The Joyous Celebration of Crystal and Eric at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas

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Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Heaven on Earth

For Crystal and Eric their wedding was a perfect day that will always have a special place in their hearts. The couple have been together since 2004, when they first met at an Astros baseball game. After Eric popped the question, their wedding was set for 24 October 2015, a rainy day in Houston that culminated in the union of Crystal and Eric, celebrated by their loved ones in a stunning setting.

Prayers, serenity and breathtaking beauty

Just before the wedding, Eric and Crystal met to offer flowers and prayer to Mary to seek her intercession at the gorgeous yet serene Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. After a beautiful ceremony, guests moved on to the reception, where they were treated to a truly divine spread of sumptuous meals provided by Tamara from Heaven on Earth. The festivities and the beautiful blooms from Lush Flowers were nothing short of breathtaking. The lovely wedding cake came from Jenny’s bakery.

Just go with the flow

Understandably, pre-wedding jitters surfaced for a bit, as the bride-to-be wondered whether everyone they had invited would show up, or if Crystal might trip up while walking down the aisle. But when D day arrived, she was the picture of calm.

The couple’s ‘Go with it’ approach let them soak up every aspect of their special day and allowed them to focus on each other instead of sweating the small stuff. That said, the ceremony and the festivities all went off really well, thanks to the support of a set of carefully picked vendors and suppliers coupled with perfect planning. Wedding planner Tamara took the pressure off the bride and groom and organized things to perfection while the photographer ensured that every little detail, every smile, and every memory was captured beautifully for the couple to remember.

Celebrating love and a precious union

Crystal’s sage advice to all bridal couples, is to never forget what the wedding is really about – you and your special someone; a celebration of the union of two people.

The intimacy and closeness that the couple share is undeniable. And to Crystal, the moment that she saw Eric smiling during the ceremony will remain her most treasured memory of a most special day. A smile that was revealing of the contentment and joy of a man who was about to begin his journey with the woman he loved.

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The Magical Romance of Daryineth and Victor at Brenner’s Steakhouse On the Bayou in Houston, Texas

Brenner’s Steakhouse On the Bayou
Houston Wedding Photographer

Daryineth and Victor met at work and over the years their friendship of many years blossomed into love. Their magical wedding was held at the lush green and utterly romantic setting of Brenner’s Steakhouse On the Bayou on 23rd January, 2016.

Love is in the air…a proposal of a lifetime

It had been four years since they had known each other, and their vacation to Mexico was special in many ways. Taking in the sights of the country, including the legendary Chichen Itza, things were already off to a great start.

And then, Daryineth experienced the unmatched romance of a seaside proposal, when Victor popped the question at a breathtaking beachfront restaurant during dinner on their magical vacation at Tulum. With a ring hidden in their dessert plate, a proposal had never been sweeter!

Picture perfect wedding day

The lovely couple got lucky with a beautiful sunshiny wedding day after days of wintry, rainy weather in Houston. Flowers by Nino created the perfect setting complementing the wonderful service and attention from Allison and her team at Brenner’s Steakhouse On the Bayou. The marriage was officiated by wedding pastor Rev. Ron Ramey who took time to explain the ceremony and details to the bridal couple. He even managed to accommodate their request for a bilingual ceremony, something both Daryineth and Victor appreciated.

The day was captured on film by photographer, John Nader, who was enthusiastic and took a keen interest in the couple. The dedication of the photographer meant a lot to them, and they hope to work again with him for the religious ceremony. In addition, guests were invited to download the app WedPics to view and upload any other photos and videos they had captured as guests during the event.

They credit the success of their wedding to choosing the right vendors to work with and encourage other couples to take time to meet with and choose people they can trust and feel comfortable with.

The making of the bride

With a civil ceremony in mind, bride-to-be Daryineth had decided to pick something elegant yet simple and found perfection at David’s Bridal. Her stylist Jay Ruelas began work on her hair ahead of the big day, working in highlights. On the day, her hair was styled with care and she highly recommends him for the attention he gives without being too expensive.

