Thought we would share some recent images from Sarah's bridal portrait session. Sarah is getting married this November and chose to have her portraits taken at the Junior League of Houston which is also her reception location.
This weekend we covered Jennifer and Chris's wedding. The couple had an evening wedding at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with a wonderful reception following at the Petroleum Club of Houston. The view from this club is always amazing as it is one of the few downtown buildings that is not completely surrounded. Chris was enthralled by the size and detail of his groom's cake created by Who Made the Cake! It was a replica of the Piper Cub that he received his pilots license in, not to mention his first emergency landing. As you can tell it certainly was a festive group. The couple flew out to Hawaii the next day for their honeymoon.
As previously mentioned we were fortunate to have not received any damage to the studio during the rampage that was Ike. We also quickly realized that having power restored after only four and a half days was a luxury. Many of our friends, clients and colleagues are now on day 14 without power and are still staying with friends and relatives who do have restored utilities. Our heart goes out to those that have gone through so much and are still displaced. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to contact us, even if it is to share you story.
We have also checked in with all of our scheduled 2008 wedding ceremony and reception locations and are happy to report that all are up and running with little to no damage.
On a side note to those that are curious about our back up system here at the studio. We do have a complete set of back up files that are kept at a remote location. In addition David had in possession with him all cameras, a laptop and all external drives containing client files so that in the event we had to relocate the studio operations we could do so with very little interruption. With such natural disasters nothing is ever certain and having backups is essential. Having experienced in 1993 his parents office fire first hand he became aware how important back up files are in restoring a business. We do not take anything for granted and try our best to be prepared for almost any situation that may arrive.
Ruth Plascencia and Gregg Catani are getting married at the end of October at the Alden Hotel downtown. They did not want the usual park setting for their engagement photos and opted instead for a more gritty, urban look. They chose the warehouse district northeast of downtown as their locale. Laura had fun with all of the different and diverse backdrops available there. She can't wait to shoot their wedding in October!
Carin and Sam were married this past Saturday in a non-denominational ceremony at the Rice University Chapel with a lavish reception following at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel. They met in Washington D.C. and now reside in Houston where Carin is a graduate student at, you guessed it, Rice University . We were so glad that the wedding was able to go off without a hitch so soon after the hurricane! It was an amazing blend of Catholic, Hindu and Jewish cultures.
We were asked to cover the rehearsal dinner for Carin and Sam. Less than a week after Hurricane Ike the city was still recovering with more than 2 million without power restored. Nearly all of the couple's guests were coming in from out of town for the festivities. The one thing that the couple had insisted on for the rehearsal dinner was that it was going to involve introducing their guests to their favorite Tex-Mex restuarant, El Tiempo. The dinner was hosted by the groom's family on the patio of the Washington Ave location and included wonderful toasts as well as a interesting "roast" of the groom to the tune of ABBA's "Dancing Queen".
As the area was still without power the facility was up and running with commercial grade generators. You would have never know it with the exception of the equipment in the back parking lot. Houston was also fortunate to have received a "cool" front just after the hurricane so being outdoors was actually pleasant. The guests were very understanding of what we had gone through and I was amazed to learn that the remnants of Ike had caused damage all the way up into Ohio. Of course with local television being a near 24 hour Houston Ike updates we were oblivious to what was going on in the rest of the states. One guest that lives just outside of Columbus, Ohio had been without power and for a few days and trees downed all over the area due to Ike.
As many of you are aware, Hurricane Ike hit Southeast Texas very early Saturday morning. As a result many of our friends and clients are displaced or without electricity. Many homes and businesses were greatly affected and it will take some time to fully recover. Fortunately of those we have heard from everyone is safe and some are actually comfortable back with power and air conditioning. We are not fortunate enough to have power restored as of this posting and are utilizing alternate locations for now for internet usage. Please be assured that we did not receive any damage to our studio, computer or clients files. In fact everything is also backed up off site.
So please be patient if you are trying to reach us as we will be checking our phones and email remotely during the week.
We happen to have a high clearance vehicle and scouted the Heights, Midtown, Montrose, Rice University area as well as West U. I have decided to share some of those images as many have left town and are concerned about the area.
Once we are back up and running we will have images and a blog entry to update as one of our weddings was rescheduled due to the storm. More to come soon.
Kristen and Mike were married in a whirlwind ceremony at St. Paul's United Methodist Church this past Thursday as the entire region was preparing to evacuate from the mess that was Hurricane Ike. Their wedding was originally planned for the following Saturday, but due to extenuating circumstances the ceremony had to be moved. Although this may not have been the original party they had planned, it was a very moving and touching ceremony that really celebrated the love that they share for each other no matter what is thrown their way. The couple are co-pilots in life and at work and fly together for Continental Airlines. They will reside in Houston after returning from their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Over the years we have photographed tons of Nadine's cakes at some of our finest events. As a result she regularly hires us to photograph her newest samples for advertising purposes. We were pleasantly surprised when Who Made the Cake! asked us permission to use several of the images we had taken for them on their delivery van. Of course, how could we say no to that! As a result, their van is completely wrapped with some of their favorite cake images. In fact they were also kind enough to place our studio name for photo credit. So next time you are around town check out the WMTC van. I have included a few images for bragging rights as we were just updating her studio sample images.