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!

Natalie and Eli’s Henna Party

On my second evening in Texas, I had my first opportunity to photograph a Yemenite Henna Ceremony for Natalie and Eli and what a brilliant experience it was.

Hosted at a private residence in Houston days before their wedding, Natalie and Eli’s friends and family ensured a passionate and energetic start to the weekend’s wedding celebrations.

Warm embraces and roaring laughter between distant travelled loved ones helped create the perfect atmosphere for Natalie’s procession led by the female members of both Natalie and Eli’s families.

Vigorous dancing pursued the procession before the Henna artist settled down under the unwavering gazes of Natalie and Eli’s guests as they admired the intricate and beautiful patterns she designed along Natalie’s arm and hand.

Cue the belly dancer and the tempo was raised once again with plenty of enthusiastic and mind boggling dancing making me ponder of the possibility that Israeli dancers have the ability to detach their hip joints to achieve unimaginable feats of flexibility. 

Appreciation of this was shown by all present including George Washington and his President friends whose green faces lined the edges of the belly dancer’s costume. 

Great food and drink helped sustain the dancing until late into the evening, until the time came for everybody to recuperate for the celebrations that would continue over the weekend.

Here’s a selection of a few of my favourite moments from Natalie and Eli’s Henna Party.