When Paola reached out to me in June, it was bittersweet. Paola and her husband Miguel were married last winter, and as much as they enjoyed their wedding day they did not love their photos. (I was not their photographer). Like any bride, Paola wanted photos in her beautiful dress, so she booked a bridal portrait session with me. Miguel was a good husband and came along, and even wore his suit in the hundred degree heat.
Unfortunately this happens a lot. And while I will never disparage the work of another photographer, it’s important to remember that we all have a different eye, a different aesthetic, and that sometimes that aesthetic changes as we learn and grow. That’s why it is SO important to vet your wedding photographer and see at LEAST 3 full wedding galleries, preferably of venues that are similar to yours, before you book. It’s also important to have an engagement session with them, so that you get a feel for each other, learn each other’s style, build a relationship, and see firsthand how your images will look. This will benefit both you and your photographer.
But enough of a sermon. NO one is perfect. I was happy to get the chance to work with them and I was so excited that she chose Mercer Botanic Gardens in Humble, Texas for her session!
Guys what happened next was just crazy luck.
Side note: The day before each session I always check my weather apps (yes plural), including Dark Sky, which is very reliable, to make sure we won’t get rained out. I know that when people book bridals and engagement sessions they aren’t JUST booking me. They’re booking hair, make up, and a florist, and possibly taking time off from work, so I want to make sure we won’t get rained out. Every weather report said we’d have partly cloudy skies on the day of our session. It was a go!
As I’m driving the 1.5 hours to Mercer Botanic Gardens I see the skies getting darker and darker. Houston is the 4th largest city in the country, and flat as a pancake, so seeing clouds in the distance doesn’t mean that much. Those clouds could be anywhere. But when I arrived at Mercer Botanic Gardens, it was clear we had mere moments until the bottom fell out. The air was so thick with water vapor that it was just mist.
I quickly told Paola that I was happy to come back on another day for a complimentary reshoot, but she was already dolled up, so we should try and get in as much as we could before the rain began. Paola was amazing, and didn’t mind getting her dress a little (a LOT) wet. We got about 40 photos before we were completely drenched. And just to give you a little preview…
I kinda felt like the universe had it out for this girl. It’s amazing how well she just rolled with it.
So…..anyhoo…..we rescheduled for a later date, and last week had our full bridal session. Miguel, yet again, donned his black suit in the now 115 degree heat and 100% humidity, but it was so worth it. Paola is bananas gorgeous and we had amazing light that day.
Thank you so much to Monica for doing her bouquet again. You’re a rock star.
Venue: Mercer Botanic Gardens
Hair & Makeup: @_esakerem
Flowers: Monica's Brides Touch of Glitz Flowers
These are from the rainy day:
And these are the second day: