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Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Creating Heirlooms with Wedding Photos

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Once again, we’re thrilled to feature award-winning Houston wedding photographer Taylor Golden on the blog, this time with a very personal story about her favorite family photo—and a question for you that may lead to an heirloom photo of your very own. Want to let Taylor know your answer? Tell her in person, at the I Do! Wedding Soiree, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at The Corinthian. Tickets for our incredible signature bridal show and VIP cocktail party WILL sell out—get yours now…and read on!

How do you impress upon a couple the importance of pictures? As a photographer it may seem like a self-serving statement to say that your photography is the only thing you have after the wedding, but it IS true. With the photos that document your story, and your history, you are in fact creating your first family heirloom as a married couple — one that will be passed down for generations to follow.

Case in point: my grandparents.

Mimi was 18, born and raised in Germany, visiting a private lounge in her local town when she met my grandpa. He was in the military and was the first American to enter the French zone of Germany in 1951. Papa said that Mimi sat down on the stool next to him and as she turned to look at him he nearly fell off his stool! Later on in life, he would say, “As soon as I saw her walk in the door, I knew was going to marry her.”

The catch? Mimi was actually engaged to someone else. Also, neither of them could speak the other’s language. But, still, they were smitten with one another. When her parents told her she was never to see him again, due to him being an American, she made up her mind that she in fact would.

Four weeks later they got Mimi’s father a bit intoxicated so he would sign his permission for her to get married as 18 was under the age to do so without parental consent. Shortly after, they were wed.

Papa says that on their wedding day someone who could speak a little English told him, “At the wedding, when the mayor looks at you, just say, ‘Yah!’” He says he has been saying ‘yah’ for the last 66 years ever since!

This photo is the only photo they have to celebrate their day since they didn’t have a traditional wedding. How it came to be taken, according to Mimi, is that they were walking along the street and Papa looked into a photographer’s shop window — she assumed because he admired the photographer’s work (remember, he couldn’t speak German and she couldn’t speak English!). They went inside so that Papa could possibly buy a landscape photo. The photographer assumed they wanted pictures of the two of them, so he began a photo shoot, and I’m so glad he did.

I’m proud to say this photo is hanging in my home and every home of my family’s. First, it was a beautifully produced photograph. Even to this day, the technique and style are sound. Second, they are a gorgeous couple! And third, this is my family’s history. I have pictures of all my grandparents in my house, because it is my family’s legacy and the pictures are a family heirloom passed down from my parents.

THIS is why photography is so important on your wedding day, because this is what your children will look at, hang in their home and pass down to their children to hang in their homes. It is your family story.

What do you want your story to say?

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Guest Post: Pro Photographer Taylor Golden on 7 Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Guest Post: Pro Photographer Taylor Golden on 7 Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Your wedding day will come and go…FAST. And your wedding photos and wedding video are the only ways you’ll be able to look back and reminisce. Plus, planning a wedding is basically a full-time job, not to mention that it’s more than likely this will be your first time putting a wedding together, so it can be difficult to predetermine what moments or images are going to be important to you.

Aside from the standard “first” shots—your first kiss, first dance, etc.—this is a day for gathering family members and dear friends. Having so many loved ones in one place, at one time, all beautifully done up and turned out, happens…almost never. So make sure you take full advantage of the occasion by capturing the most important people in your life in photographs to cherish.

Here are my 7 must-have wedding photos of the wedding couple, family and friends, to help you prepare for your big day. Oh—and one more thing: When selecting a wedding photographer, make sure she or he has ample experience in photographing each of the elements below. You can do this by asking to see at least a couple of weddings the photographer has shot, to make sure their talent and capabilities are consistent. And now, it’s time to smile…

1. Family Formals

This may seem pretty basic, but these classic family wedding portraits are also incredibly important. Remember, your wedding is likely to be an activity-filled day, and you may not be actually be around your family members all that much. These family photos may be the only pictures you have with your nearest and dearest, so you’ll want to make sure you take a family photo with anyone that is important to you.

It’s also important to select a photographer that is comfortable and experienced in a variety of different lighting scenarios. Family formals typically happen immediately following the ceremony, and if that ceremony happens to be in a church, the lighting may be extremely dim and poor quality—for photos, that is.

When selecting a photographer, be sure to look at that photographer’s examples of family wedding formals to see if you like the posing, lighting and composition the photographer offers. It also helps to create a list of the different family groupings you want to document. Your planner or maid of honor can assist during this part of the day by calling out people’s names for each picture, grouping them, and crossing them off your list once the photo has been shot, to ensure you don’t miss anyone!

2. Individual Spouse Portraits

Surprisingly enough, these individual portraits are often overlooked by many couples and photographers. There are a few variations of each portrait you’ll want to consider. For each portrait, you should have a close-up, a mid-waist, a full shot and an artistic shot. Diversity is key, so you’ll also want to include a mix of expressions, such as looking at the camera vs. looking away, and maybe some shots with movement, such as twirling the dress, or straightening the bowtie. It’s up to you!

3. Family Candids

These unposed, joyful shots are some of my favorites. As I mentioned previously, pictures with your family on the day of the wedding are sometimes hard to come by. For this reason alone, I always suggest that my clients have their immediate family with them while they are primping and getting ready for the big day. This is a great time to capture candid family moments that show more personality, and are often more emotional than family formals. I’ve also seen some fun parents join the bridal party for pictures on location—again another great opportunity to capture some unique and candid images with your family.

4. Wedding Party

There are many variations for this category. They may include:

  • The entire wedding party together
  • Groomsmen together
  • Bridesmaids together
  • Bride one-on-one with each bridesmaid
  • Groom one-on-one with each groomsmen

To optimize these photos, I encourage my wedding parties to have fun and be themselves. Showcasing the group’s energy and personalities are what will make your wedding party photos unique.

5. Couple Together Close Up

Of course you will want some full-length photos of you and your spouse, but don’t forget about the close ups! Think of the 5×7 frames you’ll want to fill. Have your photographer focus on your gorgeous face, hair, makeup, jewelry…and the mega-watt smile you’ll be sporting on the happiest day of your life!

6. Bride and Groom Artwork

I like to give my couples artwork rather than photos for their home. What I mean by this is a dramatic image that incorporates nature, architecture and stylization. The couple themselves may only fill 1/8th of the image; my goal here is that when people walk into your home they say, “Wow what an amazing piece of art! Oh, wait, this is your wedding??” Many couples don’t care to have their faces plastered, larger than life, all over their walls. By creating a piece of artwork, I provide my couple with the story of their day without their appearing vain or self absorbed.

7. Bride and Groom Candid

This is all about your personalities. If you are anxious and stiff on your wedding day, it will show in your pictures. I tell my couples to escape into each other. Be yourself with your new husband or wife; laugh, kiss, do what comes naturally to you! It also helps to have two photographers on hand to do this, so that the primary shooter can focus on getting the must-have and more difficult posed images, while the second shooter can “stalk” the couple for special candid moments!

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here!

Guest Post: Pro Photographer Taylor Golden on 7 Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Guest Post: Recent Houston Bride Emily on Why Do I Do!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Guest Post: Recent Houston Bride Emily on Why Do I Do!

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Speaking as someone who dreamed of her wedding day long before she was old enough to date, I know the joy and excitement that comes with getting engaged. You’ve found the love of your life and he’s asked you to be his forever. Now the only thing standing between you and your happily ever after is the wedding planning— which, let’s be honest, you can’t wait to dive into. What could be more fun than choosing flowers for your bouquet, tasting multi-layered cakes and trying on gorgeous gowns, right?

Right! That is, until it hits you that you have absolutely no idea where to start. The truth is, planning a party of such large proportions can seem a bit daunting at every stage, especially if you don’t have a team of supportive (or crafty) people available to lend a helping hand. Less than a year ago, this is where I stood. While I couldn’t wait to get married, I felt overwhelmed by the giant to-do list staring me in the face and was in desperate need of some inspiration.

Enter the I Do! Wedding Soiree, a luxury bash hosted by Weddings in Houston Magazine. This awesome event is not just a one-stop shop for everything wedding, it’s also the total opposite of those overwhelming convention-center bridal shows that seem to pop up all over the place. It’s relaxed, super elegant, fun…and you get to go home with major swag. Like, more than $100 worth.

If you’ve recently gotten engaged and are even the least bit confused about planning your big day—or are just looking to treat yourself…because the Soiree is a party, after all, with tons of bubbly, yummy bites, entertainment, beautiful things to look at everywhere—don’t miss the I Do! Soiree at the Four Seasons next Sunday, Oct. 18.

The best wedding experts in Houston will be there to answer your questions and give you the ideas and support that you’re looking for. Being a bride or groom is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it should be fun—NOT stressful. Take it from me. Oh—and by the way, my wedding was amazing. Yours will be, too.

Love,

Emily

Guest Post: Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events Shares Her Best Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Friday, August 9th, 2013

We’re delighted to welcome event planner extraordinaire Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events (you may remember her from THIS gorgeous wedding or THIS one) to the Houston Wedding Blog today, to share her tips on creating a unique, original and beautiful wedding guestbook that guests will have fun signing into at the wedding—and that you will cherish for a lifetime.

