When it comes the epicness of your wedding day, finding the right Houston wedding photographer is key. Your photos will be the lasting memories of laughter, love, and all the dance floor shenanigans. So, let’s dive into some tips and tricks for picking the perfect person to capture those candid moments, epic scenes, and all the vibes that make your big day uniquely yours. Ready to find the Houston photographer who’ll turn your wedding into a visual masterpiece? Let’s roll!

Scroll Through Snaps:

Start your Houston search online and scroll through photographers’ portfolios. Look for a google listing first. Then go to their website (helps determine if they are legitimate). Once you have determined they are legit move on to instagram, facebook, etc. Look for a vibe that clicks with your style. Whether it’s capturing candid moments or epic dance floor shots, find someone whose work makes you go, “Yep, that’s the vibe!”

Face-to-Face (or Screen-to-Screen):

Schedule a chill meet-up, either in person or virtually. (I personally love tacos and margs!) Get to know your potential Houston photographer, ask questions (can even be about themselves to help get to know them), and make sure you vibe together. After all, you’ll be spending a whole day with them—might as well enjoy their company! To me this is the most important step!

Chat with Happy Couples:

Put your detective hat on and dig into reviews. Check out what other couples are saying. Did the photographer bring good vibes and capture all the feels? A happy couple’s endorsement is worth its weight in gold. (Bonus tip if they have reviews turned off run!) You can find reviews on google, facebook, The knot, Weddingwire, etc. You can easily search their business name and all the places they have reviews will show up. Don’t just read the top one (its pinned) go through as many as you need to see the similarities. Here are my reviews for example! Google , The knot, Facebook.

Budget Banter:

BE HONEST! Lay it out on the table— ask what’s included in the package, what might sneak up on your wallet later. Can you add hours of coverage later? Can you decrease coverage?. No one likes surprises, especially when it comes to dollar bills. Make sure everything’s as clear as a pristine wedding day forecast.

Lock in the Date and Plan B:

Confirm the Houston wedding photographer’s availability for your big day. Also, ask about their Plan B in case life throws a curveball. A good photographer has backup plans smoother than a dance move, ensuring your memories stay epic no matter what.

Remember, finding your wedding photographer is like choosing your dance partner for life—make sure you’re on the same wavelength and ready to capture all those unforgettable moments!

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I always get asked how can i get my details to look so perfect! How do i get my detail photos to look like this?! What did they do differently? The truth is easy, be prepared and plan ahead. Details have easily become a super integral part of the wedding day and honestly it has been fun to push myself creatively to create something new and different every time! Anyways here are some tips to help achieve this look.

Here’s a guide on what Houston Wedding Clients can do to help create better wedding detail photos.

Plan Ahead:

Collaborate with your wedding photographer well in advance. Share your vision for the wedding, your preferred details, and any sentimental items you’d like to be included in the photos.

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Prepare a Detail Collection:

Gather all the essential details to be photographed, such as the wedding dress, ALL RINGS (yes his as well), shoes, jewelry, invitations, bouquet, and any heirlooms or special items. Have them ready in one place for the photographer. (A shoebox or just box in general is a good spot for this!)

houston-wedding-detail-photos Keep Items Clean and Tidy:
Ensure your dress, shoes, and accessories are clean and in excellent condition. A well-maintained appearance will make your detail shots look even more stunning.
Keep your getting-ready area tidy and free of clutter. This will help the photographer capture clean and beautiful images of your details.

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Consider a Styling Kit:

Some brides create a styling kit with extra ribbons, flowers, or other decorative elements that can enhance the detail photos. Share this with your photographer for additional creative options. (Bonus tip Etsy has some beautifully curated kits! )

Personalize Your Details:

Add personal touches to your details that reflect your personality and the theme of your wedding. This could include custom monograms on invitations, unique jewelry, or personalized hangers for your dress.

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Choose a Beautiful Houston Wedding Getting-Ready Location:

Select a getting-ready location with ample natural light and an aesthetically pleasing backdrop. A well-decorated bridal suite or room can make a significant difference in your detail photos.

Trust Your Houston Wedding Photographer:

Your photographer has experience capturing wedding details. Trust their creative vision and allow them to experiment with different angles and techniques.

houston-wedding-photographer-detail-picturesCoordinate with Houston Wedding Vendors:
Share your wedding color palette and theme with your florist, decorator, and other vendors to ensure that all the details align with your overall vision. By working closely with your wedding photographer and taking these steps, you can help ensure that your wedding detail photos are not only visually stunning but also deeply meaningful and reflective of your special day.

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Houston Weddings can be expensive! Let’s remember they are technically a luxury, and as fun and incredible as they can be, you don’t NEED a big wedding. Often times I hear my brides tell me how much they have had to spend or they wished they had the money to allot for X. This blog is going to give you some ideas on ways to save money without lowering the quality of your day – because in this industry you get what you pay for. Harsh… but I can only be honest, and want the best for my people!

Choose an off-peak Houston wedding date:

One of the easiest ways to save money on a wedding in Houston is to have your wedding during an off-peak season, such as during the summer months, or on a weekday. This can result in significant savings on everything from venue rentals, to catering, and floral arrangements.

Choose an all-inclusive Houston Wedding venue:

Another way to save money on a wedding in Houston is to choose a “budget-friendly” venue. When I say “budget friendly,” let me explain… There are many beautiful and affordable wedding venues in Houston, (such as The Homestead Tx, pictured in this blog post) that offer all-inclusive wedding packages. From decor rentals, chairs, tables, catering, etc, choosing vendors who provide more than one component often results in a cheaper total. Think of it as same quality, but less “middle men” and less labor costs since bundled services typically only include one set of labor costs vs the labor costs for 4 or 5 different companies.

Limit the guest list:

One of the biggest expenses of any wedding is the cost of feeding and entertaining your guests. To save money on your wedding in Houston (or anywhere, really), consider limiting your guest list to only your closest family and friends. This can significantly reduce the cost of catering, venue rental, and other expenses, while still allowing you to have a memorable and meaningful wedding celebration. The money saved by having a smaller guest list can be put towards decor, premium wedding vendors, or even your savings account!

BONUS! Invest in 1 must have

Hear me out… if your “all in” budget for photo and video is 5k, I always recommend to my clients to pick one must-have instead of splitting your budget in half and hiring two mediocre companies to get both. I know, I know… it’s a hot take, but I promise you won’t regret investing in one must-have photographer or videographer. The videographers here are not going to like what I have to say… but I obviously vote on investing in a great photographer over a great videographer. Your photos will last forever! In addition to being digital, they are tangible items you can print, hang or create albums of, and pass down through the generations. One thing I love to suggest to my clients is to create a dropbox folder for your guests to drop videos into and create your own slideshow together of your big day as a date night.

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Downtown Houston has some incredible wedding venues. From industrial warehouses, rustic barns, to victorian homes. No matter what feel you are looking for there will be a Downtown Houston wedding venue for everyone. 

The venue you choose has so many behind the scenes attachments (is that the right word? I don’t know but I’m sticking with it). Is there lots of parking, are there plenty of hotel options for out of town guests, are there catering options? Here are some tips for how to choose your Downtown Houston wedding venue.

  • First things first, What are you comfortable spending! BUDGET IS EVERYTHING! A downtown Houston wedding can get pricey if you don’t set expectations and create an order of importance.

  • Ask yourself what are the most important factors of your wedding. Is it Venue? Guest list? Photographer? From here it will help you narrow down where you spend the biggest part of your budget.

  • First, If you have a bigger budget, a larger venue and guest list may be feasible. If your budget is a little smaller I always recommend a smaller guest list with a more eccclectic and fun Wedding Venue. The Belamour, in Downtown Houston (pictutred in this blog) is such a cute venue! (no im not being paid to say this 😆).

  • SIZE
    • Smaller venue does not = less fun! It can leave room for those small details to shine and really soak in that small intimate wedding feel.

  • Start the venue hunt as soon as you have narrowed down your guest list! Most Downtown Houston Wedding Venues book dates as early as a year and a half in advanced!

  • ACT FAST! First off, If you like it! Book it! go in with the expectation of if you like it so will a million other couples who are getting married around the same time you are. DOWNTOWN HOUSTON WEDDING VENUES ARE DESIREABLE! (It’s almost like house hunting, you visit you love it and within the next hour its gone!)

  • GUET COUNT
  • Also, Consider how many out of town guests you have. Are there plenty of hotels nearby? one of the benefits to a Downtown Houston wedding is access to hotels, airbnbs, vrbos, etc!

  • TRANSPORTATION
    • Consider a shuttle or bus to transport guests to and from the venue as most Downtown Houston wedding venues will have limited parking, and or a cost attached to the parking options! If all of your guests are staying at one hotel this is a perfect situation! (helps with those late guests too :p)

  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Next, Choosing a Downtown Houston Wedding venue also opens the door for epic entertainment value, good food, and lots of options for you’re out of town guests. Don’t want the party to stop hit up some of the incredible downtown bars and continue the night out!

And lastly enjoy! No matter what you choose it will be amazing and uniquely you!

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Whether you’re a Texas local looking to experience Austin like a tourist, or a tourist looking to see Austin like a Texan. Here is my list of the Top five things to do in Austin, Texas! Maybe you’re looking for a family-friendly environment or a local hangout with a chill vibe. Maybe you’re in search of a historical experience or something FUN to do while you’re in Austin, Texas. Either way, Austin, Texas has something for everyone!

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

 1. Get Inspired at Wonderspaces
This 28,000 sq. foot immersive experience will leave you dazzled and inspired. Wonderspaces is full of art installations made up of lights, technology and more that will blow your mind!
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 2. Tour Austin’s Famous Distilleries and Breweries
Take a tour of some of Austin’s local breweries and distilleries. Head over to Dripping Springs Distilling, Treaty Oaks Distillery, and the Desert Door Distillery. If brews are your thing, try out some of the local IPA’s and ales through Texas Twisted Tours that will leave you wanting more.
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 3. Visit South Congress Avenue and “Keep Austin Weird”

Head on over to South Congress Avenue to find unique restaurants, live music and local shops with that signature Austin, Texas flair!

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4. Make A Splash at Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures
Looking for some summer family fun? Try out Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures which is a blend of American Ninja Warrior meets your favorite bounce house on the water! The whole family is sure to love this adventure.

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 5. Snap an Instagram-Worthy Photo
No trip is complete without a good photo! Visit some of Austin’s best selfie spots like the Austin Mural at Roadhouse Relics. You can find a complete list of Austin’s top instagram worthy locations here.

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I hope you found this list of five things to do in Austin, Texas helpful! May you find Austin as fun and exciting as the locals do. There is so much more to explore and see and this is only the very tip of the iceberg. Come see what the fuss is all about and keep Austin weird

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Sometimes people choose to have these extravagant wedding, and sometimes people just want their closest friends and family in their backyard. Neither option is the “wrong” option. Outdoor Texas Backyard weddings, are honestly my favorite!

First off let me start by saying there are so many pros and cons to every wedding option. I wanted to add some pros to a smaller backyard wedding in the Houston, texas area because well they are incredible!

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Bride inside home seeing her guests for the first time

 Pro 2. Secondly Your space allows for a comfortable getting ready location. What do i mean by that… well, my job as a storyteller is to capture you in your element. You’re home creates a sense of peace, enjoyment, comfortability. The more comfortable the more you trust me and give me your true raw self.

Bride getting into her dress being helped by her mother

Pro #3 NO ONE WILL HAVE THE SAME IMAGES AS YOU. I feel like this is self explanatory :] Your space = your images. We live for originality!

Maid of honor putting on brides shoes Pro #4 You make the rules. No one can tell you how many people can be in your space at one time, or what food and drinks you can have, how long you have to get ready, and no one to care about if you decide to party till 2am instead of the allotted time of 10pm.

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Pro # 5. You can have as little or as many people as you want / can fit. Typically I find my clients love a smaller intimate wedding to allow for more details, and extra money spent on important things like photographer (me 😝), florals, details, dj etc.

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Wedding party cheering on the newly married couple

Lastly Pro #6 and my personal favorite WE GET TO TAKE PORTRAITS FOR AS LONG AS YOU WANT! I mean this is your Outdoor Texas Backyard Wedding, You run the show and it’s your space. So we can go anywhere, do anything, and create as much as we want. You want to frolic in the cow pasture and take portraits next to cow pies I’m game. Im here for you!

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Bride and groom during the sunset kissing

Enjoy the Full gallery of this Outdoor Houston Texas wedding HERE!

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The Springs Event Venue has an incredible array of venues thorughout Houston, Texas area and one of my favorites is Wallisville! From, livestock, to fields, a beautiful outdoor ceremony space, the list goes on. The second I stepped foot onto this venues lot I was in awe, this Florida girl had no idea what Texas had in store for her. Here are some awesome reasons why I love this venue, and why you should check out any of The Springs Event Venues out.

Today is This couple’s TWO year anniversary and I said hey! Why not make an incredible anniversary blog! So were going to say a big Happy Anniversary to one of the weddings that took my business farther than I ever expected!

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Let’s talk outdoor weddings… Something we are either like yes! or HELL no. Personally…… as a nature OBSESSERRRRR, I say Hell YES!

Some awesome tips I can give as a photographer might be helpful in your decision of if you make the jump to have an outdoor wedding.

  • What time of year is your wedding? If you live in a hot climate state and you want to get married during the hottest months of the year…. maybe reconsider. OR you can provide some cute gifts on every chair like a fan, or awesome Disney misting machines (obviously a cheaper version) have them monogrammed and they get to keep them!

  • Do you have a lot of older family members coming? Sometimes wanting to get married is this field 1 mile away from your cousin’s mountain house might be a little difficult for grandma to join and enjoy.

  • Does your outdoor venue have a plan B. in case of rain, snow, whatever type of weather that could come?

    This is so important! to your decision of if you want to truck all these guests out to have a wedding in the rain. Maybe if you see bad weather in the forecast you can get some awesome umbrellas, clips for women’s dresses and say lets do this! rain or shine! And have a sheltered area for anyone who wants to watch from afar or not get dirty and can enjoy the party with you later!

