Dallas Wedding Photography Advice

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on September 14, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Wedding photography advice from yours truly along with other great DFW Photographers was featured on Dallas Party Ride‘s website. This was super cool! The post was about how to approach creating a fun and easy wedding photography experience. The question was:

“Wedding photos last forever, every bride and groom wants them to be extra special.  What are some tips that every couple should know about to best capture the special events during the engagement through wedding process?”

Check out my answer here along with other fantastic local wedding photographers.

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We still have dates in Winter 2017 and all of 2018 available! Use this nifty contact form today and let’s meet up and talk about how best to preserve your wedding day memories.

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Averi and Prince’s Grapevine, Texas Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on September 13, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

It was so nice to meet Averi and Prince for the first time during their Grapevine Texas engagement session. Downtown Grapevine is one of our favorite areas with all of the fun restaurants, bars, and quirky architecture to explore. I also love having a fun downtown area so close to Lewisville. I had a blast getting to know these two and talking all things wine and goofing around a bit. So much fun!

We were also able to end their session at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens which is one of my favorite places to shoot in DFW for many reasons: it’s easy to get to, the light is always gorgeous and it’s free! It provided a great change of of pace and variety in their photos with both an urban and natural setting. And given that it’s the dead of summer while I’m writing this, I’m definitely missing the 70 degree nice weather in February right about now.

Stay tuned for their two-part wedding post coming up!

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Their wedding journey has been one for the books, y’all. I’m so lucky that I get to work with couples like Averi and Prince and their families! Thank you guys for choosing me to preserve your wedding memories.

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The Marq Southlake – Lori and Adam’s Wedding Reception

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on September 6, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Lori and Adam’s wedding reception at The Marq Southlake was an absolute blast! I was also very glad to sneak out for a few more bride and groom portraits at golden hour. Their first dance was choreographed to mimic one of their favorite dances from Dancing With the Stars! They even had their favorite ice cream cake shop serve their cake (and it was absolutely delicious). I loved their vibrant pink and orange flowers in the bridal bouquets and in the reception centerpieces. Absolutely stunning! Be sure to scroll down to see one epic dance party and the list of wonderful vendors who made Lori and Adam’s wedding day vision happen.

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Vendor List:

Band: Jazz Monsters

Cakes: The Ice Cream Place

Caterer: Food Glorious Food

Coordinator: Event Elements

DJ: Don Cox

Florist: Emma Chappell

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Whites Chapel UMC Wedding – Lori and Adam’s Southlake Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 30, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Lori and Adam’s Whites Chapel UMC wedding in Southlake, Texas was elegant, simple, and laid back. We did something a little different and started with portraits immediately (which I was all for!). I had the honor of photographing their rehearsal dinner the night before, so it was great to work with familiar faces when we arrived on their wedding day.

Scroll down to see: the sweetest first look ever, dreamy locations with gorgeous natural light (always makes my heart happy!), and Lori’s uncle officiating their wedding. It was a wonderful evening planned by the fantastic Kristyn Hall with Event Elements. Be sure to keep a look out for the second part of their wedding story featuring their super awesome dance party reception at The Marq in Southlake!

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Are you tying the knot or planning on getting married? We would love to document your big day and the journey leading up to it. We still have dates available in late 2017 and in 2018! Take a look at my portfolio here and read Lori’s review about working with us here!

Vendor List:

Ceremony Site and Music: White’s Chapel UMC Wedding, Celeste Dunbar
Coordination: Kristyn Hall, Event Elements
Florist: Emma Chappell
Officiant: Rev Larry Duggins

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Grapevine Botanical Garden – Rachel’s Bridal Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 16, 2017 in Bridal | No Comments

Rachel’s bridal session at the Grapevine Botanical Garden was an absolute blast! We had plenty of gorgeous spring light and a slight breeze that we were able to use to our advantage. Be sure to stay tuned for her and Matt’s Fort Worth wedding blog post in a few weeks! Their wedding took place at 809 at Vickery in Fort Worth.

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Check out more of my bridal photography here!

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Marla and Brendan’s White Rock Lake Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 9, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

Marla and Brendan’s engagement session took place at White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX on a breezy and warm winter day. I loved hearing about their wedding plans and wish them the best as they commit their lives to each other in New Hampshire this October!

I love working with couples who are laid back and up for anything. When a couple is willing to trust their photographer, the best light/locations can appear in the most unexpected places.

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Loved getting to take a silhouette shot!

