Dallas Wedding Photographer: Thanksgiving Tower Club | Amanda + Colby |

There is something special about big cities. Sometimes they are the magical mixers that bring people from opposite ends of the earth together to meet each other. Other times, the sprawling metropolis will let a guy and a girl grow up just miles apart, but they’ll graduate from school and move off without ever meeting. That was the story for these two – only, they moved on with their lives, went off to college in another state… and ended up in the same state, at the same college, in the same school at that college. This time their paths did cross. Time would prove their bond stronger than they might have guessed, and after both graduated and moved back to Dallas to start their careers, their relationship began to get more serious. Fast forward a couple years to a cruise ship heading to Cozumel, a surprise proposal, a happy “yes…!” and a wedding to rock all Dallas weddings was in the works.

Meet Amanda and Colby.

When we first met Amanda and Colby we knew that their wedding would lie somewhere along the crossroads between romantic and upscale, a hybrid of modern and traditional. They started off with one of the most epic engagement sessions of all time, centering their love story with the backdrop of the city where they’ve built their life together – Dallas. Their wedding would play out in the same way, weaving their love story into the city that nurtured it – from their getting ready at the elegant Adolphus Hotel, to the wedding on the 48th floor Tower Club Dallas atop Thanksgiving Tower in downtown, to the celebrity wedding crasher, the night was unforgettable.

The day started with Amanda’s lovely Justin Alexander gown..

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Special thanks to Jennifer with Lip Service for Amanda’s makeup.

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Amanda, you’re a beauty!

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Special family pearls…

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So beautiful!

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Matt was with Colby while he got ready. How awesome is his white tux?!

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Love this card exchange!

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Three beautiful generations!

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Love this romantic black and white…

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A thank you to Christy and Paula from Swank Soiree for helping organize such a beautiful celebration, and special thanks to Matthew from Tower Club for pulling this all together!

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Love to see how our couples display their photos!

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We were all (photographers included!) surprised when a local celebrity, Big Al Mack, from The Kidd Kraddick Show crashed Amanda and Colby’s wedding. He came bearing gifts, and of course, every iPhone in the house came out!

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If you’re going to tie the knot above “the big-D”, I can’t think of a better place to do it – check out this view!

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Amanda and Colby ended the evening with a solo private dance…

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Amanda and Colby,

From the first time we heard your love story, we were charmed by you two! We’ve loved getting to know you, and your excitement for life and each other. We hope every day, and every year, is more exciting than the last. Here’s to many many joyful years, full of excitement and romance!

Cheers,

Matt and Ivy

Story from the Bride:

Colby and I met in August of 2005 when we were both Freshman at Oklahoma State University. Colby was a Finance and Accounting major and I was a Marketing major so we spent a lot of time together in the business school and at parties J . We had a lot in common and both were from the DFW area, him from Southlake and me from Coppell. We dated off and on beginning in 2006 and both ended up moving back to Dallas after graduation in May of 2009, which is when we started to get serious. Fast forward 5 years and Colby proposed while we were on a cruise to Cozumel in May of 2014. Colby is now a Consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP and I am a Legal Recruiter with Dentons US LLP. When we started the wedding planning we both knew that we wanted it to be one huge party with all of our family and friends there. We are very social and just wanted everyone to have a night they would never forget! My mother and I did most of the planning as Colby was at Texas A&M getting his MBA for a year and a half. It was such a fun experience and I wish I could do it all over again as the night went by way too fast!

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Assistant Photographer | Jared Rey | Bridal Gown | Justin Alexander and Bridal Boutique in Lewisville | Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Circle Park Bridal |Hair | Erin Belcher | Makeup | Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service | Bridal Jewelry | Tiffany’s | Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits | Vera Wang and Men’s Wearhouse | Event Planner  and Coordinator | Swank Soiree | Florist | Gro Floral and Event Design| Cakes | Panini Bakery | Venue and Caterer | Tower Club Dallas | Officiant | Billy Mazur | Caricature Artist | Amy Draws Faces | MC | Brian Prescott of Simply Music Events | Transportation | Blue Diamond Limos | Photobooth | Premiere Booth |

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Houston Wedding Photographer: Chinese Catholic Wedding & Tea Ceremony | Jennifer + David |

For some couples, falling in love means being at the right place at the right time. For other couples, building a relationship happens when ties grow closer over long distances. For these two, it was both. A Texas-raised guy met a Florida girl in – of all places –  the capital of the nation, Washington, D.C. Long conversations left each of them curious about the other person, and over the months they kept in touch online. Eventually the two would end up living nearby each other in the Northeast, and then settling down in Houston, where they were ready to start the next chapter of their lives – together.

Meet Jenn and David.

Their wedding was the perfect mix of fun, meaningful moments, and tradition. The Catholic wedding mass with family and friends, the intimate family moments of the tea ceremony, and the lively reception at one of Houston’s perennial favorite venues.

In addition to her beautiful white gown, Jenn also got to wear a lovely traditional red gown for her reception. Love!

Jenn’s sweet mom put on one of the most impressive wedding day brunch meals we’ve seen.

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We loved all of the cultural details at the reception!

The first dance was so much fun! Jenn rocked her traditional red wedding gown!

