Aria Productions: Blog http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Aria Productions sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:15:00 GMT Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:15:00 GMT http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v31/u804262300-o986422917-50.jpg Aria Productions: Blog http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 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.  

On the Banks of Barton SpringsJaime and Jessica show off their dance moves on the banks of Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.

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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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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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!

 

See more from their wedding here.  

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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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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
Fall Wedding at The Marquardt Ranch: {Tess + Mark} http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/fall-wedding-at-the-marquardt-ranch-tess-mark Crisp autumn winds blew into South Texas just in time for Tess and Mark's wedding at The Marquardt Ranch.  As I arrived, the excitement and preparations were underway.  The bride and her crew enjoyed mimosas and makeup in the comfortable bridal suite as they watched one of my all-time favorite classics: Steel Magnolias!  The boys brought the beer and set up for some lawn games.  It was a great start to a long Thanksgiving week, hanging out with their closest friends and family at their wedding in the Texas Hill Country.  

I was so honored to be selected to shoot their wedding photography after I had the pleasure to shoot Tess for her maternity portraits, and their precious baby's newborn portraits earlier this year.  I am always delighted to watch these families grow through the years.  I loved that instead of a bridal party, the couple included all of their friends and asked them to wear the wedding colors of navy, wine, coral and pink.  These colors were implemented in fresh florals provided by The Marquardt Ranch in the table decor and cake.  

Floral:  Carly's Flower Treasures

Videographer: Gerry Olert Video

Venue: The Marquardt Ranch

Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Eiland

Cake: coming soon!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Marquardt San Antonio Texas autumn boerne weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/fall-wedding-at-the-marquardt-ranch-tess-mark Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:07:59 GMT
Inspiration for your Thanksgiving table http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/inspiration-for-your-thanksgiving-table Are you planning your first Thanksgiving in your new home?  I will be honest, I have never had the responsibility of planning a large family holiday dinner, because my mother is an expert at it, and I believe in letting people shine in roles they were born to play.  But when I do, I will definitely look back on this wedding for some cornucopious inspiration.  

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John and Mary Ellen had their wedding at the beginning of the fall season at Polly's Chapel outside of Bandera, Texas.  It was a small wedding so they had their close friends and family transported by bus to the remote hills of Piper's Creek to this Texas Historical landmark for the ceremony.  Mary Ellen's friend played a beautiful song on her guitar to walk her down the aisle.  The minister told the story of the history of the chapel, and how it related to this couple building their lives together in faith.  

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After the sunset ceremony, the couple hosted their guests at The Little Gretel Restaurant in Boerne, Texas across on the bank of the Cibolo Creek.  This quaint restaurant offered an intimate setting for their wedding dinner.  The couple enjoyed wine and great conversation with friends as this perfect evening came to an end.  Congratulations to Mary Ellen and John Gebhard!

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A romantic walk in the park with Arturo & Angelica http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/a-romantic-walk-in-the-park-with-arturo-angelica

We spent a glorious Sunday afternoon with Arturo a Angelica at The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, photographing their engagement session.  I loved Angelica's classy royal blue dress, and Arturo's casual but classic style.  Angelica is well on her way to planning a fabulous wedding next April and we can't wait to photograph it.  As we made our way through the garden, the couple changed into a more casual jeans look and engaged in a game of chess.  Angelica won, not only the game, but Arturo's heart as well.  Congratulations to the happy couple!   Leave them some love in the comments below!!!