Her sage words of advice to anyone getting married, is to not stress out if everything doesn’t go to plan because no one really notices that. Your job is to plan all the details for the big day, but there comes a time where the rest really isn’t up to you, so let go and go with the flow. Relax and enjoy your moment in the sun.

And the magic continues…

The ceremony brought some of the dreaminess of that Mexico vacation to the occasion, which ended with their friends and family blowing bubbles into the aisle as they took their first walk as man and wife. A wonderful way to mark the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

Wedding Moments at Brenners' Steakhouse On the Bayou

Wedding Moments

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Tips for Beautiful Winter Photos

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Family Portraits

There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions. Here are some tips to make your winter photo sessions go smoothly.

  1. Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.
  2. Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.
  3. Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but rain can change the entire look of your backdrop. Try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with heavy rain.
  4. Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.
  5. Incorporate color. Even though winter has some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves.
  6. Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times.

Take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results.

Contact John Nader Photography for your outdoor photo session at (281) 334-1377.

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Couple Ties the KNOT at The Church Triumphant!

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Wedding at The Church Triumphant

Leah and Andy

Leah and Andy had a beautiful wedding ceremony at The Church Triumphant on May 30th, 2015. The two met each other at the University of Houston in their Freshman English II class and have been together since then! This is a true college romance tale, one of our favorite kinds of love stories. Andy took Leah to a musical in Hermann Park and made her sit on a park bench outside of the Miller Outdoor Theater, before he proposed. The best part about this wedding was that the couple got married on their three-year dating anniversary.

Wedding vendors

Andy and Leah’s wedding was planned by wedding planner, Diana Medford and the lovely cake was ordered from Cakes by Cherie. Leah got her beautiful wedding dress from ‘David’s Bridal’ and the flower arrangement was done by Events and Petals. The couple’s favorite moment from the wedding was seeing everyone that came to the wedding and getting to eat the wedding cake!

Wedding photography experience

Leah recalls that she enjoyed getting clicked on her wedding day and the pictures turned out to be great. She also remembers smiling a lot! Leah also had a bridal shoot besides the engagement shoot before the wedding. The bridal shoot was done in Hermann Park in Houston and the engagement session at Heritage Park in League City. Leah says that the wedding party actually did not need any preparation for wedding shoot and it was just a lot of fun. She added that it is best to get a photographer who is confident about what they are doing.

The last time the couple saw each other was when they were leaving the rehearsal dinner. Leah says that she is glad they did not talk or see each other on the wedding day, before the ceremony, because it made it more special when she was walking down the aisle.

The couple thoroughly enjoyed their wedding experience and thought it actually went by too fast!

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Beautiful Wedding at Shepard Hill Estates

Shepard Hill Estates
Houston Wedding Photographer

The Day Caroline Got Married

It was like any other day; the sky was clouded but had an angelic glow. The sun did not show brightly, so Caroline was about to go get her morning coffee when she realized what day it was. Immediately she started to panic. Today was her wedding day and like any other bride, she had butterflies flying in her stomach. The cloudy weather, wonderful breeze, or the chitter-chatter of her friends did not calm down the sentiments she was feeling inside. Caroline and Thomas have met each other at the gym at Houston’s first Baptist Church. Since then it was an extraordinary ride for both of them. After spending more than 2 years dating each other, both Caroline and Thomas decided to marry.

The Proposal

Later, while brushing her hair, Caroline looked into the mirror and pondered about the day when she was ill with strep throat. Thomas walked in with the desire to make her feel better. He went on his knees with the ring in his hand and popped the question. Oh! The wonderful feeling Caroline felt that day remains eternally spotless in her mind.

Dressed to perfection

Leaving everything behind, she embarks on a journey that promises her a prosperous future and a loving partner. To make her day even more special, Caroline chose a dress from Brickhouse Bridal. Her dress was a strapless lace that fit her bodice perfectly. The sash on the dress made it perfect for her. The wedding veil was a reasonable purchase from Etsy made precious by lace trims sewn by her mother.

