The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding Reception – Jerod & Kiersten

The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding Reception – Jerod & Kiersten

Looking for a beautiful, Texas barn wedding?  Look no further!  Kiersten & Jerod chose The Venue at Waterstone in Celina, Tx (North of Dallas) to bring their family and friends together for a day of celebration as they said I Do for forever!  With the Texas heat in the summertime, the indoor ceremony and reception was perfect and the transformation during Cocktail Hour/pictures was seamless and beautiful!   Since the bride herself is a wedding coordinator for Altar Ego Weddings, I knew it would be just perfect – and it was! Enjoy a look at part 2 of Jerod & Kiersten’s wedding day below and make sure to leave them some comment love!  You don’t want to miss a photo-bomb by Swany, their gorgeous 28-person wedding party, the Last Dance or sparkler exit!! Having a private Last Dance while you’re guests line up and prep for your exit? Sounds like perfection in my book! btw – there were cookies in here.  I may have grabbed 5 bags left at the end of the night.  SO delicious and thoughtful!  Lesson 1: Do not light an entire handful of sparklers all at once.   Glad he’s okay! Hazzah!!!!   The happy parents ‘end of the wedding’ photo may be my new favorite to make happen! Love it!  Here is Part 1 in case you missed it: The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding – Jerod & Kiersten   VENDORS: Location: The Venue at Waterstone           Coordinator: Altar Ego Weddings (Kiersten/Heidi) Wedding Dress:  BHLDN, Willowby by Watters Rosalind  Bridesmaid Dresses:  Jenny Yoo for BHLDN  Annabelle (Seaglass ) Hair:  Diana...
Should You Hire a Travel Agent For Your Honeymoon? Uptown Events & Travel

Should You Hire a Travel Agent For Your Honeymoon? Uptown Events & Travel

Hello amazing followers! Since there are a lot of you following me who are planning a wedding or know some who is, I’m bringing back my interview series and hope these blog posts provide you with some awesome professional insight into the world of planning a wedding!  Today, I have owner of Uptown Events & Travel, Jessica Upton answering questions about hiring a travel agent for your honeymoon (or anniversary/or for your destination wedding!)  Check out her advice below to some of the most frequently asked questions and make sure to contact her for your honeymoon travel needs! 4 Questions About Using a Travel Advisor for Your Honeymoon Ladies, lets be real- you’ve probably been totally swamped in wedding planning and passed the task of booking your honeymoon onto your beau. You can’t wait until the day you can leave all the overwhelming details behind and hop on a plane to your dream destination. The only thing holding you back is your handsome groom has no idea where to start and doesn’t want to make the wrong decisions. Fear not! Set your man up for success and recommend he use a travel advisor. 1. How does the process work?     To start, I will want to have a thorough conversation about what you both envision for your honeymoon. We will discuss destination ideas, activity preferences, budget, and dates. From this conversation I will begin to put together recommendations for you. 2. What’s the first step? Although every honeymoon has its unique characteristics, generally I recommend booking your flights first. If your dates are flexible, confirming your flights first...
The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding – Jerod & Kiersten

The Venue at Waterstone Dallas Wedding – Jerod & Kiersten

Kiersten & Jerod – you two are wonderful together and I am thankful to have been there for your wedding day to document and celebrate alongside so many of your wonderful family and friends!  Thank you for bringing me to the beautiful barn venue (Venue at Waterstone) in North Dallas – it was the perfect indoor ceremony site for a July wedding day in Texas!! Your joy and love for one another is so evident and I know these photos will be cherished for generations to come.   There were so many beautiful blue, navy and pink details, a fun ‘Father/Daughter” first look and the pre-ceremony prayer time that just took my breath away, not to mention the easiest 28 person wedding party I’ve ever had the honor of working with!! Enjoy a look at so many favorites from the first part of your wedding day….and Kiersten, you are one amazing wedding planner and bride!  You’ve spoiled me with your organization and trust!  (Also, it’s the hugest compliment ever when a fellow wedding vendor chooses you to photograph their wedding day, so thank you!! )  Congratulations! One of my new favorite ‘trends’ on a wedding day is doing a First Look with your dad (and brother!).  This was such a sweet and special moment for them to see Kiersten all dressed up in white ready to get married!  Absolutely in love with these peony and protea filled bouquets made by Baylor Floral!!!  Me to Kiersten:  You have so many gorgeous girlfriends! Kiersten to me:  Yes, but they’re all even more beautiful on the inside. Heart melting for this wonderful...
Driskill Hotel Wedding Reception – Derek & Sarah