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas autumn engagements photography portraits http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/a-romantic-walk-in-the-park-with-arturo-angelica Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:37:09 GMT
Fall Wedding at Paniolo Ranch with Cy and Alyson http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/fall-wedding-at-paniolo-ranch-with-cy-and-alyson It is so wonderful when you can really feel the personalities of the couple in the style, feel and ambience of their wedding day.  Cy and Alyson chose the Central Texas Bed and Breakfast and wedding venue, Paniolo Ranch as the perfect location for their outdoor ceremony.  The bridal suite alone, which overlooks the rolling hills of the cattle-lined ranch is such a fabulous reason to get married there.  The couple are major foodies and decided to have their favorite Food Truck cater the wedding dinner as well as a salsa bar for their guests to munch as they danced the night away.  I love that the resident cat weaved her way in and out of the rock benches during their ceremony.  As Alyson walked down the aisle she exclaimed how happy she was to have her closest friends and family around her during this special moment.  Congratulations to Cy and Alyson!  Leave them some love below in the comments!!!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Paniolo Ranch San Antonio Tacos Texas autumn photography weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/fall-wedding-at-paniolo-ranch-with-cy-and-alyson Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:31:18 GMT
Engagement Portraits at The Pearl with Nicole, Tim and Moxy!!! http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/engagement-portraits-at-the-pearl-with-nicole-tim-and-moxy Nicole+Tim-1001Nicole+Tim-1001Engagement Session at The Pearl, San Antonio with their chihuahua Moxy! Meet Moxy!  He's a happy pup when someone gives him a chicken biscuit, takes him for a walk around The Pearl, and let's him explore the river turtles while wearing a perfect blue bowtie!  He's super excited his parents Nicole and Tim will be getting married next spring!  Take a look at their engagement session and leave them your well-wishes below!!!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas The Pearl autumn dogs engagements fall photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/engagement-portraits-at-the-pearl-with-nicole-tim-and-moxy Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:33:18 GMT
Video: Ina's Bridal Photoshoot at Southwest School of Art http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/video-inas-bridal-photoshoot-at-southwest-school-of-art My first time meeting Ina Minjarez was at her bridal photoshoot at Southwest School of Art on a warm September afternoon.  I was blown away by her grace, poise and beauty, and I loved her elegantly ruched taffeta wedding gown with bell train.  Southwest School of Art offers an amazing location for a bridal session, with large vaulted ceilings, historic stained glass and magnificent chandeliers.  The addition of a stone open air patio leading up to a Gazebo overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk also adds a perfect outdoor setting for this location.  Watch the video with some of my favorite images from her photoshoot!

 

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Contact me to set up your bridal photoshoot, and search my blog for ideal bridal photoshoot locations.

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Southwest School of Art Texas brides photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/video-inas-bridal-photoshoot-at-southwest-school-of-art Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:18:41 GMT
Engagement Photoshoot at Marquardt Ranch http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/engagement-photoshoot-at-marquardt-ranch For some couples, an engagement photoshoot can be a little nerve-wracking.  When your photographer can find the light, put you there and give you something romantic to do, you have a winning situation!  For Tess and Mark, I set up the scene:  golden sunset, picnic basket, wine, and a little mosquito repellent!  Check out the video of their Marquardt Ranch engagement session:  

 

We loved working with Tess and Mark and cannot wait to shoot their wedding at Marquardt Ranch in the spring!  Congratulations to this beautiful couple!  

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Marquardt San Antonio Texas engagements photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/engagement-photoshoot-at-marquardt-ranch Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:50:32 GMT
Fresh greens, burlap & lace at The Club at Garden Ridge http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/fresh-greens-burlap-lace-at-the-club-at-garden-ridge CreightonWed-1121The happy couple1Cute bride and groom at The Club at Garden Ridge Congratulations to this fun and playful couple!  Jayme and Matt had an outdoor ceremony at The Club at Garden Ridge on a warm day in September.  Jayme carefully chose personal and casual touches of monogrammed decor, pictures from their engagement session, simple white roses and fresh eucalyptus leaves to decorate their simple and casual wedding.  

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After Jayme's emotional first look with her Dad, she had a beautiful first look with her groom Matt on the lawn overlooking the lake at The Club at Garden Ridge.  It was a magical moment on a perfect clear day.  

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The advantage to having a first look prior to your ceremony is you are fresh and photo ready along with your bridal party.  You can schedule this time to have a few daytime portraits made with your bridal party, and then you don't have to miss too much time enjoying your cocktail hour directly after the ceremony.  CreightonWed-1126The Bridal PartyGreen chiffon bridesmaid dresses, grey vested groomsmen attire.

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas The Club at Garden Ridge brides chiffon dresses family green photography weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/fresh-greens-burlap-lace-at-the-club-at-garden-ridge Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:53:02 GMT
A romantic evening wedding at Gardens At Old Town Helotes http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/a-romantic-evening-wedding-at-gardens-at-old-town-helotes I absolutely adored my September bride, Sara as we prepared for her wedding day!  She was so genuinely excited to be getting married to her handsome groom Ray, and I enjoyed capturing that joy from their engagement session to her bridal session, and finally to their beautiful September wedding day at Gardens At Old Town Helotes.  

