Lisa and Nathan’s St. Catherine of Siena wedding and The Addison Event Center Reception

When Lisa’s mother called me to schedule a consultation to chat about her upcoming wedding, I was excited to finally get to know them.  Lisa and her family have lived down the street from me and go to my church; however, we have not actually been anything more than neighbors and acquaintances that wave and smile as we pass by.

Once they stepped foot into my studio and we began talking, I KNEW that I had been missing out on a great relationship. Lisa’s eyes lit up just talking about Nathan. I LOVE this family and I am SO happy that they are now part of our Texas Tradition Family. I’m also blessed to now call them MY FRIENDS instead of just neighbors.  Lisa has two sisters and a brother and they are all amazing! And… Nathan is the perfect addition!!

Lisa looked STUNNING in her dress and Nathan was MORE than handsome. They are such an amazing couple, and are such good loyal friends, it’s no wander they had ten wedding attendants! Yes, it was a big wedding party, but every one of them was a special part of this couple’s life. They were all invested in Lisa and Nathan’s relationship.

Take a peek at some of the images from the wedding and reception, you will have so much fun looking at them, you will feel like you were there.

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You can see by the expressions of their faces, the wedding was perfect.  We’d love to be your wedding photographer too! If you are getting married and would like more information on how we can become part of your wedding team, please fill out the contact form below and we will give you a call.

Perkins Chapel-The Adolphs Hotel Wedding

The secret to an amazing wedding is to plan your heart out, choose professionals that share your same creative vision, and then let go and enjoy your day. It’s okay if something doesn’t go as planned, just relax and trust that your professionals will take care of you.

Rachel and Eric’s wedding was elegant, traditional and simply romantic.  I caught myself tearing up a few times when I saw how sweetly he looked at her.  Rachel has a heart of gold and I felt that everyone at the wedding  knew it too.Perkins_Chapel_Wedding_1

Rachel and her mom did most of the planning. They did an amazing job picking two perfect locations and wedding professionals who shared her same style. Garden Gate Floral Design worked their magic to create a sea of elegant arrangements. Jr. even dressed their precious dog.

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Rachel and Eric’s amazing Professional Wedding Team

Hair: Amanda with Chad Rookstool Salon

Make up: Stormy Weather Make up

Florist: Garden Gate Floral and Design

DJ:  Uptown Sound

Video: LeVon Owens with Spinning Leaf Films

Dress: Mia Bridal Couture Houston

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Groom’s tux: J Hilburn

Ceremony: Perkins Chapel at SMU

Reception: The Adolphus Hotel

Photography: Lisa Manis and Tim McCord with Texas Tradition Photography

 

Open House at The Windsor at Hebron Park in Carrollton

The Windsor at Hebron Park Open house was SO much fun! Most of my favorite vendors were there.  It was more like a party than an open house.  Melissa and Hayley from Windsor did a fabulous job planning the event. As you can see by the pictures below, the floral arrangements that were designed by Dianne and Justine at Fleurs De France Floral in Carrollton were absolutely beautiful! Combined with the elegant white draping provided by Randy Roe, the room was Old Hollywood ready. Top that off with Old Hollywood style music by Jeff at Jay Fox Productions, cake by Elegant Cakery in Southlake, food by CN Catering and of course photography by yours truly, and you have a very successful open house. United Rental and Jason from Dream Driven Media were also part of the party.

And the party couldn’t have been complete without all the wonderful brides, grooms and their families that came to enjoy the evening “Hollywood Style”.

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Kelsi and Tonys’ Piazza in the Village Wedding

From my first meeting with Kelsi and Tony, I knew right away that I really wanted to photograph their wedding. Aside from the fact that they were/are both ADORABLE, their wedding was at Piazza in the Village.

Piazza in the Village is in Colleyville and it is SO beautiful! I have wanted to photograph there since it was built, but haven’t had the opportunity.

Kelsi and Tony did an amazing job planning their special day.  They thought of every detail. From the hanger holding the bride’s dress, to the groom and his mother’s dance, there always seemed to be one more thing to be excited about.  Who says you can’t have it all? Take a peek at some of their wedding photographs.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

A couple of times a year I have the privilege of participating in the CFB ISD 5th grade career fair.  Unfortunately for me, it always happens during the busiest times of the year. But, I’m honored to be included.  There are tons of photographers they could ask, but they choose me.  And I don’t take that lightly.

The set up is similar to any other trade show, the difference is, the attendees are 5th graders. Hundreds of them!  Their objective is to visit with the representatives from careers they think they may want to choose when they get older.

These kids are my future employees, clients and competitors.  I want to give them the most useful information and the best advice possible.

One 5th grade  boy walked up and asked me what was the worst part of my job… okay, I wasn’t expecting that question so I thought a minute.  I told him that as a business owner, I had to do the day to day chores around the office like taking out the trash and cleaning the bathrooms.  Without even thinking, he responded “do you have to go to college for that?”  I couldn’t help but laugh.

Then another 5th grader asked me what I wanted to be when I was in 5th grade.  That was also a great question. These kids will change their minds a million times from now until they start their careers.  But the great thing about this career fair is that it gives the kids an opportunity to look a professional in the eye, shake their hand and speak to them face to face.  It also gets them thinking about their future and opens their eyes to many new opportunities. The sky is the limit for these kids, they can do anything they want.  And because of that… the kids… I will continue to carve out time to spend with the future of this awesome city.

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It’s Wedding Season for this Dallas Wedding Photographer!

Wedding season has officially begun!  The New Year always brings newly engaged couples.  It’s SO exciting.  And it seems like this year brides are in a hurry to book early.  I certainly can’t complain about that.

So.. are you planning a wedding?  If so, come see me this Sunday (Jan. 4th, 2015) at the Signature Bridal Show at the Plano Center in Plano from 12-5.  I will have an awesome booking bonus.

If you can’t make it out this weekend, I will also be at the Signature Bridal Show in Dallas on Sunday, Jan. 18th and at The Windsor at Hebron Park’s open house on Thursday Jan. 29th. Or you can always call me and we can set up a time to meet here at my studio.

2015 is going to be a great year to get married!

Dallas Wedding Couple Jennifer and John Tie the Knot on Valentines Day at The Old Bedford School

It has been rumored that Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year.  Once you take a look at Jennifer and John’s Valentine’s Day wedding, you will know FOR SURE that it was their most romantic day EVER!

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The beautiful floral arrangements were created by my very good friend and floral designer Kevin May from May Flowers and Gifts. (shameless plug 214-507-2837) The bride was very excited when she saw how amazing they looked.

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The red and white Valentine Theme was very romantic. The bride seems to have a BIG heart!

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The Old Bedford School was full of historical things. Every direction you turned, there was more to see.  The backgrounds were limitless.

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The Bride and Groom decided to have a first look in the class room. You should have seen John’s eyes light up when he saw his bride for the first time. She was stunning!

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Jennifer and John met back in 1988 when they went to school together.  They used to pass notes back and forth during class.

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YAY!!  He said yes!

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It is very easy to tell these two are crazy in love. John couldn’t take his eyes off his bride.

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The Ceremony was beautiful!  I just loved these “love” blocks on the alter.

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The Bedford School has incredible character. We could have photographed this couple all night!

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Gorgeous couple, Gorgeous Venue!

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The Catering and the Cake were prepared by Sweet Memories.  The presentation and the food were perfect.

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After a romantic private dance…

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The happy couple made their exit through some wavy glow sticks. And then the most unexpected thing happened…

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They gave us a box of Turtle Chocolates!!!  Alyssa and I had a very “sweet” ride home.