Aria Productions: Blog https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Aria Productions sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:29:00 GMT Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:29:00 GMT https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u864764452-o986422917-50.jpg Aria Productions: Blog https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 St. Rose of Lima Wedding with Javier and Veronica https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/st-rose-of-lima-wedding-with-javier-and-veronica I was so excited to capture the wedding of Javier and Veronica this year.  The anticipation of this wedding has been building over several years, but all good things happen at the right time. This couple first met in high school, and their love has endured as they made their way through college and have begun their careers.  I first met Veronica when I shot her sister's engagement session back in 2014.  I got to meet Javier at the wedding of Melissa and Zeke, and I was so honored the family was willing to have me back to capture Veronica's engagement and wedding as well! 

On this perfect summer day of June 23, 2018 Javier and Veronica celebrated the sacrament of marriage with their family and friends by their side.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.  

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Church:  St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Portraits: Confluence Park

Reception: St. Lawrence Hall

DJ & Photobooth:  JAB Productions

Cake:  Meemo's Bakery

Catering:  Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) brides photography San Antonio St. Lawrence Hall St. Rose of Lima Texas weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/st-rose-of-lima-wedding-with-javier-and-veronica Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:24:25 GMT
San Antonio Wedding at The Dominion Country Club https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/san-antonio-wedding-at-the-dominion-country-club What I loved most about Matthew and Raven's Dominion Country Club Wedding was how involved and helpful their house party was.  The couple met in high school orchestra class, and over the years, they have collected so many friends who have shared experiences with them and supported them in their relationship.  Friends from Reagan High School, dance friends, football friends, firefighter friends, college friends and roommates from both UT and A&M.  They found a way to include them all in their ceremony, and in turn, their friends spoke lovingly about how inevitable it was that this day would come when Raven and Matt would become husband and wife.  They were patient, working toward their separate dreams, always supportive of one another so that on this perfect day all the pieces would be in place.  

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) brides Dominion Country Club photography San Antonio Texas weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/san-antonio-wedding-at-the-dominion-country-club Wed, 27 Jun 2018 22:46:55 GMT
Top 5 Father Moments captured by Aria Productions https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/top-5-father-moments-captured-by-aria-productions With Father's Day weekend around the corner, I'm reflecting back on some of my favorite Father moments captured in the past year.  I am lucky to have a close relationship with my own father, and when I see a precious moment unfolding on a wedding day or a portrait shoot, it really tugs at my own heartstrings and makes me grateful for what I have.  There is nothing like the look on your Dad's face when he sees you as a bride, or those early moments in life when a father holds his tiny newborn.  Here are some of my favorite moments captured just over the past year.  If you were one of my clients, what was your favorite moment captured by us of your dad?

5.)  Hay's Hollow Father Daughter Dance - Helena's dad had several tough moments on this beautiful wedding day at Hay's Hollow.  The first look brought tears and beautiful heartfelt prayers.  When he walked her down the aisle he held onto her so tight, (see that moment here),  but this father daughter dance was especially heartfelt, not a dry eye at the reception.   Father daughter danceDon't let goHelena's dad had several tough moments on this beautiful wedding day at Hay's Hollow.

4.)  He loved her first.  I have followed this beautiful family since they were to kids getting married.  It's been so awesome to see Zeke evolve from a young man about to marry his beautiful Melissa, to a loving protective father of his gorgeous baby girl!  This was just a candid moment caught during our spring mini sessions at Roszell Gardens this year!  

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3.)  Waiting for baby.  Matthew will be a new dad any day now, but you can see that his fatherly instincts were already kicking in as he loved on his beautiful wife Samantha and helped her along during their maternity portrait shoot.  His world is about to change, and he will be amazing!  

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2.)  Father daughter first look.  There were several emotions captured here between Kerriann and her dad as he saw her for the first time as a bride.  They cried and shared a laugh just moments before he walked her down the aisle.  She wrote him a beautiful letter and had a handkerchief waiting, as he sure did need it.  

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1.) Father of the Bride Toast - Sometimes my favorite moments to shoot of the wedding day are the toasts. The people who love you the most will get up and say the most beautiful things about you. It''s the time of the wedding day when I learn so much about how special this bride and groom are. Listen to this glowing dad talk about his daughter and her new husband married at The Oaks at Heavenly.

