin Williams at http://jwphotographer.com/Floral - Holly at Flower Vibes: http://flowervibes.com/Cake - Dolce Designs: http://mydolcedesigns.com/Hair & Makeup - Angela Karr / Faces by Angela: http://www.angelakarr.com/ Strings - Third Floor Strings: http://thirdfloorstrings.comCatering - Astral Catering: http://astralcatering.com/Rentals - A Memorable Event: http://amemorableevent.com/Coffee Bar - Pearland Coffee Roasters: http://www.pearlandcoffeeroasters.com/
Okay, so here's the deal. I'm kind of a weird dude, and probably far too rebellious for my own good, at least when it comes to maintaining clean-cut seriousness in the wedding world. I'm not an expert on current wedding trends, I barely know what forks are for what in a multi course meal, and most of my photographic inspiration comes from outside of the industry entirely, whether it's fashion or adventure travel and photojournalism from 50 years ago. The core of everything I do is a hope to understand people and share their stories in a genuine way, not simply take 'pretty wedding photos'. In some ways I think that may hurt me in the business, but I honestly couldn't have it any other way. Every once in a while I'll meet a couple who just 'gets it': who know that they want something different, but above all just want to be themselves, not pressured to rehash someone else's day but instead falling completely into the moment with each other and their friends. Marley and Trace were that couple. We got to know each other for the first time over beers, talking about everything from their history to antics with friends and their skateboarding exploits. That can't be understated - Trace and basically all of his friends are legitimately killer skaters ( after looking through the blog, you'll recognize several faces in Houston skate videos like this one ). Marley is beyond sweet, Trace is hilarious and they're both just refreshingly real together.
But as awesome as they were to hang with, you can also tell a lot about a couple by the friends that keep them close. This was not only one of the most chill and genuine bridal parties I've worked with, but also one of the most dedicated to supporting them. People did whatever they could to make this wedding - one friend had been in an accident and was stuck at the hospital hooked up to an IV, but he ripped it out and came anyway. That really says something, both about their community and their character.
All in all, this wedding was a total blast. Marley and Trace are goofballs that know how to party hard, but they're also just top notch people with a heartfelt love for each other and the people around them. I count it a privilege to have been a part of this with them, and am stoked to share some of our documented escapades.
Venues and Photo Locations: Magnolia Hotel // Nouveau Antique Art Bar // Downtown building which shall remain unnamed due to our low key B&E for hangout with groomsmen // Midtown street art, namely 'Preservons La Creation' (Let's Preserve the Creation) by French street artist Sebastien "Mr. D" Boileau
Goodness gracious, have I been excited to share this wedding. You may have picked up on it by now if you've read any of my other posts, but gosh do I love documenting life. It's the vanishing moments, the slow stories, the beauty of people and the world that surrounds them that keep me coming back to capture tiny pieces of an infinite subject. I've been blessed to work with consistently awesome couples over the past 8 years, but these two stepped it up a notch - Deanna and Nicholas' wedding (and shoot, even they themselves) spoiled me something fierce. Nicholas is the kind of guy that makes anyone feel always welcomed, like you've been great friends for years by the time you first meet. Deanna is that wonderful balance between selflessly kind and a little rebellious - she's a talented wedding photographer (no pressure Daniel), and quite possibly the most encouraging person I've ever shot with, but I can also warn that she'll shark you at the local pool hall if you're not careful (trust me, she has countless amazing stories of this). When they told me their wedding was in Colorado, I went pretty berzerk (internally of course). I'm a mountain and wilderness nut, and it's been a big itch of mine to combine my love of landscape photography and wedding photography into one story. Because their wedding was to be in a little town called Carbondale just northwest of Aspen, most of their guests made the scenic drive from Denver through the mountains, rivers, and farms of central Colorado. Well, that 4 hour drive became 12 hours for me, as I stopped countless times to capture bits and pieces of this long 'wilderness warm up' to the wedding. It snowed a fair bit on the way over, especially around the icy roads of the 12,000ft Independence Pass, so it felt like I came upon a secret oasis of color and warmth in Carbondale. The wedding itself was breathtaking, not only because of the stunning scenery, but because the purpose behind the wedding was real to them. Having the wedding in a gorgeous location was icing on the cake, but clearly not the cake itself. It was an intimate (but oh, quite lively) celebration of the two of them and their families, and it would have been just as beautiful if it was in an old building or a simple church.All in all, I have had an absolute pleasure getting to know these two and am blessed to call them friends.
So at long last, here is a series I put together to show some pieces of the story:
R O A D T O T H E W E D D I N G
E N G A G E M E N T S
B R I D A L S
W E D D I N G D A Y
A thousand congratulations you two :) And happy birthday Deanna!
One of my favorite aspects of wedding photography is seeing how a couple’s personality and love for each other will unfold through their wedding day, and being able to share that story. Taylor and Alyssa both have the most awesome demeanors – rare combinations of cool and kind that start quietly and become stronger as you see them in their element. What I found to be so refreshing about them was that their ‘elements’ were so selfless – the whole day they were focused on their families, their friends, God, and each other. They lit up together as if no one else was nearby, and I am not exaggerating when I say that they had one of the most genuine, sweetest first dances I’ve seen in quite a while. Here is a selection of images that share a bit of their day :) Church: Chapel in the Woods at the Woodlands Church
Venue: The Woodlands Country Club
I was talking to someone the other day about inspiration - what inspires me personally, what inspires me as an artist, and what keeps me going when "you just have lost the edge". The more I thought about it, that more I realized that I didn't have that many definite answers...sometimes I'm influenced by old photographs, sometimes it's travel, sometimes just everyday life. Aside from external influences and visual cues however, there is one thing that always inspires me and energizes my creativity: selfless love. There were so many glimpses of that throughout this wedding, from Kristin and James' nerves at the beginning of the day to their unabashed joy after the ceremony. These two love so genuinely, beyond just a surface level of romance or wedding day excitement. It's that selfless love for each other and their families and friends that made this day so much more than simply a big party: it was a covenant, a celebration of the beginning.
Needless to say, I was absolutely spoiled by this wedding. It was full of moments and personalities that can't be made or bought, and that is why I am so happy to be sharing it :)Shot at City Church and The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi.