Mel and Maureen are two warm, genuine people. You can feel it in the way that they speak to and treat others, as well as each other. Mel has a quick smile that is contagious, and Maureen has a quiet calmness that makes her a pleasure to be around. I couldn’t wait to cover their nuptials after hearing that it would be a traditional Buddhist ceremony at the beautiful Avant Garden located in the artsy Montrose district here in Houston.
As expected, the ceremony was vastly different from anything I’ve covered before, which was very exciting. There were moments of chanting, special messages delivered by family and friends, and blessings brought forth by the couple. Being an intimate witness to a totally different culture’s ways is something that makes my job truly special, and I can only hope that more like this will come my way!
Congrats again to Mel and Maureen, and I’m so excited for the happiness you’ve found.
On to the photos!
Patrick, Kimmie, and I found eachother in a stroke of random luck. I was recommended to them by two separate acquaintances of Kimmie’s, and after meeting with her and Patrick for dinner to go over all the details, I knew that things were going to go great. My thoughts were verified when we met for her bridal session at the Westin Downtown, just a stone’s throw from their larger-than-life wedding venue, Minute Maid Park. She’s a natural in front of the camera, making the session so much fun.
On the day of the wedding, we all met back at the Westin Downtown. Kimmie looked gorgeous in her wedding dress, and Patrick looked sharp in his tailored suit, both excited and ready to tie the knot. The ceremony went perfectly, and then it was time to party! I loved the sliders and truffle fries made by the Astros’ own Chef Bryan Caswell…those fries were dangerous once you got started. The reception overlooking the lit ballpark was a completely new experience for me, it was so great to be able to do something so completely off the beaten path. Taking formal photos atop Union Station with downtown Houston in the background is an experience that I won’t soon forget.
I couldn’t be happier that our paths crossed just in time for their wedding, and it has been so great getting to know these two. This was a truly special wedding, and I’m so happy that I was able to be a part of it. Congrats guys!
Catering: Chef Bryan Caswell-Houston Astros Hospitality Group
Cake: Who Made the Cake!
Flowers: HEB Blooms
DJ: Madam DJ
Photo Booth: Complete We Do
Music Soloists: Cristina Chavarria and Robert Gutierrez
Rings: R&R Jewelry
Hair: Tiffany Graham
Makeup: Krystal Nicole
Dress: Rivini ‘Balia’ – Marry Go Round and Helen Courville-Touchet
Pastor/Officiate: Sheldon Isaac
JD and Deana’s wedding was something truly special for all those involved. Just days before 2014, their families gathered together for a small ceremony at Agave Real under perfectly clear blue skies. JD and Deana complement each other perfectly, it was amazing to see how few pre-wedding “jitters” there were. Both were calm, confident, and ready to tie the knot. I loved their engagement session at Brazos Bend, and was excited at shooting at a venue as beautiful as Agave Real. I love the western touches of all the details there, which reminds me of New Mexico, which I visit fairly often.
Throughout the wedding day, it was readily apparent that this was where these two belonged. It was so great to capture the raw emotion between them as they quietly danced together, unaware of anything else around them. Made for some truly special photos and reminds me once again why I do what I do. I couldn’t be happier for you both, JD & Deana. Congratulations!