If you’ve read any of my recent posts, you would know that I had been preparing for the marriage of my little girl, my first sweetheart, my little one, you get the picture. Often as a wedding photographer, I get to experience the joy and happiness of the wedding day from a third party perspective, but to be actually involved was a different role for me. As a father, you always want the best for your daughter and you hope and pray that the man she chooses to marry is “good enough”. Well, she used to bring quite a few knuckleheads around, none of which I liked (hey, I’m a dad, I’m not SUPPOSED to like them because no one is good enough for my little girl) and I had resigned myself to the fact that I would be the father-in-law to a knucklehead. Well, she comes over one day and this HUGE guy is standing behind her. “You hired a body guard?”, I wondered, but she introduced him as “her friend”. Yeah, OK “friend” (I was born at night, but not last night). He gives me eye contact and a firm hand shake (which means a WHOLE lot to a father) and introduces himself. She met him in class at TSU where he was on the football team (hence his size) and I liked Fred from the beginning, but I didn’t tell her that, but once she told me they were getting married, I knew I had to do what I could to help keep them on the right track (and not make the same mistakes that I have).
As they planned the wedding, yes there were ups and downs – and if you are planning your wedding, there WILL be ups and downs. We were excited one day and then there were days when I wanted to tell them to just go to the courthouse! But when the day came, it was all worth it. They had an amazing wedding planner Mai Dang of Honeydew Events and Mai did an incredible job helping her during the planning process, the rehearsal night and the wedding day. The ceremony was held at The Foundry UMC in Northwest Houston on Jones Rd (a perfect place for a ceremony) and the reception was held at the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom which is also in Northwest Houston and was beautifully decorated. I’ll attempt to tell the rest of the story in pictures and while telling the story, I have to thank my incredible friend and awesome photographer, Monique Montoya of Perspectives Photography for helping me with the photos that day some of the shots are mine, but the really nice ones are hers :
Flowers for the day:
Her beautiful wedding dress
Yes, I was nervous, but no one noticed because they were all looking at her
Another good friend, Pastor Vernon Hubbard, performed the ceremony and here he does a cord ceremony
After the ceremony and formals, they headed over to Enchanted Cypress and the video crew was setting up some shots and I caught a few while I waited
hanging out upstairs at Enchanted Cypress
Did I mention what an amazing job Monique Montoya did?