Michelle and Kirby had an amazing wedding at the beautiful Agave Real – sister venue to Agave Road. If you’re not familiar with Agave Estates, their beauty, and all of the services they offer, I urge you to get acquainted. In my book, they are one of the best venues in the surrounding Houston area to host a wedding. Here’s a photo of Agave Real shot at nighttime on this wedding day:
I love the stucco walls with their vibrant color, their lighting throughout the grounds and their gorgeous landscapes. Day or night, I never tire of shooting here because it’s always breathtakingly beautiful.
On this wedding day the ceremony was set to be outdoors, but the weather was iffy, wavering and uncooperative – typical of a February in Houston. And this is another reason that I love this venue: the staff is always on point. They moved everything indoors without a hitch and it was just as beautiful, but now I’m getting ahead of myself!
This shot was taken by Kevin who tagged along to shadow me for the day. Thanks Kevin!!
As usual, there are many stories to tell from wedding day. So much so that my head swims with all the things I want to tell you! How about we just start at the beginning?
Here’s Mr. Groom, Kirby getting ready. I’ve met some sweet grooms over these many years and Kirby is no exception. He is quiet, though he likes to laugh and often sports a smile on his kind face. He also happens to have a super phobia of speaking in public and being in front of large crowds. Needless to say, he was a little extra nervous when he realized that a wedding ceremony requires both. Yet he persevered!! Just goes to show you what love can do!
While the boys did their thing at the groom’s quarters, the girls were busy getting the bride ready as well. Michelle picked the most beautiful gown! She looked simply stunning and I loved both the rushing and small details that added the perfect touch to her dress. I caught a moment as her mom peaked into the room. There’s nothing like the love on a mom’s face when she looks at her daughter preparing to walk down the isle.
Maid of Honor gave Michelle a little sugar as the dress came on:
I loved that Michelle picked dressy sandals to go with her gown. Stylish, yet comfortable make for a happy bride!
One super special thing about this wedding was that Michelle’s sons gave her away, and the emotion was thick throughout the room as the boys walked mom down the isle. Michelle, above all, was absolutely beaming! I was so thankful at this time for having moved indoors because the lighting added so much to this moment. Indoors or out, a wedding ceremony is nothing but beautiful at Agave Real.
Here is her little one handing her off.
Happy tears abound during the ceremony while the bride and groom get sung to. I wish so much that I could remember the singer’s name. She sang absolutely beautifully.
I often struggle with the following shot because I feel compelled to pray along with everyone to bless the union of my couples. Between bowed heads and whispered prayers I sometimes manage a shot.
After ceremony, we reconvened to listen to the toasts. When I asked Michelle & Kirby at our first meeting about what their favorite date was, they both said in unison that it was a family day at Kemah. With this knowledge, I became aware (long before this day) how important their family & friends where to them. And the day didn’t disappoint. There was so much laughter, love, tears, and goodness in the room!
First dances are also my favorite. I wish more people would stand around the couple as they dance because I love to see what their faces say. Sometimes they have cameras too, which is fun. And sometimes they are having their own little moments in the background. I really loved the echo of kisses in this photo.
Before Michelle & Kirby cut the wedding cakes I caught some photos of their rings (surprise, right? Like you didn’t know I like ring shots!). I have to say that the folks over at Edible Designs by Jessie are so ridiculously talented! Not only do their cakes taste divine, they also look so very beautiful – and they can make just about anything. I’m always blown away with what they come up with.
I have to thank my awesome Light Man (or Minion as we sometimes jokingly call him), Jordan for helping me get these shots.
He was also essential in getting this portrait done. And yes, Little Man on the right really is that joyous! No prompting required!
Lest we forget this was a party after all, here are a few of my favorite photos on the dance floor:
As the night drew to a close, I stole Kirby and Michelle separately to do a portrait of each. Since the rain threw our previous plans out of order, I wanted to be sure to get these photos for them. Kirby is relaxing during a cigarette break (I’m a fan of multi-tasking). ;)
And so we’ll end this post with our beautiful bride Michelle. Thank you for having us with you! I cannot wait to show you the full set of photos!! Stay tuned for the link to the complete gallery!
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