Sarah & Jonathan’s Wedding at Hotel ZaZa

Ahhh this was a great one! Wedding photographers will tell you that it’s not about where they get married but who they are and how they do it. Heading out to Houston for a wedding at Hotel ZaZa was obviously a great thing, but more importantly it was getting to photograph this great couple, Sarah and Jonathan. Doing what they do on one of the greatest days of the lives.

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So this is Sarah and Jonathan’s story, however I do want to step in and tell you a little about why this wedding was such a privilege for me to shoot.

I first met Jonathan, aka Booe on my first trip to Houston to photograph Natalie and Eli’s wedding where Booe would be a guest.

Later that year I was celebrating again with Booe, when he flew out to Mexico to officiate Aleece and Tim’s destination wedding.

Our paths would cross one more time at Kathleen and Todd’s destination wedding in Turks and Caicos. When at this point I was chilling in the pool when he introduced me to his fantastic fiancé Sarah.

Having photographed Booe in plenty of other roles at other weddings I was thrilled when they asked me to be part of their own day.

And what a day it was!

A day that was so entertaining and so relaxed that it started with golf and beer, Mimosa’s and Muu-Muus!

It was all about having fun. You’ll struggle to find a picture where there’s not a broad smile. With Sarah even playing a little trick on Jonathan when they exchanged gifts.

Following their ceremony it was all about the party, with the soundtrack provided by an awesome show band. With some amazing first dances it was clear that nothing was to be left on the dance floor.

During a pit stop from the dancing I was introduced to my new happy place, a land of chicken and waffles. Chicken and waffles! A place I’ll be keen to go back again real soon!

As expected the Sarah and Jonathan’s evening didn’t smoothly glide to an end. Instead their exit was all guns blazing. Well confetti cannons at least!

Here are a few of my favourites from Sarah and Jonathan’s wedding at Hotel ZaZa. You can also see and share these on my Facebook page.

Sarah & Jonathan’s Wedding at Hotel Zaza Previews

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of flying to Houston to photograph Sarah and Jonathan’s wedding at Hotel Zaza. I first met Jonathan during my first visit to Houston. Since then our paths have crossed a few times. Jonathan’s been a guest at several weddings and also officiated Aleece and Tim’s destination wedding.

When we last met in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Jonathan introduced Chloe and I to his fantastic Fiancé Sarah. I was truly honoured when Sarah asked if I would be available to photograph their wedding at Hotel Zaza.

Since returning from the Caribbean, we’ve kept in touch through FaceTime and Instagram. With regular catch up’s with Sarah about their wedding plans I was very excited to be part of their day and as you’ll see from these previews it really did live up to expectations.

 

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With guests coming in from all over the US, Sarah and Jonathan hosted a weekend of events. Starting with a pampering session for the Bridesmaids and ending in their wedding at Hotel Zaza.

On the morning of their wedding Jonathan took the men over to Top Golf for some friendly competition. After plenty of swings and a few too many misses later it was then back to prepare for his wedding at Hotel Zaza.

Coordinated by Lauren Ehly Events the day was flawless. From getting ready in the amazing suites at Hotel Zaza, to their wedding reception in the ballroom. Guests were entertained by an amazing showband and the famous southern hospitality was evident with an exquisite menu.

Here are a few of my favourite moments from Sarah and Jonathan’s wedding at Hotel Zaza. These will also be available to see and share on my Facebook page in a couple of days.

Natalie and Eli’s Wedding at House Plantation, Texas

Today I get to share the conclusion of my time spent in Houston photographing the celebrations of Natalie and Eli with their plantation house wedding at House Plantation in Hockley, Texas.

If this is your first visit then I have to recommend that you check out the rest of Natalie and Eli’s story starting with their Henna Party and Pre-Wedding Portrait Session

With that shameless self-plug out of the way I’ll get back on track!

Having advised their family and friends to ‘lose the ties’ and ‘unfasten that top button’, Natalie and Eli’s plantation house wedding always promised to be an easygoing affair, but you’d be mistaken if you expected the energy from the previous days celebrations to subside.

Having arrived in Hockley early, the atmosphere at House Plantation was buzzing as the wedding party occupied all available space to prepare for the occasion.  For the ladies, a little bit of pampering, hair and makeup. For the gentlemen, to kick back with a Miller Lite throwback.

With the weather straying from the predictable Texan heat, some last minute changes were made to bring the outside indoors and move their Jewish wedding ceremony into the house under Natalie and Eli’s beautifully decorated floral Chuppah.

With the party mood undeniably taken a firm grasp on everyone the evenings entertainment heated up with plenty of Israeli dancing keeping Natalie and Eli aloft. No sooner had their feet touched the dance floor, sparks flew as Natalie and Eli experienced an amazing send off from their friends and family.

A brilliant few days of photographing Natalie and Eli’s celebrations had come to an end with what was an incredible wedding at House Plantation and as usual here are a few of my favourite moments from their wedding.

Aleece and Tim’s Engagement Shoot in Houston, Texas

Before this weeks coastal wedding in Yorkshire, I thought I would continue with my recent run of Engagement Shoots, with this one seeing me back across the Atlantic with Aleece and Tim in Houston, Texas.

I first met Aleece and Tim whilst photographing Fay and Dan’s Destination Wedding in New York City, so I was thrilled to be invited to photograph their own Destination Wedding in Mexico later this year.

Whilst in Texas it was great to be able to catch up with Aleece and Tim and hear more about their wedding plans as well as get the camera out and visit a few of their favourite Houston spots for their Engagement Shoot.

Really pleased to be sharing some of my favourite portraits from their Engagement Shoot and to be adding to the collection later this year when they start their wedding celebrations in Mexico.

Natalie and Eli’s Houston Engagement Shoot

Having recovered from the previous nights celebrations at their brilliant henna party, Natalie and Eli had the task of gathering themselves together, jumping on their motorbike and having an amazing shoot under the warm Texan sun and clear blue skies… yep life is pretty good!

Normally I’d be calling this an engagement shoot, however having only first met Natalie and Eli face-to-face about 36 hours before and having the wedding fast approaching, for the purpose of this post we’ll call it a pre-wedding portrait session.  Enough with the rambling!

With the plan to ride off into the West Coast sunset after their wedding at House Plantation, it seemed a perfect opportunity to bring the bike out and increase the tempo of the pre-wedding portrait session. 

As expected I’ve got a fair few favourite images and it only seems right to share those with you. Enjoy!