Aria Productions: Blog http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Aria Productions sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:42:00 GMT Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:42:00 GMT http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u864764452-o986422917-50.jpg Aria Productions: Blog http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 San Antonio Newborn Home Photoshoot http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/san-antonio-newborn-home-photoshoot There's nothing more amazing than experiencing the first few weeks of your baby's life at home.  You want to remember every moment, record every little sound they make, capture every eyelash.  They change so much just in those first few weeks of life, and it's important to not only document that, but print it out and archive those memories to remember for a lifetime.  The Mayes family welcomed their first baby girl into their beautiful downtown San Antonio home, and I was invited to take some photos of this magical time.  Baby M is so lucky to have a sylish and glamorous mommy to decorate her chic downtown San Antonio nursery with jewels, giraffes and all things french-girl fun!  Enjoy!

 

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Autumn Wedding at Mission Espada http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/autumn-wedding-at-mission-espada It was an intimate wedding at Mission Espada on October 4th for Vanessa and Chris Trundle.  This was the perfect spot for this adventurous couple who take interest in traveling historic and natural landmarks such as the San Antonio Missions.  Vanessa chose warm fall colors in her floral decor to enhance the small historic chapel for their wedding ceremony.  She was walked down the aisle by her sweet grandfather.  After the ceremony we captured their favorite people and then made our way around the historic landmark for their wedding day portraits.  Enjoy these little gems.  

Floral Decor, bouquet and wearables by HEB Blooms.

Bride's hair and makeup by Madame Makeup.  

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) brides mission espada mission san francisco de la espada photography portraits san antonio san antonio missions texas weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/autumn-wedding-at-mission-espada Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:03:52 GMT
Mission Concepción Bridal Portrait with Courtni http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/mission-concepci-n-bridal-portrait-with-courtni As the wedding date draws near, all the plans have been made, the dress selected, the details arranged, we get to turn our attention to the bride and capturing her with a classic bridal portrait.  Many times, the wedding day is filled with events and to-do's that it can be difficult to take the time to conduct a proper portrait session that really captures the essence of who this beautiful woman is in this important time.  We shot Courtni's bridal portrait just a few months before her big day in August, and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to photograph her gorgeous wedding day look at Mission Concepción in San Antonio, Texas.  Courtni is a beautiful person inside and out, and it was truly captured here in her bridal portraits.  

In order to ensure you have enough time to get bridal portraits made, be sure to have your dress ordered and final fittings complete at least two months before the wedding date.  We typically shoot the bridal portrait one month prior to the wedding date, giving you enough time to then view your portraits and make selections for prints.  

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We also encourage you to bring supportive people with you to your bridal portrait session.  Courtni brought her amazing mother Cheri, and her attentive cousin to help her as we made our way around the grounds at the missions.  Not only were they able to help with keeping her dress clean and attach her two veils, but they also had such great supportive energy during a time that can feel very vulnerable.  

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Keep in mind that when choosing photo locations, some may require an appointment and a location fee.  The missions is a National Historic Park managed by the National Park Service, and there is a permit required for photographing or filming there.  Sometimes a little lead time is required to get all the paperwork in place and be allowed to shoot there.  If you would like us to arrange a photoshoot for your at the San Antonio Missions, please let us know!  

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Don't forget to arrange for a bridal bouquet for use during your bridal portrait session!  A smaller version of your wedding bouquet will work!  

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Expecting Baby #2 - Mother Daughter Maternity Shoot http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/expecting-baby-2---mother-daughter-maternity-shoot Sometimes when I'm shooting, it's like all the stars are aligned, everything comes perfectly together and I know this is what I'm meant to be doing.  I've had that feeling very often lately, and I feel so blessed to be capturing some of the most beautiful moments for Texan families.  This is the second pregnancy portrait I have had the pleasure to produce for Lisette.  I love so much that she brought her baby Liana for some beautiful mother daughter portraits as well.  When working with a toddler, it's important to be patient, and have a plan to entertain her while she won't be in every photo.  Lisette brought her sister-in-law, and we shot at a local city park that had a playground.  We took Liana's photos first, and then let her run loose on the jungle gym while my assistant and I focused on this gorgeous mama.  Since it was a scorching summer day in July, we waited until after 7 PM and captured some amazing light glowing over Lisette's growing belly.  

