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What do you get when you have beautiful light, stunning locations, and and wonderful couple?  Haily & Andy’s Engagement Session! Not only did we get lucky with having a great couple to work with, we got really lucky that they wanted some of our favorite locations AND the light was absolutely amazing the evening of their session (have I used enough adjectives yet?)  All that plus we had plenty of opportunities to play with the infrared camera and got to do some fun silhouettes at sunset – totally made our weekend!

I have been trying to think of a way to describe Allee but I keep coming up with WAY too many words.  How do you sum up someone who is graceful and elegant, yet wonderfully theatrical?  Someone who possesses an off-beat, quirky sense of humor and a unique sense of style and creativity.  Someone who knows who she is and loves herself for it?  That would be Allee.  She is hard to describe in just a few words, but she sure packs a lot of personality into a tiny package :).

Check back later for Allee & Carl’s Masquerade Ball – here’s a quick peek of Allee’s Wedding Mask



That’s right, folks! Our local camera store called to say that our Nikon D800 pre-order came in today, so needless to say I dropped everything else I had planned for this afternoon and ran out to get it. We have not had much time to play with it yet but we were able to snap off a few quick pics. First, our lovely bride, Haily, who stopped by today to chat about her upcoming engagement and bridal sessions: Then Bill had to stage his excitement at opening the box.  Mostly because I had already torn into it and been using our new toy before he got home 🙂

We will test is a bit tomorrow night and then will be using it as a secondary camera at Saturday’s wedding so we’ll let you know what we think!

The day of Chloe’s bridal session was a perfect example of Texas weather – it was cold and rainy when we woke up, and by the time we were finished with her session it was way too warm and muggy.  We had planned on an beautiful outdoor session but had been keeping an eye on the weather and fortunate for us, her venue (the Fort Worth Club) was gracious enough to make some last minute arrangements for us.  The skies began to clear part way through Chloe’s session so we were able to convince her to make a quick stop at the Japanese Garden before she headed out to meet her fiancee for dinner – sans dress, of course :).  I know she was getting hot and tired, but Chloe was a total trooper and we ended up with a lot of stunning images.

Chloe & Thomas’s wedding is currently featured on the 360 West Weddings magazine, pages 75-77 and is also the Fort Worth Club’s Feature Wedding

Dress – Bliss Bridal Salon

Florals & Design – Julie Eastman, Extraordinary Events & Design

Venues – Fort Worth Club & Japanese Garden

Ok, as some of you may know, we have been pretty busy lately and that is putting it lightly. We were forced to give up our well-loved Sneak Peeks last fall, but I decided to bring them back this week for a few recent winter weddings.  So…. here they are!

Allyson & Chris’s Medieval Castle Nuptials  (yes, you read that correctly – a castle in Texas!)

Jeri & Adam’s Christmas (and Birthday) wedding in Fort Worth

Allee & Carl’s Masquerade Ball in Addison

Chuck & Bonnie’s Winter Wonderland Wedding in Pennsylvania


I am starting off our 2012 blog posting with the amazing wedding we got to shoot in Krakow, Poland last year.  We had such a great time on our trip and we can’t thank Aga & Mati’s families and friends enough for their hospitality.

Having never shot a wedding in Eastern Europe before, we had a few things to learn but all it all, we think everything went pretty smoothly.  Some of the differences from American weddings are obvious such as couples usually see each other before the ceremony.  Other differences are not so obvious by the pictures – it is very typical for a wedding to go until 5AM.  Yes, you read that right – 5AM!  We didn’t quite make it to 5AM, but I thought we did pretty good by lasting until 2AM.

Our day started off at 9AM where I joined Aga at the hair salon, and Bill went with Mati to pick up the cupcakes and then to his parent’s place to get ready.  Mati’s parents live in an amazing apartment right in the Old Town, you can actually see the top of the Wawel Castle from their kitchen!  They live just a couple of blocks from the church, so the guys walked over when they were ready.  After Aga’s hair was done, we headed back to Aga’s place where her bridesmaids and makeup artist started to arrive, then off to Holy Trinity Church!  Aga and Mati met with the priest before the ceremony (along with their maid of honor and best man) to sign the marriage license, and they walked up the aisle together.

The ceremony was a full mass and was completely in Polish (obviously!).  We had photographed Thanh & Uyen’s Vietnamese wedding the previous weekend, so we found it a little ironic that we had two Catholic ceremonies in a row and neither were in English!  The Holy Trinity Church of Krakow is an absolutely stunning church and it was an amazing experience for us to shoot a wedding in such an old church.  The original part of the church was built in the 1200’s and was added on to several centuries later, but a fire in the 1800’s damaged the church and destroyed most of the interior furnishings.  Immediately after the ceremony, it is Polish tradition to have a receiving line where guests can congratulate the newlyweds and give them flowers, cards or presents.

As their guests made their way to the Hotel Poleski for the reception, we walked with Aga & Mati.  We went through the park that circles most of Krakow’s old town center, then past the Wawel castle and, finally, across the river to join everyone else.  This is when we discovered another Polish tradition.  Part of their introduction into the reception included a loaf of bread that was presented by the parents along with a champagne toast.  After that is was straight to dinner and a lot of time for guests to relax and visit and drink.  Have we mentioned yet how much vodka there was?  There was a lot.  Once dinner was finished, Aga & Mati had their first dance and the guests headed up to the rooftop of the hotel to visit and drink some more.

Once the reception got rolling, there was no stopping it.  The DJ got things started off with a traditional game of drinking a shot of vodka off of a sword – I have not idea what it is called, but it was sure fun to watch!

And of course, the traditional Bouquet Toss and Tie Toss (instead of a garter toss)

Dress:  custom-made
Jewerly & veil:  Pola Popielska
Hair:  Oskar Porysowany Bachoń
Makeup:  Magdalena Moniczewska
Ceremony:  Holy Trinity Church of Krakow (also known as the Dominican Church)
Reception:  Hotel Poleski
Cupcakes:  Cupcake Corner Bakery

As many of you newly engaged couples know, it is official Bridal Show season!  We are excited to be participating in 2 bridal shows in the next couple of weeks.  First, you can join us this Sunday, January 8, at the Irving Convention Center for the first ever Las Colinas Bridal Show.  We have discount coupons available so let us know if you would like to drop by and we’ll get that out to you.

The following Sunday (Jan 15) is the annual Star Telegram Bridal Show at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and as always, we have FREE passes to give out!  We are always thrilled to send these out so drop us a email if you would like your show pass.  Hope to see you all there!

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