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Corpus Museum Wedding & American Bank Reception

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Bride and Groom at Corpus Christi Water Gardens

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Angela and Evan had an intimate wedding at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. This was my first Corpus Museum of Science and History wedding and it was really fun to be in such a cool museum for a special event. The bride got ready with her bridesmaids in a hidden room with a gorgeous chandelier and then walked just a few steps to get to the Dome Room. There are beautiful paintings hung on the walls and they made a nice backdrop for the couples’ first look. The ceremony also took place in the Dome Room in front of about 75 guests, all of whom had traveled to Corpus Christi for the occasion. After the wedding the guests moved to the American Bank Center for the reception. The room overlooked the bay and was beautifully decorated by Razzle Dazzle. The entertainment was a great band called Gun Powder Soup out of San Antonio. They did a wonderful job playing songs everyone knew and keeping everyone on the dance floor! (Some guests actually played the cow bell and the tambourine!) At the end of the night I noticed the bride and groom standing on the balcony and was able to capture a great photo of them in front of the Harbor Bridge before the party ended.

I was initially contacted by the groom’s sister Jaclyn. She is a photographer based out of Vermont and she handled most of the pre-wedding communication. It was nice to talk to someone who is also so familiar with how weddings flow. On the day of the wedding she offered to do a little 2nd shooting for me. She took photos of the groomsmen before the ceremony, shot the wedding from her seat in the front row and was able to do some really creative things with the first dance! When you have a small wedding it is possible for me to do it without a second shooter but this occasion reminded me how nice it is to have another set of eyes (or lenses) helping out!

Museum of Science and History – Wedding Venue

American Bank Center – Reception

Gun Powder Soup – Band

Yolanda’s - Cake

Razzle Dazzle – Decorations

Pamela Brown – Harpist

Jaclyn Schmitz – Sister of the groom/voluntary 2nd shooter!

Ranch Engagement Session

Ranch Engagement Session

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I’ve been waiting for an engagement shoot with guns forever! I was excited when Meg wanted to shoot at her family ranch near Big Foot. When she told me she had some ideas that included guns for her ranch engagement session I was psyched. This past year I’ve had the chance to shoot more in South Texas and these ranch weddings and engagement shoots are the best. I love shooting at property that has meaning to the clients. Private property allows a little more leeway for incorporating your interests and style into the shoot. We had a really beautiful evening to shoot these engagement photos and I’m so happy to share them! I’m looking forward to their wedding coming up in September.

Chelsea Aldrich - January 24, 2015 - 5:08 am


Private – Ranch – Wedding – South Texas

Bride and Groom Walking

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South Texas Ranch Wedding

This South Texas ranch wedding was absolutely fabulous in so many ways! The wedding and reception were held at the family ranch in Benavides and all of the details put into this wedding turned an already unique location into a truly unforgettable wedding celebration! The wedding had a Mexican theme and the hashtag for the night was #vivamiller which fit the tone and tempo of the entire wedding weekend. The festivities were all centered around the main house. On one side was a dance floor (with a disco ball) and beside that was a stage, where Max Stalling played during the reception. On the other side of the house was a ceremony site underneath mesquite trees. This area was flipped during the cocktail hour to become the dining area. It was beautifully lit at night by delicate white lights. The dancing, cake, toasts and merriment took place on the side of the house which overlooked the impressive huge pool. There was a gobo (stenciled light) on the pool which really tied the entire area together for the reception. We had a hard time leaving – 3 false exits, because we [the photographers] kept finding fun things to shoot. The party surely went on all night despite the fact that we had to leave. Driving away we could hear the music, see folks dancing and were in awe of how amazing the party looked from a distance underneath the bright stars. The uplighting, several different colors, looked great up close but even better from a distance. We stopped in a field on the drive out and took some cool shots of the party from a distance. We couldn’t resist! And on a side note, as requested, we didn’t use flash at this wedding. It makes this collection feel like even more of an accomplishment with that added challenge.

The bride and groom and their wedding and reception were an absolute blast. This is going to be a hard wedding to beat!

Awesome Vendors! Wedding Planner – JoAnne Howell Oh Goodie Designs + Events -Design and Coordination || Lighting – Dance Til Dawn Lighting and Entertainment || Music – Max Stalling || Rentals – Butler Signature Events || Flowers – The Blossom Shop Floral || Food – Cotten’s BBQ catering || Amazing Cakes - Simply Elegant Cakes

Corpus Engagement Session

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I absolutely love this engagement session and couple. I just finished editing it and it is about time to share something new. Why not this downtown Corpus engagement session?! We started at the Solomon Ortiz Center and then went to Heritage Park, Blucher Park and Cole Park! Lots of parks.  :)   Check out the awesome “Feyonce” t-shirt her beau bought for her. (I want one. Do I have to get engaged first?) Usually I don’t suggest my clients wear any words on their clothing for engagement sessions but this shirt needed to be included. Their wedding is coming up in July so I was happy to get to spend some time with these two before the actual wedding day. Can’t wait for the wedding Melissa and Marvin.

Natures Point Wedding Photos

Natures Point Wedding

Natures Point Wedding Photos

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Lauren and Dan had an amazing wedding day at Nature’s Point on Lake Travis! We took Lauren’s bridal portraits at the venue before the wedding day so that left us plenty of time to photograph the wedding party prior to the ceremony. This extra time was put to good use because we had a lot of people to photograph. Lauren had 19 women in her wedding party! The ceremony took place under the arbor and the blue sky, trees and flowers made a beautiful backdrop. In addition to it being a gorgeous day the family and friends were all very excited and supportive of the bride and groom and you could feel the love surrounding these two as they became husband and wife. The reception took place on the deck overlooking the water of Lake Travis. The weather was about perfect and everyone danced and laughed until the end of the night when the newlyweds exited through a sparkler tunnel! I loved getting to know this couple. Before booking me as their wedding photographer we spent a good amount of time visiting and discussing their wedding day. I think this is important because it made sure we all got along well and it showed me how important photography was to both of them! We also spent one afternoon taking engagement photos and this gave me a chance to see how they interact and learn how best to approach the wedding day. The time and preparation for this wedding really helped everything fall together beautifully!