Great Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Great Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

As a wedding photographer, I love arriving to the bridal suite the day of the wedding and seeing an abundance of cute things to photograph! One of those things lately has been matching bridesmaid robes! I thought just recently – where do these girls get these and also, what a thoughtful, sweet gift idea! I recently partnered with Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique to review one of their awesome bridesmaid gifts, the Sugar Set and needless to say I’m smitten!  The process to order the set was really easy and customizable including choosing monogram letter and color. Naturally, I chose all the sparkle options and was surprised by how many options are available so the items match your wedding color scheme.  Check it out or send this link to a girlfriend getting married to see all their great options!...
Camp Lucy Wedding – Dan & Ashley

Camp Lucy Wedding – Dan & Ashley

This Camp Lucy wedding was an extra special one for me as it was my dear friend Ashley O’Bryan’s wedding day as she said “I Do” to Dan on the front lawn at Ian’s Chapel!  We met a few years ago working a wedding at Ian’s Chapel since she’s also an incredible wedding coordinator and owner of Much Ado Austin!  We instantly hit it off and have been dear friends ever since and I was just so overjoyed to be able to capture the day for her and celebrate!   Being a wedding vendor and knowing Camp Lucy so well, Ashley chose a more intimate wedding for family and friends and had an outdoor/under the Pavllion reception and it was just perfect – one LOOOOONG family table, beautifully decorated by Whim Hospitality!    Ash & Dan – We love you and I am so grateful to have been a part of your special day!! This First Look at Camp Lucy’s Ian’s chapel area was everything! I was so excited to try out a different location for their first look moment and was soooo happy!  And because we wanted to be a bit silly and let Dan have his ‘star wars’ moment, I brought my son’s masks and Kim brought light sabers and we had a fun moment:  Ashley’s a wedding coordinator and owns Much Ado Austin and has probably run way too many weddings to count at Ian’s Chapel, so she opted for a ceremony location idea that was fresh and fun! I loved that it was timed perfectly for the sun as it was setting behind the big...
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...
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...