 

 

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Four Seasons Austin Wedding with Myrla & Jeremy https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/four-seasons-austin-wedding-with-myrla-jeremy I think it's safe to say that Myrla and Jeremy had an absolute blast at their Austin, Texas Wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. They celebrated the sacrament of marriage at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church and then made their way to the hotel overlooking the Colorado River. Their wedding film and a few beautiful pictures from the day below.   Awesomely pulled together by Rachel Rucker at R&R Events,  Floral by Mount Laurel Florist Transportation by Aria Limousine Photobooth by Old Fashioned Photobooth DJ - Ali Santiano.

 

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/four-seasons-austin-wedding-with-myrla-jeremy Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:59:51 GMT
San Antonio Riverwalk Engagement with Josie + Ken https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/san-antonio-riverwalk-engagement-with-josie-ken coupleJosie and Ken's engagement At the Pearl in San Antonio, Texas.

It all started at a trade show where both Ken and Josie were working and offering their services.  She noticed Ken, and could not help but pay attention to his smile.  He noticed her over the several days they worked in close proximity.  She decided to walk over and inquire about life insurance, and that first step would lead to a life long love.  

As many couples do, they spent a lot of time in their early relationship enjoying the revitalized museum reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk scene.  Our beautiful city of San Antonio offers so much to a couple getting to know one another.  Soon their relationship blossomed and they decided to take the next step of marriage.  We cannot wait to tell that love story in May of 2019.  

 

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Museum Reach portraitsSan Antonio Museum ReachThe riverwalk extends from downtown San Antonio through the Museum Reach and up to The Pearl. We enjoy these beautified spaces for riverwalk engagement portraits. Hotel EmmaStealing a kissKen has a real romantic side. Loving the sunlight through the trees overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk behind the Hotel Emma.

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) engagements museum reach photography san antonio san antonio lifestyle texas the luxury the pearl weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/san-antonio-riverwalk-engagement-with-josie-ken Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:34:46 GMT
Enchanting Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/enchanting-wedding-at-gardens-at-old-town-helotes The Gardens at Old Town Helotes set the perfect scene for a Beauty and The Beast inspired wedding for Katie and Carlos.  Subtle French storybook accents were featured throughout the gardens for the Disney-loving couple.  The bride got ready at the onsite bridal cabin and greeted her adorable little boy before being surprised with a horse-drawn carriage by her dad.  They enjoyed a father-daughter moment, taking a ride around Old Town Helotes before he walked her down the aisle in their romantic garden ceremony.  

Katie and Carlos exchanged very personal vows, and I love that they ended their ceremony with the Star Wars Finale music.  The couple danced under the twinkle lights on a pleasant Spring evening, enjoying their guests and the wonderful food by Spice of Life.  Their cake toppers were life-like replicas of the bride and groom, a perfect keepsake from their perfect day.  The groom's Iron Maiden Themed cake was a delicious bacon, bourbon chocolate.  Loved the banana's foster bar by Spice of Life.  

Congratulations to Katie and Carlos Lopez!  

Venue:  Gardens at Old Town Helotes

Caterer: Spice of Life

Cakes:  Little Muse Catering and Cakes

Horse and Carriage:  Yellow Rose

Floral: HEB Blooms

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Catering by Spice of Life. dance floorGrand EntranceBeauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. cakePersonal Wedding CakeLife-like bride and groom cake toppers for Katie and Carlos's wedding cake by Little Muse Cakes. groom cakeGroom cakeBacon, bourbon chocoloate cake by Little Muse. best manA toastA lighthearted toast by the best man at Katie and Carlos' wedding. PL031518-1Katie and CarlosBeauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. toastEmotional toastThe bride's sister April offered an emotional toast at Gardens At Old Town Helotes. danceFirst DanceBeauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. danceKatie and CarlosBeauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. PL031518-1Katie and CarlosBeauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. embraceFather of the brideFather-daughter dance at a Beauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. laughMother Son momentCarlos and his mother share a laugh during their dance at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. wedding cakeCut the cakeWedding Cake at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. cakeThat's so good!The bride enjoys a slice of the groom's Bacon, bourbon chocolate cake. danceLet's dance!Best friend and officiant was the first on the dance floor! danceOutdoor danceEnjoying a pleasant Texas evening at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. danceKid-friendly weddingOurdoor dance floor at Gardens at Old Town Helotes, under the twinkling lights. groomLast DanceThe groom holds his bride close for one last dance at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. last danceKatie and CarlosBeauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes. evening portraitKatie and CarlosAn evening portrait for the Beauty and the Beast Wedding at Gardens at Old Town Helotes.