 

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San Antonio Wedding Film at Briscoe Western Art Museum with Yvonne and Zach http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/san-antonio-wedding-film-at-briscoe-western-art-museum-with-yvonne-and-zach

Groom Zachary Motz swept his bride, Yvonne off her feet on their first date by reading the most romantic poem to her.  He read the same poem on their wedding day as he declared his promise to love her forever.  Congratulations to this San Antonio bride and groom as they married at the Briscoe Western Art Museum this spring.  

 

Music licensed by The Music Bed.  
"Vona" by Moncrief
"From This Day On" by Tim Halperin

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Vintage Style at Oak Valley Vineyard Wedding http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/vintage-style-at-oak-valley-vineyard-wedding Oak Valley Vineyard overlooks the rolling Texas Hill Country and was the perfect setting for a vintage themed vineyard wedding for the stylish Nicole Vance and Tim Blount.  The two planned a prohibition era styled wedding with their close family and friends and then dined at this amazing restaurant.  They incorporated a wine ceremony into their wedding to symbolize the two coming together to share one life and one love.  Each of their mothers poured a glass of red wine, and the two took their first sip of wine together as husband and wife.  After their beautiful ceremony we took a few portraits in the vineyard and then allowed them to enjoy their guests.  Nicole and Tim made their getaway in a vintage white car by San Antonio Limo.  

 

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Texas Ranch Wedding with Arturo + Angelica http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/texas-ranch-wedding-with-arturo-angelica This was definitely one of the most memorable weddings out in Atascosa, Texas. Arturo and Angelica took their vows and the sacrament of marriage at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church and then celebrated with a high energy band and DJ. Congratulations to the beautiful couple. Check out their Cinematic Wedding Trailer and beautiful wedding reception on the family ranch below.  

 

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Church:  Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Atascosa, Texas

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Coordinator:  Mayela Reyes and Ramon Reyes

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Dominion Country Club Wedding with Danelle + Arturo http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/dominion-country-club-wedding-with-danelle-arturo On an unusually cool Spring day in San Antonio, we captured the wedding of Danelle and Arturo Mora at The Dominion Country Club. Danelle made a beautiful bride in her crystal and lace off-the-shoulder wedding gown. Her groom met her in the courtyard overlooking the number 18 green as they took their holy vows and committed to a lifetime of loving each other. The wedding party was serenaded by Mariachi Azteca and enjoyed a night of entertainment by the always wonderful Lumen Events. Cheers to the beautiful couple!

Decor and Floral by Events by Reese

Mariachi Azteca

AV, DJ and Lighting by Lumen Events

Videography by Limelight

Hair and Makeup by Gabe

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Dominion Country Club San Antonio Texas photography red roses spring weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/dominion-country-club-wedding-with-danelle-arturo Wed, 03 May 2017 17:59:03 GMT
La Orilla Del Rio Wedding with Katia + Forrest http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/la-orillo-del-rio-wedding-with-katia-forrest We had an amazing evening with Katia and Forrest on April 8, 2017 at La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom. Before making their way to their ceremony, we set up a first look.  This was a chance for Katia and Forrest to see each other for the first time on their wedding day and have a moment to take in the beauty of this day.  The couple was staying at The Westin Riverwalk, so we set up the scene outside on the San Antonio Riverwalk, placed them in the most beautiful light and captured as the scene unfolded.  This also gave us an opportunity to take some gorgeous wedding day photos at the right time of day for light, and freed the couple of to enjoy their guests directly after the ceremony.  So, if you are concerned about your wedding day timeline, consider a First Look.

After pictures were complete, we captured them as they made their walk to La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom.  They got married on the terrace of the ballroom overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk. Their very personal vows conjured tears and laughter, and their friends kept them laughing and dancing all night long.  Before the night was over, we stole the couple away for an evening portrait.  They rode away in a Bluebonnet carriage after a sparkling sendoff from their amazing family and friends.  Thank you so much to Hamilton Wedding Finishing for ensuring a beautiful night to remember!  Delicious catering by Heavenly Gourmet.  

