nice day for a night wedding {destination wedding photographer}

So, as Jay-Z and R. Kelly have taught us, we know this: after the show

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it’s the after party,

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then after the party, it’s the hotel lobby. 

The Woodlands Westin Hotel lobby to be specific. After the knot was tied and the drinks were drunk, I asked these lovebirds to meet me at The Westin for some night shots at The Waterway. If The Woodlands, TX, is on your travel list, you must head to The Waterway at night for a drink and/or dinner. I suggest the vegetarian, bigger-than-my-head nachos at Yucatan Taco Stand. But, all the food down there is great. And if you’re a dessert kinda person, grab a cannoli from Grimaldi’s. Anyway, we had the best time, if you can’t tell.

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No, neon green is not the ideal lighting scheme, but, hey, roll with it. It just takes a few extra steps in Photoshop to ease up the Kermit-like-skin-saturation effect from the lights, and then it looks pretty cool. nice day for a woodlands waterway night wedding

And when the lighting is too crazy to handle? Use the fail-safe technique: black and white conversion. nice day for a night wedding2

The coolest part about the lights around the fountain is that they continuously change color.  nice day for a night wedding

The Waterway always seems to be my go-to spot to suggest for pics. What can I say? I’m a lucky girl. I live in the coolest part of Houston.

If you’re interested in booking a wedding, contact me to see if we’d be a good fit. I only book a few a year, so don’t wait to call if your wedding is scheduled for 2017.

Lots of love,

Andrea

508.768.5808

Conroe, TX wedding photographer {destination wedding photog}

What did you do over this Spring Break? This travel junkie was living it up…all the way in Conroe, Texas. What do you mean you’ve never heard of this bustling metropolis? It’s the new Spring Break destination!

Ok, I kid. But when one of your best gals (and her new husband you love) asks you to shoot her wedding and haul your cookies all the way to Conroe, you do it without hesitation. And, ok–I’m just being a jerk–I did manage to sneak in trips to Brenham/Independence, Galveston, and Las Vegas over the rest of the week, so I think I’ll stop whining about my uptown problems.

Side note: the venue was gorgeous. I had no idea this little picturesque, perfect wedding venue even existed in Conroe. If you’re wedding shopping, check out The Gardens at Madeley Manor. It’s darling. They have thought about every last detail.

And back to the main point? I HAD to be their wedding photographer. I was at her party where they first met, he got my opinion on 50% of the jewelry he’s gotten her, I watched them give googly eyes at each other when he was the speaker at the Rockwell Trading Conference (yeah, he’s kind of a big deal),

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and then in Vegas (where they officially fell in love), I was their little personal paparazzo. I’ve essentially documented their whirlwind courtship during all of our work trips. You like how I make this about myself? 🙂

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Ok, get ready for the gushing. I love this chick so much. We met when our big kids were just 9 months old, and we’ve all grown up together. I can’t ever explain how happy I am for her now that she’s found head-over-heels-love-you-to-the-moon-and-back love. Do you remember all the way back to when I did some shots for her when she was a finalist for The Woodlands Idol? Yeah, she’s definitely kind of a big deal.

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Sheesh. There are too many pics in this gallery that I could say are my favorites. But, I have to mention the flowers. Over the course of their courtship, Groom sent Bride flowers every week from the same florist, and so they had that florist make their wedding flowers. I mean, c’mon. How cool would it be to be that florist to watch (and sort of participate in) their courtship and then create the wedding bouquet??

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I also have to mention the shoes, because I will never forget going to her house and seeing the stars in her eyes when she told me about the first magical weekend they had together in Arizona, ending with a fabulous pair of Choos. Oh, and the ring is pretty okay, too. blog conroe wedding choos

blog flower girl bouquet conroeOk, so normally, my favorite-favorite wedding pics are kissy ones near the altar. But, I think this might be my winner. After the ceremony, they had a lovely, intimate reception/dinner at Tommy Bahamas at Market Street. I was on the other side of the room, and I noticed they finally had a chance to sneak off and have a little moment together. They took a little selfie to announce to the social media world, and the light was frickin’ amazing, and I caught them toasting–I’m not sure. Their love? They did it? Their happiness? All of the above? I love when I can sneak a moment. This is what happiness looks like, people. blog tommy bahamas wedding reception

And then, after the drinks were done and the kids were off to the grandparents’ house, I asked if they would be willing to come have a “first dance” at The Waterway. People were everywhere, the lights were gorgeous, it was chilly, and we were all feeling frisky and happy. They were so obviously in love, I couldn’t even handle it. I can’t express my gratitude enough about how honored I am to share such a special moment with you two. I wish you love and love and more love. Congratulations on being the second cutest couple ever.