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) beauty and the beast brides gardens at old town helotes san antonio spring texas weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/enchanting-wedding-at-gardens-at-old-town-helotes Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:19:16 GMT
Heartfelt Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls, TX https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/heartfelt-wedding-at-hayes-hollow-hidden-falls-tx Helena and Brandon met by chance one day at the rec center for UTSA students.  It was truely love at first sight for this young couple, but grew into a strong bond that through faith and the support of their families would prepare them for this emotional wedding day at Hayes Hollow at Hidden Falls.  The couple chose to honor their faith by having Brandon's pastor and uncle officiate the ceremony.  They chose their best friends, including their beloved dogs Red and Blue to stand with them as they took their vows overlooking the picturesque waterfall at this modern, rustic Texas venue.  

Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden FallsA first look at this gorgeous new venue at Hidden Falls in Spring Branch, Texas. bridal prepLetters to the brideHelena and her maid of honor Kylee look through a gift from the bridesmaids as she prepares for her wedding day with hair and makeup by Jax Studio. bridal jeweleryBridal AccessoriesBridal Details pearlsPearls for the BrideClassic Pearls for an elegant bride. wedding ringsSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden FallsHayes Hollow is perfectly styled for a modern rustic wedding using so many natural elements. I found this interesting crystal on a coffee table in an entryway and thought it to be the perfect space for a wedding ring shot! Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls tall floral vases. Botanika Floral DesignThe tall ceilings at Hayes Hollow Hidden Falls call for tall floral arrangements. I love how these minimalist narrow vases compliment the space and allow for a dinner conversation to not be obstructed. 5 tier wedding cakeFive Tier Round CakeThis fresh floral, five tier, round cake was so simple and elegant. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowAcoustic VibesThe bride and groom asked their talented friend to sing their first dance song. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Bride robeBridal PrepExpert Hair and Makeup by Jax Studio bridesmaidsLadies in waitingHelena's bridesmaids look on in anticipation as she completes her wedding day look. veilCathedral VeilHelena's bridesmaids add the final touches with her cathedral veil to compliment her long lace train. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls brideParent's First lookHelena waits for her Dad to see her in her wedding dress for the first time. Father of the brideEmotional first lookHelena's dad was overcome with emotion as he saw her for the first time in her wedding dress. prayerHeartfelt momentHelena and her parents share a prayer and then a laugh before they walk her down the aisle. hold handsMother's blessingHelena's mom offers her strength during an emotional moment. wedding signageThe detailsTwo families become one on this special day. Wedding altarNatural elementsA walnut stained cross adorned with fresh cascading creamy flowers was a simple altar for the wedding ceremony at Hayes Hollow. dog weddingGuests of HonorHelena and Brandon's dogs were walked down the aisle to witness the wedding ceremony. dog treat wedding favorsPet Friendly WeddingIn addition to a cigar bar, Helena and Brandon provided dog treats as wedding favors at their pet-friendly wedding. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls dog weddingGuests of honorRed is escorted down the aisle at this pet-friendly wedding. Bridal party processionInside jokeThe best man kept the moment light as he shared a laugh with the maid of honor. flower girlHere comes the brideFlower girl drops white petals in preparation for the bride. ring bearerRing BearerHe did such a good job! bridal partyLarge bridal partyHelena and Brandon chose 16 bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen, 2 dogs and a flower girl and ring bearer to witness their wedding ceremony at Hayes Hollow. Hayes HollowFather of the BrideThis has to be the hardest moment for a father to walk his only daughter down the aisle. groomGroom's first lookBrandon gets a first glimpse of his beautiful bride. Hayes HollowBrideHelena makes her way down the aisle with her father. embraceHold on a little longerHelena and her father embrace before he gives her hand to Brandon. brideJoyHelena is fully at ease when she looks into Brandon's eyes. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowPromiseBrandon takes his vows with Helena. Hayes HollowLet it all fall awayHelena places a wedding ring on Brandon as a symbol of their never ending love, with the falls of Hayes Hollow in the background. dog weddingRedThe couples dog looks on as the wedding ceremony concludes. Hayes HollowFirst KissBrandon and Helena share a first kiss as husband and wife. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden FallsThe beautiful new couple makes their way down the aisle. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowWedding gamesGuests are entertained by cocktails and lawn games while the couple takes family photos. Hayes HollowCocktail HourGuests enjoy snacks and drinks prior to the reception at Hayes Hollow. family formalsHernandez FamilyHelena's beautiful family Hayes HollowBrandon's girlsBrandon's mom helped to plan so much of the wedding with Helena. blue bridesmaidsBridal PartyHelena's bridesmaids and flower girl. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowMr. and Mrs. OxendineBrandon and Helena share a quick moment before they head into their reception. Hayes HollowHayes Hollow Wedding ReceptionReception hall set up for a buffet dinner. Hayes HollowFun bridal partyThe bridal party created a fun party vibe for the reception. Hayes HollowIntroducing....Mr. & Mrs. Oxendine are introduced for the first time. Hayes HollowDinner prayerThe bridal party takes a moment to pray before they enjoy their reception dinner. Hayes HollowToastEmotional toast from Helena's childhood friend. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowThe Best ManHe kept them laughing during his toast to Brandon and Helena. Hayes HollowFun wedding toastsThe wedding couple keeping it light with their best man's toast. Hayes HollowCheers!The wedding couple toasts. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowCut the Cake5 Tier Wedding Cake at Hidden Falls. Hayes HollowFirst DanceThe Oxendines danced to a song performed by a family friend. Hayes HollowFather daughter danceI love how hard this man loves his daughter. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls Hayes HollowIn Memoriam"We know you would be here today if heaven wasn't so far away." Hayes HollowGet the party startedReception at Hayes Hollow. Hayes HollowKicking it upOn the dance floor at Hayes Hollow. Hayes HollowSpring Wedding at Hayes Hollow, Hidden FallsI love it when the parents of the bride still got it for each other! They were out on the dance floor all night. Hayes HollowSorority SistersIt's a tradition. Hayes HollowChildhood friendsHelena dances the night away with her best friend. Hayes HollowGrandparentsHelena's grandparents on the dance floor. Hayes HollowSparkler Send OffWedding guests send off Brandon and Helena with a spark. Hayes HollowThe EndWedding guests send off the couple with a sparkler send off. best wishesCongratulations to the beautiful coupleMay your love be as beautiful each day you share as it is on this day of Your Wedding and may all of your wishes come true.

