STUDIO INSPIRATION TO BRIDAL PORTRAIT | HOUSTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Ask any bride about her wedding dress and she has a story to tell.

Each and every bridal gown every worn down the aisle has a unique story that could conceivably turn into a best seller. From a little girl's dream of her fairytale wedding to the reality of the dress search.  Oh! the search for that perfect wedding dress. And in that search, it is easy to overlook custom made dresses when it really does not have to be. Ask your bridal dream team and chances are we know someone that knows someone that knows a custom designer, you know what I mean? All you need to do is ask. Since you asked nicely, I just happen to know of such a designer, Natalie Harris, the beauty, brains and purple colored hair behind @damselwhitelabel, you can find her here and here to see her "extraordinary gowns to your dream gown"

On your wedding day, we create your unique bridal portrait in your "perfect" gown to tell the story of you! These are images that you get to enjoy today, the foundation of stories you'll share with your children and grand-children, but most importantly, these are the images that speak to future generations when we are no longer here to speak. The images that show how you lived, loved and glowed on your wedding day.

These are the images you show, for the millionth time, to everyone you meet on how absolutely fabulous you looked on your wedding day. So, let's review your wedding day timeline and I will make sure you're equipped with the evidence for your future storytelling (side career).

Congratulations bride to be.

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Creative Dream Team

Bridal Gown | @damselwhitelabel Floral Design | @flowervibestx Crown | @bark_and_beam Concept Design | @kellykennedyevents Hair & Makeup | @styledbykelseyv Model | @authentically_B Filming | @thefilmstill

Mint & Gold Styled Photo Session | Houston, TX

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Ronnie: I’m visiting Houston & would really love to meet anyone that’s available for coffee, wine, a meal or just hang out. Kelsey: I'm always game to grab coffee or wine. If you wanted to pull together a quick shoot somewhere let me know.

Those two Facebook messages began a flurry of instant messages (IM) that culminated in a mini styled Mint & Gold shoot collaboration by a handful of spectacular Houston, TX wedding industry creatives from the local group of Rising Tide Society, the Houston Tuesday Together.

Kelsey Vawter, a Hair and Makeup Artist extraordinaire earned that title because this collaboration would have been impossible without her. She reached out to other creatives and our team began to form. She had a real-life power couple to model, we tossed some venues and timeline around settled on 10:30 am to give everyone a chance to get on with their valentine’s day plan.

I had a minor problem on my part though.

My original outbound Southwest Air flight conflicted with the timeline ; it was scheduled to arrive much later in the day. What’s a girl to do? Change flights of course, except it’s 2 days before departure. Enter American Airlines who happens to have an early morning but connecting flight that would get me into Houston IAD, not Hobby by 9:30 am. No time for deliberation, change flight plan already and pray there is no delay. Flight changed! Oh, remember to cancel outbound Southwest into Hobby. Canceled! And then there was the matter of the rental car, change pick up location to George Bush Airport, drop off at Hobby. Done!!.  I arrived at BWI so early that I was in line even before TSA opened. #firsttimeever.  Mercifully, AA arrived on time, I grabbed the rental car and thanks to the power of Waze (GPS) I made it to the venue, in time to receive the next IM: we’re inside.

Showtime!

When I first saw our real-life power couple Meaghan, an MD/Ph.D. student and Chris, an aerospace engineer, their chemistry was so strong I forgot my typical getting-to-know-you mental script. Meaghan looked so stunning in the exquisite gown provided by Christine of Private Label Wedding Dresses. Chris looked something straight out of the pages of GQ. The only question I could come up with was are you guys a real couple?. I don’t remember their response but their faces and body language said it all.