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We started the day with a first look, a private moment between the bride and groom to see each other for the first time before they walked down the aisle.  

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas brides photography portraits weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/a-romantic-evening-wedding-at-gardens-at-old-town-helotes Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:27:59 GMT
Texas Ranch Wedding with Ann & Daniel http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/texas-ranch-wedding-with-ann-daniel StalcupWed-2350StalcupWed-2350Sunset wedding portraits at Rancho La Mission with bride and groom.

One of my favorite things about weddings is the opportunity to capture a true happily ever after.  Ann and Daniel found each other at an important time in both of their lives.  Dealing with loss of loved ones they helped each other through and supported each other in a way no one else could.  Three months after the birth of their absolutely gorgeous little girl, they tied the knot at Rancho La Mission, and now their family of four is complete.  It was such an honor to capture this ranch style wedding with navy and gold reception decor and organic burlap and lace accents.  Their three tier round wedding cake simply adorned with luscious pink and white roses was too pretty to eat!  In lieu of mariachi's the groom grabbed the mic and belted out a serenade to his adoring bride.  It was a romantic ending to a gorgeous day when we captured a rainbow in their sunset portraits.  Enjoy a few highlights from this South Texas wedding!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas brides burlap chargers family gold lace photography portraits rustic weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/texas-ranch-wedding-with-ann-daniel Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:27:53 GMT
Because she loved me http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/because-she-loved-me One of the first things you do when your loved one passes away, is you find a picture of them that represents what they looked like for those preparing the body for an open-casket wake.  For my grandmother, she was a beautiful woman inside and out, and there were thousands of pictures to choose from.  Her cabinet was well-stocked with albums, files boxes, manila folders, Kodak and Fuji branded folders with thousands and thousands of pictures.  Growing up, she would pull them out and reminisce with us, tell us stories about being a girl visiting cousins in Laredo and Taylor, Texas.  

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My first experiences with wedding photographs were of seeing my grandparent's classic wedding procession, and cake-cutting.  They were such a gorgeous couple standing on a pedestal for their official wedding day portrait, her satin train and lace veil draped perfectly around her.  There are pictures that show the infamous dances that occurred on my great-grandfather's patio, and the antics my dad and his siblings and cousins would get into.  There are wedding day pictures of my Uncle Carlos and Aunt Terry, you can see how childlike they seemed marrying and joining the navy during the Vietnam War.  Somehow she had some of the best shots from my own parent's 1976 wedding, pictures that not even my parent's wedding album contained.  She had a beautiful picture of my mother dressed as a Fiesta Queen, and some of her bridal portraits taken at The McNay Art Museum.  

There are pictures of her as a child, maybe three years old wearing a dress and trying a proper curtsy.  When I see that picture I think of her mother Clemencia, (we called her Nani), and the love that probably burned in her chest as she watched her daughter play.  I especially love seeing the pictures she took as a teenager, messing around and experimenting with a camera with her friends.  There are 1940s sleepover pictures, her expression carefree and dreamlike.  It makes it easy to imagine her as a young woman going through life the same way I have, but now with the wisdom of the things that happened to her and developed her into the woman I would often turn to for advice. 

The pictures show a strong woman, not only physically and mentally but also in faith.  She would start and end each day with prayer, no matter where she was.  When I turned 21, she took me on my first trip to Las Vegas, and I remember waking up to the sounds of her rosary in our Riviera, Las Vegas hotel room!  She prayed every day for each member of our family, and this is how I believe our family has enjoyed so many blessings and grace from Our Father through her intercession.  With her passing, I know that it is now up to me to continue this ongoing prayer for my family.  

When I took a leap of faith, and began my journey with Aria Productions, she wrote me a birthday card and said,

"You hold a special place in God's heart and mine and a special purpose in this world, and that makes you irreplaceable.  My love and prayers are always with you.  I'm so proud of how you have faced your challenges."  

As a professional photographer, I know the gift that I am creating for my clients.  I know that the picture I take of the bride and groom's grandparents may be the last treasured image they have, the picture they will reach for when they lose their special loved one.  It's in the back of my mind always how special and important it is to capture these precious images.