Venue:  Hayes Hollow, Hidden Falls

Hair and Makeup by Jax Studio

Bride's dress and accessories found at Bella Bride Boutique in Stone Oak.  

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Storybook bridal session at Gardens At Cranesbury View https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/storybook-bridal-session-at-gardens-at-cranesbury-view Katie Padron-Lopez wore a bridal gown fit for a princess at her wedding this week.  We shot her bridal portraits at the enchanting Gardens at Cranesbury View in December 2017.  

San Antonio brideBeauty in the GardenKatie's bridal portrait at Gardens at Cranesbury View in New Braunfels, Texas

Winter brideWinter Bridal PortraitSan Antonio bride Katie Padron at Gardens at Cranesbury View in December 2017. Bridal entranceMaking an entranceKatie's off-the-shoulder lace gown was straight out of a fairytale for this princess bride.

back of dress brideStunning BrideThe detail in Katie's dress could be enjoyed from every angle.

dramatic bridal portraitInto the lightKatie was a gorgeous beauty in her wedding gown.

Let's talk about how to look amazing in your bridal portraits!  Leave a comment below and tell me how you wish to be photographed!  

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) bridal portrait brides gardens at cranesbury view photography san antonio texas weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/storybook-bridal-session-at-gardens-at-cranesbury-view Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:11:07 GMT
How to look amazing in your bridal portraits https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/how-to-look-amazing-in-your-bridal-portraits Your wedding is just a few months away, and it's time to prepare for your bridal session!  What's a bridal session?  It's a photoshoot we do prior to the wedding day with the goal of having a featured portrait for your wedding reception.  It's a Texas thing for sure!  The wedding day can be very hectic and sometimes there isn't enough time to slow down and create a really beautiful portrait of the bride, so scheduling a photoshoot prior to the wedding day can ensure you get to preserve your bridal moment without the stress.  

McNay BrideHow to look amazing in your bridal portraitTess Osborn, a San Antonio Bride at the McNay Art Museum

Bridal Session Preparation

After you have found your dress, be sure to order it and have all alterations and fittings complete at least six weeks prior to the wedding.  This way you can schedule your bridal session at least a month prior to the wedding.  Some brides find that after wearing their dress during the hour-long session, they find details they would like to tweak before the wedding day. 

Eilan brideBridal PerfectionYour dress may inspire the bridal shoot location.

The bridal session becomes a dress rehearsal, allowing you to perfect your wedding day look.  Also, your wedding gown may inspire the location for your bridal portraits.  If you're wearing an elegant ball gown you may opt for an indoor ballroom location, or if you're wearing a long train, you may want an outdoor open area to allow you to feature that elegant lace.  You may be a cowgirl boot wearing bride that belongs on a Texas ranch location.  You'll know when you've got the dress!

Southwest School of Art BrideBallroom BrideElegant bride, Angelica Melendez at Southwest School of Art.

