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Jenay + Chris Elopement | Corpus Christi Botanical Garden

It is always exciting as a photographer to get to shoot at new and unfamiliar locations. I was so excited last year to get to cover this intimate elopement for Jenay and Chris at the Botanical Gardens. Despite a rain filled morning they decided to go forward with the planned ceremony time and luckily the rain cleared

Jenay looked absolutely gorgeous in her beaded gown. The pavilion was a beautiful location looking out toward the lush gardens.

A short and sweet ceremony led to a quick set of detail and family group shots. We also included the photo of Jenay’s sister who had passed away. I am so thankful when couples are able to include their loved ones that are unable to be physically present.

A quick set of couple’s portraits showing the love and excitement between Jenay and Chris rounded out the celebration. The botanical gardens were absolutely beautiful. It has to be one of my favorite wedding and elopement venues in Corpus Christi!

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5 Tips for the Perfect 1st Kiss Photos - Corpus Christi Weddings

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There you are in your fancy gown, the love of your life staring lovingly into your eyes. Your closest friends and family there to bear witness to your commitment of life and love. The officiant proclaims "I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride."  At last!  

Your FIRST KISS marks the beginning of your journey into married life.  Brides love to have this iconic moment to share on social media, announcing their marriage officially.

Here is a list of photographer approved tips to help you ROCK your first kiss and get the perfect first kiss photos.

* Make sure your hair is out of your face - nothing ruins a 1st kiss photo like not being able to actually see the kiss!  The bride traditionally stands on the left side which means the right side of your face will be to the camera.  Be sure to ask your hair stylist to keep any hair that will be down to the left side.  If you will be having an outdoor ceremony don't forget the possibility of WIND. I highly encourage my outdoor brides to have their hair styled up or half up.

* Have a 2nd photographer - there are a plethora of reasons having more than one photographer at your wedding is important and your first kiss is one of them. Having a photography team means more angles to choose from. This moment happens so quickly we only get one shot at catching it. Which brings us to the next tip.

* Take it SLOW - take a moment before going in for the kiss... take a breath, move in slowly, and kiss longer than 3 seconds. Not only will this help your photographer get to take a couple more shots but your guests will be taking pictures as well and cell phone camera shutter speeds are much slower. You will get clearer sharper photos if you limit moving in and out quickly!  If you aren't comfortable with a long slow kiss with such a large audience, opt for a 2nd kiss or a 3rd. It is your wedding afterall!

* Just the 2 of You - Before the ceremony ask your officiant to move to the side before the kiss. Having them in the photo doesn't always ruin it but many times if they stay behind we end up with unidentified limbs coming out from behind the kissing couple.

*Mind your hands - the most successful 1st kiss photos have the couple with their hands purposefully placed. Hands grabbing the face always looks romantic in the movies but in the real world and for photo purposes they look much better when gently placed on the hips, upper arm, or chest of your significant other. Keeping them away from the face ensures we get a clear shot of that marriage sealing kiss.

I hope this leaves you feeling confident and ready for YOUR 1st kiss. Don't be scared to practice. I'm sure your fiancé wont mind.

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La Mirage - Port Aransas Wedding

     When I 1st got in contact with Toni & Craig it was only 2 weeks until their Port Aransas destination beach wedding! I just happened to be open that weekend and we were able to quickly get everything set for me to capture their day!  Since they were coming down to the Corpus Christi area from Oklahoma we scheduled time to meet up at La Mirage a few days before the ceremony to go over timeline and check out the venue and beach area where they would tie the knot.

     The day of the wedding was windy and sunny in Port A (it feels like all days are like that here!). The sun was beating down on these guys but they were such troopers! Some of my favorite photos were of the couple's baby girl! She looked so precious in her flower crown and clearly is SO loved.   

   

    Once we had taken photo's of the groom, some family shots, and the wedding party it was time to switch out the groom for the bride! They made sure never see each other before the ceremony.  Toni looked absolutely stunning in a form fitting strapless white lace gown.  Her hair pulled up into a curled ponytail with a cute incorporated braids was so perfect for this windy beach wedding!  

Can we talk about how lucky Craig is to have two such beautiful ladies in his life?!?!

 

      Despite the rental company being late to set up Toni remained calm cool and collected, trusting that the day would go as it should! It was really wonderful to see her so relaxed and just ready to marry her guy! A minor hiccup couldn't bring her down and when everything was set up it was well worth the wait. The mother of the bride and mother of the groom helped walk miss Gwen down an aisle lined with gorgeous flower filled lanterns. Toni's dad gave her away to a grinning Craig. The ceremony was officiated by Craig's brother in law for a personal touch and ended with a perfect kiss! Woohoo!

    After the ceremony the sun had finally dipped behind the condos and dunes and everyone could open their eyes again!  We took time to take group photos and some of Craig, Toni, and Gwen while the guests headed back inside to get ready for the reception. 

      We sent the last of the family and guests up to eat so I could take some couples portraits of just the bride and groom! This is always my favorite part of a wedding. Often times it is the 1st and only part of the day that a bride and groom get to spend some time alone to just enjoy each other and take in their new roles as husband and wife!  

   Sometimes a couple can be a little uncomfortable in front of the camera at first but that was not the case with Craig and Toni! I helped guide the basis of poses and then let them just do their thing. There is no denying the love and connection between the 2 of them which resulted in some pretty magical images! 

 

     At the end of the night I stole them away one last time for a creative dark shot on the beach. The wind made it chilly and we couldn't see a thing but the shot was so worth it!  It was such a pleasure to capture this day for them. They were a photographer's dream and I am so thankful that they chose me to be a part of it. I know this will be a wedding that I remember forever because of how easy they made my job! I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness and hope to work together again in the future!!