Megan and Henry's Charming Outdoor Wedding

Megan and Henry's wedding was one of those moments where you just breathe in the love. So much joy and excitement for this day to finally arrive and the colors, WOW!! They made the best of this gorgeous Texas Hillcountry and what an exceptional job to Jessica at Uptown Events & Travel, Bloom and Bud and Amber Kelley Photography.

Vendor Feature: Waffle Love ATX

Happy New Year!! If you are like us you are craving something super amazing for brunch! Well on January 13th, follow your nose to Buda and the lucious smell that is Waffle Love ATX. If you've never had a gourmet belgian waffle served out of a food truck, this is your chance. With both sweet and savory options, you are sure to find your taste buds jumping for joy. Now which to eat first, the chicken and waffle or the waffle covered in cinnamon love... that's it's name we swear!

Maria and Mike's Hill Country Wedding

Maria and Mike's wedding was a true family affair. Every detail was personal to the bride, groom and their family and everyone pitched in to help. We were overwhelmed by the incredible amount of love and laughter that day and are so excited to share these fun images from Don't Miss A Moment Photography!

Vendor Feature: Julie Paisley Photography

If you've been looking for a wedding photographer for more than 5 mins you've probably learned how important it is to pick the right one. Rather it's making sure their style is right for you or seeing how they interact with their clients, picking the right photographer can seem daunting. Well let us introduce you to one of our favorite photographers, though if you've looked around much you've probably seen her work! Julie Paisley at Julie Paisley Photography is a World Renowned, yes she shoots all over the world, photographer. She hosted workshops in Ireland and Paris just this year and based in Nashville. She is known as a "hybrid" photographer, shooting both film and digital photos and you've seen her pictures on the cover of People Magazine, every wedding blog you can name and even right here on our blog! We love having her at the venue and are so excited that she will be joining us Janurary 13th for our Winter Engagement Event, where she'll be doing an Styled Shoot with Pink Parasol D&C, Bee Lavish, Blush Bridal Lounge and Wild Bunches Floral.. to name a few. Check out some of the photos she took from Alex and James' Spring Wedding and a 2016 Styled Shoot. 

Vendor Feature: The Cigar Vault

We love being a part of the Buda, Tx community. Just 15 mins south of downtown Austin, Buda's Historic Main St. boast an ever-growing variety of shops and restaurants to visit and none more fun than The Cigar Vault. Located in the old city bank, The Cigar Vault boasts a walk-in humidor, cozy indoor lounge, wine bar and beer garden, in addition to their extensive collection of cigars of course. We are so excited that this great Buda business will be attending our Winter Engagement Event Jan 13th and be displaying a sampling of their world class selection of cigars and gifts for purchase. 

photo courtesy of The Cigar Vault Facebook

Vendor Features: Whim Hospitality Event Rentals

It's always a great moment when we see Whim Event Rentals on the vendor list. Their wide variety of linens, furnishing and table top rentals are always the perfect touch to complete a wedding experience. Luckily for us, Whim will bring their gorgeous rentals to our Winter Engagement Event on January 13th. Always a must see of inspiration and gorgeousness. Photos courtsey of Al Gawlik Photography

Guest Blog: Tips for Planning your Pre-Ceremony Photos

Over the years, and through building timelines with many photographers, I’ve picked up a couple of tips to consider when planning your pre-ceremony photo timeline.

You’ve seen these photos, whether or not you realized that careful planning went into capturing them. The beautiful display of your invitation suite, with your flowers and jewelry perfectly placed between. The image of the gorgeous bride, buckling her shoe, with the sun beaming in through the window behind her. Her and her bridesmaids laughing, while holding a champagne flute. The exchange of your letter to your groom, holding his hand from behind a door, as you prepare for your first look.

 

These don’t happen by accident, but these photos are some of your most cherished after the wedding day is over and you’re basking in your post-honeymoon glow! So, to make the most of your morning, and the hours before you walk down the aisle, consider the following tips!

 

1.     Getting Ready Location- The Garden Grove has no angle or spot on the property that wasn’t perfectly designed to be a backdrop at any given moment. Take advantage of this and ensure your bridesmaids get dressed in a separate room than where you will get dressed, or where you will get your hair and makeup done. Why? To reduce the amount of clutter, (bags, shoes, dress hangars) in the background of your photos. As soon as your photographer arrives on site, you want to take advantage of every second possible; not spend time cleaning the room while they wait!

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Frey Photography

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Frey Photography

2.     Lighting and Sunset Time- If you’re getting married in the winter months, you have a very strict schedule to adhere to… the sun’s. If you want to ensure you get outdoor photos with prime lighting, set your ceremony earlier. Also, consider having a First Look, so you can get family and wedding party photos done prior to the ceremony. This enables you to have additional bride and groom photos after the ceremony, or a private dinner for just you two!

Photo Courtsey of Sarah Goss Photography

Photo Courtsey of Sarah Goss Photography

3.     Photography Shot List- Sit down with your Planner and Photographer to review your photography timeline together. This will best prepare you and your family for when you will be doing formal portraits. If we’re able to plan for a first look, family and siblings will need to be dressed and ready prior to the ceremony to be a part of these photos. If we’re going with a more traditional timeline, let’s ensure those family members who will be in photos, know to stick around after the ceremony.

Photo Courtesy of Leighann Herr Photography

Photo Courtesy of Leighann Herr Photography

Open communication and careful planning with your wedding planner and photographer will ensure you make the most out of your wedding day in regard to photos. These are the images you’ll have framed on your desk or displayed throughout your home, and you want them to perfectly capture your hard work you put into planning everything!

 

I’m always happy to chat about your wedding day, and creating a timeline that works best for you. Let me know if you’d like to grab coffee or have any questions about this post! Samantha@planourdayhouston.com (We plan Weddings and Events in Houston, Austin and the Texas Hill Country!)

 

Samantha Gieseke

www.planourdayhouston.com

Samantha@planourdayhouston.com 

Vendor Feature: Simply Delicious Custom Cakes

There is nothing sweeter than the decadent treats served at weddings. And a gorgeous and tasty cake only makes your wedding day better. Simply Delicious' desserts are not only gorgeous, they are also scrumptious, our favorite is the cocunut.  Candace and her team have been a part of several weddings and shoots here in the last 2 years and we are so excited to have them partcipate in our 2nd Annual Winter Engagement Event on January 13th!  Candace's beautiful cakes and treat will take your breath away!

Photos Courtesy of Leighanne Herr, Al Gawlik Photography, Tim Waters Photography, Jessica Frey Photography and Jenna McElroy Photography.

Britni's Bridals with Mint Photography

When Kelly from Mint Photography calls looking for a bridal portrait location... you say YES! Never surprised and continually amazed at the elegance and beauty of every photo.  Congratulations Britini on your wedding this weekend and THANK YOU Kelly for sharing your gorgeous work!