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Children at Weddings

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Allow me to set the scene… We’re at the beautiful Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in the heart of downtown San Antonio, TX. At this point we’re right in the middle of the ceremony, the bride and groom are on the altar. A few minutes before, the flower girl knocked the basket of flower petals over on this chair. Obviously the only thing to do at this point was to squeeze through and pick them up one by one. This one gives me a big smile everytime.

Flower Girl Cleaning Up at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in San Antonio, TX

It’s the Little Things – Laura & Trevor (teaser)

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At the start of a wedding day when everyone is getting ready, we like to introduce ourselves, say hello to the bride, family and friends, and then immediately start photographing some of their special details – rings, shoes, flowers… We find that this helps everyone to be more comfortable and ease into having their pictures taken, which is of course very important when the photography is so heavily documentary in nature.

With this in mind, before starting the real getting-ready coverage for Laura & Trevor’s San Antonio Country Club wedding, we shot some details.

Wedding Rings Detail Shot

Then we noticed an inscription. Every once in a while, we come across a small detail like this that makes you say ‘awwww…’ – It’s the little things.

Wedding Ring Inscription

Westin La Cantera Wedding – Brittnee & Jarves (Teaser!)

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Brittnee & Jarves tied the knot this past Saturday at the Now Word Covenant Church (Brittnee’s father is pastor Keith and performed the ceremony!). The reception was held in the ballrooms at the Westin La Cantera. Many, many great moments were captured, and according to every single toast that was given, there should be some happy grandparents in 9-10 months, ha!

For now, just one quick teaser for the lovely couple to enjoy as they head to their amazing honeymoon!

Westin La Cantera Wedding

Rio Cibolo Ranch Wedding: Gabriella & Jack

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Ceremony at Rio Cibolo Ranch | Reception at Rio Cibolo Ranch
Wedding Dress by Justin Alexander Sweetheart Collection | Bridesmaid Dresses by Camilla Christine
Groom’s Attire by Perry Ellis | Groomsmen Attire by Stafford
Makeup & Hair by Paloma Dean-St. Germain
Second Photographer: Miranda Laine

A few words from the bride: “Jack and I met in college, but we weren’t your typical ‘college sweethearts.’ We were both working as resident assistants at The Culinary Institute of America and knew each other distantly through friends. It wasn’t until 4 days before he was due to move to New Orleans for his externship that we even spent any real time talking to one another. After he left, we spent hours texting, talking on the phone and falling asleep on Skype. On a whim, one week after he drove from New York to Texas, he flew back up to see me, convincing me that starting a long distance relationship could actually work even though I thought he was crazy. I graduated that December and had a job offer to work at the new CIA campus in San Antonio, TX… where Jack is from.

Almost a year later we moved in together and adopted the best daughter-dog parents could ever ask for! Eleanor (or Ellie as we like to call her), was the key to our engagement. A soiled plan of playing fetch on some little league fields turned into a hasty trip to the dog park minutes before it closed because Jack insisted we take Ellie out to play. Little did I know he was tying the ring to her leash with a note saying, ‘Will you marry my daddy?’

I knew I was going to marry Jack the first night we spent talking until 9 am. We spoke of it freely and knew we always wanted a wedding that was completely ‘us.’ From the ceremony to the reception, there were details of our relationship present. Our favorite colors, our love of the outdoors and the fall, our love of food, our love of family and love for each other. We wanted a relaxed, fun feel that we feel our guests definitely got from everything. A few special details were included. The pouring of the spices: where our parents poured a base for Jack and I to pour ours then we shook them together. We also had a Lantern Release to end our night. We had guests write the names of passed loved ones they wanted to share the night with, everyone was escorted out to a field where we lit them and the eventful night ended with the soft glow of the lanterns fading away and the song ‘Di provenza il mar il suol’ playing in the background – a song my father dedicated to his father when he passed.”


Thanks for entrusting us with you special day, Gabriella & Jack! – Kurtis & MT

Special End to the Night w/ Japanese Lanterns

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Gabriella & Jack had a lot of really great DIY elements at their wedding, which we will certainly post a full blog for in the future, but I wanted to give a little sneak peek at our first japanese lantern send-off. Making this particularly special, everyone wrote the names of loved ones passed on their lanterns and the excitement of the reception turned into thoughtful silence as they gave a nod to those they wished could be there.

Wedding at the Immaculate Heart of Mary & Witte Museum: Magali & Michael

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Ceremony at The Immaculate Heart of Mary | Reception at The Witte Museum | Planned by Chic Concepts

The wedding I’m about to share with you is pretty special. Just Google “San Antonio Flood May 25, 2013” and you’ll have an idea of the cards we were dealt that day. There were hundreds of swiftwater rescues and the major highway leading to all the locations was shut down. All our plans for outdoor portraits at the Witte Museum were scrapped due to logistics with the traffic on all the back roads. But guess what… everyone was so happy to come together and celebrate with Magali & Michael that none of that mattered.

A quick vendor shout-out… The original plan for the reception was to have lights strung in the trees. The call had to be made the day before to put up tents based on the forecast. It didn’t end up raining, but Great Events & Rentals did a fantastic job (with short notice) with some absolutely gorgeous tents which were a nice touch, rain or shine. I also want to take a moment to give credit to Nicolette Orozco at Chic Concepts for doing a great job under pressure. Everything came together without any glitches, and that was only possible because of her hard work. I can’t say enough good things about Nicolette.

I want you to pay attention to how much emotion there was throughout the day… how much joy there was at the reception as everyone celebrated their love. Without further ado, it’s time to rain down some sweet, sweet photos. Enjoy!