Driskill Hotel Wedding Reception – Derek & Sarah

Alright you guys…Part 3 is here!!  Derek & Sarah celebrated their wedding with an epic dance party at the historic Driskill Hotel thanks to the skills of Texas Pro DJ and their amazing wedding coordinator Eclipse Event Co.  From grandma stealing the show on the dance floor, to the bride taking a turn as DJ Love Bug, to a rose petal flower exit into a pedicab at midnight on Sixth Street, these two had so much fun!  Check out the dance moves and fun and make sure to scroll to the end!! Outside on the patio…..freshly rolled cigars for the guests from Bobalu!   Let’s hear it for DJ LOVE BUG!!! (And Texas Pro DJ owner Barrington Miles who did an awesome job!!) When your song comes on…… SHOUT.   When you get pulled onto the dance floor when the Father of the Bride witnesses your sweet moves…. And…what it looks like when you take a selfie with a full-frame camera….love it! Grandma was literally on the dance floor the ENTIRE time having an amazing night….so glad we got a big group photo! When the DJ plays “I’ve had the time of my life” to end the night….. SIMBA!! The proud parents….you guys did it!!  Congratulations!!! CONGRATULATIONS Derek & Sarah!!!! If you missed Part 1, click here to view it:   http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/driskill-wedding-st-john-neumman-wedding-sarah-derek If you missed Part 2, click here:  http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/elegant-gold-pink-driskill-hotel-austin-wedding-sarah-derek —- VENDORS: Ceremony: St. John Neumman Catholic Church          |         Reception: The Driskill Hotel Coordinator: Eclipse Event Co.                  |          Floral Design:...
Elegant Gold & Pink Driskill Hotel Austin Wedding – Sarah & Derek

Elegant Gold & Pink Driskill Hotel Austin Wedding – Sarah & Derek

Happy Monday everyone!! I’m so excited to share part 2 (of 3!!!) from Sarah & Derek’s beautiful wedding day in Austin, Texas!  This University of Texas alumni couple had a perfect wedding day at the historic Driskill Hotel, St. John Neumann Catholic Church and a trolly ride with the wedding party to visit the UT Tower and fountain for photos!!  Take a look at the post-ceremony photos on the UT campus, all the beautiful details at the Driskill and some of my favorites from the reception before the dance floor party started!! Sarah & Derek – I’ll say it one hundred times, but it has been a joy and honor getting to know you, your families and friends and I’m so thankful you chose me to document this special day for you!  You’re amazing team of wedding vendors were wonderful to work with and I hope that generations of Felderhoffs & Canals will look back at your wedding day and smile and that these images can freeze the memories of the day for you!  All my love!   xoxo, Jessica (If you missed Part 1, make sure to scroll back up here when you’re done and click here to view it: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/driskill-wedding-st-john-neumman-wedding-sarah-derek ) Hoo-Rah and thank you to the Marines from this USMC wife! Guests were waiting and enjoying cocktail hour at The Driskill Hotel, a historic and gorgeous luxury hotel in the heart of Austin, Texas! Guests each got to take home a Tiny Pie treat!!  How delicious!  (Sarah & Derek chose a native Texas choice…Pecan Pie!) How awesome is this wine-cork Bride & Groom cake topper! Such a...
Driskill Wedding – St. John Neumman Wedding – Sarah & Derek

Driskill Wedding – St. John Neumman Wedding – Sarah & Derek

Relax, grab a comfy chair and your favorite drink…this blog post is an epic one!  There were so many favorite moments from Sarah & Derek’s beautiful wedding day at St. John Neumann Catholic Church and The Driskill Hotel!  Sarah’s elegant color choices of blush, golds and pinks was perfection along with her BHLDN gown and hand-painted BHLDN veil!  Surrounded by family and friends, these two were calm, excited and truly just enjoyed the day thanks to the wonderful planning and help from Lauren of Eclipse Event Co. and the amazing staff at the historic Driskill! We started our day in the Cattle Baron’s suite and LBJ suite where everyone got ready for the day (including the puppie Emma and Ceasar!!) and while we waited for the rain, it never came!  Thank you Sarah, Derek and your amazing family and friends for being so wonderful to work! It was a beautifully elegant day full of laughter, fun, joy and I know you two will have a wonderful life together!   Enjoy Part 1 of the day with so many of my favorite images and make sure to come back soon for Part 2!   xoxox0, Jessica VENDORS: Ceremony: St. John Neumman Catholic Church          |         Reception: The Driskill Hotel Coordinator: Eclipse Event Co.                  |          Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin Wedding Dress:   BHLDN – Reagan    Sash:  BHLDN Priya Crystal Sash   Veil: BHLDN – Sonnet Bridesmaid Dresses:  Unbridaled – Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid        |     Tuxedos: The...
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