Jill and Elliot are such a sweet couple and little Sophie is just adorable.  Their family/engagement session was a walk in the park.  Jill found me through her sister, which I have photographed her family for a couple of years now.  So we are super excited to photograph this wedding in September at The Laurel.  Ariana will be shooting this one and she is going to rock it!

Congrats to Jill, Elliot and Sophie!

Mansfield Engagement Session | Jill and Elliot

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Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. There’s a reason you chose them to capture the most important day of your life.  While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.

  1. Choosing the Location of the Shot

You wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They’ll know where gets the best light and where the best scenery is.

  1. Time of Day to Shoot

Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn’t mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won’t leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots.

  1. Poses

Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn’t be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you’ll be working with limited time and light and you don’t want to waste much of either on your big day.

  1. Editing Your Photos

Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.

  1. Handling Printing Your Photos

Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hired a professional photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want.

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Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

Finding the right wedding venue takes a lot of time and research and can often be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. You need to make sure that your venue checks all the right boxes before you make a final decision.

Your venue will influence your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day so before you sign on the dotted line, below are three important things to consider before you decide on your wedding venue.

  1. Venue size. Look at how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding versus the number of people the venue can comfortably cater for. A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable and if a venue is too large, it can affect the atmosphere and the overall look and feel. Put an initial guest list together before you start venue shopping so that you can make a better decision.
  2. What about the drinks? Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so it’s important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and what the costs are or if the venue will supply the drinks. Since you will also need a licensed bartender to serve alcohol, find out whether the venue can assist with this so that you can factor those costs into your final budget.
  3. Preferred vendors. You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Many venues require you to use their vendors so find out about this before you make a booking. If they do work with specific vendors, make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to delivery but it’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue but make sure that it’s a space that speaks to your personalities and style as a couple.  Need some help finding one?  Send me an email and I will be happy to give you a list of my favorite wedding venues.  Happy Planning!

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From the moment I met these two, I knew that this wedding was going to be just magical.  When I shot their engagement portraits last year, I knew that this couple was madly in love and their wedding would reflect that.  The whole day was calm and relaxed with plenty of time for lots of pictures – which is a dream come true for us photographers!  We crossed our fingers for no rain and it held off.  The wind however did not but we managed, as we usually do here in Texas.  Now can we talk about Savannah’s amazing dress?!?!?!?  WOW – just stunning, she rocked the backless dress.  Carter and Savannah are just simply the cutest couple ever.  The wedding party was super fun and we all had a great time.  I am so excited to share their wedding album with you.  Congrats to the Mr. and Mrs.


PHOTOGRAPHER | melissa shook photography     SECOND SHOOTER | ariana miller     VIDEO | silver bear creative

CEREMONY & RECEPTION | the brooks at weatherford    OFFICIATE | rich green of compass church

BRIDES DRESS |  katie may, a&bé bridal shop     GROOMSMEN SUITS | men’s wearhouse

HAIR & MAKEUP | bridget justice, halo salon & color lab      DJ | be entertained

FLORIST | weatherford florist     CATERER | 360 catering     BAKERY | elizabeth moore

The Brooks at Weatherford Wedding | Savannah and Carter

Congratulations Amy and Nathan!  Check out this fancy couple from Allen Texas.  Amy and Nathan met on tinder about three years ago.  I absolutely love hearing success stories of couples who met through technology.  Their first date was at Olive Garden which it obviously went well because their next date was a double date at a Rangers game!  We walked around the Bishop Arts District in Dallas for their engagement session.  The super fun couple started out in a casual outfit and taking photos by an abandoned house with Dallas Strong written on the side.  Through Amy’s work, she has met some close friends who are police officers.  She wanted to take photos by this wall and send it to them.  #backtheblue Later, we ended up at Emporium Pies.  Let me tell you they have the best dang pies you’ve ever tasted.  Nathan was telling me about how he grew up on a farm in North Carolina with horses, chickens, goats, cows, mice, lizards… just about everything except spiders and snakes.  No thank you.  I’ll pass.  After wrapping up in the Bishop Arts District, we changed outfits and headed to the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge.  Dang this couple cleans up nice!  I love the dressy outfit with the downtown Dallas skyline.  It looks so fancy!  Amy looked fabulous in a pink skirt with a black lace crop top and Nathan coordinated with a black button-down and gray slacks.  I can’t wait for this couple’s wedding in December!

With Love, Ariana

Bishop Arts District Engagements | Amy & Nathan

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