I had the great pleasure to collaborate with some of my very favorite vendors for a styled-shoot at Hughes Manor recently. If you haven’t heard of it, Hughes is one of the newest wedding venues in Houston, settled in the acclaimed and historic Heights neighborhood. As far as places in town to have a wedding go, I think it’s one of my favorite options. As a wedding photographer, I’m always appreciative of beautiful light, well-thought backgrounds, and details – this venue has all of those things. I love the open concept feel, the beautiful accents – especially the gorgeous chandeliers, as well as the outdoor space for cocktails and wedding ceremonies. It’s a wedding photographer’s dream (and bride’s too, I suspect).

Our shoot was inspired by the simple elegance, clean lines, and modern feel of the venue. Cheery pops of color in the florals brought twinkling candles to life for the table settings. A set of polished invitations accented the refined feel and tied the whole look together. And our wonderful model was a stunner in three gowns showcasing the hottest trends from this wedding season. Here are some of my favorite photographs from the day:

 

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009HughesManor2017 Houston Wedding Photos at Hughes Manor in the Heights

I think Hugues is a great venue for both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, but I must admit I absolutely love the garden areas. Our model, Kirsten, and I had a blast playing outside and using that beautiful light to accent the amazing flow of her wedding gown and the glittering of the crystal accents. It didn’t hurt that she has a fantastic back to showcase all of that beautiful beading! And we caught just enough wind to set that cathedral veil flying!

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Back inside, bold and clean accents provided a stunning backdrop for the perfect bridal portrait. I love the banks of windows that flood the room with natural light.

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I love this type of lighting to showcase the soft elegance of Kirsten’s up-do and clean makeup. Photographing these details is a fun part of bridal portraits and important to capture the effort that brides put into wedding day and looking fabulous.

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031HughesManor2017 Houston Wedding Photos at Hughes Manor in the Heights

I already mentioned the amazing chandeliers at Hughes Manor…but here’s a visual to illustrate how beautiful they frame the main reception area.

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All of that beautiful light provides and excellent backdrop for photographs of the table settings, stationery, and floral details. Gold and fuchsia were our theme for this elegant yet fun styled shoot.

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From soft and elegant to VA-voom! The fuchsia bridesmaid gowns made a splash by the bar for cocktail hour and in the exotically beautiful lounge.

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Many brides wonder how to kick-up their makeup look a notch from soft to glam for the later portions of wedding day. A skilled makeup artist is key, as is stronger lip shade and slightly more pronounced eyeliner.

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A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the wonderful vendors that came together for this project. I loved every minute of collaborating with you and hope to see you again soon at the next wedding!

Venue: Hughes Manor in Houston Heights

Both soft and glam makeup looks by the talented Makeup by KeriAnn

Soft wisps of curls up-do by the creative Hair by Alicia

Wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, shoes, and jewelry curated and provided by Something Blue Bridal Boutique

Scrumptious hot pink table settings with gold accents selected and arranged by Magnolia Marie’s

Refined blush and gold toned menu cards, table numbers, and invitations created and provided by Bella Dia Stationery

Beautiful modeling courtesy of Kirsten Haight – check out her wedding ready fitness services at Kirsten Louise

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It was a cloudy and moody day as we prepped for Stacy & Elliott’s wedding at Ashton Gardens in North Houston. And yet, to look at them both you’d never see anything but sunshine. These two love birds had such an emotive celebration. I’ve not seen a groom cry tears of joy so pronounced in a good little while. And as per usual, I cried too. Here are a few snippets from the day.

 

001 Ashton Chapel Daytime Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

002 Ashton Gardens Wedding Dress Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

003 Ashton Gardens BrideMakeup Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

004 Ashton Gardens Bride Getting Ready Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

005 Ashton Gardens Brides Shoesl Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

006 Ashton Gardens Dad Reveal Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

007 Ashton Gardens Chapel Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

008 Ashton Gardens Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding   Stacy & Elliott

 

More from this sweet wedding can be seen here, on the full WEDDING GALLERY

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There is a place in the woods where love grows tall. It’s so tall, in fact, that it almost touches a great, expansive sky.

 

The Lodge photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

I love shooting there.

 

It’s called Lake Crescent Lodge, and it’s part of a very majestic part of our nation named The Olympic Peninsula. Turns out, our world is a very small place. And it was through a chain of several, related little incidents that the Phillip family called upon me for Jess & Daniel’s Destination Wedding.

 

I arrived the day before the ceremony, a little weary for the wear. The night before I’d just shot another wedding in Houston (my home town). But it never fails that I step off that plane near Seattle, take in a deep breath, and feel my senses renew. Destination Weddings are always a way to see the world a little different – even more so than I try to do on the regular. A few hour’s drive over bridges and mountains I found myself back in my favorite part of the country – my second home – The Pacific Northwest. There, by the edge of Lake Crescent, a little crowd began to collect for a wedding rehearsal.