 

Work with a Hair and Makeup Pro!

I don't require that my brides hire a hair and makeup artist, but the photoshoot goes so much more smoothly when they do!  Local hair and makeup pros have the expertise to create a bridal look that will last in the Texas heat.  A majority of our bridal shoots happen in the spring, and even then it can be humid and hot, so it's important to have photo-ready makeup that will withstand an hour-long photoshoot.  Here are some of our recommended makeup pros!

Bridal makeupWork with a makeup pro!Makeup artist Rebekah Navarette created a flawless wedding day look that lasted all night for Marissa's outdoor Texas Wedding.

Rebekah Navarette featured above!

Bren Betico at Indulgences Hair Salon

Mistique Makeup

Madame Makeup & Hair

Vanity Eiland

 

Avoid a wardrobe malfunction!

The wedding date and the bridal shoot can sneak up on you during your whirlwind engagement.  Make sure to try on your dress, including undergarments and accessories to make sure all necessary adjustments are made with enough time for your seamstress.  Try on your bridal shoes and your veil.  Practice bustling and unbustling your dress and time it!  It's very helpful to know how much time it takes to achieve your wedding day look not only for your portrait session but also for the wedding day.  Wedding dress tip: if you have several buttons going down the back of your dress, bring a crochet hook to help with grabbing those fasteners.  Works great for the bustle buttons, too!

Bridal preparationBride Getting ReadyBe sure to try on your dress prior to the wedding day to avoid a bridal wardrobe malfunction!

 

Take care of yourself

Throughout your engagement be sure to take care of yourself.  Wedding planning can be stressful, but be sure to take time for exercise, eating healthy nutritious foods, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep.  You want your portraits to feature your glowing face, gorgeous skin, and healthy smile.  Also, I would advise against a night out at the bar the day before your bridal shoot.  Do have that fun night a little more in advance, but then give yourself a day at the spa instead.  Treat yourself!

Bridal portraitGlowing BrideShow your best glowy features in your bridal portraits by taking care of yourself throughout your engagement.

 

Don't forget the details

For the complete bridal look be sure to bring all the accessories you plan to wear on your wedding day to the bridal portrait shoot.  Bring your wedding ceremony shoes, but also bring a pair of easy slip-on shoes to walk around in as we move from location to location.  Make sure to bring your hair accessories, and the jewelry you plan to wear.  We want to capture all those gorgeous details!  Also, bring a bouquet.  Even if it's not the exact bouquet you will have on the wedding day, it's important to have an accessory for posing with your hands.  Many florists offer a smaller version of your wedding bouquet just for the bridal photoshoot.  HEB blooms can also create an all-white bouquet that will not distract from the bride.  

bridal accessoriesBridal DetailsDon't forget your accessories! Bring everything you intend to wear on your wedding day to your bridal shoot. Multicolor bouquetBridal BouquetFresh Fall bouquet by HEB Blooms.

Fresh white bridal bouquetDon't forget the bouquet!An all white bouquet is perfect for your bridal photos!

 

Good light and Posing

This last tip is my main responsibility!  Throughout the photoshoot I am finding the best light, putting you in it and positioning you to show your best self!  This is my jam, and my brides know it when I start cheering and jumping up and down during a photoshoot.  They know I'm getting gorgeous images, and it's all because my bride came prepared for the photoshoot of her life! 

Side lit bridal portraitsElegant BrideBeautiful portraits are all about great lighting and posing. Trust me to put you in the best light and provide expert direction for the best bridal poses.

Happy BrideBeautiful BrideHappy bride at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

I hope these tips will help you to prepare for your bridal photoshoot.  To see some of our favorite portrait locations, follow me on Pinterest!

See more of our bridal portraits on YouTube!

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) brides makeup mcnay photography portraits san antonio sheraton southwest school of art texas wedding planning tips weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/how-to-look-amazing-in-your-bridal-portraits Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:28:22 GMT
Party for the ages at Rancho La Pergola Wedding https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/party-for-the-ages-at-rancho-la-pergola-wedding  

This fall we headed to Harlingen, Texas for the wedding of AB and Marissa Betancourt.  The couple was beautiful, the wedding party lively, and the venue was a Texas bride's dream.  Blush tones and gold accents complimented the two story ranch estate, setting the scene for an elegant, yet fun celebration for this young accomplished couple.  View the wedding film featuring Rancho La Pergola and DJ Wero, filmed and photographed by Aria Productions.  

