In early November, we all convened at Oak Tree Manor for the union of Leo and Alicia underneath the iconic oak tree that makes the venue so special. With the ceremony right at sunset, we elected for a last minute first look, and I sure am glad we did! We were rewarded with beautiful golden light from the setting sun, and an unlimited supply of awesome bokeh from all the Christmas lights adorning the old oak. As the light slipped away across the horizon, Leo and Alicia exchanged vows and became man and wife. Leo and Alicia, I had such a great time at your wedding, thank you so much for letting me document your story!
On to the photos!
The Petroleum Club is a great venue for a wedding. Up high in the clouds, surrounded by the downtown Houston skyline, stuffed leather chairs and rich materials all around. It just oozes class. I was really excited when Dane and Kantrell told me that this was where they would be having their ceremony and reception. When I arrived on the wedding day, everyone was looking the part, the men dressed sharply and the ladies looking elegant and beautiful. The ceremony was set at the perfect time, as sunlight filled the room, giving everything a warm, ethereal feeling.
With Dane & Kantrell now officially hitched, we made our way into the adjacent room for the reception, which featured an awesome panoramic view ranging from downtown to west Houston. A candy bar was set up at the far end of the hall, which was quickly sacked by all the kids, darting back and forth from their tables to the bar to restock. Shortly after were the first dances, of which we were able to capture some very special moments between Kantrell and her father.
From there on out, it was party time! All the guests slowly gathered steam until everyone was out on the dance floor, dancing with the bride, with the groom, or anyone else who happened to be in a 5 foot radius. It was an awesome time!
Dane and Kantrell, it has been so great getting to know you two in the past few months. You are both warm, friendly people and I am so happy that I was able to cover your special day. Congratulations, guys!
Flowers – Family members : Patsy Gay Houston and Marshell Green
DJ – Mobile DJ Services ( http://mobiledjhouston.com/index.html )
Cake - Cakes by Jula( http://www.cakesbyjula.com/ )
Makeup – Evia Spa ( http://www.eviaspa.com/ )
Candy Table – Karen Harris
Reception Decorations – Marshell Green
On to the photos!
I was excited to meet with Jason and Kayli for this late summer session. They wanted something different from the traditional set, and it was fun to choose places to shoot of the beaten path. I thought Summer Street Studios, with the giant busts of the past Presidents would be a perfect place to start. They seem to have multiplied since I last visited there, and we were surrounded by dozens of the nations past leaders as we shot, haha. We dodged a quick but heavy Houston-style 10 minute downpour by ducking into the studio space and getting some photos in great, textured light that was spilling through the windows. After the rain let up, we headed over to the Menil Collection, a place that I always find interesting and different. The crisp, clean architecture by Renzo Piano contrasts perfectly with some of the natural surroundings on the grounds.
I had a great time shooting with Kayli & Jason, and I can’t wait for their wedding in May of 2014!