 

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Oh, Chris, Chris, Chris

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A quick touch up just to make sure her girl shines! Christine!! Ronnie Bliss Photography_0171.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0170.jpg

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Not a strand of hair out of place.  Hair and Makup by Kelsey  @styledbykelseyvRonnie Bliss Photography_0192 Ronnie Bliss Photography_0176.jpgRonnie Bliss Photography_0172.jpgRonnie Bliss Photography_0173.jpg

When you're in a sweet shop, there's only one thing to do. Did you notice the mint straws?  Elizabeth! Ronnie Bliss Photography_0177.jpg

I cannot wait to work with again with one of the best Houston’s wedding planners, Elizabeth Abshire of EA Events & Design. She was so on point with planning the day that she even picked up a new set of mint chairs to match. Just in case! Ronnie Bliss Photography_0178.jpgCalligraphy by Lilly and Rose Studio Ronnie Bliss Photography_0179.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0180.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0181.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0182.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0183.jpg

This creamy goodness, to borrow from Fat Cat Creamery was by Natalie at Jade Magnolia Sweets. Ronnie Bliss Photography_0184.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0185.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0186.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0187.jpg Ronnie Bliss Photography_0188.jpg

 

What happens when several passionate creatives put their mind to a common goal? Made possible through the collaboration of these passionate wedding industry creatives:

Hair + Makeup: Kelsey Vawter - http://www.styledbykelseyv.com - @styledbykelseyv

Photography: Ronnie Bliss Photography -  http://ronniebliss.com - @ronnieblissphotography

Planning: EA Events & Design - http://www.eadesignevents.com @eadesignevents

Wedding dress: Private Label Wedding Dresses - http://www.privatelabelweddingdresses.com

Calligraphy: lilyandrosestudio https://www.etsy.com/shop/LilyandRoseStudio @lilyandrosestudio

Wedding Cake: Jade Magnolia - @jade.magnolia

Models: Meaghan - @m_roars GQ model Chris -  @cvdubs11

Venue: Fat Cat Creamery - @fatcatcreamery

I love to travel, see new places, meet new people.  My last trip to Houston, TX  did not disappoint. I met not just new people, but new friends, new places. I drove and drove some more, and had the lucky grace to meet spectacular wedding industry creatives. My adventure was so awesome, the next one is already in the works. Are you in Houston or surrounding areas mid-March? Would you like to grab a cup of coffee, wine, lunch or even dinner? I'd love to meet you. Better yet, do you have an idea we can collaborate on? Send me an email [email protected]

YEAR 2015: AT THE CROSSROAD OF A NEW LEASE ON LIFE - PART II | RONNIE BLISS PHOTOGRAPHY | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAHER

Welcome back! Today is the continuation of the first photography workshop I attended earlier this year. The Bayside Bride Workshop was wedding business strategies + styled shoots.

The business connections and personal friendships made at these local level are nothing short of incredible. Our Community over Competition has grown into The Rising Tide Society and a Tuesdays Together monthly networking sessions with a focus on both personal and small business growth. The uniqueness of Tuesdays Together is the bond of friendships that is nothing short of sisterhood. A community where collaboration is the norm. I can definitely say that I look forward to each networking session and the opportunity to support one of these wonderful ladies.

Enjoy the images from the wedding styled shoot.

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Year 2015: AT THE CROSSROAD OF A NEW LEASE ON LIFE | RONNIE BLISS PHOTOGRAPHY | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAHER

At the crossroad of life, I entered 2015 knowing it is a year of many changes in every area of my life. Simply put, crazy scary at the same time wildly exciting. Afterall it’s not every day you’re handed the opportunity to stand at a crossroad of a new lease on life. What to do! Take a left, a right or stay put? Decisions! Decisions!! Decisions!!! With this rare and exciting ‘opportunity’, I decided to immerse myself in some personal development, explore honing my photography skill by attending several workshops for different reasons. The Bayside Bride Workshop was the first, hosted by Natalie Franke and Krista Jones. It was wedding business strategies meet styled shoots. Not just one styled shoot but engagement + wedding. As if that was not enough, how about shooting digital or film? Fear not, my goal was personal development so I stayed digital.

On a personal level, I came away with tons of new ideas, skills were definitely honed, gained an entire community of friends and a movement called Community over Competition. A group of creatives, in the same relative creative space, who are genuinely rooting for your business to succeed. Wow!

Here are some images from the engagement session.

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Thank you for visiting, more on the wedding images next week.