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) La Orilla San Antonio Texas Westin Riverwalk Wedding photography spring weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/la-orillo-del-rio-wedding-with-katia-forrest Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:16:53 GMT
A San Antonio Wedding at City Hall http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/a-san-antonio-wedding-at-city-hall I should have named this blog, "How to Plan a San Antonio Wedding in less than 2 months", but I thought that was a little too long.  However, that's exactly what Laura Elizabeth and TJ decided to do.  It sounded simple enough, but when she called me she was right in the thick of it, and that panic was starting to creep in.  Boy did she pull it off, and it was beautiful!  Such a bright and colorful day for this vibrant couple.  Judge Nelson Wolff officiated on the steps of City Hall at Military Plaza.  This was the scene where these two met and began working together, so only fitting that they would choose this monumental center of San Antonio to take their vows.  Their close friends and family gathered around and waited for the bride to come down the steps.  She was overjoyed with emotion and with the help of her father made her way to her handsome groom.  It was such a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony.  We then took a few portraits before the bride and groom joined their guests at Casa de Powell, otherwise known as TJ's sister's house.  The backyard celebration was full of love, laughter, and cocktails, the perfect ending to a joyful day.  Congratulations and many blessings to TJ and Laura Elizabeth!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas city hall elopement photography weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/a-san-antonio-wedding-at-city-hall Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:52:56 GMT
Hilton Palacio Del Rio Wedding http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/hilton-palacio-del-rio-wedding This was a wedding to remember for the sweetest couple Kathy and D.C. We met them at this year's Bridal Extravaganza and they have been such a joy to work with. They had their hearts set on marrying on the rooftop Garden Terrace at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, but alas the misty weather Saturday morning would just not allow for it. Barbara and her amazing team at the Hilton sprang into action to create an elegant and romantic ballroom ceremony site. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with faith, love and heartfelt words. Their wedding reception overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk was a fun celebration of love and dancing with music and party atmosphere provided by Lumen Events. Kathy found her cherished vintage ruffle  wedding dress at the Salvation Army and Image Ave Clothiers worked on it to get it ready for her big day.  They also made sure D.C. and his groomsmen looked sharp. Wedding cake by Lucy's Cakes. Photography by Aria Productions.

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Del Hilton Palacio Rio San Antonio Texas brides weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/hilton-palacio-del-rio-wedding Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:20:02 GMT
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Pedernales Cellars is a special place for A.J. and McKenzie, as they have made so many memories spending time there with people they hold dear. We enjoyed shooting their engagement portraits as they opened a bottle of the Signature Tempranillo and took in the view of the rolling Texas Hill Country on a temperamental spring day.  I've known A.J. his whole life and have always thought of him as a little brother.  His charm and kind nature are a perfect fit for the sweet beauty that is McKenzie.  They met working in the travel industry and they enjoy traveling to tropical destinations and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs!  

I can't wait to see these two get married early next year.  Enjoy this sweet vineyard engagement photoshoot!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Fredericksburg Pedernales San Antonio Texas engagements photography spring vineyard http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/texas-vineyard-engagement-with-a-j-and-mckenzie Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:30:22 GMT
Engagement at The Hotel Emma: Katia + Forrest http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/engagement-at-the-hotel-emma-katia-forrest We shot Katia and Forrest on a cloudy day at The Pearl in San Antonio and really focused on creating the feeling of an actual date with this young couple out on the town. Katia and Forrest met at work, and soon found themselves wanting to spend extra hours together.  Their first date, Forrest admits he didn't make too much of an effort.  They went to see a war movie at The Palladium, which is not the most romantic way to get to know each other better.  Katia also gave Forrest a hard time for showing up in flip-flops!  These two were destined to learn each other's love language.  By the time Forrest was ready to propose, he knew the perfect setting and date to make his move.  He made reservations at Piatti's and set the scene under an iron gazebo at Eîlan.  You can see that spark between this beautiful young couple as they enjoy the culinary scene at Supper and then have a cocktail at The Hotel Emma. Those romantic first dates are what keeps a marriage blooming.  May they have a lifetime of romantic dates after their wedding day in April!

