wedding recap // part 4 // mike + kari

**This month we are going to be showcasing some of our favorite weddings from the past few years. I checked back in with these couples and had them answer some questions about their special day!**
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What did you like the most about working with englexas photography?
What we loved about them is that we barely noticed they were there and because of that, they got more natural photos and everything felt less staged. We’ve been to tons of weddings where photographers feel like they need to be cheesy and be the center of attention but Englexas is not like that at all.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

Was there anything unexpected that you loved?
Our officiant was a close friend and one of the funniest people we know and while portions of his speech were run by us beforehand, we didn’t really know what he was going to say. It ended up as perfectly as we could have hoped.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

Is there anything you wish you had spent less time or money on?
The only thing we can think of is the food and music during the cocktail mixer between the ceremony and reception. We had a string trio and a lot of fancy appetizers and everyone was so loud and excited in the small space that nobody could really hear the music! The dinner followed right after too, so we really didn’t need as much cocktail food as we bought.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

What was your favorite moment of the day?
It was once the music in the reception started and we saw how much fun everyone was having with us. Nerves about how the ceremony was going to go were all gone by then and we could really just enjoy the evening.

wedding recap // mike and kari //  illinois wedding photography

What was your favorite image from your wedding?
One is a picture of our two Dads together and the other is one of the two of us kissing on the dancefloor with our friends all around cheering.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them…
It’s common now but getting the photobooth was a huge hit for everyone, young and old.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

What was the best part of your wedding day?
It’s cheesy but it’s really just the fact that we were finally married. Everything else, no matter how fun, was secondary to that.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

What’s your number #1 tip for future engaged couples?
Your wedding is about YOU TWO primarily and sharing your special moment with your closest friends and family, you don’t need to break the bank to do that. The day will go by SUPER quickly and all the details you were worrying about for months won’t matter in the end. If something little goes wrong just remember that only you two will likely notice it, so don’t worry at all.

wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography
wedding recap // mike and kari // illinois wedding photography

wedding// alden hotel(now the sam houston hotel)
co-ordinator// en vogue events
flowers// dream bouquet
DJ// DJ’s unlimited

view their engagement session here

wedding recap // part 3 // jack + loren

**This month we are going to be showcasing some of our favorite weddings from the past few years. I checked back in with these couples and had them answer some questions about their special day!**
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Jack and Loren’s wedding was pretty early on in my wedding experience and what excites me about their images is that even though I was pretty new to shooting weddings, their images still represent my style 5 years on. I loved this wedding for it’s simplicity, the venue was beautiful and the deep connection that jack and loren share was evident to all. Let’s hear what they had to say about their special day…

What was the best part of your wedding day?
I don’t think I could choose a “best part” – the entire day was lovely.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

What would you change, if anything?
nothing :)

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

What was your favorite moment of the day?
We had a time of worship during our wedding ceremony where we invited everyone who attended to sing some of our favorite worship songs. It was so sweet to sneak a sideways glance at my almost-husband beside me and worship God together. We were both so happy and couldn’t stop looking at each other.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

Is there anything you wish you had spent more time or money on?
I wish I had gotten a videographer – I didn’t think I could afford it but as time goes on my memory of the day fades a bit and I can’t remember as many details.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

Was there anything unexpected that you loved?
Right after the ceremony our wedding party and parents waited for us in the hallway of the chapel. They all cheered for us and there were hugs all around. It was an exciting moment.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

What was your favorite image from your wedding?
Probably a classic photo of my husband and I standing outside the wedding chapel, looking at each other. Or a close-up of our faces with our noses touching.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

What did you like the most about working with englexas photography?
We have lovely photos of our wedding that we will treasure for years to come. The photo collection was a really good mix of classic portraits, detailed shots, iconic frames and photojournalism that captured our day.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them…
It was not planned this way but we only took a minimum number of family photos right after the wedding. Later in the reception we did more group shots. It was so much more laid-back and casual after everyone had had a chance to mingle and eat something.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

What’s your number #1 tip for future engaged couples?
Try to relax during photo sessions! If you’re tense, it will show. Try not to worry about how you look and or how it may be awkward. Go somewhere fun and play around/talk/cuddle with your fiancé. Try to forget the photographer and trust her to do her job (making you look good, capturing your personalities) and just enjoy time with your fiancé. Also, as time passes in your career or for your walls or your desk you may want a few “traditional” photos where you are both looking at the camera and smiling in a natural way in a pose that is not overly romantic. With a good photographer these shots are classic, not cheesy. Consider allowing the photographer to take a few of these – they will serve you beyond just the engagement announcement that goes out.

wedding recap // jack and loren // crystal lake wedding photography

Ceremony: Ashton Gardens
view original engagement session here
view original wedding post here

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