We could not have been more thrilled to be a part of Delaney and Ryan’s Astorian Wedding this past July! These two were meant for each other, and you can just see their love shining through in their beautiful photos from Awake Photography.

When we first met with Delaney and Ryan, they were all full of smiles and excitement for the big day. They had absolutely fallen in love with The Atsorian Wedding Event Venue in downtown Houston, and it turned out to be the most beautiful setting for the evening. Upon first visiting this stunning building with its 14k gold clock and copper ceiling installations, they knew it was the right fit for them. And we couldn’t agree more!

Check out more below of their super stylish and fun day with florals from our friend Flower Vibes!

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How absolutely stunning is this bridal bouquet!? Furthermore, isn’t she just so beautiful all around! Delaney, you were such a pleasure to work with! You are such a beautiful woman inside and out. Anybody else getting Grace Kelly vibes here? The Astorian Wedding Event Venue, Houston Wedding, Houston Wedding Venue, Houston Wedding Planner

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Thank you to all the amazing wedding pros who contributed to their big day!

Ceremony Venue: St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Astorian
Photographer: Awake Photography
Videographer: Cakewalk Films
Coordination: Weddings by Jessee
Florals: Flower Vibes
Entertainment: DJ Essen
Catering: Cordua Catering
Cake: Who Made the Cake
Gourmet Pops: Steel City Pops
Linens: House of Hough
Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup

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So excited to kick off our very first vendor spotlight with Dana Fernandez Photography! Dana has been such an inspiration to me with her work, and I was so grateful to have the chance to chat with her about her business, as well as film photography! Dana and her husband Josh are both photographers for Dana Fernandez Photography, a fine art wedding photography company based here in Houston, Texas.

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Venue: Big Sky Barn – MUAH: Hey Lovely Makeup -Florals: Cornelius Florist

ABOUT:

Dana and Josh’s passion for photography started when they were looking for photographers for their own wedding. While Dana was drawn to the design and emotion that was evoked in the photos she saw, Josh loved the candid and photojournalistic approach. Dana first picked up a camera back in 2010 when she started to photograph Josh, and their animals. Being a lover of the arts and architecture, she always had a passion for capturing the beauty in life. After a bit of time, she desired to shoot more than just her own family, and asked a fellow co-worker if she could photograph her 6-month old daughter. From there, they switched to shooting portraits, and inquiries for other events came flooding in! Weddings eventually became the focus of their business after shooting various events.

Now, they do anywhere from 26-30 weddings per year, shooting at favorite venues like Chandelier Grove, Houston Oaks Country ClubMcGovern Centennial Gardens, The Bell Tower on 34th, Lakeside Country Club and many more! You can find their photo’s gracing the pages of The Knot Magazine, and multiple features on Style Me Pretty, along with various other wedding blogs and publications.

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Design: Weddings by Jessee / Florals: Bramble and Bee / Rentals: Swift+Company

Film Photography Q & A With Dana Fernandez Photography:

During my interview with Dana, I got to find out some fun details about their business, and what inspires them to do what they do. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing film photography team!

Q: What made you switch to shooting film?

A: I loved the clean and timeless look of film. When I started photography, I started following (unknowingly at the time) film photographers. I was constantly struggling to get the same skin tones and colors via digital, as well as computer editing to look like those that I followed.  When I was at Barnes and Noble one day, I saw Jose Villa’s book on Fine Art Photography, and realized that he shot film! At that moment, it just clicked, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. This was when film just started to come back into style. So, I played around with it, and fell in love with it! I just really loved the skin tones that film had, and always tried to get my digital images to have the same feel, and finally realized that it was shooting film that made it look this way.

Q: Do you consider film photography just a trend, or do you feel like it will always be around like digital?

A: Hard to say exactly, but I don’t think it is a trend. It was around, and then digital came about. Maybe photographers were struggling with getting the images they wanted, or grew tired on un-life-like coloring, so film came back. Maybe it also has something to do with nostalgia. Either way, I don’t believe film will die because people seem to always come back to a timeless aesthetic. Maybe it’ll fade, but it wont ever go away; timeless will never go away. Plus film looks most like real life. The only way I could see film dying, is if digital technology was able to match the strengths, and look of film.

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Design: Dana Fernandez – Florals: Bramble and Bee – MUAH: Hey Lovely Makeup – Gown: Carol Hannah Bridal

Q: What would you like couples who are hesitant in booking a film photographer to know?

A: We always hear things, or see articles that have negative comments about film photography. Things like what if something happened to the film while loading? It takes longer to load, shoot, and unload, etc.  What if something happens to the film on the way to the lab? But in reality, there is the same chance for the memory card in a digital camera being ruined. There is risk in both places. As far as how many images you get, we still deliver the same amount to our clients. With digital, I may be shooting more, but with film we are much more deliberate when we take an image since each image is actually recorded, and cannot simply be deleted like it can with digital.

Q: What is your favorite Camera to shoot with?

A: For film we love shooting with our Contax 645, with the Zeiss 80mm lens. We also use Porta 400 film. This camera is our favorite, and the lens really lends the best quality to bokeh. For Digital, we use a Nikon D810 which we feel best emulates film photography.

Q: So you also shoot digital with film on wedding days?

A: Yes. We always bring along a digital camera, as we want to best utilize our gear based on the weather and lighting. For darker spaces, especially inside, we would only be able to shoot film in black and white, and we don’t want to limit our clients photos to only that option. Having a digital camera allows us to accommodate for various situations. At the end of the day, we want to provide the best images possible, so we use the best median in every situation to provide just that.

Q: What is your favorite place you have been to shoot whether it be for a wedding or personal?