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Hotel Emma San Antonio Sternwirth The Pearl engagements photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/engagement-at-the-hotel-emma-katia-forrest Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:16:24 GMT
Engagement Session at The Pearl San Antonio {JP + Erica} http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/engagement-session-at-the-pearl-san-antonio-jp-erica If it weren't for the help of a matchmaker couple, Erica and J.P. may never have found each other and fallen head over heels in love.  They are so sweet together, that you have to feel grateful for the little miracles that have led to such a perfect union.  I had the pleasure of photographing this cute couple, and capturing that look she only gives him, that smile she draws from him.  

They chose The Pearl to shoot their engagement session.  The urban, industrial architecture balanced with a rustic Texan atmosphere perfectly represents their lifestyle.  When not working hard on their careers, J.P. and Erica enjoy exploring San Antonio and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, visiting vineyards and checking out the local culinary scene.  

They plan to marry in Boerne, Texas next fall, and I can't wait to capture their beautiful wedding!  Congratulations to J.P. and Erica!

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Spring Texas The Pearl e engagements photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/engagement-session-at-the-pearl-san-antonio-jp-erica Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:45:00 GMT
How to choose your Engagement Photo Location http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/how-to-choose-your-engagement-photo-location Love under the red umbrellaAn early spring engagement session at the Johnson Street Bridge near Southtown, San Antonio, Texas.

February, the month of love!  We have several engagement sessions scheduled for this month, and many of our couples have decided on their perfect spot in San Antonio to be photographed.  There are a few factors to consider when planning the location and date for your engagement session.  Here are a few tips to help you decide on the perfect location for your engagement session.  

Proximity to the wedding date:  

It is ideal to shoot your engagement at least 6 months prior to the wedding date.  Many couples will use these pictures to announce their engagement, send out Save The Date cards and magnets to guests traveling from out of town, enhance their wedding website, post to their social media.  

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Consider seasonal weather which may affect your wardrobe and the scene you are trying to capture.  Would you like a cozy winter session with sweaters and coats and hats?  Would you prefer a spring session with cute flowery dresses and trees in bloom?  Does it not matter because you prefer to be photographed indoors at your favorite date night spot?

Winter engagement portrait at The Historic PearlCool hues and wintery wardrobe in this engagement session at The Pearl in San Antonio.

Fall Engagement Portrait at Lost Maples National Park. Rich oranges, reds and amber hues come through the autumn leaves in this fall engagement portrait.

 

Your Couple Personality:  

If you were to go on a date or spend the day together, what would you be doing?  Do you like to spend time in the outdoors?  Do you prefer to enjoy a cocktail and see a show downtown?  Would you just be home watching Netflix and cuddling?  Think about putting yourself in your scene, so your true selves will be revealed in the photography.  

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Your engagement session will definitely set the tone for your wedding, as your guests and family will see your personalities come through in the portraits.  My goal is to really capture your personality, how you interact with one another, that special smile he only gives to you, that spark in your eyes when he's around you.  So together think of 3 words you want to describe yourselves and your wedding.  This will help me in deciding how I want to shoot you as well.  

That thing you doDavid and Aimee sharing a laugh at their engagement session in Southtown, San Antonio, Texas. I hope these tips have helped you to find your happy place, the perfect location for your engagement session.  No matter what location, it's about being comfortable enough to be your true selves, showing your joy for your future together, and having the most perfect images to remember this special time in your lives.  

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An engagement session is included in every wedding package we offer.  Also, ask about our destination engagement sessions, because we love to travel!  To schedule your engagement session with Aria Productions:

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Aria Lost Maples Productions San Antonio San Antonio Botanical Gardens Southtown Texas The Pearl engagements photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/how-to-choose-your-engagement-photo-location Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:07:10 GMT
All the pretty details: Bridal Extravaganza http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/all-the-pretty-details-bridal-extravaganza We were so overwhelmed this year at the Bridal Extravaganza!  There were amazing details and pretty things to take in, but we were also so busy talking to newly engaged brides.  So, I sent my photo assistant Brittany out to capture some images of the scene.  Here's what caught her eye!