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Lora and Allan’s Wedding at the Church of Christ and Reception at the McKinney Flour Mill

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 6, 2017 in Weddings | 2 Comments

Lora and Allan’s wedding ceremony took place at the Church of Christ on McDermott Road, and their reception was held at The McKinney Flour Mill in Mckinney, TX. Allan’s love of cat shirts and Lora’s love of Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock made it into their wedding vows which, as an appreciator of all of those things, I absolutely loved. Their wedding colors were blush, gold, and teal blue (check out the beautiful bridesmaid dresses below!), and the reception had Southern vintage charm with many personal touches from Lora’s family collection.

Side note: I’ve been spending time thinking about how to most efficiently manage my workflow while keeping my blog up to date. If you have a small business, you know how important blogging can be! To be honest though, it’s time consuming and not my favorite thing compared to working with couples and shooting photos. However, I do LOVE sending my clients a sneak peek of their photos within 24 hours of their session or wedding day.

Because of this, rather than only sharing on social media, I’ve decided to bring these sneak peeks over to my blog. So hello potential new readers (and hopefully better Google SEO rankings)! I still have a backlog of all of my past 2017 weddings and sessions, so to my previous clients: don’t worry, you will see your post up in the next few months! In the meantime, there will be an overlap with my current sessions. Such is the nature of business!

Congratulations to the new Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton as they start the wonderful journey that is marriage.

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Vendor List:

Coordination: Andrea Johnson, Bliss Events

Hair: Dora Palao

Makeup: Belks

DJ: Ken Adams

Caterer: Blue Mesa

Cake: Rachel Marshall

Floral: Bob Lane with Lane’s Flowers

Officiant: Jeremy Arrendondo

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Leilani and Kevin’s Evening Wedding at Bella Donna Chapel

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 3, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Bella Donna Chapel McKinney is a lovely wedding venue located in McKinney, TX, a northern Dallas suburb. Leilani and Kevin had already had a pre-wedding photo session with me, but that didn’t take away any of the specialness of their wedding day. When Leilani initially met with me, she told me they were planning on having their wedding ceremony after sunset. No problem!

Evening weddings can be so unique on their own and I seriously felt privileged to photograph these two and their families and friends celebrate their love. Scroll down and take a look on how they incorporated their own personal touches, including A Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker groom’s cake!

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Leilani and Kevin, thank you for making us feel so welcome. I’m truly lucky to get to work with such wonderful people such as y’all.

Are you planning a wedding in late Fall 2017 or Spring 2018? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s set up a coffee date and talk about how we can best document your love and this special time in your life.

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Hair – Kayla Schram

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Lora and Allan’s Deep Ellum Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on July 26, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

Lora and Allan’s Deep Ellum engagement session took place on a foggy February morning earlier this year. They were absolute troopers meeting up with me so early on a Sunday morning! I am not a morning person but Deep Ellum is one of those places where it’s worth it to meet up early. For one thing, it’s much less crowded! Also, we have access to all of the beautiful painted murals without having to dodge cars in the parking lots. Plus, who doesn’t like having a delicious brunch to look forward to early in the day? If you have any brunch recommendations for the Deep Ellum/Downtown Dallas area, I’d love to hear them! Feel free to drop suggestions in the comment section below.

Also, It had been several years since I last photographed in Deep Ellum and was a wonderful experience to go back.

Lora and Allan’ wedding is coming up in a few weeks, and we’re so excited!

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A sign of change: this area is now competely under construction. No more foggy view of the Dallas skyline.

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We can’t wait to photograph Lora and Allan’s McKinney, TX wedding this August! It’s been great to get to know them during this period of their lives. View more of our engagement and wedding photography here. This year has gone by so fast and I’m so excited for their wedding in a couple of weeks!

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Lindsay and Mariano’s White Rock Lake Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on July 19, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX is one of my favorite locations to take pictures at! There are so many hidden little places to find around the actual lake itself. Lindsay, Mariano, and their kids met up with me for some group portraits and engagement photos. You can tell that our session was in early Spring because of the trees and the light outside! I’m honestly nostalgic for cooler weather (I always get this way in July – the never ending Texas summer can be brutal!)

We were able to head over to the Filter Building at the end of their session as well, which is a fantastic Dallas wedding and event venue that has a lovely outside as well. I hadn’t yet met Lindsay and Mariano in person, but there’s something truly special about immediately meeting someone and receiving a big hug and hearing “Let’s be friends!” before anything else. Lindsay is truly a kindred spirit. I couldn’t possibly be more excited to photograph their wedding this Fall!

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I’d love to be the one to preserve these memories in this special time in your life. Check out my past engagement photography work here, or drop a comment below and say hey!

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