 

Jenn and David,

You two are so fun! We loved getting to be a part of your big day, and we are so happy for you both. We love how excited you both are to be together, and we hope that every year is even happier than the last. Best wishes for a wonderful life together!

-Matt and Ivy

PS. Thank you for introducing us to Juicebox! 😉

Story from the bride: 

How I met David:
I happened to meet David after college, and right before I moved to Washington D.C. Through some mutual friends, we all met at D.C. for a big event. Both of us were the responsible designated drivers for the evening, and we got to chat. I had an immediate attraction towards this tall Asian man. He had all the qualities any Asian parent would look for. He was tall, broad, had nice eyebrows, a nice smile, a well shaped nose, a nice forehead, earlobes that had the perfect length, he loved Jesus, played the violin, spoke Chinese fluently, and went to an Ivy League school. Imagine a white cloud, and some hearts around his face while I was getting to know him. Yes…he met everything on my checklist.
But alas, our distance was a problem for our possible developing relationship. He was still going to school in New York, while I was hunting for jobs in Florida. We continued to talk (thank God for ooVoo, Skype, G-chat, and Facebook). Eventually, I found a job in D.C. and was luckily closer to him too! It was a 6 hour drive to New York, so we’d take turns driving to see each other. Eventually, when we had visited his family in Houston…I fell in love…with the state. I moved down to Houston for work, and he eventually moved down to continue school.

How I Met Jenn:
I met Jenn through mutual friends in Washington D.C. I realized that we clicked almost immediately and we had very many things in common. I ended up talking to Jenn until the sun came up the next day to try and get to know as much as I could about her. As we left, I did not think that I would ever see Jenn again since she lived n Florida and I was in New York. Fortunately, Jenn was much more persistent when it came to keeping in touch with each other and we talked online for several months afterwards. She also managed to find a job in D.C., which made the distance more manageable. We began dating and I told her that I would continue my studies in Houston and that she should consider moving there since job opportunities were better. Jenn quickly found a job there and moved down with me to Houston where we currently reside.

Planning for the Wedding:

I (Jenn) planned 99.9% of the wedding. I was told by other married couples that the wedding will not be exactly how I originally planned it, and that it’ll all be okay. There were a lot of little details that were forgotten up until the week/day of the wedding: The invitations had to be revised about 5 times before it was printed, my shoes were not decided on until 2 weeks before the wedding, didn’t order enough boutonnieres for the family, forgetting to invite some guests until the week of, etc. Sometimes, being an organized person may not be applicable during wedding planning. Overall, these things were forgotten the moment I walked down the aisle. As busy as the week may have been, it was a definite blur.

Favorite Part of the Wedding

Jenn’s Favorites:

– Walking down the aisle with my mom and uncle, my support team!
– Entering the reception while dancing, knowing that all the stress is over and it’s time to start partying and eating!

David’s Favorites:

– Drinking with his friends and eating whenever he could
– Getting the first look at his groom’s cake – he even took a photo with his phone

 

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Dress | David’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup | Blush & Co | Groom’s Suit | Black by Vera Wang | Venue | Ascension Chinese Mission and Fung’s Kitchen | Florist | SCF Events | Cake | Three Brothers Bakery | Caterer | Fung’s Kitchen | Officiant | Father Louis Zee | Favors | Godiva | MC | Henry Luu of Hi Fi Karaoke |

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Something New, Something Blue: Blue Apron Review

One of the fun things about being a wedding photographer is that we get to make friends with lots of amazing people – brides, grooms, families, and of course, awesome vendors in the wedding industry! One of our favorite DFW area venues, Dallas Baptist University’s Pilgrim Chapel, has its weddings run by the sweet Vivian. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with her on a number of weddings, and of course, we keep up with each other on Facebook in between events.

Since our days can be pretty hectic, especially now that we balance being parents and running a business, you can imagine how excited we were when Vivian offered to have Blue Apron send us some ready-to-make dinners. It’s something we’ve never tried before, and we are just a little bit blown away. Basically a magical box shows up on your doorstep, packed full of fresh vegetables, herbs, sauces, cheeses, and proteins, and a fantastic recipe for each night.
We got to make three dates out of it, cooking and enjoying time together in the kitchen. The delivery included everything we needed to make:
  • Seared Salmon and Salsa Verde with Orange Spinach and Farro Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Endive and Blue Cheese Salad (Matt’s Favorite!)
  • Cacciatore Style Italian Baked Eggs with Garlic Toast (Ivy’s Favorite)
It was awesome, it freed up time, and we loved two of the meals especially – the chicken sandwiches were to die for, and the Italian baked eggs were incredible. The Salmon was good, but not half as amazing as the other two (maybe because it was the healthier option, ha!). Overall, everything was delicious, and now we just might try it out again. In fact, we loved the idea so much, that we’ve decided to try a few more delivery services before choosing our favorite. So…Hello Fresh is coming next week! There’s a lot to live up to, because we loved Blue Apron, but we’re excited to give it a try. We’ll be posting a review on that one also.

Do you use a meal delivery service? If so, let us know on the Facebook page which one is your favorite, and any tips on what your favorite selections are!

Thanks again to Vivian for the special treat!

-Matt and Ivy

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