 

 

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Every child has a story https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/every-child-has-a-story We are now almost three weeks post-baby-number-2, and getting back into the routine of life.  This morning I dropped off my 5 year old at his Pre-K class, a walk through the halls I do all the time.  On today's walk I noticed a poster that read, "Every child has a story".  This resonated with me, because I get to see the beginning of so many children's stories. 

engagement coupleThe Engagement of Lance and CourtniSpring engagement session at Roszell Gardens in San Antonio, Texas.

I get to meet young couples every day, and I ask about their love story.  How did you meet?  How did you know this was the one?  What made you take the leap to say the first, "I love you", "Will you marry me?", "Will you spend the rest of your life with me?".  And as I get to know these young couples, I fall in love with their love stories.  

MdNay brideClassic Bridal PortraitMrs. Tess Osborne photographed in her bridal gown at The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

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Groom portraitGroom PortraitThe debonaire Edgar Toribio in a groom portrait at Eilan, San Antonio, Texas.

I get to document that story from the engagement, to the wedding, to the maternity portraits, to the baby portraits.  It's an amazing thing to be a witness to the beginning of so many children's stories.  Later when they are old enough to ponder such things they will look for these photographs that tell the story of how they came to be.  They will understand their place in this world, and will have a clearer picture of where they came from.  

familyNewborn Lifestyle SessionDocumenting the first days of Baby Mayes

I'm so blessed and grateful to do this valuable work in documenting the story of these children.  If you are reading this blog, I hope you'll remember that these photographs are not only for you, but for your children.  Get portraits done often, be in the photos with your children, and print your photos to ensure they are discovered by your children.  

What's your love story and how do you want to be photographed?  Leave me a comment below and let's get the conversation started on creating your love story in photographs!

 

 

 

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San Antonio Wedding at The Sheraton Gunter Hotel with Mr. & Mrs. Toribio https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/san-antonio-wedding-at-the-sheraton-gunter-hotel-with-mr-mrs-toribio College sweethearts Edgar Toribio and Lisette Cruz were married on December 29th at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.  The couple met at Our Lady of the Lake University in religions studies class.  After they took their vows in a traditional Catholic Mass ceremony we headed over in a white vintage Rolls Royce  to the sight of their meeting for classic wedding day portraits.  Though it was a cold day in December, we rocked out some gorgeous and romantic portraits before joining their dearest family and friends at the Sheraton Gunter hotel for their reception.  Classic black and white wedding decor with romantic glass pillar candles set the scene for this elegant couple.  They were a joy to work with and I wish them many blessings for a happy marriage.  Cheers!

DJ: Four 40 Entertainment

Floral: Freesia Designs

Ceremony: St. Brigid's Catholic Church

Reception: Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio

 

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) ballroom brides photography san antonio sheraton gunter hotel texas weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/san-antonio-wedding-at-the-sheraton-gunter-hotel-with-mr-mrs-toribio Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:19:22 GMT
Confessions of a San Antonio Wedding Photographer: Surviving Pregnancy + Wedding Season https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/confessions-of-a-san-antonio-wedding-photographer-surviving-pregnancy-wedding-season pregnant wedding photographerShooting a Wedding While PregnantThat's me in the back of the ceremony about 25 weeks along. I shoot with a 5D mark III and Canon 70 - 200 mm lens and another camera loaded on my Spider holster with a Tamron 28 - 75 mm for quick access to cover all angles during a fast moving ceremony.

If you follow my blogs, you know it's been a minute since I've posted.  As a Texas wedding photographer, my schedule tends to be busiest March through June, with a little lull from the brutal summer heat in July and August and then non-stop weddings and portraits September through December.  So get ready for some special blog posts coming up in January and February before the cycle begins again.  The fall was particularly busy this year, and to top it off I was pregnant with our second baby.  This was a carefully planned pregnancy, and I can only thank God that He has allowed things to work with His perfect timing.  Our baby is scheduled to be born on Monday, and I have successfully made it through shooting our last wedding in December.  I'm writing this at 5 in the morning, because obviously my body is preparing itself for early morning feedings and has been for months.  In these early hours I have reflected on just how I made it through the stages of pregnancy while being able to do my best work yet as a San Antonio Wedding Photographer.   The first thing you'll learn as a mom is that you must take care of yourself first, so you can then take care of others around you.  This is not only true for my family but for my clients as well.  If you're a wedding photographer, or just a very busy working woman I hope some of these items and tips will help you in your effort to balance pregnancy and work.  If you have any additional tips, I would love to read them in the comments below!

Pregnant PhotographerSonia Freeman, San Antonio Wedding PhotographerMy maternity portrait shot by the amazing Becca Paige Crocker.

