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 or 508.768.5808


in love at the Houston Arboretum {destination engagement photographer}

You’ll see these two lovebirds again when I shoot their wedding in Galveston in a few months. For their engagement shoot, this lovely bride-to-be really wanted a fall feel. Good thing for us, you can get fall-ish colors in Houston in the middle of January. We spent a gorgeous Sunday afternoon together in the woods at the Houston Arboretum, and they were sneaking kisses between the families walking by. houston arboretum engagement session destination weddingsSometimes I give little assignments to the couples on what to talk about, because if you ask a couple to just stand and look longingly into each others’ eyes, it usually starts to get stiff and look uncomfortable, plus there’s usually lots of awkward laughing. The trick is to have people do what you want to capture. A pose usually always looks posed. So here, I had them take turns whispering to each other and try to make the other one giggle. Sometimes I wish I could know what they are saying, but I’ve been married for 16+ years. I think I have a pretty good idea. houston engagement shoot andrea bacle photographyThis was the first shot of the session. These two are a little more on the conservative side, so before I told them to say anything too saucy to each other and really get them laughing, I think I was super hungry, so I told them to talk about what they were going to have for dinner after that. It helps to start with something mundane, because really, it must be very strange to have an old lady you’ve only met once before ask you to say dirty things to each other. Ok, maybe more creepy than strange, but it’s all for love–and great pictures, right??houston engagement shoot andrea bacle photography2This beautiful ring is just too pretty not to photograph. Gorgeous!houston engagement shoot andrea bacle

Sweet couple, I hope I gave you some good material for lots of laughs on the ride home. I’m sorry if I embarrassed you. Eh, not really.  :)

Good luck with the rest of the planning, and I’m so very excited to shoot your beautiful wedding in Galveston soon.

Love, Andrea

love in Galveston {Texas destination wedding photographer}

So, this first picture is sort of the perfect analogy of my life right now. (You like how I start off their love story with an anecdote about myself? In real life, I’d like to believe I’m not so narcissistic.)

No, I don’t mean that it’s the same because I have a crazy person running around me with things lit on fire (well, I do have two small, somewhat crazy-making children, so that might be the perfect description, actually). I mean that because my oh-so-dear clients decided to go and have all of their babies and all of their weddings and all of their milestones in the same month, while I’m trying to improve my work/life balance and our quality family time and have the best summer ever with my kids, my mind is a little mushy and full and frenetic from lack of sleep. (You see how long that sentence was? That’s sleep deprivation talking along with trying to be slightly funny, but really, how funny can I get on a blog post? Clearly, I need a cucumber martini and room for gesticulation to make my humor work.)

What I do mean is that amidst all the crazy but really beautiful things going on with life, at the heart of it all is lots and lots and lots of love. I am insanely in love with my family and my life and what I do for my clients. If you’ve ever read a blog post from me, I’m sure I’ve mentioned a time or two about how sappy I am when it comes to love. So, when I have the oh-so-great honor of shooting a wedding, I fall in love with all of it all over again.
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andrea bacle weddings galveston txandrea bacle weddings galvestonLadies, thank you for letting me capture your special day for you–I especially enjoyed two wedding dresses, two diamond rings, and two pairs of heels. I hope you love these, and I can’t wait to show you the rest.

Love, Andrea