CTE Loves Jennefer Wilson Photography

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Jennefer and Michael. Where to begin with them and their photography…

Their photos are flooded with beautiful natural light and capture the most intentional of moments that serve as precious memoirs for their couples.

We met Jennefer & her sweet husband, Michael, when working with them on a wedding from this summer. Her work from that wedding was absolutely stunning, to say the least. Jennefer & Michael brought such an awesome energy when photographing Jourdin & Chris’s big day. They had the whole group laughing and really brought out the fun & precious moments of that day, and the photos really showed for it.  You’ll be seeing this wedding when it hits the news stands this coming spring.

Not only are their photos gorgeous, but their hearts are even more beautiful, because it is what inspires their vision.

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Jennefer & Michael currently reside in Dallas. Jennefer grew up in Midland, TX and Michael in the Houston area. Their journeys crossed four years ago, just as Jennefer landed her first wedding photography gig, Michael joining her.

Jennefer: “I received a call from our first ever bride on the Monday before her wedding when she called me in a hurry to ask if I would shoot my very first wedding. I was sitting next to my brand new boyfriend in his Ford Explorer, accepted the job and then proceeded to ask him if he would want to shoot it with me. Little did I know that that boyfriend would be my husband and that that last minute wedding inquiry would bloom into something we love and are so blessed by, that we both do it full time.”

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However, photography wasn’t always in her plans. In fact, when she went to college she had plans of pursuing a music business degree but soon realized that God had other plans for her. Jennefer would then switch majors to Graphic Design, take a photography class as an elective, start getting hired to take portraits for friends and the rest is a beautiful history.

According to Jennefer, their style of work could once be described as simply being editorial journalists of their clients wedding days, but when Michael & Jennefer married two years ago, their view changed completely once Jennefer was on the brides side of the wedding spectrum.

Jennefer: “We do our very best to capture our clients wedding days through the eyes of the bride. Nothing shines as much at a wedding more than it does through the brides eyes. Her hair has never been more perfect, her gown more romantic, or her place settings more classic. Ensuring that the day looks as close to the bride and grooms memory is how we do what we do. This mindset keeps us so honest and intentional; I wouldn’t change our approach for the world.”

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One thing that separates wedding photographers from others, are their inspirations, what inspires their work. If you know what inspires their work, you can understand their vision. If those match up with yours as a couple looking for a wedding photographer, then it can truly be a match-made in wedding heaven.

Jennefer: “I am inspired by kindness and joy. The sunlight on your skin, grass between your toes and a fall breeze are all reminders of God’s kindness. And to be completely honest, nothing inspires us or makes us love what we do more than a bride and groom who radiate that kindness and joy. The ones who love their family and friends so evidently, who take the time to care for and love on those people. They make our job the best in the world.”

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Michael & Jennefer love a good journey. They love working with clients who aren’t afraid to dream with them!

Jennefer: “The brides and grooms who run with an idea and invite us on the journey, those are projects are the ones we live for and pray for more of.”

As a couple, choosing a photographer for both engagement and wedding day photos is one of the biggest decisions & emotional investments they’ll make during the wedding planning process. So, what is the best advice for couples looking to hire a photographer?

Jennefer: “My best advice for couples looking to hire ANY portion of their wedding team is to make sure they love the person behind the work. Especially in the case of photographers & videographers. There is no one who a bride will spend more time with on the day of their wedding, so it is IMPORTANT to love the people you hire! There is no better freedom on your wedding day then to be able to sit back and enjoy your day because you know in your heart that the people you hired love you and are more than able to make your wedding vision come to life.”

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Aside from their photography life, Michael & Jennefer’s regular day is never complete without cuddles from their two golden retrievers, a homemade latte and snuggles on the couch while watching 30 Rock. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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If you’re a future bride reading this and you’ve fallen completely in love with Jennefer Wilson Photography like we have, you can find Jennefer & Michael here. Please go take a look at their gorgeous work, contact them & tell them we sent you! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by their blog. It is sure to fill that heart of yours.

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Jennefer Wilson Photography :: Website, Portfolio & Blog

Michael & Jennefer’s Photos Shown :: Gabriel Ryan

French Lingerie Shower at The Rosewood Mansion Hotel

This French inspired lingerie shower was so much fun to create. The details will have you swooning over a custom perfume bar, indulgent treats and authentic French champagne that the girls celebrated with all day and evening long! The bride to be, Laura, who is also a recent SMU grad, gathered with her sweet bridesmaids at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for the celebratory evening.

Maureen, one of Laura’s bridesmaids, hosted the shower. She really wanted to go with a French inspired theme because Laura really loves all things French! Once the girls settled into their Mansion suite, a limo by Premier Transportation picked them up and took them to LaBichette, a fabulous blowout salon in Dallas. After they got their hair and makeup done, the girls left for Posh Nail Salon to get mani’s and pedi’s.

Once the girls were all pampered and gorgeous, they went back to their suite to get ready for a French dinner at Bijoux. Waiting at the restaurant, was a gorgeous table with custom made place cards, stunning linens by M&M Special Events and floral arrangements by Branching Out Floral and Event Design.

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Branching Out did a fabulous job on all of the flowers! They used the bride’s favorite colors of pops of corals and yellows to give the aqua French inspired table the perfect touch.

After a delicious dinner at Bijoux, the limo took the girls to the hotel. Once they arrived, their suite was completely transformed into an “Ooh La La” French inspired lingerie shower, a complete surprise to Laura!

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Upon arrival, the girls were greeted with a delicious and refreshing little gin, champagne and mint infusion we named, Sexy lil’ Nittie.

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A custom perfume bar was created for the girls where they chose from a variety of scents and nodes, only to fashion a custom perfume that fit each of their personal tastes. Gorgeous pieces of lingerie on custom hangers were placed around the suite not only as part of the decor, but to also highlight the beauty of each piece gifted from the hostess, Maureen. It really added that sultry and elegant touch to this French inspired lingerie shower.

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Laura and her bridesmaids had their choice of an array of indulgent and delectable sweet treats presented on vintage silver and crystal serving pieces with fine French champagne and coffee to sip on throughout the night.

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Autumn Light Photography was there to capture all the beautiful elements of the Ooh La La lingerie shower. It’s always a pleasure to work with such a spectacular vendor team and we couldn’t be more appreciative of all their hard work.  Creating this French inspired lingerie shower for Laura and her girls was so much fun! We can’t wait to create another unique and elegant shower for our next bride-to-be.