 

First Trimester Survival:  Morning Sickness

I shot several weddings in May just fine, some before I even knew I was pregnant!  Then June hit, and bam: morning sickness and pregnancy exhaustion.  Like I said before, you have to take care of yourself so you can then take care of your clients.  So, rest and proper balanced nutrition and hydration is a must.  I chugged that water and kept snacks in my photo bags, car, and purse that would help me keep my energy up and my nausea at bay.  However, I did not survive without these amazing wrist bands.  I read about them on a pregnancy blog, and I couldn't tell you how, but THEY WORK!  You can find them at Target.  

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Second Trimester Survival:  Clothing and gear

During my second trimester we shot a lot of very warm long days.  During my first pregnancy I invested in some key pieces of professional work coordinates at Motherhood, and luckily all my maternity pants still fit and worked with my usual dark grey, black, and neutral wardrobe for shooting weddings.  I kept my blouses lightweight and loose fitting to allow me to breath well.  

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Every wedding season I have to replace my shoes.  They go through a lot as I usually don't sit down except to drive during a 9 hour wedding day.  This year I think I've found the perfect pair: Ladies Clarks Cloud Steppers.  No, they're not super cute, but the attention for beautiful fashion should be on the bride anyway, right?  You can find them at Rackroom.  

At Imaging USA this year, I picked up a tool that has literally saved my back: The Spider Holster.  I like to shoot a ceremony, portraits and the first moments of the reception with 2 cameras loaded with 2 different focal length ranges.  The Spider Holster Dual Camera System allows me to do that without having all the weight on my back as with straps and shoulder holsters.  Every woman carries their pregnancy weight differently, and for me as a petite person, the weight was all in front putting enough pressure on my back as it was.  The fact that I could wear my cameras on my hips helped me to balance the weight well up until the third trimester.  At that point I had my assistant wear the Spider Holster and hand off cameras to me as needed.  More on that later.

Spider HolsterPregnant Wedding PhotographerThat's me at about 22 weeks with my Spider Holster, getting my shot as discreetly as possible during a Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Third Trimester Survival:  Nutrition, Support Clothing, and People!

Since before I was pregnant I have understood that you have to feed your body proper nutrition in order for it to perform well for you.  In addition to staying hydrated, my go-to wedding day meal or take-along snack is the Starbucks Egg and Cheese Protein Bistro Box.  It provides a well-balance protein and carb meal that is perfect for sticking in my camera bag and eating in the car either on the way to a wedding or in between locations.  I also keep protein bars stashed in my bags not only for me, but also in case I see one of my clients getting a little faint on some of these long days in the Texas heat.  

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Much of my pregnancy wardrobe lasted into the third trimester, but I also added a few pieces of support clothing to ensure my body would make it through to the end of a long reception dance.  I invested in a few key pieces designed by Blanqi Maternity.  I say invested, because they are quite expensive, but definitely high quality and helpful in supporting my belly as it grew each week, and allowing me to stay active and do what I love to do.  I am usually wearing the Blanqui Support tank under a blouse on the wedding day.  During portrait shoots I wore the Blanqui Support leggings with long tunics or under my jeans.  This eliminated back pain and helped me to feel supported.  I also purchased the Blanqi under bra tank for wearing under dresses and with lower necklines.  I would definitely recommend all of these items for every day use as well as to my pregnancy clients to smooth under their maternity gowns!

Bianqui MAaternity LeggingsBlanqui Maternity LeggingsSupport clothing for maternity. Bianqui MAaternity LeggingsBlanqui Maternity TankSupport clothing for maternity. Blanqui Maternity tank under braBlanqui Maternity Tank Under braSupport clothing for maternity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For days when I'm just sitting at home editing Gap Maternity Leggings are the best ever!  I even plan to wear them during my leave when I am recovering from my c-section, since they have a full panel flap that will not irritate my anticipated incision and can cover my midsection when breastfeeding.  

This year I had wedding contracts in place scheduled all the way up to three weeks before my anticipated due date.  I knew I was going to need reliable help to get me through, but I am very careful about who I have around me and my clients on a wedding day.  The energy each person brings to a photoshoot and a wedding day is very sensitive.  I was very lucky to have a few key people that I could trust and they did an amazing job supporting not only me, but my very special wedding couples.  My newest assistant and intern Miriam rocked!  She carried gear, fluffed and straightened wedding gowns and veils, made sure I was drinking water, anticipated my every move.  She caught on fast, and was a joy to work with this year!  Additionally, I got the opportunity to work with some absolutely amazing wedding planners, venue managers, caterers, florists, and DJs this year.  It is so important for wedding professionals to work together and communicate in order to keep the day running smoothly for the good of the clients we serve.  

