Melanie is a picture of perfection. Her bridals took place on a beautiful late summer day at the picturesque Chandler's Gardens. You would almost think you were in Italy when you begin exploring this stunning property complete with rolling hillsides, rose gardens, arbors, majestic oaks, picturesque lake and green as far as the eye can see. Melanie's wedding dress was a delicate fit and flare that was perfection! The delicate lace cap sleeves, the sheer lace back detail was topped off with the flowing lace train. See the highlights of Melanie's Garden Bridals below!
Venue: Chandler's Gardens
Photographer: Love Abides Photography
Dress: Bridal Botique
Florals: Floral Concepts
Hair and Make-up: Grand Slam Glam
It is so exciting to have the opportunity to publish a guest blog on Rustic Grace Estate's Blog! RGE featured a blog about Autumn and Ian's Rustic Wedding. See the entire post here.
Introducing the 2017-2018 Bobcat Band! Looking forward to an amazing marching season! Go Bobcats!
Introducing the 2017 Celina Bobcat Freshman volleyball team! Go Bobcats!
Introducing the 2017 Celina Bobcat JV volleyball team! Go Bobcats!
Introducing the 2017 Celina Bobcat Varsity volleyball team! Looking forward to a successful season with these talented young women! Coach Tucker and Coach Murray have a talented group to work with this season! GO BOBCATS!
Shooting your first roll of film can be terrifying to say the least. Just learning how to load film into a medium format camera is a challenge! So, I mustered up all my courage and brought my new Contax 645 on my daughter's session in downtown Dallas. I pulled out my light meter, posed my subject, had my film loaded with 16 fresh frames ready to go, entered my settings and held my breath! I pushed the shutter and absolutely nothing happened. I rechecked all my settings, re-metered my environment, held my breath again and pushed the shutter...nothing happened. My heart sank. I changed my camera battery and went through all the steps again in good faith that if you keep doing the same thing you can get different results...we all know that is a loosing game! I was shaken up thinking I will never shoot my first roll of film and that my new camera was not working. Then a light bulb went off in my head...in order to create an exposure, light must reach your sensor. How do you keep light from reaching your sensor in a film camera? You position the dark slide between the lens and the film...Ah, ha! I needed to take my dark slide out! Sounds so elementary, but with such a new experience as shooting film and all the elements of making a beautiful exposure, not to mention all eyes on me waiting to see if I could actually make this monster camera really work, I had missed this simple step. So, out slides the dark slide, I recheck all my settings, hold my breath and press the shutter. A beautiful sound of graceful mechanics comes from my Contax and I find myself looking at the back of the camera to see the results...old habits die slowly! With this first success I continue to meter and expose, meter and expose until my Contax 645 signifies that the end of the fun has arrived by rewinding my first roll of film. After arriving back home, with not-so-high hopes of perfect images, I followed all the steps of safely labeling, packaging and mailing in my film to my lab. I had already established my relationship with them and sent in all my reference images so all there was to do was wait. Two weeks can seem like an eternity! Finally, a wonderful surprise showed up in my inbox...your images are ready for you to view! Take a look below and see what my first roll of Fugi 400 produced! I still have a lot to learn and get comfortable with...but the results are beautiful. Film is so forgiving and the colors are so true! I took many of the same images with my digital camera and I am blown away with film's ability to capture highlights and skin tones so beautifully. not to mention my beautiful subject! I think that film may work it's way deep into my heart!
The RoseMary Barn, McKinney, Texas
McKinney, Texas-The stunning simplicity of a white-on-white wedding is the inspiration for this white barn romanic editorial shoot. The white shiplap barn venue, The RoseMary Barn, provided an ethereal and romantic backdrop against which the wedding day story of love unfolded beautifully. The RoseMary Barn is nestled in a country setting of white fences, mature tree-lined lanes and horse farms outside the historic downtown McKinney, Texas. The tablescape, designed by Denise Knitch of Dixie Does Vintage, showcased a beautiful mix of vintage brass, silver and crystal laid with her vintage china. Florist Elizabeth Blanford of Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe adorned the venue's rustic farmhouse table with a classic green garland flanked by a flowing white table runner that poured gracefully off the table onto the floor drawing the viewer's eye up and over the vintage brass candle lined setting. The bride was wearing a romantic, high necked, sleeveless lace ball gown provided by Leann's Bridal that went beautifully with her rose embellished updo by April Stuart Hairstylist and her custom jewlery pieces by Antonio & Frankie. The bride's makeup was a soft, sophisticated statement created by the talented Lauren Lewis of Southern Glam. The details of the day told a story of love and vintage romance, from the vintage furniture, bicycle, gold wedding bands and custom stationary to their first dance and the send off in the white Rolls-Royce provided by Blue Diamond Limousines of Texas! The cake by Sweet Somethings by Ashleigh was the star of the day dressed in stunning gold and adorned with fresh flowers. The bride's beautiful bouquet spoke of vintage elegance. This wedding inspiration included an alternative guest book which was a detailed map of the world, designed by Carol Sullivan, The Map Chick, in which guests can pin where in the world they traveled from to attend the wedding. The bride and groom can then frame this piece of custom art for display in their home for years to come. The stationary was custom designed for the bride and groom with hand watercolored embellishments and a small map to the venue. Another fun highlight of the wedding is the his and her drink stations. Bride and groom had custom mules...his a Kentucky Mule while hers was a Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktail. The Love Marquis provided by Something Vintage Something New provided a perfect backdrop for the couple's first dance. The couple's dramatic sendoff in the white Rolls Royce was the icing on the cake to this romantic white barn wedding day. The pictures in the album below are linked to the vendors websites so if you see something you LOVE just click the photo and find out how you can incorporate these awesome vendors into your big day!
Photographer: Love Abides Photography| Venue: The RoseMary Barn | Floral Designer: Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe | Cake Designer: Sweet Somethings by Ashleigh | Bridal Shop: Leann's Bridal | Paper Suite/Map: CW Designs | Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines of Texas | Jewlery: Antonio & Frankie | Rentals: Dixie Does Vintage | Rentals: Something Vintage Something New | Makeup Artist: Lauren Lewis/Southern Glam | Hairstylist: April Stuart | Bride Model: Anastasia Rogers | Groom Model: Logan Hose
Texas weather gives me nightmares...the Panebianco Family were such good sports as we braved the weather radar's ominous warning of imminent severe weather. When I arrived at this beautiful family's home to start our session, dad said, "Let's go...we have 15 mins untill the rain gets here!" We started the session with the "must have" portraits and kept tempting fate that we could get just one more shot in before the bad weather arrived. To all of our amazement, we were able to get the entire session completed...the severe weather literally skirted us on all sides! It was such a fun time together as we celebrated beating Mother Nature at her own game with high-fives! The portraits are stunning and you know what? As soon as I got in my car to head home the rain started falling. You've gotta love living in Texas!
As I look at all these senior portraits from the class of 2017 I am reminded of each smile, each dream shared, each outfit changed and all the love shared! I can not say how much I enjoyed spending time with each one of my seniors this year documenting their unique personalities and creating memories that they and their families will cherish for a lifetime. Congrats, Seniors! Best wishes and prayers go with each of you into the next chapter of your lives. May God bless and keep each of you during the coming years and I am excited to document each new adventure in your lives through the gift of portraits! XXXOOO