From Kat Creech:

The memories you make on your wedding day should last a lifetime. So, when we talk about ideas for wedding guestbooks with our clients, we talk about personalization and something practical that isn’t just a document of who attended your wedding—but a keepsake that can be returned to over and over again, and enjoyed over the years.

Here are some of our best tips:

Guest Post: Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events on Awesome Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Photo: Steve Lee Weddings

A thumbprint guestbook is an art piece that allows guests to use a stamp pad and leave their thumbprint with a message. Most commonly used are trees, upon which guests press their thumbprints as “leaves.” If you have talent in the family, use it, and take the idea of a thumbprint tree to truly create a masterpiece to enjoy in your home. One client’s mom, a rockstar artist, painted the landscape of a tree, while the bride cut paper leaves and lemons for guests to sign, creating a canvas wedding guestbook. The end result was pretty epic. But trees aren’t the only option. Peacock feathers, balloons—they sky is the limit. You should pick a format that blends with your personal style, not just the wedding style, as you want it to remain timeless. Think of your hobbies and life passions, and create some magic.

Guest Post: Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events on Awesome Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Photo: Raymond Gray Photography

How about having guests write a personal note on a card and placing it in an envelope as part of your wedding guestbook? Using a blend of your wedding colors and an oh-so fabulous wedding smash book, we have created a guestbook design with a little effort and a lot of personalization, not to mention a lifetime of memories. This kind of guestbook invites private, intimate messages from friends and family, and allows you to look back on you wedding day and those who celebrated with you. Awww…

Guest Post: Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events on Awesome Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Photo: Steve Lee Weddings

Planning to have a photo booth at your wedding? Not only will it provide a way for guests to cool down from all the dancing, and let their hair down after all the formalities, but photo booth photos really capture the exuberance of the wedding moment. Since most photo booths print two copies of each photo, your guests can keep one as a keepsake, and place the other in a photo guestbook, which you can customize to fit your wedding theme—thank you, Etsy!

Guest Post: Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events on Awesome Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Photo: Steve Lee Weddings

For those of you who want to really make a statement, awesome oversize whimsical white initial letters might be the thing for you. They can be decorated with loving messages from family and friends in bright colors, and become a personal touch to your wedding. Add some oversize paper flowers and your guestbook becomes an art piece in your new home. Good stuff!

Guest Post: Kat Creech of Kat Creech Events on Awesome Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Photo: Steve Lee Weddings

Got a grandma, aunt or family member who loves to quilt? Embrace the idea of having your guests sign quilt squares as your wedding guestbook. Provide fabric squares for guests to leave a little love message on. These can then be made into a guestbook quilt you can snuggle under while watching movies…perhaps even the film of your unforgettable wedding! Truth be told, I want a wedding redo so I can steal this idea.

Congratulations, and happy planning, brides!!

Rebekah Gullo on Flats v Heels For Your Wedding Day

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

For her super-chic Hotel Derek wedding, Houston style blogger Rebekah Gullo of Fashion And A Fellow fame opted for flats over traditional heels. Should you follow in her fashionable footsteps? Here’s her take on low vs. high, along with some of her favorite shoe picks for style-minded brides.

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Photo: Alyse French Photography

“Wedding shoes are the next most important item to pick out after you have chosen your wedding dress. I knew right away I wanted to wear flats even though I am an avid wearer of pumps! I had two reasons: 1.) I wanted to be comfortable all night, and 2.) I’m taller then my fellow in heels, and I wanted to be able to look right into his eyes for our vows. When I decided to wear flats it was not even up for discussion that I would wear Tory Burch ‘Eddies.’ I own them in multiple colors. They are THE most comfortable flats I’ve ever worn. Luckily for me the flats were available in white, but I’m always a fan of sneaking in a little color! Something blue perhaps?

Wedding Flats

For those of you who do want to wear pumps, I’ve got you covered too! These Badgley Mischka heels came in about every color imaginable, making it easy to match a sash on your dress, or for your bridesmaids to wear to match their dresses. And can we please talk about these Stuart Weitzman pumps with the bow? A splurge on these would be well worth it, since you could wear them after your wedding, too, for all kinds of special occasions.

Wedding Pumps

Whatever you choose to wear to walk down the aisle to your future husband, remember, you’re going to be walking, standing and dancing, and the last thing you need on your special day is to be in pain. You can always stash a pair of flats close by just in case!”

Shoe Photos: Courtesy of Polyvore