Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amanda's Bridals at Highland Park United Methodist Church

Since Amanda and Steve are getting married today, time to finally share her bridal portraits. We photographed Amanda's best friend's wedding several years back and were SOOO excited when Amanda contacted us with her fabulous engagement news! We've been looking forward to this one for quite some time. Congrats newlyweds! I'll have wedding images to show you very soon!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jessica & Jim's engagements: Lake Grapevine

I love that Jessica and Jim were willing to tromp around Lake Grapevine in order to find the perfect secluded spot for pictures! The said they wanted something more outdoorsy with an away-from-it-all feel and I had the perfect place in mind. Forget the fact that I neglected to tell them beforehand that we'd be walking almost 1/2 mile to get there. :) Either way they were game and I'm so glad they were!

Congrats guys, can't wait til October! :)

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Travis-Lee Moore with Functions Event Group

This month we'd like to introduce you to the fabulous Travis-Lee Moore. The guy has incredible artistry and talent, not to mention a personality you'll fall in love with. You can contact him and check out more of his work here:

Q: Tell us about yourself... Did you always want this to be your career or did you stumble upon your talent by chance?
A: Are you kidding?  My poor mother would come home from work at the hospital all day and I would have rearranged all the furniture.  But there was dinner that I found in Southern Living, on the table, so it kinda balanced out.

Q: How did you get started in doing this for weddings?
A: I started on the other side of the stove, in the kitchen.  Graduated from the Culinary Hyde Park, NY in 1990 and was Chef de Sauté at the Fairmont Pyramid Room (the older, amazing one – not the thing that’s there now) and then moved upstairs and did a lot of pastry work.  Spent two years as Sommelier for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.  Came home and got involved with a shady group of people called “Off-Premise Caterers” and felt way at home.  It’s a good fit for how ADD I am – creative, fast paced, always a different location, changing menus, and once the client loves you, they want you to design everything else too.  So, I’ve spent the last fifteen plus years designing party experiences for groups from 2 to 1500.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Doing what I love and getting paid to do it for really great people.

Q: What’s your best wedding story or your most memorable event?
A: I have really great memories of flying down 29th Street in Austin, behind the box van, in my black Camaro convertible, both packed to over-flowing with waiters, wedding cakes, canapés and columns.  Not that that was the pinnacle of anything, but it was just fun and kinda Priscilla Queen of the Party.

Q: What’s been your biggest accomplishment to date… personal or professional?
A: Living past 30?  I dunno – achieving some sort of balance between work and life.  I have a really sweet family and am glad that I know that and that we all make time to hang out together.

If you want my “pageant answer” – the year that I swept the NACE national awards at a glamorous supper party in San Diego!

Q: What words do you live by?
A: “If it’s worth doin, it’s worth over-doin.” Paraphrase from Mick Jagger

Friday, June 17, 2011

Janelle's Maternity pictures in Grapevine

My good friend, Janelle, is also a photographer; one whose work I admire greatly. We made a pact several years ago to be each others' family photographer and I've had the pleasure of photographing her first child in maternity pictures as well as labor & delivery. I was excited when she asked me to do it again for her new baby girl. Here is Baby Zoe's "bump" pictures and a few of her first breaths. I love my job...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Karla & Brian's engagements at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Karla & Brian are getting married later this year outside of town and asked us to do their engagements locally so they could focus on one of their favorite places... the Rangers Ballpark! While we couldn't get inside we used the exterior as well as the amazing parks surrounding the ballpark.

I loved getting to know you guys better! Thanks for laughing and playing with us that day and congrats on the wedding!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Missy & Thomas' Wedding: Dallas Arboretum

The rain stopped, the clouds kept the heat at bay, and a beautiful couple was married overlooking the sailboats on White Rock Lake! How could this day get any better? Oh yeah, super cute personal touches, adorable "bell ringers", fabulous attire, and a bride whose infectious smile still sticks in my head.

Congratulations Missy & Thomas... everything was absolutely perfect!

The amazing vendors:

Reception: private Dallas home