Where do I begin for these two.
I would say it’s their proposal, but I feel like you’d be missing out.
Let’s go back to where I met them. Guys. If you haven’t been catching up with my blogs, I highly suggest you start here. *(hint, click it. That’s their engagement session for you to peruse just to get on board, I met them over in Houston, on this rooftop pictured below.)
*(and yes, you can click that link to see the full wedding as well.)
Now, for their proposal, just know that I had on a wig, and hid behind a barricade of brick, just waiting for Tim and Lauren to walk around the bend at The Fig Tree which is located directly on San Antonio’s Riverwalk to pop the question.
Oh, did I mention it was Christmas and it was magical?
So by now you should have already scrolled on through how I met them, their proposal, and their engagement session.
We’re up to speed now, right?
Now I’ll bring you over to Houston. (Conroe, I believe… but close enough). I got the chance to be a guest the night before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner, and actually got to raise a glass in a toast instead of raising my camera.
It was so fun to see the behind the scenes the night before the wedding. I’m actually eating Hershey kisses from their favor bags as I type this, which I could get used to.
Since I was staying in Houston with this sweet couple, I got to stay up and watch as their friends reminisced about their own wedding and what they loved most. Which led to this sweet gal recording an interview of the groom saying all his favorite moments about his bride to be. That way he could send it to her at midnight. Yep. It was already starting off to be a great day.
On the wedding day- we knew they didn’t want to see each other before Lauren walked down the aisle, so it was a no-brainer to let them have a moment at the red doors leading to the chapel at The Carriage House.
They had already exchanged letters they had written each other separately. I’ll let you scroll down to how that all went. I had tears in my eyes just like they did and I’m seriously just thankful I get to be a part of seeing this relationship grow.
And how gorgeous is that little white chapel?
It was the perfect setting. Between the light pouring through those walls of windows, the balcony where I could get overhead shots (and of course get a few more steps in for the day, win/win) and the sound of two people promising to spend a lifetime building each other up, everyone was caught up in the ceremony.
That’s not to say we didn’t all let loose once they said “I do”.
I had such a fun time with the wedding party, and took Tim & Lauren out for a quick walk around the property to get a few shots before the party took off. And let me tell you- their first dance was something to get the night going.
Now play this song while you look at their first dance and portraits.
This song gets me every time I hear it played but I’ve never heard it used for a first dance. Yes, you can imagine- that gave me all the feels as they twirled each other back and forth under the sun beaming through the windows that were so close to the ceiling it felt like we were getting our own personal shout out from heaven.
And what a great concept to dance to:
“I’m gonna love you, like I’m gonna lose you I’m gonna hold you like I’m saying goodbye
Wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted
‘Cause we’ll never know when, when we’ll run out of time
In the blink of an eye
Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything
The truth is you never know”
I hope you listened to it. My goal is to capture moments that really make you feel what was happening. Even through the reception and the crazy party pictures- I hope you can really sense how much joy was completely surrounding that venue.
I felt it completely.
I could go on about their details like the gourmet popcorn bar, the insanely delicious macaron tower (that I sampled from more than once), their food (that was thoroughly enjoyed while hanging out with another mama in the bride’s room), or even the speeches that all got the bursts of laughter they deserved.
But I want you to listen to the song– and think of someone you would like to make sure knows you love them, and tell them. Hug them if you can. Cry a bit for those you’ve lost.
These moments are what life here is all about.
I never want to lose that feeling, no matter how many weddings I shoot.
Biggest congrats to Tim & Lauren.
Their personal thank you card they wrote me lit up my weekend and will be pulled open anytime I need a boost of love and energy.
Venue: The Carriage House, Houston
Gear: Magmod, Canon, Atmosphere Aerosol
Assistants on the fog: Shannon Davis 😀