Noah & Vanessa: Austin Wedding

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Dream Austin Wedding. Let’s start with the bride, Vanessa. Look at every photograph she is in and you will see relaxed, happy, effervescent, and in love with Noah. And those are just the ones in this post. We literally have 100’s of photos of Vanessa laughing, giggling and telling stories with her bridesmaids and family. A perfect photogenic bride. And then there is Noah, the man behind the scenes making every thing happen. Perhaps the most involved groom we have come across in planning and that’s a great thing. What woman doesn’t want a husband that is involved and cares about the outcome of their life events. Good on you, Noah.

Secondly, the friends and family that came out to share their love for the wedded couple. From all over the States and even a kilted man from Scotland, yes the accent was killer. The family that surround Noah & Vanessa and made us feel like a part of the family too. Thank you for the kindness.

Finally, let’s talk about the amazing vendors that made the day go smoothly and awesomely. Any event would do well to just copy and paste this vendor list. A guaranteed good time will follow. See what we mean by Dream Austin Wedding?

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Reception Venue: Brazos Hall
Floral: STEMS Floral
Ceremony: St. Austin Catholic Church
Planners: 11:11 Events
Caterer: Royal Fig Catering
Music: DJ Gatsby
Lights & Chandelier: Intelligent Light Design

We are excited to be sharing not only these photographs now, but soon the Wedding Film Trailer and then the full Wedding Highlight Film. In the meantime here is a link to their fun Save the Date Video we captured alongside their engagement portraits all around Austin.

Noah & Vanessa, thanks for having a part of your big day, congratulations!
–JB

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The Last of Summer: Underwater Sessions

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Summer is quickly slipping away and so is your chance to be a mermaid in 2015. We are offering 2 days of underwater sessions on September 16th and 17th. $500 for the session gets you professional underwater makeup, mermaid tails and the photos from your session! Please email josh@azulox.com to schedule your session. Sessions are between 90-120 minutes and can be used as a solo session or with a pair or group of friends.

We hosted 2 days of mermaids this July and had our most diverse group ever. A bachelorette party, a maternity session, an evil Siren, a cosplaying super herione, and mermaids all around. These sessions are truly one of kind and we only offer them once or twice per year. If you have ever wanted to be photographed underwater with AzulOx, this will be your last chance until July of 2016.

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Katie & Adi: Beverly Hills Wedding

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Adi gets Katie. Katie with her dreams and quirks and details. Adi smiles, laughs, pulls her in close and off they go on an adventure. Makes our hearts warm to see couples so in tune with each other, on the the same wavelength. We met Katie and Adi two years ago at the rehearsal dinner for Ashley & Andrew and we had a pretty good idea then that this was a couple that would endure. Katie and I bonded over comic books and nerdy things almost instantly and we are proud to be her photographer.

Our general photographic stance for their Beverly Hills wedding was to photograph Katie & Adi as if they were movie stars and we were the paparazzi following them about. The Beverly Hills Four Seasons is an tres chic venue for such stalking. The culmination of this approach is the 15 minutes we were allowed to photograph atop the hotel on their helipad with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Coolest. Setting. Ever. I mean seriously, a helipad, always a first at every wedding!

The details were great, the ceremony was great, the band was great. And still, those all paled to the light that shines between Katie & Adi. He is a prince and she is a princess in their fairy tale. Not in the sappy way either, but in the fairy tale where they have each other’s back and with each other can take on any challenge in the world.

Special thanks to Tessa Lyn Events for running the day!

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Shannon & Ryan: New Braunfels Wedding

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The hunt is over. At least that’s what the groom’s cake said at Shannon & Ryan’s New Braunfels wedding. Shannon & Ryan love the outdoors, they love each other, and all 300+ guests love them. Shannon & Ryan were encircled on the dance floor for the first dance at the Civic Center. They locked arms for one of the bigger Grand Marches I have seen in a while. We had a blast photographing and filming this wedding, reminded me so much of my own with the grand march, the multitude of guests and the generations that came out to support the newyleds.

Congratulations Shannon & Ryan!

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Veronica & Graham: New Orleans Wedding

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Our first destination wedding of the Summer is Veronica & Graham from the Crescent City… New Orleans! (click here for the amazing day before bridal portraits) The day started at the famous Hotel Monteleone, home of the carousel bar, where Veronica and her brides gathered, got ready and generally got going. From there down St. Charles to Loyola University for the amazing chapel with the longest aisle I have even photographed at a wedding. Seems like a football field from back door to the altar. The day finished with a rousing dinner at Brennan’s (where Banana’s Foster was invented) and a only-in-New Orleans-Exit with a brass band.

Congratulations to the new Garret’s! Proud of yall!
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Emily and Joseph: Austin Style Wedding at Mercury Hall

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We can get used to the idea of Brunch Weddings. Emily & Joey tied the knot and took the plunge at Mercury Hall and then Barton Springs, literally took the plunge! (scroll down to the bottom if you don’t believe us). The wedding was full of Austin flavor. Pink flamingos surrounded and attacked the couple throughout the day. Hops & Grain and Austin Beerworks beer was there to keep everyone nice and cool along with many mimosas. Tiny Pies with their big bursts of flavor in tiny packaging. The secluded and chic Mercury Hall provided the backdrop to the days festivities. And pancakes! More weddings definitely need to have pancakes for brunch.

