MY FIRST WEDDING STYLED SHOOT- MAGAZINE & VENUE
When I sat down at the beginning of year 2019, I created a bunch of goals for myself. One of these goals was to have my wedding photography published in a local wedding magazine. This August, I was asked by Central Texas Engagements Bridal & Event Planning Guide to photograph a Rustic Rose Autumn Wedding at a Beautiful Texas Hill Country Venue, Peacock River Ranch. I was beyond excited to work with some of the leading wedding vendors in Waco, TX.
WEDDING DESIGN & PLANNER
This wedding styled shoot was designed and planned by Shauna Pittman Hamby with Weddings By Shauna. Shauna is absolutely wonderful to work with and her eye for design is just incredible. She is also extremely organized if you are looking for someone to trust when coordinating and planning your big day. I highly recommend her!
All Fresh Flowers were provided by Wolfe Wholesale Florist here in Waco. What most people do not realize is that Wolfe sells to the public as well as other businesses. If you are needing flowers for your home or for a small gathering at your house, stop in and you will find wonderful prices. The flowers at Wolfe are always fresh and they have an incredible eye for design. If you hire them for a wedding, they will come out and setup all the floral arrangements and hang them up in places you would not believe. Ask for Amber if you swing by. She is wonderful!
The Custom Invitation Suite was designed and beautifully printed by CM Design Weddings out of Waco, TX. If you are needing invitations for an upcoming event, CM Designs can help with RSVP, details and more- You have the option to pick and choose what you want. You can also choose to dress up your invitation with colorful envelopes, pocket folders (regular and lasercut), and foil print. They also offer Custom Stationary where you can add some fun, and unique elements to your wedding design by having custom menus, table numbers, place cards, table arrangements, custom signs, and more. Check them out!
The wedding cake was baked and carefully crafted by All Sugar’d UP out of Waco TX. They did such an amazing job at capturing the details of what Shauna had envisioned for Rustic Rose Elegance. Each tier of this cake was painted in a sweet golden icing and it literally took our breaths away when it arrived. Shauna added a rose gold cake stand along with some fresh eucalyptus leaves and red and white roses for the topper. It was absolutely beautiful. The icing on this cake tasted soo good…haha. I only know this because as we were packing the cake up after the shoot was complete, I accidentally knocked off one of the sugar beads at the bottom. We couldn’t’ be wasteful lol.
Rentals (not all of them shown) were provided by Action Rentals. Their capabilities are endless! Stop by their location off of Lake Air Drive in Waco and browse. They have linens, lovely couches, décor, napkins, etc. The list goes on!
The Models for this shoot were just adorable and most importantly, they had fun with it. Kennedy has modeled for several magazines across town and this was Andy’s first shoot (way to go Andy!). Both of them were so genuine and were willing to try just about anything I threw at them. Thank you both for being awesome! You can check out Kennedy’s Instagram @kennedydoskocil and Andy’s Instagram @the_andyman12
HAIR & MAKEUP
Hair and Makeup was provided by La Bella Salon and Beauty Lounge. Dahlia Rendon is the person that I have had the pleasure to work with several times and she does a wonderful job. For one, she has the best personality and makes the entire experience fun for everyone involved. I love how easy she is to talk to. Her makeup and hair always looks so natural but it pops and stays when you need it to. If you are looking for hair/ makeup for a wedding, prom or even a special gathering, give her a call. You can check out her personal Instagram page @dahliarendon.
I absolutely loved this wedding dress provided by Georgios Bridal in Waco. The style was very romantic and reminded me of a Romeo and Juliet film. Such a timeless and sophisticated dress that looked so wonderful on Kennedy. It is the perfect dress for a Fall Wedding in Texas. The fabric was cool enough for a hot day but perfect for a slight temperature drop in the evening. If you are from Waco, then you know Georgios. They have been around a while but they are known for dresses of all special occasions such as Bridal, Bridesmaid Dresses, Prom, Homecoming or even just a formal night out.
Hand Lettering and Calligraphy was provided by K Dunks Creative. This girl is seriously talented. Her writing and style is not just perfect but its so pretty. She offers custom signage for just about any event. Check our her website for just a snippet of what she can do and stay tuned for her upcoming classes.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my first blog! It took me a while to get the hang of things but I am excited to write more. Although my website is focused on photography, I do plan to blog about some things I am also passionate about. Some of these include holistic health, a few favorite recipes, travel destinations, my favorite places to go in Central Texas and of course a few personal stories of our life here in Waco. Stay tuned for my next few posts, I have very exciting news to share!
If you are interested in booking a photographer for your upcoming event, check out my Instagram @rachelhthomasphotography for additional inspiration. We are in the process of booking Fall and Holiday portraits, so if you are a native Wacoan or a just visiting our lovely town, don’t be a stranger 🙂