The makeup artist arrived and so did the rest of the wedding party. Caroline looked beautiful from the beginning. Seeing her then, anyone can tell how her bridal glow made her look like an angel. Photos were clicked, the bridesmaids looked gorgeous, the groom was ready to go, and the father and mother of the bride were all decked up for the precious moment. Everyone rushed to Shepard Hill Estates where the ceremony was to be held. Caroline looked around to calm her nerves. To her satisfaction, the venue looked beautiful, with marvelous flower arrangements everywhere. More confident now, she was ready for the best part of her wedding – the ceremony. Holding her father’s hand, she looked into Thomas’s eye on the other side of the aisle and walked towards him. No more butterflies, no more weak nerve, Thomas was right there standing with a nervous smile.

Time to dine and dance

The dinner rehearsal night was a little hard on them as they decided not to see each other before their wedding. Notes brought by the matron and man of honor were the only solace for the lovebirds. The ceremony was over and Caroline and Thomas kissed for the first time as husband and wife. As a couple, they looked wonderfully cute and so much in love. A Thousand Years by Sawyer Fredricks played in the air, as the couple took their first dance together, followed by dance with the parents of both. It was a perfect evening that delighted the guests with toothsome food served by Spectrum Catering.

Caroline suggests ‘soon to be brides’ to not stress themselves. She believes everything works out in the end. Always stay true to what you want, you will find a wonderful dream like wedding too. She also thinks if a bride is happy, it shows in her wedding photos.

I am sure you too want such a romantic wedding for yourselves, where the photos too remind you of the perfect ceremony taken before you embarked on the journey filled with a lifetime of happiness. If so, John Nader Photography in Houston is a consultation away. Call now (281) 334-1377 or e-mail John@NadersPhotography.com to find out if your wedding date is still available.

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Military Couple Marries at Ashton Villa

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Photographer in Galveston

Britni and Matthew’s Ashton Villa Wedding

Britni and Matthew took their wedding vows on July 26th, 2015 at Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas. While working in the Army together, the couple fell in love and Matthew popped ‘the question’ at the JRTC field event when he found out that Britni was deploying. Having been together since September 2012, it was not a difficult decision for Britni and the answer was an obvious ‘Yes!’

Vendors and services

The couple says that they had an absolutely fun wedding experience as everything fell into place quite smoothly. When asked if they would like to offer any wedding planning advice to couples, they strongly recommended seeking the services of a wedding planner if it was possible to afford one.

The bride got her breathtaking strapless wedding dress from the ‘Impressions’ boutique. It was very simple at the top with tiny folds in the material for decoration. A flashy belt was tied around the smallest portion of her waist and tied into a small bow in the back. The skirt went all the way down to the floor and had a medium length train. The couple hired the ‘Island Flowers’ to do the beautiful flower arrangement at their wedding venue.

Britni was very happy with their catering service done by Benno in Galveston, Texas. She said that the food was fantastic and everything looked great. The food was laid out buffet style with BBQ brisket, mac-n-cheese, Cajun seafood Alfredo, vegetables, and a fruit appetizer table.

Wedding photography

As far as the wedding photography is concerned, the couple believes that it is important to have enough time to plan the location of the shoot, the clothes, travel as well as some unique picture ideas. Britni says that it is a good idea to ensure that everybody, especially the bridesmaids are ready, well in time so that nobody is rushed for the pictures and everyone are included.

Britni and Matthew felt at ease working with their photographer. They were happy that he managed to work around their odd schedule and even when things were unplanned. The couple also got a lot of unexpected candid pictures when they didn’t even know they were being photographed. Also with wedding pictures, it is best to just have fun and not be too serious!

The couple got a wedding photography collection that included an engagement, bridal and wedding session.