And yes, after the wedding we had a bit more Austin fun. We all headed over to Barton Springs where we had a bouquet toss with complete strangers and then Emily & Joey leaped hand in hand in into the icy waters of Barton Springs in front of clapping and cheering friends, family and well-wishing strangers.

Congratulations to Emily & Joey and all their Austin vibes!

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Michelle & Antonio: Engagement Session in Dallas

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Been a bit of a whirlwind this summer with assignments and shoots around the big state of Texas. And truth be told this engagement session in Dallas had me a bit nervous. See, Antonio is a photographer himself and has high expectations. Michelle’s older brother turns out to be a running friend of mine. So we had a bit of pressure on either side to turn in something fairly epic. The shoot itself took place mostly in the Arts district in downtown Dallas and finished in a secret parking garage to get twilight skyline views. The pressure went out the door the moment we pressed the first shutter. Tonio and Michelle are just a riot to work with; funny, smart, charming and a very beautiful couple. We had a bunch of fun playing with water, light and lines in ways to tell their love story. My favorite is the last photo in yellow… comfortable in front of the camera much?

Look for this couple’s wedding at Lone Oak Barn planned by Life Styled Events in September, we have been plans for that day too!
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Bhumi & Savan: Houston Theater District Engagement

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Uptown Style. Bhumi & Savan’s Houston Engagement session featured backdrops at the Williams Water Wall and then into the Theater District. Bhumi wore 3 distinct dresses, from her traditional sari to a classic little black dress. Savan was the perfect future husband accessory to Bhumi’s style, he looked great in a suit and stood stoic in the photos letting loose with the occassional ear to ear grin.

Tell us your perfect Engagement Experience and how we can help photograph it, always up for new ideas

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Veronica: New Orleans City Park Bridal Portraits

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We had the recent opportunity to travel to New Orleans to photograph Veronica & Graham’s wedding. Not wanting to leave an opportunity unturned, we convinced Veronica to wake up early Friday morning to put on her bridal gown so we could get posey with her around New Orlean’s City Park. She was kind enough to bring along a crew of her friends to help with the dress and her sister who just happens to be a pro makeup artist. The WPA-era structures around City Park made for for amazing bridal portraits, and the New Orleans heat and humidity made sure we didn’t take up too much of Veronica’s time. The last photograph is in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art and we used a spot grid to highlight Veronica in front of the imposing facade of the museum.

The park here was a revelation to me. I have visited New Orleans several times over the years but felt like this was the first time I was outside of the tourist zone. The buildings and structures around City Park are worth reading about and I suggest on your next trip to the Big Easy that you take a stroll through this historic area.

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Julie & Garrett: San Antonio Riverwalk Engagement

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Whirlwind! Julie & Garrett wanted to do an engagement shoot that showed off their rambling, adventuresome side. We met at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio and palled around there for a while in the giant pagoda and near the waterfall until we found these exploding red flowers. Also had to utilize the old concrete kiln that produced the first Portland Cement west of the Mississippi.

From there a quick trip to Alamo Brewing Company and the restored railroad bridge that traverses the train tracks. A needed pint of hefeweizen and off again to the Riverwalk area of downtown.

This was the crazy part of the session. The Riverwalk was packed with tourists making it hard to walk along the historic sidewalks. The river barge operators spotted us every time and cajoled the crowd into cheering for Julie & Garrett. But finally we found the quieter parts of the old river and made the glowy sunset photos we were after.

We love this type of engagement session, where only a rough outline of the day is drawn and we spend our time chasing the light and color we seek to define the mood. Thanks to Julie & Garrett for running around town with us!

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Sarah & Cliff: Bentwood Texas Wedding in Georgetown

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Clanging tin cans, barefoot bride, confetti exit, fuzzy KEDS. Sarah & Cliff’s Bentwood wedding in Georgetown, Texas provided all of those and more love and hugs than you might think possible. The bride’s father almost made it through his speech without breaking down, almost. The guests rang the kissing cans anytime Sarah & Cliff were more than 15 feet apart. And we made good use of the flowing San Gabriel River and the old pickup in front of the venue for our hero images.

Congratulations to Sarah & Cliff as they journey to Philadelphia for a few years for Cliff’s residency.

Lead Photographer: Marina C.
Lead Videographer: Josh S.
Double Duty Assistant: Josh B.

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Hannah & Charlie: Lone Oak Barn Wedding in Round Rock

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Our first wedding from the fabulous Lone Oak Barn features Hannah & Charlie, who y’all might remember from the their fire station engagement session. Charlie took the reception time to bring out his guitar and sing to the crowd and to his new bride with a few acoustic numbers. Hannah and her sorority sisters from Texas A&M swayed to a little Hullabaloo. The guests enjoyed a lovely Texas spring evening with a good breeze blowing.

