Erin (one of our most recent brides) is known for her uncanny resemblance to Princess Jasmine when dressed up like the favored Disney Princess. The running joke of the wedding weekend was that she'd finally found her "Aladdin." Although they actually went to the same high school while growing up, it wasn't until they were adults that Erin and Steven met in a wine bar while with friends, and so it was only fitting that their wedding happen in a restaurant known for it's wine selection and delicious food: Tony's, in Houston. The restaurant happens to be owned by a family friend, and so the celebration took up the entire facility for the weekend.
We love capturing the experience of a wedding day on film, and what makes it even more fun is when our couples allow us to be a part of that experience, too. Erin & Steven chose to have our team film AND edit their video right on-site at their wedding reception, and what followed was a big reveal at the middle of the evening where we screened this "instamatic" video for their guests. It shows everything that happened over the weekend, from rehearsal dinner all the way to the bride and groom's first dance!
This choice of having an "instamatic" film to display during the wedding reception was a wonderful one for Erin and Steven--they were having a very private Jewish ceremony, and sharing the ceremony in the Instamatic video allowed them to show the large group of guests at the reception the beautiful ceremony that had occurred in the wine cellar just hours before.
As you can imagine, it also was really fun for us to watch the guests' and the family's reactions to the video. It was a total surprise for all of the guests that we were editing the film together right there, and it was even more fun because we normally don't get the opportunity to watch their faces at the moments that make them tear up, cry, and laugh. So many people were wiping away sweet happy tears, so we know that the experience was fun for Erin and Steven to share with their guests. Erin's mother found us before we left to let us know how wonderful it was to be able to share the Instamatic film that very day, and she said it was her favorite thing from the wedding. That is a huge compliment that we don't take lightly--we are so honored to be allowed into each family's life for a day to document their most special occasions.
An heirloom from the families of the bride and groom, this hand representing blessing, strength, power and protection hung in both the reception room at Tony's and another one was placed hanging among the candles under the couple's chuppah.
Chic, modern, and classic, the beautiful celebration weekend began with a rehearsal dinner at Brenner's on the Bayou, and the story-telling carried on into the night -- one of our favorite moments being when Erin's siblings joked that they were so glad to toast the happiest couple in the room ....Erin's mom and dad. Erin apparently had very high expectations while dating! And, of course, Steven came along and exceeded those expectations.
Erin began her wedding day at her parent's home. We love when brides find special ways to honor their families in their wedding traditions. Erin and her mother had lace taken from her mother's wedding dress and applied to her very long, dramatic veil. It was absolutely stunning in person.
Erin's dress also had intricate detailing, too: with beautiful folds specifically made in the translucent layers under a top layer of delicate lace, her dress had a modern silhouette, but up close, had the kind of stunning attention to structural detail that made art nouveau popular again.
We spent the day working with the talented event design crew from Something To Celebrate. Not only are they immensely talented in designing beautiful spaces and organizing efficient schedules, but Resha Zazueta, the lead coordinator, is an absolute gem of a person and a delight to be around. We are thankful for her leadership behind the scenes at this wedding helping us to secure information on every last detail so that the screening of the instamatic film was able to happen without a hitch!
Ceremony/Reception Venue & Caterer: Tony's Restaurant, 3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046, (713) 622-6778
Florist: Blooming Gallery
Live Band: Matchmaker Band
Event Designer: Something To Celebrate
Wedding Photographer: Akil Bennett
"Celeste" by Les Enfants
"Someone" by Future of Forestry
All musical tracks licensed through The Music Bed