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Love, Andrea

fun at The Heights Villa {Houston, TX, wedding photographer}

Hey, hey! Sorry for the delay. I’m in Maine, and I don’t think wi-fi has made it this far north yet. 🙂 So, last week in Chicago (long post to come about that), a friend asked me what my favorite things are to shoot. I think my answer was something to this effect:

It’s kind of a super big buzzkill when everyone is unhappy. There have been too many sessions recently when the babies were crying, or dad was mad, or mom was stressed because the kids were acting a fool, and it just wasn’t much fun for anyone.

So, my favorite things to shoot? When everyone is having a good time. When we’re celebrating love or a special occasion or a milestone. I am probably annoyingly happy and am definitely a sappy romantic, so fast forward a week later to me standing at this wedding when the groom said his vows—with me willing the tears to stay inside my tear ducts—and having that moment of, “Good grief, I really love this job.”

My real answer is that my favorite shoots are the ones where the people are in love. Mommas with their newborn babies, engagement shoots, families relaxed and happy on their best vacation ever….those are the best.

The next best situation is when it’s just plain fun. This wedding was the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to. Ever. It was one of those weddings that made me wish I could get married all over again. Not only was this couple obviously in love and definitely best friends, but the bride’s parents had just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary (you know I love that!), the maid of honor and the bride had known each other for 30 years, and there was even a surprise bridesmaid “formation” at the end of the reception. I had fun from start to finish, and I think I was laughing, smiling, and crying from start to finish.

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I normally focus these previews on the brides, but the bridesmaids at this wedding were so great. They had a little sneaky peek to get the party going, and it was nothing but fun from there. Coconut rum and sun flare? That’s a party I can get on board with.

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And here’s a shot of the bridesmaid shoes; they were too beautiful not too share. blog bridesmaids shoes jewels details the gallery houston

And then? The best music ever. My beautiful bride, I don’t know if that was your playlist or if you had the best DJ ever, but every song was PER-FECT. The wedding party entered the reception hall to Outkast, they played DJ Jubilee at one point, and they even fed me dinner. I mean, COME ON. This wedding and I were meant to be.

(PS, try it. I challenge you to say “Ain’t nobody dope as me,” and see what my kids say. I’ll give you a dollar if they don’t say the right answer.)

When the bride and I met for the first time, I think we both said how much we have in common several times: teachers, lefties, and one of my favorite students at the USAFA Prep School ever was named Valencia.

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So, I say all of this to tell you how much fun I had at your wedding, despite being stressed to the absolute max a mere 12 hours before, and I am so very honored that I was able to capture these beautiful—and fun—moments for you.

Love, Andrea

PS, the oh-so-lovely Kelly of Kelly Q’s Cakes was the one to put us in touch with each other, so I want to make sure I give her a super special shoutout. She is fabulous all the way around–oh, and her cakes are as tasty as they are beautiful.

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Grace Episcopal wedding love {Galveston wedding photographer}

Happy wedding season! Are you as excited as I am?? This is my first of two summer weddings. This one was down in Galveston on a crazy rainy Sunday.