 

Sunset photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA 001 Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

Smiles and laughter echoed in the air. Children played. So did adults. The energy of a wedding is always building, like bubbling in a corked bottle.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Ring Bearer photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

Jess and Daniel stole their little moments in between the bustle and I began to get a sense of what their love looked like.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Bride Groom photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA 001 Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Bride Groom photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

Everyone worked to practice for the wedding ceremony. Amazingly, the littles were super committed to their roles.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Flower Girl photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

As the day wore on, we settled in for dinner. And I was taken in as family. Into the fold I went, absorbing their stories and hugs. These folks have stolen a little piece of my heart. I couldn’t tear myself away and soon found that the light had gone.

 

After Sunset photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

Nighttime photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

After nightfall, I was invited to the shores of the lake for friendship and s’mores. The men lit the fire, and in the darkness we huddled awaiting the growth of flames.

 

Friends and Smores by the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

Friends by the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

By the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

A Blood Moon greeted us that night, making it’s way over the mountain. I only caught a tiny bit of it after the eclipsed had passed. But it reminded me of the fleeting nature of life. The importance of cherished moments and of seeing the little details as much as we can.

 

Blood Moon Image 2015 from Lake Crescent Washington by Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington: Jess + Daniel

 

There is so much love in this story. To see the full event, check out the full wedding photo gallery.

 

 

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Engagement sessions this time of year are a bit of a toss up in terms of the weather. And on this particular day Ashley, Zack and I had to decide if we should push on with the cloudy forecast or go for it. I’m so glad they decided to take the chance. We spent that magic hour at some of my favorite little spots in Hermann Park and captured the essence of their personalities. Ashley has this sweet and quiet quality about her, so loving and gentle. Zack is her perfect compliment with a combined sense of quiet fortitude and lighthearted sense of humor. I can see why these two embrace the way they do. When I look at couples through my lens I feel a gift being bestowed upon me. And I’m so grateful they opened up to me that day. I’m looking forward to seeing them again on wedding day. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from our engagement session:

 

Herman Park Engagement SessionTall and Sunshine Grass by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Pond and Nature by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement SessionTall Grass by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Fountain by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Engagement Ring by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session RailRoad Tracks by Plum Tree Studios AZ003 Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session RailRoad Tracks by Plum Tree Studios AZ002 Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session RailRoad Tracks by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Oak Tree by Plum Tree Studios AZ003 Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

On a side note, this magnificent oak tree fell to its end and rejoined the Earth just one week after our session. I felt it draw me in that day almost as if the Universe was asking for a record to be made. And isn’t that the purpose of it all: to find the beauty, the grace, marvel at life, share in that miracle, and make records of what we are so fortunate to experience. I’m so happy I got to capture it’s beauty in a photograph with such a sweet couple.

Ashley & Zack, thank you for working with me to create these images. My wish is that these will always spark the memory of what you feel for each other, and that the roots of that love grow deep to anchor your journey through life together in an unbreakable bond.

 

 

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What do you get when two, super-sweet lovebirds come together with an amazing group of friends and family for a wedding? Answer: an Epic Party and an incredibly joyous day.

Jaclyn & Alex hosted the very first wedding at Katy’s brand new wedding facility: Palacio Maria. It takes an incredibly confident and sweet bride to be the first at any venue, and Jaclyn is just that. Palacio Maria did an outstanding job. And I have loved working with this family so very much! Here are just a few of my favorite photos. There’s a whole lot more to see in the FULL WEDDING GALLERY.

 

Jaclyn is a stunningly beautiful bride, and on wedding day she took my breath away even more than usual.

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201503 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex

 

Alex the eager groom, can’t help but tug a little at his bride’s arm during the give-away. Dad, on the other hand, is not quite done with his hug. I love that stunning iron-cast door that frames their ceremony area at Palacio Maria.

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201502 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex

 

My lovebirds at the conclusion of their beautifully sunny, outdoor ceremony: Can that wide-eyed grin of hers get any bigger?

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It’s officially engagement session season and I’m excited to share just a tiny sneak of Laura & Donavan’s shoot. These two lovebirds are uber sweet and fun to be around, which made capturing their personality and love story super easy. Here are just a couple of my faves from our time at Hermann Park.

