Hannah & Brent | Wedding at Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

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I adore Hannah and Brent. I know I say that about all my couples, and I mean it each time, but really — Hannah and Brent hired me way back in 2011, wanted to do a food fight for their engagement session, and quoted Wayne’s World a lot. I can’t really imagine a better introduction for these two amazing people. They were married at the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center outside, and held their rocking reception in The Glass.

I’m trying to write more about this wedding, but it’s hard to find the words. So let me sum up: Golf carts. Lettuce bouquets. Perfect Texas weather in February. JPL mashing up Gangnam Style and Cupid Shuffle. People dancing like crazy. Little wooden cats on their cake topper. Red wedding shoes. Bubbles.

Here are just a few of my favorite shots from Hannah and Brent’s wedding.

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A few more credits: Florals by Blooming Idea

Wedding Photography Wishlist (Redux)

Last year I posted my Wedding Photography Wishlist, and happily, a few of those items have been checked off. Let’s see…

Well, that’s good and all, but all the things I haven’t shot between last May and now…

  • a wedding with a piñata
  • a reception in an aquarium
  • a groom in dress blues
  • if you’ve got pink hair… well, let’s change this to any unconventional hair color!

So now let’s add to that list…

  • a wedding with fireworks (not just sparklers, but fireworks)
  • I know that weddings with big balloons were all the rage in 2009, but I missed out on it, so I’d like to bring that back.
  • any geeky themed wedding (Star Wars, LOTR, Harry Potter, etc.) — I’m a nerd, too! Let’s nerd out together!
  • 1930s-inspired (like Mary Crawley’s from Downton Abbey)
  • weddings with any of the following: French macarons, flower head crowns, or tons of polka dots
  • more proposals!

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And venues! I still haven’t booked any past or future weddings at these locations, and I’m still dying to shoot at:

Along with a few more…

  • any wedding or session in an art gallery
  • a session at a ghost town
  • Barr Mansion – I’ve helped out at a few weddings there, but not one where I’ve been the primary shooter :)

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So come on, let’s do this! :)

Books | 2013 So Far! #1

So as the clock turned from December 31, 2012 to January 1, 2013, I started a new resolution for myself: to read more books. I’ve gotten better at taking time to pleasure-read since quitting my state job, but this time I actually put a numerical goal: 50 books in 2013. It’s actually not too daunting — 50 books in 52 weeks means just 1 book a week, with wiggle room for times it takes for me to read longer novels, or if I’m too busy to make headway in any given novel at any given time.

Right now I’m ahead of my goal, which is great! But I realized that I hadn’t written a book post in all of 2013 yet, which is bad! I’m already behind.

So here’s a quick summary of a handful of books I’ve read so far this year. What have you been reading? Anything good?

books so far

How to Be a Woman  by Caitlin Moran – This was actually the A Practical Wedding book club selection in the summer, but I didn’t read it with everyone else because I was so busy. I’d never heard of Caitlin Moran before that, but apparently she is one of My People, because the majority of the APW community loved her book, and my awesome mother-in-law actually got me this book for Christmas. I love how Moran takes us kind of on an autobiography and introduces examples of feminism through her hilarious anecdotes. It’s definitely a book I’d recommend to all my girl friends. She’s so real.

The Time Traveler’s Wife  by Audrey Niffenegger – I got this at Half-Price books in the $1 bin and only picked it up because I’d heard it was good. I could NOT put this book down. I had zero expectations and emerged just loving it, loving it, loving it. It’s the story of a man named Henry, who can travel through time but can’t control when and where he goes, and Clare, his worrying wife. It’s such a beautiful love story, though I don’t think I’d characterize it just as a love story. A little bit of sci-fi, a touch of mystery, and interconnecting pieces of the story that are told at random… Apparently there’s a terrible movie based on this novel starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, but in my mind I imagined David Tennant (with American accent) as Henry and it works much better!

Hopeless  by Colleen Hoover – One of my friends couldn’t stop talking about this book, so I gave it a try. It’s definitely YA fiction and I have mixed feelings about it. The story was pretty compelling (I read this in a few hours), but there were so many twists and turns, believable parts and horrible-writing parts, that I don’t know if I’d recommend it to people. The book starts off as a typical teen romance — full of high school thoughts and feelings, many of which I don’t really want to remember. The main character, a girl named Sky, meets a guy named Holder and they sort of start to date. A dramatic plot twist made the middle of the book way more interesting, and I really enjoyed all the twists. But the ending was a little disappointing. This book mixed a few genres (romance, drama, mystery, psychology?) so it’s hard to place.

The Handmaid’s Tale  by Margaret Atwood – I finally read it! This book chilled me to the core. Atwood has the gift of making you feel really unsettled by the idea of possibility; the trajectory that she can visualize if humans are as terrible and gullible as they can be. The book follows the life of Offred (Of-Fred), the handmaiden of a high-ranking official. Her sole purpose, in this increasingly infertile age, is to get pregnant with his child. Offred can remember her life before the fundamentalists took over the government and began ruling women’s bodies, and it’s haunting reading the “norm” of then (set in the 1980s, I think) vs. the norm of the current year. This book is crazy. Atwood has a habit of making it hard for me to fall asleep after I finish one of her books.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower  by Stephen Chbosky – I fear I missed out on this book when I was growing up, which is apparently the best time to read it. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age novel, but I believe I was too old to read it for the first time (at 28) and have it affect me as much as it affects most young people. However, I did watch the movie adaptation starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller and thought it was fantastic — one of the few movies I think surpasses the book. So all was not lost.

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