Favorite wedding moments

Britni was very anxious and nervous about how Matt would react when he saw her. She says it is very difficult to shock or wow him, and that was her goal when planning everything for her D-day! She could not wait to watch his reaction when she arrived. This also turned out to be Britni’s favorite moment from the wedding- seeing Matt and everyone else’s reactions when they saw her for the first time. On the other hand, Matt loved their first dance as a couple to the song ‘All of Me’ by John Legend. Matthew could not stop smiling looking at his beautiful bride the entire night. This was truly a wedding out of a book!

Quick tips by the couple

  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Be prepared to go over budget
  • Ensure you leave some extra money in the account
  • Just have a lot of fun
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Ashton Villa wedding moments.

Contact John Nader Photography at (281) 334-1377 or John@NadersPhotography.com to find out if your wedding date is still available.

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Local Houston Photographer Earns Recertification

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John Nader of Houston Maintains Excellence as a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP).

Houston, Texas (November 1, 2015) – John Nader, CPP of John Nader Photography in Houston reaffirmed his status as an elite photographer, once again earning the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

John Nader, who owns and operates John Nader Photography in League City, Texas, successfully completed the requirements required to keep his CPP designation.

Every three years, CPPs must show that they have maintained the mark of excellence that the CPP designation represents. John Nader earned this designation after meeting challenging requirements that measure his artistic and technical competence. Professional Photographers of America currently recognizes fewer than 2,500 CPPs.

“Just as doctors and other professionals seek certification in their industries, I wanted to show the public my qualifications to be the best photographer possible for them,” says John.

Professional Photographers of America is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals in the United States. CPPs must pass a written examination, submit a portfolio for review and adhere to a strict code of conduct that upholds their mark of excellence. Certification must be renewed every three years, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.

For more information on certification, visit PPA.com/CPP and to view samples of John Nader’s work and for booking information, visit www.NadersPhotography.com.

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Loving Couple weds at Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas

Haak Vineyards & Winery
Wedding Photography in Houston

Janet and Joel

Janet and Joel tied the knot on April 24th, 2015 at Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. The couple actually found each other on ‘match.com’ and Joel decided to pop the question while they were taking a walk through the Japanese Gardens at Hermann Park in Houston, Texas.

Favorite wedding moments

Janet recalls several favorite moments from the wedding including seeing Joel at the altar, her dad’s speech, reciting the vows and dancing with Joel to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’. As for Joel, he loved watching Janet walk down the aisle on the wedding day.

The couple dated for three and a half years before they decided to get married. When asked how they would describe their wedding experience, they said it was just relaxed, fun and happy!

Wedding planning-tips and vendors

A tip that Janet and Joel would like to give to couples getting married: decide on the kind of wedding you want and to make it ‘your’ day.

Janet ordered her wedding dress from BHLDN.com. She also recommends looking up weddingchicks.com for wedding shopping. The cake was made by Julie Moncrief and the couple hired ‘Musical Cheers’ as the DJ for their wedding. The catering for the wedding was done by Haar Winfrey and the gorgeous flower arrangement was by Haute Flowers & Finds.

As far as the wedding shoot is concerned, Janet suggests that all brides-to-be carry hairspray and extra bobby pins! Yes, you need to keep your hair in place if you wish to look gorgeous in your wedding pictures.

All is well in the end

Janet was quite worried about whether everything would be accomplished on time. But she realized that the key was to ask for help and support and also accept it. And everything turned out just fine. The couple says that it is important to be assertive and clear in what you want from your wedding. At the same time it is good to be open to a few ideas that other people might have.

The wedding shoot was a relaxed experience for Janet and she loved some of the shots that came out. The couple hosted a nice sit-down meal for their guests at the reception. The wedding had everything the couple had imagined would make for their dream wedding.

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Wedding images at Haak Vineyards & Winery.

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Not only is John Nader an elite wedding photographer in Houston but also a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designated from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Please contact John Nader Photography at (281) 334-1377 to schedule your complimentary wedding photography consultation.