 

When she knew her time on this earth would end soon, she put aside little keepsakes for each of us: jewelry, prayer beads, books, and yes the pictures.  They are the most treasured possessions we have and they remind us to be strong in our faith, be courageous, and live doing what we know right in our heart.  

 

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Pray with your family and your children daily.  You can download a prayer card here.  

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) About Sonia Freeman San Antonio family photography http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/because-she-loved-me Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:17:26 GMT
Kid-friendly wedding at Gardens At Old Town http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/kid-friendly-w SolisWed-1001SolisWed-1001 What I love about this couple is how they draw out the absolute best in one another.  Jessica is a calm, quiet spirit who lights up as soon as she sees her groom, Jaime.  Jaime is full of life and has a rambunctious nature, which can only be tamed by Jessica.  I enjoyed getting to know them during their engagement session, but I feel I really got to know them from their amazing families at their wedding.  Jessica's family spent a good part of the morning decorating their reception at Gardens At Old Town Helotes, where the bride got ready.  As the last couple to get married in their circle of friends, they were intent on making their reception as kid-friendly as possible, including getting a batman-themed bouncy house, bubble machine and beach balls to play on the lawn, and hiring babysitters for the parent's peace of mind.  Before the celebration they got married at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.  

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Suzy from Mistique Makeup, got the girls ready in a flash!  She specializes in airbrush makeup to help it last all night.  

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What to do with your engagement photos?  Let your guests admire them as they sign your Engagement Guest Book.  Then you can read their well wishes when reminiscing through your engagement photos as well!

 

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The luckiest children in San Antonio were invited to this wedding!  Lawn games, bubbles, glow sticks, a bouncy house and cake!  

 

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The groom surprised his grandmother with an honorary dance.  I'm sure she was delighted!  She danced all night!

 

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I especially love that this baby-wearing couple were the first ones on the dance floor.

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One Sound DJ Productions kept the party going all night!  

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Congratulations to Jaime and Jessica Solis!  Leave them some well wishes below!

 

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas family photography portraits weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/kid-friendly-w Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:51:25 GMT
San Antonio Quinceanera at Our Lady of Grace and Doubletree http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/san-antonio-quinceanera-at-our-lady-of-grace-and-doubletree Catherine-2069Catherine-2069

We photographed a quinceañera fit for a princess this July for Miss Catherine Davalos of San Antonio, Texas.  The daughter of Joe and Suzanne Davalos was the picture of poise as she accepted her responsibility as a young lady during her mass at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.  Her reception was a dream with pink roses, and crystals adorning the large ballroom at the elegant Doubletree Hotel.  Friends and family from all over Texas celebrated and danced as DJ Men-Yo kept the party going.  It was a night I'm sure Catherine won't forget, all made possible by her wonderful parents and family.  See some of her portrait session at The McNay Art Museum and her quinceañera below.  Leave her a comment!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) 16 San Antonio Texas photography portraits quinceañera sweet http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/san-antonio-quinceanera-at-our-lady-of-grace-and-doubletree Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:32:46 GMT
Summer Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/summer-wedding-at-gardens-at-old-town-helotes Salas-1797Salas-1797 It has been such a pleasure to work with these two as they planned their summer wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes.  Laura had a vision of a bright, shabby chic garden wedding with sunflowers, peach and baby blue blooms.  The scene was set, and the day was perfect on a July afternoon.  I loved all the rustic, personal details with copper and burlap lined mason jars, distressed treasure boxes, boots and string lights.  Laura kept her dad close to her heart as she carried a small musical frame of his picture in her bouquet.  He had a seat next to Mrs. Dougan with his picture and some of his personal items.  Watch the video below to see some of their gorgeous wedding made possible by:

Venue: Gardens At Old Town Helotes

Officiant: Texas Wedding Ministers

Floral:  Pretty Petals Floral Design

Cakes:  Cakes and More

Catering: Blanco BBQ (was delicious!)

DJ: DJ Stout 4 Star Entertainment

Hair and Makeup: Madame Makeup and Hair

Dress: Bridal Galleria of Texas

Coordinator: Out of the Ordinary Event

Photographer:  Aria Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See Laura and Geraldo's Engagement Session here.

Also, check out Laura's unique bridal session here.  

For more information about Aria Productions photography, contact me!

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) San Antonio Texas brides photography portraits summer weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/summer-wedding-at-gardens-at-old-town-helotes Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:06:17 GMT