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Garden Grove Turns Two!

It's hard to believe it's been 2 years since our very first couple, Callie and Ian O'Donnell, said “I do”!  We have been truly amazed at all the love, laughter and fun we've experienced this year and just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all our couples, vendors and members of the community that have supported us through this adventure!

Might want to grab a tissue or two as we revisit Callie and Ian’s wedding!

Photos by Jenna Mcleroy

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 

Alex and Mitchell's Texas Summer Wedding

There just aren't enough words to say how much we adored this couple!! Their vendors were great and photos AMAZING!! Here is a bit about the couple and their love story from the couple.

We met after Alex had just moved back to West Texas, and we were celebrating our mutual friend's birthday. After recovering from a less than elegant introduction on Mitchell’s part, we connected by being two Aggies, stranded out in the desert, with a love for A&M, dogs, and Shiner beer. Despite being with a big group, we found ourselves locked in conversation for a while; after which, we left very curious about the other. The next week, Mitchell called and asked her out like a true gentleman. Over the next couple of weeks we went on several dates, every chance we got to see one another, despite both our hectic travel plans. 

Our story is simple, and straightforward - just two people who fell in love and didn't want to do life without each other. Our relationship has been so much more than just a whirlwind romance, but has become a deep-rooted friendship full of Jesus, deep belly laughs, countless roadtrips, copious amounts of food, being red wine and coffee snobs, and loving on our dogs as much as possible. Mitchell picked a ring in February 2016, and somehow managed to keep it a secret for 6 months. He proposed that July, in the most “Mitchell” way possible – well thought out, and romantic. He invited both our families, and several close friends to witness and celebrate at our favorite Italian restaurant, Venezia, in Midland. 

The first time Alex had the realization that she was head-over-heels, in love with Mitchell was in Texas hill country, making it a special location for our wedding. Alex had always dreamed of getting married outside, under a wooden cross, with flowers in her hair since she was a kid. There was a desire for our venue to reflect our relationship – romantic, yet comfortable. We were drawn to the simple, elegant, beauty of Garden Grove. . Besides something picture-picture perfect, we wanted a space where our extensive guest list could come together, eat, drink, play games, catch up, engage in meaningful conversation, and still feel intimate and inclusive to every guest.  

Photography: Sarah Goss Photography


Design & Coordination: Joyous 442 Event Planning + Design
 

Makeup: Taylor Barnett

Hair: Itz Styles Salon
 

Florals: Boho Blooms
 

Catering: Heavenly Gourmet

Music: Jeremy McBee Music, Cutting Edge Entertainment

Cross: Mancino Rentals

Summer Engagement Event : A Palm Springs Style Pool Party

WOW! That's all we can say, is wow. Our Summer Engagement Event last month was one for the books. The exceptional team of vendors who put it together continues to blow our minds. If you somehow missed out on all the gorgeousness, yummy treats or fashion show.... yes we had a FASHION SHOW; then here are the incredible photos from Leighanne Herr. Thank You again to all that did attend. We are truly blessed to be a part of this beautiful Texas Hill Country and the Austin Wedding Community! XOXO Garden Grove

Pink Parasol Designs & Coordinating    The Peached Tortilla  

 Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals      Copper and Birch

   Serendipity Bridal    Kendra Scott    Dolce Salon Austin

Leighanne Herr Photography     Gypsy Floral  

     Simply Delicious Custom Cakes

Scripted Ever After    Maggie Louise Confections  Social Ice

Moonlit Weddings     BBJ Linens    The Black Tux

Models: Jenn Haralson, Abigail Samford, Jennifer Johnston, Rosalyn Rojmar,

Brandon Gutierrez and Austin Reese