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A Grand Wedding at Second Baptist Church (Woodway) and Hotel ZaZa by an Award-Winning Houston Wedding Photographer

Second Baptist Church – Woodway
Hotel ZaZa Houston

Kellie and Chad

Kellie and Chad said their vows to each other on 25th April, 2015 at Second Baptist, Woodway. The beautiful reception ceremony was held at Hotel ZaZa. The couple met each other through ‘match.com’ and Chad popped the question to Kellie the night of their first anniversary before they went out to celebrate. Kellie and Chad shared that their favorite wedding moment was coming off the elevator and hearing their band, The Wedding Show, playing down the hall.

Wedding vendors & tips

We asked the couple for a few wedding planning tips and the first thing they said was-‘Track your Budget!’. As far as the wedding photography is concerned, they recommend having multiple places lined up for taking pictures. The couple had a lot of fun shooting for pictures along with their wedding party. Everyone was just relaxed and ready to click!

Kellie got her gorgeous wedding dress from the Houston Bridal Gallery. She says that she knew that it was the dress the moment she put it on! The couple ordered their cakes from ‘Cakes by Gina’ and the band (The Wedding Show) had a great play list to keep everyone happy.

Kellie says that the two things most important to remember on the wedding day are the rings and the license. She also says that it is good to plan the wedding well in advance, at least 6 months before. The couple also did a wonderful engagement shoot at Bayou Place.

Kellie and Chad did their first dance as a married couple to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, a classic romantic song, that always leaves everybody sighing. The wedding reception dinner was a buffet style arrangement with an Italian fare. Kellie and Chad decided to get married after a year and a half of knowing each other and their wedding was symbolic of their genuine love for each other.

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Wedding at Second Baptist Church (Woodway) in Houston.

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Reception at Hotel ZaZa in Houston.

Call John Nader Photography at (281) 334-1377 or e-mail at John@NadersPhotography.com to schedule your wedding photography consultation.

 

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Angelique and Ian’s Wedding at the Annunciation Catholic Church and Julia Ideson Library in Houston

Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston, TX
Julia Ideson Library
Wedding Photography

 

Angelique and Ian’s Houston Wedding

Angelique and Ian tied the knot on 29th August, 2015 at the Annunciation Catholic Church and their beautiful wedding reception was held at the Julia Ideson Library. This romantic wedding ceremony was planned by Tish and the cake was ordered from ‘Cake my Day’. The delicious food at the reception was thanks to ‘All Star’ catering.

The Couple’s Story

Angelique and Ian met each other through mutual friends at a pedal party and have been together since January 2014. Ian popped the question to his beloved in the most romantic way when the two were vacationing in Seattle, in a place that overlooked the city at night. And of course, Angelique said ‘Yes’!

The couple shared that their favorite moment from the wedding was saying their vows to each other and their wedding experience was simply amazing and unforgettable.

Wedding Planning Advice

Angelique and Ian believe that it is best not to stress over little things when planning your wedding. As far as the photography is concerned, the couple should just have a lot of fun! In fact, the couple had a brilliant time getting clicked by their photographer. They got some good advice and the whole experience was extremely enjoyable.

Angelique got her gorgeous wedding dress from ‘Marry Go Round’. It was one of the first dresses that she tried on and everyone thought that it was perfect.

The couple did not see each other before the wedding and Angelique enjoyed giving Ian a surprise as he saw her for the first time as a bride, walking down the aisle. They did their first dance as husband and wife to the beautiful song ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Harry Connick Jr.

The layout of food at the reception was buffet style and included chicken marsala, mashed potatoes and green beans with rolls. The simplicity of the layout pleased the entire wedding party!

Wedding Photos on TV

KHOU 11 Traffic Reporter, Darby Douglas, shared a few images of his daughter’s wedding during the morning news.

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Please call John Nader Photography to schedule your wedding photography consultation at (281) 334-1377.

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Images from Wedding at Annunciation Catholic Church and Julia Ideson Library in Houston, Texas.

 

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