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Also, we are extending our Bridal Extravaganza Special until February 1st!  Be sure to set up your consultation with us to take advantage of the best prices this year!  Set up your consultation today!

 

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Bridal Extravaganza San Antonio events photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/all-the-pretty-details-bridal-extravaganza Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:25:09 GMT
New Year's Eve Wedding at Southwest School of Art http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/new-years-eve-wedding-at-southwest-school-of-art Stockton-1346Stockton-1346

Drew and Nancy met in middle school and were always by each other's side as they grew into the strong young adults they have become.  Drew proposed to Nancy on New Year's Eve in 2015, so it was only fitting that they would plan an elegant New Year's Eve Celebration to bring their family and friends together for their wedding at Southwest School of Art.  Sparkly gold, berry and pink hues were used in the bride's bouquet, and reception decor.  The bridesmaids all looked so beautiful and ready to bring in the New Year in their metallic gold gowns.  This was a spectacular party and beginning of a new marriage, new beginning and new year.  Congratulations to The Stocktons!

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) New Year's Eve Wedding San Antonio Texas photography weddings winter http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/new-years-eve-wedding-at-southwest-school-of-art Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:01:30 GMT
Southwest School of Art Wedding to DIE for! {Bianca + Marcos} http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/southwest-school-of-art-wedding-to-die-for-bianca-marcos Gonzalez2016-1694Gonzalez2016-1694

Bianca and Marcos had an amazing wedding at Southwest School of Art with a #DiaDeLosGonzales theme. Red roses, halloween treats, pumpkins, and twisted branches set the scene for the haunted nuptials. Rene Esparza of Texas Wedding Ministers offered their beautiful love story during the ceremony. Anne Marie's Catering put together a decadent dinner scene with amazing food and drink and Lumen Events ensured the party stayed fresh all night long. Congratulations to Bianca and Marcos! It was our pleasure to capture this amazing night for you.  Hear their love story and see their romantic wedding day in the wedding film captured by Aria Productions!

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Southwest School of Art Texas films video weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/southwest-school-of-art-wedding-to-die-for-bianca-marcos Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:52:10 GMT
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I was just thinking to myself the other day, I have a lot of greens in my work.  If I walk into a store and see a random product in green, my tendency is to buy it because it is GREEN.  I'm also very particular about how I choose to edit my greens in my work.  I've noticed that many publications use wedding photos with very muted greens, more mint or sage than how I really see them.  I love bold greens to punch through.  Green means life, love, happiness to me.  This color truely makes my heart sing!  So I'm excited to hear the color Greenery has been selected as the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year!!!

Do you know what this means?  It means I will be in heaven when I get to shoot green wedding details, and choose emerald maternity gowns, and shoot emerald engagement rings and wrap my newborns in greenery inspired mohair knits!  2017 is going to be a beautiful year!

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San Antonio Wedding {Ellen+Johan} Witte Museum http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/san-antonio-wedding-ellen-johan-witte-museum EspitiaWed-1866EspitiaWed-1866

Working with Ellen and Johan the passed year has been such a dream.  They are such an extraordinary couple, always open to new things, food, travel and building their lives together in Houston, Texas.  I enjoyed photographing their engagement session, and I knew this would be a beautiful wedding.  Ellen and her bridesmaids got ready at The Menger Hotel.  It was a relaxed morning made all the better by the mother of the bride, Martha who had planned everything so perfectly including making sure there was plenty of delicious food to snack on and keep the energy up.  

The couple were married by their home parish priests at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.  After their beautiful catholic ceremony they joined their guests at The Witte Museum for a delicious dinner and a fun night of entertainment by Lumen Events.  It was a perfect evening before Ellen and Johan escaped for their Italian honeymoon.  See a few highlights from their wedding below and leave them some love in the comments.  

Photography: Aria Productions

Hair & Makeup: Mistique Makeup

Hotel: Menger Hotel

Church: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Reception: Witte Museum

Catering:  Got It Covered

DJ, MC, Reception lighting, rentals: Lumen Events

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Our Lady of Grace Church San Antonio Texas Witte Museum autumn brides photography weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/san-antonio-wedding-ellen-johan-witte-museum Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:26:04 GMT