Texas boys know how to party. But I’ll get to that…
First I have to say how AMAZING it was to work and hang out with Chantal (you’re great too, Nick). Seriously, Nick landed the golden girl. She’s beautiful, obviously, sweet, funny, and is the most laid back bride I have ever had. My second shooter Rachelle agrees. Chantal didn’t care if it was hot, cold, rainy or sunny, or if the schedule got thrown off, if her dress picked up dead leaves, or if the flower girls had a meltdown. All she cared about was that marriage certificate getting signed 🙂
Most brides on their wedding day are nervous and a little on edge, and there tends to be this feeling that everything has to be perfect. I can understand why, it’s a lot of pressure. But Chantal was cool as a cucumber, and hilarious as hell. She’s also an incredible host and throughout the day made sure Rachelle and I, as well as the videographers had water, cookies, and anything else we needed to get our shots. She made us feel at home, even with all that was going on.
Chantal and Nick hosted their ceremony and reception at their home out in the country, in Fullshear, Texas. Holy moly, it was beautiful out there. The pond on their yard was a stunning backdrop, along with a polygon arch that they decorated with a little greenery (a friend made it!). The venue didn’t need anything else. The sun set just as we were wrapping up photos of the newlyweds and it was one of those days where the sky is golden and the light is buttery, and it speckled on the surface of the pond. In one shot you can see a fish had just jumped, and there were ripples in the water. It was cool.
We stole away before the ceremony for a first look with her and Nick at the same spot we did their engagement session just months ago. On that day we happened to run into one of their neighbors who owned property along the road, and kept horses. He let us come to his place to take photos with them and invited us back for their wedding to do the same. Well long story short, we could’t get in touch with him that week, and we were unsure if it was still okay to come by.
We wanted to get horses in the pictures, but we also didn’t want to get shot. It’s Texas, after all. We did go inside just enough to use the trees as shade, but we didn’t want to push our luck. 🙂
So I mentioned earlier that Texas boys know how to party. It wasn’t long into the night before half the guys, including Nick, were shirtless, dancing, singing, and doing back flips. At one point there may have been a mosh pit, but there was a lot of tomfoolery and even some pants ripping. It was hilarious. I tried to show the tamest of the images, but I do know that Chantal now has tons of blackmail material on many of her male friends-and her husband. 🙂
DJ and photo booth: Re-Spin Entertainment
Second shooter: Rachelle Powers http://www.rachellepowers.com
Videographers: Mia & Taffy
” If I never get to see the Northern lights
Or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night
Oh if all I got is your hand in my hand
Baby I could die a happy man”
— “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett