Shannon & Ricky {Engaged!}

Mathis, Texas- a little town with a big heart! And for this pair of small town lovers it was the perfect backdrop to showcase their love story! We started at the beautiful Lake Corpus Christi State Park- which offers the gorgeous diverstity from stone “castle” pavillion to the pictuesque beachside. We spent the final time before sunset exploring the hidden treasures of Mathis’ downtown nostalgia- having a blast all the while!!  Enjoy and be inspired by Shannon & Ricky’s obvious and infectious love, set in the bold bright sunset of small town USA:)

Shannon & Ricky

Almost Legal: Shannon & Stuart {Engaged!}

Nothing will come between these two lawyers! -Well except maybe their opposing rival alma maters, but besides that they are perfect for eachother!!

Celebrating a late summer wedding these two wanted to capture the things that they love most- so we covered all the bases from the courthouse to the seaside! Enjoy this wonderful couple and all the fun we had…photo shoots make for an awesome date night! {Note to brides: always entice your groom with steak and drinks to follow a successful engagement shoot!!} Lol!

Russell & Kelsey {Married} 11.19.11

Russell & Kelsey are a dynamic & creative pair who jumped headfirst into planning a DIY wedding! Their wedding ceremony was held at St. Phillips Catholic Church, and reception at the beautiful Solomon Ortiz Center. Russell is a graphic designer {who is also the genius behind our Dulce & Bellezza Studio logo!} and through his talents personalized every aspect of the wedding from all of the save the dates, invites, memory books, and even a super creative “Up” {Disney/Pixar Movie} inspired guest sign-in art piece, just to name a few. Only at a graphic designer’s wedding would one find the UBER COOL “wedding mad libs” interactive cards on the guests tables….which turned out to be quite hilarious, especially once the champagne kicked in:) Kelsey, a nurse, added her magic touch to the fine details that transformed the Ortiz Center into a beautiful red & white reception venue complete with elegant pearl accents! They even incorporated their Czech & Polish heritages into the reception, which you may notice included a giant spread of kolaches in lieu of a groom’s cake, and Kelsey’s side of the collected a soup-pot full of cash for the couple as they performed the musically accompanied Dicha! Dicha! (prounounced die-cha) which is a Polish wedding custom.

Kelsey & Russell are a fun loving couple- so it was no surprise that their wedding party was full of characters!! Which for me is always a blast…big personlaties LOVE the camera:) So this vivacious group made for some pretty FUNTASTIC moments, especially during the post-ceremony portrait session which was full of fun and props….this awesome group rocked all of our crazy portrait ideas, all amidst 40mph gusting winds!!!

This group partied like crazy from Grand March until the kazoos came out to herald a loud and boisterous sendoff for the newleyweds!
Congratulations Kelsey & Russell!

Ryan & Shelly {Married} 10.15.11

Shelly & Ryan were married at the beautiful Ranch at San Patricio on a day that couldn’t have been more sublime! A pristine fall day in Texas!! I had been awaiting this new venue and was absolutely inspired by every square inch of the ample acreage and rustic feel. Shelly & Ryan chose a very special “first look,” meeting eachother just before the ceremony so that they could both soak up the full emotion of their first chance to see eachother- it was a truly beautiful and emotional moment. Enjoy the gallery….I am trying to incorporate this view as a new way to show off a wedding more fully…so many images, so little time, but this gives the blog a new breath of fresh air!!;)

Congratulations Ryan & Shelly!!