Bridal Portraits: 3 Reasons You Need Them

Bridal Portraits: 3 Reasons You Need Them

If you’ve been searching for a wedding photographer, you’ve probably heard of the term “Bridal Portraits.” Some photographers include ‘bridals’ as a part of their package in lieu of or in addition to engagement photos. So, what are Bridal Portraits anyway? They are formal photos taken of a bride, (sans her groom) dressed to the nines, in her wedding gown prior to her wedding day. Why would anyone want photos of themselves in their bridal gown before their wedding? There are many reasons and our guest blogger Anna Wright, of Anna Kay Photography, will reveal just why.  

Christa + Marco | The Oaks at Heavenly

Christa + Marco | The Oaks at Heavenly

A love story 12 years in the making, Christa and Marco were brought together by fate. The two met at Our Lady of the Lake University and the rest is history. The couple wed on July, 7, 2019 in front of 150 family and friends at St. Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church. The traditional Catholic ceremony consisted of the exchange of the vows, the blessing and exchange of the rings, along with gifts including items such as: arras, el lasso, a rosary, a bible, and an embroidered kneeling pillow, given to the couple by los padrinos (god-parents).  

9 Wedding Photos That Will Make You Swoon

9 Wedding Photos That Will Make You Swoon

Every once in awhile, more often than not, your wedding photographer will capture the most amazing shot. The shot that takes the cover of your wedding album, the shot that gets printed on your living room wall, the one that goes on your thank you cards. You know the one I’m talking about, the one that makes you swoon!

First Look: 5 Reasons You Need One

First Look: 5 Reasons You Need One

To look or not to look, that is the question. Some couples have found themselves contemplating the idea of a First Look. A first look is generally when a bride and groom (or bride/bride and groom/groom) chose to forgo the tradition of the two not seeing each other before exchanging vows. The anticipation leading up to this special moment is preceded by the two ideally standing back to back before the big reveal. Some couples opt to exchange gifts or love letters beforehand to enhance the emotional display. The duo then turns to face each other as sparks fly.  Many couples (and professionals in the wedding industry) love the idea of a First Look and here we will explain the reasons why.  

Wild About You Styled Shoot

Wild About You Styled Shoot

Set among the tranquility of a private ranch in South Texas, this styled wedding shoot combines the vivid colors of burgundy, navy, pinks, and gold accents to create a warm and moody look for fall. When it comes to capturing the romance of not only a gorgeous bride and groom, but the uniqueness of wild animals, an unconditional love shines through. There is something extraordinary about the love of animals. A love that is pure, deep, and unconditional. A love that is an example of what a bride and groom should base their vows upon. This shoot photographed by Anthony Gauna Photography and coordinated by Graceful Moments Weddings + Events captivates (human) nature in the most beautiful way.   

4 Reasons Why Your Wedding Needs a Photo Booth

4 Reasons Why Your Wedding Needs a Photo Booth

People enjoy a great party and we can’t think of a better way to enhance everyone’s experience than with a Photo Booth! Guests love them and we encourage the bride and groom to order one if they’re not opposed to it. One of the main reasons we love them is it’s a great way to pass the time during cocktail hour. You know what we’re talking about. How many times have you been to a ceremony and then waited and waited and waited for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance at the reception?

Advice for Choosing the Perfect Photos for Your Wedding Album

Advice for Choosing the Perfect Photos for Your Wedding Album

Your wedding album should be a work of art. It should become one of your family’s first heirlooms. Not only should it tell an important story through emotive imagery, just as important, it should be made with the best materials.

You should expect your wedding album to have a limited lifetime guarantee and have a very long image permanence rating. The first thing you should know is that if the album maker is using archival-quality inks and archival-quality papers, you can expect that rating to be 300 years or more.

5 Tips on How to Save Money on Wedding Floral

5 Tips on How to Save Money on Wedding Floral

Planning a wedding can sometimes put a financial strain on couples. If you’re planning a large wedding, the stress is often inevitable. However, if you have a design in mind, a great florist can help you cut down the cost. There are many things that can contribute to decreasing the bill; for instance, instead of having large centerpieces for all your guest tables, have smaller ones on half of the tables.

We talked to Amanda at Blume Hause, wedding coordinator and florist, and asked if she could provide some tips on how to save our brides some cold, hard cash. She happily obliged.

9 Breathtaking Backdrops

9 Breathtaking Backdrops

Backdrops are an absolute necessity for any backdrop at the altar that needs a little pizzazz! What we love about backdrops is starting off with a blank slate and the fact that you can create almost anything your heart desires. That is why it’s so important to shop local vendors for rentals and floral. They can make all the difference in the world; not only is it a great way to wow your guests, but they make for stunning photographs. With so many amazing rental vendors here in San Antonio and surrounding areas, you have so many options to coincide with the style of your wedding. As are there so many different florists who are essential in creating the backdrop of your dreams. We’ve searched high and low for breathtaking backdrops from some of our favorite vendors that we hope will inspire you to include for your special day!

