I’d been eagerly anticipating Rachelle and Stephen’s wedding for ages. If you recall, Rachelle and Stephen won an engagement session from a giveaway I did on A Practical Wedding. How could you not fall in love with a couple who asks if they can do a “regular” engagement shoot and then don costumes and a wig (and a fake wooden finger!) and pretend to be Margot and Richie from The Royal Tenenbaums? As we stood outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, we chatted about their wedding — a Sunday afternoon, light snacks but big cake, affair (with wine and beer) — and I was smitten. Luckily they felt the same way about me and chose me to photograph their wedding. I’m so honored and pleased to share this with you.
Rachelle and Stephen were married on a warm June afternoon. Time and time again I was reminded of how lucky I was to be a part of the “VIP crowd” (as Rachelle called it). I was with the bride while she got ready, witnessed the couple’s amazingly heartfelt first look that had me in tears as I shot frame after frame, and spent time with them photographing their final last dance while the rest of the guests prepared for the send-off. You’d think a Sunday afternoon wedding crowd would be pretty tame, but this group danced and screamed and danced some more, and threw rose petals merrily at the married couple as they climbed into a Saint Arnold’s tie-dyed Bentley. You heard me correctly.
Second photographer: Emily Grenader
Venue: Butler’s Courtyard
Dress: Oleg Cassini
Cake: Cakes by Jula
DJ: MAD Productions
Catering: Robinette and Company
Florist: the bride (silk flowers)
Hair/makeup: Adorne Artistry
Officiant: Minister Lynn Turner