So, the day couldn’t make up its mind if it wanted to be sunny or rainy. Fortunately for all of us, the sun made an appearance every now and then just long enough to get a few perfect shots. Stained glass, rainbow sun flare, and heels. Yes to all of those things! These are the kinds of shots I go try to get while the bridal party is getting ready, because you only need so many pictures of you getting your makeup put on, right? I usually have to go hunting around for some color and sun–love how this one turned out. weddings blog brides heels galveston wedding betsey johnsonSince I’m a momma and my typical shoot is of kids, of course I snapped lots of the little ones at the wedding.  weddings blog ring bearer galveston weddingTechnically, these are the lovely hands of a flower girl and not the ring bearer, but the flower girls were so stinkin’ cute practicing with the ring box that I had to snap it. weddings blog ring box galveston wedding

I love the framing of this. Even though beach weddings are my favorite, these are the kinds of details you miss out on when you’re surrounded by sand and sea. This chapel is the lovely Grace Episcopal in Galveston. Fair warning, interested brides and photogs, there is no flash photography allowed during the ceremony. You’d better bring your A game. weddings blog dress grace episcopal

Getting ready:bw groom getting ready galveston

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This little butterfly is a special family keepsake. Don’t you love little details like that? weddings blog memento hidden in bridal bouquet

And here’s the after! If you’ve read this blog at all, you’ll probably recognize this as my favorite shot: the end of the aisle kiss as man and wife.

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Now, on to the dancing, food, celebrating, and fun. How do you have a pretty reception? Flowers and candles, I always say.weddings blog tea light candle detail mercury glass

 

Sweet bride and groom, I hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon! I’ll have the rest ready soon.

Love, Andrea

summer 2016 beach engagement session giveaway {destination photographer–any and all beaches}

Introducing, my first-ever engagement session giveaway!! I figured I’d show some love to my pitiful weddings blog and am super excited to offer one free session to a lucky couple. Details below. 🙂andrea bacle engagment session giveawayMy husband and I met when my family moved to Haughton, Louisiana, when I was 10. You’ve never heard of it? Yeah, I wasn’t too thrilled either.

So, back in 5th grade, we lived in the same neighborhood, and he and I rode the same bus together. My only memory of him them was him using my arm to smack my leg and say, “quit hittin’ yourself, quit hittin’ yourself” (in his country bumpkin accent that I’m now cursed blessed with) while he laughed and I got embarrassed. I’m pretty sure it was not a case of “oh, he liked you!”

***Which, side note tangent, why in the world do we tell girls that boys pick on them because they like them?? Let’s collectively knock it off. Anyway, I’m certain it was a case of him just being a little punk kid.

Fast forward through junior high and then to freshman year of high school when I was over-the-moon crazy about him. Through years of strategic seat selection in class, a teeny tiny fib about how I was super-into his not-so-cool survival book on how to live in the wilderness on your own (so, ok, we both had our punk moments), and an even bigger fib about being the biggest Seinfeld fan (his favorite show), I would love to say he finally fell in love with me.

Not so much.

After a polite “thanks, but no thanks” to my sweet homecoming dance request, I finally accepted my fate as his friend, and we really did become best friends for a year.

During that time, he finally realized he didn’t need a cheerleading beauty queen and what he really wanted was the occasionally funny, mousy nerd who made him laugh and laughed at everything he did.

After a year of truly being best friends, we got the timing right, fell in love, and started dating.

We went to college together and quickly got engaged.

Hang in there, I’m getting to the point soon.

We didn’t have time to get engagement pictures done, because we were both commissioning into the military at graduation and had to be married before we filled out our “dream sheets,” so we could attempt to be stationed together. We had a whirlwind 3 months to plan (thank goodness for my future sister-in-law/matron of honor who did EVERYTHING), and we were married the day before our senior year of college.

Here’s my point: If I could go back and had the time and money to do, I would have LOVED a beach engagement session. The picture above is from our 15-year anniversary pictures he did for me, courtesy of a tripod and a lot of running back and forth.

So I’d like to make a beach engagement session happen for a couple who didn’t get them done either.

Do you know a couple in love who never got the chance to have an engagement session? I’d love to give them a session for you on their behalf. Or, are you part of a couple who never had those beach engage picture you always wanted? Nominate yourself.

The catch is that our timing has to work out: I’ll be at a few Northwest Florida beaches in June and Galveston beach in June and July.

Let’s send some love and joy and romance out into the world. To enter, please comment with a few sentences about who/why you’re nominating, and I’ll pick a lucky winner at random on May 31st.

Since I’m always going to encourage you to put your lovely images up on your walls, I want to show you I practice what I preach:

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If you don’t win or don’t schedule an engagement session, have a friend take them, or get a little tripod and a camera with a timer. 🙂

Love, Andrea

andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808