Make sure your ceremony location is facing the right direction for pictures. As this can make or break your outdoor wedding. The sunsets in the west so if you have your back to the east, you won’t get that incredible sunset light during your ceremony, OR even worse you will be directly in the sunlight and your faces and wedding party will be completely blown out and uncomfortable. This wedding is an amazing example of incredible light during their sunset wedding.

Ask your photographer for advice on your timeline! Every photographer is different but something we have in common is shoooting a bunchhhh of weddings. We are here to help guide you with how much time you need what time you should have your ceremony to give you that awesome light and prioritize what is important to you!

And last but not least…. Do YOU WANT IT!

Is an outdoor wedding something you have always dreamed about? Then do it! That’s all it comes down to. :]

Vendors

Venue: Swank Farms

Hair and makeup: DG Pro Muah

Event and Floral Designer: Justglam Events

Photographer: Rkm Photography

Caterer: Mississippi BBQ

Rentals: ECP Event rentals and Design

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Well we have arrive at my first official Houston, Texas resident wedding!!

AHHHHHH! It has been a crazy ride but man am I pumped. Ashlee and Bobby were seriously so much fun!! All they wanted to do was party and celebrate with their family and covid didn’t stop them (with protections and mandates in place of course).

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I started a new thing and you can let me know if you like this format or nah… but I decided I wanted to feature my couples answers to a small questionnaire I send after the wedding to help me give you better content/ reading material as well as just ideas!

SO here we go: How did you meet? To our surprise, online dating isn’t that bad after all!!!!

When was the first time you knew you wanted to marry eachother?I don’t want to be long winded, but it was a beautiful November night and my now hubby asked me to attend his Aunt’s birthday party in Houston Texas. At this party the music, food, and my dancing skills were on point. Towards the end of the night, the photographer asked for his family to get together and take a picture. Not thinking anything of it then proceeded to my chair, because I knew I wasn’t family. Quickly, I realized that Bobby’s mood changed and boooyy did it go downhill after that. Our first major BLOW UP occurred after 8 months of being together. Come to find out the blow up was due to our own insecurities about how deeply we were in love with one another. You see, I went to my seat because I knew I wasn’t family and would of been deeply hurt by the rejection if my boyfriend told me to sit down. For my now hubby, he took that as a sign I wasn’t ready for that level of a commitment. Once we realized the root of our disagreement and expressed how we felt about one another. he then asked me to marry him.

What’s your favorite activity to do together? That’s a hard one, because we have some many. But if I had to narrow it down, we take pride that we are Leo’s and our birthday’s are a day apart. With that being said, we love to travel and celebrate our birthday’s together.

If you could give one piece of wedding planning advice to future couples what would it be? Just know that something isn’t going to go right and it will still be beautiful. With that being said, hire a day of wedding coordinator at the least. If you can afford a wedding planner, hire one (we used Lilliejane designs)

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and lastly my personal favorite question becaue well coffee and beer is life 😀

What’s your favorite beverage of choice? My husband’s favorite beverage is a Jack Daniels Margarita. My favorite beverage is a drink called a painkiller.

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I am obsessed with these two and how much fun they had with each other and their guests. Just want to give a big thank you to the vendors of this beautiful wedding down below and really hope you enjoyed this style of blog! Please feel free to leave a comment below about things you would like to see more of here :}

Venue: The Woodlands Waterway Mariott

Florals, and planning services: Lilliejane designs

Who is Rkm Photography… besides a Houston Texas Wedding Photographer? So this will be something new for me… I am normally not a big get in front of the camera person BUTT I still do it every so often to understand how you feel as a client or just anyone who has their picture taken. It helps me understand how you feel and how I can help you feel better during our time together. Be it an engagement session in the woodlands, a Family session in Spring, or a Wedding in Houston.
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But enough about that… I have never made a formal THIS IS ME post. So here goes nothing…

I am a 30-year-old living in The Woodlands, Texas as of well…. 2 weeks ago 😀 I absolutely loveeee WEDDINGS and everything about them. The love, emotions, even the chaos, I thrive in that shit. I live in my cute apartment that has a very mid century modern farmhouse vibe. (Sadly no plants… yet! Leave your easy to keep alive plant recommendations in the comments pleaseee!!!). I can probable be found making food, hanging out with my friends having a beer, or enjoying some COD warzone… Yes I am that kind of girl.

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Some of my favorite things are in no particular order (my dog being first though).

My dog (Mufasa) Beer (Crawford Bock is definitely my new fav Coffee Video Games Trees (really anything outdoors) and sadly.. I love reality tv!
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If any of these things we have in common you should definitely message me!! I am so excited to share a little about myself, and learn more about you in the process!

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