A: That would have to be a tie between Cabo San Lucas, and Portland, Oregon. Cabo because they have dessert, cliffs, and the beach. It has the peach tones which really captures beautifully on film. And then Portland, because it is so diverse and lush with the mountains and hills, as well as all the trees. Both locations have so much landscape to photograph all in one location!

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Left photo: HAMU: Hey Lovely Makeup / Gown: Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride. Right photo: Gown: Shop Gossamer / MUAH: Hey Lovely Makeup

Q: If you could photograph anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: I would have to say two places as well on this one. Greece because I love all the architecture, and the stark blues against all the white. The second place would be the countryside of Italy because I love all the rolling hills. They have the best of both worlds in design aesthetic and coloring.

Q: What photographers inspire you?

A: Jose Villa of course, for his color and contrast in film, and how spot on his exposure is. It always is so crisp while maintaining the film look.  KT Merry as well. Honestly, I try not to follow too many wedding vendors as I don’t want to feel like I am copying someone. Instead, I follow a lot of fashion bloggers, interior designers, and architects to be inspired by the design and textures.

Q: You shoot sessions on your private property. Can you tell me more about the experience this offers to your clients?

A: We always give this as an option for clients to have their engagement sessions here. It benefits them to have complete privacy, and have a more intimate setting for these photos. There is also a place for them if they have an outfit change to transition comfortably inside. Not to mention it allows them an air conditioned space to get out of the Texas heat if needed during their session! Ultimately, it offers a more personal experience and authentic photos.

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Venue: Pretty Woods Lane – MUAH: Hey Lovely Makeup

Thank you so much Dana for sharing your passion with us all! For more information about film photography, and to connect with Dana and Josh, be sure to visit their website to learn more about their business!

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Kayla and Emmanuel’s wedding at the Brownstone Reserve was such a beautiful and fun day to be a part of! Set in a peaceful and romantic location of Bryan Texas, the venue was filled with picturesque trees and ponds around the property. The natural setting of the outdoors complimented the design of the reception space inside so beautifully!

Every detail was so lovely in its simplicity, and we just adored every moment of designing it with them! From the gold-rimmed chargers, to the kolache favors, every detail was inspired by their lives together, and style as a couple. Tables were adorned with greenery and ivory florals, blush and mauve accents, along with gold details. We just loved how it all came together!

Behind the cake table was hanging greenery garland, which was one of our favorite elements to design! Tamara Menges Designs, who designed the florals for the wedding day, perfectly brought Kayla’s vision to life. So much that Kayla teared up when she saw the room for the first time. It was so sweet!

We also loved the calligraphy paper goods design by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy. Mauve watercolor details were included on the tables numbers, along with the escort cards that were attached to wood paneling to display the guests seats. The gold hand calligraphy was especially gorgeous on all of these details!

Kayla and Emmanuel met while attending Texas A&M, so it was only fitting to have their wedding near where their story began. The Aggie war hymn was played during the reception as we watched all the alumni gather in a circle, dancing and chanting to the song. I always enjoy seeing this at weddings; it never disappoints!

Check out more below of their beautiful day at The Brownstone Reserve captured by My Happy Lens Photography.

Photography: My Happy Lens
Planning and Design: Weddings by Jessee
Venue: The Brownstone Reserve
Videography: Brittan Pittman
Florals: Tamara Menges Designs
Linens: EB Inc Events
Rentals: Whim Hospitality
DJ: LG Entertainment
Catering: D’Vine Cuisine
Bar: Luke’s Bartending
Invitations: Invitation Solutions
Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy
Hair and Makeup: Sunkissed and Made Up
Gelato Cart: Napa Flats
Cake: Sandee’s Sweets
Grooms Cake: Who Made the Cake
Kolache’s: Kolache Rolfs
Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters
Getaway Car: Monarch Limousine

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We are SO excited to share our Botanical Bridal Inspiration with you that was recently featured on Inspired By This Blog! We had so much fun alongside our friends Paige from Awake Photography, and Kristen from Petal Society. It was so wonderful to just create alongside these two for this special shoot!

A little bit behind the inspiration:

When dreaming up this bridal inspiration shoot, we wanted to make a statement with large, colorful seasonal blooms. We livened these blooms even more with a wall installation of lush green botanicals that served as a backdrop for the bride to sit in front of. The scenery came to life against the white backdrop of the venue space.

The colors of late Spring inspired the designs bold color palette as Petal Society took full advantage of peony season with coral charms, magenta tree peonies, and white festiva maxima peonies. Also used were spirea, lavender clematis, blue nigella, and gold ranunculus which rounded out the colors.

The bride was adorned in an exquisite Calla Blanche gown with a soft and romantic illusion neckline. The bodice was embellished with heavy beadwork and embroidery, which paired beautifully with the long sweeping silk chiffon train. This airy and dreamy dress provided to be a stunning canvas for the beautiful and lush blooms.

To make an even bigger color statement, we arranged a table setting adorned with a beautiful gold patterned linen, and rimmed plates, along with a bold floral centerpiece up against a royal blue background to enhance the colors of this design.

Our hopes is to encourage brides to be bold. To find inspiration, and appreciation for color. Because we LOVE it!

 

This bouquet is killer!!!

Thank you so much to our amazing team who helped put this together! See more of the full feature HERE!

Photography: Awake Photography
Planning: Weddings by Jessee
Florals: Petal Society
Venue: The West Studios
Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup
Dress: Calla Blanche
Bridal Boutique: Whittington Bridal
Calligraphy Backdrop: Kristara
Invitations: A Fine Flourish
Rentals: EB Inc Events
Ring: Wolf Diamonds
Photo Lab: Photo Vision Prints

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