Wedding Date: October 13, 2012
Wedding Ceremony: Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
Wedding Reception: Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX
Photographers: Chris Smith and Shana Woods
DJ: James Stoker, iEntertainment
Felicia and Peter’s wedding was at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, followed by their reception at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano. Felicia’s parents were married at Royal Lane Baptist, so the ceremony was especially meaningful. We took time after the ceremony to re-create a photo that her parents have hanging in their home, with a modern twist. When you see it in the gallery, you’ll recognize it. Felicia and Peter had so much love for each other and their families, and they made the day really easy for us. They had a noon wedding, so they decided to do a grand exit from the church. The photos are really pretty, full of life and laughter and color. So many times when couples choose to exit, all of the guests have already gone home. But the church send off is a good way to keep your guests involved in the celebration and your pictures will generally be better because of that. RLBC is a fantastic church, with high ceilings and a great balcony to shoot from. The bride and groom suites are spacious and the walk way between buildings makes a really interesting lighting pattern for photos. Gleneagles Country Club speaks for itself. The staff was so accommodating and the GIANT windows filled with daylight were a pleasure to photograph in. We normally don’t see daylight during wedding receptions, so this was a welcome change. Take a good look at the funny exploding bouquet toss and at the adorable ring bearer trying to blow out all of the candles on the guest tables. We also love the image of the bridal party made in the entry hall at GE. There are too many favorites to point out individually, so take a look for yourself…
Wedding Date: 09-01-2012
Wedding Ceremony: Mary Immaculate Catholic Church , Carrollton, TX
Reception Site: Carrollton Plaza Arts Center, Carrollton, TX
Photographers: Chris Smith and Shana Woods, Ivey Photography
Hollie and David’s ceremony was spectacular in the Main Sanctuary at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Carrollton. Although the preparation rooms were small, we made the best of the tiny bits of window light given to us through the stained glass. We finished all of the prep work in a classic, rich, black and white to show off the detail in every expression. After the ceremony and a quick portrait with the bride and groom, we moved up the street to The Carrollton Plaza Arts Center. David and Hollie are HUGE Disney fans. In fact, David asked Hollie to marry him in a trip to Disney World. They themed their wedding reception after Alice in Wonderland, and as you’ll see in the photos, the Plaza Arts Center made a perfect backdrop for their Disney theme and we were there to catch all of the action. Enjoy.
The Texas Discovery Gardens is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The photography locations are endless, making it easily one of our favorite places to photograph a wedding in Dallas. Jennifer & Tim were married at The Texas Discovery Gardens on May 19, 2012. The event was planned by Yvette Audrain of Premier Special Events, who made the whole day fabulous. We started with Jen & the girls, moved on to Tim & the boys, followed by a few details shots of the room. Once the processional began, we used our laid back approach to capture the moments as they happened. Using longer lenses than most photographers, we were able to say concealed and out of the way of the guests so they could enjoy the wedding. Two photographers working in sync with each other makes it very easy to capture a variety of angles in a short window. While one person photographs from a wider view, the other goes closer with a telephoto lens. Our finished products is better because we constantly provide a new perspective on traditionally straightforward photographs. After the ceremony, we were able to steal a few moments with the couple for some portraits alone, and then we were whisked away to the reception. The colors were amazing in the room, and the patio was alive with guests as the party went on. Toasts, cake cutting and a bit of dancing were followed by a quick getaway with bubbles. Here are a few of our favorite images used in Jen & Tim’s amazing Flush Mount Signature Design Album. We look forward to bringing you an updated post featuring their Aluminum and leather covered album by Finao.
Ceremony: Brookhaven Country Club
Reception: Brookhaven Country Club
Floral and Decor: Donna Cannon Designs
Photographers: Shana Woods and Chris Smith, Ivey Photography
Ashley & Adam were married at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch. The ceremony was planned for the lawn outside, but the four inches of rain throughout the day put a damper on that. We improvised, used the overhangs and porches outdoors for some portrait work, and the ceremony was moved inside the club. The decor and lighting was perfect and the whole atmosphere was festive, in spite of the rain. Here are a few of our favorite images from the day.
Wedding Date: 09.22.2012
Ceremony Location: Bella Donna Chapel, McKinney, TX
Reception Location: Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, McKinney, TX
Photographers: Chris Smith & Shana Woods, Ivey Photography, Midlothian, TX
Damon and Melissa were married at the Bella Donna Chapel in McKinney, TX. The chapel is an amazing venue for a wedding, and we are looking forward to being back there soon. The ceremony ended at sunset and we lost light just as we had to get the couple to the reception at Stonebridge Country Club. They were greeted by a couple hundred of their closest friends and family members. The music was great, the food was awesome, and the whole crowd really enjoyed the evening. Here are a few of our favorite images from the wedding day.
From the first visit with Chris and Shana we felt like we were meeting with old friends. We were very impressed with their body of work and my daughter said they made her feel calm and she had confidence in their ability to capture the special moments of her day without chaos. The photography is unique and fresh. Chris has always been up front and honest and there have been no hidden fees as we’ve experienced with other photographers in the past. They sent me an e-mail a few days after the wedding with a picture of my husband with our daughter before the wedding – their private moment. The photo brought me to tears as they captured the true essence of the two of them. Priceless! – Grace Simpson, Mother of the Bride (Emily & Aaron 08/04/2012)
We’d like to relay the back story of this photograph. Many times, people mistake our work as “photojournalism”, and although we do try to keep things looking natural, there are certain times when we manufacture situations so that we can get the best from our clients. In meeting with Emily and her family, we KNEW that her Daddy was VERY important to her. She’s the baby in the family and I could see the emotion on his face from the first time we talked about the wedding. Knowing this, we wanted to create a very special circumstance for the two of them to share a moment together. After the bridal party portraits, and just before the ceremony, we asked Emily’s dad to wait in an area we thought they could be alone. We selected the location for its privacy, but also for the beautiful light falling in through the windows. Once the scene was set and Don was in place, we asked Emily to approach from the next room. And although we put them in this situation, which may or may not have happened without our prompting, the emotion on their faces is pure truth. Emily was in tears before she even reached out to touch him, and although he tried to laugh it off, he couldn’t help but do what comes naturally to any dad, just hold on. The photograph itself does have a journalistic quality, in the sense that we did not ask them to embrace, or cry, or act a certain way. We merely gave them the floor and let it play out. If we hadn’t done it here, in this light, with the approach we took, they may have had their moment, but they wouldn’t have this image. We are proud to have created this for them. Shana, who actually photographed it, was very emotional after taking it, saying that she’d give a million dollars for an image like this with her dad. I think we all would…..
Rain, Rain, Go Away. Saturday, March 10th brought several inches of slow, soaking rain to North Texas. Rain creates so many more challenges if it happens to come on your wedding day! Mentally, you have to come to grips with the fact that you are going to have to make a few adjustments to your plan. Things take longer, people move slower, extra precautions have to be made so nothing gets soaked. Luckily, Amanda & John were getting married inside of the beautiful St. Jude Catholic Church in Mansfield. Their reception was held at the K-Star Ranch in Mansfield, and although the rain kept the photography opportunities limited, it didn’t completely drive us away. We worked under porches, inside the church, on the patio at the Ranch, and even under an umbrella for a quick portrait session. Despite the rain, Amanda & John had their dream day and it went as smoothly as can be expected. Here are some of our favorite images.