 

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Hermann Park Engagement Session 2015 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers LS002 Hermann Park Engagement Sneak: Laura + Donavan

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We were super honored today to have four of our images featured on Bridal Guide! The article, “The Most Beautiful Ideas for Your Wedding Bouquet” was published to showcase an array of gorgeous arrangements from rustic, to textured, classic white, and boldly colored. Truly, it is eye candy made of flowers and a wonderful compilation of ideas for any bride seeking inspiration for one of the most important accent pieces on wedding day.

We are so thankful to work with such talents in the wedding industry! Agave Brothers Floral created thee of the four wedding bouquets that were chosen for the feature. A heartfelt thanks goes out to Tawnya Morse who heads the Agave Floral team for creating such stunning bouquets!

And congrats to our real brides for getting their bouquets chosen!

 

Holly’s Bouquet ~ by Agave Bros.

BridalGuide 02102015 Bouquet Feature 1024x986 Press   Bridal Guide Bouquet FeatureKathleen’s Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ by Agave Bros.

BridalGuide 02102015 Kathleen Bouquet Feature 1024x986 Press   Bridal Guide Bouquet FeatureLauren’s Bouquet ~ by Agave Bros.

BridalGuide 02102015 Lauren Bouquet Feature 1024x986 Press   Bridal Guide Bouquet FeatureCatherine’s Bouquet ~ by Edelweiss Events

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Santa Fe, Texas might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a destination wedding. But the grounds of  Haak Vineyards and Winery sure seem like a world away. We had the immense pleasure of photographing Kernita & Jason’s wedding there last fall. It was emotional, full of laughter, and happy tears. Here are just a couple of shots from my set of faves to whet your appetite. If you want to see more, check out their full WEDDING PHOTO GALLERY.

 

001 Haak Vineyards Winery Weddings Ceremony First Kiss KJH2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers Haak Vineyards & Winery: Kernita + Jason

 

001 Haak Vineyards Winery Weddings Bride and Groom KJH2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers Haak Vineyards & Winery: Kernita + Jason

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T’is the season of weddings…our final BIG push before the holidays. There’s going to be a lot of work up on the blog in the next few weeks. I’m happy to share with you a tiny sneak from Duyen & Vu’s wedding day. Serious Face vs. Happy Cake Face. Which one’s your fave?

 

Wedding Photographers Houston Bride Groom Portrait DDVT2014 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers Houston Sneak Peek: Duyen + Vu

 

Wedding Photographers Houston Cake Shot DDVT2014 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers Houston Sneak Peek: Duyen + Vu

 

I love you guys and can’t wait to share the whole wedding day set coming very soon!

 

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It’s no secret that WA is like my second home. Every chance to be here is an extra special blessing. I don’t know if it’s the sweet scent of fir and cedar that fills the lungs as soon as you leave the airport, or the intense color that makes one feel as if inside a real, live version of Photoshop. It’s just home.

 

But this trip was all the sweeter because it was a return to the wondrous Lake Crescent for Bethany and Mike’s wedding. And feel at home we did because they embraced us into the folds of their wedding day from the second we arrived. Despite never even meeting over our usual Skype/Facetime sessions that we have with our destination couples, we felt like we’d known them for eons upon the very first moment. They enveloped us with happy and bright faces, warm hugs, excitement, and the sweetest compliments from the first introductions. Such a loving group of people, happy, boisterous, joyful, and fun.

 

This is their wedding day in a collection of a few of my favorite photographs:

Dress shot by Blake

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Bethany & Mike decided to do a First Look before the ceremony – a new tradition that I’m highly fond of. We set up them up for the shots in the forest behind the lodge and then let the magic happen:

 

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

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What I notice about First Looks is that they never detract, but instead add a whole new element to wedding day that includes a very private, nerve-free and loving moment for the couple. I’ve witnessed laughter and tears, gasps and giggles – all of which heighten that moment that comes soon after, which is the walk down the isle. As evident in these next shots, both Bethany and Mike were over-the-moon with elation at every point of their beautiful ceremony on the shores of Lake Crescent:

 

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Here’s our awesome wedding party. I just loved the wedding colors they chose! Also, I don’t know what it is…but I seem to attract total hams for groomsmen…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Bridesmaids BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Groomsmen BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

Just the four of us took the long way around to the meadow where the reception tent was set up. There’s a path this way that goes right by the water. Bethany & Mike walked ahead and enjoyed their moment – and some incredible sunshine. My heart filled upon catching these expressions of joy and love. It’s the little things that say the most about our couples.

 

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012 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

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013 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Tent Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

It truly was a magical day at one of the most majestic places in Washington. Bethany & Mikey, thank you for honoring us with your trust and friendship. We enjoyed being with all of you on this amazing day.

To view all photos from this wedding, please visit the full wedding gallery.

 

 

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