Oak Valley Vineyard WeddingAmazing Wedding ClientsI get to work with the best people, which makes me motivated to keep working hard and creating great images for my clients.

Lastly, I had some really amazing wedding couples this year!   I'm so grateful to work with my brides, grooms and wedding parties who have been so open and up for anything as we created amazing images together!  I'm so excited about the weddings we have scheduled next year as well as we hit the ground running in March 2018.  These were some of the key items I could not have survived without in 2017.  Next year, I can't wait to share with you how I survived baby's first year as a wedding photographer.  If you have any advice on that, please leave a comment below!   

I created this business to allow me the opportunity to work in the creative field I love and to be able to experience the early years of my family's life.  It's not always easy, but with planning, preparation and prayer we make it through.  Stay tuned for gorgeous wedding blogs featuring my Fall 2017 Wedding couples in the coming weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) personal photography pregnancy san antonio texas weddings https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/confessions-of-a-san-antonio-wedding-photographer-surviving-pregnancy-wedding-season Sat, 06 Jan 2018 05:14:04 GMT
San Antonio Engagement: Playing in the woods with Sarah + Daniel https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/san-antonio-engagement-playing-in-the-woods-with-sarah-daniel Some of the most romantic cinematic moments were filmed with dark and stormy clouds and rainy day scenes.  The amazing thing about this dramatic imagery, is it allows the couple in the scene to pull each other close for protection and warmth.  Throughout a marriage, there will be bright sunny care-free days, but there will also be cloudy, low lit days, when the light is found in the strength of your love and support of one another.  

We photographed Sarah and Daniel for their engagement on a rainy day in November.  She did contact me ahead of time with some concern if we would be able to shoot with the forecasted weather.  I gave her the option to reschedule, but I suggested it could be an opportunity to get some dramatic images.  We are professionals and we are prepared to shoot in the rain if needed, however if you don't want to be photographed in a rainy setting we will not force you to.  She liked the idea of a dramatic photo should it start to rain.  

Woodland engagementFairytale Woodland Engagement PortraitSarah's dramatic red dress made for a unique engagement portrait at Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, Texas. Photographed by Aria Productions, 2017.

Luckily the rain did stay away, but the clouds lingered from earlier showers and helped us to create some gorgeous and unique images of Sarah and Daniel.  We also captured some light and airy casual looks during their engagement session at Cibolo Nature Center.  This location is ideal for the couple that values spending time in nature and wants to be photographed in a natural Texas landscape setting.  The casual looks are optimal for Save The Date cards for their fall 2018 Wedding.  The formal portraits are perfect for wall art for their home to remember this special time as they prepare for their wedding.  

Fall EngagementFall Engagement at Cibolo Nature CenterA casual fall engagement portrait in the autumn leaves at Cibolo Nature Center. Changing leavesCapturing Fall Color at Cibolo Nature CenterCibolo Nature Center is an ideal location for San Antonio fall portraits. Photographed by Aria Productions, November 2017.

Cibolo Nature Center PortraitWoodland Themed Engagement PortraitAbsolutely adore this red gown Sarah chose for her Fairytale Woodland Themed Engagement Portraits.

I absolutely adore this red gown Sarah chose for her Fairytale Woodland Themed Engagement Portraits, and the flower crown completes the look with dramatic details.  The couple belong in this scene.    

 

I love working with couples who are open to creating unique art work for their wedding, engagement and bridal portraits.  How do you want to be photographed?  See more from their shoot here:  

 

 

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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) autumn cibolo nature center engagement engagements fall photography portraits san antonio texas https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/san-antonio-engagement-playing-in-the-woods-with-sarah-daniel Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:23:35 GMT
San Antonio Newborn Home Photoshoot https://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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sonia@ariaphotovideo.com (Aria Productions) family lifestyle newborn photography portraits san antonio https://ariaproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/san-antonio-newborn-home-photoshoot Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:41:44 GMT
Autumn Wedding at Mission Espada https://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 https://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 https://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.  

San Antonio Missions brideMission Concepción Bridal PortraitBride with veil and bright blue sky at Mission Concepción. Framed bridal portraitBride under archwayBride Courtni Eaton in the breezeway at Mission Concepción in San Antonio, Texas. Cathedral veilCathedral Veil & TrainThe details of Courtni's lace dress and cathedral veil for her San Antonio Wedding.

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 https://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 https://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 https://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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