Once again, I’ve found myself anxiously awaiting posting a bridal session! We have such a love hate relationship. If I could shoot 10 bridal sessions a month, I totally would. Yet waiting to post them until after the wedding so that I don’t spoil the GREATEST surprise (aka, the bride in her dress!), is the hardest thing ever!
Hilary, a natural born model, obviously, wanted an elegant, yet natural look to her images. Of course, Garden Grove instantly came to mind as the perfect location. The details inside the venue were that classic elegance she was searching for, and the outside greenery made her natural beauty completely shine!
I was so happy to be working with such a gorgeous bride, her sweet family, the Garden Grove staff, and a fall color scheme! Which made it even more difficult to hold off on sharing the images! Please, enjoy the photos, check out all the vendors involved and let us know what you think over on Instagram!
Weddings with a theme are my new favorite. Maybe not cheesy, Halloween/Disney/superhero themes (not that I wouldn’t be up for one of these in a heartbeat!), but weddings that incorporate favorite areas of people’s lives to make their big day even MORE personal, are a dream. Perfect example is this weekends Waco wedding at Seventh and James Church and the Phoenix Ballroom! Hilary was inspired by her favorite romance novel, Pride and Prejudice, to decorate her wedding with deep blooms, romantic candles and other couples she has admired! How sweet is that?!
Hilary and Scotty have been together five years, which made this weekend a dream come true for both families. Finally joining their favorite couple in marriage with all their favorite people there to witness, there really isn’t anything better. Hilary began the day surrounded by her best friends, sisters, and mom getting their hair and makeup done, and ended the ceremony with her new HUSBAND and best friends on a trolley ride to the Phoenix Ballroom for the best party of the year! All the way down to the last detail, Hilary thought of it all.
From the tables being numbered with couples from other novels, the classic red getaway car, to the fitted dress with a unique blush tint, Hilary, dare I say, KILLED IT, at planning her special day with Scotty. I have such a full heart as I write this post. I may get burnt out on the late night editing sessions, the busy wedding season and missed time with my family, but then I get days like Saturday. Where I am reminded why I do what I do. Why I chose wedding photography as a specialty, and why I sacrifice my weekends. Documenting moments like these that will never be replicated, to pass down from generation to generation of a new family. It’s an honor, a privilege and a total joy. Hilary and Scotty, I cannot wait to follow your journey together and watch you grow your sweet family! Congratulations!
Ceremony: Seventh and James Baptist Church
Reception: The Phoenix Ballroom
Second Shooter: Bourbon Oak Tree Photography & Films
Florals: Wolfe Florist
Dress: Georgio’s Bridal
Cake: Esther Allen Cakes
DJ: Make It Kount Entertainment DJ & Lighting Services
Makeup: Formela the Beauty Boutique
Hair: Spritz Salon
Mackenzie Benton here, one of the Grey to Blue interns! I wanted to share with you my experience interning with Grey to Blue.
As a rising photographer with interests in wedding photography, I wanted nothing more than to get more hands on experience from someone who has been in the industry longer than I have. Interning with Grey to Blue has been the perfect opportunity I was looking for.
As an intern my responsibilities include: helping out with blog posts, email templates, designing vendor magazines, and so much more! In turn for my assistance Mikenzie has provided me with so much helpful information on starting your own photography business. We met one-on-one this summer and Mikenzie was so insightful!
One of the many perks of interning for Grey to Blue was attending the Grey to Blue Photography Workshop, you can read more about my experience here. Another perk was just this past weekend, I was able to shadow and second shoot with Grey to Blue at a real, live, wedding! Mikenzie showed me so many tips and tricks this weekend that I know I will be implementing in the future.
My internship with Grey to Blue Photography has changed my perspective on wedding photography. Although many photographers dream of shooting weddings, they do not understand just how much work goes into it. A photographer doesn’t simply snap and shoot and get amazing shots. Weddings photographers have to be flexible so that whenever the bride is running late, or guests arrive early, or suddenly you have ten minutes to shoot the bride and groom portraits, you are able to complete it all in a timely manner. These clients are trusting you to deliver amazing photographs from one of the most important days of their lives. Being a wedding photographer is far from easy, and it is definitely not a part time job or hobby. Despite the stress and commitment, there is still something so rewarding about celebrating some of life’s most important moments with others.
Overall my internship with Grey to Blue has exceeded all of my expectations by far. Not only have I received hands on experience, but I have met so many wonderful photographers and vendors along the way. One of the best ways to start a creative business is to start with a community of people who lift you up and encourage you. Grey to Blue Photography has given me just that and I cannot thank Mikenzie enough for this opportunity.
Mackenzie Benton, “The Intern”
When I first met Allison, I knew I would be a great fit as her photographer. She was genuine, honest, and smiled ALL the time! We hit it off and I left the meeting thinking “I really hope she chooses me”! It wasn’t until our second meeting with her when she brought Wes, her fiance, and I realized how fortunate I was to be documenting such a special day. Allison and Wes have an undeniable energy that you can’t help but fall in love with. I remember thinking “I have never seen two people smile so much together”, and I still stand by that after seeing them on their wedding day, giggling, laughing and cracking jokes the entire night.
After a long weekend of traveling/camping at the Big Bend, I was anxious to get back to edit a sneak peek for this special couple, and I am sure you will see why below. Allison and Wes, thank you so much for sharing such a big day with me. I cannot say thank you enough for accepting me as a friend, and not just a vendor. I hope you guys are enjoying every second of your honeymoon and as a married couple! Welcome to the club!
Venue: Hummingbird House
Second Shooter: Madeline Harper
Catering: Urban Cowboy
Hair and Makeup: Lola Beauty
DJ: Live Oak DJ
Flowers: Exquisite Petals
Cake: Cakes by Lori
It’s that time again! The Tyner’s are fundraising to bring their sweet child home from Ethiopia, and we are ready to help! November 20th, we are offering a day of mini sessions where 100% of the funds directly benefit their adoption. It really doesn’t get better than that. Best part (besides reuniting a family, of course), your photos will be delivered BEFORE THANKSGIVING! Ahhhhh! I never promise that speedy delivery, but we want you all to have time to get Christmas cards out!
5 Digital Images (option to purchase more after)
All delivered on an online gallery with printing rights!
Family photos have never had so much meaning.
Come join us (and the Tyner’s) for a day of appreciation for our closest family members, and celebration for their newest addition!
If you’d like to donate and aren’t ready for the $150 photo shoot, we totally understand. Holidays make things tight financially! Whether you have a talent to offer, or $5, the Tyner’s have been so gracious towards any help friends are willing to offer. You can make a financial donation HERE or you can contact Katie Tyner at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your services, talents, or encouragement!