Aria Productions: Blog http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Aria Productions sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Tue, 16 May 2017 17:56:00 GMT Tue, 16 May 2017 17:56:00 GMT http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v31/u804262300-o986422917-50.jpg Aria Productions: Blog http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 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

Insomnio DJ

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Coordinator:  Mayela Reyes and Ramon Reyes

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) La Banda Orgullosa Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church Pink florals Texas Texas Ranch Wedding photography portraits spring weddings http://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/texas-ranch-wedding-with-arturo-angelica Tue, 16 May 2017 17:55:38 GMT
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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Words to love by:  

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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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
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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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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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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

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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.  

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Videographer: Gerry Olert Video

Venue: The Marquardt Ranch

Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Eiland

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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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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