Thanks to the Aday family at Lone Oak for being exceptional hosts and we look forward to being out there again in September!

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Kevin and Rachael: TerrAdorna Sunset Wedding in Manor

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Austin area weather has been difficult of late, but sometimes that works in your favor. Rachael and Kevin planned to have their wedding on TerrAdorna’s wonderful new patio. A good plan and as it turned out the line of thunderstorms was timed perfectly, arriving just after the ceremony and ending in time for one of the most spectacular sunsets that Josh or I have ever seen. The sunset just kept going and going. Add a great wedding crowd, a double rainbow and a ton of other fun stuff, and it was all around a great event.

We’ve been looking forward to photographing a real wedding at TerrAdorna, and the venue did not disappoint.

Venue: TerrAdorna, Manor, Texas
Coordinator: Crystal Occasions
Floral: Dory West of Adorna Design
Catering: Trudy’s
Cake: Sugar Circus
Bar: Bar Divas
DJ & Photo Booth: Complete Music
Limo: RR Limousine

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Richie & Lindsay: Wedding at The Mansion in Austin, Texas

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Our team was transported in time for Richie & Lindsay’s wedding at the timeless Mansion/Federation of Women’s Clubs. Between the classic Chuck Taylor’s on the Bride to the barbershop quartet of Richie & The Groomsmen (yes, I have dubbed them so) to the amazing reception entrance with the bride and groom serenading each other like something out of West Side Story, we had to feel our smartphones in our pockets to remind ourselves that the year was in fact 2015 and not 1955.

Thanks to Richie & Lindsay for having us there to capture their singin’ & dancin’ shenanigans, the faces of the crowd told the story of the love you share with each other. Also, sparkler exits are scary!

Thanks to the great vendors that give us so much to photograph and film:
Planner: 11:11 Events
Venue: The Mansion
Florist: Bella by Sara
Food: Chi’Lantro
Band: Skyrocket

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Katrina: Liberty Hill Senior Portraits

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Katrina is gracing the blog today with her horse farm Senior Portrait Experience from South Wind Equestrian Center. We enjoyed Katrina’s can do attitude as she rode a horse bareback and then cantered the horse for a set of photos, a lot of “Whoas” at the end to get the horse to stop. This attitude will serve the soon to be Liberty Hill graduate in Lubbock as she enters Texas Tech University in the fall. The day of our shoot was hot and muggy as the high pressure front of Texas Storm threatened, but Katrina kept her cool as we swapped out 5 outfits in just a couple of hours.

Guns Up Katrina! And thanks for having us out for your Senior Portrait Experience.
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Shannon & Ryan: Meridian Engagement

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A jeep, a faithful dog, a quiet place on the river. Shannon & Ryan’s engagement session is about as idyllic as can be imagined. We trekked up to the thriving metropolis of Meridian, Texas to photograph the happy couple. The field of tall grass with the lone tree near the center was enough to photograph on it’s own. The sun was coming in low over the horizon and Buck the Dog was happily jumping and pouncing in and out of the camera’s view. The day ended at sunset at a hunter’s retreat a few minutes down the road. We photographed until we could see no more and then talked while the fireflies lit up the lodge. Thanks to Ryan for hosting us, and to Shannon for making sure he dressed well. See yall in July!

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Hannah: Lone Oak Barn Bridal Portraits

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We just wrapped up photographing Hannah & Charlie‘s Wedding this weekend, so now we can share her fantastic bridal portraits from Lone Oak Barn. Lone Oak Barn is one of our favorite venues so we had to work hard to show off all of it’s potential. The wind had a mind of it’s own and presented us with 25 mph winds for the duration of the shoot. We started off inside to keep Hannah’s long locks in decent shape before we ventured outside to see what drama we could add with the wind. We ended the session with lensbaby 35 for some crazy light bending in the courtyard at blue hour. We hope you enjoy, and keep watching for their wedding post too, a guitar playing-singing groom?

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John & Shetal: Red Corral Ranch Wedding in Wimberley

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John & Shetal’s fusion wedding from Red Corral Ranch left me at a loss for words. Do I start by talking about the peacocks roaming the tranquil property of Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley? Should I tell you about the food? Salt Lick barbecue and Taj Palace dhosas kept our bellies full. We could write a whole article just on Shetal’s outfits for the weekend. The part that I found most amazing though is John & Shetal’s nuclear fusion of energy that emanates the closer they get to each other.

A first from this wedding that made me take notice was the blending of the traditional Hindi ceremony with a Franciscan Friar. The ancient traditions blending into one is a perfect metaphor for John & Shetal’s wedding. The traditions and cultures of their ancestors providing a launchpad for John & Shetal’s soaring future.

A big thanks to Blueprint Events for all the behind the scenes work they put in to make this a spectacular event. And a tip of the hat to Singar Studios for their continued excellence in hair, makeup and henna. A wedding this size is a team effort and we thank you and all the vendors who came together to make it happen flawlessly.

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