Seven Beauty Tips for Your Wedding Day

Seven Beauty Tips for Your Wedding Day

You have the dress and all your vendors are secured. Did you make sure to hire a makeup artist? Typically the makeup artist is one of the last people you hire for your wedding; but, due to the fact that all the best ones book quickly, the sooner you can book, the better!

Why You Should Hire a Wedding Pet Attendant

Why You Should Hire a Wedding Pet Attendant

More and more we find couples who are interested in involving their four-legged friends in their wedding. Whether it be including them in save-the-dates, engagements, bridals, walking down the aisle or acting as best man, we love the inclusion! We are huge dog lovers and absolutely fell in love with the idea of hiring a wedding pet attendant on your big day.

4 Questions You Should Ask a Photographer Before Booking

4 Questions You Should Ask a Photographer Before Booking

One of the most difficult aspects about planning a wedding is finding the right vendors. Although each vendor is incredibly important, your photographer is especially important. The job of the photographer is to capture moments of your special day that will tell a story for years to come. These memories will not only be with you for the rest of your life, but they will remain with your family and children. So, how do you find the right photographer? Not only do you need to ask the right questions, but you need to consider things such as a photographer’s style, quality, experience, products, value, and personality.

Bridal Bouquet Trends of 2019

Bridal Bouquet Trends of 2019

Flower trends are ever-changing. Bridal bouquets are fast moving from traditional to unique and more specific to the bride’s tastes and desires.

In this post guest blogger Hannah Flores of Madly & Love shares 10 bridal bouquets of 2019 to inspire you with all of the different textures, colors and overall esthetics there are to choose from.

St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Inspiration

St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Inspiration

Did you know St.Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holiday across the U.S? It is also typically the most celebrated holiday by those with no Irish heritage. What better way to celebrate this popular day, St. Paddy’s Day, on one the most important days of your life, your wedding day!

Sierra + Mason | A (Styled) Love Story at The Veranda

Sierra + Mason | A (Styled) Love Story at The Veranda

Filled with sumptuous floral, glamour, and opulent elegance, this shoot was inspired by a garden-style themed wedding featuring a palette of rich hues of pink blush, dusty rose, warm ivories, and ornate greenery. When we think of a garden, we think of fairy tales, romance, magical, and whimsical vibes. We wanted to bring that vision to life, and our team of talented vendors perfectly captured the beauty in this styled shoot photographed by Shy Laurel Photography and coordinated by Graceful Moments Weddings + Events.

Arika + Zack | Chandelier of Gruene

Arika + Zack | Chandelier of Gruene

By way of fate and a little help from mutual friends, Arika and Zach were paired to be a good match. A game of sand volleyball brought the two together with Zach making a bold move in requesting Arika to play on his team. Both ended up winning in the game of love.

Wedding Cake Inspiration from The Exclusive Cake Shop

Wedding Cake Inspiration from The Exclusive Cake Shop

Your wedding cake will be the focal point of your wedding day, besides the beautiful bride of course! There are so many cake designs to choose ranging from classic and simple to elegant and unique. Once you know the theme, decor, and style of your wedding, it can ease the selection process. Whichever you decide, it’s always great to match your personality. And, while selecting the design of your cake is important, it’s essential to make sure your cake tastes as good as it looks.

Ideas for Your First Dance as Mr. and Mrs.

Ideas for Your First Dance as Mr. and Mrs.

Selecting your first dance should be a fun and special moment for you and your spouse-to-be. If you’re lucky enough to have your own couple’s song, adding this tune to your playlist will be a piece of cake! If you’re not so lucky, hopefully you’ll find some inspiration in some of our favorites. Here we cover a couple of oldies, R&B, the classics, and of course we can’t forget country music!

Desserts You Can Add to You Dessert Bar

Desserts You Can Add to You Dessert Bar

When selecting one of the most integral aspects of your big day, the wedding cake, remember that you’re not limited to the age-old tradition. There are a few alternatives to cake that you can opt for that will still wow your guests. A dessert bar, for example, has become a wildly popular trend in most recent years - as are doughnuts, pies, macaroons, mini cakes, and cookies.

Ashley + Justin | Remi's Ridge at Hidden Falls

Ashley + Justin | Remi's Ridge at Hidden Falls

Ashley and Justin’s three-day affair at Remi's Ridge at Hidden Falls began with a rehearsal dinner taking place on-site at the Treehouse. The bash ran through nightfall where the couple took advantage of the venue’s on-site lodging.

The duo met serendipitously in a Biology course the two took. As it turns out, Justin’s seemingly only purpose in occupying a seat next to Ashley was to fall deeply in love with her as he went on to pursue a career as a prominent attorney (having nothing to do with natural science).