BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON: CLAUDIA AND DIMAS

Claudia and Dimas married at Brennan’s of Houston. In front of the shimmering water fountain, they were surrounded with  friends linked back to their childhood and their closest family.  They stood in the center of the lush, green courtyard and exchanged promises to continue to love each other. Forever.

Here, Claudia and Dimas opted to see each other before the ceremony.

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Many thanks to all the vendors

Venue: Brennan’s of Houston
Photography: Rose Tello Photography
Hair: Salon and Spa at Pine Forest
Make up: Alluring Complexions Artistry
Cake: Dolce Designs
Flowers and design: Sweet Tea and Linen

DESTINATION WEDDING

If you are having a destination wedding, there are two things to consider. One, will you hire a local photographer in your area to travel to your wedding, or two, will you hire a photographer at your wedding destination.

In addition to the normal rate, some photographers charge a travel fee to compensate for time away from the studio and/or family, and the travel fee can vary. Because a destination wedding is not a one day affair, there are other cost to consider. For instance, roundtrip airfare, car rental (including gas and taxes), hotel accommodations (preferably where the bride will get ready), and meals.

After thinking about the fees you may acquire to hire your local photographer, you may consider hiring a photographer at the wedding destination instead. However, there are some risk to follow with that, so make sure that you do your research on your photographer and that he/she is a reputable photographer.

 

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MOTHER’S DAY EDITION

As I prepare and get closer to my due date, I’m learning about the different stages of labor and pain. I read in a book last week that our endorphins are ten times more potent than morphine for pain. I was so fascinated with the potential our body has to overcome fear and pain. However, that is not to mislead anyone and tell them labor is painless, but I will have my husband to support me, my midwife to guide me, and Benjamin’s alligator onesie ready.

So on this day, I want to say happy mother’s day to all the mothers, especially mine! When she rubs my belly, she reminds me that labor will not be traumatizing, and I look forward to her nurturing oatmeal.

OUTDOOR CEREMONY

My favorite wedding ceremonies are outdoors. I looooove the natural light. However, sometimes as brides and photographers we face natural circumstances, like rain, that prevent us from getting what we envision. If an outdoor wedding is what your heart desires, look for venues that can provide a backup plan with lots of windows to allow the natural light in, and make sure you go visit the venue to see what the light looks like while indoors.

MY WEEK IN REVIEW

We started our birthing class this week, and at the beginning, we had to introduce ourselves- our name, our partner’s name, our baby’s name, and due date. Aside from the basic info, the women went in a circle sharing their story. For most, this is their first birth, for others, it is their second, and for one, it is a blessing. At 47, she is able to carry her first child. Listening to all their experiences and their journey nearly put me in tears.

So my journey goes like this.

My husband and I got married July 31, 2016. We went on vacation for three weeks, and somewhere in between the Caribbean and driving the Pacific coast, Benjamin was conceived.

I still remember that Saturday morning I took the pregnancy test.

The room was dark as I crawled back into bed and told my husband I was pregnant. We were both so happy!

Those small moments serve as a great reminder of what a privilege it is to walk this life.

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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Sometimes by looking at a pretty website, we can’t determine if that photographer is the right match for us. There are sooooo many options to choose from and soooo many photographers with amazing talent, but how do you know which one is the right one for you.
Aside from planning your wedding and working full time, how do you find time to meet with your photographer when you don’t have it?!! Maybe a meeting is not the best option for you at the moment, so how do you know if he or she is the right match for you.

1. Instagram!!!
2. Facebook
3. Twitter if they have it
4. Emails!

Looking through social media gives you a broader perspective of what your photographer likes (pizza, cake, books are my personal favorite). If you still have questions, follow up with emails. Ask your heart away!